Start Fitness Metropolitan League Match 5, Alexandra Palace, 9th February 2019
The Metropolitan League cross country season finished at a very windy, but not quite as muddy as expected, Alexandra Park. Although the total number of runners was down on the previous fixture at Wormwood Scrubs, there were still 441 finishers in the men’s race and 244 in the women’s race.
Congratulations to Jasmine Palmer on another great performance at Alexandra Park. She finished second in the junior women’s race but was the first under 15 girl to finish. This crowned her as Metropolitan League Under 15 champion with 399 points out of a possible 400. What makes this even more outstanding is that this is her first season as an athlete with TVH. Continue reading TVH finish Met League Cross Country season well at Alexandra Palace
British Indoor Championships – Birmingham 9th / 10th February 2019
With several TVH athletes competing at the British Indoor Championships, the best performances over the weekend came from our three medallists; gold for Zoey Clark and silvers for Rachel Miller and Amelia Strickler.
Zoey Clark comfortably progressed to the 400m final with wins in Saturday’s heat in 53.87 and semi-final in 52.62. Zoey used her indoor racing experience in the final coming past leader Laviai Nielsen in the home straight to win the title in 52.85. Zoey was particularly happy with the win giving her automatic qualification for the British team for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Continue reading Zoey Clark wins British Indoor Title
South of England Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill, Sat 26th January 2019
Congratulations to Charlotte Buckley on her magnificent sixth place in the Under 17 Women’s 5km race, sprinting past four athletes in the closing stages. She led the team to 6th place and was backed up with some great performances by the rest of the girls. Sarah Kebbell came away with a tremendous 19th place in her first Southern championships. Our next best position came in the Under 15 Girls race where Jasmine Palmer was also racing at her first Southern, her 25th place (2 days after the Middx Schools cross country champs) showed what great talent we have at Thames Valley. Continue reading Charlotte Buckley highest TVH finisher at Southern cross country
It has been a busy start to the year for many TVH athletes competing Indoors with competitions every weekend in January. The highlights for this month have included new records for Pippa Rogan, Rachel Miller, Amelia Strickler and Jack Hatton.
Rachel (coached by Linford Christie) and Jack had secured their places at the Vienna / Bratislava International meetings on 26th / 27th January and both ran PBs and new Club Records at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley; Rachel running 7.24 secs for 60m and Jack 7.90 secs for 60m hurdles. Rachel improved further to 7.20 secs in Vienna and Jack ran 7.93 secs in Bratislava. Luke Lennon-Ford also competed in Vienna running 47.86 secs in the 400m.
Pippa Rogan broke the long standing Championship Best Performance at Lee Valley, equalling her 1.82m indoor best. Amelia Strickler improved her indoor shot best to 17.24m in Cardiff on 11th January, just 6cm less than her outdoor best. Continue reading Indoor Results round-up – new records for Pippa Rogan, Rachel Miller, Amelia Strickler and Jack Hatton
Start Fitness Metropolitan League Match 4, Wormwood Scrubs 12th January 2019
TVH hosted the 4th Start Fitness Met League fixture on a dry breezy day at Wormwood Scrubs and for the second successive year there was a record number of competitors with 1,243 runners finishing; 119 Under 11s, 118 Under 13s, 157 Under 15s & Under 17s, 293 in the women’s race and 547 in the men’s race to be exact! The event has grown rapidly in recent years, alongside the popularity of parkruns; there were 80% more young athletes, 80% more women and 50% more men competing compared to the corresponding fixture at the Scrubs in 2015. With very little rain in the 2 weeks before the event, the Scrubs was mostly dry, making for some fast races.
Men’s Race – with an excellent turnout of 33 TVH men the team performed very well in both the Div 1 senior competition and the veteran competition, finishing 3rd senior team and 5th veteran team in Div 1 . We had 12 men in the top 85 including veteran athletes Andrew Mitchell and Naol Abagibe with Gordon Low the first over 50 in an impressive 130th place. Continue reading Great TVH performances and turnout at Home Met League cross country