Weekend Report - 22nd/23rd July 2017

Womens Relay Record Highlight at League Matches

The Club's teams continue to complete their league seasons for the Summer and in the past week it has been the Veterans and the under 17 and 20 squads that have been in action.

On Monday the club’s over 35s competed in their their final fixture of the Southern Veterans League, Kent Division. On a very warm evening at Gillingham, the men placed third and the women second on the night, which secured runners-up spots for both in the six team divisions. As a result both the men and women will be competing at the league final in early September.

Victories came from Graeme Saker in the M50 800m setting a new Club M55 record, Ian Crawley, in the over 50s Long Jump, who recorded 4.63 metres, whilst on the women’s side Sasha Houghton won the over 35s High Jump with 1.20m and set a new Tonbridge over 45 women’s 800m record with 2.40.0. Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles won the over 50 women’s 800 metres, also with a new club age group record of 2.48.2.

The Tonbridge veterans squad was only fully established last year and has gone from strength to strength, with the league also offering plenty of competitive opportunities. This was epitomized in the non-scoring men’s 800 metres, where Tonbridge had nine runners.

The under 17 and 20 squad competed in a home fixture, at Tonbridge School and finished third, of the six clubs in their division of the UK Youth Development League. This left them as third in the end of season standings.

The highlight was the under 20 women’s 4x400 metres relay, where Asha Root, Amy Taylor, Jess O’Hara and Becky O’Hara became the first ever Tonbridge squad to break four minutes. They ran a superb 3.58.0, which not only broke the under 20 club record, but also surpassed the outright record, by more than three seconds. It is also the third best club time in the UK this year.

Under 20 men’s wins came from Henry Marshall (400m, 50.5), Ollie Dunn (1500m, 4.16.6), Sam Crick (400m hurdles , 59.5 and 2000m steeplechase 6.44.4), Toby Seal (Javelin, 44.49m) and the 4x400m relay team of Henry Marshall, Ollie Dunn, Olly Kingston and Christian Lee).

The under 20 women produced a series of wins, other than the long relay, from Becky O’Hara (400m, 57.9), Kiri Marsh (1500m, 4.57.2), Alice Ralph (3000m, 12.15.5), Amy Taylor (400m hurdles, 65.10), Katie Welbourn (Triple Jump, 10.19m), plus the 4x100m squad of Root, Welbourn and the O’Hara sisters.

Simon Coppard won the under 17 men’s 800 metres in 1.58.9, whilst James Kingston made his steeplechase debut, over 1500 metres, to win in 4.56.7. Kingston provided one of the most memorable moments of the day, as he recovered from a major fall at his first water jump, to take the win. Both the under 17, 4x100m and 4x400m squads also won.

Asha Root contributed to both under 20 women’s relay team victories, but also took victory over 200m and 300m, at under 17 level, with 26.3 and 40.7, respectively. Vita Milana was another 1500 steeplechase debutant and won with a time of 5.43.7.

Race videos are available by clicking here.

Tonbridge road wins

There were a number of excellent performances, from Tonbridge athletes, in road races, over the weekend.

On Friday evening, at Rochester, three Tonbridge runners took all the podium places in theĀ  elite men’s race, at the Medway Mile event. The race was over an undulating course, finishing in the grounds of Rochester Castle. George Duggan snatched victory by half a second, from club mate Sean Molloy in 4.23.1, as they sprinted for the line, with Charlie Joslin-Allen just behind, in 4.26.3.

Joslin-Allen returned to road action two days later, on Sunday, when he won the Mid Kent 5 mile race, at Staplehurst, in 25.14. Dan Bradley was a distant second in 27.15. Also on Sunday, at Deal, Dan Watt was third over 10 kilometres in 34.40.

Race videos are available by clicking here.