2nd SYAL T+F meeting

The second T+F meeting of the season takes place at Cosford on Thursday 24 May. Invitation cards have gone out, so please reply promptly so we can finalise teams.

For those of you new to Cosford, the parking is fairly limited, so please give yourself enough time. We’d encourage athletes to arrive by 6.15 so that last minute changes can be made, numbers collected etc. The postcode for the track is WV7 3EX, but you can simply follow signs for the RAF museum.

The results of the first meeting are finally out. There were individual wins for Ella, Miley, John I, Liam, Lois, Beth, Toby, Louix, Sophia and Manali

The U13B and U13G both came 3rd. The best result on the night was the U17W, who are in 2nd, only one point behind Shrewsbury.

We did suffer from the clash with William Brooke’s Parents’ Evening, and we have very few U11 boys at the moment, however, we really do need to pull out all the stops if we are to get back into contention.

County Championships

The Shropshire track and field Championships were held on Sat 12 May and Wed 16 May at Telford. They enjoyed good weather and a generally good turnout, especially in the lower age groups. Sadly we only had 13 athletes competing, although many of them were successful. Well done to Ray, Lucy, Aimee and Leonie for getting the badge out.

Congratulations to
Manali bronze
Rosie and Lois silver
Emily and Hester two bronzes
Edith two silvers and a bronze
Toby three silvers
Beth 1500m and 3000m gold

The U13G also took silver in the relay

Standout performance, however, was definitely Ruari who won 3 golds in 1500m, HJ and hurdles and a bronze

Presentation Evening

It was great to see so many members and their families at the annual Presentation Evening which was held at Priory Hall on Friday 11 May. This year, alongside the usual trophies and prizes, we also poignantly remembered John Simpson. John, former Olympian President, mayor of Much Wenlock and 2012 torch bearer, was one of those who reinvigorated the WOS and WOAC in the 1980s. He was a great supporter of both throughout his life and will be much missed.

The main awards this year went to:

Angel Award – Ray

Coaches’ Award – Manali

Team of the Year – Girls’ Cross Country

Club Member of the Year – Hester and Eva

Athlete of the Year – Edith

Norman Wood Trophy – The Fawcett family

Many thanks to all who attended, and contributed food, and special thanks to Liz for all her organisation.

Olympian Games 2018

The Olympian Games athletics takes place on Sunday 15 July at Wenlock. It is our home competition and we expect all club members to get involved. Details and entry form can be found at http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/games/athletics/. Closing date for entries is 21 June.

There is also a triathlon on 8 July, a road race on 15 July and, new for this year a 9 mile trail race along Wenlock Edge on 3 June. Details of all of these can be found on the Olympians website http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/games

 

T+F update

The first SYAL meeting of the season is always a test of endurance – dark, cold and windswept. We also had to deal with the lack of Y8 athletes who were otherwise engaged at the William Brookes Parents’ Evening. But there was still plenty to cheer. Next match is at Cosford on Thursday 24 May. Unfortunately results have been delayed – I will update here when they are available. Remember that full results for all SYAL competitions can be found at http://www.theorchard.clara.net/

The first YDL took place at an equally cold and windswept Stourport. This was an all new, but a hopefully very positive experience: well run, with a good range of competitors and a first chance for our U17s to run, throw and jump alongside older athletes. Standout performance was probably Sophia’s huge PB in the 1500m. Many thanks to Bridgnorth for organising the team, and making us feel so welcome. The next competition is also at Stourport, on Sunday 27 May. It would be great to see more blue vests in action. YDL results can be found at http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page4.html

U17+ athletes have also been invited to compete in a combined Shropshire team in the Midlands Track League. There is no upper age limit on this and all ages compete together. Upcoming fixtures are
2 June Hereford
7 July Nuneaton
5 Aug Kettering
These are all a distance away but Shrewsbury provide coach transport. If you are interested contact Catriona.

The Shropshire Schools Combined Events championships take place on Mon 21 and Tues 22 May. This must be entered through schools but if you think you might be interested please contact your PE teacher. The entry form and more information can be found here http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0ZWxmb3JkYXRobGV0aWNjbHVifGd4OjNiNjY2ZWIyOWFhMzQxN2Q

Finally, good luck to all our competitors at the County Champs on Sat 12 and Wed 16 May!

Annual Presentation Evening

The club’s annual presentation evening will take place at Priory Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 11 March. As usual this will combine a celebration of our achievements over the last twelve months with a more informal get together for members and their families.

An e mail will be going out with full details and we will be asking for donations of food to the brought on the night.

NB Please remember there is no training on Saturday 5 May.

First SYAL track and field

The first meeting of the SYAL track and field league will take place at Oakengates track, Telford on Thursday 26 April. Athletes should aim to arrive by 6.15 to make sure they are organised and registered. Clubs vests must be worn and you need to collect a number from team managers when you arrive. Events run to a timetable and you are free to leave when your event/s are finished.

Invitation cards were handed out at training today, and will be e mailed shortly. Please make sure you respond with your availability as soon as possible.

There are different events for each age group at each meeting, so even if you are not invited to the first, you may well get a chance later in the season.

NB For U17+ athletes the first YDL match is on Sunday 29 April. Please e mail Catriona (russandtrina@tiscali.co.uk) with availability.

The closing date for the County Championships is 30 April. All details and entry forms at http://www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk/track-field/county-championships

Distance update

After her win at the Midlands Champs, Beth has continued her fantastic season, winning the West Midlands Mini Marathon trials, finishing fourth in the English Nationals at Parliament Hill, and second at the mudfest which was the Intercounties at Loughborough. She has certainly managed to put Wenlock on the map, but we have had good representation at all the big races this spring.

Other successes include Manali and Louix who both had top 10 finishes in the British Schools Biathlon Champs, Edith who took silver in the Midlands 5k Champs, Emily, Lucy and Leonie with their 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Ercall Hill races, and Imogen competing in what was I think her first half marathon at Ironbridge. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out – we’re always happy to hear about individual successes.

Remember, you can keep your distance running up throughout the summer – there are 5k parkruns every Saturday, the TAC organised Sexarathon series for over 15s, junior fell races organised by Mercia Fell Runners and plenty of other fun runs and junior races at local events.

We still have the weather-delayed U11 XC Champs to look forward to and watch this space for an exciting new event…..!

Sportshall County Champs

The Sportshall County championships were held at Bridgnorth on Sat 24 March. Having cancelled training for the morning we were hoping for a good turnout of athletes and this was certainly true amongst the younger age groups. We also saw a number of Wenlock medals, so congratulations to:

Zoe and Daniel (bronze), Lois and Katie (2 bronzes), Douglas and Liam (silver), Shona bronze and gold in 2 lap), Leonie (bronze and gold in 3 lap), and Ruari (bronze, silver and gold in 3 lap).

Many thanks to everyone behind the scenes, particularly Claire Mansfield who handles all the entries.

Easter and summer training and membership renewal

There will be no training on Saturday 31 March and Tuesday 3 and 10 April.

Outdoor summer training will begin on Saturday 7 April at the following times

U11s 9.00-10.30 for all athletes

U13s+ 10-11.30 for all athletes

There will be no training on bank holiday weekends (Sat 5 and Sat 26 May), or on Tuesday 29 May. Training will end for the summer on Sat 14 July – some sessions will be organised during the summer holidays according to the availability of coaches.

Please remember that membership renewals are now due. You should have received yours either at training on Sat 17 March or through the post. If you have any queries regarding membership please email Vicki at membership@wenlockolympians.org.uk. Forms need to be returned by Tuesday 27 March.