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21st Jun, 2020, Highgate Harriers


Last week's Strava Leader Board (week commencing Monday 18 May) was headed by Alex Holley with 155.4km (12:47.40 of running time/2,951m elevation). Alex ran in the Crouch End, Highgate and Tufnell Park areas, as well as in the City and Kensington.

One of Highgate's A' road team racers, Sean Renfer, did 148km for second place and Luke McManus, who did 138.5km, was third. Highgate's Strava virtual ‘racing’ group now has 213 members.


Terry Fawden, 21 years old, of Highgate Harriers was the fastest in the Virtual 5k Strava Race with a time of 15:31 in the weekend (25/26 April). The ‘Mob Match’ was against Thames Hare and Hounds club, who won the match but Fawden was fastest overall.


With much sadness, we hear that John Bryant, a former second claim member of Highgate Harriers, died recently. A very kindly and friendly man, John had been editor of national papers, author of athletics books, and had won the London 5,000m Championships at one time. He also ran a quick marathon (of 2:21) in the London before he had a serous leg injury.


Highgate Harrier, Ben Noad, who ran for Great Britain in the World Cross Country Championships in 2007 and who has been a force in all Highgate's winning Metropolitan League teams, has had a challenge thrown down to him by his great friend, Ben Pochee. That is, in 2021, to try and break Ben’s Highgate Harriers club 10,000m over 45 record of 31:55.

Pochee thinks he can do it. It is interesting to note that on the Strava Virtual running site, Ben Noad has been running a lot recently. By 18 May, he had already run 119.9 miles for the month in a total moving time of 14:48:57. Ben has routes he does as the morning, afternoon and evening runs.

Ben who coaches three athletes, two being Highgate Harriers, has sometimes been seen running his Strava runs around Ladywell, Crofton Park and Brockley.

26-May-2020     Alastair Aitken