Sportshall results

The final match of the season, at Oswestry on 11 February, certainly proved one thing: it ain’t over until the last relay race is run! It also showed that the important thing is to get your athletes out. We ended with three trophies for U11G, U13B and U15G – two of them largely unexpected – and these were three teams who had competed in every event in every match.

The U13B, some of whom took the trophy as U11s last year, have looked like champions from the outset, performing well in all the matches, and winning again at Oswestry.

The U11G have battled their way up, improving steadily, and they too came first at Oswestry. The trophy is a just reward, especially as they so nearly missed out on cross country medals before Christmas.

The U15G had seen their lead slip away, but a final victory in the relay – which for many of them was their last ever race in their last ever sportshall competition – gave them a win on the day and the shield.

The U15B also had a great day, coming first, but they had too much to do. In the end there was a three way split for first, with the title being decided on overall points won: they were just 8 points short. In sportshall terms, that’s one second place – definitely a case ‘if only’.

Again, we were desperately close in the boys overall trophy, losing out by just 7.5 points, which is nothing over the course of a whole season. The girls were third overall and we again just failed to get the club trophy.

We had a fantastic team of athletes and supporters at Oswestry and it’s huge thanks to them, and to everyone who turned out during the course of the  season. As ever, with sportshall, there’s a bittersweetness: we were so close achieving even greater success and we failed to get full teams out for all four matches. Those missed points always come back to haunt us.

Midlands XC Champion!

bethCongratulations to our Midlands Cross Country Champion, Beth, who stormed to victory in the U13G race. To my knowledge it’s a first for the club.

The Championships was held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham in Saturday 27 January, on an exceptionally muddy and challenging course. The Olympians were well represented with Lucy, Edith, Manali and Louix all competing, as well as Dean in the 12K senior race.

Good luck to all our runners at the Shropshire Schools XC at Oswestry this Saturday.

Final sportshall competition

The last match in the series will be held at the Marches School, Morda Road, Oswestry,   SY11 2AR, on Sunday 11 February. Athletes are asked to arrive at 1.30 for a 2 pm start, and there will be presentations after the final relays.

Our results in the SYAL sportshalls are very close for Overall and Boys Overall. For the Overall trophy we are second, 1 point below, with third only 1 point behind us. For the Boys Overall we are 3rd, 1.5 points behind 1st, so we need a 100% turnout and a great set of results.

The U13B are currently winning and 3.5 points ahead (max per meeting is 5), but other teams also have a chance to sneak into the top spot if results go their way.  

If full teams had competed at the last event we would be in a stronger position, but it is essential for the club to have all our teams full for the last one. Cards and e mail invitations are going out. Please make every effort to prioritise this event and be there if you are selected. If it impossible to get there, please let us know immediately, so we can call up subs.

County selection

There are two regional sportshall competitions this term, one for U11 and another for U13 and U15. Based on their performances in the SYAL sportshall league, the following Olympians were selected to compete for Shropshire:

U11 – Emily, Lois, Holly, Zoe, Thea, Ray, Douglas

U13 – Brooke, Ruari, James, Liam

U15 – Edith, Sam, Louix

Good luck to all of them!

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.