Thames Val­ley lift ti­tle again

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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

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