National Athletics League Premiership London South Eton 7th August 2021
Team Managers Manuel da Silva and Phil Wetton were able to organise another strong team for the third of four fixtures in the National Athletics League (NAL). Competing against the home club Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow and Blackheath & Bromley and Southampton in the London South mini-league, TVH have now won the first 3 rounds of fixtures comfortably to extend the lead in the overall NAL Premiership table.
The Hurdles provided some of the highlights of the day. In spite of the rain and wind, Nicole Kendall improved her 400m hurdles club and league record to 55.93 secs and returned later to run the 400m flat in 53.49 secs. Jess Tappin won the B string 400m hurdles in 57.69 secs and had a busy afternoon also competing in the 200m, Shot put and 4x100m relay. Conditions were better for the men’s 400m hurdles with Chris McAlister just outside the league record in 49.70 secs. Sam Clarke won the B string in 52.21 secs and returned to win the 110m hurdles in 14.69 secs.
In the longer distance races Myles Edwards returned to the team to win the 3000m in 8:32.65 ahead of Antonia da Silva winning the B string in 8:34.92 and Dani Chattenton won the women’s race in 9:27.94 with Sarah Johnson winning the B string in 10:07.15. Oli Newton won the 3000m steeplechase and finished 2nd in the 1500m. 17 year old Basil Rock controlled the 800m winning in 1:58.86 with Tom Taylor winning the B string and Alex Mundell ran well in the women’s race after working a night shift, finishing 2nd in 2:13.54.
Another athlete returning to the team was Joel Khan in the high jump, winning with a clearance at 2.20m (just below his outdoor PB of 2.21m at the British Champs in June) with U17 English Schools medallist Noor-Eldin Mahmoud winning the B string.
Molly Caudery won the women’s pole vault with 4.25m in less than ideal conditions with Clare Maurer winning the B string and Stan Vilga winning in the men’s competition.
Several throwers had busy afternoons. Sophie Mace performed well in the shot put, discus and hammer with Sam Mace competing in the hammer and discus and Jamie Potton-Burrell in the hammer and shot put. As well as the 110m hurdles Florian Vogel competed well in the pole vault and in the javelin where Gavin Johnson-Assoon has won at all 3 NAL fixtures this season.
Jude Bright Davis set a triple jump PB of 15.89m at the Varsity Match in early July and won here with 15.55m from Sam Trigg-Petrovic with 15.07m. Montana Jackson is having a great season, jumping as well as in 2016 and 2017 and won the women’s triple jump with 12.46m.
In the sprints U17 Reece Earle continued his return from injury in the 100m and relay, Luke Lennon-Ford and Jason Hoyle ran well in two sprints and a relay and Nicholas Atwell in the 200m and relay. The 4x400m relay team of Sam Clarke, Jason Hoyle, Chris McAlister and Luke Lennon-Ford were within half a second of the club record set in 1995 winning in 3:09.63.
Rachel Miller won the 100m and ran both relays and Annie Tagoe won the B string 100m and the A string 200m. The women’s 4x100m relay team were also close to the club record of 46.02 secs, Sileena Farrell in her first competition for TVH, Rachel, Jess and Annie winning in 46.72 secs.
Meanwhile in Tokyo
Olympians – Congratulations to TVH athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo;
Zoey Clark helped GB teams qualify for the finals in both the mixed and women’s 4x400m relays, and was part of the quartet that set a new British record in the mixed 4×400. Lorraine Ugen competed in the long jump for GB and Ricardo dos Santos Soares in the 400m for Portugal. New Zealander Julia Ratcliffe, who competed for TVH in the build up to the Rio Olympics, threw 73.20m in qualifying for the hammer final.