Weekend Report - 15th/16th October 2016

Taylor in Dominant Form at Kent League

The Club took record numbers to the first Kent Cross Country League fixture of the season, on Saturday and also came away with four individual victories, from the eight races.

The number of competitors competing in the league seems to have risen significantly and it was noticeable how competitive, from a team point of view, many of the races were. Tonbridge themselves had 108 racing on the day.

Senior Womens Team

Tonbridge runners very nearly won all four of the races in the oldest age groups. Nicole Taylor totally dominated the senior ladies race, over five kilometres of the Stanhill Farm course, at Wilmington. She hit the front in the early stages and extended her lead to win by almost a minute. Shauna Paice (14th) and Lucy Thompson (15th) completed the scoring team to give Tonbridge third place from nineteen teams.

For much of the men’s ten kilometre race it was Tonbridge club mates Max Nicholls and Alasdair Kinloch leading the way. However, Kinloch stumbled late on and had to pull out, whilst Jake Berry of Medway and Maidstone, judged his effort well to overtake Nicholls in the last kilometre.

Tonbridge missed out to a resurgent Medway and Maidstone in the men’c ontest, as Dan Bradley (8th), Julian Rendall (9th) and Jamie Goodge (11th) completed the scoring four, with twenty clubs closing in. Tonbridge, however, captured the twelve to score competition comfortably.

Both Phoebe Barker and James Puxty won the combined under 17 and 20 races, with Barker front running to a twenty seven second win, in the women’s race and Puxty biding his time to win by three seconds, in the men’s.

Puxty led a dominant under 17 team to a win, as Tonbridge had Dan Seagrove, Simon Coppard, Dan Blades and Bede Pitcairn-Knowles follow him home, with only one under 20 athlete splitting them up. Clara Tyler (11th) and Grace Fleming (13th) completed the under 17 women’s scorers.

Tonbridge and Blackheath traded wins in the younger age groups, from the ten clubs competing. Tonbridge won all the under 13, 15 and 17 ,male age group, team contests, ahead of Blackheath, with all three female events seeing a reversal of the order.

Matthew Taylor and Fin Croll had a terrific battle in the under 13 boys’ race, before Taylor pulled away to win by fifteen seconds, as eighty three finished. Again Tonbridge were dominant, as Henry Taylor (4th), Olukorede Fasina (5th), Cameron Dymond (6th) and Finley Webster (7th) all finished close together. Maddie Wise led the under 13 girls to a second team placing, as she finished 3rd, with Ella de Munck 11th and Angela Ward 18th.

In the under 15 races the Tonbridge boys’ scorers were Fin Harvey (4th), Toby Emm (6th) and Fraser Gordon (8th), whilst in the girls’ race Katie Goodge finished 6th, with Tilly Hall 8th and Stephanie Puxty 9th.

Away from the cross country scene, there were a couple of fine road racing performances on Sunday. Ben Cole finished 21st in the Manchester Half Marathon, with 69.12 and Chris Olley broke the course record at a 10km race at Ettenheim, Germany, near where he is currently studying. Olley won by four minutes to record 30.51 for the distance.

The next club action is in fixture two of the Kent League, which Tonbridge will be hosting, at The Schools at Somerhill, on Saturday 29th October, with the first race at 12 noon.

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