National Road Relays: Sutton Coldfield

Blue skies were the order of the day following on from heavy overnight rain as nine teams travelled up to Sutton Park to challenge the best teams in England.

Our placings were excellent with three teams in the top 10 and another three teams in the top 24. Each leg, contested in all the young athlete races, was 3886 metres and included a steep climb over 6/700 metres near the start. Furthermore, four of our athletes were in the top 12 fastest individuals of the day for their respective age groups. It was evident, too, that most clubs (us included) were placing their best runners on the first leg.

2019 National RR U13G Start

The U13 Girls start: Abigail Reid is to the right behind Hillingdon AC (all photos: Sally Chapman)

U13 Girls

Abigail Reid started out for the Woodettes on the first leg, which included five of the top 10 in the National back in February, plus the highly rated Shakira King who is a bottom year runner. Abigail gave her all, coming in 6th with 14 minutes 37 seconds, some 14 seconds quicker than last year. This time was the 8th fastest overall for this age group. On leg two Tilly Major ran a fine leg to move us up to fourth spot with 15 mins 03 secs, the second fastest on this leg and the 11th fastest overall.

Kevin Diedrick honoured at awards night

The England Athletics London Regional Awards 2019 were presented to the winners and runners-up on Wednesday 2nd October. Club members won three awards:

Kevin Diedrick: Winner, Official Of The Year

Gladys Bird: Runner-up, Coach Of The Year

Alan James: Runner-up, Volunteer Of The Year

Congratulations to all three for their very well-deserved awards!

Kevin Diedrick Official of the Year

 London Region Official Of The Year: Kevin Dietrick

Essex XC Relays at Writtle

Clear skies and a blustery wind greeted our 36 runners for this opening fixture of the new season. The athletes had a fine start to the season with two sets of gold medals, a silver and bronze plus four other teams in the top six. Overall it was an excellent turnout from other clubs across Essex. The course, around 3.2k, was fairly flat albeit a little soft in places following rain the previous week.

Firstly I want to sincerely thank the team managers who gave out numbers, chips and pins to the athletes, as well as sorting out the running order for the athletes. Big well done to Laura Millward, Lesley Maeda, Karen Adams, James Geller, Steve Cody plus Nick Sloan.


Essex CC Relay 2019 U13 Girls

U13 Champs: Abigail, Emily and Rosemary (photo: Abigail Richards)

Under 13 Girls

Men take silver at Essex 1/2 Mara

Under the unusually warm sun for an early autumnal Sunday, a strong field contested the Essex Half Marathon Championships at Pleshey, on Sunday 15th September. First man home was the familiar face of James Connor, having resided in Essex for some time now and moving first claim to Havering. He often leads out Essex Championship races and this one would be no different, coming home in a time of 68.30. Our very own Tom Beedell was first Woodford man home, finishing just outside the individual medals in 4th spot in a time of 72.12. Tom and Connor were separated by two Springfield Striders who pushed each other for much of the race, managing to hold a gap that Tom couldn’t quite close down. Second man home was Darren Southcott in 8th spot with a time of 73.38. Trying to run much of the race with Tom, Darren succumbed to the heat as the undulating roads proved too much as he approached the last 5 miles. Completing the Woodford team was Josh Entwistle, who unfortunately picked up a hip problem after 4 miles and finished in 20th position. All credit goes to Josh for battling his way round for the team as he was clearly in some discomfort and very frustrated to have put ‘junk miles’ in his 4% shoes as they only have 100 miles shelf-life. In the team event, Springfield took the spoils, with 3 finishers in the top 5 as we took some hard-earned silver medals ahead of Braintree in the bronze medal position.

Below: Tom Beedell (left) and Darren Southcott (Right)

Tom Beedell by P LuckDarren Southcott Southern 12 2015

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