Weekend News Report - 8th/9th September 2018
Historic One-Two From Club's Female Distance Runners
Very occasionally a female runner might finish first overall in a mixed sex, distance running event, but Sunday’s Eridge Park Trail Challenge 10 mile event, had onlookers reaching for their record books.
The race was celebrating its twentieth anniversary and for the first time the first lady home was also the overall event winner. Lucy Reid, from Tonbridge Athletic Club not only won but became the first female to run under seventy minutes on the undulating, cross country, course, when she recorded 67.04. On top of that performance her team mate, Nicole Taylor, finished second overall in 68.47. Billy Hobbs, from Tunbridge Wells Harriers, was the first of the men home in 69.54.
The women’s squad was completed by Kiri Marsh, who finished 10th overall, in 76.33, to ensure that they won the first team prize. With these three athletes on form, plus a number of other strong females at the club, it is possible that the Tonbridge women’s team could challenge for medals in some of this year’s top championships.
There were two significant half marathon performances from Tonbridge AC’s men on Sunday. Ben Cole placed second in the Swindon event running 70.19, whilst Julian Rendall ran 75.26 at the Great North Run Half Marathon. This performance placed Rendall 40th overall and also first in the over 40 men’s age group category. Also competing in the North East, Lily and Sophie Slack finished 1st and 4th in the Junior Great North Run, under 13 girls’ race.
There has also been an array of performances, from Tonbridge Athletic Club members, competing in different countries. On Wednesday Harry Paton became the National Police Force 10 mile road champion, when he won in 55.00, racing in North Wales. On Thursday, James West won his first race back at the University of Oregon, USA, where he is in the second year of a scholarship. West ran 21.49 in the Oregon 7km Trail Race, winning in a sprint finish.
Greg Cole finished 295th at the Jungfrau Marathon, in Switzerland, on Saturday, which is not only one of the most scenic marathons in the World but also one of the most challenging, in terms of terrain.
A mass of age group competitors, from around the globe, descended on Malaga, Spain, over the past week or so to compete in the World Veterans Athletics Championships.
Sue James helped a Great Britain team of three scorers win the over 65 age group women’s cross-country team title, when she finished 8th in the eight kilometre event.Ian Crawley finished an excellent 6th in a very competitive, over 55 men’s, Decathlon event. Crawley added almost three hundred points to his personal best score and his own club, age group record, amassing 6322 points. Amongst the ten events he set four personal bests, in the Shot Putt with 9.50m, High Hump at 1.59m, 400m in 60.28 and Pole Vault with 3.15m.