SPIRIT IS HIGH EVEN THOUGH THE RESULT NOT PERFECT
The spirit in the club is good, mainly because Highgate Harriers are now easily amongst the top road and cross-country clubs in the UK this year, which can not be denied but, the support for their Track & Field team in the Southern League Division 2 West at Bracknell on Saturday, was not quite as good for their combined Men & Women’s team, where the points are equally distributed.
In the 3rd of 5 league matches, Highgate’s men’s team only had one event not completely covered (For ‘B’ points) where they missed having a competitor on the day whilst, you could drive a ‘coach & horses’ through the gap in the women’s team with thirteen ‘A’ or ‘B’ events not covered at all by the club so, consequently Highgate were 4th on the day.
1 Bracknell 234; 2 Hillingdon 164; 3 Oxford City AC 159 and Highgate Harriers 133 points. However Highgate Harriers compete in their fourth Southern League match at Parliament Hill Fields on the 9th of July and will hope to avoid relegation problems by having a strong team out on the day.
At the moment, after 3 league matches, the first club in the league is Bracknell with 105 match points (12 League points),
Highgate Harriers are 14th with 481 (5 League Points) but ahead of City of Plymouth, Erme Valley & Taunton AC 440 (4 League points) and Havant AC with 417 (4 League points).
Regarding the women’s results Highgate had a few in the first two in events. Constanza Di Borgoricco, an under 17 lady, was 2nd in the ‘B’ 100 in 13.0.
‘Quality’ veteran runner Nina Anderson came in with two second places. 200/400 - 27.4/60.0, as well as having a 2nd in the javelin ‘B’ with 18.37.
I would like to point out Alima Diabate, who is always on hand to compete for Highgate ran in the 100 and 200 ‘A’ string and although she was out of the frame she was when coming 3rd in the Women’s ‘B’ hammer with 7.85; Amy Rutherford was 2nd in the ‘A’ 100hurdles in 19.6 and 2nd in the triple jump ‘A’ with 9.24;
In the ‘A’ pole vault Sonia Martinez-Roura, an over 40 woman, was 2nd with 1.25 and was 1st in the ‘A’ shot with 9.71; She was also 2nd in the hammer ‘A’ with 26.05 besides getting a 3rd in the discus ‘A’ showing she is a valuable member of the team.
A significant double in the ‘A’ & ‘B’ Men’s events was 2nd Edward Hickman Casey in the ‘A’ 800 in 1:58.3 and in the ‘B’ Brahma Pochee in 2:02.1.(1st)
Those two applied themselves well to do a double winning act in the 100 ‘A’ & ‘B’ for maximum points. Edward Hickman Casey won the ‘A’ in 4:09.9 and Brahma Pochee the ‘B’ in 4:11.3. Fergal Smithwick was in good form coming 2nd in he 5000’ A’ in 15:49.2 and was 1st in the ‘A’; 2000 steeplechase in 6:53.8, over a minute clear of the next runner. A good double was by ‘Southern league expert’ Matt Dore-Weeks, who won two ‘A’ string races, 110/400hurldles 16.1/61.9.
In the ‘A’ triple jump, ‘Under 17’ athlete Ian Gal-Shoet won with 12.18. There was a double in the field when James Rossiter (Over 45 athlete) won the ‘A’ javelin with 41.54 and Daniel Lavipour the ‘B’ with 33.10. Rossiter also won the ‘B’ 400 hurdles with 69.4. as well as coming 2nd in the pole vault ‘A’ with 2.70 showing, how he is a ‘Utility player’
Young Andrew Collins did well to come 2nd in the ‘B’ 5000 in 17:49.6 and Under 20 athlete Luke Newmaarch was 2nd in the ‘B’ pole vault with 2.50.
I would like to mention that Pete Edmunds was 3rd in the ‘B’ 100/200.
PAT DAVIS BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES
Pat Davis came 6th out of 306 entries in the Ickenham 5 miles road race on Sunday in 28:42. Davis led for the first mile of the race and was less than a minute behind the winner Andrew McMulkin of Bedford, who ran 27:17.
It was really good to see Davis in action again as he does no speed work but, when you look back he was a class act. He had a beautiful stride and, won the Southern 800m Championship over 800 in 2006 and, also ran a personal best time of 1:51.68 in the European trials that year.
SOUTHERN VETS LEAGUE MID-LONDON DIVISION – MONDAY JUNE 6TH
Another heroic performance from the small but growing team of Highgate veterans at Hillingdon. We missed our throwers, but it was a great evening of athletics all round.
The standout performance was from Neil Middleton, who stormed to first place in the V50 200m (26.7). Congratulations should also go to James Johnson, second in the V35 3000m A race (9:44.1) and Damien Lane, second in the V35 B race (10:13.6). And there were PBs for Emmanuel Lumineau (2:25.4) and Greg O’Toole (2:48.4) in the V35 800m races.
The result puts us in fifth place in the league and still within touching distance of Thames Valley. Not bad for the first year of competition:
1. Herne Hill Harriers 280
2. Serpentine 253
3. Hillingdon 247
4. Thames Valley Harriers 128
5. Highgate Harriers 104
6. Metros 100
7. British Airways 37
We don’t have a women’s team, but Lucy McGuinness won the 3000m race in spectacular style as a guest in 11:53.2, the 14th best V50 time in the country this year. The fixture also saw the track debut of Sarah Chapman at 200m (45.1) and 800m (3:29.9).
Next meeting 20th June at Battersea Park
GEORGIA HAS NO FEAR AS SHE TAKES SILVER MEDAL
At Lee Valley outdoor stadium on Saturday, Georgia Fear came 2nd in the ‘Under 20’ Southern 3000m race in 9:50.94, behind winner Sophie Parzee-Wayne of Shaftesbury Barnet who was timed at 9:39.97.
A notable run was by Peter Hawkings, who ran 15:50.70 in the 5000m in 11th place out of 20 senior runners in the final.
Nina Anderson, the impressive long striding blond lady, an international veteran racer over 40, Highgate Harrier, is getting faster as the season progresses. Running in a woman’s heat of the 200m she did a seaons best time in 27.65 and ran 60.50 in the 400m.
Under 20 runner Isayah Boers was out running well again. He came 8th in his hotly contested final for the 200m in 22.15, after coming 2nd in his heat in 22.24. Highgate sprinter Marius Guei is his coach.
Senior Daniel Lavipour ran a 50.22 for 8th in the Final of Men’s 400m following another good time of 50.54 in the heat.
Matt Dore-Weeks ran a 16.93 as a V35 in 110 hurdles in 8th place. His time would have won quite a few Southern League high hurdles races.
Braham Pochee ran 8th of 11 in Heat 2 of the 1500 in a time of 4:07.55. In the last year Brahma Pochee, coached by his half brother Ben Pochee, has had impressive result on the track, road and country.
A MAN OF MANY PARTS
Danny Russell, one of Highgate’s runners in their glorious National 12 stage road relay victory this year, competed well on the 5th of June in Spain. He gained a silver medal in the mixed relay event (two men and two women), in the World Duathlon event.
The first two teams in the World Championship in Spain were 1 Great Britain with a total time of 1:18.95, not far behind Spain who recorded 1:18.55. Again Danny distinguished himself.
Back on the 25th of May several Highgate Harriers ran well in the British Milers Club event at Eltham.
Darryl Davison was 10th of 22 in a 5000m race in 15:56.35; Brahma Pochee was 6th out of 12 in a personal best time of 4:0.17 in a 1500m ‘A’ race and Michael Dan was in good form running 4:05.82 for 1500.