Happy Birthday from this Thursday 4 February January to Emma Ania, Philip Cunningham, Zamaan Dudhia, Carole Harris, Matti Harris, Chinwe Iwunze, Alexander Lepretre, Michael Ohioze, Maria Onisiforou, Daniel Onochie-Williams, Rohan Oyewele, Rachel Pearlman, Glen Quayle, Daniel Seechan, Louisa Staab, John Sean Tarrant, Maisie Taylor and Daniel Watson-Brown
GOOGLE MEET – A big thank you to JENNY POLL, who currently uses it with her schoolchildren. After an excellent tutorial, I arranged trial with GEOFF MORPHITIS, which was very successful. He was able to view my laptop screen, which enabled me to demonstrate to him how the SBH website works.
THE YEARS ROLL BY – Currently our membership stands at – 589 Men and 287 Women. This year on the Men’s list 130 will have been with the Club 10 years or more, and on the Women’s list 53 will have been with the Club 10 years or more.
The Top 10 Men in how many years with the club – TONY SUNDERLAND and BRYAN SMITH (67 Years), KEN TOLLADY (66), ROGER SIMONS (63), GERRY ELMORE (62), PHILIP RICHARDSON (61), DAVE BEDFORD and GEOFFREY MORPHITIS (57), TONY PACKHAM and HUGH RICHARDS (56).
The Top 10 Women in how many years with the club – PADDY HICKS (73 Years), BRENDA ATKINSON (70), JOYCE SMITH (67), LINDA ELMORE (61), DIAN TAYLOR (60), MARGARET BEACHAM (56), CAROLE BACKHOUSE (53), COLETTE HURLEY (42), IRENE PEATY MILLER (41), NEELAM KADERBHOY (38).
PHIL CUNNINGHAM RESPONSE – You included a bit about STUART MOORE in the last weekly newsletter. By coincidence, ROB from Barnet AC sent me a picture of STUART from Facebook.
He said it was from the Middlesex at Trent Park back in January 1979 in which STUART finished 5th in the Junior race behind CLIFF BARLEY who was 2nd. It was stated that the picture was taken by our very own KEN TOLLADY!
I asked him to see if he could dig out the results.
And by coincidence (OK probably due to the same facebook post), ANDREW SMITH called for a catch up and mentioned that I had a great run in the County that year too, 5th place in the Youths race (bottom of the age group) behind some top runners and in front of the likes of NEIL OVINGTON 6th and our own great DAVE SWEENEY 7th! But can’t see big RAY POWELL in the results! In the Boys race PAUL SIMONS came second and DAVE PHOMBEAH in third!
The 2 major cross country championships of 1979 were the Southern and National.
The Southern took place at Parliament Hill on 10 February. The Boys started us off well by taking 2nd place in the team placings, PAUL SIMONS 9th, DAVE PHOMBEAH 16th and OWEN HENDER 34th. The Youths were 5th with PHILLIP LLEWELLYN 10th, DAVE SWEENEY 32nd, PHILIP CUNNINGHAM 37th and ANDREW SMITH 47th. The Juniors were 9th, JAMES ESPIR finished 7th after falling over at a ditch on the second lap when in the lead, STUART MOORE 56th, DAVE THOMSON 70th and ANDREW BEATTIE 99th. DAVID and PHILLIP LIGHTOWLER running for their school finished 57th and 61st respectively, currently they for a hardship judge before they can join us as 1st claim members. The Seniors were 2nd for the fourth year running, with PETER BAKER 19th, RICHARD SAMUEL 24th, JOHN PICKFORD 36th, MARTIN MCEVILLY 43rd, JOHN DRYDEN 65th and HUGH STARKEY 66th.
The National took place at Luton on 3 March. This year 1555 athletes finished in the Senior race, 482 in the Junior and 569 in the Youths. When considering these numbers and that only 12 clubs in the South managed to finish 3 teams our performance was truly magnificent. Of these Clubs, only ourselves and Birchfield are National Track and Field League clubs, also it was Birchfield and Shaftesbury who also reached the final of the National Young Athletes League.
Coming back to the Cross Country Championships our finishers were – Seniors JULIAN GOATER 5th, PETER BAKER 21st, HUGH STARKEY 97th, MARTIN MCEVILLY 153rd, JOHN DRYDEN 161st, JOHN BROE 223rd, SIMON KEENE 404th and HUGH RICHARDS 414th. Photograph Left to Right NICK ROSE, BERNIE FORD, MICK MCLEOD, BARRY SMITH and JULIAN GOATER.
The Junior team was JAMES ESPIR 52nd, STUART MOORE 137th, ANDY KING 148th, DAVE THOMSON 172nd, ANDREW BEATTIE 331st and CHRIS ARMITAGE 440th. The Youths were PHILLIP LLEWELLYN 15th, DAVE SWEENEY 50th, PHILIP CUNNINGHAM 58th, ANDREW SMITH 272nd. RAY POWELL 394th and KIRTESH TALSANIA 483rd
Footnote – Currently I have paper copies of the Shaftesbury Harriers Quarterly Magazines from 1956 to1959, 1969 to 1993, then the magazines as they were issued. The above Southern and National reports were from April 1979 edition of the Magazine. The Editor of the Magazines up to 1980 was Mr Shaftesbury HAROLD ASHTON, who could make an article or result a pleasure to read. As current Editor of the SBH Weekly Newsletter, I can honestly say I have learnt so much by reading those magazines. I joined the club in 1984 and was an average club road runner (although RAY POWELL mat disagree). The country was a nightmare to me, and especially on the Metropolitan League races, but I always remember at Welwyn, with that hill approaching there was HAROLD, he said “Only 2 laps to go ALAN, so pace yourself”. I managed a wave and smile, and yes he was there on the next lap.
METROPOLITAN LEAGUE 2019-2020 ROUNDUP – Well it is almost 1 year since the final fixture took place on 8 February at Trent Park. The Club had another outstanding season, with outstanding support from all age-groups. Photograph was taken at a muddy Hillingdon House Farm, Uxbridge on 7 December 2019.
These are some of the highlights;
Under 11 Boys concluded the season with ARTHUR PHILLIPS winning his 3rd race in succession after finishing 2nd in the first two fixtures. The team finished in 2nd place overall.
Under 11 Girls saw POSIE SHAW invincibility throughout the season and ended up winning all 5 races. The team finished in 2nd place overall.
Under 13 Boys almost repeated POSIE’S achievement, with GIANLEO STUBBS won the final race after missing the Uxbridge race, giving him 4 wins for the season. The other race at Uxbridge was won by ZICO JONES making it a clean sweep of all 5 races. The team were equally as dominant winning 4 of the 5 races, and 3rd at Uxbridge, meaning they were league winners by a margin of 98 points.
Under 13 Girls It has been an inconsistent season for the girls, and due to various reasons, we were understrength in two of the fixtures. This has been reflected in our final league position of 7th. EVIE REDPATH finished 19th which was her 4th race of the season.
Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Men’s Congratulations to you all on a very successful season in which they averaged 13 runners throughout the season, Individually SAMUEL GREENSTEIN won the 1st and 3rd Under 15 races and finished 2nd in the final two races, in the Under 17 races JUDE MIRANDA finished 2nd in the first 2 races and MUKHTAR MUSA won the 4th race and finished 2nd at Trent Park. The team have not looked back since they finished a close 2nd to Woodford Green & Essex Ladies at Claybury, and become league champions by 105 points.
Under 15 Girls and Under 17 Women’s Congratulations to you all on a very successful season in which they averaged 9 runners throughout the season, Individually JOANNE MIRANDA has won the last 4 races and was 3rd at Claybury to FREYA STAPLETON. The team had an excellent start to the season at Claybury, winning by 22 points, and their success has grown culminating becoming league champions at Trent Park by a margin of 127 points.
Under 20, Senior & Veteran Men’s Overall the season has finished very promisingly, and the last 2 fixtures we averaged 15 runners and we finished the season in 9th place overall. Our Veterans team just held onto their status in Division 2, but again we have not had the 5 to score at most of the fixtures. Individually we have seen the emergence of DYLAN EVANS, who won his 3rd race in succession at Trent Park, THOMAS BUTLER U23 and PHILLIP CROUT have been consistent top 10 finishers, our Under 20 Men had JEREMY DEMPSEY winning at Welwyn after finishing 4th in the race and GEORGE GROOM who was 3rd U20 at Welwyn and 1st at Uxbridge. ROBERT RIGBY won the V55 age-group at Alexandra Palace and was 3rd at Trent Park.
Under 20, Senior & Veteran Women’s It was a season that we managed to finish just below mid-table in 7th place, and with having only 4 runners twice meant that as you need 5 to score you are penalised. Individually NAOMI TASCHIMOWITZ won the first race at Claybury, INDIRA PATEL finished 2nd twice and SOPHIA STAAB was 3rd twice in the Under 20 category. JO KENT finished 1st three times in the V50 category.
Currently in all age-groups up to the Under 17s, all athletes can compete in a maximum of 10 Metropolitan League fixtures for each age-group. The Under 20s have a maximum of 15 Metropolitan League fixtures. Once you are a Senior the world is your oyster, as you will see further on, we have 4 old timers who have completed over 100 races. There are some exceptions, the Under 13 ran with the Under 11s but they were not identified as Under 11s until 2014. I will produce a separate schedule for the Under 13s pre & post 2014.
Here are the Top 3 showing total races completed up to the 2019-2020 season;
Under 11 Boys – THOMAS CADWALLADER (9 races), ARTHUR PHILLIPS (8), SAMUEL GREENSTEIN (7)
Under 11 Girls – POSIA SHAW (10 races), EVIE REDPATH (8), OLIVE ARVEY-DEW (7)
Under 13 Boys – PAUL DUKES (14 races), JAMIE HARPER (13), PHILIP CUNNINGHAM (13)
Under 13 Girls – From 2007 MIA GROOM, SCARLETT KENT, ANNA MURPHY (10 races)
Under 15 Boys – THEO BODEN, RUFUS KENT (9 races), MATTHEW MCATEER (8)
Under 15 Girls – EMMA DWAN, LIDIA KYRIACOU, ELENA RONCARATI (9 races)
Under 17 Men – OLIVER GREENSTEIN, BEN KELLY (10 races), JUDE MIRANDA (9)
Under 17 Women – SARAH BUTLER, EMILY HATHAWAY, SOPHIA STAAB (9 races)
Junior Men – PHILLIP CROUT (10 races), MICHAEL CALLEGARI (9), OLIVER GREENSTEIN (8)
Junior Women – SARAH BUTLER, KAYLA MICHEL (8 races), CHARLOTTE JOHNSTON, SOPHIE PROFITT (7)
Senior Men – PHILIP CUNNINGHAM, RAY POWELL (124 races), RUSSELL DEVITT (113), JOHN KELLY (109)
Senior Women – REBEKAH GARDINER (24 races), JO KENT (21), VICTORIA PRITCHARD (20)
JOANNA STONE SHIELD OUTDOOR MEETING – Took place at Nathan, Australia on Saturday 30 January.
Discus 1kg – SW JADE LALLY 2nd (SB 56.79m) and is ranked UK No.1 in 2021
4J STUDIOS SCOTTISH ATHLETICS INDOOR MEETING – Took place at Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday 30 January.
60m – SX KRISHAWN AIKEN 1st (PB 6.97) taking .05 of a second off his 2016 time, and is ranked UK No.5 in 2021
200m – SX KRISHAWN AIKEN 1st (SB 22.1) and is ranked UK No.4 in 2021
400m – SX KRISHAWN AIKEN 1st (SB 48.14) and is ranked UK No.2 in 2021
ATW CROSS COUNTRY SERIES NEXT RACE – The third race is on Saturday 21 February at Merchant Taylor’s School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT. The races are for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17s. This is the link for all details including entries – https://activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/atw-cross-country-series-round-3-21st-feb/
NIGHT OF 10000m CANCELLED – The following article was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Photograph by MARK SHEARMAN.
“I’m gutted to announce we’ve made the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of Night of the 10,000m PBs,” said event organiser BEN POCHEE. “The safety of all involved from officials, to athletes and spectators has to be our obvious priority and the nature of our event and our venue facility have been key in this decision. “I feel for everyone who was looking forward to celebrating our 25-lap festival, but please note we will return in 2022, and when we do I have no doubt how much we’ll appreciate the unique atmosphere created by our closely gathered #Lane3BeerNCheer community. “Wishing everyone well during these tough times and we can’t wait to welcome our sport back to Parliament Hill in the near future.”
GOVERNANCE OF OUR SPORT, CHANGES AHEAD – Attached is the signed off circular from the Chairman of the NAL to all member clubs of the NAL. This will be discussed at the clubs next council meeting.
UPDATE ON PROPOSED TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURES – National Athletic League dates have been agreed – Sunday 6 June, Sunday 4 July, Sunday 8 August and Saturday 28 August – 4 club divisions – we are in Premier London North with Harrow, Newham and Woodford – Probability that most / all fixtures will be at StoneX Stadium. London Inter Club Challenge dates agreed Saturday 17 April Lee Valley, Saturday 26 June, Saturday 31 July and Saturday 21 August all at StoneX Stadium.
Provisional UK Youth Development League dates are; Sunday 2 May, Sunday 30 May, Sunday 27 June, Saturday/Sunday 4/5 September National Final
Provisional Middlesex Young Athletes League dates are; Sunday 25 April – Finsbury Park, Saturday 15 May – Perivale, Sunday 20 June – Parliament Hill and Sunday 18 July – StoneX Stadium
Provisional Eastern Young Athletes League dates are; Sunday 13 June, Sunday 4 July, Sunday 18 July, Sunday 1 August and Final Sunday 12 September (venues to be confirmed).
The SCVAC Veterans League dates are still to be announced.
2021 LEE VALLEY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS – Currently Lee Valley is closed and awaiting an update.
2021 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEETINGS – During the first week of January UK Athletics issued a Preliminary list of fixtures for 2021, this is the list – 2021-Fixtures-Calender-15.01.21
Non Lee Valley fixtures – February 27-28 England Athletics U15/U17 Open Meeting (Sheffield) – March 19-21 World Championships (Nanjing, China), 24-28 European Masters Championships (Braga, Portugal) – April 6-12 World Masters Championships (Edmonton, Canada). On the UKA fixture list they show various regional Indoor fixtures for Scotland, Wales Etc.
Recently Cancelled – February 6-7 England Athletics U18/Elite Open Meeting (Sheffield), 20-21 British Athletics Championships (Glasgow)
PROCEDURES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM FROM JEREMY SOTHCOTT – The Stadium is now subject to the lockdown guidelines recently set by the Government and is therefore closed to all athletes except “Elite” athletes as certified by UKA/EA.
STONEX STADIUM EAST STAND INDOOR AREA – Use of this area has been prohibited whilst London is subject to National Lockdown, with the NHS now using this facility as a Covid-19 vaccination centre for a period of 4 to 12 months.
SBH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020-2021 – SBH Treasurer GEOFF MORPHITIS has sent me the following regarding subscriptions.
The Club AGM took place virtually at 19.30 on Tuesday 24 November. One of the resolutions which was passed dealt with Club Subscriptions as follows. “The Annual Membership Fee for new members from 1 December 2020 will increase to £50. Existing members who have paid their membership fee for year ended 30 September 2020 will be considered as having also paid their fee for the year ended 30 September 2021.
In other words, in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19, these members will have 2 years membership for the price of one.” Therefore, I’m now asking athletes who have not paid their subscription for the year ended 30/09/20 (£45) to pay, so as to qualify for the 2 for 1 concession together with the England Athletics Registration Fee of £15 for 2020/21. The total is £60 and should be paid NOW to; ACCOUNT NAME: SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS, BANK: HSBC, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41308378, SORT CODE: 400426 – Please let me know when payment is made. Thanks GEOFF
UPDATE ON SBH FIXTURE CARD – We are in the process of finalising the 2021 Summer Fixture Card
CAN YOU HELP PLEASE – During the period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Newsletter information and other content going.
I would welcome any contributions From Yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also past warm weather training/holidays (No Club 24 please). Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.
THE FOLLOWING SBH DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION CAN EITHER BE VIEWED, DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED
SBH 2021 Summer Fixture Card, and will be publishing a draft in the coming weeks.
Cross Country Team Managers Details – http://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/cross-country/team-managers/
Road Running/Relay Team Managers Details – http://sbharriers.co.uk/athletics/road-running/team-managers/
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF INTEREST CAN BE FOUND ON THE SBH HOME PAGE BY USING THIS LINK, THEN SELECT THE LEFT OR RIGHT ARROW – http://sbharriers.co.uk/
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Club Hoody, information on how to purchase one, please go to the bottom of this Newsletter.
SBH MIDWEEK JUMPS CLUB AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently Suspended.
STEEPLECHASE TRAINING AT STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently Suspended.
PARKRUN 5K RESULTS – Currently Suspended
PARKRUN – Can you make sure that you are registered as ‘Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’, as the link I use to select all results only shows SBH athletes. If anyone is also officiating can you please contact me, and advise me where and when.
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 published. Also, I would appreciate if you could send me any photographs, which I can then publish on the website and newsletter.
CLUB EMBROIDERED RED HOODIES – Currently there are now over 750 Hoodies in circulation, this is the link giving details on how you can order your Club Hoody for £35, which includes having your name embroidered on the front Club Hoodies Updated 01-07-19
FACEBOOK – Photographs can be found on the SBH page.
CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF SHAFTESBURY INFORMATION – Currently I notify members (by email) using “MailChimp”. The reason I changed, was in November 2017 “Gmail” put a limit of 100 addresses that users could send to in a 24-hour period, and currently I send to approximately 850 members each issue.
On seeking technical advice “MailChimp” was recommended as the best way for SBH to go forward. There is one thing you should be aware off is that when you receive an email from me, the footer at the bottom has 4 options, of which one is “Unsubscribe Me From List”. Could I ask you not to select this as if you do you will be automatically removed from my distribution list.
SBH PRIVACY STATEMENT – In becoming a member, SBH will collect certain information about you. Can you please read the attached ‘Privacy Statement’ which contains Information on General Data Protection Regulations – SBH Privacy Statement Final April 2018
STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Main Switchboard telephone number is 020 3675 7250.
CHARGES FOR USING STONEX STADIUM (FORMERLY BARNET COPTHALL STADIUM) – Currently the Stadium is closed.