2019-20 Met League 3: U11s

In surprisingly mild conditions, the fields of Uxbridge provided the backdrop to our third Met League fixture. Uxbridge is a deceptively tough course. It grinds the momentum out of legs over its undulating fields. Long meadow grasses tug at the athlete’s spikes and for the first time extended to 2K for U11s.

Uxbridge is also a tricky fixture logistically, not only being a long way down the A406 it comes at a difficult time of year with the end of school terms and Christmas approaching.

With this in mind, you can see why the opposition, to whom this represented a closer-to home fixture, fancied their chances should WGEL fail to turn up. However, they were to be disappointed!

Essex U13/15 XC at Writtle

A much healthier turn out from WGEL than in previous years due to there being no clash with the Met League this time round. However, we were without the service of key athletes such as Emily Caton (unwell), Nate Harding (scout camp), Jimmy Geller (recovering from appendicitis) and Nathan Wright (recovering from injury). Despite these athletes understandably not being able to run we had nineteen athletes on the start line across the four races.

The first day of ”real winter” saw a hard frost on the course prior to the races, although the sun shone now and then.

Results

U13 Girls Essex CC 2019

Bronze medallists: From l. to r.: Molly (3rd), Abigail (1st) and Rosemary (11th) (Photo: Craig Sherrin)

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2019: U13/15/17

Eleven young athletes made the long journey north to Sefton Park,Liverpool to compete in the prestigious UK Cross Challenge. The North-West has had more than its fair share of rain within the last few weeks, which had left the course extremely muddy, meaning that times were 30/45 seconds down on last year when the going was a lot drier. This is a popular fixture for the elite athletes up and down the UK, with a large number of Scottish athletes stepping south of the border for the first time this season. Likewise, a number of Welsh athletes made the short journey to Merseyside. Our athletes must be praised for challenging against top athletes within their respective age groups, where the winners from Liverpool will quite likely be in contention for National XC titles in the New Year.

Cross Challenge 2019 Abigail Reid

Abigail Reid was the runner-up in Liverpool (photo: Steve Cody)

British Athletics Cross Challenge 2019: U11s

Our squad of young athletes took on one of the most prestigious races on the cross country calendar this weekend in damp, muddy conditions at Sefton Park, Liverpool. At a senior level this race incorporates team GB European Cross Country trials with the elite runners all battling for a place at the European Cross Country champs in Lisbon on 8th December 2019.

The course is designed to mirror the sort of challenges the elite athletes will face in Lisbon. However, this posed no fears for our young athletes with the whole squad putting their hard work from training and experience from racing in the Met League to full use!

Cross Challenge 2019 U11sTeam Manager Joe Everitt with his squad (photos by Paul Franklin)

U11s Boys Race
4 WGEL Athletes/ 133 Runners

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