Young Athletes Excel at the South of England Road Relays

In spite of the M1 being partly closed we had full teams in all the girls relays and a team in the under 13 boys event. Unfortunately we were missing a fourth runner in the under 17 men’s relay.

Starting with the Under 13 boys 3000m relay on a flat windy course of one lap it was not a good event for spectators. On the first lap Alfie Turner did very well to finish 24th and was our fastest boy in the race. Then Charlie Rollo only lost three places to finish 27th. Having his first relay race, Otto Huber, our youngest runner only dropped 10 places to finish 37th. Then Basil Rock fought back to bring the team home 28th.

The girls relays had only three in their teams. For the Under 13’s Lily Dafter started very fast but gradually slipped back to finish 36th on her lap. This gave Zakia Mossi a nice group to chase and she put in a terrific run to pass 11 teams. Then Mabel Salkeld brought the team home in 34th place.

With injuries and other commitments the Under 15 Girls still had a respectful team which finished 31st. Led off by Lily Salkeld, she had more athletes behind than in front when she finished 41st. On the second lap, Melina Duer did well to pick up 10 places and Freja Schaap showed something of her old self by keeping the team in 31st place.

The best result came in the U17 Women’s relay. With lots of clubs putting their best athlete on the first lap Kosana Weir was up in the leading group and hung on to finish 16th. Then Amelia Casey, having her first ‘A’ team run, excelled herself by moving up to 13th. The gaps were widening between the teams and although Verity Walker had a good run, she was only able to gain one place before the finish. Our only ‘B’ team runner to arrive was Rose Barkle and she ran well to finish in 11:30.

Without a reserve Under 17 runner the team only found out that the fourth was not going to arrive just before the event. The incomplete team all performed well with Jake Hooley finishing 26th on their 4500m lap. Louis Medd then lost only one place to finish 27th. Then Nicholas Duer ran one second faster to get the team into 23rd place at the end of lap three.

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Tracy Barlow wins Maidenhead HM, on course for Frankfurt

Another great win for TVH endurance star Tracy Barlow who broke her own course record in the Maidenhead Half Marathon as her presence grows on the national long distance stage.

Tracy clocked 75:51 to win the women’s race by almost three minutes from Emily Wicks. While tricky conditions and a heavy training schedule meant the time was 90 seconds outside her HM best set in Bath in March, it showed Tracy is right on target for the Frankfurt Marathon late next month.

“The race was topping off another high mileage week,” Tracy said. “I had done a hills and threshold session the day before so my legs weren’t exactly fresh going into the race. It was lovely to win again and break my own course record there, even if I had to go off and run another 6 miles to make it into a 20 mile run in total!”

It’s been a great year already for Tracy – her outstanding London Marathon time of 2:33.20 ranks her fourth in the country, and she set a new 10km PB of 34:23 in Berlin in July. While her winning margin in Maidenhead was comfortable Tracy had to knuckle down in the latter stages of the race to seal victory.

“The weather was pretty blustery so the second part of each lap was tough running into it. The field had petered out quite a bit by this point so I was alone bar a couple of guys dotted about. It was a mental battle to keep pushing when I felt so tired and knew I was in the lead. There was a little group of us who were running together so that helped keep me going.”

Tracy’s next focus is the Nottingham Half Marathon on September 25 and she then goes warm weather training to Portugal again for 11 days focusing on key training weeks for Frankfurt on October 30.


Middlesex Young Athletes League Trial Meeting

TVH young athletes competed in a trial Middlesex League meeting at Allianz Park on Sunday 14th August.  With the event taking place in the middle of the summer holidays, the small team featured both established athletes and several making their first competitive appearance for TVH.  The team did particularly well in the under 11 and under 13 events.

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