CC and road round-up 23/03/09: updated

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Dave Cox
The annual Orion 15 CC race through Epping Forest, as usual, attracted some of our locally-based members who prefer the longer stuff. Here it was Dave Cox, 55 years young, who excelled despite it being 25 years since he had last done the race. Elsewhere some of our seniors laid down markers with a view to selection for our road relay teams who have the South of England Championships in a fortnight's time.

Much of the Orion course was bone dry this year, with just minor patches of mud to emphasise how lucky the participants were. The race was won by veteran Allen Smalls of Colchester in 1 hour 32 minutes. England Masters CC international Dave Cox, off a relatively low maximum of 30 miles per week training, was 5th in 1:38.06, 44 places and 13 minutes ahead of the next M50! We also took the M60 prize in the shape of Roger Green, who was 93rd of 286 finishers, recording 1:58.50.

English Schools CC & Redbridge Mini-Marathon Trials

Georgie-Lou Sales was the club's stellar performer at the English Schools CC on Saturday while, the previous weekend, the club's young athletes achieved a high percentage of the places on offer for Redbridge's team for the Mini-Marathon held prior to the London Marathon.

News from Australia

Competing in Brisbane during the first evening of the Australian Championships and World Championship Trials, Beijing Olympic 6th placer Youcef Abdi comfortably won the 3000m s/ch in a time of 8m38.65 secs. Youcef, who achieved the World Championship "A" standard last year, has been named in the first wave of selections for the Australian team for the Berlin world championships.

CC and road round-up 17/03/09

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Gavin Lewis
The club sent 11 men to the Essex Road Relays at Chelmsford on Saturday, our A team finishing 8th. There was minimal representation at the Chingford League CC Relays at Trent Park, but some of our athletes were awarded prizes for their performances throughout the season. Ewen Malloch was the pick of various individuals racing on the road with his 67.50 in the Bath Half-Marathon.

Taking 11 men to Chelmsford for the 4 x 3.64 mile relays was a vast improvement on recent years but we were never going to be truly competitive with most of our best men elsewhere. It was a first taste of road relays for some of the guys. As expected, Gavin Lewis was fastest of the day. He ran 19.12, which compared to the day's fastest of 18.04 by Basildon's Ross Clarke (who has joined us on the Higher Competition basis for the coming track season).

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