Wormwood Scrubs (2021 season) – Race report by Alastair Aitken

The 4th Met League of the season
15th of January 2022
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Wormwood Scrubs

TVH Officials from the Host club, predicted early in the week that, the course at the ‘Scrubs’ would be muddy going and it was Alastair Aitken reports. Tom Frith, the Essex Champion, won the senior race, following his victory back at Claybury in October, when the ground was drier.

In the closing stages he was chased home by Alex Lepretre, who the previous Saturday had been 2nd in the pouring rain, at the Middlesex Championships at Greenford. At the Scrubs Alex Lepretre, was followed home by Robel Bahelbi also, in Highgate’s winning team of 12 that came home clear but not quite as good as the first 12 in 57 at Uxbridge.

However, despite a heroic effort by Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets, Highgate still had a good cushion of points at the top of the table (6046 with VH &TH on 5127). In the race the first M40 was Tom Aldred in 16th place and the first M75 was Richard Bloom 405 of 440 finishers.

Beth Hawling won her 4th of 4 consecutive Met Leagues and, like last time was followed by Hannah Viner, the recent Middlesex Champion, She spoke to me of the good advice she often got from the London Heathside coaches. London Heathside have a good lead in the league, as they go into the final match of the season, on the 19th of February at Trent Park. (1.London Heathside 1396 and 2. VPH &TH 1122).For the second time in the Womens’ race the first W45 was Alice Sunderland in 5th place overall and, another noteworthy run was by Joanne Kent a W55 in 58th place out of 190.

The impressive multiple league winners in the younger age groups were Ethan Primett in the Under 17’ and Adela Svhalkova in he Under 15 girls.

Although in the young age groups Shaftesbury and and TVH were strong and, Ealing. in the very youngest element, it was Woodford Green & Essex Ladies who were the most prolific team winners again, in many areas and, in the senior ranks it is interesting to see a likelihood of Harrow going forward to Division One after this season.

Regards Alastair

Wormwood Scrubs (Race 4 2021) Course Update

Wormwood Scrubs (Race 4 2021) Course Update

Update on the course conditions for Race 4 of the 2021 season at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 15th January 2022 from the host club Thames Valley Harriers.

The course at Wormwood Scrubs is extremely muddy, the worst that I have seen it for many years and although the weather forecast is good from now until Saturday it won’t make much difference in 4 days. There is very little respite from thick mud anywhere on the course. The ground will cut up just as badly as at Horsenden Hill for the Middlesex County races on 8th January, where it hasn’t done so already. The approach to the start/finish area is also particularly muddy. It would be advisable to tape up your spikes.

The main areas where the ground is better is the football pitches that we run alongside (we can no longer run through the wooded area as the entrance has been taken by HS2), the course areas alongside the pitches will be taped off; we cannot run on the football pitches at any time, warming up or during races, please advise your athletes. If the pitches get churned up it is unlikely that we will be allowed to use Wormwood Scrubs for future races and we have another two events planned this season.

Covid-19 Update – 5th January 2021

You must undertake a self-assessment for Covid-19 symptoms.

Do not attend the race if you need to self-isolate, for example, because you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, are required to isolate after travel, or because you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms or feeling more generally unwell. No one should leave home to participate in sport if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of Covid-19. You may consider it prudent to take a Lateral Flow Test before you travel to the race and we’d ask you to stay away if you feel generally under the weather, even if you think that you’ve only got a cold.

Please observe social distancing wherever possible. We want everyone to feel safe at the race.