Ronnie leads the way for Oaklands

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

OAKLANDS Academy athletes enjoyed success both outdoors and inside last weekend. The Academy s athletes enjoyed some of their best performances to date at the Hertfordshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Westminster Lodge. Ronnie Sparks su

OAKLANDS Academy athletes enjoyed success both outdoors and inside last weekend.

The Academy's athletes enjoyed some of their best performances to date at the Hertfordshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Westminster Lodge.

Ronnie Sparks successfully regained his title, setting a new course record in the process. The results means Ronnie is now ranked in the top three for the UK National title due to be held in March.

Finishing close behind Ronnie was 16-year old Tom Carson, who gave a powerful display to finish well ahead of the chasing pack.

Oaklands also had athletes competing at the South of England Indoor Championships where huge crowds, including Olympic Champions Linford Christie, Jason Gardner and Mark-Lewis Francis watched on as Corrine Humphries won gold in the women's Under 20 60m. Corrine clocked this year's fastest time of 7.62 seconds and she will now compete at the European Senior Trials taking place in February.

There was success for Antoe Walters who took silver in the men's 60m with a new personal best of 6.84 seconds and he is now placed second in the UK rankings.

Oaklands' Hannah Bright also came home a medalist, taking bronze in the Under 20s women's shot put.

Following his recent success in the 3,000m Championships, Rhys Glastonbury made his Senior International debut, running for Wales at the Icelandic Indoor Games.

Rhys secured bronze in the 3,000m following a very tactical and punishing battle against his competitors.

Gary Anderson, performance director at Oaklands Athletics Academy added: "These results were beyond our expectations. All our athletes, coaches and support staff are working extremely hard and giving 110 per cent - with results like these the hard work is really paying off.


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