Met 2019: Young Athletes

What a difference a year makes - last year sunny and 25 degrees, this year wet and about 12 degrees. Whatever the weather, this seems to make no difference to our runners.

We had team wins in the Under 13 Girls and Junior Men whilst the U13 Boys placed 3rd and there was an improved result for our Junior Women who were 4th. On the individual front there were wins for Abigail Reid (Under 13 Girls)and Ben Sloan (Under 17 Men), whilst Tilly Major (Under 13 Girls, Jimmy Geller (Under 15 Boys) and Kezia Beeton (Under 15 Girls) all placed 2nd, and Danny Raymond (Under 15 Boys)and Miya Maeda (Under 15 Girls) placed 3rd.

Ben Sloan Met 1 2019

Racing to victory: Ben Sloan (photo: Sally Chapman)

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Under 13 Girls

Met 2019 race 1: U11s

Results – Summary 

·         17 WGEL boy runners / 7 lower age group (9 years old) 

·         11 WGEL girl runners / 5 lower age group (9 years old) 

·         Boys - Closed 8 in 20 

·         Girls - closed 8 in 23 

·         Lower age group performed very well - Daniel Arnold 1st in age group, Rudy 2nd and Sebastian 4th. Autumn 2nd and Faye 3rd lower age group.

National Road Relays: Sutton Coldfield

Blue skies were the order of the day following on from heavy overnight rain as nine teams travelled up to Sutton Park to challenge the best teams in England.

Our placings were excellent with three teams in the top 10 and another three teams in the top 24. Each leg, contested in all the young athlete races, was 3886 metres and included a steep climb over 6/700 metres near the start. Furthermore, four of our athletes were in the top 12 fastest individuals of the day for their respective age groups. It was evident, too, that most clubs (us included) were placing their best runners on the first leg.

2019 National RR U13G Start

The U13 Girls start: Abigail Reid is to the right behind Hillingdon AC (all photos: Sally Chapman)

U13 Girls

Abigail Reid started out for the Woodettes on the first leg, which included five of the top 10 in the National back in February, plus the highly rated Shakira King who is a bottom year runner. Abigail gave her all, coming in 6th with 14 minutes 37 seconds, some 14 seconds quicker than last year. This time was the 8th fastest overall for this age group. On leg two Tilly Major ran a fine leg to move us up to fourth spot with 15 mins 03 secs, the second fastest on this leg and the 11th fastest overall.

Kevin Diedrick honoured at awards night

The England Athletics London Regional Awards 2019 were presented to the winners and runners-up on Wednesday 2nd October. Club members won three awards:

Kevin Diedrick: Winner, Official Of The Year

Gladys Bird: Runner-up, Coach Of The Year

Alan James: Runner-up, Volunteer Of The Year

Congratulations to all three for their very well-deserved awards!

Kevin Diedrick Official of the Year

 London Region Official Of The Year: Kevin Dietrick

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