A triumphant weekend for TVH at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham with two national titles and a host of fine performances.
Wins for Zoey Clark in the 400m and Lorraine Ugen in the long jump earned them both places in the British team for London’s World Championships in August. Alongside the marathon place Tracy Barlow won in April this means that TVH will have at least three representatives in a home World Championships – something for us all to cheer.
Zoey’s victory at the Alexander Stadium was sweet indeed as she has been a TVH dynamo over many years – racking up valuable league points as UKWAL captain and leading the team to glory.
Zoey moved to the head of the UK 400m rankings with her breakthrough 51.84 PB in Geneva last month and she swept past Emily Diamond 30 metres from the line to win with a time of 52.30.‘This season has been the season of my dreams so far, the past couple of weeks I’ve had a bit of a niggle which wasn’t the best preparation, but my racing has just been on the up since the turn of the year,’ said Zoey.
‘It is fantastic to be heading to London to represent GB and NI at a World Champs event. I don’t really know what has changed, but something is paying off for me.’
Lorraine’s long jump win propelled her into a fourth global outdoor games following the Rio Olympics and two previous Worlds, as well as her world indoor bronze last year.
She claimed victory with a third round leap of 6.59m, taking full advantage of Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Shara Proctor’s absence as well as a foul out by Jazmin Sawyers. Lorraine will be hoping to broach the 7m barrier next as she targets a medal in London.
Zoey and Lorraine’s wins were the spearhead for a succession of fine TVH performances. Amelia Strickler won silver in the women’s shot with a throw of 16:59, smashing the TVH club record in her first competition in TVH colours.
It was great to see Angela Barrett and Montana Jackson both returning from injuries earlier this season, with Angela unlucky to miss out on a medal with 4th place in the triple jump.
The men produced seven finalists, with Craig Sturrock claiming fifth place in the shot, Jack Swan seventh in the javelin, and Chris McAlister and Francisco Reis eighth in the 400m hurdles and 5000m walk respectively.
A terrific weekend for TVH which gives us plenty to look forward over the next couple of months to at the very highest levels of track and field.
British Athletics Championships, Brimingham 1st & 2nd July 2017
100m Heat 3 1stClieo Stephenson 11.82
100m Semi-final 1 6thRebecca Campsall (HCA) 11.71; 9thClieo Stephenson 11.94
100m Heat 7 6thSubomi Onanuga 10.77 SB
200m Heat 1 3rdRebecca Campsall (HCA) 23.79 PB
200m Heat 2 3rdEdmond Amaning 21.14
400m Heat 3 1stZoey Clark 53.04
400m Final 1stZoey Clark 52.30 British Champion
5000m Final 12thMohamud Aadan 14.23.54
100m Hurdles Heat 3rdAngelita Broadbelt-Blake 13.85
400m Hurdles Heat 3 3rdJess Tappin 59.05
400m Hurdles Heat 4 2ndChris McAlister 51.82 SB
400m Hurdles Final 8thChris McAlister 51.83
5000m Walk Final 8thFrancisco Reis 23:52.72 SB
High Jump Final 12thJoel Khan (HCA) 2.08m
Pole Vault Final 6thClare Maurer (HCA) 3.85m
Long Jump Final 1stLorraine Ugen 6.59m British Champion
Triple Jump Final 4thAngela Barrett 13.05m SB; 7thMontana Jackson 12.44m
Shot Put Final 2ndAmelia Strickler 16.59 Silver; 9thDanielle Opara 12.65m
Shot Put Final 5thCraig Strurrock 14.86m
Discus Final 8thSophie Mace (HCA) 44.08m
Hammer Final 7thPippa Wingate (HCA) 57.11m; 9thKatie Lambert (HCA) 54.11m
Javelin Final 6thLaurensa Britane 47.59
Javelin Final 7th Jack Swan 66.56m; 11th Gavin Johnson-Assoon 63.14m