The first sportshall competition will take place at Oldbury Wells School, Bridgnorth WV16 5JD on Sunday 14 Oct at 2pm (but please get there for 1.30, so we can finalise teams etc).
Invitation cards and emails will be going out, so please let us know asap if you are available or not.
You need to compete in a club vest. There is plenty of parking on site but usually a lack of seating, so you might want to consider a folding chair/ cushion!
The first of the SYAL cross country races was held at Lilleshall on Sunday 16 September. We had some great results, especially in the older age groups, but we could also do with more runners!
Wilf and Oliver need support in the U11B.
Thea, Ella and Sara need another runner in the U11G.
John, Oscar and Archie are still a man down in the U13B.
Sadly we had no U15B at all.
All of those age groups have a chance of sneaking into the top three if we can just persuade someone else to run. Anyone looking for inspiration should think of Hester – she competes knowing she is not a distance runner, and – she would probably say – hating every minute of it, but without her the U17W would be in 6th place, not 2nd. We need more Hesters!
The U13G (Emily, Leonie, Lucy, Aimee, Ophelia and Lois) had a full team and runners to spare and were rewarded with second place.
The U15G (Beth, Rebecca and Eva) also benefited from a complete team, with their third, as did the U17M (Louix, Sam and Archie).
The U17W (Edith, Manali and Hester) are lying in second.
There was also individual success: Beth took the U15 race with ease and Edith finished a strong 2nd in the U17W.
The next races are on 21 October at Bridgnorth. There are team medals available for all age groups at the end of the season and we are also defending Girls Champions, so it would be great to get full teams (and more) out.
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 (except for U17s) 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.