Medal twins at the forefront
TONBRIDGE AC twins Ben and Sophie Foreman took medals in their respective gruelling events at the Surrey Schools Championships.
Woldingham School's Sophie won the U17 3000 metre title in 10 minutes 49.93 seconds – a result she considered merely okay in the windy conditions.
"I was winning the race the whole way, but it helped for the time that there were boys in the race," she said of the event that was combined with the U17 male equivalent.
Foreman, 17, relishes long distances. She was 10th in the English Cross Country Championships and has run for England- and having a brother who runs too helps.
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The Woldingham pair can be seen running together round their village. They are also both members of Tonbridge, which is as easy to reach from their home as their old club South London Harriers.
"We're quite competitive," she said. "He's a lot faster than me. When we go out for runs around the area he stays just in front and I have to try to catch up."
However, she doesn't have to worry about any barriers – unlike her brother.
He attends Caterham School and completed his 1500m steeplechase in 4 minutes 41.60 seconds, a personal best, coming second.
"I needed 4:36 to qualify for English Schools," explained a disappointed Foreman. "The wind was pretty bad.
"At the second water jump I slipped on the barrier and my arms went in the water, but I'm never any good at the water jump."
So what possesses him to do the event?
"I moved clubs last season and started doing steeplechase there and did okay and it was my best chance to qualify for English Schools.
"But then I missed the 800m time by 0.14 seconds."
He added: "I would love to get 4:15 in the 1500m and sub 1:58 in the 800m."