The ladies middle distance quartet of Kirsty Addy, Imogen Simmonds, Lisa da Silva and Siana Jones took to the paths of Sutton Park on Saturday, to compete in the English National Road Relays. The weather was grim but this did not put a dampner on the team spirit – the new team tent also helped. Kirsty kicked things off on the highly competitive opening leg and ran to form to bring the team back in 27th place in a personal best time of 15:40 over the 2.69 mile course – it’s great seeing Kirsty improving with every race having overcome her injury troubles from last year. Next off was course debuant Imogen who also had a cracking run to pick up three places (16:12) – Imogen is another new up and coming talent. On the third leg was team manager Lisa da Silva who fought all the way round and picked up yet another place (16:03). Siana, who had been promoted to the A team following a strong run at the South of England Road Relays, smashed her previous best around the course, to clock 17:07 and crossed the line in 23rd place out of 60 teams. Understandably, it was smiles all round from the team!
TVH is sad to report the death of Clive Thomas on Sunday 21st September at the age of 67. Clive would have been a member of TVH for 45 years on the 4th October 2014.
For 10 or more years, Clive Thomas contributed to TVH’s successes on road and country. Despite the fact that he regularly competed in the Welsh cross-country championships, qualifying for the Welsh team at the IAAF World Cross-country championships on 6 occasions, he still found time to run for the championship winning Valley teams at the Southern Cross-country championships in 1975 and 1978, and was regularly to be found in the top 100 in the National Cross-country. Doubtless, if Clive had run for Middlesex rather than Surrey, TVH would have had an even more impressive record at the Middlesex cross-country championships. He was also consistently one of our leading performers at both the Southern and National 12 Stage relays throughout the 70s. He also performed for Valley in British League competitions covering 800m, 1500m, 5,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase and it was at the last of these that he received his only GB vest in 1975 in a match against France.
The annual Middlesex 10k Road Championships took place at Victoria Park on Saturday and in a close race Valley’s Mo Aadan finished 3rd in the men’s race and 2nd in the Middlesex Champs, while the TVH men’s team finished just outside the Middlesex team medals in 4th place.
On Sunday the Valley men’s senior and veteran teams travelled to Aldershot for the Southern Road Relay Championships. As in previous years the race venue was Rushmoor Arena and the race was hosted by Aldershot, Farnham & District AC. This year’s race saw 4 Valley men make their debut in the senior team and they all ran well to see the A team finish in 17th place out of a total of 72 finishing teams.
Full versions of the men’s results are available using the links below: