Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 27 January 2014

Happy Birthday this week to Onochie Achike, Gerald Alterman, Lucy Boggis, Rachel Carter, Russell Devitt, Emma Dwan, Obi Egbunike, Rachael Fatuade, Alex Fugallo, Travis Hudson, Kyle Langford, Nicholas Nieland, William Prior, Yee Yewt Smart

EUROPEAN INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TOUR – England Athletics have selected a number of up-and- coming athletes a great development opportunity to experience International competition.

Congratulations to GREG CACKETT (60m) and SEB RODGER (400m) will be competing in Vienna, Austria on 28 January. Also ELLIE SPAIN has been appointed Team Coach for Vienna, Austria and Linz, Austria on 30 January.

For the remaining newsletter information and results

BRITISH ATHLETICS INTERNATIONAL MATCH – Took place in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on 25 January, with three of our athletes competing for Scotland.

ALLAN SMITH U23 in his third High Jump competition of the year improved his seasons best (2.20m) finishing in 4th place, JOHN CARR jumped (7.09m) in the Long Jump also finishing in 4th place, GEMMA NICOL ran the fourth leg for the Scottish team, and started one and half seconds behind the GB&NI team, and ran a good leg bringing them home in 2nd place. In the 800m MARILYN OKORO running for GB&NI moved into 2nd place with 200m to go, she appeared to have a problem with her left leg and stopped.

CONGRATULATION TO GREGOR – As reported last week GREGOR MACLEAN U23 vaulted 5.40m in Orleans, France. Which is a new Scottish and Shaftesbury Indoor Records (adding 5cm to his vault set in February 2012)

CONGRATULATION TO MELISSA COURTNEY – Who became Welsh Senior 1500m Champion in Cardiff on 26 January in a time of (4:15.07). Which is a new Senior Club Indoor Record eclipsing the 4:17.2 recorded by Margaret Beacham in winning the European Indoor 1500m Championships in Sofia on 14 March 1971, Melissa also lowered her own U23 Club Record which was 4:17.57 set in 2013.

SOUTHERN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – There’s no doubt, SBH are now the top men’s cross country club in the south following the results of the Southern Cross Country Championships held last Saturday 25 January at Parliament Hill Fields.

Top honors must go to the Senior Men with RICHARD GOODMAN U23 who took the Gold Medal winning by an impressive 24 seconds, and in the team race RICHARD GOODMAN U23 1st, GLEN WATTS 13th, RICHARD HORTON U23 14th, KOJO KYEREME V35 16th, ORLANDO EDWARDS V35 34th and DANIEL WATTS 52nd took the Gold Medals winning by a clear 69 points. Also MATT GRANT won the Perseverance Cup which is awarded to the 7th finisher in the winning team. Our other Medalists were the Under 17 Men team of JAMAL LEWIS U17 8th, JAMIE DEE U17 19th, GREG COOKE U17 46th and KHALID ALI-AHMED U17 81st who won the Bronze Medals. There were oh so close results in the Senior Women’s race with RACHEL FELTON and the team both finishing in 4th place. The Under 13 Boys also finished in 4th place, and did so without the services of our top runner Jamie Harper who was unwell.

Reflecting on RICHARD GOODMAN’S astounding run in atrocious conditions, he is now Shaftesbury’s 6th ever Southern Champion following in the footsteps of World record holder DAVID BEDFORD (1970 and 1973), Commonwealth Games bronze medalist JULIAN GOATER (1975), DOMINIC BANNISTER (1993 and 1995), NICK FRANCIS (2001) and EMIL DE JONGE (2002).

Set out below the Men’s aggregate results U13, U15, U17 and U20 (4 to score) and Senior Men (6 to score). We are the first team based on the lowest points scored (1st SBH 762, 2nd Aldershot 873, 3rd Tonbridge 912).

We extend a big thank you to RAY POWELL for organizing the post-race Social evening, which was very successful with over 40 people attending. SIMON KEENE gave a brief speech, although I have no feedback whether that included any reference to Arsenal Football Club.

Attached are photographs of the Senior Men’s team, from left to right with red jacket and black hat is Richard Horton, then Glen Watts, Kojo Kyereme, Daniel Watts, Orlando Edwards and Richard Goodman holding the cup. The U17 men’s teams are from left to right Greg Cooke, Khalid Ali-Ahmed, Jamie Dee and Jamal Lewis.

Senior WomenRACHEL FELTON 4th (31.01), REBEKAH GARDINER 26th (34.12), PHILIPPA AUKETT 44th (35.01), VICTORIA WALKER U23 56th (35.36), ZOE LEVIN U23 121st (37.55), LUCY SHORT 145th (38.36). Team result 1st Aldershot, Farnham & District   66 points, 2nd Belgrave Harriers 81, 3rd Thames Valley Harriers 105, 4th SBH 130. The winner was Jessica Andrews of Aldershot, Farnham & District (30.39), 466 runners finished

Senior MenRICHARD GOODMAN U23 1st (49.47), GLEN WATTS 13th (52.32), RICHARD HORTON U23 14th (52.45), KOJO KYEREME V35 16th (52.59), ORLANDO EDWARDS V35 34th (54.42), DANIEL WATTS 52nd (55.46), MATT GRANT 139th (59.25), ROBERT RIGBY V50 334th (65.29). Team result 1st SBH 130 points, 2nd Bedford & County 199, 3rd Serpentine. 986 runners finished

Under 20 Women – No Runners. Team result 1st Aldershot, Farnham & District 15 points, 2nd Tonbridge 134, 3rd Guildford & Godalming 135. The winner was Emilia Gorecka of Aldershot, Farnham & District (22.34), 78 runners finished. 

Under 20 MenBEN ROCHFORD U20 20th (29.18), DALTON MUGUIGAN U20 27th (29.36), PHILLIP CROUT U20 39th (30.17), JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 70th (32.19). Team result 1st Aldershot, Farnham & District 44 points, 2nd Tonbridge 50, 3rd Bedford & County 124, 6th SBH 156. The winner was Jonathan Davies of Reading (26.46), 105 runners finished. 

Under 17 WomenNATALIE CONNOR U17 25th (22.20), EMMA DWAN U17 83rd (24.23), CAIA CASCIELLO U17 119th (26.44). Team result 1st Aldershot, Farnham & District 80 points, 2nd Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow 167, 3rd Invicta East Kent 174. The winner was Bobby Clay of Invicta East Kent (18.53), 151 runners finished. 

Under 17 MenJAMAL LEWIS U17 8th (21.30), JAMIE DEE U17 19th (21.58), GREG COOKE U17 46th (22.49), KHALID ALI-AHMED U17 81st (23.58), SAM GRIFFITHS U17 88th (24.07), JOSH CLIFFORD U17 94th (24.14). Team result 1st Aldershot, Farnham & District 40 points, 2nd Tonbridge 113, 3rd SBH 154. The winner was Jordan Rowe of Colchester Harriers (20.29), 209 runners finished.

Under 15 GirlsGABRIELLA KYRIACOU U15 127th (18.17), JESSICA HURLEY U15 131st (18.20), SOPHIE BOWEN U15 138th (18.25), CARMEN HOGG U15 266th (22.00), GEORGINA EMANUEL U15 279th (23.07). Team result 1st Blackheath & Bromley 29 points, 2nd Aldershot, Farnham & District 70, 3rd Bracknell 80, 25th SBH 662. The winner was Sabrina Sinha of Cambridge Harriers (14.49), 285 runners finished.

Under 15 BoysGEORGE GROOM U15 16th (16.35), THOMAS FULTON U15 40th (17.22), ELLIOT DEE U15 56th (17.34), JEREMY DEMPSEY U15 60th (17.39), RUFUS KENT U15 187th (19.37). Team result 1st Tonbridge 44 points, 2nd Bedford & County 45, 3rd Reading 92, 6th SBH 172. The winner was Alasdair Kinloch of Tonbridge (15.53), 258 runners finished.

Under 13 GirlsLIA RADUS U13 49th (14.12), MIA GROOM U13 72nd (14.27), LIDIA KYRIACOU U13 75th (14.31), SCARLETT KENT U13 98th (14.43), GEMMA HARPER U13 127th (15.05), OLIVIA BOWEN U13 178th (15.46), KAYLA MICHEL U13 195th (16.06). Team result 1st Herne Hill Harriers 40 points, 2nd Guildford & Godalming 126, 3rd City of Portsmouth 160, 12th SBH 294. The winner was Josie Czura of City of Portsmouth (12.17), 292 runners finished.

Under 13 BoysTOM PATRICK U13 20th (12.29), HENRY FULTON U13 32nd (12.38), GERRY O’BRIEN U13 47th (12.49), JOE CHOTT U13 51st (12.55), FINN HARVEY U13 58th (13.00), NATHAN FERNANDES U13 73rd (13.00), HENRY ROCHA U13 115th (13.33), FRANKIE FOX U13 223rd (14.53), SHAY KOHLER U13 258th (15.49). Team result 1st Bracknell 66 points, 2nd Aldershot, Farnham & District 137, 3rd Reading 139, 4th SBH 150. The winner was Zakariya Mahamed of Southampton (11.49), 284 runners finished.


The fourth NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE takes place on Saturday 1 February at Allianz Park. The club is promoting this event and I am sure Bryan Smith and his team will provide a testing and successful meeting. Why not come along and support our Young Athletes who in the three previous matches have performed superbly in all the age-groups. 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. 

THE GOATER CUPTook place at the Haberdashers Aske’s School last week.

Note these abbreviations represent the following schools – HA (Haberdashers Aske School), MH (Mill Hill School), SA (St Albans School), SC (St Columba’s College). Currently I only have the times at the moment.

MARK PEARCE (SA 8.25), JOE REDWOOD (SA 8.35), ROBBIE LIGHTOWLER (SA 8.37), ADAM THORPE (SA 8.45), SAM GRIFFITHS (SC 8.45), GEORGE GROOM (SC 8.49) Year 9 Fastest Lap, THOMAS FULTON (SA 9.30), CHARLIE GRIFFITHS (SC 9.50), HENRY FULTON (SC 9.52) Year 8 Fastest Lap, ADAM SHIRET (HA 9.53), JAMIE HARPER (HA 10.00), HENRY ROCHA (HA 10.18), ASHVIN KURI (HA 10.20), FINN HARVEY (MH 10.26) Year 7 Fastest Lap, ELBY CINNAMOND (SC 11.08). The overall team result is 1st St Columba’s, 2nd Loughborough, 3rd St Albans.

SOPHIA PARVIZI-WAYNE – The following article was published in the Times newspaper last week, and is very enlightening.

Sophia who is a pupil at a leading independent school who battled with anorexia is campaigning for children to be taught more about mental illness under the national curriculum. Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, 16, a middle-distance runner for England, has been overwhelmed by the number of teenage sufferers who have contacted her since the campaign began. She and a friend, Amber Van Dam, 16, say that more should be done to raise awareness of symptoms of mental illness among young people, and to challenge the stigma that surrounds it. The girls, both sixth-form pupils at Highgate School, in North London, say that Sophia was well supported once her anorexia was diagnosed but believe she would have had a faster recovery if the signs had been recognised. Sophia became ill at 14 after losing weight due to her running. She represents England at youth level in the 3km and at cross-country running. She lost 3 stone over 18 months and took six months off running to recover. “My anorexia came from losing too much weight from running and not replacing it — not actually intentionally losing weight,” Sophia said. “Then I got to such a [low] BMI that neuro-chemically you just don’t function and you kind of start to want to lose weight.” She was treated at hospital as an outpatient, saw a psychiatrist privately and was advised by Jacqueline Birtwistle, the Great Britain team nutritionist, as she recovered over eight months. Amber, who supported her throughout, felt that she did not know enough at the outset about mental illness. “If I as her friend had realised the signs earlier then she would not have got to such a low weight and would have recovered a lot faster. As a friend you can realise the signs,” she said. In Sophia’s case she became withdrawn before her weight loss was noticeable. As Sophia’s illness progressed, Amber became frustrated at a lack of understanding among others. “A lot of people don’t understand that it’s not the person’s fault,” Amber said. “So you would have people saying to Sophia: why don’t you just pick up a piece of cake? That’s not how it works.” Sophia was open with friends about what happened and was struck by how many spoke to her about their own experience of mental illness. When she and Amber set up a Facebook page, they received 120 responses within an hour, from boys as well as girls. “It is definitely not gender-specific,” she said. “I have had boys coming up to me about it and sending messages, with anorexia, depression, self-harm.” Sophia, who wants to be a professional athlete, said that she returned to running stronger, boosted by the knowledge of nutrition learnt during her illness. Last summer she came second when representing England in an international schools tournament in a 3km race at under-17 level. Adam Pettitt, the girls’ headmaster, said: “I hope that this will help to remove the sense of stigma about using mental health services and mental health professionals being part and parcel of family life and school lives. If that is one of the outcomes, that would be absolutely brilliant.” A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “Schools must promote pupils’ mental and physical development and can raise awareness of mental health issues through PSHE — personal, social and health education — lessons. We want all children to have good, safe mental health care, which is why we are investing £54 million over this Parliament in improving access to mental health treatments for children and young people.”

Please use this link if you wish to support Sophia’s e-petition

TWO EX SBH MEMBERS ARE REUNITED – It was on Saturday 18 January in the 5k Parkrun in Oakhill Park. Unbeknown to our 5 women who had finished was Stephanie Saunders in 24mins 37secs and Jenny McDonagh in 25mins 56secs. Although this was not the first run for either of them, they had not run in the same race before. Both were Shaftesbury members in the 1990’s, trained in the same group and met for the first time in some 15 years at Oakhill. They are both mothers and are now in the 30-34 years age group. It seems the Park Run races provide excellent vehicles for athletes to return to some form of athletic competition in a way clubs do not provide.

PARKRUN DOWN UNDER – News from RUSSEL DEVITT who is currently in Balgowlah, which is a suburb of Northern Sydney. Last Saturday he ran the Curl Curl Parkrun and finished in 44th place (24.21) and 3rd over 60. There were 135 runners taking part.

SOUTHERN WOMENS 6 STAGE AND MENS 12 STAGE RELAYS – Following the article in Athletics Weekly stating the race was cancelled It has now been confirmed that the relays will take place on its original date, Sunday 16 March at Stantonbury Athletics Stadium, Milton Keynes, Bucks. The Men’s race starts at 12.00noon (6 stages x 5.053km and 6 stages x 7.664km). The Women’s race starts at 13.00pm (6 stages x 5.053km). 

WARM WEATHER TRAINING IN CYPRUS – If any of you young athletes (with or without your parents) are looking to combine a short holiday with some supervised warm weather training and a competition against local Cypriot athletes during the Easter school holidays, then have a read of the attached information document. It sounds like a good opportunity. The Training Camp is supervised by JON LENNARD, one of our Club Coaches who now spends the majority of his time in Cyprus.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY 92ND ANNUAL DINNER – takes place at The Cumberland Hotel, Harrow on Saturday 1 February. Attached is the reservation form. 

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 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 Northern Championships took place in Knowsley, Merseyside on 25 January

Senior Men – DOMINIC EASTER 18th (42.59) the race was won by Dan Garbutt of Durham (41.17) 


25 January – OAK HILL – STUART SINGER V50 8th (20.59), SAAM KYU SMART U15 11th (22.14), YEE YEWT SMART U20 55th (26.34)

25 January – RICHMOND PARK – EMMA ARCHER V35 47th (New PB 22.04)

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.