Thames Valley Harriers ladies shone in a warm and sunny Eton. Having comfortably won the first match in Birmingham, the aim was for a top 3 finish to maintain the ultimate goal of regaining the title as the best team in the UK. With a tremendous effort, the team exceeded expectations to finish in a fantastic 2nd accumulating an impressive 212 points – only 6 points behind reigning champions Birchfield Harriers. The final match is on Sunday 16th July in Bromley, where a victory will result in TVH returning to compete at the European Champion Clubs Cup (ECCC) in 2018 as UKWAL Champions.
With a number of high profile new signings this year we were hopeful that we would be strong enough to be competitive in the Premiership this season. The first match in Sheffield showed that we had the necessary strength and team spirit to finish a creditable 5th – equal with local rivals Shaftesbury.
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Two of TVH’s long distance elite defied muggy conditions to finish top 10 in the UK 10k Championships, part of the London 10000 on Bank Holiday Monday.
Antonio Silva was seventh across the finish line in the shadow of Buckingham Palace setting a new PB of exactly 30 minutes while Tracy Barlow was fifth woman in a new PB and New Club Record of 34:01 to win £600. Fantastic runs from both of them.
Michael Crone was the next TVH runner home, making the top 100 with a great PB of 33:15. While Andrew Mitchell was below his best in 35:55, Ryan Keane ran with great promise in a new PB of 36:06.
Naol Abagibe was unlucky to be caught at the back of the pack up the Mall and through the Strand early on but had a storming second half of the race to finish in 37:14.
The Hooley father and son team both performed well, Jake finishing in 39:16 and Richard Hooley a highly creditable 10th V55 man in 40m30s.
David Ford beat 45 minutes in a time of 44:35, Kirstie Tew came home in 51:35 and Charlie Le Rougetel secured a well-deserved PB in 53:23.
With over 100 TVH athletes entered there many fine performances across all age groups in both men’s and women’s events at the County Championships. Well done to all athletes who competed, there were lots of personal best performances and even more medal winners.
TVH took one of their largest teams ever to a national league match at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Everyone made a significant contribution to TVH’s victory. As usual, there was a fantastic atmosphere amongst the team from the first to last event. Despite the cold weather conditions, TVH ladies were rewarded with an amazing 8 wins, 4 new club records and 8 personal best performances. The team is incredibly well balanced this year with points being evenly split between A and B strings, and between track and field. It was very encouraging to see all our new athletes being doing so well. Continue reading Victory for TVH Ladies at the UK Women’s League Premier Division – Match 1