Weekend News Report - 19th/20th January 2019

Root And Lennard Open Season With Fast Times

Club sprinters Asha Root and Jack Lennard both impressed as they opened their indoor track seasons, at Lee Valley, over the weekend. They were competing in the South of England Championships, which were held across two days at the indoor athletics centre.

Jack Lennard competed in the men's 60 metres on Saturday and ran 6.94 in his heat, before setting a new Club indoor record of 6.90 in his semi-final. This shaved two hundredths of a second from his own mark from last year. He then went on to finish fourth in the final with 6.93.

Lennard returned to action on Sunday to compete in the 200 metres and again had a busy day, racing in the three rounds. In his first round, which was his first attempt at an indoor 200 metres, with the tight bends, he broke Harry Kendall's Tonbridge indoor record with 22.39. He then went onto improve this mark to 22.31 in his semi-final, before again finishing fourth in the final with another record of 22.16.

Asha Root, pictured above with Linford Christie, was the only Tonbridge medallist at the championships, as she competed in the under 20 women's 400 metres. Once again a club record was lowered, as Root won her heat in 58.39, before reducing it further when winning the gold medal in the final, with 57.79. This took just over a second in total from her own best and the record, set last year.

Another sprinter from the club's under 20 age group, Anton Bachorski, travelled to Poland for their regional championships and ran 7.05, when winning the men's 60 metres. This shaved three hundredths of a second from his club record, set two weeks previously.

Also impressing indoors was Chris Olley, making his debut on the track for the University of San Francisco, at the Texas Tech meeting, on Friday. Olley won the men's mile in 4.11.44. Nearer to home Sean Molloy finished second in the 800 metres at Cardiff, on Sunday, in 1.52.33.

Lucy Reid travelled to Spain to compete for an England women's team in the international cross country meeting, near Seville. Reid finished 17th and was the third of the four team members home in a stellar field.

There were about ninety of the club's young athletes competing in the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships, at Dover, on Saturday. Seven of them produced medal winning performances, with wins coming from Lily Slack and Albert Kreuzberg in the year 7 races, plus Fraser Gordon in the Inters age group, for years 10 and 11. Silver medals were won by Tim McLain (year 7) and Katie Goodge (Inters), whilst there were bronze medals gained by Gracie MacAuley (year 7) and Matthew Taylor (Inters).

This coming weekend many of the club's distance runners will be in action at the South of England Cross Country Championships, at Parliament Hill London.