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 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