Weekend Report - 21st/22nd April 2018

West Runs European Qualifying Time

James West produced a stunning 1500 metres personal best on Friday night, when racing at the Bryan Clay Invitational in California. West is signed to the University of Oregon, on a scholarship, where he will be until the Summer of 2019.

The graduate of Loughborough University finished seventh of the fourteen starters, in what was an international class field, recording 3.37.41. The time moved him to fourth place on the current UK rankings and was inside the qualifying time for this Summer’s European Championships, in Berlin. However, there is a long way to go with the season, as West has the target of firstly trying to qualify for the National Collegiate finals in the USA, whilst then negotiating the British Championships.

Results are available here

Club Youngsters Open League Season

The Club's under 13 and 15 age group squads opened their season in the UK Youth Development League Premier Division, at Bracknell, on Sunday. They finished fifth of the six teams on 466 points, ahead of the hosts and with three other teams within 45 points of them.

Tonbridge had five A-string event wins, across the day. Zac Nwogwugwo (11.97) and Jack Ponsford (12.35) scored maximum points in the under 15 boys’ 100 metres, underlining the progress being made by the club’s sprinters in recent months. In the same age group, Lucinda White won the Pole Vault with a 2.90 metres clearance, which indicates that she will be ranked highly in the country this season. Similarly, Emily Bowart’s 42.45 over 300 metres will put her high up the UK under 15 rankings at this event, although she finished second on the day.

In the under 13 age group Albert Kreuzberg (4.52.89) and Tim McLain (5.00.91) both ran personal bests to win the A and B string 1500 metres. Lily Slack was a comfortable winner of the girls’ 1200 metres, in a very fast 3.55.09 and Felix McArdle-Hodge won the boys’ Javelin with 33.59 metres.

This coming weekend it will be the turn of the under 17s and 20s to start their league season, with a fixture at Hornchurch.

Results can be viewed here

Heslop Captures London Marathon Age Group Championship

Tonbridge Athletic Club had thirteen members starting the London Marathon, on Sunday, with everyone being affected by the hot conditions. However, Maria Heslop fared better than many, as she crossed the finishing line in 2.56.56, which won the women’s over 50 age group championship. Heslop was over four minutes clear of her nearest challenger.

Having only started running around twelve years ago, Heslop is still showing signs of improvement, as her run bettered her own personal best set four years ago, also in London. In the process she became the first female member of Tonbridge AC to break the three-hour barrier.

Julian Rendall also set a Tonbridge AC age record, breaking the over 40 men’s standard, with 2.44.29, although like others would have been hoping to run much faster in kinder conditions. Ben Cole was the first Tonbridge runner home in 2.32.19, whilst Dan Watt with 2.46.58 and Matt Dennis at 2.57.34 also broke three hours. Henry Pearce, who had posted fast 10 mile and half marathon times in the lead up to the event, succumbed to the heat soon after half way and pulled out of his attempt to run at under 2.20.

Results can be accessed here