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Voting now open for Club Person of the Year 2017 - The Roger Dixon Shield

Awarded to the Club Member who the members consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.

Club Members are invited to vote via the link on the top left corner of the Homepage of this Website for the Club Person of the Year 2017 with the winner to be presented with the Roger Dixon Shield at the Christmas Social and Awards evening on Thursday 14th December 2017.

December 2017 - Club Events

Monday Night is Track Night (Occasional Hill Training Night). Every Wednesday night is Club Run Night (10k'sh), see below for full details.

CROSS COUNTRY and Chingford League 2017/18 Click here for a printable guide to all our cross country events this season.

Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Essex Vets Cross Country - XC race at Writtle University College, Lordship Lane, Writtle, CM1 3RR. Women over 35 and Men over 50 at 11.15am. Men over 40 at 12pm. Paid for by the club- entry by adding your name to Race Entries page on this website.

Thursday 14th December 2017- Christmas Party & Annual Awards 2017. See Social page for more details.

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Sunday XC League, Race 3 - Willian, Herts.

Saturday 30th December 2017 - Chingford League - Event 4 - Alexandra Palace tbc - Early starting time - Seniors at 12 noon!

Wednesday Club Run 22nd November 2017 - Wood Street (in reverse) 6.2 Miles - Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.50pm for a 7.05pm start

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.50pm for a 7.05pm start. The run is due to commence at 7.15pm. Please be aware of any trip hazards, other pavement users and be careful when crossing roads. Remember to wear something 'hi viz'. Also note our policy of no headphones to be worn on club runs. Please also be aware of pedestrians using the same footpaths as us and give them plenty of room/space.

Turn left out of Wanstead Leisure Centre, over the A12 footbridge and turn right at The George pub into Wanstead High Street. At end of road, cross over Hollybush Hill at the traffic lights and turn left into Snaresbrook Road. Pass the Eagle pond and then turn right into The Forest/Oakhurst Gardens, through to Woodford New Road. Cross road and proceed on left hand side towards Waterworks roundabout. Turn left into Forest Road, continue down the hill and turn left into Wood Street. At end of road, cross over Lea Bridge Road at traffic lights and turn into Whipps Cross Road towards Leytonstone roundabout. Under the subway and exit straight ahead into Bush Road. Straight over traffic light junction into Overton Drive, left into Langley Drive and back to Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Saturday 25th November 2017 - parkruns

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.


Sunday 26th November 2017 - 10 mile'sh off road Social Run - Meet 10am at Lakehouse Tea Room, 324 Cann Hall Rd, London E11 3NL

Meet Frank, Andrea W and others at 10am outside the Lakehouse Tea Room at the junction of Lakehouse Road/Cann Hall Road/Dames Road/Harrow Road, London E11 3NL for a flat 10 mile'sh off road Social run on Wanstead Flats, Wanstead and Leyton Flats. All levels welcome, dog friendly. Bring money for tea/coffee and cake afterwards. Run can be cut short by runners at various points or addded to!
Map of Meeting Place - www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lakehouse+Tea+Room/@51.5579129,0.0177927,15z
Route Map - approx - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_4645598.html

Monday 27th November 2017 - Speed Trainng on local roads with Grant at 6.45pm outside Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA

Meet Grant and others at 6.45pm at the entrance gates to Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA . Nearest tube Station is Woodford on the Central Line.

Suitable for all levels including Beginners.

What's happened so far in 2017?

Annual Awards 2017 - List of Nominations

Fiday 17th November 2017 - The Awards Committee met recently with the difficult task of producing a shortlist in each category for our Club's main Running Awards.

There were many contenders and this year it was decided to list the top seven in each category from whom the winners will be selected and announced at the Party on December 14th at The Birds in Leytonstone.

The Nominees are listed alphabetically by surname below.

Female Runner of the Year 2017
Suzanne Bench
Emily Clarke
Fiona Critchley
Rachel Le Roux
Caroline Moore
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Joanne Wood

Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
Stuart Barton
Grant Conway
Lance Fuller
Antonio Martin Romero
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2017
Lucy Barron
Janet Bywater
Emily Clarke
Sheetal Dandgey
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Eleanor Wilkinson
Joanne Wood

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
John Booth
Ashley Faria
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Jennifer Ansell
Suzanne Bench
Roselin Boramakot
Sheetal Dandgey
Rachel Le Roux
Helen McGuinness
Ellie Wilkinson

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Andy Bolderstone
Carlton D'Souza
Thomas Grimes
Antonio Martin Romero
Dan Senior
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge

Saturday 21st October 2017 at 2.30pm - Chingford League Race 2 - 5.2 mile'sh off road in Jubilee Park, Leyton, E10 7BL

Michael Wilson reports:-
Chingford League Report 2. Saturday 21st October 2017 - Jubilee Lodge, Leyton.

Although it was a bright and mild day, the heavy wind conditions kept most of the Runners firmly inside the sports pavilion until minutes before the start of the race. The course consisted of laps around the field, onto paths and then larger circuits with a steep grass bank to climb or crawl up! Running into the wind was a challenge and penalised those who had set off too fast!

In a close race for the top positions, Patrick Brown was first back for ELR in 7th place, just in front of his team mate Thomas Grimes in 10th. Karen Levison was First Lady to finish for ELR, followed by Emily Clarke. There was slight confusion close to the end with some Runners entering the finish funnel before completing the extra laps to complete the 5.2 mile course. Overall this was an enjoyable albeit windswept race.

Maud, Fiona and Karen enjoyed the race!

Thanks to Eton Manor for hosting, all the marshals, including our own vociferous Jan Webb and Morag Campbell, (stopping us from colliding with Runners in the opposite direction)! and our supporters Billy Rayner and Dave Levison. Last but not least, the 30+ from East London Runners, who turned up and raced for the club on the day. Regis, Jonathan and Mike stayed behind after for a well earned coffee/tea/cake in Eton Manor's cafe. (Thanks Regis).

The next fixture in this series is on Tuesday 7th November 2017, back at Redbridge Cycle Circuit, Hog Hill, Hainault. See you there,

Friday 13th October 2017 - ELVIS 2017 Awards Night

The ELVIS Clubs gathered together once again at The Duke, Wanstead for their Annual Awards Night. With ILFORD AC hosting the Race Series in 2017, Martin Clarke with the assistance of Barking Road Runners presented the awards.

East London Runners were well represented both on the night, throughout the Series and especially winning many of the Awards.


1st Overall - Jennifer Ansell
3rd Overall - Eleanor Wilkinson
1st FV35 - Ava Lee

Ladies Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners


1st Overall - Thomas Grimes
3rd Overall - Patrick Brown

Men's Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners

Saturday 7th October 2017 - Essex Cross Country Relays - 12.30pm - Stubbers Activity & Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster RM14 2TY - Pre-entries only

East London Runners turned out in force with six teams for the Essex Cross Country Relays held at Stubbers Adventure Centre, near Upminster.

The course was fast and fairly flat, with just a couple of undulations, very twisty and a run through the trees. With no rain all week, the course was dry and great for spectators.

Mixed team 5th place - 1.11.28

Women's teams 24th place
26th place

Men's teams 28th - 1.11.48
37th - 1.17.52
41st - 1.21.45

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Chingford League Race 1 - Hog Hill Redbridge Cycle Circuit 5k

Men's A Team 3rd 8pts
B Team 4th 7pts
Vets 5th 6pts
Ladies Team 2nd 9th
Ladies Vets 3rd 8th

Mike Reports.ELR turned up in force for the first race in the Chingford League calendar, with a record 54 Runners taking part. The formidable Karen Levison was first for ELR in the ladies race with a time of 20.07 to take 3rd place. Ellie Wilkinson and Emily Clarke (9th and 10th place respectively) and Paula Bedford (12th) also impressed.
Thomas Grimes looked to have taken 3rd position in the men's race in very close finish, but was ultimately placed 4th with both athletes given the same time of 16.29. Not far behind was Euan Brown in 4th place, whilst his brother Patrick was 15th and Billy Rayner 25th.
There were many debuts and fine performances - too many to mention. Thanks to all our Runners, also our marshalls and spectators who turned up on the night.

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 35th Annversary Party

Many ELR Members, some who had joined the Club in the 1980's and 1990's gathered together with current day members, partners, friends and guests from Leyton Sports Massage(Katherine), LFB (Narinder) and Colworth Striders (Trevor) to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of East London Runners in May 1982.

The Venue was the Wanstead Sports Club in Blake Hall Road and Social secretary Sonia together with her Party Planning team of Ciaran, Jenny, Ellie and Lance with on the day help from Don and Jonathan set about the transformation of the grounds and Hall.
Inside the hall the giant 1982 letters featured and together with the red and white balloons the glittering backdrop and subdued lighting all was set for a great night.

Outside the ELR Gazebo and two windflags were added to great effect.

Guests enjoyed Paella which was cooked on site in a pop up restaurant just outside the front door by Spanish Labs and later in the evening with ice creams.

Chair Frank Brownlie said a few words of greeting to all who attended and remarked that it was due to the loyalty and dedication of many members during the past 35 years that we were today thriving successfully.

Frank also spoke in fond memory of Roger Dixon, Life Member and Treasurer of ELR who had many, many friends within the Club over the past 30 years but who had tragically passed away while on holiday on 13th September 2017.

Following Awards for those members who had completed races in the past year in a time of 35 minutes approx and a very successful raffle the music was turned up and the party really started and with the Bar open until 12.30am a good time was had by all!

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Valentines Park Charity 5k - A Tribute to Roger Dixon

We've been struck with some really sad news this month, and this year's race run in beautiful Valentines Park, on a magnificently glorious early autumn day in Roger's honour was a fitting tribute. The whole club, whether present as a runner, as one of team or supporting from a far came together to deliver a brilliant race - the best of the 2017 season by far!

Some special thank yous to start with:

Geoof Bench (Defib), Carlton D'Souza, Jan Webb, Louis Le Roux, Susannah Maclaren, Morag Campbell, Doug Mansell, Maya Goodwin, Ella Hatley, Peter Craik, Maud Hodson, Stuart Hodson, Sarah Bhatt, Fiona Critchley, Mike Wilson, Sonia Cheadle, Rihanna-Clare Jarvis, Jo Bull, Calvin Bobin, Shaun DeSena, Stuart Barton, Steve Swann, Jay Sangha, Pam Bennett, Don Bennett, Miranda Thompson, Ciaran Canavan, Lance Fuller, Antonio Martin-Romero, Sophie Edwards, Liz O'Donnell, Michael Bamford, Josh Bhatt, Trisha O'Neill, John Atkinson, Sarah Burns, Dave Knight, Juno, Akville and John from ELHAP who helped with marshalling, Martin and Ken from The Race Organiser, everyone who baked, everyone who entered the race, and everyone who bought cake or a raffle ticket. Thank you for making the day very special indeed. There are also many unnamed heroes and heroins who stayed behind to clear up - thank you too. We've tried to remember everyone that played a part, but there are so many of you, we do hope not to have missed anyone off.

We hope you agree that it was an amazingly successful day. The club is very proud of all the hard work put in on the day and in advance by so many of you.

And that was before any of the racing started....

The race was won by Liviu Ionita, of Barking in 16:36, followed by the first home for ELR Thomas Grimes in 16:52. The Women's race was won by an unaffiliated runner, Morgan Campbell in 19:08, with first for ELR Jenny Ansell in 19:20 close behind her.

Men's Captain, Paul Thompson said "Based on the provisional results I have both the ELR Women & Men winning the ELVIS 7 team result!
Scorers for the women's team were Jennifer, Karen, Ava & Ellie
Scorers for the men's team were Thomas, Patrick, John, Dan, Danny & Ciaran.
Well done all!"

Prizes were presented by the ELVIS captains - Ava Lee and Paul Thompson

1st Place - 19:08 - Morgan Campbell - Unaffiliated
2nd Place - 19:20 - Jennifer Ansell - East London Runners
3rd Place - 19:44 - Ella Wilson - Orion Harriers

1st FV35 - 20:06 - Ava Lee - East London Runners
1st FV45 - 19:58 - Karen Levison - East London Runners
1st FV55 - 23:08 - Gail Hennessy - Eton Manor AC
1st FV65 - 31:21 - Pam Jones - Ilford AC

Team Winners - East London Runners
Jennifer Ansell, Karen Levison and Ava Lee (pictured left, with Frank)

1st Place - 16:36 - Liviu Ionita - Barking Road Runners
2nd Place - 16:52 - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
3rd Place - 17:26 - Patrick Brown - East London Runners

1st MV40 - 17:22 - Carl Partis - Unaffiliated (was 3rd Male overall but MV40 was a higher prize)
1st MV50 - 18:05 - Colin Read - Orion Harriers
1st MV60 - 20:24 - Martin Page - Barking Road Runners
1st MV70 - 26:18 - Brian Slade - Havering 90 Joggers

Team Winners - East London Runners
Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and John Booth (Pictured right, Frank didn't waste anytime jumping in for a photo as Patrick Brown-lie)

A copy of the full results can be accessed here. Having spent the last few days updating them, they are now finalised. The ELVIS standings are also now complete and these can be viewed here.

The 5K race was followed by a children's race - which was approximately 2km. Maybe it was a tad short, and Jonathan made a hasty retreat from the discussion as to whether 1.74km was roughly 2km or not. The disappointment of the young athletes, was somewhat quelled by the ELR medal they all received.

As you may know the race was sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, and those of you who entered will have a discount coupon to redeem, on top of your usual ELR discount. The club is extremely grateful to LSM's founder Katherine Creighton-Crook for her continued support of the club and its members. Katherine and her team offered their services to the runners and some volunteers on the day, providing mini massages and other treatments.

The club is equally thankful to Physicals Fitness Club, for its donation towards the water and fruit refreshments we offered after the race. These were very well received on such a warm day.

Trisha O'Neill once again set The Great ELR Bake Off Challenge to the club members - and so many of you rose to the occasion, icing and piping your way to the top. There were no soggy bottoms in that tent! Trisha said "They are all amazing and it's going to be so difficult to choose the top three. I will reel in some assistance to help me make the decision. I want to say a big thank you for all the effort you made, it made a great day fabulous! The best of all the ELVIS races I'd say." Come along to the club night this Wednesday to find out who the star bakers are. The grand total raised by the cake sale was a mouth-watering £260!

We have yet to complete a final reckoning, but when complete, the Club Committee to will decide how to distribute the proceeds. More details on that in a subsequent newsletter.

One of the beneficiaries of the club's charity race is ELHAP, the magical adventure playground for disabled children. We've supported this children's playground for a few years now, and again they had much anticipated raffle at the end of the prizes giving ceremony. The charity raised £243 towards the cost of their activities, and send grateful thanks to all that bought raffle tickets on the day.

until next year....

Best wishes
Frank and Jonathan

Now where are those mud claws?

Sunday 17th September 2017

Ava Lee - ITU Age Group World Championships, Rotterdam, Ava Lee 2:25, 28th out of 89 in age category - triathletes from all over the World! Amazing!

Jennifer Ansell - 1st Lady in the Purbeck Marathon, 10th Overall in a time of 3:49:10.

Thomas Grimes - Winner of the Enfield Mayor's Charity 10k in a time of 35:20.

Robert Rayworth - Personal best in the Reigate half Marathon in a time of 1:29:23.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - ROGER DIXON 1948 - 2017

Roger Dixon RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely death of Roger during his walking holiday on the South Coastal Path.

Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Roger joined East London Runners over 25 years ago and has always been an active Member and an avid runner and walker.

His other passions in life included supporting Leyton Orient and Motorsports. From school he studied and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working until his retirement in 2016.

He was made a Life Member of East London Runners for his services to our Club and since Spring 2016 performed the duties of Club Treasurer.

Our condolences are given to his daughter Sally, Son Robert, Sister Jill and all in his extended Family and to his Friends.

A very popular member of our Club we can pay no bigger tribute to Roger than publish the tributes that we received in the first few days following Roger's passing. See our Website page - Roger Dixon.

Dave Knight I am lucky to have been able to count Roger as a friend. He was always friendly, kind and generous and a great conversationalist. East London Runners and Leyton Orient Supporters Club will both feel the loss. Roger was one of the good guys. Sympathy goes out to his family. RIP Roger.

Roger and Dave at an ELR Social.

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - John Atkinson's 75th Birthday Celebrations.

Following the Club runs approximately 40 Club Members gathered in John's back garden at his home which is close to our base of Wanstead Leisure Centre.

John hosted a similar event in 2012 on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Once again Club Members were treated to lots of food and drink. It was also an occasion to get together with each other and meet some new faces from the Club.

There was also a very special Birthday cake expertly made by Club Member Jo Wood.

Don, John, Ava and an old friend at the party.

Tuesday 6th September 2017 - Woodford Green AC Open Meeting Mile

Congratulations to Euan Brown of East London Runners in finishing second in a fantastic time of 4:38 despite running in unorthodox running gear!

Sunday 3rd September 2017 - Essex Way Relay Race - Epping Station to Harwich - 82 miles

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 -ELVIS 6 - Barking 5k

Gaz was happy to make an appearance in the hot sunshine

In recent years this popular race held on August Bank Holiday Monday has been hit by cool and wet weather. Not this year as the whole weekend was warm/hot and sunny. With over 300 entrants (293 finishers) and with East London Runners supplying almost 25% of both it was once again a very friendly and sociable event.

Suzanne, Chloe and Kiaran looking determined

Our Ladies were the stars again with Jennifer Ansell in 1st place overall and Karen Levison and Ava Lee also collecting awards for 1st FV45 and FV35 respectively.

A strong finish from Jenny

The 3 Ladies named above won the Race Team event for ELR and Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and Euan Brown won the Mens Team race event.

In terms of the ELVIS Team Results for this race The Ladies Team of Jennifer, Karen, Ava and Sheetal Dandgey were the scorers and winners making it 6 out of 6 wins for our Ladies in ELVIS 2017.

Similarly the ELR Men were 1st ELVIS Team for this race and again for all 6 races in 2017. The scorers for the Men were Thomas. Patrick, Euan, Dan Senior, Danny Lee and Scott McMillan.

Geoff Bench and Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera look happy"

Jo is happy too!

Saturday 5th August 2017 - ELVIS 5 - Orion Forest 5 Race 3 and the Race Series of 2017

On a calm and warmish morning over 300 runners gathered on the Chingford Plain to run the third and last race in the Orion Forest 5 Summer Series 2017.

East London Runners once again had the most Club entries with 58 members completing the off road route in Epping Forest.

It was the ELR Ladies who took the honours this time with Jennifer Ansell being the first Lady to finish in a time of 31:40 which gave her 24th position overall in the Race. Jennifer won all 3 races in the Series and was awarded a further prize for the Leading Lady!

Karen Levison who has been nursing an injury for the last few months ran a great race finishing first Female Vet 45 in a time of 34:38. It was good to see Karen back racing again.

The ELR Men had 4 top 10 finishers with Thomas Grimes finishing 4th in 28:33 being first to finish for our Club.

Both Ladies and Mens Team were narrowly beaten to the Race Team Prizes by very strong teams from Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets.

New Club Members Anna Dingle and Jess Traylor-Moore made their race debuts for ELR and many other members raced at Orion for the first time.

In terms of the ELVIS 2017 standing both the Ladies and Mens Teams were winners (VP&TH are not in ELVIS and look certain to win the Team Prizes for the Series.

Wednesday 12th July 2017 - ELVIS 4 - Newman Hilly 5 - Hainault Forest - 7.30pm - ILFORD AC - ELR Ladies triumphant! ELR Men collect awards too!

Another great Hilly 5 hosted by Ilford AC. On a two lap hilly course in Hainault Forest mainly on good forest paths with a short distance on tarmac. Conditions were good as the heavy rain of the previous day/night had little effect on the ground.

ELR had 78 of the 287 finishers.
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
2nd Lady - Ava Lee
1st FV35 - Paula Bedford
Ladies Team 1st - Jenny, Ava & Emily Clarke.

2nd man - Thomas Grimes
Men's team 1st Thomas, Antonio Martin Romero and Mark Boulton.

1st Elvis Team Men - ELR - Thomas, Antonio, Mark, James Wilson, Danny Lee & Scott Mc Millan - 67pts.

1st Elvis Team Ladies - 1st ELR - Jenny, Ava, Emily & Paula Bedford - 12pts.

ELR Scoop the Awards at the Colworth Marathon Challenge Weekend Fri- Sun 23rd to 25th June 2017

More than 40 ELR members, families, dogs Flash, Jinx and Harvey, drove the 70 or so miles from East London to the pretty Bedfordshire countryside around Sharnbrook and Colworth. With everyone camping, except Chairman Frank, the weather was fine, cool and dry, but with a strongish breeze! We even saw some sun during the weekend.

Friday night at 7pm was the start of the 5m race and with ELR winning both Team Prizes and Jennifer Ansell and Thomas Grimes being race winners with Patrick Brown in second place. Our other prize winners on the night were Fiona Day first FV55 It was a great start for ELR for the weekend..

These winning results were replicated on both the 8.1m race on the Saturday and the Half Marathon on the Sunday with the addition of Suzanne Bench winning the FV45 category in one race.

Overall Thomas completed and won the event in 2:34:21, Patrick was 2nd overall in 2:41:12. Jennifer was 9th overall and 1st Lady in 2:58:32. Suzanne was to win FV45 overall as was Fiona in the FV55 category.

East London Runners were the top Team overall having won all of the Team events in the three races.

However it was not so much about the winning but in the taking part as someone once said. Therefore we must congratulate all who took part in what is a very tough event. Although the underfoot conditions were very dry compared to previous years there was still some very rutted, undulating and tricky terrain to conquer.

A great achievment by all who took part. A special thanks to ELR's Manjit Bedi who pioneered this event to ELR encouraging fellow Club members to participate over the previous years.

Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 7.30pm - ELVIS 3 - East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5k - More success for ELR

On a very hot evening more than 100 ELR Members took part in the second running of the East End Road Runners 5k in the Olympic Park in Stratford.

A very well organised race again this year.

101 ELR's of 364 finishers.
1st Man - Euan Brown
3rd Man - Thomas Grimes
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
1st Vet35 Lady - Ava Lee.

No Team prizes were awarded for this race BUT in the ELVIS SERIES results ELR again won both the Ladies and Mens categories to maintain our overall lead in the 2017 Series.

Sunday 11th June 2017 - Jonathan Wooldridge completes the Man v Horse Marathon (35k)

"Why the long face?"

Man v Horse, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. Take amateur camping, a flooded camp site, stupid amount of rain, mud, bogs, hills, river crossings, repeat for 23 or so miles, with 60 horses, 648 runners, 150 relay teams and you're close a 24 hrs trip to Wales for the Man vs Horse race 2017.

Like many races, I loved it and hated it. This one was about 20 miles too long, 1300m elevation gain (not forgetting the descent) too high. The Welsh countryside didn't disappoint though. It was truly a very special race and although I didn't look up as much as I should have, the course was meandering through beautiful Welsh scenery along some road sections, (quite a relief) but mainly bumpy grass and mountain trails, and knee deep bog land.

I probably didn't appreciate the elevation involved here. Walthamstow needs more hills to be able to train for this (or just attend coach Conway's sessions) but this race wasn't about running. Having twisted my ankle on a descent at 8 miles, I was cautious not to do it again. Although that only lasted two miles. Now I was hobbling a bit.

I told myself I had to finish, at least ahead of one horse, I pressed on albeit now more accepting of the reality - walk the ascents, gingerly negotiate the descents, and try and run the flats and road sections. It paid off, but I lost so much time. I'm not sure I've ever run for that duration before. So I'm now going to learn from this - I must add more time to my training runs.

Highlights- the terrain, running along side horses and racing ahead of them on the descents. Camaraderie of fellow runners - it was Man v Horse, not man v man after all. Being given a Moam at 20 miles and not being beaten by all the horses.

Lowlights- camping in the rain. Yes that's all. I suppose I loved it really.

All in all, £30 for the race, £10 for the T-shirt. A wonderful experience and lots of memories. I usually like to enter my races twice, but I may make an exception for this one.

Hwyl fawr Cymru!

Tuesday 6th June 2017 - ELR have great success in ELVIS 2 - H90 Joggers 5 mile race

On a very blustery and showery evening 67 members of East London Runners completed the second race in the ELVIS 2017 Series in Raphaels Park, Romford.

67 ELR,271 finishers.
1st Mens Team , Thomas, Euan & Patrick.
1st Lady - Ava Lee
1st V35 - Paula Bedford,
1st V60 - Calvin Bobin.

Elvis Scores
1st ELR 1pt, 75pts, - 2nd Ilford AC 2pts, 107pts - 3rd Havering 90 3pts, 159pts.
1st ELR 1pt, 20pts - 2nd Orion 2pts, 36pts - 3rd EERR 3pts, 54pts.

Saturday 20th May 2017 - White Peak Half Marathon - Winner is Patrick Brown

Congratulations to Patrick Brown of East London Runners who won the White Peak Half Marathon in a new personal best time of 1:13:41.

ELVIS 1 - Wednesday 17th May 2017 - 7.30pm - Dagenham 88 Runners 5 mile'sh, off road - Eastendbrook Country Park, Dagenham RM7 0SS.

East London Runners scoop both of the Team Prizes in the Dagenham 88 5 miler!

Men - Paul Thompson (for Patrick Brown), Billy Rayner and Paul Quinton.

Ladies - Ellie Wilkinson, Emily Clarke, Julia King

Saturday 13th May 2017 - Essex Cross Country Series - Hylands House, Chelmsford

Well done Antonio Martín Romero, first overall in the Essex Cross Country Series at Hylands House, Chelmsford.

Sunday 30th April 2017 - Ava Lee competes in European Duathlon Championsips for Team GB in Spain

Congratulations to Ava Lee who was 27th overall of 148 in the European Duathlon Championships in Soria, Spain, 7th in her age group.

Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Southampton Marathon

Katherine Harris -3.45.04pb - 240th, 14th Lady

Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Virgin Money London Marathon

Thomas Grimes (left) and Antonio Martin Romero of East London Runners in a race for the line in Sunday's London Marathon!

Thomas Grimes narrowly beat Club colleague Antonio Martin-Romero in breaking the ELR Club Marathon record, previously 2:39, in London today in 2:38:01. Congratulations Thomas and Antonio.
Congratulations also to:-
Antonio Martin Romero - 2.38.04pb - 236th
Alex Day - 2.44.29 - 517th
Daniel Lee - 2.51.54 - 974th
Mark Boulton - 2.54.13 -1178th
Daniel Slipper -2.57.16 -1476th
Stuart Kelly - 2.59.38 - 1869th
Billy Rayner - 3.01.03 -2048th
Aaron Browne - 3.14.23 - 3665th
Manjit Bedi - 3.14.41 - 3720th
Carlton DSouza - 3.16.19 -4004th
Ciaran Canavan - 3.19.55 - 4565th
Roisin Archer - 3.22.09 - 4871st
James Nichols - 3.27.24 - 5749th
Morgan Francis - 3.27.26 - 5763rd
Peter Hatley - 3.28.28 - 5979th
Alain Fieulaine - 3.30.14 - 6360th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.30.42pb - 6448th
Andrew Baxter - 3.30.44 - 6453rd
Regis Martin -3.31.14 - 6540th
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.37.22 pb - 7679th
Robert Rayworth - 3.37.49 - 7771st
Michael Wilson - 3.41.56 - 8620th
John Healy - 3.42.58 - 8829th
Suzanne Bench -3.44.57 - 9323rd
Tom Woods - 3.54.38 - 11645th
Ramesh Pala - 3.55.03 - 11786th
Manjit Singh - 4.13.05 -16284th
George Pite - 4.14.41 - 16691st
Gareth Jones - 4.15.03 - 16801st
Paul Marshall - 4.15.20 debut - 16863th
Steven Bywater - 4.27.14 - 19897th
George Georgiou - 4.35.26 - 21928th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.38.25 pb -2271st
Tina Bennett - 5.08.23 debut - 29506th

Also - Yvonne Shashoua 3.44.55 and Kelly Xavier 5:03.18.

Tina Bennett proudly displaying her Finishers Medal after the race.

Thursday 20th April 2017 - The ELR Feature in today's Ilford Recorder.

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - London Marathon Expo opens

Prince Harry is chuffed to meet Robert Rayworth of East London Runners at the Marathon Expo. "Here is your Race Pack Sir!"

Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Thomas wins Vets AC 5m Race in Battersea Park

Thomas Grimes of ELR wins the VETS AC 5m in Battersea Park on 18th April 2017 in a personal best time of 26:51. Next race for Thomas is the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017!

Monday 17th April 2017 - Boston Marathon

Jonathan Wooldridge - 3.46.24
Tom Woods - 4.04.01

Wednesday 12th April 2017 - Pru Ride London/Surrey100 - Club Ballot Results

Geoff Bench
Ellie Wilkinson

Carlton D'Souza
Graham Peacock
James Nichols

Sunday 9th April 2017 - Brighton and Paris Marathons

Brighton Marathon
Simon Thomas - 3.08.30
Janet Bywater - 3.52.58
Dominic Dragonetti - 4.12.21
Laura Woodhouse - 4.16.50 pb
Dave Knight - 4.33.36
Robyn Turtle - 4.48.25 debut
Emma Wing - 4.55.15 pb
Maya Goodwin - 5.28.35 pb
Jason Levy - 5.30.48

Paris Marathon
Nick Hoult - 3.50.19
Natasha Tweedie - 4.10.20
Andy Bolderstone - 4.40.18 pb

Sunday 2nd April 2017 - Asics Greater Manchester Marathon

Dan Senior - 3.07.35 debut - 612th
Sean Thomas Casey - 3.08.13 - 634th
Emily Clarke - 3.38.53 - 2391st
Sheetal Dandgey - 3.46.03 pb - 3000th
Judith Vonberg - 3.48.30 debut - 3200th
Tanbir Jasimuddin - 5.13.58 - 7825th

Our ELR Runners and friend prior to the race start!

You can read some great Race Reports on our Results page!

Dan, Sean, Judith, Sheetal and Emily show off their medals at the Club Social on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at the Red Lion, Leytonstone.

March 2017 - Club Runner of the Month - Suzanne Bench

Congratulations to Suzanne Bench - ELR Club Runner of the Month for March 2017.

A great start to the year for Suzanne, who has produced some excellent race performances in her build up to running April's London Marathon.

She completed the Thanet 20 - 'high winds and hail stones' - in under 3 hours; was 1st lady in a Wanstead Flats Parkrun and also run in the Orion 15. She competed in the Benfleet 15 in January and last month achieved a PB of 1.44.53 in the Victoria Park Half Marathon.

Suzanne is a long serving and valued member of ELR and a regular at ELVIS, Track, club socials and other events. Suzanne is also always willing to help other runners on Wednesday club runs or the Sunday social run.

Saturday 18th March 2017 - Essex Road Relay Championships, Harwich - Silver Medallists

Congratulations to the Mens Team from East London Runners, Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, Paul Quinton and Euan Brown in winning the Silver Medal.

Patrick, Thomas, Euan and Paul with in front, Jonathan Wooldridge, Grant Conway and Paul Thompson our Mens Vet Team in the race.

Sunday 5th March 2017 - The ELR Boys take Malta by storm!

Vodafone Malta Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

Name Time Position
Peter Hatley 3.29.05 159th
Jonathan Wooldridge 3.33.03 180th

Half Marathon
Carlton D'Souza 1.32.23 181st
John Healy 1.37.28 325th
Paul Thompson 1.38.01 346th
Grant Conway 1.47.35 719th
George Georgiou 1.52.31 916th

Congratulations to Emily Clarke and James Nichols - ELR Club Runners of the Month for February 2017

Emily recorded a time of 1.36.30 at the Roding Valley Half Marathon this month (a PB by 7 minutes!) to finish an impressive 5th Lady overall. She has also competed in the ELVIS series, Chingford League, Parkrun and finished The Great South Run (10 Miles) in a time of 1.15.50. Emily joined the club in June 2016 and has improved very quickly as a result of her training regime which includes the Wednesday club run, Weekend long distance run and speed sessions at the track on Monday evenings. Emily is currently training for the Greater Manchester Marathon in April.

This month James ran the Seville Marathon in a time of 3.21.08 (a PB by 6 minutes!) and managed to achieve negative splits in the process. He has also improved his times for 5k and 10k distances, recording a PB of 39.20 at the Run Through Victoria Park 10k. He credits his latest success to his race strategy and training plan which include Monday evening track sessions, Wednesday club run and Weekend long distance run. Using Seville Marathon as part of his training programme, James has now set a new target when he runs the London Marathon in April.

17th February - ELVIS 2017 - Race Dates confirmed

ELVIS 1 - Wednesday 17th May 2017 - 19:30 - Dagenham 88 Runners 5 mile'sh, off road - Eastendbrook Park.

ELVIS 2 - Tuesday 6th June 2017 - 19:30 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile, tarmac 95% - Raphaels Park, Romford.

ELVIS 3 - Wednesday 21st June 2017 - 19:30 - East End Road Runners 5k, tarmac - Olympic Park, Stratford.

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 12th July 2017 - 19:30 - Ilford AC - Newman Hilly Five, 5 miles off road - Hainault Forest.

ELVIS 5 - Saturday 5th August 2017 - 10:00am - Orion Forest Five 5 mile, off road - Epping Forest, North Chingford.

ELVIS 6 - Monday 28th August 2017 - 10:30am - Barking Road Runners 5k, tarmac - Barking Park.

ELVIS 7 - Sunday 24th September 10.30am - East London Runners - Valentines Park Charity 5k, tarmac.

Thursday 9th February 2017 - Annual General Meeting

At the East London Runners Annual General Meeting the following Committee was elected for 2017.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Roger Dixon
Vice Treasurer and Memberships - Don Bennett
Media, PR and Beginners - Maya Goodwin
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle
Race Secretary - Ellie Wilkinson
Race Secretary and Track/Coaching - Grant Conway
Volunteer Co-Ordinator - Ciaran Canavan
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Members - Jennifer Ansell, Sarah Burns, Patrick Brown and Dan Slipper

ELVIS Team Captains
Ladies - Ava Lee
Mens - Paul Thompson

Cross Country Captains
Maud Hodson and Mike Wilson

Chingford League Captains
Patrick Brown and Mike Wilson

February 2017 - The Gaz Interviews - JOHN WHITE - Honorary Life member and Club Legend

Hi John, a little bird tells me that you are stepping down from the Club Committee at the AGM on the 9th February 2017. Tell me it's not true!

It's true and it's a huge step for me. I've been on the Committee since about 1986, when a small group of renegades, led by Steve Knott, ousted the original committee, which was controlled by Roger Mills, and took the club into the control of the members. Key to this was that Roger had always wanted the club to be a local, informal jogging group and completely opposed affiliation to the national body (through the Southern Counties AA, then). We wanted a fully-legitimate and affiliated running club.

What were your duties in the early years?

I became the Newsletter Editor, taking over a 2-page news-sheet and eventually editing a 24/36 page Club Magazine called Runaround.

I also became the Treasurer, growing the club-finances from about £500 to about £2/3k. I resigned these posts in about 94/95/96. Under what was effectively a triumvirate of Steve Knott, Trevor Cornell and myself, the club grew to a (then) staggering 180+ members in the mid-90s, and was winning stuff! Notably, many Essex County women's championships.

What about your running during this period, how was that progressing?

I had a a staggering training and racing programme, 90 to 120 miles per week for many years. Thanks to the Club I progressed from someone who ran about a bit in cut-down jeans, hence I was called -Johnny Cut-downs - and I've still got them! To someone who achieved significant stuff in ultra-running, gold and silver medals in the Southern Counties AA 100km championships, 2nd Brit to the legendary multi-world-record-holder Don Ritchie, in the AAA 100km international race, coming 4th, won the Ultra-Distance British Championship series, won the 1st Trail Runners Association Championship series, won races (Otter High Peak 40, Punchbowl Marathon (33 miles), Fat-Ass 54, Mendip Way Trail Race and others) set course records (3 Forests Way, Punchbowl Marathon, Fat-Ass 54 and others). I won prizes in many other events, and for a while held the club's marathon best time (2.43.49, chip-equivalent time). Perhaps my greatest achievements were in coming 5th in the 1st “World Championship Trail Race” in the South Downs Way 80 in a time of 10.40, and coming 9th in the RRC's London to Brighton race, a famous and prestigious race which always attracted a strong international field.

None of this would have been possible without the club. I owe it so much.

I believe that some of your ideas and innovations are still with the Club today?

I am glad that I have had the opportunity to pay back a little to the Club of which I owe, though I have contributed very little in the recent years that most of you have known me. Many of my past initiatives are now regular activities, e.g. the re-introduction of Sunday runs, after an absence of many years, switching from road to off-road running when possible (we never used to run off-road, but you will have noticed my emphasis on trail-running races. In the early days of the club trying this, I was the only one who could lead the club throughout our beautiful and plentiful local countryside), the first-mile running as a club (it used to be a race from before the end of the notices and new/slow runners never stood a chance, and so we lost them. I remember so well the first time, people were actually talking to each other!

Also, the Bluebell run and the Midsummer Mystery Run which seems to have dropped out now. Back in the day, just to enter the Forest was a mystery to everyone. Now, people know it well enough for the Mystery Run to no longer be a mystery, killed off by the success of switching to off-road!

You also played a big part in stopping the Club from disappearing?

I did take the lead in the horrible period when WLC tried to evict and extinguish us. I wasn't going to let my dear club collapse into oblivion! Just sorry that I couldn't stop the bar at WLC from disappearing...!

You will still be running with the Club in future but are we likely to see less of you?

I have taken early-retirement from work and am spending much time in my other house in the South of France (cruel running country!). In 2016 I spent most of the year there and I anticipate spending some 9 months of 2017 there. Life has changed direction for me and I must now accept that I shall be (even more) useless as a committee-member. So, I must let go, and let the club and myself go in our separate directions. It is a massive change-of-life for me and very much a wrench from a club/activity/inspiration that has shaped half of my life.

How do you view the Club today and in the immediate future?

The club continues to face challenges and will continue to do so in the future, but I am so heartened to see that there are many energetic and committed people who are taking on the many responsibilities to guide it successfully. It is in excellent hands and I could wish no better for it. I am so pleased. I know that it will survive very well for a long time. Just a little word, always continue to focus the large majority of the attention on the ordinary runners, average runners, slow runners, new runners, novices, not much on the more elite runners, they can and do look after themselves. On Wednesdays they are just another club-member at a club-meeting.

By nurturing the grass-roots, the future's plush pastures are assured. This is how the club has always been. And how it has got to today, the only one of a myriad of the 80s-boom-clubs for many miles around that survived.

Thank you John, for the past, the present and best wishes for your future.

Congratulations to Maud Hodson - ELR Club Runner of the Month for January 2017

A previous recipient of this award, this month Maud competed for ELR in the Essex Cross Country Championships and the SEAA Cross Country Championships. On 14th January she completed the Country to Capital (Wendover to Little Venice) 43 Mile Ultra race and the next day raced in the Sunday Cross Country League at Watford. The following week she ran in the 36th Box Hill Fell 12k race - the one with the 520M ascent! Partly motivated by cake and beer, she also enjoys training runs around London Tube Stations. Maud is ladies cross country captain, ELR committee member and is always happy to assist new members on a Wednesday evening run.

Sunday 15th January 2017 - Benfleet 15 - Jennifer Ansell 2nd lady!

Sunday 15th January 2017
Congratulations to Jennifer Ansell of ELR who finished 2nd in the Benfleet 15 this year after being 3rd in 2016.

Jenny after receiving her race prize!

Jonathan Wooldridge - Winner of the Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year 2016

Congratulations to Jonathan Wooldridge, Vice Chair of the Club on winning the Curtis Shield. Voted by the membership as Club Person of the Year 2016.

Annual Awards and Christmas Party Night - Thursday 15th December 2016

East London Runners celebrated the festive season, and their annual awards at the Duke pub in Wanstead on Thursday night with about 100 members and their guests attending.

The club made its annual awards to mark the occasion. Opening the proceedings, the Club's Chairman Frank Brownlie addressed the members, noting how the club continued to grow in numbers, and its continued success. He then announced the Club Runners of the previous months and Vice Chair, Jonathan Wooldridge awarded each with the next must have - an ELR mug.

Frank went on to present a mug to each of the committee, thanking them for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the club over the past year. Coach Grant Conway presented Alan Branch with the Track Star award. Grant said, "Alan has a fantastic attitude and has hardly missed a week all year come rain or shine."

Maya announced the Beginner of the year which was awarded to Liz O'Donnell saying that "Liz wanted to run but was nervous about joining a club. So she did the C25K programme all on her own for 6 months before she felt confident to join Don's 5k runs on Tuesday nights." Liz couldn't attend on the night.

The main awards
Congratulations go to all of the nominees, and the winners. It was a really difficult decision to find this year's winners, as the standard of running in the club, from new runners to championship competitors is so high. Thank you to all of the committee for their contributions to find our winners.

The 2016 winners in each of the categories are:
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Jenny Ansell
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Dan Gritton
Most Improved Female Runner 2016 Judith Vonberg
Most Improved Male Runner 2016 Robert Rayworth
Female Runner of the Year 2016 Ava Lee
Male Runner of the Year 2016 Thomas Grimes

The Curtis Shied's winner is chosen by the club members who they consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year 2016 Jonathan Wooldridge

Photos of the night can be viewed in Dan Seniors' Vimeo feed here.

Sunday 16th October 2016 - Ava Lee qualifies for Team GB Duathlon in her Age Group

Despite freezing cold wind and driving rain, Ava Lee qualified for Team GB age Group Duathlon at Bedford Autodrome this morning! European Duathlon Championship, are in Spain and Ava is really looking forward to the challenge of representing GB, hopefully in better weather.

Ava after the Bedford Duathlon.

In sunnier climes.

ELVIS 2016 - Prizewinners

The 9th Annual ELVIS Awards Presentation Evening was held on Friday 7th October 2016. Hosted this year by East London Runners more than 80 ELVIS Club members attended at The Duke Pub in Wanstead.

The Prizes were presented by Martin Clarke and the ELVIS 2016 Prizewinners were as follows.

Ladies Team - East London Runners (winning all 7 races)

The Ladies collect the Team Shield at the Awards Party!

1st Lady - Ava Lee - East London Runners
2nd Lady - Judith Vonberg - East London Runners
3rd Lady - Eleanor Wilkinson - East London Runners

1st FV 35 - Kate Malcolm - Eton Manor AC
1st FV 45 - Amanda Heslegrave - Barking Road Runners
1st FV 55 - Catherine Jane Apps - East End Road Runners

Mens Team - Ilford AC

1st Male - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
2nd Male - Patrick Brown - East London Runners
3rd Male - Billy Rayner - East London Runners

1st MV40 - Paul Holloway - Ilford AC
1st MV50 - Steven Philcox - Ilford AC
1st MV60 - Andy Catton - Ilford AC

Sunday 25th September 2016 - East London Ladies Team win the final ELVIS Race and therefore all 7 of the Races in ELVIS 2016

A great final #ELVIS in the series! Well done to all winners today, including Judith (top 3 ladies), Ava (v35) and to the ladies team prize!

Judith, Ellie and Ava with their Ladies Team trophies!

Sunday 4th September 2016 - ELR Teams complete the 82 mile Essex Way Relay Race - Epping to Harwich

Having failed in recent years to field a full team in this very popular event ELR through the great efforts of Jonathan Wooldridge not only fielded a full team of 10 members but in addition ELR Members Ciaran Canavan and Aaron Williams ran as a team covering alternate race legs, a magnificent effort.

Starting at 8am at Epping Station, Billy Rayner and Ciaran Canavan were running the first leg of 7.5 miles to Chipping Ongar. They were seen off by Jonathan, Aaron and Edward Barnard who was to collate the results at the end of this leg.

Ciaran, Billy and Aaron at the start in Epping

Also running for ELR were Grant Conway, Dave Knight, Kate Brett, Dominic Dragonetti, James Nicholls , Maud Hodson, Sally Faulkner, Jan Webb, Jonathan and Regis Martin.

A total of 58 Teams completed the race with the ELR Team finishing in 24th and the Team of Ciaran and Aaron in 33rd place.

STAGE 5 - CRESSING to GREAT TEY (9.4 miles)
STAGE 10 - RAMSEY TO HARWICH (5.5 miles)

ELVIS Queens maintain their lead.

In contrast to the last couple of year's the sun shone as in Barking Park the sixth ELVIS race took off. Provisional results are in, and women's team came 1st with scorers Karen, Judith, Roisin & Katherine. Well done ladies! This means they maintain their 1st place overall in the series!

The men's team were 2nd behind Ilford with scorers Thomas, Patrick, Mark, and a Trio of Dans : Dan Gritton, Dan Senior & Dan Slipper. This means ELR are now tied with Ilford for 1st place in the overall series with just ELVIS 7 to go !

The Captains Ava and Paul congratulated all of the runners.

The next race and final meeting in the 2016 series takes place on 25 September 2016 at Valentines Park.

ELR Teams sweep the boards on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th August 2016

Saturday 6th August 2016 - Orion Forest 5, Epping Forest.

On a very hot morning East London Runners fielded 49 runners from a total of 282 Finishers. Thomas Grimes, despite a fall and taking a wrong turn during the race finished in 1st place with Patrick Brown a close 2nd. With Billy Rayner in 6th and Aaron Browne in 8th the quartet picked up the MENS Team Prize.

Patrick Brown, Thomas Grimes, Billy Rayner and Aaron Browne (front) are pictured after the Race.

Ava Lee was 2nd Lady to finish and together with her ELR colleagues Judith Vonberg, Ellie Wilkinson and Roisin Archer, they won the Ladies Team Prize.

Sunday 7th August 2016 - London Athletics Trophy - Mile End Stadium
On Sunday in blustery conditions the ELR Team running in the 4 x 1 mile race also finished in 1st Place. Congratulations to Andy Kumar, Dan Senior, Dan Slipper & Mark Wyatt who are pictured below with the Trophy.

Results and Report on ELVIS 4 - IAC Newman Hilly 5m - Hainault Forest Wednesday 13th July 2016

ELR sent 67 of its members to race in the hilly Hainault Forest as part of the ELVIS series.
Hosted this time by Ilford Athletics Club. The beautiful summer's evening produced some great team and individual results. Our ladies team were 1st, and scoring were Ava Lee, Ellie Wilkinson, Natasha Tweedie and Suzanne Bench. Our men's team were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by Ilford AC and the scorers were Patrick Brown, Danny Lee, Aaron Browne, Dan Senior, John Booth & Scott McMillan. The ladies are in 1st place overall for the series so far and the men's team are now tied 1st with Ilford so everything to play for as we go to ELVIS 5 hosted by Orion Harriers !

All the results for ELR can be found here.

ELRs first woman and ELVIS captain collecting her prize!

Ava Lee was first woman, and also celebrated a significant birthday. Happy Birthday Ava!

Results and Report on ELVIS 3 - East End Road Runners QEOP 5K - Tuesday 21st June 2016a

The ELR team before the Race!

Over 105 East London Runners entered the latest ELVIS race and a record total of 95 members completed the race in the Olympic Park on Tuesday night. Unfortunately some members were unable to race owing to work commitments, injury etc.

The Ladies Team were first in the ELVIS Team category for the third time this Series with the Men, having won the first two races in the Series, were narrowly pipped by Ilford AC.

Individually, ELR ELVIS Ladies Captain Ava Lee was First Lady to finish and also won the prize as first FV35. Judith Vonberg was second Lady.

For the Men Patrick Brown was second and Mark Boulton 3rd overall.

There were many ELR personal bests and debuts and the full results for us are on the Results Page of this website.

Many thanks to our Hosts East End Road Runners for putting on such a great event and after race social.

Tuesday 8th June 2016 - ELR scoop prizes at ELVIS 2 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile race

A great night for ELR at the latest ELVIS Race, the Havering 90 Joggers 5 miles race in Raphael Park, Romford.

The Ladies race was won by Judith Vonberg with Ellie Wilkinson 3rd and Natasha Tweedie 4th. Alexandra Wilkinson also won a Lady Vet prize, but due to confusion over late entries has had to return the trophy. She was the real winner though.

Thomas Grimes won the Mens race with Mark Bolton 2nd and Alex Day 4th.

Both the Ladies and Mens Team prizes were won by East London Runners for the second ELVIS race in succession.

A great turn out of runners from ELR with many personal bests and debut runs.

A BIG Thank You to all our Volunteers and Helpers before during and after the London Marathon 2016

East London Runners would like to thank all of our Members, Families and Friends who helped and supporeted the Club and its Runners prepare and run in the London Marathon 2016.

On Saturday 23rd April Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea and Danny Lee together with Chairman Frank attended the 20 mile Water Station location to assist Peter Cowup and Narinder (London Fire Brigade), Paul and Barry prepare the site for the following day.

Jaime Towns and Gareth Jones for many weeks had been planning and preparing the logistics of catering for 80 Marshalls ariving at St Mathias Church around 7.15am on Marathon morning for "breakfast" and then all day providing tea, coffee and food for all the helpers from ELR and the LFB who had been manning the 20 mile Water Feed Station on Poplar High Street. They were ably supported by their partners Nathalie and Ali Jones. A big thanks too to Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea who provided the Halal food and for the time and effort taking to prepare and supply this food.

Jaime, Ali, Gareth and Nathalie in St Mathias Church!

At the 20 Mile water Feed Station on Poplar High Street, manned by Volunteers from both ELR and LFB Roger Dixon and John White of ELR were tasked with looking after the ELR side of the station. They were helped by many members of ELR, their families and friends plus many others who have helped over many years at our Water Station location. In addition to handing out much needed water to the marathon runners they were also very vocal in their support of the many ELR members and other runners known to them as they passed through the 20 mile'sh distance.

Also to Jean and Tom Atkinson and their friends for manning the ELR Special Drinks Station on the Isle of Dogs once again this year..

Last but by no means least to Peter Cowup, family and friends, Narinder and all at London Fire Brigade for all that they continue to do to make the 20 Mile point one of the highlights of Marathon day for the runners, spectators and helpers.

ELR Results from London and Blackpool Marathons 2016 - Sunday 24th April 2016

Congratulations to all our runners today in completing the London and Blackpool Marathons!

Virgin Money London Marathon.

Paul Quinton and Mark Boulton looking cool on their way to sub 3 hour finishes!

Antonio Martin Romero 2.42.37 pb & championship
Mark Boulton 2.45.51 pb & gfa
Paul Quinton 2.54.35 gfa
Dan Slipper 2.59.07 pb & gfa
Manjit Bedi 2.59.25 gfa
Ciaran Canavan 3.09.05 gfa
Spencer Evans 3.20.58 debut
Saheb Yousefi 3.21.04 pb?
Jonathan Wooldridge 3.21.52 pb
Peter Hatley 3.23.05
David Baldwin 3.25.30
Diccon Loy 3.27.44
Mark Wyatt 3.30.29
Natasha Tweedie 3.30.33 pb & gfa
Ramesh Pala 3.34.45 pb?
Neil Gage 3.37.39 debut
Ellie Wilkinson 3.37.40 debut & gfa
Craig Livermore 3.54.26
Manjit Singh 4.13.22
Dave Knight 4.24.00
Bernadett Kalmar 4.28.03 debut
Adrian Buckley 4.33.28
Tanbir Jasimuddin 4.34.16
Caroline McGirr 5.02.21
Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs 5.13.28 debut
Wayne Kelly 5.40.00
Natalie A J Powell 6.44.06 debut?

A happy Bernadett passing through the 20 mile Water Station!

Two Super Heroes on Poplar High Street about to pass the 20 mile Balloon Arch but only one is a Member of East London Runners!

Blackpool Marathon.
Katherine Harris 3.55.20 pb by 41 mins

Katherine in action during an ELVIS Race last year.

Congratulations to Dan Gritton in completing his 100th Marathon on Sunday 3rd April 2016

East London Runners Member Dan Gritton travelled to Freiburg in Germany to complete his 100th Marathon in a time of 3:03:37.

This was Dan's third Marathon this year having completed others in Mill Hill and Gravesend. In 2015 Dan travelled abroad to Rome (2 hours 59 min), Hamburg (2:54), Riga, Latvia (2:57), La Rochelle (2:59) as well as completing the Kent Road Runner Marathon in 3 hours.

Dan's plans for the rest of 2016 are just as ambitious -
24 Apr 16 Shakespeare Marathon
07 May 16 Orpington Marafun
14 May 16 Arun River Marathon
18 Jun 16 South Downs Marathon
09 Jul 16 Ham to Lyme 50/100km
10 Jul 16 North Downs Marathon 2016
03 Sep 16 Saturday Night Marathon - Thames Trail Marathon

Sunday 6th March 2016 - Congratulations to Dan Gritton winning the Mill Hill Marathon his 99th Marathon finish in a time of 3:29!

"Dan said "Marathon number 100 will be in Freiberg Germany on April 3rd. My 100 Marathon Club Presentation will be later in the year."

Apparently there was lots of mud and hills on the course at Mill Hill. Well we suppose the name gives it away!

Sunday 27th March 2016 - Maud Hodson completes the 100k Canalathon Ultra Race!

Congratulations to Maud Hodson of East London Runners in completing the 100k Canalathon Ultra in 13.03.25, 8th lady, 3rd V40.

East London Runners win the Team Prize at the Roding Valley Half Marathon

East London Runners were awarded the Team Trophy thanks to the fantastic running performances of Thomas Grimes, Russell Price and Jennifer Ansell.

Russell, Thomas and Jennifer with the Team Trophy!

Jennifer finished 2nd Lady (43rd overall), Russell 5th Male/overall and Thomas 2nd Male/overall, their combined finishing places being lower than any other team or Club who competed. All three also were also received Individual awards for their finishing places.

East London Runners also had the most finishers of any Club in the race with a fantastic total of 52. There were many personal bests and great debuts from Gemma Foxall, Gina Radford, Stuart Barton and Emma Hobbs among others!

Congratulations to all who ran plus our many terrific supporters.

Sunday 14th February 2016 - Thomas Grimes is crowned leading Male in the Sunday Cross Country League for 2015/16 season!

Congratulations to Thomas Grimes who won the Sunday League trophy for 1st Senior Male, after finishing 2nd at Royston XC today!


Monday Nights 2015 - Track Session - 6.45pm - Ashton Playing Fields.

Meet Grant, Maya 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 35's) 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.

Please check the Latest News 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.
Tuesday - 5k Runs for Beginners during January to April 2016, see Beginners Section of this Website.

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 May to September. 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.

East London Runners projected weekly activities May to November

Please check the Latest News 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 (ending 30th September 2015) 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 7 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.

10 Reasons why Fat Runners walk by Julie Creffield

10 Reasons why FAT runners walk.

The Fat Girls Guide to Running

Check out ELR Member Julie Creffield's website and blogs -
http://thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com Among Julie's recent achievements have been completing the Virgin London Marathon 2012 in 5:50:27 and since then has given birth to her beautiful daughter Rose. Julie has been back in training and completed two half Marathons in September 2013 and the Lisbon Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October 2013.

You can also read about ONE BIG FAT RUN EVENT and FATTYMUSTRUN MARATHON CHALLENGE on the website!

Saturday - parkruns

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

Club Kit Night

Typically takes place on the first Wednesday run of the month. Club members are invited to wear their club kit in preference to their regular running gear.