British Athletics League,Third Match, Tooting

Following an encouraging result at the second match in Gateshead the third match proved to be one of damage limitation as the team was devastated by injury and other commitments.There were some outstanding individual performances and a number of first time appearances for athletes, which augurs well for the future.

Starting the day in 3rd place in the League the Valley men slipped to 7th place on the day and to equal 5th overall, although the points remain very tight between 3rd and 8th places as clubs again took points from each other. Continue reading British Athletics League,Third Match, Tooting

UK Women’s Athletics League, Premier Division – PBs and a Club Record at Birmingham

Thames Valley Harriers ladies team continue to go from strength to strength with a superb team performance in the second UKWAL match at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. As usual the fantastic team spirit shone through welcoming to the team three debutants. There was also a club record and several individual lifetime best performances. 

The 24 athletes picked up enough points to place 4th out of eight teams and just 1 point off 3rd place. This result, coupled with 5th place in the first match in Swansea means the squad are in a very strong position to stay in the Premier league next year, provided all goes to plan at the final match in Eton next month.

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British Athletics League, Gateshead – TVH Ranked 3rd overall

Gateshead has always been the venue of good results for the Valley team and the traditional weekend away was dampened only by the squally and heavy rain. As usual the club spirit shone through and there were a few individual lifetime best and season’s best performances.

The team result was a good one as the team finished 4th in the match but moved up to 3rd as other teams took points from each other.  Again this league has proved to be very competitive, although Woodford Green and Glasgow have pulled out a healthy lead. The Valley are now sitting in 3rd place with the other 5 teams no more than 3 points below. Continue reading British Athletics League, Gateshead – TVH Ranked 3rd overall

Fantastic 5th Place for the Women on UKWAL Premier League Debut

“This was one of the closest ever matches, with the top three teams separated by just a single point”

Saturday’s match was like no other, with an average wind speed of 28mph and gusts well in excess of 50mph, dreams of PB’s and club records were blown out the window…. it was all about the battle. The 23 strong squad, donning their new Nike tracksuits, finished a superb 5th place overall in a closely fought match and a mere 15 points off the leaders, Birchfield Harriers.  This was one of the closest ever matches, with the top three teams separated by just a single point and TVH were in contention throughout the whole day.

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First British Athletics League Match, Windsor

There was a feeling of déjà vu about the first match of the season for the Valley team as the weather was a repeat of the wet and very windy first match last year. However, the usual club spirit shone and there were very encouraging results from new and younger athletes and with just a little luck it could have been a 3rd place start to the season.

The team result was a slight improvement with a 5th place finish which Manager, Paul Oppe, felt was a good result in view of the relatively weak team he was able to field in some events. Continue reading First British Athletics League Match, Windsor

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