British Athletics Cardiff Cross Challenge

A team of John Stow’s intrepid young athletes travelled on Sunday to Cardiff to take up the British Athletics Cross Challenge. Under the watchful eye of Coach Steve Cody the team assembled in Blackweir Fields,  eautiful parkland in the city centre along side the river Taff. Ready for a memorable day’s racing.

The course, which was in a much less boggy condition than last year, was nonetheless exciting, full of fast flats, steep banks and twists and turns, but soft underfoot compared to the frozen fields of Essex the day before. To quote young Nathan Wright after his inspection he declared it ‘’a perfect cross country course”.

Boys U11 U13 Cardiff

Essex Schools CC Champs

Several Woodford runners braved the elements to compete for West Essex in the Essex Schools Cross Country Champs at the appropriately named Hillyfields on Saturday.

Wren Jackson Essex Schools XC 17

Woodford had two runners in the first Junior Girls race. Wren Jackson, (photo above) was tripped and fell at the start and showed great courage and determination to pick herself up, dust herself down and work her way through the pack to finish a very creditable 28th, disappointed, however she still had a smile on her face at the end. Georgina Hanford was our second runner home, running very well for 37th in the 3.3km course.

Indoor News


There were South of England Indoor titles at Lee Valley over the weekend for Nick Leavey, Thalosang Thsireletso and HCA member Dan Gardner.

Membership Fees 2017

This is to remind club members that annual subscriptions for 2017 membership fees are due on 1st January, 2017. Due to the increase in registration fees from England Athletics membership subscription has been increased by £1 for all active members. If you have already paid, please ignore this. If you are a life or associate member, no fees are due other than the £14 for the registration fee as an active competitor with England Athletics. Please note that those members who joined from September to December 2016 will have their membership fees carried forward to 2017.

2017 subscriptions are as follows:


Active Seniors (Over 21)                                                               £67.00 per annum.


Active Young Members (under 21)

Students, Unemployed and                                                         £47.00 per annum.



Non Active,

2nd Claim,                                                                                       £38.00 per annum.

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