Weekend News Report - 10th/11th November 2018

TAC Consolidate Top League Position

The Club’s women consolidated their position at the top of the Kent Cross Country League, on Saturday, with another victory from the twenty competing teams. It now puts them three points clear of Cambridge Harriers going into the final fixture, which will be held in February.

This third fixture of the season was held at Danson Park, Bexleyheath, with the five-kilometre course, comprising of three laps. Lily Coward of Invicta East Kent took the lead in the early stages and was tracked by Sian Robertson from Tonbridge. However, as the race progressed, Coward pulled away to win in 16.42. Robertson tired in the second half and was overtaken by team mate, Maria Heslop, who closed well to finish in 16.55. Robertson held on for third and Claire Day completed the scoring three in 17th.

There were one hundred and sixty finishers and Tonbridge also clinched the six to score team victory, with Sasha Houghton (20th), Tina Oldershaw (21st) and Rachel Fagg (40th), the remaining scorers.

The Tonbridge squads in the youngest age groups were hit hard by absentees, due to a fixture clash with the English Schools Cross Country Cup. Olivia Breed, however, clinched the only individual win for the club, in the under 13 girls’ race. She was supported well by Matilda Catling (9th) and Lara Jee (12th), both having their best races to date. The team finished second on this occasion, but head the overall league.

There was no senior men’s race at this fixture, but Tonbridge did win the under 15, 17 and 20 male team competitions. Dan Schofield (2nd), James Stoney (4th) and Charlie Crick (12th) scored for the under 20s, whilst James Kingston (3rd), Fraser Gordon (4th) and Adam Van der Plas (5th) ensured the under 17 victory. Matthew Taylor was once again second in the under 15 race, with his brother Henry having a fine run for third and Adam Jeddo (14th) completing the scoring team.

The under 17 women placed second through Noémie Thomson (3rd), Elizabeth Heslop (9th) and Tilly Hall (11th), with the under 15 girls’ squad finishing fifth, as Annabelle Hales (27th), Angela Ward (32nd) and Taliyah Dahdi (46th) scored.

David Barclay (17th) was first home for the under 13 boys’ team that finished sixth and was supported by Sam Breed (18th) and Ross Mulley (24th), who was making his cross-country debut for the club.

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Taylor Performs Well In First England Vest

Nicole Taylor competed for an England team, in the international cross-country event at Burgos in Northern Spain, on Sunday. This was Taylor’s first ever international selection and she rose to the occasion to finish a superb 15th and be the first English athlete home. Top class Ethiopians and Kenyans filled the first half dozen places, with Taylor running 27.36 over the fast and flat eight-kilometre course.

Taylor’s next race will be at Liverpool, towards the end of the month, when she will be racing in the UK Cross Challenge event, which also acts as a trial for the British team to compete in the European Championships in December.