Essex Young Athletes Relays

5 teams from Woodford Green with Essex Ladies competed in this year's championships on a warm and sunny afternoon. 

The Under 17 men's team struck gold .Robbie Meadows, recovering from a calf injury, was 2nd on the 1st leg in 7mins 56secs - a fine effort for the 1.8 mile route. Dan Yaxley maintained our challenge with a good 8 mins 36 secs stint to keep us in 2nd and then, on the last lap, Liam Blaikie ran a blinder to overhaul the Southend runner and place Woodford 1st in 8 minutes exactly. Robbie and Liam ran the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps of the day, 

Track and Field Round-up

Taking a break from warm weather training in California, World Junior 4x100m representative Junior Ejehu competed in an invitational meeting at Claremont, California on Saturday, recording a personal best over 400m  as he placed second in 49.09 secs and was also 3rd over 200m in 21.76 secs (-0.5). Also in the US, Butler University based Sarah Bird was close to her personal best over 1500m as she recorded 4m46.45 secs at a meeting in Greencastle. Closer to home several WGwEL athletes were in action at the Havering and Lee valley Open meetings 

South of England 12- and 6-Stage RRs: 2009

Matt Shone
Both the men's and women's distance squads performed excellently at Miton Keynes today in the South of England 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays, and illustrated the depth and breadth of passion that exists for the club in both sections. After a truly hard-fought race, our men were delighted to match the bronze medals they won last year, while the women notched a very good 5th place with two young debutantes. Our men's B team finished a highest-ever 25th and, for making the 25 cutoff, won an official invite to the National 12-Stage Championships in a fortnight's time. We were also proud to closed a men's C team and a women's B team as many clubs struggle to even field a "first team".

On the men's side, Matt Gunby and Matt Shone both made the 20 fastest long stages, while Martyn Cryer was 6th fastest short stage. For the women, Jess Sparke and Jodie Swallow were amongst the 15 fastest overall.


Dave Barrett's photos

Track and Field Update

Keith Newton
Track and Field highlights over the last week were present in both veteran and Young Athlete categories. There was news from Italy as Keith Newton picked up a fine 4th place in the European Master's Indoor Championships, and a number of WGwEL's younger athletes started their season at Havering's graded meeting, with Woodford's performances being led by a 600m/300m double victory from Paul Scanlan.

Keith's 4th in the European Master's Championships M40 TJ took place last Wednesday, where his best mark of his five valid attempts was 13.20m. He was also 14th in the long jump with 5.90m.

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