Detroit Marathon, Michigan USA - Sunday 20th October 2019
Chiswick Half Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
Great South Run - Sunday 20th October 2019
Amsterdam Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
Sunday XC League - Event 1 - Cheshunt - Sunday 20th October 2019
Royal Parks 10km Series - Greenwich Park - Sunday 20th October 2019
Andrea Waller Race report. It was hilly. It hurt. We finished. We ate cake & got bling.
Herts Riverside Half Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
|Joseph Gunn ||1.25.15||2nd|
Race report: Herts Riverside half marathon (and 10k)
This is a wonderfully green and scenic race starting next to the white water rafting centre near Waltham Abbey. It's quite a small race and most people seemed to go for the 10k option, so it was quiet on the second lap with not much cheering (though the marshals were very encouraging). But the race made up for this with the river, beautiful willow trees, swans and even a fox running into the forest.
I wasn't that pleased with my time (ELR ladies will know it's uncomfortable running with period/lower back pain) but my friend Richard ran with me, which helped. (He's not yet an ELR member, but I'm working on it...). I was amused to see the other ELR running today was a whole hour quicker than us - well done Joe Gunn!
Amsterdam Half Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
Chelmsford Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 20th October 2019
Yorkshire Marathon. Soooo tough - nothing to do with the course itself which was perfectly lovely, but after a bobbing along happily with the 4.30 pacer for the first 14 miles (well, that's the easy bit isn't it), I slowed down from there and really started to struggle. Maybe because I've not been well for the last couple of weeks (but thought I was over it) or maybe because I'd forgotten just how long marathons are. Big hats off to anyone who can do one without slowing down - that's unthinkable for me.
I was hoping for 4.30 or at least a PB (under 4.37), but missed both and made it in 4.41. Only 3 mins quicker than Chester last year even though the training had gone so much better.
Oh and to top it off, there was a huge downpour just after I crossed the line, meaning we arrived back at our friends' house thoroughly cold and wet. I've now had a bath and hot chocolate and am slowly starting to feel human again.
I guess I'll have to do another marathon to get that elusive PB, but certainly can't think about that today.
Sri Chimnoy 10km (Golden Leaf) - Saturday 19th October 2019
|Thomas Glasock||34.22 pb||16th|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th October 2019
|Fiona Day||27.54 debut (250th parkrun)||208th 70.55% Highbury Fields|
|Patrick Brown||17.23* debut||3rd 75.46% Dartford|
|Laura Kemp||22.44* (course pb)||31st 65.10% Fletcher Moss|
|Stuart Barton||24.33* debut||19th 60.08% Downsview, Canada|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.06* debut||7th 58.23% South Boulder Creek, USA|
|Siobhan OShea||30.16* (course pb) ||223rd 52.97% Leamington|
|James Nichols||20.10 debut||9th 65.79% Gladstone|
|Amit Marks||20.30||15th 67.56% Raphael|
|Marc Akers||28.10||83rd 51.12% Gunpowder|
|Martin Quinlan||24.31||130th 58.74% Southwark|
|Richard Guest||25.31||71st 55.98% Rushmoor|
|Paul Marshall||25.30||62nd 51.70% Lancaster|
|Fabrizio Stefanoni||18.01||11th 79.28% Hackney|
|Tom Howourth||19.10||24th 67.39% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||22.48||91st 58.99% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||25.01||143rd 53.03% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||25.30||155th 61.24% Mile End|
|Jocelyn Summers||28.20||244th 61.47% Mile End|
|Katherine Harris||28.28||249th 53.40% Mile End|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.30||251st 53.98% Mile End|
|Liviu Ionita||16.28 (1st man)||1st 78.44% Barking|
|Paul Quinton||16.46 (course pb)||2nd 81.41% Barking|
|Stuart Kelly||17.47 (course pb)||6th 74.13% Barking|
|Spencer Evans||19.30||9th 66.50% Barking|
|Lawrence Foster||21.21||17th 72.60% Barking|
|Lauren Kelly||24.08||33rd 61.40% Barking|
|Andrew Baxter||21.21||5th 69.09% Walthamstow|
|Liam Dempsey||24.37 debut||19th 52.81% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||27.30||52nd 55.39% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||28.34||60th 61.73% Walthamstow|
|Anna Dingle||30.25||75th 51.73% Walthamstow|
|Isabella Allan||30.31||76th 48.50% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||31.09||79th 52.54% Walthamstow|
|John Henry||18.52||11th 72.35% Finsbury|
|Mark Moir||20.10 (course pb)||23rd 63.79% Finsbury|
|Andy Bolderstone||26.04 debut||179th 54.41% Finsbury|
|Adam Stanley||24.53||34th 54.45% Roding Valley|
|Cathal Lynch||25.23||36th 50.82% Roding Valley|
|Kasia Stachowiak||25.51 debut||44th 58.22% Roding Valley|
|Sandra Preston||27.25||55th 65.17% Roding Valley|
|Arthur Diaz||28.55 debut||79th 51.01% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Moore||30.39||90th 59.87% Roding Valley|
|Med Dahbi||19.21 (course pb)||2nd 77.16% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.01||6th Valentines|
|Mounir Dahbi||21.39 (course pb)||9th 62.36% Valentines|
|Damon Lerner||23.49||25th 60.18% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||23.55||27th 54.13% Valentines|
|David Taylor||25.34||46th 62.92% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.46||50th 59.90% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.11||59th 55.62% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.40||68th 51.72% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||28.08 (400th parkrun)||91st 56.21% Valentines|
|Veronica Carrasco||28.13||95th 52.61% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||28.48||100th 53.05% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||29.15 (course pb)||108th 51.89% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.18||161st 42.77% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||40.32||212th Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||21.35||17th 65.17% Wanstead|
|Caroline Frith||21.54 (1st lady)||20th 70.78% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.13||33rd 69.06% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||24.59||61st 56.77% Wanstead|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||25.09||62nd 58.85% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.50||69th 64.13% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.31||85th 61.09% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||26.32||86th 55.78% Wanstead|
|Sallyann Eyles||32.11 (course pb)||165th 50.85% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||32.22||170th 50.57% Wanstead|
|Angela May||33.33||181st 45.11% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.38||183rd 48.86% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||34.02||188th 47.11% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||34.26||189th 44.28% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||38.21||210th 41.81% Wanstead|
Supernova 5m, QEOP - Friday 18th October 2019
Hatfield House 10km - Sunday 13th October 2019
Roman River Trails Marathon - Sunday 13th October 2019
|Maud Hodson||4.31.55||9th , 3rd woman|
Maud: Roman River Trails Marathon (Hare & Tortoise Running)
It isn't ideal to run a marathon the day after an XC race. But I'd already signed up for this one before the Met League equalised their races - and then I really wanted to run their first race too. I didn't feel I could take it too easy yesterday as I was represented my 2nd claim club, Woodford Green with Essex Ladies, for the first time, and wanted to give a decent account of myself.
So I was a bit apprehensive about todays marathon. I haven't run 26 miles since July, and had struggled on my (solitary) training run.
The race starts and finishes by the Layer Marney Tower, described on Wikipedia as the 'apotheosis of the Tudor gatehouse'.
The terrain was a bit of everything - some proper mud, massive puddles, grass, gravel & a few short bits of road. And hills, of course. Trail races are rarely flat. The marathon course is two laps the HM, which presents the considerable psychological challenge of crossing the finish line, watching other runners getting their medals, and then heading out for another two hours plus.
As soon as I started I could feel yesterday's effort in my legs - the uphills were a real struggle. It was going to be a tough day in the office. I had slowed down by the middle of the race, but I just had to accept that that was how things were. And once I stopped worrying about my pace the miles started to pass more quickly. And then I started to feel stronger again. And began to overtake a few people. I enjoyed the second half of the race much more than the first even the the conditions were tougher - the wind was brutal at times, the rain came in and the trails were getting more churned up.
I finished in 4.31.55, 9th overall & 3rd woman out of 38 finishers (I had been 15th/4th at halfway). That's a time I'm very pleased with for a tough, muddy, hilly marathon with not much training and Claybury Park in my legs. I can still do it.
The medal is massive - way bigger than the ones the HM runners got. Worth going round again for. And for only the third time ever in all the many races I've done - a women's fit T shirt. Well played, Hare & Tortoise.
Eindhoven Marathon - Sunday 13th October 2019
Mike's Eindhoven Marathon Weekend Report.
This was my 4th year running the Eindhoven Marathon and this year I was accompanied by Mr Kirk Johnson. We flew out very early on the Saturday Morning and had arrived at the hotel by around 10.00am. As the Manageress and some of the staff know me by now, we were allowed to check in to our room straight away instead of waiting until 3.00pm. We had the remainder of the day to collect our race numbers, eat and then try to get some rest. After a mostly sleepless night, (do not ask). we rose and had a hearty breakfast. The forecast for the race day was a sunny 22c so it was definitely a vest and not tee shirt weather. We left the hotel at around 8 minutes before the start of the race - Kirk in a panic as he did not realise that the start was 2 minutes around the corner! (Where have you been - you know the start time!) We wished each other Luck and went to our start pens. I began at a fairly relaxed pace, but very early on started to cough up phlegm. I had a chesty cold and cough after a week and a half and it still had not gone away. (I tried cough sweets, medicine, paracetamol in the days before)! At 5k I was feeling uncomfortable and aching and at 10k I was very fatigued. It was not a case of starting off too fast because even if I had, it would not have affected my body so badly at only 5k and 10k distance. It then went through my mind - do I stop and pull out now and save myself from the physical suffering later on? No, I cannot give up, I must carry on and see how I feel at half way. Another runner approached me and asked if I was ok, after another coughing episode. I said I'm fine and carried on. At half way I was feeling absolutely shattered and would have gladly stopped there and then! However I said to myself, you have already run half, try and keep going for another 13 or so miles. At this stage I was determined to finish just to collect a medal and record a time, even if it was 5 or 6 hours! Somehow I managed to keep to a very slow jog (and I mean SLOW) and did not walk except briefly a couple of times at water stations. The aching pains in my legs were almost unbearable and counting down from 21k - well it felt like an eternity. I was disappointed when the pacemakers overtook me (what would have happened if I had started with the pacemakers? - I don't think it would have made much difference on Sunday). After much sweat and toil I made it to the town centre where the crowds gather with around a mile to the finish and start calling out your name, for encouragement. I crossed the finish line in sub 4.20 still in disbelief at what had happened. I then collected my medal and went to get it engraved. If it had been a smaller Marathon event in England, say Halstead or similar, then I would have pulled out half way. But I could not let myself down and give up in Eindhoven! I had googled running with colds and it said it's fine if the cold is above the shoulders, but not if it is on the chest. In hindsight I probably should not have run. I walked back to the Hotel and eventually Kirk returned. He was completely shattered as well and suffered badly with the heat. It did not affect me too much - it was hotter in Eindhoven last year. Kirk was pleased with his time, as he had targeted 5.15 and we later found his chip time to be 5.22.
Monday morning we came down from breakfast. The girl in reception handed me my finish certificate that they had printed out - amazing! Kirk then asked for one, so they printed his out as well. As our flight back to Stansted was late (9.00pm) the Manageress let us keep our room until we went home in the evening. We spent the afternoon taking a 20 minute bus ride to Nuenen, which is a small picturesque village where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a couple of years. Although the museum was closed on a Monday, we were able to walk around a part of the Van Gogh trail. This involved boards and listening posts in the streets. We saw some of the sights, including the small church that Van Gogh painted where his father was parson of the church. Also the house that he painted where his parents lived. We returned to the hotel room to listen to 'Vincent' by Don McLean! A nice end to a weekend away, even though the race was a big let down for me. Finally, as the noted Mr Johnson - a man of wise words - remarked; " you did your best on the day and that's enough! Here's Looking forward as always to the next one!
Eindhoven Jumbo 10km - Sunday 13th October 2019
Run The River 10km, Edmonton - Sunday 13th October 2019
Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 13th October 2019
Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 13th October 2019
Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 13th October 2019
|Jimmy Dale||1.30.04 pb||262nd|
|Damon Lerner||2.14.37 pb||8556th|
Anna Dingle: Royal Parks Half completed. Really enjoyed this half despite the very muddy conditions in the event village. Lots of twists and turns but I like running in Hyde Park so I enjoyed that very much. Fortunately the rain held off too. Super chuffed with my time today. I have not had the best of running year's this year for a multitude of reasons. I set myself a target of 2hrs 30 mins today after running Bristol Half a month ago. Surprised myself to finish in 2.23:48. I am over the moon. Still a fair way off my best but it's progress and I ran all the way.
My favourite sign of the day at 5km was 'Kipchoge is already in the pub!' And thank you Jimmy Dale for meeting up in the morning. It was nice to chat and dust off the pre race nerves.
Bank Of America Chicago Marathon - Sunday 13th October 2019
|Jose Rodriguez||2.45.35 pb||547th|
|Lance Fuller||4.08.43 debut||17205th|
|Roselin Boramakot||4.27.13 pb||24397th|
Ciaran Canavan - A day that deserves a race report.
Chicago 2019 was always going to be different. My injury woes for the last 18 months have been stubborn, ongoing, recurrent, persistent and non resolving. Plantar Fasciitis that required physio, an air boot, offloading on crutches, shockwave therapy, cortisone injections, surgery and more physio. At the start of May I was staring down the barrel of the gun in the aftermath of the surgery and I honestly believed the chance of lining up at the starting line of the Chicago marathon today was somewhere between zero and none!
Then came August, and I had just started running, so I decided to embark on a 9 week "nought" to "marathon" plan. I was realistic that this was little less from perfect, but this my reality and so times were second to my primary goal. Chicago would mark my 6th Marathon Major, and I'd achieve the accolade of joining the illustrious six star marathon majors finishers club. Yet 6 days into this 9 week plan my life turned upside down through a dramatic and unexpected twist, being the sudden loss of my mum. My rose tinted Chicago Marathon glasses turned a very dark grey, and the world as I knew it crumbled apart.
So, my 9 week plan turned to 6, and thereafter Chicago here I come. I somehow managed to get from Naught to 35k in training, but no smart training in the form of hill, speedwork, fartkek or tempo. As I lined up today in pen A, I felt like a fraud, like I was chancing my arm, and that I didn't belong in the corral I had been assigned. But here I was, and this was my day to shine.
I've been on this 6 star finishers challenge since I completed the London marathon for the first time in 2009 (when it was just 5 Stars), and it accelerated thereafter when I ran New York, Berlin and Tokyo in 2013, 2014 and 2017. Now I had only Boston and Chicago to go. Entry for these a breeze, as I had guaranteed time entry, so I planed these for 2018, and 2019.
Those who recall, Boston was horrendous weather wise in 2018, and thereafter my injuries exploded, bringing me back to the start of this report.
For today, Sub 3.30 was my "A" goal. 3.30 to 4 hours was my "B" goal, and a walking finish in under 6.5 hours was my "C" goal. To my surprise, I managed keep on target of the sub 3.30 pace up to 30k, but thereafter the lack of base training, speedwork and endurance training raised its ugly head. Things began hurting, and hurting bad. My plan was to reach 40k and to walk the last 2.2k. That didn't work. I got to 38k and I gave in. Time to walk. Then I got a shout from behind, "come on London" 6 stars, Congratulations, and about my 100th fist pump of the day, as I had a bib on my back declaring to the world my 6 Star goal for today. And so I began to run again. SLOW, sore, reminiscing, sobbing, asking mum to help me. These 4K were a painful challenge both mentally and phyically. I continued to get slower, though not as slow as walking and I crossed the line in 3.35.36. An aggregate 6 World Marathon Majors time of just under 18 hours and 6 minutes. Average marathon time across the majors, 3:01. I'm sore, I'm gobsmacked at what I achieved today, and I'm elated with my World Marathon Majors achievement. In the face of adversity I did as best as I could today, and I was pretty chuffed with that. Oh, and the bragging rights with my 6 finishers medal is pretty cool stuff.
One last thought, as I lined up at the start of corral A today someone I was chatting too suggested I needed a new challenge now, before continuing to tell me how they had just completed "Comrades" this year. Hm, I thought to myself, I've never been to South Africa. But please don't hold me to this though! Next on the agenda is a little more recovery.
Jose : Chicago marathon race report:(sorry a bit long..)
Chicago was my 7th marathon and my 3rd major! I did not manage to follow any training plans and my overall weekly mileage didn't increased as I wanted due to work, holidays,etc but the positive is that I still manage to avoid injuries.
My main problem during the marathons is always the cramps and I've been trying to find the cause. I sweat a lot and loose lots of salts and I believe that's the main reason, together with the relative low weekly mileage.
I didn't manage to sort out the second so for this race I was ready to take more salt tablets!.
I met Ciaran and Lance at the expo on Friday where Ciaran had to take a group photo for completing the 6th major marathon.
Saturday morning went for a run that turned out a bit longer than desire as I got a bit lost, but I took it easy. I got a bit shock with the temperature drop..3C, and windy...a little bit of panic regarding possible finish time but mostly what to wear...
Went to the centre for a bit of tourism, buy a warmer jacket and met Ciaran and Lance for lunch/dinner at an Italian restaurant...I end up going back to the apartment with a sore throat due to the cold and wind(hate that combination)...and I started taking cold tablets(something that I hate specially before races). I did not sleep much blowing my nose for the whole night +nerves...woke up had my porridge and head to the train.
Not as many people as in London, where the trains are packet with runners, and few people with mental health issues causing trouble in the train (very common here I found....), I arrive to Grant Park for the race. From here, bag drop, toilet visit, a little warm up...all nice and easy.(the scanned you with metal detectors for fear to terrorism). I was in wave 1, A which is after the disable and elite runners. I took me few km to feel comfortable the the pace ( impossible to take as GPS doesn't work well in between the big buildings, tunnels...then I found myself with a nice group of runners. I realized we were going a bit too fast (3:45 average), but I was feeling comfortable and decided to forget about perfect race with negative splits and stay with them thinking that if cramps start at the end (as in every marathon I run),I will have some extra Min. I made sure that I was taking my salt tablets and drinking in nearly every water station as is all in paper cups and I end up spilling gatored in my own face few times.if you mix that with the salt accumulating in my face...I end up having something similar to a expoliating mask .Around km 35 again my legs started wanting to cramp but I manage to keep it under control slowing down a bit the pace. I was shock to see so many women still running around me at that pace( women here are very fast!!). Then at just 1 km from the finish line my right quad started cramping and made me stop, twice, not for long and with some stretching it allow me to run again. I arrive to the 400m to go mark and looking at my watch I realized I will have to do the last 400m in 1 min...so it did not happen, but I'm very happy with my 2:45:35 and nearly 6 Min PB again...so I can not feel disappointed because.. that's the best I've ever done.
Now relax few days in Canada visiting friends.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th October 2019
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.00* debut & 50th different||11th 65.25% Greenwich|
|Peter Hatley||21.31* debut||13th 65.92% Concord, Sheffield|
|Annette Clark||31.04* debut||125th 52.68% Morecambe Prom|
|Janet Bywater||25.17* debut||111th 69.74% Warwick Racecourse|
|Steven Bywater||26.18* debut||133rd 57.92% Warwick Racecourse|
|Stuart Barton||24.42 debut||4th 59.72% Des Moines Creek|
|Chris Green||23.24 debut||48th 58.76% Ally Pally|
|Martin Quinlan||23.53 (course pb)||109th 60.29% Southwark|
|Mark Moir||19.05 debut||7th 67.60% Victoria Dock|
|John Henry||18.46 debut||6th 72.74% Brockwell, Herne Hill|
|Shaun DeSena||33.47 debut||188th 38.48% Newark|
|Morag Campbell||40.53 debut||101st 40.03% Lyme Park|
|Siobhan OShea||31.18 debut||275th 51.22% Leamington|
|Jocelyn Summers||28.33||206th 61.00% Mile End|
|Paul Marshall||24.05||44th 54.74% Lancaster|
|Fiona Day||27.54 (249th parkrun)||280th 70.55% Clapham Common|
|Fiona Critchley||24.06||46th 72.27% Great Notley|
|Stephen Swan||22.45||48th 57.36% Kesgrave|
|Amit Marks||20.25||16th 67.84% Raphael|
|Andy Bolderstone||26.48||56th 52.92% Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||37.41||147th 38.21% Gunpowder|
|Patrick Brown||17.30 (1st man)||1st 74.95% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||21.18||9th 69.25% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||28.24 (course pb)||57th 55.52% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||16.51 (1st man)||1st 78.24% Hackney|
|Paul Quinton||17.28||2nd 77.58% Hackney|
|Tom Howourth||19.42||15th 65.57% Hackney|
|Richard Guest||22.23||76th 63.81% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||23.21||101st 57.60% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.36||136th 60.16% Hackney|
|Med Dahbi||19.44 (course pb)||2nd 75.34% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||20.21||3rd 63.39% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.08||4th 69.24% Valentines|
|Mounir Dahbi||21.46 (course pb)||9th 61.79% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.56||12th 68.92% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||25.02||37th 58.92% Valentines|
|David Taylor||25.22||40th 63.21% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.37||42nd 60.05% Valentines|
|Gail Edwards||26.00||46th 58.21% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.12||54th 52.48% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||26.23 (250th parkrun)||55th 57.61% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.23||56th 55.02% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||26.25||58th 77.92% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.03||66th 57.30% Valentines|
|Veronica Carrasco||28.12||83rd 52.48% Valentines|
|Joanna Qiu||39.11||162nd 43.30% Valentines|
|Tom Marshall||19.14||3rd 69.41% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||20.37||8th 64.35% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.16||36th 64.68% Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||24.09||44th 58.25% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||24.22||46th 53.35% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.15||77th 63.87% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.02||87th 60.54% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||29.01||120th 51.01% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||29.03||121st 50.77% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.48||162nd 57.70% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||31.55||164th 51.28% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||33.00||171st 49.60% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||38.11 (with Alma)||205th 34.84% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||38.12||206th 41.97% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||53.17||230th 30.72% Wanstead|
|Angela May||53.19 (tailwalker)||231st 28.38% Wanstead|
|Ivan Gwynn||21.31||49th 67.47% Chelmsford Central|
Morag : Did Lyme Park parkrun in Cheshire, itâ€™s a beautiful course but
VERY hilly! I started walking not even 100 m in as it starts you have to run up
a steep hill, my slowest parkrun ever but so good after a tough few days to just
concentrate on where to put my feet and not fall!
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 12th October 2019
Met League series - Event 1 Claybury Park - Saturday 12th October 2019
|Sarah Burns||42.08||146th guest|
|Maud Hodson||42.21||150th wgel|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||47.54||192nd wgel|
|Calvin Bobin||36.53||298th guest|
|Gareth Davies||39.39||356th guest|
|Alex Jameson||44.27||417th guest|
Maud: You wouldn't necessarily think of running up and down hills
in the rain and the mud as a joyful occasion, but this afternoon I really
felt that it was.
I ran for the first time in the Met League, representing my new 2nd claim
club, Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies.
Until this season this was one of those events where the women's race was
shorter than the menâ€™s. The member clubs voted to equalise the races for
a trial season, and as we stood on the start and the race director told
us that we would be running three laps, a cheer went up.
Just like at the Essex champs back in January, it is such a pleasure to
take part in events which have made the switch to equality.
Autumn 100 (Centurion) - Saturday 12th October 2019
|Richard Kimmens||22.02.10||42nd (16.31 average)|
Earth, Sea & Fire Triathlon, Dubrovnik (Olympic Distance) - Saturday 12th October 2019
|Ava Lee||2.23.33||12th, 1st woman|
Run Through Chase The Moon 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 9th October 2019
Ironman Barcelona - Sunday 6th October 2019
|Andrew Ward||11.46.43||1674th of 2767|
T 1 8.32
T 2 9.50
Giffordtown 5km, Fife - Sunday 6th October 2019
|John Henry||18.07||17th of 144|
MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 6th October 2019
|Scott McMillan||3.01.55 pb||155th|
SPLITS SCOTT 10K 42.24 20K 1.24.54/42.30 30K 2.07.41/42.46 40K 2.52.07/44.26
SPLITS Lawrence 10k 52.53 20k 1.44.56/52.03 30k 2.37.51/52.54 40k 3.27.00/59.08
Scott McMillan: Chester Marathon: 3:01:55, a PB by well over 5 minutes and a
â€œGood For Ageâ€ time. Was on for sub 3 hours at 20 miles, but the last 10k was hard, hilly,
windy and rainy - Iâ€™m really happy to have hung on for this time.
You can see from the splits where they put the hills on this course (and, today, the wind
and the rain!). Very happy to be taking a big PB home with me.
Lawrence: Very happy to achieve a 3:51:13 debut time wearing ELR top & in memory
of my recently departed auntie Helen. Sadly couldn't find Scott at start, but did see him
flying in the opposite direction at the turnaround.
He did an amazing time on a TOUGH course. Donato's 3:08 was also outstanding
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon - Sunday 6th October 2019
Halfway: Arthur 2.10.45 , Alexandra 2.15.11
Loch Ness marathon race report (I don't know how to make them short):
So so much relief, The preparation for this marathon has been more than sub-optimal, Having lost a lot of my running form after Manchester (still no real idea why), I continued running as frequently as I could but with only a few runs over 14-15 miles only a part from Spitfire and the Essex way relay, Adding the lack of sleep of the 3 last weeks and having been sick with food poisoning last week (starting to be an Autumn marathon tradition), this could only go wrong ,Despite coach Grant repeating me that I will be OK!
I had no expectations about a time, I was merely hoping I could finish, I kept avoiding thinking about it, focusing on the fact that I would be in lovely Scotland and that this in itself would be fantastic,
Start of the race, my friend Diarmuid from Ilford and I met Arthur at 7.00am to take a bus to the end of the Loch Ness, gorgeous drive, but got in idea of the elevation . We arrived at 8.45am , it was terribly windy and rainy up there with no shelter, The queue to the loos was so insane that I only manage to reach it at 9.57am for a start at 10.00am (they seemed to have been overwhelmed by the increased number of runners), running to the start, I just managed to find Arthur for a selfie start.
We started together, trying to make sure that we wouldn't go too fast from the start which was tempting with all the long downhills and sharp uphills , Not too give too many details, but my stomach was starting to behave badly at around mile 6 and I knew I would have to stop soon, Arthur was already going a bit too fast for me so I let him go' After a toilet stop, I felt better but I was only mile 9 and so anxious that I would break at some points After mile 10, the route was a bit flatter and I kept steady' I did the half in 2h13, I knew that the second part was more hilly and that I would slow down
The landscape was absolutely stunning, the weather got better and better as we were running and twice, I could hear the waves on the border of the lake, I closed my eyes and tried to calm my anxiety.
Mile 16: 10 miles to go, I was starting to be more confident , Just a Sunday social to go,Then, mile 19, sharp pain in my quadriceps, almost like I had something moving under my muscle, never felt something like that, could it be an injury? no,no,no, can't be an injury that's it , I will have to give up and DNF my first marathon, no, no, this can't be I am massaging it on the side of the road and it seems to have gone away I am restarting, it feels ok, catching up with 3 German runners who passed me earlier, there are so many nationalities around, apparently 45 in total this year Mile 20, 21 , not long to go, my pace is getting slower and slower but still reasonable, under 5 hours which wouldn't be too bad, really !
Then, stomach pain again really, this is getting ridiculous, Another stop, get it together ,so many voices in my head, but I see a lot of people struggling even more than I do, mostly young people You need a lot of life experience to be able to handle the pain and the doubts of a marathon.
But, I am getting there 'miles after miles, the sharp pain again mile 24, I massage it while running, now pretty sure it's just a cramp' It goes away again and finally, it's there: Mile 25 , we are on the other side of the river I can see the other runners on the other side of the bridge, trying to see if Arthur is among them' the cramp comes back just before the bridge, last walk, oh what's that restaurant? Could be nice for tonight, totally random thoughts! Finally, the last 500 yards, a row of spectators encouraging the runners, shouting my name as they see it on my vest and I see the finish line as the speaker mentions ELR. As you can see on the picture, I felt a huge relief and joy to finish my 5th marathon in 2 years in 4h49 mins which felt greatâ€¦
The next 30 mins were all of a blur, got my unisex t-shirt , my medal, my goody bag, then stopped and cried for 10 mins , completely lost till someone picked me up and brought me to the food place Diarmuid and Arthur found me there and it was joy all over again.
Despite, the loos issues at the start, I would recommend this marathon to anyone who want to run an absolutely gorgeous course and is not ready yet for a trail one, It was extremely well organised and everyone has been extremely friendly and supportive. I will come back one day, better prepared
I guess at least I can say I did my long run for the Beachy Head marathon in
Wimpole Estate Half Marathon - Sunday 6th October 2019
A quite hilly off road route and I managed about 1 1/2 mins quicker
than last year despite a lot more mud & wet conditions.
Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10km - Sunday 6th October 2019
Southend 10km Classic inc Essex Championships - Sunday 6th October 2019
|Samir Younsi||49.59 pb||440th|
Royal Borough of Kingston Half - Sunday 6th October 2019
Cadiz XC League, Spain (8.5k approx) - Sunday 6th October 2019
|Antonio Martin Romero||1st|
Today was time to do something completely different to the type of races
I have been done recently, taking part in the first fixture of the XC league
in Cadiz. Berlin is already forgotten, and with my eyes on the Seville
Marathon in February, it was a good change to test if my legs were recovered
from the marathon training, with a very good level of athletes and an great
course. In the end, first overall, with the first 5K at 3:27/km and doing the
last 3.5K at 3:17/km. I felt very good today, but nothing like running at home
with friends from all the clubs.
Now time to recover some speed lost during the marathon training.
Livingstone XC (3.7km) - Saturday 5th October 2019
Saltmarsh 75m (Relay team) Spice Girls - Saturday 5th October 2019
|Sarah Burns||1.52.00||18.64km (strava)|
|Paula Bedford||2.15.00||24.58km (strava)|
The Spice Girls with Sonya Hurtado & Minna Orsimo 1st team , 4th overall in 8.28.40
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 5th October 2019
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th October 2019
|Janet Bywater||24.57* debut||40th 70.67% Armley|
|Caroline Frith||21.52* debut||58th 70.88% Princes,Liverpool|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||31.34* debut||242nd 48.73% Inverness|
|Patrick Brown||18.04* debut & 250th||4th 72.60% Northala Fields|
|Victoria Charlesworth||29.45* debut||205th 54.45% Penrith|
|Nick Hoult||30.16* debut||160th - 46.86% Blackpool|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.45* debut||49th 44.42% Nidda, Germany|
|Catriona Hoult||25.19* debut||61st - 62.15% Walmer & Deal Seafront|
|Katherine Harris||24.09* debut (249th parkrun)||21st 62.94% Amager Strandpark|
|Andrew Howard||23.10* debut||31st 68.06% Littlehampton Prom|
|Stuart Barton||29.08 debut||106th 50.23% Crissy Field|
|Jakub Czeczotka||21.15||60th -- 63.29% Hackney|
|Joanna Neville||27.07 debut||250th - 55.81% Fulham Palace|
|Kathy Morrissey||32.38 debut||254th 50.15% Colchester Castle|
|Samir Younsi||23.15 debut||11th 61.00% Beckton|
|John Booth||18.01 debut||15th 75.21% Dulwich|
|Andy Bolderstone||26.32||53rd 53.45% Pymmes|
|Martin Quinlan||24.10||132nd - 59.59% Southwark|
|Lauren Kelly||23.23||26th 63.36% Roding Valley|
|Stuart Kelly||23.24||27th 56.34% Roding Valley|
|Adam Stanley||24.38||38th - 55.01% Roding Valley|
|Mary Connolly||25.48||39th 71.12% Barking|
|Mark Moir||19.23||20th 66.55% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.57||33rd 65.41% Mile End|
|Jocelyn Summers||29.47||339th 58.48% Mile End|
|Marc Akers||36.19||157th 39.65% Gunpowder|
|Thomas Grimes||18.59||3rd 71.38% Sunny Hill|
|Paul Marshall||26.51||84th 49.10% Morecambe Prom|
|Andrew Baxter||20.52||10th 70.69% Walthamstow|
|Daniel ODonoghue||21.04 debut||11th 61.71% Walthamstow|
|Emily Clarke||21.40 (1st lady)||14th 69.00% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.48||61st 56.84% Walthamstow|
|Anne-Marie Kennedy||26.50 (course pb)||62nd 56.65% Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||19.28||2nd 66.27% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.56 (1st lady)||10th 83.20% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.57||11th 69.85% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||22.41||16th 62.53% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.55||18th 59.56% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.39||29th 63.92% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||24.52||44th 59.32% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.48||64th 59.63% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.28||70th 51.95% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.33||71st 54.68% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.48||74th 57.84% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||29.34||126th 51.18% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||32.31||162nd 53.05% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.09||181st 42.85% Valentines|
|Tom Marshall||19.26||8th 68.70% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.30||48th 66.89% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.49||56th 70.27% Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||22.53||57th 61.47% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||23.35||74th 59.65% Wanstead|
|Liesbeth Allart||29.00||161st 52.18% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.26||177th 51.76% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||29.28||178th 61.43% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.28||179th 66.80% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||30.42||194th 53.31% Wanstead|
|Angela May||30.48||197th 49.13% Wanstead|
|Isabella Allan||31.34 (course pb)||205th 46.88% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.46||207th 57.76% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.44||224th 48.98% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.44||225th 50.00% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||33.00||228th 53.43% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.06||229th 49.45% Wanstead|
|Sallyann Eyles||33.54 (course pb)||234th 48.28% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||34.38||244th 47.26% Wanstead|
Chingford League - Event 1 Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycling Centre - Tuesday 1st October 2019
|Eleanor Wilkinson||21.52||10th - 15pts|
|Caroline Frith||22.15||15th - 5th|
|Becky Evans||22.43||23rd - 9pts|
|Lauren Kelly||24.06||35th - 2pts|
|Chloe Millan||24.06||36th - 1pts|
|Fiona Day||28.21||89th - 7pts|
|Euan Brown||16.40||1st - 20pts|
|Patrick Brown||17.14||4th - 17pts|
|Billy Rayner||19.16||33rd - 3pts|
|Calvin Bobin||21.34||68th - 9pts|
Team scores: Men A Team 3rd , B Team 3rd, Vets 5th,,Ladies A Team 4th, Vets 4th
Mike Reports. A total of 38 East London Runners' gathered at the top of Hog Hill, for the first of two Chingford League races around Redbridge Cycling Centre track. In driving rain and strong head wind conditions, the runners produced some fine performances around a very challenging hilly course. The Brown Brothers lead the club home in style in the Men's race; Euan finishing in 1st place with a time of 16.40, followed by Patrick whose time of 17.14 saw him take 4th place. Billy Rayner was 33rd in a time of 19.16. In the Women's competition, Ellie Wilkinson was first back for the club in 21.52 which was good enough for a top ten finish; closely followed by Caroline Frith in 15th (22.15) and Becky Evans in 23rd (22.43). There were a lot of other very good individual times recorded, with some runners making their Chingford League debuts. Thanks to everyone who ran today, just two days after the Valentines Park 5k and also to Frank who turned up to support and take photographs on a dismal evening.
Jacob Reports. As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have a new ELR Winter League competition, based on both participation and performance. Here are the rankings after the first Chingford League race. Since there has only been one race so far, everyone has a participation score of 100%, so it is essentially an age-graded performance ranking at the moment. Things will get more interesting after the next race.
ELR Winter League Rankings After 1 Event.
*Name - Part. Perf. Score*
1. Becky Evans - 100 131 112
2. Caroline Frith - 100 121 108
3. Fiona Day - 100 119 108
4. Ellie Wilkinson - 100 118 107
5. Maud Hodson - 100 114 106
6= Lauren Kelly - 100 107 103
6= Chloe Millan - 100 107 103
8. Kasia Stachowiak - 100 106 103
9. Katie Whitton - 100 105 102
10. Sarah Burns - 100 103 101
11. Filipa Soares - 100 102 101
12. Claire Emery - 100 101 100
13. Cat Hoult - 100 100 100
14. Carolyn Edwards - 100 99 100
15. Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 100 91 97
16. Anna Dingle - 100 85 94
17. Maya Goodwin - 100 83 93
*Name - Part. Perf. Score*
1. Euan Brown - 100 136 115
2. Calvin Bobin - 100 132 113
3. Patrick Brown - 100 132 113
4. Warren Ibrahim - 100 124 110
5. Billy Rayner - 100 118 107
6. Jacob Stevens - 100 116 106
7. Peter Hatley - 100 112 105
8. Michael Wilson - 100 111 104
9. Nick Clarke - 100 110 104
10. Mark Moir - 100 109 104
11. Lance Fuller - 100 109 104
12. Andrew Howard - 100 106 102
13. Ciaran Canavan - 100 104 102
14. Emmet Fitzgibbon - 100 102 101
15. Karan Gadhia - 100 101 101
16. Ford Cadiogan - 100 100 100
17. Mounir Dahbi - 100 99 100
18. Alex Jameson - 100 97 99
19. Arthur Diaz - 100 94 98
20. Cathal Lynch - 100 92 97
21. Mark Durrant - 100 89 95
**Scoring Method - Summary**
For each runner, we calculate a participation score and a performance score. The participation score is the percentage of Chingford and Sunday XC League races that the runner has taken part in. The performance score is calculated by taking the runnerâ€™s time for each race, applying a gender/age adjustment (similar to parkrun age grading) and then comparing that to the median time of all runners in the race (24:15 for this Hog Hill race); this is then averaged over the races they took part in. The overall score is a weighted average of the two scores: 60% of participation score plus 40% of performance score.
**Scoring Method - Details**
For anyone interested in the details, the scores are calculated as follows:
*Time *= Runner's race time
*CatFactor *= Conversion factor from gender/age category standard to mid-point between SM & SF standards - see below.
*AdjTime *= *Time ** *CatFactor*
*MedianTime* = Median time of all runners in race (all clubs, all categories)
*RacePerfScore *= *MedianTime */ *AdjTime ** 100
*PerfScore *= Mean *RacePerfScore *for runner over season
*PartScore *= (Number of races attended by runner) / (Total number of races) * 100
*Score *= *PerfScore ** 40% + *PartScore ** 60%
Category factors are calculated using WMA age factors and male/female 5 mile road race records (similar to the data used for parkrun age grading). The factors used for the 5y Chingford League categories are as follows:
SM 1.0676 SW 0.9404
M40 1.0076 W40 0.9017
M45 0.9690 W45 0.8630
M50 0.9304 W50 0.8156
M55 0.8917 W55 0.7674
M60 0.8531 W60 0.7192
Folkstone Half Marathon - Sunday 29th September 2019
Bishops Stortford 10m - Sunday 29th September 2019
Yes was quite brutal battling against the elements. Run mostly over
farm land so was quite exposed and very muddy. Good fun though!
Supersports 10m, International Race Series, Race 4 of 5, Korat, Thailand - Sunday 29th September 2019
Start time: 4am local time.
Elvis 8 - East London Runners Valentines Charity 5km - Sunday 29th September 2019
|Liviu Ionita||16.22/16.20 (elr pb)||2nd - scorer|
|Jose Rodriguez||17.00/16.59||6th - scorer|
|Stuart Kelly||17.46/17.43||11th - scorer|
|Scott McMillan||18.12/18.10||15th - scorer|
|Fabrizio Stefanoni||18.23/18.21||18th - scorer|
|Billy Rayner||18.37/18.34||21st - |
|James Wilson||18.43/18.37||24th - scorer|
|Robert Spread||19.06/18.59 (elvis debut)||29th - 28th|
|Daniel Lee||19.21/19.15||34th - 33rd|
|Jagbir Bassi||19.24/19.20 (elvis debut)||35th - 34th|
|Mark Moir||19.25/19.20||36th - 35th|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.26/19.18||37th - 36th|
|Med Dahbi||19.47/19.44||42nd - 40th|
|Craig Livermore||19.48/19.42||43rd - 41st|
|Jimmy Dale||19.56/19.53||46th - 44th|
|Peter Craik||19.59/19.51||48th - 46th|
|Ava Lee||20.20/20.16||51st - 2nd scorer|
|Jacob Stevens||20.30/20.21||55th - 52nd|
|Karen Levison||20.48/20.41||59th - 4th scorer|
|Scott Hemmens||21.04/20.57 (elvis debut)||67th - 63rd|
|Caroline Frith||21.41/21.36||77th - 8th scorer|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.06/22.04||84th - 75th|
|Becky Evans||22.30/22.20||87th - 10th scorer|
|Grant Conway||22.40/22.34||91st - 80th|
|Ged Browne||22.46/22.38||93rd 82nd|
|Stephen Swan||22.48/22.29||94th - 83rd|
|Angus Nicholls||23.01/22.51||101st - 89th|
|Peter Ballard||23.07/22.56||105th 92nd|
|Vinesh Kumar||23.06/23.01 (elvis debut)||104th 91st|
|Lauren Kelly||23.25/23.10||110th - 17th scorer|
|Nathaniel Dye||23.25/23.13||111th 94th|
|Rakesh Sandhu||23.26/23.10||112th 95th|
|Katie Whitton||23.39/23.28||115th - 19th scorer|
|Chloe Millan||23.45/23.26||119th - 22nd|
|Alexandra Brown||23.46/23.35||120th - 23rd|
|Samir Younsi||23.56/23.41||124th 99th|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||24.15/24.03 (elvis debut)||131st 104th|
|Lance Fuller||24.22/24.07||134th 107th|
|Maud Hodson||24.31/24.20||136th 28th|
|Michael Bamford||24.44/24.03||143rd 113th|
|Andrew Howard||24.47/24.24||144th 114th|
|Suzanne Bench||24.51/24.39||145th 31st|
|Andrea Waller||24.53/24.41||146th 32nd|
|Carolyn Edwards||25.06/24.53||152nd 36th|
|George Georgiou||25.06/24.39||153rd 117th|
|Alex Jameson||25.26/25.05||164th 123rd|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.28/25.16||166th 42nd|
|Stuart Barton||25.31/25.12||168th 126th|
|Catriona Hoult||25.41/25.28||172nd 45th|
|Sandra Preston||25.46/25.31||173rd 46th|
|Mary OBrien||26.15/25.55||179th 50th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.39/26.13||183rd 53rd|
|Mary Connolly||26.59/26.39||191st 57th|
|Caroline Moore||27.07/26.52||197th 61st|
|Helen McGuinness||27.53/27.29||210th 68th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.34/28.08||220th 72nd|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.43/28.18||222nd 74th|
|Siobhan OShea||28.55/28.30 pb||225th 76th|
|Imran Mustak||29.16/29.00 (elvis debut)||230th 150th|
|Juliet Lopez-Real||30.36/30.13 pb||241st 87th|
|Marc Akers||30.48/30.21||244th 155th|
|Alice Barrett||30.56/30.30||245th 90th|
|Angela May||32.14/31.47||253rd 97th|
|Vicky Allen||32.30/32.03||258th 100th|
|Sharon Lincoln||32.42/32.25 pb||259th 103rd|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.33/34.10||265th 161st|
|Susan Bushnell||36.07/35.36||275th 113th|
|Julie Creffield||38.34/38.16||279th 116th|
Race Awards for ELR
3rd lady : Ava Lee
1st FV50 : Karen Levison
2nd man : Liviu Ionita
Ladies Team: 1st (Ava, Karen & Caroline Frith)
Elvis teams: SCORERS
Men: Liviu, Jose Rodriquez, Stuart Kelly, Scott McMillan, Fabrizio Stefanoni and James Wilson. 2nd place
Ladies: Ava, Karen, Caroline, Becky Evans, Lauren Kelly and Katie Whitton. 1st place.
Elvis Series final placings
2nd place overall: Karen Levison
1st V50 award: Becky Evans
Ladies Team: 1st place - East London Runners.
3rd man: Liviu Ionita
Ladies: (* all 8 events)
2nd Karen Levison 1st V5O 26pts
7th Becky Evans 2nd V50 95pts
10th Katie Whitton* 129pts
12th Maud Hodson* 3rd V40 144pts
14th Andrea Waller* 5th V40 200pts
21st Catriona Hoult 7th V40 282pts
22nd Carolyn Edwards 283pts
27th Bernadett Kalmar 9th V40 344pts
28th Mary Connolly 9th V50 349pts
33rd Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera* 11th V40 409pts
35th Caroline Moore* 11th V50 422pts
38th Helen McGuinness* 13th V40 444pts
46th Diana Rexhepaj 12th V50 521pts
50th Maya Goodwin 21st V40 650pts
51st Kathy Morrissey 22nd V40 663pts
55th Alice Barrett 722pts
3rd Liviu Ionita 20pts
4th Jose Rodriquez 22pts
9th Scott McMillan 3rd V40 112pts
10th John Booth 118 pts
15th Danny Lee 5th V40 177pts
21st James Nichols 217pts
23rd Mark Moir 245pts
25th Peter Craik* 7th V40 278pts
32nd Warren Ibrahim 8th V40 324pts
34th Craig Livermore 329pts
35th Jacob Stevens* 10th V40 331pts
38th Michael Bamford* 5th V50 379pts
39th Jimmy Dale 383pts
51st Grant Conway* 8th V50 519pts
68th Stuart Barton 22nd V40 732pts
57 Ladies completed the 6 of 8 races (16 ELR) and 16 did all 8 events (5 ELR).
88 Men completed the 6 of 8 races (15 ELR) and 19 did all 8 events (4 ELR).
Elvis 8 - East London Runners Valentines Volunteers - Sunday 29th September 2019
|Frank Brownlie||Race Director|
|Maya Goodwin||Asst Race Director|
|Stuart Barton||Course Director|
|Michael Bamford||Volunteer Organiser|
|Jason Levy||Fun Run Director|
|Peter Hatley||Lead Bike, Fun run|
|Tricia ONeill||Cake Stall Organiser|
|Susan Edwards||Cake Stall|
|Sandra Hiller||Cake Stall, Marshall, Fun run|
|Don Bennett||Pre Entries Collection, Photos|
|Geoff Bench||Medical Bike|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||Medical, Marshall, Fun run|
|Lance Fuller||Sound System|
|Alexandra Brown||Course set up|
|Jay Sangha||Course set up ,Marshall, Fun run|
|Stephen Swan||Course set up|
|Arthur Diaz||Marshall, Fun Run|
|Rachel Le Roux||Marshall|
|Joanna Wood||Marshall, Fun run|
|Katherine Harris||Marshall & Fun run|
|Catriona Hoult||Fun run|
|Nick Hoult||Fun Run|
|Bernadett Kalmar||Fun Run|
|Viktor Szabadi||Fun Run|
|Alice Barrett||Fun run|
|Marc Akers||Fun run|
|Karen Levison||Fun run|
Pam Bennett & Miranda Thompson - Entries on the day
Pam Bennett also Cake Stall
Rebecca (tailwalker from val parkrun) - Fun run
Ian Liardet - marshall
BMW Berlin Marathon - Sunday 29th September 2019
|Shahib Miah Ali||3.34.20||8924th|
|Andy Bolderstone||4.45,28 (course pb)||25330th|
Shahib Ali reports: Berlin Marathon 2019 - initially dry but cloudy then gave way to a persistent light drizzle, which progressively got heavier, otherwise unblemished running conditions; no congestion of note, flat course and wide roads, so no excuses at all. 3.34:20 - on the positive course record for me and my fastest autumn marathon time. However, like the Great North Run 3 weeks ago, left with more questions than answers. In isolation happy enough with the times, amongst my fastest over HM and marathons, however, during both races could not sustain the early pace and withered towards the end. Had lots of cramps today, multiple stops to do stretches, scratching my mind for reasons. Likely a combination of setting off too fast, overestimating my fitness, lack of mileage in the legs, inadequate lifestyle behaviour in relation to diet and rest and simple not good enough on the day. I've had previous scars with marathons, which I have well and truly addressed, and in a way it's great to have more challenges to attempt to find answers to going forward. I will likely take a sabbatical from marathons, allow Samia Choudhury to train for her spring marathon, difficult with two young kids for both parents to be training, and focus myself on shorter distances and try and get certain times over those disciplines before thinking of embarking on marathons again.
Well done to all the East London Runners who took part in Elvis, Berlin, Warsaw and all the other races.
James Nichols Berlin race report (the long read...)
Marathon number ten for me and Berlin had been on the to-do list for a while so I had been looking forward to it ever since completing number nine in Rotterdam six months ago.
That race in April had been a huge personal breakthrough over the marathon distance with the seven minute personal best of 3:14 being above expectation. I had struggled in previous Autumn marathons but I now had a training plan that proved it could deliver results.
Over the summer I was a bit slow to get going with it, perhaps over concentrating on shorter distance races, but the last 6-7 weeks went swimmingly and I nailed some quality long runs so I arrived in Berlin perhaps slightly undercooked but feeling confident that I could go close to that PB.
The Saturday morning parkrun felt necessary to loosen the limbs and ease any nerves while catching up with club mates and I was we rested by race day morning, although woke up a lot earlier than planned. It was the most relaxed I had ever felt on a marathon morning and I was careful to resist many of the temptations on offer at the hotel breakfast buffet.
I met up with Carlton, Jonathan and Andy to walk the couple of miles to the start, and (for then at least) conditions felt great for running - cool and slightly spitting but a downpour was forecast for later in the morning. My start time was 10 minutes later than the gun and walking over to the pen I bumped into Shahib. I climbed the barrier as those early starters cleared the space, took my jacket off and despite expecting to be held back was able to nonchalantly stroll over the starting mat, so no time to get nervous!
I eased through the first 20k or so - perhaps too easy. Despite some frustration at other runners cutting into corners or across me to get to the magic blue "fastest route" line that was marked on to the road, I was happy enough with the start but even at that stage I didn't feel quite right. No panic though and I started to speed up slightly from 10 miles onwards for the business part of the race, getting to halfway in 1:38. This was a minute down on target but with that sub-3:14 still a possibility. They were my best miles, I passed Carlton but was struggling. It was too early to feel tired and another 80 minutes at that pace felt a long way off.
Sure enough from about mile 16 onwards my pace slowed by 20 seconds a mile, then 30 seconds a mile, then 40. I adjusted expectations - a PB was now out of the question but a very respectable 2nd fastest marathon of sub-3:20 was a possibility if I could keep the nagging doubts and increasing tiredness away and chug along at the current pace. By now the weather had turned and it was throwing it down. My race number was disintegrating and despite knowing Berlin well I wasn't taking in the sights and the crowd as I usually do at marathons. In short, I simply wasn't enjoying it.
Through 20 miles and my pace slowed further. I had nothing left and Carlton came past me this time. I started reaching for anything that would get me through and have race over and done with; There were some strange drink offerings on the refreshment stands and having avoided them all race I now sampled all sorts! At 40k, with even sub 3:20 now gone, having battled away I finally cracked and slowed to a walk only for a runner to shout at me "zwei kilometer, come on!" He was right and so immediately I resumed the slow but steady jog instead, all the way to the Brandenburg Gate (the only sight I did take in and savour) and the extra 400m (1 lap of the track! That was my distance measurement of choice throughout that painful last 5k) to the finish line.
Completed in just over 3:24. Relief rather than the sense of euphoria usually felt in the finish area, instead I was soaking and shivering and just wanted to get out of there into somewhere warm and dry. Perhaps 15 minutes of sulking until I got talking to others - known and unknown - and soon perked up. Any marathon is an achievement and I learned a lot in this one.
What went wrong? It's difficult to say for sure but the shortened training block probably did catch up with me in the end, and my form throughout the summer has generally been slightly below par. Perhaps I didn't allow enough recovery from the busy and successful spring. I don't think I've quite nailed a taper yet either, and on race day itself I might revisit my race nutrition strategy for next time.
There are positives though as well. My best time in an autumn marathon, when I have always struggled, and the fastest of the 3 majors I have done (just 3 stars left to get!). I also battled really well through adversity at the end there which I can hopefully draw upon next time in the closing stages when I hope to be more positive and less tired. Overall a great weekend, congratulations to all the other ELRs who competed and shared the experience with me.
Warsaw Marathon - Sunday 29th September 2019
Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 29th September 2019
|Joseph Gunn ||1.27.03||129th|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 28th September 2019
|Caroline Moore||28.25* debut||71st - 64.57% Gdansk, Poland|
|John Henry||18.39* debut||3rd - 72.65% Warszawa, Praga|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.34 (course pb)||67th - 60.51% Hasenheide,Germ|
|James Nichols||23.02 debut||112th - 57.24% Hasenheide, Germ|
|Kasia Stachowiak||25.34* debut||208th - 58.87% Hasenheide, Germ|
|Andy Bolderstone||27.14 debut||273rd - 52.08% Hasenheide, Germ|
|Jennifer Ansell||19.29* (1st lady)||7th - 75.96% Peckham Rye|
|Susan Bushnell||37.06 debut||310th - 53.82% Billericay |
|Andrew Howard||24.03 debut||15th - 65.56% Watermeadows|
|Stephen Taylor||27.13||198th - 53.34% Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.42||66th - 56.75% Greenwich|
|Adam Stanley||23.04||69th - 51.29% Roding Valley|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.18||35th - 57.22% Beckton |
|Daniel ODonoghue||23.43||87th - 54.81% Hampstead Heath|
|Fiona Critchley||24.15||45th - 71.82% Great Notley|
|Stephen Swan||23.36||59th - 55.30% Kesgrave|
|Nick Clarke||21.26||16th - 61.90% Sutton Park|
|Martin Quinlan||27.23||82nd - 52.59% Roundshaw Downs|
|Paul Marshall||21.36||22nd - 61.03% Morecambe Prom|
|Mark Moir||19.47||2nd - 65.21% Herrington Country Park|
|Amit Marks||20.52||24th - 66.37% Raphaels|
|Natasha Howard||25.32 (course pb)||105th - 59.92% Raphaels|
|John Booth||20.51||30th - 64.99% Victoria Dock|
|Katherine Harris||23.55||64th - 63.55% Victoria Dock|
|Patrick Brown||17.58 (1st man&249th parkrun)||1st - 73.01% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||23.56||23rd - 61.63% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||27.47||58th - 51.05% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||27.54||61st - 54.60% Walthamstow|
|Isabella Allan||30.55||86th - 47.87% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||32.46||98th - 49.95% Walthamstow|
|Med Dahbi||19.53||2nd - 74.77% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.06||10th - 69.35% Valentines|
|James Creed||21.13 (50th parkrun)||11th - 64.34% Valentines|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.17||17th - 60.36% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.44||23rd - 66.50% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.56||25th - 59.52% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.50||54th - 59.55% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.30||66th - 58.49% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||26.31||67th - 65.68% Valentines|
|Michael Bamford||26.33||68th - 56.94% Valentines|
|Stuart Barton||26.34||69th - 55.08% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||28.30||104th - 51.75% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.48||109th - 50.41% Valentines|
|Maya Goodwin||30.51||150th - 53.05% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||32.58||177th - 52.33% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||22.06||14th - 63.65% Wanstead|
|William ODonoghue||22.40||16th - 57.06% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.59||41st - 66.85% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||26.29||77th - 55.70% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.39||81st - 61.41% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.43||103rd - 58.45% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||27.44||104th - 53.37% Wanstead|
|Matthew Tagney||29.35||137th - 46.48% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.40||139th - 51.35% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||30.43||157th 53.28% Wanstead|
|Melody Nairn||30.45 (course pb)||158th - 48.13% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.48||159th - 52.06% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||30.49||160th - 63.87% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||31.27||168th - 56.07% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||32.45||188th - 49.97% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||33.06||193rd - 50.65% Wanstead|
|Chris Green||42.31 debut||251st - 32.34% Wanstead|
|Cathal Lynch||38.09||307th - 33.81% Luton Wardown|
Ragnar White Cliffs Relay - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Jacob Stevens||6 legs (39 miles)|
|Arthur Diaz||4 legs|
|Cathal Lynch||4 legs|
Ragnar White Cliffs Relay race report (21-22 Sep):
Arthur Diaz, Cathal Lynch and I, along with five other friends and colleagues, took part in this 170-mile day & night relay around the coast from North Kent to Brighton. This is the third year I've done this event, but the first time with other ELR members. The course consists of 30 legs, ranging from 3 to 9 miles. In a standard team of 10 everyone runs 3 legs each, but since we were two runners short, three people (including Arthur and Cathal) did 4 legs, and I did 6 (39 miles total).
After preparations including allocating legs, hiring a couple of minibuses (nice to have the space), and a run+pub team get-together, we were on our way to Sittingbourne on Saturday for our 11am start. The weather was perfect, and after a couple of inland legs we were running along the coastal paths of North Kent - leg 4 (my second) had some lovely scenery near Herne Bay. At Margate, the four of us in the first minibus had a couple of hours for a pub dinner while the other half of the team did their bit, and then we were back running again. By this time it was close to dusk, which meant two things: mandatory night safety gear (head torch, reflective vest etc.) and insects. Huge swarms of tiny black flies surrounded the marshes south of Sandwich: luckily they didn't bite, but I swallowed a fair few and got loads in my eyes; I wondered why the locals in the next town of Deal were giving me strange looks until I realised my face was covered with the dead critters. Soon we were looking out over the cliffs down to the port of Dover - much more attractive at night - where a little twist was to have one runner go down the steep and narrow tunnel to the Samphire Hoe nature reserve (on artificial land left over from the Channel Tunnel construction), only to have the next person run all the way back up again; thankfully I had the 'down' leg.
Ragnar White Cliffs Relay - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September 2019
Ragnar White Cliffs Relay race report (21-22 Sep):
Once we'd handed over the baton to the other half of the team again, it was time to catch some sleep at Camber. Some of us put down our sleeping bags in the marquee while others slept in the minibus; while I think we all got a little kip, it could hardly be described as a good night's sleep. For a start, it was less than 3 hours before we had to get ready to run again. My next leg - past the town of Rye where I grew up - was at 3am and a challenge (it was flat, but I think anything would be challenging at that time of night). Arthur did the one after that, which was one of the toughest - nearly 9 miles along a track, then a narrow sea wall that's awkward for running, and finally up a steep hill to Fairlight. While Cathal was running the next leg along the Hastings seafront (another long one), the rest of us had a nice view of the sunrise at Bexhill, and after a few more legs we were in Eastbourne. By this time the weather had turned, but it was only showers - much better than the continuous downpours we had last year.
The final ELR run was Arthur's extra leg up to Beachy Head - this could have turned into a much longer run for him had we not noticed on the tracking app that he'd gone the wrong way! The runners in the other minibus had the last bit over the Seven Sisters - a stunning leg which I ran last year - and then on to Brighton, so we drove ahead and had plenty of time for a proper breakfast at a lovely cafe: scrambled eggs and sausages on toast never tasted so good! We waited at the finish for our final runner to arrive, and the whole team ran the last 100m together for a group finish. The official results haven't yet been published, but we finished in about 26.5 hours, which hopefully places us in the top third.
All in all, a really good event: well-organised, with the right balance of running and logistics, long enough to be a challenge but not so demanding that you want to give up - and most importantly, suitable for a wide range of abilities due to the different leg lengths. I might organise a team again next year if there is sufficient interest, and I'd like to try their new trail relay in the Forest of Dean in June (expect a post from me about that event soon).
Results are out, we finished in 26.36.51, and came 40th team out of 109.
Arthur Diaz: Great race report Captain! You've done a tremendous effort in
not just running double legs but also organising and planning the whole team event.
Plus, driving us everywhere too when you are not running. Kudos to you mate!
Thanks again for inviting me join such an unforgettable experience.
Proud to be an ELR Ragnarian and Feet of Endurance member!
Muslim Charity 5km, Victoria Park - Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.59||2nd|
Weymouth Half Ironman 70.3 - Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Danny Wong||7.13.57||1919th of 2020.|
Our Danny Wong completed his first Half Ironman 70.3 at Weymouth today in 7 hrs 13 mins!
Incredible! Swim was cut short to 950m due to horrendous conditions!
Who's up for the next 70.3 ELR trip?
35.08 , 9.05, 3.44.49, 7.30, 2.37.27 = 7.13.57
Loire Valley 20km - Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Daniel Lee||1.23.22||70th, V2M 11th|
|Ava Lee||1.25.49||111th, V1F 1st|
Loire Valley 10km - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Llyn Alwen Trail (11.5km) - Sunday 22nd September 2019
A few pics from the Llyn Alwen Trail race I did this morning. A lovely, low-key event of around 7 miles in stunning scenery - just what I needed after a few disappointing runs recently. I thought it might be reasonably flat as it was a loop around the lake, but in fact there was over 700ft of ascent, although the panoramic views at the top of the biggest climb made it feel worthwhile. We totally lucked out with the weather too - after a warm sunny day yesterday (even in Snowdonia) it was forecast to rain all morning today, but it had stopped before we set off for the race, and didn't start again until we were back in the car (when it tipped it down). There was also a canicross race starting 10 minutes after the main race, so lots of gorgeous doggos for me to schmooze.
Simplyhealth Great East Run - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Run Through Goodwood 20m - Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Catriona Hoult||3.24.54 (course pb)||54th, 2nd V40|
Catriona reports: Nick Hoult and I got very wet and rather dizzy
this morning doing a 20 miler (8 and a bit laps) of Goodwood Motor Circuit
in the rain.
It's a long way to go, but a well-organised Run Through race and there
aren't that many 20 mile races in at this time of year. The main positives
I'm feeling now are: Nick only lapped me once, I was 13 minutes quicker
than last year and we've definitely deserved roast potatoes and apple crumble
Oh and according to Don Bennett, I was second in my age category, but that
might have been out of two, so I won't get too excited!
Scottish Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd September 2019
|Karan Gadhia||1.36.52 pb||306th|
Scottish Half - 1:36:52 pb
Really enjoyed my first trip to Scotland - did sightseeing in Edinburgh
yesterday and had a great race today!
I spent most of the race wondering where the support was (even the
marshals weren't cheering!) until I got to the finish in Musselburgh
racecourse in front of a packed stand of spectators. It's a flat course
Really happy with my time - a PB of 4:29 from the Big Half in March this
year and 11:24 quicker than the Ealing half this time last year.
Well done to everyone else who ran/swam this weekend!
Run Through Olympic Park 5km - Saturday 21st September 2019
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st September 2019
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.02* debut||13th - 58.39% Westmill|
|Joseph Gunn ||18.53* debut||6th - 68.49% Rushcliffe|
|Patrick Brown||17.47* (debut & 1st man)||1st - 73.76% Aldenham|
|Laura Kemp||24.41* debut||90th - 59.96% Fletcher Moss|
|Paul Marshall||21.22* (course pb)||27th - 61.70% Morecambe Prom|
|Maud Hodson||24.38* debut||15th - 65.76% Pont y Bala|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.15* debut||5th - 64.44% Bethlem Royal Hospita|
|James Nichols||21.06 debut||27th - 62.48% Oak Hill|
|Lawrence Foster||21.08 (course pb)||15th -- 73.34% Bognor Regis|
|Chris Green||31.09 debut||176th - 49.14% Catford|
|Richard Guest||24.19 (with buggy)||129th - 58.74% Highbury Fields|
|Joanna Neville||28.09||281st - 53.76% Gunnersbury|
|Michael Bamford||21.41||13th - 69.72% Troon|
|Fiona Critchley||24.23||48th - 71.43% Great Notley |
|Caroline Frith||21.29 (1st lady)||17th - 72.15% Roding Valley|
|Sandra Preston||25.40 (course pb)||55th - 69.61% Roding Valley |
|Mark Moir||19.43||31st - 65.43% Mile End|
|Martin Quinlan||25.00 (course pb)||184th - 57.60% Mile End|
|Jocelyn Summers||28.35||290th - 60.93% Mile End|
|John Booth||18.07||9th - 74.79% Burgess|
|John Henry||18.10 debut||10th - 74.59% Burgess|
|Daniel ODonoghue||21.52 (course pb)||17th - 59.45% Brentwood|
|Liam Dempsey||26.07||63rd - 49.78% Brentwood|
|Mark Boulton||18.38 (1st man)||1st -- 70.75% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.48||69th - 56.84% Walthamstow|
|Isabella Allan||29.55||103rd - 49.47% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.42||111th - 53.31% Walthamstow|
|Scott McMillan||17.40 (course pb)||11th - 79.62% Hackney|
|Calvin Bobin||20.36 debut||47th - 80.66% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.26||150th - 60.85% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||24.47||163rd - 54.27% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.43||251st - 55.92% Hackney|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||41.56 debut||394th - 35.29% Hackney|
|Billy Rayner||19.48||3rd - 66.25% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.28||10th - 68.17% Valentines|
|Mounir Dahbi||21.58||12th - 61.23% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.04||13th - 65.79% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.15||16th - 67.94% Valentines|
|Stuart Barton||23.39 (course pb)||31st - 61.87% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||23.51||36th - 62.12% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||24.16||44th - 60.78% Valentines|
|John Healy||24.33 (course pb)||49th - 57.77% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24.38||50th - 61.71% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||24.48||53rd - 59.68% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||25.25||61st - 59.68% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||26.07||67th - 58.90% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.27||73rd - 58.60% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.33||75th - 54.68% Valentines|
|Mary Connolly||27.22||90th - 67.05% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.55||101st - 73.73% Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||29.04||121st - 55.73% Valentines|
|Susan Bushnell||36.15 (course pb)||204th - 55.08% Valentines|
|Joanna Qiu||37.22||217th - 45.41% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.58||4th - 73.64% Wanstead|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.16||8th - 75.95% Wanstead|
|Karen Levison||21.32||23rd - 80.88% Wanstead|
|William ODonoghue||22.05||31st - 58.57% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||22.18||34th - 63.60% Wanstead|
|Becky Evans||22.26||39th - 75.63% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.39||62nd - 66.67% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.25||78th - 64.03% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.19||99th - 56.02% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.56||118th - 64.65% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.21||123rd - 62.11% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.24||168th - 62.91% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.28||171st - 54.05% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.43||173rd - 53.05% Wanstead|
|Matthew Tagney||29.04||177th - 47.31% Wanstead|
|Stuart Norris||29.43||191st - 43.41% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||30.22||203rd - 53.90% Wanstead|
|Angela May||30.24||204th - 49.78% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||30.52||210th - 47.41% Wanstead|
|Anna Dingle||31.12||214th - 50.43% Wanstead|
|Melody Nairn||31.13 (course pb)||216th - 47.41% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.51||227th - 57.61% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.24||236th - 49.49% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.25||237th - 50.49% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||42.37||294th - 38.87% Wanstead|
Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 21st September 2019
Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine 1 mile - - Saturday 21st September 2019
Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine 2 mile - - Saturday 21st September 2019
Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 15th September 2019
Jessica reports: It's all about the scenery. That has been my mantra all week. Because - other than the flat, pretty route - things weren't looking good for me and the Richmond half.
The first problem was transport. With the overground and west London tubes out of action, I struggled to find a sensible route from E11. The second thing was the 26Â°C forecast. Don't get me wrong, I love sunny days. But they're for Pimms and gardens and bbqs. Not long runs.
Thankfully, there are yins to these yangs. NO HILLS is the big one (the Richmond half advertises itself as London's flattest course). It's also absolutely friggin' beautiful. I mean proper stunning. The course goes through Kew Gardens, past the palm house and the temple. It runs along the canal tow path, by Richmond bridge and Teddington lock, through Richmond deer park, and past Ham House. That's a whole lotta pretty.
It's not always easy though. The tow paths are narrow. A stretch through woodland gave shade glorious shade - but also unstable paths. I saw a few people tumble.
I got distracted by T-shirts. At one point I found myself staring at a group wearing a logo of the soles of two shoes - one with ears to look like a cat and the other with a halo. I decided they must be fundraising for a cat rescue centre. I later found out the 'cat' was a devil and the runners belonged to 'heaven and hell running club'.
All-in-all, the Richmond half was a smaller, friendly event. It started with a shaky voice nervously asking 'GO?' to the general confusion (and then laughter) of the crowd. There weren't many pacers - and the ones I did see had an A6 card on a stick indicating their time; you had to be right on top of them to read it. The route was really well-marshalled and signposted though. So despite the heat, my lack of training and my initial grumpiness, the route was so beautiful I was quickly won round.
Like I say, this one was all about the scenery.
Richmond Marathon - Sunday 15th September 2019
Great Bristol Half Marathon - Sunday 15th September 2019
Maya reports: Bristol Half. Right, so I still loved it. But SO much slower. I was going great guns till 8 miles, but I was thirstier than the Sahara and at 8 miles I downed a bottle of water. Rookie mistake that I paid for immediately, as it sloshed about inside me making me feel sick as soon as I started running again.
So I ran walked from then on to come in at 2:38. Not the best time, but the sun shone all its Bristol Love right into me. And then I ate the best ice cream in the WORLD.
Anna reports: Bristol Half all week I had been saying I wasn't going to run and I would support Maya Goodwin, Nicky and Emma. But all week in the back of my mind there was part of me that felt that my various injuries would hold up. So on Saturday morning I packed my running stuff and decided to try and run it. I have never started a race not knowing if I would finish. I had some good advice from Louise Taylor too on run walk ratios which helped to convince me I could do it.
Bristol didn't disappoint. It's a lovely race with flat bits, ups and down. It is well supported by the folks of the city. I smiled a lot and I laughed going round and I cried as I was finishing. There was a wall of sound from supporters on the last mile which made it all the more easier. Also having my brother there to support me was a lovely thing too. He loved shouting 'come on East
London' in the way that we would all shout it!
Time wise - I had only set myself the bronze target, which was to start and see if I could finish. And I managed it! 30 mins off my best but it's progress and has given me back a little self belief.
As for Bristol, I will hopefully be back next year as you were great!
Mao 5m, Menorca - Sunday 15th September 2019
|Helen McGuinness||48.28||2nd Vet W45 - 55|
'5/10 milles Mao'. Opted for the 5 when I saw the hills!!! Did it in
48.34 official time, 48.28 chip time. Also managed to be second in my
category i.e. F 45-55. Next year I might win some cheese as the prize
for the 5 miles was 5 kg Menorca cheese but 10 kg for 10 mile winners!
It'd be really good if a few more ELRs did it and we could do the
10miles next year . It's the first time I've been here hoping for bad
weather and got it. Though it was something like 25-28 degrees still.
Harvest Trail, Royston - Sunday 15th September 2019
|Paula Bedford||1.58.43||54th, 7th lady|
Pleshey & Essex Half Marathon - Sunday 15th September 2019
Jubilee Hall Trust Run For Life Trail 5km - Saturday 14th September 2019
Season Finale Sprint Triathlon - Lake Dorney - Saturday 14th September 2019
750m swim , t1, 21.1k cycle, t2, 5k run
17.58, 3.35, 37.03, 2.01, 19.56 = 1.20.32
28th overall (of 105)
8th vet (of 46)
2nd VM45 (of 9)
2nd overall on the run leg (of 105)
For a few years I'd been thinking about trying a triathlon. The first obvious issue was that I'm far from being a good swimmer, although I can probably swim long distances without stopping, but certainly not at fast pace. So as soon as I targeted a September debut I also signed up to a set of one-to-one swimming lessons to improve technique and, ultimately, time. Everything else, I thought, was good enough for me to have a good go - apart from having to purchase a lot of gear (gosh, this sport is expensive!!!).
The choice fell onto the Dorney Lake Season Finale, organised by Human Race - a sort of RunThrough for running and non-running events. Because of the long swim leg I was reluctant to try the olympic distance, therefore I opted for the sprint: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run. Apart from making sure the bike fitted in my puny car, I didn't need any special preparation for the day - unless you consider two different outfits and footwear, towel, gels, flip flops, food, ELR top (for the photos), swimming gear, water, ....
Being my first time I had no reference point to say whether or not I was doing good: 106 started in two separate waves - kids and semi-vets (35+) - only one DNF. Proper vets (40+) were 46. During the race I gave everything I had in each leg: the swim was not as fast as I had expected it, but not as slow as my last training sessions - just OK; I was 35th vet when I made my way on the saddle. On the bike I lost the two gels I had in my back pockets and started to consider the sad prospect of getting to the end with no extra sugars. However I pushed super hard, and gained positions.
By the time I was off on my trainers I had risen to 22nd vet position, but trying to switch to what should be a familiar running exercise proved hard, after the bike my legs were confused about the right thing to do. A couple of minutes later I was running fine: my watch reassured me about pace and I closed with a nice progression to close 8th vet and overall second on the run leg, behind the overall winner - a boy of 16.
Will I do it again? Most definitely, probably a couple of times a year, and maybe try the olympic distance once my swim becomes more decent. I reckon I can gain a few minutes on swim and bike, and cut time off the transitions too (almost 6 minutes in total, only 10 did worse).
I would recommend anyone to try tri: if you can't swim, it's a good opportunity to learn (it's an amazing cross-training activity), and most events in summer don't require a wetsuit; a Halfords bike works as good as a 3 grand carbon fibre model. It can be as expensive or cheap as you're prepared to make it.
I feel I should thank Danny and Jimmy for the useful tips, and everyone else who encouraged me on the way: another good story in this great 2019. Now back to more familiar territory: the last ELVIS is just around the corner, and a good performance - not just from me - is needed to complete our year with another smile.
Essex XC 10km Series - Weald Country Park - Saturday 14th September 2019
James Nichols: Did all 5 of this series and put a consistent set
of top 10 finishes together which was enough to receive the trophy for
2nd male overall.
Nice medal when you put all 5 together! Highly recommend these races even
if you can't make the full series, they take part in a lovely set of parks
which each offer their own challenges
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th September 2019
|Joanna Neville||26.29* debut||255th - 57.14% Gunnersbury|
|John Booth||19.14* debut||7th - 70.45% - Hilly Fields|
|Andrew Howard||23.36* debut||52nd - 66.81% - Folkestone|
|Caroline Frith||22.52* debut||33rd - 67.78% - TÃ¸yen (Norway)|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.07* debut||38th - 65.64% - Isabel Trail|
|Stuart Barton||23.18 debut||56th - 62.80% - Isabel Trail|
|Katherine Harris||24.17* debut||75th - 62.59% - Isabel Trail|
|Fiona Critchley||24.34 debut||84th - 70.90% - Isabel Trail|
|Paul Marshall||21.42* course pb||23rd - 60.75% - Morecombe Prom|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.50* debut||7th - 65.69% - Las Aniolowski (Poland)|
|Fiona Day||27.51 debut||433rd - 70.68% - Clapham Common|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.34 course pb||14th - 63.45% - Pymmes|
|Marc Akers||38.00||185th - 37.59% - Gunpowder|
|Susan Bushnell||39.44||86th - 50.25% - Dartford Heath|
|Martin Quinlan||27.10||244th - 53.01% Southwark|
|Claire Emery||27.16||194th - 60.76% - Bramhall|
|Joseph Gunn ||18.40 course pb||20th - 69.29% - Hackney|
|Amit Marks||20.13 debut||61st - 68.51% - Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||21.09||85th - 75.10% - Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.13||137th - 57.14% - Hackney|
|Alex Jameson||27.53||276th - 52.48% - Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||27.59||281st - 55.81% - Hackney|
|Paul Quinton||17.07 1st man ,course pb & age cat record||1st - 79.16% - Roding Valley|
|Med Dahbi||19.31 course pb||13th - 76.17% - Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||19.59 course pb||18th - 83.15% - Roding Valley|
|Mounir Dahbi||21.25 course pb||28th - 62.80% - Roding Valley|
|Adam Stanley||24.06 course pb||62nd - 56.22% Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||28.04||132nd - 50.53% - Roding Valley|
|Scott McMillan||18.21||2nd - 76.66% - Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||19.43 course pb||7th - 65.43% - Wanstead|
|William ODonoghue||21.42||26th - 59.60% - Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.53||29th - 64.81% - Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||22.51 course pb||48th - 61.56% - Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||23.21||59th - 55.67% - Wanstead|
|Gail Edwards||24.45 course pb||84th - 61.14% - Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.38||105th - 65.41% - Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||26.00 course pb||113th - 56.73% - Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.07||117th - 62.67% - Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||26.28||129th - 59.45% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||28.38||172nd - 56.58% - Wanstead|
|Michael Keefe||30.22||202nd - 46.32% - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.59||210th - 51.75% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||32.53||236th - 55.80% - Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.19||242nd - 49.12% - Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||33.23||243rd - 52.82% - Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||34.04||249th - 48.04% - Wanstead|
|Rakesh Sandhu||24.07||27th - 61.16% - Barking|
|Mary Connolly||26.49||45th - 68.43% - Barking|
|Mary OBrien||27.15 age cat record||51st - 75.54% - Barking|
|Patrick Brown||18.07 (1st man)||1st - 72.40% - Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||19.03 course pb||5th - 72.18% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.26||57th - 66.71% - Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.59||65th - 56.45% - Walthamstow|
|John Henry||18.32 course pb||2nd - 73.11% Valentines|
|Billy Rayner||19.31||4th - 67.21% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||19.47||6th - 65.21% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.57 (1st lady)||13th - 83.13% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.27||22nd - 67.33% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.45||26th - 60.00% Valentines|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||24.15 course pb||44th - 61.03% Valentines|
|Sandra Preston||25.40||67th - 69.61% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||26.07||75th - 56.48% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.08 course pb||76th - 59.31% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.13||77th - 55.37% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||32.25||177th - 53.21% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||33.30||189th - 43.68% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||34.19||194th - 44.39% Valentines|
|Cathal Lynch||25.56||88th - 49.74% Roding Valley|
Runthrough Chase the Sun Olympic Park 5K - Wednesday 11th September 2019
|Brooke Stephenson||39.27 pb||214th|
Runthrough Chase the Sun Olympic Park 10K - Wednesday 11th September 2019
|Joseph Gunn ||38.41||14th|
Runthrough Grand Prix - Mercedes Benz World - 5K - Sunday 8th September 2019
New Forest Half Marathon - Sunday 8th September 2019
Langham 10km - Sunday 8th September 2019
Wandsworth 10km (not really 10k) - Sunday 8th September 2019
117 finishers. Course measured about 9.5k.
Bacchus Half Marathon - Sunday 8th September 2019
My second wine run! Gorgeous route, HORRID hills and lovely wine.
Great North Run Half Marathon - Sunday 8th September 2019
|Mark Moir||1.27.15 pb||596th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.35.24||1599th|
Ellie reports Awesome run up north today ! Such a great event ,
sorry not to be running in red today as we were supporting the National
Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) - we were representing at heart!
Lovely to see Shahib Ali at the start! Well done everyone X
Mark Moir The race plan came together at the #greatnorthrun
today and I did it in 1:27:15, an 80 second PB! I'm happy with the PB
and thank you to all of the runners and training partners at
#eastlondonrunners as well as my family and friends who've kept me
focussed on this race even during injury. Big shout out to @lvmoir too
on completing his first half marathon in 1:44. @ Great North Run
Jose reports: North Great Run half marathon this morning.
I wasn't expecting too much after indulging too much during the holidays
but I still manage around 2'20" Min PB in a non flat course. 10 km PB too
with 35'34". Very happy with results, doing last km in 3'16"!
And hand shake with the great Mo Farah at the end( he obviously finished
over 15 min before me)
Koblenz Marathon - Sunday 8th September 2019
New Forest Marathon - Sunday 8th September 2019
Woburn Abbey Tri - Woburner (Middle Distance) - Saturday 7th September 2019
|Jimmy Dale||6.07.27 ||44 min pb|
1.9km swim, t1, 90km cycle, t2, 21.1km run
38.31 , 5.41, 3.25.49, 3.16, 1.54.11 = 6.07.47
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 7th September 2019
|Scott McMillan||1.21.34 pb||9th|
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 7th September 2019
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 7th September 2019
Valentines parkrun - ELR takeover - Saturday 7th September 2019
|John Henry||18.35 (1st man & debut)||1st - 72.91%|
|Calvin Bobin||20.27 (course pb)||4th - 81.26%|
|Lawrence Foster||21.16 (course pb)||6th - 72.83%|
|Stuart Norris||21.55 (course pb)||12th - 58.86%|
|Shailesh Patel||22.17||15th - 67.84%|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.30 (1st lady & cpb)||17th - 66.67%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.54||24th - 59.61%|
|David Hallybone||23.52 (course pb & pacer)||40th - 58.94%|
|Gail Edwards||24.50 (course pb)||52nd - 60.94%|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.55||55th - 56.92%|
|Rakesh Sandhu||25.01 (pacer)||56th - 58.96%|
|Bilkis Achha||25.09 (course pb)||59th - 61.17%|
|Sandra Preston||25.13 debut||60th - 70.85% |
|George Georgiou||26.15||71st - 56.19%|
|John Healy||27.02 debut||90th|
|Liesbeth Allart||27.24 debut||99th - 55.23%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.42||106th - 60.53%|
|Arthur Diaz||27.43 (course pb)||107th - 53.22%|
|Steven Bywater||28.00 (pacer)||112th - 54.40%|
|Caroline Moore||28.26 (course pb)||115th - 64.54%|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||29.31||142nd - 51.27%|
|Kathy Morrissey||29.34||143rd - 55.36%|
|Maud Hodson||30.02 (pacer)||152nd - 53.94%|
|Maya Goodwin||30.03||153rd - 54.46%|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||33.04||196th - 44.25%|
|Lisa Yang||34.12 (course pb)||213th - 43.47%|
|Katherine Harris||35.04 (pacer)||224th - 43.35%|
|Susan Bushnell||36.17 debut||235th - 55.03%|
|Joanna Qiu||38.12||245th - 43.89%|
|Jason Levy||49.46 tailwaker||281st - 29.17%|
|Stuart Barton||49.48 taiwalker||282nd - 29.38%|
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Robert BATEY, Suzanne BENCH, Don BENNETT, Frank BROWNLIE, Grant CONWAY, Ed HOOKE, Sophia HOULT, Catriona HOULT, Bernadett KALMAR, Craig LIVERMORE, Juliet LOPEZ-REAL, Bella LOPEZ-REAL, Elizabeth O'DONNELL, Patricia O'NEILL, Lee RAND, Alexandra RUTISHAUSER-PERERA, Jacob STEVENS, Oliver SZABADI, Viktor F SZABADI, Anna SZABADI
parkrun - all venues (except Valentines) - Saturday 7th September 2019
|Morag Campbell||34.23* debut||33rd - 47.12% Margaret River, Australia|
|Dan Gritton||23.41* debut||14th - 60.31% Neckarau, Germany|
|Thomas Grimes||18.27* (1st man & debut)||1st - 73.44% Nobles, Douglas,IOM|
|Fiona Day||27.35 (course pb)||288th - 71.36% Finsbury|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.55 debut||53rd - 62.39% Newcastle|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.26 (course pb)||3rd - 75.30% Barking|
|Andrew Howard||23.43 debut||52nd - 66.48% Pocket|
|Paul Marshall||22.00 (course pb)||29th - 59.92% Morecambe Prom|
|Susannah McLaren||32.01 (course pb)||258th - 55.80% Colchester Castle|
|Mark Moir||19.40||7th - 65.59% Sunderland|
|Jocelyn Summers||29.31||287th - 59.01% Mile End|
|Martin Quinlan||25.09||188th - 57.26% Southwark|
|Paul Quinton||16.28 (course pb)||3rd - 82.29% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.58||156th - 59.55% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.57||196th - 57.51% Hackney|
|Patrick Brown||17.13 debut||3rd - 76.19% Roding Valley|
|Med Dahbi||19.53||14th - 74.77% Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||20.32||19th - 68.02% Roding Valley|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.29 (course pb)||32nd - 59.82% Roding Valley|
|Tom Marshall||18.48||5th - 71.01% Wanstead|
|William ODonoghue||21.40||31st - 59.69% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||22.36||52nd - 62.76% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.39||53rd - 70.79% Wanstead|
|Angela May||30.22||195th - 49.84% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||31.13||205th - 53.71% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||32.35||229th - 54.12% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||32.38||231st - 50.15% Wanstead|
|Cathal Lynch||24.57||70th - 51.70% Milano Nord|
Crown To Crown 5km, Basildon - Wednesday 4th September 2019
WG&EL Open Meeting - Tuesday 3rd September 2019
|Marc Akers||14.59||2nd, 100m|
|Maud Hodson||16.37 pb||4th, 100m|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||17.29 pb||6th, 100m|
|Calvin Bobin||11.53.50 pb||16th, 3000m|
Essex Way 2019 - Sunday 1st September 2019
|Grant Conway|| ||17-1 77th|
|Warren Ibrahim|| 1:11:23||17-2 19th|
|Regis Martin||1:11:29||17-3 22nd|
|Janet Bywater|| 1:33:15||17-4 54th|
|Paul Thompson||1:12:26||17-5 20th|
|Marc Akers||52:19||17-6 49th|
|Catriona Hoult||1.56:48||17-7 68th|
|Becky Evans||1:06||17-8 39th|
|Nick Hoult||44.30||17-9 23rd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||51.24||17-10 66th|
|Susannah McLaren|| ||18s-1 76th|
|Tricia ONeill|| ||18-1 76th|
|Jacob Stevens||1:13:25||18-2 29th|
|Michael Bamford||1:08:12||18-3 13th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||1.48.00||18-4 70th|
|Karan Gadhia||1:18:51||18-5 34th|
|Caroline Frith||42:22||18-6 20th|
|Diana Rexhepaj|| 1:56:48||18-7 69th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||1:12:25||18-8 45th|
|Helen McGuinness||59:11||18-9 61st|
|Regis Martin|| 38:58||18-10 25th|
|Gail Edwards|| 1:15:52||19-1 60th|
|Steven Bywater||1.30.16||19-2 58th|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.32.00||19-3 62nd|
|Nick Hoult||1.17.00||19-4 22nd|
|Catherine Brett||1:35:29||19-5 62nd|
|Jacob Stevens||42:14||19-6 19th|
|Robert Rayworth|| ||19-7 52nd|
|Fiona Critchley||1:09:50||19-8 47th|
|Marc Akers||59:10||19-9 59th|
|Stuart Barton||43.22||19-10 40th|
Results shown for Team-Leg Position (eg 17-1 45th)
STAGE 1 EPPING - CHIPPING ONGAR 7.5 miles 8am
STAGE 2 CHIPPING ONGAR - GOOD EASTER 9.5 miles 9am
STAGE 3 GOOD EASTER - LITTLE LEIGHS 9.5 miles 10.15am
STAGE 4 LITTLE LEIGHS - CRESSING 10.1 miles 11.30am
STAGE 5 CRESSING - GREAT TEY 9.4 miles 12.45pm
STAGE 6 GREAT TEY - WEST BERGHOLT 5.7 miles 2pm
STAGE 7 WEST BERGHOLT - DEDHAM 11.2 miles 2.40pm
STAGE 8 DEDHAM - BRADFIELD 8.0 miles 4.15pm
STAGE 9 BRADFIELD - RAMSAY 5.3 miles 5.15pm
STAGE 10 RAMSAY - HARWICH LIGHTHOUSE 5.5 miles 6pm
81 teams, 53 mixed, 18 ladies, 10 vets
ELR 1 - Team 17 - 27th mixed, 43rd overall
ELR 2 - Team 18 - 29th mixed, 45th overall
ELR 3 - Team 19 - 33rd mixed, 51st overall
Grant : Good morning. Well done to everyone with their running and racing over the weekend.
Many thanks to Jonathan and all those who were involved with the organisation, helped with driving, logistics, numbers etc etc for the Essex Way yesterday. I was delighted to see that we fielded 3 teams. It really is a great event. I had lots of fun with Tricia and Susannah on leg 1!
Thanks to Frank for doing the scoring on leg 1 and getting us back to Epping.
I will try and do all the different legs on the Essex Way over the years to come as the ones I have done have all been really enjoyable to do so far. If you havenâ€™t done it yet, itâ€™s a great event which you can run at a pace you are comfortable with.
Alexandra: It has been 2 years since I wanted to participate to the Essex Way relay. A relay race of 82 miles from Epping to Harwich
divided in 10 legs across public footpaths offering a variety of landscape across the forest, rivers, cute British villages and the seaside...
I finally did, this year and it didn't disappoint...
I managed to run 2 legs ( 10.1 + 5.2 miles) with the best running club in the world and ended the day with Fish & Chips ...
Now I need to make sure I keep my first Sundays of September free from travels for the rest of my life...I am hooked !
Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 1st September 2019
|Alice Barrett||2.26.53 pb||2001st|
At the start of July I saw that if you ran 2 races at the Bedford running festival you were eligible for a gold medal. I am partial to a medal and thought this would be my only chance of a gold, so signed up to the Saturday 5k and the half marathon on the Sunday. I planned to really train for this as it would only be my third half. This would also be my first race running solo with no supporters out there.
My social life, birthday and holidays then really got in the way of my training and summer celebrations took priority. I have then spent the last week debating whether to run or not as I wasn't feeling very confident or motivated.
I was up at 6am to drive to Bedford to complete the 5k yesterday. When my alarm went off I admired Stuart for doing this weekly for a parkrun. I took the 5k at a steady pace and took in the beautiful views, at the end I struggled and became extremely nervous for today.
I hardly slept and was very tempted to drop out this morning due to my nerves and make believe injuries. I got myself to the start line and was greeted by some East End Road Runners, they asked if I wanted to walk up to their 1 hour and a half wave with them but as I realised I would be an hour slower I politely declined. Seeing a local vest gave me the boost I needed.
The first 7 miles were actually enjoyable, with a flat course and lovely weather. The other runners were so friendly. After 7 miles I started to struggle so for the first time ever I tried a gel, it was supposed to be vanilla cupcake flavour but I don't believe the person who made it had ever tried a vanilla cup cake.
I made it to 10 miles and knew I just needed to complete a park run distance and was feeling ok. The aim was just to finish but I looked at my watch and was surprised I was running faster the normal. When I got to 11.5 miles I felt very lonely and as it was the furthest part away from the running festival the support was minimal, one runner asked me how I was doing and if I was a professional as I had a club top on? I explained I was most definitely not a pro and signed up for 2 races all for a stupid medal, after chatting and running to 12 miles he pointed out I could get a PB, he offered to pace me as long as I got him a pint at the end which seemed a very good deal to me.
I really pushed the last mile and managed my PB as well as my gold medal. Although it was a challenge running with no familiar faces I am over the moon that I did and highly recommend the course.
Switzerland Marathon Light (Half) - Sunday 1st September 2019
Switzerland Marathon Light (half a marathon!)
Damn what a beautiful race! It had everything, except the bling, where was the bling?!
Beautiful mountains, lakes, buzzing atmosphere with some great people coming out to
cheer. The most deafening sound of cow bells through one section too. 2 hours zoomed
by so quickly, I never wanted a race to last longer than I did this much today! Pleased
with my time given my photo stops, crocked knee, walking breaks and little hills!
Sorry I didn't get a snap in my vest!
ITU World Triathlon Championships, Lausanne, Switzerland - Sunday 1st September 2019
|Ava Lee||2.38.57||33rd of 98|
|Sarah Burns||2.52.13||58th of 98|
Standard distance 1500m swim, t1, 40k cycle, t2, 10k run =
Ava - 33.41 , 2.43, 1.15.27, 2.00, 45.04 = 2.38.57
Sarah - 33.26, 3.06, 1.15.21, 2.37, 57.41 = 2.52.13
Sarah : Great day's racing with friends, fellow countrywomen/men and the
rest of the world. Time to lay off the running until the foots better but
it got me round today. As Team USA would say AWESOME!
South Cheshire 20m - Sunday 1st September 2019
South Cheshire 20 - 2:28:43. Good prep for Berlin, route passing through a
set of villages on country roads with a fair few hills thrown in.
Nice local running clubs vibe to it and a decent goody bag provided at the end
Takeley 10km - Sunday 1st September 2019
Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 1st September 2019
Thank you Steve Bywater for giving me your place in the Race Organiser Summer Series 10k in Regents Park!
I met Jayne Browne and Andrea Waller at 8am to travel in together.
'So is it two or three laps?'
'It was three last time we did it'
'Yeah, me too. Did you see the camels?'
'Er. No. There aren't camels in Hyde Park'
Wait. WHAT?? And now we are underground Frantic Googling at every tube stop showed there were two identical races today, in two different parks! A selfie on the tube and we split at Holborn.
I ran this race back in 2014 with Jo Bull and I hated it. Today I wasn't feeling it. But meeting Victoria Charlesworth before the start cheered us both up (despite our gloomy State of the Nation discussion walking to the start line)
Three laps looping round the park, a couple of nice Downs, and the corresponding Ups were gentle, which was nice. Joyful marshals and camels to look at as you ran past London Zoo. On the second lap the speedsters started lapping me. I yelled 'I know Susie Stannard!' to the back of a Spa Strider. I got a thumbs up On the third lap there was a right old hulabaloo at the zoo. It must have been feeding time.
1:05:12. Not a super speedy time, but I worked hard and didn't walk. (And I *am* still carrying holiday weight ) I was reminded of you all the way round Jo . Annie and Sheonaidh too. It seems so long ago. Jo, please can we do it again? Despite not feeling it, I found my groove and really enjoyed this morning. I'd love to run it with you again please, I promise not to moan this time
Royal Parks 10km Series - Hyde Park - Sunday 1st September 2019
Bedford Run Fest 5km - Saturday 31st August 2019
GRAWE Nocni Maraton, Zagreb - Saturday 31st August 2019
|Arthur Diaz||2.13.45||144th of 260|
No PB to report but no injuries post run either. Although running in
32 degree heat and lack of sleep could easily been my excuse, I'm glad
I did this one with friends I've met last year during first marathon
in Lochness. The course was fairly flat, running in clay gravel with
two loops around Lake Bundek. Great marshaling, water stops, goodie bags,
entertainment and free beer at the finish makes it all worth it.
Next day was sightseeing on foot at the beautiful Old Town of Zagreb.
Official HM time 2:13:45
Finished 6th in my age group
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st August 2019
|Suzanne Taylor||26.13* debut||78th - 63.19% Maldon Prom|
|Fiona Day||28.14* debut||32nd - 69.72% Sheffield Castle|
|Paul Marshall||22.26* (course pb)||36th - 58.77% Morecambe Prom|
|Stephen Swan||22.21* (course pb)||52nd - 58.39% Kesgrave|
|Stuart Barton||24.22||84th - 60.05% Kesgrave|
|Shaun DeSena||34.23 debut||270th - 37.81% Kesgrave|
|Patrick Brown||17.24 (1st & debut)||1st - 75.38% Canons Park|
|Thomas Grimes||17.57||2nd - 75.49% Canons Park|
|Spencer Evans||18.30||4th - 70.09% Barking|
|Fiona Critchley||24.56||67th - 69.85% Great Notley|
|Susan Bushnell||39.18||126th - 50.81% Thurrock, Orsett Heath|
|Jocelyn Summers||29.26||292nd - 59.17% Mile End|
|Karan Gadhia||22.44||36th - 56.74% Victoria Dock|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.41 debut||14th - 63.09% Hilly Fields|
|Chris Green||37.16 debut||323rd - 37.16% Mole Valley|
|Samir Younsi||37.56 debut||74th - 37.39% East Brighton|
|Andrew Howard||23.30 debut||37th - 67.09% California Country|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.21 (course pb)||6th - 75.62% Raphael|
|Amit Marks||20.31||15th - 67.51% Raphael|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.03||105th - 57.56% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.57||233rd - 55.46% Hackney|
|John Booth||18.15||9th - 74.25% Southwark|
|Martin Quinlan||24.31||141st - 58.74% Southwark|
|Stuart Kelly||18.12 (course pb)||4th - 72.44% Roding Valley|
|Med Dahbi||19.41 (course pb)||12th - 75.53% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||20.12 (course pb)||16th - 82.26% Roding Valley|
|Jamie Xavier||21.02 debut||24th - 66.40% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.40||31st - 71.00% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||23.38||49th - 62.69% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||24.04||56th - 55.12% Roding Valley|
|Mark Boulton||18.25 (1st man)||1st - 71.58% Walthamstow|
|Tom Howourth||20.31 (course pb)||12th - 62.96% Walthamstow|
|James Nichols||21.32||16th - 61.22% Walthamstow|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||26.13||60th - 55.37% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.21||61st - 66.92% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.02||79th - 54.34% Walthamstow|
|Lewis Allan||28.58 (course pb)||91st - 44.53% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.02||104th - 54.50% Walthamstow|
|Maya Goodwin||30.19 (course pb)||108th - 53.99% Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||30.20 debut||109th - 50.11% Walthamstow|
|Ashley Faria||21.58||16th - 66.62% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.01||17th - 68.66% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.37||28th - 60.35% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||24.56||54th - 59.16% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.27||72nd - 54.88% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.46||81st - 57.91% Valentines|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.25||88th - 56.11% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||28.13||108th - 53.99% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.24||111th - 72.48% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||33.45||198th - 51.11% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.44||207th - 42.13% Valentines|
|John Henry||18.10 (course pb)||2nd - 74.59% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.31||3rd - 75.97% Wanstead|
|Joseph Gunn ||19.29 (course pb)||5th - 66.38% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||20.04||8th - 64.29% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||22.01||22nd - 64.42% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.41 (1st lady)||34th - 66.13% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.46||35th - 63.25% Wanstead|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||24.10||61st - 61.24% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||25.30||79th - 55.62% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.53||88th - 63.23% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||26.53||104th - 58.52% Wanstead|
|Susannah McLaren||28.33||134th - Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.36||136th - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.27||176th - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.42||201st - Wanstead|
|Claire Drakeford||32.33||220th - Wanstead|
|Angela May||34.23||237th - Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||34.28||238th - Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||34.32||239th - Wanstead|
Phoenix Excalibur 8 - Saturday 31st August 2019
|Paula Bedford||5.48.25 (32.8 miles)||3rd, 1st lady|
(Run as many 5.3 mile laps in 6 hours)
5k On The Rides : Week 3 - Wednesday 28th August 2019
Go Tri Duathlon 87 - Tuesday 27th August 2019
|Jimmy Dale||56.52||7th, 5 min pb|
2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 2 mile run
14.05 = 28.45 = 14.01 = 56.52
Elvis 7 - Barking Road Runners 5km, Barking Park - Monday 26th August 2019
|John Booth||17.33 / 17.31||15th - scorer|
|Scott McMillan||18.11 / 18.08||27th - 26th scorer|
|Dan Senior||18.21 / 18.17||29th - 28th scorer|
|Fabrizio Stefanoni||18.28 / 18.25||30th - 29th scorer|
|Spencer Evans||18.54 / 18.51||35th - 34th scorer|
|Nathan Jones||19.02 / 18.59||39th - 37th scorer|
|James Nichols||19.09 / 19.05||41st - 39th|
|Joseph Gunn ||19.15 / 19.11||42nd - 40th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.36 / 19.30||50th - 47th|
|Med Dahbi||19.38 / 19.32 pb||53rd - 49th|
|Mark Moir||19.38 / 19.33||54th - 50th|
|Craig Livermore||19.44 / 19.41||57th - 54th|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.45 / 19.39 pb||58th - 54th|
|Peter Craik||19.48 / 19.42||59th - 51st|
|Jimmy Dale||20.09 / 20.06||66th - 61st|
|Jacob Stevens||20.16 / 20.09 pb||70th - 65th|
|Neil Gage||20.19 / 20.14||71st - 66th|
|Jamie Xavier||20.30 / 20.22||76th - 71st|
|Calvin Bobin||20.41 / 20.34||81st - 75th|
|Amit Marks||20.42 / 20.33||82nd - 76th |
|Karen Levison||20.46 /20.40||84th - 7th scorer|
|Paul Thompson||20.49 /20.44||87th - 80th|
|Karan Gadhia||20.55 /20.50 PB||90th - 83rd|
|Peter Hatley||21.01 /20.54||93rd - 86th|
|Richard Guest||21.18 /21.13||100th - 92nd|
|Ashley Faria||21.56 /21.43||113th - 100th|
|Shailesh Patel||22.03/ 21.52||115th - 101st|
|Caroline Frith||22.06 /22.02||116th - 15th scorer|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.12 /22.09||118th - 103rd|
|Michael Bamford||22.23/ 22.18||122nd - 105th|
|Angus Nicholls||22.51 / 22.44||132nd - 113th|
|Becky Evans||22.57 /22.48||135th - 21st scorer|
|Stuart Norris||23.05 /22.57||139th - 118th|
|Stuart Barton||23.14/ 23.05 (course pb)||143rd - 122nd|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.32 /23.21||151st - 25th scorer|
|Maud Hodson||23.45 /23.36||157th - 30th scorer|
|Rakesh Sandhu||23.49 /23.31||160th - 130th|
|Samir Younsi||24.21 /24.04||169th - 138th|
|Alexandra Brown||24.35 /24.14||175th - 32nd scorer|
|Grant Conway||24.53 /24.41||181st - 147th|
|Katie Whitton||25.26 /25.16||186th - 39th|
|Andrea Waller||26.02 /25.48||197th - 44th|
|Natasha Howard||26.11 /25.44 pb||200th - 46th|
|Catriona Hoult||26.16/ 25.50||202nd - 47th|
|Nathaniel Dye||26.21 /26.21||205th - 157th|
|Sandra Preston||26.27 /26.01 pb||208th - 51st|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.30 /26.05||209th - 52nd|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.59 /26.37||220th - 58th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||27.00 /26.38||221st - 59th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.06 /26.41||224th - 61st|
|Arthur Diaz||27.09 /26.42||225th - 164th|
|Mary Connolly||27.20 /26.55||232nd - 65th|
|Fiona Day||27.45 /27.19||238th - 66th|
|Catherine Brett||28.02 / 27.36||246th - 71st|
|Mary OBrien||28.13 /27.45||250th - 74th|
|Caroline Moore||28.17 /27.50||252nd - 75th|
|Helen McGuinness||28.39 /28.13||264th - 83rd|
|Susannah McLaren||28.58 /28.29||269th - 88th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.05 /28.49||271st - 90th|
|Kathy Morrissey||29.28 / 28.59 pb||276th - 93rd|
|Victoria Charlesworth||30.21 / 29.50||289th - 104th|
|Maya Goodwin||30.58 / 30.30 (course pb)||293rd - 107th|
|Samia Choudhury||36.26 / 35.52||324th - 131st|
|Marc Akers||37.36 / 37.02||329th - 194th|
|Sonia Cheadle||37.37 / 37.03||330th - 136th|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||39.38 / 39.03||335th - 140th|
Men: John Booth, Scott McMillan, Dan Senior, Fabrizio Stefanoni, Spencer Evans & Nathan Jones.= 3rd place
Women: Karen Levison, Caroline Frith, Becky Evans, Kasia Stachowiak, Maud Hodson & Alexandra Brown.= 3rd place.
ELR Women win the trophy for 2019. Men will be decided at Valentines.
Langostino Trail 17km - Sunday 25th August 2019
|Antonio Martin Romero||3.34.06||1st|
Today was time to compete in a very tough 17K-race on the beach in Sanlucar,
with high tide, which made it even harder. A lot of fast runner at the start,
in the middle of the build-up to Berlin, I didn't know how it would go.
It was very hard to run on the dried sand, and there was a lot of holes in
the wet one. Somehow I managed to keep the pace and after 12K could take the
lead and finish with a course record. Second win in 11 days, which makes me
feel confident for the marathon. The last test will be the Ciudad Real half
marathon before the Berlin marathon on 29th September.
Run Through Velopark 5km - Sunday 25th August 2019
Ridgeway Challenge 86 miles - Saturday 24th August 2019
|Nathaniel Dye||23.01.59||49th of 98.|
Ridgeway 86 Race Report
After the Spitfire Scramble, it all seemed like a such a good idea.
Following 9 months of solid training, I had the miles in my legs. Following a 100 miler, I knew I had the mental strength to doggedly keep going. 'May as well sign up for another ultra' I thought. 'A really pretty one!'
So I did.
Almost immediately following this decision, my form dropped dramatically.
Maybe I hadn't recovered. Maybe I was overtrained. Maybe a slight loss of focus or simply the hot and humid summer we're having. Whatever the cause, over the past month or so, I gained about a minute a mile relative to effort and couldn't keep my heart rate down.
So the thought of a hilly ultra out of form was pretty daunting, but then I saw the weather forecast. 28 degrees is hotter than most would choose to run in!
With all this in mind, I set off at 10am at the start of the Ridgeway, near Tring. The scenery was stunning, which in practical terms meant that there were a few hills to contend with. Initially it was a case but of energy preservation and not going off like an idiot. This wasn't easy to judge as my heart rate was through the roof and I was running at a speed that felt almost embarrassingly slow.
Initially, I found a few runners who were going at the same speed and stuck with them through checkpoint 1 (Tring running club - amazing cookies and brownies!) and felt ok considering the midday sun was high in the sky. Rehydration became the main priority and into checkpoint 2, I started struggling to keep up. Clearly a litre of water wasn't enough for 9 miles!
At around marathon distance (checkpoint 3) the group kept going as I was refilling bottles and I didn't mind the lack of company or hive mind navigation. It became apparent that I wasn't the only one struggling in the heat and as a I went on my way, another runner retired. I slowed down and tried to enjoy the scenery as best I could.
As the sun started to noticeably lower in the sky by checkpoint 4 (c.35 miles) running became more pleasant and I started to feel almost comfortable. Sure the front runners (who had set off two hours later) were streaming past, but I was running my own race. I made it to checkpoint 5 at half way in just under 10 hours and tucked into what felt like the best pasta I've ever had.At this point, I met Dan and Ali, who had pushed ahead earlier. With the prospect of a long night ahead of us, we agreed to go for safety in numbers and run together.
It is no underestimation to say that we got each other through the following 12 or so hours. Having others around broke up the monotony and although I felt like there were times I could have pushed on as others slowed, we all took turns at the front.
Through the night, we pushed straight on for mile after unrelenting mile up hill and down dale on some badly kept paths that were about as wide as a car tyre impossible to run along with a proper gait. We all stuck to the policy of walking up hill to save energy and it was amazing as time wore on through the small hours how small an incline had to be for us to walk up it. As time wore on, the walking passages became longer and towards the end we didn't get much change from 20 minutes per mile. If I'd wanted to dig further into the hurt locker, I perhaps could have shaved a little time, but not a great deal.
As the sun came up at around 6am, the expected euphoria didn't come this time. Perhaps the prospect of heat was enough of a worry not to feel the need to celebrate. Around half an hour later, I became grateful that the night had ended as the views around ten miles from the finish were spectacular and I didn't even begrudge the steep climb.
As expected, the last ten miles felt interminably slow as we shuffled along, unable to pick up the pace and get it over with.
As I crossed the line just after 9am in a little over 23 hours, I was hit with the realisation that with a lack of form and in ferocious heat on a really hilly trail, I could still grind out a distance to be proud of. Many didn't and I was told that there had been 67 retirement out of around 170 starters. The heat really was brutal.
Once I got home, I slept for a long time - so long that I missed England's cricketing heroics. I'd jokingly told Maud that I'd be at ELVIS in Barking Park on Monday morning and ended up turning up to see if I could actually run. Over that 5k, I managed a pace 2 minutes faster than my fastest ridgeway mile. I'm not sure which is the more remarkable achievement, all things considered!
I Cross Nocturna La Fuentecita - Saturday 24th August 2019
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||1.03.11||83rd, 3rd FV|
Racing in Andulacia: Note to myself:
Be very careful when super Antonio advise you a local race in Andalucia!!! You will end up running the hilliest, hottest, windiest race you have ever done and there will be kick ass runners all over you!
But it will also be within an amazing landscape with extremely supportive participants and excited organisers to see people from London!
Some of you know that my running has been quite off in the last few months... No idea why... And there was a time when it really affected me till I accepted that even if my (relative) speed would never come back; I was so lucky to be able to simply run as many of my friends don't have that chance right now...
That doesn't prevent me to continue trying so Antonio advised me some local races during my stay in the CÃ¡diz region.
Luckily, Richard who is wandering around Spain for a few months was planning to visit me during that weekend so it was ideal to get a mini #ELRonTour event!
Stress was building up for both of us before the race as we knew how hilly it might be and also seeing about a 100 runners who looked as fit as Antonio on the start line...
All I wanted was trying to not be last if I could... Hearing the news about Dave a few hours before gave me the mental I needed to push thinking of him and how angry I am about cancer who keeps taking away from me and others some marvellous men who were making this world a better place!
So, off we went and the hills kept on giving but gosh was it beautiful... I ended up running with a group of 4 people for a while who were extremely supportive (including at walking the hills with me so I wouldn't feel bad ) ...but, well trained by Grant, i finally left them in my dust after 7 kilometers in one of the longest, steepest downhill I have ever ran in! #NoFear
It started to be really hard to run as I didn't have a head torch and it was now really dark. .. So a guy on a bicycle with his lamp followed me up and down till I reached the village back to make sure I had some lights... This was the sweetest thing ever...
As expected, my time was not what I would have liked but I enjoyed the race and that was the most important...
Richard loved the race as well and did a much better time considering the terrain, however due to the competition in his age category, he hasn't been as lucky as I have been with my 3rd place in my age category ( out of 4 but who is counting!)...
Now really looking forward to my next Spanish race in the North with Maud in November ( trying to gently encourage Richard to join us )!
The Great Escape 15.5m, Dartmoor - Saturday 24th August 2019
Run Through Greenwich Park 10km - Saturday 24th August 2019
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th August 2019
|Morag Campbell||37.02* debut||54th - 45.74% Bishan, Singapore|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.42* debut||4th - 63.04% Hoblingwell|
|John Henry||18.01* (course pb)||2nd - 75.21% Fountains Abbey|
|Patrick Brown||18.16* debut (1st man)||1st - 71.81% Tring|
|Paul Marshall||22.34* (course pb)||44th - 58.42% Morecambe Prom|
|Stuart Barton||23.37* debut||82nd - 61.96% Sloughbottom|
|Richard Guest||22.08* debut||58th - 64.53% Guildford|
|Stephen Taylor||21.52* debut||66.39% Stratford Upon Avon|
|Chris Green||25.13 debut||142nd - 54.53% Brockwell, Herne Hill|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.09 debut||120th - 56.39% Highbury Fields|
|Ciaran Canavan||24.28||12th - 57.97% Rostrevor|
|Claire Emery||28.22||194th - 58.40% Bramhall|
|Fiona Critchley||26.46||94th - 65.07% Great Notley|
|Arthur Diaz||27.17||193rd - 54.06% Mile End|
|Jocelyn Summers||29.15||249th - 59.54% Mile End|
|Stephen Swan||23.33||74th - 55.41% Kesgrave|
|Scott Hemmens||22.17||11th - 61.26% South Oxhey|
|Susan Bushnell||40.29||66th - 49.32% Dartford Heath|
|John Booth||17.28||4th - 77.58% Exmouth|
|Katherine Harris||23.50||68th - 63.78% Victoria Dock|
|Marc Akers||26.50||60th - 53.23% Gunpowder|
|Mary OBrien||30.42||59th - 67.05% Wexford Racecourse|
|Martin Quinlan||25.25||162nd - 56.66% Southwark|
|Steven Bywater||26.37||47th - 57.23% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||28.27 (course pb)||57th - 55.42% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.30||68th - 53.66% Walthamstow|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.29||120th - 56.49% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||26.02||189th - 57.11% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||28.53||241st - 53.66% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||29.38 (course pb)||253rd - 55.23% Hackney|
|Anna Dingle||36.19||300th - 43.32% Hackney|
|Michael Bamford||20.47 (course pb)||14th - 72.73% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||22.04 (100th parkrun)||24th - 69.71% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||23.44||38th - 55.90% Roding Valley|
|Maud Hodson||24.12 debut||42nd - 66.94% Roding Valley|
|Sandra Preston||26.10 debut||56th - 68.28% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Moore||32.20||115th - 56.75% Roding Valley|
|Warren Ibrahim||21.40||17th - 67.54% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.44||18th - 67.33% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.38||27th - 60.31% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.26||34th - 64.51% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.34||63rd - 60.17% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.38||84th - 51.63% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||26.40||85th - 55.31% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.44||87th - 57.98% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||35.41||238th - 41.01% Valentines|
|Joseph Gunn ||19.42 debut||5th - 65.65% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.14 ||10th - 69.52% Wanstead|
|Daniel ODonoghue||20.50 (course pb)||14th - 62.40% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||21.21||19th - 68.54% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.55||36th - 65.45% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||24.14||51st - 53.65% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||25.26||69th - 55.77% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||25.27||71st - 61.82% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.57 (100th parkrun)||76th - 63.84% Wanstead|
|Gail Edwards||26.05 (course pb)||79th - 58.02% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.02||89th - 72.81% Wanstead|
|Liesbeth Allart||27.43||97th - 54.30% Wanstead|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||27.59||103rd - 53.25% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||29.54||134th - 49.50% Wanstead|
|Angela May||31.11||156th - 48.53% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||32.46||179th - 53.81% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||34.05||188th - 51.74% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||34.07||189th - 47.97% Wanstead|
23:37 my fastest in a while,
Sloughbottom in Norwich although they say slow bottom, anyway, saying bottom is
always funny in my opinion. Plenty of parking and clean toilets. A very nice one
lap course starting at the pavilion you run around the football pitch then behind
the BMX track, then over a little bridge where you then run up and back along a
narrow path so you get to see all the fast people. A loop at the far end then back
past the BMX track and football pitch to the finish,
I was blessed with the weather today and I ran the 1st 1k with my friend Sharon.
This is my favorite Norwich one so far, only 4 left in Norfolk now.
Anyway, bottoms up. Stuart
5k On The Rides : Week 2 - Wednesday 21st August 2019
Phoenix Striders 5km Summer Series, One Tree Hill - Tuesday 20th August 2019
Bath Two Tunnels Marathon - Sunday 18th August 2019
|Ford Cadiogan||4.28.47||192nd of 250|
A truly special race that not only takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions but also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!
Cutting right under the city of Bath, the two tunnels offer a truly unique running experience. The Somerset & Dorset Railway closed in 1966 and until April 2013 the tunnels have been sealed and inaccessible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Two Tunnels Group and Sustrans over 7 years, the two tunnels now have a new lease of life as a shared use path. The first tunnel; The Devonshire Tunnel is 408m long and the second Combe Down Tunnel is 1672m long. Both tunnels are well lit and well surfaced, and have recently been converted into a shared use path for the enjoyments of runners, walkers and cyclists looking to make the most of the city whilst remaining a flatter ground.
Isle of Wight Half Marathon - Sunday 18th August 2019
Regents Park 10km - Sunday 18th August 2019
|Peter Craik||40.06 pb||16th|
|Amit Marks||41.40 pb||23rd|
|Maud Hodson||49.05||96th, 3rd FV40|
Maud Hodson Sometimes I frustrate the hell out of myself. Was feeling so down on myself I nearly walked off the course after one lap. Managed to keep going, but thought any chance of a decent time was out of the window. But in fact was a few seconds quicker than last week. I guess on the plus side, I've shown myself that I can run 49 on an off day. I'll get there - more to come if I can get my head in the right place. Nice little bonus was to finish as 3rd FV40.
Peter Craik Glad to do a better time in this park, after struggling to find energy last outing. A PB for me, and a big PB for Amit. Tricky three-lap course, with a lot of slow runners and walkers.
Amit Marks Good run this morning, lashing rain helped to get a PB. Well done Maud for sticking with it.
Closing in on that under 40 mins Peter, we're talking seconds.
Roll on next 10km.
Clacton Half Marathon - Sunday 18th August 2019
Clacton Half Marathon race report.
I should start off by saying I'm absolutely convinced I am having a mid-life crisis. Honest! Dr Google says I am. Over the last month or so I've felt incredibly down at times, my approach to swimming (which had been going really well) has been lack-lustre to say the least, even good news is short-lived. Running has also failed to fill a void I feel growing and whilst chuffed with my track work I'm down again by the time I get home from the session.
This has all really been since my birthday. It wasn't a significant one - 45 - but I've googled various sites and seem to have the majority of what they list, some sites have the top 10 symptoms of a mid-life crisis, one had 40 and I have the majority of them - one of them being "googling symptoms"!! I should point out I haven't made a ridiculous impulsive purchase yet nor do I have a ridiculously young boyfriend....yet.
So with this in mind my approach to this race had, well, been non-existent. I booked it a few months ago on the back of PB-euphoria for both 5 & 10ks. I then promptly forgot about it til last week. I'd done no training, my effort to cram in a 10 mile run a week ago really was pointless (although it was a really good time) and being uncharacteristically indecisive of late I thought I'd decide on the day if I'd run - all the makings of a good race plan obviously!!!
Up at 0530am I got ready really with little thought about the race - can you see the theme that I'm not really bothered?! Eventually I decided my plan would just be to run and finish. Simple. I felt settled about that. However my Zen was broken on the A12 when a pigeon decided to fly into my windscreen as I was driving at 70mph. Needless to say there was an explosion, him not me, guts and feathers everywhere but luckily my windscreen was in one piece. Although shaken I carried on however noticed the passenger of the van behind me now filming me on his phone. I had 100mph thoughts it was an animal rights activist going to hunt me down and do to me what I'd done to the bird! The van then pulled alongside me, window down the passenger took great delight in shouting at me that the carcass was stuck on my roof!! Now I felt sick! I eventually pulled over to the hard shoulder, dreading having to deal with the exploded mess but luckily as I slowed down in rolled off down my windscreen onto the floor - getting his own back by smearing the mess he'd already made! The roof bars had prevented it going over the top of my car. I checked for damage, nothing, but it did look just like I'd killed something. Having plenty of time I was able to stop at a petrol stn and hose the car down - I can only imagine the humiliation if the van occupants hadn't told me and I'd arrived at the race parading my kill to everyone!
So, having now set the scene for you I'll get onto the race report.
I arrived with over an hour to kill and managed to park on the promenade right at the finishline. I mean RIGHT at the finishline! No bag drop for me! I had time to visit the loo twice - you can tell it's a small event when you hear the announcement come blaring over the speakers that they've put a new batch of toilet rolls in the portaloos!! Brilliant.
I left all my paraphernalia in the car and lined up 5mins before the race. The day saw the 10km and half marathon taking place at the same time, I think with about 500 runners in total, so a small event. There had also been a kids race prior to this. I looked for Mark Boulton knowing he was running. I thought it would be easy as he's so tall but today must have been national tall runners day and I failed, along with feeling very short!
The race started promptly at 0930am and we were off. This really was a race of two halves.
First half; Not a cloud in the sky and soon into the race I'm struggling to see due to the sweat stinging my eyes. With the10km and half marathon races starting at the same time, no pacers or waves as it's a relatively small event, it means everyone is mixed up which was a little frustrating for some runners. The pathway was very narrow, lots of argy-bargy and someone got knocked down soon into the run. As the footpath opens up running is easier with the first 1.5miles being along the upper promenade. It's hot, very hot. And stuffy.
We then descend to the lower promenade....
to be met with a very strong headwind and piles of sand! The promenade was covered in places in about a foot depth of sand which stretched for quite some distance. Running was almost impossible for a lot of us and walking early on wasn't a great start to the race. Once the sand subsided (obviously it was all in our trainers by now) we had about another 3 miles along the front all head-on into the wind, which made it tough. We ran just past the pier, along the way we had lots of locals at various coffee huts cheering us on.
Beach yoga seemed to be popular - they were all facing the sea for a particular pose, which was rather unfortunate for us being greeted by a bunch of arses up in the air!!! I managed to see Mark Boulten as this was a 2 lap course - we shouted at each other as we ran in opposite directions- the hill from the lower to upper promenade at the turnaround point was a killer, short but STEEP!
Once back up top there was no wind at all and still hot and stuffy. We made our way past the start/finish to begin the 2nd lap. Up to this point, despite the headwind and sand dunes I was bang on for hitting my PB time of 2hrs12mins set 5 years ago. It felt good and I hoped it would continue. It didn't. Soon into the 2nd lap I stopped to stay with a runner for a few mins who was struggling to use her asthma inhaler due to coughing so much. We chatted a little, agreeing the heat wasn't good for either of us with our breathing and I made sure she was ok before I set off again.
As we descended onto the lower promenade for the 2nd time the race changed, The sky turned dark and completely grey and the heavens opened!! Competing with the sand dunes and headwind which was now stronger it was a tough run to the next turnaround point. I'd taken my wireless headphones anticipating a bit of a dull run but hadn't worn them...until now. I had to put them on to stop them from getting blown off my neck!
The rain lashed down heavier and it seemed forever to get to the turnaround, which for the 2nd lap was a lot further along the front by a Toby Carvery. The asthma lady obviously made a full recovery legging it past me, I'm sure she kicked up some sand on purpose!
At the turnaround point you know you've only got about 2 miles to go, but it seemed a looooong 2 miles with heavier rain and wind and I got cramp in my left calf - the same side as my Achilles problem. I've never had this before and it set me back on time. At this point my legs were tight and I'd known ages ago a PB was no longer on the cards, but to be honest I hadn't done the work and didn't deserve one. And surprisingly I was ok with that (see I'm really not myself!). What I was chuffed with was doing my good deed with the asthma-lady rather than being PB-focused and leaving her and also that I've been able to run 13miles with no training. Ordinarily I've have binned this race off with no prep and had a lie-in instead. Things are definately on the turn!
Upon approaching the home stretch it was clear any spectators had gone home or to the pub, with only the guy on the mic, 2 marshalls and the goody bag volunteers on the course to see us in. It was freezing, wet and desolate. Rather a whimper of a race-ending.
I obviously had the luxury of my car being at the finishline and it was a welcomed relief to get into the warm and dry.
The drive home was long due to traffic but I managed not to slaughter any more wildlife which is a bonus!
To sum up this race it was well organised but knowing there was an event I do think the local authority should have cleared the sand off the promenade before the race to make it easier.
It was mentally challenging for me, I struggle with laps and having a straight out and back route was also tough and a little uninspiring (see my Garmin pic). Two lots of this was hard. However with some prep and consistent good weather I'd say it's a PB course for anyone.
The wind and rain were extremely unfortunate and I didn't think anyone would believe me about the dramatic change in the 2 halves. I bet Mark was home and in the pub by the time it started raining and won't even know what I'm on about! Trying to explain why I'm sunburnt to my nephew was hard!
The medal is nice, goody bag not so. I can't remember what the entry fee was but it felt nice to support a smaller non-commercial event for once.
I've only got Beachy Head 10k to go in October and then nothing til Manchester Marathon in April. I've got some exciting times ahead with my swimming which I'm sure I'll get my mojo back for and I'm trying to come to terms with the fact I'm now middle-aged. However I'm in the market for a red convertible sports car and a boyfriend 15 years my junior. If you think you fit the bill for either or BOTH (save me having to do too much looking around!) You know where I am!!
Run The Lights 10km, Blackpool - Saturday 17th August 2019
|Paul Clarke||46.51 pb|
Race The Train - Quarry - 10km, Tywyn, Wales - Saturday 17th August 2019
409 finishers, train time was 55.00.
Rotary Challenge (14 miles) 1.48.00.
Quarry Challenge (10k)
Dolgoch Challenge (5.5 miles)
Tynllwynhen Challenge (3.5 miles)
London Aquathlon Sprint - Saturday 17th August 2019
Dan 8.46, 2.21, 20.31 = 31.40
Kat 12.12, 1.48, 25.43 = 39.43
Isabella 8.11, 2.57, 31.17 = 42.27
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 17th August 2019
|Liviu Ionita||16.21* (1st man)||1st - 79.00% Barking|
|Fabrizio Stefanoni||19.20 debut||5th - 73.88% Barking|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.03* debut & 100th||143rd - 54.46% California Country|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.12* debut||5th - 61.56% Foots Cray Meadows|
|Stuart Barton||24.07* debut||9th - 60.68% Swaffham|
|Richard Potter||26.05 debut||84th - 50.86% Holkham|
|Richard Guest||21.45 debut||18th - 65.67% Pymmes|
|Shaun DeSena||36.26 debut||327th - 35.68% Hampstead Heath|
|Chris Green||24.38 debut||204th - 55.82% Cardiff|
|Thomas Grimes||18.03 (1st man)||1st - 75.07% Canons Park|
|John Henry||18.43 (1st man & cpb)||1st - 72.40% Walthamstow|
|Tom Howourth||21.09||11th - 61.07% Plym Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.12||48th - 59.135 Roding Valley|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||38.59||272nd - 42.50% Bath Skyline|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.32||22nd - 58.76% Beckton|
|Martin Quinlan||26.54||118th - 53.53% Hilly Fields|
|Fiona Critchley||25.14||65th - 69.02% Great Notley|
|Stephen Swan||22.37||56th - 57.70% Kesgrave|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.16||78th - 64.47% Cassiobury|
|Mary OBrien||28.39||66th - 71.84% Wexford Racecourse|
|John Booth||17.46||5th - 76.27% Victoria Dock|
|Paul Marshall||26.54||70th - 49.01% Morecambe Prom|
|James Nichols||18.57 (course pb)||5th - 69.57% Raphael|
|Warren Ibrahim||19.42 (course pb)||14th - 74.28% Raphael|
|Amit Marks||20.55||28th - 66.22% Raphael|
|Paul Quinton||17.21||2nd - 78.10% Gunpowder|
|Sinead Ryan||38.26||155th - 41.72% Gunpowder|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.57||50th - 65.41% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.00||91st - 60.30% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||24.04||142nd - 55.89% Hackney|
|Catriona Hoult||24.48 (course pb)||167th - 63.44% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||29.40||265th - 52.25% Hackney|
|Spencer Evans||18.57||2nd - 68.43% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||20.11||7th - 63.91% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||20.51||12th - 79.70% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.45||20th - 69.50% Valentines|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.42||30th - 59.25% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.47||32nd - 59.91% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.22 (course pb)||64th - 60.64% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.35||69th - 56.74% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||25.46||73rd - 57.24% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.34||99th - 56.23% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||27.42||100th - 54.99% Valentines|
|Veronica Carrasco||27.50||105th - 53.17% Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||29.41||139th - 54.58% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||38.54||233rd - 38.90% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||18.35||3rd - 75.70% Wanstead|
|Tom Marshall||18,47||4th - 71.07% Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||24.15||47th - 58.01% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.44||72nd - 55.12% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||26.39||83rd - 54.91% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.41 (99th parkrun)||84th - 62.09% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||27.15||91st - 47.89% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||27.18||93rd - 57.75% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.27||96th - 59.02% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||27.28||97th - 53.28% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||27.34||98th - 56.65% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.45||104th - 70.93% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.46||105th - 49.52% Wanstead|
|Liesbeth Allart||27.54||109TH - 53.94% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||29.10||119th - 56.80% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.18||147th - 58.63% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.24||167th - 49.49% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.20||178th - 49.10% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||33.20||179th - 52.90% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.02||189th - 46.24% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||39.10||205th - 40.94% Wanstead|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||26.44||85th - 55.36% Wanstead|
5k On The Rides : Week 1 - Wednesday 14th August 2019
Running Night Torunas 9km, Puerto de Santa Maraa - Wednesday 14th August 2019
|Antonio Martin Romero||30.14||1st|
Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon - Sunday 11th August 2019
(582nd of 5495 finishers, 15th of 314 M55 - 59)
Dublin Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon Weekend Report.
Dublin is such an amazing City with so much activity going on and plenty to see. I spent most of Saturday afternoon at the expo buying merchandise and then in the evening went to see Riverdance. Sunday Morning was quite cold but at least it was not raining. I had to leave the Hotel just after 7.00am as it was more than a mile to the event which started at 8.00am! I was too early for the main breakfast, but the hotel were kind enough to let me have some cereal at 6.30am in the morning!
At the race start there were once again pacers for 1.30 and 1.45 finish. At Hamburg I could not stay with the 1.45 pacer because of the heat. No problem this time, so I just went off at my own comfortable pace and eased into a 7.35 first mile. I seemed to be fighting a constant head wind all the time and hoped that this would not wear me down. I felt stronger as the race went on and I was averaging between 7.25 and 7.30 a mile. (Yes I had my phone in my hand Gareth!) The course was undulating to say the least, with Mile 8 and 12 being particularly difficult because of hills. However I felt strangely good right to the finish and managed a 7.26 last mile. The course was good (notwithstanding the hills) because there was plenty of space to run along the roads or the park paths, with only a few twists and turns. The finish was at Phoenix Park which was a long way from my Hotel; therefore I had to get a shuttle bus back to Heuston station and then a tram to O'Connell Street. My official time was 1.38.59 and it has been another successful and enjoyable weekend away.
Midnight Man/Woman Half Aquabike - Saturday 10th August 2019
|Sarah Burns||3.25.06||7th overall, 1st woman|
750m swim, T1, 45k cycle, T2, 10km run
39.05, 1.37, - , - , 1.18.36 = 3.25.06
Stour Valley Path 100km - Saturday 10th August 2019
Phoenix One Run To Find Them Marathon - Saturday 10th August 2019
Thames Meander Marathon (trail) - Saturday 10th August 2019
Thames Meander Half Marathon (trail) - Saturday 10th August 2019
Essex XC 10km Series - Hadleigh Park - Saturday 10th August 2019
James Nichols: Anyone that has done the parkrun there or the
Benfleet 15 will know that what goes down must come up again. Brutal
enough without throwing the windy conditions into the mix as well
Pride Run 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 10th August 2019
|Peter Craik||40.26 pb||73rd|
|Catriona Hoult||53.45 pb||491st|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 10th August 2019
|Scott McMillan||18.47* debut||2nd - 74.89% Halifax|
|Mark Moir||19.54* debut||9th - 64.82% Netley Abbey|
|Andy Bolderstone||26.05* debut||12th - 54.38% The Pastures|
|Paul Marshall||22.37* debut||17th - 58.29% Morecambe Prom|
|Susan Bushnell||37.38* (course pb)||71st - 53.06% Dartford Heath|
|John Henry||18.00* debut||3rd - 75.28% Cassiobury|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.41||60th - 63.34% Cassiobury|
|Stuart Barton||25.56 debut||13th - 56.43% Foots Cray Meadows|
|Chris Green||30.01 debut||256th - 45.47% Dulwich|
|Stephen Swan||22.52||50th - 56.85% Kesgrave|
|Fiona Critchley||26.01||80th - 66.94% Great Notley|
|Shailesh Patel||22.27||49th - 67.33% Leicester Victoria|
|Richard Potter||22.42||16th - 58.44% Roding Valley|
|Adam Stanley||24.33 (course pb)||33rd - 54.79% Roding Valley|
|Amit Marks||20.29||15th - 67.62% Raphael|
|Sinead Ryan||38.36||158th - 41.54% Gunpowder|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.41||9th - 60.18% Barking|
|Martin Quinlan||29.07||263rd - 49.46% Southwark|
|Patrick Brown||18.24||2nd - 71.29% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.58||57th - 58.66% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||28.30 (course pb)||78th - 55.32% Walthamstow|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||23.27||110th - 57.36% Hackney|
|Arthur Diaz||26.49 (course pb)||196th - 55.00% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||28.36||229th - 54.20% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||18.02 (1st & cpb)||1st - 73.11% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||22.53||11th - 72.61% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||24.30||37th - 60.41% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||24.45||39th - 57.31% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24.56||43rd - 60.96% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||25.13||49th - 58.49% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.47||53rd - 56.30% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||26.02||58th - 59.09% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.17||73rd - 56.81% Valentines|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.41||99th - 58.45% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||29.51||111th - 50.70% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||30.33||123rd - 49.86% Valentines|
|Nick Hoult||22.50||20th - 62.12% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||23.46 (course pb)||34th - 62.27% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||23.50||37th - 54.55% Wanstead|
|Gail Edwards||27.00||71st - 56.05% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.09||74th - 64.95% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.53||83rd - 70.59% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.06||126th - 59.00% Wanstead|
|Angela May||33.39||148th - 44.97% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.40||149th - 48.61% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.32||169th - 43.89% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.48||171st - 43.83% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||37.55||173rd - 42.29% Wanstead|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||24.55||52nd - 59.40% Sherwood Pines|
Yateley 10km - Wednesday 7th August 2019
Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 7th August 2019
dlr Bay 10km, Dublin - Monday 5th August 2019
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 4th August 2019
Prudential Ride 100 - Sunday 4th August 2019
|Rachel Le Roux||6.29.07|
|Jakub Czeczotka||6.49.03 (94)|
|Maud Hodson||7.45.35 (94)|
|Fiona Day||7.50.43 (92)|
Maud reports: I wouldn't necessarily have planned to run three races & ride a 100 mile bike sportive (with zero training) within the space of 5 days, and I'm quite glad it's all over, but pretty happy with how it all went. Scored for the club in both the ELVIS races, shaved a couple of seconds off my mile PB, and dragged my basket-case bike up some hills. Disappointed that Box Hill was closed off due to a crash, but did Leith (I'll have to fess up to pushing the bike up the last little bit since Jakub saw me - I rode nearly all of it - honest...). And riding a silly bike is a great way to pick up a few compliments - 'respect, young lady', 'best bike I've seen all day' etc. Plus about 50 'have you got your sandwiches on there?'. Of course I had.
Stuart reports: The day starts early when you are doing ride London, alarm goes off at 04:15 and it's not even for parkrun.
met Suzanne Bench and Geoff Bench in Wanstead then Rachel Le Roux outside the Olympic park.
we all got in the same wave so we were off at the same time, we soon split up Rachel Le Roux off like a whippet.I stayed with Steve 'Swany' Swan until the second hub,
The hills in the second half are relentless and you need to be careful of the speedsters,
A big thanks to the guys from Evans cycles who fixed my chain it was making some very strange sounds.
I kept bumping into Selina Vernal on route and meeting up with a few ELR at the finish was great,
Thanks to Jimmy Dale for guiding us back to Stratford as our plan to get the train from Liverpool street to Chingford was scrapped as no trains were running.
Lots of testosterone lots of shouting lots to eat, thanks to the ELR volunteers who we met at the start,
Now I need to learn to swim so will be asking Joanna Wood for some help.
Fiona Day : Prudential Ride 100 London from wuss to sportive ( well maybe still a bit of a wuss)
Since September I have been asking myself why did I enter this? I have never done a cycling event, why didn't I enter the 46 ride first?
I am a cycling wussy, a nervous, slow cyclist. I decided to write this for anyone else who is tempted to try the PRL 100- or 46 or try a duathlon but are put off thinking 'I couldn't do it' like I nearly was. Or as a runner doesn't know where to begin to train. This is more about my training rather than ride report.
I enjoy cycling to get about but have come to the conclusion that I am a slow cyclist because despite my running fitness I constantly get overtaken by people I don't think should be able to overtake me- old ladies in high heels and a handbag over their shoulder, cyclists with very big bottoms, people with flat tyres on mountain bikes smoking a fag, as well as all the would be mamils.
Last year I did the mince pie revenge duathlon in the Velopark to shake me up after Christmas, and from this did the Capital Tri duathlon training sessions in the Velopark with other ELRs, the coaches were amazing, so supportive and encouraging. (they are running more duathlons there this autumn) I began to feel less of a hopeless cause and rather than keep hiring a road bike for the sessions I went and bought a road bike, it was also to rule out the possibility that it was my dear old hybrid donkey bike that was slow not me! But yes I was still overtaken as much as before! Anyway in September I entered the PRL100 not expecting to get a place, thinking the rucksack they promised if I donated my entry fee would come in handy. I was busy training for the London Marathon when I found out I had a place in the 100 and didn't really think about it other than to decide to start training at the end of April.
Nervous of the drop handlebars I hadn't used the road bike much. I considered and ruled out changing to straight handlebars (the expense). Instead in April I started using my road bike to get everywhere until I no longer felt nervous. I started looking for a training plan. The PRL emailed links to plans but I wanted human contact. The first Wednesday after the marathon I went along to the Velopark to a weekly session called 'This girl can' hoping it was some kind of cycling group where I could get tips on how to train for the PRL 100. There is no group, just a special price for use of the road track and a free coffee afterwards. I did 20 miles, had my free coffee and considered other options. I am a member of London Cycling Campaign and considered riding PRL100 to fund raise for them as training was included-but this year I am raising money for Cancer Research already. Kieran kindly agreed for us to have a cycling holiday in June. It was the C2C so a few miles a day and plenty of hills-up north! Then I looked on the British Cycling website for local groups or clubs to ride with. I tried a few, it was terrifying because I am so conscious of being slow but I survived. Imagine doing chain gang training with a group of people young enough to be my children all wearing the gear and cleats on their feet. The first groups I found were very nice actually. However what I would recommend to anyone who wants to cycle in a group but not a cycling club is the Let's Ride and or women only Breeze group rides; details can be found on the British Cycling website. They are suitable for all abilities even beginners and have the friendly vibe of our lovely running club.
After I started training I read the PRL instructions and discovered there is cut off time for finishing. When you enter you have to estimate how long it will take. I put in the maximum time they suggested but thought I had as long as I needed to pootle around. I have been in a state of panic since discovering there was a cut off time, made worse after I found out there were cut offs all around the course. Then I took comfort knowing I could defer my place until next year.
I tried to keep quiet about having a place as I was scared I'd be put off if a proper triathlete or cyclist found out. But I also wanted to talk to people with experience to reassure me. I tried to keep a lid on the worry because I didn't want to bore people. I did get some helpful comments and the best one I will share is from my son Alex who told me that cycling that distance isn't as hard as running a marathon. You get a chance to rest your legs like when going downhill.
Through the Breeze group I heard about a Facebook group where people doing the 100 discussed similar fears and I read blogs on cycling the PRL. Having tackled many hills on holiday and with the group rides I was ready for the Surrey hills part. The Breeze group really helped with confidence in my ability, a couple of the group had even done the PRL 100 so now I no longer considered deferring. I still had worries about how I would manage to navigate cycling with so many people, especially crowds on the scary down hills. What if I got a puncture- especially with a time cut off? Serendipity- my hybrid got a flat in a puncture resist tyre for the first time in 8 years so I had a practice run of changing an inner tube and was reassured how quickly I could still do it. However always, always I was tormented about the cut offs, day and night. I wrote them on a piece of paper to refer to along the ride. I turned off auto pause on my Garmin so I would know elapsed time and how long I had to make those cut offs!
Anyway you already know the happy ending which is I did it. People with slow estimated times start last, so compared to the early birds I had a lie in which was a plus- I know as I have been up at 4.00am the past 2 years volunteering at the start. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed in my late start pen and all along the route very little evidence of scary racers, just polite 'on your rights'. I am thrilled I made all the cut offs! We were diverted off Leith Hill for safety reasons so only did 92 miles but still eligible for the medal. From mile 39 all the late starters got caught in congestion. Some around accidents, others just management of the number of riders. I had mixed feelings about frequently having to get off and walk through pinch points but it did mean that I didn't suffer from forgetting to refuel and hydrate in the heat and meant I only needed 2 quick stops at water stations to fill my bottle and have a wee. (note they run out of toilet paper)
On our cycling holiday I always found a second wind after a coffee at lunch time, I had heard Chris Froome has a double espresso and ice with sugar en-route- I was planning to somehow take a double espresso with me, but luckily I found a tasty double espresso gel at the expo and had this about mile 55 so felt I was sailing up Box Hill ( well almost)
Apart from being a bit lonely not seeing a soul I knew all day ( glad Kieran met me in Green Park and I was so pleased to meet Graham and catch up about the ride on the cycle ride home) I really enjoyed myself, I loved cycling past so many amazing sights including the London landmarks, Richmond Park, over the Thames, the view from Box Hill, the Surrey countryside and back along the Thames. The marshalls at every stage of the event did a great job.
The ending was a disappointment. As a runner I am used to a finish that makes you feel like you won it. I am guessing because the 19, 46 and 100 mile all finish together they have to move you through to avoid congestion. I was a bit confused whether we had actually finished because despite having been instructed to dismount there were signs along the sides counting down how many metres to go and I kept my Garmin running for a while. I realise now these signs were for the elite race later. Just before Buckingham Palace we turned a corner and marshals divided us into the distances we had cycled and I was handed a piece of paper that I had to read to tell me my medal would be sent in the post because a pallet of medals had gone missing. I think the marshals were getting fed up with the response when they explained there were no medals so said very little. No photo opportunities and I am not a fan of goody bags. Eventually I managed to find a tank to refill my water bottle.
I have a wonderful sense of achievement, conquered my cycling demons and looking back enjoyed the training and the certainly the ride itself.
Prudential Ride 46 - Sunday 4th August 2019
Prudential Ride Volunteers - Sunday 4th August 2019
|Louis Le Roux|
This morning Sarah Burns and I have:
Walked 14,493 steps,
Danced to The Proclaimers and Meatloaf on a podium,
Held back 1,000 cyclists with some stripy tape
Told a cyclist 'to maybe drop the attitude and say thank you'
Admired a lot of bums in Lycra
Eaten a bacon brioche roll.
All before 10am. Now I'm going to sleep.
Phoenix Summer Half Marathon - Saturday 3rd August 2019
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 3rd August 2019
Run Through Victoria Park 5km - Saturday 3rd August 2019
Elvis 6 - Orion Harriers Forest Five Series - Race 3 - Saturday 3rd August 2019
|Jose Rodriguez||28.29 (29.30)||4th - scorer|
|Thomas Grimes||29.30||9th - scorer|
|John Booth||30.19||14th - scorer|
|Daniel Lee||32.29||28th - scorer|
|James Nichols||32.44||34th - 33rd|
|Nathan Jones||32.48||35th - 34th|
|Robert Rayworth||33.43||45th - 44th scorer|
|Peter Craik||33.51 (33.56)||48th - 45th scorer|
|Ava Lee||34.25 (1st FV40)||53rd - 5th scorer|
|Andrew Jackson||34.41||57th - 52nd|
|Calvin Bobin||34.48 (1st MV60)||59th - 54th|
|Karen Levison||35.14 (1st FV50)||64th - 7th scorer|
|Jacob Stevens||35.20||65th - 58th|
|Michael Bamford||35.49||74th - 67th|
|Craig Livermore||36.19||79th - 72nd|
|Gareth Davies||36.26 (36.59)||82nd - 74th|
|Peter Hatley||36.48||88th - 80th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||36.55||90th - 9th scorer|
|Nick Clarke||37.10||92nd - 83rd|
|Lawrence Foster||38.00||100th - 87th|
|Jimmy Dale||38.31||106th - 92nd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||39.02||116th - 98th|
|Becky Evans||39.09||121st - 20th scorer|
|Stuart Norris||39.14||123rd - 103rd|
|Grant Conway||39.18||125th - 105th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||39.38||133rd - 110th|
|Rakesh Sandhu||40.28||142nd - 117th|
|Katie Whitton||40.55||150th - 29th scorer|
|Maud Hodson||42.15||169th - 36th scorer|
|David Hallybone||43.02||181st - 139th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||44.24||200th - 55th|
|Catriona Hoult||44.32 (48.51)||203rd - 56th|
|Andrea Waller||44.39||208th - 59th|
|George Georgiou||44.42||210th - 150th|
|Carolyn Edwards||45.03||216th - 64th|
|Veronica Carrasco||45.27||219th - 67th|
|Sandra Preston||46.24 (elvis debut)||232nd - 74th|
|Tina Bennett||46.39||234th - 76th|
|Mary Connolly||46.57||236th - 78th|
|Liam Dempsey||47.19||241st - 160th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||47.33||244th - 84th|
|Helen McGuinness||49.16||269th - 101st|
|Mary OBrien||50.20||279th - 109th|
|Caroline Moore||51.34||285th - 112th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||53.57||305th - 127th|
|Maya Goodwin||54.07||308th - 130th|
|Roselin Boramakot||54.07||309th - 131st|
|Kathy Morrissey||54.48||312th - 133rd|
|Isabella Allan||55.46||318th - 138th|
|Alice Barrett||55.48||319th - 139th|
|Emma Hammerston||56.21 (elvis debut)||320th - 140th|
|Tasnia Choudhury ||58.38||330th - 149th|
|Samia Choudhury||59.16||332nd - 151st|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||64.40||340th - 157th|
Ava Lee 1st FV40
Karen Levison 1st FV50
Ladies Team 1st ELR ; Ava, Karen, Ellie Wilkinson, Becky Evans.
Calvin Bobin 1st MV60 & 1st MV60 series.
Men: Jose Rodriguez, Thomas Grimes, John Booth, Danny Lee, Robert Rayworth and Peter Craik. 3rd place
Ladies: Ava, Karen, Ellie, Becky, Katie Whitton & Maud Hodson. 2nd place.
Overall rankings after 6 events:
Peter Craik 8th, 3rd MV40
Jacob Stevens 11th,4th MV40
Michael Bamford 12th, 2nd MV50
Grant Conway 17th, 4th MV50
Karen Levison 1st, 1st FV50
Katie Whitton 3rd overall
Maud Hodson 4th, 1st FV40
Andrea Waller 6th, 2nd FV40
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 13th, 4th FV40
Helen McGuinness 16th, 6th FV40
Caroline Moore 18th, 5th FV50
Maya Goodwin 23rd, 9th FV40
29 men & 24 ladies have done all 6 events so far.
parkrun - all venues (Orion 5 week) - Saturday 3rd August 2019
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.38* debut||43rd - 63.47% Harrow|
|Katherine Harris||26.27* debut||90th - 57.47% Eastleigh|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.22* debut||51st - 58.21% Catterick|
|Scott McMillan||18.35* debut||3rd - 75.70% Stevenage|
|Mark Moir||18.59* debut||12th - 67.95% Riverside|
|John Henry||17.56* debut||6th - 75.56% Clapham Common|
|Sarah Burns||29.52* debut||85th - 52.29% Woolacombe Dunes|
|Damon Lerner||26.22 debut||240th - 53.79% Brighton & Hove|
|Paul Marshall||21.50 debut||24th - 60.38% Greenwich|
|Richard Potter||23.34 debut||112th - 56.29% Shrewsbury|
|Stephen Swan||23.11 debut||21st - 56.07% Brentwood|
|Warren Ibrahim||20.08 (course pb)||4th - 72.68% Barking|
|Amit Marks||21.16||23rd - 65.13% Raphael|
|Janet Bywater||25.55||50th - 68.04% Walthamstow|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.57 debut||91st - 55.74% Victoria Docks|
|Fiona Critchley||25.56||78th - 67.16% Great Notley|
|Chris Green||24.33 debut||135th - 55.60% Southwark|
|Martin Quinlan||26.40||195th - 54.00% Southwark|
|Shahib Miah Ali||24.19||146th - 53.67% Mile End|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||20.11||42nd - 64.66% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.15||111th - 57.06% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||29.56||244th - 51.78% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||22.15||29th - 64.19% Roding Valley|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.35 (course pb)||31st - 59.56% Roding Valley|
|Narelle McClorey||31.43 debut||119th - 48.87% Roding Valley|
|Sinead Ryan||39.43||156th - 40.37% Roding Valley|
|Marc Akers||36.26||149th - 39.20% Gunpowder|
|Shailesh Patel||22.14||17th - 67.99% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.45||50th - 59.74% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||26.28||62nd - 58.56% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||22.39||32nd - 62.62% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||24.25||55th - 58.09% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||25.40||79th - 57.01% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.25||92nd - 61.96% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.29||106th - 50.03% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||34.46||193rd - 47.08% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||34.46||194th - 50.72% Wanstead|
|Angela May||38.02||207th - 39.79% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||53.28 (tailwalker)||214th - 29.49% Wanstead|
|Flora Stewart-Sandeman||26.37||94th - 55.60% Wanstead|
Soar Mile, QEOP Track - Friday 2nd August 2019
|Maud Hodson||6.38.58 pb||12th, Race 2, 72.25%|
|Jakub Czeczotka||5.51.82||2nd, Race 3, 65.48%|
|Mark Boulton||4.40.81 pb||6th Race 11, 80.99%|
Elvis 5 - Harold Wood 5km, Harold Wood Park - Wednesday 31st July 2019
|Liviu Ionita||16.47 / 16.46||1st - scorer|
|Jose Rodriguez||17.00 / 17.00||2nd - scorer|
|Scott McMillan||18.12 / 18.09 (18.54)||9th - scorer|
|John Henry||18.14 / 18.10 (19.17)||10th - scorer|
|Spencer Evans||19.15 / 19.13||25th - 23rd|
|Mark Moir||19.34 / 19.28||29th - 27th|
|Nathan Jones||19.50 / 19.45||33rd - 31st|
|Warren Ibrahim||20.16 / 20.16||37th - 35th scorer|
|Peter Craik||20.20 / 20.12 (20.31)||38th - 36th scorer|
|Tom Howourth||20.29 / 20.24 (20.26)||44th - 41st|
|Michael Bamford||21.00 / 21.00 (21.14)||52nd - 49th|
|Neil Gage||21.00 / 20.54 (21.04)||53rd - 50th|
|Med Dahbi||21.04 / 21.01||54th - 51st|
|Jacob Stevens||21.10 / 20.58||59th - 52nd|
|Karen Levison||21.20 / 21.13||61st - 4th scorer|
|Nick Clarke||21.22 / 21.11||62nd - 58th|
|Calvin Bobin||21.27 / 21.18||63rd - 59th|
|Amit Marks||21.50 / 21.40||67th - 63rd|
|Jimmy Dale||22.02 / 21.55||71st - 66th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||22.07 / 21.57||73rd - 6th scorer|
|Peter Hatley||22.20 / 22.06 (22.31)||81st - 74th|
|Emily Clarke||22.23 / 22.08 (22.10)||83rd - 8th scorer|
|Carlton DSouza||22.40 / 22.24||89th - 79th|
|Paul Thompson||22.43 / 22.26||90th - 80th|
|Nathaniel Dye||22.47 / 22.39||92nd - 82nd|
|Craig Livermore||22.49 / 22.32||93rd - 83rd|
|Grant Conway||23.01 / 22.44||98th - 87th|
|Mounir Dahbi||23.17 / 23.09||102nd - 91st|
|Gemma Foxall||23.21 / 23.05||103rd - 12th scorer|
|Karan Gadhia||23.22 / 23..06 (25.26)||104th - 92nd|
|Becky Evans||23.27 / 23.12||107th - 14th scorer|
|Kasia Stachowiak||24.07 / 23.48||116th - 16th|
|Katie Whitton||24.13 / 23.58||115th - 17th|
|Peter Ballard||24.21 / 24.21||122nd - 104th|
|Ramesh Pala||24.33 / 24.06||131st - 111th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.40 / 24.17||132nd - 112th|
|Maud Hodson||24.44 / 24.28 (25.01)||134th - 21st scorer|
|Suzanne Bench||25.02 / 24.28||141st - 25th|
|John Healy||25.05/24.40 (25.45)||144th - 119th|
|Abdirahman Adan||25.18 / 24.42||149th - 122nd|
|Andrea Waller||25.47 / 25.23 (26.49)||159th - 31st|
|Samir Younsi||26.16 / 25.57||166th - 131st|
|Carolyn Edwards||26.25 / 25.57||168th - 36th|
|Catriona Hoult||26.28 / 26.01||169th - 37th|
|George Georgiou||26.56 / 26.29||177th - 134th|
|Steven Bywater||27.05 / 26.32||181st - 137th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||27.29 / 27.00||185th - 48th|
|Mark Wiltshire||27.31 / 26.56||186th - 138th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.38 / 27.09||191st - 53rd|
|Veronica Carrasco||27.45 / 26.56||194th - 55th|
|Jason Levy||27.49 / 27.19||196th - 140th|
|Arthur Diaz||27.49 / 27.20||197th - 141st|
|Mary Connolly||28.06 / 27.38||203rd - 58th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||29.03/ 28.27||216th - 68th|
|Isabella Allan||29.07 / 28.32||218th - 70th|
|Helen McGuinness||29.11 / 28.34||221st - 73rd|
|Caroline Moore||29.48 / 29.13||227th - 78th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||30.05 / 29.35||230th - 81st|
|Siobhan OShea||30.30 / 29.56||236th - 83rd|
|Anna Dingle||30.30 / 30.01||237th - 84th|
|Kathy Morrissey||31.51 / 31.18||256th - 99th|
|Alice Barrett||31.56/31.16 (36.28)||259th - 102nd|
|Juliet Lopez-Real||32.01 / 31.22||261st - 104th|
|Geoff Bench||32.08 / 31.31||262nd - 158th|
|Alexandra Brown||32.18 / 31.41||263rd - 105th|
|Maya Goodwin||32.21/31.42 (34.39)||264th - 106th|
|Sharon Lincoln||33.49/33.10 debut||286th - 116th|
|Morag Campbell||35.45 / 35.03||288th - 124th|
|Tasnia Choudhury ||35.58 / 35.06 debut||290th - 126th|
|Samia Choudhury||36.44 / 35.54||294th - 129th|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.35 / 36.54||299th - 133rd|
|Janet Bywater||38.42*||305th - 137th|
|Don Bennett||39.05 / 38.17||308th - 169th|
|Sifot Ali||41.31*||309th - 170th|
* Some runners were delayed by heavy traffic. start mat was gone by the time they started.
( ) Those that improved from last year - Best improvement Alice Barrett 36.28 to 31.16.
Race prize winners tonight for ELR.
1st FV50 Karen Levison
1st Overall Lee Johnson
2nd Overall Jose Nacho Aguirre RodrÃguez
Elvis team scorers
Men : Lee Johnson, Jose Rodriguez, Scott McMillan, John Henry, Warren Ibrahim and Peter Craik.
Ladies: Karen Levison, Ellie Wilkinson, Emily Clarke, Gemma Foxall, Becky Evans and Maud Hodson.
London Triathlon - Olympic (Sunday) - Sunday 28th July 2019
|James Nichols||2.51.48||1052nd/ 1841|
1500m swim, T1, 40k cycle, T2, 10km run
33.05 , 6.36, 1.25.02, 2.30 , 44.37
Royal Parks Summer Series 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 28th July 2019
Lee Valley 10 Fest 10km - Sunday 28th July 2019
Lee Valley 10 Fest 10 miles - Sunday 28th July 2019
|Antonio Martin Romero||55.38||1st|
Antonio reports: Another solid week in the build-up to the Berlin Marathon.
First overall in the Lee Valley Fest 10-mile race. Solo run from the beginning,
but the most important thing is the time was one minute faster than in 2018,
where I ran most of the race with more runners. I will be racing in Spain in the
coming months, so you might not see me around for a while!
London Triathlon - Olympic (Saturday) - Saturday 27th July 2019
|Jimmy Dale||2.49.06||384th/ 1204|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.10||1500m swim|
Olympic - 1500m swim, T1,40K cycle, T2, 10km run
32.15 , 4.06, 1.21.13, 4.04, 47.30 = 2.49.06
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera is with Alexa Humphreys at The London Triathlon.
I am so proud of our fabulous American/Irish/French team : Double Alex Mac Dermo! !!
We all performed better than we expected as we were just hoping to be under 3 hours!
Super chuffed with my time as the best I did in training was 35 mins!
We are 52 out of 152 teams...
Looks like it's calling for a Triathlon relay 2020.
Twilight 50k Ultra, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Saturday 27th July 2019
parkrun - all venues (Raks Track team) - Saturday 27th July 2019
|Caroline Frith||22.21* (debut & 1st lady)||4th - 68.83% Des Moines Creek, USA|
|Stuart Barton||25.52* debut||19th - 56.57% Zielona Gora, Pol|
|Fiona Critchley||27.57* debut||24th - 62.31% Zielona Gora, Pol|
|Shaun DeSena||35.02 debut||37th - 37.11% Zielona Gora, Pol|
|Paul Marshall||22.50* debut||15th - 57.74% Alstervorland, Germ|
|Maud Hodson||25.05* debut||86th - 64.58% Netley Abbey|
|Stephen Swan||22.46* debut||7th - 57.10% Watermeadows|
|Andrew Howard||24.11* debut||42nd - 65.20% Cyclopark|
|Mark Moir||19.34* debut||7th - 65.93% Herrington Country|
|John Henry||18.50* (course pb)||5th - 71.95% Peckham Rye|
|Martin Quinlan||29.00 debut||58th - 49.66% Bethlem Royal Hospital|
|Morag Campbell||33.29 (course pb)||245th - 48.38% Rother Valley|
|Katherine Harris||23.55 (1st lady)||13th - 63.55% Barking|
|Richard Guest||23.58 debut||27th - 59.60% Ally Pally|
|Warren Ibrahim||21.22 debut||14th - 68.49% Roding Valley|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.56||22nd - 56.42% Pymmes|
|Amit Marks||20.02||13th - 69.13% Raphael|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.24 debut||18th - 63.97% Raphael|
|John Healy||24.53||97th - 57.00% Dulwich|
|Patrick Brown||18.56 (1st man)||1st - 69.28% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||30.03||60th - 50.69% Walthamstow|
|Juliet Lopez-Real||31.06||63rd - 51.07% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||18.40||8th - 72.59% Southwark|
|Lawrence Foster||22.30||23rd - 68.14% Bognor Regis|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||23.02||51st - 58.39% Hackney|
|Scott McMillan||19.33||2nd - 71.95% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||24.38||23rd - 59.40% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||25.03||31st - 62.34% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.18||55th - 60.68% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.15||66th - 55.95% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.37||87th - 58.04% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||35.25||100th - 43.01% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||36.26||103rd - 44.92% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||36.27||104th - 48.38% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||20.05||5th - 65.64% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||21.09||8th - 81.25% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.19||10th - 77.95% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.21||11th - 68.54% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||22.38||18th - 57.00% Valentines|
|Ged Browne||22.50||21st - 69.05% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.59||23rd - 65.77% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||23.33||31st - 62.63% Valentines|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.45||34th - 63.16% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||24.16||42nd - 60.99% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||24.52||49th - 59.52% Valentines|
|Stuart Norris||25.28||55th - 50.65% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||25.47||59th - 59.08% Valentines|
|Bilkis Achha||25.52||60th - 59.47% Valentines|
|Veronica Carrasco||26.21||62nd - 56.17% Valentines|
|Gail Edwards||26.35 debut||65th - 56.93% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.40||66th - 54.44% Valentines|
|Natasha Howard||27.05 debut||68th - 56.49% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.11||70th - 57.02% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.41||78th - 74.35% Valentines|
|Mary Connolly||27.50||79th - 65.93% Valentines|
|Kathy Morrissey||29.19 (course pb)||93rd - 55.83% Valentines|
|Maya Goodwin||31.09||105th - 52.54% Valentines|
|Damon Lerner||23.34 (course pb)||32nd - 60.18% Valentines|
Maud Hodson: What a brilliant morning. Came to Netley Abbey parkrun near
Southampton with young Stuart - plan was I would pace him to a sub 25, which would
be two and a half minutes off his PB. Well, I couldn't keep up with him & he came
in around 22.30. So pleased for him. Deserves the Hawaiian pizza wrap he is now
I was wearing my Wanstead Flats apricot, and before the run a woman came up to me
and said that her earliest memory was parachutes coming down over the flats at the
end of the war. Said she now lived in Norfolk - I asked where, and it turned out
she lives in the next village to my parents, and the one they used to live in.
I caught up with her afterwards and told her where my parents used to live -
'oh, you must be Anna & Robin's daughter'. They live next door.
Stuart Barton: Well that was my 100th different parkrun, run with two of
my parkrun buddies, not the full gang this time. This run was hilly and lots of
sand so that was why we were a little slower, nothing to do with the beer or food.
(New members of the Cowell Club (100 different events): - Vicky CORTVRIEND,
Thomas SHAW, Stuart BARTON, Malcolm MUIR, Carl MARSTON)
An historic moment: for the first time ever (notwithstanding a cancellation in 2012)
Bushy Park was NOT the UK's biggest parkrun this week!
Elliott Line Stats - 28th July 2019
Biggest UK parkruns: Southampton (973), Poole (886), Bushy Park (840).
Run Through Chase The Sun 5km, Hyde Park - Wednesday 24th July 2019
Sri Chimnoy Battersea Park Relays (3 x 1 mile) - Monday 22nd July 2019
|Jimmy Dale||5.56 pb||Yhbnbstu 276th/553|
|Peter Hatley||5.59||Yhbnbstu 287th/553|
|Grant Conway||6.17||Yhbnbstu 354th/553|
|Jacob Stevens||5.45||ELR JRJ 223rd/553|
|Richard Butterworth||6.01||ELR JRJ 292nd/553|
|Karan Gadhia||6.18 pb||ELR JRJ 357th/553|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||8.07||Wonder snails 529th/553|
Yhbnbstu = You had better not be slower than us
Team results - Men's teams
ELR JRJ 64th of 81 18.04
YHBNBSTU 66th of 81 18.13
BBC Couch to 5km, Olympic Park - Sunday 21st July 2019
|Alice Barrett||29.42 pb||174th|
Felsted 10km - Sunday 21st July 2019
Asics London 10km - Sunday 21st July 2019
Maya: Running the Asics 10k meant I was a bit late to Sunday rehearsal
today. London did what it does best and shone happiness and cheer gloriously
on us all. Thank you Kate Taylor for the place,
and thank you East End Road Runners for the MASSIVE cheer at 3k.
Run Norwich 10km - Sunday 21st July 2019
|Stuart Barton||51.55 pb||1661st|
Stuart reports: A very enjoyable running weekend in Norwich with my nephew.
Saturday morning parkrun at Mulbarton followed by a spa hotel for the day and night,
Today we did run Norwich,who knew Norwich was built on mountains,
After the race Steve 'Swany' Swan and myself met up with Ellie Wilkinson and Nick Clarke for a drink.
Thanks Norfolk I will be back soon.
I got myself a new 10k PB.
Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 20th July 2019
|Nathaniel Dye||43.16 pb||19th|
|Suzanne Bench||1.03.47 (with Sophie Bench)||219th|
parkrun - all venues ( No Wanstead ) - Saturday 20th July 2019
|John Henry||18.33* (1st & course pb)||1st - 73.05% Pymmes|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.02* debut||4th - 62.04% Orpington|
|Peter Hatley||22.22* debut||10th - 63.41% Sizewell|
|Fiona Critchley||26.37* debut||114th - 65.44% Stevenage|
|Maud Hodson||34.18* debut||157th - 47.23% Grangemoor|
|Chris Green||21.18 debut||23rd - 64.08% Grovelands|
|Stephen Swan||22.53 debut||22nd - 56.81% Mulbarton|
|Stuart Barton||24.22 debut||34th - 60.05% Mulbarton|
|Nick Hoult||21.25 debut||13th - 66.23% Barking|
|Catriona Hoult||26.02 debut||40th - 60.44% Barking|
|Paul Marshall||23.08 debut||19th - 56.99% Harlow|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.55 debut||53rd - 54.28% Harlow|
|Katie Whitton||26.29 debut||40th - 55.88% Barclay|
|Fiona Day||27.50 debut||296th - 70.72% Finsbury Park|
|Sarah Burns||22.36||55th - 69.10% Victoria Dock|
|Katherine Harris||24.01||78th - 63.29% Victoria Dock|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.38 debut||136th - 53.73% Victoria Dock|
|Mark Moir||19.43||4th - 65.43% Sunderland|
|James Nichols||22.03||16th - 59.79% Brentwood|
|Marc Akers||38.42||150th - 36.91% Gunpowder|
|Natasha Howard||27.56||148th - 54.77% Raphael|
|John Booth||18.11||5th - 74.52% Southwark|
|Dan Gritton||18.17||7th - 78.12% Southwark|
|Tom Howourth||20.20||5th - 63.52% Plymvalley|
|Patrick Brown||17.38 (1st man)||1st - 74.39% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.30||53rd - 57.48% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||28.34 (course pb)||76th - 55.19% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.26||90th - 53.78% Walthamstow|
|John Healy||27.31||313th - 51.54% Dulwich|
|Scott McMillan||18.11||17th - 77.36% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||22.34||121st - 66.99% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.35||122nd - 58.75% Hackney|
|Suzanne Taylor||24.53 debut||185th - 66.58% Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||27.18||257th - 48.90% Hackney|
|Helen McGuinness||31.24 debut||329th - 50.58% Hackney|
|Roselin Boramakot||31.52||335th - 46.50% Hackney|
|Arthur Diaz||33.19 debut||361st - 44.27% Hackney|
|Morag Campbell||35.04||368th - 46.20% Hackney|
|Caroline Frith||21.39 (1st lady)||20th - 71.05% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Moore||29.56 ||106th - 61.30% Roding Valley|
|Med Dahbi||20.37||10th - 72.11% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||21.08 (2nd lady)||15th - 81.31% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.09||16th - 78.57% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.13||17th - 60.80% Valentines|
|Warren Ibrahim||21.18||19th - 68.70% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.36||24th - 67.75% Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||22.22||29th - 62.44% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||22.26||30th - 57.50% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.59||38th - 59.39% Valentines|
|Ged Browne||32.32||47th - 67.00% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||23.33||49th - 62.63% Valentines|
|Liam Dempsey||24.19 debut||59th - 53.46% Valentines|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.32||89th - 61.68% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.35||112th - 56.19% Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||31.04||177th - 52.15% Valentines|
|Viktor Szabadi||32.33||187th - 46.80% Valentines|
|Sophie Edwards||35.27||214th - 45.23% Valentines|
|Damon Lerner||25.19||71st - 56.02% Valentines|
Phoenix Striders Summer Series 5km, One Tree Hill - Wednesday 17th July 2019
Elvis 4 - Ilford AC Newman Hilly 5 - Hainault Forest Country Park - Wednesday 17th July 2019
|Scott McMillan||31.20||21st - scorer|
|Dan Gritton||31.20||22nd - scorer|
|Dan Senior||31.57||27th - scorer|
|Fabrizio Stefanoni||32.18 (Elvis debut)||30th|
|Daniel Lee||32.41||34th - 33rd|
|James Nichols||32.55||37th - 36th|
|Mark Moir||33.32||41st - 40th|
|Tom Howourth||34.21||47th - 46th|
|Ava Lee||34.41||52nd - 2nd lady|
|Warren Ibrahim||35.02||57th - 55th|
|Peter Craik||35.03||58th - 56th|
|Craig Livermore||35.20||59th - 57th|
|Neil Gage||35.27||60th - 58th|
|Andrew Jackson||35.39||61st - 59th|
|Med Dahbi||35.48 (Elvis debut)||63rd - 61st|
|Robert Rayworth||35.54||64th - 62nd|
|Karen Levison||36.10||68th - 3rd lady|
|Michael Bamford||36.25||70th - 67th|
|Jacob Stevens||36.33||75th - 71st|
|Calvin Bobin||36.40||76th - 72nd|
|Amit Marks||36.46||78th - 74th|
|Richard Guest||37.23||89th - 83rd|
|James Creed||37.25||91st - 85th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||37.35||94th - 7th scorer|
|Nick Clarke||37.46||96th - 89th|
|Peter Hatley||37.55||99th - 92nd|
|Michael Wilson||38.10||101st - 94th|
|Nathaniel Dye||38.58||113th - 101st|
|Becky Evans||38.59||114th - 13th scorer|
|Grant Conway||39.15||115th - 102nd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||39.53||121st - 104th|
|Peter Ballard||39.55 (Elvis debut)||122nd - 105th|
|Mounir Dahbi||40.15||125th - 108th|
|Ramesh Pala||40.32||130th - 111th|
|Karan Gadhia||40.38||132nd - 113th|
|Gemma Foxall||40.38||133rd - 20th scorer|
|Abdirahman Adan||42.09||147th - 123rd|
|Katie Whitton||42.21||154th - 25th scorer|
|Stuart Barton||42.38||159th - 133rd|
|John Healy||43.04||166th - 139th|
|Maud Hodson||43.16||169th - 29th|
|Andrea Waller||44.43||184th - 37th|
|Alex Jameson||44.45||185th - 148th|
|Catriona Hoult||45.12||198th - 47th|
|Carolyn Edwards||45.56||202nd - 50th|
|George Georgiou||45.58||203rd - 153rd|
|Tina Bennett||46.07||204th - 51st|
|Bernadett Kalmar||46.12||205th - 52nd|
|Viktor Szabadi||46.12||206th - 154th|
|Bilkis Achha||46.20 (Elvis debut)||208th - 54th|
|Fiona Day||46.37||212th - 56th|
|Veronica Carrasco||48.15 (Elvis debut)||229th - 68th|
|Mary OBrien||48.17||230th - 69th|
|Naimah Riaz||48.19 (Elvis debut)||231st - 70th|
|Roselin Boramakot||49.12||240th - 75th|
|Helen McGuinness||49.21||241st - 76th|
|Arthur Diaz||49.39||246th - 169th|
|Caroline Moore||49.49||247th - 78th|
|Kirk Johnson||50.01||251st - 170th|
|Jason Levy||50.41||260th - 174th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||50.44||261st - 87th|
|Anna Dingle||50.48||262nd - 88th|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||53.46 (Elvis debut)||279th - 99th|
|Kathy Morrissey||55.26||291st - 110th|
|Juliet Lopez-Real||55.38 (Elvis debut)||294th - 112th|
|Isabella Allan||55.59||296th - 114th|
|Maya Goodwin||56.25||298th - 116th|
|Alice Barrett||56.27||299th - 117th|
|Alexandra Brown||56.30||300th - 118th|
75 ELR's including 8 doing there first Elvis.
Well done everyone who ran and supported ELR tonight.
Prize winners were
Ava Lee - 2nd Lady
Karen Levison - 3rd Lady
Ladies - East London Runners
Ava Lee, Karen Levison, Ellie Wilkinson, Becky Evans
Men - Liviu Ionita, Jose Rodriguez, Paul Quinton, Scott McMillan, Dan Gritton and Dan Senior 2nd place
Ladies - Ava, Karen, Ellie, Becky, Gemma Foxall and Katie Whitton - 1st place.
The Lundy Island Race 2019 - Sunday 14th July 2019
Brighton Falmer Triathlon - Sunday 14th July 2019
400m swim, 28km cycle, 5km run
10.17, 1.25, 1.04.30, 0.38, 25.05 = 1.41.55
Spitfire Scramble 24 hour race. - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019
|Nathaniel Dye|| ||103 miles ,18 laps, Male solo (4th of 25)|
|Richard Butterworth|| ||12 laps, Men United (2nd of 15)|
|Gareth Davies|| ||10 laps, Men United (2nd of 15)|
|Jason Levy|| ||4 laps, ELR Legends|
|Alex Jameson|| ||5 laps, ELR Legends|
|Craig Livermore|| ||5 laps, ELR Legends|
|Catriona Hoult|| ||5 laps, ELR Legends|
|Diana Rexhepaj|| ||4 laps, ELR Legends|
|Stuart Barton|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Abdirahman Adan|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Joanna Wood|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Stephen Swan|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Sandra Hiller|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Geoff Bench|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Suzanne Bench|| ||3 laps, ELR Spitters|
|Maya Goodwin|| ||2 laps, EERR 2|
|Fiona Critchley|| ||3 laps, EERR 2|
|Bernadett Kalmar|| ||3 laps, EERR 2|
|Rakesh Sandhu||5 laps, Laurens Ladies|
|Richard Kimmens|| ||7 laps, Scrambled legs 1 (1st of 14)|
Joanna Wood: Another Spitfire Scramble completed and another great weekend had.
Nice weather, nice bling, nice t shirt and Achilles just held out for the 3rd lap.
Well done ELR Spitters, well done ELR Legends (I'm assured it's legends and not leg-ends!)
, a massive well done to Gareth & Richard in their duo team but saving the best til last
a huge congrats to Nathaniel for his epic 24hr run!!! Can't wait to read your report Nat,
you did yourself and ELR proud!!
Shower done, 2nd load of washing in and pondering what to have for dinner whilst watching
Star Wars. Was thinking of pot noodle - what do you think Maya???
Catriona Hoult: I'm not quite sure why I love Spitfire Scramble so much because
it is completely bonkers to run through the night when you should be sleeping. I think it's
probably the bonkers- ness plus fantastic atmosphere and team spirit. On a personal note,
I'm delighted I managed 5 laps, all quicker than my fastest last year and also that my first
and last laps took EXACTLY the same time. If you include parkrun yesterday, that's 31.5 miles
in just over 24 hours. As I say, bonkers!
Maya Goodwin: The Spitfire Scramble is a 24 hour race where you try and run as many of
the 5.7 mile laps as you can in 24 hours. I'm not that brave:
I ran as part of a team.
And I only ran two laps.
And I didn't run at night.
And I didn't camp.
But I DID run two laps, one in the scorching sun at 1pm and one starting in the dusk at at 9.30pm with a head torch.
Despite being searingly hot or spooked by the dark, I really enjoyed the race. It was so pretty, round Hornchurch County Park, on tarmac, through woodland paths and tracks though fields. At 3.5 miles you came back through camp where everyone was cheering, some more delightedly than others, depending if they were up next to run.
In between, I laughed, had my hair braided with purple glitter and ate SO MUCH FOOD.
I was running as an East London Runner in an East End Road Runners team. Red meets purple. Purples, you were the most excellent hosts, thank you so very much for having me, I had a blast. Shirley Sceats your food was INCREDIBLE. Danielle Fletcher thank you for making my race hair so pretty. Ravindra Luggah you were an excellent, brilliant Team Skipper. Thank you all so much for inviting me,
I can't give up my red vest, I'll always be an ELR, but the purples stole my heart (and stomach!) this weekend xx
I'm not going to beat around the bush, but the Spitfire Scramble is one of the best team based endurance races around. The atmosphere is something that just can't be rivalled, and there were way more teams and soloists this year by a long way.
Now because some stupid idiot forgot his tent poles, I basically had no tent (it was only an insurance policy, in case I wanted some sleep). Thankfully Catriona offered up a spot in the main lobby of hers, but it was always my intention to remain awake for the full race. Alas at least the offer was there if I needed it.
I had a strategy in mind when it came to my stints, that so long as I was doing 45 mins per 5.7 miles (7:49 per/mile), we'd bag an hour (1 stint) just off of me alone.
The first two...at 3:49 pm and 9:04 pm (Dusk) respectively...on my part were identical, 42:57 on both I was ahead of schedule by 17 minutes per stint. The third lap was the night lap (2:40 am), and I expected to take that more cautious, but everything clicked into place like a metronome, and I was only 6 seconds slower at 43:03.
With three stints at exactly the same pace (7:34 per/mile), I was well ahead of time, and not expecting anything overly special.
But all the while I was waiting for my fourth and supposedly final stint I was fighting my own battle of staying awake. I'd been awake since 6 am on Saturday, all the way through to the following morning at the same time, where a brief lapse in my consciousness forced me into a 10 min snooze (basically I blacked out). Next thing I knew it was 6:10, but I was back and awake for the remainder of the race.
At 8:24 am, and copious amounts of caffeine and taurine later from the previous 14 hours, I was setting of on my fourth run. I was lined up on the start eagerly awaiting Diana to crest the final corner on the run up to the start/finish line. And I spotted someone I hadn't seen in 2 years or so, a certain Jason Crispin from Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets AC. As he set off 2 minutes ahead of me I thought to myself "now there's someone I could aim to close in on over the lap", so off I went after Diana's 4th and final sterling effort. First mile 7:14, next 7:17, I was thinking this is way too quick, but I could see Jason a fair way ahead, and I was metre by metre closing in on him. By mile 3 I was down to 6:52, and still gaining, around about 30 seconds splitting us at this point. Getting towards the lake I was within a 10 second window to launch a major assault and overhaul him, which came right within the confines of the campsite, by the time I got to the ELR camp I was ahead, and shifting some. Mile 4 ended with a 6:45, and after that I made a conscious effort to get back to my opening pace at the very least, as I would've most certainly crashed by the end of the lap. The end result was a 40:24 lap (7:04 min/mile), and my fastest by far. But me and Jason had a little catch up at the end, it's always nice to see a familiar face after a long time.
After such a stunning performance by everyone within the team, we were 2 hours and 4 mins ahead of schedule, enough time for 3 more laps. Of which myself, Cat and Alex volunteered to do. I really badly wanted the team in the top 20, and Jason told me to go as fast as possible, as we were in theory still within a shout. So when it got to me, I did exactly as I was told, though to my surprise I set my second fastest lap along the way (42:34, 7:32 per/mile). One last time past camp and on the back stretch, I was starting to well up with emotion...29.5 hours of being awake will do that to you...I couldn't believe it was coming to an end. In the last half a mile I saw Richard and thought "let's close the gap and come in together", that's the spirit that encapsulates any 24 hour race.
And from those final 5 lap efforts, we rose back from 25th to 19th out of the 50+ 6-8 mixed teams. I was overjoyed when I heard that bit of news, as we missed out on that last year, and was something that I know everyone would've wanted, especially after their efforts.
Right now I've been in crash and burn mode, it's not really the running as the being awake for 37.5 hours out of 40 has taken it's toll. But I suppose the combined 7:24 min/mile over 28.5 miles on and off has something to do with it as well.
Thanks Jason for organising and leading the group, and to everyone else I haven't mentioned. And as for you Nathaniel, it's been awe inspiring and a pleasure to be there and witness such a stoic achievement.
Spitfire Scramble 24 hour race. pt 2 - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019
Nat Dye reports: Spitfire Scramble Race Report
Well. 100 miles. There it is! I'm still coming to terms with the fact I've now run triple digits, considering in my first run, about 4-5 years ago, I didn't make it to a mile.
Although I was running solo, I feel like I owe a lot of people a lot of gratitude for helping make it happen. That started with Jo, who gave me a lift and let me in her car with a massive suitcase full of food and an ice bucket that spilled over a bit on a corner!
Upon arrival, courtesy of Stuart, Gaz was set up on the edge of the course with a few tents. This was the perfect place to set up my own extra water station, something that would save me in the heat!
Although it ended up being my fastest the first lap felt a bit tentative. The course was undulating and runnable for anyone running in a team, but I adopted the strategy of walking up hill, especially on the big alpine switchback style hill! The race was incredibly friendly and so many other runners (both running and resting) offered support the whole way round.
The midday start meant that heat and hydration management were the name of the game in the first few hours and every lap (5 3/4 miles) I soaked my T-shirt. By about lap 3, this felt indescribably good and it stopped me overheating too much. By around 7pm, the temperature started to dip and running was pleasant again. I felt strong up to about fifty miles, which I reached at about 10:30-11pm. As night set in, I slowed from an average speed approaching 5mph to something closer to 4. I knew I needed to average 4.1 overall to reach 100 miles in the allotted 24 hours and could only see the situation getting worse. At around 60 miles, my hourly (ish) snack stops at the ELR camp became something to look forward to more and more each lap. Given how tired people were, the mood was incredibly positive and team mates really got me through this rough patch.
So as I passed 100k, I thought Iâ€™d better do something about slowing down and get a move on. I increased my cadence and churned out four miles in a row that were under twelve minites. This doesn't sound like much, but banking some time really helped psychologically. Even when I started to slow again at around 70 miles, the task at least seemed possible. Dawn also gave me a boost and at around 5am mile 74 gave a significant mental boost of having under marathon distance to go. It then became a case of simply grinding out the miles and running from water station to water station, just going a bit more. At around 85 miles, my quads seriously started hurting and I just couldn't put any power into my running form - I was struggling to overtake walkers!
In the final few hours, the course seemed longer and longer as I dragged my carcass through all sorts of pain as my body told me in no uncertain terms that I shouldn't be running any more. I cannot express how little I wanted to run the last ten miles - I just know I had to.
the ELR team gave me more and more encouragement. Most hundred milers recommend that runners have a support crew and it felt like I had one. As I approached the line and attempted a sprint (in this case, shuffle) finish, I was accompanied by a red army.
103 miles was quite enough for one day. Now to sleep a lot and eat all the food!
Solo Male 4th Nathaniel Dye
Average Lap 1.19.37
Fastest Lap 1.02.49
1 01:02:49 2 01:03:07 3 01:08:19 4 01:09:51 5 01:20:41 6 01:15:09 7 01:19:18 8 01:20:05 9 01:24:08 10 01:27:02 11 01:21:25 12 01:12:16
13 01:24:59 14 01:25:57 15 01:26:00 16 01:25:23 17 01:35:52 18 1.30.35
Male Pairs 2nd place - 22 laps Men United
Average Lap 1.06.42
Fastest Lap 48.31 Richard
1 Richard Butterworth 00:48:31 2 Gareth Davies 00:55:47 3 Richard 53:06 4 Gareth 56:20 5 Richard 53:57 6 Gareth 59:35 7 Richard 01:00:50
8 Gareth 57:04 9 Richard 01:01:31 10 Gareth 58:51 11 Richard 01:06:46 12 Gareth 01:03:14 13 Richard 01:11:55 14 Gareth 01:46:32
15 Gareth 1:04:56 16 Richard 1:52:41 17 Richard 1:10:02 18 Gareth 1:21:01 19 Richard 1:04:05 20 Gareth 56:20 21 Richard 1:06:06 22 Richard 1:17:54
Male Team 3 - 5 1st Scrambled Legs 1
Average 42.48 , Fastest 39.03 Rich Kimmens
Richard Kimmens 1 39.03 2 42.13 3 43.10 4 43.15 5 41.24 6 43.12 7 39.50
Mixed 6 - 8: ELR Legends 27 LAPS (19th of 55)
Average Lap 54.21
Fastest Lap 40.31 Craig Livermore
1 Jason Levy 01:03:03 2 Catriona Davies 55:31 3 Alex Jameson 53:11 4 Diana Rexhepaj 57:35 5 Craig Livermore 43:06 6 Antony Leckerman 43:46
7 Jason 01:02:53 8 Catriona 55:15 9 Alex 53:03 10 Diana 57:08 11 Craig 42:57 12 Antony 49:01 13 Jason 01:08:11 14 Catriona 57:47 15 Alex 57:03
16 Diana 01:00:31 17 Craig 43:04 18 Antony 53:33 19 Jason 01:10:51 20 Catriona 57:05 21 Alex 59:33 22 Diana 01:00:27 23 Craig 40:31
24 Antony 48:29 25 Catriona 55:40 26 Alex 55:10 27 Craig Livermore 42:40
Mixed 6-8: ELR Spitters 24 LAPS (33rd of 55)
Average Lap 1.00.01
Fastest Lap 47.56 Abdirahman
1 Stuart Barton 55:35 2 Abdirahman Mohammad 51:36 3 Alex Rutishauser-Perera 01:00:10 4 Abdirahman 59:48 5 Joanna Wood 57:25 6 Steve Swan 49:41
7 Sandra Hiller 1:01:05 8 Susanna Bench 55:00 9 Geoff Bench 01:04:57 10 Stuart 1:00:06 11 Alex RP 1:00:40 12 Joanna 1:05:39 13 Steve 57:59
14 Sandra 1:19:26 15 Susannah 54:39 16 Geoff 1:07:35 17 Stuart 1:02:47 18 Alex RP 1:00:10 19 Joanna 1:08:58 20 Steve 48:04 21 Sandra 1:09:52
22 Susannah 51:27 23 Geoff 1:09:26 24 Abdirahman 47:56
Female 6-8 EERR 2 10th of 13 21 laps
Average 1.07.37 Fastest 53.11 Bernadett
Maya Goodwin 2: 1.05.32 10: 1.10.16
Fiona Critchley 3: 56.36 13: 53.53 19: 57.20
Bernadett 4: 53.39 16: 57.51 21: 53.11
Mixed 6 - 8 Lauren's Ladies 29 laps (13th of 55)
Rak Sandhu 5 laps - 47.46, 48.43, 58.23 ,54.56 , 50.32
The Roding Around Marathon - Sunday 14th July 2019
|Maud Hodson||4.49.59||6th, 1st lady|
Maud Hodson: Roding Around Marathon race report
I only entered this race a week ago - I was going to run the Essex 100, but for various reasons changed my plans. This was a new event, organised by a small outfit called Company of Runners. It's a trail marathon (and a bit official distance just under 27 miles) visiting all the villages in Essex with Roding in their name this is from the course directions:
There are eight Roding villages and one lost hamlet the largest group in the country to bear a common name. They originate from the Saxon invasion of the sixth century when Hrotha and his tribe, the Hrodingas, sailed up the Thames and along its tributary river seeking a new home.
I was looking forward to an enjoyable bit of trail-running in the lovely Essex countryside, without any pressure of time. The course is not signed, so runners have to navigate themselves using the narrative directions and/or the GPX file. For much of the race I found myself in a group of 5 or 6 runners, and we helped each other with the route _ was using the GPX file on my phone, a couple were using it on watches plus a couple with the written directions, which gave us several different ways to solve a dilemma. We would had to stop every now and again when the route wasn't obvious and work it out between us. The route itself was a real mix - bits of road, some good quality tracks and some really tricky, rutted & overgrown field edges.
I was planning to run at something like my normal marathon pace when the going was good, and just to go with the flow when the terrain was more challenging probably started a bit too quick. But for the first half of the race it was just what I hoped for - the rain had stopped & the weather was almost perfect. No damage other than a bloodied knee when I tripped while looking at the map on my phone and hit the deck. Then at CP2 (14 miles) they told us that there were only three runners in front of us and that I was the first woman. As well as being a bit gobsmacked I'd assumed we were somewhere in the middle - this news completely changed the equation. Bye-bye nice relaxed jaunt, hello pressure, dreams of glory & and alternating determination & despair.
The third leg was the toughest for me. I may have arrived at the CP as first female, but only just - there was one other woman in the group I was with, and while I managed to pull away slightly a couple of times, we all came back together when another navigation conference was needed. And as we headed towards CP3 (20 miles) I couldn't keep up and trailed in last of our group. CP3 is in front of Aythorpe Roding Village Hall - the finish line is only a few meters away, at the back of the hall. But there's another 6/7 miles to go. I was feeling pretty cooked, and certain that I wouldn't be able to keep up with Marianne. I spent a couple of minutes at the CP, scoffing the delicious strawberries (from the fruit farm we had run through earlier), and one of the marshals told me that someone called Sarah had come past on her bike, and had asked them to pass on a message of good luck to me. Which gave me a real boost - thanks Sarah!
The two faster guys from our group had already set off, and I left the CP with Marianne & her husband, Colin. We continued our game of cat and mouse until about 3 miles from the finish we realised we had gone slightly wrong and were trying to work out how to fix it. Colin (using the written directions) was sure we had made a mistake a bit further back, but I reckoned we just need to be the other side of a hedge. He was heading back down the path, Marianne was waiting in between, and I said to her that I was sure enough of the route that I was going to go for it.
So I was on my own then, hoping I hadn't screwed up (I have been known to read GPX files upside down). I had made the right call, and soon the blue dot was on the red line again. I was pretty exhausted but kept pushing on as much as I could, and there were a couple more points when the route appeared to go between two paths, so I would take my pick and hope it worked out. Boy was I happy when I spotted the finish flag across the field. Robert & Phil, the two quicker guys I had run with earlier were at the finish, and the RD greeted me with my winner's T shirt.
6th overall (out of 49 finishers) and 1st woman. The time, 4.49, was slower than I had expected, but given the roughness of some of the terrain (my legs were zinging afterwards from all the nettle stings) I'm happy enough with that. And I can now call myself a marathon winner over the moon. Great medal too, I think the biggest I've ever got, and a nice design. And more of those lovely strawberries at the finish.
Adidas Shoreditch 10km - Sunday 14th July 2019
|Mark Moir||39.28 pb||74th|
Mark Moir: New 10K PB in Shoreditch, London today! I shaved 82 seconds
off my previous PB to achieve a goal I've been aiming for quite some time
(a sub-40 10k). It has been a long road to recovery since my injury last August
but as always my family, friends and East London Runners have helped me to come
back stronger. Thank you for all of your support!
Maverick X Peak District Trail (short) 16km - Saturday 13th July 2019
Essex 30 mile, Felstead (32.8 miles) - Saturday 13th July 2019
|Paula Bedford||6.05.40||9th, 1st lady|
4 laps - lap 1 1.11.52 - lap 2 1.22.26 - lap 3 1.47.07 - lap 4 1.44.14
Paula Bedford: Bit of a waffling race report
So, I was feeling uninspired and overindulged at Xmas and decided that i needed a challenge for after the London marathon to keep me motivated! One thing that has inspired me for a while now is the amazing distance running of achievements of Maud and Karen. I wondered if I could do it too! I thought anyway that I'd have a go and entered in the 30 mile event (32.8 miles to be precise) of the Challenge Running Essex 100 . I was feeling fit after LVM but my training for this race didn't really ramp up liked I'd hoped. Annoyingly I hurt my knee on the way to the pub! (not even on the way back!) by the time I could run again, a couple of weeks later, I didn't manage to build up my mileage again. Thankfully though, my knee was just fine. Despite the lack of miles I felt confident I'd make it round but altered my ambitions of a fast time. I thought I'd just take it easy, it wanted to enjoy my first ultra! Races tent to be a family event for me and on Friday I picked the kids up from school and we headed to a nice campsite near the race start and my super sister Sarah burns cycled up to meet us and to look after the kids while I was running (which was no doubt tougher than running an ultra!). The conditions on race day were perfect. It was a little overcast but warm and ideal for me. We walked to the start on the Fitch way , a disused railway track. The format of the race was out and back on a 8 mile ish loop. For the 30 mile I needed to run 4 laps. Having the out and back meant that you got to see your fellow runners, I enjoyed this and they were a friendly bunch and to start with there we lots of hello's after a while it was just little waves as we all tired! I ran alongside an old gent in his 70's called Geoff, who was back running after major heart surgry, we had a nice chat then to my surprise off he sped! It turns out it was Geoff Russell, British M65 world record holder!! So I learned never judge a runner by their age! It was fantastic seeing the faster runners in the various races, very inspirational and something to aspire to! The first 3 competitors home in the 50 miles race were women and the course record was smashed. Which just goes to show how longer distances can level the competition between the men and women as the young and old! Their running was incredible and a joy to watch, they just looked fantastic, calm and in control. So my first 2 laps were as planned, I felt good. I was using gels as that's all I've used in the past and hadn't bothered stopping to look at the food at either of the check points. I saw Sarah and the kids for the first time as I set off on lap 3 which was a boost but soon after I set off down the road I started to get a really bad stitch and felt rubbish! How had it all changed so quickly? I really wondered what the hell I was going to do and spent a bit of time running alongside I lovely chap Darren who was doing the 100 who kept me going. I made it to the feed station/ check point / half way of lap three and after a chat with the volunteers there who decided that the problem was I needed food! I have never eaten solid food on a run ever so was a bit apprehensive. They encouraged me to start with some melon... after that I was wolfing down crisps , peanuts and fruit cake and some flat cola! Ahhh I was feeling better all ready. Lesson number 2. Eat real food on long runs! Off I went slowly and by the time I was back to start lap 4 all was good again. I took the time to eat some more then I was off on the last lap. Darren ran with me again for a bit, telling me about his journey from depression, to park run to his running club to champion in his age group last year. I love these moments in running and I love that running helps people and brings them together. I left Darren after a while and headed off to the finish. Sarah and the kids were there with cheers and hugs. 54km in 6:02:00. what more could I want? So I could not have been more surprise when the Organiser came over and told me I was first female too. I was delighted. I was bib number one, for my first ultra and came first. So that was a lovely coincidence! I've signed up for the Thame Trot (50 miles) in October.
For now I've got the Ultra bug... who knows how far I'll end up next time!
Essex XC Series - Thorndon Heath 10km - Saturday 13th July 2019
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th July 2019
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.55* debut||43.69% du Lac de Divonne, France|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.37* debut||52nd - 66.32% Krakow, Poland|
|Andrew Howard||23.42* debut||23rd - 66.53% Margate|
|Richard Guest||21.47* debut||23rd - 65.57% Maidenhead|
|Mark Moir||19.58 debut||10th - 64.61% Bexley|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.55 debut||16th - 62.39% Bexley|
|Claire Emery||29.19 debut||311th - 56.51% Milton Keynes|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.23 (course pb)||35th - 57.69% Pymmes|
|Liviu Ionita||16.44 (1st man)||1st - 77.09% Barking|
|Catriona Hoult||28.41 debut||87th - 54.85% Harrow Lodge|
|Alex Jameson||28.43 debut||88th - 50.96% Harrow Lodge|
|Liam Dempsey||25.35||43rd - 50.81% Brentwood|
|Amit Marks||20.10||16th - 68.68% Raphael|
|Martin Quinlan||25.52||132nd - 55.67% Hilly Fields|
|John Booth||17.55||13th - 75.63% Southwark|
|Dan Gritton||18.01||15th - 79.28% Southwark|
|Paul Marshall||23.33||36th - 55.98% Lancaster|
|David Hallybone||24.35||62nd - 56.81% Sale Water|
|Mark Boulton||17.49||5th - 73.99% Hackney|
|Tom Howourth||19.14||19th - 67.16% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||25.13||132nd - 53.34% Hackney|
|Med Dahbi||20.07 (course pb)||12th - 73.90% Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||20.17||15th - 68.28% Roding Valley|
|Mounir Dahbi||22.57||45th - 58.61% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.58||46th - 57.76% Roding Valley|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.32 debut||72nd - 64.88% Roding Valley|
|Patrick Brown||17.39 (1st man)||1st - 74.32% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||24.51||40th - 70.96% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.37||57th - 57.23% Walthamstow|
|Kathy Morrissey||30.22||91st - 53.90% Walthamstow|
|Warren Ibrahim||20.36 debut||8th - 71.04% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.11||13th - 69.08% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||22.21||22nd - 57.72% Valentines|
|Becky Evans||22.51 debut||26th - 74.25% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.24||30th - 64.60% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.17||80th - 56.81% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.47||95th - 74.09% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||30.09||130th - 49.92% Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||21.04||140th - 52.15% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||35.29||197th - 48.61% Valentines|
|John Henry||18.24 (course pb)||4th - 73.64% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.35||6th - 75.70% Wanstead|
|William ODonoghue||22.11||39th - 58.30% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.21||41st - 71.74% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||23.47||62nd - 59.64% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||25.07||84th - 60.25% Wanstead|
|Gail Edwards||26.41||119th - 56.71% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.48||121st - 64.99% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.25||127th - 71.79% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.25||150th - 53.61% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||28.50||157th - 51.16% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||31.45||214th - 51.02% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||33.08||237th - 42.89% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||33.17||238th - 49.17% Wanstead|
|Angela May||33.18||239th - 45.45% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.44||257th - 45.34% Wanstead|
|Damon Lerner||25.56||65th - 54.69% Valentines|
Essex 10,000m Championships, Braintree - Wednesday 10th July 2019
Run Through Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 10th July 2019
|Scott McMillan||37.39 pb||5th, 2nd V40|
|Warren Ibrahim||42.51||40th, 2nd V45|
|Peter Ballard||46.47||76th, 1st V60|
|Becky Evans||47.46||89th, 1st FV50|
Run Through Chase The Sun 5km, QEOP - Wednesday 10th July 2019
Joanna Wood: Runthrough 5km Chase the Sun Olympic Park.
A short report to match my mood
Tonight saw a new route for the Chase the Sun races starting at The Timber Lodge. Much of the route the same as Elvis a couple of weeks ago but in reverse, so this time lots of uphills.
Somehow I got swept up into the 10k route despite asking 3 different marshalls where to go for 5k. Signage not great and certainly not towards the finish. After starting a third lap and being well over 5km I ended up cutting across the spectating area to double back to the finish line.
Should have finished 5km in about 29mins tonight, ended up doing 3.8miles in approx 35mins mins including the couple of mins spent stopping to speak to marshalls and showing them my watch to show I wasn't meant to be doing a third lap!!!
I spoke to one of the organisers who apologised and asked for all my Garmin data so they could identify where I'd gone wrong. Speaking to others afterwards it would appear a marshall was stood in front of the 5K finish sign and had to be told by runners to move out of the way.
Tonight wasn't about a PB with an Achilles issue and Spitfire looming this weekend but I did still try.
I'm a great champion of Runthrough and actively promote their races where I can. Tonight there were some lacklustre marshalls, poor signage and a tougher course than they used to have. I know their events are usually much better than this, I wouldn't keep going back otherwise and of course accidents happen, however if this had been my first race with them I don't know if I'd go back for another one.
Fingers crossed they nail the issues and future races are back up to their usual excellent standard.
Hever Castle Festival of Endurance - Aquabike (half) - Sunday 7th July 2019
|Ava Lee||3.03.14||31st, 1st FV 40-49|
|Daniel Lee||3.06.11||35th, 3rd MV 50-54 |
1,900m Swim, T1 , 60KM Cycle
38.48, 2.31, 2.21.54 Ava
49.35, 2.24, 2.14.11 Danny
Hever Castle Festival of Endurance - The Bastion - Sunday 7th July 2019
|Jennifer Ansell||13.55.58||34th , 2nd lady|
The Bastion - 3,800m swim, T1 , 180km cycle, T2 , 42km run
1.19.26, 8.13, 7.53.50, 5.07, 4.29.21 = 13.55.58
Ava Lee: Yesterday was the Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle.
We had the pleasure of watching Jenny Ansell absolutely smash her first
iron distance triathlon race - The Bastion. She came SECOND lady!!!
One of the toughest long distance triathlons out there, with nearly 3000
metres of climbing on the bike. Jennifer, I hope you don't mind me posting,
but that was something special!! You are amazing!
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 7th July 2019
|Stuart Norris||45.38 pb||95th|
Peter Craik That was a real struggle. Entered it thinking that
sub-40 could be possible, and after a demanding few weeks reckoned that
a PB (40.47) was still realistic, but I just couldn't find enough energy to
get close. I very nearly stopped, so the main achievement was avoiding
that. But it was an enjoyable and well organised event, and great to
see many first-timers taking part.
Bewl 15 mile - Sunday 7th July 2019
|Roselin Boramakot||2.44.58 (course pb)||607th|
Warslow Fell Race & Beer Festival - Saturday 6th July 2019
also Alex Day 71.10
Orions Forest Five Series - Race 2 - Saturday 6th July 2019
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 6th July 2019
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||29.41* debut||21st - 51.82% Caffarella, ITA|
|Kathy Morrissey||31.03* debut||168th - 52.71% Sewerby|
|Jason Levy||25.26* debut||40th - 57.08% Brockenhurst|
|Richard Guest||21.27* debut||10th - 66.59% Higginson, Marlow|
|Stuart Barton||23.26* debut||17th - 62.45% Loch Neaton, Watton|
|Fiona Critchley||26.20* debut||28th - 66.14% Loch Neaton, Watton|
|Liviu Ionita||16.31* (1st man & cpb)||1st - 78.10% Barking|
|Warren Ibrahim||21.33 debut||11th - 67.90% Barking|
|Becky Evans||22.41 debut||13th - 74.80% Barking|
|Mary Connolly||26.38||41st - 68.90% Barking|
|Patrick Brown||17.47 (1st man)||1st - 73.76% Hillsborough|
|Susan Bushnell||38.50 (course pb)||95th - 51.42% Dartford Heath|
|Med Dahbi||21.12 (course pb)||13th - 70.13% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||31.54||117th - 59.98% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||20.26 debut||7th - 64.52% Pymmes|
|Nick Hoult||23.38 debut||21st - 60.01% Pymmes|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.18||37th - 55.60% Pymmes|
|Catriona Hoult||27.02 debut||58th - 58.20% Pymmes|
|Scott McMillan||19.11 debut||3rd - 73.33% Walthamstow|
|Samir Younsi||23.48 debut||30th - 59.59% Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||29.48 debut||374th - 45.81% Highbury Fields|
|Shailesh Patel||25.28||146th - 59.36% Hamstead Heath|
|Marc Akers||36.01||138th - 39.66% Gunpowder|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.32||44th - 56.09% Beckton|
|Dan Gritton||18.23||4th - 77.70% Southwark|
|Stephen Swan||24.25||93rd - 53.24% Kesgrave|
|Amit Marks||20.32||18th - 67.45% Cassiobury|
|Martin Quinlan||26.11||61st - 55.00% Roundshaw Downs|
|James Nichols||20.20||4th - 64.84% Brentwood|
|John Booth||18.58||16th - 71.44% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.29||110th - 55.57% Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||46.33||347th - 31.79% Mile End|
|Stuart Kelly||17.32||9th - 75.19% Hackney|
|Tom Howourth||19.11||25th - 67.33% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||23.08||113th - 58.14% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.13||115th - 57.14% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||23.37||126th - 62.67% Hackney|
|Aaron Browne||19.24||4th - 66.49% Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||19.39||6th - 72.18% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||20.13||8th - 63.81% Valentines|
|Carlton DSouza||21.36||17th - 66.13% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.37||18th - 67.69% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||21.49 (1st lady)||19th - 78.76% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.41||25th - 67.74% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||22.58||28th - 56.17% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||23.01||29th - 64.59% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||26.07||69th - 56.48% Valentines|
|Naimah Riaz||27.46||93rd - 55.82% Valentines|
|Mark Durrant||29.41||125th - 51.32% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||30.52||141st - 66.68% Valentines|
|Mark Moir||19.51||12th - 64.99% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.07||52nd - 69.36% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||23.48||67th - 54.62% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||24.06||72nd - 62.24% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||24.47||84th - 63.62% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.16||93rd - 61.87% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.25||98th - 69.38% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||25.25||99th - 60.98% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.16||116th - 61.68% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.16||117th - 63.07% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||26.23||120th - 53.76% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.29||147th - 59.55% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.35||166th - 57.26% Wanstead|
|Angela May||32.29||224th - 46.59% Wanstead|
|Vicky Allen||34.10||240th - 47.90% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||38.01||252nd - 40.07% Wanstead|
Alexandra at Caffarella ELR on tour doing a parkrun in Roma! My 6th country
Very low key with less than 30 people on the start line but super friendly.
Only issue was the heat: 31 degrees, no wind, no shade and slightly ondulating as they say .
Last night, my mum and I met a Danish father and his son at a restaurant so the boy came with me this morning to do his first parkrun and he loved it. FutureParkrunAddict
Also met a lovely Australian woman on the way who warmed up with me and left me in her dust during the parkrun.
Don Bennett: 67 parkruns despite 15 running at Orion. 3 first finishers, Karen at Valentines,
Patrick at Hillsborough and Lee Johnson a course pb , 16.31 , the fastest by an ELR at Barking.
Biggest shock Carlton D'Souza at a parkrun, over 6 years since his last one.
Rays Of Sunshine 5km - Thursday 4th July 2019
JP Morgan corporate 5.6k challenge - Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July 2019
|Paul Quinton||19.20||33rd Wednesday|
|Isabella Allan||32.42||8,003rd Wednesday|
|Mark Boulton||18.45||18th, Thursday|
|Arthur Diaz||33.54||7,946th Thursday|
Lee Valley Aquathlon (500m/5.5km) - Tuesday 2nd July 2019
500m swim / 5.5km run
13.43 / 23.14 = 36.57 J Nichols
12.16 / 31.21 = 43.37 K Brett