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Les Golding 10k Report

Herne Bay Sunday July 12th 2015

A humid, if not slightly blustery morning saw an excellent turn out for the Les Golding 10k event, nearly doubling the entrants from last year. Firstly the children’s 1500m, where spectators and 10k runners were impressed by the speed, grit and determination of these participants. The 35 competitors ranged considerably in age and experience, all starting and finishing to enthusiastic applause from the crowd, and receiving a well- earned medal.   The winner of the boys’ race was Joseph Griffiths (Invicta), pushed hard to the line by Elliot Wraight. The girls were led home by Alexandra Millard, also representing Invicta.

And so to the main 10k event. Invicta dominated, winning both the men’s and women’s individual events as well as both team events. In the women’s race, Sarah Gruber continued her run of impressive form, finishing in 39.16 as first lady and tenth overall. Congratulations must go to Amy Old, completing her first 10k in a time of 40.28, second lady and fourteenth overall. Vicky Talbot-Rosner and Lucy Clarke looked comfortable, finishing in 46.46 and 46.59 (PB) respectively, helping the ladies’ team to first place.  

Alex Newson won a closely fought battle with Thomas Millard (Canterbury Harriers) in the men’s race, winning by just 8 seconds in a time of 34.32. Stephen Burt, having organised the event seamlessly and coordinated the marshals, then donned his trainers, coming home eighth in a time of 39.05, helping the men to a team gold with Peter Donaldson, thirteenth,  in 40.14. John Wilkins (47.23), Michael Conway (48.06) and Michael Flynn (55.51) were also flying the Invicta flag adding to team success.
Well done to all who took part and thank you to the marshals, without whom events such as this cannot take place. We look forward to filling the race next year.

Helena Millard