Weekend News Report - 22nd/23rd September 2018

Under 13 girls strike gold - men take second at Southern Championships

TAC came away from the South of England Road Relay Championships, on Sunday, with four team medals from the eight races, their biggest medal haul at the event for six years. The championships were held at Crystal Palace National Sports Stadium, with the course taking in the road circuit surrounding the park, plus the athletics track.

The men’s race featured ninety-nine teams on the start line and developed into a tussle between Tonbridge, Aldershot and Cambridge for most of the six legs of six kilometres each. Corey De’Ath opened up for Tonbridge, having one of his best ever races, to come home third in 17.30, as Thames Valley Harriers led from Hillingdon. Max Nicholls took over and maintained third spot, with an 18.01 split, before Ryan Driscoll moved Tonbridge into second with 17.40, behind the leaders Cambridge.

Henry Pearce had possibly his most impressive performance to date, as he stormed around in 17.10 to take the lead. His time was the second fastest of the race. Dom Brown then ran 17.47 to hand George Duggan a forty-five second lead over Aldershot. Duggan, who had just come back from a holiday break was not at his best and was chased down by Richard Allen from Aldershot, as Tonbridge took the silver medals for the third year in a row.

Tonbridge had the first B team home in 10th through Sean Molloy (18.57), Alex Howard (18.03), Alasdair Kinloch (18.02), Ben Cole (18.09), Jamie Bryant (18.21) and Jamie Goodge (18.53).

The under 13 girls’ raced over three legs, each of three kilometres and the Tonbridge team produced the first win for a female squad since 1986.

Lily Slack ran 11.27 to lead on the first leg from sixty-two teams, a time that finished as the fastest of the race. Sophie Slack (12.00) and Olivia Breed (11.46) then brought Tonbridge home almost  a minute ahead of Chiltern Harriers.

The under 17 men’s team won the silver medals as they raced over 4x4800 metres. Fraser Gordon came home 7th in 15.57 on the first leg and Adam Van der Plas ran 16.09, dropping down one place. James Kingston (15.28) then stormed through the field with the sixth quickest leg of the race, before Toby Emm’s 16.04 split succumbed to a classy run from the Aldershot anchor man.

The fourth set of medals came from the very consistent under 15 boys, who finished third of fifty three teams, in a race also won by Aldershot. Fenton Davoren ran 10.56, on the three kilometre course, finishing in 21st, before Henry Taylor (10.39) moved them up six places and Fin Croll (10.48) another eight positions to 7th. Matthew Taylor’s 10.10 was good enough to move the team into 3rd on the final leg.

Other team positions:
Under 13 boys 11th
Under 15 girls 13th
Under 17 women 11th
Senior women 32nd
Over 40 women 5th
Over 50 men 11th

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