Weekend Report - 14th/15th January 2017

Farnham-Rose Posts Fast 3000 Metres Time

Robbie Farnham-Rose opened his 2017 indoor track season in the USA with a convincing win over 3000 metres, on Saturday evening. Racing for Alabama University, at the Commodore Invitational Meeting, at Nashville, he recorded a new personal best of 8.03.68, to win from two Kenyans, who were competing for Texas. In the same race, for Missouri, Farnham-Rose’s Tonbridge club mate, Luca Russo, sliced ten seconds from his best with 8.17.69.

Farnham-Rose stands sixth on the UK mens rankings so far for this year, with James West, of Tonbridge, top with 7.58.94 from the previous weekend. Both have an indoor season planned and will be hoping to run faster as the season progresses.

The main indoor meeting for Tonbridge athletes at the weekend was the South of England U20/Senior Championships, at Lee Valley, held over both days. Joanne Ware recorded 5.29 metres, in the second round of the senior women’s Long Jump, to place third, whilst Henry Marshall also won a bronze medal in the Under 20 men’s 400 metres final, with 50.18. Marshall’s time was an indoor personal best.

The previous weekend saw three Tonbridge young athletes win South of England Championships, in the under 15 and 17 age groups. Asha Root won the under 17 women’s 400 metres in 59.31, which was an indoor personal best. In the under 15s Rebekah O’Brien won the High Jump with 1.58 metres and Maisie Rixon the Shot Putt with 9.45 metres.

Racing for Loughborough University, at the Birmingham Cross Country League, on Saturday, Tom Holden placed 6th and George Duggan 7th, in a high class men’s race. They were second and third scorers for the university and will hope to have secured their selection for the Loughborough team for next month’s British Universities Championships.

Also on Saturday Sevenoaks School hosted the prestigious Knole Runs, which attracted around four hundred starters for the girls and boys races, combined. Phoebe Barker, who attends Sevenoaks and is a Tonbridge AC member dominated the girls race to win by more than a minute, over the three mile course.  James Puxty, representing Skinners School, was the first of the club’s members home in the boys’ event, as he placed fourth.

On Sunday, Tonbridge AC hosted the latest of their monthly Junior One Mile Cross Country Races. The Boys’ event was won by Sebastien Thompson in 6.27, with William McCarthy and Ananjan Ganguli, all from the host club, close behind. The girls’ race was won by Julia Sackville-West from Sevenoaks AC in 7.52, with Emily Geake and Yasmin Jameson, of Tonbridge, in second and third, respectively.

This coming weekend sees many of the club’s younger runners compete at the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships, at Dover, on Saturday.