Category Archives: Fixtures

First sportshall

The first sportshall of the season takes place this Sunday, 15 October at Oldbury Wells School. The event starts at 2 pm but try to get there by 1.30 to ensure that we can sort out teams and deal with any last minutes changes. Things are usually over by 4, but you are free to leave as soon as your events are finished. Last year there were no benches, so you might want to bring a cushion if you’re supporting! Competing athletes need club vests, although there will be some available to borrow on the day.

If you haven’t done sportshall before, it is very exciting, intense and noisy. There are various A and B races, a rotating number of field events and finally relays. The important thing is that all athletes score points which count towards team totals, so it is imperative that we get full teams out and even coming last can be vital. There are end of season trophies for the winning girls and boys teams in each age group, plus trophies for overall boys, girls and club. Traditionally this is one of our strongest competitions, but last year was a lean one, with only the U11B winning. Let’s make this year a good one!

Please let team managers know as soon as possible if you are unable to come.

Next SYAL competitions

The next cross country races will be held this Sunday 8 October at Oldbury Wells School, Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth, WV16 5JD. There is parking available in the school grounds.

The course is split into two sections – flattish loop(s) on the playing fields – and a rough field which is full of short, steep hill sections. If you haven’t run the course before it is worth getting there early enough to walk it. When you arrive look out for Dean, Matt and your team mates. No numbers needed (except for U17) but don’t forget club vests. Good luck!

Race times and distances as before:
Times and distances
1 pm 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

The following Sunday (16 October) is the first sportshall competition, also held at Oldbury Wells. Invitation cards have gone out, so please text or email to say whether you can or cannot attend.

Lilleshall cross country Sun 17 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 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.

1 pm 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

Next season’s fixtures

From September we turn our attention to cross country and sportshall, with four league competitions in each. They all take place on Sundays between September and February.

Cross country races are open to all club athletes and we would encourage as many as possible to run, not only to gain points for their team, but to help with personal fitness and stamina. Cross country is unique because, in the legendary words of John: ‘we start as a team, and we finish as a team’.

Sportshall competitions (one of our strongest areas) are for invited athletes only.

Both events give you the opportunity to compete for the county.

Cross Country dates:
17 Sep Lilleshall National Sports Centre
8 Oct Bridgnorth, Oldbury Wells School
5 Nov Wenlock
3 Dec Oswestry, Oswestry School

Times and distances
1 pm 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

Sportshall dates (competitions usually start at 2pm and last till about 4pm):
15 Oct Bridgnorth, Oldbury Wells School
19 Nov Wenlock or Langley (Telford)
14 Jan Wenlock
11 Feb Oswestry, Marches School

Summer training and open competitions

Summer Training
22 July U11 9-10, U13+ 10-11.30
29 July No Training
5, 12, 19 August All age groups 10-11
26 Aug No training
2 Sept All age groups 10-11
9 Sept Normal training resumes

No Tuesday training after 18 July, until 5 September

There are also plenty of other ways to keep active.

If you haven’t already tried a parkrun, there are 5ks every Saturday at 9am in Telford and Shrewsbury, and 2ks for U15s every Sunday. See www.parkrun.org.uk for details. You can also come and train on the track at Wenlock for a nominal fee throughout the summer.

There are a number of fairly local open events during the holidays. www.thepowerof10.info is a good place to search, and there is a list below:
Wrexham Games Sat 12 Aug
Tipton Summer series Sat 26 Aug
Stoke Open Sat 26 Aug

The Midlands U15/U17 Champs take place at Nuneaton on 19/20 Aug. Details at www.midlandathletics.org.uk

Finally, entry forms are now out for the Telford Games on Sat 9 Sept. You can get details at www.telfordathleticclub.co.uk

4th T and F match

The final match of the season is on Thursday 20 July at Shrewsbury track.

Invitation e mails have gone out. Please let team managers know as soon as possible if you can/ cannot attend.

The Shrewsbury track is at London Road Sports Centre (Shrewsbury College), SY2 6PR. There is plenty of parking. Events start at 6.45, so please arrive by 6.30 so we can finalise teams etc. Numbers and vests must be worn.

 

Wenlock Olympian Games 2017

Good luck to all WO athletes competing in the various events next weekend.

The athletics timetable is now available online at http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Athletics-Timetable-2017.pdf

Catering
• We make and serve sandwiches, cakes and drinks to raise money for club funds. We need money for Presentation Evening, updating equipment, entry fees for competitions etc.
• This is our main fundraiser. We don’t ask you to buy raffle tickets, sponsor anyone or fundraise in any other way.
• We need you to help for 1-2 hours.
• The more people there are, the less time you will be needed for!
• You are able to leave to watch your child compete.

If you can help for an hour or two between 8 and 4, please let Liz or Ian know as soon as possible (liztownsley@hotmail.co.uk or iandadswell@f2s.com). Any contributions of cakes are also welcome, preferably sliced and cling filmed on Saturday or Sunday morning.

 

3rd SYAL meeting

Invitation cards have now gone out for the 3rd SYAL track and field meeting at Shrewsbury on Thursday 29 June. Please let team managers know as soon as possible if you can/ cannot attend.

The Shrewsbury track is at London Road Sports Centre (Shrewsbury College), SY2 6PR. There is plenty of parking. Events start at 6.45, so please arrive by 6.30 so we can finalise teams etc. Numbers and vests must be worn.

SYAL track and field Cosford

The second league meeting takes place at Cosford on Thursday 25 May. Invitation cards have gone out and athletes should let team managers know as soon as possible if they can/ cannot attend.

The meeting starts at 6.45, but please arrive by 6.30 to ensure teams are organised. There is a proper stand at Cosford, so we meet there rather than by our tent. Numbers (A runners 5, B runners 55) and club vests must be worn.

Give yourself plenty of time for parking as there is limited space and it often gets very busy at the track.

The postcode for the track is WV7 3EX – simply follow directions for RAF Cosford Museum.

Wenlock Olympian Games 2017

Entries are now being taken for this year’s athletics, which take place on Sunday 9 July. We think of this as our ‘home’ event and encourage all members to take part. It is great day out, with plenty to see and good food on offer. There is a link to the entry form below, and we will also be handing them out at training.

Juniors might also be interested in the biathlon, which takes place on Saturday 8 July, and we always have a good turnout of seniors in the triathlon and road race. You can find full details of all games events at www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk.

We also provide catering for the games, which provides us with much of our funding for the year. Requests for volunteers will be going out nearer the time, so please help if you can.

http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Athletics-Entry-Form-2017.pdf