Over the last few weeks whilst our website was off-line there have been several notable performances from Woodford athletes yet to be reported upon. These included a season’s best from Jack Lawrie, another 1500m personal best from Phil Norman, good performances at the CAU Champs and England Championships, and medals from younger athletes at the SOE U/15 and U/17 Championships.
The club was delighted to have 3 relay teams selected to compete at the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 22nd, as part of the Club Connect programme. The teams selected were the U/20 Women, U/17 Men & U/15 Boys.
This was a big event for the club to be involved in, and took place prior to the main event on Day 2. The athletes were allowed to warm up on the track next to the main stadium, which was where the senior athletes were also starting their warm-up.
The U/15 Boys (Aiden, Samuel, Medwin & Merveilles) were the 1st to take the stage and even though the team was changed, which didn't help with the changeovers, they still finished 7th with a season's best: 46.64sec. The U/17 Men (Sikiru, Joba, Tolani & Matthew) ran a really good race to come home in 4th place with another season's best of: 43.26sec. The last team were the U/20 Women (Denesha, Karina, Rebecca & Eloise), they also did well amidst some very good competition to come home with a season's best of: 49.07sec and 6th place.
This is a fantastic experience for the young athletes at the club and it shows how far the club has come in the last year or so. Let's hope for some more invites to next years event.
A fine home win in the final SAL fixture was just enough to clinch promotion for WGEL out of Division 3 North. The team started the day in 4th in the division with three to go up, but with the top three teams facing each other at Hemel Hempstead, a win was likely to be sufficient for the Woodford team. The main opposition was a Watford team who but for a very poor fourth match would also have been in promotion contention. The final gap was the widest lead that Woodford had in the match, provisionally 14 points, with 331 the highest achieved by the team this year. A distant third was Biggleswade, followed by Barnet and District, Enfield & Haringey (with HAWCS) and finally Ilford.
Eloise Lewis won the A 100m and took 2nd in the A 200m
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.
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.