Weekend News Report - 29th/30th June 2019

Ebbage Takes Hammer Mark To New Levels

Kirsty-Anne Ebbage has had a very successful month of June and on three occasions now has set a new club record. Her latest mark, from Sunday, of 41.59 metres added fifty seven centimetres to the distance that she threw two weeks earlier.

Ebbage was competing in the under 20 age group at the UK Youth Development League fixture at Woodford and whilst the mark sets a new record for that age group, it is also a senior best for the club, since the same four kilogram implement is used. Despite the record Ebbage finished second in the event, but did take victories in the Discus and Shot Putt, with 35.76m and 9.12m respectively.

Charlie Crick was the only other under 20 men's track winner at the meeting, as he scored maximum points in both the 400m with 51.10, followed by the 800 metres in 2.01.9. Ryan Cherian also caught the eye when winning the B-string 400m in 51.28. In the field Joseph Nicholson won the Hammer with a throw of 44.43m.

Anton Bachorski was only just outside his best ever 100m 1ith 10.92 but was pipped for the win and was also 4th in a very competitive 200m in 22.54.

The under 17 girls' were responsible for all the other wins for the club. Isabella Fassnidge scored a 100m and 200m sprint double, with times of 13.08 and 28.69. Maya Marriner won the 300m hurdles in 47.78, whilst in the field Maisie Rixon took the Shot Putt win with 10.41m. Rebekah O'Brien, who has been in fine form across multiple events this Summer, set a Long Jump pb of 5.39m and also won the High Jump with 1.58m.

The under 17 mens' relay team broke another club record in the 4x100m, in which they came 3rd. Lewis Swaby, Zac Beasty, Alex Milligan and Zachary Nwogwugwu came home in 44.1s breaking the previous record of 44.9s set in 2006 by Lawrence Wooldridge, James Farmer, Chris Ford and Stuart Hollins, which was matched in 2015.

There has been a number of distance running achievements over the past week. On Tuesday evening Kiri Marsh was second female at the Lincoln 5km road race, with a personal best of 17.15. The following evening at Wimbledon Jamie Bryant ran 3000m in 8.30.76, which was also a pb, whilst over at Watford, on the same night, under 13 Lily Slack raced 1500m in 4.47.04, which moves her to fourth in the UK.

On Saturday there were eight Tonbridge members competing in the British Milers Club International Meeting at Watford, which featured some of the country's best track runners, plus others from around Europe.  Amongst the Tonbridge highlights Ryan Driscoll, pictured above, was 5th in the 3000m steeplechase in 8.49.94, just four seconds away from his club record and now 11th in the UK.

Kieran Reilly was 4th in the men's 1500m B-race in 3.46.20, which frustratingly was only 0.2s away from his best and Nicole Taylor was 4th in the women's 3000m in 9.23.17, as she prepares for this Saturday's prestigious 10,000m night at Highgate. Also, not far away from their bests were Corey De'Ath (3000m in 8.23.56) and Ben Cole (5000m in 14.46.89), whilst Sean Molloy had his first 800m of the season and recorded 1.50.95.

In the USA James West was second over 800m in Eugene, Oregon, with a new personal best of 1.48.36, less than a second away from Seam Molloy's Tonbridge record.

On Sunday Harriet Woolley was 3rd female at the North Downs 30km trail run in 2.31.20, whilst Julian Rendall was 18th overall in 2.18.34.