TVH impress at the new Met League Course

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!

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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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U13 Girls Open the XC season with a Met League Win at Match 1

Possibly the driest ever start to the season at Claybury Park, Woodford. With some of the paths on tarmac most athletes wore training shoes for their races.

A magnificent win by our U13 girls team and the ‘B’ team were 6th. We had eight girls running and one more arrived just after their start so didn’t run. Led home by Kate Price in 3rd place she had a great run even though she raced on Friday in the Schools Cup. Charlotte Edge is beginning to show her true potential when she finished 8th. She was closely followed home by Lily Dafter, 10th. Aramay Robertson also had a good run to finish just behind Lily in 18th place. Then another flurry of TVH had Sasha Mueller 21st, Zenia Gordon running really well for 24th place. Olivia Sparks struggled and was not up at her best for 27th but Analesse Schoenen improved greatly to finish 30th out of 52 runners..

Making a great start to the season the Valley under 11 boys all finished in the top 10. Led home by George Kimble in 5th place, closely followed by Henry Turner in 7th and Reginald Rock 10th. Unfortunately our 4th runner Ollie Seraj missed the start. This was due to the taxi driver they had from Woodford Station, getting lost! The team finished a brilliant 2nd.

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TVH Women in Top 15 at National Road Relays

The senior ladies A team finished a fine 15th place in the National 4-Stage Road Relays in Sutton Park last weekend. The A team was made up of U20’s India and Kosana Weir on the opening legs, followed by Stephanie Ainley on leg 3 and Tracy Barlow on leg 4. The team got off to a great start and gradually worked their way through the field, with a massive boost from Tracy on leg 4. Tracy clocked a super speedy time of 14.34 over an undulating 4.3k to move the team up a whopping 14 places! The B team of Katie Olding, Lisa da Silva and Lara Scerri also put in a solid performance despite being one athlete down.


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