U13 Girls Top the Met League at Match 2

Thames Valley’s under 13 girls went top of the Metropolitan League on a very wet and windy course in Stevenage. With Ava White winning her second league race and eight other Valley girls taking part things look promising for the rest of the season.

The most improved run came from Olivia Colegrave who started sensibly and moved through the field to finish eighth. This was a big improvement on her 16th place in the last match. Freja Schaap was just behind the leading group for the first kilometre but unfortunately dropped back to 25th by the finish. She must have wondered what had happened when three team-mates came storming past with Lily Salkeld finishing 13th and just beating Philippine Poupart-Lafarge and Melina Duer, 14th and 15th. Next home, Charlotte Cooney-Quinn in 36th place didn’t like the weather and was down on her previous performance. But Sofia Panourgias improved this time with her 47th place. Ava Weintraub was unfortunate to just be 11 years-old just before the race so she had to run an extra 1500m without any warning.

The under 11 boys and girls combined race saw Aaron Harewood again finish 10th just in front of Kate Price, 16th who was the third girl to finish. Lily Dafter was 23rd and 6th girl. The under 13 boys race only had Basil Rock who did well to finish 16th and Hector Sheppard who was 43rd.

With birthday celebrations and school races also at the weekend the under 15/17 girls team only had four TVH runners. Leading the Valley home, Verity Walker was well placed throughout and finished 16th. Close behind were Alice Harray in 20th and Olivia Olsher in 23rd. Ashleigh Harewood had a brave run to finish 43rd. We were also lacking in numbers in the boys 15/17 race with only one under 17, Jake Hooley, and two under 15s, Oliver Weintraub who ran well to beat Nicholas Duer by 18 places. Oliver was 8th under 15 and Nicholas 22nd.

Under 11 Boys and Girls 1500.

10 A Harewood 6:57; 16 (3) K Price 7:12; 23 (6) L Dafter 7:35.

Under 13 Boys 3000m. Team 17th.

16 B Rock 14:28; 43 H Sheppard 15;29.

Under 13 Girls 1500. ‘A’ Team 1st; ‘B’ Team 5th.

1 A White 14:24; 8 O Colgrave 15:10; 13 L Salkeld 15:20; 14 P Poupart-Lafarge 15:25; 15 M Duer 15:26; 25 F Schaap 16:06; 36 C Cooney-Quinn 16:49; 47 S Panourgias 17:12; 51 A Weintraub 18:06.

Under 15/17 Boys 4000m. Team 11th.

18 J Hooley 17:02; 40 (8) O Weintraub 17:50; 58 (22) N Duer 18:15.

Under 15/17 Women 4000m. Team 4th.

16 V Walker 19:54; 20 A Harray 20:16; 23 O Olsher 20:35; 43 A Harewood 21:31.