Essex Young Athletes Relays

5 teams from Woodford Green with Essex Ladies competed in this year's championships on a warm and sunny afternoon. 

The Under 17 men's team struck gold .Robbie Meadows, recovering from a calf injury, was 2nd on the 1st leg in 7mins 56secs - a fine effort for the 1.8 mile route. Dan Yaxley maintained our challenge with a good 8 mins 36 secs stint to keep us in 2nd and then, on the last lap, Liam Blaikie ran a blinder to overhaul the Southend runner and place Woodford 1st in 8 minutes exactly. Robbie and Liam ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps of the day, 

Bronze was the order of the day for our depleted Under 17 women's team. Sophie Fuhr was 4th on the 1st leg, running 10 mins 12 secs for the 1.8 mile leg. Lauren Freeman, in her very first race for Woodford, kept up the challenge with a fine effort of 10 mins 47 secs. Claudia Conway was tremendous in pulling the team through to bronze and just failed to catch the Basildon runner in the end. Claudia ran 9 mins 43 secs, a great performance which earned her the 2nd fastest lap of the day. 

The Under 13 boys team were 4th, with Lewis St Hill putting in a fine run for 9 mins 50 secs for 4th on the first leg. Lorrenzo Ferrari found the going tough but ran 12 mins 42 secs to leave Lewis Chalk a lonely effort on the last leg to consolidate our effort in his first race for Woodford in 10 mins 24 secs. 

Our Under 15 girls were at full strength with Amy Doyle 10 mins 15 secs Holly Bedeaux 10 mins 35 secs and Georgina Ferrari with 10 mins 37 secs placing 4th, and our B team one place further back with a fine opening leg from Joanne Cywinski 10 mins 17 secs Stephanie Smith with 11 mins 53 secs and a superb effort by Ellie Foster running 10mins 28 secs for a solo last leg. Amelia Barrett (12) travelled to cheer on her team mates but was allowed to run in a composite team in the Under 13 girls race, and she ran a great 10 mins 14 secs for 5th fastest lap of the day. 

All in all a great day for our youngsters who all gave 100% for their club