NINA ANDERSON RUNS HER SEASONS BESTS
Highgate’s, Nina Anderson, won ‘Race 5’ over 400m in the Inter-Club Challenge on Saturday at Alllianz Park, Hendon.
She improved on her time of 59.20 in the Southern Championships with a time of 59.02.
Another indication that, at 43, she is gradually improving her times for the season, in preparation for the World Masters Games in Lyon, in August, was when she ran a season’s best in a non-scoring 200m in 26.58.
Amy Rutherford, who has a smooth action over the sprints, has been running the 400 as well as the 200. New at the 400 in 2015, she is starting to blossom out by running 66.5 to come 2nd in ‘Race 6’ at Allianz Park.
Two others running well were Tal Pelmont, an under 17 runner, who did 4:45.19 for second place in the 1500. He was 2nd out 10 starters. Over 35 runner, Vicky Frew, was third in a mixed race 5000m in 19:03.54.
CHRIS BEECHAM STILL RUNNING WELL
Chris Beecham, who was one of Highgate’s two best 5/10k track racers some ten or so ago, is still running very well, as an ‘Over 45’ runner ‘(Born 4/4/69).
In the Paddock Wood Half Marathon on Sunday he was 9th of 1501 runners, in a time of 73:03, which was his best half marathon time for many years.
Beecham, who at one time ran for Cambridge University and then became a journalist, was the 2nd over 40 runner in the Paddock Wood race and, was following up a good performance in May, when he was 2nd in the Hackney Half Marathon.
VINER AND HIGHGATE IMPRESS IN BRIDGES RELAY
On Wednesday, in the SEA Bridges Road relay which took in Westminster and Vauxhall Bridges and along the Embankment, well over 100 teams took part and Highgate Harriers achieved second place with their ‘A’ team of Esther Evans 14:00; Heather Bijman 15:14 and Hannah Viner 13:17. Viner took her Highgate ‘A’ team up from 27th to 2nd on the anchor leg.
The second team of Louise Faherty 15:17; Rhian Ravenscroft 15:25 (Back from 15 months injury time); and Nora Rossberg 15:50. The ‘B’ team came in 54th.
The ’C’ team ,that finished a bit further down in the large field in 92nd of over 110, also included Ravenscroft & Louise Faherty who ran for the ‘B’ and they were joined by popular Highgate lady, Kirat Nandra who ran round in 19.56.
STUNNING YOUNG ATHLETES VICTORY AT MILE END
Highgate's Young Athletes produced a stunning victory at the third Youth Development League match of the season on Sunday.
In a closely fought contest at Mile End, Highgate put in a good all round performance to finish with 530 points, ahead of Victoria Park (514) and Newham and Essex (508).
Victoria Park 514
L. Heathside 212
HIGHGATE HARRIER VICTORY ON HOME SOIL
Highgate Harriers were victorious at Parliament Hill Fields track on Saturday.
It was he Southern Athletics League Division 2 Round 3.
The points for both the Men and Women combined were 1 Highgate Harriers 244; 2 Newbury 228; 3 Winchester 144; 4 Andover & Overton 67
What was significant were the overall positions of the teams in the league when coming into the match, at Parliament Hill. It was interesting to note that after two rounds it had been Winchester 4th; Newbury 6th; Andover 11th and Highgate 13th
so, it was important for the club to rally well, to make sure they are well away from bottom of the table, as they have to travel some distance for the last two matches. It was essential the club do well on home soil. Extra effort was made and that certainly happened. The person responsible for doing all
the results in the announcers box, Highgate’s Anna Murray
, was rushing off to gain some points on the track, in more than one event, before she dashed back to continue her results and computer work. People like Ben Gritz
, may not have won an individual event but had been part of the backbone of the team for several years. He did compete in the winning Highgate Harriers relay team.
It was also great to see a javelin double win. They were two men, well into their 40’s now. They are a very important part of the field team. Mehran Sanei,
(45.61) and James Rossiter
(40.70). There were other double victories ‘A’ & ‘B’ strings
They were 110 hurdles
Matt Dore-Weks (16.4) & Patrick Boadu-Boafo (19.6); 5000m Sean Renfer 15:41.8 & Jonathan Laybourn 15:46.4; Long jump
Arnold Mensuoh 5.86 & William Amobi 5.57; 3000 women
Hannah Viner 10.31 & Sophie Sheldrake 10.06.4; 800m
, hurdler Gemma Rous, won the ‘B’ 800 in 2:20.8 and Hanna Viner won the ‘A’ with 2:19.3. Grace Mee, who won the sprint hurdles race, won the high jump ‘A’ with 1.65 and the ‘B’ went to Alessa Lewis with 1.45.
Highgate Harriers had a double relay victory for the women and men over 4x100 and 4x400
which was a significant part of the points total.
Highgate harriers next go to their Southern League meeting at Yeovil on the 4th of July then Woking on the 15th of August.
HIGHGATE RUNNERS DO WELL IN SOUTH OF ENGLAND
On Saturday and Sunday, In the Southern Track & Field Championships at Lee Valley , in mild conditions, several Highgate Harriers achieved medals.
JAHZIAH WILLIAMS is an Under 17 sprinter who could feature one day in the Paralympics of the future!
He won his ‘Under 17’ 100m (T37/F37) in 13.99. His personal best being 13.39.
GEMMA ROUS ran a personal best time of 59.79, winning her heat of the 400m hurdles, on Saturday, and travelled back on the Sunday to run 60.10 for the bronze medal in the final.
In the U20 athletes, GEORGIA FEAR, had a bold approach to her 3000m, leading the combined senior and Junior (U20) women Championship. She led for the first 4 laps, and finished with a silver medal in the Under 20 category, in 10:10.7, and was 5th out of the 10 runners that finished.
Super Veteran, stylish, NINA ANDERSON (43), who is coached by her husband, ex-Olympian Greg Richards, was third in her 200m heat, in a season’s best time of 26.68. She finished seventh in the final.
In the 400m final, she achieved yet another season’s best time of 59.20, and a Bronze.
Nina said “Training is going well but racing wasn’t so. Ryan Mckinley, has kindly been pacing me for a number of sessions, which has been extremely useful and has definitely helped to bring along my speed. Those races at Lee Valley are stepping stones towards the World Masters Championships in Lyon in August.”