SILVER LINING DESPITE SOUTHERN LEAGUE RESULT
On Saturday Highgate Harriers went to Little Marlow and were 4th out of 4 clubs; that may mean they will finish 13th in the Southern League Division 2 West, as it is their final meeting of the season.
That could put them in the position of having a reasonable chance of relegation to Division 3, for next season BUT one must realise two points.
Highgate Harriers are one of the best, if not the best cross country and road club in the United Kingdom in 2016 with top class promotions...
Highgate Harriers men and women will still enjoy competing on the track and field and, always have some good results...
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HIGHGATE MEN RUN FASTER THAN BEFORE
Ben Pochee’s promotion of the Olympic Trials and British Championships 10,000m races at Parliament Hill in May, seemed unique in athletics terms with the very genuine, exciting, and even glamorous, amateur competition, without all the horrible corruption in World class sport!
Ben Noad’s creation of having 5000m graded races on Wednesday the 17th of August, also created that genuine atmosphere with encouragement, from the outside lanes on the track, That all shows athletics as a pure sport at club level and, gives you a wonderful true athletics feeling of amateur athletics and, that certainly, was the case on the mild, evening on the Wimbledon track.
The event was the second annual Hercules & Wimbledon 5k Festival.
Obviously the ‘Star’ of the day was Peter Chambers of Highgate Harriers, who was challenged for much of the way by John Sanderson of Guilford & Godalming but Chambers impressive turn of speed, as he sped clear in the last lap, was very good. His time of 14.37.2 sliced his personal best time off the books of 15.08.2.
His favourite racing is cross-country and after the important road relays, he hopes to make the British under 23 team for the European cross country Championships much later in the year. His hard work travelling to Parliament Hill Fields and back to South London for great evening sessions, under his coach Ben Pochee really helps.
Highgate Harriers results:
(PB denotes personal best and SB denotes seasons best.)
Race 5. Out of 20 runners all the Highgate Harriers were inside 16 minutes which is a reasonable time in itself.
4 Robel Bahelbi (SB) 14.54.37; 7 Danny Russell (SB) 15.02.67; 9 Brahma Pochee (PB) 15.08.74; 10 Rob Wilson 15:09.00; 16 Jon Laybourn (PB) 15.1.24; 20 Fergal Smithwick 15:56.62.
Race 2, 23 ran; 8 Jack Matthewman (PB) 16.49. 49; 11 Nick Gold (Over 40, SB) 17:15.70.
Race 1 20 ran, 6 Martin Bright M50 (“B) 18.4.96.
GREAT START FOR THE YOUNG ATHLETES
Highgate's Young Athletes finished in second place out of eight in the inaugural Middlesex Young Athletes League meeting at Allianz Park on Sunday.
Full report to follow.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS FOLLOWS SUCCESS AT NORWICH
Several Highgate Harriers, who ran so well in the Lord Mayor's Show at Norwich, in early July, were out racing again on the roads at Ipswich.
It was the Ipswich Building Society, 5k road race last weekend and, no fewer than 1200 took part.
It was no surprise to see Highgate men well up the field. 8th Eritrean, Robel Bahelbi (14:54); 9 Pete Chambers (14:59); 16 Jon Laybourn (15:41) and 18 Brahma Pochee(15:48). The first two were, known internationals, Chris Thompson of Aldershot (14:06) and 2nd Adam Hickey of Southend (14:19).
There are two important meetings for Highgate Harriers that are imminent. On the 17th of August is the Hercules Wimbledon Festival of 5k's with Ben Noad as the race organisers and, on the 20th of August the Final Southern League Division two match of the season.
NOEL IN GOOD FORM
Benjamin Noel, who was born on the 3/10/96 so, only 19, is improving as the year goes on.
Noel did two personal best times at the Lee valley Sprint Open on the 3rd of August.
He was 5th in a 100m in 11.9 and 2nd in 200 in 22.61