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NON-STADIA COMPETITIONS COME TO AN END

The Malta Amateur Athletics Association brought down the curtain on the non-stadia competitions for season 2016/2017 that commenced last October with the first of two road events over 5 km and ended on Sunday with the last 10km race at Marsaskala.

With the individual honours for men having been decided already - a best four finishes out of the series of five races –with the crowning of Gozitan Charlton Debono on his second successive win, yesterday confirmed the women’s champion and the final classification for the team event.

Like the Athletix AC top man, Pembroke Athleta’s own Lisa Marie Bezzina also finished first in four encounters, earning her, like Charlton, the least penalty points, and a fantastic timing at this last race, on a flat course, which she covered in a time of 35minutes and 53 seconds.

Incidentally, the Malta Marathon top Maltese, Mellieha’s Andrew Grech, in the absence of the Gozitan runner also posted an excellent time of 32 minutes 13 seconds.

The race venue, the course that saw St Patrick’s AC clinching the road Relay earlier this year, also determined the final team classification with the new champions in the women’s category being AS Libertas, who with their runners practically dominated the whole series.

They were followed respectively by the Mellieha and Starmax ladies.

In the men’s League, following a good start by Pembroke Athleta, the previous champions, who won the first two shorter races, St. Patrick’s AC overhauled their rivals to win handsomely, with Pembroke being nearly pipped to second spot by a resurgent Mellieha outfit, the largest non-stadia team on the Island, who finished just four penalty points adrift in third.

The Association’s focus will now concentrate on its two major competitions, being the GSSE in San Marino, and CSSE in Malta in June.

By Anthony Fava
MAAA Comunications
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