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Monday 9th December 2019 - Track Session with The Godfather - 6.45pm at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge

Session Leader:
Grant Conway

09th December 2019

Technical Focus:
Running Tall:
- Shoulders relaxed
- Head straight and looking forward (not down)
- Tall posture and high hips - helium balloon"

Phase of training:
Preparation for cross- country

Warm Up:
As directed by session leader

Set 1: Secret Session

Cool Down:
As directed by session leader

Strength and Conditioning:
Plank Challenge - 3:50 elbow plank

10 minutes of general stretching

Wednesday 11th December 2019 - Chingford League Race 4 - Olympic Velopark Track, Stratford - 7.30pm start. ****NOTE - NO CLUB RUN FROM WANSTEAD TONIGHT****

Venue: Olympic Velopark Track, Stratford.
Start: 7.30pm.


Saturday 14th December 2019 - parkruns at 9am

FREE timed 5k runs/races starting at 9am at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), Valentines Park Ilford, Beckton, Barking, Hackney, Walthamstow and Mile End and at many other locations across London and the UK and abroad.

Check for cancellationswww.parkrun.org.uk/cancellations/


Wednesday 18th December 2019 - Club Run - Woodford Avenue/High Road (Approx 6 Miles) - Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.50pm for a 7.00pm start

Take care when crossing roads and be aware of other pavement and park users. Please note our policy of no headphones to be worn during club runs. Club runners must wear 'hi viz' or light colour clothing for health and safety.

Turn right out of Wanstead Leisure Centre and under the subway at Redbridge roundabout. Exit by Redbridge station and turn right into the Eastern Avenue (A12), to Gants Hill roundabout. Turn immediate left into Woodford Avenue and straight down the road crossing over the roundabout (junction with Redbridge Lane East), then down the hill to Charlie Browns roundabout. Cross roundabout at traffic lights and then straight ahead up Maybank Road and the ramps on the left hand side of the A406 motorway. Turn left at the top of the ramps (by the side of Waitrose Supermarket) into Woodford High Road. Continue down the High Road, pass The Eagle pub and then turn left into Wanstead High Street. Turn left at end of the road by The George pub into the A12 and return to Wanstead Leisure Centre via the footbridge, Wigram Road and Redbridge Lane West.

Thursday 19th December 2019 - ANNUAL AWARDS FESTIVE DINNER - Upstairs at Red Lion, Leytonstone ***Tickets available***


The Venue is booked, preparations are underway and this year we will be dining en masse. If you fancy being part of this year's Annual Awards Night, I suggest that you bag your seat early as there are only 120 dinner places available, then sit back, relax and start planning what to wear.

Thursday 19th December 2019. 6.30pm until close.
The Ballroom, Upstairs above the Red Lion, 640 High Rd, Leytonstone, E11 3AA.

Dress Code: Bronze, Silver & Gold

Tickets are £25 each and secured by transfer:
Payments can be made on line by checking our bank details which are in the October and November Members' Newsletter or by asking Sonia or James.

When making payment please quote 'Xmas' followed by your name and then either V or M.
V is for the Vegetarian & Vegan option and M for the Meat option.

Those who still trade in cash? Then come and find Sonia or James Nichols at a Wednesday night Club run.

Thursday 19th December 2019 - ANNUAL AWARDS FESTIVE DINNER - Red Lion, Leytonstone

ELR Running Awards 2019 - Nominations below - Winners announced at the ANNUAL AWARDS FESTIVE DINNER - Red Lion, Leytonstone - Thursday 19th December 2019 - Have you got your tickets? See above!

The Roger Dixon Shield - Club Person of the Year 2019 - Voted by Club Members, winner to be annpunced on the night.

New Award - The Dave Knight Trophy - Newcomer of the Year 2019 - Voted by the Awards Group, to be announced on the night.

The Nominees for our Running Awards are listed alphabetically by surname below.

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2019
Paula Bedford
Roselin Boramakot
Samia Choudhury
Fiona Day
Maud Hodson
Alexandra Rutishauser- Perera

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2019
Ciaran Canavan
Arthur Diaz
Antonio Martin-Romero
James Nichols
Jose Rodriguez
Jonathan Wooldridge

Female Most Improved Runner of the Year 2019
Alice Barratt
Becky Evans
Maya Goodwin
Catriona Hoult
Helen McGuinness
Kasia Stachowiak

Male Most Improved Runner of the Year 2019
Peter Craik
Arthur Diaz
Karan Gadhia
John Henry
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir

Female Runner of the Year 2019
Becky Evans
Caroline Frith
Maud Hodson
Catriona Hoult
Karen Levison
Alexandra Rutishauser- Perera
Kasia Stachowiak

Male Runner of the Year 2019
Euan Brown
Arthur Diaz
Nathaniel Dye
Scott McMillan
Jose Rodriguez
Rak Sandhu
Jacob Stevens

Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 runs and activities including parkrun

During the holidays, there are some changes to our usual runs. These have been summarised below:

Wednesday 18th December 2019
Club Run, as usual. Traditionally this is our festive run. Pleased come suitably decorated and illuminated to celebrate the occasion.

Saturday 21st December 2019
parkruns, as usual

Sunday 22nd December 2019
Sunday League Cross Country - 10.30am - Fairlands Valley Park, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH (directly opposite Stevenage Football club and the Lamex Stadium. This is 1.1 miles from train station - 4.9m/8k, 3 laps of parkland. trail shoes recommended

Monday 23rd December 2019
NO TRACK TONIGHT but keep an eye on the website for any ad hoc daytime sessions.

Wednesday 25th December 2019, Christmas Day
No club run, but parkruns at various locations.
Local events - all at 09:00
Wanstead Flats
Highbury Fields
Oak Hill

Thursday 26th December 2019, Boxing Day Run
10k'sh off road at 10.30am - details tba - check this website

Saturday 28th December 2019
parkrun as normal plus...
ILFORD 10 Mile XC Race, 10am Hainault Forest at 10.30am. For more details see separate post.

Sunday 30th December 2019
Social run of 10 milesh at 10am

Monday 31st December 2019
NO TRACK TONIGHT - but keep an eye on the website for any ad hoc daytime sessions.

Tuesday 1st January 2020 New Year's Day
parkrun - of course, and lots of doubles available - check New Year parkrun Compendium 2019/20 to help find a do-able double near you! e.g. Wanstead at 9am and Valentines at 10am.

Wednesday 2nd January 2020
Club run as usual - first club run of the year - the mince pie revenge!!

Please check for any changes over the festive season. There will also be some ad hoc training runs. Please check our website for all runs and activities.

Club Members Runs and Activities - Non Members, please come along and try us out!

Monday Night is Track Night (No Sessions on Bank Holiday Mondays!) Every Wednesday night is Club Run Night (10k'sh, often with shorter options). We participate and support the Saturday morning 5k parkruns. Sunday Social runs of 10 miles approx at 10am.

Non Members - Please come along and try us out.

Essex Road Running Grand Prix 2020

The last race this year for the 2019 Essex Grand Prix is:
Stebbing 10m on the 10th of November

Dates for the Essex 20 Grand prix will be:
Sunday 1st March 2020 - Essex 20 (Rochford)
Sunday 3rd May - 10 Mile (Witham)
Sunday 10th May 2020 - Marathon (Halstead)
Friday 26th June 2020 - 5 Mile (Pleshey)
Sunday 20th September 2020 - Half Marathon (Pleshey)
Sunday 15th November 2020 - 10km (Chelmsford)

The Grand Prix is a series where each people and club accumulate points for each of the race...
More info on their website: http://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=336&catid=124&Itemid=1962/

Wednesday Night Club Runs - Meet at 6.45pm for 7pm at Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West, Wanstead London E11 2JZ

Pace Groups are now an integral part of our Wednesday Night Club Runs.

You can volunteer to pace/support the groups here -

The four groups are:

Below 7.00 min mile pace (likely to be sub 6.00/6.30 by some)
NOTE - Rather than having a "pacer", the faster group starts slightly ahead of the others and stays together for the first mile(approx), which would be run at a 6:30/40 pace.

After the first mile, the group "breaks" and runners can go at their own pace (they might also stay together or break into sub-groups, but this would be up to the individuals).

Runners starting in the faster group are requested to familiarise themselves with the route ahead of time to avoid getting lost.

Any runner who does get lost should wait to be "swept up" by the 7:30 pace group.

If there are no faster runners, then there is simply no faster group.

7.30-8.30min mile pace.

8.30-9.30min mile pace.

9.30-10.30min mile pace.

The last three groups have a Pace Leader and a support runner at the rear of each group.
NOTE - Runners in all Gruops are asked to familiarise themselves with the route each week. Full details and route maps are posted on this page and on the East London Runners Group page on Facebook each Sunday in good time for the Wednesday run.

What's happened so far in 2019

Sunday 7th December 2019 - Dave Knight Commerative Plaque

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.

Sunday 1st December 2019 - Jerez Half Marathon - NEW CLUB RECORD - Antonio Martin Romero - 1:10:58

Congratulations to Antonio Martin Romero (No 465) of ELR, 1st place in the Jerez Half Marathon today in a NEW Club record time of 1:10:58!

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!

Monday 16th September 2019 - 3.30 pm - 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. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/a-knight3?fbclid=IwAR166Tg0qp3oAjIz48K9_Kl2VoTM4ve-u5GeHDTY-VyZXL96GEvQULM7tgo

Please donate if you can.

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.

Saturday 24th August 2019 - Dave Knight RIP

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 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.

Many ELR Members have already added tributes on our Group Facebook page and we add a few here.

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 privilidge 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.

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 - 5 laps - Laurens Ladies
Richard Kimmens - 7 laps - Scrambled legs 1 (1st of 14)

Race Reports on our Results Page

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 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

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

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

Tuesday 18th June 2019 - ELVIS 3 - East End Road Runners Midsummer 5km, Olympic Park

ELR Results on Results Page

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019 - Last One Standing

Maud Hodson 24.47.57 25 laps of 4.1 miles

Friday 7th June 2019 - Fast Friday

Fast Friday - 5000m
Euan Brown 14.48.45 pb 7th

Fast Friday - 10,000m
Liviu Ionita 34.28.50 20th

Tuesday 4th June 2019 - Elvis 2 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 miles - Raphael Park

Results on Results Page

Wednesday 29th May 2019 - Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Runners Off Road 5 mile -

Full Results on Results Page

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 & Sunday 18th/19th May 2019 - Dobbs Weir Double Marathon

Maud Hodson 4.44.56 13th, 3rd lady, 1st FV40-49 - SUNDAY

Sunday 12th May 2019 - 25th Halstead & Essex Marathon

Patrick Brown - 2.51.40 - 6th
Alex Day - 3.02.32 - 13th
Dan Gritton - 3.14.22 - 29th

Sunday 29th April 2019 - Hamburg Marathon

Michael Wilson 3:44:32

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

Maonday 15th April 2019 - Boston Marathon

Paul Quinton - 2.55.25 - 1,727th

Sunday 14th April 2019 - Paris and Leipzig Marathons

Jimmy Dale - 3.23.09 pb - 5329th
Arthur Diaz - 4.30.02 pb - 33,161st

Marcela Vasques - 5.23.15 - 43,470th

Dan Gritton - 2.58.14 -29th
Dan's 127th Marathon!

Sunday 14th April 2019 - Brighton Marathon

Nathan Jones - 3.11.58 debut - 327th
Aaron Browne - 3.22.02 - 603rd
Andrew Baxter - 3.29.58 - 879th
Jakub Czeczotka - 3.51.37 pb - 2,281st
Colin Dryland - 3.55.52 - 2,640th
Maran Raju - 4.00.03 - 3,096th
Laura Tapper - 4.11.40 debut - 3,846th
Kathryn Hertzberg - 4.22.04 debut - 4,640th
Sarah Faull - 4.31.18 - 5,353rd
Jason Levy - 5.07.31

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 17th March 2019 - Reading Half Marathon

Antonio Martin Romero :1.11.34 pb and NEW CLUB RECORD TIME - 50th
Spencer Evans 1.26.39 381st
Janet Bywater 1.47.39 2209th

Antonio reports:Last test before the Manchester Marathon today in Reading.

I wasn't expecting to get a PB today, firstly because the course has several inclines and twisty turns and secondly because of the high mileage and workouts I have doing this week and in the previous one.

The wind seemed fine at the beginning of the race, but in some areas I was struggling to run fast as I was running most of time on my own, overtaking runners, and the wind slowed me down from mile 7 to 9, and then I managed to do the last 5k in around 16:25 to finish with a time of 1h11'34". Three weeks to go until thr Manchester Marathon!

Saturday 9th March 2019 - Chingford League Relays

Euan Brown : 10.10 leg1 1st team of 51
Jose Rodriguez : 10.56 leg 2 - 1st team of 51
Patrick Brown : 11.33 leg 3 - 1st team of 51
Thomas Grimes : 11.11 leg 4 - 1st team of 51
Samir Younsi : 15.41 leg 1 - 28 of 51
Warren Ibrahim : 14.56 leg 2 - 28 of 51
Peter Hatley : 14.55 leg 3 - 28 of 51
Terry Lewsey ; 14.45 leg 4 - 28 of 51
Selina Vernal : 13.46 leg 1 - 31 of 51
Becky Evans : 14.32 leg 2 - 31 of 51
Carolyn Edwards : 16.12 leg 3 - 31 of 51
Georgie Hooper : 16.43 leg 4 - 31 of 51
Robert Rayworth : 12.42 leg 1 - 37 of 51
Tricia ONeill :18.05 leg 2 - 37 of 51
Diana Rexhepaj : 18.50 leg 3 - 37 of 51
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera : 17.04 leg 4 - 37 of 51

1st team East London Runners 43.50 (Euan, Jose, Pat & Thomas)
2nd ELR TEAM 28th of 51 60.15
3rd ELR TEAM 31st of 51 61.13
4th ELR TEAM 37th of 51 66.38

Vets teams

Vet Women 5th of 6 (Becky, lexandra, Tricia and Diana) 1.08.28

Vet Men 6th of 8 (Robert, Terry, Peter & Warren 57.16

Sunday 3rd March 2019 - Essex 20m Road Race (inc Essex 20m Championship)

Antonio Martin Romero :1.52.52 8th
Patrick Brown : 2.09.58 61st
Mark Boulton : 2.17.55 100th
James Nichols : 2.28.09 149th
Carlton DSouza : 2.29.37 156th
Peter Hatley : 2.34.23 174th
Jimmy Dale : 2.41.49 198th
Maud Hodson : 2.48.07 pb 214th
Ramesh Pala : 2.56.59 240th

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.

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.

Saturday 23rd February 2019 - Scottish National XC, Callendar Park, Falkirk

Maud Hodson - 56.35 - 220th, Sen Women
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 1.05.03 - 300th Sen Women
Peter Craik - 52.18 - 600th, Sen Men

Maud reports:- Heading home from a brilliant trip to Falkirk with the #runequal crew. The Scottish National Cross Country Champs is the only one in the U.K. where men and women race the same distances. So a group of us went up there to celebrate an event that is getting it right - they allow members of English clubs to take part.

After a classic anxiety dream (late, couldnt find my number, ended up running in sparkly concert trousers and sports bra through the centre of Berlin), we started the day with a leisurely jog around Falkirk parkrun, held in the same park as the XC, but a very different route on lovely woodland trails.

Back to the hotel for a quick change, then back to Callendar Park for the main event. Id arranged to find Nigel Holl (Interim Chief Exec of UK Athletics) after the womens race, but in fact he came and found us beforehand had a quick chat about UKAs future plans. Very much hope he gets the job permanently.
and then we raced.

Conditions under foot were pretty begign, and the course had a few climbs but nothing too scary. Nigel was cheering me on and later tweeted a pic of me. I also got lapped by Steph Twell and nearly put my spikes through a toad.
Between the womens and mens races we also met Ian Beattie and Mark Munro, Chair and Chief Exec of Scottish Athletics.

And we saw the Kelpies and ate our body weight in curry.

Brilliant as it was, I hope we wont be back next year, as I hope well have equal racing at the English champs...

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 - News from the Annual General Meeting - New LIFE MEMBERS ELECTED

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!"

Saturday 26th January 2019 - South of England Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill

Filipa Soares - 47.29 -633rd - 8km
Diana Rexhepaj - 52.45 - 681st - 8km
Thomas Grimes - 1.02.16 - 632nd - 15km
Spencer Evans - 1.03.34 - 700th - 15km
Emmet Fitzgibbon - 1.13.18 - 1044th - 15km

Mike Reports.Well done to the runners who represented our club in the main SEAA Cross Country Championships today.

Thanks to our supporters, Mark Moir, Rachel and Louis Le Roux and Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.

A three lap course for the men (15KM) and two for the women (8KM). The start is a highlight with the spectacle of the runners racing to the top of the hill en-masse! This is a great event and it is always enjoyable supporting the athletes at these races. It turned very cold by the time of the men's race and it was very muddy, but at least the rain held off until the evening.

Sunday 20th 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.

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

What happened in 2018?

Saturday 29th December 2018 - Ilford AC 10 Mile Cross Country, Hainault Forest

Samuel Browne - 1.03.24 - 2nd
Stuart Kelly - 1.06.01 - 4th
Simon Thomas - 1.09.02 - 7th
Spencer Evans - 1.10.23 - 9th
James Nichols - 1.15.39 - 13th
Regis Martin - 1.20.00 - 18th
James Creed - 1.21.02 - 22nd
Calvin Bobin - 1.21.59 - 24th
John Healy - 1.26.37 - 32nd
Sarah Burns - 1.27.15 - 36th, 1st FV35
Vinesh Kumar - 1.27.56 - 38th
Maud Hodson - 1.28.36 - 39th
Ramesh Pala - 1.29.59 - 40th
Fiona Critchley - 1.30.40 - 43rd
Jonathan Wooldridge - 1.30.40 - 44th
Lauren Aston - 1.32.53 - 47th
Nathaniel Dye - 1.33.38 - 50th
Brian Crowther - 1.34.18 - 54th
Janet Bywater - 1.35.52 - 57th
Kat Maskell - 1.38.36 - 63rd
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 1.38.36 - 64th
Arthur Diaz - 1.51.00 - 82nd
Diana Rexhepaj - 1.52.10 - 84th

Relay Section 3.33 miles per leg.Jason Levy - 30.52
Andrea Waller - 30.22 - ELR Ladies A
Jayne Browne - 33.14 - ELR Ladies B

Sunday 16th December 2018 - SITC Dawn to Dusk 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra

Julie Creffield - 1.28.08 - 36th, 5 laps

Half Marathon
Terry Lewsey - 1.45.45 - 1st, 11 laps
Stephen Swan - 2.06.55 - 9th, 11 laps
Manjit Singh - 2.11.31 - 12th, 11 laps
Stuart Barton - 2.16.23 - 18th, 11 laps
Marc Akers - 2.22.03 - 26th, 11 laps
Maya Goodwin - 2.39.00 - 44th, 11 laps
Sarah Burns - 1.57.19 - 71st, 10 laps

Terry Lewsey reports - Ive never won anything in my life so to win the Sikhs in the city 22k half marathon today as 1st overall Male, Im over the moon with, Im not usually lost for words but it came as such a shock I dont quite know what to say, it was quite worrying at the end of the race as I came in almost 6 mins ahead of the second place finisher so they had to verify my result which they did, my final time was 1:45:45 and I now have my first race trophy, Im so pleased and proud to be able to bring home my first win for East London Runners.

Fiona Day - 5.29.41 - 45th, 21 laps

Richard Kimmens - 7.48.05 - 3rd, 40 laps
Maud Hodson - 7.52.29 - 5th, 36 laps, 1st Woman
Nathaniel Dye - 7.47.37 8th - 34 laps
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 7.48.17 - 10th, 33 laps, 2nd Woman
Jimmy Dale - 6.54.13 - 13th, 32 laps, 40 miles
Selina Vernal - 5.39.02 - 41st, 25 laps

Thursday 13th December 2018 - Annual Awards Presentation Evening - List of Winners

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

Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Sunday XC League - Race 3 : Trent Park

171 ladies, 274 men = total 445 runners.

Mike Reports.
A great morning of Cross Country running once again. The conditions were mild but windy, on a different course to last week's Chingford League Race with more mud due to the rain in the last few days. An excellent two lap course venturing into the leafy woods of Trent Park, with a 'heartbreak' hill leading to the finish. We did well in fielding two full men's and women's teams - the ELR positions are in the photos below. James Nichols was first ELR man in 86th and Maud Hodson first woman in 241st overall. (Full results to follow). Jo Neville and Jalila Abassi had good Cross Country debuts for the club. It was great also to see Dave Knight make a return for the men's team.

Thanks to everyone that ran today and Nick, Maud and Jacob who gave lifts from Wanstead Leisure Centre. There was outstanding organisation and marshalling from the host club, Trent Park RC. The next fixture is at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage on 16th December. Hope to see you there.

Sunday 1st December 2018 - Essex Vets Cross Country Championships, Hilly Fields, Colchester

Maud Hodson - 36.25 - 51st W Vet 35+ of 121
Susan Edwards - 42.40 - 99th of 121
Gareth Davies - 33.26 - 72nd M Vet 50+ of 122
Calvin Bobin - 33.47 - 74th M Vet 50+
Dan Gritton - 28.49 - 37th M Vet 40 of 102

Saturday 24th November 2018 - Chingford League - Event 4 - Trent Park (Sorority & Fraternity Cups)

A good turnout from ELR at Trent Park on a cold afternoon. A two lap course of
Approx 4.7 miles which started with a stretch of downhill and continuing around
the side of a field before going out to a forested area. There was one very steep
track where you passed Runners coming down in the opposite direction which was
particularly challenging. This was quite a tough XC race, but there was great
camaraderie as usual and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves ....and there was
still no mud! (I enjoyed seeing the finish line)! Once again the race was very
well organised and marshalled.
We were also entered for the Sorority and Fraternity Cups. Euan Bilge Brown
was first back for ELR in 3rd place and Maud Hodson first for the ladies, who
turned up in force today. Good to see Arthur Diaz , Georgie Hooper, Filipa Soares
and Kasia Stachowiak making their XC debuts.
The next Chingford League fixture is on Saturday 19th January at Chingford Plain
- hosted by Orion Harriers. We are also back at Trent Park next Sunday 2nd December,
for the Sunday Herts League. Thanks to Ramesh for driving me home.

Saturday 17th November 2018 - SEAA London Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill

Our Ladies Team on the day!

Mens team: East London Runners - 10th of 35 - 287 pts

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - Chingford League - Event 3 - Hog Hill 2, Redbridge Cycle Circuit

Sunday 4th November 2018 - Porto Marathon

Jimmy Dale - 3.45.55pb - 1906th
Jimmy's 9th Marathon in 2018!

Sunday 4th November 2018 - TCS New York City Marathon

Name Time Position
Carlton DSouza 3.20.10 3463rd - 71.66%
Shahib Miah Ali 3.37.58 7076th - 56.42%
Jakub Czeczotka 4.56.07 35055th - 42.02%
Julie Creffield 6.56.10 51559th - 33.55%

Carlton and Shahib in New York

Sunday 14th October 2018 - Royal Parks Half Marathon

Name Time Position
Spencer Evans 1.24.52
John Henry 1.27.51
Ava Lee 1.28.22 288th, 16th lady,2nd age
Tim Le Rasle 1.28.35
Andy Kumar 1.28.45
Jacob Stevens 1.31.41 pb
Jamie Xavier 1.40.15
Joanna Neville 2.00.30
Andy Bolderstone 2.04.38
Kate Frost 2.08.59
Katy Taylor 2.38.34

Saturday 3rd November 2018 - Inter Club Vets XC, Loughton AC

Sunday 7th October 2018 - Bank Of America Chicago Marathon

Name Time Position
James Nichols 3.25.20 4689th
Tom Howourth 3.28.50 pb 5460th
Jonathan Wooldridge 3.43.22 9065th
Jimmy Dale 3.49.29 pb 10800th

Sunday 28th October 2018 - Sunday XC League - Race 1 : Cheshunt/Broxbourne

Sunday 7th October 2018 - MBNA Chester Marathon

Name Time Position
Stuart Kelly 2.58.38 pb 196th
Roisin Archer 3.39.52 923rd
Colin Dryland 3.49.52 pb 1182nd
Catriona Hoult 4.44.36 2236th

Sunday 21st October 2018 - 2018 Ibiza ETU Duathlon European Championships

Name Time Position
Daniel Lee 2.03.17 22nd M 45-49
Ava Lee 2.03.32 4th, F 40-44

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Chingford League - Event 1 - Hog Hill 1, Redbridge Cycle Circuit

Saturday 20th October 2018 - Chingford League - Event 2 Eton Manor 5m XC, Jubilee Park

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)

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 -

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.

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 2nd September 2018 - Essex Way Relay Race - Epping (Tube Station) to Harwich

Most of our runners at the finish in Harwich! Fish and Chips and beer!

Saturday 1st September 2018 - Euan Brown runs 4th fastest parkrun in the UK this morning - 5k in 15 mins 35 secs!


Monday 27th August 2018 - Elvis 7 - Barking Road Runners Bank Holiday 5km, Barking Park

On a nice cool Bank Holday Monday morning 75 of ELR' finest emtered Barking Park nad completed ELVIS 7 the Barking 5k. In addition to having circa 25% of the total field of runners we also had many supporters and families and in addition we had eight runners in the Children's 2k race held immediately after the finish of the main race.

Euan Brown was the overall winner of the race in a terrific time of 15:48 and the Men's Team were 2nd overall in the ELVIS Rankings.

For the Ladies Zoila Gilham-Fernandez was 3rd Overall and the Ladies Team of Zoila, Caroline Frith and Emily Clarke won the Team prize for the race. With the addition of Katherine Harris our Ladies won in the ELVIS Team Category.

Saturday 11th August 2018 - ELVIS 6 - Orion Forest 5

Our Runners and Supporters prior to the race start!

Catriona seems to be enjoying the race!

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 1st August 2018 - ELVIS 5 - Harold Wood 5k

On another bright and warm summer evening 58 (from 270 finishers) East London runners ran in and completed this brand new ELVIS Race in Harold Wood Park. An undulating course over mixed terrain elicited a number of comments from our runners with most being favourable!

The overall race winner was Mark Boulton and Paul Quinton made the podium again with a creditable third place. Calvin Bobin again took the prize for first Male Vet 60.

Mark Boulton receiving first prize

For our Ladies Jennifer Ansell was again the first Lady home with Ava Lee in 3rd place.

Jenny receiving her prize

Both Ladies and Men's ELR Teams won the ELVIS TEAM race, the Ladies now have 5 wins from the 5 races and the Men 4 from 5. With only three races remaining we are looking to maintain these high standards.

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Twilight 50k Ultra, Redbridge Cycle Circuit -

Mike and Kirk photographed at the recent ELVIS, Newman Hilly 5 race in Haiault Forest.

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.

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Newman Hilly 5 in Hainault Forest

With a new start/finish area near the amin gate area including good toilet facilities a large number of runners (263 finishers with 63 from ELR)took part in the latest ELVIS Race in Hainault Forest.

Sea of Red by the lake

The weather was hot and still and the conditions underfoot were good if a little dusty in places.

The race itself saw Tom Gardner from Ilford AC push ahead and keep to the front throughout followeded by Paul Quinton and Billy Rayner of ELR in 2nd and 3rd places overall.

In the Ladies contest, Jennifer Ansell was first Lady home and was 14th Overall. Aval Lee finished 3rd. Together with Caroline Frith our Ladies won the Team Prize on the night and were also first in the ELVIS category for the 4th time out of 4 this 2018 Series.

Jennifer, Caroline Frith and Ava Lee our successful Ladies Team receiving their prizes from the Ilford President.

Peter Craik, Craig Livermore and Karan Gadhia with Gaz (and Jennifer) prior to the race start.

All in all another successful night for ELR with Caroline Frith (1st FV 35) and Calvin Bobin (1st MV60) being our other prizewinners.

Some but not all of our runners on the night!

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 -

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 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.

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!

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)

Thursday 21st June 2018 - ELVIS 3 - 7.30pm - East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5k

Paul & Caroline: Well done to all you wonderful ELR finishers at ELVIS 3 this evening hosted by EERR in the Olympic Park.
Another great turnout by the club & you should all be very proud!

Some excellent individual runs saw Jennifer Ansell win the ladies race with Euan 1st and Paul Quinton 3rd I the mens race. We also saw Calvin Bobin collect the Vet60 prize.

Both the Ladies and Mens Teams were FIRST in the ELVIS TEAM overall for this race.

Tuesday 12th June 2018 - ELVIS 2 - H90 Joggers Midweek 5

270 Finishers with 54 from ELR

Men's Team - 1st Thomas Grimes, Mark Boulton & Paul Quinton
Ladies Team - 1st Jenny Ansell,Ava Lee and Ellie Wilkinson

Individual Results
Jennifer Ansell - 1st
Ava Lee - 3rd

1st - Thomas Grimes
3rd - Mark Boulton

1st VM40 - Ciaran Canavan
1st VM55 - Carlton D'Souza
1st VM 60 - Calvin Bobin

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.

Sunday 10th June 2018 - John Booth wins the Thames Chase 10k in 36:45.

Congratulations To John winning his first Race in East London Runners colours!

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?

Wednesday 30th May 2018 - Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Cow Bell 5 Miler, Eastbrooke End Country Park -

268 finishers with 79 East London Runners.
Men's team - 1st Thomas, Mark & Billy.
Ladies team - 1st Ava, Ellie & Caroline.
Elvis team - Men - 1st (as above plus Dan Senior, Ciaran & Danny Lee.)
Elvis team - Ladies - 1st (as above plus Emily Clarke.)