The club has been allocated a single place for the 2020 London Marathon. This is for club members who have been unsuccessful in the ballot. In order to apply for the club place, the following criteria should be met:
- Must have entered via the public ballot and been rejected
- Must be a fully paid up member of the club
- You or a family member must agree to help out at the Roding Valley Half Marathon
In the event that more than one person meets the above criteria, a draw will take place in the clubhouse.
No less than 22 young athletes were in action, representing either Redbridge (20) or Waltham Forest (2), in this annual event with no less than 32 London boroughs competing. Parliament Hill Fields is known to be the home of cross country running and recent rain had left many parts of the course very muddy indeed.
The first race out was the Under 15 girls with 230 starting out on their 2000 metre run through the mud, taking in two very long uphill stretches. Miya Maeda, representing Redbridge, ran her finest race to date to place 9th, first home for Redbridge and just 18 seconds off first place. Miya is showing great dedication as she trains just three days a week with coaches John Stow and Richard Thurston. Another fine run came from Mary Hardy, who was 57th and fourth home for Redbridge. Mary, too, is benefiting from getting to Trent Park weekly.
A tough, damp and wet course awaited our U11s in the second Met league race of the season at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday. However, as we’ve seen before nothing dampens the spirit of these athletes who shone bright beneath heavy grey skies.
16 WGEL boys runners / 9 Lower age group
11 WGEL girls runners / 7 Lower age group
They're off! Left to right: Megan Allin (4376), Daisy McDonald (4383) and Caitlin Hancock (4386) (Photo: Paul Hancock)