Weekend T & F Round-Up

As the outdoor Track and Field season gets underway, highlights from WGwEL athletes included a good run over 200m for 400m international Graham Hedman, and some good throwing from Simon Bennett  and siblings Sarah and James Smith.

In addition, at the 2nd Havering Open meeting there was some further good throwing, in the discus from young club members. Youcef Zatat  won the under 17 event with 46.06m and Joe Liscalis the under 15 with 36.79m.

Weekend Round-Up

WGwEL performances in early season competition this weekend were led by hammer throwers with Mark Dry getting his season off to a solid start and young U/17, Harry Clarke opening his season with a significant personal best.Competing in a high standard early season competition at Mansfield, last year's UK number one, Mark Dry got his season off to a solid start, just a metre below his personal best with 69.61m, but such was the standard Mark only placed 3rd in the competition.

Early Track News

The outdoor Track and Field season got under way on Sunday with several WGwEL athletes in action at the first of the Havering Mayesbrook winter warm up meetings. Amongst a number of encouraging Woodford performances, the stand out result was from Sam Watts. The World Youth Championship 200m finalist competed over 150m and recorded a fine 16.1 secs into a strong headwind to comfortably win the U/20 race. There was also good news from New Zealand, where London-based Paralympian Tim Prendergast had returned home to contest his national championships. In a tactical 1500m final, Tim placed 10th with 3m56.99secs, pleased to have ducked under the 3m57.00 standard for next year's Paralympic World Championships.

Full results of the Havering meeting here.

Ronnie Sparke leads GB home in Worlds

Ronnie Sparke led the Great Britain U20 team home today (Sunday) in the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Finishing 41st, it was a tremendous run from Ronnie who was 83rd (and 2nd GB home) in 2009 and has another year left in this category. Having finished 5th in the Trials and 4th in the National, he will be delighted to have beaten his peers. The other GB athletes were: 47, Hawkins; 50, Farrell; 60, Norris; 62 Hay; 74 Goodman. The team were 9th.

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