British Athletics Cross Challenge 2019: U11s

Our squad of young athletes took on one of the most prestigious races on the cross country calendar this weekend in damp, muddy conditions at Sefton Park, Liverpool. At a senior level this race incorporates team GB European Cross Country trials with the elite runners all battling for a place at the European Cross Country champs in Lisbon on 8th December 2019.

The course is designed to mirror the sort of challenges the elite athletes will face in Lisbon. However, this posed no fears for our young athletes with the whole squad putting their hard work from training and experience from racing in the Met League to full use!

Cross Challenge 2019 U11sTeam Manager Joe Everitt with his squad (photos by Paul Franklin)

U11s Boys Race
4 WGEL Athletes/ 133 Runners

Summer 2019 Awards Night

Summer Awards 2019 poster

2020 London Marathon guaranteed place

The club has been allocated a single place for the 2020 London Marathon. This is for club members who have been unsuccessful in the ballot.  In order to apply for the club place, the following criteria should be met:

  1. Must have entered via the public ballot and been rejected
  2. Must be a fully paid up member of the club
  3. You or a family member must agree to help out at the Roding Valley Half Marathon

In the event that more than one person meets the above criteria, a draw will take place in the clubhouse.

Please email Club Secretary David Hollingworth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest by Sunday 8th December. If needed, a draw will take place on Tuesday 10th December.

London Youth Games, 16/11/19

No less than 22 young athletes were in action, representing either Redbridge (20) or Waltham Forest (2), in this annual event with no less than 32 London boroughs competing. Parliament Hill Fields is known to be the home of cross country running and recent rain had left many parts of the course very muddy indeed.

The first race out was the Under 15 girls with 230 starting out on their 2000 metre run through the mud, taking in two very long uphill stretches. Miya Maeda, representing Redbridge, ran her finest race to date to place 9th, first home for Redbridge and just 18 seconds off first place. Miya is showing great dedication as she trains just three days a week with coaches John Stow and Richard Thurston. Another fine run came from Mary Hardy, who was 57th and fourth home for Redbridge. Mary, too, is benefiting from getting to Trent Park weekly.

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