EA Virtual Road Relay: Qualifying

A small band of Woodford athletes ventured out in the harsh cold of a locked-down January to record times for the qualifying round of the inaugural England Athletics Virtual Road Relay. Team scores comprise the cumulative times of the fastest four men and four women from each club over 5 miles each, with the top 50 clubs to qualify for the national round in February. As the window closed, provisional results put Woodford in 43rd place and through to the national round in February, with a time of 4:04:36 for the 40-mile race distance.

The mixed-team format shows the importance of strength in depth in both the men’s and women’s squads. While the 23 minute deficit to qualifying round leaders Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow is unbridgeable, the 9 minutes necessary to target the top 20 would be achievable through a combination of wider participation, competition for scoring team places, and marginal gains by the same individuals. This would give a shot at overhauling rivals such as Colchester Harriers, who we defeated in a 10k Mob Match before Christmas, and here were first Essex club in 18th.


The Club was further saddened to hear of the death of another notable member, Chris Foreman who passed away suddenly on Monday at the age of 78. Chris was a Life Member of Woodford Green A.C. having been awarded that honour in 1975. Chris had originally joined Woodford Green A.C. in 1958 and under the tutelage of Ron Bowden developed into a more than useful hammer thrower as well as an occasional thrower of the other implements. However it was his work as Team Manager/Captain of the senior men’s Track and Field team where he had the greatest influence. In the early years of the National Athletics League (later BAL) from its formation in 1969 through to the mid 1980’s Chris organised the Club’s participation in those events (as well as other team competitions) managing both the active and logistical side of the Club teams in those meetings around the U.K. and did so whilst having a successful and demanding professional career. Chris like others from Woodford Green AC over many years also contributed to the Hammer Circle where he served as a Membership Secretary for several years and was later made a Vice President.

 Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.


Woodford Green AC w EL are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Lloyd Cowan MBE. Lloyd competed for Woodford in the latter part of his active career and as he moved into his very successful coaching career remained connected to our Club as an Associate Member. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Sky Sports piece

2020 AGM notice

Normally the club would have held an AGM back in April 2020, but Covid and lockdowns put paid to this.  We had been hoping there might have been an easing of restrictions later in the year to allow an actual AGM to take place, especially as many older members who regularly attend the AGM don’t have the technology to allow them to attend virtual meetings.  However, given the new restrictions it is clear we will have to hold the 2020 AGM online via ZOOM and very much delayed.  By the club constitution we are obliged to hold an AGM, so we do indeed need to hold one.

So, we will be holding a virtual AGM via a ZOOM conference call.  I am sure most of you will be familiar with Zoom during the last 10 months of various lockdowns.  If you aren’t, then hopefully you can ask a family member to help you get set up.

The meeting will take place, starting at 7:45pm on Friday 22nd January.  If you would like to attend, please email our President, Cowsi Magol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will then send out instructions for joining the meeting.

An email has been sent out to all on the club database, which includes the Annual Report and Agenda.  If you haven’t received the email, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will send you a copy.

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