Met League 3 2017: Young Athletes

No less than 35 young athletes arrived at Uxbridge to find a course that was reasonably dry underfoot, although a small stream had to be negotiated, plus a couple of challenging hills. The weather was kind to us being dry throughout the afternoon.

With ten of our best athletes unavailable due to the clash with the Essex Under 13/15 champs which had been held earlier in the day, our task of maintaining our overall lead plus leads in four age groups was going to prove mighty challenging.U11 Girls Met 3 2017

The athletes rose superbly to the occasion by not only maintaining the age group leads but brilliantly holding on to our overall lead too - an unbelievable  performance.

Met League 3 2017: Senior Men and Essex Vets

Last Saturday saw the senior teams commence battle at the 3rd Met League in Uxbridge. We went full of confidence following a fantastic rally at the 2nd fixture, which saw us move up to second in the table. Although perhaps slightly under strength in a strong field led home by the quality of Richard Goodman and Auden Nordtveit, we battled well in the single figure temperatures to finish fourth on the day. Despite dropping a place to third in the league, we are nipping at Serpentine's heels and shall be hungry to put that right when the league returns in the New Year.

Alf Stokes R.I.P.

With great sadness, we have to announce the death of Alf Stokes, President of Essex ladies AC from 1997-99, Life Member, and manager of the most successful team in the club’s history.

Alf's success story began in 1985 when ”the little team from the 2nd division” (Ron Pickering on BBC TV) won the prestigious GRE Jubilee cup final and thus qualified to go to the European Clubs’ cup in Zurich. From then until 1995, the club won the cup eight times and represented GB clubs in Europe, with the best result being 3rd place in Como in 1987. Essex Ladies also won the UK Women’s League in 1987 and 1988 and Southern League Division One 10 times, losing only one match in seven years. Alf was not only an astute team manager, but was hugely respected by the team of athletes which included such stars as Sally Gunnell, Gladys Taylor (Bird) and Kim Hagger. His persuasive manner and desire to do the best for the club always ensured that he got the best possible results.

When Alf finally gave up team managership, he was elected onto the European Clubs’ Competition committee, where he continued to work hard for club athletics and women’s athletics in particular, travelling all round Europe to do so.

Our thoughts go out to Cindy, Alf’s ever-supportive wife, and to his family.

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