Denesha wins Virtual TJ comp

As the Woodford track reopened but with landing pits still out of action, Denesha Rocastle managed to win the Neuff Virtual Standing Triple Jump for U20 women. In her first series of attempts she exceeded distances achieved by any woman in the first two weeks of the competition, ending with 7.73m, but this left her second U20W of the week. She improved the following week but until her final effort was still 1cm behind the U20 leader, at 7.89. Her final attempt of 7.97m was second overall in the women’s competition, which had over 100 entries from 6 different countries, just 1cm behind the senior winner who was from Australia.


WGEL v Belgrave Harriers virtual match

Nearly 70 young athletes supported two great clubs with much history over many decades in the past.


In the Under 13 girls this was headed by junior schools international Abigail Reid, posting out a fine solo run of 8 minutes 58 secs for the 2.5k at Mile End. Amana Oguntuga, who has stepped up her running training whilst in lockdown in the absence of her football, posted an excellent 9 mins 22secs. In this age group we had a huge turnout bolstered by many of our Under 11s supporting this event as the minimum age was 10. Jasmine Hall, another missing her swimming, ran an impressive 10 mins 15 secs, tearing up the fields at Church Langley. Even Rebecca Wright, much more a thrower/hurdler/jumper, gave it a go. Another notable effort was year 5 girl Faye Owers, who produced an excellent 10 mins 16 secs.

Meisha Trend-Evans virtual solo

Meisha Trend-Evans at High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth

Cheap beer for sale

Beer going like day-old chicks - CHEAP. As of 28th May 2020
The club's bar managers have various beers that need to be sold rather than poured away. They are for sale: £10 for 8 large bottles of ale, or £5 for 6 bottles lagers. Anyone interested, please phone Simon Wright on 07860 942962. You can book what you want and collect it from Simon's house in Woodford.
Lagers: Becks, San Miguel, Sol, Corona
Ale: Speckled Hen, Abbot IPA, Adbams Broadside, Newcastle Brown, London Pride.
Also, price upon request: Magners, Fosters, Carlsberg, Stella Artois

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.

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