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The Common Runner

Week 18, 2014

Full meeting timetable:

Some results from the Kinnaird & Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow...

Blade Ashby won the 400m hurdles in a huge PB of 52.67, which may even top the current UK rankings unless somebody else has run quicker over this weekend. It is of course very early season and the likes of Dai Greene have yet to spring into action. 

Blade's older brother Thomas also got a PB, jumping 2.01m in the High Jump, while also throwing the Discus 43m, a Shot seasons best of 13.82m, Long jumping 6.75m and clocking 15.50 in the 110m hurdles.

Peter Phillips ran what he described as a "relaxed 400m opener in 48.98." Dwayne Dowding also apparently ran well over 100m and 200m, but I have yet to see the full results.

Elsewhere, racing for Harrow School, 16 year old Lascelles Hussey broke the two minute barrier for 800m for the first time and did so emphatically with a time of 1.58.2, down from a previous PB of 2.03. Lascelles then followed up with a 1500m run in 4.14.8, repeating his second placing in his earlier 800m.

Geoff Jerwood


Race Report: Ful-On Duathlon

Dunsfold Park

Sunday 27th April

I'd been looking forward to competing in this duathlon which was hosted at Dunsfold Park, better known as the Top Gear test track. It was a surreal setting, with planes dotted around the run ways and the sun peeking through the rainy clouds.

The race was comprised of a 6km run followed by a 24km bike finished by a second 6km run.

I was pleased to finish the first run as second lady in 22 minutes 38sec, having ran a 5km PB split in the process (really must work on my 5km race pacing!) but lost a bit of time in transition and left as the 5th lady coming onto the bike course. Thankfully all the cycling and spin classes I'd been doing since last season meant I was able to hold my position, completing the 5 lap circuit in 43 minutes 42 sec. Back into transition for the last time and was able to finish the second run at a decent pace in 23 minutes 17sec. 

I finished 5th lady in a total of 45 ladies competing, 74th in a field of 200 completed finishers. Total time 1:31:46.

The run is a pancake flat course, with the bike circuit having some very minor inclines so a great race for fast times and thoroughly recommended to those wanting to take part in multi-sport events.

It was then straight onto a swimming gala hosted by my gym, so suffice to say feeling a bit tired now, but it was a fun filled day of racing!

Emi Lehane


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Upcoming track fixtures...

Over the Bank Holiday we have our first Southern Men's League match on Sat 3rd May at Wimbledon Park where we need some middle distance runners please, similar events to those quoted above, except 3000m becomes 5000m and 2k steeplechase turns into 3k steeplechase. Again let me know ASAP if you can.

Then on Monday 5th May we have our second HHH Open Meeting at Tooting. Please see attached the timetable for some potential last competition in a range of events before the opening BAL matches on the following Saturday 10th May at Eton.

We are aiming to make the first main mile A race - the Stan Allen Mile in memory of our late long serving club coach and officer - a good quality race with a trophy to be awarded to the winner. We hope to attract a competitive field along with a good number of entrants for the supporting mile races and other events on the meeting programme. So please if you would like to race over the classic mile distance or compete in any of the other events with enough days to recover before the Saturday races which the Wednesday meetings during the same week may not afford, then please come along.

For the mile races we can take entries in advance if athletes would contact Steve Bosley email  - payment can be made to Steve or he can provide relevant club bank account details for bank transfer payments: ref mile and name of athlete entering the event.


Our future home meetings for which we need officials and helpers are:

Mon 5th  May     Herne Hill Harriers open meeting   Tooting Bec   12.30 – 5.00 pm TIMETABLE

Please contact Steve Bosley to confirm you can help

Many thanks in advance,




Herne Hill Harriers Triathlon branch and South London Swim Club are hosting...

...a duathlon (run, bike, run) at the Olympic Velopark on the morning of 25th May. To do so successfully, as a club, we need at least 10 marshals.

I have visited the venue in preparation and it is fantastic. The job ofmarshal will not be onerous and the entire event will be finished in lessthan 90 minutes leaving marshals free to enjoy the facilities on offer atthe park. There is also free parking directly outside and the drive takesless than 40 minutes, or excellent public transport.

In return for hosting the event on behalf of Triathlon England, not only does our club gain the prestige and promotion, but also each marshal will be offered the chance to compete in a future event for free and as a club we will be given an exclusive 2hr session on the bike circuit.

Please can anyone with a free morning on 25 May email me ( and Fabien ( directly if you will be able to attend. If you can't attend or would like to race on the day, then do you have a friend or relative who could stand in? 

Phillip Henwood



Summer Track & Field Fixture List



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Upcoming Sessions


Mark, Phil & Wayne's Group:

This is a week of two commons - Tooting Bec and Streatham - where we'll be training on grass. We'll be doing long 5K-pace reps and later in the week we'll do a hilly grass circuit. (Don't worry the fartleks will return for the next two weeks.) On Saturday we won't do a hard track session but will instead hold a running workshop to help you improve your running.


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Common, 7:15pm

Meet at the car park opposite the track.


Group 1: 5 x (1200m@5K pace, 400m rec)

Group 2: 5 x (1000m@5K pace, 300m rec)

Group 3: 5 x (800m@5K pace, 200m rec)

All Groups: 4 x (150m, 50m jog) for a speedy finish.


Thursday, Tooting Bec Common, 7:30pm

We'll meet at the car park opposite the track and then run to Streatham Common as our warm-up. It should take just over 10 mins. To finish run directly home or back to the track. If you live further away then maybe consider cycling to the meet up point.

We'll do 8 hilly circuits of half a mile. Treat it like a fartlek where you vary pace. When you go up hill work at 5K-10K effort so you can run strongly off the top. Maintain a tempo pace on the downhill. 


Saturday, Tooting Bec Track, 11am

Running Workshop - mobility exercises, therabands, drills, and stretching. 

Video analysis of technique.

4 x 1000m @ tempo pace - feedback in the recoveries.

Numbers will be limited so let know in advance.

Geoff & Keith's Group:

This Tuesday's main group session will be 5 x 1km on the track with 200m walk/jog recovery, with an alternative session for 800m racers either on the track or on grass TBC. Meet ready to start strides at 7.15pm.

Upcoming Races:
May June July August

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

  • Sun 13th, Family Picnic, 1pm onwards at the track. No charge. Fun races: 3 legged, egg & spoon, wheelbarrow etc.
  • 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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