Charlotte Buckley third fastest Under 17 in South of England CC relays

Although Charlotte Buckley led the first lap home in the Under 17 Women’s Relay it was hard to notice as she was behind Under 20 women racing with her. The TVH women eventually dropped back to 9th place in their race. Amelia Casey was the target for the other teams to catch and she was passed by eight clubs during the 2.5k lap. Then Lily Cheshire ran a brilliant last lap to bring the team home with her best run or the season.

Having Melina Duer back in the ‘A’ team made a tremendous difference to the under 15 Girls. After Philippine Poupart-Lafarge looked to be way down the field on the first lap in 29th place, but she had been up against some good opposition. Niamh then improved 10 places with the fastest club time. Melina then moved the team up to 16th. To make up a full ‘B’ team, Capuccine Rousset missed some celebrations at a family gathering but then dashed off home. Maddie Casey was not at her best on the second lap but didn’t lose any places. Also having her first race for a long time, Lilly Salkeld was pleased to get involved again and brought the team home 30th.

Our next best result was in the Under 13 Girls relay. Led off by Sasha Mueller in 19th place who did well as there were 39 runners on the first 2k lap. Then Charlotte Edge moved the team up to 15th before Lily Dafter, in her unaccustomed role as anchor, brought the team home in 17th place. Our ‘B’ team did surprisingly well although newcomer Maisie Hugill was running in training shoes and lost six places in the muddy woods. The team was also disqualified because I had not registered her in the team. Unofficially they finished 27th.

After Olivia Sparks got them off to a fine start in 23rd place, Zenia Gordon then blasted round in 8:26 which was faster than two of the ‘A’ team. The ‘C’ team were also successful with Analesse Schoenen on the first lap running well. Mabel Salkeld had her first race of the season and made up five places before another newcomer, Christina Brask-Tyrrell brought them home in 31st place.

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U13 Girls Open the XC season with a Met League Win at Match 1

Possibly the driest ever start to the season at Claybury Park, Woodford. With some of the paths on tarmac most athletes wore training shoes for their races.

A magnificent win by our U13 girls team and the ‘B’ team were 6th. We had eight girls running and one more arrived just after their start so didn’t run. Led home by Kate Price in 3rd place she had a great run even though she raced on Friday in the Schools Cup. Charlotte Edge is beginning to show her true potential when she finished 8th. She was closely followed home by Lily Dafter, 10th. Aramay Robertson also had a good run to finish just behind Lily in 18th place. Then another flurry of TVH had Sasha Mueller 21st, Zenia Gordon running really well for 24th place. Olivia Sparks struggled and was not up at her best for 27th but Analesse Schoenen improved greatly to finish 30th out of 52 runners..

Making a great start to the season the Valley under 11 boys all finished in the top 10. Led home by George Kimble in 5th place, closely followed by Henry Turner in 7th and Reginald Rock 10th. Unfortunately our 4th runner Ollie Seraj missed the start. This was due to the taxi driver they had from Woodford Station, getting lost! The team finished a brilliant 2nd.

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TVH Women in Top 15 at National Road Relays

The senior ladies A team finished a fine 15th place in the National 4-Stage Road Relays in Sutton Park last weekend. The A team was made up of U20’s India and Kosana Weir on the opening legs, followed by Stephanie Ainley on leg 3 and Tracy Barlow on leg 4. The team got off to a great start and gradually worked their way through the field, with a massive boost from Tracy on leg 4. Tracy clocked a super speedy time of 14.34 over an undulating 4.3k to move the team up a whopping 14 places! The B team of Katie Olding, Lisa da Silva and Lara Scerri also put in a solid performance despite being one athlete down.


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TVH’s U13 Girls Impress at the National Road Relay

The TVH Under 13 Girls were the only team to make the start line – with injuries and other commitments we were down to fielding only the one team. They did us proud though, ginishing in 26th place out of the 65 complete teams finishing.

On the first lap, Lily Dafterran well to finish 45th out of the 76 starters. Then Olivia Sparks also finished 45th, having been brought in to make up the team. Then Kate Price stormed through the field to pass 19 girls to bring the team home 26th.

TVH were the 11th Southern team to finish and Kate’s time was the 6th fastest on the last lap. She also ran 15 seconds faster than Cara Terry of Cookham who beat her in the NWL race at Greenford.

Results. 45 L Dafter 16:45; 45 O Sparks 17:06; 26 K Price 15:01. Team 26th.

Fantastic Fourth place for TVH Women at South of England Road Relays

TVH fielded two senior women’s teams in the South of England 4-stage Road Relays held for the first time at Crystal Palace. The advertised distance was 4.5K however times indicated a course a little shy of 4K.
The A Team finished a fantastic fourth place which is the highest placing position by a TVH senior women’s team in this event. The B team also ran strongly to finish in 53rd place, with over 80 teams finishing.
Outstanding performances came from Tracy on leg three of the A Team who clocked a top 10 quickest time of the day with 12 minutes and 27 second and quickest on her stage. Tracy even moved the team up into 2nd in what became a nail biting race.  Sarah Johnson also ran very well clocking 12 minutes and 41 seconds on the opening leg for the A Team, backed up nicely by u20’s Kosana and India on legs 2 and 4 respectively. Also a special mention to Manuel’s sister Iris who was drafted in on the day to complete the B Team. 

There were some issues with the chip timing for the B Team. Luckily Lisa had her watch running so we have salvaged some approximate ‘ish’ times:


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