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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.

Young Athletes run well at National Cross Country Champs

A very cold day with a bitter wind had TVH managing to field three scoring teams in the championships. The best result on the day came from the under 13 boys who finished 23rd team out of 56 full teams. The first Valley boy home was Alfie Turner in 112th place out of the 570 finishers. Although he has been unable to compete for most of the season this was by far his best race of the winter. Charlie Rollo also had a great run and was happy with his 130th place. Sol Inglis was also well inside the top half in 151st place. It was also pleasing to see Morris Rock having a great race with over 230 runners behind him. Well done all of you! Continue reading Young Athletes run well at National Cross Country Champs

Promotion for TVH’s Senior and Vets Men XC Teams

Trent park was the venue for the 5th and final race of the Met League cross country series.

Muddy and hilly with lashings of icy wind & rain made conditions a real challenge for all on the day with the TVH base-camp tent nearly blowing away.

Going into Saturday’s race the Valley Senior men were on top of the table and needed to put in a solid team performance to make sure they held on to a strong lead in division two. The Veteran Men were on top of division two but only 14 points ahead of third place requiring a determined effort to maintain their lead. Continue reading Promotion for TVH’s Senior and Vets Men XC Teams

Young Athletes’ with Strong Finish to Met League

The final Met League fixture at Trent Park was held in atrocious conditions with heavy rain and strong winds. The athletes also had to negotiate a hilly course.

Starting with the under 11 boys race, Reggie Rock started very fast and then managed to keep near the front of the race and came home a magnificent seventh. He is still eligible fot this age group next season. Close behind also having a good race was Conrad Mathews in 12th place. Perhaps the youngest boy in the race, Wilfred Howard-Vyse was having his first race after his recent ninth birthday and had an outstanding debut to finish 16th. Ollie Serat, also nine, finished in 29th place to bring the team home in third position. The team also finished third overall for the season out of 22 teams. Things are looking good for next season with these boys.

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The TVH Ladies 2017/18 cross country season goes from strength to strength and the future is bright!

In what were the stickiest, muddiest conditions of the 2017/18 Met League so far, Wormwood Scrubs hosted a record field of 262 finishers in the 6km ladies race, including a 13-strong TVH ladies
team. Yet another excellent turn out!
Fantastic performances from India Weir in 8th (23:38.67), Kosana Weir in 9th (23:40.95) and Kate Olding in 19th (24:27.990 meant that we dominated the U20’s. Well done ladies!
It was also a great result for the senior ladies to finish 2nd in the Division 1 senior ladies race and just 24 points behind London Heathside in first place, leaving us in 5th place overall with
only one race left (Trent Park on 10th February).
Sarah Johnson, coming off her fantastic second place in last weekend’s Middlesex Championships, was the first TVH senior lady to cross the line, finishing 11th overall in 23:58.33. Also putting in
strong performances and making the TVH senior ladies top 3 were Lisa da Silva in 33rd position (25:25.11), with Lara Scerri in 53rd (26:40.70). 

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