Weekend News Report - 5th/6th January 2019
Tonbridge Capture Multiple County Championships
The Club took a total of one hundred and twenty seven runners to Brands Hatch on Saturday for the Kent Cross Country Championships. The event hosted ten championships across all the age groups and Tonbridge clinched seven of the team titles, with six individual victories.
Leading the way were the senior men’s and women’s teams, who both won from fourteen and fifteen clubs, respectively. The men put their first four scorers in front of the defending champion, John Gilbert, of Kent AC, as Ben Cole, Max Nicholls, Jamie Bryant and Robbie Farnham-Rose filled the first four slots.
Cole managed to get away from Nicholls in the last quarter of the twelve kilometre race to win by sixteen seconds in 38.04. He became the first Tonbridge men’s winner for eighteen years. Michael Ellis had his best ever performance in 8th with Alex Howard completing the scoring team in 11th, to give Tonbridge a total of 29 points ahead of Medway and Maidstone with 133.
Lucy Reid saw off the early challenge of Blackheath’s Niamh Bridson-Hubbard to take the women’s race by forty seconds and regain the title she first won two years ago. Kiri Marsh ran strongly for 3rd, with the other scorers being Maria Heslop (6th), Claire Day (17th), Tina Oldershaw (18th) and Sasha Houghton (20th). Meanwhile, at Bexhill, also on Saturday, their club mate Nicole Taylor was winning the Sussex Championship.
The remaining four individual victories came from Alasdair Kinloch (under 20), Katie Goodge (under 17), Matthew Taylor (under 15) and Olivia Breed (under 13).
Taylor’s win was particularly impressive, as he reversed form with Ashford’s Louis Small, who had won all four Kent League races before Christmas. Fraser Gordon took an excellent third place in the under 17s, whilst Henry Taylor impressed to do likewise in the under 15s. The remaining individual medal came from Albert Kreuzberg with a silver from the under 13 event.
Videos from the event can be found here
The indoor track and field season really took off at the weekend, with various events taking place around the country.
The most prestigious was the National multi event championships, taking place at Sheffield, where Lewis Church placed fifth in the senior men’s heptathlon. Despite feeling below par Church produced some very solid performances and broke his own club record with 5339 points, adding thirteen to his score from almost a year ago. He recorded 60 metres in 7.42, 6.65m Long Jump, 13.26m Shot Putt, 1.98m High Jump, an 8.45 personal best in the 60m hurdles, 4.30m Pole Vault and 2.44.07 for 1000 metres. At the same championships David Fullbrook was fifteenth in the under 20 men’s championship.
On Sunday, Anton Bachorski set a new Tonbridge under 20 mens 60 metres record of 7.08, when competing at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre at Eton, whilst the under 17 record, over the same distance went to Zac Nwogwugwu with 7.10, bettering Bachorski’s previous mark. At Lee Valley in the London Indoor Games, Elicia Lacey lowered her own 60m hurdles record to 10.34.
The BMC put on some races at Sheffield on Sunday where Kieran Reilly produced a terrific run in the men’s 1500 metres A race, to finish third, amongst some established internationals. His time of 3.46.10 was a big indoor best and only a tenth of a second slower than he has recorded outdoors.
At the same meeting Sean Molloy opened his season with a 1.51.69, for fourth place in the men’s 800 metres.
Vidoes from the event can be found here