Weekend News Report - 3rd/4th March 2018

Pearce Runs Fastest Ever Half Marathon by Club Athlete

Henry Pearce, of Tonbridge Athletic Club, continued his build up towards this year’s London Marathon, by smashing a thirty-year old club record, at the Big Half Marathon, on Sunday. He recorded 65.49, to finish 10th and broke Ben Reynolds Tonbridge AC record of 67.16, which had stood since 1988.

The race was held around the streets of London, starting near Tower Bridge, before looping around Canary Wharf, crossing the river and making it’s way to the finish at Greenwich. It was the first year for the event, which attracted 11,596 finishers and was won by Mo Farah in 61.40.

Twenty-four year old Pearce is a graduate of Loughborough University and previously attended Tonbridge School. He completed post graduate studies at Tulsa University, in the USA, returning to England at Christmas. Having raced for Great Britain, at cross country, his aim for this year is success on the roads and he started his campaign in February with a 49.54 clocking over 10 miles. He hopes to be part of the Tonbridge team at the upcoming South of England Road Relays, before then focussing on the London Marathon, on 22nd April.

Also racing to a personal best and one of the quickest times in the club’s history was Max Nicholls, who placed 23rd in 69.00. Nicholls raced a week after being part of the Tonbridge team that had captured the National Cross Country title.

Three other Tonbridge runners completed the Big Half with Tracey Horne at 94.52, Jacqui O’Reilly 95.31 and Jennifer Woodrow with 1.44.33.

Results can be found here.