Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 13 January 2014

Happy Birthday this week to Hannah Brown, Rhodri Meredith, Stephanie Paparizos, Mark Pearce, Anya Rodriguez, David Stone, Shaquille Thomas

BARNET SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place this Wednesday 15 January at Allianz Park. Age-groups are Years 7, 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 & 13 Boys and Girls. Barnet teams will be selected from this race, to run in the Middlesex schools.

KNOLE PARK CHAMPIONSHIPS, SEVENOAKS – This year was the 40th year of probably the most prestigious race in the Schools Calendar. With four of our runners representing St Albans School they won the Under 19 Championship (9.7k) for the first time in 10 years. With 6 to score they has a total of 106 points, 2nd were Judd School (who had won the championships for the previous 6 years) 162 points and Shrewsbury School were 3rd with 179 points.

Results MARK PEARCE 4th (32.44), ROBBIE LIGHTOWLER 5th (33.31), JOE REDWOOD 10th (34.07), ADAM THORPE 28th (35.52), 42 schools finished a team, 335 runners finished.

In the Women’s Under 19 Championships SOPHIA PARVIZI-WAYNE running for Highgate School finished 2nd, and awaiting results to be published

For the remaining newsletter information and results

ATHLETES ATTENDANCE AT ALLIANZ PARK – London 2012 was undoubtedly a huge success but one of the key legacies that was promised by the Olympics was to be vastly increased participation. So it was a great disappointment when the recently published figures showed static / falling participation levels in many sports. However this is far from the case with Athletics Training at Allianz Park.

The new indoor facilities and the all-weather pitch area became available for public use in March 2013. The Summer 2013 athletics season went very well in all the circumstances, with a high level of satisfaction achieved at all school and club commitments. Large numbers of local residents were attracted to Allianz Park to watch Premiership Rugby and were truly impressed by the new facilities. Saracens Sport Foundation continued their promotion of the Saracens Young Athletes Academy in the local schools and have been inundated with new participants in the 6 to 10 age groups. The resident athletics clubs, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and Barnet & District AC have both enjoyed massive membership increases, particularly in the 10 to 15 age groups. SBH Team manager Geoff Morphitis commented “SBH have been based at the Stadium since it was first opened in 1964 and many generations of Barnet residents have enjoyed athletics here, but 2013 has been truly unbelievale. Comparing the attendances at the 24 twice weekly training sessions in the 3 month period October 2012 to December 2012 to those for the 3 month period October 2013 to December 2013 shows an increase of 51%, from 2442 to 3679. Our membership of boys and girls in these age groups has increased by over 40%, we’ve never had anything like this before. Undoubtedly the investment in facilities and the enthusiasm of the Saracen’s staff has proved that a true Olympic legacy can be achieved in Barnet.” 

ACTIVE TRAINING WORLD METROPOLITAN LEAGUE – Took place last Saturday at Horsenden Hill, which was a bright and mild day although underfoot were wet and muddy.

Wow another successful meeting for our athletes individually, which is reflected in the team results.

There were wins from JAMIE HARPER U13 (has now won all 4 races) and RACHEL FELTON SW. Also top ten finishes from GREG COOKE U17 2nd, BEN ROCHFORD U20 2nd , MIA GROOM U13 3rd, SARAH WILLIAMS SW 3rd, SCARLETT KENT U13 4th, REBEKAH GARDINER SW 4th, FINN HARVEY U13 5th, GABRIELLA KYRIACOU U15 5th, LIDIA KYRIACOU U13 6th, KHALID-ALI AHMED U17 6th, GLEN WATTS SM 6th, GERRY O’BRIEN U13 8th, JO KENT VW45 (Barnet) 8th, GEMMA HARPER U13 9th, JOSH CLIFFORD U17 9th

What outstanding performances from our teams, with wins from the Under 13 Boys and Girls, Under 15/17 Men and Senior Women. The Under 15/17 Women came 5th and the Senior Men were 9th. 

Photograph attached of winning U15/U17 men’s team, from left to right GREG COOKE U17, KHALID-ALI AHMED U17, JOSH CLIFFORD U17 and HAMZA KADIR U15

Link to photographs taken by Mark Easton at the Metropolitan League – 

Under 13 BoysJAMIE HARPER 1st (10.59), FINN HARVEY 5th (11.19), GERRY O’BRIEN 8th (11.43), CONRAD HOLLAND 28th (12.57), FRANKIE FOX 31st (13.04), RUAIRI MCELHATTON 33rd (12.13), BEN KELLY 40th (14.28). Team Result 1st SBH 150 points, 2nd Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 149, 3rd Herts Phoenix 146. Team positions after 4 races 1st SBH 721 points, 2nd Herts Phoenix 645, 3rd Enfield & Haringey 559, 47 runners finished 

Under 13 GirlsMIA GROOM 3rd (12.39), SCARLETT KENT 4th (12.41), LIDIA KYRIACOU 6th (13.00), GEMMA HARPER 9th (13.08), CIARA DALY 29th (14.46). Team Result 1st SBH 162 points, 2nd St Mary’s Richmond 118, 3rd Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 110. Team positions after 4 races 1st SBH 603 points, 2nd Thames Valley Harriers 435, 3rd Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 418. The winner was Iona Pernthaller of Thames Valley Harriers (12.04). 45 runners finished

Under 15 Boys/Under 17 MenGREG COOKE U17 2nd (1st U17 12.56), KHALID-ALI AHMED U17 6th (4th U17 13.13), JOSH CLIFFORD U17 9th (6th U17 13.29), HAMZA KADIR U15 27th (13th U15 14.39). Team Result 1st SBH 216 points, 2nd Thames Valley Harriers 215, 3rd Highgate Harriers 199 points. Team positions after 4 races 1st Highgate Harriers 998 points, 2nd Thames Valley Harriers 947, Equal 3rd Herts Phoenix and SBH 887. The winner was Jamie Philpott of Herts Phoenix (12.49), 64 runners finished

Under 15 Girls/Under 17 WomenGABRIELLA KYRIACOU U15 5th (3rd U15 15.37), EMMA DWAN U17 17th (10th U17 16.26), GAIA CASCIELLO U17 31st (15th U17 18.15), TILLY SUTHERLAND-YOUNG U15 35th (19th U15 18.47). Team Result 1st Herts Phoenix 141 points, 2nd Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 133, 3rd Enfield & Haringey 95, 5th SBH 88. Team positions after 4 races 1st Herts Phoenix 523, 2nd Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 507, 3rd Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 462 points, 4th SBH 398. The winner was Isabel Dye of Thames Valley Harriers (14.36), 43 runners finished 

Senior MenGLEN WATTS 6th (30.25), ORLANDO EDWARDS V35 26th (32.07), BEN ROCHFORD U20 36th (2nd U20 32.53), KEVIN WALDEN 117th (36.38), NEIL GAMESTER 124th (37.01), HARSHILL JOSHI U17 215th (40.35), TIM PARKIN V35 250th (41.58), PHILIP CUNNINGHAM V50 296th (45.24), RAY POWELL V50 328th (48.57), JOHN KELLY V60 356th (52.55). Team Result Division 1 – Equal 1st Highgate Harriers and Serpentine 1083, 3rd Woodford Green 912, 9th SBH 380. Team positions after 4 races 1st Highgate Harriers 4450 points, 2nd Serpentine 4127, 3rd Woodford Green 3586, 4th SBH 3113. Division 3 – 1st London Heathside “C” 858 points, 2nd Hillingdon “B” 813, 3rd Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets “B” 778. Team positions after 4 races 1st London Heathside “C” 3685 points, 2nd Enfield & Haringey 3495 3rd Hillingdon “B” 3168, 12th SBH “B” 1079. Veterans Division 2 – 1st London Frontrunners 186 points, 2nd Barnet & District 167, 3rd Thames Valley Harriers 164, 9th SBH 26.Team positions after 4 races 1st Barnet & District 714 points, 2nd Thames Valley Harriers 580, 3rd London Frontrunners 547, 9th SBH 277. The winner was Nicholas Torry of Serpentine (29.49). 366 runners finished

Senior WomenRACHEL FELTON 1st (22.29), SARAH WILLIAMS 3rd (23.54), REBEKAH GARDINER 4th (23.57), JO KENT V45 (Barnet) 8th (1st V45 24.29), MARGARET COOPER V45 12th (3rd V45 24.59), PHILIPPA AUKETT 15th (25.07), VICTORIA WALKER U23 17th (25.16), LUCY SHORT 40th (26.53), YVONNE BULLEN V45 128th (33.54). Team Result Division 11st SBH 374 points, 2nd Highgate Harriers 342, 3rd Serpentine 308. Team positions after 4 races 1st Highgate Harriers 1414, 2nd Serpentine 1322, 3rd SBH 1190. Division 3 – 1st Ealing, Southall & Middlesex “B” 113 points, 2nd Run Dem Crew 93, 3rd Newham & Essex Beagles 77, 6th SBH “B” 44. Team positions after 4 races 1st Run Dem Crew 281, 2nd Newham & Essex Beagles 239, 3rd Herts Phoenix 226, 7th SBH “B” 109. Veterans Division 2 – 1st Barnet 48 points, 2nd SBH 24, 3rd Serpentine “C” 22. Team positions after 4 races 1st Barnet 212, 2nd Metropolitan Police 134 points, Equal 3rd Serpentine “C” and SBH 132. 152 runners finished

In the Men’s Junior Cash Prizes BEN ROCHFORD received £30 for second place.

The Men’s Senior Cash Prize League is led by GLEN WATTS with 1582 points, 2nd place Shaun Dixon of Highgate Harriers with 1580 points. ORLANDO EDWARDS V35 is in 9th place with 1496 points and BEN ROCHFORD U20 is in equal 15th place with 1452 points. All of the first 30 placed runners have competed in all 4 races.

The Women’s Senior Cash Prize League is led by Tracy Barlow with 579 points, MARGARET COOPER V45 is in 5th place with 522 points, RACHEL FELTON is in 7th place with 449 points, LUCY SHORT is in 10th place with 439 points, REBEKAH GARDINER is in 11th place with 438 points and SARAH WILLIAMS is in 44th place with 290 points.

RACHEL and REBEKAH have only competed in 3 races. Remember it is the best 4 out of 5 results that count.

Therefore if RACHEL wins the final race she will then have 599 points, and if REBEKAH wins the final race she will then have 588 points

In the HOWARD WILLIAMS TROPHY we have maintained our position in Junior Trophy leading by 1 point, and in the Senior Trophy we have maintained our 3rd place.

The Senior Trophy (Men & Women) is led by Highgate Harriers with 40 points (5 wins), 2nd Serpentine 38 points (2 wins), 3rd SBH 35 points (2 wins). The Junior Trophy (U13, U15 & U17 Men & Women) is led by SBH 58.5 points (8 wins), 2nd Herts Phoenix 57.5 points (3 wins), 3rd Thames Valley Harriers 51 points (1 Win)

CROSS COUNTRY POINTS TABLES – Updated following Saturday’s Metropolitan League race – U17 Women 1st Emma Dwan 24, 2nd Caia Casciello 19, 3rd Natalie Connor 8, U20 Women 1st Eleanor Hunt 8, Senior Women 1st Rachel Felton 24, 2nd Lucy Short 21, 3rd Rebekah Gardiner 19, V40-49 Women 1st Margaret Cooper 31, 2nd Victoria Dawes 15, 3rd Yvonne Bullen 7, V35-39 Men 1st Orlando Edwards 32, 2nd Tim Parkin 28, V40-49 Men 1st Gerald Fox 16, 2nd Andrew Millett 8, V50-59 Men 1st Philip Cunningham 31, 2nd Ray Powell 14, 3rd John Kelly 12, V60-69 Men 1st Russell Devitt 24

SOCIAL EVENING FOLLOWING THE SOUTHERN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY 25 JANUARY – The club has organised a social evening, which is being held in the Magdala Pub, 2a South Hill Park, Hampstead NW3 2SB. The Club are subsidising the event so tickets are priced at just £5 each.

The menu is Thai Green Curry or Vegetable Lasagne. The function room which is above the pub has been booked for the night and takes a maximum of 65 people. If you wish to come for a drink you are most welcome, as downstairs is very large. The food will be served between 5.30-6.00. Simon will also have the Club Kitty to cover the cost of at least the first drink, to celebrate a gong or six at the Southern Championships.

The Magdala Pub is a 6-7 minute walk from the Hampstead Heath track and right next to Hampstead Heath Overground Station, or 1 stop from Gospel Oak which is at the back of the Lido.

Monies before the day would be appreciated, Ray Powell will be at Allianz Park for the next 2 Tuesdays between 6-7 and at the Metropolitan League at Horsenden Hill, if people cannot get to Allianz Park.

Money on the day is OK but Ray needs to know if you are coming by Tuesday 21 January at the very latest. Please contact Ray, e-mail or phone 01462 811165 or 07947 680507 

COACH EDUCATION COURSES for the period January to the end of March, which are being held in the London area including Allianz Park are attached. If you wish to attend one or more of the courses please contact Nadeem Shaikh (Coaching Secretary) via email at: The club will pay for courses; the only commitment we ask is for you to coach at Allianz Park at least one day a week. 

INDOOR JUMPS TRAINING – With the 2014 Track & Field season less than 4 months away, it’s time for all JUMPERS to get back into training. After the success of the pre-Christmas series, SBH in conjunction with the NORTH LONDON ATHLETICS NETWORK are promoting a further 10 week training camp at Allianz Park to improve the skills and knowledge of athletes of all abilities. Coaches supervising the sessions will be – Pole Vault ALLAN SUTTON and BASIL BARA, High Jump SUE SMITH, Long and Triple Jump ALFREDO MELAO. The overall arrangements are under the supervision of CLYDE GORDON.

The camp will run from WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY to WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH inclusive. The weekly session will start at 19.00 and end at 21.00 (warm up starts at 18.30). The cost to athletes to attend per session will be £3 per head for young athletes (U20) and students and £5 per head for seniors to include entry into the facilities. For further information email Clyde Gordon – 

HARROW ON THE HILL 10K ROAD RACE – Takes place on Sunday 16 February with a chance of becoming King & Queen of the hill award. Link for information

RESULTS – I endeavor 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 25 January – Southern Championships – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath NW5 1QR, nearest station is Gospel Oak, Start times 11.00am U15 Boys (4500m), 11.20am U13 Girls (3000m), 11.35am U13 Boys (3000m), 11.50am U15 Girls (4000m), 12.10pm U17 Men (6000m), 12.40pm U20 Women (6000m), 1.05pm U17 Women (5000m), 1.30pm U20 Men (8000m), 2.05pm Senior Women (8000m), 2.50pm Senior Men (12000m). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager. 

Saturday 1 February – North West London League Match 4 – Being held in Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon NW4 1RL. Start times 12.00noon Under 11 Girls, 12.10pm Approximately Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls, 12.30pm Approximately Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls, 12.55pm Approximately Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Women, 1.20pm Approximately Under 17 Men. You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run. 

Saturday 8 February – Active Training World Metropolitan League Match 4 – Takes place at Wormwood Scrubs, Linford Christie Stadium, Du Cane Road, W12 0AE. Enter main car park off Du Cane Road (via Artillery Lane), through 6’6” height/width barrier. Extra parking will be available in the enclosed/fenced hospital parking area. Parking is free in all areas at the week-end. Start times 1.15pm U13 Boys (3km), 1.20pm U13 Girls (3km), not before 1.35pm U17 Men and U15 Boys (4km), not before 1.40pm 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). Please go to Active Training World Metropolitan League web site for information on course maps, directions etc and will be available 2 weeks prior to the race. Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run. 

Saturday 22 February – National Championships – Takes place in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Start times 11.00am U15 Women (5000m), 11.25am U15 Boys (4500m), 11.45am U20 Women (6000m), 12.15pm U13 Girls (3000m), 12.35pm U17 Men (6000m), 1.00pm U15 Girls (4000m), 1.20pm U20 Men (10000m), 2.05pm U13 Boys (3000m), 2.20pm Senior Women (8000m), 3.00pm Senior Men (12000m). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager.


The BUPA Great Edinburgh International took place on 11 January

Under 20 Men – LIAM DEE U20 14th (19.39) the winner was Alexis Miellet (Europe 19.07) 


11 January – OAK HILL – JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 1st (New PB 17.23), YEE YEWT SMART U20 43rd (26.36)

11 January – GLADSTONE – JULIAN LAMY U17 3rd (19.04)

11 January – IPSWICH – CLAIRE SIMM 81st (First Time Here 24.07)

11 January – RICHMOND – EMMA ARCHER V35 83rd (New PB 23.52)

PHOTOGRAPH’SFrom 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.