Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Main Newsletter Thursday 9 December 2013

Happy Birthday this week to Jordan Archer, Thomas Bedford, Michael Bower, Lola Cohen, Sophie Cohen, John Kelly, Dan Watts, Glen Watts.

Special congratulations to John Kelly on reaching his 60th birthday on Tuesday 10 December

20TH EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS – Congratulations to RICHARD GOODMAN and MICHAEL CALLEGARI on their performances in a somewhat cold Belgrade. RICHARD was 2nd in the U20 race in 2011, also the GB&NI won the team Gold Medal. This year  running in the U23 race he also won an excellent team Gold Medal, and was 5th man home finishing in 21st place (24.41). MICHAEL was third GB finisher in the junior race, finishing in 22nd place (18.35), the team just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place.

For the remaining newsletter information and results

ATHLETICS WEEKLY ANNUAL CLUB AWARDS FOR 2013 – The Club has been awarded TRACK AND FIELD CLUB FOR 2013, this follows our 2012 award for Club of the Year after winning the British Athletics League Premiership title for the first time in the club’s 33-year involvement in the league’s top flight. This year we defended our Premiership title, and we go on to represent Britain in the European Champion Clubs Cup in Portugal on 24-25 May 2014.

Late last year we wrote “Few would disagree that Shaftesbury has been one of Britain’s most successful and most consistent clubs over the past decades. However, it has taken until 2012 for the club to truly dominate the domestic competitive track and field scene”.

In 2013 the club also won the Jo Smith Trophy which is awarded to the best UK club on the basis of their league position on a combined basis in both the BAL and UK Women’s League at the end of the season.

In addition, things look rosy for the club in future as well. We had more athletes – by some margin – than any other British club at the World Youth, European Junior and European Under-23 championships this summer. In total we had 15 youngsters at these prestigious events representing Britain.

At senior level, MARILYN OKORO and SEB RODGER led the way. In the clubs competitions, with the team consisting of a mix of veteran stalwarts like ANTHONY WHITEMAN right down to talented teenagers.

All in all, it was a great season for the club.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY READERS AWARDS FOR 2013 – Congratulations to both SEB RODGER and SABRINA BAKARE in gaining recognition following their outstanding season. The result of the poll placed SEB in 2nd place behind Adam Gemili in the British Breakthrough Athlete category. In the British Junior Female Athlete category it was a runaway win for Jessica Judd, with the remaining positions being very close with SABRINA finishing in 6th place.

LOST PROPERTY – The following was left behind at Trent Park last Saturday – 1 x  Men’s ‘Regatta’ Jacket, Black, 1 x  Pair of men’s Asics Spikes, White with blue Asics stripes. If you are the owner please contact Martyn Rowe on 07910 233372 or martyn.rowe@barnetADAC

NORTH WEST LONDON LEAGUE – The third match of five took place in Trent Park last Saturday 7 December, with another excellent performance from our 28 runners, which is only 4 short of our best turnout on 28 September.

There were wins from LUCCA STUBBS U11, JAMIE HARPER U13 and GEORGE GROOM U15, also top 3 finish from MIA GROOM U13 (2nd)

The UNDER 11 BOYS, UNDER 13 GIRLS and UNDER 13 BOYS won their team events, with the UNDER 11 GIRLS and UNDER 15 Boys finishing 4th, finally the UNDER 15 GIRLS and UNDER 17 Women finished 4th. Full results are;

Under 11 Girls (1400m) AIMI WEIGHTMAN 12th (6.54), LOUANN LAMY 15th (7.01), TILLY ADAMS 18th (7.06), CAITLAN HALBARD 20th (7.11), EVELYN BARTER 27th (7.29), Team Result 1st Highgate Harriers 6 points, 2nd Highgate ‘B’ 21, 3rd Highgate ‘C’ 38, 4th SBH 45. The winner was E Gilmore of Highgate (5.38). 36 runners finished.

Under 11 Boys (2450m) LUCCA STUBBS 1st (10.44), MATTHEW CRAIG 5th (11.06), MICHAEL CRAIG 10th (11.27), JACK COBB 11th (11.28), JOE WETTON 37th (14.41). Team Result 1st SBH 27, 2nd Highgate 33, 3rd Enfield & Haringey 45. 42 runners finished.

Under 13 Girls (2450m) MIA GROOM 2nd (11.02), SOPHIA STAAB 4th (11.07), LIDIA KYRIACOU 10th (11.38), KAYLA MICHEL 16th (12.08), GEMMA HARPER 17th (12.11), NIKOLINA BANOVIC 27th (13.07), Team Result 1st SBH ‘A’ 16 points, 2nd Highgate 27, 3rd TVH 34, 7th SBH ‘60’. The winner was I Pernthaller of TVH (10.31). 33 runners finished.

Under 13 Boys (3000m) JAMIE HARPER 1st (11.53), FINN HARVEY 4th (12.32), FREDDIE SHIRET 7th (12.49), SAMUEL LEE 10th (13.13), FRANKIE FOX 22nd (14.21), BEN KELLY 37th (16.27), Team Result 1st SBH 22 points, 2nd Trent Park 49, 3rd London Heathside 56. 46 runners finished.

Under 15 Girls (3000m) GABRIELLA KYRIACOU 6th (13.17), BETH HALBARD 14th (14.55), CARMEN HOGG 16th (15.12), Team Result 1st TVH 7 points, 2nd Ealing 22, 3rd Enfield & Haringey 30, 5th SBH 36, the winner was I Weir of Ealing (12.32). 23 runners finished.

Under 15 Boys (4200m) GEORGE GROOM 1st (15.13), THOMAS FULTON 9th (16.45), RUFUS KENT 15th (17.50), Team Result 1st London Heathside 40, 2nd TVH 40, 3rd Trent Park 51, 4th SBH 51, 25 runners finished.

Under 17 Women (4200m) EMMA DWAN 6th (19.09), Team Result 1st Enfield & Haringey 14, 2nd Trent Park 21, 3rd Highgate 21, 5th SBH 26 points, the winner was G Fear of Highgate (16.31). 9 runners finished.

Under 17 Men (5600) No Runners, Team Result 1st London Heathside 13, 2nd TVH 23, 3rd Ealing 24, the winner was T Butler of Barnet (22.15). 13 runners finished.

CROSS COUNTRY POINTS POSITION – After the NWLL U11 Girls 1st Tilly Adams 17 points, 2nd Maayan Radus 16, 3rd Louann Lamy 14, U13 Girls 1st Mia Groom 22, 2nd Lia Radus 16, 3rd Lidia Kyriacou 14, U15 Girls 1st Gabriella Kyriacou 24, 2nd Beth Halbard 12, 3rd Georgina Emanuel 11, U11 Boys 1st Matti Harris 16, 2nd Lucca Stubbs 8, 3rd Matthew Craig 7, U13 Boys 1st Jamie Harper 24, 2nd Finn Harvey 21, 3rd Samuel Lee 16, U15 Boys 1st Rufus Kent 21, 2nd George Groom 16.3rd Thomas Fulton 7

FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CUPS – Took place after the North West London League, on a tough course, SARAH WILLIAMS had an impressive win in the Women’s race by 19 seconds, with JO KENT V45 in 2nd place. In the Men’s race JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 ran well for 12th place, with ROBERT RIGBY V50 not far behind in 18th place.

FRATERNITY CUPJAMES SOTHCOTT U20 12th (29.39), ROBERT RIGBY V50 18th (30.01), GERALD FOX V40 30th (31.21), RUSSELL DEVITT V60 74th (39.43), London Heathside was the winning team, the race winner was Tom Aldred of London Heathside (25.38), 89 runners finished

SORORITY CUPSARAH WILLIAMS 1st (30.36), JO KENT V45 2nd (30.55), London Heathside was the winning team, 24 runners finished

ATHLETICS WEEKLY ALSO FEATURED AN ARTICLE ON JAMIE HARPER JAMIE can remember his first-ever race as if it had taken place recently. He was eight years old at the time and admits having no idea what to expect when his primary school staged a combined year three and four cross country race. “Everyone had to do it,” he recalls with a chuckle.

But to the surprise of all – including himself – Jamie eventually took the lead and reached the finishing line a comfortable winner. Steve Lowe, a very supportive teacher of Jamie at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School in Elstree, subsequently entered him into other races during the next few years and also had the foresight to recommend that he join Shaftesbury.

That Jamie is now one of Shaftesbury’s most promising distance runners is confirmed by three performances in particular this year.

At the Southern Road Relays in September he began the anchor leg in seventh place and then passed one rival after another to clock the fastest under-13 time of the day and clinch the championship for Shaftesbury.

Three weeks later there was another major success for Jamie, he helped Shaftesbury win the national road relay title at Sutton Park.

In November and nearer home – at Parliament Hill no less – Jamie won the London Youth Games representing the Borough of Barnet.

These were not the displays of someone simply finding form late in the year, for much earlier in 2013 Jamie had won the Hertfordshire Schools gold on the track (1500m) and country, retained the National Prep Schools title, and impressively recorded 16.43 for three miles in the London Mini Marathon.

First coached by Tony Smith – “without him I would not to be where I am now,” insists the teenager – Jamie is now guided by Jeremy Sothcott who says of him “Jamie is a talented and hardworking athlete and never misses a training session. He is very consistent and always wants to do more than required. Another plus is him having supportive parents.”

Jamie has dominated the North West London League by winning the both the races to date, and he is set to retain that well established competition’s under-13 – and has also won the first two races this season in the Metropolitan League.

Jamie says cross country is his favourite discipline, but being the UKs No.1 ranked under-13 1500m runner is clear proof he has speed to supplement obvious strength and stamina.

Even at this time of the year Jamie does track work and enjoys 1km reps especially – as well as hill sprints and long steady runs. His considerable talent, the support of team-mates such as Nathan Fernandes and David Stone and the inspirational coaching he receives should stand Jamie in good stead during the early part of next year, when he will again compete in the London Mini Marathon and the National,

Before those events there is a small matter of the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill. He has already won once at the ionic cross country venue, and given his current form, Jamie could well make a great start in 2014.

Whatever his running future, Jamie has one record of sorts nobody can ever take from him. His birth date – 17 September 2000 – means he is the first 21st century born athlete to be featured on this particular page in Athletics Weekly.

This Saturday 14 December is the SEAA Masters and Inter Counties which is being held in Shuttleworth Park, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP. Start times Southern Masters 11.00am Men 50 and over (10km), 11.43am Women 40 plus, 50 plus, 60 plus and Men 70 plus (6km), 2.10pm Men 40 plus (10km). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager. Start times Inter Counties 11.04am U13 Girls (3km), 11.20am U13 Boys (3km), 11.40am U15 Girls (4km), 12.25pm U15 Boys (4km), 12.50pm U17 Men (5km), 1.15pm U17 Women (5km) and U20 Women (6km), 1.40pm U23 and Senior Women (6km). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Counties Team Manager.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – It was agreed that rule 14 in the constitution should be changed to:

“A joining fee shall be paid upon election and thereafter an Annual Subscription shall be paid on the anniversary of election.  The subscription payable shall be approved at an Annual General Meeting of the Club and set at a level that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.  Any increase in the subscription rate can become operative immediately.  Individual affiliation to a Governing body is the responsibility of individual members and may be paid through the Club.”

Club subscriptions for the year commencing 1 October 2013 will be £30 for all athletes Under 20 and £35 for all athletes Over 20. In addition all athletes who are over 11 and who compete will need to pay a £10 annual registration fee to England Athletics. Some of the older members have already paid their subscriptions for 2013/14. Thank you. The rest of you will now be advised by e-mail as to the date when the subscription and the registration fee are due to be paid which will be based on the date you first joined the club. If you have any questions, please email the Treasurer at

ALLIANZ PARK SPORTS CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS – Which are as follows 23 December 09.00 to 21.00 – 24,25,26 December Closed – 27,28,29,30 December 09.00 to 17.00 – 31 December, 1 January Closed – 2,3 January 09.00 to 21.00. 

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS AND NORTH LONDON NETWORK, INDOOR TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK – The Network have agreed to promote a 10 week training camp at Allianz Park to improve the skills and knowledge of Network coaches and their athletes in Pole Vault, High Jump, Triple Jump and Long Jump. The camp will run from WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER to WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER inclusive. Following feedback from the athletes and coaches after the first 3 weeks of the scheme, we have decided to modify the arrangements as follows.

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.

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 21 December – Active Training World Metropolitan League Match 3 – Alexandra Palace which is accessible by road from junction of Park Road, Priory Road and Muswell Hill (western end). Getting there: W3 bus runs through Palace grounds. W7 runs past western end. BR to Alexandra Palace on Kings Cross line, or Piccadilly Line to Wood Green, then W3. Parking: Paddock Car Park from western end – park adjoins start area. Directions by road: A406 North Circular – exit at B550 Colney Hatch Lane, then onwards to Muswell Hill. The course itself: Again pretty flat! Start and Finish on a grass field, the rest is undulating, with a very steep climb/descent in parkland. You will definitely need spikes. 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.

Thursday 26 December – Boxing Day Bonanza – Takes place at Allianz Park and Starts at 11.00am. £1 entry fee, there will be prizes, raffle and refreshments, and why not come in fancy dress, and in Ray Powell’s case come as normal.

Saturday 4 January – Middlesex ChampionshipsTakes 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 11.00am U13 Boys (3000m), 11.05am U13 Girls (3000m), 11.25am U15 Boys (4000m), 11.30am U15 Girls (4000m), 11.55am U17 & U20 Women (5000m), 12.25pm U17 Men (6000m), 12.55pm U20 Men (8000m), 1.00pm Senior Women (8000m), 1.45pm Senior Men (12000m). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager. 

Sunday 5 January – Hertfordshire ChampionshipsTakes place in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Start times 11.00am U11 Girls (1500m), 11.10am U11 Boys (1500m), 11.20am U13 Girls (3000m), 11.30am U13 Boys (3000m), 11.45am U15 Boys & Girls (4500m), 12.05pm U17 Men, U17 & U20 Women (6000m), 12.30pm U20 Men & Senior Women (8000m), 1.15pm Senior Men (12000m). Start/Finish will be close to the bandstand. Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager. 

Saturday 11 January – Active Training World Metropolitan League Match 4 – Horsenden Hill, Greenford. Changing is available at the Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, South Greenford, Greenford UB6 7NP. The course is a short walk away, and this is where you can collect your race numbers. 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 25 January – Southern Championships – Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath NW5 1QR, nearest station is Gospel Oak, Start times 11.00am U15 Boys (4500m), 11.20am U13 Girls (3000m), 11.35am U13 Boys (3000m), 11.50am U15 Girls (4000m), 12.10pm U17 Men (6000m), 12.40pm U20 Women (6000m), 1.05pm U17 Women (5000m), 1.30pm U20 Men (8000m), 2.05pm Senior Women (8000m), 2.50pm Senior Men (12000m). Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your respective Team Manager.


The Bedford Half Marathon took place on 8 December

JO KENT V45 73rd (1:26.08) 

The California International Marathon took place in Sacramento, California, USA on 8 December

EMILY FERENCZI 206th (PB 2:53.31) the first time under 3 hours, taking 7m 35secs off her 2011 time.

The Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match took place on Wimbledon Common on 7 December

Senior Men WILLIAM RYLES-HODGES U23 (Cambridge) 3rd (38.41) only 15 seconds behind the winner Lewis Lloyd who was also Cambridge. Cambridge won the Men/Women team events. 


7 December – OAK HILL – STUART SINGER V50 5th (20.44), ROBERT PICK V55 9th (21.22), NATALIA PEREVERZINA U20 19th (22.49), ZOE CAVENDISH U17 25th (23.37), YEE YEWT SMART U20 36th (26.25), TATIANIA KARPOVA V50 55th (231.37)

7 December – NEWCASTLE – ASHOK MATHUR U20 2nd (First Time 17.07)

7 December – ST ALBANS – SAM GRIFFITHS U17 2nd (16.27)

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.