Weekend News Report - 15th/16th December 2018
Church and O'Brien Take Golds in First Championship of Indoor Season
The weekend saw the Club’s Combined Event athletes head to Lee Valley for the Indoor Southern Combined Events Championships with athletes represented in five of the age group categories. The senior men saw the largest number of entrants with 4 men in the starting line-up. Unfortunately, there were three withdrawals after the first day leaving just Lewis Church competing to retain the title that he won last year. The twenty two year old showed that he is continuing to develop as a top class multi eventer and set three individual event personal bests, amongst the seven disciplines, finishing in Gold medal position.
Church opened up with a 7.39 clocking over 60 metres, to set his first pb and followed up with three solid efforts on day one with 6.71m in the Long Jump, 12.69m at Shot Putt and 1.98m High Jump. This put him top at the end of the first day. He then opened up on Sunday with a personal best of 8.52 at 60m hurdles, then cleared 4.35m in the Pole Vault, before setting another pb over 1000m of 2.45.19 in the final event. His final total was 5316 points which was 41 points higher than his score when winning last year and just ten points short of his own Tonbridge record, set in Madrid, in January this year.
Ben Nolan picked up Silver in the U15 boys Pentathlon with a score of 2683 achieving 4 PB’s in the 5 event discipline. David Fullbrook competed in the U20 mens, finishing in 6th place with a personal best of 4103 after the two days of competition.
Sunday saw the U15 girls start their Pentathlon with the first races on the track starting at 10:00. Georgia Baker was in the very first hurdles race of the day and the last 800m race making it a long day but she was rewarded with a Bronze medal scoring a PB of 2578 and achieving PB’s in Shot and High Jump along the way.
Rebekah O’Brien produced a terrific finish in the under 17 women’s Pentathlon to move from fourth to first, taking Gold with the final of the five events. O’Brien set a pb of 9.75 in the 60m hurdles and then recorded 1.63m High Jump, 9.33m Shot Putt and 4.96m Long Jump, before storming to an 800m pb of 2.18.61.
A successful championships with the club picking up medals in 4 out of the 8 age groups - the full results can be viewed here.
Both Tonbridge Athletic Club’s men’s and women’s teams won silver medals at the South of Thames Cross Country Championships, at Beckenham Place, on Saturday, amongst the most testing conditions of the season so far. It was cold and very windy, as heavy rain lashed down for most of the twelve-kilometre race.
The traditional, pre-Christmas championship sees the men and women racing alongside each other and this year had more than three hundred finishers.
Lucy Reid led the Tonbridge women home and won the individual championship, followed home by Nicole Taylor (2nd), Sian Robertson (6th), Chloe Bird (18th), Lucy Thompson (20th) and Alex Crockford (31st). The total of 78 points, for the six scorers, was beaten by Belgrave Harriers, with 68.
The Tonbridge men’s team lost out to Brighton and Hove AC, in their championship, but again put in a strong performance to take the runners-up spot for the fifth year in a row. Jamie Bryant and Ben Cole were always with the lead group, although it was Bryant who eventually managed to capture the individual third place, ahead of his team mate Cole, who was fourth. Michael Ellis showed good form to finish 15th, with the other scorers being Julian Rendall (31st), Dan Bradley (32nd) and Greg Cole (44th).