Weekend News Report - 26th/27th May 2018

Church And Kendall Third And Fourth At National Decathlon Championships

Lewis Church smashed his personal best and Club Decathlon record, when he finished third at the National Championships, at Bedford, over the weekend. Church scored 7214 points to add 158 points to his previous best. Harry Kendall, his Tonbridge team mate, had led after day one and eventually finished 4th with 7023 points, a pb by more than three hundred points. Church won the under 23 championship, whilst Kendall was second.

Amongst Church’s performances were personal bests in the 100 metres of 11.69, Shot Putt at 13.39m and a terrific Javelin throw of 53.21m, his first time over the fifty metre mark. Kendall’s performances included pbs in the 100m in 11.27 and a Pole Vault with 4.32m. Both athletes performed at or close to their bests in all ten events, in a championship won by Commonwealth Games seventh placer Ben Gregory. Alex Hookway scored a four hundred point pb of 5192 points to finish 26th overall.

Molloy Back To His Best In Road Mile

On Sunday, Sean Molloy finished ninth in the elite men’s race at the Westminster Road Mile in 4.08. The race was won by Chris O’Hare in 4.04, as Molloy fought hard to be in the mix alongside some of Great Britain and Europe’s top milers.

In the age group races Cameron Payas was 4th in the under 20 event in 4.31, Fraser Gordon 5th in the under 15 boys with 4.36 and Katie Goodge 7th in the under 15 girls with 5.22. Lily Slack was the first under 11 girl home with 5.31.

Videos from the event can be viewed here.

British Championship Qualifying Times For Tonbridge Runners

Three Tonbridge AC distance runners recorded qualifying times, on Saturday night, for the British Championships, to be held at the end of June. Nicole Taylor set a new Tonbridge AC women’s 5000m record of 16.17.57, as she fought hard to finish fourth in the British Milers Club Grand Prix race, at Watford. Lucy Reid was one place behind in 16.20.70. Nicole and Lucy appear above courtesy of Richard Owen.

Kieran Reilly also qualified for the British Championships with a 3.46.29 clocking over 1500m, whilst George Duggan (3.47.35), Ryan Driscoll (3.47.47) and Dominic Brown (3.50.14) also performed well at the distance. Simon Coppard ran 800m in 1.52.36, for his fastest time of the season so far.

Videos from the meeting can be viewed here.

UK Youth Development League (Upper Age Group)

On Sunday, the Tonbridge under 17 and 20 squad was nowhere near full strength and finished sixth of the six teams competing in the UK Youth Development League fixture. Frustratingly they scored 439.5 points and were just half a point from two other clubs, in an extremely close match.

Despite the overall team score there were some terrific individual performances. Sam Crick won the under 20 men’s 400m (51.73 pb), 800m (1.59.93) and 2000m steeplechase (6.44.55). Dan Schofield won the 3000m, in the same age group, in 9.05.58, whilst the under 20 men’s throws also produced good points.

Alfie Scopes threw the Discus a new pb distance of 50.02m, which puts him fifth on the UK age group rankings, whilst he also won the Shot Putt with 14.69m. Toby Seal threw the Javelin 52.42, adding a metre and a half to his best and Jospeh Nicholson won the Hammer with 44.85m. Asha Root (400m, 58.12) and Isabelle Vine (100m hurdles, 17.67) were the other under 20 winners for the club.

In the under 17s, Anton Bachorski equalled his own 100m record of 11.01, when finishing second, whilst there were wins for Tom Gray (1500m, 4.26.32) and James Kingston (3000m, 9.06.85), both with pbs. Meghan Watson’s 1500m steeplechase win in 5.52.00, was the only under 17 women’s victory on the day.

Southern Counties Veterans League

The weekend had started off for Tonbridge AC on Friday evening when the over 35 age group and older teams competed in the Southern Counties Veterans League match, at Tonbridge School. The men won their match from the six clubs and the women tied with Dartford on the day. Both teams currently top the league, after two matches.

Videos are available here.