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Flora London Marathon

Sharon Hawkins was the first Invicta runner home during the London Marathon held on April 13th. Her finish time was 3:01.45. Sharon finished 9th overall in her age group catagory and started with the Elite females. [img:292l] Two other Invicta runners took part in the Marathon. Tim Sutton being the first male Invicta runner home. He had the job of being the offical Runners World Magazine 8min mile race pace maker and did a very good job! he finished in 3:29.05 [img:294l] [img:295l] Brian Wood completed the Invicta participents in this years race. Brian finished with a time of 4:05.55. [img:293l] Meanwhile.... a number of younger Invicta East Kent AC Athletes took part in the Flora London Mini Marathon. Nine young Invicta members - 5 boys and 4 girls - were selected by Julie Roe to represent Kent Schools in the London Mini-marathon 3 mile races for young athletes. All the mini races finished in the Mall, after sweeping past Buckingham Palace. Three age group races were all run under European age group rules which go simply by year of birth : the nearest they have to our u-13 is 'anyone born in 1995 & 96' ... the u-15 equivalent is anyone born in 1993 & 94 ... and the u-17 equivalent is anyone born in 1991 & 92. Much easier from team managers' point of view and, easier for the youngsters to understand. In the 'u-13' races, Invicta's Alex Clay, from Wingham (44th) was 3rd Kent finisher in the Girls race to help Kent to 11th overall, while Kent College student Louis Duprez (48) was the 4th Kent scorer in the boys team which was 17th overall. Since Louis was born in 1996 it means that, if Kent are invited again next year, he will still be in the same age group, if selected. Five Invicta youngsters featured in the 'u-15' races, where coincidentally, both the Boys and the Girls teams were 8th against international teams from England Scotland and Wales. For the Boys, Eastry's Alex Newson (13) and Kings School student Hugo Hayes (37) and Chilham's Jack Balsdon (42) were 1st, 3rd and 4th Kent scorers, while, for the Girls, Kent College student Rebecca Weston (28) and Bossingham's Emma Cottrell (50) were 1st and 3rd Kent scorers. Hugo, Jack, Rebecca and Emma were all born in 1994 so they will still be u-15 in next year's race, if selected. Hersden's Jason Prickett (53rd) showed the measure of his progress since joining Invicta a year ago when he helped Kent to 10th place by finishing 4th Kent scorer in the 'u-17' race. In the same age race for Girls, Kent College student Beth Carter from Westbere took a well-deserved individual bronze when she lead Kent to 9th place overall. Both Jason and Beth were born in 1992 which means they were among the youngest in their race and will still be in the same European age groupings in next year's Mini-marathon - again, if selected. This was Beth's last competitive race before she goes to the Czech Republic next week to make her debut at world level in the world student cross-country championships in real cross-country terrain where the priority is the racing, not the television coverage - good news for Beth, as she has 'previous' when following TV quad bikes...... Big well done to everyone who took part. The 2009 Ballot for the Flora London Marathon is now open. (Special thanks must go to the Maidstone Harriers who kindly gave permission to use two of their Flora London Marathon photos for the website!)