Weekend Report - 24th/25th June 2017
Club Athletes Head to British Championships
A record number of Club members have qualified and been invited to compete at this coming weekend’s British Championships, which serve as trials for the GB team for the World Championships, in August.
Sean Molloy is due to race in the 800 metres and last Wednesday continued his good form with a win in the Sydney Wooderson memorial race, at Eltham, with a time of 1.48.99.
In the men’s 1500 metres Tonbridge are likely to have four competitors. James West, who has been selected for the GB team for the European under 23 championships, ran a personal best of 1.49.03, for 800 metres at Watford on Saturday. Similarly, Luca Russo ran a pb of 1.52.46 at Watford and will also go in the 1500m, at the Championships in Birmingham. George Duggan ran a personal best for 1500 metres at Watford of 3.44.88, so will travel to the championships in fine form, as will Dominic Brown, who qualified recently.
Ryan Driscoll will run the 3000 metres steeplechase, in which he is currently ranked 15th in the UK. He tuned up for the championships with a 1500m in 3.47.28, on Saturday. Chris Olley, Ashley Gibson and Nicole Taylor are all due to race in the 5000 metres. Taylor ran a superb 3000m at Watford, on Saturday in 9.26.71, which was just outside Gibson’s recent club record.
Outside of the middle and long distance events Joe Fuggle goes in the men’s 400 metres hurdles, whilst there are three 5000 metre walkers; Tom Bosworth, Guy Thomas and Emily Ghose.
At Chelmsford, on Sunday, the Tonbridge under 17 and 20 squad placed third, of six clubs, in the UK Youth Development League. The highlight came in one of the final events of the day, the under 20 women’s 4 x 400 metres relay. The team of Rebecca O’Hara, Katie Welbourn, Jessica O’Hara and Asha Root won 4.01.7, which took a second from the three year old under 20 club record and was only two tenths away from the senior record.
Ollie Dunn set a brutal pace in the under 20 men’s 800 metres and held onto win in 1.57.9, the first time that he had run under two minutes. Jamie Goodge also set a personal best and won the 1500 metres in 4.04.3, whilst the other under 20 men’s win came from Bede Pitcairn-Knowles, in the 2000 metres steeplechase in 6.25.3.
Rebecca O’Hara won the under 20 women’s 400 metres in 57.3 and the previous Wednesday had clocked a pb of 56.84 at Eltham. The two other individual, under 20 female, wins came in the Triple Jump, from Katie Welbourn with 10.10 metres and the Javelin from Una Laqeretabua, with 27.34 metres. Tonbridge also won the 4x100 metres relay, with the O’Hara sisters joining Welbourn and Laqeretabua.
In the under 17 age group, Simon Coppard won the 800 metres in 2.00.7 and Adam Van der Plas did likewise, setting a pb in the 3000 metres of 9.40.3. Jessica O’Hara won the women’s 300 metres in 41.6 and Catie Kohler took the Discus victory, with 30.95 metres.
Also on Sunday eighteen year old Alasdair Kinloch won the Sandwich 10km road race in 33.29 and Julian Rendall finished third in the North Downs 30km trail race in 2.00.05. Rendall was the first veteran age group competitor to finish and it was his sixth top four placing, in recent years, at the event.