Essex CC 2020: Men take silver

A small Woodford senior men’s cross country team was content to take home its first silverware of the new decade at the Essex Cross Country Championships at Gloucester Park, Basildon, on 4th January. Unfortunately, silver was the metal of the day, with the scoring six well beaten into second place by a strong Havering team, by a margin of 80 points to 121.

Essex CC 2019 medallists

L to R: Stockings, Holford, Southcott, Steel, Beedell, Wyber

Boxing Day Relays 2019

The club's annual Boxing Day Relays will again be held at High Beach this year. All are welcome to run, including athletes family members and friends. Athletes will be seeded into teams of 3. Legs of 1 mile and 2 miles are available. This is always an enjoyable Christmas event.
 
Please register by 10.30 for an 11.00 start.

2019-20 Met League race 3: Young Athletes

This fixture at Uxbridge was always going to be a tricky one for us as it has been the last two seasons. Having said that, no less than 27 athletes toed the line across the four races and, despite having nine on duty for their county at Oxford, plus Jimmy Geller and Nathan Wright being wise and waiting for the new year before starting back on the racing circuit, the youngsters rose to the occasion in great style to retain the their lead in the Howard Williams Trophy. But we only have a two point lead from Shaftesbury Barnet.

U17 Met League 3 2019 race start

Joel Doye (5295) placed 3rd (pic: Paul Hancock)

2019-20 Met League 3: Senior Men

Men

Woodford’s senior men could only manage 6th in the 3rd Met League of the season to see them slip further down the Division One table to 4th. A notoriously difficult fixture to get men out for all teams; Woodford were not immune and losing big hitters, such as Ash Harrell and Ahmed Abdulle (to the Telford 10K) Tom Frith (to injury) and Alex Cornwell (to general Christmas cheer), it was always going to be a difficult match to compete with League leaders of Highgate. 

Despite this, there was much to celebrate in the camp, with early changing room talk of team sizes and river crossings punctuated by questions of disbelief that club life member Paul Stockings could be about to complete his 150th Met league. Most of this disbelief was vocalised by the two other Stockings preparing to take on the two laps course, but after some discussion it was decided that Paul’s 100th met league finish was actually more than 10 years ago and the majority of the Club had almost as much (if not just as much) faith in his ability to count as they did in his ability to complete the surprisingly dry course in the shadow of Hillingdon sports complex.

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