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Annual awards 2007

Our traditional award evening was held on Saturday 8th December at Petham Village Hall : awards were presented for cross-country (winter 2007/7) for track 2007 and also everyone who took part in the Club Championships in September. [img:277l] [img:270l][img:269l][img:274l][img:271l][img:272l][img:273l][img:275l][img:276l] Annual ward winners were National Vet 50 cross-country champion John Wilkins was voted male veteran cross-country athlete of 2007 Callum Barling Jeffery was u-17 Men's jumper of the year, showing prowess at triple as well as high jump Anthony Culshaw (u20) was both u20 thower of 2007 and, for his consistent appearances in the Men's Southern League, was also voted joint Senior Men's thrower of the year, along with evergreen John Gilbert. Emmeline Rendell competed at the English Schools in July, having become the first Invicta female ever to clear 3.00 metres in the pole vault when, as an u-17, she competed as an u-20 at Croydon in April. The '3 Gazelles' picture, taken at English Schools in Birmingham in July, is of 3 middle distance training partners who broke a combined total of 15 Invicta records in 5 months. Emily Hosker Thornhill (L) set total of six u-15 records across 4 events, Beth Carter (centre) set two new u-17 records (2,000m and 5,000m - the latter at the Invicta Open evening in September ranks her 2nd among u-17s in England this year) while Rebecca Weston (R) overhauled no fewer than seven u-15 records in 3 events. Rebecca obliterated the u-15 Mile record by 20 seconds and 3 times improved the mark in 1500m, the event she raced at the English Schools. She also revised the 800m record 3 times, once each in May, June and July. Emily showed great versatility with 2 new sprint records (150m for 300m) and she too revised the 800m record 3 times (all in the space of 3 weeks in June) plus setting an all-time female Invicta record at 1,000m. at an Invicta Open meeting at the Canterbury High School track in early July. The 800m record had withstood the challenge of many talented Invicta athletes for nearly 30 years - including Marika Hayward, Charlotte Dale and Beth Carter : in an 8-week purple patch spanning May and June, the 27 year-old record of 2.21.5 set by Nicola Hughes in 1979, was revised weekly (almost daily in mid-June) by both Emily and Rebecca, in a way very reminiscent of the Coe-Ovett 1,500m world record spree in the 1980s. In early May, Emily had served notice of what was to come when winning the District Schools under the magical 2mins 20 barrier but in a race timed by timekeepers not officially Graded. At the County Championship in mid-May, Rebecca officially bettered the long-standing club record when taking gold in front of Emily's silver and an unparalleled record spree ensued as they finished up improving the figures 3 times each. The peak was a four-day stint in mid-June - Emily's new mark in winning an Intercounties 800m in Bedford on the Saturday lasted just 24 hours : Rebecca stormed round Deangate in a Kent League match on the Sunday, only for Emily to go one better at the same track in an Open meeting, just 3 days later. The formidable and historic total 6 revisions came to an end in late July when Rebecca finally claimed the record for herself in a titanic head-to-head race at Dartford.

Athlete of the Year

Beth Carter was voted joint female Athlete of the Year with Melissa Cooper : Beth ran for the England Schools in the Home International in March and, days after her 15 birthday, was 6th in a star-studded field of u-20s in the prestigious British Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in July. Despite her tender years, Beth is ranked 27th at 5000m among ALL females in UK including seniors, led by Jo Pavey. Melissa is ranked 4th among u-20 hammer throwers and 22nd among all females in UK : this season she has three times broken Invicta's all time female best, her best is just a footprint short of 50metres and is also exactly 5metres short of the best u20 thower in the country. The u-11s are (L-R) Kieran Hawkins (winner Long Jump and 80m, 2nd soft Javelin) , Naomi Hawkins (winner soft Javelin, 3rd 80m) , Eve Marie Gilbert (winner, soft Shot Put) and Anna Weston - younger sister of Rebecca - (2nd 600m) Rob Jackson hails from Bekesbourne and joined us in mid-summer : he became club u20 champion at 3,000m and 5,000m in September, and is now awarded the Martin Lee Trophy for Most promising Newcomer Most Improved Male Athlete Jake Rogers and Sam Hudson Most Improved Female Athlete Bethany Burnett Most Promising Track Athlete Beth Carter Most Promising Field Athlete Anthony Culshaw Jun Endeavour Athlete of Yr Charlotte Burnett XC Endeavour Athlete of Yr Chris Little and Charlotte Feasy Vets Track/Field Athlete of Yr Eddie Broad Vets Endeavour Shield Martin Kelk Most Promising Newcomer Track(Martin Lee Trophy)Rob Jackson Most Promising Newcomer Field Jack Kerwin Jack Alston Official of Year Gilien Davision Male Club Person of Year Mick Rendell Rob Dennis Female Club Person of Yr Lea Burnett Male Athlete of Year Visar Beqiri Female Athlete of Year Melissa Cooper and Beth Carter