With few competition opportunities since December, the South of England Championships marked a welcome return to racing for our young athletes. The cold, overnight snap meant that the early races had to negotiate frozen ground with the risk of turning an ankle ever present for the competitors. Runners in the later races experienced the traditional nature of Parliament Hill; plenty of cloying, boggy ground and sloppy mud.
Pride of the young athlete results must go to the U20 Men, who won a bronze team medal with defending champion, Ronnie Sparke this year just out of the individual medals in 4th place, 22 seconds adrift of winner Daniel Clorley (Luton AC). It was a fine performance from Ronnie, this being his comeback race after missing six months through injury.