Virtual Mob Match Vs Victoria Park

As the war against the global pandemic Covid-19 rages on, runners around the world continue to wonder when they will next be able to lace up their racing flats. Whilst we all train in hope of a swift return to normality, the men’s winter management team at Woodford hatched a brilliant plan to build on the success of the Virtual National 12 stage road relays – A Virtual Mob Match against Victoria Park Tower Hamlets AC. A total of 22 men from the squad took on the challenge of a 5 mile time trial around a route of their choice, whilst remembering the controversies around ‘generous courses’ which plagued the virtual road relays. For a 5 day period from the 7th to the 11th May, whatsapp notifications were a plenty, providing some competitive escapism from the lockdown conditions we find ourselves in.


First off the mark for the Woodford contingent was Simon Beedell, kicking us off with a marker of 27.38 at 7.30 in the morning! With a good target for everyone to shoot at, discussions about when, where and the prediction table run by Bertie Powell were in full flow. Victoria Park came out of the gates posting some early markers around the 27 minute mark, choosing the classic VPH 5 mile loop for some of their earlier legs. Taking the influx of early run legs as an additional boost, James Stockings stepped out the door to give us an early lead at the top of the leader board. Selecting a course which he became familiar with for the 5k time trial the previous month, James flew round in 26.29 and what would be our 5th fastest time of the match.

Woodford Graded Meetings

With UKA having announced that athletics has now been suspended until at least June 30th, the Graded Meetings due to take place at Woodford on June 2nd and June 30th  are unfortunately now cancelled.


The Annual General Meeting of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies was originally planned to be held on Friday April 24th. With the current circumstances around COVID 19 the AGM will now take place at a future date to be advised.

Update:  The annual report has now been emailed to all with email addresses on the club database.  Note that already a few of these are bouncing back as invalid, so if you haven't received the report and want one, plese email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Hollingworth

Hon General Secretary




Having spent a great majority of my working like abroad and sitting through two army coups as well as a complete lockdown for a month through curfews, I can truly say that what is happening through the COVID-19 virus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I hope never to see again.

Athletics has come to a complete stop and quite rightly so. There are more important matters in life. We, as a club, have followed the guidelines set by UKA/EA and the club is at a standstill in terms of competition. However, the club committee is aware that coaches are keeping in touch with their athletes and sending out training sessions. In this way we hope that the club continues to support members. The club committee would like to thank all the coaches for their support in keeping training going. The club administration and management activities are also continuing, also remotely, and the club committee will continue to monitor and update club members on any new developments.

This will not be a short-term issue and the ramifications will continue for many years, not only impacting on families, but on jobs and businesses. In our own small way, once this is over, we will return as an active club and once again we will be the community amateur sports club as set out in our charter.

Currently, England Athletics have suspended all athletics activity until the 31st May, with the hope that athletics can resume in the autumn. We shall be ready when the time comes. The club committee is certain that, eventually, we will return to normal times and, however long it takes, the club will continue to be there when normal times return. In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves.



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