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Races to look forward to this Wintertime

A regularly updated calendar of the Chingford and Sunday league and additional XC races can be found on line here

All the races are free to enter as they are included in your membership fees except for the one in Loughton AC. You will be informed when they are open on our Facebook group and website.

For Championship events, please advise your Winter League captains Michael Wilson and Jacob Stevens in advance that you are willing to run, so that you can be entered for those races. You do not need to pre-enter the Chingford League and Sunday XC League races, as you can turn up on the day to run.

For more information, contact your XC captains or your ELR race secretary Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera directly or by e-mail:


Have a great winter filled with running!

ELR Winter League Competition

For the 2019-20 season, we have introduced a new internal ELR competition, where runners are given scores based on a combination of participation and age-adjusted performance in the Chingford and Sunday League races (see Scoring Method below for details). A trophy will be awarded to the woman and man with the highest score at the end of the season.

Current Standings
Current standings in the 2019-20 competition, up to and including Chingford League race #5 (Hackney Marshes).

Part. - Participation score
Perf. - Overall performance score
Race perf. - Performance score in last race
Score - Overall score
Pos.chg. - Position change (N: new runner)

Pos.NamePart.Perf.Race perf.ScorePos.chg.
1Maud Hodson100111107104.3-
2Fiona Day8911311498.4-
3Catriona Hoult891019593.8-
4Kasia Stachowiak781069889.0-
5Carolyn Edwards78979385.5-
6Becky Evans5612512283.3-
7Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera78878481.7-
8Chloe Millan6710310281.1-
9Sandra Preston5611011277.4+1
10Kathryn Hertzberg569370.6-1
11Paula Bedford3311911567.7+2
12Caroline Frith3311867.2-1
13Katie Whitton449865.8-1
14Emily Clarke2211559.3-
15Ellie Wilkinson2211458.8-
16Janet Bywater2210957.1+1
17Veronica Carrasco339256.6-1
18Lauren Kelly2210354.7-
19Sarah Burns2210153.9-
20Filipa Soares229852.6-
21Tina Bennett22959451.5+4
22Susannah McLaren1111050.6-1
23Lydia Merrett22928550.3+1
24Lauren Stevenson228647.6-2
25Claire Emery1110147.0-2
26Grace Turner22838346.5+6
27Sallyann Eyles22818445.8+7
28Kate Brett119745.4-2
29Debbie Shearing119544.6-2
30Jo Neville119243.4-2
31Helen McGuinness119042.6-2
32Anna Dingle118540.6-2
33Anne-Marie Kennedy11848440.4N
34Maya Goodwin118339.9-3
35Joanna Qiu118139.0-2

Pos.NamePart.Perf.Race perf.ScorePos.chg.
1Jacob Stevens100111101104.4-
2Mark Moir100111109104.2-
3Michael Wilson100106105102.6-
4Karan Gadhia100104100101.4-
5Billy Rayner7811411492.3+1
6John Henry6712812091.3+1
7Calvin Bobin6712891.1-2
8Euan Brown5613113085.8+2
9Alex Jameson78959184.5-
10James Nichols6711184.3-2
11Thomas Grimes4412677.0-
12Warren Ibrahim4411511072.8+2
13Patrick Brown3312771.0-1
14Ciaran Canavan4410610769.2+4
15Peter Craik3312067.8-2
16Gareth Davies3311264.9-1
17Peter Hatley3310963.8-1
18Lance Fuller3310762.7-1
19Nick Hoult3310662.2-
20Andrew Howard3310562.0-
21Amit Marks3310410461.6+9
22Vinesh Kumar331039861.3+4
23Michael Bamford2211960.9-2
24Stuart Hodson339859.2-2
25Rhys Edwards1112556.7-
26Neil Gage2210810356.5+13
27Liviu Ionita1112456.4-
28Arthur Diaz339156.4-5
29Mark Boulton1112456.1-
30Mark Durrant33908855.8+11
31Paul Thompson1112355.7-
32Cathal Lynch338955.7-8
33Nick Clarke2210555.5-5
34Med Dahbi1112255.3-1
35Regis Martin2210354.6-3
36Andrew Baxter1111954.4-2
37Clive Stephenson1111653.1-1
38Jose Rodriguez1111552.9-1
39Mounir Dahbi229852.4-4
40Jimmy Dale229651.6-2
41Craig Livermore1111251.5-1
42Samir Younsi22949250.8+9
43John Healy229049.2-1
44Joe Gunn1110510548.5N
45Grant Conway1110448.4-2
46Emmet Fitzgibbon1110247.5-2
47Ramesh Pala1110147.1-2
48Andrew Jackson1110147.1-2
49Ford Cadiogan1110046.7-2
50Shahib Ali119946.3-2
51Louis Le Roux11979745.6N
52George Georgiou119644.9-2
53Edward Barnard11949444.2N
54Kirk Johnson227744.1-5
55Martin Quinlan119243.3-3
56Jason Levy118741.5-3
57Marc Akers118540.5-3
58Frank Brownlie118239.6-3
59Imran Mustak116532.7-3

ELR Winter League Competition - Scoring Method

For each runner, we calculate a participation score and a performance score. The participation score is the percentage of Chingford and Sunday XC League races that the runner has taken part in. The performance score is calculated by taking the runner's time for each race, applying a gender/age adjustment (similar to parkrun age grading) and then comparing that to the median time of all runners in the race; this is then averaged over the races they took part in. The overall score is a weighted average of the two scores: 60% of participation score plus 40% of performance score.

Detailed Calculation
For anyone interested in the details, the scores are calculated as follows:

Time = Runner's race time
CatFactor = Conversion factor from gender/age category standard to mid-point between SM & SF standards - see below.
AdjTime = Time * CatFactor
MedianTime = Median time of all runners in race (all clubs, all categories)
RacePerfScore = MedianTime / AdjTime * 100
PerfScore = Mean RacePerfScore for runner over season
PartScore = (Number of races attended by runner) / (Total number of races) * 100
Score = PerfScore * 40% + PartScore * 60%

Category factors are calculated using WMA age factors and male/female 5 mile road race records (similar to the data used for parkrun age grading).

Factors for 5y Chingford League categories:
SM 1.0676 SW 0.9404
M40 1.0076 W40 0.9017
M45 0.9690 W45 0.8630
M50 0.9304 W50 0.8156
M55 0.8917 W55 0.7674
M60 0.8531 W60 0.7192
M65 0.8145
U18M 1.0523

Factors for 10y Sunday League categories:
SM 1.0676 SW 0.9404
M40 0.9883 W35 0.9144
M50 0.9110 W45 0.8393
M60 0.8338 W55 0.7433

Example (for one runner, one race):
Time = 20:50
AdjTime = 20:50 * 1.0076 (M40) = 20:59
MedianTime = 24:15
RacePerfScore = 24:15 / 20:59 * 100 = 115.52
Score = 115.52 * 0.4 + 100 * 0.6 = 106.21

2019/20 - Sunday Cross Country League Dates for your Diaries for the Winter Season 2019/20

Sunday 20th October 2019
Event 1 Cheshunt Park, Cheshunt
- Hosted jointly by Broxbourne Runners and Garden City Runners. 11am start.

Sunday 1st December 2019
Event 2 Trent Park, Cockfosters
- Hosted by Trent Park RC. 10.30am start.

Sunday 22nd December 2019
Event 3 Fairland Valley Park
- Hosted by Fairlands Valley Spartans. 10.30am start.

Sunday 12th January 2020
Event 4 Cassiobury Park, Watford
- Hosted by Watford Joggers and supported by Ealing Eagles. 10.30am start.

Sunday 9th February 2020
Event 5 Royston - Hosted by Royston Runner
- 10.30am start.

Sunday League website: http://www.runherts.com/xc.htm

Mike Wilson and Jacob Stevens
Winter Leagues Captains

Gender Equality - Cross Country (Inc Chingford League) 2019/20 - EAST LONDON RUNNERS

East London Runners supports the running of equal distance for Men and Women in all Cross Country Races. While some races/leagues/counties/nations/vets have equalised distances, some have not, as yet, done so.

East London Runners also respects the right of each individual Club Member to decide for themselves what races they wish to run in and we will NOT obstruct in any way a member running in a race or League that does not have equal distances.

It remains the Club policy that all members will run for FREE in Cross Country Leagues that the Club are members of (e.g Chingford League and the Run Herts Sunday XC League) and the County/Regional/National races whether of equal distance or not. The Club does pay League fees on members behalf in addition to any fees for entering our County, Regional and National Championships.

The views of members expressed on Facebook and other types of Social Media are considered to be of a personal nature and may differ from those of the Club expressed above.

Sunday 25th February 2018 - Cross-country is the new battleground as women step up bid for equality - by Nick Hoult


February 2018 - Thomas Grimes wins the Overall Title in the Sunday League!

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.