Weekend News Report - 23rd/24th June 2018

Bosworth Books Place in European Championships

On Sunday Tom Bosworth and Guy Thomas took the team cup in the British Grand Prix of Race Walking, held in Roundhay Park in Leeds. Tom came home first in 83:10 becoming British 20km Champion for a record 7th time, and booking his place on the British team for the European Championships in Berlin.

Guy Thomas came third in the British Championships, gaining the Welsh title with his second best ever time of 89:32 and moving him to third on the UK rankings for 2018.

Collins Smashes 400 Metres Record and Heads to British Championships

Lewis Collins smashed the Club's mens 400 metres record on Sunday, when winning the Southern Inter Counties Championship at Chelmsford in 47.74. This was just inside the previous record, set by Phil Lewis in 1995. There was an added bonus for Collins, since his time was inside the qualifying standard for this coming weekend’s British Championships, taking place at Birmingham. He has achieved this despite this season being his first competing at the event.

Collins will join a record number of Tonbridge athletes, who have qualified for the Championships, which include the trials for the European Championships, later in the season. Each athlete has recorded the standard either last season or this in order to ensure their invitation to the event, which is being shown on BBC television.

Jack Lennard, who has run 10.75 seconds for 100 metres has qualified for the short sprint, which will be loaded with World class athletes. At 800 metres Sean Molloy, who has a personal best of 1.47.76, will race more Olympians. Then in the men’s 1500 metres Tonbridge have four competitors due to take part. James West, who has run 3.37.41 this year, is the fifth ranked Briton going into the championships and 12th in Europe, whilst George Duggan (3.44.88), Kieran Reilly (3.45.99) and Dom Brown (3.46.62) will also have a battle to get through the heats.

Chris Olley, who has run 14.03.29 for 5000 metres, is in form to compete well in that event, whilst Ryan Driscoll will be hoping to improve his 3000m steeplechase pb of 8.49.71, in a race that has the potential to surprise. Driscoll finished 7th last year, despite a fall at half way. Alex Howard, who has run 8.56.78 for the distance will also be hoping to go well.

All these athletes compete on Saturday, whilst on Sunday any finalists will be joined by three Tonbridge runners in the women’s 5000 metres final - Nicole Taylor (16.17.57), Ashley Gibson (16.20.65) and Lucy Reid (16.20.70).

On Sunday, there were two other Club winners at the Southern Inter Counties at Chelmsford. Jamie Bryant won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in a personal best of 9.43.13 and Asha Root took the win in the women’s 400 metres with 57.08.

The Tonbridge men’s and women’s team battled to finish third in their Southern Athletics League match, at Chelmsford on Saturday.