Thames Valley lift title again
ATHLETES from Thames Valley Harriers smashed seven club records as they won the UK Women’s League title for the second time in three years.
The London club had a close tussle with 2017 winners Birchfield Harriers but the club record performances, five A-string wins, four B-string wins and 12 PBs helped them overcome their rivals from the Midlands at the final fixture of the season at Norman Park, Bromley, this month.
TVH will now represent
Great Britain at the European Club Champions Cup next year.
Before this final match of the season, Thames Valley had to finish within one place and 11 match points of Birchfield to become champions. They did this with a mixture of World Championship-bound stars and promising youngsters.
Lorraine Ugen and Zoey Clark, for example, will compete at the IAAF World Championships in the long jump and 400m, but at Norman Park they ran the shorter sprints.
Ugen clocked a club record of 11.41 to easily win against specialist 100m sprinters while British 400m champion Clark won by over half a second in the B race in a PB of 11.54.
Clark broke the club 200m record with a 23.36 A-string victory, while further club records came from India Weir (an under-20 record of 9:56.48 in the 3000m), Alice Harray (under-20 record of 7:38.04 in the 2000m steeplechase), Clare Maurer (4.00m in the pole vault) and Amelia Strickler (16.72m in the shot put).
Then, in the 4x400m, the team of Jess Tappin, Angela Barrett, Aisha Naibe-Wey, and Clark took four seconds off the club record with a 3:38.88 victory.
It meant Thames Valley edged Birchfield by two points at the end of the season with Edinburgh AC third, Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow fourth, Swansea Harriers fifth, Blackheath & Bromley sixth, Shaftesbury Barnet seventh and Woodford Green with Essex Lades eighth.
Club 4x400m record (l to r): Aisha Naibe-Wey, Angela Barrett, Jess Tappin and Zoey Clark