Twilight Invitational brings stars to town
30th August 2019
TONBRIDGE Athletic Club is holding a special night of sport with its first Twilight Invitational Meeting for more than 30 years this evening [August 30].
The event at Tonbridge School will start at 6.30pm and climaxes with the men’s mile at 8.30pm. Entry is free and includes a programme.
Leading athletes from across the UK and overseas will be appearing at the school’s Sports Centre alongside the best athletes from the town’s highly successful club.
It is hoped one of the competitors will be able to record the first sub-four-minute mile on the track.
Lizzy Yarnold, the double gold medallist at the Winter Olympics who was a member of Tonbridge AC in her teens, will be attending.
Among those expected to compete is Elliot Thompson, the 17-year-old son of Olympic decathlon legend Daley Thompson.
A decathlete himself, he is down to take part in the track and field ‘triathlon’, which consists of javelin, high jump and 400 metres.
The UK’s leading multi-event specialist, Ashley Bryant, is slated to take part alongside Tonbridge’s Lewis Church, who made his debut for Team GB at the European Combined Events Team Championships in Lutsk, Ukraine last month.
Another Team GB international from the club, 3,000m runner James West, is one of those hoping to break four minutes when he competes in the mile.
The women’s 800 metres line-up features a host of overseas talents including Trinidad record-holder Alena Brooks.
Tonbridge AC coach Mark Hookway said: “This is the first time such an event has been held at Tonbridge since the 1980s and never before have we seen such depth of talent at the local track.
“Providing that the weather is good we can expect some of the best performances that we have ever seen.”
He added: “A year ago the meeting was just an idea, but with a huge amount of work by some of the club’s volunteers plus the support of athletes and sponsors it should be an exciting evening for the local community to come along and watch.”