Weekend News Report - 19th/20th May 2018

Club Records Continue To Tumble

The current crop of Tonbridge Athletic Club athletes continues to produce record performances on a regular basis, as they try to compete with the best in the UK.

There were two prestigious meetings held at the weekend, one on Saturday night at Parliament Hill Track and the other, on Sunday, at Loughborough University. The meeting on Saturday was the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000 metres personal bests. It may have a long title, but the six year old event has become a premier meeting for distance runners and this year featured the British trials for the European Championships and also the European Team Cup, that attracted top runners from across the Continent.

Nicole Taylor and Lucy Reid were competing in the women’s B-race, where they finished 10th and 11th with times of 33.53.34 and 33.58.73, respectively. Both their times were huge personal bests, with Taylor setting a club record. Then in the next race, Ashley Gibson ran 34.08.53, to finish 31st in the women’s A race, in what was her track debut at the distance.

On Sunday, Ryan Driscoll finished third in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the Loughborough International meeting, being just over a second away from the winner, Adam Kirk-Smith, who was eighth in the recent Commonwealth Games final.  Driscoll’s time lowered the club record that he set last year to 8.49.71. Videos can be viewed here

James Puxty was selected for the Great Britain under 20 men’s team to compete in the 3000 metres, but had a disappointing day to finish 14th in 8.39.15.

Southern Athletics League

Also on Sunday, Tonbridge competed in their second match of the season in the Southern Athletics League, at Mile End Stadium, East London. The team finished third of the four teams, on this occasion, but there were still some excellent individual results. Jack Lennard’s 200 metres stood out, although he was beaten on the day by international sprinter Richard Strachan. Lennard recorded 21.70 to equal the twenty four year old club record of Phil Lewis. At the same meeting Noémie Thomson broke her own club record for the under 17 women’s 1500m steeplechase, which she won in 5.18.26.

UK Youth Development League (Lower Age Group)

On Saturday, the under 13 and 15 Tonbridge squad placed third of the six teams, in the second match of the UK Youth Development League season. In the under 15s Jack Ponsford won the under 15 boys’ 100 metres in a pb of 12.09 and Caitlin Ebbage threw the under 15 Hammer beyond her best with 35.51m. Then at under 13 level there were wins for Zac Moore in the Javelin with 29.39m and Lily Slack over 1200m in 3.54.25, both setting their personal bests.