HIGHGATE OFFICIAL PUTS DOWN HER MARKER
Highgate Harrier, JEANNE COKER, a long time Highgate Harrier and International Official, was out running herself in the British Masters Track & field Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham over the weekend. There is no stopping Jeanne, who really enjoys competing, as well as doing numerous jobs as an Athletics Official. She is 77 years old and came 3rd in the 'Over 75' 100 and 200m and was 2nd in the 400m. Her times were 23.78 / 51.6 and 2:13.65.
CHRIS BEECHAM, once one of the top two Highgate Harriers Southern League 5 & 10,000 runners, was 5th in the Over 45's 5000m, in a time of 16:15.70, not very far behind the winner Mark Symes of Southern Counties Vets who ran round in 16:05.13.
48 year old LISA WEBB, who some years ago belonged to Highgate Harriers, at the time was one of their top distance runners was 4th in 'Over 45' 1500 in 5:07.27.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS AVOID RELEGATION
At Parliament Hill Fields the Final Southern League Division 2 North, was held in fine weather. The Highgate Harriers Men and Women's combined team avoided relegation.
Highgate Harriers were promoted to the Southern League 2 from 3, and, having been last in the first two matches, they really had to fight to keep in the league and, fight they did, in no uncertain terms being 1st 2nd and 3rd in their next three matches. It was imperative that Highgate were placed in the first three on Saturday to avoid the chop.
Their task was a very hard one, as they were up against the two teams that have now got promotion to Division One:- Thames Valley Harriers and Marshall Milton Keynes and the 4th in the Division Ipswich. Highgate went into that last match in their highest position all season of 8th in the league.
At the close of play, for the last day, the match scores were 1 Marshall Milton Keynes 212; 2 Thames Valley Harriers 204; 3 Highgate Harriers 157 and Ipswich 151. Credit should go to the two Team Mangers John Ovaisu (Men) and Ron Smith (Women) to turn things around for the club.
Although Marshall Milton Keynes did not bring down their Olympic and Commonwealth long jump Gold Medallist, Greg Rutherford, they did bring Lara Bromilow, who won the London cross country Championships and the Financial Services Championships twice. She won the 1500 and 3000 'A'. An impressive run also was by a non scorer in the 5000m, Chris Rainsford, with his raking stride. He ran round in the lead in the 5000 to record 15:08.7. He is second claim for Highgate but runs for Highgate in the important Metropolitan League fixtures in the Winter. There were quite a few Non-Scorers of quality for Highgate in the 5000, that might have been used in other events, to increase the points total a little and for the women there was no 'B' 800m runner or any women's Pole Vaulters and no 'B' triple jumper.
Four clubs get booted down to Division 3 but I am glad to say that was not Highgate Harriers. Out of 16 clubs Highgate were 10th with 853 match points and 11 league points
. To show how close it was Wycombe Phoenix AC got 11 league points in 11th place but Royston 13th who got 9.5; 14th Luton 9; 15th Dacorum & Tring 7 and 16th Peterborough 6 all go down. The winners were Thames Valley Harriers 1143.5 match points 19 League points and Marshall Milton Keynes got 1079 match points and 19 league points.
OLIVER KEAN, running on Saturday ran in the Self Transcendence 10k road race in Battersea Park and came in 2nd of 207 runners in a time of 34:14. Kyle Marks of USA and Belgrave Harriers was first in 32:47.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS IN GOOD FORM
Highgate Harrier and coach Ben Pochee reports from the Watford Open Meeting on Wednesday 30th of July,
• Stand out Highgate athlete of the night was Dempster Fawden (U15) who ran his first 3,000m and ran 9.45.54 which will rank him top 25 in the country.
• Robel Bahelbi (Senior) also had a fantastic run to break 4mins for 1,500m for the first time with 3.57.54.
• Rob Wilson (Senior) came back from holiday to run 8.57.30 (and is such the gentleman that he also single headedly dragged GB woman Stevie Stockton to a big sub 9min PB!)
• James Millet (U17) ran a 2 second PB to clock 4.10.57 in the 1,500m.
• Terry Fawden (U17) was unfortunate to get in a slow 1,500, until he eventually took it on solo and ran a solid 4.19.18 time.
YOUNG GUNS OUT IN FORCE
In the weekend, at the Terence McMillan Stadium, Newham, the fourth and final match of the Young Athletes Development League, Southern-North, took place
Some of the first places went to Highgate Harriers. The 'A' string winners included some new names to help secure Highgate's future for Track & Field.
In the Under 15's Cecily Turner
won the 800 in 2:24.49; Anna Willis
won the 1500 in 5:26.4 and in the Under 13's Dominic Ogbenchie
, was first in the high jump with 1.50. He was also 3rd in the 100 in 13.3. He was part of Highgate's winning team in the 4x100 in 56.4. The Highgate team was Tyreece Rankin, Luca Weinbrecht, Dominic Ogbechie and Ruben Prennan.
The Overall club scores at the end of the day were 1 Chelmsford & C AC 570; 2 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets AC 490; 3 Cambridge Harriers (Kent) 461; 4 Newham & Essex Beagles AC 391, 5 Highgate Harriers 311, 6 London Heathside 192.
Here is a list of the rest of the marks or times achieved by Highgate Harriers 'A' String athletes declared on the day.
Boys Under 15:-
100m Idan Gal Shatto 12.9; Long jump 5.29; 200m Hugo Halford Harrison 27.0; 300 Dylan Penketh 47.4; 800 Sovann Linden 2.31.7; 80m Hurdes/discus/high jump Otis Van Kerm 17.4/14.21/1.25 Hammer Throw, George Sales 17.78; Javelin Throw Clem Harrison 17.69; shot putt Herbert Mensuoh 5.41.
Boys Under 13:-
200 Tyreece Rankin 29.7; 800/Javlin Conleth Gallagher 2.45.3/24.04; 1500 Harvey Dodd 6:01.1; (Felix Bright was first 'B' in the Javelin and shot); Shot William Sales 6.02; Long Jump, Luca Weinbrecht 4.21;
Girls Under 15:-
100/200 Toni Webb Brown 14.00/29.7; 300 Zoe Allport 55.6; Discus/Javelin Throw, Leonora Cara 8.67/11.21; Shot Sky Lawal 6.67; Long Jump Ava Weinbrecht 3.98;
Under 13 Girls:-
70m Isabella Regina 11.9; 150/70hurdles Bella Houllahan 23.2/13.8; High Jump Isla Nicolson 1.30.