Weekend News Report - 8th December 2019

TAC Runners In Representative Action

The Club had distance runners performing well for the club, county, country school, university and internationally, at various events across the weekend.

Cameron Payas was the only Tonbridge athlete competing in the European Cross Country Championships, in Lisbon, Portugal, where he represented his native Gibraltar and finished 75th in the men's race.

On Saturday a total of twenty-nine Tonbridge runners represented Kent in the South of England Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, at Horspath, near Oxford. With one more in the Sussex squad. Lily Slack led the Kent under 13 girls' team to victory, with her 4th placed individual finish, whilst Penny Horne excelled in 12th, having her best ever performance to date.

Sophie Slack finished 5th in the under 15 girls' race, whilst Isaac Arnott (21st), Angus Currie (27th) and Jamie MacDonald (28th) all performed well in the boys' race, in the same age group. Matthew Taylor had another terrific performance to take a fine 5th in the under 17s, where Alex Beeston placed 16th. There was no senior men's race, but Tonbridge had Alice Wood 24th and Alex Crockford 46th racing in the women's event, for Kent.

At the same venue, near Oxford, the South of England Veterans Championships took place and amongst the results was a win for Ben Reynolds in the over 55 men's category. Tina Oldershaw was 4th in the over 50 women's race, Alan Buckle 5th of the over 60 men and John Harley 4th of the over 65 men.


Wimbledon Common, on Saturday was the venue for the annual cross country fixture, between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Cambridge won both the women's and men's competitions, with Phoebe Barker scoring in the former as she placed 5th. Miles Weatherseed, representing Oxford, was 14th in the men's race, having been called into the team as a late reserve.


On Sunday, two of the club's most successful road racers took part in the high quality Telford 10 kilometre event. Lucy Reid lowered her best ever time for the distance by fifteen seconds, as she recorded 34.23 to place 13th. Ben Cole was 38th in the men's race in 30.28, not far away from his best.

In addition to these performances Tonbridge had runners in both the Judd School boys' and Sevenoaks School girls' teams that won and finished third, respectively, in their English Schools Cross Country Cup National Finals on Saturday.