Weekend Report - 29th/30th October 2016

Kent League a Big Hit at Somerhill

Tonbridge Athletic Club, in conjunction with The Schools at Somerhill, hosted a successful second round of the Kent Cross Country League on Saturday, as more than seven hundred competitors took part across the races. Conditions were firm and dry underfoot, but extremely testing with plenty of hills for each race.

The senior men’s event, over ten kilometres, was won by international 1500 metre athlete, Jake Wightman, representing Dartford Harriers. Once again the team contest went to Medway and Maidstone, with Tonbridge third of the twenty clubs. Dan Bradley led the scorers, in 9th, with Dan Watt 14th, Graeme Saker 21st and James Taylor 23rd.

Chloe Bird was 8th in the senior women’s event and with Shauna Paice (10th) plus Lucy Thompson (13th), also having fine runs, they brought the team third place of the seventeen clubs.

In the younger age groups Tonbridge once again traded team wins with Blackheath and Bromley Harriers, as the host club won the under 13, 15 and 17 boys events and Blackheath the girls.

Jamie Goodge showed his best form for a while, as he dominated the combined under 20 and 17 race, to win by twenty seconds, over the five kilometre course. His teammate, Bede Pitcairn-Knowles, was first under 17 home, followed in by Dan Blades. Sam Crick, returning to race action, after a long term injury, was 6th.

Clara Tyler (6th), Grace Fleming (9th) and Evie Butler (14th) secured second team spot in the under 17 event, whilst Alice Ralph was the first of the under 20s home.

Tonbridge took the under 15 boys team win, led home by an inspired Fraser Gordon in 4th, with Finn Harvey 7th and Toby Emm 12th. In the same age group the girls’ team were second, as Katie Goodge finished 4th, ¬†supported by Stephanie Puxty (9th) and Vita Milana (10th).

It was a similar story for the under 13s, where the girls finished second through Maddie Wise (2nd), Ella de Munck (7th) and Maddie Clark (14th), whilst the boys won.

The Tonbridge under 13 boys’ squad put on maybe the most impressive display of the day, placing six in the top ten, as seventy eight finished. A total squad of twenty runners turned out for Tonbridge and the scorers filled the first three race positions. Matthew Taylor ran out the winner by six seconds from Fin Croll, with Olukorede Fasina, just another three seconds behind.

This weekend Tonbridge hope to have teams competing in all ten events at the National Cross Country Relay Championships, at Mansfield.

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