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Orion's Fast Friday, Walthamstow track. - Friday 30th June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Spencer Evans18.15.56th, 5000m C, 71.23%
Robert Rayworth19.57.613th, 5000m, C, 69.17%
Patrick Brown16.27.35th, 5000m, B, 79.53%
Antonio Martin Romero16.29.7 pb6th, 5000m, B, 78.97%
Jon Brombley17.15.1 pb13th, 5000m, B, 76.91%
Dan Senior38.09.99th, 10,000m. C , 73.22%
Scott McMillan38.14.310th, 10,000m, C, 73.63%
Daniel Slipper39.18.013th, 10,000m, C, 72.18%
Mark Boulton34.41.55th, 10,000m B, 77.27%
Euan Brown15.50.719th, 5,000m, A, 82%

Chase The Sun 10km, Victoria Park - Wednesday 28th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Matthew Sharpe45.2396th
256 finishers

Llandudno Sea Triathlon - Sprint Distance - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee1.24.21156th, 19th lady, 4th V40/44.
Daniel Lee1.27.08180th
750m swim, t1, 19k cycle, t2, 5k run.
Ava 17.28, 1.40, 43.44, 1.31, 19.56.
Danny 22.52, 2.26, 40.39, 1.36, 19.35.

Danny reports:- Call the coast guard! Llandudno Sea Triathlon. In Wales! And also, success! Not only did I not come last in the swim this time, but Ava may have just qualified for Team GB Age Group World Championships. Rotterdam here we come

VeloPark Hoddesdon TC Longest Day Duathlon - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jason Levy59.4944th of 69.
2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 1 mile run.
17.09, 34.42, 7.57

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 3 - Colworth Half Marathon - Sunday 25th June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes01:18:311st
Patrick Brown01:23:483rd
Ciaran Canavan01:28:509th
Jennifer Ansell01:31:3411th
Joseph Browne01:34:3016th
Manjit Bedi01:35:5121st
Dan Senior01:36:0922nd
James Nichols01:37:4328th
Andrew Baxter01:38:5030th
Mark Moir01:41:2435th
Emily Clarke01:43:5442nd
Eleanor Wilkinson01:45:4248th
Jonathan Wooldridge01:46:3150th
Michael Bamford01:47:5854
Paul Thompson01:50:3663
Louis Le Roux01:52:2368
Grant Conway01:52:2769
Paul Marshall01:54:0076
Sheetal Dandgey01:54:3680
Suzanne Bench01:57:2485
Kieran Brown02:01:13100
Lucy Barron02:01:25101
Fiona Critchley02:05:30129
Bernadett Kalmar02:07:33135
Fiona Day02:11:22147
George Georgiou02:13:17152
Stephen Swan02.13.27153
Rachel Le Roux02:14:24156
Diana Rexhepaj02:16:45161
Stuart Barton02:34:00189
Geoff Bench02:34:30192
Jayne Browne02:34:30192 Joint
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera02:35:57194
Shaun DeSena02:42:26200
1st Thomas Grimes
3rd Patrick Brown
1st woman Jennifer Ansell
1st W V50 Suzanne Bench
1st W V60 Fiona Day
1st Team East London Runners - Thomas, Patrick, Ciaran & Jenny.
1st Female Team - East London Runners - Jenny, Emily & Ellie.

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Overall Standings - Fri 23 - Sun 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes2:34:211st
Patrick Brown2:41:122nd
Ciaran Canavan2:54:197th
Jennifer Ansell2:58:329th
Joseph Browne3:01:4011th
Dan Senior3:01:5313th
James Nichols3:07:4616th
Manjit Bedi3:09:1320th
Andrew Baxter3:12:4822nd
Mark Moir3:16:5227th
Emily Clarke3:22:5632nd
Eleanor Wilkinson3:26:1136th
Michael Bamford3:27:2437th
Paul Thompson3:29:4741st
Paul Marshall3:35:1449th
Grant Conway3:36:4151st
Suzanne Bench3.43.4559th
Sheetal Dandgey3:45:5562nd
Jonathan Wooldridge3:50:0869th
Lucy Barron4:02:2990th
Fiona Critchley4:04:3295th
Fiona Day4:13:42108th
George Georgiou4:14:03109th
Stephen Swan4.17.25114th
Rachel Le Roux4:21:43120th
Diana Rexhepaj4:28:47125th
Stuart Barton4:45:59141st
Geoff Bench4:50:00145th
Jayne Browne4:52:21146th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera4:53:25147th
Shaun DeSena5.07.03156th
Overall winners:-
1st Thomas Grimes
2nd Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
1st W V55 Fiona Day
Team - East London Runners.

Jonathan Wooldridge Colworth 2017. Perfect mini break if you love running and camping. Sounds like an ELR dream. Thanks for a fun weekend everyone.

Maya Goodwin: I was convinced I wouldnt make it as I was so ill on Wednesday, but Im so pleased I did. Katy Taylor was the most organised camper ever with a tent bigger than my first flat. And bacon.

We ran all the races together and managed to Not Be Last on Fri and Sat, but the HM on Sunday beat us. We decided on one lap. (Thomas Grimes caught us and lapped us at FIVE MILES . There was nothing speedy about our times, the terrain was really tough and I was coughing pretty much most of the time. But we made it round. Im pretty pleased with our final tally of 20 miles, whatever our pace was.

My two favourite quotes from marshals:
'Is there anyone 'left' in East London?'
'You East London Runners have the entire field covered!'

The fields were golden, the woods were dappled and green and the PonyTails were full of infectious joy. I was so proud to be part of ELR this weekend. We ran hard, we ran with joy and we drank all the beer.

Paul Thompson: Why don't you come & run the Colworth marathon challenge Grant said to me a few months ago ? 'Yes'I said 'sounds like a laugh'.

Well having just completed day 3 & the final race I'm not sure I'd quite class the running part as a 'laugh' ! Probably one of the toughest weekends of racing I've had in a long time but a great sense of achievement.

The laugh part of the weekend though has to be the tremendous fun that I've had with my ELR team mates. Lots of beer, Dan's party, Lance's post race stretching & plenty of banter. You were all such great company !

Grant's just asked if I'll do it again ? Hell yeh.

Lucy Barron: Im tired and achey....and thats just from all the sillyness and laughing oh how I enjoyed the sillyness!

3 days of tough running but what an achievement, highly recommend you all sign up for 2018!
Might give Liptons ice tea a break though.

Rachel LeRoux: Thank you to everyone for such a great weekend, it was blinking hard and I'm glad it's over. Thanks Frank for being there supporting us everyday it was needed! So proud to be apart of this club Team ELR and roll on next year.

Sheetal Thank you for a wonderful weekend. It was such great fun making new friends (and dog friends) and spending time with old ones. In hindsight, I suppose running a marathon over the weekend was quite an achievement!

Maya Goodwin again
This weekend I Camped, Cross Countried, Cackled and Coughed in Colworth.

My second year. Nearly a write off due to a dreadful cold virus, I only decided on Friday morning that I was well enough to go. I wasnt feeling brilliant, but I knew I'd be glaring at my iPad all weekend at the posts and photos of everyone having a brilliant time if I stayed at home, so I packed 17,234 paracetamol and hoped for the best.

Colworth is two nights of camping and three races. 5 miles on Friday night, 8.1 miles on Saturday, and 13.1 miles on Sunday. The mathematically minded of you will work out that adds up to 26.2 miles. A marathon in fact! Well anyone who follows me on Strava will be able to see that there was nothing speedy about any of my race times. 13:30 min miles mainly. The terrain was tough, dry, but really uneven and hard. Katy Taylor and I had agreed to run together and I ran and coughed and walked and ran and coughed and walked. And kept on smiling. Not quite last for the first two races, but a DNF (Did Not Finish) for our last one, we decided to just do one lap. We still ran 20 miles over a weekend - I reckon thats pretty cool.

World War Run 5 miles OCR, West Sussex - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens55.342nd
WORLD WAR RUN is a 10 mile / 5 mile Obstacle Race created to commemorate 100 years since WW1 and honour our fallen heroes.

WORLD WAR RUN will take you through – some of the toughest mud pits you’ll ever jump in, hilly terrain, barbed wire crawls, 80+ obstacles, mustard smoke and our famous paintball gauntlet!

Boom! Finished in 2nd at World War Run in Dorking today. 55.34 for a 5 mile OCR with mud as far as the eye could see! I would definitely recommend this event to anyone interested in obstacle racing, and the race raises money for Combat Stress "the UK’s leading Veterans’ mental health charity" so double win!

Furth Metropole Marathon, Germany - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Gritton3.09.0116th
326 finishers.

Trent Park Triffic Trail - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Andrew Howard45.4858th
500 finishers.

Dame Kelly Holmes Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Aaron Browne39.3210th
Ellen Jones54.18159th
385 finishers.

Royal Parks 10km Series - Greenwich Park - Sunday 25th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Nathaniel Dye44.3232nd
372 finishers.

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 2 - Colworth Trail 8.1 miles - Saturday 24th June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes48.001st
Patrick Brown49.143rd
Ciaran Canavan53.2610th
Dan Senior54.0711th
Jennifer Ansell54.4012th
Joseph Browne56.3115th
James Nichols57.1216th
Manjit Bedi59.1226th
Andrew Baxter1.00.3929th
Mark Moir1.01.0531st
Michael Bamford1.03.1943rd
Emily Clarke1.03.2544th
Paul Thompson1.03.4045th
Eleanor Wilkinson1.03.4446th
Paul Marshall1.04.1148th
Grant Conway1.07.1867th
Suzanne Bench1.07.2268th
Louis Le Roux1.08.0869th
Sheetal Dandgey1.11.4087th
Fiona Critchley1.16.27127th
Lucy Barron1.17.52131st
Viktor Szabadi1.17.59132nd
George Georgiou1.18.02133rd
Fiona Day1.18.20134th
Stephen Swan1.18.28136th
Rachel Le Roux1.21.52158th
Diana Rexhepaj1.24.09164th
Stuart Barton1.25.23169th
Geoff Bench1.27.20182nd
Jonathan Wooldridge1.27.28184th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera1.27.30186th
Jayne Browne1.29.48196th
Shaun DeSena1.33.34210th
Maya Goodwin1.50.55221st
Katy Taylor1.50.56222nd
also Bernard Dumonteil 185th 1.27.29.
1st man - Thomas Grimes
3rd man - Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
1st woman V45 - Suzanne Bench
1st men team - ELR, Thomas, Patrick, Ciaran & Dan.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 24th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Wilson17:511st - 76.47% - Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.194th - 75.61% - Wanstead
Andy Kumar18:26 debut5th - 70.52% - Wanstead
Robert Rayworth19:5415th - 69.10% - Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22:23 (1st lady)34th - 66.12% - Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone23:4248th - 58.44% - Wanstead
Tricia ONeill23:5452nd - 67.78% - Wanstead
Nick Hoult25:4372nd - 54.31% - Wanstead
Andrea Waller25:5874th - 58.92% - Wanstead
Catherine Brett31:11129th - 54.41% - Wanstead
Claire Emery37:48157th - 42.42% - Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell41:22160th - 39.16% - Wanstead
Andrew Howard53:06 (tail runner)166th - 29.19% - Wanstead
Jakub Czeczotka21.59 pb 50th - 59.97% - Hackney
Saheb Yousefi23.0668th - 56.78% - Hackney
Julie Campbell24.0987th - 73.98% - Hackney
Paula Bedford27.36131st - 56.58% - Hackney
Don Bennett34.33 (course debut)404th - 45.63% - Guildford
Calvin Bobin21.11 (course pb)11th - 77.03% - Roding Valley
Richard Potter21.34 (course debut)13th - 60.82% - Roding Valley
Kathryn Hertzberg25.28 (course pb)43rd - 58.25% - Roding Valley
Sheila Kennedy28.0960th - 66.07% - Roding Valley
Ashley Faria20.225th - 70.70% - Valentines
Tim Le Rasle20.336th - 67.96% - Valentines
Victoria Charlesworth27.36 (course pb)75th - 57.55% - Valentines
Craig Livermore30.01103rd - 42.98% - Valentines
Jason Levy30.18105th - 47.14% - Valentines
Katherine Harris30.42111th - 48.86% - Valentines
John Booth17.5810th - 74.30% - Mile End
Paul Quinton16.56 (course debut)1st - 78.84% - Barking
Manpreet Johal23.0912th - 55.72% - Barking
Shailesh Patel25.4690th - 57.70% - Leicester Victoria
32 parkruns at 8 venues, 3 first finishers with 4 debuts and 4 course pbs.
First finishes for James & Felicity at Wanstead and for Paul Quinton at his debut at Barking, taking Patrick Brown's fastest male ELR time at the same time.
Debuts also for Andy Kumar at Wanstead, Richard at Roding and myself at Guildford. Course pb's for Calvin & Kathryn at Roding Valley, Jakub at Hackney and Victoria Charlesworth at Valentines.
Seven ran there best Age Grades of the year:- Andy, Calvin, Jakub, Richard, Kathryn, Tim & Victoria. Don

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 1 - Colworth 5 - Friday 23rd June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes27.501st
Patrick Brown28.202nd
Joseph Browne30.3911th
Dan Senior31.3714th
Ciaran Canavan32.0321st
Jennifer Ansell32.1824th, 1st lady
James Nichols32.5128th
Andrew Baxter33.1929th
Manjit Bedi34.1036th
Mark Moir34.2337th
Paul Thompson35.3150th
Emily Clarke35.3752nd
Michael Bamford36.0754th
Jonathan Wooldridge36.0955th
Eleanor Wilkinson36.4562nd
Grant Conway36.5665th
Paul Marshall37.0367th
Suzanne Bench38.5990th
Sheetal Dandgey39.39104th
Kieran Brown41.10128th
Fiona Critchley42.35148th
George Georgiou42.44149th
Lucy Barron43.12153rd
Viktor Szabadi43.14154th
Fiona Day44.00171st
Stephen Swan45.20199th
Rachel Le Roux45.27204th
Bernadett Kalmar46.27219th
Stuart Barton46.36222nd
Diana Rexhepaj47.53242nd
Jayne Browne48.03245th
Geoff Bench48.10246th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera49.58271st
Maya Goodwin1.03.49332nd
Katy Taylor1.03.50333rd
also Bernard Dumonteil 187th - 44.57.
1st man - Thomas Grimes.
2nd man - Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
woman V60 - Fiona Day
1st Team Men - ELR , Thomas, Patrick, Joseph Browne & Dan Senior.
1st Team Ladies - ELR, Jenny, Emily Clarke & Ellie Wilkinson.

Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Mile Road Race - Friday 23rd June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Wilson34.45 (72.81%)36th
Kirk Johnson50.01118th
127 Finishers.

Mike. (6.00am Saturday). On Friday evening Kirk Johnson and myself made a pilgrimage once again, (the first time since 2012) to the Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Mile Road race which this year was held in the small village of Pleshey. My cousin Simon Morgan, another ex chairman and life member of ELR was running for Colchester Harriers AC. I managed to tag behind Simon for the first couple of miles or so, before being too close for comfort; he began to pull ahead slightly. He had a valid excuse that he had also raced the night before. (Maybe next time Simon!). I managed to finish with a time of 34.45 (36th), which I will take for 'the comeback' while Simon recorded 34.16 (34th). Kirk came in on 50.01 (118th) to complete the trio of ELR old boys. After the post race complementary burger, we met up with ex-member Steve Kerns and adjourned to the Ivory Peg pub in the centre of Chelmsford for more food and tales of ELR from years gone by. An enjoyable evening was had by all. The race was held on a good undulating two lap course on quiet country lanes and it was also great to catch up with the old boys afterwards. We will definitely be coming back to run another year.I finally arrived home at 1.00am and was up for work at 4.30am bright eyed and bushy tailed as usual!

Chase The Sun 10km, Greenwich Park - Friday 23rd June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris49.4161st, 8th lady

Orion Harriers Fell Race - Friday 23rd June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Billy Rayner23.0012th
Daniel Slipper25.3025th
Gareth Davies29.5448th
Chloe Millan34.4975th
Maud Hodson35.1677th
Catherine Brett35.2978th
Alex Jameson35.5179th
Jason Levy38.4091st
Claire Emery40.1593rd
Joanna Wood42.3997th
Sonia Cheadle47.2499th
100 finishers

Elvis 3 : East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5km - Wednesday 21st June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.231st
Thomas Grimes16.383rd
Billy Rayner17.04 (17.32)5th
Mark Boulton17.197th
Paul Quinton17.4715th
James Wilson18.2821st
Scott McMillan18.30 (18.35)22nd
Dan Senior18.3723rd
Daniel Lee18.57*29th - 76.08%
Spencer Evans19.1031st
Jennifer Ansell19.10* (25.14)33rd, 1st lady 77.04%
Daniel Slipper19.1937th - 36th
James Nichols19.3338th - 37th
Aaron Browne19.4541st - 40th
Regis Martin19.5742nd - 41st
Ciaran Canavan20.0746th - 44th
Robert Rayworth20.0748th - 45th
Ava Lee20.1251st, 4th lady
Mark Moir20.3157th - 53rd
Ashley Faria20.3862nd - 57th
Paul Thompson20..5063rd - 58th
Manjit Singh21.2571st - 65th
Jonathan Wooldridge21.2172nd - 66th
Emily Clarke21.17 (22.35)74th - 7th
Grant Conway21.26* (21.47)78th - 71st 68.27%
Paula Bedford21.3579th, 8th
Nick Hoult21.37*85th - 77th 64.76%
Michael Bamford21.5788th - 79th
Maran Raju21.40*89th - 80th 69.15%
Jonathan Shaw21.59*90th - 81st 63.68%
Nathaniel Dye21.28*94th - 84th 60.40%
Louis Le Roux22.0596th - 86th
Paul Marshall21.44 (22.52)97th - 87th
Eleanor Wilkinson21.59*98th - 11th 67.17%
Calvin Bobin22.0399th - 88th
Peter Hatley21.37*101st - 90th 64.76%
Andrew Howard22.07105th - 93rd
Shailesh Patel22.07*106th - 94th 67.22%
Shahib Miah Ali22.15107th - 95th
Craig Livermore21.52* (22.10)108th - 96th 59.38%
Richard Guest21.57* 110th - 97th 64.24%
Katherine Harris22.36 (23.48)111th - 14th
David Taylor22.11*117th - 101st 59.50%
Jakub Czeczotka22.32* pb120th - 104th 58.88%
Matthew Sharpe22.31*124th - 106th 57.96%
Ramesh Pala22.49*130th - 112th 67.71%
Tom Timson22.49*138th - 117th 56.40%
John Healy23.36146th - 120th
David Hallybone24.07* (25.07)160th - 131st 57.22%
Sheetal Dandgey24.10 (24.12)159th, 12th
Sarah Burns24.13161st, 13th
Chloe Millan24.33176th - 37th
Tricia ONeill24.51178th - 38th
Lance Fuller24.53179th - 141st
Tim Aylett24.51182nd - 142nd
Andy Bolderstone24.49 (25.07)185th - 143rd
Julie Campbell25.06187th - 44th
George Georgiou24.55193rd - 148th
Rotimi Oyegunle25.14*198th - 152nd 54.69%
Caitlin Diniz25.07*201st - 48th 58.79%
Jason Levy25.51205th - 156th
Simone Fonseca25.37*211th - 52nd 59.21%
Fiona Day25.54212th - 53rd
Wayne Kelly26.03*214th - 161st 56.62%
Annette Clark26.03*215th - 54th 60.33%
Catriona Hoult26.17217th - 55th
Frank Brownlie26.27219th - 164th
Lee Rand26.00*221st - 166th 55.90%
Marc Akers26.03222nd - 167th
Dave Knight26.25*227th - 170th 60.95%
Mary Connolly26.21230th - 59th
Kathryn Hertzberg26.24232nd - 60th
Stuart Barton26.40234th - 174th
Andrea Waller26.43236th - 62nd
Rachel Le Roux26.54240th - 65th
Fiona Critchley26.53241st - 66th
Tina Bennett27.37252nd - 72nd
Mary OBrien27.08253rd - 73rd
Faye McCarthy27.20256th - 76th
Stephen Swan27.48261st - 181st
Caroline Moore27.33*262nd - 81st 63.79%
Catherine Brett27.59263rd - 82nd
Diana Rexhepaj28.23266th - 85th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera28.26267th - 86th
Alex Jameson28.47269th - 183rd
Robyn Turtle28.44271st - 88th
Suzanne Bartlett28.46*276th - 93rd 51.33%
Joanna Wood28.44* pb282nd - 99th 53.42%
John Atkinson28.49*284th - 185th 64.03%
Roselin Boramakot28.58*285th - 100th 50.98%
Jayne Browne29.07286th - 101st
Shaun DeSena29.20287th - 186th
Claire Drakeford29,08*293rd - 107th 51.03%
Sarah Lockley30.15* pb305th - 111th 53.44%
Sandra Hiller30.26308th - 113th
Isabella Allan34.13*333rd - 133rd 43.16%
Elizabeth O'Donnell37.20349th - 148th
Sonia Cheadle39.41353rd - 151st
Gareth Davies39.39354th - 203rd
Katy Taylor39.41*355th - 152nd 38.98%
Samia Choudhury41.14359th - 155th
101 ELR's of 364 finishers.
( )Last years time in brackets for those that improved.11 ELR's.
* Best 5km Age grade for this year so far. 34 ELR's.
1st Man - Euan Brown
3rd Man - Thomas Grimes
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
1st Vet35 Lady - Ava Lee.

Grant's Magic Mile, Ashton Playing Fields - Monday 19th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown4.40
Dan Senior5.14
Spencer Evans5.24
Robert Rayworth5.32
Daniel Slipper5.46
Ashley Faria5.50
Gareth Davies6.08
Craig Livermore6.09
Matthew Sharpe6.09
Richard Ho6.11
Michael Wilson6.14
Shailesh Patel6.16
Nick Hoult6.23
Jakub Czeczotka6.27
Andrew Ward6.30
Ramesh Pala6.38
Andy Bolderstone6.39
Jason Levy6.39
George Georgiou6.43
Louise Thompson6.51
Liam Dempsey6.55
John Healy6.55
Julie Campbell7.11
Maud Hodson7.13
Annette Clark7.18
Lee Rand7.30
Kathryn Hertzberg7.38
Caroline Moore7.56
Roselin Boramakot8.01
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera8.05
Helen McGuinness8.32
Sarah Lockley8.45
Sandra Hiller8.50
Sonia Cheadle9.50
also Joe Isaacs 5.10

Tour of Tameside 2017 - Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Victoria Charlesworth59.43108th/165 X Trail 10k
Victoria Charlesworth1.10.45106th/135 Hell on Fell 6m
Victoria Charlesworth2.33.52132nd/174 Hero Half Marathon
Victoria Charlesworth1.19.09156th/213 Dr Ron Hyde 7m
Victoria Charlesworth6.05.01262nd overall, 81st of 120

Humphs Hilly Half, Bourton on the Water - Saturday 17th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris1.52.2754th, 10th lady
142 finishers.

Toughest OCR, Pippinford 8.5km - Saturday 17th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens1.10.31146th of 950ish.
Too hot to be running today! 8km Toughest OCR in Pippingford Park was roasting! Best race I've done though... 146th out of 950ish with a gammy ankle so I'm over the moon. Much needed OCR League points and my season is starting to get going.

Dambuster Triathlon, Rutland Water - Saturday 17th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sarah Burns2.42.191st V40 - 44, 13th lady.
Dambuster Triathlon, Rutland Water
1.5k swim, 42k bike, 10k run
Sarah Burns 2.42.19
157th of 421, 1st V40-44 lady, 13th of 78 ladies.
29.09, 1.13, 1.19.52, 0.44, 51.21 = 2.42.19

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 17th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.391st - 77.48% Hackney
James Nichols19.1821st - 67.62% Hackney
Shailesh Patel22.2866th - 66.17% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi22.2967th - 58.34% Hackney
Manpreet Johal23.4299th - 54.43% Hackney
Andy Kumar19.27 (course pb)5th - 66.84% Roding Valley
Jakub Czeczotka24.0626th - 54.70% Roding Valley
Adrian Buckley25.56 (course pb)9th - 55.98% Millom
Manjit Singh20.493rd - 67.09% Valentines
Maran Raju23.5123rd - 62.82% Valentines
Craig Livermore24.5131st - 51.91% Valentines
Jason Levy25.0034th - 57.13% Valentines
James Creed21.57 debut21st - 61.28% Hatfield Forest
Fiona Critchley25.13 debut27th - 67.28% Harrow Lodge
Stuart Barton27.06 debut43rd - 53.14% Harrow Lodge
Jamie Xavier20.555th - 65.74% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.2543rd - 56.72% Walthamstow
Tim Aylett27.1347th - 49.42% Walthamstow
Andrew Howard21.30 pb14th - 72.09% Mersea Island
Scott McMillan18.156th - 75.89% Wanstead
Robert Rayworth20.1220th - 68.07% Wanstead
Mark Moir20.2926th - 62.98% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.0632nd - 66.19% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.3058th - 66.12% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone24.5567th - 55.59% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2872nd - 62.96% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi25.4373rd - 58.26% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.5275th - 61.40% Wanstead
Nick Hoult26.0981st - 53.41% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.0982nd - 64.88% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj28.27106th - 56.94% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.34107th - 60.97% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.40108th - 62.33% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena29.13115th - 44.21% Wanstead
Jan Webb34.22158th - 51.99% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin34.25159th - 46.59% Wanstead
Morag Campbell37.05170th - 42.83% Wanstead
Don Bennett37.32175th - 42.01% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter38.18178th - 37.90% Wanstead
Claire Emery40.05187th - 40.00% Wanstead
Elizabeth ODonnell1.10.41 (tailrunner)200th - 22.92% Wanstead
Liam Dempsey25.1031st - 51.39% Brentwood
41 parkruns at 10 venues. One first finisher, 2 course pbs and 4 debuts.
6 Age grade bests for 2017 and 3 ELR parkrun records.
First finish for Euan Brown at Hackney in 16.39. Course pbs for Andy Kumar at Roding Valley and Adrian Buckley at Millom.
Debuts at Hatfield Forest for James Creed, Fiona & Stuart at Harrow Lodge and Andrew Howard at Mersea Island.
Age grade bests for Shailesh & Saheb at Hackney, Manjit at Valentines, Adrian at Millom, James Creed at Hatfield and Andrew Howard at Mersea Island.
ELR parkrun records for Andrew at Mersea Island, Adrian improved his time at Millom and Fiona took Rachel LeRoux's record at Harrow Lodge by 3 seconds.

Chase The Sun 10km, Olympic Park - Wednesday 14th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Gritton38.117th, 6th man.
Jennifer Ansell39.33 pb15th, 3rd lady
Emily Clarke43.41 pb53rd, 7th lady
Eleanor Wilkinson45.3572nd, 8th lady
Sheetal Dandgey48.48125th
Laura Kemp49.08 pb141st
Alexandra Brown51.03 pb171st
Lucy Barron52.06 pb184th
Robyn Turtle57.43 pb240th
Suzanne Bartlett59.59269th

Woodford Green Open Graded Fixture, Ashton Playing Field - Tuesday 13th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Antonio Martin Romero9.37.431st - 3000m
Euan Brown4.13.531st - 1500m

Srichinmoyraces. 5km, Speedy Steeds, Battersea Park - Monday 12th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes16.07 pb13th

Thames Chase 10km, Upminister - Sunday 11th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
John Booth37.383rd
Jason Levy57.0567th
147 finishers.

Dinton Duathlon - Sunday 11th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Louis Le Roux1.28.0125th
Michael Bamford1.28.0726th
Dinton Duathlon 5.2k/20k bike/5.2k 75 finishers.
Louis Le Roux 23.20, 1.31,37.38, 0.43, 24.48 = 1.28.01
25th, 14th age group
Michael Bamford 22.46, 0.50, 39.31, 0.41, 24.18 = 1.28.07
26th, 5th age group

St Albans Half Marathon - Sunday 11th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Wayne Kelly2.03.001216th

Man v Horse , Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. - Saturday 10th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jonathan Wooldridge4.30.06337th of 693. 79th of 147 V40.
Jonathan reports:-
Man v Horse, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. Take amateur camping, a flooded camp site, stupid amount of rain, mud, bogs, hills, river crossings, repeat for 23 or so miles, with 60 horses, 648 runners, 150 relay teams and you're close a 24 hrs trip to Wales for the Man vs Horse race 2017.

Like many races, I loved it and hated it. This one was about 20 miles too long, 1300m elevation gain (not forgetting the descent) too high. The Welsh countryside didn't disappoint though. It was truly a very special race and although I didn't look up as much as I should have, the course was meandering through beautiful Welsh scenery along some road sections, (quite a relief) but mainly bumpy grass and mountain trails, and knee deep bog land.

I probably didn't appreciate the elevation involved here. Walthamstow needs more hills to be able to train for this (or just attend coach Conway's sessions) but this race wasn't about running. Having twisted my ankle on a descent at 8 miles, I was cautious not to do it again. Although that only lasted two miles. Now I was hobbling a bit.

I told myself I had to finish, at least ahead of one horse, I pressed on albeit now more accepting of the reality - walk the ascents, gingerly negotiate the descents, and try and run the flats and road sections. It paid off, but I lost so much time. I'm not sure I've ever run for that duration before. So I'm now going to learn from this - I must add more time to my training runs.

Highlights- the terrain, running along side horses and racing ahead of them on the descents. Camaraderie of fellow runners - it was Man v Horse, not man v man after all. Being given a Moam at 20 miles and not being beaten by all the horses.

Lowlights- camping in the rain. Yes that's all. I suppose I loved it really.

All in all, £30 for the race, £10 for the T-shirt. A wonderful experience and lots of memories. I usually like to enter my races twice, but I may make an exception for this one.
7.5M 1.14.08
15.2M 2.47.05
23.1M 4.30.06.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Marshall24.01 debut310th - 54.34% Bushy
Steven Bywater26.06 debut488th - 57.41% Bushy
Katherine Harris22.07 debut55th - 67.82% Southwark
Manpreet Johal24.24 debut98th - 52.87 Southwark
Shaun DeSena28.44 debut101st - 44.95% Didcot
Andrew Howard22.07 debut72nd - 70.08% Preston Park
Stuart Barton24.31 debut36th - 58.74% Father Collins
Janet Bywater26.06 debut140th - 65.84% Ashton Court
Dan Senior18.54 debut16th - 72.75% Hackney
Paula Bedford21.3642nd - 72.30% Hackney
Lucy Barron24.3593rd - 60.20% Hackney
Sarah Burns35.22199th - 43.50% Hackney
Thomas Grimes17.511st - 74.79% Grovelands
Patrick Brown16.521st - 77.08% Wanstead
James Wilson17.573rd - 76.04% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.048th - 73.25% Wanstead
Mark Moir20.05 (course pb)15th - 64.23% Wanstead
Gareth Davies21.5533rd - 66.24% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.0240th - 64.37% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone24.1157th - 57.27% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.3465th - 65.94% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi24.5671st - 60.09% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.3580th - 74.79% Wanstead
Katie Whitton25.43 (course pb)82nd - 57.55% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.0587th - 61.47% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.0688th - 60.86% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.0193rd - 62.80% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.0997th - 59.05% Wanstead
Alex Jameson27.47109th - 51.83% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin34.08156th - 46.97% Wanstead
John Booth24.45109th - 53.60% Mile End
John Healy24.30 (49th parkrun)124th - 57.01% Brockwell
Kathryn Hertzberg25.51 (course pb)48th - 57.38% Roding Valley
Ashley Faria20.5210th - 69.01% Valentines
Tim Le Rasle20.5812th - 66.61% Valentines
Maran Raju22.0022nd - 68.11% Valentines
Shailesh Patel23.0733rd - 64.31% Valentines
Craig Livermore27.1888th - 47.25% Valentines
Jason Levy27.2489th - 52.13% Valentines
Joanna Wood29.09109th - 53.17% Valentines
Marc Akers29.10110th - 48.23% Valentines
41 parkruns at 13 venues. 2 first finishers, 9 debuts and 3 course pbs.
11 Age Grade Bests for the year so far.
First finishes for Patrick 16.52 at Wanstead and Thomas 17.51 at Grovelands.
Debuts for two at Bushy and Southwark, also at Didcot, Preston Park, Ashton Court also Stuart at Father Collins in Dublin, ROI and Dan Senior at Hackney.
Course pbs for Mark Moir and Katie Whitton at Wanstead, also Kathryn at Roding Valley.
Well spotted by Maud was Steven Bywater at Bushy and Janet Bywater at Ashton Court, Bristol both ran 26.06, coincidentally the same time she did at Wanstead.
Mauds 200th run at Wanstead.
Age Grade Bests so far this year for Katherine Harris, Stuart Barton, Ciaran, Mark, Gareth Davies, Viktor, Katie Whitton, Kathryn, Tim, Maran and Jo Wood.
ELR parkrun records for Katherine Harris at Southwark, Shaun at Didcot and Stuart at Father Collins.
Stuarts report:-
Saturday morning 03:30 alarm can mean only one thing for me,
parkrun Ireland, A quick breakfast (no tins), then off to pick up Louise Taylor From Eton Manor, got to Stansted and met up with rest. Straight through security and a quick coffee. The flight to Dublin was quick and we got through passport control without any fuss.
A taxi to Father Collins park and the place is all locked, it was only 0815 and the parkrun does not start until 0930. We had to climb over the gate to get into the park, After a few minutes a couple of people came over and spoke to us, They had heard of mad English people who fly over to do a parkrun.
As more people turned up we were made to feel so welcome and given ideas of places to go after the run.
I can recommend this parkrun if you want a fast time, its very flat and all the paths are wide.
0930 and we are off the run went ok for me I got a yearly PB, A few photos afterwards and then off for a coffee with the race director and the volunteers, We then took a train to Malahide and walked along the beach in the sun,
Only had time for one pint of Guinness before heading home.
It's a long way to go just for a parkrun, would I go again?

Looking at flights already..

Wimbledon Trail Series - Event 2 - 5 miles - Wednesday 7th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes27.381st - 81.68%
215 finishers.

Elvis 2 _ Havering Midweek 5m, Raphael Park - Tuesday 6th June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes26.55 (27.53)1st scorer
Euan Brown27.13 pb2nd scorer
Patrick Brown27.325th scorer
Paul Quinton27.497th
Antonio Martin Romero27.51 pb (29.02)8th
Billy Rayner28.21 pb (29.13)10th
Daniel Lee30.3220th scorer
Dan Senior30.38 pb (31.12)21st scorer
Daniel Slipper31.2126th scorer
Spencer Evans31.5529th
Aaron Browne31.59 (33.03)31st
Ava Lee32.11 pb33rd, 1st lady scorer.
Andrew Baxter32.1435th-34th
Mark Moir33.4245th-42nd
Calvin Bobin34.0250th,-47th, 1st Vet 60
Shahib Miah Ali34.11 (fasting)51st-48th
Emily Clarke34.1853rd scorer ,4th
Ashley Faria34.22 pb (35.12)54th-50th
Jonathan Shaw34.32 (36.41) pb56th-52nd
Paul Thompson35.0359th-54th
Grant Conway34.57 (36.12)60th-55th
Paula Bedford35.05 pb61st scorer, 6th, 1st Vet 35.
Eleanor Wilkinson35.56 pb (36.00)71st scorer , 9th
Louis Le Roux35.5872nd-63rd
Andrew Howard36.1175th-65th
Craig Livermore36.1078th-68th
Shailesh Patel36.2883rd-72nd
Katherine Harris36.30 pb84th, 11th
Ramesh Pala36.3187th-75th
Paul Marshall36.55 pb90th-78th
Sheetal Dandgey37.13 (40.22) pb95th, 14th
Suzanne Bench37.47 pb (39.15)101st, 15th
Chloe Millan37.47 pb102nd, 16th
Lauren Kelly38.45 pb122nd, 21st
Andy Bolderstone38.56 pb129th-105th
Laura Kemp39.09 (39.47) pb133rd, 25th
Kieran Brown39.26136th-110th
Sarah Burns39.56140th, 28th
Fiona Critchley40.07 pb (43.22)143rd, 29th
George Georgiou40.10147th-116th
Tricia ONeill40.36150th, 31st
Julie Campbell40.53155th, 35th
Marc Akers40.56 pb156th-119th
Frank Brownlie41.19162nd-124th
Lee Rand41.52165th-126th
Simone Fonseca41.51167th, 39th
Fiona Day42.05169th, 40th
Jason Levy42.06171st-129th
Stuart Barton42.25 pb173rd-131st
Andrea Waller42.53175th, 41st
Rachel Le Roux43.08178th, 43rd
Sheila Kennedy43.54 (44.07)183rd, 47th
Caroline Moore44.10 (44.50)186th, 49th
Robyn Turtle44.46192nd, 54th
Victoria Charlesworth44.54193rd, 55th
Caroline McGirr45.16 pb198th, 58th
Rotimi Oyegunle45.33199th-139th
Diana Rexhepaj45.34 (45.42)201st, 59th
Alex Jameson45.36202nd-141st
Jayne Browne45.57205th, 62nd
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera46.35211th, 65th
Shaun DeSena47.50218th-146th
Joanna Wood48.07 pb222nd, 72nd
Sarah Lockley48.46226th, 76th
Sandra Hiller49.15 pb (51.29)229th, 78th
Helen McGuinness49.33233rd, 81st
Maya Goodwin54.28261st, 103rd
67 ELR,271 finishers.( )Last years time in brackets.
1st Mens Team , Thpmas, Euan & Patrick.
1st Lady - Ava Lee
1st V35 - Paula Bedford,
1st V60 - Calvin Bobin.
Elvis Scores
1st ELR 1pt, 75pts, - 2nd Ilford AC 2pts, 107pts - 3rd Havering 90 3pts, 159pts.
1st ELR 1pt, 20pts - 2nd Orion 2pts, 36pts - 3rd EERR 3pts, 54pts.

Deva Triathlon, Chester - Sunday 4th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee2.28.34369th of 1094.
Sarah Burns2.33.25454th of 1094.
Daniel Lee2.41.28580th of 1094.
Olympic Distance:- 1500m swim,t1,40k bike,t2,10k run.
Ava - 29.36, 1.23, 1.15.06, 1.16, 41.10 = 2.28.34
Sarah - 29.50, 1.21,1.12.09, 1.11, 48.52 = 2.33.25
Danny - 40.22, 2.49,1.17.09,1.22, 39.43 = 2.41.28

Worthing 10km - Sunday 4th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Tim Le Rasle44.42259th
Molly Pinkus52.26733rd
2,277 finishers.

Henley On Thames Triathlon - Sunday 4th June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Julie Campbell1.53.2760th of 94 finishers.
400m swim, t1, 25k bike, t2, 5k run.
11.31, 7.18, 1.05.54, 2.17, 26.27
Julie Campbell reports:- Finished the Henley Triathlon for the second year running. Loved it. My swim was a minute faster and the cycle was about 3 1/2 minutes better than last year.
But had a nightmare T1, couldn't get the strap on my cycling shoes open. So T1 was over 7 minutes long - terrible. Better next year, hopefully.

Timothy James & Partners London 10m, Richmond Park - Sunday 4th June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Diana Rexhepaj1.43.432,487th

Maverick X Series Snowdon Marathon - Saturday 3rd June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Jon Brombley5.30.035th
Maud Hodson8.11.2442nd, 9th lady.
Maverick X Series Snowdonia Marathon - race report by Maud
I have to admit John & I were a little bit blase about this race. Neither of us had really trained for it. Just a case of walking up Snowdon then clinging on for another twenty odd miles, we thought. Maybe about six hours.
So, on a beautiful sunny morning we set of cheerfully from Llanberis. The ascent of Snowdon was pretty much as expected - a long climb, pretty steep in places, but on good paths all the way. And the views were majestic. I am grateful to John for making me put on some sun cream, otherwise my face would have matched my shorts.
While the weather was as good it gets, it did get colder as we went up the mountain, specially when the wind picked up. Having called John a wimp for putting on his jacket, I kind of had to tough it out in my T shirt all the way to the top. Stubborn eejit. The two of us ran together to the summit (there were a few places where the path levelled out a bit), took some snaps at the top, then John disappeared over a ridge and I didnt think Id see him again before Llanberis.
Idiot that I am, I thought the hard bit was done. Round the next corner I was quickly reminded that I am not great with heights and I was at the top of a mountain. The path was narrow and rocky, and the drop down to my right scared the living daylights out of me. I clung on and inched my way along. So much for making up time on the descent. There was very little on the way down that you could run. Probably a fell runner could, but not a rank chancer like myself. At one point I wasnt sure which was the right way down a rocky headland, chose what I thought looked the least steep, slipped and ended up on my arse in the scree. This was not what I had in mind. I dont normally mind running by myself, but felt thoroughly alone and out of my depth.
I picked myself up and carried on. A friendly local hiker give me some useful tips about the route ahead. And then another runner, Kate from Dartmoor, caught up with me - we would see a lot of each other over the next few hours. A little further down the mountain I caught up with John. Towards the bottom we finally arrived at the promised land - a decent stretch of good path that we could actually run on. Although after all the scrambling & squelching through bogs my legs felt like jelly and I scarcely trusted them to hold me up. At this point we also met up with the Trio - three young women running for a dementia charity who would also be my companions for bits of the route.
The first checkpoint was at the bottom of descent, and after that there was a rally lovely stretch through woodland, with the rhododendrons looking magnificent. Shady and cool, and runnable. John went of ahead again. Now I had looked at the course profile, but next to Snowdon the other climbs barely registered on my conscience. Rude awakening number two. That second ascent was tough, steep and tricky. I passed John on the way up, fully expecting to see him again on the other side. The descent was treacherous, alternating between rocky and boggy. I went down with Chloe from the Trio while her friends scuttled of ahead - glad of a companion in case either of us fell. We had just done a four hour half marathon. Jeez.
At the bottom of the second descent was the next checkpoint in Beddgelert, and then a beautiful path beside a river at the bottom of the valley. Flat, but much of it pretty much impossible to run on as the rocks were pretty big. And then up again. Climb number three. A magical mystery tour through a forest, a slightly hairy fording of a river (OK, maybe a just a big stream, but get it wrong and youre going down a waterfall ). And another tricky descent. I thought Id lost it a couple of times when my foot went deeper into the bog than I bargained for, but again got away with it. 17 miles down. And finally, a prolonged section of the route which was on good solid paths. Some tarmac, even. Undulating though, and while I wished I could run it all, I was struggling a bit at this point and walked up some hills which really weren’t that steep. Mostly with Chloe at this point, with her friends up ahead and Kate a little further back. This was where I thought John might catch me up, but still no sign of him. The Trio were anxious about missing the cut-off and the last checkpoint. I neither knew where it was nor what time we had to be there - I hadnt expected it to be an issue. But they thought we were probably going to be OK at the rate were going.
The checkpoint was at 21 miles, and was reached in good time. I arrived with the Trio, and Kate turned up shortly afterwards. A break is very welcome when youve been running for hours, but I dont like to stop for long as my legs seize up and it can be really hard to get moving again. So I waved goodbye to my friends and set off, relieved to be running on a bit of actual road. Five or six miles to go. One thing I have up my sleeve as an occasional ultra runner is that I am quite used to keeping going for hours, and running on very tired legs. So I was able to make the most of the good going - mile 23 was my quickest. Or least slow. But I did know that the course had a sting in its tail. The finish wasnt far away but it was the other side of a pretty decent sized mountain. I was exhausted but at the same time feeling pretty strong at the start of the climb. I strode purposefully along, gaining on the runner in front of me. But nearer the top the gradient really kicked up and it was hard just to keep moving. I tried walking sideways to take the strain off my ankles.
The top of the hill was at about 24.5 miles. I was pretty certain it was downhill all the way now, but not sure exactly how long the course was - it said 43K on the course map, so possibly a bit more the your standard 26.2. I had caught up the guy on front towards the top of the climb, and we had chatted for a bit, but he left me for dead on the descent. It was mostly a pretty reasonable path, but still plenty of jaggy bits of rock sticking out. I just didnt trust my legs enough to go any faster. I would have felt a right idiot if Id fallen in mile 27 of a marathon. A marshal in a high viz jacket was a very welcome sight. Not far to go now he said. How much further is it? I asked. Just another couple of kilometres he said. Shit, thats bloody miles. My watch was already on about 26.2. Come on, Hodson, youre not going to bottle it now.
The last half mile or so was on the road that we had run up at the start. I would have loved to have charged down it, scything through the tourists, choks away. But my legs were utterly jellied now, so I just leant back and tried not to fall over. I managed the teensiest of sprint finishes and crossed the line a very relieved woman in 8 hours and 11 minutes. I collected my medal and bottle of beer, and sat down on the grass, not sure how I would ever get up again.
Kate came in 10 minutes after me, followed by the Trio 9 minutes after her. But where was John? A few minutes later he showed up, beer in hand. Some halfwit had taken up some of the signs and he had got lost. He found his way back onto the course in the end, but with the extra miles he had missed the cut-off and ended up in the sweepers van. Which is a real shame because it deprived me of the pleasure of beating him for the first and doubtless only time.
But he took it pretty well. We went back to our hotel in Bangor, and then out to our favourite Italian restaurant with the handsome young waiter. Back to the hotel I let John beat me at darts as a consolation prize. The wall took a few hits.
Quite an experience. And overall, an amazing weekend away. Thanks to John & Jenny for the fabulous company.

Orion Forest Five Series - Race 1. - Saturday 3rd June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes28.283rd
Daniel Slipper32.4629th
Jennifer Ansell32.5030th, 1st lady
Ciaran Canavan33.1833rd
Jonathan Wooldridge36.1861st
Richard Potter37.4771st
Gareth Davies39.5590th
Ramesh Pala39.5791st
Andy Bolderstone41.33101st
Ruel Ordonio45.18128th
Catherine Brett45.43 pb133rd

QEOP 10km Series - Saturday 3rd June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sheetal Dandgey48.5579th, 7th lady
365 finishers

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 3rd June 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Lucy Barron25.26103rd - 58.19% Hackney
Spencer Evans18.552nd - 68.28% Roding Valley
Paul Quinton18.563rd - 70.51% Roding Valley
Andy Kumar19.29 (1st parkrun)4th - 66.72% Roding Valley
Emily Clarke21.15 (1st lady & pb)11th - 69.80% Roding Valley
Calvin Bobin21.15 (course pb)12th - 76.78% Roding Valley
Sheila Kennedy28.4359th - 64.77% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett29.2568th - 45.72% Roding Valley
Lauren Kelly24.2772nd - 60.53% Carlisle
Katherine Harris22.20 (1st lady)12th - 67.16% Valentines
Craig Livermore27.5556th - 46.21% Valentines
Jason Levy27.5758th - 51.10% Valentines
Iain Mackie20.43 (course pb)66th - 62.35% Cannon Hill
John Booth17.40 pb5th - 75.09% Mile End
Billy Rayner18.379th - 69.83% Mile End
Diana Rexhepaj27.4751st - 58.31% Beckton
Dan Gritton18.227th - 76.59% Burgess
Shailesh Patel22.3118th - 66.03% Barking
Euan Brown16.29 (1st man)1st - 78.26% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.514th - 72.94% Wanstead
Mark Moir20.31 (course pb)15th - 62.88% Wanstead
Craig Simpson20.4018th - 67.02% Wanstead
Michael Bamford21.3925th - 68.675 Wanstead
Louis Le Roux21.5428th - 60.20% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.2433rd - 66.07% Wanstead
Paul Marshall22.4237th - 57.49% Wanstead
George Georgiou23.3845th - 61.42% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.0354th - 67.36% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.0557th - 66.57% Wanstead
Ellen Jones25.3775th - 57.84% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux25.5380th - 57.76% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi26.0583rd - 57.44% Wanstead
Nick Hoult26.57 with Abigail94th - 51.82% Wanstead
Caroline Moore29.16127th - 61.05% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards31.56150th - 49.27% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin35.04170th - 45.72% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter36.52 with Molly175th - 39.38% Wanstead
Jamie Xavier20.43 (course pb)4th - 66.37% Walthamstow
Patrick Brown17.08 debut & 1st man1st - 75.88% Thetford
Kieran Brown24.52 debut56th - 63.94% Thetford
Fiona Day25.56 debut71st - 73.78% Thetford
Marc Akers24.5635th - 56.42% Clacton Seafront
Andrew Howard22.49 debut24th - 67.93% Newark
Fiona Critchley23.41 debut43rd - 71.64% Great Cornard
Stuart Barton25.10 debut58th - 57.22% Great Cornard
Janet Bywater27.48 debut56th - 63.81% Parke
Shaun DeSena29.39 debut103rd - 43.56% Dartford
Stephen Swan25.08135th - 51.46% Kesgrave
48 parkruns, 18 venues, 4 first finishers.9 debuts and 6 course pbs.
Four first finishers, Euan Brown (16.29) at Wanstead, Patrick Brown (17.08) at Thetford, Katherine Harris (22.20) at Valentines and Emily Clarke (21.15) at Roding Valley.
Course pbs for Jamie Xavier, Mark Moir, John Booth, Iain Mackie, and Calvin & Emily at Roding Valley pushing each other.
parkrun records
Roding Valley - Emily extended her record to 21.15.
Thetford - Patrick & Fiona first ELR's at Thetford.
Clacton - Marc Akers first ELR man to join Fiona C.
Newark - Andrew Howard debuts.
Great Cornard - Fiona Critchley ELR ladies record.
Parke - Janet Bywater ELR ladies record.
Best age grades of the year so far for Emily, Calvin, Katherine, Iain, John Booth, Shailesh, Dan Gritton, Bernadett, Jamie X, Fiona C and Stephen Swan.
Stephen failed to beat Stuart's record by 4 seconds.
Youngsters - 1st parkrun for Molly Baxter and course pb for Jack Goodwin, leaving mum behind.

Assembly League 5km, Battersea Park - Thursday 1st June 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton16.27 pb31st - 81.56%
363 finishers.
Note This event took place on Thursday 1st June 2017 but was reported late.

Vitality London 10km - Monday 29th May 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton34.28 pb176th
Billy Rayner35.18 pb223rd
Stuart Kelly38.46499th
Daniel Slipper39.09544th
Andy Kumar39.22564th
Jamie Xavier42.521021st
Alain Fieulaine42.561028th
Louis Le Roux45.331585th
Ramesh Pala46.111746th
Paul Marshall46.14 pb1757th
Katherine Harris46.201782nd
Chloe Millan47.54 pb2176th
Jay Sangha48.092235th
Lauren Kelly50.252960th
Andy Bolderstone50.40 pb3045th
Tim Aylett52.383719th
Stuart Barton52.51 pb3775th
Rachel Le Roux54.304478th
Diana Rexhepaj57.345737th
Stephen Swan59.292549th
Shaun DeSena1.02.527794th
Also Russell Price 37.19 (373rd) and Will Pearce 37.28 (384th)
plus Bob Archer (father of Roisin) 65-69 56.33.

Stuart's report:- It started on the 08:07 train from Woodford, I met up with loads of ELR on the way, Text messages coming in of problems on the trains but this never stopped us.
Arriving at Green park the sun was out and it was warming up, a quick photo and off to drop the bags off,
I walked to my pen with Shaun and Jay, and waited for the start, A quick photo of us three in front of Buckingham palace before the pen got busy, A few other ELR arrived and we waited for the start,
We could hear the first wave set of and we were moved forward, then it was time to start, It took a while to get over the start line but after you cross you find you have a bit more space around you.
I ran the first 1k with Jay, I knew he was going a bit slow for him and I could not keep his pace, after the 1k sign he was off, I settled into my pace its only 2 park runs 4 laps of Wanstead,
I almost missed the first water station just managed to grab a bottle of the last person, It was hot and the water helped a lot,
The race is nice and flat with some great views of the city and St Pauls, I got to the second water station I needed this one, I spotted my nephew on the other side of the road he had started in the wave behind me,
I spotted that Tim Aylett was just in front of me but each time I pushed he seemed to get further away,
Then I was at 9k I felt ok so I pushed a little more, I am sure 800m to 400m was marked wrong this took ages, then 200m to go head up and go.
Very well organized for baggage collection and great bling.
And I got a PB #Result

andykumar.net/2017/05/29/vitality-london-10000-2017-race-report/ Andy Kumar's report on the Vitality 10km

Hatfield Broad Oak 10km - Monday 29th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Creed42.38105th
Tricia ONeill51.23420th
Maud Hodson52.27471st
Arno Conradie53.21524th
Sheila Kennedy57.51729th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera1.02.36903rd
1,222 finishers.

Mud Monsters 10km OCR, East Grinstead - Sunday 28th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens3.00.00ish
10km Mud Monsters Run completed. Running with an OCR noob so nice steady pace today. 3 hours ish of horrific mud! This was after the water slide so we were nice and clean!

Rock N Roll Liverpool Marathon - Sunday 28th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jakub Czeczotka4.30.311838th
2,972 finishers.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Sunday 28th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maran Raju3.37.17792nd
Daniel Putt3.51.251312th
Lucy Barron4.14.05 pb2405th
Kieran Brown4.34.003425th
Fiona Day5.18.405143rd
EMF Edinburgh Marathon 2017 Race Report- from Lucy Barron

I was thoroughly looking forward to the whole weekend as my parents decided to road trip up to Edinburgh from Dorset a few days before as it was my mums birthday on the Saturday and my brother flew over for the weekend too as we were going to have lots to celebrate!
So the Marathon, We were staying not far from where the race started and so my dad dropped me off early Sunday morning and the the rest of the family would come by shortly after, So once id sussed out the baggage trucks (which despite how busy the area was weren't surrounded by cues which was a relief) I made the short walk up Regents Road which was were my start pen was located and round the corner only to be greeted by the magnificent view of Arthurs Seat 'what a setting' I thought to myself, Once Id taken in the beautiful backdrop to the race and worked out were id needed to be I made my way back to the trucks were I met my family, What I did enjoy about this particular Marathon is that friends an family could walk right up to the start pens with you and hang around which was fantastic as I was feeling quite nervous despite it being my 2nd 26.2, I turned around at one point only to see Fiona Day walking towards me (yay someone I know) we were in the same start pen so I had hoped we might bump into one another, I hugged and kissed my family goodbye before setting off with Fiona to our pen.

I started off with a gentle pace of around 9:20 and after a few miles decided that was the bracket I was happy to stick with as it was a lot warmer than anticipated and I was too nervous about exhausting myself but I was happy as I knew that if I could keep up a steady rhythm I was sure to knock quite a bit of time off my marathon debut.
The Route was beautiful taking you out of Edinburgh itself and along the Scottish coast finishing in the town of Musselburgh. I would say that it was more of a mental challenge for a large portion as at times it was quite a quiet race but when you did reach areas where supporters were able to be boy was it welcomed people blaring out music and shouting everyones names as we went past I wished I could of bottled it up, at one point we ran along the sea front through a stretch of beach cafes where people were sitting having their cups of tea and cake when all of a sudden they would get up and start cheering us on as we went by. 'Im in Scotland and Im hot' never thought Id think that to myself, from 15 to 20 miles I started to flag (this portion was through a never ending country road) and really felt quite tired 'get to 20' I told myself then if you need to slow down or walk for a bit then do it, as I got to 20 I kept going until I got to 23 miles I looked at my watch and saw that I was already on for a good time (and many of you might not agree with this) so I decided to walk jog for a small bit as I really was literally running out of steam I was nearly there and wanted to bust out the last couple of miles if I could, mile 25 came and so I did my best to keep up a slow jog until 26 where I managed to use energy from somewhere to 'bust it out' as I knew I was going to see my family somewhere at this point and lets face it we all want to be seen at our best when we spot people we know. Sure enough as I entered the last stretch and could see the finish line I sprinted as best I could (always got energy for a sprint finish), suddenly hearing my mum yell my name in desperation to get my attention I turned and spotted her and my brother I gave them a quick wave and I was over the finish line.

FINISH TIME: 4:14:05, 17 minutes off of my previous 1st Marathon.

Thank you to everyone at club that seems to have an enormous amount of faith in my capabilities as a runner and constantly telling me that I was going to 'Smash it' this time around.
At the end of the day a Marathon is just that 'A Marathon' its not always about the time because really if you tell someone that isn't a runner that you have completed one they are already going to be in awe no matter the performance!

Edinburgh Half Marathon - Sunday 28th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Laura Kemp1.47.51 pb1652nd

Vitality Westminister Mile - Sunday 28th May 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown4.323rd
Patrick Brown4.4719th
Thomas Grimes4.521st
Billy Rayner4.54 pb2nd
Scott McMillan5.213rd
Daniel Slipper5.43127th
Jonathan Wooldridge5.50 pb11th
Louis Le Roux5.5618th
Jay Sangha6.146th
Paul Marshall6.187th Birthday Boy
Katherine Harris6.3133rd
Andy Bolderstone6.41 pb41st
Chloe Millan6.41 pb42nd
Ruel Ordonio6.4835th
Stuart Barton6.5343rd
Julie Campbell6.5440th
Maud Hodson6.5641st
Rachel Le Roux7.1563rd
Stephen Swan7.2582nd
Liam Dempsey7.2658th
Shaun DeSena7.2759th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera7.5777th
Andy Bolderstone7.58with family
Joanna Wood8.30101st
Andy Kumar9.53134th
Tina Bennett12.05259th with family
Finish positions are for information only, as they are given only for the wave that the runners ran in.

Zoe Bolderstone 7.27
Emma Bolderstone 7.58

Race For Life 10km, Regents Park - Saturday 27th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Julie Campbell52.28

Run Through Olympic Park Velo Half Marathon - Saturday 27th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Lee Rand2.04.4157th
94 finishers.

OTILLO Swimrun Sprint Uto, Sweden - Saturday 27th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Louise Thompson1.52.49
Richard Ho1.52.49
This is Louise and Richard writing from Sweden! We just finished up the Otillo Uto Swimrun Sprint on May 27 and are pleased to share our results.

ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö is the start of the Swedish swimrun season. The race is held on a challenging, fun and varied course on and around the beautiful islands of Utö in the Stockholm Archipelago. A total of 9,8 km of running, 2 km of swimming and a total of 7 swims where the longest is 430 metres.

Racers compete in teams of two, some people tie themselves together! This was our first swimrun and we were pretty pleased with our time. We finished in 1:52:49; a crowd-pleasing sprint finish got us one second in front of a Norwegian men's team. Competing against some very tall swedes, including some reigning world champions we are pleased to say that we came 30 out of the total 88 teams, second out of the Brits (and 1st out of British mixed teams), and 15 out of all mixed teams.

Now we're having a week's holiday to swim around the Swedish and Norwegian lakes. See you back in London soon!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 27th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sarah Burns23.3691st - 65.69% Hackney
Katie Whitton27.37 debut156th - 53.62% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.37 (course pb)3rd - 75.56% Roding Valley
Neil Gage21.359th - 63.24% Roding Valley
Calvin Bobin21.228th - 76.37% Valentines
Paul Marshall23.05 debut23rd - 56.32% Valentines
Ravinder Bassi40.35165th - 38.48% Valentines
Iain Mackie21.06 (course pb)63rd - 61.22% Cannon Hill
Euan Brown16.122nd - 79.63% Wanstead
James Wilson17.495th - 76.61% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.499th - 73.07% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.3213th - 71.50% Wanstead
Gareth Davies22.3536th - 64.28% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone23.4748th - 58.23% Wanstead
George Georgiou24.0557th - 60.28% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.3364th - 65.31% Wanstead
Tim Aylett24.41 (course pb)66th - 54.49% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi25.4980th - 58.04% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.5089th - 59.19% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj27.4397th - 58.45% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.30106th - 62.69% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.32107th - 61.04% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.16144th - 47.28% Wanstead
Stuart Barton53.59 tailrunner175th - 26.67% Wanstead
Michael Bamford21.2530th - 69.42% Medina IOW
Marc Akers25.10143rd - 55.89% Peterborough -
John Booth17.583rd - 73.84% Mile End
Dan Senior18.46 debut5th - 73.27% Mile End
Mark Moir20.2834th - 63.03% Mile End
Manpreet Johal28.2758th - 45.34% Perry Hall
Mary Connolly25.3424th - 69.88% Barking
Mary OBrien26.3528th - 74.04% Barking
Jonathan Wooldridge21.26 debut15th - 66.17% Harrow Lodge
Ruel Ordonio26.27 debut58th - 52.36% Harrow Lodge
Steven Bywater28.2732nd - 52.67% Walthamstow
Fiona Critchley25.3368th - 66.41% Great Notley
Andrew Howard23.27 debut9th - 66.10% Bedgebury Pinetum

PCCW Charity Race 5km, Singapore - Wednesday 24th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier20.026th
6th place in the PCCW Charity 5km race with a time of 20 minutes 2 seconds...heat was a killer even with a 7.15 am start temperature was 84 degrees!!

Eton Sprints Triathlon, Dorney Lake - Sunday 21st May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee1.16.3583rd of 235 ladies.
Daniel Lee1.22.03394th of 468 men.
750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run
Ava 14.47, 1.57, 37.55, 1.23, 20.33 = 1.16.35
413th/703 entries, 83/235 ladies, 14th/38 age group.
Danny 19.33, 2.34, 39.03, 1.06, 19.47 = 1.22.03.
538th/703, 394th/468 men, 68th/69 age group.

Ava Lee:- Danny and I headed over to Dorney Lake for the Eton Sprints triathlon this morning - 750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run. Felt like we'd been catapulted into the Olympics by accident. Never seen the likes. People swimming faster than fish!! Anyway, we had a great time. Me in 1hr 16, Danny in 1hr 22. And one of us even won a prize (well, not really).....Danny got the wooden spoon for last out the swim in his wave. He's very proud. See, triathlon is for everyone

Richmond Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Gritton3.46.5065th
278 finishers.

Exeter Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paula Bedford3.59.43111th
310 finishers.
Morning! I'm very excited to be writing my first race report for the Exeter Marathon last Saturday! I never thought I would get round to doing a marathon it seemed too far and would require too much training but after running a PB in a half Marathon in January I thought that I was probably as fit as I was ever going to be and I started to wonder if it would be a good place to start training for a marathon from. Of course the first person I consulted was Sarah ( my little sister, running coach, masseur, cake baker and amazing and supportive friend) She gave me her well thumbed “Mastering the Marathon, Training for the over 40s book, pointed me to the bare bones training plan and told me to get on with it! Now I had to find a marathon to do that was no too far away from home, that was flat, on a weekend free of kids activities and that would give me enough time to complete a 16 week plan. After much internet searching I came up with the Exeter Marathon! It’s a small event, about 350 runners, it's only been going for a few years but it ticked all the boxes!

Sarah did not hesitate on offering to come with me to be my number one (and only) supporter on the day. I was so grateful for that offer as quite frankly was terrified and knew that I’d be so grateful to have her there for hand holding at registration and the start, times at which historically I can be relied upon to forget something or just generally be in a right panic. Also this being my first marathon I was hoping a friendly face in the later miles could be just what I needed to get me to the finish.

We stayed in an Airbnb the night before in Exeter where I slept well despite surreal dreams of having to run the marathon in my flip flops. The weather on the day look promising, no rain and no too hot either. Although I hadn’t thought about the wind…. The race started from St James football club, what with the small number of racers and football stadium faculties there were no queue s for the ladies, which was just as well as the nerves got the better of my bladder and did not calm down until I been 6 times!!

The rather unclear route map was pinned to the wall of the registration room, it made no more sense looking at it there then it had when I’d looked at in online in the weeks before. But I got the gist, it was basically 3 laps and we mostly along the river in Exeter. I also figured I be following people so was not too bothered about knowing where to go! So from the start at the stadium we ran through town down to the river where the 3 lap circuit began. The road was closed and there were a few spectators out at the start which was rather nice and my nerves soon settled. I was really paranoid about setting off too fast as I have a tendency to do this and had read many horror stories of those who had made that mistake so I just trundled along, but after 5 miles and having chatted to a few people about their hoped for time I realised that i needed to get a wiggle on as i was really not going as fast as I had planned! My gold time ( I decided to use this approach after reading some East London Runners London marathon race reports!!) was 3.48, Silver was under 4 and bronze was just finishing!!

Sarah by this point had done a far bit running too, popping up as if by magic at various points on the course to cheer me on, I couldn't quite figure out how she did it!! She also managed to pop up at water station and was happily handing out water to the runners, She had also, i found out later, rearranged the water station so it had better feng shui which enabled runners running in both directions of a dual lane section of the course to be able to get water easily!! Thank goodness she was there!

So I upped my pace a bit from then on and really enjoyed the rest of the first and the second lap. The route took as along the river path but then into a wooded area which reminded me of Wanstead flat park run. It was nice to have a change of scenery and run in the shade of the trees!!
So I kept focused as the miles ticket over but started to worry a little about the rather fierce head on wind that was blowing directly at me on the later stages of lap two, I wondered how that would feel on the final lap! I could feel myself slowing down at mile 21 and at this point felt that I should focus on the bronze! When suddenly Sarah appear on bike behind me telling me to grind it out and keep on going. She held my water bottle for me and was there with words of encouragement! By this point there was no way I could talk to tell her to shut up so just listened and tried to keep going. The wind was the last thing I needed at this point but it was blowing right at me and I got that I'm running backwards feeling but soon we changed direction again, crossing the river and I was out of the wind and only a Parkrun to go. Never has a park run felt so long. Although i had already put all thoughts of my silver time out of mind with some final words of encouragement from Sarah that I could get in under 4hours I dug deep and tried to pick up my pace, or at least not slow down anymore. One the busy Quay side full of Sunday strollers Sarah rode ahead on her bike ringing her bell and the crowds parted (just as well as I was in no fit state to dodge them) Then there it was the finish line..... what relief and with a final sprint i snuck in with a time of 3:59:43 and a third place in my age group (one of the benefits of a small race!!!!!) I was totally chuffed, utterly unable to talk and so happy that I'd made it round. Beer and burger followed. So I have to say a big thanks to Sarah for being such an amazing supporter, it really made my first marathon very special. I'm off on holiday today and looking forward to resuming some shorter runs on my return so have signed up for a couple of Elvis races !!!

YMCA North London 10km, Crouch End - Sunday 21st May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Nichols41.0148th
Decided to go for 4 PBs in a week over 10 miles, 5 miles, 5k and 10k and only managed the first one. Gave it everything today but forgot how tough the course was having done it 2 years ago. This is a great event but happy to say that's my last race until ELVIS 3, time for a rest!

Southern League, Woodford Green Meeting - Saturday 20th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton9.34.721st - 3000m
Thomas Grimes10.42.131st - 3000m SChase

Battle Of The Boroughs 5km, Greenwich Park - Saturday 20th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Craig Livermore23.054th
56 finishers.

White Peak Swift Half Marathon - Saturday 20th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown1.13.41 pb1st - 79.26%
305 finishers.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.301st - 78.18% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.386th - 73.79% Wanstead
Daniel Slipper19.139th - 72.68% Wanstead
James Nichols19.1510th - 67.79% Wanstead
Shahib Miah Ali19.21 debut12th - 67.01% Wanstead
Regis Martin19.3814th - 71.65% Wanstead
Craig Simpson20.2119th - 68.06% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.2521st - 64.57% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.0643rd - 66.97% Wanstead
Gareth Davies22.0844th - 65.59% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux22.2549th - 58.81% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.2950th - 63.08% Wanstead
Paul Marshall22.3151st - 57.74% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.2465th - 67.95% Wanstead
Anna Johnson23.2766th - 63.75% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie24.2279th - 69.49% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.2581st - 66.35% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.5191st - 57.95% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5492nd - 63.79% Wanstead
Nick Hoult25.30102nd - 54.77% Wanstead
Ellen Jones25.32105th - 58.03% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.58108th - 73.68% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux26.06111th - 57.28% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.35120th - 63.82% Wanstead
Claire Emery26.45125th - 59.94% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi27.11129th - 55.12% Wanstead
Alex Jameson27.43140th - 51.95% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj27.49143rd - 58.24% Wanstead
Sheila Kennedy28.00145th - 65.54% Wanstead
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera28.23 debut152nd - 53.32% Wanstead
Grant Conway28.32 debut153rd - 51.29% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge28.33154th - 49.68% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone29.27166th - 47.03% Wanstead
Caroline Moore29.31169th - 60.53% Wanstead
Sandra Hiller29.37172nd - 61.11% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena31.09194th - 41.47% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.09204th - 49.87% Wanstead
Don Bennett33.17 (100th parkrun)216th - 47.37% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell33.36223rd - 48.21% Wanstead
Samia Choudhury36.07 debut242nd - 40.98% Wanstead
Morag Campbell38.26247th - 41.33% Wanstead
Andrew Howard1.06.11 tailrunner267th - 23.42% Wanstead
Karen Levison20.04 (1st lady)9th - 83.55% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.4011th - 69.68% Valentines
Tim Le Rasle21.3016th - 64.96% Valentines
Jason Levy24.2245th - 58.62% Valentines
Katherine Harris26.4479th - 56.11% Valentines
Maran Raju28.09107th - 53.23% Valentines
Joanna Wood29.38122nd - 52.31% Valentines
Marc Akers29.38123rd - 47.47% Valentines
Ravinder Bassi39.41237th - 39.35% Valentines
Aaron Browne18.4719th - 68.68% Hackney
Roisin Archer20.46 (1st lady & course pb)48th - 72.23% Hackney
Sheetal Dandgey22.54 (course pb)95th - 64.63% Hackney
Manpreet Johal24.47130th - 52.05% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.05135th - 59.00% Hackney
Fiona Critchley24.16 (1st lady)33rd - 69.92% Great Notley
Tim Aylett26.4148th - 50.41% Roding Valley
Caroline McGirr29.5667th - 49.94% Roding Valley
John Booth20.3339th - 64.56% Mile End
Janet Bywater24.09 debut65th - 71.15% Raphaels
Andrew Baxter20.08 (course pb)4th - 72.10% Bognor Regis
Iain Mackie21.26 debut17th - 60.26% Harrow
Ciaran Canavan21.13 debut5th - 65.83% Rostrevor NI
John Healy22.41103rd - 61.57% Dulwich
65 parkruns at 11 venues, 43 ran at Wanstead Flats for the 6th Anniversary and my 100th parkrun. Attendance broken again up to 267 from 230 a few weeks ago.
5 first finishers, 3 course pbs and 7 debuts.
First place for Euan at Wanstead in 16.30, then four ladies in first place. Felicity ta Wanstead, Karen 20.04 at Valentines, Fiona Critchley at Great Notley and Roisin Archer a pb and 1st lady with 20.46 at Hackney.
Course pbs also for Sheetal at Hackney and Andrew Baxter at Bognor Regis.
Four debuts at Wanstead, Shahib, Alexandra, Grant and Samia bring the total on the ELR page to 194 runners. Debuts also for Ciaran at Rostrevor, Iain Mackie at Harrow and Janet Bywater at Raphael.
Sixteen ran there best age grade of the year so far with 10 at Wanstead, 4 at Valentines and 2 at Hackney.

Chase The Sun Run, QEOP - Wednesday 17th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris46.1087th

Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Runners 5 mile - Wednesday 17th May 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton28.224th scorer
Billy Rayner28.30 (29.26) pb5th scorer
Patrick Brown29.02 (30.01)6th scorer
Dan Senior31.33 (31.53)16th scorer
Daniel Lee31.39 (32.13)17th scorer
John Booth31.56 (32.08) pb18th
Scott McMillan32.02 (32.55)20th scorer
Daniel Slipper32.06 (32.31)22nd
James Nichols32.5427th
Regis Martin34.2633rd
Michael Bamford34.43 (37.24) pb35th
Calvin Bobin35.1038th (1st V60) - 37th
Mark Moir35.1539th - 38th
Shahib Miah Ali35.3643rd - 40th
Ashley Faria35.43 (36.39)46th - 42nd
Jonathan Wooldridge35.57 (36.50)50th - 46th
Manjit Singh36.1553rd - 49th
Jonathan Shaw36.27 (37.13)55th - 51st
Emily Clarke37.0161st / 7th scorer
John Healy37.04 (37.09)63rd - 56th
Grant Conway37.09 (38.36)64th - 57th
Paul Marshall37.19 pb67th - 60th
Andrew Howard37.2068th - 61st
Nick Hoult37.2270th - 63rd
Peter Hatley37.3072nd - 65th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.36 (37.52)74th / 8th scorer
Louis Le Roux37.4477th - 69th
Julia King37.4578th / 9th
Angus Nicholls38.2383rd - 73rd
Ramesh Pala38.2684th - 74th
Suzanne Bench38.35 (39.39) pb87th /11th scorer (1st V45)
Judith Vonberg39.0894th / 14th
Andy Bolderstone39.22 pb (45.51)95th - 81st
Sarah Burns39.35 (43.48)98th / 16th scorer
Shailesh Patel39.40101st - 84th
Anna Johnson39.42 (41.17)102nd - 18th
Sheetal Dandgey39.43 (40.54)103rd - 19th
Kieran Brown40.01107th - 88th
George Georgiou40.05108th - 89th
Lucy Barron40.28 (44.39) pb111th - 20th
Rotimi Oyegunle40.37113th - 92nd
Laura Kemp40.42 (42.26)115th - 22nd
Fiona Critchley41.07 (40.54)120th - 25th
Tricia ONeill41.48 (41.55)130th - 28th
Chloe Millan41.54 pb131st - 29th
Maud Hodson41.55132nd - 30th
Liam Dempsey42.04134th - 103rd
Paul Thompson42.08135th - 104th
Carlton DSouza42.08136th - 105th
Kathryn Hertzberg43.04142nd - 34th
Fiona Day43.57152nd - 38th
Lee Rand43.58153rd - 115th
Rachel Le Roux44.00156th - 40th
Nathaniel Dye44.22159th
Simone Fonseca44.32160th
Dave Knight44.37 (45.10)161st
Jason Levy44.45162nd
Marc Akers44.47163rd
Stuart Barton45.00165th
Katie Whitton45.37168th
Geoff Bench46.48 pb (47.35)176th
Sophie Edwards46.49177th
Diana Rexhepaj46.55179th
Sheila Kennedy46.58180th
Caroline Moore47.26 (48.07)183rd
Jayne Browne47.45186th
Caroline McGirr48.32 pb195th
Claire Drakeford48.48197th
Susana Da Costa E Silva49.02198th
Susannah House49.03199th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera49.23203rd
Victoria Charlesworth49.52205th
John Atkinson50.21 (50.24)213th
Sarah Lockley51.57221st
Helen McGuinness52.07223rd
Sandra Hiller52.44 (53.35)226th
Don Bennett58.26242nd
Samia Choudhury1.00.58245th
Last year's times in brackets
Men's team (3 to score) Paul, Billy and Patrick.
Ladies team (3 to score) Emily, Ellie & Julia.
Elvis Score: Men - Paul, Billy, Patrick, Dan, Danny & Scott.
Elvis Score: Ladies - Emily, Ellie, Suzanne & Sarah.
1st V60 man - Calvin Bobin
1st V45 lady - Suzanne Bench
Elvis team scores - Men - 1st ELR 69, 2nd Ilford 131, 3rd Barking 188.
Team Scores - Ladies - 1st 42, 2nd EERR 45, 3rd Barking 59.

Essex County Championships, Chelmsford - Day 2 - Sunday 14th May 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Maud Hodson6.12.23 pb2nd, 1500m, 68.77%
Euan Brown15.44.93 pb2nd, 5000m, 82.52%
Patrick Brown16.05.65 pb4th, 5000m, 81.35%
Paul Quinton16.32.816th, 5000m, 81.15%

Great Baddow 10 - Sunday 14th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Nichols1.07.58 pb33rd
Tricia ONeill1.25.32265th

Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 14th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Becky Whitwam1.05.21449th
561 finishers

Essex County Championships - Day 1 - Sunday 14th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maud Hodson17.03 pb5th, 100m
Maud Hodson55.864th, 300m

Medals Evening - The Duke, Wanstead - Saturday 13th May 2017

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Nuclear Rush, Brentwood - Saturday 13th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens1.51.0455th, 12km
Joshua Stephens2.48.30682nd, 7km
Sarah Stephens2.48.32683rd, 7km
Nuclear Rush - 12km OCR (was 13km)
1.51.04 - currently 55th of 2114

Nuclear Rush - 7km OCR (was 8.5km and an hour after the 1st)
Sarah Stephens - 2.48.30 - 682nd of 1915
Me - 2.48.32 - 683rd

So so so so so so so muddy! But finally picking up UK OCR League points.

Loch Leven Half Marathon - Saturday 13th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Lee1.22.5910th, 3rd V40
Ciaran Canavan1.28.1725th
Ava Lee1.29.2731st, 3rd lady.
Diccon Loy1.39.51113rd
Lance Fuller1.50.13214th

Essex Cross Country Series - Hylands House, Chelmsford - Saturday 13th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Antonio Martin Romero37.501st
Julie Campbell54.34108th, 3rd V55
206 finishers.
Julie reports:- Completed in the first 10km race of the Essex Cross Country series at Hylands Park. Lovely course, running over grass trails and through woods. Bit disappointed with the overall time: 4th mile was slow. Distance was over 10km / 6.2 miles (6.41 miles by my Garmin) . Will definitely do this next year. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers.

Southwark 10km - Saturday 13th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
John Booth37.123rd
Dan Gritton38.3110th - 1st V40
384 finishers.
John Booth says:- First podium today at Southwark Park 10K (3rd). Rather pleased ,good form going into ELVIS next week...

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 13th May 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Jonathan Wooldridge20.17 pb13th - 69.93% Southend
Michael Bamford20.20 pb15th - 73.11% Southend
Louis Le Roux20.58 pb29th - 62.88% Southend
Paul Marshall21.30 debut34th - 60.47% Southend
Fiona Critchley23.46 debut70th - 71.39% Southend
Stuart Barton24.53 debut91st - 57.87% Southend
Rachel Le Roux25.28 pb111th - 58.70% Southend
Ruel Ordonio25.44 debut120th - 53.82% Southend
Diana Rexhepaj27.24 debut174th - 59.12% Southend
Saheb Yousefi23.2984th - 55.57% Hackney
Jakub Czeczotka24.2097th - 54.18% Hackney
Calvin Bobin21.2620th - 75.51% Roding Valley
Kathryn Hertzberg26.2248th - 56.26% Roding Valley
Rebecca Young23.24 (course pb)51st - 63.32% Royal Tunbridge
Shahib Miah Ali19.32 (course pb)5th - 66.38% Valentines
Karen Levison19.49 (1st lady)6th - 84.61% Valentines
Grant Conway21.31 (course pb)15th - 68.01% Valentines
Manpreet Johal21.4716th - 59.22% Valentines
Tim Le Rasle22.2922nd - 62.12% Valentines
Shailesh Patel22.3723rd - 65.73% Valentines
Katherine Harris22.4827th - 65.79% Valentines
Mary OBrien25.5160th - 76.14% Valentines
Mary Connolly26.0865th - 68.37% Valentines
Joanna Wood30.16131st - 51.21% Valentines
Jason Levy30.17132nd - 47.17% Valentines
Ravinder Bassi40.36229th - 38.46% Valentines
Iain Mackie21.22 debut106th - 60.45% Cannon Hill
Dan Senior18.39 debut3rd - 73.73% Maldon Prom
James Nichols19.10 (course pb)7th - 68.09% Maldon Prom
Samia Choudhury37.03151st - 39.95% Crane Park
Scott McMillan18.396th - 73.73% Wanstead
Daniel Slipper18.539th - 73.96% Wanstead
Craig Simpson20.2720th - 67.73% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.3245th - 65.68% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield22.4348th - 69.26% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.2655th - 67.85% Wanstead
Anna Johnson24.0160th - 62.25% Wanstead
Gareth Davies24.2467th - 59.49% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.2496th - 64.27% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi26.36102nd - 56.33% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.44105th - 58.85% Wanstead
Claire Emery26.53108th - 59.64% Wanstead
Katie Whitton27.20115th - 54.15% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone28.38135th - 48.37% Wanstead
Sandra Hiller30.03148th - 60.23% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar30.54169th - 51.89% Wanstead
Caroline Moore30.54170th - 57.82% Wanstead
Alan Branch32.15178th - 48.89% Wanstead
Don Bennett33.12193rd - 47.49% Wanstead
Dominic Dragonetti22.0911th - 61.63% Barking
Andrew Howard24.29 debut23rd - 63.31% Queen Elizabeth
Janet Bywater24.5833rd - 68.83% Walthamstow
Billy Rayner17.004th - 76.47% Mile End
Thomas Grimes17.25 (1st man)1st - 76.65% Grovelands
54 parkruns, 14 venues, 2 first finishes, 4 course pbs, 12 debut runs and 20 age grade bests for 2017 so far.(With 12 more ELR competing elsewhere).
Two first finishers for Thomas & Karen, Course pbs for Shahib & Grant at Valentines, James Nichols at Maldon amd Bex at Royal Tunbridge.
Nine tourists debuted at Southend with eight of them getting there best time's of the year so far.
Finally congratulations to Oliver Szabadi (JM10)on his 50th parkrun in a pb of 24.23 and a 1st parkrun for Emma Bolderstone (JW11-14)in 28.38.

Chasing The Sun Finsbury Park 10km - Wednesday 10th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Craig Livermore47.1586th
339 finishers.

Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 7th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Creed3.41.3292nd
390 finishers.

East London Triathletes Dragonslayer Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 7th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Bamford1.25.2137th
Louis Le Roux1.28.5746th
Paul Marshall1.37.5366th
Rachel Le Roux1.45.3577th
3 mile run/15 mile cycle/ 2 mile run. - 80 finishers.

Sunderland Half Marathon - Sunday 7th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Andrew Baxter1.43.03342nd
Jay Sangha1.46.11 debut427th
Muhammad Iqbal2.20.091,187th
Jay Sangha reports:- Sunderland Half Marathon Report
Well what can I say I finished my 1st half marathon in Sunderland, woooooooo, you might ask me why there, all I can say is why not. It was fun, well except the wind in your face and so many hills. Even though I was exhausted around about 8 miles because of the hills, I was keep telling myself I CAN DO THIS!! I had a target in mind around 2 hours and Well i smashed it in 1:46:11 (even though I dont know how I done this) but I gotta say Im so proud of myself and also proud to be an ELR and all of your support help me too, so thank you guys and Im thinking of doing this again in the future....

Rat Race Dirty Weekend, Burghley - Saturday 6th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens5.50.151255 of 3885.
Greetings one and all. You have signed up to take on the Worlds Largest Assault Course and for that we salute you. Its a huge outing whichever way you cut it and you have got sports most notorious after-party to contend with the other side of the finishline too. Of course, you will want to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other to get the miles under your belt and put the obstacles behind you.

Josh Stephens reports:- Marathon on Monday, few days rest then...

Rat Race Dirty Weekend!

The OCR event of the year, 20 miles, 200 obstacles!

I ran in a 'fun wave' which featured 5hr49 of smoke bombs, garden shed dance parties, sword fights, a huge washing machine for people, and an inflatable monkey that I carried for 19 miles...

Also as a sidenote, this week has really helped my years mileage!!!

QEOP 10km Series - Saturday 6th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sophie Edwards58.48
Maya Goodwin1.07.08237th
Elizabeth ODonnell1.10.21252nd
Me and Liz and Sophie ran at the QEOP this morning. They have changed the route, its a lot more undulating than it was in January! A goodie bag with lots of snacks too. But Im unsure what to do with my pea protein

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 6th May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jakub Czeczotka23.50101st - 55.31% Hackney
Kieran Brown24.50116th - 64.03% Hackney
Manpreet Johal25.13121st - 51.16% Hackney
Fiona Day28.35176th - 66.94% Hackney
Spencer Evans18.29 (course pb)5th - 69.88% Roding Valley
Stuart Barton25.38 (course pb)38th - 56.18% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett26.28 (50th parkrun)47th - 50.82% Roding Valley
Shaun DeSena29.3272nd - 43.74% Roding Valley.
Andrew Howard22.14 debut32nd - 69.72% Rickmansworth
Katie Whitton27.20 debut58th - 54.15% Canterbury
Rebecca Young23.3341st - 62.92% Royal Tunbridge
Robert Rayworth19.5616th - 68.98% Northampton
Simon Thomas19.064th - 68.32% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.0912th - 71.46% Valentines
Katherine Harris22.46 (1st lady)26th - 65.89% Valentines
George Georgiou23.5942nd - 60.53% Valentines
Shailesh Patel25.0655th - 59.23% Valentines
Jason Levy25.1561st - 56.57% Valentines
Joanna Wood30.55153rd - 50.13% Valentines
Fiona Critchley24.2050th - 69.73% Great Notley
Marc Akers28.06271st - 50.06% Peterborough
Billy Rayner16.57 (pb & 1st)1st - 76.70% Mile End
John Booth18.028th - 73.57% Mile End
Paul Marshall21.36 (course pb)70th - 60.19% Mile End
Dan Gritton18.32 debut16th - 75.90% Dulwich
Jamie Xavier21.336th - 63.81% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.20 (150th parkrun)21st - 61.58% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater24.5928th - 68.78% Walthamstow
Euan Brown16.42 (1st man)1st - 77.25% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.147th - 71.49% Wanstead
Craig Simpson20.4116th - 66.96% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.0129th - 64.42% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.3039th - 65.78% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield22.3641st - 69.62% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.3842nd - 67.30% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.1553rd - 66.16% Wanstead
Gareth Davies23.1554th - 62.44% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.5579th - 64.35% Wanstead
Ellen Jones25.1586th - 58.68% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.2487th - 62.53% Wanstead
Nick Hoult25.3289th - 54.70% Wanstead
Claire Emery26.24102nd - 60.73% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.01115th - 62.80% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.17138th - 63.17% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj28.30144th - 56.84% Wanstead
Alex Jameson28.34146th - 50.41% Wanstead
Alan Branch30.16164th - 52.09% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi33.27192nd - 44.79% Wanstead
48 parkruns at 13 venues, 3 first finishes. Euan Brown at Wanstead, his 35th finish against Thomas Grimes 40 at Wanstead. Billy Rayner at Mile End and Katherine Harris at Valentines. Tim Aylett did his 50th parkrun, Steve Bywater his 150th but no tshirt. Janet Bywater changed her club to ELR, you know it makes sense.
Course pbs for Billy Rayner, Paul Marshall at Mile End and also Spencer Evans and Stuart Barton at Roding Valley.
Record attendance of 230 finishers at Wanstead including Craig Simpson, back after a year away from parkrun, Sharon Springfield, didn't loose her barcode this time, Sarah Burns, back in the UK, and Ellen Jones, welcome to ELR.
Finally the ELR Club List reached a 190 runners, so next target is 200. If you havnt run at Wanstead Flats yet, our 6th Anniversary is in two weeks time.

Wimbledon Trail Series - Event 1 - 5 miles - Wednesday 3rd May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes27.542nd - 81.08%
Thomas says he's happy with that as not 100% since London.

Woodford Green & Essex Ladies Open Graded Meeting , 3000m - Tuesday 2nd May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown9.12.881st - 3000m
Patrick Brown9.47.373rd - 3000m

Milton Keynes Marathon - Monday 1st May 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens4.46.20 pb1,517th
2,020 finishers.
How Not To Run Marathons 101

In 2005 I challenged myself to complete a marathon every other year to check my general fitness. It was unwritten, but my ridiculous laziness prompted these to be marathons with little to no preparation...
At aged 18 London Marathon was completed in 4.34.
4 further biannual marathons followed in the 5 hour area.
1 year was replaced with my first 2 OCRs ( total around 26 miles)
Add in 2016s mountain marathon (1000m of ascent) in 5.59.

2017s chosen race was the Milton Keynes Marathon, as it was cheap!

A half marathon in December
Most of the winter off as it is cold
Most of the spring off as it is wet
Some 5km wanders
9 and 6 mile slow runs in April
2 weeks in America eating ALL THE FOOD

Race prep
New shorts - not tested over 5k
New gels - never used gels before
Cinema and pub the night before
2 x pain au chocolat for breakfast
2 x caramel snack a jacks en route
An hour of pop punk hits in the car

Race summary
Miles 1-10 - wow I am fitter than I thought, on for sub 4.15
Miles 11 - 13 - hmm maybe not, on for sub 4.15 just
Miles 14 - 16 - I'm sure there was a 4.15 pacer around here somewhere...and why do my legs feel so bad? Is it as my last time running this far was July 2016? Probably not
Miles 17 - 23 - quads hurt. Knees hurt. Calves hurt. Feet are sore and pancake like
Mile 24 - see above and add strange sensation in hip. Not music related and more painful
Mile 25 - this is not a mile...where is that bloody marker
Mile 26 - oh wait, if I speed up my legs hurt less!

4.46.20 finish time
Lessons learnt
Train and prepare
Body still works

To add, really well organised marathon. Well marked, bang on mileage. Great tshirt and medal, goody bag with chocolate milk!!! Parking at the stadium so got from finish line to car in less than 5 mins!
Now to 'taper' for a 20 mile obstacle race on Saturday...

Run For All - Gear 10km, Kings Lynn, Norfolk - Sunday 30th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jennifer Ansell40.37 pb83rd - 6th lady.
2100 finishers.

ETU European Championships , Soria Duathlon, Sofia, Spain - Sunday 30th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee1.18.1428th of 149/7th of 21
5km/t1/20k bike/t2/2.5km
20.34/ 1.53/ 44.00/ 0.58/ 10.44 = 1.18.14

Sporting the GB Colours , A little race report...

Every inhabitant of a relatively unknown town in Spain, called Soria, was out in force this weekend to create the most friendly atmosphere you could hope for at the European Duathlon Championships. It was my first chance to don the Team GB kit and to be quite honest, that was enough to make me happy. Id qualified, I got the kit, what do you mean I now need to do the race!! I had prepared well, but I didnt have huge expectations for my first GB Age Group Event. I wanted to enjoy the experience, finish the race in one piece and feel like I had tried my best. In the end it turned out rather better than that, but still I have the niggling feeling that I have a little more in me, next time!
Danny and I met a local man in the pub who told us endurance athletes from all over the world come to Soria to train. Why, you ask? Well, its over 1000m above sea level and rather hilly, and is quite the place for altitude training. Although its good enough for the Kenyans, it adds a few challenges for us lesser mortals.
I lined up on the start with my fellow athletes ,of a certain age , and felt very professional as the drum rolls began and the hooter sounded. Off we went on our first run , a few elbows out! It was a slower course than Id hoped, but we were all in the same boat. The altitude and the deceptive slope made it a challenge, a 5K PB was not on the cards, but I pushed as hard as my little lungs would allow. After not too long, Im getting into the swing of this. Ive successfully managed to change my shoes and put on my helmet and Im on my bike, heading out into the charging headwind and up a few inclines. I love my bike, and a wind in your face one way is a wind behind you on the way back. I hit 65 km/hour , thats fast for me! I normally get loads of people overtaking me on the bike. Not today!! Me and my bike didnt get overtaken by a single female , take that, suckers! Of course, I did get lapped by tons of blokes, but they dont count. So, no puncture, no disasters so far. Managed to change my shoes again ( its complicated, this multisport thing), and Im off on my tiddler of a final lungbusting run. And before you know it, its all over! Id kept my position all the way round, managed to gain one position to come 7th in my age group from a field of 21. Im very pleased with that , those were 20 super fit girls.
Danny (Chief coach) and I celebrated with a little too much vino Rosado and more Pinxtos than you can count. Amazing what the Spanish can do with a little bit of bread and a few anchovies. All in all, a fun weekend.
On the plane home I was studying the results. It appears Ive got the running and the biking thing down quite well, however Im not so good at changing my shoes. If Id been a faster shoe changer and helmet clipper Im sure I could have come at least 20 seconds faster and been 6th in my Age group!! Thatll teach me , new training plan, less running, more shoes.

Virgin Sport Hackney 5.5k/Chase Your Mate - Sunday 30th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris24.2741st - 9th lady - 1st V35

Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 30th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alex Bee1.20.32 pb35th, 10th M25 -29.
John Booth1.24.5898th
Dan Senior1.26.28136th, 8th, M40-44.
Spencer Evans1.27.19167th
Scott McMillan1.27.32175th
Paul Drury-Bradey1.35.14682nd
Jonathan Wooldridge1.36.25783rd
James Creed1.36.51822nd
Nick Hoult1.37.44913th
Robert Rayworth1.37.50920th
Jamie Xavier1.38.481038th
Mark Kerry1.39.291109th
Natasha Tweedie1.42.231441st
Louis Le Roux1.42.321468th
David Hallybone1.43.241612th
Jonathan Shaw1.44.101730th
Lance Fuller1.44.271773rd
Dominic Dragonetti1.46.212078th
Greg Turtle1.51.182878th
Chloe Millan1.52.173064th
Lucy Barron1.53.193249th
Jakub Czeczotka1.53.293284th
Joanna Neville1.54.06 pb3421st
Ruel Ordonio1.54.333490th
Andy Bolderstone1.57.284063rd
Katie Whitton1.59.304466th
Rachel Le Roux2.00.26 pb4614th
Robyn Turtle2.00.444671st
Simon Thomas2.03.295073rd
Lee Rand2.05.505428th
Graham Peacock2.11.526174th
Anna Watt2.20.226981st
Sarah Lockley2.21.127046th
Emma Wing2.23.497201st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera2.25.007269th
Helen McGuinness2.26.017328th
Susana Da Costa E Silva2.30.13 pb7543rd
Muhammad Iqbal2.30.157544th
Sandra Hiller2.31.287609th
Shaun DeSena2.31.507620th
Caroline McGirr2.36.207758th
Jess Trayler-Moore2.36.52 pb7768th
Maya Goodwin2.36.527770th
Natalie Powell2.46.508000th
Andy Bolderstone Hackney Half Report

So after 2 marathons this month I was unsure of whether to run this one. Every morning this last week I have woke up feeling exhausted and that I couldn't run this weekend. By the end of each day I had changed my mind. You only regret the things you don't do so they say so that's how I found myself in a pen with Nick and Lance this morning. As soon as we started I realised I needed to run my own race. Nick was away from the start and Lance soon disappeared up the road. I changed my expectations to wanting to keep under 9 min miles and not stop running. In the end only 11 and 12 were above 9 mins and my overall pace was 8.53. As I came to the last hill (how many ups were there? More undulating than I thought) I literally ground to a walk for about 10 seconds but then the sight of ELR red on the crest kickstarted me. Keep your head up, shoulders back, run from the hips and ignore the burning lactic in my quads. This was first race or parkrun that I haven't got a pb this year but weirdly it was the most satisfying. I did as well as I could given the circumstances and learnt a lot and tried a few new things that I had forgot in the craziness of a marathon.
It was great seeing so many ELR around the course. I am lucky to have the support of such a great club. Onwards towards Elvis.

Muhammad Iqbal:- One year of road traffic accident complete with the finish of Hackney Half Marathon.
There were several reminders of the accident during run. I spent 3-4 months on crutches, had ankle operation, knee displacement and elbow hurt from accident. I could give up but huge thanks to team ELR, helped me keep going. Now it's Done and I'm a Runner, once again.

Scott McMillan:- Daddy's Hackney Half race report.

Given the form I've been in, and despite an incoming cold (thanks, children!), I decided to stick it on PB pace today and see what happened. I flew through the first five miles like they were barely even there, ticking off the local landmarks (the Clapton Hart, the Star at Hackney Downs, the Pembury Tavern), and gleefully hi-fiving Maya at the Homerton two-way section as I went. But something inside told me this wouldn't/couldn't last. And sure enough, my heart rate was way above what I'd like, and I panicked a little.

Whether by design or not, my pace slowed from a 1:25 pace to something like a 1:30 pace, though it didn't feel any easier. The local landmarks (The Cock Tavern, The Fox on Kingsland Road) passed more slowly.

But from 8 miles on, something lovely happened. People I know started popping up in the most unexpected places to cheer me on. Adrian from Orion on a roundabout outside the Lauriston. Bolts round by Victoria Park. Ciaran on a traffic island outside the Crate Brewery. And on the increasingly bleak and hilly (and entirely pub-free) section around the Olympic stadium, James and Antonio, followed by Maud at the top of Clarnico Lane (Hackney's half-hearted Heartbreak Hill).

Duly encouraged, I pushed on, and my speed came back, passing dozens of runners, reeling in a clearly struggling Spence (hope you are OK, mate), and engaging in a sprint battle which seemed to make it onto the big screen, judging by the commentary I could just about hear - "And here comes Daddy, and Daddy takes it!". 1:27:32, not a PB, but four minutes faster than last year, and hopefully still a time to make the kids proud.

Alexandra reports:-
My first race report, because I've done my pw at Hackney Half today and hopefuly learnt some lessons from it (sorry I realise it's a bit long!).

I was a bit anxious starting the race cause I haven't trained much in the last 3 weeks being abroad #excuses, but as I ran 2 half-marathons in March and had a 15 miles training with Helen 1 month ago, I was kinda hoping i would still be able to beat my Roding Half pb. Plus, seeing so many ELRs and knowing that my great friend Oscar was coming to watch the race gave me confidence. Thanks Robert for helping me with my camel bag and (not) to Jono for rolling your eyes at my Wonder Woman on it tongue emoticon:-P.
All started super well, saw Jay very early, and shouted for many ELR runners that were coming opposite (yes the crazy voice was me, Spencer tongue emoticon:-P) Helen and I decided to stay with the 2:15 pacer from the start (a french guy, we had to talk politics, obviously), I was felling very well, giving high five to the kids, making jokes (sorry Helen), promoting the club on camera (sorry again, Helen tongue emoticon:-P), but we were slowing down and started loosing the pacer... I thought it would be fine cause once I'll see the ELR bunch on Mile 10, I'll start going faster and catch up with him.

Then, from Mile 7, my right hip started to hurt (as usual) but this time, it was really bad, even going down to my leg... I was handling it, repeating to myself "you don't train so it doesn't hurt, you train so that you learn to handle the pain", miles after miles , i was grimacing, lost my smile and was seeing on my watch that I was getting slower and slower... Saw Mark Boulton at Mile 9 who gave me a big boost calling me :"That's my girl" (that was enough to make me blush , didn't even need a hug or a kiss smile emoticon:-) ) I was very impatient to see the beautiful ELR bunch at Mile 10, I thought, i will stop there, strech and take a gel , then it will just be 30 mins to run... But they were not there ... It's fine, they are just a bit further... Mile 11, James Nichols was marshalling and helped me carry on but still no Don, Maud, Jan, Ciarán ??? Where were they? Did I miss them? Oh I need to stop and walk now, what is it with all those hills now... Stretching this hip, running again while massaging it , then a hill again, I am gonna walk again then... oh , here they are I see Don.... Yeah !!! Copyrighted Maud flying, gave high fives, my energy was back for.... not too long, unfortunately...

With just a bit more than 1 mile to go, I was now feeling very low in energy, having not taken my gel, I had sugar-lemon water with me so immediately took some but I was feeling feverish, dizzy, nauseated...no, no, no, I can't do that now, I have to finish this, then the 1 mile left board: ok, get it together , you can do this, your pb is gone but you have to finish it well and the hell with that right hip... Managed to sprint the last 200 meters to overtake a runner and bursted in tears just after the finish line...

I was feeling extremely down, till I saw John who was giving us medals and again cried in his arm which worried him crazy (sorry John! ). Found Helen quickly to head up to the free massage with a worthy long wait , i could barely walk there...
So many lessons for me here:
1.Don't expect a pb if you have skipped too many tracks sessions with Grant !
2.Really really start having sports massage if I want to be able to do the VLM next year and maybe getting that hip checked
3.Eating more carbs the night before and at breakfast despite what others told me about the risk of being too heavy
4.Don't skip the gel at Mile 10
5.Maybe don't zigzag that much to give high five to all the kids till mid-race
Will end this with wise words from Joanna who nicely checked on me after the race: "as people told me on my last one it's the bad runs that make us appreciate the good runs."
Thanks to all of you for your support and hope to see many of you on Wednesday evening !

Maya reports:-
Three years ago, I ran Hackney Half, and I got a right cob on. I hated it. My friend Sara rolled her eyes and said 'you missed it all because you insisted on listening to music, you div.'

So I decided to enter at the last minute. I cajoled the lovely Jessica Trayler-Moore to join me. She's never run more than 15k, but was game and chipper and totally up for it. And off we set. Not a great time in the end, but it was a lovely run, the whole of Hackney came out to cheer us on.

So many friendly faces on the way round too, but my favourites were in the last three miles. Run Dem Crew are just ACE. It was like a mini Tower Bridge. And I saw one of the girls from Mind over Marathon! I gave her a huge hug. Probably a bit forward, considering we'd never met. And then the Purple Water Station. I love East End Road Runners. I squirted Katherine Bellinger in the face. Just to be cheery.

Up a small hill, and... 'JESS! THERE THEY ARE!' And there you all were. Thank you for waiting for us! You're all ace.

Jess Trayler-Moore reports:-

Imagine you'd been teetotal your whole life. Then, nearly a year ago, you got wasted on half a shandy and ended up with a two-day hangover. Suppose you then spent months nervously building up to tackling a bottle of wine - only to be whisked off to a club when you least expected it, downing vodkas until dawn.

Swap alcohol for running and that's my story. I'm a newcomer to ELR. I started running in 2016 and I've never so much as tried a Parkrun before, but that didn't stop Maya Goodwin messaging me on Wednesday. 'I've got you a ticket for this Sunday's Hackney Half'. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, despite my nerves and thanks to an awesome crowd and Maya's endless support, not much. It helped that we had a plan. We'd take it slowly, we'd walk the hills, we'd keep each other buoyed up. With others chasing down a PB, and Maya - fresh from the Brighton marathon - promising me she was happy to go at my pace, our only definite aim was to finish.

And so we began! I arrived at Leyton station far too early for a Sunday to see a familiar red top, so I bounded over and introduced myself to Lucy Barron. After a brief chat, she set off - and then Maya arrived. We walked to the starting point where we spotted the sea of ELR runners almost immediately. Along with some other friendly faces, I met Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Jonathan Wooldridge and 'Daddy' (said his race number. Turns out it was Scott McMillan, who'd asked his daughter to fill in his name). We just about had time for a team photo before heading to the starting pen.

Maya and I set off with a rhino hot on our heels and a pink tutu to our left. I've never known Hackney look so bizarre or so friendly. The streets were lined with families cheering and steel bands playing. The sun shone to just the right temperature. At around the 1 mile mark, Maya and I high-fived the speedier ELRs as they ran past us in the opposite direction (the 4-mile point for them). We marvelled at their speed and admired their long legs. We ran on. I brought annoying first-runner enthusiasm to our party of two, along with endless nervous chatter (Maya was very patient). I pointed out all the houses I like (Maya was very patient). I noted a spelling mistake on a banner (Maya was very patient). I complained at not having my name on my top (Maya was very patient). We both experienced a coughing fit after drinking lucozade sport (what is IN that stuff?). This conversation happened:
Maya: Quick! Hold hands Photographer!
Me: [excitedly] What??
Me: [disappointed] Oh. I thought you said 'funfair'
At one point, the crowd thinned and we wondered whether we were either last or lost. But the highlight was just near the end, as we were both starting to struggle and there, at the top of a hill no one had any right to put at such a late stage of the run, was the ELR crew, spurring us on. And do you know, slow and steady might not win the race - but it definitely meant we finished smiling.
Of course, breaking your running cherry with a half marathon isn't quite the same as a drunken night on the tiles - but I'll probably wake up tomorrow with the mother of all aches, just the same.

Run Through Velopark 5km - Saturday 29th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Andy Kumar19.233rd

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 29th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.52 (1st)1st - 76.48% Wanstead
Robert Rayworth19.46 (course pb)10th - 69.56% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.0821st - 63.64% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.3633rd - 62.76% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.4347th - 64.23% Wanstead
Gareth Davies24.3865th - 58.93% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.4979th - 62.10% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench26.1083rd - 65.67% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi26.3089th - 56.54% Wanstead
Susannah House26.3583rd - 65.67% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.21101st - 62.04% Wanstead
Geoff Bench27.36106th - 53.86% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.31129th - 53.42% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.59177th - 46.31% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge23.21 debut35th - 60.74% Raphael
Ruel Ordonio26.20 debut86th - 52.59% Raphael
Paul Marshall21.39 (course pb)38th - 60.05% Mile End
Diana Rexhepaj27.4738th - 58.31% Beckton
Mary Connolly25.11 (course pb)33rd - 70.95% Barking
Mary OBrien25.34 (course pb)12th - 76.99% Sligo
Steven Bywater28.0256th - 53.45% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater30.1069th - 56.96% Walthamstow
Saheed Shabbir30.10448th - 43.48% Cannon Hill,Birmingham
Karen Levison19.49 (1st lady)5th - 84.61% Valentines
Alain Fieulaine19.57 debut7th - 70.51% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.2110th - 70.76% Valentines
Grant Conway21.5722nd - 66.14% Valentines
Jay Sangha23.18 (1st parkrun)35th - 55.36% Valentines
Lauren Kelly24.2047th - 60.82% Valentines
Frank Brownlie24.3151st - 69.07% Valentines
George Georgiou24.5555th - 58.26% Valentines
Jason Levy30.35121st - 46.70% Valentines
Dan Gritton18.41 (course pb)2nd - 75.29% Roding Valley
Calvin Bobin21.21 (course pb)10th - 75.80% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett25.01 (course pb)35th - 53.76% Roding Valley
Kathryn Hertzberg26.3047th - 55.91% Roding Valley
Kieran Brown29.14 debut68th - 54.39% Roding Valley
Fiona Day33.26 debut96th - 57.23% Roding Valley
Sheetal Dandgey22.57 (course pb)47th - 64.49% Hackney
Laura Kemp23.3555th - 62.76% Hackney
Julie Campbell23.49 (course pb)62nd - 75.02% Hackney
Fiona Critchley23.54 debut179th - 70.99% Chelmsford Central
Stuart Barton26.21 debut84th - 54.65% Blickling
Manpreet Johal28.00 debut47th - 46.07% Perry Hall
Mark Kerry21.00 (course pb)28th - 63.17% Cassiobury
Andrew Howard21.31 pb83rd - 72.04% Hastings
46 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 10 course pbs and 10 debuts.
First finishes for Euan & Karen. Course pbs for Dan, Calvin & Tim at Roding Valley. Sheetal & Julie Campbell (75.02%) at Hackney, Robert Rayworth at Wanstead, Mary Connolly at Barking, Mary OBrien at Sligo, Paul at Mile End and Mark Kerry at Cassiobury.

Southampton Marathon - Sunday 23rd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris3.45.04 pb240th, 14th lady
1073 finishers. Katherine reports:- Well done to everyone at London today! Really fantastic times, well done to you all.
I'm going to attempt my first ever race report and will try and keep it brief, apparently there was another race today... I also did a marathon today, the Southampton marathon (that famous one!). In a nutshell: hot and hilly! It was Southampton's first marathon in over 30 years. An undulating course with some fairly big hills but there were good downhill stretches. A few miles through pretty parks and amazing views up on the bridge (just a shame it was a long uphill to get there...4 times...and at mile 24 which was not my idea of fun). There were good pockets of support along the way and plenty at the start and finish, with bands playing and cheerleaders cheering along the way.
The organisation was good, although I left my bags at the hotel so I can't comment on the baggage. Minimal queues for the loos (bonus!) and free massage and beer at the end.
A nice 10 minute PB for me, just missing GFA by seconds so I have to admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. My watch tells me I ran 26.46 miles so in my head I did manage sub 3.45 and also ran my first ultra marathon, sadly officially this doesn't count.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 - Sunday 23rd April 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes2.38.01 pb club record233rd
Antonio Martin Romero2.38.04 pb236th
Alex Day2.44.29517th
Daniel Lee2.51.54974th
Mark Boulton2.54.131178th
Daniel Slipper2.57.16 pb1476th
Stuart Kelly2.59.381869th
Billy Rayner3.01.032048th
Aaron Browne3.14.233665th
Manjit Bedi3.14.413720th
Carlton DSouza3.16.194004th
Ciaran Canavan3.19.554565th
Roisin Archer3.22.094871st
James Nichols3.27.245749th
Morgan Francis3.27.265763rd
Peter Hatley3.28.285979th
Alain Fieulaine3.30.146360th
Shahib Miah Ali3.30.42 pb6448th
Andrew Baxter3.30.446453rd
Regis Martin3.31.146540th
Eleanor Wilkinson3.37.22 pb7679th
Robert Rayworth3.37.497771st
Michael Wilson3.41.568620th
John Healy3.42.588829th
Suzanne Bench3.44.57 pb9323rd
Tom Woods3.54.3811645th
Ramesh Pala3.55.0311786th
Manjit Singh4.13.0516284th
George Pite4.14.41 debut16691st
Gareth Jones4.15.0316801st
Paul Marshall4.15.20 debut16863th
Steven Bywater4.27.1419897th
George Georgiou4.35.2621928th
Andy Bolderstone4.38.25 pb2271st
Tina Bennett5.08.23 pb29506th
Also Kelly Xavier 5.03.18....Yvonne Shashoua 3.44.55.

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

Thomas Grimes narrowly beat Club colleague Antonio Martin-Romero in breaking the ELR Club Marathon record, previously 2:39, in London today in 2:38:01. Congratulations Thomas and Antonio.

Tina Bennett proudly displaying her Finishers Medal after the race.

Shahib Ali reports:- London Marathon, new PB, 03:30:42, was an emotional marathon, was a psychological marathon more than anything today, slight calf pain nearly forced a stoppage for stretches at around mile 10 but too much running traffic stopped me, in the end absolutely delighted. All the training and sacrifices vindicated. Samia Müller-Choudhury was incredibly supportive. My son is always there next to me. My running club East London Runners - nothing like it. One final thing - the crowd today was epic, totally inspired.

Antonio reports:- My first ever report and it is so long, sorry!

I would like to start saying thank you to people who have helped around this hard journey, like Alex Bee, Paul Quinton and Spencer Evans with whom I have done most of my training and helped to achieve this time today. And of course, to the club who have helped to improve in the last two years.

Today it was a hard day. After waiting for 20 minutes at the start of the Championship, the race started and my legs were not fresh at all, actually, they were like bricks. On the top of that, I think I might have disrespected the marathon today as I run better when I do negative splits but it was so difficult to go slow when you are surrounded by fast people. I tried to slow down but I couldnt , I promise, so I knew this was going to be a new experience for me as I am not used to starting off fast and my legs were complaining from the beginning, but unless I could control my mind, that probably is more important than my legs.
With a goal time of 2h39.59(6. per mile or 3.47” per km), I knew after 20K that I had to die not to achieve my target today but I still could not slow down, so I kept going faster, although this time I couldn’t high five people and I even realised that there were some inclinations during the course. I was giving my 100% and I didn’t have any energy for anything else than running. I passed the half way in 1h18.15 and I was thinking how long I was going to be able to keep that pace and if I was going to be able to finish without stopping. After 25K my legs were so heavy and I was talking to my mind for a while, it was telling me to stop and f**** me the race, but I was telling it NOT, I am not going to let people who believe in me down, I continued going well above my target pace. I reached the 30K mark, ok this is like a 10K race plus a little bit more..I saw Paul, Alex, Spencer before 20 miles, then the ELR water station and people gave a boost of energy, but my mind did not shut up, I was begging it, please keep quite for a while, you are so annoying. I still managed to go at my goal pace after 35K (22 miles). From this point, it was a nightmare, people were shouting so loud and you just want to be alone, cross the finish line, go to the pub and drink a beer. I was slowing down a little bit but nothing too bad. I continue talking to my mind, it wanted me to stop, but I could not , I hadnt done 37K to stop. When people around you are dying, it is so difficult to recover the pace. I was like a mathematician, ok if I slow down a little bit what time I will do? If I die, can I still be under 2h40'? I managed to keep up and saw Thomas Grimes before the last kilometre, we were both wishing to finish the race, with 600m to go I think I speed up a little bit and finish ahead of him but he started behind me, so he got the new club record (Congrats!). Therefore, now I have to do another marathon to try to get it! The final time was 2h38.04, quite happy despite the race today that could have been better but next year I will try to come back stronger and with the lesson learnt.

Andy Bolderstone:- Musings from today before I crash out.

Best bits of today - being with my ELR friends pre race. Such a great way to start a marathon. - ELR water station- if we manned every water station I run so much faster, you guys gave me a real boost - passing an Orion Harrier as I passed the Mall.
Need to stop running 26.9 miles at marathons. (My time would have been 7 mins faster if I ran the correct distance.)
2 marathon pb's and a parkrun pb this April. Still haven't done the marathon justice yet. One day.... (hopefully 24 Sep in Berlin).

Roisin Archer:- What a day! Amazing atmosphere and a respectful time of 3:22, just 1.5 mins off my PB. After everything that has happened I never imagined I could do it. A few weeks ago I didn't think I'd run it at all. Feeling a bit rough around the edges right now (as it wasn't easy) but pretty pleased. Thanks for the support. It meant a lot.

Danny Lee reports:- London Marathon Race Report:
At long last I'd decided to let the moths out of my wallet, and splashed out on a new ELR vest, to arrive just in time for the Marathon. I tore open the package on Saturday, eager to pin my number on, and my heart sank. My name was written at least FOUR point sizes smaller than on my old vest. No-one will be able to read that! I’m going to have to run the entire course with only The Stony Wall of Silence for company.

I neednt have worried. It turns out, its not that cool to have your name on your shirt, in the Good for Age pen. More fool them. For 26 miles on Sunday, I didnt hear a single name shouted along the route, other than Danny, Dan, Go-on-Dan, Danny-Boy, Oh-Danny-Boy, Danny-Cha-Cha-Cha…! It must have been REALLY annoying, if your name wasn’t Danny. Ha! In The Land of Super-Serious Good-For-Agers (too cool to engage in frivolous pre-race screen-printing), The Man With His Name On His Shirt really is King, to a London Marathon Crowd even if it IS font size 11.

And so I spent the first half of the marathon happily channelling the energy of my many fans into my little legs, keeping myself in the race for matching, if not exceeding, my PB. The problem with marathons is that they come in TWO halves. By the Isle of Dogs, my pace was dropping below target. A high five with Ava and my friends at mile 16 cheered me up for a while, and I even managed a few fist pumps at the water station, which were met by a deafening wall of sound not to mention a face-full of water, courtesy of birthday girl, Maud, armed with a menacing bottle of Buxton. My spirits lifted for a kilometre or so. By now, though, I knew today was probably not going to be PB material, and I decided I was OK with that.

Embankment felt double its length this year and my legs were running on fumes, and the crowd at Bird Cage Walk would have to do without my fist pumps this time around. But I did just about manage a rudimentary sprint finish to cross the line in 2:51. Not so bad, for an old timer like me (as Alex, waiting just over the line, kindly pointed out) and only two minutes shy of my PB. I was happy, and more importantly, I was finished. Time to go to the pub, and complain about the lager.

Ellie's report:- VLM2017 - Race report

After having an absolutely awesome experience in the 2016 London Marathon and achieving good for age, there was no way I was going to miss out on all that fun again. I was back for more, with a gold aim of BQ [3.35]; silver for a PB [sub 3:37:40] and; bronze to re-achieve good for age [3:45:00].

Despite all the nerves and worries you have over the lead up to the marathon, the fact you get to meet the club on the platform on the way, completely eases everything. It was great to see so many friendly faces and have a good laugh on the way down to Greenwich. It was nice to meet Yvonne an ex-ELR who has moved overseas, great company in the Green start! As we had a really long wait in the green pen toilet queues, I got chatting to another lady in front who was obviously a very experienced marathon runner. Due to my own nerves I wanted to get some words of wisdom and asked how she was feeling and she said, “well I can either do it or I cannot”. Right then, that was it, the moment when I decided, I can!

And we were off admittedly a little too quickly, I found it hard to pace well at the start as it felt busier than it did last year, perhaps with the merge of the green and blue start – so I was crowd dodging for a good few miles. However I realised this in good time and managed to rein things in by mile 4 and got into a steady pace, feeling comfortable. As ever the crowds were amazing, London is just incredible on marathon day. People sat on top of bus stops, hanging out their balconies and flooding the streets of London, celebrating running! It was also amazing to see Prince William and Kate watching, I didnt think theyd be in the crowd! Everything proceeded to go well, the miles were ticking off nicely and ELR water station was round the corner and very exciting! I caught up with John Paul Healy, who didnt seem as excitable as me at the time, but it was nice to pass through and see all our fellow runners at mile 20 together! I then carried on (sorry john!) through the busy crowds and knew this was the tough part, it was also getting really hot, it felt really really hard then and mile 24 and 25 were my slowest, even though when I passed Michael he asked why I looked like I was still full of energy! I was still feeling ok – but my gold time was slowly slipping out of the picture, but that was ok, as I could still get my silver if I dig deep now. I somehow, managed to find a tiny spurt of energy to get me through that last mile and I think thanks to seeing my friends just as I entered St James park and I did it. Marathon PB 3:37:22. Silver achievement and maintained good for age.

Thanks to everyone for all your help and support over the last few months! Particularly to those who I have been training with in the cold winter months - Emily, Dan, Paul, Lucy, Robert, Sheetal, Judith, Jennifer and others, and of course to our coach, Grant for his words of wisdom that keep us all on track.

Michael Wilson reports:-
If sub 4hrs was my bronze target safety net and sub 3.45 the silver, then my gold was to beat my previous marathon time which was at Eindhoven six months ago. In the end it went quite well and I was delighted to have achieved my gold target with 3.41.56. Whereas at Eindhoven I walked away from the finish line ecstatic, this time I was quietly happy and content.
I wish I could bottle those moments and keep them forever as they are priceless. 18 London Marathons completed since I started them back in 1997 (27 marathons overall) and the last two years or so have not been easy; so more importantly I would like to thank my mum Irene Wilson for her support, my physio Daniel Levicki for helping me get to this point and the people who tried to give me confidence when I felt like giving up; also the volunteers at the water station and everyone who sponsored me.
Well done to all the East London Runners, I am in awe and the standard just gets better every year.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 continues... - Sunday 23rd April 2017

Tina reports:- This is my first ever race report and I don't really know how to start. Running the London Marathon one day had been a childhood dream and now at 40 years old here I was, race day had arrived.
In the build up to the marathon my training started well, but knee niggles and a emotional melt down 5 weeks ago had me full of self doubt.
As I walked down to the tube with Andy Bee and Steve Bywater I felt strangely calm. Meeting up with the rest of ELR and all traveling together really helped, no stress about where I had to go, I could just be a sheep and follow.
I arrive at the blue start, toilet, bag drop and toilet again quick photo stop for Stuart Stupot Barton and in the pen I went. Being in pen 9 I was right at the back but walked myself close to the front of it. Still feeling quite calm (surprisingly) I chatted to others around me. I met a chap, Mark who was also running fir the Stroke Association. We soon realised we had similar time goals so we set off.
It felt amazing to cross the start. Didn't even notice the Royals, only realised I ran past them when watching the highlights last night.
So I had my little running buddy Mark, we shared stories, he was so lovely asking if the pace was ok. Quickly settled into a very comfortable 10.30 mile pace and I felt good, really good.
The crowds right from the start were amazing. I was just running, chatting and doing high fives with anyone who held there hand out.
At 9 miles a saw my brother, the fist of my supporters, followed by my parents, husband and boys soon after at about 10 1/2 miles. I was still feeling amazing and was so motivated by the fact my knees which had plagued me in recent weeks felt top dollar.
Wow, that turn at about 12.5 miles, seeing Tower Bridge. Mark and I high fived, it felt amazing. At 14 miles my besties were there and gave a quick hug as I went on my way. Maya Goodwin will get this as I have moaned and stressed to her about my knees for weeks, and here I was now 15 miles and no pain, I was buzzing I felt so good and was well in for a 4:45 time. In training I had only gone up to 17 miles so as I past that point I didn't really know what to expect. However, all I could think was in training I felt crap at this point and I could hardly move, but here I was plodding on feeling confident that my Gold of 5hrs was possible if not a little better.
By 18 I started to slow I had past my family and they had seen my looking strong but I was just starting to feel it. Knees just feeling stiff, but no real pain.
Coming off the Isle of Dogs, I felt happy as still on target but was starting to tire. Kept a going spurred by the fact ELR would be at 20 miles, Maya and Emma were there with a wonderful hug which felt so good. By 21 miles I took my first real walk, at which point a saw a work colleague who had come to support so quickly tried to musta a jog.
Then 22 miles!!!!!!! I now know what they mean by the Wall. My head went, my legs went, my hip and back killed, I wanted to stop but I couldn't I must keep going. Just when I needed them friend were there. With tears in my eyes they gave me a hug and told me I was doing amazing. It's a blur now, I'm exhausted, 23 miles, just a parkrun and a bit, 25 mins to half an hour on a good day. Looked at my watch, my 5hrs was just about achievable but it would be close. I was jogging and walking by now. I knew I would finish but I was feeling it. Last hug at 24.5 miles from my husband and boys. Arrr Big Ben, 1 mile to go, come on you can do this, the voice in my head was overwhelming. Its your dream, its now real, I have tears in my eyes. I am Broken, beyond exhausted. My last mile took 18 mins. My gold time of 5hrs had just gone, but I didn't care. Buck House, arrrr there's the finish. Holding back the tears I cross the line 5:08:23. For you amazing runners out there I know it's not an amazing time but my dream was complete, I have run the London Marathon and I couldn't be more proud of myself. As that medal went over my head I cried. Amazing.

Gareth reports:- VLM Race Report:
My first marathon was Chester 2015 and I got a great time, training went like clockwork, the experience was not a bad one and all was good and almost no pain. I Decided out of devilment to enter the VLM, and got in via the ballot. All ok, same training plan. All good until about 5 weeks before the taper a calf injury! Having missed 20 or so training runs (intervals, tempo, recovery) I only managed 5 longish runs after my 22mile (longest run) which I did in some pain.

I was toying with the idea of deferring, but went for a sports massage which sort of solved the problem, but my usual running gate wasnt there, so with 3 weeks to go I just did very little and hoped for the best. My target was originally 3:45. I had to rethink this, and with Mauds sage like advice of Gold, Silver, Bronze targets in my head I decided to be positive and not about deferring, just get on with it.

VLM is vastly different to Chester (which starts on the horse racing course, goes along the river, into North Wales country roads then back to Chester, along the river Dee and back to race course - about 3000 people compete). London is bedlam by comparison and I got overtaken by a runner bouncing two basket balls one for each hand in mile 2; the noise was like two tympanis beating time for a dragon boat accompanying me for 5 miles until he dropped one.

So many people cheering - a carnival / street party atmosphere. Possibly due to this, the fellow ELR runners, and the adrenaline the running was better than I expected some pain but in the other, non-injured leg. As my conditioning wasnt good enough to keep a Gold sub 4 hour pace past 14miles, I thought no worries, there was enough in the bank to slip to Silver (sub 4:30). Before the 18mile point I had to take a paracetamol and once this kicked in the 20mile station acted like a slingshot for the final push. At this point I know why we have ELR 20Mile cheering squad, you can feel the adrenaline kick in and boost you along. The last 5 miles was really tough though, but I started to think about sub 4:15, legs heavy, and inclines that were molehills became mountains, but once the 1km was in site well the relief was huge, but a final push but nope, it felt like 5 miles. However, I was elated to have got round and very pleased with my 4:15:03.

So, overall, very happy; ELR got me psychologically back on track in the run up and got me round during the race. Apparently 90% is psychological and the other 10% is all in the head!!!

I cannot thank you all enough; wouldnt and couldnt have done it without you and you rock.

Suzanne Bench reports:- So, my 3rd London marathon after 7 years.
I only entered because Geoff wanted to do it and I thought it would be good to train together! We were both thrilled to get a place through the club ballot but unfortunately he had to withdraw due to injury.

For the first few months I had no training plan. Was adamant that I couldn't beat my previous 3.51 being older, but after a great run at Benfleet everything changed and then my competition head kicked in. I felt relaxed during training and although I missed my previous marathon training buddy Andrea, ELR especially Dave, John, Caroline, Maud, Frank, Tom and other Sunday runners got me through along with the great encouragement from coach Grant and my runs home from work with Jayne. After watching the incredible performances from Brighton in the heat I felt a little nervous but ready.

So on the day, using Maud's now famous strategy I set my gold target as 3.45 and set to work. I stuck behind the pacer and felt pretty good for the first half. Knowing I was going to see everyone at 20 miles really kept me going and it was really uplifting to hear everyone's support but after that point it became really tough and I could feel and see the 3.45 target slipping away. Every part of me wanted to stop on the embankment but I dug deep. I came over the finish line just about still standing and no idea of my time. Geoff was waiting for me and told me I did 3:44:57- a PB by almost 7 minutes! Was so happy!!

Was great to see everyone else in the Ship and Shovel and to hear how brilliantly they all did but by now I was feeling pretty rough (thanks Jonathan for the gel). Home, bath, dinner and a little sleep later I was revived enough to help Maud celebrate her birthday.

Reflecting now all I can think is how fantastic our club is. The fact that brilliant runners like Alex, Carlton, Ciaran and others are so supportive and encouraging to people like me is what makes ELR the club it is and one that I am very proud to be part of.

So, now I have a good for age place for next year and then, fingers crossed, Janet and I will represent the club as the women's V50 in Boston. Thanks to all the volunteers and supporters and that fantastic cheering from Maya, Trish, Mary, Andrea, Jayne, Rod, Bev...and of course to Geoff!

Have had a lovely relaxing day today
Back to work tomorrow!

James Nichols reports:- So I completed the London marathon yesterday in 3 hours 27 minutes. Thanks so much for all the good luck messages beforehand. Race itself didn't quite go to plan. From about halfway I felt I was pushing too hard at a pace that should have been fairly comfortable, was quite humid out there and soon after passing the brilliant East London Runners water station at 20 miles as seen in the pic, I realised beating the time I set in February was in danger of slipping away going and didn't quite have the willpower or energy on the day to power through.
Loved it though, what an experience - everyone tells you about the crowds at London but it still took me aback, a crescendo of noise almost the entire way round. Was great to celebrate afterwards and share stories with friends who I've trained with along the way. Think I'll take a short break from distance running now but will definitely come back to do London again in a few years, have unfinished business!

Regis. I would like to say a big public thank you to Andrew Baxter who picked me up from the road's side on Sunday while I was hitting the wall big time... Thanks god it wasn't on the BBC! This is the spirit of Marathon running and the way this club does it. The couple of glances/eye contact I grabbed from Janet Bywater, Grant Conway & Paul Quinton and the ELR pack at Mile 20 acted as a much needed adrenaline shoot up; it was so good the tears came out. I was lucky to participate so will only be grateful and the truth is there is no pain killer for the pain seekers. Confort is overrated; as we all know: the obstacle is the way.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 22nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.251st - 78.58% Wanstead
James Wilson17.33 pb2nd - 77.78% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.02 pb5th - 76.25% Wanstead
Dan Senior18.287th - 74.46% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey19.39 (course pb)13th - 67.09% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1841st - 63.15% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.2253rd - 66.17% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey23.1268th - 63.79% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill23.44 (course pb)77th - 68.26% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.0097th - 64.13% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0298th - 76.43% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.12104th - 62.43% Wanstead
Nick Hoult25.22107th - 55.06% Wanstead
Andrea Waller25.48117th - 59.30% Wanstead
Katie Whitton26.04 (course pb)122nd - 56.78% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.31125th - 54.31% Wanstead
Geoff Bench26.31 pb129th - 55.58% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.43147th - 57.85% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.55162nd - 52.70% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi30.06165th - 49.78% Wanstead
John Atkinson30.19169th - 61.46% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards31.15182nd - 50.35% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin31.16183rd - 51.28% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell33.16196th - 48.70% Wanstead
Don Bennett33.44202nd - 46.74% Wanstead
Simon Thomas18.411st - 69.85% Valentines
Ashley Faria19.57 pb4th - 72.18% Valentines
Calvin Bobin21.0513th - 76.76% Valentines
Grant Conway21.37 (course pb)17th - 67.15% Valentines
Lauren Kelly23.15 (=course pb)38th - 63.66% Valentines
Mary OBrien25.4361st - 76.54% Valentines
Paul Quinton16.35 pb2nd - 80.50% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi22.4586th - 57.36% Hackney
John Booth17.55 (course pb)3rd - 74.05% Beckton
Diana Rexhepaj27.5391st - 58.10% Beckton
Spencer Evans18.56 debut4th - 68.22% Roding Valley
Kathryn Hertzberg26.09 (1st parkrun)50th - 56.66% Roding Valley
Shailesh Patel23.0614th - 65.72% Barking
Jamie Xavier20.46 (course pb)5th - 66.21% Walthamstow
Andrew Howard22.01 debut109th - 70.40% Cambridge
Fiona Critchley24.29 debut142nd - 69.30% Colchester Castle
James Nichols21.2060th - 61.17% Mile End
Charlotte Tuzzio29.55305th - 49.47% Mile End
Dan Gritton25.31224th - 55.13% Southwark
Diccon Loy27.3378th - 51.48% Brundall
45 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 12 course pbs and 4 debuts.
First finish places for Euan Brown 16.25 at Wanstead and Simon Thomas 18.41 at Valentines. Course pbs for James Wilson, Scott McMillan, Paul Drury-Bradey, Tricia ONeil, Katie Whitton and Geoff Bench at Wanstead. Ashley Faria, Grant Conway and Lauren Aston at Valentines. Paul Quinton (80.50%) at Hackney, John Booth at Beckton and Jamie Xavier at Walthamstow. First parkrunfor Kathryn Hertzberg at Roding Valley and debuts for Spencer at Roding, Andrew at Cambridge and Fiona at Colchester Castle.
John Atkinson completes his 5th parkrun, his last was in September 2012.
Keep working towards that 50 shirt, John.

Vets AC 5m Battersea Park - Tuesday 18th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes26:51 pb1st

Thomas Grimes of ELR wins the VETS AC 5m in Battersea Park on 18th April 2017 in a personal best time of 26:51. Next race for Thomas is the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017!

Boston Marathon 2017 - Monday 17th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jonathan Wooldridge3.46.2410,419th
Tom Woods4.04.0115,810th
Jonathan Wooldridge:- Number 7 in the bag. 3:46:24 Not fast. Too hot. I wasn't in the best form, but we can forget that for now. I did have the best ever marathon experience. Not the best time. But probably the most enjoyable marathon I've run. Thank you all for your support. Rest and beers now.
ELR strong. Boston Strong

All roads lead to Boston
Back in April 2016 I had one of the best runs of my life - at VMLM, cruising home to a Boston qualifying time of 3:21, just ahead of the 3:25 required for my gender/age.

Yesterday was the climax of that journey, but alas history wasn't to repeat itself. I'm trying to stay positive - 7 marathons in 4 different countries in under 2 years isn't bad, but yesterday was my PW. My qualifier, remains my PB. I have many reasons and excuses, but I'm not going to dwell on those.

So to positives - Boston is an amazing city, unlike the view I had of the States. I wasn't really looking forward to the trip that much. But I am quite surprised at how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. The fellow competitors want to hear yours, and share their stories, the locals go out of their way to high-five us on the subway, and the high regard everyone has towards you for just being here. It's a truly wonderful experience and I am grateful for that. Overall, it's been the best marathon experience I've ever had, so far.

A race report ought to sell you the race. But I have so many experiences, sights, and tales to tell - it would take forever. From the school buses, the volunteers, the people shouting "Jo, No" instead of "JONO", the cries of "yee-haa" (I had no idea they actually still said that), the legendary screaming girls of Wellesley (look it up - but wow!), the generosity of the spectators - handing out their own water, ice and 'popsicles', fruits, spraying water hoses, are just a scratch in the surface of memories I have. There really are so many more. But a special thank you to the guy who looked me in the eye at 20 miles and shouted "you're going to finish the Boston Marathon!"

Boston is an expensive Marathon to enter, but it's very well worth it if you get the chance. I've certainly no regrets. I need to stop and think about my training and race strategies and work on strengthening parts of my body that let me down.

Thank you to all that have given me the support over the year. To those that have repaired, encouraged, guided and put up with me. My ELR club mates are amazing - always there to give that reassuring word of wisdom and encouragement. Thank you all. You're part of best club in the world.
#BeBoston #BostonStrong #ELRStrong

Tom reports:- Boston #4
This time around , I had already decided to take it out slow and treat the race as a training run for London , indeed I posted somewhere in the Weeks prior to the race that I would "not overcook it" as I aim to go under 4 this coming Sunday to complete the set of 6 majors all with a 3 as the first digit. On the morning of the race I could feel the heat on my shoulder as I squeezed into my start corral and before the off knew exactly how the race was going to pan out , through experience. Very much a case of hares and tortoises kind of race. All in all , I had a pleasant stroll of a race , resisted the temptation to increase my pace , even took time out for a toilet break at the foot of Heartbreak and finished strong and more importantly fresh. I will add two things I've have never seen so many walking on the Boston Course (it was hot) before and the other thing being that the race comprised a ratio of 50:50 men and women.
Finishing in 4:04:01 , I would normally be disappointed with , but considering the little effort put in , can't complain.
Really , Really up for London now!
Tom Woods

London Easter 10K Regents Park - Monday 17th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Louis Le Roux44.3450th
Paul Marshall46.26 pb76th
Rachel Le Roux55.42197th
377 finishers

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 15th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sarah Burns23.51 (course pb)26th - 64.50% Millwater, NZ
Mark Boulton16.41 pb2nd - 78.22% Gunpowder
Tina Bennett25.55 debut119th - 59.04% Ormskirk
Shaun DeSena29.57147th - Luton Wardown
Stuart Kelly17.52 pb2nd - 73.04% Hackney
Aaron Browne18.386th - 69.23% Hackney
Robert Rayworth19.1711th - 71.31% Hackney
Manpreet Johal20.4330th - 62.27% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi22.3556th - 57.79% Hackney
Lauren Kelly23.1865th - 63.52% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.476th - 74.89% Roding Valley
Neil Gage20.3711th - 66.21% Roding Valley
Karen Levison19.40 (1st lady)8th - 85.25% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.1912th - 70.88% Valentines
George Georgiou23.2338th - 62.08% Valentines
Craig Livermore24.5755th - 51.70% Valentines
Frank Brownlie25.1861st - 66.27% Valentines
Katherine Harris28.58107th - 51.78% Valentines
Jason Levy33.39169th - 42.45% Valentines
James Wilson17.51 pb2nd - 76.47% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.363rd - 73.92% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux21.13 (course pb)20th - 62.14% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1622nd - 63.24% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench22.12 (1st lady)27th - 77.40% Wanstead
Paul Marshall22.5831st - 56.60% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.0246th - 67.41% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.38 (200th parkrun)66th - 61.38% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.4771st - 62.18% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux25.5372nd - 57.76% Wanstead
Andrea Waller26.4778th - 57.13% Wanstead
Nick Hoult27.4888th - 50.24% Wanstead
Geoff Bench28.1394th - 52.69% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.32103rd - 62.62% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.33104th - 52.48% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.23114th - 53.66% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards33.12148th - 47.39% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.12155th - 46.10% Wanstead
Jan Webb34.18156th - 52.09% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin35.15161st - 45.48% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell45.45181st - 35.41% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.51 debut118th - 68.28% Bury St Edmunds
Stuart Barton26.46 debut165th - 53.80% Bury St Edmunds
Steven Bywater24.54 debut15th - 60.17% Horton
Janet Bywater25.39 debut20th - 66.99% Horton
Fiona Day26.35 debut101st - 71.97% Clair
Tim Aylett25.4552nd - 52.23% Sittingbourne
Shailesh Patel23.1054th - 64.17% Leicester Victoria
Dan Senior18.2918th - 74.39% Shrewsbury
James Nichols19.44 debut14th - 66.13% Maldon
Andrew Howard22.24 debut43rd - 69.20% Bicester
Katie Whitton27.48 (course pb)239th - 53.24% Catton
John Healy22.1567th - 62.25% Dulwich
John Booth17.51 (course pb)6th - 74.32% Southwark
53 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 8 course pb's and 8 debuts.
Two first finishers for Karen at Valentines in 19.40 (85.25%) and Suzanne at Wanstead 22.12 (77.40%). Course pbs for Karen, Mark Boulton 16.41 pb(78.22%), James Wilson (76.47%), John Booth (74.32%), Stuart Kelly, Sarah Burns, Louis leRoux and Katie Whitton. Debuts for ELR's at Bury St Edmunds, Horton Park, Bicester, Maldon, Clair, Ormskirk and Luton Wardown.
Maud did her 200th parkrun.

RunThrough Victoria Park Easter Run -10K - Friday 14th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Billy Rayner35.35 pb5th
Jamie Xavier42.2638th
Andy Kumar42.2939th
Becky Whitwam1.07.47425th now Rueben
450 finishers

RunThrough Victoria Park Easter Run - Half Marathon - Friday 14th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton1.15.03 pb1st
Alex Bee1.22.34 pb8th
Spencer Evans1.26.2613th
Maud Hodson1.50.02144th
Sophie Edwards2.12.43268th
307 finishers

Run Through Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 12th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Lee37.2411th
Ava Lee39.54 pb 1st lady27th
Michael Bamford45.3286th
Louis Le Roux45.4889th
334 finishers.

Run Through Chase The Sun 5km - Wednesday 12th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Rachel Le Roux26.1965th
Diana Rexhepaj28.3592nd
194 finishers

OHagans 5km Fun Run Series, Auckland - Tuesday 11th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sarah Burns23.0144th
76 finishers.
Sarah reports:- Morning. I managed to find a 5km race that's run out of an Irish Pub and the race entry includes a free pint. Plus I was able to moor the boat at the race start. Not as good as a sausage in a bun but for $8 you can't argue and mum's happy spectating with a Guiness. Well done to all the Marafunkers, it looked hot.

Must have been eager for a pint because its her best 5km of the year so far.

Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 9th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
John Booth37.118th
Michael Bamford43.15 pb42nd
Louis Le Roux50.01121st
Rachel Le Roux55.08187th
Diana Rexhepaj59.43246th
347 finishers.

Norwich Half Marathon - Sunday 9th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Diccon Loy1.40.27190th

Brighton Marathon 2017 - Sunday 9th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Simon Thomas3.08.30201st - 66.62%
Janet Bywater3.52.58312th - 63.92%
Dominic Dragonetti4.12.213128th - 47.76%
Laura Kemp4.16.50 pb837th - 50.69%
Dave Knight4.33.364982nd - 48.99%
Robyn Turtle4.48.25 debut2008th - 43.63%
Emma Wing4.55.15 pb2263rd - 42.53%
Maya Goodwin5.28.35 pb3615th - 39.75%
Jason Levy5.30.48
7,744 men, 4,818 ladies.
Maya reports:- A Marathon without Jo Bull.

Gold Target: 5:15
Silver Target: under 5:29:33
Bronze Target: under 6:00

I've made no secret about how displeased I was about doing another marathon. People said I should just back out. But I knew if I did, I'd only have to do another bloody one. Because, as Jo said, when you've run two you get to say 'Marathons? yeah, I've run a few' And you sound like you're properly serious.

I needed to do this to prove to myself that I wasn't a One Hit Wonder and that I could run a marathon that wasn't London, and without my BFF. And so there was no backing out. Get it done Maya. But I got me a brilliant support team. Jo put me up last night and chased me round the course cheering herself hoarse.

And so after a long queue for the loo, I'm in my pen. I spot Jason Levy and Kirsten Hiller spots me. Chatting to them calms my nerves. And finally, after about 45 minutes, the last pen is set free. Right from the off, I struggled. I felt every ache and pain, and I was only doing a really slow and steady 12 min mile. But everything hurt and I couldn't get my head round 26.2 miles. A gentle hill in the first mile and then round Brighton till we hit the front at 6 miles. I'd already walked a couple of times, and was in a right state about how far there was still to go. I just COULDN'T break it down. Even seeing Jo and Sunfit Cranleigh and Steve Bywater at 4 and 5 and 6 miles didn't cheer me. And now we were on the front, it was HOT. Relentless, unforgiving sunshine. I could see everyone going the other way, and watched out for people I knew. Which made my neck ache. (You can see that I was totally humourless about it all, as I normally love spotting people going the other way!)

I walked the ups and ran the downs. I chatted to a couple of strangers, but gave up quickly as I realised I had absolutely NO interest in small talk. I KNOW, right?? Back into Brighton and the crowds. 12 miles and I'm done in. I have no idea what I'm going to do. I want to cry. I can feel my eyes pricking. I spot a lady from Taff's club cheering and I chat to her, and she hugs me. Oh NO. Now I'm really going to cry. I struggle on, trying to get a grip and sort myself out. And then there's Katy Taylor. My SAVIOUR. I complain to her in a non stop barrage of fury for a minute. And then I'm better. My tears have gone, my inner relentless is back, and I know it's going to be tough and hot, but I know I'll get to the end. I see Jo again, and moan to her too, and then I head off into Hove. It was the best part. There were shady parts, and everyone had come out with music and sweets and good cheer.
The Industrial Zone at 20 miles. Jo (who had already seen me 4 times!) was there to keep me company. We walked and chatted a lot, and I cheered up considerably. And then I looked at my watch at 22 miles. Oh. I could get a Silver. I said that to Jo. 'Well then stop faffing about and just GET ON WITH IT.' She said. I laughed, and tried a bit harder. I ran/walked the last 4 miles. They weren't easy, but I did it. 5:28:35. I'll take that. It was tough. It was boiling hot. It was hard work. And I have a PB. And now I have wine and my sofa. Much happier!

Janet Bywater Well it has taken me 12 years to pluck up enough courage to run my 2nd marathon and this time I was on a mission to try and get a 'good for age' time for London. In all the different on the day scenarios that went through my mind when I first signed up, heat wasn't one of them, so the past week I watched the Mercury rising with increased trepidation. But I knew I had done the training and also that I had the support of the best running club in the world, so it was just a case of getting on with it. But gosh, it was hot, hot, hot. I never ever really felt comfortable and my target race time soon went out the window, but I was fortunate to have the wise words of Maud Hodson in my mind of having a gold, silver and bronze target to aim for.
On the course the support from the people of Brighton was totally amazing. I had bought a ELR running vest 10 days ago. Mr Steve Bywater had suggested that I put my name on it, which I was loathe to, but decided to at the last minute. What great advice. The shouts of support from spectators, including, 'go Janet go' 'looking good Janet' and my favourite ' go Janet, you are awesome, do it for the girls' gave me a real boost especially in the tough final stages. I did look like a drowned rat by the end a combination of sweat and chucking water over myself to cool down at every water station. I was pretty much broken by the finish line, the last 2 miles were hellish, but it was definitely worth it and today I just feel so happy to be able to say I have run marathons (thanks Maya). My time of 3:52:58 was between my gold and silver targets, (is that known as a gilver or a sold?); and I think I have the London good for age time, so the next gap between my marathons is likely to be no more than 12 months this time.

Laura Woodhouse Brighton Marathon - Done!!

Marathon number 3 entered on the premise that last year Paris was pretty toasty, so thought I'd treat myself to a marathon in mild British weather, oh the irony!

Maud's bronze, silver and gold advice had spread to me too (thanks Maya) and so I wasn't disheartened at not keeping my planned race pace much further than mile 8. Bronze (4:25 - previous PB), silver (somewhere inbetweeny) and gold (<4).

After stopping at every water stop to drench myself, stuffing my face with jelly babies/peanuts and swearing relentlessly to a point that would make the CoC wince, I crossed the line chuffed with a silver and a PB.

Brighton you were fab! The 125 000 that turned out to cheer on (and look on with bemusement) truly made the day. Running the last 500 metres with the overwhelming cheers of the crowd truly took my breath way, and I had to fight back the tears to not cross the line blubbing. The previous 26 miles had been forgotten and I crossed the line loving running again.

Brighton you may have been hot, but you were damn amazing. If anything you have given me an excuse to enter my fourth marathon and pray for cooler weather.
But for now I'll enjoy the beer. Cheers ELR!!

Robyn Turtle:- My first marathon done and probably not my last.
The support I have received from members of the club has been amazing and I have gained an awful lot of invaluable knowledge during my training.

That was a very tiring run, by mile 10 I realised I was not going to make my target time of 4.30 and decided my next goal was to get around without walking. By mile 16 I had hit a wall and Dave Knight gave me some words of encouragement that really helped. Then seeing family and friends around the Hove area spurred me on, especially a very much welcomed ice pack from my mother in law.

By mile 20 I had managed to pick up my pace and realised that I was going to make it without walking. Lots of water later and holding back the tears many times in that last 6.2 miles I managed to finish in 4.48, which given the heat, I'm quite content with.

The crowd were amazing the whole way round and seeing that finish line was very emotional. I am very proud to join the marathon club, I just need to join the 'marathons' club now!

Jason Levy: Marathon number 22 completed!
Not the time I was aiming for, but it's the finishing that counts. After injuring my back in my last training race I didn't think I'd even make it to the start line this year. It was a last minute decision to run against everyone's sensible advice (other runners will understand what I mean) and I'm glad I gave it a go. The heat on the day didn't help, but the crowd support was amazing. Thank you Brighton! Fingers crossed for marathon number 23 in a few weeks time.

Dave Knight: So here's my Brighton report. It was flipping hot. At various times I thought I was melting. I had visions of finishing the race as a small puddle. At first it was all good. Sunshine, nice breeze and the morale boost from meeting Janet, Robyn, Dominic and Maya in Preston Park for the start. I was in the pink corral and it took about half an hour to get to the start line. The first half went fine - just under 10 minute miling and it was all good but it just got hotter and hotter and I have to confess it was a struggle. It was great to see Laura, Robyn and Emma during the race and I also had some good chats with other runners, one who was running for Syrian refugees and another running for the Bhopal Disaster Appeal. Also saw Steve Bywater who gave me a cheer and my wife and my cousin cheered me on. The crowds were superb but then those last 2 miles. They took forever. I must have cut a desperate picture as I tottered over the finish line. I had to sit down. I looked at my Garmin and it told me I had run 26.83 miles. I had done half a mile more than I needed to. What was that about? It then took an age to get out of the event village. I got a wee bit irritable but I was chuffed that I had fought the heat demons and made it to the finish. I soon had a pint in my hands in the Sidewinder Pub and all was right with the world and that lovely feeling of achievement kicked in. I do have some gripes about the organisation of the Brighton Marathon but it was well worth the effort in the end and I had a lovely weekend by the sea. What's not to like?

Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris - Sunday 9th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Nick Hoult3.50.1911,802nd
Natasha Tweedie4.10.2019,311th
Andy Bolderstone4.40.18 pb29,535th
42,500+ finishers.

Andy Bolderstone Paris Marathon 2017
This is my first visit to Paris and what an introduction. I had really enjoyed my marathon training this time round and was looking forward to the race. Unfortunately I got a cold in the middle of the week which meant my main preparation was a diet of lemsip and then a sleepless Saturday night.
Race day was sunny and hot with virtually no shade. After a few miles I located the 4h15 pacer and ran with him, feeling I wanted to go quicker but was being sensible. The first half was great- Champs Elysses, Place de Concorde, Louvre, Place de la Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes. The first half was completed in 2h04. Everything good. 16th mile - battery died. I think my cold and the heat got to me. There was nothing there. I had ran longer several times in training no problem. Now nothing! River Seine, Eiffel Tower - who cares I just want to get to the Arc de Triomphe and stop. I managed it and got a pb by 5m30 secs.
Paris was great but I wasn't at my best. Already looking towards a ( healthy) London in 13 days!

Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon - Sheffield - Sunday 9th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alex Day1.19.5726th
Kieran Brown1.58.192305th
Fiona Day2.02.262994th

Lee Valley Open Track Meeting - Saturday 8th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maud Hodson17.10100m
Maud Hodson55.60300m
Maud Hodson35.57200m
Don't think I've ever crossed four finish lines in one day before.
After setting off for parkrun on a cool foggy morning, I spent the afternoon in blazing sunshine at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, trying my hand at some sprinting.
First up was the 100m. While at the middle distance evening the tortoises' race was first and the hares went last, here it was the other way round. Lots of hanging around while they fixed a dodgy photo finish camera halfway through the women's heats. Wasn't all that impressed with my time (17.10), but I made myself use starting blocks, and didn't fall flat on my face, so that was a win. Finished last.
For the 300m I ditched the blocks, as most of the runners in my heat weren't using them, and my new friend said they didn't make any difference for him. A bit happier with my performance (55 something). Finished last.
And then the 200m. My new friend was now my coach, and told me to go hard round the bend and try to hold on. He went round to the finish to see round. Finished last in 35.57.
So three last places, but debuts at three distances, and lots of experience gained. Not sure which I like best - the 300m seemed like an awful long way, but was probably my best showing. New friend thinks I should try the 400m. He also says I should get some better shoes - lucky my birthday is coming up...

Spartan Sprint 5.5km OCR - Saturday 8th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens1.01.00 tbc
2.5kg gained on holiday does not lead to prime performance! Spartan Sprint OCR completed this morning in Kent. 5.5km in 1hr01, around 70th place so far (full results to follow). Was cruising quite nicely, beat the monkey bars, rings, 8ft walls, overhang walls, 20m robe climb, tyre carry, double sandbag carry, double log carry..., barbed wire crawls, spider walls and various others, but right at the end missed the spear throw... fail an obstacle and you have to complete 30 burpees, ( burpees suck anyway, so with the finish in sight they mega suck! Get them done, fire jump then lay down and drink coffee!

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 8th April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Saheb Yousefi25.14 debut84th - 51.72% Gateshead
Jonathan Wooldridge20.54 debut17th - 67.86% Pymmes
Stuart Barton26.34 debut47th - 54.20% Pymmes
Sarah Burns26.55 debut40th - 57.15% Millwater NZ
Andrew Howard24.13 debut9th - 64.01% Bevendean Down
Ashley Faria20.187th - 70.91% Valentines
Craig Livermore28.0397th - 45.99% Valentines
Katherine Harris28.13102nd - 53.16% Valentines
Don Bennett56.08 tailrunner230th - 28.09% Valentines
Jamie Xavier21.128th - 64.86% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater43.49 tailrunner83rd - 34.20% Walthamstow
Euan Brown16.322nd - 78.02% Wanstead
Billy Rayner17.15 (course pb)3rd - 75.36% Wanstead
James Wilson18.004th - 75.83% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.467th - 73.27% Wanstead
James Nichols19.1410th - 67.85% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux21.15 (course pb)19th - 62.04% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1720th - 62.73% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench22.03 (1st lady & pb)28th - 77.93% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.12 pb30th - 68.62% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.1331st - 66.62% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.3033rd - 63.04% Wanstead
Gareth Davies22.5737th - 63.25% Wanstead
Chloe Millan23.20 pb44th - 63.43% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill23.56 (course pb) 51st - 67.69% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2072nd - 63.29% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi26.1086th - 57.26% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.22 (199th parkrun)91st - 59.67% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.16126th - 53.87% Wanstead
Claire Emery29.30129th - 54.35% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards30.40144th - 51.30% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell36.59172nd - 43.80% Wanstead
Morag Campbell38.50180th - 40.90% Wanstead
Robert Rayworth19.0919th - 71.80% Hackney
Paul Quinton17.16 debut1st - 77.32% Roding Valley
Dan Gritton18.44 (course pb)2nd - 75.09% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett25.4931st - 52.10% Roding Valley
Thomas Grimes17.381st - 75.24% Grovelands
Shailesh Patel25.0333rd - 59.35% Barking
Mary Connolly25.19 (course pb)37th - 70.57% Barking
Mary OBrien25.19 (course pb)38th - 77.75% Barking
Kieran Brown25.50 debut208th - 61.55% Sheffield Hallam
Fiona Day27.02 debut258th - 70.78% Sheffield Hallam
43 parkruns, 3 first finishers, 9 course pb's , 7 debuts and 2 tail-runners.
Three first finishers were Paul Quinton at Roding Valley in 17.16,Thomas Grimes at Grovelands in 17.38 and Suzanne Bench in 22.03 pb and a 77.93% age grade.
More course pbs from Billy Rayner, Louis le Roux, Lance Fuller, Chloe Millan and Tricia ONeill at Wanstead. Also Mary Connolly and Mary OBrien at Barking and Dan Gritton at Roding Valley.
Among the tourist's were Sarah Burns at Millwater, New Zealand. Also Jonathan & Stuart at Pymmes , Andrew at Bevendean Down and Fiona & Kieran at Sheffield Hallam preparing for there Potteries Half Marathon tomorrow.
Two tail-runners were myself at Valentines and Steve at Walthamstow.
Finally Maud did her 199th parkrun.
Best age grades of the day were Euan 78.2% at Wanstead, Suzanne in 2nd, Mary OBrien with 77.75% and Paul Quinton with 77.32%.

Lee Valley Run Fest Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes1.14.19 pb2nd
Alex Bee1.23.28 pb13th
Spencer Evans1.23.28 pb14th
386 finishers.

Asics Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Senior3.07.35 debut612th
Sean Thomas Casey3.08.13634th
Emily Clarke3.38.532391st
Sheetal Dandgey3.46.03 pb3000th
Judith Vonberg3.48.30 debut3200th
Tanbir Jasimuddin5.13.587825th
8,687 finishers.

Our ELR Runners and friend prior to the race start!

Dan Senior reports:- First ever marathon, first ever race report! Inspired by the heroic efforts of Sheetal and Judith, both in their Facebook reports and on the streets of Greater Manchester, I felt the time was right to share something with the club.

In contrast to the challenges that two of our ladies battled through, I have to be honest and say that I absolutely loved (almost) every minute of my experience up north. I feel like I got lucky on the spin of a runner's roulette wheel and everything pretty much came together, despite a total lack of marathon experience. I did put in some hard yards in East London for three months and so felt in decent shape for 42.2 kilometres (I grew up in Germany, by the way, so love a bit of metric!) but was well aware thats no guarantee of anything on race day.

I actually had no plans to run a marathon at all this year, but it was on a long run (through Epping Forest on New Years Eve) with Grant Conway, Emily Clarke and Judith Anna Vonberg that I heard the girls were doing it and made an almost spur of the moment decision to sign up. At 6ft4 and 14 stone (1.94m and 89kg) I do not have the classic long distance runners physique but, you know, thats never going to change, so I signed up anyway.

And, actually, its being part of a small team of runners (within the wider ELR club) that made Manchester so special. Doing the long training runs with those guys (as well as special cameo appearances from the likes of Robert Rayworth, Paul Anthony and Ellie Wilkinson) and then sharing the experience (good, bad and on Whats App) was just amazing. That and the German beer and sausages that some of us had in the pub afterwards!.

My wife, Holly, was brilliantly supportive, both on the day and in the months beforehand, putting up with what became a bit of an obsession with training, trainers, diet, race preparation and, of course, Strava. And, although I know the London marathon is something else altogether, the Manchester crowds were also amazing. Random people shouting out my name (genius idea, having it on your club vest!), high-fiving little kids and even a church choir turning out to sing.

Despite all this training, preparation and support, I kept thinking all the way through that my wheels were bound to come off somewhere. But I was sticking to my planned pace, water stations and raspberry energy gels (by far my favourite) got to the 20 mile (32k!) marker and felt OK, all things considered. The last few kilometres saw more and more runners either slowing down or stopping, which made me nervous, but I just kind of kept on going with my fingers mentally crossed.

The last 3-4 miles were tough (I gave Holly my best smile and thumbs-up at mile 25, but I think it was more of a grimace and pathetic flap of the hand) but that was no surprise. And then, I had finished. Well under the 3:15 good for age I was secretly hoping for (but telling myself not to be disappointed about missing) and feeling totally over the moon, looking forward to catching up with the others for a sweaty hug and a debrief.
We had different experiences on the day, but I think we have all got something out of the last few months. I certainly feel like I have learned a few things about myself, made some friends along the way and have something that goes straight into my personal Top 20 of life.

Sheetal reports:- So I am a very happy bunny.
Last year I had to pull out of Manchester due to injury when I was at my fastest. This year has been about taking it slow and trying to repress my competitive urge to overtrain. I just thought that if I can sustain my level and not be stupid I could just get my sub 4. It has been an unorthodox training schedule. The only consistent part was my long training runs, which I was running relatively slowly (and would return home with an injury flare) so I was losing hope. Often it meant I couldn't run for a few days after (and concentrate on stretching) in case it made things worse.

I then picked up another injury a few weeks ago in my upper quad which meant I could barely lift my leg! So again, I had to rest for a week. Naturally I just kept moving my goal posts and thought that if I have to stop during the race I can walk or limp the rest of the way and try to come back with a time as close to 4 hours as possible.

Pre race: I had rested for a week and my legs were still feeling extremely tight, which meant I couldn't sleep well, was worried about every little pain I felt, and I was resigned to the fact I may not finish!

Race day: Seeing the other ELRs was great. Emily and I kept each other company until the race started, which meant there were no nerves. I had zero pressure and the weather was perfect. I don't know what happened but I just decided I was going to try and stick with the 3.45 pacer until I got tired (bad race strategy I know- Grant won't be happy!) because I didn't believe my legs were going to hold up. But they did mainly (however, at 7 miles my quad injury came back and was getting progressively worse, so I gave in and popped some paracetamol at halfway). I felt so strong that I had begun my campaign for a negative split which was going well for a mile. At about 20miles, I got a sharp pain in my knee reminiscent of old times which was so painful I had to stop. I stretched it a bit and then this lady on the side of the road (a wizard?) had some sort of magical spray which she sprayed onto my knee and then I attempted to run again. It was still painful so I begun to limp on my right leg. The spectators could see I was in pain and were cheering me on. I realised I was limping at a similar pace! I guess it was the adrenaline and survival mode (my right quad is knackered now!) At mile 25 I went for it and ran my fastest mile. I knew I was going to just miss sub 3.45, but when I had to stop I thought I may have had to pull out, so I can't complain.

The paracetamol has since worn off...

Anyway, I cannot walk properly (am currently in bed) and will probably have to skip running for a good while. But it was worth it! PB by almost 15 minutes.

Sorry for the long read, I am just so happy I am getting my fitness back and the confidence to know that I am capable of more! That's if I haven't permanently damaged something 🤔

Sheets xxx

Judith reports:- - Race report from Manchester Marathon...

Manchester was my first (and quite possibly my last!) marathon. Training was interrupted by a few niggles and some illness but my long runs had gone well and I felt good on race morning. The weather was gorgeous clear skies and a little chilly, but the sun soon warmed us up. I was there with my friend Alex and it was awesome to meet up with fellow ELRs and walk to the start with them. (Loved how Dan Senior with less than ten minutes to go until the start was contemplating popping over to a Costa Coffee for a double espresso! Chilled or what?!) Running over the start line felt epic (mostly because they were playing the Chariots of Fire theme tune.) and I was off. My watch failed to start until about a minute into the race, so I spent most of it trying (and, as my brain became ever more addled, increasingly failing) to calcuate exactly how far I had gone and how fast.

To cut a potentially long story short: miles 1 to 10 = lots of fun; miles 11-18 = not fun at all; miles 18-26 = the opposite of fun. My legs felt strangely heavy from before halfway, my body was not happy with the array of sweets and pretzel sticks Id brought (and carefully tested) for nutrition, and then the horrible nausea and dizziness arrived and just got worse and worse. My pace slowed and slowed and I had no choice but to walk a bit in the last few miles, weaving all over the road. I was cursing horribly (some of you will know how foul my language can get during races) but was determined to get to the finish line and cross it running in a half-decent time. Seeing my boyfriend Peter several times earlier on had given me a massive boost and his cheers at mile 25 spurred me on. I ran the last mile with an amazing man who I know only as Steve. I do not think Id have gone under 3:50 without him. I was totally incoherent, but his encouragement and stubborn refusal to sprint away for the finish and therefore give me an excuse to slow down were just incredible. And he literally picked me up when I collapsed over the finish line. Runners are just wonderful people, aren’t they? And speaking of which, it was super wonderful to see Dan and Emily and Sheetal at the end and congratulate them on their amazing runs. This club really is brilliant.

Long-distance running is a mysterious thing, it seems. Sometimes things do not go to plan and you just do not know why. The time isnt what I wanted. Grant, maybe you can use my splits in future as the perfect example of bad marathon running but the medal I got yesterday is the one Im most proud of.....

Dan, Sean, Judith, Sheetal and Emily show off their medals at the Club Social on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at the Red Lion, Leytonstone.

Oakley 20m - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Carlton DSouza2.27.0993rd
James Nichols2.27.46 pb98th
Shahib Miah Ali2.36.07172nd
John Healy2.46.52261st
George Georgiou3.01.32444th
813 finishers.

Marathon Prep Race, Dorney Lake, Windsor 20m - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Lucy Barron2.59.52 pb125th of 351
351 finishers.

37th Berlin Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Shaun DeSena2.25.4714,149
22,150 finishers.

Brooks Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Antonio Martin Romero1.15.37 pb43rd
2149 finishers.

BHF Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jayne Browne2.10.06655th
938 finishers.
Jayne Browne:- Bournemouth bay half marathon done I think time was 2.10 beautiful sunny day. Good run some hills up the cliffs but also lots of flat along the sea front . Out for dinner tonight with hubby and loving Bournemouth

Croydon Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Bamford1.37.16 pb51st
Katherine Harris1.47.3288th
218 finishers.

Run Through Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Wayne Kelly1.56.51354th

Essex Braintree 5m - Sunday 2nd April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown27.249th
Fiona Critchley40.45 pb212th
Caroline McGirr48.58342nd
440 finishers.

Woodford Green & Essex Ladies Open Graded Meeting , 3000m - Saturday 1st April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown9.16.691st
Patrick Brown9.30.622nd
Paul Quinton9.33.964th

8km Monster Resurrection OCR, Wildwood, Florida - Saturday 1st April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens47.0120th
Josh Stephens 20th of 42. 7th M30 - 34.Elite Wave

Supernova 5km - Saturday 1st April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Robert Rayworth19.058th
Louis Le Roux26.23169th
Rachel Le Roux26.23170th - 56.35%
Stuart Barton26.45198th
Helen McGuinness27.34235th - 56.11%
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera27.34238th
Diana Rexhepaj28,48293rd - 55.56%
Joanna Wood32.29520th
Elizabeth ODonnell32.37 pb527th - 51.76%
Sonia Cheadle32.38528th
Julia Wildgoose33.26571st - 52.24%

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 1st April 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Simon Thomas18.483rd - 69.41% Valentines
Karen Levison20.00 (1st lady)7th - 83.83% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.249th - 70.59% Valentines
Grant Conway22.0023rd - 65.98% Valentines
Katherine Harris24.4362nd - 60.69% Valentines
Mary OBrien26.2890th - 74.37% Valentines
Jason Levy27.50116th - 51.32% Valentines
Thomas Grimes16.59 (course pb)1st - 78.12% Grovelands
James Wilson18.172nd - 74.66% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.363rd - 73.92% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.02 (course pb)12th - 65.81% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux21.3731st - 60.99% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.5336th - 61.01% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench22.17 pb41st - 77.11% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.2943rd - 65.83% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.32 pb44th - 67.60% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone22.58 pb48th - 60.30% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls23.3852nd - 60.01% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.14 (course pb)70th - 66.85% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.5482nd - 64.39% Wanstead
Kieran Brown26.0899th - 60.84% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.09100th - 55.07% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux27.02116th - 55.30% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie27.03117th - 61.98% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.40126th - 57.96% Wanstead
Nick Hoult28.09133rd - 49.62% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.13142nd - 53.96% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.14143rd - 53.82% Wanstead
Fiona Day29.15144th - 65.41% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj29.39149th - 54.64% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi29.50152nd - 50.22% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin36.08186th - 44.37% Wanstead
Janet Bywater22.57 pb68th - 74.87% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi24.1088th - 54.00% Hackney
Mark Boulton17.43 (course pb)2nd - 73.66% Roding Valley
Dan Gritton19.036th - 73.84% Roding Valley
Calvin Bobin21.47 debut74.29% Roding Valley
Rebecca Young23.4927th - 62.21% Royal Tunbridge
John Healy26.58198th - 51.36% Dulwich
Diccon Loy28.3371st - 49.68% Brundall
Jonathan Wooldridge20.45 debut14th - 68.35% Beckton
Ruel Ordonio25.33 debut35th - 54.21% Beckton
Shailesh Patel23.1813th - 63.81% Barking
Andrew Howard23.18 debut24th - 65.95% Clair
Julie Creffield38.53 debut530th - 38.92% Greenpoint, Cape Town
Tim Aylett26.12 debut12th - 51.34% Chadderton
James Nichols19.29 (course pb)17th - 66.98% Highbury Fields
47 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 6 debuts and 9 course pbs. First finish for Karen Levison in 20.00 and 83.83% grade also Thomas Grimes at Grovelands, 44th win but 1st time under 17.00 with 16.59.
Course pbs for Paul Drury-Bradey, Suzanne Bench(77.11%), Lance Fuller, Andy Bolderstone and Tricia ONeill at Wanstead. Also Mark Boulton at Roding and James Nichols at Highbury Fields.Also Janet Bywater(74.87%) at Hackney.
24 ELR at Wanstead Flats.
Julie Creffield does Greenpoint parkrun in Cape Town.
20 members did there best age grade time for 2017 so far.

Some Junior results from 1st April also:
Hattie Healy Dulwich 26.58 course pb 67.18% 3rd parkrun
Zac Conway Valentines 23.22 course pb 60.70% 2nd parkrun
Abigail Hoult Wanstead 28.08 course pb 60.66% 3rd parkrun
Jack Goodwin Wanstead 36.08 course pb 51.75% 5th parkrun

CSAA Capital Challenge 10km Championship - Wednesday 29th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Scott McMillan39.47 pb23rd
182 finishers. Capital Challenge
The Civil Service's Sports Council's Capital Challenge takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with races to suit all abilities (1 mile walk, 3k and 10k run) for both CSSC members.

British Heart Foundation 10km, QEOP - Sunday 26th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier44.35

Portsmouth Duathlon - Sunday 26th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Bamford1.17.2568th of 244.
5k run/t1/15k bike/t2/5k run.

Great Run Local, QEOP - Sunday 26th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Fiona Critchley24.12 (1st lady)2nd - 70% QEOP

Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) - Sunday 26th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Nichols1.52.35190th

Orion 15 (or maybe 14.5m) - Saturday 25th March 2017

Pictures available in Photo Gallery
NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown1.35.337th
Thomas Grimes1.35.478th
Alex Day1.42.3525th
Mark Boulton1.42.4226th
Paul Thompson2.01.00108th
Robert Rayworth2.07.04 pb152nd
Paul Marshall2.09.54165th
John Healy2.12.28174th
Suzanne Bench2.14.56 pb181st
Dominic Dragonetti2.16.29199th
Peter Hatley2.18.12207th
Ramesh Pala2.25.23239th
Kat Maskell2.26.27244th
Maud Hodson2.30.23256th
Grant Conway2.36.19272nd
Jason Levy2.48.18281st
Suzanne Bench:Well surprisingly I really enjoyed the Orion 15 this morning! I particularly enjoyed that it was 14.3 instead of 15 miles as after the first 5 runners everyone else went the wrong way! Beautiful sunshine and forest. Thanks Frank, Maya, Stuart and Jonathan for the support.

Grant Conway: Struggled around yesterday but that's 7 X 15's on the trot along with Patrick. 3 more required for my target of 10 on the trot. Well done all.
Team results:
Men 4th 4.53.55 Patrick, Thomas and Alex.
Ladies 6th 7.11.46 Suzanne, Kat & Maud.
Men Vets 7th 6.20.32 Paul T, Robert and John.
Ladies Vets 5th 7.11.46 Line up same as above.

Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 25th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Putt1.39.1834th

Run Through Velopark 10m, QEOP - Saturday 25th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Tricia ONeill1.25.1115th , 3rd lady, 1st V45

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 25th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Manpreet Johal20.3644th - 62.62% Hackney
Lucy Barron24.12 pb118th - 61.16% Hackney
James Nichols19.47 debut4th - 65.96% Roding Valley
Andrew Howard23.51 debut19th - 64.43% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett27.3143rd - 48.88% Roding Valley
Janet Bywater24.3415th - 69.95% Walthamstow
Craig Livermore25.16 debut136th - 51.06% Mile End
Dan Gritton18.5514th - 74.36% Burgess
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera27.23 (course pb)44th - 55.26% Barking
Stuart Barton28.24 debut86th - 50.70% Brentwood
Stuart Kelly19.102nd - 67.83% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.1710th - 70.99% Valentines
Calvin Bobin21.2924th - 75.33% Valentines
Peter Hatley22.45 (course pb)36th - 60.88% Valentines
Shailesh Patel23.28 with buggy.48th - 63.35% Valentines
Shahib Miah Ali25.1273rd - 51.46% Valentines
Samia Choudhury32.15 (course pb)160th - 45.89% Valentines
Euan Brown17.142nd - 74.85% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.404th - 73.66% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.5810th - 62.88% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.3525th - 67.45% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.5138th - 66.67% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5165th - 74.02% Wanstead
Susannah House26.20 (course pb)71st - 65.25% Wanstead
Alex Jameson28.2499th - 50.70% Wanstead
Caroline Moore29.27109th - 60.67% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar29.57115th - 53.53% Wanstead
Alan Branch30.31117th - 51.37% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.30149th - 45.70% Wanstead
29 parkrunner's this week, numbers down with a few doing the Orion 15. Five course pbs and 4 course debuts. Three pbs in a row for Lucy Barron and Peter Hatley, but Peter went onto to do the Orion 15 at 10am.
Pbs also for Susannah, Alexandra and Samia.
Stuart continues to tourist , this week at Brentwood. James & Andrew at Roding, Craig at Mile End for the other debuts.
Good to see Sharon Springfield at Wanstead wanting to see how her fitness was for the Elvis series this year, not so good she lost her barcode while running over.

Welwyn Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes1.15.172nd

Fleet Pre London Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Mark Boulton1.16.0830th
Paul Quinton1.16.4134th

Brentwood Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Nichols1.28.14 pb92nd
Janet Bywater1.48.20 pb
Steven Bywater1.48.31860th
Katherine Harris1.49.48938th
Jason Levy2.00.071515th

Vitality Reading Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Stuart Kelly1.23.56313th
Sonia Cheadle2.23.197903rd

Where's Wally 10km, Clapham Common - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera1.00.4125th
Helen McGuinness1.01.0829th
117 ladies finishers

Salomon Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Lucy Barron1.52.32721st
Kat Maskell2.07.341509th

Hastings Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dominic Dragonetti1.42.58416th
Sophie Edwards2.20.191, 921st

Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
George Pite1.48.07543rd

Selsdon Half Marathon - Saturday 18th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Kat Maskell2.07.0371st
127 finishers.

Gin Pit Marathon - Saturday 18th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alexandra Brown4.27.4431st, 4th lady
Alexandra reports:- Last year we decided to do a marathon back in our hometown. Since signing up I realised it was on trails, and incorporated something called the bog of doom. The north weather was out in full force with rain and wind to greet us the entire way round.
Maud you would've been in your element - I think only the first 7miles were mud free! For the most part I looked like Bambi on ice in my old road shoes which until the day before they said would be ok, 24hours before they were advising trail shoes. Mine were 200miles away.
I battled round though, with CT and my parents cheering me on every 5miles. Through bogs, puddles, mud, over spilling canals and the ever promised bog of doom. All in all I was happy with it - the last couple of weeks have been difficult and my training was limited so to equal my 1st time I was really happy.

It may be grim up north but it's home

Essex 5km Road Relay Championship, Harwich - Saturday 18th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Euan Brown16.3378.45%, 10th
Patrick Brown16.4278.14%, 12th
Paul Quinton16.5279.55%, 17th
Thomas Grimes16.3480.48%, 11th
Paul Thompson20.0772.25%, 131st
Grant Conway21.5366.41%, 183rd
Jonathan Wooldridge20.4368.62%, 146th
298 runners, Silver medal to ELR

Essex Road Relay report on the Essex Endurance website.

Congratulations to the Mens Team from East london Runners, Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, Paul Quinton and Eaun Brown in winning the Silver Medal.

Ptrick, Thomas, Eaun and Paul with in front, Jonathan Wooldridge, Grant Conway and Paul Thompson our Mens Vet Team in the race.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paula Bedford20.47 pb43rd - 75.14% Hackney
Roisin Archer22.3777th - 66.32% Hackney
Aaron Browne22.3778th - 57.04% Hackney
Sheetal Dandgey23.12 (course pb)95th - 63.79% Hackney
Lucy Barron24.26 pb115th - 60.57% Hackney
Dan Gritton19.292nd - 72.20% Roding Valley
Dan Senior19.291st - 74.86% Valentines
James Nichols20.28 debut6th - 63.76% Valentines
Peter Hatley22.50 (course pb)27th - 60.66% Valentines
Shailesh Patel24.0243rd - 61.86% Valentines
Craig Livermore25.0150th - 51.57% Valentines
Mary OBrien27.2283rd - 71.92% Valentines
Kate Ford31.00 debut131st - 47.80% Valentines
Samia Choudhury39.47 with buggy.207th - 37.20% Valentines
James Wilson18.185th - 74.59% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.466th - 73.27% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.078th - 73.06% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.5611th - 72.83% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2120th - 62.53% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.0939th - 63.93% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.21 (50th parkrun)41st - 65.24% Wanstead
Catherine Brett25.3060th - 66.54% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.4666th - 62.23% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi27.3287th - 54.42% Wanstead
Claire Emery28.50106th - 55.61% Wanstead
Caroline Moore29.29111th - 60.60% Wanstead
Alan Branch30.08117th - 52.32% Wanstead
Morag Campbell1.06.31 (tailrunner)170th - 23.88% Wanstead
John Booth18.166th - 72.63% Mile End
John Healy22.1362nd - 62.34% Dulwich
Andrew Howard23.30 37th - 65.39% Aylesbury
Stuart Barton27.4429th - 51.92% Thurrock
Diccon Loy20.47 debut7th - 68.24% Brundall
Ashley Faria20.35 (course pb)5th - 69.96% Barking
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera28.28 debut52nd - 53.16% Barking
Steven Bywater25.3458.60% Rushmoor
Tricia ONeill25.4216th - 63.04% Falls, Belfast

Jerusalem Winner Half Marathon - Friday 17th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Julie Creffield3.06.00
Wow...what an experience. Jerusalem Half Marathon run in 3 hours 6 minutes, the hills were a killer but the support on the route incredible. Right now get me to the Dead Sea for some relaxation!!!

Dartford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sean Thomas Casey1.30.1630th

Vitality Bath Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Rebecca Young1.41.481,814th
12,428 finishers.

Sprint Distance Duathlon (Draft Legal) Qualifier, Bedford Aerodrome - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paula Bedford1.10.5326th, 4th
Sarah Burns1.11.1128th, 5th
Paula finally beat me. But 4th and 5th respectively wasn't bad. We're just like the Brownlees, well sort of....
5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run.

Paula 20.01, 1.06, 37.20, 0.52, 11.24 = 1.10.53
Sarah 22.59, 0.52, 34.07, 0.33, 12.37 = 1.11.11

Silverstone Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Senior1.24.59 pb103rd
Robert Rayworth1.32.05345th
Andy Bolderstone1.54.22 pb2,230th
Wayne Kelly2.01.553,172nd
Joanna Wood2.31.575,664th
Joanna Wood:- Well that's done then! Not the time I was aiming for unfortunately. A good start but too fast for the first 4miles - I got carried away! Next couple levelled out well and saw my dad at mile 6 which cheered me up but somewhere about 8 miles I tried to dodge a massive puddle and fell - that will teach for trying to be clever and not following everyone else. Ankle hurting and by 10miles my body just didn't want to do any more 😥 But I did and by that stage lots of us in the same boat keeping each other going. I have to say I found it a little lonely and have now realised I love running with the club. I saw Robert Rayworth at the start - of course that didn't last long! No other ELRs 😔 and my running buddy from work was off like a shot. I think it made a real difference to my mindset. But I did it. The last mile I had a lump in my throat partly for not achieving the time I wanted but also the words playing over in my mind from about mile 5's music stand "what have you done today to make you feel proud?'. Well I've done a half marathon and for someone who doesn't really find running easy I feel pretty proud. Onwards and upwards

Andy Bolderstone: Silverstone half marathon report.

This is my fourth time running Silverstone. On reflection I think it is out of nostalgia as this was my first ever race back in 2013. My time then was 2.09.47 .
The race is cheap compared to some events at £23 and had been £18 on my previous 3 races. The traffic getting into the circuit has got worse if anything and less parking areas open. Over an hour to get a few miles at most leaves you quite anxious as there is still a 10-15 min walk to get to the start and baggage drop (where I dropped and cracked my phone in the rush to get in on time).
I found the 1h50 time area which was rammed so no space for even a quick stretch before the off. I wanted to do 8-8.15 miles. The start was good, feeling really relaxed and easy, clocking 7.56, 8.03, 8.01 and 8.13. The next mile or so was still comfortable at 8.20 - this bit was quite technical with lots of sharp bends and drinks stations. Recently I have had a problem on long runs with feeling a bit queasy later on in runs which I seemed to have sorted last week by doing a 15 miler with no drinks, just dextrose tablets every 3 miles. However at 6 miles I decided to have some lucozade sport. This was meant to be prep for London and Paris and surely I will have to drink on those? Soon after I started to feel like I needed to vomit. Lovely! Then it started to play on my mind "oh no, not again!" As I was slowing and my target time was vanishing it was all not going to plan. It all felt very hard which I couldn't understand as this was my shortest weekend run for a long while. By the time I was in mile 13 I was fed up but the thought of not beating my previous pb here was enough motivation to keep me going.

Looking back now I had a pretty eventful week let's say and I only got 3 hours sleep the night before so I should be happy with my pb of 1:54:22 (chip official time). I just felt there was more there, a better time in me. Looking on Strava it was a 10k, 10 mile, 15 k and 20 k pb too so I guess you're thinking I should be happy. I am but as Runners we know ourselves and I know I could have done better.
This year I want to improve all my pb's from parkrun, 10k, half and full marathon. I got a 38 sec pb in my only parkrun this year and a new half marathon pb today. So it's on to Paris on April 9th and a pb of 4.45.12 which I am hoping to put a dent into ( although my goal of 4 hr marathon this year I think is going to be more realistic in autumn). Oh the joys of running - looking forward to track tomorrow 😅

Vitality North London Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier1.38.19777th
Samia Choudhury2.44.13 pb5581st
Ciarán Canavan:- Massive thank you to Lance Fuller, Paul Drury-Bradey, Regis Martin, Amandeep Singh Sangha, Jan Webb, Sandra Hillier, Lucy Barron, paul Marshall, Jonathan Wooldridge, Alexandra Wilkinson, Craig Livermore, Tim Aylett, Liam Dempsey, Alan Branch,Kate Ford, Jennifer Ford, James Nichols, Tina Mascio, Gary Hussain and Ralph Haynes. It took all of us to make a success of the morning.

Finchley 20m - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dominic Dragonetti2.43.19188th
George Pite2.58.28269th
Emma Wing3.36.01363rd
391 finishers.

Surrey Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maran Raju1.38.43 pb656th
3661 finishers.

Retford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Andrew Howard1.36.00 pb204th
951 finishers.

Colchester Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Graham Peacock2.04.391574th
2,657 finishers.

Run The Solar System 10km, QEOP. - Saturday 11th March 2017

464 finishers.

Run The Solar System 10km, QEOP. - Saturday 11th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
David Hallybone

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Aaron Browne19.213rd - 66.67% Valentines
Karen Levison20.03 (1st lady)12th - 83.62% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.13 (course pb)16th - 71.23% Valentines
Grant Conway21.5939th - 66.03% Valentines
Peter Hatley23.10 (course pb)51st - 59.78% Valentines
Shailesh Patel23.2554th - 63.49% Valentines
Jonathan Wooldridge23.2755th - 60.48% Valentines
Frank Brownlie25.1081st - 66.62% Valentines
Ruel Ordonio25.20 (course pb)87th - 54.67% Valentines
Katherine Harris30.21156th - 49.42% Valentines
Jason Levy32.33179th - 43.57% Valentines
Scott McMillan18.5428th - 72.75% Hackney
Lucy Barron24.37 pb132nd - 60.12% Hackney
Kate Ford29.29 debut198th - 50.25% Hackney
Neil Gage20.05 pb4th - 67.97% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett25.32 (course pb)27th - 52.68% Roding Valley
John Booth18.1811th - 72.50% Mile End
Stuart Barton27.22 debut190th - 52.62% Mile End
Shaun DeSena28.35 debut213th - 45.19% Mile End
Maya Goodwin32.36 debut256th - 49.18% Mile End
Jan Webb33.49261st - 52.14% Mile End
James Wilson18.313rd - 73.72% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4512th - 70.72% Wanstead
Dan Senior19.4613th - 69.56% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.08 (course pb)17th - 65.48% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.3224th - 62.00% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench22.37 (1st lady)35th - 75.02% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.5339th - 66.57% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.3655th - 65.85% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.3375th - 61.58% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.27103rd - 58.41% Wanstead
Sarah Burns28.10114th - 54.62% Wanstead
Kieran Brown28.11115th - 56.42% Wanstead
Alex Jameson28.12 (50th parkrun)116th - 51.06% Wanstead
Geoff Bench28.27119th - 52.26% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.33121st - 52.48% Wanstead
Andrew Howard28.50125th - 55.19% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar29.03128th - 55.19% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.16130th - 53.87% Wanstead
Nick Hoult29.29134th - 47.37% Wanstead
Fiona Day31.14157th - 61.26% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.31177th - 45.68% Wanstead
Elizabeth ODonnell37.15185th - 43.49% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards37.16186th - 42.22% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.22 debut19th - 63.34% Sheringham
Louis Le Roux21.52 debut9th - 60.29% Somerset West, SA
Rachel Le Roux28.08 debut43rd - 53.14% Somerset West, SA
Fiona Critchley25.2058th - 66.18% Great Notley
Janet Bywater25.5331st - 66.39% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.2534th - 56.72% Walthamstow
50 parkruns with 23 at Wanstead. Two first finishes from Suzanne Bench (also the 2nd highest age grade at Wanstead)and Karen Levison (20.03 in 83.62%)at Valentines.
50th parkrun for Alex Jameson.
7 course pbs , Lucy Barron (all that mileage paying off), Tim Aylett ( another pb at Roding), Peter Hatley (fresh from his marathon),Paul Drury-Bradey, Ashley Faria, Ruel Ordonio and Neil Gage.
7 debuts , two in South Africa , Rachel & Louis, 3 at Mile End, Felicity at Sheringham and Kate Ford at Hackney. A rare parkrun from Grant Conway.
17 achieved a 5km Age Grade best for 2017. (Lucy, Kate, Karen, Neil, Tim, Ashley, Grant, Peter, Shailesh, Frank, Ruel, Paul, Emmet, Maud, Geoff, Nick and Jan.

MK Festival of Running Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Emma Wing2.13.15 pb882nd

Vodafone Malta Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Peter Hatley3.29.05159th
Jonathan Wooldridge3.33.03180th
829 finishers.

Malta Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Carlton DSouza1.32.23181st
John Healy1.37.28325th
Paul Thompson1.38.01346th
Grant Conway1.47.35719th
George Georgiou1.52.31916th
also Richard Guest.336th 1.37.02.
3,125 finishers.

Malta half marathon done in around 1:38 but times still tbc. Very hot conditions made it tough, but a refreshing dip for some sore feet helped ! Well done to all the Malta ELR team who all ran so well today, particularly Jonathan & Peter in the full marathon. Some well earned beers later I think ! Cheers guys !! Race report to follow.Paul

Grant Race finished. Now to rehydrate!.

Race Report from Jamie Xavier, who stayed at home and provided ground support.

Around December time I got wind of a couple of the guys planning to do a race abroad in 2017...after much deliberation Malta was the choice. Sadly I was unable to join due to family commitments. But was still privy to all communications and meet ups in various public houses to discuss whole thing. Anyway fast forward three months and Mrs Thompson's brilliant research on hotels etc saw the team end up at a hotel 300 metres from finish line. JW and PH were the brave ones to tackle the marathon the others accepted the half challenge. The organisation was halfway pretty decent although there wasn't much of an expo like London where you collected race packs. For the half, the start was a bit narrow but course mainly downhill. Support was okay but only really noticeable at the finish. Plenty of water stops and also Powerade here and there, a big chunky medal and cotton t shirt...

Recommended? JW has done this twice now. Half route bit uninspiring but full marathon bit more scenic around the national stadium and US embassy.

Essex 20 - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes1.56.50 pb11th
Antonio Martin Romero2.00.48 pb23rd
Mark Boulton2.11.5161st
Billy Rayner2.20.4696th
Aaron Browne2.20.4697th
Shahib Miah Ali2.35.50 pb176th
Katherine Harris3.08.10311th
Susannah House3.27.03382nd
Jason Levy3.27.37 pb383rd
417 finishers.
Antonio reports:- Good training for the London marathon today in the championship of Essex, 20 miles (32.2 kms). A lot of rain, cold and strong wind that along with a circuit demanding of slopes to more than one did arise if there was anything better to do on a Sunday morning. First 8 kms to the rhythm of 3'53 ' / km And the remaining 24.2 to 3'43 "- 3'44 " half to finish the 23 of the general of 417 runners with a time of 2 H: 00:48 at an average rate of 3'45 " / km. Very good sensations, finishing with gas in the tank and at a rate faster than the need to make 2 H40' in the marathon.

Thanet 20 mile. - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Suzanne Bench2.56.17104th
Thanet 20:- 20 miles along cliff edge- high winds, hailstones and hills! don't think I'll be visiting Thanet again for a while. Pleased to finish in 2.56:18 unofficial time. Suzanne

Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Kat Maskell2.01.5481st

Eastbourne Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alex Haward1.51.42350th
996 finishers.

Secret Half Marathon in the East - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera2.33.0013th
We got the wrong guy, woops! (Apparently many teams did!) But we were fast as 10 teams started before us and hadn't get back yet so at least we are pleased with our time. And we ran a bit more in the end around 14 miles in about 2.33.00.
Typical ELR, we focused on getting fast as we arrived before 10 teams who left before us but didn't really got a clue of what we were doing as we didn't find the right murderer" Lol!
We were the quickest team in 2h33 mins for the 14 miles !!! If only we had gotten the murderer !!! The first team who won did it in 2h36 mins! No wonders they were so amazed by our time !!!

Maidstone Duathlon - Sunday 5th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Bamford2.45.2021st Standard
Louis Le Roux2.56.5823rd, Standard
Rachel Le Roux1.48.282nd lady, sprint.
9.5k run,t1, 42k bike,t2,3.5k run.
Michael Bamford 45.34, 1.01,1.39.25,1.35,17.34.
Louis Le Roux 45.35, 2.31, 1.42.09,1.51,19.50.

Sprint:- 3k run,27k bike, 3.5k run.
Rachel Le Roux 15.45, 0.21, 1.11.29,0.54,19.57.

Chingford League Relays, Wanstead Flats - Saturday 4th March 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Aaron Browne11.447th
Lance Fuller15.3013th
Paul Marshall12.3413th
Thomas Grimes11.4210th
Maud Hodson16.1630th
Maya Goodwin21.5335th
Rachel Le Roux15.4134th
Louis Le Roux15.2031st
A Team 51.30 , 10th of 38.
B Team 68.50 , 31st of 38.

Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 4th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Lee1.22.386th
Ava Lee1.29.2040th, 2nd lady
Eleanor Wilkinson1.36.31 pb102nd
Nick Hoult1.39.07 pb125th
George Pite1.48.34220th
Lucy Barron1.51.45 pb251st
Robyn Turtle2.00.26 pb350th
510 finishers.
Nick Hoult :- First race as an ELR member (Victoria Park half) and I knocked 2 mins (1.39.07) off my half marathon PB. Must be those Wednesday night runs...Thanks to the club.

Lucy Barron:- Great Half Mara at Victoria Park this morning, although quite tedious running 6 and 1/2 laps I seemed to be on my A game as I managed to knock 7 mins off my previous PB, chuffed is not the word! 1:51:45 I'm over the moon, the thought of a sub 2 hour half once upon a time used to seem impossible and I thank ELR and the friends that I've made over the last 2 years for boosting my confidence and having the faith to help me reach my potential and more! I love my club!!!
Mushy post over

Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 4th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Sheetal Dandgey48.4693rd
365 finishers.

QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 4th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paul Quinton35.352nd
Alex Bee37.59 pb9th
Janet Bywater48.15 pb86th, 1st V45
454 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th March 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Robert Rayworth18.58 pb19th - 72.50% Hackney
James Nichols19.2925th - 66.98% Hackney
Ruel Ordonio27.22159th - 50.61% Hackney
Maya Goodwin33.04228th - 48.49% Hackney
Tim Aylett27.12 (course pb)34th - 49.45% Roding Valley
Rebecca Young25.1050th - 58.87% Royal Tunbridge Wells
Simon Thomas19.052nd - 68.38% Valentines
Karen Levison20.20 (1st lady)11th - 82.46% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.4213th - 69.57% Valentines
Calvin Bobin21.48 (50th parkrun)21st - 74.24% Valentines
Shailesh Patel26.1279th - 56.74% Valentines
Jason Levy30.42145th - 46.20% Valentines
Manpreet Johal24.09 debut53.42% Cannon Hill
Euan Brown16.541st - 76.33% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.242nd - 74.52% Wanstead
James Wilson19.157th - 70.91% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.238th - 70.94% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.0124th - 60.64% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.5232nd - 64.72% Wanstead
Lance Fuller25.0042nd - 64.59% Wanstead
Paul Marshall25.00 (50th parkrun)51st - 52.00% Wanstead
Kieran Brown25.2258th - 62.68% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.4661st - 61.06% Wanstead
Claire Emery26.0869th - 61.35% Wanstead
Tina Bennett27.1483rd - 56.18% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar28.1699th - 56.72% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.19100th - 52.91% Wanstead
Alex Jameson28.35108th - 50.38% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.37109th - 55.10% Wanstead
Catherine Brett29.42117th - 57.13% Wanstead
Elizabeth ODonnell34.04154th - 47.55% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley26.41 debut(100th parkrun)105th - 62.84% Maldon Prom
Stuart Barton28.22 debut146th - 50.76% Maldon Prom
Andrew Howard22.47 debut65th - 67.45% Tilgate
Steven Bywater25.2117th - 59.11%Walthamstow
35 parkruns today, Congratulations to Fiona Critchley (100th parkrun)& 20th different venue and Calvin Bobin and Paul Marshall (50th parkrun). The numbers all aligned for Paul. 5Oth parkrun in 25.00 in 51st place and a 52.00% age grade. Two first finishers, Euan at Wanstead in 16.54 and Karen levison in 20.20 increases her rule on top of the age grade with 82.46%. Course pbs for Robert Rayworth going Sub 19.00 at Hackney and Tim Aylett , another pb at Roding Valley.

Capital Tri Go Tri Duathlon - Tuesday 28th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee1:00:439th (Sprint)
Daniel Lee1:02:0211th (Sprint)
Louis Le Roux36:36 with extra lap3rd (Super Sprint)
Rachel Le Roux37:114th (Super Sprint)
Paul Marshall42:40 with extra lap6th (Super Sprint)
Sprint Duathlon - 3.2k run, 16k bike, 3.2k run.
Super Sprint Duathlon - 1.6k run, 8k bike, 1.6k run.

Gade Valley 17 Mile Training Run - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Michael Wilson2.29.15
Emma Wing2.59.01
A return to Boxmoor for the first time since 2011, for the 17 Mile Gade Valley Training Run. The first 3 Miles is along a muddy, bumpy tow path along the Grand Union Canal, then it is on to the road for the first steep hill, to Mile 4. The scenery in the Hertfordshire countryside is stunning and there is little traffic. The marshals were encouraging and there were the usual water stations and also jelly babies at 14.5 miles. Finally, a return to the tow path inside the final mile - my Strava signalled 17 miles exactly when the marshal at the end signalled the finish by the bridge. Then back to the club house for tea and far too much cake than is healthy. (I needed to make up for calories lost during the run - that's my excuse!). Both Emma and myself finished inside our estimated times. It was tough but rewarding at the end. A 20 Mile version of this run follows in March.
Many thanks to Emma for all the driving today.

Gravesend Cyclopark Marathon Training Event - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Tanbir Jasimuddin2.52.3119th, 25km

St Peter's Way Ultra - Sunday 26th February 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Maud Hodson8.25.1633rd
Maud's report:-
Feeling really disappointed and deflated after the cancellation of the second day of the Essex Indoor Champs, I decided to enter an ultra to cheer myself up. Also, I reckoned if it was soon enough after the Country to Capital I could get away without doing any more training. So this seemed ideal - same sort distance as the C2C, and local enough that I could sleep in my own bed the night before.
The route is the St Peter’s Way long distance footpath from Chipping Ongar to Bradwell-on-Sea. There are way-markers (most of the time), and at each checkpoint we were given a laminated map with written directions on the back. In addition to this I had loaded a GPX file on my phone. It was our own responsibility not to get (too) lost.
I nearly missed the start as I was chatting to a guy that Peter knows from Stuart’s bike club. But it didn’t matter as after only a few metres we were queuing to cross the first of many stiles. The terrain was a real mixture - everything from tarmac pavements to some treacherous ploughed fields, where one careless step could easily lead to a twisted ankle. And the navigation was a little fiddly in places - I made a few small mistakes, largely due to being a bit too ready to rely on others.
What I love about ultras is that for the first few hours everything seems so easy - out in the countryside, exploring new places, making new friends. Companions come and go as the field spreads out, but this time I ended up running most of the way with my new friend Chris from Southend. We seemed very well matched for pace and worked well as a team without saying all that much.
There were four intermediate checkpoints, every 8-10 miles, and there was a good choice of snacks - sweets, fresh fruit, biscuits, salted nuts, bacon, chicken nuggets etc.
When we got to the saltmarshes of Maylandsea I felt quite emotional. The Saltmarsh 75 in 2015 was where it all started for me with ultra-running, and I still look back on that weekend as one of my finest achievements as a runner. The route then took us through the village of Steeple, which was the overnight stop at the Salrmarsh 75.
I still felt pretty reasonable at the final checkpoint just after Steeple, and with just over 8 miles to go felt I had it in the bag. But there was still over an hour of running to do, and with 5 miles a so I suddenly felt very tired, running by myself at this point, and started trying to calculate how much longer it would take to walk the final stretch. But ultra runners are made of sterner stuff than that, so I slurped another gel and plodded on. Shortly after, Chris caught up with me, having taken a snack break earlier on. We ran together for the final stretch on the sea wall - back on Saltmarsh territory and now with the wind howling around us. The route makes a few right-angle turns so we had it from all directions. The Chapel of St Peter-on-the Wall, which marks the finish, is visible for several miles across the desolate landscape, but to beginning we seemed to be running away from it. But then one more left turn, into the wind, back to the right and sprint for home (wasnt having Chris sneaking past).
Peter and Stuart were there to meet me (they only made it as I sprinted for the line - apparently I had got faster and messed up their calculations). Fourth woman home. Must try not to be disappointed by that.
Almost the hardest thing was walking back from the finish to the car park, with the wind square in our faces. Seemed to take forever, and I was so cold when we got there, having been quite comfortable all day in shorts & T shirt. We stopped off for a celebratory drink at the Star Inn in Steeple, which was the overnight HQ for the Saltmarsh 75. All in all a good day out, some very welcome headspace and food for the soul.

Tokyo Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ciaran Canavan3.03.11
Ciaran's Tokyo Race Report:
If I were to describe Tokyo in a single word, it would be 'Mad', but in a good way. From bowing to everyone, for anything, to smoking indoors as you are not allowed to smoke on the street. Drinks vending machines on every corner and knitted seat covers in the taxis. Then there are the lights and advertising. Mayhem!
The Tokyo 'Big sight' for the expo was used as a trial run to learn the metro and mentally log the logistics for navigation to the start of the marathon.
Marathon morning went like clockwork. Alarm, Breakfast, Metro, Tokyo Government Buildings, Gate 1. I'm here, and it's 7:45. 1 hour 25 to go. Loads of time. Then I saw the toilet que. No championship luxury anymore. Time to spend only one last penny, bag drop and rush to the starting block. This haunted me, as I'm kinda used to the 2-10 nervous pit stops before start of any run.
Though still a bit chilly in the shade of the Government Buildings, the morning was perfect for runners, being sunny and still. It positively warmed up once we were off and into the sunshine! Garmin set, go.
The start was crowded. Massively so. I was at jogging pace when my Garmin bleeped 1km after 3:21. I guess the signal was bouncing from pillar to post amongst the sky scrapers. I knew from the off I could not count on my watch. I had to revert to gold old fashioned checking the 'time elapsed' at each KM marker & estimating time to the next to track progress. That only works if you spot the markers of course, which were not draped with balloon arches across the road to spot from miles adrift.
By the 2nd k, the inevitable came calling. I knew I had to give into the urge, but unlike Paula, use the porta-loos. Relief was joyful.
Crowds en route were muted and polite, as you would expect in the wonderfully hospitable Japanese way. More polite clapping than cheers.
The separation of runners for the 10k race began shortly after the 8k mark. I was jealous thinking about how Lance would be nearly finished at this point, but I have another 34k to go. Latter I learnt that Lance had the equal but opposite envy. #marathon.... #next?
By the 16th k, something was screaming at me from my right shoe. It didn't feel like a stone, and my shoe felt tight. The strategy of 'Keep running and block it out it out of mind'' seemed to work.
I had decided to tick off the 5k markers in my head, nearly forgetting after 20k would be the 1/2 way point. It was a relief to pass there in just sub 1:30. My first 2-3 km were behind pace and I had already abandoned hope of passing 1/2 in this time. I guess the aggressive catch up did just that, and caught up with me later on.
20-30k I seemed to stay on track. I always consider the 32k point to be the ELR Water station, but after the 30k mats, the kms seemed further apart and much slower to tick off. Water stations become obstacle courses, and discarding of cups of energy drinks suddenly took on a whole new format. Chuck the unwanted drink in any direction whatsoever, chuck paper cup at ground. London spoils us with bottles with sports caps.
I managed to miss the 35km mats. Well, I mean, I ran over them, but I didn't log this mentally till I saw the 36k sign. That relief was short lived. After 37k began the countdown markers. 5 to go, 4 to go... From here I told myself, "only a parkrun to go", but this was a toughie parkrun, and I haven't brought my barcode!
In the last 5k I was still passing a few, but being passed by more. I could see many casualties, wobblers, hobblers, walkers and stoppers all cramped up and trying to make the finish. I knew by now I was getting slower with every step. My own damage limitation was limited to not walking, so that in itself was my achievement.
The final km was agonisingly long, and the finish itself concealed around one final bend. No massive finish gantry, just two temporary TM2017 towers, one either side of the road & the mats to signal stop running. Job done. Shoes off and I'm walking the finish gantry in my socks. No evidence as yet to the blister lurking on my right foot, but welcome relief to be shoeless.
On finishing, everyone was made to feel like a king. The volunteers all in a row, clapping politely, bowing, congratulating, energy drink, towel over shoulders, bag, water, banana, biscuit, sandwich, more clapping, bowing, then directed to collect the finishers medal.
An experience like no other marathon ever before, but a memorable and enjoyable one throughout. Many new moons will have to appear before I forget my experience in Tokyo. I will definitely plan another trip back, without a marathon attached in order to explore the delights of Tokyo and Japan more fully.

Tokyo Marathon 10km. - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Lance Fuller48.26

Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Mark Boulton1.17.004th
Alex Bee1.24.5527th
Paul Quinton1.24.5528th
Antonio Martin Romero1.24.5629th
Spencer Evans1.26.2632nd
Dan Senior1.27.5339th
Simon Thomas1.28.2945th
Regis Martin1.32.4175th
Shahib Miah Ali1.34.2186th
James Creed1.34.3088th
Robert Rayworth1.35.1693rd
Morgan Francis1.36.32103rd
Emily Clarke1.36.30 pb104th, 5th lady
John Healy1.39.36127th
Judith Vonberg1.40.20133rd, 11th lady
Ashley Faria1.40.24 pb135th
Peter Hatley1.40.34139th
Paul Marshall1.40.43140th
Calvin Bobin1.40.48143rd, 4th v60
Dominic Dragonetti1.41.58150th
David Hallybone1.46.33198th
Maran Raju1.46.52205th
Jakub Czeczotka1.48.20217th
Roger Stubbs1.48.33 pb221st
Sheetal Dandgey1.49.19229th
Ramesh Pala1.49.48232nd
Laura Kemp1.50.21239th
Gareth Jones1.49.35256th
Tricia ONeill1.52.03257th
Ronnie Finch1.52.45271st
Paula Bedford1.53.57282nd
Julie Campbell1.54.36288th, 4th v50
Sarah Burns1.55.58300th
Susannah House2.00.09 pb341st
Wayne Kelly2.00.16344th
Sheila Kennedy2.01.00350th
Kat Maskell2.01.33356th
Joanna Neville2.03.54374th
Rachel Le Roux2.05.10382nd
Fiona Critchley2.13.00424th
Ian Cooper2.13.08426th
Victoria Charlesworth2.12.45427th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera2.19.10 pb456th
Helen McGuinness2.19.16457th
Alison Jones2.26.23493rd
Maya Goodwin2.33.38506th
Joanna Wood2.42.50527th
Sandra Hiller2.42.51528th
Lee Rand2.44.46532nd
Samia Choudhury2.48.41537th
Julie Creffield2.58.13539th
540 Finishers, 51 ELR.

Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Katherine Harris1.44.00 pb1510th
Jason Levy1.56.29 pb3497th
Shaun DeSena2.08.25 pb5197th

Hameldown Hammer - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Andrew Baxter2.00.3522nd of 234 finishers.
No results yet. Finished just outside 2 hours i think. Brutal race with tough climbs and boggy/rough trail up and over Dartmoor that would have been hard in any conditions let alone the gusting 45mph+ ( according to met office) winds we had today. The worst I've ever run in, especially when coupled with driving rain and very limited vis-ability on the high ridges. I'm broken.
Yes truly horrendous and at times I was cursing for not being at a nice flat one like Roding Valley. It was great once over and I'll be back next year if result does come out wrong side of 2 hours (Garmin shows under but was autopausing as so slow up some climbs)! That was bad enough but the wind was like white noise blasting in my ears for the last climb up to and along Hameldown ridge. Couldn't see more than 30-40m ahead so just a case of getting from one marker post to the next until finally descended out of the gloom for mad, mile long downhill charge back into Widecombe

Thorpe Park Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes1.14.20 pb10th
Patrick Brown1.14.42 pb9th
Aaron Browne1.20.03 pb36th

Carsington Water Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alex Day1.23.583rd
Kieran Brown2.02.27128th
Fiona Day2.11.25166th
239 finishers, This brand new half marathon & 10k race takes place around the undulating, traffic-free trails surrounding Carsington Water Reservoir. The route offers stunning views of the Lake and surrounding Peak District countryside and both races are ideal as part of a Spring marathon training schedule

Run Nation Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Elizabeth ODonnell1.13.38171st
175 finishers.

Dash the Splash 10km, Wimbledon Common. - Sunday 26th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jayne Browne1.05.17187th
228 finishers.

Saucony English National Cross Country Championships, Nottingham (12km) - Saturday 25th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Russell Price52.17763rd

Run Through Olympic Park Velo Half Marathon - Saturday 25th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Slipper1.24.196th
Laura Johnston1.58.58120th
194 finishers.

Run Through Olympic Park Velo 10km - Saturday 25th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier43.2714th
203 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes17.481st - 74.53% Grovelands
James Nichols19.37 (course pb)2nd - 66.53% Basildon
Robert Rayworth19.00 pb10th - 72.37% Hackney
Manpreet Johal26.31142nd - 48.65% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi27.11149th - 48.01% Hackney
Shaun DeSena28.52180th - 44.75% Hackney
Stuart Barton29.20184th - 49.09% Hackney
Maya Goodwin32.04215th - 50.00% Hackney
Julie Creffield37.09243rd - 40.74% Hackney
Mary OBrien25.5721st - 75.85% Sligo
Tim Aylett28.23 (course pb)45th - 47.39% Roding Valley
Caroline McGirr28.44 (course pb)48th - 51.86% Roding Valley
Stuart Kelly19.294th - 66.72% Valentines
Shailesh Patel25.3760th - 58.04% Valentines
Kate Ford30.53 debut108th - 47.98% Gunpowder
John Booth18.159th - 72.69% Mile End
Paul Marshall21.40 (course pb)45th - 60.00% Mile End
Janet Bywater25.4120th - 66.90% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater28.0440th - 53.38% Walthamstow
Fiona Critchley25.41 (99th parkrun)71st - 65.28% Great Notley
Jonathan Wooldridge21.42 debut12th - 65.36% Evesham
Patrick Brown17.192nd - 74.88% Wanstead
Dan Senior20.189th - 67.73% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.3412th - 64.10% Wanstead
Scott McMillan21.0617th - 65.17% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.4124th - 61.57% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux21.5126th - 60.34% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas21.5227th - 67.68% Wanstead
Andrew Howard22.0930th - 69.38% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench22.33 pb33rd - 75.24% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.3363rd - 74.89% Wanstead
Claire Emery25.5067th - 62.06% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.3778th - 60.24% Wanstead
Maud Hodson27.4896th - 56.59% Wanstead
Alex Jameson27.5997th - 51.46% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.19101st - 52.91% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.46105th - 54.81% Wanstead
Nick Hoult31.30132nd - 44.34% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards34.16149th - 45.91% Wanstead
Don Bennett35.04158th - 44.96% Wanstead
40 parkruns this week, one first finish this week from Thomas at Grovelands.
6 course pb's and 2 debuts. Course pbs include Suzanne Bench 22.33 (75.24%) moves from 20th to 6th on this year's age grade chart. Robert Rayworth at Hackney with 19.00 (72.37%) 22nd to 15th place. Also Paul Marshall (49th parkrun), James Nichols, Tim Aylett and Caroline McGirr.
99th parkrun for Fiona Critchley, where's the 100 going to be?.
One of the more unusual parkrun results was probably due to a number being entered manually. Susannah McLaren finishing in 955th position of 1006 finishers in 1.00.33 at Century City parkrun in South Africa.

Manawatu Striders Super Sevens, Palmerston North, NZ - 7km - Tuesday 21st February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ciaran Canavan26.46
Lance Fuller33.40
Manawatu Striders Super Sevens. Palmerston North NZ. 7km every Tuesday Evening for 7 weeks. I guess this is the Palmerston North / Manawatu Elvis, but you just time your own run. $3 entry. 2 drinks stations, and a sausage on a slice of bread at the finish.
Lance Fuller 33:40.
Ciarán Canavan 26:46 & a top 10 finish. About 1000 entries.
Well organised, local and a whole fun atmosphere

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Simon Thomas1.27.5575th
1515 finishers.

Hillingdon AC Half Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Emma Wing2.17.08287th
332 finishers.

Seville Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Nichols3.21.08 pb2225th
10,144 finishers.
Seville Marathon Report - 19th February 2017

Every marathon merits a debrief, but Manchester last April especially so for me. In the immediate aftermath it was hard to fathom why I struggled so much in the second half of that race, but over time I realised it was a combination of reasons. Firstly I burned myself out in the main training period with too many hard races and workouts, then I needlessly panicked in the week and day before and the morning of the race (admittedly largely unavoidable) was a disaster. Race strategy was poor too.

With an April marathon always on the agenda in 2017, I decided booking an early season marathon as well would be a good idea. Not only would it motivate me to do the necessary miles in January, but it would be a chance to test a marathon pace that I knew I could execute rather than what I am probably capable of, with the bonus of another race around the corner if things didn't go to plan. Essentially it would act as my longest training run, and with Seville not only being the earliest I could find but also an excuse for a long weekend away, it wasn't a hard decision.

Putting together my training plan (my trusty marathon spreadsheet is now highly technical with a variety of tables and shiny graphs), the main change was to add in many more early morning recovery runs at the expense of a few quicker sessions, and also to reduce the pace of my long runs by 30 seconds per mile. I also had a strength and conditioning session every week. I knew it was working as I felt so much fresher at track sessions and towards the end of long runs, and was able to pick up new 5k and 10k PBs during the training block.

So I felt confident during the taper, even picking up a cold with a week to go was not too disheartening, I had time to recover and if anything it forced me to rest up properly. The humidity in Seville experienced as I picked up my number the afternoon before the race would have been a concern were it not for the early start of the race - in fact it was the opposite problem pre-race as it was very hard to keep warm with the sun only just starting to rise as the starter's gun was fired. It became apparent in those early miles that these were perfect running conditions, a slight breeze providing welcome relief and I was able to ease into a comfortable running pace of about 7:40mins/mile, forcing myself to ease off rather than push on. The course was fairly uninteresting early on so I amused myself at the sight of other runners such as one guy running in flip-flops, a new one that! Reaching halfway in 1hr41 was on plan and I just had to dig in and keep that going. It helped at that stage to split the race into small chunks - ten minutes to the next drink station, ten minutes to the next gel etc. I felt myself flagging slightly with about 8 miles to go so reached for my music first, after another mile enjoyed a strong caffeine gel and then on the next I knew we would be treated to a sponge station which was a reassuring thought. My pace was staying steady and if anything slightly quickened to nearer 7:30mins/mile.

The course was now a lot more interesting too, a trip around the stadium of Real Betis FC followed by a route in the city centre park of Seville and past the cathedral where the noise of the spectators was deafening. The 25th mile was my quickest and I had my only minor setback soon after as my hamstrings started to tighten, but with just a kilometre to go it was simply time to grit my teeth and go for it. Big noise as we dipped into a tunnel through to the Olympic Stadium for a lap of the track to finish. This was the venue for Michael Johnson's 400 metre world record in 1999 and while it was easy to imagine myself in that style as I took a spot in lane two and "sprinted" past a number of weary runners, the reality was probably more Boris Johnson!
03:21:08 was my time, achieving the holy grail of a negative split and a very disciplined and steady run perhaps a couple of minutes quicker than I was targeting. Sub-3:20 will be the aim at London now, maybe even 3:15. It may have taken two years and four marathons but I now feel I have both a training and race strategy that works. Will enjoy the next week or so and then get back to work! Highly recommend Seville if anyone fancies an early season marathon in the future, was well organised and it's a nice flat course.

Wellington Cigna Round The Bays Half Marathon, New Zealand - Sunday 19th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ciaran Canavan1.25.1938th
Lance Fuller1.46.47 debut394th

Chingford League Race 5, Victoria Park - Saturday 18th February 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown26.295th
Paul Quinton27.4615th
Michael Bamford34.3597th
Louis Le Roux34.47100th
Paul Marshall34.48101st
Michael Wilson35.14104th
David Hallybone36.31112th
Maud Hodson38.48134th
Rachel Le Roux42.30155th
Shaun DeSena44.10161st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera44.41165th
Helen McGuinness44.44166th
180 finishers.
ELR Men finish 6th in race 5, 5th overall for series.
Ladies finish 7th in race 5, 5th overall for series.
Patrick Brown finishes 5th Senior Men.
Thomas Grimes finishes 6th Senior Men.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee19.52 (1st lady)17th - 77.01% Victoria, Glasgow.
James Wilson18.065th - 75.41% Wanstead
Michael Bamford21.1117th - 69.63% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.5321st - 61.01% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.30 (1st lady)23rd - 65.78% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.3637th - 67.37% Wanstead
George Georgiou24.02 (50th parkrun)39th - 59.92% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.3466th - 60.35% Wanstead
Maud Hodson27.1774th - 57.67% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.5287th - 57.54% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi28.2296th - 52.51% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.13103rd - 53.96% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.43133rd - 45.42% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards36.39137th - 42.93% Wanstead
Alexandra Wilkinson36.42139th - 43.69% Wanstead
Thomas Grimes17.00 (=course pb)1st - 78.04% Clarisford
Aaron Browne18.272nd - 69.92% Valentines
Stuart Kelly18.46 (course pb)5th - 69.27% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.2213th - 70.13% Valentines
Karen Levison20.30 (1st lady)16th - 81.79% Valentines
Marc Akers22.26 pb27th - 62.70% Valentines
Lauren Kelly23.15 (course pb)38th - 63.66% Valentines
Katherine Harris23.4444th - 63.20% Valentines
Shailesh Patel24.5361st - 59.28% Valentines
Frank Brownlie25.3471st - 65.58% Valentines
Mary OBrien26.0179th - 75.66% Valentines
Jason Levy27.13101st - 52.11% Valentines
Amita Morse31.13158th - 52.43% Valentines
Shahib Miah Ali19.27 debut6th - 66.50% Oak Hill
Steven Bywater25.3619th - 58.53% Walthamstow
Kate Ford32.16 (1st parkrun)55th - 45.92% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater23.09 pb77th - 74.23% Hackney
Saheb Yousefi23.4794th - 54.87% Hackney
Shaun DeSena27.05144th - 47.69% Hackney
Stuart Barton28.40161st - 50.23% Hackney
Manpreet Johal30.30185th - 42.30% Hackney
Maya Goodwin32.02198th - 50.05% Hackney
Gary Tunstall37.34329th - 36.34% Harrogate
Andrew Howard22.53 debut48th - 67.15% Horsham
Tim Aylett28.24 (course pb)56th - 47.36% Roding Valley
Caroline McGirr29.02 (course pb)59th - 51.32% Roding Valley
John Booth18.4718th - 70.63% Mile End
John Healy22.39111th - 61.15% Dulwich
43 parkrun's at 12 venues. 50th parkrun for George Georgiou and a 1st for Kate Ford. Four First Finishes for Felicity, Ava, Thomas & Karen. 7 course pb's and 2 debuts.9 did there debut parkrun of the year.15 did there best age grade of the year.

Middle Distance Evening, Lee Valley - Wednesday 15th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes4.21.17 pb5th, 1500m
Maud Hodson3.08.70 debut800m
Maud Hodson6.38.90 debut10th, 1500m

Run Through QE Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee19.447th, 1st lady
356 finishers.

Sunday XC League, Race 5 - Royston - Final fixture - Sunday 12th February 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes35.413rd
Antonio Martin Romero37.4213th
Doug Mansell56.37229th
Maud Hodson57.42239th
Michael Wilson58.46254th
299 finishers, 111 ladies & 188 men.
Men's team:- 13th of 19.

Cross Country Sunday League Race 5 - Royston.

Numbing cold, snow on the never ending hills and even some mud this year, but I just love this Race!

Thanks to our supporter watching up on the hills - Mariana

Thomas finished the season 3rd Man overall (TBC)
Thomas and Doug completed all five races in the series, Maud, Antonio and myself four races.

Final Placings
Thomas Grimes - 3rd Male overall (trophy winner)
Antonio Martin - Romero 9th Male overall
Doug Mansell - 8th M60
Maud Hodson - 17th FV35

Dursley Dozen - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maya Goodwin3.09.50461st
465 finishers.
Maya reports:- How hard can a race be that takes in your old school cross country route, and the route we all used to walk to our favourite pub in Uni holidays?
My school XC took me 20 mins, and I wasn't the fastest. And a walk to a pub? Well beer makes any climb worth it when you're in your 20's with loads of laughing mates.
Add on another 10 miles and you're coming close. The race starts in the town, downhill for 50 meters and then STEEP UP for another 200. A tough ask, and there were walkers (including me) from about 100 meters. Then off the road and into the hill. Still up, not as steep but a narrow path and muddy. I won't lie, I was delighted with the bottleneck and the chance to gather my thoughts and breath. We undulated to the top and the pack thinned out. A lot.

I could bore you with every hill climb up and every slippery trot downhill, and even now, just a few hours after I've finished, they've merged into one another. Here are the ones I remember.

Past Hilltop House. A house literally clinging to the side of the hill. I could see into their kitchen as we trudged (with purpose, I was still full of purpose at this point of the race) past, and I could see they were making roast dinner. I was contemplating how hungry I was when my Uncle David turned and said
"Hilltop House. Not a very *imaginative* name, is it? How about Slipping Down The Hill House?" That made me laugh.

A slippery slide down to the New Inn. The village is called Waterley Bottom. No really. We *are* in the Cotswolds remember. The run down this hill was terrifying. Now I *know* I'm prone to exaggerate, but this was really really steep, and muddy. I looked at my watch and it said I was doing 25min miles. I guess the speedsters leg it down without touching the ground, but I wasn't. I like my legs attached to me ta.

My family were at the pub to cheer me. I remained steadfastly Uncheered, especially when I turned to look at what I had to get up next. Are you KIDDING. A steep steep STEEP field. I'm told it is 1 in 4. I have literally no idea what that means, I just know it was steep. I grumbled and moaned and crossly got myself to the stile at the top. To which there was ANOTHER massive steep climb. Steep enough to have 4 turns to get you to the top. At the top was a marshal, who cheerfully yelled down to me 'nearly there!' I yelled back 'No I'm NOT!!' And laughed. At least I was laughing again.

And then the PRECIPICE. The clue is in the name, I knew there was a rope to pull yourself up. I imagined a rope like you get stapled to the walls as you walk up steep village streets. My imagination SUCKS.

"Are you kidding me? Why isn't there a button lift here?" (I'm all about a button lift after last week skiing.)
"Sorry love, it's broken down, you should have got here earlier... "

It looked impossible. The people in front of me were almost bent in half at the waist as they pulled up the hill. The marshal said the trick was to keep the rope taut and just keep on going. It was SO tough. Apparently the race leaders even use the rope and pull themselves up. I was glad of the thumb holes in my sleeves. It took what felt like forever, I kept having to stop every three heaves to get my breath back.

And then back onto the top, for another flat mile in the bitter wind and then a mile back into Dursley.
This race was a killer. It took me over three hours, I was hoping to be quicker, given the downhills too, but the mud, and the steep made for slower going. Nothing easy about it, nothing...! I'm really proud of myself for doing it, and it was a really pretty route with brilliant cheerful marshals who made me laugh. And only £13 with chip timing a great tee shirt at the end.

Innovation Victoria Park Half Marathon - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Senior1.26.30 pb12th
Simon Thomas1.28.2514th
Paul Thompson1.35.3626th
Paul Marshall1.39.14 pb38th
Louis Le Roux1.42.19 pb54th
Dominic Dragonetti1.43.5962nd
Suzanne Bench1.44.53 pb65th
Kieran Brown1.47.2875th
Fiona Day2.01.47121st
Rachel Le Roux2.02.18124th
Jayne Browne2.05.37133rd
Kat Maskell2.08.29136th
160 finishers.

Innovation Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Shaun DeSena57.5822nd
Caroline McGirr58.2024th
Geoff Bench59.0825th
34 finishers.

Innovation Victoria Park 5km - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Manpreet Johal21.373rd
16 finishers.

Run Through QEOP 10km - Sunday 12th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier42.0964th
Chloe Millan48.04 pb167th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Mark Kerry21.14 (course debut)41st - 62.48% - Hackney
Sheetal Dandgey24.4095th - 60.00% - Hackney
Shaun DeSena26.55123rd - 47.99% - Hackney
Mark Boulton17.54 (course pb)2nd - 72.91% - Roding Valley
Neil Gage21.08 (course pb)4th - 64.59% - Roding Valley
Sheila Kennedy27.15 (course pb)23rd - 67.34% - Roding Valley
Caroline McGirr29.14 (course debut)31st - 50.97% - Roding Valley
Aaron Browne18.031st - 71.47% - Valentines
Ashley Faria25.3437th - 55.87% - Valentines
Shailesh Patel27.3559th - 53.47% - Valentines
Katherine Harris28.1264th - 53.49% - Valentines
Jason Levy28.1365th - 50.27% - Valentines
Scott McMillan19.586th - 68.86% - Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.34 (1st woman)21st - 65.58% - Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.5631st - 66.43% - Wanstead
George Georgiou24.21 (49th parkrun)33rd - 59.14% - Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.2254th - 59.67% - Wanstead
Fiona Day26.4757th - 71.44% - Wanstead
Claire Emery27.1763rd - 58.77% - Wanstead
Alan Branch28.5081st - 54.68% - Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi30.5196th - 48.57% - Wanstead
Sophie Edwards41.20117th - 38.06% - Wanstead
John Booth17.49 pb3rd - 74.46% - Mile End
Tricia ONeill24.5621st - 64.97% - Falls, Belfast
James Nichols20.47 (course debut)20th - 62.79% - Burgess
Steven Bywater25.4821st - 58.07% - Walthamstow
Janet Bywater29.5246th - 57.53% - Walthamstow
Paul Marshall24.46116th - 52.49% - Southwark
Andrew Howard24.17 (course debut)19th - 63.28% - Doncaster
Also Euan Brown 1st at Wanstead Flats in 17.11.
29 parkruns this morning. 4 course debuts, 4 course pb's and 2 first finishers (Aaron & Felicity). Thanks to Maud for doing the parkrun results this morning.
Twelve 2017 age grade bests from Mark Kerry, Mark Boulton, Neil Gage, Sheila, Caroline McGirr, Aaron, Shailesh, George, Maud, Viktor and John Booth.
Looking at the Mile End results for this morning. 3rd place a course pb by John Booth of 17.49 (74.46%) moves up to 4th place this year, but in first place was Paul Martelletti finished in 14.48 with a 90.20% age grade.
Thanks to all the volunteers this chilly morning.

Ryde 10 - Sunday 5th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jonathan Wooldridge1.12.24 pb131st
Michael Bamford1.15.36178th
461 finishers.

Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 5th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Emma Wing2.18.171460th

London Winter Run 10km - Sunday 5th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Robert Rayworth40.37 pb141st
Jakub Czeczotka47.08 pb1,175
David Wyatt59.206,420th
Sophie Edwards1.10.1210,874th
Elizabeth ODonnell1.10.1210,875th
Julie Creffield1.12.1111,349th
Robert Rayworth:- I am very pleased to announce another PB for the London Winter 10K. Completed in 40:37 Fantastic run really enjoyed it from start to finish. Trying to keep up with Ava on Wednesday night club runs seems to be paying off.

Liz ODonnell:- Top fun at the Winter 10k today. All the practising with the REL/REM on the Sunday runs paid off beautifully and Sophie Edwards did some great pacing for me. Was great to run on closed roads through city of London and get high fived by huskies, polar bears and snowmen on the way round. Really well organised too.

Mud & Madness Obstacle Race 7.5km - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Joshua Stephens44.494th of 318.
About this event

Based in Essex at Stubbers Adventure Centre Mud N Madness is a mud crawling, heart pounding, adrenaline bursting, mind challenging, obstacle crazy event that will push you to your limits.

8 obstacles along a 7.5km route in the cold February winter will get you going across obstacles such as Heartbreak Hill: 1,500m of army style challenges up and down a hill, 800m swim, 1400m trail running, river crossing, an assault course and 4×4 off road mud track.

Essex & Eastern Indoor AA Championships, Lee Valley. 60m - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera10.274th
Maud Hodson10.485th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera:- Spikes were cool, we didnt dare using the starting blocks, tried at the warm-up and we both agreed that we didn't want to fall over right at the start, lol! Next year, we will get proper training from Grant!

Maud Hodson:- I don't think the starter was used to our level of giggling - they should never have put us in adjacent lanes.

Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jason Levy2.03.27168th
212 finishers.

Velopark 10 mile - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Hannah Murphy1.47.1058th
70 finishers.

QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Kat Maskell54.08223rd
385 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes17.512nd - 74.32% Grovelands
Paul Marshall21.36 (course pb)40th - 60.19% Hackney
Steven Bywater23.28 (course pb)67th - 63.85% Hackney
Rebecca Young24.5848th - 59.35% Tunbridge Wells
Calvin Bobin22.5423rd - 70.67% Valentines
Shailesh Patel31.32100th - 46.78% Valentines
Andrew Howard22.50 debut50th - 67.30% Wycombe Rye
John Booth17.576th - 73.91% Mile End
John Healy22.2683rd - 61.74% Dulwich
Fiona Critchley24.3331st - 68.30% Great Notley
Neil Gage22.417th - 60.18% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier24.0713th - 57.01% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater26.30 (1st lady) 19th - 64.84% Walthamstow
Russell Price18.10 (course pb)7th - 71.56% Woodhouse Moor
James Wilson19.025th - 71.72% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.076th - 73.06% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.307th - 70.51% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.1317th - 60.09% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.51 (1st lady)22nd - 64.77% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.2024th - 65.29% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.5631st - 64.28% Wanstead
George Georgiou24.3137th - 58.74% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone24.39 pb41st - 56.19% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.3942nd - 64.50% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.4243rd - 65.59% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.2957th - 72.25% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.1070th - 62.45% Wanstead
Claire Emery27.2774th - 58.41% Wanstead
Andrea Waller28.0484th - 54.51% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.2785th - 55.42% Wanstead
Maud Hodson28.3487th - 55.08% Wanstead
Stuart Barton28.3789th - 50.32% Wanstead
Alex Jameson28.4190th - 49.80% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards31.41105th - 49.29% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.19114th - 45.94% Wanstead
Morag Campbell42.34132nd - 37.31% Wanstead
Patrick Brown19.54 debut30th - 65.16% Sheffield Hallam
Diccon Loy20.2144th - 69.70% Norwich
David Baldwin21.3216th - 61.61% Gunpowder
Tim Aylett28.30 debut81st - 47.19% Gunpowder
40 parkruns today, meaning we have had 101 members do a parkrun by the first week of February. Six done there first parkruns of the year (Bex, Calvin, Shailesh, Russell, Andy and Maud).Nine improved there 2017 best's ( Thomas, Paul, Steve, Fiona C, Sarah, George, Diccon and Tim). 4 course pb's, 3 debuts and two first finisher's. Both Ladies Janet & Felicity.

SOAR Open Event. Lee Valley - Wednesday 1st February 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes4.38.731 Mile,2nd, B race
Patrick Brown9.40.453000m,3rd, C race

Royal Parks Winter Series - Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 29th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Wayne Kelly53.27318th
723 finishers.

SEAA XC Championships, Parliament Hill Fields - Saturday 28th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Maud Hodson43.16376th
Chloe Millan43.36387th
Thomas Grimes56.06144th
Antonio Martin Romero59.40306th
Patrick Brown59.57328th
Mark Boulton59.57329th
Billy Rayner1.02.47468th
Simon Thomas1.05.26579th
Spencer Evans1.06.19609th
Andrew Baxter1.06.28614th
James Nichols1.07.52669th
Shahib Miah Ali1.13.00
Paul Marshall1.16.04980th
Gareth Davies1.18.54989th
Russell Price1.00.55 (2nd claim)371st
Men 15km,
Men's Team 30th 2154pts(6 to score)
1068 finishers under 1.30.00.
Ladies 8km
574 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 28th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown17.212nd - 74.74% Hackney
Manpreet Johal21.06 (50th parkrun)30th - 61.14% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.28102nd - 58.12% Hackney
Shaun DeSena25.28126th - 47.84% Hackney
Maya Goodwin32.11190th - 49.82% Hackney
Stuart Barton32.12191st - 44.72% Hackney
Julie Creffield35.40208th - 42.43% Hackney
John Booth17.544th - 74.12% Southwark
Aaron Browne19.39 debut2nd - 69.17% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett30.12 (course pb)73rd - 44.54% Roding Valley
Andrew Howard24.0929th - 63.63% Royal Tunbridge
Robert Rayworth19.31 (course pb)14th - 70.45% Mile End
Paul Marshall22.5567th - 56.73% Mile End
Ashley Faria20.366th - 69.34% Valentines
Marc Akers22.42 pb15th - 61.97% Valentines
Maran Raju22.4818th - 65.72% Valentines
Jason Levy25.0738th - 56.47% Valentines
Joanna Wood30.16102nd - 51.21% Valentines
Jonathan Wooldridge41.32157th - 34.15% Valentines
Diccon Loy20.3656th - 68.85% Norwich
Janet Bywater25.0320th - 68.60% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.2523rd - 58.95% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan19.085th - 71.86% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.0410th - 69.60% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.0820th - 60.32% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.0629th - 68.83% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.1830th - 65.38% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.4654th - 73.22% Wanstead
George Georgiou26.2364th - 54.58% Wanstead
Andrea Waller27.0271st - 56.60% Wanstead
Alex Jameson27.4086th - 51.63% Wanstead
Jane Niewczasinski28.0788th - 56.49% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.3993rd - 55.03% Wanstead
Caroline Moore29.41103rd - 60.19% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar30.11109th - 53.12% Wanstead
Anita Lomax31.41119th - 50.60% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi32.04127th - 46.73% Wanstead
Sonia Cheadle32.24 (1st parkrun)129th - 48.20% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards32.37131st - 47.88% Wanstead
Don Bennett34.39139th - 45.50% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell40.31152nd - 39.98% Wanstead
Morag Campbell41.49154th - 37.98% Wanstead
Kat Maskell26.2121st - 56.93% Hackney

Great Local Run QEOP 5km - Sunday 22nd January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jane Niewczasinski29.008th - 54.2%

Folksworth 15m - Sunday 22nd January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Marc Akers2.15.08286th
378 finishers.

Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 22nd January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Ava Lee40.27 pb55th, 2nd lady, 1st V35
394 finishers.
Ava:- It's been nearly 2 years since I last raced 10k. Now I realise why I've been avoiding it...that hurt! Lung busting run at Victoria Park this morning. 2nd lady in approx 40mins 30secs....a shiny pb on a beautiful winter morning. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend runs in the sun.

Windsor Winter Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Aaron Browne1.23.088th
Roisin Archer1.34.2945th (4th Lady)

Run Through Finsbury Park 10km - Sunday 22nd January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Jamie Xavier42.3124th

Orion's - The Mercury 10 mile - Saturday 21st January 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes1.02.241st
Patrick Brown1.05.136th
Paul Thompson1.22.5442nd
Sarah Burns1.48.0388th
Dominic Dragonetti1.27.5054th
Fiona Critchley1.35.3975th
Janet Bywater1.36.1576th
Doug Mansell1.40.2681st
Jayne Browne1.58.4590th
Julie Campbell1.41.0183rd
Sarah Lockley2.34.0094th
Emma Wing2.06.1493rd

The 34th Box Hill fell race - Saturday 21st January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Russell Price1.09.4562nd
Maud Hodson1.39.45230th
Box Hill Fell Race - a brief report by Maud.
After last week's ultra, a nice little 12K in the Surrey countryside. With the small matter of over 2000 feet of ascent.
We lined up behind a large, icy puddle, and the race director told us that he expected his first-aiders to be busy.
The uphills were steep enough and long enough that even walking up them left us winded. Add in some vertiginous downhills that even a kamikaze descender like myself had to treat with respect. And the views, when it was safe to look up from the ground to enjoy them, were breathtaking.
Because the surface was mostly pretty tricky, I looked at my watch much less than usual. I achieved my two objectives, which were to stay on my feet and get to the finish line. Russell told me afterwards the winner had crossed the line covered in blood after a fall.
My only complaint was there were no refreshments at race HQ. I was gasping for a cup of tea, never mind a bacon butty. In spite of that, I would thoroughly recommend this race, but you have to be quick as it sold out in a few hours this year.
257 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Mark Boulton18.17 debut (50th parkrun)1st - 71.38% Roding Valley
Dan Gritton18.55 debut2nd - 74.36% Roding Valley
David Baldwin20.50 (course pb)7th - 63.68% Roding Valley
Jakub Czeczotka24.04 debut27th - 54.78% Roding Valley
James Wilson18.364th - 73.39% Wanstead
Scott McMillan18.395th - 73.73% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.397th - 71.08% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.2315th - 64.68% Wanstead
Paul Marshall21.4823rd - 59.63% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.5526th - 60.91% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.1028th - 66.77% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux22.2030th - 59.03% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.0537th - 65.99% Wanstead
Tricia ONeill24.20 debut56th - 66.58% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.2285th - 64.35% Wanstead
Paula Bedford26.2988th - 58.53% Wanstead
Claire Emery26.2989th - 60.54% Wanstead
Jane Niewczasinski27.26101st57.90% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.53108th - 56.55% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell36.54158th - 43.90% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards36.55159th - 42.30% Wanstead
Stuart Kelly18.04 pb6th - 71.96% Hackney
Manpreet Johal21.08 (49th parkrun)30th - 61.04% Hackney
Laura Kemp23.11 pb63rd - 63.84% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.00104th - 59.20% Hackney
Stuart Barton27.18138th - 52.75% Hackney
Dan Senior18.19 (course pb)4th - 75.07% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.17 (course pb)11th - 70.42% Valentines
Katherine Harris26.3762nd - 56.36% Valentines
Robyn Turtle27.4982nd - 53.21% Valentines
Jason Levy29.57116th - 47.36% Valentines
Steven Bywater24.3126th - 60.64% Walthamstow
John Booth18.055th - 73.36% Mile End
Robert Rayworth19.4421st - 69.68% Mile End
Charlotte Tuzzio27.44 (1st parkrun)198th - 53.37% Mile End
Jan Webb35.33281st - 49.60% Mile End
Sally Faulkner35.34282nd - 42.31% Mile End
Shaun DeSena27.41205th - 46.66% Braunstone
James Nichols22.2010th - 58.43% Brentwood
Andrew Howard23.59 debut96th - 64.07% Tonbridge
Mark Kerry36.11 (1st parkrun)266th - 36.67% Cassiobury
41 parkruns, 1 first finisher for Mark Boulton on his 50th parkrun. Two first parkruns for Charlotte Tuzzio and Mark Kerry.29 parkruns were the best so far this year due to the firm frozen ground. Best age grade of the day, 75.07% was to Dan Senior.

Run Through Greenwich Park 10km - Sunday 15th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Laura Kemp49.55 pb106th
Lucy Barron52.29146th
356 finishers.

Benfleet 15m - Sunday 15th January 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Antonio Martin Romero1.36.16 (1.40.28) pb9th
Jennifer Ansell1.49.44 (1.52.51) pb41st, (2nd lady)
Regis Martin1.52.2250th
James Creed2.00.06 pb98th
Carlton DSouza2.00.39 (2.02.40) pb100th
Jonathan Wooldridge2.03.12 (2.07.38) pb122nd
John Healy2.10.10171st
Dominic Dragonetti2.12.21 (2.14.43)186th
Suzanne Bench2.14.59 pb205th
Janet Bywater2.20.52 pb267th
Susannah House2.31.28352nd
Fiona Critchley2.31.43 (2.30.55)355th
Dave Knight2.41.36 (2.41.59)427th
564 finishers.(last year in brackets)

Congratulations to Jennifer Ansell of ELR who finished 2nd in the Benfleet 15 this year after being 3rd in 2016.

Jenny after receiving her race prize!

Sunday League Fixture 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford - Sunday 15th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Thomas Grimes35.236th
Paul Marshall46.18168th
Doug Mansell53.34281st
Maud Hodson56.57317th
240 men/ 146 Results from Sunday League Fixture 4 at Cassiobury Park, Watford.

A cold and rainy morning made for very muddy conditions in Cassiobury Park. Run over a distance of Approx 5.5 miles, the course leads out to the woods and then the runners complete two laps before heading back to the finish. Well done to Maud who remarkably had also run in the Country to Capital Ultra the previous day. Another great finish from Thomas, who along with Doug maintains a 100% attendance record
this season. One more fixture left which is at Royston on 12th February. The best four results from five count at the end of the series.

Report to follow.

Thomas missing from photo again. Maybe we'll catch him at Royston!

Country To Capital 45 miles - Saturday 14th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Dan Gritton6.12.0827th, 6th Vet 40+ Men
Maud Hodson8.18.47208th, 7th Vet 40+ Ladies
312 finishers.

Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 14th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Spencer Evans37.43 pb7th
James Nichols39.20 pb10th
Laura Johnston54.41170th

Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 14th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Paula Bedford1.43.10 pb173rd
Sarah Burns1.50.31285th
Katherine Harris1.51.10295th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th January 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Andrew Howard22.54 (250th parkrun)33rd - 67.10% Wanstead
Simon Thomas19.28 debut11th - 67.04% Roding Valley
David Baldwin21.14 debut22nd - 62.48% Roding Valley
Morgan Francis21.28 debut23rd - 61.80% Roding Valley
Paul Marshall21.50 debut26th - 59.54% Roding Valley
Jonathan Wooldridge21.54 debut27th - 64.76% Roding Valley
Neil Gage22.24 debut32nd - 60.94% Roding Valley
Emily Clarke22.46 debut39th - 65.15% Roding Valley
Fiona Critchley24.56 debut68th - 67.25% Roding Valley
Ruel Ordonio26.56 debut99th - 51.42% Roding Valley
Sheila Kennedy27.46 debut110th - 66.09% Roding Valley
Stuart Barton28.33 debut129th - 50.44% Roding Valley
Caroline Moore28.55 debut131st - 61.79% Roding Valley
Tim Aylett32.15 debut158th - 41.71% Roding Valley
Maya Goodwin33.42 debut177th - 47.58% Roding Valley
Daniel Slipper19.165th - 71.89% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.3010th - 69.97% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.0418th - 66.30% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.0829th - 60.32% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.2230th - 66.17% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.0636th - 65.95% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.1980th - 64.47% Wanstead
Alex Jameson27.1195th - 52.54% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.14109th - 55.84% Wanstead
Sandra Hiller30.14125th - 59.87% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi30.54133rd - 48.11% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar31.41138th - 50.60% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards38.31173rd - 40.55% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell38.46174th - 41.79% Wanstead
Dan Senior18.312nd - 74.26% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.234th - 70.07% Valentines
Jason Levy26.1747th - 53.96% Valentines
Mary OBrien26.4552nd - 73.58% Valentines
Jamie Xavier21.158th - 64.71% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.1525th - 58.88% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater25.3727th - 67.08% Walthamstow
Laura Kemp23.39 debut69th - 62.58% Hackney
Sheetal Dandgey23.52 (course pb)72nd - 62.01% Hackney
Tina Bennett25.31 pb112th - 59.96% Hackney
Manpreet Johal33.36223rd - 38.39% Hackney
John Booth19.0216th - 69.70% Mile End
Robert Rayworth20.2637th - 67.29% Mile End
Thomas Grimes18.161st - 72.63% Grovelands
John Healy21.5967th - 63.00% Dulwich
Amy Boorn25.25 (course pb)171st - 58.23% Ashton Court
Peter Hatley25.43 debut181st - 53.86% Ashton Court
Kieran Brown23.06 debut68th - 68.83% Southsea
Fiona Day25.26 debut136th - 74.18% Southsea
Michael Bamford22.2625th - 65.75% Medina IOW
Claire Emery28.58 (course pb)57th - 55.35% Brandon CP
50 run's at 12 venues. One first finisher, Thomas at Grovelands. Congratulations to Andrew Howard on his 250th run. Roding Valley parkrun has it's 1st event in Loughton.

Mince Pie's Revenge Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 8th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Daniel Lee48.5715th of 88
Ava Lee50.2820th/ 1st lady
Sarah Burns52.3226th/ 3rd lady
Paula Bedford53.2131st/ 4th lady
Graham Peacock57.3855th of 88
Jason Levy59.1563rd of 88
2 mile run/10 mile cycle/1 mile run.
DL 6.05:6.54/13.00/2.54:2.48:2.47:2.47:2.50:2.51:2.52:2.50:2.56:3.47/29.28/6.28/
AL 6.22:7.08/13.30/3.04:2.54:2.53:2.52:2.57:2.52:2.51:2.54:2.57:3.53/30.11/6.46/
SB 7.25:8.12/15.37/2.50:2.51:2.48:2.45:2.45;2.46;2.46;2.47;2.45;3.58/29.06/7.48/
PB 6.37;7.42/14.20/3.06;3.01;3.04;3.01;3.05;3.06;3.05;3.12;3.03;4.06/31.53/7.08/
GP 7.24;9.20/16.45/3.14;3.06;3.07;3.12;3.08;3.05;3.11;3.10;3.08;4.49/33.15/7.37/
JL 8.18;9.07/17.25/3.23;3.06;3.11;3.08;3.12;3.12;3.16;3.19;3.24;4.16/33.31/8.19/

Essex Cross Country Championships, Claybury - Saturday 7th January 2017

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NameTimePositionGender Position
Eleanor Wilkinson39.2946th
Sarah Burns41.5861st
Fiona Critchley42.5767th
Chloe Millan43.0970th
Claire Emery44.3380th
Maud Hodson45.0782nd
Julie Campbell46.3594th
Susannah House47.0796th
Jane Niewczasinski50.20116th
Diana Rexhepaj50.33119th
Caroline Moore51.02122nd
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera51.38125th
Sonia Cheadle57.33140th
Joanna Wood58.42141st
Sarah Lockley58.45142nd
Elizabeth O'Donnell60.01143rd
Thomas Grimes41.1918th
Mark Boulton42.5238th
Patrick Brown42.5539th
Billy Rayner44.1857th
Dan Gritton46.1176th
Dan Senior46.3781st
Spencer Evans47.2892nd
Ciaran Canavan48.12100th
Scott McMillan48.29105th
Andrew Baxter49.56122nd
Gareth Davies53.00143rd
Jonathan Wooldridge55.47160th
Paul Marshall56.10162nd
Lance Fuller56.39165th
John Healy56.55168th
Grant Conway57.28170th
Carlton DSouza58.10171st
Richard Potter61.08176th
Jason Levy66.35179th
144 ladies, 186 men.
Ladies team A 14TH, B 16TH,C 27TH,D 29TH.
Men's team A 7TH, B 19TH, C 24TH.
Jo Wood Well what do you know? For someone who prior to joining the club absolutely refused to do hills and mud was an offensive word I feel pretty chuffed to have completed my first 5mile XC race (it also completes my Jontastic target for this week!).
A work in progress most definitely but made all the easier with cheering and support from club members. However I did have a few tears in my eyes when I took my sock off and half my heel came with it 😭. Track night will be a hobble but worth it! Thanks guys

East London Runners Photographic video montage of today's race - vimeo.com/198490589

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
James Wilson19.241st - 70.36% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.35 (100th parkrun)2nd - 71.32% Wanstead
Daniel Slipper19.403rd - 70.42% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.22 (50th parkrun)23rd - 59.69% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.4126th - 65.25% Wanstead
Lance Fuller22.5228th - 66.62% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.5329th - 69.48% Wanstead
Paul Marshall23.2834th - 55.40% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.4839th - 71.29% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux24.50 44th - 53.09% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.4554th - 73.27% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.4164th - 63.59% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux27.02 (50th parkrun)73rd - 55.30% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.4380th - 56.89% Wanstead
Andrea Waller27.4481st - 55.17% Wanstead
Stuart Barton28.1892nd - 50.88% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar30.28108th - 52.63% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.03129th - 48.51% Wanstead
Aaron Browne18.361st - 69.35% Valentines
Ashley Faria20.274th - 69.85% Valentines
Roisin Archer20.56 (1st lady)6th - 71.66% Valentines
Marc Akers22.5821st - 61.25% Valentines
Peter Hatley24.4129th - 56.11% Valentines
Katherine Harris27.5175th - 53.86% Valentines
Patrick Brown18.101st - 71.38% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier21.499th - 63.03% Walthamstow
Emily Clarke22.5617th - 64.68% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.0629th - 59.23% Walthamstow
Janet Bywater25.4634th - 66.69% Walthamstow
John Booth18.387th - 71.20% Mile End
Robert Rayworth19.58 debut16th - 68.86% Mile End
Sally Faulkner39.31287th - 38.09% Mile End
Andrew Howard24.21 debut51st - 63.11% Maidenhead
Amy Boorn26.27 debut194th - 55.95% Ashton Court
James Nichols19.06 (course pb)10th - 68.32% Hackney
Manpreet Johal20.3423rd - 62.72% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.57125th - 57.03% Hackney
37 parkruns, 4 first finishers and 3 debuts. First finisher places for Aaron & Roisin at Valentines, James Wilson at Wanstead and Patrick Brown at Walthamstow.
Ciaran did his 100th parkrun and Rachel LeRoux and Emmett Fitzgibbon both reached 50 parkruns. Ciaran, Lance, Paul & Patrick all went to Claybury afterwards to do the cross country.
Maya brought along son, Jack (152nd 36.23)on his birthday and husband Peter (153rd 36.31).

parkrun - all venues - Sunday 1st January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
Patrick Brown18.131st* - 71.18% Wanstead
Alex Day18.51 (50th parkrun)3rd* - 69.58% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.2511th* - 68.41% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.46 with buggy.13th - 66.21% Wanstead
Paul Drury-Bradey20.4915th - 63.33% Wanstead
Dominic Dragonetti21.34 (course pb)20th* - 62.83% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4521st* - 65.21% Wanstead
John Healy22.2628th* - 61.74% Wanstead
Andrew Howard22.4531st* - 67.55% Wanstead
Lance Fuller23.4450th* - 64.19% Wanstead
Louis Le Roux23.4551st* - 55.51% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.3563rd - 64.68% Wanstead
Sarah Burns24.3564th* - 62.24% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.0671st - 67.60% Wanstead
Steven Bywater25.3174th* - 58.26% Wanstead
Janet Bywater25.32 (course pb)75th* - 67.30% Wanstead
Jakub Czeczotka25.5984th* - 50.74% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.1287th - 72.01% Wanstead
Jason Levy26.2994th* - 53.56% Wanstead
Susannah House26.35 debut97th - 64.64% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux27.49107th* - 53.74% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.26112th - 55.45% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.46115th* - 61.30% Wanstead
Geoff Bench29.20124th - 50.68% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.44126th - 52.52% Wanstead
Sandra Hiller31.05134th - 58.23% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi34.23149th - 43.24% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.512nd* - 72.64% Hackney
Alex Day18.576th* - 69.22% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan19.11 (99th parkrun)8th* - 72.81% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge22.2644th* - 63.22% Hackney
Louis Le Roux23.22 debut56th* - 56.42% Hackney
John Healy23.42 debut58th* - 58.44% Hackney
Lance Fuller24.2162nd* - 62.56% Hackney
Chloe Millan24.24 debut63rd - 60.66% Hackney
Billy Rayner24.2564th - 53.11% Hackney
Steven Bywater24.3769th* - 60.39% Hackney
Janet Bywater25.15 (course pb)78th* - 68.05% Hackney
Ruel Ordonio25.2680th - 54.46% Hackney
Sarah Burns25.2881st* - 60.08% Hackney
Paula Bedford25.2982nd - 60.82% Hackney
Rachel Le Roux27.23 debut 49th101st* - 54.60% Hackney
Caroline Moore28.14103rd* - 62.46% Hackney
Don Bennett31.50127th - 49.11% Hackney
Ashley Faria20.3612th - 69.34% Valentines
Dominic Dragonetti22.0328th* - 61.45% Valentines
Manjit Singh22.0829th - 62.58% Valentines
Andrew Howard22.40 (248th parkrun)39th* - 67.69% Valentines
Jakub Czeczotka24.57 (course pb)67th* - 52.84% Valentines
Jason Levy26.4089th* - 53.19% Valentines
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera28.06 (course pb)108th - 53.86% Valentines
Tim Aylett32.57164th - 40.82% Valentines
Fiona Critchley24.50 debut146th* - 67.52% Hove
Fiona Critchley26.46 debut217th* - 62.64th Brighton
Marc Akers24.14 debut65th* - 58.05% Huntingdon
Marc Akers25.43 debut43rd* - 54.70% March
Katherine Harris24.5882nd - 60.08% Whitstable
Manpreet Johal22.43 debut53rd - 56.79% Peckham Rye
Mary OBrien25.17 (course pb)51st - 77.85% Johnstown, Wexford
59 parkruns to start the year, 27 at Wanstead. Then 17 at Hackney (12 doubling up) and 8 at Valentines (4 doubling up). With Fiona Critchley and Marc Akers also doing the double, meant 18* ran two parkruns. Alex Day did his 50th and we'll soon have Andrew Howard (248), Ciaran (99) & Rachel(49) reaching there milestones.
Seven course pbs with Janet having course pbs at both venues and 10 made a course debut. Straight to the top of the Age Grade Chart for 2017 is Mary O'Brien with 77.85% with Ciaran, Patrick and Fiona next.

Serpentine New Years Day 10km - Sunday 1st January 2017

NameTimePositionGender Position
John Booth36.34 pb30th
Russell Price37.0938th
George Georgiou48.25217th
530 finishers.