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Hampstead Heath, London NW5.

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Night of the 10,000m PBs
Saturday 19th May 2018

Including the European 10,000m Cup

Night of the PBs 2018

Night of the PBs     Full Results     Photos

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10-Jun-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harrier, Tom Crowley was 7th of 792 finishers, on Sunday (3 June), in the Regent’s Park 10k and, did a time of 36:20. Although his personal best is 35:32 in 2016 he was a good 800 & 1500 runner a few years back. He ran 11:57.63 for 800 in 2012 and 3:56.44 for 1500 in 2009.
Others in the large field, from the club, included 62nd over ‘50’ runner Simon Atkins (42:56) and Megan Greensmith, who was 9thlady in the race in 44:37.0 and, 93rd overall.


04-Jun-2018     Alastair Aitken

At the British Milers Club Grand Prix track races on the 26th of May at Watford, Brahma Pochee was 8th in the 5000 ‘B’ race in 15:04.12, which beat his personal best time of 15:07.1 of last year.

In the Vitality London races on the road Danny Russell was 37th in the 10k race in 31.18 and Chris Rainsford 46th in 31.32.

It was a high calibre race won by Olympic Champion Mo Farah in 29:44. The international Callum Hawkins, from Scotland, was 42nd;so that gives one an appreciation of the high standard of the event.

In the women’s 10k race, Hannah Viner was well up the field in 11th place in 34:35.  International Steph Twell of Aldershot, won the race in 32:34.

Mr and Mrs Strain take the tough option on the Fells.

On the 19th of May at Crowden, Highgate’s Tessa Strain was the leading Middlesex runner, finishing 4th in 55:16 in the tough Inter-Counties Fell Race out of 70 women that completed.
Murray Strain was 12th of 139 competitors, in 48:23 in the Men’s race. Murray was running for Scotland East, that came 5th in the Men’s team event.


26-May-2018     Alastair Aitken

On Sunday (20th May) Rob Bahelbi of Highgate Harriers, came 2nd in the Hackney Half Marathon in 1:09.10, after being a pacer the night before at the Night of 10,000b PB’s at Parliament Hill.
The winner was Joe Morwood of Aldershot & Farnham & District, who won in 1:08.10,
He won the ‘D’ race the day before in the Night of 10,000 PB’s in 30:28.88


26-May-2018     Alastair Aitken

On Saturday (19th May), The Night of 10,000m PB’s, was good from the start to finish, including the special arranged fly past by two typhoon jets at 5’0’clock, thanks to the organiser of the meeting Ben Pochee.

Before the meeting had got to the quarter stage of the athletics programme, Highgate Harriers Press Secretary Alastair Aitken talked exclusively to Dave Bedford O.B.E, the last British person to break the World 10,000m record. (27:30.80 In 1973).
         “I think this event is going to be the best event in the history of the Night of the 10k PB’s. I think that Ben Pochee has done an amazing job.’
‘My concern about tonight is that it will be so successful, that we would have too many people here and, we would have to consider what happens in the future.

I think the fact we have got the Europa Cup races here is a prize for Ben. I think that has only come here to Parliament Hill track because of work that he and Highgate Harriers and everyone else has done.

We will have crowds here tonight that we have not seen before, that will be the challenge. Whereas everyone here tonight will have a wonderful evening and we will see great racing and great times. It is unreasonable to believe that someone can do this in the future on a voluntary basis; with an athletics club, with the volunteers supporting it, as sustainable on a voluntary basis. So I hope that people will get people to look at it and understand that this is the future and give it more support.’

As you know the London Marathon supported it when I was in charge and they continue to do so now BUT this is one of the few opportunities we have in our sport to make a difference. It is a new competition model and it is that, that matters.”
In the European (Europa) Cup in the women’s  race Chemtai Lonah Salpeter, running for Israel, ran to an impressive personal best winning time of 31:33.03 which was a World leading time. She was followed home by an equally impressive run by Ancuta Bobocel of Romania in 31:43.12, which was well inside her personal best time. A PB was also achieved by Charlotte Arter from the UK. She broke loose from a chasing group behind Bobocel to come third in 32:15.71.

The men’s race was very exciting and brought the curtain down. There were so many contenders in the race that the first 7 were all inside 28:00 minutes. The winner was Richard Ringer of Germany (27:36.52), who outran Morad Amdouni of France (27:36.80).  In 3rd place was Yemaneberhan Crippa who did an Italian record of 27:44.21.

The first UK runner was Alexander Yee, who at the age of 20, set a PB of 27:51.94. Thirty two ran in the race.

The winner Richard Ringer, who is from Berlin said with real enthusiasm “The atmosphere from the crowd. This is the best track race I have ever done”.
Emma Burgess ran 37:36.59 in 7th place in the Women’s C race which was good, particularly as it was her first attempt at the hard track distance.
In the Men’s ‘C’ race Shaun Dixon was 20th in 31:13.22, which was a season’s best for him. And in the Men’s ‘D’ race, Fergal Smithwick finished 11th in 31:20.89 and international tri-athlete Danny Russell, ran a season’s best to be 18th out of 31 finishers in 31:41.79.


20-May-2018     Alastair Aitken

At Lee Valley on the 9th of May, at the British Milers Gold Standard ‘A’ 5000m race, three Highgate runners achieved personal best times, in a race won by John Sanderson of Guilford & Godalming in 14:20.14. They were 12th Fergal Smithwick, who ran 15:03.10 (12th); 14th Charlie Haywood, the Highgate runner who is studying at UCL, 15:06.26; and 15th Brahma Pochee, the half-brother of the famous Ben Pochee, in 15:06.86. In 16h place was Rob Wilson, the Highgate cross county captain in 15:11.76.

One of Highgate’s best half dozen athletes, as a cross country & road relay runner has other strings to his bow. MURRAY STRAIN, has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the Mountain Running Long Distance Championships in Poland on the 24th of June.

Parliament Hill track is managed by the City of London and a fee is payable for use.
A special arrangement with the City of London gives Highgate Harriers members
free access to the track on club nights.

Hampstead Heath information and maps can be found on the City of London website.

The nearest stations are Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath on London Overground
and Belsize Park or Kentish Town on the London Underground.

See www.runtrackdir.com for track details and location

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