South of England 6/4 Stage Road Relays

Dave Cox
Our senior teams turned in solid performances this weekend in the South of England Road Relays. Our men's team was 7th in the 6-Stage while our women finished 8th in their 4-Stage race. We also completed B teams in both races, curiously enough both finishing 36th. Matt Barnes-Smith's run was the best of our senior athletes.

Two outstanding runs, from Dave Cox and Richard Holland, helped earn our over-50s team silver medals in their 4-stage event which preceded the senior race and used the same course. 


Club half-marathon best for Wardle in GNR

Dave Wardle broke his own club half-marathon best today in the televised Great North Run as he finished in 65mins 37secs for 18th place overall. Pre-race, Wardle had admitted he was looking to run faster than the 65mins 42secs club-best he set at Reading in 2008, but doubted whether he would crack his PB of 65.15 which he set while representing London Irish.

In today's race, the native Teesider went through 10 miles in 49.20 (64.40 pace) before, in his own words, "dying". 

Wardle was 6th British man home after: 11, Dan Robinson 64.14; 12, Lee Merrien 64.27; 14, Ian Hudspith 64.49; 16, Neil Renault 65.30; 17, Kevin Skinner 65.35.

UK Schools Games

Billy Falconer
Competing in the UK Schools Games at Cardiff, Billy Falconer recorded a fine win in the high jump with 1.93m. In the girl's TJ Rachel Dean gained a new PB  with 11.41m to finish in 5th. Other WGwEL athletes in actiion were Youcef Zatat who placed 6th in the DT with 44.41m and David Crisp who was 10th in the LJ with 6.04m

Weekend round-up

Tom Norman
WGwEL athletes were in action at Hendon in the LICC meeting on Saturday, at Watford in the Junior inter-counties and at a windy Gateshead on Monday at the British Grand Prix. Performances at Hendon were led by discus throwers, Tom Norman and Devon Douglas, and at Watford by Sam Watts over 200m.

At Gateshead in the Aviva British Grand Prix, Sarah Claxton placed 6th over 100m Hurdles, recording 13.31 secs (-1.9), into a strong headwind. In the men's 110mH, Callum Priestley was 7th, again into a strong headwind as he recorded 14.11 secs (-2.8). Over 200m the headwinds were even stronger as Joice Maduaka was 6th in 24.14 secs (-3.4). Nusrat Ceesay placed 7th over 400m H in 59.85 secs, and Tara Bird was 3rd in the "On Camp with Kelly" 800m in 2m07.37 secs.

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