Autumn Road Season – Good Start for Young Athletes

   Autumn Road Season –  Good Start for Young Athletes  

Great North Run  Sunday 9th September 2018

Mohamud Aadan arrived at the start line of the Great North Run half marathon after his preparations were disrupted by illness, so 9th place (2nd GB) in a time of 63:59 was a good result.  Mo now has time to return to full fitness for the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Sunday 7th Oct where he will be running in the England men’s team and  Tracy Barlow in the England women’s team.

 Middlesex  Young Athletes Road Relays Sunday 9th September 2018

Another good start to the winter road relay season. Although TVH only had one winner, Skye Bishop in the Under 11 girls race, there were several very encouraging performances by our young runners.

What a wonderful performance from our Under 13 girls! Although they didn’t win their relay, they were the first ever team to finish second and third. The ‘C’ team also performed well to finish fifth. With Charlotte Edge, Sofia Cappelli and Olivia Sparks unable to take part it shows what tremendous depth the Valley have in this age group. Congratulations to the ‘B’ team who shadowed the ‘A’ throughout the race.

Skye put in a great performance in the under 11 1500m race and ran 19 seconds faster than last year when she was fourth. Our other under 11 girl, Farrah Ceric, finished 10th.

If there had been a team race in the Under 11 boys race, we would have won it comfortably. Reggie Rock had a great race to finish third. The other three boys, Louis Moore, Wilf Howard Vyse and Ollie Seraj finished sixth, seventh and eighth.

The under 13 girls were led off by Sasha Mueller closely followed by Skyla Robertson and they finished fourth and fifth. Analesse Schoenen was only 29 seconds behind them in seventh place. On lap two Thea Almqvist-Dutton was also shadowed by Anna Kelly who finished 12 seconds behind her as they moved up to second and third. Amelia Seaton also ran well to keep the ‘C’ team in seventh place. On lap three Katerina  closed eight seconds on Maya  but still finished third in the race. Charlotte Brown, our youngest 11-year-old brought her team home in sixth place. With six girls from TVH still in this age group next year, things look promising.

Our under 13 boys were all under 11 except Morris Rock. They had a great result and only lost their relay by seven seconds. Outstanding performance came from Cameron McConnon who ran the second fastest lap in the race and almost caught the leading London Heathside boy by running 20 seconds faster than him. Morris had got the team off to a good start when finishing third on the first lap. Rory McConnon returning after having glandular fever in the summer only lost a place on the second lap Then Cameron took off and almost made it. For the ‘B’ team Henry Turner did well for fourth place and an incomplete team had Dylan Bilboul on the second leg.

Our under 15’s didn’t do so well. The boys had Baqar Abamecha finishing sixth on the first lap, Nelson Gordon could not reproduce his training form and was slower than last year as was Basil Rock. But the ‘B’ team did better than expected. Andrew Schoenen was only three places behind Baqar. On the second stage Romadan Sharif ran well for his lap and Aidan Ferrand arrived in time to complete the ‘B’ team and ran nine seconds faster than last year and almost caught the ‘A’ team. For the Girls, Lily Dafter finished sixth on the first lap, with several incomplete teams Olivia Colegrave moved TVH up to third place but unfortunately Madeleine Casey slipped back to fourth. An incomplete ‘B’ team had Aramay Robertson finish eighth and Zenia Gordon, although running much faster than last year, was fifth at the end of stage two.

The under 17 women’s team had to make late changes as Sarah Kebbell was recovering from an injury, Melina Duer was drafted into the first leg and finished eighth in a strong field. Niamh Murphy was moved up into the ‘A’ team and ran the second lap. Charlotte Buckley was out to beat her age under 13 time but although she ran the fastest lap of her race, she was just a few seconds slower. The team came second, 46 seconds behind the winners. For the ‘B’ team we were left with only Capucine Rousset who ran the first lap solo. It was good to have Shami Umashankar running although he knew that he was our only u17. He is far from fit but he still came to support the club and was only 12 seconds slower than last year.

Results: U11G. 1 S Bishop 5:44; 10 F Ceric 6:24

U11B. 3 R Rock 5:32; 6 L Moore 5:52; 7 W Howard-Vyse 5:56;            8 O Seraj 5:57

U13B. ‘A’ M Rock 11:36; R McConnon 12:00; C McConnon 11:19. Team 2nd 34:55            ‘B’ H Turner 12:18; D Bilboul 14.00

U13G ‘A’ S Mueller 12:39; T Almqvist-Dutton 12:05; M Sutaria 12:23. Team 2nd 37:07                  ‘B’ S Robertson 12:41; A Kelly 12:17; K Simavova 12:15. Team 3rd 37:13                 ‘C’ A Schoenen 13:10; A Seaton 13:12; C Brown 14:09. Team 6th 40.26

U15B ‘A’ B Abamacha 10:48; N Gordon 11:33; B Rock 12:00. Team 5th 34:21               ‘B’ A Schoenen11:13; R Sharif 12:12; A Ferrand 11:23. Team 6th 34:48

U15G ‘A’ L Dafter 12:31; O Colegrave 12:21; M Casey 12:38. Team 4th 37:30                  ‘B’ A Robertson 13:10; Z Gordon 13:11

U17M S Umashankar 11:00

U17W ‘A’ M Duer 12:21; N Murphy 12:10; C Buckley 10:47 (fastest time) Team 2nd 35:18            ‘B’ C Rousset 13:32

 

 

 

TVH Open Day Sunday 16th September 2018

Come and join us for our fund raiser Open Day on Sunday 16th September.

Timetable:

  • 10-20: Walk, Don’t Run– sponsored 3km walk around Wormwood Scrubs., with the opportunity to walk and talk with TVH Heroes, athletes & coaches. 
  • 11-30–11.40: “Making TVH the best athletics club in the UK”– a quick update from club chairman Tim Dye
  • 11-45–12.15: Awards and special guests
  • 12-15–2pm: Barbecue (hog roast + veggie option) in the Linford Christie Stadium.

We have set up a specific fund raising page for this event at

http://mydonate.bt.com/events/tvhopenday/474098

Our fund raising homepage is at

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thamesvalleyharriers

If you are unable to attend the Open Day, we are also inviting TVH members and supporters to raise funds for the club when taking part in other events sponsored runs, walks, bike rides etc. Please contact John should you require any more information.  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.

Good luck in your fund raising efforts and many thanks to all who have already made donations. If anyone would like a printed sponsorship form, please ask John Husbands.

Good luck in your fund raising efforts and many thanks to all who have already made donations.

 

 

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