THE BIG NEWS FOR JUNE - The Ecolution Athletes have collected five medals at the South of England Championships!
Nicole Taylor improved her own Tonbridge Athletic Club record for the 2000 metres steeplechase to 6.51.88. This was at the British Milers Club meeting, at Milton Keynes on 7th June. Her time puts her top of the UK under 20 age group rankings in 2014 and tenth in the all time list.
Nicole went on to win the South of England under 20 women’s 3000 metres championship in 10.37.34, taking 22 seconds from her best and moving to 10th in the UK all time list, at that event aswell.
The following week, on 22nd June, Nicole placed 3rd in the National under 20 women’s steeplechase in 10.45.36, on a very warm day.
Nicole finished the month by placing 10th in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the British Championships. This was her first ever appearance in the senior championships.
Dominic Brown had spent most of May focused on university medical exams and also managing a slight ankle injury. He used Ecolution’s support to get treatment and was able to continue training. Then on 10th June he got back to racing and immediately lowered his 1500 metres personal best to 3.51.26, taking two seconds from his previous time. Dom won the race at the British Milers Club Meeting, at Stretford, near Manchester and believes that he can still go a lot quicker.
Dominic produced his best performance to date in winning the South of England 1500 metres Championship, at Crystal Palace.
Sean Molloy won his 1500 metres race at the UK Development League, at Bromley on 1st June.
Sean then moved down in distance to 400 metres at the South of England Championships and finished a superb second in the under 20s with 48.88. This was a new personal best and Tonbridge AC club age group record.
Sean then placed third in the National under 20 men’s 800 metres, with 1.51.35, with the winner recording 1.51.00.
In the final weekend of the month Sean had an inexplicably poor run in his heat at the British Championships. He did bounce back a couple of days later with a 1500m win in a league race and then ran one of his fastest ever 4x400m relay legs.
Andy Combs really bounced back from a difficult few years to win the silver medal at 5000 metres in the South of England Championships on 14th June. He ran 14.41.64 and hopefully the result will give him a real boost to his running. He was only overtaken with fifty metres to go, having produced a very fast final kilometre.
Ryan Driscoll continued his good form in early June, setting his third personal best in three races, so far this season. This time it was at 1500 metres where he ran 3.56.60, when finishing second at Watford.
Ryan later improved his 1500m personal best to 3.52.63 at Watford again, in mid June.
Ryan found the National under 23 mens 5000 metres tough on a very warm day and finished 14th.
Tom Cox ran 3.57.70 for 1500 metres, behind Ryan at Watford. He continues to train well and raced at 1500 metres in the South of England Championships on 14th June. Unfortunately, the race did not go well and he was eliminated in the heats. Tom has now changed his job, since the long hours were affecting his ability to train and race well.
Tom then won the 800m and a 400m at the Southern Athletics League, at Kingston.
Robbie Farnham-Rose had only his second track race of the season at the South of England Championships, at Crystal Palace. He qualified for the 800 metres final and then proceeded to win the event in 1.54.57.
Robbie was disappointed to finish only 14th in the Amba Hotels City of London, Elite Mens road mile race on 22nd June in 4.18.
Robbie had another disappointing run at the British Championships, where he was eliminated in the heats.
Luca Russo is away in June, but continues to train, as he builds up after a long term injury.