A total of 43 young athletes descended upon Stanborough Park Welwyn Garden where overnight rain had left the course a little bit soggy underfoot. This was a new course with stretches of camber on it plus a steep climb on each lap, together with some woodland.
Woodford enjoyed an excellent day with four team wins, three individual wins and taking the lead in the overall Howard Williams Junior Trophy event, to boot.
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Under 11 Boys
Eden McNicholas (above), the recent winner of our schools races for primary schools, had a fine debut. Keeping up with the two leaders, Eden can be delighted to finish just 7 seconds down on SBH runner Stubb,s, who last summer ran 5 mins 07secs for 1500m. In 20th spot was Flynn Scrivener who was unfortunate in missing the Claybury race had a really good run. Edward Brigstocke-Williams and Leo Everitt can both be pleased making the debuts with 29th and 31st. The team lie in 6th place.
Under 11 Girls
A huge field of nearly 60 runners toed the start line. Holly Hudson, a Herts County athlete, led the team home in a fine 3rd place, with new member and recent winner of our schools races Abigail Reid having a great run just one place behind Holly in 4th. Molly Sherrin, the Essex Schools Year 4 champion , was never far off in 7th spot, with Rosemary Kelly, who had raced the day before, closing our team in 11th spot. Emily Caton (14, photo right) and Isabelle Kyson (17) showed big improvement from their Claybury outings. Rose Grady, who got caught at the mass start, did well to rally back in 24th place. Isobelle Matheron (29) closed the B team in, while Alice Caton (30). Megan Dudley (31) and Amelia Berni (31) can also be pleased with their runs.
The team hold a 64 point lead.
Under 13 Girls
A great overall team performance took the girls into the lead with a 15 point cushion over Thames Valley Harriers. Zahara Malcolm, an 800/300 runner, delighted her coaches with an excellent win. Using Steve Ovett tactics, Zahara sat and waited until, with about 300 metres to run, she broke for home, coming in a worthy winner. Kezia Beeton, who dominated the Under 11 Girls scene last year, also had a great run for 4th place, and less than 60 metres down on Kezia were Larna Morgan, another one to step up from the Under 11s, with the fast improving Miya Maeda right behind Larna in 7th spot. Molly Matheron, who had a fine run at Claybury, suffered from breathing difficulty but showed courage to place a good 19th. Similarly Emily Scofield, who picked up a hip injury on the course, but this did not put off our triathlete who placed 41st.
Under 13 Boys
Jimmy Geller took control of this race from the start and kept the lead throughout, with four other runners around him towards the closing stages. Jimmy showed courage at the end to burst away for a great victory. Never far behind was Nathan Wright (6), having a great run indeed. To close our team in was Luca Gormley (9) and Evan Johnson (10), battling hard all the way and both having fine races. After placing 42nd at Claybury, Jay Russell should be delighted with 16th, his best performance to date. Ben Savidge, who is fast improving, was next home in 25th. Just behind Ben was a determined run from Sid Cody (28). Spare a thought for our next runner, Alessandro Berni, who was in the top 10 for most of the race but also suffered from breathing problems and should be congratulated in placing 37th. Rafferty Groat, such a great club lad and always smiling, placed 58th.
The team lie 1st, some 60 points clear.
Under 15 Girls
This race was combined with the Under 17 Women. The three girls who ran should be delighted with their performances. Wren Jackson (left) was only 45 seconds behind Grace Ingles from SBH. Wren went with the leaders for most of the race and should feel happy with 7th spot. Ellen Savidge and Georgina Handford, two excellent club athletes, should be pleased with 23rd and 25th respectively.
The team lie in 10th place.
Under 15 Boys
Again this race was incorporated with the Under 17 Men. Kai Boggon (1255 below), who had a magnificent run at Mansfield the previous weekend, claimed his second victory of the season after having won an Essex League two weeks ago.
Kieran Allgood, also part of our victorious Mansfield team, also had an excellent run in placing 3rd. Sidnie Ward, who was the other member of our winning team, proved he is more than capable of racing over the longer distance of 4k and ran brilliantly for 4th. Sam Sloan (6) was another to exceed expectations, and fast-improving Rhys Edwards placed 9th. Much credit to Liam Waldron who had been ill during the week but still ran to place 25th. Fred Taylor takes my pride of place as I told him what a great club athlete he is, always supporting us whereever we go, closing in our teams in 53rd spot.
Under 17 Men
Joe Geller (1269 alongside Kai Boggon in photo right) had another fine race placing 4th, just 30 seconds down on the winner who won the English Schools Inter Boys 1500 last summer. Thomas Adolphus had a good run in 13th place and Videsh Weerakkody placed 17th. Videsh and Thomas are proving to be good club athletes indeed.
The combined team hold a 120 point lead after two races.
So the club is currently looking to bring five trophies back to Ashton but face a difficult task at Uxbridge on the 2nd December when the fixture clashes with the Essex Under 13/15 XC Champs the same day. The Team Manager will be looking to try and split the squads on that day.
Evan Johnson and Ben Sloan have both been selected to represent Hertfordshire on 9th December in a South Of England Inter Counties match. Sam Sloan is first reserve. They will join Jimmy Geller, Joe Geller, Kai Boggon, Kieran Allgood and Nathan Wright who are running for Essex same day. Rhys Edwards and Alessandro Berni are first reserves.
At Corby in the North Midlands League Senior Women’s race, Under 20 runner Alicia McArdell had a fine run in placing 15th.