London Heathside competes in a range of leagues and events across different disciplines, with individuals also taking part in competitions that may not attract a wide club turnout.
During the cross-country season the club takes part in two leagues:
The Met League is the club’s main focus, generally attracting a higher quality and larger field than the Sunday league but remaining a fun outing for a range of abilities. Please come along – during the 2011/12 season our men massively boosted their usual turnout at Met League races and the club hopes to build on this in the future, while the women also performed well. Every finisher runner counts!
In addition to the above leagues there are various Championship races on a local, regional and national level offering plenty of opportunity to compete for the club. Full details are available via the links above.
Track & field
Many of us have an interest in one event or another, perhaps the potential to do well. Heathside supports its beginners as well as its stars on track and field with advice, facilities and entry to suitable events. Turn up at Finsbury Park track and introduce yourself or contact team managers for details
Heathside’s senior teams compete in two main leagues:
The Southern Athletics League is a new league that held its first season in 2011 and is the club's main competitive focus. It is a combined league, ie involving competition between joint men’s and women’s teams, with results from both the men’s and women’s events added to give a joint final score.
The league is made up of two divisions, with Heathside a member of the second division. The league is open to senior men and women, and young athletes who are at least 15 years old on 31 August in the year of competition.
Our young athletes aged U13-U15 compete in the Youth Development League, while the U17s and U20s will be competing with the seniors in the SAL.
Other track & field competitions that Heathsiders regularly compete in include the London Inter Club Challenge (LICC), which is open to men and women aged 17 and above, with 11-16 year olds allowed to run as guests. Watford Open Graded Meetings on Wednesday evenings for ages 11 and up are also popular with Heathsiders seeking a competitive outing during the week.
We also have a venerable team in the Vets League (ages 35 and over).
Individual competitions include the Middlesex Champs for at Senior, Masters, Under 20, Under 17, Under 15, and Under 13 level, and the South of England Champs. AAAs Championships are another possibility, and Heathside members have also competed in the World Masters, European Masters and British Masters Champs (35 and over on the day of competition).
Open track & field meets can be useful additions to the club fixtures to gain race experience, chase those PBs, do some athletics sightseeing, whatever.
In addition to organised race series such as the Rob Jackson Road Race Club Championship, club members regularly compete in road races throughout the UK and abroad. Distances may range from 1 mile to marathons and beyond.
Participation is therefore more on an individual basis as opposed to team entries organised by the club. Popular races such as the Cabbage Patch 10 and of course the Virgin London Marathon always have large numbers of Heathsiders competing.
Road runners are encouraged to enter the various races included in the Rob Jackson Road Race Championship, which is a series of races selected by the club each year. Members enjoy these races as an opportunity to race with fellow Heathsiders and score points in the Championship table.
A useful source of information about upcoming events is the Runners World website, which includes a searchable index of future races.
The competitive focus for our small but friendly group of fell running enthusiasts is the South of England Fell Running Championships, where our most notable successes include victory by Andy Welshman in 2002 and 2003.
The champs take the form of three races in the Isle of Wightover one weekend in September:
- RACE 1 The St Boniface Fell, 3 miles - 775 feet ascent (Saturday morning)
- RACE 2 The Ventnor Horseshoe, 7 miles - 1,500 feet ascent (Saturday afternoon)
- RACE 3 The Wroxall Round, 13 miles - 1,500 feet ascent (Sunday Morning)
It is gruelling, to say the least, but the weekend is good fun.
Triathlon and Duathlon
We run a triathlon and duathlon championship series. For more information see the Triathlon section.