A home match is always a good chance to field a strong team and provide a good match performance and the Valley men and women didn’t disappoint with a 2nd place finish in the third Southern League match of the season at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday.
It was an incredibly close match between the top team in the league, Chelmsford, the 3rd placed team in the league, Nene Valley Harriers, and the Valley, and TVH came very close to winning the match and missed doing so by the smallest of margins.
There were many Thames Valley Harriers athletes competing for their schools at the U15/U17 County Schools’ Championships on Saturday 11th June. TVH athletes were rewarded with 8 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals plus many more personal best performances including those from athletes who just missed out on the podium.
10 medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze) were won by Thames Valley Harriers athletes at the 2016 regional track and field championships. Pippa Rogan continued her outstanding season with gold in wet conditions at the South of England Championships with very good clearance of 1.75m with Annabelle Bates claiming the bronze in the high jump. There was also a gold/bronze combination in the senior women’s triple jump/U20 men’s triple jump with Lia Stephenson and Joel Bright-Davies claiming their respective medals.
Read on for many more outstanding results from TVH athletes.
Thames Valley Harriers ladies show again why they are the best team in the country. Having won the European Champions Club Cup group B in Portugal the weekend before the strength of the team was truly tested with no specialist 100m and 200m sprinters available and a few others missing due to injury, illness and exam pressures. Yet, the 22 TVH athletes who made is to sunny Swansea did amazingly well not only to cover all 37 team spaces but also to win the match by a dramatically close 2 points from Birchfield Harriers and 3 points from Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow. Everyone in the team made a significant difference to TVH’s final points tally.
India and Kosana Weir both took part in the 2000m Steeplechase at the BMC PB Classic Milton Keynes on 4 June, hoping to achieve the qualification time of 7:05 for the European Youth Championships. India came in third with a time of 7:00.26 and Kosana fourth with 7:05.48. They are now ranked 2nd and 3rd in the UK over the U17 2000m Steeplechase.
Alice Harray was also running in the 1500m steeplechase. Despite a tumble on the last barrier, she achieved an English Schools qualifying time of 5:22.15.