Monday Night is Track Night (Occasional Hill Training/Speed session Night),. Every Wednesday night is Club Run Night (10k'sh, often with shorter options). Sunday Social runs of 10 miles approx at 10am, plus Marathon Training runs at the weekends, see below for full details.
Non Members - Please come along and try us out.
Pace Groups are now an integral part of our Wednesday Night Club Runs.
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 Backmarker/Support.
NOTE - Runners in all Gruops are asked to familiarise themselves with the route each week. Full details and route maps are posted below and on the East London Runners Group page on Facebook each Sunday in good time for the Wednesday run.
All Club Members are invited to attend the above Meeting.
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.
Download the registration form and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration. £5.00 cash on the day. Website - www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/london-marathon-training-runs/
Location - Boxmoor Cricket Club, St John's Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1NP
- The course is mainly along quiet country roads through the stunning Ashridge Forest with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal. The routes are fully marshalled with water stops and our much-loved jelly baby stop!
At the end there will be well-earned tea, coffee, juice and cake waiting for you!
Whilst we don't like to set an official cut-off time for these runs (they are not official races and are very much catering for first time marathon runners), for the benefit of our marshals out on the course and also due to the time we need to vacate the clubhouse, we do ask that if you expect to be over 15mins per mile pace that you join one of our earlier starting groups. One of our coaches will run with a 12min+ group at 9am for the first 4 miles of the course and we are always happy to set you off even earlier if required. Just email us prior to the day if you would like to run our event but are worried about your finish time.
We also do ask that if you drive and are intending to park nearby, please avoid parking on the grass verges or illegally across private property or driveways for the benefit of our neighbours.
On Sunday please join Grant, Carlton D'Souza, Paul Thompson, John Paul Healy, Manjit Bedi, Marc Akers, Stuart Stupot Barton, Shahib Ali, George Georgiou and others for a recce of parts of the Orion 15 course in Epping Forest at 9.50am for a prompt 10am start. The run will be around 90/120 minutes and will be at a social pace. The route will be muddy in places so off road footwear would be suitable. We will meet by the water fountain next to Butlers Retreat. There is plenty of parking nearby. Please feel free to wear ELR colours.
Location - 12 Ranger's Rd, Chingford, London E4 7QH
Map of location - www.google.com/maps/place/The+Larder+at+Butlers+Retreatemail@example.com,0.0184798,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xfe1a7dba9a3b1ad2!8m2!3d51.6344691!4d0.0184798
Website - larderlondon.co.uk/the-larder-at-butlers-retreat/
Meet Grant and others at 6.45pm at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA . Note that there will be a cost of £4 (£1.50 concessions available for students and Over 35s) per person, payable locally. Annual season tickets are also available. See Vision website. It is the responsibility of each person attending to make payment and not the responsibility of the Club of East London Runners. Nearest tube Station is Woodford on the Central Line.
Suitable for all levels including Beginners.
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.
7.3 Mile Route.
Turn left out of Wanstead Leisure Centre, right into Wigram Road and over the A12 footbridge. Turn right into Nutter Lane, leading to Leicester Road, left into Grosvenor Road and right into Wanstead High Street to end of road. Turn right into Hollybush Hill and left into Snaresbrook Road, then right into The Forest, though to Oakhurst Gardens. Turn right into Woodford New Road and just before Waterworks roundabout, left into Forest Road. Cross over to the right hand side of Forest Road and continue down the hill. Turn right into Hale End Road and continue along to the roundabout. Cross over the road at the A406 and continue along the remainder of Hale End Road until it joins Oak Hill. Follow Oak Hill (The road will fork to the right) past the Hotel, to the top of the hill. Cross straight over the Woodford New Road into Fullers Road. Bear right at bottom of road to High Road, Woodford Green. Turn right, cross to the left hand side of the road and follow Woodford Road back to Hollybush Hill, Snaresbrook. Turn left into Wanstead High Street, left at The George and back to Wanstead Leisure Centre via the A12 footbridge and Wigram Road.
9k Improvers Route - tba
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
Julie Creffield - 1.28.08 - 36th, 5 laps
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
Mike Reports:-A bright sunny morning for the third Cross Country Race of the series, at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. A change of venue (from Willian) at the last moment and hosted by Fairland Valley Spartans. This was a three lap course of 4.9 miles around soft but not very muddy grass fields. There were a couple of short inclines, but nothing too challenging!
First back for ELR was the return of Antonio Martin Romero.... in 11th position, suffering he said from the results of previous days seasonal festivities! He was followed by Rhys Edwards, (Susan's son) making his Cross Country debut for the club. He had an outstanding run, finishing in a very impressive 47th position.
For the ladies, the steady Kasia Stachowiak was first for ELR in 329th overall. Susan Edwards making her return for the club after many years, was in 403rd, followed shortly after by Catriona Hoult in 412th.
A special mention for Kirk Johnson, who was persuaded to make his Cross Country come back for the club after quite a few years, finishing without further mishap. He did however suffer nasty scratches to his leg, resulting from the brambles in the bush before the race - ask no more!
Full results to follow.
Thanks to Fairlands Valley Spartans for putting the race and all the marshals giving out encouragement and especially to everyone from ELR that ran this morning.
Please join us for the next fixture, which will be on Sunday 13th January 2019 at Cassiobury Park, Watford.
Team results: after 3 events.
Men's team 12th of 20, vets 15th of 20. Overall 12th and vets 15th.
Ladies team 16th of 20, vets 15th of 20. Overall 17th and vets 16th.
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
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
Male Runner of the Year 2018
Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2018
Rachel Le Roux
Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2018
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2018
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2018
Antonio Martin Romero
171 ladies, 274 men = total 445 runners.
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.
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
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.
Our Ladies Team on the day!
Mens team: East London Runners - 10th of 35 - 287 pts
Jimmy Dale - 3.45.55pb - 1906th
Jimmy's 9th Marathon in 2018!
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
Name Time Position
Daniel Lee 2.03.17 22nd M 45-49
Ava Lee 2.03.32 4th, F 40-44
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
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
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
CLUB RESULTS - EAST LONDON RUNNERS
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)
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.
â€¢ Sunday 6th May 2018 - Thomas Grimes â€“ Limerick - 2:37:35pb
â€¢ Sunday 27th May - Antonio Martin Romero - Edinburgh 2.36.23pb - 10th in the race overall
â€¢ Sunday 16th September 2018 â€“ Antonio Martin Romero â€“ Berlin â€“ 2:29:29pb â€“ 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 -
Congratulations to Euan Brown, Mark Boulton and Paul Quinton in winning the Team Trophy in fantastic times.
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.
Most of our runners at the finish in Harwich! Fish and Chips and beer!
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.
Our Runners and Supporters prior to the race start!
Catriona seems to be enjoying the race!
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! - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/results
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.
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.
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!
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 -
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."
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.
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!
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)
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.
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
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
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.
Congratulations To John winning his first Race in East London Runners colours!
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?
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.)
Antonio Martin Romero - 2.36.23pb -10th in the race overall and a NEW Club Record Time
Mary Nisbet - 3.30.17 - 1037th - 18th V35.
Robyn Turtle - 4.25.57 pb - 4145th
Split times - Antonio
10k: 36m 45s
Half: 1h 17m 18s
30k: 1h 50m 51s
Gun Time:2h 36m 25s
An extract from Antonio's Race Report (Full report can be read on the Results Page of this Website)
We changed the direction to the west after 30K, just before mile 19. Finally, the wind had disappeared! I started pushing my pace and doing some miles at 5:51 pace, I checked my watch and thought, f*** a PB is very possible today. I wanted to catch another runner who was 200m in front of me, and that made me go faster as he increased his pace as well, people started to yell at me, top 10, top 10.
All the miles after mile 19 were between 5:51-5:55 pace except the last one, that I relaxed a bit the pace in 6:02. I didn't know what time I was doing, with 200m to go, I could see the watch in the finish line, 2:35 something!
I enjoyed those last 200m and finished with a time of 2:36:23. Definitely, 2:35 is not out of reach now. It is time to rest a little bit and focus on Berlin in September. As always, thank you very much to this club and all its runners to make me improve every year.
Congratulations Thomas, from all of your fellow runners at ELR!
Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run (Marathon) - Sunday 6th May 2018
Thomas Grimes - 2.37.35pb -5th - NEW East London Runners Club Record beating his time in London 2017 of 2:38:01
Split times in Limerick
2nd M 35-39
pace 6.01 Min Mile
Dan Gritton - 2.59.31 - 25th - Dan's 117 Marathon!
Jennifer Ansell - 3.22.26 - 141st overall, 11th Female
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.26.16pb - 174th overall ,16th, Boston Qualifying time!
Mike Wilson - 3:42:57 - 2471st
Mike's 30th Marathon!
Some of our Marathoners at the gates of Greenwich Park
54396 Michael Bamford - 4.07.14 PB
20269 Lucy Barron - 4.14.49
26369 Manjit Bedi - 3.29.55
29748 Suzanne Bench - 4.01.21
38362 Gemma Caitlin - 4.09.33
28880 Emily Clarke - 3.37.14 PB
16559 Jakub Czeczotka - 3.59.44
1476 Alex Day - 2.53.28
54139 Elizabeth Day - 5.24.43 debut?
45046 Colin Dryland - 3.51.33 PB
38388 James Eggleton - 4.26.33
40734 Kate Frost - 5.05.13 PB
46581 Sian Glover - 5.12.48 debut?
54400 David Hallybone - 4.36.03 debut
54395 Sandra Hiller - 6.11.13
54397 Maud Hodson - 4.27.33
22987 Nick Hoult - 4.26.23
32392 Stuart Kelly - 3.12.43
19684 Sheila Kennedy - 4.31.21
693 Ava Lee - 3.20.13
41113 Sharon Lincoln - 5.13.14 PB
17098 Caroline McGirr - 5.21.28
19075 Susannah McLaren - 5.38.11
19145 Abdirahman Mohammed - 5.06.10
54401 Ruel Ordonio - 4.36.06 debut
31437 Paul Quinton - 2.44.35 PB
20271 Maran Raju - 4.06.32
54398 Diana Rexhepaj - 4.46.09
1300 Antonio Martin Romero DNF Injury
53113 Alexandra Rutishauser Perera - 4.44.06 PB
3558 Jay Sangha - 4.59.15 debut
26006 Dan Senior - 3.13.05
43480 Rosie Shrimplin - 5.49.49 debut?
20270 Roger Stubbs - 4.06.14 PB
57582 Tom Timson 5.37.55
54399 Robyn Turtle - 4.32.32 PB
39752 Selina Vernal - 3.57.13 debut
8389 Andrea Waller - 4.58.36
43475 Ben Warry - 5.19.59 debut?
31193 Russell Price. - 2.55.18
32980 William Pearce - 3.06.44
Dan Gritton - 3:00:54 - 136th - Dan's 116th Marathon
Ciaran Canavan - 3.11.52 - 3678th
Tom Woods - 4.34.49 - 20927th
Tom Woods - I think I will be shaking for the rest of my life , god that was the worst weather imaginable , it just never let up , not for a second!
Jo, Emma and Sarah
Jose Rodriguez - 2.57.31 pb by 16 mins - 93rd
Andrew Baxter - 3.11.51 - 313th
Nathaniel Dye - 3.21.56 - 609th, pb by 28 mins
Robert Rayworth - 3.25.12 - 702nd, 1 wk after Manchester
Paula Bedford - 3.47.15 - 1980th, pb/gfa by 12 mins.
Joanna Neville - 4.17.29 - 4741st, pb by 12 mins.
Matthew Sharpe - 4.19.56 - 4954th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.23.47 - 5286th, pb by 9 mins.
Jimmy Dale - 4.31.40 6040th
Amy Fontain - 4.41.40 debut - 6915th,
Emma Wing - 4.47.07 - 7420th,
Sarah Pascal - 5.26.16 debut- 9761st,
Joanna Wood - 5.28.29 - 9846th, pb by 49 mins.
Roselin Boramakot - 5.08.33
James Nichols - 3.20.52 pb - 3232nd
Chris Green - 3.23.36 - 3644th
Daniel Lee - 3.01.01 - 528th
Ava Lee 3.11.14 pb - 914th
Mark Boulton - 2.43.49 pb by 2 mins - 74th
Joseph Browne - 3.14.18 pb by 30 mins - 1004th
Craig Livermore - 3.19.17 pb by 7 mins - 1269th
Mark Moir - 3.20.08 debut - 1318th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.22.46 pb by 8 mins - 1443rd
Regis Martin - 3.23.14- 1469th - 8 mins faster than London 2017
Robert Rayworth - 3.23.33 - 1485th
Declan McDonagh - 3.31.16 - 1996th
Peter Hatley - 3.31.25 - 2004th
Nick Hoult - 3.34.07 pb by 16 mins - 2163rd
Jimmy Dale - 3.55.12 pb by 18 mins - 3904th
Paul Marshall - 4.05.00 pb by 10 mins - 4765th
Georgie Hooper - 4.29.02 pb by 10 mins - 6404th
Rachel Le Roux - 4.34.10 pb by 1hr 10 mins - 6724th
Zuzana Urbanova - 4.42.12 debut - 155th,
Jayne Browne - 4.57.26 pb by 18 mins - 7892nd
Geoff Bench - 5.07.26 pb by 1 hr 20 mins - 8198th
Jason Levy - 5.18.15 - 8464th
Spencer Evans - 2.17.18 (20 miles) - dnf - injured in fall
Geoff, Jason, Zuzana and Rachel proudly show off their medals!
Thomas Grimes - 1.39.12 - 5th
Alex Day - 1.55.34 - 46th
Andrew Baxter - 1.56.50 - 51st
Patrick Brown - 1.57.59 - 56th
Stuart Kelly - 1.58.22 - 61st
Chris Green - 2.08.17 - 103rd
Calvin Bobin - 2.10.02 -117th, 1st M60
Paul Thompson - 2.10.49 - 120th
Robert Rayworth -2.11.50 - 130th
Nick Hoult - 2.16.00 - 146th
Caroline Frith - 2.19.58 - 175th
Paul Marshall - 2.20.51 - 177th
Jimmy Dale - 2.25.44 - 198th
Andy Bolderstone - 2.26.20 - 201st
Suzanne Bench - 2.27.02 - 208th
Nathaniel Dye - 2.27.02 - 209th
Grant Conway - 2.27.02 - 210th
Maud Hodson - 2.28.50 - 220th
David Hallybone - 2.30.02 227th
Kat Maskell - 2.39.15 - 253rd
John Healy - 2.48.54 - 275th
Catherine Brett - 2.56.32 - 287th
Diana Rexhepaj - 3.00.40 - 295th
Gareth Davies - 3.00.41 - 296th
Caroline Moore - 3.09.41 - 299th
Cross Country Captain Mike Wilson reports
With the Cross Country season drawing to a close, I would like to congratulate Thomas Grimes who was crowned overall winner of the Sunday League title. He achieved this with a top five finish at the final fixture at Royston. This is a great achievement with record attendances of over 500 runners at some of the races. I am pleased with the turnout from the club in both Leagues, with numbers increasing from last year. We had 10 enjoyable races in total on on a variation of surfaces and conditions, appealing to novices and experienced athletes alike.
In the Chingford League we had a record 54 runners compete on a cold autumn evening at Hog Hill in October. The ladies and men's 'A' teams finished 4th and 5th in this League respectively.
I would like to thank everyone who took part in 2017/18 and look forward to welcoming new and old members again, when the season starts again in October.
East London Runners winning team of Emily Clarke, Ellie Wilkinson and Antonio Martin-Romero being presented with the Team Cup!
Results for all the ELR competitors can be found on the Results page of this Website. Many more Photos are in the Photos 2018 page!
Eleanor Wilkinson 39.54 453rd
Chloe Millan 44.52 763rd
Diana Rexhepaj 53.50 1033rd
Thomas Grimes 50.50 677th
Billy Rayner 51.56 794th
Mark Moir 58.55 1492nd
Paul Marshall 1.04.56 1934th
Stuart Norris 1.11.28 2166th
Thomas Grimes 35.28 - 5th
Judith Vonberg 53.22 - 238th
Maud Hodson 54.12 - 252nd
Katie Whitton 55.50 - 272nd
Doug Mansell 59.03 - 304th
Michael Wilson 61.58 - 319th
Alex Jameson 68.07 - 337th
Race Report - "Shout to the Top"
This was the second race of a weekend double header, coming a day after the Chingford League fixture at Victoria Park. Compared to the weather in previous years, it felt that summer had almost arrived on Therfield Heath with the early morning frost and mist clearing to leave a mild and sunny day.
The 5.5 mile course over two laps, was mainly hard and bumpy with continuous hills and valleys to contend with. Thankfully there was only a small breeze on this occasion! The mighty Thomas Grimes was first man home for the club in 5th position, leaving him in contention for an overall top 3 finish. Doug Mansell was second man to finish - a little way behind Thomas. Mike Wilson (damage limitation after a tough weekend!) and Alex Jameson (muscle strain), completed the men's team. Judith Vonberg was first for ELR ladies in 57th position, followed by super Maud Hodson - having also completed a weekend double ('I feel fine and will be at the track on Monday'), with Katie Whitton just behind.
This was the last fixture of the season and the most challenging. I am pleased that our overall number of runners were up from last year. Thanks to Maud and Doug for the lift today and everyone who made an appearance in at least one of the races over the series.
Ladies A Team 14th of 20, Vets 17th of 20.
Mens A Team 18th of 20, Vets 19th of 20.
Ladies Overall A Team 16th of 20,
Vets Overall 19th of 20.
Mens Overall A Team 14th 0f 20
Vets Overall 19th of 20.
Thomas Grimes 27.44 - 14th
Paul Marshall 33.17 pb - 83rd
Karen Levison 33.38 - 87th
James Creed 33.47 - 89th
Jimmy Dale 35.19 - 106th
Michael Wilson 35.45 - 117th
Maud Hodson 37.54 pb - 136th
Stuart Norris 38.50 - 143rd
Zuzana Urbanova 39.07 pb - 148th
Tim Aylett 39.25 - 155th
Kat Maskell 40.27 - 161st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 43.11 pb - 184th
Claire Emery 44.16 - 190th
Sheila Kennedy 45.35 - 202nd
Helen McGuinness 46.48 - 209th
Race Report - "A Hazy Shade of Winter".
The sun shone down through the trees in Victoria Park this afternoon, for the 5th Chingford League fixture of the season. The course consisted of two figure of eight laps on the park's Tarmac paths, which were accurately measured to five miles by The Hosts, Victoria Park Harriers.
Thomas Grimes and Karen Levison were first to finish from the men's and ladies teams, after a total of 16 East London Runners' started the race. Mixed fortunes for our two newcomers today: Mark Wiltshire ran 5.4 miles and missed the finish line, but was still happy with his run (a PB at the 5 Miles point) whilst Jimmy Dale finished with a respectable 35 Minutes. Well done to Maud and Alexandra who recorded PB's for the distance.
Thanks to our photographers/supporters, Frank Brownlie, Don Bennett and Dave Levison, also the Marshals and race organisers. The league continues to offer athletes of all abilities a good mix of races on a variety of surfaces and conditions.
This has been a good campaign from the club with an increase in numbers from 2016/17. Well done to everyone who has run and supported the team. The final fixture of the season is the Chingford League Relays on Saturday 10th March venue to be confirmed - hosted by East London Runners.
Men A Team 7th, 6th overall.
Men B Team 6th, 5th overall.
Men Vets 10th, 6th overall.
Ladies A Team 6th, 4th overall.
Ladies Vets 6th, 5th overall.
News from the AGM
The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 15th February, at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated separately, but the club is pleased to be able to announce that the following officers were elected.
Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Hon Secretary - Mike Wilson
Hon Treasurer - Don Bennett
Vice Treasurer - currently vacant
Race Secretary - currently vacant
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Volunteer Co-ordinator - CiarÃ¡n Canavan
Media and PR/Beginners - Maya Goodwin
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle
Committee Members - Lucy Barron, Sheetal Dandgey, Jason Levy, Paul Marshall and Jo Wood.
The club expresses the greatest thanks to Jenny Ansell, Sarah Burns, Grant Conway, Dan Slipper,Ellie Wilkinson and Ava Lee for their hard work and dedication to the club.
At the AGM members voted on three motions relating to subscriptions. The outcome of these are as follows.
. That for the year 2018/19, first claim membership will be £22, including the English Athletics fee of £15.
. That for new members the membership will be £25 in the first year, including EA Fee.
. That for second claim members renewing or joining for the year 2018/19 will be £10.00.
Thomas Grimes 41.93 1st, 300m heats
Thomas Grimes 41.28 pb 3rd, 300m final
Maud Hodson 61.30 sb 3rd final
Maud Hodson 6.35.91 (indoor pb) 1st, 1500m W35
Andrew Baxter 1.28.27 118th
Peter Hatley 1.36.36 297th
Paul Thompson 1.39.37 383rd
Grant Conway 1.42.02 443rd
Richard Guest 1.43.12 480th
Jonathan Wooldridge 1.45.29 545th
Carlton DSouza 2.00.55 912th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 2.06.01 123rd
Helen McGuinness 2.21.37
Maud Hodson 9.57.24 123rd, 24th lady, 3rd W45
Race Report - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/results
East London Runners supports the movement to bring about Gender Equality in Cross Country Running at all ages and levels.
We also recognise and respect the rights of Individual Club Members to choose to run in cross country races that do not currently have gender equality.
By Maud Hodson - The #runequal campaign was started in December 2017 to lobby for gender equality in cross-country running. While men and women race over the same distances on the roads and on the track, in cross-country the women's races are often much shorter than the men's. It is common for men to race 50% further, and in some events nearly twice as far.
This both downgrades the women's event compared to the men's, and sends an insidious message to girls that they are not expected to challenge themselves so much. Sport should empower girls and women, not keep them in their places.
We would encourage anyone who would like to see greater parity in XC running to sign and share the petition, tweet your support using the #runequal hashtag, and write to national, regional and local governing bodies and event promoters.
The On-line Petition
Maud Hodson being interviewed for Sky News on Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Video broadcast on TV on Sunday 14th January 2018
Maud leads runners from Eton Maor AC, Woodford Green and Essex Ladies, Unaffiliated and East London Runners as part of the Sky News feature in Wanstead Park.
The Guardian Article - Friday 12th January 2018
fastrunning.com - by Robbie Britton January 10, 2018 - Should male and female cross country races be the same distance?
Independent article by Judith Vonberg - Saturday 13th January 2018 - UK athletes call for end to 'outdated' gender inequality in cross country races
Article in Daily Telegraph on-line and print editions on Monday 15th Jan 2018 by Ben Farmer
Chrissie Wellington @chrissiesmiles
100% behind you @maudhodson. Women & men can race the same distances in triathlon, so why should cross-country running be any different?
Great to see @jopavey on @SkyNews supporting the #runequal campaign - helping to bring cross-country into the 21st century...
Facebook Jo Pavey - Cross country running should be supporting equality. Sport should be about empowering women. It should not suggest that women are less capable of an event than men. https://t.co/LDTgagogOM
The counter argument from Paula Radcliffe - Tuesday 16th Jan 2018 -
Equality actually means Equal Rights and Respect for every person on this earth. It does not mean we must make everything we do exactly the same as men in the name of equality. Many things we already do better. Leave them be. #concentrateontherealissues #XCworksbest8k
The races are muddy and hilly
But if you are only a filly
You run half as far
As the gentlemen are
And in this day and age that is silly.
Rachel Le Roux 51.17 328th
Diana Rexhepaj 52.07 332nd
Thomas Grimes 1.01.17 181st
Spencer Evans 1.13.03 517th
Paul Marshall 1.16.46 597th
Mark Moir 1.24.16 686th
6th - Antonio Martin Romero - 1.35.17
44th - Jennifer Ansell - 1.48.15 (3rd lady)
60th - Joseph Browne - 1.51.42
68th - James Nichols - 1.52.22
123rd - Paul Thompson - 1.59.38
129th - Regis Martin - 2.00.16
168 - Paul Marshall - 2.04.26
182 - Calvin Bobin - 2.06.28 (5th V60)
186 - Nathaniel Dye - 2.06.52
202 - Peter Hatley - 2.08.38
233 - Jonathan Wooldridge - 2.12.43
265 Grant Conway 2.15.46
266 Shahib Ali 2.15.47
296 Andy Bolderstone 2.19.14
303 Kathryn Hertberg 2.19.43
343 Maud Hodson 2.23.24 (9th V45)
401 Kathryn Maskell 2.31.38
430 Sarah Burns 2.34.52
472 Kate Brett 2.40.11
474 Alexandra Rutishauser 2.40.50
488 Diana Rexhepaj 2.43.08
516 Roselin Boramakot 2.47.21
588 Helen McGuinness 3.04.13
589 Jayne Browne 3.04.10
590 Andrea Waller 3.04.10
Thomas Grimes 4th
Antonio Martin Romero 11th
Billy Rayner 20th
James Nichols 78th
Mark Moir 100th
Michael Wilson 193rd
Chloe Millan 252nd
Judith Vonberg 264th
Kathryn Hertzberg 288th
Maud Hodson 302nd
Doug Mansell 319th
Katie Whitton 324th
Alex Jameson 327th
East London Runners at the Run Herts Sunday Cross Country League Race 4 at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Sunday 14th January 2018 where Women and Men ran the same distance.
A mild, dry morning with little mud at leafy Cassiobury Park, made the conditions ideal for the 4th Cross Country League fixture of the season. The scenic 6 mile course started with a run down to the hilly woods, then two laps before returning back up to the finish. An enjoyable morning and it was great running this course again on a personal note, after being a spectator for the previous two years due to injury. Great support from the marshals as well. Well done to all who ran today. ELR fielded full Men's and Ladies teams, with Thomas Grimes (4th) and Chloe Millan (252nd overall) first back for the club. Judith Anna Vonberg, Kathryn Hertzberg and Katie Whitton all made their Sunday league debuts. Thanks to Alex and Maud for driving from Wanstead LC.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the final race of the season at Royston on 18th February 2018. Michael Wilson
Name Time Position
Dan Gritton 51.07 77th
Spencer Evans 51.25 83rd
James Nichols 52.28 98th
Paul Thompson 56.40 140th
Race report - Essex XC Senior Championships by Paul Thompson.
This year's race was held at the Great Notley Country Park and hosted by Witham runners and for a change I only had a 15 minute journey to get to the venue from home. Fortunately I arrived in good time as due to a full car park I had to park in a Tesco's about a mile away & then a jog back to the venue !
I met up with Dan Gritton & Spencer Evans in the park cafÃƒÂ© and we were able to keep warm ahead of the race start. James Nichols was waiting for us at the start & had to rapidly put his number on with about a minute to spare, sorry for keeping you waiting Jim !
Conditions were cold but sunny and the race involved 3 laps of the park of around 2.5 miles each. A very flat course with one hill to negotiate that although steep was only about 75m long, it was also very well marshalled with no chance of wrong turns. Underfoot was very wet with heavy, slippery mud in parts with either studs or spikes absolutely essential. For once, I decided to start a little slower & build up my pace which seemed to work and I was soon into a great rhythm and each mile around 7:30. I ended with a sprint finish to hold off another runner. I could have finished a few places higher, but I made an error by getting boxed in behind 2 slower runners towards the end and probably should have pushed my way through rather than being quite so polite !
Times still tbc, but I was the last ELR man home with Dan leading the way followed by Spencer & Jim. Well done guys, a very enjoyable race !
Please check the What's On page of this website or our Group page on Facebook a few days before each activity/run to check that it is on/full details etc.
Monday - Track night. 6.45pm to 8pm approx. See Track Section of this website. Suitable for all levels from Beginners to experienced runners.
Tuesday - Marathon training runs (6/7 miles) at 7pm from Wanstead Leisure Centre - ad hoc - typically from January to April, check each week.
Wednesday - Club Night run from WLC at 7pm, typically 10k in distance with a 5 mile option. Suitable for those comfortable running 4 miles plus.
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
Sunday mornings Social run at 10am - 10 mile'sh Forest runs/ occasional road run. Most often in Epping Forest but sometimes in Hainault Forest. We meet at different locations each week as published on this website and our Group page on Facebook 3 or 4 days in advance.
Saturday/Sunday Morning Marathon Training runs typically from January to April. Distances progress from 10/12 miles to 22/24 miles over time.
We normally have around 50 members training for Spring Marathons. Training runs are either organised and publicised by the Club on our News Page and Facebook Group Page. Also Club Members of a similar pace organise ad hoc runs with each other.
In addition we Race in the local Chingford League and also in the Sunday Cross Country League from October to March. Full details are on the relevant pages of this Website.
Members can also compete in the County, Regional and National Cross Country Championship races during this period.
Please check the What's On page of this website or our Group page on Facebook a few days before each activity/run to check that it is on/full details etc.
Monday - Track night. See Track Section of this website. Suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced runners.
Wednesday - Club Night run from WLC at 7pm, typically 10k in distance. Suitable for those comfortable running 5 miles plus. Also May to September (inc) Beginners run of up to 5k and 5 miles approx.
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
Sunday mornings Social run- 10 mile'sh Forest runs/ occasional road run. Most often in Epping Forest but sometimes in Hainault Forest. We meet at different locations each week as published on this website and our Group page on Facebook 3 or 4 days in advance.
In addition we Race in the ELVIS Grand Prix Series from May to September. ELVIS is a 8 race series of 5k and 5 mile races. Full details on our ELVIS page. Note there is a separate entry fee payable individually for each of the ELVIS Races.
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