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Club History - Founded May 1982 - An overview to June 2021

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 32/330 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.We also restarted Beginner Groups in May 2016 and 2017

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 299.

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.

We completed our your end 31st March 2018 with over 300 members and 2019 with 329, at end of March 2020 we reached 350 despite the coronavirus.

The UK Government announced Lockdown beginning on 23rd March 2020 which resulted in suspension of all Club Axctivities. The message was STAY HOME - PROTECT THE NHS -SAVE LIVES.

Coronavirus COVID-19 and ELR Club Activities (updated 04.06.2020)

So as of the 01st June England Athletics have now updated their guidance for restricted return to activity for Coaches, Leaders, Athletes, Runners and Facilities. I know many of you are following this closely but I wanted to confirm what it means for us both individually and as a Club.

Following the government advise, England Athletics have aligned directly with the current advice. Permittable activities now include:

* Outdoor Exercise only, in groups of up to 6 runners max. These groups must maintain social distancing of 2 metres apart if they come from different households.
* Outdoor Coaching only, where the Coach/Athlete ratio can now increase from 1 coach:1 athlete to 1 coach:5 athletes. Again both coach and athletes must maintain social distancing of 2 metres apart if they come from different households.
* As an alternative, virtual alternatives should continue for large group training /coaching and for committee meetings.

As we seek to gradually return to some resemblance of normality, there are things we must do as a Club to ensure that we are covered by England Athletics and by their Insurance. I hereby ask that all Club Leaders, Coaches, Run Organisers, Track leaders, Sunday run, Social, Committee and any person who seeks to organise an activity on behalf of the Club be aware of the following:

* A Covid coordinator must be appointed. That's me, so ELR are already on step ahead here!
* Risk Assessments and plans must be in place in order for insurance to be valid. The Club will draft these coordinating these with the relevant Leaders of our activities.
* Clubs should liaise directly with venue operators for updates and guidance.
* Club activity can begin per each Club's plan based upon both the Government and England Athletics advice.

Bottom line, if you want to organise anything under the banner of ELR, please seek clearance from the Covid Coordinator first.

As you know, ELR are a Volunteer led Club, so we need your help and understanding as we tick these boxes while responding to the adapting Covid situation.

The guidelines issued by England Athletics can be viewed here.


Ciaran Canavan
ELR Covid Coordinator

Coronavirus COVID-19 and ELR Club activities (updated 17.05.2020)

Over the past 2 months as a Club, ELR has had to adapt to these surreal times.

What has become increasingly clear is that we are all going to be dealing with the Covid-19 fallout for some significant time to come. Under the initial lockdown it was clearly understood that our group activities had to stop! It shall not be quite so clear cut as we respond and begin to initiate club activities again under the Government's Coronavirus alert system.

As such, I have been nominated as ELR's Covid-19 Response Champion and shall be your first point of call for reviewing club activities in response to the adapting situation. That said, we are guided by our governing body, English Athletics so ELR shall continue to be led and guided by their Coronavirus response.

As we adapt to the changing situation, there will be many questions like "When can we run as a group, have a social run or organise a group long training run?" or even "Can I meet a Coach and can we now run at track?"

Last week the Government released their Coronavirus Alert System, announcing that we are beginning the transition from Alert 4 (Social distancing continues) to Alert 3 (Gradual relaxation of restrictions). So what has changed for us as a group? On the face of it, not very much as social distancing is still the main driver of the current response. Though we remain at alert level 4 we can begin to increase our bubble and we can now exercise more than once a day; however keeping socially distant remains key and non household groups are still banned.

In light of the published alert system, England Athletics have reviewed and revised their guidelines for runners, coaches and for venues. Their guidelines can be viewed here.

Under the Coronavirus alert level 4, there has been a very gentle lifting of the restrictions in that a runner and coach can now come together from separate households, but they must maintain and respect social distancing at all times. To be clear, this is for a single runner and a single coach, and there are a lot of guidelines for the use and cleaning of equipment and the likes.

For ELR it remains that all group activities are still currently suspended. As such all members are reminded to continue to keep chatter clear of invitations to gather together in physical groups, but please do continue to come together to interact and run virtually as you have been. I love the spirit of ELR, and I have been proud of our Club, it's members and our spirit throughout this crisis so far.

As the alert level changes and as government advice changes, ELR will maintain our duty of care for all of our members and we will respond appropriately. As the door begins to open ever so slightly, and as we want to return to our previous normality, please note that any group activity that can be construed as a "club activity" should first be cleared by the Club Committee.

These can be brought directly to me as your Covid-19 Response Champion. In the meantime please be rest assured that the Club and Committee are working tirelessly behind the scenes, reviewing everything and anything we can do to support you all in response to the Coronavirus situation. #TEAMELR

Ciaran Canavan
Vice Chair & Covid-19 Response Champion

****CORONAVIRUS - COVID19****** MARCH 2020 - UPDATED 29/04/20

Update 29 April 2020
In accordance with Government advice surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19, the instructions to avoid non-essential travel and contact with others we have made a decision on 16 March to immediately cease all club activities until further notice.

On 29 April England Athletics, our governing body has made a statement on the Suspension of athletics competition extended to 30 June 2020. "We have collectively taken the decision to extend the suspension of licensed competition activity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in recognition that event organisers, clubs, athletes, officials and coaches at all levels of the sport need clarity, advanced notice and time to plan."

Our primary concern is always the health and safety of members and their families, so of course will following these guidelines until lifted. Please take care and look after yourselves and loved ones. We look forward to running and racing together real soon. Until then we'll be maintaining contact through our website, newsletter and social media as best we can. Please keep in touch.

Please cascade through your networks.

Best wishes
ELR committee

The Roger Dixon Shield

Roger Dixon 1948 - 2017

Following Roger's death in September 2017 the Committee of East London Runners agreed that a new Award would be made to the Club Person of the Year for 2017 and for future years.

This award was to be named the Roger Dixon Shield and the winner would be voted by the members of the Club each year.


2017 - Sonia Cheadle

2018 - Joanna Wood

2019 - Frank Brownlie

Club Runner of the Month


October 2021 - Alice Barrett
September 2021 - Becky Evans
August 2021 - John Henry
July 2021 - Nathaniel Dye
June 2021 - Morag Campbell
May 2021 - Jose Rodriguez
April 2021 - Paul Woodmansey
January to March 2021 - holdover due to COVID-19!

November and December 2020 - holdover due to COVID-19!
October 2020 - Paul Quinton
April to September 2020 - holdover due to COVID-19!
March 2020 - Stuart Kelly
February 2020 - Antonio Martin Romero
January 2020 - Jose Rodriguez

December 2019 - Chloe Millan
November 2019 - Paul Thompson
October 2019 - John Henry
September 2019 - Catriona and Nick Hoult
August 2019 - Peter Craik
July 2019 - Nathaniel Dye
June 2019 - Euan Brown and Jose Rodriguez
May 2019 - Samia Choudhury
April 2019 - Antonio Martin Romero
March 2019 - Arthur Diaz
February 2019 - Scott McMillan
January 2019 - Becky Evans

December 2018 - Terry Lewsey
November 2018 - Peter Hatley
October 2018 - Rachel Le Roux and Karan Gadhia
September 2018 - Antonio Martin Romero
August 2018 - Zoila Gilham-Fernandez
July - Caroline Frith
June - Louis Le Roux
May 2018 - Jimmy Dale
April 2018 - Ciaran Canavan and Jo Wood
March 2108 - Mark Moir
February 2018 - Ellie Wilkinson
January 2018 - Diana Rexhepaj

December 2017 - Karen Levison
November 2017 - Roselin Boramakot and Kat Maskell
October 2017 - Michael Bamford
September 2017 - Andy Balderstone and Stuart Norris
August 2017 - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
July 2017 - Jason Levy
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

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

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 Curtis Shield

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.

The CURTIS SHIELD was Retired in October 2017.

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

The Early Years - 1982 to 1985

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.

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 Minutes of the Meeting in June 1985 show those present as Alan Shaw, Alan Smith, Frank Bontoft, Dina Andronicus, Trevor Cornell, Hilda Mills, June Davey, Steve Knott and Gwegs Rumney.

FUNCTION OF THE COMMITTEE: It was recognised that there is a need to clarify the status of the Committee etc

ROGER Mills LEAVING: confusion among members as to reason for leaving. Decided not to replace Chairman at present time.

Club. What should it represent. Agreement after discussion that the aims and objectives should be the same as ever, particularly to encourage new runners to the sport, and greater care should be shown to newcomers when they join the Club, whether beginners or experienced runners. Suggestion of maps to be drawn up of Club runs.
Affiliation: Steve Knott presented draft paper weighing up pros and cons. There were mixed feelings on this subject and eventually the decision was taken NOT to affiliate at the present time but to discuss further at the AGM so that all members could consider.

Club Colours: Dave Curtis is still producing a red t shirt to be used for training runs and not seen as Club Colours. The meeting decided to to produce to the membership a visual display of four sets of olours – Orange, Red, Blue and Yellow. Members to vote for favourite colour. A Club badge is to be designed.

Membership: Subs to be set at £5 for the year. June Davey agreed to take over as Membership Secretary next year.
Treasurer: Alan Shaw moving from the area. Gwegs to ask Graham if he would take over.
Secretary: It was agreed that Comm Members would take it I turn to do the Club Minutes.
London Marathon: Committee to take over liaison with John Disley re the entry places and Water Station. Steve Knott accepted responsibility. Only paid up members to be included in our draw.

Committee Meeting 26th July 1985, Extracts
Social: Planned events,Barbecue in August,Mystery Tour and Picnic in September. Club Disco at Christmas including fund raising raffle. A training weekend in June 1986
Membership Renewal and Validation
London Marathon Draw: It was agreed that no entrant who had been a participant in 1985/85 and who was not a paid up member would be eligible for the draw notwithstanding their paying for the year 1985/86. As in all things the Committee would judge each case on its merits but that their decision would be final. It being felt that the question of selection for the “free” places was so contentious that scrupulous fairness must exist.
Club Races: Sub-Committee of Ken, Trevor and Steve Knott had been considering this. Looking at possibility of a 2,4,or 6 mile race on Hackney Marshes. Possible events at Eton Manor Sports Club, Oakfields at Fairlop, Ilford WanderersRugby Club. Frank has also joined the Sub Comm.

Life Membership for Roger Mills and Hilda was Unanimously agreed.
Headed Paper, to be investigated
ELR Banner: Agreed to obtain quote
Attendance Requirement for Committee Meetings. It was unanimously agreed that to remain on the Committee no member should miss four consecutive meetings.
Post of Secretary, June has assumed that Role.
Sports Centre,Use of, discussion and contact with Centre re costs and use of same by members.

5th and 9th August 1985, 3rrd September 1985. Correspondence from Steve Knott on file re Sports Centre and London Marathon Draw.

Committee Meeting 30th August 1985
Present, Gwerfyl Rumney, June Davey, Frank Bontoft, Graham Rumney, Ken Wharmsby, Alan Smith, Steve Knott.
Apologies, Alan Shaw, Dina Andronicos, Trevor Cornell, Bob Munday
Barbecue, Fun Run
Sports Centre, Fee agreed post meeting at £250
Membership Cards, All paid up members to receive a card.
Club Colours, Following two recounts Red won with 27 votes, Yellow a close second with 26, Blue 9 and Orange 3 not proving to be popular.
Headed Notepaper, Agreed to order 500 sheets

23rd September 2017, Letter from Steve Knott to Trevor resigning from Committee and Club Newsletter Producer for work related reasons.

ELR Newssheet, September 1985
Editors, News , Steve Knott , Race Reports, Frank Bontoft
Members need to carry the new Membership Card and to sign it at Reception to gain access to Wanstead Leisure Centre.
Club Colours Following the recent vote by members the red vest with the white lettering emerged as the winner. Supplies of the vest are now being obtained. A range ogf Club t-shirts will be available for future years and will vary in colour. They will be sold as will the Red Club vest at a reasonable price with a small profit for the Club.
Fun Run Decided not to hold one this year and not at Victoria Park. Held over until March 1986.
At a recent Committee Meeting, it was unanimously agreed that Roger and Hilda Mills become Honorary Life Members. For the benefit of new members, Roger and Hilda founded the Club and worked solidly to give us the base from which we are now building and extending.

London Marathon Draw Results, David Morgan, Ken Wharmsby, Jon Trevor, Barry Wyles, Neil Baker and Phil Gaskell were successful.

London Marathon Feeding Station. We have every reason to believetaht we will once again be allocated a feeding station on the 1986 Marathon course. Unfortunately, the Organisers do not give details until the last minute. Although we may be informed “in principle” that we have a station, the specific location is often not confirmed until the final briefing. Details will be made as and when they are known.

Other topics were , Membership Renewal, Distribution of Newsletter and Race Reports (held over to the next issue)
Forthcoming Fixture List
Oct 6th Windsor Gt Park Half Marathon
Oct 13th Babysafe Half Marathon, local
Oct 20th Brady Maccabi, Hendon Stadium 10 mile
Oct 27th Twickenham 25k organised by LRCC

Committee Meeting, 4th Oct 1985
Present, Gwerfyl and George Rumney, Dina Andronicas, Frank Bontoft, Trevor Cornell, Ken Wharmsby, Alan Smith, June Davey
Apologies, Bob Munday

Social, £211.04 profit from barbecue. Christmas disco arranged for 15th Dec. Christmas Raffle draw. £100 will be spent on travel voucher, tickets £1. Social Committee given guidelines of £500 profit per year.
Fun run, date still to be set. Trevor, Frank and Ken to meet 15th Oct to discuss.
Membership Cards, Cards printed thanks to Frank, cost was £50 for 250.
Curtis Shield. The Shield was haded out to Lee Richardson in January. Votes for next person to be haded out to Club Members.
Club Vests, Atletic East have quoted £4.95 plus £1.65 silk screening.
Club Badge, would be white on red.
Newsletter. Due to Steve Knotts resignation from the Committee a vacancy has arisen. A slip of paper will be handed out with membership cards for people to apply.

Next Meeting, to be held at June Daveys house.

Item to be inserted in Newsletter
The recent resignation of Roger as Chairman is to be regarded only as an admin problem in the structure of a newly formed Committee. It reflects only a difference of opinion in the running of the Club. All concerned are working for the common good.

We fully recognise the contribution made by Roger in the past without which there would not be a Club today. Given time, we hope to continue the good work that he has started. We look forward to his continued help and support as an ordinary member whilst hopefully relieving him of the day to day problems of administering 120 people from different walks of life with different opinions and attitudes but with one common aim.
Despite wildly exaggerated rumours, there is no major split in this Club.

Photo of members.
East London Runners was formed in 1982 when less than twenty novices began running around Wanstead. By 1985 one hundred and twenty had graduated in running the London, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Birmingham Marathons, the Hyde Park Fun Run, the Gt North Run and many more. They still run around Wanstead and meet twice a week at the Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West on Wednesdays at 6.15pm and Sundays at 10am.

Committee Meeting Monday 2nd Dec 1985
Present, Gwegs and Graham, Rumney, Alan Smith, Ken Wharmsby, Bob Mundy, Paul Davy, Dina Andronicus, Trevor Cornell and Frank Bontoft.

Membership Cards, mot members have now been issued with cards, approx. 104 members. Wanstead Sports Centre not too particular whether they are produced or not but they are useful for sports shop discounts and cheap seats on race coaches reserved by Club.
Disco, booked for Woodys on Dunday 15th Dec. Tickets £5 (£3 for buffet and £2 club profit).
Curtis Shield, All members to vote. Distribution date 1st Jan 1986, last collection and count Wed 29th Jan, Award at AGM Wed 12th Feb 1986.
Newsletter John White has offered his services as Editor. Issue due 6th Jan 1986. Bob has offered to run off newsletter and address envelopes to members.
Fun Run Ken raised point that not enough time i.e. till March to organise the race. New date of 8th or 15th June agreed.
Club Vest, now seen by Committee and agreed suitable quality and colour. Cost £4.95 plus £1.56 for silk screening. Two styles, all mesh for men and mesh/nylon with Ladies cut for women.
Frank to order 50 asap with max price £8.
Coaches Deposit of £1 to be requested from all interested parties before race and forfeited by drop outs bas coach cancellation fee is £10. Agreed.
Spare Money £13.25 collected from races is to be used by Ken to buy and have engraved as many medals as poss to encourage enthusiastic runners, who have, so far, received no recognition for their efforts.

AGM Wed 12th Feb 1986 agreed in Sports Hall

Chairman Graham, agreed
i) Report on past year, Finances, race committee, social comm etc
ii) Election of Officers, treasurer, secretary, race events organisor, social secy, editor, publicity secy, annual race secretary. Need for a Charman.
iii) AOB

Last Committee Meeting, only two members turned up. Majority did not phone to apologise for absence. In future a nominated Comm Member to phone around one week before the meeting to check numbers.

Next Meeting, Mon 13th Jan 1985 at Mansfield Road.


January 1986 News Sheet Editor John White

Thank you Steve Knott
Standing down as Editor of the Newssheet.
Rummours circulating that he has been poached by Running Magazine and tempted by International Literary fame since his account of his heroic run in the 1984 New York Magazine was published in "Running" have been strenously denied! He also denies reports of secret training sessions with Andy Etchells, "Runnings" Editor and our current President.
However personal commitments no longer afford him the time to be our Editor.

Curtis Shield Voting by 29th January.
Fun Run not before June.
Special Award Medals - The first medal was awarded to Sylvia after the Buntingford 10.
AGM 5th February in the hall at the Sports Centre.
Social Events In early December 25 members approx had a meal in the Carvery at the Castle, Woodford Green. 25 was the max the Castle would agree.
Sunday 15th December - The Club's Xmas buffet, Disco and Grand Draw at Woody's Snakes Lane East.
Thanks to Dinah, Gwegs and June foe organising the event. Surplus of £216.00.
Way back in September 1985 we had a barbecue again orgainised by the three above, over 100 attended on a chilly afternoon. 3 legged and egg and spoon races were held organised by Roger and H. Profit about £200.00.

Marathons Several members made the Trip to New York in October. The astonishing humidity and heat meant the times were much slower than expected. Frank 3:03. Paul declined to give his time.Newman around 4hrs, Peter House 3:15'sh, Thomas John 3:30'sh and Lee was unable to run owing to injury.

The same day Harlow hosted a marathon in much more favourable weather conditiond for running. Those running were Dick Pleasance, Mike Walters and Derek.

Del(4:14) and Mike 94:18) made it to the St albans marathon on 1st december and were joined by John White (3:03).

Results are a bit sketchy but we will try and get a more complete record of events results for the next newsletter.






Committee Meeting 29th May 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Trevor Cornell, Tom Atkinson, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Brian Skelton, Pete Cowup, Bryan Honey

Coach Fares to League events, money to be collected up front.
Marathon Feed Station, £150 received which should bring books back into the black.
New Members now being asked for a passport sized photo in attempt to remember faces.
RUNAROUND, JW said editing the magazine is taking an increasing amount ion his time and sometimes evoked less than constructive criticism. Production at the Centre had not been a totally smooth operation. SM in favour of A4 format.
Minutes of Meetings, discussion whether concise or tom include background discussions. Committee voted in favour of concise with CA abstaining.
PC proposed Club buying a PA system for use at various events costing around £400.This met general approval, for further consideration when finances allow.
SK confirmed he will stand down as Chairman at the 1992 AGM. He also suggested Dinner and Dance be a special occasion. PC is open to ideas.
Albany Life have sponsored the ELR Chingford 8 Race with £500
SK made £100 profit from a race he organised in the City.
A General Portfolio representative veto attend the next Meeting to discuss a mutually beneficial collaboration.

Committee Meeting 2nd July 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Tom Atkinson, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Pete Cowup

Agreed that PC to purchase 100 jackets, increase from previously agreed 50.
DD raised question of recognition for members competing all league fixtures. It was decided to award a high quality certificate.
SK had received another £50 for members who helped with Marathon registration. He added that places were awarded to people who completed a certain number of hours registration duty.
Tickets for Dinner Dance likely to be £25, inc cost of £21,50 for the 4 course meal.

Committee Meeting 31st July 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Trevor Cornell, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Brian Skelton, Pete Cowup, Bryan Honey

JW will liaise with Wanstead School for next RUNAROUND Magazine.
Trophies for Track & Field to cost £150 approx, including the new Stuart Willis Trophy.
Tickets for Dinner Dance will be £20 to cover cost of meal only, the guest list should receive careful consideration.
Jim Bird had asked if an event for the benefit of the Centre could be arranged but the Committee felt it was not necessary to do so at present.
SK had made measuring wheel available to Dagenham Joggers for a fee.
Steve Cogan had offered to take over as kit person from Calvin Bobin, handover to be arranged.

ELR Magazine - RUNAROUND - JULY/AUG/SEPT 1991, 20 pages, Editor John White

10th Anniversary Dinner Dance Advert for Friday 3rd Jan 1992 at the Manor Hall, Chigwell.
4 Course Meal, Dancing until 1am. 200 capacity, £5 deposit. Contact Mike Matcham and Peter Cowup.

Final Results for ELR Track & Field 1991. Winning Team, Derek Darnell, Richard McHale, Steve Coogan, Dennis Taylor, Lesley Morgan, Lynn Butler.

Race Reports and Results
Lee Valley 10
Dunmow 5
Orion 10 x 1 mile relay
Hsarlow 10m
Barking 5k

John's miserable Ultra efforts

Fixtures List, Oct/Nov/Dec 1991


London League Individual and Team Places List

Amsterdam Marathon 15th Sep 1991

Chris Adams(3:59), Steve Davis(4:28) and Dave Thomas(3:50) in a field of 1,000. Weather overcast and dull, deteriorating into torrential rain during the race.

The ELR Chingford 8, Advert for Sunday 13th October 1991 at Gilwell Park.

Race Report on the Great North Run by Don Bennett
Trevor Cornell 1:18:50
Laurent Pichon 1:23:00
Bernard Mansell 1:32:20
Simon Morgan 1:35
Don Bennett 1:41:40
Richard McHale 1:43
Julie Fairhurst 1:52
Lesley Morgan 1:55
Steve Knott tba

Leaving the Leisure Centre by Coach at 1.30pm on Friday 13th September we finally reached the Washington Post Hotel at 8.30pm. WE discovered on the following day that the Wolves Team were staying in the Hotel; too as they were playing Newcastle that afternoon.

A few years ago the race start time had been moved from morning to 1.45pm to suit TV coverage. Not good news on a hot day. Baggage buses left at 1pm so a bit of sitting around. We were started off by Jimmy Saville, taking us 2 minutes to cross the start line, with many in the 30,000 field taking 10 minutes or more. The first mile took 8 1/2 mins before I settled into a steady 7 1/2 minute mile pace.

Spectators were out in their thousands providing encouragement and extra water. By 9 miles the heat was getting to me and I walked briefly to have a good drink of water before resumin my running.. Approaching 12 miles I passed Richard who was also struggling a little.

A long run into the finish and we collected our medal, T-Shirts and diet cokes! We left South Shields on the Coach at 6.30pm arriving back at Wanstead at 4am on Monday. Many thanks to Trevor for arranging the Coach and Accommodation.




Edited by Yvonne Shushoua

One of the comments made in the recent survey of Club Members was that we should continue to have a Newsletter. Unfortunately for me I was the one that made the comment and was volunteered to edit it! No, seriously, I enjoyed reading Runaround and would like to see it continue and develop further.

Many Members of the Club are unable to meet at Wanstead on Wednesday evenings and one function of the Newsletter is to keep us all in touch. Runaround is also the place for our comments and suggestions about ELR, and for race reports, results, training tips, cartoons, jokes etc.

Comments about the format of the Newsletter would also be appreciated. Any articles, typed or handwritten can be handed to me at the Wednesday night meeting, or put into the ELR folder behind the desk at Wanstead Leisure Centre or posted c/o Wanstead LC.

Finally, many thanks to John White for all his hard work in producing Runaround in the past. I hope that he will have more time to enjoy writing a few articles for it.

Happy reading!


Christmas Message from the Chairman - Simon Morgan
Thanked Yvonne for taking on the task of organising the Newsletter after somewhat of an absence.
The Members Questionnaire was a huge success. See separate article.
I hope that the AGM will be better attended than the last one as several votes need to be taken. Not least the question of whether the Club remains in the Summer League. A number of members are unhappy with the League.

Also the Committee is down to 8 members. This is likely to reduced still further to 5 or 6 committed Members by the end of February.
The Club's Annual Dinner and Dance is in doubt unless more ticket deposits are received.
The Club's Sports Day is also at risk.

Survey Results - Peter Cowup, Club President
Edited Summary - We received over 50 replies. The Yes/No sections will be relatively easy to process statistically but the opinions and comments will take longer to assess. Simon, Peter and Derek will be collating these.

I would like to assure members that EVERY opinion expressed is appreciated and that where common themes are found, any necessary changes will be made. Part of the reason we decided to members opinions, was to remind people that to stay "vibrant", the Club needs to react to its members needs.

We also wanted to remind members that ELR cannot be taken for granted. To survive and prosper the Club needs it's membership to fully participate in the broad range of events that ELR organise throughout the year. Several events have been poorly attended - we needed to determine whether this was a result of dissatisfaction, too high costs involved or simply apathy!

I think one of the good things to come out of the survey is an appreciation of these facts by a wider circle of members.

Chingford 8 - Sunday 17th October 1993 - Some words of thanks - Peter Cowup
This race was again organised by ELR, special thanks to Wendy McLellan, Lesley Morgan, Jean and Tom Atkinson and Phyl and Peter Cowup for all their hard work.

As ever, the Club acquitted itself with true style and organised a race that all members could be proud of. I continue to think it is important that ELR, as a Running Club, organises a few races/runs every year which benefit runners in general. I think that the Chingford 8, together with the recce run in the spring, our involvement in the London Marathon through the Feed Station and the odd league fixture fulfil this role.

Letter received from the British Association of Road Races enclosing post race report from Dick Meredith of BARR.

Further Race Reports
- Ringwold 10 - by Peter Sadler

- Stortford 10 - 21st November 1993 – -by Yvonne Shashoua

- Cross Country League - Trent Park, 14th November 1993
Cold wet and windy. 10 Women and 26 Men from ELR finished.
Women 4th of 13
Vet Women 6th of 13
Men 7th 0f 12
Vet Men 8th of 12

6th Women - Sue Donahue 23:09
9th Man - Brian McCarthy 36:40

- ELR Woodford & Waltham Forest Grand Prix
- ELR Mens Div 7 - Track & Field Team Records
- South of England - 6 Stage Relay - Aldershot, 25th September 1993

Guaranteed Places for the London Marathon 1994
12 places available. Eligibility Rules listed. Draw on Wednesday 22nd December 1993


Letter from Dick Pleasance - Good to see the Magazine in production again.
Pleased to see an effort is being made to find safer routes for the Wednesday night run.
Going back a few years we all used to have a warm up session 10/15 minutes before the run. Maybe we could revive this.
The idea of running in defined pace groups and the mystery forest treks led by John White make a change and help newer members to mix.
Don't moan or groan as I have heard several members doing: join in or think of something better.

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 23rd Feb 1994 at 7.45pm in Wanstead LC Theatre.
Vacancies - Social Secretary to replace Mike Matcham, plus a Publicity Officer and a Minutes Secretary.
Nominations - Chairman, President, Treasurer, General Secretary, Membership Secretary, Social Secretary, XCountry Secretary or Summer League Secretary.
Proposals - Any?

The Curtis Shield
This years vote
Simon Morgan 18
Colin Waterworth 7
Derek Darnell 5
Peter Cowup 5
Bernard Mansell 2
Sue Donohue, Yvonne Shashoua, Dick Pleasance, Jim Bird, Carol Orpin and Stephanie Mc Carthy, all 1

Race Reports
Dublin Marathon Oct 1993 by Brad Woodgate and Sue Donahue
Ilford 10 – New Years Day by Doug Mansell
Cross Country - Ruislip Woods 19th Dec 1993
Cross Country Chingford 16th Jan 1994
The Southerns and the Tough Guy in one weekend - Trevor Jayson

Future Events - Gilwell Park Cross Country League Race Hosted by ELR - Details including volunteers required.

London Marathon 1984 Club Guaranteed Entries
1. Jeff Lack
2. Davis Hubble
3. Jeremy Burgess
4. Mary O'Brien
5. Tanya Watkins
6. David Foster
7. Ron Martin
8. Bernard Mansell
9. Simon Fyffe
10. Trevor Jason
Richard McHale
Steve Davis
Jim Bird

London Marathon Recce Run organised by ELR - Sunday morning 27th March 1994

London Marathon Coach -Travel details

Club Kit
- by Derek Darnell

Race Reports

Standlake 10k by Doug Mansell
Benfleet 15 6th Feb 1994 by Simon Fyffe 1Hr 51 min
Wokingham Half Marathon by Simon Fyffe in 1:26:31
The Sidcup 10 by Brad Woodgate in 64:50
City - Pier - City Loop by Doug Mansell

Race Results
XC League Victor Ludorum after 5 Events
Roding Half Marathon
Paul Collier 1:20:39
J Fowler 1:24:04
J Redfern 1:25:39
Brad Woodgate 1:26:29
Simon Fyffe 1:28:04
I Scott 1:29:22
George Whiter 1:33:45
K Ward 1:36:55
J Lack 1:39:26
D Thomas 1:41:00
John White 1:41:17
Roger Dixon 1:42:10
S Fearn 1:57:16
G Surridge 2:00:14

Yvonne Shashoua 1:29:44 2nd Lady
Sue Donohue 1:36:57
K White 1:41:16
H Spence 1:41:40
Karen Levison 1:42:08
Mary O'Brien 1:49:28
B Connolly 1:52:08
Mary Connolly 1:52:08
S White 1:59:19
P Coates 2:00:18
S Hiller 2:14:51

Essex Champs - ELR 2nd Female Team Prizewinners.

Essex 20
Trevor Jason 1:57:43 10th in Essex

Witham Half
Paul Collier 1:19 7th Man and 1st Vetr

Newham 10k
Sue Donohue 1st Lady
Karen 3rtd Lady and 1st Vet
Steph 4th.
ELR Ladies Team 1st

ELR Mens Division 7 - Track & Field Team Records

London Marathon Drinks Station - Poplar High Street - Sunday 17th April 1994
Thanks to all the volunteers and ELR Organisers! By Peter Cowup

London Marathon Results 1994
Trevor Jason 2:39 ****Club Record****

Jeremy Burgess 2:57pb
John White 3:01
Yvonne Shashoua 3:07pb
Roger Dixon 3:15
John Cushion 3:17
George Whiter 3:18
Brad Woodgate 3:26
Karen White 3:30
Bernard Mansell 3:30
Ron Martin 3:52
Richard McHale 4:09
Tanya Watkins 4:25
Jim Bird 6:07

Advert for ELR Annual Riverboat Disco - Sat 28th May 1984 - £12

Editorial by Yvonne S
Letter from your Chairman Simon Morgan - mention of the Relay that Peter Cowup organised. Looking forward to a Fun Day in Hainault Forest.

Riverboat Disco was cancelled as we would have suffered a huge loss if gone ahead. In the past this would have been blamed on the recession or apathy. The plain truth is that the running boom is over, something we knew for a long time. The club had around 230 members in its peak in 1988/89. Currently we have around 160 members. Anyway whatever the cause we are not alone, the story is the same at all other Running Clubs big and small alike, but for Peter it means a smaller pool of members in which to gather enough interest to organise an event.

Race Reports
ELR relay Race ion Clayhall Park by Peter Cowup
Presidents Challenge Relay Race Results June and July
Summer League Race Harrow 19th June (9 ELR Entrants)
Grand Union Canal Relay Race, London to Milton Keynes (Sunday 12th June) by Brad Woodgate (7 ELR Entrants and 5 support)
Wimbledon Windmilers 10k by Doug Mansell
The Goodwin Sands Golden Mile 23rd June by Pete Sadler
Jubilee Lodge Fun Run 2nd May by Simon Fyffe

The Tour of Epping 19th to 22nd June 1994 by Simon Fyffe
The Tour consists of 5 races on 4 consecutive days. A 10k, a 7+ hill race, an 8 mile cross country and 2x1 mile sprints up and down the same slope.
Tour of Epping Results for ELR
John McCarthy, 29th in 2:35:15
Brad Woodgate 3th 2:35:27
Simon Fyffe 35th 2:37:02
Ken Douse 46th 2:43:13
Howard Cripps 53rd 2:48:28
Kirk Johnson 56th 2:49:20
R Thomas 74th 2:57:21
Eamonn McDonnell 101st 3:42:07
Lynn Butler 103rd 3:42:43

Race Results
Congratulations to Jim Redfern 7th place in the 100k British Championships at Greenwich on 8th May 1994.

Congratulations also to Trevor Cornell 3rd in his first 12v hour race recently.

Details of planned ELR Family Fun Day and Summer Disco on Sunday 212st Aiugust at Hainault Forest/Wadham Lodge Sports Ground

ELR Chingford 8 planned for Sunday 11th Sept 1994 at 10.30am at Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford

RUNAROUND NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 1994 Edited by Yvonne Shashoua

ELR Membership Statistics 1994 produced by Simon Morgan
Male 76.4%
Female 23.6%

Under 30, 13.8%
30 to 34, 21.4%
35 to 39, 24.5%
40 to 44, 15.7%
45 to 49, 13.2%
Over 50, 11.3%

Report - The First ELR Parlauf and Disco - Sunday 21sty August 1994, Report by Brad Woodgate

Parlauf – 9 teams, 4 in each team, over 30 laps of a 450m course. Minimum number iof laps each team members could do was 6, max 10. The winning team consisted of Jan Clennell, Jeff Lack, Eamon McDonnell and Ian Scott with the second team made up by Brad Woodgate, Don Bennett, Peter Cowup and Mark Dutton.

Picnic afterwards in the warm sunshine. The followed a game of rounders with the Wrinklies v the Non Wrinklies.

In the evening was the disco at Wadham Lodge with the prize presentation and a buffet

Race Report - The Three Forests Way (60 miles of mud)
Bill Perry
Ray Saville
Jim Bird
Tom and Jean Atkinson
Peter and Phyl Cowup
Trevor Cornell
Wendy McLellan

Joe Nygate Handicap Run 1994
Lord Mayors Challenge Sat 12th November 1994 Report and Results by Steve Kerns
5.8k over 2 laps of the St Pauls area of the City. Event organiser was Dave Bedford. Eamon Martin won the race!

Report and Results Epping Tough 10k by Doug Mansell “it was tough!”

Results Orion 10 x 1 Mile Relay2nd August

Essex XC Vets Champs at Chingford on 12th November 1994
FV35 Mary O’Brien 16th in 41:24
MV40 Paul Collier 22nd 30:41
MV40 Trevor Cornell 27th 31:05
MV40 Ken Douse 34:29
MV40 Doug Mansell 36:15
MV40 Bryan Honey 38:08

MV40 Team 10th overall

MV50 John McCarthy 34:49

London Marathon 1995 - Guaranteed Entries
9 plus 2 from B.A.F


Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15th February 1995

Committee Meetings held
Wednesday 18th January
Wednesday 22nd March
Tuesday 18th April
Wednesday 17th May
Wednesday 26th July
Tuesday 22nd August
Wednesday 21st September
Wednesday 25th October
Wednesday 5th December

Annual General Meeting highlights
Chair Simon Morgan, Minute Carol Orpin

Meeting started with 18 members in attendance

Notable events during past year
Ron Martin’s 100th Marathon
Trevor Cornell’s success in a 12 hour race
The Success of the anal Relay Team, led by John McCarthy
Yvonne Shashoua’s most recent County vest

Membership fell to 150 during past year.

Treasurers Report
John White presented the Annual Accounts and announced a deficit of £1,154.10
Club events were not supported through general apathy.

Also discussed was the Replacement for the now defunct Chingford 8 race.

The Committee
Lesley, John White, Colin and Derek stood down.
The remaining Members were elected and Steve Davis was elected.

Any other Business
Rumour Wanstead Leisure Centre was to close. Jim Bird advised that plans to do this had been shelved for at least the next couple of years.

Question re Social events, drive to get new members.

Committee Meetings throughout the Year (dates as above) edited highlights
Members attending one or more meetings, Simon Morgan Chair, Carol Orpin Minutes, Peter Cowup President, Don Bennett Treasurer, Doug Mansell, Brad Woodgate, Steve Davis

Dinner dance details
Marathon recce run organised by ELR
Chingford 8 replacement
Cross Country League
Summer League 1995
London Marathon Water Station
London Marathon Guaranteed entries
Membership fee increase?
Bank Account Mandate
John White elected Life Member
Parlauf in Hainault Forest
Club Mugs and other merchandise
Memberships fees and cards
New Members evening
Steve Davis became General Secretary in July
Chairman’s relay
Peter Cowop granted time off from his Committee duties August 95
Coach travel to XC at Cheshunt and Royston
Running Awards, Jeff Lack retains Most Improved with Mick Wilson and Linda as Runners up.

RUNAROUND Newsletter – Spring 1995
Editorial by Yvonne Shashoua
AGM Highlights, as above

Club Events
Cross Country Relay Race – held over a 2.5 mile course in Hainault Forest. Six teams of 4 runners competed over a muddy and undulating course.

Winning Team
Colin Waterworth 15:17
Karen Levison 16:54
Wendy McLellan 17:19
Patrick Dalyzell 14:00

Best time - Steve Kerns 13:54

Marshals and Officials -Tom and Jean Atkinson, Phyl Cowup, Simon Morgan, Brian Skelton, Paul Needham and Dick’s brother.

London Marathon Results 1995
Paul Collier 2:43 pb
Geoff Fowler 2:59
Mark Dean 3:07 pb
Yvonne Shashoua 3:09
Brad Woodgate 3:15 pb
Simon Fyffe 3:18 pb
Peter Kerruish 3:22
George Whiter 3:25
Bernard Mansell 3:25
Patrick Dalyzell 3:27
John Cushion 3:28
Dave Thomas 3:29 pb
Roger Dixon 3:32
Dave Willemson 3:35
Jeff Lack 3:42 pb
Mary Connolly 3:53
Mary Obrien 3:53 pb
Ron Martin 3:53
Perry Crimmins 3:3:56
Jonathon Lees 4:11
Dave Foster 4:12
Richard McHale 4:33
Dave Leader 5:13
Jim Bird tba

Drinks Station in Poplar at 16 miles

Track and Field Results for ELR Mens Div 7

Racing Diary – Race dates throughout the year

Article by Yvonne following her stay at Mike Gratton Sporting Tours/Runners World Training week pre marathon in mid March.

CURTIS SHIELD voting Results
Doug Mansell 7
Peter Cowup 6
Derek Darnell 5
Colin Waterworth 3
Carol Orpin 3
Lesley Morgan 2
Brad Woodgate 2
Jean Atkinson 2
Dick Pleasance 2
Simon Morgan 1
Yvonne Shashoua 1
Geoff Clennell 1
Ropn Martin 1
Mary Obrien 1
Void 1


Letter from Dick Pleasance – It seem that we have heard so much regarding the running boom being over. Maybe that is correct, but I think that it has just settled down to the way it used to be. Most Wednesday evenings we seem to get around 45+ runners except in August. This is the pattern common in most Clubs. With renewals no due it will be interesting to see the size of the membership.

It is always a struggle for any Committee at times like this, when members are a bit thin on the ground, to organise activities. A poor response is rather disheartening and involves a lot of hard work for any organiser who is doing her or her best.

We must not forget that we have the cheapest membership of any other Club in the area, generally good facilities and, in my opinion, a good group of runners. However we still fall down on making new members welcome, and on “giving up a run” to accompany a new, and often, slower runner.

Annual Dinner and Dance advert to be held on Friday 26th January 1996 at the Manor Hall, Chigwell. Tickets £25.00

Racing Around
Ten go to Southend 10k Report and results by Yvonne
Springfield Striders 10m Report and Results by Yvonne
Harpenden Relay report by Yvonne
Harpers 1995 Relay Results
Chairman’s Relay Results
Racing Diary October 95 to March 96



Editorial by Yvonne Shashoua
The London Marathon was a success for both runners and for those who organised and ran the Drinks Station in Poplar High Street.

At the Club AGM the need for new incentives to maintain and increase our membership figures was discussed.

Jean Atkinson is doing a fine job of ELR’s success at racing by contributing results to the Ilford Recorder on a regular basis.

NEW MEMBERS - On Wednesday 8th May we held a new members night. Unfortunately due to a hiccup on the advertising front only one new person joined us.

A few words from the new Chair, Peter Cowup
As this is the first Newsletter since the Club's AGM, I thought that it was appropriate to take a few moments to reflect on where the Club is and, perhaps more importantly, where we are going.

It is unlikely that the past year or so will be recorded as the most illustrious in ELR’s history! A tale of less that deep joy associated with declining membership and dwindling support for Club events is well known to most reading this, and I do not propose to continue the extensive discussion and reasoning for this here.............

........... There are reasons to be optimistic. Accepting the days of organising large, relatively complex events, have past (at least for the foreseeable future), I see a definite future focussed on the Wednesday night Club run and a mix of smaller activities organised for the direct benefit of members.

In the meantime, a smaller more informal group (Don Bennett, Treasurer, Steve Davies, Secretary, Mike Wilson, Membership Secretary, Jean Atkinson, Publicity and myself, Chair will keep things ticking over.

To conclude, I would take this opportunity to thank Simon Morgan for his considerable efforts as outgoing Chairman. Simon has made a very significant contribution to East London Runners over the years, some of which have not always been either apparent or recognised.

FLORA LONDON MARATHON 1996 - Sunday 21st April by Yvonne Shashoua
On a very warm day I lined up with the Elite Women having time qualified with a time under 3:15 in an approved marathon in the previous two years.
For me Miles 1 to 6 were too fast. At Mile 12 the wheelchair competitors caught up with us with the leading pack of many passing just after 14 miles.

The next point of note was, of course, the ELR Drinks Station at 16 miles. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to hear Pete Cowup’s lively patter. The ELR Station is always the best on route and is in sharp contrast to the Dockland Doldrums ahead......

......Congratulations to all members of the Club who completed the event and many thanks to those who helped our drinks station a success.

From the Ilford Recorder 2ns May 1996 - London Marathon Results
Bernard Mansell 2:54 pb
Paul Collier 2:55
Yvonne Shashoua 3:19
Brad Woodgate 3:29
Geopff Lack 3:29
Roger Dixon 3:34
George Whiter 3:45
Dave Thomas 3:50
Ron Martin 3:59
Karen White 4:06
Dave Tyrell 4:40
Richard McHale 5:30
Jim Bird time unknown

Article by Dick Pleasance - Our Man in Malaysia
Running in the Pan Asia Hash with 1,050 others. A three day event involving Hash Groups from 15 countries.

Race Results
Corbetts Tay 5k - 28th April
Trevor Jayson 2nd in 16 mins
Doug Mansell and Mike Wilson 19 mins and Paul Needham 21 mins

Compton (Newbury) 40 Miles - Ron Martin in 7:42

Sunday XC League Alexandra Park 3rd March
Victor Ludorum XC League after 5 events

Inter Counties 20 miles at Gloucester, 17th representing Essex, Yvonne of ELR in 2 hrs 26 mins despite at one stage being forced to change her footwear.

Fixture card for June 1996

ELR Summer Relay Race in Clayhall Park
7pm Wed 26h June In place of the usual Club Runn. Free to all ELR Members.

The ELR Celebration Meal took place on Saturday 12th April at the La Ruga Restaurant. Good company, tasty food and a great atmosphere.


Committee Meetings were held on
March 5th
April 16th
May 21st
June 25th
July 16th
November 26th

Present at the November Meeting were Simon Morgan, Don, Bennett, Karen White, Mike Wilson, Doug Mansell and Lesley Morgan (Minutes)

1997 Committee Meetings - Highlights

Peter Cowup no longer a Committee Member and awarded Honorary Membership with his wife Phyllis. It was also agreed to present Peter with an engraved decanter in recognition of his service to the Club.

Redbridge Sports Centre - Letter receive from RSC regarding use of their facilities for an alternative Tuesday night run. Doug will reply by advising we do not back this idea. Redbridge replied that it respected our decision to stay at Wanstead.

London Marathon - Coach to start arranged by Don. Drinks Station again a great success.
A cheque for £200 received from London Marathon for our servicers at the water station. It was agreed to pass a similar amount to Geoff Clennell for his disco services. Marathon Meal –held at Asta La Pasta in Snaresbrook as the venue and date is 13th April at 8pm.

1998 - Pete Cowup has volunteered once again to take charge of the London Marathon for ELR with Doug as his assistant.

Kit- Fair amount held in Club stock. To re-assess price of kit to reduce levels.

Curtis Shield - Jim Bird has purchased a new Shield as the engraving space on the existing one has run out. Jim agreed to accept a cheque for £25 payable to St Francis Hospice.

New Members Welcome Letter - Not in existing at present. It was agreed that each new member would be issued with one going forward.

Newsletter - Rather than a full-blown magazine that we have enjoyed ion the past Doug suggested that it was an important life blood of the Club to have a newssheet to keep members abre4ast of what is going on. May 97 it was agreed that 4 Newsletters would be issued per annum. Lesley agreed to typeset and print but would need someone to collate the articles .

Noticeboard and Publicity - Ron informed us that Mary O'Brien was willing to fulfil the publicity function for the time being.

ELR Handicap Race took place on Wednesday 28th May. Only 18 members took part.

Membership - 100 approx in May 1997. Annual renewals will be distributed on 23rd July at the Club. Those not in attendance will be posted. It was agreed that a membership card should be issued to those renewing.

New Members night- Agreed for 30th July.

Social - 10 people attend a Bowling night in October. Dinner Dance planned for Friday December 5th at Il Toscano in Walthamstow to celebrate the Club's 15th Anniversary at £16 per head.


The Chairman's Blurb by Doug Mansell
The Club looks in reasonable shape and I am optimistic for the future.
We are trying to re-establish some Social events and the numbers attending the Wednesday Club runs are fairly consistent.
We are offering Social Membership to lapsed members

ELR Women Rule!
Our Women continue to go from strength to strength. They retained the Team Prize at the Woodbridge 10k(Pauline Cahill, Mary Connolly, Mary O'Brien).
Sue Donohue 1st Lady at Stanstead 10k
Karen Levison 1st Lady Woodford 10k and 2nd Lady Raphael Park 5 miles.
Karen White 1st Lady Vet Raphael Park 5 miles.
Lesley Morgan 3rd Lady Thurrock 5k

Track & Field Report


Yvonne's Amsterdam Experience - Article by Yvonne Shashaou

Amsterdam Marathon held on Sunday November 2nd 1997.
Started at midday, temp 5c. Two identical laps, very flat course. Paced myself slower than usual and reached halfway in 1:28 feeling strong. I was missing the support of the London Marathon crowds. After 2 hours my legs were feeling weary. I had a strong finish though into the Olympic Stadium and crossed the line as 7th woman in a time of 3:04:05 a PB by 3 minutes. Two weeks later I heard officially that I was the first British woman to finish and second woman over 35 attracting a prize of £140.

Pete and Phyl Honoured
Congratulations to Pete and Phyl Cowup on being awarded Lifetime Membership of ELR in commemoration of their service over many years. They were presented with a crystal decanter at the Dinner and Dance by the Club President Simon Morgan, as a mark of gratitude for their previous efforts.

Annual General Meeting will be held at Wanstead Leisure Centre on either 11th or 18th February 1998.

ELR Mens Track & Field Records

Chairman's Epistle by Doug Mansell, thanking everyone who attended the Dinner & Dance and also those who have participated in the various Club activities over the previous year.

Essex Vets XC Championships
FV35 Yvonne Shashoua - 2nd in 35:51

Sunday XC League at Gilwell Park, a good turnout from ELR with 7 Women and 12 Men running with others marshalling. Unfortunately, there was a poor turnout at the following event at Alexandra Palace and we didn’t manage to field enough runners for either team.


Committee Meetings
7th January 1998
18th March 1998
8th April 1998
3rd June 1998
1st July 1998
2nd September 1998
14th October 1998
9th December 1998

ELR Spring and Summer Newssheets (double sided single page)

Simon Morgan, President, advised ELR at the October 1998 meeting that he had applied to Woodford Green AC as 1st Claim and that he would be stepping down as Club President at the next AGM.
Doug Mansell, Chairman
Don Bennett, Treasurer
Mike Wilson, Memberships, Mike Wilson advised standing down as Membership Secretary at next AGM
Brad Woodgate, Kit
Clive Jackson, Fixtures

AGM Scheduled for 11th February 1998

Wanstead Leisure Centre - School Governors had proposed to Redbridge Council that the School take full control of the Centre. ELR are to write to the Council opposing this as it will have adverse implications for us. ELR are to ask individual Club Members to also write to Council objecting.

ELR Grand Prix 10k Race Series - Doug suggested the Club use existing b10k road racers already popular with members, e.g. Hatfield Broad Oak. At the end of the series the aggregate time of the best 4 races out of sat 6 would decide the final positions for both male and female. To be put to the Club Members at the upcoming AGM. RESULT - Disappointing only 3 members completed 4 out of 7 races in the series. They were Karen Levison, Doug Mansell and Kirk Johnson. Karen and Kirk to receive a ££5 Boots voucher each!

Most Improved Runner 1997 - To be awarded to Tam McNamara, with other awards to Hasina Zaman, Sue Hughes and Bal Sidhu.

Most Improved Runner 1998 - Hassena to receive overall prize. Paula Barteneus, Karen Levison, Martin Griffiths and Colin Waterworth to receive runners up trophies.

Guaranteed London Marathon Places - June 98, Doug has produced a set of rules for the admin of the allocated Club place. Will be published in the July Newsletter.

Drink Station at 15 miles- Peter Cowup is organising this with Doug. This went well. Peter willing to carry on in 1999 as well. A donation of £50 was agreed for the Rathbone Institute instead of the £200 suggested by PC. October 1998 Peter and Doug will organise The Rathbone Institute, Abbery Scaffolding and Geoff Clennell's Disco again for 1999.

Jim Bird's 60th Birthday Bash - It was agreed that a surprise would be arranged for mid-August and the Club would spend up to £60. Subsequently £50 was spent on food and drink. The evening was well received by Jim.

Post Marathon Meal - May try Pepes Pizza of Leytonstone. Subsequently took place with 21 people attending.

Marathon Coach - Don to arrange. Confirmed.

Track- Simon to stand down as Track Manager at the end of the season.

Kit- Brad is to order sample shorts plus a new stock of vests and long sleeve t's. At December Meeting Brad advised Kit has arrived at a cost of £600 approx.

Membership - It was highlighted that the database needed to be updated (June 98). Lesley Morgan has advised changing status to second Claim with ELR. September, about 40 fees had now been received. Mike to chase non-payers.

Athletics UK Vote - ELR to vote in favour of the proposed structure for British Athletrics

Annual Dinner and Dance - Doug suggested Casa Verde in Buckhurst Hill, proposed date is Friday 15th January 1999. Confirmed at £16.50 pp.

ELR Newsheet Spring 98
Chairman's Blurb by Doug
Mention about the lack of support from members in providing articles for the Newsheet hence only a single page and next one will be published in July.

Yvonne has had more success recently in winning the Essex County Champs 20 miles and the Brentford half marathon.

Race details for the ELR Summer 10k Grand Prix Series published plus the Track and Field League Fixtures.

Newsheet Summer 1998
Chairman Doug thanked all who helped at the London Marathon Drinks Station and also published rules for the ELR London Marathon Draw for Guaranteed Club places.

London Marathon 1998

Bernard Mansell 3:06
Mike Wilson 3:28
Pauline Cahill 3:37
Ron Martin 4:05
Bal Sidhu 4:12
Dave Foster 4:42
Des Mullaney 4:53


Annual General Meeting 24th February
New Committee Elected
Chairman, Clive Jackson
President, Lesley Morgan (March 1999)
Treasurer, Don Bennett
Membership, Brian Marshall
Kit, Brian Marshall (March 199)
Doug Mansell
Without Portfolio, Denise Lewis, Mary O'Brien and Mike Wilson

Treasurers Report, Don Bennett
Don went through the accounts. Explained why Club opened a high Interest Rate Girobank Account for Excess funds. Old Nat West Ac was closed. Query from member re high stock of Kit held. Plus, could a list of kit prices be published as the one on the Notice Board was out of date.

Summer 10k Series, Doug advised would not continue owing to lack of support from members for last year’s event.

Curtis Shield was presented to John McCarthy for his efforts in coaching the Ladies team to many victories in the past year.

AOB, question from John White as to how we are going to enthuse members

New Members, it was decided that a list be made of those willing to run with new members. A list of 20 names was drawn up and these will be collated so that 2 members will be allocated to each week.

Committee Meetings
20th January
23rd June
26th July

Annual Dinner, it was agreed that this was a successful venue albeit there was no dance area.

Kit, Denise advised the women were unhappy with the vests as they were cut wrongly under the arms and also that the long sleeve t shirts were non user friendly. Brian to look at future kit from a new supplier.

London Marathon
Minibus, Don arranging
Post Race Meal, Doug has spoken to Asta La Pasta and it was agreed to proceed subject to advance uptake by members. Cut of date 14th April 1999.
Drinks Station, Doug and Don will attend Marathon Meeting on 7th April. The pre race briefing that Peter holds the week before the race is still set to go ahead.

Wednesday Night runs, Clive advised he would like, once a month, to organise a longer run of 9 to 10 miles in addition to the 5 to 7 mile run. Denise suggested finishing at a pub. Clive also suggested that we have 3 groups to run a s a social group club run once in a while.

New Buddy List, it was decided to draw this up. Lesley agreed to start this on 17th March, whereby two different members each week would be allocated this task.

Essex Way Relay
Denise suggested we hire a minibus to cover the whole event. Little interest was subsequently shown by Club Members.

Clayhall Park Relay
Clive will be arranging this as a Wednesday night run. Teams of 5 to 6 people to be picked to be as even as possible.

ELR NEWSHEET Spring 1999
Chairman Clive wrote thanking outgoing Committee Members Doug, Simon and Brad for all the hard work that they have done over the years. While retiring as Chair, Doug has agreed to stay on as General Club Secretary. Clive welcomed Denise, Mary and Brian to the Committee.

Clive, on his first Wednesday night as Chair was pleased to hand out Essex Championship Silver medals for the Roding Half Marathon to Karen, Trish and Denise. Another great result for the ELR Ladies.

Race Report and Results
Las Vegas 5k, Half and full Marathon, by Lesley Morgan

Brad and Lee ran in the half and Dawn and Lesley in the 5k.
Lee Richardson 1:29:55
Brad Woodgate 1:52
Lesley Morgan 27:54
Dawn Adams 43:01

ELR NEWSHEET Summer 1999
Chairman’s Blurb
Essex Way Relay info
Sunday XC Dates and venues
Clayhall Park Relay Race details

Race Report, Grand Union Canal Relay Race
Little Venice to Milton Keynes, 66 miles approx.
ELR finished 6th and 8th in 8:13:19 and 8:51:56

Race Results, Ilford Hilly 5
Lee Richardson 31:02
Dave Gates 31:05
Paul Collier 32:41
Karen Levison 33:02
John McCarthy 34:03
John White 34:42
Doug Mansell 35:06
Brian Marshall 35:51
Andy Rands 36:45
Karen White 36:50
Mary Connolly 36:56
Bal Sidhu 37:39
Brad Woodgate 38:06
Sunil Datta 38:32
Vanessa Chatterley 38:52
Clive Jackson 38:59
Des Mullany 39:23
Dick Pleasance 39:58
Tricia O’Neill 40:342
George Whiter 40:34
John Grantham 41:36
Lesley Morgan 46:06

News from Abroad by Yvonne Shashoua Large report by Yvonne, edited here.

I can't believe that I have been here in Denmark for 6 months already.......been training with KIF (Copenhagen Athletics Club).

To date I have raced 9 times in Denmark and 3 times in Sweden.......the Club Coach entered me in some indoor events. I found out that I had a qualifying time for the European Vets Indoor Championships which I had recorded for Newham and Essex Beagles, guesting in the Summer past. At the Danish Championships I ran 10:41 and won the Danish Gold Medal and a pb of 11 seconds! Two weeks later I was in Malmo for the Vets Champs. I was third, winning bronze in a time of 10.40 another pb, just beaten by Lynne Parr of GB.


Annual General Meeting 1st March 2000, Summary by Clive Jackson, Chair, published in the Spring 2000 ELR Newsletter

Chairman's Address: Membership is at its lowest ever but there are still enough members for the Club to be viable, there still seems to be a fair amount of enthusiasm in the Club. Our Ladies have had an extremely successful year. For the next year we will try to promote events where we compete as a Club, the Essex Way and Canal Relays. We will probably have to stage a cross country race.

Finances: Bank balances stand at £3,043.38, with overall £300 added to the capital balance. The income from membership at £755 is the lowest in the Club History. Annual sub to Wanstead Leisure Centre is £150.

Membership: We currently have 63 Annual members and a number of Life Members.
Resolutions: The Club Balance was discussed; it was resolved that we should not reduce the capital for the sake of it. It was decided to make a one of Charitable donation.

Most Improved Runners, Winner was Dave Gates, Runners Up, Denise Lewis and Guy McPartlin.

The Curtis Shield was presented to Clive Jackson.

Committee, for the coming year will remain unchanged.

Committee Meetings were held on
!7th May 2000
21st June 2000
12th July 2000
9th August 2000
20th September 2000
1st November 2000
5th December 2000

Victoria Park Race - Organised by the London Chest Hospital. ELR to use as a Club Race and make a charitable donation. Club will pay a nominal entry fee for our members who enter. Don will try and obtain a large presentation cheque. Club also to use the race as an ELR Club Team Championship race. Clive subsequently contacted the Ilford Recorder about covering the event. Don obtained a large cheque.
We had a good turnout for this race, 19 runners plus some families supporting. Nothing from Ilford Recorder though.

Membership Renewals, 38 by 20th September 2000. We are looking to increase from the 60 from last year.

Annual Meal, likely to be at Elephant Royale, Gants Hill, post Christmas. Arranged for Friday 26th January 2001 Cost £20 pp approximately.

Cross Country, authorised Denise to buy a ground sheet for Club.

London Marathon 2001, we have received 2 Club places through England Athletics and are expecting a further 11 for the drink station. We will give 2 entries to Rathbone again for them to raffle or get people to run for them. Subsequently only one place was given to Rathbone.
The drink station will be promoted as a joint ELR/Fire Brigade effort. Club draw will be in December.

ELR NEWSLETTER Spring 2000, 12 pages
Chairman's Blurb by Clive.
Off road training by Steve/Mary/Denise/Lee
Race Reports, Welwyn GC X Country, Benfleet 15, Royston XC
Photos from Annual Dinner at Jailhouse Rock, South Woodford
AGM Highlights
Sunday League Results, 5 Race Series
The Perfect Run by Anon.

ELR NEWSLETTER June 2000, 24 pages!
Spotlight on Front Page on George Whiter, inc photo
Chairman's Blurb
London Marathon Results
Paul Collier 3:10
Mike Wilson 3:15pb
Steven Jay 3:36
Richard Mainwaring 3:39
Denise Lewis 3:46pb
Carinne Jay 3:58
Brian Marshall 3:59pb
Ron Martin 4:02
George Whiter 4:05
Dave Foster 4:40
Christina White 4:45 debut
Jim Bird 6:02

Article on Drinks Station
The Way we were by Steve Kerns
From the Archives
Fun Run in the Sun, article on the Victoria Park Charity Race.
Des and Bals Quiz Night
8th Grand Union Canal Relay, report and Photos
Seven Sisters Walk, suggested by Karen Levison, a weekend of walking at the Burling Gap Hotel, Near Eastbourne. Thirteen or so members had a great weekend away. Article by Steve Kerns
Puzzle Corner and Spot the Difference.
Nutrition, put it to the test.
East London Dog Runners, by Purdey the (New))Hound
Race and Run reports for Hainault 10k, Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, City of London Road Race, Grand Union Canal relay, Springfield Striders 5 mile.
Know your feet and Choosing the right shoe articles
The Back Page

ELR NEWSLETTER (ROUNDUP)AUTUMN 2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Edition – 28 pages
Chairman's Blurb
Spotlight on Mary O'Brien
A Brief History of Wanstead
How we Used to Be?
Not the Essex Way
Olympic Quiz and Answers
Mont Blanc 4807m
Runners behaving badly
Club Kit
Olympic Predictions
Cross Country Dates
Lee's Birthday Bash
Fun Run in the Sun, Victoria Park 233rd July, report and photos
Olympic Spirit
Great Moments in Olympic History
Race and Run Reports, Chingford Orion 10, Clayhall Park Relay on 18th August
Points of View
Fluid Fluency
Committee Meeting Minutes for 12th July and 9th August 2000
Stretching before and after every run
The Back Page

ROUNDUP Christmas 2000 28 pagesIntroduction
Chairman's Blurb
Spotlight on Lee and Lesley
Annual Meal
The Great North Run
Cross Country
Committee Meeting Minutes, 20th September 2000
Heart Rates
Race Reports


Annual General Meeting - Spring 2001 (Summary)
Chairman's Address by Clive Jackson.

Membership is around the same as last year. Some new members have joined after gaining a place in this year’s London Marathon, this has not happened in previous years. Cross Country has been good for the Club, full teams for every event. Our Ladies very successful again in both XC and Essex Championship Races. The Summer Team Champs in Victoria Park were a considerable success and we were able to donate £500 to the London Chest Hospital.

In general the Club is still ‘viable’, although small in number we seem to be big on enthusiasm, as long as this continues, Club should be ok.

Treasurers Report Opening balance £3k closing £2.2k. Main reasons for loss £500 Charitable donation, kit purchase still to sell £250.

Membership and Kit details Brian was unavailable on the night, so number estimated at 68 members, including Life Members. About 60% are Veterans. No details itinerary of kit in stock.

Presidents Address Lesley commented on success of the Club both on individual and team basis. Again, the Ladies led the way, but also a number of notable performances from the men.

Cross Country
Karen White 3rd Overall, 2nd Vet
Mary O'Brien 6th Overall, 3rd Vet
Lee Richardson, 7th Overall, 2nd Vet
ELR Ladies Team, 2nd Overall and 3rd Vets

Runners of the Year
Karen White and Maggie O'Conner
Lee Richardson and Guy McPartlin

Most Improved Runner
Karen White

Chair, Clive Jackson
President, Lesley Morgan
Secretary, Doug Mansell
Treasurer, Don Bennett
Membership, Brian Marshall
Kit, Andy Rands
Members without Portfolio, Mary O'Brien, Denise Lewis and Andy Walsh

Committee Meetings
31st January 2001
Annual Meal was a big success, shortfall of £80
Runner of the Year Trophies. We have 2 Ladies and 2 Mens.
Format of AGM discussed
Discussion of proposed Club 10k Championship
London Marathon. We have a lot of people running this year, concern about effect on number of volunteers, advertise early to get people to help. Joint venture with LFBrigade and Peter will be bringing a reasonable number to help.
Don will arrange a Bus again.

ROUNDUP Magazine Spring 2001, 28 pages, Editor Clive Jackson

Chairman's Blurb by Clive Jackson
The AGM signifies the end of yet another year in the life of ELR. It would be nice to think that we’ll suddenly be inundated with another 100 members, but the reality check is that if we can gain a few members in the coming year we will be doing well. We have stabilised the Membership.

We have had a good set of Cross Country results, we enjoyed a good meal as a Club. We are very social.

Our current membership is composed of Male Seniors 30%. Female Seniors 15%, Male Vets 37%, Female Vets 18%. It would appear that there is a lack of new younger runners at this and other Clubs.

We still get a good turnout on a Wednesday; we also get a reasonable turnout when we turn a race into a more sociable occasion.

Miscellaneous Articles
ELR Annual Meal at the Elephant Royale, photos and comments

ELR Walking Weekend by Steve Kerns
A hardy band of 12 travelled to Springfield Country Hotel & Leisure Club in Wareham, Dorset. Organised by Karen Levison who used it to celebrate with her hubbie Dave their 11th Wedding Anniversary. Others attending were Lee Richardson, Jon Trevor, Steve Kerns, Mary O'Brien, Mary Connolly, Wendy Drake, Virginia McKenzie, John McCarthy and his rowing friends Steve Wimpole and Jerry McCarthy.
Walking along the coast from Korfe Castle to Swanage and back included a few hills. A pre breakfast run the next morning for some.

Beat Stress
Spotlight on Steve Kerns
Pictures from Races
Cross Country Results and positions
Race Reports Cross Country
Roll of Honour (see AGM Report above)
Race and Run reports, Buntingford 10, Fred Hughes, St Albans 10,
Benfleet 15 (Ladies Team 1st Prize, Karen White (also 2nd Lady Vet), Amanda Lovegrove and Trish O’Neill
Committee Minutes 5th Dec 2000 and 31st January 2001
Snooze Control
The Back page

Committee Meeting 28th March 2001
Marathon Planning
Races, update on ELR Prizes and Foot and Mouth
Wednesday off road runs
Weekend at Activity Centre in the Wye Valley arranged for 10th to 12 th August 2001

ROUNDUP Magazine - London Marathon Special 2001 Editor Clive Jackson
Chairman's Blurb Intro to the Marathon re 20 members who ran which was a bumper number for ELR
Thanks to all who helped make the day a big success on the Water Station. This year was joint effort by ELR and London Fire Brigade.Personally Clive thought that this was a good idea.ELR certainly loses nothing(the Brigade gets a number of Guaranteed Entries and do not require any places for running the station with us).

Members Times
Mike Wilson 3:20
Maggie O'Connor 3:26
Tony Bennett 3:42
Amanda Lovegrove 3:54
Steven Jay 3:45
Trish O'Neill 3:54
Carinne Jay 3:55
Mary Connolly 3:56
Bal Sidhu 3:58
Mary O'Brien 3:58
Susan Pyefinch 4:14
Brad Woodgate 4:15
Paul Collier 4:18
David Foster 4:31
Ron Martin 4:52
Eleanor Smith 5:20
Carole Husted 6:03
Jim Bird 6:05
Karen White, Retired

London Marathon History
Suzanne Pyefinch
Bal Sidhu
Marathon Shortcuts
Pete Cowup
Tony Bennett
Handicap Races
Marathon Snippets
Activity Weekend
Jubilee Lodge
Meet The Committee
A view from Poplar
Unwritten Rules of Training
Dumbell Workout
Committee Meeting Minutes28th March 2001
The Back Page

ROUNDUP Magazine Summer 2001. Edited and published by Clive Jackson, 24 pages
Chairman's Blurb.

Just recently we have had an increase in the number of people interested in coming to the Club. However we have to decide on where we want the Club to go. I set up the 'Buddy 'List a while ago from response at the AGM. I've now had a couple of people wanting to be removed from the list. We really have to decide what we want the Club to be.

If all that is wanted is for the existing members to run and socialise and just carry on until there are not enough members to carry on as a Club we can do this. But if we do want to keep it going with new members it puts a different slant on how the Club is run.

We cannot try to encourage new members if only one or two people are prepared to put themselves out to do this. I think social running, as apposed to out and out racing clubs has changed. A few years ago running, even just a regular club run consisted as 'friendly rivalry', with the emphasis on the rivalry!. Now there has been a shift towards using running as a means to keep a bit fit, but without pushing yourself too hard.

What I would say is that if the Buddy List is scrapped don't expect the same people to carry on doing it as a favour to the Club. I need to know what your views are on this important subject, it does have a very significant effect on how the Club is run.

After they were famous
See the Sights of London
The Top Europe
Orion 10 Handicap Race
Lazy Days of Summer
Committee Meeting Minutes 13th June and 29th August 2001
Weekend in Wye
Over the Edge
Fact or Fiction?
Did you know?
Marathon Schedule
Running through the Ages
Sprains, Strains and Planes
Trovia Answers
The Back Page

Committee Meeting 13th June 2001
Buddy List
Membership Renewals
Races for Prizes
Victoria Park/Hainault Hilly 5 Races
Dublin Marathon

Committee Meeting 29th August 2001
Membership Renewal;s
Race Prizes
Dublin Marathon
Advertising the Club

ROUNDUP Magazine Christmas 2001 Edited/Produced by Clive, 28 pages
Chairman's Blurb
The Stuff of Legends, Jesse Owens
AGM Notice, Wednesday 20th Feb 2002

Dublin Marathon
Mike Wilson 3:06:40
Karen Levison 3:38
Lee Richardson 3:38
Steve Harbutt 3:43
Mary O'Brien 3:48
Tricia O'Neill 3:57
Dave Thomas 4:06
Steve Kerns 4:37
Jon Trevor 5:30

Eastway Duathlon
The Ramamuri Indians
Marathon Draw
Cross Country Results
Annual Meal to e held at Jailhouse Rock in Soput Woodford on Friday 25th January 2002
Committee Meetings
Race and Run Reports
The Truth about Dublin
An ELR Christmas
Truth Games
The Back Page

Committee Meeting 22nd August 2001
Membership Renewals
Next Prize Race
Dublin Marathon
AOB - Buddy List

Committee Meeting 17th October 2001
Membership Renewals, from July, we have around 45 renewals to date.
Cross Country
Other Races
Christmas Meal
Christmas Runs
London Marathon Draw


Roundup Magazine Issue 9: 20 Year Anniversary Issue Winter 2002: Ed Clive Jackson

Committee Notes
President - Lesley Richardson
Secretary - Doug Mansell
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership Secretary - Bal Sidhu
Committee Members - Andy Rands and Lee Richardson

The first thing to note that there is no Chairman this year. There was much discussion at the AGM on what this exactly meant to the Club. The Chairman, has in the past given announcements and set the run on a Wednesday night. This isn't seen as a problem that we do not have a Chairman. Most people know most runs and a decision can be made on which one to go on.

The main job of the Chairman is to drive the Club in a direction over the year. This Club is not a one person affair but it has been the Chairman that has really taken things forward from the "why don't we " stage to the actual doing stage.

Since the Club is now less active in races this may not be such a problem.

The one theme that came out very strong was that the Club is not dead, while there are people wanting to continue to run there will always be a place for the Club. On behalf of the Committee I would ask that everyone plays a part in the running of the Club for the coming year.

Treasurer. Club funds increased from £2,222 at the start of the year to £2,698. We have few overheads. The Centre costs £150 and we have a few affiliation fees and not nuch else.

London Marathon.
Some questions were asked about Marathon monies. We receive all the money from the Drinks Station. We also pay for the sound and food. We neither gain nor lose from the marathon, this is not affected by having a joint ELR/LFB station.

The Club has 61 full and honorary members, pretty much the same as last year.

Thoughts from a Retiring Chairman - Clive Jackson
it may not seem it but I was Chairman for three years. I Joined the Club only in 1995 so I never knew it in its real hayday of 200+ members when the running scene was booming and everyone was wearing really short shorts.

Even in just the last six years the Club has changed, and I'm sure for those that knew the Club in the 1980's it's changed beyond all recognition.

The Club has always had a reputation for being friendly, less interested in pure results and more interested in making sure that you had a good time in getting the results. Many of the current members are in their prime. Some people at the Club are still achieving pb's but to be honest most of us just being able to run, do the odd race and not get too embarrassed is enough. I always tried to maintain the "fun" element in the Club.

Probably the main highlight for me was in the Summer of 2000 with the Victoria Park races where we donated a large amount of money from the Club to the London Chest Hospital. This event epitomised the spirit of the Club, we had a good turnout, we actually won a number of trophies, but at the end of the day everyone really just turned up to have a good day out.

Personally I think that it is good to have a change of "ownership" in the Club. It's very difficult to think of new things to do, it ends up that maybe for the first year you can do things differently, but after that you are just following the patterns of the previous year. I think that a change in the running of the Club stops it from becoming stale and encourages members to more participation in events.

The Club is officially 20 years old this year, the membership has shrunk since the the 10 year anniversary but there is still a hard core of runners going out in all weathers and I certainly hope that we will be clebrating 30 years of East London running.

Although it has meant putting in quite a lot of effort into the Club, the last three years have been enjoyable, thank you for having me as Chairman.

- Discussion re "Buddy lists".

ELR Ladies won the Gold Medal at the Essex Vets Cross Country Championships at Claybury in Dec 2001.
Our Winning Squad was:
Sue Donahue
Karen White
Maggie O'Connor
Virginia McKenzie
Karen Levison
Mary O'Brien

- Article re Wanstead Park by Clive
- Marathon Drink Station
- Rodings Rally 2001 by Peter Cowup
- Selection of races in March 2002
- Strengthen your feet
- East London Drinker's at the Jailhouse Rock - Also was Mary Connolly's birthday.
- Race Report Essex Senior XC Champs - Gloucester Park, Basildon
- Government backtracks on Voluntary Sports Club Tax
- Promoting Sport in the Community - A Public Consultation from HM Treasury
- Cross Country the lat three - Stevenage, Digswell and Royston, race reports
- Race and Run reports - Buntingford 10, Benfleet 15,

ELR Annual Awards
Curtis Shield - Don Bennett

Runners of the Year - Amanda Lovegrove, Andy Rands and Mick Wilson

Most Improved - Amanda Lovegrove

Runners completing four or more XC Races
Amnda Lovegrove
Karen White
Paul Collier
Clive Jackson
Andy Rands
John White

Roundup Magazine Issue 10 : Spring 2002 : Editor Clive Jackson
- Paula Radcliffe - Wow. Fantastic run 2:18:56 effort - in a women-only race!
- Sheffield Marathon - Well done to Bal Sidhu - 4:20.
- Orion 15 Race report by Clive Jackson
Run on the Old Course via Copped Hall Estate in very muddy conditions.
81st - John White - 2:08:57
110 - Paul Collier - 2:14:10
125 - Karen White - 2:18:05
128 - Dave Knight - 2:18:31
140 - Doug Mansell - 2:20:35
151 - Steve Harbut - 2:23:17
157 - Bal Sidhu - 2:25:30
159 - Maggie O'Connor - 2:26:11
162 - Clive Jackson - 2:26:30
181 - Phyl Cowup - 2:38:30

- Victoria Park Race to be held on Sunday 14th July 2002 - 6 miles.

- The Dragonslayer Duathlon is held on the Sunday after St Georges day - 3 mile run, 20 mile cycle, 5 mile run.
Clive Jackson - 2:10

- The 2002 Flora London Marathon by Clive Jackson
Perfect weather. We had ELR runners competing plus we manned the Poplar High Street Drinks Station at 15 miles (old course).

Once again Carole Hurry and Graham Cole from the Rathbone Centre provided a base for the Drinks Station and excellent refreshments. Terry from TJ Scaffolding again erected the scaffolding for DJ Pete to wake up the street.

Since I arrived on my bike I decided to ride the length of Poplar High Street in the morning. It's a brilliant sight, banners and balloons going up, lorries unloading water and bins, it completely transforms the road.There is a real carnival atmosphere around.

The set up of the Station went remarkably smoothly, the water lorries arrived at a good time, there were no cars to be moved by the police, so we started loading the tables by 8am. There were loads of people helping, both old and current ELR Members and many people from LFB, all of the tables were hives of activity. Just for good measure we had a 20 foot mock smoke alarm suspended from a crane just outside of the Centre.

With Geoff and Jan supplying music from Villa Audio we were all set up for another London Marathon..............

Once again this was a very successful London Marathon for everyone from the Club and LFB.
Mick Wilson 3:42:29
Dave Knight 3:48:09
Phyllis Cowup 3:53:40
Chris Stephens 3:50
George Whiter 4:19:20

- Race and Run Reports
Do-Tri, Novice Triathlon, Arborfield
Jubilee Lodge 5 mile race on 6th May
Gt Baddow 10 mile - 19th May

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k 2002
We had 8 runners turn out for this popular race.
ELR Women - Karen Levison, Maggie O'Connor, Lesley Richardson and Linda Jackson
Men - Doug Mansell, Richard Mainwaring, Don Bennett and Clive Jackson

Karen finished in 39:15 pb.

Roundup Magazine: Issue 11: Summer 2002
East London Runners Clean Up at Victoria Park. The weather was warm and the racing was hot!
Ladies 6 Mile
1st Karen Levison - 37:30
2nd Karen White - 41:27
1st FV35 - Maggie O'Connor - 43:55
1st FV45 - Mary O'Brien - 46:44

Male 6 Mile
1st MV40 - Doug Mansell - 39:49
1st MV50 - Paul Collier - 38:17

Cross Country Season is soon to be upon us plus the Tiptree Ten is on Sunday 20th October.

Article by Steve Kerns - Flying Finns, Never heard of them!
Article by Clive Jackson - Walking in the Brecon Becons
Article by Clive Jackson re Rberta Louise (Bobbi) Gibb the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (1966)
Article by Steve Kerns - The Best ever Commonwealth Games - Manchester
Article by Steve Kerns - When Silver is better than Gold.

ELR Subscriptions of £12 now due. The Sports Centre is getting more strict about allowing people in without paying if they don't have a Club Membership card on them!

Wednesday Evening's Runs article

Race and Run Reports
Ongar Tri Again - 8th September - finished Mary O'Brien (1:30:02), Jon Trevor (1:12:08) and Clive Jackson (1:09:04. A 300m swim, cycle 10.5k, run 4k.

Brighton Triathlon Saturday 30th August 750m,20k, 5k. Clive Jackson 1:27:19.

Roundup Magazine: Issue 12 : Autumn 2002: Editor Clive Jackson
- The Marathon draw
- Selection of Races over December 2002 and January/February 2003
- Wednesday Night routes/maps
- Cambridge by Air by Clive Jackson
- Boxing Day Run details
- Have you ever thought of doing an Adventure Race?
- Ode to Cross Country by Clive jackson
- You know you're living in the 2002's when....by Clive Jackson
- Ask ELR by Clive Jackson
- Spot the words in the puzzle
- Conclusion of A-Z of running disorders (O-Z)
- Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Chingford by Clive Jackson
- Race and Run reports - Sunday League XC Cheshunt (Winner if the ladies was ELR's Linda Jackson) and Watford.
- Athletic gear at M&S
- Congratulations to Sue Donoghue on the birth of son Reece on 9th November.


All Club History for 2003 is taken from edited highlights of the ROUNDUP Club Magazines.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE WINTER (2002)/SPRING 2003 Edited by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Introduction by Clive Jackson

Clive congratulated Linda Jackson on her 100% winning record on the Cross Country League. "I don't think that I have ever seen such impressive running before outside of International races!" Congrats also to all the Ladies in our XC Squad. They won the Vets and were a close 2nd in the Senior Event

Essex Championship The Club's best ever runner to date, Linda Jackson, finished second in the Championships over an 8k course in Basildon. Always up with the leading group Linda ran a great time of 31:31, fantastic running over a tough, hilly, wind-swept course, almost 4 minutes quicker than last year on the same course with drier conditions.

Running Routes
The RICE Method
High-Tech Running

21 Years of ELR. East London Runners was founded in 1982. The membership has fluctuated ver the years from humble beginnings to a dizzy 200 plus members in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The fact is though that we have survived asa Club where many have folded.

Notice of AGM
Forthcoming Races
Women Runners
Grudge Matches
XC League
League Results
Marathon Marshals
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE SPRING-SUMMER 2003 - Edited by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Introduction by Clive
Tribute to Chris Brasher (Dec'd)

ELR London Marathon Results
Mike Wilson 3:25
Ben Danquah (debut) 3:47
Steve Jay 3:58
Chris Stephens 4:00
George Whiter 4:18
David Foster 4:53
Suzie Tomkins (debut) 5:01

The Celebrated Pedestrian
London Marathon Elite Report and SEAA Notice re Individual Membership SchemeResults inc Paula Radcliffe 2:15:25 WR
SEAA Notice re Individual Membership Scheme proposals, subsequently defeated at a Meeting

ELR Award Winners
Most Improved Runners - Linda Jackson, Overall Winner plus Ben Danquah, Emma Mason and Mike Cook
Winner of the Curtis Shield - Don Bennett

Committee Members
President - Clive Jackson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Secretary - Doug Mansell
Membership - Bal Sidhu
Kit - Jim Bird
Fixtures - Su Powell and Mike Cook
Routes Planning - Mike Wilson
Other - Lesley and Lee Richardson

Hilly 5 Notice and Entry Form

AGM 2003 Notes
Don Bennett gave the Club Address. As a Club it was felt that we suffered by not having a Chairman. Don has taken on many of the tasks associated with the role in addition to his duties as Treasurer. We had few meetings in the last year and the annual meal was not organised.The perennial question of how we get and retain new members was discussed in greater depth in AOB.

Treasurer's Report. Don summarised the Club's Financial Statement. Increase in funds by approx £80. A donation of £50 had been made to St Francis Hospice.

Membership, remained circa 60, including Life Members, with a few new members replacing those who didn't renew.

Curtis Shield Following a Ballot of those present the Shield was awarded and presented to Don Bennett.

Committee Lesley stood down as President and Clive was elected plus a number of new members were also elected on to the Committee, list shown above.

AOB Discussion on attracting and retaining new members. Also discussed were Kit, Photo of Ladies XC Team, Club Notice Board, Annual Meal and an expression of thanks from Mike Cook.

Financial Statement of he Club as at 12th March 2003

Additional Notes on the AGM by Don Bennett
New additions to the Committee have been helping me out on Wednesday Nights, Mike organising the runs, Sue and Mike with the Fixtures Folder and Jim with the KIT. The London Marathon was again a great success.Many thanks to Rathbone for the Venue and Buffet. To Pete and the LFB for their assistance and hiring of the scaffold. To Geoff Clennell for the sound system. And of course members past and present, families and friends who make the day go amazingly well.

Looking ahead Ilford AC are trying to return the HILLY 5 or a version of it in memory of Newman Sargent a member of ELR and Ilford AC who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Cycle Training
Jubilee Lodge - a canine's tail
Cross Country League 2003/4
Club Kit
Chariots of Fire
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2003 EDITED By Clive Jackson, 16 pages
Intro by Clive

Congratulations to ELR Ladies Team on Winning the Orion 10 Ladies Team Championship, Karen Levison 69:46, Karen White 76:02 and Jayne Pope 72:05.

The London Triathlon
Change for the Better by Mike Cook

Hainault Hilly 5 Results
Karen Levison 34:11
Ben Danquah 34:29
Paul Collier 35:53
Jayne Pope 36:02
Doug Mansell 36:28
Paul Needham 36:40
Karen White 37:53
Clive Jackson 39:25
Mary O'Brien 40:55
Mike Cook 41:24
Mary Connolly 41:28
Trish O'Neill 41:51
Dave Knight 42:27
Natasha Sevant 44:06
John White 44:06
Don Bennett 44:39
George Whiter 46:41
Breda O'Leary 46:42
Rob Elvins 47:33
Su Tomkins 50:34
C Elvins 56:11
Jim Bird 56:20

XC League Fixtures
Our Bodies - Our Selves
Up & Down the Rodings
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS 2003 Editee by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Intro by Clive
The State of UK Athletics by Steve Kerns
Medical Aid for Races
XC Training, 4 weeks to a perfect Cross Country
The Meaning of Running
Dear Diary
Marathon Schedule, Prepare for it by Clive Jackson
Weight Training
XC League, the story of the season so far
Trail Running
Stretching Techniques
The Back Page


ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 18 Summer 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson

Report on the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k 30th May 2004 plus results
Mary Connolly - 46:54
Clive Jackson - 47:30
Mary O'Brien - 48:24
Don Bennett - 52:25

London Marathon
Mick Wilson - 3:35:20
Amanda Lovegrove - 3:44:08
Tricia O'Neill - 3:56:13
Siraj Patel - 4:05:24
Mike Cook - 4:06:28
Emma Hanson - 4:32:39 debut
Kirk Johnson - 4:32:50
Frank Brownlie - 4:39:40 debut
George Whiter - 5:04:06
Dave Foster - 4:48:05
Jim Bird - 6:03:30
Carole Husted - 6:28:39

Article by Jim Bird on his marathon experience.
Dazed and Confused? Large (6 page) article by Dave Knight on the London Marathon.

Article by Clive?- Older Runners are Different.

ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 19 Autumn 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson
Numbers on Wednesday nights have been dwindling a bit.

Article by Steve Kerns - The Olympic Long Jump
The Benefits of REd wine by Clive
Wanstread Flats by Clive
Why Protein is Important to the distance runner
Sunday XC League
The Varsity Bike Ride by Clive

Club Kit Nights by Clive
Chatting with John White after one of the Wednesday Runs, he suggested that we should try to make our name a bit more prominent and came up with the idea of choosing a night in the month and wearing Club Kit and do this on a regular basis. We could choose the first Wednesday of every month and make it into a Club Night - so wear ELR vest or shirt. It might also help sell some of our kit stock!

Also run in a couple of groups? It wouldn't be fair to ask everyone to stay together as there is too big a difference in abilities but depending on numbers we could run in a couple of groups wearing Club Kit which would give a bigger impact to the general public.

Race report - Southgate Grosvenor Park - 24th October 2004
First race of the XC Season. The start was a combined Ladies and gents race of 250/300 runners. ELR had 6 Ladies and 14 Men competing.
Jamal Mohammed - 4th overall

ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 20 Winter 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson

AGM to be held on Wednesday 23rd February 2005 at 7pm. We are particularly in need of a Chairman for the Club. Don has been unofficially acting in the position for the past two years, as well as continuing to be Treasurer. This is a key role to the continued existence of the Club.

Stevenage Marathon Report by Kirk Johnson in 4:04:32
Club Sweatshirts for Sale at £10 - see Jim Bird

First Wednesday of the Month - Club Shirts/Vest Run is now in place

Are you racing?

Cross Country enthusiasts or sad old gits?

Essex Senior XC Basildon on 15th Jan 2005.

London Martahon 2005
The Club had a draw for the Guaranteed London Marathon places this year, the first time for a number of years. We had 7 places and 8 qualifying members in our ballot.


ELR AGM - Wednesday 23rd February 2005 - Summary take from April Roundup Magazine
17 Members were present.

Address by Don Bennett. Highlights for the Club this last year. Karen White had an excellent XC Season, 2nd FV45 overall and Jamal Mohammed 4th overall in the Senior Men's event.The Ladies were 4th overall in the Masters (Essex).

Treasurers Report by Don Increase in funds of £90 for the year.

Memberships by Clive Membership is 50 including 10 Life Members and 8 new members. Main problem is retaining members both new and old.

Presentations Decided not to award any this year. Not enough nominations for the Curtis Shield so held over until next year.

Committee Doug has decided to stand down as Both Club Secretary and from the Committee too. Thanked for his past service by all present. Simon was elected as Chair and Kirk joined the Committee.

Chairman - Simon Morgan
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership (and Club Magazine) - Clive Jackson
Kiit - Jim Bird
Member - Kirk Johnson

Club Promotion Simon is setting up a Website for the Club. Discussion on how searches in Running Magazine and AAA could return details of the Club. The Club will fund creating the website on an ISP hosted webspace, approx £50 per a annum cost. Kirk is putting together a new starters pack. We will also produce leaflets to be placed by the reception desk in the Centre and add more details to our Notice Board.

XC review Looking for feedback from Club Members re the League and it's races. The Ladies rules were changed for this year with the start being combined with the Men's but still the same shorter distance. Some feedback from the AGM that the Ladies race is too short, driving 25 miles to race just 3 miles, especially when you are trying to put in miles for marathon training can be a waste of time.

London Marathon This year is a new route, The Poplar Road section has been reversed, therefore the water station will be at 20 miles instead of 15 miles.The station has also moved 500/600 metres further back from Cotton Street. Therefore we cannot use the Rathbone Centre. Peter is negotiating with with local premises to try and get some room and power for the sound system.

AOB Some talks on Kit.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE APRIL 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive including reminder to Members of Friday Night Track Sessions

New Members Simon and Kirk have been producing a "New Members Pack" following on from work by Trevor. Simon has also set up a new Website as well at www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk, still in it's infancy, but any help or comments are appreciated.

2004/5 XC League Results
Cross Country Photos
The Three Peaks by Kirk with Roger
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE JUNE 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 16 pages
Intro by Clive
Oxford 10k by Paul Needham 41:00
Marathon Facts
Three Peaks part 2 by Kirk

London Marathon 2005 Results
Mary Connolly 3:38:21
Mike Wilson 3:49:16
Dave Knight 3:56:20
Louise Gray 4:20:03 debut
Frank Brownlie 4:24:08 pb
David Foster 4:30:05
George Whiter 4:35:20
Jim Bird 5:56:51

Marathon 2005 Photos at the Water Station

Drink Station view, the best Marathon yet?
Our first time at the 20 Mile Mark, although owing to the race being re-routed we were only a few hundred yards from our old 15 mile spot. Thanks to Pete Cowup efforts we had power from Tower Hamlets College and use of the Poplar Community Centre (St Matthias's) to set up food and drinks for the Marshalls and volunteers. Both proved to be brilliant places, the Community Centre in particular was like an oasis in a desert, very quiet and peaceful being set back from the main road.

We also still had Jean and Tom Atkinson and friends manning the Special Drinks Station for ELR at the new 15 mile mark.

There were so many helping at the Drinks Station from both past and present members of the Club and from London Fire Brigade. We did run out of water alarmingly quickly but even then LFB Blue Watch saved the day and disaster was averted.

Guess your Time took place in May , winner Ben Danquah

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k Race Report and Results
Simon Morgan38:30
Paul Needham 39:50
Kirk 45:55
Clive Jackson 47:30
Mary Connolly and Mary O'Brien 48:30
Don Bennett 52:10

Dear Doc
Ilford Hilly 5 advert for race in July
The Back Page, Wednesday night Club runs having attendances of 20 plus consistently, first Wednesday of the month is wear Club Kit night. I do think that there has been a marked increase in the amount of energy on a Wednesday night. I can't really say why, but to me it definitely feels like a Running Club again.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE AUGUST 2005 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Marathon Times
XC Dates
London Tri
ELR at Hilly 5 Photo
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive, magazine now in colour!
Wandering Ways by Kirk Johnson
Meet the heart

Southend 10k Report and Results
Paul Needham 42:11
Kenny Wilson 47:51
Kirk Johnson 48:07
Teddy Persand 50:21
Breeda O'Leary 54:40
Jim Bird 1:09:22


Dave Curtis RIP
We were all saddened to hear of the recent and sudden death of one of East London Runners founding members David Curtis. Dave brought a tremendous enthusiasm and humour to the Club. He was part of the "A" Team that won ELR's very first trophy and there are many remembered events and incidents that revolved around Dave. He was great inspiration and friend to all Club Members.

His memory will live on at the Club in the form of the "Curtis Shield", donated by Dave, this is awarded annually to the member that does the most for the Club. This is a fitting tribute to a person that put a lot of time and effort into the Club during the early years.

He will be missed by many and our thoughts and sympathy gores to his family at this time.

Dear Doc
Slow Burn
Christmas Meal to be held at Uffizzi's on Saturday 17th December 2005
The Back Page. In case you are unaware the Licensed Bar at the Centre is closing down for good.If you want to have a chat and drink after the Club run we'll be using The George, Wanstead instead!


ROUNDUP MAGAZINE JANUARY 2006 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Shin Splints
Club AGM to be held on 1st February 2006
Tasty Soup
The Back Page

Annual General Meeting 1st February 2006

Club Address by Simon There were many highlights and Simon commented not on races but what the Club has done for it's members, from the Christmas Meal to hill sprint sessions.

A lot of people have put a lot of effort into the Club from Simon creating the website to Kirk taking time to talk to all potential members on a Wednesday night. The Club has grown from around 45 to 65. Next year a good target would be adding another 20.

Treasurer The finances under Don's guidance are as healthy as ever, we are around £200 down on last year but this AGM is early.

Committee Simon stood down as Chairman and from the Committee as has he has moved away from the area, Kirk will take over as Chair and John White has joined the Committee.

Most Improved Runners of the Year
Frances Oakley won the award with the joint runners up were Jacqui Brun and Mark Hine.

Curtis Shield Was awarded to Kirk Johnson.

ROUNDUP Magazine March 2006, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages

Intro by Clive Thanks to those who attended the AGM on 1st February. One of the discussions was whether we should continue to belong to the Sunday XC League, in fact should we belong to any League.
We agreed to issue a questionnaire to Members re this which I have expanded to also ask whether members are interested in racing in general and if so at what distance.


Essex Senior XC was held at Claybury recently. First for our Ladies was Karen Levison (34:15)
followed by Karen White(38:19), Kirsty Weston(38:25), Ruth Mercer(40:41), Frances Oakley(44:15) and Jacqui Brun(44:51).

In the Men's race Mark Hine(51:31) narrowly beat Simon Morgan(51:50) followed by John White(55:32), Richard Mainwaring(57:04), Mike Wilson(60:10), Clive Jackson(61:34), Kirk Johnson(61:45) and Don Bennett (70:27).

Royston XC Report and Photos.
How to lose weight
Forthcoming Races
The Back Page

Roundup Magazine June 2006, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Marathon Roll of Honour
Mick's Marathon, report by Mick Wilson
Marathon Photos
Kirk Johnson and there Legend of the Black Dog.
The Back Page


London Marathon Sunday 23rd April 2006
Siraj Patel M20 3:27:40
John White M50 3:28:40
Mike Wilson M40 3:31:50
Kenny Wilson M40 3:43:21
Dave Knight M50 3:51:30
Mark Hine M30 4:00:13
Andy Soar M30 4:05:12
Jason Brawn M30 4:07:58
Ruth Mercer W40 4:19:05
David Foster M60 4:26:09
Frances Oakley W40 4:26:25
John Hackwell M20 4:28:22
David Taylor M30 4:29:04
Mark Raza M20 4:29:19
Don Bennett M40 4:43:27
Daniel Winters M20 4:39:11
Richard Weber M20 4:39:11
Rauf Karim M40 5:40:42
Jim Bird M60 6:48:53

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k
Paul Needham 40:17
Mick Wilson 43:45
Clive Jackson 49:04
Don Bennett 49:43

Southend Half Marathon
Mark Raza 1:52
Roger Dixon 2:10
Don Bennett 2:19
Kirk Johnson 2:28

Roundup Magazine, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Running Schedule
Ferries are for wimps
Lance Armstrong Runner?
Newman Hilly 5
Bowling Night
Book Review, The 50 Greatest Marathon Races of all time by William Cockerall, reviewed by Steve Kerns
One foot in front, Kirk's tale of moving to Ultras!

Roundup Magazine, December 2006 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
A Whippets Tale, the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon in 1:35:18
Wanstead Parejk
A stitch ion time
Linear Park
25th Anniversary, Saturday 28th Ap[ril 2007 at Social Club, Forest Road, £15 pp
Christmas Ghost Story
Good Egg
The Back Page


From RoundUP Magazine Issue 30 April 2007 - Editor, Clive jackson.

The Club's 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday 28th April 2007

Congratulations to our Award Winners
Most Improved Runner - Louise Jones
Runner of the Year - Ian Horritt
Club Person of the Year and winner of the Curtis Shield - Jim Bird

Benfleet 15 Results
Ian Horritt - 1:53:49
John White - 1:56:02
Mike Wilson - 2:01:10
Richard Mainwaring - 2:07:11
Jayne Pope - 2:08:49
Karen White - 2:08:49
Dave Knight - 2:14:30
Frank Brownlie - 2:15:54
Kirk Johnson - 2:29:55

Report from Membership Secretary - Clive Jackson
Thanks to Don Bennett for his help recently in my absence, between us we have the membership under control.For the second year running we have seen a big turnover in the Club. Last year we finished with 65 members, so far we have 68 this year with around 20-25 being runners new to the Club.

Annual General Meeting - 28th February 2007
Kirk introduced the AGM, it's been a strong year for the Club setting out to have a membership of 70 we currently have 68 excluding life members.
The Essex Way was a success fielding a full team. The Cross Country League hasn't been well supported but a few new faces ran for ELR.

The Website is going strong, not a brilliant format, but it is being updated regularly which is the main thing.

Don gave a run down of the Club Finances. A surplus of £480 mainly due to sales of kit held in stock.We also haven't been charged by the Leisure Centre because of changes that Management are making to the Centre. Once work is completed we should be advised.

Jim led a talk on the Leisure Centre, the ownership has changed from the School to the Council and it is being extensively redeveloped. Our meeting room and most of the Upper Floor will be replaced by a Gym, we will lose our room. We are unsure as yet where we will meet.

The Centre has committed to us that they want us to stay, we will continue to have access to the showers.

Further discussion took place with some concern that if we agree a formal contract we may end up losing the Centre as a venue. We will keep everyone updated on our website.

Fortunately we will hopefully get some better weather soon, so the problem of not having a room will not be critical, but must be resolved.

An update was given by Jim on the plans for the 25th Anniversaery Party.

Kirk and Don led an interesting discussion of membership of Athletics Associations. The face of English Athletics is changing with governance being moved to EA. Rules and costs will also change. A rival has been created ARC, The Association of Running Clubs.

We will explore the benefits of both organisation to the Club and its members and we will look to have a Club Ballot possibly in September.

The Election of Officers was held with Jim Bird advising that he will be standing down after the 25th Anniversary Party. A plea was made for more female members to join the Committee as Kirsty Weston is the only female on the Committee, with nearly half of the membership female.

Results - Roding Valley Half Marathon
Miguel Angel Martinez - 1:36:43
Paul Charters - 1:40:09
Ben Danquah - 1:41:08
Karen White - 1:41:59
Mike Wilson - 1:46:00
Frank Brownlie - 1:48:24 pb
Rachel Coombs - 1:50:30
Ruth Mercer - 1:51:05
Ken Wilson - 1:51:13
Dave Knight - 1:51:38
Greg Bonser - 1:54:44
Edward Barnard - 1:56:02
Helen Witt - !:56:36
Dave Foster - 2:06:19
Sara Pearson - 2:10:00

ELR 25th Birthday Bash
The ELR Committee cordially invites all current and ex-members of the Club to the Waltham Forest Social Club to celebrate 25 years of running.
A night of drinking dancing and eating!
Saturday 28th april 2007
7.30pm - Midnight
Cost £15 per person
Dress Code: Go on, put the glad rags on!

RoundUP Magazine Issue 31 May 2007 Marathon Special - Editor Clive Jackson

Congratulations and well done to all Marathon runners, we had members completing their first and their 22nd Londons, 13 at London, 2 at Paris and 3 in Edinburgh.

Miguel Angel Martinez - 3:39:44
Mick Wilson - 3:53:13
Dave Knight - 3:57:22
Helen Witt - 4:00:11
Trish O'Neill - 4:02:25
Ruth Mercer - 4:04:27
Frank Brownlie - 4:12:45
Rachel Coombs - 4:28:06
Dave Foster - 4:20:07
Sara Pearson - 4:58:47
Kenny Wilson - 5:05:37
Louise Jones - 5:46:01
Jim Bird - 7:10:53

Jody Burnett - 3:38:49
Jayne Pope - 3:55:06

Rita Kingdon - 4:01:02
Holly Chabowski - 4:08:06
Richie Feder - 4:28:09

A brief update on the Leisure Centre
The last few Wednesday's have been difficult.With the extensive work being undertaken we have been using and paying for the Eton Manor Rugby Club pavilion. We are targetting getting back to the Leisure Centre on Wednesday 1st July 2007.

We are still in negotiation with the Centre and the Council re a meeting room, costs etc.

Other notes
John and Karen White are leading the Sunday runs at 9.50am, mainly in the forests, up to 10 miles. The "Ten to Ten Club"!
Membership renewal £12 will be due at end of July.
We have ordered a new range of kit which will be breathable and a ladies fit will be available. Kirsty is looking after orders.
The first Wednesday of the month is Club Kit night. Please wear your Club Kit!

RoundUP Magazine Issue 32 October 2007 - Editor Clive Jackson
Articles on Essex Way and Wednesday Night Club Runs (Room and Fees. How to choose winter kit. Negative splits and positive splits. Warm up and cool down. Do the Elvis Wiggle. Running with an ipod. Recovery.

Re Wednesday Nights - The good news is that we have the use of a room at Wanstead Leisure Centre/High School again. It's one of the school rooms at the side of the building. It's great to have a roof over our heads again.

The bad news is they want to charge us £30 per week. Because we are an Affiliated Club this would be reduced to £24.75 per weeek or £1,300 per annum.

We used to pay about £150 per annum so we could be looking at a substantial increase in subs. Without increasing memberships our reserve funds would run out in two to three years.This is a serious concern for the Club. To be honest although we do have a room it is not very good.

John White has been putting in a tremendous amount of work in trying to contact the School/Centre and Council to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion for all involved.

We have been in existence for over 25 years based at Wanstead Leisure Centre and have always been a non-elitist Club. We certainly haven't finished with discussions, but might need to escalate.


From the Roundup Magazine Issue 33, February 2008 - Editor Clive Jackson.

Results from Royston XC, Benfleet 15 and Watford XC with Ian Horritt beimng home first for ELR in all 3!

Around 25 members attended the ELR post Christmas meal at Uffizi's in Leytonstone.

Thanks to John Atkinson who has been running with a lot of newer members recently. Wednesday nights are seeing around 30-35 with most people running in pairs.

When we start the Wednesday run we appoint a "leader" for the first mile or so to keep the pace down and keep everyone together. Please respect this.

An article by Clive on Run Longer- Run Faster which covered Lactate Training, Cross Training, Eat Properly, Drink, Go Long, Taper the Running, Avoid Injury and Rest.

The ELR AGM is going to be on Wednesday 12th March 2008 at 7.15pm.

An article by Clive on the Do's and Dont's for the London Marathon.

Wanstead Leisure Centre
We've trying for a couple of months to re-negotiate our contract with the Leisure Centre and Redbridge Sports Council. They want £30 per week. These fees would not be sustainable for the Club (of our size), with current membership fees having to quadruple to cover this increase. We have been unable to get to sit down with those in authority to discuss this matter.

Our stance is that we're refusing to pay until we can have a meaningful discussion where we can present our case.

Article by Clive on Wanstead Park.

Issue 34 of RoundUp April 2008 Editor Clive Jackson.

London Marathon Results
Edward Barnard - 3:23;03
Miguel Angel Martinez - 3:39:30
Mick Wilson - 3:41:11
Carinne Jay - 3;42:18
Stephen Jay - 3:47:20
Suzanne Bench - 3:57:40
Dave Knight - 3:57:56
Paul Charters - 3:58:03
Pat Charlambous - 4:11:48
John Atkinson - 4:18:25
Prab Bajwa - 4:23:43
Caroline Moore - 4:25:35
Aaron Williams - 4:27:53
Dave Foster - 4:44:35
Ian Wheeler - 4:56:23
Andrea Green - 5:00:25
Jim Bird - 7:20:49

AGM 12th March 2008 - Highlights

Attended by all Committee Members. There was also a good percentage of Club Members present, much better than in previous years.

Mike Wilson gave the Chairman's report in the absence of Kirk. The report included mention of races over the past 12 months plus an excellent 25th Anniversary night.

Don's Treasurer's report include details of a surplus of £300 in the past year although we haven't paid any Centre fees as yet.

Awards - John Atkinson was Runner of the Year and also won the Curtis Shield. Edward Barnard was the most Improved Runner of the Year.

A full discussion of membership fees took place. The motion was to increase from £12 to £18 per year. The Committee felt that this was necessary because of the pending increase in the Leisure Centre fees. John Whiet gave a precis on negotiations so far and the challenges faced.The motion was carried by a majority decision with fees rising to £18 from July 2008.

Election of Officers was the last item on the Agenda. All present Committee Members were re-elected with no one new offering to join.

London Marathon - Thanks!
The Marathon is now a distant memory But thanks to Pete and Phyl Cowup - we simply wouldn't have the Drinks Station without you. Geoff and Jan Clenell for the music.

To Don and Pam Bennett for arranging the food and drink for the helpers in the Community Hall. To Sister Christine for the use of the Hall. Also to the London Fire Brigade. To the "old" members, such as the Lack family, Dick Pleasance and Trevor Eley's Eighteen Plus Club. To all the Volunteers from ELR and LFB and their friends and family.

Sports Centre Update
Following an extremely productive meeting between Iain Varah and Bob Littlewood from Redbridge Sports and Culture Council and John White and Clive Jackson of ELR the cost was agreed at £600 per year with an increase to £700 next year.

RoundUP Magazine Issue 35 - September 2008 Editor, Clive Jackson

Big Article(s) about the Essex Way.

Results from the Newman Hilly 5
Aaron Williams - 33:40
Karen Levison - 34:36

Aaron and Karen were first home ftom ELR (21 runners).

Also results from:-
Dagenham 88 5 miles
Barking Park 5k
Harlow 10
Havering 90 Midweek 5m
Springfield Striders Friday night 5 mile
Hatfield Broad Oak 10k

Reminder re ELR Subs of £18 now overdue PLUS if you wish to race an extra £5 for England Athletics registration.


From the ELR Roundup magazine Issue 36 March 2009 - Editor Clive Jackson.
We've just had the AGM of the Club, one of the best attended in recent years.

Some brilliant race results including 26 members running in the Roding Valley Half Marathon.

"The Club is going from strength with 30-40 regular Wednesday nighters."

RVHM results
Aaron Williams - 1:25:45
Ian Horritt - 1:30:18
Manjit Singh - 1:30:39
Dave Pereira - 1:31:44
Roberto Bruni 1:33:48
Mick Wilson - 1:33:45
Derek Wright - 1:34:25
Miguel Martinez - 1:34:55
Alan Lee - 1:36:55
Carinne Jay - 137:34
Jamie Coombs - 1:40:13
Frank Brownlie - 1:43:32pb
Patrick Farren - 1:46:47
Steve Jay - 1:48:51
Pat Charalambous - 1:54:57
Dave Knight - 1:55:24
Bernie Hill = 1:57:56
Grant Conway - 1:58:13
Ruth Kerr - 2:03:06
Don Bennett - 2:06:09
Andrea Middleton - 2:06:50
Katrina Dixon - 2:07:33
Baldev Singh - 2:13:19
M Gill - 2:13:19
Dave Foster - 2:21:18
Akram Choudhury - 2:22:50

Marathon Tips Article

Kirk Johnston, Chairman
We had a good Men's XC Season but need to sort out a Women's Team for next season.We also had a number of Social Events including a night at Walthamstow Dog Track and a pre and post Christmas meal.

We have 74 Members plus a few Life Members, this is about the same as last year 2008. The goal is to break 80 members by the end of the current membership year(July). Jean and Tom Atkinson are to be elected Life Members to thank them for their hard work every year with the Special Drinks Station at the London Marathon and for everything that they have done for the Club over the years.

Treasurers Report
Given by Don Bennett, Treasurer.
Overall loss of £343.65 but we paid £300 to Leisure Centre for last year and we have a fair amount of unsold kit in stock.

Motions for debate
Mick Wilson, secretary proposed that we change the membership yrear from July to April to match England Athletics. The motion was carried unanimously with £12 to be collected from members for the interim period July to April then in April 2010 we will start collecting a combined membership and EAA fee (For those wishing to join EAA)

In separate discussions we concluded that the £18 membership fees do not have to change as Club finances are good and balanced.

The Curtis Shield
Was awarded to Mike Wilson.

Everyone is staying with the exception of Clive Jackson who is standing down. Frank Brownlie and Jim Bird were elected to the Committee. Jamie Coombs will go through the format of the Club Magazine with a view to taking on it's production.

Any other Business
New Noticeboard at the Leisure Centre soon.
Derek Wright will look at the Website to make it more professional and will add some photos too.
We would like to start the Wednesday night run earlier, starting 5 mins earlier each week until we ge announcements starting at 7pm prompt.

All are encouraged to wear Club Kit and we will publicise the montly Club Kit run more often.
Ian suggested (and it was generally agreed)that we try to push some Club races.

Race Results
Benfleet 15
Simon Morgan - 1:47:38
Ian Horritt - 1:50:29
Mike Wilson - 1:55:29
Roberto Bruni - 1:58:11
Jimmy Hartwell - 2:11:33
Frank Brownlie - 2:12:43
Dave Knight - 2:22:12
John Atkinson - 2:22:34
Patrick Farren - 2:28:05

Dartford 10 mile
Ciaran Canavan - 1:09:10 PB

Bedford Half
Ciaran Canavan - 1:31:24

Lisbon Marathon
David Pereira - 3:12 PB

On a Wednesday night we will always appoint a leader for the first mile or so. If you are one of the faster runners please stay behind the leader until the designated point where you can speed off.

Also please be aware of runners at the back. We had an instance recently where one of our members was on their own at the back. Please don't assume there is someone at the back as a sweeper - make sure and if you have to hang back please do. We need to look out for evveryone - Thanks.

The Back Page by Clive Jackson
At the AGM on 4th March I stood down as a Committee member and as Editor of the Club Magazine RoundUp.


Annual General Meeting 3rd March 2010.

In attendance were 28 Full Members

Chair's Report. The meeting started with Kirk in the Chair who had given prior notice that he was standing down during this meeting. Kirk gave his report which covered the past year's events including the XC Season, Flora London Marathon, Hilly 5, Essex Way Relay Race and the Bluebell run. He also commented upon the increase in attendance at the Wednesday Night and Sunday Morning Club runs and also the general increase in membership.

Treasurer's Report. Don provided the meeting with copies of the Annual Accounts and Balance Sheet. The meeting endorsed that the Club's Finances were in a healthy state.

Election of Officers
As previously advised Kirk was standing down as Chairman and Frank Brownlie, who had advised that he was willing to stand in his place, was duly elected. The Chair of the Club and the Meeting therefore passed from Kirk to Frank immediately.

Frank thanked Kirk on behalf of the members for his stewardship of the Club over the past four years. Particular mention was made in respect of his promotion of the Club to attract new members which has shown some success. Kirk was also a great advocate for the XC League.

Kirk advised that he would like to remain on the Committee and this was agreed. In addition four other Club Members , three of whom were in attendance, advised that they wished to be considered for election to the Committee. The feeling of the meeting was that we should move to elect all four and this was unanimously agreed.

The Committee going forward was therefore:-
Chairman - Frank Brownlie
Club Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership Secretary - John White
Webmaster - Derek Wright (new)
Committee Members without Portfolio - Kirsty Weston, Julie Onwukegu (new), Katherine Jones (new), Ciaran Canavan (new), Miguel Martinez, Kirk Johnson, Jim Bird.

Curtis Shield Club Person of the Year. Members present voted and Frank Brownlie was declared as the recipient.

Members suggested that in future years voting in advance of the meeting should be arranged, perhaps by e.mail.

AOB Grant Conway expressed concern that some people were taking advantage by trying us out for more than the normal two or three runs and then disappearing. It was agreed after discussion that greater monitoring would take place.

Grant also rated the point as to whether as a Club we would consider switching from the present XC League owing to the great distances in. travelling involved with some of the races. It was agreed that Kirsty Weston would do some research and present her findings to the next Committee Meeting for consideration.

Frank proposed that the existing rules re our guaranteed London Marathon places for Club Members be amended to - Fully paid up member by 1st July prior to the year marathon being held. After discussion the meeting agreed this change.

Frank advised that he, Don and Mike had attended a recent ELVIS CLUBS Meeting and that ELR was now a full partner in the ELVIS Series and in addition we would be hosting Jointly with Ilford AC the Valentines Park Charity 5k on the last Sunday in September each year.

April 2010 - London Marathon
Ciaran Canavan 3.05.38. Having missed 4 weeks training in March due to injury, I decided that I was simply going to enjoy the day, and to give it my best shot depending on how I felt. When the race started, I managed to find my pace and stick to it, crossing the halfway marker in 1:30:27. I knew though that it was going to be difficult to keep this pace up as my legs were already telling me that they were tired. Another 13.1 miles to go, how could I cope? By Mile 16, the demons in my head were telling me I needed to walk, but I pushed on and continued to run. Seeing the ELR guys at the Mile 20 Water Station was an incredible boost, giving me a surge of energy as I raced through! From there I knew it was only 10K to go. I was homeward bound, but this would be the hardest 10K of my life. I didn't beat last year's time, but came incredibly close on 3:05:38. Having now discovered that my time qualifies me for 'Good for age' Entry in 2011, I've been on cloud nine ever since!"

Suzanne Bench 3.51.14. "There were significantly more runners than previous years and it was difficult to run the first few miles due to the sheer number of people. I was anxious to achieve my desired finish time! On the plus side, the crowd were fantastic and seemed to line the whole route and provided really enthu siastic support. The first half flew by and I really enjoyed it. Getting to the 20 mile mark where the Club and my family were at the ELR Water Station was a high point and kept me going as things were getting tough. Passing the 23 mile mark which runs parallel to the 13 mile mark was another significant point, reminding me of how much I had achieved when most people now passing that way were walking. Crossing the finish in 3h.51mins (6 minutes quicker than my previous time) felt brilliant and I was rewarded with a bottle of Champagne and my husbands' Ambulance car to drive me home!!

20 mile Water Feed Station
Thanks to all those Members and their Friends and Families who helped in running the East London Runners/London Fire Brigade Water Feed Station at 20 miles and especially to Don Bennett for organising the East London Runners part. Also for organising the minibus for Runners and together with his wife Pam for the food and drink in the local Church for all the Helpers.On the day a fantastic atmosphere was generated on the sound system by Peter Cowup,Senior Fire Brigade Manager and Life Member of East London Runners and the main organiser of the Water Station.

Many thanks to Tom and Jean Atkinson, Club Life Members for once again manning the ELR Special Drinks Sttation at the Marathon.

ELVIS 2010 including Valentines Park 5k Charity Race
Full results from the race are available courtesy of Ilford Athletic Club here

Womens Team Series (best 5 of 6 Results)
Ilford - 173points
East London Runners - 223 points
Dagenham 88 - 306 points
Havering 90 - 713 points
Orion Harriers - 728
Barking Road Runners - 864 points
Eton Manor - 962 points

Mens Team Series
Ilford AC - 429 points
East London Runners - 971 points
Barking Road Runners - 1158 points
Dagenham 88 - 1480 points
Orion Harriers - 1509 points
Havering 90 - 2118 points
Eton Manor - 2138 points

Valentines Park 5k - Sunday 26th september 2010
148 Finishers

Sunday 26th September Saw East London Runners co-host with Ilford Athletic the last of the ELVIS races for 2010. On a cool and breezy morning, the scene was set in Valentines Park for what was undoubtedly going to be a fantastic finish to the series. East London Runners had a amazing turn out once again, fielding 16 runners, as well as supporting the organisation of the event with the help of about 15 members to take registration, marshal and time keep.

This was a 2 lap course, fairly flat, with a number of twists and turns to keep runners on their toes. Lap one was led by Manjit and Derek for the men, and Karen for the ladies. Lap 2 saw Ciaran come home first for ELR, in 23rd position overall, and Karen first lady for ELR, 3rd lady overall. Conditions were obviously good for Derek Wright, Grant Conway, Ramesh Pala, Caroline Meaby, Natalie Dale and Jennifer Garven who all scored Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all, and to everyone who took part.

Prize giving was held shortly after the finish, with our delectable chairman Frank Brownlie assigned the responsibility of awarding the prizes for this race, and for the overall winners throughout the Elvis series. With series prizes going to Karen, Kirsty and Mary, East London men were left only to marvel at the success of the fairer sex. Our inaugural year as a full participating ELVIS club has undoubtedly been a success, with East London Runners coming second in both the Mens and Ladies team competitions, but the series trophies were awarded to the Ilford athletic Mens and Ladies teams who successfully retained the top prize in the team competitions. Congratulations to Ilford from your opponents, co-hosts and friends at East London Runners.

Close to the finish line, with Karen leading members in the ELR ‘Haka’, we demonstrated not only how proud we were to take part, but also our determination to come back bigger and stronger in 2011, determined to make a challenge for the top spot then.

The final huge word of thanks goes to ELR members who offered their time to assist in the marshalling and running of the race. Rachel, Jim, Dave, Jamie, Don to name just a few, and to all the marshals. Without all your support and assistance on the day, the event would not have been the success that it was! Thank you!

Club Newsletters 2010.


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.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2010

Havering Men: Ciaran Canavan, Andrew Baxter, Derek Wright, Russell Price, Mike Wilson & Grant Conway.
Women: Karen Levison, Kirsty Weston, Karen White & Mary Connolly.
Hilly 5 Men: Aaron Williams, Ciaran, Andrew, Russell, Mike & Rob Heppell.
Women: Karen L, Kirsty, Karen W & Magdalena Socha.
Orion Men: Aaron, Ciaran, Andrew, Russell, Mike & Frank Brownlie.
Women: Karen L, Sharon Springfield, Mary Connolly and Angela Bowen.
Barking Men: Aaron, Ciaran, Andrew, Derek, Mike & Robert Moye.
Women: Karen L, Sharon, Kirsty & Caroline Meaby.
Dagenham Men: Andrew, Rob, Derek, Russell, Mike & Grant.
Women: Karen L, Kirsty, Sharon & Anne Gombert.
Valentines Men: Ciaran, Derek, Russell, Grant, Ramesh Pala & Edward Barnard.


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.

Annual General Meeting 28th February 2011

26 Members were present including Frank Brownlie in the Chair.

Chairman's Report (Full report below)
Frank reported on the events of the year past including the Virgin London Marathon, ELVIS Series, and Essex Way. The Club received 10 places for the Marathon, 3 from EA and 7 for the Special Drinks and 20 mile water feed station.

6 Committee Meetings were held since 2010 AGM with Frank, Don, Derek and Jim at all 6. Ciaran, Mike and John 5, Kirsty and Jaime(Co-opted) 4, Julie 3, Sarah 2 as a guest, Katherine and Miguel 1. Kirk none.

Membership - a successful year numbers rose from 90 on 31/3/10 to 161 as at 28/02/11. Frank and Don now look after the membership, with Don updating the database and Frank issuing welcome e.mails.The paper/excel version of the membership was converted by our Webmaster Derek Wright to a hidden/private website database.

Derek also set up the IT Framework for the whole of the Website and for the Monthly eNewsletters from January 2010, Frank providing most of the content with Ciaran's help on occasions!. Derek continues to assist with all IT matters for which we are extremely grateful.

VLM 2010 Don and Pam continued to do their sterling work providing the food and drink for not only the 20 mile water station volunteers but for all the local race Marshals etc too. We received 8 Guaranteed places for 2010 and 10 for 2011.

Social, the monthly Social at the George didn't take off other than the post Marathon one. A successful Curry Night with 50 attendees was held in early Sep 2010, well organised by Jaime Towns with help from Mike Wilson and on the night John Atkinson. Don organised a successful Christmas Dinner at The George in mid December.

Media and PR, Katherine and Sarah had success with articles re Jim Bird, Tom Lawrence and the Club feature in Yellow Pages.

Kit, Jim looks after Kit with Kirsty helping with orders.

Wednesday Night Club Runs, chosen and announced by Doug Mansell or Mike Wilson in Doug's absence. Don and Jim ever present. We were surprised that we were not given any notice by the Centre/School of the works carried out over Summer 2010 which affected access to our usual meeting room. We tried various rooms before finding one large and suitable enough for us. The Centre have been flexible in respect of additional access on extra Tuesday night marathon training runs etc.

ELVIS, To Don, Mike and Rachel for attending the Meetings and helping to publicise the races.For Jaime Towns and all who helped at the Val Park 5k in September 2010. Both the Mens and Women's Teams finished 2nd in the Series. Karen Levison was leading lady overall. Series prizes were also won by Kirsty Weston and Mary O'Brien.

Essex Way Relay Race, to Edward Barnard and Don for organising before and on the day.

Cross Country, Derek Wright Captain attended at each of the 5 races and additional ad hoc races throughout the winter. The number of members competing diminished in the later months and a disappointing turn out by our Ladies with only 3 running in the League but many more in the local races.

Frank said" The focus throughout the year has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through our Website, Facebook, eNewsletters, email and then face to face at 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."

Treasurer's Report
Don handed out copies of the Club's Accounts and Balance Sheet for the year past and answered some questions on membership fees and the London Marathon income and expenditure.
John White questioned whether funds could be passed on to members in some way as we are in a healthy financial position. Dave Foster suggested the Club considers paying members EA subs currently £5pp. Doug Mansell suggested that we could give to Charity linked to one of our races.The Committee will consider these ideas at it's next meeting.

Election of Officers
Julie Onwukegu and Miguel Martinez had given prior notice that they would be standing down. All other Committee Members with the exception of Kirk agreed to remain. In addition3 Club Members had put themselves forward for election. The New Committee was therefore agreed to be constituted as follows.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media & PR - Katherine Jones
Media & PR - Sarah Burns (new)
Committee Members - John White, Kirsty Weston, Jim Bird, Ciaran Canavan, Jaime Towns (new), Robert Heppell and Russell Price (new)

Curtis Shield
Following the count of votes was awarded to OUR WEBMASTER Derek Wright.

Any Other Business
Mary O'Brien suggested a 'shorter' Clubb run on Wednesdays in addition to the usual one, to help members recovering from injury. Discussed and to be considered for future runs.

John White asked that first Wednesday of each month each runner wears Club Kit. Agreed.

Doug expressed concern that our runs are starting later each Wednesday. Agreed to start announcements at 19:05 prompt.

April 2011 - London Marathon
With 9 runners dropping out through injury in the weeks and months leading up to this year's Marathon a total of 34 East London Runners stood on the start line on Sunday. As you can read below all 34 crossed the finish line with each one completing a remarkable personal achievement.

Also on the Marathon course were a large number of their fellow Club members, who together with family and friends, helped on manning the ELR ELite 25k Special Drinks Station and with the London Fire Brigade the 20 mile Water Feed Station.

A special thanks to Pam and Don Bennett for organising and arranging the food and drink for all the helpers and marshalls in the Church Hall and to Peter Cowup and the Fire Brigade helpers on the 20 mile station.

Clive Jackson, Roger Dixon, John Atkinson and Doug Mansell who with Derek Wright organised and manned the Elite Runners 25k Feed Station on West Ferry Road for the Club.

Manjit Bedi - This was a PB for me by 18 minutes from the Halstead marathon last year. Since gaining my place in August all my training was focused for this race to get a sub 3 hour time, so I am very pleased. I thought the conditions were quite tough in terms of the heat and on top of that I have never been as nervous about a race as this one, glad it's all over till next year.

Clare Fitzpatrick - Well done everyone, nearly killed me, can't believe we did it, what am I going to talk about now...xxx

Sarah Burns at the Water Station - You guys are amazing well done I can't wait to run it next year. I've managed to lose my voice shouting at people from the water station but it was real priviledge to see you guys looking so good at 20 miles.

Kirsty Weston - Didn't quite sub 4 hrs, heat got the better of me, have to make do with 4.01.38....thanks for everyones support on the day and all the texts, emails and facebook posts...so far I've made over £1,100 for my charity!

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

ELVIS 2011
Ladies Event
1st East London Runners 5 - 113
2nd Dagenham 12 - 231
3rd Eton Manor 14 - 329
4th Ilford 16 - 382
5th Havering 23 - 583
6th Orion 28 - 770
7th Barking 28 - 949

Mens Event
1st East London Runners 5 - 423
2nd Barking 12 - 815
3rd Ilford 15 - 918
4th Orion 19 - 1014
5th Dagenham 20 - 1116
6th Eton Manor 22 - 1332
7th Havering 29 - 1612

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.


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.
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


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.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2011

Havering -Men :Brendan OGrady, Ciaran Canavan, Manjit Bedi, Patrick Brown, Danny Lee & Andrew Baxter.
Women: Karen Levison, Ava Lee, Helen Ringham & Rachel Coombs.
Eton Manor - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Andrew, Patrick, Rob Heppell & Derek Wright.
Women - Karen, Sharon Springfield, Helen & Lucy Jarvis.
Hilly 5 - Men: Ciaran, Patrick, Andrew, M Bedi, Manjit Singh & Danny Lee.
Women: Ava, Holly Chabowski, Helen & Patricia ONeill.
Orion - Men: M Bedi, Patrick, Mark Boulton, M Singh, Danny & Derek.
Women: Ava, Joanna OSullivan, Helen & Andrea Waller.
Barking - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Andrew & Danny.
Women: Karen, Ava, Joanna & Helen.
Dagenham - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Danny & Carlton DSouza.
Women: Karen, Ava, Andrea & Mary OBrien.
Valentines - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, Andrew, Danny & M Singh.
Women: Karen, Ava, Joanna & Andrea.


Annual General Meeting , Monday 27th February 2012

18 Members attended

Frank gave a report of the past year's events. Membership increased from 162 to 173 paid members. Frank proposed votes of thanks to Derek for his excellent work on our website; to Pam and Don Bennett for arranging the food and drinks at the Marathon, to Jim Bird for once again helping with the scaffolding set up on Marathon Saturday: to John Atkinson, Clive Jackson, Roger Dixon, Derek Wright and Doug Mansell for manning our Special Drinks Station on West Ferry Road and to the Committee and all Members for their help during the year. Social, A successful Curry Night was held on Wednesday 20th April 2011 organised by Frank and held two days prior to his 60th Birthday! Doug organised a successful Bowling Night at Westfield in November. Don again organised the Annual visit to the Great British Beer Festival on 4th August. He also arranged another successful Christmas Dinner at The George in mid December which also doubled as a farewell to Maz (Amanda Lovegrove) who was emigrating to Australia on 1st Jan 2012. Media PR and Internal Communications Frank thanked Katherine and Sarah for their efforts. Katherine succeeded in getting the Club a full page feature in the Club Watch Page of Running and Fitness Magazine, June 2011 edition. In addition we received £200 worth of energy supplements which we distributed, mainly to Club Members, after the Val Park 5k in September.
We (Ciaran on behalf of the Committee, researched, costed) and subsequently ordered two Wind Blades in June 2011 which we have used to great effect at most local races since.

Derek continues to look after the technical side of the Website with Don and Frank providing most of the content. During the year Derek and Frank planned and changed the Homepage and montages of the site to maintain a modern fresh look. Frank continues to produce the monthly eNewsletter with occasional content from members.

We were approached by a PR Company re potential Sponsorship by their client Premier Inns who were to open a new Hotel in Stratford near the Olympic Site. This was discussed in Committee with full investigation of the implications for the Club, rules, regulations and costs. There was some division but we decided to test the water by putting a proposal forward which the Client took no further.

We have within the last two weeks become a London Marathon Partner/Approved Club.

Jim Bird continues to look after the Club Kit.

ELVIS Thanks to Mike and Frank for attending the meetings and to our Captains Karen and Grant who encouraged member participation and for the success it brought. Congratulations to Karen Levison and Brendan O'Grady leading Lady and Gent overall and all other prize-winners and participants. Both the Ladies and Men's Team won the Team Trophies for the first time. The ELVIS Series fosters a great team spirit and social atmosphere within the Club and has brought us to the attention of all other competing Clubs.

We joined the Chingford League for the first time for the 2011/12 season but as in the Cross Country League participating levels of our Members have been disappointing.

TREASURER'S REPORT Copies of the Club's Accounts and Balance Sheet were given by Don to those members present. Don ran through the figures and answered questions. The Accounts were duly adopted by the meeting.

Jaime Towns gave notice of resignation at a recent Committee Meeting plus Kirsty Weston and Russell Price had given notice prior to the AGM. There were no new nominations. All other Members wished to stand for reelection and all were reelected.
Chairman - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media & PR - Katherine Jones
Media & PR - Sarah Burns (new)
Kit - Jim Bird
Committee Members - John White, Ciaran Canavan, Robert Heppell)

Following counting of the votes the Shield was awarded to Ciaran Canavan

Following suggestions at last year's AGM re the healthy finances of the Club and giving back to members Ciaran proposed an increase in the fee to £20 to Include EA registration. The present Club membership fee of £18 does not include EA fee of £5. Following discussion the proposal was seconded and subsequently agreed unanimously.

After discussion it was agreed to continue with membership of the Chingford League.
Grant questioned whether we could get results and articles published in the local papers. This will be dealt with in future races.
Following difficulties in travelling to last year's London Marathon grant will check for road closures etc in. future.
A date and venue is to be arranged for the ELR 30th Anniversary celebrations.

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.

22nd April 2012 - London Marathon
Congratulations to all 26 East London Runners who started and finished the Marathon on Sunday, many with personal bests. All with great memories of the day Full results and reports can be found on both our Results page and London Marathon page. Photographs in the Photo Gallery.

Well done also and a big thank you to all Members, Family and Friends who helped set up and hand out water on the East London Runners/London Fire Brigade Water Feed Station at the 20 mile mark on Poplar High Street. Not forgetting Pam and Don Bennett who arranged over the previous weeks and prepared the food and drink for the Marshalls and Water Station Helpers on Sunday.

A selection of ELR helpers at the ELR/LFB 20 mile feed station.

To Peter Cowup, former ELR Chairman and all his London Fire Brigade colleagues family and friends for all the work they did on Saturday and Sunday with many of them there from 7.30am on Sunday till late in the afternoon. Peter again gave an excellent commentary on the PA system and to those who supplied the music and performed on the day, very well done.

Peter encouraging the runners at the 20 mile feed station.

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.


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.


Jimmy with the rest of his running team in Chamonix!

ELVIS 2012
Men - Final placings
Joint 1st place East London Runners & Ilford AC 8 - 481pts each. 3rd Orion Harriers 9 - 443pts, 4th Eton Manor 25 - 1316pts, 5th Havering 90 joggers 25 - 1553pts, 6th Dagenham 26 - 1164pts , 7th Barking Road Runners 28 - 1408pts, 8th East End Road Runners 30 - 1519pts.
Ladies - Final placings
1st Eton Manor 6 - 153pts , 2nd ilford AC 8 - 215pts, 3rd East London Runners 14 - 301pts, 4th East End Road Runners 17 - 343pts, 5th Dagenham 20 - 435pts, 6th Orion Harriers 29 - 716pts, 7th Havering 29 - 729pts, 8th Barking Road Runners 33 - 755pts.

October 2012.- New Life Members
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.

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.


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.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2012

Eton Manor Men: Thomas Grimes, Ciaran, Patrick, M Bedi, Derek & Paul Thompson.
Women: Rocio Navarro, Jamee Gould, Patricia ONeill & Mary Connolly.
Havering Men: Thomas, Brendan Oneill, M Boulton, M Bedi, Danny & Andrew B.
Women: Ava, Lisa Mullen, Tricia & Sarah Burns.
Dagenham Men: Thomas, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Danny & Andrew.
Women: Joanne OSullivan, Rocio Navarro, Tricia & Sarah.
Hilly 5 Men: Thomas, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Andrew & Derek.
Women: Ava, Joanne, Suzanne Bench, Emily Hart.
Orion Men: Patrick, Mark B, M Bedi, James Wilson, Paul Thompson & Derek.
Women: Kate Mercer, Chloe Longstaff, Tricia & Sarah.
Barking Men: Thomas, Mark, James, Andrew, Tommo & Derek.
Women: Sarah McCrea, Katherine Harris, Sarah & Mary Connolly
Valentines Men: Thomas, Brendan, Patrick, Andrew, Derek & Grant Conway.
Women: Phoebe Kallin, Katherine , Sharon Springfield & Mary OBrien.



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

April 2013 - London Marathon
East London Runners have 22 competing at London Marathon with four finishing in the top 500!

Thomas Grimes 2.40.57 pb 204th
Ciaran Canavan 2.43.20 pb
Manjit Bedi 2.48.20 pb
Patrick Brown 2.48.59 pb
Danny Lee 2.53.14 pb
James Wilson 3.08.37 pb
Andrew Baxter 3.10.03 pb
Ava Lee 3.13.25 pb
Mark Boulton 3.19.05
Allan Todd 3.22.23 debut
Richard Guest 3.37.07 pb
Michael Wilson 3.42.11
Robert Heppell 3.46.07
Richard Potter 3.56.33 pb
Lucy Leddy 3.58.26 debut
Jamie Xavier 4.06.25
Tom Woods 4.10.03
Dave Knight 4.12.23
Sheila Kennedy 4.14.33 pb
Tom Edworthy 4.49.41 debut
Harsh Pershad 5.29.58 pb
Jim Bird 7.46.41

As can be seen above there were many other personal bests recorded as well as fine debuts in what was an excellent day for East London Runners and its endurance athletes.

The morning dawned bright but cold as the ELR competitors met early to travel together to the start in Greenwich Park.

At Greenwich park on the way to the Marathon start.

Similarly Pam and Don were up early and away to St Mathias Church Hall, close by the 20 mile Water Feed Station, with the food and beverage for the Marshalls and Volunteers at the Water Station.

Ciaran Canavan,Thomas Grimes, Manjit Bedi, Patrick Brown, Mark Boulton and Danny Lee at Greenwich Park before the start.

There was a chill in the air despite the cloudless conditions leading to a warmer afternoon. The benefits of this were felt by the faster runners and ELR did not disappoint, with the first 5 home breaking the 3 hour time barrier (15 went under 4 hours) and all with personal bests. Championship times were recorded by Thomas and Ciaran and similarly by our first Lady finisher Ava. Manjit Bedi excelled with an Age Related figure of 81.4% in finishing in 2;48:20 pb.

Manjit in full flow.

East London Runners volunteers at the 20 Mile Water Station prior to the race.

Those who helped on the water station and the Church Hall had a great day too and it was good to see so many members, families and friends enjoying both the occasion and the fine weather.

Patrick, Danny, Thomas and Ciaran celebrate after the race in the Ship and Shovell.

ELVIS 2013
Full Race Results available here.

Many thanks to all those runners who competed in Sunday's race which will raise approximately £1,000 for Local Charity. Also a special thanks to all those Club Members, partners, families and friends who helped in organising the race both before and on the day. Grateful thanks to Martin Clarke of Ilford AC for his help and guidance throughout the whole process.

On Thursday 31/10/13 at 7pm we held an ELVIS celebration and awards evening at The Lane Indian Restaurant, 82 Nightingale Lane
London E11 2EZ. This event was open to ALL club members new and old whether you were involved in the ELVIS series or not. There were lots of prizes The cost was £20 which included an all you can eat buffet including vegetarian options, a free drink on arrival and a raffle.Tickets were available from either of us from Wednesday 7th October and thereafter at track on Mondays or at club on Wednesdays. There were 45 people who attended and agreat time was had by all. Thanks to all who turned up.
Ninette and Grant

Prizewinners were -

Best male performance - Danny Lee and James Wilson
Best female performance - Sarah McCrea and Alexandra Wilkinson...
Best male improver - Rameh Ramesh Pala
Best female improver - Sarah Burns
Best female newcomer - Laura Jenkin
Best male newcomer - Shailesh Patel

Well done to Kieran Brown and Diana Rex who also won special effort and inspirational awards!

Also the 5 who did all 7 races were:

Fiona Day
Tom Woods
Chloe Longstaff
Andrew Baxter
Patrick Brown.

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
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!

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


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


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.


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.

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.

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!

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.

Ninette said.
Thanks everyone for coming this evening, was lovely to catch up and what a great venue!
To recap the ELVIS prizes awarded by Grant Conway and I :
Best Male - Danny Lee
Best Female - Sharon Springfield (I have your prize)
Best Male Newcomer - Spence Evans
Best Female Newcomer - Caroline Moore
Most Improved Male - Alex Bee (I have your prize)
Most Improved Female - Claire Parker
The FIVE people who ran ALL seven races were Fiona Day, Patrick Brown, Richard Guest, Spencer Evans and Thomas Grimes (I have your prize).

Let's not forget the 32 people who ran 5/7 races.
Special thanks to Don Bennett, Frank Brownlie, Jamie and Natalie for their commitment throughout the series - and the year in general.
Thanks for a great 2014 series - 1st and 2nd place, can't be bad. Let's get two 1sts next year guys, let's do this!

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!


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.

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


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.


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
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

VIRGIN MONEY London Marathon

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 -

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.


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

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..


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 following 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

John White - ELR Legend (and Life Member)

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.

ELVIS 1 - Dagenham 88 5 Miler - Wednesday 17th May 2017
Men's team (3 to score) Paul, Billy and Patrick.
Ladies team (3 to score) Emily, Ellie & Julia.
Elvis Score: Men - Paul, Billy, Patrick, Dan, Danny & Scott.
Elvis Score: Ladies - Emily, Ellie, Suzanne & Sarah.
1st V60 man - Calvin Bobin
1st V45 lady - Suzanne Bench
Elvis team scores - Men - 1st ELR 69, 2nd Ilford 131, 3rd Barking 188.
Team Scores - Ladies - 1st 42, 2nd EERR 45, 3rd Barking 59.

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

Wednesday 21st June 2017 - ELVIS 3 - East End Road Runners 5k - Olympic Park, Stratford

On a very hot evening more than 100 ELR Members took part in the second running of the East End Road Runners 5k in the Olympic Park in Stratford.

A very well organised race again this year.

101 ELR's of 364 finishers.
1st Man - Euan Brown
3rd Man - Thomas Grimes
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
1st Vet35 Lady - Ava Lee.

No Team prizes were awarded for this race BUT in the ELVIS SERIES results ELR again won both the Ladies and Mens categories to maintain our overall lead in the 2017 Series.

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.

Wednesday 12th July - ELVIS 4 - Newman Hilly 5k - Hainault Forest.

Another great Hilly 5 hosted by Ilford AC. On a two lap hilly course in Hainault Forest mainly on good forest paths with a short distance on tarmac. Conditions were good as the heavy rain of the previous day/night had little effect on the ground.

ELR had 78 of the 287 finishers.
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
2nd Lady - Ava Lee
1st FV35 - Paula Bedford
Ladies Team 1st - Jenny, Ava & Emily Clarke.

2nd man - Thomas Grimes
Men's team 1st Thomas, Antonio Martin Romero and Mark Boulton.

1st Elvis Team Men - ELR - Thomas, Antonio, Mark, James Wilson, Danny Lee & Scott Mc Millan - 67pts.

1st Elvis Team Ladies - 1st ELR - Jenny, Ava, Emily & Paula Bedford - 12pts.

Saturday 5th August 2017 - ELVIS 5 - Orion Forest 5m

On a calm and warmish morning over 300 runners gathered on the Chingford Plain to run the third and last race in the Orion Forest 5 Summer Series 2017.

East London Runners once again had the most Club entries with 58 members completing the off road route in Epping Forest.

It was the ELR Ladies who took the honours this time with Jennifer Ansell being the first Lady to finish in a time of 31:40 which gave her 24th position overall in the Race. Jennifer won all 3 races in the Series and was awarded a further prize for the Leading Lady!

Karen Levison who has been nursing an injury for the last few months ran a great race finishing first Female Vet 45 in a time of 34:38. It was good to see Karen back racing again.

The ELR Men had 4 top 10 finishers with Thomas Grimes finishing 4th in 28:33 being first to finish for our Club.

Both Ladies and Mens Team were narrowly beaten to the Race Team Prizes by very strong teams from Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets.

New Club Members Anna Dingle and Jess Traylor-Moore made their race debuts for ELR and many other members raced at Orion for the first time.

In terms of the ELVIS 2017 standing both the Ladies and Mens Teams were winners (VP&TH are not in ELVIS and look certain to win the Team Prizes for the Series.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 - ELVIS 6 - Barking 5k

Gaz was happy to make an appearance in the hot sunshine

In recent years this popular race held on August Bank Holiday Monday has been hit by cool and wet weather. Not this year as the whole weekend was warm/hot and sunny. With over 300 entrants (293 finishers) and with East London Runners supplying almost 25% of both it was once again a very friendly and sociable event.

Suzanne, Chloe and Kiaran looking determined

Our Ladies were the stars again with Jennifer Ansell in 1st place overall and Karen Levison and Ava Lee also collecting awards for 1st FV45 and FV35 respectively.

A strong finish from Jenny

The 3 Ladies named above won the Race Team event for ELR and Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and Euan Brown won the Mens Team race event.

In terms of the ELVIS Team Results for this race The Ladies Team of Jennifer, Karen, Ava and Sheetal Dandgey were the scorers and winners making it 6 out of 6 wins for our Ladies in ELVIS 2017.

Similarly the ELR Men were 1st ELVIS Team for this race and again for all 6 races in 2017. The scorers for the Men were Thomas. Patrick, Euan, Dan Senior, Danny Lee and Scott McMillan.

Geoff Bench and Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera look happy"

Jo is happy too!

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - John Atkinson's 75th Birthday Celebrations!

Following the Club runs approximately 40 Club Members gathered in John's back garden at his home which is close to our base of Wanstead Leisure Centre.

John hosted a similar event in 2012 on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Once again Club Members were treated to lots of food and drink. It was also an occasion to get together with each other and meet some new faces from the Club.

There was also a very special Birthday cake expertly made by Club Member Jo Wood.

Don, John, Ava and an old friend at the party.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Roger Dixon RIP (1948 - 2017)

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely death of Roger during his walking holiday on the South Coastal Path.

Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Roger joined East London Runners over 25 years ago and has always been an active Member and an avid runner and walker.

His other passions in life included supporting Leyton Orient and Motorsports. From school he studied and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working until his retirement in 2016.

He was made a Life Member of East London Runners for his services to our Club and since Spring 2016 performed the duties of Club Treasurer.

Our condolences are given to his daughter Sally, Son Robert, Sister Jill and all in his extended Family and to his Friends.

A very popular member of our Club we can pay no bigger tribute to Roger than publish the tributes that we received in the first few days following Roger's passing. See further down this Website page - Roger Dixon.

Dave Knight I am lucky to have been able to count Roger as a friend. He was always friendly, kind and generous and a great conversationalist. East London Runners and Leyton Orient Supporters Club will both feel the loss. Roger was one of the good guys. Sympathy goes out to his family. RIP Roger.

Roger and Dave at an ELR Social.

Sunday 17th September 2017

Ava Lee - ITU Age Group World Championships, Rotterdam, Ava Lee 2:25, 28th out of 89 in age category - triathletes from all over the World! Amazing!

Jennifer Ansell - 1st Lady in the Purbeck Marathon, 10th Overall in a time of 3:49:10.

Thomas Grimes - Winner of the Enfield Mayor's Charity 10k in a time of 35:20.

Robert Rayworth - Personal best in the Reigate half Marathon in a time of 1:29:23.

Sunday 24th September 2017 - ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park Charity 5k - A Tribute to Roger Dixon.

We've been struck with some really sad news this month, and this year's race run in beautiful Valentines Park, on a magnificently glorious early autumn day in Roger's honour was a fitting tribute. The whole club, whether present as a runner, as one of team or supporting from a far came together to deliver a brilliant race - the best of the 2017 season by far!

Some special thank yous to start with:

Carlton D'Souza, Jan Webb, Louis Le Roux, Susannah Maclaren, Morag Campbell, Doug Mansell, Maya Goodwin, Ella Hatley, Peter Craik, Maud Hodson, Stuart Hodson, Sarah Bhatt, Fiona Critchley, Mike Wilson, Sonia Cheadle, Rihanna-Clare Jarvis, Jo Bull, Calvin Bobin, Shaun DeSena, Stuart Barton, Steve Swann, Jay Sangha, Pam Bennett, Don Bennett, Miranda Thompson, Ciaran Canavan, Lance Fuller, Antonio Martin-Romero, Sophie Edwards, Liz O'Donnell, Michael Bamford, Josh Bhatt, Trisha O'Neill, John Atkinson, Sarah Burns, Dave Knight, Juno, Akville and John from ELHAP who helped with marshalling, Martin and Ken from The Race Organiser, everyone who baked, everyone who entered the race, and everyone who bought cake or a raffle ticket. Thank you for making the day very special indeed. There are also many unnamed heroes and heroins who stayed behind to clear up - thank you too. We've tried to remember everyone that played a part, but there are so many of you, we do hope not to have missed anyone off.

We hope you agree that it was an amazingly successful day. The club is very proud of all the hard work put in on the day and in advance by so many of you.

And that was before any of the racing started....

The race was won by Liviu Ionita, of Barking in 16:36, followed by the first home for ELR Thomas Grimes in 16:52. The Women's race was won by an unaffiliated runner, Morgan Campbell in 19:08, with first for ELR Jenny Ansell in 19:20 close behind her.

Men's Captain, Paul Thompson said "Based on the provisional results I have both the ELR Women & Men winning the ELVIS 7 team result!
Scorers for the women's team were Jennifer, Karen, Ava & Ellie
Scorers for the men's team were Thomas, Patrick, John, Dan, Danny & Ciaran.
Well done all!"

Prizes were presented by the ELVIS captains - Ava Lee and Paul Thompson

1st Place - 19:08 - Morgan Campbell - Unaffiliated
2nd Place - 19:20 - Jennifer Ansell - East London Runners
3rd Place - 19:44 - Ella Wilson - Orion Harriers

1st FV35 - 20:06 - Ava Lee - East London Runners
1st FV45 - 19:58 - Karen Levison - East London Runners
1st FV55 - 23:08 - Gail Hennessy - Eton Manor AC
1st FV65 - 31:21 - Pam Jones - Ilford AC

1st Place - 16:36 - Liviu Ionita - Barking Road Runners
2nd Place - 16:52 - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
3rd Place - 17:26 - Patrick Brown - East London Runners

1st MV40 - 17:22 - Carl Partis - Unaffiliated (was 3rd Male overall but MV40 was a higher prize)
1st MV50 - 18:05 - Colin Read - Orion Harriers
1st MV60 - 20:24 - Martin Page - Barking Road Runners
1st MV70 - 26:18 - Brian Slade - Havering 90 Joggers

A copy of the full results can be accessed here. Having spent the last few days updating them, they are now finalised. The ELVIS standings are also now complete and these can be viewed here.

The 5K race was followed by a children's race - which was approximately 2km. Maybe it was a tad short, and Jonathan made a hasty retreat from the discussion as to whether 1.74km was roughly 2km or not. The disappointment of the young athletes, was somewhat quelled by the ELR medal they all received.

As you may know the race was sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, and those of you who entered will have a discount coupon to redeem, on top of your usual ELR discount. The club is extremely grateful to LSM's founder Katherine Creighton-Crook for her continued support of the club and its members. Katherine and her team offered their services to the runners and some volunteers on the day, providing mini massages and other treatments.

The club is equally thankful to Physicals Fitness Club, for its donation towards the water and fruit refreshments we offered after the race. These were very well received on such a warm day.

Trisha O'Neill once again set The Great ELR Bake Off Challenge to the club members - and so many of you rose to the occasion, icing and piping your way to the top. There were no soggy bottoms in that tent! Trisha said "They are all amazing and it's going to be so difficult to choose the top three. I will reel in some assistance to help me make the decision. I want to say a big thank you for all the effort you made, it made a great day fabulous! The best of all the ELVIS races I'd say." Come along to the club night this Wednesday to find out who the star bakers are. The grand total raised by the cake sale was a mouth-watering £260!

We have yet to complete a final reckoning, but when complete, the Club Committee to will decide how to distribute the proceeds. More details on that in a subsequent newsletter.

One of the beneficiaries of the club's charity race is ELHAP, the magical adventure playground for disabled children. We've supported this children's playground for a few years now, and again they had much anticipated raffle at the end of the prizes giving ceremony. The charity raised £243 towards the cost of their activities, and send grateful thanks to all that bought raffle tickets on the day.

until next year....

Best wishes
Frank and Jonathan

Now where are those mud claws?

ELVIS 2017 - East London Runners ELVIS Round Up

159 ELR's took part in at least one Elvis race, 7 completed all 7 races,18 completed 6 events and 23 completed 5 races. 48 made the final results with 5 races or more.

All 7 Races completed - Danny Lee 90pts (2nd V40), Paul Thompson 249pts, Caroline Moore 275pts, Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 317pts,Shailesh Patel 408pts, Rotimi Oyegunie 513pts and Stuart Barton 621pts.

6 of the 7 Races completed - Thomas Grimes 12pts (1st overall), Ava Lee 17ps (1st V35, 3rd overall),Dan Senior 92pts (3rd V40),
Ellie Wilkinson 41pts (4th overall), Katherine Harris 94pts (4th overall), Patricia ONeill 158pts(3rd V45),
John Atkinson 732 pts(2nd V70),Spencer Evans 132pts, Mark Moir 198pts, Grant Conway 291pts, Ramesh Pala 448pts,Marc Akers 614pts, George Georgiou 570pts, Jason Levy 651pts, Rachel LeRoux 227pts, Fiona Day 225pts,Diana Rexhepaj 306 pts and Sarah Pascal 406pts.

5 Races completed - Jenny Ansell 6pts(1st lady overall), Patrick Brown 26pts (3rd overall), Billy Rayner 33pts (4th overall),Scott McMillan 102pts (4th V40), Suzanne Bench 99pts (2nd V45), Julie Campbell 161pts (2nd V55),Sheetal Dandgey 89pts, Sarah Burns 150pts,Chloe Millan 122pts, Helen McGuiness 411pts, Sandra Hiller 436pts, James Nichols 153pts, Shahib Miah Ali 275pts, Ashley Faria 278pts, Jonny Shaw 310pts, Paul Marshall 344pts, Andrew Howard 387pts, John Healy 452pts, Nathaniel Dye 479pts, Andy Bolderstone 535pts, David Hallybone 538pts, Kieran Brown 539pts and Frank Brownlie 697pts.

Saturday 30th September 2017 - East London Runners 35th Anniversary Party

Dear Guest!

Instructions for the ELR 35th Anniversary Party

Thank you for purchasing your ticket(s) for the East London Runners 35th Anniversary Party this coming Saturday, 30th September 2017. It is promising to be a truly wonderful evening. I am excited and glad that you can attend. Below is all the information you need prior to the event. If your +1 is not an East London Runners member, please can I ask you share the following email with them too?

1. The 'P-A-R-T-Y!' kicks off at 7pm, with food being served by around 8.30. Please do aim to arrive between 7-8pm.
2. Blake Hall Club, Blake Hall Road, East London, E11 2QW.
3. 1980's Themed fancy dress encouraged, but not compulsory.
4. Parking is available on the grass to the right, immediately inside the gate.
5. Food, Music, DJ, Dancing & 1 or 2 surprises included.
6. We are having a raffle on the evening, with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.
7. Bar is a cash bar (cards accepted).
8. Evening due to draw to a close around 12 midnight.

I cannot wait! See you on Saturday for the spectacular ELR event of 2017!

Ciaran (on behalf of the PARTY crew)

Many ELR Members, some who had joined the Club in the 1980's and 1990's gathered together with current day members, partners, friends and guests from Leyton Sports Massage(Katherine), LFB (Narinder) and Colworth Striders (Trevor) to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of East London Runners in May 1982.

The Venue was the Wanstead Sports Club in Blake Hall Road and Social secretary Sonia together with her Party Planning team of Ciaran, Jenny, Ellie and Lance with on the day help from Don and Jonathan set about the transformation of the grounds and Hall.
Inside the hall the giant 1982 letters featured and together with the red and white balloons the glittering backdrop and subdued lighting all was set for a great night.

Outside the ELR Gazebo and two windflags were added to great effect.

Guests enjoyed Paella which was cooked on site in a pop up restaurant just outside the front door by Spanish Labs and later in the evening with ice creams.

Chair Frank Brownlie said a few words of greeting to all who attended and remarked that it was due to the loyalty and dedication of many members during the past 35 years that we were today thriving successfully.

Frank also spoke in fond memory of Roger Dixon, Life Member and Treasurer of ELR who had many, many friends within the Club over the past 30 years but who had tragically passed away while on holiday on 13th September 2017.

Following Awards for those members who had completed races in the past year in a time of 35 minutes approx and a very successful raffle the music was turned up and the party really started and with the Bar open until 12.30am a good time was had by all!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Chingford League Race 1 at Hog Hill, Redbridge Cycle Circuit

Men's A Team 3rd 8pts
B Team 4th 7pts
Vets 5th 6pts
Ladies Team 2nd 9th
Ladies Vets 3rd 8th

Mike Reports.ELR turned up in force for the first race in the Chingford League calendar, with a record 54 Runners taking part. The formidable Karen Levison was first for ELR in the ladies race with a time of 20.07 to take 3rd place. Ellie Wilkinson and Emily Clarke (9th and 10th place respectively) and Paula Bedford (12th) also impressed.
Thomas Grimes looked to have taken 3rd position in the men's race in very close finish, but was ultimately placed 4th with both athletes given the same time of 16.29. Not far behind was Euan Brown in 4th place, whilst his brother Patrick was 15th and Billy Rayner 25th.
There were many debuts and fine performances - too many to mention. Thanks to all our Runners, also our marshalls and spectators who turned up on the night.

Saturday 14th october 2017 - Essex Cross Country Realy Championships at Stubbers Adventure Centre, Upminster

East London Runners turned out in force with six teams for the Essex Cross Country Relays held at Stubbers Adventure Centre, near Upminster.

The course was fast and fairly flat, with just a couple of undulations, very twisty and a run through the trees. With no rain all week, the course was dry and great for spectators.

Mixed team 5th place - 1.11.28

Women's teams 24th place
26th place

Men's teams 28th - 1.11.48
37th - 1.17.52
41st - 1.21.45

Friday 13th October 2017 - ELVIS 2017 Awards Night

The ELVIS Clubs gathered together once again at The Duke, Wanstead for their Annual Awards Night. With ILFORD AC hosting the Race Series in 2017, Martin Clarke with the assistance of Barking Road Runners presented the awards.

East London Runners were well represented both on the night, throughout the Series and especially winning many of the Awards.


1st Overall - Jennifer Ansell
3rd Overall - Eleanor Wilkinson
1st FV35 - Ava Lee

Ladies Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners


1st Overall - Thomas Grimes
3rd Overall - Patrick Brown

Men's Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners

Saturday 28th Ocober 2017 - Beachy Head Marathon

Looking confident before the Race!

Jennifer Ansell - 3.49.35 - 90th, 9th lady
Regis Martin - 3.54.53 - 116th
Nathaniel Dye - 4.10.21 - 238th
Michael Bamford - 4.29.57 - 394th
Louis Le Roux - 5.19.57 - 972nd
Rachel Le Roux - 5.45.06 - 1264th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 6.00.52 - 1428th
Diana Rexhepaj - 6.00.58 - 1429th
Roselin Boramakot - 6.05.07 - 1457th
Helen McGuinness - 6.17.36 - 1594th
Geoff Bench - 6.27.31 - 1650th
Stuart Barton - 6.31.55 - 1704th
Victoria Charlesworth - 6.31.35 - 1706th
Sandra Hiller - 7.51.00 - 2015th

Rachel reports: Beachy Head Marathon - 5 hours 45 mins, first ever Marathon and last ever Marathon. That was torture. I even cried at the end! I,m glad that I've done it and can now finally say I've run a Marathon but it's defo not for the faint hearted it is mentally and physically tough!

What a great weekend I've had with great company, lovely food, nice weather lots of laughing and some tears to and some proper torture and that was just the Marathon, today I ache all over and can't move much haha but can happily say I'm glad I did it but just as glad it's all over but it's all thanks to ELR and the people in it who are all so supportive and amazing, honestly can't believe
I've ran a Marathon.
#ELR The Best!!

Friday 17th November 2017 - Annual Awards - Nominations
The Awards Committee met recently with the difficult task of producing a shortlist in each category for our Club's main Running Awards.

There were many contenders and this year it was decided to list the top seven in each category from whom the winners will be selected and announced at the Party on December 14th at The Birds in Leytonstone.

The Nominees are listed alphabetically by surname below.

Female Runner of the Year 2017
Suzanne Bench
Emily Clarke
Fiona Critchley
Rachel Le Roux
Caroline Moore
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Joanne Wood

Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
Stuart Barton
Grant Conway
Lance Fuller
Antonio Martin Romero
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2017
Lucy Barron
Janet Bywater
Emily Clarke
Sheetal Dandgey
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Eleanor Wilkinson
Joanne Wood

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
John Booth
Ashley Faria
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Jennifer Ansell
Suzanne Bench
Roselin Boramakot
Sheetal Dandgey
Rachel Le Roux
Helen McGuinness
Ellie Wilkinson

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Andy Bolderstone
Carlton D'Souza
Thomas Grimes
Antonio Martin Romero
Dan Senior
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge

East London Runners met up with Barbara Windsor who was the Celebrity starting these Races on a very cold but dry morning in Vicky Park.

Thursday 14th December 2017 - Christmas Party and Annual awards 2017

Jonathan, Sally, Sonia (with the Roger Dixon Shield) and Frank
Around 100 ELR Members and partners attended the Annual Christmas Party expertly organised by Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle and fellow Committee Member Jennifer Ansell with Don Bennett also involved on the ticketing and financial side.

We also welcomed Sally Dixon, daughter of the late Roger Dixon, and her partner Adam to our event as guests of the Club. Sally very kindly presented the new Roger Dixon Shield to Sonia who was voted by the Club Members as the Club Person of the Year for 2017. This was in recognition of Sonia's sterling efforts throughout the year as our Social Secretary, particularly in establishing and organising our monthly social runs as well as the very successful 35th Anniversary Party in September.

Jonathan, Sally, Sonia and Frank

The winners of the other Awards, which were presented on the Club's behalf by Jonathan, Grant and Frank were:-

Female Club Runner of the Year - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.
Our winner is a woman who has an effervescent character to match her plethora of PBs that she achieved this year. Her enthusiasm for running appears unstoppable, and is equally motivating to others as she is to focusing on her own objectives. Club runner of the month for August, this person knocked 9 minutes off her half marathon PB, ran the beachy head marathon and continues to chip away at her shorter race times regularly achieving a new personal best.

Male Club Runner of the Year - Michael Bamford.
If there was a duathlon award this person would certainly be our winner. Always stepping up to help others, support the club in volunteering and assisting with organizing on club nights. He ran in the Essex way relay (and was so fast he did not get recorded), and loved it so much he's going to organize a team for 2018! This prize is so well deserved, already achieving CROTM in October 2017. He is really not bad.

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year - Emily Clarke.
Your winner started the year with a PB at Roding Valley, was a Colworth debutant in 2017, this person has now taken up running over obstacles too. They completed 2016 with an 5K age grade of 70.34%, and this year achieved, so far 74.29%. She's funny, bubbly, outrageously fun to be around. You have to go back to February to find this CROTM.
Your most improved female runner of the year is Emily Clarke.

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year - Dan Senior
Exceeding his 2016 5K age grade way back in January and matching it again last month, he's been consistently improving throughout – scoring for the club at ELVIS. They completed a marathon debut this year in 3.07, not afraid of giving it everything at triathlon, duathlon and even obstacles. This person is described as articulate, talented, but better known to his friends with a different name of party Dan.
Your most improved male runner is Party Dan, Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Suzanne Bench.
This person has been a member of the club for 10 years. A friendly face at any event, she always has time to talk. Completed in 3 London marathons in that time. In preparation she took part in Benfleet 15 and Orion 15 races amongst others.
Her marathon times were
2008 3.57,
2010 3.51, but
2017 3.44.57 and went on to a fourth marathon, The Robin Hood Marathon a few months later.
A proud member and great ambassador for the Club, who was celebrated in March 2017 with CROTM.
Your female marathon runner of the year Suzanne Bench.

Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Andy Bolderstone.
Competing in several marathons so far this year, this marathon man has PB'd in 3 out of four of them. A charming, consistent, and determined runner who enjoys his overseas marathons along with the family holidayw- achieving 4.40, 4.38, 4.56, 4.33 in each of them. Very humble and a quiet, unassuming man who every one hears, he was your CROTM in September 2017. And now he is male marathon runner of the year Andy Bolderstone.

Track Stars of 2017 - Kathryn Hertzberg and Marc Akers.

Kathryn, Dan, Emily, Michael, Alexandra,Sonia, Suzanne, Andy and Marc

The Club Runners of the Month for 2017 were also recognised for their achievements throughout the Year and presented with a 2018 ELR Calendar displaying their photos for the relevant months of 2017.

Our Calendar Girls and Boys with Jonathan!

The ELVIS Captains Ava and Paul plus the Committee Members were also praised by Club Chair Frank who had commented in his opening remarks that 2017 had been another very successful year for the Club.

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Sikhs in the City Dawn to Dusk Ultra, Marathom, Half and 10k
The SITC Dawn to Dusk race in Redbridge is proving more popular wirh ELR members each year. Run on 2k laps of the "Fauja Singh Circuit" which takes in parts of Roding Lane South, Woodford Bridge Road and the Woodford Avenue it is a hilly route which becomes more challenging with each lap.

Karen and Maud

Karen Levison was the overall race winner running 36 laps totalling 45 miles/72km. Maud Hodson was second overalliwth 64 laps/64k/40 miles.

Great performances by all our runners with Craig Livermore and Maran Raju second and third in the half marathon and Helen McGuinness 2nd in the 10k.

Craig Livermore and Maran Raju, 2nd and 3rd in the Half Marathon

Karen Levison 7.30.05 1st, 36 laps, 72km 1st
Maud Hodson 7.17.37 2nd, 32 laps, 64km 2nd
Kirk Johnson 7.52.04 8th, 26 laps, 52km
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 6.01.53 12th, 25 laps, 50km
Marc Akers 5.05.39 35th, 21 laps. marathon
Katherine Harris 5.19.17 39th, 21 laps. marathon
Maya Goodwin 5.38.23 42nd, 21 laps. marathon
Joanna Wood 6.18.08 44th, 21 laps. marathon
Manjit Singh 2.07.31 52nd, 12 laps
Craig Livermore 1.42.01 55th, 11 laps, hm 2nd
Maran Raju 1.48.36 57th, 11 laps hm 3rd
Stuart Barton 2.30.51 67th, 11 laps. hm
Anna Dingle 2.43.11 72nd, 11 laps. hm
Helen McGuinness 1.02.49 2nd, 5 laps 10km.2nd

Our ELR Race Competitors (Manjit singh missing)

Roger Dixon (1948 - 2017)

Roger's Funeral was held on Monday 16th October at 3.30pm
City of London Crematorium, South Chapel
Aldersbrook Road
Manor Park, London
E12 5DQ

Roger Dixon RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely death of Roger during his walking holiday on the South Coastal Path.

Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Roger joined East London Runners almost 30 years ago and has always been an active Member and an avid runner and walker.

He was made a Life Member of East London Runners for his services to our Club and since Spring 2016 performed the duties of Club Treasurer.

In addition to his Family Roger's other passions in life included supporting Leyton Orient and Motorsports. From school he studied and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working until his retirement in 2016.

Our condolences are given to his daughter Sally, Son Robert, Sister Jill and all in his extended Family and to his Friends.

A very popular member of our Club we can pay no bigger compliment to Roger than publish the tributes that we received in the first few days following his passing.

John White, Dave Knight, Mary o'Brien and Mary Connolly met at the Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road, E11 and walked to the Crematorium.

Frank, Doug, Mike, Jim and many others met at Wanstead Leisure Centre to Car Share to the Crematorium.

Around thirty members of East London Runners attended with Roger's Family and Friends to bid a fond farewell to Roger.

In lieu of flowers Roger's Family suggested donations to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. A JustGiving page to donate has been set up here -

East London Runners as a Club have donated £500 direct to the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in memory of Roger Dixon. Members were invited to make any personal donations via the Just Giving Page above.

Roger's Wake was held Upstairs at The George Pub - 159 High St, Wanstead, London E11 2RL.

Kirk Johnson, Past Chairman and Life Member of ELR - I have run, trekked, walked and been in Rogers company for more years and adventures than I care to say. It was an honour and a privilege to have known him. The only regret that I have, is why did he have to leave us so early?

On the Kilimanjaro trip

Kirk - This is how I will always remember Roger as out there living the adventures.

John White - Friend, ELR Life Member, former Treasurer, Magazine Editor etc.
A bit stunned. I've known Roger for, quite literally, longer than I can remember. I was in the Club when he joined, maybe 1986/87, and I do remember that he helped me solve the mystery of a member called Goldspink, after an appeal I launched in Runaround (the ELR Magazine) to identify a person unknown to the rest of us. In recent years he has been my frequent companion at the rear of the club runs and he and I have had many good times and laughs. He mentored me on how to dodge about to keep up with the others. He had a weak ankle, but what's that got to do with anything? How can a fit, strong, young man just go like that? He was planning to come out to my place, in France, for a walking holiday - didn't happen this year, we hoped for next year. I shall so miss him.

Bob Louth, Friend and fellow runner - My running mate and friend for 32 years. Totally shocked at the news last week. He will be sadly missed. Our last run together was at Hainault Forest the Monday night before his trip to Cornwall again.

Robert Bruni - I was so stunned by the news I could hardly speak. We shall miss him so much on the runs and at the Orient. Please do let me know when the funeral is.

Mary Connolly - Like everyone else I am shocked and saddened to hear about Roger. The suddenness of it makes it so hard to take in. Such a nice and friendly man with everyone and a big part of the Club . He will be sadly missed.

Patricia ONeill - I'm so shocked and saddened to hear this. I've known Roger a very long time, we go back a long way. Such a nice man. This is so sad, hard to take in. Let's raise a glass in his honour at the Clubs 35th Anniversary celebrations, think he'd like that.

Maud Hodson - He was so warm and supportive, always asking after my family when things were tough. I will miss him very much.

Sarah Burns - So sad. Roger ran with me on first ever run with the club. He was always warm and supportive and always good to chat to. A great loss. Sympathies to his family.

Carlton D'Souza - Still trying to comprehend this sad news. An absolute gentleman. Always a pleasure to chat to him, with his words of wisdom. Will truly miss Roger.

Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - A very sad news...a very gentle man! We will carry him in our heart while running with club colours...

Stuart Barton - He always had time for everyone, a true gent RIP.

Bernadett Kalmar - Roger was always so kind, a true gentleman, I will miss him a lot. Incredibly sad to hear he is no longer here.

Dave Knight I am lucky to have been able to count Roger as a friend. He was always friendly, kind and generous and a great conversationalist. East London Runners and Leyton Orient Supporters Club will both feel the loss. Roger was one of the good guys. Sympathy goes out to his family. RIP Roger.

Roger and Dave at an ELR Social.

Mary OBrien - I was shocked and saddened to hear this. Roger was a kind and gentle man who will be very much missed.

Suzanne Bench - So sad to hear this. He was a great man and always kept me entertained on runs hearing about his adventures. Sincere condolences to his family.

Marc Akers - A truly wonderful man.
He was one of the first people to talk to me & made me very welcome on my first Wednesday club run. I'll miss his comments & his advice.
My deepest condolences to his family.

Sonia Cheadle- Deeply saddened to hear the news.... a wonderful soul taken far too soon.

Jonathan Wooldridge - I was very saddened when I heard of Roger's passing. He was a very kind and generous person, always having a story and experience to share. His insight to running, and the club was very valuable and we will mioss him terribly. RIP Roger. Thinking of his family.

Paul Thompson - RIP Roger. A real gentleman & a great character within ELR. So sad.

Sandra Hiller - Roger a truly lovely gentleman. RIP Roger, you will be greatly missed.

Ciaran Canavan - Dear Roger. Thank you for being such an amazing and supportive member of East London Runners. You are one of the longest standing members I know from my 9 years, and your company was always happy, friendly and welcome. You are missed already. RIP and ELR will continue to run in your memory. Ciaran.

Maya Goodwin - I'm also in complete shock. I remember talking to him about his running and how great it was that he was back. He said 'I remember a friend of mine who died suddenly, and I decided life was too short and to always do things that made me happy.' So very true. I'll miss him, and his grin so much.

Jan Webb - A true gentleman, a very generous and supportive runner who I will remember fondly. My condolences to his family.

Katherine Harris What a shock to hear this sad news. Roger really was a true gent who had so much time for everyone. He was such a kind man, always so reassuring and supportive. He will be sorely missed.

Roger with Don Bennett and John Atkinson at the ELR Medals Night on 13th May 2017.

Ava Lee - I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Roger. He was a great guy and always had time to have a chat. Even when he wasn't able to run after his injury he would still be around, supporting the club. My very best wishes to Sally and the rest of his family. Ava x

Jay Sangha - That is sad news. Such a lovely, friendly guy. My condolences to his family and friends.

Andrea Waller - Will miss him on club runs telling me about his latest trips and greeting me with "How is Andrea?". A true gent.

Frank Brownlie - Roger was always very friendly and helpful to me as a newbie to ELR in 2003 and in particular in later years when I became Chairman. His experience and practical advice on many occasions was very much appreciated. I and we as a Club will miss him. Roger was a great and loyal supporter of Leyton Orient. It was good to dissect the O's often poor performances with him over a pint in the Supporters Club after the game.

Gareth and Ali Jones - Shocked and saddened by the news.
We had a lovely friendship with Roger and I know he had long friendships with many Club Members, our thoughts are with all ELR, and Roger's family.

Fiona Day - Very sad and sorry to hear this. Roger was lovely, so kind to me when I first joined the club. He knew so much about the local area, always had time for a chat. He seemed so full of life too. such a loss. Thinking of his family.

Victoria Charlesworth - He was a lovely chap. Always happy to chat, he told me lots about the local area when I first moved here. So sorry for his family

Andy Kumar - Sincerest condolences to Roger's family.

Lee Rand - Oh gosh. He really was lovely.

Richard Guest - I heard the news about Roger earlier today and was very shocked and sad to hear of his passing. From my 'first claim' days I remember how he was always ready for a chat, joke or laugh before, during and after runs and he was a top guy and I'm sure will be sorely missed by all at ELR. Thoughts with his family too at this time.

Sheila Kennedy - Very sad news. We will miss him.

Katherine Harris - I am so sorry to hear this and my condolences go to Roger's family. What a lovely man he was.

Kirk, Jim and Roger, one of Roger's favourite photos.

Muhammad Iqbal Roger Dixon...
condolence to all friends and family.
The asset of ELR and a friend of every known heart. Roger was very cooperative and friendly. I took several marathon advises from him.
Roger will always be remembered on every marathon of me and there is no doubt his memories will remain forever in ELR.
Roger is belongs to the place where he actually belongs to. May God be with him.
Roger Dixon - Rest in Peace.

Calvin Bobin - Shocked and sad to hear this news. I spoke to Roger many times about walking the Cornwall coast path and know he was very pleased to be back walking it in June following recovery of his broken leg. Appeared to be fit and healthy. My thoughts go out to his family.

Karen Levison - Really lovely to see so many people pay tribute to such a popular and friendly member of our Club and it is very clear he will be missed by those who had known him over the many years he had been a member and also the newer members who he had taken the time to get to know and share his knowledge and wisdom not only in running but many other topics. Sending my condolences to his family and may be rest in peace.

Julie Campbell Such sad, sad news.
I can't say that I knew Roger well, but he was always very friendly when we met on Wednesday evenings. Just two weeks ago, he let me leave my stuff in his car whilst I went for the run. Afterwards we had a chat about the cows that used to roam around Leytonstone and Wanstead Flats and that when he attended Wanstead High, the teachers used to make the students jump in the outdoor pool even on the coldest days.
My condolences to his family and friends.

Trish Kelly - I was so shocked and saddened to hear this news. I was often 'bringing up the rear' with Roger on Sunday forest runs. Such an interesting and genuinely lovely man. My thoughts are with his family. x

Roger Dixon

Roger in action at the Dagengham 88 5 miler

Keeping an eye on things and the camera before the Newman Hilly 5

Finishing the Hilly 5

Jimmy Hartwell, Jim Bird and Roger after one of Jim's 27 London Marathon finishes!

Roger and Jaime Towns at the London Marathon ELR/LFB 20 Mile Water Station on Poplar High Street

Clive Jackson, Roger, John Atkinson and Doug Mansell at the 25k Special Drinks Station for ELR on the London Marathon route.

Roger and Geoff Bench at an ELR Christmas Party in The George, Wanstead

Roger, Carlton,Dave and Richard enjoying a post Marathon pint(or two)

Jaime, Jim and Roger, another Marathon for Jim and his support team

Roger and ELR friends at the Water Station on Poplar High Street

Roger supervising the ELR part of the Water Station

Some memories from our archives.

10th March 1991 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - 1:40:15 378th
23rd Feb 1992 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - 1:44:55 551st

1993 London Marathon - 3:23 pb


Gender Equality in Cross Country Running - January 2018

East London Runners supports the movement to bring about Gender Equality in Cross Country Running at all ages and levels.

We also recognise and respect the rights of Individual Club Members to choose to run in cross country races that do not currently have gender equality.

The #runequal campaign was started in December 2017 to lobby for gender equality in cross-country running. While men and women race over the same distances on the roads and on the track, in cross-country the women's races are often much shorter than the men's. It is common for men to race 50% further, and in some events nearly twice as far.

This both downgrades the women's event compared to the men's, and sends an insidious message to girls that they are not expected to challenge themselves so much. Sport should empower girls and women, not keep them in their places.

We would encourage anyone who would like to see greater parity in XC running to sign and share the petition, tweet your support using the #runequal hashtag, and write to national, regional and local governing bodies and event promoters.

Maud Hodson being interviewed for Sky News on Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Video broadcast on TV on Sunday 14th January 2018


Maud leads runners from Eton Maor AC, Woodford Green and Essex Ladies, Unaffiliated and East London Runners as part of the Sky News feature in Wanstead Park.

The On-line Petition

The Guardian Article - Friday 12th January 2018

fastrunning.com - by Robbie Britton January 10, 2018 - Should male and female cross country races be the same distance?

Independent article by Judith Vonberg - Saturday 13th January 2018 - UK athletes call for end to 'outdated' gender inequality in cross country races

Article in Daily Telegraph on-line and print editions on Monday 15th Jan 2018 by Ben Farmer

Chrissie Wellington @chrissiesmiles
100% behind you @maudhodson. Women & men can race the same distances in triathlon, so why should cross-country running be any different?

Great to see @jopavey on @SkyNews supporting the #runequal campaign - helping to bring cross-country into the 21st century...
Facebook Jo Pavey - Cross country running should be supporting equality. Sport should be about empowering women. It should not suggest that women are less capable of an event than men. https://t.co/LDTgagogOM

The counter argument from Paula Radcliffe - Tuesday 16th Jan 2018 -
Equality actually means Equal Rights and Respect for every person on this earth. It does not mean we must make everything we do exactly the same as men in the name of equality. Many things we already do better. Leave them be. #concentrateontherealissues #XCworksbest8k

The races are muddy and hilly
But if you are only a filly
You run half as far
As the gentlemen are
And in this day and age that is silly.

January 2018 - ELR Bandana/Buff now available on-line from Giraffe UK

Available on-line direct from Giraffe UK -http://giraffeuk.com/club-shop/

Made with 100% Coolmax Microfiber with Repel technology ( water just runs off the surface keeping your bandana dryer for longer without any loss of functionality. Seamless Knit. GIRAFFE® 1.3oz and measures approx 50cm x 24.5cm. One size fits all. This item is printed to order. Item comes on a display header card and individually bagged. Seamless tube for maximum comfort. Perfect for the desert, snow capped mountains or just out and about with 30 UPF sun protection. Wicks away moisture when you're hot and keeps you toasty when it's cold. Giraffe boasts extreme versatility and protection. Cover your mouth and nose with your Giraffe bandana to prevent dust and dirt from getting into your lungs. Over 12 ways to wear a Giraffe Bandana.

Saturday 6th January 2018 - Essex Senior Cross Country Championships

Name Time Position
Dan Gritton 51.07 77th
Spencer Evans 51.25 83rd
James Nichols 52.28 98th
Paul Thompson 56.40 140th
Race report - Essex XC Senior Championships by Paul Thompson.
This year's race was held at the Great Notley Country Park and hosted by Witham runners and for a change I only had a 15 minute journey to get to the venue from home. Fortunately I arrived in good time as due to a full car park I had to park in a Tesco's about a mile away & then a jog back to the venue !
I met up with Dan Gritton & Spencer Evans in the park café and we were able to keep warm ahead of the race start. James Nichols was waiting for us at the start & had to rapidly put his number on with about a minute to spare, sorry for keeping you waiting Jim !
Conditions were cold but sunny and the race involved 3 laps of the park of around 2.5 miles each. A very flat course with one hill to negotiate that although steep was only about 75m long, it was also very well marshalled with no chance of wrong turns. Underfoot was very wet with heavy, slippery mud in parts with either studs or spikes absolutely essential. For once, I decided to start a little slower & build up my pace which seemed to work and I was soon into a great rhythm and each mile around 7:30. I ended with a sprint finish to hold off another runner. I could have finished a few places higher, but I made an error by getting boxed in behind 2 slower runners towards the end and probably should have pushed my way through rather than being quite so polite !
Times still tbc, but I was the last ELR man home with Dan leading the way followed by Spencer & Jim. Well done guys, a very enjoyable race !

Sunday 14th January 2018 - Cross Country League Fixture 4 - Watford, Cassiobury Park

Thomas Grimes 4th
Antonio Martin Romero 11th
Billy Rayner 20th
James Nichols 78th
Mark Moir 100th
Michael Wilson 193rd
Chloe Millan 252nd
Judith Vonberg 264th
Kathryn Hertzberg 288th
Maud Hodson 302nd
Doug Mansell 319th
Katie Whitton 324th
Alex Jameson 327th

East London Runners at the Run Herts Sunday Cross Country League Race 4 at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Sunday 14th January 2018 where Women and Men ran the same distance.

A mild, dry morning with little mud at leafy Cassiobury Park, made the conditions ideal for the 4th Cross Country League fixture of the season. The scenic 6 mile course started with a run down to the hilly woods, then two laps before returning back up to the finish. An enjoyable morning and it was great running this course again on a personal note, after being a spectator for the previous two years due to injury. Great support from the marshals as well. Well done to all who ran today. ELR fielded full Men's and Ladies teams, with Thomas Grimes (4th) and Chloe Millan (252nd overall) first back for the club. Judith Anna Vonberg, Kathryn Hertzberg and Katie Whitton all made their Sunday league debuts. Thanks to Alex and Maud for driving from Wanstead LC.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the final race of the season at Royston on 18th February 2018. Michael Wilson

Sunday 21st January 2018 - Benfleet 15

6th - Antonio Martin Romero - 1.35.17
44th - Jennifer Ansell - 1.48.15 (3rd lady)
60th - Joseph Browne - 1.51.42
68th - James Nichols - 1.52.22
123rd - Paul Thompson - 1.59.38
129th - Regis Martin - 2.00.16
168 - Paul Marshall - 2.04.26
182 - Calvin Bobin - 2.06.28 (5th V60)
186 - Nathaniel Dye - 2.06.52
202 - Peter Hatley - 2.08.38
233 - Jonathan Wooldridge - 2.12.43
265 Grant Conway 2.15.46
266 Shahib Ali 2.15.47
296 Andy Bolderstone 2.19.14
303 Kathryn Hertberg 2.19.43
343 Maud Hodson 2.23.24 (9th V45)
401 Kathryn Maskell 2.31.38
430 Sarah Burns 2.34.52
472 Kate Brett 2.40.11
474 Alexandra Rutishauser 2.40.50
488 Diana Rexhepaj 2.43.08
516 Roselin Boramakot 2.47.21
588 Helen McGuinness 3.04.13
589 Jayne Browne 3.04.10
590 Andrea Waller 3.04.10

Saturday 27th January 2018 - South of England XC Championships - Cranmer Park, Brighton

Rachel Le Roux 51.17 328th
Diana Rexhepaj 52.07 332nd
Thomas Grimes 1.01.17 181st
Spencer Evans 1.13.03 517th
Paul Marshall 1.16.46 597th
Mark Moir 1.24.16 686th

Saturday 3rd February 2018 - Thames Trot Ultra 50 miles

Maud Hodson 9.57.24 123rd, 24th lady, 3rd W45

Race Report - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/results

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Torremolinos Half Marathon

Andrew Baxter 1.28.27 118th
Peter Hatley 1.36.36 297th
Paul Thompson 1.39.37 383rd
Grant Conway 1.42.02 443rd
Richard Guest 1.43.12 480th
Jonathan Wooldridge 1.45.29 545th
Carlton DSouza 2.00.55 912th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 2.06.01 123rd
Helen McGuinness 2.21.37

Thursday 15th February 2018 - Annual General Meeting

News from the AGM

The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 15th February, at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated separately, but the club is pleased to be able to announce that the following officers were elected.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Hon Secretary - Mike Wilson
Hon Treasurer - Don Bennett
Vice Treasurer - currently vacant
Race Secretary - currently vacant
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Ciarán Canavan
Media and PR/Beginners - Maya Goodwin
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle

Committee Members - Lucy Barron, Sheetal Dandgey, Jason Levy, Paul Marshall and Jo Wood.

The club expresses the greatest thanks to Jenny Ansell, Sarah Burns, Grant Conway, Dan Slipper,Ellie Wilkinson and Ava Lee for their hard work and dedication to the club.

At the AGM members voted on three motions relating to subscriptions. The outcome of these are as follows.

. That for the year 2018/19, first claim membership will be £22, including the English Athletics fee of £15.

. That for new members the membership will be £25 in the first year, including EA Fee.

. That for second claim members renewing or joining for the year 2018/19 will be £10.00.

Saturday 24th February 2018 - Saucony English National Cross Country Championship, Hampstead Heath

Eleanor Wilkinson 39.54 453rd
Chloe Millan 44.52 763rd
Diana Rexhepaj 53.50 1033rd
Thomas Grimes 50.50 677th
Billy Rayner 51.56 794th
Mark Moir 58.55 1492nd
Paul Marshall 1.04.56 1934th
Stuart Norris 1.11.28 2166th

Sunday 25th February 2018 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - ELR Scoop the Team award

East London Runners winning team of Emily Clarke, Ellie Wilkinson and Antonio Martin-Romero being presented with the Team Cup!

Results for all the ELR competitors can be found on the Results page of this Website. Many more Photos are in the Photos 2018 page!

Sunday 25th February 2018 - Cross-country is the new battleground as women step up bid for equality - by Nick Hoult, Daily Telegraph and East London Runners!


February 2018 - Thomas Grimes wins the Overall Title in the Sunday League!

Cross Country Captain Mike Wilson reports

With the Cross Country season drawing to a close, I would like to congratulate Thomas Grimes who was crowned overall winner of the Sunday League title. He achieved this with a top five finish at the final fixture at Royston. This is a great achievement with record attendances of over 500 runners at some of the races. I am pleased with the turnout from the club in both Leagues, with numbers increasing from last year. We had 10 enjoyable races in total on on a variation of surfaces and conditions, appealing to novices and experienced athletes alike.

In the Chingford League we had a record 54 runners compete on a cold autumn evening at Hog Hill in October. The ladies and men's 'A' teams finished 4th and 5th in this League respectively.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in 2017/18 and look forward to welcoming new and old members again, when the season starts again in October.

Saturday 24th March 2018 - Orion 15

Thomas Grimes - 1.39.12 - 5th
Alex Day - 1.55.34 - 46th
Andrew Baxter - 1.56.50 - 51st
Patrick Brown - 1.57.59 - 56th
Stuart Kelly - 1.58.22 - 61st
Chris Green - 2.08.17 - 103rd
Calvin Bobin - 2.10.02 -117th, 1st M60
Paul Thompson - 2.10.49 - 120th
Robert Rayworth -2.11.50 - 130th
Nick Hoult - 2.16.00 - 146th
Caroline Frith - 2.19.58 - 175th
Paul Marshall - 2.20.51 - 177th
Jimmy Dale - 2.25.44 - 198th
Andy Bolderstone - 2.26.20 - 201st
Suzanne Bench - 2.27.02 - 208th
Nathaniel Dye - 2.27.02 - 209th
Grant Conway - 2.27.02 - 210th
Maud Hodson - 2.28.50 - 220th
David Hallybone - 2.30.02 227th
Kat Maskell - 2.39.15 - 253rd
John Healy - 2.48.54 - 275th
Catherine Brett - 2.56.32 - 287th
Diana Rexhepaj - 3.00.40 - 295th
Gareth Davies - 3.00.41 - 296th
Caroline Moore - 3.09.41 - 299th
300 finishers.

Sunday 8th April 2018 - Rome Marathon - Paris Marathon - Rotterdam Marathon

Roselin Boramakot - 5.08.33

James Nichols - 3.20.52 pb - 3232nd
Chris Green - 3.23.36 - 3644th

Daniel Lee - 3.01.01 - 528th
Ava Lee 3.11.14 pb - 914th

Mark Boulton - 2.43.49 pb by 2 mins - 74th
Joseph Browne - 3.14.18 pb by 30 mins - 1004th
Craig Livermore - 3.19.17 pb by 7 mins - 1269th
Mark Moir - 3.20.08 debut - 1318th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.22.46 pb by 8 mins - 1443rd
Regis Martin - 3.23.14- 1469th - 8 mins faster than London 2017
Robert Rayworth - 3.23.33 - 1485th
Declan McDonagh - 3.31.16 - 1996th
Peter Hatley - 3.31.25 - 2004th
Nick Hoult - 3.34.07 pb by 16 mins - 2163rd
Jimmy Dale - 3.55.12 pb by 18 mins - 3904th
Paul Marshall - 4.05.00 pb by 10 mins - 4765th
Georgie Hooper - 4.29.02 pb by 10 mins - 6404th
Rachel Le Roux - 4.34.10 pb by 1hr 10 mins - 6724th
Zuzana Urbanova - 4.42.12 debut - 155th,
Jayne Browne - 4.57.26 pb by 18 mins - 7892nd
Geoff Bench - 5.07.26 pb by 1 hr 20 mins - 8198th
Jason Levy - 5.18.15 - 8464th
Spencer Evans - 2.17.18 (20 miles) - dnf - injured in fall

Geoff, Jason, Zuzana and Rachel proudly show off their medals!

Sunday 15th April 2018 - Brighton Marathon

Jo, Emma and Sarah
Jose Rodriguez - 2.57.31 pb by 16 mins - 93rd
Andrew Baxter - 3.11.51 - 313th
Nathaniel Dye - 3.21.56 - 609th, pb by 28 mins
Robert Rayworth - 3.25.12 - 702nd, 1 wk after Manchester
Paula Bedford - 3.47.15 - 1980th, pb/gfa by 12 mins.
Joanna Neville - 4.17.29 - 4741st, pb by 12 mins.
Matthew Sharpe - 4.19.56 - 4954th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.23.47 - 5286th, pb by 9 mins.
Jimmy Dale - 4.31.40 6040th
Amy Fontain - 4.41.40 debut - 6915th,
Emma Wing - 4.47.07 - 7420th,
Sarah Pascal - 5.26.16 debut- 9761st,
Joanna Wood - 5.28.29 - 9846th, pb by 49 mins.

Monday 16th April 2018 - B.A.A. Boston Marathon

Ciaran Canavan - 3.11.52 - 3678th
Tom Woods - 4.34.49 - 20927th

Tom Woods - I think I will be shaking for the rest of my life , god that was the worst weather imaginable , it just never let up , not for a second!

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Vienna Marathon

Dan Gritton - 3:00:54 - 136th - Dan's 116th Marathon

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Virgin Money London Marathon

Some of our Marathoners at the gates of Greenwich Park

54396 Michael Bamford - 4.07.14 PB
20269 Lucy Barron - 4.14.49
26369 Manjit Bedi - 3.29.55
29748 Suzanne Bench - 4.01.21
38362 Gemma Caitlin - 4.09.33
28880 Emily Clarke - 3.37.14 PB
16559 Jakub Czeczotka - 3.59.44
1476 Alex Day - 2.53.28
54139 Elizabeth Day - 5.24.43 debut?
45046 Colin Dryland - 3.51.33 PB
38388 James Eggleton - 4.26.33
40734 Kate Frost - 5.05.13 PB
46581 Sian Glover - 5.12.48 debut?
54400 David Hallybone - 4.36.03 debut
54395 Sandra Hiller - 6.11.13
54397 Maud Hodson - 4.27.33
22987 Nick Hoult - 4.26.23
32392 Stuart Kelly - 3.12.43
19684 Sheila Kennedy - 4.31.21
693 Ava Lee - 3.20.13
41113 Sharon Lincoln - 5.13.14 PB
17098 Caroline McGirr - 5.21.28
19075 Susannah McLaren - 5.38.11
19145 Abdirahman Mohammed - 5.06.10
54401 Ruel Ordonio - 4.36.06 debut
31437 Paul Quinton - 2.44.35 PB
20271 Maran Raju - 4.06.32
54398 Diana Rexhepaj - 4.46.09
1300 Antonio Martin Romero DNF Injury
53113 Alexandra Rutishauser Perera - 4.44.06 PB
3558 Jay Sangha - 4.59.15 debut
26006 Dan Senior - 3.13.05
43480 Rosie Shrimplin - 5.49.49 debut?
20270 Roger Stubbs - 4.06.14 PB
57582 Tom Timson 5.37.55
54399 Robyn Turtle - 4.32.32 PB
39752 Selina Vernal - 3.57.13 debut
8389 Andrea Waller - 4.58.36
43475 Ben Warry - 5.19.59 debut?

31193 Russell Price. - 2.55.18
32980 William Pearce - 3.06.44

Sunday 6th May 2018 - Gutenburg and Geneva Marathons

Dan Gritton - 2.59.31 - 25th - Dan's 117 Marathon!

Jennifer Ansell - 3.22.26 - 141st overall, 11th Female
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.26.16pb - 174th overall ,16th, Boston Qualifying time!

Sunday 6th May 2018 - NEW ELR MARATHON RECORD - Thomas Grimes - Limerick Marathon

Congratulations Thomas, from all of your fellow runners at ELR!

Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run (Marathon) - Sunday 6th May 2018

Thomas Grimes - 2.37.35pb -5th - NEW East London Runners Club Record beating his time in London 2017 of 2:38:01

Split times in Limerick
10k 35.33
20k 1.11.22
half 1.15.27
30k 1.49.53
40k 2.29.08
finish 2.37.35
5th place
2nd M 35-39
pace 6.01 Min Mile

Sunday 27th May 2018 - Edinburgh Marathon - *******2:36:23 - ELR Club Marathon Record Time Broken again, this time by Antonio Martin Romero!******

Antonio Martin Romero - 2.36.23pb -10th in the race overall and a NEW Club Record Time
Mary Nisbet - 3.30.17 - 1037th - 18th V35.
Robyn Turtle - 4.25.57 pb - 4145th

Split times - Antonio
10k: 36m 45s
Half: 1h 17m 18s
30k: 1h 50m 51s
Gun Time:2h 36m 25s

An extract from Antonio's Race Report (Full report can be read on the Results Page of this Website)
We changed the direction to the west after 30K, just before mile 19. Finally, the wind had disappeared! I started pushing my pace and doing some miles at 5:51 pace, I checked my watch and thought, f*** a PB is very possible today. I wanted to catch another runner who was 200m in front of me, and that made me go faster as he increased his pace as well, people started to yell at me, top 10, top 10.

All the miles after mile 19 were between 5:51-5:55 pace except the last one, that I relaxed a bit the pace in 6:02. I didn't know what time I was doing, with 200m to go, I could see the watch in the finish line, 2:35 something!

I enjoyed those last 200m and finished with a time of 2:36:23. Definitely, 2:35 is not out of reach now. It is time to rest a little bit and focus on Berlin in September. As always, thank you very much to this club and all its runners to make me improve every year.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Parkrun Tourists complete the alphabet challenge

ELR travellers Stuart Barton, Fiona Critchley, Shaun DeSena and Jonathan Wooldridge have been travelling the globe to compete their parkrun alphabet challenge. Today this has been completed with a final trip to Zary in Poland. Furthermore the challenge has been taken to a whole new level by Fiona who has the ELR club record on each of the events in her alphabet. This is a fantastic and unique achievement.

Travelling to eight countries, spanning three continents the globe trotters have gone to some extreme lengths of endurance, some might say of stupidity, to get to the events eg weekends away, holidays, honeymoon, and 18 hr road trips.

Whilst parkrun tourism is becoming ever more popular, and with Andrew Howard conducting much of his tourism by bike, it wont be long before this pioneering group of four grows; but will he make it all the way to Zary on two wheels?

Sunday 10th June 2018 - John Booth wins the Thames Chase 10k in 36:45.

Weekend 9th and 10th June 2018 - Maud Hodson is the Last One Standing, completing 82 miles!

Congratulations to Maud in being the Last Lady Standing!

Its a simple concept - 4.1 mile lap, starting on the hour every hour. The winner is the one who completes the most laps.

Maud said "I called it a day at the end of lap 20 - 82 miles and a triple marathon in the bag. My form was going and my motivation was crumbling..... I had won my first ever race (I don't count the Essex Titles where there was no-one else running). The trophy is so large that my shelf isn't going to cope.

The Last One Standing - race report (Full report on our Results Page) -

Its a simple concept - 4.1 mile lap, starting on the hour every hour. The winner is the one who completes the most laps......

The first few laps were straight-forward, and there were very few drop-outs before we got to night-time, but Dave was really suffering with a dodgy knee after only about three laps. He took some painkillers and kept going, because ultra-runners are tough cookies. He got to a double marathon before packing it in.

We put our head torches on for lap 10 (9pm), as the forest sections would be getting gloomy by then.

Weekend 22nd - 24th June 2018 - Colworth Marathon Challenge - Final Placings

Patrick Brown 2.49.25 3rd
James Nichols 3.05.41 8th
Louis Le Roux 3.09.16 10th
Manjit Bedi 3.19.06 15th
Michael Bamford 3.34.05 33rd
Mike Brett 3.35.01 36th
Paul Thompson 3.40.03 41st
Grant Conway 3.40.53 45th
Suzanne Bench 3.49.27 50th
Stephen Swan 4.02.38 65th
Jonathan Wooldridge 4.06.06 71st
Fiona Critchley 4.09.49 80th
Rachel Le Roux 4.10.21 81st
Bernadett Kalmar 4.19.27 91st
Frank Brownlie 4.23.56 95th
Catherine Brett 4.31.17 106th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 4.32.49 107th
Jayne Browne 4.56.34 128th
Geoff Bench 4.56.41 129th

Also Stuart Barton and Victor Szabadi

Colworth Marathon Challenge 2018, Overall Results.

Winner FV45 : Suzanne Bench
3rd Male - Patrick Brown
Team Winners - East London Runners (Patrick, Thomas, James, Louis and Manjit)

Friday 29th June 2018 - Fast Friday 5k - Walthamstow Track

Congratulations to Euan Brown of East London Runners who was 3rd in Orion's Fast Friday 5k at Walthamstow Track last night in a time of 15:26!

Saturday 30th June 2018 - Chase the Sun VeloPark Half marathon, Olympic Park, Stratford

Well done to Sam Browne of East London Runners who was 1st in the Chse the Sun VeloPark Half Marathon this morning in a time of 1:20:10.

Weekend Saturday/Sunday 14th and 15th July 2018 - Spitfire Scramble (24 Hour run)

London's only 24-hour trail race. If you've run TR24 or Endure 24 or the like, think that, but probably with better 3G signal and a flyby from an actual Spitfire!

Ultra runners competing in the solo category receive priority camping space and dedicated fuel table near your own start/finish exit.

Rest when you need to, run as much as you like. The course is just under 6 miles, a mixture of trail, grass, gravel and a little tarmac. There is one winding gradient near the finish and one short, sharp slope but no singificant hills other than those two.

The male course record is 20 laps in 24 hours, with the female record standing at 18.

Catering available, showers available, camping is free, parking is free.

Spitfire Scramble Race Report
Running is stupid
Running in hot weather is stupid
Running for 24 hours is stupid
Camping out in a field with no shade is stupid
loved it all I must be stupid,
Thanks ELR #Amazing Stuart Barton

Alexandra's race report for Spitfire Scramble :
Take a group of people and put them into test with intense heat, no showers, mosquitoes, lack of sleep and strenuous activity,if they are still supportive of each other, smile and laugh after 24 hours, do keep them in your life forever!
Thank you to all the ELRs who ran this weekend and to Sandra and Susannah for coming to support us (you both were smelling very good!

Craig said - " This was by far one of the most surreal experiences I've ever been through. One being up since 05:30 on Saturday, to 15:00 the next day has had some repercussions, let alone the conditions and the course. Searing heat combined with the pace I was going at led to me retiring after the fourth stint, near 7am. I really wanted to go on for a 5th, but couldn't muster the strength to do so. As it was I was in tears at the end, the only other run to have ever broken me down that much can be traced back to early 2016, but arguably that was worse.

I couldn't be more proud of my team, when I couldn't muster any more strength Catriona, Katherine, and Anthony Leckerman of Barking Road Runners put in the extra. Everyone well done, and the same goes to the other two ELR teams. I'll come back again for another round next year, as I have unfinished business. But for now, more sleep is required."

Saturday 14th July 2018 - The Essex 50 (51.6 miles)

Congratulations to Maud Hodson in winning another ULTRA RACE. The weather was hot and sunny!

Maud Hodson- 9.48.01 - 1st

Maud Tweeted - Ultra marathon wins are like buses - after my Last One Standing win, 1st at @ChallengeRunnin Essex 50. And this time I beat all the guys too!

A fast flat 50 mile race covering 6 out and back loops along a flat disused old railway line which is now a country park called the Flitch Way.

Starting in Felsted Essex its a perfect course for a 50 mile race (100 and 30 mile options), regular support every 4.3 miles and access to your drop bag every 8.6 miles and with no hills and an easy trail it will suit runners who want fast times and a first 30,50,100 under their belt.

Maud's Essex 50 Mile (51.6 mile) race report:
If you think Ive been a bit quiet about this race, well thats because I only entered it on Thursday. I had been planning to do a 50 mile training run this week, and I saw a FB post about this one, organised by Challenge Running, who put on the Last One Standing. I had now plans for Saturday so I signed up. It is primarily a 100 mile event, with 50 and 30 mile options, leaving me in the slightly unusual position of taking on a 50 mile race and feeling like a bit of a lightweight.
You can read the rest of the report on our Results Page -

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Twilight 50k Ultra, Redbridge Cycle Circuit

Michael Wilson- 5:24:53 - 6th, 2nd V55
Kirk Johnson - 9.12.30 - 17th, 2nd V50

Congratulations to Mike Wilson and Kirk Johnson in completing this 50k Ultra on the very hilly Redbridge Cuycle Circuit.

Remarkable, especially for Kirk in light of the following extract from the Club Newsletter in February 2018:

Kirk Johnson, Former ELR Chairman and Life Member had increased his running and training mileage in the latter part of 2017 culminating in completing 26 laps, 52km in the SITC Dawn to Dusk race on Sunday 17th December 2017 in a time of 7.52.04. However in early January 2018 Kirk was knocked off his motorbike when in Central London ending up in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with many broken bones and subsequently spent a number of weeks in hospital and had a shoulder operation.

Saturday 11th August 2018 - Maud Hodson completes the Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run

Maud Hodson 13.16.05 49th, 10th woman

SVP 100K - Maud's Race Report - the not-so-concise version. I recommend a cup of tea or a stiff gin! -

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - Birthday Barbecue after the Club Colours Social run

About 80 ELR Members attended the Club's Birthday Barbecue after the Club Run. The event was held at the Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Clubhouse on Overton Drive, Wanstead a short distance from our ususl meeting Place/HQ at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Expertly organised by Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle she was helped by Jo Wood and Don Bennett. Also on the night Carlton, Michael B and Son plus a few other Members assisted greatly.

Sunday 16th September 2018 - Pleshey Half Marathon - ELR Win Men's Team Trophy

Congratulations to Euan Brown, Mark Boulton and Paul Quinton in winning the Team Trophy in fantastic times.

Sunday 16th September 2018 - Berlin Marathon - Antonio Martin Romero breaks the Club Record in a time of 2:29:29

In what has been a great year for our Club and our members, a battle has been raging between our fastest distance runners for the title of Club Marathon Record Holder.

• Sunday 6th May 2018 - Thomas Grimes – Limerick - 2:37:35pb

• Sunday 27th May - Antonio Martin Romero - Edinburgh 2.36.23pb - 10th in the race overall
• Sunday 16th September 2018 – Antonio Martin Romero – Berlin – 2:29:29pb – 95th in the race

Congratulations are due to both runners. Antonio for his Herculean effort in Berlin a few weeks ago holds the record but I am sure that Thomas and hopefully others in the Club will be challenging his record in 2019 and over the ensuing years.

Both athletes are great Ambassadors for our Club and while they train prodigiously they also take time out to have a Social life as well.

Antonio Martin Romero - 2.29.29pb & club record - 95th
Jose Rodriguez - 2.58.45 - 1395th
Zoila Gilham-Fernandez - 3.42.07pb by 35 mins - 1315th (women)
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.46.44 - 9715th
Jonathan Wooldridge - 3.47.52 - 9973rd

Antonio Martin Romero: Berlin Marathon Report (Sorry! A bit long)
I am still digesting my yesterday's race. After 12 weeks of hard training, the big day arrived. I did a 20-minute warm-up before heading to the start. The idea was to go out at 3:39/km (5:52 per mile) and try to keep that pace as much as I can to achieve a sub 2h35'. The race started and the first two kilometres were at the target pace, which were the slowest ones in my race. After 6 km I managed to find a group, but they slowed down a little bit and I moved to the next one, where I stayed until the 20th kilometre, I began to create a gap and ran on my own, I saw my wife just after the first half marathon, which I passed in 1h16'14"
To read the rest of Antonio's report please click here -

Zoila Fernandes: Berlin race report (sorry its a long one)
When I finished the London Marathon earlier on this year. I didnt think I would run another marathon, maybe and only maybe I had been lucky enough to get into the London next year. However at the charity stand for the charity I was running for, my partner and I had met another couple from new york. The girl also had the same insulin pump as me (we are both type one diabetics). They convinced us to come and run Berlin with them when we met up a couple of days later Seeing as I also LOVED running London it didnt take much to convince me and meeting up with new friends was also another good excuse.
Seeing as I had gotten into another marathon I thought joining a running club (ELR) would be a wise idea to get some more running done.
To read the rest of Zoila's report please click here -

ELVIS 8 - Sunday 30th September 2018 - East London Runners Valentines Park Charity 5k


80 Elr's from 274 finishers.

1st Jennifer Ansell
2nd Paula Bedford
3rd Ellie Wilkinson

1st Vet 40 - Caroline Frith
Ladies team - 1st Jenny, Paula and Ellie.
Elvis team - 1st East London Runners (Jenny, Paula, Ellie and Caroline)


1st Euan Brown

1st Vet 60 - Calvin Bobin
Mens team - 1st - Euan, Paul Quinton and Patrick Brown.

Elvis team - 1st East London Runners (Euan, Paul , Patrick , James Wilson, Robert Rayworth and Tim Le Rasle)

Thursday 18th December 2018 - Awards Evening and Christmas Party

East London Annual Awards and Christmas Party

Around 120 Members and Guests attended the "Party" during which the Annual Awards were presented, as below.

Sonia Cheadle and her Social "Team" had made great preparations ensuring that events proceeded smoothly on the night.

NEW for this year, thanks to the benevolence of Club Member Terry Lewsey, was a fantastic staging and lighting system/set. Terry and his team had arrived at lunchtime and worked tirelessly until just before 7pm in setting everything up and again when the party finished, after midnight, they took it all down and packed it all away in their vans ready for paid work the next day! Many thanks to Terry for all of the hard work from the team and for his generosity.

Ciaran and Lance supplied the sound system and Sonia put all of the music together. Many thanks to them too!

Food in the form of chicken and/or vegetarian curry with rice and noodles was served at 8pm and later in the evening seasonal "cakes" were eaten having been made for us by our Master Baker Jo Wood.

The Awards Ceremony hosted by Chair Frank Brownlie and Vice Chair Jonathan Wooldridge started at 9pm with Frank welcoming all members present and any plus ones.

Our invited Club Guests Katherine Creighton-Crook, Justin and Kush from Leyton Sports Massage, Main Sponsors of our Valentines Park 5k Charity Race each September.

He then welcomed James Quinlan, Volunteers Manager and Lucy Ferguson from London Marathon Events Ltd. Our relationship with LME incudes the London Marathon, The Big Half and the Pru Ride London Weekend.

Frank thanked the Committee for all of their hard work during the year and those present were called up and given a new ELR Mug! Similarly with the Life and Honorary Members present.

The Club Runners of the Month were also presented with their bespoke trophies prior to Coach Grant Conway announcing that the winner of the Track Star of 2018 was Lance Fuller. Lance was unable to attend on the evening so his prize was collected by Ciaran.

Frank then introduced and awarded a Special bespoke Trophy to Antonio Martin Romero for his achievement in setiing a new CLUB Marathon Record time of 2:29:29 in Berlin in September 2018.

Frank also announced that following the voting by the Club Membership a clear winner of the Roger Dixon Shield had emerged. Jo Wood joined East London Runners four years ago and joined our Committee in Spring 2018. Jo has had a very busy year for ELR both in setting up and overseeing the "new" Wednesday Night Club Run format and she has established and managed the Improvers Group on Wednesday nights.

Jo has also managed to represent the Club in many events throughout the year and has also competed in some long distance swimming events/races. Jo was also
Joint Club Runner of the Month - April 2018 an award that had the following citation - Jo completed the Brighton Marathon on 15th April in a time of 5.28.29, despite suffering a cracked rib and illness in the weeks leading up to race day. Jo achieved a PB which was 49 minutes faster than her previous marathon; Sikhs in the City - Dawn to Dusk.

Club Person of the Year 2018 and Winner of the Roger Dixon Shield

Joanna Wood

Jonathan Wooldridge introduced the Shorlists of Nominees in the six Club Running Award Categories and announced the winner in each one giving a short biography of their running year 2018.

Female Runner of the Year 2018

Caroline Frith

Male Runner of the Year 2018

Stuart Barton

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2018

Rachel Le Roux

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2018

Jimmy Dale

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2018

Zoila Gilham-Fernandez

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2018

Antonio Martin Romero


January 2018 - First Issue
Click link - January 2018
Run Equal - Gender Equality in Cross Country Running

February 2018
Click link - February 2018
Includes Gaz interview with Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle.

Click link - March 2018
Includes Gaz interview with Stuart Barton.

April 2018
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Club Runners of the Month - Jo Wood and Ciaran Canavan

May 2018
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Club Runner of the Month - Jimmy Dale

June 2018
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Includes Gaz interview with Shahib Ali.

July 2018
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Includes Gaz Interview with Louis Le Roux.

August 2018
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August 2018
Includes Gaz interview with Caroline Frith.

September 2018
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September 2018
Includes Gaz interview with Zoila Gilham-Fernandez.

October 2018
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October 2018
Includes Gaz Interview - Antonio Martin Romero.

November 2018
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November 2018
Includes Gaz Interview - Rachel Le Roux and Karan Gadhia.

December 2018
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December 2018


Saturday 5th January 2019 - Essex Senior Cross Country, Writtle, Chelmsford

Jennifer Ansell - 43.17 - 24th
Sarah Burns - 49.01 - 59th
Maud Hodson - 50.38 - 64th
Fiona Critchley - 51.46 - 70th
Kasia Stachowiak - 54.15 - 86th
Georgie Hooper - 54.28 - 89th
Joanna Neville - 55.29 - 98th
Catriona Hoult - 56.03 - 101st
Fiona Day - 56.19 - 103rd
Tricia ONeill - 56.57 - 108th
Hayley Collins - 56.58 - 109th
Filipa Soares - 57.24 - 111th
Kathryn Hertzberg - 57.40 - 112th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 57.48 - 113th
Susan Edwards - 57.50 - 114th(WG&EL)(2nd Claim ELR)
Diana Rexhepaj - 1.03.53 - 137th
Susan Bushnell - 1.21.03 - 149th
Euan Brown - 34.13 - 10th
Dan Gritton - 39.41 - 97th
Spencer Evans - 40.06 - 103rd
James Nichols - 41.00 - 122nd
Dan Senior - 41.53 - 138th
Terry Lewsey - 44.56 - 171st
Emmet Fitzgibbon - 47.07 - 188th
Gareth Davies - 47.18 - 191st
Paul Thompson - 48.18 - 196th
Arthur Diaz - 1.02.24 - 229th

Team results:

Womens teams

11th ELR, 18th ELR B, 22nd ELR C and 25th ELR D of 27 teams.

Team - Men

18th ELR

Sunday 28th January 2019 - Benfleet 15

Mark Boulton - 1.42.01 - 18th
Joseph Browne - 1.52.51 - 74th
James Nichols - 1.52.53 - 75th
Calvin Bobin - 2.00.16 - 135th, 2nd M60
Jacob Stevens - 2.04.03 - 172nd
Regis Martin - 2.04.13 - 174th
Caroline Frith - 2.04.34 - 176th
Jimmy Dale - 2.06.48 - 195th
Robert Rayworth - 2.07.21 - 198th
James Creed - 2.08.27 - 216th
Nathaniel Dye - 2.08.39 - 220th
Nick Hoult - 2.08.50 - 222nd
Stephen Taylor - 2.09.30 - 234th
Peter Hatley - 2.10.22 - 240th
Emmet Fitzgibbon - 2.10.35 - 243rd
Maud Hodson - 2.14.48 - 291st, 42ndF
Karan Gadhia - 2.16.06 - 306th
Kasia Stachowiak - 2.17.09 - - 51stF
Ged Browne - 2.17.30 - 340th
John Healy - 2.23.30 - 405th
Shahib Miah Ali - 2.28.24 - 453rd
Grant Conway - 2.28.24 - 454th
Georgie Hooper - 2.29.38 - 461st
Kathryn Hertzberg - 2.29.01 - 464th
Alex Jameson - 2.31.29 - 494th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 2.31.53 - 501st
Catriona Hoult - 2.37.03 - 547th
Hayley Collins - 2.37.03 - 565th
Shanavaz Malayodu - 2.43.34 - 605th
Fiona Day - 2.52.48 - 681st
Roselin Boramakot - 2.56.07 - 715th
Helen McGuinness - 3.00.54 - 736th
Jason Levy - 3.04.57 - 750th
Lee Rand - 3.21.32 -799th

824 finishers.

Thursday 21st February 2019 - News from the Annual General Meeting - 7.30pm - Wanstead Leisure Centre/School

At the Meeting the Following Committee was elected by the Members present.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Club Secretary - Mike Wilson
Club Treasurer - James Nicholls
Race Secretary - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Club Run Co-Ordinator - Jo Wood
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Volunteer Co-Ordinator - Michael Bamford
Assistant Volunteer Co-Ordinator - Rachel Le Roux
Assistant Volunteer Co-Ordinator - Louis le Roux
Welfare Officer - Sheetal Dandgey
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle
Media Officer - Maya Goodwin
Newsletter Publisher - Jason Levy
Member without Portfolio - Stuart Barton

In addition the following Club Members were proposed and elected unanimously as LIFE MEMBERS

John Atkinson, Frank Brownlie, Dave Foster and Dave Knight.

Membership Fees 2019/20

The Meeting also agreed the Membership Fees for the coming year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.

Existing Members - Fee to remain at £22.00 which includes the England Athletics Membership fee (£15.00) for the same period.

New Members - Fee to remain at £25.00 which includes the England Athletics Membership fee (£15.00) for the same period.

Second Claim Members - Fee to reamin at £10.00

Lapsed ELR Members - The Fee will be £25.00 which includes the England Athletics Membership fee (£15.00) for the same period.

Thursday 21st February 2019 - Annual General Meeting - 7.30pm - New LIFE MEMBERS

At the meeting following a proposal by the Committee which was carried unanimously by the members present, John Atkinson, Dave Foster and Dave Knight were duly elected as Life Members.

All three have been members of the Club for many, many years and have represented the Club in an outstanding manner at many races, events, training runs and socials.

In addition, the meeting proposed that Club Chair, Frank Brownlie also be elected as a Life Member. Again, this motion was carried unanimously.

Frank joined the Club in 2004 to train for the London Marathon. He was elected to the Committee in 2009 and became Chairman the following year in 2010. Frank has overseen the dramatic rise in both the membership numbers and the success of the Club in the many races and events that it participates in.

Frank said "John and the two Dave's thoroughly deserve their recognition and I was very pleased to be included too!"

Sunday 3rd March 2019 - Roding Valley Half Marathon

Paul Quinton : 1.26.40 15th
Richard Kimmens : 1.32.03 35th
Spencer Evans : 1.32.11 38th
Manjit Bedi : 1.35.47 57th
James Creed : 1.37.40 69th
Caroline Frith : 1.37.59 71st, 1st VF40
Andrew Jackson : 1.40.22 84th
Lawrence Foster : 1.42.09 104th
Emmet Fitzgibbon : 1.43.11 113th
Colin Dryland : 1.46.28 130th
Jonathan Shaw : 1.45.27 135th
Maran Raju : 1.47.42 138th
Lauren Kelly : 1.48.47 154th
Ged Browne : 1.49.03 156th
David Hallybone : 1.49.59 166th
Manjit Singh : 1.55.48 214th
Laura Tapper : 1.56.30 pb 225th
Sarah Burns : 2.00.45 248th
Marc Akers : 2.00.48 250th
Catriona Hoult : 2.01.32 256th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera : 2.01.38 259th
Ford Cadiogan : 2.04.02 273rd
Jason Levy : 2.14.05 317th
Helen McGuinness : 2.15.54 325th
Sandra Hiller : 2.30.01 338th
353 finishers.

Team Prize Winners: East London Runners: Paul Quinton, Spencer Evans & Caroline Frith.

Trophy collected by Caroline (right) and Catriona(left) on behalf of ELR.

Caroline reports: Roding Valley Half Marathon number 8. I first ran it in 2007 so I haven't managed every year but I do feel a strange compulsion drawing me back over and over again. The course doesn't get any more picturesque, the hills dont get easier, the medal and goodie bag arent much to write home about.....and today my chip didnt even work so my official time is actually my garmin time. So why do I go back year after year?

Because I like supporting a local club in their efforts to put on a race which is friendly, relatively inexpensive and close to home. Admittedly I used to train with WGEL - over 10 years ago - so I do feel an affiliation but I think it would be a shame if small races like this die a death as more and more events like the Big Half draw people in. Today's field was the smallest I have ever seen it, partly I suspect due to the weather and Essex 20, but also because people are drawn to big, commercial races instead. It was lovely to see so many ELR today, lets have even more next year.

Sunday 7th April 2019 - NEW CLUB MARATHON RECORD TIME set in Manchester by Antonio Martin Romero - 2:27:26

Congratulations to Antonio Martin Romero smashing a new ELR club record of 2:27:26 at today's Manchester Marathon - Felicidades Antonio!

Sunday 7th April 2019 - ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

Antonio Martin Romero - 2.27.26 pb (club record) - 13th
Stuart Kelly - 2.46.58 pb - 166th
Joseph Gunn - 3.00.02 pb - 866th
Robert Rayworth - 3.19.28 pb - 1991st
Jacob Stevens - 3.24.36 pb - 2390th
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.28.40 gfa - 2421st
Selina Vernal - 3.32.21 pb - 3322nd
Gemma Foxall - 3.36.49 pb - 3664th
Maud Hodson - 3.49.29 pb & gfa - 4764th
Lucy Barron - 3.51.37 pb - 4999th
Lauren Kelly - 3.52.29 debut - 4907th
Suzanne Bench 3.49.12 gfa - 5633rd
Nathaniel Dye - 4.10.47 - 6657th
Robyn Turtle - 4.16.49 pb - 8104th
Ford Cadiogan - 4.32.07 - 8222nd
Karan Gadhia - 4.40.06 - 8436th
Marc Akers - 4.26.26 - 9181st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 4.29.17 pb - 9312th
Roselin Boramakot - 5.06.15 - 11621st
Jason Levy - 5.16.31 - 11925th

Sunday 28th April 2019 - Virgin Money London Marathon

Well done to all our Members and Friends of ELR who completed the London Marathon yesterday. A great achievment for all.

Also to our Volunteer Teams.

25k Special Drinks- Leader Jonathan Wooldridge, assisted by Miranda and Paul Thompson, Grant Conway and John Paul Healy

20 Mile Water Station - Leaders Michael Bamford, Rachel and Louis Le Roux plus about 100 ELR Members, Family and Friends

St Matthias Church Hall, Food and Drink Leader Maya Goodwin with Jo Wood and Jan Webb and anyone else who helped.

Mark Boulton - 2.44.26 - 682nd
Jose Rodriguez - 2.51.18 pb - 1171st
Billy Rayner - 2.56.36 pb - 1696th
Chris Green - 3.03.01 pb - 2545th
Daniel Slipper - 3.07.40 - 3046th
Roisin Archer - 3.17.00 pb - 4294th
Carlton DSouza - 3.17.41 - 4387th
John Booth -3.19.10 pb - 4632nd
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.29.10 - 6534th
Manjit Bedi - 3.36.32 - 8186th
Stephen Taylor - 3.43.08 - 9767th
Paula Bedford - 3.45.18 pb - 10306th
Ashley Faria - 4.00.14 debut - 14892nd
Katie Whitton - 4.05.02 pb - 16103rd
Janet Bywater - 4.06.18 - 16424th
Alex Jameson - 4.15.26 debut - 18819th
Sarah Dale - 4.23.32 - 20862nd
Stuart Norris - 4.27.51 - 22093rd
Sophie Edwards - 4.41.13 debut - 25549th
Fiona Day - 4.43.17 - 26111th
Ian Cooper - 4.43.41 pb - 26225th
Helen McGuinness - 4.48.58 debut - 27548th
Marc Akers - 4.49.40 - 27739th
Graham Peacock - 4.59.53 debut - 30272nd
Deva Payaniandy - 5.12.07 - 32521st
Stuart Barton - 5.17.18 pb - 33445th
Isabella Allan - 5.36.01 debut - 36282nd
Sandra Hiller - 5.54.16 pb - 38428th
Samia Choudhury - 6.10.06 debut - 39724th
Julie Creffield - 7.10.25 - 41980th

Sunday 5th May 2019 - Great Limerick Half marathon

Regeneron Greater Limerick Run Half Marathon - Sunday 5th May 2019

Thomas Grimes 1.14.15 pb 7th

Monday 6th May 2019 - Milton Keynes Weekend Marathon

David Jordan 2.36.42 3rd
Nathan Jones 3.26.57 233rd
Martin Quinlan 4.46.25 1380th

Monday 6th May 2019 - Revenge Of The Sixth, Brightlingsea

Maud Hodson 5.25.05 1st lady, 2nd overall

Maud reports: Hare & Tortoise Revenge of the Sixth Ultra
I'd been feeling a bit out-of-sorts running-wise since Manchester, so I decided to enter an ultra to pick myself up. This was a small, relaxed event consisting of a 6.55 mile lap, which you could run once, twice, four times or five times for the 10K, HM, Marathon or Ultra distances.
For the most part, a very attractive route, starting from the Essex village of Brightlingsea. The first section was along the sea wall (sweeping views, cute lambs, but windy), then turning along the Colne Estuary, winding back inland through some lovely bluebell woods, then running adjacent to the sea wall, waving to runners coming the other way on the upper level. Not a quick course, mostly trail, with a one hill on each lap and a few quite rutty bits. I enjoyed seeing the tide coming in over the course of the day.
I ran the first three laps with the only other woman in the ultra, Jess, and the other two by myself. Overtaking a few people and lapping the marathon runner (we had different coloured bibs). At no point did I lose the will to live or decide I was never going to go running ever again, which is quite unusual for me. For the first time ever (I think) I ran a sub-9 mile in a ultra - two of them, miles 32 & 33 out of 33. My lap splits made me purr. Maybe I was a bit easy on myself for the first half of the race, but it was so good to finish in a blaze of glory rather that coming-back-from-the-dead malarkey I did in Manchester.
2nd out of 5 in the ultra, and first woman (the other woman was 14 years younger than me). No trophy, but £20 off my next race with them.

Saturday 11th May 2019 - Mallorca 70.3 Half Ironman

Ava Lee 5.30.09
Daniel Lee 5.33.36
Sarah Burns 6.01.19
Michael Bamford 6.38.55
Jimmy Dale 6.51.51
Emily Clarke 7.15.06
Rachel Le Roux 7.26.42
Half Ironman Mallorca
swim 1.9km /T1 / cycle 90km /T2 / 21.1k run
Ava Lee 35.40/ 4.08/ 3.09.24/ 2.35 /1.38.23 = 5.30.09 Finish
Danny Lee 41.42/ 6.02/ 3.02.48/ 3.26 / 1.39.24 = 5.33.36
Sarah Burns 32.18/ 5.02/3.11.41/4.39/ 2.07.40 = 6.01.19
Michael Bamford 47.46/ 9.42/ 3.41.59/ 5.41/1.53.50 = 6.38.55
Jimmy Dale 34.31/ 8.02/3.45.38/ 8.40 /2.15.01 = 6.51.51
Emily Clarke 49.15/ 10.25/ 4.11.48/7.18/ 1.56.22 = 7.15.06
Rachel Le Roux 49.09/ 7.14/ 4.04.13/ 5.39/ 2.20.29 = 7.26.42

Placings - Age Cat - Gender - Overall
Ava 9th of 79 - 60th of 493 - 915th of 2877
Danny 80th of 306 - 920th of 2384 - 992nd
Sarah 29th of 79 - 157th - 1636th
Michael 247th of 306 - 2014th - 2305th
Jimmy 326th of 554 - 2110th - 2438th
Emily 58th of 67 - 400th - 2632nd
Rachel 61st of 67 - 428th - 2713th

Saturday & Sunday 18th/19th May 2019 - Dobbs Weir Double Marathon

Maud Hodson 4.44.56 13th, 3rd lady, 1st FV40-49 - SUNDAY

Sunday 19th May 2019 - Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon

Stuart Kelly - 1.19.25 - 68th
John Henry - 1.25.59 - 303rd
Joseph Gunn - 1.26.30 - 335th
Craig Livermore - 1.28.12 pb - 492nd
Spencer Evans - 1.28.20 - 506th
Jacob Stevens - 1.32.11 - 936th
Tom Howourth - 1.32.57 - 1030th
Jamie Xavier - 1.38.45 - 2133rd
Paula Bedford - 1.40.41 - 2605th
David Hallybone - 1.40.57 - 2664th
Selina Vernal - 1.41.30 - 2808th
Jimmy Dale - 1.42.40 - 3142nd
Jakub Czeczotka - 1.44.57 - 3856th
Jonathan Shaw - 1.45.14 - 3947th
Craig Simpson - 1.46.49 - 4411th
Lance Fuller - 1.48.10 - 4812th
Becky Evans - 1.51.01 pb - 5819th
Ged Browne - 1.51.16 - 5909th
Rebecca Pollard - 1.52.34 - 6378th
Lauren Kelly - 1.53.04 - 6566th
Kimberley Burnett - 1.55.28 - 7420th
Stephen Swan - 1.58.43 - 8732nd
Kasia Stachowiak - 1.59.18 - 8970th
Kat Maskell - 1.59.48 - 9157th
Arthur Diaz - 2.00.56 - 9544th
Lee Rand - 2.01.41 pb - 9822nd
Stuart Barton - 2.02.00 pb - 9933rd
Catriona Hoult - 2.04.21 - 10628th
Graham Peacock - 2.04.21 - 10686th
Marcela Vasques - 2.05.24 - 10945th
Jane Scott - 2.15.57 - 13712th
Joanna Wood - 2.16.15 (Course pb by 13 mins)- 13777th
Rajeshwari Parthasarathy - 2.21.06 pb - 14714th
Alice Barrett - 2.28.28 pb - 15685th
Vicky Allen - 2.28.48 - 15737th
Kathy Morrissey - 2.29.25 - 15823rd
Marvin Vernal - 2.31.27 - 16019th
Maya Goodwin - 2.33.00 (Course pb) - 16143rd
Sarah Dale - 2.40.11 - 16660th
Elizabeth ODonnell - 2.59.14 - 17218th

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019 - Last One Standing

Maud Hodson 24.47.57 25 laps of 4.1 miles

Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Colworth Marathon Challenge - Final Results

Thomas Grimes- 2.43.13 - 1st
Patrick Brown - 2.45.54 - 2nd
James Nichols - 3.09.58 - 14th
Michael Bamford - 3.23.37 - 24th
Stephen Swan - 3.46.42 - 43rd
Stuart Barton - 4.26.37 - 84th
Rachel Le Roux - 4.28.20 - 85th
Diana Rexhepaj - 4.48.32 - 104th
Kirk Johnson - 4.57.32 - 112th

Mens Team Overall: 2nd team: East London Runners.

1st man overall Thomas Grimes
2nd man overall Patrick Brown

Friday 28th June 2019 - Finsbury 5000's, Finsbury Park Athletic Track

Euan Brown - 14.55.17 - 1st, race 7
Antonio Martin Romero - 15.53.75 pb - 14th, race 7
Patrick Brown - 16.40.31 - 25th, race 7
Mark Boulton - 16.14.11 - 4th, race 6

Saturday 13th July 2019 - Essex 30 mile, Felstead (32.8 miles)

Paula Bedford 6.05.40 9th, 1st Lady!

4 laps - lap 1 1.11.52 - lap 2 1.22.26 - lap 3 1.47.07 - lap 4 1.44.14

Sunday 14th July 2019 - The Roding Around Marathon

Maud Hodson 4.49.59 6th, 1st Lady

Maud Hodson: Roding Around Marathon race report - See Results Page!

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019 - Spitfire Scramble 24 Hour Race

Nathaniel Dye - 103 miles ,18 laps - Male SOLO(4th of 25)

Richard Butterworth - 12 laps - Men United (2nd of 15)
Gareth Davies - 10 laps - Men United (2nd of 15)

Jason Levy - 4 laps - ELR Legends
Alex Jameson = 5 laps - ELR Legends
Craig Livermore - 5 laps - ELR Legends
Catriona Hoult - 5 laps - ELR Legends
Diana Rexhepaj - 4 laps - ELR Legends

Stuart Barton - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Abdirahman Adan - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 3 laps, - ELR Spitters
Joanna Wood - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Stephen Swan - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Sandra Hiller - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Geoff Bench - 3 laps - ELR Spitters
Suzanne Bench - 3 laps - ELR Spitters

Maya Goodwin - 2 laps - EERR 2
Fiona Critchley - 3 laps - EERR 2
Bernadett Kalmar - 3 laps - EERR 2

Rakesh Sandhu
Richard Kimmens - 7 laps - Scrambled legs 1 (1st of 14)

Race Reports on our Results Page

Dave Knight RIP. 12/07/55 - 24/08/19

Saturday 24th August 2019
Today we learned that our great friend and fellow runner Dave Knight had lost his battle with cancer. We offer condolences to his wife Ann, Daughter Ellie, Son Joe and all of his extended family and friends.

Dave joined East London Runners over 20 years ago, after being encouraged to join by John White.He quickly fitted in and began competing for the Club in the Sunday Cross Country League, a tradition he maintained until earlier this year.

Dave also competed for the Club in the ELVIS Races and was a regular in the Benfleet 15, Essex Way Relay and completed the London and other Marathons more than 15 times.

After a London Marathon at the Ship & Shovell drinking pints of Badger, Dave with the late Roger Dixon, Carlton D'Souza and Richard Guest

He introduced many new runners to our Club and was always helpful to all on the Wednesday night Club runs. He often organised and attended the Sunday Social runs, being a great believer in encouraging all abilities to take part. Almost always he was accompanied by his dog Juno and before that his previous dog Jelly.

Dave was delighted to be honoured as a Life Member of ELR at the Annual General Meeting in February 2019.

Dave's funeral will take place at the City of London Cemetery & Cremetorium, Aldersbrook Road, London, E12 5DQ at 3.30pm on Monday 16th September 2019.

Dave's wife Ann and family wishes to thank everyone for their tributes and messages of condolence.

Ann has also asked that those attending should feel free to wear their running tops, Orient Shirts or band t shirts etc.

Post funeral arrangements to be advised.

Many ELR Members have already added tributes on our Group Facebook page and I add a few here, with more on our website, Club History Page.

Frank Brownlie Dave had many passions in life. We were lucky that one of these was running. We were even luckier when he chose to join East London Runners over 20 years ago. I had the great privilige of training for many spring marathons with Dave and other Club Members. We also enjoyed his company, together with his dogs Jelly and Juno on hundreds of Sunday Social runs. In March this year when Dave was attending Barts for his chemotherapy sessions he took time out to visit me in the cardiac recovery ward following my bypass operation. He very kindly gave me two football magazines to read. He always had time for others, enjoyed a pint on our many social functions and we shall miss him greatly.

John White - Such a lovely guy. My running mate for 23+ years. I would feel privileged to be part of any celebration the club organised, of his contribution to the club, and life. No more Sunday and Monday runs....Bye, mate.

Andrea Waller - A true gent. Lucky enough to have run with him for more than 10 years. RIP Dave. X

Grant Conway - RIP my dear friend Dave. At least you won't be suffering any more.

James Nichols - Such sad news. It was Dave who encouraged me to join ELR having known him at Leyton Orient when I was getting into running. He remained a friend and source of encouragement ever since. I will raise a drink or two in his memory this evening. RIP

Anna Dingle - I am sad to hear this. Dave was such a lovely man. I will always remember him for encouraging me round on my first Roding Half. I wasn't part of ELR then, but he ran with me most of the way and made me laugh lots and made me run that bit faster to get me to run my half marathon PB. I am so glad that I was able to thank him for that on social runs.
A true gentleman with a big heart. He will be greatly missed.

Jonathan Wooldridge - RIP Dave. Your support and encouragement were inspirational to me and so many others inside and outside the club. You leave us all so sad, but with such rich and very fond memories.

Monday 16th September 2019 - Dave Knight's Funeral

Dave's funeral took place at the City of London Cemetery & Cremetorium, Aldersbrook Road, London, E12 5DQ at 3.30pm on Monday 16th September 2019.

Dave's wife Anne and family wishes to thank everyone for their tributes and messages of condolence.

Anne had also asked that those attending should feel free to wear their running tops, Orient Shirts or band t shirts etc.

Details of the Charity chosen by Dave's Family - To remember Dave Knight we are fundraising for Dogs Trust because Dave loved his dogs and supported this charity.

John White, Caroline and 16 others met at the Lakeside Diner around 2pm, and had tea and a bacon roll there in Dave Knight's honour (veggie options were available). They then left around 2:20pm'sh to walk approx 2.5 miles to the City of London Cemetary & Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, E12 5DQ.

There was a massive attendance of Dave's Family and Friends at the Funeral Service, including around 50 from East London Runners.

Post funeral many of the mourners attended the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Rd, Leytonstone, London E11 1NP

Tribute to Dave Knight read by Frank Brownlie, Chair, East London Runners

Dave had many passions in life. We were lucky that one of these was running. We were even luckier when he chose to join East London Runners over 20 years ago.

He quickly fitted in and began competing for the Club in the Sunday Cross Country League.

He introduced many new runners to our Club and helped and took great interest in everyone.

Dave often organised the Sunday Social runs, being a great believer in encouraging all abilities to take part. Almost always he was accompanied by his dog Juno and before that Jelly.

On many Sunday mornings the group would meet at The Lakeside Diner on Whipps Cross road, a few minutes drive from Dave's house. Invariably he was the last to arrive, always wearing an Orient top. It was difficult to ascertain who was most excited to be out running 10 miles or more in Epping Forest, Dave or Juno.

We had the great privilege of training for many spring marathons with Dave and his dogs.

Dave completed 14 London Marathons and a Brighton Marathon, raising money for many Charities.

We would often run 18/23 miles to Hyde Park via the canal towpaths. After coffee and cake, we would return by tube with Dave carrying Juno down the escalators. I recall the first occasion when he admitted to me that Juno had never been on the tube before. Other than a few whines Juno was fine and as always had a great number of admirers on board.

A few years ago, we had finished our 10 mile run in Hainault Forest, stopping at the Park Café for the inevitable tea/coffee and bacon and egg roll. Afterwards, setting off to jog the last mile back to our cars, we were about 100 yards down the path when Dave suddenly realised that he had left Juno behind, tied to the picnic table. She was quickly retrieved.

Dave was delighted to be honoured as a Life Member of East London Runners at the Annual General Meeting this year.

He always had time for others, enjoyed a pint and a chat on our many social functions. We will never forget Dave and we shall miss him greatly.

August/September 2019 - ELR Nominated as Running Club of the Year

East London Runners has been voted by the readers of Women's Running to be one of the ten brands in their shortlist of the most popular Running Club of 2019.



There will be a Special Issue of the readers' favourite running brands in a special awards issue later in 2019. Watch out for this!

Voting closes on Friday 6th September 2019, so let's get voting!

Sunday 13th October 2019 - Ciaran Canavan completes the 6 Marathon Majors!

Ciaran completed the 6 Marathon Majors in Chicago on Sunday 13th October 2019

Completing the Abbott World Marathon Majors

So what are the Abbot World Marathon Majors?

The World Marathon Majors is a series of the most prestigious and renowned marathons across the globe. Formed in 2006, initially 5 events being Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York, these were joined by Tokyo in 2013 to become the 6 World Marathon Majors. Although a series for the elite, the headline sponsor, Abbott, also applauds and celebrates the achievements of "everyday champions from around the world" through their Six Star System.

They now have an online results system where amateur runners can claim a "Star" for each of the geographic Majors they've run. When all Six Stars are achieved, Abbott reward runners for their achievement with a certificate and with the Prestigious 6 Star Finishers medal too.

When I ran the London Marathon in 2009, unbeknown to me at the time, I was beginning on my journey of the the Six Marathon Majors, and I spent the next 10 years on this Journey. My 2nd Major was New York in 2013, and Berlin my 3rd in 2014. Thereafter I knew I wanted to complete the series as quickly as I possibly could, but the introduction of Tokyo into the series in 2013 had made this a much more difficult task. Luckily I managed to combine a hop to Tokyo for the marathon weekend as a stopover on return from visiting New Zealand in 2017!

Once I had achieved this, I realised that the end game was within my grasp. Just Boston and Chicago to go, which I completed in 2018 and 2019.

Ciaran with Majors and Chicago Medals!

Now a Six Star finisher, I can look back with fondness on my journey.

My Six Star Challenge has taken me on a personal journey, across the globe, from the UK, to the EU, to the US and Japan. With the benefit of hindsight I can see how my journey has been a physical, mental, emotional and financial challenge.

It's been tough, yet easy. Demanding and rewarding. It's been painful, yet joyful, thought provoking and memory making. Joining the Abbott World Marathon Majors Six Star Finishers Club goes beyond the physical form of just running 6 marathons, and so this makes joining this Club an ever so special and prestigious accomplishment.

Since completing my Sixth Star on Sunday 13th October 2019, the most common question that I have been asked is which Star has been my favourite? Her is my answer.

London: Because it was my first, and my hometown. ELR's Water station, and lots of support.

New York: Because I ran it for my 40th Birthday, and I then got to spend a couple of days in the Big Apple and the US for the first time.

Berlin: Because it is my PB, the (alcohol free) free beer, and the Eurotrash party at the finish line.

Tokyo: Because everything is just so polite. Polite bowing and polite clapping and everyone is made to feel like a king.

Boston: Because I finished in the face of adversity. The weather was horrendous. Torrential downpours and 45 mph headwinds.

Chicago: Because of the drag performers in boys town, and because I'm now a Six Star Finisher!

They are all unique, and I have a favourite memory from each.

Got the Six Star Marathon Majors big marathon bug? On your own Six Star Finishers Journey? Then check out the Abbott World Marathon Majors website here: www.worldmarathonmajors.com

Ciaran's 6 Star medal plus individual medals from the 6 Major Marathons!

Sunday 8th December 2019 - Dave Knight Commeroration Plaque - 10am at Lakeside Diner

Anne Knight and Frank Brownlie unveiling the Dave Knight Memorial Plaque at the Lakeside Diner. His friends from the Club and family attended to remember our friend who passed this year. In tribute, like every Sunday, club members ran through the forest on our Sunday Social run.

Thursday 19th December 2019 - ANNUAL AWARDS FESTIVE DINNER - Red Lion, Leytonstone

The ELR Running Awards 2019 winners were announced at the ANNUAL AWARDS FESTIVE DINNER - Red Lion, Leytonstone - Thursday 19th December 2019 -

The Roger Dixon Shield - Club Person of the Year 2019 - Frank Brownlie

New Award - The Dave Knight Trophy - Newcomer of the Year 2019 - Warren Ibrahim.

The Winners of our annual awards are listed below. Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2019 - Roselin Boramakot

also nominated:
Paula Bedford
Samia Choudhury
Fiona Day
Maud Hodson
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2019 - Jose Rodriguez

also nominated:
Ciaran Canavan
Arthur Diaz
Antonio Martin-Romero
James Nichols
Jonathan Wooldridge

Female Most Improved Runner of the Year 2019 - Alice Barrett

also nominated:
Becky Evans
Maya Goodwin
Catriona Hoult
Helen McGuinness
Kasia Stachowiak

Male Most Improved Runner of the Year 2019 - Karan Gadhia

also nominated:
Peter Craik
Arthur Diaz
John Henry
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir

Female Runner of the Year 2019 - Becky Evans

also nominated:
Caroline Frith
Maud Hodson
Catriona Hoult
Karen Levison
Alexandra Rutishauser- Perera
Kasia Stachowiak

Male Runner of the Year 2019 - Scott McMillan

also nominated:
Euan Brown
Arthur Diaz
Nathaniel Dye
Jose Rodriguez
Rak Sandhu
Jacob Stevens

December 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Chloe Millan

November 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Paul Thompson

October 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - John Henry

September 2019
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Club Runners of the Month - Catriona and Nick Hoult

August 2019 - Dave Knight RIP
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Club Runner of the Month - Peter Craik

July 2019
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Club Runners of the Month - Nathaniel Dye

June 2019
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Club Runners of the Month - Euan Brown and Jose Rodriguez

May 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Samia Choudhury

April 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Antonio Martin Romero

March 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Arthur Diaz

February 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Scott McMillan

January 2019
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Club Runner of the Month - Becky Evans



January 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Jose Rodriguez

February 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Antonio Martin Romero

March 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Stuart Kelly

April 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Not awarded owing to Covid 19

May 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Not awarded owing to Covid 19

June 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Not awarded owing to Covid 19

July 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Not awarded owing to Covid 19

August 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Not awarded owing to Covid 19

September 2020
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CROTM withheld

October 2020
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Club Runner of the Month - Paul Quinton

November 2020
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CROTM withheld

December 2020
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CRotM withheld

Anual General Meeting - Thursday 18th February 2020 - New Committee Elected

Thank you to all the members that attended the clubs AGM. The following have been elected to the club management committee for the year 2020/21.

Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Vice Chair - Ciaran Canavan
Club Secretary - Michael Wilson
Treasurer - James Nichols
Wednesday Night coordinator - Jo Wood
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle
Race Secretary - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Website and Newsletter Lead - Jason Levy
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Michael Bamford
Assistant Volunteer Coordinators - Rachel Le Roux, Becky Evans
Media and PR Lead - Maya Goodwin
Welfare Officer and Newsletter Editor - Sheetal Dandgey
Additional members - with roles to be defined, are
Stuart Barton
Bernadette Kalmar
Regis Martin
Tricia ONeill
Jacob Stevens

Further details to be advised in the February edition of the club newsletter.

ELR Review of 2020 on You Tube!

An East London Runners response to 2020... what a crazy year!!!! #ELRStrong

ELR Review of 2020 on YouTube


Club Newsletters 2021

January 2021
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Club Runner Of The Month - Withheld

February 2021
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CROTM - Withheld


March 2021
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CROTM - Withheld

April 2021
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CROTM - Paul Woodmansey

May 2021
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CROTM - Jose Rodriguez

Meet the new Club Committee

At the AGM on 11th February 2021, the following were elected as the club’s management committee:

Chair - Jacob Stevens

Vice Chair - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Club and Membership Secretary - Michael Wilson

Treasurer - Calvin Bobin

Race Secretary - Sandra Preston

Media Officer & Newsletter Editor - Tricia O'Neill

Assistant Media Officer - Susan Edwards

Newsletter & Website Designer - Jason Levy

Webmaster - Derek Wright

Website & IT Specialist - Denys Vuika

Welfare Officer - Alice Barrett

Assistant Welfare Officer - Michael Wilson

Wednesday & Sunday Run Coordinator - Catriona Hoult

Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle

Volunteer Coordinator - Michael Bamford

Assistant Volunteer Coordinators - Caroline Frith, Susannah McLaren, Mark Moir

Athlete Liaison - Scott McMillan

Ciaran Canavan and Jacob Stevens will continue to act as COVID Coordinator and Track Coordinator respectively, for the time being. These roles will be re-assigned to new committee members in due course.