Announcements

Neil Allen RIP

Former Athletics Weekly editor Mel Watman has written a tribute about our former member Neil Allen, who died last Friday.

NEIL ALLEN (14.11.1932-13.9.2019)

It is with deep regret that I report the death, at the age of 86, of my good friend Neil Allen. Of all the athletics writers I have worked alongside since the 1950s, Neil ranks as among the most knowledgeable, compassionate and stylish. He was deservedly a sports journalism award winner and was both a friend and mentor to generations of Britain's leading athletes.

Neil, a modestly talented middle distance runner who joined Woodford Green AC in 1950, began his journalistic career in the best possible way, learning his trade on a local newspaper – the Stratford Express in East London – and in 1952 he became an editorial assistant to Norris and Ross McWhirter on their marvellous, ground-breaking monthly publication Athletics World. His assignments included being present at Iffley Road on May 6 1954 for a certain mile race. That year he started a lively gossip column in Athletics Weekly entitled "News Commentary" which later, for contractual reasons when he became athletics correspondent of The Times in 1955, was transformed into "On My Travels" by "Roamer".

Phil Sharkey RIP

We are extremely saddened to have to report the death, on Friday, 1st March, of Phil Sharkey, who managed our National Young Athletes team and was one of the founders of our "Wasps" section on Saturday mornings.

Phil-Sharkey

It was Phil and Steve Dunn's idea to add another training option for our Under 11s back in 1994-95. During the first few years training was irregular, but from 1998 it became more formalised, with membership fees and t-shirts, and the name "Wasps" was adopted.

WG in Berlin - 50 years on

In June 1964 Track and Field Captain, Tony Maxwell, led a Woodford Green AC to West Berlin for a four-sided international inter-club match which after 18 events, the hosts Olympischer Sport Club, Berlin and Woodford Green were locked on 67 points, ahead of teams from Stockholm and Berne. Our hosts from OSC very kindly awarded the match to WGAC as we had 7 victories to their 6.

Thank you from the Baker family

The Baker family would like to express their gratitude for the support given by club members to the British Heart Foundation in the wake of John's death in August.

The BHF received a total of £779 from John's friends and the family's supporters, a sum which includes donations by numerous club members.

The family would like to say a big "Thank You" to all.

Canaan Solomon on Olympic Futures Programme

Congratulations to Canaan Solomon, who is on the list, published this week, of 26 athletes selected for the 2019 Olympic Futures Programme.