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Thomas Grimes (left) and Antonio Martin Romero of East London Runners in a race for the line in Sunday's London Marathon!

Thomas Grimes narrowly beat Club colleague Antonio Martin-Romero in breaking the ELR Club Marathon record, previously 2:39, in London today in 2:38:01. Congratulations Thomas and Antonio.
Congratulations also to:-
Antonio Martin Romero - 2.38.04pb - 236th
Alex Day - 2.44.29 - 517th
Daniel Lee - 2.51.54 - 974th
Mark Boulton - 2.54.13 -1178th
Daniel Slipper -2.57.16 -1476th
Stuart Kelly - 2.59.38 - 1869th
Billy Rayner - 3.01.03 -2048th
Aaron Browne - 3.14.23 - 3665th
Manjit Bedi - 3.14.41 - 3720th
Carlton DSouza - 3.16.19 -4004th
Ciaran Canavan - 3.19.55 - 4565th
Roisin Archer - 3.22.09 - 4871st
James Nichols - 3.27.24 - 5749th
Morgan Francis - 3.27.26 - 5763rd
Peter Hatley - 3.28.28 - 5979th
Alain Fieulaine - 3.30.14 - 6360th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.30.42pb - 6448th
Andrew Baxter - 3.30.44 - 6453rd
Regis Martin -3.31.14 - 6540th
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.37.22 pb - 7679th
Robert Rayworth - 3.37.49 - 7771st
Michael Wilson - 3.41.56 - 8620th
John Healy - 3.42.58 - 8829th
Suzanne Bench -3.44.57 - 9323rd
Tom Woods - 3.54.38 - 11645th
Ramesh Pala - 3.55.03 - 11786th
Manjit Singh - 4.13.05 -16284th
George Pite - 4.14.41 - 16691st
Gareth Jones - 4.15.03 - 16801st
Paul Marshall - 4.15.20 debut - 16863th
Steven Bywater - 4.27.14 - 19897th
George Georgiou - 4.35.26 - 21928th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.38.25 pb -2271st
Tina Bennett - 5.08.23 debut - 29506th

Also - Yvonne Shashoua 3.44.55 and Kelly Xavier 5:03.18.

Volunteers Required - London Marathon Weekend - Sat and Sunday 22nd and 23rd April 2017

Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 23rd April 2017
ELR Volunteers, including Family and friends, required for 20 Mile Water Station and Church Hall.

Please advise Ciaran or Frank by Facebook or e.mail via webmaster@eastlondonrunners.org.uk if you can attend and help.

Saturday 22nd April 2017.
Six ELR VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - 9.00am till 11.30am'sh. Help at the 20 mile Water Station, Poplar High Street in setting up the fencing etc. Note, there is some heavy lifting involved.

Sunday 23rd April 2017.
1. Four ELR Volunteers required - 7.00am to 8.30am - Frank and Don require help setting up the St Matthias Church Hall/Community Centre, Poplar High Street for the tea/coffee and food for the Local Marshals and Water Station volunteers.

2. 8.30am to 3pm'sh help is also required during the day in St Matthias.

3. ELR Volunteers - 7.30am to 9am - 20 mile Water Feed Station jointly with London Fire Brigade - Volunteers required on delivery of the water to set up the tables and move the water bottles to the appropriate places.

4. ELR Volunteers - From 10am to 3pm'sh or part thereof - 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. Please report to Roger Dixon on arrival. Note ELR will be on the right hand side of the road from a runner's point of view.

We will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street, London E14 0EF.
Please use Docklands Light Railway and get off at Poplar. Come down the stairs or lifts and pass between the College and Sports Centre. Location map

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Marathon Preparation Social after the Club Run

From Grant:
I'm arranging a marathon preparation social on 15 March at The Manor House, Wanstead, E11 2RL after the regular club run. Similar to the one we had in January - but this one will focus on your race day preparation and race strategy. This will give everyone a chance to ask any questions from the club's experienced runners and to resolve any concerns.

Training for a Spring Marathon 2017?

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. Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December 2016 - 11.00am - ILFORD AC 10 mile Cross Country - Race For Kev at Hainault Forest (Lambourne Road). 3 laps of an undulating route comprising tracks and grassland of Hainault Forest. This is an Open race but will also include the Ilford AC Club Championships.

2. Sunday 15th January 2017 - 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.

3. Saturday 21st January 2017 - Orion Harriers Mercury 10. Off road in Epping Forest. Expect mud and hills.

4. Sunday 29th January 2017 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 12 mile Marathon Training run. Please download this REGISTRATION FORM and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration. £5.00 cash on the day.

5. Sunday 26th February 2017 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 17 mile Marathon Training run. Details and cost as above.

6. Sunday 26th February 2017 - 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.

7. Sunday 5th March 2017 - 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.

8. Sunday 12th March 2017 - Finchley 20 - 9.00am. - Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex. 4 laps of 5 miles, undulating road, town and rural.

9. Saturday 25th March 2017 - 10am - Orion 15. A challenging off road local race in Epping Forest. Very hilly and often very muddy. A firm favourite of ELR!

10. Sunday 26th March 2017 - 9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 20 mile Marathon Training run. Details as above but cost £10.00. Please download this REGISTRATION FORM

10. Sunday 2nd April 2017 - 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.

Andy Bolderstone is running the London Marathon for Water Aid


WaterAid help the worlds poorest communities to transform their lives with clean water.
As some of you may now this year I am running the Paris, London, Berlin and Venice marathons.. In my trading and in the races I will be drinking plenty of clean water. Not everyone is as lucky as we are to take clean, safe water for granted. We say we can't live without various things but in reality we can't live without food and water. Too many people have to play Russian roulette every time they have a drink. Surely access to clean water is a human right. This is why this year I am supporting Water Aid and I would greatly appreciate it if others could support this cause too. Thanks for reading.

Mark Boulton is running London for MIND


We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

We are Mind
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Regis Martin is running London for Hospitality Action.


Hospitality Action

Hospitality Action is the hospitality industry's charity helping past and present workers of all ages who are in crisis. HA offers financial aid and information and also supports a youth guidance scheme educating on alcohol and drugs misuse.

Robert Rayworth is running London 2017 for RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind)


Charity -
RNIB - RNIB - helping blind and partially sighted people. Every day another 100 people will start to lose their sight. RNIB is the leading UK charity offering practical support and information to anyone with a sight problem. Our pioneering work helps - not just with braille, talking books and computer training but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. Your support helps us rebuild lives devastated by sight loss.

Robert Rayworth says :- Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, Most of you who know me know I am an avid runner. I have been trying to get a place in the London Marathon ballot for the past 5 years with no success. Having looked into other alternative methods of entry I decided on a charity place. The charity that I went with was RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind). I contacted them and filled out a form on why I would like to run on their behalf. I can honestly say it was purely down to seeing some blind runners with guides running in several events I have competed in. Its quite humbling seeing someone compete with blindness. Having recently experienced a deterioration in my own sight having to wear glasses for close up work it really makes you start to appreciate the gift of sight. I can’t imagine what people must go through when their sight slowly beings to go and what obstacles they will face.

So this is where you come in my dear friends, colleagues or however our paths have crossed. I cannot do this without your support and contributions.

Suzanne Bench is running London 2017 for ICUsteps.


Suzanne Bench says:- This year I am running my third London marathon on 23rd April and am also doing the Ride 100 in July with my husband Geoff (a 100 mile cycle race).

I am raising money for ICUsteps, a Charity supporting patients and their families during and after a critical illness. As an ICU nurse and lecturer for many years, this is a charity, which does fantastic and much needed work and one that is close to my heart.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations

Shahib Ali & Salman Uddin are running London for St Josephs Hospice


My name is Salman Uddin and I will be doing the London Marathon this year with my good friend Shahib Ali. We have known each other since school, attended the same college as well as studying at the same university! We are now both fortunate enough to be working as GPs in and around Tower Hamlets.

Over the years we have done a few marathons between us and also fundraised for different charitable causes. Shahib is the more natural athlete having taken part in marathons in different cities and countries with Chicago being the most recent. He will be aiming to get a PB hopefully and go under 3 and a half hours. For those of you who know me, know that I may not look like your typical marathon runner (the overhanging belly is proving hard to get rid of!), however over the years some of Shahibs enthusiasm for running has rubbed off on me. I have done run the London Marathon on 2 previous occasions and am aiming to go under 5 hours this year inshaAllah (God willing).

We have chosen to run for St Joseph’s as being previous residents of Tower Hamlets, and currently working there, we have seen the good work that they do both at a personal and professional capacity. I have had family members and friends who have benefitted from their support in the most difficult of times. They provide an essential service that we usually only become aware of when we are faced with dealing with the loss of a loved one. For that reason we’d like to raise awareness as well as much needed funds to help them in their noble cause.

Paul Marshall is running London for ELHAP.


I am a runner for East London runners. I am supporting this charity ELHAP. This amazing charity providing excellent services for young people and adults with disabilities. I wanted to support this charity as it is local and a small charity to my area. ELHAP was established in 1976 as an adventure playground for children with disabilities in NE London and Essex. Since then, they have expanded their support services to include children, young people and adults (CYPA) with disabilities and their families.

Children, young people and adults with disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society and ELHAP serves a large community - 6 Local Authorities in NE London - with 1000’s of with disabilities and without your support they cannot have the excellent opportunities we take for granted.


Dan Slipper is running London for Affecting Real Change


In 2017 I am very excited once again to be running the Virgin London Marathon and raising money for the charity Affecting Real Change.
My aim is to provide chairs, desktop computers, internet access and electricity for the new computer lab at Bakau New Town Lower Basic School in The Gambia in West Africa.
Building work is currently in progress but the lab needs to be completed so pupils can start to learn using the latest modern technology.
This will help to prepare students to compete in the global jobs marketplace and contribute to creating a positive future for The Gambia.
Please visit the picture gallery to see current progress and updates as the work to complete the lab continues.
Thank you for anything you can donate towards this project.

Tina Bennett is running London for the Stroke Association.


5 years ago my brother suffered a devastating stroke leaving him with locked in syndrome . He has since written a book 'Pressed but not Crushed' if you want to read his story. Other family and people I know have also had their lives affected by strokes so running for the stoke association is a very personal choice.
Maya has told me ELR do the 20 mile water station on the VLM so that will spur me on when I see and hear you all. I am starting to find the training tough now, but not long to go. Maya said I should put my just giving page on here. Please only sponsor me if the Stroke Association is a charity you would wish to support, most important to me is the support in training members have given me and those that will be supporting on the day. I'm fundraising on JustGiving for the stoke association for very personal reasons so any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Manjit Singh is running London for the Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.


Essex Disabled Sports Foundation

It provides sporting facilities and opportunities for disabled children. The money raised is used to provide sports equipment, coaching and tuition, the hire of sports halls and the funding of outings and adventure type holidays.

Natasha Tweedie is running Paris for Downright Excellent..


I am running Paris Marathon for Downright Excellent because I want to raise awareness.
Downright Excellent
We enable children with Down syndrome to maximise their potential.

It's that time of year again! And I'm running Paris Marathon for ''Downright excellent' an amazing small charity which supports children with Down Syndrome in London to maximise their potential.

Downright Excellent (DEx) provides weekly speech and language therapy sessions at Golden Lane Children’s Centre for children aged 0-13. We also provide quality play experiences for children with Down syndrome and their siblings, plus education and support for parents and carers. The sessions run on Friday mornings for ages 0-4 and Saturday mornings for ages 5-13.

We follow research on Early Intervention from the Down Syndrome Educational Trust. There is a maximum number of six children per group, as our emphasis is on learning in small groups.
Website: www.downrightexcellent.com

Simon Thomas is running Brighton 2017 for The Sussex Wildlife Trust.


Simon Thomas:- Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I'm raising money for Sussex Wildlife Trust because the wildlife of Sussex and the UK is declining rapidly and needs our help. Donations are hugely important and help SWT to undertake essential work to save vulnerable local species, protect special Sussex landscapes, speak out on major environmental issues affecting Sussex and inspire the next generation to love nature.

I'm setting myself the challenge of completing the marathon in under 3 hours. It's going to take hard work, hundreds of miles of training, and plenty of bananas!

VMLM 2017 - Public Ballot and ELR Club Ballot

The results of the club ballot drawn on 2 November 2016 were as follows:

1. Andy Bolderstone
2. Peter Hatley
3. Sheila Kennedy
4. Ramesh Pala
5. Suzanne Bench
6. John Healy
7. Susannah McLaren
8. James Nichols
9. Peter Martin
10. Geoff Bench (withdrew through injury, replaced by Paul Marshall)

11. Paul Marshall
12. Manjit Singh
13. James Creed
14. Katherine Gardner
15. Emma Wing
16. Graham Peacock
17. Caroline Moore
18. Claire Emery
19. Jason Levy
20. Fiona Day
21. Saheb Yousefi
22. Dave Knight
23. Diana Rexhepaj
24. Stuart Kelly
25. Trisha O'Neill
26. Lauren Ashton
27. Ashley Faria
28. Shaun DeSena
29. Jonathan Wooldridge
30. Sheetal Dandgey
31. Lucy Barron
32. Stuart Barton
33. Shailesh Patel
34. Claire Drakeford
35. Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea
36. Spencer Evans
37. Maran Raju
38. John Booth
39. Kieran Brown
40. Alison Jones
41. George Georgiou
42. Alexandra Wilkinson
43. Michael Keefe

VMLM 2017 - Public Ballot and ELR Club Ballot

Week commencing 9th October 2016.
The Results of the Public Ballot are being posted out to entrants this week. Experience tells us that most will be REJECTED.

East London Runners will be holding our Club Ballot for Guaranteed Places on Wednesday 2nd November for QUALIFYING EAST LONDON RUNNERS MEMBERS ONLY. Full details including CLUB BALLOT RULES can be found on below.

Club Ballot places - Virgin Money London Marathon 23rd April 2017

Virgin Money London Marathon 23rd April 2017 - Club Ballot for places will be held on Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

Virgin Money London Marathon will be sending out their ACCEPTANCE or REJECTION packs around 9th October 2016 and over the following 7 days.

The ballot of the Club places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 will take place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 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.

2. Fully paid up Member by 1st October 2015 and paid/renewed their membership for 2016/17 on or before 30th June 2016.

3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VMLM for 2017.

4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VMLM 2017. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VMLM 2017. Rejection letters can be handed to Mike/Frank at the Club. Please forward your rejection e.mail to our webmaster email address. Note a rejection magazine or copy of same is insufficient proof.

5. Member to advise Mike Wilson/Jonathan Wooldridge/Frank Brownlie that they wish to be in the ballot and provide proof of rejection on or before midnight on Tuesday 1st November 2016.

6. The draw will take place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 at 6.50pm prior to the normal Club run.

Note - For the 2016 VMLM we had 10 Ballot places and 29 Qualifying Club Members as per the above Rules.

Monday 2nd May 2016 - Public Ballot - Online Booking opens for London Marathon 2017( Sunday 23rd April 2017)

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Public Ballot.

The public ballot entry system for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon will open to all applicants on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016. This ballot system will close at 17:00 on Friday 6th May 2016.

You can also enter under the following categories:-
-Good For Age Entry
-Championship Entry
-Deferred Entry (due to injury or illness)
-Charity Entry

Full details are here -