Ronnie triumphs in Italy: updated

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.

South of England CC 2009: Young Athletes

Saturday’s South of England Cross Country Championships at Uxbridge brought some fine results for our small band of young athletes. The course is known for being wet and, unfortunately, it lived up to its reputation. The combination of the recent rain and construction traffic laying a new gas main across the site ensured that the course quickly became a mud-bath; in places, deep puddles and elsewhere, cloying, sticky mud that made for very heavy going over almost the entire course.

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