Weekend Report - 6th/7th May 2017

Ryan Driscoll Breaks Stuart Kirk’s 34 Year Old Record

Ryan Driscoll finally broke the Tonbridge Athletic Club men’s 3000 metres steeplechase record, on Saturday, which had been held by Stuart Kirk since 1983.

Driscoll, currently completing his final few weeks at the University of San Francisco, ran 8.50.8, at the Oxy Invitational, in California, finishing fourth in a high quality event. This ranks Driscoll sixth on the current UK standings. He and Stuart Kirk had been two of five Tonbridge runners, who had dipped under the nine minute standard, over the years, with Driscoll himself having done so four times in the past two years. However, Stuart Kirk’s record of 8.55.0 had remained elusive, until now.

The record was the most poignant on the club’s books since Stuart Kirk was tragically killed in a car accident in 1984. He, like Driscoll, also attended an American university, on a scholarship. Current Club Records for the senior men can be viewed here.

Earlier in the week, at Watford, Ashley Gibson lowered the club’s women’s 3000 metres record to 9.32.09, to take a second from the seven year old mark of Grace Nicholls, click here for the senior womens' Club Records.

On the same evening, James West opened up his outdoor season with a 1500 metres win in the British Milers Club event, winning in 3.49.64, whilst Phoebe Barker (under 20) lowered her pb to 4.29.39, over the same distance. James Puxty and Bede Pitcairn-Knowles, both in the under 20 age group, lowered their 3000 metre bests to 8.41.97 and 8.51.14, respectively, with Corey De’Ath also improving his best to 8.21.55.

At Newham, on Sunday, Decathlete Harry Kendall, produced a breakthrough performance to take two seconds from his 400 metres best with 50.01, whilst Zak Skinner continued his good form with 100m and 200m pbs of 11.36 and 23.23.

Kent Young Athletes League

Also on Sunday, the Kent Young Athletes League, for the under 13 and 15 age groups, commenced at Bromley. Tonbridge finished a very close second to Blackheath, of the eight clubs in division one and the B team also finished second of nine clubs in division two.

There were under 15, A-string wins in the higher division for Fraser Gordon (1500m, 4.19.4), Lewis Swaby (High Jump, 1.60m), Rebekah O’Brien (High Jump, 1.55m) and Keira Jones (Javelin, 25.64m). Similarly, in the under 13s, maximum points were gained by Dylan Bran (Javelin 27.75m) and Caitlin Ebbage (Shot Putt 8.18m).

This coming weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May the attention will be mainly on the Kent Championships, which will be held at Ashford.