Weekend Report - 3rd/4th June 2017
Tonbridge Over 35s Continue Their Ascent
The Tonbridge Athletic Club over 35s squad maintained their momentum in the Southern Counties Veterans League, at their home match on Friday evening. This was the third fixture of six this season, in Kent Division One. Tonbridge were only promoted after their first season in the league, last year.
On this occasion the club finished second, of the six clubs, in both the men’s and women’s competitions, consolidating their top two position in the league to date. The top two will qualify for the league final in early September.
Simon Fraser was the only Tonbridge men’s victor, in the over 35 age group, winning the 800 metres by a tenth of a second, in 2.05.1, having closed significant ground on the leader in the home straight. Antonia Skerritt employed different tactics in the women’s over 35, 800 metres, to lead for most of the race and win in 2.35.8.
Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles was also a winner of an 800 metres event, as she won the over 50 women’s category in 2.49.4, breaking her own club age record. Ben Reynolds took the men’s race win, in the same age group, with 2.14.6.
The sole field event victory for Tonbridge came from Ian Crawley, who threw 9.94 metres, in the over 50s Shot Putt, to better his club age group record, set earlier in the season. There was another excellent veterans mark set the previous Wednesday, at Watford, when Graeme Saker took the over 55s, 3000 metres club record down to 9.51.61.
Also at Watford, Ashley Gibson lowered her outright Tonbridge women’s 3000 metres record to 9.24.82. Alasdair Kinloch moved to third on the season’s under 20 men’s UK rankings over the same distance with 8.21.37, with James Puxty, moving to 11th on the same list with 8.30.28.
At Brighton on Wednesday evening Sean Molloy ran his second fastest ever 800 metres of 1.48.66, as he finished fourth in the British Milers Club meeting. This ranks him 15th currently in the UK and is his best time since 2012.
On Sunday, the under 13 and 15 age group squad had a successful day at Dartford, in the Kent Young Athletes League. They finished second, of the eight clubs, in Division One, behind Blackheath, whilst the B team combined with Judd School to win the Division Two match.
All the A string wins came from the girls, with the highlight being a High Jump victory from under 15, Rebekah O’Brien. A clearance at 1.70 metres, added seven centimetres to her best, moved her to second on the UK age group rankings this year and broke Jackie Powell’s Tonbridge club record, from 1988. The other under 15 wins came from Maisie Rixon, over 200 metres, with 26.6s and Kiera Jones who threw the Javelin a personal best of 28.31 metres.
Lucinda White’s Javelin win, with 33.05 metres, broke the Kent League record, whilst she and B string winner Caitlin Milborne remain in the UK’s top four for the season. There were also wins for Jess Daly over 150 metres in 21.6s and Caitlin Ebbage in the Shot Putt with 8.44 metres.
This coming weekend’s action includes the South of England under 20 and senior championships at Crystal Palace, plus the Kent Schools Championships, at Ashford.