Met 2019-20 Race 2: Young Athletes

For the second Saturday in succession the day started brightly with sunshine until cloud and rain replaced the weather but this time, fortunately for our runners, the races were behind us.

The course itself was undulating but with reasonably good going on parts of the circuit. Our turnout in general was good but this time we were missing some key athletes: two that had to withdraw - one through breathing difficulties and Ben Sloan making a wise decision to call it a day after he could feel a slight twinge in his right leg. Although present as a spectator Jimmy Geller is still recovering from his appendix removal just over a week ago. Another two Under 15 boys were rested as both are going through growth spurts.

Provisional results

U13 Girls Welwyn

The U13 Girls' race gets underway (photo: Paul Hancock)

Met 2019-20 Race 2: Men and Women

Men

Woodford's senior men sit third in the Met League table after a fifth-placed finish in a high-quality field at Welwyn Garden City. The new coalition of team managers feel this was a solid start to their tenure and will look to address the mainly safety-pin related teething problems before the next fixture. Several long-established members put in good runs, and the future looks bright with two under-20s in our scoring 12 but we also had two Vet-60s closing the team out. With Highgate taking the league by the scruff of its neck with their victory in this fixture, the race is on for 2nd place, and Woodford will need to improve to rival VPH for this spot.

Provisional results

National CC Relays: Mansfield, 02/11/19

John Stow writes:

When I arrived at the course just after 9am the sun was shining and the course quite good apart from the entrance to the woods, where a mass of water made for a tricky 20/30 metres in ankle-deep water.

By the time the first race started at 10.45am the forecast heavy rain had arrived along with strong winds, and the temperature plummeted. This made for very difficult running conditions but our runners never let all this get the better of them. Some excellent racing from our athletes yielded three top 16 finishes plus another two teams in the thirties. The starting fields in the young athlete races were in excess of 100 teams.

Provisional results

Under 13 Girls

Schools CC: final day report

Results

The final race in the three-match league took place last week. With over 24 schools sending teams, ranging from under 11's to under 15's, nearly 400 competitors took part in the event each week. The first two races were held at our cross-country course at Claybury Park with the final league match at Ashton Playing Fields (on the grass perimeter) so that the awards ceremony could take place in our club house.

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