CFT Annual Christmas awards:

Once again we had our annual Christmas awards. This year we went back to 3 awards, Athletes Athlete voted for by the members, Coaches athlete voted for by all of the coaches and Most improved also voted for by the coaches.

Athlete Athlete:
1st Anita Card by a landslide victory. If we all didn’t know her and what she has been through this year we probably wouldn’t of even know that she was diagnosed with Cancer. She continued training throughout her treatments and with a smile on her face. A great inspiration and worthy winner.
2nd Mike Philips. Always pushing hard and bringing up the standard of the box. He also has helped many since passing his Level 1 coaches course.
Coaches Athlete:
1st Sophie Grant. Having had her second knee operation a year ago she has gone onto smashing new PB’s, qualifying for major comps such as Battle of the Beasts and been an all round team player in the gym.
2nd Emma Tiong. Emma has been in the top 3 for both Athletes & Coaches athlete awards for the past few years and there is pretty much nothing she hasn’t mastered this year.
Most Improved:
1st Claire Palmer. Claire has come on leaps and bounds this year, from scaling wods to now winning many of them. Claire is now one of our strongest females and is consistently give Rich a run for his money.
2nd Jacqui Harding. Jacqui only missed out winning by 1 vote. Over the last year she has made huge improvements particularly in her gymnastic skills. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her joining the muscle up club next year.


Katie during the deadlift & double under event.

Katie during the deadlift & double under event.

Stand Alone Series winter 2015 (NWK):

Another great turn out by CFT members for this one, Rich Palmer, Sophie Grant who placed 2nd in their summer event, Katie Latham and Matt Hollamby making a come back to CrossFit as well as Rich Spence who follows the CFT competitor program. Once again everyone did the club proud with some very strong performances, particularly the girls both placing comfortably in the top 10. Rich Spence was unlucky not to win the competition going into the final with an 18 point lead but unfortunately the scores were wiped for the final and he finished 2nd in the final event and therefore overall.


Gary's 1st place trophy.

Gary’s 1st place trophy.

League of Legends 2015:

This was online masters competition that consisted of 5 workouts over 10 weeks. The difference with this competition was that the older you were, the greater handicap you were given, aimed at evening the playing field. Gary Harding had some great results especially after coming back from a huge injury last year winning him the scaled competition and with doing some of the workouts as RX.


Tommy takes 3rd at Britain' s Strongest Man.

Tommy takes 3rd at Britain’ s Strongest Man.

Britain’s Strongest Man U80kg:

Tommy had an outsanding comp to finish 3rd and qualify to the Arnold Classic in the USA next year. Events included 120kg stones for reps and Log Clean & Press.


CFT at the super team cup.

CFT at the super team cup.

2015 Super Team Cup:

CFT decided to send a team to this ‘all star’ comp. With most of the UK’s big names plus sponsored teams being there, we knew we had our work cut out. We also called in Lee Steggles who follows the CFT competitor program. Sophie Grant, Louise Baldock, Emma Tiong, Alex Clarke, Chris Dear & Lee made up the squad. Everyone had good performances particularly Lee in the DT event and Emma stringing muscle ups together. Louise was also very strong in her first major comp. We finished 30th out of the 100 teams which met our target of making the top 40 cut on day 2.


Sophie at Battle of the Beasts,

Sophie at Battle of the Beasts,

2015 Battle of the Beasts:

Sophie Grant impressed us all after qualifying for the Battle of the Beasts 1 year after tearing a ligament in her knee for the second time. She put in a great performance and finished 36th overall. She also won a sideline event of the slowest strict muscle ups with a score of 19 seconds.


Joel, Liv, Emma & Mike on route to their team throwdown.

Joel, Liv, Emma & Mike on route to their team throwdown.

CrossFit Corinthian Team Throwdown:

Mike, Liv, Joel & Emma decided to travel down to Newhaven for this team comp. Through the day they pulled in some great finishes including 2x 2nd places and went on to finish 5th overall. Great work.


Lifting League round 4&5:

After being given a point for round 4 after Maxout London couldn’t get a team together CFT’s weightlifting team faced our biggest challenge since taking on the mighty St Birius in last seasons knockouts. We were to take on Momentum Weightlifitng, League creator and British record holder Giles Greenwoods team. With quite a few of our team away we called in Lee Steggles who lifted extremely well as did Rick Taylor who was in his first match since last season. The match ended 3-1 to Momentum but we put on a good performance and Chris almost pushed us to a 2-2 final score but unfortunately lost by just 0.8kg after taking body weight into account.


Sophie with a 2nd place finish.

Sophie with a 2nd place finish.

NWK Throwdown summer 2015:

Once again CFT showed our strength, Sophie Grant had a great day and really put in the work to finish 2nd. Mike Philips sat in 2nd all the way until the final but unfortunately for him they reset the scores after the final cut which would lead to him missing out on a podium place. Rich Palmer & Theo Gates-Flemming both performed very well with both having sub 2:30 ‘Diane’ times and Finally Lee Steggle who follows CFT’s competitor programming won the competition as well as being part of last weeks 4 Fittest winning team.


Mike, Rich, Katie & Paul after the final with judge of the day Ahmar.

Mike, Rich, Katie & Paul after the final with judge of the day, Ahmar.

2015 4 Fittest:

We had a great turn out for this one fielding 4 teams. We had some very good performances from all who took part showing we have great strength in depth at the club. Overall a great day with the social side being as big as the competition side of things. Mike, Rich, Paul & Katie made the final but a podium finish wasn’t to be today.


3rd place for Tommy.

3rd place for Tommy.

2015 England’s Strongest Man U80kg:

Once again Tommy Chivers achieved a great result and another podium finish. After a slow start Tommy made his way up the field for a 3rd place finish. He also showed great improvement in his strength by finishing the 300kg yoke carry, something he struggled with last year.


Scores from our 4-0 Lifting League win over CF TW.

Scores from our 4-0 Lifting League win over CF TW.

2015 Lifting League Match round 3:

After a few weeks training or for some lifters some needed rest, CFT came back strong with our best performance yet of the season to gain a 4-0 win of CF Tunbridge Wells.There was a great atmosphere for this match and both sides lifted very well.


3rd place for Pat. Pictured with the other podium finishers.

3rd place for Pat. Pictured with the other podium finishers.

2015 Raising the Bar European Masters:

This is a big comp for CFT with us having someone on the podium for the last 2 years and this year we were not disappointed with Pat Towers taking 3rd place in the 45-49 age group category. His last few months of dedicated training and cutting weight/improving his nutrition paid off with him improving on last years 5th place finish. David Pepper and John Towers both also put in good performances. This is a comp we think we can take a big squad to next year so any masters please speak to Pat about it.


4-0 win for CFT

4-0 win for CFT

2015 Lifting League Match round 2:

A comfortable 4-0 victory for CFT over LSESU builds confidence for CFT. None of our lifters lifted very well in this match but it was still enough to take the win. More training and we’ll be ready for the next match. Team Chris Dear, Alex Clarke, Joel StJohn, Rich Palmer.



Rich in training for the Lifting League.

Rich in training for the Lifting League.

2015 Lifting League Match round 1:

CFT got off to a great start in the Lifting League with a 3-1 win of CFM Barbell. Alex Clarke, Joel StJohn, Rich Palmer & Mike Philips all lifted well to secure the victory.


CFT Spring Weight Lifting Competition:

This was the first of the new CFT Weightlifting series that we will be hosting. There will be a Spring, Summer & Winter competition for lifters to take part in. In the series Lifters are grouped by their previous totals and body weight is disregarded (accept in the event of a draw) to allow for bigger matches/groups. However there will be awards for the highest sinclair scores (a score given taking BW and total into account) of the day. CFM Barbell and CF Tunbridge Wells supplied tough competition as well as our own in house competitors.
Men’s U150 Total winner Sam Stepto (CFT)
Men’s U180 Total winner Ben Bullen (CFT) who now jumps up to the U200 group.
Men’s U200 Total winner Rich Palmer (CFT)
Men’s 200+ Total winner Josh Carter (CFM) who also won highest Sinclair score of the the day.
Women’s Open Group winner Jenny Gibson (CFTW) who also won judges lifter of the day.


Jules hitting the UK ninja warrior course.

Jules hitting the UK ninja warrior course.

UK Ninja Warrior:

CFT had 2 members, Juliet Taylor & Joel StJohn selected to be shown on the first season of Uk Ninja Warrior.


Kent & Sussex 2015 spring throwdown:

A few members went along for this and all represented the club well. Firstly one of our rising stars Ricardo won the scaled competition. Katie & Mike P both made the final cut in the RX category with Katie taking the 3rd spot on the podium. Matt H also showed he still had some gas in the tank after moving to weightlifting with some very good performances and as always David P put everything on the table.

Well Done by all.


CFT in house Open results.

CFT in house Open results.

CFT (in house) 2015 Open:

This year we decided to run an in house open with weekly prizes given to scaled, male & female weekly winners as well as to the overall winning male & female.

In the men’s competition it was very closely fought with the top 4 finishing within 3 points of each other.

For the girls Emma Tiong got off to a flying start but it was Louise who came through to win by a clear 5 points.
M = 1st Paul C, 2nd Rick T, 3rd Rich P & Mike P (tie)
F = 1st Louise B, 2nd Emma T, 3rd Juliet T & Katie L (tie)


3 out of 5 runners in the top 10%. We did not look like this at the finish!

3 out of 5 runners in the top 10%. We did not look like this at the finish!

The 2015 Eliminator Race 10 miles:

5 CFT members (Clive, Adam, Alex, Ricardo & Julian) went to Ashdown Forest to take part in what we all said was the toughest run we had ever done. A cross country route that continuously went up and down and in and out of water really pushed us to our limits.

3 of our runners finished top 10% (Alex, Adam & Clive) with Alex achieving a highest place of 11th. Julian also put in a good run and Ricardo achieved his aim of finishing in the top 50% on his first race.


Joel & Leah winners of the CFT 2014 awards.

Joel & Leah winners of the CFT 2014 awards.

CFT Awards 2014:

Congratulations to Joel St John for winning the Athletes Athlete award. Anita Card came 2nd and there was a 3 way tie for 3rd, Mike Philips, Emma tiong & Vanessa Knowles.

The Coaches Athlete was awarded to Leah Pippard after a number of success and great performances over the last year.


CFT team at SiD.

CFT team at SiD.

Strength in Depth Finals 2014:

After qualifying for SiD we selected the final squad and headed down the Bath for the finals. SiD turned out to be one of the best competitions we have been to, workouts, organisation etc were second to none. After not the best start on day 1 with some bad luck on event 2 when our farmers handles came apart dropping us from 1st place in our heat to last as well as a couple of bad wods we had our work cut out in day 2.

On day 2 we stepped it up with 2 top 5 finishes pulling us back up the leader board. This finished us overall in 22nd. Overall it was a great weekend and everyone really put the effort in. Bring on next year.


CFT's weightlifting team go out in the knock outs to last years winners St Birinus.

CFT’s weightlifting team go out in the knock outs to last years winners St Birinus.

Lifting League Knock Outs:

After a great season CFT traveled up to Didcot to face St Birinus in the knockouts. All of the team put in great performances with a few PB’s rolling in but we were outclassed by a very strong St Birinus who were last years overall Lifting League champions and we suffered our first defeat. It was great to compete with such strong opposition and the team are now more focused than ever for next year.


CrossFit Tonbridge easily secure our place in the SiD finals.

CrossFit Tonbridge easily secure our place in the SiD finals.

Strength in Depth 2014 Qualifiers:

With the teams being much larger than the usual SiD is a true test of how well our box is doing. Pretty much all of the UK’s top boxes entered along side some big names from Europe. We are very pleased to say that we easily qualified in 15th place (top 30 going through). Great work by all who took part.


CFT win the league (weightlifting).

CFT win the league (weightlifting).

CFT Win the Lifting League South East group B league:

A great season by CFT in their first year in the lifting league. We won all matches with an impressive 100% unbeaten record and with fielding a different team for every match. We now go into the play offs, firstly against last years overall Lifting League winners and this years South East group A winners St Birinus.


Great work by Rich & Mike taking 2nd place and winning 3 of the 4 events.

Great work by Rich & Mike taking 2nd place and winning 3 of the 4 events.

Pairs throwdown at CF Crawley:

Rich Palmer and Mike Philips decided to go along for this one. After not the best start placing 7th in the first workout they came back strong winning every event after, 3 in a row. Unfortunately this was not quite enough on the points system to take first place but they came away happy with second especially after blowing the field away on the final workout, winning by a huge margin. I’m sure they’ll be back to this comp next year to take first place.


Tommy on his way to a 602.5kg Total at 80kg body weight.

Tommy on his way to a 602.5kg total and 2nd place in his category (-83kg).

GBPF British Classic:

Another very good performance by Tommy Chivers in his return to Powerlifting at the GBPF British Classic (-83kg). Tommy made all his lifts with only one small hiccup where he was timed out for his last squat meaning he didn’t get go over the 200kg mark. This was not to stop him having a very good total achieving: 197.5kg squat, 150kg bench & 255kg deadlift for a 602.5kg total. This placed him 2nd in his category.


Joel takes home the bronze and Chris easily makes the qualifying totals.

Joel takes home the bronze and Chris easily makes the qualifying totals.

London & South East Weightlifting qualifiers:

Both Chris Dear & Joel St John went to Crystal Palace to take part in their first weightlifting match outside of the Lifting League. Both had pre comp nerves going into the meet but they still both pulled out good performances. Chris in the 85kg weight class made his first and second lifts giving him 105/135=240. This score qualified him for the London Open next month and would of also qualified him for the English Senior Championships earlier this year.

Joel cut over 3kg for the meet to make the 69kg weight class. He still performed very well at this weight placing 3rd in his category with 75/100=175, just 9kg off his best.


Clive taking on the Dozen.

Clive taking on the Dozen. Once again CFT had multiple top 10 finishers.

Dirty Dozen Races Sept (18,12,6km):

Another good outing by CFT at the Dirty Dozen races. Once again it was Juliet Taylor who was our strongest performer finishing 4th on the 12km run. Clive Gigney also in the 12km had another good run against a strong field placing 24th. Matt Hollamby was the only CFT member to take on the 18km and finished in the top 30. Finally Alex Clarke was the highest placing CFT member on the 6km finishing 7th.


6 world records for George.

6 world records for George.

WPC British Grand Prix (Powerlifting):

A huge success for George Briley who broke 6 WPC U18 world records.

George was at his best for this comp;
220kg Squat
140kg Bench (equal PB)
250kg Deadlift (PB)
Total 610kg (PB)

No need to say anything more for this one!


CFT win 4-0 again.

CFT win 4-0 again.

Lifting League match:

CFT continued our undefeated record with a 4-0 win over CrossFit Connect. This keeps us top of the table. Once again we had a new lifter stepping up to take her first match, Leah Pippard. Leah had a great performance with 45kg/65kg lifts easily winning her the match. Chris Dear and Joel St John both had very good performances both hitting new PB’s of 110kg snatch for Chris, and a new total for Joel of 184kg. Mike Philips also returned to action with a solid performance.


Another 4-0 win for CFT.

Another 4-0 win for CFT.

Lifting League match

Round 4 of the lifting league CrossFit Tonbridge had a home match against In2 CrossFit. Both had a new team with 2 new lifters having their first Lifting League match. There were good performances all round and plenty of PB lifts.
Chris Dear (CFT) won his match against Jack Ashby (In2) with a strong 105/125 to Jacks 80/110. After a week of PB’s in training Chris went big on his 2nd & 3rd attempts but it wasn’t to be today though he did PB his clean at 137kg.

Joel St John stepped up to be CFT’s no.2 from his usual spot as no.3 to face Steph Dvorak in her first Lifting League match. The pressure did not get to either of them with both putting in very good lifts. Steph was very unlucky not to get her final snatch (65kg) with a press out but she clearly had the strength for it and she went on to C&J a massive 91kg. Joel’s consistent lifting with another 180kg total won him the match.

In match 3 Theo Gates-Fleming (CFT) had his first Lifting League match against Tom Mason. Both lifters hit PB’s with Theo’s 118kg C&J and Tom’s 86kg Snatch and 110kg C&J. Their totals were only separated by 2kg (Theo 198kg / Tom 196kg) though Theo had the weight advantage being 9kg lighter. Theo wins.

Finally CFT had Rick Taylor facing Jess Bivens both in the first appearance in the lifting League. Rick started strong getting his early lifts reaching a total of 190kg. After not the best start missing her first 2 snatches Jess came back very strong with a solid 47kg Snatch and a PB in the C&J hitting 63kg but it wasn’t quite enough. Rick wins.
Overall 4-0 win to CrossFit Tonbridge


George squatting 200kg on the barrel frame leading to a solid 10th place finish.

George squatting 200kg on the barrel frame leading to a solid 10th place finish.

England’s Strongest Junior (U23)

George Briley stepped up for Englands Strongest Junior, at just 18 he has a few years to go at this level.

An outstanding 120kg axel clean & press which was a huge PB for him pushed him up the leader board to become the 10th strongest junior in England.

He also performed very well on the 110kg farmers walk, one of his favorite events.


Great turn out by CFT for the 4Fittest comp.

Great turn out by CFT for the 4Fittest comp.

2014 4 Fittest (CrossFit)

We had 4 teams enter the 4 Fittest comp held at the Allianz (Saracens) stadium.
Team Top Nuts: Rick Taylor, Juliet Taylor, Ben Waite & Matt Chilton from CFTW
CFT Team Z: Gary Harding, Helen Wilson, Mike Philips & Theo Gates-Flemming
St Faulty Towers: Pat Towers, Leah StJohn, Jon Towers & Joel StJohn
Wod Direction: Matt Hollamby, Dia Szakal, Ben Bullen & Ben Price

Great performance by all finishing 15th (Top Nuts), 20th (Team Z), 21st (St Faulty Towers) & 25th (WD).


1st Place for CFT.

1st Place for CFT.

K&S Summer Team Throwdown

Chris Dear, Theo Gates-Flemming & Sophie Grant formed a very strong CrossFit Tonbridge team for this competition.

The day involved tyre flips, drags and presses, trail runs and throwing logs around. With some great team work and individual performances CFT blew the field away over the 4 events placing 3rd, 1st, 1st & 1st, winning them 1st place overall.



Tommy in training earning him a 2nd place finish.

Tommy in training earning him a 2nd place finish.

Zeus Strongest Man U85kgs

Another top performance from Tommy Chivers placed him 2nd at Zues Strongest Man.

He placed 1st on the husafel stone, carrying the 90kg stone 125m in 75seconds.  He also placed 1st on the car deadlift event, knocking out 24 reps at 200kg.

Unfortunately he just missed getting the 135kg final atlas stone up by only an inch which would of been a PB lift for him.


Another 4-0 win for our Lifting League team.

Another 4-0 win for our Lifting League team that puts us top of the table.

Lifting League match 2:

CFT/brook barbell won our second Lifting League match against St Mary’s uni weightlifting club. Another 4-0 win which surprised us all. St Mary’s were strong competition and none of us had a particularly good performance with all of us missing our opening snatches.

Performances: Chris Dear only got his opening lifts on the 3rd attempt (100/125), cutting it a bit fine but still enough to win his match. Alex Clarke also only got his opening weights with these being enough to win again (105/135). Joel St John had a good performance after a bad start to eventually equal his previous comp best (75/105). And finally we had Richard Palmer step up for his first match. Again he had a shoddy start with some first match nerves but pulled back to win his match and almost hit a new PB on his C&J, just missing the jerk (75/105).
Overall very happy with the result but defiantly some more work to be done in the gym.


Debbie in our first Novice Strongman comp.

Debbie in our first Novice Strongman comp.

Brook Barbell / CFT Novice Strongman Comp:

Tommy decided to put this comp on for a bit of fun and for those who don’t usually do this type of training to give it a go. We also had good competition for other gyms including White Cliffs CF, Chalk Monkeys & NWK CF.

Highlits of the day included Aaron Cooper of White Cliffs completing 26 squats at 150kg, Dellus West of Chalk Monkeys deciding to take on the big boys and compete in the over 85kg category at 82kg body weight and winning the carry medley event as well as Christine Lawrence of White Cliffs battling up a 150kg axle Deadlift.

Ladies: 1st: Kate Hodgkinson (WC) / 2nd: Christine Lawrence (WC) / 3rd: Debbies Waite (CFT)
Mens <85kg: 1st: Lee Steggles (CM) / 2nd: Theo Gates-Flemming (CFT) / 3rd James Wise (NWK)
Mens >85kg: 1st: Aaron Cooper (WC) / 2nd: Dellus West (CM) / 3rd Mike Goddard (NWK)



4-0 Win for CFT/Brook Barbell against LOWA.

4-0 Win for CFT/Brook Barbell against LOWA.

2014 Lifting League match 1:

It is our first season in the Lifting League (Olympic weightlifting) and we got off to a great start with a 4-0 win over London Olympic Weightlifting Academy. All of our lifters won their matches and achieved their first comp PB’s. Totals: Chris Dear 237kg @83kg, Alex Clarke 254kg @100kg, Joel StJohn 180kg @71kg & Mike Philips 202kg @94kg.

2014 Raising the Bar Masters:

3rd place finish for Jon Towers at raising the bar masters.

3rd place finish for Jon Towers at raising the bar masters.

Once again our masters team were ready to go for this especially after Steve’s 3rd place last year. Once again thanks to Jon Towers we secured another 3rd place finish. CFT members dominated the fist 2 events in the 45-49 category with Pat Towers taking 1st on event 1 and Jon Towers on event 2. Meanwhile Gary Harding in the 40-44′s put in a good perfomace to finish day 1 in 29th after only just qualifying in 60th position, unfortunately this meant he did not make the cut for day 2.

Jon & Pat carried on their strong performance’s in day 2 with both of them making the final event. Jon went on to take 3rd and Pat a well earned 5th. David Pepper also stepped up to take part in his first major comp.



Tommy on the Deadlift medlay at Englands Strongest Man Finals.

Tommy on the Deadlift medlay at Englands Strongest Man Finals.

2014 England’s Strongest Man U90kg:

One week away from England’s Strongest Man U90kg, a competitor tore his bicep and Tommy Chivers was offered his space. So with no preparation he set off to Lancashire for his biggest comp to date.
With  Tommy’s giving away about a stone in body weight to the other competitors and most of the weights being used close to or even more than his best lifts he really had his work cut out. This showed when an awkward axel deadlift at 245kg through him and he failed the rep. Not deterred he came back strong carrying a 300kg yoke 7m, that’s 50kg more than he had ever carried before and also a 6th place finish in the farmers carry. Unfortunately by the end of the day he had nothing left to squat the 200kg axel and struggled on the carrying medlay placing him overall 13th out of 14. However this was a great experience for him and he came away proud to be able to compete against some of the top UK strongmen.


Team CFT crossing the finish line at Dirty Dozen races. 1x 1st & 3rd plus another 4 top 10 finishers.

Team CFT crossing the finish line at Dirty Dozen races. 1x 1st & 3rd plus another 4 top 10 finishers.

Dirty Dozen Races 2014 April races:

This was a great weekend for CFT with a large field of members taking part. Our Ladies dominated the 6km race with Juliet Taylor winning by over 13 minutes and Leah Pippard, Claire Thomas, Emma Tiong & Debbier Waite all finishing in the top 10 females. In the Men’s 6km Theo Gates-Fleming took 3rd with Joel just missing out on a top 10 spot.

We also had a few runners in the 12km race with strong performances by Adam Tibbles, Clive Gigney & Ele Ross who all finished just outside the top 20.


Tommy 1 place off qualifying to Englands Strongest Man.

Tommy 1 place off qualifying to Englands Strongest Man.

2014 England’s Strongest Man U90kg South East Qualifiers:

Tommy Chivers decided to take a step up to see where he stood compared to other local strongmen. Events on the day were max rep axle squats at 170kg, 120kg farmers, an overhead medley of 80kg block, 100kg axle and 120kg log, max deadlift starting at 210kg and finally a movement medley of carrying 70kg tyre, 80kg block and 100kg barrel. Not expecting to qualify in the slightest he was very happy to finish in 6th, one spot away from qualifying to the finals.


George dominating the BPU S.E Qualifers.

George dominating the BPU S.E Qualifers.

Power lifting BPU South East Qualifiers:

George Briley was back in action a the BPU S.E Qualifiers. With a solid performance George achieved 4 British Records for the Under 18′s <125kg weight class. With these scores he qualified for both the British & European Championships. George has decided to concentrate his efforts on the British Championships and if all goes well there hopefully the World championships.


A 3rd place finish for Brook Barbell at UK's Toughest Gym.

A 3rd place finish for Brook Barbell at UK’s Toughest Gym.

2014 UK’s Toughest Gym:

George Briley decided to put together a Brook Barbell team for this comp. This consisted of himself, Tommy Chivers, Debbie Waite, Alex Clarke & we had a special guest, Jes Bourne. We went out to enjoy this one and we did. We pushed hard on all of the workouts and were very pleased to take away a 3rd place finish. Some of the highlights were Debbie & Tommy getting a PB’s in the Deadlift event as well as Jes absolutely destroying the prowler push event. Oh and George had to do some cardio with a rowing sprint in the final event, 1:30 for 500m, not bad for a powerlifter who considers 5 reps as cardio.


Top 10 finish for Alex in the Central Europe Throwdown.

2014 Central Europe Throwdown:

After qualifying highly Alex was hoping for a good result at the finals. He was up against tough competition though with quite a few of Europe’s top athletes also competing. A reasonably good performance placed him in the top 10 at the end of day though the were a couple of areas the weren’t up to scratch. A little reminder you need to work on your weaknesses.



Alex takes 6th racing against some of the UK's top obstacle racers.

Alex takes 6th racing against some of the UK’s top obstacle racers.

Dirty Dozen Back Yard Jam:

The Dirty Dozen Back Yard was an invite only race where Doug Spence (Dirty Dozen Races) brought together many of the UK’s best obstacle racers to compete in the inaugural Backyard Jam. Doug also invited Alex to see how a CrossFitter would compare to the top obstacle racers in a race with little running.

Alex put in a good performance and finished 6th overall, something he was happy with when racing them at their own game.



Great work by CFT competitiors, 1x 1st,2nd&3rd. With CFCL’s Chalk Monkeys drawing also taking 1st,2nd&3rd. White Cliffs & Medway took the 4th spots.

CrossFit Tonbridge RX comp:

For the Rx comp we really stepped up the standard this year for the 1 day event. There were 7 different boxes represented and everyone watching were not disappointed. Our very own Leah StJohn blew the field away with 3 1st place finishes and winning by a clear 7 points. Bessie Holmguard of CFCL (Chalk Monkeys) narrowly took 2nd over Helen Wilson by way of tie breaker scoring. In the Men’s Matt Rodwell of CFCL (Chalk Monkeys) took 1st and looked like he would right from the start. Chris Dear had a very consistent comp taking 2nd overall and in every event. It was the Chalk Monkeys Mike Lee who took 3rd.



2x1sts and 2x3rd place finishes for CFT. CF medway provided strong competition taking 2x2nds

CrossFit Tonbridge Novice comp:

After an afternoon of 4 grueling tests the podium was stacked with CFT athletes. In the Men’s it was no surprise that both Nick Lang & Sam Stepto were on the podium. Nick won the comp and Sam placing 3rd with Sam Dixon from CF Medway separating the 2 in 2nd. Ashley Marshall ran away with the comp finishing 1st or 2nd in every event and taking overall 1st place. Ruta Aisthorpe of CF Medway finished in 2nd and Chloe Stephens had a well earned 3rd place.



3 CFT runners in the top 20 at the Dirty Dozen race.

Dirty Dozen 12km Oct 2013:

A few CFT members decided to give the Dirty Dozen 12km race a go. With well over 500 racers CFT had 3 members finish in the top 20 (Adam Tibbals, Clive Gigney & Alex Clarke), not bad considering some of us don’t even run outside of our usual met con runs of typically around 400m. Overall a good race and result for CFT.



Rich getting a new PB by putting 120kg above head and going on to finish 4th overall.

Local Comp at White Cliffs CrossFit:

While most CFT members were competing or spectating at Tribal Clash a few members went down to White Cliffs CrossFit for a local comp. Richard Palmer had an outstanding comp and finished 4th and sat in 2nd for much of the comp. There was also strong performances from Pat Towers and Claire Palmer.



CFT members enjoying their weekend at Tribal Clash. It was great to see a CFT team making the cuts again.

2013 Tribal Clash:

An all round great turnout and performance for CFT in the 2013 Tribal Clash. This was a comp with a difference. The events were mostly set on the beach with athletes taken out of their comfort zones using unfamiliar settings such as beach runs, logs being used instead of barbells and open water swims. CFT had 3 teams enter and our highest placing team: Theo Gates-Flemming, Matt Hollamby, Juliet Taylor and Lauren Carter reached the final event which only the top 20 teams from 100 would achieve. The final event was a knockout tug of war event which unfortunately they were knocked out early by CF Aberdeen.



Jules taking 3rd in her first Triathlon.

Xterra xcountry sprint triathlon, Surrey:

Juliet Taylor had another great placing in her first Triathlon finishing as the 3rd fastest senior female. She also went on a couple of weeks later to finish as the 4th fastest female in the Met Police 10km race, also beating every member of her team, males included. She’ll have gloating rights for a while.



Alex & Dell on the right taking 3rd place from over 100 teams that entered.

2013 European inferno:

On the 3rd & 4th of August the 2013 European Inferno took place in the National Athletics Indoor Arena in Cardiff. Alex Clarke & our mobility guru Dellus West represented CrossFit Tonbridge. Alex & Dell won 2 of the 7 events and came away overall with a 3rd place finish. They actually lead the comp for a while but an unusually bad performance on the second to last event put them out of the running for 1st and 2nd. They came back strong though by winning the last event in style and leaving no doubt they were contenders for the top spot.



Tommy on his way to winning the deadlift medley, and to become Bigger Stronger Faster 2013 Champion.

Bigger Stronger Faster 2013:

After not performing as well as he hoped in his last comp Tommy Chivers came back with a vengeance. He cam away with a 1st place victory in what can only be classed as an outstanding performance. He looked like wining the comp right from the start and won a majority of the events proving what a strong athlete he is.



CFT on their way to a 7th place finish at the 2013 Summer Clash.

2013 Summer Clash:

A great performance by Seb StJohn, Ruth StJohn, Matt Hollamby, Karina Mortensen who battled through a weekend of tough events and a 7th place overall finish.



George breaking the u18 British record in the squat.

2013 Powerlifting Comp in Dover:

On the 19th May our power house George Briley entered his first powerlifting comp. We had big hopes for him and he delivered. Not only did he win the comp but he also came away with new South East records in the Squat, Deadlift & Total as well as setting a new under 18 British record in the Squat. The future is looking very promising.



Alex overhead squatting 265lbs.

2013 Reebok CrossFit Games:

Alex Clarke finished as the 26th best athlete in Europe. Not quite as good as last year but still placed in the top 5 Brits, and one of the few competitors that have qualified to the European Regionals 3 years running.



Jim & Debbie front row with their KB trophy’s.

2013 Local comp at Kent & Sussex

Great performance again by CFT members. Jim had a 1st place finish in the Novice event and so did Debbie only 4 months after giving birth. They have both been very dedicated to their training this year and their hard work has paid off, well done.



Steve on the podium (right).

2013 Raising the Bar – European Masters:

Once again Steve Edwards proved what a strong competitor he is with a 3rd place finish in Cardiff at the European Masters.

This was also a great month for Mike Giles who placed 7th in Europe in his age category in the 2013 CrossFit Games Open.



12th Jan 2013 Local comp at K&S CF:

Claire Palmer came away with a 2nd place finish at her first comp. She won 2 of the 3 events and was only put out of the top spot by a rope climbing event as she had never climbed a rope before.



Chris in 2nd & Tommy taking 3rd.

Jules taking 3rd place.

9th Dec 2012 comp at White Cliffs CrossFit:

CFT members did the the club proud again taking away 3 podium places. Chris Dear & Tommy Chivers finished 2nd & 3rd and Juliett Taylor took 3rd.



Rick representing CFT at DWF.

Divided We Fall Games 2012:

A great performance by Leah Pippard, Steve Edwards, Chris Dear, Rick Taylor, Juliet Taylor & Alex Clarke placed CFT in the top 20 teams in the UK & Ireland.



Alex on his way to becoming the highest placing UK athlete in the 2012 CrossFit Games.

2012 Reebok CrossFit Games:

Alex Clarke came away as the highest placing UK athlete and 11th in Europe.



Alex in the first event of the 2011 European Regional.

2011 Reebok CrossFit Games:

Alex Clarke placed as the 40th best athlete in Europe.