TVH ladies performed superbly to place in the top 10 at the South of England four-stage road relays over the weekend, held around Aldershot’s Rushmoor Arena.
The first leg of the 3.85k undulating course was tackled by Kirsty Addy who blitzed round to finish in 11th place amongst a highly competitive field, clocking a fabulous time of 13.44. Kirsty’s run was indicative of a return to form following bouts of injury. Next off was team manager Lisa da Silva, who stayed relaxed as GB international Jessica Judd came past in the opening stage. Lisa still managed to hold the team position of 11th completing the course in a solid time of 14.13. Then it was over to GB age group triathlete Imogen Simmonds who looked to be at ease, probably grateful to have missed the usual swimming and cycling beforehand. Imogen crossed the line in 9th place overall (in a time of 14.33), having clawed back a couple of places along the way. The final leg saw Tracy Barlow enjoying her taper for next weekend’s Berlin marathon, as she picked up one more valuable place in a personal best time of 14.08. This meant the A team finished a fantastic 8th place amongst some of the best road running teams in the country, including reigning National champions Aldershot, Farnham and District AC.
The South of England Road Relays had a lovely dry day for these Championships. The first relay was for the under 13 girls. Unfortunately Thames Valley Harriers only had two runners competing. Freja Scaap did well to finish 36th out of the 80 teams who started. Then Charlotte Buckley ran the fastest lap of the day, 8:05, and picked up 28 places to bring the team up to 8th position. She was not awarded the fastest lap medal because it has to be won by a girl in a complete team.
Thames Valley Harriers young athletes had another good start to the winter season. Taking part in the Middlesex County Road Relay Championships they had a mixture of winning times and good team results at the Minet Cycle Circuit in Hayes.
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Despite a three line whip from Team Manager, Paul Oppe, the team that the Valley fielded in this final British League Match of the season was just not strong enough to secure a place in the top 5 and avoid relegation to Division 2.