Weekend News Report - 27th/28th April 2019

Madams Breaks Tonbridge Age Records In The Marathon

There was a string of good performances by members of the Club at the London Marathon on Sunday. These were headed by Dan Madams who ran 2.40.56 and broke the club's over 40 and 45 age group records. He wasn't far away from his own personal best, set six years ago.

Matt Dennis, who only joined the club and started competitive running just over two years ago, ran 2.45.32, which was a twelve minute improvement on his best time from last year. Similarly, Luke Hooper's 2.55.51, improved his own best by twenty three minutes, having also only started running just a couple of years back.

Steve Keywood ran 3.05.58, in the over 55 category and James Winnifrith 3.08.01, whilst both Julian Rendall's 2.53.37 and Simon Fraser's 3.18.14 were efforts for their nominated charities. The club had three ladies running, these being Elise Rendall dressed as a Brownie with 3.26.51 - a Guinness World Record, Penny Pilbeam with a 3.28.36 personal best and Deniz Bowart with 4.10.38, also recording a pb. Unfortunately, Lucy Reid, who had been hoping to compete with some of the elite women had to withdraw in the week before with injury, but hopes to be back in action soon.

The Club also had a number of athletes selected for the South East teams that competed in the London Mini Marathons, held over the final three miles of the marathon course. Lily Slack was the highest placed finishing 6th in the under 13 race in 17.46, where Olivia Breed was 17th in 18.16. Katie Goodge had a fine run for 7th in the under 17 event, running 17.11, whilst Fraser Gordon was 15th in 14.52, in the boys' race in the same age group. Brothers Matthew and Henry Taylor were 26th and 53rd, respectively, in the under 15 boys' race, with 15.51 and 16.32.

On the track over the past week Charlie Joslin-Allen ran 14.33.88 and Miles Weatherseed 14.55.51, in Philadelphia, USA. At a very windy Loughborough on Saturday Corey De'Ath was 5th in the British universities 10,000 metres championship in 31.01.19, whilst in the open races Dom brown was 2nd over 800m in 1.54.12 and Phoebe Barker ran 9.53.28 for 3000 metres.

The wind also played havoc with the sprinters at the Medway and Maidstone Open meeting on Wednesday with the races being run into a headwind. Perhaps the highlight performance came from Emma-Sophia Elston who ran a personal best of 13.01 for 100 metres, when the wind dropped for that one race. The under 17 looks certain to run under 13 seconds in her first season with Tonbridge.