The July update for our inspiring Ecolution Athletes -
Nicole Taylor aims to have a break from the various distances of the steeplechase and is aiming at a few track races to complete her Summer season, before a break.
At the Southern Athletics League on 12th July, Nicole improved her personal best for 1500 metres to 4.41.35, an improvement of three seconds on her previous best. Nicole then improved again to 4.37.84 at Eltham towards the end of the month.
Dominic Brown had a terrific race on 19th July, in the 1 mile at Oxford, in the British Milers Club Grand Prix Meeting. He won the mens B race in 4.07.01, which was an improvement of more than 20 seconds on his previous best. Dominic has also decided to postpone his medical studies at Sheffield University and have a year at Eastern Kentucky University, in USA, to see whether he can progress his running further.
At the end of July Dominic had his final race of the track season, before heading to the USA. It was his first ever 3000 metres and he ran 8.16.13 at Watford. This was the second fastest run by a Tonbridge athlete, over the distance, in the last ten years.
Sean then finally ran under 1.50 for 800 metres, at Oxford on 19th July with 1.49.96.
Sean then had an up and down week, culminating in a win over 800 metres in the UK Youth Development League and then running a stunning 47.5 400m relay split at Hendon. In the latter he anchored the Tonbridge under 20 men’s team to a club record of 3.21.16, which was also the fastest by a club team in the UK, so far in 2014.
Andy Combs has had a tough time and sprained his ankle during his warm-up, prior to racing 3000 metres at Watford, in the first week of July. This has aggravated his achilles tendon and he has had to rest for a week or so, whilst also obtaining some treatment.
Ryan Driscoll followed up a good June by winning the Southern Counties Inter Counties match 1500 metres, at Mile End Stadium, on 13th July, He represented Sussex in the event, which featured eight county teams. Ryan then went on to record a personal best over 800 metres of 1.55.99.
Ryan ended July by lowering his 3000 metres best by ten second to 8.20.40, in the same race as Dominic, at Watford. Ryan’s time has only been beaten by two Tonbridge athletes in the last ten years.
Tom Cox improved his 3000 metres personal best in the first week of the month to 8.36.97. He followed this up with a 1500 metres win at the Southern Athletics League fixture, at Tonbridge, on 12th July. Tom then ran a personal best of 15.30.54, for 5000 metres at Oxford on 19th July, despite suffering with blisters in the latter stages.
Robbie Farnham-Rose had been going well and had one of his best ever training sessions two days before racing again. He then won an 800 metres and a 400 metres at Tonbridge, in the Southern Athletics League. Unfortunately, he picked up a head cold and is waiting to see how he recovers. He is due to compete in a league race, at the start of August.
Luca Russo is out of the country for most of the Summer.