Club record and European Champs qualifying mark for Daniel Rowden

Dan Rowden club recordCongratulations are due to Daniel Rowden who made a significant breakthrough over 800m in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday. Daniel, whose lead coach is Richard Thurston, and who won silver over 800m at the European U/23 Championships last season, raced at the same venue in Belgium the prior weekend where, after a comfortable victory at the Loughborough International in 1m47.01 secs, he had hoped to secure a UKA European Championship qualifying mark of 1m46.50 sec. But in a “messy” race he placed 4th in 1m47.32 secs. This week Daniel made no mistake and, after the pacemaker dropped out at the bell with Daniel having covered the first 400mm in around 52 secs, he took on the pace himself and led for all but the last few metres. Although just pipped for the victory, Daniel recorded a significant personal best of 1m45.87 secs, well inside that European qualifying mark, but also after sixty-one years bettering the Woodford Green Club record. That record had stood to Derek Johnson who won Commonwealth gold over 880 yards as well as 4x440 gold and silver, and just lost out on an individual Olympic title when placing 2nd in the 800m in Melbourne in 1956, in addition to a 4x400m bronze. Derek’s club record of 1m46.6 secs was set on a cinder track in Oslo in 1957, and in recent years Matt Shone with 1m 46.72 secs had gone close, and last season Daniel himself went even closer with 1m46.64 secs, but his run on Saturday has now significantly improved upon the mark.

Hopefully Daniel will soon be making further improvements and this Club record will not last for another 61 years.

UKWL first round

Also competing at Cardiff were Woodford’s women’s team, as the first match of the UKWL first division was hosted concurrently with the Man’s BAL Premiership. The women had been relegated from their Premier Division last season but were determined to make a strong effort to bounce straight back. The team performed well, placing 3rd overall, as they scored 174 points behind hosts Cardiff on 207, Shaftesbury 184, and ahead of Notts 150, Harrow 145, Crawley 138, Sale 137 and Enfield 126. Woodford therefore lie 3rd overall with the top two teams to be promoted. This was also a good all-round team performance, and as with the men, many took on additional events, several made debuts and there were “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Sylvia Cruz and Revee Walcott-Nolan, plus a personal best for Anna Nelson.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Moe Sasegbon UKWL 2 06 18

Moe Sasegbon: on her way to winning the 100mH B string

Further Track & Field News

Canaan Solomon ClayburySeveral Woodford athletes were in action at the Loughborough International on Sunday, and amongst several good performances, Woodford athletes placed first and second in both the men’s 800m and steeplechase. There were personal bests for Canaan Solomon (left), Anna Nelson and Cameron Fillery. There was also news from the US and elsewhere.

In decent conditions at Loughborough proceedings were led off by a hammer win for Mark Dry with 72.35m and in the 3000m s/ch Adam Kirk-Smith just got the better of Phil Norman, who had made most of the early pace, both recording season’s bests, Adam with 8m48.09 secs, and Phil with 8m49.54 secs. The 800m saw Dan Rowden, who was representing England, a comfortable winner in 1m47.01 secs, also a season’s best whilst, in 2nd, Canaan Solomon, running for British Universities, recorded a personal best of 1m48.31 secs. 

Another athlete to record a personal best was Anna Nelson who placed 4th in the guest 400mH with 59.64 secs – faster than the Scotland representative ran in the match race. In the men’s 400mH Jack Lawrie (below) was 4th also, with a season’s best of 51.26 secs, as junior and HCA member Declan Gall was 7th with 53.03 secs. In a guest 400m George Vaughan recorded 56.17 secs.Jack Lawrie BAL 4 2016

Youth Development League 2018

Youth Development League 2018:


Upper Age Group (U/17's & U/20's) 

29th April - Lee Valley, Meridian Way, Picketts Lock, London, N9 OAS

27th May - Mile End, Rhodeswell Road, London, E14 7TW

01st July - Woodford Green (Home Fixture)

29th July - Mile End - Rhodeswell Road, London, E14 7TW


Lower Age Group (U/15's & U/13's) 

21st April - Ashford, Julie Rose Stadium, Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9QP (Coach will be provided) - Leave at 09.00am

19th May - Walthamstow - Walthamstow Pool & Track, Chingford Road, London, E17 5AA

17th June - Woodford Green (Home Fixture)

21st July - Woodford Green 


The team managers as the moment are as follows: 

U/17 & U/20 Women: Wendy Fuhr

U/15 Girls: Louise Gilbert

U/13 Girls: Phoebe Fuhr


U/17 & U/20 Men: James Bongart

U/15 Boys: Jamiu Akanbi 

U/13 Boys: Rebecca Fafawora & Temi Olusesan

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