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Races to look forward to this Winter

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:

racesecretary@eastlondonrunners.org.uk

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. A trophy will be awarded to the woman and man with the highest score at the end of the season.

Scoring Method - Summary
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 (24:15 for this Hog Hill 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.

Scoring Method - Details
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

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

Southern Cross Country London Championships at Parliament Hill Fields - 16th November 2019

Entries are now open for the Southern Cross Country London Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, NW5 1QR, on Saturday 16th November 2019.

Open to all first claim members of East London Runners.
Add your name to race entries page before closing date of 30th October 2019, to enter.
The club will process and pay for your race entry.

Senior Women 1.15pm (6km) Senior Men 2.00pm (10km)

Please contact Mike Wilson or Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera with any queries.

Saturday 30th November 2019 - Essex Vets Cross Country Championships at Writtle University, Chelmsford.- ELR Entry Deadline is 13th November 2019.

Entries are now open for the Essex Vets Cross Country Championships at Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR on Saturday 30th November 2019.

Open to all first claim members of East London Runners.
Add your name to race entries page before closing date of 13th November 2019 to enter.
The club will process and pay for your race entry.

Start Times:
Vet F40+ and M50+ 11.15am.
Vet M40+. 12.00pm.

The Essex County Committee equalised age groups between men and women earlier this year. The Vet category starts at 40 years of age and the distance run is 8k for both races.

Please contact Mike Wilson or Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera with any queries.

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.




Mike Wilson and Jacob Stevens
Winter Leagues Captains

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

Cross Country (Inc Chingford League) 2018/19 - 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.

Cross Country (Inc Chingford League) 2018/19 - 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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2018/02/24/cross-country-new-battleground-women-step-bid-equality/

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.

Gender Equality in Cross Country Running - January 2018

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.