TWO MILLETT’S RUN WELL
On Saturday in the London Inter Club meeting at Hendon, James Millett (Born 25/6/98), was the first ‘Under 17’, in race one of the 800m. His time 2:02.97. Millett, who has had a good season, is coached by Ben Pochee.
Millett broke the 2 minute barrier for the first time at Watford on the 12th of August, when he ran 1:59.6 for the 800.
Isabella Millett who is an under 13 girl, and coached by Kate Jenrick, ran 2:58.96 in her race over 800 and 5:58.96 in the 1500 the same afternoon. Not far from her best time of 5:58.12.
At Hendon, Senior, Matt Dore-Weeks, ran 16.80 for the 100m hurdles coming second in his race.
Important events for Highgate Harriers best distance men and women coming up are, on Wednesday the 9th of August, in the evening, the Highgate Harriers Open Meeting at Parliament Hill Fields; 19th of September Southern Road Really Championships at Aldershot; National Six Stage road relay at Sutton Coldfield on the 3rd of October and the first Start Fitness Metropolitan league fixture at Claybury, Woodford, on the 10th of October.
THREE HIGHGATE RUNNERS DO WELL ON THE ROAD
Over 50 runner Michael Ussher and Sophie Sheldrake, followed up their personal best times for 5k on the track, at the Festival of 5k’s, at Wimbledon on the 19th of August with good runs in Richmond Park.
In the Capital Runners 10k at Wimbledon, on the 23rd of August, Michael Ussher was 2nd overall in a time of 36:48 and Sophie Sheldrake was the first woman in 38:54.
At Regents Park the same day, the first over 40 runner in the road race was Andrea Spaccatosi in 37:31.
HIGHGATE OFFICIAL COMPETES IN THE MASTERS
Highgate official Jeanne Coker was out competing recently, rather than rushing round officiating.
In the World Masters Championships in Lyon last week, at 78, she ran in the preliminaries of the 100 and 200 and came out with seasons’ best times of 23.73 and 50.97.
Last year in Izmir Turkey, in the European Masters Championships, Coker was 2nd in the Final of the 400m ‘75-79’ age group in 2:07.9.
A CLASSIC EVENT WITH A HIGHATE WINNER
The two things that Highgate Harriers’, Ben Noad and Ben Pochee can do extremely well are, running and, promoting new events that have gained the interest of many in the UK.
Ben Pochee thought out a great way of improving the general well being of distance running over 10k in the UK, with his night of ‘Personal bests’ that has gone on from strength to strength and, Ben Noad, the Ex-international cross country runner, thought out a ‘Great’ way of putting on 5000m races in London.
On Wednesday night, at Wimbledon Park Stadium, Ben Noad and his team from Hercules Wimbledon, plus other officials, put on the Hercules & Wimbledon 5k Festival Night.
There were five races, all very competitive, as opposed to more strung out league races. The slower people were to run in race 1 and the fastest in Race 5.
Pride of place should go to Shaun Dixon, who will be getting married in a couple of week’s time. Dixon won the 5000m race 5 in 14:23.55. He had run a personal best of 14.22,83 for 5000, at the British Milers Club race at Oxford on the 19th of August but, his great tactical victory at Wimbledon was helped by running the last part of the race with Andy Maud (14:24.08). Maud is hoping to join Highgate Harriers shortly. These two cut out the last few laps before Dixon broke clear in the home straight. Dixon was running back to form, after a lack lustre winter racing programme but now, looks to be coming back to the sort of form that gave him fourth place in the National cross country of 2013.
In the early stages of race 5; Ben Noad was doing the pace making and was followed closely by Maud, Dixon, top class cross country runner John Gilbert and Robel Bahelbi of Highgate Harriers. Bahelbi went on to finish 6th of the 16 runners in the field In a time of 15:04.38 and, two other Highgate runners ran well in the race. Fergal Smithwick (15:33.25); and Braham Pochee (15:50.34).
In race 2 two Highgate Harriers ran PERSONAL BEST times and they were ‘Over 50’ runner Michael Ussher, who was 7th of 21 finishers in 17:10.47 and the second woman in the race Sophie Sheldrake ran 18:11.06.
NINA LADY OF BRONZE
, who has been a great boon to Highgate Harriers, Southern League team, with many good wins this year plus being an inspiration for the younger sprinters in the club.
(As a matter of interest, Highgate Harriers ended up 9th of the 16 clubs in the Southern league with the last 4 in the league relegated from Division 2 South West.)
, ran to a season’s best times in the World Masters Championships
in Lyon (Championships between 10-16th of August)
Now, getting well into the 40 age group, with new competitors coming in from other countries, she still looked good and will still achieve a lot more in the future.
Nina talked to Highgate Harriers Press secretary Alastair Aitken
after the Championships.