Weekend News Report - 14th/15th July 2018

White Wins English Schools Pole Vault Title

The Club had thirteen members competing at the English Schools championships, held at Birmingham, on Friday and Saturday. They were all part of the seventy-strong Kent Schools team that finished third overall in the county standings. The full range of track and field events featured Senior, Inter and Junior age groups for school years twelve and thirteen, ten and eleven, plus eight and nine, respectively.

Lucinda White captured the Junior Girls Pole Vault title on Saturday, with a clearance of 3.05 metres, with Amy Hunt, of West Yorkshire second, having the same height clearance, but with more failures throughout the competition. White is a proficient multi-eventer and has also been nationally ranked in the Javelin, whilst a gymnastics background has certainly helped her vaulting.

Alfie Scopes, who is currently ranked fourth in the UK under 20 men’s Discus rankings, finished second in the Senior Boys competition to Sam Woodley of Hertfordshire. Scopes threw 48.52 metres, although Woodley dominated with 54.56 metres.

Katie Goodge has found her very best form in recent weeks and produced another excellent race to finish second in the Inter Girls 3000 metres, with a new personal best of 10.02.42. She will now travel to Grangemouth, Scotland this coming weekend, for the home international match, where she will represent the England Schools team.

NoĆ©mie Thomson has been one of the club’s revelations this season, breaking the under 17 age record for the 1500 metres steeplechase on each of the five occasions that she has run it. She finished a very close fourth in 5.02.31, reducing her club record by a further seven seconds. In a highly competitive race she was less than two seconds behind the winner, Amelia Wills, of Somerset.

There were further top ten placings for Tonbridge athletes as Kirsty-Anne Ebbage (Inter Discus) and Bede Pitcairn-Knowles (Senior 2000m steeplechase) both took fifth places in their events. Emily Bowart was 6th in the Junior Girls 300m and Sam Crick was 7th in the Senior Boys 2000m steeplechase, whilst there were 9th placings for Caitlin Ebbage (Junior Discus) and James Puxty (Senior 3000m).

Videos from the event can be found here

Southern Athletics League Division 2E

On Saturday the Club's men’s and women’s team won their Southern Athletics League fixture, at Ashford. The top male and female performances in the match came from Tonbridge athletes. Lewis Church cleared 4.50 metres in the Pole Vault to equal his personal best. On the women’s side Joanne Ware won the Long Jump with 5.57 metres and Becky O’Hara ran a pb when winning the 800 metres in 2.15.0. The latter is the fastest time over the distance by a Tonbridge female this season.

British Masters Combined Events Championships

Also at the weekend Ian Crawley won the British Masters over 55 age group Decathlon with 6047 points. This included 100 metres in 13.62, Long Jump 4.67m, Shot Putt 9.89m, High Jump 1.55m and 400m in 64.43, all on day one. Then on Sunday, despite battling injury, he managed 18.89 for 110m hurdles, 25.79m Discus, 2.80m Pole Vault, 30.82m Javelin and 5.19 for 1500m.