Weekend Report - 29th/30th April 2017

Taylor Breaks 5000 Metres Record

Nicole Taylor lowered the Tonbridge Athletic Club women’s 5000 metres record to 16.25.21 on Monday, at the British Universities and Colleges Championships. Her time took almost five seconds from Ashley Gibson’s previous best.

Taylor’s performance headed a series of Tonbridge AC personal bests on the last day of the championships, held at Bedford. Ben Murphy surprised even himself by progressing through the heats and semi finals of the men’s 800 metres and then finished 5th in the final with a new pb of 1.52.42.

Zac Skinner won the invitational T13 disability category 400m in fine style, with a superb pb of 50.80.

Michael Ellis qualified for the 3000m steeplechase final and placed 10th in 9.50.60, which was also also a pb, whilst Harry Kendall also took a 10th place, in the Long Jump. Kendall recorded 6.97m in qualification, frustratingly missing his best by a centimeter and just short of the elusive seven metre mark. Kendall commented that he has achieved a jump of well over seven metres in training and is just looking to complete one in competition.

Youth Development League (U17/U20)

On Sunday the club’s under 17 and 20 group age group squad competed in the UK Youth Development League, at Luton, where they finished fourth of the six clubs.

Almost all the club’s wins came from the under 20 age group, with Sam Crick recording a double victory in the 400m hurdles (61.30) and 3000 metres (9.42.50). Grace Fleming won the under 20 women’s 3000 metres with a personal best of 10.53.70. Henry Marshall (50.30) and Becky O’Hara (58.20) took 400 metre wins, in their respective races, whilst Bede Pitcairn-Knowles won the 2000 metres steeplechase in 6.41.50. Jamie Goodge was a convincing winner of the 1500m in 4.13.40. There was also a win for the men’s 4x400m relay team in 3.35.30.

In the under 17s Asha Root, over 300m in 41.30 and Kirsty-Anne Ebbage in the Discus with 36.61m, which was a big personal best. Lizzie Miller (4.59.30) won a very close 1500m race.

News from Elsewhere

Tonbridge had a good first outing in the top division of the Southern Counties Veterans League, at Bromley on Friday evening. The men placed second and the women third, of the six competing clubs, having been promoted last season. The masters update can be found here.

At the Hildenborough road races on Bank Holiday Monday there were wins for Fraser Gordon (under 15) in the 5 mile and Katie Goodge (under 15) in the 2.5 mile event. The Tonbridge men also won the 5 mile and 10 mile team contests.

Elsewhere over the weekend there were other good performances on the roads. Greg Cole won the Shinfield 10km, near Reading in 33.47. Lucy Reid lowered her personal best over the same distance at Clapham Common, to win in 36.31. On Sunday Charlie Joslin-Allen finished 5th in the Welsh 5km road championships, at Cardiff, in an excellent 14.49.

In the USA on Thursday, Henry Pearce lowered his 5000m personal best to 14.11.10, when competing in Idaho, for Tulsa University.