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The Common Runner

Week 44, 2014



Herne Hill Harriers’ veteran athletes stamped their class on the national running scene as they won silver medals at the British Masters Athletic Federation cross country relays.

The team of Vic Maughn, Ed Barrow, Tom Conlon, Graham Moyse and Mike Boyle finished second in the M45-54 category behind Salford Harriers at Derby. The silver success came a week after a Herne Hill M50 squad won gold medals at the south of England cross country championships.

Herne Hill were always in second at Derby, however, with a dominant Salford outfit eventually triumphing by more than two-and-a-half minutes. In-form Tom Conlon was again the pick of the Harriers squad, running the fastest leg.

Closer to home, a Herne Hill mixed team finished third in the opening East Surrey League fixture at Lloyd Park, Croydon. Robin Sanderson was first counter in sixth, with Dan Hallam 11th, Mel Edwards 16th and Ieva Lobaciute 31st. Edwards and Lobaciute were also first and second female finishers respectively on the five-mile course. New Herne Hill recruit, Matt Munro, ran as a guest and finished 19th.
Herne Hill’s youngsters were in action at Guildford in the Bruce Judd Memorial cross country relays for U13-17 athletes and returned with four teams winning silver medals and a bronze team medals from the six races.
Despite missing some key regulars due to half term, there were some exciting races, notably in the U17M event where two red and black teams challenged South London Harriers throughout the race. Going into the final half mile, Paul Burgess was tracking the South London athlete but was pipped in the dash to the line to miss out on gold by an agonising metre.
In the U13G event, Guildford turned the tables on our team, winning by five
seconds after Herne Hill beat them in the southern cross country relays the week before. In the U13B race, Harriers finished second to a good Aldershot team who had medalled in earlier national relays.
Herne Hill’s other silver medallists were the U17W who chased Guildford home. The club also had three gold medallists for fastest legs on the day: Clarissa Nicholls (U13G, Oscar Millard (U13B) and Burgess (U17M).
On the road, Chris Busaileh led the Self Transcendence 10-mile race in Battersea Park from start to finish, winning in 52 minutes, two seconds. Jonny Muir was fourth in a personal best time of 57.51.
Less than 24 hours after her performance at Croydon, Edwards was a winner again at the Herne Hill-organised Emer Casey Memorial 10k in Brockwell Park, clocking 39.56. Owen Hind of Kent AC was the overall race winner in 33.32. Jeff Cunningham was Harriers’ first male finisher in 36.04, finishing third overall. Cunningham also led Herne Hill to the team prize, with Sean Fitzpatrick (fifth) and Andrew Grigg (sixth) completing the scoring trio. Winston Parkinson (ninth) was first V40 in 39.30.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Cowie, another Herne Hill debutant, finished 12th in the Beachy Head Marathon in three hours, 20 minutes, 45 seconds.
In the pick of parkrun action, Mike Cummings was a winner at Crystal Palace, clocking 16.40. Elsewhere, Mohammed Ismail was second at Brockwell Park in 16.50, while Tom Boswell was fourth at Dulwich in 17.48.

Jonny Muir

British Masters XC Relay silver medallists: Mike Boyle, Vic Maughn, Graham Moyse, Ed Barrow, Tom Conlon

Emer Casey 10k RESULTS
BMAF XC Championships RESULTS
East Surrey League XC RESULTS


Winter Fixture List


Upcoming XC Races

First of all, we need EVERYBODY possible to run on Saturday 8th November at Lloyd Park, near Croydon to rescue our Surrey League position after an ignominious start to our campaign. No entry needed in advance, but it helps me to know if you intend to race - full details to follow soon.

Next up, the closing dates are fast approaching for us to submit our HHH men's team entries for the upcoming xc championship races on our fixtures calendar. A full listing for this winter season can be found on the HHH website or in the Common Runner, but the races I am specifically asking about now are as follows:-

These races are for our first claim runners only, so apologies to our second claim folk. It would be good to have strong HHH teams at all of these events and especially the South of Thames 7.5 miles race in December, the Southern xc champs in Brighton in January (with an optional post race night out by the sea for those who wish to join in) and the National xc champs at Parliament Hill in February.


Saturday 15th November - London xc champs (10k). Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead. The home of English, indeed maybe World xc and a great chance to race the course before the winter does its worst to the ground and an opportunity to recce well before our big National Champs race at the same venue later in the season.

Online entries close on 31st October, so really I need to hear from you ASAP for this one....


Saturday 22nd November - South of Thames 5 miles xc team champs, Wimbledon Common. Another good race, nice and local. Whilst I haven't given either this race or the London Champs race a week earlier our top priority (with Surrey League a week before that on 8th Nov) we really should have enough good runners to ensure strong men's teams in all of our November xc races if people have the will and may view them as good training towards the bigger ones in the ensuing months (see below).

Andy Lea-Gerrard will probably send in our team entry for us, so please add your name to the list I shall need to pass on to him quite soon.


Saturday 20th December - South of Thames 7.5 miles xc champs, Coulsdon. To this race I have assigned big priority for our men's team, should any of you actually be taking any notice of my previous "grading" of our races according to team importance! So although this one is close to Xmas (sorry to mention the C word) it is a great chance to work off the festive parties that will already be going on and to get an even bigger appetite for the holiday period itself. Let's try our best to be as strong at the front as we can be and win some team medals in the 6 to score while there is also a cup for the best 12 man team.

Everybody is needed to turn out if you can, even if you are not one of our best 12 guys (or even 20!) - I want to hear from lots wishing to be entered for this race.


Saturday 3rd January - Surrey xc champs (12k), Lloyd Park, Croydon. Wish yourselves a Happy New Year with a blast around our county championship race, one at which we used to win the senior men's cup every year for more or less a decade. We'd love to win it again, but would certainly need all of our best Surrey qualified men to race to have a chance of reviving the glory days. Good prep for a busy month of racing in January.


Saturday 24th January - Southern xc champs (15k), Stanmer Park, Brighton. In my view this race and the "National" the following month are our really big ones as a HHH men's team and I would like to see all of our best men racing at both, as well as the great majority of our men who would not make our scoring teams. We shall, as mentioned above, aim to celebrate the event afterwards in Brighton with a group of us staying on the Saturday night - not compulsory, but fun, more details nearer the time. All can race and although these are big championships everybody is able to take part, so let's get as many HHH men on the start line as possible.

Again I'd like to hear from lots wishing to be entered (and believe it or not the online entries for this close on 12th Dec!).


Saturday 21st February - National xc champs (12k), Parliament Hill. The big one on the big course. I really shouldn't need to say any more as it is all already in the above and I would merely be repeating myself, like I would ever do such a thing!

Yet again I'd like to hear from lots and lots wishing to be entered.....

Thanks for bearing with me if you have read this far and if you have you must already have the stamina to run the races! Let me know ASAP which of the above races you would like the club to enter you for - most urgent are the first two on the list, but then the later ones are important so you should already be saying yes to those as well. If we don't include you in our team entries you will not be allowed to run in these races, so please make sure you tell me... 




East Surrey League Race Report

On a very sunny, windy, grey, cold, warm afternoon in the middle of Lloyd Park, Croydon  saw eleven brave HHH soles compete in the East Surrey XC League over 5 miles of firm grassland. Robin Sanderson was first home for the R&B's in 6th place cloaey followed by Dan Hallam in 11th next for HHH was first lady Mel Edwards in 16th place and to complete the first four was Ivea Lobacivie in 2nd female place and 31st overall. 

New lad Matt Munro, who only found us last Sunday finished a very respectable 19th as a guest.

Next home was a welcome return to xc racing from Nathan Stone who was chased in by Annes Stevens who was making her debut in a R& B vest and such a credit to the club colours.Second w35 on the day was our very own Jen Barraclough, hotly chased by our very own Jess Winfield who finished in 40th place. It was wonderful to see Nick Swatton racing again after an 18 year break. Mary Setyoule in her third race in as many weeks ran a very strong and mature race to finish 3rd W45, excellent racing.

Sarah Allen


Women's XC Training Session on Streatham Common (Saturday 8th November)

On Saturday 8th November our men will be hopefully well occupied trying to rescue our Surrey League position after an ignominious start to our campaign. However our women have no club team race that weekend as the Surrey Ladies Cross Country League have their second fixture in early December.

I would not wish to see our women miss out on some hills and possibly even some mud depending on the weather between now and then so I am planning to take a cross country training session for our women of all standards across our training groups on Streatham Common on the morning of 8th November.

Our most likely start time is 9am or 9.30, to be confirmed nearer the time, but hopefully not a show stopper as this would get training done and would free up the rest of your day (or go to Lloyd Park to support our men in the afternoon...).

We shall meet by the cafe at the top of Streatham Common South by the Rookery and the session format will be along the lines of (once properly warmed up)running a hilly tempo of around 10 minutes duration followed after a brief recovery and regroup by 6-8 short hill reps (50-60 sec) with a jog down recovery between each rep, then rounded off with another tempo of probably a similar duration as the first one. The exact content may vary slightly and I shall apply a handicapping system to aim to cater for runners of differing training speeds so that all can take part and benefit, whether you usually expect to be at the front of the Surrey League fields or further back.

For those among you who often join Mark's sessions on Saturday mornings I have already checked with him and he had no plans for a session for his group that day, largely in deference to the key race in our men's team calendar for that afternoon. So all are welcome, indeed encouraged to come and train together as a women's team group if you are available to do so on the morning of 8th November.

Early indications as to whether you are likely to attend would be helpful and appreciated.







Running Gear Collection

Hi Everyone,

I spent 6 months in Uganda a couple of years ago and will be returning for a month in November. Whilst there I am running the Kampala Marathon and have managed to arrange a week training in the highland area of Uganda where the majority of their top runners (incl. Stephen Kiprotich) originate from.

My plan is to try and take a sizeable stash of running gear; clothes, trainers etc over to the club as the majority of their runners are from low-income backgrounds. I am sure a number of us have lots of rarely used running shoes and clothes so if anyone is keen to clear some wardrobe space and give to an exciting project then please get in touch. Either email me on, message me on 07752837305 or let me know at training if you wish to give anything away. I will plan to do a big collection in a few weeks time either at a training session or race.



First collection is at the Emer Casey 10k this Sunday.



HHH AGM on Wednesday 29th October the downstairs room of the Furzedown pub, 118 Mitcham Lane, Streatham, London SW16 6NR starting at 7.30pm - all club members are invited to attend. The meeting covers the reports from the club's team managers and officers on the previous year, Life Membership awards, the announcement of the new Club President for 2014/2015, and election of Club officers for 2014/2015.  






Brockwell Parkrun Crystal Palace Parkrun Dulwich Parkrun  Wimbledon Common Parkrun 




Upcoming Sessions


Mark's Group:

We return to the 400m reps on Tuesday, which follow the tempo run. As part of the continued progression there are two more reps but a slightly shorter tempo run. Still the same 6000m volume as other weeks. On Thursday, we keep the same length of hill but return to Covington Way with a more forgiving slope. On Saturday it is the Reigate Relays.


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Track, 7:15pm.

Dynamic warm-up

Groups 1 & 2: 

  2800m tempo run (7 laps), 2mins

  8 x 400m @ 3K pace, 35s rec

Group 3:

  2400m tempo run (6 laps), 2mins

  7 x 400m @ 3K pace, 35s rec

Group 4:

  2000m tempo run (5 laps), 2mins

  7 x 400m @ 3K pace, 45s rec

Hurdle walkovers


Thursday, Streatham Common, 7:30pm.

Back to Covington Way.

Groups 1 & 2: Longer rep all the way to the 2 recar park

  5 x 370m @ 5.7% gradient

Groups 3 & 4: Standard length

  6 x 290m @ 6.2% gradient

(For comparison, Gibson Hill was 4 x 370m @ 9.5% gradient.)

Meet at the Rookery Cafe at the top of the Common.


Saturday, Reigate Relays XC, 1;30pm.

Men's teams: 4 x 2.5 miles 

Women's teams: 3 x 2.5 miles


Sunday, Tooting Bec Track, 10:30am.

Long run from the track to Morden Hall Park, 10-15 miles.


Geoff & Keith's Group:

Tuesday's sesh is a nice long one. On the Tooting Common paths we shall run 2 reps of 5 min, 2 reps of 3 min, then 2 reps of 4 min. We'll have rests of 2 min after each 5 min and 4 min rep and rests of 1 min after each 3 min rep. Simples! Meet in the car park at 7.15pm ready to jog the loop.

Upcoming Races:

  • Sat 1st, English XC Relays (All Age Groups), Mansfield
  • Sat 1st, Reigate Priory XC Relays 
  • Sat 8th, Surrey League XC (Men & Women) 1:30pm, Reigate Priory Park
  • Sat 15th, London XC Championships (All Age Groups), Parliament Hill
  • Sat 22nd, South of Thames 5M XC Championships (Men & Women), Wimbledon Common
  • Sun 30th Gordon Pirie 10M XC (Club 10M XC Championships) 2pm, Coulsdon

  • Sat 6th, Surrey XC League (Women), Nonsuch Park
  • Sat 13th, SCVAC XC Championships & Inter Counties, Horspath, Oxford
  • Sat 20th, South of Thames 7.5M XC Championships (Men & Women), Coulsdon
  • Sat/Sun 20th/21st, SEAA Indoor Combined Events Championships (All Age Groups), Lee Valley
  • Sun 21st, Herne HIll Harriers 3x2M Christmas Relays, Tooting Bec

  • Sat 3rd Surrey XC Championships (All Age Groups), Lloyd Park, Croydon
  • Sat 10th, Surrey XC League (Men), Streatham Common
  • Sat 10th, Surrey League XC (Women), Wimbledon Common
  • Sat/Sun 17th/18th SEAA U20/Senior Indoor Championships, Lee Valley
  • Sat 24th, SEAA XC Championships (All Age Groups), Brighton
  • Sat 31st, East Surrey League XC Relays (Men & Women), Wimbledon Common

  • Sat 7th, Surrey XC League (Men), Richmond Park
  • Sat 7th, Surrey XC League (Women), Coulsdon
  • Sat 21st, English National XC Championships (All Age Groups), Parliament Hill

  • Sun 1st, Frank Harmer 10k, Brockwell Park
  • Sat 7th, Inter Counties XC Championships (All Age Groups), Parliament Hill
  • Sat 14th BMAF XC Championships (Men & Women), Ruthin, Wales
  • Sat 21st, HHH Club 1Hr Championships, Tooting Bec
  • Sun 29th, South of England 12-stage Road Relays (Men) & 6-stage Road Relays (Women), Milton Keynes

  • Thu 9th, East Surrey League Road Race (Men & Women), Ewell Court
  • Sat 11th, National 12-stage Road Relays (Men) & 6-stage Road Relays (Women), Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
  • Sun 26th Virgin Money London Marathon

For further details on XC, road, league & championship races, contact Geoff
Upcoming Social Events:

  • Sat 29th, 125th Anniversary Ball, The Bedford, Balham, £35 per person.

For more details please contact Sarah



The Common Runner Editor: Eriç Dol,

General Secretary & Young Athletes Rep: Steve Bosley,

Men's XC & Road Race Captain, Men's Road Race Secretary: Geoff Gerwood,

Men's XC Secretary: Andy Lea-Gerrard,

Men's Veterans' Secretary: Valdis

Women's Vets Team Manager: Barbara Macanas

Women's Road, XC, Vets Secretary: Sarah Allen

Women's XC Captain: Karen Ellison,

Social Secretary: Sarah Allen

Triathlon Chairman: Phillip Henwood,

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