The county sportshall championships were held on Saturday 2 March at Wenlock. We had over 20 athletes competing, so congratulations to everyone who represented the club. Special mention to Cerys, Jasmin, Ray and Richard (bronze); Eva and Leonie (silver); Oliver (silver and bronze) and Shona (gold)
The final sportshall match of the season was held at Oswestry on 10 February. The U13G and U13B were third on the day, and the U15B were second. This meant the U13G and U15B finished the league in 3rd; the U13B in 2nd and the boys were 3rd overall, helping to get the club 3rd place. Not really a vintage year it what has traditionally been our strongest competition. However, we do have a number of athletes selected for county sportshall duty. The individual sportshall county championships is this Saturday (2 March), so hopefully we’ll also see some Wenlock success there.
The third sportshall match was held on 13 January at Wenlock. We had three individual wins amongst the boys and a good turnout with all but the U15s fielding full teams. Congratulations to the U11B who came first on the day. We also had two seconds (U13B and U15B) and a third (U13G). By my reckoning, this puts the boys in contention for the title, with both our U13 teams currently lying in second place.
Positions can change significantly in sportshall and there are team trophies, as well as overall boys, girls and club, up for grabs. The last match takes place at Oswestry on Sunday 10 February. Invitations will be going out, so please try to attend if you are selected.
The second match of the sportshall league was held on 18 November. There were individual wins for Oliver, Wilf, Rhys, John, James. The U13G came 3rd and the U13B and U15B came second. The next match is on 13 January at Wenlock at 10 am. Invitations have gone out. Please make every effort to compete if you’ve been invited, or let coaches know if you are unable to be there.
The final races were held at Wenlock on 2 December. Many, many thanks, to those who catered, marshalled and set up the course. Well done to everyone who competed. We had some great results with U11G, U13G and U17G all taking 2nd place. The Wenlock Girls retained the overall winners trophy and as a club we finished in 3rd position – an improvement on last year.
Huge congratulations to Beth who won all of her 4 races and took 1st place in the U15 girls.
The SYAL league is now over for another year, but there are county champs, and open cross country events to look forward to. Anyone (U13+) wanting to enter the county champs on 5 January should get in touch with Dean.
Another glorious day and a new, and surprisingly challenging, course at Meole Brace School. We had another good turnout, especially among the younger age groups. Congratulations to Beth who maintains her 100% record. Our girls’ teams continue to do well in the defence of their title: the U11s came third and the U13s and U17s once again came in second.
The final event this year is our home match at Wenlock on 2 December. Distance and start times are as usual. There will be presentations after the final race. Plenty of practising on Windmill Hill and a great turnout on the day!
It was unseasonably warm and sunny at Bridgnorth on 21 October and we had a good turnout of athletes. It was great to get teams of U11B and U13B – fantastic running by all of them – although our older boys remain thin on the ground,
Our six U11G had a good afternoon, taking 1st place on the day and putting themselves in contention for a medal, with Thea coming 3rd. The U13G and U17W strengthened their second positions. The U15G sadly didn’t have a team, but Beth triumphed once again.
The girls are well on course to retain their overall title – but we need everyone out for the last two races. We’re currently lying in 3rd in race for overall club – an improvement on our standings last year.
The next cross country takes place at Meole Brace school on 11 November. This is a new venue – more details nearer the time.
Finally, congratulations to Emily for taking the Y7G title in the Telford Schools Cross Country League, and Edith and Louix who were Y10/11 runners up.
The first match of the SYAL sportshall league was held on Sunday 14 October at Bridgnorth. There were individual wins for Wilf, Raef, Lucy and Emily. The U11B and U13G came 2nd, U11G and U13B came 3rd, leaving both the boys and girls in joint 3rd overall and the club fighting it out for second behind runaway leader Bridgnorth. Everyone struggled to find U15B, with one of the smallest fields ever, and a number of clubs didn’t get full teams out (losing significant points in the relay, as well as in individual events).
Full results, as always, are available at http://www.theorchard.clara.net/
The next match is on 18 November at the Telford Tennis Centre at Oakengates.
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.
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.
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.