Weekend Report - 19/20th August 2017

Club Misses Promotion by Smallest of Margins

The Club missed out on promotion from Southern Athletics League Division Two by the smallest of margins on Saturday, after they hosted the fifth and final match of the season. Before the match Tonbridge were third in the sixteen-team division on 12.5 league points, alongside Croydon. Stevenage topped the division with 14.5, just ahead pf Norwich with 13.

An incredible series of last day results saw Tonbridge convincingly win, at home, to finish the league on 16.5 points, as Norwich also won their match, to top the division on 17.0. Meanwhile,  Croydon and Stevenage were beaten in their last match to finish on 15.5 and 16.5 points, respectively. So with just two promotion places at stake it came down to Stevenage and Tonbridge for the runners-up spot in the league. A final count of match scores, across the five fixtures, resulted in Tonbridge scoring 1031.5 points and being beaten by just half a point by Stevenage.

Harry Kendall was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ nomination

Tonbridge dominated on Saturday, in their final fixture, scoring 240 points, against second placed Ashford’s 188. There were plenty of good performances, headed by the official ‘man of the match’ Harry Kendall, who produced a 6.92 metres Long Jump. Kendall and Lewis Church covered numerous field events, with Church winning the Shot Putt with 12.41 metres. Dave Coleman also produced a throws win, in the Discus, with 43.13m.

Tonbridge won five of the men’s individual track events through Sean Molloy (400m 49.7, 800m 1.58.2), Ally Kinloch (1500m, 4.07.1), Corey De’Ath (5000m, 15.53.5) and Sam Crick (400m hurdles, 57.5). They also scored maximum points in both relays.

Jess Murphy wins the 200 metres

Jess Murphy scored a convincing win in the women’s 200 metres, clocking 27.3, whilst Amy Taylor won the 400 metres hurdles in 68.8 and Meghan Watson the 2000 metres steeplechase in 8.25.7. Katie Kohler was the sole female, field eventer to win, as she threw the Discus 30.11 metres. The women’s team also won an exciting 4x400 metres relay, at the end of the meeting.

Photos from the event can be viewed here

South of England under 15 and 17 Championships

Two Tonbridge athletes won medals at the South of England under 15 and 17 Championships, held at Crystal Palace, over the weekend.  Both came in the under 15 events, as Rebekah O’Brien won the High Jump with 1.63 metres and Catherine Davies won silver in the Pole Vault with 2.50 metres.

Asha Root ran a terrific personal best of 57.93, in the under 17 women’s 400 metres, to finish fourth, just outside of the medals. Charlie Crick (800m 2.01.01) and Katie Goodge (1500m, 4.57.02) also had fourth place finishes, at the championships.

Diamond League and Distance News

James West was selected to run in his first ever Diamond League meeting, at Birmingham, on Sunday, where he lined up in the 3000 metres, alongside Mo Farah. Unfortunately for West he was unable to perform at the level he has achieved for most of the season and finished 11th in 8.16.32, well behind the winner, Farah.

There were a number of other good performances from the club’s runners at the weekend.  At Manchester, on Saturday, Ben Cole lowered his 10,000 metres best to 30.23.34, whilst Chris Olley ran a season’s best 1500 to 3.45.71. Ryan Driscoll recorded 3.46.90 in the same race, just outside his pb and Kieran Reilly won his 1500m in 3.50.64. Ashley Gibson was third in the women’s 3000 metres in 9.31.72. Corey De’Ath ran a personal best road 5k on Friday evening, when he finished 7th in the Ipswich Twilight race.