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Thames Valley Harriers’ ladies team achieve European glory

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Image captionImage 1: Thames Valley Harriers winning relay team

On track and field, the ladies team achieved one the greatest international results in the Hammersmith club’s 130-year history with victory in the European Champion Clubs Cup in Portugal.

Top-notch performances at a string of different events secured victory in the Group B division, beating Slovenia into second and Ireland into third.

TVH’s strength in depth set the team apart from its rivals, with the women athletes achieving 16 top-three finishes out of 21 events.

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Image caption: Image 2: Montene Speight in the 400m

Individual winners included Montene Speight in the 400m (53.26), Angelita Broadbelt-Blake in the 100m hurdles (14.22), Danielle Opara in the shot put (13.64m), and Emma O’Hara in the hammer (57.26m), as well as 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Clieo Stephenson won the 100m individual and was named TVH’s athlete of the match as she started the string of wins and also ran the anchor leg in the club’s 4x100m relay winning team.

Thames Valley Harriers have been west London’s foremost running club since 1887, training at the Linford Christie stadium – at the back of Hammersmith Hospital - and on the cross country course at Wormwood Scrubs.

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Image caption: Image 3: Clieo Stephenson