Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow help TVH to top 10 places at Southern Road Relays.

South of England Road Relays Crystal Palace Sunday 23rd September 2018

Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow helped the TVH men’s and women’s teams both finish in 9th place at the autumn Southern Road Relays as they prepare for the Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff on October 7th.

Mo ran the first leg in the men’s 6 stage team, breaking away on the 2nd lap of the 6.1km course and running the fastest time of the day. Michael Cameron had the difficult job of taking over in the lead, but kept the team well placed  before handing over to Antonio Silva who ran the 2nd fastest time of the TVH team. Veteran mountain runner Chris Smith took over on the 4th leg moving the up two places, followed by strong runs by Chris Thomas on the 5th leg and late addition to the team Sayed Yusuf on the final leg.   

Tracy ran the last of the 4.8km legs in the women’s 4 stage team, moving up in to the top 10 after being well set up by Izzy Dye on the 1st leg (2nd fastest TVH),  team manager Lisa da Silva on the 2nd leg and Victoria Carter on the 3rd leg.  Joanna Mobed was the fastest runner in the TVH women’s B team.

TVH had 3 teams in the men’s race – with Abdi Mohamed the fastest in the B team, 10 seconds faster than an impressive run from Sage Pearce-Higgins just 7 days after running the Berlin Marathon in 2 hrs 38 mins and 2 teams in the over 40s veteran race with Andrew Mitchell fastest for TVH.  

The  Young Athletes had the worst of the weather at Crystal Palace with heavy rain and a flooded start / finish area on the track throughout the morning races, clearing for the senior races with pleasant sunny conditions in the afternoon.                                                  The boys races had teams of four athletes, the girls races teams of three, all running the same 3.1km circuit around the park with a couple of testing hills, starting and finishing on the waterlogged track.

The U13 Boys was the first race and our best result with Sol Inglis,  Morris Rock, Rory McConnon and Cameron McConnon finishing 17th from 50 teams to start. Sol got the team off to a great start in 10th place on the first leg and Cameron finished well on the last leg.

The U13 Girls race started 5 mins later with the ‘A’ team of Charlotte Edge, Thea Almqvist-Dutton and Sofia Capelli finishing 26th from 60 teams to start with Charlotte running very well on the first leg.  Unfortunately injuries during the week meant we had an incomplete ‘B’ team with Sasha Mueller and Maya Sutaria.

In the U15 Girls race Olivia Colegrave, Lily Dafter and ZeniaGordon finished 43rd from the 74 teams that started, with Lily on the 2nd leg the fastest on the team by 1 sec from Olivia.   The U17 Women’s team of Niamh Murphy, Melina Duer and Capucine Rousset finished 24th from the 50 teams that started with Niamh the quickest on the competitive 1st leg.

The U15 Boys team was unfortunately incomplete and after Charlie Rollo was troubled with a foot problem on the 1st leg,  Basil Rock  and Alfie Turner  picked up a few places on the 2nd and 3rd legs.

Our fastest boy on the day was Sol and our fastest girl was Niamh, just beating Charlotte’s time from earlier in the day. 

Autumn Road Season – Good Start for Young Athletes

   Autumn Road Season –  Good Start for Young Athletes  

Great North Run  Sunday 9th September 2018

Mohamud Aadan arrived at the start line of the Great North Run half marathon after his preparations were disrupted by illness, so 9th place (2nd GB) in a time of 63:59 was a good result.  Mo now has time to return to full fitness for the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Sunday 7th Oct where he will be running in the England men’s team and  Tracy Barlow in the England women’s team.

 Middlesex  Young Athletes Road Relays Sunday 9th September 2018

Another good start to the winter road relay season. Although TVH only had one winner, Skye Bishop in the Under 11 girls race, there were several very encouraging performances by our young runners.

What a wonderful performance from our Under 13 girls! Although they didn’t win their relay, they were the first ever team to finish second and third. The ‘C’ team also performed well to finish fifth. With Charlotte Edge, Sofia Cappelli and Olivia Sparks unable to take part it shows what tremendous depth the Valley have in this age group. Congratulations to the ‘B’ team who shadowed the ‘A’ throughout the race.

Skye put in a great performance in the under 11 1500m race and ran 19 seconds faster than last year when she was fourth. Our other under 11 girl, Farrah Ceric, finished 10th.

If there had been a team race in the Under 11 boys race, we would have won it comfortably. Reggie Rock had a great race to finish third. The other three boys, Louis Moore, Wilf Howard Vyse and Ollie Seraj finished sixth, seventh and eighth.

The under 13 girls were led off by Sasha Mueller closely followed by Skyla Robertson and they finished fourth and fifth. Analesse Schoenen was only 29 seconds behind them in seventh place. On lap two Thea Almqvist-Dutton was also shadowed by Anna Kelly who finished 12 seconds behind her as they moved up to second and third. Amelia Seaton also ran well to keep the ‘C’ team in seventh place. On lap three Katerina  closed eight seconds on Maya  but still finished third in the race. Charlotte Brown, our youngest 11-year-old brought her team home in sixth place. With six girls from TVH still in this age group next year, things look promising.

Our under 13 boys were all under 11 except Morris Rock. They had a great result and only lost their relay by seven seconds. Outstanding performance came from Cameron McConnon who ran the second fastest lap in the race and almost caught the leading London Heathside boy by running 20 seconds faster than him. Morris had got the team off to a good start when finishing third on the first lap. Rory McConnon returning after having glandular fever in the summer only lost a place on the second lap Then Cameron took off and almost made it. For the ‘B’ team Henry Turner did well for fourth place and an incomplete team had Dylan Bilboul on the second leg.

Our under 15’s didn’t do so well. The boys had Baqar Abamecha finishing sixth on the first lap, Nelson Gordon could not reproduce his training form and was slower than last year as was Basil Rock. But the ‘B’ team did better than expected. Andrew Schoenen was only three places behind Baqar. On the second stage Romadan Sharif ran well for his lap and Aidan Ferrand arrived in time to complete the ‘B’ team and ran nine seconds faster than last year and almost caught the ‘A’ team. For the Girls, Lily Dafter finished sixth on the first lap, with several incomplete teams Olivia Colegrave moved TVH up to third place but unfortunately Madeleine Casey slipped back to fourth. An incomplete ‘B’ team had Aramay Robertson finish eighth and Zenia Gordon, although running much faster than last year, was fifth at the end of stage two.

The under 17 women’s team had to make late changes as Sarah Kebbell was recovering from an injury, Melina Duer was drafted into the first leg and finished eighth in a strong field. Niamh Murphy was moved up into the ‘A’ team and ran the second lap. Charlotte Buckley was out to beat her age under 13 time but although she ran the fastest lap of her race, she was just a few seconds slower. The team came second, 46 seconds behind the winners. For the ‘B’ team we were left with only Capucine Rousset who ran the first lap solo. It was good to have Shami Umashankar running although he knew that he was our only u17. He is far from fit but he still came to support the club and was only 12 seconds slower than last year.

Results: U11G. 1 S Bishop 5:44; 10 F Ceric 6:24

U11B. 3 R Rock 5:32; 6 L Moore 5:52; 7 W Howard-Vyse 5:56;            8 O Seraj 5:57

U13B. ‘A’ M Rock 11:36; R McConnon 12:00; C McConnon 11:19. Team 2nd 34:55            ‘B’ H Turner 12:18; D Bilboul 14.00

U13G ‘A’ S Mueller 12:39; T Almqvist-Dutton 12:05; M Sutaria 12:23. Team 2nd 37:07                  ‘B’ S Robertson 12:41; A Kelly 12:17; K Simavova 12:15. Team 3rd 37:13                 ‘C’ A Schoenen 13:10; A Seaton 13:12; C Brown 14:09. Team 6th 40.26

U15B ‘A’ B Abamacha 10:48; N Gordon 11:33; B Rock 12:00. Team 5th 34:21               ‘B’ A Schoenen11:13; R Sharif 12:12; A Ferrand 11:23. Team 6th 34:48

U15G ‘A’ L Dafter 12:31; O Colegrave 12:21; M Casey 12:38. Team 4th 37:30                  ‘B’ A Robertson 13:10; Z Gordon 13:11

U17M S Umashankar 11:00

U17W ‘A’ M Duer 12:21; N Murphy 12:10; C Buckley 10:47 (fastest time) Team 2nd 35:18            ‘B’ C Rousset 13:32

 

 

 

TVH Open Day Sunday 16th September 2018

Come and join us for our fund raiser Open Day on Sunday 16th September.

Timetable:

  • 10-20: Walk, Don’t Run– sponsored 3km walk around Wormwood Scrubs., with the opportunity to walk and talk with TVH Heroes, athletes & coaches. 
  • 11-30–11.40: “Making TVH the best athletics club in the UK”– a quick update from club chairman Tim Dye
  • 11-45–12.15: Awards and special guests
  • 12-15–2pm: Barbecue (hog roast + veggie option) in the Linford Christie Stadium.

We have set up a specific fund raising page for this event at

http://mydonate.bt.com/events/tvhopenday/474098

Our fund raising homepage is at

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thamesvalleyharriers

If you are unable to attend the Open Day, we are also inviting TVH members and supporters to raise funds for the club when taking part in other events sponsored runs, walks, bike rides etc. Please contact John should you require any more information.  We are encouraging all club members to set a target of raising £100 each for the club – we can claim 25% Gift Aid on donations from UK taxpayers.

Good luck in your fund raising efforts and many thanks to all who have already made donations. If anyone would like a printed sponsorship form, please ask John Husbands.

Good luck in your fund raising efforts and many thanks to all who have already made donations.