Category Archives: Fixtures

Summer track and field

There are 4 SYAL T+F competitions held on Thursday evenings:
2 May Telford
23 May Cosford
27 June Shrewsbury
18 July Shrewsbury

We are hosting the Cosford meeting this year, so help with organisation will be much appreciated.

These are club competitions with team trophies available, and athletes are invited to compete. If your son/daughter receives a card/ email, please let us know as soon as possible whether they are able to attend.

The Shropshire county champs take place at Telford on Saturday 11 May (with some distance races held on the evening of Wednesday 8 May). Athletes have to enter this as individuals. Full details and entry form http://www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk/track-field/county-championships

There are also a number of fairly local open competitions which individual athletes are encouraged to enter:
Kidderminster and Stourport Spring Open Sunday 7 April http://www.ksac.co.uk/
Tipton Games Sunday 7 April http://www.tiptonharriers.co.uk/index.php/2014-04-06-16-00-58/news-2019/2804-tipton-games-2019.html Online entry available. Tipton also host mid week opens throughout the summer – full details on their website or power of 10
Telford Spring Warm Up Wed 10 April (evening) http://www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk/track-field/spring-warm-up
Worcester Open Warm Up Thurs 11 April https://www.worcester-ac.co.uk/FixturesTandF.htm  – no other details yet. Worcester also host other mid week opens throughout the summer
Birchfield Open Sunday 28 April  https://birchfield.athletics-uk.org/
Birmingham University Open Wednesday 8 May https://www.entryhub.co.uk/university-of-birmingham-events
Wenlock Olympian Games Sunday 14 July – further details to follow
Telford Games Saturday 7 September – further info to follow
Details of all these and more can be found at https://www.thepowerof10.info/

Sportshall results

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.

3rd cross SYAL cross country

The third match takes place this Sunday (11 November) at Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW. This is parking on site (although as this is a new venue, I’m not sure how much!) Dean has sent out course maps, but it’s a basic ‘laps of the field’ race. Usual distances, times and rules apply.

We had a great turnout last time, and some fantastic results because of it. Please let Dean know if you’re running, and please get out and support ‘the badge’.

Second sportshall competition

The second match in the sportshall league takes place on Sunday 18 November at Telford Tennis Centre, TF2 7AB – by the athletics track. There is plenty of parking but again, no seating, so spectators might want to bring folding chairs. Athletes should arrive at 1.30 for a 2pm start.

This is an invitation event and cards/ e mails will be going out – please let the club know asap whether you can or cannot attend.

There is a chance to get selected to represent Shropshire at regional sportshall competitions in February.

Good luck to all our athletes.

Second SYAL cross country

The second cross country of the season takes place this Sunday, 21 October, at Oldbury Wells School Bridgnorth WV16 5JD. There’s plenty of parking at the school and the races take place on the playing fields at the rear, and in an adjoining (quite rough and hilly!) field. We really need EVERYONE to run – it would be fantastic to retain our Girls’ title and there are plenty of team medals which are easily within our reach.

Race distances and times are as before:

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

You just need to arrive for your race (with enough time to warm up and walk the course). Club vests required but no numbers (except U17s). Look out for Dean and Matt and the group of blue hoodies. Come along and enjoy the unique camaraderie of cross country!

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 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.

Sportshall
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

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 http://www.worcester-ac.co.uk/EntryForms/2018/Open%20meetings%20timetable%202018%20(4).pdf
Sat 11 Aug Wrexham Games http://www.welshathletics.org/competitions/events/track–field/2018/august/wrexham-games.aspx
Tues 14 Aug Tipton http://www.tiptonharriers.co.uk/
Sun 26 Aug DASH (Dudley and Stourbridge) http://dashac.co.uk/news/news_item_Openentry.htm
Wed 29 Aug Stoke http://www.stokeac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/City-of-Stoke-Open-Entry-Form-August-2108.pdf

Finally, the entry forms are just out for the Telford Games on Sat 2 Sept – full details at http://www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk/track-field/telford

Race info

Details of two great races organised by Wrekin Runners

The Wrekin Relay Challenge takes place on 14 July, with teams of 3 tackling a 3.8 mile loop of the Wrekin. Details and entry at http://www.wrekinroadrunners.net/wrekin-relay-challenge.html

The Apley Estate Challenge takes place on 30 September with races over three distances (including a 5k for 12 years +) in beautiful parkland. Full details and online entry at http://www.wrekinroadrunners.net/apley-estates-autumn-challenge.html.