OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY ANDY MAUD
Highgate Harrier, Andy Maud, in only his second outing for Highgate Harriers, ran brilliantly in the National Six Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.
Not only did he win the second stage but, he also ran the fastest time of all the club runners that were at Sutton Park
. It makes exciting reading if you realise that his time of 17:03 was faster than three good internationals and yet Andy Maud, is a club runner, and not an international, as yet!
Those names:- Jonathan Davies of Reading 17.14; Tom Lancashire of Bolton United 17.17; Andrew Butchart, Scotland’s top cross country runner 17.19 and English 5k track and Inter-counties Champion, Richard Weir of Derby 17.21.
Now for some more encouraging news and that was that Highgate Harriers ‘A’ team came 9th out of 72 clubs that started the event and yet, they were missing four of their five fastest, for one reason or another. The winning team was Tonbridge AC in 1:47.24. Highgate (1:49:39), were ahead of Enfield & Harringey, Brighton and Hove, Swansea Harriers and Bedford & County AC. The latter usually ahead of Highgate in recent years.
Highgate’s ‘B’ team were 32nd in 1:54.59. That was truly amazing as well, and augurs well for the Winter cross-country and 12 stage relays, of that there is little doubt.
The times of the first team were, in order of running Robel Bahelbi 18:00; Andy Maud 17:03; Chris Rainsford 18.07; Robert Wilson 18.40; Ben Noad 18.51; and Ben Pochee 18:58 (not only is Pochee ‘over 45’ now but someone who has brought new life into the distance section of the club)
The ‘B’ team times were Fergal Smithwick 18:54; Jon Laybourn 18.51; James Millett 18:47; Sean Renfer 18.39; Michael Dan 20.00; 28:00; Oliver Kean 19:48. The team finished as third 'B' team, ahead of the first teams of Hercules Wimbledon, Tyne Bridge Harriers, Trafford Harriers, Taunton AC, Morpeth Harriers and Nene Valley.
Results from the National Road Relays
can be found on the Highgate Harriers Results page
EDMUNDS RUNS ON
Even though the track season has virtually come to a close, PETE EDMUNDS is still running well on the track.
On the 23rd of September at the Watford Open Meeting Edmunds (Born 2/3/88) ran in a good competitive field, winning race six of the 100m in 11.95, which was faster than he ran in the Highgate Open meet on the 9th of September, when he came 2nd and ran 12.05.
Not to be outdone by the youngsters, a Chief Highgate Official, Jeanne Coker (78) was sprinting herself in race one and, was the first athlete over 55 in the 100m race in 24.90 but has run faster this year.
On Saturday Highgate Harriers compete in the National six and 4 stage road relays, at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.
Although the Highgate Harriers Mens team have several of their top runners absent, which will dent their chances of being in the frame, there are sufficient very good runners now in the club to fill the gaps and, Highgate should still have a chance of being in the first half dozen in the high quality event.
On the Sunday at Victoria Park is the Middlesex 10k road race and there is bound to be some interest from Highgate there too.
HIGHGATE YOUNGSTERS START THE CROSS COUNTRY SEASON WITH A BANG
KATE JENRICK, the Manager of the teams and a coach to some of the youngsters who ran on Saturday, was at the First North West london League cross country meeting at Perivale. She said the youngsters were out in force and continued with the following words:-
"The U11 boys are defending the league title and it was a great show of strength as they won decisively. Half of them had been in action the day before at Camden Primary schools cross country.
Jesse Hopkins (the year 6 Camden champion) led the team home in 6th, closely followed by Jack Bailey 8th and Ezra Baddiel Banks 12th. Year 5 champion Caspar Hopkins finished 14th. Newcomers Liam Bailey and Luca Spaccatrosi & Tara Kabiri showed good maturity with their first experince of club athletics"
Kate continued:- "First place also for U13 boys. Great team packing. Monte Watson 6th, Luca Weinbrecht, more often sprinting over 200m on the track was a revelation, Oran Gallagher 12th Finlay Sleeman 13th.'
'In the girls race there were many individual highlights.
In the U11s the top scorers were Siena Thompson 14th, Amy Chapman 21 and Kate Bailey, in her first ever cross country race 25th. In the U13s Ellie Gilmore showed her class with 2nd place. Isabella Millet finished 5th, her highest placing in a league race and newcomer Ella Hartley finished a useful 16th.
The team finished 2nd.
Phoebe Littler was first in U15 girls and with Sasha Fear 5th Costanza di Borgoricco 10th and Maxine Chapman 17th the team was narrowly beaten into 2nd place."
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DUATHLON HAMPSTEAD HEATH
The Hampstead Heath Duathlon is a fairly low key event but gains more interest each year. This year's event took place on 13th September.
Athletes were to run between the swimming pools on the Heath and, swim around each of them.
The winning team was from Camden Swiss Cottage, with a total time of 1:45:36. HIGHAGATE HARRIERS were 2nd with 1:47:29 and third were TRI London in a total time of 1:49:58.
5th overall but first all women’s team, was HIGHGATE HARRIERS in 1:54:49.
29 women’s teams finished the event.
Highgate Harriers Manager of their teams was Jonathan Deane. He said: “It was particularly challenging as it was colder than usual”
Regarding the individual results, out of 97 men finishing, Gregory Rollo-Walker of Camden Swiss Cottage, was the fastest with 32.22 but, second fastest was Michael Dan of Highgate who did 34:11 and the third fastest of all was Highgate’s Rob Walker in 35:32. Highgate’s Captain, Jonathan Deane, was 16th in 37:46.
Other men to run and swim from the club were Tom Christopher (14th) 37:34; James Rossiter 39:22; Jack Matthewman 40:12; Joseph Lowe 41.51; Henry Dodwell 42.47; Chris Beecham 43.44 & Alex Edwards 44.25.
83 women completed and the fastest was Amy Prichard of TRI London in 35:15 with Highgate Harrier Hattie Brock, the second fastest of the day in 36:52. Others well up for the club were 5th Alexia Deane 38:57; 8th Rhion Ravenscroft 44:50.
VERY GOOD FOURTH PLACE IN THE SOUTH FOR THE WOMEN
Combined with Highgate’s fantastic victory in the Men’s Six Stage relay, at Aldershot in the weekend were, Highgate Harriers Women’s fourth place, out of 77 clubs that started, in the South of England 4x4 stage relay Championships, at Rushmoor, Arena, Aldershot.
The first six teams were 1. Cambridge & Coleridge AC 53:51; 2 Bedford & County AC 54:03; 3 Aldershot Farnham & District (Who have won for many years before) 54:50; 4 HIGHGATE HARRIERS 55:21; 5 Windsor, Slough Eton & Hounslow 55:32; and 6th local rivals Serpentine ‘A’ team 55:32.
It was interesting to see Highgate’s other local rival, Shaftesbury Barnet down in 10th place, when you consider they had Middlesex senior cross country Champion, Naomi Taschmiowitz and twice Southern Junior 3k track Champion Sophie Parvsi-Wayne, in their team!
Highgate’s team that finished up 4th in the weekend, in leg order were Sophie Sheldrake 13:59; Georgia Fear 13:56; Hattie Brock 14:01; and Ashley Scott-Wilson 13:25.
A GREAT CHARACTER RUNS A LONG WAY
JONATHAN GARDNER (Born 5/10/68), a Highgate Harrier, with a great sense of humour, took himself seriously when running as long as he possibly could over a 24 hour period. Last Sunday Jon an American, well travelled internationally, plus being a tri-athlete, ran in the 24 hours Self Transcendence race. He covered 154.452 K’s (Almost 96 miles) on the Tooting Bec Track, in 24 hours.
Jon Gardner was 22nd of those 45 who completed the 24 hour race.