It was honours even as the five day window closed on the Woodford Green versus Colchester Harriers 10k virtual Mob Match on 20th December. Woodford emerged victorious in the 12-to-score and ‘Mob’ overall team competitions, with Phil Norman (31:40) and Suzanne Phillips (40:28) recording the fastest men’s and women performances of the match. Age-and-sex graded rankings were also calculated. Colchester took the team competitions based on these recalculated standings. M60 Dave Cox’s 40:28, converted to a notional ‘senior men’s time’ of 31:39.9 for 2nd place, was the top Woodford performance in this competition.
19th Dec 2020
WGEL Junior (U11-U17) athletes travelled to Merchant Taylors School in Northwood over the weekend to compete in Round 2 of the ATW Cross Country Series.
This was the second of a three race series. Round 1 (in October) attracted 600 competitors in junior and senior races. In Round 2, tight Covid rules forced the cancelation of senior races (restriction on over 18s) but the junior events carried on with strict safety procedures in place to protect all athletes and volunteers.
The event attracted high quality fields, including highly ranked South of England AA and Inter County athletes and winners of Met, Chiltern, Essex and Suffolk cross-country leagues.
Rudy Parker-Bayes improved from 5th in Round 1 to 2nd here (pic: Paul Hancock)
The Club has been advised of the sad news that Pam Webb passed away on Tuesday December 15th. Pam was the widow of the late Frank Webb, who was a Life Member and Club President (1984-86). Pam will be fondly remembered by many of the older members of Woodford Green AC as a regular supporter of both active and social events over very many years.
The second lockdown brought a hiatus to ‘Covid-secure’ racing opportunities. Organisers of the Chingford League, led by Adrian Frost (of Eton Manor) had already allocated for a fixture to take place on the first Sunday in December and it was good fortune that it would coincide with the first weekend out of lockdown. The race license was granted by UKA on the Wednesday before so six eager Woodford athletes made their way to Hog Hill, aka Redbridge Cycling Centre. Those of you familiar with the venue and league will know it usually hosts an evening midweek fixture. However this race was in daylight and consisted of 2.5 clockwise laps that tackled the hill three times to make a total distance of just over 5k.