An amazingly warm Saturday afternoon compared to the usual freezing ones at Ally Pally and, with the forecast rain appearing to hold off, 3 Woodies turned up, all smiling faces, to do battle in the Chingford League.
First up Jimmy Geller (right), confident with 3 Chingford League wins behind him already. Jimmy went off fast and held his position all the way the 3k course, notwithstanding some confusion at the loop round the playing fields at the end leading to Jimmy losing some 20 seconds lead. Jimmy pushed on and quickly gained ground back and was comfortable over th,e last 500m, his coach John Stow's words still ringing in his ears "Do what you need to do to win but don't tire yourself out for tomorrow!" - Jimmy's first foray into indoor 800m was looming at the Metaswitch games at Lea Valley on Sunday.
Next up in the U15/17 race was Chingford league veteran Rhys Edwards and newcomer Kieran Allgood (top photo) It had all the makings of a good race as the field bunched for the first 1000m with 3 lads sounding each other out. Orion's Saul Ashon led for the first 1500m or so, and then Rhys took over, wanting to protect his great run of 3 wins in the league already. This carried on for at least 2k of the 4.5k course before, at the oak tree starting the hilly 800m or so, Kieran nudged in front. It was then a battle home between the Woodies in first and second place moving ahead of the field as legs tired. The battle was finally ended by Kieran who, as he approached the funnel, was heard to shout "Thank God I've finally won!"
The 3 lads ran admirably, giving it all they had. The next Chingford League race will be a road race at Victoria Park and all 3 boys will be chomping at the bit.