Weekend News Report - 11th/12th May 2019

Plenty Of Medals At County Championships

It was county championship weekend, last week, for many members of the Club, with the vast majority competing at the Kent event, held at Ashford. The total medal haul was thirty-eight, spread across the four competing age groups of senior, under 20, under 17 and under 15. Included amongst these were twelve gold medal winning performances, split evenly between the males and females.

In the senior events Alex Hookway won the men's Shot Putt with 11.48 metres, adding to his indoor title and also finished 2nd in the Discus with 32.98m. Emily Ghose won the 3000m walk in 15.44.14. Jack Lennard ran 10.73 and 21.66, respectively, to take silver in both the 100m and 200m, whilst Jess Murphy finished 2nd in the senior women's 100m with 13.14.

Asha Root produced a personal best of 56.39 to win the under 20 women's 400m title, which ranks her inside the UKs current top ten for the age group. Also, in the under 20 age group, Seb Brooks won the disability 100m and Long Jump gold medals.

Zac Nwogwugwu had a breakthrough performance, in the under 17 men's 100 metres, as he dipped under 11 seconds for the first time with 10.99 and Zac Beasty won the High Jump with 1.75m, in the same age group. Katie Goodge won the under 17 women's 1500m with a personal best of 4.40.10, putting her 8th in the UK and Rebekah O'Brien led a Tonbridge clean sweep of the medals in the High Jump. She leapt 1.65m, ahead of Samantha Stubbs at 1.60m and Freya Ridge at 1.50m.

In the under 15s, Ben Nolan was the club's only double gold medal winner, as he took the Discus with a pb of 38.24m to put him 4th in the UK currently and 12.87m in the Shot Putt, which ranks him 7th. Lucinda White threw the Javelin 38.33m, for an under 15 championship best performance and heads the UK rankings with the 42.22m that she threw at Tooting Bec at the end of April.

Taylor Runs 5k Road Best

The top road event at the weekend was the Ipswich Twilight races, held on Saturday evening. The five-kilometre events incorporated the England Championships, whilst there were also invitation 800 metres races.

Three of the top Club female members competed in the elite women's five-kilometre championship and performed admirably. Nicole Taylor had what was most probably her best ever race, when she finished third in 15.57, taking thirty-five seconds from Lucy Reid's club record. She led the Tonbridge trio to team silver medals, backed up by Ashley Gibson with 16.31 and Elle Baker with 17.06. Sean Molloy contested the men's 800 metres finishing a close-up third in 1.52.25.

On Saturday, Max Nicholls, representing Kent, won the UK Inter Counties Fell Running Championship, with Greg Cole (52md) and Euan Nicholls (57th) also scoring for the team.