Thames Valley Harriers young athletes were given another opportunity to run at the Olympic Stadium on an evening where there was a new world record set in the women’s 100m hurdles, 3 new British records and Usain Bolt ran his fastest 200m of the year.
TVH were one of the few clubs with a team in all eight 4x100m Club:Connect Relay races. Well done to athletes and coaches as managed to get fantastic team performances including 3 new age group club records.
It was a fine, if slightly muggy, morning as 583 runners gathered in Surrey for the 9 am start to the Elmbridge 10k, the seventh stage of the TVH Endurance Cup.
Parking is a perennial issue at this event. This is exacerbated by the (relatively) remote location of the race HQ. Try getting there by public transport on a Sunday morning. When you do arrive, they do not have a designated baggage area, meaning it’s pot luck about whether you score a pay locker in the leisure centre. Moving to the start area, there is a serious bottleneck, meaning you have to arrive there very early or push by people to be at the front (remembering that the off is itself a rather fresh 9 am). Compared to other events there are areas where this could be improved and it’ll be interesting to see if it retains its place on the prestigious TVH Endurance Cup tour.
Anyway, cutting to the chase, three Valley runners took part. First in from the Club, claiming ninth overall and 20 Endurance Cup points was Conor Kissane-Wood. As one of the first 100 finishers, he claimed a ‘gold’ medal for his time of 34:23, a tantalising second off of his PB. Well done Conor nonetheless! The second TVH runner, Paul Woodgate, registered a strong 41:33. This earnt him 150th overall, nineteen Endurance Cup points and a ‘silver’ medal (awarded for 101st-200th). v60 Nick Michael, as well as driving, registered a season’s best 55:26 in 440th, a ‘bronze’ medal and eighteen important points.
All of which moves Paul Woodgate ahead of Chris Thomas in the men’s Endurance Cup table, leaving the women’s contest unchanged. What will happen? You’ll have to wait until September for the final two episodes: the Victoria Park/Middlesex Championship 10k and the Southern Road Relays at Aldershot.
Lorraine Ugen will fly the flag for TVH in the Rio Olympics after winning selection to represent Team GB in the long jump.
Get ready for a couple of late nights as all being well she will be competing at the following times (BST):
– Qualifying – Tuesday 16th August 1.05am
– Final – Wednesday 17th August 1:15am
Having finished just a point away from winning the last home Southern League match in June, the Valley men and women made sure of maximum points by winning the second home match by 22 points in the fourth Southern League match of the season at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday.
In an impressive team performance the final match scores placed TVH first on 207.5 points, Radley 2nd on 185.5 points, Southampton 3rd on 168.5 points and City of Norwich 4th on 153.5 points.
The match statistics make impressive reading with the men and women both fielding strong teams of 27 and 20 athletes respectively, with the men posting 7 wins and the women an incredible 23 wins on the day.
TVH Vets men travelled to Perivale on a fine Wednesday evening for the 4th and final installment of the SCVAC Vets league Mid-London division. A couple of injuries left the team slightly depleted but no less determined to hold on to the solid 4th place attained over the previous three outings.