The YDL upper team came fourth in the final fixture, at Ashford on Sunday 28 July, confirming 4th place overall in division 1B. The match result was the same as the league positions, with the Basildon Beagles composite team winning from Team ATIP and Tonbridge, with Cambridge Harriers finishing 5th. The match was a microcosm of the season, in which promotion and relegation were almost certain after just 2 matches, with the team locked in fourth throughout the fixture.
After winning the Essex County U13 Girls 1500m, Abigail Reid was selected to run for the county in the South Of England Inter Counties U13 championships at Kingston.
Abigail in full flow last winter
The A race was a loaded field with four girls ranked in top 8 in the UK this year, including Phoebe Gill who had set an age record of 4 mins 32 secs four days earlier. Abigail took advice from her coach to run her own race in such company. Phoebe took the lead immediately but credit to our girl as she kept in touch with the St Albans starlet for around 700 metres before giving way. Abigail then found herself running solo in second spot until suddenly, over the last 100 metres, Isabella Martin (2nd in the Mini Marathon at London earlier this year) came with a late charge, just snatching second spot right on the line, with both girls running 4 mins 49 secs, which was just outside Abigail’s PB. It was a fine run from Abigail to place 3rd overall in such great company from 26 starters from the two races.
On Saturday 20th July WGEL Juniors competed in the last YDL Lower league match at Mile End hosted by VPTH. We came 5th and therefore finish 4th in the league which guarantees another year in this division.
1) Basildon AC 595
2) VPTH AC 543
3) Bexley AC 541.5
4) Medway & Maidstone AC 534.5
5) WGEL AC 413.5
6) Cambridge Harriers (Kent) 351.0
7) Paddock Wood & Folkstone 287.5
On Day 2 of the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park, WGEL's juniors took part in the annual Club Connect Relays just before the main events of the day, and on such a big stage there were some highs and an unfortunate low.
Our 13 Boys squad
The U/13 Boys (Gregor Samson, Ethan Franklin, Jean Marc-Harriott & Godwinner Nkebani) took to the stage first and definitely didn't feel daunted by the occasion and venue. The race was tough and they were always up against it, but even though they finished 9th it was an excellent time of 53.88. This was the best since 2017, even more encouraging was that 2 of the team were in year 6, so definitely more to come.