Although Kate Price was our only winner at Cockfosters, there were many other good performances. Starting with Skye Bishop our only runner in the under 11 girl’s race doing very well against older girls to finish sixth out of 42. Then Reginald Rock, also a nine-year old, had a great run to finish fifth in the under 11 boys race. Ollie Seraj, another nine-y-o, did well to finish 24th with 42 finishers..
Then came Kate Price in the under 13 race. Running with the under 11 boys, not only was she the first girl, she also beat all the boys except one. Close behind her Charlotte Edge was a very good seventh. Next home, Zenia Nelson ran a lot better than last time out to finish ninth. The team were only two points behind winners Highgate. Mabel Salkeld also improved with her 26th place out of 40.
The under 13 boys were unfortunate to be one short of a full team so were awarded seventh place. With Max Bishop having his best race this winter in eighth place and Sol Inglis also a well placed 12th it was a pity that we were short of boys. Jifar Ahmed did his best to finish 39th but we needed one more taking part.
The girls only needed three to score and Melina Duer who lost a shoe on the course was not one of them! The winning team had Olivia Colegrave making up for her disastrous day at Parliament Fields (her training shoes went missing) having her best run for a long time when finishing fifth. Niamh Murphy was very close behind in seventh place and Philippine Poupart-Lafarge was last scorer in 11th position. She just held off Melina who got back up to 12th place. Lilly Salkeld is working hard to get back to form and her 17th place out of 33 was very encouraging.
After winning the last U15 Boys NWL at Kingsbury, Abdikafi Abdi took the early lead from two promising boys from Hillingdon. Up the last hill they broke away to finish first and second and Abdi then faded to fourth place. Shami Umashankar also paid for his fast start but dug in and finished nineth just ahead of Basil Rock who ran a steady race for 11th place. Baqer Abameacha who prefers shorter races also ran well. He started slowly and moved up through the field to finish 23rd out of 44. With Hillingdon one and two it was great that the Valley won the team race.
Continue reading Two Winning Teams and One Second in NW London League, Trent Park.
It was an excellent TVH turn out for the South of England cross-country relays on Saturday. Conditions were blustery and at times wet making the course saturated and muddy in parts. Three strong senior teams and one under 20 team completed the Wormwood scrubs course.
The under 20 ladies completed 3 legs of a 2.5km course to bring home a bronze medal. India Weir had a good start on first leg bringing the team home 5th (8:22). Alice Harray followed with another solid run that maintained 5th place (9:23) and Kosana Weir completed the team with a good run that lifted their overall position to 3rd team in the U20 category (8:29).
Continue reading Bronze medal for the U20 ladies and top 10 finish of the senior ladies in the South of England XC relays
It was a great turn out from the TVH SENIOR LADIES team at the second Met League fixture. There were 249 women who completed the course, a field which, for this race only, included the Cambridge University XC team. The new venue hosted a complicated course which was undulating and muddy in parts.
First home for TVH was Stephanie Ainley (15th, 23:18) continuing her excellent start to the season. Kate Olding was next to finish from TVH (22nd, 23:42); as well as scoring loads of points for the senior team in this race, Kate also finished 5th in the U20 race. Lisa da Silva finished strong in 35th (24:43).
Siana and Lara were next to finish in 103rd (27:06) and 121st (27:56). Frankie Lynch finished 180th (30:37) closely followed by Kirstie Tew in 185th (30:50). Cate Robinson (229, 35:19) had another successful XC race for TVH (229, 35:19) and Christine Munden finished the team in 234th (36:05).
The TVH SENIOR MEN lined up to a new course at Stanborough Park and the addition of a team from Cambridge University ensured a new Met League record of 529 starters in Saturday’s Met League race at Welwyn Garden City. The course consisted of 3 large laps plus 3 loops around hilly and undulating grassland and woodland throughout the park. Thankfully overnight rain had disappeared and hadn’t left too much mud on the course and the going was mostly firm underfoot. There were challenges on the course including a long drag across a slope at the end of each lap and not far from the start the course funnelled into a thin footpath creating a bottleneck for those not brave or fast enough to be at the front.
Leading the way for the Valley men Conor Kissane-Wood continues his return to form and was first Valley man home in 61st (26:25), closely followed by U20 athlete Abdi Mohamed in 64th (10th U20!) in 26:28. Andrew Mitchell the defending TVH Met League Cup Handicap champion rounded out the top 100 and was first Valley Vet home in 100th (27:34).Calum Nicol had Andrew in his sights at 116th (27:54) finishing ahead of a group of 4 battling Valley men. Fergus Johnson had a close tussle with fellow Imperial student Lewis Jackson, with Fergus coming out on top at 160th (28:45), and Lewis just 5 seconds behind for a good TVH debut performance in162nd (28:50). They were closely followed by Naol Abagibe in 168th also scoring good points for the vets (28:58), while Todd Oates showed good form on his Met League debut to finish just one second behind in 169th (28:59).
Hugo Dias continues his resurgence and finished 222nd (29:55), with another Imperial man and U20 athlete, Jack McKeon, making good on his Met League debut in 272nd (31:06) with vet Greg Bennett nursing some bruised ribs to finish 328th (32:53). A trio of Valley vets completed the team led by Richard Bell in 441st (36:06) with Bernie Robbins 4 seconds behind in 445th (36:10) and David Ford finishing in 449th (36:23) for an excellent team performance.
The senior men finished 2nd team overall in Division 2 and the Veteran men finished joint 2nd in Division 2, meaning after 2 races this leaves both the TVH Senior Men and Veteran Men on top of Division 2!
Continue reading TVH impress at the new Met League Course
Mohmed Abdi was making his first TVH appearance in the Boys Under 15 NW London League race. His appearance was a surprise to the team manager when he arrived at Fryant Park as he only joined the club the previous Tuesday.
Not only did he turn up but then went on to win his race. With Shami Umashankar he led from the start and finally moved away at the finish and Shami also having his best race so far, finished second. Not to be outdone by them, Basil Rock chased them all the way and finished fourth with his improved run. He was 13th in the first match. With Luke Walsh finishing 12th and Nelson Gordon, 14th out of the 39 competitors they easily won the team race by 24 points.
Also winning her under 13 race, Kate Price was soon in the lead and was a very impressive winner. Sasha Mueller who had won the under 11 race last year also decided that she liked the course and moved through during the race to finish eighth. Another improvement came from Zenia Gordon who’s 11th place just pipped Lily Dafter to the line. The team just lost out by one point to winning the race. The ‘B’ team finished 5th with Lily in 12th place and Sofia Cappelli finishing 21st. Maisie Hugill was pleased with her first race as she finished 22nd out of 45 girls,
Our third winner was Amelia Casey who was a class above the rest of the field when she won the under 17 women’s race by 21 seconds. The under 15 girls also had a good result when finishing second team to Highgate. Melina Duer is coming back to full fitness as she was in second place at the finish. Maddie Casey was just outside the top 10 with her good 11th place. Camille Rousset’s 14th place was down on the previous race but was still a good run. In 23rd place, Charlie Cooney-Quinn also ran a better race than expected after her leg injury.
Continue reading Four Individual Wins and Team Victory for U15 Boys at NWL YA League