British Athletics League

The British Athletics League (BAL) provides the highest level of team competition for TVH’s top male athletes. The competing teams are the 38 best in the England, Scotland and Wales. The competition is split into five divisions with promotion/relegation for the top/bottom two teams. The BAL generally follows UK Athletic rules on Higher Competition and Foreign Athletes who have to be registered well in advance of the competitive season.

TVH BAL 2019 Team
Management Team: Chris McAlister and Phil Wetton 
Physio: Jade Smith-Brown
Officials: Graham Bentley, Geoff Hawes, Dave Huffer, John Husbands, Marion Huffer and Barrie Saunders

2019 BAL Division 1 Teams
Bournemouth AC
City of Liverpool 
Sale Harriers Manchester 
Southampton AC
Swansea Harriers 
Thames Valley Harriers 
Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC 

2019 BAL  Division 1 Dates and Venues
Saturday May 12th Swansea (with Premier) 
Saturday June 9th June Leigh (with UKWAL Prem)
Saturday July 6th LCS 
Sunday August 3rd  Robin Park Arena 

Thames Valley Harriers BAL History
TVH were one of the founder members of BAL in 1969 and has been a member of the league ever since. TVH are one of the most successful teams in the history of the BAL. TVH won the BAL in only its second season in 1970 and retained the title again in 1971. TVH’s next league victory came in 1994 when TVH also won the cup to make it a first league and cup double for the men’s team. As winners of BAL in 1994, TVH went on to be GB’s representative at the European Champion Clubs Cup that were held in Portugal in 1995, finishing 5th against the best teams in Europe.

 20TVH BAL Record
1969    Division 1       3rd
1970    Division 1       1st       League Champions
1971    Division 1       1st       League Champions
1972    Division 1       2nd      Runners Up
1973    Division 1       2nd      Runners Up
1974    Division 1       3rd
1975    Division 1       2nd      Runners Up
1976    Division 1       3rd
1977    Division 1       4th
1978    Division 1       4th
1979    Division 1       3rd
1980    Division 1       5th
1981    Division 2       5th
1982    Division 3       2nd
1983    Division 2       3rd
1984    Division 2       1st       Division Champions    
1985    Division 1       7th
1986    Division 2       3rd
1987    Division 2       1st         Division Champions    
1988    Division 1       7th
1989    Division 1       1st         Division Champions    
1990    Division 1       5th
1991    Division 1       3rd
1992    Division 1       5th
1993    Division 1       4th
1994    Division 1       1st          League Champions
1995    Division 1       2nd      Runners Up
1996    Division 1       3rd
1997    Division 1       2nd
1998    Division 1       5th
1999    Division 1       5th
2000    Division 1       8th
2001    Division 2       3rd
2002    Division 2       3rd
2003    Division 2       2nd
2004    Division 1       7th
2005    Division 2       2nd
2006    Premier            8th     (Premier Division introduced)
2007    Division 1       4th
2008    Division 1       8th
2009    Division 2       4th
2010    Division 2       6th
2011    Division 2       2nd
2012    Division 1       5th
2013    Division 1       5th
2014    Division 1       7th
2015    Division 2      1st     Division Champions
2016    Division 1      1st     Division Champions
2017     Premier         6th 
2018     Premier         7th

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