TVH athletes are competing at home and abroad with more competitions starting to be arranged.
Chris McAlister has competed twice at Nuneaton, running 47.37 secs for 400m followed by a season opening 50.11 secs in the 400m hurdles in the build up to the behind closed doors British Championships in Manchester on 4th and 5th September. Also competing at Nuneaton Jess Tappin has run 55.27 secs for 400m and 58.77 secs for 400m hurdles and Nicole Kendall 55.59 secs for 400m.
Several TVH athletes competed at the second Lee Valley LICC Open Meeting on 15th / 16th August, amongst the best performances of the weekend were PBs in the 800m for U20s Amelia Casey (2:14.85) and Shami Umashankar with 2:12.57, 8 seconds faster than he ran last year. In the 200m, Olivia Sparks (U15) improved her best time to 26.87 secs and Neon Richards (U20) ran 57.92 secs in his first race over the men’s height in the 400m hurdles.
In Austria on 15th August Florian Vogel improved his 110m hurdles PB twice, 15.23 secs in the heat and 15.22 secs in the final.
In the discus at an event at Loughborough on 16th August, Sophie Mace threw a very good season opener of 45.05m. Ogo Anochirionye performed well in the long jump with 7.20m at an event in Bournemouth on 9th August and Jack Paget has competed in the hammer four times in July and August in events at Nuneaton and Hull, improving his best to 57.34m.
Dan Mulryan and Oli Newton competed in one of the first 3,000m events of the summer at Battersea, Dan running 8:26.69 and Oli a PB of 8:40.32.
In Northern Ireland Ann Marie McGlynn (now in the V40 age group) ran a personal best 32:43 road 10k in Lisburn followed by a 5,000m track PB of 16:05.85 in Belfast.
Lee Valley LICC Open Meeting Sat 1st August & Sun 2nd August
The first open meeting in London this season with both track and field events took place at Lee Valley, with a maximum of 4 athletes in each track race and groups of up to 6 athletes in field events.
11 TVH athletes took part, there were some good performances and a few PBs and some competed in new events (maximum race distance was 400m) or with little opportunity for track training sessions prior to the event.
In the U15 / U17 events on the Saturday Olivia Sparks (U15) 43.33 secs and Maddie Casey (U17) both 43.90 secs both ran PBs in the 300m and Basil Rock (U17) 54.84 secs had his first race over 400m. Reece Earle (U17) ran 11.27 secs in the 100m after months of mainly training in a park.
The U20 and older events were on the Sunday and Amelia Strickler performed well in the Shot in her first competition since winning the British Indoor title in February with a best effort of 17.43m. Armani James had a very good series of in the triple jump with four jumps over 14m and a new PB of 14.38m.
Three TVH men all acquitted themselves well in the 100m, Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel was the quickest with 10.98 secs, Ogo Anochirionye 11.05 secs and a welcome return to racing for Nilrem Stewart 11.23 secs.
There were two TVH athletes competing in the 400m on Sunday; Neon Richards (U20) ran 52.83 secs in first 400m flat race and Amelia Casey ran a new PB of 60.45 secs.
On Wednesday 5th August three TVH athletes competed in a BMC and Sprints open meeting at Lee Valley.
Keano-Elliott Paris-Samuel followed the 100m race on Sunday with 21.99 secs in the 200m, for his fastest 100m / 200m start to a season. In the BMC 800M, U17 Maddie Casey ran 2:21.34, a new PB by more than 2 seconds and Amelia Casey ran an outdoors PB of 2:15.53.
The South of England Athletics Association are organising a Track & Field Special Event at Chelmsford August 29th & 30th
Events for U15 and older (100m, 300m, 400m, long jump, shot and discus), numbers are very limited, entries now open at http://www.seaa.org.uk/index.php/onlinereg