Bronze for women at National CC Relays

At the National Cross Country Relays in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on Saturday, our senior women's team were delighted to win a first-ever set of national team medals in a distance running championships. On leg 1 Linzi Snow ran 10:19 over the 3k course to finish in 8th place. Jess Sparke took over on leg 2 and clocked the 2nd fastest time of the day - 19:55, faster than the likes of Katrina Wootton and Hatti Dean - to bring the team up into 2nd. On leg 3, Kat Sparke dropped back into 3rd running 10:24 but, in a thrilling finish, she held off the fast approaching Olympian, Steph Twell, by 2 seconds.  

Team: 1, Charnwood 30:19; 2, Bristol & West 30:33; 3, WGEL 30:40; 4, Aldershot 30:42

Young athletes rankings 2009


Eugene Ayanful
Eugene and Ronnie top the UK rankings, with 8 others in the top 20

Eugene Ayanful and Ronnie Sparke headed the UK Under 20 rankings with their superb performances in 2009.

Eugene ran 10.37 secs for 100m and backed it up with an 11th placing in the 200m of 21.57 secs, while Ronnie ran 14mins 25.1secs for 5000m, which he supplemented with a 9th placing in the 3000m with his 8mins 21.46secs.

Chingford League CC: young athletes' races

With the attractions of half term holidays on offer, it was perhaps not a surprise that a number of our regulars were not present at Loughton on Saturday afternoon. The ground was still pretty firm round most of the course, the light morning showers making little impact on the terrain and with rain in the air, at least the herd of long horned cattle that had to be negotiated in the Roding Valley Park was lying down and was less daunting prospect.


Jodie Swallow wins world triathlon title

ImageCongratulations to our Jodie Swallow, who won the long-distance triathlon World Championships in Australia on Sunday.

website reports:

Britain's Jodie Swallow continued the fantastic run of GB female success at the ITU World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Perth, Australia today with a totally dominant 11 minute victory.

Exiting the water first, she then recorded the fastest 80km cycle and 20km run to take her first senior world title. Home favourite Rebekah Keat was a distant second, ahead of Delphine Pelletier (FRA) for the bronze.

Swallow had shown promise over the longer distances - winning her first Ironman 70.3 event in Singapore earlier in the season - and we assume she will now be looking to add the Ironman 70.3 World Championship crown in Clearwater, Florida in two weeks time. On this sort of form, she must be a real contender for that, in what we would forecast may well be an even more competitve race. 

 BBC website report


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