The final race in the three-match league took place last week. With over 24 schools sending teams, ranging from under 11's to under 15's, nearly 400 competitors took part in the event each week. The first two races were held at our cross-country course at Claybury Park with the final league match at Ashton Playing Fields (on the grass perimeter) so that the awards ceremony could take place in our club house.
The club's thanks go to all the competitors for taking part and to team managers, parents and relatives who came out to support every week. Thanks are also due to all the officials for making the event possible. Without them we would not be able to put on the league races over the three weeks. Thanks also go to John Stow, our Young Members Secretary for the winter season, and to James Wright, our former GB Decathlon International, for presenting the prizes to the teams and individuals. This is the 26th year that the event has been held and we hope that, with continued support, it will continue for many more.
As mentioned at the awards presentation, we are always looking for new members who want to take up athletics and if some competitors have found that cross country running is a little too hard, let them come along to our club house on training nights and try some other athletics events. Some may find that sprinting or throwing may be their forte.
If parents or schoolteachers wish to take up the sport as officials or coaches, they would be most welcome at the club. We can arrange the necessary training to start them off on the relevant courses. Please contact the club.
Final league results
Primary Girls - The team event was won by Theydon Bois Primary School with St. John's Buckhurst Hill in 2nd place. Forest School were in 3rd place. Scores are as follows:
* Theydon Bois - 124
* St John's Buckhurst Hill - 135
* Forest School - 202
The individual title was won by Charlotte Lovell from Forest School, with Poppy Dias from Woodford Green Prep in 2nd place and Izzy Cowell from Theydon Bois in 3rd place. Charlotte was second in all three of her races, scoring 6 points, with Poppy only one point behind on 7 points finishing 1st, 3rd and 3rd. Izzy scored 8 points finishing 3rd, 1st and 4th in her three races. A very close finish as they were all on equal points after the first two races.
Primary Girls Winners - Theydon Bois
Primary Boys - The team results were very similar to the girls' event. Theydon Bois won the Primary Boys team event, with St John's Buckhurst Hill in 2nd place and Forest School in 3rd place. Points scores are as follows:
* Theydon Bois - 80
* St John's Buckhurst Hill - 116
* Forest School - 206
Daniel Arnold won the individual event finishing 1st, 2nd 3rd in his three races. Austin Knowles from Theydon Bois school was 2nd. After finishing 6th in his first race Austin won the next two races scoring 8 points. Charlie Whitchelo finished 3rd finishing 5th, 3rd and 2nd in his three races.
Primary Boys Winners - Theydon Bois
Secondary Girls (year 7/8) - Forest School won the team event with 54 points, with their "B" team in 2nd place and Trinity School were 3rd. Scores are as follows:
* Forest School "A" - 31
* Forest school "B" - 137
* Trinity School - 163
Abigail Reid was 1st in the individual event, winning all three of her races. Verity Ross was 2nd and Emily Caton 3rd. This was their finishing positions in all three races. All three are from Forest school.
Secondary Girls (Year 7/8) Winners: Forest School
Secondary Girls (year 9/10) - Trinity School won the senior girls team event with 86 points, with Bancroft in 2nd place with 139 points and King Solomon, who entered a team for the first time, in 3rd place with 360 points.
Maisie Silverstone won the individual event, winning all three of her races with Miya Maeda (Davenant) in 2nd place and Verity Garcia (Trinity) in third place.
Secondary Girls (Year 9/10) Winners: Trinity School
Secondary Boys (year 7/8) - Trinity School, Roding Valley and Woodbridge School have been competing in the team event for many years. This year Roding Valley won the event with Trinity School 2nd and Woodbridge School in 3rd place. Points scores are as follows:
* Roding Valley - 45
* Trinity - 97
* Woodbridge - 220
The individual event was won by Michael Luxton from Roding Valley. He won all three of his races. Jack Blower, also from Roding Valley, was 2nd with John O'Conner from Trinity in 3rd place.
Secondary Boys (Year 7/8) Winners: Roding Valley
Secondary Boys (year 9/10) - Only two teams managed to complete the event over three races with Trinity School 1st on 66 points and West Hatch in 2nd place on 130 points. Jacob Hardy (Trinity) won the individual event, winning all three of his races with Max Richards (West Hatch) in 2nd place and Jay Russell, also West Hatch, in third place.
Secondary Boys (Year 9/10) Winners: Trinity School
It was pleasing to see so many of the WGEL club runners featuring for their schools and we hope that this small event leads to greater feats for them in the future. Considering that many of them would be representing the club on the following Saturday in the Metropolitan League, it was a very good turn out by all.
Once again, thank you all for participating and look forward to seeing you all in 2020.