Highgate Harriers are based at
Parliament Hill athletics track
Hampstead Heath, London NW5.
The club welcomes new members of all standards and abilities from the age of seven. Club training sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For more details go to the Club Information page
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
GOOD PERFORMANCES AT THE SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE
MEE AND OGBECHIE STAND OUT
HIGHGATE STARS COMPETE IN THE LONDON MARATHON
HIGHGATE’S BEST TEAM RUNNING RESULT FOR OVER 100 YEARS
The last time Highgate Harriers seniors had a major club team victory, was in the National cross country championships of 1905!
Now in 2016, Highgate won again but, this time, it was The National 12 Stage road relay Championships.
The National 12 stage road relay was first ‘officially’ held in 1967 and two, who were encouraging, then were doing the same on Saturday at the event at Sutton Park Birmingham. They were Highgate officials, twice President of Highgate Harriers Terry Driscoll and Highgate Harriers Press secretary Alastair Aitken.
How on earth could Highgate Harriers manage to pull off such a victory with the Southern, Northern, Midland, and Welsh Champions present plus, some good Scottish clubs, particularly as that in the history of the National 12 stage Highgate’s best position was 7th?
Ben Pochee, the Highgate Harriers Team Manager points out about why he thinks Highgate did so well “A collective team spirit and most of the runners train together” That is something these days a lot of clubs don’t appear to do.
"All club athletes want to win the iconic 12 Stage, but I’d say for our team this year it truly mattered, more than a collective spirit, our winning squad is made up friends who largely train together and many of whom are also involved within the club helping it prosper. So I am proud we not only have growing depth of running talent pushing everyone on, but we now also have a depth of emotional connection with the club that helps everyone find that 1% more from their performance".
For the race there are 6 short stages and 6 long stages. A long stage followed by a short stage alternately. 66 teams took part and the first six teams being:
1 Highgate Harriers 4:16:30; 2 Aldershot Farnham 4:17:15; 3 Bristol And West AC 4:18:08; 4 Liverpool Harriers 4:19:50; 5 Tonbridge AC 4:20:21; 6 Swansea Harriers (The Welsh Champions, with international Dewi Griffiths doing the fastest long lap of the day 25:28)
It would be difficult to mention who ran very well in the Highgate team but to suffice they all did and, as the race gradually progressed, Highgate were never out of the hunt from the word go, starting with Peter Chambers coming in 8th on the very competitive first leg. Perhaps one should mention that the excitement for the club was at boiling point when Andy Maud took over from Victor Pound for the 11th leg and, although Maud was 40 plus seconds behind the leader from Aldershot & Farnham he had caught him by the 2 mile point and, blazed a trail into the finish to hand over to Murray Strain for the anchor leg. Strain, who had been suffering with a hamstring strain, was specially put on the last leg, which was a short stage for safety. He had been going to do a longer leg and Murray, despite having a sub-four minute miler Adam Clarke of Aldershot, trying to run him down held on very well to come in for Highgate, well clear of Aldershot, who beat Highgate in the Southern, and as a matter of interest, Southern Champions Shaftesbury Barnet were 22nd
HANNAH VINER AND ASHLEY SCOTT-WILSON GOOD REPRENTATIVES FOR THE CLUB
Highgate Harriers did not have a team for the Women’s Relay in the National Six Stage at Sutton Park near Birmingham but, two Highgate Harriers had a run out.
Their times compared favourably with the best, Hannah Viner was the 17th fastest of the day on a long stage out of 94 athletes in 5th place on her leg and Ashley Scott-Wilson was the 9th fastest on a short stage out of 178 runners in 18:12. She came in 7th.
Parliament Hill track is managed by the
City of London
and a fee is payable for each use.
Annual season tickets are also available at the ticket office.
Hampstead Heath information and maps can be found on the City of London website.
The nearest stations are Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath on London Overground
and Belsize Park or Kentish Town on the London Underground.
See www.runtrackdir.com for track details and location