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London Marathon organisers to host test 10K for the Government

London Marathon Events will hold the 'Reunion 10K' as part of the government's Events Research programme. The event will take place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire on 24-25 April 2021. London Marathon Events is planning to host 3,000 runners and up to 3,000 spectators in each of the three races at the Reunion 10K. Anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus before the event will not be able to attend. If a runner tests positive, their entry fee will be refunded. If you're keen to take part, entries will open on Thursday 8 April.

Monday 19th April 2021 - Track Session

Track is back, and we now allow up to 36 members to take part in each session. Our club coach, Grant Conway, has put together a programme of sessions with the goal of improving your speed and endurance. As before, the sessions will be led and assisted by a different set of volunteers each week.

Venue: Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8AA
Start time: 6.30pm prompt (15 mins earlier than before)
Cost: £4 regular price; £1.50 for students and over 35s.

Session details for 19th April:
- Workout: Cooper Test
- Leader: Grant Conway
- Assistant: Susannah McLaren and Calvin Bobin

Sign up here. Please remember to remove your name if you can no longer make it.

Reminder of Covid rules:
1. Pre-registration is required.
2. A maximum of 36 runners allowed on track.
3. ELR members only.
4. Runners will be split into six pace groups. No need to pre-allocate or give a pace when registering; this will all be sorted out at track.
5. Remember to keep a 2m distance from other runners.

Chingford League Relays - 11.00am Saturday 17th April 2021 - Central Park, Dagenham RM10 7FJ

Please join us for the final Chingford League event of the season -
The Chingford League Relays - 11.00am on Saturday 17th April 2021.

Venue: Dagenham Central Park, Rainham Road North, Dagenham RM10 7FJ.
(Start is near the rugby pitches).

Pre-entry in advance with no limit to number of entries. Once again, all our runners are encouraged to enter. The race is free to all members of East London Runners.

Each team will comprise of 4 runners who will each run a leg of approx 2 miles.
This is an 'on the day' cup and we will be challenging for the titles again this year. London City Runners are the defending Men's champs and Victoria Park Harriers will be defending the Women's trophy.

Strictly one leg only per runner.
No mixed teams.
We do not need to enter specific 'Vets' teams.
Everyone who wants to, can run a leg.
Sadly, there will be no ELR charity cake stall this year and no awards/presentations at the end. Hopefully we can reinstate this next year.
There are toilets at nearby Morrisons! Postcode RM10 7RA.

The race starts at 11.00am prompt and the waves will go off at 1 minute intervals.

Transition - the hand over must be socially distanced, so there will be a finish line and separate starting pen. As a runner finishes, an official will send off that team's next leg runner from the starting pen, a few metres away. Runners who are about to take over, will have to be NEAR the starting pen at the correct time.

Please e-mail: info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk if you wish to enter - by closing date of MIDDAY, WEDNESDAY 14th APRIL.

We will sort into teams once we have details of all the runners. We can make amendments on the day if essential, however runners must be from the pre-entered list.
Definite runners only please.

Let us know if you have any queries.

Jacob Stevens and Michael Wilson
Winter League Captains.

Covid Update 22nd February 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.

ELR Members' Map

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 info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk with any questions. If you would like your location to appear on the map, please email info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk with your name and postcode, or fill in the form on the Facebook post.

ELR Review of 2020

An East London Runners response to 2020... what a crazy year!!!! #ELRStrong

ELR Review of 2020 on YouTube