Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 14 August 2014

Happy Birthday this week to Yamile Aldama, Dean Benzaken, Melissa Courtney, Daniel Greenstein, Rachel Hunter, Lidia Kyriacou, John Naylor, Kemi Olonade, Zachary Randall, Ian Tullet, Edwin Yamoah

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Takes place in Zurich, Switzerland on 12-17 August.

DAY 1 12 AUGUST – 400m Heat 2 RICHARD MORRISSEY ran a personal best (46.20) finishing in 6th place qualifying as one of the fastest losers for tomorrow’s semi-final. RICHARD took .22 of a second off his previous PB set in 2013.

400m Hurdles Heat 3 SEB RODGER running his 2nd fastest time of the year, qualified fairly comfortably in 3rd place for tomorrow’s semi-final (49.88)

10000m Final BETH POTTER U23 competing just 10 days after her superb Commonwealth Games, PB at 10000m and her fine run the 5000m, was showing some signs of tiredness when finishing 14th (32:53.17) another fine performance

DAY 2 13 AUGUST – 400m Hurdles Semi-Final 1 SEB RODGER produced his best run of the year (49.47) finishing in 4th place, just missing out on qualification to the final. SEB took .04 of a second off his May time, and is ranked UK No.4 in 2014.

400m Semi-Final 2 RICHARD MORRISSEY running from Lane 1 was slightly below par finishing in 8th place (46.64)

For the remaining newsletter information and results

ORLANDO EDWARDS – Congratulations to ORLANDO who competed in the British Athletic World Mountain Running Championships (Trial Race), which took place in Sedbergh, Cumbria on 9 August.

Orlando finished in 4th place (48.32), the course was 10km in length, which included 920m of climbing and 450m of descending. With the 3rd place runner electing to run for New Zealand, Orlando seems to think that he will now get automatic qualification for the GB Mountain Running team that travel to Casette di Massa, Italy on 14 September.

Orlando has now competed for the GB Mountain Running team (either European or World Championships) for six consecutive years – every year since I took up Mountain Running.

EDWIN YAMOAH WINS 3 GOLD AND 1 SILVER MEDALS – Congratulations to EDWIN who competed in the British Transplant Games in Bolton on 7-10 August. The conditions were described as terrible, with Sundays programme suspended for some time. EDWIN successfully defended his 100m, 200m and Long Jump titles and also retained the Carl Whittaker Trophy with the fastest 100m time on the day.

100m – 1st (12.08), 200m – 1st (24.5) electronic time no available yet, 400m – 2nd (awaiting full result), Long Jump – 1st (5.54m).

SOPHIE CONNORSOPHIE has recently enrolled at the University of New Mexico, which is situated in the heart of Albuquerque and occupies nearly 800 acres along old Route 66. SOPHIE having just completed a first in History at the University of Warwick, at UNM she will be studying for a Master’s in Business Administration. The Campus is located at an altitude of some 7,000 to 8,000 feet which she feels will be of great benefit to her for the future.

Six of the current track & field athletes at UNM competed in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Michael Solomon Trinidad & Tobago finished 6th in the 400m final, Luke Caldwell (Scotland) 14th, Adam Bitchell (Wales) 15th and Keith Gerrard (Isle of Man) 22nd in the 10000m, finally in the heats of the 1500m, David Bishop (Scotland) 8th and Lee Emanuel (England) 11th.

RUN! LONDON NEWSLETTER – This is the link to the August edition 

UK YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RECORDS Which are held by the following SBH athletes (as at 22-06-14) Under 20 WomenSABRINA BAKARE 400m (54.40) 28-04-13, LIZZIE BIRD 800m (2:11.37) 28-07-13, LIZZIE BIRD 1500m (4:33.14) 28-07-13, SHADINE DUQUEMIN Discus (50.56m) 28-07-13, SHADINE DUQUEMIN Shot (14.00m) 28-04-13. Under 20 MenOJIE EDOBURUN 100m (10.58) 02-06-13 OJIE was with Enfield & Haringey at the time, NICK PERCY Discus (60.75m) 28-04-13, MATTHEW MARTIN Javelin (60.41m) 28-04-13. Under 17 MenBILLY KELSEY 800m (1:56.88) 08-09-13, ADAM THORPE 1500m Steeplechase (4:29.57) 02-06-13. Under 17 WomenEAVION RICHARDSON Long Jump (5.84m) 01-06-14.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE RECORDS Currently the oldest record for Divisions 1 to 3 was set in 2011. Shaftesbury re-entered the league this season and our Hammer throwers were on fire, setting new league records – Division 3 DEMPSEY MCGUIGAN Hammer (64.18m) 17-05-14, LOUISA JAMES Hammer (59.13m) 02-08-14. Also the Division 2 record is held by LOUSA JAMES Hammer (57.08m) 19-05-12 she was with Hastings at the time.

ELEANOR HUNT In October I’m heading off to Bangladesh for 10 weeks as part of International Citizen Service to work with local communities in need of support on a development project (exact details TBC). As part of this I have to fundraise £800 for Y Care International (one of the development charities supported by ICS). I am doing a range of fundraising activities including a raffle and cake sales. I am also taking on the Live Below the Line Challenge where for one week I spend just £1 a day on food (not an easy task for a hungry runner!) and would really appreciate it if you could share my just giving page in one of your Shaftesbury update emails as I am struggling to get sponsorship! I also have a blog where people can find further information. It’s important to note that the £800 does not go directly towards my volunteering trip (as this is government funded) but instead ensures the charity can reach out to more communities in need. Do get in touch if you have any questions. Many thanks

FLAMSTEAD 10k Takes place on Sunday 19 October. GORDON BANKS Allianz Park Stadium Director is involved in organising a local 10k event in his village, Flamstead which is 30 minutes up the M1 from Allianz Park. Attached is the flyer giving information and entry details. The route is wonderful taking in some beautiful Herts countryside so I think it will become a very popular 10k event.


WATFORD OPEN GRADED MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 27 August at Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Watford WD25 7HH, nearest large car park if the facility car parks are full is the Leavesden Country Park off College road WD5 0NR (approximately 1100 metres) which is a continuation of Horseshoe Lane. Age-Groups are Under13 up to Veteran Men & Women (Under 13s may only compete in those events allowed by UK Athletics rules). Entry cost is £4 for one event, £6 for two or more events. Entries from 5.30pm, there may be separate desks for different events.

Start times and events 7.00pm 400m no U13s, 7.15pm Long Jump, 7.30pm 1500m no times over 5m 45s please, 9.00pm 3000m. Please enter yourself by using the following link to download on the Day Entry Form, also you can check on any last minute information then select Watford Open Graded Meetings at the top of the page.

LONDON INTER CLUB CHALLENGE Takes place on Saturday 30 August at Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon NW4 1Rl, and Is free to all members of Shaftesbury, but why not bring a friend and introduce him to athletics (there is a charge of £2 per event for non-members). Registration opens at 10.30am, and closes 30 minutes before the published start time. All events are for both male and female age-groups unless stated. Both track and field events commence at 12 noon. Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and register.

For timetable please use the following link 

QUADKIDS Takes place prior to the London Inter Club Challenge on Saturday 30 August. CLYDE GORDON will be managing the event, with registration from 9.30am, first event starts at 10.00am, and completion around 11.30am, and is free to enter for Shaftesbury members and is £2 for non-members. Quadkids is primarily for school years 3 to 7 inclusive, ie age 7 to 12 and includes the four core disciplines of running (600m), throwing (Vortex Howler), jumping (Long Jump) and sprinting (75m). All are welcome and Parents you may be asked to join in by helping out on maybe one of the events.


Takes place on Sunday 7 September at the Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Bar, Birmingham B42 2LR. We are still awaiting confirmation that we are in the final.

EASTERN YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE PLATE FINAL Takes place on Sunday 7 September at the Ipswich Athletic Track, Northgate Sports Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich IP4 3DJ. Competing teams are B&D/SBH, Dacorum & Tring, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Cambridge & Coleridge and St Albans. This season we finished above all the competing teams except Dacorum & Tring, who finished just above us in Match 4.

For timetable please use the following link

EUROPEAN JUNIOR CLUBS CUP The European Champion Clubs Cup for Juniors is an inter-club competition organised by the European Athletics Association on a country by country basis. The competition involves the champion teams, on a separate basis as between men and women, organised as 3 divisions of 8. The GB&NI representatives, are selected following the Youth Development League final, so that the 2013 men’s and women’s winners compete in the 2014 European event. At the 2014 event, SBH for the men and Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow for the women, are in the top division with relegation for the bottom 2 countries and promotion for the top 2 from each division. This year, the top division meeting is being held in Castellon, near Valencia, Spain on Saturday 20 September.

The SBH team fly out on the Friday and return on the Sunday. It is a very high quality meeting with many European and World Junior representatives competing. SBH have been the only GB club to ever win either title when they won men’s title in 2012. For many of our Junior members this is the first experience of international competition. The club pay the bulk of the cost, although each athlete does make a contribution to the weekend. It’s a great team bonding exercise and has formed the basis of our senior success in recent years.

BRITISH ATHLETICS LEAGUE PREMIERSHIP ROUND 4 Took place on 5 July in Sportscity, Manchester, for the Power of 10 results use this link once you access the PO10 result you can select “External Result” at the top of the page which will then load the official results.

Match Result 1st City of Manchester 376 points, 2nd SBH 319, 3rd Birchfield Harriers 278, 4th Enfield & Haringey 272, 5th City of Sheffield 268, 6th Newham & Essex Beagles 266, 7th City of Liverpool 227, 8th Cardiff 189

Final League Positions 1st City of Manchester 1295 match points 29 league points, 2nd SBH 1270.5 (26), 3rd City of Sheffield 1063 (17), 4th Birchfield Harriers 1054.5 (16), 5th Newham & Essex Beagles 1062 (15), 6th Enfield & Haringey 1024 (15), 7th Cardiff 931 (14), 8th City of Liverpool 975 (12)

The 4th and last round of the 2014 BAL Premiership was a tense day of inter-club athletics. To retain our title we had to win the match in Manchester and Sale, the local club had to finish 3rd or worst. Well it never looked like happening as a weakened SBH team took on the challenge. It was a two horse race all afternoon with the other 6 clubs more worried by relegation than separating us and Sale, who eventually emerged as clear winners with SBH as clear runners-up. Nevertheless we had some great performances.

The highlight was the sprints. OJIE EDOBURUN, after his fine 6th place at the World Juniors 100m in Oregon, made his debut in the BAL Premiership with an awesome performance in the 100m in beating a class field in a PB and Club Junior record of 10.30.  ANTONIO INFANTINO was in great form coming into the meeting with recent PBs at both 100m and 200m. He had a very busy afternoon, coming 2nd in the 200m in his 3rd best ever time of 20.84, running the non-scoring 100m in 10.62 and then taking on both relays. They were ably supported by CONFIDENCE LAWSON, who was 2nd in both the “B” string 100m and 200m. The 3 of them combined with ZANSON PLUMMER to record the best UK club 4 x 100m time of the year of 40.58 which was less than 1/10 outside the club record which has stood for 23 years.

Of the many other highlights, special mention must be made of club captain, ANTHONY WHITEMAN. He won a beautifully judged 800m in 1.50.09, then ran a tactical 1500m finishing 2nd in 3.49.50, making sure he saved some energy which allowed him to run a storming 49.4 leg in the 4 x 400m relay. ANTHONY is an inspiration to all athletes in the Club, he committed himself to all 4 league meetings and the European Clubs Cup and is always the first to volunteer to double up when we have a selection problem.

Back to the Premiership, Cardiff and Liverpool were relegated and Woodford Green and City of Glasgow were promoted. So 2015 looks even tougher and SBH will require full support to regain the Premiership title

100m (A) OJIE EDOBURUN U20 1st (PB 10.30 w0.0 m/s) taking .02 of a second off his July time, and is ranked UK No.1 U20 in 2014, (B) CONFIDENCE LAWSON 2nd (10.76 w-0.5 m/s), Non Scoring Race 1 ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (10.62 w0.0 m/s), Race 2 ZANSON PLUMMER U20 5th (11.14 w0.0 m/s), 200m (A) ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (20.84 w0.0 m/s), (B) CONFIDENCE LAWSON 2nd (SB 21.58 w0.3 m/s) taking .05 of a second off his April time, 400m (A) KRIS ROBERTSON 7th (47.89), (B) KYLE LANGFORD U20 3rd (48.28), 800m (A) ANTHONY WHITEMAN V40 1st (1:50.09), (B) BEN ROCHFORD U20 7th (1:58.55), 1500m (A) ANTHONY WHITEMAN V40 2nd (SB 3:49.50) taking .67 of a second off his May time, and is ranked UK No.1 V40 in 2014, (B) MOHAMED MOHAMED U23 7th (PB 4:01.07) taking 6.93 seconds off his July time, 3000m (A) MICHAEL CALLEGARI U23 4th (8:17.39), (B) DAVID BOWERS 7th (PB 9:02.86), 110m Hurdles (A) TOM CAREY 5th (SB 15.39 w-0.5 m/s) taking .01 of a second off his 2 August time, B) MAURICE RYAN 5th (15.56 w-0.6 m/s), 400m Hurdles (A) LLOYD GUMBS 7th (54.69), (B) TOM CAREY 3rd (SB 54.76) taking .34 of a second off his July time, 3000m Steeplechase (A) GLEN WATTS 2nd (9:03.70), (B) ADAM THORPE U20 5th (PB 10:16.15), 4 x 100m Relay 1st (PB 40.58), ANTONIO INFANTINO, OJIE EDOBURUN U20, ZANSON PLUMMER U20, CONFIDENCE LAWSON, taking .39 of a second of the 2011 time, PO10 only go back as far as 2008, and is ranked UK No.6 in 2014, 4 x 400m Relay 6th (3:13.98) KRIS ROBERTSON (48.6), ANTHONY WHITEMAN V40 (49.4), KYLE LANGFORD U20 (48.0), ANTONIO INFANTINO (48.0), High Jump (A) AKIN COWARD U20 5th (2.00m), (B) ADE ADEFOLALU U20 6th (1.80m), Pole Vault (A) ETHAN WALSH U20 5th (4.20m), (B) MATTHEW HALL U20 5th (PB 3.00m) adding 10cm to his May vault, Long Jump (A) DAN BRAMBLE 2nd (7.61m w0.4 m/s), (B) NONSO OKOLO 3rd (6.81m w1.0 m/s), Triple Jump (A) NATHAN FOX 3rd (14.93m w0.0 m/s), (B) DAN BRAMBLE 1st (PB 14.88m w0.4 m/s) adding 32cm to his 2010 jump, Shot 7.26kg (A) ZANE DUQUEMIN 2nd (17.36m), (B) GREGORY THOMPSON U23 1st (13.42m), Discus 2kg (A) ZANE DUQUEMIN 2nd (56.93), (B) ANGUS MCINROY 1st (56.22m), Hammer 7.26kg (A) CHRIS BENNETT 4th (66.28m), (B) DEMPSEY MCGUIGAN U23 3rd (60.85), Javelin 800g (A) AIDAN REYNOLDS U23 8th (54.82m), (B) GREGORY THOMPSON U23 7th (PB 46.66) adding 6.06m to his April throw

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.


The England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Championships took place in Bedford on 9-10 August

Decathlon/Octathlon DYLAN CARLSSON-SMITH U17 100m (PB 12.04 w1.5 m/s) taking .57 of a second off his 2013 time – 400m (56.15) – 1500m (DNF) – 100m Hurdles (14.98 w-1.1 m/s) – High Jump (1.74m) – Pole Vault (NH) – Long Jump (PB 5.84m w2.5 m/s) adding 4cm to his March jump – Shot 5kg (11.43m) – Discus 1.5kg (PB 32.27m) adding 4.61m to his June throw – Javelin 700g (41.11m) – Decathlon 8th (PB 4557 points), Octathlon 7th Place (3914 points) 

The Lee Valley Sprints Meeting took place on 6 August

100m – Race SX1 OJIE EDOBURUN U20 2nd (10.40 w-0.8 m/s), ANTONIO INFANTINO 5th (10.56 w-0.8 m/s), Race SX12 REGINALD OKEHIE U20 1st (PB 11.21 w0.7 m/s) taking .02 of a second off his July time, Race SX18 ZANSON PLUMMER U20 4th (11.14 w0.0 m/s)

100m – Race SX1 ANTONIO INFANTINO 2nd (PB 20.69 w-0.1 m/s) taking .01 of a second off his July time, and is ranked UK No.8 in 2014, OJIE EDOBURUN U20 3rd (PB 21.13 w-0.1 m/s) taking .16 of a second off his April time, and is ranked UK No.4 U20 in 2014, Race SX10 ZANSON PLUMMER U20 4th (22.37 w0.5 m/s)

The Woking Open Meeting took place on 6 August

800m – Race SX1 GABRIELLE COVENEY (HCA) 5th (SB 2:17.08) taking .71 of a second off her July time

The Mile End Open Meeting took place on 4 August

100m – Race SX1 RICHARD MORRISSEY 3rd (10.85 w0.6 m/s), BAMI FALANA U23 6th (11.18 w0.6 m/s), Race SX2 NENGI OSSAI V35 1st (11.14 w-2.0 m/s)

200m – Race SX1 RICHARD MORRISSEY 2nd (21.48 w1.6 m/s), LLOYD GUMBS 6th (22.82 w1.6 m/s), Race SX2 NENGI OSSAI V35 1st (22.50 w1.5 m/s) 


9 August – OAK HILLDANIEL DAVIES 1st (First Time 16.39), KIERAN MORELAND U23 4th (First Time 19.05), SAAM KYU SMART U15 10th (20.24), SUZU SATO U23 21st (22.44), YEE YEWT SMART U20 44th (27.15) – ALBERT PARK, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIACLAIRE SIMM 105th (First Time 24.53) – BUSHEYLIA RADUS U13 58th (First Time 20.03), MAAYAN RADUS U11 84th (New PB 23.03) – GLADSTONEEMMA DWAN U17 31st (23.17) – ST ALBANSASHOK MATHUR U20 6th (18.00), MIA GROOM U13 196th (First Time 22.48)

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.

CHARGES FOR USING ALLIANZ PARK – The current charges for using Allianz Park 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.

The above fees include the 10% discount which is given to members of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, if you are a new member you can pick up a discount form from the reception at Allianz Park.

Any official coach of SBH gains entry free of charge.

All membership enquiries should be directed towards