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Samphire Hoe


On a very windy day in Dover at Samphire Hoe the Invicta road relay team prepared to race. Due to many other commitments the team was not supported by the usual turnout that has been seen at the previous stages.


Never the less Senior Men had a complete team with newbie to the A team Barry Hopkins. Andy Cope set out for the first leg and hammered home the fastest time of the team 12.21. Alistair Noel went second clocking out a speedy time of 13.06 pushing hard all the way. Barry Hopkins after a team talk before setting off for the race was told to push hard up the hills by seasoned team captain Tom Purnell. He took this advice and responded with an amazing time of 14.23. The final leg was completed by Tom who finished in a time of 12.46.


The mixed senior B team had Douglas Noel chasing after Andy with a time of 16.15. Lea Burnett the only lady in the team enjoyed her run and finished 22.25. Gavin Knight was showing the youngsters how fast he can move with a very fast time of 14.34. Last runner home was Jon Ness enjoying his second relay and completing it in style in a time of 14.18. Well done guys and girl.


Men’s V40 team comprised of Robert Whittaker in leg 1, 13.17 showing the speed that he has access too. Richard Hudson went second 17.13 tackling the hills like a pro. Martin Kelk posted the fastest time of the team in a fast 12.49. Steve Burt went in the final leg in a time of 13.30 completing that race line up.


In the ladies teams Senior Women posted a very competitive team. Sarah Hotham went first and completed the route in 18.07. Beth Burnett posted the fastest lap of the team showing that the hills were no problem for her 16.35. And finally new to the team was Alex Johns, who posted a very respectable first time of 17.50. Well done ladies amazing effort.


The seasoned might of the V45 women were joined by a new recruit Thersea Johns blasting round with the fastest time of the team making an amazing first impression 16.21. Sue Rogers went second and posted a time of 18.07. Final leg was ladies team captain Sally Mullervy completing the vet’s team.


Everyone raced really well on a very windy, cold and foggy day. The chips at the end scored 7.2 on the Invicta chip scoring rankings. The added excitement was that the England football manager, Roy Hodgson, had once brought chips here, as the owner regaled us with this story.