Weekend News Report - 12th/13th May 2018

White Takes Sprint Double as Comeback Continues

Club members came away from the Kent Track and Field Championships, at the weekend, with a medal haul that included twenty-two golds, spread very evenly across the four age groups and both sexes. The championships were held at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford, across both Saturday and Sunday.

Katie White put a few years of struggling with injury behind her to capture both the senior women’s 100 metres and 200 metre titles, in 12.72 and 26.86. In a titanic battle with team mate Jess Murphy in the shorter event White prevailed by just one hundredth of a second.

The senior men’s 100 metres title also went Tonbridge bound, as Jack Lennard won with a new personal best of 10.78 seconds, beating Nathan Brown, of Kent AC. However, Brown reversed the placings in the 200 metres final, where Lennard was second in 22.14.

Lewis Collins produced his second personal best in successive weeks, as he convincingly won the men’s 400 metres in 48.60, whilst Joanne Ware was the only senior winner of a field event, winning the Long Jump with 5.68 metres.

Alfie Scopes won both the under 20 men’s Shot Putt and Discus, with throws of 13.81 and 47.64, with Toby Seal winning the Javelin, in the same age group, with 49.19 metres. Seal’s throw was a personal best by over a metre. David Fullbrook, who was runner-up to Seal in the Javelin, won the High Jump with 1.90 metres, adding seven centimetres to his pb.

With many of the club’s distance runners away at university, the only win in these events came from Simon Coppard, who dominated the under 20 men’s 800 metres to win in 1.54.93, after a first lap close to fifty-nine seconds. Seb Brooks won both the under 20 men’s disability 100 metres and Long Jump, with 16.74 and 3.45m.

Tonbridge had five under 17 winners, with two golds coming from the in-form Anton Bachorski, who won the 100 and 200 metres. Bachorski won the shorter sprint in 11.16,  but had recorded a personal best in the heat of 11.01, the fastest ever electronic timing by a Tonbridge athlete in this age group. His 200 metres in 22.35 was a pb by 0.44 seconds and is getting close to the club record of 22.2.

Also  in the under 17 age group wins came from Freddie Marshall (Shot Putt, 11.72m), Kirsty-Anne Ebbage (Hammer, 43.41m) and Rebekah O’Brien (High Jump, 1.60m). Noémie Thomson also broke the club age record in the 1500 metres steeplechase, where she finished second in 5.20.52. Asha Root achieved a new PB in the under 20 women's 400m coming second in 56.93.

Lucinda White was another athlete who produced double gold performances, winning the under 15 Javelin and Pole Vault, with 37.14m and 2.80m respectively. Georgia Baker added eight centimetres to her best ever performance in the Long Jump, to record 5.05 metres and win the under 15 title, from nineteen other girls. There were two wins from the under 15 boys as Zac Nwogwugwu won the 100 metres with a superb pb of 11.39, to break the Tonbridge age group record. Zac Beasty won the High Jump with 1.68 metres.

Videos can be viewed here

Results are available here

British Milers' Club Grand Prix

Elsewhere, the highlight performances came from Bede Pitcairn-Knowles and Sam Crick, who ran 6.03.62 and 6.08.49 in the British Milers Club, 2000 metres steeplechase, at Manchester. The performances put them both currently inside the UK’s top seven at the age group.

Videos from the event can be viewed here

Nicole Taylor ran an excellent 16.36 to finish sixth female in the high class Ipswich Twilight 5km road race, on Saturday evening.