Met League 4: All 3 teams back on top!

Linda Jackson
After Saturday's London City Runner Metropolitan CC League races at distant Stevenage, our senior teams sit atop all three divisions again with just one date remaining. This venue, home to the Herts Phoenix club, was new to the Met League. Virtually flat, very firm parkland with a long section of hard trail through woods which featured stone and, seemingly, concrete elements. This deterred many from wearing spikes. Given the trickiness of the fixture, sandwiched between the county champs and the South of England champs, clashing with the Southern indoors & the county schools and hosted at a possibly uninviting venue, our teams showed excellent resilience and emerged with great credit. Linda Jackson even won the women's race in terrific style.


YA Essex CC 2009

This year’s County Cross Country Championships at Basildon’s Gloucester Park produced the usual mix of highs and lows, individual and team medals and heart-warming performances that demonstrate the true spirit of club running. 

The size of the fields seemed smaller than in previous years, ‘flu and the bitterly cold weather no doubt an influence.  A light dusting of snow fell early in the day and with the ground still mostly frozen, the going was fast even if the runner’s limbs found it hard to respond.

Indoor roundup

The brief indoor track and field season has recently got underway with a number of WGEL athletes showing early season form. There was news of good early season sprint form, as well as good performances and five medals including three golds from the first part of the Southern Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley on Sunday.

County CCs: Men 3rd in Essex, Women 5th

Diana, Bernadine & Kath
Our men's team won bronze medals in a tight team result covering teams 2-4 in the Essex CC Championships at Basildon today, and our women's team were 5th. Kevin Murphy (6) and Tom Phillips (15) were the top performers for the men. Diana Kennedy (12), Kat Gundersen (14) and Bernie Pritchett (16) were our leading women. The day was very cold and the ground hard, with the severe hill providing a very specific test for the athletes.

Our men went into the race hoping and aiming to defend the title which they won in 2008, but three of our key men underperformed, and freely acknowledged that that was the case.  



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