Woodford men’s BAL team had a solid start to the 2017 Premiership season at Sheffield on Saturday. After a 3rd place overall in the division in 2016, a 4th place on Saturday was a reasonable start to the new season, especially as some key athletes were missing. Birchfield won with 311 points, from Newham, 303, Sheffield 296, Woodford 271, Shaftesbury and TVH each on 261, Southampton 253 and Liverpool 215. The cold and blustery conditions were not conducive to top class performances but nevertheless there were some decent ones from Woodford athletes, including personal bests for both Adam Kirk-Smith and Phil Norman as they took a double win in the steeplechase. There was a further double in the 800m from Dan Rowden and Cannan Solomon, and also a good shot win from Youcef Zatat.
A number of Woodford athletes were competing for their universities at Bedford over the bank holiday weekend at the British Universities Championships (BUCS). Several good performances were led by a win from Youcef Zatat and two 2nd places from Che Richards and Anna Nelson, there was also news of Woodford athletes competing in the US.
The 2017 Young Athletes Winter Awards Night was held in the clubhouse on Tuesday evening. YA Co-Secretary, John Stow, who has brought most of the athletes concerned to the club and coached them, presided over affairs. President Jan Holst was in attendance and GB athlete Canaan Solomon presented the awards.
A good crowd of eager athletes, parents and club members were there to applaud the athletes' fine achievements. And at the end of the evening Club Secretary David Hollingworth presented John Stow himself with an award - Clubman of the Year, very much deserved for the intensive, passionate work he does with the YA section.
Below is a small selection of images from the evening, courtesy of Molly Wain's dad Richard.
The U11 Girls squad with their Metropolitan CC League Trophy
The cold wind blowing straight off the Thames Estuary onto Hadleigh Park meant Tuesday’s Essex Primary Individual XC Champs felt like the good old days of the Met league, without the mud. The conditions, however, didn’t put off our 14 battle-hardened Young Athletes, racing this time in their school colours. Each race had 45 runners on average and each runner had already qualified in the top four of their district, so the standard was high and the competition fierce.
In the year 4 Girls race Isobelle Matheron of Fawbert and Barnard had an amazing run over 1000m with a brilliant 4th place, beyond expectation according to her happy coach, and our next year 4 in was Kallie Jackson from Churchgate CofE with a fantastic 15th.