South of England Senior CC 2009

Kat and Ronnie Sparke
The endless sea of grim mud at the 2009 South of England Cross Country Championships hosted a glittering performance from our women's team as they missed out on gold medals by a single point. They were led home brilliantly by 21-year old Katherine Sparke who won the race by 24 seconds. A "first" was scored when her brother Ronnie won the under 20s race. It is believed to be the first time that siblings have won races at these championships. A decimated men's team nonetheless had 15 finishers and retained the Essex Cup for the fourth year in succession, but could only finish 10th in the main team race.

New: Interviews with Ronnie and Kat Sparke on "Running in London" website!!



Indoor Round-Up (Up-dated)

Several WGwEL athletes were in indoor action on Saturday, performances were led by Daniel Davies who won over 60mH at Lee Valley in 8.00 secs at the Inter-City Challenge meeting.

Tara Bird 2nd in South Africa

Taking a break from warm weather training in South Afica,Tara Bird competed in the first "Yellow Pages" meeting of the South African season in Potchefstroom on Friday evening, and placed 2nd over 800m in 2m05.88, just behind Dutch international Yvonne Hak.

Essex Schools XC Championships

Loyalties were divided as the Essex Schools Championships pitted training partners against each other as 30 of our young athletes competed for five different Essex districts at Basildon last Saturday.  The fixture also clashed with the Met League fixture at Stevenage and Karim Ali was the sole participant for the club there, finishing a creditable 15th in a depleted field of 37 in the U17 Men’s event.

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