Sunday Cross Country League Race 5 - Therfield Heath, Royston.
13th February 2022.
Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 8.20am (8.30am departure) for car share to Baldock Road, Therfield Heath, Royston SG8 5BJ.
Turn up on the day to run, for the 5th and final Sunday League race of the season.
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.
So that we have an idea of numbers, please comment below or add your name to race entries if you wish to run.
Mike and Karan
We have put together a handy list of all the cross-country races for the 2021-22 season:
XC Fixtures Flyer 2021-22
Sunday 17th October: Cheshunt Park, 11.00am start
Sunday 12th December: Trent Park, Cockfosters. 10.30am start
Sunday 19th December: Fairlands Park, Stevenage. 10.30am start.
Sunday 16th January, 2022: Cassiobury Park, Watford TBA
Sunday 13th February: Royston TBA
Trent Park fixture added at short notice to make a 5 fixture series.
All dates subject to permissions from landownwers.
See XC Captains for more details.
Dates and venues for the county championship races have now been confirmed and are as follows:
Essex XC relays - Saturday 2 October 2021, hosted by Billericay Striders at Weald Country Park, Brentwood
Essex Vets Champs inc U13 and U15 - Saturday 4 December 2021, hosted by Springfield Striders at Writtle University, Chelmsford
Essex Senior Champs inc U17 and U20 - Saturday 8 January 2022, hosted by Basildon AC at Gloucester Park, Basildon
SEAA have announced the dates for their Cross Country championships. Dates for your diaries are:
Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday 23 October 2021
London Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on 20 November 2021
Cross Country Masters Championships at Horspath, Oxford on 11 December 2021
Cross Country Main Championships, venue tbc, on 29 January 2022
Further information: SEAA XC Prospectus 2021-22
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.
- I: Missed race due to injury, illness, self-isolation or exceptional circumstances. Time calculated based on relative performance in other races (see rules below for details). The calculated time will change as the runner completes more races.
- M: Missed race for any other reason. Time = slowest time of the race plus 1 second.
- H: Handicap applied - replacement for a runner who withdrew (see ELR Virtual Cross-Country Teams below).
- G: Ghost runner - replacement for a runner who withdrew (see ELR Virtual Cross-Country Teams below).
- M: missed race. Time = slowest time of the race plus 1 second.
- M: missed race. Age grade = lowest grade of the race minus 0.1%.
The final race of the ELR virtual XC competition was held in Epping Forest in the Pole Hill / Chingford area, during the month of March. Course details here.
The fourth race of the ELR virtual XC competition was held in Claybury Park during the month of February. Course details here.
The third race of the ELR virtual XC competition was held in Epping Forest near Oak Hill, Woodford in January. Course details here.
The second race of the ELR virtual XC competition was held in Hainault Forest in December. Course details here.
The first race of the ELR virtual XC competition was held in Wanstead Park in November. Course details here.
Well done to all members who ran in this winter's Sunday Cross-Country League.
The club finished in good positions in all categories:
- Men overall: 7th, vets: 8th
- Women overall: 11th, vets: 11th
Out of 19 clubs.
The following members finished in the top 10 of the individual categories:
- Maud Hodson: 5th VW45
- John Henry: 7th VM40
See you all again at Cheshunt in October 2020!
Michael Wilson and Jacob Stevens
Winter League Captains
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.
Here are the final results of the 2019-20 competition.
Some interesting stats:
- 109 ELR members took part at in at least one Winter League race. Almost certainly a club record!
- 9 members ran in all Chingford League races: Euan Brown, Fiona Day, Becky Evans, Maud Hodson, Catriona Hoult, Mark Moir, Billy Rayner, Jacob Stevens & Michael Wilson.
- 7 members ran in all Sunday League races: Karan Gadhia, John Henry, Maud Hodson, Mark Moir, James Nichols, Jacob Stevens & Michael Wilson.
- The 5 women with the highest age-adjusted performance score (omitting volunteering) were Becky Evans, Paula Bedford, Caroline Frith, Emily Clarke & Ellie Wilkinson.
- The 5 men with the highest age-adjusted performance score (omitting volunteering) were Euan Brown, Calvin Bobin, John Henry, Rhys Edwards & Thomas Grimes.
- 31 members ran in only one Winter League race.
Part. - Participation score
Perf. - Overall performance score
Race perf. - Performance score in last race
Score - Overall score
Pos.chg. - Position change (N: new runner/volunteer)
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
Sunday League Race 4 details below! Please add your name to the Race Entries page of this Website if you are keen to represent ELR ! If you are going and can offer or need a lift, please meet at Wanstead leisure centre at 8.30am.
Race Venue: Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7LG
Once again, this race is free to enter and no pre-entry is required - just turn up on the day to run.
Hosted by Watford Joggers.
Date: Sunday 12th January 2020.
Start time: 10:30am.
Trains: There are two rail stations in close proximity.
Watford Junction - overground.
Watford Metropolitan - underground.
There are car parks in the town. Nearest are behind the Town Hall and in the middle of the roundabout near the Swimming Pool, the Avenue postcode is: WD17 4AJ. There is ample street parking on the local roads adjacent to the park. Please park considerately.
Close to the park, there are facilities in the underpass under the roundabout in front of the town hall. A short walk from The Avenue car park. Toilet facilities in the park are limited but we hope that we may be able to provide some temporary toilets.
The course is Approx 5.9 Miles.
The race starts & finishes near the Cha cafe. The course will be a run out to Whippendell Woods - two laps then back to the park. The course will be marshalled and marked throughout.
The route remains unchanged from previous years. PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL ATHLETES ARE AWARE THAT AFTER DESCENDING INTO THE WOODS THEY WILL RUN TWO laps before returning up the hill and retracing the route back to the finish.
The course is a variety of grass, parkland, stony paths, gravel tracks, and muddy paths. There are also the two bridges to cross with tarmac to head out of and return to the park.
Please speak to Mike Wilson or Jacob Stevens if you have any questions. We look forward to another good turnout for this penultimate race of the Sunday League season.
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
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