Announcements

Volunteer BBQ at Ashton

Sunday 2nd September saw a welcome new event at our Ashton clubhouse - a Volunteer BBQ. This was the brainchild of Susan Edwards, who was appointed to be our first Volunteer Coordinator earlier this year. Susan felt that the club should show its gratitude to the many people who help out throughout the year in all sorts of unsung capacities.

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A surprise appearance: the ice-cream van!

The club only started to acquire actual barbecues last summer, but now we have three of them, including one for vegetarian cooking. They have proven popular from the word Go.

London Club of the Year: we are shortlisted

The club has been shortlisted for the England Athletics/London Region Club of the Year Award. The awards ceremony will be held at the Crowne Plaza Kensington on 1st October.

Our bid described, in particular, our young athletes' multiple successes over the last 12 months, our continued senior success at national level, and our commitment to expanding our volunteer base.

Award for Canaan Solomon

On Saturday Canaan Solomon received the Keith Wilson Bursary for Best U23 1500m Performance of the Season. This was a one-off award presented by the family of Keith Wilson to mark his 80th birthday. Keith ran for us in the 1950s, specialising in the 800/1500, but also winning Essex gold over 400mH on one occasion when he deprived John Hayward of the title. Keith is currently alive and well in Torquay and fondly remembers training under Ron Bowden with John Baker, Alan Wiseman and Dave Stearns.

Canaan ran 3:48.82 at a Brighton BMC in May. The award also recognises the fine season he has had over 800m, where he lowered his PB by 1.8 seconds to 1:47.12 and finished 6th in the British Championships.

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Canaan receives his award from Club President Terry McCarthy

John Baker: Memorial service

John Baker's memorial service will take place at Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault, on Friday 14th September at 11.15am.

And afterwards in the clubhouse.

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John Baker RIP

Cowsi Magol writes:

It is with great sadness that we have to report that John Baker passed away this morning.  John had a heart attack from which he never recovered, although attempts were made by the paramedics to revive him. It was very quick and John did not suffer. It was only on Wednesday morning that the small group of Evergreens were out for “training” in Hainault forest with him.

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John running the last leg of the Southern London-Brighton relay in 1958

John joined the club in 1954 when his coach Ron Bowden moved to the club along with another Woodford stalwart, David Stearns. John was a talented middle distance runner in the mid 1950’s, achieving 1:52.5 for the 800m/880yds in his prime and represented the club in many of the trophy events held during this time.