The winter squad kicked off their season in fine style at Bedford last Sunday, with the men's "A" team finishing 13th at the South of England 6 stage road relay championships. and the women placing 17th in their 4 stage championship. Despite the strong winds which seem to be synonymous with the micro climate of Bedford, our men’s A team performed very well amongst a strong field and were well supported by the B team who unfortunately could only field 5 runners, and bailed out in a solid 30th place.
WGEL took 2 teams to the yearly Essex relays which are held at Southend Athletic Club. On a very pleasant day both teams, although not their usual quartet due to holidays, performed very well in claiming a silver (U/13 Boys) and a bronze U/13 Girls). They definitely proved that getting involved and being inspired, whether they have competed for WGEL all year or just newcomers, really pays off. WELL DONE to both teams.
Paul (Team Manager)
Boys U/13 From left to right: Jacob Kai Kai, Samuel Oshodi, Ayo Dosunmu, Kaidan Chambers
Girls U/13 From left to right: Charlotte Seaton, Jessica Onwubiko, Amy Anderson, Shona Vincent
WGEL finished second in their third successive SAL home fixture to provisionally end the season 8th out of 22 in division 3N. BAL rivals Newham and Essex Beagles managed to bring out more of their top tier athletes and also the strongest women's team overall to take the match. Woodford finished comfortably clear of Loughton and Braintree, with Ilford and West Norfolk well adrift.
Steph Howe highlighted with a PB in the hammer, 46.62, to take female athlete of the match. The men's event was an even higher standard. Harry Clarke edged out brother Peter, but having won every match between them so far this year the pair were well adrift of the NEB pair of Thomas Head (62.69) and Alex Warner who enjoyed throwing on their regular training circle and both exceeded the division record. Devon Douglas tussled with old rival Matthew Baptiste, winning the DT but losing out in the SP while Hugh Williams took the B string in each. James Bongart did not face the quality of opposition seen in the other throws, but was challenged by a period of gale force winds which also led to cancellation of the womens HJ.