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Club History - Founded May 1982 - An overview to July 2017

In the late 70s and early 80s there was a noted local race-walker called Roger Mills, who was a member of Ilford AC. He raced in the Tokyo Olympics where he finished in 10th place. He was a regular member of the UK squad. He won a Bronze medal in European Championships in Rome in 1974.

1974 European Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 20 km
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 10th 20 km
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 37th 20 km

About this time a "jogging" boom was turning into a "running" boom. Starting in the USA it quickly spread to the UK. The New York marathon was imitated by the London Marathon which started in 1981. In May 1982 Roger opened a running/sports shop in Wanstead High Street called....Athletic East. There was a well-known chain of shops in the USA called Athletic West, so we guess that this was East London's/the UK's answer. Roger's first shop was a tiny, narrow shop in the little parade just by the George Public house. It was from this shop, in 1982, that a group would meet on a Wednesday evening to go for a run and East London Runners was born, organised by Roger. The popularity grew so much that we moved to Wanstead Leisure Centre in about 1983/4, where we have been ever since.

The early to mid 1990's saw the Club at it's peak in terms of numbers with over 200 active members and 104 runners one Wednesday evening when the pre run meeting had to take place in the Centre's Gymnasium.

Today the membership is around 215 active members with an average of 50/70 running each Wednesday.September 1st 2010 saw 65 runners at the Club night with 49 then attending the Curry Night at a local Indian restaurant at 9pm following the Club run. Wednesday 5th January 2011 increased this number to 72 with 10 of this number trying out the Club for the first time. Numbers have continued to remain high with a total membership exceeding 180 as at 31st March 2012. Similar numbers have been experienced with an increase to circa 200 to 31st March 2013 and 2014 and March 2015.

On 5th May 2015 we introduced a Beginners group run of up to 5k each Wednesday in conjunction with the main Club run. Most weeks we had 3 distances of 5k, 5 miles and in excess of 6 miles. This continued through until 30th September 2015. With darkness falling earlier each week we discontinued the 5k run but continued with the other two.

As at the close of our financial year 31st March 2016 membership numbers had increased to 262. Renewals commenced from 1st April 2016 and including new members this figure has been exceeded.

In 2016/17 membership numbers continued to increase and as at the end of our financial year, 31st March 2017, stood at 300.

From 1st April 2017 renewals fell due. ELR and England Athletics allow a grace period of 3 months to renew. After that time we at ELR tidy up our membership database, after numerous renewal reminders to members, on 1st July each year. Those members choosing not to renew, some may have moved from the area, have long term injuries or their personal circumstances have changed are no longer part of the database and will lose all of their ELR and EA benefits. They can however rejoin when their circumstances change.

The Curtis Shield - Club Person (member) of the Year - Awarded to the Club Member who the members consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.

Apart from 1984, when the Shield was first presented for the best performance by an East London Runner, when it was won by Lee Richardson, the Curtis Shield has always been awarded to the Club Person of the past year. In 1985 the award went to Trevor Cornell the Club's then Chairman. In 1986 it was awarded to Dick Pleasance for help that he gave to others, especially new members. In 1987 it was awarded to Steve Knott, who at the time was Club President. In 1988 it went to Mike Matcham who was responsible for getting the Social side of ELR going. In 1989 Peter Cowup who was also Social Secretary won the award. The award went to Trevor Jason in 1990 for his work as Coach at Walthamstow Track. Trevor was the first to also win the Most Improved Runner award.In 1991 John White won the Shield for his work as Editor of the Club Magazine Runaround. John was Editor for abour 8 years.In 1992 Peter Cowup became the first person to win the Curtis Shield twice, this time as Club President. The award went to Simon Morgan in 1993, the Club's Chairman and youngest winner of the award at that time.

Winners

December 2016 - Jonathan Wooldridge
December 2015 - Maya Goodwin
December 2014 - Don Bennett
March 2014 - Patrick Brown
2013 - Grant Conway
2012 - Ciaran Canavan
2011 - Derek Wright
2010 - Frank Brownlie
2009 - Mike Wilson
2008 - John Atkinson
2007 - Jim Bird
2006 - Kirk Johnson
2005 -
2004 -
2003 - Mike Wilson
2002 - Don Bennett
2001 - Don Bennett
2000 -
1999 - Clive Jackson
1998 - John McCarthy
1997 - Lesley Morgan
1996 - Don Bennett
1995 - Jim Bird
1994 - Doug Mansell
1993 - Simon Morgan
1992 - Peter Cowup
1991 - John White
1990 - Trevor Jason
1989 - Peter Cowup
1988 - Mike Matcham
1987 - Steve Knott
1986 - Dick Pleasance
1985 - Trevor Cornell
1984 - Lee Richardson

Club Runner of the Month

2017.
June 2017 - Jennifer Ansell
May 2017 - Lucy Barron
April 2017 - Thomas Grimes and Antonio Martin Romero
March 2017 - Suzanne Bench
February 2017 - Emily Clarke and James Nichols
January 2017 - Maud Hodson


2016.
January 2016 - Grant Conway
February 2016 - Aaron Browne
March 2016 - Judith Anna Vonberg
April 2016 - Bernadett Kalmar and Spencer Evans
May 2016 - Billy Rayner
June 2016 - Sandra Hiller and Robert Rayworth
July 2016 - Dan Slipper
August 2016 - Karen Levison
September 2016 - Ava Lee
October 2016 - Scott McMillan
November 2016 - Fiona Critchley and John Paul Healy
December 2016 - Paul Marshall

2015.
January 2015 - Phillippa Walker
February 2015 - Roberto Bruni
March 2015 - The Brown Brothers (Euan Brown, Alex Day and Patrick Brown)
April 2015 - Russell Price
May 2015 - Maya Goodwin and Bozena Myslinska
June 2015 - Thomas Grimes
July 2015 - Trish Kelly
August 2015 - Jennifer Ansell
September 2015 - Sarah Burns
October 2015 - Maud Hodson
November 2015 - Carlton D'Souza
December 2015 - Jonathan Wooldridge

The Early Years - 1982 to 1986

Early Club records show that a special Meeting was called for Wednesday 20th February 1985. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the future of East London Runners.

SPECIAL MEETING
Since the beginning in May 1982 the Club has been "run" by Roger. However, a number of Club members have expressed a wish to take a greater role in Club affairs.This has come at a time when Roger is anxious to make the most of what is left of his career as an International Athlete. Whilst Roger wishes to remain greatly involved with the Club, increased training and competition will make their own demands. Various topics have been pencilled in for discussion and you are welcome to make suggestions on the night.

1. Aims of the Club.
2. Money - What we do with existing Club funds etc.
3. Do we become affiliated to the A.A.A? - for and against.
4. Positions within the Club.
5. Any other business.

This meeting notice was published together with the January 1985 edition of the East London Runners Newsletter. Included in the Newsletter were the following additional topics.
1. Discussion on cost of Coach hire to races.
2. London Marathon - Rejected runners. ELR issued a special limited edition T-Shirt through Roger. Grey shirt with special London Marathon logo and a big red "REJECT" stamp, all for only £4.75.
3. Race reports - Bedford Boxing Day 10 - Epsom Motorway 10 - New York Marathon - Chelmsford Half Marathon.
4. Club colours discussion - looking to agree on a specific colour for future use.
5. Donations to Charity including £200 to Bone Marrow Hospital, £300 to London Hospital Body Scanner Appeal, £950 to the Deaf. All donations totalled £1,943.

The 1990's

..........to follow

2000 to 2009

.............to follow

2010

Club Newsletters 2010.

elrNEWSLETTERS

January 2010 - First Edition
-Short History of East London Runners
- Annual General Meeting (AGM, Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 7.15pm
- Benfleet 15 Results


February 2010
- History of East London Runners, Founded 1982 - to date.
- Roding Valley Half Marathon, Sunday 28th February 2010 - 9am.
- February 2010 Fixtures.
- Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM), Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 7.15pm.
- Benfleet 15, Results.

March 2010
-Membership Renewals, For Year 1 st April 2010 to 31st March 2011
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010, Minibus for Runners - Water Station (20 mile Feed Station) helpers needed!
-Social Nights, An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010.
-Publicity, Potential Press Releases.
-ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2010, East London Runners now a Full Partner in the East London 5 Interclub Series.
-Valentines Park 5k, Provisional date - Sunday 26th September 2010.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011, Online entries and East London Rules for Club places.
-Jurassic Coast Challenge - 27th/28th and 29th March 2010 - 78.6 miles in 3 days, Good luck to East London Runner Roberto Bruni in his big challenge!
-Runners Shorts! By Long Legs.

April 2010
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010. Water Station (20 mile Feed Station - Helpers required!
-Virgin London Marathon Exhibition 2010, Excel - 21st to 24th April 2010
-CHANGES TO THE 2011 VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON PUBLIC BALLOT SYSTEM, Virgin London Marathon - Sunday April 17th 2011.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011, Rules for Club places.
-Social Nights, An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010.
-Flickr, East London Runners join Flickr!
-Jurassic Coast Challenge - 27th/28th and 29th March 2010 - 78.6 miles in 3 days. Well done Roberto in completing this Challenge!
-Runners Shorts! By Long Legs

May 2010
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010, East London Runners - Results!
-Target Races - Summer 2010. A selection of East London Runners favourites!
-Club Social Nights. An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010
-Runners Shorts!by Long Legs.

June 2010
-ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2010, East London Runners now a Full Partner in the East London 5 Interclub Series.
-ELVIS Races - Summer 2010, East London 5 Interclub Series.
-Newman Hilly Off Road 5 Miles Race - Wednesday 21st July 2010 - 7.30pm. Replaces the Wednesday night Club run!
-Race Reports, Comments by East London Runners members after completing a recent race.
-Club Social Nights. An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010
-Summer Training Sessions, The Glade Hills.
-Tip of the Month. How can I prevent blisters?
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

July 2010
-East London Runners get married in their running shoes! Congratulations to Magda Socha and Rob Heppell on their marriage.
-Newman Hilly 5 Results - Wednesday 21st July 2010. Second leg of the ELVIS Grand Prix Series.
-Havering 90 Results - 5 mile race - Sunday 11th July 2010. First leg of the ELVIS Grand Prix Series.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 2 on 21st July 2010.East London Ladies and Mens Teams are both in 2nd place after two races!
-Remaining ELVIS Races - Summer 2010
-Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 5th September 2010.East London Runners competing and supporting again in 2010.
-Valentines Park 5k. Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am.
-Race Reports. Orion Fell race.
-Tip of the Month. Can you drink too much? Not related to the Great British Beer Festival outing!
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

August 2010
-Triathlon Results - Olympic Distances - August 2010. East London Runners had 7 members compete in Triathlons in recent weeks.
-Triathlon Results - Sprint Distances - August 2010. Swim 750m, Bike 20k, Run 5k!
-From the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian - Friday 13th August 2010
East London Runner Tom Lawrence is running for Charity in the Great North Run.
-Orion Forest 5 - ELVIS Race 3 of 6 - Saturday 7th August 2010. Individual results for East London Runners.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 3 on 7th August 2010. East London Ladies and Mens Teams are both in 2nd place after three races, unofficial results!
-Remaining ELVIS Races - Summer 2010.
-Club Social Nights.
-Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers Required! Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am.
-Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 5th September 2010.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

September 2010
-ELR SPOTLIGHT ...........on Jimmy Hartwell. The trials and tribulations of a long distance runner!
-Dagenham 88 - 5 mile'sh - ELVIS race 5 of 6 - Sunday 19th September 2010.
Results from the above race.
-Barking 5k - ELVIS Race 4 of 6 - Monday 30th August 2010. Individual results for East London Runners.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 5 of 6 on Sunday 19th September 2010. East London Ladies and Mens Teams both remain in 2nd place after five races.
-Sikh Marathon Relay - Redbridge, Sunday 29th August 2010.
-Essex Way Relay Race Results - Sunday 5th September 2010.
-Cross Country Season 2010/11. East London Runners are competing again in t he Cross Country League.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. East London Runners - Rules for Club places.
-Tip of the Month. Improving with Age.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

October 2010
-ELVIS Has Left The Building! Final ELVIS Results for 2010.
-Cross Country. The Cross Country season is upon us!
-Essex Vets Cross Country 4th December 2010. Closing Date for Entries - Saturday 6th November.
-Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Sunday 10th 10th 2010. Results and report.
-Improving with Age. Run Britain Rankings - Handicaps Launched.
-Tip of the Month. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
-Christmas Dinner Wednesday 15th December 2010, Venue: Upstairs at the George.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. Club Ballot Early December - Rules for Club places.
-Runners Shorts! by Short Legs

November 2010
-Spotlight on.........Ian Horritt. Ian heads West to new running trails!
-Race Results - Cross Country League Fixtures. Results from Cheshunt and Chicksands.
-Target Races - Winter 2010/Spring 2011. Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. Club Ballot 1st December - Rules for Club places.
-Christmas Dinner Wednesday 15th December 2010. Venue: Upstairs at the George.
-Tip of the Month. Cross Country Footwear.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

December 2010
-Season's Greetings! Merry Chris tmas and a Happy New Year.
-Target Races - Winter 2010/Spring 2011. Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
-Sunday Cross Country League - Race 3 Digswell - 12th December 2010
Results from the latest Cross Country race.
-Results - Essex Vets Cross Country Championships. Hainault Forest, Chigwell Row on Saturday 4th December 2010.
-Weekend runs - January 2011. Proposed runs for the New Year.
-Race reports - Bedford Half Marathon - Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Half Marathon.
-Tip of the Month. Running in cold weather.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

2011

January 2011.
YELLOW PAGES - EAST LONDON - Just released the new edition of the Yellow Pages East London edition featuring 26 great ways to get the most from your area. At No 20 East London Runners feature and the Wanstead Park group photo.

May 2011.
Clubwatch - Running Fitness Magazine. Out on Friday 6th May is the June issue of Running Fitness magazine, priced £4.30. Page 17 is the Clubwatch features East London Runners in an article written by Katherine Jones and featuring 3 photo's.
Photo 1 Eight of our ladies at the end of the Roding Valley.
Photo 2 John Atkinson at the Benfleet mud.
Photo 3 Four of our men at the Orion 15.
Available at WH Smith's

June 2011.
The ELR Committee recently discussed, researched and agreed to buy two Blade Feathers/Wind Sails. Ciaran Canavan took this project on board and took delivery, on behalf of the Club, of the Blades recently.

Their first use was at the ELVIS Race 1 in Raphael Park, Romford where Ciaran put them together and they became a focal meeting point for the club members running that evening.

Tricia O'Neill and Jimmy Hartwell with the new blade feathers

December 2011.
NEW TO OUR WEBSITE - Runners' Profiles was suggested by Grant Conway and made possible by our Webmaster, Derek Wright. The Profiles show the Race Results, including Times, Places and Locations, for all of our current membership over distances ranging from 5k to Marathon plus Cross Country, Ultras, Duathlon, Triathlon and other related events over the past 6 years or so.

You can have a short biography added to your page with or without a photograph by sending the information to the Webmaster via the usual e.mail address. Publication may be subject to editorial amendment/ agreement!





Club Newsletters 2011.

elrNEWSLETTERS

January 2011
- Benfleet 15, Sunday 23rd January 2011, Results, pictures and report.
- VLM April 2011 - Training Logs of Karen, Grant and Frank.
- Ilford AC 10 mile Cross Country - Sunday 2nd January 2011 - Results,pictures and report.
- London Borough of Redbridge - Launch of a parkrun series of 5k weekly races.
- Cross Country League fixture Watford, Sunday 16th January 2011, Results, pictures and report.
- Tip of the Month! Common running injury - Achilles Tendonitis.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

February 2011
- Cross Country League - Royston - Sunday 13th February 2011. Results, pictures and report.
- Annual General Meeting - 7.30pm - Monday 28th February 2011
Formal Notice of Meeting was sent to all Members by e.mail on 7th February 2011.
- Running a Marathon in 2011? Marathon Questionnaire.
- Race Report Coastal Trail Series - South Devon - Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Latest news from East London Runners.
- Training and Challenge Holidays - Embrace Sports, by new ELR member Lucy Jarvis.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.
- Tip of the Month! Dealing with running blisters.


March 2011
- ORION 15 - Saturday 19th March 2011, Results, pictures and reports.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Coach transfer.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Volunteers required to man the 20 mile Water Feed Station.
- Post Marathon Curry Night - Wednesday 20th April 2011.
- Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 27th February 2011, Results, pictures and reports.
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2011/12, Annual Club membership fee of £18 due from 1st April 2011.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011, Rules, Prizes and races.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

April 2011
- elrNEWSLETTER - April 2011 - Marathon Special.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011 - Sunday 17th April 2011, Results, pictures and reports from Club Members.
- Marathon results from around the Globe. Results, pictures and reports from Brighton, Paris, Milan and Boston Marathons.
- Virgin London Marathon 2012 - Sunday 22nd April 2012. Public ballot entries open on Tuesday 26th April 2011.
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2011/12. Annual Club membership fee of £18 due from 1st April 2011.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Race Dates!

May 2011
- Race Results. Some recent race results for East London Runners. Prague Marathon, Halstead and Essex Marathon, Shakespeare Marathon and the Orpington Half and Full Marathon.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Race Dates!
- Ultra Running update, Jimmy Hartwell heads for the Highlands! Result, pictures and report from the 53 mile Highland Fling.
- Running - Top 10 Films, As recommended and reviewed by ELR's Rob Heppell.
- Media and Public Relations. ELR Committee members Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns.
- England Athletics - New Coaching and Leadership Courses. Interested in coaching your fellow runners?
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

June 2011
- ELVIS Race 1 - Havering 90 Midweek 5 Miles. East London Runners win individual and Team prizes - Tuesday 21st June 2011. Reults, photos and reports.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011
East London 5's Interclub Series - Remaining Race Dates! Message to all East London Runners from ELR Elvis Captains Karen Levison and Grant Conway!
- Blade Feathers. East London Runners purchase two Blade Feathers.
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League. East London Runners has joined the Chingford League!
- Running - Top 10 Books. As reviewed and recommended by ELR's Rob Heppell.
- OnTrack Sports Therapy - South Woodford. DISCOUNTED sports massage, injury assessment and treatment.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

July 2011
- ELVIS Race 3 - Newman Hilly 5 - Wednesday 20th July 2011. East London Runners remain top of both Ladies and Mens League. Results, photos and report.
- ELVIS Race 2 - Eton Manor 5k - Sunday July 10th 2011. East London Runners win both Ladies and Mens Team Events! Results, photos and reports.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Remaining Race Dates!
- Ultra Running update - South Downs Way - 103 miles. Jimmy Hartwell's latest venture! Result, photos and report.
- Essex Way Relay Race 2011 - Epping to Harwich 82 miles - Sunday September 4th 2011. Can you run a leg for one of the East London Runner Teams?
- Redbridge 10k - Sunday 24th July 2011. ELR runners compete in inaugural local event! Results, photos and reports.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

August 2011

September 2011
- Elvis Winners 2011
- Elvis 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Report and results
- Elvis 6 - Dagenham 88 5 mile'sh - Report and results
- Elvis 5- Barking 5k - Report and results
- VLM 2012 - Club ballot rules
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League
- Sikh Relay Marathon - Report and Results
- Essex Way Teram Relay - Report
- Runners Shorts by Long Legs

October 2011
- Sunday Cross Country League - Race 1 Cheshunt - 23rd October 2011.
- Social Events, 10 Pin Bowling in November and Xmas Dinner in December.
- Virgin London Marathon - April 22nd 2012, The public ballot results are now known!
- Essex Vets Cross Country Championship Races - Chigwell Row - Saturday 3rd December 2011.
- Fast Girls! New Feature Film about running!
- Chingford League, remaining fixtures.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

November 2011
- Sunday Cross Country League - Race 2 - Trent Park, Cockfosters, 20th November 2011
- FAST GIRLS - The Movie - Mystery ELR member plays leading supporting role in new movie!
- Dublin Marathon - Monday 31st October 2010
Sub 3 hour Marathon time for East London Runner, Ciaran Canavan!
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League - Remaining Fixtures for 2011/12
- Virgin London Marathon - April 22nd 2012 - Club draw on 30th November 2011
- Target Races - Winter 2011/Spring 2012 = Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs

Christmas 2011
- Season's Greetings, Best wishes for Olympic Year 2012!
- Farewell to Maz! Amanda Mazza Lovegrove is emigrating to Australia!
- Recent Cross Country Results, Sunday League at Watford and Essex Vets at Hainault Forest
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012. Results of Club Ballot
- Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th December 2011. ELR well represented in this popular race.
- ELR 2011 Marathon results by Age Grading. From Worldwide Marathon races - Congratulations to all!
- parkrun and Running Clubs. From the parkrun weekly newsletter 15th December 2011‏...by Paul of parkrun
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League. Remaining Fixtures for 2011/12
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Target Races - Winter 2011/Spring 2012
Some favourite races for Marathon Training in which members of East London Runners compete.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs


East London Runners Annual General Meeting Monday February 28th 2011

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

Committee Meetings . We held 6 meetings during the year with Frank , Don, Derek and Jim at all 6. Mike, John (part) and Ciaran 5, Kirsty and Jaime 4, Julie 3 and Sarah 2 as a guest and Katherine and Miguel 1. Kirk none.

I would like to propose a vote of thanks to all committee members for their efforts on behalf of the membership throughout the year. I will return to comment on individual efforts further in this report.

Membership. This was a very successful year in terms of increasing numbers and participation. Numbers rose from 90 at 31/3/10 to 161 as at 28/02/11. From renewal on 1st April 2010 to 19/5 was 85. Then 96 at 14/7 to 112 at 22/9 and 130 on 8/12 to 150 on 2nd February 2011. Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie now look after the membership records with Don updating the database and Frank issuing welcome e/mails to new members.
The paper/excel versions of the membership were converted by webmaster Derek Wright to a hidden website database. Derek also set up the IT framework for the whole of the website and for the monthly e.Newsletter from March 2010 with Frank providing most of the content with Ciaran’s help on occasions! Derek continues to assist with all IT matters at no cost to the Club and is doing an invaluable job. A vote of thanks to Derek on behalf of the membership was proposed and seconded and approved unanimously.

VLM 2010 - Don and Pam continued to do sterling work providing food and drink for not only all the feed station helpers but in addition numerous other helpers/marshals etc. Don also organised the minibus to Island Gardens. We received 8 places for our ballot in 2010. 6 from LFB for feed station/special drinks and 2 from UK Athletics. For VLM2011 we received a total of 10, 7 from LFB and 3 from UKA.

Social - The monthly social at the George didn’t take off except for the post marathon one. A successful curry night with 50 attendees was held in early September 2010 and was very well organised by Jaime Towns in the main. Mike Wilson also helped as did John Atkinson on the night. Don again organised a successful Xmas dinner at the George in mid December. Other smaller events were the post marathon drink at the George after the Wednesday Club run and the visit by 16 members to the Great British Beer Festival.

Media and PR - Thanks to Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns fort their efforts. Jim Bird's marathon story was in the local paper and website as was Tom Lawrence's Gt North run story. Yellow Pages are also to feature the Club in their introduction at no cost.

Jim Bird looks after Club Kit with Kirsty Weston assisting in orders. Jim has also attended every Wednesday Club night and committee Meeting and also various races throughout the year in support of club runners.


Wednesday night club runs - Chosen and announced by Doug Mansell or Mike Wilson with Doug throwing in varied sessions throughout the year. Thanks also to Don for his ever present attendance and organisational skills and back marking. Also to all other club members who assist and look after newer runners each week. We were surprised that we were not given any notice or warning by the School/Sports Centre of the works,carried out over the Summer of 2010, affecting access to our usual meeting room. We tried various different rooms within the building and have found one large and reasonably suitable enough to accommodate us now. The Centre has also been flexible with space for the additional runs that we have been having recently, mainly on Tuesday nights.

Races- Many members competed at all distances including Triathlons and in various locations around the world. It was good that they were keen to have both their results and race reports published on our website and/or Newsletter.

ELVIS - To Don, Mike and Rachel for attending the meetings and helping publicise the ELVIS series within the Club. For helping on the day together with Jaime Towns and all other members who marshalled at Val Park 5k on the day. To Don for organising the discounted entries for the Hilly 5. Congratulations to Karen Levison who in addition to winning most of the races she entered was also leading lady overall. Both the Ladies and Men's Teams were 2nd overall in the team competition with the ladies not being that far behind winners Ilford.


Essex Way - to Edward Barnard and Don Bennett for organising before and on the day what is a very successful event.

Cross Country - To Derek Wright, cross country captain for his enthusiasm and attendance at each of the 5 league and the additional ad hoc races throughout the winter. Regrettably the numbers diminished somewhat through the series. Disappointing that we only had 3 ladies running in the league although there was greater representation in the local ones.

Finally, to anyone that I have left out apologies. To all members who attended Club nights, races, social nights, meetings and any other occasions, thank you.

The focus throughout the year, has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through the Website, Facebook , Newsletter, e.mail and then face to face at Club Nights. Races and Meetings.

The Club is in rude health and with everyone's positive attitude and help it will continue to be so.

I therefore propose a vote of thanks to all the Committee members for their work throughout the year and to all members for what they have done also.

2012

March 2012.




1st March 2012 - Ilford Recorder.


Check out today's Ilford Recorder, page 45, Sports Section. Report and pictures from both the Roding Valley HM and the Hotelympia 10k. Headline - Ciaran picks himself up, dusts himself off to take the silver. Photo of Ciaran with Steve Cram plus one of Thomas Grimes. Manjit Bedi and Patrick Brown with their medals. Name check for all ELR's who finished the Roding plus Grant! Thanks to Jim Bird for going that extra mile to get this article and photos in the paper!




Ciaran received his prizes from GB 400m Athlete Nigel Levine and
legendary GB Olympian Steve Cram.



National Lottery Olympic Park and Stadium run - 2pm Sat 31st March 2012 - 5 miles.
5707 finishers.




The East London Runners Marshal Team!

A cool and cloudy day welcomed over 5,000 Runners, 10,000 Spectators and numerous Marshalls and other Organisers to the Olympic Park on Saturday. East
London Runners were well represented by 20 participants, 40 Spectators and 9
Marshalls all of whom enjoyed their day in history!

After passing through the Security checks it was easy to proceed to the Olympic
Stadium and it's surroundings including the pens for the race start. A cold wind
welcomed the runners who were glad and excited when the first wave of runners
was set off by Princess Beatrice at 2pm, who then joined the race at the start of the second wave some 12 minutes later. A further two waves subsequently followed.


A stylish Mark Boulton sprints home!
The 5 mile course passed by all of the iconic Olympic stadia including the
Veledrome, Basketball and other buildings. Twisting and turning throughout the
course ended at the main Olympic Stadium with the final 300 metres on the
running track with the finish line at the end of the 100 metre straight. For most runners this was the most thrilling part, entering the stadium to the strains of Chariots of Fire belting out of the loudspeakers and the roars of the crowd cheering you to the finish.

East London Runners Thomas Grimes had a fantastic time and finished in 10th
place overall with Mark Boulton joining him in the top 100. However for Tom and
Mark and the rest of us following in their wake it was the thrill and joy of
taking part and finishing in the Stadium which was the most important aspect of
the whole day. Picking up our Goody Bags which included a quality race medal was
an added bonus.





ELR' Don Bennett in party mood!

It was also great to see the many smiles on everyone's faces whether they were
Runners, Marshall or Spectators.

Julie Creffieldsaid - "ELR marshals did a fab job today, as did the
runners...the club got a great mention just before the pink group went off. An
amazing event!!!" I've written a post about the race on my blog.
wp.me/p13GvN-52

August 2012.
East London Runners has been recognised as an approved Running Club by Virgin London Marathon, with a link to our Club details and Logo on their website.

Only a limited number of Clubs have become partners. Aimed at helping first time marathon runners of whom ELR have many running in the marathon each year. Sometimes Clubs are overlooked because of their perceived reputation of being only interested in fast runners. Many first time marathon runners will train by themselves not knowing that help is close at hand.

East London Runners will continue to man a Special Drinks Station at the Virgin London Marathon plus together with the London Fire Brigade will also man the 20 mile Water Station in Polar High Street.

www.virginlondonmarathon.com/training-centre/search-running-club/running-clubs/


Jimmy Hartwell completes the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc 2012 - 103k Race in the French Alps!
Jimmy's report.




Jimmy in full race togs!

A bit of déjà vu again this year for the UTMB, a day before flying out to the
Alps, the race organisers were already sending out texts about heavy snow and
wind chill of -10 at 2000m. Further texts said the weather was deteriorating and
that competitors had to start the race with a minimum of four layers.

On race day, there were reports of 60 km per hour winds and heavy snow at high
altitude mountain passes to Italy and Switzerland which could constitute serious
risk to the competitors. Fortunately the race wasn't cancelled ( like the 2010 edition) or a nearly cancelled like the previous year which started off five hours late and had major last minute route changes and deviations as high altitude sections became impassable as the race progressed.

This year the classic 170km loop around Mont Blanc was shortened to a 103km
course restricted to the French Alps with climbs only approaching 2000m. The
race organiser Catherine Poletti still gleefully informed everybody that the
race would be very difficult with the usual insane upward & downward climbs and a total upward ascent of 6850m.

On Friday the 31st August 2012, at roughly 7:10pm the race eventually kicked off from Chamonix centre to the deafening sound of Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis.
I let the rest of the team to speed off to the front. I wasn't race fit; the
last few months I had been plagued with injuries, so my sole intention was to
plod slowly around the course and just complete it. (It just meant I would only have time to stop off at checkpoints for a max of 15 or 20 minutes.)

After 7 hours of continual rain and fog, it was now sleeting sideways as I
gingerly plodded through the 1800 metre snow capped mountain trail of the La
Balme. Previous descents had turned into a total mud fest and once again I had twisted my ankle (it hadn’t fully recovered from the South Downs Ultra earlier in the year).




Weather conditions were tough higher up in the mountains! Training in Epping Forest in the summer was of little help!

Saturday 9:15pm caked in mud and with very sore feet I jogged into the finish at
Chamonix where this madness had started 26 hours earlier to be greeted by loopy
French people ringing cow bells, my partner, the rest of the team and friends.

All in all a very well organised race bearing in mind the changes that had to be made at short notice because of the extreme weather. Ok it was an abridged version of the race however I was happy to come in 2117 place and now possess the coveted race finishers fleece gilet.

www.ultratrailmb.com





Jimmy with the rest of his running team in Chamonix!


October 2012.
East London Runners is pleased to announce that Clive Jackson and Doug Mansell have recently (Oct 2012) been appointed as Life Members for their loyalty and services to the Club.


Annual Christmas Dinner 2012

Around 70 Members and guests attended the Annual Christmas Dinner.

Big thanks to Treasurer Don Bennett for organising this event both before and during this evening


Club Chairman Frank Brownlie made the following awards -

Flower display to Pam Bennett for her hard work for ELR especially at VLM time when she organises the food in the Church Hall for all the Marshalls and water Station helpers at the ELR/London Fire Brigade 20 mile point.

Jimmy Hartwell was the Ultra runner of the Year. Having qualified for the ULtra Tour De Mont Blanc, Jimmy completed this race in August.

Marathon performance of the year was won by John Atkinson, aged 70 who completed the Berlin Marathon in 4 hrs 07 mins in a good for age time.

Most improved female Runner of the Year was Katherine Harris for her personal best performances over many distances during the year.

Most improved male Runner of the Year was Dan Spinks for his personal best performances over many distances and the number of races completed.

Female Runner of the Year was Ninette Fernandes both for her pb results, representing the Club at many races including the ELVIS Series, her enthusiasm and her attendance at Club run nights.

Male Runner of the Year was Patrick Brown both for his pb results, representing the Club at many races including the ELVIS Series, Cross Country and Chingford League and his enthusiasm and attendance at Club run nights.
http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/sport/athletics/patrick_takes_top_honour_at_east_london_road_runners_awards_1_1741615
Club Chairman Frank Brownlie presents the award to Patrick Brown.

Lifetime Achievement award to Jim Bird for his Committee work, his attendance at all Wednesday night runs, organising the Club kit, his achievement of completing the London Marathon 26 times. He also represented the Club as a Marshall when attending the Olympic Park Run in March and at the Great London Swim. He was also an Olympic Games Maker at the Paralympic Games.

Special awards to Grant Conway and Mike Wilson for all the work they carry out on behalf of the Club throughout the year.

Club Newsletters 2012.

elrNEWSLETTERS

January 2012
- Benfleet 15 - Sunday 22nd January 2012. Results and report from this tough 15 mile race.
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012. Training updates from successful ELR Club ballot winners.
- Essex Cross Country Championships - Gloucester Park, Basildon - Saturday 7th January 2012 - Results and report!
- The 2,012 in 2012 Challenge!
Join in with other ELR Members in this tough challenge for Olympic Year 2012.
- Charity Entries for Future Races - Includes Marathons, Half Marathons and 10k's!
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

February 2012
- Roding Valley Half Marathon - 27/2/12 - Results and reports.
- Annual General Meeting - New Committee and Subscription change.
- National Lottery Olympic Park Run - Volunteer Marshals - Saturday 31st March 2012 - Can you volunteer on behalf of the Club?
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012 - Travel and help required at the Water Feed Station.
- Hotelympia 10k - Docklands - Great run by Ciaran on Sunday 27th February 2012.
- The 2,012 in 2012 Challenge! Join in with other ELR Members in this tough challenge for Olympic Year 2012.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2012. ELVIS (East London 5m/5k Interclub Series) - Race Dates and Rules.
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

March 2012
- Orion races - Mercury 10 and Orion 15 - Reports and results and photos.
- National Lottery Olympic Park Run - Saturday 31st March 2012
At 2pm a 5 mile race through the Olympic Park finishing in the Olympic Stadium.
East London Runners will be participating in the above event in three capacities.
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012
Travel and help required at the Water Feed Station.
- Home Run London
Home Run is a series of guided group runs home from Central London…they even carry your bag!
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2012/13
Annual Club membership fee of £20 due from 1st April 2012
- Runners Shorts!
by Long Legs

Marathon Special - May 2012
- Virgin London Marathon -Sunday 22nd April 2012 - Race Results and Reports and photos.
- Milton Keynes Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2012 - Results and reports from ELR participants.
- ELVIS is Coming. ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2012 - Race dates and Your Club needs you!
- Sweatshop - Olympic Offer to East London Runners - Week commencing Monday 14th May 2012.
- Kirsty Weston, Thank you and Good Luck!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs

August 2012
- 70th Birthday Club run for ELR John Atkinson - Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Both runners and non runners are welcome!
- ELVIS UPDATE, Full turnout required from ELR in the two remaining races!
- Sikh Marathon Relay - Redbridge - Sunday 26th August 2012. Runners required to form ELR Team.
- Essex Way Relay Team Event 2012- Epping to Harwich 82 miles - Sunday September 2nd 2012. Can you run a leg for one of t he East London Runner Teams?
- ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers Required!! Sunday 30th September 2012 - 10.00am.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

September 2012
- ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers (and runners) Required!!
Sunday 30th September 2012 - 10.00am.
- ELVIS Presentation Night 2012
Friday 5th October 2012 at 7.30/8pm.
- Virgin London Marat hon - Sunday April 21st 2013
Club draw will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 6.50pm.
- Chingford League 2012/13 and Sunday Cross Country League - Provisional Fixtures. Race entry in both Leagues is FREE to all ELR Club Members.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

Christmas 2012- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Seasons greetings from East London Runners.
- Club Runs during the Festive Period. Runs at Christmas and New Year.
- Training for a Spring Marathon in 2013. Suggested races and training runs.
- FREE Marathon Seminar/Workshop - Monday 21st January 2013, 6.00-7.30pm. Held by and at Runnersworld, Riverside House 2 Chadwell Heath Lane Romford, Essex RM6 4LS.
- Sunday Cross Country League and Chingford League. Remaining Fixtures 2012/13.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

2013

January 2013.
Here's the Financial Times article mentioning ELR that Frank Brownlie mentioned before the Club run (Over 70 runners)last night.
www.ft.com/cms/s/2/feb2d40e-50dc-11e2-b287-00144feab49a.html
Journalist Jonathan Thompson is the East London Runner who wrote it.

Extract -
I am far from peak fitness but I have completed 10K races and a couple of half marathons before, even if my times are not going to give Mo Farah sleepless nights. Plus, I am becoming a genuine convert to trail running, having just joined a local club, East London Runners, making weekly forays into Epping Forest.
He is currently absent whilst he travels the USA for MSN, you can read about his travels here!
www.AA.com/UnitedStatesofAdventure

March 2013.
At The Annual General Meeting held in Wanstead High School on Monday 4th March 2013 at 8.00pm the following Committee was elected for the coming year.

Chair - Frank Brownlie 07763 590454
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media and PR - Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns
Kit - Jim Bird
Member - Ciaran Canavan
Member - John White
Member - Ninette Fernandes

Congratulations to Grant Conway for winning the Curtis Shield at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 4th March 2013.



November 2013
ELR' Julie Creffield publishes e.book on Amazon(Kindle). 10k
Julie Creffield - Tuesday 19th November 2013.
Last nights track session inspired me to come home and finish off the ebook I have been writing. It went live on Amazon early this morning and even has a cheeky mention of the mighty ELR. Please show your support peeps and forward it on to your non running friends xx 10K
http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GRKLJQG
This book is a straight to the point,easy to use 10K training guide to get you up and running (or run/walking) a 10K in just 10 weeks. With 10 straight forward training sessions, a simple to follow nutrition plan and tricks and tips to maintain motivation, this book gives you all the support you could possibly need, bar running the thing for you.

Designed for those new or returning to running there is a focus on supporting athletes with a few extra pounds to lose and is written in a simple to follow way without the unnecessary running terminology or complicated pace/speed formulas of other training guides.

Author Julie "Fattymustrun" Creffield is behind the successful blog http://thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com where she supports overweight runners from all over the world to achieve their dreams. In her first published ebook she uses her 10 years of race experience to get you to the start line of her favourite race distance...and more importantly across the finishing line in one piece too.


December 2013
Thursday 12th December 2013 - Christmas Dinner at The George, Wanstead.
Around 70 Members and Guests gathered upstairs at The George, Wanstead with lots of drink and food consumed.



Club Chairman Frank Brownlie, on behalf of all present, thanked Club Treasurer Don Bennett for once again organising the Dinner. Frank then proceeded to make the following awards.

Ultra Runners of the Year - Trish Kelly and Roberto Bruni.
Trish and her husband Robert completed the Galapogos Marathon in April 2013 and in October they completed 3 Marathons in 3 days on the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Marathon Runners of the Year - Ava Lee and Ciaran Canavan.
Both Ava (3:13:25) and Ciaran (2:43:20)recorded personal best times in London in April and Ciaran also completed New York (2:50:16) in early November.

Good for Age Runner of the Year - Manjit Bedi.
Manjit recorded age related ratios of 81.4% and 82% in the Marathon (London 2:48:20) and Half Marathon in 2013. A fantastic performance made possible by his prodigious training regime.

Most Improved Runners of the Year - Fiona Day and Lee Wollaston.
Fiona and Lee both improved their running times throughout the year and are regular attenders on the Club runs and races.

Club Runners of the Year - Ninette Fernandes and Tom Woods.
Ninette is the Ladies Elvis Captain, helps with the Monday track sessions, a Committee Member and has a great enthusiasm for our Club and it's members. Tom has a typical weekend of running 30 miles or so as well as attending our Tuesday and Wednesday Club nights and Sunday runs. He competed in all 7 ELVIS races this year and completed Marathons in London,Chicago (3:53 pb) and New York in 2013. Not bad for a Vet 60!

Special Awards - Pam and Don Bennett.
Pam and Don always have the Club's best interests at heart. On London Marathon weekend Pam and Don for many years have organised the food and drink in the Church Hall at our 20 mile Drink Station. Don is of course the Club Treasurer and also organises Social functions, ELVIS and other race entries as well as many other duties that he carries out unselfishly.

Congratulations to Patrick Brown of ELR - First in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon on Sunday 22nd December 2013 in 2:49:36!


www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/other-sport/athletics/brown-holds-off-rival-jones-to-win-portsmouth-marathon-1-5768240#.UrqWRMH1Xxw.facebook.html


It was a fight to the finish for Patrick Brown as he landed the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon title.

From a field of more than 1,000 runners it came down to just two in contention for victory. Brown, from East London Runners, managed to hold off Robin Jones in the final stretch as the duo powered into the wall of wind that greeted the contestants on Southsea promenade.

Anyone who has conquered the Great South Run in Portsmouth will know the feeling – but that’s in the final stretch of a 10-mile race. This came at the end of a 26.2-mile battle with competitors dodging ankle-deep puddles, navigating tricky beach sections and trying not to fall over on slippery muddy trails.

Brown emerged a little windswept and muddy but largely unscathed as he took the victory in a time of 2hr 49min 36sec. Jones, from Herne Hill Harriers, pushed him to the line, crossing for second place in 2.50.02. It ensured Brown, who improved on his 10th-place finish in 2012, had to dig in all the way to the end.

He said: "The last four miles you run against the strong head wind. It's tough, tough going. "You have just got to dig in really. "I knew he (Jones) was right behind and if I slowed down he would overtake me so I had that to drive me on otherwise I would have been an extra five minutes!

"Last year it was my brother's 30th on the same day, so we came down for that.
"We enjoyed it so we came back. Last year I finished 10th so I came back and came first this year. It's not bad, is it?

"This is my first big win so I'm happy with that. It's a good feeling. I's nice knowing you have somebody on your tail and nice to have that sort of race.

"In the London Marathon I wasn't even in the top 500. It shows the difference.

"The Portsmouth marathon is a fantastic event. The organisation is good, it's friendly and all the marshalls are good."

Jones was pleased with his second place but he couldn't quite get on terms with Brown at any stage. He said: "I kept him (Brown) honest at least. We never actually ran together for a step. I think I got to about eight to 10 metres behind. You need to get on someone's heels. I just couldn't quite get on his heels. My legs just started going in that last mile or so. I was hoping to have a good mile at the end to come back but he ran really well. He was really strong.

"The course is quite cool. It was fun."


Club Activities during the Festive Season - Fight the calories!
Monday 23rd December 2013 - 6.45pm Track Session as normal.

Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December 2013 - 9am - parkrun at Wanstead Flats.

Boxing Day - Thursday 26th December 2013 - 10am for 10.15am - 6 mile Forest Run on good paths. Meet Doug at High Beech, Epping Forest to start at 10.15am prompt. Map of Meeting Place - High Beech, Epping Forest, IG10 4AE -
www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_1258140.html

Saturday 28th December 2013 - 2.30pm Chingford League Fixture at Alexandra Palace.

Sunday 29th December 2013 - 9.30am Road Run up to 14 miles. Meet at Leytonstone Tube Station for circular run via Hackney Marshes, Limehouse (8 Miles), Mile End(9m), Victoria Park, Leyton (13m) and return to Leytonstone.
www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_3748439.html

Monday 30th December 2013 No Track tonight, instead Grant may arrange a hill session on the streets near Woodford Bridge. Check website and Facebook nearer the time.

New Years Day - 1st January 2014 - parkruns 9am Wanstead Flats/Barking and Beckton, 10am at Valentines Park, Ilford. 11am - Forest Run 6/8 miles. Meet Frank and others at Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road for run in Epping Forest.

Thursday 2nd January 2014 - 7pm for 7.05pm - 10k road run from Wanstead Leisure Centre. Note WLC is open normal hours today.

2014

Training for a Spring Marathon 2014.

We can recommend the following races/training runs which have been tried and tested by many members of East London Runners in the past. All distances shown are in miles.

1. Sunday 19th January 2014 - 10.30am. - Benfleet 15."Mud, water, wind, mud, pain. Great organisation and marshalling". It has a challenging 15 mile, multi-terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs.
http://www.benfleetrunningclub.com/benfleet15

2. Sunday 26th January 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 12 mile Marathon Training run. The course is mainly along quiet, but hilly country roads with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal.
http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/

3. Sunday 23rd February 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 17 mile Marathon Training run. http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/

4. Sunday 9th March 2014 - 9am - Roding Valley Half Marathon. Very popular local race around the hilly streets of, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Woodford.
http://www.rvhm.org.uk

5. Sunday 9th March 2014 - 10am - Essex 20. Held at Langham, Essex. A Challenging 3 lap course around the quiet country lanes of North East Essex. The race is open to all, but beware the cut off time of 4 hours.
http://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk

6. Sunday 9th March 2014 - Finchley 20 - 9.00am. - Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex. 4 laps of 5 miles, undulating road, town and rural.
http://www.hillingdonac.co.uk

7. Saturday 22nd March 2014 - 10am - Orion 15. A challenging off road local race in Epping Forest. Very hilly and often very muddy. A firm favouraite of ELR!
http://www.orionharriers.org.uk/fif15.htm

8. Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 20 mile Marathon Training run. The course is mainly along quiet, but hilly country roads with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal.
http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/

9. Sunday 23rd March 2013 - 10am - The Oakley 20. - The course consists of one 12 mile loop on undulating country roads around Oakley and North Bedfordshire villages followed by a slightly different second loop of 8 miles.
http://www.bedfordharriers.co.uk/Oakley.htms


10. Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 9.45am - Hyde Park 20 Miles (16 and 24 mile options) Marathon Preparation Race. Chip timed, mainly flat, 4 mile laps,24miles (sub 3hr runners only). http://www.fullonsport.co.uk/fos/index.php?module=events&action=profile&eventId=4368



Thomas Grimes on his way to a personal best of 2:40:57 in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon.


March 2014
At The Annual General Meeting held in Wanstead High School on Thursday 6th March 2014 at 8.00pm the following Committee was re-elected for the coming year.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media and PR - Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns
Kit - Jim Bird
Member - Ciaran Canavan
Member - John White
Member - Ninette Fernandes

Congratulations to Patrick Brown in winning the Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year!

Congratulations to the following who were elected as Life Members of East London Runners at the Annual General Meeting last night. This is in recognition of their Service and Loyalty to ELR over the last 20 years or longer!

Mary Connolly, Karen Levison, Mary O'Brien, Tricia O'Neill, Kirk Johnson and Roger Dixon.

Congratulations also to Pam Bennett who was elected as a Full Honorary Member of East London Runners at the AGM last night in recognition of her selfless work in preparing for and running the food and drinks in the Church Hall at the London Marathon over many years and for her assistance and support at races and Social Functions.

East London Runners - Annual General Meeting - Thursday 6th March 2014 at 8pm

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT


Committee Meetings . We held 5 meetings during the year with Frank , Don, Mick, Jim at all 5. John, Derek and Ciaran 4, Ninette 3,. Sarah 2 and Katherine 0. In addition to the meetings we are in regular contact with each other by e.mail and Facebook and on Club nights and events/races.

Membership. Another successful year in terms of numbers and participation. We have plateau�'d over the past 3 years with numbers very similar with many new people joining and the usual fall off following the Spring Marathons and with some regulars missing through illness, injury or personal circumstances.

2010/11 161 as at 28/02/11 to maximum 162 at the membership year end 31st March 2011/12. From renewal on 1st April 2011 to 1st June was 109. The 133 as at 31st August 2011 to 160 at 16th November 2011 to 170 at 31st January 2012. The figure to as at 27th February 2012 was 173. 180 plus 5LM at 31/3/2012.

2012/13 - 10/7/12 120 paid +5. 27/9/12 150 +5 10/01/13 168 +5 - 28th Feb 2013 = 172 + 5 = 177 . 31/3/13 -175

2013/14 - 5/6/13 125 - 19/9/13 156 - 16/1/14 - 170 to date 175+2 sec claim+7LM/HM


Some of our members have suffered injury and illness over the past year or so. Valerie Edworthy lost her battle with cancer in March 2013. Richard Mainwaring is comfortable at home and receives regular visits from members of ELR. On behalf of the membership we send our best wishes to them and their families and where appropriate for a timely recovery to good health. Congrats to those members/partners who have given birth – Tara Syed, Emmet Fitzgerald, Edward Barnard and Will Pearce.

Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie look after the membership records with Don updating the database. Mike Wilson welcomes the new runners and new members at the weekly Wednesday run nights and administers our membership with England Athletics. Jim Bird continues to open and close our Wednesday night facilities with 100% attendance over many years.

Volunteers Westminster Mile and Prudential Bike Ride Jim Bird, Carlton, Jaime and Nathalie, Don, Gareth and Ali Jones. The Club receives a small fee for these services.

The Club recompensed Grant Conway for his EA Training Course , Leadership in Running.

Jim Bird looks after Club Kit. Club kit has sold well this past year as again we have had a fair turnover of members. Jim has also attended every Wednesday Club night and Committee Meeting and also various races throughout the year in support of club runners. We purchased a good quality technical t-shirt from our supplier Ron Hill in April 2013 and this has proven to be a popular garment with our membership and sells well.


VLM 2013 - On the Saturday prior to the Marathon, FB, Jim Bird., John White and Tanbir Jasimudden attended to assist in preparing the Water Station with Peter Cowup and others from LFB.
Don and Pam continued to do sterling work providing food and drink for not only all the feed station helpers but in addition numerous other helpers/marshals etc. Again in addition to all the WFS 20 helpers we were also asked to provide breakfast for up to 75 marshalls and helpers prior to the race by way of Danish pastries, fruit etc for which we received suitable recompense. Don, Pam and myself attended Costco on the day before the race to buy these items, taking them to the Church Hall at 7am on Marathon day. Pam with Don's help was very busy in the kitchen as usual and our thanks go out to both of them for their sterling work. However Pam had an accident at home a few weeks prior to the Marathon date and found the organising and preparation of the food etc before and on the day extremely tiring and strenuous. Pam and Don subsequently intimated to the Club's Committee that they would be standing down from these duties in future. Since then Don and Pam have agreed to organise and buy the food and drink and attnd on marathon day as usual. The difference this year is that we will buy food that is already prepared from outlets such as Costco and other sources within a budget of circa �500.


Don also organised the coach for our Marathon runners to Island Gardens. Many thanks also to all members and their families and friends who assisted on the Water Station and to Jean and Tom Atkinson and friends who ran the special Drinks Station at Island Gardens.

Subsequently I was invited to attend a reception in Waterloo by London Marathon Ltd for the Special Drinks in November 2013 and took the opportunity to chat with Lisa Thompson, Assistant Race Director and Claire Larbey who is the new Volunteer Manager with whom I am in regular contact.

We had 22 members complete this year's race with 5 breaking the 3 hour mark and 4 in the top 500. 12 had pb's and 3 debuts. Congratulations to all our runners. Thomas Grimes 2:40:57pb


For 2013 and 2014 we received a total of 10 guaranteed entry places, 7 of 9 from Water FS 20m and 25k Special DS and 3 from UKA.

VLM 2014 - The Good for Age Qualifying times were changed by VLM at a very late stage. The ELR Committee confirmed that the Club Rules on VLM inall circumstances regarding ELR club ballot places.


ELVIS -To Grant for attending the meetings. To Grant and Ninette) our ELVIS Captains who encouraged participation of members in all races and for the success that it brought. To Don for organising the discounted entries for the Hilly 5. The Ladies team finished 3rd overall. The Men's Teams were 2nd overall . The ELVIS competition fosters a great team spirit and social atmosphere within the Club. However only 3 members attended the end of competition disco, Frank, Grant, Patrick plus Jaime and Nathalie.

Valentines Park 5k - Held on the last Sunday of September each year and previously organised by ILFORD AC. Over the past 3 years or so ELR have gradually taken over the organisation of this race. In 2013 we assumed over 95% responsibility with FB meeting and liaising with Martin Clarke of Ilford, the Local Authorityt and EA. FB is now aware of the process and what is required to hold a licensed EA race and the organisation required beforehand, on the day and post race. It is important that one or more other ELR members should experience and learn the process. Many members and their friends and family members attended and assisted on the day and a great big thanks to all. The race was considered to have been very successfully run and the surplus funds were circa �1k which were passed to 2 local Charities (�500) each to Haven House Childrens Hospice and St Francis Hospice.


Cross Country- To all who participated or supported the Cross Country throughout the winter. The numbers varied somewhat through the series but were up on the previous year (over 4 races), with more ladies running. . 2011/12 38M and 4F. In 2012/13 reduced to 24M and 3F. 2013 increased to 37M and 13F

We joined the Chingford League for the first time for the 2011/12 season and participation levels were low at 16M and 3F. Numbers increased in 2012/13 to 45M and 12F with more members enjoying the variation of this race series and the local venues. 2013 big increase to 63M and 29F.
Other XC races - London at Hampstead 10/2 - Essex Vets 10/4 - ESSEX 5/2 - SEAA 3/1 - ILFORD 1
Special mention to Celia P and Patrick B who competed in almost all of these races.

Essex Way - Owing to Edward's absence in 2013 we did not participate in this event.

Wednesday night club runs - Chosen and announced by Mike Wilson. Thanks also to Don for his input and attendance and organisational skills and back marking. Jim Bird as previously mentioned. Also to all other club members who assist and look after newer runners each week. Numbers again varied throughout the year from 30 plus to 70 plus each evening. Also to Mike for the Tuesday night runs. To those who organise the Sunday runs and Marathon Training runs.


Track Sessions - Thanks to Grant for planning and carrying out the Monday track sessions which have proved to be very popular and well attended. Grant is hoping to extend his coaching skills with ELR looking to partially help financially in this respect.


Social .

Don again organised a visit to the Great British Beer Festival on Thursday 15th August 2013 and another successful Xmas dinner at the George on Thursday 12th December 2013 when 70 or so Members attended and Frank presented the unofficial Club awards.

Ninette and Grant organised a buffet style curry evening and presentation evening on Thursday 31st Oct 2013 to celebrate the completion of the 2013 ELVIS Series.


Media , PR & Internal Communications/Website/Facebook -Thanks to Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns for their efforts this past Year.

Frank or Don send our Race Results/photos to both the Ilford Recorder and to the Guardian Gazette Group every Tuesday morning and the local newspapers have published each week on a Thursday and online occasionally with photos.

Frank continues to produce the elrNEWSLETTER now mainly on an Ad Hoc forward looking basis and not repeating past results etc.


Derek continues to look after the technical side of the website with Don, Mike and Frank providing most of the content. Derek and Frank continue to look at changes to the facing page style and montages to keep it looking fresh. Derek is looking to overhaul the whole website to make it even more user friendly and more interesting.
Derek continues to assist with all IT matters at no cost to the Club and is doing an invaluable job. A vote of thanks to Derek on behalf of the membership is proposed.

Facebook - Our Group page on Facebook is open to all including non-members although we do have administrators who monitor the content and have the power to delete content and ban users. It has been my intention for a number of years now for ELR to have a page on Wikipedia and I would ask for a volunteer(s) to help in this respect from our more savvy internet users.


Other Topics
Proposed ELR 10k. Using their own initiative a group of members within the Club, including CC,NF,DS,GC and others met and researched the possibility of ELR holding their own 10k race in Victoria Park. This was on the basis that a self funding realistic proposal was then submitted to the ELR Committee for consideration. Much research was done but it was felt that there was insufficient time in 2013 to organise one and with ELR virtually organising the Val Park 5k the project was put on hold.

Gazebo - The committee resarched the possible purchase of an ELR Gazebo during 2013. The initial cost could be as low as �100/150 but for a quality branded product the cost soared to �700/800. It was felt that due to the limited usage and high cost involved the majority of CM attending declined to proceed.

Finally - To anyone that I have left out, apologies. To all members who attended Club nights, races, social nights, meetings and any other occasions, thank you.

The focus throughout the year, has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through the Website, Facebook , Newsletter, e.mail and then face to face at Club Nights. Races and Meetings.

The Club continues to prosper . Again throughout the past year we have attracted many new members and both they and the existing membership have gained from the benefits of being members of ELR as witnessed by the improvements in times (pb's) and in attendances at races, club runs and social functions. Particular mention to Patrick Brown winner of the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in Dec 2013. Many new friendships have been established and advice given on injuries, race conditions etc.



I therefore propose a vote of thanks to all the Committee members for their work throughout the year and to all members for what they have contributed to the Club also.




Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 9th March 2014
Euan Brown and his brother Patrick picked up prizes for being 3rd and 4th overall in 1:15:25 and 1:17:22 respectively.

APRIL 2014
Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 - Sunday 13th April 2014 - Volunteers - 20 Mile Water Station, Hall and Security.

Hi, All Members, Family and Friends,

It's that time of the year again. Any help that you can give will be very much appreciated.

Frank
07763 590454

20 mile Water Feed Station, Poplar High Street. The Drinks Station is jointly organised by East London Runners and the London Fire Brigade. You are welcome to bring family and friends along with you, but please note that this event is not really suitable for children under 10 years old.

Three/Four ELR VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED:- Saturday 12th April 2014 - 10.00am till 12 noon. Help at the 20 mile Water Station in setting up the fencing etc. Please advise Frank by text, Facebook or e.mail via the webmaster@eastlondonrunners.org.uk if you can attend.

1. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 7.30am/8am - Don and Pam require help to set up the Church Hall for the tea/coffee and food for the Marshalls and Water Station helpers.

2. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 20 mile Water Feed Station jointly with London Fire Brigade - from 7.30/8am. Volunteers required on delivery of the water to set up the tables and move the water bottles to the appropriate places.

3. From 9am/10am until 3pm/4pm. We will be handing out the water to the runners, the bulk of whom will be passing us between 11.30am and 3pm. Any time that can be spared will be much appreciated.

Security
If you can attend without carrying a back or backpack it would be very helpful. Otherwise we would ask all volunteers to place all bags in one of the London Fire Brigade support vehicles when they arrive to minimise the risk of 'suspect packages' being reported and ask people to remain especially vigilant for anything they spot at the water station that seems out of place.

We always have a police presence at the water station and, as in previous
years, we are confident that good communication with them before and during
the event will ensure that we have effective arrangements in place on the
ground to deal with any reasonably foreseeable eventuality.

For the 10th year we will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street, London E14 0EF.

Parking is limited, try the roads to the north of Poplar High St, but you may get blocked in by the closed roads. Please use Docklands Light Railway and get off at Poplar. Come down the stairs or lifts and pass between the College and Sports Centre. See location on this map. - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_1118415.html

Most helpers arrive around 9am/10am but we also require some to be there at 7.30am/8am(see above) so that they can help set up, although any help at anytime would be appreciated. We have 40,000 bottles of water to distribute and set out ready for the expected 34,000 runners.

Although the roads are closed there will be some traffic official or local moving through the station. Please be alert and keep the road clear at all times. Competitors will follow the blue line on the road showing the shortest route. Please be careful with the sharp knives provided to cut open the packaging and do not overload the tables as they may collapse (2 layers only).

Setting up: we will have between 150-200 people helping out, divided between 12 tables. Each table will have an experienced table captain to co-ordinate things. The water station will be set up on both sides of the road, over a distance of 150m.

Clothing: We always hope for good weather, but bring waterproofs in case. All ELR helpers will receive Nestle shirts and hats as usual. Please wear them.

Refreshments/toilets: These are provided in the nearby St Mathias Church Hall, where we will provide a buffet (which is free for all helpers), tea and coffee and access to toilets.

Clearing up: We try our best to clear up at the end, many hands make light work and your help will mean this unpopular job can be completed in the shortest time possible. Bags, bins, brooms and shovels available.


Running or Helping? - Afterwards you have to make your own way home. However, if you have the energy you can meet some of the Club Members/Marathon Runners for a post race drink at the Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3, Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH.1-3 , Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH. For location see this link www.shipandshovell.co.uk/


April 6th 2014 - Marathons

Brighton Marathon.
David Baldwin 3:22:00
Roberto Bruni 3:22:54
Julie Creffield 5:54:16
Jamee Gould 3:43:27
Laura Jenkin 4:22:09
Trish Kelly 4:08:03
Natasha Tweedie 3:49:17 debut
David Wyatt 5:05:00

Greater Manchester Marathon.
Joseph Browne 3:45:37 debut
Samuel Browne 3.02.59 pb
Grant Conway 3:41:53
Russell Price 3.12.45 pb by nearly 28 mins
Roger Stubbs 4:32:40
Emma Warburton 3.39.56

Manchester Marathon Relay.
Jayne Browne 2:29:32
Paul Browne 1:31:46
TOTAL : 4.01.19 for 39th place of 84 teams.

Paris Marathon 2014.
Keiran Brown 4:42:16
Fiona Day 4:42:16
Danny Lee 2:53:01 pb
Jonathan Shaw 3:54:47




Runners Shorts - April/May 2014

Congratulations to Julie and Patrick Brown on the recent birth of their daughter Annalise and to their families, many of whom are also members of East London Runners!

Congratulations also to Kelly Leedham and Jamie Xavier who were married on Saturday 26th April 2014. Kelly and Jamie first met at East London Runners in 2011.

Love blossomed over a Chicken Bhuna. Kelly has her eye on Jamie at the Club's Curry night in April 2011!

ELR Media Stars.
1. Well done to Julie Creffield in completing the Brighton Marathon in April and featuring in Channel 4's coverage. Julie travelled down to Brighton a few days prior to the Marathon to film a pre-marathon piece and was also shown during and after the race.

2. The recent Lucozade Sport: The Fuel to Rule: TV advert features Steven Gerrard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and from East London Runners our own Mark Boulton. Superstars all!
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=862013737146979&set=vb.576388689042820&type=2&theater

3. Film 4 is currently showing the movie Fast Girls which allegedly shows our ELVIS Captain Grant Conway in a small cameo part as a UK Athletics Official!

Many thanks to all those members, families and friends who helped support our runners and Water Feed Stations and Church Hall at the Recent Virgin Money London Marathon 2014..


Longest Day Social Run - Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Run, Beer, Pizza!
Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.55pm for a 7.05pm start. Please NOTE that we will not be returning to Wanstead Leisure Centre as a Group. Please wear Club colours!


A social run from Wanstead Leisure Centre to The Green, Wanstead then to Felstead Road and turn left into Blake Hall Road, cross over and turn right through trees to Green Man Roundabout. Down Leytonstone High Rd and turn right into Cathall Rd then left into Grove Green Road. Cross over Leyton High Road and follow road round to Ruckholt Rd and Eastway. Left along path into Olympic Park opposite Hackney Marshes just past New Spitalfields Market. Follow paths to and around the Velodrome then paths across Park towards the Olympic Pool and Stadium to the dancing waters. Head back towards Copper Box and go down onto Loop Road and left to Crate Brewery which is in the White Building on the canalside (Lea Navigation).

We finish at The Crate Brewery, The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/crate-brewery-pizza. Location Map - Its canalside and opposite the Olympic Park. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/contact


Alternatively you can return by Tube from Stratford or the Overground from Hackney Wick......or run home or back to Wanstead!

Route Map - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_3870690.html

Note - It would be best if you brought an extra top/sweatshirt to wear after the run and John Atkinson has kindly offered to transport the extra tops from Wanstead LC to the Crate Brewery for us!






Richard Mainwaring RIP



We were very saddened to learn that Richard, after a two year illness, passed away on Sunday 17th August 2014, aged 51.

Richard a keen runner has been a member of East London Runners for over 20 years. He particularly enjoyed running in the Orion 15 and Benfleet 15 races, both races being a tough off road challenge.

Richard has many friends at East London Runners and will be fondly remembered not only as a very strong runner but more importantly as the kind, helpful, inquisitive, friendly and enthusiastic human being that he was.

We offer our condolences to Richard's wife Debbie and to his daughters Claire and Grace.

Richard's funeral was at St-Peters-in-the-Forest Church, Woodford New Road, Walthamstow, E173PP. The service took place at 2 pm on Monday September 1st 2014.

In December 2014 the Club donated �500 to MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of Richard.








Congratulations to the following East London Runners who completed a Marathon in September 2014!
- Mike Wilson - Kent Coastal - 3:47:36 - 52nd place
- Peter Hatley - Chesterfield - 3:26:24 - 35th
- Wayne Kelly - Loch Ness - 5:12:24
- Ian Cooper - Loch Ness - 4:58:13
- Sean Richardson - Warsaw - 2:52:51 - 61st
- Ninette Fernandes - Berlin - 4:52:38
- Emmet Fitzgibbon - Berlin - 4:07:45
- Carlton D'Souza - Berlin - 3:20:35
- Mark Boulton - Berlin - 2:52:19pb
- Ciaran Canavan - Berlin - 2:42:00pb - 219th place.


ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k Charity Race - 28th September 2014
The ELR members who were in Valentines Park early on Sunday morning to set up the course and the race were thankful that the fine September weather had remained overnight. There was no wind and a high temperature for early morning. By the time the race had started the sun was out and there were plenty of hot perspiring runners crossing the finishing line later.


This race was the 7th and last in the ELVIS Race Series 2014 and once again female runners from east London Runners dominated for the Ladies and Ilford AC for the Men. Both these teams were to win the overall ELVIS 2014 Team races.

Individually for ELR Karen Levison was 1st Female overall in a pb time of 19.21 and Ava Lee 3rd. Sylvia Brown making her competitive debut for ELR had a great race too. The mens race saw Iford AC have a one two with ELR' Euan Brown in a creditable 3rd place.

With 48 runners finishing for ELR we were once again the largest team competing and as can be see in the results all had fine performances.

Special thanks go to all of those from ELR who helped to plan and organise the race both beforehand and on the day. We also again thank Martin Clarke of Ilford AC for his help and guidance.

There was a great turnout of runners and helpers from ELR and it was especially great to see the children having fun in both helping and in their own race after the main event.

The full ELVIS 2014 results will be availble soon and will be published separately together with reports from our ELVIS Captains Ninette Fernandes and Grant Conway.







Please see Race Results here. here ELR Members results can also be seen in our Results Page on this website.







Saturday 29th November 2014 - Essex Seniors XC Championships - Hainault Forest




It seemed like a balmy spring like morning but in reality it was the last Saturday in November when the old folks of Essex including the ELR teams rolled up for the County's Vets Championships of 2014 in the Woodland Trust area of Hainault Forest.

However despite the calm dry weather conditions underfoot were extremely wet and muddy following the heavy rains of recent weeks.

At 11am the Ladies 35+ and the Male Vets 50+ set off on the 2 lap 5.4 mile challenge and within 200 metres they met their first "obstacle", into the trees, uphill, smelly, muddy, boggy ground that seemed to go on for 200 metres or so. This led to better paths and before long they were cruising down a big hill(also muddy in parts) before heading back uphill to Squires Oak and a short downhill, past the two houses and back into the heart of the forest. A long diagonal drag and a big uphill challenge awaited before more normal and flatter ground could be gained which led to the run back to and on the plain to the start/finish. Just another lap and it was all over, easy? Never, enjoyable? Yes, Great sense of achievement? Definitely!

Then at 12 noon, having had the course softened up for them the young males aged 40 to 50 did the same except faster, allegedly.

Hosted by Ilford AC on behalf of ESSEX AAA the race was expertly organised and marshalled. Thanks to Mike and Jim for their support.







Thursday 18th December 2014 - Christmas Dinner and East London Runners Awards 2014
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year - Don Bennett.




Marathon Runner of the Year - Mark Boulton
Most improved Female - Sarah Burns
Most improved Male - Russell Price
Male Runner of the Year - Ciaran Canavan
Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!The Club finished 2014 with around 200 active members!

2015

JANUARY 2015
Wednesday 28th January 2015 - ELR SOCIAL AND MARATHON DISCUSSION - Upstairs at The George, Wanstead after the Club run!
Please come and join Ciaran Canavan, Maya Goodwin and yours truly for a drink or two after the club run on Wednesday 28th January 2015 upstairs at the George, Wanstead.

February 2015 - East London Runners Mark Boulton features in the new Gaz Coombes video for his new song Detroit.
www.shortlist.com/entertainment/music/the-shortlisten

Hi everyone. Are you running in the VLM or other marathons this spring or this year? Are you thinking of running a marathon in the future? Is this your first marathon? Have you run marathons before and have ideas on training or strategy that you would share or you would like to improve your times? Would you like to discuss your training plans, your taper, your nutrition on your long runs and generally your approach to running a marathon?

Are you new to ELR and would like the opportunity to get to know other members or are you an "old" member looking to catch up over a drink even if you are not entered for a marathon? If so please come along, I have reserved an area upstairs at the George. Grant.




March 2015
East London Runners - Annual General Meeting - Thursday 5th March 2015 at 8pm

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT



Committee Meetings . We held 4 meetings during the year.

Membership. Another successful year in terms of numbers and participation. While we have plateaud over the previous 3 years with numbers very similar with many new people joining and the usual fall off following the Spring Marathons and with some regulars missing through illness, injury or personal circumstances, this past year has see a significant increase with membership now exceeding 200.

2010/11 161 as at 28/02/11 to maximum 162 at the membership year end 31st March 2011/12. From renewal on 1st April 2011 to 1st June was 109. The 133 as at 31st August 2011 to 160 at 16th November 2011 to 170 at 31st January 2012. The figure to as at 27th February 2012 was 173. 180 plus 5LM at 31/3/2012

2012/13 - 10/7/12 120 paid +5. 27/9/12 150 +5 10/01/13 168 +5 - 28th Feb 2013 = 172 + 5 = 177 - 31/3/13 -175

2013/14 - 5/6/13 125 - 19/9/13 156 - 16/1/14 - 170 to date 175+2 sec claim+7LM/HM


Some of our members have suffered injury and illness over the past year or so. Very sadly, Richard Mainwaring passed away on Sunday 17th August 2014 almost 2 years since the discovery of a brain tumour. Richard, aged 51 had been a member of ELR for over 20 years and was a very popular person. Many of the Club Members attended his funeral on 1st September 2014. . Congrats to those members/partners who have given birth - Julie and Patrick Brown, Jamie Xavier and Kelly, Phoebe Bowman, Richard Guest, James Creed and others

Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie look after the membership records with Don updating the database. Mike Wilson welcomes the new runners and new members at the weekly Wednesday run nights and administers our membership with England Athletics. Jim Bird continues to open and close our Wednesday night facilities with 100% attendance over many years.

Volunteers - Prudential Bike Ride - Jim Bird, Don, Gareth and Ali Jones, Frank all had an early morning start. The Club receives a small fee for these services plus a place in the race the following year, usually.

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Jim Bird looks after Club Kit. Club kit has sold very well this past year as again we have had a fair turnover of members. Jim has also attended every Wednesday Club night and Committee Meeting and also various races throughout the year in support of club runners.


<>VLM 2014 - On the Saturday prior to the Marathon, FB, Jim Bird, plus 2 or 3 others attended to assist in preparing the Water Station with Peter Cowup and others from LFB.

Don and Pam, Jaime and Natalie, provided and prepared and served food and drink for not only all the feed station helpers but in addition numerous other helpers/marshals etc. Again in addition to all the WFS 20 helpers we were also asked to provide "breakfast" for up to 102 marshalls and helpers prior to the race by way of Danish pastries, fruit etc for which we received suitable recompense. Pam and Rose attended Costco on the day before the race to buy these items, passing some to Jaime then to the Church Hall at 7.30am on Marathon day.

Unfortunately the Coach on marathon morning did not turn up (on time) and runners made their way to Greenwich
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Subsequently Don and I plus Tom Atkinson were invited to attend a reception in City Hall by London Marathon Ltd for the Special Drinks in November 2013.

We had 31(22) members complete this year's race with 5(5) breaking the 3 hour mark. 7(12) had pb's and 8(3) debuts. Congratulations to all our runners. Euan Brown 2:44 debut.



For 2013 and 2014 and 2015 we received a total of 10 guaranteed entry places, 7 of 9 from Water FS 20m and 25k Special DS and 3 from UKA.


ELVIS - To Grant for attending the meetings. To Grant and Ninette) our ELVIS Captains who encouraged participation of members in all races and for the success that it brought. To Don for organising the discounted entries for the Hilly 5 and the other races. Congrats to the Ladies team who finished 1st overall. The Men's Teams were 2nd overall. Many thanks to Ninette who has now stood down as ELVIS Ladies Captain for her great work in promting ELVIS among our membership and her social skills in organising events.

Ava Lee 12 pts 1st Vet 35
Karen Levison 14 pts 1st Vt 45
Euan Brown 15 pts 1st Senior Men
Thomas Grimes 19 pts 2nd Senior Men
Patrick Brown 28 pts 3rd Senior Men
Mark Boulton 35 pts 4th Senior Men
Sharon Springfield 37 pts 3rd Vet 35
Claire Parker 47 pts 3rd Senior Ladies
Alex Bee 48 pts 6th Senior Men
Paula Bedford 60 pts 5th Vet 35
Ciaran Canavan 66 pts 3rd Vet 40
Fiona Day 122 pts 2nd Vet 55 Ladies



The ELVIS competition fosters a great team spirit and social atmosphere within the Club.

Valentines Park Charity 5k - Held on the last Sunday of September each year and organised by ELR.. Many members and their friends and family members attended and assisted on the day and a great big thanks to all. The race was considered to have been very successfully run and the surplus funds were circa £1k which were passed to 2 Charities (£500) each to Haven House Childrens Hospice in Woodford and MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of Richard Mainwaring..


Cross Country - To all who participated or supported the Cross Country throughout the winter. The numbers varied somewhat through the series but were up on the previous year (over 4 races), with more ladies running. . 2011/12 38M and 4F. In 2012/13 reduced to 24M and 3F. 2013 increased to 37M and 13F 2014/15 = 23m-6f

We joined the Chingford League for the first time for the 2011/12 season and participation levels were low at 16M and 3F. Numbers increased in 2012/13 to 45M and 12F with more members enjoying the variation of this race series and the local venues. 2013 big increase to 63M and 29F. 2014/15 48M -12F
Other XC races - London at Hampstead 7-4 (10/2) - Essex Vets 10/8(10/4 )- ESSEX 11/6( 5/2) - SEAA 11/4(3/1) - Nationals at Hampstead 5/3. SEAA Relay 1 team of 4. Thanks to Patrick Brown and Mikev Wilson for pushing the CL and Grant for the Counties and Nationals.

Wednesday night club runs - Chosen and announced by Mike Wilson. Thanks also to Don for his input and attendance and organisational skills and back marking. Also to the other back markers, Frank, Roberto, John A and others.Jim Bird as previously mentioned. Also to all other club members who assist and look after newer runners each week. Numbers again varied throughout the year from 30 plus to 70 plus each evening. Also to Mike and Robert/Don etc for the Tuesday night runs. To those who organise the Sunday runs, Dave Knight, John White and Marathon Training runs, Roberto, Grant and others..


Track Sessions - Thanks to Grant for planning and carrying out the Monday track sessions which have proved to be very popular and well attended.



Social.Don again organised a visit to the Great British Beer Festival in August and another successful Xmas dinner at the George in December when 70 or so Members attended and Frank presented the Club awards. Longest day Club run.
Ninette and Grant organised a buffet style curry evening and presentation evening in October to celebrate the completion of the 2014 ELVIS Series. Again many thanks to Ninette for all her ELVIS work.

East London Runners Awards 2014.
Marathon Runner of the Year - Mark Boulton
Most improved Female - Sarah Burns
Most improved Male - Russell Price
Male Runner of the Year - Ciaran Canavan
Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year - Don Bennett.

ELR Dog of the Year - Juno.

Media , PR & Internal Communications/Website/Facebook -
Don (occasionally Frank)send our Race Results/photos to both the Ilford Recorder and to the Guardian Gazette Group every Tuesday morning and the local newspapers have published each week on a Thursday and online occasionally with photos.

Congtratulations to ELR Julie Creffield and Mark Boulton for their continuing success in the Media field. Julie featured in C4's coverage of the Brighton Marathon and has had extensive coverage of her website toofattorun in the media.

Mark has featured in the Lucozade Sport and Paul Smith Cycling clothing adverts plus a MAJOR feature in the new Gaz Coombes music video Detroit.

Frank continues to produce the elrNEWSLETTER now mainly on an Ad Hoc forward looking basis and not repeating past results etc.

Many thanks to Derek, who in his own time and expense prepared and launched our new Website in December 2014 making it even more user friendly and more interesting with lots of photographs.
Derek continues to look after the technical side of the website with Don, Mike and Frank providing most of the content..
Derek continues to assist with all IT matters at no cost to the Club and is doing an invaluable job. A vote of thanks to Derek on behalf of the membership is proposed.

Facebook - Our Group page on Facebook is open to all including non-members although we do have administrators who monitor the content and have the power to delete content and ban users. It has been my intention for a number of years now for ELR to have a page on Wikipedia and I would ask for a volunteer(s) to help in this respect from our more savvy internet users.


Other Topics

Finally - To anyone that I have left out - apologies. To all members who attended Club nights, races, social nights, meetings and any other occasions, thank you.

The focus throughout the year, has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through the Website, Facebook , Newsletter, e.mail and then face to face at Club Nights. Races and Meetings.

The Club continues to prosper . Again throughout the past year we have attracted many new members and both they and the existing membership have gained from the benefits of being members of ELR as witnessed by the improvements in times (pb's) and in attendances at races, club runs and social functions. . Many new friendships have been established and advice given on injuries, race conditions etc.



I therefore propose a vote of thanks to all the Committee members for their work throughout the year and to all members for their contributions in conyinuing to make East London Runners a successful Club.




Thursday 5th March 2015 - Annual General Meeting
New Committee Members - Maya Goodwin, Maud Hodson, Jonathan Wooldridge, Patrick Brown and Russell Price.

Elected Life Members - Don Bennett and Mike Michael Wilson.

Annual Membership fee April 2015 to March 2016 held at £20 to include EA membership.


Full Committee elected 5th March 2015.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Kit - Jim Bird
Sarah Burns
Maya Goodwin
Maud Hodson
Katherine Jones
Patrick Brown
Ciaran Canavan
Russell Price
John White
Jonathan Wooldridge



Patrick in a previous race.

Congratulations to ELR Patrick Brown in winning the Orion Mercury 10 yesterday in a time of 63:30. Euan Brown was 4th and previous winner Tom Grimes 5th.

April 2015






East London Runners would like to congratulate all those members who have successfully completed their Spring Marathons after many months of hard training. Good luck to those who still have marathons to come.

Also to thank the families, friends and supporters of all of us. Not least all our Volunteers at the London Marathon, Jaime, Nathalie, Pam and Don for the planning and preparation and on the day tasks in the Church Hall and to those who helped them. Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea and his wife for the Halal food that they prepared and provided.

Not forgetting all who helped at the 25k Special Drinks Station and the many, many who were at the 20 mile Water Station, (and those who attended on the Saturday) together with Peter Cowup and our friends from the London Fire Brigade.

Our Results, reports and photos have been added to our Website Results page and we will continue to add more as we receive them. Reports can be sent by e.mail to webmaster@eastlondonrunners.co.uk and photos to pictures@eastlondonrunners.co.uk.






May 2015
On 5th May 2015 we introduced a Beginners Group run of up to 5k each Wednesday in conjunction with the main Club run. Most weeks we had 3 distances of 5k, 5 miles and in excess of 6 miles. This continued through until 30th September 2015. With darkness falling earlier each week we discontinued the 5k run but continued with the other two.



July 2015
ELR Purchase a branded Gazebo
Monday 2nd August 2015.

Researched and sourced by Committee Member Jonathan Wooldridge the "new" Gazebo in the full livery and Club colours was unveiled at the regular Monday night Track session at Ashton Playing Fields!








September 2015


Sunday 6th September ELR Alex Day wins the Kent Coastal Half Marathon with his brother Patrick Brown in 3rd place.
Congratulations to Alex and Pat on their latest running achievement.





Pat and Alex with their Race Trophies!



Sunday 13th September 2015
A BIG well done to our Team of Paul Quinton, Mark Boulton and Alex Day in winning the Silver Medal in the Essex Championships at the Pleshey Half Marathon.

Individual times:-
Paul Quinton - 1.16.51
Mark Boulton - 1.17.40
Alex Day - 1.17.30




Paul, Mark and Alex with their medals!



Sunday 13th September 2015 - ELR Dog rescuers in action during the Sunday morning social run!

Report from Caroline Moore, the towpath of the Lea Navigation, somewhere North of Hackney Marshes!

Today's ELR Sunday run was more eventful than usual, with both Harveys (Harvey 1, my large English Setter, Harvey 2, Suzanne Bench's small Staffie cross) nearly drowning and being rescued by the heroic Jaime (see photos taken shortly afterwards). First, Harvey 1 jumped in the river Lea, discovered he couldn't swim and started sinking, then Jaime jumped in, pulled him up with some difficulty as Harvey weighs 31kg, Suzanne and I pulled them both out up the steep bank. At one point both Jaime and Harvey were underwater. Afterwards we realised Jaime's backpack was floating in the middle of the river, so Suzanne nobly got in and swam to retrieve it (elegant front crawl, swan style). Then, later on, Harvey 2 jumped in the river going after a ball, unlike Harvey 1 he can swim, but couldn't get up the bank. Jaime fished him out too, though without going back in the water! I am so grateful, and would like to nominate Jaime for ELR runner of the month. Harvey 1 seems fine now, looks very clean, I'm not sure if Jamie's phone will recover so I owe him. Juno lived up to her status as ELR dog of the year and kept out of the water. Oh, and we also ran 12.4 miles, not including swimming!



Jaime and Suzanne looking rather wet after their heroic efforts!




Saturday 19th September 2015 - Congratulations to Sarah Burns of East London Runners, representing Great Britain (Ladies 35-39) in completing the Triathlon in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago.




OCTOBER 2015 - ELVIS 2015 CAPTAINS REPORT by Ava and Grant!

A review of the 2015 Series
Having made a slow recovery from the large volume of alcohol consumed at the ELVIS celebrations here is our report on what has been a great ELVIS series all round for all clubs and their members but most of all for ELR.

The series began on Grant's birthday, 12th May 2015.

The first race was hosted by Havering 90. It was a 5 mile race in and around Raphael Park, Romford. ELR had a big turn out of 58 runners and the evening was a great success.
Both the ELR Ladies and Men's teams were first and in addition many ELR members scooped prizes across both sexes and age categories. The ELR trophy haul took up almost a whole table in the Harvester where the ELR contingent retired for drinks following the race! An excellent start to the series.

Next up was Elvis 2 hosted by Orion Harriers at Chingford.
Another good turnout from ELR in this race with 56 members running. The Ladies were first again. The Men were second to hosts Orion, however Ilford our closest rivals in the competition were third. Therefore, both the Ladies and Men had already taken a good lead in the series going into Elvis 3.

Elvis 3 was a 5K race hosted by Eton Manor in Leyton.
ELR numbers were bolstered by the Beginners Broup which had started in early May. 76 EL Runners made it to the start line. A record turnout in the series. The large ELR turnout caused much consternation amongst our rivals, particularly because the race sold out and entries were closed sometime before the race began! Both the Ladies and Men were first, the ladies being pushed hard by a strong Eton Manor ladies turnout in their home race. Following the race many ELR members enjoyed post run drinks and food to round off a fantastic evening for the club.

Elvis 4 was hosted by Dagenham 88 and will live long in the memory of everyone who attended that evening either to run or support.
The race was run in temperatures of around 95F with conditions similar to running in a sauna. 63 members from ELR packed the field of 166 runners and there were landslide victories for both the ladies and men. A magnificent turn out in the conditions.

Next up was Elvis 5 the Hilly 5 hosted by Ilford AC at Hainault Forest.
80 members from ELR competed.
Another record turnout. The Ladies were again comfortable winners. The Men also managed to secure a narrow victory over Ilford in what is usually a crucial race in the series. The team victories in this race meant that for all intents and purposes the series would be won by both the Ladies and Men even though there were still two races left. ELR members really enjoyed their after race drinks watching the sun go down over the Essex horizon.

Elvis 6 was hosted by Barking Road Runners in Barking Park.
Unfortunately this race seems to be cursed with bad weather almost every year and this was no exception. The race was run in pouring rain and the debut appearance by Gaz was most welcome. Unfortunately the Men were defeated by a strong Ilford turn out but the Ladies continued their 100% record and were victorious again.

Elvis 7 was as everyone knows the last in the series hosted by ourselves at Valentines Park. The Charity 5k Race.
Once again we put on a great race in excellent conditions. The result was the same as Elvis 6 with the Ladies completing the clean sweep of victories in all seven races and the Men finishing 2nd to Ilford. However the earlier results in the series meant that the lead taken by the men was unassailable and therefore both the ELR ladies and men were first in the series. Thanks to everyone who took part. A great team effort.

ELVIS 2015 Awards.
In addition to winning both of the Team prizes, we also had a number of individuals who were successful in their respective categories.

In the ladies we dominated the top of the order.
First in the series was Jenny Ansell, followed by Karen Levison in second and Ava Lee in third.

In addition both Karen and Ava were first in their respective Veteran age categories.

In the Men's category our men boasted four of the top five in the series.
First was Tom Grimes, Third was Patrick Brown, Fourth was Paul Quinton and Fifth was Alex Day.

12 members of ELR achieved the feat of completing all seven races in the series.

We also had an incredible 47 runners complete at least five of the seven races to qualify for an individual ranking at the end of the series. Congratulations to everyone who completed at least five races.

Our success in the series reflects how far our fantastic club has come in the last few years.

We would like to thank every single person who ran in any of the seven races and all our great supporters who were out cheering us on throughout. It's been fantastic to see so many runners supporting the club in the series as well as enjoying their excellent performances and seeing many improve dramatically as the series unfolded.

It was lovely to see our Beginners starting to compete in the races after they were convinced that taking part was a good idea!

It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves so much before during and after races when we enjoyed our get-togethers for drinks or tea and coffee depending on the race times.

So, Elvis has returned to Graceland for the winter. However, he will be back for the 2016 series. Can we beat our record turn outs of 447 (yes 447) finishers this year in the 2016 series? Can we improve on the 130 members who ran in at least one race in the series. Can we repeat our victories in both the ladies and men's categories? Can the ladies complete another clean sweep of winning all seven races? Only YOU can make that happen. Roll on 2016. Come on ELR!

Ava and Grant.

December 2015
The Committee announced the Annual awards Shortlists.
In what has been another very busy and successful year and in a break with tradition the Committee are delighted to advise that the following ELR Members (in alphabetic order) have been nominated for the formal Annual Award categories as shown below.

The Winner in each category will be announced at the Christmas Social to be held Upstairs at The George, Wanstead on Thursday 10th December 2015.

In addition Club Members can VOTE ONLINE (if you haven't already done so) for the CLUB PERSON of the Year who will receive the Curtis Shield. VOTE HERE -
http://www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/clubpersonoftheyear.aspx

AWARDS Shortlists 2015

Female Runner of the Year
Jenny Ansell
Sarah Burns
Maya Goodwin
Maud Hodson
Ava Lee
Karen Levison

Male Runner of the Year
Alex Day
Spencer Evans
Thomas Grimes
Jason Levy
Russell Price
Antonio Martin Romero

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year
Fiona Day
Maud Hodson
Caroline Moore
Diana Rexhepaj
Felicity Price Thomas
Ellie Wilkinson

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year
Stuart Barton
Aaron Brown
Spencer Evans
John Healy
Craig Livermore
James Nicholls

Female Marathon Runner of the Year
Jenny Ansell
Maya Goodwin
Ava Lee
Caroline Meaby
Claire Parker
Rebecca Young

Male Marathon Runner of the Year
Mark Boulton
Alex Day
Dan Gritton
James Nicholls
Carlton D'Souza
Tom Woods

In addition a number of Individual Achievement Awards will be presented at the Awards Evening.









Annual Awards Presentation Evening - Thursday 10th December 2015 at the George Wanstead.
Around 90 Club Members attended the Annual Social at The George, Wanstead. Don Bennett arranged the evening and the Awards Sub Committee of Jonathan Wooldridge, Maud Hodson, Maya Goodwin, Russell Price and Frank Brownlie organised the awards, nominated shortlists, winners voting and arranged the presentation of the trophies and other awards.

The Curtis Shield for the Club Person of the Year (voted for by the Club Membership) was awarded to Maya Goodwin




Maya is pictured with the Shield and trophy!


Trophies were also presented in the following categories:-

Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Male Runner of the Year - Alex Day
Most Improved Female of the Year - Ellie Wilkinson
Most Improved Male of the Year - Stuart Barton
Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Caroline Meaby
Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Tom Woods


Other awards for Individual Achievement were given to - Sandra Corbyn (Beginner), Roberto Bruni (Motivator), Jaime Towns (Gallantry), Dan Gritton (Tourist) and Danny Lee (Booker) with each receiving a Certificate and prize.







2016

January 2016.

Thursday 14th January 2016.

Congratulations to our Webmaster, Derek Wright, elected as a Life Member of East London Runners. Derek, in his own time, set up our original website, replacing it with the existing one and has worked many long hours on our behalf on all of our IT needs. He has been working for many months on his latest ELR project which we are hoping to reveal this weekend! Watch this space.



15th January 2016 - Club Kit Sale.
++++ Late January and February 2016 SALE++++
ELR are planning to renew and expand their CLUB KIT in the near future. We are therefore selling off our existing ELR branded stock (which may prove to become Collectors Items in future years) at a healthy discount to Members.

Ron Hill Ladies and Mens Tech Vests and Tech Tshirts normally £15 now £12!
Fruit of the Loom Fruit of the Loom Hoodies normally £15 now £12.
Fruit of the Loom Sweatshirts £10 now £8.
Ladies and Mens Cotton T Shirts £5 now £3.
Stock in most sizes, S,M,L and XL.

Interested? Then please advise Don Bennett or Frank Brownlie if you wish to buy, either on Facebook, Messenger, Webmaster e.mail or at any of the Club runs/activities. While stocks last. Pay us in cash or online to our bank!
All items are RED with the ELR Logo in white.


Saturday 16th January 2016 - East London Runners launch Mobile version of their Website!

Webmaster Derek Wright has virtually completed his work on a mobile friendly phone version of our Website.

When using your smartphones you will see a difference from yesterday. You can now easily add to your Distance Log and Race Entries for example. Race Results show the last 30 days with an option to see six months more. Your Results further back, to 2007 in some cases, can still be viewd on your laptops and desktops as the main website remains the same.

You may spot a few glitches which Derek will fix. Any Feedback will be greatly appreciated!

Saturday 16th January 2016 - Dan completed the Country to Capital 45 miler in 6:14:32!

Dan said " I started running in November 2007 and have never looked back, ran my first Marathon the following April - Vienna and been running ever since - I love it!
Dan is close to completing 100 marathons which is one of his targets for 2016!

His schedule for 2016 is:-
Planned Races
30 Jan 16 SEAA XC Champs (Senior Men)
13 Feb 16 Unusual Suspects 6 hr Challenge
14 Feb 16 Sunday League XC #5 Royston
14 Feb 16 Sunday XC League Event 5: Royston
20 Feb 16 Chingford League Event 5: Victoria Park
27 Feb 16 Run Richmond Park 10k Race 2 2016
05 Mar 16 Self-Transcendence 10k
06 Mar 16 Frank Harmer Memorial 10K Road Race
12 Mar 16 Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships
12 Mar 16 Thames Meander Spring Marathon
13 Mar 16 Bath Half Marathon
13 Mar 16 Dartford Half Marathon
20 Mar 16 Fleet Half Marathon
03 Apr 16 Freiburg Marathon
24 Apr 16 Shakespeare Marathon
07 May 16 Orpington Marafun
14 May 16 Arun River Marathon
18 Jun 16 South Downs Marathon
09 Jul 16 Ham to Lyme 50/100km
10 Jul 16 North Downs Marathon 2016
03 Sep 16 Saturday Night Marathon - Thames Trail Marathon







Benfleet 15 - Sunday 17th January 2016 - Jennifer Ansell 3rd Lady Finisher!
Eighteen members of East London Runners travelled the 30 or so miles to Hadleigh Country Park, Benfleet in Essex to complete in the very challenging Benfleet 15.

Seen by many runners as a great training run/race for the Spring Marathons in April/May the course has a variety of surfaces ranging from grass,trail, paths, tarmac and of course lots of mud and in the first and last 2 or 3 miles many tough hills.

One of the main features of today's race was that although it was cold there was little or NO WIND which is virtually unknown for this location.




Jennifer Ansell of ELR, 3rd Lady finisher in the Benfleet 15 with her trophy!







February 2016

Sunday 14th February 2016 - Sunday Cross Country League



Congratulations to Thomas Grimes who won the Sunday League trophy for 1st Senior Male, after finishing 2nd at Royston XC today!



February 2016 - Charity Donations.
After hosting the Valentines Park Charity 5k in late September 2015 East London Runners distributed the surplus funds of £700 to three local Charities this month. After research and recommendations by Committee Member Sarah Burns the Committee were able to confirm the receiving Charities were as follows:-

1. Sally's Kitchen, Leytonstone. A local CIC run by Volunteers for the wellbeing of the more isolated and vulnerable members of the Local Community and all are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/SallysKitchenE11/

2. Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelters. A collaberation of 7 local partner churches to meet the need of those sleeping rough in Waltham Forest during the winter months. http://forestnightshelter.org.uk/

3. ELHAP - Adventure Playground for Disabled Children in Roding Lane North. ELHAP is a magical and unique charity, providing adventure play opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged children, young people and adults since 1976. They don't believe that "one size fits all" - people and families have diverse and changing needs. This is why they offer a wide array of unique adventure play projects. http://www.elhap.org.uk/




Sunday 28th February 2016 - Roding Valley Half Marathon.
East London Runners were awarded the Team Trophy thanks to the fantastic running performances of Thomas Grimes, Russell Price and Jennifer Ansell.




Russell, Thomas and Jennifer with the Team Trophy!

Jennifer finished 2nd Lady (43rd overall), Russell 5th Male/overall and Thomas 2nd Male/overall, their combined finishing places being lower than any other team or Club who competed.

East London Runners also had the most finishers of any Club in the race with a fantastic total of 52. There were many personal bests and great debuts from Gemma Foxall, Gina Radford, Stuart Barton and Emma Hobbs among others!

Congratulations to all who ran plus our many terrific supporters.




MARCH 2016
From the 1st March 2016 you will now be able to order your Club Kit online and have it delivered to your home. All you need to do is visit
http://www.pbteamwear.co.uk and select "East London Runners" under the "Club Shops" tab. There are several advantages to this, including the fact that you will be able to buy what you want, when you want it from an extended range of Club Kit.

For the first 15 days there will be an opening 10% Discount available on orders using Discount Code ELR10. The Club Code has to be entered as a Discount Voucher prior to payment in the Shopping Cart. Please log in/create an account prior to using the voucher remembering to select our Club from the drop down menu.

Your orders will be despatched in approximately 5 -15 working days. If there are any stock shortages you will be notified as soon as possible.

Please note, kit is not returnable if it doesn't fit. In these circumstances it will be possible to sell on to fellow Club Members assuming that you haven't added your name to it! We strongly recommend you make use of the size charts on the website.

The online club shop is best viewed on a PC or Laptop.

Should you encounter any problems please contact Paul Bailey at PB Teamwear. Preferably by email on paul@pbteamwear.co.uk or on 01709 519101 (10am-4pm Mon-Thur and 10-1 Fri).







3rd March 2016 - Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting - 3rd March 2016 - New Committee Members - Annual Subscriptions held!

We are pleased to advise that Ava Lee, Ellie Wilkinson, Grant Conway and Roger Dixon were elected to the Committee of East London Runners.

The Full Committee is now:-
Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurers - Don Bennett and Roger Dixon
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Members - Sarah Burns, Maud Hodson, Maya Goodwin, Ava Lee, Ellie Wilkinson, Patrick Brown, Jonathan Wooldridge, Grant Conway and John White.

Further specific roles within the Committee will be allocated at our next Meeting on 31st March 2016.

The Meeting also agreed that our Annual Subscription(due from 1st April 2016) will remain at £20 (which includes Annual Membership of England Athletics of £13).


For a copy of the Minutes of the 2016 AGM please click on this link

Saturday 5th March 2016 - East london runners host the Chingford League Relay Races on Wanstead Flats.
Congratulations to Patrick Brown for organising this event on behalf of ELR and to his team of helpers on the day including Sarah burns, Paula Bedford and family who provided tea, coffee and cakes and raied over £250 for the Sport Relief Charity.


Saturday 26th March 2016 - World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff.
Congratulations to Russell Price in completing the World Championship Cardiff Half Marathon in difficult weather conditions (wet and windy) in a personal best time of 1:17:45 in 161st place of 12,068 finishers.



A delighted Russell after the Race.


Sunday 27th March 2016 - Canathlon 100k Ultra Race, Sowerby Bridge.
Congratulations to Maud Hodson of East London Runners in completing the 100k Canalathon Ultra in 13.03.25, 8th lady, 3rd V40.




Sunday 3rd April 2016
East London Runners Member Dan Gritton travelled to Freiburg in Germany to complete his 100th Marathon in a time of 3:03:37.

This was Dan's third Marathon this year having completed others in Mill Hill and Gravesend. In 2015 Dan travelled abroad to Rome (2 hours 59 min), Hamburg (2:54), Riga, Latvia (2:57), La Rochelle (2:59) as well as completing the Kent Road Runner Marathon in 3 hours.




Dan's plans for the rest of 2016 are just as ambitious -
24 Apr 16 Shakespeare Marathon
07 May 16 Orpington Marafun
14 May 16 Arun River Marathon
18 Jun 16 South Downs Marathon
09 Jul 16 Ham to Lyme 50/100km
10 Jul 16 North Downs Marathon 2016
03 Sep 16 Saturday Night Marathon - Thames Trail Marathon


London Marathon Sunday 24th April 2016.
Congratulations to all our runners today in completing the London and Blackpool Marathons!

Virgin Money London Marathon.




Paul Quinton and Mark Boulton looking cool on their way to sub 3 hour finishes!

Antonio Martin Romero 2.42.37 pb & championship
Mark Boulton 2.45.51 pb & gfa
Paul Quinton 2.54.35 gfa
Dan Slipper 2.59.07 pb & gfa
Manjit Bedi 2.59.25 gfa
Ciaran Canavan 3.09.05 gfa
Spencer Evans 3.20.58 debut
Saheb Yousefi 3.21.04 pb?
Jonathan Wooldridge 3.21.52 pb
Peter Hatley 3.23.05
David Baldwin 3.25.30
Diccon Loy 3.27.44
Mark Wyatt 3.30.29
Natasha Tweedie 3.30.33 pb & gfa
Ramesh Pala 3.34.45 pb?
Neil Gage 3.37.39 debut
Ellie Wilkinson 3.37.40 debut & gfa
Craig Livermore 3.54.26
Manjit Singh 4.13.22
Dave Knight 4.24.00
Bernadett Kalmar 4.28.03 debut
Adrian Buckley 4.33.28
Tanbir Jasimuddin 4.34.16
Caroline McGirr 5.02.21
Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs 5.13.28 debut
Wayne Kelly 5.40.00
Natalie A J Powell 6.44.06 debut?



A happy Bernadett passing through the 20 mile Water Station!


Two Super Heroes on Poplar High Street about to pass the 20 mile Balloon Arch but only one is a Member of East London Runners!


Blackpool Marathon.
Katherine Harris 3.55.20 pb by 41 mins



Katherine in action during an ELVIS Race last year.



East London Runners would like to thank all of our Members, Families and Friends who helped and supporeted the Club and it's Runners prepare and run in the London Marathon 2016.

On Saturday 23rd April Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea and Danny Lee together with Chairman Frank attended the 20 mile Water Station location to assist Peter Cowup and Narinder (London Fire Brigade), Paul and Barry prepare the site for the following day.

Jaime Towns and Gareth Jones for many weeks had been planning and preparing the logistics of catering for 80 Marshalls ariving at St Mathias Church around 7.15am on Marathon morning for "breakfast" and then all day providing tea, coffee and food for all the helpers from ELR and the LFB who had ben manning the 20 mile Water Feed Station on Poplar High Street. They were ably supported by their partners Nathalie and Ali Jones. A big thanks too to Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea who provided the Halal food and for the time and effort taking to prepare and supply this food.



Jaime, Ali, Gareth and Nathalie in St Mathias Church!

At the 20 Mile water Feed Station on Poplar High Street, manned by Volunteers from both ELR and LFB Roger Dixon and John White of ELR were tasked with looking after the ELR side of the station. They were helped by many members of ELR, their families and friends plus many others who have helped over many years at our Water Station location. In addition to handing out much needed water to the marathon runners they were also very vocal in their support of the many ELR members and other runners known to them as they passed through the 20 mile'sh distance.

Also to Jean and Tom Atkinson and their friends for manning the ELR Special Drinks Station on the Isle of Dogs once again this year..

Last but by no means least to Peter Cowup, family and friends, Narinder and all at London Fire Brigade for all that they continue to do to make the 20 Mile point one of the highlights of Marathon day for the runners, spectators and helpers.


ELVIS 2016 May to September

ELVIS 2016 - Awards and Prizes

The 9th Annual ELVIS Awards Presentation Evening was held on Friday 7th October 2016. Hosted this year by East London Runners more than 80 ELVIS Club members attended at The Duke Pub in Wanstead.

The Prizes were presented by Martin Clarke and the ELVIS 2016 Prizewinners were as follows.

Ladies Team - East London Runners (winning all 7 races)

1st Lady - Ava Lee - East London Runners
2nd Lady - Judith Vonberg - East London Runners
3rd Lady - Eleanor Wilkinson - East London Runners


1st FV 35 - Kate Malcolm - Eton Manor AC
1st FV 45 - Amanda Heslegrave - Barking Road Runners
1st FV 55 - Catherine Jane Apps - East End Road Runners

Mens Team - Ilford AC

1st Male - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
2nd Male - Patrick Brown - East London Runners
3rd Male - Billy Rayner - East London Runners


1st MV40 - Paul Holloway - Ilford AC
1st MV50 - Steven Philcox - Ilford AC
1st MV60 - Andy Catton - Ilford AC

Sunday 16th October 2016 - Ava Lee qualifies for Team GB Duathlon in her Age Group

Despite freezing cold wind and driving rain, Ava Lee qualified for Team GB age Group Duathlon at Bedford Autodrome this morning! European Duathlon Championship, are in Spain and Ava is really looking forward to the challenge of representing GB, hopefully in better weather.


Ava after the Bedford Duathlon.



In sunnier climes.






Annual Awards - Thursday 15th December 2016

Awards Shortlists 2016

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Bernadett Kalmar
Ellie Wilkinson
Jenny Ansell
Maud Hodson
Natasha Tweedie

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Carlton D'Souza
Dan Gritton
Jonathan Wooldridge
Tom Woods

Most Improved Female Runner 2016
Amy Boorn
Diana Rexhepaj
Judith Vonberg
Katherine Gardner
Roisin Archer

Most Improved Male Runner 2016
Aaron Browne
John Healy
Robert Rayworth
Scott McMillan
Spencer Evans

Female Runner of the Year 2016
Ava Lee
Ellie Wilkinson
Judith Vonberg
Maud Hodson
Roisin Archer

Male Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Dan Slipper
Grant Conway
Robert Rayworth
Thomas Grimes

Annual Awards 2016 - Thursday 15th December 2016
East London Runners celebrated the festive season, and their annual awards at the Duke pub in Wanstead on Thursday night with about 100 members and their guests attending.

The club made its annual awards to mark the occasion. Opening the proceedings, the Club's Chairman Frank Brownlie addressed the members, noting how the club continued to grow in numbers, and its continued success. He then announced the Club Runners of the previous months and Vice Chair, Jonathan Wooldridge awarded each with the next must have - an ELR mug.

Frank went on to present a mug to each of the committee, thanking them for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the club over the past year. Coach Grant Conway presented Alan Branch with the Track Star award. Grant said, "Alan has a fantastic attitude and has hardly missed a week all year come rain or shine."

Maya announced the Beginner of the year which was awarded to Liz O'Donnell saying that "Liz wanted to run but was nervous about joining a club. So she did the C25K programme all on her own for 6 months before she felt confident to join Don's 5k runs on Tuesday nights." Liz couldn't attend on the night.

The main awards
Congratulations go to all of the nominees, and the winners. It was a really difficult decision to find this year's winners, as the standard of running in the club, from new runners to championship competitors is so high. Thank you to all of the committee for their contributions to find our winners.

The 2016 winners in each of the categories are:
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Jenny Ansell
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Dan Gritton
Most Improved Female Runner 2016 Judith Vonberg
Most Improved Male Runner 2016 Robert Rayworth
Female Runner of the Year 2016 Ava Lee
Male Runner of the Year 2016 Thomas Grimes

The Curtis Shied's winner is chosen by the club members who they consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year 2016 Jonathan Wooldridge

Photos of the night can be viewed in Dan Seniors' Vimeo feed here.


Fight the Festive Fat Xmas 2016/New Year 2017
Wednesday 21st December 2016 - Normal Club run.

Saturday 24th December 2016 - Normal parkruns.

Saturday 24th December 2016 - 10 mile'sh Off Road Social run in Epping Forest 10am meet at Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road, E11

Christmas Day Sunday 25th December 2016 - 8am

- At 8am on Christmas Morning meet Grant and Carlton at Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road, E11 for an 8.5 min mile paced run in the mud of Epping Forest.

- parkruns - Wanstead Flats, Hackney and Barking at 9.00am. Check http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/ for up to date details.

Boxing Day, Monday 26th December 2016
- 10am - Traditional Club run at High Beach, Epping Forest. 6 mile easy run on good woodland paths.

Monday 26th December 2016 - NO Track session.

Tuesday 27th December 2016 - 11.30am
Ilford AC 10 mile Cross Country race at Hainault Forest. Entries in advance or on the day. Check https://www.entrycentral.com/IlfordAC-10milesXC

Wednesday 28th December 2016
Wanstead Leisure Centre is closing at 4pm! There will be a 7pm Club run from outside WLC of 10k approx.

Saturday 30th December 2016 - Normal parkruns.

New Years Day Sunday 1st January 2017 - parkruns
Wanstead Flats & Hackney at 9.00am plus Valentines Park at 10.00am for those that want to double up. Check Check http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/
Monday 2nd January 2017
At 10am a 10 mile-ish social run and or marathon training run. Check the website for more details.

Monday 2nd January 2017 - NO Track session..





2017

January 2017
Congratulations to Jennifer Ansell of ELR who finished 2nd in the Benfleet 15 this year after being 3rd in 2016.



Jenny after receiving her race prize!





February 2017

Thursday 9th February 2017 - Annual General Meeting

At the East London Runners Annual General Meeting the following Committee was elected for 2017.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Roger Dixon
Vice Treasurer and Memberships - Don Bennett
Media, PR and Beginners - Maya Goodwin
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle
Race Secretary - Ellie Wilkinson
Race Secretary and Track/Coaching - Grant Conway
Volunteer Co-Ordinator - Ciaran Canavan
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Members - Jennifer Ansell, Sarah Burns, Patrick Brown and Dan Slipper


In addition it is expected that the follwoing will remain in their posts for 2017/18.

ELVIS Team Captains
Ladies - Ava Lee
Mens - Paul Thompson

Cross Country Captains
Maud Hodson and Mike Wilson

Chingford League Captains
Patrick Brown and Mike Wilson








Hi John, a little bird tells me that you are stepping down from the Club Committee at the AGM on the 9th February 2017. Tell me it's not true!

It's true and it's a huge step for me. I've been on the Committee since about 1986, when a small group of renegades, led by Steve Knott, ousted the original committee, which was controlled by Roger Mills, and took the club into the control of the members. Key to this was that Roger had always wanted the club to be a local, informal jogging group and completely opposed affiliation to the national body (through the Southern Counties AA, then). We wanted a fully-legitimate and affiliated running club.

What were your duties in the early years?

I became the Newsletter Editor, taking over a 2-page news-sheet and eventually editing a 24/36 page Club Magazine called Runaround.

I also became the Treasurer, growing the club-finances from about £500 to about £2/3k. I resigned these posts in about 94/95/96. Under what was effectively a triumvirate of Steve Knott, Trevor Cornell and myself, the club grew to a (then) staggering 180+ members in the mid-90s, and was winning stuff! Notably, many Essex County women's championships.

What about your running during this period, how was that progressing?

I had a a staggering training and racing programme, 90 to 120 miles per week for many years. Thanks to the Club I progressed from someone who ran about a bit in cut-down jeans, hence I was called -Johnny Cut-downs - and I've still got them! To someone who achieved significant stuff in ultra-running, gold and silver medals in the Southern Counties AA 100km championships, 2nd Brit to the legendary multi-world-record-holder Don Ritchie, in the AAA 100km international race, coming 4th, won the Ultra-Distance British Championship series, won the 1st Trail Runners Association Championship series, won races (Otter High Peak 40, Punchbowl Marathon (33 miles), Fat-Ass 54, Mendip Way Trail Race and others) set course records (3 Forests Way, Punchbowl Marathon, Fat-Ass 54 and others). I won prizes in many other events, and for a while held the club's marathon best time (2.43.49, chip-equivalent time). Perhaps my greatest achievements were in coming 5th in the 1st “World Championship Trail Race” in the South Downs Way 80 in a time of 10.40, and coming 9th in the RRC's London to Brighton race, a famous and prestigious race which always attracted a strong international field.

None of this would have been possible without the club. I owe it so much.

I believe that some of your ideas and innovations are still with the Club today?

I am glad that I have had the opportunity to pay back a little to the Club of which I owe, though I have contributed very little in the recent years that most of you have known me. Many of my past initiatives are now regular activities, e.g. the re-introduction of Sunday runs, after an absence of many years, switching from road to off-road running when possible (we never used to run off-road, but you will have noticed my emphasis on trail-running races. In the early days of the club trying this, I was the only one who could lead the club throughout our beautiful and plentiful local countryside), the first-mile running as a club (it used to be a race from before the end of the notices and new/slow runners never stood a chance, and so we lost them. I remember so well the first time, people were actually talking to each other!

Also, the Bluebell run and the Midsummer Mystery Run which seems to have dropped out now. Back in the day, just to enter the Forest was a mystery to everyone. Now, people know it well enough for the Mystery Run to no longer be a mystery, killed off by the success of switching to off-road!


You also played a big part in stopping the Club from disappearing?

I did take the lead in the horrible period when WLC tried to evict and extinguish us. I wasn't going to let my dear club collapse into oblivion! Just sorry that I couldn't stop the bar at WLC from disappearing...!

You will still be running with the Club in future but are we likely to see less of you?

I have taken early-retirement from work and am spending much time in my other house in the South of France (cruel running country!). In 2016 I spent most of the year there and I anticipate spending some 9 months of 2017 there. Life has changed direction for me and I must now accept that I shall be (even more) useless as a committee-member. So, I must let go, and let the club and myself go in our separate directions. It is a massive change-of-life for me and very much a wrench from a club/activity/inspiration that has shaped half of my life.

How do you view the Club today and in the immediate future?

The club continues to face challenges and will continue to do so in the future, but I am so heartened to see that there are many energetic and committed people who are taking on the many responsibilities to guide it successfully. It is in excellent hands and I could wish no better for it. I am so pleased. I know that it will survive very well for a long time. Just a little word, always continue to focus the large majority of the attention on the ordinary runners, average runners, slow runners, new runners, novices, not much on the more elite runners, they can and do look after themselves. On Wednesdays they are just another club-member at a club-meeting.

By nurturing the grass-roots, the future's plush pastures are assured. This is how the club has always been. And how it has got to today, the only one of a myriad of the 80s-boom-clubs for many miles around that survived.

Thank you John, for the past, the present and best wishes for your future.


Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Club Marathon record broken in London!
Thomas Grimes (left) and Antonio Martin Romero of East London Runners in a race for the line in Sunday's London Marathon!


Thomas Grimes narrowly beat Club colleague Antonio Martin-Romero in breaking the ELR Club Marathon record, previously 2:39, in London today in 2:38:01. Congratulations Thomas and Antonio.
Congratulations also to:-
Antonio Martin Romero - 2.38.04pb - 236th
Alex Day - 2.44.29 - 517th
Daniel Lee - 2.51.54 - 974th
Mark Boulton - 2.54.13 -1178th
Daniel Slipper -2.57.16 -1476th
Stuart Kelly - 2.59.38 - 1869th
Billy Rayner - 3.01.03 -2048th
Aaron Browne - 3.14.23 - 3665th
Manjit Bedi - 3.14.41 - 3720th
Carlton DSouza - 3.16.19 -4004th
Ciaran Canavan - 3.19.55 - 4565th
Roisin Archer - 3.22.09 - 4871st
James Nichols - 3.27.24 - 5749th
Morgan Francis - 3.27.26 - 5763rd
Peter Hatley - 3.28.28 - 5979th
Alain Fieulaine - 3.30.14 - 6360th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.30.42pb - 6448th
Andrew Baxter - 3.30.44 - 6453rd
Regis Martin -3.31.14 - 6540th
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.37.22 pb - 7679th
Robert Rayworth - 3.37.49 - 7771st
Michael Wilson - 3.41.56 - 8620th
John Healy - 3.42.58 - 8829th
Suzanne Bench -3.44.57 - 9323rd
Tom Woods - 3.54.38 - 11645th
Ramesh Pala - 3.55.03 - 11786th
Manjit Singh - 4.13.05 -16284th
George Pite - 4.14.41 - 16691st
Gareth Jones - 4.15.03 - 16801st
Paul Marshall - 4.15.20 debut - 16863th
Steven Bywater - 4.27.14 - 19897th
George Georgiou - 4.35.26 - 21928th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.38.25 pb -2271st
Tina Bennett - 5.08.23 debut - 29506th

Also - Yvonne Shashoua 3.44.55 and Kelly Xavier 5:03.18.


Saturday 20th May 2017 - White Peak Half Marathon - Winner is Patrick Brown


Congratulations to Patrick Brown of East London Runners who won the White Peak Half Marathon in a new personal best time of 1:13:41.

Tuesday 6th June 2017 - ELR have great success in ELVIS 2 - H90 Joggers 5 mile race
On a very blustery and showery evening 67 members of East London Runners completed the second race in the ELVIS 2017 Series in Raphaels Park, Romford.





67 ELR,271 finishers.
1st Mens Team , Thomas, Euan & Patrick.
1st Lady - Ava Lee
1st V35 - Paula Bedford,
1st V60 - Calvin Bobin.


Elvis Scores
MEN
1st ELR 1pt, 75pts, - 2nd Ilford AC 2pts, 107pts - 3rd Havering 90 3pts, 159pts.
LADIES
1st ELR 1pt, 20pts - 2nd Orion 2pts, 36pts - 3rd EERR 3pts, 54pts.




Weekend 23rd to 25th June 2017 - Colworth Marathon Challenge


More than 40 ELR members, families, dogs Flash, Jinx and Harvey, drove the 70 or so miles from East London to the pretty Bedfordshire countryside around Sharnbrook and Colworth. With everyone camping, except Chairman Frank, the weather was fine, cool and dry, but with a strongish breeze! We even saw some sun during the weekend.


Friday night at 7pm was the start of the 5m race and with ELR winning both Team Prizes and Jennifer Ansell and Thomas Grimes being race winners with Patrick Brown in second place. Our other prize winners on the night were Fiona Day first FV55 It was a great start for ELR for the weekend..

These winning results were replicated on both the 8.1m race on the Saturday and the Half Marathon on the Sunday with the addition of Suzanne Bench winning the FV45 category in one race.



Overall Thomas completed and won the event in 2:34:21, Patrick was 2nd overall in 2:41:12. Jennifer was 9th overall and 1st Lady in 2:58:32. Suzanne was to win FV45 overall as was Fiona in the FV55 category.

East London Runners were the top Team overall having won all of the Team events in the three races.




However it was not so much about the winning but in the taking part as someone once said. Therefore we must congratulate all who took part in what is a very tough event. Although the underfoot conditions were very dry compared to previous years there was still some very rutted, undulating and tricky terrain to conquer.




A great achievment by all who took part. A special thanks to ELR's Manjit Bedi who pioneered this event to ELR encouraging fellow Club members to participate over the previous years.



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