Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 22 September 2016

Happy Birthday this week to Julian Adeniran, Graeme Allen, Margaret Beacham, Marion Buggins, Joshua Cohen, Philippa Davenall, Shire Dulberg, Zane Duquemin, Isaac Fahidi, Djennie Gregorio, Olive Harvey-Dew, Dieobi Keenan, Nathan Masters, Randy Momie, Daniel Moruzzi, Liam Mvula, Max Nissim, Marilyn Okoro, Natasha Payravi, Lottie Rachel, Simone Reinders, Ta-Juan Subaran, Luke Van Turenhout, Josef Wetton and Sarah Williams

Downloads – The following documents can be viewed, downloaded or printed

European Champion Clubs Cup Results –

SBH 2016-2017 Winter Fixture Card and  Information Sheet, which include Cross Country, Road Relays and Indoor (Lee Valley) fixtures –


SOUTHERN ROAD RELAY DELAYS If any of you are using the M1 This Sunday, the M1 will be closed for bridge demolition on 24/25 September 2016

The old Houghton Road bridge, a bridge over the M1 near Dunstable, will be demolished over 24/25 September as part of the A5-M1 Link scheme. Contractors will work throughout the weekend on the demolition, which will take place during full closures of the motorway. The demolition follows the construction of new bridges over the M1.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys as the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 will be completely closed in both directions during the work. Traffic will be signed to exit at junction 9 and follow the signed diversion to re-join the M1 at junction 14. One lane will be open at junction 9 enabling traffic for Luton Airport and Junction 11 to head to their destinations. Significant delays are expected from 7pm on Saturday 24 September until the afternoon of Sunday 25 September, so drivers are advised to consider alternative routes if possible.

Please note that there are other closures in the vicinity of the A5 works which are not ours. These works are separate to the A5-M1 scheme and details of journey impact and road closures information for these need to be directed to the named contractors.

EUROPEAN CHAMPION CLUB CUPTook place in Castellon, Spain last Saturday

Report from Team Manager GEOFF MORPHITIS – A young and relatively inexperienced SBH team with only 4 top year juniors arrived in Castellon via Barcelona with no real expectations other than achieving a 3rd place finish on a good day to match the 2015 result. The Turkish and Spanish teams were in buoyant mood boasting strong squads based on having finished in the top 2 in 2014 and 2015.

The morning track session began well with a surprise win from NIALL CARNEY in the 400m H, who ran a conservative race for the first 300m and then stormed down the home straight to beat the much fancied Turkish champion. The 100m saw the first panic of the day. DOMINIC ASHWELL was a very late withdrawal in the 100m with injury. His replacement, DITA JAJA, was on the start line for the guest 100m and fortunately the organisers allowed the change to be registered. DITA lined up in the main race and after a nervous start strode through into 2nd place. The Hammer was a closely matched event with 3 throwers over 60m. BILLY PRAIM-SINGH took second place by just one cm from the Estonian thrower but behind the Turkish favourite. GEORGE EVANS won the Shot by over a metre. So with morning session over, SBH were leading by 5 points from Fenerbahce (30 – 25).

The afternoon session started after the midday break of four hours at 16.00. ALFIE INGHAM returned to something like his early season form with a top 4 finish in the Javelin. We then had the next big surprise when JACOB SPENCE was a convincing winner of the 110m Hurdles with a new PB. Next on the track was the 800m where OMAR PARSONS found himself in a high quality field. However, this talented athlete got his tactics spot on. Leading the field from the gun, he took them through in 58 secs with all the leading runners queuing up behind him. Every time there was challenge, he responded by speeding up and holding off the threat to win. This was OMAR’s best race of the year. The tension increased in the next race where MATTHEW PAGAN lined up in the 400m against solid opposition but he too had saved this as his best race of the year and ran out a clear winner. Every point counts in team events so when ABBAS ADEJONWO jumped a massive PB in the Triple Jump to secure a top 4 finish. It began to feel that this could be SBH’s day. So after 9 events, SBH were 11 points clear of Fenerbahce (64 – 53).

In a day of surprises, GEORGE GROOM supplied yet another one. We knew he could steeplechase, as he had won the England U17 1500m Steeplechase title and we knew he had stamina, having won the U15 National Cross Country title, but how would his debut in the 3000m Steeplechase work out? We need not have worried, GEORGE had devised a race plan and executed to perfection. He sat in behind the various leaders from time to time and eventually the race was down to 2 of them, GEORGE and the Turkish runner. Much to everyone’s surprise, it was GEORGE who set off with 400m to go and promptly destroyed all the competition, winning by over 7 seconds. The good news continued with the next track event, the 200m, where Team Captain, GERALD MATTHEW, completely dominated the race to repeat the victory he achieved in 2015 in Istanbul.

After 4 weeks off with injury, it was not surprising that LEWIS MCGUIRE was a bit rusty in the high jump and yet with first time clearances managed to secure 5th place. Back on the track, our U17s were having a field day. The 1500m featured HAMZA KADIR, the England U17 Champion, and was a typical 1500m championship race. After the 2 opening laps of 75 seconds each and a 3rd lap of 64 seconds, HAMZA took the lead to run 40 seconds for the last 300m sprint only to be just pipped on the line by the Turkish and Spanish runners. The next race was the 3000m and this featured JEREMY DEMPSEY, the English Schools U17 1500m champion, whose top 4 performance was in line with his pre-race ranking. So after 14 events, SBH were now only 4 points clear as Fenerbahce had won the last 3 events (95 – 91).

With just 5 events to go, it was getting very tense. ABBAS ADEJONWO was a late replacement in the Long Jump and after his great performance in the triple jump had the misfortune to get injured in the first round but still managed to get a mark in the 2nd round to secure the point. Up stepped GEORGE EVANS in the Discus to secure his double win. The sprint relay team of JACOB SPENCE, DITA JAJA, JACOB BERKELEY and GERALD MATTHEW produced a safe 5th place. It was now down to the last 2 events. The Pole Vault became the centre of attention and produced another nail biting result from ETHAN WALSH his clearance securing 2nd place, the same as the winner but ahead of Fenerbahce. So after 18 events, SBH were now 1 point behind Fenerbahce (115 – 116). With all the usual drama, the result of the whole meeting was dependent on the 4 x 400m relay. SBH had to win to take the Gold medals (as in the event of a tie in the points, individual wins would be taken into account at which point SBH would have 9 and Fenerbahce would have 6), and likewise, Spain had to beat Portugal to secure the Bronze medals.

The noise was deafening as all the teams and spectators understood the importance of the 19th event. The SBH quartet of JACK FITZPATRICK (51.7), NIALL CARNEY (49.8), OMAR PARSONS (48.5), MATTHEW PAGAN (48.0) ran themselves into the ground to finish in 3.17.92 which was a new SBH U20 Club record and the number 1 UK ranking time by a club. However, they finished 2nd just behind Fenerbahce and we thought all was lost. There was then an inordinate delay in displaying the race result. What was the reason? Then at last it came up on the screen, Fenerbahce had been disqualified and SBH had won the race and the title by 7 points (123 – 116). WOW, what a day and what a night!!!

Team Result – 1st SBH (123 Points), 2nd Fenerbahce Sport Club Turkey (116 Points), 3rd Playas de Castellon Spain (93 Points), 4th Sport Lisboa e Benfica Portugal (93 Points), 5th Atletica Vicentina Club Italy (86 Points), 6th Nike Klaipeda Lithuania (64 Points), 7th COA Lausanne-Riviera Switzerland (53 Points), 8th Audentes Sports Club Estonia (53 Points)

For the remaining newsletter information and results

Many thanks to KENNY GROOM who took these outstanding photographs

The winning SBH Team and Management celebrating one of the greatest successes in the Club’s 126 year history


Confirmation of the win in the 4 x 400m in a new SBH U20 Club Record and the disqualification  of the Turkish team turned a 1 point deficit with 1 event to go into a 7 point victory


MATTHEW PAGAN charging down the home straight to secure the victory in the 4 x 400m relay


Team Captain GERALD MATTHEW winning the 200m in (21.78)


MATTHEW PAGAN gritting his teeth in winning the 400m (48.47)


A classic gun to tape victory from OMAR PARSONS in the 800m (1:53.54)


JACOB SPENCE in winning the 110m Hurdles in a fantastic personal best (14.25)


The charge for home from NIALL CARNEY coming through to win the 400m Hurdles (54.55)


What a performance, GEORGE GROOM, the England Athletics and UK Schools champion at 1500m Steeplechase champion made his debut in the 3000m Steeplechase and is shown below in the early stages of the race which he went on to convincingly win in (9:29.17)


Double winner GEORGE EVANS in the Shot (16.65m) and in the Discus (55.14m)


Yet another nail biting performance from ETHAN WALSH in the Pole Vault, his (4.80m) clearance securing 2nd place, the same as the winner


A typical 1500m championship race. After the 2 opening laps of 75 seconds each and a 3rd lap of 64 seconds, saw England U17 Champions HAMZA KADIR, take the lead to run 40 seconds for the last 300m only to be pipped on the line by the Turkish and Spanish runners


100m – DITA JAJA U17 2nd (11.16 w-1.6), Non Scoring JACOB BERKELEY 1st (11.40 w-0.1)

200m – GERALD MATTHEW 1st (21.78 w0.7)

400m – MATTHEW PAGAN 1st (48.47)

800m – OMAR PARSONS 1st (1:53.54)

1500m – HAMZA KADIR U17 3rd (4:14.83)

3000m – JEREMY DEMPSEY U17 4th (8:49.74)

3000m Steeplechase – GEORGE GROOM U17 1st (PB 9:29.17) would rank him UK No.8 in the U20 rankings for 2016

110m Hurdles – JACOB SPENCE 1st (PB 14.25 w-1.4) taking .05 of a second off his 17 August time, and is ranked UK No.4 U20 in 2016

400m Hurdles – NIALL CARNEY 1st (54.55)

High Jump – LEWIS MCGUIRE 5th (1.95m)

Pole Vault – ETHAN WALSH 2nd (4.80m)

Long Jump – ABBAS ADEJONWO U17 8th (3.43m w0.2)

Triple Jump – ABBAS ADEJONWO U17 4th (PB 14.24m w0.0) adding 25cm to his 4 September jump, and is ranked UK No.9 U20 in 2016

Shot 6kg – GEORGE EVANS 1st (16.65m)

Discus 1.75kg – GEORGE EVANS 1st (55.14m)

Hammer 6kg – BILLY PRAIM-SINGH 2nd (60.36m)

Javelin 800g – ALFIE INGHAM 4th (52.52m)


4 x 400m Relay – 1st (PB 3:17.92) JACK FITZPATRICK (51.7), NIALL CARNEY (49.8), OMAR PARSONS (48.5), MATTHEW PAGAN (48.0) which is a New Club Record taking .84 of a second off the time (3:18.76) set on 25 September 2000, and is UK No.1 for a UK Club in 2016, bettered only by the GB U20 team in May this year.

For the remaining newsletter information and results

BRITISH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS Took place last Saturday & Sunday in Birmingham. Congratulations to NENGI OSSAI who won the 100m M40 title, , LISA WEBB had a busy championships with a Silver and 2 Bronze Medals, CLAIRE SPURWAY won Silver Medals in the 100m and 200m, finally GREG DUNSON won the Silver Medal in the 100m Hurdles, and is getting back to form after his serious injury.

100m – W35 CLAIRE SPURWAY won the Silver Medal (12.72 w1.4)

100m – M40 NENGI OSSAI  won the Gold Medal (10.97 w1.4)

200m – W35 CLAIRE SPURWAY won the Silver Medal (26.63 w0.0)

400m – W50 LISA WEBB won the Silver Medal (68.52)

800m – W50 LISA WEBB won the Bronze Medal (2:33.42)

1500m – W50 LISA WEBB won the Bronze Medal (5:13.01)

100m Hurdles – M50 GREG DUNSON won the Silver Medal (SB 14.74 w1.2) taking .46 of a second off his 28 August time

UPDATE ON WINTER FIXTURE CARD Prestwold Hall near Loughborough will host the trials for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 11. The race will also incorporate the CAU Inter-Counties Championships, and is also the final in the 2016-2017 British Athletics Cross Challenge series.

NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE, PLEASE NOTE – There is a change to first fixture which is taking place on Saturday 1 October at Horsenden Hill, The First Race will now commence at 11.30am, and not 1.00pm as previously advised.

SEB RODGER – The following article appeared recently in Athletics Weekly
























GOING to the Olympics is every athlete’s dream. To put on the Great Britain vest and represent my country at the biggest sporting event in the world, meant everything to me. Even having done it now, it still doesn’t seem real.

I achieved the qualifying time for Rio on the very last possible day. In future, it would be nice not to leave gaining the qualifying time quite as late, as I think I almost gave everyone heart failure. Despite having won the British Championships and Olympic trials, I still needed that time, and the excitement and relief of running the Olympic standard when everything was stacked against me, was amazing.

My best moment in the sport is still winning the European under-23 silver medal in 2013. Winning the British Championships and running the Olympic standard are right up there too, though.

When I am happy it shows in my performances. To work hard and have everything come together at the right time is so satisfying, not just for myself but for everyone who has helped me on this journey.

My dad mentioned to me at the start of this year that he really wanted me to try to become British champion. In the final, I had my coach screaming down the home straight with my parents and friends in the crowd. To be on the podium with my medal and the warm Müller yoghurt given to winners really was so satisfying.

I knew training was going well after I ran a PB 46.48 over 400m indoors in Vienna in February when representing England. I was the only British athlete to get the World Indoor Championships standard.

For a couple of years I was based in Bath. I had a great experience, learned a lot and met some great people. However, for whatever reason, it didn’t work for me. After an injury-filled 2015 season, I made the decision to move back down South to East Sussex, back to the set-up I knew and trusted, close to my family and I basically picked up from where we left off in 2013 with my coach Steve King.

I have started really enjoying the sport again. I’ve felt that I wasn’t happy for a couple of years, that my passion for the sport had disappeared. But I’m back. I love stepping on the track to race again, have a lot of fun at training and am not taking it all too seriously. I’m just going out there and enjoying it.

My favourite sessions tend to be speed work. I just love that feeling of running fast. I don’t tend to have any sessions I really dislike, but I suppose hill running really gets me feeling rough. I don’t often get lactic, but hills certainly mess me up.

I see my physio every week. He has helped me stay physically and mentally in shape. He knows exactly how my body works and what I need to keep ticking over.

It’s really important to have chill time away from the track. I do that by spending time with friends or by swimming with our young puppy, Sasha, on the beach.

The best thing about being a 400m hurdler, is the satisfaction that comes when all the different technical components of the event click together. It is such a test of speed, endurance, and having the ability to hurdle, read distances and trust yourself. Of course, like every event it has its moments and can be so frustrating, but there’s nothing that comes close to the feeling of getting it right.

AUTUMN OFFICIALS COURSE – These courses are available to all Shaftesbury members(even if you are not a coach at present), therefore if you wish to attend any of the following courses please contact Jeremy Sothcott on 07764 621424

LO0111HS 10.30-12.00 Level 1 H&S 30/10/2016 Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, North London, NW4 1RL
LO0111FJ 12.30-4pm Level 1 Field Judge 30/10/2016 Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, North London, NW4 1RL
LO0111TJ 12.30-4pm Level 1 Track Judge 30/10/2016 Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, North London, NW4 1RL
LO0111TK 12.30-4pm Level 1 Timekeeper 30/10/2016 Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, North London, NW4 1RL

H&S standalone is £10 and H&S and a discipline is £30.

Please click here for a link to further information on the EA website.

Any questions please let me know.

Kind Regards Kirsty Aitken

Education and Training Officer – London Area

07714 077 363 or at

PHOTOGRAPHS I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.


Contact details of all Cross Country Team Managers can be found on the SBH website. Please use this link

SOUTHERN MEN’S 6 STAGE AND WOMEN’S 4 STAGE ROAD RELAYS Takes place on Saturday 25 September at the Bedford Autodrome, Bedford (Satnav MK44 2YP).

Start times 13.15 Senior/Veteran Women (4 Legs of 3851m), 13.40 Senior Men (6 Legs of 6000m).

Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager 

SOUTHERN YOUNG ATHLETES ROAD RELAYS Takes place on Saturday 25 September at the Bedford Autodrome, Bedford (Satnav MK44 2YP).

Start times 10.45 U13 Boys (4 Legs of 2997m), 10.50 U13 Girls (3 Legs of 2997m), 11.35 U15 Boys (4 Legs of 2997m), 11.40 U15 Girls (3 Legs of 2997m), 12.25 U17 Men (4 Legs of 3851m), 12.30 U17 Women (3 Legs of 2997m).

Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager

NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE – The first fixture of five takes place on Saturday 1 October at Horsenden Hill. The race headquarters is in The Tir Chonaill Gaels Club, Berkeley Avenue (Satnav UB6 0NZ). Turn off Greenford Road (A4127), opposite the entrance to the Glaxo Factory. The playing fields are at the end of Berkeley Avenue, and there is parking in the Clubhouse or in adjacent roads.

The First Race will now commence at 11.30am, and not 1.00pm as previously advised.

Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run. Will any of our Female athletes please see TONY SMITH who will give you a race number 

NATIONAL YOUNG ATHLETES ROAD RELAY Takes place on Saturday 8 October at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Town Gate Entrance, Birmingham (Satnav B73 6BU). Start times U13 Boys 11.15am, U13 Girls 11.20am, U15 Boys 12.05pm, U15 Girls 12.10pm, U17 Men 12.45pm, U17 Women 12.50pm.

Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager  

NATIONAL MEN’S 6 STAGE AND WOMEN’S 4 STAGE ROAD RELAY Takes place on Saturday 8 October at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Town Gate Entrance, Birmingham (Satnav B73 6BU). Start times Men 1.50pm, Women 2.00pm.

Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager

START FITNESS METROPOLITAN LEAGUE – The first fixture of five takes place on Saturday 15 October at Claybury, Essex. Changing is at Ashton Playing Fields Track, 588 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, Essex (Satnav IG8 8AA). The course is a 10 minute jog away and is where the numbers will be given out. Start Times 12.45pm U11 (Over 9) Boys/Girls (1.5km), 12.55pm U13 Boys (3km), 1.00pm U13 Girls (3km), not before 1.20pm U17 Men and U15 Boys (4km), not before 1.25pm U17 Women and U15 Girls (4km), not before 1.55pm U20, Senior and Veteran Women (6km), not before 2.35pm U20, Senior and Veteran Men (8km).

Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run.

Please go to Start Fitness Metropolitan League web site for information on course maps, directions etc will be available 2 weeks prior to the race 


The Adidas Cross Country Challenge took place in Cary, North Carolina, USA on 17 September

6000m – MICHAEL CALLEGARI (Florida State University) 5th (18:12.4) Michael kneeling 4th from the left



17 September – COTTESLOE, PERTH, AUSTRALIA STUART MOORE V55 29th (27.40) 41st parkrun – GUILDFORD JOHN DRYDEN V65 192nd (26.32) 67th parkrun – HACKNEY MARSHES BARRY CHISHOLM V55 54th (New PB 21.58) 57th parkrun – JERSEY AMANDA BAILEY V65 18th (New PB 21.46) 6th parkrun – OAK HILL STUART SINGER V55 13th (20.56) 164th parkrun, GABRIELLA KYRIACOU U20 14th (21.17) 34th parkrun, LIDIA KYRIACOU U17 14th (21.22) 23rd parkrun – PANSHANGER RUSSELL DEVITT V65 49th (24.48) 59th parkrun – POOLE HUGH RICHARDS V70 329th (26.36) 47th parkrun

PHOTOGRAPH’S– From time to time we have photographs of our members taken at meetings or presentations which we would like to use both on the website or incorporated within our report to our local newspaper. Can you please let me know if you do NOT want your photograph to be used.

SARACENS SPORT FOUNDATION – Little athletics programme is an athletics ‘Multi Skills’ programme for children aged 4-9 years. The programme is designed to teach children fundamental movement skills of athletics – running, jumping and throwing. The sessions are game based and as of September there will be a progression throughout the term. LAP runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 4.30-5.30pm – Term time only.  

1st Legacy athletics club is a pathway club for children aged 10-15 years new to athletics. Children are introduced to all the different athletics disciplines and have the opportunity to develop running, jumping and running skills that we hope they will then go onto use as a participant in the formal athletics club structure or in any other sport for activity they choose to progress to. The lead coach is Gintare Dargeviciute who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the club. 1st Leg AC runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 5.00–6.00pm – Term time only.

For full and contact details use this link to the SBH website – 

ALLIANZ PARK – Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7240.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – The current charges for using Allianz Park are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £4.00 – Junior (U18) Daily entry fee £2.00 – Concession (Students and Over 65) Daily entry fee £3.00.

As a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers you can apply for a form which will give you membership of Allianz Park, you can pick up the form from the reception at Allianz Park. Any official coach of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers gains entry free of charge.

Charges for those with a membership form are as follows – Adult Daily entry fee £3.60, Monthly fee £22.00, Annual fee £264.00 – Junior (U18) Daily entry fee £1.80, Monthly fee £11.00, Annual fee £132.00 – Concession (Students and Over 65) Daily entry fee £2.70, Monthly fee £16.50, Annual fee £198.00.

All Allianz Park membership enquiries should be directed towards Isobel Dunnicliffe at Her direct phone number is 0203 675 7252.