Weekend News Report - 8th/9th December 2018

De’Ath And Cole Set Personal Bests At 10 Kilometres

Two of the Club’s National Championship winning team showed that they are in good form on Sunday, as they enter the second half of the Winter season. Corey De’Ath and Ben Cole both produced personal bests at one of the highest quality, ten kilometre, races in the country, at Telford.

De’Ath had only one previous mark at the distance, on the road and took over a minute from that time set in May, by running 29.56 to finish 17th ,  just twenty-five seconds away from the winner Callan Moody, of New Zealand. Cole, who is much more experienced at the distance, shaved two seconds from his best, which had been set a year ago and ran 30.13. Both are due to race for Tonbridge in the Kent Cross Country Championships, to be held on the first weekend in January.

South of England Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

At Horspath, near Oxford, on Saturday the Club had twenty-six young athletes representing Kent in the Championships. The top performance came from Matthew Taylor, who very nearly won the under 15 boys’ event, but just missed out to finish second to county team mate Louis Small, as both recorded the same time. His brother Henry also had one of his best races to date to finish 7th and help Kent to the team title.

James Kingston also helped Kent to a team win in the under 17s, as he finished 7th from 102 finishers and was the fourth scorer in a very strong county squad. Fraser Gordon was 12th in the same race.  George Hopkins was the only other Tonbridge runner to take a top ten position, as he excelled to finish 9th in the under 13 boys’ race, leading the Kent team to third place.

Lily Slack placed 14th in the under 13 girls’ event and was the second home for the county, whilst Maddie Wise finished 24th in the under 15 girls’ race and was third scorer for the team.

The Club had four athletes in the Kent under 17 women’s squad with Meghan Watson 56th, Elizabeth Heslop 62nd, Stephanie Puxty 68th and Tilly Hall 70th.

Videos from the event can be viewed here

South of England Veterans Championships

The Veterans Championships were held at the same venue, where the Tonbridge women won the silver medals, in the over 50 age category. Maria Heslop (2nd), Tina Oldershaw (3rd) and Lucy Pitcairn-Knowles (14th) were the scorers. Leading the men home was Julian Rendall who finished a fine 5th overall, amongst 225 starters.

Results from TAC races can be found here