Two of TVH’s long distance elite defied muggy conditions to finish top 10 in the UK 10k Championships, part of the London 10000 on Bank Holiday Monday.
Antonio Silva was seventh across the finish line in the shadow of Buckingham Palace setting a new PB of exactly 30 minutes while Tracy Barlow was fifth woman in a new PB and New Club Record of 34:01 to win £600. Fantastic runs from both of them.
Michael Crone was the next TVH runner home, making the top 100 with a great PB of 33:15. While Andrew Mitchell was below his best in 35:55, Ryan Keane ran with great promise in a new PB of 36:06.
Naol Abagibe was unlucky to be caught at the back of the pack up the Mall and through the Strand early on but had a storming second half of the race to finish in 37:14.
The Hooley father and son team both performed well, Jake finishing in 39:16 and Richard Hooley a highly creditable 10th V55 man in 40m30s.
David Ford beat 45 minutes in a time of 44:35, Kirstie Tew came home in 51:35 and Charlie Le Rougetel secured a well-deserved PB in 53:23.
A glorious day in Sunday’s London Marathon as Tracy Barlow’s magnificent third place finish in the elite UK race won her a richly deserved place in the GB team for August’s World Championships in London.
This weekend the National road relays made their bi-annual visit to Sutton Park. With temperatures hitting tropical levels and the ice cream van fully stocked with 99 flakes, what could go wrong? Naturally the British runners were well prepared for the heat wave; they made sure to leave their sun cream at home in the cupboard and wear their shortest short shorts for the occasion. Luckily St John’s ambulance were on high alert throughout the day, armed with after sun! Continue reading TVH Ladies top 10 finish at National Road Relays→
After 2 years of finishing just outside the medals, TVH ladies were on a mission to go one step further and finally get on that podium at the Southern Road Relays. With the news that we also had a mini Manuel joining Thames Valley as an assistant team manager we were keen to welcome Leo Joshua in the right way!
The relay was made up of 2 long legs and 4 short and had a lovely rolling downhill to start. According to our technical adviser, Handy Garmin we think the course was somewhere in between the 4.26km stated this year and the 4.8km that was stated last year. It also had a sexy uphill with a big fat head wind on the way back. But with everyone in the same boat, we all committed and were in contention from the very beginning.
Fiona Thompson got us off to a great start making it look easy. She handed over in second just behind Herne Hill, setting up Ann Marie McGylnn perfectly for the first long leg. We then took the lead and had created more than a 1 minute buffer over second place by the next changeover.
Heather Timmins managed to extend the lead further during a rapid 3rd leg and Tracy Barlow pulled it out of the bag on leg 4 so that we’d created almost a 2 minute advantage.
We had a significant lead and it was now time to see if we could hold onto it until the end, or whether the other teams had any more cards up their sleeve. On 5th leg the Winchester athlete was hunting Kirsty Addy down and had begun to close the gap. It was now down to under a minute and so was all to play for on the last leg. Kate Olding took over on her debut for TVH with a valiant effort, especially for an 800m specialist! She held on for over a lap but Winchester managed to pass us on the final lap in what was an exciting finish to a great event.
Being so close to the gold means the TVH ladies still have unfinished business here at the relays but were ecstatic to medal! So much in fact that they missed the medal ceremony whilst drinking tea after the race… Luckily when we realised the organisers called them up to receive their medals, so we could take home the silverware.
Thanks to all that were out on the course supporting us! We just missed out this time, but we’ll be back for Gold later this year!
Leg 1 (short) 2nd Fiona Thompson 15:17 (8th overall fastest short leg) Leg 2 (long) 1st Ann Marie McGlynn 22:08 (2nd overall fastest long leg) Leg 3 (short) 1st Heather Timmins 15:03 (4th overall fastest short leg) Leg 4 (long) 1st Tracy Barlow 22:24 (4th overall fastest long leg) Leg 5 (short) 1st Kirsty Addy 16:08 Leg 6 (short) 2nd Kate Olding 16:32
Team results: 1st Winchester & District 1:47:16 2nd Thames Valley Harriers 1:47:32 3rd Aldershot Farnham & District 1:48:14
Tracy Barlow posted another impressive PB and club record at the Frankfurt Marathon to earn a top 10 finish in the women’s race. Tracy came home ninith in 2:32:05, chopping another 75 seconds from the time she set in April’s London Marathon. Tracy set out boldly and for much of the race was on course for sub-2:30 finish.
“It was a fantastic race and being part of the elite race was brilliant,” she said . “I went out with the pacers for the lead German female but found myself slipping off it towards the latter stages. I felt sick in the last six miles so it was a struggle to keep myself going. The finish line was a welcome relief!”
Mamitu Daska won the women’s race in 2:25:27, just 15 seconds ahead of Germany’s Fate Tola.