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Club Runner of the Month 2016

Club Runner of the Month - December 2016 - Paul Marshall

Congratulations to Paul Anthony Marshall - ELR Club Runner of the Month for December 2016.

Paul has improved his times at Parkrun and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Great Run Local (5k); and achieved a PB at the Bedford Half Marathon. He is also a keen cross country runner, competing in the Sunday Cross Country league, The Ware Cup and the London Cross Country Championships. A highlight this month was the Great Yorkshire Pieathlon, where he was able to combine his fondness for pies with running a 'challenging' trail race! (Paul finished a credible 19th out of 250). Paul is a lively character at ELR, sharing his enthusiasm for running with members on a Wednesday evening run and at club races and events.

Club Runners of the Month - November 2016 - Fiona Critchley and John Healy

Congratulations to Fiona Critchley and John Healy. Club Runners of the Month for November 2016.

This month Fiona competed for the club in the Loughton AC Vets Cup Cross Country Championships and Essex Vets Cross Country Championships, in addition to the Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Mile road race and the Central Line Street Orienteering series. Strong at 'off Road' races in particular, she has also run in the Benfleet 15 and the three day Colworth Marathon Challenge amongst others. Fiona has a quiet determination which has seen her achieve PB's at 10k, 5 Mile and 5k distance. She is a regular at Parkrun (89 in total!), races in the ELVIS series and enjoys ELR socials.

This month John competed for the club in the Thames Meander Half Marathon and London Cross Country Championships, followed by a trip to New York for the Pelham Half Marathon. He enjoys a variety of events including the Original Kent Maverick Cross Country (21k) and the Lakeland Trail Half Marathon challenge; also many other half marathons resulting in a PB at The Royal Parks HM in October. He races in the Chingford League, ELVIS series and Parkrun and achieved a PB of 3.28.36 at the 2016 Brighton Marathon. John is a 'friendly face' at the Wednesday evening club run and enjoys ELR socials.

Club Runner of the Month - October 2016 - Scott McMillan

Congratulations to Scott McMillan. Club Runner of the Month for October 2016.

In an eventful month, Scott has achieved superb times at the Wanstead Flats parkrun, twice improving his PB which now stands at 18.19 for the 5k distance. His latest parkrun - which now total over 260! - came days after recovering from extreme dehydration suffered during the Chelmsford Marathon. Scott has also set fast times at the Orion 15 Mile (2.01.25), the ELVIS 5k/5 Mile series and a number of half marathons; culminating in a PB (by more than 3 mins 30 secs) of 1.26.16 at the Ealing Half Marathon. Scott is a valued member of the club and his dedication to training as paid off with a consistency and quality to his performances during the year.

Club Runner of the Month - September 2016 - Ava Lee

Congratulations to Ava Lee, ELR Club Runner of the Month for September 2016.

As ELR Ladies ELVIS captain, Ava has been pivotal in the team winning the series once again by finishing 1st lady in three of the races and 1st Vet in two others. In a busy couple of weekends this month, Ava competed in the London Duathlon; (6th lady) then the Hever Castle Triathlon six days later (5th lady and 1st FV40); followed by ELVIS 7 - ELR Valentines Park Charity 5k, the next day! (1st FV35).
A superb all round athlete who is very modest of her achievements, Ava has impressed at distances from 5k (sub 20 mins) to marathon (3.11.28). Ava is an active member of the club and a brilliant mentor; a regular at Wednesday night club runs, club socials and is a member of the ELR management committee.

Club Runner of the Month - August 2016 - Karen Levison

Congratulatioms to Karen Levison. Club Runner of the Month for August 2016.

Karen capped her ELVIS comeback in style on Bank Holiday Monday at the Barking Road Runners 5k, as part of the winning ELR ladies team and taking the award for 3rd lady overall. She is often amongst the prizes running the 5k/5 Mile distance and was ladies ELVIS captain for a number of years. Karen has been running at a consistently high level over her specialist distances and is now a life member of ELR. She is a regular at the Wednesday club run, parkrun and the Monday track where she is a fitness coach. An inspiration to all, Karen has just returned from her latest injury setback and hopes to be back running sub 20 mins for 5k in the not too distant future!

Club Runner of the Month July 2016 - Dan Slipper

Congratulations to Dan Slipper, ELR Club Runner of the Month for July 2016.

A popular and active member of the club, Dan was part of the 4 x 5k ELR track team that excelled at the 'Great Team Relay' this month. He has competed in all ELVIS races this summer, runs sub 19 mins for 5k including Parkrun and sub 39 mins for 10k. He races at distances from the mile (City of London Mile - 5.37) upwards to the Marathon (Sub 3 hours); is a supporter of team events and a great motivator. Dan also enjoys the Monday track sessions and is a regular attendee of the Wednesday club run.

Club Runners of the Month - June 2016 - Sandra Hiller and Robert Rayworth

Congratulations to Sandra and Robert on being awarded Club Runners of the Month for June 2016.

Sandra Hiller
With a parkrun pb which she then improved at ELVIS 3 with another 5k pb and a 5m ile pb at ELVIS 2 Sandra in her own quiet way has shown great improvement in recent months.

Robert Rayworth. Robert has shown great improvement since joining ELR. A fully committed runner he regularly attends at the track on Monday evenings and the Club runs on Wednesdays. He races often giving 100% everytime.

Club Runner of the Month - May 2016 - Billy Rayner

Congratulations to Billy Rayner. Club Runner of the Month for May 2016.

Billy in action at the ELVIS 1 - Dagenham 88 - 5 miler.

Billy has been quick to make an impression at ELR with a number of outstanding performances. He ran the Wings For Life World Run earlier this month, completing 20.63 Miles before being caught by the car (driven by David Coulthard)!

He made his ELVIS debut at the Dagenham 5ish, finishing 2nd overall in a time of 29.26 and over the late May Bank Holiday, completed the Vitality London 10,000 in a PB time of 35.47. He also run the Sidcup 10 (1.02.47 PB) shortly after joining the club and the Orion 15 in a time of (2.03.20). Billy has improved his Wanstead Flats Parkrun time to 17.36 and is a regular at the Wednesday night club run.

Club Runners of the Month - April 2016 - Spencer Evans and Bernadett Kulmar

Congratulations to Spencer Evans and Bernadett Kulmar. Club Runners of the Month for April 2016.

Spencer completed the London Marathon (marathon debut) in an impressive time of 3.20.58. He also ran in the Orion 15 earlier this month, along with The Essex 20 and Roding Valley Half Marathon among others earlier in the year. A serious competitor for the club, Spencer has seen his times improve considerably with many PB's at 5k distance and upwards. Spencer is a regular at ELVIS races, the Wednesday night club run, Monday track sessions and enjoys the club social evenings!

Bernadett completed the London Marathon (also a marathon debut) in a time of 4.28.03. She also ran in the Bratislava Half Marathon this month as part of her training, along with the Southern XC Championships and Benfleet 15 earlier in the year. Bernadett also competes in the ELVIS races, Parkrun and is a regular at the Wednesday night club run and Sunday run. With her cheerful manner and positive outlook, it is no surprise that she has achieved her recent goals, despite picking up some minor injuries along the way!

Club Runner of the Month - March 2016 - Judith Anna Vonberg

Congratulations to Judith Anna Vonberg. Club Runner of the Month for March 2016.

Judith joined East London Runners in early January 2016 and during that short period of time has achieved personal bests on 6 occasions at the Valentines Park parkruns! Earlier this month at her last parkrun she was First Lady in a PB time of 21.07. She has competed for the club in the Olympic Park 10k, the Hyde Park 10k and the Roding Valley Half Marathon (1.38.58 and a PB by 18 minutes).

Judith is a regular at the Wednesday night club runs and an enthusiast of the Monday night track sessions, which have helped her to steadily improve her performances since the beginning of the year.

Club Runner of the Month - February 2016 - Aaron Browne

Congratulations to Aaron Browne. Club runner of the month for February 2016.

Aaron completed the 'hilly' Roding Valley Half Marathon on 28th February in an impressive 11th position (out of 571), setting a personal best time of 1:21:45 and improving on his previous HM time by 18 minutes! Since joining the club in July 2014 Aaron has been a regular at the ELVIS series, parkrun and the Wednesday night club run. A keen competitor for the club, Aaron has steadily been improving his race times and is presently training for his first marathon.

Aaron at the Roding Valley Half Marathon.

Club Runner of the Month January 2016 - Grant Conway

Congratulations to Grant Conway

A cross country enthusiast, in January alone Grant competed for ELR in The Essex XC Championships, The Benfleet 15, Orion Mercury 10 and the SEAA XC Championships. He is ELVIS men's captain, a stalwart of Wednesday club runs and a leader of the Monday night track sessions which are very popular with beginner and experienced runners alike.

Grant is a great motivator and always willing to share his knowledge of cross country and marathon training and also give advice on the different types of running shoes available!