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Full team fares well in tricky Darent Valley 10k  -  19 February 2009

After an early rise, team IEK arrived at Darent Valley slightly weary, but in a positive spirit, with ambitions of a good team placing, with a full team of combined 7 men and 3 women plus an extra man, they lined up not knowing what to expect of such a challenging course and in the event were placed 3rd team.

In preparation for his London Marathon and making his IEK road debut, Damien Vadgama came roaring in to 7th overall running an exceptional time of 35min 27sec. Tom Purnell (18) was second for the men’s team with a PB of 37min 40sec while thrilling the crowd with another of his famous sprint finishes.

3rd scorer Tim Sutton, showed guts and determination to beat some senior competitors, blasted home 20th in 38min 05secs. Another new face but frequent track attendee, James Coker was 24th in a phenomenal

time of 38min 20sec, beating his target time of 40min.

Nick Little racing a mere week after his PB in Folkestone, showed great form and resolve to finish well for the team with a time of 38min 54sec finishing in 28th place overall while Trevor Edgley, showing that the Super Vets can show the youngsters a thing or two about racing, soared across the finishing line in 31st in a very respectable 39min 16sec. Micheal Conway all smiles at the end, whether from the beautiful scenery or from his fantastic time of 43min 19sec, was second Super Vet for the team with a placing 80th overall.

Fresh from the Paris marathon, Tim Kerr aka “The Flash” rounded off the men’s scoring in 46min 04sec, making it un-noticeable he had run 26.2 miles so recently, finishing position 131st.

Vicki Talbot-Rosner showed her strength once more

by bringing in the first place for the IEK ladies. Despite being challenged with rolling hills throughout the course, she sprinted to the finish with an extraordinary time of 41min 46sec. Sue Cooper, in her valiant effort to fill the team even though she has her London Marathon next week, tore through the finish line with an amazing time of 46min 11sec. Her overall placing of 133rd, proves that she will be a force to be reckoned with, in her pursuits for the London Marathon.

Brianna Zoll, in her debut road race 10K, was last of the ladies with a time of 49min 58sec, which leaves much room for improvement in future races.

Overall, the women fared quite well and have shown that they mean business when it comes to the Kent Grand Prix. Let’s hope future races will show more of the same energy and drive

Well done Invicta East Kent A.C. Many thanks go out to all runners who took part and especially those who signed up with such late notice to field a complete team.

Let’s keep this team spirit with the races still to come.

Tom Purnell (Senior Liaison) Brianna Zoll (Women’s Road Race Manager)



After four rounds of the Kent Road Running Grand Prix, IEK have made good progress in both the men and women’s competition.

In the men’s team standings, Invicta East Kent now hold a clear second place overall just ahead of Larkfield. The overall leaders are still the juggernaut team of Tunbridge Wells Harriers, who seem able to flood each race with a mass on entries! It's good to report that IEK`s women have made progress, they now place 6th overall but still have a large gap to close on the teams above - that said, the hope remains we can get more women out for some of the summer events.

Individual placings.

Amazingly, our top male is from an older age group, Trevor Edgely (M60) is ranked 5th overall in the championship.....!!!

Our top senior man is Tom Purnell, he currently places 8th. Next is Mark Wilkins in 22nd place, who stands a very good chance of challenging for overall honours once he gets a few more races under his belt.

In the M40s, Tim Sutton places 7th overall while Peter Bowell is 38th - In M50s, John Wilkins holds 7th place and Adam Cowper-Smith 10th.

Our strongest Male age group is definitely the M60s - Trevor Edgley leads this one with Michael Conway 3rd overall.

Our top senior woman is Brianna Zoll who, in her first season places 27th. Once again it’s the older age groups who top the placings for IEK. Sue Cooper is 4th overall, another very impressive performance. Sue is also 4th W45 showing how strong the vets age groups are in Kent. Vicky Talbot-Rosner is 6th but has missed a few races and could figure later in the season.

Overall, a good turn out from IEK at Darent Valley, good to see some new faces and younger runners taking part.

The next round is our own Canterbury Half Marathon where I hope we can maintain our current league positions.

(Michael Gore - IEK Road race co-ordinator)