With depleted fields the order of the day, U17M Robbie Meadows could realistically harbour hopes of his first win, having secured Met League 5th and 3rd places so far this season. At the close of the opening, short lap, he led the field past the finish area with a lead of a couple of metres over Shaftsbury’s Fleming. The situation remained unchanged for the next half mile as they continued down to the canal and past the rugby clubhouse, but at this point the Shaftsbury man accelerated hard to give himself a clear lead which he extended until the course turned to come back up towards Horsenden Hill. At this point, Robbie fought back and gradually ate into Fleming’s lead but as the course returned to the finish area Fleming still held a 6 second advantage to leave Robbie with a fine second place finish, nearly half a minute ahead of the third runner home. Karim Ali was the only other Woodford runner in this race, finishing 16th in the field of 35. Overall, the U17/15M team finished the league in 4th place.For the U13 Girls, the reliable Stephanie Smith came home in 11th place in a small field of 24 that was dominated by Herts Phoenix who won both the match and the league (with our girls in 6th place). In the U17/U15W race, new recruit Robyn Henry coped well with the mud, finishing with a good debut placing of 16th. Holly Bedeau also braved the mud and after matching strides with Robyn during the short lap, slipped slightly to come home in 21st but a respectable place for her first winter in the age group. Our U17/15W team ended the season in 3rd place behind St Marys and Herts Phoenix.
The competing draw of both the National and County Indoor Championships and half-term skiing trips ensured that we were only ever likely to take a handful of young athletes to the last Met League fixture of the season over at Horsenden Hill and in the event, only five runners made the trip.