Race report: Barrett’s Canterbury 10 mile road race - Sunday January 29, 2012
On Sunday 29th January the streets around Chaucer Technology College in Canterbury, and the lanes around Bridge, Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne were filled with 889 athletes competing in the Barrett’s Canterbury 10 mile road race. Organised by Canterbury’s Invicta East Kent Athletics Club, the event was a huge success with more runners completing the distance than ever before.
At 11am the athletes and runners were under starter’s orders and under way. The entries came from Clubs throughout Kent and the South-East and as far afield as France. Strong representation was in evidence from a whole host of East Kent Athletics and Running Clubs. The conditions on the course were a little tricky, with overnight and early morning rain making it a bit wet underfoot, and a bit muddy in place on the farm-track sections of the course. Thankfully, the rain held off the race itself.
The eventual winner was Andrew Rayner from Blackheath & Bromley Athletics Club in a time of 53.31 minutes beating the fastest time from last year. Second place went to Robert Latala and third to Alex Riches, both of whom are not currently attached to a running club. First home for the host club, Invicta East Kent Athletics Club, was Tom Purnell in 59mins exactly, setting a new personal best time, over two minutes ahead of his time last year. In the process Tom also became the internal Club Champion over the distance. One minute further back was the second athlete from the host club, James Rouse, in a time of 1:00.15 (1 hour, 15 secs).
Veteran athletes were also represented, with the first over 40 finisher, Gavin Kitchingham from Orpington Road Runners, in a time of 58.36 minutes and 9th overall. The first female across the line was Rona Louber, from Folkestone Running Club, a regular on the road running circuit in a time of 59.16 minutes, in 12th place.
A special mention should be made to Sharon Hawkins, from Maidstone Harriers, who despite a heavy fall in the first 100m, managed to pick herself up and complete the course in a very creditable 67.02 minutes, finishing in 86th place and the first female veteran-45 athlete across the line.
The team win went to Ashford & District Road Running Club, just ahead of the host club Canterbury’s Invicta East Kent Athletics Club in second.
IEK AC were on hand for all runners regardless of their goals, with a team of enthusiastic marshals cheering on all and ensuring everyone got round safely! The Club operated live timing for the event, with the results instantly posted online.
IEK AC is entirely self-funded and is a registered Charity, with all the money from the event being ploughed back into providing all its members and the community with “Sport, fitness and fun”.
Invicta East Kent AC would like to thank the Barrett’s Group for their continued support of the event and to thanks all the volunteers that gave up their time to help run the event. With these people the event would not have been such a huge success.
IEK AC is also on the lookout for new members, to follow up their enjoyment of this event or for those just looking to have fun and keep fit at the same time. New members are the lifeblood of the Club, and they would encourage any non-affiliated athletes and runners to try out the Club, and to give some sessions a go at one of their Club training nights.
The Club offers a range of options and memberships, and are even offering the chance for a free trial for those who are interested. They really do want everyone to enjoy what the Club has to offer whatever their distance – long or short, endurance or sprinting and a full programme of field events too, and a promise that there is never a “hard-sell”! Training sessions take place most nights at the all-weather track located next to Canterbury High School in Knight Avenue.
Details are available online at www.invictaeastkentac.org.uk
Photo, l-r: Race winner Andrew Rayner, second placed Robert Latala and third placed Alex Riches
||BLACKHEATH & BROMLEY
|| Tina OLDERSHAW
||PADDOCK WOOD AC
||TUNBRIDGE WELLS HARRIERS
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