Gradually the distance runners are getting going with their Winter seasons, after the end of the track season. This generally involves cross country and road races, including Autumn relays.
Nicole Taylor had her longest race to date in early September, winning the female category at the Eridge Ten Mile Trail Challenge, near Tunbridge Wells. She finished 17th overall of nearly 300 finishers and was more than three minutes ahead of the second lady.
Nicole then ran the fastest female lap of the day at the Blackheath and Bromley AC cross country relays, helping the Tonbridge women’s team to second place. She then helped Tonbridge to their highest ever position in the South of England Road Relay championships, at Aldershot, where they finished 9th. Nicole was the 13th fastest leg of the race with 13.18. To give you an idea of the standard, four of the six fastest raced in this year’s Commonwealth Games and ran between 12.35 and 12.58.
Ryan Driscoll had a short break at the end of the track season, but then had two races in September, both being relay legs.
He was in the winning Tonbridge men’s team at the Blackheath and Bromley AC cross country relays, at West Wickham. He ‘won’ the first leg and was third fastest of the whole race.
Ryan then ran the opening leg of the South of England Road Relay Championships, at Aldershot, where he helped the Tonbridge team to third place, again a highest ever position for the club.
Tom Cox , like Ryan, competed in both the relays and was in the winning team of four at West Wickham and part of the third placed team at Aldershot.
Dominic Brown is at Eastern Kentucky University, in USA and due to race seriously in October.
Robbie Farnham-Rose is back at university in Alabama, USA and won his first race of their cross country season, over 8 kilometres. He ran 25.04 for the race, which is about five miles.
Luca Russo made a tentative return to racing, after almost a year, running a leg at the Blackheath and Bromley AC cross country relays, at West Wickham, for the Tonbridge B-team. He continues to make progress.
Sean Molloy has had a bit of a break at the end of a tough track season, but has started training regularly again and is due to turn out in a race or two in October.
Andy Combs is struggling with an Achilles tendon injury and assessing a way forward.