Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 31 March 2014

Happy Birthday this week to Dominic Bannister, Thomas Brennan, Richard Goodman, Alfredo Melao, Marie Sato, Yousif Shehabi, Barry Walsh

WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONS – The World Masters Indoor Championships took place in Budapest, Hungary from the 25-30 March. ANTHONY WHITEMAN V40 came away with 2 gold medals and GREG DUNSON V50 won a Gold Medal.

ANTHONY in his first appearance in a World Masters Championships won the Gold Medal in his number 1 event the 800m, he eased through the heats (2:01.42) then won his semi- final (2:03.44) in the final he moved up a gear or two winning the Gold Medal (1:52.60). ANTHONY stepped up to the 3000m and proved too strong for the opposition winning the Gold Medal (SB 8:49.86) finishing 12.82 seconds in front of the runner up, his run ranks him UK No.2 V40 in 2014. GREG DUNSON V50 was competing in his first Indoor Championships after winning 3 Outdoor Hurdles titles. GREG won his heat (8.78) and in the final secured the Gold Medal (8.53). NENGI OSSAI V35 competing in his first Indoor Championships opened his 60m account winning Heat 5 in a personal best (6.99) taking .11 of a second off his V35 time in 2011, which ranks him UK No.3 V35 in 2014. NENGI won his semi-final (7.04), in the Final he finished just outside the medals in 4th place (7.05).

For the remaining newsletter information and results

JEAN PICKERING OLYMPIC SCHOLARSHIPS– Jean Pickering was often called the Fairy Godmother of British athletics and served the sport in so many ways over her lifetime, particularly through her work for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. Jean sadly passed away one year ago today and it is with pride that the fund announces the creation of the Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships.

This scholarship builds on the success of the Great 12 Olympic Fund, where 21 athletes were selected for support three years ahead of London 2012. An extraordinary total of nine of the 16 age eligible athletes were chosen for the 2012 British Olympic team, with five of these making their event final and one, high jumper Robbie Grabarz, winning a bronze medal.

The Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships have been established to support athletes in their progress to Rio 2016. The £62,500 fund will be distributed to the five selected athletes over the period to Rio 2016.

We are happy to announce that ZANE DUQUEMIN was one of the five athletes to receive a scholarship, which will no doubt help him get to the next level.

LONDON WINTER THROWS FEST – Took place at Allianz Park on Saturday 29 March, and proved to be a well-attended event with some awesome early season performances from our throwers, which included seven top 10 UK rankings.

Shot (7.26kg) GREGORY THOMPSON U23 finished 3rd (SB 14.45m) which ranks him UK No.6 U23 in 2014, (4kg) SIMISOLA OYESANYA U20 had an excellent win (9.81m), KAYOMIE THOMPSON U20 2nd (SB 9.77).

Discus (2kg) GREGORY THOMPSON U23 1st (PB 54.31m) adding 1.31m to his 2013 throw, which ranks him UK No.2 U23 in 2014 which puts him just behind NICK PERCY, ANGUS MCINROY 2nd (SB 53.30m) which ranks him UK No.6 in 2014, (1.75kg) MATTHEW HALL U20 4th (PB 27.48m) who is a 1st year junior, (1kg) KAYOMIE THOMPSON U20 2nd (SB 34.00m) which ranks her UK No.6 U20 in 2014.

Hammer (4kg) Under 23 ANICIA BROWN U23 4th (SB 29.68m) which ranks her UK No.10 U23 in 2014, Under 20 KAYOMIE THOMPSON U20 2nd (PB 34.70m) adding 1.32m to her 2013 throw, which ranks her UK No.9 U20 in 2014, FATOUMATA SAVADOGO U23 3rd (PB 24.01m) adding 3.30m to her 2013 throw.

Javelin (600g) MICHAEL MILLER U15 1st (PB 38.93m) adding 7cm to his 2013 throw, which ranks him UK No.4 U15 in 2014

DANIEL SACKS AWARD FOR JEWISH ATHLETES – took place last Sunday in Brian Sacks flat, with DAVID STONE and JESSICA HURLEY who received the Young Athletes award.

Attached are the following photographs (IMG_2242) David Sacks, Sheldon, David & Charlotte Stone – (IMG_2244) Rebecca, Philip, Jessica, Colette & Greg Hurley – (IMG_2234) Left to Right Roger Bruck who held the Shaftesbury 100 yards record at 10.0 and won 13 successive club sprint titles, starting in 1959!, Athletics journalist and historian Mel Watman, and Richard Goodman.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED – For the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, the ‘Champions’ volunteering programme has been launched with the aim of recruiting up to 1000 volunteers to help deliver the event. As a volunteer you will be given a fantastic experience of being involved in a major international athletics event, as well as receiving some free training depending on your role. The training sessions are likely to take place during the month of July, so please bear this in mind when applying. Swansea 2014 will take place at the Swansea University Sports Village between 18-23 August 2014 and will see around 600 of Europe’s best athletes compete for honours as they make their way towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The volunteer programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over and is a fantastic, one-off opportunity to mix with elite sports stars and Paralympians. British Athletics have the opportunity to offer Officials who wish to gain experience at a Major Event in a specialist sport role supporting the National Technical Officials already appointed. To apply for the programme please visit We have been assigned a “code”.  If you are interested in registering to be a Volunteer, please use the below code. By inputting the “code”, you will be flagged to Athletics specific role. Volunteer Group Identification Codes – Please insert the relevant unique recruitment code into the response box for question 9. British Athletics technical volunteers – BASPORT Key criteria Swansea 2014 aims to recruit volunteers who will bring passion, enthusiasm and energy to the Championships, and who meet the following key criteria:

18 years old by 1 January 2014.

Available to volunteer for a minimum of 5 days at the Championships

Eligible to volunteer in the UK according to UK immigration laws.

Able to attend a training/orientation sessions prior to the Championships should it be required.

Agree to, and pass certain security and background checks.

Why volunteer?

The main benefit of volunteering is the chance to play an integral role in one of the key events UK.

The Championships will provide a unique and inspirational setting for volunteers to gain experience and develop their skills.

Note that:

Swansea 2014 will provide volunteers with free meals during their shifts.

Each volunteer will be given an official uniform to wear and will have the opportunity to keep their uniform as a souvenir of their experience and contribution to the Championships.

Accommodation will not be provided.

Every applicant will be expected to go through the full Swansea 2014 recruitment process, which will include completing an application form and attending training events where applicable.

Further information is on the event is also available at

If you have any queries regarding volunteering at Swansea 2014 please email us at 

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. 

ENGLAND ATHLETES – are looking to fill the position of Run! Activator Haringey and Islington, if you are interested please open the following links

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 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 5 April –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 Time is 12.20pm. Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager. 

Saturday 5 April – Bedford Open Meeting – Takes place at Sandy Sports Centre, Engayne Avenue, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG191BL. Entries Closed, No Entries on the Day. 

Sunday 6 AprilHercules 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.

Sunday 6 AprilYour Race No Pace – Being held in Hendon Park from 11.00am to 12 noon. You choose either 2k, 3k or 4k run, with no timer, no top three prizes and no race numbers – just you, your challenge and a fun, although a £1 donation would be acceptable. To register online use this link

Wednesday 9 AprilWatford Open Graded Meeting – 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 100m, 7.15pm Shot, 7.20pm 400m, 7.40pm 1500m, 7.45pm Long Jump, 8.00pm 200m, 8.20pm 800m, 8.50pm 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. 

Sunday 13 April – Eastern Young Athletes League Round 1 – Ashton Playing Fields Track, 598 Chigwell Road, Woodford green IG8 8AA. U13, U15 & U17 Men & Women, first field event starts at 11.45am, first track event starts 11.50am. Please use the following link to download the timetable

Note: You will have been notified by your respective Team Manager who will then select the team, if you wish to run in the non-scoring events could you please notify your respective Team Manager. 

Sunday 13 AprilVirgin Money London Mini Marathon – The start location, Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DX. The first race starts at 8.55am. 

Saturday 19 April – Southern League Division 3 North Round 1 – Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Watford WD25 7HH, Under 17 to Veteran Men & Women, first field event starts at 12.00noon, first track event starts 12.15pm. Please use the following link to download the timetable

Note: This our first season back in the Southern League and are competing as a composite team with Barnet & District. If you wish to compete please contact Ty Holden on 07737 803260 or so do not hesitate as selection will be on a first come, first selected basis. 

Monday 21 April – London Inter Club Challenge Round 1 – Lee Valley Athletic Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, London N9 0AR. 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. 

Sunday 27 April – UK Youth Development League Upper Age-Group Southern Premier Round 1 – Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, Under 17 and Under 20 Men & Women. First field event starts at 10.15am and first track event starts at 11.00am. Please use the following link to download the timetable

Note: You will have been notified by your respective Team Manager who will then select the team.


The Scottish Athletics Spring Open Throws Meeting took place in Grangemouth on 30 March

Hammer 4kg RACHEL HUNTER U23 1st (PB 62.76) adding 1.85m to her 2013 throw, and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2014

The Coniston 14 (Road) took place on 30 March

RUSSELL DEVITT V65 233rd (3rd V65 1:49.18) 1043 runners finished

The Croydon Half Marathon (Road) took place on 30 March

BARRY CHISHOLM V55 280th (2:01.07)

The John Rumbold Memorial Open took place in Bournemouth on 29 March

100m GABRIELLE ROWSELL U23 1st (SB 13.2) and is ranked UK No.6 U23 in 2014

The Oxford City Open Throws Competition took place in Horspath on 29 March

Discus 2kg NICK PERCY U23 1st (PB 56.68m) adding 24cm to his 2013 throw, and is ranked UK No.1 U23 in 2014.

The Memphis Invitational took place in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A on 29 March

Hammer 7.26kg DEMPSEY MCGUIGAN U23 1st (62.40m) 


29 March – OAK HILLGEORGE GROOM U15 5th (First Time 17.12), JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 6th (17.50), ASHVIN KURI U17 14th (New PB 18.58), STUART SINGER V50 24th (20.31), LIA RADUS U13 25th (20.36), MIA GROOM U13 35th (First Time 21.32), MAAYAN RADUS U11 44th (22.05), JOSEPHINE CHADWICK U15 52nd (First Time 22.50), SOPHIE LEWIS U15 101st (27.17)

29 March – HAMPSTEAD HEATHKAYLA MICHEL U15 64th (24.09)

29 March – ROUNDHAYDOMINIC EASTER U23 1st (First Time 16.13)

29 March – GLADSTONEHARSHIL JOSHI U20 9th (20.19)

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.