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Liddiard Trophy, North of the Thames Cross Country Champs and Cheshunt Sunday League 

A great week of racing with a record turnout at the Sunday league. Heathsiders were also seen taking part within River Thames half marathon, Wimbledon Half Marathon and the Serpentine 5k.

Sarah Swan and Jake Spencer report as follows for the Liddiard and North Thames Cup 28th October ‘Heathside's ladies came joint 3rd in both the Liddard Trophy and the North of the Thames, with the same points as Ealing Southall & Middlesex however our fourth scorer was higher up the results clinching Heathside's ladies the  bronze!                                                                                                                The men came 3rd in Liddiard Trophy, notably beating Highgate who came in 5th. Unfortunately due to second claim technicalities the men came 4th in the North of the Thames narrowly missing a double medal haul for both the men and women, however again holding off Highgate who came in 5th. In the general team race Heathside's men took 3rd as well as a 3rd place in the Middlesex cup and in true form our Vets also came 3rd!With  a team of 6 women (the highest number we've had for some years) and 15 men Heathside should feel proud of coming home with two team bronze medals - one a piece for the men and women. Not a bad afternoon's work in a fairly low-key race. 

The course is lovely undulating grassland. combined with  a little bit of wood land  and a gentle run in to the finish. Although the temperature was slightly too warm, there was a gentle breeze and the course is perfect for preparing XC runners for the savagery of the Met League. If you missed out this year make sure that you put it in the diary now.                                                                         

The women's race is advertised as 5k but in reality is slightly shorter. We had two runners in the top 20: Sarah Swinhoe in 7th and Lucie Mauger in 11th, both saying afterwards that they may have shot off a bit too swiftly, probably as a result of the women running with the U20 men. Emilia Vynnycky was 18th, followed by Caroline White in 30th, Ruth Miller in 36th and Kimberley Butler in 44th. The men's race was 8k and a larger number of competitors too. We had two runners in the top 20 but the stand-out performance  of the day was Andrew Penny donning a Heathside vest for the 1st time, coming home in 2 place and a 2nd claim for Heathside. Andrew had a storming race, battling with the winner for two thirds of the race, and finishing only 20 seconds behind the Hillingdon athlete. Well done, Andrew. David Keto deserves a special mention too, finishing in 20th position, and showing in style how you graduate from the juniors to seniors. He ran a great race and clearly has a huge amount of talent. Jonathan Litchfield, finishing in 34th, had another strong race and this looks like it could be a very exciting season for him. he is sure to ruffle some feathers as the battles unfold later on in the season. Chris Hartley and James Rigby had their own battle, with Chris showing no mercy or let-up, despite having slightly 'tired legs' He finished 2 seconds ahead of the younger athlete. I have to mention Jake Spencer again; he is going from strength to strength after recently  returning from injury and I know that he will be very pleased with his 56th place, his injury has not affected his fitness.Norman Mitchell continues to be a Heathside legend and put in another worthy run.’

Tim Marshall writes for the Sunday league with a fantastic turnout: ‘Last Sunday in Cheshunt saw a record turnout of 44 Heathsiders for the first fixture of the season, split perfectly between ladies and gents. Those eagerly anticipating a mudbath would be disappointed, as though not quite the freak heat of Claybury it was still a mild autumnal day in the Hertfordshire countryside with trail shoes the footwear of choice for most runners. The extra hour of sleep must have put a spring in the step with excellent performances all round. Congratulations to our highest finishers who were Olivia Desborough (8 th woman) and Esa Valtanen (27 th man). Honourable mentions also go to Satu Hietanen, Chiara Borg and Elizabeth Drake all of whom finished within the top 20 women and Jonathan Litchfield who just snuck into the top 50 men in 49 th place.

(Full results below)                                                                                                                                                                    

In terms of team performances, we finished 4 th overall in the combined results, with the men’s A team in 9 th , the B team in 6 th and the Masters team in 7 th . Amazing team performance from the women who finished 1 st in both the A and B leagues and 5 th in the Masters.                                                                                              

Finally, huge thanks go out to Laura Boothman for her sterling organisational efforts (and for letting me chip in with some social media silliness) and to everyone who provided lifts and baked delicious treats which were enjoyed afterwards in a bobble hat cladded tarpaulin gathering.                                                                            

Let’s keep the momentum and winning streaks going and get even more people to Trent Park on November 12th ! COYH                                                                                                                                     

Parkruns We had a host of Heathsiders parkrunning on 28/10. Of note was Hannah Jordan who was the first female at Finsbury Parkrun  For full Heathside results: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=2017&eventdate=2017-10-28  Written by Sarah Swan, Jake Spencer, Tim Marshall and Gabi Johnson and Sarah Illingworth

Liddiard Trophy and North of the Thames Cross Country Champs Saturday 28th October

Women's results:

7 Sarah Swinhoe 18:25

11 Lucie Mauger 19:40

18 Emilia Vynnycky 20:39

30 Caroline White 21:38

36 Ruth Miller 22:09

44 Kim Butler 23:10

Men's results:

2 Andrew Penney 24:44

20 David Keto 27:38

27 Joe Garrod 28:20

34 Jonathan Litchfield 28:43

51 Chris Hartley 29:35

52 James Rigby 29:37

56 Jake Spencer 29:55

58 Howard Gold 29:57

67 Jonathan Shipley 30:28

82 Andrew Owen 31:07

89 Gavin Evans 31:22

93 Trevor Wilson 32:00

109 Richard Peachment 33:41

115 Stuart Amblin 34:12

142 Norman Mitchell 39:02

Victoria Park 10 K

22nd October  Henry Turner Time: 00:38:20 - Cat Position 5th / Gen Position 6th.

Serpentine 5K 27th October

1

62

Alex Sweet

19:05

V35

London Heathside

70.3%

6:08

2

121

Jennifer Wing

20:50

SL

London Heathside

70.9%

6:42

3

160

Alun Nash

21:56

V55

London Heathside

71.0%

7:03

4

205

Gabrielle Johnson

23:32

FV45

London Heathside

69.5%

7:34

Wimbledon Half Marathon 29th October                                                                                                                Judith Ruhl 1.53.31

River Thames Half Marathon Sunday 29th October                                                                                             86th Pete Crockford (50-55) 1.29.26

Claybury Sunday League 29th October

Men’s results

27

Esa

Valtanen

London Heathside

M40

30:17

49

Jonathan

Litchfield

London Heathside

M40

31:33

56

Joe

McKeown

London Heathside

SM

31:50

71

Leonard

Martin

London Heathside

SM

32:26

73

Natan

Doron

London Heathside

SM

32:29

81

Joe

Barker

London Heathside

SM

32:59

82

Lee

Connor

London Heathside

M40

33:02

105

Chris

Vincent

London Heathside

SM

33:56

107

Mark

George

London Heathside

M50

33:59

112

Engin

Kul

London Heathside

M40

34:04

122

Tim

Marshall

London Heathside

SM

34:17

131

Thomas

Godec

London Heathside

SM

34:40

173

Nick

Dodd

London Heathside

M60

36:52

176

John

McKnight

London Heathside

SM

37:00

182

Alun

Nash

London Heathside

M50

37:14

186

Tom

Bedwell

London Heathside

SM

37:22

187

Tom

Hosking

London Heathside

SM

37:30

210

Fabio

De Santo

London Heathside

SM

39:07

227

Nilesh

Goswami

London Heathside

M50

40:35

258

James

Nicholls

London Heathside

SM

43:35

263

Ken

Townson

London Heathside

M40

44:05

278

James

Taggert

London Heathside

M60

46:21

Women’s results

8

Olivia

Desborough

London Heathside

SW

35:29

12

Satu

Hietanen

London Heathside

W45

36:20

13

Chiara

Borg

London Heathside

SW

36:24

14

Elizabeth

Drake

London Heathside

W35

36:41

25

Kate

Davenport

London Heathside

W35

37:43

27

Emilia

Vynnycky

London Heathside

W45

37:53

29

Jo

Sherman

London Heathside

W35

38:08

30

Jessica

Vinluan

London Heathside

W35

38:21

45

Hannah

Stanforth

London Heathside

SW

39:15

50

Yvette

Ralston

London Heathside

SW

39:43

57

Caroline

White

London Heathside

W55

40:18

59

Tammela

Platt

London Heathside

SW

40:19

63

Sally

Chatterton

London Heathside

W45

40:33

77

Madeleine

Minson

London Heathside

W45

41:25

78

Jo

Irwin

London Heathside

W45

41:31

80

Sarah

Duke

London Heathside

SW

41:45

93

Magdalena

Kopalova

London Heathside

SW

42:50

95

Kim

Butler

London Heathside

SW

42:51

109

Edyta

Szot

London Heathside

W35

44:08

110

Sue

Eedle

London Heathside

W55

44:21

126

Tara

Tapper

London Heathside

W35

45:50

128

Claire

Sliwerski

London Heathside

SW

46:01

153

Laura

Boothman

London Heathside

W35

48:59


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