Start Fitness Met League race 2: Young Athletes

A total of 43 young athletes descended upon Stanborough Park Welwyn Garden where overnight rain had left the course a little bit soggy underfoot. This was a new course with stretches of camber on it plus a steep climb on each lap, together with some woodland.

Woodford enjoyed an excellent day with four team wins, three individual wins and taking the lead in the overall Howard Williams Junior Trophy event, to boot.Eden McNicholas 5

Results

Photos on Facebook (by Sally Chapman)

Under 11 Boys

Start Fitness Met League race 2: Seniors

After a balmy start to the 2017/18 season last month, fixture 2, at new venue Welwyn Garden City’s Stanborough Park, looked and felt a lot more like a winter fixture, even if it didn’t feel particularly cold. With course information limited to noting that It "began and ended on grass", it was anybody’s guess what this Stevenage replacement might be. In truth it was not very different; grass, yes, more undulated and cambered with a good woodland section and a steep sharp rounded hill. Despite some water logging in the park, the course itself was surprisingly firm.

Results

Women

U15 Boys national victory - video

Great video of the WGEL victory!

See Sidnie Ward at 1:53, some way off the lead. Again at 2:33, now in 5th place. At 4.05 we have Kieran Allgood charging through. into 3rd place. Again at 5:47 - unclear what his position is. At 7:13 he's on the leader's shoulder (NB: verbal comment). 8:27 Kai Boggon sets off in 2nd place on the last leg. At 11:20 Kai has taken the lead! At 12:36 he's extended the gap and we hear the shouts of "C'mon Kai!!" And finally, at 14:10 we see Kai already bent over as the 2nd man crosses the line.

Thanks for the video Mark Hookway of Tonbridge!

CC Relays: U15 National Gold!

A total of 30 young athletes assembled at Berry Hill Park where overnight rain was clearing to leave a sunny afternoon. The course, unlike the previous two years, was soft underfoot with muddy stretches in the woods following the rain. This year our efforts were wonderfully rewarded by a marvellous gold medal in the U15 Boys category.

U15 Nat CC Gold 1

Under 15 Boys

Following on from our 16th place last year the boys plus Team Manager were hoping for a single figure finish. Sidnie Ward, following his excellent showing in the Essex Relays last month, was moved to the A team. Sidnie was unfortunate to fall at the start, losing valuable ground. He soon got going and coming out of the woods was seen in 12th spot. He then really opened up on the final 800 metres to come in 5th, just 5 seconds behind the leader.

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