Weekend News Report - 17th November 2019

Plenty Of Personal Bests And Top Performances At The Weekend

Despite not having any team events the Club had plenty of individuals competing at various events across the weekend.

Two of the Tonbridge athletes, currently based in the States, showed that they are on form with strong performances. Chris Olley won the Pacific Association Cross Country Championships in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, where he pulled away from 2.11 marathon runner Brendan Gregg to win by nineteen seconds over ten kilometres in 30.39. James West, racing for Oregon University, finished 22nd in the West Regional Cross Country Championships, to help his team qualify for this coming weekend's national collegiate championships.

Nearer to home Phoebe Barker won the Cambridge University cross country trial for the upcoming varsity match against Oxford.

Ben Reynolds ran for the England veterans' squad, at Aintree, Liverpool where he placed third in the over 55 category, at the British International race against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

There were some good performances on the road, including a win for Luke Reeves in the Marden 10k, on Sunday. Reeves won by over a minute, recording 35.05, which was a personal best by almost two minutes. Jacqui O'Reilly was second in the women's race in 42.12, whilst Nichola Evans was runner-up in the half marathon at the same venue, setting a pb of 89.48.

Three Tonbridge ladies dipped under 40 minutes at the high quality Brighton 10k, led by Becky Morrish with a pb of 37.43. Helen Gaunt ran 38.51 and Claire Day 39.18, the latter being a personal best. Nathan Chapman was very close to his best in the men's race, with 33.49, whilst Alan Buckle's 40.14 was 27 seconds away from the Tonbridge over 60 men's record. A group also travelled to the Fulham 10k, where Adam Roeder was the first home for the club with a time of 37.07, improving his best by more than two minutes.

Tonbridge AC also staged one of their monthly, junior one mile races for under 12s, on Sunday. This took place at Judd School's Vizards playingfields. The first two home were Arno Dale in 6.27 and William Bachelor in 6.33. The next event is on 8th December, at the same venue, with entries on the day at 2pm.