Manuel da Silva reports:
As the indoor Track and Field season gains momentum, a number of TVH athletes were in action both at home and abroad over the last few weeks. The stand-out performance came from Zoey Clarke who won a double gold at the Scottish Championships.
Zoey Clark, currently studying at Aberdeen University had already showed a glimpse of her current form when running a 53.5 relay split in the International Match the week before. Racing at the Scottish Indoor Championships in Glasgow on 1st February, Zoey recorded a personal best over 60m of 7.58 seconds to win her first gold medal of the day. Later, after more heats, she lined up in the final of 200m. Zoey’s winning time of 23.96 was the first time she has gone under 24 seconds and is a time that ranks her 4th on the Scottish all-time indoor lists (and also a new club record). At the same championships, Myles Edwards continued his fantastic form by winning his first Scottish senior tittle over the 1500m in a time of 3:54.1.
Lee Valley hosted the London Indoor Games over the last weekends in January, there were many fine performances by TVH athletes with some of the highlights including; Tayla Brade (U20) 7.61 PB in the 60m. Kamal Mitchell (U20) 7.10 PB in the 60m. Kizzi Barazetti 1.56m PB in the high jump. Ella Widdop-Gray, 1.66m in the high jump ranks her joint 5th U20 in the UK. Jude Bright-Davies, 14.05m PB and new U17 indoor club record, ranked No1 U17 in the UK. Angela Barrett, 13.03m in the triple jump ranks her currently No.2 in the UK.
Lee Valley also hosted the Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships on Saturday 7th February where three more TVH athletes won medals, one of each colour. Shannon Connelly was close again to breaking her own club record when winning gold in the pole vault, 3.45m. Long jumper, Joe Steele won a silver in the 60m 6.96 having ran a PB in his heat (6.90) and his training partner Ugne Liuksaityte won bronze also in the 60m with 7.91.
Elsewhere, Izzy Dye set a new indoor U20 3000m club record, 10:25.36 at an open meeting in Lee Valley on 4th February. Ogo Anochirionye set a new PB in the long jump at the Birmingham Games on 7th February. Running abroad was 400m runner Luke Lennon-Ford who ran 47.41 in Poland on 3rd February and four days ran 47.74 in Germany, Luke is currently ranked 8th overall in the UK.