VALE TKD ended a glittering 2019 by finishing joint fourth at the UK Championships.

The Wantage taekwondo school claimed 41 points to just miss out on the podium, but the performance makes them the most successful English club across this year’s five national championships on 191 points.

Natasha Turner led Vale’s effort with double gold in the under 14 yellow belt patterns and sparring, taking her haul to five gold medals this year.

Freya Healey was another multi-medal winner, with gold in the 14-17 green belt sparring and patterns.

England international Max Rhodes won the under 14 black belt sparring, while Susannah Paget took the title in the 14-17 yellow belt sparring.

Meanwhile, instructor Carl Davis joined student Sean McIntyre and Didcot TKD’s Ricky De-Winton to win the first ever tag team sparring, where teams of three compete in a continuous four-minute bout.

McIntyre also bagged a bronze in adult 1st Dan black belt patterns and -78kg black belt sparring, while Aisha Macey claimed silver in the 14-17 black belt female patterns and bronze in the sparring and special technique (flying kicks).

Ruby Davis took bronze in the under 10 yellow belt patterns and under 14 yellow belt sparring, while Scott Naylor took bronze in the junior black belt patterns and sparring categories.

There were also silvers for Lilly Emptage, Rosie Bunting and Tong Naylor, plus more medals for Davis, Lily Bunting, Jack Bowler, Harry Davis, Marin Krachunov, Elis Footner, Charlie Molley and Owen Charles.