Ronnie at the Night of the 10,000m PBs – Saturday 20th May

Ronnie will be seminar host at the 2017 Endurance Seminar, on Saturday May 20

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Night of the 10,000m PBs – Saturday 20th May

Parliament Hill Athletics Track
Hampstead Heath
London, NW5 1QR

Nearest Tube Belsize Park or train station Gospel Oak

** Free entrance to spectators **

Start Lists as at 9th May2017



  • 1:30pm Inter Schools relay
  • 3:15pm Men’s E Race
  • 4:00pm Men’s D Race
  • 4:45pm Men’s C Race
  • 5:30pm Women’s B Race
  • 6:30pm Legends Endurance Seminar with Lord Seb Coe, Paula Radcliffe MBE, Wendy Sly MBE & Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE
  • 7:30pm Men’s B Race
  • 8:15pm Men’s A Race incorporating World Championship GB Trials
  • 9:00pm Women’s A Race incorporating World Championship GB Trials

Read what our seminar hosts have to say about the event

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Highgate Harriers are excited to announce that World Record holder Paula Radcliffe MBE will be our 2017 Endurance Seminar speaker and 5-time World Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE will be our seminar host.

Paula says “It’s my pleasure to support Night of the 10,000m PBs. I’ve watched how this event has developed, marrying top class quality racing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere that brings out the best in competitors and fully involves spectators.

This year I look forward to speaking at the endurance seminar and joining the Parliament Hill lane 3 crowd for top quality racing. Good luck to all taking part and if you aren’t racing then come along to support and celebrate our sport.”

And Ronnie stated “I love coming to watch races big or small, but this event really is a spectacular one in my calendar. And it’s one I will always block out of my diary to watch.

It’s a great chance to see the top boys and girls hammer round a track in awesome style and it just gets better year by year. See you there on May 20th!”

Ronnie alongside Nick Anderson & Ross Murray will be discussing with Paula her running journey that witnessed her claim epic PBs of 30.01 for the 10,000m and 2.15 for the marathon.

Our seminar will be held at 6.30pm on May 20th as part of our Night of the 10,000m PBs and will be shown on jumbo screens within the track to allow for large audience numbers.

As part of our club philosophy to make athletics accessible the entry prices will remain free of charge. All we ask is for spectators to bring a non-athletics friend so we can spread the 25 lap joy.

Happy running, jumping & throwing and we hope to see you May 20th.

Ben Pochee
Race Organiser

Paula Radcliffe MBERonnie O'Sullivan OBE

Ronnie supports the 2016 Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs

It is well documented that Ronnie is a keen, and competent, long distance runner and, earlier this year, he was attending the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs.
Next year, the event will be even more special as it will be part of the “road to the Rio Olympics”, and Ronnie is firmly determined to be there once again.
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30 September 2015

Jo Pavey in action

The Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs will take place next year on Saturday 21st May and will once again incorporate the British and England 10,000m Championships. For the first time, the event will also act as the British Athletics 10,000m trial race for the Olympic Games.

The first British athlete past the post in both the men’s and women’s races will guarantee selection for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, provided they have secured a valid qualifying mark.

The event will take place at Parliament Hill Athletics Track on the evening of Saturday 21st May and will be free for spectators, it will again feature several high quality open races and unique entertainment.

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “We’re delighted that the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs will act as the 10,000m trial race for the Olympic Games. This event has established itself as the best 10,000m race in the country and is the perfect place for British athletes to test themselves over the distance. It is also a great opportunity for the public to see world class athletes up close for free and be part of a unique atmosphere.”

Race Organiser Ben Pochee said: “To host the Rio Olympic trials at our 10,000m event is testament to the grass roots lane 3 inspirational PB atmosphere and we now have the elite platform and collective passion to create Europe’s leading 25 lap racing festival on May 21st. Indeed the opportunity exists for each of us to tell people in years to come that ‘I was there’ watching the 2016 Olympic dream unfold from lane 3 absolutely free – so please save the date and spread the word!”

The Night of the 10,000m PBs will again be supported by London Marathon Events Ltd. Event Director Hugh Brasher said: “London Marathon Events is delighted to be supporting for the second year this excellent initiative by Highgate Harriers and Ben Pochee. One of our founding goals 35 years ago was to improve the standards of British distance running and it is exactly this sort of event that inspires athletes to better performances and personal bests.”

European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey (coach: Gavin Pavey) won the British 10,000m title at Highgate in 2014 and is anticipating a thrilling Olympic trial race next year.

She said: “It’s great that the Olympic trial will be at Highgate next summer. I loved running there in 2014 with the amazing atmosphere and crowd and I’d certainly recommend it for any distance runner.”

Jonny Mellor (Steve Vernon) was crowned British 10,000m champion at this event in 2015 and believes it will go from strength to strength in 2016.

He said: “Highgate is a special and unique event, the organisers have done an amazing job in creating a British Championship with a party atmosphere and its selection as an Olympic qualifying event is testimony to this. It is fast becoming one of the highlights of the racing calendar and I’m sure next year will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan was one of thousands of spectators at the 2015 edition and is already looking forward to next year’s event. The five time snooker world champion said: “It’s great news that a grass roots event like Highgate’s 10,000m will be the trials for the Rio Olympics. I’m going to put it in my diary, I won’t miss it for the world, the last one was a great event and a great night, I can’t wait for May 21st!”

To register your interest in competing at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs please contact Ben Pochee at