British M45 indoor triple jump champion Keith Newton, placed a very creditable 4th in the World Indoor Championships last weekend in Daegu, Korea. Keith won the British title at Lee Valley in mid-March with a leap of 11.86m, but improved to 12.46m in Daegu for his 4th place.
The Men's winter team closed out the season with the Southern 12 Stage Road Relays in Kent at the weekend, finishing 9th in a very strong field. This annual event attracts some of the best squads the country has to offer, and this edition turned out to be no different. The winners were Tonbridge who led for most of the race, after Bedford put up a reasonable challenge until half way, whilst Highgate and Serpentine stepped up to take the minor medals.
Howard Williams was a great friend to WGEL. He was always involved with the Roding Valley Half Marathon when it was regularly the county championships and is best known as the Met League founder and organiser, and Secretary of Essex AA.
Ilford AC's Andy Catton writes:
Sad news of the passing of Howard Williams, one of the great unsung heroes of the sport. He was not just a talented middle and long distance runner in his day but an absolute legend of an official and administrator and race organiser. He was a stalwart of Ilford AC as Road and Cross Country Officer, General Secretary of Essex AA, a CAU officer, organiser of the Metropolitan League XC and seemingly ever-present in some capacity at Essex, Southern, CAU and National XC over four decades between the 60's and 90's. Many will have received their finish disc from Howard at the end of major xc races. A total inspiration and a totally modest man.
The cross country season finished on a high for our Younger Athletes with a trip to Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Saturday for the National Primary Schools and Year 7 XC Champs. 20 Athletes travelled up and joined coaches John Stow, Steve Cody, Libby Kozak and Kerry Harrington with the help of Alicia McArdell taking a day off from her university studies to cheer on our group (pictured).
Beautiful warm spring weather welcomed the team, who found the course soft underfoot but luckily only boggy in a couple of places.