This year’s Middlesex 10k Road Championships saw a change of race day from a Saturday to Sunday, but the venue remained the same as Victoria Park once again hosted the annual race which saw Antonio Silva and Audrey Hall take victory for the Valley in the men’s and women’s races as well as the Valley men winning a Middlesex bronze medal for 3rd place team.
Phil Wetton reports:
It was a good turnout of 12 TVH athletes on the starting line in a good sized field of nearly 300 athletes, with the Valley fielding an 11 man team which included 2 men making their 10k debut and another 3 men recording 10k pb’s on the day.
The weather was pleasantly mild and dry for October with some warm sunshine and very little wind to give good race conditions for the fast and flat 3 lap course around Victoria Park.
As the race began it didn’t take long for the Valley’s Antonio Silva to hit the front, along with 2 other athletes from Serpentine and Hillingdon, and it was this breakaway group which had built up a good lead at the end of the 1st lap.
By the end of the 2nd lap Antonio had established a good gap of around 50m over the Serpentine athlete in 2nd and Hillingdon athlete in 3rd, and it remained this way until the finish when Antonio had increased his lead to 18 seconds to win in a time of 31m27s and become Middlesex champion, congratulations Antonio!
2nd man home for the Valley was veteran athlete Andrew Mitchell, who has been in great form recently and he came very close to his pb with a time of 34m33s, which placed him 14th in the race and 7th in the Middlesex Champs.
His time was also the 2nd fastest V40 time of the day and it earned him a silver medal in the Middlesex veterans over 40 race, well done Andrew!
Next across the line for TVH was the women’s race winner, as recent recruit onto the Valley women’s team, Audrey Hall, enjoyed a comfortable victory to win the women’s race by over a minute in a time of 36m46s, congratulations Audrey!
Her time also placed her in 50th place overall in the race and she showed no signs of fatigue having raced at Birmingham the day before, having helped secure a very impressive 7th place finish for the TVH women’s team in the English National 4 Stage Road Relays.
3rd man home for the Valley was U17 junior athlete Jake Hooley, who had a very impressive run to improve his pb by over a minute to 37m07s and his time was also the 2nd fastest of the day by an U18 athlete and just 7s off the fastest time.
It gave Jake an overall finishing position of 56th and 25th place in the Middlesex Champs, which meant that with 3 to score for the men’s team he had helped the men win a bronze team medal for finishing as the 3rd team in the Middlesex Championships – well done Antonio, Andrew and Jake, a great performance!
Next in for the Valley was Botond Safar, a recent addition to the men’s team he was making his debut over the 10k distance and he paced his race well to record a good time of 37m42s to finish in 68th place in the race.
Having shown some good form over the summer Richard Hooley was not wanting to be outdone by his son Jake and he chased him all the way home to record a very good time of 38m37s, the last time Richard had gone below 39 minutes was over 5 years ago and it earned him 98th place and the 6th fastest V50 time of the day.
Paul Woodgate also continued in his rich vein of form to take off another 15 seconds from his 10k pb to finish in a time 39m14s and a race position of 109th, if Paul continues to improve at this rate then a sub 3 hour marathon can’t be far away.
Just behind Paul and trying to close the gap at the finish was Greg Bennett, whose time of 39m28s was not far off his pb and brought him home in 114th place.
Another Valley man showing great improvement is Scott Brewer, who finished in 140th place in a new pb time of 41m04s, a fantastic improvement of nearly 4 minutes compared to his 10k debut time in last year’s race.
Making his 10k debut a fast start from 800m runner Goldenfritz Ngarizemo had put him in the race lead over the first quarter mile, though he found the race distance was harder than he expected having only trained for the 800m distnace over the summer, but he did well to record a time of 41m37s and finish in 145th place.
It was good to see Matt Ponting back on the team after a recent spell outside London and although he wasn’t race fit he did well to come home in 172nd place in a time of 43m21s.
The 11th and final man home for the Valley was Nick Michael, who maintained a steady pace throughout the race to record a time of 49m33s, which earned him the 5th fastest V60 time of the day and a race position of 248th place.
With TVH taking victory in both the men’s and women’s races and also gold, silver and bronze medals in the Middlesex Championships it was a day to remember for the Valley.
Well done to everyone who raced on the day and keep the good form going forward into the winter season!
Up The Valley,
Middlesex 10k Road Champs Results, 04-10-15.
Men’s Race Results
|Middlesex Race Position
|1 Antonio Silva
|14 Andrew Mitchell
|7th & 2nd V40
|56 Jake Hooley
|25th & 2nd U18
|68 Botond Safar
|98 Richard Hooley
|47th & 6th V50
|109 Paul Woodgate
|50th & 22nd V40
|114 Greg Bennett
|140 Scott Brewer
|145 Goldenfritz Ngarizemo
|172 Matt Ponting
|248 Nick Michael
|84th & 5th V60
Women’s Race Results
|Overall Race Position
|1 Audrey Hall
Combined Total of 292 Finishing Athletes
Senior Men Middlesex Team Results – 3 to score
|1 Victoria Park Harriers
|2 London Heathside
|6 Highgate Harriers
6 Finishing Teams