Club 1/2 marathon record goes again

Dave Wardle broke his own club record on Sunday in the Bath Half-Marathon when he clocked 65 minutes 13 seconds. Wardle had previously clocked 65.37 on the "illegal" point-to-point Great North Run course in 2009 (which he feels is tougher than Bath) representing Woodford , and 65.15 for the GNR in 2005 while representing London Irish. His 65.42 at Reading in 2007 is the "legal" club record. His performance on Sunday was mostly run solo, chasing Olympian Dan Robinson who finished 30 seconds ahead of him.

It will be interesting to see if Wardle tackles the London Marathon this year. He is passionate about running a fast marathon, after unhappy experiences in his previous attempts (PB 2:25.39).

Indoor round-up March 1st

Despite this being a key "winter" weekend with the National Cross Country Championships, and WGwEL's annual hosting of the Roding Valley Half Marathon, there was still some serious Track and Field action. mostly indoor, led by another significant improvement over 400m for 16 year old Paul Scanlan.

English National CC Championship: Young Athletes

It was a small band of our young athletes that made the long trip up to Leeds for the National Cross Country Championships in Roundhay Park on Saturday. Ronnie Sparke again stole the headlines with his 4th place in the Junior Men’s race, although competing for the headlines with him was James Stockings, who came a fine 17th out of nearly 400 runners in the U15 Boys race.

English National CC Championship: Seniors

The 2010 English National Cross Country Championships again had our members reaching for the history books as the current men’s squad threatened to match the achievements of our legendary squad of 1958-63 and Matt Gunby enjoyed our men’s highest individual placing for 35 years. Jess Sparke was disappointed to only finish 7th, and two of our top four women dropped out of their race injured, leaving the women’s squad – the Southern champions – a little deflated.


 Once the lineup of an excellent men’s team had been decided, team manager Terry McCarthy did the sums, examined what was required to medal, and said the realistic aim was a top 6 finish in the main, 6-to-score, competition. This would probably require an average of 65 points per man. We had 11 men on the start line who are “top 25 in the Met League” material, including a few top 5.


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