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Invicta Athletes sizzle on a scorching hot weekend of action

On a weekend which many people spent on the beach and having BBQs and in some cases feeling they were the BBQ, Invicta athletes were in action at two key events over the weekend. Grand Prix at Crystal Palace On Saturday July 26th the Aviva London Grand Prix was in its second day at Crystal Palace : some of the world's best international athletes took part, as well as the best of British, both senior and junior races. For the second year running, Beth Carter was invited to take part in the u-20 3000m womens race and, showing continued return to top form Beth, stormed to 8th overall in a SB time of 9:43.42, just a whisker behind English Schools champion Laura Park, one of Beth's long-standing rivals over the past few seasons. Just as impressively, Beth was also less than one second adrift of Eilish McColgan, daughter of the famous distance runner Liz McColgan, and very satisfyingly, Beth got the better of Stevie Stockton, a well-known British vest athlete. Dinosaur 10k Sunday the 27th July saw the very popular summer time race, the Dinosaur 10k, start on Deal front. In very hot and humid conditions, Tom Purnell once again set a new PB, this time being first Invicta athlete across the line in 17th overall in 39:35secs. Martyn Rouse was next IEK man home in 40:17secs to take vet 60 honours. Peter Bowell, still struggling with a recent knee injury, finished 37th overall with a time of 42:15. First Invicta female home was Vicky Talbot-Rosner in 43:50secs, followed by husband and wife pairing Dave and Janice Moorekite with 52:28 & 52:32. KENT GRANDPRIX ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP - UPDATE. After the last round of the Kent GrandPrix, thanks to the help of the clubs Vet runners, Invicta have maintained 3rd place in the league. Paddock Wood AC now top the table with former leaders Tunbridge Wells Harriers, second. Invicta have gained ground on Tunbridge Wells Harriers and, along with Maidstone Harriers, have leap-frogged Larkfield AC. With three rounds remaining, acting road race co-ordinator Michael Gore expects to lose ground at the next round which is the Thanet Marathon, but hopes that a strong Invicta turn out at both the Givauden 10k at Ashford (October) and the Deal 5-miler (November) the club can maintain 3rd place in the league.