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The Common Runner

Week 37, 2014


Herne Hill Harriers’ Simon Coombes cemented his place as one of the country’s leading over-40 runners after racing to double track success on Sunday.

Coombes – who is currently ranked 24th nationally in the M40 list for 10k – won the 1500m and 3000m at the Southern Counties Veterans League Final at Ashford. The 42-year-old, who clocked four minutes, 15 seconds, and 9.06 respectively, will now focus his running plans on representing Harriers in cross-country.

Gary Ironmonger was a victor in the M50 800m, clocking 2.16, while Keith Newton was a runner-up in the 3000m. Lloyd Collier was a further medallist, as he finished third in the M35 800m. Newton also ran a 4.31 season’s best in the B string M35 1500m – a time that places him tenth in the UK M50 rankings.

Harriers’ walkers were also successful, with Valdis Pauzers and Andy Simms winning silver and bronze medals in the M35 and M50 2000m walk respectively. In the field events, Akin Oyediran was a double medallist, claiming a silver in the M35 triple jump and bronze in the M35 long jump. Bob Fraser, meanwhile, celebrated silver in the M60 long jump. Garry Power also ended the weekend with two medals, having won gold in the M50 discus and silver in the M50 hammer.

Herne Hill’s veterans eventually came fifth out of seven teams in the league decider, with Cambridge Harriers emerging as overall winner.

The highlight of the Surrey Road Relays was Alan Barnes’ superb clocking of 14.47, as he led the senior men’s charge. Barnes’ time was the fourth fastest of any individual runner, but despite handing over in first place, the team slipped to sixth overall in the six-man team competition. A Herne Hill men’s B team was 13th. The senior women matched their male counterparts in finishing sixth, with Karen Ellison fastest of the quartet – and tenth quickest individual woman – over the 2.9-mile course at Wimbledon Park.  A Herne Hill W45 squad finished fourth.

In the pick of the weekend parkrun action, Mohammed Ismail was third at Dulwich Park in 16.51, with Robin Jones fifth in 17.02.


Jonny Muir

Simon Coombes leading the field at the Southern Counties Veterans League Final in Ashford

Southern Counties Veterans League Final RESULTS

Surrey Road Relays RESULTS


Blackheath & Bromley Will Bolton Memorial Relays - 13th September

Details of this Saturday's xc relays race are as below - men who would like to run in a HHH team in this race should email me, or text/ring me 07747 190603 ASAP. 

Senior men, veteran men, U20 men and U17 men should all contact me - would be good to turn out a team or two. 

Women of these age groups should contact Sarah Allen, if you are not already too late.

HHH Annual Wandsworth Pub Crawl also takes place this Saturday, 13th September, EVERYONE welcome, no need to enter in advance, just turn up at one or more of the pubs on the night.



 Under 13    Boys and Girls  Team of 3x3km   Start:  1.45pm

Under 15     Boys and Girls   Team of 3x3km  Start:  1.45pm

Senior Men’s Race     Team of 4x4km    Start: 2.45pm

Senior Women’s Race   Team of 4x4km     Start: 2.45pm

Team declaration, registration and number collection at the Blackheath and Bromley tent at Sparrows Den Playing Fields, Corkscrew Hill, West Wickham, BR4 9BB.

NOTE: Only limited parking is available on site. Please do not park on Corkscrew Hill or in the Rugby Club car park off Corkscrew Hill.  Parking is available on Addington Road near the start and 300m up Layhams Road on the right on the road leading to the church.

Changing facilities, toilets and additional parking available at the Blackheath & Bromley Clubhouse, 56 Bourne Way Hayes BR2 7EY. Clubhouse is approximately 1 mile jog to the Start.

Herne Hill Harriers

Annual Wandsworth Pub Crawl!

Saturday  13th September 2014

32nd Glorious Consecutive                                          

1) The Alma, 499 York Road, Wandsworth                             17.00-18.45    Opposite Wandsworth Town B.R. Station

2) The Armoury (formerly The Crane), 14 Armoury Way     18.50-19.30

3) The Hop Pole, 64 Putney Bridge Road                                19.35-20.15

4) The Queen Adelaide, 35 Putney Bridge Road                   20.20-21.00

5) The Spread Eagle, 71 Wandsworth High Street                21.05-21.45

6) The Grapes, 39 Fairfield Street                                              21.50-22.30

7) The Brewers Inn, 147 East Hill                                              22.35-closing




Surrey Road Relays

A very big thank you to our HHH ladies today for giving up their Sunday morning's to race around Wimbledon in the County Road Relays.

As always youthful Karen Ellison lead of for our senior ladies team, she handed over to newbie Ruth Chalmers, who ran a stonking leg to hand over to ex pole vaulter Jenny Honeyball who in turn handed over to Helen Hadjam, who had run from Wimbledon station as part of her warm up. The ladies finished a senior team for the first time in five years in a very creditable 6th place.

Brave Sian Rilson ran the first leg in HHH's second team,  sadly with no one to hand over too, another PB I believe.

Our slightly older ladies, W45, also where able to finish a team today. Sonia Williams who having finished an overnight bike ride from London to Brighton gamely accepted first leg and ran to a PB as did newbie Mary Setyabule, anchor leg belonged to Sarah Allen.

Next week sees the ladies competing in the Will Bolton Relays over at Sparrow Den, Hayes.

Sarah Allen

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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Brockwell Parkrun Crystal Palace Parkrun Dulwich Parkrun  Wimbledon Common Parkrun 





Upcoming Sessions


Mark's Group:

This week we're going to dip our collective toes into endurance running by returning to tempo pace. This will be a nice introduction and although it is not the start proper of the new regime - that's a couple of weeks away - it will begin the transition to the endurance programme. Rather than doing a continuous run it will be divided into intervals with short recoveries, what Jack Daniels calls cruise intervals. The recovery is kept short since the pace is only "comfortably hard". Pacing tables will be on hand to guide you. For those of you who missed the fitness last week there is another chance for you to do it this week. 


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Track, 7:15pm.

Mobility exercises


Main session:

  Group 1: 5 x 1000m @ tempo pace 

  Group 2: 6 x 800m @ tempo pace 

  Group 1: 5 x 800m @ tempo pace 

All groups have 35s recovery

Alternative Session (Fitness Test):

  2 x 200m to help get your pace judgement in for the test. 

  6-Minute Test

Functional strength exercises

Warm down



Thursday, Streatham Common, 7:30pm.

We'll do the same hill as last week but will add one extra rep:

Mobility exercises

7 x approx 1 minute up the grass hill.

Functional strength exercises

Meet two-thirds of the way up Streatham Common South, where the path bisects the common, and where Copley Park meets the common.






Geoff & Keith's Group:

On Tuesday we shall train on the grass again this week on Tooting Common starting at 7.15pm sharp so as to hopefully finish before dark. The full session is 6 min tempo, 3 mins rest, 4 x 2 min reps with 1 min rest between each rep then after a 3 min rest finish off with a second 6 min tempo. Meet in the car park.


On Thursday we plan to repeat our 8 x grass hill reps of 60-70 sec with jog down recoveries, meeting ready to start reps at 7.30pm by the cafe at the top of Streatham Common South.


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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