English National CC 2009: Women 5th, Men 12th

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Kat Sparke
This, the 122nd edition of the legendary English National Cross Country Championships, saw a best-ever performance from our women's team, who finished 5th, and a very sound result from our men in 12th place. An injured Kat Sparke led home the women in a very brave 8th, while Hywel Care carried the flag for the men, in 51st.

Parliament Hill Fields, the most taxing of courses, regularly shatters dreams as clubs and individuals who come to the race with high hopes find that the course has a variety of methods of punishing anything less than top form and the best of luck. Even if the athlete has not started too quickly, or lost a shoe, or fallen into a boggy hole, they often find the draining climbs taunting them that they have come to the race tired, hungry or "lacking hill-work". Only the very strong survive to report a success story.

 

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Essex Indoor Championships

Eleven Essex Indoor titles were won by WGwEL athletes at Lee Valley on Saturday.

The senior winners were Jon Long, 800m 1m59.53 secs, Adrian Stamp, LJ 6.64m, Chris Linque SP 11.76m, Katie Skelding women's 400m 59.42 secs, Kirsty McIntosh women's PV 3.10m.

Alex Brown took the U/20 400m in 51.32 secs. In the U/17 age group, Billy Falconer took HJ with 1.87m and Hollie Pattie-Belleli the women's TJ with 9.79m. In the U/15 age group Joseph Dewer won the 60m H with 9.56, Keira McCoook the HJ with 1.50m, and Karl Jervier the SP with 8.64m

Many other Woodford athletes were in action. Full results here

Met League 5: Young Athletes

The competing draw of both the National and County Indoor Championships and half-term skiing trips ensured that we were only ever likely to take a handful of young athletes to the last Met League fixture of the season over at Horsenden Hill and in the event, only five runners made the trip.

English U/20, U/17 & U/15 Indoor Championships

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Paul Scanlan
Competing at Birmingham's NIA in the England age group Indoor National Championships this weekend WGwEL performances were led by gold medal performances over 200m by Junior Ejehu, and over 400m by Paul Scanlan. There was a silver medal in the U/20 women's PV for Maria Seager, as well as some other fine performances.

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