Announcements

Ron Bowden RIP

Update: Ron's funeral will be held at the South Chapel, City of London Crematorium, at 11am on Tuesday, 29th May. The family invite everyone for a drink and a snack at the WGEL clubhouse at Ashton Playing Fields afterwards.

Woodford’s legendary coach, 88-year old Ron Bowden, sadly passed away at home in South Woodford on the evening of Saturday May 12th, survived by his wife Jose', and their three children, Philip, Stephen and Yvette.

Ron Bowden 2008 1

Ken Bone R.I.P.

96-year old Ken Bone, Woodford Green Athletic Club's oldest Life Member, passed away at Stirling, north of Edinburgh, in January.

Ken joined the club in 1937, and after his war service years he won the Essex County 440 yards hurdles title on four consecutive years, 1948-51. By then he had become seriously involved in coaching, a field to which he dedicated considerable thought and activity - in an age in which "The Establishment" of our sport tended to think coaches were con-men.

Ken Bray 1929-2017: RIP

A tribute by John Hayward, Club President 1982-84 & 2008-09

On 29th December, after a 14-week battle with illness, one of the club’s oldest members, 88-year old Ken Bray (left, below, with wife Brenda to the right) died at home surrounded by his family.

Ken and Brenda Bray Trophies 2015 2

Ken joined the club in 1949, inspired by the 1948 Olympics. He quickly became engrossed in all aspects, major and minor, of the club which he was to remain a member of all his life apart from a 5-year spell in the 1970s when he flirted with his dream world of autocross.

As an athlete, one of Ken’s proudest accomplishments was to win the Essex Steeplechase Championship in the late 1950s on the last occasion that the Essex Champs were held at Ashton Playing Fields. He was Club President from 1976-78.

Steve Sear funeral details

Details of the funeral of Steve Sear, RIP - 3-time winner of the Ken Bray Trophy 1991-95.

Wednesday 16th May, 1.30pm. Forest Park Crematorium, Forest Road, Hainault, Essex, IG6 3HP. Very close to Redbridge (Hog Hill) Cycling Centre.

And afterwards at The Monkhams pub, Buckhurst Way, Buckhurst Hill IG9 6HY.

Alf Stokes R.I.P.

With great sadness, we have to announce the death of Alf Stokes, President of Essex ladies AC from 1997-99, Life Member, and manager of the most successful team in the club’s history.

Alf's success story began in 1985 when ”the little team from the 2nd division” (Ron Pickering on BBC TV) won the prestigious GRE Jubilee cup final and thus qualified to go to the European Clubs’ cup in Zurich. From then until 1995, the club won the cup eight times and represented GB clubs in Europe, with the best result being 3rd place in Como in 1987. Essex Ladies also won the UK Women’s League in 1987 and 1988 and Southern League Division One 10 times, losing only one match in seven years. Alf was not only an astute team manager, but was hugely respected by the team of athletes which included such stars as Sally Gunnell, Gladys Taylor (Bird) and Kim Hagger. His persuasive manner and desire to do the best for the club always ensured that he got the best possible results.

When Alf finally gave up team managership, he was elected onto the European Clubs’ Competition committee, where he continued to work hard for club athletics and women’s athletics in particular, travelling all round Europe to do so.

Our thoughts go out to Cindy, Alf’s ever-supportive wife, and to his family.