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London Marathon 2012

East London Runners is now a Virgin London Marathon Running Partner

East London Runners has been recognised as an approved Running Club by Virgin London Marathon, with a link to our Club details and Logo on their website.

Only a limited number of Clubs have become partners. Aimed at helping first time marathon runners of whom ELR have many running in the marathon each year. Sometimes Clubs are overlooked because of their perceived reputation of being only interested in fast runners. Many first time marathon runners will train by themselves not knowing that help is close at hand.

East London Runners will continue to man a Special Drinks Station at the Virgin London Marathon plus together with the London Fire Brigade will also man the 20 mile Water Station in Polar High Street.


Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2012

Congratulations to all 26 East London Runners who started and finished the Marathon on Sunday, many with personal bests. All with great memories of the day Full results and reports can be found on both our Results page and London Marathon page. Photographs in the Photo Gallery.

Michael Rose, Marie Burling and Harsh Persad at the 20 mile mark

Well done also and a big thank you to all Members, Family and Friends who helped set up and hand out water on the East London Runners/London Fire Brigade Water Feed Station at the 20 mile mark on Poplar High Street. Not forgetting Pam and Don Bennett who arranged over the previous weeks and prepared the food and drink for the Marshalls and Water Station Helpers on Sunday.

A selection of ELR helpers at the ELR/LFB 20 mile feed station.

To Peter Cowup, former ELR Chairman and all his London Fire Brigade colleagues family and friends for all the work they did on Saturday and Sunday with many of them there from 7.30am on Sunday till late in the afternoon. Peter again gave an excellent commentary on the PA system and to those who supplied the music and performed on the day, very well done.

Peter encouraging the runners at the 20 mile feed station.

VLM 2012 - Reports!

Video of photos from the East London Runners/London FireBrigade 20 mile
Water Feed Station.
- Then click on the black box!

Manjit Bedi I was pleased with the run and the time, perfect conditions
for a pb, don't know how I will better that time. I agree with all the other
East London Runners comments with regards to the to the members and their family
and friends who gave up their time and helped at the ELR water station. The
boost it gave at a crucial point in the race was most welcome and needed.

A strong looking Manjit just leaving the ELR 20 mile feed station.

Sarah Burns :- Good work ELR, for those that ran, those that watered,
those that helped us with training, those that supported and those that just
listen to constant marathon dribble on club runs. It was a real boost to see
you guys at mile 20. Had to get my own back and squirt you, hope i didn't ruin
the leather Mark Boulton. I really enjoyed my first VLM I hope everyone else
did too. Oh and Happy Birthday Frank!

Caroline Meaby:- Slightly drunk, but sentiment stands nonetheless. Thank
you to all from ELR for fantastic support, running buddies and great friends. I
am so totally chuffed with my time and it's all down to my amazing running club
who gave me the chance to run in London marathon 2012.

A proud and delighted Caroline in the pub after the finish!

Paul Thompson:- Just wanted to say what an amazing experience today at
VLM !Thanks to all those at 20 miles for their help and support. It's been a
hard slog with the training, but totally worth it in the end. See you all soon.
Cheers Paul.

Grant Conway:- London marathon 3 hours 54 minutes and 16 seconds. Not a
pb but had a fab day on the east London runners minibus, enjoying the fantastic
crowds on the course which kept me going all the way around. A massive thank you
to Suzanne Conway, Lauren Conway and my Zac for trudging all the way up town to
meet me after the race. The after race drinks at the pub were fabulous, with a
special mention to Caroline Meaby who had a grin as wide as the M25 and so she
should. Well done to everyone on their marathon efforts today and to all my
friends at East London Runners for manning the water station for all those hours. You are what the marathon is all about.

Jamie Xavier:- completes the London Marathon in under 4 hours, by the
skin of my teeth thanks to my knee giving up.....3 hours 59 minutes 44

Thomas Grimes:- Thanks for all the best wishes and congratulatory
messages everyone! The winner of the sweepstake is Ms/Mrs Maura Davis who was
only 2seconds out with 2:56. €40 prize and €40 to Irish Cancer Society. Thanks
to everyone for donations to both charity's too, it all counts! I wonder why
people do marathons too, it's just torture! It's like when your a child and you
touch the electric fence, you it's going to be agony but you do it for the
thrill anyway!!!

A happy looking Thomas running past the ELR 20 mile water feed station.

George Georgiou:- All my friends & family were inspirational for me
today. Many thanks to all who came to support me. It got quite emotional at
times, I couldn't believe I was actually running THE LONDON MARATHON. ELR were
amazing at Poplar once again. Mr Boulton running out to cheer me on was just
class! No pb, but I felt really good throughout, simply holding back and taking
it all in. Well done to my fellow Elr's, runners, volunteers, you're all

James Cracknell:- Four hours, 32 minutes, and never again. Thanks to
everyone who cheered me on!

Julie Creffield:- Knowing ELRs were at mile 20 kept me going, I wanted
to run strong and show you my training had paid off and it worked. Chuffed with
my sub 6 time!! So many thanks to you all xxx

Julie passing St Mathias Church just before the 20 mile mark.

Marie Burling:- Had a great London Marathon Experience!!!!!! Thanks for
all the support!!! Well done to all that took part!!!!!!! X

Ciaran's Race Report! Waking up on the morning of 22nd April 2012 was
easy, in fact, my eyes pinged open at 5 am, and I was wide awake! This was the
day I would return to the Virgin London Marathon! Having missed the 2011 race,
I was un-doubtably keen, and very excited. Peeping through the curtains, I
thought it was going to be dull and overcast, but instead it was clear, and bright! Reaching for my phone, the first thing I did was check the hourly weather forecast, expecting rain! Sunshine was all that was on offer, but with the promise of being slightly chilly for this time of year! All together, rounding up to be perfect conditions for racing.

Travelling by coach with my fellow East London Runners took the hassle out of
the pre-race travel arrangements, and I found myself in Greenwich Park with
plenty of time to relax. Thomas and Manjit kept me company, as we passed the
time, sitting on the grass, chatting & recalling previous marathon experiences.
The 'Red, Good For Age' start zone was compact, with the toilets, changing
tent, baggage truck, Lucozade stall and start pens all within a couple of seconds jog. The mood was calm, casual, and relaxed, until shortly after 9am, when a lone lady started prompting runners to deposit their kit bags on the truck. One more run to the loo, hoodie off, bin bag on, bag on truck, time to que up in the start zone, and prepare for the race to begin! The atmosphere remained relaxed, but by now was focused on the start a about 15 minutes away.
9:45am, and we were under way!

It only took a few seconds to cross the start line, but still, the start was very congested! Running off too quick was not an option, as all the good for age runners seemed to be doing their hardest to resist temptation, hold back, and start slow! My first mile was about 30 seconds slower than target pace. My second mile was quicker, but with a little weaving in and out, jostling for space, was still slower than target pace. This continued for the next mile or so, until things settled down, and I started to find my space, and pace.
As the miles clocked from 3, to 4, to 5, I reminded myself of my first promised
supporter who, having moved to Greenwich the day before, had let me know that
the mile 7 marker was directly at the end of his street. As 5 turned to 6, I
had forgotten that the Cutty Sark was yet to come! It was a pleasure to run around this restored Landmark, and the atmosphere here was electric!

Finally, mile 7. I hear my name, and my friend ran out from the crowd, and thrust a bottle of Lucozade sport into my hand! 7 done. 19.2 to go. Onwards, with my next goal, being Tower Bridge, and thereafter the halfway point. I don't recall much from these miles, only that I felt ok, and I was happy with my pace. Seeing my cousin at mile 12 was an unexpected bonus, and gave me the energy to plough through to Tower Bridge! The slight incline as you approach the bridge took me by surprise, but the crowds here were deep, and the support carried me through to the 20km mats on the crest of the bridge. I knew from here it is only another kilomenter to the half way point. 13.1 miles offered an opportunity to review how I felt. Passing here in 1:21:26, I was about 60 seconds ahead of target, but I felt good, and was running well.

This part of the course I know well, and I allowed myself to enjoy the
atmosphere as I continued along the highway, right into Narrow street, and past
Limehouse basin. The promise of more support in the city of London was now
keeping me going, but I managed to run through without catching sight of my
promised supporters. With my partner, brother, and a couple more friends
promising to be at the East London Runners water station, I was now
concentrating on reaching this point, at mile 20. I was however slightly
distracted by a small cutting pain growing on a toe on my left foot! Having
stubbed a toe on my right foot 6 days ago, I had been expecting toe trouble,
but when it came, it was the wrong foot. It must be a toenail issue. 'Nothing I can do about it now' I told myself, 'but at least my stubbed toe has not been
causing me any trouble! As I ran, I again focused on my posture, and then on my
family, friends and fellow East London Runners at the mile 20 water station.
Turning left into Poplar High Street, I was surprised how far I could see along
the road, but the water station was concealed from view, except for an outcrop
of balloons peeking above the trees in the distance.

At last, St Mathias Church came into view, and the first greetings from fellow
East London Runners came abounding, together with cheers from my partner and
friends. Lance passed me my energy gel that I had instructed him to have ready,
and I continued through the water station to the resounding cheers from my
fellow club members. I'm sure it was a combination of both the gel, and seeing so many familiar faces that carried me through the next 4 miles on a high, back along the highway, past the Tower of London, onto the embankment, and before I knew it, I could see St Stephens Tower (Big Ben) in the distance. Here a glance at my Garmin told me that I was close to my upper target time, but it was very, very tight. 24 miles turned to 25, and with a turn right, onwards towards Birdcage Walk, the shade of the trees was continuously welcome. Then came the signs. 800m to go, 600m to go.

At the 600 meter point, I had a brief second when I felt like walking! 'not
now' I told myself. I was determined to run this race without any walking, and I was so close. I put the demon to the back of my mind, and continued onwards towards Buckingham Palace. Turning right into The Mall, the finishing gantry was a welcome sight! I looked to the clock, which told me I had 385 yards to run, but only a matter of seconds to do it in, to achieve my upper target. An impossible task, even with a short sprint finish, but delighted to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles in 2:45:24. A mere 24 seconds outside my upper end target, and a personal best by 6 minutes.

Massive thanks to everyone involved, from the London Marathon Company, my
family, friends, East London Runners, through to all the volunteers and
supporters who helped make the Virgin London Marathon 2012 a race that I will
recall with fondness and joy for years to come.

Dave Knight and Ciaran in the Coal Hole replacing lost fluids!

Carlton's Race Report! What an awesome day: From my very first step across the start line, until my very last painful crawling step over the
finishing line! I had very high expectations for this, my first marathon, so I
am happy to say that it trumped every other race I have run by a very healthy

It was London at its very best: Excellent organisation, perfect weather, an
exceptionally scenic route capturing iconic sites, and supporting spectators
that were second to none. Then there was the pièce de résistance-The ELR 20
mile water station. On this note, thanks for the great support and help from
the ELR water station volunteers and of course to all the other ELR marathon
runners who showed real camaraderie. Also, a special thank you to Frank, who
took photographs of runners as we passed by.

Carlton just before the 20mile mark.

The day started off well. Soon after getting off the club bus, I received a welcomed light-hearted motivational chat from George. Shortly after, I started to make a dash for a pre 8.30hrs photo shoot for my chosen charity at the vantage point outside Greenwich Observatory.

Before I could get there, I received a phone call to say that my marathon trainers, that I had so carefully prepared with timing chip attached, were still sitting on the kitchen floor. I had put on the wrong trainers! Panic set in, as I could not get a replacement chip via the organisers and with no timing chip, there would be no official time recording. My panic was further exacerbated when my official red baggage bag tore and the drawstring snapped and also when Sarah Burns pointed out that I was in the Blue Zone and not the Red Zone as I thought.

Miraculously, through hell and high water and the masses of people a very good
friend kindly managed to get my correct trainers with time chip, from Wanstead
to outside where I sat near the Red Zone. With about 15 mins to the off, I
changed my trainers and put on an old jumper to cover my Blue Number, and snuck
into the Red Zone, where I also managed to convince the very considerate baggage
staff to accept my wrongly numbered bag. I was in The Red Zone, pen 5, chip
attached to trainer with five mins to the off. Phew, somehow or the other I made

I ran constant and confidently until just after the mile 20 marker when an existing adductor and calf problem kicked in, causing me to stop, lie down, rest or walk at times. If there was any a time that the crowd spurred me on, then this was it. I think I would have succumbed to the pain and walked for the last 4 miles or so, if it were not for the cheers of ‘Carlton you can do it- keep going’ and the like. It was great to see friends at mile 24, giving a much-needed further boost.

Earlier on in the race, I managed to miss most of my friends en route that came
to support me. Quite by chance, I managed to spot Roberto in the crowd, who gave his normal and very welcomed animated cheers of support. The euphoria of passing the finishing line was one of and real achievement. So all in all, I had a ball of a time. I did not quite hit my target time of 3.30hrs, but I am still more than happy to take 3.35hrs.

Good points: Every single moment- I loved it! Not so Good points: Absolutely nothing, not even the pain I experienced could take from the electric atmosphere. Would I do it again? In a shot!

Julie's Story!

My alarm went off with a start at 5.45, and it was only a matter of seconds before I remembered why I was up so early. I turned to find my bed empty as my other half had decided to sleep on the couch as not to wake or disturb me during the night. I’d only had about 4 hours of undisturbed sleep anyway, but I did appreciate the gesture.

All my kit was set out carefully the night before, so it was just a matter of getting dressed and having breakfast – wholemeal toast and jam, and then I made my way to the East London Runners meeting point for the coach to the start line. It all felt very surreal, making my way with my big red bag. I sat at the bus stop in the morning sun awaiting my fellow club runners and there was an erie silence, what had I let myself in for? But once the others arrived and we boarded the bus I felt a bit more jovial, as well all shared our stories of preparation for the big day.

So after a group photo and a stroll through the Greenwich foot tunnel, and up a massive hill in Greenwich Park (so much for conserving my energy) we joined the masses before splitting to go to our right zones and pen numbers. The weather was great, all my worrying last night about finding my gloves and having something warm to wear at the start line were completely unnecessary.

As I handed my kit bag to the truck with my corresponding race number, the jolly “truck driver” looking chap said “Well Done Julie” which had me a bit baffled for a while until I remembered that I had put my name on my vest. A few minutes later a lady tapped me on the shoulder and said “I love that…its exactly how I feel” she had spotted the @fattymustrun on the back of my vest – I’m glad I found my fabric pens last night after realising i’d left it too late to get it done properly.

A quick trip to the loo and we were set, but as we stood in Pen 9 (the one earmarked for Rhinos, Stilt walkers and anyone else predicting a slow time) I realized I needed to go again… but thought perhaps it was the nerves. It took about 15 minutes to cross the start line and then we were off.

It didn’t take long for me to get overwhelmed, running along Blackheath I thought to myself “I’m actually doing it, I’m running the London Marathon”, what was quite frustrating though was how many people were already power-walking…so I did spend quite a bit of time dodging people. I realized at about mile 2 that I did need to go to the toilet afterall, and thought perhaps I should just get it out of the way so I would have a more comfortable run. I probably lost about 10 minutes queueing up…but it was well worth it.

The first few miles were quite uneventful really, I just kept plodding along… the crowds were great and I enjoyed watching all the other runners in their weird and wonderful costumes, Rhinos, Superwoman, Mr Men…but the best by far were the 2 white guys with dreadlock wigs in jamaican catsuits carrying a bobsleigh “Feel the power feel the ride get on up its bobsleigh time…cool runnings”

At mile 4 I got a bit emotional, I saw a lady with some kind of disability making her way slowly but surely with the help of a walking frame and I thought I had a challenge ahead of me. I also spotted a fellow Great Ormond Street runner with a message on the back of her vest saying “In Memory of Rosie” and that was it I did shed a few tears as I thought about how poorly my nephew Rio was when he was little, and how lucky I am to be running in support of his time at GOSH rather than in his memory.

It wasn’t long before I hit Greenwich, I had made a list the night before of people I knew who would be out on the course and where they would be so I was expecting to see my work colleague Fiona, but I soon realized what a challenge this would be. The noise levels in Greenwich were phenomenal, it hit you like a wall. There were literally hundreds of people shouting your name…I gave up trying to spot her in the crowd and then started worrying if I would see anyone at all.

In Surrey Quays though I saw my friend Kathryn who was almost as ecstatic to see me as I was her, so I stopped and gave her a massive hug. I knew at mile 9 GOSH had a cheering station so it was possible I might see friends and family there too, so with a spring in my step I carried on, still feeling quite fresh and then I saw my fiance which made my day – I stopped for a kiss and to hear how wonderful I am and I gasped with a smile “I think I’ve gone off too quick” as I think I was about an hour and 40 minutes in at this point, but he said no keep going, so I did – my thinking was that regardless of how fast I go its still gonna hurt in the later miles so I’d rather just get the first half out of the way, besides I’m quite confident in 10K and half marathon distances so I just kept going.

Going across London Bridge was great, it wasn’t as busy as what I’ve seen on TV but the support was brilliant. I saw Denise Lewis interviewing someone on the roadside as I scanned the roads looking for my Mum, who had said she might be at Tower Bridge…problem being that everyone looked like my mum and everyone was shouting my name.

At mile 13 I knew my friends Alison and Sharon would be waiting for, as Alison has a luxury pad on the 2nd floor of an apartment block alongside the route, and there they were watching it all go by with a glass of wine and bacon sarnies I’m sure, so with a massive overhead wave, huge smiles and a couple of blown kisses I carried on. I felt strong, I just worried about what I would feel like on the way back come mile 22.

I carried on running to mile 17 where another GOSH team gave me rapturous applause, and this is where my iPhone gave up and maybe where the cracks began to show with me. By this point I’d had 3 gels and 2 bottles of lucazade as well as water at most stations and was starting to feel a bit nauseous, so I started to walk for a bit.

I know I shouldn’t have but I felt gutted…part of me wanted to be able to run it all and I worried that once I stopped I wouldn’t be able to start again. Part of the problem is that for most of the race, most of the people surrounding me were walking – which was a bit demotivating. Some of my best times have been whilst running with stronger runners…as I tend to respond well to the shame factor i.e. I can’t stop cos I’ll look stupid

Mind you by this point I could feel blisters forming on both feet, I had chaffing (no I’m not telling you where) and my hips were hurting, so probably walking wasn’t a bad idea. I popped a couple of paracetamol to take the edge off the pain, refocussed and after a bit of a stretch in the underpass before Canary Wharf I found my running feet again. Somehow I found my form again, it might be partly cos I was expecting to see my Mum and Sister at Canary Wharf – well if truth be told I wasn’t sure where they would be, or if the weather reports had put them off all together – but my sister works in Canary Wharf so it would probably be her first choice of viewing spots.

The crowds were phenomenal, and as I ran past the barclays building where I can often be found on the 22nd or 23rd floor in a London 2012 related planning meeting, I realised just how far I had come, as it was in 2005 when I had drunkenly announced that I would run in the London 2012 Marathon…despite being almost 5 stone overweight.

The noise was deafening, and I ran straight past my Mum, my two brothers, 2 sisters, 2 nephews and 3 nieces who had been waiting patiently with haribos and a “Come on Julie” poster, it was only my younger brother Dean chasing me down the road with a beer in his hand that got my attention, he was so proud, as was my older brother Gary who caught me up to film me in full flow. I was gutted that I didn’t see my mum, but was over the moon to know she was there supporting me.

Mile 20 was always going to be a big moment, as my running club the amazing East London Runners were manning the water station, they would surely be looking out for me, and I didn’t want to disappoint, so I kept on keeping on, head up working hard, and then I spotted chairman Frank in his red ELR hoodie with Don, my faithful companion (ie backrunner) who between them have had to put up with my huffing and puffing, and at times incredibly slow weekly club runs.

Julie passing St Mathias Church just before the 20 mile mark.

The guys at the water station were great too once they recognized me, and I was so glad that I was still running. I was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t seen my fiance at mile 20, as I had said it would be a good viewing spot. But I later found out he was there but unfortunately I had got there first, as I was running ahead of my predicted times. He waited for me there for over an hour and a half until he got to the point where he was like “there is no way she could be this slow, unless something has gone wrong” so he made his way to the finish line.

Meanwhile I was still plodding on. At Mile 21 I had the amazing privalage of being cheered on by the Run Dem Crew, a running club from West London. They were making the most amount of noise for everyone going through…they had so much energy and must have been keeping up that effort for at least as long as I had been running. So a huge Thank You to them!

A little while later, in amongst the chanting of Julie, Julie, Julie (whoops now you know my real name) I heard my full name being screamed by someone, it was a friend of mine who I used to work with, again she was over the moon to see me…so with an enthusiastic wave I carried on back towards Tower Hill for the 2nd time.

Sharon and Alison had their eye out for me at mile 22 and I was determined to be in reasonable shape, so I kept running, giving them a wave as I went and now for the first time it felt like I was actually gonna finish. All my worries about hitting the wall, what wall??

Running past the Tower of London I spotted Sylvia, one of my committed volunteers from work…she most definitely deserved a hug, she offered me a bottle of water…but I already had one. A bit further along from there I heard the high pitched screams of my irish work colleague and sometimes drinking partner Christina who after hugging me actually offered me a swig of her Fosters (so funny… but I abstained)

The run from mile 24 to mile 26 was a bit of a blur, all I know is that it has started to rain and it hurt like hell, but I didn’t stop running. There were scenes of devastation as people started dropping like flies, St Johns Ambulance really had a tough job at this point, but the crowds were phenomenal…where up until now crowds were generally cheering you on, the crowds here were really picking you out and encouraging you when you absolutely needed it “Julie, what you are doing is amazing”, “You are an inspiration”, “Come on me Julie, go on girl your almost there, don’t stop”, I was seriously holding back the tears, my bottom lip was quivering and not just because of the chill the rain had brought with it.

A final GOSH cheering squad at Mile 25 and I knew it was almost over and I looked forwards to finishing off what had been an amazing day, and just as I thought it was all over I saw my little sister Amy, and my Nephew Thomas 6 and my Niece Ruby 5 just by the 800 meters to go mark, so after kisses all round I prepared for my moment of glory I don’t know where I found it but my legs had a little more left in them and I managed the last few hundred meters at a reasonably fast pace, despite the shooting pains in my hips, the numbness in my fingers and the blisters on my feet.

I crossed the finish line – I had run (seriously run like 80-90% of) the London Marathon

Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2012

Marathon Bus.Would you like a place on the Coach for the London Marathon this year? Each year we arrange a minibus/Coach (29 seater) from Wanstead Leisure Centre also picking up at O'Neills at the Green Man. Cost will be £5.00. Coach will pick up at the Centre. Arriving at 7.15am. Leaving at 7.20 - 7.25 and a further pick up at O'Neills/ Green Man roundabout at 7.30am. Dropping off at Manchester Road , Isle of Dogs. From there its a short walk through the foot tunnel to the start. Places are limited. Then please e.mail the webmaster for the attention of Don Bennett.

20 mile Water Feed Station. The Drinks Station is jointly organised by East London Runners and the London Fire Brigade. You are welcome to bring family and friends along with you, but please note that this event is not really suitable for children under 10 years old.

We also require some members for a few hours on the Saturday to help in setting up the scaffolding and other items required for the station.

For the 8th year we will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street, London E14 0EF. This is near 20 mile point on the course and will means that we will finish about 2.30pm.

Parking is limited, try the roads to the north of Poplar High St, but you may get blocked in by the closed roads. Please use Docklands Light Railway and get off at Poplar. Come down the stairs or lifts and pass between the College and Sports Centre. See location on this map. - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_1118415.html

Please try to arrive by 9.00am so that you can help set up, although any help at anytime would be appreciated. We have 40,000 bottles of water to distribute and set out ready for the expected 34,000 runners.

Although the roads are closed there will be some traffic official or local moving through the station. Please be alert and keep the road clear at all times. Competitors will follow the blue line on the road showing the shortest route. Please be careful with the sharp knives provided to cut open the packaging and do not overload the tables as they may collapse (2 layers only).

Setting up: we will have between 150-200 people helping out, divided between 12 tables. Each table will have an experienced table captain to co-ordinate things. The water station will be set up on both sides of the road, over a distance of 150m.

Clothing: We always hope for good weather, but bring waterproofs in case. All ELR helpers will receive Nestle shirts and hats as usual. Please wear them.

Refreshments/toilets: These are provided in St Mathias Church Hall, where we will provide a buffet (which is free for all helpers), tea and coffee and access to toilets.

Clearing up: We try our best to clear up at the end, many hands make light work and your help will mean this unpopular job can be completed in the shortest time possible. Bags, bins, brooms and shovels available.

Running or Helping? - Afterwards you have to make your own way home. However, if you have the energy you can meet some of the Club Members/Marathon Runners for a post race drink at the Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3, Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH.1-3 , Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH. For location see this link www.fancyapint.com/pubs1088.php

Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2012

Would you like a place on the Coach for the London Marathon this year? Each year we arrange a minibus/Coach (29 seater) from Wanstead Leisure Centre also picking up at O'Neills at the Green Man. Cost will be £5.00.Coach will pick up at the Centre. Arriving at 7.15am. Leaving at 7.20 - 7.25 and a further pick up at O'Neills/ Green Man roundabout at 7.30am. Dropping off at Manchester Road , Isle of Dogs. From there its a short walk through the foot tunnel to the start. Places are limited or we can increase it to a 32 seater but notice will be needed. Interested? Then please e.mail the webmaster for the attention of Don Bennett.

Advance notice - 20 mile water Feed Station. All members are once again invited to help man the 20 mile Feed Station in Poplar High St. The drinks station is jointly organised by East London Runners and The London Fire Brigade. You are welcome to bring family and friends along with you, but this event may not be suitable for children. For the sixth year we will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College. Full details will be advised in due course. In the meantime if you feel able to help then please advise Don Bennett by e.mailing the webmaster.
See location on this map. - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_1118415.html

Running or Helping? - Afterwards you have to make your own way home. However, if you have the energy you can meet some of the Club Members for a post race drink at the Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3, Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH.1-3 , Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH

World Marathon Lists

Current world lists for Men under 3.30.00 & Ladies under 4.00.00.

Bookings for the coach so far:- 23 spaces filled.

Ladies;- Caroline, Julie, Marie, Laura, Carinne,Sarah, Katherine H,Carol Ward, Sophie Haines and provisionally Andrea(spectator).
Men:- Ciaran, George,Thomas, Harsh, Grant, Carlton,Richard, Michael Rose, Dave, Tom, Simon ,Jim ,Manjit B & Michael Woda.

Jim Bird

Jim is running once again in his 28th London Marathon. Running as last year for VICTA,Visually Impaired Children Taking Action, Jim has vowed it's his last one. Didn't he say that last year. Sponsor Jim at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JIMBIRD1

VICTA provide support for families with visually impaired children and young people. Started in 1987 by a group of parents of blind and partially sighted children who came together to discuss their individual problems and found that they could help each other with the day to day problems of looking after a visually impaired child.

Marie Burling

Marie is running her first marathon on behalf of The Multiple Sclerosis Society .Please donate at :- www.justgiving.com/Marie-BurlingLondonMarathon

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page!!!!

On April 22nd 2012, I will be amongst 30,000 people, taking part in one of the most spectated event of the year...The London Marathon!!!

I am raising money for MS.

The MS Society relies on voluntary income to provide vital services to those affected by multiple sclerosis. Both nationally and locally, through their branch network, the MS Society is constantly striving to improve the lives of people with MS and their friends and family.

So please please dig deep and donate now. Thank you very much,

Grant Conway

Running for St Francis Hospice - www.justgiving.com/grantconwaymarathon2012

This year I am running my 3rd marathon in April, the London Marathon. I am running on behalf of a local charity, the St Francis Hospice who do an incredible job providing care and counseling for local people in Redbridge and Havering who have a terminal illness as well as the friends and family and all those affected by the persons illness.

I would be extremely grateful for any donations you can give.

Julie Creffield

Running for Great Ormond Street Hospital - www.virginmoneygiving.com/JulieCreffield

Hi Peeps

Here we go again with another of my crazy challenges.

So why Great Ormond Street? Well many of you will know I come from a big East End Family. My mum has 6 children, my nan had 8 and my greatgran had 18 (wow), I also have 3 godchildren, 4 stepchildren and 8 nieces and nehews - so children feature heavily in my life.

My nephew Rio (pictured) was aparently healthy when he was born but it wasn't long before my sister had concerns about his health, he was always being sick and crying out in pain, the doctors said she was overreacting and kept sending her away, but she knew something was wrong.

Eventually his condition was diagnosed and he was rushed to GOSH. He had a severely twisted bowel, and had to have 2 major operations before he was a year old to put things right. Great Ormand Street were fantastic, the care and support they gave to Rio and his parents was second to none and I promosed that if ever I did a marathon I would fundraise on Rio's behalf.

Carlton DSouza

Carlton's chosen charity is 'The Samaritans' - www.virginmoneygiving.com/CarltonDSouza

Hello thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I am running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2012 for my chosen charity The Samaritans.

As a volunteer with the Redbridge branch, I have experienced the positive support that the Samaritans can give to people in times of need. The Samaritans are largely dependent on charitable donations, and your donation will enable them to continue their work.

Matt Dean

Running for British Heart Foundation - www.justgiving.com/mattandkelly

I am raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of my Mum, Betty Dean who sadly passed away in the October of 2010. I'll be running the London Marathon in April 2012 which is 26.2 miles or 42km so it's a very long way and a tough challenge. I would really appreciate any money you can spare as it all helps and it's all going to a good cause.

George Georgiou

Running for Macmillan Cancer Support - www.justgiving.com/George-Georgiou3

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.

Jamee Gould

Jamee is running for MIND - www.virginmoneygiving.com/JameeGould
Hi Everyone!

This April, my little legs and I will be running the Virgin London Marathon and again, will be raising money for my favourite charity – MIND.

For those that haven’t heard of MIND, they are the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and continue to fight for the rights of everyone affected by mental health issues. Thats 1 in 3 of us!

In 2010, my very generous family and friends helped me to raise almost £4000 for MIND which was incredibly overwhelming. I know that times are hard, so this year, I will be over the moon if I can raise just half of that!

I really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for any donations.

Hope to see you on the 22nd April!

Jamee x

Thomas Grimes

Did you know that the London Marathon, April 22nd, is the biggest fundraising event on the planet!
This year I am running on behalf of two charities; The Irish Cancer Society and Cancer Research UK (as I am currently living over here).
I will be back in Ireland over the Easter for anyone who would like to sponsor me.
Please see my link's below. Thanks in advance.

Carinne Jay

Carinne Jay is running for CLIC Sargent - www.virginmoneygiving.com/CarinneJay

Every child or young person with cancer has a different experience. It also affects the whole family in many different ways. We take the time to understand every child, young person and family we help to ensure the support they receive is tailored to their unique and individual needs.

Harsh Pershad

Harsh is running his first marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Sponsors welcome at - www.justgiving.com/Harsh-Pershad

Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people in the UK and works in over 50 countries. Our campaigns and services are geared towards improving opportunities for disabled people and supporting them to pursue their goals and to live full lives. Registered Charity Number 218186

Darren & Helen Speedy

Running for Macmillan Cancer Support - www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/dhspeedy
The Speedy Speedys fundraising page
Fundraisers: Helen Speedy, Darren Speedy

We (Helen and Darren) are running two marathons this year, with London being the first on 22nd April and then Berlin later in the year on 30th September.

It seems like more and more people are suffering from cancer, or know someone who is going through it, and with that in mind we have decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. They do fantastic work in giving answers and advice to people with cancer, and to friends and relatives who need to understand what the sufferer is going through.

We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Laura Thrower

Laura fell ill shortly before last year's London Marathon, but is back to complete the challenge this year. Running for Ability Bow www.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraThrower

Make a Donation to Ability Bow
Ability Bow has now reached the stage that the demand for our specialist support is more than we can provide. We want to reach more people and to do this we need your help. We are focusing on two key areas:

1.Meeting the increase in demand for new referrals

2.This year we are raising £5500 towards an Arm Cycle, or Upper Body Ergometer (UBE) for the gym. It is particularly useful for disabled gym users with limited leg use or wheelchair users and is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness and strengthen the upper body and core muscles.For people who are unable to use their lower bodies due to injury or long-term illness, it can be frustrating trying to find an effective method of doing cardiovascular exercise. UBEs can be used by those recovering from foot or leg injuries, Multiple Sclerosis or lower body disabilities.

Our work would not be possible without your support. Your donation will help make a lasting difference to the quality of daily life for people with disabilities.

Jamie Xavier

Running for Tomorrow's People - www.virginmoneygiving.com/jamiexavier

Not too long to go now...four weeks to go...

This year I will be raising much needed funds for ‘Tomorrows People’, a charity that helps disadvantaged people get and keep a job, transforming the prospects of those who were otherwise resigned to a future of worklessness and welfare dependency. Since 1984 Tomorrow's People has been successfully helping long-term, sometimes life-long, unemployed people into sustainable... ...jobs. With your kind donations the excellent work being done by the charity can continue. If any of you plan to be out on the route please do give me a shout! The link to my sponsorship page can be found above.
Many many thanks,

Training Updates - As at 25th January 2012

Caroline Meaby.
So after coming tenth out of the hat for the ELR places, I'd resigned myself to not having a marathon to train for and enjoyed a pretty relaxed - and boozy- Xmas!
Then 2 days into the new year, I got the call up... After 8 (ahem) months of not running, I'd better dust off my trainers cos I had a place. Eek!

From a pretty much standing start, things are going well. Luckily, I have been going to the gym so fitness levels okay, but I am rather slow at running. Managed a 14 mile run which is my longest so far so feel pretty confident. And is lovely spending weekends with the ELR crew again! I missed you guys!

Grant Conway.
Unfortunately my January training has been hampered due to a chest infection. I took off a few days at the start of the month and started running as normal with a mixture of cross training on an exersize bike, speed work, hill training in the forest and tempo runs, my usual marathon training. After 2 weeks of training I was feeling worse with each run and had to return to the doctors for more antibiotics and instructions to rest until 27/1/12. Hopefully I will be back in full training soon.

Geoffrey Bench.
This month minimal training due to knee injury very frustrating,managed 3 miles on Friday and 5 on Monday.I am planning to do club run on Weds 25th.
If any recurrence then I will with much regret pass on my marathon place!

George Georgiou
Unfortunately for me its become a bit of a disaster, but fingers crossed I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been struggling with ligament damage since early November and haven't been able to run effectively since. My GP recently confirmed my diagnosis and suggested to stop running altogether until I've properly healed my leg and take regular Ibruprofen. Seems obvious in hindsight, just wish that i'd seen him sooner.
So as long as I'm not tempted to start running before I'm ready to, I should be able to make the 'big one'. Thats been my error, which is continue to try and run it off. Doesn't work like that with this injury, only proper rest will do.
Has anyone had similar injury experience, i'd like to know how you coped? Also does anyone think i should skip VLM? I've probably only given myself only mid February onwards to get ready realistically.

Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2012 - Club Ballot Results

December 2011 - The Club has now received 9 Guaranteed Places in the Marathon on April 22nd 2012. Two places from U.K. Athletics as a registered Club plus seven from London Marathon Limited, three for manning the 25k Special Drinks Station and four as our share of co hosting the 20 mile water feed station with London Fire Brigade. These applications will be available for collection from Don Bennett at the Club from this Wednesday 21st December 2011. Good luck to all in their training and in the race itself.

The Club ballot was held on Wednesday 30th November with the following results.

Ballot Winners
1.Rob Heppell - WITHDRAWN
2. Dave Knight
3. Geoff Bench
4. Richard Mainwairing
5. Grant Conway
6. Tom Woods
7. George Georgiou
8. James Wilson
9. Michael Rose

10. Caroline Meaby - Now in replacing Rob Heppell!
11. Magda Heppell
12. Frank Brownlie
13. Richard Guest
14. Sheila Kennedy
15. Manjit Singh
16. Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea
17. Ramesh Pala
18. Miguel Martinez
19. Paul Thompson
20. Jimmy Hartwell
21. Mark Boulton
22. Mick Wilson
23. Grant Mitchell

VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012 - Club Ballot rules

1. Open to Members where East London Runners is their first claim club.
2. Fully paid up Member by 1st July 2011 i.e. the year prior to the year the marathon is being held.
3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VLM for 2012.
4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VLM 2011. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VLM 2012. Note a rejection magazine or copy of same is insufficient.
5. Member to advise that they wish to be in the ballot and provide proof of rejection by Wednesday 23rd November 2011.
6. The draw will take place on Wednesday 30th November 2011 at 7pm before the weekly club run.

East London Runners members on the morning of the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.

If you are unsuccessful in the Public and Club place you should consider running for a Charity! SENSE have lots of charity Gold Bond places available in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon and would really like to offer some to our Club runners. In recognition of the time that club runners put into the sport, they are offering places with a discounted fundraising target of £1,200 (normal requirement is £1,500) + £100 registration fee.

If you are interested please contact SENSE either by phone on 0845 127 0063 or by e.mail marathon@sense.org.uk quoting East London Runners Running Club Offer.

Other Spring Marathon Options.
Jerusalem Marathon - Sunday March 16th 2012.
Currently recruiting runners to run with Team Shalva. It is an incredible opportunity for serious runners to tackle the grueling hills of Jerusalem, a city renowned for its rich culture and heritage. Runners can opt to do the 10km, half or whole marathon. http://www.run4shalva.org
Brighton Marathon - Sunday 15th April 2012.
The Brighton Marathon is a great alternative to the London Marathon. Open to 15,000 runners, the route encompasses both the historic city and stunning coastal views. As a predominantly flat and fast course it lends itself to be an enjoyable day for both runners and supporters. Run for Breast Cancer Care -
Milton Keynes Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2012.
Starting and finishing at 10am at MK Stadium,Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK1 1ST. Entry limit 6,500.

VLM 2012 - Good for Age Qualification

Men Time (in hours)*************Women Time (in hours)
Age 18 - 40* 2.45 - 3.10*********Age 18 - 49****3.15 - 3.50
Age 41 - 59* sub 3.15***********Age 50 - 54****sub 4.00
Age 60 - 64 sub 3.30************Age 55 - 59****sub 4.15
Age 65 - 69 sub 4.00************Age 60 - 64****sub 4.30
Age 70+ -sub 5.00 *************Age 65 - 69****sub 5.30
****************************Age 70+ - ****sub 6.30