Weekend Report - 28th/29th April 2018
Bachorski Sprints to Double Win
The Club’s under 17 and 20 age group squad competed in their first fixture of the UK Youth Development League, at Hornchurch Stadium, on Sunday. They finished third of the six teams in this year’s Southern Division One and will be hoping to strengthen that position over the remaining three matches. The extremely cold and windy conditions hampered the early season performances but there were still some excellent results from individual athletes.
Anton Bachorski scored a double sprint win in the under 17 age group, as he ran 11.13 for 100 metres and 23.04 for 200 metres. Both times are amongst the fastest recorded, at that age by a Tonbridge sprinter, although the wind reading was slightly advantageous in both events.
Sam Crick was the only other athlete to record two individual wins, as he took the under 20 men’s 400 metres hurdles victory in 61.18 and followed up with a 2000 metres steeplechase win in a personal best of 6.18.30.
Toby Seal and David Fullbrook were the top two under 20 men’s Javelin throwers in action, as they won the A and B string with 47.89m and 46.27m, respectively. Alfie Scopes won the Shot Putt with 13.01m, in the same age group.
Asha Root (400 metres in 60.54) and Una Laqeretabua (High Jump in 1.50m) were the other under 20 age group winners, with five other victories coming from the under 17s. Rebekah O’Brien won that High Jump in 1.55m, with Kirsty-Ann Ebbage winning the Discus with 33.93m. Rory Sturgeon won the men’s Triple Jump with 11.77m and on the track Jess O’Hara ran 42.80 for 300 metres for maximum points, whilst James Kingston won the 800 metres with a new personal best of 2.07.21.
The relays, at the end of the day, often produce the most excitement and Tonbridge had two wins in the 4 x 400 metres, winning both the under 17 and 20 men’s events.
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On Saturday, Corey De’Ath finished 6th at the British Universities 10,000 metres championships, held at Loughborough. De’Ath had missed much of the Winter through injury, but has recovered well and ran a personal best of 30.26.81, just thirteen seconds behind the winner.
On Sunday Greg Cole won the Goudhurst 10km road race in 35.17, with Tony Bennett third overall and first in the over 40 age group in 37.31.
This weekend sees Tonbridge compete in the British Athletics League for the first time, whilst the British Universities and Colleges Championships take place at Bedford. Tonbridge will also have a team at the Kent Young Athletes League, at Bromley, on Sunday.