The last T+F took place on 19 July at Shrewsbury. The U11B, U13G, and U17W had full teams out and we had individual winners including Erin, Beth, Sam, Toby, Manali, Edith and Hester. The U11G and U13G were 3rd on the night and the U17W had another win, to take the title. This meant the U13G took third place overall and the Wenlock girls were third in the League, although the club could only manage overall 4th.
Harriet, Hester, Edith and Manali, (and Sophia) – the victorious U17W
This is only the second time in the club’s history that we have won a T+F trophy – two years ago the same core group of athletes took the U15G title. They’d be the first to say they’re not necessarily the best individuals in the league but they work brilliantly as a team. And this has rounded off a good 12 months: cross country runners up and sportshall champions as well!
Elsewhere, congratulations to Beth and Sophia on their performances in the English Schools. Both are competing at the Midlands T+F Championships in Nuneaton on 11/12 August.
Louix and Manali competed at the National Biathle Championships in Salford on 22 July, coming 3rd and 9th respectively.
Louix (left) once again represented GB at the European Biathle Championships in Germany on 29 July, where his 6th place secured a spot at the Worlds in Egypt later in the year. Many congratulations to him!
So far we have 10 athletes who have made the Powerof10 rankings in at least one event and over 80 PBs achieved by Wenlock members this season. And remember there’s still time to improve.
On a sweltering Sunday (15 July), refreshments were much in demand. Magnificent work by Liz and her team raised over £600 for the club – so many thanks to everyone who baked and helped out. A huge thanks too, to all the Olympian volunteers who make the day go so smoothly.
We had around 25 athletes competing, with an especially good turnout amongst our younger competitors. Jospeh, Wilf, Oliver, Liam, Ben, Rhys, Douglas, Erin, Thea, Holly, Jasmine, Ophelia, Shona, Leonie, Aimee, Lois, Cerys, Rebecca and Hester all got the badge out (apologies if I’ve missed anyone off the list). Special mention to medallists: Chloe and Lucy with bronze, Manali and Emily with silver, Ella who won a silver and bronze, Louix with gold and Toby with double gold.
And we shouldn’t forget the coaches and ex coaches: Camilla in the road race and the Race On the Edge, Andy in the triathlon and Kevin in the Race On the Edge.
The previous weekend saw the inaugural Wenlock Relays, which will hopefully grow to become a regular feature of the Games. Many thanks to those who organised, marshalled and helped out in any capacity. Well done to the Rawlinson family for their second place. Once again the Stewarts, the Fawcetts and the Gappers were there getting the badge out.
Full details of all the Olympian Games events can be found at http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/games/
There is no training on Sat 28 July, and no Tuesday training throughout the summer holidays. There will be Saturday training August 4, 11 and 18, all age groups 10-11 am. Normal training restarts on Tuesday 4 Sept and Saturday 8 September.
There are a number of open events over the summer:
Thurs 9 Aug Worcester http://www.worcester-ac.co.uk/EntryForms/2018/Open%20meetings%20timetable%202018%20(4).pdf
Sat 11 Aug Wrexham Games http://www.welshathletics.org/competitions/events/track–field/2018/august/wrexham-games.aspx
Tues 14 Aug Tipton http://www.tiptonharriers.co.uk/
Sun 26 Aug DASH (Dudley and Stourbridge) http://dashac.co.uk/news/news_item_Openentry.htm
Wed 29 Aug Stoke http://www.stokeac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/City-of-Stoke-Open-Entry-Form-August-2108.pdf
Finally, the entry forms are just out for the Telford Games on Sat 2 Sept – full details at http://www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk/track-field/telford
The third SYAL competition took place at Shrewsbury on 28 June. There were individual wins for Wilf, John, Beth, Louix, Sophia and Manali. Unfortunately, once again, we failed to fill spaces, with none of the boys age groups fielding a full team. The U13G and U17M came 3rd on the night. The U17W came first and maintain their overall lead. By my reckoning the girls are still in the third and the club is in overall fourth. The last match is on Thursday 19 July, also at Shrewsbury – invitation cards will be going out soon.
The last YDL of the season was held at Solihull on 1 July in. Once again, we had only a small number of athletes (although those who’ve competed have all enjoyed the experience) – hopefully more will be encouraged to take part next season.
The summer term is always packed with schools athletics competitions. Following on from the the U13+ County Championships, many of our athletes have been involved in both the Shropshire and Telford team championships, the ESAA T+F Cup, and the individual Y7/8 championships, which took place on Saturday 23 June.
Special mention to Hester, Edith, Sophia and Toby who competed at the regional Mason’s Trophy in Birmingham. Sophia not only came 2nd in the 800m, but has been selected to compete for Shropshire in the English National Schools Championships at Birmingham on 13/14 July. Well done to her!
Hester and Toby also both competed in the regional Combined Events competition held over two days in Stockport. Toby finished 4th and has therefore qualified for the National Championships in September. Again, many congratulations.
Last but not least a belated mention for Wilf who gained a silver in the Y5 Cross Country Champs (apologies that it took so long).
We need volunteers to make and serve sandwiches, cakes and drinks for the Olympian Games on Sunday 15 July, our major fund raiser of the year. If you can help at any time during the day (usually in 1-2 hour slots), or bake cakes before hand, please let Liz know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further details have gone out at training.
Many of you will be there for all or part of the day supporting your children, please try and also spare some time to help the club. Many thanks!
Details of two great races organised by Wrekin Runners
The Wrekin Relay Challenge takes place on 14 July, with teams of 3 tackling a 3.8 mile loop of the Wrekin. Details and entry at http://www.wrekinroadrunners.net/wrekin-relay-challenge.html
The Apley Estate Challenge takes place on 30 September with races over three distances (including a 5k for 12 years +) in beautiful parkland. Full details and online entry at http://www.wrekinroadrunners.net/apley-estates-autumn-challenge.html.
Invitation cards and e mails have gone out for the 3rd match of the T+F League which takes place on Thursday 28 June at Shrewsbury.
The Shrewsbury track is at London Road Sports Centre (Shrewsbury College), SY2 6PR. There is plenty of parking.
Events start at 6.45, but please arrive by 6.15 so we can finalise teams etc. Numbers and vests must be worn.
Full details and entry form can be found here WENLOCK RELAYS Final 1 June v3 A5 pdf master
The long awaited Cosford results are finally in. There were individual wins for Ella, Ruari, John, Lucy, Beth, Toby, Sophia and Manali. Unfortunately only the U13G fielded a complete team and were rewarded with second place on the night. The U17W were first (by a mere two points) putting them in the lead overall (just!). The U17B were third. As a club we’re lying in 4th, with the girls in 3rd.
The next SYAL competition is at Shrewsbury on Thursday 28 June – invitation cards and e mails have gone out, so please let us know asap if you are available.
We had only two athletes at the second YDL meeting at Stourport on 27 May, but both Sophia and Toby produced PBs, showing how important competition is in improving performance.
A number of Wenlock athletes also competed at the Shropshire Schools Championships on 9 June. Harriet (hammer) and Lizzie (1500m) got bronzes. Hester (300mH), Edith (800m), Beth (1500m) all gained silvers and a chance to represent the county at the regional Mason’s Trophy in Birmingham. Sophia is also off to Birmingham, having won the 800m title, and is just outside the qualifying time for the English Schools in both 800m and 1500m. Toby won the Shropshire Schools Combined Events title, competing over two evenings in the IB Octathon.