Weekend Report - 20th/21st May 2017

Fuggle in action for Great Britain under 20s

Joe Fuggle was selected for the Great Britian under 20 team, competing at the Loughborough International on Saturday, against senior squads from England, Scotland and Wales, plus the British Students team.

Fuggle was racing in the 400 metre hurdles and up against some top class senior athletes, including the event winner, Jack Green, who won in 49.27, a Commonwealth Games and World Championships qualifying time. Fuggle was 7th in 53.06, just two hundredths of a second away from his personal best, set the previous week. He will continue to target the European under 20 Championship qualifying time of 52.00.

At the same meeting Zak Skinner competed in the International Paralympic 100 metres, finishing 4th overall in a new personal best of 11.24. Skinner is impressing across all the sprints through to 400 metres, plus the Long Jump and is on the GB consideration list for this year’s World Championships, in London. James West is another seeking international selection, although on Sunday could only finish 4th at Loughborough, over 1500 metres, in 3.44.32.

Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m

On Saturday evening, thousands of distance running supporters gathered at Parliament Hill track in North London, to watch the Highgate Night of 10,000 metres. This was a series of track races over ten kilometres, that culminated in the GB men’s and women’s trials for the London World championships.

Five Tonbridge athletes took part, with three of them making their debuts over the distance, on the track. Amongst them was Nicole Taylor, who placed 19th in the women’s A race with a new Tonbridge club record of 34.46.25. Lucy Reid ran 35.44.36 for a new personal best, finishing 5th in the B race. Corey De’Ath was fastest of the Tonbridge men, on his first attempt at the event and ran 30.35.41, whilst Max Nicholls recorded 30.46.28 and Ben Cole 30.49.90.

UK Youth Development League (Lower Age Group)

On Saturday, the club’s under 13s and 15s squad showed good improvement in their second match of the UKYDL. They were runners-up to Reading AC, of the six clubs, competing at Chelmsford. Outright A-string wins were hard to come by and the stand out performance was perhaps the under 15 girls 4x300 metres relay squad of Eliz O’Donnell, Katie Burgess, Katie Goodge and Maisie Rixon, who ran 3.01.9, missing the club record by less than a second.

It was also the girls that stole the individual victories. Rebekah O’Brien High Jumped 1.60m for the win and Catherine Davies once again scaled 2.60m in the Pole Vault, both at under 15 level. In the under 13s there were impressive wins for Lily Stewart (High Jump, 1.36m) and Caitlin Milborne (Javelin, 30.21m).  Milborne added more than three metres to her own best to move into the UK top five this year, for the age group. On the track Olivia Breed’s 1200m win caught the eye, as she ran one of the fastest under 13  times in the country so far of 3.53.8.

Southern Athletics League

On Sunday, the Tonbridge senior men and women won their Southern Athletics League match at Hemel Hempstead. They finished ahead of Bexley, Dacorum & Tring, plus Serpentine. Men’s A-string victories came on the track from Toby Seal (100m, 11.3), Kieran Eland (400m, 51.1), Jamie Brown (800m, 2.01.6), Sam Crick (400m hurdles, 59.4), Bede Pitcairn-Knowles (3000m steeplechase 9.55.6), plus both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.  Similarly, maximum women’s track points were achieved by Jess O’Hara (400m, 61.3) and Lizzie Miller (800m, 2.25.5) and again both relays.

In the field it was the women who grabbed the victories, through Joanne Ware (Long Jump, 5.44m), Meghan Watson (Triple Jump, 9.59m), Kirsty Anne-Ebbage (Discus 35.40m and Javelin 27.61m).

British Masters Road Relays

The Club also took a squad to the British Masters Road Relay Championships, at Sutton Coldfield, on Saturday. The highlight was a bronze medal from the over 55 men’s team of Alan Buckle, Graeme Saker and Steve Keywood.  The club had two other top ten finishes through the over 45 women being 7th and over 35 women 8th.

European Race Walking Cup

Tom Bosworth finished a fantastic fourth at the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady, with a time of 81:21 over 20km. This was the highest ever placing by a British athlete at the event - he also lead the men's team to fourth place overall, behind Spain, Germany and Ireland. Full results can be found here, and a report from UKA can be viewed here.