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The Common Runner

Week 38, 2014


Herne Hill Harriers multi-eventers lit up the Surrey championships with decathlete Thomas Ashby and pentathlete Jess Collins striking gold.

The Tooting Bec-based club were also relay winners in the U13G 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m events, the U13B 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m, and the U17M 4 x 100m, at the county combined events, relays and steeplechases championships at Carshalton over the weekend. John Tayleur added to the medal haul by winning the U20M 2000m steeplechase crown.

Collins – competing in the U13G category – notched a championship best and club record. On her way to the record total, Collins earned personal bests in the 800m and long jump, and equalled her high jump best. Ashby, meanwhile, leapt to a new best of 7.11m in the long jump, as part of his dominant victory.

Herne Hill athletes were also on form at the Will Bolton relays, winning the U13B, U13G and U15G titles, and clocking leading times at the meeting. Lily Newton claimed the quickest individual U13G over the 3km course at West Wickham, while Oscar Millard was the fastest U13B. Oscar’s sister, Saskia, was comfortably the fastest of the U15G category. A senior men’s team finished 22nd and a senior women’s quartet 48th.

Oscar Millard’s run came days after he ran a season’s best of 2.14.2 over 800m at a Watford open graded meeting, a personal best that elevated him to seventh on the U13B UK rankings for the event.

Further afield, Ross Macdonald was competing in the Kronberg 70.3 Ironman event where he finished tenth in his 25-29 age category and 30th overall. Macdonald had hoped for a podium position, but was undone by a puncture at around 60km on the bike leg.

Jonny Muir

Medal winning U13 & U15 girls relay teams at Surrey County relays at David Weir Leisure Centre 13th September

Will Bolton Memorial Relay RESULTS



Upcoming Events

Three upcoming HHH club events for your diaries, one per month to keep things nice and simple, are briefly detailed below.

The first two are races which the club is promoting and at which we would very much like support from our members either in competing in these events - it would be good to see plenty of HHH entrants and red and black vests on the courses - or if you are unable to take part then we please also need as much organisational help from among our number as possible on the relevant race days. 

So please free up these dates if you can and either race or help us to put these races on to the best possible standard. Please contact me, email if you can help at either or both races or enter the races and run.


Saturday 27th September - Streatham Common 6 Mile XC Champs & Anthony Gold 1 Mile Fun Run

The main race starts at 11.15am and is run over an undulating 6 mile route of laps of Streatham Common. This is the sixth running of a great early season cross country which will introduce new runners to this form of racing and provide a good challenge to more established runners. Macmillan Cancer Support is our chosen charity for 2014. ENTRY ON THE DAY AVAILABLE - but entries in advance are encouraged via this link:-


Sunday 27th September - Emer Casey Memorial London 10k road race, Brockwell Park

If you have been inspired by another summer of marvellous sport, why not take up the challenge presented by the Emer Casey London 10K in Brockwell Park on Sunday 26 October 2014 at the new start time of 9.30 am. Now in its sixth year, the race is organised by the Emer Casey Foundation in conjucntion with Herne Hill Harriers and the race continues grow year on year.

Entries are now open. The entry fee is £12 for club runners and £14 for runners without a UKA competition licence. Entries will be accepted on the day with an entry fee of £16 provided that the entry limit of 300 has not been reached. To enter online: go to  - there is no surcharge for this. Race instructions will be emailed to all entrants and we will be able to post race numbers to everybody who registers online before 19th October 2014, so please do make sure you enter in advance - it will save you time on the day.

Changing and baggage storage facilities will be available. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 men, the first 3 women, the first man over the age of 40 outside of the top 3 and the first woman over the age of 35 outside the top 3. Spot prizes will also be presented. Every finisher will receive a medal.

The course consists of three and half laps of Brockwell Park. For a map of the course, click here. For photos, click the link on the left hand side.


Herne Hill Harriers125th Anniversary Dinner – Saturday 29th November 2014 The BedfordBalham.

HHH’s 125th Anniversary Dinner will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014 at The Bedford in Balham. Please come and join HHH club members and friends young and old for an unmissable opportunity to celebrate this auspicious milestone in our long and glorious history - £35 per person, three course dinner and dancing. 

ALL ARE WELCOME, please buy your tickets by contacting Sarah Allen, email 





The Streatham Common 6M XC is also the club championships so there are trophies for 1st HHH male and female. Furthermore, if you cannot race then please come down and marshall then join us for post-race drinks - please contact Phil for further information.

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Old Deer Park Half Marathon

Brockwell Parkrun Crystal Palace Parkrun Dulwich Parkrun  Wimbledon Common Parkrun 





Upcoming Sessions


Mark's Group:


This is the last week of the transitional period between the end of summer and the start of the new annual training cycle. I am away on holiday so Phillip Henwood will take the Tuesday session. On Thursday, I suggest you join Geoff's group who I expect will be over a Streatham Common for more hills.


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Track, 7:15pm.


Group 1: 8 x 600m @ 5K pace 

Group 2: 8 x 600m @ 5K pace 

Group 3: 7 x 600m @ 5K pace 

All groups have 45s recovery

Warm down


Thursday, Streatham Common, 7:15pm.

Join Geoff's group for his hill session. Note the earlier start time. The meeting place it up at the top of the hill, I believe. 






Geoff & Keith's Group:

On Tuesday we are on the grass on Tooting Common for the last time before the dark evenings set in and we will need to try to begin our first tempo as soon after 7.15pm as possible to finish in daylight. So please try to be already warmed up and ready to start at 7.15. 

We shall run a tempo around the field of 8 min in duration then after a 4 min rest we will run 8 x 90 sec reps with a minute rest between each rep. 

Upcoming Races:

  • Sat 20th SEAA Road Relays
  • Sun 21st, SEAA Road Relays

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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