Category Archives: YOUNG ATHLETES

Two Winning Teams and One Second in NW London League, Trent Park.

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.

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Strong Start to the English Schools Cup for TVH’s Young Athletes

Breakthrough of the day came from Emilie White who finished seventh for The Godolphin and Latymer School at St Albans. Having recently changed clubs to TVH she showed tremendous ability in the junior race which had 72 finishers.

Kate Price led her team home with a brilliant third place and Sasha Mueller was well placed in 27th position. The team finished sixth. In the intermediate event, Maddie Casey also had a great run to finish 18th and helped Putney High School to finish fourth team.


TVH’s young under 11’s show the way

After some heavy rain the hilly course at Stanborough Park, our under 11 boys did TVH proud by packing three boys in the first eight finishers. George Kimble was fifth, closely followed by Henry Turner seventh and Reginald Rock eighth. New nine-year-old Ollie Seraj was having his first race and finished 30th out of the 41 runners. The team were a very close second, only two points behind Shaftesbury. Over the two races they are two points behind VP&TH.

We had two runners in the under 11 girls race and Skye Bishop once again did extremely well to finish eighth out of the 56 taking part. She was the third under 10 in the race. Her time was only 10 seconds slower than Reginald. Emma Hooley looked full of running at the finish and with more experience will improve on her 37th place.

Max Bishop was running after having stitches in a leg injury and will do better than 26th when he has regained his confidence. Unfortunately Morris Rock had a bad day and Jifar Ahmed stayed with him to get him over the line even though they were the last two home. In the under 15/17 boys race we only had Nelson Gordon running and he didn’t have his heart in it as a lone Valley runner and finished 53rd out of 79.

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Four Individual Wins and Team Victory for U15 Boys at NWL YA League

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.

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Charlotte Buckley third fastest Under 17 in South of England CC relays

Although Charlotte Buckley led the first lap home in the Under 17 Women’s Relay it was hard to notice as she was behind Under 20 women racing with her. The TVH women eventually dropped back to 9th place in their race. Amelia Casey was the target for the other teams to catch and she was passed by eight clubs during the 2.5k lap. Then Lily Cheshire ran a brilliant last lap to bring the team home with her best run or the season.

Having Melina Duer back in the ‘A’ team made a tremendous difference to the under 15 Girls. After Philippine Poupart-Lafarge looked to be way down the field on the first lap in 29th place, but she had been up against some good opposition. Niamh then improved 10 places with the fastest club time. Melina then moved the team up to 16th. To make up a full ‘B’ team, Capuccine Rousset missed some celebrations at a family gathering but then dashed off home. Maddie Casey was not at her best on the second lap but didn’t lose any places. Also having her first race for a long time, Lilly Salkeld was pleased to get involved again and brought the team home 30th.

Our next best result was in the Under 13 Girls relay. Led off by Sasha Mueller in 19th place who did well as there were 39 runners on the first 2k lap. Then Charlotte Edge moved the team up to 15th before Lily Dafter, in her unaccustomed role as anchor, brought the team home in 17th place. Our ‘B’ team did surprisingly well although newcomer Maisie Hugill was running in training shoes and lost six places in the muddy woods. The team was also disqualified because I had not registered her in the team. Unofficially they finished 27th.

After Olivia Sparks got them off to a fine start in 23rd place, Zenia Gordon then blasted round in 8:26 which was faster than two of the ‘A’ team. The ‘C’ team were also successful with Analesse Schoenen on the first lap running well. Mabel Salkeld had her first race of the season and made up five places before another newcomer, Christina Brask-Tyrrell brought them home in 31st place.

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