Weekend News Report - 24th/25th November 2018

Club Runners Compete On Two Fronts

The Club’s distance runners competed on two fronts, on Saturday, with some travelling north for the European Championships trials and others closer to home, at the Kent Cross Country League fixture.

The trials for the Great Britain teams, to compete at the European Cross Country Championships next month, were held at Sefton Park, Liverpool and fourteen of the club’s runners raced. Conditions were the driest they had been for years at the venue, making each race a test of speed and endurance.

The men’s race was over 9800 metres and was won by Ross Millington, of Stockport in 28.00.

Corey De’Ath had one of his best ever performances to finish in 17th place in 28.51 and was unlucky to miss out on a place in the GB under 23 team, being seventh in that category and just four seconds from a place on the team. There were solid performances in the race by four others, with Kieran Reilly (49th), Max Nicholls (51st), Dom Brown (54th) and Ryan Driscoll (57th) as 622 finished.

In the women’s race Lucy Reid improved by thirty-nine places on her performance from last year to finish 20th, with Ashley Gibson 34th and Kiri Marsh 53rd also having fine races.

James Puxty showed good form to move through during the under 20 men’s event to finish 15th, with Alasdair Kinloch 26th, Jamie Goodge 30th and Bede Pitcairn-Knowles 93rd. Fraser Gordon was the only member of the club’s younger athletes to make the journey and finished 13th in the under 17 race.

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Kent Cross Country League

Meanwhile, the Kent League took place at Footscray Meadows, near Sidcup and featured races for all the age groups, bar the senior ladies. Once again the strong Tonbridge men’s squad won both the four and twelve to score team competitions and were led home by Ben Cole. Cole enjoyed his first ever win in a Kent League race, after eighteen years of competing for Tonbridge. He won in 33.38, finishing ten seconds ahead of team mate Jamie Bryant. Sean Molloy (4th) and Cameron Payas (5th) also had excellent runs amongst 218 finishers.

Tonbridge had three other individual wins, through Olivia Breed (under 13), James Kingston (under 17) and Katie Goodge (under 17). Breed and Kingston secured the overall league titles, as did Charlie Crick, who placed second on the day in the under 20 men’s event.

Kingston was supported by Adam Van der Plas (3rd) and Alex Sandberg (8th) to take the under 17 team win and clinch the league title. The under 13 girls’ did likewise with Beatrice Heslop (4th) and Penny Horne (5th) following Breed home.

League titles also went to the under 15 boys and under 20 men, who won their final matches at this fixture. The under 15 scorers were Matthew Taylor (2nd), Henry Taylor (4th) and Matthew Dubery (9th). In the under 20’s Charlie Crick was followed home by Jamie Bingham (6th) and Harry Lawson (7th).

Other high placings –
Under 13 boys – 11th Tim McLain, 13th Sam Breed, 19th David Barclay
Under 15 girls – 17th Annabelle Hales, 24th Angela Ward, 32nd Lizzie Wooff
Under 17 women – 6th Meghan Watson, 9th Elizabeth Heslop, 11th Flora Currie

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