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THE SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS CLUB HOUSE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AFTER TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER DUE TO RENOVATION WORKS – The works will take probably 3 to 4 weeks, which includes redecoration and works to roof and floor of the gym. Also a change of access and use, with a Photo/Card entry system on all 3No doors (2No external 1No internal). Information on how to register for the Photo/Card entry system will be published shortly.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place in Beijing, China from 22 to 30 August.
WILLEM COERTZEN competing for South Africa is competing in his fourth World Championships, previously 2009 (Berlin), 2011 (Daego) and 2013 (Moscow). He also competed in the 2012 London Olympics Games and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Prior to Beijing WILLEM set a new Decathlon personal best of 8398 points (eclipsing his own 8343 points set in 2013), which is a New Club Record, in the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria on 30/31 May 2015.. Result – 100m (10.99 w0.3), Long Jump (PB 7.46m w-1.0), Shot (14.14m), High Jump (2.03m), 400m (48.73), 110m Hurdles (14.17 w1.5), Discus (PB 44.84m), Pole Vault (4.60m), Javelin (68.43m), 1500m (PB 4:22.22). Subsequently WILLEM competed in Ratingen, Germany on 27/28 June 2015 recording 8341 points. At these two meetings he had recorded 5 personal bests.
Friday 28 August.
Decathlon Day 1 – WILLEM COERTZEN 100m (10.98 w-0.7) 865 points, Long Jump (7.22m w0.3) 874 points, Shot (13.75m) 713 points, High Jump (1.95m) 758 points, 400m Due to an injury WILLEM did not start.
ENGLAND U15 & U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS – Took place in Bedford on 29-30 August.
300m – U17W Heat 3 JESSICA HURLEY 6th (42.79), U17M Heat 4 CHENNA OKOH (2nd Claim) 2nd (50.57) in Semi-Final 2 CHENNA finished 4th (50.41)
1500m – U15B Heat 1 JAMIE HARPER 4th (4:17.94) in the Final JAMIE finished 11th (4:19.64)
3000m – U17M Straight Final ELLIOT DEE 14th (PB 8:58.84 )taking 5.46 seconds off his July time
1500m Steeplechase – U17M Straight Final GEORGE GROOM 5th (4:30.91 )
Triple Jump – U17M Straight Final ABBAS ADEJONWO 7th (13.11m w0.7 ), U15B Straight Final ODERA UMEUGOJI 4th (11.18m w1.5 )
Hammer 5kg – U17M Straight Final BILLY PRAIM-SINGH (2nd Claim) 5th (60.63m)
Hammer 3kg – U17W Straight Final PHILIPPA DAVENHALL (2nd Claim) 4th (55.39m)
Javelin 600g – U15B Straight Final LOUIS DAVIS 9th (38.54m)
LONDON INTER CLUB CHALLENGE – The final fixture took place at Allianz Park on Saturday 29 August. Congratulations to our athletes over the 4 fixtures, who have contributed to yet another successful season. There were outstanding performances from ZANE DUQUEMIN in the Discus who threw a seasons best (59.08m) which ranks him UK No.3 and ADE ADEFOLALU U20 in the Long Jump who jumped a personal best (7.06m w1.5) which ranks him UK No.9 U20.
100m – Women SHEREEN CHARLES 2nd (12.10 w-0.6), Race 2 ANDREW AMOAH U20 3rd (11.46 w-1.5), LOUIS UBAKA U23 5th (11.59 w-1.5), ), Race 3 CHRISTOPHER CASTRO-NETO U20 5th (11.75 w-0.4), Race 6 ANDREW NICOLAOU U13 6th (PB 12.67 w-1.3) taking .04 of a second off his June time, Race 7 JOSHUA KUMAR U15 3rd (12.42 w-1.2), NICHOLAS SHAW U13 5th (12.70 w-1.2), TRISTAN PROCIDA U15 6th (13.19 w-1.2), Race 8 ALEXANDER DIKEOCHA U15 4th (13.60 w-1.6), SHAKIRA RILEY U15 6th (14.17 w-1.6)
200m – Race 2 LESLIE ODAMTTEN-ADDY 4th (23.37 w-2.1), Race 5 GABRIEL GAYLE U17 4th (PB 25.39 w-0.9) taking 2.01 seconds off his 2014 time, Race 6 ANDREW NICOLAOU U13 1st (PB 26.36 w-0.9) taking .94 of a second off his July time, TRISTAN PROCIDA U15 3rd (26.91 w-0.9), ALEXANDER DIKEOCHA U15 4th (PB 27.26 w-0.9) taking .54 of a second off his 2 August time, Race 7 NENE HARRISON 3rd (SB 29.53 w-0.9), SHAKIRA RILEY U15 4th (29.82 w-0.9)
400m – Race 1 LESLIE ODAMTTEN-ADDY 6th (51.61)
1500m – Mixed Race 1 MATTIE HARRIS U13 2nd (5:04.27), DANIEL GREENSTEIN U15 3rd (5:05.05), ANDREW MILLETT V50 4th (PB 5:07.85), SAMUEL GREENSTEIN U13 7th (5:16.83)
110m Hurdles – MAURICE RYAN 1st (15.19 w-0.6)
75m Hurdles – SEBASTIANO CORBO U13 2nd (PB 13.25 w-1.4) taking .35 of a second off his July time, CRISTINA POTTER U15 3rd (13.80 w-1.4)
70m Hurdles – EVELYN BARTER U13 1st (13.20 w-1.4)
Long Jump – Pool A ADE ADEFOLALU U20 4th (PB 7.06m w1.5) adding 15cm to his 2014 jump, and is ranked UK No.9 U20 in 2015, ROBERT GAYLER 5th (SB 6.50m w1.9) adding 16cm to his 1 August jump, ALFREDO MELAO V60 12th (SB 5.57m w0.9) adding 23cm to his February jump, and is ranked World No.1 V60 in 2015, BOLU COKER U20 13th (5.52m w-1.2), Pool B JEFF HAGAN U13 1st (5.19m w-1.2), FEMI AYODELE U17 3rd (4.99m w-1.3), SOPHIA OBI U15 7th (4.20m w-1.7), SOPHIA PITSIALIS U20 7th (PB 4.14m w-0.4), EVELYN BARTER U13 10th (3.37m w-0.5)
Triple Jump – Pool A ALANDO ALFRED U20 5th (13.07m w0.5), YASMIN LAKIN 11th (11.32m w-0.4), ALFREDO MELAO V60 12th (SB 11.32m w-0.5) adding 2.48m to his June jump,and is ranked World No.6 V60 in 2015, Pool B JEFF HAGAN U13 1st (PB 11.03m w0.3)
High Jump – CRISTINA POTTER U15 6th (PB 1.30m) equalling her 2 August jump
Javelin – U15G 500g CRISTINA POTTER U15 1st (21.13), U17M 700g MICHAEL MILLER U7 2nd (42.93m), SW 600g JO BLAIR 1st (46.18m), SOPHIA PITSIALIS U20 5th (SB 21.29m) adding 3.12m to her 1 August throw, NENE HARRISON 6th (18.46m)
Shot 4kg – SW NENE HARRISON 1st (9.71m)
Discus – Pool A 2kg SM ZANE DUQUEMIN 1st (SB 59.08m) adding 13cm to his June throw, and is ranked UK No.3 in 2015, F44 1,5kg MICHAEL NICHOLLS 1st (PB 33.88m) adding 2m to his 1 August throw, and is ranked UK No.2 in 2015, U15B MEHRDAD AZIMI 3rd (PB 17.48m) adding 1.37m to his 1 August throw
Hammer 3kg – U17W LOUISA PITSIALIS U17 1st (29.68m)
KYLE LANGFORD – This article was published recently in Athletics Weekly.
Kyle the European junior 800m champion is Beijing bound and one of the youngest members of GB’s World Championship team. Barely a few years go by without a young Briton being labelled as the next Coe, Cram or Ovett. It is a mantle that is viewed as a burden for many, but Kyle Langford, who last month became Britain’s third fastest junior 800m runner in history, appears to carry it with relish. He wants not merely to match former world record-holder Seb Coe and 1980 Olympic champion Steve Ovett.
His 1:45.78 at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games put the 19-year-old 0.14 short of the UK junior record of David Sharpe and just a hundredth behind Ovett on the age-group all-time list. Learning he was so close in time to Ovett, Langford said: “Hopefully I’ll follow in their footsteps, him and Seb, and better them. “Hopefully I’ll break the record this year and I’ll strive on for an Olympic gold next year.”
“Hopefully I’ll follow in their footsteps, him and Seb, and better them” – Langford on the achievements of Coe and Ovett
Even as early as last year he was talking about being in contention for medals in the Rio Olympics and his coach, George Harrison, believes his confidence is well founded. “I’d like to think along the lines that Kyle one day might be matching those times,” said the renowned Shaftesbury Harriers coach, who thought his charge capable on that day at the Olympic Stadium of going under the 1:46.00 qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships.
Although Langford was seventh, he was within a second and a half of the winner, world champion Nijel Amos, and world record-holder David Rudisha.
“I expected him to do that time, but I didn’t think for a moment he would get that close to Rudisha and Amos,” said Harrison. “Just over a second behind two 1:42 merchants if not better. So I think the time is much better than the 1:45.78.” Particularly impressive is that Langford’s run at the Anniversary Games came after he lined up not feeling 100%. He had recently returned from Sweden, where he ran three races in three days en route to becoming European junior champion, and said: “I take every single race as a positive thing because, even if it’s not been great, you can learn from it.
Speaking at the Anniversary Games following his 1:45, he added: “Today I learned I can go out there, not feeling great and still run the time. And last weekend I learned I could do tactical racing.” Explaining how he felt going into the race, he said: “I’ve just come back from running three rounds in three days. My tummy didn’t really mix with the food out there so. I did one session on Tuesday and went a bit faster than I thought I should have.”
Harrison described the run as “incredible” given that he had six days in Sweden followed by the same amount of time back home. Langford added: “If I hadn’t been doing the Euro Juniors I’d have probably peaked more for this race, so I’d have probably been more competitive. I trust in my ability to be able to test these guys. I’ve got a lot more in the locker and hopefully I can prove that in races to come.”
“I take every single race as a positive thing because, even if it’s not been great, you can learn from it” – Langford
Langford’s run ultimately earned him a place on the team for the World Championships. According to British Athletics’ criteria, that makes him a contender for a top-eight place in Beijing or a future medal prospect. Harrison said: “I would be very surprised if he doesn’t make the semi. I wouldn’t like to say he could make the final. Just for the experience alone would be the best thing for him.
“He’s the sort of lad that can take it in his stride. The big occasion doesn’t seem to get to him. I’m hoping for the semis and we’ll see where we go from there. I think he’s aiming to make the final.”
Langford, who begins his campaign in Beijing on the opening day (August 22), will be hoping for a better experience than the last time he competed in a world championships. On that occasion it was the World Junior Championships in Oregon, where he eased his way into the final but then came down with suspected food poisoning the night before the final. He showed great courage to line up, but he struggled home eighth in 1:55.
Twelve months earlier he had been out-dipped for the silver medal at the World Youth Championships by Russia’s Konstantin Tolokonnikov. He reversed that in Sweden with a much better dip as the fast-finishing Russian took second.
Four major championships in three years would be a remarkable achievement for the man who beat Michael Rimmer to the UK senior title last month, given that he only started in athletics at the age of 15. “He’s the sort of lad that can take it in his stride. The big occasion doesn’t seem to get to him” – coach Harrison on Langford
He didn’t find success straight away. In 2012, he was leading the intermediate race at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, but he ended up finishing 221st.
However, learning to control his youthful exuberance, the Shaftesbury runner, who has Tom Bedford as mentor and agent, improved to 1:48.32 for 800m the following year and then 1:47.41 last year.
Harrison, who has also coached sub-two runner Marilyn Okoro, 1:45 man Paul Herbert and European 5000m silver medallist Gary Staines, insists Langford has much scope for increase when it comes to training load. He said: “People wouldn’t believe the work he does. It’s nothing in comparison.
“This year we’ve managed to get him up to 35-40 miles a week, but he was doing those times last year on 20-25. There’s a lot to come yet. “As he gets older and stronger then we can do a little more work. But he gets fantastic results out of the amount of training he’s put in.” Harrison compares him to Coe when considering one of his best attributes. “He’s got a tremendous turn of pace,” said Harrison. “When I look back to Paul Herbert, he ran 1:45, but he didn’t have that turn of pace that Kyle seems to have. “He can get himself out of trouble. The pace he showed at the world trials to go straight past them, that change of pace is going to put him good positions in races.
“That’s what makes good athletes, I think. Not so much Cram, but certainly Coe – he had that change of pace.”
HIGHGATE HARRIERS OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 9 September at Parliament Hill Fields. Events are open to all-age groups with certain events for Under 11s. Flyer attached, entries are on-line only. You are strongly advised to enter as soon as possible as entries will close when event is full.
FIRST AID COURSE – Is being held on Saturday 5 September at Middlesex University. This course is being especially run for local athletic clubs. The course will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm.
Anyone interested should contact Phil Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org please note that places are strictly limited.
UPCOMING FIXTURES FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS
UK YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE NATIONAL FINAL (UNDER 17/20 MEN/WOMEN) – Takes place on Sunday 6 September at Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham (Satnav B42 2LR). We are competing against Birchfield Harriers, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, City of Sheffield & Dearne, Rugby & Northampton, Team DC (Composite), Team Edinburgh and Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow.
Note: You will have to be selected by your respective Team Manager – Colette Hurley, Clyde Gordon or Geoff Morphitis
EASTERN YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE PLATE FINAL – Takes place on Sunday 6 September at Thurrock Athletics Stadium, Blackshots Lane, Grays Essex (Satnav RM16 2QT). We are competing against Cambridge & Coleridge, Chelmsford, Dacorum & Tring, Norwich and Thurrock.
Note: You will have to be selected by your respective Team Manager Joyce Smith or Jeremy Sothcott
WATFORD OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 9 September at Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston,Watford (Satnav WD25 7HH). Entry costs at Wednesday Meetings £4 for one event, £6 for two or more events, entries from 5.30pm, there may be separate desks for different events. Please use this link to the Watford Harriers website http://www.watfordharriers.org.uk/indexnc.htm then select Watford Open Graded Meetings at the top of the page. Once you are in the open meeting section, you can see the full information including any late changes. Also you can print off the ‘On The Day Entry Form’
Timetable – 7.00pm 200m, 7.15pm High Jump, 7.30pm 100m, 8.00pm 800m, 9.00pm 3000m no times over 11m 00s please
MIDDLESEX & HERTFORDSHIRE ROAD RELAYS – Takes place on Sunday 13 September at Minet Centre, Springfield Road, Hayes, Middlesex (Satnav UB4 0LL). Timetable – 14.00pm U11 B&G Road Race (1500m approx), 14.15pm approx. U13 B&G Road Relay (3 x 1500m Approx), 14.55pm approx. U15 B&G Road Relay (3 x 1500m Approx), 15.35pm approx. U17 M&W Road Relay (3 x 1500m Approx).
Note: Entries are now closed
EUROPEAN CHAMPION CLUBS CUP (JUNIOR MEN) – Takes place on Saturday 19 September in Istanbul, Turkey. We are competing against TJ Sokol Opava (Czech Republic), Playas de Castellon (Spain), Nike Klaipeda (Lithuania), Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portugal), AD Mass Ljubljana (Slovakia), LC Zurich (Switzerland) and Fenerbahce Sport Club (Turkey).
Note: You will have to be selected by your Team Manager – Geoff Morphitis
SOUTHERN YOUNG ATHLETES PLUS UNDER 20, SENIOR AND VETS WOMEN ROAD RELAYS – Takes place on Saturday 19 September in Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot (Satnav GU11 1PZ). Timetable – 11.00am U13 Girls (3 x 2997m), 11.45am U13 Boys (4 x 2997m), 12.40pm U15 Girls (3 x 2997m), 1.25pm U15 Boys (4 x 2997m), 2.20pm U17 Women (3 x 2997m), 3.05pm U17 Men (4 x 3851m), 4.05pm Senior Women and Veteran 40+ (4 x 3851m).
Note: You will have to be selected by your Team Manager – TONY SMITH (Boys), JO KENT (Girls), SIMON KEENE (Under 20 and Senior Women) or MAGGIE COOPER (Masters Women)
SOUTHERN UNDER 20, SENIOR AND VETS MEN ROAD RELAYS – Takes place on Sunday 20 September in Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot (Satnav GU11 1PZ). Timetable – 12.30pm Veteran 40+ (4 x 6000m), 2.30pm Senior Men (6 x 6000m).
Note: You will have to be selected by your Team Manager –TONY JACKSON (Senior Men) or SIMON KEENE (Under 20 Men).
WATFORD OPEN MEETING – Takes place on Wednesday 23 September at Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston,Watford (Satnav WD25 7HH). Entry costs at Wednesday Meetings £4 for one event, £6 for two or more events, entries from 5.30pm, there may be separate desks for different events. Please use this link to the Watford Harriers website http://www.watfordharriers.org.uk/indexnc.htm then select Watford Open Graded Meetings at the top of the page. Once you are in the open meeting section, you can see the full information including any late changes. Also you can print off the ‘On The Day Entry Form’
Timetable – 7.00pm 100m, 7.20pm 400m No U13s, 7.40pm 1500m no times over 5m 30s please, 8.00pm 200m, 8.20pm 800m, 8.50pm 3000m no times over 11m 00s please
NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE (CROSS COUNTRY) – The first fixture of five takes place on Saturday 26 September at Horsenden Hill. The race headquarters is in The Tir Chonaill Club, Berkeley Avenue (Satnav UB6 0NZ). Turn off Greenford Road (A4127), opposite the entrance to the Glaxo Factury. The playing fields are at the end of Berkeley Avenue, and there is parking in the Clubhouse or in adjacent roads.
Timetable – 1.00pm U11 Girls (1200m), 1.15pm approximately U11 Boys & U13 Girls (2000m), 1.35pm approximately U13 Boys & U15 Girls (3000m), 2.00pm approximately U15 Boys & U17 Women (4000m), 2.25pm approximately U17 Men (4700m), also at the same time is the 50th Anniversary race for Senior/Veteran Men & Women (6000m).
Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run
RESULTS – TRACK AND FIELD OUTDOORS UNLESS STATED
The Veterans AC Club Championships took place in Ewell on 29 August
400m – W35 LISA WEBB V45 2nd (67.09)
1500m – W35 LISA WEBB V45 1st (5:03.22)
The BMC Gold Standard Races took place in Watford on 26 August
800m – Women Race A MELISSA COURTNEY U23 6th (PB 2:05.48) taking 1.67 seconds off her 2014 time, and is ranked UK No.4 U23 in 2015
The Watford Open Meeting took place on 26 August – No Wind Recorded
200m – SX2 SCARLETT KENT U15 7th (PB 28.78)
1500m – SX2 GILAD NACHSHEN U13 8th (5:24.83), SX3 BENJAMIN BLOOM U13 5th (PB 5:03.21) taking 4.73 seconds off his April time, SAMUEL GREENSTEIN U11 12th (PB 5:12.22) taking 2.40 seconds off his July time, and is ranked UK No.2 U11 in 2015, SX4 DANIEL GREENSTEIN U15 7th (PB 5:00.49) taking 4.57 seconds off his July time, SX5 MATTI HARRIS U13 11th (PB 5:02.44) taking 1.86 seconds off his April time, SX7 JACK BLOOM U15 6th (PB 4:39.75) taking 2.57 seconds off his April time, SX8 RUFUS KENT U17 15th (PB 4:38.45) taking .85 of a second off his June time, SX13 MARK PEARCE U20 1st (PB 3:57.41) taking .03 of a second off his 2014 time
3000m – SX1 RAAZ VAID 22nd (PB 10:24.69), SX2 JAMIE DEE U20 5th (8:32.22), GLEN WATTS 6th (SB 8:32.81) taking 7.14 seconds off his August time, ASHOK MATHUR U23 24th (PB 9:15.35) taking 9.53 seconds off his 2013 time
Long Jump – SX JAMES DAVIS U17 5th (PB 4.94m w0.4) adding 5cm to his June jump
29 August – ALDENHAM – SAAM KYU SMART U15 11th (24.10) – HAMPSTEAD HEATH – OLIVER GREENSTEIN U17 10th (20.21, DANIEL GREENSTEIN V50 15th (21.39) – HIGHBURY FIELDS – BARRY CHISOLM V55 52nd (22.53) – OAK HILL – SAMUEL CAHILL U13 9th (20.01) – OXFORD – HUGH STARKEY V65 143rd (New PB 28.30) – PANSHANGER – RICHARD WILLIAMS 2nd (New PB 17.48), JOHN WHITWORTH 4th (18.09), SARAH WILLIAMS 13th (First Time 1st Woman 19.17), RUSSELL DEVITT V65 65th (New PB 23.57) – SOUTH OXHEY – PETER STAINER V50 2nd (19.05) – ST ALBANS – JOSHUA EDWARDS U15 13th (18.43), CLAIRE HOBSON 97th (23.01) –WATERWORKS, BELFAST – DOMINIC HOLMES U13 149th (32.23)
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.
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 £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 membership enquiries should be directed towards Isobel Dunnicliffe at email@example.com Jenny will also be at Allianz Park (Tuesday and Thursday Evenings) in the West Stand. Her direct phone number is 020 3675 7252.
England Athletics London Region and the Saracens Foundation have appointed IAN BANNISTER as the Urban Athletics Activator for the London Borough of Barnet. IAN is based at Allianz Park and can be contacted on 020 3675 7243 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org