Six Woodford runners represented Essex at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Manchester’s Heaton Park on Saturday.
Becky Hewitt (67th), Sidnie Sales (79th) and Claudia Conway (174th) ran in the Senior Girls event where the Essex team finished 4th and also picked up the Wigan Trophy (for the highest placed team finishing 8 runners outside the top 3).Alex Cornwell (94th) and Darren Southcott (123rd) made the scoring 6 in the Senior Boys race where the Essex Team finished 3rd.
James Stockings was 162nd in the Inter Boys race.
Our senior distance teams made their annual pilgrimage to Milton Keynes for the South of England 12-Stage Road Relay on Sunday. On this occasion both teams left empty-handed, the men having finished 6th and the women unable to close a team. We also closed 9 men in our B team. Dave Wardle’s terrific stage 11 for the day’s 4th fastest overall was the day’s highlight. Update: the men's team were awarded 5th place on Monday after 4th-finishing City of Norwich AC were disqualified for fielding an athlete whose name had not been pre-entered.
The men’s race was an odd one. On the one hand it was won by a club, Newham, who so managed to stack their team with outstanding runners that they broke the course record and beat a strong Belgrave team by almost 6 minutes. But on the other hand a mere 29 teams completed the race compared with 42 in 2009, and the quality amongst the 29 was extremely patchy indeed.
The following Woodford runners qualified for the London Mini Marathon after running in the Redbridge trials which were held at the Hog Hill Cycle Circuit on Sunday (Waltham Forest and Newham also held their trials at the same time but results are not yet available).