Essex XC Relays at Writtle

Clear skies and a blustery wind greeted our 36 runners for this opening fixture of the new season. The athletes had a fine start to the season with two sets of gold medals, a silver and bronze plus four other teams in the top six. Overall it was an excellent turnout from other clubs across Essex. The course, around 3.2k, was fairly flat albeit a little soft in places following rain the previous week.

Firstly I want to sincerely thank the team managers who gave out numbers, chips and pins to the athletes, as well as sorting out the running order for the athletes. Big well done to Laura Millward, Lesley Maeda, Karen Adams, James Geller, Steve Cody plus Nick Sloan.


Essex CC Relay 2019 U13 Girls

U13 Champs: Abigail, Emily and Rosemary (photo: Abigail Richards)

Under 13 Girls

Men take silver at Essex 1/2 Mara

Under the unusually warm sun for an early autumnal Sunday, a strong field contested the Essex Half Marathon Championships at Pleshey, on Sunday 15th September. First man home was the familiar face of James Connor, having resided in Essex for some time now and moving first claim to Havering. He often leads out Essex Championship races and this one would be no different, coming home in a time of 68.30. Our very own Tom Beedell was first Woodford man home, finishing just outside the individual medals in 4th spot in a time of 72.12. Tom and Connor were separated by two Springfield Striders who pushed each other for much of the race, managing to hold a gap that Tom couldn’t quite close down. Second man home was Darren Southcott in 8th spot with a time of 73.38. Trying to run much of the race with Tom, Darren succumbed to the heat as the undulating roads proved too much as he approached the last 5 miles. Completing the Woodford team was Josh Entwistle, who unfortunately picked up a hip problem after 4 miles and finished in 20th position. All credit goes to Josh for battling his way round for the team as he was clearly in some discomfort and very frustrated to have put ‘junk miles’ in his 4% shoes as they only have 100 miles shelf-life. In the team event, Springfield took the spoils, with 3 finishers in the top 5 as we took some hard-earned silver medals ahead of Braintree in the bronze medal position.

Below: Tom Beedell (left) and Darren Southcott (Right)

Tom Beedell by P LuckDarren Southcott Southern 12 2015

Bring and Buy Sale 2019

Fundraiser on behalf of Haven House Hospice & WGEL Juniors

Saturday 21st September saw WGEL host a Bring And Buy Sale which included a BBQ. It was a very lovely warm, sunny day. The purpose of the day was to try and raise as much money for Haven House Hospice and the WGEL Juniors. It was really overwhelming to see the generosity of the WGEL community before the event, and this continued with the help on the day. The club's togetherness really showed in trying to make this a success, and although the turnout from the general public was not as much as expected and/or hoped, this still didn't deter the spirits. At the end of the event, there was a lot of stuff left over, which Haven House said they would come and collect to distribute to their shops, so it won't go to waste. The final total, after deductions, is likely to be around £500.00, so a good £250.00 to each cause.

I would like to reiterate that without the help from those dedicated volunteers both before the day and on the day, this simply would not have happened, so WELL DONE to you all.

Bring And Buy 2019 2

Sun shines at WGEL Juniors Thorpe Park Trip 2019

On Saturday 14th September, a coach-load of 44 YA's & 5 adults made their way to Thorpe Park for the annual reward trip. The weather was great and although there was some wait for rides, they had a really good time, going up and down and every way you can think of, and not forgetting eating their way through lots of food and guzzling drink along their way. They really did let their hair down and showed that after a long and hard season they could have a great time. GO TEAM WOODFORD JUNIORS.

Thorpe Park 2019 1

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