With a full moon illuminating the track at Hog Hill on Tuesday night, the runners cast clear shadows as they competed in the season’s third Chingford League fixture. Field sizes were up from the previous Hog Hill event despite this clashing with the Redbridge Schools’ Championships at Claybury in the afternoon (although that didn’t stop some doing both).
Team: 1, Charnwood 30:19; 2, Bristol & West 30:33; 3, WGEL 30:40; 4, Aldershot 30:42
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.
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.