Met League 4 2019-20: Young Athletes

Despite athletes competing for school, unwell, recovering from injury and exams, we still had nearly thirty athletes out for our last but one Met League fixture. The course used was like a lake three weeks ago and there was doubt whether this would go ahead. Fortunately the rain eased off over Xmas which enabled London Heathside to hold the races. It was "mud, glorious mud", that was for sure, and it was equally a case of ”stay on your feet" on the sharp descent down the hill. Would the mud and wind put our runners off? Not one bit, they replied and, together with our strong Under 11 squad, we hold a 2-point lead over SBH with one match remaining, which will be like a home match for our runners as most of them train at Trent Park every Sunday morning. 

U13 Girls Met 4 2020

L to R: Tilly, Molly and Abigail hit the hill at speed (pic: Sally Chapman)


South Of England Indoor Champs U13/15/17

Six young athletes took part in these championships but, despite our small turnout, two silver medals were secured.

Danny Raymond  SoE silver 2020

Danny Raymond was 2nd in the South of England U17 800m

Met 2019-20 Race 4: Women and Men


Move over Dry January and Veganuary and make some room for Quaganuary; for there was only ever going to be one dominating set of conditions at Ally Pally on Saturday and the mud did not disappoint. However it didn’t stop hundreds of athletes, including over two hundred senior women, fresh from the first week back after the Christmas break, from tying a third knot in their spikes, one for every lap of this legendary course they would be tackling on this equalised route. The course notes may have omitted the H word, but there was no mistaking The Hill’s looming presence on that squelching start line.

Pete Caton Met 4 2020

Track man Pete Caton negotiates the mud the others left behind (pic: Sam Royle)


Met League 4 2019-20: U11s

The surprisingly mild conditions could not hide the evidence left behind by the heavy rains of recent weeks, with a muddy quagmire of a course awaiting our young athletes at Alexandra Palace in the fourth Met league fixture of the season. Alexandra Palace is a spectacular setting for cross country racing. Team WGEL set up camp on top of a hill overlooking the grassy, open fields below. This provided an ideal viewing point and the noise from our supporters in camp was to play a huge part in helping encourage our athletes in the tough muddy conditions.

The U11 race excludes the main hill at Alexandra Palace, but the long, grassy and now muddy stretches of the lower fields make it a deceptively tough course. The wet conditions underfoot were going to grind the momentum out of even the fastest legs. This was going to call for calm heads, sensible pacing and good, old-fashioned grit and determination. The athletes that could master this would put their team in a very strong position. Could our WGEL athletes do it?!

U11 Boys Met 4 2020 Paul Hancock

The big pack of Woodford U11 boys departs the start line (pic: Paul Hancock)


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