Weekend Report - 25th/26th March 2017
Tonbridge Win Major Road Relay Title
The Tonbridge men’s team claimed their first ever podium position at the South of England 12 Stage Road Relay Championships, on Saturday, winning by over a minute from Serpentine and Highgate Harriers. The race, held at Cyclopark, Gravesend, saw teams of twelve alternate a ‘Long’ leg of 6.38km and a ‘Short’ leg of 4.26km. Strong winds on the day made the conditions testing, as fifty-three teams started.
James West ran the opening leg for Tonbridge, sitting in the lead pack for much of the distance, before taking the lead close to the handover with a 19.21 split. This ended the day as the fourth fastest time for the long leg runners. West handed to Alex Howard, who kept Tonbridge clear on the second leg, with the third fastest short stage of 13.13. Julian Rendall (21.08) was overtaken by the Bedford runner, on the third leg, as Michael Ellis (13.54) took Tonbridge into the lead again after stage four. Corey De’Ath’s 20.19, on leg five, saw Tonbridge lead from Highgate, but with just twenty seconds covering the top four teams.
At the halfway stage Highgate had swept into the lead with a twelve second advantage over Tonbridge, as Jamie Bryant ran 13.48. The gap remained exactly the same after Steve Fennell’s 20.21 on stage seven.
The decisive move from Tonbridge came through Jamie Goodge on the eighth leg, as he had one of his best ever races to record 13.25 and give the club a twenty three second lead. Goodge’s split was the fourth fastest short stage of the race. Charlie Joslin-Allen (19.59) stretched the lead to almost a minute on leg nine, as Serpentine moved into second. Tonbridge were never headed, as Sean Molloy (13.39), George Duggan (19.56) and Dan Bradley (14.02) brought the team home.
The Tonbridge women’s team placed 13th in their race through Alice Wood, Chloe Bird, Ashley Gibson, Claire Day, Shauna Paice and Sasha Houghton. Gibson recorded 14.48, which was the second fastest ‘Short’ stage of the race.
Barker scores for Great Britain at IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Phoebe Barker took part in what is described as the highest quality distance running event held anywhere, as she finished 57th in the under 20 women’s race, at the World Cross Country Championships, on Sunday.
In hot and humid conditions, Barker was the fourth Great Britain team member home and so contributed to the team score, that saw them finish ninth overall.
Also on Sunday, Lucy Reid was first female home in the Hyde Park 10k in London, running 36.22, which was close to her personal best.