Gibbins & Bird triumph in Roding Half

The club hosted its annual half-marathon on Sunday morning from Ashton Playing Fields. First run in around 1981, it is approaching its 40th birthday, and as the years go by and traffic has increased, it has called upon more and more club resources. However, thanks to organiser David Hollingworth's excellent network of relationships, club members and friends again rose to the occasion to ensure the runners remained safe - if not dry. The squally, wet morning meant that on-the-day entries were 30-40 down on the norm, but there were still 354 finishers.

42 marshalls were out on the course in fluorescent jackets, guiding the runners and placating any impatient motorists - this year, it must be said, there was more than one report of positive support coming from drivers. The runners, totally focused on their race, were more concerned with dodging the puddles, though that became pointless after a while.

National CC Champs: Young Athletes

Six of our young athletes made the long trip to the beautiful settings of Harewood House where the English Championships were being held for the first time . We were some athletes short due to this event clashing with half term. When the athletes arrived in Yorkshire the grounds were covered in mist with the sun gradually coming out. By the time the first race started the sun was shining to create spring-like conditions.


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Abigail Reid (no. 1520, extreme left): started sensibly but... took the bronze!

Under 13 Girls

EA Indoor Age Group Champs

At the England Athletics Indoor Age Group championships in Sheffield, Shona Vincent took fifth in the under 15 girls 60 metres. Shona won her heat in 7.95 seconds and followed up with a personal best of 7.91 in the semi-final for automatic qualification. She improved further to 7.90 in the final, a time that has won medals in the previous four championships. In 2018 at this event Shona had finished last in her semi-final, but has clearly learnt from this experience and finished only behind four athletes that were also in last year’s final.

Shona-Vincent portrait

Shona Vincent

Zahara Malcolm did not progress to the final of the under 15 girls 300m, finishing third in her heat in 43.55 seconds which was tenth fastest overall. Under twenty multi-eventer Amelia MacDonald competed in the long jump on Saturday 23rd February, finishing eleventh in 5.51m, and in the high jump on Sunday, finishing ninth having cleared 1.61m.

Indoor Update

As the brief indoor season draws to a close, Woodford athletes were in action at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield where performances were led by titles for Che Richards and Ellen McCartney. Others were in action elsewhere.

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