Essex U17/Herts U13 & U17 Champs

A very cold and overcast day greeted our four Under 17 runners for their first race of the year.

The race was a combined affair but injury had ruled out two of our runners in the Men's race. It was a highly competitive race over 5k with just over a minute covering the first fifteen runners. Kai Boggon, Thomas Adolphus and Rhys Edwards gave their all with 13th, 14th and 18th places. As bottom Year runners, Kai was 3rd home and Rhys 6th. Thomas had a much improved run from last year.


Kai Boggon early in the race

In the Girls race over the same distance, Wren McLean-Jackson came through strongly in the final stages to claim a good 8th place which may give her selection to run for Essex in the CAU XC Champs in March.


Wren McLean-Jackson: finished 8th

Photos from the Essex U17 Champs (by Alex Wardle)

Membership fees

This is to remind club members that annual subscription for 2019 membership fees are due in January 2019. There are no increases in club membership fees this year. If you have already paid, please ignore this. If you are a life or associate member, no fees are due other than the £15 for the registration fee as an active competitor with England Athletics. Please note that those members who joined from September to December 2018 will have their membership fees carried forward to 2019.

2019 subscriptions are as follows: 

Active Seniors (Over 21)                                                           £68.00 per annum

Active Young Members (under 21)

Students, Unemployed and                                                        £48.00 per annum


Non-Active and 2nd Claim                                                         £38.00 per annum

£15 from the annual subscriptions for active athletes will be for registration fees payable to England Athletics. Failure to pay your subscriptions by APRIL 2019 will result in your non-registration as an active athlete with England Athletics for the new season and your registration being withdrawn from all competition under UK Athletics for 2019/20. Please also note that if overdue subscriptions are unpaid this could result in suspension from the club and restrictions on joining another club. 

If you have more than one year outstanding please contact the Membership Secretary for further details. If you wish to resign from the club please confirm in writing to the Membership Secretary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cheques should be made payable to Woodford Green Athletic Club and sent to the Membership Secretary at 5 Chevely Close, Coopersale, Epping, Essex, CM16 7RL.

Alternatively, it can be paid directly into the club bank account by BACS. Please contact the Membership Secretary for BACS details 

Cowsi Magol, Membership & Subscriptions Secretary

January 2019

Young Athletes Summer Awards Night

On Saturday 15th December the clubhouse was packed with athletes, parents, coaches and officials for the Young Athletes Summer Awards Night. Organised by Young Athletes Secretary Paul Cheal, who is responsible for our young T&F teams, the Guest of Honour was Vanessa Wallace, the European seated (F34) shot put champion who is coached by former Essex Ladies athlete Alison O'Riordan.

There were many awards to be given out: for high points scoring in both our Youth Development League Upper and Lower Age Groups; for Jack Petchey Awards, etc.

Once all the athletes had received their awards, Paul presented a group of our T&F officials with a small token of "Heroes" chocolates to acknowledge their unsung work.

Vanessa then told the motivating story of how she had come late to the sport of athletics but, convinced of her talent by people including Alison, had quickly risen to become the GB number 1.

The evening was rounded off with a successful raffle - many thanks to those who donated some very acceptable prizes!

Photos (by Alex Wardle)



Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners. (From l to r): Videsh Weerakoddy, Ahmed Abdulle, Rebecca Fafowara, President Terry McCarthy, Luke Finch, Fred Taylor, Kai Wright

Boxing Day Relay 2018

Now here is a popular hardy perennial... the Boxing Day Relay!
This will take place at High Beach, in Epping Forest, on 26th December. Please arrive for 10pm to register for a 10.30 race start. For those of you who haven't done so before, the relays consist of two x 2 mile legs and one x 1 mile leg, and it is handicapped so that slower runners are paired with faster.
Please feel free to bring along friends and families to spectate / take part - or both! The meeting point is by the church, just down the road from the main car park, which also acts as the start/finish line.
High Beach Church

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