Silvers for U15 Boys at Essex U13/U15 CC

A crisp bright November morning saw a good turnout of WGEL young athletes to the Essex Champs at the agricultural college in Writtle. Whilst warming up the chat was all about the bright morning and seemingly dry underfoot conditions hiding some quite slippery and difficult parts of the challenging course.

With club CC championship medals on offer, as well as Essex vests and team championships, everything was set for an exciting morning.

Essex 2016 CC U15 Silver

UK Cross Challenge and European Trials

Seven Under 11 athletes with their parents made the long trip to Sefton Park, Liverpool, where misty skies and freezing conditions greeted our runners where the ground in many parts was frozen.

Liverpool cross start line

M55s take silver in British Masters

Our M55 team of Alun Evans, Richard Holland, Dave Cox and Tony Pamphilon took the silver medal in the British Masters CC Relay at Long Eaton, Derbyshire, on Saturday. This was another in a long line of honours at regional and national level in vets/masters events which began in the late 1990s. Since then, Holland and Pamphilon have been pretty much ever-presents, while Cox, though missing out on those early years through injury, has been a rock in more recent years. Evans has come in even more recently and has done a fantastic job. (And NB: Cox and Pamphilon are both Life Members of WGEL).


Even on the morning of the race there were still fitness doubts hanging over three of our men, but nobody cried off and everyone was determined to give it a bash, with at least one eye on potential medals.

Met League 2: Seniors

[Now updated with women's race report]

The saying “when it rains, it pours” has never rung truer than for WGEL’s men’s cross country squad, who faced driving rain and a depleted A team as they took on the second race in the Start Fitness Met League series at Stevenage on Saturday.

With injury, illness and globetrotting adventures ruling out front-end talent such as Tom Phillips, Darren Southcott, Donatas Tumaitis and Angus Holford to name just a few, it was up to the rest of the squad to step up and deliver the goods.

Note: team standings are still being finalised by the league. An updated report will be published once the final team results are known.

As with the first fixture at Claybury, new signing Joe Townsend was first across the line in 18th. Matching his position from the first race is a sterling effort, given Stevenage once again featured its traditional influx of high quality guest runners from Cambridge University to add to the already excellent field.

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