The TVH Young Athletes had another successful day at the Middlesex Road Relay Championships on Sunday, September 13th at the Minet cycle circuit.
The first event of the day was the Under 11 boys and girls 1500m road race. In the girls race, Kate Price had a great run to finish second and collect the silver medal. With four other Valley girls running the future looks bright in this age group. First boy in the boys race was Alfie Turner making his debut and finishing fourth. Behind him Otto Huber finished 17 out of 23
Then came the 3 x 3000m relays. First off for the girls, Zakia Mossi ran 12:27 to bring the team second. Then Philippine Pourpart-Lafarge kept the team near the front with 13:06. Then Ava White showed that she is getting back from a disastrous 2014 illness year to bring the team home in second place with 12:07. The ‘B’ team also performed well with Melina Duer leading off, Charlotte Cooney-Quinn improving on the second lap and Lily Salkeld bringing the team home in fifth place. The boys team had mixed fortunes with the incomplete ‘B’ team being in front of the ‘A’ after two laps with a great lap from Basil Rock. But in the end the ‘A’ team of Aidan Ferrand, Jude Gunn and Hector Sheppard finished 10th
Next up, the under 15 boys had an incomplete team with Nicholas Duer running the first lap and Oliver Parker, the second. The girls were led off by Iona Pernthaller who had a battle with the best runners from several other clubs and had to give way to them by the end of her 3000m even with a very respectful 4th place. Then Rose Barkle made inroads into the leading group but still left the team a minute behind the leader. Charlotte Buckley showed her class and caught the leader after the 1500m first lap and came home in first place by 20 seconds. An incomplete ‘B’ team had Helena Findlater having her first road relay and having no one to hand over to.
The under 17 men were missing star runner Karim Mahiddine but by coming second the team excelled themselves. Max Buckley led off and although Abraham Mendes Da Costa ‘B team’ was in front of him, passed him on the second lap and left Jake Hooley in a good position. He then brought the team up to second place. Taking over 40 metres behind the leader, Lucillo closed the gap on his first lap but the winner was too strong and TVH finished a brilliant second. The under 17 women were favourites to win their race and did it easily. Although Verity Walker was not at her best on the first leg, India Weir then had someone to chase at the start of her run. She quickly went into the lead and did the fastest lap in the process. Kosana Weir then finished off the day with another Valley victory. Elizabeth Biggs was also having her initiation into running and it was a pity that the other two members of her team were ill and unable to take part.
U11 Boys 1500m. 4 Alfie Turner 5:27; 17 Otto Huber 6:07.
U13 Boys Relay: ‘A’ Aidan Ferrand 12:58; Jude Gunn 14:37; Hector Sheppard 12:38. Team 10th 40:30.
‘B’ Bill Fradgerley 13:40; Basil Rock 11:52.
U15B. Nicholas Duer 11:18; Oliver Parker 12:54. (Incomplete)
U17M. Max Buckley 10:18; Jake Hooley 10:20; Lucillo Burrell 10:03. Team 2nd 30:41.
‘B’ Abraham Mendes Da Costa 10:32.
U11 Girls 1500m. 2 Kate Price 5:41; 5 Millie Markelwood 5:58; 7 Olivia Sparks 6:24; 9 Lily Dafter 6:28; 10 Rita Wilsdon 6:30.
U13G Relay. Zakia Mossi 12:27; Philippine Pourpart-Lafarge 13:06; Ava White 12:07. Team 2nd 34:40.
‘B’ Melina Duer 12:35; Charlotte Cooney-Quinn 13:34; Lily Salkeld 13:18. Team 5th 39:27.
U15G. Iona Pernthaller 12:11; Rose Barkle 12:05; Charlotte Buckley (f) 10:45. Team 1st 35:01.
‘B’ Helena Findlater 12:54.
U17W. Verity Walker 11:48; India Weir (f) 10:29; Kosana Weir 10:43. Team 1st 33:15.
‘B’ Elizabeth Biggs 13:04