A message from our President

I am sending my congratulations to the Senior Women’s Team on their promotion to the top division of the UKWL, to the Senior Men for placing 3rd in the Premier Division of the BAL, and to all the younger athletes who performed in the EYAL securing a place in the Plate Final to be held on 4th September.

On behalf of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies I wish to thank all the athletes, coaches, team managers and officials for their hard work and dedication in delivering a successful track and field season.

Jan Holst

EYAL

In the final match, Woodford scored an excellent 662 points to place 2nd behind hosts Bedford. This places us 10th in the league, thus qualifying for the Plate Final to be held on the 4th September at Hemel Hempstead. A number of fine performances were achieved on an extremely windy day, with strong gusts against the athletes on the back straight and top bend.

UK Women's League Final fixture

Woodford's women's UKWL team finished a very good 2nd in the final fixture at Manchester on Saturday with 206.5 points, just behind winners Cardiff 208, Blackheath 189, Harrow 180, Trafford 173.5, Bristol who led into this fixture 162, Wigan 156 and Crawley 121. Both Wigan and Crawley were relegated to Division Two, and Blackheath and Woodford gain promotion to the Premier Division. We believe Woodford are promoted as Division One Champions, having finished 1st, 3rd and 2nd in the three fixtures. However, the preliminary results suggest Blackheath are Champions, but this is currently under scrutiny. This was another fine performance from the Woodford women as many athletes took on additional events to ensure all gaps were covered. Strongest individual events were in the hammer which saw a double victory from Lucy Marshall and Myra Perkins and in the javelin where there was also a double from Sylvia Cruz and Eike Vardja, but there were many fine performances all round.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Winning women team UKWL 2016

BAL Premiership - Round Four

Woodford men’s team finished fourth in the final BAL Premiership at Copthall on Saturday, which left them in 3rd place overall in the League standings. Birchfield who also became champions won on the day with 390 points from Shaftesbury 313, Liverpool 299, Woodford 282, Newham 262, Sheffield 253, and the already relegated Sale and Windsor on 183 and 178. Birchfield won the League with 30.5 points, from Shaftesbury 23.5, Woodford 22, Sheffield 21, Liverpool 18, Newham 18, Sale 7 and Windsor 5. In very warm if sometimes blustery conditions, as always Woodford were very strong on the field, but suffered some bad luck on the track, notably for Jack Lawrie and Jon Cook, but aside from that there were also personal bests for Jack Lawrie, James Bongart and Thalosang Tshireletso.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Jack Lawrie BAL 4 2016

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