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Editorial


And with that, the cross country season is over. Well, almost.

Bar the select few Highgaters representing their county or region at the Inter-Counties, Home Counties and English Schools XC over the next couple of weeks, February marked the end of mud for the club this season.

The month saw Highgate stamp its (Club)mark impressively across Met League and National Cross Country action and, with road and track fixed firmly on the horizon, here's hoping for an equally positive campaign that starts in earnest later this month at the South of England 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays.

Our Highgate Early Season Open lies in wait on Wednesday 15th April whilst entries for our Night of the 10,000m PBs extravaganza have also gone live. With the first batch of numbers selling like hot cakes for the May 16th spectacle, it promises to be a night not to be missed – so please spread the word!

As we move into the track season, team managers, athletes & coaches are invited to submit news for publication in the Gate. Please send any contributions to chrisofthegate@gmail.com.

The club was also sad to hear the news of Ted Fosbrook's passing in January. Alastair Aitken was one of many to pay tribute to Ted and has penned a fitting tribute to one of Highgate's 'greatest characters' in this month's newsletter.

Chris
CLUBMARK ACCREDITATION

Clubmark is the acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs, writes Graham Norris.

The accreditation is Sport England's standard for high quality community sports clubs and we first achieved Clubmark accreditation just over three years ago.

Recently, we had a visit from our new England Athletics Club Officer, Guy Spencer, who looked through our documentation and procedures, did a site check and talked to various people.

We are glad to report that following Guy's visit we have once again gained Clubmark accreditation, something we are very proud of as it recognises the club has all the correct procedures in place to continue to offer a safe and productive arena for all our athletes.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND SELECTION FOR HIGHGATE'S HATTIE BROCK

Huge Highgate Harriers congratulations to Hattie Brock, who has been selected to represent the South of England over cross country.

Hattie (second from the right) followed up her impressive top-10 spot at the Southern Cross Country Championships in Brighton with 21st-place in the National XC two weeks ago and has now been invited to represent the SEAA at the Home Countries International Cross Country in Antrim on 14th March 2015.

Best of luck Hattie!


The Highgate Harriers Early Season Open will take place on Wednesday 15th April at Parliament Hill track from 5:00pm. Entries can only be made online and will close twenty four hours before the event next month.

For more information and to enter online, please see the club website HERE.

If you are able to lend a hand with organisation and event set up on the night then please drop Jens Gaitzsch an email HERE.
TED FOSBROOK - ONE OF HIGHGATE’S GREATEST CHARACTERS
Ted Fosbrook died at around 5:00am on the 31st of January a short time before his 90th birthday. I will never forget Ted. It was due to him that I joined the club in 1957 but found it was all too daunting, after my running at school, and left after a few months, writes Alastair Aitken.

Towards the end of 1964, I was out doing some sprints on the extension of Hampstead Heath, near my home, and who should come running by with a bunch of young athletes, but Ted Fosbrook. He immediately turned to me with his typical infectious enthusiasm and said ‘Come down the club and join Highgate!’ I did that and the rest is history.

What I would say is that he was Press Secretary of the club before me and had been able to get Highgate cross-country events on Southern BBC television in the 1950s, which simply could not happen nowadays, where next to no publicity is given to that.

Ted advised or coached athletes until the last few years of his life and helped, amongst others, Roy Hollingsworth, who later became AAA’s discus champion in 1964.

Ted had a full and colourful life. At 16, he joined the Merchant Navy and was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, where he was nearly torpedoed several times. It was in the Navy that he learnt to box and had as many as three fights in one evening. The fact that he did that helped him in life’s battles.

It was in the 1950s to early-60s in a small flat near Parliament Hill that he did his tailoring and his devoted wife, Pam, did hairdressing. Ted worked hard and ended up being a noted designer and teacher of fashion. Eventually he and his family lived in a large house in Highgate Village. He was determined to give his children a good education, which he was not able to have, and his three children Edward, Deborah and Edmund are all successful.

He has nine grandchildren and his daughter Deborah’s three sons all ran for Highgate Harriers. They are William, George and Peter Laing.

Ted Fosbrook was a fascinating character with plenty of stories I could relate, but suffice to say, when I saw him in hospital a week or so before he left us, he said: 

“I have had a good life.”

What more could one add to that?
The club was also saddened to hear of the passing last month of Peter Chapman, husband of Highgate athlete and coach, Sarah Chapman. Our sympathy to Sarah and her family at this time.
STRENGTH IN DEPTH ACROSS THE BOARD AT NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY

Highgate Harriers fielded athletes in every age category race at the English National Cross Country two weeks ago in what was a show of club strength across the board on home turf at Parliament HIll.

The men followed up their third-place finish at the Southerns last month with a remarkable fourth in the six- and nine-to-score team standings. Highgate's ladies finished a brilliant 10th of 93 teams in a race that enjoyed a record 865 finishers.

Hattie Brock and Sam Willis were Highgate's sole representatives in the junior events. Terry Fawden, in his first year in the age group, was one of seven U17 boys in action and finished 79th out of 280. In a record U17 women's field of 235, Georgia Fear and Marjolaine Briscoe ran for the Gate and finished 16th and 179th respectively. 

The U15 girls quartet of Phoebe Littler, Constanza Di Borgoric, Daisy Griffin and Senga Russell Don finished.31st overall whilst Abel Sinko-Uribe followed up his top-10 finish at the final Met League to lead Highgate's U15 boys trio across the line.

Roland Somogyi (147th) led home five more in the U13 boys race. The U13 girls (pictured above) placed 21st of 50 teams and the eight in action included Sasha Fear, Ellie Gilmore, Emma Williets, Dorothy Brock, Isabella Millet, Milly Dunne, Florence MacEhoran and Hannah Sekkides.

Full Highgate Harriers report via the website HERE

Full Ham & High article HERE

Gallop a mile for Comic Relief in the Gallopathon this Saturday 7th March at Hampstead Heath. This first-ever event is billed as a 'fantastic fun event for all the family' in aid of Comic Relief and kicks off at 1:00pm.

Click HERE for more information and entry details
WONDERFUL MET LEAGUE HAT TRICK FOR HIGHGATE

Since the Metropolitan Cross Country League began in 1966, Highgate Harriers have won the men’s league three times. Those three times have been consecutive and the third was this month at Wormwood Scrubs, writes Alastair Aitken.

It was for the 13th time in a row that the Highgate Harriers men have finished in the first three teams in a senior cross country event. 

The women have won the league at least nine times since women first had a Metropolitan League competition in 1994. Seven of those were consecutively but this time they had to settle for third.

The in-form Harriet Brock, who finished ninth overall and first U20, led the ladies home to third on the day behind London Heathside and Shafetsbury Barnet Harriers.

To add to the spoils, the Howard Williams Senior Trophy was awarded to the first combined women’s and men’s club over the five league fixtures and Highgate Harriers finished top ahead of Serpentine RC and London Heathside.

The combined U17/U15 men finished second on the day and second overall behind Trent Park by a solitary point in one of the closest finishes of the season. Brothers Aurel and Abel Sinko-Uribe led the team home with top-10 finishes. The U13 boys trio of Lorcan Barnett, Theo Elwes and Manny Pigney brought Highgate home 10th of 21 clubs overall.

Full Ham & High article HERE

                       PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Holding the Met League XC trophy aloft, Photo of the Month this month comes from the men's cross country captain, Rob Wilson.

Stepping into Ben Pochee's two-time title-winning leadership shoes, Rob ensured it was an honour rather a hospital pass despite early-season doubts the size of David Moyes. 

Rob rallied the troops following successive second-place finishes to Serpentine and led by example in the 'A' side's scoring twelve to help secure a hat trick of Met League triumphs.

Send your best "Highgaters in action" shots to chrisofthegate@gmail.com for the next issue.
EVERY ATHLETICS FAN & HIS DOG INVITED TO AEROBIC KNEES UP

Entries are now open for the third annual Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs.

Race director and our very own, Ben Pochee, is inviting every athletics fan and his dog to pen Saturday 16th May firmly in their diary to help build on the rip-roaring success of 2014
so please help spread the word about our event.

Full details and entry information can be found via the England Athletics entry portal HERE.

Full Eightlane article HERE.


Hannah Viner has been flying the Highgate flag whilst enjoying her gap year in New Zealand, writes Dave Burrows

Viner competed in the YMCA 10k Series on 12th February and easily finished first woman and 2nd overall. She is now the series leader, having posted the fastest time for a woman in the event this season.

Following her success at the YMCA event, Hannah then went on to run 18.50 to take the course record at the Devonport Jets 5k Run on 18th February.
In case you missed it last month, fixtures for the 2015 Youth Development League have been announced.

The four-fixture season for U13 and U15 athletes will kick-off at Sutcliffe Park, Greenwich on Saturday 2nd May. Please see below for the full list of fixtures:

02 May - Sutcliffe Park
30 May - Parliament Hill
21 June - Mile End
18 July - Parliament Hill

For more details see the YDL website HERE.

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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: chrisofthegate@gmail.com.

Special thanks to Dave Burrows, Graham Norris, Peter Downie, Ben Pochee and Alastair Aitken for their contributions to the newsletter this month.

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
MARCH

07    CAU Inter Counties Cross Country Championships - Cofton Park
14    English Schools Cross Country Championships - Blackburn
28    South of England 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays - Milton Keynes
28    NWL XC - Wormwood Scrubs

APRIL

11    National 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays - Sutton Park
15    Highgate Harriers Early Season Open - Parliament Hill
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