Weekend Report - 14th/15th October 2017
Bryant Leads Team to Kent League Win
Tonbridge Athletic Club's men swept to victory in the first Kent Cross Country League fixture of the season, on Saturday, packing their first four scoring runners inside the top ten. The course at Stanhill Farm, Wilmington, was extremely dry, as the winner Tewelde Menges, of Medway and Maidstone won in 31.37, with Bryant twenty five seconds in arrears.
Harry Paton finished 5th, like Bryant, having his best ever cross country race and with Julian Rendall 7th plus James Puxty 10th, Tonbridge won by six points from Medway and Maidstone, topping the table of twenty one clubs. They also convincingly won the twelve to score competition. Almost three hundred finished the race, with Tonbridge having a record thirty six starters.
The senior women's team finished second to Dartford Harriers, led home by Maria Heslop in 4th, with Grace Fleming 7th and Antonia Skerritt 23rd, of the 162 finishers.
Tonbridge clinched victories in both the under 15 and 17 boys' competitions and were second in the under 13 and 17 girls events. The under 15 girls were 4th and under 13 boys 6th .
Fraser Gordon had a battle in the under 15 race with Hamish Reilly, of Medway and Maidstone, before pulling away to a seventeen second victory. Joshua O'Brien finished an excellent fourth, just ahead of Matthew Taylor.
There was also an individual win in the under 13 girls' race, as Olivia Breed won by seven seconds, over the 2700 metres long course. Sophie Slack (6th) and Lily Stewart (13th) also scored for the team.
The other first scorers for the club included Adam Jeddo, 12th in the under 13 boys' race, Katie Burgess 22nd in the under 15 girls', Meghan Watson 8th in the under 17 women and Dan Schofield 5th in the under 17 men's event.
Elsewhere, amongst the Tonbridge performances at the weekend, Dominic Brown won the South Yorkshire cross country league fixture, at Sheffield, whilst competing for his university, with Michael Ellis 6th in the same race.
Nicole Taylor had possibly her best ever cross country result when she finished 5th in the British Cross Challenge event, at Cardiff, on Saturday, which included a number of internationals. Charlie Joslin-Allen was 8th in the men's race and Phoebe Barker 4th in the under 20 women's event.
Graeme Saker has been selected to race for the England over 55 men's team at the Home International, for the veterans age groups, next month.
On Saturday 28th October Tonbridge AC will be hosting the second fixture of the Kent Cross Country League, at The Schools at Somerhill. The first league race starts at 12 noon, although there will be an open race for under 11s, starting at 11am.