Weekend Report - 6th/7th January 2018
Church Takes Silver Medal at National Indoor Championships
Lewis Church came away from the National Men's Indoor Heptathlon competition with a silver medal and selection for a Great Britain senior team to compete in Spain, in a few weeks time. In a close battle, over the two days, at Sheffield, Church was able to move from fourth to second overall, with his performance in the final event of the seven.
Church scored a total of 5298 points to break his own club record by 23 points, progressing throughout the competition. In the first event he ran a 60 metres personal best of 7.48, but was sixteenth fastest of all the competitors. He followed up with a 6.85m Long Jump, just short of his best, a Shot Putt of 12.64m and a High Jump of 2.01m, just a centimetre from his best ever. Meanwhile, his club mate, Harry Kendall, was also having an excellent day with performances in these four events of 7.22 pb, 6.99m, 11.95m pb and 1.89m, leaving him fourth overall.On day two, after a 60m hurdles in 8.69 and a Pole Vault of 4.38m, Church had slipped to fourth, whilst Kendall ran 9.11 and cleared a pb of 4.28m, putting him fifth. It then came down to the final event, the 1000 metres, where Church won his race in 2.46.53, pulling away from his closest rival in the last 200 metres. This moved him to second overall, just nine points ahead of the bronze medal winner. Kendall also produced an excellent 1000m in 2.51.16 for a pb, which gave him a fourth place total of 5096 points, an improvement in his best of 69 points.
Also competing at Sheffield, on Sunday, Chris Olley competed over 3000 metres, in a national class race, where he finished a close up fourth. His time of 7.59.76 was a five second improvement on his outright pb and would have ranked him in the UK's top fifteen last year. He now moves back to cross country action this coming weekend, when he competes for Great Britain, in the Edinburgh International.Jack Lennard, who set a Club 60 metres sprint record just a week before of 7.01, improved it once again, with a 6.92 performance, at Carshalton on Saturday.
Tonbridge AC won both the men's and women's team events at the Kent Cross Country Championships, held at Brands Hatch, on Saturday. The men, racing over twelve kilometres, won both the six and twelve to score competitions, with the first home being Ben Cole 3rd, George Duggan 4th, Charlie Joslin-Allen 5th, Michael Ellis 13th and Ben Reynolds 19th.
The women won both their three and six to score competitions helped by Lucy Reid 2nd, Maria Heslop 3rd, Kiri Marsh 5th, new recruit Tina Oldershaw 6th, Sasha Houghton 19th and Alice Wood 22nd.
U15 Boys Team
U17 Mens Team
Tonbridge also won the team competitions in the under 13 girls, under 15 boys, under 17 men and women, plus the under 20 men, meaning that they took victory in seven of the ten events. Individual wins came from James Kingston and Cameron Payas, in the under 17 and 20 men's races, respectively.
Cameron Payas & James Kingston
Further individual medals were won by – Olivia Breed (u13 girls 2nd), Fraser Gordon (u15 boys 2nd), Katie Goodge (u15 girls 3rd) and Jamie Goodge (u20 men 2nd).