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SCVAC Kent League Div 2

It was a big lift for the team that Ian Tomlinson (M55) was making his return after a long period recovering from injury. Ian showed that he is back to his very versatile best when winning both the 50+ LJ (by some 71cms-4.91) and the same age group Discus (24.25). Welcome back Ian.....and do keep fit. Michael Gallyer-Barnet (M45) is now becoming a team regular and was happy to earn points by contesting sprint events new to him. So it was that he placed 5th and established a new PB in the 35+ “B” 100m (15.3) and competed in the 4x200m relay where the team finished 5th (2:03.3). Michael returned to more “familiar territory” by guesting in the 800m and posting a time close to his PB (2:42.0). Richard Hudson (M55) was as involved as ever and placed 4th in the 50+ 100m (15.9) and 5th in both the 35+ 800m (3:00.3) and LJ (2.81). Richard was also a member of our relay squad.


Martin Kelk (M45) as usual showed commitment and versatility by agreeing to compete in the 35+ events. In the 100m “A” he came 4th (14.0); in the 800m he placed 3rd (2:19.8) and in the Discus he was 2nd (16.41). A leg in the relay completed Martin`s efforts for the evening. John Gilbert scuttled to 5th place in the 60+ 100m (18.8) and won the same age group Discus (30.83)

The undoubted highlight of the evening, for both the Invicta team and for most of those spectators and competitors fortunate enough to see it, was the run by Rob Whittaker (M50) in his age group 800m. Rob stormed round the 1st lap and at the bell was probably 40m ahead of the rest of the field. Could he possibly maintain such a pace? As Rob began inevitably to tire the chasing group gradually closed on him and as the home straight was entered Ray Daniel (Cambridge Harriers) strode confidently past Rob and looked set for victory. Could Rob respond to this? Surely all his energy and determination were spent after such a bold piece of front running had seen him overtaken with the finishing line in sight? But “no”.....Rob began to push his tired body yet again and to the amazement of those observing he took off after Ray who was now some distance ahead and maintaining his speed. Rob was now narrowing the gap and the question was could he sustain this stupendous effort over the ever decreasing distance to the tape. With a final drive Rob was up on Ray`s shoulder and charging for the line to finish in 2:25.0. He had refused to be beaten. It was a wonderful performance and many present were of the view that it was the most exciting race seen in the vets league in recent years. Some older people (not “old” you understand) likened it to Chris Chataway`s race against Vladimir Kuts at the White City in the `50`s. John Gilbert was reminded of the final 800m leg of a medley relay by our own Mike Gratton some 10/12 years ago at Dartford when Mike took over 100m down on the rest of the field ahead of him but won by the proverbial thickness of his Invicta vest!! Races like this will long live in the memory. Thank you Rob. And Rob somehow managed to save enough energy to complete our relay squad!!

Invicta were 3rd overall in this match but remain in 2nd place in the division. If we are to gain promotion we MUST have a strong turn-out for our remaining matches. Come on Invicta...you can do it. Our next match is again at Bromley on Fri 13/6. The sign-up sheet will be on the notice board in the next few days. And PLEASE ...some women competitors would be very welcome.

Yours in Sport John Gilbert 01843 862520 johnandclairegilbert@hotmail.com