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Events coming up

   Sat. 19 Apr.,  Southern Athletics League Division 2 (S) Match 1/5, Ashford, Kent.

   Sun. 4 May, Richmond Half Marathon inc. Surrey Road League & Surrey Champs. Details

   Mon. 5 May, Pednor Open 5 miles, Chesham, Bucks.

   Sat. 10 May, UK Women's Athletics League Division 3 Match 1/3.

   Sun. 11 May, Sutton 10k inc. Surrey Road League 2/7 Details

   Wed. 14 May, Rosenheim League Eastern Division Match 1/5, Battersea Park.

   Sat. 17 May, Southern Athletics League Division 2 (S) Match 2/5, Woking.

   Sat./Sun. 24/25 May, Surrey County Champs., Kingsmeadow.

   Sun. 25 May, BUPA London 10k.

   Wed. 28 May, Rosenheim League Eastern Division Match 2/5, Tooting.

 

Virgin London Marathon

Sunday 13 April. There was plenty of Belgrave action on the streets of London, starting with the mini-marathon where Adelaide Clair placed 7th in the under 13 girls race, running for Kensington & Chelsea, and Yasmin Marghini was 32nd for City of Westminster. Running for Wandsworth, Zayd Addicott was 18th in the under 13 boys.

Leading the men's team was Mark Pollard: his 2:27:08 was over a minute faster than his previous best although he was hoping for something in the 2:22 to 2:26 range. Holding things together well was Kyle Marks while new member Stu Burton was very impressive at halfway but faded a little in the second half to allow Will Cockerell to come through and complete our team. Full of the joys of spring Roy Maddams was chatting to his rivals at 12 miles and passing the water bottle around - not quite so chirpy at 24 miles though!

Running her 20th marathon Louise Blizzard was delighted with her 2:58:42.  Mary Grace Spalton had headed her at half distance but finished in just over 3 hours with Keri Mackenzie completing the team. We were probably just out of the medals this year but the next few days will tell as the team checks are carried out. Enjoying a long Sunday run in the sun was Mel Wilkins running for charity.

Belgrave results

The funeral of Gerry North

Monday 7 April. Details of Gerry North's funeral are now known.

The funeral will be held on Monday 14 April at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Hants. PO16 8NE at 3:00pm. The funeral procession will start from the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth PO2 9QA, at 2:00pm. The wake will be at the Mountbatten Centre’s function suite immediately after the funeral. Flowers to Co-op Funeral Care Fratton, 157 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5ER, or donations to the Rowans Hospice are equally welcome. A Belgrave floral tribute will be made.

Youngsters on the rise

Sunday 6 April. A great performance came from the Surrey teams competing in the National Sportshall and starring several young Belgravians. The Under 15 Girls won their competition by an emphatic 55 points while the Under 13 Boys were second and the Under 13 Girls.

Meanwhile, at the prestigious Hercules Wimbledon AC Young Athletes Open Meeting at Wimbledon Park there were several Belgrave winners with Adelaide Clair taking the 1500m, Yasmin Marghini the 800m, Milla McKenzie the high jump and AJ Bennets in the Javelin. A list of our young medallists can be found.  All Belgrave results

National Road Relay Championships

Saturday 5 April. Belgrave's women's team turned in a really solid performance with a final placing of 10th from the 40 teams that finished - from memory our second best performance ever - and are showing that relentless rise towards medals in national championships. Tish Jones set the tenth best time of the day.

The men's team, with quite a few top runners unavailable, had a target of a top ten placing but things went awry on stage one when an ill Will Cockerell had no option but to run as we had no reserves - either on the course or at home. He courageously kept going and the team then fought well to work back into the field with Paskar Owor and Craig Ruddy both having very good runs.  James Kelly had flown all the way back from New York to take part in this classic race. The team ended up 19th which was a pretty respectable result.

Men's results and detailed results by stage  |  race reportWomen's results | detailed results by stage | race report

Left: Gerry North (Belgrave & England) races in the International Cross Country Championships of 1964 on Leopardstown Race Course, Dublin, Ireland, where he placed fourth ahead of Jim Hogan (Polytechnic H & Ireland). England won the team race from France and Morocco.

Gerry North 1936-2014

Wednesday 2 April. Sadly we must report that Gerry North passed away last night at 11:15pm after a prolonged period of illness. His sons David and Andrew were both with him.

Gerry was one of the all-time greats of cross-country running - a national champion as a junior, senior and veteran. Always of a cheerful disposition, he lived for athletics and was one of those few people of whom one could truly say that nobody seemed to have a bad word to say about him.

Born in Cheshire and encouraged by a sporting father, Gerry's talent emerged at school where he was soon featuring in the school sports and the longer the race the better he did. Football was also an early passion and he played for Blackpool FA Youths against Leeds at Elland Road alongside future soccer stars George Eastham and Jimmy Armfield. The pure individuality of running drew him strongest, however, and soon, with his trademark blazing starts where he gave no quarter the instant the gun was fired, he was a regular winner. He was fourth in the National Junior Championship of 1956 and then a runaway winner at Parliament Hill Fields in 1957. 1960 saw him win the Inter-County title, in 1961 he was third in the National and then the following year won both the Inter-Counties and National Championships where he outran a stellar field, finishing with a searing sprint to defeat Bruce Tulloh. When it came to the 1962 International event (forerunner of today’s IAAF World CC Champs) Gerry broke away from the field and was going great guns when a heavy fall at a sharp bend winded him badly: he kept going, fighting hard, but his winning streak was ended as he placed 8th, utterly convinced that the fall had cost him the International title.

Gerry’s racing programme was ferocious. It was nothing for he and his rivals Ron Hill and Mike Freary to face up to each other on a Saturday, turn out for a road race on the Sunday morning and then, it being a bank holiday, race each other over the fells on a Monday. In 1961 Gerry raced 10 miles on the track on a Saturday and followed it up on the Monday with a course record win in the Feltham ‘5’. Teaming up with Brian Craig he raced in a two man 10 mile relay vs. Freary and Hill: they ran it as a paarlauf, each man running half a lap of the track before ‘jogging’ across the infield to take over again: both teams finished together in around 42 minutes.

Gerry, together with his family, including parents and brother Geoff (an outstanding runner and future international in his own right) moved to London in 1962. He joined Belgrave Harriers and became the club’s inspirational Running Captain, leading Belgrave teams through a period of considerable success. Track international honours followed cross country success and among his accomplishments Gerry placed 2nd over 10,000m vs. West Germany at White City. He switched his county allegiance from the extremely successful Lancashire to Surrey and Inter-County winning team honours came again in Surrey’s Old Gold colours. Thirteen times Gerry won Surrey Cross Country League races, ten times he headed our National team with eight of those runs in the top twenty, and he was Southern Cross Country Champion in 1967.

Moving on to the South Coast in later life Gerry never stopped running, winning the M50 National title in 1987. He became a highly motivating coach, taking great pleasure in seeing his protégés progress, and he was organiser of the famous Victory 5 miles Road Race in Portsmouth. He could even be seen managing Portsmouth's Southern League Team or the SEAA Road Running teams.

Gerry was elected President of Belgrave Harriers in 2004.

Best times: 1m 4:10.3 (64), 3k 8:19.8 (68), 5k 14:15.0 (68), 10k 29:08.4* (67), 10m track 48:38.2 (62), 20m 1:44:23 (69), Mar 2:30.27 (62). * = converted from 6 miles

A Sunday Stroll for Tish

Sunday 30 March. After her 1:12:55 run for second place in the Reading Half-marathon Tish Jones was unlucky to be overlooked for selection for the IAAF World Half-marathon championships in Copenhagen on March 29th. Tish settled instead for a steady run (and win) at the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in the company of her coach Will Cockerell where the finish clock greeted them both with a time of 1:13:25. Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Britain failed to complete a women's team.

AJ Bennetts receives Surrey County Award

On Friday 14th March AJ Bennetts was presented with an award by the Surrey Athletics Association at their annual awards ceremony for the best performance by any under 15 Boy in the Championships of 2013.

The award was for his performance in the Pentathlon of 2878 points that then ranked him number three in the UK.

 

Left: AJ receives his award from the President of the Surrey County Athletics Association, Patricia Cole.

A Wicks Win

Sunday 23 March. A powerful run came from Phil Wicks as he won the B&Q 10k at Eastleigh in 29:34 - his fastest since 2011. Louise Blizzard placed 8th in the Wilmslow Half Marathon with 1:21:52. It was a Big Breakfast for Tish Jones who headed the field in the Wholefoods Breakfast Run 8.2 miler, nearly two minutes ahead of the next finisher and nearly a minute inside Birhan Dagne's previous course record.

Belles 1st and 3rd in Pat Furey 5 miles Walk

Saturday 22 March. Gražina Narviliene headed the women's field at the QEII Stadium, Enfield, in the annual Pat Furey 5 miler, with Maureen Noel 3rd. John Hall and Paul King flew the Belgrave flag for the men.  Results

© Belgrave Harriers 2001-2014: updated 18 April 2014 at 10:40.