Weekend Report - 13th/14th May 2017

Root Breaks Club Record and Leads Medal Haul at Kent Championships

Tonbridge Athletic Club members collected a total of forty-nine medals at the Kent Championships, held at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, at the weekend. The two day meeting included all the age groups, from under 15 to seniors and amongst the Tonbridge medal collection were eighteen golds.

At senior level the club won two golds, which came from Charlie Joslin-Allen (1500m, 4.07.68) and Ben Cole (5000m, 15.23.67). Also at senior level Emma Wood continued to impress, as an over 45 athlete, as she won the silver in the 400 metres with 59.27, a club age record.

In the under 20 age group, Tonbridge had two double-gold athletes in Alfie Scopes (Shot Putt 14.60m and Discus 48.79m) and Phoebe Barker (800m 2.14.61 and 1500m 4.33.79). In the 400 metres, Henry Marshall ran a season’s best of 49.41, whilst Dan Seagrove took the 800 metres victory in 1.58.93.

Zak Skinner who competes as a F13 disability athlete Long Jumped a new personal best of 6.54m, which won the overall competition. Sebastian Brooks ran 100m in 16.67, competing in the T20 disability category.

Making a guest appearance at the championships, since he is qualified as a Sussex athlete, Joe Fuggle competed in the under 20 men’s 400 metres hurdles. His 53.04 took more than half a second of his personal best and club record, set last year. It also moved him to the top of this year’s UK age group rankings.

Perhaps the most noteworthy of the Tonbridge performances at the championships, came in the under 17 age group. Asha Root won the 300 metres, after a titanic battle to the line with Louise Evans of Invicta East Kent. Root ran 40.50 to break the club record, which had stood to Caroline Espley, since 1991. Also in the under 17s, Kirsty-Anne Ebbage won the Hammer with 39.80m, gained a new PB and club record with a Shot Put of 11m exactly, whilst Charlie Crick ran 800m in under two minutes for the first time, to win in 1.59.14.

Five gold medals were won by athletes in the under 15 age group, the youngest category, at these championships. Rebekah O’Brien had a busy weekend, competing in multiple events, that included a High Jump win with 1.55 metres, a height equaled by her club mate Samantha Stubbs, who won silver. In the same event, the boys’ championship was won by Lewis Swaby, with 1.70 metres.

Fraser Gordon won a hotly contested under 15 boys’ 1500 metres in 4.20.37, whilst the final two gold medals came in the girls’ field events. Catherine Davies won the Pole Vault with 2.70 metres, equaling her pb, whilst Keira Jones won the Javelin with 26.27 metres, which was also a pb.

British Milers Club

The British Milers Club held the first of their Grand Prix meetings of the season, at Solihull, on Saturday evening.

James West was an impressive winner of the men’s A-race 1500m, beating a number of internationals with 3.43.92. He will be hoping to attain the European under 23 qualifying time of 3.41 in the next few weeks. Also at Solihull, Ashley Gibson set another club record, following on from her recent 3000 metres, as this time she ran 16.20.65 for 5000 metres. This improved the record set by Nicole Taylor, earlier in the month.

International News

There were a number of the club’s distance runners competing outside of England at the weekend and amongst the highlights were performances from Chris Olley, Max Nicholls, Henry Pearce and Robbie Farnham-Rose. Olley ran 3000 metres in 8.08.38, as he finished a close up fifth in Germany, opening his season. Max Nicholls was an impressive third in the UK Inter Counties Fell Running Championships, in Scotland.

Henry Pearce won the American Athletic Conference 10,000 metres, in Houston, USA, in 31.21.90, in what was a tactical battle. Robbie Farnham-Rose won the silver medal, over 1500 metres at the South East Conference, in South Carolina. He ran 3.53.36, but covered the final 800 metres in 1.52 only losing by a fraction of a second to a top class American runner.