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Big PBs at the Big Half 

This week’s highlights include success at the Inter-Counties cross-country championships for younger Heathsiders, a mass turn-out and numerous PBs at the Big Half, the British Masters Track and Field, and the Hillingdon 20, part of the club’s road race championship.

Inter-Counties cross-country championships, Loughborough

There was success at the Inter-Counties cross-country championships, Loughborough, where several Heathsiders represented their county.  Special congratulations for coming first in their teams are due to Spike Blake (29th overall), Thomas Archer (12th overall) and Jem O’Flaherty (12th overall).

Vitality Big Half, London, March 10

There was a big turnout at the Big Half last Sunday, a popular recent addition to London’s half marathon calendar, run from Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark. Gavin sent in the following report:

“A rainy, windy Sunday saw 52 Heathsiders turning up for the second Vitality Big Half on the London Marathon course. By starting gun time the rain had subsided but the wind was still blustery, which, at times made it feel like running through treacle although it was on our tails over the last couple of miles. Despite the adverse conditions there were numerous PBs, and 31 of our runners beat the 1:30 mark (and another 13 beat the 1:40 mark).

 Tom Aldred was the first Heathsider in 46th place (out of 17,686 finishers) in a time of 1:10:04 – more than three minutes off his PB but still pretty nifty for a 40-year-old. Michele Bucci was next in A PB of 1:15:45, followed by Marco Serena (1:16:42) and Sion Lewis (a PB of 1:18:41). Ash Abrha was the first V55 in 1:21:16 and Gavin Evans second in 1:22:25.

 Olivia Desborough was our first woman in a PB time of 1:23:59, making her the 38th woman overall. Sara Black was second in a PB time of 1:29:07, making her the third V45 woman. She was followed by Tatyana Potiyenko in 1:30:19, and Amber Fahey in 1:31:17.”

Slightly further down the field, there were PBs from Liam Hazelton (1:26:08), Heathside’s representative in Holland, Bas Vlaming (1:36:53) and Jessica Vinluan (1:36:53) who smashed her previous PB by at least three minutes.  For Satu, the race was a way of celebrating the passing of another year and she only just narrowly missed setting a new PB.

British Masters Indoor Track and Field

Tony Killilea sent the following report from the British Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend:

“Athletes travelled from every corner of the country for the British Masters indoor track and field championships at Lee Valley on 9th and 10th March; from Cornwall and Aberdeen, from Kent and North Wales. Two Heathsiders also made the trek from North London to, well, a bit further north in London. Both Mark Lawrence and Tony Killilea made the journey worthwhile by reaching finals, albeit qualifying as fastest losers in their respective events.

The officials at Lee Valley did a splendid job of ensuring that a packed programme ran to schedule, but the highlight for many of a trip to the indoor track is the Caribbean food and cake provided by Jackie and her team in the café, and they certainly didn’t let us down. And thanks are due to Dulce, Adrian and Jaime for their support.”

Hillingdon 20

Ten Heathsiders ran in the Hillingdon 20, which has superceded the popular Finchley 20 and is part of the club’s road race championship.  Judging from the (lack of) reports about the race, the windy conditions probably made the race tougher than usual. Nick Ohora (2:23:10) was first in, followed soon by Laurence Russel (2:24:53(, whilst Gail Mackie was first in for the women (2:32:47), followed by Monika Newton (2:36:31). 

Eton Dorney marathon and half marathon, Surrey half marathon

Jane Stephens and Mike Stocks went to Eton Dorney last Sunday to run in the half marathon and marathon respectively.  Jane greatly enjoyed the half marathon, finishing in 2:12:58, whilst Michael, for whom the race was short compared to his usual ultra-marathon races, finished first in 2:52:05. 

Meanwhile, eight Heathsiders ran in the Surrey half marathon on Sunday.  Alex Sweet led Heathside men in 1:20:59, whilst Julia Bijl had a great run to lead Heathside women home in 1:22:07, finishing 5th woman, followed soon by Catrin Tyler (1:24:41).


Many Heathsiders ran in parkruns this week. Congratulations for achieving the highest ranking position for Heathsiders (2nd) go to Tatiana Potiyenko (Finsbury Park, 20:36), Melvin Lewis (Pymmes, 18:47). The full results can be found here.


Haringey Primary School Cross Country Championships 

New River

Thursday 28th February 2019

U11 Boys (168 runners) 2000m

1st Z Turner

4th Ben Redland

7th Kamran Bakhshi 

8th Eric Beale 

15th Joel Briars Coen

41st Gus Kendall 

89th Levi Simmonds 

U11 Girls (119 runners) 2000m 

1st E Chadwick (Highgate)

3rd Elkie Baker 

Junior Park Run 2000m 

Highbury Fields 

10th March 2019

1st Benjy Bediako 7:49

2nd Kiara Corkin 8:31

9th Lucy Corkin 9:09

Inter-Counties XC Challenge


Saturday 9th March

U13B (300 Runners) 3000m

1st B Peck (Thetford) 11:46

29th Spike Blake 12:36 (1st Mdx)

240th Stan Hasson 14:24

U13G (307 runners) 3000m 

1st R Vinton (Ipswich) 12:28

175th Hattie Munday 14:45

U15B (313 runners) 4000m

1st L Small (Ashford) 13:07

12th Thomas Archer 13:38 (1st Mdx)

211st Ruairi McGonagle 15:14

U17M (283 runners) 6000m 

1st S Charlton (Wallsend) 18:48

87th Lemi Mideska 20:36

U17W (283 runners) 5000m 

1st I Pentland (Darlington) 19:38

79th Mimi Blake 21:54

U20M (185 runners) 8000m

1st M Willis (North Wales) 29:26

12th Jem O'Flaherty 30:19 (1st Mdx)

13th Seyfu Jamaal 30:20

99th Liam Garrett 33:31

17 Heathsiders initially chosen for the team.

The Big Half, Sunday 10th March 2019

46th Tom Aldred – 1:10:04

176th Michele Bucci – 1:15:45 (PB)

201st Marco Serena – 1:16:42

292nd Sion Lewis – 1:18:41 (PB)

341st Michael Cockings – 1:19:29 (PB)

366th Andrew McGeary – 1:19:51 (PB)

420th Adam Greenup – 1:20:55 (PB)

436th Danny O’Reilly – 1:21:16

451st Ash Abrha – 1:21:38 (1st V55)

457th Scarlett Parker – 1:21:45 (PB)

458th Joe Clemoes – 1:21:46 (PB)

476th Dan Johns – 1:22:08

481st Jake Spencer – 1:22:14 (PB)

489th Gavin Evans – 1:22:25 (2nd V55)

472nd Paul Beale – 1:22:35 (PB)

588th Olivia Desborough – 1:23:59 (38th woman; PB)

610th Stuart Meiklejohn – 1:24:20

662nd Alex Gilbert – 1:24:56

719th Tom Bedwell – 1:25:43

760th Liam Hazelton – 1:26:08 (PB)

662nd Alex Gilbert – 1:24:43

719th Tom Bedwell – 1:25:43

760th Liam Hazelton – 1:26:08 (PB)

775th Jim Connell – 1:26:22

853rd Dominic Jackson – 1:27:10

862nd Michael Jones – 1:27:16

881st Rajiv Ratan – 1;27:35

910 Matthew Field – 1:27:35

963rd Phil Hogg – 1:28:20

995th Stephen Grice – 1:28:33

1067th Sara Black – 1:29:07 (3rd W45; PB)

1187th Tatyana Potiyenko 1:30:19

1203rd James Caven – 1:30:35

1279th Amber Fahey – 1:31:17

1400th Tara Shrestha Carney – 1:32:25

1480th Jonathan Parker – 1:33:08

1520th Jack Pinnick-Gray – 1:33:29

1703rd Jonathan Litchfield – 1:34:48

1732nd Laura Hunt – 1:35:06

1901st Louisa Pointon – 1:36:25

1933rd Jessica Vinluan – 1:36:43 (PB)

1940th Leo Pemberton – 1:36:44

1957th Bas Vlaming  1:36:53 (PB)

2023rd Satu Hietanen – 1:37:19

2076th Holly Fenton – 1:37:41

2333rd Alice Hosking – 1:39:15

2475th Bridgit Napleton -1:40:15

2484th Philip McDermott – 1:40:15

2604th Daniel Wrapson – 1:41:03

2763rd Emilia Vynnycky – 1:42:00

2627th Matt Brand – 1:46:21

4959th Rebecca Marshall – 1:52:29

6057th Luka Melon – 1:57:25

9561st Liz Drake – 2:15:13

Surrey half marathon, Woking, Sunday 10th March 2019

2269   Alex SWEET 1:20:58

6172   Julia BIJL       1:22:07

2270   Catrin TYLER           1:24:41

2272   Tom BESTWICK      1:24:36

5642   Tom HAWORTH      1:24:52

2287   Paul MERCER         1:26:02

6281   Henry HAMILTON    1:34:46

 Hillingdon 20, Sunday 10th March 2019

47        Nick Ohora    02:23:10

57        Laurence Russell    02:24:53

100     Gail Mackie   02:32:47

105     James McBride        02:33:30

110     Matthew Beard         02:35:04

118     Monika Newton        02:36:31

163     Rob Bean      02:48:20

192     Nilesh Goswami       02:54:16

302     Danny Maher            03:24:21

326     Rachel Strother        03:46:00

Eton Dorney, 10th March 2019

Half marathon

Jane Stephens  2:12:58


1  Michael Stocks   2:52:05

British Masters Indoor Track & Field

Lea Valley, 9th-10th March 2019

M45 60m:

Heats: 3rd Mark Lawrence, 7.74 secs

Final: 6th Mark Lawrence, 7.72 secs.

M55 60m:

Heats: 4th Tony Killilea, 8.63 secs

Final: 7th Tony Killilea, 8.65 secs.

M55 200m:

Heats: 3rd Tony Killilea, 27.87 secs

Final: 6th Tony Killilea, 27.86 secs.

M55 400m:

4th Tony Killilea, 62.94 secs.

Compiled by Emilia with thanks to Simon Baker, Gavin Evans, Tony Killilea, Jane Stephens.

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