CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Viner on her 800m hurdles PB at the latest SAL
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What a busy few months it has been since the last issue of the Gate!

Our flagship Night of the 10,000m PBs event went off with aplomb and to widespread acclaim. Putting into practice the plans crafted and devised by Mr Ben Pochee - as well as our old friend the weather showing up and adding to the festival vibe - we've left runners and spectators alike wondering just how we're going to top it in 2016. Fear not, Ben assures us, his thinking cap is already on!

The SAL season continues to gather pace and the next fixture kicks off in Yeovil tomorrow. Gemma Rous was the star of the show in the opening fixture and you can watch her in action over 400m hurdles at the British Championships this weeked (coverage on BBC2 this Sunday afternoon).

Away from the track, we've had club history-equalling success at the National 12 Stage Road Relays, juniors and seniors in action at the London Mini Marathon and Marathon, plus there's junior parkrun info and more in this month's bumper newsletter to feast on.

If you have any stories away from the track and outside of our traditional running sphere then please let me know.



In the opening Southern Athletics League Division 2 West fixture at Parliament Hill in April, it was the Highgate women who came up with most winners. 

The Gate's standout performer was Gemma Rous, who came home with two individual wins and the Athlete of the Match award. In the 'A' 200, Gemma ran 26.1 and in the 'A' 400m hurdles stoped the clock at 61.7.

The second fixture at Carlshalton saw the club locked in a tight battle to avoid last place but ended the day with the "thin end of the wedge" by coming fourth. 

Matt Dore-Weeks made a huge contribution with 61.8s and victory in the 400 hurdles, 1.65m in the high jump, 16.2s and victory in the 'A' 110 high hurdles as well as 2nd place in the long jump.

Hannah Viner's trio of victories over 800m, 3,000m and 2,000m steeplechase played a big part in the club finishing top of the pile on home turf in the third fixture last month.

We head to Yeovil this weekend for the fourth of five fixtures and currently sit solidly in tenth spot with one final fixture in Woking next month to come.

Full reports HERE

Full Ham & High article from match one HERE
In fine spring sunshine at Sutton Park in April, Highgate Harriers came 7th of 67 club teams at the National 12 Stage Road Relay Championship, writes Alastair Aitken.

The last time the club attained such a heady position was back in 1991.

To further put things into perspective, Highgate Harriers finished ahead of some ‘big hitters’, including Southern Champions Shaftesbury Barnet and seven-time winners since the turn of the century, Belgrave Harriers.
The winning team this year was Morpeth Harriers in 4:21.52. Highgate Harriers' overall time was 4:28.20.

Full results HERE

Full Ham & High article HERE


Congratulations to two of our young athletes, who recently won medals at the London Youth Games Disability Athletics.
Jahziah Williams claimed double-gold in the 100m (13.7s) and 200m (28.9s) whilst Leah O'Connell secured gold in the 200m (40.62s) and silver over 100m (18.62s).

It wasn't just any old 10,000m track event. Saturday 16 May was the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs track event. And it delivered bucket loads as promised and even more on top.

Hats off to Ben Pochee and everyone connected with the club that helped make the event the success it was. Even Mother Nature smiled down with some sunshine and breezeless conditions for the championship events.

We had exciting, competitive racing on the track, over 2,500 spectators turn up to cheer and support, 70% of athletes achieve personal bests and qualification times bagged and GB spots secured.

With beer down the back straight, the trendy vinyl DJ spinning tunes, a Samba band a-playing down the home straight and Ronnie O'Sullivan and Dave Bedford presenting awards (and chatting on the Eightlane sofa), the evening had everything

In case you missed the event - or fancy reminding yourself of the special atmosphere - then check out the video HERE.
Looking for a new way to get active this summer?

This year’s Give it a Go! Festival takes place at Parliament Hill on Sunday 12 July from 1:00pm to 5.30pm. 

Highgate youngsters were in action among 2,000 others at the London Mini Marathon in April.

The 3 mile event covers the final stages of the 26.2 mile event and, whilst the majority of the club's runners were flying the Camden colours across the three age group races, Haringey's Terry Fawden was the leading Harrier, finishing second in the U17 boys event.

Full Camden New Journal article HERE

Full results HERE

                       PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Highgate Harriers Club Awards, who were presented with their prizes at the club's AGM in May.

With special thanks to George Laing (third from right) who presented the awards, scooping the silverware were (from left to right) Audun Nordtveit, Nina Anderson, Oliver Light, Ava Weinbrecht, Jahziah Williams and Georgia Fear.

Send your best "Highgaters in action" shots to for the next issue.

Following the success of parkrun over the last six years, junior parkrun - a collection of two kilometre runs for children aged 4-14 - has been launched, writes Rob Walker.

junior parkrun is focused on non-competitive fun, engagement and community spirit. The Highbury Fields edition began recently and we are hoping to engage with local running clubs to help add a small but charming new dimension to the running environment in North London.

The event relies on volunteers to ensure that they can continue to be delivered at a reliably high quality for free to the children that run, so any participation from children runners or adults that might want to volunteer is greatly appreciated.

For more information and details on how to get involved, please check out the junior parkrun website or Facebook page.

Brahma Pochee, Rob Wilson and Jonny Laybourn made it a Highagte 1-2-3 over 5,000m at the Highgate Harriers Open.

Out of 18 starters on an ideal evening at Parliament Hill Fields track, Brahma (15:30.26) took the honours ahead of Rob (15:32.85) and Jonny (15:33.36 PB) as all three opened their seasons in style.

Further hooped victories came in the U11 age category for Agoyok Gakmar, Grace Savage and Agoyok Gakmar in the sprints and Mathew Walker, who took the honours over 600m. Tony Richards (M65) won the discus and was also 4th overall in the shot.

U20 athlete Will Amobi (11.84) and U15 Jamie Doll- Steinberg (12.33) ran out winners in their respective 100m heats. Daniel Lavipour clocked 36.31 and Obinna Ikedife 39:66 as they both tasted victory in their respective 300m races. 

Martin Bright (M45) won 800m race three in 2:29.21 whilst Laurent Liote ran a PB of 17:36.21 to win the 5,000m B race.

Full report HERE
We have a comprehensive membership database that is kept up-to-date, so it is very important that any change of address/email/mobile or landline is made known to Kate Jenrick:
While it is important that all contact details are correct, it is particularly so for our young athletes, as should there be an issue at training or competition and we need to contact parents, this is our source of information.


Huge Highgate congrats to Ben Pochee - pictured here with his son, Fred - who was presented with his Life Membership commemorative vase by Graham Norris at a Cornish beach café last month.

On Bank Holiday Monday, eight Highgate runners were in the field of close to 20,000 at the BUPA London 10,000m incorp. British 10k Championships as both the women's and men's teams finished sixth, writes Alastair Aitken.

Hannah Viner ran a great race to finish as 22nd woman in a time of 35:46. Hannah's time was nearly a minute quicker than her time on the track at the previous week's Night of the PBs.

Completing the women's team scorers were Harriet Brock (38:06) and Ashley Scott-Wilson (38:34). Emma Burgess also ran 39:09 to place 76th..

The Norwegian Snow Prince, Audun Nordtveit, ran the fastest time for the Gate of 30:01 to come home 13th ahead of several noted internationals. Other Highgate runners high in the huge field included Chris Rainsford (30:54) Shaun Dixon (31:03), Robel Bahelbi (32:17) and Danny Russell (32:44).

Laurent-Olivier Liote clocked a new PB of 34:52, as did Andrew Colliins, who ran 37:29. Over 70 Highgate Harrier, John Brassington, also ran 71:48.

Full results HERE


Hannah Viner led a trio of Highgate ladies home to victory at the LBH Bridges Relays down by the banks of the Thames last month.

Three teams of three took part among the strong field of over 100 teams, with the team of Esther Evans, Heather Bijman and Hannah taking top-spot.

The second team of Louise Faherty, Rhian Ravenscroft, returning following fifteen months out, and Nora Rossberg also secured a top-10 finish by placing 9th.

Rhian completed a second leg for the "C" team, along with ladies team captain, Louise, as Kirat Nandra completed the trio's 23rd-place finishing efforts.



Monte and Ripley Watson were in fine form representing the Gate in Bruno, Czech Republic.

U13 athlete, Monte, who placed fourth in the final North West London League XC in March, won the mixed-age field 2km race in 7:35.

Ripley, meanwhile, came home 6th in the U11’s 1km event, posting a time of 4:15 in a field of 22 runners.
The final Youth Development League fixture takes place on home turf at Parliament Hill later this month.

The four-fixture season for U13 and U15 athletes currently sees the next generation sitting pretty in fourth in the North/East 3A Division after a storming victory in the last fixture.

The final meet is set to take place at Parliament Hill on 18 July.

For more details see the YDL website HERE.


Belated shout out to the fourteen Highgaters who completed the London Marathon back in April.

Probably just about recovered from their 26.2 mile exploits are: Andrew Ball, Guillaume Cribier, Anne Curley, Marcus Green, Daniel Higgins, Matt Kavanagh, Damien Lane, Roger Low, Baard Lyngnes, Ben Noad, Matthew Pointon, Martin Quinn, Mark Townsend and Brendan Donnelly.


The next issue of The Gate is due out next month. Feedback and contributions to the newsletter are gratefully received so please send any through to Chris at:

For the latest news and updates in the meantime, don't forget to check the Facebook page and follow the club on Twitter: @HighgateHarrier.

                      UPCOMING FIXTURES

Always check with your team manager/coach before travelling

04    Southern Athletics League - Yeovil
04    Norwich Lord Mayor's 5k
18    Youth Development League - Parliament Hill


15    Southern Athletics League – Woking
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