It was unseasonably warm and sunny at Bridgnorth on 21 October and we had a good turnout of athletes. It was great to get teams of U11B and U13B – fantastic running by all of them – although our older boys remain thin on the ground,
Our six U11G had a good afternoon, taking 1st place on the day and putting themselves in contention for a medal, with Thea coming 3rd. The U13G and U17W strengthened their second positions. The U15G sadly didn’t have a team, but Beth triumphed once again.
The girls are well on course to retain their overall title – but we need everyone out for the last two races. We’re currently lying in 3rd in race for overall club – an improvement on our standings last year.
The next cross country takes place at Meole Brace school on 11 November. This is a new venue – more details nearer the time.
Finally, congratulations to Emily for taking the Y7G title in the Telford Schools Cross Country League, and Edith and Louix who were Y10/11 runners up.
The first match of the SYAL sportshall league was held on Sunday 14 October at Bridgnorth. There were individual wins for Wilf, Raef, Lucy and Emily. The U11B and U13G came 2nd, U11G and U13B came 3rd, leaving both the boys and girls in joint 3rd overall and the club fighting it out for second behind runaway leader Bridgnorth. Everyone struggled to find U15B, with one of the smallest fields ever, and a number of clubs didn’t get full teams out (losing significant points in the relay, as well as in individual events).
Full results, as always, are available at http://www.theorchard.clara.net/
The next match is on 18 November at the Telford Tennis Centre at Oakengates.
The second cross country of the season takes place this Sunday, 21 October, at Oldbury Wells School Bridgnorth WV16 5JD. There’s plenty of parking at the school and the races take place on the playing fields at the rear, and in an adjoining (quite rough and hilly!) field. We really need EVERYONE to run – it would be fantastic to retain our Girls’ title and there are plenty of team medals which are easily within our reach.
Race distances and times are as before:
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
You just need to arrive for your race (with enough time to warm up and walk the course). Club vests required but no numbers (except U17s). Look out for Dean and Matt and the group of blue hoodies. Come along and enjoy the unique camaraderie of cross country!