A second successive win for our senior women at Ally Pally on Saturday was plenty good enough to secure the much-wanted promotion back to the first division, if not quite enough to bag the hoped-for top spot.

The on-paper potential of our women has never been in doubt, but for a few frustrating years, getting the spikes on the ground was. Finally a committed and consistent winter squad has emerged this winter and demonstrated its point-scoring power across the five fixtures, landing this result.

Met League race 5: Young Athletes triumphant

No fewer than 55 of our young athletes made the short journey to Alexander Palace for our final fixture, all keen to protect five of our age category leads plus the Howard Williams Junior overall trophy.

Although a sunny day there was a very strong wind blowing across the course which slowed the runners on the final stretch of their races. Recent rain had also left parts of the course very muddy indeed. This did not deter our athletes one bit, and they went on to retain the overall Junior trophy by a massive 17 points, and retain the leads we had on the various age groups, to boot. Many of the club's committee were there to witness this wonderful achievement for the second year in a row.

Provisional results

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2018-19 Winners of the Howard Williams (Junior) Trophy 

With coach Steve Cody & Team Manager John Stow (photo: Sally Chapman)

British Indoor Championships

Woodford athletes won five medals at the British Indoor Championships held at Birmingham over the weekend. Performances were led by a gold for Cindy Ofili, silvers for Youcef Zatat, Cameron Fillery and Chris Stone, with Gabriella Ade-Onjobi picking up bronze.


Essex Schools XC Year 7 and 8 Champs

After the snow, ice and freezing conditions last weekend, much kinder conditions greeted our athletes at this popular event, held at Stubbers, which involves nearly two hundred runners in each of the four races.

In the Year 8 race over 3.5K, the race developed into a two-horse tussle with our own Jimmy Geller battling it out with Will Steadman, the Chelmsford runner, over the hills in the first part of the course. During the second part of the course around the lake, Steadman gradually got away with Jimmy closing him down towards the end with a frantic sprint that left our lad just three seconds behind. With the first sixteen selected to run for Essex at Horsham next month, Jimmy bagged yet another county vest. Nathan Wright was never too far back with a fine 7th spot. Next home, gaining his first county vest, was Ben Savidge who ran strongly throughout and he totally deserved the selection. New member Chris Richardson was 43rd and Archie Sherrin 52nd.

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