Training news pre & post Xmas

Below is a list of next weeks taining sessions with coach names etc. and we also hope to have some fun with the Middle Distance Christmas relays 🙂

If you want to bring some chocolates (box of Heroes, Celebrations etc.), that would be great and Sasi is also organising free hot chocolate drinks for the athletes – thanks Sasi!

Sadly the Club also says goodbye and Bon Voyage to Mark Ballentine as he and the family move back to France – thanks for great help as a team manager and coach.


Monday 18th – MD – Damian (Level 2+), Keith, Steve, Grainne.

                           Throws – Ian   

                           (No Beginners)


Wed 20th – MD – Damian (Level 2+), Nick, Mark

                    Throws – Sylviane, Celine

                    (No Beginners or Sprints)

Wed 27th – MD – Laura (Level 2+), Julie, Mark (maybe – depending on packing)

                    (No Throws, Beginners or Sprints)


Wed 3rd – MD – t.b.a. (Level 2+), Nick

                    Throws – Sylviane, Celine, Lucas, Ian

                    Sprints – Andy, Paulina

                    (No Beginners)

Bannister Xmas opening times

The Bannisters stadium is closed to the public from 18th December and opens again on 2nd January 2018.

The Club have arranged for openings for sessions primarily for cross country runners and sprinters training for competitions. 

See full list below and your coach will confirm details with you.

Monday and Wednesday training sessions:

Beginners Group will break up on Wednesday 13th December and re-start on Monday 8th January.

Sprint Group will break up on Wednesday 13th December and re-start on Wednesday 3rd January

Javelin/Shot Groups will break up on Wednesday 20th December and re-start on Wednesday 3rd January

Middle Distance (Cross Country) Groups will have sessions on Monday 18th (Christmas Relay), Wednesday 20th (Christmas Relay), Wednesday 27th December and Wednesday 3rd.  The Christmas Relays will involve chocolate!

Bannisters opening times and staff member

Monday 18th December – 18.00-19.00 (Malith)

Tuesday 19th December – 18.00-20.00 (Malith)

Wednesday 20th December – 18.00-19.15 (Max)

Thursday 21st December – 18.30-20.30 (Malith)

Saturday 23rd December 09.30 12.30 (Malith)

Wednesday 27th December  – 18.00-19.15 (Malith)

Thursday 28th December 18.00-20.30 (Malith)


News round up

At yesterdays Chiltern League races held at Stopsley Common, Luton, there was a standout performance from Damian Nevins in the mens senior race as he finished 2nd (3rd in the combined mob match) in the division 1 event. The team also placed a respectable fourth on the day but are third in the league table after the first 3 matches – well done all.

“On the fast 9km course with a steep hill just before the finish, Damian Nevins was 3rd, with Jim Cooper (26th) and Chris Jones (46th) showing solid support. Yemane Beyene made a promising cross-country debut in 60th position one place behind Luke Hunt. Mark Cursons and Declan Traynor continued their battle with Mark again getting the edge on his younger rival. Both Peter Norris (stomach) and Chris Finill (calf) were pleased to finish in one piece in 109th and 118th. Tim Fenn and Noor Mohamoud had good run outs in 124th and 152nd. Our team spirit was epitomised by Matt Carey who agreed to make the journey as back-up and after a period of missed training decided to go for a hard training run. Tom Morris guested in 315th place”.

Peter Norris was the Club’s sole runner in the Wolverton 5 mile road race held last weekend in Milton Keynes. Pete was pleased with his run in cold but clear conditions clocking a time of  29.12 to place inside the top 50. The race maintained its high standard and was won in well under 25 minutes.

At the recent British and Irish Masters’ International open race in Derry, Mark Cursons had a solid run placing 9th overall and 2nd in the v55 age group. Mark says he has been running hill reps up Harrow on the Hill in preparation for next Saturdays masters championships which is to be run over the Shotover Hill course at Oxford – good luck Mark, Danny and Chris!

Another Harrow athlete and certainly one to watch for the future is young Kayla Saunders. Always a pleasure to watch when she turns out at the Harrow Parkrun, she recently finished fourth in the London Youth Games U11’s race held at Parliament Hill on 18th November – well done Kayla!


London CC Championships

Held at Parliament Hill Fields, one of the capitals more challenging venues, the Senior men’s team finished a credible 11th out of 34 teams at the London CC Championships.

Jim Cooper bagged a top 50 place running 37:18 over the undulating 10km course of 3 laps. Harrows second scorer was Chris Jones who in 94th just edging out Luke Hunt in 104th who was running his first cross-country as a vet – both ran under 40 minutes. 4th Harrow scorer was Declan Traynor making a good call running in trail shoes to aid his grip on the rolling hills and finishing in 194th place. Our other runners were U20 Cameron Wright running well on his cross country debut for the club placing 215th, Nick Andrews, Aaron O’Connell, Joe Gammell and Steve Bland who all finished in the top 300 out of a field of just short of 500 runners. Well done team!

Chiltern League round 2

Incorporated into the UKA cross-challenge event, round 2 of the Chiltern League held at Teardrops Lake, Milton keynes, had an extra competitive edge. The muddy, undulating 9.5 course saw an improved team performance from the senior mens’ team- 5th place on the day moving them up t0 6th overall after 2 matches.

Damian Nevins finished in 4th place with the improving Jim Cooper in 20th place. Both Chris Jones and Glen Wright-Colopy showed good support through top 50 finishes with Mark Cursons, Declan Traynor and Alan Wray all running strongly to finish inside the top 100. Graeme Jones just missed out on a top 100 place and Aaron Clement made a good cross-country debut for the club in 113th. Tim Fenn, Nick Andrews, Matt Carey, Steve Bland and Jason Kabel all had top 200 placings as did 17 year old Aaron O’Connell making his senior club debut and moving through the field well debut despite missing the start! U17 men’s manager Tom Morris (non-scoring) continued his return from injury in 240th place.

Our veterans team were again impressive with a win on the day, leading overall after 2 matches and on course to retain their title from last year! All this without marathon man Chris Finill nursing a calf injury and Luke Hunt who should both return for match 3.

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