The ELVIS series will kick off on Wednesday 2 June 2021 with a 5 mile race in Dagenham's Central Park. Entries are now open (www.entrycentral.com) but you'll need to enter quick as the limit is 300 runners.
The second race will be a 5K at the Olympic Park on Wednesday 23 June, followed on Wednesday 14 July by 5 miles in Hainault Forest Country Park. The fourth race has yet to be finalised but will be in late July. As all four races will commence at 7.30pm, there will be no club runs on these dates. Morning races will follow with the Orion 5 mile at 10am on Saturday 21 August (Chingford Plain), Barking Park 5k on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August at 10.30am and the ELVIS series will finish with our own 5k in Valentines Park at 10.30am on Sunday 26 September. Please ensure you get these dates into your diaries and have your race kit ready to go!
The club has been allocated a single place for the 2021 London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October. This is significantly fewer places than normal, a) because the EA-affiliated club places have been spread across 2021 and 2022 (we expect to receive two places via this route for the 2022 race), and b) because we did not have the opportunity to volunteer in 2020 as the race was cancelled (we usually receive several additional places via this route).
The draw for the 2021 club place will take place on Monday 17th May 2021, prior to the track session. If you would like to enter the club ballot, please provide proof of rejection in the public ballot by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, before midnight on Sunday 16th May 2021. Please note that you must have been a fully paid up First Claim member of ELR since 1st April 2019, amongst other criteria. For full eligibility rules, please see http://www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/londonmarathon
Following the postponement of the 'Reunion 10K', London Marathon Events are planning to hold the 'Reunion 5K' at Kempton Park, Surrey as one of the pilot events in the government's Events Research Programme (ERP). The ERP is a very significant step towards the safe return of events for participants and spectators. The 'Reunion 5K' will take place on Saturday 15 May 2021. Registration now open (www.lmereg.co.uk/w/756/#mandatory_div). The entry fee is £15. All finishers will receive a medal.
The County Championships are being held on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August 2021 at Chelmsford. The closing date for entries for the championships is Friday 2 July (by post) and Thursday 8 July (on-line). No late entries allowed. All competitors must be registered with England Athletics and you will need your EA licence number to enter. Events include 100m, 400m, 800m and 3000m for senior men and women on 31 July, and 200m and 1500m for senior men and women on 1 August. The fee is £10 per event and can be made on-line at: https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=37497&OrgID=13220.
We are pleased to advise that East London Runners has been allocated ten guaranteed Club entries for both the 2021 Brighton Marathon and 10K race. These popular events are taking place on Sunday 12 September 2021 and are now closed to general entries. The offer is available on a first come first served basis, to England Athletics registered athletes who are first claim members of East London Runners. The entry fee is £75 to enter the Marathon and £35 for the 10K. It is the responsibility of each person to pay their individual fee. If you would like to secure a place, then please email email@example.com and we will inform the race organisers. They are only able to accept requests to enter the races from club secretaries. Entries will be accepted until 18 July 2021.
Update from England Athletics following the UK governments roadmap today for the easing of lockdown restrictions. While they are optimistic these guidelines allow for a return to Covid Secure club activities on 29th March, further guidance is being sought. I will keep you all updated.
We welcome the UK Governments statement today [22 February] on an initial step towards the resumption of outdoor sport.
We have been in regular dialogue with both Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) during this period and, at the same time, scenario planning around the safe and progressive return of our sport ahead of the Prime Minister unveiling his plan for the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions in England.
We will now seek further clarity from Sport England and DCMS on the details contained within the UK Governments roadmap and remain optimistic about the return on March 29 of athletics, running, training and other activity in clubs and groups and then for the safe return of competition and the sport more widely.
As soon as we have more information, we will make an announcement on our website (www.englandathletics.org) and through our social media channels.
We are creating a map of the approximate location of as many ELR members as possible, on an opt-in basis. The map will have a pin at the general street location (postcode) of members who opt in, not the actual house location or anyone's name. We will then use this map to organise various location-based challenges (virtual for the time being, of course).
For further information, see the announcement in the ELR Facebook group, or if you don't use Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If you would like your location to appear on the map, please email email@example.com with your name and postcode, or fill in the form on the Facebook post.
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