Weekend News Report - 27th/28th October 2018
Robertson’s Win Heads Dominant Performance From Tonbridge Teams
The Club’s distance runners produced a very strong showing in the second match of the Kent Cross Country League, on Saturday, when they hosted the event alongside The Schools at Somerhill. Across the eight races, Tonbridge won six of the team events and finished as runners-up in the other two.
The Tonbridge women’s squad is showing significant improvement this season, due to both new recruits and the development of long-term members. On this occasion Sian Robertson swapped places with Maria Heslop, who had won at the first fixture, to produce another one-two for the club. Robertson pulled away on the second half of the tough, five kilometre, Somerhill course to win in 18.37, twenty seconds clear of Heslop. Alice Wood produced her best performance to date to grab fourth spot, after a sprint finish and ensured the team win.
The men’s race over ten kilometres, also produced a team big win for the home club, as they packed seven runners in the top ten. Abel Tsegay, of Invicta AC, took the victory in 32.36, winning by ten seconds from Max Nicholls of Tonbridge. Ben Cole was third in 32.53 with Jamie Bryant fifth in 32.57. Sean Molloy (7th), Michael Ellis (8th) and Stuart Brown (10th) all placed high up, as 254 runners finished.
The only other individual Tonbridge win came from Olivia Breed in the under 13 girls’ race, as she fought off the challenge of team mate Lily Slack (2nd). Sophie Slack came fourth, with Gracie MacAuley fifth.
Tonbridge athletes took individual runners-up spots in four of the remaining races. George Hopkins led for most of the under 13 boys’ race, only to succumb to the challenge of Reef Page, of Invicta, in the last two hundred metres. A similar fate fell to Matthew Taylor, who was edged out of a victory by just a second in the under 15 boys’ event. Taylor was backed up by his brother Henry (7th) and Matthew Dubery (10th), whilst Hopkins had Tim McLain (7th) and David Barclay (12th) help him secure the team win.
Maddie Wise (2nd) and Alex Evans (3rd) had excellent races in the under 15 girls’ age group, where Tonbridge finished second to Blackheath in the team contest. Similarly, Noémie Thomson’s individual runners-up spot, in the under 17s, helped her team to second place, with Meghan Watson (6th) and Elizabeth Heslop (8th) also scoring.
In the final age group, the Tonbridge under 17 men secured their team win and packed four in the top ten through James Kingston (4th), Fraser Gordon 5th), Toby Emm (8th) and Adam Van der Plas (9th).
In total around eight hundred runners participated across the races, whilst around sixty volunteers from Tonbridge AC and The Schools at Somerhill, helped make the event a success.
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This coming weekend Tonbridge AC will be competing in the National Cross Country Relay Championships, at Mansfield.