Representing England in an international indoor meeting in Bratislava, on Thursday evening, Tara Bird comfortably won over 800m in 2m06.82 secs, and in the men's event HCA member Damien Moss was 2nd in 1m50.32 secs.
Leading performance of the weekend from WGwEL athletes in action at various indoor meetings came from Olympic finalist, Sarah Claxton, who ran 2008 world number one over 100mH, Lolo Jones of the US a close 2nd over 60mH at theGlasgow international. Sarah improved her season's best to 8.05 secs, and currently ranks 8th on this year's world lists. The Birmingham Games, helld at the National Indoor Arena, also provided some good peformances from WGwEL athletes, and others were in action at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow, and the London Games at Lee Valley.
Saturday’s South of England Cross Country Championships at Uxbridge brought some fine results for our small band of young athletes. The course is known for being wet and, unfortunately, it lived up to its reputation. The combination of the recent rain and construction traffic laying a new gas main across the site ensured that the course quickly became a mud-bath; in places, deep puddles and elsewhere, cloying, sticky mud that made for very heavy going over almost the entire course.
The endless sea of grim mud at the 2009 South of England Cross Country Championships hosted a glittering performance from our women's team as they missed out on gold medals by a single point. They were led home brilliantly by 21-year old Katherine Sparke who won the race by 24 seconds. A "first" was scored when her brother Ronnie won the under 20s race. It is believed to be the first time that siblings have won races at these championships. A decimated men's team nonetheless had 15 finishers and retained the Essex Cup for the fourth year in succession, but could only finish 10th in the main team race.