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Kent County Championships

Invicta fielded a very strong team at the county championships on the 13th & 14th May with athletes from across the board all going for gold.


We started the weekend with Lauren Macey in the 300m hurdles. Lauren finished 4th with a time of 49.77. She would’ve placed higher if it wasn’t for a suspected false start which caused her to stutter.


In the U17 men’s 1500, Invicta had a very strong presence with Marcus Etheridge, Joe Griffiths, Charlie Brisley and Matthew Stonier all competing for some silverware. Unfortunately, Joe missed out on qualification for the final by mere hundredths of a second while Marcus finished shortly after him (with times of 4:30.57 and 4:37.93 respectively). Matthew and Charlie both qualified for the final later that day. The times were a lot quicker in the final and the boys came away with a fantastic second and third place with Matthew running 4:17.63 and Charlie 4:19.33. A photo finish showed Matthew missed out on the gold by a whisker, shaving nearly 7 seconds off his personal best. Shortly after, Oscar Parrick finished 3rd in the U15 age group with a time of 4:24.87; a new PB for him! In the same race, Sam Newson finished 8th with a time of 4:50.03.


Freya Lee produced a strong race to make it through to the final of the 800m. With just a couple of hours rest in between, she wanted to go for a personal best. Unfortunately she was just outside with a time of 2:34.97 (PB of 2:31) but a very impressive race given the short turnaround.


Issy Harding had a very busy day with an 800m heat shortly followed by a 200m heat then an 800m final! She managed a strong 3rd place in the 200m which saw her narrowly miss out on qualification, while she finished 7th in the 800m final with a new personal best of 2:30.62. Up against her, Maddison Sawyer finished in 5th place with a time of 2:28.70. Excellent performances from both girls! In the senior women’s category, Gabija Rasiukeviciute finished second with a time of 2:28.93.

Barnaby Dougal produced a fine race to make it through to the 400m final where he made an incredible comeback on the home-straight, chasing down the other runners to clinch 4th place with a new PB of 54.57. Superb race from Barney!


Next up, super sprinting trio, Louise Evans, Hannah Scrivens and Djamilla Nkeurewem in the U17 women’s 200m. Louise & Hannah were up against each other in heat 1. Louise led the pack while Hannah finished with a strong 3rd place. Shortly after, Djamilla won her heat to take all three girls through to the final. The coaches were ecstatic! The girls had a long wait until the final but again, all performed brilliantly. The wind was very strong which meant for some slow times but Louise cruised home to bag gold (to add to her indoor 200m gold) while Djamilla missed out on being on the podium by an agonising 0.1s. Hannah also finished very strongly in 5th place which is a new personal best for her at this level.


Luke Mellor (U15) bagged himself a silver medal in the high jump with a jump of 1.60m.


Holly Fielder and Jasmine Harding competed against each other in the U20 women’s long jump. Holly leapt into 2nd place with a jump of 4.71 while Jasmine finished 5th with a jump of 4.40; a new personal best for her! Jasmine later look on the javelin and despite lack of training of late, produced a throw of 29.45.


Also taking on the long jump, was multi-eventer, Douglas Noel who finished in 4th place with a jump of 5.97


Kent University student and honorary Invicta member, Emily Cartledge finished in 2nd place in the senior women’s high jump with a jump of 1.60m.


A little later, we had Korede Awe in the U20 men’s 100m. Korede won his heat, beating the athlete who is currently ranked 5th in the country at this distance with a time of 11.16 (just shy of his PB). This was followed by a strong race from Max Heavens who also won his heat to qualify for the final. Unfortunately, Korede was disqualified for a false start in the final so we weren’t able to see what sort of performance he could produce, while Max finished in 5th with a time of 11.9.


Afterwards, Henry Finch competed in the U15 age group. He looked a lot smaller than the rest of the athletes but proved he was just as strong a competitor. Finishing in 4th place, he was through to the final. He finished in 7th place with a time of 13.76.


Day two started with Louise Evans in the 300m heat where she was told to ease down toward the end as she had the win clearly in the bag. Louise was struck down with flu so not feeling at her best. It showed towards the end of the final as her rival caught her on the line. However, she produced a fine race of 40.58 to add a silver medal to her gold from the day before.


Next up, the 1500m and we had as strong a presence from the women as we did the men the previous day. Alexandra Millard pushed hard but just missed out on 1st place. She took away the silver with a time of 4:57.52. In the U15 age group, Jildou Chappell and Issy Harding found out prior to starting that there would be no heats & final, the competition would be run as one time trial. Issy looked strong the whole way round and sprinted to the line, unfortunately it wasn’t enough and she couldn’t catch the leader. However, a time of 5:17.92 is an excellent start for somebody who has never run a 1500 before! Jildou was placed in a faster heat and finished just shy of Issy’s time with a time of 5:19.17. Gabija Rasiukeviciute added gold to her silver from the previous day with a time of 5:08.02. A new PB for her!


With just half an hour to recover, Issy Harding then took on the high jump. A sudden downpour didn’t dampen her spirits and she jumped a new PB of 1.50m.


Lauren Macey was in a straight final for the 80m hurdles. She produced a superb race to win with a time of 12.38, only 4 hundredths of a second from her PB!


800m men’s and Matthew Stonier was back for some more! He was joined by teammates Joseph Griffiths and Cole Gibbens. Matthew and Cole were through to the final, with Joseph unfortunately just missing out. The boys just missed out on the medals finishing in 4th and 5th place with Cole running 2:06.27 while Matthew ran 2:08.56. Some very promising performances. Oscar Parrick then competed in the U15 age group, he led from the gun and was determined not to let anybody catch him. A very well run race, Oscar took gold in a time of 2:05.61, a whole 3 seconds ahead of the athlete in 2nd and a big new PB for him.


Shortly after, Poppy Collins picked up bronze in the U20 400m with a new personal best of 58.46. In the same race, Holly Fielder finished 6th with a time of 62.43.

Douglas Noel didn’t let strong winds phase him, throwing an impressive 41.58m in the discus to win the gold, head and shoulders above the rest. This throw was 4m longer than his previous personal best. A good weekend all round for Doug!


With the long wait over, Korede Awe was ready to make up for Saturday in the 200m. Athletes were only told as they reached the start line that it was a straight final. Korede started really strong and led most the way. Unfortunately his legs tired out towards the end but he still finished in 3rd place with a big new personal best of 22.68.


Following in his footsteps, Henry Finch also returned to the track. Henry finished in 4th place which was enough to see him through to the final, right at the end of the day. Again, Henry gave the bigger boys a run for their money and finished in 6th place with a time of 26.74; a huge PB and almost a second faster than he ran in the heats. Incredible!


Imogen Davis took part in the U15 100m which seemed to be a popular event as it included heats, semi-finals and final. Imogen made it to the semi-final with a time of 13.86, but unfortunately missed out on the final. She also competed in the shot putt, throwing 8.01in her first attempt at this event!


 The day finished with the 100m and Djamilla Nkeurewem and Hannah Scrivens were back for some more! Djamilla unfortunately missed out on the final by a mere .02 of a second, but, not feeling her best, we were glad she could go home and get some rest! Hannah bagged the final spot and had a very strong race, she looked to be in 3rd place up until the last 30m where the others just passed her. She finished in 5th place with exactly the same time she ran in the heat. Saturday was the first time Hannah reached the final at the county championships, so to reach the final twice in one weekend is a great achievement for her!


One notable absence from the weekend was Abel Tsegay who missed the championships in order to prepare for the world 10,000m trials next weekend where he attempts to repeat his feat of last year as the fastest U23 in the country.


Invicta picked up a fantastic total of 15 medals across the weekend. A fantastic effort all-round!


Alex Millard


Douglas Noel






Lauren Macey


Lauren Macey


Louise Evans


Louise Evans & Korede Awe