Welwyn Athletic Club

Athletics in Welwyn Garden City

By WGCHT/James Parrett

Name: Chris B

Subject: Welwyn Athletic Club

Duration: 6:43

Interview Date: c2016

Chris B talks first about being on a committee running sports days in the late 1940s, till 1953 when they decided to form Welwyn Athletic Club. Then he explains how in 1958 they spoke to the council about opening a running track, which lead to the start of Gosling Stadium in Welwyn Garden City. Chris mentions Ann Jenner and John Wenk, both of whom trained in Gosling Stadium and went on to run in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Finally he describes how Welwyn Athletic Club merged with another local club to form the the Verlea Athletics Club, which merged with another Hertfordshire Athletics club in 2002 to form the Herts Phoenix Athletics Club.

This page was added on 10/11/2016.

Comments about this page

  • img115.jpg
    Mike (Wilber) Stains training at the stadium-1960’s

    By Derek McFarlane (05/08/2019)
  • It’s nice to hear from Harry Wilson’s relation, It was always fun to “train” under ‘. “Wil’s”- Good Happy times.

    By Derek McFarlane (16/07/2019)
  • The last time that I meet John Wenk was in Toronto Canada, in the late 60’s & I still have a photo of him training. (somewhere in my loft!!)

    By Derek McFarlane (03/04/2019)
  • It was nice to hear Chris mention my uncle Harry Wilson, who was dedicated to athletics throughout his life.

    By Richard Wilson (28/02/2018)

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