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).
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→
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.
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.
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.
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.
The TVH young athletes team led by team manager Amber Simukonda travelled to compete on the bright blue track at Dartford on a lovely warm sunny day. This was the second fixture in the YDL, TVH finished second to Cambridge Harriers in the first fixture at Battersea on 21st April. Getting our coach through the very narrow entrance to the park proved to be the most difficult task of the day, after that it was a fantastic day for TVH.
In a close fought contest with Cambridge Harriers, TVH won the fixture by 632 pts to 617.5 pts, leaving us equal on 15 league points but just behind on total match points with two teams to be promoted. The remaining two fixtures will be hosted by Cambridge Harriers at Sutcliffe Park on Sunday 17th June, with us hosting the final fixture at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday 21st July.
As reigning UKWAL Premier Division Champions, Thames Valley Harriers ladies team will be representing Great Britain at the European Champion Clubs Cup (ECCC) this Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, in Birmingham. TVH will be competing in group A against Europe’s 10 best athletics teams from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.
Congratulations to all the athletes (and their coaches) that have been selected. TVH’s fantastic team includes many of their athletes that won the ECCC Group B in Leiria, Portugal two years ago and they are looking forward to compete against strong opposition including some Olympians from the Group A teams. TVH’s team for the ECCC:
100m (3 races): Annie Tagoe (Michael Afilaka), Clieo Stephenson (Laura Turner-Alleyne) and Rebecca Campsall (Lewis Samuel) 200m: Zoey Clark (Eddie McKenna) 400m: Zoey Clark (Eddie McKenna) 800m: Alice Harray (Dave Wilkinson) 1500m: Kosana Weir (Dave Wilkinson) 3000m: India Weir (Dave Wilkinson) 5000m: Lisa da Silva (JJ Quirke) 100m Hurdles: Angelita Broadbelt Blake (Lloyd Cowen) 400m Hurdles: Jess Tappin (Michael Baker) 3000m Steeplechase: Lisa da Silva (JJ Quirke) High Jump: Pippa Rogan (Steve Chapman) Pole Vault: Molly Caudery (Stuart Caudery) Long Jump: Angela Barrett (Frank Attoh) Triple Jump: Angela Barrett (Frank Attoh) Shot Put: Amelia Strickler (Zane Duquemin) Hammer Throw: Pippa Wingate (Gareth Cook) Discus: Sophie Mace (Zane Duquemin) Javelin: Laurensa Britane (Michael McNeill) 4x100m relay: Annie Tagoe, Brittany Robinson (Clarrance Clander), Clieo Stephenson, Rebecca Campsall, Hannah Hall (Stan Harry) 4x400m relay: Angela Barrett, Aisha Naibe-Wey (Linford Christie), Charlotte Buckley (Adrian Hemery), Jess Tappin and Zoey Clark