Bwin sports writer competition: The runners-up
Friday 25 September 2009
In association with Bwin, Europe's biggest sports betting and gaming site,
The Independent asked budding sports writers to send us 400 words on a sporting event of their choice.
The results were, to say the least, impressive, and so it's been with some difficulty that we've selected a shortlist of five, one of whom will go on to win a fantastic prize: the opportunity to write about four separate sporting events around Europe over September and October. Starting with a trip to Portugal for the MotoGP, our winner's write-up on the event will be featured on Independent.co.uk, as well as being considered for a place in the paper.
Below are the shortlisted entrants; click on the title of their piece to read the their contribution to the competition.
Miss Dhwani Patel - Zurich v Real madrid write up
Nick Harrisson - Kent v Surrey cricket series
Alex Richman - Arsenal v Everton
Alan Murphy - Bog Snokelling
Tom Barneby - His team's football match
The winning entry, entitled "Coffee-makers and sunflower seeds: A night with Istanbul’s Besiktas", was written by John McManus, who will be covering a variety of sporting events over the next month as part of his prize. Click here to read his piece .
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