Essex Champs entries: System Error

Paul Merrywest, Championship Secretary, Essex AA, informs us that

"A system error has meant that details of anybody who entered prior to 13:00 on 8th March 2018 in respect of the main championships has been lost.   Athletes will need to re-input their entry again. I  am certain no payment has been taken from their bank account."


Ken Bone R.I.P.

96-year old Ken Bone, Woodford Green Athletic Club's oldest Life Member, passed away at Stirling, north of Edinburgh, in January.

Ken joined the club in 1937, and after his war service years he won the Essex County 440 yards hurdles title on four consecutive years, 1948-51. By then he had become seriously involved in coaching, a field to which he dedicated considerable thought and activity - in an age in which "The Establishment" of our sport tended to think coaches were con-men.


Survey: Changes to Southern CC Champs

The SEAA Endurance Working Group has compiled a survey based on suggestions and proposals received over the past year regarding our Endurance Events. The survey contains ten questions asking for details on your activity in athletics and your opinions on changes to the Masters XC Championships and the Main XC Championships.

Our aim is to ascertain the views of our affiliated club members before making any changes.

It would be appreciated if you could forward this on to your fellow club members, officials and athletes.

Survey is available here:

This survey will close on the 21st March 2018 and will not accept any answers after that date.


Ken Bray 1929-2017: RIP

A tribute by John Hayward, Club President 1982-84 & 2008-09

On 29th December, after a 14-week battle with illness, one of the club’s oldest members, 88-year old Ken Bray (left, below, with wife Brenda to the right) died at home surrounded by his family.

Ken and Brenda Bray Trophies 2015 2

Ken joined the club in 1949, inspired by the 1948 Olympics. He quickly became engrossed in all aspects, major and minor, of the club which he was to remain a member of all his life apart from a 5-year spell in the 1970s when he flirted with his dream world of autocross.

As an athlete, one of Ken’s proudest accomplishments was to win the Essex Steeplechase Championship in the late 1950s on the last occasion that the Essex Champs were held at Ashton Playing Fields. He was Club President from 1976-78.


2017 Young Athletes Awards Night

Before Christmas there was a very large crowd present in the clubhouse for the Young Athletes Awards Night, organised to honour many of our young athletes who competed for us during the summer T&F season.

Helping YA Co-Secretary Paul Cheal to present the awards were 2008 Olympic 100m finalist Jeanette Kwakye and GB U20 high hurdler George Vaughan, who joined us from Enfield & Haringey recently.

Many congratulations to the recipients!

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