Category Archives: CROSS COUNTRY NEWS

Great finale to Young Athletes cross country league at the Scrubs

 North West London Young Athletes Cross Country League

The final two fixtures of the young athletes cross country league took place at Hampstead Heath Extension on 16th February and Wormwood Scrubs on 2nd March.  The Valley won three team trophies in the league. The Under 15 Girls;  the Under 17 Women and the overall Women/Girls award.

Individual League Season awards (best 4 results) – Congratulations to;

Under 11 Boys –  1st Reggie Rock,    Under 11 Girls  – 2nd Skye Bishop,   Under 13 Girls  – 4th Anna Kelly,  5th Maya Sutaria,   Under 15 Girls –  5th Lily Dafter,  Under 17 Women –  2nd Melina Duer, 3rd Niamh Murphy, 5th Capucine Rousset Continue reading Great finale to Young Athletes cross country league at the Scrubs

Antonio Silva leads great TVH team result at National Cross Country

National Cross Country Championships, Harewood ,  Leeds  Saturday 23rd February 2019

A large group of TVH athletes and supporters set off early from London to compete in the English National Cross Country Championships in the grounds of Harewood House near Leeds.  Antonio Silva had a great run in the men’s 12km race finishing 15th out of 2,000 runners and just 3 seconds off 10th place in a close finish. Next home for TVH was Chris Smith in 92nd, closely followed by Hugo Cayssials in 110th , Conor Kissane-Wood in 129th , Rob Collins 144th and James Ellis  155th the team finished an excellent 11th place and 2nd London team.      Continue reading Antonio Silva leads great TVH team result at National Cross Country

TVH finish Met League Cross Country season well at Alexandra Palace

Start Fitness Metropolitan League Match 5,  Alexandra Palace,   9th February 2019

The Metropolitan League cross country season finished at a very windy, but not quite as muddy as expected, Alexandra Park.  Although the total number of runners was down on the previous fixture at Wormwood Scrubs, there were still 441 finishers in the men’s race and 244 in the women’s race.

Congratulations to Jasmine Palmer on another great performance at Alexandra Park. She finished second in the junior women’s race but was the first under 15 girl to finish. This crowned her as Metropolitan League Under 15 champion with 399 points out of a possible 400. What makes this even more outstanding is that this is her first season as an athlete with TVH. Continue reading TVH finish Met League Cross Country season well at Alexandra Palace

Charlotte Buckley highest TVH finisher at Southern cross country

South of England Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill, Sat 26th January 2019

Congratulations to Charlotte Buckley on her magnificent sixth place in the Under 17 Women’s 5km race, sprinting past four athletes in the closing stages. She led the team to 6th place and was backed up with some great performances by the rest of the girls.  Sarah Kebbell came away with a tremendous 19th place in her first Southern championships.  Our next best position came in the Under 15 Girls race where Jasmine Palmer was also racing at her first Southern,  her 25th place (2 days after the Middx Schools cross country champs) showed what great talent we have at Thames Valley. Continue reading Charlotte Buckley highest TVH finisher at Southern cross country

Great TVH performances and turnout at Home Met League cross country

Start Fitness Metropolitan League Match 4, Wormwood Scrubs  12th January 2019

TVH hosted the 4th Start Fitness Met League fixture on a dry breezy day at Wormwood Scrubs and for the second successive year there was a record number of competitors with 1,243 runners finishing;  119 Under 11s, 118 Under 13s, 157 Under 15s & Under 17s,  293 in the women’s race and 547 in the men’s race to be exact!  The event has grown rapidly in recent years, alongside the popularity of parkruns;  there were 80% more young athletes,  80% more women and 50% more men competing compared to the corresponding fixture at  the Scrubs in 2015.  With very little rain in the 2 weeks before the event, the Scrubs was mostly dry, making for some fast races.

Men’s Race – with an excellent turnout of 33 TVH men the team performed very well in both the Div 1 senior competition and the veteran competition, finishing 3rd senior team and 5th veteran team in Div 1 . We had 12 men in the top 85 including veteran athletes Andrew Mitchell and Naol Abagibe with Gordon Low the first over 50 in an impressive 130th place.   Continue reading Great TVH performances and turnout at Home Met League cross country