Tomorrow’s training is cancelled due to the snow. The last training before Christmas will be next Saturday 16 December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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||Age group||Distance||Entry fee per individual athlete||Entry fee per team|
|11.35 AM||U15 BOYS||4000m||£3||£8|
|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
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
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 email@example.com
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.