Works at Ashton Playing Fields

As you may have seen, work is underway at Ashton. The purpose is to prepare the facility to support Woodford Town Football Club as of the 2019/20 Season. The specific works are: 

·        Levelling the infield area to prepare it to become usable for football. This has begun. We are assured it will not affect our use of the track except at some times during the day when equipment needs to use the track. The plan is to have the infield available again from March 2019.

·        New lighting. Upgrades to the existing lighting pillars, probably with the erection of one or two new pillars.

·        New PA system to be deployed around the field, probably on the new lighting pillars.

Clubhouse defibrillator acquired

A defibrillator has been bought for the clubhouse, to be positioned adjacent to the bar. It is a model which theoretically requires no training, since it automatically guides the user through the use process.

However, knowing that most people would generally feel more comfortable with if they were familiar with the equipment, the club would like to organise a training session by a certified training provider in the clubhouse.

Club members and their parents are invited to register interest for such a session. Ideally we would like to hold it on a Tuesday evening after training. Once we know what interest there is we will firm up a date and time. The club intend to pay for the training.

Defibrillators have been in the news recently, as ex-England footballer Glenn Hoddle's life was saved by a TV studio technician who used a defibrillator on him. One of our past club presidents who collapsed in the street was also saved by a defibrillator, used by a passing taxi driver.

If you are interested in this training, please email Terry McCarthy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

2018-19 Met League 2: Senior Women

The second fixture of the Met League is usually the one where it begins to feel like the winter season. Arriving at Stanborough Park at the start of the day, despite the stunning colours of the autumn trees, and the odd puddle after Friday’s rain, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was late September, such was the sunshine and warmth. So up went the flag, and down went our bags on the groundsheet-less grass. What could possibly go wrong?

This is always a busy fixture as the numbers are swelled by runners from Cambridge. 266 women finished on Saturday and, encouragingly, eight of them were from WGEL, equalling our Claybury squad. With five to score in the second division that’s an A  team and three fifths of a B. The addition of Suzanne Phillips, poorly with a chest infection, would have been the icing on the cake, but we’re more than happy to bank her strength for the hard winter yards to come. Two and a bit laps of an undulating, winding and very cambered open course, mainly dry with a few greasy parts after the overnight rain, with a few refreshing spots beginning to fall.

Results (scroll down and across)

A Team

London Marathon guaranteed place

The club has been allocated just one place for club entries at the 2019 London Marathon.  Anyone wishing to be considered for this place should contact club secretary, David Hollingworth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 25th November.  To be considered for this place, applicants must: 

  1. Be fully paid up club members
  2. Have entered the public ballot for the 2019 London Marathon and received a rejection (please send evidence of this)
  3. Be willing to assist with marshalling or other duties at the Roding Valley Half Marathon (or enrol a friend/family member)

 It is likely that we will need a ballot to allocate the place, and this will be drawn in the clubhouse on Tuesday 27th November.

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