There are 4 matches in the sportshall league. They all take place on Sundays, usually starting at 2pm (which means arrival by 1.30 to finalise team sheets). The provisional dates and locations are:
13 Oct Oswestry, Marches School
17 Nov Telford
12 Dec Wenlock, William Brookes
9 Feb Oswestry, Marches School
There are only two athletes per club in each event, so you need to be invited to compete. Invitation cards are handed out at training and e mails will also go out beforehand. There are different events at different venues, so you may not be asked for the first match but called up for a later fixture.
The first match is on 13 October at Oswestry. Cards and e mails have gone out, so please let us know asap if you are available. We need full teams in order to do well in this competition.
The first races were held at Lilleshall on Sunday 22 September. We had 30 runners taking part and some great individual placings: Beth won her race, Oliver C came 2nd, Edith was 3rd and there were 7 others who finished in the top 10.
The U17W finished 3rd, the U15G 2nd and the U11B had a great day finishing in top spot.
The next race is on 6 Oct at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury. We especially want U11G, U13B, U15B and U17M in order to get full teams out in these age groups, but remember it really is a case of the more the merrier – let’s top 30 runners overall.
New training session
There is a new Thursday night training session running from 6-7pm. Any club member is welcome at no extra cost. The session will cover endurance and sprint training, with occasional hill rep sessions and longer runs. As the nights draw in you will need a hi-vis top and head torch.
This has now reverted to the normal times:
Athletes are expected to arrive before the start time, so the session can start promptly, and stay for the whole session. These may be indoors or outside, so please bring appropriate clothing.
We prefer athletes to wear club T shirts for training, and it is essential to wear a club vest if competing. Steph comes to the first training session of every month to sell kit.
There are four matches in the SYAL Cross Country League. Clubs and individuals accumulate points and there are medals for the top three teams, and top three individuals, in each age group at the end of the season, as well as trophies for overall club positions. We have won the overall girls title for the last two years, so are hoping to retain it, but we are also trying to encourage more boys to compete. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a distance runner, cross country is great for boosting strength and endurance.
Any club member can take part, and it’s a case of the more the merrier. Simply turn up about half an hour before your scheduled race, remember to wear your club vest, and look out for the Wenlock flag, and for Dean and Matt. It is helpful if you let Dean know in advance, but not essential.
Below are the race dates, places, times and distances:
22 Sept Lilleshall, National Sports Centre, TF10 9AT
6 Oct Shrewsbury, Meole Brace School, SY3 9DW
10 Nov Oswestry, Oswestry School playing fields, SY11 2TL
1 Dec Much Wenlock, William Brookes, TF1 6NB
All races take place on Sunday afternoons:
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
See you there!