South-East Inter Counties CC: Young Athletes

Nine of our young athletes were selected to represent Essex/Hertfordshire in this annual event. Unfortunately Evan Johnson (Under 15 Boys) and Ben Sloan (Under 17 Men) were unable to run for Hertfordshire as they are both out injured. We are hopeful that both lads will be back in the New Year.

After recent rain the majority of this course was quite muddy making it a true test of endurance. At least the rain held off for the races and the wind was much kinder this year compared to 2018.

Abigail Reid SE Counties Winner 2019

Abigail Reid: won by 9 seconds (pics: Sally Chapman)

2019-20 Met League 3: U11s

In surprisingly mild conditions, the fields of Uxbridge provided the backdrop to our third Met League fixture. Uxbridge is a deceptively tough course. It grinds the momentum out of legs over its undulating fields. Long meadow grasses tug at the athlete’s spikes and for the first time extended to 2K for U11s.

Uxbridge is also a tricky fixture logistically, not only being a long way down the A406 it comes at a difficult time of year with the end of school terms and Christmas approaching.

With this in mind, you can see why the opposition, to whom this represented a closer-to home fixture, fancied their chances should WGEL fail to turn up. However, they were to be disappointed!

Essex U13/15 XC at Writtle

A much healthier turn out from WGEL than in previous years due to there being no clash with the Met League this time round. However, we were without the service of key athletes such as Emily Caton (unwell), Nate Harding (scout camp), Jimmy Geller (recovering from appendicitis) and Nathan Wright (recovering from injury). Despite these athletes understandably not being able to run we had nineteen athletes on the start line across the four races.

The first day of ”real winter” saw a hard frost on the course prior to the races, although the sun shone now and then.

Results

U13 Girls Essex CC 2019

Bronze medallists: From l. to r.: Molly (3rd), Abigail (1st) and Rosemary (11th) (Photo: Craig Sherrin)

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2019: U13/15/17

Eleven young athletes made the long journey north to Sefton Park,Liverpool to compete in the prestigious UK Cross Challenge. The North-West has had more than its fair share of rain within the last few weeks, which had left the course extremely muddy, meaning that times were 30/45 seconds down on last year when the going was a lot drier. This is a popular fixture for the elite athletes up and down the UK, with a large number of Scottish athletes stepping south of the border for the first time this season. Likewise, a number of Welsh athletes made the short journey to Merseyside. Our athletes must be praised for challenging against top athletes within their respective age groups, where the winners from Liverpool will quite likely be in contention for National XC titles in the New Year.

Cross Challenge 2019 Abigail Reid

Abigail Reid was the runner-up in Liverpool (photo: Steve Cody)

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