RIP Howard Williams

Howard Williams was a great friend to WGEL. He was always involved with the Roding Valley Half Marathon when it was regularly the county championships and is best known as the Met League founder and organiser, and Secretary of Essex AA.

Ilford AC's Andy Catton writes:

Sad news of the passing of Howard Williams, one of the great unsung heroes of the sport. He was not just a talented middle and long distance runner in his day but an absolute legend of an official and administrator and race organiser. He was a stalwart of Ilford AC as Road and Cross Country Officer, General Secretary of Essex AA, a CAU officer, organiser of the Metropolitan League XC and seemingly ever-present in some capacity at Essex, Southern, CAU and National XC over four decades between the 60's and 90's. Many will have received their finish disc from Howard at the end of major xc races. A total inspiration and a totally modest man.

Nat. Primary Schools/Yr 7 Champs / InterCounties

The cross country season finished on a high for our Younger Athletes with a trip to Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Saturday for the National Primary Schools and Year 7 XC Champs. 20 Athletes travelled up and joined coaches John Stow, Steve Cody, Libby Kozak and Kerry Harrington with the help of Alicia McArdell taking a day off from her university studies to cheer on our group (pictured).

Beautiful warm spring weather welcomed the team, who found the course soft underfoot but luckily only boggy in a couple of places.

Nat Primary Champs Team

CAU Inter-County Championships - Prestwold Hall

Four Woodford athletes represented their counties at the CAU Inter County Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on 11th March.  The Inter-County Championships, also the last round of the UK Cross Challenge, is one of the highlights of the winter season and with counties able to select their top athletes, high class fields were on show. 

Essex County T & F Championships

Please see details of the above Championships and note that the closing date for postal entries for the May Championships is April 14th.

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