Jimmy Geller continued his successful XC campaign on Thursday in the rather late in the season Essex Primary Schools Team XC competition. Jimmy's year 6 team from St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Loughton, representing West Essex, won Gold for the 4th consecutive year with Jimmy pictured coming home with a 50m lead, followed by Luca Gormley, also a Woodie, in 3rd place, and both boys look forward to the Essex Primary Schools Individual Champs next week.
Bob Corbett's funeral (see recent Announcement) will take place at Greenacres, North Weald on Thursday 4th May at 1:30 pm.
[Results link added] Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies took their first Southern Athletics League fixture of the season at Finsbury Park, narrowly beating St Albans. Hosts Highgate were not as strong as they may have been had their home track been available and finished third, ahead of Barnet&District and Mornington Chasers. The difficulty of getting a team out over Easter weekend was highlighted by Loughton not even fielding a team.
WGEL started very strongly, winning the first 11 events they contested with the majority also including B string wins. Setting the ball rolling, Iris Verweij coasted round the 400h in her first race for the club (also taking the 100h and HJ later on). John Pride was similarly comfortable in his 400h, his first race since 2010.
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Bob Corbett.
He joined our club shortly after Essex Ladies merged with Woodford Green AC. and became an Associate Member. Over the years he produced some very successful athletes notably his daughter Kirsty, Hannah Frankson, Holly Patti-Belleli and Chloe Galloway. A few years ago he decided to become an independent coach and moved his training base to the Lea Valley Centre, also participating in event workshops. He still kept close ties with WG and EL and will be greatly missed.
Bob was a devoted family man with a passion for our sport, and our sympathies are with his wife Angie and family at this difficult time.