A total of 43 young athletes descended upon Stanborough Park Welwyn Garden where overnight rain had left the course a little bit soggy underfoot. This was a new course with stretches of camber on it plus a steep climb on each lap, together with some woodland.
Woodford enjoyed an excellent day with four team wins, three individual wins and taking the lead in the overall Howard Williams Junior Trophy event, to boot.
Photos on Facebook (by Sally Chapman)
Under 11 Boys
After a balmy start to the 2017/18 season last month, fixture 2, at new venue Welwyn Garden City’s Stanborough Park, looked and felt a lot more like a winter fixture, even if it didn’t feel particularly cold. With course information limited to noting that It "began and ended on grass", it was anybody’s guess what this Stevenage replacement might be. In truth it was not very different; grass, yes, more undulated and cambered with a good woodland section and a steep sharp rounded hill. Despite some water logging in the park, the course itself was surprisingly firm.
See Sidnie Ward at 1:53, some way off the lead. Again at 2:33, now in 5th place. At 4.05 we have Kieran Allgood charging through. into 3rd place. Again at 5:47 - unclear what his position is. At 7:13 he's on the leader's shoulder (NB: verbal comment). 8:27 Kai Boggon sets off in 2nd place on the last leg. At 11:20 Kai has taken the lead! At 12:36 he's extended the gap and we hear the shouts of "C'mon Kai!!" And finally, at 14:10 we see Kai already bent over as the 2nd man crosses the line.
Thanks for the video Mark Hookway of Tonbridge!