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The Common Runner

Week 16, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Alan O'Shea, James Mason and Abdi Madar led the Herne Hill Harriers' charge at the Virgin London Marathon, with the three athletes finishing inside the top-60 positions.

Irishman O'Shea clocked two hours, 32 minutes, two seconds, in finishing 51st, while Mason was 56th in 2.32.29, one place and one second ahead of Madar. Ruth Chalmers was the first Herne Hill woman to finish, completing the 26.2-mile route in 3.09.45, placing 161st in the women's field.
Harriers were celebrating before the main race had even begun, as Turkay Korkmaz won the U13B race in the series of London Mini Marathon events run over the final miles of the marathon course. Korkmaz clocked an impressive 15.56 to win the three-mile race by two seconds. In other races, Eloise O'Shaughnessy (U13G) was eighth and first London athlete, Ed Olsen (U17B) was 24th and Mohammed Ali (U13B) was 48th.

The main race featured more than a dozen Harriers athletes, with Francis Marsh winning the battle for third clubman as he finished 244th in 2.41.56. Marsh, 14th overall in the V45 age group, was closely pursued by serial marathoner Jonathan Ratcliffe (318th and 27th V45) in 2.43.53. Luxembourg-based Jeff Cunningham also broke the 2.50 barrier, finishing in 2.48.48 in 511th. Robert Edwards (665th) clocked a six-minute personal best, posting a time of 2.51.46.

Other Herne Hill finishers were: Ed Barrow (1839th in 3.05.33), Stuart Slavicky (2372nd in 3.10.40), Mohammed Ismail (3131st in 3.16.59), Ieva Lobaciute (4777th in 3.28.39), Rebecca Barrow (10,113th in 3.54.23) and Andrew Grigg (19,328th in 4.31.33).

Away from London, duathlete Carl Ferri qualified for the world duathlon championships later this year after finishing second in the M40-45 age group and seventh overall in the long distance event at the European Championships in the Netherlands.

Closer to home, Mark Dooley and Keith Newton represented victorious second claim clubs in the Sussex Road Relays. Dooley was part of the winning Brighton Phoenix squad in the senior men's event, while Newton anchored Brighton and Hove to glory in the M50 competition.

Herne Hill hosted their first open track and field meeting of the season at the club's Tooting Bec headquarters on Saturday. The 100m proved the most popular event, with 17 races taking place. Blackheath and Bromley's Toby Olubu was the fastest of all 100m runners, clocking 10.81s, with the Harriers trio of Dwayne Dowding (10.84), Nicholas Atwell (10.98) and Idris Ojuriye (11.04) also to the fore. 

Dowding impressed again over 200m, clocking 21.94 to finish second in the A race, while Atwell was triumphant in a competitive 600m in 1:21.37. The 300m was dominated by home athletes, with Jamal Rhoden-Stevens (34.67), Peter Phillips (34.80), Raheem Stroude-McLean (38.37) and Mike Cummings (40.59) filling the top-four positions in the A race.

Hercules Wimbledon controlled the longer distance events, as James Moorcroft and Freddie Slemeck won the 1500m and 3000m respectively. In the hurdles, Harriers' Jess Collins won the U13G 70m event in 12.92 and Adam Ssali was first in the U17M 100m race in a wind-assisted 13.60. Collins also won the U13G high jump with a leap of 1.53m. Further winners in the jumps were: Andy Kirtland (3.71m in SM long jump), Louis Carter (4.89m in U20M long jump), Samara Innerarity (3.58m in U11G long jump) and  Latisha Fleming (9.11m in the U17W triple jump).

Herne Hill also dominated the discus events, with Thomas Ashby (SM), David O'Sullivan (U20M), Briony Phillips (SW) and Barbara MaCanas (W60) winning their respective events. Finally, Phillips won the SW hammer with a personal best of 36.07m, while Hannah Gleed also posted a personal best as she cleared 2.20m in the pole vault.

Jonny Muir

John Ratcliffe

Ruth Chalmers

Jeff Cunningham

James Mason

Tom Boswell

Rebecca Barrow

Ed barrow

Robert Edwards

Photos by Matthew Kiernan


Many thanks to everyone who came and helped at last Saturdays Open track & field meeting... was our most successful for several years with the largest turn out and some good quality early season results.  Our future home meetings for which we need officials and helpers for are :

Sun 27th April    SLAN U17/20 open meeting          Tooting Bec   1.00 – 4.00 pm

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

Please contact Steve Bosley to confirm you can help

Many thanks in advance,





Summer Track & Field Fixture List


End of Season Dinner

ALL ARE WELCOME: here are a few more details to get the date in your diary...

Sat. 26th April, 7pm for 7.30pm @ The Brewer's Inn, 147 East Hill, London. SW18 2QB.

- Guest speaker Ceri Diss, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics will be presenting on "How to improve your Performance"

- Three course dinner...

- Cross country reports by Geoff Jerwood & Sarah Guest

- HHH awards, including Most Improved, the Stan Allen Trophy, ladies Marathon Champion, and a few more!

- Music supplied by the very cool Spencer Mason, which may lead to some after dinner dancing...

£35 a head for a fun night out with your running buddies - a chance to see them in their gladrags not sweaty lycra for a change!!!

Reserve a place by emailing Sarah Allen:



London Marathon: 51st Alan O'Shea 2:32.02, 56th James Mason 2:32.29 PB, 57th Abdi Madar 2:32.30 PB, 244th Francis Marsh 2:41.56, 318th Jonathan Ratcliffe 3:43.53, 358th Simon Wurr 2:44.48, 511th Jeff Cunningham 2:48.48, 665th Robert Edwards 2:51.46 PB, 1275th Tom Boswell 2:59.10, 1839th Edmond Barrow 3:05.33, 2267th Ruth Chalmers 3:09.45 PB, 2372nd Stuart Slavicky 3:10..40, 3131st Mohammed Ismail 3:16.59, 4777th Ieva Lobaciute 3:28.39, 10113th Rebecca Barrow 3:54.23, 19328th Andrew Grigg 4:31.33

Herne Hill Harriers Open Meeting

Brockwell Parkrun:     Crystal Palace Parkrun:     Dulwich Parkrun:      Wimbledon Common Parkrun





Upcoming Sessions


Mark, Phil & Wayne's Group:

The London Marathon was the end of this training phase - a new block of training begins next week aimed at summer 10K's, 5K's and 3000m on the track. To mark the end of this block we'll have some fun with a Paarlauf which means running in pairs. We'll do another variation on our popular fartleks on Thursday and Saturday training is back where we'll focus on 400's again.


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Track, 7:15pm.

Shorter Drills

Paarlauf - running with a partner of similar ability, like a relay.

Each runner does 600m rep with 200m recovery. While one recovers the other does the next 600m rep.

Time is limited to 40 minutes. When the whistle blows finish your rep. 

Should be fun.


Thursday, Tooting Bec Common, 7:30pm.

Meet by the car park opposite the track.

10mins easy warm up

40mins "cut-down" fartlek of 2 sets of 4,3,2,1 min efforts with equal time easy running recoveries

5mins easy warm down

Total = 55mins 


Saturday, Tooting Bec Track, 11am.

Functional strength (therabands)


vVO2max intervals:

All Groups: 8-12 x 400m @ Mile pace with 200m rec @ half-speed

The time for the 200m recovery is equal to the time for the 400m. Timing will be strict.

Geoff & Keith's Group:

This Tuesday's track session at Tooting will be the now usual strides and drills with all of our groups followed by a 1200m (3 laps) tempo run and then after a short regroup recovery we shall run 10 x 300m reps with 60 sec rest between each rep. Meet at 7.15pm ready to start our collective strides

Upcoming Races:

April: May June July August

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

  • Sat 26th, End of Season Dinner, The Brewer's Inn (£30 per person, 3 course dinner, trophies, reports & guest speaker.)

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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