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!
UPDATE 19/2: The League are proposing to reschedule the race to Sunday 15th March. This will be confirmed in due course.
UPDATE 8/2: The deteriorating weather forecast with an Amber warning now in place for the Royston area and with winds now anticipated to be gusting up to 70mph means that the race has been cancelled.
Sunday Cross Country League Fixture 5 - 9th February 2020.
Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 8.20am (8.30am departure) for car share to Baldock Road, Therfield Heath, Royston SG8 5BJ.
All club members are welcome to run in this last fixture of the season. It is free and you just have to turn up on the day to run.
Information supplied by the host club - www.roystonrunners.co.uk
The course is approx 5.5 miles. There will be one small lap and two large laps. The course is mostly across open downland and is very hilly. It is suitable for spikes, studs or trail shoes.
Race HQ: Heath Sports Club.
(a close post code is SG8 5BJ - the one on the Heath club's website is actually for a nearby golf club).
Parking - due to several sporting fixtures being hosted on the Heath we advise that you arrive early as parking will be at a premium and we would ask runners to car share where possible.
Please follow the instructions of the parking marshals.
Train - from King's Cross via Stevenage to Royston station. The Heath is 15 minutes walk from the station - please check Sunday service carefully before leaving as there is engineering work on race day.
Facilities - there will be portaloos onsite for runners to use. Please use these rather than the toilets in the Heath sports club as they struggle to cope when used by large numbers of people.
Refreshments and bar available.
Please can all runners be aware that rugby matches and training sessions will be taking place in the area between the race start/finish and the Heath bar. Please avoid walking through this area and disrupting the training sessions.
Please note that all muddy footwear must be removed before entering the sports centre, especially spikes. Please help us to maintain good relations with the sports club by adhering to this request!
We look forward to a big turnout from ELR to end the Sunday League season.
Mike and Jacob
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). Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed runner of each gender at the end of the season.
Current standings in the 2019-20 competition, up to and including Chingford League race #6 (Victoria Park).
Part. - Participation score
Perf. - Overall performance score
Race perf. - Performance score in last race
Score - Overall score
Pos.chg. - Position change (N: new runner)
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.
All Winter League races are included in the competition, both cross-country and tarmac, including the Chingford League relays in March. Volunteers at the relays (organised by ELR) also score points: a fixed race performance score of 100 is used.
For anyone interested in the details, the scores are calculated as follows:
Time = Runner's race time (individual time in the relay)
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 (or fixed value of 100 for relay volunteers)
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
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
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 Runners. 10.30am start.
Sunday League website: http://www.runherts.com/xc.htm
Mike Wilson and Jacob Stevens
Winter Leagues Captains
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.
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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.
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