2017-18 Met League 1: Seniors

Adam Kirk-Smith Claybury 1


The sun was shining over Claybury on Saturday as over 500 runners toed the line for the opening fixture of the 2017/18 Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League. As with every year, we go into the cross-country season with high hopes, full of enthusiasm and looking to progress on where we finished last year. We mustered 18 Woodies who began the 5 mile race and all battled hard to enable the team to finish 5th for the opening match of the season.


Photos (by Alex Wardle)

2017-18 Met League 1: Young Athletes

No less than 53 young athletes turned out on a lovely warm day at Claybury in the autumn sunshine. Although a great turnout, we were missing the likes of Wren Jackson (supporting on the day recovering from flu) Louise GilbertJacob Hardy and Emily Scofield, all who had valid reasons for not racing.

Our youngsters are now 2nd in the Howard Williams Trophy, just one point behind current leaders Victoria Park Harriers.


Photos (by Alex Wardle) (can be downloaded)

U13 Boys Claybury

Thomas Finch: Young Volunteer of the Year

We congratulate Thomas Finch on being named Young Volunteer of the Year for England Athletics London region. Winners are put forward to the National awards which are presented at the EA Hall of Fame gala evening on 14th October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

This was Thomas's nomination:

Thomas Finch is an active member of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies and currently represents the club at U20 level. Thomas is also a qualified Field Official at Level 1 but is working towards his Level 2. While he competes at league matches for Woodford he always volunteers to assist the club with its officiating allocation to ensure the club receives its points for providing the relevant number of officials. Recently Thomas took it upon himself to volunteer and assist the club coaches with the training of the younger athletes aged 11-15 years old, whether it is on track or at field events such as discus or long jump.

Clubhouse renovation: help required!

From next week (16th October) Club Secretary David Hollingworth will be starting on a major clubhouse renovation project which will last through October and November. Namely, refurbishing the kitchen area, toilets and bar. We are trying to keep the cost down as much as possible, so David is looking for club members (or non-members) to contribute some time. Even the odd day here and there is very welcome. It will also help to get the job done more quickly.

Most of it would be simple labour tasks without a skills requirement. Any actual skills would be a bonus. Typical tasks will be: sorting out junk, stripping stuff out, breaking things up, painting, fetching and carrying.

If you think you may be able to help, please contact David: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07979 905805.

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