Herne Hill Harriers’ M50 squad struck gold at the South of England road relay championships, while the Tooting-based club’s U13G and U13B teams finished in creditable fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Expectations were high for a strong Herne Hill M50 quartet pre-race, but Victor Maughn, Keith Newton, Mike Boyle and Gary Ironmonger lived up to their billing, finishing 35 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Barnet and District AC.
Their victory was a triumph for consistency, with only 40 seconds separating Harriers’ fastest and slowest leg runners. After Newton ran the team into the lead on leg two, it was the responsibility of Ironmonger on the final leg to secure victory. The foursome ran four of the top-14 fastest individual legs, with Boyle highest place in sixth overall. Remarkably, Tom Conlon, racing for Herne Hill in an incomplete B team, finished his leg just a second shy of Boyle.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Herne Hill’s U13 squads finished just outside the medals at Aldershot. Clarissa Nicholls, Lulu King and Lily Newton ended their challenge in the U13G event an agonising eight seconds behind the bronze medal position. The U13B team of Mohammed Ali, Toby Reynolds, Jacob Alley and Oscar Millard were fifth, despite Millard running the third fastest individual time in his age category.
Millard’s sister, Saskia, was another fast contender, with her individual time placing her sixth overall, while her U15G team was eighth, with a B team in 12th. There was also an eight place finish for Harriers’ U17B squad.
Harriers’ senior men’s squad was stronger than a previous outing in the Surrey road relays, with participation awarded by a 15th place finish of 72 teams, a position one below Blackheath and Bromley Harriers who had Scott Overall in their ranks. Chris Busaileh and Dave Mulvee were Herne Hill’s fastest individual runners, with the pair separated by just a second. Herne Hill’s senior women’s squad were 33rd, with Cathy Ansell the standout performer, clocking a time only 23 seconds slower than Jess Judd.
On Saturday, Harriers host the annual Streatham Common six-mile cross country. And one-mile fun run. Entries are available on the day, with the main race starting at 11.15am.
Herne Hill triumph in South of England Road Relay Championships
This Sunday afternoon Herne Hill’s M50 men’s veterans team won the prestigious South of England AA road relay championships at Aldershot’ Rushmoor Arena for the first time.
Blustery conditions prevailed as first leg runner Vic Maughn (21m 40s) set a fine pace to close his stage of four in third place to put the Herne Hill team into serious contention. Non-scoring club member Tom Conlon (21m 1s) confounded team selection to be one of the two M50 veterans home ahead of him. The race at the front showed the real contenders for team medals on the second stage where the Hill’s Keith Newton (21m 2s) took the head of the race on the first lap of two and subsequently held off the fast approaching Barnet athlete in second place to hand over a 9 second lead to Mike Boyle. Home team Aldershot had now slipped to third place. Front running holds no fear to Boyle, a previous holder of the veteran athlete of the year title, who tore the heart out of the Barnet challenge extending the gap between the two clubs to 73 seconds whilst posting the team’s best time of exactly 21 minutes for his undulating 6 kilometre stage. Aldershot and the remaining teams were now out of contention as Herne Hill’s Gary Ironmonger (21m 28s) was, as predicted, being chased down by the fastest Barnet athlete Richard McCormick for the prestigious gold medals. Halfway through the final leg the gap was reduced by 18 second, so mathematically sound pace judgement was enough to win it for Herne Hill. Gary did not disappoint, he held his nerve and gave his victory salute to win by 35 seconds!
Fastest M50 veteran of the day, Jon James (19m 55s) stormed through the final stage for Wells City to take the bronze medals to complete the medal positions.
This Herne Hill M50 squad now looks to more serious efforts to take medals over the coming road and country season.
1st Herne Hill Harriers 85min 10secs, 2nd Barnet and District 85min 45secs, 3rd Wells City Harriers 87mins 36secs.
M50 Gold; A team member’s perspective
Rushmoor Arena has become a mecca for top level distance running alongside Sutton Park which hosts the national road relays. If you have not run there (and that probably applies to an increasing % of our senior athletes), get there whilst you’re still running and enjoy the experience of racing over tarmac that many of our greats have mastered. All races over the weekend of 20/21 September featured UK lead athletes, and there were a good number of athletes running for their clubs who have contested the Olympics and other major World and European championships.
Whilst the achievements of our own vets team are modest compared to many who grace the circuit, it was great to reassemble some of our guys who had graced Rushmoor and other stages as V40s in the red and black, considerably strengthened by HHH's former teenage and senior star Tom Conlon and the 800/1500 firebrand Gary Ironmonger. It is difficult to dispute that the Herne Hill V40 team, who won seven consecutive V40 titles at Aldershot, two national 8 stage, national 5km, cross country, cross country relay and other southern titles, is the most successful distance squad in the Club’s rich history. Can we now extend this success into the V50s?
Sunday was a great start. We knew Barnet were very strong, and that we would have to run a fast time to win the race. So it proved. Our 85.10 winning time in blustery conditions, was the quickest for almost ten years (84.49 in 2005). All four in the A team delivered, and whilst others had two runners who were quicker than our fastest, the classic relay format demonstrated the essence of great team running, where everyone fights for eachother. We had superb back up, with Tom Conlon running an excellent 21.01 to split Mike Boyle and myself. It has been said that form is temporary but class is permanent, and this statement must apply to Tom (still the club S/C record holder) more than any of our team members. Interestingly, our four fastest cumulative times would have placed us fourth on the all time 26 year rankings (84.31) a time that was last beaten in the last century, 1999! In the end though, team success comes from guys running for eachother and also pushing eachother in training, and through competition for places. Thanks Vic, Mike and Gary for making it a great day, but also Tom and Tony, such longstanding and loyal club members, plus Waldy for his team management. It is great to be winning again.
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 email@example.com 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 26th October - 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 www.runnersworld.co.uk/emercasey10k2014 - 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 Bedford, Balham.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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