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Invicta's Indoor Goldrush

On the 18th and 19th of March, the athletes of Invicta ventured up to Lee Valley on what was, for some, their first indoor competition - and what a competition it proved to be!


Athletes and coach gathered at 10am on Saturday in preparation. We started with the 200m as Carlo’s Sprint Squad took to the track.


Taking part in their first race in the U17 age group, Djamilla Nkereuwem and Hannah Scrivens were up against teammate Louise Evans. All three girls were in separate heats, Louise up first. Louise did what she does best and cruised to victory with a time of 25.92, not far off her PB.


Next up, Hannah took on her first indoors finishing in a strong third place. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get through to the final but we know there is much more to come from her this season.


Finally, Djamilla took to the track. She finished in 2nd with an excellent time of 27.55. With just an hour to re-compose themselves, Louise and Djamilla were to meet in the final. Nerves were high for the coaches and team mates waiting in the wings but the girls gave us something to shout about. Louise finished in 1st place and Djamilla in 3rd; Invicta’s first two medals.


Over to the boys and Korede Awe, who only joined us last Summer, competed in his first race as an U20. He finished his heat in 3rd place, with some work to do in the final. A little dip at the line saw Korede take the silver from an athlete who beat him in the heats. A time of 23.11 starts the season well for Korede!


We then had Kent University student and sprint training partner, Kess Ogohrie in the senior men’s category. Kess finished 2nd in the heats, taking 3rd in the final. Two more medals for Invicta!


Another Kent University student and Invicta member, Daphnee Ries, finished 5th in her final.


Coaches had just enough time to rest before the next race. Freya Lee and Louise Flynn (Peter Mullervy) took on the 800m in a superb race which saw both girls lead the pack. In the final two laps, Freya pulled clear and finished well ahead of the rest in a time believed to be 2:33. Unfortunately, she was disqualified and Louise reluctantly picked up the silver (behind another athlete). That doesn’t take away from the fact Freya had a fantastic race, looking really strong and comfortable at the front of the pack. A big PB after 2 years out. Well done to both girls!


Then teammate Joseph Whitby competed in the U20 age group, finishing 3rd in his straight final with a time of 2:02.


Maddison Sawyer also took on the 800 with a strong second place and a new PB of 2:25.88. Three more medals for Invicta!


Current Loughborough student, competing in the red vest, Annabel Carter finished in 2nd place in her first year competing at middle distance (formally a 400m sprinter).


After a long day, it was ready to head home for the next day.


Sunday started with the short sprints (60m). Hannah Scrivens up first. Hannah finished agonisingly close in 4th place in her heat, missing out on the final by just 0.01s! Her first 60m race, she now has a strong PB to work from.


Korede Awe was next, up against fellow Invicta runner, Max Heavens. Max took 1st while Korede finished 2nd. They were to meet in the final. In what was a close race, Max bagged 2nd place, while Korede dipped to claim 3rd. Two more medals for Invicta!


Kent University student and training partner of Korede’s, Lesley Lartey finished in 5th in his first 60m.


The 300/400m runners had a long wait until their afternoon races, so nerves were high! First up, Louise Evans in the 300. She cruised to victory with coach even shouting at her to slow down as she was well clear at the front. A time of 42.33, we knew she had more in her. Next up, Barney Dougal, another new addition to the sprint group running his first indoor 400m. After a slow start, Barney left himself some work to do but finished in 3rd place, just short of qualifying for the final.


Maddison Sawyer also took on the 300m, finishing in an excellent 2nd place in her straight final with a strong time of 45.05.


Kent University student and sprint squad member, Emily Cartledge showed that her 400m training had paid off. Up against some incredibly quick women, she finished 4th in her 400m with a new PB of 63.95. Emily also picked up silver in both the high jump and the shot putt in a very successful weekend for her.


A quick break for the 1500. Cole Gibbens competed in the U17 age group, finishing in 1st place with a time of 4:25.53. Another medal for Invicta! Loughborough student, Annabel Carter also took gold for Invicta with a new PB for 4:57.90.


Finally, we finished the weekend with Louise Evans in the 300m final. Her main rival ran quicker in the heat but she wouldn’t let that stop her - she was determined! 1st place with a new time of 41.06, taking her to 8th in the country!


What a weekend for Invicta. Well done everybody!