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Results Jan-June 2015



Royal Parks Summer Series 10km, Greenwich Park - Sunday 28th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Sylvia Brown43.4933rd, 3rd Lady
Ninette Fernandes1.00.31246th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 27th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day17.532nd - 72.69% Wanstead
James Wilson17.59 (course pb)3rd - 74.79% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.03 (course pb)4th - 71.47% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.558th - 68.19% Wanstead
Jennifer Ansell19.05 (course pb & 2nd lady)10th - 77.55% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.2016th - 70.60% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.0523rd - 62.92% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.2438th - 69.79% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.1149th - 65.06% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1367th - 59.12% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3170th - 70.14% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena27.2781st - 46.99% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.1087th - 55.03% Wanstead
Karen Shah29.27 (course pb)100th - 53.42% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.08109th - 51.44% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.48119th - 47.97% Wanstead
Patrick Brown19.434th - 65.60% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.0544th - 56.55% Walthamstow
Phoebe Bowman27.3355th - 53.72% Walthamstow
Manjit Singh20.0711th - 68.35% Valentines
Shailesh Patel21.07 (course pb)17th - 69.30% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3023rd - 65.97% Valentines
Maran Raju21.3724th - 68.23% Valentines
Jason Levy22.40 (course pb)29th - 62.06% Valentines
Derek Wright22.44 (with buggy)32nd - 61.88% Valentines
Aaron Browne23.4845th - 54.20% Valentines
Amita Morse26.5278th - 59.68% Valentines
John Booth18.437th - 70.44% Mile End
Lucy Barron25.57 (course pb)103rd - 57.03% Hackney
Natalie Powell33.13140th - 45.16% Hackney
Thomas Grimes18.341st - 71.01% Grovelands
Tricia O'Neill23.46 (1st Lady) cpb29th - 66.83% Raphael
Dan Spinks21.274th - 64.10% Barclay
Dan Gritton18.094th - 76.31% Southwark
Gavin Stebbing19.3433rd - 69.76% Chelmsford
Richard Guest20.5910th - 66.00% Mansfield
Stuart Barton28.2061st - 50.06% Aylesbury

Orion's Fast Friday, Walthamstow Track - Friday 26th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes33.30 pb4th, A 10,000m
Patrick Brown16.10 pb7th, A 5,000m
Mark Boulton16.39 pb8th, A 5,000m
Paul Quinton17.31 pb12th, A 5,000m
Alex Day35.24 pb2nd, B 10,000m
Daniel Slipper38.45 pb9th, C 10,000m
Grant Conway21.2013th, Open 5,000m

The Golden Stag Mile, Barnet AC, Alianz Park - Thursday 25th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes4.47.004th

Dulwich Runners. Midsummer 5km - Thursday 25th June 2015

NameTimePosition
John Healy21.59 pbtbc

Nike Womens 10km - Sunday 21st June 2015

NameTimePosition
Eleanor Wilkinson46.05

Marathon des Burons, Trail en Aubrec. - Sunday 21st June 2015

NameTimePosition
Regis Martin4.49.2031st
43.2km's.

Colworth Marathon Challenge - cumulative times - Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes2.32.131st Man Overall
Patrick Brown2.33.542nd Man Overall
Daniel Lee2.54.417th
Manjit Bedi2.57.5110th MV50 Overall
Ava Lee3.08.0919th 3rd Lady Overall
Maud Hodson3.45.1673rd
Suzanne Bench3.51.2184th
Fiona Critchley3.55.0893rd
Kieran Brown3.57.0895th
Fiona Day4.03.44105th FV55 Overall
1st Men's Team Overall : Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, Danny Lee & Manjit Bedi

Colworth Report: from Manjit Bedi.

This was our 4th outing as a team and my 5th to the Colworth challenge in Sharnbook near Bedford. The weather this year was ideal for running not too hot or wet.
This year we took a larger team consisting of Suzanne and Geoff Bench, Danny and Ava Lee, Patrick, Julie and Annalise Brown, Thomas Grimes, Grant Conway, Maud Hodson, Roberto Bruni, Kieran Brown, Fiona Critchley, Fiona Day, Trish Kelly, Russell Price and myself.
As usual we took advantage of the free camping and excellent facilities. The team met up with old friends again from local clubs in Bedford


As can be seen from the results everyone gave 100% in all the races and we won the team challenge for the event for the 4th year.

I have to especially mention the following individuals:

Thomas for winning all 3 races and the men’s overall event on his 4th attempt.
Patrick for coming second in all 3 races and the overall event and giving Thomas a run for his money.
Ava on her debut came third in the women’s races and third overall a great achievement.
Fiona Day for winning the V55 in all races .
Danny (I have never won anything) Lee took 4 prizes to start his collection.
Suzanne for winning V50 prizes in some races.
Russell for being our official photographer .
Everyone had a great weekend

Thanks to the Colworth Striders who put in a great effort in organising and running the event again.
Manjit Bedi


Sorry its a bit late, but I just wanted to say a big thank you all the ELR + friends & family who helped to make Colworth Marathon Challenge a great weekend! I would particularly like to thank Russell for kit, Russell & Geoff for post race rehydration & Suzanne for breakfasts!
Congratulations to all the ELR entrants on the great individual & team performances, but especially Suzanne & Fiona Day for their inspirational runs!
Highlights must be The Suzanne & Geoff Inflatable mattress cabaret, & a mention of Roberto's attempts to join the women's team......
Happy running,
Fiona C.

Maud's report:
I found myself with a little bit of time on my hands this morning, so I've written a report from the Colworth Marathon Challenge, to add to Manjit's and Fiona's. Sorry it's a bit long, but it was a three day event...

I was pretty nervous about this one. Not the running - I was fairly sure I could do that - but the camping. The last time I camped was over twenty years ago, and it was so wet and miserable that it had put me off for life, or so I thought. I nearly wimped out of the whole thing when I saw that it was forecast to rain all day on Saturday. But after self-medicating my anxiety away the night before, I set off, a little hungover, with Fiona C & Russell and shed loads of stuff. You need a lot of stuff to camp, even for two nights.
When we arrived Camp ELR was already taking shape. As I had hoped, some of the more competent campers helped me put up my tent. The first challenge accomplished. Within five minutes the inside of my tent looked like a teenager’s bedroom. We were then treated to the comedy pas-de-deux that was Suzanne & Geoff trying to get their rather large borrowed mattress into their not very large large tent. But that also had a happy ending.
And then the first race. That was why we were here, after all. As Russell poured himself the first beer of the evening, the rest of us made our way to the start line for an ‘undulating’ five-miler. Roberto decided to run with me, which meant I didn’t get to take it as easy as I might have done otherwise. But I was very pleased to dip under 40 minutes (by 2 seconds), so thanks Roberto, and sorry about the whinging.
And then beer and food. The bar in the clubhouse had a great range of cheap and delicious beers from Oakham’s Ales, a local brewery. And the first awards presentation. While I didn’t win anything myself (sniff), it was a pleasure seeing so many of my fabulous team-mates pick up individual and team prizes. Go ELR! It was a good job the women’s team only came fifth, as we realised later that Roberto was listed as a woman, so we might have been disqualified…
So far so good. And it didn’t start raining until mid morning on Saturday. And I managed to sleep through the wee-small-hours disco. The second race, an 8.1 trail run, started at a rather civilised 12 noon, so we had a leisurely breakfast before Russell and Geoff (who was now another non-runner after an injury) made their way to the bar and the rest of use got kitted up for the race. This was an attractive route with a real mix of surfaces, some quite tricky, and lush, green English countryside. Followed by more awards for the boys and girls in red. I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed trudging from my tent to the showers and back in the pouring rain, but hey…
And after spending most of the afternoon in the clubhouse watching the rain-delay in the cricket (Russell & Geoff may have been drinking beer), we set of to the nearby village of Sharnbrook for dinner in the local pub. Some of them couldn’t manage without beer for the half-hour walk, so they marched down the road with their ‘journey beers’ in plastic glasses. Classy. Russell had been matching the runners at a conversion rate of 1 mile = 1 pint, and he manfully completed his 8.1 during the meal.
Some of the proper runners set off to walk back a little earlier while the rest of us finished our drinks and sorted out the bill. Then Suzanne cheekily asked the nice young man behind the bar if he would drive us home, and he said yes, so the remaining eight of us squeezed ourselves into his four-wheel-drive. Apparently the four walkers didn’t look very pleased when we overtook them with a cheery toot, but I couldn’t see that from behind the dog bars.
As I am Ms Sensible, I went straight back to bed while the ELR party animals had another drink or two. But since they were sitting right outside my tent, I could join in the conversation from the comfort of my sleeping bag. (I was lying by the way, I wasn’t really recording it…) It didn’t rain in the night, but it was windy, and there must have been a lot of water on the tent as sometimes a sharp gust of wind would send a splash of water onto my face. Refreshing…
On Sunday morning tired looking runners drifted around the campsite, asking each other how they felt. “Errrr nnghhh”. But the last ones still standing (Grant, Trish & Roberto had joined the non-runners) made our way to the start line one more time. Seldom have I felt less like running a half marathon. But run it we did, and actually we all did pretty well. Not an easy course, with a few hills and some rough surfaces. The route passes the other side of a hedge from the Santa Pod race track, which is seriously noisy - on lap two I was actually a little bit scared that they were going to crash right through, and a pall of smoke hung over the field. But I think that maybe made run faster as I was quite keen to get past. A blissful shady downhill through the woods and one more rather evil little climb and home in a quite respectable 1.55, and 3.45 overall. Another beer, another presentation, and then the final challenge of the weekend - getting my tent back into its bag (thanks, Russell).
Still not convinced about camping, but a great weekend with a lovely bunch of people. And not just my fellow ELRs - everyone is very relaxed and friendly. I reckon I’ll be back for more next year...

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Half Marathon - Sunday - Day 3 - Sunday 21st June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes1.17.281st
Patrick Brown1.18.322nd
Daniel Lee1.29.2811th, 1st MV45
Manjit Bedi1.29.3312th, 1st MV50
Ava Lee1.36.2430th, 3rd lady, 1st FV35
Maud Hodson1.55.52112th
Suzanne Bench1.59.37123rd, 1st FV50
Kieran Brown2.06.48145th
Fiona Day2.07.34153rd, 1st FV55
Fiona Critchley2.03.08135th
1st men's team : Tom, Patrick, Danny & Manjit

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Trail 8.1 Miles - Saturday - Day 2 - Saturday 20th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes47.021st
Patrick Brown47.142nd
Daniel Lee53.509th
Manjit Bedi56.4018th, 1st MV50
Ava Lee57.5823rd, 3rd lady, 1st FV35
Roberto Bruni1.04.0658th
Maud Hodson1.09.2689th
Grant Conway1.10.2997th
Suzanne Bench1.10.3298th
Kieran Brown1.10.3599th
Fiona Critchley1.10.40100th
Fiona Day1.13.42119th, 1st FV55
Trish Kelly1.18.21134th
Men's team - Tom,Patrick, Danny & Manjit 1st place

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Colworth 5 - Friday - Day 1 - Friday 19th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes27.431st
Patrick Brown28.082nd
Daniel Lee31.2312th
Manjit Bedi31.3414th, 1st V50
Ava Lee33.4733rd, 3rd lady,1st FV35
Grant Conway36.5075th
Maud Hodson39.58133rd
Roberto Bruni40.03135th
Kieran Brown40.09136th
Suzanne Bench41.12155th, 1st FV50
Fiona Critchley41.20157th
Fiona Day42.28180th, 1st FV55
Trish Kelly43.33189th
Geoff Bench50.45277th
Men's team Tom, Pat, Danny, Manjit 1st
Ladies team, 5th

Dambuster Tri, Rutland Water - Saturday 20th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.36.17
swim 1.5k: 28.14, T1 1.12, CYCLE 42K: 1.18.56, t2 1.22, run 10k: 46.32.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day17.451st - 73.24% Wanstead
James Wilson18.262nd - 72.97% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.116th - 71.68% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.17 (200th parkrun)7th - 70.74% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.258th - 73.56% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw20.4821st - 66.11% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2129th - 62.14% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.26 (course pb)51st - 63.16% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.4880th - 54.97% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.0482nd - 59.46% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena27.15 (course pb)96th - 47.34% Wanstead
Ali Horsfall27.2697th - 54.68% Wanstead
Catherine Brett30.04111th - 55.10% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.44120th - 49.58% Wanstead
Steven Bywater23.54 (course pb)22nd - 61.72% Walthamstow
Thomas Glasock17.235th - 74.21% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.11 (course pb)92nd - 56.52% Hackney
Julie Creffield34.19126th - 43.86% Hackney
Manjit Singh21.4134th - 63.41% Mile End
Paul Marshall23.13 (course pb)51st - 55.85% Mile End
Dan Spinks22.4743rd - 60.35% Darley
Spencer Evans20.187th - 63.55% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.1816th - 68.70% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.19 (course pb)17th - 66.54% Valentine
Maran Raju21.4321st - 67.92% Valentine
Derek Wright22.54 (with buggy)31st - 61.43% Valentine
Aaron Browne24.2751st - 52.76% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.5564th - 49.77% Valentine
Richard Guest21.40 (course pb)14th - 63.92% Bracknell
William Pearce19.038th - 68.50% Cheltenham
John Healy22.11 (course pb)60th - 61.98% Dulwich
Tricia O'Neill23.48 (1st parkrun)24th - 66.74% Raphael
Scott McMillan reaches his 200th parkrun and Tricia O'Neill does her first parkrun at Raphael.
Best time of the day went to Tom Glasock at Hackney in 17.23. First finish for Alex Day at Wanstead, course pb's for Felicity & Shaun also.
Course pb also for Steve Bywater at Walthamstow, Richard Guest at Bracknell, Paul Marshall at Mile End, Ashley Faria at Valentine, Lucy Barron at Hackney and John Healy at Dulwich.
Well done Tricia, let's see you at Wanstead some time.

Orion's John Clarke Memorial Fell Race 5k'ish - Friday 19th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Ramesh Pala30.2560th
Claire Emery35.0190th

ELVIS 3 - Eton Manor 5km - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16:562nd (scorer) 77.83%
Patrick Brown17:093rd (scorer) 75.41%
Euan Brown17:134th (scorer)
Paul Quinton17:566th
Alex Day18:027th
Thomas Glasock18:1411th
Antonio Martin Romero18:3115th
Dan Gritton18:3918th (1st VM - scorer)
Daniel Lee19:1223rd - 22nd (V scorer) 73.84%
Sam McCarthy19:2926th - 24th 66.73%
Daniel Slipper19:3027th - 25th (V scorer) 70.53%
Aaron Williams19:3228th - 26th
Ciaran Canavan19:3929th - 27th
Jennifer Ansell19:4433rd (3rd Lady - scorer)
Mark Wyatt19:5034th - 31st 65.04%
Scott McMillan19:5235th - 32nd
James Nichols19:5737th - 34th
Karen Levison20:0439th (4th Lady, 1st Lady V45 - scorer)
Diccon Loy20:1241st - 37th
Andrew Baxter20:1442nd - 38th
Manjit Singh20:1945th - 41st
Regis Martin20:1946th - 42nd
Spencer Evans20:2647th - 43rd
Aaron Browne20:2849th - 45th
Ava Lee20:3050th (5th Lady, 1st Lady V35 - scorer) 73.91%
Carlton D'Souza20:3251st - 46th 73.00%
Shahib Miah Ali20:3352nd - 47th
James Creed20:3453rd - 48th
Jamee Gould20:3554th (6th Lady - scorer) 71.09%
Peter Craik20:4356th - 50th
Richard Guest21:1461st - 55th
Peter Hatley21:1862nd - 56th 64.57%
James Clarke21:2364th - 58th 60.33%
Sylvia Brown21:2666th (7th Lady) 69.05%
Shailesh Patel21:4370th - 62nd
Ashley Faria22:0674th - 66th
Grant Conway22:1779th - 70th 64.62%
Gareth Jones22:2280th - 71st
Claire Parker22:2381st (10th Lady)
Paula Bedford22:4289th - 12th
Craig Livermore22:4693rd - 80th
Saheb Yousefi23.08103rd - 87th 56.2%
Sarah Burns23:08105th - 17th
Eleanor Wilkinson23:08106th - 18th
Kieran Brown23:15109th - 91st
Roger Stubbs23:28112th - 94th 64.4%
Rebecca Young23:30113th - 19th
Steven Bywater23:40117th - 98th
Paul Marshall23:54120th - 101st
Jason Levy23:57121st - 102nd
Iain Mackie23:59122nd - 103rd 53.79%
Alexandra Turnbull24:17127th - 20th 60.95%
Maud Hodson24:27130th - 22nd
Fiona Critchley24:46135th - 26th
Suzanne Bench24:51136th - 27th
Tim Aylett24:52137th - 110th 53.32%
Fiona Day24:57141st - 28th
Doug Mansell25:10142nd - 114th 64.87%
Katherine Jones25.18144th - 29th 58.77%
Bernadett Kalmar25:52149th - 33rd
Gemma Foxall26:15151st - 35th 56.38%
Lucy Barron26:17152nd - 36th 56.31%
Caroline Moore26:39157th - 38th
Susannah McLaren27:14164th - 43rd 62.13%
Gina Radford27:42172nd - 46th 53.43%
Sheila Kennedy27:45174th - 47th 65.09%
Peter Martin27:51175th - 126th 52.95%
Diana Rexhepaj27:59178th - 49th
Shaun DeSena28:31184th - 129th 45.24%
Jayne Browne29:10190th - 57th 52.91%
Stuart Barton29:22192nd - 132nd
Maya Goodwin31:26210th - 72nd
Janice Horslen32:23214th - 76th 46.36%
Phillip Higgins33:32222nd - 138th 41.01%
Katy Taylor35:31232nd - 90th 43.47%
Julie Creffield37:25238th - 96th
Grant (el capitán): "Brilliant night last night at the race and afterwards. Our fantastic club just goes from strength to strength"



Team ELR prior to the Race!


1st ELVIS races for: Sam McCarthy, Scott McMillan, Alexandra Brown, Fiona Critchley, Gina Radford, Lucy Barron, Gemma Foxall, Peter Martin, Janice Horslen and Phillip Higgins.
Best symmetry running: Gareth Jones: 22:22 (2+2+2+2 = 8) for 80th!
Come-back banter king: Mark Wyatt


Thanks to Roberto and Jonathan for masses of photos
Thanks to Jim, Ninnette, Russ, Jonathan and Roberto for cheering on the mighty ELR!

Best wishes to Chairman Frank who pulled up with a dodgy hamstring.

Deva Triathlon, Chester Tri - Sunday 14th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.29.13
swim 1.5km 25.46, T1 2.09, cycle 42k: 1.13.29, T2 1.21, run 10km 46.26.
Ran a 10km pb in a tri!.

Aviator 10km, Staverton - Sunday 14th June 2015

NameTimePosition
William Pearce38.5810th
68 finishers.

Two Castles 10km - Sunday 14th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Glasock37.10 pb28th
3835 finishers...I came home for the weekend to try out the Two Castles 10k. The route starts in the grounds of Warwick castle and finishes in Kenilworth castle. Big turnout of 4000 too!
The route itself has an ascent of around 250 foot so it is quite hilly and challenging.
Managed to squeeze out a PB by 1 second, 37.14.
Would highly recommend to anyone if they don't mind travelling and like hills!

Endure 24 , Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston - Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Russell Price85 miles17 laps (31st out of 100 male solo runners
Allan Todd25 miles5 laps
Endure 24 is a twenty four hour race run over a 5 mile loop of forest trails. It takes place in the scenic Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston near Reading.



Russ's race report:

(lap splits available at http://www.endure24.co.uk/results/4566634078)

It has taken a little while for me to get into the mood to write this race report. I tried to run with my club (the mighty ELR) tonight and couldn’t 1 week and a half later I could barely even jog 1.5 miles. Everyone was asking if I ask “ok”? No, I was frustrated and achy. Then a voice pipes up “too soon?” and I smiled, yes it is too soon! Too soon as I undertook something pretty epic a week and a half ago. So, still smiling, I am ready to reflect on the amazing journey that was endure24 for actionforme!

The build up to endure24 was relaxed and I felt apprehensive but ready. After a slight taper-tantrum I woke up on Friday and started eating (calorie credit). Arriving at the campsite in good time to set up with the support crew. We had a lovely little camp close to the solo entry and exit from the course, and right on the course! I knew that each lap I would see my home for the weekend and hopefully some awake, friendly support crew-ers, perfect. With a BBQ and a cheeky beer I was relaxing with the crew and went to bed relaxed and ready.

The race, (can I call it a race?) the start was alien for me. Standing at the back chatting to others, rather than staring intently at the pace function on my Garmin. Chatted with a guy looking for 100 miles, bold! Started really slowly and built up to a run, 5 mile laps of beautiful countryside went by. Waves and smiles from my parent and support crew and club mate who were marshalling for the first few hours made me smile.

I mentally shut down and didn’t think about much except an occasional chat with fellow runners and pondering what I wanted at the end of the lap. By mid afternoon I was in a rhythm and progressing well and way ahead of pace, I knew I wouldn’t negative split the race but slowed a little trying to save something. Come evening I got slight foot pain so took dinner and a 35 minute lie down around 22:30 and went back out around for 10 miles more. I had planned to go further but got frustrated and went to bed around 2:30.

Going to bed with 60 miles under my belt felt great, that was my “public goal” sorted, anything else would take me closer to my “personal goal” of 75 or 80 ;-) Waking up at 4:15 I took a lot of poking and encouragement to wake up (massive thank you to the brave sole who shared a tent with a sweaty and hardly-sleeping runner)! With tight legs I ploughed on walking and kept trying to run. More miles past and the legs weren’t keen on running, so I continued walking and grabbing food to eat on the first mile. I couldn’t get running again so maximum distance I could reach was slipping away, but not disheartened I continued walking.

My crew woke up and feed me drink and sausage baps and smiles. My parents came back to join them too. having them all there over the weekend was amazing and really made me cherish the support from my family when I had ME badly. I had hidden away and not opened up and got the support from friends, and feeling that this weekend from my support crew was brilliant. Hence my choice of charity of actionforme, they are building an amazing community as well as pushing research and understanding of ME.

The last two laps I pondered the low times of my ME experience and was sobbing to myself as I walked on and on. As I neared the end of the last lap I was properly balling my eyes out about a mile from the end reflecting on the low times. Eventually, thinking of the support and encouragement of my crew and family I managed to pull myself together. I felt a massive sense of relief and joy to be lucky enough to be where I am today. I will never say that I have recovered from ME, I still have sleep-paranoia occasionally and it has left a scar inside me.

I had done it, my first ultra marathon! 85 miles in 23 hours, 59 minutes and 24 seconds (team name “mania” http://www.frsystems.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Endure15_SM_v2.pdf) . What an amazing experience!

The most rewarding part of the experience has been talking about it, a chance to tell people what I had, how it made me feel, how I have progressed and what I can now achieve. My only advice to anyone with reading this who have/have had ME is talk about. People can empathize and support you, but only if they know how it makes you feel.



Southend Half Marathon - Sunday 14th June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Mark Boulton1.19.49 pb13th
Spencer Evans1.34.07 pb135th
Gavin Stebbing1.34.17141st
Roisin Archer1.35.17 (11th Lady)155th
Michael Wilson1.41.38312th
Muhammad Iqbal1.50.59 pb629th
2,053 finishers.

Mike: The 20th anniversary of this coastal half marathon is set for the main part of the course, along the sea front (two laps this year), starting in Shoeburyness. While some may comment that the route lacks the scenery of other half marathons, this is more than compensated for by the enthusiastic supporters lining the pavements and also the healthy sea breeze. Except for a very short incline on leaving the sea front before mile 11, the course is otherwise mainly flat.

The weather was fairly warm and humid with the sun trying to break through, luckily for the runners not the scorching sun of the previous year! A perfect day then to record a fast time, so well done to Mark (13th overall), Spencer (135th) and Muhammad (629th) in setting new PB's and Roisin who finished 11th out of 716 ladies. ELR men's team finished 9th out of 71 teams.

This is an event which definitely deserves repeat visits, both for spectators and competitors alike, it is a great day out.
A nice surprise to see Alexandra Wilkinson at the 'turn around' on the course. Thanks for your suuport Alex, but as said by Roisin; 'sorry no time to stop and chat'!

Amba Hotel's City of London Mile - Sunday 14th June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Euan Brown4.4837th , wave 1
Patrick Brown4.4940th, wave 1
Thomas Grimes4.5046th, wave 1
Andy Kumar5.12102nd, wave 1
Aaron Browne5.27162nd, wave 2
James Nichols5.36203rd, wave 2
Daniel Slipper5.43250th, wave 2
Dan Spinks5.49285th, wave 2
Dan Anderson6.24520th, wave 3
Shailesh Patel5.48277th, wave 3
Craig Livermore5.54328th, wave 3
Ashley Faria6.00368th, wave 3
Matt Rogers6.12441st, wave 4
Maud Hodson6.43636th, wave 4
Andy Bolderstone6.48684th, wave 4
Bozena Mysilinska6.27542nd, wave 5
Paul Marshall6.34589th, wave 5
Peter Hatley7.01family wave
Che Hector7.22912th, wave 5
Caroline Moore7.451043rd, wave 5
Stuart Barton7.28945th, wave 5
Diana Rexhepaj7.581126th, women's mile

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes18.181st - 72.04% Grovelands
Jonathan Shaw19.54 (course pb)15th - 69.10% Hackney
James Wilson18.14 (course pb)1st - 73.77% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.266th - 70.75% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.277th - 70.18% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt20.2916th - 62.98% Wanstead
Paula Bedford21.4329th - 70.84% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2759th - 63.87% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.5562nd - 66.49% Wanstead
Kieran Brown25.5773rd - 60.24% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.2977th - 70.23% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.3278th - 53.45% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0586th - 57.23% Wanstead
David Wyatt30.23113th - 53.26% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.04119th - 50.64% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar34.19132nd - 45.85% Wanstead
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.498th - 63.33% Wormwood Scrubs
Paul Marshall23.3069th - 55.18% Mile End
James Nichols20.05 (course pb)2nd - 64.56% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.297th - 64.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0620th - 61.20% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.3115th - 65.42% Valentine
Derek Wright22.49 (with buggy)24th - 61.65% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.1726th - 55.40% Valentine
Jason Levy23.2930th - 59.90% Valentine
Amita Morse26.1051st - 61.27% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan27.2266th - 51.83% Valentine
Katherine Harris29.1592nd - 50.94% Valentine
Maran Raju44.27188th - 33.18% Valentine
Dan Spinks20.2928th - 67.13% Dulwich
John Healy22.34 (course pb)78th - 60.97% Dulwich
Karen Shah38.40144th - 40.69% Wanstead
Wanstead Flats gets a new attendance record from 139 to 151. Better get some more tokens ordered, we only have 150. James Wilson's last minute sprint in 18.14 (course pb) for quickest time by ELR for the day for first place. Thomas Grimes first finisher at Grovelands in 18.18. Course pb for Jonny Shaw dipping under 20 minutes for the first time.
James Nichols 2nd place & course pb at Walthamstow.

Woodford Green Open Track Meeting, Ashton Playing Fields. - Tuesday 9th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes9.24.245th , 3000m
Patrick Brown9.25.596th, 3000m
Paul Quinton9.48.599th, 3000m
3000m event

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 8th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.14 pb3rd

Westonbirt Arboretum Run for the tree's 10km - Monday 8th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Caroline Moore53.07 pb259th
Race report: ELR goes West: Westonbirt Arboretum "Run for the trees" 10k, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
This race is near my home town of Malmesbury and I've been wanting to do it for several years now, but it fills up really quickly. This year I got lucky, and did the race with my brother and some of his friends, who were impressed by my ELR vest and that I'd come such a long way. It was fun to do this race only two days after the Orion 5 in Epping Forest, so I sure have run past a lot of trees! The Arboretum was founded in the mid 19th century, and now has a vast collection of amazing trees and shrubs including Redwood Trees which you rarely see outside North America. The organisers encourage you to arrive early, so we had time to explore, hug a few trees and warm up, before the race itself, which took you on a one lap tour all around the arboretum, all off road, on mainly gravel trails. There were hills, but despite this, I got a PB of 53:07 and came 259 out of 627 finishers. The race is very well organised, lots of parking, and extra joy, plenty of pristine loos, no queues.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series. - Sunday 7th June 2015

NameTimePosition
George Georgiou51.51298th
777 finishers.

Dorking 10 - Sunday 7th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Allan Todd1.08.26115th - 67.08%

Derby Ramathon Half Marathon - Sunday 7th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Richard Guest1.38.25407th

Bedgebury Forest 10K Trailblazer - Saturday 6th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Roisin Archer46.364th lady
Very hot and tough course. Lots of hills and uneven terrain. Best goody bag ever!

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 6th June 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper38.1813th

ELVIS 2 - Orion Forest Five Series - Event 1 of 3. - Saturday 6th June 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.13 (28.39)1st
Patrick Brown28.37 (29.06)3rd
Paul Quinton29.185th
Mark Boulton29.23 (29.27)6th
Alex Day29.569th
Russell Price30.1211th
Thomas Glasock30.4012th
Antonio Martin Romero31.2119th
Daniel Lee31.4124th
Ciaran Canavan32.3932nd
David Baldwin33.4041st - 40th
Karen Levison33.42 (34.05)42nd,2nd lady
Spencer Evans33.57 (35.31)46th - 43rd
Andrew Baxter34.0148th - 45th
Manjit Singh34.02 (34.18)49th - 46th
Diccon Loy34.3156th - 53rd
James Creed34.43 (36.53)58th - 55th
Ava Lee34.4659th,1st FV35 4th
Carlton D'Souza35.0765th - 61st
Aaron Browne35.0866th - 62nd
Peter Hatley36.5585th - 77th
Paul Charters37.1189th - 80th
Sylvia Brown37.3196th - 11th
Shailesh Patel37.47101st - 89th
Gareth Jones37.58104th - 92nd
James Clarke38.06108th - 94th
Craig Livermore38.49118th - 104th
Ramesh Pala38.56120th - 105th
John Healy38.57121st - 106th
Sarah Burns39.13127th - 18th
Roger Stubbs39.15128th - 110th
Iain Mackie40.28146th - 123rd
Kieran Brown40.44 (41.19)152nd - 127th
Paul Marshall40.52155th - 130th
Frank Brownlie 40.56156th - 131st
Steven Bywater40.58157th - 132nd
Celia Payaneeandee41.18159th - 26th
Sheetal Dandgey41.23160th - 27th
Maud Hodson41.26162nd - 28th
Claire Emery42.14170th - 33rd
Katherine Harris42.15171st - 34th
Jason Levy42.27173rd - 138th
Helen Cook42.30174th - 36th
Fiona Day42.52184th - 40th
Joanna Graham44.17204th - 48th
George Georgiou44.44208th - 160th
Caroline Moore45.16215th - 54th
Diana Rexhepaj46.04 (49.04)225th - 58th
Sheila Kennedy46.14230th - 60th
Stuart Barton46.58233rd - 171st
Amita Morse47.10238th - 66th
Sophie Edwards47.30242nd - 69th
Jayne Browne48.10252nd - 76th
Shaun DeSena49.28261st - 182nd
Maya Goodwin57.07294th - 102nd
Katy Taylor60.52303rd - 110th
Last year's time ( ) for those that improved

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 6th June 2015

NameTimePosition
James Wilson19.00 (50th parkrun)4th - 70.79% WF
Suzanne Bench23.3644th - 71.05% WF
Felicity Price-Thomas24.0250th - 61.58% WF
Bernadett Kalmar24.09 (course pb)51st - 65.15% WF
Fiona Critchley24.3457th - 67.44% WF
Alan Branch25.5669th - 59.77% WF
Che Hector26.2172nd - 49.02% WF
Jaime Towns27.58 (course pb)83rd - 51.07% WF
Dan Anderson20.345th - 64.91% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.288th - 66.07% Valentine
Maran Raju21.37 (course pb)10th - 68.23% Valentine
Derek Wright22.54 (with buggy)21st - 61.43% Valentine
Gavin Stebbing19.24 (100th parkrun)21st - 70.36% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks20.2121st - 67.57% Burgess
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.492nd - 63.33% Beckton
Graham Peacock22.4136th - 58.12% Mile End
Bozena Mysilinska23.17 (1st parkrun)51st - 63.99% Eastbourne
Alexandra Wilkinson23.49 (course pb)20th - 66.06% Hockley Wood
Julie Greene29.3396th - 58.15% WF
Karen Shah32.07113th - 48.99% WF

Wimbledon Trail Series - Race 2 - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.421st - 77.64%

Great Midland Fun Run, Royal Sutton Coldfield - Sunday 31st May 2015

NameTimePosition
Iain Mackie1.11.32

Vitality Triathlon - Sprint Distance, Hyde Park - Sunday 31st May 2015

NameTimePosition
Carlton D'Souza1.39.16202nd
Carlton: Managed to complete my first Sprint Triathlon (ITU World Triathlon London 2015, Hyde Park). Since swimming is not my forte, I had real concerns about being able to complete the swim part. Happy to say I managed to finish in one piece and actually had a cracking time in quite challenging weather conditions. Overall time: 1hr 39min 16sec.
Swim 23.44, T1 6.51, Bike 45.23, T2 3.42, Run 19.38.

Vitality Triathlon - Olympic Distance, Hyde Park - Sunday 31st May 2015

NameTimePosition
Ava Lee2.32.1228th
Ava Lee : What a morning! Fraught with fun and drama at the Vitality Triathlon. My first ever triathlon - Olympic distance. Definitely not my last! Minor drama in T1 when I arrived to find my helmet missing, discovered it had blown several metres away in the mighty wind and rain. Quite a spectacular fall off my bike at the half way mark, took a few minutes to gather myself and check for broken bones before carrying on a bit bloody and battered.....I made it to the end in 2hr 32mins. Totally chuffed, a few bandages as trophies. Can't wait for the next one!
Swim 30.00, TI 5.10, Bike 1.13.17, T2 2.24, Run 41.23.

Phnom Penh Half Marathon - Sunday 31st May 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamee Gouldtbc
Jamee Gould: 24 hours travelling, a missed connecting flight, 3 planes, a lost suitcase, brand new trainers and running gear bought at airport, zero sleep and a 6am start, my awesome sis and I finished the Phnom Penh half marathon! Not ideal circumstances but we did it!! — with Paige Gould.

ING Luxembourg Night Half Marathon - Saturday 30th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Manjit Singh1.32.47247th

Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday 30th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton3.00.079th
Andy Kumar3.39.4071st
Dan Spinks4.50.07285th
andykumar.net/2015/05/31/kent-roadrunner-marathon-2015-race-report/

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 30th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day17.512nd - 72.83% Wanstead
Thomas Glasock18.05 (1st parkrun)3rd - 71.34% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.27 (course pb)4th - 69.92% Wanstead
Aaron Williams19.076th - dfyb
Peter Craik19.509th - 71.51% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.0412th - 68.52% Wanstead
James Creed20.19 (course pb)14th - 65.30% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3015th - 64.72% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt22.3637th - 57.08% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.38 (1st lady)38th - 67.16% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.5743rd - 68.12% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.2555th - 66.69% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.4257th - 64.91% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1066th - 65.83% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5969th - 71.58% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.1470th - 54.07% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1973rd - 26.19% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.4278th - 58.05% Wanstead
Don Bennett28.5295th - 53.70% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.4997th - 54.28% Wanstead
Claire Emery42.36 131st - 36.93% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw20.04 (course pb)23rd - 68.52% Hackney
Katherine Harris21.38 (course pb)48th - 68.88% Hackney
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.39 (course pb)49th - 60.89% Hackney
Jason Levy22.14 (course pb)55th - 63.27% Hackney
Aaron Browne19.413rd - 65.54% Valentines
Karen Levison19.56 (1st lady)5th - 82.11% Valentines
Dan Anderson20.108th - 66.20% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.4315th - 65.31% Valentines
David Baldwin19.51 (course pb)5th - 66.08% Walthamstow
Richard Guest20.468th - 66.69% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes17.00 (course pb)1st - 77.55% Clarisford
Russell Price17.176th - 74.83% Bushy
Gavin Stebbing19.1114th - 71.16% Chelmsford
Graham Peacock22.1246th - 59.38% Mile End
James Nichols19.5821st - 64.94% Highbury Fields
Amita Morse26.2461st - 60.73% Valentine
Fastest parkrun of the day for Thomas, 17.00 & first place at Clarisford, Ireland. Two ladies had a first place finishes , Sarah 22.38 at Wanstead and Karen a 5th place finish with 19.56 and a 82.11% age grade. First parkrun for Thomas Glasock in 18.05 at Wanstead with course pb's from Antonio Romero & James Creed. Course pb's for David Baldwin at Walthamstow and for all 4 runners (Jonny, Katherine, Mohammed & Jason) at Hackney Marshes. Great also to see Mark & David Wyatt back at Wanstead as well. DFYB .

Sixmilebridge 10km - Friday 29th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes34.445th

Scott's Travel Midweek Road Race League - Div 2 - Orion - Wednesday 27th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes33.521st
This is how to make a guest appearance!.

BUPA London 10km - Monday 25th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Andy Kumar37.08 pb328th
Daniel Slipper37.57389th
Stuart Kelly38.40442nd
Salvatore Passerini40.09633rd
Diccon Loy40.41701st
Ashley Faria45.36 pb1552nd
Katherine Harris45.531630th
Jamie Xavier46.301791st
Lucy Jarvis47.20 pb2004th
Bozena Mysilinska48.03 pbtbc
Jason Levy49.132619th
Lauren Aston49.552870th
Helen Cook51.10
Andy Balderstone52.423854th
Eszter Tacine1.02.587985th
Maya Goodwin1.04.338496th
Matt Rogers1.05.498855th
andykumar.net/2015/05/25/bupa-london-10000-2015-race-report/

Hatfield Broad Oak 10km (30th Anniversary) - Monday 25th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Carrine Jay44.41218th (2nd Vet 45)
Grant Conway44.49220th
Sarah Burns46.37 pb300th
Sheila Kennedy54.06729th
Don Bennett57.44886th
Shaun DeSena59.46993rd
1,283 finishers.

BUPA Westminister Mile - Sunday 24th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown4.447th
Aaron Browne5.2286th
James Nichols5.2394th
Daniel Slipper5.34132nd
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea5.52 pb219th
Craig Livermore5.55227th
Bozena Mysilinska6.2938th
Saheed Shabbir6.30414th
Matt Rogers6.31417th
Paul Marshall6.53548th
Diana Rexhepaj7.48260th
Katrina Anderson8.00289th
Andy Balderstone8.10816th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 23rd May 2015

NameTimePosition
Julie Creffield36.56 (50th parkrun)954th - 40.61% Bushy
Alex Day17.363rd - 73.86% Wanstead
James Wilson18.18 (course pb)4th - 73.50% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.30 (1st parkrun)5th - 69.73% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.077th - 71.93% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.108th - 70.70% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.0410th - 70.68% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.26 (course pb)26th - 65.16% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.3436th - 67.36% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby22.44 (course pb)37th - 67.67% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.4249th - 65.96% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.57 (course pb)54th - 61.80% Wanstead
Paul Marshall24.03 (course debut)55th - 53.78% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.1067th - 73.91% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.3972nd - 60.43% Wanstead
Che Hector25.4073rd - 50.32% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.5175th - 54.87% Wanstead
Caroline Moore26.0983rd - 66.60% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.19106th - 54.74% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.05129th - 46.16% Wanstead
Dan Anderson20.4610th - 64.29% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0019th - 64.47% Valentines
Katherine Harris22.09 (1st , 100th parkrun)21st - 67.27% Valentines
Maran Raju22.1222nd - 66.44% Valentines
Derek Wright22.39 (with buggy)23rd - 62.10% Valentines
Jason Levy23.2935th - 59.90% Valentines
Aaron Browne23.58 (50th parkrun)40th - 53.52% Valentines
David Baldwin20,144th - 64.83% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.096th - 65.48% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley24.3622nd - 55.89% Walthamstow
Allan Todd18.44 (course pb)10th - 72.86% Cheltenham
William Pearce18.46 (course pb)12th - 69.54% Cheltenham
Russell Price17.339th - 73.69% Poole
Dan Gritton18.033rd - 76.73% Southwark
Graham Peacock21.5630th - 60.11% Mile End
Jonathan Shaw20.11 (course pb)19th - 68.13% Hackney
Dan Spinks21.1133rd - 64.91% Conkers
John Healy22.49 (course pb)84th - 60.26% Dulwich
Susannah McLaren32.28 (1st parkrun)472nd - 51.64% Nonsuch
Alexandra Wilkinson32.41114th - 48.14% Hockley Woods
Amita Morse26.4774th - 59.86% Valentine
Karen Shah29.2293rd - 53.58% Valentine
40 parkruns this week at 12 venues. Julie Creffield did her 50th at Bushy while Katherine did her 100th & 1st Lady and Aaron Browne his 50th both at Valentines. 1st parkruns for Antonio at Wanstead and Susannah at Nonsuch. Course pb's for James Wilson, Jonathan, Caroline & Felicity at Wanstead. Also course pb's for Jonny, Allan, Will & John Healy. Fastest parkrun this week: Russell Price at Poole 17.33. Last week we reached 2,500 runs at Wanstead from 135 members, this week it's now 2530 & 138. So next target 150 runners at Wanstead, so get over there soon or at least add ELR to your club name.

Run Wembley formerly Sudbury Court 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes34.102nd
Patrick Brown36.003rd
Matt Rogers47.41 pb41st
121 finishers.

Riga Marathon, Latvia - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton2.57.4147th - 11th V40

Richmond Park Marathon - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Peter Hatley3.34.5147th
Haresh Mulchandani4.37.14244th
341 finishers.

Morrisons Great Womens 10km, Glasgow - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Ava Lee41.14 pb15th
Ava Lee finishing the Glasgow Women's 10k this morning - 15th out of supposedly 10,000 in 41:14!!! East London Runners got a big shout out when she crossed the line, which was met with The Stony Wall of Silence from a partisan crowd! Those miserable Jocks, huh?!
The commentator shouted 'Ava Lee, all the way from East London, welcome to Glasgow' as I crossed the finish line. I've officially been disowned by the Scots.

Hornsey YMCA Crouch End 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols41.38 pb62nd

Bognor 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Spinks43.33108th

Nuclear Rush Oblivion, Brentwood - Saturday 16th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Tanbir Jasimuddin8.12.2436km, 40.4km unofficially.
Race report… Tanbir Jasimuddin
Officially, I managed to complete 36k (3 laps) in 8hrs 12 mins 24 secs. Unofficially, my distance was 40.4k in that time.

Position – 60th, 98 starters 42.2km and 175 obstacles.
60th of 98 starters.

This was quite possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve done a few obstacle course runs before, but even after 12k, I was puffing. As a marathon run alone, this would be tough. This was all off road, rivers and lakes. On the off road sections, there was mud, a lot of mud, so much so, it was hard to stand up without falling flat on your face, let alone run through it. In one section, I even got my foot stuck in it – I’d rather run through treacle! It was a really well organised event, with waves of runners completing different distances throughout the day, which meant that we had different people telling us that we were nutters. There were some fun obstacles, like the death slide which involved a 20m free fall into a lake, and some not so fun ones like the 119m monkey bars. Apart from the monkey bars, they were quite strict on completing the obstacles, so this certainly was a level above tough mudder. Only a handful of people managed to complete the distance. I started my final lap in severe pain as I managed to drop a log on my foot, sadly I wasn’t able to finish within the time limit, but my Garmin said that I had covered just over 40k and I was pleased with that. I would definitely recommend this event, and I’ll certainly give the 42k distance another go. I can’t wait to see the action photos!

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 16th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown17.12 (course pb)1st - 75.19% Wanstead
Alex Day17.552nd - 72.56% Wanstead
James Wilson18.434th - 71.86% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.24 (pts winner)8th - 69.85% Wanstead
Craig Simpson19.54 (course pb)11th - 68.59% Wanstead
James Creed20.26 (course pb)12th - 64.52% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4322nd - 64.31% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.56 (1st lady)32nd - 64.53% Wanstead
Katherine Harris23.25 (course pb)42nd - 63.67% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.2643rd - 65.65% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.3946th - 70.89% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.4160th - 63.34% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.5063rd - 62.84% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.51 (pts winner)64th - 62,84% Wanstead
Sarah Burns25.0565th - 60.60% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.07 (100th parkrun)66th - 79.05% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.1078th - 60.13% Wanstead
Geoff Bench29.21103rd - 49.56% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.15123rd - 47.32% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.52128th - 46.11% Wanstead
Alan Branch41.42 131st - 37.17% Wanstead
Aaron Browne19.183rd - 66.84% Valentines
Craig Livermore22.0112th - 58.59% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0713th - 64.13% Valentines
Derek Wright23.09 (with buggy)21st - 60.76% Valentines
Saheed Shabbir23.1822nd - 55.79% Valentines
Maran Raju25.1043rd - 58.61% Valentines
Dan Anderson28.0274th - 47.62% Valentine
Graham Peacock21.55 (1st parkrun)45th - 60.15% Mile End
Paul Marshall24.26 (course pb)82nd - 52.93% Mile End
Thomas Grimes17.191st - 76.13% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.077th - 71.40% Chelmsford
Spencer Evans19.49 (course pb)3rd - 65.10% Barking
Dan Spinks20.16 (course pb)12th - 67.85% Northala Fields
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.5131st - 63.23% Finsbury
James Nichols22.1148th - 58.45% Hackney
John Healy22.5284th - 60.13% Dulwich
Steven Bywater24.1319th - 60.91% Walthamstow
Richard Guest29.16 (with Mum)102nd - 47.32% Bracknell
Stuart Barton27.0389th - 52.43% Wanstead
Salvatore Passerini18.57 9course pb)6th - 72.56% Wanstead
Ali Horsfall32.08121st - 32.08% Wanstead
Wanstead Flats parkrun celebrated it's 4th Anniversary. Patrick & Rebecca were the first finishers. Fiona celebrated her 100th parkrun, Maud & Scott were the points winners for 2014/2015. Course pb's for Patrick, Craig, James & Katherine.
Elsewhere another first finish for Thomas and course pb's for Spencer at Barking, Paul Marshall at Mile End and Dan Spinks at Northala Fields. Dan seems to like Northala as his two last pb's were there also. Also Richard paced his Mum again to get her another pb.

ELVIS 1 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile - Tuesday 12th May 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes27.13 pb (28.07)2nd (2nd Male)
Patrick Brown27.24 pb (28.09)3rd (3rd Male)
Mark Boulton28.10 pb (28.13)5th
Alex Bee28.30 pb7th
Alex Day28.458th
Russell Price28.50 pb (30.48)10th
Dan Gritton29.22 pb11th (1st MV40)
Ciaran Canavan29.5414th
Daniel Lee30.08 pb (30.31)15th
James Wilson31.24 pb19th
Aaron Browne31.2920th
Daniel Slipper31.3721st
Jennifer Ansell31.4122nd (1st Lady)
Andrew Baxter32.09 (32.41)26th - 25th
Diccon Loy32.2529th - 28th
Spencer Evans32.31 pb (35.26)31st - 30th
Karen Levison32.44 pb (33.09)36th (2nd Lady, 1stFV45)
David Baldwin32.5237th - 35th
Paul Thompson33.0339th - 37th
Jamee Gould33.07 pb40th (3rd Lady)
James Nichols33.08 pb (34.48)41st - 38th
James Creed33.20 pb (34.56)44th - 41st
Manjit Singh33.3447th - 44th
Carlton D'Souza33.40 pb48th - 45th
Peter Craik33.5349th - 46th
Richard Guest33.5450th - 47th
Grant Conway34.34 pb (36.04)53rd - 50th
Craig Livermore34.58 pb57th - 53rd
Roisin Archer35.22 pb60th - 5th
Shailesh Patel35.2863rd - 58th
Jonathan Wooldridge35.31 pb (37.34)64th - 59th
James Clarke35.4067th - 61st
Rebecca Young36.0871st - 7th
Paula Bedford36.39 pb (36.58)75th - 9th
Ashley Faria36.4376th - 67th
Ramesh Pala36.5178th - 69th
Graham Peacock37.2782nd - 73rd
Michael Wilson37.4486th - 76th
Katherine Harris37.51 pb89th - 11th
Lucy Jarvis37.55 pb92nd - 12th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.55 pb93rd - 13th
Roger Stubbs37.55 (38.22)94th - 81st
Gareth Jones38.0095th - 82nd
Sheetal Dandgey38.0697th - 14th
Sarah Burns38.13 pb (40.56)100th - 15th
Steven Bywater38.14 pb (39.09)101st - 86th
Maud Hodson38.31 pb104th - 16th
Tim Aylett38.32106th - 90th
Frank Brownlie 39.40114th - 96th
Fiona Day39.58 pb (40.21)118th (1st FV55) - 20th
Bozena Mysilinska41.25133rd - 27th
Caroline Moore42.34 pb (47.31)140th - 30th
Sheila Kennedy43.52154th - 36th
Diana Rexhepaj44.48 pb161st - 40th
Jayne Browne45.09 164th - 43rd
Dave Knight46.01171st - 125th
Maya Goodwin53.00206th - 69th
Jason Levy53.00207th - 138th
229 finishers. Bracket times show last year's quicker times
1st Ladies & Men's Team Winners also.



On a sunny but windy Spring evening 58 ELR Members and their supporters made their way to Raphaels Park, Romford for the first of the 7 races forming the 2015 ELVIS Series.

Our Ladies were particularly successful as can be seen from the above and our Men were excellent too.



There were many personal best times and a good few debuts.

Onwards now to ELVIS 2 on Saturday 6th June at Orion.


Race Report by Mike Wilson. This was my first race since a Chingford League fixture back in November, shortly after which I became plagued by injuries. Every attempted comeback was unsuccessful, so I only stated running again last month; a couple of times a week. Last week was my first full club run and I managed to strain my glute and hamstring at the same time. So last night I arrived at the race with a great deal of apprehension and anxiety, just hoping I could finish the race. My plan was to start at the back of the field and jog round with the minimum of discomfort and damage.
I arrived at the start line alongside Dave Knight and Caroline Moore and proceeded to bore Dave with my injury woes. Once the race started I decided to to chat to Dave about football, which then bored Caroline, I am sure! After about half a mile or so, I felt a spring in my legs that I had not experienced for a while and began to lengthen my stride (Perhaps it was the cushioning in my new running shoes!). It was a warm sunny evening in a lovely park and I started to enjoy my run. With no extra effort I managed to pass a lot of people and caught sight of a few East London Runners' in front of me. My legs and back were feeling ok so what did I do? I started to race the rest of it....couldn't help myself really! On nearly three miles I caught sight of Frank Brownlie who let me overtake him by stopping to do up his shoe laces! Some encouragement by spectators Roberto Bruni, Jim Bird and Roger Dixon helped me along and I was delighted to finish in 37.44. Probably a personal worse, but not a disaster; I was actually ecstatic at the finishing line...I had given it my all in the end! I've learnt that times are not everything now and it is the competing for ELR that is important.
Being injured can be a pretty lonely place at times, but I am taking it one day at a time and no adverse affects today. Well done to the ladies and men's teams again, come on ELR!



Jennifer and Karen with their Race Trophies!

Dereham 10m - Sunday 10th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Diccon Loy1.07.4629th
Lucy Jarvis1.19.42 pb115th

Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 10th May 2015

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NameTimePosition
Regis Martin3.21.4237th
Jason Levy4.56.40413th
Wayne Kelly5.00.06 pb421st


Jason, Wayne and Regis after the race.

491 finishers. Jason Levy Really enjoyed the race, and even some of the hills. I was about 18mins quicker than Brighton four weeks ago, so very pleased. It's was good to meet Wayne Kelly and Regis Martin who both ran really well today.

Vitality Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 10th May 2015

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NameTimePosition
Andy Kumar1.23.14 pb104th
Stuart Kelly1.24.10 pb?127th
Scott McMillan1.31.17539th
James Creed1.34.13 pb736th
James Nichols1.34.56811th
Alex Haward1.36.00909th
Peter Hatley1.36.22
Craig Livermore1.38.17 pb1153rd
Eleanor Wilkinson1.41.23 pb1605th
Jonathan Shaw1.43.181915th
Graham Peacock1.47.302688th
Jamie Xavier1.50.573355th
Paula Bedford1.52.333683rd
Bernadett Kalmar1.59.17 debut5295th
Diana Rexhepaj2.05.066425th
Katrina Anderson2.05.186460th
Don Bennett2.21.448770th
Julie Creffield2.49.2310017th


Aaron, Scott, James, Craig and Jonathan with their medals.

Hackney Half Marathon race reports...

Andy Kumar - andykumar.net/2015/05/10/run-hackney-half-marathon-2015/

Scott McMillan

After putting in my first sub 90 minute time at Roding Valley a couple of months back, I had my eye on going a little quicker here. And so, on a glorious day, during an extremely well organised event, on a near pan flat course, I blasted through the first 9 miles like a red express train, breaking my 10k record as I went. And then I spent the last 4 and a bit miles desperately trying to keep the wheels on the track, coming in a couple of minutes short of my target.

Did I set off too fast? Maybe, but I wasn't going to set a PB by going slower than PB pace, so I had to give it a bash. Was it too hot? Maybe, I was a bit worried about dehydrating out there, and at times today I felt like I was water boarding myself. Did I train hard enough? Maybe not, I struggled a little with niggles after Roding Valley, and while I've been putting in some good 5k times, I probably cut back a bit on my longer runs.

So maybe a bit of all of this, but most likely the biggest cause lay elsewhere: in the week before the race I had a haircut and trimmed my beard. What an idiot. Have I learned NOTHING from the story of Samson, or NOTHING from the story of the long haired, heavily bearded chap who ran Roding Valley in under 90 minutes? Anyway, special thanks to all of those from ELR who gave me a cheer over those hard last few miles, I really needed it!

Hackney half race report...Jonny Shaw

I hadn't signed up for many races this year in order to save my energy for the arrival of my second daughter a couple of weeks ago so I was really looking forward to this race.

Standing in the 1.30 starting pen I ran into Alex Haward who looked like a coiled spring, it was nice to also see James and Diana before the start. I always seem to run half marathons in 1.43 but as usual I had fantasised about pulling off some 1.30 ish miracle and as usual I had been to lazy to do Grants monday punisher in order to increase my pace. Hey ho the horn went and we rocketed off at breakneck speed, Haward disappearing in a plume of dust. After a couple of miles it became clear that I was not going to maintain the pace and to make matters worse I needed the loo. There was nothing for it but to stagger into the Hackney council portaloo. And then we were off again.
By about mile 5 the sun came out, I realised it had been a mistake to wear my usual couple of layers and a hat, I could still hear Paul Thompson's voice, mocking of my attire, but at least I wasn't wearing my coat and trousers as I usually do up to June. Nothing for it but to stop and do a quick strip to consternation of my fellow runners.
Up to mile 10 feeling hot and queasy, pace slipping all the time a gel at mile 8 had improved matters somewhat so I opted for another at mile 11 and managed to drop my phone and a tenner I was carrying. Grabbed the phone, cash got taken by a gust of wind so I chased it against the directional flow much to the amusement of my fellow athletes. Possessions recovered and it was time to knuckle down and get it done. Mile 12, Craig Livermore sped past me like a bullet we had a brief chat and I bade him farewell as I was flagging big time.

Last mile was a hot haze, I was relieved to cross the line in the usual 1.43, my 1.30ish daydream trodden under foot.
I got blasé about the distance and training and tried to wing it, and it never works!
Note to self, wear the right gear, train and stop making excuses! C u next year hackney 1/2. Brilliant course and amazing organisation if a little pricey- but at least we got caviar in the race pack.

Hope 24 - Saturday & Sunday 9th/10th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Bozena Mysilinska
Well done Bozena Myslinska running her first ever 30 miles at hope24run. Team of six covering over 140 miles.
bozenamyslinska.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/hope-24/

Orion Yacht Handicap - Saturday 9th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Grant Conway40.516th of 25.
Grant Today I ran in the Orion yacht handicap. A 5 mile race made up mostly of hills that are part of the Orion 15 course. A good runout before ELVIS on Tuesday. I came 6th out of 25 with a time of 40.51. Cheers.

Vitality Hackney 5km - Saturday 9th May 2015

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NameTimePosition
Iain Mackie22.52
Muhammad Iqbal25.10

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 9th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Bee17.25 (course pb)1st - 74.07% Wanstead
James Wilson19.113rd - 70.11% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.135th - 73.69% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.38 (course pb)10th - 65.70% Wanstead
Aaron Williams19.4011th - 69.92% Wanstead
James Nichols19.4513th - 65.65% Wanstead
James Clarke21.28 (course pb)21st - 60.09% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.28 (1st lady)27th - 65.88% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.04 (course pb)34th - 66.69% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.1938th - 66.98% Wanstead
John Healy23.2239th - 58,84% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.3743rd - 71.00% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.46 (course pb)43rd - 69.71% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.20 (course pb)50th - 60.82% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.1354th - 61.47% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.2569th - 60.13% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.2871st - 58.56% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar44.43109th - 35.18% Wanstead
Karen Levison20.13 (1st lady)8th - 80.96% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0118th - 64.42% Valentines
Derek Wright23.02 (with buggy)27th - 61.07% Valentines
Richard Guest21.296th - 64.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1320th - 60.91% Walthamstow
Shaun DeSena29.1641st - 44.08% Walthamstow
Muhammad Iqbal26.33106th - 49.15% Mile End
Allan Todd18.41 (course pb)12th - 73.06% Nonsuch
Dan Spinks21.0820th - 65.06% Harrow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.0921st - 62.33% Harrow
Diccon Loy19.4525th - 70.72% Norwich
Stuart Barton26.2770th - 53.62% Wanstead
Amita Morse26.1966th - 60.92% Valentine
Salvatore Passerini19.21 (course pb)4th - 71.06% Wanstead
Amita Morse26.1966th - 60.92% Valentine

Wimbledon Trail Series - Race 1 - Wednesday 6th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes29.413rd - 75.32%

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon - Monday 4th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Fiona Day4.16.22 pb1118th
2281 finishers. halfway 2.05.47, 20 miles 3.14.18.

Fiona's Race Report. Or from anxious to exhausted in 4 hours and 17 minutes.

I have been planning to run the Belfast Marathon for a few years now. It was recommended by Jane, one of the 2 women who were partly why Kieran and I first ran a marathon. These 2 colleagues, were in their 50s and running marathons. They knew Kieran and I ran a bit and encouraged us to enter a 10 km with them. After this we ditched the baggy shirt and beach shorts and bought some technical gear and we started running together.

Not long after Jane had mentioned how much she enjoyed the Belfast marathon I read a letter in a running magazine by someone else who had enjoyed it and urged runners to support smaller marathons. So that was Belfast on my to do list, also I think running is a good way to see different places.

What a contrast from other races, I went to see the start the night before and there was no sign of activity, no barriers fencing,etc, I arrived half an hour before the start, as instructed and the pen was empty.( I have taken a photo).

I was feeling shaky and although I had done the training, it never went right and I felt unprepared. However seeing so many other runners at the start with tape and supports on their legs, I took some comfort in starting without any niggles or injuries.

Did I have a race plan to follow? Well simply, don't start off too fast ( it's not a parkrun) don't stop running and get over the finish line. I made sure I was in front of the 4.30 pacer and hoped that I wouldn't see him again.

There was also a relay marathon and the relay teams were a substantial part of the numbers, in fact out numbering marathon runners by far.

The run was sponsored by a bottled water company but the water stations gave cups, some I saw being filled from stand pipes. At one point they also poured energy drinks into cups rather than waste whole bottles which is good.

The route is varied and covers North, South, East and West of the City. The first 6 miles out towards George Best Airport and back. Then a long trek through mainly residential streets,some street names were familiar.

I had checked before and had read there was a hill at about 9 miles, so I wasn't prepared for quite a bit of uphill in the first half. Still it wasn't the Stanmer Park ladder and I kept my pace and along the top were some stunning views over Belfast Lough.

By this point my anxiety had vanished. There didn't seem too much downhill before we ran along the waters edge on a cycle path by a dual carriageway.
I enjoyed running through the 4 relay change overs as there was a buzz of excitement as runners waited for to their team mates to arrive.

I knew the next time I arrived in the cCity itself I would have covered 20 miles. By this time my legs were getting sore, but I overheard a guy encouraging his mate in a soothing Irish lilt "the pains in your head not your legs" I took this on board and my legs felt fresher.

At some point I took note of a view of the waterfront but some of the last few miles were a blur.

We ran past the queue of lorries going to the docks, I had to wait for a couple to pass before the marshals let me cross the road.

The last 6 miles went through some unremarkable urban landscape before a pleasant stretch passing alongside the river Lagan. Then a nasty mile or so around 24 to 25 up a long hill.

The local support was fantastic, especially towards the end and was really welcome on this hill. By the last mile it had increased to a roar along the final push downhill to the finish.

I saw Kieran cheering me as I approached it, so pleased to see him, knowing he was waiting had helped keep me going. Once over the over the mat I got my bottle of water supplied by the sponsors. By the end of the run I had seen the iconic yellow H&W cranes from every possible angle.

Belfast may seem a long way to go for a run, but I would recommend it, especially combined with a little holiday. The marathon is well organised and Belfast is also very friendly, its a pleasant city to visit in a lovely part of the world!

Milton Keynes Marathon - Monday 4th May 2015

NameTimePosition
Maran Raju3.39.29 pb297th
1558 finishers. All done and dusted 3:39:29 PB. I was aiming for under 3:40 just managed to get it. The course was horrible lots of twists and turns uphill and downhill. Won't be doing this one again.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 3rd May 2015

NameTimePosition
George Georgiou51.43224th
528 finishers.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 2nd May 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper38.567th
Eszter Tacine57.49109th

parkrun - all venues ( Wanstead except where indicated.) - Saturday 2nd May 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price17.26 (pb & 50th parkrun)1st - 74.19%
Alex Bee17.29 (WF debut)2nd - 73.78%
Alex Day18.394th - 69.71%
Scott McMillan19.056th - 71.00%
Aaron Williams19.097th -
Peter Craik19.38 (course pb)8th - 72.24%
Spencer Evans19.5912th - 64.55%
Jennifer Ansell20.0413th - 73.75%
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3517th - 64.45%
Aaron Browne21.30 (course pb)24th - 60.00%
Roberto Bruni20.42 (course pb)19th - 69.57%
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4427th - 64.26%
Craig Livermore21.46 (wf debut)28th - 59.26%
Alex Thornton22.19 (1st parkrun)34th - 57.80%
Rebecca Young23.1247th - 63.79%
Suzanne Bench23.14 (course pb)48th - 72.17%
Fiona Critchley24.02 (course pb)56th - 68.93%
Bernadett Kalmar24.1458th - 64.92%
Alexandra Turnbull24.26 (course pb)60th - 60.57%
Maud Hodson24.2861st - 63.83%
Felicity Price-Thomas24.33 (course pb)62nd - 60.29%
Caroline Moore25.40 (course pb)68th - 67.86%
Alan Branch27.0883rd - 57.13%
Muhammad Iqbal27.46 (1st parkrun)87th - 47.00%
Roger Stubbs28.0890th - 53.73%
Sophie Edwards28.2894th - 54.45%
Geoff Bench29.12100th - 50.11%
Don Bennett29.12101st - 53.08%
Claire Emery30.02105th - 52.39%
Maya Goodwin31.15 (50th parkrun)119th - 50.35%
Ashley Faria21.27 (course pb)11th - 66.12% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.2222nd - 66.62% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.1831st - 55.79% Valentine
Jason Levy23.2834th - 59.94% Valentine
Christopher Sohail24.3445th - 53.12% Valentine
Dan Gritton17.473rd - 77.88% Burgess
Thomas Grimes18.111st - 72.50% Grovelands
Allan Todd19.02 (50th parkrun)14th - 71.65% Huddersfield
Gavin Stebbing19.0510th - 71.53% Chelmsford
Paul Thompson20.478th - 68.72% Walthamstow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.2521st - 61.56% Raphael
James Nichols23.0921st - 56.01% Brentwood
Steven Bywater23.53 (course pb)55th - 61.76% Crystal Palace
Dan Spinks22.4034th - 60.66% Gadebridge
Fiona Day25.02 (99th parkrun)92nd - 74.30% Ormeau,Belfast
Stuart Barton25.4269th - 55.19% Wanstead
50th parkrun celebrations for Russell Price & Maya Goodwin. Would have been also for Allan Todd if he remembered his barcode. A great pb for Russell finishing in 17.26 moved him to 24th in the fastest 500 list and 5th on the ELR list for Wanstead Flats. Maya celebrated her 50th with what else but "cake".
Course pb's also for Peter Craik, Aaron Browne, Suzanne "new shoes" Bench, Alexandra Brown, Felicity Price-Thomas and Caroline Moore. Craig ran at Wanstead for the first time and Alex & M

Hamburg Marathon - Sunday 26th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton2.54.24285th , 40th V40

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Sunday 26th April 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes2.45.04500th
Alex Day2.45.36 pb517th
Paul Quinton2.47.48 pb623rd
Daniel Lee2.49.22 pb718th
Ciaran Canavan2.52.18937th
Antonio Martin Romero2.57.28 debut1429th
Manjit Bedi2.58.451639th
William Pearce3.02.17 pb & gfa2095th
Sam McCarthy3.08.012704th
Andrew Baxter3.09.40 pb2910th
Jennifer Ansell3.10.46 pb3037th
Ava Lee3.11.28 pb3126th
Sean Richardson3.16.213859th
Roisin Archer3.20.14 pb4387th
John Booth3.20.47 debut4466th
James Creed3.29.19 pb6080th
Shahib Miah Ali3.36.33 pb7439th
Natasha Tweedie3.37.07 pb & gfa7537th
Caroline Meaby3.42.11 pb & gfa8650th
Jonathan Wooldridge3.42.16 debut8682nd
Rebecca Young3.43.028892nd
Grant Conway3.44.099207th
Maud Hodson3.51.38 pb11209th
Frank Brownlie 4.00.55 pb14251st
Joanna Graham4.05.41 debut15363rd
Fiona Rutland4.13.2217266th
Diccon Loy4.27.5021129th
Muhammad Iqbal4.37.50 debut23748th
Diana Rexhepaj4.45.56 debut25676th
Ian Cooper4.47.5626125th
Maya Goodwin5.29.33 debut32889th
Julie Creffield6.54.4037088th
Jim Bird8.12.34
Also Yvonne Shashoua 3:30:34 - FV50 47th.
Bryony Hewer - 3:54:08


Danny Lee: Enjoying reading everyone’s reports - here's mine…

Some may have already heard about my highly technical and sophisticated marathon strategy, which I call the Kamikaze Technique (patent pending). It goes something like this: run as fast as you can for about 2 hours, holding nothing in reserve, start to cramp at about 20 miles, spend the final 10K feeling like you’re wading through treacle and wishing you’d never been born - your pace nose diving like crazy - collapse over the finish line and wait to be carried to the medical tent in tears. It’s a plan that’s somehow served me well for many years, but it’s always left me wondering – what if one year, that last 10K wasn’t such a disaster.


So off I went, with my trusty plan, and everything went true to form for the first 20 miles. But passing the water station this year, something was different – I was still feeling weirdly OK! I even managed a couple of “EAST LONDON!!!” fist pumps and got a mighty cheer back from the team for my efforts. Feeling pumped as I pulled away from the station, I convinced myself that today that there would be no treacle. I decided this time to ignore The Cramps that had arrived bang on cue – I’ll show those buggers who’s boss!

Kilometre after kilometre heading west, for once, my pace stayed within target. Even Embankment didn’t seem so long this year, the crowd calling my name all the way. More fist pumps at Birdcage walk as I realised a PB was in the bag. I rounded the corner into the Mall and saw the clock still said two forty something. For the first time in my life, I even managed a sprint finish to cross the line in 2:49:22 - 3 minutes faster than my target for the day! No collapsing, no tears, no paramedics – just high fives and smiles with Alex Day and Paul Quinton who were waiting over the line, both with shiny new PBs of their own! I doubt my “technique” will ever catch on, but for once it worked – at last, I’d run the marathon I’d been trying to run for years!

Ciaran Canavan: My race may not have gone to plan yesterday, but it was an amazing day, made more special by the camaraderie and support of ELR! Well done to those who ran. On your debuts, PBs and personal achievements all round! Love you all


Will Pearce: Well what can I say....another amazing ELR and London Marathon day, so many incredible performances and great support as ever.

Perfect conditions for the race, in the pen chatting to Grant Conway with the rain holding off and off I went sticking to the 3 hour pace maker like glue (as were a lot of others and my legs were taken out a couple of times but luckily no fall). Great to bump into some friendly ELR faces early on John Booth Andrew Baxter and Ava Lee and felt very comfortable at 20 mile water station, picked up my gels from Alex Bee and maybe, just maybe sub 3 was in sight! Faded after 23 miles (with Antonio Martín Romero coming through like a rocket, what a performance!) a bit and lost the pacer but thought in my mind, GFA was still on and so so happy to come in at 3.02.17 and a 14 minute PB...I was elated and very emotional at the finish....I think partly due to the fact that it might have been one of my last runs for ELR, now with a new job and life in Cheltenham.


It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be a member of such an amazing, friendly club and I will miss you all massively. Over the last 4 years I have made great friends and had so many enjoyable runs with you all. Thanks Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie for all the hard work you put in to the club and Grant for the track sessions which help so much. Too many good friends to mention (and I hope to keep running with some of you) but Alex was the man to get me my goal this year and keep me motivated, it would not have happened without you mate.

Thanks for everything and see you all at London next year guys!!

ELR ELR ELR ELR!!!

Sam McCarthy: Would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone at ELR.. Since I've joint in January I've been made to feel immediately part of the team and have met some amazing people... The camaraderie and team spirit of ELR I'm sure is what got my through those last few miles yesterday.. Thanks guys

Race for me couldn't have gone more to plan.. I ran nearly the same pace start to finish getting slightly quicker in final few miles, which I can't believe. What a feeling crossing that finish line... I'm not taking my medal off EVER!

Ava Lee: Little race report -
Feeling stiff and sore today but it was all worth it for such a great day yesterday. I came into this year's marathon with a lot less expectation or pressure on myself, and it was so much more fun. The crowd were wonderful, I've never felt so popular with everyone shouting 'Ava, you can do it' for the entire 26.2 miles. I'm sure I was smiling for at least 23 miles. Despite the plan to go out slow, that didn't really happen. I've decided I don't believe in negative splits anyway! There were tough points where I could no longer keep up the pace but I knew the finish was close and a PB still possible. It was so great to see all the ELR team at 20 miles and to hear of everyone's successes and stories afterwards. Of course the highlight for me was seeing a very happy and salty Danny Lee at the finish line, after his brilliant run.
Now that's all over, it's time for the next challenge. It's Elvis time!!

Natasha Tweedie: London Marathon done in 3:37, a pb of 12 mins and Good For Age!


It was amazing running through London, a city which has become my new home. So happy with my time, which I wasn't expecting with all the niggles along the way. Thank you so much too everyone who supported me along the way, I couldn't have done it without you! Just to name a few, Craig Saunders Jamee Gould, Ninette Fernandes, the long runs with Claire Parker Roisin Archer Caroline Meaby, all of ELR!!, the girls from work, friends/family from NZ, and my physio Wilna Ellis ! I also reached my target for my charity, 'The Children's Hospital Trust Fund.' I thought this might be the last marathon... but Boston is feeling tempting!

Caroline Meaby:



My third London and the first time I've gone in with my head down and a full game plan. I did allow myself a bit of wooping and shimmying at the funky sound systems and geed up a few folk en route but strictly no high fiving kids and no grabbing sweets from randoms. Made the run slightly less fun but taking it more seriously got me the result I wanted. I planned 8.30 miles for the first 15 then 8.20 for 5 then 8.10 for 5 then who knows for rest. I ended up going slightly faster than planned and got to halfway a minute faster than my 3.44 pacing plan. I didn't stick to my strict pacing 100% but the negative split tactic worked. Felt amazing until mile 24 when I started to slow a bit but knew I'd got my buffer, the last stretch on Embankment needed a push then a final sprint down the Mall. Exceptionally chuffed with my 3.42.11 time! Thanks to ALL at ELR, everyone who has trained and pushed me and the Boom Crew of Joanna Graham and Jonathan Wooldridge who did the long runs with me and so many fab other new friends like Natasha Tweedie I've made this time round as well as wisdom of Roberto Bruni Frank Brownlie and Tom Woods who set me the Boston GFA qualifying target at ELR Xmas dinner. I'm not hanging up my running shoes this time round as next stop Berlin! East East EAST London!!!

Maud Hodson: It’s much harder to write a decent race report when things have gone well, but here we go. Mercifully brief, anyway.

Running a marathon feels completely different when you don’t make a total dog’s dinner of the pacing. I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it. 16 miles, 18 miles - wot no wall? No wall. And at 20 miles, all my lovely ELR friends at the water station - what an amazing cheer they gave me. Half a minute of pure joy. And then knuckle down and grind out the last few miles. Was beginning to feel like hard work, but I wasn’t slowing down. In fact I managed the fabled negative split - first half 1.57.36, second 1.54.02, and was steaming past a lot of very tired looking runners. Grabbed a random stranger by the hand to cross the line with, and job done. PB by 18 minutes, and a monkey off my back.

Joanna Graham So I've filled my belly and had my bath and was taking stock of my day.....words cannot describe how overwhelmed I was with the amount of support from all my friends and family....and the crowd. For those of you I saw...you will never understand how much that boosted me...honestly, as you saw, I went a bit OTT!! For those of you who came, but I didn't see, I knew you were there and that's all that matters - thank you so much to each and every one of you who took time out to be there today in the not so great British weather. For those of you who couldn't get there, I know you were supporting me from afar and that still means a great deal.
Thank you again to each and every one of you who have sponsored me....every penny has been gratefully received and has made today all worth it. For those of you who would still like to donate, link attached below.
Thank you to all the ELR's I've been training with over the last few months - each and every one of you have inspired me and, particularly as most of you were faster than me, without realising, pushed me to try harder....this training clearly paid off and I am over the moon with my marathon début time of 4hrs 5 mins.

Julie Creffield link to report toofattorun.co.uk/virgin-money-london-marathon-2015/

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 ... continued - Sunday 26th April 2015

Maya Goodwin fill's the page: Here's mine. Unsurprisingly, I waffle on a bit...!



So Jo and I have spent many many evenings together over the past 25 years, happily discussing trash telly and musicals over more than a few glasses of wine. Pretty much every evening we've spent together in 2015 have been spent anxiously discussing gels and morning alarm times over a bowl of pasta and a pint or two of water.

Last Saturday night was one of those nights. But with more haribo. At 10pm we both came over a bit hysterical with a haribo head rush and had to go to bed to calm down.

Walking to the station in the morning with my big red bag, I felt so proud.
'Look at me, I'm doing the marathon you know. You can tell because of my big red marathon bag!'
Except we didn't see one other person with a bag walking down! And those bags are not easy to carry, especially as I'd packed mine like I was going in a mini break with a new boyfriend. What?? I was certain I would NEED all my makeup, change of clothes, notebook, and toothbrush... And then everyone said I'd want snacks... Man, it was heavy.

Anyway. Onto the tube. Ah ha. More people, with bags. NOW I'm part of the marathon crew. Off at Greenwich. More people with bags. Oh. Lots more. Suddenly I stop feeling quite so special... Up that bloody hill to the top and off to the Variety photo. Hoodie off, photo, hoodie back on, pronto. The wind was whistling round us up there! Then we set off to our starts, me Blue, Jo Red. I was anxious about being alone in Blue, and Jo was going to come with me for a bit and then go to Red. She's the brave one. Then I saw some of my running club in the distance. In my very best NON radio voice I shrieked 'John A THAAAAANNNN!'
And galloped over, nearly knocking him over in an over excited hug. And I trod on his feet too. I'm such a bloody klutz. Anyway they were in Blue too. I left lovely brave Jo and went to Blue with them. As we were walking over discussing what delights we thought awaited Cieran in his championship pen (massage chairs, apple juice spritzers, proper toilets) I suddenly realised I hadn't given Jo a bin bag. Oh no!! I felt so bad. Typically for Jo, she was relaxed about it when I texted.
'Doesn't matter. Glad you're with someone.'

I dropped my bag off with squeals and bouncing and hugs as I found the Wanstead Parkrun team. Last year I was the other side of the barrier, taking bags, I still couldn't believe I was going to run the actual London marathon! Right. Off to the pen. It was soooo cold. I chatted to some people, but realised I didn't have the head space for inane chatter (I KNOW, right??) and huddled off on my own. Finally threw off the hoodie when we reached pen 1, and off we went. I was OFF.

A RACE OF THREE HALVES

HALF ONE.
We're on our way! I'm actually starting the bloody London Marathon! I've only talked about this for about 20 years, and now I'm doing it, I'm really doing it! The first mile or so was pretty ok. Calm. It felt good to be moving and my jitters finally stopped. I was meeting Jo at the Lucozade station at five miles, and this was just a little 'warm up'. The Blue start was mainly ballot places I think, not as many people as the Red start. It was through Blackheath and all the big fancy houses. Lots of speed humps. Each hump had two marshals to continually shout 'HUUUUUMMMMPPPP'. Which was obviously hilarious to myself and all the other runners. Well. It was the first time anyway. There were about 15 huuuummmmppppps. The poor 15th huuuummmmppppers were sadly ignored. I felt sorry for them.
On and on through South East London. Where on earth WAS I?
'Where is this?' I shouted to a spectator.
'HaHa Road!' They shouted back. Well ta. That helps. I was hoping for a more definitive 'You're in Woolwich love!' Oh well. Keep on running. Oh blimey, overtaken by a rhino, already! I said as much. A dismembered glum voice came out...
'Yeah. I get that a lot

And then there is the Lucozade stand, AND THERE'S MY JO!!! Pretty sure I frightened the bejeezus out of my surrounding runners as I screamed her name! We hugged, bounced and tried to not tread on each other. And then we heard our names! It was our friend Ellie! She sailed past, looking really great. A gel, and off we went.

SECOND HALF
The crowd and atmosphere started to build. We'd written a list of who was supporting where and we knew Pete and my family would be around soon. And there they were! We stopped, bounced, chatted for a couple of minutes and set off again. The cheering was getting louder and louder, and then... The Cutty Sark! 'Jo! We're doing it! We're running round the Cutty Sark!' We stopped and asked a spectator to take our photo with it behind us. Incredible.

More running though places we didn't know... But we knew our friend Sarah was at 8.5 miles, with her banner. I thought I was getting a blister already, which was a worry, but I knew Sarah would have plasters. And being a nurse, wouldn't be squeamish about applying it for me to save me bending over. Which she did. It wasn't even a blister, just hard skin, but she put a plaster on anyway. Thanks Sarah, you're lovely! Another photo, a quick chat and we were off again. Then I saw Kirsty Silver Hearts, who I'd met and ran behind for most of Roding Half!
'Kirst-TEEEEEEEE!'
She turned, we waved and grinned. And then..
'Sorry Jo, the plaster has come off in my sock... Can we stop again?!'
Another stop while I ditched the plaster, and off we set again, to our next spectator, Mil at the Shelter stand. We reach the stand, and stop in front of it, peering. Jo said: 'Mil? Mile Cole?' They looked back, bemused. We hoped that meant her husband was doing well and she'd headed off to her next spectator point.

Then... A sharp right, and.... Holy COW!!! Only bloody Tower Bridge! We got to the start and stopped again to ask a stranger to take our photo. And then went over. The noise. The bells, the cheering, the banging, the whistles... And so much colour. An incredible sight and experience. I never ever want to forget it. And as we reached the end we saw Denise Lewis and her TV crew. She looked right at us, grinned and clapped!

And now along towards the Wharf, with the faster runners on their way home. I saw one ELR vest, I didn't recognise him, and so focussed he didn't hear me shouting. Probably for the best really... And then.... The Variety stand! Fiona, PJ, Sharon, Lucie, Stevie, and Mil. We cried, they cried, PJ heard me swear... We properly stopped there and had a right mothers meeting, crying, laughing, and eating all their flapjacks. It was ace. Eventually we said goodbye and headed off into the depths of somewhere called Narrow Street. It was about now that we realised just how long we'd been out. The smell of beer was strong, and the spectators were definitely more... Jovial! One lady nearly knocked me over in her effort to high five me...
And into the Wharf. Past the CentrePoint cheer crew where I saw my friends Bonnie and Dawn. Bonnie looked her usual effortless glamorous self. I threw myself at her in a salty, sweaty hug. Sorry Bonnie! Up past Mudchute and we saw my lovely Churchfield Mums, with their great big banner. Thankyou so so much for coming to see us! More stopping and bouncing. And then off again. Jo pointed out at this point that we needed to start to stop less, and it was harder to start off again. (That's a convoluted sentence!) I sulked a bit, and squirted her legs with water. Then panicked that I'd given her cramp. Oops!

Through the Wharf, and along to Mile 20. I was really looking forward to this, as I knew you would all be there. But just before 20 miles, it all got really tough. We had to stop again, while I took yet another gel and tried to clear my head.

THIRD HALF
As we approached, it was just a SEA of bouncing, grinning cheering people who knew me. It was just the best welcome ever. I hugged and ran, and hugged and ran, and jumped and laughed as I was squirted full in the face with water. I just love ELR, you're ACE.

The high wore off pretty fast though and I was really struggling. I had to start to count my steps to keep my head in the game. Past Sarah again, and Pete and my family for the third time. There was much less walking than I thought, thanks to Jo, and we knew all her supporters were in this last stretch. When she saw her PT at 23 miles... Blimey. I cried. Her PT cried. Even the spectators watching them hug were crying. We were all a bit soggy....
And then the last three miles were a blur. I counted my steps, walked a bit, ran more and sort of zoned out. I tried to thumbs up as I heard my name (I was called Mayer, Myer, and Mary) but my hands were too swollen to do it properly. One walk break I looked up and realised I'd walked past Ninette. Dammit, of all the times to walk!

Round the corner, past my lovely Uncle and Aunt, and up towards the palace. 800m to go. That's only twice round the track, but it felt like forEVER. Run past the camera, and then walk. We composed ourselves... And turned into The Mall. Hand in hand we crossed the line. And burst into tears, hugging. We'd only bloody gone and done it.

Jo Bull, Maya's run partner I know Maya and I have a number of mutual friends who would have seen her marathon report, but this is it from my viewpoint. Then I'll stop banging on about it.

London Marathon completed. It was very special. I think today it’s really sinking in just how amazing an event it really was.

Maya and I had always said we would run it this year and run it together. She was in the Blue Start and I was in Red so we arranged to meet at the Lucozade station around 5 miles. How to add a stressful element into a 26 mile run!

We had our charity photo taken, right next to the Red Start and then I was going to walk her to Blue but she spotted some ELR guys so we hugged, said goodbye, and went our separate ways. Me minus the promised bin bag. But I forgive her.

It was quite daunting to be on your own, surrounded by thousands of people, waiting for it to start but, to a man, everyone was so friendly - marshals, bag drop, water station etc and most of the runners I spoke to seemed to be first timers. Maybe we all just had that look of fear and gravitated to each other! It was while I speaking to one that I spotted Betty Spaghetti aka Elizabeth Dimelow. We hugged, sent out some Badger love, then she went off to line up at the toilet queue and I thought I’d never see her again.

At 9.45am I lined up in my pen. At any moment I thought I could cry. Runners families were calling to them from behind the barbed wire fences (ok they were just mesh) and a runner commented “blimey, it’s like the Hunger Games”. The crowd started to applaud the entrance of 20 or so Rhinos that had just paraded in to the enclosure. Maybe the Hunger Games comment was apt, having a rhino horn at your back is quite intimidating.

10.10 came and went and we all shuffled forward. Finally crossing the start line at 10:29! I may have cried. Totally missed the first mile marker, probably too busy thinking "bloody Nora, I'm actually doing this".

At mile 3 the Blue and Red starts come together and run alongside each other. I may have cried at this point too - in Red you are aware that there a lot of people but as the two join you realise just how big the event is, plus there was so much more noise now! I started to look for Maya.

I got to the Lucozade station at 4.5 miles and waited. After a couple of minutes I could hear Maya screaming my name. It was a relief to now be able to relax, we’d met each other: that part of the challenge was completed.

We were lucky to have lots of supporters around the route and had a list we could check to see where the next person would be. I think that really helped the miles go past and it was so lovely to see them. We would stop and have a chat then set off again. We also did a tourist selfie at the Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge! These iconic points on the route were everything you could hope they would be. Especially Tower Bridge, it was just an assault on the senses of noise and colour. On Maya’s Hen we had gone across Tower Bridge cycling a Pedibus, feeling like stars as the tourists turned to gawp, but that was nothing compare to this. You just felt so amazing as people celebrated what you were doing.
I loved, loved looking for Badgers. Seeing Elizabeth in the Red assembly zone was just the tip of the iceberg, then it was Ellie who came past us just as Maya and I had met up – “come on” she shouted. I think she thought we had just stopped for a rest. Sarah Howard, Banner Badger, at mile 8.5 and 22 – just amazeballs, Sarah administered hugs, sweets, and nursing skills. Good to meet Jeff too. Then Elizabeth again. As we were heading to mile 14 (my most favourite mile – less to do now than had been done plus the Variety cheer point to come) the significantly faster runners were on their way back at mile 22. I spotted the 3:15 pacer and knew that Susie Stannard was on her way! I kept looking and finally spotted her, I shouted but the shouty range of my voice is shot to pieces. Mrs Christmas, who wasn’t looking where she was going, almost collided with me – I think I’m off the Nice List. Now it was time to look for Variety.

OMFG!!! I apologise to any other Variety supporters who were at the Cheer point because this was all about Maya, and me, and Sharon, and Fi, and PJ, and Lucie, and Stevie, and Helene – and there was Mil and Lizzie too!! I could have stayed there all day eating flapjacks. Stevie told me a short cut through the underpass that would take me to the racers side of the road. I was tempted. Reluctantly Maya and I finally dragged ourselves away.

Running with Maya was like running with a celebrity – she OWNED all of East London. If it wasn’t her family, it was neighbours, mums from school, people from Parkrun, or folk from her running club cheering her on. Even Denise Lewis saluted her. I swear the ELR water station at mile 20 was only there really to cheer her on – their very own conquering hero.

Seeing Lucy, my PT, at mile 24 was fantastic. I think the whole crowd was crying at us hugging and gushing!! Then I saw my family (mum, husband, children, Jenny and Siri) outside Somerset House – spotted Taff first, I’m normally looking for him. These moments of seeing family and friends just gave you the most amazing boost. When people called my name I wanted to run for them, I wanted to pick up speed and show them I could do it. I had to tell Maya to slow down at one point as she picked up speed, caught in a moment.

Virgin Money London Marathon continued - Sunday 26th April 2015

The run was made of elastic time, as friends Laura and Hannah had described. You split the mileage into sections and calculate how long each section is going to take but parts slip past that you just don't remember. Some bits were rubbish when you’re just over it all. At mile 16 it's like "really? another 10?” At one point even Maya said “I’m over being famous now.” Some parts were sticky, quite literally around the Lucozade and gel stations. But most of it was just amazing. Sometimes overwhelming. I had to stop myself from losing it emotionally as I got caught up in the noise or music. The music was varied and joyous. I wanted to dance not run. I wanted to thank every single person who called my name. I wanted to clap everyone who had come out to support us. I wanted to tell them all that they made me feel special and invincible.

At mile 25 Maya said “I can’t do it”. I looked at her, we had one mile to go, and said “But we’ve done it”. I think we might both have broken down crying at the point if we hadn’t have spotted her Uncle and Aunt standing on the bend at Westminster Bridge. Outside the Palace we composed ourselves and then headed off down the Mall. Crossing the line, hand in hand, was fabulous. We had done it. Together. Then we dissolved into tears.

We always said our aim was to get round and not hate it. I didn't hate it, I actually even enjoyed parts!! Slight haze last night and very surreal but at the 3am I thought "wow. I've run 26 miles. 26.2!". Just an amazing experience.

Shahib Ali reports:
One can only describe my relationship with the London Marathon as
being a tempestuous, fractious affair, with plenty of heartache and
introspection and some timely happiness. Without boring you, I'll keep
this very brief as to fully understand the personal meaning of VLM15
for me needs an appreciation of the context.

FLM08
I was a novice. Prior to commencing training for this marathon I had
only done 10km distances, at 42 minutes, knew no marathon runners for
advice and just followed one of the training manuals from the FLM
magazines. As an example of my inexperience, my first long run - I
remember it clearly, it was the same day as the Australian Open final
2008 - I felt really happy when I had run the furthest in my life, no
more than maybe 8 miles, then hit the wall, was hypoglycaemic, having
only had a tomato as my pre run meal. To my horror, I had no money on
me, no bank cards, no Oyster, no mobile and came really close to
begging for 50p to buy a chocolate bar. Luckily I managed to take the
bus home. I estimated distances using Google maps. In the end I was
beset by left ITB injury and came home in 04:32:32, just happy to
finish having originally aimed for sub 4 hours.

FLM09
Again, I knew no marathon runners and pretty much had the same
training in terms of methodology, although much better in quality.
Thought perhaps did enough to get sub 4. Days before marathon had
mouth ulcers, felt sluggish and on Saturday before the marathon (the
day when Tevez and Ronaldo destroyed Spurs after Spurs had a clear
penalty denied) literally drank gallons of orange juice to clear the
ulcers. What a folly. First half of the marathon utter despair and
desperation. Had so much diarrhoea I do not know how often I stopped.
I was turned away from a newsagents after I enquired whether I could
use the toilet, I was stuck in a pub toilet in an attempt to clear my
bowels for around 10 minutes, did plenty of Paula on the streets of
South London and to cap it off, fell, cut my left shoulder area (still
have a scar) and was with St John's for 10 minutes contemplating
stopping. I soldiered on, walked, limped and partially ran my way to
the finish. 04:39:49. Was really disconsolate and each time someone
said, 'you finished, be happy', it made it worse as the manner of the
performance was dispiriting.

VLM14
Thought I was a better runner. Club runner now. Posted times I was
happy with for HMs and below. Surely could get a sub 4 now? Had a
Garmin by now. Knew experienced marathoners. Thought training was
better. Marathon day was the same old story. Plenty of diarrhoea in
the first half, plenty of stops, walking and running inextricably
intertwined with each other, shouts of support from the crowd only
reinforcing the sense of underachievement, all those scars came back
with a vengeance, complete isolation and an overwhelming sense of
despair and disappointment. If ever I wanted the ground to open up and
swallow me, this was it. Again contemplated stopping but ploughed on
and finished in 04:25:22. Whilst waiting to see my wife at the end, I
burst into tears on Horse Guards Parade, tears of pain and sorrow, it
was like when I used to cry as a 5 year old when my mother used to go
abroad and leave me with my father, three marathons and each time
disappointment and missing the elusive sub 4 hour, which was my own
personal, to some a modest, objective. Crying on Horse Guards Parade
was to be a seminal moment for me. The crushing sense of despondency
was much more to do with how the marathons were unravelling beyond my
control, how I lurching from one disaster to another, as opposed to
the time per se, which was significantly less important.

VLM15
Everything had changed. Had long and detailed discussions with plenty
of runners, none more so than Grant and Carlton, and it seemed to be
the case that porridge with water seemed to be the pre long run meal
of choice. All this time I was having one weetabix with milk and
during runs I used to feel bloated, windy and uncomfortable with
belching. To compound matters, before all the marathons, I committed
the cardinal error of having two weetabix pieces with milk, with
double amounts of fibre and milk, therefore making alterations on
marathon day. This added fibre and milk was all going through me with
the added stress of a marathon. The Alpen porridge that Grant
suggested in one swoop eradicated all the above mentioned problems and
also gave me more energy. Quite disappointing that even though I had
studied nutrition at university, I did not comprehend that excessive
fibre, and especially milk, could be so calamitous. Further to
changing my pre run meal, I also added Cliff Shot Blocks during runs
on the advice of Grant and William and I suddenly realised I did not
feel hungry on my long runs anymore. As a result, that fear I had over
long runs, namely of getting hungry and weak after 2 hours, was
dispelled. Then on my way to the Finchley 20, another great piece of
advice from Antonio. I used to always think that all of my training
runs had to be of a 100% intensity and so the stress of that notion
led to prevarication and indecisiveness before going on runs, which
more often than not led to skipping runs. Having spoken to Antonio, I
realised a lot of the runs could be mild/moderate in intensity and
that took the stress away from training. The fun and enjoyment came
back. Long runs were better than 2014, less stop and start, higher
intensity, more consistent. I was also coming to the club nights more,
doing more tempo runs, and doing more runs in my own time. When I
became lazy, or went through pain in training, I quickly trained my
thoughts on Horse Guards Parade and the tears and it helped to
motivate me. I was overjoyed that at the VLM15 I ran from start to
finish with no walking or stopping. Each time I came across a point
where I had encountered problems in the past, it was a psychological
boost to go thorough it without any event of note this time round,
such as on the Highway just after the half way point where last year I
nipped off, went to the building site, jumped a barrier and had to
answer the less dignified call of nature. The marathon was still a
marked struggle, however, huge struggle, I never felt comfortable at
any stage at all, legs were generally heavy, both groins played up at
different points before nursing my left calf home, cajoling and
imploring it to not let me down, pleading with it almost, after
feeling it at around mile 21, so close to the finish. Luckily it held
up and although I was at sub 3.30 pace at the half way point, I was
mature enough to know that I was not quite good enough for that, bid
farewell to the pacer (who incidentally has done more than a 100
marathons since 2009) and did my o

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Aaron Browne18.451st - 68.80% Barking
Alex Day18.262nd - 70.52% Wanstead
James Wilson18.33 (=cpb)3rd - 72.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.006th - 71.32% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1016th - 62.68% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey22.56 (course pb)29th - 64.53% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.5539th - 59.40% Wanstead
Che Hector25.30 (course pb)43rd - 50.65% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.1150th - 71.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2254th - 58.79% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.3956th - 58.60% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.3068th - 56.36% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.1990th - 50.24% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel21.277th - 67.68% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.0015th - 64.47% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1424th - 63.49% Valentine
Jonathan Shaw20.5319th - 65.36% Hackney
Katherine Harris22.0331st - 67.57% Hackney
Jason Levy22.4639th - 61.79% Hackney
Gavin Stebbing19.146th - 70.97% Chelmsford
Patrick Brown17.352nd - 73.46% Mile End
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea22.4323rd - 58.03% Lloyd Pk,Croydon
Fiona Critchley24.2836th - 67.71% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.5560th - 52.69% Wanstead

Boston Marathon 2015 - Monday 20th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Tom Woods4.05.44

Neurocare Headstart 10km, Rother Valley, Sheffield - Sunday 19th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Iain Mackie46.02 pb

Greater Manchester Marathon 2015 - Sunday 19th April 2015

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NameTimePosition
Russell Price2.52.54 pb188th
Daniel Slipper3.00.27543rd
Allan Todd3.14.43 pb1144th
Tanbir Jasimuddin4.30.246180th
7,760 finishers.
Russell Price: 2:52:54, BQ, GFA, PB (almost 20 mins), 72.25% age grading..
Brief race report = "f*ck yeah"

Full race report:

My brief race report needs some expanding on..(no swearing in this one!)

Firstly, a massive thanks to everyone who has been part of my journey! Those who have helped, supported, run with (and against) me, those who looked at me weirdly as I go off on one about running, those whose stories and results have inspired and amazed me, and a massive shout out to team ELR you are all awesome!

Having only suffered two tangible taper-tantrums I headed up to Manchester feeling relatively relaxed, after all it is the “Fastest, Flattest, Friendliest” marathon. A lovely pre-race Saturday relaxing out in the sunshine with the support crew (who were drinking beer in front of me :( ) put me in a chilled mood ready for race day.

Race day morning, still relaxed and feeling “in the zone”, starting in the sub 3 hour pen but quite far behind the 3 hour pacer threw me a little, and meant a few too-fast miles at the start to get ahead of the masses. A quick wave at the support crew at 4 miles put a smile on my face, then back into the zone.

I honestly don’t remember much of the race, the “zone” meant I was just putting one foot in-front of the other with an occasional glance at the Garmin/splits scrawled on my arm. Woke up at a few points on the switchbacks to try and spot other runners (thanks for the shouts Allan and Tanbir, sorry for not spotting you Dan! Great results all round).

And a few signs caught my eye: “you are the slowest runner so far”, “if your Garmin says 26.1 miles you need to do another lap” gold!

Woke up at 23 feeling "a-ok" so pushed on and must have overtaken about what felt like 30 people in the last miles (but I swear the 25 mile sign was in the wrong place)! Turned into the final straight and got my sprint on, passing a few more. Staring intently at the clock and a quick glance at my watch told me I could make sub 2:53 if I went for it. I flew passed my shouting support crew, totally missing them in a cacophony of noise and my intent focus on the clock (sorry!).

Crossed the line and wobbled around a bit before getting a hug from a foil blanket and having the massive medal hung around my neck. A mixture of joy and calf cramp kicked in (so glad it waited till after the finish). Job done, sub 3 smashed with a triple (PB, BQ and GFA). Who is up for Boston next year?

Would I recommend Manchester, yes, despite not remembering much, the bits I do remember were awesome! Flat, fast course and great friendly support (patches of support, which I prefer, not sure how I will cope with constant noise at Boston / London next year)!

My next challenge is a 24 hour race, which I am now doing for a charity which means a lot to me, but more on that soon…

Best of luck to everyone running London, Boston and Hamburg!


Dan Slipper: Congratulations to everyone who ran today! Great running and amazing times! Thanks to everyone for the support. It does make you run faster and better.

Allan Todd: 3:14:43 for Manchester Marathon CHIP time. In tears stood outside Old Trafford, not the first time that's happened. ‪#guinnessoclock


Allan Todd's race report: Manchester Marathon 19th April.

I feel compelled to write a brief race report as it's worth feeding back from an incredible marathon.
I chose Manchester instead of London as Russell Price ran it last year and sang its praises. The lead up was great until my hamstring decided it wasn't going to flex as effectively as hoped for. Major doubts before hand and a 'whatever will be will be' attitude adopted.
Great location, set up, outside old Trafford, even for non football fans it's impressive. Plenty of loos, but poor baggage organisation in the runners compound.
The starting pens were a free for all, but as the opening 2 miles were ran on a dual laned road it all evened out. A turn around point at 2 miles helped me but others did complain about it.
They said flat, boy it's flat 2 hills akin to Wanstead Leisure to Wanstead tube size, not daunting.
They said friendliest, they weren't wrong. Imagine running a race with supporters out in the road a la Tour de France.
They said fastest, they were bang on. Long straight roads.
Plenty of drink stations, I mean plenty especially in the last 4 miles.
Lots of isotonic drinks and people with jelly babies helped hugely.
Pacers were spot on as well. Great camaraderie and support made this special.
You see old Trafford loom in the distance 3 miles out, and unlike Big Ben it actually gets closer quicker. A left at Lou macari's chip shop and 160 metres sprint in. Free beer, big medal, no pressure at the finish.
Downsides, bagging area, 3 tight spots due to roads narrowing, lots of bollards and 3 miles out of town.
Overall 9.5 out of ten.

Innovation Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 19th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamie Xavier46.41135th
553 finishers.

Woodford Green Open , Athletics, Ashton Fields. - Saturday 18th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown9.32.24 pb3rd - 3000m

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.05 (course pb)1st - 76.78% Grovelands
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea23.5439th - 55.16% Grovelands
Dan Gritton17.49 (course pb)1st - 77.74% Southwark
Scott McMillan18.554th - 71.63% Wanstead
James Nichols19.08 (overall pb)5th - 67.77% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.318th - 70.45% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2117th - 62.14% Wanstead
Gareth Jones22.04 (=course pb)22nd - 63.75% Wanstead
Maud Hodson22.28 ( overall pb)30th - 68.99% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey23.10 (course pb)42nd - 63.88% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 24.3458th - 67.03% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.5861st - 63.02% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas25.0462nd - 59.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.0972nd - 59.27% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.13 (course pb & 50th)73rd - 60.58% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena28.45 (course pb)92nd - 44.87% Wanstead
Claire Emery29.59107th - 52.47% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards36.22124th - 42.62% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.5019th - 64.96% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.5220th - 66.92% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge21.56 (course pb)23rd - 63.68% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4235th - 59.35% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir25.1056th - 51.66% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan26.4378th - 53.09% Valentine
Maya Goodwin32.05148th - 49.04% Valentine
Richard Guest21.377th - 64.07% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater23.58 (course pb)18th - 61.54% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1516th - 70.91% Chelmsford
Fiona Day24.0676th - 77.18% Hackney
Dan Spinks21.1739th - 64.60% Gunnersbury
Stuart Barton26.3975th - 53.22% Valentines

Highgate Harriers/City of London Open Meeting - Wednesday 15th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.31.2915th 5000m,track

Yorkshire Half Marathon - Sunday 12th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Matt Rogers1.49.06

St Clare Hospice 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Carrine Jay46.5661st (1st FV45)
Sheila Kennedy57.30161st
265 finishers.

Paris Marathon 2015 - Sunday 12th April 2015

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NameTimePosition
Udesh Kumar4.10.5020,767th



Putney & Fulham Riverside Half Marathon - Sunday 12th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Alexandra Turnbull1.56.27323rd

Brighton Marathon 2015 - Sunday 12th April 2015

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NameTimePosition
Diccon Loy3.13.40 pb and GFA296th
Andy Kumar3.26.47637th
James Nichols3.30.36 debut869th
Claire Parker3.35.34 debut1049th(40th Senior)
Paul Charters3.40.301381st
Alan Holford4.29.365162nd
Jason Levy5.14.347627th
9,009 finishers.
Andy Kumar Well done, guys! Slightly disappointed with my time; the marathon is completely different beast from a half! The last 6 miles are a real drag. Still a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and dare I say it, much more scenic than London!! 😎
Link to Andy's Race report - andykumar.net/2015/04/13/brighton-marathon-2015/

James Nichols Thanks all. Very happy with that, actually enjoyed my debut! The sun helped. Massive thanks to Claire for the company over 16 miles and ELR for the training runs and advice. Full report tomorrow, for now the pub!



James Nichols in action!

Claire Parker Ecstatic doesn't even come close- crossed the finish line and burst into tears- completely overwhelmed. Hardest, proudest thing I've ever done. Congratulations James thank you for your company also and to all the other ELR's I didn't see.



Claire Parker is enjoying her first marathon!

Jason Levy Well done team ELR. Really enjoyed the race, but a lot slower than I wanted. Have already entered for next year as me and the Brighton marathon have some unfinished business to sort out!

James Nichols FULL report. - I’ll start with some context. Rewind 2 years to March 2013 when I decided to start taking running a bit more seriously than just the odd stroll in a park. I had signed up for a triathlon and so entered a few 10k’s and started investigating the parkrun circuit in South London. Every run was a personal best for a few months, hmm, this is addictive. I did that triathlon in August and the run leg was a breeze. A move to East London followed and the PBs dried up, not related, but frustrating.

Made my half marathon debut in Bexhill that winter, not just a first half but a first time running further than 11 miles. It was tough. Long distance running is not for me, I remember thinking. Imagine doing two of those back-to-back?

2014 arrives, and activate my resolution straight away, to join that Running Club that my friends at the Orient had been banging on about. And so a love affair with all things ELR begins. I sign up to a couple of spring half marathons and throw myself into track sessions. And I join a couple of the long weekend runs, backing out before the end, still adamant that marathons are not for me. But something about the camaraderie of everyone training for London, Manchester or Brighton intrigues me. The HMs go well for me personally, the structured training has worked and it’s nice representing a Club, looking out at the progress and personal journeys of others in those marathons. And, bang, I’m hooked. “I want some of that” – woah, where has that come from? 3 months ago you were adamant, and you’ve still never run further than 13.1 miles you fool! A summer of ELVIS follows, and the London ballot result means it’ll be Brighton for me.

2015 starts with an injury then illness, I fade badly at the Benfleet 15 (no surprise there), and 26.2 miles seems a long way away. 12 week plan put together in Excel, I won’t bore you with the details, of which there are many. I skipped sessions all over the shop, but it did work as a guilt trip every morning in the office as the weeks ticked by. My first 16 miler is a struggle, the Gade Valley 17 better. A decent blast at the Anglesey HM, a few run commutes to central London, a 16 mile test in Kingston where I finish strongly and, hang on, am I actually enjoying this? A confidence boosting PB at the Brentwood HM and, with 2 weeks to go, the 20 mile barrier broken in rotten weather.

Onto race day, and I’m ready, I think. It’s impossible to know though. The thing with the marathon is, it messes with your mind. I became addicted to reading about it. “You’re training too much” one article, “You’re not training enough” the next. In the end, all that’s clear to me is it’s such an individual event and what works for one won’t necessarily work for all.

So while lining up in the starter pen at Preston Park I tried to focus on the one piece of advice that EVERYONE agreed on – “stick to your plan and don’t go off too fast”.
And we’re off. A nice easy mile or so, the worst hill out of the way and then I spot another ELR in Claire Parker. After a quick chat, we’re both on debut and with similar doubts about what is in store, it’s clear we’re running to a similar pace and so a pact is formed.

Really helped me to stay sensible, and those early miles go by without alarm, ticking over nicely at my planned 8 minute miles. It’s sunny, but there’s plenty of drink stations and the crowd are fantastic, in number and in noise. An hour passed, then another.

I think back to 2013 again, one hour would have felt hard work. Here I’m two hours in and feeling pretty fine. I’m aware there could be dark times ahead though, “the race begins at 20” after all.

At around the 17 mile point I stretch away from Claire, who has done fantastically and on course for a great time. Time to put the headphones in and let my specially selected playlist guide me through the last hour. The next 3 miles are my quickest of the day, and I’m now further than I’ve ever run before and feeling tired but generally OK as the course winds round the dreaded isolation of the Shoreham power station.

“Race begins at 20”? Pah, what were they talking about? Mile 21, fine. 22, fine. 23, f…uh-oh, I’m slowing down, this isn’t good. I frantically grab sweets off helpful spectators but struggle to take them down. It feels like I’m almost stopping, but the reality is it’s just a couple of miles about 30 seconds slower. Relax Jim! If this is as bad as it’s going to get, I can handle it. No need to panic, this is natural and I’m still passing some
people.

Just a 5k to go, easy. Focus, you’ve worked so hard for this, don’t let it slip now. Again the crowds along the seafront are fantastic and make those last 20 minutes or so bearable. It’s all a bit of a blur. Through 25 miles, tantalisingly close now. Through 26 and I’ve got this, headphones out and enjoy the moment. Clenched fists and a yelp of delight over the line. I’ve done it. I’m a marathon man!

Get a hero’s welcome from my two nieces after the race (in my head it was like I had just won Olympic Gold) and spend the rest of the afternoon with the family revelling in the achievement. Thanks to everyone at the Club who has given me advice or trained with me since I joined, a marathon wasn’t even on the radar a year ago and now I’m already thinking about my next one.

Obviously I’ve got no means of comparison but I’d highly recommend Brighton. Can’t fault the organisation, the on-course tracker worked a treat for my supporters and also no qualms about the use of paper cups which seems to be coming in for some stick. And finally good luck to everyone else running a marathon over the next couple of weeks. I look forward to supporting all those at London with a much stronger appreciation of what it takes. If I can do it, anyone can.

Those stats in full (impressed myself with the even pacing!):
Split time Split pace Total time
10km 00:50:25 05:02/km 00:50:25
Half 00:54:36 04:55/km 01:45:01
30km 00:43:55 04:56/km 02:28:56
Finish 01:01:40 05:03/km 03:30:36

Brighton Marathon 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Lucy Jarvis49.10410th
1,995 finishers.

Innovation Clapham 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamie Xavier47.1337th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes18.231st - 71.35% Grovelands
John Booth18.551st - 69.34% Beckton
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea23.4515th - 55.51% Beckton
David Baldwin19.19 (course pb)1st - 67.90% Gunpowder
Ciaran Canavan16.48 pb3rd - 81.85% Hackney
Maya Goodwin31.50128th - 49.42% Hackney
Spencer Evans20.025th - 64.39% Barking
Richard Guest29.23 (with Mum)125th - 47.14% Woodley
Paul Thompson20.08 (course pb)4th - 70.64% Walthamstow
Patrick Brown22.03 (with buggy)9th - 58.58% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0518th - 61.25% Walthamstow
Shailesh Patel21.3018th - 68.06% Valentine
Ashley Faria31.3420th - 65.77% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.5733rd - 64.92% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.4741st - 58.72% Valentine
Alex Day18.063rd - 71.72% Wanstead
James Wilson18.485th - 71.54% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.097th - 70.76% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.13 (course pb)10th - 70.16% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson23.12 (1st parkrun)28th - 63.79% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.7532nd - 65.72% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.1041st - 69.38% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey24.1742nd - 60.95% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.59 (course pb)49th - 59.24% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.3454th - 61.54% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3064th - 58.49% Wanstead
Gemma Foxall26.25 (1st parkrun)65th - 55.67% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3766th - 58.23% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.4970th - 59.23% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing18.5520th - 72.16% Chelmsford
Dan Gritton18.132nd - 76.03% Southwark
Allan Todd19.1819th - 70.73% Nonsuch
James Clarke23.21 (1st parkrun)29th - 55.25% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena29.3490th - 43.63% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.0396th - 54.45% Hackney

Easter 10km, Regents Park - Monday 6th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Eszter Tacine58.26258th

Destination Limerick 5 mile, racecourse. - Sunday 5th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.135th

Windsor Marathon Prep 20m, Dorney Lake - Sunday 5th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day2.08.4526.07,26.01,25.41,25.45,25.11
Caroline Meaby2.43.5434.08,33.34,32.57,32.38,30.37
Jonathan Wooldridge2.47.5534.07,32.40,32.36,33.14,35.18
Joanna Graham3.01.12 pb36.43,35.57,36.09,36.08,36.15
Muhammad Iqbal3.17.3237.49,36.51,37.20,41.01,44.31
Fiona Day3.19.2439.25,38.51,38.49,40.19,42.00

Trowse Norwich 10km - Sunday 5th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Diccon Loy39.44 pb46th
Claire Emery47.17 pb196th
576 finishers.

Abbey Run 10km, Quin, Co Clare - Saturday 4th April 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes35.205th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th April 2015

NameTimePosition
David Baldwin19.13 (course pb)11th - 68.26% Norwich
Steven Bywater22.42 pb54th - 64.98% Dulwich
Scott McMillan18.36 pb10th - 72.85% Hackney
Sarah Burns23.0749th - 65.75% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.14 pb66th - 69.02% Hackney
Maya Goodwin30.3392nd - 51.50% Hackney
Julie Creffield36.40104th - 40.91% Hackney
Patrick Brown18.434th - 69.01% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier24.1121st - 56.03% Walthamstow
Ciaran Canavan18.441st - 73.40% Wanstead
James Wilson19.062nd - 70.42% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.379th - 68.80% Wanstead
James Creed22.3423rd - 58.42% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.4524th - 57.95% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.3038th - 63.27% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.2348th - 66.05% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.3651st - 72.66% Wanstead
Catherine Brett25.4453rd - 64.38% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5261st - 57.69% Wanstead
Andrea Waller26.5362nd - 56.29% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.39 with kids92nd - 48.19% Wanstead
Aaron Browne19.465th - 65.26% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.1120th - 63.94% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2130th - 62.67% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.3131st - 54.85% Valentine
Don Bennett28.42 (course pb)93rd - 54.01% Valentine
Jason Levy45.39 with kids185th - 30.81% Valentine
Gavin Stebbing19.3617th - 69.64% Chelmsford
Andrew Baxter20.358th - 69.39% Brandon
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea24.3244th - 53.74% Hampstead Heath
Dan Gritton18.113rd - 76.17% Southwark
Iain Mackie24.0940th - 53.42% Finsbury
Diana Rexhepaj27.5921st - 56.76% Beckton
Allan Todd21.1014th - 64.49% Bracknell
Dan Spinks23.1643rd - 59.10% Bracknell
Stuart Barton26.4188th - 53.15% Kesgrave

Folkstone 10m - Friday 3rd April 2015

NameTimePosition
Grant Conway71.23 pb139th
650 finishers. Grant report's: Folkestone 10 mile race. The journey time was about 90 minutes via the Dartford tunnel. The race venue is just outside Folkestone in the seaside town of Hythe. The race venue is in a primary school. No showers and no private changing facilities, just the school hall where everyone congregates and where you collect your numbers and timing chips. There were portaloos provided but not enough as there were long queues. You could get a 10 minute massage for a fiver which was good. The race start was in a flat grassy field next to the school. We did a circuit of the field and then through the town onto the promenade. We the ran about 4 miles along the flat promenade before doing a circuit around some pretty public gardens and then back along the promenade in the opposite direction where we could see slower runners making their way up to halfway. Conditions were pretty good with a slight headwind against on the way back although it was quite muggy and the two water stations were needed. We ran back to the school but thankfully we didn't have to run around the field again although both Stuart and I made the run long by about 100 metres and this along with the off road section may have cost us a sub 70 minute run. You got a bottle of water and a Costco medal at the end but that was it. With entries over 750 I think a bit of money was made by the organisers with a cheapest entry fee of £15.25 up to £20 on the day. However this was a 7 minute PB for me and I was delighted with my average pace which was a shade over 7 minute miles so you can't be too greedy can you?! Stuart and I ran together for most of the run and it was great to have a mate to run with. We also enjoyed being the only two cheeky cockney raiders there. He pipped me at the end but I am sure I will get a chance for revenge at some point. I would do this race again, particularly if I was P.B hunting but it's not a must do in my view.
Time was 71.23, 139th out of 656 finishers.
Conway's ratings out of 10
Value for money 5
Facilities 5
Support 5
Course 6
PB potential 9

The Jantastic Challenge 2015 - Monday 5th January to Sunday 29th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Andrea Waller100% (98.1%)35 runs
Caroline Moore100%39 runs
Craig Livermore100%64 runs
Don Bennett100% (89%)49, 29 runs,20 rides.
Fiona Day100% (99.2%)95,48 runs,47 rides.
Jonathan Wooldridge100% (25%)51, 37 run, 4 rides,10 swim
Lee Wollaston100% (20.8%)48 runs
Maya Goodwin100%48 runs
Patrick Brown100% (99.3%)94 runs
Russell Price100% (92.1%)104, 49 run,44 ride,11 swim
Steven Bywater100% (95.2%)64 runs
Ninette Fernandes99.3% (94.1%)92,28 run,45 ride,19 swim
Andrew Baxter99.2%62, 45 runs, 17 rides.
Jayne Browne99%57, 44 runs, 13 swims
Caroline Meaby98.8%39 runs
Alex Day98.7%45 runs
Carlton D'Souza98.5% (97.6%)88, 32 run,33ride,23 swim
Muhammad Iqbal97.9%160,36 run,124 rides.
Bozena Mysilinska97.8%50,36 runs,14 swims
Aaron Browne96.3%52,51 runs, 1 ride
Roberto Bruni96.2%104, 49 run, 44 rides, 11 swim
Claire Parker94.7% (45.8%)59, 47 run, 11 ride, 1 swim
Jamie Xavier93.8% (87.9%)36 runs
William Pearce93.7% (88.5%)64 runs
Richard Guest93.6% 37 runs
James Nichols91.8%61, 45 runs, 14 rides, 2 swim
Ramesh Pala91.7%37 runs
Claire Emery91%47 runs
Phillippa Walker90.9%48, 47 runs, 1 swim.
Dan Spinks88.8%87, 43 runs, 44 rides.
Ciaran Canavan86.9%141, 75 runs, 66 rides.
Jason Levy85%39 runs
Diana Rexhepaj84.9%43 runs
Allan Todd83.3%61, 52 runs, 7 rides, 2 swim
Regis Martin83.1%94, 38 runs, 56 rides.
Joanna Graham80.9%74, 40 run's, 34 rides.
Katrina Anderson80.8%58, 21 runs, 37 rides
Saheed Shabbir80.3%100, 7 runs, 70 rides, 23 swims
Mark Boulton72.4%100,36 runs, 63 rides, 1 swim
Katrina Dixon71%22 runs
Julie Creffield64.2%Team Too Fat To Run
Also Ben Waller 91.7% 36 run's. Sarah Burns 58.7%, Katherine Jones 50.4%, Catherine Kaar 33.3%, Saheb Yousefi 26.1%, Emiko Preist 16.7%, Katherine Lawlor 10.4% and Bilal 8.3%.
Don's report: This year Jantastic got even bigger with the inclusion of cycling and swimming, also Strava, kit, and a charity page.
This provided the chance to do a bit of cross training if injuries prevented you running. This year the team grew from 31 to 51 with around 18 new members trying it out for the first time.

There were the usual tech problem's that arose. Such as Ramesh & Patrick joining the team twice, Ciaran not having enough room to log all his run's and rides. Richard letting me into his account to set it up and me winding him up by telling him he was doing 7 a week instead of 3. Explaining to Roberto how each month changed. A few members confusing the longest run/ride of the week with there weekly total. Thought i'd joined an ultra club the first time.

On the whole the team did well. We logged 2,777 workouts with 1816 run's , 825 cycle rides and 136 swims. We came 30th of 661 full teams. We reached 10th place in the Large team category of 143 and 5th in the Large Running Club group of 50. . We finished reaching a 95.7% down from a 95.9% total after the time challenge was taken into the equation. About 10 members lost points on that part where you had to set yourself a target for a set distance.
Injuries hit a few like Emiko, Katherine and Saheb. A few like Joanna , Mark, Saheed and Lee were able to adjust the targets and use the Joker's to carry on. The bigger the team the harder it becomes to keep them all logging each week but with my nagging most did come through. This year I couldn't see the Joker's data so can't log that data. 11 member's finished with 100%.

How did our rival's do? As with last year Viewtube Runners finished ahead with 98.5%. Julie Creffield's team Too Fat To Run finished with 38% but with a really large team of 173 they logged 2,137 workout's leaving them 21st of 661 teams logging the most workouts. Barking Road Runners 87.4%, Mile End parkrun 73%, East End Road Runners 56.5%, Walthamstow parkrun 47.1%.
It's been fun, see you all next year.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 29th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton1.17.4526th - 76.69%
Paul reports: This is a very flat (only really 2 hills, one at around 2 miles and another between mile 11 and 12) and therefore fast course through Kent country lanes. Well organised and decent sized field with over 2,500 runners. The last 5 miles was tough as the wind was pumping but I managed to take a few sec off the time I ran last year so no complaints. Unofficial time 77:45.

Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 29th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Andy Kumar1.25.4717th

Surrey Spitfire 20m - Sunday 29th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Allan Todd2.27.1481st

Orion 15m - Saturday 28th March 2015

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NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown1.34.31 pb2nd
Euan Brown1.37.355th
Alex Day1.39.498th
Russell Price1.41.04 pb14th
Mark Boulton1.49.2936th
Diccon Loy1.55.2449th
Paul Thompson1.56.07 pb50th
Peter Hatley2.07.14103rd
Shahib Miah Ali2.08.49116th
Grant Conway2.11.28130th
Jonathan Shaw2.16.59165th
Ramesh Pala2.20.36 pb188th
Maud Hodson2.21.40200th
Frank Brownlie 2.25.25212th



Patrick Brown proudly poses with his Second place medal.



Grant reports: Saturday 28th March saw the ?th running of the Orion 15, a race steeped in history back to 1923 and although it presents a tough challenge it's one of my favourites, particularly for the sense of achievement which is close to completing a marathon. Conditions were reasonable with a mild and windy day along with the relentless hills and muddy sections which makes this race a real challenge. ? ELR's started. Unfortunately illness preventing David Baldwin from finishing but all of the remaining ELR contingent dug in to record great times with the three brothers Patrick, Euan and Alex with their 2nd, 5th and 8th place finishes securing the team prize for ELR for the first time and much to the delight of our hosts! Patrick's 2nd place followed his first in the Orion Mercury earlier in March. A great achievement. There were great performances all round with those doing spring marathons putting in a good stint as we start our taper. Thanks to all our supporters Lucy, Jim, Mike, Julie and Annalise. All in all a great day out for ELR and I can't wait to come back for my 5th Orion 15 next year.




Mens Team 1st Place - East London Runners - The Brown Brothers - Euan Brown, Alex Day and Patrick Brown.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan18.012nd J 76.32% Wanstead
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea25.0343rd - 52.63% Southwark
James Wilson18.463rd - 71.67%
Scott McMillan19.208th - 70.09%
Jennifer Ansell19.25 (course pb)9th - 76.22%
Gareth Jones23.3134th - 59.82%
Suzanne Bench23.4537th - 69.75%
Fiona Day23.5838th J 77.61%
Andrea Waller24.2445th J 62.02%
Bernadett Kalmar25.4755th - 61.02%
Alan Branch26.4065th - 58.13%
Don Bennett28.2780th J 54.48%
Sophie Edwards30.4190th - 50.52%
Maya Goodwin31.0391st J 50.67%
Claire Emery34.10103rd J 46.05%
Spencer Evans20.1514th - 63.70% Valentine
Manjit Singh20.4918th - 65.57%
Ashley Faria21.5625th - 64.67%
Steven Bywater23.13 (course pb)35th J 63.53%
Shailesh Patel23.5042nd - 61.40%
Jason Levy26.2773rd J 52.80%
Ninette Fernandes27.05104th J 55.02% Hackney
Natalie Powell33.50127th - 44.19%
Morag Campbell34.56131st - 44.70%
Craig Livermore21.045th J 61.23% Barking
Richard Guest21.206th J 64.92% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1413th - 70.97% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks21.2125th J 64.40% Woodley
Allan Todd21.2227th J 63.88% Woodley
Diana Rexhepaj27.5123rd J 57.03% Beckton
Alexandra Wilkinson24.5430th - 63.19% Hockley Woods
Course pb by Jenny Ansell in 19.25 giving her the 5th fastest time by a lady at Wanstead Flats. Now I just have to get East London Runners on her club name.

Seven Pools Run, Sutton Coldfield - 10km XC - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Iain Mackie48.43 debut103rd
375 finishers.

Rome Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton2:59:54333rd

Warwick Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
William Pearce1:24:11 pb36th
1657 finishers.


Brooklands Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero1.23.3516th
Wayne Kelly1:56:37302nd
543 finishers.

Hastings Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Fiona Day1:50.38 pb981st
2990 finishers.

Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Stuart Kelly1:27.5189th - 66.96%
Andy Kumar1:39:11 PacerPacer
Haresh Mulchandani1.55.461343rd
Bozena Mysilinska2:04:05 debut2087th
Link to Race report by Andy Kumar 1:40 pacer.
andykumar.net/2015/03/23/pacing-the-2015-richmond-half-marathon/

Reading Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Allan Todd1:29:11905th
Tanbir Jasimuddin1.58.266,636th
Julie Creffield2:43:0512,660th
13,338 finishers.

Link to Race report by Julie Creffield.
toofattorun.co.uk/reading-half-marathon-2015/

Brentwood Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols1:33:35 pb221st
Diana Rexhepaj2:02:10 pb1523rd
2509 finishers.

Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

NameTimePosition
Maya Goodwin2.27.12555th
630 finishers.


London College Series , Tooting Bec - Saturday 21st March 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown4.21.293rd - 1500m
Euan Brown9.11.311st - 3000m

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 21st March 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan18.172nd J 75.21% Wanstead
Alex Day18.263rd J 70.52%
Sheetal Dandgey23.2735th - 63.11%
Claire Parker23.4837th J 62.18%
Suzanne Bench24.0542nd - 68.79%
Maud Hodson24.0844th - 64.23%
Bernadett Kalmar24.5453rd - 63.19%
Roger Stubbs25.5658th - 57.78%
Alan Branch26.2562nd - 58.68%
Allan Todd19.542nd J 68.59% Walthamstow
David Baldwin20.09 (course pb)3rd - 65.10%
James Nichols20.24 (course pb)4th J 63.56%
Richard Guest21.086th J 65.54%
Peter Hatley21.5410th - 62.33%
Steven Bywater24.3820th J 59.88%
Shailesh Patel20.2814th - 71.50% Valentine
Aaron Browne20.5520th J 61.67%
Ashley Faria21.2823rd - 66.07%
Katherine Harris23.1736th - 63.99%
Abdirahman Adan25.3358th - 55.51%
Jason Levy100th
Spencer Evans19.593rd - 64.55% Beckton
Diana Rexhepaj27.0824th J 58.54% Beckton
Thomas Grimes17.361st - 74.53% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.2015th - 70.60% Chelmsford
Scott McMillan19.227th - 69.97% Aberdeen
Saheed Shabbir24.31191st J Cannon Hill
Alexandra Wilkinson24.5737th - 63.06% Hockley Woods

ASICS Los Angeles Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day2.49.37 pb79th
Congratulations to Alex. Roding Valley one Sunday, Los Angeles the next!


Alex completing the Roding Valley Half Marathon!.

Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols2.04.27135th
James reports: Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) event for me. Planned to do the 20 miler but had to switch down to the 16, however still good marathon prep as ran it with a healthy negative split of about 4 minutes. Finish time 2:04:27

River Thames Spring Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton1.24.1912th - 70.73%
Paul reports: When I tried to enter the Essex 20 it was full so instead I ran the River Thames Spring Half Marathon and just ran an additional 10km after the race so a good 19 marathon miles in the bank.
The course is flat, fast and scenic with a start and finish in Walton-on-Thames. The course was a mix of road and towpath. The miles along the towpath towards Weybridge were very picturesque. Well marshalled race although there were some sections on road which were narrow which were shared with cars which is not ideal. A good alternative to some of the larger and likely more expensive half marathons this time of year.

Essex 20, Langham - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price2.08.0824th
Andrew Baxter2:28:2897th
Shahib Miah Ali2.42.55173rd
Grant Conway2.43.01 pb175th
Claire Parker2.43.47178th
Maud Hodson2.48.42 pb206th
Frank Brownlie 2:59.12 debut263rd
Muhammad Iqbal3:14.28 debut337th
423 finishers.



Russell completing the Roding Valley Half Marathon!.

Frank's report.
A few days beforehand the weather report for race day was showing heavy rain and cold temperatures, however although it was cold at the start the sky was overcast and only a few drops of rain fell during the race.

Eight members of ELR assembled for this well organised, well marshalled 20 mile road race and Essex Championship event on the coubtry roads just off the A12 near Colchester. Parking was ample, beside race H/Q and the race started on time at 10am. It was basically 3 laps but Lap one was slightly different than the other two through pretty countryside although the last two miles of each lap were the most boring straight stretches of road.

Afterwards there were good changing facilities and hot showers. Tea and cakes were available although there was always a fair queue of runners.

Luckily for us Claire Parker had been busy baking at home and produced a massive chocolate and raspberry cake which was most welcome.

Traffic was much heavier on the way back down the A12 to East London and it was around 3pm before I got home, just in time to rest my weary limbs in front of the TV to watch some football. Luckily the Rugby had been on the previous day!

Highly recommended race and all for an entry fee of £6. The race was advertised with a 4 hour cut off but the results show the last runner home around 4:42.



Mohammed in a previous race.

Silverstone Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan1.19.1431st - V40 2nd
Andy Kumar1.24.50105th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.43.581283rd

Vitality North London Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Roisin Archer1.36.04397th
Jamie Xavier1.48.371781st
Teresa Novelli Terrington2.23.064023rd
plus Jane Iordanou 2.23.06

Dartford Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
David Baldwin1.30.33 pb66th

Flying Monk 10, Malmesbury - Sunday 15th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Caroline Moore1.39.03 59th
Caroline reports: This is a small event, only 70 finishers (43 for the 5 mile race) popular with local running clubs just outside my home town of Malmesbury. It was in Charlton Park, a private estate and home of the Earl of Suffolk, so its 4500 acres are normally off limits to locals, except for the annual the WOMAD festival. It’s also used for shooting, but fortunately not this weekend, the birds didn’t take any chances and kept a low profile, but we startled a few deer early on in the race. The course was two laps of a 5 mile circuit around very attractive woodland and bridle tracks past the 17th century house and church.

The race is named after a monk called Eilmer of Malmesbury, who, in the 11th century, made some wings, and launched himself from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. He crashed after 200 yards, broke his legs, and never walked straight again, but he’s a popular figure in local folklore and places and events are named after him. The original Malmesbury monastery was on the current Charlton Park site and the course was entertainingly themed ʻBoggy Bottomʼ, ʻAbbots Aisleʼ, “Friar’s Frolic’, ʻMonkʼs Mayhemʼ, and you could pick up the pace a bit on ʻMonastery Mileʼ.

It was a cold but dry morning, and the terrain was great for a cross country run, mostly dry, a bit of mud and water, and not too hilly. The organisation and marshalling were excellent, good facilities including loos, really friendly vibe, and early finishers were encouraged to stay and applaud the last finishers, including a 79 year old man, whose time was 2 hours 4 minutes. The winner finished in 0:59:26 and my time was 1:39:03, I came 59 out of 70 finishers. I hope the organisers run it again, it deserves more promotion and runners, and maybe more East London Runners could go West next year, particularly as it's a good race for fast and slower runners.

Orion Mercury 10 Mile - Saturday 14th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown1.03.321st
Euan Brown1.07.194th
Thomas Grimes1.07.305th
Ramesh Pala1.26.3932nd
also Simon Morgan 31st 1.25.47.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 14th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown16.411st - 77.32% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.157th - 70.34% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing19.339th - 69.82% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.20 (course pb)12th - 69.18% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.3141st - 65.91% Wanstead
Catherine Brett24.28 (course pb)47th - 67.71% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.5649th J 74.60% Wanstead
Andrea Waller25.1153rd J 60.09% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.5158th - 59.96% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.28 (course pb)63rd J 60.01% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0371st - 57.30% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.18106th J 50.27% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.1810th J 63.55% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.08 (course pb)15th - 69.24% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.35 (course pb)18th - 65.71% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3826th - 65.83% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5338th J 54.43% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 23.5640th - 68.80% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.3353rd J 50.49% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan26.0960th - 54.24% Valentine
Paul Thompson20.344th - 69.45% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.3822nd J 59.88% Walthamstow
Richard Guest19.57 (course pb)15th J 69.42% Hackney
Julie Creffield34.50102nd - 43.06% Hackney
Thomas Grimes17.481st - 73.69% Grovelands
Spencer Evans19.50 (course pb)2nd - 65.04% Beckton
Maya Goodwin30.41149th J 51.28% Chipping Sodbury
Ciaran Canavan18.5815th J 72.50% Mile End
James Nichols20.394th J 62.79% Harrow Lodge
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea24.3659th - 53.59% Ally Pally
Allan Todd18.538th J 72.29% Woodley
Dan Spinks20.5920th J 65.53% Cassiobury

Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 8th March 2015

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NameTimePosition
Euan Brown1.13.37 pb3rd
Patrick Brown1.15.54 pb5th
Thomas Grimes1.18.518th
Russell Price1.19.01 pb10th
Alex Day1.19.46 pb12th
Alex Bee1.24.5225th
Dan Gritton1.25.3027th
Stuart Kelly1.27.0134th
Scott McMillan1.29.55 pb51st
Diccon Loy1.33.1470th
James Creed1.34.29 pb78th
Richard Guest1.35.3188th
Spencer Evans1.36.37 pb100th
Peter Hatley1.37.07103rd
Aaron Browne1.39.03 debut124th
Craig Livermore1.40.24 debut139th
Ramesh Pala1.41.21 pb155th
Rebecca Young1.41.15160th
Carrine Jay1.42.11161st
Maran Raju1.42.35167th
Manjit Singh1.43.58180th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.44.14185th
Caroline Meaby1.44.58 pb195th
Alan Holford1.47.28226th
Claire Emery1.48.29239th
Steven Bywater1.48.49247th
Jamie Xavier1.49.33259th
Maud Hodson1.49.41 pb264th
Frank Brownlie 1.52.34292nd
Alexandra Turnbull1.54.05 pb323rd
Muhammad Iqbal1.54.41335th
Roger Stubbs1.55.27337th
Fiona Day1.55.20345th
Celia Payaneeandee1.55.29347th
Ian Cooper1.59.30402nd
Caroline Moore2.03.07438th
Sheila Kennedy2.05.09452nd
Diana Rexhepaj2.07.41479th
Katrina Dixon2.09.04494th
Maya Goodwin2.25.41578th
Julie Creffield2.45.29605th



Maya reports: I was just so nervous yesterday. No pal to run with, no music, all those hills, wearing my club vest. And a whole 'what to wear' dilemma which led to me stripping a base layer in the queue for bag drop. Which I think startled people a little more than was necessary first thing in the morning. I must remember I'm 44 not 24 now, and stripping down to a shock absorber is a little much in public really.

Standing at the start with ELR was lovely. It felt brilliant to be part of a big team. The gun went, and you're pretty much over the line straight away as its a small crowd. And off they all shot... 'Bye Bex/Alexandra / Maud / Fiona /Sissi /Caroline /Sheila (you get my drift) see you at the finish..!' They all waved a cheery goodbye, and that was the last I saw of any of them for 2 and a half hours....


The first mile is uphill. I was overtaken A LOT. The second mile was downhill. I was overtaken A LOT. Finally at the second hill, and 2.5 miles in, I think the overtaking stopped. And HURRAY. I actually overtook someone!

Now 2 miles through Chigwell. Disappointingly no TOWIE filming. Lots of marshals at every road crossing. I normally just grin, but as I had no friends to run with I decided to pretend they were all my friends, and say hello and thank every single one of them. (If I had longer I probably would have friended them on facebook too.) On the first lap, I said to the one at the ten mile marker "next time shout 'only a Parkrun to go!'" He did as well.

And THEN. Like I hadn't been overtaken enough... The speedy kids started to lap me. But I remembered this from last year. I loved it. I knew who to look out for and the next two miles were ace as I cheered on Euan, Patrick , Russell and Alex as they whizzed by.

A big glorious long down, with Jim at the bottom and one lap is done. The next bit was tougher. Stopped to walk up another hill with a gel and water, and then spotted a pal I haven't seen for yonks. Possibly shouting 'HIYA, THIS IS REALLY AWFUL!' Is not the best way to encourage others to run....
I got up the next couple of hills by using the PYP technique (Pretend you're Paula) and counting my steps upto 100 and walking 20. And then.. Grant! Out on a training run! 'Gwon Maya! Don't walk remember!'

That cheered me right up. (And I conveniently didn't mention the walking.) The next hill was a bit grim. But then down. AND "Hello! I remember you! Just a Parkrun!"

I started to look at my watch a bit more. Oh golly. I really could do ok now if I don't slow down... Two more. Hills and a down. And don't forget, all those red vests will be there at the finish to cheer you home. Round the corner, and THERE'S THE TRACK. And Maud, to run the last bit with me, cheering all the way.

And blow me. Not a HM pb. But close. And at 2:25:41, over 4 mins faster than last year. I'll take that.

So, I've learnt that I can actually run without music and someone to natter to. And that running with a club vest on is just ace.




Finchley 20m - Sunday 8th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero2.20.20104th
Allan Todd2.34.39185th
Shahib Miah Ali2.39.55218th

Chingford League Relays , Wanstead Flats - 2 miles - Saturday 7th March 2015

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NameTimePosition
Euan Brown10.061st
Thomas Grimes11.082nd
Alex Bee11.082nd
Patrick Brown10.412nd
Alex Day11.2811th
Dan Gritton11.4410th
Russell Price11.146th
Don Bennett17.5418th
Maud Hodson15.5433rd
Sarah Burns15.2233rd
Fiona Day16.1232nd
Maud Hodson15.4532nd

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th March 2015

NameTimePosition
Shailesh Patel21.18 (course pb)11th - 68.70% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.16 (course pb)17th J 62.72% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.2729th J 55.01% Valentine
Jason Levy28.0882nd J 49.64% Valentine
Sarah Burns24.3842nd J 61.71% Hackney
Don Bennett27.10 (course pb)57th J 57.06% Hackney
Richard Guest22.078th J 62.62% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1014th - 71.22% Chelmsford
David Baldwin19.368th - 66.92% Beeston
Diana Rexhepaj27.4921st J 57,10% Beckton
Katherine Harris24.3822nd - 60.49% Riddlesdown
Saheed Shabbir24.59223rd J 52.03% Cannon Hill
Dan Spinks26.4499th J 51.43% Crystal Palace
Allan Todd19.198th J 70.66% Woodley
Ashley Faria21:238th 66.33% Barking
Alex Day17.32 (course pb)3rd J 74.14% Wanstead
James Wilson18.564th - 71.04%
Ciaran Canavan19.136th J 71.55%
Rebecca Young22.01 (course pb)16th -b67.22%
Gareth Jones23.0417th - 63.75%
Maud Hodson24.5131st - 65.03%
Suzanne Bench24.1736th - 68.22%
Sheetal Dandgey24.2339th - 60.70%
Fiona Day24.5747th J 74.55%
Bernadett Kalmar25.2250th - 62.02%
Felicity Price-Thomas25.3352nd - 57.93%
Catherine Brett26.0654th - 63.47%
Alan Branch26.2156th - 58.82%
Sophie Edwards26.5363rd - 57.66%
Geoff Bench30.0481st - 48.67%
Tina Nieman da Costa36.57102nd - 43.84%
Will come back to the Wanstead results as they are a bit messy this week.

Anglesey Half Marathon - Sunday 1st March 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols1.36.44196th
1,429 finishers. James Nichols report:About a month ago I decided I needed to spice up my marathon training with a trip out of the South East and was delighted to stumble upon the Anglesey Half, an event run by the same company that organise the excellent Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon which I completed last Spring. Having dabbled in my first bit of parkrun tourism at Penrhyn Castle on Saturday (highly recommended if you're ever in the area, for novelty value if nothing else), I made my way to the Menai Bridge for the start of the HM on a lovely sunny morning. On a tricky, undulating course I was surprisingly ahead of schedule and feeling good for the first 2/3rds of the race at a tad over 7 minute miling, but the wind picked up as the course looped back along the coast and it was tough to enjoy the view as my pace slipped closer to 8 minutes per mile and the hills seemed to get longer and steeper. I galvanised myself for a push over the final mile but came in a frustrating 25 seconds short of a PB. Given the tricky course and also clocked it at 13.25 miles, however, should be good for a successful attempt at Brentwood in 3 weeks time, which was always the aim."

Bath Half Marathon - Sunday 1st March 2015

NameTimePosition
Rebecca Young1.37.11 pb1,252nd
11,588 finishers.

Mornington Chasers 10km Series, Regents Park - Sunday 1st March 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton36.416th
501 finishers. Paul reports: A fairly low key 10km race, this was the 6th and last 10km race of the their winter series. A flat 3 lap course on the paths of Regents Park. Well organised with fairly accurate km markers and good marshalling. Recommended for anyone racing their first 10km or looking for a PB although you may lose some time overtaking other runners on the 3rd lap. Unofficial time 36:41.

Richmond Park 10km - Saturday 28th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamie Xavier47.0858th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 28th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day17.57 (course pb)2nd J 72.42% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.326th - 69.37% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee23.46 (1st lady)29th - 62.27% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.3841st - 67.25% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5044th - 62.42% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.0555th - 60.32% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1457th - 59.09% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5259th - 61.66% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.4768th - 55.79% Wanstead
Fiona Day27.4969th J 66.91% Wanstead
Shahib Miah Ali19.5510th - 64.79% Valentine
Spencer Evans19.5911th - 64.55% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.0918th - 64.03% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.16 (1st lady)20th - 66.92% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4836th J 58.68% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 25.2249th - 64.91% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.3050th - 50.59% Valentine
Euan Brown15.562nd - 80.96% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan18.0010th J 76.39% Hackney
Claire Parker20.50 (1st lady)29th J 71.04% Hackney
Patrick Brown19.241st J 68.04% Walthamstow
Paul Thompson21.339th - 66.38% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes17.341st - 74.67% Grovelands
Russell Price18.0213th J 71.72% Bushy
Dan Gritton18.07 pb4th - 76.45% Southwark
Gavin Stebbing19.4722nd - 69.00% Chelmsford
Diccon Loy19.556th - 70.13% Gunpowder
James Nichols21.0212th J 61.65% Penrhyn
Shailesh Patel21.3750th - 67.69% Braunstone
Steven Bywater23.447th J 62.15% Pymmes
Diana Rexhepaj28.2820th J 55.80% Beckton
Julie Creffield35.20171st J 42.45% Mile End
Allan Todd19.5911th J 69.82% Woodley
Dan Spinks28.0240th J 49.05% Roundshaw Downs

Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd February 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown1.15.1525th
Andrew Baxter1.24.50167th
Diccon Loy1:27:49 pb282nd
Katherine Harris1.46.49 pb1991st
Lucy Jarvis1.55.093286th
Sarah Stack2.00.433608th
Maya Goodwin2.24.35 pb6662nd
Maya's race Report - The GoodBull Run: Prologue (Talk, talk but don't WALK!)

You know what the absolute worst bit of a race is? That bit at the start. Not the actual start, the start of the day. When your alarm goes off at 6am after you've been awake worrying all night. And you try and eat your porridge with chia seeds (because I'm a runner doncha know) and it's absolutely the last thing you want to eat because you feel so ill.

Anyway. It's less scary when there are two of you to share the gloom. And scrape the ice off the car. And work out directions. The gloom evolved to quiet fear and then laughing hysteria as we got closer to the park and ride. By that time we both had managed to find some relative calm. Thankfully.
Jo Bull forgot her Garmin, so I let her wear mine. She was 'in charge of the Garmin'

She was also in charge of:
Getting water at the water stations
Making sure she didn't lose me
Asking the pacer if whether 'that banner was heavy to carry?'
Saying 'Happy 80th Birthday!' to runner George as we passed him
High fiving kids
And mainly...
NOT LETTING ME WALK.
A big ask.

'Jo, tell me something funny, this mile is sh+t and I want to walk.'
'You're not walking. Ok I took the kids to the opticians. Jen has a squint. Chances are it will sort itself. But she might need surgery to sort it eventually.'
'Oh. That's not funny'
'Oh, sorry! Luke read his letters off the ceiling, cos he got confused.'
Jo was my trailblazer. She would lead the way through crowds, and show me which was the best way.
'Just up this hill, and look it's downhill'
'Go on this side of the path, the camber is better'
And even the immortal line 'just a ParkRun to go!' That made me laugh.
Sometimes she would get too far ahead. I have a big mouth. I'd shout:
'JO! ONLY TWO CHEVRONS APART PLEASE! I'LL GET THE REINS OUT!'
I was proud of that joke. Only Jo laughed. Oh well.

We overtook the pacemaker. She overtook us. We overtook again. She caught up. I can't remember my exact words but they were along the lines of
'You again? Please stop being where I am!' Luckily she laughed. Probably because she had the breath to.

I didn't dare ask about pace or time. Jo kept hinting I was doing ok, but I knew if I knew it was good I'd panic and get it wrong. If it was bad I'd think sod it and walk. So I ran along moaning and grumbling as we went. Bloody finally, the finish was in sight. Jo told me the time. 2:24:35, over 4 minutes faster than my pb. I crossed the line and burst into tears.

I didn't walk and I was so astonished at the 4 minutes.

Jo, you made me cry. I could never have done it without you. You're Ace and Then Some.

Test Track 10, Dunton - Sunday 22nd February 2015

NameTimePosition
Julie Creffield1.59.24

The Old Deer Richmond Park Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd February 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero1.24.3944th
1,014 finishers.

National Cross Country Championships, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 21st February 2015

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NameTimePosition
Claire Emery46.47576th*
Diana Rexhepaj55.36796th
Caroline Moore57.24818th*
Thomas Grimes48.07395th
Russell Price48.34435th
Carlton D'Souza1.03.021619th
Grant Conway1.05.001717th
Spencer Evans1.11.211883rd



Ladies : 865 finishers, Men: 2005 finishers. * Due to a mix up collecting the Ladies numbers some times are not official times but estimated.


parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st February 2015

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NameTimePosition
Alex Day18.351st J 69.96% Wanstead
Mark Boulton19.042nd J 68.01% Wanstead
James Wilson19.213rd - 69.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.175th - 66.80% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel22.5712th - 63.76% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2520th - 63.48% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge25.1427th J 55.35% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 26.2137th - 62.49% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2538th - 58.68% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.3741st - 62.24% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.4947th - 55.72% Wanstead
Geoff Bench34.1978th - 42.64% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench34.2180th - 48.23% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin34.2881st J 45.65% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.3483rd J 45.52% Wanstead
David Baldwin20.491st - 63.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.1116th J 56.33% Walthamstow
Paul Quinton17.315th - 75.26% Hackney
John Booth18.215th - 71.48% Mile End
Thomas Grimes18.46 (100th parkrun)1st - 69.89% Grovelands
Diccon Loy19.363rd - 71.26% Gunpowder
Ciaran Canavan18.092nd J 75.76% Ormeau,Belfast
Dan Spinks22.03 62.36% Finsbury
Craig Livermore21.0613th J 61.14% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.4021st - 64.92% Valentine
Jason Levy23.3643rd J 59.18% Valentine
Still awaiting Valentine's results.

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 5 - Royston - Sunday 15th February 2015

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NameTimePosition
Russell Price35.4015th
Dan Gritton36.4129th
Scott McMillan38.5862nd
Peter Craik43.24109th
Maud Hodson48.28187th


Chingford League Fixture 5 - Victoria Park 5m - Saturday 14th February 2015

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NameTimePosition
Euan Brown25.124th
Patrick Brown27.0116th
Thomas Grimes27.3726th
Ciaran Canavan27.3827th
Alex Bee28.0743rd
Dan Gritton28.3561st
Spencer Evans31.50119th
Aaron Browne32.14125th
Peter Hatley32.26128th
James Nichols33.21146th
Grant Conway33.33147th
Craig Livermore35.01168th
Kieran Brown36.27189th
Fiona Day37.42205th
Sarah Burns37.43206th
Sheila Kennedy41.32230th
252 FINISHERS.



parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th February 2015

NameTimePosition
James Wilson19.382nd - 68.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.463rd - 68.55% Wanstead
Regis Martin20.124th J 68.56% Wanstead
Derek Wright22.3612th - 62.24% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee23.49 (1st lady)17th - 62.14% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2521st - 63.48% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.4624th - 66.89% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.4052nd - 54.07% Wanstead
Catherine Brett31.4168th - 52.29% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.3969th J 44.19% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.3874th J 46.78% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan17.144th J 79.79% Hackney
Paula Bedford22.1440th - 69.19% Hackney
Richard Guest22.424th J 51.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.0715th J 56.48% Walthamstow
Russell Price18.494th J 68.73% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.546th - 68.43% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.22 (course pb)27th - 67.94% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3538th - 65.98% Valentine
Aaron Browne23.2745th J 55.22% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.5251st J 54.05% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1455th J 57.63% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan29.25141st - 48.22% Valentine
William Pearce18.577th J 68.87% Cheltenham
Thomas Grimes19.071st - 68.61% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.3914th - 69.47% Chelmsford
Diccon Loy20.5125th - 66.99% Roundhay
Allan Todd19.296th J 69.55% Woodley
Dan Spinks23.2341st J 58.80% Wycombe Rye
Ashley Faria21.4964.48% Valentine

Wokingham Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price1.19.06 pb66th J 75.21%
Allan Todd1.33.56399th J 63.91%
Russell's report: Hi Guys, It was a long train journey home..

Last year Wokingham was cancelled due to water flowing across the course. "Fine, I'll delay and run it next year", no problem! Then Lode shortened for a Rave..

Now, unless you are driving getting to Wokingham on a Sunday means a very early start, undeterred I made it.. And I am glad I did!

The race announcer was listing the winning times as I arrived, stacked field and must be a flat course. Really well organised start with predicted time signs, not many in the "sub 1 hour 10", and big gaps through to 1:20 sign, where to stand?!

Quie

Great Bentley Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Peter Hatley1.32.09134th
724 finishers.

Deal Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Caroline Meaby1.47.41 pb95th J
Caroline Meaby: Wow- you beat me to it! Yup a PB. V hilly course which gave me a good work out so I'm pleased!
4th in my age category and 9th female to finish! Which sounds so much better than 95th. 245 finishers.

Devon Coastal Trail - Saturday 7th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Roberto Bruni6.2935th of 91 Ultra
Trish Kelly2.49.11258th of 329 Half

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 7th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Craig Simpson44.3291st
Eleanor Wilkinson46.33127th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 7th February 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown15.491st - 81.56% Hackney
Patrick Brown17.122nd J 75.10% Hackney
Alex Day17.37 (course pb)3rd J 73.79% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan17.434th J 77.61% Hackney
Claire Parker21.0026th J 70.48% Hackney
Sarah Burns24.5859th J 61.00% Hackney
Thomas Grimes17.231st - 75.46% Grovelands
Aaron Browne19.357th J 66.13% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.33 (course pb)20th - 67.36% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3428th - 66.03% Valentine
Mary O'Brien24.5845th - 76.64% Valentine
Craig Livermore26.2262nd J 48.93% Valentine
Jason Levy27.0070th J 51.73% Valentine
David Baldwin20.16 (course pb)2nd - 64.72% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.4315th J 57.36% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan19.382nd - 69.02% Wanstead
Peter Craik21.4213th - 64.82% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee22.5820th - 64.44% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2830th - 63.35% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.5134th J 62.91% Wanstead
Andrea Waller24.5235th J 60.86% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.0236th - 66.18% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.1237th J 73.81% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.1939th - 62.15% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.5457th - 55.56% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.4484th J 46.64% Wanstead
William Pearce19.106th J 68.09% Cheltenham
Saheed Shabbir23.2716th J 53.42% Beckton
Diana Rexhepaj29.4416th J 53.42% Beckton
Allan Todd20.1811th J 66.75% Woodley
Dan Spinks23.1526th J 59.14% Forest of Dean
Ashley Faria21.4464.72% Valentine

Ashford & District 10km - Sunday 1st February 2015

NameTimePosition
Christopher Sohail51.53240th
579 finishers.

Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 1st February 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown1.13.40 pb11th
Alex Day1.20.4643rd
Claire Parker1.37.14363rd
1,821 finishers.

Cancer Research 10km Great Winter Run, London - Sunday 1st February 2015

NameTimePosition
Andy Kumar38.18 =pb32nd
Roger Stubbs49.251436th
Julie Creffield1.12.529621st
11,454 finishers.

Stourbridge Stagger - Sunday 1st February 2015

NameTimePosition
William Pearce1.18.5655th

London Winter Run 10km - 31st January 2015

NameTimePosition
Lucy Jarvis53:38

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st January 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown17.181st J 74.66% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan18.216th J 74.93% Hackney
James Nichols23.2737th J 55.29% Hackney
Sarah Burns26.5461st J 56.51% Hackney
Julie Creffield33.06101st J 45.32% Hackney
Scott McMillan20.315th - 66.04% Wanstead
Derek Wright22.5712th - 61.29% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.3615th - 60.16% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.1521st - 61.39% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.5030th - 60.90% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5733rd J 70.71% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.5642nd - 55.07% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj29.4950th J 53.27% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin31.3861st J 49.74% Wanstead
Katherine Harris21.5920th - 67.78% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.1221st J 58.11% Valentinev
Saheed Shabbir23.1930th J 55.75% Valentine
Maran Raju23.5836th - 61.54% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1440th J 57.63% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.3571st J 60.00% Southend
Gavin Stebbing20.2023rd - 67.13% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks25.5943rd J 52.92% South Oxhey
Thomas Grimes19.551st - 65.86% Grovelands
Diccon Loy20.014th - 69.78% Gunpowder
Dan Gritton18.243rd - 75.87% Southwark
Still awaiting Walthamstow results.

Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 25th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Rebecca Young43.3482nd
Jamie Xavier46.02137th
Sarah Burns47.26 pb155th

SEAA Cross Country , Brighton - Saturday 24th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Rebecca Young41.10209th
Celia Payaneeandee42.58245th
Fiona Day45.22284th
Catherine Kaar46.01293rd
Patrick Brown58.44165th
Thomas Grimes62.46302nd
Russell Price63.55340th
Dan Gritton65.53413th
James Wilson71.09571st
Paul Thompson73.03629th
Spencer Evans77.21713th
Grant Conway77.32718th
Carlton D'Souza79.33742nd
Ramesh Pala89.00830th
Muhammad Iqbal1.55.06900th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown17.121st - 75.00% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.043rd J 68.52% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.14 5th - 66.97% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.1937th - 65.44% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2238th - 62.02% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.1644th - 63.07% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.2161st - 54.26% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.1398th J 47.37% Wanstead
Aaron Browne21.028th J 61.57% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.05 (course pb)16th - 65.74% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.0334th J 58.07% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir24.2937th J 53.10% Valentine
Katherine Harris24.5741st - 59.72% Valentine
Jason Levy25.0844th J 55.57% Valentine
Mary O'Brien25.1245th - 75.93% Valentine
Craig Livermore27.4783rd J 46.43% Valentine
Richard Guest22.485th J 60.75% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.08 (birthday boy!)26th J 56.44% Walthamstow
Stuart Kelly18.12 (course pb)10th - 71.06% Hackney
Claire Parker20.4536th J 71.33% Hackney
Diccon Loy19.5331st - 70.24% Norwich
Lee Wollaston20.167th J 67.85% Gunpowder
Dan Spinks29.28J 46.66% Brentwood
Alan Branch26.5848th - 57.48% Wanstead
Don reports:- Good to see Phoebe back at Walthamstow in 33.16 and Tara at Chelmsford in 36.57 also. First place finishes for Euan and course pb's for Stuart & Shailesh.
Walthamstow celebrated there 2nd Birthday and i reached my 100th volunteer at Wanstead.

Fred Hughes 10 - Sunday 18th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero1:06:1966th

Benfleet 15m - Sunday 18th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price1.53.0645th
James Wilson1.56.2662nd
Stuart Kelly1.58.1975th
Lee Wollaston1.59.1787th
Paul Thompson2.00.1893rd
David Baldwin2.03.49117th
James Creed2.04.35121st
James Nichols2.08.33155th
Lauren Aston2.21.21272nd
Maud Hodson2.21.36276th
Kieran Brown2.32.07348th
Fiona Day2.36.33387th
See YouTube video by Blackwing Aerial Services:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Sunday 18th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Julie Creffield1.16.18447th
460 finishers.

Country to Capital 45 miles - Saturday 17th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton6:37:0934th
34th of 304 Finishers

Chingford League Fixture 4 - Chingford Orion XC - Saturday 17th January 2015

Pictures available in Photo Gallery
NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown30.536th
Thomas Grimes33.0221st
Andrew Baxter35.2453rd
Ciaran Canavan37.1971st
Grant Conway40.1196th
Peter Hatley45.38153rd
182 finishers.

Some photos courtesy of Orion Running Club.

SLOW 34th Box Hill Fell Race 12km - Saturday 17th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price1.11.1059th
520M of ascent.258 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - - Saturday 17th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan19.121st J 71.61% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.442nd - 68.67% Wanstead
Spencer Evans21.046th - 61.23% Wanstead
Peter Craik21.099th - 66.51% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.2429th - 60.66% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.0633rd - 61.75% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2338th - 61.98% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench26.0948th - 63.35% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.1049th J 70.13% Wanstead
Andrea Waller26.1950th J 57.50% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.5976th - 51.31% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj30.3479th J 51.96% Wanstead
Don Bennett31.3483rd J 49.10% Wanstead
Katherine Harris21.59 (1st lady)18th - 67.78% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.4024th J 64.04% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.5628th J 56.25% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1130th - 63.62% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1130th - 63.62% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.3635th J 59.18% Valentine
Jason Levy25.0248th J 55.79% Valentine
Aaron Browne26.2655th J 48.99% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.138th - 71.00% Hackney
Claire Parker21.3335th J 68.68% Hackney
Paula Bedford26.3785th - 57.48% Hackney
Richard Guest22.395th J 61.15% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.3823rd J 57.09% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes19.452nd - 66.41% Grovelands
Diccon Loy20.023rd - 69.72% Gunpowder
Julie Creffield34.53188th - 43.00% Mile End
James Nichols20.377th J 62.89% Barking
Alan Branch26.3051st - 58.49% Wanstead
also Emiko Preist 30.47 (48.57%) Wimpole Estate.

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 4 - Trent Park - Sunday 11th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes31.5227th
Russell Price32.1131st
Dan Gritton32.5846th
Spencer Evans37.16128th
Peter Craik38.56154th
Maud Hodson43.07239th
James Nichols44.57269th
134 ladies/ 236 men.

Run Through 10km, Battersea Park 10km - Sunday 11th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero40.2319th
Katherine Harris45.15 pb63rd
308 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 10th January 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes20.051st - 65.31% Gunnersbury
Euan Brown17.411st -72.95% Wanstead
Alex Day18.102nd J 71.56% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.243rd J 70.88% Wanstead
Russell Price19.444th J 65.54% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.485th J 72.14% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.378th - 65.72% Wanstead
Claire Emery25.1627th J 62.27% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1634th - 59.01% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.3237th - 59.30% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards30.2363rd - 50.63% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee53.10 (tailrunner)87th - 27.54% Wanstead
Patrick Brown20.101st J 64.05% Walthamstow
David Baldwin21.372nd - 60.68% Walthamstow
Richard Guest22.514th J 60.61% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.3420th J 55.08% Walthamstow
Saheed Shabbir22.2615th J 57.80% Valentine
Maran Raju22.5920th - 64.18% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2021st - 62.21% Valentine
Lauren Aston24.1528th - 61.03% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.2932nd J 57.05% Valentine
Jason Levy25.1345th J 55.39% Valentine
Katherine Harris25.1546th - 59.01% Valentine
Craig Livermore27.1064th J 47.48% Valentine
Christopher Sohail27.5573rd - 46.75% Valentine
Paula Bedford22.5747th - 66.67% Hackney
Claire Parker24.3167th J 60.37% Hackney
Laura Jenkin26.4592nd - dfyb Hackney
Don Bennett29.28118th J 52.60% Hackney
Julie Creffield36.41154th J 40.89% Hackney
Dan Spinks31.2179th J 43.54% Oak Hill
Gavin Stebbing19.2912th - 70.06% Chelmsford
William Pearce19.4011th J 66.36% Cheltenham
Diccon Loy20.399th - 67.64% Gunpowder
James Nichols22.2348th J 57.93% Gunpowder
Alan Branch26.3538th - 58.31% Wanstead

Essex County XC Championships, Claybury Park - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Pictures available in Photo Gallery
NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns43.0262nd
Catherine Kaar43.5168th
Maud Hodson44.4473rd
Bozena Mysilinska45.1076th
Rebecca Young45.2479th
Caroline Moore52.55107th
Patrick Brown49.5037th
Russell Price47.4169th
Thomas Grimes48.2981st
Ciaran Canavan48.3483rd
Dan Gritton49.5394th
Andrew Baxter50.58102nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon55.41147th
Grant Conway56.48155th
Peter Hatley58.04163rd
Muhammad Iqbal65.37190th
Jason Levy72.28196th
Ladies 107 finishers. Team 15th of 23 279pts.
Men 200 finishers. Team 10th ELR A team 466pts,20th ELR B team 965pts.
Simon Morgan (life member)139th 54.38.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Event 4 - Saturday 3rd January 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper40.3620th
Phillippa Walker1.05.28212th

parkrun - all venues - - Saturday 3rd January 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown19.421st - 65.57% Walthamstow
Ciaran Canavan20.242nd - 67.40% Walthamstow
David Baldwin21.233rd - 61.34% Walthamstow
Richard Guest23.188th - 59.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.51 (50th parkrun)20th - 56.61% Walthamstow
Don Bennett33.1949th - 46.12% Walthamstow
Alex Day18.261st - 70.52% Wanstead
Regis Martin21.395th - 63.97% Wanstead
Peter Craik22.238th - 62.84% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee25.11 (1st lady)19th - 58.77% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.12 (50th parkrun)24th - 60.05% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1425th - 59.09% Wanstead
Peter Hatley30.2646th - 44.85% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj30.2948th - 52.10% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.3964th - 44.13% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.1376th - 54.88% Hackney
Julie Creffield37.3783rd - 39.88% Hackney
Stuart Kelly19.16 (course pb)4th - 67.13% Valentine
Spencer Evans21.2510th - 60.23% Valentine
Katherine Harris21.39 (1st lady)13th - 68.82% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2325th - 62.08% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.5543rd - 62.08% Valentine
Thomas Grimes19.031st - 68.85% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.4717th - 69.00% Chelmsford
Allan Todd20.5510th - 64.88% Woodley
Dan Spinks21.1732nd - 64.13% Gunnersbury
Scott McMillan20.144th - 66.97% Wanstead
Alan Branch36.53 (tailrunner)67th - 42.02% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.3030th - 68.13% Norwich
Walthamstow reached it's 100th event. 50th parkrun's for Bernadett Kalmar at Wanstead and Steve Bywater at Walthamstow. First place finishes for Alex, Patrick, Thomas, Katherine and Celia. Course pb for Stuart at Valentine's only 2 days after his debut on New Years Day. Patrick, Ciaran, Thomas, Peter Hatley and Maud went on to Claybury in the afternoon.

Serpentine New Years Day 10km, Serpentine - Thursday 1st January 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price36.43 pb22nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon43.3594th
and 352nd Emiko Priest 59.08.

parkrun - all venues - New Years Day - - Thursday 1st January 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown18.091st - 71.17% Wanstead
Alex Day18.282nd - 70.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.355th - 70.21% Wanstead
Stuart Kelly19.587th - 64.77% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing20.028th - 68.14% Wanstead
Richard Guest21.5614th - 62.69% Wanstead
Allan Todd22.0715th - 61.27% Wanstead
James Creed23.3023rd - 56.10% Wanstead
Lauren Aston23.4926th - 62.14% Wanstead
Rebecca Young24.1830th - 60.91% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.3839th - 60.47% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.1144th - 60.09% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3652nd - 68.98% Wanstead
Jason Levy27.2059th - 51.10% Wanstead
Caroline Moore27.55 (course pb)62nd - 61.55% Wanstead
Katherine Harris28.1463rd - 52.77% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.493rd - 72.50% Valentines
Alex Day18.325th- 70.14% Valentines
Ciaran Canavan18.367th - 73.92% Valentines
Thomas Grimes18.481st - 69.77% Grovelands
Stuart Kelly19.3011th - 66.32% Valentines
Manjit Singh20.4417th - 65.84% Valentines
Richard Guest21.099th - 65.01% Hackney
Saheed Shabbir21.54 (course pb)29th - 59.21% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.0532nd - 67.47% Valentine
Rebecca Young22.1334th - 66.62% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.3738th - 64.19% Valentine
Maran Raju23.0041st - 64.13% Valentine
Lauren Aston23.2947th - 63.02% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.0166th - 51.57% Valentine
Jason Levy26.1177th - 53.34% Valentine
Don Bennett30.56126th - 49.68% Valentine
Scott McMillan20.129th - 67.08% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5956th - 57.44% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.3111th - 68.07% Catton
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