Having finished 1st in their respective qualifying pools, Lia Stephenson and Montana Jackson were the class act in the triple jump final where they were both well over half a metre ahead of their closest rival. Lia jumped a new indoor personal best distance of 12.66m to claim her first gold BUCS medal. Montana jumped a new life time best distance of 12.44m for the silver medal. Along with Angela Barrett, TVH have three of the top triple jumpers in the country and we look forwards seeing them push each other to even further distances.
Lorraine Ugen, who joined Thames Valley Harriers in December and is “hoping to be a great addition to the club”, has opened her season in outstanding style.
On Wednesday in Stockholm, Lorraine jumped a new club record of 6.71m at the Globen Galan indoor meeting. Three days later, at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, Lorraine jumped even further to moved up to fifth in the world rankings with a winning leap of 6.80m. After her world indoor qualifying standard jump on Saturday, Lorraine said “I knew I needed the win today and perform well for the British crowd. I’m happy with my series in the second competition of the season, and I’m hoping to win in Sheffield. I’m hoping for a medal in Portland which would be a great confidence booster ahead of the Olympics,”.
TVH’s ladies club captain, Zoey Clark, who is also in fine form, unfortunately had to withdraw from the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix due to a horrible chesty cold but is hoping to be able to run at the Indoor British Championships in Sheffield next weekend
There were proper cross country conditions for Saturday’s final Met League race at Alexandra Palace in North London. There was a cold wind blowing and a light rain in the air all afternoon, though thankfully the heavy rainfall that had been forecast stayed away. This meant that there was plenty of mud on the course and spikes were a necessity to safely navigate the steep descent down the infamous Alexandra Palace Hill. It was 2 laps up and down the hill and around the surrounding fields for the ladies race and 3 laps for the men, with soft ground and mud underfoot for most of each lap and the usual pools of water to splash through on the far side of the course. The only change on the day was the decision to run each lap in a clockwise direction, the reverse direction to previous years.