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IEK PUT PRESSURE ON 2009 ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP

After the latest round of the 2009 KGP Series which also incorporated the Kent Championships for 10K, Invicta`s men are now locked in a two-way battle with Tunbridge Wells Harriers for this season's championship honours With only 3 rounds remaining, T-Wells Harriers have a slender lead of only 51pts over Invicta with a massive gap to 3rd placed Larkfield AC. This is a remarkable position for us to be in, when you consider : 1. We are 2nd of 36 scoring clubs, many of which are specilist road running clubs. 2. Only a few seasons ago, the road running side of the club (especially the men) was pretty much non-existent! 3. A few key road runners have been sidelined this season with various injuries, so in theory we have an even stronger squad available to us in the future! We now have a fantastic chance of gaining the gold medal, it's down to every road runner in the club to get out and support us in the remaining rounds, especially the Folkestone Half Marathon (Sept 27) and the finale at the Wilmington 10K (end of October) when I expect a sea of red for further than the eye can see!!! Not to forget about the women's achievements this season : after a bad start to the year, the girls are now turning things around nicely and climbing up the table and are placed 5th of 31 clubs. We have a good chance of gaining 4th place, and an outside chance of Bronze if they finish the season strongly. The squad has been limited by injuries and maternity leave but with a stronger team developing for next season, the women could be in with a title shot in 2010 Individually.... Senior men: Tom Purnell (5th overall), with Mark Wilkins currently in 12th place. With dropped scores coming into play from next round onwards, Mark could end 2nd overall. Our next Senior is James Coker in 59th. M40s: Tim Sutton is 6th overall with Peter Bowell 62nd. M50s: John Wilkins (5th) is our best placed runner with Adam Cowper-Smith 8th. M60s: this is still our strongest category - Trevor Edgley is still 1st overall and Mike Conway is 2nd. Both face the challenge of Martyn Rouse (4th overall) who could, on paper, challenge Trevor Edgley by running the Thanet Marathon! Senior Women: Brianna Zoll is our only scorer in 36th. W45s: Vicky Talbot-Rosner is 3rd with Sue Cooper 5th overall, Janice Moorekite continues her injury comeback and is 10th. Results and placings from Cliffe Woods were as follows:- 5th Mark Wilkins (sm) 35:11 18th James Rouse (sm) 36:46 22nd Alex Newson (U21M) 37:10 23rd Peter Russell (m50) 37:11 39th Tim Sutton (m40) 38:53 40th Martyn Rouse (m60) 38:59 41st Tom Purnell (sm) 39:01 45th John Wilkins (m50) 39:20 49th Trevor Edgley (m60) 39:35 100th Michael Conway (m60) 43:30 103rd Vicky Talbot-Rosner (w45) 43:37 141st Janice Moorekite (w45) 45:20 157th Tim Kerr (m40) 45:52 183rd Sue Cooper (w45) 47:02 250th Eddie Broad (m60) 50:22 341st Dave Moorekite (m60) 54:37 350th Brianna Zoll (sw) 55:26 Well done everyone keep up the good work! Next race is the Thanet Marathon on September 6th. * NOTE: With the KGP finishing at the end of October and the 2010 season not getting underway until Jan, we have a two month window to focus on a single race and put squads out to win team prizes. If anybody has a race they would like to take part in and others are keen, we could go in force - contact me with any races which takes your fancy and I will take a good look. remember also the Virgin London Marathon 2010. There are some fast half marathons during November and early December : you can gain automatic entry if you're capable of running a sub 75min half marathon (men) or a sub 85min (women). Michael Gore IEK Road race co-ordinator