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Apologies from Web admin for lack of news and input, have been on holiday, now it is catch up time! First of all the Track Relays: At the track relays 2007 at Norman park, Bromley, we came away with two team medals, both at 3 x 800m: we succesfully defended one title of the 3 gained last year, and we also gained one bronze thanks mainly to exciting performances both from newcomers and also from members whose improvement is down to regular training in the club's junior squads. See [url=http://www.invictaeastkentac.org.uk/young-athletes.html/] young athletes[/url] page for full report by James Roberts, plus photos. Invicta 5,000m club championships 2007: Held as the feature event at the September edition of our newly introduced monthly open meetings at The Canterbury High School track, we saw five champions declared and one UK ranked performance, all from one graded race. Deal Tri member Rob Jackson is 2nd claim IEK in the winter, but he qualifies for our club track championships as he is 1st claim IEK on the track : still under-20, Rob was the actual race winner in 15:28.6 when leading from gun to tape in a determined display to overcome both defending club u-20 champion Chris Holmes (3rd) and in-form Rob Dennis (2nd) both of whom broke the 17 minute barrier. The Senior Men's title was netted by Mike Gore in 17mins 28.7 when he fended off the persistent challenge of new Vet 40 men's champion Peter Bowell. Peter closed at 17:53.0, some 30 secs ahead of fellow vet-40 Martin Kelk (18:21.0) who had a sound run and Peter Mullervy (22:11.7) took the Vet 50 title. It was encouraging to see Mark Wilkins come through his test of fitness after prolonged absence through injury and we look forward to Mark's return to full fitness over his preferred cross-country. Unluckiest athlete of the day is Vet 45 women champion, Vicky Talbot Rosner who takes the title despite a lap-counting mix-up which left her one lap short and thus an unofficial 5,000m time : it all means Vicky will have to have another tilt at Sandy Pearce's 1994 vet-45 record of 21:14.0.... IEK 2nd claim members also took to the track : Sam Knight (17:16.3) is a Herne Hill Harrier currently at Canterbury University and while Helena Simkova (19:22.6) made her first appearance under her new married name of Penfold. 5,000m, is not a club championship event for under 17s but we had three encouraging debut runs from the junior ranks : new member David Crane (18:02.5) ran a measured race to finally overtake Kent county runner Andy Cope who closed in 18:09.6. Star performer of the day was Beth Carter whose purposeful run in her first ever track outing at this distance was timed at a remarkable 16:51.8 which is the UK's 2nd fastest time for u-17 females and means she is now the top national rankings for all events between 800m and 5,000m for 2007. The 800m championships are being held at the Canterbury High School Track on Tuesday 25th September,the 3000m on Thursday 27th September and all other track & field events on Sunday 30th September. See [url=http://www.invictaeastkentac.org.uk/events/invicta-trackfield-club-championships.html/] event page[/url] for full details and time-table. Fixtures List: Please see [url=http://www.invictaeastkentac.org.uk/competing.html/] Fixtures[/url] for 2007/08 Fixtures list, which will be updated as dates are received.