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Cross Country Fixtures

Fast Friday in Walthamstow, Watford & Herne Hill Open Meets & Last Friday 5K 

The main event of the week was the aptly named Fast Friday event, although along with the fast times there were some lap counting errors adversely affecting 3 of our runners, as Gavin reports ;

Orion Harriers Fast Friday 5000m / 10000m, Walthamstow, 29/6/18 

 “Fifteen Heathsiders sadly had to miss the annual club picnic to do their duty in the sun at the Orion Harriers Fast Friday at Walthamstow track.

The standout run of the whole event came from Andrew Penney (a second claim Heathsider who regularly trains on our track and who joined us in the pub to celebrate). Running in the elite 5,000m event he timed it to perfection, staying in the slipstream of the Crawley AC runner Paul Nevesey before taking over with 300m to go and winning by a clear four seconds in a time of 14:38. Two weeks earlier Andrew ran 14:36 in the Southern 5000, but in Walthamstow he had the heat to compete with, as well as a top class field.

In an earlier 5,000 race, when the heat was sizzling, Kelly Thorneycroft was the fourth woman in an excellent time of 17:42. Joe McKeown also had an strong race, coming ninth in 17:42.

In the 10,000m b race Ed Samuels was the first Heathsider in 36:43, followed by Dan Johns in 37:25 – again, the heat slowing them down.

Most of us were placed in the c race. Chris Hartley was the first Heathsider and 4th overall in 36:47 (followed in quick succession by Steve Armstrong, Alex Sweet and Matt Cockerill). Bethany Scott had a strong run, finishing the second woman and silver medallist in the SEAA 10,000m championships in 38: 11.

Counting laps in a 10,000 (all 25 of them) can be a tricky business, as some of us discovered to our alarm. I was walking off the track when the marshal informed me she’d got mixed up and my smile of relief was replaced by look of despair. I saw similar dismay on the face of Liam who had put in a 150m sprint finish, so off we traipsed for a second final lap (this time slowly and sulkily). Joe Clemoes had a similar story to tell.”


5000m A race

1              Andrew Penney               14.38


5000m C race

9             Joe McKeown                   17.42

12           Kelly Thorneycroft             17.53    

23           Leigh James                     19.34


10000m B race

18           Edward Samuel                 36.43

20           Dan Johns                         37.25


10000m C race

4              Chris Hartley                    36.47

5              Steve Armstrong              37.02

6              Alex Sweet                      37.12

7              Matthew Cockerill            37.27

11           Joseph  Clemoes             38.01

12           Bethany Scott                  38.11     (Silver medal , 2nd W)     

14           Jake Spencer                   38.45

18           Liam Hazelton                  39.14

19           Gavin Evans                     39.25

23           James Connell                 40.25


Last Friday 5K, Hyde Park, 29/6/18 

On the same day, there was a larger than usual Heathside turnout at the Last Friday 5K, there were some good times despite the heat, with Mark leading the way home and PB’s to Louisa and Chiara


57           Mark Jefford                       18.59

94           Louisa Pointon                   20.12                     PB ( 4th  F)

95           Thomas Godec                  20.19

100         Leo Pemberton                  20.28

124         Chiara Borg                        21.14                     PB

125         Alice Hosking                     21.16

127         Satu Heitanen                    21.24

130         Jennifer Wing                     21.33

133         Andy Owen                       21.41

151         Jackie Wastell                   22.27                    


Watford Open Graded  Meeting,  27/6/18

The Watford Open meeting featured  PB’s, race wins for Steffi Luker Edwards and Lily Woolcock, and  particularly fast times from Bethany Scott and Andrew Brooker

Pete Crockford managed to improve his V60 club record by another 11 seconds ;  -  ( he also ran a 5.15 1500m at Copthall LICC on Saturday, claiming to be very tired ..  – full results of that not yet available)



Race 2

1              Steffi Luker Edwards( ( U20)     5.05.04

2              Pete Crockford                         5.08.01                  V60 club record

 Race 3

1              Lily Woolcock                          4.57.68                  PB

14            Jennifer Wing                           5.17.28

 Race 6

15           Oliver O’Connor       ( U15 )       4.58.84                PB

 Race 7

8              Bethany Scott                         4.36.45                  PB



Race 1

3              William Griffiths (U20)                   9.34.86              PB

14           Bedo  Draskoczy ( U15)                10.28.12             PB          


Race 3

16           Andrew Brooker                              8.42.87                 


Herne Hill Harriers Open, Tooting Bec, 30/6/18


Race 1

4              Jem O’Flaherty ( U20)                    2.02.6

 Race 2

3              Ruairi McGonagle  ( U15)              2.07.4              PB

 Race 4

2              Matilda Heath   ( U15)                    2.28.0             PB

 Race 7

1              Ella O’Flaherty   ( U15)                   2.53.1            PB


 Ickenham 5 , 1/7/18

Tom  Bedwell continued his PB setting season on at the Ickenham 5,  describing it as  “ very hot but very flat “

9              Tom Bedwell                                31.17        PB


Regents Park Summer 10K series,    1/7/18

5              Marco Serena                              37.29

15           Adam Mitchell                               39.07

112         Joe Greenaway                            46.46

215         John O’Neill                                  52.21


Race the Neighbours 10K, East Finchley, 1/7/18

A local 10K race through East Finchley and Muswell Hill

8              Peter Ward                                43.24


Park Runs

The latest park run results can be found here,  

 including Rebecca Bunting 17.44 at Worthing, Jack Hardy 17.45 &  Amy Cook  18.22 at Burgess, and Stuart Meiklejohn 18.07 at Oak Hill



Compiled by Mark George, with thanks to contributions from Gavin, Tom, & Pete

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