Weekend News Report - 28th/29th July 2018

Pearce Breaks 30 Minutes for 10k

Henry Pearce had his first race since the London Marathon in April, when he ran in the Marlow Twilight 10k road race on Saturday evening. Remarkably Pearce won by almost eight minutes in this low-key race.

It was Pearce’s first 10 kilometre race on the road, although he ran a little quicker on the track last Summer. Earlier this year he ran 49.54 for 10 miles and 65.49 for the half marathon, but succumbed to the heat and didn’t finish at the London Marathon, when chasing a fast time.  He will aim to have another attempt at the marathon distance in the Autumn and has been selected for an England team to compete in Toronto, Canada.

Amongst other notable distance running performances over the past week George Duggan reduced his 3000 metres personal best to 8.14.95, on Wednesday evening, at Watford and Cameron Payas set a new course record at the Malling 5km parkrun, with 16.14, on Saturday.

There were a few under 13 age group athletes, who competed for Kent at an inter counties match, at Kingston. Amongst them was Lucy Tallon, who placed second in the Long Jump with 4.69 metres. This was just three centimetres short of her own Tonbridge club record set in early June. Felix McArdle-Hodge also had a second place in the boys Javelin, with 36.15 metres.

Anton Bachorski travelled to Poland for the National under 18 championships and finished 7th in the 100 metres final in 10.98, after winning his heat in 10.93. He was the youngest to qualify for the final and has another year in the age group.

UK Youth Development League

In miserable, wet and windy conditions at Ashford on Sunday, the under 17 and 20 squads finished 4th of the six teams, in the final match of the UK Youth Development League (Upper Age group). This means that they retain their status in Southern Division 1B of the league, with a final position of 3rd.

In the under 20 men’s events there were wins for Sam Crick (400m hurdles, 60.0) and David Fullbrook (Javelin 45.90m). The under 20 women had a good day with wins for Asha Root (200m, 26.7 and 400m 58.6), Holly Gordon (3000m, 12.10.9), Amy Taylor (400m hurdles, 68.30) and Una Laqeretabua (Pole vault, 2.85m and Shot Putt, 9.43m), plus the 4x400m relay squad.

Toby Emm (Javelin, 43.55m) was the sole victor in the under 17 men’s events, whilst in the under 17 women’s age group there were wins for Katie Goodge (800m 2.26.6), Rebekah O’Brien (High Jump 1.50m) and Kirsty-Anne Ebbage (Discus, 35.38m and Hammer 38.68m).