Weekend Report - 15th/16th/17th April 2017

Top Early Season Performances from Club Athletes

It was a busy Easter weekend of action for Club members, with the Southern Athletics League match on Saturday and the Norman Fowler Memorial Open Meeting, at Tonbridge School Track, on Monday.

On Saturday the Tonbridge senior men’s and women’s squad finished second in the four club match, at Stevenage, to start off their campaign in division two of the Southern Athletics League. The highlight of the day came in the penultimate track event, the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay, where the Tonbridge squad of Jess O’Hara, Becky O’Hara, Emma Wood and Asha Root won in 4.01.55 to break the club record.

On the track there were men’s wins for Tom Cox (1500m), Michael Ellis (steeplechase), plus the 4x400m relay squad, whilst Asha Root (100m, 13.06), Becky O’Hara (200m, 26.72), Alice Ralph (800m and steeplechase) and Amy Taylor (400m hurdles) did likewise on the women’s side.

In the field multi-eventer Lewis Church, who is nursing a foot injury, still managed to win the Shot Putt (12.48m) and Discus (38.57m). Una Laqeretabua captured maximum points in the Pole Vault, whilst under 17 Kirsty Ebbage impressed with a Discus win, with 32.60m

Tonbridge Open Meeting

The good weather conditions on Monday attracted a bumper entry level for the home open meeting, with athletes travelling from far and wide to get early season competition. Henry Marshall showed how well his Winter training has gone, by producing a 150 metres win in 16.86 and a 300 metres time of 35.46. Both times broke the club’s under 20 men’s records, whilst the former was an outright club record.

There were other club age group records set, headed by under 13 Lucinda White, who threw the Javelin 36.63m, which also heads the current UK age group rankings. Also at under 13 level, Caitlin Ebbage cleared 2.40 metres in the Pole Vault, for a club record, whilst sister Kirsty-Anne gained the under 17 womens' Shot Put record with a distance of 10.77m.

On the track Katie Burgess produced one of her best runs to lower the club under 15 girls’ 600 metres record to 1.40.36. At the other end of the age groups, a few of the veterans performed well. Over 40 men’s records were set by Mark McAllister in the 150m with a time of 18.96s, and Simon Fraser who ran 90.76s for 600 metres, breaking a record which had stood since 1977. Brian Buckwell also set an impressive over 60 record, at the same distance, with 1.49.03, whilst Ian Crawley set an over 50, Shot Put mark of 9.69m.


The Tonbridge runners, currently based at USA universities, continued to produce some top performances. On Thursday evening Henry Pearce won a 10,000 metres at Los Angeles, in a new personal best of 29.41.12. Then on Friday Robbie Farnham-Rose finished second over 1500 metres, at the Bryan Clay Invitational meeting, in California, with 3.41.64. This was a three second personal best and puts him fourth on the 2017 UK rankings.

The Tonbridge parkrun continues to be a popular local event, held every Saturday at 9am, on the Sportsground. This week attracted a record field of 670 finishers, headed by Tonbridge AC’s Charlie Joslin-Allen, who ran 15.28, just eleven seconds outside his own course record.

This weekend will see the club’s under 13 and 15 squad compete in the UK Youth Development League, at Reading, whilst Sunday is London Marathon day.