Weekend News Report - 1st/2nd September 2018

Pearce And Olley On Form At Weekend Races

Two of the top distance runners from the Club were in action over the weekend, with both producing encouraging results for the races ahead.

Henry Pearce finished fourth in the high calibre Cardiff 10 kilometre road race, on Sunday, in 29.33. This was a personal best for Pearce, who is building up for the Toronto Marathon, in late October. The race was won by GB international, Dewi Griffiths in 29.10. Next up for Pearce should be the Ipswich Half Marathon and then helping the Tonbridge team at the National Road Relays in early October.

Chris Olley (223 above) commenced his competitive year in the USA, when he finished second in the University of San Francisco Cross Country Invitational. On a fast, flat and accurate, eight kilometre, course, Olley ran 24.36, showing good early season form. Olley is one of three Tonbridge distance runners currently Stateside, on scholarships, with James West at Oregon and Charlie Joslin-Allen at Massachusetts.

Katie Goodge was selected to run for the South of England team at the UK School Games, held at Loughborough, on Saturday and finished third in the 3000 metres with a time of 10.12.32.

There were plenty of Tonbridge athletes representing Kent, in the South of England under 15 and 20 age group Inter Counties, at Horspath, near Oxford on Saturday. Kent won the U20 age group with the U15 just failing to retain their title. Three Club athletes came away with medal winning performances. Sam Crick won the under 20 men’s 2000 metres steeplechase in 6.16.42, whilst Asha Root was second in the women’s 400 metres, in the same age group, with 57.82. Emily Bowart was the only under 15 to win a medal, finishing second in the 300 metres, with 41.64, after a 41.55 heat. Further details can be found on the Kent Athletics website.

At the Weald St Georges 10 kilometre road race, on Sunday, Maria Heslop finished sixth overall and first lady home in 38.35. Will Beeston finished third in 36.54, making his debut at the distance. Meanwhile at the Kent Coastal Half Marathon, near Margate, Anthony Bennett was fourth overall and second in the over 40s category in 81.48.