A home match is always a good chance to field a strong team and provide a good match performance and the Valley men and women didn’t disappoint with a 2nd place finish in the third Southern League match of the season at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday.
It was an incredibly close match between the top team in the league, Chelmsford, the 3rd placed team in the league, Nene Valley Harriers, and the Valley, and TVH came very close to winning the match and missed doing so by the smallest of margins.
Clieo Stephenson, Pippa Rogan, and Jude Bright-Davies became England Athletics Champions over the weekend 18th/19thJune at Bedford International stadium.
Clieo Stephenson is having her best ever season and equalled her life time best time, 11.73 (w -0.2), set this year with her fantastic win at the England Athletics championship 100m final. Clieo is also the current holder of the BUCS 100m title and also won the 100m for TVH ladies team at their European cup match in Portugal in May.
For the third competition in a row, Pippa Rogan, cleared 1.75m to win the U23 women’s high jump and narrowly missed out again on another personal best/club record with her good attemps at 1.81m. Pippa is also having an outstanding season having already picked up BUCS and South of England championships titles and a win in her first UKWAL premier division match.
17 years old, Jude Bright-Davies, had a remarkable competition to set a new personal best and new TVH club record, 15.39m, to win the U20’s men triple jump final. This new club record is inside the European Athetics Youth Championships qualifying distance of 14.70m. Jude is the number 1 ranked U20 triple jumper in the UK, having just moved up from the U17 age group where he was the UK’s top U17 triple jumper in 2015.
Two superb silver medals were also won by Chris McAlister in the U23 men’s 400m hurdles (52.13) and Lia Stephenson U23’s women’s triple jump (12.20m).
There were several other great performances from TVH athletes, including the trio Danielle Opara (U23 shot), Katie Lambert (U20 hammer) and Sophie Mace (U20 discus) who all were unfortunate to miss out on the medals as they finished in 4th place in their respective events.
There were many Thames Valley Harriers athletes competing for their schools at the U15/U17 County Schools’ Championships on Saturday 11th June. TVH athletes were rewarded with 8 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals plus many more personal best performances including those from athletes who just missed out on the podium.
10 medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze) were won by Thames Valley Harriers athletes at the 2016 regional track and field championships. Pippa Rogan continued her outstanding season with gold in wet conditions at the South of England Championships with very good clearance of 1.75m with Annabelle Bates claiming the bronze in the high jump. There was also a gold/bronze combination in the senior women’s triple jump/U20 men’s triple jump with Lia Stephenson and Joel Bright-Davies claiming their respective medals.
Read on for many more outstanding results from TVH athletes.
This is turning into a golden season for the Valley with a win in the first Men’s match at Watford followed by the Women’s team winning the European Clubs event last week and now another stunning win from the Men’s team on home turf at the Linford Christie Stadium .
The men’s team produced a terrific performance to win the match by almost 50 points and with two wins out of two matches we are leading Division 1, ahead of Southampton by two League points. Significantly, on a day where the other clubs effectively reversed the positions from Match 1, there are eight points between us and the 3rd club. Continue reading 2 WINS OUT OF 2 KEEP TVH MEN TOP OF BAL DIVISION 1→