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Relays and Presentations - 11am on Saturday 7th March 2020 - Wanstead Flats, Harrow Road, E11 3QD

Please join us for the final Chingford League event, the 4 x 2 mile cross-country relays at Wanstead Flats.

*******The Relays are hosted by our Club, EAST LONDON RUNNERS. In addition to runners we require volunteers on the day to help set up the course(from 8.30am) and Marshals from 10.30am to 1pm approx. Your help will be much appreciated. Volunteers will score points in the ELR Winter League competition.*******

If you would like to take part, please put your name on Race Entries by Saturday 29th February, and we will allocate teams of similarly-paced runners. If you would prefer to enter a team with specific runners, please let Jacob Stevens know by that date. Late entries (even on the day) are possible, but it will make the captains' job much easier if people could sign up by this date.

There will be ONE race FOR ALL RUNNERS STARTING at 11am, which will include the Under 13 race and which and will comprise one lap of about 1 mile per leg, the rest of the runners will run a circuit of approximately 2 miles per leg. The courses will be largely grass with the occasional bit of forest track, but runners are advised to bring both spikes/studs and flats depending on conditions on the day.

Each team to have 4 runners and, with the exception of the top couple of teams in each category, composite teams made up of athletes from different clubs (or even of different sexes) will be allowed so that everybody can have a run, provided that the name of the composite team is clearly stated on the registration sheet.

There is no need to have a specific vets team as these scores will be computed from the sum of the times of the first four vets in both the men's and women's categories, whichever team those vets happen to be running for.

Whilst all of the individual placings have been already determined, any team awards in the event of a tie will be decided by the accumulated team points from the preceding 5 races.

Refreshments will be available from 10.30am onwards in the Sports Pavilion where there are toilet and excellent changing facilities. The prize-giving will take place as soon as the results are in. There is parking adjacent to the sports complex. We would appreciate that if you are staying for the presentations, which we hope that you are, of you could park legally on the adjacents streets as the footballers are likely be arriving before we finish.

Races to look forward to this Winter

A regularly updated calendar including the Chingford league and additional winter races can be found on line here

All the races are free to enter as they are included in your membership fees except for the one in Loughton AC. You will be informed when they are open on our Facebook group and website.

For Championship events, please advise your Winter League captains Michael Wilson and Jacob Stevens in advance that you are willing to run, so that you can be entered for those races. You do not need to pre-enter the Chingford League and Sunday XC League races, as you can turn up on the day to run.

For more information, contact your XC captains or your ELR race secretary Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera directly or by e-mail:


Have a great winter filled with running!

Chingford League Fixtures 2019/20

Race 1 - Tuesday 1st October 2019
Redbridge Cycle Centre, Hog Hill, Hainault - 5k on Tarmac (Ladies 7.30pm Men 8.00pm)

Race 2 - Tuesday 5th November 2019
Redbridge Cycle Centre, Hog Hill, Hainault - 5k on Tarmac (Ladies 7.30pm Men 8.00pm)

Race 3 - Saturday 23rd November 2019
Trent Park, Cockfosters (Hosted by Barnet AC) 2.30pm - 5 miles XC, hosted by Barnet in conjunction with Fraternity and Sorority Cups.

Race 4 - Wednesday 11th December 2019
Time 19:30, Olympic Velopark Track, Stratford. 5k tarmac

Race 5 Saturday 18th January 2020
Hackney Marshes 5m XC - NOTE 11.30am start!

Race 6 - Saturday 1st February 2020
Victoria Park, Hackney (Hosted by VPH) - 5 Miles on Tarmac - NOTE 11am!

Race 7 - Saturday 7th March 2020
2m XC Relays and presentations at Wanstead Flats - (Hosted by ELR) - Time 11am FOR ALL AGES

Chingford League 2019/20 - Link to Facebook Page

FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/groups/913546882044405/

WEBSITE - www.chingfordleague.co.uk/

Chingford League 2019/20

Chingford League - Since 1955

A winter athletics league for N & E London: A mix of cross country and tarmac surfaces, over 5 miles or 5k. The league offers both a serious competition for fast athletes and a friendly welcome to all runners plus it combines with an inclusive ethos to encourage newer runners to "give it a go".

The mix of challenges is also perfect for parkrunners who are improving, but want to vary distances and terrain to boost their performance and progress towards goals like 10k, half marathons and beyond. If you want to take part, join one of our 16 member clubs - then it's free to enter.

Member Clubs:

Barnet & District AC
Barking Road Runners
Dagenham 88
East End Road Runners
East London Runners
East London Triathletes
Edmonton Running Club
Eton Manor
Harold Wood RC
London City Runners
Loughton Athletic Club
Mornington Crescent Chasers
Orion Harriers
Trent Park
Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies

Edmonton Running Club, Mornington Crescent Chasers and London City Runners have joined us for Season 2019/20!

Some recent changes to the Chingford League.

Some things to note for the coming Chingford League season:

Age categories equalised for m/f runners at V40, V50 etc.

In the individual awards, the best 5 out of 6 performances (apart from the relays) will count .

Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
6 new award categories: U11, U20 and V60 (m & f)

East London Runners - Winter Leagues Captain ( inc Chingford League 2019/20)

Mike Wilson

Chingford League - How does it work?

This is how the format works:

It is Race Series, competing with local and some London Clubs. Some races are on tarmac and others are pure Cross Country. Held in the Autumn/Winter months from early October to early March.

This "Winter season" League usually consists of 3 road surface races, 3 cross country races and a cross country relay race.

The Event in March is the Cross Country Relay Race for teams of 4 (usually) and is now held on Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road) and hosted by East London Runners.

The races are free to all ELR club members. (ELR has paid an Annual fee to the League).

It is not necessary to complete any entry forms.
No pre-race registration required.

Just turn up on the evening/on the day and take a race number from the ELR folder at race HQ. You keep this number for the whole series!

There are 5 team categories, each with 6 to score. Trophies are also awarded to the individuals, in 8 age categories, who have scored most points in the races during the season.
Senior Women: Vet Women (40), Supervet Women (50), Supervet Women (60), Senior Men Vet Men (40), Supervet Men (50), Supervet Men (60)

Ask if you are unsure! You can then use that number for the remainder of the series. It is that straight forward.