Despite a challenging season for Oswestry Olympians members, there was still success in the indoor and outdoor athletics activities for the club’s juniors.

The past winter season has proved particularly challenging – even prior to the coronavirus outbreak – as their Shropshire Young Athletes League fixtures were curtailed by the weather, with just two of the four cross country and three of the four Sportshall league events taking place.

Club members usually train for cross country meetings at the Gatacre Playing Field each Saturday morning before using the inclines of the Coppice and Old Oswestry. On Thursday evenings, they move indoors at The Marches Sportshall where they practice various running, throwing and jumping events both for the sportshall competitions and in preparation for the outdoor track and field season.

Sportshall League fixtures are often the first introduction to competitive athletics for many of the youngsters.

This year it was the under-13 teams which proved most successful with both the girls and boys’ teams coming first overall in their league competitions.

Such was the strength of the club that two members even guested for the Telford team, while 15 club members were subsequently honoured to be selected for their county teams.

Representing Oswestry Olympians in the U11 section this year were; Lily Bowen, Jessica Card, Lowri Jones, Emelia Lloyd, Nina Harney, Ollie O’Connor, Liam Robinson, William Jones, Tom Johnson, Jack Hughes, Harry Tidridge, Jacob Parry and Danny Gray.

For the U13 age group; Ellen Gray, Lexie Youens, Libby Williams, Shannon Wilson, Jessica Steel, Robert Liddiatt, Archie Calloway, Elliot O’Connor Jack Tinney and Aaron Warburton all represented the club.

And at U15 level, Molly Tinney, Tom Hotchkiss and Ben Rothera played their part.

Club members would normally now be turning their attention to track and field events but the coronavirus has forced all athletics clubs to stop activities for the time being.