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TVH’s new British Athletics League captain Chris McAlister aims to lead from the front in helping TVH push on from last season’s strong first season back on the Premiership.

A fine 400m runner who in recent years has excelled over 400m hurdles, Chris’s ability to pull out big performances in the League matches has done a lot to help the TVH men’s team rise through the ranks.

With PBs set from an excellent 2016 season, Chris is looking to improve again this year and get below the 50 second mark for the 400m hurdles this summer. And hopefully celebrate a successful team season too!

Performance progression:

1. How did you get into athletics ? 
At my first secondary school sports day I got put in a 4×400 on last leg and overcame a gap of about 15 metres (other reports say 20 but I will not embellish) to record a heroic win and I became addicted. Although I only took it up as my main sport when I was 17, about the same time I realised you couldn’t get girls playing cricket.
2. Which achievements in the sport are you proudest of? 

I won the English Schools title in my first year as a 400m Hurdler. This was the first time I had even qualified to go, so that was pretty special. I recorded a 1.2 seconds PB in the final.

3. What have been the biggest factors in your development? 
My training environment and coach. I have trained with Marina Armstrong for 5 years now, although not directly whilst at uni. The time she devotes to me and the group is a clear factor in our progression: she is always researching new ways to get us running faster and devoting time to getting things perfect. I was also consistently pushing my boundaries in early 2016, running PB times in 6 out of my first 10 races in the year which was a great period for me in hindsight.
4. What’s the toughest challenge you’ve overcome? 

I seemed to have one setback after another last season (2017) but I’m very proud in hindsight with what I managed to achieve after injury and a tough final year of university. University presented a great challenge in mostly training solo for three years, I am glad to be back in a group environment now.

5. Who have been your heroes/role models? And your mentors? 
My whole training group are inspiring environment, Jacob Paul has been an excellent mentor and role model to me and has helped me develop quickly as well as Marina.
My athletics idols are quite obscure: David Hemery, John Akii-Bua and Arthur Wint are all very inspirational to me and have fascinating stories, all worth reading about if you get the chance.

6. What part has TVH played in your development? 

I joined TVH in 2014 when looking for a higher claim club. Team manager Paul Oppe took a punt on me (then an obscure 56 second 400m hurdler) and the rest is history.
Competing for TVH has pushed me hard, especially now we’re in the prem. Both my 400 hurdles and 400 flat PBs were for TVH in 2016 so competing for the team and helping push for promotion has brought out the best in me.

7. What are your top athletics goals – for the near-term and the long-term? 

This season I am looking to kick on from my British Champs final appearance in 2017, I’d like to win national medals and consistently run 50 point times.
Longer term, I’d like to stay healthy and push for international selection and lower my time to under 50 seconds. I’d also love to travel around and race in as many places as possible.

8. What are your interests and aims outside athletics? 

I am lucky enough to have a stimulating and accommodating (for training) job in the Civil Service and I would like to work my way up, helping to sort out brexit in the process. I’d like to be involved in public politics one day and promote my love for sport to the world.
9. What’s your top training tip? 

Drink Guinness for Iron. If you don’t like it then (try to) run with a smile and remember your goals every session.

10. Describe your personality in three words! 
Persistant, Passionate, Industrious.

2018 Summer Fixtures List

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May TVH’s ladies team will be Great Britain’s representatives at the European Champion Clubs Cup in Birmingham after winning the UKWAL Premier Division in 2017. Please come along to support the team. Tickets are now on sale at:

Read on for a full list of TVH’s summer fixtures:
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TVH Athletes win Team Gold at Inter Counties

After heavy rain on Friday the venue was extremely wet and muddy at Loughborough for the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. All 12 TVH’s athletes did extremely well in challenging conditions.

The highlight was Middlesex senior men, managed by TVH’s Phil Wetton, winning team gold. TVH’s Chris Smith was back to great form coming home second scorer in an excellent 17th place. James Ellis backed up his fine run at the Nationals two weeks earlier with another very good run coming home in 95th place.

The ladies and girls Middlesex teams have also been in very well managed by TVH’s Jeane Browne for many years. The sole TVH representative in the senior women’s race was Sarah Johnson who had a strong race to finish in 61st place as the Middlesex finished as one of the top counties in the UK in eight.

In the junior races, TVH had the first Middlesex Man home in the Under 20’s Jake Hooley was 91st and Max Buckley was  the fourth scorer as the team finished 20th.

Likewise in the Under 20 Women’s event, Kosana Weir led the team home in 26th place. India was fourth scorer in 69th place to bring the team home ninth.

TVH had five members of Middlesex County young athletes teams at Loughborough.

In the under 13 girls we had Kate Price who was a magnificent 33rd and the second Middlesex girl and Charlotte was the last Middlesex girl although she will still be under 13 next year. The team finished in eighth place, which was a good result.

TVH also had two representatives in the under 15 boys event. Abdikifi Abdi was the fifth Middlesex boy home and Shami Umanaskar unfortunately lost his shoes in the mud but did well to complete the Middlesex team.

Charlotte Buckley who has had a restricted cross country season was selected by the retiring team manager Jean Browne on past performances. She had her best run or the winter to be the second Middlesex woman home in the under 17 race. The team finished in eighth place.

Congratulations to all TVH athletes and team managers that did so well for their county.

Inter County Championships, Loughborough, 10th March, Results:

Under 13 Girls. Team 8th.
33 K Price 15:18; 176 C Edge 16:51.

Under 15 Boys. Team 15th.
180 A Abdi 23:03; 269 S Umashankar 24:16.

Under 17 Women. Team 8th.
44 C Buckley 24:28.

Under 20 Men. Team 20th.
91 J Hooley 34:27; 137 M Buckley 36:51.

Under 20 Women. Team 9th.
26 K Weir 28:23; 69 I Weir 36:31.

Senior Women. Team 8th.
61 S Johnson 37:20

Senior Men. Team 1st.
17 C Smith 44:55; 95 J Ellis 48:13.

TVH’s Amelia Strickler selected to represent GB at the Euro Throwing Cup

Congratulations to TVH’s Amelia Strickler, who has been selected to represent  Great Britain at the Euro Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March.

Congratulations and best of luck to Amelia and the rest of the British team.

For further details, please see the British Athletics press release:

GB selection for TVH’s Mohamud Aadan and Tracy Barlow

Congratulations to  TVH’s Mohamud Aadan and Tracy Barlow for being selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships this year!

Tracy’s GB call-up follows her recent performance for Great Britain at the  World Athletics Championship  in the marathon last summer.  This will be Mo’s first GB vest. Congratulations and best of luck to both athletes!