Virtual Boxing Day Relays

The club’s Boxing Day relays moved to a virtual event for 2020. Registered runners were assigned to teams (named for club record holders on the track and road) at 10am, and photos of watches and GPS screenshots and links flooded in throughout the day.

Team Matt Shone (Rhys Edwards, Caroline Frith, Stefan Prince and Clair Stockings) ran out winners of the 2x2 mile, 2x1 mile virtual relay with a time of 39:43. They edged out Team Andy Morgan-Lee (Bertie Powell, Matilda Frith, Zoë Watson and Alex Wardle) on 40:41 and Team Jo Fenn (Tom Beedell, Charlotte Lovell, Jasmine Hall and Mark Adolphus) on 42:14. There were 44 individual participants across 12 teams.

James Stockings

James Stockings ran the fastest 2 mile leg of the day

Boxing Day Relays

The club's annual High Beach Boxing Day Relays this year are moving to a virtual competition but, as always, all Woodford YAs, juniors, seniors, vets, 2nd claimers, HCAs, parents, family and friends are welcome.

Please register here for a 1 or 2 mile leg (and find instructions for reporting your performances) by 9am on Boxing Day: http://bit.ly/wgel_signup

Registered runners will be allocated into teams, aiming for an even competition. These will be published by 10am on Boxing Day. Participants can run any time on Boxing Day and enter their time and supply evidence (e.g. Strava link, or send a picture of GPS watch) by 6pm. The team with lowest total time wins.

WGEL v CHAC mob match

It was honours even as the five day window closed on the Woodford Green versus Colchester Harriers 10k virtual Mob Match on 20th December. Woodford emerged victorious in the 12-to-score and ‘Mob’ overall team competitions, with Phil Norman (31:40) and Suzanne Phillips (40:28) recording the fastest men’s and women performances of the match. Age-and-sex graded rankings were also calculated. Colchester took the team competitions based on these recalculated standings. M60 Dave Cox’s 40:28, converted to a notional ‘senior men’s time’ of 31:39.9 for 2nd place, was the top Woodford performance in this competition.

ATW CC Round 2: U11-U13

19th Dec 2020

WGEL Junior (U11-U17) athletes travelled to Merchant Taylors School in Northwood over the weekend to compete in Round 2 of the ATW Cross Country Series.

Full Results

This was the second of a three race series. Round 1 (in October) attracted 600 competitors in junior and senior races. In Round 2, tight Covid rules forced the cancelation of senior races (restriction on over 18s) but the junior events carried on with strict safety procedures in place to protect all athletes and volunteers.

The event attracted high quality fields, including highly ranked South of England AA and Inter County athletes and winners of Met, Chiltern, Essex and Suffolk cross-country leagues. 

Rudy Parker-Bayes

Rudy Parker-Bayes improved from 5th in Round 1 to 2nd here (pic: Paul Hancock)

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