Weekend News Report - 3rd November 2019

Under 17 Men Win National Championship Medals

Club athletes travelled to Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, for the National Cross Country Relay Championships on Saturday and came away this year with just the one set of team medals.

On this occasion it was the under 17 men who produced the medal winning performance, over three legs of the three kilometre course. Conditions were extremely testing, with the wind and rain on the day, adding to the already soft ground slowing times considerably.

Alex Beeston led the team off with a 9.47 split, coming home in 26th, before Matthew Taylor hauled the team up to 3rd with a 9.44 clocking on the slightly longer second leg. It was then down to Fraser Gordon to maintain a medal winning position, which he did, recording 9.46, as four other teams finished within ten seconds of him. More than a hundred teams started the race, as they did in most of the ten championship events.

Tonbridge had another four age group teams make the top ten in their races, whilst the senior teams also finished well up in highly competitive races.

The senior men raced over four legs of five kilometres and finished 11th through Ryan Driscoll (16.41), Alasdair Kinloch (16.56), Miles Weatherseed (17.50) and Kieran Reilly (17.08) as 190 teams started. The B team also performed well, placing 22nd overall. The senior women's team placed 11th over three legs of three kilometres, through Kiri Marsh (10.50), Chloe Bird (11.45) and Alice Wood (11.33).

In many ways the under 15 boys' squad produced the most impressive performance in depth with the three teams finishing 6th, 14th and 15th from 116 starting. The 'A' team was made up of Ananjan Ganguli (7.08), Ed Coutts (6.59), having an outstanding run and Tom Phllips (7.17). Amongst the others Isaac Arnott (7.05) and Huxley Crush (7.06) had excellent runs on the first leg of the two kilometre course.

The under 13 girls' team were just fifteen seconds away from winning medals, as they placed 6th from 104 teams through Harriet Raven (8.20), Lily Slack (7.38) and Gracie MacAuley (8.05). The boys' team, in the same age group, of Tom Daly (7.23), Albert Kreuzberg (7.17) and Harrison Fraser (7.49) finished 7th.

The under 20 men's team of James Kingston (9.10), Will Beeston (9.21) and Dan Schofield (9.40) finished 8th, whilst the under 20 women placed 22nd through India Nicholson (10.13), Elizabeth Heslop (10.15) and Steph Puxty (10.41).

The final team of under 15 girls' placed 22nd of 112 starting squads through Sophie Slack (7.46), Beatrice Heslop (8.50) and Olivia Breed (8.26).