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Dale out on her own in 10k

GREAT Britain junior international Charlotte Dale (Invicta East Kent), embarrassed a field of 400 athletes to win the Whitstable 10k outright.

The Commonwealth Games 10,000m qualifier scorched to a UK junior record of 33min 05sec to win the race by 45 seconds from Andrew Holt (Herts Phoenix AC) who was left limping with blisters in the wake of the phenomenal 18-year-old.

This was the first recorded road race win in England by any female in mixed competition and confirms Dale's status as the most outstanding prospect since former world 10,0o00m champion, Liz McColgan, who has similar won an open race in Scotland.

Dale's exploit rather overshadowed the men's race which went down to a battle between East Kent rivals, Invicta and Deal Trialthletes, with victory going to the Canterbury based Invicta squad.

Martyn Rouse (M55) was the leading veteran in ninth place, just two places and 17 seconds behind his 28-year-old son James.

Dale led Invicta to an expected double in the women's team event, where Maidstone Harriers were runners-up led by Sharon Hawkins in fifth place.

The women's race also featured some fine veteran running by unattached athlete Christine Chapman (W40), Liz Batty of Invicta (W45) and the over-50s Ros Tabor (Dulwich) and Sue James (Paddock Wood) from Ditton.

Also prominent was another junior, Catherine Harvey (Medway and Maidstone) who was the second placed prize winner in the open category with so many veterans in the leading positions.

The race was promoted and expertly organised by Canterbury Harriers with sponsorship from the Waterfront Centre and lead car supplied by Bellgrove Motors.

The next Canterbury Harriers promotion is the Red Lion 10k at Hernhill on August 11.

Results: 1 Andrew Holt (Herts Phoenix) 33.50, 2 Neil Renault (Deal Tri) 34.08, 3 David Chapman-Jones (Deal Tri) 34.45, 4 Tatsuo Yoshiwara (Invicta) 35.08, 5 Tim Sutton (Invicta) 35.27, 6 Ian Reid (Unattached) 35.37, 7 James Rouse (Invicta`) 35.57, 8 Daniel Farrow (Thanet) 36.03, 9 Martyn Rouse (Invicta M55) 36.14, 10 Peter Bowell (Invicta) 36.28, 11 Simon Elliott (Notts AC M45) 36.42, 12 Alan Newman (Medway & Maidstone M45) 36.47, 13 Trevor Colt (Unattached) 36.51, 14 Arthur McMaster (Unattached M50) 36.59, 15 Ian Stokes (Invicta M40) 37.02, 16 Tony Culshaw (Invicta M50) 37.30, 17 Martin Lee (Invicta M40) 37.39, 18 Ian King (New Eltham M40) 37.41, 19 Jeremy Chronnell (Deal Tri) 37.44, 20 Stephen Throssell (Unattached) 37.45.

Over 60: Andrew Smith (Ashford) 41.16.

Teams: 1 Invicta East Kent 16 points, 2 Deal Triathletes 24, 3 Thanet Road Runners 93, 4 New Eltham 118, 5 Sevenoaks AC 139.

Women: 1 Charlotte Dale (Invicta U20) 33.05, 2 Christine Chapman (Unattached W40) 37.54, 3 Liz Batty (Invicta W45) 41.02, 4 Sharon Hawkins (Maidstone Harriers W35) 41.08, 5 Ros Tabor (Dulwich W50) 41.40, 6 Sue James (Paddock Wood W50) 41.45, 7 Catherine Harvey (Medway & Maidstone U20) 41.50, 8 Julie Jones (Thanet W45) 42.00, 9 Mo Ovenden (Deal Tri) 43.06, 10 Janet Cobby (New Eltham W40) 43.18, 11 Faye Roberts (Invicta) 44.13, 12 Paula Stockton (Maidstone Harriers W35) 44.45, 13 Alison Macartney (Thanet) 45.03, 14 Sylvia Huggett (Hastings W50) 45.24, 15 Liz Davies (Invicta) 45.30, 16 Susan Denton (Unattached W45) 45.38, 17 Joanne Mexson (Deal Tri) 45.45, 18 Mary Larkin (Maidstone Harriers) 45.49, 19 Emma Dunn (Unattached) 45.54, 20 Kate Williams (Unattached W35) 46.13.

Over 55: June Johnson (Sevenoaks) 46.17.

Teams: 1 Invicta East Kent 15 points, 2 Maidstone Harriers 34, 3 Thanet Road Runners 65, 4 Deal Triathletes 66, 5 New Eltham 123.

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