Weekend News Report - 27th October 2019

Driscoll Takes Home Win

The Club, with the help from The Schools at Somerhill, hosted the second Kent Cross Country League fixture of the season, on Saturday. Strong winds, with heavy rain later in the day, made for testing conditions for the eight league races, across the age groups.

Ryan Driscoll was one of five Tonbridge individuals to taste a victory, as he won the senior men's race over ten kilometres, from 283 finishers. Driscoll looked to be getting back to his best as he gradually eased away from the field around the halfway stage and won by around eighty metres from Charlie Brisley, of Invicta with Josh Schofield, of Blackheath, third.

Jamie Bryant (6th) and Cameron Payas (7th) both had fine runs, with Kieran Reilly (9th) completing the scoring four, to ensure the team win from twenty-two clubs. Tonbridge packed twelve runners in the first twenty-two home to also dominate the twelve to score competition.

Alice Wood led the Tonbridge senior women to another victory, as she finished strongly in 4th, with Chloe Bird (5th) and Becky Morris (7th) securing victory. A resurgent Tina Oldershaw also ran well to finish 9th, as 147 finished. Tonbridge also collected the six to score victory.

Sisters Lily and Sophie Slack won the under 13 and 15 girls' races, respectively, as they had done in the opening league fixture. Tonbridge finished as second team in both age groups, with Gracie MacAuley (9th) and Neve Bachelor (10th) scoring in the former and Beatrice Heslop (11th) and Ella McIntyre (16th), doing likewise.

In the latter. Katie Goodge won the under 17 women's race over five kilometres and with NoƩmie Thomson (5th) and Teniqua Gomez (10th) the team placed second.

Tonbridge won the remaining three team events, through the under 13, 15 and 17 boys. The club packed six in the first nine positions of the under 17 race through Matthew Taylor (2nd), Alex Beeston (3rd), Henry Taylor (5th), Matthew Dubery (6th), Fin Croll (7th) and Fintan Kavanagh (9th). They also had five of the first nine at under 15 level through Josh Prendergast (2nd), Ed Coutts (4th), Jamie Witz (7th), Ananjan Ganguli (8th) and Tom Phillips (9th).

Albert Kreuzberg made an impressive return to racing, after a few weeks away, to win the under 13 boys' race and together with Tom Daly (5th) and Harrison Fraser (12th) secured the team victory.

On the roads at the weekend there were three particularly impressive runs from Tonbridge club members. Ben Cole ran a personal best at the Frankfurt Marathon, recording 2.24.46, which is the third fastest ever in the club's history. In the same race Harriet Woolley improved her best, set earlier in the year, by more than six minutes, running 3.00.24. At Leeds, on Sunday, Kiri Marsh ran 35.11 for 10 kilometres, on the road, which again was a personal best, improving her time set a year ago by 48 seconds.

Finally, on the indoor track at Lee Valley, over a week ago Evie Dixon, set a new Tonbridge under 13 girls' 60 metres record of 8.79.