Weekend News Report - 18th/19th August 2018

Big Win For Tonbridge In Final League Match

The Club finished off the Southern Athletics League season with a big win in the final match at Thurrock, on Saturday. We scored 227.5 points, with London Heathside on 198, in second of the four teams.

The Club had three wins from their five matches this season, but will just miss out on promotion from the sixteen-team, Division 2 East that they are currently in. Third and fourth place finishes in two of their matches, when the team was not as strong, meant that we will be just one point away from the runners-up and promotion slot.

On this occasion, we had some of their key athletes in action to help clinch the victory. Jack Lennard eased to a 100 metres and 200 metres sprint double with times of 11.0 and 22.3. Lennard also anchored both the 4x100 metres and 4x400 metres relay teams to victory, recording a 49.5 split in the latter.  Lewis Church was in his best points scoring form with wins in the 110 metre hurdles (15.4), 400 metre hurdles (55.6) and High Jump (1.80 metres). The remaining two individual male victories came from Alasdair Kinloch over 1500 metres (4.06.6) and Harry Kendall in the Javelin (51.38m).

Asha Root won the women’s 200 metres in 26.3, whilst Rebekah O’Brien made a winning debut over 400 metres hurdles in 70.1. Joanne Ware captured maximum points in both the Long Jump (5.61m) and Triple Jump (11.20m), whilst Kirsty-Anne Ebbage did likewise in the Discus (36.81m) and Hammer (37.44m), the latter breaking her own club record.

Joint team manager Una Laqeretabua stepped up to score valuable points with wins in the Javelin (35.09m) and Shot Putt (10.43m), both being personal bests.

A few days earlier, at Wimbledon, Lucy Reid produced possibly her best ever track performance, when she set a new Club women’s 5000 metres record of 16.09.96. This took almost eight seconds from the record set earlier in the season by Nicole Taylor.

On the same night at Eltham, Sean Molloy finished 4th in the Sydney Wooderson Memorial 800 metres in 1.49.84, finishing less than a second behind the winner, Spencer Thomas, of Brighton. Ryan Driscoll won one of the other 800 metres at the meeting, with a new personal best of 1.54.17.

On Sunday, Mark McAllister set a new club, over 45 age group, record for 100 metres, when he clocked 11.95 at the London Masters Grand Prix, at Lee Valley.