The winter season will be starting next month with the first major race at Claybury Park on the 13th October for the Met League. If you wish to compete for the winter season and have not paid your annual membership fee, you will not be registered for competition. Please pay any subs outstanding before the end of this month and you will be registered for competition for the cross country season.
On Saturday our Young Athletes enjoyed a break from their normal training regimes and the start of the winter season with a fun time at Adventure Island in Southend. The YAs certainly let their hair down, so to speak, pushing their bodies up, down and even sideways with those fast rides and, on top of this, filling their bodies with good, old traditional seaside food like popcorn, candy floss, doughnuts and hot dogs, not forgetting those big slush puppies and ice creams. It was so good to see smiles on their faces and hearing those screams (all good though). Whilst this was happening some of the team leaders decided to take a scroll along the world's longest pleasure beach pier, all 1.33 miles of it. All in all a great day was had by all.
The club has been shortlisted for the England Athletics/London Region Club of the Year Award. The awards ceremony will be held at the Crowne Plaza Kensington on 1st October.
Our bid described, in particular, our young athletes' multiple successes over the last 12 months, our continued senior success at national level, and our commitment to expanding our volunteer base.
On Saturday Canaan Solomon received the Keith Wilson Bursary for Best U23 1500m Performance of the Season. This was a one-off award presented by the family of Keith Wilson to mark his 80th birthday. Keith ran for us in the 1950s, specialising in the 800/1500, but also winning Essex gold over 400mH on one occasion when he deprived John Hayward of the title. Keith is currently alive and well in Torquay and fondly remembers training under Ron Bowden with John Baker, Alan Wiseman and Dave Stearns.
Canaan ran 3:48.82 at a Brighton BMC in May. The award also recognises the fine season he has had over 800m, where he lowered his PB by 1.8 seconds to 1:47.12 and finished 6th in the British Championships.
Canaan receives his award from Club President Terry McCarthy
John Baker's memorial service will take place at Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault, on Friday 14th September at 11.15am.
And afterwards in the clubhouse.