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Young Athletes 2008 Awards

Having cancelled 3 weeks earlier due to the heavy snow fall the Young Athletes Awards Presentation Night was rearranged for Tuesday 24th February. And what a night !

The Clubroom was packed to the rafters, all seats taken, many having to stand around the edges.

The YA committee would like to sincerely thank Jeanette Kwakye (2008 Beijing Olympic Games 100m finalist) for attending to present the numerous awards to the young athletes. Also. Thanks to Jean Burgess (herself a 2008 winner of a Jack Petchey Leaders Award) for compering most of the night. Our club President John Hayward introduced the nostalgic and inspirational video of Derek Johnson winning 800m silver medal at the 1956 Olympics. Special praise goes to Cowsi Magol for preparing and arranging the rousing music/photo display and technical set-up. Much appreciation goes to Christine Foy for providing the refreshments on the night




GB Team for European Indoor Championships

UK Athletics today named three WGwEL athletes amongst their selections for the forthcoming European Indoor Championships to be held in Turin, Itlay, March 6th-8th. Olympic Finalist Sarah Claxton is selected for the 60mH, new member Nick Leavey for both the 400m and the 4x400m, and Tara Bird who is included in the women's 4x400m relay squad.

English National CC 2009: Young Athletes

The highlight of the young athlete races at Parliament Hill during Saturday’s English National Cross Country Championships was undoubtedly the Junior Men’s race for which Ronnie Sparke claimed a bronze medal and our team was only 11 points adrift from winning a team medal of the same hue. There was also a modest supporting cast of our runners in the other races with some fine individual performances but half term absences took their toll and we only managed to field scoring fours in two other races. 

Aviva Indoor Grand Prix

WGwEL athletes were in international action at Birmingham's NIA at the Aviva Grand Prix on Saturday. New member Nick Leavey took the headlines of the Woodford athletes in action with a significant personal best over 400m, as he took the national race in 46.60 secs

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