Weekend Report - 17th/18th June 2017
Six Medals at National Championships
The most prestigious fixture of the domestic season, so far, was held across the two days of the weekend, at Bedford, where the National under 20 and 23 Championships were held. Very hot conditions met the athletes, which helped many in the field and shorter track events, but made things incredibly tough in the longer distances. The championships also served as trials for the Great Britain teams to compete at the European under 20 and 23 championships, to be held in July.
The Club athletes came away with one bronze and five silver medals, probably the largest ever medal haul, by the club, at a national track and field championship.
James West and Sean Molloy came closest to gold medals, as both just missed out in the under 23 men’s 1500 metres and 800 metres, respectively. West was just nine hundredths of a second behind Neil Gourley of Scotland, as he ran 3.44.34, after a very fast second half to the race. His top two placing guarantees him a place on the Great Britain team, since he ran the qualifying time at Watford, in midweek with a personal best of 3.39.65.
Sean Molloy, similarly, was just 0.18 seconds away from winning the 800 metres, as he was closing fast on eventual winner, Daniel Rowden, of Woodford Green. Earlier in the week Molloy had eclipsed Steve Fennell’s Tonbridge club record, when he ran 1.47.76.
Alfie Scopes was the only Tonbridge athlete to double up in events and came very close to securing two medals. On Sunday he took the silver medal in the under 20 men’s Discus, with a 49.49 personal best. On Saturday he was 4 th in the Shot Putt, also with a pb of 15.35m.
Nicole Taylor (under 23, 5000 metres) and Phoebe Barker (under 20, 3000 metres) competed in the hottest temperatures of the weekend, on Sunday afternoon, both running well to win silver medals. Taylor could not shake off eventual winner Hannah Viner, of Highgate, who moved ahead on the last lap, with Taylor recording 17.12.73.
In the 3000m Barker bided her time, as the favourite, Jemma Reekie, of Scotland front ran to a win. Barker was closing at the finish and ran 9.42.18, just outside her pb, despite the hot conditions.
On Saturday Alasdair Kinloch ran 8.29.68, to finish third in the under 20 men’s 3000 metres, another race only decided in the final straight. Joe Fuggle was 4 th in the under 20 men’s 400 metres hurdles in 53.77. This was after nursing a hamstring issue recently. He is ranked fourth on the current GB list with 53.04 and no athlete has achieved the European qualifying standard of 52.00, which is required by 10 th July.
Charlie Joslin-Allen produced his best ever track performance, when he ran 14.46.26 to finish 4 th in the under 23 men’s 5000 metres.
A summary of the Club's athetes' performances can be found here.
Tonbridge teams competed in the Southern Athletics League and UK Youth Development League, at the weekend.
In the Southern League, on Saturday the team finished third of the four clubs, at Eastbourne, weakened through absentees. They secured eleven individual wins and one relay victory throughout the day. The highlight performance was Harry Kendall’s personal best of 55.82 metres in the men’s Javelin.
A Javelin performance was also the standout performance on Sunday, when the Tonbridge team finished second of the six clubs, as they hosted the UK Youth Development League, at Tonbridge School. Lucinda White threw the under 13 Javelin 37.74 metres, adding more than a metre to her personal best, setting a new club record and securing her place at the top of the current UK age rankings. The throw also moved her to fifth on the UK all time, under 13 rankings, underlining the quality of the throw.
There were also wins for Samuel Ward (u15, 300m in 39.4), Catherine Davies (u15, Pole Vault 2.70m), Maisie Rixon (u15 Shot Putt, 10.13m), George Thomas (u13 High Jump 1.45m) and Saskia Lean (u13 High Jump 1.38m pb).
Finally, the under 15 boys 4x 300 metres relay team produced an excellent win and equalled the Club record for the event. The team comprised of James Mardon, Beau Miles-Watson, Max Naish and Samuel Ward.