Stirring display cannot save TVH from the drop

PUBLISHED: 17:18 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:18 16 February 2011

Chris Smith

Chris Smith


THAMES Valley Harriers produced their best result of the season – but it was not enough to stave off relegation from Metropolitan League Division One.

Fielding a large contingent of 22 runners for Saturday’s final match of the season at Horsenden Hill, the Valley stormed to third place overall, with Chris Smith winning the race.

Mohamud Aadan capped an excellent debut season in the senior ranks by taking third place, with three other TVH runners inside the top 50 – yet their outstanding effort was to no avail.

The team’s final league tally was 3620 points – only 23 behind London Heathside, who escaped the drop in eighth place, while the Valley go down to Division two along with Ealing, Southall & Middx.

Smith crossed the line in 29 minutes 41 seconds, with Aadan clocking 30:14 and Sean Renfer achieving his highest Metropolitan League finish in 20th place (31:38).

Debutant James Tomlinson was only two places behind him in 31:46, with Andrew Lawrence next in 32:17 and Matt Ponting (86th, 34:58), Steve Norris (89th, 35:07), Paul Whitelam (93rd, 35:14) and Ali Yahye (96th, 35:18) all inside the top 100.

Manuel da Silva (107th, 35:47), Phil Wetton (140th, 36:57) and Richard Bell (173rd, 38:58) completed the scorers for TVH, while Ray Khamis missed the start of the race, but still finished a creditable 247th (45:03).

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