Weekend Report - 21st/28th May 2017

Top Class Weekend Performances by Club Athletes

There was a host of national class performances from Club members at the weekend, as the track and field season continues to develop.

Harry Kendall had another excellent performance at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships, held over two days at the Bedford International Arena.  Kendall, the reigning South of England Champion, improved his overall Decathlon score by almost four hundred points with a total of 6625, placing him seventh senior overall and silver medalist in the under 23 category, from a field of thirty six competitors.

Kendall began day one with a lifetime best in the 100 metres of 11.46, into a strong headwind and followed this with good performances in the Long Jump (6.79m), Shot Putt (10.81m) and High Jump (1.90m), whilst ending the day with his best ever 400 metres, in a decathlon with 51.33. This gave him a first day score of 3527 points for 6th place.

Day two started with the 110 metre hurdles and he produced his second best time of 16.35 followed by the Discus (32.72m).  He then had three very strong events, with a 3.93m Pole Vault, his best in a Decathlon, followed by two personal best performances in the Javelin (54.50m) and a six second improvement in the 1500m with 4.47.40. In parallel with the Combined Events competitions there were Disability Open Events and Zak Skinner (T13) won the long jump with a leap of 6.36 metres. Results can be found here on Power of 10.

A full report is available from England Athletics.

British Milers' Club Grand Prix Meeting

With the European under 20 and 23 age group championships being held this season, the Great Britain trials for the 5000 metres, were held at Sports City, Manchester, on Saturday evening. Automatic selection for the GB team requires placing in the top two in the trial and also achieving the specified qualifying standards, by a deadline in a few weeks time. Tonbridge Athletic Club had a number taking part in the races, held in conjunction with the British Milers Club Grand Prix Meeting.

Seventeen year old Phoebe Barker was making her debut at the distance and was first of the under 20 women home in 16.44.07. This was fourteen seconds away from the GB standard and Barker will have to decide now whether to have another attempt at the time.

It was a close call for two Tonbridge runners in the under 23 men’s race, as James West and Chris Olley excelled in third and fourth place. West was making his 5000 metres debut and ran 14.01.37, whilst Olley improved his best time to 14.03.29, in a race that was won in 13.59.

George Duggan (3.48.85) and Nathan Marsh (3.56.31) won 1500 metre races at the meeting, whilst Sean Molloy was third in an 800 metres in 1.49.72, which is the fastest of the season so far, from a Tonbridge athlete.

Results for TAC athletes can be found here

UK Javelin Carnival

Lucinda White won Gold in the U13 Girls at the UK Javelin Carnival which returned to Loughborough University for its 6th year.

The Carnival, run with support from British Athletics, was held on Sunday and Monday, with day one of the event culminating in senior men’s and women’s competitions and day two offering a coaching clinic before the U17 and U20 events. With all of the top throwers in the country there, TV streaming of all throws on Vinco, and not just medals, but also a brand new Nordic javelin as the prize for the winner in each age group, it was a high profile and high pressure event, particularly as the announcer introduced White every time she threw as "the current UK number 1". White did outstandingly well to win, even if she was a little disappointed not to achieve a new PB on the day.

Keira Jones and White also competed in the U15 Girls competition. Results from the competition can be found here

Westminster Road Miles

On Sunday three Tonbridge runners gained third place spots in the Vitality Westminster Road Miles, which finished outside Buckingham Palace. Jamie Goodge was third in the under 20 men’s race in 4.24, Olukorede Fasina third in the under 13 boys’ event with 5.01 and Sophie Slack third under 11 girl with 5.41. Click here for a summary of the TAC results

UK Youth Development League (Upper Age Group)

Also on Sunday the club’s under 17s and under 20s placed fourth, of six clubs, in the UK Youth Development League fixture, at Stevenage. The team picked up eleven individual A-string wins, plus two relay victories, during the course of the day.

Amongst those who impressed was Alfie Scopes who scored wins in the Shot Putt with 14.73 metres and Discus with 48.96m, both of which were personal bests, with the under 20 age group weights. He also contributed good points in the Hammer and Javelin.

Toby Seal won the under 20 men’s 110 metres hurdles with a pb of 14.93, whilst Asha Root was another winner, who improved her best with 58.98, in the under 20, 400 metres. Making her debut for the club, Katie Welbourn was an impressive under 20, Triple Jump winner with 10.01 metres.

International Events

In the USA Robbie Farnham-Rose continued his superb form over 1500 metres to qualify for the National Championships, which take place at Eugene Oregon.