Weekend News Report - 16th/17th March 2019

Three Tonbridge Runners Make England Schools Team

The English Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Temple Newsam, Leeds, on Saturday, with Tonbridge Athletic Club having fifteen juniors competing for the Kent teams. Three of these have been selected for the England team, to travel to Dublin this coming weekend, to compete in the Home Countries International.

Fraser Gordon finished 6th in the Inter Boys' race, being the second scorer for the winning Kent team and will run in the England team of eight on Saturday. Matthew Taylor also had a fine race to place 17th in the same event, for school years 10 and 11. Henry Taylor finished 80th.

Olivia Breed has another year in the Junior Girls' race, for school years 8 and 9, so her 6th place was one of her best performances to date. Breed has also been selected for England. Sophie Slack placed 59th, with both scoring for the Kent team which took the bronze medals.

Katie Goodge led the Kent Inter Girls' team home in 10th and as a result has been selected for the England mixed relay team for Dublin. Alex Evans also had an excellent race to finish 44th.

Kent won the Senior Boys' event with Adam Van der Plas (33rd) and James Kingston (45th) both scoring for the team, whilst Abianne Coates (120th) was the first of four Tonbridge girls' to finish in the Senior race.

At Knole Park on Sunday Claire Day was the first female home in the Sevenoaks Rotary, multi terrain, 10 kilometre race in 41.28, whilst Nicole Taylor ran 80.19 in the Reading Half Marathon.

Videos from the event are available here.

Plenty Of Medals At Kent Indoor Championships

The final indoor meeting of the season took place at Lee Valley, across both days of the weekend, with Tonbridge athletes capturing plenty of medals at the Kent Championships. In the process a number of significant Tonbridge AC indoor sprint records fell.

Jack Lennard seemingly continues his upward performance trajectory, having only taken up sprinting seriously in his 20s. On this occasion he ran a new club and championship record of 21.86 to win the senior men's 200 metres on Saturday, whilst taking the silver medal in the 60m with 6.97, on Sunday. Alex Hookway won both the men's Shot Putt with 12.15m and High Jump with 1.65m, the former being a personal best by almost a metre. Nina Ridge won the senior women's Triple Jump with 8.42m.

In the under 20 age group Asha Root won both the women's 200m and 400m, recording indoor personal best in both of 26.03 and 57.57, the latter breaking her own club record. In the men's sprints Anton Bachorski set two club under 20 records, with 7.03 for 60 metres and 22.42 for the 200m, as he picked up silver and bronze medals. Also in the under 20s David Fullbrook ran a pb of 9.00 to capture the 60m hurdles title.

The Tonbridge club record also went in the under 17 men's 60 metres, as Zac Nwogwugwu put on a dominant performance to win. Fin Croll won the under 17, 1500m with a pb of 4.20.04, on Sunday, to add to his bronze medal 800m performance of 2.07.12, on Saturday. Rebekah O'Brien won the under 17 women's High Jump with 1.65m.

In the under 15 age group Ben Nolan was one of the busiest athletes in action, as he won the 60m in 7.46 and the Shot Putt with 12.25m. He was also 2nd in the 60m hurdles (9.13) and 3rd in the Long Jump with 5.46m. Ben Wilkes took the Triple Jump title, in this age group, with a personal best of 10.56m. The final two gold medals for Tonbridge came from Lucinda White in the under 15 Pole Vault and Eleanor Thomas in the Shot Putt with a pb of 9.12m.

Chris Olley opened up his outdoor season in the USA with a 1500 metres win in Sacramento in 3.47.43.