Victory for TVH Men at Derby BAL match

Peter Browne reports:

The team looked a little weakened, and, with the loss of 7 first team athletes Paul Oppe and the rest of the management team were not confident of finishing higher than maybe 3rd or 4th. Happily we were in a strong position having finished 2nd in the first two matches and therefore had a buffer of 2 points over third placed Crawley.

As this was our most distant away match we had decided to stay overnight on Friday and Saturday and the effect was dramatic. Team spirit was very high with everyone interested in everyone else’s performances and support was very vocal. It was a day to savour and I can’t recall too many occasions when the Valley team gelled better or performed better individually and as a team.

We won and we won as a result of collective out-performance by the individuals in the team – a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts!

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Zoey Clarke represents GB in a great win and a National Age Group record at the European U23 Championships

After several days of sitting in the Team hotel, Zoey got her chance to run in the women’s 4x400m relay final on Sunday 12th July! The Life of an International runner is not all glamorous as there was a great deal of doing very little for days in Tallinn  and then  the team had to cope with a  last minute change to plans when it became clear that the race was a straight final with no heats on the Saturday. Zoey ran a fantastic second leg, holding the advantage given to her by Seren Bundy Davis and there was no way Zoey was going to concede her lead advantage over the Russian, Polish and German team runners.  

Front running in a relay race requires confidence and a steady mind, and Zoey was able to hand over the baton in the lead to Victoria Ohuruogo, and Kirsten McAslan once again ran a strong last leg to hold of the Polish Runner to bring the team home with a great win and a National Age Group record of  3:30.07!  The Splits for the run  were as follow (Bundy-Davies 52.1, Zoey Clark 52.7, Ohuruogo 53.18, Kirsten McAslan 51.99).

UKWAL Match 2: TVH Ladies Victorious Again

In an exciting match TVH ladies claimed their second consecutive victory of the season by just 3 match points from hosts Birchfield Harriers. This now places the fantastic team 3 league points clear of Windsor Slough and Eton (WSEH) and 4 league points ahead of Birchfield Harriers. TVH are well positioned to win the league and go on to represent Great Britain in the European Club Champions Cup next May but will need an equally good result in the final match in August.

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Congratulations to TVH’s English Schools Medalists and Finalists

Thames Valley Harriers had a dozen athletes competing at the English Schools’ AA national champions in Gateshead. There were some fantastic results including three club records that were also all medal winning performances.

A gold for Jude Bright-Davies in the triple jump that puts him top of the U17 National rankings.

Ella Widdop-Gray got the TVH contingent to a great start with a great clearance over 1.70m in the high jump to win a bronze medal and set a new U20 club record.

India Weir, Kosana Weir and Alice Harray ran in a new event, the Inter Girls 1500m Steeplechase, with India missing out on selection for the England team by 0.2 seconds when running a fantastic new club record time, 4:57.46.

TVH’s Finalists: 

Tayla Brade 6th 100m Senior Girls 12.12

India Weir 3rd (Bronze) Inter Girls 1500m Steeplechase 4:57.46 PB & New Club Record

Kosana Weir 4th Inter Girls 1500m Steeplechase 5:08.26 PB

Alice Harray 10th Inter Girls 1500m Steeplechase 5:21.15

Tiger Brewer 8th Junior Boys High Jump 1.78m PB

Ella Widdop-Gray 3rd (Bronze) Senior Girls High Jump 1.72m PB & New U20 Club Record

Jude Bright-Davies 1st (Gold) Inter Boys Triple Jump 14.24m PB & New U20 Club Record

Funmi Ademuwagum 14th Inter Girls Shot Putt 11.73m PB

Paid job opportunity: Thames Valley Harriers – Community project

In an exciting development, Thames Valley Harriers, one of Britain’s top running clubs, is wishing to get more involved in the local West London Community. As a result there is an exciting new job opportunity:-

Development Officer: The role is to develop TVH’s role in the community, increasing the opportunity for residents in West London to participate in athletics.

Pay: £20,000 – £25,000 (depending on experience) pro-rata, based on a 36 hour week.

Application form can be found here:  http://www.thamesvalleyharriers.com/us/apply-now/

The role is part-time, approximately 17.5 hours a week, initial contract 6 months with possibility of extension for 1 year.

For more information about TVH and this roles visit www.thamesvalleyharriers.com .

Applications should be made to pauloppe@aol.com enclosing a covering letter explaining why you are suited to the role and a CV limited to 2 pages. If you have questions you can contact Paul on 07941311726 between 9 am and 6pm.

Closing date: 17 July 2015. Interviews week 20 July.