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Cross Country 2012-2013

Chingford League Relays - Highams Park - Saturday 2nd March 2013

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Patrick Brown11.1811.18
Thomas Grimes10.5222.10
Patrick Brown11.2733.37
Thomas Grimes11.1444.51
The closest we have so far to having a team in the final leg of the Chingford League - the relays. Falling the day before the Roding Half & Essex 20 it was always going to be hard to get some teams together. So well done to Thomas Grimes & Patrick Brown who each ran 2 leg's of the 2 mile approx course.
Consisting of a lap of the park and a lap of the lake they came 5th overall but failed to score because of a incomplete team. Let's try next year to field complete teams.

Sunday Cross Country League 5 - Watford - 5.9 Miles - Sunday 17th February 2013

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Patrick Brown38:562020
Peter Rains44:088676
Michael Wilson45:54120107
Phoebe Bowman52:0919939
The fifth and final sunday cross country league race of the season, at
Cassiobury Park, Watford, saw a frosty early morning give way to a crisp and
bright sunny day. It was great to run in this lovely park and it's hilly
surrounding woodlands in which we ran two laps. This year there was a completely
new course with a different start and finish. As usual there was little mud and
the conditions were near perfect for the last race of the series. Patrick Brown
was at his best to finish in 20th position for the men with Peter Raines in 76th
and Mike Wilson 107th. Phoebe Bowman ran very well to finish in 39th position for the ladies.

ILFORD AC 10mile XC at Hainault Forest - Saturday 16th February 2013

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes1.05.133rd
Mark Boulton1.07.376th
Paul Thompson1.17.0315th
Grant Conway1.18.1316th
Ninette Fernandes1.46.0726th
Sarah Burns1.46.0727th
The nice mild Saturday afternoon weather belied the dreadful underfoot
conditions at Hainault Forest on Saturday. On a course waterlogged and very
muddy following the recent rainy and snowy months conditions were extremely
difficult. It was also a hilly course of 3 laps.



Thomas, Paul, Grant and Mark after the race.



A small field gathered in what was the ILFORD AC Club Championship race
postponed from around the New Year period when it was always tradionally held.
First home in 61:09 was Malcolm Muir of Ilford with Thomas Grimes of ELR in a
very creditable 3rd in approx 65 mins. Mark Boulton, Paul Thompson and Grant
Conway of ELR also ran with Paul and Grant gaining pb's despite the conditions.

Ninette Fernandes in her first ever XC race and Sarah Burns winning the prize
for first FV35 also had good finishing times.


Ninette and Sarah pictured after the race.

Chingford League Race 6 - Victoria Park (5 Miles) - Saturday 2nd February 2013

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Patrick Brown27.3317th16th
Gavin Stebbing29.5152th49th
Michael Wilson31.01 (course pb)68th62nd
Peter Rains31.2678th69th
Grant Conway33.13101st88th
Kieran Brown36.11137th109th
Phoebe Bowman37.03148th30th
Sarah Burns37.29156th36th
Emiko Priest41.17177th46th
Ninette Fernandes41.34178th47th
Fiona Day41.41179th48th
Mike: A fast flat figure of eight course on the paths of leafy Victoria
Park. Patrick was first back for ELR in 27.33 (17th overall), followed by Gavin in 29.51 (52nd), Mike 31.01 (68th) and Peter just behind in 31.26 (78th), Grant 33.13 (101st) and Kieran 36.11 (137th). Men's team, 7th out of 10 teams. Phoebe was first for ELR ladies in 37.03 (30th lady), Sarah 37.29 (36th), then Emiko 41.17 (46th), Ninette 41.34 (47th) and Fiona 41.41 (48th) finishing close together. Ladies team, 7th out of 8 teams. Total number of finishers 193. (128 affiliated men, 57 affiliated ladies and 8 guest runners). The course was slightly under the distance at 4.9 miles.

Chingford League Race 5 - Hackney Marshes (5.4 Miles) - Saturday 19th January 2013

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes31.1814th14th
Patrick Brown32.1423rd23rd
Mark Wyatt35.0156th52nd
Gavin Stebbing36.4173rd64th
Peter Rains37.1985th74th
Peter Hatley39.29109th93rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon40.24114th95th
Michael Wilson40.51118th99th
Russell Price41.53128th105th of 128
Emiko Priest49.02171st42nd of 55
Mike:Race 5 of the Chingford League series took place in a sub-zero temperature, just a short journey away on a snow covered Hackney Marshes. The course was totally flat and consisted of two main laps of the marshes, finishing the opposite side of Homerton Road which was crossed via a tunnel by the side of the river. Several of our runners had already taken part in a park run earlier in the day, whilst some were also competing in the Benfleet 15 the following day. A strong men's team was led home by Thomas Grimes in 14th position overall, in a time of 31.18, followed just under a minute later by Patrick Brown (23rd) in 32.14 - two outstanding performances. Mark Wyatt was next for ELR in 35.01 (56th), followed by Gavin Stebbing 36.41 (73rd), Peter Rains 37.19 (85th), Peter Hatley 39.29 (109th), Emmet Fitzgibbon 40.24 (114th), Mike Wilson 40.51 (118th), Russell Price 41.53 (128th) and Emiko Priest for the ladies in 49.02 (171st).

Sunday Cross Country League - Royston - 5.2 Miles - Sunday 13th January 2013

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes34.281212
Andrew Baxter38.113837
Paul Thompson41.5010693
Emmet Fitzgibbon44.07131111
Michael Wilson45.14146126
William Davies46.51170141
Frank Brownlie52.57239177
Emiko Priest56.5927987
Susannah McLaren57.2928694
Mike: There was a large turnout for this race which was held on the
frosty heaths of Royston with its steep hills and valleys. The ground was bone hard with zero degrees temperature and not a hint of mud in sight. Some of our runners were competing after a long training run, the day before. First home for the men was Thomas Grimes in 12th position overall, followed by Andrew Baxter (38th), Paul Thompson (106th) and Emmot Fitzgibbon having an excellent run in 131st position. Mike Wilson (146th), William Davies (170th) and Frank Brownlie (239th) completed the field for the men, who were only one short of having a full team. The ladies team were represented by Emiko Priest (279th) with Susannah McLaren just behind in 286th position.

Emiko:I'm calling this course 'Royston Roaster' - those hills are relentless!

Essex XC Championships - Hadleigh Country Park - Saturday 5th January 2013

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Chloe Longstaff52.4078th78th8km
Natasha Tweedie56.2189th89th8km
Emiko Priest62.51107th107th8km
Gavin Stebbing67.48123rd123rd12km
Russell Price67.49124th124th12km
Paul Thompson70.12143rd143rd12km
Peter Rains70.32145th145th12km
Emmet Fitzgibbon75.41163rd163rd12km
Dan Spinks82.48177th177th12km
Senior women's race - 122 finishers.
Senior men's race - 193 finishers.

Ladies event was 5 miles (8km's), conditions were very muddy .The ground was well churned up by the 6 previous events. Even getting to the start point was a test. The ladies event was 2 laps and by the time Emiko had started her 2nd lap the following mens event was charging down upon them.Unfortunately they had only 3 runners and needed 4 for a team.Chloe came in first followed by Natasha & Emiko.

Mens event was 7.5 miles (12km,s) and 3 laps. Due to a few dropouts they still managed a full team with Gavin coming in first chased down very closely on the line by Russell. Paul & Peter followed close by. Emmett returning from recent injury was about 5 minutes behind with Dan short of recent running coming through to score for a full team. They finished 21st of 24 teams.

Chingford League 4 - Chingford Plains - Saturday 29th December 2012

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Andrew Baxter37.4337th34th
Paul Thompson41.2973rd66th
Peter Rains42.1175th69th
Grant Conway42.1579th71st
Michael Wilson44.30101st89th
Peter Hatley45.07106th90th
Emmet Fitzgibbon47.15123rd102nd
George Georgiou50.10144th113th
Natasha Tweedie51.13149th27th
William Davies52.12154th120th
Sarah Burns53.37162nd32nd
Susannah McLaren58.12171st39th
Katherine Harris61.48176th43rd
Emiko Priest61.51177th44th
184 finishers.

A great turnout with complete teams for both men's & ladies teams.Well done to all who turned out in very hard & muddy conditions.Team scores (6 to score)were men & ladies 6th of 11 taems. Vet men 5th of 11 and ladies 7th of 11.

Mike. A very good turnout for ELR in race 4 of the Chingford League series, held in the forest on the opposite side of the road to the Royal Forest Hotel in Rangers Road. The conditions were extremely difficult due to the persistent rainfall over the previous few weeks which made the course a quagmire of mud. Although mild for a December day, the sky was completely overcast and there was another downpour during the race. First man to finish for ELR was Andrew Baxter in an impressive 34th individual position and first lady was Natasha Tweedy (27th), making her race debut for the club. Well done to those who run this very challenging race!

Sunday Cross Country League - St Albans - 5.7 miles - Sunday 9th December 2012

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Andrew Baxter36.173433
Michael Wilson41.1511099
Peter Raines44.41162135
Mike Wilson It was a small team of ELR runners that travelled to St Albans for the 3rd in the series of sunday cross country league fixtures. It is a few years since St Albans has hosted this event and the distance was a slightly longer that usual 5.7 miles. The race was run over a hilly three lap course, made more difficult by a stong biting headwind going up each hill. First home for the club was Andrew Baxter in a combined 34th position, his best finish in the league so far, followed by Mike Wilson (110), and Peter Raines (162) who was making his sunday league debut. Unfortunately Dan Spinks had to retire after the first lap, as he was unwell. Thanks to those that run and to Doug Mansell for supporting. I hope for a better turnout in the two remaining fixtures at Royston and Watford. We only require 8 runners for a full team of men and 5 for the ladies.

Essex Vets Cross Country Championship - Claybury Park - 5 mile-ish - Saturday 1st December 2012

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Andrew Baxter32.03 MV4037th
Paul Thompson35.35 MV4068th
Grant Conway37.52 MV4084th
Michael Wilson36.36 MV5041st37th
Ramesh Pala42.33 MV5072nd62nd
Frank Brownlie43.45 MV6078th11th
On a cold frosty morning ELR were unable to field complete teams (4
required) in a local race in either the MV40 or MV50 categories. With no ELR Ladies running at all it was a very poor turn out for a Club of our size.


Well done therefore to the 6 runners who did turn out. The first race, at 11am, included the Female Vets(over 35) and the Male Vets over 50, 60 and 70.

Conditions underfoot were tricky initially with parts of the course covered in frost, some ice and mud. By the finish of the 3 lap hilly race the temperature had risen slightly and the course had softened somewhat. Mick Wilson was first to finish for ELR followed by Ramesh Pala and Frank Brownlie.






Frank, Mike and Ramesh after the first race.


The second race for Male Vets 40 to 49 started at 12 noon by which time mud was the main course feature. Andrew Baxter was first home for ELR followed by Paul Thompson and Grant Conway.






Paul, Grant and Andrew pictured after the MV40 event.


Perhaps next year we can field full teams in all of the Veteran categories?

Sunday League XC - Southgate 5m - 25th November 2012

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Andrew Baxter34.344140
Mark Boulton34.594746
Russell Price36.548177
Michael Wilson41.17160136
Dan Spinks41.55170144
Dave Knight50.55292208
A record turnout of 347 finishers, largest ever for a Sunday League event.

Chingford League 3 - Redbridge Cycle 5km Circuit - Tuesday 6th November 2012

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes17.379th9th 17pts
Patrick Brown18.0316th16th 10pts
Paul Thompson20.2562nd56th
Russell Price20.3963rd60th
Gavin Stebbing21.0275th66th
Michael Wilson21.2482nd71st
Grant Conway22.0396th82nd
William Davies23.21132nd107th
Lee Wollaston23.28133rd108th
202 finishers. Team results were 6th place of 11 teams with 278pts. Vet's team were 5th place of 11 with 620pts. Thomas currently lies 4th in the Senior section only 1 point behind 3rd place.

Sunday League XC - Cheshunt 5m - Sunday 28th October 2012

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NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Patrick Brown30.2520th20th
Andrew Baxter32.0443rd43rd
Russell Price34.3788th84th
Michael Wilson37.45145th127th
Tom Woods41.03212th166th
311 finishers. 208 men , 103 ladies.

Chingford League 2 - Trent Park 9km - Saturday 13th October 2012

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes27.597th - 19pts7th
Russell Price33.5975th70th
Peter Rains35.3693rd82nd
Michael Wilson36.33106th91st
Emmet Fitzgibbon37.10114th96th
Lisa Mullen41.09141st30th
161 finishers. Russell says :- hello cross country season...its been too long! Hills, mud and hail (yes hail), hell yes!

Chingford League 1 - Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 2nd October 2012

NameTimeCombined PosIndiv PosAggregate
Thomas Grimes17.197th 19pts7th
Russell Price21.0274th 67th
Michael Wilson21.5487th78th
William Davies22.3596th85th
Emmet Fitzgibbon23.07110th93rd
180 finishers. Team result 7th of 9 clubs - 6 to score. Next fixture is at Trent Park on Saturday 15th October 2012.
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