Several Woodford athletes have been in action indoors over the last couple of weeks. Amongst many decent performances Youcef Zatat’s season’s best in the Shot stood out.
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Some of our talented Under 11 athletes represented their schools on a very cold, windy day at Chigwell Police Grounds, where the first ten across the line go on to represent their District in the Essex Schools in April.
The year 5 girls race, over 1500 metres, was a close affair with Molly Sherrin, the reigning Year 4 County winner, just holding off a determined effort from Hannah Hardy at the finish.
In the Year 6 girls race, also over 1500 metres, Rosemary Kelly took an early lead to sweep home a good winner with Molly Wain in second during the early stages to press home a determined 4th place.
The club's athletes produced some excellent performances over the weekend's Championships at Lee Valley. Medals and PB's were flowing like water going over the Niagara Falls.
On Saturday it was the field events and sprints that took centre stage for Woodford. In the Senior Men: Hugh Williams finished 5th in the Shot with 12m 68cm; Vicky Cuthbert threw 7m 65cm in the U/17 Women; whilst Charlie Reid recorded a good PB with a solid putt of 11m 13cm to finish just outside the medals in 4th.
Our senior teams did not have their best day in this year's Southerns. A combination of travel uncertainties, personal preferences, general availability, etc reduced the men's team to a bare-bones sextet in a 6-to-score race, while we had just 2 women finishers.
This was an old skool Southerns, with 15KM of hills and muck with an increasingly heavy rain setting in once the junior category races were out of the way. One wonders for how much longer the men's race distance will be pegged at 15KM given the drive to equalise distances for men and women, and given the IAAF and Scotland's decision to equalise their championship distances at a "mere" 10K.