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A small group of IEK athletes made the trip across to the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford last night (22nd May 2013), ahead of the Kent Champs this weekend. Always a good venue to compete at in good weather, the meet yielded a number of PBs for the group.



Photo Credit, Luke Smallwood (Justiming ) www.justiming.co.uk


First on track was Elliot Burton in heat 1 of the 100m. The wind gauge actually read 0.0 for this race. Elliot performed well and came home in 2nd place in 11.54s. Next up was Josh Taylor, our ever improving and aspiring paralympian. Josh has been on a roll this season and set a new PB in 100m of 13.79s, just one month after breaking the 14 second barrier for the first time. He backed this up with another PB in the 200m of 28.50s. In his usual style, he wasn’t happy with the 200m time, as he has run 28.40s, but with a +4.0 wind (which can’t be counted for his records). Well done Josh – great improvements this year and still more to come!


Barry Hopkins and Tom Purnell lined up in the same heat of the 400m. Barry has been setting PBs all over this year – and not an athlete that normally gets noticed, he has gone about this in his usual quiet way! Barry had his usual slightly wobbly start, but managed to hit his stride early on and carry it through to the finish with a PB of 58.76s (a big chunk off his previous time of 59.4s). He was delighted with this, and goes with 3 PBs for the 1500m he has achieved so far this year! Tom had another solid race, and approached this as a good speed session ahead of the Kent Champs (where he will be doing 1500m). He also wanted to correct an anomaly on the Power of 10, which shows both hand and electronic timing as PBs. He had a recorded time for the 400m which was not reflective of his ability because he had been pace-making in a previous race – so no good deed goes unpunished!! This time, Tom finished in 4th in a very respectable 57.05s. Anomaly corrected!! Well done Tom and Barry – who are both fixtures in our Senior ranks.


Written by Barry Hopkins