It was an excellent TVH turn out for the South of England cross-country relays on Saturday. Conditions were blustery and at times wet making the course saturated and muddy in parts. Three strong senior teams and one under 20 team completed the Wormwood scrubs course.
The under 20 ladies completed 3 legs of a 2.5km course to bring home a bronze medal. India Weir had a good start on first leg bringing the team home 5th (8:22). Alice Harray followed with another solid run that maintained 5th place (9:23) and Kosana Weir completed the team with a good run that lifted their overall position to 3rd team in the U20 category (8:29).
Congratulations to TVH’s Kosana and India Weir, who ran at the UK Cross Challenge Under 20 Race at Milton Keynes. Kosana finished 19th and India 29th.
Breakthrough of the day came from Emilie White who finished seventh for The Godolphin and Latymer School at St Albans. Having recently changed clubs to TVH she showed tremendous ability in the junior race which had 72 finishers.
Kate Price led her team home with a brilliant third place and Sasha Mueller was well placed in 27th position. The team finished sixth. In the intermediate event, Maddie Casey also had a great run to finish 18th and helped Putney High School to finish fourth team.
After some heavy rain the hilly course at Stanborough Park, our under 11 boys did TVH proud by packing three boys in the first eight finishers. George Kimble was fifth, closely followed by Henry Turner seventh and Reginald Rock eighth. New nine-year-old Ollie Seraj was having his first race and finished 30th out of the 41 runners. The team were a very close second, only two points behind Shaftesbury. Over the two races they are two points behind VP&TH.
We had two runners in the under 11 girls race and Skye Bishop once again did extremely well to finish eighth out of the 56 taking part. She was the third under 10 in the race. Her time was only 10 seconds slower than Reginald. Emma Hooley looked full of running at the finish and with more experience will improve on her 37th place.
Max Bishop was running after having stitches in a leg injury and will do better than 26th when he has regained his confidence. Unfortunately Morris Rock had a bad day and Jifar Ahmed stayed with him to get him over the line even though they were the last two home. In the under 15/17 boys race we only had Nelson Gordon running and he didn’t have his heart in it as a lone Valley runner and finished 53rd out of 79.
It was a great turn out from the TVH SENIOR LADIES team at the second Met League fixture. There were 249 women who completed the course, a field which, for this race only, included the Cambridge University XC team. The new venue hosted a complicated course which was undulating and muddy in parts.
First home for TVH was Stephanie Ainley (15th, 23:18) continuing her excellent start to the season. Kate Olding was next to finish from TVH (22nd, 23:42); as well as scoring loads of points for the senior team in this race, Kate also finished 5th in the U20 race. Lisa da Silva finished strong in 35th (24:43).
Siana and Lara were next to finish in 103rd (27:06) and 121st (27:56). Frankie Lynch finished 180th (30:37) closely followed by Kirstie Tew in 185th (30:50). Cate Robinson (229, 35:19) had another successful XC race for TVH (229, 35:19) and Christine Munden finished the team in 234th (36:05).
Hugo Dias continues his resurgence and finished 222nd (29:55), with another Imperial man and U20 athlete, Jack McKeon, making good on his Met League debut in 272nd (31:06) with vet Greg Bennett nursing some bruised ribs to finish 328th (32:53). A trio of Valley vets completed the team led by Richard Bell in 441st (36:06) with Bernie Robbins 4 seconds behind in 445th (36:10) and David Ford finishing in 449th (36:23) for an excellent team performance.
The senior men finished 2nd team overall in Division 2 and the Veteran men finished joint 2nd in Division 2, meaning after 2 races this leaves both the TVH Senior Men and Veteran Men on top of Division 2!