Cornwell wins again

Our English Schools Senior Boys 1500m champion, Alex Cornwell, is proving to be a winner in more ways than one. Alex recently entered a UKA competition to win a month's supply of Lucozade Sport for the club, and he has been announced to be the winner. The prize is of no little value, and will be put on sale at the clubhouse bar. Alex generously rejected the idea of a winner's reward.

A sports scientist representing Lucozade will be coming to our Ashton Playing Fields track on 9th February to advise athletes and coaches on how Lucozade Sport can be of benefit to training and performance. A table will be set up in the clubhouse enabling athletes & coaches to sample the products.

Indoor Round-Up, 11th January

WGwEL athletes were in indoor action at the weekend. There were some fine pole vault results from Loughborough and Cardiff, including a Scottish Indoor Record for Alasdair Strange. At Lea Valley in the South of England Championships there were several good performances, including 800m titles for Omar Mansour and Katherine Foy, and a 400m personal best for Paul Scanlan.

In Cardiff in the UWIC Pole Vault competition, Christian North took part in his first competition of the indoor season and won with a clearance of 5.05m, whilst Maria Seager was 4th with 3.95m in a high standard women's competition. However, there was even better news from Loughborough where Alasdair Strange improved his lifetime best by 2cm as he cleared 5.15m as he set a new Scottish Indoor Record, improving the old mark by 5cm


Jess Sparke 7th in Edinburgh

Jess Sparke finished a marvellous 7th in the Women's Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross event (televised live on BBC1) today. Looking confident after her bronze in the European U23 Championship in Dublin in mid-December, Jess spent much of the race in the lead group that included World CC champion Tirunesh Dibaba, World 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot, European CC champion Hayley Yelling and Olympian Steph Twell. She was finally broken with around 1 mile of the 5.8K remaining, but hung on well enough to finish around 10 seconds behind Yelling and Twell as Dibaba was a clear winner.

Amongst the athletes Jess beat were Freya Murray, who was 9th in the European senior CC championship, and World 1500m silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey.

Lee Valley Indoor Results

WGwEL athletes were in indoor action at Lee Valley on Sunday. Callum Priestley took an early lead at the top of the UK 60m Hurdles rankings as he recorded 7.90 ssecs, with Dan Davis clocking 8.10 secs. Over 60m flat, Colin Wilson opened his season with a useful 6.89 secs, with Dan Davis again in action with 7.05 secs, and Jason Greenidge recording 7.17 secs. In the women's event, Azaria Francis was close to her best with 7.67 secs.

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