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BBC Couch to 5km, Olympic Park - Sunday 21st July 2019

Janet Bywater24.2250th
Suzanne Taylor25.5790th
Alice Barrett29.42 pb174th

Felsted 10km - Sunday 21st July 2019

Emmet Fitzgibbon47.30144th

Asics London 10km - Sunday 21st July 2019

Robert Rayworth41.44328th
Jamie Xavier43.43512th
Maya Goodwin1.06.306018th
Brooke Stephenson1.28.48
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

Nick Clark43.56384th
Eleanor Wilkinson45.48579th
Stephen Swan50.461441st
Stuart Barton51.55 pb1661st
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

Amit Marks42.4218th
Nathaniel Dye43.16 pb19th
Jimmy Dale44.3725th
Amy Still1.00.31195th
Suzanne Bench1.03.47 (with Sophie Bench)219th
Geoff Bench1.07.19232nd

parkrun - all venues ( No Wanstead ) - Saturday 20th July 2019

John Henry18.33* (1st & course pb)1st - 73.05% Pymmes
Shahib Miah Ali21.02* debut4th - 62.04% Orpington
Peter Hatley22.22* debut10th - 63.41% Sizewell
Fiona Critchley26.37* debut114th - 65.44% Stevenage
Maud Hodson34.18* debut157th - 47.23% Grangemoor
Chris Green21.18 debut23rd - 64.08% Grovelands
Stephen Swan22.53 debut22nd - 56.81% Mulbarton
Stuart Barton24.22 debut34th - 60.05% Mulbarton
Nick Hoult21.25 debut13th - 66.23% Barking
Catriona Hoult26.02 debut40th - 60.44% Barking
Paul Marshall23.08 debut19th - 56.99% Harlow
Andy Bolderstone25.55 debut53rd - 54.28% Harlow
Katie Whitton26.29 debut40th - 55.88% Barclay
Fiona Day27.50 debut296th - 70.72% Finsbury Park
Sarah Burns22.3655th - 69.10% Victoria Dock
Katherine Harris24.0178th - 63.29% Victoria Dock
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera28.38 debut136th - 53.73% Victoria Dock
Mark Moir19.434th - 65.43% Sunderland
James Nichols22.0316th - 59.79% Brentwood
Marc Akers38.42150th - 36.91% Gunpowder
Natasha Howard27.56148th - 54.77% Raphael
John Booth18.115th - 74.52% Southwark
Dan Gritton18.177th - 78.12% Southwark
Tom Howourth20.205th - 63.52% Plymvalley
Patrick Brown17.38 (1st man)1st - 74.39% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.3053rd - 57.48% Walthamstow
Andrew Howard28.34 (course pb)76th - 55.19% Walthamstow
Kathy Morrissey30.2690th - 53.78% Walthamstow
John Healy27.31313th - 51.54% Dulwich
Scott McMillan18.1117th - 77.36% Hackney
Shailesh Patel22.34121st - 66.99% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi22.35122nd - 58.75% Hackney
Suzanne Taylor24.53 debut185th - 66.58% Hackney
Jakub Czeczotka27.18257th - 48.90% Hackney
Helen McGuinness31.24 debut329th - 50.58% Hackney
Roselin Boramakot31.52335th - 46.50% Hackney
Arthur Diaz33.19 debut361st - 44.27% Hackney
Morag Campbell35.04368th - 46.20% Hackney
Caroline Frith21.39 (1st lady)20th - 71.05% Roding Valley
Caroline Moore29.56 106th - 61.30% Roding Valley
Med Dahbi20.3710th - 72.11% Valentines
Karen Levison21.08 (2nd lady)15th - 81.31% Valentines
Calvin Bobin21.0916th - 78.57% Valentines
Craig Livermore21.1317th - 60.80% Valentines
Warren Ibrahim21.1819th - 68.70% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3624th - 67.75% Valentines
Jacob Stevens22.2229th - 62.44% Valentines
Karan Gadhia22.2630th - 57.50% Valentines
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.5938th - 59.39% Valentines
Ged Browne32.3247th - 67.00% Valentines
Rakesh Sandhu23.3349th - 62.63% Valentines
Liam Dempsey24.19 debut59th - 53.46% Valentines
Bernadett Kalmar26.3289th - 61.68% Valentines
Naimah Riaz27.35112th - 56.19% Valentines
Victoria Charlesworth31.04177th - 52.15% Valentines
Viktor Szabadi32.33187th - 46.80% Valentines
Sophie Edwards35.27214th - 45.23% Valentines

Phoenix Striders Summer Series 5km, One Tree Hill - Wednesday 17th July 2019

Susan Bushnell40.03113th

Elvis 4 - Ilford AC Newman Hilly 5 - Hainault Forest Country Park (provisional) - Wednesday 17th July 2019

Liviu Ionita28.554th
Jose Rodriguez28.575th
Paul Quinton29.176th
John Henry31.1819th
Scott McMillan31.2021st - scorer
Dan Gritton31.2022nd - scorer
John Booth31.2524th
Dan Senior31.5727th - scorer
Billy Rayner32.1429th
Fabrizio Stefanoni32.18 (Elvis debut)30th
Daniel Lee32.4134th
James Nichols32.5537th
Mark Moir33.3241st
Tom Howourth34.2147th
Ava Lee34.4152nd - 2nd lady
Warren Ibrahim35.0357th
Peter Craik35.1658th
Craig Livermore35.2059th
Neil Gage35.2760th
Andrew Jackson35.3961st
Med Dahbi35.48 (Elvis debut)63rd
Robert Rayworth35.5464th
Karen Levison36.1068th - 3rd lady
Michael Bamford36.2570th
Jacob Stevens36.3375th
Calvin Bobin36.4076th
Amit Marks36.4678th
Richard Guest37.2389th
James Creed37.2591st
Eleanor Wilkinson37.3594th - scorer
Nick Clarke37.4696th
Peter Hatley37.5599th
Michael Wilson38.10101st
Nathaniel Dye38.58114th
Becky Evans38.59115th - scorer
Grant Conway39.15116th
Emmet Fitzgibbon39.53122nd
Peter Ballard39.55 (Elvis debut)123rd
Mounir Dahbi40.15126th
Ramesh Pala40.32131st
Karan Gadhia40.38133rd
Gemma Foxall40.55134th - scorer
Abdirahman Adan42.09148th
Katie Whitton42.21155th - scorer
Stuart Barton42.38160th
John Healy43.04167th
Maud Hodson43.16170th
Andrea Waller44.43185th
Alex Jameson44.45186th
Catriona Hoult45.12199th
Carolyn Edwards45.56203rd
George Georgiou45.58204th
Tina Bennett46.07205th
Bernadett Kalmar46.12206th
Viktor Szabadi46.12207th
Bilkis Achha46.20 (Elvis debut)209th
Fiona Day46.37213th
Veronica Carrasco48.15 (Elvis debut)230th
Mary OBrien48.17231st
Naimah Riaz48.19 (Elvis debut)232nd
Roselin Boramakot49.12241st
Helen McGuinness49.21242nd
Arthur Diaz49.39247th
Caroline Moore49.49248th
Kirk Johnson50.01252nd
Jason Levy50.41261st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera50.44262nd
Anna Dingle50.48263rd
Rajeshwari Parthasarathy53.46 (Elvis debut)280th
Kathy Morrissey55.26292nd
Juliet Lopez-Real55.38 (Elvis debut)295th
Isabella Allan55.59297th
Maya Goodwin56.25299th
Alice Barrett56.27300th
Alexandra Brown56.30301st
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
Team Prize
Ladies - East London Runners
Ava Lee, Karen Levison, Ellie Wilkinson, Becky Evans

The Lundy Island Race 2019 - Sunday 14th July 2019

Carlton DSouza2.07.1832nd
Jonathan Wooldridge2.34.1991st
Paul Thompson2.34.2092nd
John Healy2.39.1098th
Susannah McLaren3.04.39154th

Brighton Falmer Triathlon - Sunday 14th July 2019

Michael Bamford1.41.55
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
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

Craig Livermore:
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 I’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

The Roding Around Marathon - Sunday 14th July 2019

Maud Hodson4.49.596th, 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 Moir39.28 pb74th
Isabella Allan1.00.172674th
Alice Barrett1.04.563095th
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

Danny Wong2.51.3984th
Roselin Boramakot2.51.4085th

Essex 30 mile, Felstead (32.8 miles) - Saturday 13th July 2019

Paula Bedford6.05.409th, 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

James Nichols41.459th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th July 2019

Elizabeth ODonnell37.55* debut43.69% du Lac de Divonne, France
Kasia Stachowiak22.37* debut52nd - 66.32% Krakow, Poland
Andrew Howard23.42* debut23rd - 66.53% Margate
Richard Guest21.47* debut23rd - 65.57% Maidenhead
Mark Moir19.58 debut10th - 64.61% Bexley
Shahib Miah Ali20.55 debut16th - 62.39% Bexley
Claire Emery29.19 debut311th - 56.51% Milton Keynes
Andy Bolderstone24.23 (course pb)35th - 57.69% Pymmes
Liviu Ionita16.44 (1st man)1st - 77.09% Barking
Catriona Hoult28.41 debut87th - 54.85% Harrow Lodge
Alex Jameson28.43 debut88th - 50.96% Harrow Lodge
Liam Dempsey25.3543rd - 50.81% Brentwood
Amit Marks20.1016th - 68.68% Raphael
Martin Quinlan25.52132nd - 55.67% Hilly Fields
John Booth17.5513th - 75.63% Southwark
Dan Gritton18.0115th - 79.28% Southwark
Paul Marshall23.3336th - 55.98% Lancaster
David Hallybone24.3562nd - 56.81% Sale Water
Mark Boulton17.495th - 73.99% Hackney
Tom Howourth19.1419th - 67.16% Hackney
Shanavaz Malayodu25.13132nd - 53.34% Hackney
Med Dahbi20.07 (course pb)12th - 73.90% Roding Valley
Neil Gage20.1715th - 68.28% Roding Valley
Mounir Dahbi22.5745th - 58.61% Roding Valley
Richard Potter22.5846th - 57.76% Roding Valley
Suzanne Taylor25.32 debut72nd - 64.88% Roding Valley
Patrick Brown17.39 (1st man)1st - 74.32% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater24.5140th - 70.96% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.3757th - 57.23% Walthamstow
Kathy Morrissey30.2291st - 53.90% Walthamstow
Warren Ibrahim20.36 debut8th - 71.04% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.1113th - 69.08% Valentines
Karan Gadhia22.2122nd - 57.72% Valentines
Becky Evans22.51 debut26th - 74.25% Valentines
Shailesh Patel23.2430th - 64.60% Valentines
Naimah Riaz27.1780th - 56.81% Valentines
Mary OBrien27.4795th - 74.09% Valentines
Rajeshwari Parthasarathy30.09130th - 49.92% Valentines
Victoria Charlesworth21.04140th - 52.15% Valentines
Frank Brownlie35.29197th - 48.61% Valentines
John Henry18.24 (course pb)4th - 73.64% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.356th - 75.70% Wanstead
William ODonoghue22.1139th - 58.30% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield22.2141st - 71.74% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan23.4762nd - 59.64% Wanstead
Katherine Harris25.0784th - 60.25% Wanstead
Gail Edwards26.41119th - 56.71% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.48121st - 64.99% Wanstead
Fiona Day27.25127th - 71.79% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.25150th - 53.61% Wanstead
Arthur Diaz28.50157th - 51.16% Wanstead
Maud Hodson31.45214th - 51.02% Wanstead
Samir Younsi33.08237th - 42.89% Wanstead
Vicky Allen33.17238th - 49.17% Wanstead
Angela May33.18239th - 45.45% Wanstead
Morag Campbell35.44257th - 45.34% Wanstead

Essex 10,000m Championships, Braintree - Wednesday 10th July 2019

Patrick Brown37.0219th

Run Through Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 10th July 2019

Scott McMillan37.39 pb5th, 2nd V40
Warren Ibrahim42.5140th, 2nd V45
Peter Ballard46.4776th, 1st V60
Becky Evans47.4689th, 1st FV50

Run Through Chase The Sun 5km, QEOP - Wednesday 10th July 2019

Grant Conway21.5627th
Alice Barrett31.50109th
Joanna Wood34.53135th
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 Lee3.03.1431st, 1st FV 40-49
Daniel Lee3.06.1135th, 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 Ansell13.55.5834th , 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

Peter Craik41.1932nd
Stuart Norris45.38 pb95th
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 Boramakot2.44.58 (course pb)607th
Danny Wong2.44.59606th

Warslow Fell Race & Beer Festival - Saturday 6th July 2019

Patrick Brown60.4812th
also Alex Day 71.10

Orions Forest Five Series - Race 2 - Saturday 6th July 2019

Jose Rodriguez28.322nd
Mark Boulton29.306th
Thomas Grimes29.347th
Robert Rayworth34.4440th
Andrew Jackson35.1744th
Calvin Bobin35.3750th
Jacob Stevens35.4853rd
Gareth Davies37.2865th
Emmet Fitzgibbon38.0570th
Richard Potter39.4586th
Jonathan Wooldridge41.1697th
Paul Clarke41.28101st
Sarah Burns42.03106th
John Healy43.12114th
Ramesh Pala43.35120th
Maya Goodwin55.44166th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 6th July 2019

Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera29.41* debut21st - 51.82% Caffarella, ITA
Kathy Morrissey31.03* debut168th - 52.71% Sewerby
Jason Levy25.26* debut40th - 57.08% Brockenhurst
Richard Guest21.27* debut10th - 66.59% Higginson, Marlow
Stuart Barton23.26* debut17th - 62.45% Loch Neaton, Watton
Fiona Critchley26.20* debut28th - 66.14% Loch Neaton, Watton
Liviu Ionita16.31* (1st man & cpb)1st - 78.10% Barking
Warren Ibrahim21.33 debut11th - 67.90% Barking
Becky Evans22.41 debut13th - 74.80% Barking
Mary Connolly26.3841st - 68.90% Barking
Patrick Brown17.47 (1st man)1st - 73.76% Hillsborough
Susan Bushnell38.50 (course pb)95th - 51.42% Dartford Heath
Med Dahbi21.12 (course pb)13th - 70.13% Roding Valley
Sheila Kennedy31.54117th - 59.98% Roding Valley
Paul Marshall20.26 debut7th - 64.52% Pymmes
Nick Hoult23.38 debut21st - 60.01% Pymmes
Andy Bolderstone25.1837th - 55.60% Pymmes
Catriona Hoult27.02 debut58th - 58.20% Pymmes
Scott McMillan19.11 debut3rd - 73.33% Walthamstow
Samir Younsi23.48 debut30th - 59.59% Walthamstow
Chris Green29.48 debut374th - 45.81% Highbury Fields
Shailesh Patel25.28146th - 59.36% Hamstead Heath
Marc Akers36.01138th - 39.66% Gunpowder
Diana Rexhepaj29.3244th - 56.09% Beckton
Dan Gritton18.234th - 77.70% Southwark
Stephen Swan24.2593rd - 53.24% Kesgrave
Amit Marks20.3218th - 67.45% Cassiobury
Martin Quinlan26.1161st - 55.00% Roundshaw Downs
James Nichols20.204th - 64.84% Brentwood
John Booth18.5816th - 71.44% Mile End
Shahib Miah Ali23.29110th - 55.57% Mile End
Samia Choudhury46.33347th - 31.79% Mile End
Stuart Kelly17.329th - 75.19% Hackney
Tom Howourth19.1125th - 67.33% Hackney
Shanavaz Malayodu23.08113th - 58.14% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi23.13115th - 57.14% Hackney
Lauren Kelly23.37126th - 62.67% Hackney
Aaron Browne19.244th - 66.49% Valentines
Tim Le Rasle19.396th - 72.18% Valentines
Craig Livermore20.138th - 63.81% Valentines
Carlton DSouza21.3617th - 66.13% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3718th - 67.69% Valentines
Karen Levison21.49 (1st lady)19th - 78.76% Valentines
Lawrence Foster22.4125th - 67.74% Valentines
Karan Gadhia22.5828th - 56.17% Valentines
Grant Conway23.0129th - 64.59% Valentines
Rakesh Sandhu26.0769th - 56.48% Valentines
Naimah Riaz27.4693rd - 55.82% Valentines
Mark Durrant29.41125th - 51.32% Valentines
Mary OBrien30.52141st - 66.68% Valentines
Mark Moir19.5112th - 64.99% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield23.0752nd - 69.36% Wanstead
Liam Dempsey23.4867th - 54.62% Wanstead
Kasia Stachowiak24.0672nd - 62.24% Wanstead
Andrew Howard24.4784th - 63.62% Wanstead
Lance Fuller25.1693rd - 61.87% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.2598th - 69.38% Wanstead
Andrea Waller25.2599th - 60.98% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.16116th - 61.68% Wanstead
Suzanne Taylor26.16117th - 63.07% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan26.23120th - 53.76% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar27.29147th - 59.55% Wanstead
Claire Emery28.35166th - 57.26% Wanstead
Angela May32.29224th - 46.59% Wanstead
Vicky Allen34.10240th - 47.90% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi38.01252nd - 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.
14 debuts.
Biggest shock Carlton D'Souza at a parkrun, over 6 years since his last one.

Rays Of Sunshine 5km - Thursday 4th July 2019

Marc Akers31.2614th
Alice Barrett31.2915th

JP Morgan corporate 5.6k challenge - Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July 2019

Paul Quinton19.2033rd Wednesday
Isabella Allan32.428,003rd Wednesday
Mark Boulton18.4518th, Thursday
Arthur Diaz33.547,946th Thursday

Lee Valley Aquathlon (500m/5.5km) - Tuesday 2nd July 2019

James Nichols36.57
Catherine Brett43.37
500m swim / 5.5km run

13.43 / 23.14 = 36.57 J Nichols

12.16 / 31.21 = 43.37 K Brett