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First 2009 Track Open attracts 98 entrants

Athletes from five different clubs came out of hibernation to flex muscles in anticipation of the Kent Championships at Ashford in mid-May. Many achieved National Grades 3 and 4 : four IEK members set the highest standards of all entrants of the night, all with Grade 2 performances. Imogen Stocks (1st year u-15) was a comfortable winner at 100m ahead of several older girls, Rebecca Weston (1st year u-17) cruised to a Grade 2 at 800m, along with training partners Jack Balsdon and Jake Rogers who both posted u-15 Grade 2 times, also at 800m. Highest standard at Field events was Max Farnell (1st year u-13) who achieved Grade 4 in High Jump. The unusual 2-man 8-lap relay (alternating 400m each) attracted 14 teams, honours going to Alex Newson and Tom Purnell Full results are linked to our comprehensive fixture list and they show National grades at the athlete's own age group - click... [doc:407]


Sue Cooper sets 1000m record at IEK Open Tues 21 May

Just one month after a splendid run in the London Marathon, Sue Cooper is pictured at our May Open Meeting[img:418l] (speeding past the official timekeeper, her own coach Peter Mullervy) on her way to shattering Theresa Mickleburgh's 11 year old 1,000m v-45 record by 11 seconds. Within an hour, Sue was storming round the track again in a crisp 3,000m race. Kent finalists Megan Eeles and Mac Cole both looked the part as they each took the u-17 club 300m sprint championships for 2009, while Jaffar Adams and Emily Hunt were just as impressive when taking the corresponding u-15 club titles. Molly Howson is one to watch : she posted 10.7 (grade 2) for the u13 sprint distance of 75m and is now only half a second outside Imogen Stock's very good club record set last year. Two athletes came within 1 second of a club record : first, Jason Prickett (u-20) narrowly missed Tim Davis's all-time male best 1000m time of 2.36.5. Minutes later, Jason showed his pedigree[img:419r] by posting the club's best male 400m sprint time of the season so far. Jake Rogers (pictured centre shadowing Kieran Reilly in the early stages of 1,000m) came within one second of Chris Batty's u-15 record, set back in 1995. One of the best battles of the day featured Jack Smith holding off Ali Noel for the whole home straight as both were given exactly the same time in the 1000m. Middle distance specialists Jack Balsdon and Luke Dawson locked horns in the u-15 long jump, while Callum Barling Jeffery's own 4.87m shows he's recovering from the hamstring injury which blighted his Kent Championship earlier this month. In the final event of the evening, Josh Freemont (u-20) boldly took off after a slow opening 800m and at the end of the 3,000m was eventually 4 seconds clear of Tom Purnell and that famous sprint finish. .....Click underlined text for full results...[doc:417]