3rd sportshall competition

The third sportshall match of the series was held at Wenlock on 14 January. The U13B had another good day, cementing their first place with another win. The U11G had a great day, winning four out of the six races and beating Bridgnorth by 18 points on the day – they are now lying third overall. The U15G took second on the day but have lost their overall lead. The U15B despite being down on numbers, played it tactically and came second on the day, giving them third overall. By my calculations we’re still lying in second behind Bridgnorth in the league.

The final match, with presentations afterwards, will be at Oswestry on Sunday 11 February. There are no individual awards or medals in sportshall, but shields are awarded to winning teams and clubs.

County XC Champs

We had a good turnout of Olympians at the County Champs at Attingham Park on 6 January. Congratulations to Beth – U13G silver  – and Imogen – U20W bronze. They, along with Edith and Georgie, will represent the county at the national Intercounties event near Loughborough in March. The U13G team were unlucky to miss out on a medal by one point.

We will also be getting the badge out at the Midlands XC Championships at Nottingham on 27 January, and a number of our athletes will be competing for their schools at the Shropshire Schools XC Champs at Oswestry on 3 February. Good luck to all of them.

New year news

Training restarts on Sat 6 January at 9 am for U11 and 10 am for everyone else. Please note there is no cross country training because of the county championships – endurance training will start from Sat 13. The cost per session remains at £2. Training will be indoors until Easter but we may go outside to use the track if the weather is good, so please make sure your have warm clothing with you.

Tuesday sessions start on 9 January 7-8 pm and all U13+ athletes are encouraged to attend.

The next sportshall competition takes place on Sunday 14 January, beginning at 10 am. Invitation cards/ e mails will be going out this weekend, so please reply with your availability asap. All athletes should try to arrive by 9.30 so we can finalise teams and events. We are lying in second place overall, with two teams in the lead, so we need a good turnout.

Best of luck to everyone.

Final Cross Country results

Oswestry in December can be pretty bleak, but not on Sunday. The Wenlock flags fluttered gently and the club runners gave their all to produce one of the best cross country results in years.wenlock success

We had three individual medallists: Beth winning every race to take the U13G title, Edith with U15G silver and Ruari getting bronze in the U13B.

We had four medal winning teams: the U15B (Louix, Sam, Charlie and Henry) surprised themselves with bronze, the U15G (Edith, Manali, Eva and Hester) and U17W (Lizzie, Amelia and Maisie) both got silver and the U13G (Beth, Lucy, Rebecca, Leonie and Aimee) took the title. The U11G missed out on third by a mere two points.

We also took the overall girls trophy, securing it by just 7 points ahead of Bridgnorth, and emphasising not only how important it is to get runners out, but how much of a team sport cross country is. Every single girl who ran in any of the four races helped us to get that trophy (Emily, Evie, Thea, Ella, Ophelia, Eleanor, Rosie, Flossy, Lois, Jasmine, Zoe, Sara, Sophie, Beth, Lucy, Rebecca, Leonie, Aimee, Edith, Manali, Eva, Hester, Lizzie, Amelia and Maisie). It’s the first time I can remember our girls taking the title and shows what strength and commitment we have in our distance running.

The club finished third overall.

Many thanks to all parents, guardians and family members who transported and supported, and a special mention to Dean and Matt who have motivated and inspired all the runners.

Remember that the county champs for U13+ takes place on 6 Jan. Please contact Dean if you want to enter – we have a chance of more team medals there.

 

Final cross country

The last races of the SYAL cross country league take place next Sunday, 3 December, at Oswestry.

All those coming to the races should use the nominated parking facility at Marches School Morda Road, Oswestry, SY11 2AR, accessed from Morda Road. Follow the footpath from the car park to the top of the school, past the Sportshall and through the gate, crossing the road to the course at Oswestry School.

syal-xc-oswestry-school-fields-mapThe races take place round the perimeter of the playing fields so the ground is even, but there is a steady pull up at the start of the race/ lap, from field A to field B.

Race times are as previouly:         1 pm U11G 1500m
1.15 U11B 1500m
1.30 U15G 3000m/ U17W 4000m
1.55 U13B 3000m
2.15 U15B 4000m/ U17M 5000m
2.40 U13G 2000m

Medal and trophies will be presented as soon as possible after the final race.

After our strong home performance we could do with another good turnout!

Meanwhile we have had a number of athletes on county duty, running for Shropshire at an intercounties fixture in Warwickshire: congratulations to Edith, Ruari and Lucy. Manali and Louix would have been running, were it not for the National Biathlon taking place on the same day, and Beth was competing at the Liverpool leg of the National Cross Challenge.

Second sportshall competition

The second match of the series was held on 19 November at Wenlock. It was perhaps a less successful day than the first match – none of our teams came first, although the U13B, U15G and U15B all got second, and we had a strong all round performance.

This keeps the U13B and U15G (just!) in first place, and keeps the club in second overall. The girls have, however, slipped to third, a mere 1/2 point behind Shrewsbury.

As always this league is very tight. The next match is also at Wenlock on Sunday 14 January.

Wenlock Cross Country results

Well, it was a horrible day but let’s not think about the weather.

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who helped with setting up, marshalling, clearing away and who helped Liz with the catering. It makes a massive difference to how smoothly the event runs and it really couldn’t happen without you.

We had a number of runners who were braving cross country for the first time (and hopefully not the last) meaning we had full teams in the U11B and U13B for the first time this season and an amazing 13 U11Gs. Many thanks to them and their families.

Our girls continued their impressive season. There were individual places for Beth, Edith and (in her best ever run) Manali and in the team competitions the U15G cemented their second and the U13G and U17W were also second on the day.

After 3 races the U13G are 1st, and the U15G and U17W are second, so all are looking at team medals. Most excitingly of all the girls overall are sitting in 1st place with Bridgnorth just 7 points behind us – it really couldn’t be closer! Overall as a club we are 3rd.

The last race is on the 3rd December at Oswestry. It would be fantastic to see you there!

Shropshire Cross Country Championships

This year’s championships will be held at Attingham Park on Saturday 6 January. Details of times, distances etc are below.

For entry purposes a team constitutes of 4 athletes (3 will score) in all age groups except senior men where it is 8 athletes (6 will score).

Race start time Age group Distance Entry fee per individual athlete Entry fee per team
10.30AM U13 GIRLS                              2000m £3 £8
10.50AM U13 BOYS                                  3000m £3 £8
11.10AM U15 GIRLS 3000m £3 £8
U17 GIRLS 4000m £3.50 £10
           11.35 AM U15 BOYS 4000m £3 £8
U17 BOYS 5000m £3.50 £10
12.30-12.45 approx PRESENTATIONS ON STEPS IN FRONT OF MANSION
1.30PM SENIOR/JUNIOR & VET WOMEN 6km £3.50 £10
            2.00PM SENIOR/JUNIOR & VET MEN 9km £4 £12
4pm approx PRESENTATIONS ON STEPS IN FRONT OF MANSION

Entries are through the club and WOAC pays for entries, so please let Dean know if you are interested in taking part. There are individual and team medals available, and the chance of county selection for top six athletes. It would be great to see a decent number of Wenlock runners, particularly from those teams/ individuals that are doing well in the SYAL.

Entries close 31 dDecember

Wenlock cross country

This Sunday  – November 5 – is the third of the SYAL cross country league, our home event at Wenlock.

We are unfortunately still looking for volunteers, to set up, marshal and help with catering. Please contact Ian if you can help.

Obviously we want a good turnout of Wenlock athletes. If you only run in one race all season – this should be it!

The race times and course can be found below

2017 Wenlock XC General Plan v1