Weekly update 8th July 2022

There was another busy weekend for athletes from Wolverhampton & Bilston, so busy again that it was difficult to keep up with the events we had athletes involved in. I have trawled through the internet looking for any Wolves representation but with some of the weird and wonderful things people have entered and the difficulty of getting hold of some results this has proved the Google equivalent of panning for gold, sometimes you find something and sometimes you don’t. I apologise if I’ve missed anyone but this will take us up to, and including the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of July.

First of all we had a good representation of athletes at the Youth Development League Lower Midlands North East meeting at Stoke, provisional results have been sent out to team managers but haven’t made it onto either the Power of 10 or the YDL website as yet. I’ll catch up with these as soon as they are made available but I understand there were some stand out performances and there is a possibility we may have finished in first position on the day. More will follow as soon as details are confirmed.

Graham Young had a busy few days competing in the Chase the Sun 10 mile race over Cannock Chase finishing in 5th place in a time of 1.14.27 to take 1st M40. And then taking part in the Fan Dance Race in deepest, darkest Wales. Described as ” a pilgrimage scored in the heart of every SAS soldier, a race like no other and one of the world’s great endurance challenges.” They go on to say that ” the greatest enemy of success is actually failing to turn up and make the start line, which many do. You have our commitment to make your Fan Dance experience a triumph, the odds are in your favour, history tells us as much”. Graham then decided to make things even more difficulty by going for the load bearing option and carrying a 16kg Bergen. He completed the challenge coming home in 15th place.

Sarah Thurley took part in the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon, a slightly over distance race along the canal tow paths from Wolverhampton finishing 1st lady and 39th overall in a time of 1.33.32. And Louie Lambeth travelled to Leicestershire for the lightning quick Podium 5k. In an absolutely stacked field across 5 separate races Louie finished in 43rd place in his race in a time of 16.20. And to tidy up a previous result over the same distance Bohdi Finn-Shields raced in the Gavin Tipper 5k over the grass at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club coming home in 13th place in 19.24.

We have another busy week ahead with midweek road and track races, the English Schools coming up and the Triangular League on Sunday and it’s hard to cover everything so if I miss something important please let me know and I will catch up.

Dave Norman

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