March is a slack time for competitions, when we traditionally start to think about the summer track and field season.

Wenlock compete in the 4 match SYAL which runs from 6.45 on Thursday evenings during the summer term. The entry is by invitation, and like the sportshall it features different events on different evenings. The usual age groups apply, although the U11s compete as a joint team.

April 26th         Telford
May 24th           RAF Cosford
June 28th          Shrewsbury (Oswestry meet)
July 20th          Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury meet).

For our older athletes (U17+) we are now entering the YDL as part of a combined team with Bridgnorth (known as Border Olympians). This is an exciting new opportunity, both for club members who are too old for the SYAL, and for anyone who wants to do more competitions, try out new events, and likes a challenge. The YDL has 3 matches, on Sundays. They have a full day timetable which allows them to hold the full range of events. Full details can be found at

29th April     Worcester
27th May     Kidderminster
1st July         Solihull

The Shropshire County Championships are held on 12 May. Details and entry forms at

There are also a number of open competitions which anyone can enter as individuals. We would encourage athletes to do so, as competition is the best way to improve your PBs.

Sun 8 April Kidderminster Open
Sun 15 Tipton Games
Sun 15 Stoke Open
Tues 17 Worcester (and other meetings on Tuesdays throughout the term)
Sun 22 Birchfield Open
Details of all these can be found at (which is the best place to find information about all competitions)

Last but not least, there is of course the Wenlock Olympian Games, on Sunday 15 July.

Sportshall County Championships

The Shropshire sportshall championships will be held on the morning of Saturday 24 March at Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth. This is an individual competition (entry form below) with limited events in each age group and medals available. Entry is £2 per event and the closing date is Monday 12 March.

There is no seating at Bridgnorth, so spectators might want to bring chairs!


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.