National Cross Country Championships 2017 TVH MenIt was a trip to Wollaton Park in Nottingham for the English National Cross Country Championships, which saw Chris Smith and Tracy Barlow both run well as first home for the TVH men and ladies in the final race of the season in 33rd and 27th place respectively.
England Athletics age group championships held in Sheffield over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February saw some fine performances by TVH young athletes. The highlight of the championships was from TVH’s British junior international triple jumper, Jude Bright-Davies. In a close competition, Jude produced a very good jump in his 4th round to take the lead and become the U20 men’s triple jump champion by 13cm.
In the 60m sprints, Daniel John and Keano Paris-Samuel both had good runs close to their personal best times to make the semi-finals. Keano went on to run a new indoor best of 22.66 in the 200m
TVH’s new Higher Competition Athletes that will be competing in our national senior premier division league teams this summer were also in brilliant form and were all rewarded with medals. 16 year old British No.1 Molly Caudery narrowly missed out on the European Junior qualifying height as she won the U20 pole vault competition in only her first year at this age group with a very good clearance at 4.05m. Jaymee Domoney had his best ever run as he claimed the silver medal in the 1500m with a new life time best of 3:53.92. There was also an excellent silver medal for British junior international Joel Khan who was close to his personal best with 2.10m in the high jump. The last day of competition saw Emmanuel Thomas go clear at 4.40m in the pole vault to claim a very good bronze medal. We are all looking forward to see them competing over the summer.
It was grey but mild on Sunday for the County Masters championships, held at Berkeley Fields – the playing fields on the far side of the infamous Horsenden Hill course. A cold little breeze from the south dropped the temperature, but was of little impact on the race itself. This year the event was combined once again with Herts, which understandably shares the organisation overheads, but also makes it a little less clear as to who is running against who during the race.
The race was run over the ‘standard’ Met League course for Horsenden Hill, but starting on the far side in the playing fields, which meant heading into the hills sooner than usual, and a long flat run after the fast descent into the sharp turn parallel to Horsenden Lane. However this course, notorious for its wet and mud, was unconscionably kind and made for firm going almost all the way around with only a few sections of wet turf and mud. This made the hills way easier than is normally the case, and dare I say it actually a pleasure to go up? It also made for a fast course.
In the under 17 women’s race, Kosana Weir had a great run to finish 27th. Alice Harray was up in the 70s for most of the race and finally finished 89th. In the under 15 girls race Charlotte Buckley had a tremendous run to finish 19th, the best TVH place of the day and beat several girls who were in frond of her in the Southern. In the under 13 girls race, the water was a metre deep in places and some athletes took an early bath. Zakia Mossi had arrived very early and had a good look round the course. This paid off as she finished a fine 32nd. Olivia Colegrave cut it fine and therefore didn’t inspect the dreaded water splash, which was unavoidable. Olivia had a strong run and moved up the field throughout to finish 216th. Lily Dafter, a year younger, found the going tough: although she kept ahead of Olivia on the first lap, she dropped back to 296th.
Our under 13 boys were also one short of a team but still did well. The best performance came from Charlie Rollo who improved throughout the race to only finish 17 places behind Alfie Turner. He was the only one to improve his place on the Southern. Alfie battled throughout the race but used up his energy and lost a few places in the downhill sprint finish. Max went out fast and tried hard to hang on, but unfortunately struggled a bit on the second lap.
British University & Colleges (BUCS) Indoor Championships took place in Sheffield between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th February. Congratulations to BUCS champion Pippa Rogan for winning the high jump, there were also silver medals for Montana Jackson (triple jump) and Danielle Opara (shot), and a bronze medal for Clare Maurer (pole vault).
Pippa Rogan is in the form of her life, after setting a TVH club record of 1.82m at the British Championships last weekend at the same venue, Pippa had another fantastic competition and was close to her best as she added BUCS Indoor high jump gold to her outdoor gold from last summer. Ella Widdop-Gray also did well in the high jump but narrowly missed out on a place in the final with a good jump of 1.63m to come 6th in her qualifying group. Continue reading BUCS Indoor Championships: Pippa Rogan wins Gold in High Jump