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!
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
||Entry fee per individual athlete
||Entry fee per team
| 11.35 AM
||PRESENTATIONS ON STEPS IN FRONT OF MANSION
||SENIOR/JUNIOR & VET WOMEN
||SENIOR/JUNIOR & VET MEN
||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
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
We had a good start to the season, although some teams were short of athletes and ended up losing points as a result. There were, however, other clubs who did significantly less well in getting their athletes out.
The U15B are in third, the U11G in second and the U13B and U15G came first on the day.
By my calculations this puts the girls in second place and the boys in third, with the club lying second overall. Because there are different combinations of events at each sportshall these positions can change from match to match, so it is important to get our athletes out and fight for every point.
The next competition is at Wenlock on Sunday 19 November (not 12th as said in the newsletter!) and with the early start time of 10 am (athletes arriving at 9.30). Invitation cards will go out after half term.
Sunday, November 5th is our cross-country event.
If you are available to help with the setting up and/or running of the cross-country event on Sunday Nov 5th, please, e-mail Ianandadswell@f2s.com
We need help with:
Course marking in the morning from 9.00 – 11.30 No skill required and guidance given – just a warm coat and possibly a waterproof! We need to mark out the route with posts and tape.
Marshalling on the course to guide the athletes in the right direction.12.30 – 3.00. We need a lot of marshals in particular!
Clearing up. As we are using the hill, field and railway cutting we must ensure everything is cleared away.3.00 – 4.00
Catering We also need help with catering from 11.30 -3.15 in the pavilion. Please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need as many volunteers as possible to make the event go smoothly. Many thanks!
An uncharacteristically warm day, and the sun shone on Wenlock runners, from the U11Gs whose sheer numbers turned the field blue, to the individual heroics of Henry making up the team for the U15B.
Congratulations to Beth (1st), and Emily (3rd) and Edith (3rd).
The girls’ success continued: The U15G cemented their overall 2nd with another 2nd place on the day, and the U17W are still in bronze medal position. The U11G had a great day, finishing 2nd, but need to keep up the work to get into medal contention. Best news of all, the U13G have sneaked into 1st place!
We definitely had a better turnout among the boys, but they are still struggling to make any real inroads.
Overall the girls are in second and the club is in third.
Remember, remember, the next race is on home turf, on 5 November. We will be looking for volunteers to set up and marshal, as well as to help with catering. Please help if you can.
The first sportshall of the season takes place this Sunday, 15 October at Oldbury Wells School. The event starts at 2 pm but try to get there by 1.30 to ensure that we can sort out teams and deal with any last minutes changes. Things are usually over by 4, but you are free to leave as soon as your events are finished. Last year there were no benches, so you might want to bring a cushion if you’re supporting! Competing athletes need club vests, although there will be some available to borrow on the day.
If you haven’t done sportshall before, it is very exciting, intense and noisy. There are various A and B races, a rotating number of field events and finally relays. The important thing is that all athletes score points which count towards team totals, so it is imperative that we get full teams out and even coming last can be vital. There are end of season trophies for the winning girls and boys teams in each age group, plus trophies for overall boys, girls and club. Traditionally this is one of our strongest competitions, but last year was a lean one, with only the U11B winning. Let’s make this year a good one!
Please let team managers know as soon as possible if you are unable to come.
Robbie Cooper has been fell running this summer and came 3rd overall in the Mercia Summer Series, winning the U19M age group. The Mercia series is seven races, involving some of the toughest hills in Shropshire and over 300 competitors in total. He also claimed bronze on the track in the Shropshire Champs U20 3000m. He has now gone on to Bath University, where he’s already joined the athletics club. Good luck for the future!
The next cross country races will be held this Sunday 8 October at Oldbury Wells School, Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth, WV16 5JD. There is parking available in the school grounds.
The course is split into two sections – flattish loop(s) on the playing fields – and a rough field which is full of short, steep hill sections. If you haven’t run the course before it is worth getting there early enough to walk it. When you arrive look out for Dean, Matt and your team mates. No numbers needed (except for U17) but don’t forget club vests. Good luck!
Race times and distances as before:
Times and distances
1 pm U11G 1500m
1.15 U11B 1500m
1.30 U15G 3000m and U17W 4000m
1.55 U13B 3000m
2.15 U15B 4000m and U17M 5000m
2.40 U13G 2000m
The following Sunday (16 October) is the first sportshall competition, also held at Oldbury Wells. Invitation cards have gone out, so please text or email to say whether you can or cannot attend.
The first SYAL cross country of the season was very much a story of two halves. The early races took place in glorious sunshine, and the later ones struggled through heavy rain. Equally, the girls were great but the Wenlock boys were…well, not there. It was a real disappointment for the few boys who did run, and who turned in some good individual performances. Cross country is a team competition and we need to get teams out.
But the good news was that our girls started out as they ran last year – we had lots of runners, fabulous team spirit and some stand out performances. Congratulations to Beth and Edith on their 1st and 2nd. The U13s and U15s are both in second, and Lizzie, singlehandedly, is in U17W third.
The next race is on 8 October at Bridgnorth.