Weekend News Report - 10th November 2019

Women's Team In Control Of Kent Cross Country League

The Club's women's squad produced another excellent in depth performance at the Kent Cross Country League on Saturday at Danson Park, Bexleyheath. They placed eight runners inside the top twenty, as 167 finished and convincingly won both the three and six to score contests.

Alice Wood was amongst the lead group of four that broke away early in the five kilometre race and kept battling to stay on terms. She eventually finished 4th, with Becky Morrish (5th) and Liz Weeks (8th) completing three scoring team. Following on soon after were India Nicholson (11th), who was the first of the under 20s, plus Claire Day (12th) and Tina Oldershaw (15th). Tonbridge top both scoring leagues with one remaining fixture scheduled to take place in February,

There was no senior men's race at this fixture, but all the other age group races were held. Interestingly Tonbridge did not provide a single individual winner, at a Kent League event, for the first time in fifteen years. This was partly caused by a fixture clash with the English Schools Cup regional round, where Tonbridge athletes Lily Slack, Sophie Slack and Albert Kreuzberg all won their races.

Absentees also had an impact on the team strength with Tonbridge capturing just the one victory through the under 17 men. In that race, what maybe a unique event occurred, as running alongside the under 20s the first six finishers comprised of three sets of twins. Amongst them were Tonbridge's Matthew Taylor, who had a fine race for second in the under 17s and his brother Henry who was 4th. Fintan Kavanagh completed the team score in 5th.

NoƩmie Thomson (3rd), Alex Evans (8th), having her first race of the season, plus Flora Currie (14th) helped the under 17 women to second place. It was a similar scenario for the under 15 boys, as despite placing six in thirteen they could not hold Invicta in the three to score contest. Jamie Witz (6th), Ananjan Ganguli (8th) and Isaac Arnott (9th) scored.

Both Tonbridge under 13 teams finished third on the day. Penny Horne (8th), Lara Jee (9th) and Georgia Conroy (19th) scored for the girls, whilst Tom Daly (6th), Harrison Fraser (8th) and Lucas Gorrill (10th) did likewise for the boys. The under 15 girls finished fifth, with the scorers being Ella McIntyre (11th), Aimee Holdstock (22nd) and Ella Ayden (26th).

Elsewhere, at the weekend, Tonbridge distance runners were in action at a range of venues. Amongst the highlights was Phoebe Barker having a really good race to finish 9th in the women's race at the Milton Keynes Cross Challenge, against national class competition.

On Sunday Chris Olley made his half marathon debut in California, running 66.17 to finish 13th at Monterey Bay. This was the third fastest ever time from a Tonbridge athlete.

Kent Athletics Award

James Taylor has been awarded the 'Young Official of the Year' trophy by Kent Athletics.

He received his award on Friday 8th November at the Kent Athletics Annual Dinner. James does a great all round job for both the club, the county and the schools not only in officiating but organising and also running himself.