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Birmingham set to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be declared as the official host city for the Commonwealth games 2022. It was the only city to submit a bid to host the event before the original 30th September deadline but was turned down by the Commonwealth Games Federation(CGF) because it failed to meet its standards. The deadline was increased to 30th November where other cities were encouraged to submit their bids. Even in the beginning of this month CGF went on record saying that they needed further clarification before choosing a host city but now it seems that Birmingham has finally prevailed. It is now set to host the 750m pound event the second most expensive in Britain after the 2012 London Olympics. Birmingham beat Liverpool as host city in the latest bid and has since obtained government backing. Birmingham as a part of the bid has proposed building the largest permanent athletics stadium in the UK supplemented by four indoor arenas.

Jenni Rees-Jenkins looking to add to her victory spell in 2018

Scottish Ultra marathon race series winner Jenni Rees-Jenkins is already planning more long distance adventures come 2018.TheInsch Trail Running Club member competed and won the over 40 women’s series title by scoring more points than her rivals after participating in more than six 30 to 55 mile races. She finished the John Lucas Memorial 50 mile run in the fourth position and was the first woman finishing in 7hrs 56mins 28seconds. Rees-Jenkins won the open women’s series title in 2016 after competing in more than 5000km of racing and training. On being asked about her achievement she said that she was pleased with her performance in taking the over 40 women’s title right after winning the overall women’s championship in 2016. Rees-Jenkins is now taking a short break from all competitions but she already has her sights on two targets in 2018. The Skye Trail Ultra is the first one to be held in May followed by the West Highland Way 95-mile trail race from Milngavie to Fort William after a break of one month.

Crawley sets personal best at Chase the Moon 10k

Ilford’s Anna Crawley set a personal best at the Chase the moon 10k event at Olympic park. This was only her second attempt at the event in Stratford the first of which saw her clock a time of 53 minutes 54 seconds. The second time round she beat her previous best by quite the margin comin in at 51 minutes 2 seconds. Steve Cheal was the only Ilford entrant at the South of England Cross-Country Championships. The senior men had the worst track conditions with it being the last event of the day.