Our former member, and former Press Secretary, Steve Herington, in recent years based in Herefordshire, has published a new book about the eccentric Herefordshire runner Bob Cole. It is available here.
The highly regarded sports journalist Matthew Engel, who has written a forward for the book,writes:
Bob Cole (1891-1960) was a farm labourer, a recluse and an eccentric. He was also one of the greatest runners in the world. In the early years of the 20th century he competed in long-distance races on the professional circuit, being crowned world champion at both 10 miles and the marathon. His times made him comparable to the top amateurs of his era. Yet he trained just by running around the small paddock at his remote cottage on the Welsh border. He never had a coach.
The club is very sad to announce the passing of Mrs Barbara Wilsher who died in her sleep on Sunday 3rd April.
Barbara was made a Vice President of WGAC in recognition of her very valuable contribution to the activities of the club. For many years she would type the results of our home fixtures. They were always complete before our opponensts left Ashton Playing Fields. She was always willing to assist in very significant way with the organisation of the club's extensive social programme. Her husband Ted is a Life Member and former President and our sympathies go out to him at this difficult time.
Don Ochiltree, a middle and long distance runner, also passed away recently. He was a most loyal supporter of club teams, mainly on the road and on the country. Don's best time for the marathon was achieved as an M45 in the Canvey Island event in 1982 with a very respectable 2 hours 42 minutes and 48 seconds.
There will be a filmed Horse Racing Night in the clubhouse on Saturday, May 21st.
Pay £2 to own a horse - if it wins you win a prize.
Tote betting: bet on one, two or all the horses.
Sponsor a race (£25) and name the 8 horses running.
There will also be a Tri Cast running at the clubhouse bar from tonight - try to forecast 1st, 2nd and 3rd in race 7 - £100 to the winner.
Please try and support this event for the club. It is just £6 per head entry. Bring your own nibbles and the bar will be open.
An amazing job opportunity has arisen within the Met League for someone to take on the title of:
Met League Officials Secretary
The lucky candidate's starting duties would be to:
1) Maintain a list of willing Met League officials
2) Liase with hose club, ensure referee appointed, correct medical cover and race permit for each fixture, help fill any shortages
3) Help standardise finish area layout
4) Check details provided by host club to ensure distances are correct and start area big enough to accommodate senior men's race
5) Make sure there is a course map available at the start/finish area for each fixture.
If of interest please send your CV to...............
Ok ok A little light humour there - but seriously we do need someone to take on this role for next season. Please ask around at your club and if anyone is interested please ask them to contact me.