An uncharacteristically warm day, and the sun shone on Wenlock runners, from the U11Gs whose sheer numbers turned the field blue, to the individual heroics of Henry making up the team for the U15B.
Congratulations to Beth (1st), and Emily (3rd) and Edith (3rd).
The girls’ success continued: The U15G cemented their overall 2nd with another 2nd place on the day, and the U17W are still in bronze medal position. The U11G had a great day, finishing 2nd, but need to keep up the work to get into medal contention. Best news of all, the U13G have sneaked into 1st place!
We definitely had a better turnout among the boys, but they are still struggling to make any real inroads.
Overall the girls are in second and the club is in third.
Remember, remember, the next race is on home turf, on 5 November. We will be looking for volunteers to set up and marshal, as well as to help with catering. Please help if you can.
The first SYAL cross country of the season was very much a story of two halves. The early races took place in glorious sunshine, and the later ones struggled through heavy rain. Equally, the girls were great but the Wenlock boys were…well, not there. It was a real disappointment for the few boys who did run, and who turned in some good individual performances. Cross country is a team competition and we need to get teams out.
But the good news was that our girls started out as they ran last year – we had lots of runners, fabulous team spirit and some stand out performances. Congratulations to Beth and Edith on their 1st and 2nd. The U13s and U15s are both in second, and Lizzie, singlehandedly, is in U17W third.
The next race is on 8 October at Bridgnorth.
The final meeting was held on 20 July. We had some solid results, and possibly our best competition of the season.
Individual winners included George, Beth, Manali, Alex and Toby.
Our U13B and U17W were back on form, both gaining 3rd place on the night, and the U13G had a good night, also coming 3rd. Overall, we 4th, significantly ahead of Oswestry in 5th.
Combining the results of the four competitions, the club finished 4th behind Telford, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury. Our U13B, U15G and U17W were the most successful of our teams, all finishing in 3rd place.
What a wonderful day. Many thanks to everyone involved with the Olympian Society, who organised everything so well.
Our own catering dream team did a sterling job (in pretty hot conditions) and raised a magnificent £480 plus for the club, so again, a huge thanks to everyone who helped out, or baked, and a special mention to Liz Townsley for all her hard work.
We had a magnificent turnout of younger athletes, with 85% of our U11s taking part, and although there were fewer older competitors, we enjoyed some success across the age groups:
Wilfred, Beth – gold, with Beth breaking the championship 800m record
Alex – silver and gold in the triple jump
Edith, Hannah – silver
Douglas, William, Charlie, Lois – bronze
The previous day Manali, Charlie (2nd) and Louix (1st) had all medalled in the junior biathlon.
We had a smattering of ‘older’ Olympians in the triathlon – Dean, Matt and Andy, showing that our coaches don’t just coach!
Sadly, there was no one from the club in the road race. If anyone would like an incentive for next year, there is a trophy for the highest placed Olympian. It could be you!
It was a miserable night of drizzle at Shrewsbury on 29 June (as it was the previous year), so a big thank you to all our athletes and supporters who stuck it out in what felt more like cross country than track weather. A special mention to Alison Massey who turned up to track judge even although her daughter was unable to run because she didn’t want us to lose officials points.
There was, in all honesty, not much to cheer. Beth and Alex were our only winners on the night, and by my calculations all our teams finished outside the top three. It’s been a tough season on the track.
But there’s one last chance to turn things around. Invitation cards have gone out for the final SYAL match at Shrewsbury on 20 July. FTB!
The second match of the season was held in glorious sunshine at Cosford on 25 May. Unfortunately it was a less glorious evening for our teams. Although we had some good individual winners – Ruari, John, Harriet and Toby – and a spectacular example of front running by Beth in the 1500m – our teams struggled. The U13B and U15G were 3rd on the night and retain those positions overall; and the U17W, depleted by injury and exams, were unlucky to lose their top spot. We finished the night in 4th overall, but significantly down by nearly 100 points.
The next fixture is at Shrewsbury on Thursday 29 June.
Before that a number of our older U13+ athletes will be competing in the Shropshire Schools Championships on 10 June – good luck to all of them!
Once again we had a disappointing turnout from our athletes, with less than 20 competing (plus a few more who were representing their schools).
However, those who did compete were extremely successful:
Ophelia – U11G 150m silver, 600m bronze,
Lois – U11G 150m bronze,
Ruari – U13B hurdles silver, 1500m and high jump bronze,
James – U13B discus silver,
Toby – U13B shot bronze,
Harriet -U15G shot bronze,
Louix – 3000m silver
Alex – U17B triple and high jump silver
Robbie – 3000m bronze
Our county champions are:
Lois U11G cricket ball,
Rosie U11G long jump,
Beth U13G 1500m and 800m
Edith U15G 300m and 1500m
It was also great to see three relay teams competing – we were the only club apart from Telford to field any relay teams, and they deserve a special mention for their commitment, staying until after 5.30 to compete. Our U13B took gold, the U13G bronze.
Well done to everyone who took part, and to the fantastic support from their friends and families.
It was unseasonably cold at Telford on 27 April, but we had some impressive individual performances – Shona, Beth, Harriet, Edith, Louix and Thea all won their races.
We didn’t manage to field full teams in all age groups, and this is perhaps reflected in our overall results. But congratulations to the U13B and U15G who finished 3rd and, especially, the U17G who won on the night. As a club we finished 4th, but are only one league point behind Shrewsbury.
The next competition is at Cosford on 25 May.
The sportshall county champs were held on Sat 25 April at Wenlock. We had about 26 athletes competing, and between them they won 22 medals. Congratulations to all of them and a special mention to Toby, Ruari, Charlie, Luke, Cerys and Shona – winners in their events.
The last match of the SYAL sportshall competition took pace at Oswestry on 12 Feb. We had another solid performance. The U11G, U13B and U15G came third on the day, the U15B were second.
This leaves the overall team standings as:
U11B 1st – congratulations to them!
We also achieved good club places, coming in second behind Bridgnorth for the girls, boys and overall trophies. We are traditionally strong in sportshall, and although these results are good, they are also slightly frustrating. The boys competition was split 3 ways on match points and Wenlock missed winning by only 7 league points – one extra person coming second in one race! Equally, in the end the overall title came down to just three match points.
None of that takes anything away from the athletes who competed, and the great support we had at all four events. Well done everyone!
Don’t forget to enter the sportshall county champs.