First sportshall competition

The first sportshall competition will take place at Oldbury Wells School, Bridgnorth WV16 5JD on Sunday 14 Oct at 2pm (but please get there for 1.30, so we can finalise teams etc).

Invitation cards and emails will be going out, so please let us know asap if you are available or not.

You need to compete in a club vest. There is plenty of parking on site but usually a lack of seating, so you might want to consider a folding chair/ cushion!

Lilleshall cross country results

The first of the SYAL cross country races was held at Lilleshall on Sunday 16 September. We had some great results, especially in the older age groups, but we could also do with more runners!
Wilf and Oliver need support in the U11B.
Thea, Ella and Sara need another runner in the U11G.
John, Oscar and Archie are still a man down in the U13B.
Sadly we had no U15B at all.
All of those age groups have a chance of sneaking into the top three if we can just persuade someone else to run. Anyone looking for inspiration should think of Hester – she competes knowing she is not a distance runner, and – she would probably say – hating every minute of it, but without her the U17W would be in 6th place, not 2nd. We need more Hesters!

The U13G (Emily, Leonie, Lucy, Aimee, Ophelia and Lois) had a full team and runners to spare and were rewarded with second place.
The U15G (Beth, Rebecca and Eva) also benefited from a complete team, with their third, as did the U17M (Louix, Sam and Archie).
The U17W (Edith, Manali and Hester) are lying in second.

There was also individual success: Beth took the U15 race with ease and Edith finished a strong 2nd in the U17W.

The next races are on 21 October at Bridgnorth. There are team medals available for all age groups at the end of the season and we are also defending Girls Champions, so it would be great to get full teams (and more) out.

Lilleshall cross country Sun 16 Sept

The first SYAL cross country race of the season is this Sunday at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The Centre is quite hard to find if you’ve never been before. It is well signposted from the A518 Newport road but if travelling to the centre using Satellite Navigation they advise you to use the postcode TF10 9LQ.

There is plenty of parking but it is some distance from the actual course, so please allow enough time to get there, park and walk, as well as to warm up and walk the course. The course itself is quite rough and uneven – tricky underfoot, especially if we have a week of unsettled weather. If you’re wearing spikes it’s probably a good idea to put longer cross country ones in (they can be easily ordered online). Please also remember to wear club vests.

You only need to turn up in time for your race (details below) – there are no numbers (except for U17s) or official registration. Dean and Matt will be around and at the end you will be given a number to hand into someone from Wenlock to record your position.

It would good to see plenty of blue vests out, to get the season off to a good start. Good luck to all our runners.

The Telford Schools Cross Country races also start this week, and a number of Olympians will be running for their schools – best wishes to all of them.

Autumn competition dates

Cross country
We compete in 4 SYAL cross country races, in the same U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups as the summer. There are individual and team medals for the top three in the league, as well as trophies for overall girls, boys and club. Last year the girls had a particularly good season and it would be fantastic to use that as a springboard for greater success this year.

Any club member can compete, without an invitation, and with cross country it definitely is ‘the more the merrier’. Even if you don’t see yourself as a distance runner on the track, going the distance in the winter will improve your overall fitness and it’s the one time when you can really enjoy being part of a team.

The races are on the following dates:
16th Sept 2018 – Lilleshall
21st October 2018 – Bridgnorth (Oldbury Wells)
11th November 2018 – Shrewsbury (Meole Brace)
2nd December 2018 – Wenlock

and they are always these times and distances:
1.00 U11G 1500m
1.15 U11B 1500m
1.30 U15G 3000m and U17W 4000m
1.55 U13B 3000m
2.15 U15B 4000m and U17M 5000m
2.40 U13G 2000m

Full details of venues, parking etc will be given out and posted online before each event. You can simply turn up (giving yourself enough time to look at the course) and run – vests needed but no numbers (except for U17s). If you want any more information, please speak to Dean or Matt at training.

There are four competitions in the Shropshire Young Athletes League, for the same age groups (but no U17s). Trophies for the best girls and boys team in each age group, as well as overall boys, girls and club are awarded after the final match.

We are restricted to two athletes per event, so athletes are invited to compete with e mails and cards going out before each match. There are different disciplines at each meeting, so don’t assume that if you aren’t selected for the first, you won’t be competing at all.

We are traditionally quite strong in sportshall but we need full teams if we’re to do well. Again, full details of venues, times etc will be given out before the events, but please put the following in your diaries:
14th October 2018 – 2pm – Bridgnorth
18th November 2018 – 2pm – Oakengates
13th January 2019 – 10am – Wenlock
10th February 2019 – 2pm – Oswestry


Beth has done it again!

Having taken the Midlands Cross Country title in January, she won Midlands 1500m gold at the track championship at Nuneaton in August, and backed it up with a bronze in the 3000m (she’s currently ranked 18th in the country at 3000m).

Results round up

The last T+F took place on 19 July at Shrewsbury. The U11B, U13G, and U17W had full teams out and we had individual winners including Erin, Beth, Sam, Toby, Manali, Edith and Hester. The U11G and U13G were 3rd on the night and the U17W had another win, to take the title. This meant the U13G took third place overall and the Wenlock girls were third in the League, although the club could only manage overall 4th.

U17W trophy

Harriet, Hester, Edith and Manali, (and Sophia) – the victorious U17W

This is only the second time in the club’s history that we have won a T+F trophy – two years ago the same core group of athletes took the U15G title. They’d be the first to say they’re not necessarily the best individuals in the league but they work brilliantly as a team. And this has rounded off a good 12 months: cross country runners up and sportshall champions as well!


Elsewhere, congratulations to Beth and Sophia on their performances in the English Schools. Both are competing at the Midlands T+F Championships in Nuneaton on 11/12 August.

Louix and Manali competed at the National Biathle Championships in Salford on 22 July, coming 3rd and 9th respectively.



Louix (left) once again represented GB at the European Biathle Championships in Germany on 29 July, where his 6th place secured a spot at the Worlds in Egypt later in the year. Many congratulations to him!


So far we have 10 athletes who have made the Powerof10 rankings in at least one event and over 80 PBs achieved by Wenlock members this season. And remember there’s still time to improve.

Olympian Games

On a sweltering Sunday (15 July), refreshments were much in demand. Magnificent work by Liz and her team raised over £600 for the club – so many thanks to everyone who baked and helped out. A huge thanks too, to all the Olympian volunteers who make the day go so smoothly.

We had around 25 athletes competing, with an especially good turnout amongst our younger competitors. Jospeh, Wilf, Oliver, Liam, Ben, Rhys, Douglas, Erin, Thea, Holly, Jasmine, Ophelia, Shona, Leonie, Aimee, Lois, Cerys, Rebecca and Hester all got the badge out (apologies if I’ve missed anyone off the list). Special mention to medallists: Chloe and Lucy with bronze, Manali and Emily with silver, Ella who won a silver and bronze, Louix with gold and Toby with double gold.

And we shouldn’t forget the coaches and ex coaches: Camilla in the road race and the Race On the Edge, Andy in the triathlon and Kevin in the Race On the Edge.

The previous weekend saw the inaugural Wenlock Relays, which will hopefully grow to become a regular feature of the Games. Many thanks to those who organised, marshalled and helped out in any capacity. Well done to the Rawlinson family for their second place. Once again the Stewarts, the Fawcetts and the Gappers were there getting the badge out.

Full details of all the Olympian Games events can be found at

Summer training and fixtures

There is no training on Sat 28 July, and no Tuesday training throughout the summer holidays. There will be Saturday training August 4, 11 and 18, all age groups 10-11 am. Normal training restarts on Tuesday 4 Sept and Saturday 8 September.

There are a number of open events over the summer:
Thurs 9 Aug Worcester
Sat 11 Aug Wrexham Games–field/2018/august/wrexham-games.aspx
Tues 14 Aug Tipton
Sun 26 Aug DASH (Dudley and Stourbridge)
Wed 29 Aug Stoke

Finally, the entry forms are just out for the Telford Games on Sat 2 Sept – full details at

T+F results

The third SYAL competition took place at Shrewsbury on 28 June. There were individual wins for Wilf, John, Beth, Louix, Sophia and Manali.  Unfortunately, once again, we failed to fill spaces, with none of the boys age groups fielding a full team. The U13G and U17M came 3rd on the night. The U17W came first and maintain their overall lead. By my reckoning the girls are still in the third and the club is in overall fourth. The last match is on Thursday 19 July, also at Shrewsbury – invitation cards will be going out soon.

The last YDL of the season was held at Solihull on 1 July in. Once again, we had only a small number of athletes (although those who’ve competed have all enjoyed the experience) – hopefully more will be encouraged to take part next season.

The summer term is always packed with schools athletics competitions. Following on from the the U13+ County Championships, many of our athletes have been involved in both the Shropshire and Telford team championships, the ESAA T+F Cup, and the individual Y7/8 championships, which took place on Saturday 23 June.

Special mention to Hester, Edith, Sophia and Toby who competed at the regional Mason’s Trophy in Birmingham. Sophia not only came 2nd in the 800m, but has been selected to compete for Shropshire in the English National Schools Championships at Birmingham on 13/14 July. Well done to her!

Hester and Toby also both competed in the regional Combined Events competition held over two days in Stockport. Toby finished 4th and has therefore qualified for the National Championships in September. Again, many congratulations.

Last but not least a belated mention for Wilf who gained a silver in the Y5 Cross Country Champs (apologies that it took so long).

Olympians Games Catering

We need volunteers to make and serve sandwiches, cakes and drinks for the Olympian Games on Sunday 15 July, our major fund raiser of the year. If you can help at any time during the day (usually in 1-2 hour slots), or bake cakes before hand, please let Liz know ( Further details have gone out at training.

Many of you will be there for all or part of the day supporting your children, please try and also spare some time to help the club. Many thanks!