TO THE GREATER WOODFORD FAMILY

Having spent a great majority of my working like abroad and sitting through two army coups as well as a complete lockdown for a month through curfews, I can truly say that what is happening through the COVID-19 virus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I hope never to see again.

Athletics has come to a complete stop and quite rightly so. There are more important matters in life. We, as a club, have followed the guidelines set by UKA/EA and the club is at a standstill in terms of competition. However, the club committee is aware that coaches are keeping in touch with their athletes and sending out training sessions. In this way we hope that the club continues to support members. The club committee would like to thank all the coaches for their support in keeping training going. The club administration and management activities are also continuing, also remotely, and the club committee will continue to monitor and update club members on any new developments.

This will not be a short-term issue and the ramifications will continue for many years, not only impacting on families, but on jobs and businesses. In our own small way, once this is over, we will return as an active club and once again we will be the community amateur sports club as set out in our charter.

Currently, England Athletics have suspended all athletics activity until the 31st May, with the hope that athletics can resume in the autumn. We shall be ready when the time comes. The club committee is certain that, eventually, we will return to normal times and, however long it takes, the club will continue to be there when normal times return. In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves.

COWSI MAGOL

CLUB PRESIDENT

YDL cancels 2020 season

The Youth Development League has decided to cancel the 2020 season. This is their full statement:

In the light of the continuing uncertainty around the Coronavirus situation the YDL management committee held a Skype meeting on 29 March to look at all the possibilities for the 2020 season and have decided regretfully that all matches scheduled for the 2020 season will be cancelled forthwith.

There were a number of factors influencing our decision, namely:

English Schools CC, Sefton Park, Liverpool

We had no fewer than thirteen athletes running for Hertfordshire and Essex in this year's championships. One has to remember that you have to be in the top eight in your county champs to gain selection for this event. Being at this event is an achievement in itself.

Everyone knew that this would be the last event to be staged for a few months with the Coronavirus virus rapidly spreading.

Junior Girls

This was the race that Abigail Reid was targeting, and after being rested from the Inter Counties a week earlier, she was hoping for a top eight and international selection. After the initial start Abigail was seen in the top twenty. She then started to move through and, with around 400 metres remaining, she had moved into 6th spot but with runners around her. Going into the finishing straight she held her form brilliantly to hold on to 7th and gain her selection. We knew before the race that the International, the following Saturday in Falkirk, had been cancelled. So although Abigail has not had the chance to run for England now they have not ruled out staging the race at Falkirk at a later date. We can however look that Abigail achieved International status in this race.

Suspension extended until 31 May

Coronavirus Statement

Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020

24 March 2020

Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

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