Weekend News Report - 27th/28th July 2019

Taylor Hits Top Form in 5000 Metres

Nicole Taylor was already having a superb Summer season, which had seen her win a bronze medal at the England 5km road race championship in May. She then went on to win the England 10,000 metres title in June, running 33:31.  This was followed up by a Tonbridge club 1500 metres record of 4:22.13 and now by a performance that possibly surpassed them all.

On Saturday, Taylor took on a very strong women's field, in the England 5000 metres championship at Milton Keynes. A lead pack of about eight athletes formed early on, with Taylor patiently sitting towards the back of the group. The pace picked up as the race developed, but Taylor maintained contact, before finishing very strongly to take third place in 15:49.25. The race was won by Jess Judd, who recently won the World University Games title, with another GB international Louise Small just head of Taylor.  Taylor's time set a new club record by more than twenty seconds, pushing it under the sixteen minute barrier.

Lucy Reid made her first appearance on the track, after injury and finished 12th in 16:30.40, whilst Kiri Marsh ran 16:54.25, at Nottingham, also on Saturday to become only the sixth Tonbridge female ever to run under seventeen minutes.

Also performing well at Milton Keynes was Dom Brown, who made his 5000 metres track debut and recorded 14:06.22 to finish 8th.

The Tonbridge under 17 and 20 squad placed third in the final match of the UK Youth Development League on Sunday. A-string, under 20 men's victories came from James Kingston (1500m 4:07.30 and 3000m 9:33.59), David Fullbrook (Shot Putt 10.55m) and  Joseph Nicholson (Hammer 44.94m). In the under 20 women's events there were wins from Emily Bowart (400m 60.50), India Nicholson (1500m 5:10.30), Steph Puxty (3000m 12:06.43), Isabelle Vine (100m hurdles 18.12) and Freya Ridge (High Jump 1.55m).

Thomas Lockhart (3000m 10:07.48) and Matthew Dubery (1500m steeplechase 5:12.70) were the only under 17 men's winners, whilst Keira Rose (200m 26.35) and Rebekah O'Brien (High Jump 1.60m) did likewise in the women's events.

James West selected for Great Britain team

James West has been selected to race for the Great Britain team that competes in the European Super League, which takes place in Poland, in the middle of August. West will race in the 3000 metres in an event that includes the twelve strongest European nations.