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London Marathon 2014

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 - Virgin Money London Marathon 26th April 2015

Entry to the public ballot opens around midnight Monday 21st April 2014. Last year the limit of 125,000 was reached within 11 hours. This year it is expected to finish sooner. East London Runners recommends it's members to apply before 6am on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

Club Members Don't forget to check the GOOD FOR AGE and CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS requirements!

Thursday 17th April 2014 - Club Post Marathon Social - Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street

*** 17 April - Club Social ***
Hope to see as many of you as possible next Thursday 17th April 2014 at the Cuckfield in Wanstead, (31 High St, London E11 2AA), to catch up! I've booked us an area from 7.30pm - remember there's no work the next day (for most of us) - hurrah! Ninette.

Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 13th April 2014 - Volunteers - 20 Mile Water Station, Hall and Security

Hi, All Members, Family and Friends,

It's that time of the year again. Any help that you can give will be very much appreciated.

07763 590454

20 mile Water Feed Station, Poplar High Street. 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.

Three/Four ELR VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED:- Saturday 12th April 2014 - 10.00am till 12 noon. Help at the 20 mile Water Station in setting up the fencing etc. Please advise Frank by text, Facebook or e.mail via the webmaster@eastlondonrunners.org.uk if you can attend.

1. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 7.30am/8am - Don and Pam require help to set up the Church Hall for the tea/coffee and food for the Marshalls and Water Station helpers.

2. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 20 mile Water Feed Station jointly with London Fire Brigade - from 7.30/8am. Volunteers required on delivery of the water to set up the tables and move the water bottles to the appropriate places.

3. From 9am/10am until 3pm/4pm. We will be handing out the water to the runners, the bulk of whom will be passing us between 11.30am and 3pm. Any time that can be spared will be much appreciated.

If you can attend without carrying a back or backpack it would be very helpful. Otherwise we would ask all volunteers to place all bags in one of the London Fire Brigade support vehicles when they arrive to minimise the risk of 'suspect packages' being reported and ask people to remain especially vigilant for anything they spot at the water station that seems out of place.

We always have a police presence at the water station and, as in previous
years, we are confident that good communication with them before and during
the event will ensure that we have effective arrangements in place on the
ground to deal with any reasonably foreseeable eventuality.

For the 10th year we will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street, London E14 0EF.

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

Most helpers arrive around 9am/10am but we also require some to be there at 7.30am/8am(see above) so that they 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 the nearby 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.shipandshovell.co.uk/

London Marathon coach - now full.

32 seat Coach booked for the London Marathon runners only.
Meeting at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 7.20am with another pick up at the Green Man roundabout (7.30) then dropping off at Manchester Rd, Isle of Dogs to use the foot tunnel to Greenwich.
All places are now gone.
On board are: Shahib Ali, Manjit Bedi, Jim Bird, Teresa Scully , Marc Ewers, Mark Boulton, Euan Brown, Patrick Brown, Frank Brownlie, Sarah Burns, Steve Bywater, Ciaran Canavan, Paul Charters, James Creed, Peter Hatley, John Healy, Carinne Jay +1, Andy Jenkins, Sheila Kennedy & Lorcan, Dave Knight, Ava Lee, Natalie Lee, Ramesh Pala, Will Pearce, Yvonee Shashoua, Sarah & Emily Stack, Allan Todd, Michael Wilson, and Lee Wollaston.

Ajit Rehal is running London for The Stroke Association.


Frank Brownlie is running for Friends of Anchor


Ramesh Pala is running London for Vibrance


Laura Jenkin is running Brighton for Cancer Research UK


Natalie Lee is running London for St Francis Hospice


Sarah Stack and sister Emily are running London for BCCS (Brentwood Catholic Children's Society).


Alex Haward is running London for Waltham Forest Youth for Christ


Carinne Jay running London for GOSH (Great Ormond St)


David Wyatt running Brighton for Breast Cancer Care


Sheila Kennedy is running London for Prostate Cancer UK


Julie Creffield is running Brighton for MAMA Academy.


Jamee Gould running Brighton for MIND.


Jim Bird running London for The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.


Mark Boulton running London for The Barts Charity.


Steve Bywater running London for CALM.- Campaign Against Living Miserably


Training Races and runs for Spring 2014 Marathon

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

1. Sunday 19th January 2014 - 10.30am. - Benfleet 15."Mud, water, wind, mud, pain. Great organisation and marshalling". It has a challenging 15 mile, multi-terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs.

2. Sunday 26th January 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 12 mile Marathon Training run. The course is mainly along quiet, but hilly country roads with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal.

3. Sunday 23rd February 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 17 mile Marathon Training run. http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/

4. Sunday 9th March 2014 - 9am - Roding Valley Half Marathon. Very popular local race around the hilly streets of, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Woodford.

5. Sunday 9th March 2014 - 10am - Essex 20. Held at Langham, Essex. A Challenging 3 lap course around the quiet country lanes of North East Essex. The race is open to all, but beware the cut off time of 4 hours.
6. Sunday 9th March 2014 - Finchley 20 - 9.00am. - Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex. 4 laps of 5 miles, undulating road, town and rural.

7. Saturday 22nd March 2014 - 10am - Orion 15. A challenging off road local race in Epping Forest. Very hilly and often very muddy. A firm favouraite of ELR!

8. Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 8.30am - Whole Food Markets Kingston Breakfast Run 16m. - The extremely flat course runs along the banks of the River Thames, past Hampton Court Palace and finishes in the ancient market place in the heart of Kingston.

9. Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 20 mile Marathon Training run. The course is mainly along quiet, but hilly country roads with a small section on the towpath of the Grand Union canal.

10. Sunday 23rd March 2013 - 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.

11. Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 9.45am - Hyde Park 20 Miles (16 and 24 mile options) Marathon Preparation Race. Chip timed, mainly flat, 4 mile laps,24miles (sub 3hr runners only). http://www.fullonsport.co.uk/fos/index.php?module=events&action=profile&eventId=4368

Thomas Grimes on his way to a personal best of 2:40:57 in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon.

New London Marathon Store, 1 - 3 Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate, London, E1 6DB

From the New London Marathon Store, 1 - 3 Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate, London, E1 6DB

We are the New & Official London Marathon Store located in Bishopsgate.

We opened Saturday 9th November 2013!

What we offer in addition to the usual running benefits…

FREE CONSULTATION WORKSHOPS / brands / participation
FREE video motion analysis / footwear
FREE entry to adidas run hub – Dec / Jan 2014
10% on essential kit
Exclusive updates on London Marathon & product launches

With each purchase of running shoes, you get the following benefits from our
“The Running School”
FREE 45 min running / marathon
Training plans
Injury prevention

Manager: Jason Curzon
Phone: 0844 332 5237

Wednesday 6th November 2013 - Club ballot draw Virgin Money London Marathon 2014

The Club draw took place on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 6.50pm.

Congratulations to the first 10 names drawn out as we expect to receive our usual 10 Guaranteed places.

1. Jonathan Wooldridge
2. Sheila Kennedy
3. Shahib Ali
4. Sarah Burns
5. Bryony Hewer
6. Mike Wilson
7. Alex Haward
8. Ramesh Pala
9. Dave Knight
10 Will Pearce

11. Jonathan Shaw
12. George Georgiou
13. Natasha Tweedie
14. Carlton D'Souza
15. Grant Conway

East London Runners - Club rules for ballot entry for Virgin London Marathon 2014

Club ballot draw - Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 13th April 2014

Club draw will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 6.50pm.
The results of the Public Ballot for places in the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon were published recently. If you received a rejection then, subject to the Club Rules below, you may be eligible for a place in the ELR Club ballot.

The ballot of the Club places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 6.50pm prior to the regular Club run.

1. Open to Members where East London Runners is their first claim club.
2. Fully paid up Member by 1st July 2013 i.e. the year prior to the year the marathon is b eing held.
3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VMLM for 2014.
4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VMLM 2014. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VMLM 2014. 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 Tuesday 5th November 2013. Please advise Don Bennett at one of our Club nights and provide the appropriate proof of rejection.
6. The draw will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at 6.50pm prior to the normal Club run.

If you are unsuccessful in the Public and Club ballots you could consider applying to and running for a Charity!

Virgin London Marathon 2014 (13th April 2014) - Ill or Injured Entries deferred from 2013 - Deadline Friday 21st June 2013.

Virgin London Marathon 2014 (13th April 2014) - Ill or Injured Entries deferred from 2013 - Deadline Friday 21st June 2013.
2014 Virgin Money London Marathon ill or injured entry account is now ready to use. In order to access your account please make a note of your running number that was issued to you and follow the link to the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon ill or injured entry system where you can input your details and complete the online entry form and pay the 2014 entry fee.


Virgin London Marathon Sunday 13th April 2014 - Public Ballot NOW CLOSED

The Public Ballot opens on Monday 29th April 2013!
The public ballot opened just after midnight and closed approx 12 hours later around noon on Monday 29th April 2013.



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