Weekend News Report - 16th/17th June 2018

Club Athletes Take Top Ten National Places

The Club had eight athletes finish in top ten places at the National under 20 and 23 championships, held at Bedford over the weekend, although medals eluded them.

Alfie Scopes was the highest finisher, placing 5th in the under 20 men’s Discus with a new personal best of 52.79 metres. With three of the athletes ahead of him, topping the UK rankings and the other an Irishman, the performance will move Scopes to a fourth-ranked position. Joanne Ware was 6th in the under 23 women’s Long Jump competition, with a best of 5.80 metres.

On the track many of the longer races were particularly affected by the strong winds, which made fast paced or front running extremely difficult. Corey De’Ath finished 7th in the under 23 men’s 5000 metres in 14.57.24, whilst Simon Coppard was the youngest athlete to qualify for the under 20 men’s 800m final. Coppard ran 1.52.93 in his heat on Saturday and then finished 7th in Sunday’s final in 1.53.90.

The other top ten finishers were Bede Pitcairn-Knowles (8th in under 20 men’s, 3000m steeplechase), Alasdair Kinloch (8th, under 20 men’s 1500m), Jamie Goodge (9th in under 20 men’s 3000m) and Kiri Marsh (10th in under 23 women’s 5000m).

There was plenty of other action at the weekend, which started on Friday evening with the Tonbridge teams winning the men’s and women’s, division one matches in the Southern Counties Veterans League. They both top their divisions after three matches so far this season.

James West was once again in action in California, where he finished 3rd amongst an international 1500m field in 3.41.42, at the Stumptown Twilight meeting.

On Saturday, Max Nicholls won the prestigious Salomon Trail Half Marathon at Coed y Benin, in Snowdonia. Nicholls was returning, having won the event previously in 2016. This year he won by almost two minutes in 85.05.

Also, on Saturday a number of Tonbridge young athletes were in action at the South East schools inter counties championships. They produced five wins between them, with Zac Nwogwogwu winning the Junior Boys 100m in 11.57. Lucinda White won the Javelin, in the same age group with 32.89m, as did Caitlin Ebbage, the Discus with 30.69m. In the Inter Girls events Katie Goodge dominated the 3000m winning in 10.15.80, whilst NoƩmie Thomson once again improved her club 1500 metres steeplechase time, with a 5.10.24 victory. Cai

The Tonbridge under 13s and 15s squad performed excellently on Sunday, when finishing a close to second to Blackheath in their latest UK Youth Development League match. This moved them up to equal third of the six clubs in the division.