Weekend News Report - 8th to 10th February 2019

Tonbridge Clean Sweep At Kent Cross Country League

Sian Robertson and Jamie Bryant

The Club's men and women both secured their Kent Cross Country League team titles, at the final fixture, on Saturday. The venue was Norman Park, Bromley, which although very flat and relatively dry, proved to offer testing conditions on a very windy afternoon.

The women's race was held over a distance just short of six kilometres and it was Cas Wright from Dartford who built up an early lead, with Sian Robertson and Maria Heslop, from Tonbridge, amongst the chasing group. It was Robertson who set about closing in on Wright, during the second half and with about a mile to go caught her and moved ahead to win by just four seconds in 21.55. Heslop finished third and so it was Robertson who leapt ahead in the final league positions to win by a point. Claire Day was the third Tonbridge scorer home in sixth to clinch the team victory and help Tonbridge to overall league wins in both the three and six to score categories.

In the men's race Ben Cole hit the front at around two kilometres into the ten kilometres and pulled away to win by twenty seven seconds in 33.02

Ben Cole

Behind Ben, team-mate Jamie Bryant was involved in a sprint finish with Tewelde Menges, of Medway and Maidstone. Menges just took second, with Bryant in third winning the individual league overall. With James Taylor having a terrific race for 7th and Julian Rendall in 11th, Tonbridge completed the season with four wins from the four fixtures. They also retained the league Duodec title, for the twelve to score event.

Videos from the event are available here.

Nicole Taylor and Corey De'Ath travelled to Belgium representing an England team on Sunday and finished sixth and fourteenth in their respective races. Taylor was the second Englishwoman home in 23.37, in a race won by Kate Holt in 23.02.

On Sunday, Cameron Payas and Alex Crockford both had second place finishes at the Ashford 10km road race. Payas was making his debut, on the roads, at the distance and ran 32.51, whilst Crockford was second female home in 40.57, just outside her recent personal best.

Tonbridge Athletes Excel Indoors

More Tonbridge AC sprint records fell at the weekend, with Jack Lennard running 200 metres in 21.89, in his heat at the British Indoor Championships, held in Birmingham. He then ran 22.19 in the semi-final, showing how he has improved from an indoor best of 22.63 last year. On Saturday, the first day of the championships, he was just outside his best in the 60 metre heats with 6.98.

Anton Bachorski travelled to Poland for the national championships there and lowered his personal best and the Tonbridge under 20 men's 60 metres record to 7.04, when he finished third in the under 18 age group final.

The two Tonbridge middle distance runners at the British Championships both performed well, qualifying through their heats on Saturday for Sunday finals.

Sean Molloy ran an indoors personal best of 1.50.16 in his heat and then finished fifth in the final with 1.51.25.

Dom Brown also ran an indoor personal best in his 1500 metres heat with 3.48.02 and then was seventh in Sunday's final with 3.49.93.

Videos from the event are available here.

In the USA there were top performances in the Husky Classic, in Seattle over 3000 metres, on Friday, by James West and Chris Olley, although in separate heats. West ran 7.52.15 and Olley 7.58.17, which puts them fourth and eleventh on the UK rankings for this year.

Ray Curtis

We have received the sad news that Ray Curtis passed away on Tuesday, after a short illness.

Many of today's TAC members won't know Ray, but when some of us joined back in the 70s Ray had already been a key member of the Club for many years.

He was a great club man who always had words of encouragement for us all, whilst also competing on the roads, cross country and at steeplechase.

He came down to the track a couple of Summers ago and is pictured above with Mark Hookway and Pete Mason.

His funeral will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 7th March at Tunbridge Wells crematorium.

Rest in Peace Ray.