Thames Valley Harriers have started the year in fantastic style, following their recent successes at cross country, TVH athletes continue their fine form by winning medals at the South of England Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley. There was a Championship Best Performance, three new indoor club record and five medals for TVH athletes; three gold, one silver and one bronze.
The highlight of the championships was Jude Bright-Davies reclaiming his the U20 men’s triple jump title, a club record and Championship Best Performance with a fantastic hop, skip and jump of 15.44m! This jump broke the 7 year triple jump CBP by 12cm and was 4cm further than his outdoor best set at the European Athletics Youth Championships last summer and 54cm further than his own indoor best from last winter. Jude’s twin brother Joel jumped qualled his life time best of 13.27m narrowly missing out on a bronze medal to win the bronze medal as he finished 4th.
In the senior women’s triple jump Lia Stephenson is also in great early season form as she claimed the gold to add to her large collection of South of England championship medals with a very good jump of 12.29m.
Pippa Rogan had a very exciting and close competition as she won the senior women’s high jump competition on count back, having cleared all her heights at her first attempt. Pippa’s final clearance, 1.78m is also a 3cm indoor best and a new senior TVH indoor club record.
For the second year in a row Danielle Opara came away with a very good silver medal in the senior women’s shot put where she also broke her own senior women’s indoor club record with a great throw of 13.89 cm.
Edmond Amaning continued TVH’s strong sprinting history by showing great early season form to claim bronze in the 60m senior men’s final in a new personal best 6.81, narrowly edging out Subomi Onanuga to 5th as he also ran a new lifetime best time (6.85) in the senior men’s final.
There were many other fine performances for TVH athletes and with Jack Hatton, who earlier this year broke the 22 year standing senior men 60m hurdles indoor club record by 0.02s from Ken Campbell (1994), 2017 is looking very promising for the club.
South of England AA Championships, January 2017, Lee Valley (Indoors) Results:
60m SW Heat 1 2nd Clieo Stephenson 7.61
60m SM Heat 8 1st Edmond Amaning 6.83; 2nd Subomi Onanuga 6.92
60m SM Quarter-final 4 1st Edmond Amaning 6.78 PB; 3rd Subomi Onanuga 6.86 PB
60m SM Semi-final 1 3rd Subomi Onanuga 6.86 =PB
60m SM Semi-final 2nd Edmond Amaning 6.76 PB
60m SM Final 3rd (Bronze) Edmond Amaning 6.81 PB; 5th Subomi Onanuga 6.85 PB
60m U20M Heat 2 3rd Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel 7.13; 4th Emmanuel Dadzie 7.40
60m U20M Heat 5 6th Tyrell Mills-Rhule
60m U20M Heat 6 2nd Daniel John 7.18
60m U20M Semi-final 1 3rd Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel 7.09 PB
60m U20M Semi-final 2 4th Daniel John 7.13
200m U20M Heat 1 2nd Keano-Elliot Paris-Samuel 23.23
200m U20M Heat 3 3rd Emmanuel Dadzie 23.56, 4th Daniel John 23.87
200m U20M Semi-final 2 5th Keano-Elliot Paris-Samuel 23.18
200m U17M 200m Heat 2 4th Malachi Boyce 24.18
400m SM Heat 1 1st Luke Lennon-Ford 50.08
400m U20W Heat 1 4th Sherique Ruddock 64.41
400m U20M Heat 2 2nd Nilrem Stewart 51.56
400m U20M Final 5th Nilrem Stewart 51.40
400m U17M Heat 3 2nd Malachi Boyce 55.08
800m SM Heat 3 2nd Kieron Sexton 1.58.62
60m Hurdles U15G Heat 1 6th Tuilelaith Kehoe 10.30
High Jump SW 1st (Gold) Pippa Rogan 1.78m PB & New Club Record
Triple Jump SW 1st (Gold) Lia Stephenson 12.29m
Triple Jump U20M 1st (Gold) Jude Bright-Davies 15.44m PB & New Club Record & CBP; 5th Joel Bright-Davies 13.37m = PB
Shot Put SW 2nd (Silver) Danielle Opara 13.86m PB & New Club Record