After her win at the Midlands Champs, Beth has continued her fantastic season, winning the West Midlands Mini Marathon trials, finishing fourth in the English Nationals at Parliament Hill, and second at the mudfest which was the Intercounties at Loughborough. She has certainly managed to put Wenlock on the map, but we have had good representation at all the big races this spring.
Other successes include Manali and Louix who both had top 10 finishes in the British Schools Biathlon Champs, Edith who took silver in the Midlands 5k Champs, Emily, Lucy and Leonie with their 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Ercall Hill races, and Imogen competing in what was I think her first half marathon at Ironbridge. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out – we’re always happy to hear about individual successes.
Remember, you can keep your distance running up throughout the summer – there are 5k parkruns every Saturday, the TAC organised Sexarathon series for over 15s, junior fell races organised by Mercia Fell Runners and plenty of other fun runs and junior races at local events.
We still have the weather-delayed U11 XC Champs to look forward to and watch this space for an exciting new event…..!
The Sportshall County championships were held at Bridgnorth on Sat 24 March. Having cancelled training for the morning we were hoping for a good turnout of athletes and this was certainly true amongst the younger age groups. We also saw a number of Wenlock medals, so congratulations to:
Zoe and Daniel (bronze), Lois and Katie (2 bronzes), Douglas and Liam (silver), Shona bronze and gold in 2 lap), Leonie (bronze and gold in 3 lap), and Ruari (bronze, silver and gold in 3 lap).
Many thanks to everyone behind the scenes, particularly Claire Mansfield who handles all the entries.
There will be no training on Saturday 31 March and Tuesday 3 and 10 April.
Outdoor summer training will begin on Saturday 7 April at the following times
U11s 9.00-10.30 for all athletes
U13s+ 10-11.30 for all athletes
There will be no training on bank holiday weekends (Sat 5 and Sat 26 May), or on Tuesday 29 May. Training will end for the summer on Sat 14 July – some sessions will be organised during the summer holidays according to the availability of coaches.
Please remember that membership renewals are now due. You should have received yours either at training on Sat 17 March or through the post. If you have any queries regarding membership please email Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms need to be returned by Tuesday 27 March.
March is a slack time for competitions, when we traditionally start to think about the summer track and field season.
Wenlock compete in the 4 match SYAL which runs from 6.45 on Thursday evenings during the summer term. The entry is by invitation, and like the sportshall it features different events on different evenings. The usual age groups apply, although the U11s compete as a joint team.
April 26th Telford
May 24th RAF Cosford
June 28th Shrewsbury (Oswestry meet)
July 20th Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury meet).
For our older athletes (U17+) we are now entering the YDL as part of a combined team with Bridgnorth (known as Border Olympians). This is an exciting new opportunity, both for club members who are too old for the SYAL, and for anyone who wants to do more competitions, try out new events, and likes a challenge. The YDL has 3 matches, on Sundays. They have a full day timetable which allows them to hold the full range of events. Full details can be found at http://www.ukydl.org.uk/index.html
29th April Worcester
27th May Kidderminster
1st July Solihull
The Shropshire County Championships are held on 12 May. Details and entry forms at www.theorchard.clara.net
There are also a number of open competitions which anyone can enter as individuals. We would encourage athletes to do so, as competition is the best way to improve your PBs.
Sun 8 April Kidderminster Open
Sun 15 Tipton Games
Sun 15 Stoke Open
Tues 17 Worcester (and other meetings on Tuesdays throughout the term)
Sun 22 Birchfield Open
Details of all these can be found at www.powerof10.info (which is the best place to find information about all competitions)
Last but not least, there is of course the Wenlock Olympian Games, on Sunday 15 July.
Training is cancelled tomorrow, Sat 3 March, because of the weather. Tuesday and Saturday training is scheduled as normal for next week.