Woodford athletes have been in action at home and overseas over the last week or so. At home over this recent weekend there were Southern titles for Shayne Dewar, Kitty Eleyae and Phil Norman, as well as a Midlands title for Lucy Marshall. There were also several other useful performances.
Whilst Woodford’s men were at Lee Valley, the women, newly promoted to the UKWL Premier Division were competing at Eton. As in the first match the going was tough, and despite many good individual performances and a great team effort from those who competed, the limited depth together with some last minute unavailability caused some gaps in certain events and saw the team place 8th again. Results still remain provisional but Woodford scored 129 as Birchfield won with 218.5 from TVH on 212, Edinburgh 204, Windsor 201, Shaftesbury 162, Swansea 152.5 and Blackheath 145. There were UKWL debuts for Sophie Riches, Stephanie Howe, Jenna Wrisberg and Mathilde Bilon who recorded a personal best, as did Kitty Eleyae.
A dry but windy day greeted our athletes for this second fixture of five. Despite being without many of the older athletes due to exams and some still away due to half term, Woodford gained a useful 3rd place from seven clubs with 615 points. This leaves us 11th in the table from 28 clubs and on course for our 2nd plate final in September.
One athlete who deserves special praise is Under 15 Cambridgeshire County 3000m champion Kai Boggon. In the morning Kai secured an excellent win in the East Region Triathlon, putting him through to the Nationals. Only a few hours later he lined up for the 1500 metres. A great club athlete!
Woodford men’ s team finished 3rd in a very tight BAL Premiership fixture at Lee Valley on Saturday. Birchfield won again with 308 points, from SBH on 304, Woodford 277, TVH 276, Newham 274, Southampton 259.5, Sheffield 248.5 and Liverpool 209. Birchfield now head the table with 16 points, from Newham and Woodford each on 11, SBH, 10.5, TVH 8.5, Sheffield 8, Southampton 5 and Liverpool 2. In the end 3rd was a decent result for Woodford, again missing some top athletes, and also overcoming some problems on the day. As always there were many good performances no doubt aided by the rare decent weather, but none better than those from Jack Lawrie who recorded two personal bests and was close to his best ever in a third event. There was also a personal best for Phil Norman.