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February kicks off big style on Road, cross-country and Indoors

Over the 1st weekend of February 2010, no fewer than 47 IEK members competed[img:581r] in 3 different disciplines - see detailed reports below. 14 members wore IEK red (5 Indoors and 9 on the Road) and thus far there are no photos of those events - 33 more IEK members raced for their various District Teams in the Kent Schools Cross-country event, most, like Grace Leggatt [right] in the green of Canterbury Schools [photo by IEK member Donald Carter - student, St Mary's College Twickenham]

ROAD - Ashford 10K

Our Men & Women's teams were both 3rd with our local rivals, Canterbury Harriers 6th in the Men's and 4th in the Women's categories. Three of the 9 IEK competitors won their age group among the 609 finishers who were timed by our own IEK Chip Timing set-up. Our Men's team was 3rd through Martin Kelk (12th male) Tim Sutton (15) and Alex Newson (33) while our Women were 3rd team through Liz Weeks (1st) Vicky Talbot Rosner (11) and Janice Moorekite 12th female finisher. The 3 individual age group winners were Liz Weeks (Senior) Alex Newson (u-18) and Vet-60 Martyn Rouse - Liz Weeks gave notice of her potential by improving her best by 4 minutes to cross the line 29th overall and first female on the day in 38mins 06 secs, an impressive 8 seconds ahead of established county runner Sharon Hawkins of Maidstone Harriers. Alex Newson (U-18) was 4 mins ahead of Folkestone's Tom Addison in the Junior category, while Martyn Rouse broke the 40-minute barrier (yet again) to remain an undefeated vet-60 on the road this season, with Michael Conway 6th v-60 in 46:54. Martyn Kelk and Tim Sutton were 2nd & 3rd fastest vet-40s and Vicky Talbot Rosner was the 2nd fastest vet-45 female of the day. ....For team & individual results click underlined text...[doc:577]

Kent Indoor Championship (Lea Valley)

Each of the 5 IEK members came away with a medal, Ben Burton topping the list with a gold and a silver while Scarlett Mann bagged 3 fine bronze medals Gold......Andrew Cope U20 1500m in 4.23.19 ...........Sam Hudson u17 800m in 2.07.9 ...........Ben Burton U17 1500m in 4.40.56 Silver....Jacob Burton U17 1500m in 4.40.72 ...........Ben Burton U17 800m in 2.11.9 Bronze...Scarlet Mann u17 Long Jump of 4.91m ...........Scarlet Mann u17 High Jump of 1.45m ...........Scarlet Mann u17 60m Hurdles (Time unknown) 4th.......Jacob Burton u17 800m in 2.16.9

3 Gold (Ellen, Rebecca & Jason) Anna silver at Kent Schools XC

Having finished in the top 40 at the Southern XC at Parliament Hill, Jason Prickett (fastest IEK male on the track at 5,000m last summer) secured his first ever county title when outsprinting Tonbridge's James Pigot in the final 200m of the Senior Boys at Wilmington, Dartford. In the same race, James Reilly (10) earned a chance of selection as a reserve for Kent's team of 8 to contest the English schools at Manchester in March. [img:579r]Both IEK Senior Girls are firm candidates for county honours as Helen Robinson [pictured RIGHT] was 6th in her first Kent Schools, only 30 metres behind Emily Hosker Thornhill who was bidding to contest her 5th consecutive English Schools. After a few wobbles on the start line, Rebecca Weston majestically defended the intermediate title she won last year to maintain an impressive unbroken sequence of County Schools titles every year she competed since Year 7 - the 2008 event was cancelled due to.... snow! Newcomer and 1st year intermediate Caroline Robinson (12) edged into the County team reserve list while female run of the day came from Rachel Burton (14) who was a minute ahead of a clutch of 3 IEK members, Enya Lonnergan (19) Beth Burnett (21) and the ever-improving Grace Leggatt who was 22nd. In the Inter Boys, Kieran Reilly (7) was clearly focused on earning a place in the Kent team of 8, while 1st year Inter Jake Rogers (12) is a likely reserve finishing just ahead of Chris Thomas. Luke Dawson (16) was a minute ahead of Eddie Burton who was a creditable 24th. In the Juniors (Years 8 & 9) sisters Alex & Bobby Clay were only 1 second apart in a sprint finish which nearly took them past the Tonbridge girl in 2nd, while Canterbury District champion Amy Old (15) continues to impress by finishing only 6 seconds behind stablemate Lilly Coward, a likely Kent reserve by finishing 12th. Newcomer Rebecca Wickington, bronze medallist at the Canterbury District event, was 22nd in her first outing at this level of competition. The first 4 Canterbury Junior Boys are all IEK members : brothers Barney & Ross Howard (25th and 51st respectively) have only recently resumed regular training with the club, while Adam McKenna (60) & Sam Berry (61) were given identical times. In a special year 7 race which doesn't involve selection for National Schools competition the only male IEK members were Tom Hume, a creditable 10th and Michael Bax who was 69th of 85 runers. Our Year-7 Girls dominated the closest race of the day : Ellen Whitehead clinched gold, just 1 second ahead of Anna Weston and thus achieved her lifelong ambition to beat Anna. Fast-improving Molly Dawson was 6th, only 7 seconds behind rivals who'd been 30 seconds ahead of her at the Parliament Hill race the week before. In all, eleven IEK members are in the frame, either as one of the team of 8 or as a reserve, to represent Kent Schools at the English Schools race in Manchester. ...For all individual results click underlined text...[doc:576]