Weekend News Report - 9th/10th March 2019

In Form Cole Runs Fast Half Marathon In Farah's Slipstream

Ben Cole, of Tonbridge Athletic Club, finished sixteenth in Sunday's Big Half Marathon in London, which was won by Mo Farah. Cole recorded 66.53, to take almost a minute from his personal best and run one of the fastest times ever by a Tonbridge athlete. The club record stands to Henry Pearce with 65:49. Not far behind was Max Nicholls in nineteenth, also running a big personal best, with 67:47.

The conditions, in London, were far from ideal, with the runners having to battle very strong winds, at various stages of the race. However, the winds were even wilder at Lydd for the 20 mile road race. Matt Dennis finished 4th with a time of 2:02.53, almost thirteen minutes quicker than his previous attempt at the distance, two years ago. Julian Rendall ran alongside him to finish 5th in 2.02.53.

UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

On Saturday Tonbridge AC had thirty runners representing either Kent or Sussex at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, at Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough. The under 20 and senior races were also trials for the Great Britain teams to compete in the forthcoming World Championships, with teams of six potentially travelling. The nearest a Tonbridge athlete got to the front of these races was Nicole Taylor, who placed 15th in the women's event.

Tonbridge had a number of top ten placings, with Lily Slack (5th) and Olivia Breed (8th) achieving this, from over three hundred finishers, in the under 13 girls' race. Kent missed out on a team win by the slenderest of margins, but took the silver medals.

Matthew Taylor was 10th in the under 15 boys' championship, helping Kent to the team title, whilst Katie Goodge pictured above, had possibly her best ever race to place 6th in the under 17 women's event. Fraser Gordon scored for the winning Kent team in the under 17 men's race, where he finished 17th. Videos from the event are available here.

Ben Nolan travelled to Sheffield for the England Athletics U15 / U17 Combined Events Championships where he took an excellent 4th place in the under 15 boys pentathlon, competing in a field of 24 young athletes.

The British Indoors Veterans Championships took place at Lee Valley, where Ian Crawley won the over 55 men's High Jump with 1.58 metres. He also won a silver medal in the Long Jump with 4.76m.

Mark McAllister has been finding some good form during this Winter's indoor season and on Saturday broke his club over 45 men's 60 metres record with 7.64, finishing 5th in the final. On Sunday he returned to win the bronze medal over 200 metres, with another record of 25.12. More bronze medals were won by Steve Tester (over 35, 400m), Nicky Buckwell (over 60 women's 200m) and Sue James (over 65 women's 1500m).