Weekend Report - 28th October 2017
Reid Leads Tonbridge Ladies to Victory at Home Fixture
Lucy Reid led home a strong senior women's field, in the second race of the Kent Cross Country League, on Saturday. Tonbridge hosted the event, alongside the Schools at Somerhill, whose superb grounds always offer scenic, but challenging courses.
Reid's team mate, Phoebe Barker, took the lead early on, tracked by a small group of runners, before Reid applied the pressure around the halfway mark. She pulled away to win by twelve seconds from Holly Page, of Dartford, in 17.58, for the hilly 4.9 kilometre course. With Barker finishing 5th and Maria Heslop 6th, from 171 finishers, Tonbridge clinched the team win, from twenty clubs.
The Tonbridge senior men's team was not strong enough on the day to hold off a Medway and Maidstone team which had four scorers in the first seven home. Ben Cole placed 2nd to Dean Lacy of Cambridge Harriers, with Jamie Bryant (5th), Greg Cole (15th) and Harry Paton (17th) scoring. 257 finishers completed the 9.8 kilometres, with 22 teams closing in.
James Puxty looked like he is returning to his best form, producing a strong finish to win the under 20 race by three seconds, from team mate Cameron Payas. Dan Seagrove was 4th, as Tonbridge dominated the age group on this occasion. The under 17 men also won, with the scoring trio being Dan Schofield (4th), James Kingston (5th) and James Stoney (9th).
The third individual win of the day, for Tonbridge, came once again from Olivia Breed, in the under 13 race. Sophie Slack (9th) and Beatrice Heslop (21st) also scored to place the team in second, just one point behind Thanet Road Runners.
Fraser Gordon, in the under 15 boys' race, could not quite repeat his win in the first fixture, but was just a second behind Oliver Bright, of Blackheath, at the finish. Brothers Matthew and Henry Taylor had fine runs to finish 4th and 5th, respectively, to give Tonbridge a convincing team win.
The under 17 women finished, a close second to Invicta, with Clara Tyler (8th), Stephanie Puxty (10th) and Tilly Hall (11th) packing well.
Katie Goodge (3rd) led home the Tonbridge under 15 girls' team, with Noémie Thomson making her club debut, with a fine 21st and Katie Burgess 25th, helping the team to 5th place.
The under 13 boys finished as 4th team, through Ollie Croll (11th), new recruit Tim McLain (13th) and George Hopkins (14th).
This weekend on Saturday 4th November the Tonbridge squads travel to Mansfield to compete in the National Cross Country Relays, where they will be hoping for a strong showing in some of the races.