Weekend News Report - 20th October 2019

Club Runners Claim Victories At Home And Abroad

The Club had some of their distance runners competing in a variety of locations, at home and abroad, over the weekend, including a few that produced winning performances.

Closest to home was the Tonbridge 10 kilometre road race on Sunday, which is run around the lanes surrounding Hildenborough and Leigh. Dan Bradley was first home in 34.55, with Tina Oldershaw winning the women's race in 40.46.

In Belgium, also on Sunday, Becky Morrish had a fine run to set a personal best when finishing 4th female at the Bruges Half Marathon in 83.18. Morrish is aiming at the Valencia Marathon, taking place in early December.

In Spain, on Saturday evening, Steve Strange, who joined Tonbridge in September, now that he lives in the area, ran an excellent personal best of 69.13, at the Bilbao Half Marathon. This was a two minute improvement on his previous best at the distance, set earlier this year.

Over the cross-country Phoebe Barker, representing Cambridge University, won the women's race against the RAF and Eastern Counties, held at Bury St Edmunds. Luke Fisher was 13th in the men's race.

A few of the Tonbridge contingent based in the USA also competed at the weekend. The standout performance came from Chris Olley, who is currently living and working in San Francisco. Olley won the Bronco Invitational race, at Sunnyvale, near San Jose, California, on Saturday. This was his first race since early August and he left his big effort to the final straight to win the eight kilometre event in a swift 23.47.

More detailed news and results can be found at TAC Distance Runners

This coming Saturday 26th October the Club will host the second fixture of the Kent Cross Country League season, with the help of The Schools at Somerhill. The first league race starts at noon, although there is a mile race for under 12s starting at 11am, with entries on the day, thirty minutes beforehand.