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Rebecca Weston closes in on 41 year-old Invicta track record as she leaps into national Top 10 for 2009

Rebecca Weston [pictured below] the Kent 2009 double champion at 800 & 1500m,[img:413l] raced into club folklore with her sterling 800m race at Twickenham in the annual St Mary's Classic Invitation for potential top 20 national performers. Before the Classic race on 3 June, Rebecca had set an IEK u-17 record 2mins 14.69 when taking gold at the Kent Championships in May to put her 17th in the u17 National rankings - by the end of the fastest race she has yet contested in her glittering 5 years with the club, Rebecca (7th in a star-studded field) leapt into the 2009 Top 10 u17 females as she improved her own IEK age record by a stunning 2 seconds, crossing the line in 2.12.43 Rebecca was not only the youngest in the special u-18 race but her feat also takes her into the top 80 among ALL females in UK in 2009. Most promisingly, her new u17 club record is only 1 tantalizing second short of our club's best ever female mark of 2.11.1 set 41 years ago by Elizabeth Parncutt who, in that same season (1968) also set the club's best 400m sprint record of 55.1 [see Rankings & Records tab] Rebecca's training & racing has focused on speed and she recently set the best IEK 300m sprint time of the last 14 years : she is one of only a few top young female performers whose 800m times have got progressively faster in each of the 5 years she has been racing. To prove that speed is a must in the armoury of a successful middle-distance runner, at the same St Mary's Classic, Steph Twell (European Cross-country champion just 6 months ago) won the Senior 800m in a breathtaking 2mins 04, only days after a 30-second improvement of her 5,000m pb Beth Carter appeared in the Classic Invitation for the 3rd year in a row and was 13th in the Women's 3,000m in 10 mins 27.93 ...For full results click appropriate underlined text ...[doc:431] ...[doc:432]