A tribute by John Hayward, Club President 1982-84 & 2008-09
On 29th December, after a 14-week battle with illness, one of the club’s oldest members, 88-year old Ken Bray (left, below, with wife Brenda to the right) died at home surrounded by his family.
Ken joined the club in 1949, inspired by the 1948 Olympics. He quickly became engrossed in all aspects, major and minor, of the club which he was to remain a member of all his life apart from a 5-year spell in the 1970s when he flirted with his dream world of autocross.
As an athlete, one of Ken’s proudest accomplishments was to win the Essex Steeplechase Championship in the late 1950s on the last occasion that the Essex Champs were held at Ashton Playing Fields. He was Club President from 1976-78.
Before Christmas there was a very large crowd present in the clubhouse for the Young Athletes Awards Night, organised to honour many of our young athletes who competed for us during the summer T&F season.
Helping YA Co-Secretary Paul Cheal to present the awards were 2008 Olympic 100m finalist Jeanette Kwakye and GB U20 high hurdler George Vaughan, who joined us from Enfield & Haringey recently.
Many congratulations to the recipients!
After a recent stocktaking exercise, and in order to free up space, we are making the following items of clothing available for free, or for a modest donation of your choosing.
Small x 14
XX/Large x 3
X/Large x 3
Old Style Tracksuits (White & Green)