Weekend Report - 18th/19th February 2017
Athletes in Form Indoors and Out
It was another varied weekend of competition for Club members, with road races and indoor events taking place.
James West competed in the most prestigious meeting of the weekend, as he was invited to the Muller Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham, to race alongside a world class field, in the men’s 1500 metres. The twenty one year old finished ninth in 3.43.33, once again just missing the qualifying time for the European Championships. However, he is now establishing himself at a new level and can look forward positively to the rest of the year.
The Club had a number of athletes competing for their universities at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships held at EIS Sheffield, including Simone Baxter, Chloe Bird, Dominic Brown, Rose Hairs, Ed Hall, Harry Kendall, Chris Olley and Joanne Ware.
Harry Kendall and Joanne Ware qualified for the Long Jump finals and each finished seventh. Kendall jumped 6.93 metres in qualifying, and then 6.82m in Sunday’s final, as he searches for a seven metre jump for the first time. Ware was also very close to her recent personal best, recording 5.61 metres.
Chris Olley qualified for the men’s 3000 metres final, having won his heat on Saturday and was then involved in a titanic battle with Dougie Musson of Nottingham University, on Sunday. After a slow first kilometre in 2.52, the second was run in 2.44, before a 2.35 final split. Musson just held Olley off to win in 8.12.33, just 0.2 seconds ahead. Click on the image below for the race video.
Dominic Brown had progressed through the heats and semi finals of the men’s 1500 metres, but had to withdraw from Sunday’s final, having felt unwell. Photos from the BUCS event taken by Mark Hookway can be viewed here.
Also competing indoors Mark McAllister won a bronze medal over 60 metres at the South of England Veterans Championships, at Lee Valley. McAllister ran 8.09 metres in the over 45 age group final. The previous weekend he had run 27.20 for 200 metres.
Corey De’Ath won the Bushy Park 10 kilometre road race, on Sunday in 31.28 and a few days earlier four Tonbridge distance runners travelled to Armagh, in Northern Ireland and produced some quick times over five kilometres, amongst an international field. George Duggan placed 17th in 14.22, whilst Tom Holden ran 14.28, Miles Weatherseed 14.39 and Alex Howard 14.49.
The Tonbridge men’s team captured the team title at the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon on Sunday, as Steve Fennell finished 3rd in 71.03, Julian Rendall 6th in 73.34 and Greg Cole 8th in 73.50.
This Saturday, 25th February, the Club will take a large number of runners and supporters to Nottingham for the National Cross Country Championships, at Wollaton Park.