Weekend News Report - 22nd December 2019

Women's Team Take Championship Win

The Club's women's team won the South of Thames Cross Country Championship, at Lloyd Park, Croydon, on Saturday, led home by Nicole Taylor who captured the individual title.

The championship involved twelve kilometres of some of the toughest conditions faced this Winter, with steep climbs and heavy mud in places, following the recent rain. About three hundred starters toed the line, with men and women running alongside each other and six scoring in both team categories.

Taylor was always to the fore of the women's race and showed that she is back in fine form after a few weeks managing an injury. She eventually led Tonbridge to a clean sweep of the podium places, being followed home by Lucy Reid and Phoebe Barker. With Tonbridge fielding one of their strongest possible squads they also had Alice Wood (5th), Harriet Woolley (11th) and Alex Crockford (20th) finishing high up. Becky Morrish (29th), Lucy Thompson (49th) and Grazia Manzotti (85th) also ran.

The men's squad placed three in the top ten, but with some key absentees were not able to compete for team medals. Corey De'Ath followed up his Kent League win of the previous week by placing 2nd here, behind Joe Morwood of Aldershot. Kieran Reilly finished 4th and almost claimed an individual medal with a sprint finish. Jamie Goodge was 10th, Dan Bradley 44th, Steve Strange 55th and Luke Hooper 64th to complete the team. Tony Bennett (71st), Scott Shurmer (236th) and Richard Sargent (239th) also ran.

At the Lee Valley Minithon held on Saturday 21st December, Elicia Lacey broke her own U13 60m Hurdles record by 0.02s, finishing in first place in 9.70s and also set a new club record in the 60m sprint, coming third in 8.64s.