Weekend News Report - 10th/11th February 2018

West and Pearce Headline Weekend Results

There were some significant performances from Tonbridge Athletic Club’s distance runners, on the track, road and country at the weekend, at both home and abroad.

The most notable run came from twenty-two year old James West, who was competing for the University of Oregon, in Seattle, USA, over 3000 metres, on Saturday. The event was part of the Husky Classic meeting, which like many indoor meetings, in the USA, attracts internationals and elite university athletes.

West ran 7.51.23, which was a seven second improvement on his previous best, as he placed sixth in the race. Results can be found here.

The clocking is a Tonbridge club indoor record and less than a second away from Mark Scrutton’s time set outdoors, at Crystal Palace, in 1983. More significantly West moves to third on the UK rankings and infact is now 27 th on the UK all time indoor listing, amongst some illustrious names. It is also the second quickest ever from a British athlete, under the age of twenty three.

Another landmark performance came from Henry Pearce, on Sunday, who was racing in the Bramley 10 mile road race, near Guildford. Pearce is aiming to make his marathon debut, at London, in April and this was his first race in the build-up. He won the race by more than four minutes, clocking 49.54 to be the first Tonbridge runner under fifty minutes since the 1980s.

Race results can be found here.

Cross Country

The final Kent Cross Country League fixture of the season, featured men’s and women’s races. The Tonbridge women were out in force and were led home by Nicole Taylor, who won over five kilometres in 17.59, more than a minute clear of Holly Page, of Dartford. Phoebe Barker took 3 rd and Maria Heslop 4 th , to win the team event, on the day. However, Tonbridge were second to Dartford in the overall league standings, from twenty-one clubs. Maria Heslop won the overall league, individual title.

Jamie Bryant had one of his best races of the season to take 3 rd spot in the men’s race, over ten kilometres. The performance also moved him from second to first in the overall final league standings. He was backed up on the day by Julian Rendall (12 th ), James Taylor (21 st ) and Jack Keywood (27 th ). The weakened Tonbridge team could only place third on the day, so finished second in the overall league, where four runners score, although they did capture the twelve to score team league title.

Max Nicholls was rewarded for his recent cross country performances with selection for an England men’s team and he finished 18th in Rotsellar, Belgium on Sunday.

IFAM Indoor

Also competing in Belgium, at the weekend, at the international indoor meeting, at Ghent, Sean Molloy finished third in an 800 metres in 1:50.89 which was a personal best and a new Club Record. Click here for results.

Videos from the event are available here

A number of Tonbridge athletes are due to compete indoors, this coming weekend, at the British Championships at Birmingham and the British University Championships, at Sheffield.