Metropolitan Cross Country League 13th Oct 2018 fixture 1 – another fine win for Skye Bishop

Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League Race 1, Claybury Park, Saturday 13th October 2018

Young Athletes

Getting TVH at the front in the Under 11 races was a great start to the new season.                                                                                                          Reggie Rock was always in the leading group and when it broke up he finished 3rd of 42 finishers. Unfortunately our other starter, Louis Moore, twisted his ankle and was unable to finish.

In the under 11 Girls race we had our only winner of the day.  Skye Bishop has made a great start to the road and cross country season and took the lead early on at Claybury, and finished strongly for a comfortable win ahead of the other 33 girls in the race.

In the under 13 Boys race it was once again the Rock family who represented the Valley. Morris is running very well at the moment and his 10th place out of the 47 finishers was a very good result.    Our numbers doubled in the under 13 Girls race. Sasha Mueller is getting back to race fitness and is hoping to run in all the Met fixtures this season. Her 18th place was a good start to the season. Behind her, Amelia Seaton was also well placed with her 26th place out of 50 finishers.

With two new members in the U15/U17 Boys race, it was the more experienced Charlie Rollo who was our first boy home. He was 42nd out of 94 finishers. Will Palmer was using the race to help him get fit and although starting steadily, he found the second lap hard suffering with cramp. Also doing well, Joseph Nixon started sensibly and move up on the second lap to almost catch Will as they finished in 70th and 73rd positions.

In the U15/U17 Girls race, Jasmine Palmer in her first cross country for the club was a magnificent sixth, showing great promise for the future. She was the third under 15 in the race and only one second behind fifth place who was also under 15. Niamh Murphy was also having a good race and her 12th place out of 53 finishers which was a good performance. Another fine run came from Olivia Colegrave who finished 18th and got the better of Melina Duer. Zenia Gordon was our 5th finisher in 34th place but Capucine Rousset was not well and in the very hot conditions she had breathing problems and was unable to finish.

Seniors

Many of the 200+ field in the women’s 6km race also struggled with the very warm and humid conditions, unfortunately including Rosie Vallance.  Many thanks to team manager Siana Jones for dropping out of the race to look after Rosie until medical assistance arrived and thankfully Rosie was given the all clear later that day.

Although apologising for not being fit,  Steph Ainley finished in a very respectable 11th place, followed by Lisa da Silva in 21st and Kate Olding in 34th place to help the women’s team to 7th place in Division 1.

The men’s race started 45 mins late, by which time it had started to cool down a little and Hugo Cayssials had a strong run to finish in  18th place of the nearly 500 finishers and Chris Thomas had who had been ill in the days before the race did very well to hold on to 30th place. U20 athlete Abdi Mohamed took a different approach, starting cautiously and finishing very strongly in 38th place. With veteran Andrew Mitchell, Ollie Newton and Daniel Garcia-Rasines also well inside the top 100, the team finished in 6th place in Division 1.   

Results: 

U11 Boys 1.5km –     3   Reggie Rock  5:39      42 Finishers

U11 Girls 1.5km –     1   Skye Bishop   5:47      34 Finishers

U13 Boys  3km –    10   Morris Rock   11:47     47 Finishers

U13 Girls  3km –    18   Sasha Mueller  13:14,                                                                                                 26   Amelia Seaton  13:44    49 Finishers

U15/U17 Boys 4km  –   42  Charlie Rollo      16:19                                                                                                70  William Palmer   17:49                                                                                               73  Joseph Nixon      17:58       94 Finishers

U15/U17 Girls 4km  –    6       Jasmine Palmer    17:01                                                             12       Niamh Murphy    17:35                                                                                         18       Olivia Colegrave 17:54                                                                                       21       Melina Duer        18:03                                                                                        34       Zenia Gordon      19:39     Team 4th   53 finishers

Women’s Results

Race PositionTime
11    Stephanie Ainley24:06:00
21    Lisa Da Silva24:49:00
34    Katie Olding25:40:00
99    Lara Scerri29:31:00
111  Fran Lou29:55:00
161  Kirstie Tew32:46:00
201  Maryna Voloshyna 36:25:00
229  Christine Munden44:02:00

Senior Women Division 1 :  7. TVH, 141 points.

Veteran Women Division 2 :  6. TVH, 77 points.

Men’s Results

Race PositionTime
18    Hugo Cayssials27:03:00
30    Chris Thomas27:48:00
38    Abdiqadir Mohamed28:12:00
75    Andrew Mitchell29:28:00
76    Oliver Newton29:29:00
82    Daniel Garcia-Rasines29:35:00
105  Todd Oates30:30:00
109  Calum Nicol30:34:00
114  Fergus Johnson30:42:00
188  Jack McKeon 32:26:00
223  Ian Napier33:37:00
240  Greg Bennett34:04:00
288  Manuel Da Silva35:29:00
292  Christian Nielsen35:34:00
293  Jibrel Ahmed35:37:00
308  James Malcolm36:04:00
356  Matt Ponting37:27:00
377  Richard Bell38:05:00
406  Simon Nixon39:40:00
417  David Ford40:18:00
444  Lawrence Tse42:11:00

Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow Top UK finishers at Commonwealth Half Marathon

Commonwealth Half Marathon – Cardiff Sunday 7th October 2018

The inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon took place in Cardiff with 3 TVH athletes competing for their national teams; all 3 had fantastic runs in Personal Best times.

Congratulations to Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow competing for England;  Mo 5th man in 62:30 and Tracy 5th woman in 72:15 and AnnMarie McGlynn running for Northern Ireland, 9th woman in 73:47.  

Mo and Tracy both finished first athlete from the Home Nations leading the England teams to bronze medals in the team events.  Tracy and Mo continue their great improvements this year over the half marathon distance; Tracy is now ranked 4th woman in the UK for 2018 and Mo is ranked 6th in the men’s rankings, led by training partner Mo Farah.

Like Mo, AnnMarie is fairly new to the event, making a big improvement when running 74:28  earlier this year and has further improved on that time.

National Road Relays, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Saturday 6th Oct 2018

Young Athletes –  Charlotte Buckley’s last Young Athletes National!

This is Charlotte’s final season in the Under 17 age group and what a fantastic achievement Charlotte has attained at the National Road Relays; starting as an Under 13 she ran in 2013 with 14:42 leading the TVH team to fourth place, our best ever position by any team. In 2014 she was the fastest under 13 in the race with 14:08 and received the fastest time medal. Next as an under 15 she ran 14:24 and followed that in 2016 with 14:08. Then on Saturday she ran the first lap for the Valley and came home in 8th place with 14:18. This enabled Niamh Murphy to cling on to some very good Women as she brought the team home in 13th place with 15:21. Melina Duer also had a good run to only lose three places in 16:08 as they finished 16th out of 40 teams. Our best result of the day.

The day started with the under 13 boys relay on the 3.9km circuit. Leading off, Morris Rock gave us a good start, finishing 28th in 14:37 with 80 teams starting. He handed over to Rory McConnon who is only just coming back after a summer with glandular fever. He dropped back to 45th with 16:03 but then Cameron gained 12 places as he went through the field to finish 33rd with his time of 15:00. These two  will still be under 13s next year.

Leading the under 13 girls off, Charlotte Edge had a good run to finish in 27th out of the 63 teams with 15:45. Thea Almqvist-Dutton who is new to the club this summer, held 27th place with her 16:35. As an 800m runner, Sofia Cappelli had been delegated to take part in the road relays and she didn’t disappoint as she moved up to 26th with 16:49. This was the second best result by TVH.

It was difficult to get a team for the under 15 boys event. With Basil Rock finishing 58th out of 85 teams starting he was hindered by a loose shoe but still managed 14:14 for his lap. Baqar Abamecha, another 800m specialist, did very well to gain two places with his 14:59. Last minute substitute Joseph Nixon, who has only been a member for a week stepped in to save the team and with his 16:23 slipped back to 64th, but at least we had a team.

Our under 15 girls team has another promising new member in Jasmine Palmer. She ran the second leg and starting in 63rd place, moved up 17 places with 15:50 to finish in 46th place.  Olivia Colegrave ran 16:23 on the 1st leg and  Zenia Gordon, also brought in as a reserve, then had a great run to only lose three places with her 16:57.

Thanks to all the parents who drove the young athletes to Birmingham, especially Pete McConnon and Rebecca Rock for each bringing 4 of the U13/U15 athletes!

Results – Young Athletes  3 x 3.9km:

U13B. 28 M Rock 14:37; 45 R McConnon 16:03; 33 C McConnon 15:00.                                                                                                                               U13G. 27 C Edge 15:45; 27 T Almqvist-Dutton 16:35; 26 S Cappelli 16:49.                                                                                                                              U15B. 58 B Rock 14:14; 56 B Abamecha 14:49; 64 J Nixon 16:23.         U15G. 63 O Colegrave 16:23; 46 J Palmer 15:50; 49 Z Gordon 16:57.                                                                                                                              U17W. 8 C Buckley 14:18; 13 N Murphy 15:21; 16 M Duer 16:08.

Senior Men

Our men’s team competed in the final race of the day with 6 stages of 5.9km. It wasn’t as strong a team as at the Southern Road Relays with Mo at Cardiff and others unavailable and Antonio, Myles, Daniel, Michael, Hugo and Ollie did well to finish 43rd of 76 teams.  Our fastest runners were on the first 2 legs, Antonio Silva a good 21st on the very competitive 1st leg and it was great to see Myles Edwards back running well on leg 2 after long-term injuries and last competing on the track for TVH in 2015.

Result – Senior Men  6 Stage  TVH  43rd

 Antonio Silva(21)17:48, Myles Edwards(24) 18:38, Daniel Garcia-Rasines (40) 20:02,   Michael Cameron(40)19:09, Hugo Cayssials(40)19:19, Oliver Newton(43 ) 20:30

 

 

 

Good Start to Cross Country Season for Young Athletes

NW London Young Athletes Cross Country  Greenford Sat 29th Sept 2018

A large number of young athletes turned out on a sunny day for the first cross country competition of the season. TVH were well represented in all races except the Under 17 Men’s race. With two team wins and four individual second places we can say it is a pleasant start to the season.

With Skye Bishop leading for most of the way in the Under 11 race but she was finally pipped by a girl from Cookham who had a stronger finish. Farrah Ceric seemed to be the smallest girl in the race and did well to finish 11th out of 39 finishers. Rihanna Sherif was having her first race for the club and was pleased with her 19th place. The team finished second to Highgate out of the 15 teams competing.

The Under 11 Boys event also had a Valley athlete in second place; Reggie Rock finishing just 7 seconds behind the London Heathside winner. With strong back-up from Wilf Howard-Vyse (6th) and Louis Moore (7th) they easily won the team race by 25 points. Ollie Seraj ran well for 12th place and Tommy Cogan was having his first outing and did well to finish 22nd with five boys behind him. The Under 13 Girls, running alongside these boys also had another second place in Charlotte Edge. She was beaten by A Abdinahman of Hillingdon who last year won every Under 11 race in this league by about 100m. Charlotte’s 10 seconds defeat shows how well she ran. With Maya Sutaria having her first cross country run for TVH in seventh place and Sasha getting back on form in 13th place the team were in second place, only four points behind Cookham. After a slight injury kept Katerina Simanova out of the Crystal Palace relay, she did well to finish in 15th place, one ahead of Skyla Robertson who also did well to beat 40 others in this race.

With all the talent we have in the Under 13 Boys event it was hard to believe that we only had the last two finishers in their race. Henry Turner had played rugby before being persuaded to turn out for TVH. Working together with Dylan they moved up to 30th and 31st and had 15 boys behind them at the finish.  Although we only had three under 15 Girls running. They finished third team in what was the least supported race of the day. Lily Dafter is getting back on track with her 10th place and Aramay Robertson did well to be just behind her at the finish. In 21st place Zenia Nelson looked as if she had more in the tank which she has to learn to empty.

A very strong field in the Under 15 Boys race found Basil Rock having a good race but being down in 11th place. He didn’t run badly and was under 45 seconds behind the winner. After a change of plans Aidan Ferrand was able to take part and improved throughout the race to finish 26th. Romadan Sherif was having his first cc for the Valley and should improve next time.

Our Under 17 Women were out in force. Usually their race consists of eight or nine starters. This time there were 18 finishers. Having a great run, Niamh Murphy was a brilliant second, leading the team to win the race by seven points. Melina Duer was a good fourth with Lily Cheshire (6th) running well to just beat Capucine Rousset (7th).

 

Under 11 Girls 1200m. Team 2nd.

2 S. Bishop 5:42; 11 F Ceric 6:20; 19 R Sherif 6:48.

Under 11 Boys.2000m. Team 1st.

2 R Rock 7:03; 6 H Howard-Vyse 7:25; 7 L Moore 7:28; 12 O Seraj 7:45; 22 T Cogan 8:25.

Under 13 Girls. 2000m. Team 2nd.

2 C Edge 7:04; 7 M Sutaria 7:16; 13 S Mueller 7:31; 15 K Simanova 7:36; 16 S Robertson 7:37.

Under 13 Boys. 3000m. Team 12th.

30 H Turner 12:26; 31 D Bilboul 12:27.

Under 15 Girls. 3000m. Team 3rd.

10 L Dafter 11:52; 11 A Robertson 12:01; 21 Z Gordon 12:24.

Under 15 Boys. 4000m. Team 8th.

11 B Rock 13:22; 26 A Ferrand 14:18; 40 R Sherif 15:41.

Under 17 Women. 4000m. Team 1st.

2 N Murphy 14:44; 4 M Duer 15:11; 6 l Cheshire 15:31; 7 C Rousset 15:37.

Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow help TVH to top 10 places at Southern Road Relays.

South of England Road Relays Crystal Palace Sunday 23rd September 2018

Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow helped the TVH men’s and women’s teams both finish in 9th place at the autumn Southern Road Relays as they prepare for the Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff on October 7th.

Mo ran the first leg in the men’s 6 stage team, breaking away on the 2nd lap of the 6.1km course and running the fastest time of the day. Michael Cameron had the difficult job of taking over in the lead, but kept the team well placed  before handing over to Antonio Silva who ran the 2nd fastest time of the TVH team. Veteran mountain runner Chris Smith took over on the 4th leg moving the up two places, followed by strong runs by Chris Thomas on the 5th leg and late addition to the team Sayed Yusuf on the final leg.   

Tracy ran the last of the 4.8km legs in the women’s 4 stage team, moving up in to the top 10 after being well set up by Izzy Dye on the 1st leg (2nd fastest TVH),  team manager Lisa da Silva on the 2nd leg and Victoria Carter on the 3rd leg.  Joanna Mobed was the fastest runner in the TVH women’s B team.

TVH had 3 teams in the men’s race – with Abdi Mohamed the fastest in the B team, 10 seconds faster than an impressive run from Sage Pearce-Higgins just 7 days after running the Berlin Marathon in 2 hrs 38 mins and 2 teams in the over 40s veteran race with Andrew Mitchell fastest for TVH.  

The  Young Athletes had the worst of the weather at Crystal Palace with heavy rain and a flooded start / finish area on the track throughout the morning races, clearing for the senior races with pleasant sunny conditions in the afternoon.                                                  The boys races had teams of four athletes, the girls races teams of three, all running the same 3.1km circuit around the park with a couple of testing hills, starting and finishing on the waterlogged track.

The U13 Boys was the first race and our best result with Sol Inglis,  Morris Rock, Rory McConnon and Cameron McConnon finishing 17th from 50 teams to start. Sol got the team off to a great start in 10th place on the first leg and Cameron finished well on the last leg.

The U13 Girls race started 5 mins later with the ‘A’ team of Charlotte Edge, Thea Almqvist-Dutton and Sofia Capelli finishing 26th from 60 teams to start with Charlotte running very well on the first leg.  Unfortunately injuries during the week meant we had an incomplete ‘B’ team with Sasha Mueller and Maya Sutaria.

In the U15 Girls race Olivia Colegrave, Lily Dafter and ZeniaGordon finished 43rd from the 74 teams that started, with Lily on the 2nd leg the fastest on the team by 1 sec from Olivia.   The U17 Women’s team of Niamh Murphy, Melina Duer and Capucine Rousset finished 24th from the 50 teams that started with Niamh the quickest on the competitive 1st leg.

The U15 Boys team was unfortunately incomplete and after Charlie Rollo was troubled with a foot problem on the 1st leg,  Basil Rock  and Alfie Turner  picked up a few places on the 2nd and 3rd legs.

Our fastest boy on the day was Sol and our fastest girl was Niamh, just beating Charlotte’s time from earlier in the day. 

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

 

 

 

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