MANY HIGHGATE WINNERS AT PERIVALE
Although the position at Perivale on Sunday, in the Southern League was not quite as good as it should be, except that it appeared as though the men had the best scores overall of all the clubs in the match.
Highgate Harriers are not in a relegation position and, in fact are 11th of the 16 clubs in the Southern League Division 2 West
, after two rounds, with 348 match points. The top of the Division is Bracknell AC with 470.5 with Highgate Harriers 11th with 348 match points. (Match on Saturday 1 Ealing Southall & Middx 193½; 2 North Devon 187; 3 Highgate Harriers 184 and 4 Havant AC 145½)
The good thing is that, after the next Southern League meeting at Bracknell on the 18th of June
Highgate Harriers compete at Parliament Hill track, on the 9th of July
. The club will feel inspired to do well there, as it is on the same track where Ben Pochee’s, fantastic, 10k World Trials took place last Saturday with so may Highgate Harriers officiating or competing.
The outright winners
on Sunday at Perivale:-100 ‘A’ Isiah Boers (U20) 11.10; ‘B’ 100 Daryl N’tuka (U17) 11.45; 400 ‘B’ Michael Slavinsky 54.62; 800 & 1500 ‘A’ Edward Hickman Casey 2:1.40/4:0.91 (By over 20 seconds to next ‘A’ runner in the 1500)
; 800/1500 ‘B’ Braham Pochee 2:04.53 and 1500 4:23.39; 3000m Peter Chambers 8:39.84; (By well over 30 seconds to next ‘A’ man)
. 3000m ‘B’ Michael Dan 9:01.63 (his time would have given him second place in the ‘A’)
A triple for Matt Dore-Weeks 110h/400h/high jump 16.42/61.10/1.68 all for the ‘A’; High jump ‘B’ Kofi Appiah 1.58; Long jump ‘B’ Samuel Adesanya (Under 17 athlete) he did 5.71.
James Rossiter (M45) had a triple in the field ‘A’ shot putt 9.35; ‘B’ discus 24.10; and ‘B’ javelin 39.35. Dentist, Mehran Sanie (M45) won the‘B’ shot 9.04 and ‘A’ discus 30.72;
Highgate Harriers Men 4x100m and 4x400 relays--They were winners in both.
In the Women’s events the winners were ‘B’ 200 Nina Anderson (W40) in 28.15 (A World Class Veteran over 40, Nina, was having her first outing outdoors this season and considers she is 2 months behind with her training)
In the shortest sprint, the 100m, two Highgate women did well to come 2nd in the ‘A’ & ‘B’ respectively Alima Diabate 13.18 & Jenny Holmes 14.61 and there was a good double second places in the shot ‘A’ & ‘B’ shot respectively with Sonia Marinez Roura (W.40) doing 9.65 and Lucienne Brear on 8.15 in the ‘B’. Amy Rutherford was 3rd in the women’s ‘A’ 100mh with 21.7 & triple jump ‘A’ with 8.69, as well as 2nd in the ‘B’ 400 in 63.41 with Nina Anderson 3rd in the ‘A’ with 61.23.
HIGHGATE EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS
HIGHGATE HARRIERS fourth Annual Night of the PB’s, set up by Ben Pochee, has become a tremendous night of exciting racing and, billed as the Olympic 10,000m Trials for 2016.
Dave Bedford, who has been presenting the prizes each year, told Alastair Aitken the Highgate Harriers Press Secretary:-
“I think the attention that the event gets is rare these days and, is of great value. It is a fascinating event. I would say that of course, being a former World record holder at 10,000m. But I think the attention it is getting here, at Parliament Hill track is way beyond any attention it would get elsewhere. I think the whole model of it here and, the work Ben Pochee does and the City of London, to make this happen is wonderful. It is no coincidence that these are the Olympic trials. The Governing body of the sport, UK Athletics, recognise what is happening here and the club Ben is from should be applauded for their effort put in.”
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HIGHGATE HARRIERS COUNTY GOLD RUSH
At least 10 gold medals were awarded to Highgate Harriers, over the weekend, at the Middlesex Track & Field Championships at Lee Valley Arena.
Amongst the Golden athletes
was ‘Under 15’ high jumper Michael Ogbechie, who did the most impressive height of 1.89m (A Highgate Harriers club record and Championship best performance)
, which puts him amongst the best in the country for his age. He did not rest on his laurels. He also won the 200m in 23.71 and 3rd in the javelin with 16.48.
“So there is not stopping the young man, coached by Juliet Kavanagh, and one wonders whether, in many years from now, he would be a good decathlete too” said Press Secretary Alastair Aitken
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JOHN POWELL WALKS INTO RETIREMENT
John Powell is one of the few left who have recently officiated in their middle to late 70’s for Highgate Harriers and, it was not till he started to approach his 80th birthday, had he decided to retire from his athletic duties, after officiating in race walking for 45 years..
HIGHGATE HARRIER, John Powell, had a distinctive style when he race walked, added to that he was noticeably tall and bespectacled.
At the Middlesex County Championships on the Saturday (14/5/2016) his retirement was announced so, he could walk off into the sunset before he actually reached 80. He is a long standing Treasurer of the Race Walking Association’s Southern Area Committee and, a member of the National Union of track statisticians, amongst other things and in his time has rubbed shoulders and known famous Olympic, European and Commonwealth Games competitors who have belonged to Highgate Harriers. After 45 years of service, ex-school teacher John removed that Judge’s badge which he gained in 1971.
People like John should be admired for the considerable service they have given to the club and race walking in general.
NATIONAL 12 STAGE STARS DO FAST TIMES
Running in Sports City on Saturday, in the high standard British Milers Club 5000 track races, Andy Maud in Race 1, was 4th of 16. He did a personal best time of 14:04.67, beating his previous best of last year of 14:24.08. At the same meeting, in Race 2, Chris Rainsford was 4th and recorded his best ever time of 14:23.71. That took his previous best off the books of 14:36.70. It was only six days after coming 2nd in the Victoria Park 5 miles road race.
In the Crouch End Fun Run 12 year old Lucas Porter was 1st out of 140 Under 12’s and Roland Somogyi won the Under 16’s and, he is only 12!