Weekend Report - 11th/12th February 2017

West Claims First Ever National Medal at Senior Championships

Tonbridge Athletic Club’s James West not only made his first ever senior men’s final, at a national championships at the weekend, but produced a bronze medal performance in Sunday’s 1500 metres final.

West alongside his team mate Dominic Brown had qualified for the National Indoor Championships, held at Sheffield, over the two days, with both competing in the men’s 1500 metres.

Saturday’s heats saw twelve runners in each of the two races, on the tight 200 metre circuit and this caused a lot of jostling, with just the first three to gain an automatic qualifying spot. Dominic Brown suffered in heat one, being pushed a fair bit and could not get through, whilst West had a clearer run to take second spot in his heat.

Sunday’s final started slowly with the first 400 metres covered in only 67 seconds, before the pace picked up considerably. Despite running the last 800 metres in around 1.56, West couldn’t hold the first two runners and finished third in 3.47.36, as Elliot Giles won in 3.45.59, from Tom Lancashire.

Tom Bosworth Breaks British Record

In a thrilling race cheered on by the crowd, Tom Bosworth broke his own record to win the 5,000m walk in a world leading time of 18:39.47 minutes. Tom led from the beginning and won by 70 seconds ahead of Callum Wilkinson, current world junior champion.

Tom is a member of Tonbridge Athletics Club and trained for many years at the Tonbridge School track and on nearby roads. Guy Thomas, also from Tonbridge, competed in this highly-charged event.

Click on the links below for media reports on the event:

Athletics Weekly

BBC Athletics

You can also read more from Tom ahead of the IAAF World Championships by clicking here

Kent Cross Country League

On Saturday the Tonbridge senior men and women were in action at their final Kent Cross Country League fixture of the season. The event was held on the relatively flat courses of Footscray Meadows, near Sidcup.

Ashley Gibson dominated the women’s race over five kilometres to win by twenty one seconds from Jess Keene, of Blackheath. Shauna Paice was the next Tonbridge runner home in 14th, with Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles (21st) completing the three to score team. Tonbridge finished third on the day and third of twenty teams in the overall league.

Ben Cole led the Tonbridge team to victory in the men’s team event, in both the four and twelve to score categories. Cole was ten seconds behind the winner Dean Lacy, of Cambridge Harriers, at the finish. Jamie Bryant had his best performance of the season in 5th and was backed up by Dan Bradley (7th) and Tom Cox (12th).

Although the Tonbridge men were victorious on the day it was not enough to topple Medway and Maidstone from the top of the league table. However, as a consolation Tonbridge dominated the twelve to score league table.

Next weekend the BUCS Nationals Indoor Athletics Championships are being held at the EIS Sheffield from 17th to 19th February. On Sunday 19th February there will be a 1 mile race for athletes 12 years and under at Tonbridge School on the lower fields - all finishers will be awarded a medal - please click here for details

The following weekend, 25th February, the Club will be out in force at the National Cross Country Championships and are due to have teams in all ten events, across the age groups.