Breaking News: TVH win UK Women’s Athletics League, TVH at the European Athletics Championships and more

TVH Retain UK Women’s Athletics League  Title at Southampton

It was an amazing performance from our women’s team in the final round of the UK Women’s Athletics League Premier Division to hold off the challenge of Birchfield Harriers and win the league by the narrowest of margins. This is the 3rd year out of the last 4 that our women’s track & field team have won the league and as the top ranked club in the country will go forward again to represent the UK in the 2019 European Champion Clubs Championships.

We started the day 1 league point and 36 match points ahead of Birchfield and with our athletes competing at the European Athletics Championships unavailable for selection and many others injured the realistic aim was always to finish 2nd as close behind Birchfield as possible. With some fantastic performances and athletes covering many events it came down to the relays ; 2nd place in the 4 x100m and a win in the 4 x 400m was enough for the team to finish equal with Birchfield on 22 league points each and to win the league by 685 to 676 match points! Congratulations to our fantastic team and team manager Manuel da Silva.

Full match report to follow, results at   https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=234763

 

TVH Athletes at the European Athletics Championships

The European Athletics Championships gets underway in Berlin today (Monday 6th August) with 5 members of the TVH women’s team competing.

Tuesday 7th August Amelia Strickler – Shot put.   Amelia won the British Championships / European Trials on 1st July with 17.22m, having set a pb of 17.26m at the South of England Championships in June.

Tuesday 7th August Molly Caudery – Pole vault.   18 year old Molly won the pole vault for TVH at the European Clubs Cup Championships with 4.40m at a windy Birmingham in May and went on to set a new UK Junior record of 4.53m in Germany in June.

Fri 10th August Zoey Clark – 4 x 400m relay. Zoey has found the time in a very busy year to put in her usual great performances for TVH. A silver medal in the 4 x400m relay at the 2017 World Championships was followed by bronze in the relay at the World Indoors and making the final of the 400m. A great pb of 51.36 secs at the Anniversary Games was not quite enough to gain selection for the individual 400m.

Sat 11th August   Lorraine Ugen – Long jump.   Lorraine has been in fantastic form this year, winning the British Championships / European Trials with a huge jump of 7.05m and is ranked 1st in the world this year. A great competition could be in store with the top three in the world rankings all Europeans (Malaika Mihambo and Ivana Spanovic have both jumped 6.99m).

Sun 12th August   Tracy Barlow – marathon. Tracy gained selection for the European Championships with her solid run in difficult conditions at the London Marathon in April and is ranked 2nd in the UK this year. Tracy broke her half marathon club record with 72:35 at the World Half Marathon championships in March and had a good win at the Swansea Half Marathon in June in the build up to the European Championships.

British Athletics League Premiership – Allianz Park 4th August

The TVH men’s team competed in the top division of the British Athletics League in 2017 after a 10 year absence. Our second season in the BAL Premiership in 2018 proved more difficult with a host of injuries before and at the competitions. 5th place in the first fixture at Leigh in May was followed by a disappointing 7th place at Cardiff in June and 5th place at Bedford in July. We spent the season trying to close the gap on Cardiff (who had a good start at Leigh) and another 5th place finish at the final fixture at Barnet left us on 13.5 pts to Cardiff’s 14 pts and 7th place overall. The management team of Phil Wetton, Nav Childs and Chris McAlister worked tirelessly throughout the season and are confident that we can bounce straight back in 2019. Chris also won our Club Man of the Match award at Allianz Park for his performances in the 400m hurdles, 400m and 4 x400m relay and is getting tantalisingly close to Eddie Betts long standing 400m hurdles club record (50.58 secs so far this season, compared to Eddie’s 50.49 secs in 1997).

Full report to follow, results at https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=234925

 

Youth Development League U13 / U15 – TVH win final fixture to win division

Our Youth Development League Under 13 and Under 15 team had a great season with a closely fought battle with Cambridge Harriers.   We hosted the fourth and final fixture on 21st July, with Cambridge Harriers having won two of the first three fixtures and both teams already sure of promotion, we needed a big win to overhaul Cambridge’s 75 pts lead on total match points. It was a fantastic performance on the day by our wonderful young athletes and we won by 145 pts to win the division. Congratulations to the team and team manager Amber Simukonda for a great season and we look forward to a good standard of competition in a higher division next year.

A special thank you to our officials, especially Dave and Marion Huffer, Geoff Hawes, Barrie Saunders and Paul Woodgate, the chief timekeeper at our home fixtures. Their task wasn’t made any easier by one of the clubs due to compete pulling out at 10pm the night before, but as ever they coped admirably.  

Results at https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=234584

 

Southern Athletics League – Bedford 18th August

The final league fixture for the club is the Southern Athletics League fixture at Bedford on 18th August. Our men and women compete together in this league with 5 rounds of fixtures taking place from April to August. After a slow start to the season we won our home fixture in June and the July fixture at Battersea, team managers Phil and Amber are looking to finish the season on a high with 3 wins in a row.

Message from the Club Chairman

To all TVH members, past members and supporters

Thames Valley Harriers, founded in 1887, is already one of the UK’s top athletics clubs. Our goal is now to be the best athletics club in the UK.

And we need all of you – current members, past members, children, parents, coaches – to help make this a reality.

To explain why we need your active support, I think it’s helpful to give an outline of our current situation and what our plans are for the future.

TVH is a membership club run by and for the club members. It is our club. We elect members to carry out key roles for the club but, as members, we are all responsible for the success and growth of TVH.

It is becoming increasingly expensive for us to run the club and compete in all age groups throughout the year. We raise less than 15% of the amount we need through membership subscriptions.

In recent years, we have relied on a few generous donors to fund the club, and on a small group of volunteers who give up their time and expertise. In common with most sports clubs, we find it very hard to find new volunteers and donors.

Looking ahead, in order for the club to prosper and to help us expand our coaching set-up and meet the demand from the local community and local schools, we now need to raise £40,000 per year.

So, starting with the TVH Open Day on 16 September 2018 (have you saved the date?!), we will hold a number of fundraising events in the years ahead.

We are also inviting TVH members and supporters to support us when taking part in sponsored runs, walks, bike rides and other events. We are encouraging all club members to set a target of raising £100 each for the club – we can claim 25% Gift Aid on donations from UK taxpayers. Already, two of our fantastic young members – Alfie Turner and Charlie Rollo – have donated £2,000 from sponsorship for competing at the mini-marathon in April!

You can either donate or raise funds through our new MyDonate page.

All these fundraising options are an opportunity for all club members to contribute to the future success and growth of Thames Valley Harriers. The funds we raise will be spent on improving the most important area of the club – the coaching.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the formation of our TVH women’s team. What they have achieved since then has been phenomenal. Over the course of our history, TVH has nurtured Olympians and national champions, and we’ve enabled thousands of young people to reach their potential.

Let’s celebrate those achievements on 16 September, and then let’s build on them to make TVH the best athletics club in the UK.

Up the Valley!

Tim Dye

TVH Club Chairman

Email:   chairman@thamesvalleyharriers.com

 

TVH Ladies Encouraging start to Defense of UKWAL Title

TVH competed in the first match of the UKWAL at Eton on Saturday 2nd June. The team finished second out of eight teams, with a total of 207 points. First of all, a big well done to everyone involved (athletes, coaches and supporters)! Special congratulations go to Pippa Wingate and Katie Lambert, who won the A and B string hammer, getting us off to a great start in the competition, Clare Maurer (who won the B string Pole Vault) and Pippa Rogan (winner of the A string high jump).

Amelia Casey makes UKWAL debut with an 800m and leg of 4x400m

Secondly, we welcome the newest members of the team: sprint quartet Brittany Robinson, Hannah Hall, Simone Mallett-Forde and Olivia Mundabi, Amelia Casey (800m) and Kathryn Woodcock (discus). Continue reading TVH Ladies Encouraging start to Defense of UKWAL Title

Valley Men at Cardiff for Round 2 of BAL Premiership

The TVH men travelled to Cardiff for the 2nd British Athletics League fixture of the season, led by team managers Phil Wetton, Nav Childs and Chris McAlister and the most important and hardest working member of the team, physio Jade Smith-Brown with John Husbands and Geoff Hawes disappearing to officiate on field events.  It proved a difficult day with a much higher level of competition than the 1st fixture and a 7th place finish, but with many encouraging performances and with other athletes available the team are confident of better things to come in the remaining fixtures at Bedford and Hendon. Continue reading Valley Men at Cardiff for Round 2 of BAL Premiership

TVH’s Men Finish Strongly to take 5th Place at 1st BAL Match

BAL Premiership Match 1 , Leigh Stadium, Saturday May 5, 2018

Phil Wetton reports:

Following a respectable 6th place finish in the Premiership last season, the Valley team journeyed up to  Leigh for the first men’s Premiership match of 2018 full of anticipation.

It turned out to be a roller-coaster of a day, with the Valley men putting in their trademark strong finish to end the match in a very good 5th place.

The match itself was unique in that all of the 8 competing teams were weakened by missing athletes, mostly due to the British Universities Championships also taking place on the same weekend.

The Valley men had to fight hard for every point in baking hot weather and as the match progressed it looked likely that they could finish in 7th or 8th place, but team spirit shone through and strong performances in the javelin and shot pulled the team up to finish in 5th place.

However this doesn’t tell the whole story, as there were many good performances on the team throughout the day.

Abdi Mohamed

One such performance came from U20 middle distance athlete Abdi Mohamed, who showed great promise on his BAL debut by taking nearly 5 seconds off his 800m pb to record a time of 1:55.87 to finish 5th in the B string race, which deservedly won him the Track Man of the Match award.

Subomi Onanuga

There was another fine pb for sprinter Subomi Onanuga in his first season of long jumping, and his excellent jump of 6.55m was good enough to take 3rd place in the B string long jump and also won him the Field Man of the Match award.

Andrew Ajube

Hurdler Andrew Ajube is no stranger to the 400m Hurdles and 400m double, but Saturday saw both him and Chris McAlister take on the treble of 400m Hurdles, 400m and 4x400m relay, and a great pb of 56.35 for 4th place in the B string 400m Hurdles won Andrew the Club Man of the Match award.

Continue reading TVH’s Men Finish Strongly to take 5th Place at 1st BAL Match