Weekend Report - 10th/11th December 2016

Barker’s Second Place the Top Club Performance

The Club had twenty one runners in action at the South of England Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, at Oxford, on Saturday and they faced the worst of the Winter conditions so far. Continuous rain during the day made the park and woodland course quite muddy in places, testing the athletes across the age groups.

Phoebe Barker came closest, of the Tonbridge athletes, to an individual win, as she battled throughout the under 17 race, with Khahisa Mhlanga of Essex. Barker finished just three seconds down, but was well clear of the third placed runner, as ninety finished. Barker’s run helped Kent to the team title.

Also in the under 17 age group James Puxty (5th) and Bede Pitcairn-Knowles (8th) finished in the top ten, whilst Dan Seagrove (27th) also scored for the Kent team, that finished fourth.

Maddie Wise was the second Kent scorer in the under 13 girls’ race, as the county won the silver medals, whilst Fin Croll (10th) and Matthew Taylor (12th) helped Kent secure the bronze medals in the boys’ race, at the same age group.

Nicole Taylor was 12th in a closely contested senior women’s event, as she helped Sussex to silver medals.

Katie Goodge (22nd) scored for the under 15 girls’ Kent team that finished in third place, whilst Lucy Thompson (25th), helped the under 20s to silver medals.

Fraser Gordon was the only Tonbridge runner in the under 15 boys’ event and finished 28th, as Kent won the team title.

Alongside the inter counties event, the South of England veterans championships were held. Tonbridge had a team in the over 50s race, where they finished 11th of 22. Phil Coleman (52nd), Alan Buckle (3rd) and Andy Wood (69th) scored, as 169 finished.

On Sunday Chris Olley was 18th in one of the highest quality 10 kilometre road races in the UK, as he ran an official personal best of 30.01, at Telford.

This weekend the club’s senior teams compete in the South of Thames Championship race, at Beckenham.

Barker and Holden Gain England Selection

Phoebe Barker and Tom Holden have been selected for the England under 20 age group teams to compete at the Brussels Cross Country International, on Sunday. The selections follow their performances at the recent British Trials event at Liverpool.

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