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Round 2 Minnis Bay

 

East Kent Coastal Road Relays – Minnis Bay – Round 2

ANOTHER RECORD TURN-OUT!!

The latest stop on our mini-tour of East Kent in the Coastal Relays was Minnis Bay, near Birchington. Barry Hopkins stepped into the breach as Team Manager for the Seniors this time around, in the absence of Tom Purnell, who was on a trip to Bath (the place, not a bath tub!) Barry arrived slightly late, as is his custom, and was greeted by an unconfirmed record turn-out – 27 athletes in total. Was the record turnout due to the presence of a new team manager – be it for 1 race only! Trying to get to grips with everything was his challenge, with several regulars also absent due to other race commitments.

 

The Senior Men A team had a strong race, and in a fairly close finish were 3rd overall. A special mention should be made to Ryan Burt, who in his first relay made the A team, and performed exceptionally well against older athletes who specialise in these distances. This puts the Senior Men just 1 point behind Ashford in the overall standings – with some of our “big guns” ready to resume their places in the next race. The defence of the title is looking good.

 

It was great to see a number of first time Senior Men from various training groups, all of whom are planning to run the next race as well!

 

Once again we were able to enter a Senior Women’s team, who performed well – matching the Men’s result – 3rd place in the race. They are also 3rd in the table after this 2nd race. Keep it up ladies!

 

The Female Vet 45’s kept their feet firmly on the pedal, making it 2 wins from 2. It’s early days, but it is looking good for another defence of their long held Champions title.

 

The Male Vet 40’s put in another solid performance – and also finished 3rd – obviously IEK’s favoured position of the day! They are 4th in the table, just 1 point behind Ashford & District and only 2 behind Thanet Roadrunners. All to play for!

 

There were too many good performances to name them all, but Chris Holmes ran the fastest leg of the day from IEK in 11.45mins, and only 10 seconds off the fastest from any of the Clubs. Lea Burnett also chopped around 4 secs off her time from the previous round. Barry Hopkins made his comeback from a brief injury, Chris Harvey returned following his exploits in the London Marathon (and subsequent runner’s fatigue) and (take a deep breath) Ellie Gray, Willow Forest, Jon Ness, Elliot Noonan, Sarah Hotham, Ryan Burt, Lydia Gallyer-Barnett, Elliot Burt and Thomas Redman all made their road relay debuts!

 

Now for the Fish and Chips social. After careful consideration by approx 20 who dined, using the IEK scientific racing fish and chips scale of 1-10, we rated this shop at 6.5 with an added 0.5 bonus point for staying open beyond their normal hours, and the extra chips and bread rolls added for free!

 

See you all at the next round in Victoria Park, Ashford!