Weekend Report - 2nd/3rd December 2017
Club's Veterans Out in Force at County Championships
The Club had plenty of success at the Kent Veterans Cross Country Championships, held at Dartford, on Saturday, winning four individual and two team titles.
Julian Rendall hung on to win an extremely close men's race, for the age 40 to 49 category, clinching the title by just a second from Alex Gibbins, of Blackheath. With Simon Fraser in 16th, Adam Styles 25th and Anthony Bennett 27th, the team placed third.
Ben Reynolds took the men's 50 to 59 age group title and led Tonbridge to the team win, with Graeme Saker (3rd) and Phil Coleman (12th) also scoring. Likewise, Maria Heslop won the women's 45 to 54 age group and together with Lia Knight (6th) and Penny Pilbeam (11th) took the team gold medals.
John Harley (8th) led the Tonbridge men's team to silver medals in the age 60 to 69 age group, supported by Alan Newman (12th) and Brian Buckwell (15th).
Sue James won the fourth individual gold medal for the club, taking the victory in the women's over 65 age group race, by almost a minute. Tonbridge also won bronze medals in the women's age 35 to 44 race, through Antonia Skerritt (12th), Rachel Fagg (17th) and Nina Ridge (22nd).
Away from the cross country scene, Lucy Reid, won the women's event at the Portsmouth Victory Five Miles Road race in 27.34. Her time took 81 seconds from her own Tonbridge AC club record, which she set two years ago, at the same race. Also on Sunday, Maria Heslop followed up her cross country win on Saturday, with another win in the Crowborough 10k road race, in 38.40. Finishing third in the men's race was new club recruit Angel López Cáceres, who recorded 35.19.
Following on from her recent 7th place at the British Cross Challenge event, in Liverpool, Phoebe Barker has been selected to race for an England under 20 women's team in Spain, on 16th December. Chris Olley runs for the Great Britain under 23 men's team at the European Championships, in Slovakia, this coming Sunday, 10th December.
A few Club athletes kicked off their indoor track season, at Lee Valley, on Sunday, with under 15, Zachary Nwogwugwa producing the standout performance. He ran 7.36 seconds for the 60 metres sprint, a time which would have ranked him inside the UK's top ten for the age group, last year.