Weekend News Report - 6th/7th October 2018

TAC Ladies Create Headlines

The Club’s females dominated the headline results over the weekend, with success on three fronts. At the National Road Relay Championships, held at Sutton Coldfield, the women’s team came together to win the first medals for a senior squad in the club’s history, at a National Championships.

Then on Sunday Lucy Reid produced a stunning performance, at the Commonwealth Half Marathon, in Cardiff, where she was representing the England team, whilst Maria Heslop captured the Tonbridge Half Marathon title, locally. On top of all this female success the Tonbridge under 13 girls’ team won their event at the National Road Relay Championships.

The Tonbridge women’s team at the National Road Relays had Nicole Taylor running the opening leg of four, over a 4.33km course, of Sutton Park, in the Midlands. Taylor put the team in contention with a 14.44 clocking, placing 5th , of the eighty-three starters. She handed over to the youngest member of the team, Phoebe Barker, who has just started at Cambridge University.

Barker moved the team up to 3rd with 15.11, before new recruit Elle Baker took over for the third leg. Baker recently joined Tonbridge having moved to the area and is a recent GB international. Despite missing much of the Summer with injury, she also clocked 15.11, but finished just eight seconds outside a medal position, in 4th. This left Ashley Gibson on the anchor leg and she soon made inroads into the Rotherham athlete, ahead. Gibson’s 14.50 split was good enough to take the bronze medals and finish 27 seconds behind Leeds, as Aldershot won.

Further success at the championships came from the Under 13 Girls’ team, who won their race, from sixty starters, over three legs of 3.88km. Olivia Breed (14.39) positioned the team in 4th, after the first leg, before Sophie Slack (14.42) moved the team up to 2nd. She handed over to her sister, Lily, who stormed around the course in 13.50, which was the fastest time of the day by fifteen seconds.

The Tonbridge men’s team couldn’t quite get amongst the medals on this occasion, as they finished 4th behind Stockport, Leeds and Aldershot, in a race contested over six legs of 5.88km, by seventy-seven teams. However, it made four years in a row of finishing in the top four cementing the club amongst the best in the country.

Completing one of the club’s most successful days at these championships the under 13 boys finished 4th, under 15 girls 39th, under 15 boys 7th, under 17 women 12th and under 17 men 6th.

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Reid at Her Very best

At Cardiff, in the half marathon on Sunday, Lucy Reid ran 73.47, taking about two and a half minutes from her personal best. In the process she set a new club record, breaking the mark of 76.00, set by Miranda Heathcote thirty years ago. Reid scored for the England team that won the bronze medals in the Commonwealth Championship. Also competing in a half marathon on Sunday Ben Cole won at Oxford showing his best form with a time of 68.37.