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Volunteers required for 20 Mile Water Station at London Marathon on Sunday 28th April 2019

As in previous years we will be running the 20 Mile Water Station on Poplar High Street, jointly with London Fire Brigade.

We require up to 100 Volunteers to assist with this. If you are able to help then please e.mail volunteers@eastlondonrunners.org.uk

We will then provide the link to you to register on-line. Please note that registration includes submission of an acceptable passport type photograph.

You can help on part or all of the day. We have the following duties to cover.

7.30am to 9.30am approx - Setting up the Water Station.

10.30 to 3.30pm approx - Distribution of water to the runners.

3.30pm to 4.30pm approx - Clearing up.

Tea, coffee and snacks are provided to all volunteers plus access to toilets.

Paula Bedford is running London for three different charities,


My Story:
Thank you so much for visiting my team fundraising page. I've created a team page so that I can raise money for 3 different charities. If you click on the teams link below you can find out why that team is special to me. Why not have a read and then you can choose which charity to donate to!
I raised some of my total last year as I completed over 1000km of running and cycling to prepare for my Team GB dualthlon last October.
I would love to reach my target of £1000 by the end of May 2019 and I hope to get some more donations for my London Marathon attempt this year. This year so far I've run over 500km to prepare for London Marathon and I can't wait to for the race day. I feel very privileged to be part of and run in this iconic race.

Fiona Day is running London for Cancer Research UK


My story
I feel incredibly fortunate; not just to have got a ballot place, but also to be able to consider training for and running a marathon. I want to share my good fortune by running for a charity. In October I had been out visiting Sharon, who was in St Joseph's hospice because of liver cancer when I returned home to find my envelope with the good news on the doormat. I decided there and then if I could run I would do it for a cancer charity. It has taken me a while to decide which charity. Like most people over the years I have experienced some of what cancer can do to people, the effects of living with treatment and seen dear people lost to friends and families and seen families lives changed forever after the loss of a loved one. However last October my mind was on untimely death and the lost opportunity caused by cancer. I was affected by Sharon's plight and a month earlier I had been to the funeral of my friend Barbara who had lived with lung cancer for 2 years. Sharon was 56 and Barbara only 60. I have chosen to raise money for Cancer Research UK because their work may prevent untimely deaths of wonderful people like Sharon and Barbara and other dear people. Cancer Research also supports people with cancer and their families in the here and now. I am glad I can use my ballot place to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Graham Peacock is running London for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).


My story
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to visit my fundraising page and supporting me on what will be my first marathon!
I have chosen to raise funds for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity). It is a charity that funds research into the causes and treatments of PKD (to which there is currently no cure) and offers support to those affected by the disease. If you wish to learn more please check out their website: pkdcharity.org.uk
Although Ive run a number of half marathons in the past, 26.2 miles will be a huge challenge for me.
Now with less than 40 days to go until race day, and finally setting up this page, Im asking for support to help me reach my fundraising target. Any donation, however small, would be awesome, and much appreciated.

Helen McGuinness is running London for Cats In Need Menorca


My story:
Janice Bockling and her team of volunteers have been working since 1999 to care for the many stray and feral cats of Menorca.
The most important part of their work to spay and neuter to stop the birth of more unwanted kittens.
They have also established many feeding stations over much of the Island , each with its own carer , who can spot when a cat is in trouble.
Injured and poorly cats are taken to the vet and no cat is ever put to sleep whilst it can have a good quality of life.
Poorly cats live with Janice in her home.
Every day nearly 300 cats are fed.
They depend entirely on the kindness of donations. This is their 20th Year.
Please support us and help them to help the cats of Menorca.

Janet Bywater is running London for G.O.S.H. (Great Ormond Street Hospital)


I am running the London Marathon and raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity because Of the Cerys Mason-Hughes Brighter Future Fund
Paul, Cerys Dad is a work colleague of mine.
Cerys sadly passed away during the summer of 2018 from a rare brain condition known as FIRES. Struck suddenly by this Epilepsy related disease, she was treated over a four week period by the fantastic Paediatric Intensive Care Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital who unfortunately were unable to save her. Great Ormond Street Hospital and the GOSH charity were fantastic to Cerys and her family during her stay with them, offering not just amazing NHS care but also family accommodation and emotional support. Paul & family know that Cerys would have loved to help other families like hers , so have set up her Brighter Futures Fund in conjunction with GOSH. This is my way of trying to help.

Simon Thomas is running London for DePaul.


The Story
Oli & Simon run London. On 28th April 2019 we'll both be running London Marathon for the first time. We'll be training hard to run the fastest times possible which should be under 3 hours for both of us. Please consider donating whatever you can. Although long winter training runs in the dark/rain/wind aren't fun, it's nothing compared to those people who have no choice but to sleep in those conditions night after night.
No young person should have to sleep rough or stay in an unsafe place. Depaul works in some of the UK's most disadvantaged communities, looking to prevent homelessness and provide support to vulnerable young people at every step of their journey. From emergency accommodation to longer-term housing to outreach services in the community, Depaul provide immediate solutions for young people in crisis.

Katie Whitton is running London for Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust


I was lucky enough to get a London Marathon Place this year through my fantastic running club East London Runners. I have decided to raise money for the Princess Alexandra Hospital as they have been looking after my Grandad who has been unwell recently (with hypothermia, pneumonia, heart problems and kidney problems- just a few!). Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital's Charity supports patients, staff and visitors at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex. The Charity enhances patient care, purchases special equipment, improves facilities and invests in vital research which is beyond the scope or limits of the NHS.
Charity Registration No. 1054745

Samir Younsi is running Hyde Park for Mencap.


Samir is running the Hyde Park 5km/10km for Mencap.

Mencap wants a world where people with a learning disability gain an equal right to choice opportunity and respect. We believe that support for the families and carers of people with a learning disability is vital to achieving our vision

Sandra Hiller is running London for Cancer Research UK


I am in the lucky position of being able to run the London marathon again this year.
I have decided to support the charity I run for last year Cancer Research, in memory of my late Dad (Derrick) and for friends and family who continue to fight their battle against cancer with such courage and dignity.
Cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Consistent progress is being made but improvements to technology and ground-breaking work offer new opportunities to find different ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further. Help Cancer Research UK improve results even faster.

Samia & Shahib are running London for Task Brazil.


Running the London Marathon for Abandoned Street Kids of Brazil - Task Brasil because Kids are supposed to be in school & safe at home.
A newbie and veteran will hopefully be running the London marathon this coming April. So what better way to run it for a great cause. We all either have kids or know kids that we love and adore. Their safety is always priority for us. Unfortunately some children are not as lucky. TASK BRASIL try and help the community in Rio to provide a safe environment for the kids on the streets with shelter and schooling.
Please help us make our training and marathon worthwhile by donating anything little or large to help this small but mighty charity.

Stuart Barton is running London for The Starlight Childrens Foundation


Stuart and his friend Ryan Harris are raising funds for the Starlight Childrens Foundation.
This is my first marathon, and quite probably the last! I am raising money for Starlight Children's Foundation, as it is a fantastic charity who help children with life threatening or life shorting illnesses.
The charity offers the chance to give a child suffering from an illness the opportunity to meet a hero of theirs, take part in an activity that they wouldn't usually be able to do, gives hospital and hospice visits to children to help distract them from the treatment that they have to go through and much, much more. This is such a great incentive, and I am sure everyone will agree a very worthwhile cause.

Isabella Allan is running London for Muscular Dystrophy UK


Hey everyone! I am running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 for Muscular Dystrophy.
I have chosen this charity as it is close to my heart, it raises awareness for a condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease which many people have not heard of.
My aunt suffers from Charcot Marie-Tooth, it is an inherited condition which affects the peripheral nerves that control movement. It makes it very difficult for her to do the normal everyday activities that an ordinary person can do, from picking up a pen and writing, to opening the lid off of a bottle. This condition gradually becomes worse over time.
By doing the London Marathon, not only am I setting a goal for myself to train hard but my main aim is to raise awareness for Charcot-Marie-Tooth on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy! Please support me by donating to this amazing charity, however big or small I appreciate every donation and will make sure I do my best!!

Marc Akers is running Manchester and London for the Animal Health Trust.

My story:
I am raising money for the animal health trust as they looked after my beautiful NDIDI as a puppy to beat meningitis and then later in her life when she suffered from seizures until earlier this year when she had to be put to sleep after suffering a fractured spine.

Disease and injury continue to be the biggest threats to animals. The Animal Health Trust exists to combat these.
We aim to improve the health and welfare of horses, dogs and cats through research, clinical services and education.
Through research we develop new and better ways to diagnose a problem.
Our clinical services offer specialist referral facilities to vets when cases are too complex to be managed in general practice.
Education is a vital part of our work. We share our knowledge with vets internationally to benefit horses, dogs and cats all around the world.
We are innovative. We are passionate. We are pioneers. We are the Animal Health Trust.

Saima Zed is running London for the Penny Appeal.


I have signed up to take on the biggest challenge of my life. I hope to run 26.2 miles at the 2019 London Marathon with Penny Appeal.

Crossing the finish lines after 26.2 miles will be one of my greatest achievements, but I need your help to get me there. I hope to fund the construction of an entire water well that will serve a community day in, day out, providing them with fresh, clean water. We all know that water is an essential need but as well as being integral to stay hydrated, it is also indispensable to feed livestock and other animals so a regular source of income can be maintained, paving the way for the freedom of self-sufficiency we take for granted. Penny Appeals Dig Deep campaign aims to provide safe, clean drinking water for children, families and the elderly living in Africa.

Please DIG DEEP with me and help me build water wells in Africa. Together we can provide the gift of clean water, and make a massive difference.

Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 28th April 2019

Brighton Marathon 2019 Guaranteed Places

Did you miss out on a 2019 London Marathon place and wish to run a Spring Marathon?

We are pleased to announce that East London Runners has been allocated 10 guaranteed England Athletics Club entries into the 2019 Brighton Marathon. This popular event which will take place on Sunday 14th April 2019, is now closed to general entries. The offer will be available on a first come first served basis and is open to all first claim members of East London Runners. Entry costs £75 and it is the responsibility of each person to pay their individual fee.

If you would like to secure a place, then please let me know by Sunday 9th December and I will inform the race organisers. They are only able to accept requests to enter the race from club secretaries.

Please note that race packs will need to be collected by the runner or a friend/member of family, from the Brighton Marathon Exhibition held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2019.

Recommended Training Runs and Races for Spring 2019 Marathons

We thoroughly recommend the following races and training runs which have been tried and tested by many members of East London Runners in the past. All distances shown are in miles.

Saturday 29th December 2018 - Start Time 10:30am - ILFORD AC 10mile Cross Country
Hainault Forest (Lambourne Road) 3 laps of an undulating route, often very muddy in parts, comprising tracks and grassland of Hainault Forest. This is an Open race. Individuals can enter in advance and on the day. Relay teams of 3 can enter on the day. Advance online entries here.

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 10.30am. - Benfleet 15
Mud, water, wind, mud, pain. Great organisation and marshalling It has a challenging 15mile, multi terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs. Entries here.

Sunday 27th January 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 12 mile Marathon Training run
Download the registration form and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration. £5.00 cash on the day. Website - http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/london-marathon-training-runs/

Sunday 24th February 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 17 mile Marathon Training run.
Details and cost as above.

Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 9.00am - Roding Valley Half Marathon.
Very popular local race around the hilly streets of, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Woodford. Starts and finishes on the running track at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge. Details available here.

Sunday 10th March 2019 - Hillingdon 20 (formerly the Finchley 20) - 9.00am
Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex. 4 laps of 5 miles, undulating road, town and rural. Details available here.

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 10am - The Oakley 20
The course consists of one 12 mile loop on undulating country roads around Oakley and North Bedfordshire villages followed by a slightly different second loop of 8 miles. Details available here.

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 20 mile Marathon Training run.
Details as above but cost £10.00 cash on the day

Saturday 30th March 2019- 10am - Orion 15
A challenging off road local race in Epping Forest. Very hilly and often very muddy. A firm favourite of ELR!

Charity Places - London Marathon 2019 - CRunCH (Charity Places Clearing House)

CRunCH Website www.crunch.org.uk/

CRunCH - the Charity Runners Clearing House - teams up people who want to run the Virgin Money London Marathon with charities that have guaranteed places to offer.

They also match runners who have their own place (via the Club system or the Public Ballot) with the charity of their choice.

Live in London? - Choose a local charity!
Many National Charities are based in London, but not many focus their efforts solely on London. Sponsors will warm to a local cause, so take a look at some great LOCAL London organisations:

At East London Runners we often receive direct e.mails from Charities looking for Runners. If you are an ELR Member and would like us to forward the Charity e.mails on to you then please advise us by contacting us through our e.mail address info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk

Wednesday 7th November 2018 ELR Club Ballot for Guaranteed Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Tonight we had the draw for our Guaranteed Places for the London Marathon. We had 37 in the draw with 11 Ladies and 26 Gents. The draw went as follows:

1 Alex Jameson
2 Marc Akers
3 Shahib Ali
4 Helen Mc Guinness
5 Chloe Millan
6 Katie Whitton
7 Ian Cooper
8 James Creed
9 Graham Peacock
10 John Booth

The reserve places next in line are:

11 Andy Bolderstone
12 Robert Rayworth

The rest were drawn as follows:
13 John Healy
14 Suzanne Bench
15 Spencer Evans
16 Dave Knight
17 Peter Hatley
18 Samia Choudhury
19 Jakub Czeczotka
20 Lance Fuller
21 Geoff Bench
22 Alexandra Brown
23 James Nichols
24 Jay Sangha
25 Mark Moir

26 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
27 Steve Bywater
28 Joanna Neville
29 Lauren Kelly
30 Mike Keefe
31 Michael Wilson
32 Andrew Howard
33 Sheetal Dandgey
34 Jason Levy
35 Gareth Davies
36 Scott McMillan
37 Emma Wing

List of successful Members in 2018 Marathon (for reference only)

1. Lucy Barron
2. Roger Stubbs
3. Maran Raju
4. Sandra Hiller
5. Michael Bamford
6. Maud Hodson
7. Diana Rexhepaj
8. Robyn Hase (Turtle)
9. David Hallybone
10. Ruel Ordonio

ELR Rules for the Club Ballot for Guaranteed Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Virgin Money London Marathon 28th April 2019 - Club Ballot for places will be held on Wednesday 7th November 2018.

Virgin Money London Marathon will be sending out their ACCEPTANCE or REJECTION packs around 1stOctober 2018 and over the following 7 days.

The ballot of the Club places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6.50pm prior to the regular Club run.

ELR Ballot rules -

1. Open to Members where East London Runners is their First Claim Club.
The date of First Claim will be when a new member joins the club and can be freely registered by us with England Athletics (EA). Where a new member is already registered with EA with another Club or organisation then the date of First Claim will be the date when EA confirms to us that they have transferred their registration to ELR.

2. Fully paid up First Claim member by 1st April 2017 and paid/renewed their Membership for 2018/19 on or before 30th June 2018.

3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VMLM for 2019.

4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VMLM 2019. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VMLM 2019. Rejection letters can be handed to Mike, Don or Jonathan at the Club. Please forward your rejection e.mail to info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk. Note a rejection magazine or copy of same is insufficient proof.

5. Members who have been successful and have not passed the place back to the Club through injury or other reason or who have subsequently received a place as a Reserve in the previous year Club Ballot will not be eligible for entry in the following yearly ballot.

In the unlikely situation where not all places are taken up by other eligible Club Members any spare places could then be balloted among the previous year successful members if they meet all the other rules/criteria. This rule is to apply to those successful in the ballot for LM2018 which took place in November 2017 and for future London Marathons.

6. Member to advise Mike Wilson, Don Bennett,or Jonathan Wooldridge that they wish to be in the ballot and provide proof of rejection on or before 23:59 on Tuesday 6th November 2018.

7. Members who qualify for Good for Age and Championship places in the London Marathon are ineligible for our Ballot as they must apply under these categories.

8. The draw will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6.50pm prior to the normal Club run.

Sunday 28th April 2019 - Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 - Sunday 28th April 2019.

(Easter Sunday is 21st April 2019)

The public ballot entry system for the 2019 - www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/
Virgin Money London Marathon opens on Monday 30 April 2018 and closes at 17:00 on Friday 4 May 2018. The ballot will be open for five days to give everyone who wants to enter the event a fair chance to do so.