Weekend News Report - 2nd/3rd June 2018

Tonbridge Take British League Match Victory

On Saturday, the Club's men’s team came away from their second British League fixture of the season with their first victory, turning the tables on the first match winners Yeovil Olympiads. Tonbridge scored 255 points to win by just six points from Yeovil, followed by Portsmouth, Derby, Croydon and Reading.

The foundations of the victory were very much made on the track, with Tonbridge taking 96 points from a maximum of 100 in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and steeplechase. In four of those events Tonbridge won both the A and B string races. Lewis Collins and Sean Molloy clocked 49.12 and 49.89, to win the 400 metre races, whilst Ben Murphy looked at his best in winning the 800 metres in 1.55.02.

Chris Olley won the 1500 metres in 3.50.96, before winning the 5000 metres an hour later in 14.58.46. He was supported in each event with B string wins from Ryan Driscoll in 3.51.86 and Jamie Bryant’s 15.13.66, the latter being a personal best. Harry Paton overtook team mate Bede Pitcairn-Knowles in the latter stages of the 3000m steeplechase to win in 9.51.04 to 10.03.21, as they scored maximum points. The final victory came from the 4x100 metres relay squad of Tom Richards, Lewis Collins, Anton Bachorski and Jack Lennard, who won in 43.36.

Jack Lennard equalled his recent 100 metres pb of 10.78 in the 100 metres, as he finished second, in the same time as the winner. Lewis Church also equalled a personal best when he finished second in the 110 metres hurdles in 15.23.

Points were harder to find in the field events, but there were a couple of good A string, second places from Lewis Church and Toby Seal. Church Pole Vaulted 4.00 metres, whilst Seal added a significant amount to his Javelin personal best to record 54.11 metres. The team win leaves Tonbridge equal at the top of the six-team division with Yeovil, with two matches to go and the top two due for promotion.

Videos from the event can be viewed here

There were a number of other significant performances, from Tonbridge athletes, over the past few days. Sean Molloy ran 800 metres in 1.49.31 to go top of the club’s 800 metre rankings for the year. This was in a race at Brighton, where he finished fourth and was followed home by Simon Coppard who recorded a pb of 1.50.82. Coppard’s time was inside the European under 18 championships qualifying time, although there is a bit of work still to do to gain selection. Videos are available here.

Sam Crick finished second in a 2000 metres steeplechase at Milton Keynes, on Saturday, in 6.01.32, which moved him to fourth on the current UK under 20 men’s rankings.

Max Nicholls represented the England men’s team in the Home Counties Mountain running international at Sedbergh, Cumbria on Saturday. Nicholls finished an excellent fourth place and will be in with a good chance of GB selection for the European Championships, later in the Summer.