Monthly Archives: August 2018

Autumn competition dates

Cross country
We compete in 4 SYAL cross country races, in the same U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups as the summer. There are individual and team medals for the top three in the league, as well as trophies for overall girls, boys and club. Last year the girls had a particularly good season and it would be fantastic to use that as a springboard for greater success this year.

Any club member can compete, without an invitation, and with cross country it definitely is ‘the more the merrier’. Even if you don’t see yourself as a distance runner on the track, going the distance in the winter will improve your overall fitness and it’s the one time when you can really enjoy being part of a team.

The races are on the following dates:
16th Sept 2018 – Lilleshall
21st October 2018 – Bridgnorth (Oldbury Wells)
11th November 2018 – Shrewsbury (Meole Brace)
2nd December 2018 – Wenlock

and they are always these times and distances:
1.00 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

Full details of venues, parking etc will be given out and posted online before each event. You can simply turn up (giving yourself enough time to look at the course) and run – vests needed but no numbers (except for U17s). If you want any more information, please speak to Dean or Matt at training.

There are four competitions in the Shropshire Young Athletes League, for the same age groups (but no U17s). Trophies for the best girls and boys team in each age group, as well as overall boys, girls and club are awarded after the final match.

We are restricted to two athletes per event, so athletes are invited to compete with e mails and cards going out before each match. There are different disciplines at each meeting, so don’t assume that if you aren’t selected for the first, you won’t be competing at all.

We are traditionally quite strong in sportshall but we need full teams if we’re to do well. Again, full details of venues, times etc will be given out before the events, but please put the following in your diaries:
14th October 2018 – 2pm – Bridgnorth
18th November 2018 – 2pm – Oakengates
13th January 2019 – 10am – Wenlock
10th February 2019 – 2pm – Oswestry


Beth has done it again!

Having taken the Midlands Cross Country title in January, she won Midlands 1500m gold at the track championship at Nuneaton in August, and backed it up with a bronze in the 3000m (she’s currently ranked 18th in the country at 3000m).

Results round up

The last T+F took place on 19 July at Shrewsbury. The U11B, U13G, and U17W had full teams out and we had individual winners including Erin, Beth, Sam, Toby, Manali, Edith and Hester. The U11G and U13G were 3rd on the night and the U17W had another win, to take the title. This meant the U13G took third place overall and the Wenlock girls were third in the League, although the club could only manage overall 4th.

U17W trophy

Harriet, Hester, Edith and Manali, (and Sophia) – the victorious U17W

This is only the second time in the club’s history that we have won a T+F trophy – two years ago the same core group of athletes took the U15G title. They’d be the first to say they’re not necessarily the best individuals in the league but they work brilliantly as a team. And this has rounded off a good 12 months: cross country runners up and sportshall champions as well!


Elsewhere, congratulations to Beth and Sophia on their performances in the English Schools. Both are competing at the Midlands T+F Championships in Nuneaton on 11/12 August.

Louix and Manali competed at the National Biathle Championships in Salford on 22 July, coming 3rd and 9th respectively.



Louix (left) once again represented GB at the European Biathle Championships in Germany on 29 July, where his 6th place secured a spot at the Worlds in Egypt later in the year. Many congratulations to him!


So far we have 10 athletes who have made the Powerof10 rankings in at least one event and over 80 PBs achieved by Wenlock members this season. And remember there’s still time to improve.