We had a fantastic turn out for the second Wenlock Relays with 21 teams entered, and 18 actually making it to race day. Representatives from 8 clubs across Shropshire battled it out along the old railway line and then back over the sting in the tail that is Windmill Hill, all looking to be the fastest team in their category.
As last year, the most popular category was the family category but it was fantastic to see more entries from vets and from juniors this year. The average age across the teams ranged from 11.25 to 51.75.
A sunny, but slightly cooler race than last year made for some perfect running conditions and we saw a new course record of 31.25 set by the winning team – Shrewsbury Rockets (junior category – also the youngest team by average age in the whole competition). Last year’s overall winners, The Great Gibbons, held on to win the family category again, in a time of 32.20. Winner of the Vets competition was #Bad Town Runners in a time of 38.22.
Thank you to all the runners who helped to make this such a fun event. And thank you to the marshals, and the course referee, Grace Hough, without whom we could not run this event.
We look forward to welcoming you all back next year.
This year’s full results can be downloaded here: Wenlock Relays 2019 Results
Thanks to our magnificent catering, we raised a very healthy sum towards club finances for the coming year, so many thanks to Liz and her team.
There were a disappointing number of Wenlock vests on show for what is effectively our home competition, but those members who did compete produced some great results:
Well done to Tristan, Ray, James I, John, Richard, Ruari, Pippa, Maddie, Tess, Isla, Rosie, Cerys and Shona for getting the badge out.
Congratulations to Oliver C 2 golds and 1 silver, Lola gold and bronze, Lois gold, Aimee gold, and Ike silver.
The 2nd match of the season was held at Shrewsbury on 27 June. There were individual wins for Oliver C, Beau, Tristan and Oscar. The U11s and the U15B were 2nd on the night, with the U13B and U17M coming 3rd. The club was third placed overall behind Telford and Shrewsbury.
The 3rd match followed soon after, on 4 July at Telford. Individual wins for Oliver C, Lucy, Aimee, Henry G, James, Henry F and Sam. The U11s again came 2nd, the U17M improved to 2nd and the girls had a better night with the U13 and U15, joining the U15B in 3rd. We were again placed third but were much closer to second placed Shrewsbury.
The last competition was held on 18 July at Shrewsbury. The provisional results are now in:
There individual wins for Oliver C, Beau, John and Holly. The U11s maintained their form, coming 2nd again, along with the U15B; the U17M were 3rd and the club slipped to 4th on the night due to a strong performance from Oswestry.
The U11s (who compete together) had a consistent season, helped by a solid turnout in all matches and were rewarded with 2nd place overall. Elsewhere results were patchy as we struggled to fill team places: the U15B claimed 2nd overall and the U17M took third. The club finished in 3rd place behind Telford and Shrewsbury, and a mere 3 match points ahead of Oswestry. Many thanks to our team of officials, whose points probably helped secure that position.
The county champs took place on 11 May at Telford. We had a small band of mostly younger athletes who got the badge out, so well done to Abi, Emily, Lois, Lucy, Leonie and Ray.
Special mention to Oliver gold (60m) and bronze (600m), Tristan silver (LJ), Beth silver (1500m), Alexander bronze (60m).
Many of our athletes will also be taking part in the Shropshire Schools Champs in June.
Finally a belated but well deserved congratulations to Oliver who took the county U10 cross country title back in March.
The first competition of the season was held on 2 May at Telford.
Unfortunately the U11B were the only full team we managed to get out on the night, which inevitably impacted on the results.
There were individual wins for Beau, Olly, Lois, Ophelia and Sam, so congratulations to them.
The U11B took second place in the night and club is lying in 3rd place overall.
The second competition will take place at Shrewsbury on 27 June.
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.