Sparke flies in Liverpool

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 December 2011

Jessica Sparke (left) in action for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC. Picture: Ken Bray

Jessica Sparke (left) in action for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC. Picture: Ken Bray


Woodford Green AC’s Jessica Sparke launched her winter campaign with a strong run at the McCain UK Cross Challenge Series

Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC sent a 15-strong contingent to Liverpool on Saturday for the McCain UK Cross Challenge Series, which incorporated the European Trials.

Jessica Sparke, running her first race of the winter season, was the first club finisher in the senior women’s race over 8.1km at Sefton Park.

The 23-year-old crossed the line in 28 minutes and 35 seconds for 20th spot.

Close behind were club-mates Felicity Milton in 29.50 and Georgie-Lou Sales, who clocked 32.43.

Meanwhile in the senior men’s race, run over 9.8km, Daniel Agustus finished in 31.50 for 73rd spot and Andrew Mariani squeezed into the top 100 when he crossed the line in 32.42.

A tactical race from Canaan Soloman saw the under-13s runner record Woodford’s best finish of the day.

Soloman kept pace with the leading pack, before making a break on the home straight which earned him second place in 10.22, just a second behind the race winner.

There were good finishes too for the club’s other junior boy’s runners, as Alfie Poole crossed the line in 7.31 to secure 13th place in the under-11s race and under-15s runner Perry Rowan finished in 10.10 for 15th spot.

In the under-20s race, Liam Blaikie clocked 24.10, meanwhile 16-year-old James Stockings ran admirably in the under-17s race to finish in 18.51 and place 32nd.

In the junior girl’s races, Rosie Poole was the top performer, finishing in 12.12 for 21st spot, nine place and 32 seconds clear of club-mate Jodi Ratcliffe.

Alicia McArdell was 37th in the under-15s, clocking 12.01, while under-20s pair Sidnie Sales and Lauren MacGregor finished in 17.38 and 17.40 for 72nd and 73rd respectively.

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