South of England CC 2020: Young Athletes

So after a smooth journey there for the team manager and coach, a dull overcast day and a brutal course greeted him and his team of 23 athletes. Dairly similar conditions were the order of the day some five decades ago when the manager first raced at this course as a seventeen year old.

Some of the others found it a challenge to reach the course with rail disruptions galore, some having to jump in taxis, not the ideal preparation for one of the sternest tests of the season.

Abigail Reid SoE XC 2020

Abigail Reid with the lead group after a few minutes' running (all pics: Alex Wardle)


Photos (by Alex Wardle)

South of England CC 2020: Seniors


A visit to to XC’s Mecca brings with it both excitement and anticipation. However the Senior men’s team was decimated as a result of illness recoveries and work travels. This turned a strong scoring 9 into a solid scoring 6. A race report should focus on running but the travel issues were too numerous to ignore.

Tom Beedell Southern CC 2020

Tom Beedell was 55th of 1172 finishers. (Pic: Alex Wardle)


Photos (Alex Wardle)

Indoor News

Several Woodford athletes were in action indoors over the weekend where performances were headed by a significant 60m personal best for Eugene Ado-Dadzie. There was also p.b.s for U/20’s Matthew Adum-Yeboah and Sikiru Onigbanjo.  

Phil Norman runs quick 10K

Phil Norman Speedway 10K 2020

Phil extends the gap on Josh Grace (Pic: Coral Norman)

Phil Norman was 2nd in the Speedway 10K at Beachley in Gloucs at the weekend. The Speedway 10K tends to attract a good quality field and this year was no different. The race was won in 28.58 by Birchfield Harriers' Omar Ahmed, while our Phil clocked 29:15, 16" clear of Aldershot's Josh Grace. In all, 11 men went sub30.


Phil, of course, narrowly missed GB selection for the steeplechase at the 2019 World Championships, and he is currently training with a focus on making this year's Olympic Games. His next outing will the very high-quality Armagh 5K on 13th February.

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