Zoey Clark and Lorraine Ugen win Worlds selection in memorable British Champs

A triumphant weekend for TVH at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham with two national titles and a host of fine performances.

Wins for Zoey Clark in the 400m and Lorraine Ugen in the long jump earned them both places in the British team for London’s World Championships in August. Alongside the marathon place Tracy Barlow won in April this means that TVH will have at least three representatives in a home World Championships – something for us all to cheer.

Continue reading Zoey Clark and Lorraine Ugen win Worlds selection in memorable British Champs

TVH team take off for prizes in the Concorde Five

Concord Cup team prize winners Andrew, Riz and Paul

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.

Continue reading TVH team take off for prizes in the Concorde Five

TVH Ladies maintain strong standing in UKWAL Premiership with 2nd place in Match 2

Thames Valley Harriers ladies shone in a warm and sunny Eton. Having comfortably won the first match in Birmingham, the aim was for a top 3 finish to maintain the ultimate goal of regaining the title as the best team in the UK. With a tremendous effort, the team exceeded expectations to finish in a fantastic 2nd accumulating an impressive 212 points – only 6 points behind reigning champions Birchfield Harriers. The final match is on Sunday 16th July in Bromley, where a victory will result in TVH returning to compete at the European Champion Clubs Cup (ECCC) in 2018 as UKWAL Champions.

Continue reading TVH Ladies maintain strong standing in UKWAL Premiership with 2nd place in Match 2

Athlete Spotlight – Edmond Amaning

Sprinter Edmond Amaning’s dedication to TVH through the junior ranks is reaping rich rewards as he goes from strength to strength at senior level.

Starting off as an explosive 60m runner at under 15 level Edmond is now making a big impact at the longer 200m and 400m disciplines.

This year he has already won gold in the Middlesex Championships 200m and a valuable second place in the Lee Valley BAL Premiership 200m with a PB of 20.86.

A 400 m PB of 46.77 set in Florida has been another highlight – as well as a highly satisfying run with the England squad in the Loughborough Relays 4x400m.

Edmond’s time of 21.18 in Sheffield’s British Indoor Trials in February ranks him third in the country this year, although a DQ in the semi meant he didn’t get to fight it out in the final.

Only a temporary blip as Edmond continues on his upward path through the outdoor season.

Performance progression: http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=64687

  1. How did you get into athletics?

After watching a race on TV, I wanted to try out athletics. I joined my local athletics club TVH and started competing at 14 years old.

  1. Which achievements in the sport are you proudest of?

This year I was selected to represent England at the Loughborough Internationals meet in the 4 x 400m relay. The team came away with a win and I am happy that I was selected to be a part of that.

  1. What have been the biggest factors in your development?

Overcoming injuries and keeping a healthy diet.

  1. What’s the toughest challenge you’ve overcome?

Sacrificing time to train is a challenge, but it’s always worth it in the end.

  1. What part has TVH played in your development?

TVH has exposed me to high level competition which is perfect for me as I get to race with people that push me to run faster.

  1. What are your top athletics goals – for the near-term and the long-term?

I am taking every day as it comes, my near-term goal is making sure I’m staying healthy and fit. My long-term goal is to continue learning more about myself and how to improve in the sport.

  1. What are your interests and aims outside athletics?

Outside of athletics I am a web developer. I have developed websites for a range of clients and I am currently working on several projects.

  1. What’s your top training tip?

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but prevention is better than cure.

  1. Describe your personality in three words!

Opportunistic, risk-taker & resilient

 

 

 

 

TVH Men 4th at BAL Premiership Match 3 with 4 Lifetime Bests

With a number of high profile new signings this year we were hopeful that we would be strong enough to be competitive in the Premiership this season. The first match in Sheffield showed that we had the necessary strength and team spirit to finish a creditable 5th – equal with local rivals Shaftesbury.
Continue reading TVH Men 4th at BAL Premiership Match 3 with 4 Lifetime Bests