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.
Membership fees are normally due on the 1st January of each year, but 2020 has been an exceptional year both on a personal basis and for athletics in general. There has been scant competition at club level and the winter season has been written off for our major club level competition in the Metropolitan League. Nevertheless, most of you have continued to pay your annual subscriptions and the club is grateful that so many have done so to allow the club to function as normally as possible.
As a recognition of this, the club committee has agreed that the subscription year for 2020 will be extended for a further three months. Membership fees will now be due on the 1st April 2021. From there onwards, our subscription year will run from the 1st April each year to the following 31st March. This will now be in line with the registration year with England Athletics, which run in the same period.
Those new members joining from January to March 2021 will have their membership fees carried over into the new subscription year. Should they wish to compete and require registration for the current year, an additional fee will be required to register them for 2021.
2021 Membership Fees, including registration fees to England Athletics, are as follows:
Active Seniors (Over 21) £69.00 per annum.
Active Young Members (under 21)
Students, Unemployed and £49.00 per annum.
Non-Active and 2nd Claim £38.00 per annum.
England Athletics have indicated that there will be no increase in Registration Fees (currently £15) and therefore the club fees will also not increase.
The club committee hope that this recognises the value of the club members who have continued to pay their annual membership fees, despite diminished levels of competition.
A further notice will be issued, to remind club members of fees due, early in the new year.
The Club is pleased to announce that three of our club members have been nominated for awards at the England Athletics London Region awards evening on the 19th November.
Keith Hopson and Don Blackett have been shortlisted for the awards in the category of Services to Athletics. Keith and Don are Life Members of the club and have been past Presidents.
Keith joined the club in the 1950’s and after his competitive career was over, he became one of the club’s main administrators over a number of years filling many roles on the club committee. He continues to help administer the Women’s Track and Field team. In addition to his work for the club, Keith has contributed at the national level in various capacities. He is currently the Finance Officer for the National Athletics League.
Don joined the club in the 1960’s after he moved to London from the North East. A tireless worker for the club and for the sport’s governing bodies. He covered several jobs on the club committee for many years and until recently was the club’s cross-country course setter for all home matches. He became a top-grade track and field official at club, county, major national and International meetings. Many owe their start to becoming athletics’ officials because of the training and incentive that Don gave them.
Sam Wintle has been shortlisted in the nominations for the Young Volunteer of the Year. Sam, along with his dad Andrew, has been running the WASP’s section (under 11’s) since January 2019. During the current uncertain periods of lockdowns and restricted training, there has been a large increase in the number of U11’s joining the club. Sam has successfully continued to run the section with the support of the Young Members section.
Sam has a great rapport with the U11’s and the parents who come along to watch and occasionally help. His programme of training for the youngsters has helped develop many to full membership of the club and compete for the club at the U13’s level on the track, road and cross country.
On Saturday 26th September, WGEL Young Athletes hosted their second track and field competition of the summer, catering for WGEL athletes, school years 3-9 (U11s-U15s).
The event, thanks to the hard work of WGEL club officials, took place under UKA Licensed competition rules. This provided athletes with official recorded times and distances, and for many helped established their athletics CV’s on the UKA “Power of Ten” results database.
Athletes selected up to three events from the licensed schedule including hurdles, 75m, 150m, and 600m, Long Jump, Shot Put and Javelin (howlers). Over 100 WGEL athletes entered. The organising team seeded races on school year groups. This ensured athletes had good levels of competition, whilst having fun with age group teammates.
Autumn Le Chevalier-Jones impresses in the U11 600m
Sadly, we have received news of the deaths of 3 former members.
Gerry Carr - died November 3rd, 2019