21 Oct Save the date: 2015 Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs set for May 16th return

They say all good things come in threes and on Saturday 16th May 2015 the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs will return for its third-running.

Promising to surpass the resounding successes of both the three-race original and this year’s sequel, race organiser, Ben Pochee, says he has even more up his sleeve to help create another memorable night of track 10,000m action.

Despite the wind and rain that threatened to put a dampener on things earlier this year, the Parliament Hill event proved a popular success and witnessed five races, 1,000 spectators lining lane-three, one-hundred and three finishers, fifty-seven personal bests and qualification standards being met for European competitions later in the summer.

The best of British running, motivational music, knowledgeable commentary and Highgate Harriers-branded beer entertained those that came out in support and all aspects – plus more – are set to return next May.

With the 2015 edition confirmed to once again incorporate the British and English Championships and serve as the qualifying race for the European Team Championships in June, Pochee says that preparations to go bigger and better and to provide that platform for 10,000m racing success are already well underway.

“Our Highgate 2015 twenty-five lap extravaganza is designed to build on the unique momentum our volunteers, athletes and our wonderful spectators created back in May,” enthused Pochee. “I truly believe we, as an athletics loving community, are booked together on a one-way journey to create Europe’s premier 10,000m track event.

In order to make this ‘journey’ worthwhile for those on-board our Highgate lactic-love-bus, I’m planning new event additions to make it extra special for competitors and spectators alike….please watch this space.”

At Highgate’s event last May, Jo Pavey returned to competitive action in a race that started a summer of inspiration and went on to see her make both the front and back pages of the national press.

Pavey swept aside the opposition to enjoy a stylish victory in 32:11 – and laid down a marker for the gutsiest of bronze medal-winning performances over 5,000m in Glasgow and the classiest of 10,000m victories in Zurich that were to come.

Pavey was quick to acknowledge in her post-race interview the huge part the unique Highgate lane-three crowd played and claimed it was even louder than her 2012 Olympic 10,000m final – see the interview plus 2014 HH Night of the 10,000m PBs video montage HERE.

Mirroring Pavey’s success, Andy Vernon blew away the field in the men’s race (28:26) to take the British title for the first time in what turned into a competitive warm-up for his own European Championship medal-winning performances on the track later in the summer. The AFD man returned to take silver in a memorable one-two with Mo Farah over the same distance at the European Championships in Zurich three months later.

Former UK champion, Andrew Lemoncello, who finished sixth in the 2014 championship race, echoed Pavey’s positive sentiments in a Facebook post after the race and said: “even having a bad run was fun! It was nothing like the Stanford races in the USA, it was so much better having everyone in lane four and the guys on the megaphone. I hope you keep this event going every year”.

And Pochee is keen to point out that the onus to make it a special occasion also falls on us as athletics fans to be part of the night, going on to implore: “Please join our athletics collective effort and commit now to being a key part of the magic. Tell family, friends, partners & lovers in October 2014 where you will be on May 16th 2015. It definitely needs you and, quite possibly, you need it.”

Plans for the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs are already underway six months out. Save the date: Saturday 16th May 2015