Having performed well in the first season in SAL Division 1 with a mid-table finish at the end of last season, the first match of a new Southern League season saw the Valley men and women travel to Bedford on Saturday.
The final result wasn’t what they were hoping for as the final scores placed home team Bedford & County in 1st on 220 points, Belgrave Harriers 2nd on 171, Crawley 3rd on 155 and TVH 4th on 132.
However this result doesn’t reflect the fact that the TVH team put in some great performances which produced 7 wins for the men’s team and 7 wins for the women’s team in what was a very competitive match.
It was also good to see 7 Valley athletes making their TVH Southern League debut, with 4 on the men’s team and 3 on the women’s team.
The TVH Man of the Match and Woman of the Match awards went to Mark Dyble for wins in the B 100m and 4x100m relay plus a 2nd in the A 200m, and junior athlete India Weir for her wins in the 800m and 2000m steeplechase.
There are still 4 Southern League matches to go and with a strong turnout in the next match we can move ourselves up the league table, so make sure to come and support the team at the next match at Harrow on Sunday May 22nd.