Weekend Report - 29th/30th July 2017
West leads Tonbridge Trio to Fast Times
James West produced an excellent win over 3000 metres at Watford last Wednesday in 8.00.66. It was a specially arranged invitation race, featuring many national class runners and produced the best quality race in depth, over the distance, in the UK this year, with nine athletes dipping under 8.10.
The first half of the race was relatively slow, passing in 4.04, but quickened considerably and it was left to four athletes sprinting down the home straight, with West winning by half a second from Kieran Clements of Ipswich.
Not far behind in fifth and sixth, Tonbridge ACs Chris Olley and Ryan Driscoll improved their personal bests to 8.04.52 and 8.04.86. It leaves four of the club’s runners ranked in the current UK’s top twenty-five at the distance.
Corey De’Ath ran 8.23.12 in the same race, whilst later in the evening there were also fine runs by Kieran Reilly (8.23.22) and Nathan Marsh (8.27.95 pb).
Dominic Brown missed the chance to race the 3000 metres in the week, due to work commitments, but raced in the men’s mile at the England Athletics Championships, at Bedford, on Sunday. Despite the windy conditions the race was strung out by the fast pace, with eventual winner Jonny Davies, of Berkshire, running 4.00.58. Brown kept battling and was closing on second place at the finish, recording 4.06.71 to improve his personal best.
Race videos are available by clicking here.
A number of the club’s under 13s competed for Kent in the South of England Inter Counties, at Kingston, on Saturday. Amongst them Lucinda White won the Javelin with a throw of 36.01 metres, whilst Caitlin Milborne was 4th in the same competition with 30.29m.Caitlin Ebbage produced a personal best throw of 9.96 metres to finish second in the shot put, which moves her into the UK’s top ten, in the age group rankings.
Australian javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts recently came to help coach the javelin group before she competes at the World Champs next week.
Clearly her presence had an impact as all the Tonbridge throwers achieved new training personal bests!