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Created in 2016 the Trackside Podcast aims to highlight and discuss the latest news, performances and issues in the World of Athletics and Cross Country.

Presented by Alex Hookway, Pete Brenchley, Lewis Church and Mark Hookway, as well as the odd guest, we look to give a grass roots view on all things Athletics and Cross Country from both the UK and around the World.

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Alex Hookway

Alex first got involved in Athletics around the age of 12 when he joined Tonbridge Athletics club to compete in the Shot Putt and Discus. After progressing to English Schools standard in the Discus he began training with the middle distance athletes in winter to help with fitness for Rugby. This eventually led to concentrating on the 800m from 2007 to 2017.

After completing and enjoying his first Decathlon at the end of the 2017 Summer season Alex is now concentrating on the event, with a target of 6000 points for the 2018 season.

Alex Hookway

Pete Brenchley

Pete is a lifelong distance runner who first came into the sport at the age of 10. Over the years Pete has competed for Kent AC, Aldershot Farnham District during a period living in Hampshire, and Invicta East Kent.

It was at Invicta that Pete enjoyed the most successful period of his athletics career winning the National 6 stage Road Relay Championships as well as running 48:54 mins for 10 miles on the road.

Gradually injuries took their toll and Pete moved into coaching around 20 years ago. In the early 2000s Pete had success in with one athlete winning the European Junior XC Championships and another representing Great Britain at the World Junior XC Championships three times.

Pete joined the Tonbridge AC coaching setup 7/8 years ago and his passion for endurance running and Athletics is as great as ever.

Pete Brenchley

Mark Hookway

Mark started his Athletics career at Judd School in Tonbridge which led to him joing Tonbridge Athletics Club in 1975.

Competing over a range of distances from 800m upto half marathon his personal bests include a 3:58 1500m and 52 minute 10 miler.

In 2003 he ended his running career and took up coaching, as well as the team management of the clubs distance runners. Over the following 14 years Tonbridge AC have progressed from winning under 13 National XC and Road Relay Championship titles, to claiming the Senior Mens National 6 Stage relay title (2015) and the Senior Mens National XC title (2017).

Mark Hookway

Lewis Church

Lewis first got involved in athletics through school and soon realised that he enjoyed competing in all events! This led to him specialising in the Decathlon.

In 2015 Lewis won both the English Schools Decathlon and the England Athletics National Decathlon Championship. As well as this, he also gained his first international call up, representing Great Britain in an U20 combined events match in Nogent, France.

An injury plagued 2017 saw less competition than he would have liked, but Lewis was able to set a new personal best of 7068 points on his return to Decathlon at the end of the season.

Lewis Church





About


Created in 2016 the Trackside Podcast aims to highlight and discuss the latest news, performances and issues in the World of Athletics and Cross Country.

Presented by Alex Hookway, Pete Brenchley, Lewis Church and Mark Hookway, as well as the odd guest, we look to give a grass roots view on all things Athletics and Cross Country from both the UK and around the World.

Trackside Podcast


Podcast Regulars


Alex Hookway

Alex first got involved in Athletics around the age of 12 when he joined Tonbridge Athletics club to compete in the Shot Putt and Discus. After progressing to English Schools standard in the Discus he began training with the middle distance athletes in winter to help with fitness for Rugby. This eventually led to concentrating on the 800m from 2007 to 2017.

After completing and enjoying his first Decathlon at the end of the 2017 Summer season Alex is now concentrating on the event, with a target of 6000 points for the 2018 season.

Alex Hookway

Pete Brenchley

Pete is a lifelong distance runner who first came into the sport at the age of 10. Over the years Pete has competed for Kent AC, Aldershot Farnham District during a period living in Hampshire, and Invicta East Kent.

It was at Invicta that Pete enjoyed the most successful period of his athletics career winning the National 6 stage Road Relay Championships as well as running 48:54 mins for 10 miles on the road.

Gradually injuries took their toll and Pete moved into coaching around 20 years ago. In the early 2000s Pete had success in with one athlete winning the European Junior XC Championships and another representing Great Britain at the World Junior XC Championships three times.

Pete joined the Tonbridge AC coaching setup 7/8 years ago and his passion for endurance running and Athletics is as great as ever.

Pete Brenchley

Mark Hookway

Mark started his Athletics career at Judd School in Tonbridge which led to him joing Tonbridge Athletics Club in 1975.

Competing over a range of distances from 800m upto half marathon his personal bests include a 3:58 1500m and 52 minute 10 miler.

In 2003 he ended his running career and took up coaching, as well as the team management of the clubs distance runners. Over the following 14 years Tonbridge AC have progressed from winning under 13 National XC and Road Relay Championship titles, to claiming the Senior Mens National 6 Stage relay title (2015) and the Senior Mens National XC title (2017).

Mark Hookway

Lewis Church

Lewis first got involved in athletics through school and soon realised that he enjoyed competing in all events! This led to him specialising in the Decathlon.

In 2015 Lewis won both the English Schools Decathlon and the England Athletics National Decathlon Championship. As well as this, he also gained his first international call up, representing Great Britain in an U20 combined events match in Nogent, France.

An injury plagued 2017 saw less competition than he would have liked, but Lewis was able to set a new personal best of 7068 points on his return to Decathlon at the end of the season.

Lewis Church