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Editorial


March has been something a mish-mash month of competition for the club and has seen members compete in a variety of events both at home and abroad.

The curtain finally closed on another successful cross country campaign, culminating in the Club Championships at Wormwood Scrubs and Middlesex Masters Cross Country Championships.

One of our leading junior athletes, Hattie Brock, was also in action for the South of England at the Home Counties International XC in Antrim. Hattie shares with us her experience in this month's newsletter.

The clocks springing forward marked the beginning of road relay season for the men's and women's middle-distance stars in Milton Keynes. With qualification secured for the National final, twelve men and six women are set to represent the club at the National 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield this weekend. Good luck!

Sharpening up for the fast-approaching summer season, the club's sprinters have also been flying the Highgate flag indoors. Track starts very much in earnest with our open event at Parliament Hill in eight days so if you can lend a hand next Wednesday 15 April, please drop Jens an email.

April promises to follow March's lead, with silverware up for grabs this Saturday, the track season kicking off in full glory next week and preparations continuing apace ahead of our showpiece event on May 16th. All hands to the pump; summer is about to get underway!

Chris
A HIGHGATE HARRIER AT THE HOME COUNTIES INTERNATIONAL

Following on from the National XC at Parliament Hill, which saw many Highgate Harriers brave the mud to race on home turf, I received an invitation to compete for the South of England at the Home Counties International XC in Antrim, Ireland, writes Hattie Brock

I was rather surprised to have been selected but equally excited to travel with the team, meet other keen runners and compete in such a high calibre race. I was also slightly daunted at the prospect of racing against more experienced athletes.

When Friday the 13th arrived, I woke up (hoping it wasn’t going to be an unlucky day) and packed my overnight bag. I decided it was better to over-pack then under-pack after the mud of Parli Hill! 

I arrived at Luton airport and was met by team mangers, Ollie Parker and Jo Newcombe, and introduced to the other runners. There were four athletes in each team and we had both male and female U20 teams and two senior teams too.

When we reached Ireland it was a short walk (50 metres) to our hotel, where we dropped off our bags before heading to dinner. This was a great opportunity to chat and get to know each other better. Being my overly-chatty self (even more so due to nerves) I spent much of the time asking the other more-experienced athletes advice on training and racing. I was slightly intimidated by their array of PBs and race wins.

Read Hattie's full report HERE
 
HIGHGATE PLACES IN THE FRAME INDOORS
 
Several Highgate Harriers ran in the Middlesex Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on the second weekend of March, with many placing inside the first three, write Alastiar Aitken and Juliet Kavanagh.

Daniel Lavipour, one of Highgate’s Southern League performers, was sharpening up ahead of the summer and ran 51.46 for a third-place finish in the 400m.

Jahzia Williams, a T37 runner, ran the 60m in 8.76 whilst Alima Diabate, another consistent competitor in the summer Southern Track and Field League, enjoyed a great solo run to win the women’s 200m in 27.85.

More good performances came from Hannah Caulfield, who clocked 27.65 to finish a narrow third in her 200m race. Patrick Boadu Boafu claimed silver in the men's long jump with 5.48m before going on to run 7.55 in the 60m.

In the middle-distance events, 17 year-old Lilah Fear ran 5:30.51 over 1500m to finish second.
The Highgate Harriers Annual General Meeting will take place from 6:30pm on Monday 20 April at the Heath Education Centre, situated to the East side of the Lido at Parliament Hill.

Any resolutions should be with the Secretary, Kate Jenrick (kate.jenrick@ntlworld.com), no less than seven days before the date of the meeting.

The AGM is your chance to discuss the key issues affecting your club. We would encourage as many of you to attend as possible to help inform the decisions steering the future direction of the club.

The meeting will be followed by the Club Award Presentations and refreshments.
HIGHGATER JUNIORS TAKE HANDS ON APPROACH FOR DoE AWARD

Ava Weinbrecht, Patrick Michallet and Jess Wilkinson have put in about 100 hours between them this winter helping out the U11s groups for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, writes Kate Jenrick.

With a hands-on approach and plenty of enthusiasm, the sessions were lively and the trio really did share the coaching with Penny, James and Kate. Many thanks.
HIGHGATE WOMEN FIFTH & MEN CLAIM SILVER AT COUNTY MASTERS CHAMPS
 
In the Middlesex Masters Cross Country Championships at Trent Park last month, Highgate Harriers were represented in the women's over 35 and men's over 40 and over 50 age category events, writes Alastiar Aitken.

The Highgate Harriers women placed fifth overall and the trio in action out of 55 starters were Louise Faherty (8th), Natasha Cendrowicz (34th) and Kirat Nandra (49th). The winner was Sue Rust of London Heathside.

Out of 54 finishers in the men's over 50 race, Michael Ussher led the way with a third-place finish overall. Backing up Michael in the team stakes were Alex Davidson (15th) and Martin Bright (21st). Chris Bailey finished just behind Martin in 22nd position whilst John O’Shea (26th), Steve Scrutton (36th) and Martin Black (48th) completed the team's efforts.

Chris Beecham claimed individual bronze in the over 40 competition behind the Middlesex first-placer, Jim Cooper of Harrow.
PAIR OF NINTH-PLACE FINISHERS FOR THE GATE IN MILTON KEYNES

Who has nine? Both Highgate Harriers' men's and women's 'A' teams as they secured their spots for the National 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays at a wet and wild Milton Keynes last weekend.

The South of England Championships, which also act as a qualifier for the final at Sutton Park in four days' time, saw both sides sneak inside the top-10 in shoddy conditions with ninth-place finishes apiece.

Nine was indeed the magic number at the home of the concrete cows as the same number also competed as an incomplete Highgate 'B' team.

Shaun Dixon (24:09) ran the tenth-fastest long stage time of the day overall on the third leg whilst Pete Hawkings (16:19) claimed fastest leg honours from a black and white hoops perspective on leg six.

Fresh from her stint representing the South in Antrim earlier in the month, Hattie Brock (18:42) led the way for the ladies on the opening stage.

Full results HERE

Full Ham & High article HERE

                       PHOTO OF THE MONTH

The Highgate Harriers #1879NextGen take the Photo of the Month honours for March following the Club Championships held at Wormwood Scrubs.

The intra-club championship was held within the final fixture of the North West London Young Athletes XC League, which also saw many donning the black and white hoops claim top-3 team spots across various age categories.

Send your best "Highgaters in action" shots to chrisofthegate@gmail.com for the next issue.
HIGHGATE HARRIERS NIGHT OF THE 10,000M PBS: HOW TO GET INVOLVED

It's that time of year once again where your athletics club asks for just one evening of your time to help us stage the 3rd edition of what is increasingly recognised as the world's premier festival of 10,000 metre running, writes Rob Wilson.

As you all know, and am sure are planning to attend, the ever popular Night of the 10,000m PBs is scheduled for Saturday 16 May, once again at our own Parliament Hill track. 

Last year we had a team of around 40 volunteer marshals, who, in howling wind and torrential rain, did a sterling job of controlling and energising a crowd of 1000+ spectators to cheer home our singlet-ed heroes from lane 3 of the track.

This year we are aiming for 2,500 attendees trackside – yes, that's two and a half thousand people – which consequently means we need 90, (yep, that's nine-zero) volunteer marshals.

Being a marshal on the night, as anyone who took up the mantle last year can testify, will not hinder your ability to be part of the fun. In fact, you will be central to ensuring that the atmosphere we create is once again the talk of running communities from Iten to Boulder via Finsbury Park. 

If you're in please email me (wilson_robw@yahoo.co.uk) right away letting me know – it's hugely appreciated by me, Ben Pochee, the club and our community of runners. 90 volunteers is no small ask.


BEN NOAD'S BIRTHDAY CAKE

Do you like cake? 

Do you like Las Vegas?

If you answered “ooh, yeah” to both those questions, I invite you to let the good times roll with a slice of Ben Noad’s birthday cake in Las Vegas on Saturday 10 September 2016, writes Peter Downie.  

Some of you may be saying, and who is this Ben Noad? Check him out on Power of 10 and see this fine Highgate Harrier has not only raced for Great Britain but also reaches the age of 40 in 2016 – perhaps he’ll be in Las Vegas for a slice of his birthday cake.

Paul Pashley will definitely be in Las Vegas for a slice of Ben Noad’s birthday cake. Paul Pashley is not a Highgate Harrier, nor is he on Power of 10. However, he also turns 40 in 2016 and is a very fine fellow, indeed.

If any of this sounds of interest to you, feel free to ask me any questions you may have at: peter.downie@slink.net.

Viva Las Vegas!
BRAHM-DOG ROCKS ARMAGH

Brahma Pochee crossed the Irish Sea to compete in the high-quality Armagh 5k last month.

In a race of such depth that saw the top-55 go inside fifteen minutes and triathlete Jonny Brownlee finish 3rd in 14:00, Brahma flew solo to run 15:30 and smash his road PB.

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Put the dates in your diary! The fixtures for the 2015 Youth Development League are out.

The four-fixture season for U13 and U15 athletes kicks-off at Sutcliffe Park, Greenwich:

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 Kate Jenrick, Peter Downie, Juliet Kavanagh, Hattie Brock, Rob Wilson and Alastair Aitken for their contributions 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
APRIL

11    National 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays - Sutton Park
15    Highgate Harriers Early Season Open – Parliament Hill
25    Southern Athletics League – Parliament Hill
26    London Marathon and Mini Marathon

MAY

02    Youth Development League – Sutcliffe Park
23    Middlesex Track & Field Championships – Lee Valley
24    Middlesex Track & Field Championships – Mile End
28    BUPA London 10,000
30    Youth Development League – Parliament Hill
31    Southern Athletics League – Kingston
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