Weekend News Report - 1st/2nd December 2018

Reid Wins And Sets Club Record In Portsmouth

Lucy Reid produced perhaps her most significant win on Sunday, when she defeated Great Britain international Charlotte Purdue, over five miles. The event was the Victory five miles road race at Portsmouth and Purdue would have been the pre-race favourite, being an established GB international on the road, track and cross country, who has competed at the highest level. However, Lucy Reid is operating at a new level this year and was level with Purdue through the four-mile marker, before pulling away for a nine second win.

Reid ran 27:05, to break her own Tonbridge club record by twenty-nine seconds and is placed second on the 2018 UK rankings at the distance. Nicole Taylor also set a personal best of 28.31 to finish in third place.

Kent Veterans Cross Country Championships

The Cross Country Championships took place at Central Park in Dartford, with a variety of age groups competing over different distances. The Tonbridge over 45 women’s team won their championship, from nine other clubs, led home by Tina Oldershaw in 3rd. She was backed up by Sasha Houghton (4th) and Rachel Fagg (6th), who just pipped team mate Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles (7th) for the final scoring place, amongst forty-two finishers in this category.

Ben Reynolds captured the over 50 men’s individual title, winning in 33.17 on the testing and muddy, nine-kilometre course. He was thirteen seconds clear of Richard Tomlinson of Medway and Maidstone and was backed up by Steve Keywood (14th) and Phil Coleman (17th) as the team took the silver medals from thirteen clubs.

Julian Rendall won a bronze medal in the over 40m men’s race, with Dan Madams (15th) and Adam Styles (22nd) being next home, whilst Claire Day (5th) was the first Tonbridge runner home in the over 35 women’s race.

SECTA Christmas Weight Pentathlon

Sally Vine is establishing herself as one of a crop of lady multi eventers at the club as she became the first TAC member ever to complete a throws pentathlon with 1749 points at Epsom on Saturday. A new club record for W50. This included SBs in Hammer and Discus and a PB in Shot Put as well as new PB and club record in the 7.26kg Weight Throw.

Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match

Amongst a few other performances at the weekend Phoebe Barker finished 4th in the Oxford versus Cambridge University Varsity cross country match, at Wimbledon Common.  Barker, who is a first year at Cambridge, helped her team to victory, as their third scorer home.

Lee Valley December Open

The indoor track season commenced for sprinter Anton Bachorski, who encouragingly started with times of 7.14 and 7.15 over 60 metres, at the Lee Valley Open Meeting. The faster time, of his two runs, was just two hundredths of a second away from his personal best set in March at the Kent Championships. The highlight of the meeting was watching Dwain Chambers (who is now 40) win both his 60m heats in the same races breaking the British record in the process.

Ian Crawley opened his indoor season at Lee Valley on Sunday with a PB and new M55 club record of 10.87 in 60m Hurdles and a PB and new M50 and M55 club record of 44.04 in the 300m.