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Invicta men 3rd and women 4th in final 2008 Road series

Our men claimed a fantastic third place overall in this year's Kent Grandprix Road Running Series which started in January with races at 10k, 10-miles, Half Marathon and Marathon, ending with the recent 5-miler at Deal and which is entered by almost all Kent-based athletics and road running clubs. [img:20l]A large part of Invicta`s success were our Vets who turned out to support the seniors, who were not only low on numbers but also depleted with injuries. Tunbridge Wells Harriers were series winners, beating Paddock Wood AC into second place. Invicta were 3rd, just ahead of Maidstone Harriers, in a massive field of 37 teams! Our women also had a very strong season despite fewer senior women competing for the club and they finished 4th overall out of 36 teams, with two runners in the top 5 individual placings. SENIOR MEN (individual placings) Vets Tim Sutton (24th overall) and Peter Bowell (25th) were our best placings with Mark Wilkins (our first actual senior) in 37th! Men Vet 40 - Tim Sutton was an impressive 5th overall with Peter Bowell 10th. Men Vet 50 - Peter Russell was 5th despite a season plagued by injury. Men Vet 60 - Our most impressive display! Invicta athletes took the top three places outright, showing just how strong our club vets really are. 1st was Michael Conway, 2nd Martyn Rouse with Trevor Edgley (3rd) making it a clean sweep for the 'reds' which all bodes well for 2009! SENIOR Women's Individual placings - Sharon Hawkins took 2nd place overall despite being a vet35s and Vicky Talbot-Rosner finished 5th despite being a vet-45!! Women Vet 35 - Sharon Hawkins took 2nd place overall, once again just behind her rival Tina Oldershaw from Paddock Wood AC. Women Vet 45 - Vicky Talbot-Rosner claimed 1st place to confirm exactly how well she has raced this season. Women Vet 55 - Annie Ross finished 5th. Overall, as acting co-ordinator, I'm very pleased with how the season went and am really looking forward to the 2009 season, with big hopes we can even maybe challenge for the outright senior men's title. I hope to encourage more women to compete for our club, and welcome back the likes of Heidi Coleman from child birth, who will be a very strong addition to the team. Click underlined text for all results [doc:350] Michael Gore (acting road race co-ordinator)