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Elvis Grand Prix 2015

ELVIS 2015 - CAPTAINS REPORT by Ava and Grant

ELVIS 2015 - CAPTAINS REPORT by Ava and Grant
A review of the 2015 Series

Having made a slow recovery from the large volume of alcohol consumed at the ELVIS celebrations here is our report on what has been a great ELVIS series all round for all clubs and their members but most of all for ELR.

The series began on Grant's birthday, 12th May 2015.

The first race was hosted by Havering 90. It was a 5 mile race in and around Raphael Park, Romford. ELR had a big turn out of 58 runners and the evening was a great success.
Both the ELR Ladies and Men's teams were first and in addition many ELR members scooped prizes across both sexes and age categories. The ELR trophy haul took up almost a whole table in the Harvester where the ELR contingent retired for drinks following the race! An excellent start to the series.

Next up was Elvis 2 hosted by Orion Harriers at Chingford.
Another good turnout from ELR in this race with 56 members running. The Ladies were first again. The Men were second to hosts Orion, however Ilford our closest rivals in the competition were third. Therefore, both the Ladies and Men had already taken a good lead in the series going into Elvis 3.

Elvis 3 was a 5K race hosted by Eton Manor in Leyton.
ELR numbers were bolstered by the Beginners Broup which had started in early May. 76 EL Runners made it to the start line. A record turnout in the series. The large ELR turnout caused much consternation amongst our rivals, particularly because the race sold out and entries were closed sometime before the race began! Both the Ladies and Men were first, the ladies being pushed hard by a strong Eton Manor ladies turnout in their home race. Following the race many ELR members enjoyed post run drinks and food to round off a fantastic evening for the club.

Elvis 4 was hosted by Dagenham 88 and will live long in the memory of everyone who attended that evening either to run or support.
The race was run in temperatures of around 95° with conditions similar to running in a sauna. 63 members from ELR packed the field of 166 runners and there were landslide victories for both the ladies and men. A magnificent turn out in the conditions.

Next up was Elvis 5 the Hilly 5 hosted by Ilford AC at Hainault Forest.
80 members from ELR competed.
Another record turnout. The Ladies were again comfortable winners. The Men also managed to secure a narrow victory over Ilford in what is usually a crucial race in the series. The team victories in this race meant that for all intents and purposes the series would be won by both the Ladies and Men even though there were still two races left. ELR members really enjoyed their after race drinks watching the sun go down over the Essex horizon.

Elvis 6 was hosted by Barking Road Runners in Barking Park.
Unfortunately this race seems to be cursed with bad weather almost every year and this was no exception. The race was run in pouring rain and the debut appearance by Gaz was most welcome. Unfortunately the Men were defeated by a strong Ilford turn out but the Ladies continued their 100% record and were victorious again.

Elvis 7 was as everyone knows the last in the series hosted by ourselves at Valentines Park. The Charity 5k Race.
Once again we put on a great race in excellent conditions. The result was the same as Elvis 6 with the Ladies completing the clean sweep of victories in all seven races and the Men finishing 2nd to Ilford. However the earlier results in the series meant that the lead taken by the men was unassailable and therefore both the ELR ladies and men were first in the series. Thanks to everyone who took part. A great team effort.

ELVIS 2015 Awards.
In addition to winning both of the Team prizes, we also had a number of individuals who were successful in their respective categories.

In the ladies we dominated the top of the order.
First in the series was Jenny Ansell, followed by Karen Levison in second and Ava Lee in third.

In addition both Karen and Ava were first in their respective Veteran age categories.

In the Men's category our men boasted four of the top five in the series.
First was Tom Grimes, Third was Patrick Brown, Fourth was Paul Quinton and Fifth was Alex Day.

12 members of ELR achieved the feat of completing all seven races in the series.

We also had an incredible 47 runners complete at least five of the seven races to qualify for an individual ranking at the end of the series. Congratulations to everyone who completed at least five races.

Our success in the series reflects how far our fantastic club has come in the last few years.

We would like to thank every single person who ran in any of the seven races and all our great supporters who were out cheering us on throughout. It's been fantastic to see so many runners supporting the club in the series as well as enjoying their excellent performances and seeing many improve dramatically as the series unfolded.

It was lovely to see our Beginners starting to compete in the races after they were convinced that taking part was a good idea!

It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves so much before during and after races when we enjoyed our get-togethers for drinks or tea and coffee depending on the race times.

So, Elvis has returned to Graceland for the winter. However, he will be back for the 2016 series. Can we beat our record turn outs of 447 (yes 447) finishers this year in the 2016 series? Can we improve on the 130 members who ran in at least one race in the series. Can we repeat our victories in both the ladies and men's categories? Can the ladies complete another clean sweep of winning all seven races? Only YOU can make that happen. Roll on 2016. Come on ELR!

Ava and Grant.

Results for Valentines Park Charity 5k - Sunday 27th September 2015

Valentines Park 5k Results available here


Date for your diaries. As many ELR ELVIS Participants will be receiving their prizes at this event we would ask that members attend on the evening. Free to ELR members. Advise Ava, Grant, Don or Frank if you wish to attend.
ELVIS PRESENTATION and SOCIAL - FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th 2015, hosted by Havering 90 Joggers.
The Venue will be in the H90J Club Room, Abbs Cross Academy, Abbs Cross Lane , Hornchurch, RM12 4YB.

This offers a space that will comfortably accommodate the expected numbers and also has a large covered outdoor area where, subject to weather we hope to offer a BBQ, as well as other food, but BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE ! There will also be music. Start time will be advised as soon as possible.

There is plenty of parking space.

The venue is 10-15 minute walk from either Elm Park or Hornchurch tube stations. Bus 365, 165 and 372 stop nearby.

ELR Elvis Social - Thursday 1st October 2015

Hi everyone. The ELVIS club social on Thursday 1st October will at Luppolo restaurant on Wanstead High Street. They'll provide a mixed buffet with wine for the table. They also have a great selection of craft beers and it'll be a great place to celebrate our ELVIS achievements.....and we have a LOT to celebrate this year. 🏆🏆 . There will be our own very special Elvis awards.....it could be you.

Tickets are £20 each, paid in advance to myself, Maya or Grant. We'll have them available on Mondays and Wednesday's sessions. There are a max of 40 places.

Time is 7.45pm at Luppolo, meeting across the road at The Manor House for a drink from 7pm.
We really hope to see lots of you there.

ELVIS Races Website - for Rules, races and Results etc


ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park Charity 5k - Sunday 27th September 2015 at 10.30am

Advance entries via Entry Central will close at midnight on Friday 25th September 2015.
Entry Fees in advance - £5 Affiliated, £7 Non-Affiliated. Extra £2 on the day up to 10.15am.

ELVIS 7 is a A great Road Race set in the scenic grounds of Valentines Park, Ilford, hosted by East London Runners with the assistance of Martin Clarke. UKA Road Licence Number 2015-13430.

Our race, in aid of Local Charities, will start at 10.30am.

The course is flat and fast and will be run all on paths completely within the perimeter of the park and will be traffic free.

The race will be followed by a Children's fun run if numbers allow(with free entries on the day only).

Confirmation of entry will be sent to you by email ( if supplied) to the address provided on the entry form.

Race numbers are to be collected on the day from race HQ so please arrive early to collect your number.

Prizes will be presented on the day as soon as possible after the race has finished and the results compiled.

Prizes for 1st 3 men, 1st 3 women, 1st vet men 40, 50 60 and 1st vet women 35, 45, 55.

Postal entries can also be made. Download entry form here -

Results will be posted on the Club website and on the ELVIS Facebook page and on the ELVIS Clubs website www.elvisraces.org.
Download entry form here

ELVIS 6 - Barking Park 5k - Monday 31st August 2015


ELVIS 6 is a 5km run on Monday 31st August 2015 at 10.30am.
Entry fee is £6 for affiliated members. Entry limit is 350 for this event.
Please note that under 18's must enter via an entry form for this event.
It is the same course as Barking parkrun if you want to try this course out before the ELVIS event.

ELVIS 5 - Newman Hilly 5 (25th Anniversary) - Wednesday 15th July 2015 at 7.30pm - Hainault Forest

NOTE - There will be no Club run or Beginner runs from Wanstead Leisure Centre tonight. Instead all are welcome to enter this local race.

The 5th race in the ELVIS series is the 25th Anniversary of the Newman Hilly 5, hosted by Ilford AC in beautiful Hainault Country Park.

The first 250 entries to the race will receive a technical running T shirt to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this race.

Normal entry is £10 but ELR will subsidise their members with £5 so the net fee is £5. Paper entries only with forms available at our Track and Club nights and also can be printed off the Ilford website through this link


Map of Location (Race Start/Finish) - Please do not Park in the Two Brewers Pub Car Park. Use the local streets. Hainault Forest - Hilly 5 Car Park, Lambourne Road, Chigwell Row, IG7 6ET. Just past the TWO BREWERS Pub but on the opposite side of the road.

ELVIS 4 - Dagenham 88 5 Miler - Wednesday 1st July - Eastendbrook Park at 7.30pm

ELVIS 4 is a 5 mile run at Eastbrookend Country Park starting at 7.30pm.
Entry fee is £6 for affiliated entries. 250 limit

We also have a link to online entries to ELVIS 6 for the Barking Road Runners 5km on Monday 31st August on the Elvis Grand Prix page. Limit is 350 for this event.

ELVIS 3 - Eton Manor 5k - Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Julbilee Park, Leyton at 7.30pm

ELVIS 3 , the Eton Manor 5km starts from The Pavillion, Jubilee Park, Marsh Lane at 7.30pm. Car parking is limited so car sharing is advised. Bus 58 and 158 goes nearby. The race will be run on multi terrain course. 250 limit.

ELVIS 2 - Saturday 6th June 2015 - Orion Forest 5m at 10am

A one lap, off road race on good trails in Epping Forest which is one of a series of 3 during June, July and August 2015 of which the June one is an ELVIS event.

2nd race in the ELVIS series of 7 races.
5 miles on forest trails (OK for trail or road shoes, spikes for speedsters!)
Race is also part of 3 race series with age group trophies for best cumulative time. (£12 for 3 races!)
Full details and link to online entry here.

The Forest Five (mile) race series was started in 2009 as part of the fundraising efforts for the new Orion clubhouse at Jubilee Retreat.

2015 Dates (all Saturday morning 10am starts) are

June 6th July 4th August 1st

A reduced rate is offered for the 3 race series, with age category trophies for best aggregate time for the series.

SW W35 W45 W55 SM M40 M50 M60

The first race in the series is also Orion's home fixture in the ELVIS competition. There are trophies for this race, as above, plus 2nd and 3rd SW and SM. Also 1st Women's and Men's Teams (4 to score).

ELVIS 1 - Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Havering 90 Midweek 5 - 7.30pm

Entries are now closed


7:30pm start - Raphael Park, Romford

£6 for affiliated club athletes and £8 for unattached.

This race is the first leg of ELVIS 2015.

LOCATION - Raphael Park. No changing, but toilets are nearby. Course is flat, but narrow in places (well after the start), so limit is 250 runners.

Please use the link above to enter Essential's button will tell you how many places are left and the sign up's who has already entered.

RACE NUMBERS - collect on the day
START - by new toilet block / cafe.
FINISH - by tennis hut
COURSE – two laps anti-clockwise of park with approx 400 metres outside the park (twice). Tarmac paths and pavement with 20 metres on trail. Water station at half way.

RESULTS – Posted on H90J website ASAP after the race.
PRIZES as below
1,2,3 man
1,2,3 lady
1st unplaced MV40, MV50,MV60
1st unplaced FV35, FV45. FV55
First male and first female team. Please note that we will present the team prize at the following ELVIS race.

No runner to receive more than one individual trophy.

ELVIS 2015 - Sponsors - Elvis 2015 Series Presentation of Prizes

ELVIS 2015 - Sponsors - Elvis 2015 Series Presentation of Prizes
Vicky Cooper and Martin Clarke recently met with Tom Payn of "The Running Works" to secure a deal for the sponsorship of the Elvis 2015 Series Presentation of Prizes. The Running Works is a performance running equipment shop in East London and is the retail arm of "Team Run-Fast" (founded by Peter McHugh De Clare, the gentleman who attended lst year's Elvis Presentation night) who specialise in elite sports management and running equipment.
Details of the shop are below:-
Address: 28-30 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB
Phone:020 7036 2326


Elvis Grand Prix 2015

ELVIS 2015. Hi, here are the dates for the ELVIS series 2015 which is a friendly competition run between 8 local running clubs every summer over 5k or 5 miles are as follows :-
1. Havering 90 5 mile, Raphael Park, Romford Tuesday 12th May 2015 7.30pm
2. Orion 5 mile, Chingford, Saturday 6/6/15, 10am.
3 Eton Manor 5k, Leyton,Tuesday 16/6/15, 7.30pm
4 Dagenham 5 mile, Eastbrook End Park, Wednesday 1/7/15, 7.30pm
5 Ilford 5 mile, Hainault Forest, Wednesday 15/7/15, 7.30pm
6 Barking 5k, Barking Park, Bank Holiday Monday 31/8/15, 10.30am
7 ELR 5K, Valentines Park, Sunday 27/9/15, 10.30am.
Please make a note of the dates as we need as many ELR's as possible to run so that we can do well in the series.
East End road runners also take part in the series although they do not host a race at present.
Havering 90 have kindly agreed to organise the series next year and deal with results etc. Also there will be a brand new website purely dedicated to the ELVIS series, details to follow soon.
The provisional date for the ELVIS awards night is Friday 9/10/15, venue TBA. Usually we have our own ELR ELVIS awards night in October as well.


ELVIS 3 - Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Eton Manor 5k - 7.30pm

Eton Manor 5k, Leyton,Tuesday 16/6/15, 7.30pm.

Road race mainly on tarmac within and outside leyton park.

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 1st July 2015 - 7.30pm - Dagenham 88 5 mile

Off Road multilap race in Eastbrook End Park, Dagenham.

ELVIS 5 - Wednesday 15th July 2015 - Newman Hilly 5 - 7.30pm

A two lap off road race in Hainault Forest.

ELVIS 6 - Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2015 - Barking 5k

A two lap race on the tarmac paths within Braking park. Same course as the Barking parkrun.

ELVIS 7 - Sunday 27th September - Valentines Park 5k Charity Race - 10.30am

A two lap measured course on the tarmac paths within Valentines Park, Ilford.