Met League 2019-20 race 5: U11`s

The U11s Met League adventures concluded for the season this weekend on suitably wet and muddy fields at Trent Park.

The course, with puddles of standing water, shimmered under clear skies and the WGEL club flag flew proudly in spring-like conditions. A huge supporter base camped next to the flag for this Met League finale and their encouragement was to play a huge part in speeding our athletes along!

The final race in the league attracted the biggest fields of the season. WGEL had an incredible nineteen boys and nine girls toeing the start line in their respective races. The race itself followed a single loop of the upper field. There were no obvious hills, but the terrain was very undulating. Long muddy stretches of grass would sap the legs of even the fastest feet.

U11s Met League race 5 2019 20

Fighting it out! L to R: Rudy Parker-Bayes, Oliver Brown and Daniel Arnold (pic: Alex Wardle)

Essex Schools Year 7 and 8 XC: Stubbers

We had no fewer than 20 athletes representing their schools in these annual championships, where the top 20 win selection to represent Essex in the South Esst Of England Inter Counties at Tonbridge on 21st March. Included in our squad of runners were three sprinters who gave themselves an outing on territory that was way out of their comfort zone, so great credit to them. For once, the weather was sunny and there was a light breeze. Even more noticeable was the lack of mud, as the course was pretty firm throughout.

Track & Field - Indoor Update

A number of Woodford athletes have been in action indoors over the past week or so. There were debut England International vests for Anna Clark and Eugene Amo-Dadzie and fine performances and several personal bests from others both in the UK and overseas.

Chingford League: U11s

Venue: Victoria Park

Team WGEL U9s and U11s were out racing this weekend in the Chingford league. A one mile, single lap course was set around the main path of the famous “Vicky Park”. This made a pleasant change from the grass, mud and puddles of recent weeks.

There was a good field of 48 junior athletes competing in the race, the final in the series of the individual competition, with a mix of newcomers and race-hardened athletes looking to add to their final score. The scoring system rewards consistency and performance with a total score for individuals made up from their best five results (from maximum of six races) over the series.

U11s Chingford League squad Feb 2020

Joe Everitt's squad was dominant at Victoria Park (photo: Marc Owers)

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