Weekend News Report - 13th October 2019
Strong Start To The League Season
The Club had a strong showing at the first Kent Cross Country League meeting of the season, on Saturday, with plenty of team and individual successes. The event was held at Swanley Park and featured eight races, during the course of the afternoon, culminating with the senior competitions.
Tonbridge captured wins in both the senior men's and women's team events. The women won from twenty clubs, in the three to score category, led home by Becky Morrish who finished 3rd, being backed up by Chloe Bird (5th) and Alice Wood (6th), as 162 runners finished. Tonbridge also won the six to score competition, with the further scorers being Alex Crockford (12th), India Nicholson (15th) and Tina Oldershaw (16th).
The men's squad had 43 finishers amongst a field of 289 and won both the four and twelve to score competitions from Medway and Maidstone. Jamie Bryant was amongst the lead group for most of the ten kilometre race and eventually finished 5th, with James Kingston (7th), Ben Murphy (8th) and Jamie Goodge (9th).
The under 17 men dominated their race, filling the top five places through Alex Beeston, Matthew Taylor, Fraser Gordon, Henry Taylor and Fin Croll, whilst Katie Goodge won the women's race in the same age group.
Both Sophie Slack and James Prendergast produced impressive individual victors, at under 15 level, with Slack leading early on, whilst Prendergast sat in a large group for much of his race. The girls finished second from nine teams, with Beatrice Heslop and Annabelle Hales scoring behind Slack, in 18th and 19th respectively. The boys put eight runners in the top fifteen, with the two other scorers being Ed Coutts (3rd) and Ananjan Ganguli (6th). This secured a convincing win from eleven teams.
Lily Slack won the opening race of the day, the under 13 girls' event, over three kilometres, with the team being runners-up to Blackheath. Penny Horne (14th) and Lara Jee (17th) completed the scoring three. The Tonbridge under 13 boy's squad included seven having their first cross country race for the club, with Tom Daly being one of these and also being the first scorer home with a fine 6th place, from 69 starters. Harrison Fraser (11th) and Daniel Jeddo (12th) also scored, as the team finished third.
The second fixture of the Kent Cross Country League will be on Saturday 26th October and hosted by Tonbridge AC, alongside The Schools at Somerhill. The first league race starts at 12 noon, with an open race for under 11s, over 1 mile, at 11am. Entries on the day, for that race, can be made thirty minutes before the start.
Elsewhere, at the weekend Lucy Reid finished second in the Great Birmingham Half Marathon, although the course was shortened due to flooding. Ben Cole continued his marathon build up with a 7th place in the Oxford Half Marathon in 70.48, using it purely for training purposes.