Weekend Report - 22nd/23rd October 2016

Rendall and Taylor on Form Over 10 Miles

The Club’s distance runners were spread far and wide at the weekend, competing in a variety of events.

Nicole Taylor made her debut over 10 miles on the road, at the televised Great South Run. Twenty one year old Taylor was part of the elite women’s race and finished 21st in 59.59, just dipping under the one hour mark.

Julian Rendall also raced over 10 miles at the weekend, winning the Weymouth road race in 57.09, over what was a tough, hilly course.

In West London on Saturday, a Tonbridge men’s team of Jamie Bryant, Dan Bradley, Harry Paton and James Taylor, finished 9th at the South of England Cross Country Relays, at Wormwood Scrubs. However, as a whole the club missed the event, taking a break from the number of recent competitions.

More locally Mark Pitcairn-Knowles and his wife Lucy scooped the over 50 age group wins at the Tonbridge 10 kilometre road race, which started near Stocks Green School, Hildenborough, on Sunday. They ran 38.45 and 42.50, respectively, finishing 6th and 26th overall in the race.

Charlie Joslin-Allen anchored the four-man team, from Cardiff Met University, to a third place finish at the Welsh National Cross Country Relay Championships, on Sunday. He ran an 11.24 split, over the 3,500 metre course, as he continues a return to full fitness.

Also at his university location Dominic Brown missed the Rother Valley 5km parkrun record, on Saturday, by less than a second as he recorded 15.27, for the event near Sheffield.

Miles Weatherseed will be hoping that he gains selection for the Oxford University varsity cross country team, after an excellent 6th place in their Cuppers Cup trial race on Saturday. The varsity match, against Cambridge, takes place in early December.

On Saturday, this weekend, Tonbridge AC will be hosting the second fixture in the Kent Cross Country League, at The Schools at Somerhill. The first race is at 12 noon and there will be eight races, across the age groups. There will also be under 11 age group, open mile races, that start at 11am. Entries for this are at 10.30am on the day and a medal will be awarded to every finisher.

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