Ken Bray 1929-2017: RIP

A tribute by John Hayward, Club President 1982-84 & 2008-09

On 29th December, after a 14-week battle with illness, one of the club’s oldest members, 88-year old Ken Bray (left, below, with wife Brenda to the right) died at home surrounded by his family.

Ken and Brenda Bray Trophies 2015 2

Ken joined the club in 1949, inspired by the 1948 Olympics. He quickly became engrossed in all aspects, major and minor, of the club which he was to remain a member of all his life apart from a 5-year spell in the 1970s when he flirted with his dream world of autocross.

As an athlete, one of Ken’s proudest accomplishments was to win the Essex Steeplechase Championship in the late 1950s on the last occasion that the Essex Champs were held at Ashton Playing Fields. He was Club President from 1976-78.

2017 Young Athletes Awards Night

Before Christmas there was a very large crowd present in the clubhouse for the Young Athletes Awards Night, organised to honour many of our young athletes who competed for us during the summer T&F season.

Helping YA Co-Secretary Paul Cheal to present the awards were 2008 Olympic 100m finalist Jeanette Kwakye and GB U20 high hurdler George Vaughan, who joined us from Enfield & Haringey recently.

Many congratulations to the recipients!

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WGEL clothing: free or for a donation

After a recent stocktaking exercise, and in order to free up space, we are making the following items of clothing available for free, or for a modest donation of your choosing. 

If you're interested, email Paul Cheal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or speak to him on a Tuesday evening when he's able to open the clothing room up.


Small x 14

XX/Large x 3 


X/Large x 3 

Old Style Tracksuits (White & Green) 

Pentathlon success for new recruit

Two of our new recruits were in action at the weekend in the South of England U20 Pentathlon. Amelia Macdonald joined us recently from Enfield and Haringey, and Talia Morton-Kemsley came to us from Dacorum and Tring. Both are bottom year U20s.

At this weekend's championship, Amelia took the silver medal with a points score of 3128, which was a PB, bettering her U17 mark. She was 4th going into the final event, the 800m, where she ran 2mins 35.32secs to move up to 2nd. 

In contrast, Talia was disappointed with her performance in finishing 5th on 2843 points.


A big welcome to both women and we look forward to following their careers with WGEL.

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