Met League 5: Men win twice; women runners-up again

Image The last day of the London City Runner Metropolitan CC League proved a day of mixed fortune for our senior teams on Saturday. The races at Perivale resulted in our women's slender league lead being overturned at the death by the reigning champions, Highgate, but our men regained the Division One title while the B team triumphed in Division Two. We had two individual third-placers, in Lauren Stewart and Bertie Powell.

Results

Indoor News

Competing at the KBC meeting in Ghent, Belgium on Sunday, Joice Maduaka improved over both 60m and 200m. In the former she placed 5th recording 7.38 secs to move to equal 3rd on this year's UK rankings and in the 200m was 2nd with 23.82 secs and goes 2nd on the UK rankings. Damien Moss improved almost 2 secs from Thursday evening and placed 3rd over 800m in 1m48.68 secs and moves to 3rd on the UK rankings. UK number one Sarah Claxton , was a little below top form placing 7th over 60mH in 8.36 secs. At the Irish Championships in Belfast, Nick Leavey placed 2nd over 400m with 47.96 secs. In the Inter City Challenge semi final in Sheffield, Francis Smith showed good form with a season's besT in taking the 60mH in 8.04 secs, and placing 3rd in the 200m with 22.25 secs, whilst Alasdair Strange was 3rd in the PV with 4.81m. Many of WGwEL's top athletes will be competing next weekend in Sheffield at the UK National Championships, and trials for the European Indoor Championships to be held in Turin in March.

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

 

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