The first sportshall competition was held on Sunday 13 October at Oswestry. There were individual successes for Emily, Oliver C, Raef, Tristan, Holly, Evie, Ray, George, Oscar and John. The U13G and U13B both finished 3rd – neither of them, or the U15G managed to field full teams. The U11B and U15B took first place and helped give the boys a lead overall.
The next competition will take place in Telford on 17 November.
The second match of the cross country series was held at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury on Sunday 6 October.
Oliver again came second and the U11B maintained their position at the top with another first. Beth again won her race and the U15G sneaked a win against Telford, but still lie in second in the series overall. The U17W again finished third, as did the U13G. We had eight other top ten runners across the age groups – congratulations to them.
We could still do with some more runners, especially U11G, U15B and U17M.
The next races are at Oswestry on Sunday 10 November. Please come along if you can.
There are 4 matches in the sportshall league. They all take place on Sundays, usually starting at 2pm (which means arrival by 1.30 to finalise team sheets). The provisional dates and locations are:
13 Oct Oswestry, Marches School
17 Nov Telford
12 Dec Wenlock, William Brookes
9 Feb Oswestry, Marches School
There are only two athletes per club in each event, so you need to be invited to compete. Invitation cards are handed out at training and e mails will also go out beforehand. There are different events at different venues, so you may not be asked for the first match but called up for a later fixture.
The first match is on 13 October at Oswestry. Cards and e mails have gone out, so please let us know asap if you are available. We need full teams in order to do well in this competition.
The first races were held at Lilleshall on Sunday 22 September. We had 30 runners taking part and some great individual placings: Beth won her race, Oliver C came 2nd, Edith was 3rd and there were 7 others who finished in the top 10.
The U17W finished 3rd, the U15G 2nd and the U11B had a great day finishing in top spot.
The next race is on 6 Oct at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury. We especially want U11G, U13B, U15B and U17M in order to get full teams out in these age groups, but remember it really is a case of the more the merrier – let’s top 30 runners overall.
New training session
There is a new Thursday night training session running from 6-7pm. Any club member is welcome at no extra cost. The session will cover endurance and sprint training, with occasional hill rep sessions and longer runs. As the nights draw in you will need a hi-vis top and head torch.
This has now reverted to the normal times:
Athletes are expected to arrive before the start time, so the session can start promptly, and stay for the whole session. These may be indoors or outside, so please bring appropriate clothing.
We prefer athletes to wear club T shirts for training, and it is essential to wear a club vest if competing. Steph comes to the first training session of every month to sell kit.
There are four matches in the SYAL Cross Country League. Clubs and individuals accumulate points and there are medals for the top three teams, and top three individuals, in each age group at the end of the season, as well as trophies for overall club positions. We have won the overall girls title for the last two years, so are hoping to retain it, but we are also trying to encourage more boys to compete. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a distance runner, cross country is great for boosting strength and endurance.
Any club member can take part, and it’s a case of the more the merrier. Simply turn up about half an hour before your scheduled race, remember to wear your club vest, and look out for the Wenlock flag, and for Dean and Matt. It is helpful if you let Dean know in advance, but not essential.
Below are the race dates, places, times and distances:
22 Sept Lilleshall, National Sports Centre, TF10 9AT
6 Oct Shrewsbury, Meole Brace School, SY3 9DW
10 Nov Oswestry, Oswestry School playing fields, SY11 2TL
1 Dec Much Wenlock, William Brookes, TF1 6NB
All races take place on Sunday afternoons:
1 pm U11G 1500m
1.15 U11B 1500m
1.30 U15G 3000m and U17W 4000m
1.55 U13B 3000m
2.15 U15B 4000m and U17M 5000m
2.40 U13G 2000m
See you there!
Training throughout the summer holidays is 10-11.30 for all athletes. The dates are Saturday 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 31 Aug. We are not training on 27 July and 24 Aug,
Please arrive before 10 to warm up and allow coaches to organise groups.
Normal training times will resume in September.
We had a fantastic turn out for the second Wenlock Relays with 21 teams entered, and 18 actually making it to race day. Representatives from 8 clubs across Shropshire battled it out along the old railway line and then back over the sting in the tail that is Windmill Hill, all looking to be the fastest team in their category.
As last year, the most popular category was the family category but it was fantastic to see more entries from vets and from juniors this year. The average age across the teams ranged from 11.25 to 51.75.
A sunny, but slightly cooler race than last year made for some perfect running conditions and we saw a new course record of 31.25 set by the winning team – Shrewsbury Rockets (junior category – also the youngest team by average age in the whole competition). Last year’s overall winners, The Great Gibbons, held on to win the family category again, in a time of 32.20. Winner of the Vets competition was #Bad Town Runners in a time of 38.22.
Thank you to all the runners who helped to make this such a fun event. And thank you to the marshals, and the course referee, Grace Hough, without whom we could not run this event.
We look forward to welcoming you all back next year.
This year’s full results can be downloaded here: Wenlock Relays 2019 Results
Thanks to our magnificent catering, we raised a very healthy sum towards club finances for the coming year, so many thanks to Liz and her team.
There were a disappointing number of Wenlock vests on show for what is effectively our home competition, but those members who did compete produced some great results:
Well done to Tristan, Ray, James I, John, Richard, Ruari, Pippa, Maddie, Tess, Isla, Rosie, Cerys and Shona for getting the badge out.
Congratulations to Oliver C 2 golds and 1 silver, Lola gold and bronze, Lois gold, Aimee gold, and Ike silver.
The 2nd match of the season was held at Shrewsbury on 27 June. There were individual wins for Oliver C, Beau, Tristan and Oscar. The U11s and the U15B were 2nd on the night, with the U13B and U17M coming 3rd. The club was third placed overall behind Telford and Shrewsbury.
The 3rd match followed soon after, on 4 July at Telford. Individual wins for Oliver C, Lucy, Aimee, Henry G, James, Henry F and Sam. The U11s again came 2nd, the U17M improved to 2nd and the girls had a better night with the U13 and U15, joining the U15B in 3rd. We were again placed third but were much closer to second placed Shrewsbury.
The last competition was held on 18 July at Shrewsbury. The provisional results are now in:
There individual wins for Oliver C, Beau, John and Holly. The U11s maintained their form, coming 2nd again, along with the U15B; the U17M were 3rd and the club slipped to 4th on the night due to a strong performance from Oswestry.
The U11s (who compete together) had a consistent season, helped by a solid turnout in all matches and were rewarded with 2nd place overall. Elsewhere results were patchy as we struggled to fill team places: the U15B claimed 2nd overall and the U17M took third. The club finished in 3rd place behind Telford and Shrewsbury, and a mere 3 match points ahead of Oswestry. Many thanks to our team of officials, whose points probably helped secure that position.