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Events coming up
Sat 7 Dec,
Women's Surrey CC League, Coulsdon.
SW/U20W at 12 noon, U17W/U15G at 1pm, U13G/U11G at 1:30pm.
Sat 7 Dec, Belgrave
Harriers 50th Annual Darts Championship for The Denmark Pot, Belgrave
8 Dec, 20th SPAR European Cross Country Championships, Belgrade, Serbia.
15 Dec, Enfield & Haringey Indoor Open Meeting, Lee Valley.
21 Dec, South of the Thames Championship Race, Wimbledon Common, 2pm.
We are the hosts please consider helping if you can.
Top awards go to Tish Jones and William Sharman
Saturday 30 November. At the Annual Belgrave
Dinner the awards for the best individual performances for 2013 season
were presented to Tish Jones and William Sharman.
For The Centenary Cup, awarded annually since 1987 when
the club reached its 100th year, five athletes were in the running:
• Samantha Amend ran 2:43:48 in the London Marathon and
headed our winning team.
• Tish Jones set a time of 16:26.88 when running in the UK Championship
5000 metres – her first ever attempt at that distance. In fact Tish had
another performance which was marginally better than that 5k – when she
ran 9:31.8 for 3000 metres in a mixed Rosenheim League race.
• Lauren Whelan took 2nd place in her first ever international race walk
over 10k in the Netherlands (53:22). She was also 2nd in the English 10
• Jodie Favell scored 4,822 points for the Heptathlon when she placed
4th in the UK Championships and also earned a second international vest
for that event.
• Gražina Narviliene was 3rd in the UK 20k Race Walk Championship and
was the English Champion in that event.
Bearing in mind the outstanding level of competition in
the UK 5,000m Championship, the exceptional time run, and the fact that
it was her first attempt at the distance the winner was judged to be
The Tommy Green Cup for men has been awarded since 1947
and if anything, the competition was closer here than for The Centenary
• Alex Wright’s Lugano 20k Race Walk performance where he
beat the IAAF World Championship standard by around a minute was
outstanding. He followed up with further great races in the Dublin IAAF
Challenge 20k and the World Championships in Moscow. On the track he set
UK records at 5,000m outdoors and 3,000m indoors. What a contender for
the Tommy Green Cup.
• Marty Dent, racing for Australia, competed with distinction in the
World Championship marathon, placing 23rd.
• Dwain Chambers won the UK Championship over 100m yet again and his
10.04 timing earned him a massive 1,211 points on the international
scoring tables and yet another appearance in the global championship at
• The Diamond League Grand Prix at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on
the Anniversary of the twenty-twelve London Olympics saw William Sharman
race to 13.26 over the 110 metres hurdles – losing at the very last
instant to the outstanding American David Oliver who went on to win the
World Title. William put such pressure on the field that Olympic
Champion Aries Merritt crumbled and crashed while being headed by Will.
In a stellar season, William made it all the way to the IAAF World
Championship final for a third consecutive occasion.
William's score for his 13.26 timing (a club record) was
1,212 - and he was adjudged the winner of the Tommy Green Cup.
Gold medals at the South of the Thames race
Saturday 23 November. Streatham Common might be in
the heart of South London but it provided some stiff terrain for this 5
miles team race with a combined men's and women's field of well over
200. Paskar Owor avenged recent defeats by beating Kent AC's
Johnny Gilbert while the Belles scored a first ever win to take hold of
the Norah Heathfield Trophy (presented to the association by our own
late Jim Heathfield). Keri Mackenzie too the bronze individual medal.
Race report |
Up in Liverpool in the British Cross Challenge and
European Trials, Tish Jones was 24th in the women's race, the same
position occupied by Kris Gauson in the men's event; a fine result for
him, being mostly an 800m/1500m man. Nick Goolab placed 31st.
Dan and Michael Mulhare to go to the European Cross Country Champs
Sunday 17 November. Some great results came today
from the Irish cross country championships at Santry Demesne in Dublin.
Mel Wilkins, Tish Jones, Will Cockerell, Louise Blizzard,
Kyle Marks and Fee Maycock.
Leeds Abbey Dash
Sunday 17 November. Six Belgravians hit the
streets of Leeds for the Age Concern Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
The first of them to cross the finish line was Kyle Marks
with 32:12, suffering a little with a back problem, but just under a
minute later it was Tish Jones, with a chip time of 33:10, only 6
seconds down on women's race winner Louise Damen (10 seconds
differential on gun times). That's nine seconds inside our previous club
record set by Catherine Berry in Atlanta in 2003. The run places Tish
second in the Run Britain series.
It was Tish's second club record - her other being over
10 miles in 57:25. Our most prolific road running record holder is
Louise Blizzard with her range of ultra distance times from 30 miles to
100k. Here Lou ran 36:36 in what was for her a sprint.
Will Cockerell was timed at 33:29, Fee Maycock 37:59 and
Mel Wilkins 39:08.
In the Brighton 10k Matthew Welsh was pleased with his
33:45 clocking and Sam Amend was 6th in the women's race with 36:52.
Meanwhile, in the Gosport Half Marathon, James Browne was 22nd
England win and Tish plays her part
Sunday 10 November, Soria, Spain.
At the XX Campo a Través Internacional de Soria England packed four
scorers into the first eleven places to narrowly win the team race ...
and 11th was our own Tish Jones; it was her second time in an England
vest. The race was won by Tigabea Mekonan of Ethiopia in 28:06 with Tish
2XU Surrey League Race 2
Saturday 9 November, Mitcham Common.
Yet another field of very high standard with the race won on this
occasion by double National Cross Country Champion Frank Tickner of Kent
AC. First home for the Bels was Paskar, intent on doing some damage but
in the event suffering on the second of the three circuits and only able
to place 5th. As for the team - we received messages from those stuck in
traffic and had men joining the race some five minutes after the start
and even joining in on the second lap. Our team score suffered badly as
a result and we placed a lowly 6th, losing massive points to Hercules
Wimbledon AC, Clapham Chasers and South London Harriers and dropping to
5th in the league - only a couple of hundred points away from relegation
Bels 5th in National Cross Country Relay
Above: With the race just one minute old Nick Goolab has
thrown down a challenge that has not been accepted.
Nick Goolab's 15:24, winning stage one by ten seconds,
was second fastest of the day to an amazing run by Aldershot's Andy
Vernon - 15:02 - taking his club from 18th into a lead that was never
subsequently threatened. There is no doubt that the course is 30 seconds
or more longer than when we set the record back in 2003. Mark
Pollard bore the brunt of the attack as Vernon and the pack chased him
down and we went back to 7th. Paskar Owor picked up two spots and then
Kris Gauson, our second fastest man held on for 5th. Good running by all
We also had a women's team in action for the first time
but an admin problem meant that they could not score. Although they do not
appear in the results they can be pleased with with a first attempt
which, all things being equal, would have placed them 33rd.
Full results |
Fastest | Race report
| Women: Race report
Link to all results
Promising marathon debut for Stephen Trainer
Running in Dublin on October 28th Stephen churned out
2:26:36 for tenth place (1:12:23) at halfway.
On the roads ...
Sunday 27 October. The autumn road running season
continues apace but brought no joy to Phil Wicks, still looking for that
super marathon performance. Running in Frankfurt Phil was bravely
knocking out sub-16 5ks for the first 20k - that's under 2:15 pace -
reaching half way in 1:07:15. But from here on his schedule slipped
away, 16:29 to 25k and then over 17s until the end, reached in 2:21:00
for 29th place. In the Women's race Fee Maycock was best in her
age group (W45), as she was last year, running 2:56:31 for 37th overall
- brilliant work. Hester Barsham-Rolfe running in Venice clocked 3:27:13
for her marathon stint.
Meanwhile, the English 10 miles championship was being
contested in a wild and windy Portsmouth where Tish Jones earned yet
another national medal - 3rd place with 58:53. We may well be 'up there'
in the team race as well, for although Sam Amend came out, Louise
Blizzard and Vicki Goodwin completed our trio. It will be some time
before we hear news of that.
Running in the Netherlands last weekend Mark Pollard ran
2:28:25 for 35th in the Amsterdam marathon.
... the country ...
Saturday 26 October. At Cumbernauld, Inverclyde AC took
bronze medals in the Scottish Cross Country Relays, with Mark Pollard,
Craig Ruddy and Dan Mulhare forming three quarters of the team.
Dan was fifth fastest of the day at 12:09. Running unattached, pending
his transfer to Inverclyde from Edinburgh, Kris Gauson ran 12:07 and
felt he had more to come had it been a meaningful team run!
... and indoors
Sunday 27 October, Guildford Spectrum. A noisy Belgrave
crew enjoyed probably their best Sportshall competition yet. We
don't yet have results but there were some great performances by our
Super marathon run by James Kelly
Sunday, 20 October. Wonderful running came from James
Kelly today over the marathon distance. James had a personal record of
2:21:39 set in this year's Virgin London Marathon and on the strength of
that was selected to run for England in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
With splits of 10k/32:53, 21.1k/1:09:25, 30k/1:38:24, 35k/1:54:57, James
came home in 2:19:00.2, 9 seconds ahead of England team-mate Jon Pepper.
James tells us: "I was pleased with the result, it was
nice to have a race in which I felt in control the whole time and when I
needed to dig deeply, found that there was the energy to keep going.
With every 5k split between 16:15 and 16:32, I think I did a pretty good
job of keeping the effort consistent. With a bit of luck, this is
evidence of me getting to grips with the distance, and so in future
efforts I hope to be able to push on even more. But for now I'm going
to enjoy the satisfaction of a good run and focus on recovering as
quickly as possible!"
Congratulations James on a great run in an England vest.
Full result | James pictured
left at Rushmoor Arena in the SEAA 6-Stage Relay
Sunday, 20 October. As a past winner of the Cabbage Patch
10 miles, Paskar Owor will be disappointed with his 2013 outing over
roads of Twickenham. He was 8th in 51:35 behind winner Boniface Kiprop's