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Elvis Grand Prix 2017

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Captain's report for ELVIS 2017

The ELVIS Grand Prix 2017 marks the start and the end of a fantastic summer of racing for East London Runners. A big well done to everyone who took part, and thank you for supporting each one of the events. Each of the 7 races was incredibly well supported by runners from ELR and our friends from local clubs.

It was clean sweep for both the mens and the ladies team this year, with both teams winning all 7 of their races, so it was never in doubt that ELR would bring home the trophies. In second place overall for the men was Ilford AC, and second place for the ladies was Orion Harriers.

It all began on 17th May for the Dagenham 88 5ish miles race, with over 70 ELR red vests turning up for the first event. We then had the pouring rain with sunshine and rainbows at Havering 90s event at the lovely Raphaels Park on the 6th June.

That was shortly followed up on 21st June with East End Road Runners fast and flat 5K in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We turned up in our numbers despite the searing summer sun. Many of us enjoyed a good night out afterwards at Tina We Salute You, where some of us were lucky enough to win pairs of underpants!

The 4th race in the series is an old favourite, the Newham Hilly 5 on 12th July, hosted by Ilford AC. Another well organised and fun event. Everyone loves going up the long hill on the second lap! We had 58 ELR runners for Orion 5 miler on 5th August, making it 142 runners who had participated on one of the first 5 races. The sun was out again for the August Bank holiday 5k hosted by Barking Road Runners, a hot and flat race which was enjoyed by all.

And last, but by no means least, it was our very own ELVIS 7 5k race in Valentines Park on Sunday 24th September. The sun was shining, and with 249 runners in total from all the local clubs it was a packed field. There was a kids race, and the best bake off ever, thanks to Tricia– eat your heart out, Mary Berry! Thank you so much to the fantastic organisers, the marshalls, medics and all who volunteered. It was a great event, with some excellent times posted from ELR runners. Congratulations to our bake off winners – Jo Wood, Sarah Burns and Rachel and Louis Le Roux.

And we had a few individual overall winners for the series. Overall 1st place Lady to Jenny Ansell, 3rd place lady Ellie Wilkinson, Vet 35 Ava Lee. Overall 2nd place male – Thomas Grimes and 3rd place to Patrick Brown. A special mention to our male and female scorers – , Dan, Danny, Scott, Paul, Billy, John, Antonio, Ciaran, Mark, James, Karen, Emily, Sheetal, Suzanne and Sarah.

On to 2018 - Ava and Paul

Friday 13th October 2017 - ELVIS 2017 Awards Night

The ELVIS Clubs gathered together once again at The Duke, Wanstead for their Annual Awards Night. With ILFORD AC hosting the Race Series in 2017, Martin Clarke with the assistance of Barking Road Runners presented the awards.

East London Runners were well represented both on the night, throughout the Series and especially winning many of the Awards.


1st Overall - Jennifer Ansell
3rd Overall - Eleanor Wilkinson
1st FV35 - Ava Lee

Ladies Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners


1st Overall - Thomas Grimes
3rd Overall - Patrick Brown

Men's Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners

ELVIS 2017 10th Annual Awards Evening - The Duke, Wanstead - 7.30pm till closing

ELR along with all the other 8 ELVIS Clubs will be represented at the Annual Awards evening at The Duke, Wanstead.

Please contact our ELVIS Captains Ava and Paul should you wish to attend.

ELVIS 2017 - Summary of East London Runners performances

Elvis final update 2017.
159 ELR's did at least one Elvis race.
7 completed all 7 events.
18 did 6 races and a further 23 did the required 5 races.
48 featured in the final results.
The Ladies team won all 7 races, 3rd year in a row.
The Men's team won all 7 races for the first time.
Hope those going to the Awards Night on Friday have a great night and get some good pics. Well done all.

Prize Winners and Link to the Results of The Valentines Park Charity 5k Race held on Sunday 24th Sept 2017 at 10.30am

The 2017 race results can be found here.

Prize Winners

1st Place - 19:08 - Morgan Campbell - Unaffiliated
2nd Place - 19:20 - Jennifer Ansell - East London Runners
3rd Place - 19:44 - Ella Wilson - Orion Harriers

1st FV35 - 20:06 - Ava Lee - East London Runners
1st FV45 - 19:58 - Karen Levison - East London Runners
1st FV55 - 23:08 - Gail Hennessy - Eton Manor AC
1st FV65 - 31:21 - Pam Jones - Ilford AC

Team - East London Runners
Jennifer Ansell, Karen Levison and Ava Lee

1st - 16:36 - Liviu Ionita - Barking Road Runners
2nd - 16:52 - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
3rd - 17:26 - Patrick Brown - East London Runners

1st V40 - 17:22 - Carl Partis - UnAffiliated (was 3rd Male overall but MV40 was a higher prize)
1st V50 - 18:05 - Colin Read - Orion Harriers
1st V60 - 20:24 - Martin Page - Barking Road Runners
1st V70 - 26:18 - Brian Slade - Havering 90 Joggers

Team - East London Runners
Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and John Booth

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Valentines Park Charity 5k - A Tribute to Roger Dixon

We've been struck with some really sad news this month, and this year's race run in beautiful Valentines Park, on a magnificently glorious early autumn day in Roger's honour was a fitting tribute. The whole club, whether present as a runner, as one of team or supporting from a far came together to deliver a brilliant race - the best of the 2017 season by far!

Some special thank yous to start with:

Geoof Bench (Defib), Carlton D'Souza, Jan Webb, Louis Le Roux, Susannah Maclaren, Morag Campbell, Doug Mansell, Maya Goodwin, Ella Hatley, Peter Craik, Maud Hodson, Stuart Hodson, Sarah Bhatt, Fiona Critchley, Mike Wilson, Sonia Cheadle, Rihanna-Clare Jarvis, Jo Bull, Calvin Bobin, Shaun DeSena, Stuart Barton, Steve Swann, Jay Sangha, Pam Bennett, Don Bennett, Miranda Thompson, Ciaran Canavan, Lance Fuller, Antonio Martin-Romero, Sophie Edwards, Liz O'Donnell, Michael Bamford, Josh Bhatt, Trisha O'Neill, John Atkinson, Sarah Burns, Dave Knight, Juno, Akville and John from ELHAP who helped with marshalling, Martin and Ken from The Race Organiser, everyone who baked, everyone who entered the race, and everyone who bought cake or a raffle ticket. Thank you for making the day very special indeed. There are also many unnamed heroes and heroins who stayed behind to clear up - thank you too. We've tried to remember everyone that played a part, but there are so many of you, we do hope not to have missed anyone off.

We hope you agree that it was an amazingly successful day. The club is very proud of all the hard work put in on the day and in advance by so many of you.

And that was before any of the racing started....

The race was won by Liviu Ionita, of Barking in 16:36, followed by the first home for ELR Thomas Grimes in 16:52. The Women's race was won by an unaffiliated runner, Morgan Campbell in 19:08, with first for ELR Jenny Ansell in 19:20 close behind her.

Men's Captain, Paul Thompson said "Based on the provisional results I have both the ELR Women & Men winning the ELVIS 7 team result!
Scorers for the women's team were Jennifer, Karen, Ava & Ellie
Scorers for the men's team were Thomas, Patrick, John, Dan, Danny & Ciaran.
Well done all!"

Prizes were presented by the ELVIS captains - Ava Lee and Paul Thompson

1st Place - 19:08 - Morgan Campbell - Unaffiliated
2nd Place - 19:20 - Jennifer Ansell - East London Runners
3rd Place - 19:44 - Ella Wilson - Orion Harriers

1st FV35 - 20:06 - Ava Lee - East London Runners
1st FV45 - 19:58 - Karen Levison - East London Runners
1st FV55 - 23:08 - Gail Hennessy - Eton Manor AC
1st FV65 - 31:21 - Pam Jones - Ilford AC

Team Winners - East London Runners
Jennifer Ansell, Karen Levison and Ava Lee (pictured left, with Frank)

1st Place - 16:36 - Liviu Ionita - Barking Road Runners
2nd Place - 16:52 - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
3rd Place - 17:26 - Patrick Brown - East London Runners

1st MV40 - 17:22 - Carl Partis - Unaffiliated (was 3rd Male overall but MV40 was a higher prize)
1st MV50 - 18:05 - Colin Read - Orion Harriers
1st MV60 - 20:24 - Martin Page - Barking Road Runners
1st MV70 - 26:18 - Brian Slade - Havering 90 Joggers

Team Winners - East London Runners
Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and John Booth (Pictured right, Frank didn't waste anytime jumping in for a photo as Patrick Brown-lie)

A copy of the full results can be accessed here. Having spent the last few days updating them, they are now finalised. The ELVIS standings are also now complete and these can be viewed here.

The 5K race was followed by a children's race - which was approximately 2km. Maybe it was a tad short, and Jonathan made a hasty retreat from the discussion as to whether 1.74km was roughly 2km or not. The disappointment of the young athletes, was somewhat quelled by the ELR medal they all received.

As you may know the race was sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, and those of you who entered will have a discount coupon to redeem, on top of your usual ELR discount. The club is extremely grateful to LSM's founder Katherine Creighton-Crook for her continued support of the club and its members. Katherine and her team offered their services to the runners and some volunteers on the day, providing mini massages and other treatments.

The club is equally thankful to Physicals Fitness Club, for its donation towards the water and fruit refreshments we offered after the race. These were very well received on such a warm day.

Trisha O'Neill once again set The Great ELR Bake Off Challenge to the club members - and so many of you rose to the occasion, icing and piping your way to the top. There were no soggy bottoms in that tent! Trisha said "They are all amazing and it's going to be so difficult to choose the top three. I will reel in some assistance to help me make the decision. I want to say a big thank you for all the effort you made, it made a great day fabulous! The best of all the ELVIS races I'd say." Come along to the club night this Wednesday to find out who the star bakers are. The grand total raised by the cake sale was a mouth-watering £260!

We have yet to complete a final reckoning, but when complete, the Club Committee to will decide how to distribute the proceeds. More details on that in a subsequent newsletter.

One of the beneficiaries of the club's charity race is ELHAP, the magical adventure playground for disabled children. We've supported this children's playground for a few years now, and again they had much anticipated raffle at the end of the prizes giving ceremony. The charity raised £243 towards the cost of their activities, and send grateful thanks to all that bought raffle tickets on the day.

until next year....

Best wishes
Frank and Jonathan

Now where are those mud claws?

ELVIS 7 - Sunday 24th September 2017 - Valentines Park 5k Charity Race - 10.30am - Chip timed

Advance online entries - www.entrycentral.com/valentinespark5k

Online entries closed at 10am on Thursday 21st September 2017.

ON THE DAY ENTRIES until 10.15am. Affiliated £8, Non-Affilaited £10.

CHIP TIMED - This is the seventh and final ELVIS race of the season. Our race, in aid of local Charities, will start at 10.30am on Sunday 24th September 2017. 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. In 2016 East London Runners donated the race surplus including the cake stall proceeds of £1,250 to three local charities.

Race entry is open to all ELVIS Affiliated Clubs, other Clubs, and the general public aged 15 years and over. Costs are £6.00 for affiliated athletes, and £8.00 for unaffiliated. Confirmation of entry will be sent to you by email to the address provided within the entry details.

Entries (up to race limit) will be accepted on the day until 10.15am, and will be subject to an additional fee. No transfers will be permitted, and unofficial transfers will be removed from the final results. Race numbers are to be collected on the day from the race HQ so please arrive early to collect your number.

Course Map. Due to the park authority's works, it has been necessary to amend the course slightly.View a map of the revised route here.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st 3 men, 1st 3 women, 1st vet men aged 40, 50, 60 and 70 and 1st vet women aged 35, 45, 55, and 65. Prizes will be presented on the day as soon as possible after the race has finished and the results compiled. One prize per person.

Results will be posted on the ELR Club website www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk, on the ELVIS Facebook page and on the ELVIS Clubs website www.elvisraces.club

This year's race is sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, who offer specialised sport & remedial massage treatments from its three locations in Leyton, Walthamstow and Angel, Islington. Leyton Sports Massage is offering all race participants 10% off a 60 or 90-min runner’s MOT. Just bring this confirmation email to any 60 or 90-min appointment between now and the 31st October to redeem your discount. Click here to view a full list of the services they offer.

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

ELVIS 6 - Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017 - 10.30am - Barking 5k

Online Entries in advance - www.entrycentral.com/bh5k

ENTRIES CAN ALSO BE MADE ON THE DAY for an additional £2.00

Barking Road Runners' Bank Holiday 5K race is sponsored by Sports Massage Therapy, Romford (07941 643083) and Runners Need Romford. The race is also part of the ELVIS series of local races, which are sponsored by Phil Hernon of Catalina Re.

Monday 28th August 2017.

Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8TA.

10:30 am for the main race. A children's 2K fun run will take place after the main race has been completed.
Entry fee:

£8 (£6 affiliated) in advance or £10 (£8 affiliated) on the day. Free entry to the children's fun run.

Postal entries are also available by emailing info@barkingroadrunners.org.uk. The closing date for postal entries is Friday, 18th August 2017.

Bib numbers for all entries are to be collected on the day, by no later than 10:15 am.

The minimum age for entry is 16 years old. Runners under the age of 18 on the day of the race must use the postal entry form.
Course description:

The race uses a 2-lap course, on asphalt paths. Note that the course is identical to that used by Barking parkrun.

The start line is near the tennis courts. The course heads eastward for approximately 400 metres towards the allotments. There is then a short curve to the left, followed by a sharp left-hand downhill turn, bringing you alongside the lake. Near the end of the lake, the course loops sharply round to the left, up a very slight incline, bringing you onto a tree-lined path running parallel with the lake. Once this path nears the start area, it curves round to the right. Turning right at the tennis courts, you'll shortly take a sharp left turn that takes you on a large loop round the park's main field. Halfway round the park's perimeter, you'll take a left-hand turn along a straight tree-lined path. At the end of the first lap, you'll take a sharp right turn at the far end of this path, to resume the course as above; at the end of the second lap, you'll carry on straight ahead for a few metres, where you'll cross the finish line.
Getting to the park:

The park is approximately 15 minutes' walk from Barking station, which is served by the District and Hammersmith & City tube lines, the London Overground, and mainline C2C rail services. There are also several bus routes stopping by or near the park. Limited car parking will be available within the park, via the South Park Drive entrance. There is another car park accessible via the main gate in Longbridge Road, but this incurs a charge.

Toilets (incl. for the disabled) and changing rooms will be available near the start/finish area.
Prizes and results:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd individual male
1st, 2nd, and 3rd individual female
1st VM40, VM50, VM60 and VM70 individuals
1st VF35, VF45, VF55 and VF65 individuals
Men's team (fastest three)
Women's team (fastest three)

The results will be published on the club's website as soon as possible after the race, and will also be uploaded to Power of 10. The race will be held under UKA rules. (UKA licence number pending.)

Elvis 5 - Saturday 5th August 2017 - 10am - Orion Forest 5m - Off roa in Epping Forest

Hosted by Orion Harriers this is a one lap course over an undulating Epping Forest off road route in mainly good paths.
Clubhouse - Jubilee Retreat, Bury Road, Nth Chingford, London,E4 7QJ

Online entries in advance -

Note:- Use this link only if entering ELVIS 5 only.

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 12th July 2017 - Newman Hilly 5 - Off road in Hainault Forest - 7.30pm - ILFORD AC

Starting on the Common in Chigwell Row, this is a " hilly two lap" off road course,(tarmac for two hundred metres or so), in Hainault Forest.

Very Limited Parking in small Car Park. Can also park in local streets BUT do not obstruct drives etc and PLEASE DO NOT PARK in the Pub Car Park. Hilly 5 Car Park, Lambourne Road, Chigwell Row, IG7 6ET. Just past the TWO BREWERS Pub but on the opposite side of the road.

Entries will also be available on the day but will incur a £2 surcharge.

Minimum Entry Age 15 years of age on race day.

Prizes for minimum of first three senior men and women plus first M40, M50, M60, F35, F45 and F55.

Confirmation of entry will be sent to you by email if supplied.

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.


Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 7.30pm - ELVIS 3 - East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5k

ELVIS 3 - Wednesday 21st June 2017 - 19:30 - East End Road Runners 5k, tarmac - Olympic Park, Stratford. www.entrycentral.com/event/105209

A 2-lap, chip timed, 5km road race starting at the Olympic rings and passing many of the iconic venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This race is the third leg of the 2017 East London V Interclub Series (ELVIS), see: http://www.elvisraces.club/.

The race is open to ELVIS affiliated clubs and the general public. The race will have a very friendly atmosphere and all participants and their friends and families are invited to attend a mid-summer party at Tina We Salute You – a local bar/cafe situated very close to the start/finish point. It was a great success last year and we hope to see even more people turn out to celebrate the longest day of the year this time around.

Entries in advance please. No entries on the day. No exchanges on the day.

Race numbers will be issued on the day – from 6.30pm to 7.20pm.


Race Details

Race Date: 21st June 2017
Race Time: starts 7.30pm (registration and number collection between 6.30pm to 7.20pm)
Location: Grassy area outside the Velopark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Rd, London, E20 3AB
Licence: The race is licensed by UKA with a certificate of course accuracy
Timing: Chip timed
Course: It is a fast 2-lap course on paved paths of the north area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Water: Will be distributed at the finish line
Baggage: No staffed left luggage facilities - there will be some lockers available in the changing rooms at the Velopark and bags can be left near the registration area at the owners’ own risk
Toilets and changing facilities: Male and female changing facilities are located at the Velopark (hired by EERR for the purpose of this race)
Car Parking: There are no free parking spaces in the area. There are some paid parking spaces available in surrounding streets and at Stratford International Station (£6 for up to 24 hours)
Public Transport: Participants are strongly encouraged to arrive by public transport. Stratford International, Stratford and Leyton stations are all within a 15 minute walk of the start. Busses 97, 308, 388 and W15 all stop within 10 minutes’ walk of the start.
Prizes: Winners' prizes for 1st 3 men; 1st 3 women; 1st vet men 40, 50, 60; 1st vet women 35, 45, 55; one prize per person;

Elvis 2 - Tuesday 6th June 2017 - 19:30 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile

ELVIS 2 - Tuesday 6th June 2017 - 19:30 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile,
tarmac 95% - Raphaels Park, Romford.

Use this link for entries

This race is the second leg of ELVIS.

Friendly atmosphere, well organised but low key set up. Entries in advance.
No entries on the day. No exchanges on the day. Race Numbers will be issued on the day. Registration commences one hour before the race starts. Please register at least 15 minutes before race start to allow you time to get to the start.

In memory of Paul Freedman we will be making a donation to Saint Francis Hospice.

Race Details
Race Starts at 7:30pm, 6th June 2017
Start will be in pens to ensure safety of runners
Race will be chip timed - both at start and finish
All Races are UKA Certified accurate, Permits have been obtained/applied for
Race courses consist of 2 loops mostly within the Park; flat and traffic free
Single Water station at the halfway point
Baggage can be left at Registration at the owners risk
There are toilets within the park, the closest to Registration is 100m away
Car Parking outside the park on the street
Winners' Medals/Trophies
1,2,3 Male

1,2,3 Female

1st unplaced MV40, MV50,MV60

1st unplaced FV35, FV45. FV55

First Male and first Female team

Elvis Grand Prix 2017 - Race List

ELVIS 1 - Wednesday 17th May 2017 - 19:30 - Dagenham 88 Runners 5 mile'sh, off road - Eastendbrook Park.


ELVIS 2 - Tuesday 6th June 2017 - 19:30 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile, tarmac 95% - Raphaels Park, Romford. www.entrycentral.com/event/106675

ELVIS 3 - Wednesday 21st June 2017 - 19:30 - East End Road Runners 5k, tarmac - Olympic Park, Stratford. www.entrycentral.com/event/105209

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 12th July 2017 - 19:30 - Ilford AC - Newman Hilly Five, 5 miles off road - Hainault Forest.

ELVIS 5 - Saturday 5th August 2017 - 10:00am - Orion Forest Five 5 mile, off road - Epping Forest, North Chingford.


Note:- Use this link only if entering ELVIS 5 only.

ELVIS 6 - Monday 28th August 2017 - 10:30am - Barking Road Runners 5k, tarmac - Barking Park.

ELVIS 7 - Sunday 24th September 10.30am - East London Runners - Valentines Park Charity 5k, tarmac.

ELVIS Grand Prix - Rules

The Grand Prix will be an Open competition for competitors of all Clubs. In addition there will be an Interclub Team competition between the 8 organising clubs only - Barking Road Runners, Dagenham88, Havering 90, Orion Harriers, Eton Manor, East London Runners, East End Road Runners and Ilford AC.

Open Competition:

Rules: Individual competitors can compete in any 5 of the 7 races to qualify for the Grand Prix. If more than 5 races are completed the best 5 positions will be used in the scoring/ Finishing positions in each race will be used to calculate the Grand Prix position .

Prizes: 1st,2nd 3rd men overall, 1st 2nd 3rd women overall, 1st only in usual vet categories, MV40, MV50, MV60, FV35, FV45,FV55. Only 1 prize per competitor based on highest value principle. Prizegiving will take place immediately after the last race - The Valentines Park Charity 5k.

Interclub Competition:

Rules: Competitors must be 1st claim members or eligible 2nd Claim members of the 8 competing clubs.

There will 2 separate team competitions, one for men and another for women. Men's team points will still be calculated on 1st 6 home and must include 3 vets aged 40 plus. Women's team points will be calculated on 1st 4 home and must include 2 vets aged 35 plus. The scoring will be done on overall position in the race i.e including taking into account other runners from the non 8 competing teams. In the event of a team not closing, points will be allocated based on the position of the last finisher plus 1 and incrementing thereafter by 1 for each unclosed position.

The individual scores will be accumulated to decide the team position for each race and the winners will receive 1 point, 2nd place 2 points, 3rd place 3 points and so on. In the event of a team not closing the number of scorers finishing will also be taken into consideration so that a team with less finishing scorers than another will always finish the lower.

Each team will have its best 5 scores out of the 7 races taken to decide the final team positions. The team with the lowest accumulated score over its best 5 races will be declared the winners. In the event of a tie between 2 teams the team with the lowest accumulated individual scores over the best 5 races will be declared as superior.

Prizes: There will be two Interclub Shields (men and women) to be kept by the winning teams for one year which will then be returned.

Results: Individual race results will be recorded on an excel spreadsheet to facilitate Grand Prix scoring which will be the job of Martin Clarke of Ilford AC. Results should be sent to Martin Clarke asap. Results together with the latest Grand Prix positions will be posted on this site with a link from the Group Page on Facebook -
Presentation: Trophies will be awarded at a special presentation evening in October.