2018-19 Met League race 1: Senior Women

After a 1976-beating summer, it was only to be expected that the 2018-9 season opener would be a balmy one - it usually is. Nobody anticipated it would be scorchio; but it was a stunning autumn day to kick off the season.

As has also become customary in this mighty league, the field was a big’un. 233 women finished, a record I think for Claybury, if not the League. With new flags denoting new clubs and a great vibe all round as Woodies gathered in their usual spot beside the beautiful ancient oak, there was bound to be excitement.

Relegated to Division 2 after (yet) another disappointing season last year, where we struggled to get a scoring six to any fixture after the first, things already looked like a challenge; losing the talented V40 Kat Gundersen to her old club VPTH added to the pain.

Provisional results

Photos (by Mark Easton - available to purchase)

2018-19 Met League race 1: Young Athletes

Nearly 70 young athletes assembled at Claybury where the weather was more like a mid-summer's day rather than autumn. Temperatures were close to 25 degrees, while a strong southerly wind blew across the course.

We started the defence of the Howard Williams Junior Trophy in fine style, winning 5 of the 6 age groups, and taking 5th in the Junior Women’s age group, which is a big improvement on last year. Our B teams were 6th (U11 boys) ,6th (U11 girls), 3rd (U13 boys), 2nd (U13girls) and 7th (Junior Men). Praise must go to our WASPS section who provided a large number of U11s which hugely contributed to the wins for both age groups.

Provisional results

Photos (by Mark Easton - available to buy)

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The U13 Girls, whose A and B teams finished 1st and 2nd

National Road Relays

For the first time the Young Athletes section competed in these prestigious relays in Sutton Coldfield. All the athletes ran the same distance of just under 4k, which included a long climb at the start. The parents of the 26 athletes must be commended for travelling to the Midlands in order that our athletes could have a taste of racing the best in England.

So a wet cold morning greeted our athletes on the day, with the rain easing during late morning.

Under 13 girls

The girls exceeded the team manager's expectation of a top 20 placing from 60 starting teams by finishing an excellent 9th place, with the other team in 37th spot.

2018 Essex XC Relays

We had a tremendous turn out of 14 teams for our opening fixture at a sunny Gosfield School. Our overall results were excellent, with silver for our Under 13 boys team and a bronze for both our Under 17 Men and Under 13 girls. We also had another 5 teams inside the top 6 teams, where the entry was the biggest ever with an average of 18 teams per race.

Unfortunately for the first leg runners in the girls race, the leading group were sent the wrong way midway through their run. However the organisers, who were apologetic, agreed to let the results stand.

Girls Results

Boys Results

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