Weekend News Report - 3rd/4th February 2018

Club Athletes Take on Europe's Best

The Club's men's team travelled to Mira, Portugal for the European Clubs Cross Country Championships, on Sunday. It was the Club's first experience at this level, following qualification via their wins at the English Cross Country Relay Championships and the British Challenge match in November.  It was the first time that Tonbridge had represented Great Britain, in such a club competition.

Teams from twenty two countries competed on the 10,335 metre long course, over very dry and flat terrain, but with plenty of turns to challenge the runners. The sunny and mild conditions made for a pleasant change from the weather back home.

Robbie Farnham-Rose led the team home with a time of 30.56 and at one time was heading for a position inside the top ten. Max Nicholls was 45th in 32.02, with Ryan Driscoll one place behind in 32.13. Ben Cole completed the scoring four in 53rd with 32.13. Charlie Joslin-Allen was 78th and Jamie Bryant 81st to complete the squad. The team finished in eighth place overall with 159 points.

Videos from the event are available here

BUCS

Also at the weekend there were plenty of Tonbridge runners competing for their universities at the British Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships, at Hillingdon. The mens A-race, over twelve kilometres, saw teams of the best six from each university compete, with around 350 finishing.

Chris Olley continued his terrific Winter form and was with the four runners who broke away at the front after halfway. At one stage Olley was dropped by the three ahead, but rallied to come through to second over the last mile, finishing less than three seconds behind the winner, Alex Yee. Nathan Marsh, running for Leeds, was the next Tonbridge runner home in 28th, whilst his sister Kiri, racing for Nottingham, was 82nd in the women's race, which had more than seven hundred finishers.

The men's B-race, for those outside the top six at their university, also had a large field with more than 560 finishers. Three Tonbridge runners finished in the top ten, all representing Loughborough, with Kieran Reilly 2nd, Jamie Goodge 5th and Alasdair Kinloch 8th.

Videos from the event can be found here

10K Road Racing

There were a couple of 10 kilometre road races on Sunday, which featured good performances from Tonbridge athletes, despite the cold, wintry conditions. At Ashford, the Club placed four men in the top eight through 4th Harry Paton 33.16, 5th Angel López-Cáceres 33.28, 7th Julian Rendall 33.37 and 8th Dan Bradley 34.03. Rendall's time broke the club over 40 age group record. Results for this event can be found here.

One of the impressive runs of the weekend came from Maria Heslop who ran 36.38 to be the first over 50 age group female home, at the Chichester 10km road race. This not only broke the Tonbridge age group record, but is the seventh fastest time ever by a GB athlete, as an over 50. Results for thsi wevent are available here.