SEVERAL ‘SUB 5’ MILES BY HIGHGATE HARRIERS
At Battersea on Wednesday (20/7) in the SOAR MILE races several Highgate Harriers achieved good times inside five minutes for the mile, which was considered a good club time.
The times were headed by Robel Bahelbi, in Race 9. He was 3rd in 4:17.81.
Others were Ed Hickman Casey with 4:26.55; James Millet 4.39.82 and veteran, over 40 athlete Duncan Burbidge (Born 26/7/71). He ran a 4:50.30 mile.
Others who ran well were Michael Dan, who ran 5:10.86 and ‘Over 45’ runner Martin Bright who ran 5.30.71.
OGBECHIE STILL PERFORMS WELL IN THE LEAGUE
Dominic Ogbechie, the recent English Schools high jump Champion, was out performing well at Mile End on Saturday (16th of July).
In the UK Development League U13/U15 League Division South Central 2, Highgate Harriers are holding their own in a clear 4th position out of the 8 clubs competing and Ogbechie, helped by winning the Under 15 ‘B’ 100 in a personal best time of 11.69 and was 2nd in the 200’ A’ 23.64.
Others who won events were Jayden Duff, a new name for the club, who won the Under 13 shot put (3.25k) with 5.44 and he also won the Javelin ‘B’ with 13.83.
The Under 15 high jump’ A’ was won by Otis Van Kerim with 1.56.
London Games high jump champion, Clara Mee, won the 70m hurdles for Under 13’ with a time of 12.00 and was 2nd in the high jump with 1.30 and 2nd in the long jump with 4.11.
Adoni Umah was 2nd in the shot put (3.25k) for under 13’s and 3rd in 200 ‘A’ 25.76.
Of course it is was a combined effort for Highgate Harriers with the 15 and 13 year old’s doing so well but, in order to not go overboard I will also just mention all the THIRD PLACES rather than go on specific merit.
Long Jump Under 15 girls ‘A’ Jacqueline Walker PB 4.33 & high jump 1.40 ‘B’ Long jump ‘Girls’ U15 Chantel Lange De Lemos 3.90 and 78m hurdles 13.95 & 100 in 13.49; B’; Mathew Walker Under 13’ Boy high jump ‘B’ 1.15 & ‘B’ 100 in 15.00.
Under 15 Pole vault ‘A’ Emmanuel Anyabuine (PB) 2.70; Under 13 ‘B’ Girls Maia Taylor-Winter 11.53; Under 13 100 Boys ‘A’ Shlomo Levy 13.77; Leni-Mai Galvin (PB) in the 800 Girls ‘A’ in 2.49.53 and in the 800’ B’ for that event Inshi Nyarko did a PB also of 2:55.86; 1500 Under 13 Boys Monte Watson 5:12.19. Shot put girls ‘B’ (2.72k) Habtan Whylie-Coronado (PB) 4.58.
SOUTHERN COUNTIES VETS LEAGUE PERIVALE 13TH JULY 2016
Another first place for our resident supervet sprinter Neil Middleton in the 200m (27.1) was the highlight of the final match of the season. We also had a good middle-distance turnout with Damien Lane (2:22.7) and Emmanuel Lumineau (2:30.0) each placing in fourth in the two V35 races. Duncan Burbidge made his track debut for the Vets team with a great time of 9:26.0 and helped push James Johnson to a PB of 9:28.0.
Sarah Chapman again guested in the women’s competition with a new PB at 200m (44.8) and a very respectable 800m time of 3:36.5.
Our first season in the league has shown that we can compete with the best, especially at V35 level. We are well served by our middle distance veterans, but were hit by injuries among our throwers and jumpers. It would also be great to attack some V60 athletes in all categories.
We finished sixth out of seven teams in the end, but only a few points shy of Metros and not far short of Thames Valley Harriers.
Roll on next year, when we should also be fielding a women’s team.
GARDNER A MAN OF MANY PARTS
That great, Highgate Harriers ‘Character’ Jonathan Gardner, an ‘Over 45’ runner (Born 5/10/68) who likes to do many disciplines, including Triathlon/duathlon and even the odd steeplechase and cross country running, was out on the 26th of June, running in the iconic, North Downs 30k Trail race, from Istead Rise and,came 32nd out of 538 finishers in 2:27.44.
He followed that up on Sunday (17/7) by coming 78th out of 1500, in the Great Newham London 10k run, in a time of 39:37 and Anthony Kennedy was 98th in 40.33.
HIGHGATE HAVE TO RAISE STAKES
Highgate Harriers’ Men & Women’s combined team, are now in 12th place, up from 16th, after winning their Southern League Division 2 event at Parliament Hill Fields on the 9th of July. That was the 4th of 5 league matches.
In order to be sure of staying in Division 2 West NE, they must raise their game for an ‘away’ match at Little Marlow on the 20th of August.
The reason is, they will be up against clubs currently higher in the league, Wycombe 3rd, Newbury 7th and Yeovil 11th.
Before that on the 17th of August, in the evening at Wimbledon, is Ben Noad’s second Annual Festival of 5k’s where Highgate are bound to have an interest in as, it is such a prestigious event, in the London area.
On the 30th and 31st of July is the Inter-County Championships in which Highgate’s Richard Priestley, the Middlesex County athletics Manager, chooses the Middlesex team.