Weekend Report - 16th/17th December 2017
Church and Kendall Dominate South of England Heptathlon Championship
Lewis Church and Harry Kendall finished off the year by taking first and second place in the South of England Indoor Men's Heptathlon Championship, at Lee Valley, over the weekend, whilst Alex Hookway, a recent convert to multi event competition, placed 8th.
Church scored a total of 5275 points, which will place him in the UKs, end of year, top ten at the event, whilst Kendall's total of 5027 was a significant personal best.
Church and Kendall both recorded 60 metre personal bests in the first event of 7.50 and 7.22, respectively, before moving on to the Long Jump with marks of 6.81m and 6.77m. Church then took the competition lead after the Shot Putt, with a 13.32m pb, to Kendall's 11.27m. He then consolidated his lead, at the end of day one, with a 1.99m High Jump to Kendall's 1.93m.
Church started day two, on Sunday, with an 8.63 clocking in the 60 metres hurdles, which was his best ever time, whilst Kendall ran 8.91. Both athletes have developed into extremely competent Pole Vaulters and on this occasion scaled 4.30m and 4.20m, respectively, before completing the competition with a 1000 metres. Church was timed at 2.48.57, whilst Kendall was a fraction away from his best with 2.54.45. Alex Hookway scored 3733 points in his first ever indoor heptathlon and finished the two days with a 2.42.49 for the 1000 metres.
Lucinda White finished fourth in the under 15 girls Pentathlon at the championships.
The Club had a dozen competitors at the South of Thames Cross Country Championships event, at Aldershot, on Saturday and came away with three separate silver medal performances.
Nicole Taylor was runner-up in the women's event, that took place over twelve kilometres, alongside the men's race, whilst Chloe Bird was 11th.
The men's race was dominated by John Gilbert, of Kent AC, from the start, who built an early lead, whilst others watched each other. Three Tonbridge runners were in the chasing group, with George Duggan eventually sprinting home for a fine second place, just nine seconds down on Gilbert. Max Nicholls (4th) and Ben Cole (6th) were also in close contention, but despite this good start Tonbridge were well beaten by the hosts Aldershot, as it was a six to score contest. Julian Rendall (27th), Angel López-Cáceres (33rd) and Greg Cole (35th) completed the team score.
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Olley and Barker Back in GB Action
Both Chris Olley and Phoebe Barker have been selected for the Great Britain team to compete in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International, on Saturday 13th January 2018. Olley will be making his first full GB senior team appearance, whilst Barker will compete in the under 20s. The event will be televised live on BBC1.
The indoor track season starts to operate alongside cross country for the rest of the season and at Cardiff on Sunday Kieran Eland once again improved his 600 metres personal best to 80.05, as he won a high quality men's race.