The South of England cross-country championships were held at Parliament hill this weekend. The rain stayed away and the ground, relative to previous years, was fairly firm. There were 571 ladies on the course and 63 complete teams. Eight TVH ladies completed the course and the first 4 scored to bring the team home in 9th position.
Lucy Smith was the first TVH lady to finish in 45th position. Lucy, despite suffering from a cold at this race, appears to be continually improving now she is able to train again, it will be great to see her racing at the nationals next month when she is truly back on form. Fiona Thompson was next to finish, only a few places behind Lucy in 56th. After taking some time out due to injury, it was great to have Fiona back in the team. Stephanie Ainley finished 65th and Chloe Beckett completed the scoring team in 115th. Stephanie and Chloe are having excellent first cross-country seasons in the senior ladies TVH team, both appear to be getting stronger and faster with every race.
Lauren Morris has also improved her performance through this season, she took on the mud in her usual determined spirit this week and finished 252nd. Barbara Maddison, looking good on the hills, finished 471st, just in front of Kirstie Tew (492nd) who was looking relaxed after also having completed the Parkrun earlier in the day. Charlie Le Rougetel, racing for the first time at Parliament Hill, finished 513th. Charlie steadily worked her way through this tough course which is longer, muddier and definitely more hilly than her usual course on the Wormwood scrubs.
Continue reading Top ten finish for TVH senior ladies at the South of England cross country championships
Thames Valley Harriers have started the year in fantastic style, following their recent successes at cross country, TVH athletes continue their fine form by winning medals at the South of England Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley. There was a Championship Best Performance, three new indoor club record and five medals for TVH athletes; three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Continue reading CBP and Five Medals at the South of England Indoor Championships
The 4th Met League race of the season saw a return to Trent Park, close to Cockfosters in north London on Saturday January 14th. The park has been used for the occasional Met League and county championships in the past and has always been a challenging though popular course and is a welcome addition to this season’s Met League.
Continue reading TVH battle the mud at Met League Match 4
The Trent Park Met League fixture was held in one large field with a hard uphill run to the finish.
Continue reading Great runs for TVH’s Young Athletes at Trent Park Met League
It was another successful start to the new year for the TVH men and women in the Middlesex County Cross Country Championships, which this year moved to a new venue at Hillingdon House Farm on Saturday.
The Valley men and women repeated their medal haul from last year’s championships, winning another full set of gold, silver and bronze county medals across both teams.
Tracy Barlow was the clear gold medal winner in the women’s race, and she was well supported by the Valley ladies to win bronze team medals, and Chris Smith completed the full set of medals with a 2nd place finish and a silver medal in the men’s race, while the men’s team were unlucky to miss out on team medals in 4th place.
Congratulations to all the medal winners and thanks to all those who raced and to all the Valley helpers and supporters on the day.
Continue reading A FULL SET OF SENIOR MEDALS FOR TVH IN MIDDLESEX CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS