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ELVIS Race 7 - Sunday 26 September 2021 - Valentine's Park, Ilford

Entries are now open for the seventh and final race in the 2021 ELVIS series. The event is hosted by East London Runners and will take place in Valentine's Park in Ilford on Sunday 26 September 2021 at 10.30am. Entries via Entry Central - and as well as runners we need lots of marshals and cake bakers.


Cross Country social/rally night, plus marathon race prep clinic - Wednesday 29th September 2021

Straight after club run, Eton Manor RC.

On Wednesday 29th September we will be having a cross country social/rally night. The aim is for members to get together after the club run (whether you have run or not!) to talk about the upcoming winter programme of cross country and road events. Grant, our club coach, will bring along his extensive collection of running shoes so that we can discuss appropriate footwear for the various courses and conditions that we will face over the winter.

There will also be several members of the committee in attendance who will be able to provide comprehensive information on all the events, including details of how the leagues we participate in operate and how you can score points in the ELR Grand Prix.

We can also take the opportunity to discuss any questions our Autumn marathon runners may have about their forthcoming marathons and how we should prepare and execute our marathons on the day. Also, any other questions you may have about your running can be discussed amongst friends and fellow club mates.
Hopefully see you there.

Chingford League - Race 2 - Dagenham Central Park - Saturday 2 October 2021

Saturday 2nd October 2021 - Chingford League Race 2 - Central Park, Rainham Road North, Dagenham RM10 7FJ.

Start Time: 11.00am for all runners.

This a 5 mile cross country race on a fast course, consisting of grass and trail. Suitable for trail shoes (not spikes). The race is FREE to all ELR club members and it is not necessary to complete any on line registration forms.

Please let our Chingford League captains (Michael Wilson/Karan Gadhia) know if you are planning to run - see Facebook for more details. Remember to bring your race number if you already have one from Race 1.

Essex County Athletic Association - Cross Country (XC) Relays

Billericay Striders are hosting the Essex XC relays at Weald Country Park in Brentwood (CM14 5QS) on Saturday 2 October. The closing date for entries is Sunday 19 September. Race 1 for U13, U15 and U17 girls at 1pm (3k x 3 legs), Race 2 for U13, U15 and U17 boys at 2pm (3k x 3 legs), Race 3 at 3pm for senior women (5K x 3 legs), senior men (5K x 4 legs) and mixed women/men (5K x 4 legs). All seniors - age 17 and above.

The second race in the Chingford League is being held on the same date. This will be a 5M XC in Dagenham Central Park, starting at 11am. The timings may mean ELRs wishing to compete in both events can do so.

ELR Grand Prix - 2021/2022

The idea of this internal Grand Prix competition is to gain points by participating in as many races as possible within the list, over a 12 month period (you don't have to do them all but you won't gain points for the ones you skip). The points are higher for certain races and we use an age grade system to calculate them.

There are two different series as we know that not everyone can do more than 12 races in a year:

ELR Silver Series (12 races)
5 best ELVIS races out of 8
6 best Chingford or Sunday League races (out of 12)
1 10k (road officially measured)

ELR Gold Series (19 races)
6 best ELVIS races out of 8, including running or volunteering at Valentines
8 best Chingford or Sunday League races out of 12, including at least 3 of each league
1 10k (road officially measured)
1 half marathon (road officially measured)
1 marathon (road officially measured)
1 XC 15 miles (Benfleet or Orion)
1 Essex Way Relay

We have now included all the details of the rules and scoring system in our website.

Saturday 18th September 2021 - Parkrun

Saturday morning parkrun. At 9am FREE timed 5k runs/races at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), Valentines Park, Ilford and many other venues across London, the UK and other Countries. Suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced runners.
First timers register at

New Club Run format

We are now able to announce our plans for Wednesday night club runs. As you are no doubt aware, Wanstead Leisure Centre will be closed for renovation for at least a year. But, we have found a great alternative venue - the Eton Manor Rugby Club in Wanstead (at the end of Nutter Lane, just across the A12 from WLC). The venue has a nice covered outdoor area for our pre-run announcements, with a bar we can use afterwards. It has changing rooms, showers and free parking. Many thanks to Susan Edwards for facilitating this arrangement.

For a trial period of two months, we will retain two well-received aspects of the Faux Wednesday format:

- Firstly, we will alternate between club runs that start at the Rugby Club with announcements, and the separate locations we've had over the past year. The aim is to reintroduce a regular focal point for the whole club to meet, while also allowing people to run closer to home and on a wider variety of routes.

- Secondly, we will retain 6 to 9 smaller pace groups each with a single leader, rather than going back to three large groups with leader and backmarker. This will allow a wider range of paces - including fast and beginners groups - and will apply to all Wednesday runs, both those from the RFC and separate locations. So, we will continue to need plenty of volunteers to lead the groups!

Towards the end of the trial period, we will hold a survey of club members to gather feedback on what permanent arrangement would suit our members the best.

Finally, a reminder that we will be holding our first Club Colours Social Run since March 2020 on 4th August. Keep an eye out for further details soon.

Subject to final confirmation from the venue, we are planning the following schedule over the next few weeks:
- 21 Jul: Separate groups as usual.
- 28 Jul: No club run - IAC Hilly 5 ELVIS race.
- 4 Aug: Club Colours Social Run to the Duke - starting together outdoors, somewhere near the pub, but with the new format pace groups.
- 11 Aug: Separate groups.
- 18 Aug: First club run from Eton Manor RFC, finishing with drinks at the bar!
- 25 Aug: Separate groups.
- 1 Sep: Club Colours Social Run from Eton Manor RFC to our annual Club Barbecue at Wanstead Cricket Club.

South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Fixtures

SEAA have announced the dates for their Cross Country championships. Dates for your diaries are:

Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 23 October 2021
London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on 20 November 2021
Cross Country Masters Championships at Horspath, Oxford on 11 December 2021
Cross Country Main Championships, venue tbc, on 29 January 2022

Essex XC Championship Fixtures

Dates and venues for the county championship races have now been confirmed and are as follows:
Essex XC relays - Saturday 2 October 2021, hosted by Billericay Striders at Weald Country Park, Brentwood
Essex Vets Champs inc U13 and U15 - Saturday 4 December 2021, hosted by Springfield Striders at Writtle University, Chelmsford
Essex Senior Champs inc U17 and U20 - Saturday 8 January 2022, hosted by Basildon AC at Gloucester Park, Basildon