Southern Inter Counties CC 2009

The annual Southern Inter Counties CC, involving Essex, Surrey, Hants, Beds, Herts and Suffolk, was held at Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire, last Saturday with a number of the club's young athletes representing Essex. Two athletes from Alistair Holford's training group at Ashton, Robbie Meadows and Liam Blaikie, came away with silver team medals. Ronnie Sparke had to turn down a Hertfordshire vest in the U20 race after being invited to represent his country in Italy.

Ronnie triumphs in Italy: updated

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Ronnie wins Five Mills
On a rare weekend without club competition, Ronnie Sparke triumphed on his international CC debut in Italy, while Hywel Care looks to have clinched his first Welsh vest later this season. Ewen Malloch raced a half-marathon in Catalunya, while our M50 team grabbed silvers at the South of England Masters CC Champs.

Ronnie Sparke crowned a perfect international debut by winning the 7.5K junior men's race at the 77th edition of the famous Cinque Mulini "Five Mills" world cross country permit meeting in Italy last Sunday. A description of this extraordinary event

Ronnie was neck-and-neck with Italy's Dario Santoro before breaking away for the win with 500m left to run. Results

Ronnie's main aim this winter is to qualify for the GB junior team for the World CC Championships in Jordan. His teammates in Italy, Withey and Walker, finished 2nd in the Midlands and 4th in the Northern CC Championships respectively the previous weekend, which confirms that Ronnie has every right to harbour this ambition.

For photos of the event including several of the victor

 

Bratislava Indoor International

Representing England in an international indoor meeting in Bratislava, on Thursday evening, Tara Bird comfortably won over 800m in 2m06.82 secs, and in the men's event HCA member Damien Moss was 2nd in 1m50.32 secs.

Indoor round-up- Updated

Leading performance of the weekend from WGwEL athletes in action at various indoor meetings came from Olympic finalist, Sarah Claxton, who ran 2008 world number one over 100mH, Lolo Jones of the US a close 2nd over 60mH at theGlasgow international. Sarah improved her season's best to 8.05 secs, and currently ranks 8th on this year's world lists. The Birmingham Games, helld at the National Indoor Arena, also provided some good peformances from WGwEL athletes, and others were in action at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow, and the London Games at Lee Valley.

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