Weekend News Report - 27th/28th January 2018
Church Makes GB Senior Debut in High Class Decathlon
Lewis Church had his first taste of a senior multi events international, when he competed for Great Britain at the weekend, in Madrid. He was part of the GB team that was competing against the best from Spain, France, Poland and the Czech Republic and at just 21 years old was one of the youngest in the match.
Church finished sixteenth of the twenty competitors, but set a new overall personal best score of 5326 points, which is also a Tonbridge AC club record. He opened up well with a new pb over 60 metres of 7.46, to take 0.02 seconds from his previous best. His 6.74 metres Long Jump was just below his best, as was his Shot Putt of 13.24 metres. He finished day one with a clearance of 1.97m in the High Jump, which is five centimetres away from his pb.
Day two, on Sunday, started with another personal best of 8.53 in the 60 metres hurdles, before what was possibly the most pleasing of the individual events. Church went into the competition with a Pole Vault best of 4.42m, but was able to add eight centimetres to this, clearing 4.50m. This is just four centimetres away from the club's record for this individual event. This is likely to be Church's last multi events competition until the Summer, when he will be competing in the Decathlon.
There was more indoor action at the weekend, as the London Games were held at Lee Valley. Amongst the Tonbridge performances was a good run from Sean Molloy, over 800 metres. He was just edged into second place by Kyle Langford, who finished fourth in the London World championships final, back in August. Langford clocked 1:52.54 to Molloy's 1:53.00, with four other good quality athletes behind.
Jack Lennard once again ran under seven seconds for 60 metres, with a 6.99 clocking, whilst Will Martin also ran an impressive 7.05, which was a big personal best, for the nineteen year old. There was also a club over 45 age record from Mark McAllister, who ran 7.87.
Tonbridge teams did not attend the South of England Cross Country Championships, at Brighton, following poor recent experiences at events put on by the organisers. However, Max Nicholls did go, as an individual and had a superb run in the senior men's race, to finish third of the 740 finishers, over nine miles.
Over the last week there have been significant developments at the home of Tonbridge AC, at Tonbridge School Track. In a joint venture, with Tonbridge School and the Borough Council, brand new floodlighting has been installed at the track, in order to give users a far better experience. It has taken a few years to bring about and our Club President, Alan Bennett, deserves huge praise for making this happen, as he has been involved throughout the project.
This coming weekend will see a Tonbridge men's team travel to Portugal for the European Club Cross Country Championships, as the GB champions.