Weekend News Report - 4th/5th August 2018
Tonbridge Win British League Division At First Attempt
The Club’s men’s team travelled to Nottingham, on Saturday, for the fourth and final fixture of the British Athletics League season and despite missing a few key squad members finished second on the day to secure their place at top of Division four. Tonbridge finished the season with two wins and two second places, from the four fixtures, which left them on 22 points, three clear of second placed Yeovil and both clubs will now be promoted. It was the first ever season for Tonbridge in the league, who were led by Team Manager, Alex Hookway, who was also an ever-present competitor.
Once again it was the track events where Tonbridge scored heavily. Jack Lennard took a sprint double, winning both the 100m and 200m A-string races in 10.87 and 21.62. George Duggan won the 800m in 1.53.24, whilst Jamie Bryant ran a personal best of 15.06.14 to take the victory over 5000m. Michael Ellis produced a strong last lap to grab the win in the 3000m steeplechase with 10.16.80.
Meanwhile, in the field events Toby Seal, David Fullbrook and Lewis Swaby picked up valuable points across multiple events each.
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On Sunday, the under 13 and 15 squads were in action, at Erith, in the final fixture of the Kent Young Athletes League, where they cemented overall second place to Blackheath, of the eight clubs in the top division.
Lewis Church and Harry Kendall competed for the England team, at Manchester over the weekend, in the home countries decathlon international and ended up securing the silver and bronze medals, respectively, from the fifteen competitors. The event was won by Andrew Murphy of Scotland with 7251 points, with Church on 7198 and Kendall on 7067. Kendall’s score was just 22 points away from his personal best.
Both athletes competed very consistently across the ten events, with Kendall leading the competition after the first day, that includes some of his strongest events, such as the Long Jump, High Jump and 400 metres. However, he did record a new pb in the final event, the 1500m, with a time of 4.46.39. Church, on the other hand, progressed from 8th after the first day, to make continued progress. He recorded personal bests in both the 400m with 51.32 and the 110m hurdles with 15.10.
Max Nicholls finished fifth in the GB Mountain Running Trial, held at Kendal, in the Lake District, on Sunday. Nicholls ran 55.28 for the 10.4 km run, which was uphill only and climbed for 1050 metres. At the finish he was just seventeen seconds behind former National Cross Country Champion, Steve Vernon, of Stockport, who was fourth. The winner, Jacob Adkin, recorded 52.54.
Nicholls is still optimistic of being selected for the GB team, that will compete in the World Championships, which take place in Andorra, in September.
Nicole Taylor decimated the Club's women’s 3000m record, when she recorded 9.12.41, at Wimbledon on Wednesday. This took fourteen seconds from her own personal best and twelve seconds from Ashley Gibson’s previous record. The time moves Taylor to fifteenth on the UK rankings for this year. Lucy Reid also ran an excellent 9.26.00 personal best, on the same evening, which puts her 33rd in the UK.
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