Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Weekly Newsletter Thursday 28 October 2013

Happy Birthday this week Lewa Adebayo, Jessica Concannon, Bethany Halbard, Glasford Jones, Simon Keene, Chisom Nwachukwu, Richard Samuel, Eben Sarpong, Joe Sherry, Claire Simm, Louise Watton

Special congratulations to Simon Keene on reaching his 60th birthday on Monday 28 October

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALLAN SCOTT – Allan has been appointed as Apprentice Coach at Scottish Athletics. The apprenticeship programme will support former top-class athletes in becoming coaches and was launched by sportsscotland.

The Coaching Futures initiative will see eight sports employ athletes who will use their knowledge and expertise to help develop and inspire the next generation of champions.

At a launch event on Wednesday night (9 October), the eight apprentices, who started their roles at the beginning of the month, were given an inspirational talk by Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend.

NICK PERCY – has been short-listed for Scotland’s Under 20 Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced at the awards dinner on 26 October. Nick has been nominated along with Jake Wightman and Shaun Wyllie. 

European U20 medallists NICK PERCY and JAKE WIGHTMAN shared the honours in that age-group with Wightman having won gold in Italy at 1500m with silver medallist Percy following up his age-group success with a Scottish senior title and early selection for the Commonwealth Games – at 18.

For the remaining newsletter information and results

NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – Takes place this Saturday 2 November at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 4JR. Following our successes at the recent National Road Relays, we will be going with high hopes of success in both the Young Athletes and Senior age-groups.

Start times 11.00am U20 Women (3 x 2.5K), 11.09am U17 Women (3 x 2.5K), 11.40am U20 Men (3 x 3K), 12.10pm U17 Men (3 x 3K), 12.35pm U13 Girls (3 x 2K), 13.00pm U13 Boys (3 x 2K), 13.25pm U15 Girls (3 x 2K), 13.50pm U15 Boys (3 x 2K), 14.10pm Senior Women (3 x 3K), 14.40pm Senior Men (4 x 5K).

There is a coach leaving Allianz Park at 7.30am sharp, then leaving Westminster Lodge, St Albans at 8.00am sharp. If you are planning to use it please contact Bryan Smith ASAP to reserve a seat and confirm time. 

ACTIVE TRAINING WORLD METROPOLITAN LEAGUE (CROSS COUNTRY) MATCH 2Takes place on Saturday 9 November. Changing is at the Sailing Centre, Fairlands Valley Park, Six Hills Way, Stevenage SG2 0BL (Note the Sailing Centre closes at 16.30pm). Directions from the A1(M) leave at Junction 7, A602 to Stevenage. Follow the A602, Broadhall Way to the second roundabout. Turn left onto Monkswood Way and go to the next roundabout. Turn right onto Six Hills Way and follow for almost 1 mile. Turn left into park, sign-posted Sailing Centre. (Note there are bridgeworks in Six Hills Way, the access to the Sailing Centre is about 100m after the mini roundabout at which the diversion starts. Drivers should ignore the sign and continue along Six Hills Way for the 100m and turn left into the Sailing Centre). The course is on the other side of Six Hills Way and there is an underpass under the road. Numbers will be given out on the course.

(Note there have been 2 changes to the normal start times, and are highlighted in red). Start times 13.15pm U13 Boys (3km), 13.20pm U13 Girls (3km), not before 13.35pm U17 Men and U15 Boys (4km), not before 13.42pm U17 Women and U15 Girls (4km), not before 14.00pm U20, Senior and Veteran Women (6km), not before 14.35pm U20, Senior and Veteran Men (8km).

Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run.

This is also the Cross Country Club Championship race for the Junior Men, 5 Miles Senior Men and Masters Men

Currently the Active Training World Metropolitan League web site is not being updated. 

ALASTAIR AITKEN – a life-long member of Highgate Harriers, and his race reports are published in Athletics Weekly on a regular basis, sent this report on the first Metropolitan League at Claybury.

RICHARD GOODMAN returned to competition with great success in the Active Training World Metropolitan League senior race.  Goodman, who had only been back training for five months after four stress fractures (his femur, both hips and shin), had so much time not running last year that he was even more nervous about putting himself on the line than he was before running in the European Juniors back in 2011 (or any other race for that matter).  “This was a race to blow the cobwebs off!” he remarked.  That would explain why the ‘Power of 10’ has no record of performances for him in 2012.

It is interesting to note that the other time he ran in a Met League was when he won at Claybury on the 9 October 2010 and he went on to have a good season, particularly in the rest of that year.  He explains, “I spent time in Kenya for a year on and off.  I learnt about the way they train. I remember that if ever I am out training and pushing it hard that the Kenyans will be pushing 10 times harder.  I always have that in the back of my head.  It did take me a long time to recover from my injuries.  I liked this win and enjoy being in that territory at the top as I have had so much time off last year.  If I stay here at this level for the rest of my life, for the big competitions, I will be pleased with that.”

Richard, now 20 years old, was in the European Junior Championships in 2010 where he came second.  “That was my biggest medal to date.  I wanted to win and be the best in Europe.  I would say I was at the time but the way I raced was not very good.  I am just happy that I am back racing again now.”

GAVIN COLLETT the league administrator must be pleased with 371 runners finishing, and in 356th place was an old rival of mine Russell Devitt.  He was running his 100th Met League on the day, which says something for the popularity of the league!

In the Women’s race RACHEL FELTON and ANDREA CLEMENT were ahead together for the first short lap and Felton, suffering with a cold (She has a 2 year old baby and catches things off her quite often, looked good powering along at the half distance.  She had a 30m lead over LORNA RUSSELL at that point, who won the first two league races last year.  However, Russell knew how good Felton was on the hills and did not overtake her till coming off the last hill, sweeping into the woods.  Russell said, “I train at 5:30 in the morning because that is the only time I can with such a demanding job as Tax consultant and I have just had a promotion.  I like cross-country, as I grew up in the countryside.  I miss that.  I had a good summer, as I got PB’s in the 3k and 10k on the road, but I am not a big fan of the track.”

JAMIE HARPER has had a very good season, topping the 1500m rankings and running well recently in relays.  He is an Under 13 runner, who won at Claybury, but there was a time when he was 11 and in the same age group finding it difficult to win.  “Running against the older boys in those days gave me more experience,” he explained.  “My coach Jeremy Sothcott is a great help.  I train twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Mostly I do track work; 500m to 1k’s and sprint work.” 

LIDDIARD TROPHY/NORTH OF THE THAMES – North of the Thames Under 20 Championships (3 Miles) JAMES SOTHCOTT U20 finished 3rd and when leading was misdirected which may have cost him the race (16.43), the winner was Kerr Millar of Queens Park Harriers (16.07). Liddiard Trophy Men’s Championships (5 Miles) RAY POWELL V50 101st (36.30), the winner was Antonio Sliva of Queens Park Harriers (24.46). 

SMRAC SHOT AND DISCUS MASTER CLASS – which is followed by a Shot and Discus Throws Competition. Takes place on Sunday 10 November at St Mary’s University College Twickenham TW1 4SX. Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm. It is led by MIKE WINCH and JUDY OAKES who are former GB Internationals. To book: email Please state your name and club; shot and/or discus; pb’s; competition age group and if you wish to compete in shot or discus or both. Entries Close Tuesday 5 November 2013. 

HURDLES MASTER CLASS – Is being held at the Willesden Sports Centre, Donnington Lane, NW10 3QX on Saturday 30 November from 10.30am12.30pm. Olympian TONY JARRETT hosts a free coaching day for budding hurdlers aged 11-18 in London Schools. To book your place contact ANDRE FERNANDEZ at – 07718 394764, or EMMA CRANSTON at – 07956 715052. 

INDOOR SPRINTS COMPETITION – The first event is being held at the Willesden Sports Centre, Donnington Lane, NW10 3QX on Saturday 21 December from 11.00am14.00pm. Events are 60m for U11 to Masters, 60m Hurdles U20 & Seniors. Timetable Indoor warm up 10.30am11.30am, 60m round 1 11.30am, 60m Hurdles 12.15pm, 60m round 2 12.45pm. Registration opens 09.45am close 30 minutes before events. You can enter on the day, or contact ANDRE FERNANDEZ at or 07718 394764, or EDWINA at, entry fee £5 per event.

CAN YOU HELP – the club require a replacement Small Fridge (not a freezer, either a desk top or under the counter) for use in the SBH Office in the West Stand. If you have one which is in working order and you were thinking of replacing and would like to donate to SBH then please contact Geoff Morphitis at or on 07976 994302 to arrange for delivery / collection.

SHAFTESBURY BARNET HARRIERS AND NORTH LONDON NETWORK, INDOOR TRAINING AT ALLIANZ PARK – The Network have agreed to fund 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.

The weekly session will start at 18.00 and end at 21.00. The cost to athletes to attend these sessions will be £3 per head for young athletes and students and £5 per head for seniors to include entry into the facilities.

Due to the difficulties associated with PV and HJ, we will be running 2 groups in each event.

PV Group A – young vaulters with PBs over 2m – 18.00 to 19.30

PV Group B – beginners and vaulters with PBs below 2m – 19.30 to 21.00

HJ Group A – beginners and jumpers with PBs below 1.30m – 18.00 to 19.30

HJ Group B – jumpers with PBs above 1.30m – 19.30 to 21.00

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 16 November – London Cross Country Championships – Parliament Hill, Hampstead, nearest station I Gospel Oak, Start times 13.15pm Junior/Senior Women, 14.00pm Junior/Senior Men, There are eligibility clauses which are, you were born in the Greater London area or not less than 1 years bona fide residence the Greater London area or not less than one year’s continuous full time employment in the Greater London area or not less than one year’s continuous full time attendance at an educational establishment in the Greater London area. Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your Team Manager Simon Keene. 

Saturday 23 November – North London Cross Country Championships – Changing is at Hillingdon AC Clubhouse, 206 Bury Street, Ruislip HA4 7TJ. The course is in Mad Bess Woods which is 10-15 minutes’ walk from the clubhouse, and this is where the numbers will be given out. Start times for Junior/Senior Men’s and Women’s races to be confirmed. Note: You will have to be pre-entered by your Team Manager Simon Keene. 

Saturday 23 November – North West London League (Cross Country) Match 2 – Changing is at Hillingdon AC Clubhouse, 206 Bury Street, Ruislip HA4 7TJ. The course is in Mad Bess Woods which is 10-15 minutes’ walk from the clubhouse, and this is where the numbers will be given out. Start times to be confirmed. Note: You do not have to be pre-entered, just turn up and run. 

Thursday 28 November – Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers Annual General Meeting – Being held in the Restaurant at Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon NW4 1RL The meeting starts at 19.30pm followed at 20.00pm with the presentation of 2012/2013 Cross Country and 2013 Track and Field awards.


The Luton Half Marathon took place on 27 October

BARRY CHISOLM V50 127th (1:47.40)

RAF v Eastern Counties v Cambridge took place in St Neots on 26 October

WILLIAM RYLE-HODGES U23 9th (24.05) 


26 October – OAK HILL – ASHVIN KURI U15 5th (20.06), STUART SINGER V50 10th (20.30), SAAM KYU SMART U15 13th (21.44), GABRIELLA KYRIACOU U15 14th (21.50), LIDIA KYRIACOU U13 18th (23.00), NATALIA PEREVERZINA U20 36th (27.03)

26 October – GLADSTONE – LAYLA WALKER LAWRENCE U17 91st (First Time 31.06) 

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 for fixtures and results, news items, statistics etc. You can view this newsletter on the “home” page, and previous issues are on the “club news” page. We would welcome any comments you may have on the website.

This is the link to the London Athletics website, which contains useful information

ALLIANZ PARK Main Switchboard telephone number is 0203 675 7200, then press 4 for Athletics.