Weekend News Report - 15th December 2019

Church Wins South of England Championship

The Club's international decathlete Lewis Church won the South of England Indoor Heptathlon Championship, at Lee Valley, over the weekend and in the process set a new personal best and club record.

After day one Church led with performances of 7.43 for 60 metres, a Long Jump of 6.76m, a Shot Putt of 13.50m and a High Jump of 2.01m. At that stage his club mate and training partner Harry Kendall was in second place.

On Day Two Church added an 8.56 for 60 metres hurdles, a 4.33m Pole Vault and a 2.43.57 for 1000 metres, whilst unfortunately Kendall missed clearing his opening pole vault height. Church's total of 5395 added 56 points to his best ever score. Kendall still placed 4th overall, despite not scoring in the one event and Alex Hookway was 6th with a pb of 4082 points.

Corey De'Ath won the men's race at the Kent Cross Country League fixture, on Saturday, at Footscray Meadows, near Sidcup. De'Ath won by ten seconds from team-mate Kieran Reilly who kept in relatively close contact for much of the ten kilometre race.

Tonbridge scored heavily, placing eleven runners in the top twenty, to win convincingly. James Kingston, who is not eighteen until January, had his best race to date, finishing 5th and was followed in by Jamie Bryant (6th), Sean Molloy (7th) and Michael Ellis (8th).

Lily Slack produced the other individual win for Tonbridge, as she led the under 13 girls to victory. She was supported by Penny Horne in 3rd, who is enjoying her best ever form and Gracie MacAuley in 6th.

Tonbridge had good depth in both the under 17 men's and under 15 boys' competitions, winning both convincingly. The under 15 boys packed ten in the first twenty home, with Jamie MacDonald surprising himself and onlookers with a superb 3rd. Ed Coutts (4th), George Hopkins (5th), Jamie Witz (9th) and Huxley Crush (10th) all made the top ten.

Matthew Taylor finished 2nd in the under 17 men's race, eight seconds behind Oliver Bright, of Blackheath. His brother Henry came home 3rd with Alex Beeston completing the scoring three in 4th. Matthew Dubery (5th) and Fintan Kavanagh (6th) also had fine performances.

The Tonbridge under 13 boys' squad finished second to Thanet with Tom Daly having his highest finish to date in 3rd. Confusion reigned when the first half dozen when slightly off course halfway through the race, but Daly kept his head and finished strongly. James Petrie made his debut for the club in 7th, with Harrison Fraser 8th, Oliver Head 9th and Lucas Gorrill 10th all showing good form.

Sophie Slack battled out the under 15 race with Lara Mannes of Blackheath for almost the entire four kilometres but lost out in the final few hundred metres by just four seconds, to finish second. Ella McIntyre (13th) and Annabelle Hales (16th) were the two other scorers, as the team placed second.

NoƩmie Thomson was the first Tonbridge athlete home in the under 17 women's race in 10th, with Alex Evans (12th) and Teniqua Gomez (16th) giving the team second place.