Weekend Report - 5th/6th August 2017
Track and Field Season Continues at World and Local Level
The Summer athletics season is currently being dominated by the World Athletics Championships, in London, but Tonbridge Athletic Club members have still been in action, over the past week or so.
The club held the latest of their monthly open meetings, at Tonbridge School track, on Tuesday evening. Amongst the highlights in the field events were Daniel Smith (under 17) clearing a 3.20 metres personal best in the Pole Vault and Lewis Church setting a Shot Putt pb of 12.60m. Guy White (under 15) also set a Shot Putt best of 12.57m, whilst Maisie Rixon’s (under 15) 10.21m was the best of the female throwers. Lucinda White (under 13) was again impressive in the Javelin, with a throw of 36.54m, not far behind her current UK rankings lead performance.
On the track the quickest of the club’s sprinters, over 100 metres, was Zac Nwogwugwu (under 15) with 12.1, who also recorded 24.8 over 200 metres. He subsequently reduced his 100m pb to 11.6 in the Kent League, on Sunday. Kieran Eland recorded a 400m of 50.2 and a 200m of 23.7, after the 800m. Dominic Brown also tried this triple of track events and won the 800m in 1.58.5. Jack Keywood was the fastest 1500m runner with 4.17.0, whilst under 13, Annabelle Hales, also impressed with 5.25.3.
Race videos are available by clicking here.
On Sunday, at the Kent Young Athletes League, Tonbridge had good numbers competing again in both the division one and two matches. They finished third of eight clubs in the higher division and won the latter, with a combined team with Judd School.The under 13, A-string wins, in division one, came from Louis Proctor (75m hurdles, 14.1) and Lucinda White (Javelin, 35.24m). In the under 15s, Fraser Gordon was a convincing 800m winner with 2.04.5 and Guy White won the Shot Putt with 12.01m. Lewis Swaby excelled, winning three individual events: High Jump with a 1.75m personal best, 80m hurdles in a pb of 12.1 and the Long Jump with 5.10m. He also ran a leg for the victorious 4x100m relay team, combining with Sam Ward, Zac Nwogwugwu and Max Naish. Samantha Stubbs produced the only under 15 girls’ win with a 1.50m High Jump clearance.
At an invitational meeting, at Cambridge, on Sunday Sean Molloy was a convincing winner of the 800 metres, in 1.52.87. Fast times were not possible, due to the very windy conditions.
Kieran Reilly was third and Chris Olley sixth, in a good quality 1500 metres, as they recorded 3.53.89 and 3.55.99, respectively in a race won by Dale Clutterbuck of Newham in 3.53.00. Race videos can be viewed here.
On Wednesday, George Duggan won the Bedgebury 10 kilometre race, in the grounds of Pinetum, with 34.49. This left him four minutes clear of the runner-up, on the extremely undulating course, in very wet conditions.
Tim Faes ran 15.05 for the Dulwich Parkrun, over five kilometres, on Saturday, which was just four seconds away from the fastest time, at any parkrun, by a club member.
The Club is running an athletics week at Tonbridge School Track from the 21st to 25th August 2017 inclusive, 9.30 am until 3.30 pm each day. Ages: 6 to 12 year olds, girls and boys. Please click here for details.
James West has been invited to compete over the 3000 metres, at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting, on 20th August and could find himself racing alongside Mo Farah, in his last UK track race.
On Saturday 19th August Tonbridge AC will host the final Southern Athletics League match of the season, at Tonbridge School.