From our President - Congratulations

Last weekend saw the British Championship in Manchester. An unusual time to run the national championships, but this has been an unusual year. Our club athletes, overall, produced  one of their better performance in recent years, with not only three of our club members winning titles, but we also had many finalists and medallists. On behalf of the club, congratulations are due to all those who took part and put the club colours to the fore at the championships. The full results are on the club website. It has been a difficult year to train and travel to gain competition and credit is due to those who achieved their peak performance under difficult circumstances. Sadly, for many this would have been an Olympic year, but hopefully they can carry the form of 2020 into next year when hopefully the Olympics will be held in Tokyo.

Athletics is primarily an individual sport, no matter what efforts are made to gel a team out of group of dedicated, individualistic minded sportsmen and women. Nevertheless, our elite athletes probably may not realise what an impact their performance has on the younger members of the club. They are an inspiration to those up and coming young members of the club. This year has seen a great increase in the number of under 11s (our WASPs section) and the under 13s joining the club. I am sure that, for some of them, seeing the performances by club members last weekend will inspire them, whatever their abilities. 

Once again, congratulations to all those who took part in the championships.

Cowsi Magol

Club President

UK titles in Manchester for Rowden, Norman and Ofili

A chilly and breezy Manchester hosted the British Championships on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. With the 2020 outdoor season having been heavily affected by Covid and the restrictions to both competition and training for athletes, this end of season meeting gave athletes the opportunity to test themselves domestically at a high level. Several Woodford athletes were in action and performances were led by Dan Rowden’s superb win over 800m which was adjudged the best performance of the Saturday. There were also British titles for Phil Norman and Cindy Ofili, with silver medals also picked up by Cameron Fillery, Will Grimsey and Shanara Hibbert.

Rowden British Champ 1

Impressive performances at ClubConnect relays

Woodford fielded a full slate of 8 4x100m relay teams for the UKA ClubConnect/LICC fixture at Lee Valley on Saturday 5 September. The event is the only relay fixture of the season and replaced the usual ClubConnect age group relays that happen in conjunction with the British Diamond League events. With limited notice and even less time allowed to practice baton changes all teams acquitted themselves well, with three of the women’s age groups recording their fastest times in over a decade.

U13 Girls ClubConnect 2020

Personal Best for Dan Rowden

Dan Rowden was in great form over 800m in Gothenburg on Saturday. Impressively winning a high quality race Dan recorded a personal best of 1m 44.74 secs, improving his personal best and Woodford Green Club record by 0.23 secs. Dan had recently showed a glimpse of the form he was in when racing in Sollentuna also in Sweden, but on this occasion he followed the pace more closely running in third place at the bell which was  reached in 50.72 secs for the pacemaker. A very strong final 150m saw him win by 0.6 secs from Sweden’s Andreas Kramer, the athlete who had beaten Dan into second place for the European U/23 title in 2018. Dan now tops the UK rankings for this season and currently ranks 5th in the world. He also moves up to 18th on the UK all-time lists. 

See Dan’s race here

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