2014 Review – Successful Track Season for TVH

2014 saw the TVH ladies become officially ranked as the 3rd best athletics team in the UK and the best in the South of England. Other highlights include performances at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, new club records and success in the leagues.

Thames Valley Harriers has teams that compete at all ages for both male and female in the most important leagues that give its athletes wide ranging competitive opportunities. As another track and field season comes to an end, it is encouraging to look back at how these teams performed.

Pride of place goes to the UK Women’s Athletic League team which, in their first ever season in the top flight of UK athletics, finished  a fantastic 3rd overall in the Premier Division of the league, TVH ladies finished as the top team in the South of England.

The senior men’s British Athletics League team suffered from a few injuries during the season and in a very competitive league could not manage to hold on to its place in the Division 1 as they finished in 7th place after a close finish to the last match.

Combined with with the ladies, TVH’s senior men are amongst the best teams in the country. This was confirmed in the great team spirit shown in winning the Southern Athletics League Division 2 North title and will be in the Division 1 for the first ever time in 2015.

The junior teams were experiencing the new format of their UK leagues, now called the UK Youth Development League. In the older group, catering for under-20 and under-17 athletes, the team is in the Southern North 2 Division and improved with each match finishing 3rd. The equivalent team catering for the under-15 and under-13 age groups comfortably retained its place in the Southern North 1 Division, also improving with each match and with a very promising home victory in the last match to finish the league in 4th.

TVH also provides competitons for under-11 athletes and Quadkids competition has seen soom of our youngest members enjoying the sport as the compete in there first ever time.

Of course, teams are made up of great individual athletes and, here again, TVH has had a year to be proud of. TVH athletes have been crowned schools, university, country, regional and national champions. There are too many highlights to mention everyone, many of these performances can be found in our club records as 36 were broken in 2014. However, our two young and still improving international 400m athletes stood out. Zoey Clark, set many club records during the season and was the TVH’s top point scorer in the UKWAL, Zoey completed  her season with a Native National 4x400m record for Scotland (3:33.91) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. From our the mens team, Victor dos Santos Soares, who is coached by club president Linford Christie, also set a National record for Portugal over the 400m individual (45.74) to finish 3rd in his semi-final at the European Championships in Zurich.

Congratulations to everyone. 2014 has been one of TVH’s best track and field season since the mens double in 1994. Now comes a winter of training for an even better season next year.

Top 10 Finish at the South of England Road Relays for TVH Ladies’ A Team

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.

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Women’s A and B Teams at the South of England Road Relays
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8th Place for TVH’s Ladies A Team
Lisa Da Silva's steady 2nd leg keeps the TVH women in 12th place.
Lisa Da Silva’s steady 2nd leg keeps the TVH women in 12th place.

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.

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Strong Individual and Team Results for TVH Young Athletes at South of England Road Relays

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.

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Winning times and team results for TVH Juniors at the Middlesex County Road Relay Championships

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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