We have ben advised of the sad news of the death of Mick Emms who passed away on November 4th.. Mick was a long time member of Woodford Green AC who had also served on the Committee. He remained a friend of the Club until his death. Primarily a road and winter specialist Mick had notable success at distances up to and including the Marathon where his personal best was 2hr 23m 02 secs set in Manchester in 1972.
Mick originally joining Woodford Green AC at the age of 21 in 1969 together with a group of others rom the old Newham AC and quickly established himself as a key member in particular of the winter section performing well in road, cross country and road relay fixtures. His support for club fixtures and his fine performances in them saw him awarded the Percy Page Trophy awarded to “Clubman of the Year” in 1971/2.
At a relatively young age Mick was already focused on the longer distances and two of his more notable personal performances at the Marathon with 2hr23m 02 secs and over 20 miles in 1hr46m37 secs were each recorded in 1972 at the age of 24.
Mick was one of a small group of dedicated Woodford distance athletes who for a number of years throughout the 1970’s regularly raced in high quality mass participation events already widely established in Europe. These included fine performances at the Enschede Marathon in 1973 and also at the Route du Vin Half Marathon in Luxembourg in 1974 and 1976. He also performed well at the Hague half-marathon, in the famous Paris to Versailles race where he placed a notable 17th out of 9000 athletes and in 1982 where he was 22nd in the Ramou half-marathon.
His dedication to the Club and to the sport saw him serve for several years on our Committee as Cross Country Secretary. As his active days tailed off Mick remained involved with and dedicated to the sport and was often to be found supporting at fixtures around the county and further afield. In more recent years and by then as an associate member of Woodford Green AC w EL Mick represented the club’s interests on the Essex County Committee where he most recently served until his untimely death as the Essex AA trophies and medals officer.