WGEL comrades do The Comrades

Three of our members recently travelled to South Africa to participate in the famous 89K (55 miles) Comrades Marathon. This is a race which alternates its direction each year to be a "down-run" or "up-run", and was this year the down-run. Julian Russell, James Perry and Zoe Watson were our representatives. This is a report by Julian, whose father Richard has done the race no fewer than 28 times:

"The race was amazing, everything I expected and more. Dad's advice in the lead up delivered us to the start line in Pietermaritzburg with nerves under control, healthy respect for the challenge but positivity in spades. I soon faced my first hydration issue 30 mins before the start as I couldn't stop crying when I got in the pen! But settled down in time for the official songs and countdown, and the excitement took over as we were off.

2018 Comrades Group

Zoe Watson, Julian Russell, Richard Russell and James Perry

Track & Field Update

Several Woodford athletes were in action at the National U/20 and U/23 Championships at Bedford over the weekend. Performances were led by gold medals for hurdlers Jack Lawrie and Cameron Fillery, plus a silver for Sam Khogali and bronze for Canaan Solomon.

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 In action at Cardiff recently: Jack Lawrie (pic by Alex Wardle)

Track & Field Round-Up

Woodford athletes have been in Track & Field action both at home and overseas over the last week, at home several were at the South of England Championships at Bedford where performances included a title for Tosin Oke and a silver medal and personal best for George Vaughan, and also  bronzes for Chris Stone and Gabriella Ade-Onjobi.

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Tosin Oke in action at Cardiff recently

Club Steeplechase Record for Phil Norman

Phil Norman, who has been in fine form in recent weeks, raced in Huelva, Spain last night, and in improving his 3000m s/ch personal best by more than 7 secs he improved on Adam Kirk-Smith's Woodford “domestic “ Club record set last season. Although just missing out on the UKA European Champs qualifying mark of 8m32 secs Phil recorded a fine 8m35.47 secs, which moves him to 3rd on this year's UK rankings.

Phil Norman smallPhil at Cardiff last week: Photo by Alex Wardle


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