Highgate Harriers are based at
Parliament Hill athletics track
Hampstead Heath, London NW5.

The club welcomes new members of all standards and abilities from the age of seven. Club training sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

For more details go to the Club Information page

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Highgate Harriers are Clubmark accredited and a Camden Beacon+ club

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

Including the European 10,000m Cup

Night of the PBs 2018

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08-Dec-2018     Alastair Aitken

In the Start Fitness Metropolitan League Match 3 of 5 at Uxbridge on Saturday 1 December Highgate men extended their lead despite two of their runners who usually score - Steve Faulkener and Rob Wilson, the Captain - being injured. The race was a battle for 1st place out of the 413 runners.
Roger Poolman was looking really good at half way and a potential winner but London champion Paul Martelletti (27:26) was catching him in the last quarter of the race. Despite a fall in the quite deep brook, not long before the finish, Poolman lost his lead but was a good 2nd. He has improved his league positions over the last two seasons from 106; 11; 8 and now 2nd. Highgate Harriers now lead the premier Division One with 3,392 points with Victoria Park 2nd with 2,657 and London Heathside 3rd on 2,428. The Highgate runners - the 12 man ‘Golden’ scorers were:  2nd Roger Poolman in 27:35; 7 Robel Bahelbi 28.00; 24 Charlie Haywood 28.56; 26 Jon Laybourn 29:02; 37 Henry Murdoch 29:35; 47 Ben Noad (who had a calf injury hurting for the last mile) 29:59-the 2nd over 40 in the race; 59 William De Doncker 30:24; 98 Russel Ashford 32:07; 108, first over 55, Alex Davidson 32:22; 127 Alexander Holley 32:44 and 145 Duncan Burbidge 33:09 (Over 45).


08-Dec-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harrier, Emma Burgess, is a clinical psychologist at the Chelsea & Westminster hospital, concentrating on pain management. She showed she can suffer herself, to improve her performances. Before this year and since she joined Highgate Harriers in 2012 she had never
been better than 9th in the many Metropolitan Leagues she had done and before last year, further back still. At Claybury in October she was 4th and her second best position was 5th at Uxbridge in the Start Fitness Metropolitan league 6.2k cross country on Saturday 1 December.
In the race which had a river to cross on each lap the leader at half way was Highgate’s Jasmin Goater, another improved runner, with Anna Hollingsworth of Serpentine next and 3rd at that point was the Sorioty Cup winner, Rachel Thomas of Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets; but earlier Goater had led from Burgess. Come the finish Rachel Thomas finished fast to win in 25:39 but there were two high placers for Highgate out of the field of 215; 5 Emma Burgess 26:25; 6 Jasmin Goater 26:30. The other Highgate runners were: 14 Lucy Thraves 26:56; 20 Rachel Baker 27:23; 56 Louise Faherty (W40) 29:40; 74 Lucy Hughes 30:36; and 100 Natasha Cendrowicz (W45) 32:08.
At the moment the first three clubs at the top of the League are London Heathside and Victoria Park both on 816 with Highgate on 783 third.
After the next Met league will be the final one at Alexander Palace and in recent years Highgate have fielded a strong team that day which means they could overtake those two leading teams!


02-Dec-2018     Alastair Aitken

Alexander Holley ran into 25th place out of 222 finishers in the men’s Fraternity Cup cross country race at Trent Park on Saturday 24 November. His time was 28:23. This historic race was first run 85 years ago. Earlier, in September, Holley ran a good personal best marathon in Berlin doing 2:47.16.

Alex Davidson was 38th man home. Now 56, Alex did well to come in with a time of 28:55. Ben Wood was 57th in 29:40, Richard Stewart, permanently battling with injuries, was 122nd in 32:39, Fredrick Comman was 138th in 33:56 and David Southerland was 163rd in 35.09.

Alex Lepetre of Barnet & Distinct AC ran round the course in 24:57 to win the event and he has been training with the with fast Highgate Harriers recently on a Tuesday & Saturday when he is not racing.

In the women’s Sorority Cup race Highgate Harriers had two highly placed finishers with Kani Hinshelwood finishing fifth (32:42) and Catherine Airey finishing 8th (33:08). A total of 128 completed the race.


24-Nov-2018     Alastair Aitken

In the London Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill on 17 November Highgate Harriers men were 2nd of 35 clubs that closed in, with 65 points, behind the Thames Valley Harriers’ 4-man team which scored 32 points. In 3rd place was Serpentine RC with 81points. The Highgate Harriers women were 3rd with 115 points. The winners were local club, London Heathside, which scored 55 points. 27 clubs completed.

That prolific racer Paul Martelletti of Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, won the Men’s race in 34:55 but Highgate men, as usual, were well up the field of 460 finishers. Jon Laybourn led the Highgate charge in 36:37 in 13th. Jon is a man who runs well in Beacon & Non-Beacon races, particularly lately, of that there is no doubt. The other Highgate men in the first 100 were 16 Charlie Hayood, who studies at London University, 37:02; 17, Henry Murdoch 37:08, 19 Alex Crossland 37:12; 24 Sean Renfer 37:27, 32 marathon runner, Mark Innocenti in 38:02; 62 Matt Mintrom 39:51; 82 Russel Ashford 40:45 and 91 Alexander Holley 41:08,

In the Women’s race, where Highgate were bronze medallists, the first Highgate runner was 11th Yasmin Goater in 23:19. The other finishers were 35 Kani Hinshelwood 24:59; 53 over 45 runner Sarah Bailey 25:35; 55 Katherine Airey 25:36; 62 Lisa Wenninger 25:52 & 80 Louise Faherty 26:22. 311 finished the race.


12-Nov-2018     Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers’ glory came when they won the Southern Cross Country relay Championship for men at Wormwood Scrubs on the 20th of October. The team comprised Pete Chambers 14:35; Roger Poolman 13:55; Robert Wilson 14:44 and Sean Renfer, on anchor leg, who did 14:33. They totalled a time of 57:47 for the 4x 4.5k course and beat the recent heroes for several years, Belgrave Harriers, who were 2nd in 57:48 and TVH were third in 57.49.

Johnny Laybourn, was the leading Highgate Harrier runner in the historic Liddiard Cup cross country trophy race a Kingsbury on 27th October finishing sixth out of 141 finishers; and in the recent Amsterdam Marathon Shaun Dixon showed he is still pretty fit, running 2hrs and 41 minutes.

On the 3rd of November on Hackney Marshes, Darryl Davison came 10th in the North London Cross Country Championships in 30:27 out of 113 finishers; and for the Highgate women Kani Hinshelwood came 11th in 25.46 and Catherine Airey came 14th in 26.17 out of 82 finishers.

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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