Met League 2019-20 Race 5: Young Athletes

So in addition to 28 Under 11 athletes there were a further 33 young athletes striving to all play a part in our attempt to retain the Howard Williams Trophy.

With our energetic and talented Under 11s winning their two trophies, boys and girls, on a fine day at Trent Park with the sun shining for once, although the ground underfoot certainly provided a challenge and a true endurance test.


Photos (Alex Wardle)

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Jay Russell sums up the day - a third successive Howard Williams Trophy for our Young Athletes

So Shaftesbury were just two points down with four races to go at Trent Park. We all knew it would be a very tight race for the title and some of the results were outside of our control. We were aware that, if Shaftesbury made up ground on Harrow in the Under 13 Girls race, that could reduce the difference to a single point. That challenge went in our rivals' favour. In the Junior Women’s race we had to shake off Highgate overall, and although the North London outfit bested us in this  category on the day we retained our 5th spot. So it came down to the Junior Men. Lose to London Heathside on the day then Shaftesbury would gain that final point. Also we had to ensure Hillingdon did not beat us by more 35 points. Unfortunately we were without the services of Kieran Allgood (school trip) and Joel Doye and Sam Sloan (both injured). Once that race got going it was obvious to the team manager that Heathside were not at full strength either, and although Hillingdon beat us on the day it was only by a few points. We then knew the trophy was ours by a single point and shortly after that the results confirmed it.

Met League 2019-20 race 5: U11`s

The U11s Met League adventures concluded for the season this weekend on suitably wet and muddy fields at Trent Park.

The course, with puddles of standing water, shimmered under clear skies and the WGEL club flag flew proudly in spring-like conditions. A huge supporter base camped next to the flag for this Met League finale and their encouragement was to play a huge part in speeding our athletes along!

The final race in the league attracted the biggest fields of the season. WGEL had an incredible nineteen boys and nine girls toeing the start line in their respective races. The race itself followed a single loop of the upper field. There were no obvious hills, but the terrain was very undulating. Long muddy stretches of grass would sap the legs of even the fastest feet.

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Fighting it out! L to R: Rudy Parker-Bayes, Oliver Brown and Daniel Arnold (pic: Alex Wardle)

Essex Schools Year 7 and 8 XC: Stubbers

We had no fewer than 20 athletes representing their schools in these annual championships, where the top 20 win selection to represent Essex in the South Esst Of England Inter Counties at Tonbridge on 21st March. Included in our squad of runners were three sprinters who gave themselves an outing on territory that was way out of their comfort zone, so great credit to them. For once, the weather was sunny and there was a light breeze. Even more noticeable was the lack of mud, as the course was pretty firm throughout.

Track & Field - Indoor Update

A number of Woodford athletes have been in action indoors over the past week or so. There were debut England International vests for Anna Clark and Eugene Amo-Dadzie and fine performances and several personal bests from others both in the UK and overseas.

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