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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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CHRIS SMITH & TRACY BARLOW LEAD SENIORS HOME AT NATIONAL XC

National Cross Country Championships 2017 TVH MenIt was a trip to Wollaton Park in Nottingham for the English National Cross Country Championships, which saw Chris Smith and Tracy Barlow both run well as first home for the TVH men and ladies in the final race of the season in 33rd and 27th place respectively.

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Success for Morris and Norris at County Masters championships

It was grey but mild on Sunday for the County Masters championships, held at Berkeley Fields – the playing fields on the far side of the infamous Horsenden Hill course. A cold little breeze from the south dropped the temperature, but was of little impact on the race itself. This year the event was combined once again with Herts, which understandably shares the organisation overheads, but also makes it a little less clear as to who is running against who during the race.

The race was run over the ‘standard’ Met League course for Horsenden Hill, but starting on the far side in the playing fields, which meant heading into the hills sooner than usual, and a long flat run after the fast descent into the sharp turn parallel to Horsenden Lane. However this course, notorious for its wet and mud, was unconscionably kind and made for firm going almost all the way around with only a few sections of wet turf and mud. This made the hills way easier than is normally the case, and dare I say it actually a pleasure to go up? It also made for a fast course.

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Strong Performances by a small team of Young Athletes at the English National XC

In the under 17 women’s race, Kosana Weir had a great run to finish 27th. Alice Harray was up in the 70s for most of the race and finally finished 89th. In the under 15 girls race Charlotte Buckley had a tremendous run to finish 19th, the best TVH place of the day and beat several girls who were in frond of her in the Southern. In the under 13 girls race, the water was a metre deep in places and some athletes took an early bath. Zakia Mossi had arrived very early and had a good look round the course. This paid off as she finished a fine 32nd. Olivia Colegrave cut it fine and therefore didn’t inspect the dreaded water splash, which was unavoidable. Olivia had a strong run and moved up the field throughout to finish 216th. Lily Dafter, a year younger, found the going tough: although she kept ahead of Olivia on the first lap, she dropped back to 296th.

Our under 13 boys were also one short of a team but still did well. The best performance came from Charlie Rollo who improved throughout the race to only finish 17 places behind Alfie Turner. He was the only one to improve his place on the Southern. Alfie battled throughout the race but used up his energy and lost a few places in the downhill sprint finish. Max went out fast and tried hard to hang on, but unfortunately struggled a bit on the second lap.

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