It was certainly an eyebrow raiser to see a weekend 8:30 Central London start on the Ron Hopcroft Endurance Cup schedule. Nonetheless, five Thames Valley Harriers athletes got themselves out of bed in time and showed up bright eyed and bushy tailed, or at least physically present and conscious, for the race.
For anyone who wants to know more about Sri Chinmoy races, look no further than their website (https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/about). They stage regular 5Ks and 10Ks in Battersea Park. The firm, flat course allows you to really have a go at your PB. The 10K involves four laps of the southern part of the Park, essentially around the lake. These events are very well organised, allowing you a clear run despite the event sharing the space with other members of the public.
It was Sunday 11 June and as seems obligatory for the Concorde Five Mile Road Race, it was held on a warm day for the time of year. The event has a special place on the Ron Hopcroft Endurance Cup calendar, it being a small, friendly, local but very well organised race. Whilst five miles is an unusual contested distance in these time (who knows if this will change as we possibly move back to more Imperial measurements in the post Brexit world?), the Concorde Five nonetheless holds a UKA Licence and more importantly counts towards TVH’s internal championship! BA Sports & Social Club, the host and organiser, also gives some generous prizes of vouchers and wine alongside an innovative medal design.
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→