Weekend News Report - 7th/8th July 2018

Club on Brink of Promotion in First Season

The Club’s men’s team is on the brink of promotion in the British League after three of the four matches have now been completed. Match three was held on Saturday and the club put in its strongest performance to date, winning convincingly with 260 points, ahead of Derby’s 227.5. Prior to this match Tonbridge had traded wins with Yeovil Olympiads, in the first two fixtures featuring the six clubs, but Yeovil slipped up and finished fifth on this occasion. Tonbridge are now clear at the top of division four, with one match remaining of what is their first ever season in the British League.

The match on Saturday was held at Bedford, in extremely hot conditions, which certainly helped for good sprinting as four club records were set during the afternoon. Anton Bachorski lowered his Tonbridge under 17 men’s 100 metres record to 10.90, when finishing 2nd in the B string race, whilst Jack Lennard also finished 2nd in the A-string with 10.76.

Later in the day Lewis Collins broke the Tonbridge men’s 200 metres record with 21.68, when winning the B-string race, only to lose the record a few minutes later to Jack Lennard, who ran 21.48, for second in the A-string.

Lennard led European 400 metres champion, Martyn Rooney, of Croydon, until the last few metres, as Rooney won in 21.43. Lennard, Bachorski and Collins then combined, at the end of the day, to win the 4 x 100 metres relay in 42.55 and break the club record that had been set by the same team in May.

There were five other A-string, Tonbridge track victories across the afternoon, with two coming from James West. West won the 3000 metres in 8.11.69, which broke the eight-year old division four record. Then an hour and a half later West came back to win the 800 metres in 1.55.60, Kieran Eland winning the B-string in 1.57.54.

Sean Molloy won the 1500 metres in 3.55.65, with a swift second half of the race and Cameron Payas picking up the B-string win in 4.07.69. Molloy, West and Eland alongside Tom Richards then won the 4x400 metres relay at the very end of the day.

The other track victory came from international multi-eventer Lewis Church, who won the 110 metres hurdles, with a new personal best of 15.16. His presence in the field events made his points contribution the highest of the day, with 48, gained from 2nd in the Pole Vault (4.40m) and Shot Putt (12.47m) and 3rd in the High Jump (1.90m) and Hammer (26.77m). Team Manager, Alex Hookway also contributed significantly as he covered six events, including a win, two second places and two third places in B-string events. The team will compete in the final match of the season in early August, with Derby the host club.

On Sunday the under 13 and 15 squads also performed superbly, at the Kent Young Athletes League fixture, at Ashford. There were overall victories for both the girls and boys, from the eight clubs competing in the top divisions. Perhaps the individual highlight came from Lucinda White, who equalled the Tonbridge Club under 15 age record when she won the Pole vault with 3.10 metres. Also on Sunday, Katie Goodge continued her excellent recent form, when she won the 1500 metres for Kent at the under 17, eight county match at Lee Valley, in 4.43.31.

Earlier in the week Lucy Reid won the prestigious JP Morgan Corporate Challenge London event, on Thursday evening, running 19.15 for the 3.5 mile course. More than eight thousand women finished the race.