Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter 17 March 2014

Hi All, Happy Birthday this week to Michelle Carey, Djanira Costa, Bami Falana, Renard Frederick, Antonio Infantino, Eric Mayers, Will Ryle-Hodges, Daniel Housley, Jade Lally, Patricia Mbata, San Scheer, Chris Scott, Louis Ubaka, Simon Zefferertt

For the remaining newsletter information and results

Attached is Photograph of Richard Goodman’s superb run in winning the Inter Counties.

ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place in Donnington Park on 15 March, with the majority running for Hertfordshire (H) and the remaining ran for Middlesex (M).

What an excellent day for Shaftesbury and Hertfordshire, starting with the Junior Boys with JEREMY DEMPSEY finishing 10th and along with GEORGE GROOM, NATHAN GAMMON, ELLIOT DEE and THOMAS PATRICK Hertfordshire took the team Silver Medals only 12 points behind the winners Hampshire. The Senior Boys had LIAM DEE U20 finishing in 6th place and along with ROBBIE LIGHTOWLER U20, MARK PEARCE, BEN ROCHFORD U20, SAM GRIFFITHS U20 and JOE REDWOOD Hertfordshire took the team Bronze Medals. Hertfordshire finished 3rd in the Liverpool Trophy which takes into account the aggregate points of the 3 age-groups.

In the Intermediate Boys race JAMAL LEWIS U17 (Bedfordshire) finished in a close 2nd place, both he and LIAM DEE U20 were awarded England Vests which went to the first 8 runners in each race.

Junior Girls – JESSICA HURLEY U15 (H) 240th (12.03) the winner was Saskia Millard of London (10.15), 343 runners finished. Team winners were London 114 points, 19th Hertfordshire 856.
Junior Boys – JEREMY DEMPSEY U15 (H) 10th (14.39), GEORGE GROOM U15 (H) 23rd (14.58), NATHAN GAMMON U15 (H) 52nd (15.23), ELLIOT DEE U15 (H) 99th (15.43), THOMAS PATRICK U15 (H) 141st (15.58) the winner was Matthew Willis of Cheshire (14.18), 333 runners finished. Team winners were Hampshire 279 points, 2nd Hertfordshire 291.
Intermediate Girls – LIANNE LANGFORD U17 (H) 79th (14.12), GABRIELLA KYRIACOU U17 (M) 166th (14.50), REBECCA HURLEY U17 (H) 177th (14.54), EMMA DWAN U17 (M) 223rd (15.13) the winner was Harriet Knowles-Jones of Greater Manchester (12.27), 336 runners finished. Team winners were Surrey 209 points, 17th Middlesex 717, 30th Hertfordshire 1017.
Intermediate Boys – JAMAL LEWIS U20 (Bedfordshire) 2nd (18.52), JAMIE DEE U17 (H) 115th (21.08) the winner was Ben Dijkstra of Leicestershire (18.46), 326 runners finished. Team winners were Hampshire 201 points, 8th Hertfordshire 528.
Senior Girls – LILLY BECKFORD U20 (M) 158th (18.02), NATALIE CONNOR U20 (H) 183rd (18.23) the winner was Amy Griffiths of Leicestershire (14.38), 321 runners finished. Team winners were Essex 160 points, 14th Hertfordshire 644, 24th Middlesex 963.
Senior Boys – LIAM DEE U20 (H) 6th (24.01), ROBBIE LIGHTOWLER U20 (H) 17th (24.33), MARK PEARCE U20 (H) 25th (24.46), BEN ROCHFORD U20 (H) 55th (25.23), SAM GRIFFITHS U20 (H) 93rd (25.57), JOE REDWOOD U20 (H) 139th (26.33), JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 (M) 225th (27.54) the winner was Matthew Shirling of Merseyside (23.26), 314 runners finished. Team winners were Kent 171 points, 3rd Hertfordshire 304, 21st Middlesex 921.

Boys Aggregate Score (Liverpool Trophy) 1st Hampshire 837, 3rd Hertfordshire 1123, 12th Middlesex 2532 – Girls Aggregate Score (Lancashire Trophy) 1st Surrey 652, 12th Hertfordshire 2517, 13th Middlesex 2864.

8 MEDAL HAUL AT HERTFORDSHIRE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Shaftesbury athletes won 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal at Lee Valley on 15-16 March. Starting with YASMIN LAKIN U20 who won the Long Jump, then set a New Championship Best Performance in winning the Triple Jump, the remaining Gold Medals came from ADAM SHIRET U15 (800m), JOSH CLIFFORD U20 (800m), MATTHEW HALL U20 (60m Hurdles), MATTHEW LALLY U17 (High Jump) New Championship Best Performance. Silver Medal was won by CHLOE RIXON U20 (Long Jump). Bronze Medals was won by RUFUS KENT U15 (800m).

300m – U15 Girls Straight Final TILLY SUTHERLAND-YOUNG U15 4th (SB 50.1)
800m – U15 Men Straight Final ADAM SHIRET U15 1st (SB 2:14.54), RUFUS KENT U15 3rd (PB 2:24.09) taking 3.67 seconds off his 2013 time, U20 Men Straight Final JOSH CLIFFORD U20 1st (2:07.27)
60m Hurdles – U17 Women Straight Final LOLA DOWNES U17 5th (PB 10.07), U20 Men Straight Final MATTHEW HALL U20 1st (SB 8.67)
High Jump – U17 Men Straight Final MATTHEW LALLY U17 1st (1.95m) new Championship Best Performance eclipsing Jason Hamilton’s 1.93m set in 2007
Long Jump – U20 Women Straight Final YASMIN LAKIN U20 1st (5.06), CHLOE RIXON U20 2nd (4.93m)
Triple Jump – U20 Women Straight Final YASMIN LAKIN U20 1st (11.61) new Championship Best Performance eclipsing her 11.42m set in 2013

13 MEDAL HAUL AT MIDDLESEX INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Shaftesbury athletes won 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medal at Lee Valley on 15-16 March. Starting with GEORGIA BELL U23 who won the 400m, 800m and 1500m in personal best times, her 800m time ranks her UK No.8 U23 Indoors in 2014 and her 1500m time ranks her UK No.5 U23 Indoors in 2014, the remaining Gold Medals came from AURELIJA IPPOLITO U17 (Long Jump), JONAS CHOR U20 (Long Jump), DEAN OAMEN U20 (Triple Jump), GEORGE GRANT U17 (Pole Vault) and ARIANA GOMES U20 (Pole Vault). Silver Medals were won by DANIEL HOUSLEY U15 (800m) and RACHEL CARTER U15 (60m Hurdles). Bronze Medals were won by DANIEL HOUSLEY U15 (200m), ANDREW AMOAH U20 (200m) and ARIANA GOMES U20 (Long Jump).

60m – U17 Women Heat 1 LAYLA WALKER-LAWRENCE U17 5th (8.58), U20 Men Heat 2 NATHANAEL MURRAY U20 4th (7.22), ANDREW AMOAH U20 5th (7.26) in the final NATHANAEL finished 7th (7.26), Senior Men Heat 1 JOHN OTUGADE U20 2nd (7.0), Heat 4 RENARD FREDERICK U23 2nd (7.1) in Semi-Final 1 JOHN finished 2nd (6.9), RENARD 3rd (7.1) in the final RENARD finished 5th (7.05), JOHN did not start
200m – U15 Boys Heat 2 DANIEL HOUSLEY U15 2nd (PB 25.78), in the final 3rd (PB 25.85), U17 Women Heat 1 LAYLA WALKER-LAWRENCE U17 4th (SB 28.77), U20 Men Heat 2 ANDREW AMOAH U20 1st (23.21), in the final 3rd (SB 22.89)
400m – Senior Women Straight Final GEORGIA BELL U23 1st (PB 57.36) taking 2.28 seconds off her 2010 time
800m – U15 Boys Straight Final DANIEL HOUSLEY U15 2nd (PB 2:20.57), Senior Women Straight Final GEORGIA BELL U23 1st (PB 2:07.72) taking 1.03 seconds off her February time, and is ranked UK No.8 U23 Indoors in 2014
1500m – Senior Women Straight Final GEORGIA BELL U23 1st (PB 4:26.93) taking 20.76 seconds off her 2009 time, and is ranked UK No.5 U23 Indoors in 2014
60m Hurdles – U15 Girls Straight Final RACHEL CARTER U15 2nd (PB 9.85), HANNAH O’SHEA U15 4th (PB 10.72), U17 Men Straight Final GEORGE GRANT U17 5th (PB 10.90)
Long Jump – U17 Girls Straight Final AURELIJA IPPOLITO U17 1st (SB 4.24m), U17 Men Straight Final GEORGE GRANT U17 9th (SB 4.87m), U20 Women Straight Final ARIANA GOMES U20 3rd (4.37m), U20 Men Straight Final JONAS CHOR U20 1st (PB 5.75m) adding 36cm to his 2013 jump
Triple Jump – U20 Men Straight Final DEAN OAMEN U20 1st (SB 13.38m)
Pole Vault – U17 Men Straight Final GEORGE GRANT U17 1st (3.20m), U20 Women Straight Final ARIANA GOMES U20 1st (PB 2.05m)

KENT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Also took place at Lee Valley on 15-16 March, in the Pole Vault AILIS MCGOVERN U20 in a very close competition cleared 3.70m recording the same height as the winner, and took the Silver Medal on count back

SOUTHERN MENS 12 AND WOMENS 6 STAGE ROAD RELAYS – Took place in Milton Keynes on 16 March, and turned out to be somewhat of a disaster. Result Men’s 12 Stage “A” Team Leg 1 MATTHEW GRANT (26.12), Leg 2 RUSSELL DEVITT V60 (23.17), Leg 3 RONAN BREEN V40 (28.42) – “B” Team Leg 1 TONY JACKSON V45 (26.46). The race was won by Aldershot, Farnham & District (3:59.26), 2nd Kent AC (4:03.00), 3rd Newham & Essex Beagles (4:05.22). Result Women’s 6 Stage “A” Team Leg 1 VICTORIA WALKER U23 (18.31), Leg 2 BETH POTTER U23 (16.37) the third fastest time of the race. The race was won by Aldershot, Farnham & District (1:43.31), 2nd Belgrave Harriers (1:52.21), 3rd Bedford & County (1:52.31).

DID YOU KNOW? – Shaftesbury athletes have excelled in the sport of Bobsleighing, read on.

STUART BENSON currently a member of Shaftesbury from Troon in Ayrshire. Has competed in the British Athletic League, also won the Scottish Senior Indoor Championships in 2011. His personal bests are 60m 6.81, 100m 10.49 and 200m 21.40.

Stuart is now established in the GB 4 Man Bobsleigh team, and has won Silver Medals in the World Cup and European Championships in December 2013 and January 2014. At 6ft 5ins Stuart is not only the tallest of the crew of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon but also the biggest on the entire British team and they sought the very best to ensure that his frame gives them a distinct advantage in the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi. In Sochi the team went from strength to strength, after the first 2 runs they were in 7th place, then moved up to 6th place after the 3rd run, the final run was their fastest time enabling them to finish in 5th place, only 11 hundredths of a second from a Bronze Medal.

COURTNEY RUMBOLT joined Shaftesbury as a Junior in 1988 and in June of that year finished 2nd in the AAA U20 Championships, his personal best was set in 1990 running 10.48 in the AAA Championships. Prior to joining us he had won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 1988 World Junior Championship. After failing to gain a place at the Barcelona Olympics he made the move to the world of bobsleigh but missed out on selection for the 1994 Winter Games.

Courtney was a member of Mark Tout’s British number one crew up until Tout was banned following a positive doping test in 1996 and kept his place when Sean Olsson took over as pilot. The team’s bronze medal in 1998 was the first bobsleigh medal for Great Britain since 1964, and were only 5 hundredths of a second behind the Silver Medal Switzerland 1 bobsleigh.

KEITH POWER –Competed for Shaftesbury from 1978 to 1987 from the Young Athletes League to the British Athletic League. He was an England Schools and GB Junior International Hammer thrower, but also competed in many British Athletic League events for the club including the 4 x100 relay on occasions. He was part of the U20 team that won the European Clubs Championships in 1984.

Keith turned to bobsleighing from 1985 to 1988, and competed mainly in the 4 man bob with Nick Phipps, Alan Cearns and Bob Thorne. On the World Cup circuit they were triple Silver Medallists. Keith was the National Team Coach for GB Bobsleigh 1989 -1994, coaching at two Olympic Games. He is the youngest person ever to be Head Coach at an Olympic Games summer or winter

GUS MCKENZIE – Represented Scottish athletics from schoolboy, through all age groups to Senior level competing in a number of different events (Senior British Decathlete and Long jumper and high hurdles), finally representing Scotland at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand 1974 in the 4×100 m relay.

Representing GB in junior and senior age groups in numerous events, and his most memorable achievements was winning a European Junior Bronze Medal in the 110m Hurdles. Gus was the first British athlete to clear the 7 foot barrier (2.14m) in the high jump. Injury put a stop to sprinting (10.4 100m) and started rehab by training with a friend who at the time was bobsleighing. Went on to represent GB in numerous events and went to Sarajevo Olympics in 1984 as brakeman for the 4 man bobsleigh team. Team members – Malcolm Lloyd, Howard Smith and Peter Brugnani (ex-Haringey ). They were the GBR2 team and finished in 15th place, and in fact beat GBR1 bob.

LONDON WINTER THROWS FEST – Takes place at Allianz Park on Saturday 29 March. Events are Javelin starts at 10.30am, Discus starts at 12.00noon, Hammer and Shot starts at 1.30pm and 3.00pm dependant on what age-group you are in. Events are for all age-groups including U13s. Entry form and timetable attached

STEEPLECHASE TRAINING DAY – Has been organised by the Hertfordshire County Athletic Network, and will be held at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 23 March.

This will be led by Rob McKim, a very experienced steeplechase and endurance coach. Rob has coached Jonny Davies – who recently won the ECAA English National Champs at Nottingham – for several years, along with a long list of other successful endurance and steeplechasing athletes.
The day is open to all track & field and road runners, from age 16 upwards. The only criteria is that they have had some experience of chasing, even if only a little, so they are aware of what the barriers entail, and of course the water jump! All coaches are encouraged to come along and observe or get involved with the coaching if they’d like to. There is a £4 charge, free to coaches – attached is the information sheet.

BEDFORD OPEN MEETING – Takes place at Sandy Sports Centre, Bedfordshire on Saturday 5 April. Events are for all age-groups including U11s, attached is the entry form and timetable. Please note Entries Close Friday 21 March.

HIGHGATE HARRIERS OPEN MEETING – Takes place at Parliament Hill Fields on Wednesday 9 April. Events are for all age-groups including U11s, you can enter online at attached is the information flyer. Entries are taken on the night, but you are strongly advised to enter online as these entrants will be given priority.

WINDSOR OPEN MEETING – Takes place at Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton on Saturday 19 April. Events are for all age-groups including U11s, please post the attached entry form. Entries are limited to 500 athletes and will close when this number is reached. If this number is not reached then entries will close on Tuesday 1 April.

NEW IMPLEMENT WEIGHTS FOR FEMALE ATHLETES – With the Track and Field season almost upon us, please note that UKA will be implementing weight changes for Javelin, Shot and Hammer for all competitions from 1 April 2014. The new weights are as follows – U17 Women Javelin 500g (previously 600g), Shot 3kg (previously 4kg), Hammer 3kg (previously 4kg) – U15 Girls Javelin 500g (previously 600g), Shot 3kg (previously 3.25kg), Hammer remains at 3kg – U13 Girls Javelin remains at 400g), Shot remains at 2.72kg, Hammer remains at 3kg.

CLUB HOODIES – With over three hundred hoodies already in circulation, this is your opportunity to join the club. They are available to all members who have paid their subscriptions at the subsidised price of £20 + £4 P&P if you require it to be posted to you. The bright red hoody is made to order and has your name embroidered on the front along with the club badge and has the club name on the back.
Let us know the name you want on the front and your chest size. Please e-mail your details to You will be notified when your club hoody has arrived. It will be available for collection from Allianz Park on Tuesday evenings between 18.15 and 20.15. The £20/£24 price is payable either in cash or by way of a cheque made payable to Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Please send a cheque to Geoff Morphitis, 55 Lancaster Avenue, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts EN4 0ER

RESULTS – I endeavour to publish as many results as possible, as my main source is the power of 10 website. Unfortunately all races do not make the PO10. Therefore feel free to e-mail me the race, date and result if you have it, if not the result there is a good chance I can find it on Google.

Saturday 5 April – National Men’s 12 Stage and Women’s 6 Stage Road Relay Championships – Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Entrance to park for parking will be “Town Gate” (Satnav B73 6BU). Start Times 12.00noon Men, 12.20pm Women. Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager.

Sunday 6 April – Virgin Money London Mini Marathon – The start location, Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DX. The first race starts at 8.55am.

Sunday 6 April – Hercules Wimbledon Open Meeting – This is the 33rd Young Athletes which takes place at Wimbledon Park Stadium, Home Park Road SW19 7HX. Events are for U11 to U20 age-groups, with the first event starting at 11.00am.

League fixture information for 13 April onwards will be published next week.

The European Cup Winter Throwing took place in Leiria, Portugal on 15-16 March
Discus 2kg – NICK PERCY U23 8th (SB 54.31)
Discus 1kg – JADE LALLY 7th (SB 56.79)

The Colchester Half Marathon (Road) took place 16 March
EMILY NEILAN 229th (SB 1:40.04)

The Wimbledon Half Marathon (Road) took place 16 March
MARION BUGGINS 54th (SB 1:33.17), BARRY CHISOLM V50 176th (SB 1:46.54)

The Ben Brown Invitational took place in Fullerton, California U.S.A on 15 March
1500m – GLEN WATTS 10th (SB 3:57.24)

The Occidental Distance Carnival took place in Los Angeles, California U.S.A on 14 March
5000m – GLEN WATTS 4th (SB 14:33.26)

15 March – OAK HILL – NATHAN FERNANDES U15 1st (18.29), FREDDIE SHIRET U13 5th (New PB 19.53), LIA RADUS U13 6th (19.56), NICOLE BOWEN U13 14th (New PB 21.17), OLIVIA BOWEN U13 15th (New PB 21.19), MAAYAN RADUS U11 16th (New PB 21.21), LYDIA HERRIDGE U20 63rd (27.15)
15 March – HAMPSTEAD HEATH – KAYLA MICHEL U15 46th (First Time 23.51)
15 March – ST ALBANS – KEVIN WALDEN 1st (First Time 18.39)
8 March – ST ALBANS – BEN KELLY U13 98th (First Time 27.08), JOHN KELLY V60 99th (First Time 27.10)
Apologies but the 8 March results were late being issued, as they have now updated their computer system.

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.

Please click on the link to access the SBH Website If you view the News section then Club News, you will find the current and previously issued newsletters. Also there is Indoor News which also has the current and previously issued newsletters. We would welcome any comments you may have on the website.

This is the link to the London Athletics website, which contains useful information

England Athletics London Region and the Saracens Foundation have appointed JARED KEELY as the Urban Athletics Activator for the London Borough of Barnet. JARED is based at Allianz Park and can be contacted on 020-3675-7243 or by email on

ALLIANZ PARK Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7200, then press 4 for Athletics.