Weekend Report - 26/28th August 2017
Cole, Coppard and McAllister Head Weekend Performances
A very warm and windless Bank Holiday weekend helped some excellent performances from Club members.
On Saturday Greg Cole produced an extraordinary performance at the South Downs Challenge, winning the 100 kilometre event in 10 hours 16 minutes and 41 seconds. Cole was having his first real taste of an ultra marathon event and won by 72 minutes, also breaking the course record by more than an hour, over the extremely undulating route. He is due to race the Berlin Marathon in a few weeks time.
Simon Coppard who finished second in the National under 17 men’s 800 metres
Simon Coppard’s second place in the under 17 men’s 800 metres, was the only medal winning performance, from Tonbridge AC, at the National under 15 and 17 championships, held at Bedford over the weekend. Coppard qualified comfortably through his heat on Saturday in 1.59.89. Then in Sunday’s final he made a real breakthrough, taking almost three seconds from his personal best to record 1.51.97, to capture the silver medal.
Asha Root finished 5th in the under 17 women’s 300 metres, running 40.51 in the final, whilst in the under 15 event, over the same distance, Maisie Rixon was 6th in 41.70, having run a pb of 41.39 in the heat. Rebekah O’Brien was 5th in the under 15 High Hump with 1.56m and was unlucky not to make the 800 metres final, having run a pb of 2.19.52 in her heat. Guy White placed 5th in the under 15 Shot Putt, with a personal best throw of 13.09 metres, whilst Matthew Hughes was 8th in the under 17 men’s Long Jump, with 6.29 metres.
Mark McAllister who broke two club sprint records at the weekend
Mark McAllister hit his best sprint form of the season on Saturday, at Kingston, in the Southern Counties Veterans Championships. He placed second in both the over 45 age group 100 and 200 metres, recording times of 12.3 and 25.40. Both were club age records, breaking those set by Gerry Le Roy, back in 1983.
On Monday Dan Watt was 3rd in the Sevenoaks 7 mile event at Knole Park, whilst Harry Paton was 4th in the Dartford 10k road race in 35.10, a timed slowed by the lead group going off course at one stage.
Tonbridge AC hosted their traditional Bank Holiday Monday Open Meeting, at Tonbridge School and witnessed an excellent turnout from both their own members and other clubs.
Kieran Eland won the 400 metres in a personal best of 50.09, whilst the other top track performances came from the veterans squad. Maria Heslop set an outright personal best and lowered her own club, over 45, age record in the 3000 metres, with 10.36.40. Then the club’s over 35 sprint relay squad warmed up for this weekends Southern Counties Veterans League final with a club age record. Anthony Bickley, Simon Fraser, Mark McAllister and Steve Tester ran 49.34.
Alan Marriott set new V80 men's records in the 100m and 200m sprints in 21.38s and 48.37s respectively and Richard Christian set a new M50 100mH record in 18.10s.
In the field maybe the best performances came from the club’s young female athletes. Maisie Rixon (under 15) set a big personal best of 5.00 metres in the Long Jump, whilst Kirsty-Anne Ebbage (U17) was also on form throwing the Hammer 43.26m, Discus 34.03m and Shot 10.84m. Photographs from the day can be viewed hereThis weekend sees the veteran’s squad compete in the Southern Counties League final, at Ashford, on Sunday 3rd September.
The Kent pentathlon for U13 Girls and Boys was held at Tonbridge School track on Monday, where 42 young athletes from a range of Counties competed against each other in sprint hurdles, high jump, long jump, and shot put finishing with the 800m.
Lucinda White from the Club came third overall in the girls pentathlon with a new Club record score of 2188, which put her into first place in Kent having achieved PBs in the 800m, long jump and shot put.Olivia Breed came fourth in Kent, and in the boys pentathlon George Thomas came fourth in Kent, with Robert Tune in ninth place followed by Felic Gollan tenth and Sebastien Thomson thirteenth.