The first fixture of the British Athletics League saw Woodford’s men’s team in Premiership action at Swansea on Sunday. The first round of fixtures took place amid more than some little controversy, as with the decision taken to clash with the county championships presented athletes and officials with a choice over split loyalties, which in the end saw the divisions two to five fixture cancelled through a lack of available officials, and the Premiership held together with National One at Swansea. Nevertheless, the clash with the county champs, and with this fixture squeezed into the weekend between the BUCS and the Loughborough International meant most teams fielded teams significantly below full strength. Woodford were no exception and were missing many athletes for a variety of reasons, but for those who did compete, they did so admirably to ensure most events were covered and achieved what seemed a very unlikely 5thplace prior to the competition. In the end, reigning champions Birchfield ran out winners on 349 points, ahead of Newham on 311.5, newly promoted Harrow 293, Shaftesbury 257, Woodford 252, Cardiff 239, Blackheath 228.5 and Sheffield 227. Woodford were at their less strong on the track, but Chris Stone’s win over 200m stood out, whereas on the field there was a solid all-round performance with Che Richards proving the only winner on the day.
On a very mixed day in terms of the weather (sunshine and heavy showers), WGEL's athletes took part in the annual Championships at Chelmsford. U17 Nicole Alves qualified for the 300m in the 1st heat with: 41.39s PB and then improved that in the final coming 1st for gold in a PB of: 41.09s. There was a trio of boys taking part in the U/15 Boys 1500m: Sid Cody: 5m 14.13s PB and 15th, Reuben Fabian: 4m 43.19s PB and 9th, whilst Jacob Hardy finished with bronze in a PB of: 4m 31.79s. The U/15 girls 1500m had Kezia Beeton: 5m 10.38s PB and 9th, whilst Larna Morgan recorded a PB with: 5m 12.73s. Zahara Malcolm ran the 300m claiming 3rd in the 2nd heat with: 43.12s and then went on to compete in the final, which was a very tough race, coming 4th.
Several Woodford athletes got their season underway when representing their universities at the BUCS Championships at Bedford over the bank holiday weekend. Amongst many decent early season performances there were titles for Che Richards and Will Grimsey (who also recorded a personal best) and also medals for Cameron Fillery, Ellen McCartney and Sam Khogali.
Today (Friday 3rd May) the contractors are starting to put down the larger concrete area around the new hammer circle.
As a result, the new cage will be out of use from today for between 7 and 10 days to get it laid and then fully set.