A contingent of the men's winter squad made the 3 hour trip up to Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday for the National Cross Country Championships. The overcast weather, drizzle and challenging under-foot conditions made it a tough day for all. Over a distance of 12K the course consisted of undulations, good firm running, boggy mud and uneven ground to make for a catch-all course. We ended up finishing in 17th place in both the six and nine to-score trophies, which was a par performance for the men who toed the start line in what was a very strong, deep field.
There was no sign of the promised rain at the Chingford Relays over on Wanstead Flats on Saturday. Our U13 boys wanted to field a relay team however with there being no competition they had to settle for all running the first leg of the adults' race together as a flat race.
The course, a figure of 8 round the flats and into and round Bushwood and back, was quite muddy in places and provided a good challenge for our boys. Running against adults didn’t faze them in the slightest and as they all came in in the first half of the pack a lot of heads were turned as they came through the funnel. First home was Jimmy Geller in 10th 12’20” followed by James Brigstocke-Williams in 11th 12’50” then Jay Russell 16th 13’30” in his first XC since his decision to switch to middle distance running, and bringing the team home Ronan Edwards 24th 14’03”.
After the relays had finished, the League winners were crowned and Jimmy Geller U13 and Rhys Edwards U15 were proud to pick up their cups for Woodford Green as outright age category winners.
The club hosted its annual Roding Valley Half Marathon successfully on Sunday, around the streets of Woodford, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. There were 541 finishers, similar to the figure in 2016.
George Gurney of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC was first man home in a time of 72mins 35secs, while the women's race was won by Lindsey Colman of Southend AC in 89mins 06secs. Our own Bertie Powell finished 2nd overall in 74mins 05secs, less than 24 hours after finishing 197th in the National Cross Country Championships over 7 miles of mud.
The team race was won by Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC.
A special thanks goes out to all those who assisted in any way at the event, including: around 35 marshals, 13 helpers on registration, baggage claim and canteen, plus about 15 people on the two water stations (Young Athletes and Cowsi Magol with his colleagues from the Rotary Club).
Interested in skilling up to become an Endurance Official and helping out at future Met League fixtures? An Endurance Officials training course will be held in Belgrave Hall, Wimbledon across two evenings: Monday 13 March and Wednesday 22 March, both starting at 7.00pm. As a proud Met League Club we are happy to spread the word and invite members who have an interest in officiating to attend. A good many of the Met League officials (brilliant though they are) are in their late 70's and into their 80's and much as they enjoy what they do, several are looking to reduce their commitments, so it's time to encourage others to get involved, starting with gaining the basic Officials qualification. Check out the link for more details: