Mini London Marathon 2009; Flora London Marathon

The club had superb representation at the Adidas Mini London Marathon on Sunday.The race incorporated the elite Regional race plus the London Boroughs race. Our athletes were extremely prominent in the teams representing our local boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge. Our top performer, as so often since Christmas, was Ronnie Sparke, who won the very high-quality Regional Boys 15-17 race.

The Marathon itself yet again proved a killing field for dreams, though Ben Hope in particular reaped a positive result from his efforts.

Brenda Bray Trophy

Alex Wardle reports: "The final Brenda Bray results are now on the website. It was close at the top wasn’t it? I’m pleased for Linda, it the first time in years that she has managed to get through a season without illness or injury – a very deserving winner".


News from Overseas

Joice Maduaka opened her outdoor season at the IAAF Tour meeting in Dakar, Senegal with an 11.43 secs w  (+5.8) 6th placing over 100m. In Azuza, California, Nusrat Ceesay opened her 400mH season with a fine victory in 58.03 secs, whilst fellow 400m Hurdler, Ruth Brereton recorded a personal best of  56.75 secs for the flat 400m at Long Beach. In Walnut, California at the Mt .Sac Relays, Nick Leavey placed 6th over 400m with 47.92 secs, with Tara Bird 2nd over 800m in 2m05.37 secs, in a race won by World  400m silver medalist, Britain's Nicola Sanders.

There was also news of a fine shot pb from Carl Fletcher who recorded 17.31m to win a meeting in Liverpool, and also took the discus with 45.90m, and of another pb from Hurdler, Francis Smith who recorded 48.50 for the flat 400m.

National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays

Jessica Sparke
Our men's and women's road relay teams battled all Saturday afternoon to make the British top 10 in the National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays at the traditional venue of Sutton Park, near Birmingham. In the end the women's team squeezed into 8th while the men were left just outside, in 11th. For the women, Jessica Sparke and Jodie Swallow notched the fastest stage times, while Ronnie Sparke and Martyn Cryer were the men's most impressive performers.

Once the women's team was finalised, an average stage time of 17.30 for each 2.995m leg looked realistic for a total team time of roughly 1hr 45 mins, which looked as though it could possibly leave the team in position 3-5 based on the 2008 result. But this was a year in which the course record was broken by the first two teams and the overall standard was higher.


Women's results

Men's results


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