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The Common Runner

Week 22, 2014

Surrey County Championships Round-Up

Athletes from Herne Hill Harriers laid claim to 49 county medals at the Surrey track & field champs at Kingsmeadow over the weekend, including a total of 21 golds across all age groups if we claim Mick Harran's 3km walk gold in the vest of Surrey Walking Club, which I believe in his 70's makes him the oldest holder of a Surrey senior title to date. In conjunction with Mick's race, Penelope Cummings' winning time in the women's 3km walk was a fine new HHH club record, while Saskia Millard in the U13 girls 800m, Michella Obijiaku in the U17 women's shot put and Rushane Thomas in the U20 men's 110m hurdles all set new Surrey championship best performances in their events.

Although not quite equalling any records, England junior international Marvin Popoola produced some scintillating sprinting to scorch to PB times of 10.66 and 10.58 in winning his U20 men's 100m heat and final and his 21.64 clocking to win the 200m by an equally huge margin was also very impressive. In road racing on Sunday morning up town with the backdrop of Buckingham Palace for the start and finish, Simon Coombes placed 2nd M40 in the BUPA London 10,000, and was 62nd overall in the British Champs race for 2014 as he recorded 32.46 and was backed up in our fairly prominent senior men's team by decent runs by Abdi Madar and John Kettle, with Mohammed Ismail and Deron Fagan also racing in our team squad.

With so many successes at the Surrey Champs it is difficult to capture all worthy performances by our club members, but all who ran PBs or won medals competed in outstanding fashion and were a credit to our club on such a strong weekend of achievement. Marvin's wonderful sprinting caught the eye, as did Saskia's bold and committed front running which yielded her a finishing time of 2.12.91 that was not only a CBP, but was faster than the winners of any of the three older age groups, including the senior women. Rushane celebrated a call up to the Great Britain U20 team for last week's Loughborough International meeting with not only a PB there over senior high hurdles, but a follow up PB of 14.18 over the U20 height in revising his own Surrey CBP. Michella's CBP of 14.50m in the U17 women's shot put was at a new weight, so was an inaugural mark, but one that may prove difficult to surpass.

Senior athletes contributed well to our team haul, with an early medal for Jonathan Stead, bronze in men's 5000m, soon followed by victory for Michael Wheeler in an exciting men's shot contest and also women's 100m gold for Jade Phillips, with Eva Joseph winning silver behind Jade. Liz Donnelly placed 3rd in the women's 400m with a sub 60 clocking. Later we witnessed an amazing 1-2-3-4 for our men in the 200m final, courtesy of Dwayne Dowding, Peter Phillips, Byron Robinson and Jamal Rhoden-Stevens.

On the Sunday Dwayne added 200m silver to his 100m gold before Tayo Andrews entertained the spectators winning the U20M high jump clearing 2.00m and then raising the bar for close attempts at 2.05m. Gavin Johnson added to his senior men's javelin titles of recent years with a season's best of 61.17m. The final track race of the weekend saw another HHH 1-2 as Nicholas Atwell edged Peter Phillips in a thrilling men's 400m 48.40 to 48.48 which had Nicholas seeking photographic confirmation of his gold while Peter was presented with his second silver medal of the meeting.

HHH youngsters of also excelled as Oscar Millard won the U13 boys 1500m on day one, with Ed Olsen and Feysel Nadew 2nd and 3rd in the U17 men's 800m while at the start of day two Alex Brown won bronze behind Saskia's U15G 800m. Mohammed Ali made a name for himself in winning the U13B 800m in 2.23.02 and enjoyed a victory celebration of the Mobot. There was a golden U13 girls double for Oreduwa Adamson in the 100m with 13.05 and the long jump with 5.15m. Chris Sinclair won the U17 men's long jump, Adam Ssali claimed 100m hurdles silver and Phillip Thomas triple jump bronze, all in the same age group. More U17 men's gold was won by Ed Olsen at 1500m in a tactical 4.13.63 after his 800m silver the day before and by Paul Burgess over 3000m in 9.09.81 in a race in conjunction with the U20 men's race in which Lascelles Hussey placed a good 3rd ahead of Paul in a different race within races. Also in the U20 men's group, Royan Moore placed 2nd in the shot put.

Multi eventer Breagha Campbell had a busy weekend with a couple of PBs and won a bronze in the U17 women's high jump during a rainy part of Saturday. Natasha Alfred placed 2nd in the U15 girls 100m in 12.52, while Lulu King and Abigail Cunningham were 2nd and 3rd in the U13 girls 1500m final. Last, but most certainly not least mention goes to a Clarissa Nicholls, whose fearless gun to tape front running in the U13 girls 800m impressed this writer every bit as much as Saskia over the same distance in the age group above her as she too stormed to a clear victory and gold medal in 2.30.24.

Well done to everybody who ran, jumped or threw at these championships and also the guys who ran well in the London 10,000 which doubled as a national championship race and we can hope and reasonably expect these efforts to be a springboard for even bigger things for many of these athletes on the area and national stage as their season unfolds.

Marvin Popoola and his coach Les Johnson after his super fast U20 men's 100m win.

Geoff Jerwood





Sunday 13th July is the date of our family picnic. 1.00pm onwards at the track. Everyone is, friends. Fun races, cakes!

29th November 125th Ball at The Bedford pub Balham, £35 per person, bookings are being taken. Family, friends, everyone is welcome.

Please any questions to,

Thank you,


Summer Track & Field Fixture List




Surrey County Championships

BUPA London 10K:

Edinburgh Marathon: Ruth Chalmers 3:17.08, Patrick Conaghan 3:20.48

Brockwell Parkrun Crystal Palace Parkrun Dulwich Parkrun  Wimbledon Common Parkrun 





Upcoming Sessions


Mark, Phil & Wayne's Group:

This week return to the track on Tuesday for 3K-pace session and then on Thursday we have fartlek with another variation. On Sunday there is the Dorking 10M - have you got your entry in?


Tuesday, Tooting Bec Track, 7:15pm.


Group 1: 2 sets of (1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m @3K pace, recoveries of 400m, 300m, 200m)

Group 2: 2 sets of (800m, 600m, 500m, 300m @3K pace, recoveries of 400m, 300m, 200m)

Group 3: 2 sets of (600m, 500m, 400m, 300m @3K pace, recoveries of 300m, 200m, 100m)

All Groups: Recovery between sets is 800m.

This workout is similar to three weeks ago but with more recovery and a bit more volume. The aim is to get more quality time at your VO2max.


Thursday, Tooting Bec Common, 7:30pm.

A fartlek of 3 sets of alternating 4mins and 2mins fast, all with recoveries of 2 mins. The surges should be run at 10K pace for the long one and 5K pace for the short one, giving a very decent total of 18 mins of fast running. 

Meet at the car park opposite the track.


Sunday, Dorking, 9am. 

This race is part of the Surrey Road League in which the local south London clubs compete. We need a good turnout to help us score well for the club. For more details go to:

You can still get your entries in online here:



Geoff & Keith's Group:

Tuesday and Thursday's sessions this week will both be on the grass on Tooting Common, longer reps on Tues, short and sharp on Thurs, meet in the car park at 7.15pm on both evenings, do come join in...

Upcoming Races:
  • Wed 28th Rosenheim League, Croydon Arena. Timetable.
  • Sat 31st, Surrey Masters Champs, Ewell Court

  • Sun 1st, Dorking 10M, Surrey Road League
  • Sat 7th, Southern Womens League, Guildford
  • Sat 7th, British Athletics League, Gateshead
  • Sun 8th, UK Womens League, Newham or Chelmsford
  • Mon 9th, Vets League, Hillingdon
  • Wed 11th, Rosenheim League, Wimbledon Park. Timetable.
  • Sat 21st, Southern Mens League, Tooting Bec
  • Sun 22nd, Richmond 10km, Surrey Road League
July August
  • Sat 2nd, Southern Mens League Play-Off Match
  • Sat 9th, Southern Womens League, Eton.
  • Sat 9th, British Athletics League, Lee Valley
  • Wed 13th, Rosenheim League Final, Tooting Bec. Timetable.
  • Sun 17th TBC, Wimbledon 5km, Surrey Road League
  • Sat 23rd, Herne Hill Harriers Open Meeting
  • Sun 31st, Southern Vets Final, Ashford
  • Sat 6th, Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon
  • Sat 13th, BAL/UK Womens League Qualifier
  • Sat 20th SEAA Road Relays
  • Sun 21st, SEAA Road Relays

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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