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Masters XC, Young Athletes League, & a 6 Star Marathon 

We start with Cross Country, and the finale for the season for most club members with the Middlesex Masters XC and Young Athletes league respectively

Middlesex Masters Cross Country, Trent Park, 3/3/19

The XC season reached its finale for most club members with the Middlesex Masters XC, with team Gold and Bronze medals for the V45 Women, and individual medals for both men and women. Report below from Martin Potter ;

“ Sunday was the chance for the older Heathside members to shine at the Middlesex Masters Cross Country Champs in Trent Park. The club put in terrific performance in wet and blustery conditions to round off a long and productive season.

First up was the men, 40 to 49 and 50 to 59. Over a gruelling 6.5 miles Martin Potter prevailed to finish 7th overall and with a silver medal in the V50 class. Martin was closely followed by Paul Jarman, just off the plane from Patagonia, with Francois and Andy Owen cantering home in the top 30 crossing the finish line hand in hand. Sadly no team prizes to be had.

The final race was the women and the V60+ men which completed a similarly tough 5 miles. Continuing his rich run for form, Pete Crockford finished 2nd overall which also gave him the silver medal in the V60 category. Next home was Emily, Satu and Sarah who were evenly spaced like tethered alpine climbers. They remained 10 metres apart after the first lap of the start field and this gap was maintained throughout the race. Satu and Emily picked up silver medals in the V45 and V40 categories respectively. Next home was the ever reliable Jackie Wastell who finished with a flourish to pick up silver in the V50 category. Ruth has a storming run to finish ahead of Emilia and Sally and collected the bronze medal in the V55+ category. Fiona Holland and Ann Woulfe completed the women’s teams. The women managed to finish a very impressive 1st and 3rd in the V45 team events. Bob Gould followed the women home to finish with a bronze medal in the competitive V70 category, all the more impressive as he completed a half marathon the previous week; not bad for someone over 75 years old. “


V40 to 49 and V50 to 59

7th overall           2 in class          Martin POTTER MV50                     0:39:50

17.                          7                    Paul JARMAN MV50                       0:42:36

28.                          15                  Andrew OWEN MV50                     0:46:50

29.                          14                  Francois BAROU MV40                  0:46:50


FV35 to 44, FV45 to 55, FV55+ and MV60 to 69 and MV70+

2nd overall          2nd in class      Pete CROCKFORD MV60              0:32:07

5.                            2                   Emily REICHERT FV35                   0:34:26

6.                            2                    Satu HIETANEN FV45                   0:34:33

8.                            4                     Sarah SWINHOE FV45                 0:34:49

15.                          2                   Jackie WASTELL FV55                   0:36:50

21.                          3                       Ruth MILLER FV55                     0:38:06

22.                          8                       Emilia VYNNYCKY FV45            0:38:17

24.                          10                    Sally CHATTERTON FV45          0:38:33

39.                          6                      Fiona HOLLAND FV55                0:41:40

42.                          8                       Ann WOULFE FV35                    0:42:01

63.                          3                        Bob GOULD MV70                    0:47:37


V45 team

1st          London Heathside (4 Satu + 6 Sarah + 10 Jackie)                20 points

3rd         London Heathside (13 Ruth + 14 Emilia + 16 Sally)              43 points


North West London Young Athletes League, Wormwood Scrubs,                                             2/3/19

The last junior club cross country race of the season, report from Simon Baker;

“ Was this a race too far?  The 4th consequtive XC race weekend combined with Mini-Marathon trials and forthcoming school races saw numbers down for the final club XC race of the season.  Dissapointingly the club only fielded one complete team, a stark difference to Highgate Harriers who used the race as a club championship and had a large turnout.  However Benjy and Spike both recorded wins in their races.  The club overall had a successful season finishing 4th in the Boys and 5th in the Girls.  


The weather was mild if a little breezy with the ground firm but a little bumpy in places.  The club had high aspirations for the U11 Boys who have been led from the front all this season by Benjy.  Such is his outstanding form he has finished top 3 in all but one race when he was 4th.  He produced a remarkable race here, despite losing his shoe early on he pulled away from league champion Reggie Rock (TVH) to win convincingly and record his 2nd NWLL win of the season just missing out on the league title by 1 point.  The boys team were leading going into this meeting from Highgate who have won this age group for 9 of the last 10 years.  Kamran and Eric both ran well finishing 20th and 22nd having completed in the Haringey XC Race 2 days previously and Eric hampered by a hand injury.  However with only 3 runners on the day the team finished 5th, with 

Highgate B just ahead, the 6 points won meant the team missed out on the league title by 1 point making a slightly dissapointing end to the season.

Elkie Baker was the sole representative in the U11 Girls finishing 15th in her first full season running with the club, she finishes 15th overall in the league.  She had also run 2 days previously at the Haringey Primary School Cross Country Championships where she had finished 3rd in a race won by Elinor Chadwick  (Highgate) who won again here to take the overall NWLL league title.

In the U13 age group Hattie Munday produced her most composed race of the year to finish 4th and secured 8th place overall in her 1st season as a U13, which is a testament to her hard work this season.  After injuring himself at Ally Pally Spike Blake returned to maintain his 100% record with his third win.  Only having run 3 times hoeever he could not win the overall title which went to P Opie (Highgate). Tynan Parker ran well for 11th and Max Deasey in 22nd which ensured the team were 3rd despite only having 3 members.

The U15 Boys were the only complete LH team on the day and secured 2nd place overall behind Dacorum.  The team was led home by Bedo in 6th, his best placing of the season. Jack followed in 13th with Lucas in 27th and Kit 30th to see the team 4th overall and secure 2nd place in the League.  We had no U15 girls or any U17's running.

Overall the NWLL saw record numbers of competitors this year and remains a fun introduction to Cross Country for junior runners.”


U11 Girls (41 runners) 1200m

1st E Chadwick (Highgate Harriers) 4:37

15th Elkie Baker 5:31


1st Highgate Harriers 13 pts

14th London Heathside 99 pts

League Champions - Highgate Harriers (LH 11th)


U11 Boys (43 runners) 2000m 

1st Benjy Bediako 7:23 🥇

20th Kamran Bakhshi 8:21

22nd Eric Beale 8:23


1st Highgate 28 pts

5th London Heathside 87 pts

League Champions - Highgate Harriers (LH 2nd )

U13 Girls (48 runners) 2000m

1st N McGovern (Hillingdon) 7:13

4th Hattie Munday 7:35


1st TVH 24 pts

11th London Heathside 102 pts

League Champions - TVH (LH 10th)


U13 Boys (40 runners) 3000m 

1st Spike Blake 10:01 🥇

11th Tynan Parker 10:35

22nd M Deasey 11:22


1st Highgate Harriers 46 pts

3rd London Heathside 75 pts🥉

League Champions - Highgate Harriers (LH 5th)


U15 Boys (40 runners) 4000m

1st J Chamberlain (Dacorum and Tring) 13:26

6th Bedo Aron Draskoczy 14:01

13th Jack Davis-Black 14:33

27th Lucas Maher 15:39

30th Kit Naylor 16:21


1st Dacorum and Tring 21 pts

4th London Heathside 76 pts

League Champions - Dacorum and Tring (LH 2nd)


U15 Girls League Champions- Dacorum and Tring (LH 7th)

U17 Men League Champions- Cookham (LH 10th)

U17 Women League Champions- TVH (LH 6th)


Overall Boys Champion - Cookham (LH 4th)

Overall Girls Champions - TVH (LH 5th)


Tokyo Marathon              3/3/19

Sara Black is now a member of the World Marathon Majors 6 Star finishers club ( further details of which see Jim Connell’s piece of a couple of weeks ago " A Major Goal " Read more... ) after completing the Tokyo marathon, medals to prove it are available on view on the Club’s Facebook page. Leigh James also participated and both ran excellent times, including a PB for Sara


2208                       Leigh James                             3.07.50

2445                       Sara Black                                3.10.21         PB


Roding Valley Half Marathon                                   3/3/19

7th Adam Mitchell                                                       84.29  ( 2nd V40 )


Berkhamsted Half Marathon                                    3/3/19

 206         Michelle Connor                                                      99.09

 211         Paul McCrossin ( ex Heathside )                99.26

215         James Felstead ( ex Heathside )                99.38

265         Michael Fenton                                        1.42.39


Mornington Chasers Regents’ Park 10K                 3/3/19

17           Doug Rendle                                                 38.34


Park Runs

As usual there were numerous Heathsiders involved in Park Runs over the weekend, results can be found here ;    


compiled by Mark George, with thanks to reports from Simon Baker & Martin Potter



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