The 2023 Middlesex County Championships took place at Lee Valley over the weekend of 13th and 14th May and as happened the previous year, with much different weather on the two days. Saturday was cold and windy with many races over the legal wind limit, Sunday was warm and sunny with a gentle breeze.
The format was different to previous years with all age groups competing on both days and the introduction of a team trophy for the club heading the medal table. TVH ended up well clear with 41 medals including 21 gold.
Two of the best performing TVH athletes over the weekend were Hebe Evans in the sprints and Basil Rock in middle distance. Under 17 athlete Hebe followed up her 60m & 100m double at the Middlesex County Indoors with an equally impressive 100m & 200m double, running PBs in both finals; the 100m on Saturday one of the few races below the legal wind limit and the first time under 25 secs for 200m on Sunday with Kyrah McGuire in second.
Basil is competing in the Senior age group now as he will be 20 in December had an easy victory in the 1500m on the Saturday followed by a stunning finish in the 800m to win with a PB of 1:54.21 improving on his time set at the TVH / BMC open meeting the previous Wednesday.
Hebe (centre) and Basil pictured below.
Adela Svihalkova set a Championship Best Performance of 2:11.43 off a very fast first lap in the U17 Women’s 800m, beating the previous record set by Charlotte Buckley in 2017. The fast improving Natasha Bennett finished strongly in 3rd place, just outside her fastest time set at the Wednesday open meeting. Adela and Natasha are pictured at the top of the page.
Natasha’s younger sister Sofia has also had a great start to the season with a big improvement in the 800m, finishing 2nd in 2:28.37. Adela’s brothers Bernie and Barney had another close race in the U13 Boys 800m, finishing 2nd and 3rd. Louis Moore made an impressive debut in the U17 Men’s 3000m, winning in 9:22.74.
In the 400m there were wins for U20s Joel Houslin and Katie-Marie Sherlock and U17 Matt Barnes.
400m medal ceremonies pictured above – Katie and Mia, Matt, Joel
There were 5 TVH winners in the Long Jump – Ogo Anochirionye (7.07m) and Zoe Kotyrba in the Senior competitions, Lewis Sorhaindo (6.10m) was 7cm ahead of Shenal Kuranage in the U20 Men’s competition, Kayanne Brown in the U17 Women’s event and Sofia Bennett in the U13 Girls.
Jamaal Darlington who has a best of 2.01m won the U20 High Jump with 1.95m.
Laurensa Britane was our most successful thrower over the weekend, winning the Javelin, Discus and finishing 2nd in the Shot.