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Cross Country News & Results

  1. Cross Country Results round-up

Congratulations to all of our young athletes who competed for Middlesex at the South of England Inter Counties championships at Oxford on Saturday 8th December, especially those making their county debuts. The performance of the day came from Charlotte Buckley,  6th place in the U17 Women’s race and second scorer in the winning Middlesex team.   The Southern Masters championships also took place at Oxford with Steve Norris the highest placed finisher of the TVH athletes taking part.

Start Fitness Metropolitan League Fixture 3, Hillingdon, Saturday 1st December 2018

It was an eventful afternoon for TVH athletes in the 3rd Met League fixture at a wet and muddy Hillingdon House Farm course, with a crossing of the River Pinn making it even wetter.   Our best result came in the Girls U15 / U17 race with Charlotte Buckley in 2nd place, Sarah Kebble on her  Met League debut in 4th and Jasmin Palmer first U15 in 5th place with Melina Duer last scorer in 24th place with Niamh Murphy just behind her leading the ‘B’ team.    Continue reading Cross Country News & Results

Cross Country round up – Met League, Liddiard Trophy, NW London YA League

Start Fitness Metropolitan League 2nd Fixture, Saturday 11th Nov 2018   Welwyn Garden City

It was a great day for TVH with three race winners in the 2nd Met League fixture  – Petros Surafel and Tracy Barlow in the senior races and Skye Bishop in the U11 Girls race. Skye and Tracy both had to contend with the perils of leading their races with unclear course markings and Petros had the torrential rain and hailstones to contend with during the men’s race.   For a change this season the young athletes had the best of the conditions for the early races on the testing course in Stanborough Park.

Cambridge Univ traditionally compete in the 2nd Met League fixture as a warm up for their competition with Oxford and the guest runners added quality to the front of the field in the senior races and contributed to a record number of 1200+ runners.   After his great 10 mile pb of 48:05 at the Great South Run on 21st Oct, Petros was the class runner in the field and duly delivered a great run in much different conditions. Abdi Mohamed and Michael Cameron were the next TVH runners to finish, with the men now well placed in the team competition.

The day started well for TVH in the younger age groups,  Skye has won the first two Met League races and was a clear winner in the U11 Girls race after negotiating being sent off course near the end of the race. Reggie Rock finished  strongly in the U11 Boys race for 4th place after three runners got away from him early in the race and Ollie Seraj also had a great run to finish 12th. Anna Kelly had her best race to date finishing 9th in the U13 Girls race, well supported by the fast finishing Olivia Sparks, Thea Almqvist-Dutton and Sofia Cappelli.  Newcomer to the team Bronte Bennett is running as a second claim member and we welcome her to the team.

Max Bishop continued his return to fitness with a spirited run holding on well  for 11th in the U13 Boys race ahead of Sol Inglis in 12th and Cameron McConnon in 13th. It was a shame that Morris Rock had an injury and was unable to take part. Even so, Woodford Green had a full team finish in the first 10. With 74 finishers this was a great effort by the Valley boys.

Charlotte Buckley is working on her endurance with a cross country season this winter and the 4.4km course was a relatively long run for Charlotte, who finished a comfortable 2nd in the U15 / U17 race closing on the winner (who won the first fixture at Woodford by more than a minute) at the end of the race. Jasmine Palmer  finished 6th overall and 3rd U15 in the first Met League at Woodford and with Charlotte and other good runners in this race, 5th overall and just beaten for first U15 it was an even better race from Jasmine. Under 17, Melina Duer also had a good race to finish 20th. In 28th place, Olivia Colegrave also did well and was the 14th  U15 to finish. After a Lacrosse game in the morning, Lily Dafter had her best run for a while when she finished 35th. Two places behind her, Zenia Gordon has also got her act together this season and finished only two places behind Lily. Maisie Hugill had a good first lap of the two lap course but faded on the second. As this was her first serious race of the season, she’ll soon improve with practice.

Unfortunately our under 15/17 boys team only had two runners. Basil Rock was unhappy that he wasn’t at his best and complained that he was aching all over! This meant the Joseph Nixon had a target to follow and finished only four places behind in 68th place. Not bad, as there were 99 runners in this event. The strongest young athletes race of the day.

Young Athletes Results:

U11Boys  4 R Rock 5:53,  12 O Seraj 6:22.                                                 U11Girls  1 S Bishop 6:01.                                                                                       U13 Boys  11 M Bishop 12:18; 12 S Inglis 12:23; 13 C McConnon 12:25.                                                                                                                                  U13 Girls  9 A Kelly 13:32; 15 O Sparks 13:35; 19 T Almqvist-Dutton 14:06;. Team 3/18.    23 S Coppelli 14:25; 42 B Bennett 15:27.                                                                                                                                      U15 / U17 Boys  64 B Rock 17:31; 68 J Nixon 17:43.                             U15 / U17Girls  2 C Buckley 16:13; 5 J Palmer 16:58; 20 M Duer 18:24; 28 O Colegrave 19:17. Team 2/20.   35 L Dafter 19:42; 37 Z Gordon 19:49; 42 M Hugill 20:17.

Full Results at

National Cross Country Relay  Mansfield  Saturday 3rd November 2018

TVH had three men’s teams competing in the national cross country relay championships, with teams of 4 runners competing over the 5km course.   The TVH ‘A’ team of Hugo Cayssials, Sayed Yusuf, Petros Surafel and Mo Aadan finished 12th out of the 150+ teams to finish, with Petros and Mo amongst the fastest times of the day.  The ‘B’ team finished in 55th place with Michael Cameron running the fastest leg and the ‘C’ team finished 104th with Robert Vallance running  the quickest leg.

Results:      12th  1:03:32  TVH  ‘A’ Hugo Cayssials, Sayed Yusuf, Petros Surafel, Mo Aadan                                                                                        55th  1:09:53  TVH ‘B’  Todd Oates, Daniel Garcia Rasines, Oli Newton,  Michael Cameron                                                                                         104th 1:18:27 TVH ‘C’  Jibrel Ahmed, Phil Wetton, Steve Norris, Rob Vallance

Liddiard Trophy / North of the Thames Championships

It was a successful day for the TVH men, winning both the Liddiard Trophy with 8 to score and the North of the Thames Trophy.  Abdi Mohamed was in 2nd place on the last lap before taking a wrong turning, but was still the first TVH runner home in 7th place. Abdi was followed by Daniel Garcia Rasines finishing strongly in 9th place, Jake Hooley (on a brief visit back from university) in 12th and Naol Abagibe in 20th place and 4th veteran.

TVH – A Team      7   Abdiqadir Mohamed  25:46,  9  Daniel Garcia Rasines 26:20,  12  Jake Hooley 26:38,   20  Naol Abagibe 27:27,  27 Todd Oates 28:15,  30  Charles McFadzean   28:25, 42  Manuel da Sliva    29:29,    61   Jibrel Ahmed 30:25.

Amelia Casey won the U20 competition finishing in 9th place in the Women’s race with Rosie Vallance 2nd U20 in 15th place ahead of Fran Lou and Christine Munden in the 4 to score team. 

Full results at                                                                                  

NORTH WEST LONDON YA LEAGUE.  MATCH 2,  Kingsbury –Saturday 28th October 2018

Due to the very congested fixtures it was decided to hold three events together at Fryant park on Saturday. Our Under 17 women competed in the North of the Thames Championships while also taking part in the North West London YA League. This was very beneficial to TVH as we had a big turn-out running in both races.

Winning both races, Charlotte Buckley came away as the winner of the North of the Thames championships with Sarah Kebbell finishing second in each event they will receive medals from the North of the Thames. Also running in both events, Melina Duer had her best race so far this season and finished fourth, Niamh Murphy was sixth and Capucine Rousset eighth. There were 18 in the race.

After the first cold morning of the winter the North West London Under 11 Girls had a great start to the day when Skye Bishop was literally pushed into third place. Newcomer Molly McCormack, understandably very nervous, steadily moved through the field to finish in 11th place. A very good start to her cross country career. Farrah Ceric, still one of the smallest girls in the race had a good race to finish 14th out of 54.

Along with Charlotte, our other winner was Reggie Rock. He was in great form and won the under 11 Boys race by 10 seconds. Enjoying being involved, Ollie Seraj finished in 19th place out of a field of 45.

Maya Sutaria was also up with the leading runners in the Under 13 Girls race and did very well to finish in sixth place. Anna Kelly also had a good run to finish only three places behind her in ninth place in the race with 50 finishers. In the Under 13 Boys event, Morris Rock was also up with the leaders but had a stitch but still managed to finish eighth. Max Bishop was having his first race back this season and ran steadily for his 16th place as he builds up his fitness. Dylan Bilboul performed well for 30th place out of 49 finishers.

For the first time, Zenia Gordon was our first girl home in the Under 15 race. It was very encouraging to see her have such a good race and she was 14th in front of  Lily Dafter who was 16th. Maddie Casey was just another two places back in 18th. There were 23 runners.

After his great fourth place last year, Basil Rock had to settle for 18th  place and was 21 seconds slower this time. Running well this season Charlie Rollo, 21st, was one place in front of  Baqar Abamecha who has greatly improved since last year for his 22nd place. After having to run to the venue to arrive in time, Aidan Ferrand had a good race to finish 29th out of 48 finishers.

In the Under 17 Mens race Shami Umashankar had his usual fast start and led the opening rush but managed to keep in touch and finished a creditable eighth of the 18 finishers.

U11G. Team 2nd.  3 S Bishop 5:49; 11 M McCormack 6:24; 14 F Ceric 6:29.      U11B. Team 5th. 1 R Rock 8:51; 19 O Seraj 10:01.

U13G. Team 6th. 6 M Sutaria 9:16; 9 A Kelly 9:23.    U13B. Team 8th. 8 M Rock 12:15; 16 M Bishop 12:38; 38 D Bilboul 14:00.

U15G. Team 6th. 14 Z Nelson 13:42; 16 L Dafter 13:47; 18 M Casey 13:59.

U17W. Team 1st. 1 C Buckley 13:56; 2 S Kebbell 14:25; 4 M Duer 15:11; 6 N Murphy 15:23; 8 C Rousset 16:09.                                     U17M.  8 S Umashankar 16:59.

South of England Cross Country Relays – Wormwood Scrubs Sat 20th October 2018

South of England Cross Country Relays, Wormwood Scrubs – Saturday 20th October 2018

TVH helped host the South of England Cross Country Relays, held in ideal conditions, the sun shone and the course was very dry. Mo Aadan and Tracy Barlow, fresh from their PBs in the Commonwealth Half Marathon, both ran the last leg for the TVH ‘A’ teams in the senior races.

Men –  after three good legs from Chris Thomas, Hugo Cayssials and Sayed Yusuf, Mo started the last leg of the 4.7km course in 6th place well over a minute behind the leaders. In an incredibly tight finish Mo almost ran down the leaders finishing 3rd with just 2 seconds separating the first 3 teams. Mo’s time of 13:26 was easily the fastest of the day. The TVH ‘B’ team finished 10th of 42 teams, with newcomer Olivier Wijtenburg the equal 10th fastest runner of the day and Andrew Mitchell just quicker than fellow veteran Naol Abagibe and Daniel Garcia-Rasines.

We were unable to field a full team in the U20 men’s race, but Abdi Mohamed at least had the satisfaction of finishing well in the lead on the 1st leg and was the 2nd fastest runner on the day.

Women – our ‘A’ team finished just outside the medals in 4th place with Tracy taking over on the last leg in 8th place after good runs from Stephanie Ainley and Lisa da Silva. The ‘B’ team were also well placed after a great run on the 1st leg from Katie Olding after a couple of weeks back training.     

In the Junior Under 20 races our women’s team were in 5th place throughout the race after a good start from Amelia Casey, followed by Jasmine Grey and Rosie Vallance.

Young athletes –   it was encouraging to have so many TVH runners taking part even though half term had robbed us of nearly all our under 13 boys and several other good athletes.

With three teams in the Under 13 girls relays, this was our best event, number wise. The first lap of their 2km relay saw them doing battle against each other. First home was ‘B’ team Sasha Mueller who is getting back to her best form. She was 11th with ‘C’ team Olivia Sparks 12th also having a great run. Thea Almvqvist-Dutton was 16th even though she had over 30 girls behind her. Sofia Cappelli then made up four places to almost catch ‘B’ team Anna Kelly, who moved up to 10th place. Katerina Simakova lost a bit of ground but still brought the ‘C’ team home in17th place. On the final lap Myla Sutaria finally brought the ‘A’ team home in 10th place overall and Skyla Robertson finished 12th. Charlotte Brown, one of our youngest team members ran bravely to bring our ‘C’ team home in 20th place out of the 34 teams who finished.

The best TVH result came in the Under 17 Women’s relay. On the first lap of their 2.5km relay Sarah Kebbell had a great run to come home 4th. This has been her first outing since being injured in July and her first cross country run for the club. Her time was the 11th fastest of the day. Niamh Murphy has found good form this winter and she had another good run to bring her home in 7th position. Charlotte Buckley had to work hard on the last lap and passed two athletes to bring the team home in 5th place.

The Under 15 boys team were also up against superior teams and Baqar Abamecha had a good finish to get the team up to 19th place. Then Basil Rock improved to 14th place before Charlie Rollo lost a couple and finished 16th. As there were 26 teams finishing I don’t think we did too badly.

Likewise the Under 15 girls were unfortunate that Lily Dafter caught stitch and had a poor run for her in 36th place. Then Aramay Robertson had a good run to pick up 10 places on the second lap. Zenia Nelson also showed good form to bring the team home 24th out of the 31 teams.

With only Morris Rock available in the Under 13 relay, he ran it as an individual race and finished 24th.

Results:   Men

TVH (A)  3rd    Chris Thomas 14:54, Hugo Cayssials 14:40,  Sayed Yusuf 14:49, Mohamud Aadan 13:26

TVH (B)  10th   Naol Abagibe 15:35, Andrew Mitchell 15:24, Olivier Wijtenburg 14:17,  Daniel Garcia-Rasines 15:30

TVH (C)  23rd Jack McKeon 16:59,  Manuel Da Silva  17:20, Jibrel Ahmed  17:09, Robert Vallance 16:05

TVH (D)  38th  Paul Woodgate 18:20, Richard Hooley 19:49, Scott Brewer 19:27, Phil Wetton 19:25

U20 Men –   Abdi Mohamed  10:09


TVH (A)  4th  Stephanie Ainley 12:15, Lisa Da Silva 12:25, Tracy Barlow 11:27

TVH (B)  15th Katie Olding 12:09, Victoria Carter 12:54, Lara Scerri 14:28

TVH (C)  36th Fran Lou 14:20, Siana Jones 14:48, Christine Munden 20:13

U20 Women –  5th TVH ‘A’  Amelia Casey 08:43, Jasmine Grey 09:05, Rosie Vallance          09:33         ‘B’  Maryna Voloshyna 10:48

Young Athletes

Under 13 Girls 2km Relay.

‘A’          T Almqvist-Dutton 8:09;  S Coppelli 8:13;  M Sutaria 8:19. Team 10th

‘B’           S Mueller 8:02;  A Kelly 8:19;  K Simakova 8:31. Team 12th

‘C’           O Sparks 8:04;  S Robertson 8:38;  C Brown 8:55. Team 20th.

Under 17 Women  . ‘A’  S Kebbell 8:22;  N Murphy 8:38;  C Buckley 8:31. Team 5th.           ‘B’ A Alonso-Bizzi 9:24; C Rousset 9:26.

Under 15 Boys  B Abamecha 7:06; B Rock 7:20; C Rollo 7:38. Team 16th.                   R Sherif 8:06; J Nixon 8:46.

Under 15 Girls  L Dafter 8:40; A Robertson 8:34; Z Nelson 8:33. 

Under 13 Boys – M Rock 7:32       

Metropolitan Cross Country League 13th Oct 2018 fixture 1 – another fine win for Skye Bishop

Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League Race 1, Claybury Park, Saturday 13th October 2018

Young Athletes

Getting TVH at the front in the Under 11 races was a great start to the new season.                                                                                                          Reggie Rock was always in the leading group and when it broke up he finished 3rd of 42 finishers. Unfortunately our other starter, Louis Moore, twisted his ankle and was unable to finish.

In the under 11 Girls race we had our only winner of the day.  Skye Bishop has made a great start to the road and cross country season and took the lead early on at Claybury, and finished strongly for a comfortable win ahead of the other 33 girls in the race.

In the under 13 Boys race it was once again the Rock family who represented the Valley. Morris is running very well at the moment and his 10th place out of the 47 finishers was a very good result.    Our numbers doubled in the under 13 Girls race. Sasha Mueller is getting back to race fitness and is hoping to run in all the Met fixtures this season. Her 18th place was a good start to the season. Behind her, Amelia Seaton was also well placed with her 26th place out of 50 finishers.

With two new members in the U15/U17 Boys race, it was the more experienced Charlie Rollo who was our first boy home. He was 42nd out of 94 finishers. Will Palmer was using the race to help him get fit and although starting steadily, he found the second lap hard suffering with cramp. Also doing well, Joseph Nixon started sensibly and move up on the second lap to almost catch Will as they finished in 70th and 73rd positions.

In the U15/U17 Girls race, Jasmine Palmer in her first cross country for the club was a magnificent sixth, showing great promise for the future. She was the third under 15 in the race and only one second behind fifth place who was also under 15. Niamh Murphy was also having a good race and her 12th place out of 53 finishers which was a good performance. Another fine run came from Olivia Colegrave who finished 18th and got the better of Melina Duer. Zenia Gordon was our 5th finisher in 34th place but Capucine Rousset was not well and in the very hot conditions she had breathing problems and was unable to finish.


Many of the 200+ field in the women’s 6km race also struggled with the very warm and humid conditions, unfortunately including Rosie Vallance.  Many thanks to team manager Siana Jones for dropping out of the race to look after Rosie until medical assistance arrived and thankfully Rosie was given the all clear later that day.

Although apologising for not being fit,  Steph Ainley finished in a very respectable 11th place, followed by Lisa da Silva in 21st and Kate Olding in 34th place to help the women’s team to 7th place in Division 1.

The men’s race started 45 mins late, by which time it had started to cool down a little and Hugo Cayssials had a strong run to finish in  18th place of the nearly 500 finishers and Chris Thomas had who had been ill in the days before the race did very well to hold on to 30th place. U20 athlete Abdi Mohamed took a different approach, starting cautiously and finishing very strongly in 38th place. With veteran Andrew Mitchell, Ollie Newton and Daniel Garcia-Rasines also well inside the top 100, the team finished in 6th place in Division 1.   


U11 Boys 1.5km –     3   Reggie Rock  5:39      42 Finishers

U11 Girls 1.5km –     1   Skye Bishop   5:47      34 Finishers

U13 Boys  3km –    10   Morris Rock   11:47     47 Finishers

U13 Girls  3km –    18   Sasha Mueller  13:14,                                                                                                 26   Amelia Seaton  13:44    49 Finishers

U15/U17 Boys 4km  –   42  Charlie Rollo      16:19                                                                                                70  William Palmer   17:49                                                                                               73  Joseph Nixon      17:58       94 Finishers

U15/U17 Girls 4km  –    6       Jasmine Palmer    17:01                                                             12       Niamh Murphy    17:35                                                                                         18       Olivia Colegrave 17:54                                                                                       21       Melina Duer        18:03                                                                                        34       Zenia Gordon      19:39     Team 4th   53 finishers

Women’s Results

Race Position Time
11    Stephanie Ainley 24:06:00
21    Lisa Da Silva 24:49:00
34    Katie Olding 25:40:00
99    Lara Scerri 29:31:00
111  Fran Lou 29:55:00
161  Kirstie Tew 32:46:00
201  Maryna Voloshyna  36:25:00
229  Christine Munden 44:02:00

Senior Women Division 1 :  7. TVH, 141 points.

Veteran Women Division 2 :  6. TVH, 77 points.

Men’s Results

Race Position Time
18    Hugo Cayssials 27:03:00
30    Chris Thomas 27:48:00
38    Abdiqadir Mohamed 28:12:00
75    Andrew Mitchell 29:28:00
76    Oliver Newton 29:29:00
82    Daniel Garcia-Rasines 29:35:00
105  Todd Oates 30:30:00
109  Calum Nicol 30:34:00
114  Fergus Johnson 30:42:00
188  Jack McKeon  32:26:00
223  Ian Napier 33:37:00
240  Greg Bennett 34:04:00
288  Manuel Da Silva 35:29:00
292  Christian Nielsen 35:34:00
293  Jibrel Ahmed 35:37:00
308  James Malcolm 36:04:00
356  Matt Ponting 37:27:00
377  Richard Bell 38:05:00
406  Simon Nixon 39:40:00
417  David Ford 40:18:00
444  Lawrence Tse 42:11:00

Good Start to Cross Country Season for Young Athletes

NW London Young Athletes Cross Country  Greenford Sat 29th Sept 2018

A large number of young athletes turned out on a sunny day for the first cross country competition of the season. TVH were well represented in all races except the Under 17 Men’s race. With two team wins and four individual second places we can say it is a pleasant start to the season.

With Skye Bishop leading for most of the way in the Under 11 race but she was finally pipped by a girl from Cookham who had a stronger finish. Farrah Ceric seemed to be the smallest girl in the race and did well to finish 11th out of 39 finishers. Rihanna Sherif was having her first race for the club and was pleased with her 19th place. The team finished second to Highgate out of the 15 teams competing.

The Under 11 Boys event also had a Valley athlete in second place; Reggie Rock finishing just 7 seconds behind the London Heathside winner. With strong back-up from Wilf Howard-Vyse (6th) and Louis Moore (7th) they easily won the team race by 25 points. Ollie Seraj ran well for 12th place and Tommy Cogan was having his first outing and did well to finish 22nd with five boys behind him. The Under 13 Girls, running alongside these boys also had another second place in Charlotte Edge. She was beaten by A Abdinahman of Hillingdon who last year won every Under 11 race in this league by about 100m. Charlotte’s 10 seconds defeat shows how well she ran. With Maya Sutaria having her first cross country run for TVH in seventh place and Sasha getting back on form in 13th place the team were in second place, only four points behind Cookham. After a slight injury kept Katerina Simanova out of the Crystal Palace relay, she did well to finish in 15th place, one ahead of Skyla Robertson who also did well to beat 40 others in this race.

With all the talent we have in the Under 13 Boys event it was hard to believe that we only had the last two finishers in their race. Henry Turner had played rugby before being persuaded to turn out for TVH. Working together with Dylan they moved up to 30th and 31st and had 15 boys behind them at the finish.  Although we only had three under 15 Girls running. They finished third team in what was the least supported race of the day. Lily Dafter is getting back on track with her 10th place and Aramay Robertson did well to be just behind her at the finish. In 21st place Zenia Nelson looked as if she had more in the tank which she has to learn to empty.

A very strong field in the Under 15 Boys race found Basil Rock having a good race but being down in 11th place. He didn’t run badly and was under 45 seconds behind the winner. After a change of plans Aidan Ferrand was able to take part and improved throughout the race to finish 26th. Romadan Sherif was having his first cc for the Valley and should improve next time.

Our Under 17 Women were out in force. Usually their race consists of eight or nine starters. This time there were 18 finishers. Having a great run, Niamh Murphy was a brilliant second, leading the team to win the race by seven points. Melina Duer was a good fourth with Lily Cheshire (6th) running well to just beat Capucine Rousset (7th).


Under 11 Girls 1200m. Team 2nd.

2 S. Bishop 5:42; 11 F Ceric 6:20; 19 R Sherif 6:48.

Under 11 Boys.2000m. Team 1st.

2 R Rock 7:03; 6 H Howard-Vyse 7:25; 7 L Moore 7:28; 12 O Seraj 7:45; 22 T Cogan 8:25.

Under 13 Girls. 2000m. Team 2nd.

2 C Edge 7:04; 7 M Sutaria 7:16; 13 S Mueller 7:31; 15 K Simanova 7:36; 16 S Robertson 7:37.

Under 13 Boys. 3000m. Team 12th.

30 H Turner 12:26; 31 D Bilboul 12:27.

Under 15 Girls. 3000m. Team 3rd.

10 L Dafter 11:52; 11 A Robertson 12:01; 21 Z Gordon 12:24.

Under 15 Boys. 4000m. Team 8th.

11 B Rock 13:22; 26 A Ferrand 14:18; 40 R Sherif 15:41.

Under 17 Women. 4000m. Team 1st.

2 N Murphy 14:44; 4 M Duer 15:11; 6 l Cheshire 15:31; 7 C Rousset 15:37.