Second home match gives TVH first SAL win of the season

Having finished just a point away from winning the last home Southern League match in June, the Valley men and women made sure of maximum points by winning the second home match by 22 points in the fourth Southern League match of the season at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday.

In an impressive team performance the final match scores placed TVH first on 207.5 points, Radley 2nd on 185.5 points, Southampton 3rd on 168.5 points and City of Norwich 4th on 153.5 points.

The match statistics make impressive reading with the men and women both fielding strong teams of 27 and 20 athletes respectively, with the men posting 7 wins and the women an incredible 23 wins on the day.

SAL Division 1 Match 4 2016 LCS TVH Team

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World Record for Thames Valley’s Eddie Betts

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TVH 400 hurdler, Eddie Betts, broke new ground last week setting a new World Record for the men’s 45-49 age group twice in successive races. On 6th July Eddie clocked 54.99 in Corrales de Buelna, Santander; the first time the 55 second barrier had been breached. Just 3 days later in Palencia, Eddie improved his own record to an incredible 54.92 seconds.

Eddie has been in great from for a while having won a silver medal in the World Masters Championships in Lyon last August in the 40-44 age group. Moving up an age group earlier this year has clearly inspired Eddie to even greater heights, with last weeks’ races being his fastest times over the sticks for four years.

Eddie has been an outstanding servant of the Valley for 20 years, competing regularly in the British League team right up to 2011. Eddie relocated to Spain almost 13 years ago, and last year opened an English Academy, so work commitments make it difficult to get over to the UK very often to represent the club. However, his recent performances mean that he wouldn’t be out of place at the top tier of club athletics, so don’t rule out seeing Eddie run over the sticks as the Valley return to the Premier Division in 2017.