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Hi All,


I thought the week running up to the end of July had been a bit quiet, and whilst it was true that the weekend was quietish there was plenty going on during the week.


So here goes.


The finall week started on the 23rd July at Medway Park with the final race in the Medway Summer 5k series.  This time the action took place on the track at Medway Park, & for some it was a first introduction to track running, I think everyone enjoyed it?


First in for Istead was Paul Jones in 3rd in a time of 17:11, followed by Mark Champion 17:24, Joe Cumberland 17:42 (has Istead ever been involved in a race before with 3 members under 18 minutes for 5k?).  Lynne champion just dipped under 20 mins 19.54 whereas Steve Ball just missed 20:04.  (hopefully next time Steve) Matt Baxter, Jason Beaney & Helen Fooks also had strong runs on what was a fun evening.


As it was the last night of the Medway Summer Series they had the prize giving for the top performers in the Series, and Istead placed 2 athletes on the Men's Podium.  Paul Jones was first with Joe Cumberland 3rd. ("Spoiler alert" a trick he repeated a week later at Joydens Wood.)


Saturday saw the usual plethora of Istead runners taking part in Parkrun with 15 athletes at Shore Woods.  Special mention to Tim Bell who won and Janet Murray who nipped under 24 minutes for the first time (and thanks to Darren Harger for pacing her).  Then Jaks King was at Bexley, Andy Archer was at Maidstone, Emma Foulds was Brentwood and Stacy Harrisson was at Hastings;


Full I&I Parkrun results can be found here.




Sunday saw the Deal Dinosaur 10k, the men's team (Paul Jones 8th, Dan Walsh 9th & Joe Cumberland 17th) just missed out on the team prize but Dan was rewarded with an excellent new PB of 36:43.  Also at Deal Matt Baxter broke the 50 minute barrier with an excellent 49:44 (is that a PB Matt?).  Faye Oram & Amanda Graham also ran well but just missed cracking the hour recording times of 1:01.12 & 1:01:23.


Also on Sunday, and apparently in awful conditions Lee Marsh & Gillian Calliste where lining up for the Caterham Half Marathon. Lee Marsh ran well but the weather hampered his attempt to get under 2 hours and he ended up just over in 2:01:19, Gillian also had a solid run as she continued her recent burst of racing.


Elsewhere at the weekend some Istead members where climbing up & down mountains, but that's another story.


Then on the 30th it was the final Joydens Wood 5k of the summer and Istead had a good turn out with 10 runners and Joe Cumberland finished on the series podium in 3rd place, matching his position in the Medway Summer Series.


Also on the 30th, Barry & Joyce Bell and Trevor Edgely took part in the Alfie Gough Memorial Ramsgate 10k with both Trevor & Joyce bagging  their respective age group trophys.


And I said it had been a quiet week?


As July has finished I've updated the Grand Prix.


In the Men's Paul Jones is looking secure at the top due to having completed every distance with good percentages, he's followed by Steve Ball who has done 6 race distances but could be overhauled by Joe who sits 3rd with only 5 distances and Dan & Steve Cable who are back in 6th & 7th but have only done 4 distances. 


In the ladies Sally D is top, then it's close between Sue Beecham & Vikki Hill in 2nd & 3rd, with Barbara Ockendon & Sadie Forrest well placed to move up if they can get in some longer races.


Mark Champion