South of England 12- and 6-Stage RRs: 2009

Matt Shone
Both the men's and women's distance squads performed excellently at Miton Keynes today in the South of England 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays, and illustrated the depth and breadth of passion that exists for the club in both sections. After a truly hard-fought race, our men were delighted to match the bronze medals they won last year, while the women notched a very good 5th place with two young debutantes. Our men's B team finished a highest-ever 25th and, for making the 25 cutoff, won an official invite to the National 12-Stage Championships in a fortnight's time. We were also proud to closed a men's C team and a women's B team as many clubs struggle to even field a "first team".

On the men's side, Matt Gunby and Matt Shone both made the 20 fastest long stages, while Martyn Cryer was 6th fastest short stage. For the women, Jess Sparke and Jodie Swallow were amongst the 15 fastest overall.


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Track and Field Update

Keith Newton
Track and Field highlights over the last week were present in both veteran and Young Athlete categories. There was news from Italy as Keith Newton picked up a fine 4th place in the European Master's Indoor Championships, and a number of WGwEL's younger athletes started their season at Havering's graded meeting, with Woodford's performances being led by a 600m/300m double victory from Paul Scanlan.

Keith's 4th in the European Master's Championships M40 TJ took place last Wednesday, where his best mark of his five valid attempts was 13.20m. He was also 14th in the long jump with 5.90m.

CC and road round-up 30/03/09

Hywel Care made his international debut for Wales on Saturday in the Home Countries CC international at Bangor, Wales. Lauren Stewart ran a very good quality race at the Reading Half-Marathon on Saturday. Daniel Agustus led home our representatives at the Victoria Park Open 5, while Angus Holford made his 10K debut at the Eastleigh race.

Ronnie Sparke 2nd GB finisher at World Junior CC

ImageRonnie Sparke finished 83rd at the World Junior CC Championships today in Amman, Jordan. He was the 2nd GB finisher. His teammates were: Tom Farrell (Border AC, 58), James Wikinson (Leeds AC, 85) and Jonny Hay (Aldershot, 90). Nick Goolab and Simon Horsfield did not finish. 

To give the result a little perspective, amidst the usual African dominance the first European was a Russian in 50th, though USA had 3 athletes in the top 30.

Congratulations to Ronnie, who has another 2 years in this age category.

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