Roding Valley Half Marathon; results roundup

Iain Cumming
The club held its annual Roding Valley Half-Marathon on Sunday morning. The race passed off smoothly, with a large number of club members helping out. There were 667 finishers, including a handful of our own members. Elsewhere, Bertie Powell won the Essex 20 in a fast time.

The Half-Marathon, organised by Dave Hollingworth, started at 9am. There were over 800 entries but around 100 failed to appear. After the first, small loop, there were two leaders away - Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay and Paul Martelletti of Victoria Park. Simon Seigar was our leading man, followed by John Wallis and and then Iain Cumming.

Young AthletesPresentation

Young Athletes 2008 Awards

Having cancelled 3 weeks earlier due to the heavy snow fall the Young Athletes Awards Presentation Night was rearranged for Tuesday 24th February. And what a night !

The Clubroom was packed to the rafters, all seats taken, many having to stand around the edges.

The YA committee would like to sincerely thank Jeanette Kwakye (2008 Beijing Olympic Games 100m finalist) for attending to present the numerous awards to the young athletes. Also. Thanks to Jean Burgess (herself a 2008 winner of a Jack Petchey Leaders Award) for compering most of the night. Our club President John Hayward introduced the nostalgic and inspirational video of Derek Johnson winning 800m silver medal at the 1956 Olympics. Special praise goes to Cowsi Magol for preparing and arranging the rousing music/photo display and technical set-up. Much appreciation goes to Christine Foy for providing the refreshments on the night




GB Team for European Indoor Championships

UK Athletics today named three WGwEL athletes amongst their selections for the forthcoming European Indoor Championships to be held in Turin, Itlay, March 6th-8th. Olympic Finalist Sarah Claxton is selected for the 60mH, new member Nick Leavey for both the 400m and the 4x400m, and Tara Bird who is included in the women's 4x400m relay squad.

English National CC 2009: Young Athletes

The highlight of the young athlete races at Parliament Hill during Saturday’s English National Cross Country Championships was undoubtedly the Junior Men’s race for which Ronnie Sparke claimed a bronze medal and our team was only 11 points adrift from winning a team medal of the same hue. There was also a modest supporting cast of our runners in the other races with some fine individual performances but half term absences took their toll and we only managed to field scoring fours in two other races. 

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