YDL cancels 2020 season

The Youth Development League has decided to cancel the 2020 season. This is their full statement:

In the light of the continuing uncertainty around the Coronavirus situation the YDL management committee held a Skype meeting on 29 March to look at all the possibilities for the 2020 season and have decided regretfully that all matches scheduled for the 2020 season will be cancelled forthwith.

There were a number of factors influencing our decision, namely:

English Schools CC, Sefton Park, Liverpool

We had no fewer than thirteen athletes running for Hertfordshire and Essex in this year's championships. One has to remember that you have to be in the top eight in your county champs to gain selection for this event. Being at this event is an achievement in itself.

Everyone knew that this would be the last event to be staged for a few months with the Coronavirus virus rapidly spreading.

Junior Girls

This was the race that Abigail Reid was targeting, and after being rested from the Inter Counties a week earlier, she was hoping for a top eight and international selection. After the initial start Abigail was seen in the top twenty. She then started to move through and, with around 400 metres remaining, she had moved into 6th spot but with runners around her. Going into the finishing straight she held her form brilliantly to hold on to 7th and gain her selection. We knew before the race that the International, the following Saturday in Falkirk, had been cancelled. So although Abigail has not had the chance to run for England now they have not ruled out staging the race at Falkirk at a later date. We can however look that Abigail achieved International status in this race.

Suspension extended until 31 May

Coronavirus Statement

Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020

24 March 2020

Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

Essex Junior Road Relays: U11s

Our U11s headed to Colchester last weekend (Sunday 15th March) to compete in the Essex Junior Road Relays. This road race gave the athletes the opportunity to ditch their spikes for their trainers at the end of a fantastic, but wet winter season! The race, excellently organised by Colchester Harriers AC, pitted WGEL against 80 junior teams from across Essex, and it was testimony to the strength of the junior athletic scene in the county.

The scene was set, with the team arriving to the hustle and bustle of the gathering crowds under sunny but chilly conditions. The athletes took their numbers, listened to their race plans and warmed up before getting ready to start!

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