Weekend News Report - 5th-7th May 2018

Club Starts British League With Strong Team Performance

The Club’s men travelled to Yeovil on Saturday for their first ever appearance in the British Athletics League. They are competing in the six-team division four this season and on this occasion finished second to the hosts, Yeovil Olympiads.

Tonbridge scored 255 points to Yeovil’s 285 but produced some impressive performances, particularly across the full range of track events. All the victories came from the track events, rather than the field. Jack Lennard and Anton Bachorski scored maximum points in the 100 metres, with times of 10.83 and 11.10 and almost did the same in the 200 metres with 21.81 and 22.79, although Lennard was just beaten here.

Lewis Collins, like Lennard, is a relatively latecomer to the sport and is only in his second season at twenty four years old. He made his outdoor 400 metres debut here, winning impressively in 48.86, as Henry Marshall won the B-string with 50.44.

Ryan Driscoll almost scored maximum points in the 800 metres (1.57.17) and 1500 metres (3.55.20), but was beaten by a fraction in the former. Jamie Bryant impressed by winning the B 1500 metres in 4.00.92, not long after winning the 3000 metres steeplechase in 9.52.86. Corey De’Ath won the 3000 metres in 8.27.27 and Lewis Church the 110 metres hurdles in 15.24, to complete the set of individual track wins.

At the end of the day Tonbridge produced two emphatic wins in both the 4x100 metres and 4x400 metres relays, breaking the club record in the former. Henry Marshall, Lewis Church, Anton Bachorski and Jack Lennard combined to record 42.93 seconds.


The major championships at the weekend were the British Universities and Colleges event at Bedford, which were held across three days. The highest placed Tonbridge athletes were Chris Olley, who was 5th in a high class 5000 metres in 14.06.29, Sean Molloy 6th over 800 metres and Joanne Ware 7th in the Long Jump, with a 5.92 metre pb and a new Club record.


On Sunday, the Tonbridge under 13 and 15 squad finished second of eight teams in the Kent Young Athletes League.

Under 15 age group wins came from Zachary Nwogwugwu (100m 11.62), Zac Beasty (High Jump 1.65m), Charlie Costello (Pole Vault 2.50m) and Lucinda White (Pole Vault 2.75m and Javelin 34.47m).

In the under 13s there were wins for Albert Kreuzberg (1500m 4.48.46, High Jump 1.30m), Lily Slack (1200m 3.55.62), Abigail O’Dwyer (Long Jump 4.27m) and Eleanor Thomas (Hammer 18.47m).

There were a few other notable track performances over the past week that included James Puxty (under 20) winning the 3000 metres, at Watford, on Wednesday evening, with a new personal best of 8.16.24. Over 800 metres Simon Coppard (under 20) ran 1.52.94 at Watford, whilst James West recorded 1.49.67, to finish 2nd in Oregon, USA, on Friday evening.

Road Running Internationals

Maria Heslop and Tina Oldershaw competed in England veterans team vests, at the Great Birmingham 10k road race, on Sunday. Heslop ran 36.28 to be 9th woman and first over 50 home, plus break her own Tonbridge AC veterans record with 36.28, whilst Oldershaw ran 39.26.

Also on the road, in very hot conditions, a number of Tonbridge runners took part in the Hildenborough Road races, on Bank Holiday Monday. Maria Heslop was back in action to win the 10 mile title with 62.04, whilst Julian Rendall won the 5 mile race in 28.07

This coming weekend the Kent Track and Field Championships take place at Ashford.