There are limited opportunities to be selected for the county for track and field (and mostly for U15 and U17s)
Congratulations to Edith, Harriet, Charlie, Alex and Toby who were selected to compete for Shropshire at the regional Mason’s Trophy in Birmingham.
Toby also competed in the regional combined events competition.
Beth ran for Shropshire in a match against Staffordshire.
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!
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
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.
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!
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
• 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Any contributions of cakes are also welcome, preferably sliced and cling filmed on Saturday or Sunday morning.