Category Archives: Fixtures

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.

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
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

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

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

3rd SYAL T+F 28 June

Invitation cards and e mails have gone out for the 3rd match of the T+F League which takes place on Thursday 28 June at Shrewsbury.

The Shrewsbury track is at London Road Sports Centre (Shrewsbury College), SY2 6PR. There is plenty of parking.

Events start at 6.45, but please arrive by 6.15 so we can finalise teams etc. Numbers and vests must be worn.

Track and Field Round up

The long awaited Cosford results are finally in. There were individual wins for Ella, Ruari, John, Lucy, Beth, Toby, Sophia and Manali. Unfortunately only the U13G fielded a complete team and were rewarded with second place on the night. The U17W were first (by a mere two points) putting them in the lead overall (just!). The U17B were third. As a club we’re lying in 4th, with the girls in 3rd.

The next SYAL competition is at Shrewsbury on Thursday 28 June – invitation cards and e mails have gone out, so please let us know asap if you are available.

We had only two athletes at the second YDL meeting at Stourport on 27 May, but both Sophia and Toby produced PBs, showing how important competition is in improving performance.

A number of Wenlock athletes also competed at the Shropshire Schools Championships on 9 June. Harriet (hammer) and Lizzie (1500m) got bronzes. Hester (300mH), Edith (800m), Beth (1500m) all gained silvers and a chance to represent the county at the regional Mason’s Trophy in Birmingham. Sophia is also off to Birmingham, having won the 800m title, and is just outside the qualifying time for the English Schools in both 800m and 1500m. Toby won the Shropshire Schools Combined Events title, competing over two evenings in the IB Octathon.

2nd SYAL T+F meeting

The second T+F meeting of the season takes place at Cosford on Thursday 24 May. Invitation cards have gone out, so please reply promptly so we can finalise teams.

For those of you new to Cosford, the parking is fairly limited, so please give yourself enough time. We’d encourage athletes to arrive by 6.15 so that last minute changes can be made, numbers collected etc. The postcode for the track is WV7 3EX, but you can simply follow signs for the RAF museum.

The results of the first meeting are finally out. There were individual wins for Ella, Miley, John I, Liam, Lois, Beth, Toby, Louix, Sophia and Manali

The U13B and U13G both came 3rd. The best result on the night was the U17W, who are in 2nd, only one point behind Shrewsbury.

We did suffer from the clash with William Brooke’s Parents’ Evening, and we have very few U11 boys at the moment, however, we really do need to pull out all the stops if we are to get back into contention.