Weekend News Report - 10th/11th March 2018

Runners Face Mudbath at Inter Counties Event

Runners from all over the country travelled to Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough, for the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, on Saturday. They were met with a course that had turned into a mudbath, after recent rain and thawing snow, which tested not only them, but also the spectators.

Almost all the Tonbridge Athletic Club runners competing represented Kent, with one exception, Crowborough-based, Nicole Taylor. Taylor was competing in the colours of Sussex and put in one of her strongest performances of the season to finish an excellent 14th in the Senior Women’s race, over eight kilometres. Maria Heslop (74th), Kiri Marsh (106th) and Tina Oldershaw (135th) all scored for the Kent team.

Ben Cole continued his fine form, with a superb 15th place in the Senior Men’s race and together with Charlie Joslin-Allen (22nd) led the Kent team to sixth place, from 31 counties.

Kent had two team victories, amongst the ten events. The under 20 women’s team clinched their win, with Phoebe Barker finishing in 14th place, being the third Kent scorer home. Then in the under 13 girls’ race Olivia Breed (11th) and Sophie Slack (16th) were the first two Kent scorers home, as the county won from forty-two teams.

The highest placed Tonbridge finisher on the day was Fraser Gordon, who placed 4th in the under 15 boys’ race, employing his customary tactics of starting steadily and coming through very strongly, near the finish. Matthew Taylor (65th) and Henry Taylor (84th) also scored for the Kent team.

Alasdair Kinloch reaped the benefits of a consistent period of training, whilst at university, to produce his best result of the Winter, in the under 20 men’s race. He led the Kent team to bronze medals, with his 12th place finish, with Jamie Goodge (24th), being the second Kent athlete home.

Results can be viewed here.

Race Videos are available here.

Meanwhile, London Marathon preparations continued for some and a Tonbridge men’s team captured the team title at the Lydd 20 mile road race, on Sunday. Julian Rendall was 4th in 1.58.20, with Dan Blades, having his longest race to date, in 8th with 2.05.42. Joe Watts completed the scoring three in 57th with 2.23.05.

In the USA the college indoor track season culminated with the NCAA championships, where James West was representing the University of Oregon. West ran the anchor leg for his team in the Distance Medley Relay, on Friday, finishing third and clocking 3.57.98 for the 1600 metre leg, which is a fraction short of a mile. He came back the following day to finish an excellent sixth in the 3000 metres final.