2018-19 Met League race 2: Young Athletes

Around 50 young athletes turned up at Stanborough Park, Welwyn, to be greeted by sunny skies and a mild autumn day. They were the lucky ones as rain came along for our Senior Women and even worse conditions for the Men as a cloudburst drenched all the runners in the final race.

It was another excellent day for our youngsters as we maintain a healthy overall lead in the Howard Williams Junior Trophy whilst retaining leads in five of the age group categories.


Convincing: Abigail Reid wins the U13 race by 26 seconds


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

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