Gold standard TVH are hot in the cold
PUBLISHED: 15:44 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:48 24 August 2010
A FREEZING east wind did not prevent Thames Valley Harriers turning out in force at the North of the Thames championship in Kingsbury. The Valley put in a tremendous showing in the under-20s men s race...
A FREEZING east wind did not prevent Thames Valley Harriers turning out in force at the North of the Thames championship in Kingsbury.
The Valley put in a tremendous showing in the under-20s men's race, run in conjunction with the Under-17s race over 6000m, with star Mohamud Adaan in the leading three for most of the race.
But with the last hill taking its toll, Adaan dropped back to fourth, still managing a well-deserved silver in the under-20s with a time of 20:51.
Naz Dawit was fourth in 22:09, with Ali Yahye seventh in 23:04 and anchor man Sean Pike-Locke ninth in 26:24, bringing the team in for gold.
The men's senior race was comprised of several competitions being run simultaneously, with one being a three-way between the Civil Service, the RAF and Middlesex, so Valley runners found themselves running for both their club and other competing teams.
James Sumpter put in a welcome appearance in a Middlesex shirt, finishing in a strong eighth place, with Justin Maxwell snapping at his heels and eventually finishing just behind his team-mate in ninth in 25:54.
Paul Whitlam, who did so brilliantly at Wormwood Scrubs two weeks ago, was off form and fell back on the hills in the last lap to finish in 33rd with a time of 27:37.
Ash Khan (pictured left) and Calum Nicol sparred throughout the race, finishing 45th in 28:46 and 50th in 29:09 respectively.
Steve Norris, also running for the Civil Service, counted in as the sixth man for the team. He was followed by Phil Wetton at 72nd, and Bernie Robbins and Richard Bell crossed the line almost in tandem in 81st and 83rd places for the Harriers.
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