The Valley had athletes in all the races and were helped round by the enthusiastic parents and supporters.
Starting with the Under 11 girls race we only had Anna Kelly who had a fine run to finish eighth out of 23 runners. Underfoot it was very muddy in places but there were nine teams competing.
Also in the under 11 boys race we were also short of a team. After an eight hour drive home from Northumberland and arriving at 2.0 am Reginald Rock did very well to finish third. Behind him Wilf Howard-Vyse had a great time in only his second race to finish eighth out of 38.
The under 13 girls were helped to third place by Skye Bishop running in this race after arriving too late for the under 11 event. Olivia Sparks had a great run to finish fourth and Skye showed just how good she is by finishing ninth just in front of Zenia Gordon who was naturally annoyed with herself at losing out to Skye.
With the Valley supporters at fever pitch the under 13 boys were swept round by their enthusiasm and all performed well. Alfie Turner was our first home in fifth place and was always up with the leading group. Morris Rock didn’t go to sleep after his long journey. In fact he had a splendid run to finish eighth. Charlie Rollo also back from holiday finished 10th, well up in a field of 32.
Both our under 15s teams won their races. The girls were very pleased with their achievement of having three girls in the first six. Niamh Murphy was second and just held off Maddie Casey by three seconds. Melina Duer was a bit wary after breathing problems the previous week but ran sensibly for 6th place.
After a back injury at Brighton, Abdikafi Abdi was back in action. He had a tough race for the lead but finally finished a good second beating a Harrow boy on the line. Although Basil Rock finished a minute behind the winner he still had a good race to finish eighth. After a talk with his Team Manager, Baqar Abamecha started the race determined to do well. He was chased by clubmate Nelson Gordon the whole race only to lose out by four seconds over the last 400m. They were 12th and 13th. The team were first and may win the league title on March 3rd at Wormwood Scrubs.
With one runner in both the under 17’s races it was an impressive win by Amelia Casey by 30 seconds in the Ladies race. Nicholas Duer decided to run at the last minute and was glad he did and was pleased to finish third in the Men’s race.
Continue reading Nine teams of TVH Young Athletes swept round by enthusiastic supporters at the NWL YAL
In what were the stickiest, muddiest conditions of the 2017/18 Met League so far, Wormwood Scrubs hosted a record field of 262 finishers in the 6km ladies race, including a 13-strong TVH ladies
team. Yet another excellent turn out!
Fantastic performances from India Weir in 8th (23:38.67), Kosana Weir in 9th (23:40.95) and Kate Olding in 19th (24:27.990 meant that we dominated the U20’s. Well done ladies!
It was also a great result for the senior ladies to finish 2nd in the Division 1 senior ladies race and just 24 points behind London Heathside in first place, leaving us in 5th place overall with
only one race left (Trent Park on 10th February).
Sarah Johnson, coming off her fantastic second place in last weekend’s Middlesex Championships, was the first TVH senior lady to cross the line, finishing 11th overall in 23:58.33. Also putting in
strong performances and making the TVH senior ladies top 3 were Lisa da Silva in 33rd position (25:25.11), with Lara Scerri in 53rd (26:40.70).
Continue reading The TVH Ladies 2017/18 cross country season goes from strength to strength and the future is bright!
It was the 4th Met League of the the series and TVH hosted a record field of 544 senior men for a typically muddy, windswept race around the scrubs. The wide, long stretch to the first corner meant a fast start and time for the men to spread out before the challenge of the muddy back section of the course and high winds around the copse.
A 30 strong team of Valley men raced brilliantly to place the TVH senior men 1st in division 2, maintaining TVH’s place at the top of the table with a strong lead for a likely promotion to division 1.
The Veteran Men finished 2nd overall and also maintaining their place at the top of division 2, however with very little separating the top 3 we need a strong turn out at the final race to secure promotion.
Please see below for individual results..
Race Position and Time
24 Conor Kisane-Wood 27:37
28 James Ellis 27:51
36 Charlie Houston 28:21
108 Andrew Mitchell 30:02
111 Daniel Garcia-Rasines 30:05
125 Mohamed Binow 30:35
126 Jake Hooley 30:36
128 Calum Nicol 30:38
134 Ryan Keane 30:43
135 Naol Abagibe 30:44
165 Lewis Jackson 31:27
191 Tom Binnie 32:07
201 Lucillo Burrell 32:14
216 Hugo Dias 32:26
227 Manuel Da Silva 32:41
233 Jack McKeon 32:47
266 Steve Norris 33:30
275 Matt Ponting 33:39
278 David Franks 33:41
291 Greg Bennett 34:00
332 Thibault Audic 35:05
339 Scott Brewer 35:13
342 Paul Woodgate 35:16
359 Heinrich Hummel 35:57
365 James Malcolm 36:15
371 Peter Keane 36:21
413 Yi-Heng Chew 37:19
428 Richard Hooley 37:41
449 Richard Bell 38:19
459 David Ford 38:49
Thanks to all those who raced (and officiated) on Saturday and I hope to see you all at the final race at Trent park on the 10th of February.
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It was another change of venue for this year’s Middlesex Cross Country Championships which took place at Greenford on Saturday, though the men’s and ladies medal winners had a familiar Valley ring to them.
Once again TVH athletes won a full set of medals, with gold for India Weir in the junior U20 ladies race, silver for the TVH senior ladies team, silver for Sarah Johnson in the senior ladies race, silver for Chris Smith in the senior men’s race and bronze for Jake Hooley in the junior U20 men’s race.
Congratulations to all the Valley athletes on such an impressive medal haul!
Continue reading Gold, Silver and Bronze for TVH at the Middlesex Cross Country Championships
A great start for the Valley parents as they watched our young athletes start the day on a high note. With three of our top boys unable to take part we still had great performances from the rest of the team. This time Henry Turner managed to beat Reginald Rock for the first time this season, if only by one second, for his fourth place. Reg gave him a good race for his victory but there are still three races to go. Conrad Mathews improved on his performance from the County race the previous week with his 11th place. Although the course was quite dry Ollie Seraj managed to lose a shoe in a muddy patch but still did well to finish 21st. Dylan Bilboul was just behind him, also having a better run than last week with his 28th place.
Continue reading Middlesex Championships – TVH start the day by winning Under 11 Boys race and second in under 11 Girls race