Last Saturday saw us take to the mud for the fifth and final edition of the Met League for the 2017/18 season. With the English winter weather conditions prolonging their stay, the attritional mud made for a traditional cross country affair. The race was won by Peter Huck from Newham, and his average pace of outside 5.30 per mile, indicates how tough conditions were. As a team we could only manage 6th on the day, but succeeded in cementing our 3rd place finish in the overall league standings. This will prove a good platform to build on for next season's foray!
Trent Park may have been at its muddiest worst but it was an excellent day for all that are involved with the club as the Young Athletes section carried off the Howard Williams Junior Trophy by just two points from Shaftesbury, with last year's overall winners, VPH, in third spot. Four other trophies were secured: Under 11 Girls, Under 13 Boys and Girls and Junior Men. Overall individual awards were won by Jimmy Geller (U13 B), Kai Boggon (U15B), Zahara Malcolm (U13G) and Joe Geller (U17M).
Photo below: U13 Boys start line. By Estelle Savidge
Several Woodford athletes have been in action indoors over the last couple of weeks. Amongst many decent performances Youcef Zatat’s season’s best in the Shot stood out.
West Essex Primary Schools
Some of our talented Under 11 athletes represented their schools on a very cold, windy day at Chigwell Police Grounds, where the first ten across the line go on to represent their District in the Essex Schools in April.
The year 5 girls race, over 1500 metres, was a close affair with Molly Sherrin, the reigning Year 4 County winner, just holding off a determined effort from Hannah Hardy at the finish.
In the Year 6 girls race, also over 1500 metres, Rosemary Kelly took an early lead to sweep home a good winner with Molly Wain in second during the early stages to press home a determined 4th place.