HIGHGATE YOUNGSTERS IMPRESS
Highgate Harriers under 11 and 13 most important league, was and is, The North West London Young Athletes cross country league
The fourth of five league fixtures, took place from Bannister Stadium on Saturday (February 6th). Their final one of the season will be at Wormwood Scrubs on the 5th of March.
On Saturday the Under 11 Highgate boys were victorious
. Their ‘A’ team got 27 points in front of Harrow AC 67 and Thames Valley Harriers who got 68 as did Cookham AC in 4th position. 8 more club teams finished behind that.
The ‘Star’ runner, who was the furthest up the field of any Highgate under 11, this season, was Ezra Baddiel-Banks in 9.21. The race was over a 2000m course and, not far behind the winner Greenstein of Shaftesbury Barnet, who did 9.08. Other Highgate Harriers in the race were 6 Jessie Hopkins 9.33; 7 Jack Bailey 9.35; 11 Casper Hopkins 9.47; 12 Liam Bailey 9.51; 19 Franklin Griffith 10.08; 21 Billy Briggs 10.13; 23 Tobin Herberg 10.15; 24 Ripley Watson 10.16; 27 Tara Kabiri 10.27; 34 Mehdi Ouali-Almis 10.45; 35 Jamie Cameron (Only 8 years old) 10.53; 41 Triiston Lumineau 11.27; 43 Joseph Hayes 11.45; 44 Luca Spaccatrosi 11.57.(50 ran).
In the under 11 Girls race over 1200m Imogen Haddad
of Highgate Harriers won her second North West London league race of the season in 6.26. The other Highgate Harries were 12 Hannah Giles 7.23; 13 Amy Chapman 7.34; 14 Issy Spooner 7.34; 16 Lydia Jurtulus 7.41; 28 Carmel Pelmont 8.39 and 29 Maya Barker 8.49. The latter two were running for the first time for the club. The fist three teams were 1 Cookham AC 23; 2 Highgate ‘A’ 26 and 3 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 44. That was out of 11 teams.
In the Under 13 Boys race over 3000m
Highgate were 4th of 9 teams but had some high scorers 3rd was Monte Watson in 13.44 and 4th Oran Gallagher in 14:02.
In the Under 13 girls race also over 3000m
Ellen Donald was first Highgate Harrier in 4th place in 9.45, Ava White of TVH, who had won all her four First Fitness Met leagues won in 9.12. The second Highgate runner at Harrow was 9 Ella Hartley in 10.30 and the others were 14 Micol Cresto-Dina 11.02; 17 Bea Bannister 11.19; and 19 Bianca Le Vu 11.24.
Although Highgate only had one girl in the Under 15, 3000m race
, all be it running well, Maxine Chapman came in 2nd place in 14.43. Because no others ran in that race the club were a modest 6th of 8 clubs, not bad with only one runner!
Photos from Harrow
The 15 and 17’s age group boys compete in the Start Fitness
Metropolitan League, which they are in with a chance off winning their part of the league, this Saturday, the 13th of February.
In the Start Fitness
Metropolitan League, the senior men and women could well turn out the winners of the senior league again, after the Final Met League is concluded on Saturday, which would be great considering over 28 clubs compete in the league. The prize for the most consistent athlete, if he turns up would be 3 times Met League winner International Richard Goodman of Shaftesbury Barnet but it is worth watching a challenge for the first over £500 prize which Shaun Dixon of Highgate is in the running for.
There are FOUR races this season which Highgate Harriers consider important Beacon races. For the rest of the Winter & Spring season and, they are the First Fiitness Metropolitan league this Saturday at Alexandra Palace; The National cross country on the 27th of February; The Southern 12 Stage road relay on the 20th of March and, the prestigious National 12 Stage road relay at Sutton Coldfield on the 16th of April, at Sutton Park, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield.
Pete Chambers, coached by Ben Pochee, was coming back to form, when 33rd of 334 in the high standard British Universities cross country championships, on Saturday at Gloucester. He will be a valuable member of the 12 man team in the coming Metropolitan league but I am sure he would prefer a firmer and faster surface which there will be in the National and the relays. He won the Metropolitan League fixture at Wormwood Scrubs in December and as an under 23 runner has immense potential.
THE BEACON SHINES BRIGHTLY FOR HIGHGATE HARRIERS
, the Manager and Robert Wilson, the Captain of the Highgate Harriers cross country team, predicted the club could win a ‘Big One’ which was considered a Beacon race
. That happened on Saturday in the Men’s Senior South of England Championships at Parliament Hill Fields
and, there will be more to come this year of that there is little doubt!.
How right they were, as Highgate Harriers won the prestigious team award,
with two of the athletes, Shaun Dixon & Ben Noad
in the Highgate Harriers team that won last in 2012.
The conditions were very muddy in parts, on the Hampstead Heath course with some faster drier grass bits, over the winding three lap course, which started near the Lido, at the bottom of Parliament Hill Fields.
The first six of the 70 club teams, makes impressive reading. 1 Highgate Harriers 162; 2 Serpentine RC 186; 3 Bedford & County AC 206; 4 Tonbridge AC 408; 5 Kent AC 446; and 6 Herne Hill Harriers 567.
The counters for Highgate, out of the 1030 plus starters, were 5 Shaun Dixon (Coming back to good form)
50:25; 8 Andy Maud (A good runner we will hear a lot more about, as the season progresses)
50.47; 17 Chris Rainsford (2 ahead of Serpentines’ Richard Phillips, who won the Middlesex cross country Championships ahead of him)
; 30 Ben Noad (Ex- International still running very well)
53:12; 42 Robel Bahelbi (A good run for him)
53:46; and 60 Rob Wilson (Having a very good run)
54:38. One must add that, had Pete Chambers not have had such a heavy cold, he would have had an excellent chance of being a scoring man but, he was slipping back in the closing stages and, is not in the result. Next came 93 Peter Hawkings 56:04 and 94 Victor Mound 56:07. They were excellelnt results, to finish in the first 100, which has to be good for any club runner.
Jon Laybourn, who came in 107 in 56.49 and 198 Dominic Smith in 56.41, were a good back up for the team. Two other high placers were 137 Brahma Pochee in 57.31 and 156 Guillaume Cribier (Vet 40) in 58:15.
International, Johnny Hay of Aldershot & Farnham won the race 49:08
This all looks good for the Final Metropolitan League race, where Highgate Harriers men hope and should, retain their title as ‘Top dogs’
of the Leagues of 30 or so clubs. That will be, at Alexandra Palace’s hard course, on the 13th of February.
REALLY GREAT RUNNING BY SVENJA ABEL
HIGHGATE HARRIER SVENJA ABEL
, was the heroine of the day. Running her best race for many years. She took the bull by the horns, in the Women’s race and, out 501 women; she was soon in command of the event. By the end of the first of the two laps, a previous Southern Champion, who sometimes trains at Parliament Hill, named Naomi Taschimowitz of Shaftesbury Barnet, was just behind her. It was only towards the end of the second lap, going down the muddy hill, before the short finishing straight that Taschimonitz, got away to win the race in 30:34 with Svenja Abel second in 30:43 but, ahead of Brunivels of Aldershot & Farnham, a more established cross-country runner, who was timed at 30:58 in third place. 33rd and running strongly was Ashley Scott-Wilson, timed at 33:21 and Emma Burgess was 69th in the large field in 35:09. Sophie Sheldrake got in the first 100 in 95th place in 36:05. She was fourth scorer in the Highgate team that finished 5th with 199 points. 53 teams closed in and behind Highgate were more favoured clubs like Winchester. Highgate, with a bigger womens team are one of the favourites to win in the Final Met League.
HANNAH VINER RUNS INTO FORM
Hannah Viner was 5th out of 85 in the Under 20 Women’s race in 23:24 and Georgia Fear was 16th in 24:45.
In the under 20
men’s race, three Highgate men ran in the field of 94 finishers. 59 was James Millett in 32:00; Andres Chau was 67th in 32:23 and 82 Andy Collins 33:47. In the Under 17 men
Highgate were 9th of 16 teams but, none above them will feature in the Metropolitan League, which should be good news, The Highgate team with 314 points were 20 Terry Fawden in 21:42; 65 Aurel Sinko-Uribe 22:53; 121 Oliver Kemp 24:37; and 152 Farid Sousu 25:53.; Just outside of the team was 153 Chris Smith of Highgate in 26:03. Under 15 Boys
; 31st of 275 finishers was Abel Sinko-Uribe in 17:41 and Austin Harris came 100th in 18:46. Under 13 Boys
Highgate Harriers were 9th of 30 clubs with 262 points and their team, out of a field of 267 runners, 52 Patrick Kyle 12:56; 53 Monte Watson 12:56; 64 Ronald Somogyi `13:02; and 93 Finlay Doyle in 13:19. Under 13 Girls
Highgate came 23rd of 34 teams Scorers were 38 Ava Mulvill 13:54; 105 Ellie Gilmore 14:35; 166 Ellen Donald 15:17; 180 Ella Hartley 15:27.
Another One Shines
Martin Bright, an over 45 runner, born 5th of June 1966 was 4th over 45 in the Veterans Athletic club cross country Championships at Wimbledon on the 23rd of January. He was 12th overall.
ON the 30th of January at Lee Valley indoor stadium, specialist hurdler, Gemma Rous, ran a 400m flat in 58.87 and Benjamin Noel ran a personal best 60m in 7.25.
Full SEAA Results
More Photos (courtesy Thomas Wallenda)
ENGLAND ATHLETICS CEO VISITS HIGHGATE HARRIERS
THREE HIGHGATE RUNNERS DO WELL
Georgia Fear, who won the Middlesex under 20 Championships, at Wormwood Scrubs on the 9th of January, was out running well again.
She came 3rd in the Antrim International cross country, for Under 20’s, last Saturday, in 13:24. The winner was Mollie Williams of Stockport Harriers in 13:06. Williams was running for the North of England.
It is obvious that, if Georgia, coached by Ben Pochee, decides to do the Under 20 race in the Southern cross country Championships on Saturday, at Parliament Hill Fields, she will be well worth watching.
Another worth watching is the Middlesex senior Champion Svenja Able and the Men’s team also, have high hopes of a colourful glint of medals to come.
The most prestigious cross country, in many ways, for Public (Independent) School boys is the famous Knowle Run at Sevenoaks.
Last Saturday two Highgate Harriers did very well. Terry Fawden was 3rd in the Senior Boys race in 32:29, only six seconds behind the winner James Puxty of Skinners. Fawden was running for Highgatee School.
Another Highgate Harrier from Highgate School was in the team that finished fourth. That was Phoebe littler who came in 11th in the senior girl’s race.
Sevenoaks School won the girls team race and Shrewsbury public school the boy’s race.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS LIVE IN EXCITING TIMES
Only once over the great range of cross-country races Highgate participated in, since the cross-country season began in October, have Highgate not been in the frame.
They followed up their decisive victory in the Middlesex cross country Championships, a fortnight ago, with wins in three cross-countries, in the 4th of 5 Metropolitan Leagues on Saturday at Perivale.
The interesting thing is they have a very clear ‘golden’ chance of taking the Men’s & Women’s league at the end of the season, plus Under 17 Men’s titles, at Alexandra Park in the final Metropolitan League on the 13th of February
and, are one of the two favourites to win the Southern Men’s title at Parliament Hill Fields
, on the 30th of January. That is all an exciting prospect and, as the Men’s team motivator Ben Pochee would say, there is more to come of even bigger significance!
The three ‘Big’ victories on Saturday, and the points to date, in the top Men’s Divison were 1 Highgate Harriers 4,595; 2 Serpentine RC 4,225; 3 Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 4,188 (Highgate ‘B’ team are 9th in the Divison with 1,625, ahead of Ealing, Southall and Middlesex ‘A’ team who have 1,619).
The Highgate Harriers women’s team with 6 to score (the men are 12 to score and Under 17’s 4 to score) Top of Division One out of the 10 women’s clubs 1 Highgate Harriers 1207; 2 London Heathside 946; and 3 Serpentine RC 942.
The Under 17 Men the first three teams are in just One division, containing 32 clubs, 1 Highgate Harriers 1,103; 2 Herts. Phoenix 1,072; 3 Trent Park RC 979.
In the Men’s race won by superb international, Richard Goodman of Shaftesbury Barnet in 29:14. The race was over an undulating mud strewn course, at Horsenden Hill, Perivale.
The Highgate team comprised of 28 runners and their 12 scores were:-
4 Shaun Dixon 30:06; 8 Ben Noad 30:28 (Coming back to form)
9 Chris Rainsford 30:33; 13 Pete Chambers 30:48; 19 Robel Bahelbi 31:29; 21 Robert Wilson (The Captain)
31:37; 32 Jon Laybourn 32:27; 34 Dominic Smith 32:36; 36 Victor Mound 32:42; 39 Peter Hawkins 32:52; 55 Ash Chambers 33:57; 57 Edward Hickman-Casey 34:01; 406 finished the race.
The Woman’s team who won; 2nd Hannah Viner (The first Junior Under 20 in the race. Who led the field for ¾ of the race)
23:26; 3 Ashley Scott-Wilson (Thankfully over her back injury)
23:46; 7 Emma Dixon 24:13; 8 Alex Gounelas 24:18, 20 Emma Burgess 25:34 and 40th out of 187 runners Kate Jenrick 27:06 (An over 45, born 20/11/67--A team Manager and official, who has not raced since 2011 but vital for the points score at Horsenden Hill)
The other winning team was The Highgate Harriers Under 17/15 team race. The person, who ran so well and, had the best race of his life, going through the field like a train, was Abel Sinko-Uribe, coached by Chris Rainsford
, who came 2nd in The Under 17’s race and, he is only 14 years old, a really remarkable run at Horsenden Hill. The other three scorers, out of the 58, 8 Louis Griffin 13:34; 15 Aurel Sinko-Uribe 14:00 and 18 Tal Pelmont 14:08.
Highgate, who were 2nd on the day in the Under 13 Boys race are 4th of 15 clubs in the league and their first scorer on Saturday was Patrick Kyle in 5th place out of the 69 runners in 11.33
In he Under 17 Women’s teams out of 28 clubs Highgate are in fourth place. Esther Pigney (Under 17) was 16th of 46 runners in 16:51 and just behind her in 17th place in 16:55 was Under 15 runner Maxine Chapman in 16:55.
In the Start Fitness Under 11 Girls & Boys race Highgate’s Sienna Thompson (10) was the 3rd girl in the race and 19th overall.