Delo comes a creditable sixth in Northern Ireland race

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West Suffolk Athletics Club members were in action at three events over the weekend with Mac Delo leading the way for them overseas.

Delo was racing at an international cross country event in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Representing the South of England, Delo had a superb run to sixth in the junior men’s race. He was the second South of England finisher and was placed ahead of one of the England team runners.

Ben Eames was the sole WSAC runner at the final Essex League event held at Chingford, but showed his rapid improvement this winter with a 30-second victory in under-15 boys.

Although Delo was unable to be at this final round, he had already comfortably won the under-20 men’s series.

Several athletes made the shorter trip to Haughley Park, Stowmarket, for the latest round of the Suffolk Winter League where 240 runners toed the start line.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Bartram, in the senior race for the first time, had an excellent win.

Sitting in second place at the halfway-mark behind St Edmunds Pacers Steve Robinson, Bartram picked up the pace and moved ahead in the latter stages to win by 16 seconds, clocking 31 minutes and 20 seconds for the 9km course.

Rob Smailes continues to improve and can be pleased with 35.10 for 13th overall, fifth Junior.

Maureen McCarthy led the women’s race until the final third before having to settle for second and first V50 in 38.33, still an excellent result.

Christine Anthony was treating the race as a training run having competed heavily over recent weeks and placed sixth, first V45 in 40.37.

Beth Tooley made a welcome return to competition and can be pleased with 16th, third F17 in 44.41, while Celia Duncan completed the WSAC runners in 19th, first F55 clocking 45.29.

In the junior race, Sophie Tooley (under-15) was first female, Claudia Spencer-Hall first under-13 girl, followed by Jevony Hall in second and Emma Jobbins in fifth.