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Results July-Dec 2015



San Silvestre Chipionera 6km, Spain - Tuesday 29th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero20.2115th
Antonio reports:- Second race in Spain in the last 3 days after coming back from Granada this morning. "San Silvestre Chipionera", a 6k race in a flat course close to the coast in South Spain, Chipiona (Cadiz) done in 20'21'' and 15th overall, pleased with that after feeling really tired the whole day. First runner did the 6K in 18'18''....!!

Ilford AC 10 mile XC - Race for Kev - Monday 28th December 2015

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NameTimePosition
Mark Boulton65.165th
Sheetal Dandgey
Regis Martin74.4422nd
Scott McMillan75.5225th
Ciaran Canavan76.4926th
James Nichols77.3228th
James Creed78.1130th
Paul Thompson81.2037th
Spencer Evans82.5242nd
John Healy84.2652nd
Grant Conway84.4553rd
Dominic Dragonetti86.3860th
Ashley Faria88.1663rd
Tom Woods88.2464th
Sarah Burns89.1770th
Ramesh Pala90.4077th
Natasha Tweedie94.0482nd
Maud Hodson95.0084th
Tricia O'Neill98.2587th
Fiona Day102.4797th
Caroline Moore108.39109th
Ninette Fernandes112.17116th
Maya Goodwin125.08126th
Maya Goodwin
"This is the maddest thing I've ever done!"

I said that to a lot of people this morning. Most people in fact. I mean, I knew what was coming. I knew about the mud and the hills, from when I did The Old Lady Race last year. But I'd also forgotten about the mud and the hills. The total madness of them both.

It was an out and back race, with a loop at each end. Three laps. Which meant there was just LOADS of opportunity to see everyone. And everyone was just so cheerful. Even Scott, who's mantra I won't put in print here as I've been warned by Frank before about my language, but it had perfect pace and rhythm and made me laugh as he lapped me on the hill.

Maud, after we yelled at each other, a Dagenham 88 runner overtook me saying 'you East London Runners are the loudest!' He's not wrong.

Louise, your Eaton Manor cheer squad at the top of the first hill made me laugh. I honestly, genuinely thought they meant me. 'G'WON THE MANOR!' It really sounds like 'G'WON the MAYA!' I told them as I passed, and they were ace and cheered me every time I passed them. More reasons to laugh.

The horses. Did you all see the horses? Bet we all REALLY annoyed them! Slow people coming from behind, speedy muddy men racing towards them at full pelt. Bet they don't normally have such drama on their Sunday morning hack.

I did find the last lap tough. I've never done more than 5 miles in proper cross country before. I totally underestimated how tired your legs get. And my core. Grant, you'll be delighted to know I could hear you 'I told you so'ing from about mile 6! I just felt dog tired, even running the downs felt difficult. But it was so pretty, I couldn't stay despondent, and then I caught the homeward bound marshals! They were lovely. Bouncy and cheerful and full of grins. Thank you marshals. And best of all, I made it home before they did. Phew.

One slice of cake left, and a medal from one of my virtual running group -

San Silvestre Jerezana 7.6km - Sunday 27th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero26.54 tbc9th tbc

parkrun - all venues Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Aaron Browne18.371st - 69.29% Barking
James Wilson19.274th - 69.67% Wanstead
Regis Martin19.487th - 70.54% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.098th - 67.74% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.1311th - 67.87% Wanstead
Steven Bywater24.43 (debut & 3000th finisher)29th - 59.68% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.38 (150th parkrun)37th - 60.92% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3846th - 69.84% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.5848th - 57.48% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.1258th - 55.44% Wanstead
Caroline Moore31.11 (with Harvey)74th - 55.85% Wanstead
Don Bennett32.3278th - 47.64% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.5479th - 48.28% Wanstead
Katy Taylor38.5790th - 39.50% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.454th - 65.32% Hackney
David Wyatt27.3041st - 58.85% Hackney
Sarah Burns31.5456th - 47.65% Hackney
Paula Bedford31.5557th - 48.20% Hackney
Stuart Barton26.4182nd - 53.53% Kesgrave
Jonathan Wooldridge21.04 (course pb)6th - 66.77% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.5611th - 64.67% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.0314th - 63.49% Valentine
George Georgiou24.1930th - 58.74% Valentine
James Nichols22.057th - 58.87% Brentwood
Daisy Cross26.4534th - 55.33% Great Cornard
Claire Emery32.3774th - 48.70% Lyme Park
Dan Spinks20.346th - 66.86% Northala Fields
One First Finisher only, but a terrific lone front run from Aaron Browne of 18.37 to equal his 2014 best at Barking too the second.
East London Runner's reached the 3000th run milestone at Wanstead Flats with Steve Bywater making his debut at Wanstead after staying away for 91 run's elsewhere. He became the 150th ELR on the list and our 3000th finisher.
Maud also completed her 150th run to become 3001st finisher.
Another course pb for Jonathan Wooldridge at Valentines raising his total in December to 2 pb's and course pb's at Hackney, Barking and Valentine's.

Christmas Day parkrun - Barking (except where noted) - Friday 25th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Jonathan Wooldridge20.30 (course pb)12th - 68.62%
Ashley Faria21.18 (course pb)22nd - 66.59%
Dominic Dragonetti21.2823rd - 62.66%
Shailesh Patel21.46 (course pb)25th - 67.23%
Maran Raju21.48 (course pb)26th - 68.20%
Stuart Barton26.13 (course pb)85th - 54.48%
Maud Hodson28.02 (course pb with camel)96th - 55.71%
Don Bennett29.32 (course pb)115th - 52.48%
Dan Spinks20.13 (course pb)21st - 68.01% Northala Fields
John Healy21.3038th - 63.95% Dulwich
Eight runner's at Barking, seven came away with parkrun course pb's although a few have run the course faster in ELVIS competitions. The odd one out was Dominic who missed a course pb by 4 seconds. A fine turnout of 155 up from last years 118 runners.
Elsewhere Dan Spinks ran 20.13 to do his best time of the year at Northala Fields.

Christmas Run - Wednesday 23rd December 2015

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Greenwich 10km - Sunday 20th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Dominic Dragonetti47.0678th
Katherine Harris50.17148th
554 finishers.

Torrington Christmas Caper (approx 9.5 miles) - Sunday 20th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Claire Parker1.25.42 pb80th
Sarah Burns1.42.10142nd
228 finishers. Sarah reports:- Claire and I ran just shy of 10 miles, up hills, down hills, and through mud and water up to our thighs. And were handsomely rewarded with Christmas Pudding and clotted cream. Claire was fast and I was slow but we made it. — at Torrington Rugby Club.

Sikh's in the City Dawn to Dusk Ultra - Sunday 20th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Maud Hodson7.46.057th, 3rd lady , 35 laps
Paul Quinton1.22.501st - 11 laps
Tricia O'Neill2.01.543rd lady , 11 laps
Diana Rexhepaj2.28.1511 laps

Chingford League - Event 4 of 6 - Jubilee Park hosted by Eton Manor - Saturday 19th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price32.0117th
Spencer Evans34.2738th
Ciaran Canavan34.5845th
Grant Conway39.0584th
Dominic Dragonetti39.1887th
Christopher Sohail42.08111th
Iain Mackie43.46119th
Sarah Burns44.02121st
Fiona Day44.23124th
Alexandra Turnbull45.39132nd
Christian Turnbull46.46137th
Caroline Moore48.38143rd
152 runners, 96 men and 52 ladies.
Men's team were 5th and 4th overall.
Ladies team were

Lee Valley, Velodrome Event - Saturday 19th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamie Xavier46.4928th - 10km
Ava Lee1.07.496th, 2nd lady - 10mile
Katherine Harris1.34.1047th - 10 miles
Jason Levy1.34.1148th - 10 miles

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.201st - 76.06% Clarisford
John Healy20.59 (course pb)38th - 65.53% Dulwich
Samuel Browne18.132nd - 70.81% Wanstead
Russell Price18.153rd - 71.05% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.527th - 68.71% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter20.5510th - 68.84% Wanstead
Peter Hatley21.1813th - 64.55% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.51 (1st lady)17th - 64.77% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield23.4422nd - 65.31% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4339th - 64.42% Wanstead
Maud Hodson27.2450th - 57.00% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.2752nd - 56.47% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.2461st - 60.50% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.2381st - 50.61% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.0786th - 49.46% Wanstead
John Booth18.266th - 71.52% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge20.29 pb19th - 68.67% Hackney
Shailesh Patel22.2743rd - 65.18% Hackney
David Wyatt27.2782nd - 58.96% Hackney
Shaun DeSena29.1796th - 44.05% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.134th - 76.67% Southwark
Ashley Faria21.3211th - 65.87% Valentine
James Creed23.5125th - 55.63% Valentine
Maran Raju24.0931st - 61.56% Valentine
Amita Morse27.3560th - 58.73% Valentine
Steven Bywater26.3117th - 55.63% Walthamstow
Stuart Barton25.2571st - 56.20% Kesgrave

Cooper Test - Track session - Ashtons - Monday 14th December 2015

Ellie 2850 / 2850
Grant Conway 2900
Spencer Evans 3260 / 3160
Alex Bee 3260 ( pacing Spencer)/ 3490
Maud Hodson 2700
Judith Vonberg 2700
Sheetal Dee 2700
Karen Levison 3050
Peter Hatley 3100
John Paul Healy 2950
Iain Mackie 2800
Alan 2300
Vicky Nutt ?2300
Katie Buranska 2600
Jason Levy 2650
Adrian 2100
Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs 2200
Stuart Barton 2400
Caroline Moore 2450
Fiona Day 2600
Jennifer Ansell 3250
Maya Goodwin 2100
Frank Brownlie 2400
Chris 2680
Maran Raju 2880

Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 13th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Eleanor Wilkinson44.13 pb
Katherine Harris46.46227th

Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 13th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper18.485th
487 finishers.

Royal Parks 10km Winter Series, Regents Park - Sunday 13th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero35.58 pb6th
Antonio reports:- Over the moon with my time at the Royal Parks Winter Series at Regent's Park, PB. Managed to keep a consistent pace and overtake runners during the whole race. Official time: 10K in 35'58'' at 3'36'' per km and 6th overall out of 700 runners. Over a year ago I did Kingston 10K in almost 41' meaning I have improved 34'' per km. Good feelings for the London Marathon 2016! Next two races in Spain!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.511st - 73.86% Grovelands
John Booth18.15 (course pb)6th - 72.24% Mile End
Craig Livermore20.38 (course pb) 17th - 62.52% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge20.46 pb18th - 67.74% Hackney
Shailesh Patel20.53 (course pb)19th - 70.07% Hackney
Claire Parker22.3231st - 65.68% Hackney
David Wyatt27.5876th - 57.87% Hackney
Stuart Kelly18.556th - 68.55% Valentine
Spencer Evans18.56 (course pb)7th - 68.13% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3818th - 65.56% Valentine
Jason Levy28.3371st - 49.27% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan40.21120th - 35.40% Valentine
Dominic Dragonetti21.5413th - 61.42% Barking
Steven Bywater25.5515th - 56.91% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley26.3622nd - 51.69% Walthamstow
Patrick Brown19.043rd - 67.83% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.515th - 68.77% Wanstead
Rebecca Young23.1521st - 63.66% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.3925th - 62.58% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2532nd - 63.96% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.4635th - 57.67% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1939th - 72.14% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.4739th - 72.14% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.0742nd - 60.82% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3644th - 58.27% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0649th - 57.20% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.2076th - 49.12% Wanstead
Russell Price18.159th - 71.05% Brockwell
John Healy21.30 (course pb)45th - 63.45% Brockwell
Dan Spinks20.236th - 67.46% Northala Fields
One First Finisher this week was Thomas at Grovelands. Craig's first time at Hackney but he paced Jonathan and Shailesh to course pb's and best age grades of 2015. Best age grade also for John Booth at Mile End. Course pbs also for Spencer at Valentine's and John Healy at Brockwell.
12 runners at Wanstead brought us to 2,982 runs at Wanstead Flats, soon to reach the 3000 mark.

Christmas Party - Thursday 10th December 2015

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Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 6th December 2015

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NameTimePosition
Spencer Evans1.32.38 pb97th
Carlton D'Souza1.37.30183rd
Jonathan Wooldridge1.37.59 pb199th
Grant Conway1.44.30310th
Shahib Miah Ali1.44.31311th
Paula Bedford1.48.12400th
Sarah Burns1.48.13399th
Steven Bywater1.51.38475th
Katrina Dixon2.09.43815th
1,010 finishers.




Bromham Pudding Run 10km - Sunday 6th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Caroline Moore53.45223rd
415 finishers.

Sunday XC League - Event 3 - Willian, Herts. (5.4miles aprox) - Sunday 6th December 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.265th
Jon Brombley30.2121st
Russell Price30.3525th
Peter Craik33.5596th
Iain Mackie37.28177th
Tricia O'Neill41.18276th
Helen Harris41.21278th
Maud Hodson42.18292nd
Frank Brownlie 42.48298th
Doug Mansell42.56302nd
Daisy Cross43.32311th
Sandra Corbyn45.01339th
Emma Hobbs54.15393rd

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Winter Seriespark - Saturday 5th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper39.4930th
Dominic Dragonetti45.18114th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th December 2015

NameTimePosition
Samuel Browne18.251st - 70.05% Wanstead
James Wilson18.372nd - 72.78% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.524th - 68.71% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.018th - 68.52% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.1610th - 65.13% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.00 (1st lady/50th)13th - 67.27% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey23.5924th - 61.71% Wanstead
Sarah Burns24.1826th - 62.55% Wanstead
Tim Aylett25.1331st - 52.94% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.1632nd - 62.86% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.0940th - 59.72% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley26.2945th - 62.56% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.4146th - 69.71% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.5458th - 55.56% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell36.0686th - 44.41% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.247th - 66.28% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.1320th - 63.03% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan27.2650th - 52.07% Valentine
Steven Bywater28.2132nd - 52.03% Walthamstow
Katherine Harris23.3233rd - 63.53% Hackney
Jason Levy23.4134th - 59.39% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.4345th - 57.79% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.4160th - 55.47% Hackney
Shaun DeSena27.4366th - 46.54% Hackney
David Wyatt28.1470th - 57.32% Hackney
Maya Goodwin31.1787th - 50.77% Hackney
Two first finisher's at Wanstead Flats. Both for the first time with Sam Browne (18.25) and Claire Parker, her 50th parkrun in 22.00. James Wilson was second for 4th consecutive weeks. Tim Aylett his first time at Wanstead.
This brings ELR to 149 runners and 2,970 runs at Wanstead Flats.

La Rochelle Marathon - Sunday 29th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton2.59.14

Edgemead Classic 10km, Cape Town, SA - Saturday 28th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton35.58

Fraternity Cup, Trent Park - Saturday 28th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.526th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.511st - 73.86% Grovelands
Spencer Evans19.014th - 67.84% Barking
Antonio Martin Romero17.273rd - 73.93% Hackney
Mark Boulton17.374th - 73.60% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.10 (course pb)49th - 59.10% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.4363rd - 57.55% Hackney
Craig Livermore20.31 (course pb)2nd - 62.88% Valentine
James Creed21.10 (course pb)4th - 62.68% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.256th - 66.23% Valentine
Jason Levy24.0417th - 58.45% Valentine
Maran Raju24.4923rd - 59.91% Valentine
Amita Morse27.2243rd - 59.20% Valentine
James Wilson19.072nd - 70.88% Wanstead
Regis Martin19.454th - 70.72% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.585th - 68.36% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge22.41 (50th parkrun)24th - 62.01% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel22..41 (50th parkrun)25th - 64.51% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.59 (1st lady)33rd - 61.71% Wanstead
Iain Mackie24.0735th - 53.49% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5741st - 62.59% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4046th - 64.55% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.4548th - 61.68% Wanstead
Sandra Corbyn25.55 (1st parkrun)49th - 63.15% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 26.2354th - 62.98% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5759th - 62.21% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.4963rd - 55.72% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena29.0879th - 44.28% Wanstead
Claire Emery30.5689th - 51.35% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose32.42100th - 53.26% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.20103rd - 47.65% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.0657th - 67.69% York
Dominic Dragonetti21.5941st - 61.18% Finsbury

Sunday XC League - Event 2 - Trent Park - Sunday 22nd November 2015

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NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell32.1276th - 2nd
Claire Parker37.12192nd - 23rd
Tricia O'Neill42.00340th - 77th
Maud Hodson42.14344th - 79th
Sandra Corbyn43.41381st 100th
Emma Hobbs55.24484th 168th
Maya Goodwin55.31486th 170th
Thomas Grimes28.459th
Antonio Martin Romero29.5925th
Jon Brombley31.0645th
Dan Gritton31.3054th - 53rd
Russell Price31.3458th - 56th
Paul Thompson35.30150th 138th
Jonathan Wooldridge37.55220th 186th
Dominic Dragonetti38.02224th 189th
Iain Mackie38.44245th 205th
Stuart Barton42.57364th 274th
Doug Mansell43.28374th 278th
Peter Craik44.13 x lap390th 285th
Frank Brownlie 44.32397th 288th
495 finishers, 176 ladies and 319 men.

City of Norwich Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd November 2015

NameTimePosition
David Baldwin1.37.22324th
Diccon Loy1.37.02327th

Rodings Rally (five points) - Saturday 21st - 22nd November 2015

NameTimePosition
Edward Barnard1st team
On Saturday evening an ELR reunion of Edward Barnard from Epping, Jimmy Hartwell from Bristol and Matt Jones now living in Kent, they were taking part in this years Roding Rally (5 point competition). After finishing 3rd in 2012 and 2014 , they did slightly better this year. WINNERS!
Also Claire Emery and family took part in the 5 point competition.
The Intrepid Trio of Edward, Jimmy and Matt were appropriately dressed for their overnight challenge! Rodings Rally is an all night orienteering-style / map reading competition that takes place in Epping Forest. The Rally follows a route through Epping Forest along a variety of paths, tracks and trackless scrub.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st November 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price19.048th - 68.01% Wimbledon
Sarah Burns23.1531st - 65.38% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.44143rd - 55.36% Milton Keynes
Ashley Faria21.406th - 65.46% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.437th - 67.38% Valentine
Dominic Dragonetti22.3412th - 59.60% Valentine
Jason Levy24.2628th - 57.57% Valentine
Steven Bywater27.0519th - 54.46% Walthamstow
James Wilson19.022nd - 71.19% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.145th - 70.10% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.266th - 66.26% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.31 (49th parkrun)13th - 65.73% Wanstead
Katherine Harris24.3919th - 60.65% Wanstead
Claire Emery25.3723rd - 62.17% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.3924th - 55.69% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.5425th - 60.30% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.4029th - 58.13% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone27.0731st - 50.71% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.0637th - 55.16% Wanstead
Don Bennett33.3650th - 46.13% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.44 (course pb)26th - 64.38% Great Notley
Kieran Brown24.0936th - 65.29% Hove Promenade
Fiona Day24.4039th - 75.41% Hove Promenade
Dan Spinks21.455th - 63.22% Beckton
Elizabeth O'Donnell37.1258th - 43.10% Wanstead

Brooks Brighton 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Harris47.04

Valencia Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Carlton D'Souza3.17.19 pb2315th
Richard Guest3.49.267128th

St Neots Half Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
John Healy1.38.27 pb257th - 61.3%

Para's 10, Colchester - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Wayne Kelly1.31.00

Vitality WestRun 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Gritton37.1937th
Thomas Glasock37.2438th
Katherine Gardner48.47
Steven Bywater50.40

After Adoption 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
David Wyatt59.37205th
310 finishers.

Patrick O'Dea 5km Road Race - Sunday 15th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Paula Bedford21.1539th
Sarah Burns21.3542nd

London Cross Country Championships, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 14th November 2015

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NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell25.2520th
Eleanor Wilkinson29.23113th
Celia Payaneeandee30.06130th
Rebecca Young31.07144th
Sheetal Dandgey32.59160th
Gemma Foxall33.16163rd
Lucy Barron33.43170th
Sandra Corbyn33.55173rd
Gina Radford36.07186th
Caroline Moore37.41194th
Emma Hobbs43.17201st
Maya Goodwin43.26202nd
Thomas Grimes36.3931st
Patrick Brown38.0156th
Mark Boulton39.2991st
Russell Price39.3092nd
Antonio Martin Romero40.08107th
James Nichols42.50191st
Aaron Browne44.05214th
Spencer Evans44.49231st
Ciaran Canavan46.03257th
Peter Hatley48.39295th
Grant Conway49.28302nd
Craig Livermore50.34313th
Ramesh Pala50.34
Christian Turnbull59.34349th
Dan Spinks45.43 (2nd claim)255th
Maya's report:- Today was the first time I ever had to come to terms with the possibility of coming last in a race. Actually dead last. Parliament Hill. I did it last year. It was tough then. Muddy, hilly, chilly. I was about 4 from the back. Never in last place.
This year it was muddy, hilly, rainy, chilly, scratch that, freezing. Bloody freezing. And icy cold rain that steadily got worse. But, you know, 6k. How hard can it be?

Very. From the off I was at the very back. Just a few steps behind the lovely Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs but at the back nonetheless. About halfway round the first lap I wanted to walk. I also wanted to cry. I'm used to being at the back, but I'm never actually LAST. I thought of Julie's blog about being last and how it's ok. But it didn't feel it. It felt rubbish. And I felt defeated. The gap between me and Emma was growing.
After about 2.5k (so only about 20 mins, but it felt like about an hour) I realised I was gaining on Emma slightly. That cheered me up a bit. Then I clocked Emma overtake a girl in black. I hadn't seen her before. I thought she must be a casual runner, not a racer. And then there was Grant! Now I know this is silly, but I was sort of embarrassed. He'd waited to cheer us all through, and there was me. Last. Sigh. But then his grin really cheered me. 'Come on Maya, you're a legend you know!' Those words lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe. And then he caught my eye, cocked his head to the girl in black, who was closer now, and mouthed 'go on'. So she was racing too!

I overtook her. And then... NOT LAST!
The next lap wasn't easy at all. But I felt so much more spirited. Emma and I ran it together and we got to the end. Hurray. And thank you Alexandra Brown for stopping me from walking in the last 100m, how lame would that have been!

Anyway. I'm not sure where I'm really going with this. It feels wrong to be so pleased to beat the girl in black and leaving my 'I hate being last' demons with her. But what I did decide was that in that cold and rain, only the most hardcore would be brave enough. Which makes me hardcore. Me and the girl in black too. And that'll do just fine.

Men's Team 11th out of 24.
Womens Team 17th out of 20.
353 Men and 203 Women finished.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th November 2015

NameTimePosition
James Wilson18.242nd - 73.64% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.424th - 69.29% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4824th - 62.18% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone25.50 (1st parkrun)40th - 53.23% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.0344th - 71.40% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3748th - 58.23% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0250th - 57.34% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.4656th - 60.38% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar28.0157th - 56.69% Wanstead
Claire Emery30.2271st - 52.31% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.19 (course pb)26th - 65.99% Hackney
Shailesh Patel21.4233rd - 67.43% Hackney
Ashley Faria21.3010th - 65.97% Valentines
Jason Levy25.0833rd - 67.43% Valentines
Dominic Dragonetti21.4023rd - 62.08% Southwark
Stuart Barton23.37 (course pb)54th - 60.48% Kesgrave

Run In The Dark 10km, BatterseaPark - Wednesday 11th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Eleanor Wilkinson44.39 pb110th , 16h lady
Gina Radford55.09626th, 210th lady
Gemma Foxall55.09

Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Mile - Sunday 8th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes56.134th
Paul Quinton59.3617th
Antonio Martin Romero59.42 pb18th
Ciaran Canavan1.05.1052nd
James Creed1.08.4880th
Spencer Evans1.09.2383rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.15.41160th
Maud Hodson1.22.11 pb238th

Bexhill Poppy Half Marathon - Saturday 7th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Harris1.48.00185th
Jason Levy1.59.06367th

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 7th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper40.1119th

Loughton AC Vets Inter Club Race 5 miles - Saturday 7th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Thompson34.074th
John Healy35.467th
Ramesh Pala37.3010th
Grant Conway38.2614th
Team came 2nd place.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes18.081st - 72.70% Grovelands
Mark Boulton17.262nd - 74.38% Hackney
Claire Parker21.0427th - 70.25% Hackney
Samuel Browne18.182nd - 70.49% Wanstead
James Wilson19.065th - 70.94% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.187th - 67.24% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.51 (1st lady)19th - 64.77% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.1626th - 60.99% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.19 (50th parkrun)35th - 66.23% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.2537th - 56.20% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.4942nd - 60.49% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5449th - 62.33% Wanstead
Sarah Burns27.1051st - 55.95% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.26 (100th parkrun)57th - 56.50% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.1366th - 53.05% Wanstead
Fiona Day29.1467th - 63.63% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar29.1468th - 54.33% Wanstead
Caroline Moore30.4674th - 56.61% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.4978th - 49.92% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.2085th - 47.20% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose33.5187th - 51.45% Wanstead
Emma Hobbs35.30 (1st parkrun)91st - 42.39% Wanstead
James Nichols20.294th - 63.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.3019th - 57.84% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.4710th - 65.11% Valentine
Amita Morse27.3261st - 58.84% Valentine
Dan Gritton18.153rd - 75.89% Southwark
Shailesh Patel21.5753rd - 66.67% Braunstone
Fiona Critchley25.5344th - 64.01% Great Notley
Dominic Dragonetti21.4940th - 61.65% Highbury Fields

Chingford League - Event 3 of 6 - Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 3rd November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.473rd
Paul Quinton17.4017th
Antonio Martin Romero17.4318th
Alex Bee17.4820th
Russell Price18.0127th
Dan Gritton18.2134th
Ciaran Canavan19.3156th
Spencer Evans19.5363rd
Aaron Browne20.3775th
Aaron Williams20.4677th
James Clarke21.1283rd
Craig Livermore21.2184th
Peter Hatley21.2385th
Jason Levy25.15118th
Christopher Sohail27.03126th
Maud Hodson24.4759th
Sandra Corbyn26.5672nd
Caroline Moore31.2991st
Maya Goodwin33.04 (course PB)96th
Men's team 4th (4th overall)
B Team 4th (3rd overall)
Vets team 5th (4th overall)
Women's team 8th (5th overall)
Women Vets 7th (5th overall)

Marlow 7m - Sunday 1st November 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes40.431st Winner
Tough course with lots of hills.

Stevenage Half Marathon - Sunday 1st November 2015

NameTimePosition
Peter Hatley1.34.5364th
507 finishers.

Mornington Chaser's Regents Park 10km, Winter Series - Sunday 1st November 2015

NameTimePosition
Sophie Edwards55.12236th
326 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st October 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.401st - 74.62% Grovelands
Mark Boulton17.41 (course pb)1st - 73.33% Wanstead
Alex Bee17.593rd - 71.73% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.07 (course pb)4th - 67.48% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.369th - 69.64% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4110th - 69.86% Wanstead
Claire Parker21.52 (course pb)22nd - 67.68% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.1928th - 55.33% Wanstead
Daisy Cross23.30 (1st parkrun)30th - 62.98% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4534th - 62.32% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.1541st - 69.14% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.3344th - 75.76% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby24.4447th - 62.20% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4252nd - 64.66% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.4653rd - 60.61% Wanstead
Jayne Browne27.1565th - 63.02% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.05 (99th parkrun)78th - 53.30% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.2083rd - 51.10% Wanstead
Russell Price17.529th - 72.57% Brockwell
Dan Gritton18.077th - 76.45% Southwark
John Booth18.3713th - 70.81% Mile End
Jonathan Wooldridge21.28 (course pb)29th - 65.53% Hackney
Shailesh Patel21.2930th - 68.11% Hackney
Sarah Burns22.5045th - 66.57% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.18 (course pb)63rd - 58.78% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.5797th - 54.92% Hackney
Maya Goodwin30.59139th - 50.78% Hackney
Aaron Browne18.423rd - 68.98% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.2510th - 66.23% Valentine
James Creed22.1620th - 59.58% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1830th - 63.30% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5637th - 54.32% Valentine
Jason Levy29.0384th - 48.42% Valentine
Katherine Harris29.0485th - 51.43% Valentine
Sbita Reandi32.17136th - 46.46% Valentine
Karen Shah32.18137th - 48.71% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.3125th - 60.16% Walthamstow
John Healy21.19 (course pb)65th - 64.50% Dulwich
Dominic Dragonetti22.0415th - 60.95% Valentine
Ghostly going's on at parkrun as it falls on Halloween. Even though the werewolves and zombies were frightening , more worrying was the Alex Bee bringing along his barcode. He still didn't scan it but at least it was there. Two first place finishes from Thomas at Grovelands and Mark with a 1 second course pb at Wanstead. Course pb's from Spencer & Claire also at Wanstead.
A first parkrun from Daisy and a 99th from Alan Branch also.
Course pb's from Jonathan and Stuart at Hackney and John Healy at Dulwich also. 38 ELR parkrunners this weekend and best age grades for 2015 from Jonathan and Aaron.

Go Tri Sprint Duathlon, Velo Park - Tuesday 27th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns1.00.2916.01, 29.29, 14.58
Claire Parker1.07.3914.39, 38.45, 14.14
Ninette Fernandes1.11.1117.41, 35.37, 17.52.
3200m run/ 16000m bike/3200 run

Dublin Marathon - Monday 26th October 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols3:27:16 PB1,704th
Celia Payaneeandee4:07:45 Debut6,412th
James Nichols Dublin marathon race report

After enjoying my marathon debut at Brighton in April I decided fairly early that I'd quite like another go soon and an October trip to Dublin stood out, with it being somewhere I wanted to visit anyway and with the race recommended by fellow club members.

And over those six months my running has come on leaps and bounds (and a lot of credit for that is down to the training and races I've done with the club) with big PBs posted across all distances up to HM over that time. Training for this marathon couldn't have gone more smoothly with just a few minor tweaks such as an extra couple of long runs, a longer taper and more hillwork. The only thing that went wrong was at my final prep race HM in Brussels - I never did file a report for that one, so in short I packed the wrong phone charger, and with no alarm I predictably overslept and so had to dash to the race start on a healthy breakfast of jelly babies. And even that resulted in a 2 minute PB (take that Jamie Oliver!), and made me confident that a sub 3:15 marathon was achievable.

So onto Dublin. It was a cold drizzly morning but was full of confidence as I got into the start pen after a large breakfast and in plenty of time (lesson learned from my Brussels experience there!). The first half of the race flew by. Plenty of support on the route for the 15,000 runners and was a minute or 2 ahead of schedule at halfway (in about 97 mins) but didn't feel I was overexerting, clocking miles consistently in the 7:10 to 7:35 range.

But to use a football cliche this was a real "game of 2 halves". Immediately from halfway the wind picked up (the light drizzle was constant throughout) and the course opened up, so slowed to 8 minute miles for the next quarter of the race and wasn't feeling strong. I wasn't panicking at this stage, even though I was struggling I figured the start left me with plenty of credit in the bank and 3:20 was still on the cards. But it was soon after this group went past me that things started to go wrong. I walked.

Now I still don't think that was a mistake. The 21st mile is the hilliest on the course and I figured a couple of minutes walking up the hill would allow me to recover slightly and galvanise me for a big 40 minute effort to the finish. But I knew history from a long time ago meant this was a risk. It's not something I'd done in training or races this year, but mentally I never recovered. I ran for a bit. Then walked again. And again. While running my pace was fine but found it hard to motivate myself to sustain it just for 3 or 4 miles, which was disappointing. The noisy crowd helped a lot and managed to keep running to the line for a time of 3:27:16.
So it was slower than planned but I'm happy enough. On another day conditions will be more favourable and there was enough in the first half of the race and the pace I did manage when running towards the end that the 3:15 target is a realistic one for the spring. Plus this can only provide motivation for it. The event itself I would recommend. The International Breakfast Run held the morning before was great fun - a slow 4k for international athletes followed by breakfast accompanied by Irish music and dancing. The marathon was well marshalled and well supported in number across all parts of the course. And I hear they are moving it to a Sunday next year which should make it more accessible if any of you fancy giving it a go.

Venice Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Andy Bolderstone4.55.145823rd

Great South Run - Sunday 25th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price59:50101st

Frankfurt Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Tom Woods3.41.43 PB4,311st
Tom's Report - I entered this marathon late last Year after reading favourable reports on marathonguide.com about the nature of the course being flat and fast and the unique indoor finish. All of which transpired to be accurate , a couple of minor complaints though being at several points on the course the streets were very narrow and there were way too many turns and loops. On some portions of the course the streets are cobbled and several parts where you need to cross tram tracks.

On the morning of the race , the weather was dry , overcast , cool and not windy , all good for running.

The Frankfurt Marathon employs pacemakers , so I tucked in behind the 3:44 guys with the intention of staying with them as far as I could.
So at 10:00 we all began to do the shuffle forward towards the start line and off we went.

For the first 15km I struggled to stay with the pacemakers , as my breakfast felt heavy in my stomach , I normally run mornings on an empty stomach , so this was new to me. But as we neared the halfway point I began to feel more settled and for the first time got ahead of the pacemakers , a lead that I would
extend as the race wore on. This was a massive surprise as I had not done all that many long runs in my training leading up to this race , but the runs that I did do in training were faster , which begs the question - how so?

Back in the beginning of June , I began to make changes to my diet , I didn't eat any less , but I did eat a lot different. Many things I cut out completely and replaced with low fat , lean and healthy alternatives. I regret not weighing myself before I started this , but friends who have seen me before and after estimate around an 8kg weight reduction.

I finished the race feeling remarkably strong considering the pace I was going at in a PB of 3:41:43 a 10min improvement on last Years Amsterdam Marathon and felt I could have gone sub 3:40 , but that will be the target for next Year.
I never expected that Nutrition would play such a major role in my running times.

Bring on the Beetroot!

Bristol to Bath Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Rebecca Young3.35.08555th
Bristol to Bath Marathon – race report from Caroline Moore of ELR.
I was a spectator, supporting my brother and his running friends, all running their first marathon, and also got to see Bex Young of ELR at various stages.

This was the first Bristol-Bath marathon, which starts in the centre of Bristol and starts with a 10 mile out and back along the river and past the Clifton Bridge, this part is flat, but there is then a pretty but very hilly route up to Bath, where runners got a scenic but hilly tour of the sights of Bath before finishing on the Royal Avenue. Starting in one City and finishing in another on a Sunday morning causes some transport and logistical problems, so I drove my runners to Bristol, took their belongings, and stayed to cheer them past miles 1 and 10. I battled with traffic on the A4 to make it to mile 22 and then the finish. I also took my large Nikon camera and long lens to take photos of them at these points, even with the right kit, race photography is darned tricky.

Seeing the runners struggle up the hill at mile 22 was humbling. By this time they’d had some tough hills, with this one and more to come, I saw runners who’d been running at 3:30 pace crumble and start walking. This was a bit shocking as these were people who could run a marathon an hour faster than I could hope to do, but Bex and my brother came up looking very strong. Despite some dark moments, most finishers came to the end pretty happy in the lovely autumn sunshine, though St Johns Ambulance was pretty busy, and we saw several people who’d collapsed. Bex and my brother, who did not see each other, both had times of 3:35, and my brother’s two friends were also thrilled with their well-paced run of 4:09. I missed my brother’s finish because of traffic - fortunately his girlfriend made it – because many roads were closed because of the race and paying for parking, being a supporter has its own rewards and challenges!

Overall, a good race, organisationally everything worked well, and although all marathons deserve respect, this one really needs careful training and pacing. I also gave a lift to a 19 year old who was insufficiently prepared, he did the first half in 2 hours 11, and finished in 5:33… It seems over 6000 people entered the race, with entries closing in late August, but just over 4000 turned up, so that’s a lot fewer than most city marathons. Would I run it? At mile 22, I thought “no way!” but at the end…. “maybe”, though I think my runners are now dreaming of their next, flatter, marathon.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.551st - 73.58% Grovelands
Spencer Evans18.30 pb2nd - 69.73% Barking
Dan Gritton18.034th - 76.73% Southwark
Regis Martin19.19 (course pb)3rd - 71.70% Wanstead Flats
Scott McMillan19.295th - 70.06% Wanstead Flats
Ciaran Canavan21.3113th - 63.90% Wanstead Flats
Stuart Barton23.09 (course pb)25th - 61.70% Wanstead Flats
Felicity Price-Thomas23.473rd - 62.23% Wanstead Flats
Maud Hodson25.1851st - 61.73% Wanstead Flats
Claire Emery25.35 (100th parkrun)57th - 62.08% Wanstead Flats
Alan Branch27.0472nd - 57.27% Wanstead Flats
Bernadett Kalmar28.5089th - 55.09% Wanstead Flats
Julia Wildgoose33.47105th - 51.55% Wanstead Flats
Aaron Browne20.4312th - 62.27% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3816th - 65.56% Valentines
Saheed Shabbir23.5735th - 54.28% Valentines
Katherine Harris24.1140th - 61.82% Valentines
Maran Raju24.2442nd - 60.45% Valentines
Alexandra Turnbull27.0773rd - 54.58% Valentines
Christian Turnbull27.3274th - 46.85% Valentines
Jason Levy28.3687th - 49.18% Valentines
John Booth18.3711th - 70.81% Mile End
Shailesh Patel21.04 (course pb)33rd - 69.46% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4944th - 64.48% Hackney
Sarah Burns22.2855th - 67.66% Hackney
Paula Bedford22.2856th - 68.47% Hackney
Steven Bywater24.5821st - 59.08% Walthamstow
John Healy21.52 (course pb)49th - 62.88% Brockwell
Sophie Edwards26.0057th - 59.62% Hastings
Dan Spinks20.5318th - 65.84% Northala Fields
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.55108th - 45.92% Wanstead

Beachy Head Marathon - Saturday 24th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day3.16.316th
Kieran Brown5.32.05
Fiona Day5.32.07
Alex reports.
Signed up for Beachy Head as was looking for a Autumn marathon and didn’t want the pressure of looking for a PB and the terrain and hills would ensure I would not be acquiring, as Danny Lee put it, “a Shiny new PB”. Also, although my accent would tell you otherwise, and as with my folks and uncle who also ran, I am technically a “Sussex man” (my mum obviously being a woman) so there was some connection to our collectives pasts. Finally, I spoke with Neil Cook (who is getting a habit of getting in ELR race reports eh Bolts!) featured in a Runners World article over the Summer and recommended when we were getting changed for an Orion Five mile race over the summer.

So on with the day itself. I left my hotel to pick my folks up en routes as they were staying in a slightly posher hotel closer to the start. I had the radio in my ears and Pulp’s ‘Do You Remember the first Time?’ came on and, although obviously being about something a bit more blue, I couldn’t help but think of my first marathon which Patrick and I ran some years previously in Cork. However, unlike Jarvis I can remember ‘my worst’ ,that being Milton Keynes. I am sure there is a ‘Survivors group’ somewhere whereby group therapy helps finishers collectively overcome the trauma (hope no one has signed up for 2016!).
In contrast to the friendly atmosphere the start is an intimidating site that ensures that the race won’t “break you in softly” thus offering you no false sense of security in terms of what is to come. But hey, that’s we signed up right?! A scramble of a grassy hill is followed but a gradual climb to the top of the downs and then yes, we are in and I feel settled. I immediately get chatting to a Victoria Park runner who informs me he has run this before and appears to be of similar ability to myself; he says it is easy to go off too quick and really suffer on the accumulative hills at the end. I end up being no more than 100M behind or in front of him and am now FB buddies- the wonders of modern technology eh!

I describe this as Chalk and Cheese as we are running on literal chalk whilst the race itself is pretty much the exact opposite to the proverbial cheese of the London marathon which I ran almost 6 months to the day earlier. I loved London in that it is my Hometown having lived here since the age of 6 months. Plus, the ELR water station was probably the best ‘high’ I have ever felt during a race. The crowds were great and oh, I also achieved a PB there. Beachy Head however offers something far different. No lucozade and gels on offer, rather squash, chunks of Mars Bars, Hot Cross buns and even cups of tea! No mile markers and no crowds, except for a few marshals and walkers who are also out to enjoy the beautiful scenery that the downs offer. The sea is on view for the majority of the course thus making the climbs very worthwhile indeed. There is probably far less than 400M of road with country paths, chalk and flint, woodland steps, trail with grass offering some needed respite. Oh, and it felt as if you were either going up or down for the vast majority and therefore Beachy Head offers something that most city marathons cannot offer.

I enjoyed the first twenty miles and enjoyed the liberating feeling of wearing no watch. When it was feeling tough I kept telling myself that I am not at work and this is to be enjoyed and not endured. It is all in the mind they tell me. We had been very fortunate with the weather as October has been pretty day as with the day itself. In actual fact, I ended up discarding my compression vest as I was overheating (I sincerely apologise for technically littering but there was no way I was going back after!).

Alistair Campbell famously said a marathon is run in two halves- the first 20 and the last 6. That couldn’t be truer of this. Everyone talks of the Seven Sisters which are a combination of rolling hills that begin at approximately mile 20. Whilst the views are unquestionably the best on offer, said view also gives you a view of what you will be walking/running/climbing/rolling over for the next few miles as you can see the ‘Lighthouse’ in the distance which essentially signals the end. By this point my lack of running training was kicking in as I opted to do the majority of my training in the gym. I kept thinking I should have attended Grant’s (two mentions for you skip!) hill session on Monday was struggling, oddly enough, running down hill where the pain was not allowing me to make up for running uphill, which I surprisingly didn’t find too bad.

Murakami writes about what he ‘thinks about whilst running’. With no watch and an endeavour to stay positive, my mind certainly went into fantasy overdrive with the vista allowing me to imagine I was Aragon (from ‘Lord of the Rings’ part one whereby the central protagonists are running over the grassy landscape) and that I had to finish the race in order to save middle earth and find Liv Tyler...Definitely daydreaming here and losing all sense of reality.

Anyway, the last water station informs us that we have about four miles left. Little over a park run then and I am still with me newly acquired chums with us all offering one another encouragement and ‘to stay strong’. A walker shortly informs that there is a mile of downhill to go and that I am in 4th place- I am rather surprised but also aware that the I have been overtaken going downhill and sure enough, my Vicky Park buddy come past me with 500M and another chaps flies past me in the last 60M or so as we descend the same hill that we climbed some hours before and at the start. I was delighted to get my print out that states I finish in 3:16:31 and in 6th place. I was also delighted not to see my dad who had been advised not to run due to an injury. This probably meant he was probably still on the course with my mum.

I say well done and share some high fives and hugs with the good folk that offered encouragement and, dare I say it, ‘good vibes’, throughout the course. I forgot to mention that the start and end of the race is a Public School with us runners being able to use their facilities. This includes their swimming pool which I decide to utilise as to ‘aid my recovery’ whist also having a ruddy good wash. I get chatting to the blokes tendering the pool with one of them informing me he is a local fireman. I can’t help thinking that I have stumbled into someone else’s fantasy with some poor woman wondering why she is sitting with Liv Tyler with slightly strange ears . I refrain from telling said fireman this for obvious reasons.

There is no T-shirt or goody bag which I am quite pleased about as I have more technical wear than you could shake a stick at (I don’t quite know where that expression comes from). However, the school canteen does offer runners a free meal. My only disappointment and grumble of the day is the pudding. That being rice pudding. I am sure we got chocolate sponge cake with hundreds and thousands in a sea of chocolate custard when at school.

I met up with my uncle and we trudged to the finish whilst talking of our newly acquired aches. Delighted to see their beaming smiles on the faces of mum and dad as they came down the hill. Beachy Head is truly an exceptional race and undoubtedly the prettiest course I have ever run. Yes, we were lucky with the weather, but I very much hope to go back next year.

Fiona reports.
Beachy Head Marathon – Joggers report

The final instructions for the Beachy Head Marathon (BHM) included 2 starting positions so when I registered the evening before I had to ask the official what is the difference between runners and joggers. From his reply- the runners are trying to get round in about 3 hours. I decided I was a jogger- I hadn’t even seen the hill at the start then as I might have guessed! I did ask what about the walkers as I had read that some people walk round and he said they go at the back!

Alex was in the runners category. So here is a report to entice the joggers! Because there is a lovely relaxed joggers groove if you let yourself find it. I’ll try not to repeat Alex’s info but apologies if I do. Strangely for the same reason as Alex I had entered BHM because it was a trail Marathon and there was no pressure to get a good time, (just as well!) However I took it seriously enough to do my usual marathon training with Kieran who had entered as well doing our long runs together. Unfortunately Kieran picked up a calf injury just towards the end of increasing the mileage, which meant neither of us were as prepared as we would have liked in fact Kieran was advised against running it by the physio he saw in a desperate attempt to get better in time. I guess being a club runner I did have a sort of target time around 5 hours as the instructions had also said allow 30 – 45 minutes more than your road marathon time. However I now think the time you add is relative to your usual marathon pace. I had checked the course profile and had already decided to walk up any steep hills, hoping to make time on the downhill runs.

We got to the start with Alex and my brother Ollie. Alex and Ollie went into the runners section and Kieran and I squeezed in with the joggers. The first hill was in clear view now. The conditions were perfect, the weather was moderate and sunny and despite heavy rain in the week before the ground was firm any puddles and mud could be avoided. The start felt easy, walking up the hills helped Kieran’s calf, even so walking any part of a marathon still felt a guilty pleasure.
We’d already climbed onto the South Downs and the first check point came along quickly. Another couple of hills and check point two and the first feeding station, squash, biscuits, chopped mars bars (yum) felt like rocket fuel. Another climb and check point 3, bananas, biscuits and mars bars here. I didn’t really need to re- fuel but I did just in case things weren’t so good later on. The miles were ticking away quickly, Kieran’s calf was holding up and everything was just so pleasant, never far from sea views and the unspoilt Sussex countryside. It was all very relaxing. Perhaps too relaxing and somewhere between checkpoint 3 and 4 I noticed very few people were trying to run up the hills anymore in fact I was surrounded by resolute looking club runners marching up the hills with me. Checkpoint 4 in the beautiful village of Littlington, was a turning point, feeling the strain a bit by now at 16 miles and arriving at the checkpoint to see runners sitting down to drink tea or coffee and munching the hot cross buns or sausage rolls on offer here listening to a local musicians playing, it was tempting to linger but I made do with a quick coffee, I’d already had too much to eat by now but the ambience here helped me slip further into a relaxed groove. Now it seemed everyone was going at conversation pace and had time to natter as they ran. Kieran’s calf was holding up so well he was waiting for me to catch up at every turn now. The 2 flights of steps through the forest were tough even in my relaxed frame of mind. My watch told me we were just shy of mile 20 at 4 hours and already on the Seven Sisters. Crazy to think I actually wondered whether we could manage the last 6 miles in just over an hour to get near to the 5 hour time I had entertained. Kieran said we should aim for 5.30. However at check point 5 at mile 22 I was totally seduced -I had a cup of tea, sat down and admired the scenery, lovely!! It was a shame I was full of mars bars as they had nice cake here. I never lost it completely -if I saw a photographer I warned Kieran and tried to make it look like I was running! Only 4 miles to go –yes-we were going to finish, but it was tough, it is uppy downy here and my legs hurt when I started running again after walking so walking uphill was no longer something I looked forward to. There were still plenty of other runners around chatting away, supporting one another, BHM veterans telling us that it was all down hill to the finish after we reached Beachy Head. My watch informed me the battery was low, blimey it has 6 hours battery life- I only charged it last night! But I couldn’t get a move on even if I tried, Kieran kindly still waiting for me at every turn. Beachy Head had been in sight a long time and we finally got there. It was a wonderful feeling running towards the finish, finally down the hill we started on, I hadn’t noticed the stairs in the grass on the way up so it was a couple of ouches on the steeper steps before I could run onto the road where I saw Ollie and Alex waiting for us , then over the finish. Just after Kieran in 5 hours 32 mins. We went to the school canteen for the free meal and another cup of tea. It is a wonderful course and a really enjoyable well organised event, even if the weather and conditions hadn’t been favourable it would be good. Highly recomended.

Abingdon Marathon - Sunday 18th October 2015

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NameTimePosition
Mark Boulton2.47.05 PB12th
Congratulations to Mark for setting a new marathon PB and finishing 12th out of a field of 713 runners.



Mark about to cross the finish line!

Mark reports.The journey to the Abingdon Marathon began back in March this year. I missed a lot of training for the 2015 London Marathon and was working hard to catch up when I was knocked off my bike on the way to work one morning which was the final nail in the coffin to this year’s London.

At that point I decided to enter Abingdon, aware of its reputation for being fast and flat. I also made a decision to commit to a training plan for the 1st time. For my previous marathons I had always cobbled together a plan based on hearsay and previous experience and I felt I might be selling myself short, that’s not to criticise anything I had done previously, I just felt there was more to come.

A friend at work recommended a plan that had seen him achieve a big improvement and having bought the book a year or so earlier I finally opened the book at began reading the theory behind the plan which enabled me to buy into its philosophy. I tend to be pretty black and white in my thinking, if you tell me something I want to see it, so I had seen my friends marathon time improve and now I had the theory in black and white in front of me.

The plan laid out exactly what I need to do in a structured format. It is a big commitment to make, the plan requires running 6 days a week and details what is expected in each session. But I am used to a heavy workload training wise and took comfort in having each session planned for me.

Having just bought a house and going through the process of decorating has meant I have not been able to make club runs as often as I would like, also having track sessions planned at specific speeds has meant I have not been able to make Grant’s track sessions either. However, the experience of running alone at specific times became invaluable when it came to Abingdon.

The build up to Abingdon could not have gone better, having followed the plan for 7 months and achieved PB’s along the way meant I was going into the race as confident as I could be. The only doubt in the back of my mind was that the plan’s longest run is 16 miles. The theory is that the plan prepares you for the last 16 miles of a marathon not the first 16 miles- it’s based on cumulative fatigue.

Onto race day itself. It could not have gone better. An early morning alarm call 5:50am and a quick pre-marathon breakfast (Porridge and a round of toast and jam washed down with a cup of tea) and my Dad drove me and my support team (Mum & girlfriend) the hour and half to Abingdon. We arrived just before 8am for a 9am start which was perfect time to get changed and use the facilities- race HQ was at a sports centre so plenty of space to change, Vaseline the feet and relax for 10 mins before the start.

Made my way to the start line which was a on a tight path similar to Elvis 1, made eye contact with a few runners but everyone had game face on. 99% club runners, no fun runners, everyone was there for a time, not a fun time.

Under starters orders and we were off. Straight away I managed to settle into my target pace, the lead pack headed off into the distance but I had experience enough to know I was running my own race, not to worry too much what other people were up to. After a mile or so I was running with one or two people, then they would drop off so I spent much of the race running on my own. The course itself was ok. One small loop then 2 laps of a bigger loop which took in what seemed to be endless industrial estates. The marshals were fantastic as ever and crowds were very few and far between. Runner’s family members in one’s and two’s every now and then.

I had my splits written on my arm and was about 40 seconds ahead of schedule going through half way. I felt good, but the old adage “race begins at 20” going through my head. I have also experience marathon’s where I flew through 18 miles before the wheels came off so it was about staying calm and ticking off the miles.

At this point I have to mention Neil Cook, from our friends at Victoria Park Harriers. I assume Neil was up there supporting a friend but he was a hero. He was cycling between points on the course with encouraging words to keep me going, and helping me tactically, encouraging me to slowly bridge the gap from one group to another, working my way through the field.

Another huge boost was seeing my Dad and girlfriend at mile 15, the adrenaline that produced resulted in my fastest mile. But soon it was back to long, lonely miles round the industrial estates. The last few miles I had to dig in, but luckily (for me) I was lapping people which enabled me to build momentum coming into the last few miles. Again Neil Cook pooped up, screaming at me to “Stop looking at your watch just Drive” then “10 minutes of pain”

I finally headed back up to drive to the sports centre and back on to the running track for the final lap to the finish line. At this point I was just swinging my arms and driving the legs hoping to line would come, I was aware of the commentator mentioning names and times but couldn’t make him out over the sounds of my family screaming at me. I crossed the line 12th in a new personal best time and once I had recovered from cramp, received my finishers medal from a young scout called Liam.

There are too many people to thank personally and I would not want to miss anyone out but want to thank you all for inspiring me in so many ways. Without what some of you have achieved, I would not have the confidence or belief to have the targets I have. Also thanks to everyone for the likes, the supportive comments, the Strava gang for the kudos and inspiring me to get there and have a go.

Jill Oliver 10K - Edmonton RC - Sunday 18 October 2015

NameTimePosition
Jonathan Wooldridge45:0152nd
Sarah Burns47:5182th
Patrick Farren49:0793rd
Steven Bywater57:14183rd
225 Finishers

Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon - Sunday 18th October 2015

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Alex Thornton1.38.571294th
Iain Mackie1.42.001765th
Tim Aylett1.53.373987th

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 1 - Cheshunt - Sunday 18th October 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes27.583rd
Alex Day29.3619th
Antonio Martin Romero30.1928th
Russell Price31.0444th
Dan Gritton31.1747th
Samuel Browne32.0570th
Jennifer Ansell32.3275th (2nd)
Peter Craik33.57111th
Rebecca Young38.48229th (33rd)
Tricia O'Neill40.54289th (64th)
Maud Hodson41.14301st (70th)
Doug Mansell41.58324th
Bernadett Kalmar42.13331st (90th)
Stuart Barton44.36366th
Sandra Corbyn45.14376th (118th)
Dave Knight45.32383rd
Susannah McLaren46.55399th (131st)
Don Bennett50.43433rd
Maya Goodwin55.10447th (163rd)
The men's team was 6th and Women's team 9th out of 20 teams. Men's Masters 15th and Women's Masters 12th out of 20. Women's 'B' 12 out of 13.
452 runners finished. (286 Men and 166 Women).

Chingford League - Event 2 of 6 - Loughton XC (approx 5 miles) - Saturday 17th October 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes27.417th
Patrick Brown28.0610th
Antonio Martin Romero29.2619th
Russell Price29.4222nd
Dan Gritton30.3633rd
Aaron Williams31.2046th
Aaron Browne31.5456th
Spencer Evans31.5757th
Ciaran Canavan32.0460th
Andrew Baxter32.1464th
Emmet Fitzgibbon33.5879th
Ramesh Pala35.36100th
Rebecca Young36.18109th
Sarah Burns36.37113th
Maud Hodson38.53128th
Alexandra Turnbull39.09131st
Fiona Day39.35134th
Christian Turnbull41.37146th
Caroline Moore42.55155th
Sheila Kennedy45.54166th
Caroline Moore;- This was great fun, pretty course, really rural vibe despite being half a mile from Loughton station and near the M11 with hay bales and kissing gates - Maya Goodwin you would have loved those, and it was in daylight with no mud. Apparently they had to change the course because there were cows in the way. And Sarah Burns brought cake!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 17th October 2015

NameTimePosition
James Wilson18.032nd - 75.07% Wanstead
Samuel Browne19.115th - 67.25% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.216th - 70.54% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.3910th - 66.59% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.0631st - 64.07% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.10 (course pb)32nd - 61.65% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.3748th - 64.52% Wanstead
Claire Parker24.3949th - 60.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0266th - 57.34% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.09 (99th parkrun)96th - 47.91% Wanstead
Manjit Singh20.266th - 67.29% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.329th - 65.87% Valentine
Karen Shah30.29119th - 51.61% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.2138th - 68.54% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge21.3139th - 65.38% Hackney
Paula Bedford24.1966th - 63.26% Hackney
James Nichols20.1630th - 64.14% Mile End
Steven Bywater27.5838th - 52.74% Walthamstow
Katherine Harris23.01 (course pb)88th - 64.95% Cheltenham
Saheed Shabbir24.38120th - 52.77% Cannon Hill
Dan Spinks21.133rd - 64.81% Aldenham

GO TRI - Redbridge Duathlon, Cricklefields Stadium - Friday 16 October 2015

NameTimePosition
Jonathan Wooldridge22:021st
Eleanor Wilkinson23:362nd
Jason Levy24:273rd
1 mile run - 2 mile bike - 1 mile run

Cooper Test - Monday 12th October 2015

Spencer Evans 3160
Angus James Nicholls 3000
Sheila Kennedy 2300
Alex Day 3490
Alex Bee 3490
Russell Price 3450
Thomas Glasock 3445
Aaron J Browne 3200
James Nichols 3250
Daisy 2700
Katie Buranska 2600
Tricia O'Neill 2550
Mark Wyatt 3400
Paul Thompson 3210
Salvatore Passerini 3250
Clarke Jomes 3225
Ellie Wilkinson 2850
Gina Radford 2300
Gemma Foxall 2650
Craig Livermore 2950
Serg 3130

Ridgeway Run 15km, Tring - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Thomas Grimes56.223rd
564 finishers. Very hilly.

Vitality Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Shahib Miah Ali1.48.30

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Roger Stubbs4.11.251,877th

Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Paul Quinton1.15.5841st
Paul reports:- I ran the Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough today. The course is flat and fast and run through the city centre and residential areas. Great crowd support throughout the race, decent goody bag and medal as well.

I was determined to go out easier after starting too fast in Pleshy HM a few weeks back and seemed to pay off as I had more in the tank in the 2nd half of the race. 3hrs of driving and less than 80min of running but it was well worth the trip, might even go back next year. Official time 75:58.

Swindon Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Patrick Brown1.18.533rd
900 finishers.

Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan1.26.56
Ava Lee1.28.43 pb276th
Carlton D'Souza1.32.00 pb505th
John Healy1.39.55 pb1516th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.41.43 pb1807th
Saheb Yousefi1.45.342641st
Helen Cook1.49.07 pb3497th
Lucy Jarvis1.49.463664th
Michael Keefe1.54.23
Katherine Jones1.54.435008th
Caroline Moore1.58.296175th
Sbita Reandi2:19:1911120th
Eszter Tacine2.30.0712654th
Fiona Rutland2.32.5512946th
Maya Goodwin2.32.5612947th
Maya's report:- Here is a top tip. You can have it for free. It's always better to be prepared. The Scouts are onto something there I tell you.

I felt ready for the marathon in April (what, didn't you realise I'd run one?!?). I was nervous, but I knew I'd done all I could. For Royal Parks, I just knew I hadn't done enough. Of any of it. The miles, the intervals, the stretching. I'd done enough eating though. Dragging those extra lbs round 13.1 miles wasn't going to help either.

Anyway, after a drawn out bag drop palaver we were on our way. Lovely Fiona Rutland was going to run with me, (this is becoming a habit, getting myself a personal running mentor to help me round, I recommend it!)

Lots of twists and turns through London for the first 10k. You all know how I like to see the speedsters going the other way - there was loads of opportunity for that. A water station - I accidentally soaked another runners foot in lucozade, oops. I totally deserved that glare. And then back into the park.

It was like Tower Bridge all over again! The whistles, the cheering, the joy, fantastic! More runners going the other way to look at. And then a big long loop. I lost the plot a bit at 10 miles. 'Fiona, will you carry my sunglasses, they're making me claustrophobic....'

I was tired with tiny lungs and jelly legs. Forget walking, I just wanted to lie down and stop moving altogether. A second gel and an internal talking to. 'Look here Maya, Fiona is running with you to help you, it's not on for you to not give it everything. You are NOT WALKING.'

I knew I wouldn't get a pb (about 2:24) but I was hoping to come close to my pw (2:33). I decided today would be about telling that monkey on my back to STFU. At last, you could see the finish. I'm no Usain Bolt, it took me more than 20s to do those 200m. But I came in at 2:32:56.
I'll take that ta. And listen to Mr Baden Powell next time.

John Healy's report:-Brief (ish) (and late) race report for the RPHM several ELRs' ran this Sunday. I had pinned this race for a HM PB 3 months ago after being out of running for the first four months of the year with a torn calf muscle. I spent May and June trying to build my fitness back to an acceptable level with Wednesday runs, parkruns and Monday track and then took on a 3 month runners world plan for a sub 1:40 half at that event. My previous PB was also here last year at 1:44.44. Actually sticking to the plan wasn't to hard once i'd got into a groove with it and it dovetailed well with Monday track and hill sessions, Wednesday club runs and a long Sunday run. Extra runs and a few more hill and speed sessions thrown in with an iron man friend which is always handy. Watching my 5k, 10k and 10 mile PBs' all fall during this period, it boded well and i was getting more confidence. A lot of this was down to Grant Conway and the teams track sessions, and the club members advice and encouragement.

(Un)fortunately? I had a two week break in Colombia 2 weeks before the event that wouldn't have been construed under any circumstances as a training camp. Running the Elvis 7 a minute slower than my last one the day after my return and being spotted by several ELR barfing by a tree after didn't bode well. I consolidated as best as I could for the next two weeks but thought my sub 1:40 was going to be out of reach.
6.00 am start day of race and out the door by 7 to get train up from Brixton. This always seems an amazingly well organised event (apart from the bag drop this year) and the weather was being kind for the third year. Bag and toilet queues done, it was almost there so I wriggled into the green section where I wouldnt have had the confidence to place myself peviously. I needed to stick to roughly 7.30 miles which i was there or thereabouts, even with a toilet break (speedy one) but the wrong side of target by mile 10/11 when I chanced upon Jonathan Wooldridge who was also gunning for a PB. We were both blowing a bit by this point but still had something. I thought I was 1/2 mile ahead of him going down the last 800 when he popped up grimacing and charging on my shoulder, forcing us into a fight to death for the finish line. This turned out to be a godsend as my fastest mile was comfortably my last, and i crept under my target by 5 seconds - Job done, thanks again Jonathon - I owe you a big beer. Very encouraging that training can actually work if you do it and not think about doing it a lot which is my usual plan...... Good Colombian street food stall there after so I was home from home and snagged a Gore bargain to boot...

Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

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Katherine Harris2.01.10167th
Jayne Browne2.14.42269th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown17.312nd - 73.83% Wanstead
James Wilson19.155th - 70.39% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.518th - 68.77% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.5810th - 71.54% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4921st - 72.27% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson22.2726th - 65.42% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.4930th - 66.62% Wanstead
Rebecca Young23.3439th - 62.80% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.4340th - 64.86% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.2346th - 64.52% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.5653rd - 74.60% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.0268th - 59.99% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench26.1772nd - 63.79% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3976th - 58.16% Wanstead
Morag Campbell31.48 (course pb)107th - 49.48% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.16115th - 47.75% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.336th - 65.82% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.488th - 67.13% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2221st - 63.12% Valentine
Jason Levy24.4333rd - 56.91% Valentine
Amita Morse26.2847th - 61.21% Valentine
David Baldwin20.544th - 62.76% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.488th - 63.53% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier23.3521st - 57.46% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1825th - 60.70% Walthamstow
Tim Aylett27.0646th - 49.26% Walthamstow
Claire Parker22.1443rd - 66.57% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.4411th - 73.93% Brockwell
Paula Bedford21.33 (course pb)20th - 71.38% Southend
Spencer Evans19.002nd - 67.89% Beckton
James Nichols20.28 (course pb)2nd - 63.36% Brentwood
Anita Lomax28.39 (course pb)85th - 55.44% Wanstead
Dominic Dragonetti22.0217th - 61.04% Raphael
Elizabeth O'Donnell43.03130th - 37.24% Wanstead
also Anita Lomax 85 28.39 55.44 cpb

Chingford League - Event 1 of 6 - Hog's Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit. - Wednesday 7th October 2015

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NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell18.5029th 1st Lady
Karen Levison20.1059th 3rd Lady
Eleanor Wilkinson22.42123rd
Sheetal Dandgey23.27135th
Rebecca Young23.28136th
Alexandra Turnbull24.29153rd
Helen Cook25.06159th
Fiona Day25.09160th
Caroline Moore27.44178th
Lucy Barron27.51181st
Sandra Corbyn28.33185th
Sarah Burns33.54193rd
Maya Goodwin33.56194th
Thomas Grimes16.401st
Patrick Brown17.167th
Alex Day17.4715th
Antonio Martin Romero18.2424th
Dan Gritton18.5230th
Spencer Evans19.5147th
Aaron Williams20.0150th
Aaron Browne20.0457th
James Clarke20.1161st
Ciaran Canavan20.3769th
Craig Livermore21.2480th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2582nd
Alex Haward21.3785th
Grant Conway21.4993rd
Angus Nicholls22.19105th
Iain Mackie22.20 pb106th
Daniel Levicki22.23110th
Ramesh Pala22.29113th
Kieran Brown22.31118th
Christopher Sohail26.43173rd
Men's A Team came 2nd with 119 pts with Orion 1st with 39pts.
B Team came 3rd, with Vets team 4th. Ladies came 4th with the Vets team 5th place.
Craig's report:- Well, what can I say, last night's Chingford League race was absolutely awesome, I've not felt so electric before a race in such a long time.

I was planning on walking down, but since I was a tad late setting off, I thought I'd break into a jog and see how far it took me. Needless to say I was nearly at the Cycle Centre by this point, so I slowed down into a walk, before deciding to break into a stride up the hill, just to flex the legs a little.

When I got in I was just admiring the scenery...well, for the most part when I wasn't running I was anyway...entered the hall for registration and got my number and safety pins. Had a nice little chat with Alexandra before the ladies race started, and wished her and the rest of the ladies all the best before they headed off into the darkness.
Before I knew it the race had already started, and everyone was already rocking up the initial hill. All I was doing was my best to cheer our runners on, can't really say much about the race, you'd have to get

Race For Life Half Marathon, Lea Valley Park - Sunday 4th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Natalie Powell3.06.21
Julie Creffield3.25.14

Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 4th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Sophie Edwards58.04182nd

NSPCC Hour Challenge, Lea Valley VeloPark - Sunday 4th October 2015

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Iain Mackie1.00.0012.4km's
NSPCC Hour Challenge - 12.4km. Racing the wrong way around! Felt really stong and some really good time splits. So close to doing 8 miles though.

Middlesex 10km, Victoria Park - Sunday 4th October 2015

NameTimePosition
James Clarke40:56137th
Peter Craik41:48151st
Emmet Fitzgibbon41:50153rd
Dan Spinks42:42 (2nd claim)165th
Grant Conway44:23187th
Angus Nicholls46:04214th
A very well organised race by Serpentine RC/Middlesex county AA. It was a bit strange to hold the Middlesex 10k in East London but Vikki Park is a good venue. Entry fee £5, water on course plus the results were texted/emailed to you as well. Flat course although a bit on the warm side for me. Fair bit faster than my other two 10k's I have done this year so reasonably happy. Very high standard field. I was below half way. Nice to catch up with everyone from ELR before and after the race.
Grant

Cardiff Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

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Katrina Dixon2.23.32

Great Scottish Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

NameTimePosition
Manjit Singh1.35.05855th

Brussels Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

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James Nichols1.31.30 pb

Bournemouth Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

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Russell Price1.21.3319th

Saltmarsh 75 - Day Two - Sunday 4th October 2015

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Maud Hodson6.48 (7.04)16th, 3rd lady
Maud's Race Report.Finally I have found enough brain cells to write a race report for the Saltmarsh:
Day One - 7.06, Day Two - 7.04 = 14.10 for 16th place overall and 3rd Lady.

[The Saltmarsh 75 is a 75 mile two-day endurance challenge for solo runners, walkers or relay teams.]

We set out from our hotel early on Saturday morning, myself, Roberto & our support supremo, Trish. We arrived at the start, at a country park in South Woodham Ferrers, collected our numbers, maps & directions and tried not too think too much about the task ahead.
I let Rob disappear into the distance very early on, determined not to start off to quickly, and soon found myself chatting to another man called Rob, who I stayed with for the first 6 or 7 miles. Until he couldn’t keep up with me any more. The River Crouch in the morning mist was beautiful - this was in some ways the most enjoyable bit as it’s so much easier to appreciate the views when you’re not knackered. The second stage took us to the attractive seaside town of Burnham-on-Crouch, where we got to run on some lovely firm, flat concrete - most of the route is rough grassy paths on the sea wall.

‘…out in the Dengie, no one hears you scream…'
This is the tagline on the event website, and refers to the long, lonely third stage - 13.6 miles of isolated, very slowly shifting scenery. By this time the runners had thinned out, and often I couldn’t see anyone else ahead, although the landscape is pancake flat and the mist had cleared, giving panoramic views in all directions. An image that sticks in my memory is of a WW2 observation post beside a dried up drainage channel full of rusty red wild flowers, like a ghost of the Tower of London poppies.
Up until this point I’d got away with just following the runners in front, but as I passed a seasoned campaigner shortly before Checkpoint 3, he advised me to read the directions as you can miss it (he told me later that he’d missed it himself for the third year in a row).
So, half the stages

Saltmarsh 75 - Day One - Saturday 3rd October 2015

NameTimePosition
Maud Hodson6.53 (7.06)38.6 miles
Roberto Bruni7.20
Trish Kelly Both safely through 1st CP at 5.2 miles. Rob about 10 mins ahead of Maud. Will he hold that lead.... Early days!
Both safely through CP2 at 14m. Rob storming ahead but both still smiling! They have a long 13m section now to CP3, so toughest part coming up but sun now starting to shine and burning away the fog, so at least they should have nice views! I'm off for breakfast - this crewing malarkey is exhausting!
Rob through at 27 miles, but his Achilles/foot is very painful. Is carrying on and still hopes to finish but it's walk/run for him now. Waiting for Maud. Crewing has hit new levels - I have now had abuse shouted at me due to lack of signage on course, which is clearly my fault!!!
Maud now through 27 miles. Looking strong and still smiling! Right, that's me off to the finish to get the tents up!
Maud has just finished day 1. Superb running. Just waiting for himself, who is in a lot of pain but determined to finish.
Rob now over the finish line. He said **+=#%^*+%%!! I am ever running again and I'm taking up darts! So probably see him on the Sunday run next week then! Currently being tended to by a nice lady medic so that has put the smile back on his face.
Maud HodsonDay one completed - 6.53 running time, so 7 hours ish with stopping at the checkpoints. 38.6 miles. Slow and steady. A Ronseal day - exactly what it said on the tin.
Have beer now.
Roberto Bruni It took 39M, 7.20, to realise that darts is a lot more fun. I will now take a temporary retirement till January. I need a few months to repair feet and get over today.

Our intrepid duo, Maud and Roberto at the start of the Saltmarsh 75!




Could you complete 75 miles of England’s most unique coast line in just 2 days?
That’s the challenge laid down by the Saltmarsh 75, a long distance trail covering the entire coast of the Maldon district, Essex.
Maud did!. Roberto Bruni completed 38 miles on Day 1 but was unable to run on Day 2 owing to injury.


A colourful Maud ready for Day 2!.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 3rd October 2015

NameTimePosition
Spencer Evans18.50 (course pb)3rd - 68.50% Beckton
Alex Bee17.353rd - dfyb - Wanstead
Alex Day18.096th - 71.63% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4617th - 69.56% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.2620th - 64.93% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.37 (course pb)36th - 65.44% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.47 (course pb)38th - 64.96% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.5440th - 64.63% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.3948th - 66.67% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.5550th - 59.30% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.0554th - 65.33% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2880th - 58.56% Wanstead
Fiona Day27.2890th - 67.72% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj27.4694th - 57.74% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.23 with Harvey99th - 61.36% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.00114th - 51.67% Wanstead
Paula Bedford25.0062nd - 61.53% Hackney
Lucy Barron27.3098th - 53.82% Hackney
Jamie Xavier23.4018th - 57.25% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0821st - 61.12% Walthamstow
Aaron Browne18.553rd - 68.19% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.1014th - 67.01% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.0818th - 66.11% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.0919th - 63.51% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.5123rd - 65.43% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5437th - 54.39% Valentine
Maran Raju24.2246th - 60.53% Valentine
Jason Levy27.4891st - 50.60% Valentine
Sbita Reandi29.35 9course pb)112th - 50.70% Valentine
Karen Shah30.03120th - 52.36% Valentine
Thomas Grimes16.264th - 80.22% Fulham Palace
John Healy21.5359th - 62.83% Brockwell
Dan Spinks22.5318th - 60.09% Barking
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.35 (course pb)128th - 46.36% Wanstead
Extremely foggy day at Wanstead Flats, just around the start field but clear around the rest of course. Course pb for Felicity, 3rd in 3 weeks and Claire making an occasional visit. An age grade pb for 2015 for Bernadett also.
Thanks to Scott for volunteering and well done to Clare Emery for winning the shoes for September.
Elsewhere Spencer got his best time 18.50, breaking 19 minutes at Beckton and Sbita a course pb at Valentine. John Healy, a course pb at Brockwell.
Well done to Aaron for his 3rd place at Valentine's in 18.55.
Fastest time of the day goes to Thomas making his first visit to Fulham Palace for 4th place in 16.26.

Elvis Social Night - Thursday 1st October 2015

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ELVIS 2015 : Final rankings : Men - Sunday 27th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes12pts1st (5)
Patrick Brown16pts3rd (6)
Paul Quinton25pts4th (6)
Alex Day37pts5th (6)
Antonio Martin Romero68pts9th, 8th senior (5)
Daniel Lee88pts13th, 4th V40 (5)
Ciaran Canavan112pts16th, 5th V40 (7)
Aaron Browne144pts19th, 12th senior (7)
Scott McMillan147pts21st, 7th V40 (6)
Andrew Baxter172pts25th, 8th,V40 (6)
James Nichols173pts26th, 15th senior (6)
Spencer Evans177pts28th, 16th senior (7)
Regis Martin185pts29th, 10th V40 (5)
Manjit Singh218pts31st, 12th V40 (5)
James Creed221pts33rd, 17th senior (5)
Peter Craik229pts34th, 13th V40 (5)
James Clarke238pts35th, 18th senior (6)
Carlton D'Souza245pts36th, 5th V50 (7)
Craig Livermore285pts41st, 21st senior (7)
Shailesh Patel300pts42nd, 15th V40 (7)
Grant Conway309th43rd, 16th V40 (6)
Ashley Faria340th47th, 17th V40 (5)
Gareth Jones351st50th, 19th V40 (7)
Ramesh Pala351st51st, 8th V50 (5)
Kieran Brown385th55th, 10th V50 (6)
John Healy395th57th, 20th V40 (5)
Steven Bywater457pts63rd , 14th V50 (7)
Iain Mackie495th66th, 24th senior (5)
Jason Levy518pts68th , 24th V40 (7)
Doug Mansell538pts70th, 6th V50 (5)
Patrick Farren582pts74th, 18th V50 (5)
Stuart Barton624th79th, 26th V40 (6)
Peter Martin646pts50th, 20th V50 (5)
80 men competed in this year's ELVIS series with 33 doing 5 or more races to qualify for the season end results. 9 competed in all 7 races. The series was won by Thomas Grimes with Patrick, Paul and Alex taking 3rd to 5th places.
Largest attendance for the men was 51 at the Hilly 5 with 47 at Eton Manor.
East London Runners won the Men's trophy with 6pts against Ilford's 8pts with Barking coming 3rd with 15pts. East London men won 4 events with Ilford came back strong by winning the last two events, but not enough to catch up.

ELVIS 2015 : Final rankings : Ladies - Sunday 27th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell6 pts1st overall (6)
Karen Levison13pts2nd, 1st V45 (6)
Ava Lee18pts3rd, 1st V35 (6)
Eleanor Wilkinson61pts7th , 3rd senior (5)
Sarah Burns81pts9th, 3rd V35 (6)
Sheetal Dandgey86pts10th, 4th senior (5)
Alexandra Turnbull101pts11th, 5th senior (5)
Maud Hodson109pts12th, 4th V35 (5)
Fiona Day118pts14th, 2nd V55 (7)
Caroline Moore167pts21st, 4th V45 (6)
Sheila Kennedy206pts26th, 5th V55 (6)
Diana Rexhepaj221pts28th, 7th V45 (6)
Jayne Browne273pts30th, 8th V45 (5)
Maya Goodwin337pts36pts, 12th V35 (7)
The ladies team had 50 runners compete in the series with 14 doing the required 5 to qualify for the final results. Three ladies , Fiona, Diana and Maya did all 7 races. The largest turnout was 30 at the Hilly 5 with 29 at Eton Manor also. Jenny came first overall with 6pts with Karen in 2nd, first V45 and Ava in 3rd place, 1st V35. Sarah was 3rd in the V35 category with Fiona 2nd in the V55 contest. The ladies team won all 7 races to finish with 5pts against Ilford's 10pts. East End Road Runners finished 3rd with 18pts.

Robin Hood Half Marathon - Sunday 27th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Lucy Barron2.11.254,892nd
7280 finishers.
Great day at the Robin hood half Today in Nottingham, my second time at the event but my first for the route as it had been changed since doing it last year, a couple of inclines at the beggining but you were then rewarded with the downhills which i chose to enjoy whilst they lasted! Previous to this week i hadnt run in 6 weeks and so was a tad pesamistic in what my time might be, i found it suprisingly comfortable as i ran with a friend for 8 miles and then we ended up separating but managed to keep myself going on my own for the rest but did start to flag at Mile 11.

My watch said 2:11:08 and it wasnt far off as my official result was 2:11:25 which considering my recent lack of training i was more than happy with but cant help thinking about what i could of shaved off had i not had the gap in training!

Anyway a fab Race with beautiful scenerey and fabulous amounts of support! highly reccomended!

Berlin Marathon 2015 - Sunday 27th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper3.13.25
Caroline Meaby3.38.22 pb
Rebecca Young3.52.08

Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 27th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Dan Spinks1.36.57679th
Katherine Harris1.47.491465th
Helen Cook1.51.101738th
Jamie Xavier1.51.351873rd
Emma Wing2.29.284323rd
Katie Williamson2.29.294324th
4670 finishers.

ELVIS 7 - Valentine Park Charity 5km hosted by East London Runners - Sunday 27th September 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.17 (17.01)4th
Paul Quinton17.068th - 7th
Patrick Brown17.2313th - 12th
Antonio Martin Romero17.58 pb15th - 71.8%
Manjit Bedi18.0617th - 16th 81.5% - 1st V50
Thomas Glasock18.1721st - 20th
James Wilson18.3121st - 22nd
Jennifer Ansell18.4226th, 2nd lady
Mark Wyatt18.51 (18.58)28th - 26th
James Clarke18.59 pb33rd - 31st - 68.0%
Aaron Browne19.0434th - 32nd
James Nichols19.06 pb (20.26)35th - 33rd - 67.9%
Scott McMillan19.0936th - 34th
Spencer Evans19.09 (19.38)37th - 35th
James Creed19.20 pb39th - 37th - 68.6%
Peter Craik19.25 pb40th - 38th 73.0%
Karen Levison19.3842nd, 3rd lady - 84.4%
Ava Lee19.39 (20.08)43rd, 4th lady
Regis Martin19.4144th - 40th - 70.4%
Andrew Baxter19.4546th - 42nd
Ciaran Canavan19.4847th - 43rd
Paul Thompson19.4948th - 44th - 72.7%
Manjit Singh20.0453rd - 49th
Craig Livermore20.13 (21.55)56th - 52nd
Carlton D'Souza20.1357th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.15 pb (21.11)59th - 54th - 65.5%
Ashley Faria20.52 pb65th - 59th - 68.0%
Shailesh Patel21.0367th - 61st - 69.5%
Gareth Jones21.20 pb73rd - 65th - 65.9%
Ramesh Pala21.22 (22.25)75th - 67th - 71.3%
Kieran Brown21.35 (21.58)79th - 70th - 73.1%
Grant Conway21.37 (22.21)81st - 71st
Roger Stubbs21.39 pb (23.11)82nd - 72nd - 69.8%
Sheetal Dandgey21.58 pb (23.22)93rd - 13th - 67.4%
Eleanor Wilkinson21.58 pb94th - 14th - 67.4%
John Healy22.15103rd - 88th
Maran Raju22.20107th - 92nd
Sarah Burns22.24108th - 16th - 67.9%
Steven Bywater23.08 (23.15)116th - 98th
Jason Levy23.13 (23.57)118th - 99th
Tim Aylett23.26121st - 102nd - 57.0%
Alexandra Turnbull23.28122nd - 20th
Tricia O'Neill23.49130th - 24th
George Georgiou24.05133rd - 109th
Fiona Day24.12136th - 27th
Doug Mansell24.21 (24.28)140th - 113th
Stuart Barton24.29141st - 114th
Patrick Farren24.46150th - 120th
Bernadett Kalmar24.54 (25.09)152nd - 32nd
Peter Martin25.17157th - 124th - 58.3%
Caroline Moore25.49 (26.46)161st - 35th
Sheila Kennedy26.24168th - 38th - 68.6%
Christian Turnbull26.32170th - 131st
Susannah McLaren26.39174th - 41st - 63.7%
David Wyatt27.05181st - 136th
Jayne Browne27.08183rd - 46th
Gina Radford27.22186th - 47th
Diana Rexhepaj28.14194th - 52nd
Emma Hobbs31.13 (debut)209th - 66th - 48.2%
Maya Goodwin31.51216th - 72nd
Race Results here - Valentines Park 5k Results available here




ELR Victorious Ladies Team of Ava, Karen and Jenny receiving their prizes from ELR ELVIS Mens Captain Grant Conway after the race!


Spencer Evans Race Report ELVIS 7 Valentine's Park 5k.

Arrived at Valentine's Park like an hour before the race, waiting around to start seem like a long wait. Anyway I had a plan for this race which was to try finish sub 19.20 or even better sub 19. The three main people I was competing with were James Clarke, James Nichols and Scott McMillian as we all run at a similar pace.

I started in the 18 minute pen, the horn sounded and we were off, the start was very busy so I was fighting my way to get further to the front which I managed to just before the first turn onto a wider path. From this point onwards I was feeling strong and confident that that I would at least break 19:20 my finish time at Barking ELVIS 6. After the first lap, I had a glance at my watch time elapsed was 7min 30 and I realised I was ahead of James Clarke, James Nichols and Scott McMillian, so I continued at the same pace the second lap round but just after I had passed the 4km marker, James Clarke was catching me up, in fact to be precise he was right behind me. I then attempted to increase my speed more to keep ahead of him, this worked until I reached the last 800m and he overtook me and come out strong, at this point I knew he has got this today. Then just before finish line I got pipped by James Nichols as he became strong at the end too. I also got pipped right on the finish by Scott McMillian, to be fair he has a strong finish. My finishing time was 19.10 so I was still very pleased with this time as its a course PB I was still very close to my three competitors. Overall today has been a great turnout for East London Runners and great series overall. My target times for the 5k ELVIS races next year will definitely be to try and finish sub 19 mins. Training for this will be starting next Saturday at Parkrun!.

Happy Running!!

Hever Castle Triathlon - Henry VIII (sprint plus) - Saturday 26th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.25.1048th , 3rd lady
800m swim 18.26, T1 2.28, 40K cycle 1.20.00, T2 2.40, 8k run 41.38 = 2.25.10
458 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 26th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes18.531st - 69.81% Grovelands
Patrick Brown18.431st - 69.10% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater32.1362nd - 45.78% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan20.449th - 65.84% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.5511th - 63.43% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.3314th - 64.81% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.56 (pb) 1st lady28th - 64.53% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.3933rd - 70.05% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.45 (course pb)35th - 59.72% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2138th - 64.13% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.3142nd - 64.17% Wanstead
Catherine Brett25.5254th - 64.82% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3764th - 58.23% Wanstead
Jayne Browne26.5568th - 63.03% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0769th - 57.16% Wanstead
Claire Emery43.37 (tailrunner)109th - 36.42% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw21.1729th - 64.60% Hackney
Manjit Singh20.508th - 66.00% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.0311th - 67.38% Valentine
James Creed21.44 ( course pb)15th - 61.04% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.0216th - 63.84% Valentine
Shailesh Patel28.5975th - 50.49% Valentine
Paul Marshall23.3779th - 54.90% Mile End
Dan Spinks27.10151st - 50.61% Bedford

Mayor's Charity 10k at Forty Hall, Enfield - Sunday 20th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes36:101st


Congratulations to Thomas who won in a time of 36:10.

Purbeck Marathon - Sunday 20th September 2015

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NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell3.57.2421st - 3rd lady
Russell Price4.06.4732nd


The course, with over 3000 feet of climbs, is a predominately off-road Marathon that is both challenging and rewarding. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that the distance is actually slightly over the standard marathon distance at 27 miles – don’t let this put you off, it just means that you can boast to have done ‘More than just a marathon!’

The marathon starts and finishes in Swanage. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and along the Jurassic coast path before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston.

London Duathlon, Richmond Park - Sunday 20th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Lee2:31:45
Ava Lee2:35:55
Jonathan Wooldridge2.47.36
Graham Peacock3.40.44
Tanbir Jasimuddin6:16:49 Ultra Duathlon
Andy Kumar1.47.54 half
Duathlon - (10Km - 44Km - 5Km)
Ultra Duathlon - (20Km - 77Km - 10Km)
Half dist (5km - 22km - 5km)

Jonathan's report - Here’s a race report from the London Duathlon, a run-bike-run that took place in Richmond Park on 20 September. Superb organisation, really friendly and supportive marshals – clearly vets at this game given the stupid questions I was asking. These multi-sport activities have such odd rules; all the dos and don’ts of transition were quite bewildering for a novice like me.

With Maya's advice still ringing in my ears – “transition - it’s just an exercise of getting changed”, it was great to meet fellow ELRs Ava and Danny – beaming at 8am! Soon it was time to get ready – all the pros laying out towels and boxes with their kit in. I had two pairs of shoes and a ruck sack. I felt somewhat inadequate. But still I was just there for the experience, I had no expectations. This was mainly because having lost 12 week’s of running in the summer, I wasn’t at all fit enough.

Nine O’clock came and we soon shuffled into pens like a ride at a theme park, and then released to the tune of the pips you get at a slalom downhill ski tournament. We were off – 10K run ahead. I had to pace this, don’t do what you normally do Jonathan – listen to the experts. It was a slow, and very long 1.5 mile climb. I mustn’t rush this.

It was always my intention to visit the park and check the route – was that a good idea or not? When I got to the top of the first climb – I was pleased that I hadn’t – although I still had no idea whether all the climbing was done. Thank fully the rest of the course was downhill. I met a cycling buddy at the 7km marker – that was surprise and really lifted my spirits. He’d cycled down from Bricket Wood to cheer me, so was a real treat – including the gel he dangled like bait for a performing seal.

Anyway, my first ever transition was fast approaching – the course snaked around for what seemed like miles. Would I remember where I left my bike, what if someone has pinched my cycling shoes, were my original concerns, but this was all in the past – I was on a mission. Challenged with going faster than Kylie Minogue in a costume change – I was in and out in a flash – 1min 58 sec. I thought that was quick, but I was still accused of taking too long – shouts of “You’re not supposed to do your hair and make-up!” rung out from the crowd!

So the second leg was underway 44km bike – no drafting rules, just 15 seconds to overtake, and motor cycle marshals on route all made me nervous. Four laps of 11km round the park were ahead, just get your head down and get it done. So I did. My legs were fine I managed the run and bike transition quite well, but there were too many cyclists on the course to avoid drafting at least some of the way. The course was well balanced – a hill at the start and half way with some long fast down hills as well. I think in hindsight I should have tackled this quicker, but knowing a further 5K run was ahead I decided that I would keep it steady. Even so, I was overtaking most, and only overtaken by the guys with the aero wheels and helmets. It was a sporting event for all, but some were taking this very seriously indeed. A highlight for me was climbing Broomfield Hill, and near the top on the first lap stood a Stag, just observing all the lycra whizzing by. I would love to know what he was thinking. Standing just 3 metres away from all these cyclists – it was quite a sight. We briefly made eye contact, but I doubt he’ll remember me.

Soon it was back to the last transition and back to the running. The bike to run transition was by far the hardest adjustment for my legs. The course at this point was mixed with half-duathlon and relay participants, so really hard to gauge whether you are pacing someone like you or someone with fresh legs. After about a mile the jelly legs were gone and to my amazement I had some energy left for strong (by my standards) finish.
So fearful of the rules, with insufficient training I managed my first ever duathlon. I really enjoyed this. Would I come back next year? Most definitely. No goodie bag, but nice bling and a technical T-shirt are always welcome.

Along with Ava and danny, Graham Peacock and Andy Kumar also took part in this event. It was shame that we didn’t all meet at the end. I would recommend this event for next year for anyone wanting to try a multisport event.

Ingatestone 5m - Sunday 20th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Tricia O'Neill41.1581st
113 finishers.

ITU World Championships. Chicago - Age Group Standard - Saturday 19th September 2015

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NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.29.3362nd V35 -39
1500m swim 28.32, T1 4.09, 40km bike 1.02.32,T2 3.18, 10km run 51.04 = 2.29.33.
Age Group W35-39
Place (M/W) 392
Place (AC) 62
Place (Total) 1206

Congratulations to Sarah Burns of East London Runners, representing Great Britain (Ladies 35-39) in completing the Triathlon in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago.





I made it. Rough swim, flying bike course and slightly long and hot 10k. Not sure of the time but who cares that was so much fun. So much GB support on route and virtual support from friends and family back home. And of course the other member of the Burns Unit - Mum. Let me at the Bud!

Mile Challenge, Velopark, Queen Elizabeth Park - Saturday 19th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Stuart Barton7.2512th
Caroline Moore8.0716th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown18.233rd - 70.35% Wanstead
James Wilson18.405th - 72.59% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.078th - 71.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4716th - 69.50% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.4917th - 71.57% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter20.1818th - 70.36% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3922nd - 64.25% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.4332nd - 64.31% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.2638th - 69.69% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.17 (course pb)48th - 63.56% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1174th - 59.64% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley26.1275th - 63.23% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.1776th - 63.79% Wanstead
Jayne Browne26.5486th - 63.07% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0488th - 57.27% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1889th - 56.38% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.21114th - 51.07% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.56125th - 46.81% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.2314th - 66.33% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.3816th - 67.64% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.3126th - 62.47% Valentine
Maran Raju22.3828th - 65.17% Valentine
Alexandra Turnbull23.42 (course pb)41st - 62.45% Valentine
Michael Wilson26.10 (1st parkrun)68th - 58.73% Valentine
Amita Morse26.3874th - 60.83% Valentine
Christian Turnbull27.3882nd - 46.68% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.2418th - 60.45% Walthamstow
Stuart Barton24.40 (course pb)68th - 57.50% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.5081st - 67.42% Hackney

Sunday Run - Sunday 13th September 2015

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Bacchus Marathon, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking - Sunday 13th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Fiona Critchley5.11.4687th
163 finishers.
I think mine should have read "Fiona Critchley is at the Bacchus Marathon drinking! This is a really fantastic run, like a long ELR social run . Brilliantly organised, beautiful route & wine stops every couple of miles. Great run, loved it!It does include 54 mins of paused time wine tasting so pleased with my run time!!!

Pleshey & Essex Half Marathon - Sunday 13th September 2015

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NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton1.16.5112th
Alex Day1.17.30 pb14th
Mark Boulton1.17.40 pb16th
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.39.34 pb148th
Celia Payaneeandee1.45.46 pb202nd
392 finishers.
Team results: 1st Springfield Striders 9pts, 2nd East London Runners 42pts, 3rd Ilford AC 43pts.

A BIG well done to our Team of Paul Quinton, Mark Boulton and Alex Day in winning the Silver Medal in the Essex Championships at the Pleshey Half Marathon.



Paul, Mark and Alex with their medals!

Great North Run 2015 - Sunday 13th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Tom Woods1.46.51 pb4786th
Alan Branch2.16.0420653rd
Tom Woods report:- The last time I ran the GNR was back in 2011 , the weather then was horrendous and getting back to Newcastle after the race took as long as the race itself. I remember doing a PB , but being a bit disappointed in not going under 2hrs (2:01).
Earlier this Year got the the chance to run the GNR again , so entered again as a pre cursor to my next marathon coming up in October (Frankfurt).
Arrived in Newcastle on Saturday and it was raining , but was predicted to be cleared up for race Day with clear blue skies and warm temperatures predicted ... yeah right!!
Lo and behold on Sunday the weather was as predicted ,beautiful Day.
Made my way down to the start and first the baggage drop , where a fleet of busses , colour coded to match the running pens , transport your stuff down to South Shields and the finish area.
The starting area of the GNR is massive , unlike London which has 3 separate starting areas , up here in Newcastle it is 1 huge straight line , divided in to 11 corrals and 57,000 runners packed in.
As we wait for the start , there are warm up exercises and announcements made , making the time pass fairly quickly and then we are off on a long gently downhill section leading to the Tyne bridge , a good proportion of this first part is ran under an elevated section of motorway , so Garmins etc may give crazy data , for me , I only look at my GPS at the 5km markers to check my average pace.
Not long after crossing the Tyne Bridge the course starts to climb (gently) for the next 3 or 4 Kim's , around this part , I noticed someone ahead wearing a ELR running vest (Alan Branch) , so caught up and introduced myself.
Considering the vast amount of runners taking part , the course did not feel all that congested ,except at points where we ran through roundabouts , where everyone tries to take the tangents , does it get bunched up.
All big races have something that is unique to the particular event at some part of the course ie Boston and the Citgo sign or Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate , for the GNR it has to be the the final steep downhill followed by the 1 mile run along the coast rd to reach the finish , with the Red Arrows flying overhead.
All in all a great race , which I would recommend to anyone thinking of a half marathon , plenty of hills , both ups and downs , but without any serious gradients , decent medal , T shirt and goody bag at the end , only downside really is getting back to Newcastle which still took longer then running the race itself.
As in 2011 , I managed a PB , but was disappointed not to go under 1:45 , some people are just never satisfied.

Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 13th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Antonio Martin Romero37.329th
John Booth38.0312th

Run To The Beat 10km - Sunday 13th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Jamie Xavier46.51
Paul Thompson49.41
Caroline Meaby49.08
Eszter Tacine

Rat Race, Coast to coast - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Carlton D'Souza11.02.05
Thanks all! Completed a cracking adventure race (road biking, mountain biking, kayaking, and trail & mountain running) with a friend as a team event. This was a coast to coast race passing through the stunning Scottish Highlands, fro

Stockholm Half Marathon - Saturday 12th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Jones1.49.46
Saheb Yousefi1.49.46

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.561st - 73.51% Grovelands
Alex Day17.352nd - 73.93% Wanstead
Alex Bee17.484th - Wanstead
Russell Price18.287th - 70.22% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.029th - 71.72% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.4716th - 72.20% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.3723rd - 62.57% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.5226th - 65.89% Wanstead
Jennifer Ansell20.5728th - 70.64% Wanstead
Craig Livermore21.21 (50th parkrun)29th - 60.42% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4934th - 71.66% Wanstead
Paula Bedford22.1940th - 68.93% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.0655th - 69.57% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.1457th - 64.44% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.21 (course pb)59th - 58.25% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.2160th - 76.39% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.2562nd - 63.48% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3988th - 58.16% Wanstead
Jayne Browne27.27 (50th parkrun)99th - 61.81% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.34100th - 56.23% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.05132nd - 47.56% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley33.37 (50th parkrun)134th - 49.28% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.37135th - 46.80% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.26139th - 44.83% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.0513th - 67.27% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.3121st - 62.47% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.3322nd - 64.89% Valentine
Katherine Harris30.40113th - 48.75% Valentine
David Wyatt27.52104th - 58.07% Hackney
Tricia O'Neill23.2418th - 67.88% Raphael
Richard Guest21.156th - 65.18% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.5130th - 54.93% Walthamstow
One first finisher this week with Thomas at Grovelands. Celebrations at Wanstead as three, Craig, Jayne and Fiona all reached there 50th run. Only one course pb this week as Stuart gets quicker each week. But a few more age grade improvements for this year from Stuart, Jayne and Morag.

Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Aaron Williamsn/a11th
ELR were again unable to field a team for this 62 mile Relay race with 10 Legs starting at Epping Station and finishing at Harlow.

Aaron ran the first Leg of 7.5 miles from Epping to Chipping Ongar. He finished in 11th place and was greeted at the finish line by ELR' Edward Barnard and Frank Brownlie who wererecording the results. ELR and Ilford Ac were hosts of the first leg.

Fosters Law Kent Coastal Half Marathon - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day1.18.49 1st
Patrick Brown1.20.483rd
314 finishers.
Congratulations to Alex and Pat on their latest running achievement.


Richmond Running Festival Half Marathon 2015 - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Andy Kumar1.31.15143rd
Julie Creffield2.59.44
Andy's report from today's race - andykumar.net/2015/09/06/richmond-running-festival-half-marathon-2015-race-report/

UFD Hackney Marshes Half Marathon - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Carlton D'Souza1.34.33
Did this smashing 6 lap, low key local 'community feel' run as part of my training for a Scottish Highlands Adventure Challenge. Whilst it may not have the razzmatazz of a bigger event, it more than made up for in extremely friendly and welcoming volunteers and marshalls. As on the previous occasion I ran this race, finishers were given an excellent goody bag, comprising exactly what you want post run: fresh fruit, a bagel with butter and jam, an energy biscuit, a bottle of water and a lollipop! Essentially, a really nice event- Great fun!
Time: Circa 1h 34m 33s

Harlow 10m - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes57.352nd
James Nichols1.08.2440th
James Creed1.08.3441st
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.12.1457th
Ramesh Pala1.13.2664th
John Healy1.14.0567th
Carrine Jay1.15.0574th ,6th lady
Diana Rexhepaj1.35.52178th
208 finishers.

Spitfire 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Craig Livermore42.46 pb14th
Katherine Harris46.01 (4th lady)41st
Iain Mackie50.0894th
490 finishers.

Katherine Harris:- Really pleased with the time, well worth it for the medal and I managed to get myself a trophy for being first in my age category too

Kew Gardens 10km - Richmond Running Festival - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Eszter Tacine1.04.121142nd

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Ninette Fernandes56.00296th
417 finishers.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 5th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Amita Morse56.01276th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.171st - 76.28% Grovelands
Thomas Glasock19.06 (course pb)1st - 67.54% Barking
Tricia O'Neill23.03 (course pb)21st - 68.91% Raphael
Spencer Evans19.32 (course pb)8th - 66.04% Valentines
Karen Levison19.42 (course pb) 1st9th - 83.08% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.02 (course pb)15th - 67.43% Valentines
Jonathan Wooldridge22.2124th - 62.94% Valentines
Shailesh Patel22.2225th - 65.42% Valentines
Maran Raju23.0430th - 63.95% Valentines
Jason Levy26.4268th - 52.68% Valentines
Steven Bywater24.1121st - 60.99% Walthamstow
Alex Day17.292nd - 74.36% Wanstead
James Wilson18.333rd - 72.51% Wanstead
Aaron Browne18.47 (course pb)5th - 68.68% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.138th - 71.03% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.5113th - 71.96% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.1116th - 68.13% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.4127th - 64.41% Wanstead
Paul Marshall22.57 (course pb)44th - 56.50% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.5845th - 66.18% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.23 (course pb)50th - 70.85% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.48 (course pb)65th - 57.19% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.5881st - 59.69% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.2492nd - 56.57% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.10101st - 60.24% Wanstead
Catherine Brett30.02107th - 55.83% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.47110th - 50.35% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose33.16122nd - 52.35% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.12125th - 45.12% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar35.47128th - 43.97% Wanstead
Dan Gritton18.599th - 72.96% Southwark
Dan Spinks22.3133rd - 61.07% Abingdon
Three first finishers this week with Thomas Grimes 17.17 at Groveland's, Thomas Glasock 19.06 at Barking and Karen extended her lead on the age grade chart to 83.08% with 19.42 at Valentine's.
Course pb's for Thomas, Karen, Tricia(Raphael), Spencer & Ashley (Valentine), Aaron, Stuart, Fiona and Paul(Wanstead).
Sarah at long last got her 50 vest, Jayne's only one away after doing her 49th and good to see Julia Wildgoose back at parkrun after a long break.

LGN Run Clubs Inter Advertising 5km - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

NameTimePosition
Ciaran Canavan19.4760th
642 finishers.

VAC 10,000m Track , Kingsmeadow. - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes34.52.25th

Cross Country 2015-2016 - 1st September 2015

Woodford Green Open Event - 3000m - Tuesday 1st September 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes9.22.17 pb1st

Moel Fammau Mountain Race, Nth Wales - Monday 31st August 2015

NameTimePosition
Aaron Williams42.3350th
Aaron Williams took part in this 4 mile mountain race in North Wales ON Monday. He came in at 50th position in a time of 42.33.

ELVIS 6: Barking Road Runners 5km, Barking Park - Monday 31st August 2015

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NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.35 (16.45)3rd
Paul Quinton16.537th
Alex Day17.2810th
Jennifer Ansell18.35 pb (1st lady)24th - 1st
Mark Wyatt18.4827th - 26th
Aaron Browne19.0130th - 29th
Ciaran Canavan19.0731st - 30th
Scott McMillan19.0832nd - 31st
James Nichols19.10 (20.25)33rd - 32nd
Spencer Evans19.20 (20.06) 40th - 39th
James Creed19.28 pb (21.01)41st - 40th
Peter Craik19.36 pb43rd - 42nd
Regis Martin19.4448th - 47th
Paul Thompson19.5252nd - 50th
Karen Levison19.54 (3rd Lady)54th - 3rd
Craig Livermore20.12 pb57th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.2563rd - 59th
Carlton D'Souza20.32 (21.03)66th - 61st
Ashley Faria21.07 pb77th - 70th
Grant Conway21.1278th - 71st
John Healy21.18 pb81st - 72nd
Gareth Jones21.4892nd - 80th
Kieran Brown21.53 (22.21)94th - 82nd
Richard Potter22.0498th - 86th
Katherine Harris22.11100th - 13th
Shailesh Patel22.11101st - 88th
Jonathan Wooldridge22.15104th - 90th
Sarah Burns22.26 (22.37)109th - 16th
Jason Levy22.51 (23.19)118th - 100th
Iain Mackie23.01 pb120th - 102nd
Alexandra Turnbull23.26 pb128th - 20th
Frank Brownlie 23.40135th - 113th
George Georgiou23.47138th - 116th
Steven Bywater23.51140th - 118th
Fiona Day23.53141st - 23rd
Tricia O'Neill23.54142nd - 24th
Paul Marshall24.01144th - 120th
Doug Mansell24.09 (25.15)147th - 123rd
Fiona Critchley24.10148th - 25th
Maud Hodson24.41159th - 30th
Stuart Barton24.57 pb162nd - 130th
Patrick Farren24.59163rd - 131st
Christian Turnbull26.15 pb185th - 142nd
Amita Morse26.41189th - 47th
Diana Rexhepaj26.57 (27.31)192nd - 48th
Peter Martin27.02 pb193rd - 145th
David Wyatt27.28199th - 148th
Sandra Corbyn28.05 pb205th - 55th
James Rutherford28.37 (elr debut)214th - 153rd
Katie Williamson28.59 (elr debut)217th - 64th
Emma Wing29.24 (elr debut)220th - 67th
Maya Goodwin31.13237th - 78th
Morag Campbell33.24247th - 85th
Lauren Johnson33.36 pb248th - 86th
54 ELR's from 267 finishers. All results are provisional only till verification by all the clubs involved. Last years times in brackets for those who improved.

Run Norwich 10km - Sunday 30th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Diccon Loy44.59500th

Veterans' AC Club Track Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16:43:992nd

Veterans' AC Club Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes2:09:56 (800m)1st
Thomas Grimes4:29:63 (1500m)1st

Thames Meander Marathon, Kingston - Saturday 29th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Sheetal Dandgey4.00.5498th
Muhammad Iqbal5.21.15206th
234 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 29th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown19.181st - 67.01% Tewkesbury
Alex Day17.26 (course pb)1st - 74.57% Wanstead
Russell Price18.175th - 70.74% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.049th - 71.59% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.0332nd - 63.34% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.4444th - 54.89% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.4446th - 65.87% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.45 (course pb)47th - 69.75% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.2253rd - 63.61% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0156th - 63.56% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.3261st - 55.55% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.3962nd - 61.34% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3069th - 58.49% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.0490th - 60.45% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.19109th - 48.68% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.15111th - 46.97% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.3313th - 65.82% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.5023rd - 56.50% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5835th - 54.24% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1337th - 58.09% Valentine
Amita Morse26.0947th - 61.95% Barking
Claire Parker23.0043rd - 64.35% Hackney
Ninette Fernandes26.1273rd - 56.87% Hackney
Sarah Burns26.1577th - 57.90% Hackney
Julie Creffield39.21114th - 38.25% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge24.1716th - 57.93% Walthamstow
Shailesh Patel24.2217th - 60.05% Walthamstow.
Steven Bywater28.5044th - 51.16% Walthamstow.
Paul Marshall23.4147th - 54.75% Mile End
Katherine Harris24.1359th - 61.73% Riddlesdown
Peter Hatley27.1382nd - 50.52% Cleethorpes
Dan Gritton27.5582nd - 49.61% Southwark
Two first finisher's this week with Alex Day at Wanstead and a 1 second improvement on last week's pb. Also Patrick 19.18 in Tewkesbury.
A course pb for Fiona Critchley at Wanstead also. Good to see Sharon getting back to running at Wanstead ,also Jayne finally working towards her 50th run with No 48 since 47 was back in October 2014.
2015 age grade improvements for Alex, Sharon, Amita, Ninette, Jayne & Morag.

Orion's 5km on the Rides - Race 3 - Wednesday 27th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.571st
Patrick Brown18.044th
Spencer Evans19.5211th
Aaron Williams20.1415th
Ciaran Canavan20.4718th
James Creed20.5219th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1721st
96 finishers.

Royal Parks 10km Summer Series - Hyde Park - Sunday 23rd August 2015

NameTimePosition
John Healy44.30 pb79th
Jamie Xavier46.51119th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd August 2015

NameTimePosition
Jennifer Ansell18.40 (1st lady)3rd - 79.29% Kings Lynn
Karen Levison19.51 (1st lady)8th - 82.45% Valentine
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.55 (50th parkrun)6th - 63.03% Beckton
Alex Day17.27 (course pb)1st - 74.50% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.492nd - 72.59% Wanstead
Alex Bee18.243rd - 70.11% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.107th - 71.22% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.4319th - 64.04% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.3927th - 63.51% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.1630th - 62.72% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.1335th - 55.56% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2836th - 64.77% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.45 (50th parkrun)39th - 65.82% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.5440th - 69.32% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.2446th - 76.23% Wanstead
Caroline Moore26.1161st - 66.52% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.4567th - 57.94% Wanstead
Stuart Kelly19.076th - 67.83% Valentine
Craig Livermore21.1312th - 60.80% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3113th - 65.92% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2028th - 63.21% Valentine
Jason Levy23.5737th - 58.73% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 24.0038th - 69.24% Valentine
Amita Morse26.2565th - 61.32% Valentine
Claire Parker23.1853rd - 63.52% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.5477th - 54.76% Hackney
Steven Bywater24.0322nd - 61.33% Walthamstow
Dan Spinks22.1454th - 61.84% Frimley Lodge
Saheed Shabbir26.47234th - 48.54% Cannon Hill
Manjit Singh30.42114th - 44.79% Orpington
50th parkruns for Keiran Brown at Wanstead at Wanstead and Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea at Beckton. Three first finishers with Alex Day, a course pb of 17.27 at Wanstead, also Jenny a 3rd place finish of 18.40 at Kings Lynn and Karen an 8th place finish of 19.51 for an 82.45% age grade. 2015 age grade bests for those three plus Iain Mackie & Angus Nicholls.

Orion's 5km on the rides - Race 2 - Wednesday 19th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes16.481st
Spencer Evans19.5913th
Ciaran Canavan20.3115th
James Creed20.5319th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.0122nd
96 finishers.

London Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 16th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Ashley Faria45.1362nd
Eleanor Wilkinson45.4569th
286 finishers.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series. - Sunday 16th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price37.386th

Pride 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 15th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown34.177th - 78.63%
Alex Day35.1811th - 76.38%
Euan Brown36.3018th - 73.90%
Fiona Day50.25402nd - 72.29%
769 finishers. Fiona Day Very enjoyable run, great atmosphere and one of the most attractive t - shirts and medals ever. Not that I run for the t - shirts and medals- so a bonus!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 15th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes17.391st - 74.69% Clarisford
Russell Price18.521st - 68.55% Lloyd,Croydon
Craig Livermore20.51 (course pb)11th - 61.87% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.12 (course pb)15th - 66.90% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.0928th - 60.76% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.1329th - 63.03% Valentine
Katherine Harris23.1530th - 64.30% Valentine
Alexandra Turnbull23.5039th - 62.10% Valentine
George Georgiou24.0442nd - 59.35% Valentine
Maran Raju24.2750th - 60.33% Valentine
Christian Turnbull26.4386th - 48.28% Valentine
Amita Morse26.4788th - 59.86% Valentine
Karen Shah32.19153rd - 48.68% Valentine
Sbita Reandi32.41 (course pb)157th - 45.89% Valentine
Scott McMillan19.203rd . 70.60% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.514th - 71.45% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.3227th - 69.38% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.07 (course pb)34th - 72.53% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.1246th - 68.46% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1261st - 59.16% Wanstead
Maud Hodson44.04 (tailrunner) 105th - 35.44% Wanstead
Claire Parker21.1228th - 69.81% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.05 (course pb)63rd - 69.44% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.41 (course pb)70th - 55.22% Hackney
Diccon Loy19.497th - 70.98% Gunpowder
James Nichols20.058th - 64.56% Gunpowder
Andrew Baxter21.1211th - 67.37% Penrose
John Healy21.4347th - 63.32% Dulwich
Dan Spinks21.0215th - 65.37% Luton Wardown
Manjit Singh20.1533rd - 67.90% Pollok,Glasgow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.374th - 65.95% Beckton
Two first finisher's this week with Thomas & Russell. Course pb's for Craig, Ashley & Sbita at Valentines, Caroline & Stuart at Hackney and Suzanne at Wanstead. Age Grade best's for 2015 for all those except Stuart plus Alexandra, George and Christian at Valentines and Mohammed at Beckton.
Popular time at the moment is 21.12 with 3 times this week with Ashley, Claire and Andrew and twice last week with Claire and Dan.

Orion's 5k on the rides - race 1 - Wednesday 12th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Alex Day17.505th
Ciaran Canavan19.398th
Spencer Evans20.3014th
95 finishers, and Lance Fuller 24.05.

Muslim Charity Run, Victoria Park - Sunday 9th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea19.23 (adjusted)2nd
Shahib Miah Ali19.55 (adjusted)3rd
Today, I ran at the ‘Muslim Charity Run’ event in Victoria Park. The course was supposed to 5K, but two runners confirmed it was only 4.73K, one of whom was Shahib Miah Ali. There were five age category prizes; u12, 13-17, 18-34, 35-49 and 50+. I finished in 2nd place overall, but alas I received no prize as the winner was a chap in my age category (35-49). If you must know, he overtook me at around 2.5K, drats! My adjusted time was 19:23, if it were the full 5K. Shahib finished 3rd overall (19:55 adjusted for 5K) and picked up a ‘Red Letter Day’ prize for finishing 1st in the 18-34 age category.

Run Through Battersea Park 10km - Sunday 9th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Harris46.21

London Triathlon - Olympic Distance - Sunday 9th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.32.4525th, 5th F35-39
Russell Price2.39.51 pb
Ninette Fernandes3.16.44
Sarah 31.06, no other times recorded.
Russell 38.38, 6.41, 1.14.25, 3.51,36.17.
Ninette 34.22, 13.39, 1.28.41, 5.00, 55.04

Sarah Burns:- Sunday gang update I finished somewhere inside 2.30 but lost my timing chip so will have to wait for an official time. Bike course was technical. Apparently i was 5th in the sub 2.40 race according to the finish announcer. The others survived the swim, Russell Price struggled finding his bike in T1 and Ninette Fernandes got a bloody puncture we put some pitstop in the tyre so I hope it holds up. High drama and heat here at excel.

Russell Price:- 20 mins Olympic triathlon pb, including pb in each discipline (we don't mention transition).
No one came past me on the bike or the run, time to get some swim coaching! n
Swim 00:38:38, Bike 01:14:25, Run 00:36:17, Total 02:39:51.

No way was that a 10k run!
I need a helium balloon on my rack in transition!

Ninette Fernandes;- Thanks Sarah you are a dreamboat helping me! Terrible race today but the medal says I finished... No idea if my chip will have picked anything up as I confused it. Further thoughts - Super chevved off with today - poor swim (poor training!) and annoying puncture just coming out of transition! Nice run time though considering. Sarah saved the day by sorting my tyre and my head as I was so adamant I wouldn't continue!

London Triathlon - Sprint distance - Saturday 8th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Jason Levy1.47.25 pb
750m swim 23.35, 5.31, 20km bike 46.12, 3.04, 5km run 29.04.

Jason Levy:- A really great atmosphere at the London tri today. Official result for the sprint 1.47.25. Really pleased with my time. A new PB by just over 5 mins. May have to think about stepping up to Olympic distance for next year!

London Triathlon - Olympic Distance - Saturday 8th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Ava Lee2.43.397th of 329, 2nd F35-39
1500m swim 31.05, 4.07, 40km cycle 1.18.58, 2.28, 10km run 47.03

Ava Lee:- Hey guys. An update for the Sunday ELR team. Today was brilliant fun. The swim had a fair bit of elbows and feet, harder to get going than Hyde Park but enjoyed it anyway. Bike course has small hills but lots of straight roads. I had 4 laps, you guys have 2 on an elongated course. I didn't fall off my bike this time, although I was having squeaky brake issues ( reminder to self to check bike after a 100 mile ride next time ). Run was the most twisty turny course ever. Loved it but slowest 10k I've run in many a year. Think tomorrow is slightly different course. Haven't seen results yet. Reckon I was about 2 hours 42ish. Sitting in my garden have a glass of champers with my mum. Have a great time tomorrow. X

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km (Summer Series) - Saturday 8th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper39.0513th
John Booth39.2315th
397 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 8th August 2015

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NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown17.01 (course pb)1st - 76.00% Wanstead
Alex Day17.423rd - 73.45% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.545th - 68.25% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.026th - 71.72% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.09 pb8th - 67.36% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.30 (50th parkrun)10th - 70.51% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.07 (course pb)14th - 64.13% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.2018th - 69.75% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3520th - 64.45% Wanstead
James Clarke20.50 (course pb)21st - 61.92% Wanstead
Craig Livermore21.12 (course pb)22nd - 60.85% Wanstead
John Healy21.22 (course pb)25th - 64.35% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4632nd - 71.82% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.52 (1st lady)39th - 64.72% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4945th - 62.14% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 23.5647th - 69.43% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.2751st - 67.76% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.3752nd - 68.11% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0858th - 61.97% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.1258th - 61.97% Wanstead
David Wyatt26.5281st - 60.24% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5784th - 57.51% Wanstead
Manjit Singh19.597th - 68.81% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3317th - 65.82% Valentine
James Creed22.1222nd - 59.76% Valentine
Amita Morse27.4398th - 57.85% Valentine
Stuart Kelly19.0511th - 67.95% Hackney
Claire Parker21.3443rd - 68.62% Hackney
Lucy Barron27.17100th - 54.25% Hackney
Luca Zangari18.43 (course pb)6th - 68.92% Mile End
Dan Spinks21.1213th - 64.86% Raphael
Tricia O'Neill23.15 (course pb)26th - 68.32% Raphael
Richard Guest21.2919th - 64.47% Bracknell
Shailesh Patel23.4699th - 61.57% Braunstone
Shaun DeSena29.43269th - 43.41% Braunstone
Ciaran celebrates his 50th parkrun, while Scott runs Wanstead Flats for the 100th time. 22 ELR at Wanstead with 2 first finishers from Patrick and Bex.
Course pb's from Patrick, Spencer, Aaron, James, Craig and John at Wanstead also Luca at Mile End and Tricia at Raphael.
Fastest man of the day was Patrick 17.01 and Claire 21.34 for the ladies.
Best Age Grades for 2015 so far from Spencer, John, Keiran, Luca and Tricia.
Thanks to Sarah & Russell for volunteering at Wanstead.

Clissold Park 5km Evening Race - Wednesday 5th August 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price17.572nd -

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 3rd August 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols19.2175th

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 2nd August 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Harris47.48181st
George Georgiou50.15257th
684 finishers.

Al-Isharah Deaf Run - Saturday 1st August 2015

NameTimePosition
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea14.153rd
On Saturday 1st August, I raced at the ‘Al-Isharah Deaf Run’ on a 2.3 mile course at Mile End. I finished in 14:15 (3rd place overall, 1st place in the 16+ age category). The two boys who finished ahead of me, both had a combined age less than mine! Incidentally, it was a faster race than in previous years, I used to hold the course record at 14:30 from 2013. I went under my course record by 15 seconds, but it’s now been lowered to 14:05 by the winner this year. I spoke to young lad who didn’t run due to illness and he spoke to me about his youth level running on the track. His PB for 5000m. . . 15 mins!

Orion Forest Five Series - Race 3 of 3. - Saturday 1st August 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown28.292nd
Thomas Grimes28.463rd
Mark Boulton28.524th
Alex Day30.026th
Andy Kumar31.5314th
Ciaran Canavan32.1119th
Spencer Evans33.12 pb27th
Karen Levison34.08 (2nd lady )32nd
James Creed34.1936th
Ramesh Pala36.4556th
Kieran Brown38.5471st
Sarah Burns39.1873rd
Celia Payaneeandee39.5179th
Frank Brownlie 41.0986th
Fiona Day43.56112th
Amita Morse48.07139th

Orion Forest Five Series - Overall = 3 x 5m - Saturday 1st August 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes85.421st
Patrick Brown86.352nd
Mark Boulton88.033rd
Alex Day90.254th
Ciaran Canavan98.297th
Spencer Evans101.589th
James Creed105.1012th
Ramesh Pala114.5617th
Sarah Burns118.1219th, Vet 35 winner
Kieran Brown119.0521st
Celia Payaneeandee125.5827th
Fiona Day130.2833rd, Vet 55 winner
Amita Morse142.5043rd

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 1st August 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price18.161st - 70.80% Barking
Shailesh Patel21.4214th - 67.43% Valentine
Saheb Yousefi21.49 (course pb)17th - 59.59% Valentine
Mark Wyatt18.315th - 69.67% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.30 (course pb)53rd - 62.98% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.40 (course pb)76th - 57.66% Hackney
David Wyatt26.2381st - 61.34% Hackney
Gina Radford27.17 (1st parkrun)94th - 54.25% Hackney
Jamie Xavier22.4211th - 59.69% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater23.5920th - 61.50% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan19.025th - 71.72% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.457th - 71.81% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.3610th - 62.62% Wanstead
John Healy21.49 (course pb)19th - 63.03% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.0135th - 68.98% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.5341st - 62.29% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.2044th - 61.64% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.4957th - 57.80% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.1486th - 46.40% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench39.01 (tailrunner)99th - 42.97% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.086th - 69.87% Gunpowder
Carrine Jay22.05 (1st parkrun)17th - 75.92% Gunpowder
Thomas Glasock18.4611th - 68.74% Coventry
Alexandra Wilkinson23.1075th - 68.56% Southsea
Tricia O'Neill23.36 (course pb)23rd - 67.30% Raphael
Dan Spinks20.1720th - 67.79% Gunnersbury
A word of warning, don't forget your barcode especially if your going to come first. Luckily Russell went back for his and also had the fastest time of this week. Five course pb's and 2 1st parkruns for Gina & Carinne. Carinne's time of 22.05 gave her a 75.92% age grade to take her to No 12 on this years list.
2015 Age Grade best's for 11,: Saheb,Mark,Lucy,David,Gina,Jamie,John,Sharon, Tricia,Carinne & Alexandra.

Wedding Day 7km, Bushy Park - Friday 31st July 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols28.1567th
James reports: Was tempted by this race mainly due to the novelty of the 7k distance. It was the 35th running of this event which is annually held on a Friday evening in late July, encompassing a flat route in Bushy Park over a
variety of terrain, and very popular with many of the SW London clubs. Good
value for money (£11 including a technical T-Shirt) and well organised,
would do again.

Self Transcendence 5K - Battersea Park - Monday 27th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Russell Price17:3825th

Outlaw Ironman Triathlon - Sunday 26th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Trish Kelly14.18.38
2.4m swim 1.25.37, T1 - 11.17,
112m cycle 7.16.48, T2 - 15.23,
26.2m run 5.09.32
Trish reports:-
I am an OUTLAW!! Whoop woop!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and good wishes on my epic day yesterday! It was the culmination of a long 'ironman' journey and a special thanks to Roberto, for going through the early mornings, stresses and panics with me! So now I've had a little time to reflect on it all, here's my (and I will try to keep it brief) race report:

So, my ironman journey started 3 years ago, when I trained for Elbaman in Italy. I got through the swim OK, but a torrential storm whilst out on the bike leg (after 98 miles!) made it unsafe to continue and my race finished there. It has taken me those 3 years to get over that disappointment and try again, so you can imagine how I was feeling, looking at the weather forecasts leading up to yesterday - how could I be this unlucky!!


But yesterday morning, at 4.30am, as I walked over to the lake and transition area, the sunrise was lovely and the lake was pan flat. I was in the water and at 6.00am we were off. I really enjoyed the swim. It was a bit manic at the beginning, with around 1,200 swimmers out there, but came out to a PB with a massive smile on my face.

The bike course is fairly flat, just one real climb and the rain stayed away till around 50 miles, then it just heaved down for the rest of the day. Cycling is the bit I never really enjoy, so was just pleased to have gotten through it with no punctures and in another PB for that distance. My hands were completely numb with cold though, hence a really long transition!

I hit the run with a huge smile - knowing that I now had nearly 8 hours before the cut-off, so all those stresses and panics finally fell away and I just did what I do, slow and steady, walking briefly through the feed stations, and running right through to the finish to complete in 14:18. The best bit - crossing that finish line to that shout out -

'Trish Kelly, you are an OUTLAW!!'


Thank you to everyone for all your support, best wishes and congrats on my big race yesterday. It was an amazing day and I enjoyed every bit of it, apart from the heavy rain, which started around 50 miles into the bike and didn't stop until the last few miles of the marathon!

2.4 mile swim in 1:25:37 - a big PB for me for that distance.
112 mile bike in 7:16:48 - another PB over the distance, despite the rain!
26.2 mile run in 5:09 - felt strong throughout and ran the whole way apart from 30-60sec walks through each feed station.


14:18:38 overall. Not too shabby for an old timer!

Special thanks to Joe and Jess, for standing out in the rain to cheer me on and for the balloons and banner!

Finally, a massive thank you, to Roberto, who has put up with me on my very long 'ironman' journey and has been my number one supporter throughout. Couldn't have done it without you xx.

Neil, yes, it was the Outlaw 'iron distance' race. Surprised you haven't done it yourself, seeing as it's on your doorstep.

Jackie, not only was Beryl posting - she was following the live tracking!!

Russell, I guess I must be in calorie deficit too now - just how much cake and beer do you think I have in hand.

Royal Parks 10km Summer Series - Regents Park - Sunday 26th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Katherine Harris48.38198th
Ninette Fernandes55.09347th

Elmbridge 10km - Sunday 26th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton35.1423rd
Elmbridge 10km is a fast and scenic race on road and riverside towpaths in Walton on Thames. Well organised race with friendly marshals and cheap as chips for a £10 entry. Rained the whole race but prefer that to the scorching heat. Unofficial time 35:16.

BMAF Championships, Birmingham - Sat 25th & Sun 26th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes4.23.754th 1500m
Thomas Grimes16.18.572nd 5000m
Brief race report:

I was going to Birmingham for a christening at the weekend so decided to look up what races might be on. Found that I could enter the British Master Athletics Federation Championships so thought I would try 1500 and 5000. For the 1500 the pace seemed surprisingly easy so with a lap to go I took the lead of the M35 race and felt like David Rudisha, for about 10 seconds, when I was just swamped by the other runners with 200m to go. There was one and a half seconds between first and fourth in the end and I was fourth. A fellow competitor commented that I was brave to 'take it out' in the last lap (which I didn't realise I was doing). So very naive tactics out of me but it was only my 3rd 1500 race, the first being 3 weeks ago! 5000 went better and paced it more effectively in the lashing rain to grab 2nd in the M35 race.

Twilight Half Marathon, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Saturday 25th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown1.19.461st
Alex Day1.25.202nd
Peter Martin1.54.31 pb18th
Iain Mackie2.01.24 pb24th
48 finishers.
Alex Day;- Eleven times up Hogg Hill. I'm not sure if winning a free entry for next year's race is a prize or a punishment. Cracking fun!

Peter Martin Alex and Patrick superb race and well done on the 1- 2 it was an interesting race, but it is made harder when you both lapped me 3 times ....... at least i managed a pb sub 2hrs smile emoticon Congrats to you both.

Iain Mackie;- Well this race my first half too. I probably should have read more about it before I signed up. You're not going to get a race report from me as it would consist of mainly language far too coarse for children and delicate adults. At some points I enjoyed the balmy summer weather, the views over London and the traffic free running! Those hills though. I had a bit of a delayed runners high so struggled to get to sleep. Rather than counting sheep I was visualising being continually lapped by Alex Day and Patrick Brown. Did the trick!!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown16.34 (50th parkrun)3rd - 77.87% Hackney
Alex Day17.489th - 73.07% Hackney
Claire Parker22.1356th - 66.62% Hackney
Sarah Burns23.0370th - 65.94% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.23105th - 56.10% Hackney
Thomas Glasock19.114th - 67.25% Barking
Spencer Evans19.23 pb6th - 66.55% Barking
James Nichols19.33 (course pb)7th - 66.33% Barking
Ciaran Canavan19.518th - 69.27% Barking
Karen Levison20.05 (1st lady)10th - 81.49% Barking
Paul Marshall23.3329th - 55.06% Barking
Frank Brownlie 23.4030th - 70.21% Barking
Stuart Barton26.2657th - 53.66% Barking
Daniel Slipper18.48 (course pb)5th - 73.14% Valentines
Amita Morse26.2261st - 60.81% Valentine
Sbita Reandi33.46 (1st parkrun)140th - 44.42% Valentine
Karen Shah33.47141st - 46.57% Valentine
Peter Hatley21.26 (course pb)7th - 64.15% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.5924th - 56.77% Walthamstow
John Booth19.0014th - 69.39% Mile End
James Wilson18.181st - 73.50% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.104th - 67.30% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.428th - 69.29% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.059th - 70.62% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee22.5930th - 64.39% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.1533rd - 72.11% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.2750th - 64.35% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5256th - 62.80% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5868th - 71.63% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5275th - 57.69% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.2279th - 56.54% Wanstead
David Wyatt27.4883rd - 58.21% Wanstead
Catherine Brett28.0985th - 58.85% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.48102nd - 50.32% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.18112th - 49.17% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.0932nd - 65.87% Hockley Woods
John Healy21.58 (course pb)49th - 62.59% Dulwich
Diccon Loy20.1513th - 69.47% Gunpowder
Dan Spinks20.3414th - 66.86% Northala Fields
50th parkrun & fastest time of the day by Euan Brown with 16.34 at Hackney. First finishers for Karen at Barking and James Wilson at Wanstead.
Course pb's for Dan Slipper at Valentine, Peter Hatley at Walthamstow, John Healy at Dulwich and Spencer and James at Barking. 1st parkrun for one of our beginners Sbita Reandi at Valentine. Improving there 2015 Age Grades were Sbita , David Wyatt, Spencer, Frank Brownlie ,John Healy and Dan Slipper.

Cambridge Harriers Open/ BMAF Meeting, Eltham Track - Wednesday 22nd July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes2.05.76 pb6th - 800m
Thomas Grimes4.23.97 pb1st - 1500m

Go Tri Duathlon, Lea Valley Velo Park - Monday 20th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns1.00.5315.55/29.42/15.15
Rebecca Young1.07.2215.21/37.11/14.50
Helen Cook1.09.0915.56/36.33/16.40
3.2km run + T1, 16km bike + T2, 3.2km run

Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015

Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015

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Great Newham Marathon Relay - 4 x 10.54km - Sunday 19th July 2015

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NameTimePosition
Paul Thompson44.57 (43.00)Leg 1
Craig Livermore48.37 (46.28)Leg 2
Daniel Slipper41.36 (39.39)Leg 3
Aaron Browne45.55 (43.47)Leg 4
team finished in 3.01.52 coming 11th of 118 teams.
(10km split's in brackets.)

Morrisons Great Newham Run 10km - Sunday 19th Juy 2015

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NameTimePosition
Alex Day35.5228th
Sam McCarthy39.00115th
John Booth39.13122nd
Andy Kumar39.54154th
Ciaran Canavan40.21177th
Scott McMillan40.53 pb218th
Regis Martin41.11237th
Spencer Evans41.39 pb267th
Carlton D'Souza43.05420th
Ramesh Pala43.44508th
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea43.52523rd
Maran Raju45.46806th
Rebecca Young45.48813th
Eleanor Wilkinson46.07861st
Caroline Meaby48.131284th
Sarah Burns48.191310th
Jamie Xavier48.331359th
Alexandra Wilkinson49.211598th
Helen Cook49.261622nd
Katherine Harris49.291632nd
Paul Marshall49.351668th
Muhammad Iqbal50.361961st
Fiona Rutland51.182176th
Claire Parker51.472329th
Katherine Jones51.472330th
Michael Keefe52.132458th
Jason Levy52.382582nd
Bernadett Kalmar52.462630th
Caroline Moore54.003026th
Andy Bolderstone56.013751st
Stuart Barton56.26 pb3902nd
Sheila Kennedy57.214214th
Wayne Kelly58.544778th
Mary Connolly59.435050th
Eszter Tacine1.01.335608th
Shaun DeSena1.02.505995th
Don Bennett1.03.316184th
Victoria Charlesworth1.06.116955th
Morag Campbell1.09.50 pb7806th
Maya Goodwin1.11.238103rd
Katy Taylor1.14.268639th
Julie Creffield1.18.339201st
Andy Kumar's report:
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Julie Creffield's report:
//toofattorun.co.uk/morrisons-great-newham-london-10k-race-report/


Stuart Barton's report:
I met up with a few East London runners on Sunday to make my way to the Newham 10k, This being my first 10k race I was a little nervous, A quick trip to Stratford on the central line and I was ready, Pink start for me so I had over a hour to wait, Bumped into a few people I knew and everyone was in a happy mood, The sun was out the sky was blue and I was looking forward to finishing in the stadium, Standing in pink start I could see other ELR ahead of me in the green start, 10.15 and I'm off the sun is beating down on me and I was weaving my way around loads of runners at this rate I will be on for a PB, (never having done a 10k I was getting a PB no matter what).
Counting the kilometres I got to 5, telling myself that's one Parkrun down one to go, I got to the water station and grabbed two bottles, One over my head and one to drink, Onwards and upwards (loads of ups). 7.5k only one lap of Parkrun to go, Then I can see the stadium in front of me, Shaun DeSena shouting at me and sporting his medal encouraged me to keep going, Into the stadium a quick turn left, and it just kept going, Then I could see some sun light a turn to the right and I was out on the track, Loads of people shouting the noise was intense the track under my feet made me put on a fast finish, Then the finish line and it was over, Wow I had done my first 10k race I had run the track at the Olympic stadium and I was in the new West Ham stadium, A big thanks to all at ELR for helping me get to this stage, Next step a few more 10ks and then next year a half marathon,


Maya Goodwin 's report:-
So there was a 'Pootle Plan' in place today. Fiona, Jo and I were all running together. To take it all in and basically enjoy the scenery and enjoy it. I was in Green Wave and Fi and Jo were dropping back a pen.

Anyway... London Underground and a long toilet queue conspired against us and we ended up at the back of the last (Pink) wave. A wave to Brendan Foster and we're off. I've never been so far back before - a new experience, actually overtaking people! One girl actually started walking 10 paces over the line. Wonder if she's finished yet...?


It wasn't the easiest of starts, I got boxed in a few times, and it was suddenly apparent just how hot it was. By now it was nearly 11am.

I spent the winter running round that bloody park in gales and wind and rain. The summer is as bad, there's no shade or shelter anywhere. None. And I'm too bloody tall to get much shade from the occasional shadow from a wall or hoarding...

Anyway. On we went. Now hang on just a bloody MINUTE. An UP??? Another one? And ANOTHER??No one mentioned the ups, there was only a couple last year round Westfield, that were long and steady, and reasonably gentle. Here they were relentless. I felt like I was in Peppa Pig Land. Up and down, up and down.....

At 5k, I had a proper stroppy meltdown. There may have even been tears. Jo and Fi were ace. No sympathy just a stern talking to, and a promise of a walk break with water at 5k.
My sulk remained, but my legs did what they were told. And we all got to the end, together. Way way off a PB, but that I expected. Also nowhere the time I was hoping for. But we got to the stadium, and from somewhere my legs found something to run round it at a better pace.

I was glum when we finished. I felt I'd let myself down. But lovely Jo and Fi were there and pointed out that I hadn't actually stopped, I'd carried on till the end despite it all.

I think that's kind of what it's about isn't it, running.

Gatorade Eton Dorney Triathlon - Super Sprint - Saturday 18th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Jayne Browne1.01.3532nd
450m swim 21.05/t1 3.22/9.6km cycle 23.31/t2 0.55/2.5km run 12.40.
Joseph Browne came 2nd - 9.49/2.48/18.43/0.41/9.16.= 41.19.

Eton Dorney Supersprint Triathlon – I had to have a go!!

This was my first Super sprint triathlon (and I don’t think my last!!) and after thinking it will be fine, Paul is going to do the swim with me, he came down with an ear infection so had to pull out so I had to face the swim alone. Joe took his place but I wanted him to have his own race and pleased I did as he came 2nd and was awarded a Trophy.

So on goes the wetsuit and my first thought is how am I going to get this off!!, I had a little flashback from when I met Sarah Burns in Tescos, sit on the floor to pull it over your feet (advice from the expert, I’ll do that) I make my way to the back of the group for the briefing and listened to the instructions very carefully, made my way into the lake and then we are off - I let the washing machine of people go way ahead of me as I hate water in my face, why I am doing this!! I put googles on, as instructed by Joe (I had to look the part) although I didn’t need them as my head was not going in the water and along I bobbed breast stroke for 450 metres in the choppy waters of Dorney lake and I must say I felt quite calm and relaxed out there alone on the lake apart from a man on a board who was keeping an eye on me from a short distance, I even had a little chat with him!! And I was doing my best to get to the finish and what a relief as I clambered out of the water, photo taken (made sure I had a big smile on!!) and I see Paul with a look of relief on his face – I was out!! And I did it next onto the Bike and then the run, telling myself I was going to sprint as it was only a 2.5K run and I run all the time it will be a breeze – OMG my legs felt like jelly, I wasn’t sprinting at all!! But then again I never do – anyway started to feel better into the 2nd half of the run and felt even better as I ran past a couple of people and then finished and got a nice T shirt. A good friendly small triathlon which I would definitely recommend if you starting out and by the way I did enjoy it.

Jayne

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Stuart Kelly18.5213th - 68.77% Hackney
Ava Lee19.23 pb (1st lady)18th - 78.42% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.48 (course pb)58th - 62.18% Hackney
Daniel Slipper19.185th - 71.24% Valentine
Aaron Browne19.437th - 65.43% Valentine
Manjit Singh19.518th - 69.27% Valentine
James Clarke19.53 pb10th - 64.88% Valentine
Karen Levison19.59 (1st lady)11th - 81.90% Valentine
Shahib Miah Ali20.3412th - 62.80% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.2920th - 68.11% Valentine
Grant Conway21.4122nd - 66.41% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4231st - 56.83% Valentine
Jason Levy26.2869th - 53.15% Valentine
Amita Morse26.5875th - 59.46% Valentine
Euan Brown16.512nd - 76.56% Wanstead
Alex Day17.465th - 73.17% Valentine
Patrick Brown18.38 (buggy)8th - 69.41% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.429th - 68.98% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.0010th - 72.37% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3419th - 64.51% Wanstead
John Healy22.17 (course pb)31st - 61.71% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.1543rd - 67.24% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2645th - 64.86% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.1453rd - 64.92% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.4354th - 67.84% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0357th - 74.25% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1459th - 65.65% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield26.2370th - 58.75% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.5179th - 57.73% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1888th - 61.09% Wanstead
David Wyatt27.5291st - 58.07% Wanstead
Richard Guest20.52 (100th parkrun)8th - .37% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0221st - 61.37% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley31.4853rd - 43.24% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.257th - 66.23% Barking
Paul Marshall23.3171st - 55.14% Mile End
Derek Wright21.147th - 66.25% Raphael
Dan Spinks30.2590th - 45.21% Crane Park
Richard Guest did his 100th parkrun at Walthamstow. Two first finishers for Ava , a pb of 19.23 at Hackney and Karen 19.59 at Valentine. She helped James Clarke to his new pb 19.53 at Valentine. Course pb's for Lauren at Hackney and John Healy at Wanstead. Best age grades for 2015 so far from Ava, James, Mark & David Wyatt and Derek Wright. Patrick ran Wanstead with Annalise in the buggy, 18.38 what a ride that must have been!. Great to see Sharon back at Wanstead and hope we see her back at an ELVIS before the season ends.

ELVIS 5: Ilford AC Newman Hilly 5 (25th Anniversary) - Wednesday 15th July 2015

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NameTimePosition
Mark Boulton28.28 (29.00)3rd
Paul Quinton28.504th
Patrick Brown29.00 (30.16)5th
Euan Brown29.396th
Alex Day30.329th
Antonio Martin Romero30.4010th
Daniel Lee30.49 (31.52)12th
Russell Price30.54 (32.37)15th
Stuart Kelly31.57 (34.26)20th
Ciaran Canavan32.0021st
Manjit Bedi32.1623rd
Jennifer Ansell32.1824th, 1st lady
Mark Wyatt32.2725th - 24th
Scott McMillan32.5928th - 27th
Regis Martin33.0329th - 28th
Aaron Browne33.0430th - 29th
Andrew Baxter33.18 (33.28)33rd - 32nd
Ava Lee33.25 (34.12)36th, 2nd lady
Spencer Evans33.36 (35.41)37th - 35th
Manjit Singh33.53 (34.08)40th - 38th
Karen Levison34.0642nd, 3rd lady
James Nichols34.0743rd - 40th
Jamee Gould34.4046th, 5th
James Clarke34.5248th - 43rd
Richard Guest35.32 (35.33)57th - 52nd
Peter Craik35.5258th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon36.0859th - 54th
Shahib Miah Ali36.2262nd - 56th
Ramesh Pala36.3663rd - 57th
Peter Hatley36.3764th - 58th
Carlton D'Souza37.0170th - 63rd
Shailesh Patel37.1171st - 64th
Craig Livermore37.1472nd - 65th
Gareth Jones37.21...74th - 67th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.2477th, 9th
John Healy37.4483rd - 72nd
Grant Conway37.4886th - 75th
Ashley Faria38.0089th - 78th
Claire Parker38.2396th, 13th
Kieran Brown38.37 (41.54)97th - 84th
Sheetal Dandgey39.18103rd, 15th
Natasha Tweedie39.28104th, 16th
Sarah Burns39.44 (41.17)108th, 17th
Lauren Aston39.54109th, 18th
Alexandra Turnbull39.57110th, 19th
Iain Mackie40.12112th - 93rd
Helen Cook40.16113th, 20th
Steven Bywater40.39115th - 95th
Bozena Myslinska40.51121st, 21st
Michael Wilson41.02122nd - 101st
Suzanne Bench41.03123rd, 22nd
Tim Aylett41.09124th - 102nd
Claire Emery41.29126th, 24th
Celia Payaneeandee41.30127th, 25th
Gary Joy41.32 (ELR debut)128th - 103rd
Doug Mansell42.40142nd - 112th
Gemma Foxall42.43143rd, 31st
Bernadett Kalmar42.47 (43.49)144th, 32nd
Fiona Day43.00147th, 34th
Christian Turnbull43.32150th - 116th
Jason Levy43.51153rd - 119th
Caroline Moore44.32 (48.58)159th, 37th
Lucy Barron44.43162nd, 38th
Andy Bolderstone44.47164th - 126th
Gina Radford45.20172nd, 42nd
Muhammad Iqbal46.11180th - 137th
Sheila Kennedy47.21191st, 49th
Jayne Browne47.47194th, 50th
Diana Rexhepaj48.03198th, 54th
Peter Martin48.04199th - 145th
Stuart Barton48.56204th - 146th
Che Hector49.12 (ELR debut)205th - 147th
Karen Shah49.30 (ELR debut)209th, 62nd
Sandra Corbyn50.15 (ELR debut)213th, 65th
Shaun DeSena52.08219th - 151st
Don Bennett52.12220th - 152nd
Maya Goodwin56.14238th, 82nd
Lauren Johnson61.12 (ELR debut)252nd, 91st
Morag Campbell62.02255th, 93rd
Natalie Powell63.13258th, 95th
Team Winners (3 to score)East London Runners , Men & Ladies.

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 13th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Mark Boulton16.43 pb9th
Russell Price17.2024th

Lea Valley 10km - Sunday 12th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes34.201st
Antonio Martin Romero37.486th
Graham Peacock48.0778th
Thomas went back to defend his win from 2014 when he finished in 34.49, this year he improved his winning time to 34.20.

Antonio reports:- Yesterday I ran in the Lee Valley 10K race. A beautiful and friendly race in the countryside, in Waltham Abbey, with an excellent musical band, which kept all the runners entertained before and after the race. I finished 6th overall in 37'48'', 3 minutes faster than my last 10K. The last race of the season will be this Wednesday in the Elvis 5.

Felsted 10km - Sunday 12th July 2015

NameTimePosition
James Creed40.4639th
Emmet Fitzgibbon42.37 pb51st
Grant Conway45.0581st
247 finishers.
Grant's report:- On 12/7/15 Emmet, James (Creed) and I ventured up to Felsted, Essex for the Grange Farm and Dunmow Trotters 10k at Felsted. A really nice event put on by runners for runners. Runners got 2 water stations, chip timing, friendly marshals and the option to buy a technical t shirt for an additional £3 in addition to the £11 entry fee. The event was based at a primary school with a nice tea/cake stand to explore after the run. Bacon rolls were also available. The course was a gently undulating loop around pretty Essex villages with gentle ups and downs. I think part of the course incorporated the Pleshey Half Marathon course, another excellent event. Well done to Emmet and James for their super times. An event I would thoroughly recommend. Grant.

British 10km, Central London - Sunday 12th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Manjit Singh42.53250th
Jamie Xavier48.301137th
Don Bennett1.03.027648th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Euan Brown17.191st - 74.49% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.402nd - 73.21% Wanstead
James Wilson18.153rd - 73.70% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.004th - 67.89% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.076th - 71.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.198th - 71.18% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.5519th - 63.43% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.58 (course pb)21st - 61.53% Wanstead
Rebecca Young21.48 (course pb)27th - 67.89% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson22.16 (course pb)30th - 66.47% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2439th - 64.96% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 24.1050th - 68.76% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.2652nd - 68.62% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.4656th - 63.06% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.58 (course pb)60th - 56.81% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.2080th - 56.71% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.2583rd - 60.43% Wanstead
Claire Emery29.1896th - 53.70% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards30.0099th - 51.67% Wanstead
Manjit Singh19.467th - 69.56% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.1318th - 63.84% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4922nd - 56.54% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2930th - 62.31% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2931st - 62.81% Valentine
Katherine Harris26.2763rd - 56.33% Valentine
Jason Levy26.3164th - 53.05% Valentine
Karen Shah29.2697th - 53.45% Valentine
Claire Parker21.3936th - 68.36% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.55 (course pb)59th - 61.88% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.2684th - 55.99% Hackney
Grant Conway21.2711th - 67.13% Barking
Andrew Baxter19.432nd - 72.44% Beckton
Steven Bywater24.3427th - 60.04% Walthamstow
Dan Spinks30.15116th - 45.45% Maidenhead
Derek Wright22.4318th - 61.92% Brentwood
Dan Gritton18.055th - 76.59% Burgess
John Healy22.07 (course pb)43rd - 62.17% Dulwich
Helen Cook23.54110th - 62.76% Harrogate
Fiona Critchley24.5111th - 66.67% Lawson, Sydney

Standard Chartered City Race - Thursday 9th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Paul Quinton16.5633rd
Grant Conway29.16

Woodford Green Open Graded Meeting - Tuesday 7th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown9.38.361st ,3000m race 1
Thomas Grimes4.26.253rd, 1500m race 4
Paul Quinton4.35.206th, 1500m race 4

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 6th July 2015

NameTimePosition
James Nichols19.20 pb49th

Grant's Track Night - Magic Mile - Monday 6th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Aaron Browne5.28
James Clarke5.38
Paul Thompson5.40
Adrian Perera5.41
Spencer Evans5.44
Craig Livermore5.57
Ashley Faria6.07
Grant Conway6.11
Christian Turnbull6.18
Rebecca Young6.19
Jason Levy6.20
Eleanor Wilkinson6.26
Alexandra Turnbull6.30
Lauren Aston6.45
Gemma Foxall6.54
Maud Hodson6.54
Andy Bolderstone7.04
Gina Radford7.10
Lucy Barron7.17
Frank Brownlie 7.35
Karen Shah8.03
Maya Goodwin8.58
also Gary Joy 6.43

Gosfield Lake Triathlon - Standard Distance - Sunday 5th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Sarah Burns2.34.142nd lady
Swim 1500m 29.19, T1 00.55, Cycle 40km 1.19.45, T2 00.46, 10km Run 43.27 = 2.34.14.
The race starts with a single lap 1500 metre swim in Gosfield Lake with swimmers starting in the water and exiting via a beach area. There is a spacious transition area next to the lake, which form the focus of the race. The fast cycle course is mainly on rural roads, with two 20km laps passing through Sible Hedingham, Blackmore End and Beazley End. This is followed by a two lap 10km run over a mixture of paths and grassland.

Spire Bushy 10km - Sunday 5th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes34.061st
Helen Cook48.51116th
Nice course, multi terrain. Won a pair of Newton trainers also.

Bassingbourne Half Marathon - Sunday 5th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Katrina Dixon2.06.38

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 5th July 2015

NameTimePosition
George Georgiou50.48247th

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer Series - Saturday 4th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Daniel Slipper39.2912th
John Booth41.4319th

Orion Forest Five Series - Race 2 of 3 - Saturday 4th July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes28.471st
Patrick Brown29.292nd
Mark Boulton29.483rd
Alex Day30.274th
Ciaran Canavan33.3913th
Spencer Evans34.4920th
James Creed36.0828th
Emmet Fitzgibbon36.4232nd
Ramesh Pala39.1545th
Kieran Brown39.2748th
Sarah Burns39.4151st
Fiona Day44.0074th
Celia Payaneeandee44.4979th
Amita Morse47.3395th
Sophie Edwards49.2798th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th July 2015

NameTimePosition
James Wilson18.312nd - 72.64% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.094th - 67.36% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.438th - 72.44% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.5243rd - 59.52% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.0746th - 66.76% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1564th - 56.88% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.2374th - 55.08% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.3595th - 48.29% Wanstead
Morag Campbell34.36104th - 45.13% Wanstead
Aaron Browne21.2712th - 60.14% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.2217th - 63.41% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.2318th - 65.38% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4520th - 56.70% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4329th - 59.31% Valentine
Katherine Harris25.5944th - 57.34% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.174th - 70.92% Hackney
Lauren Aston24.1756th - 60.95% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.47 (course pb)66th - 57.40% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.57 (course pb)69th - 54.66% Hackney
Richard Guest21.268th - 64.62% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier23.2619th - 57.82% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1621st - 60.78% Walthamstow
Dan Gritton19.261st - 71.27% Barking
Scott McMillan20.13 (course pb)15th - 67.52% Bradford
Dan Spinks20.5313th - 65.84% Northala Fields
Fiona Critchley23.43 (course pb)80th - 69.85% St Peters
Michael Wilson34.04 (1st parkrun)108th - 44.72% Brentwood
parkrun was a bit quieter with the 2nd race in Orion's Forest Five series. A slight course change had to be made at Wanstead when flytippers blocked the gate on the course. Dan Gritton was first finisher at Barking.
New member Lucy Barron got a course pb at Hackney while a few traveller's also got course pb's at Hackney, Bradford & St Peters.
Fastest time of the day went to Stuart Kelly, 18.17 at Hackney. Good also to see Lauren coming back from injury at Hackney also. Finally Michael Wilson did his 1st parkrun at Brentwood after a few failed attempts at Valentines.

Wimbledon Trail Series 8 miles (12.9 km) - Wednesday 1st July 2015

NameTimePosition
Thomas Grimes47.071st - 77.76%

ELVIS 4 - Dagenham 88 5ish - Wednesday 1st July 2015

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NameTimePosition
Patrick Brown27.272nd
Paul Quinton27.463rd
Alex Day27.554th
Thomas Glasock29.277th
Dan Gritton30.079th
Antonio Martin Romero30.1010th
James Wilson30.3414th
Daniel Lee30.4515th
Jennifer Ansell31.0319th (1st lady)
Ciaran Canavan31.2821st - 20th
Scott McMillan31.4724th - 23rd
Russell Price32.2228th - 26th
Regis Martin32.3731st - 29th
Ava Lee32.4633rd, (3rd lady)
Alex Haward32.5836th - 33rd
Aaron Browne32.5837th - 34th
Andrew Baxter33.1138th - 35th
James Nichols33.1239th - 36th
Paul Thompson33.2240th - 37th
Spencer Evans33.3141st - 38th
David Baldwin33.4742nd - 39th
Carlton D'Souza33.5343rd - 40th
Christian Newton33.5844th - 41st
Richard Guest34.0745th - 42nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon34.3546th - 43rd
James Clarke35.0148th - 45th
Grant Conway35.1150th - 47th
Maran Raju35.1952nd - 49th
Ramesh Pala35.5756th - 53rd
Shailesh Patel36.0258th - 55th
John Healy36.3462nd - 57th
Kieran Brown36.3663rd - 58th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.0168th - 7th
Craig Livermore37.0669th - 62nd
Rebecca Young37.3771st - 8th
Shahib Miah Ali37.5572nd - 64th
Gareth Jones38.3076th - 68th
Claire Emery40.1684th - 10th
Iain Mackie40.2685th - 75th
Maud Hodson40.2887th - 12th
Helen Cook40.3788th - 13th
Doug Mansell40.4890th - 76th
Sheetal Dandgey41.0594th - 16th
Steven Bywater41.5098th - 80th
Fiona Day42.02101st - 20th
Bernadett Kalmar42.07102nd - 21st
Alexandra Turnbull42.09103rd - 22nd
Bozena Mysilinska42.26106th - 23rd
Lucy Barron42.37109th - 24th
Muhammad Iqbal42.47110th - 86th
Caroline Moore44.04118th - 27th
Diana Rexhepaj45.47127th - 32nd
Christian Turnbull45.58128th - 96th
Gina Radford46.27129th - 33rd
Katherine Harris46.54131st - 35th
Sheila Kennedy47.17133rd - 36th
Jason Levy47.19134th - 98th
Stuart Barton49.01118th - 101st
Shaun DeSena51.21145th - 104th
Peter Martin51.40146th - 105th
Maya Goodwin57.39155th - 46th
Morag Campbell59.03159th - 48th
Natalie Powell1.02.56164th - 53rd
Results awaiting confirmation from the clubs.
Maya's report:-
It's been hot all day. Boiling hot. Going up the stairs was an effort. The whole day had a sense of doom - you know like that character in Peanuts who walks round under a permanent rain cloud? That was me. Getting a sports bra on and Hilly Twin skins got me in a right sticky cross tangle.

Anyway. No backing out, it's an ELVIS after all, and I was giving three people a lift. Plus, if I'm not there, ELR would all be bitten. I swear I'm the only one who remembers insect repellent.


And we're off. I'm at the back. I have a routine now. It goes 'Bye Stu, Bye Caroline, Bye Don!' And then there's me, pootling along at the back. After I while, I check my garmin. Disaster! It's not working! No signal, or something. I have no idea what's what so I stop it and restart it. I got a bit distracted by 10 fat middle aged men jumping in the lake. No really. I nearly jumped in with them it was so hot. Still no signal. I give up. I have no idea on speed or distance, just that it's HOT. MF HOT. I ask a friendly Dagenham Runner 'how far?' '1.26miles' Geez, is that ALL??

So I spend the rest of the way walking 100 steps and running 100 steps. Probably really annoying the guy in front who I would overtake and then let him pass. Sorry Guy In Front.

It was a tough tough course. But that's because of the heat. It was really pretty, not too hilly, and with a water station manned by a 10 year old who would throw water at you if you asked. The marshals were encouraging and charming and made me laugh.

And there was a medal! The toughest race I've ever done. Even tougher than Parliament Hill. But I did it. No idea how fast, but I did it.

Craig's report:-

This weeks ELVIS 4 on Wednesday at 7:30pm was a scorcher, 32 degrees C apparently. The race this time out took us to the rather lovely Eastbrookend Park, scene of the Dagenham 88 5 Mile (although I measured it a 4.76).
As I usually do before any race, I always make sure to have a chat with my club, and some from the other running clubs, before making our way to the start line.

Right, so I'm at the start thinking about what to do, so I end up taking it at an easy enough pace for manage through the race, more on that later. I was starting in the 40 minute pen, and so we set off for 4.7 miles of blood, sweat and tears. Initially I decided to stick with Shailesh , but after a mile and a bit, where I was gaining places front left right and centre, I decided to ease off having made up enough ground to satisfy me and settle into a rhythm. I caught up with Ellie just before mile two, we were both struggling by this point, I told her "No matter how difficult, just push through it with willpower and determination and you'll be fine", and so we paced each other for 2 and a bit miles, getting passed by a few other runners in the process, alas come 4.1 miles I said go for it, you've got this, and I was not disappointed.
It was now just a battle between me and the guy behind, but by 4.5 miles I started to wind my pace up and build a little gap, come the final turn and the sprint finish I switched it up an extra gear to consolidate my 69th place finish, and completed the course in 37:06, which given extremities of the heat is a time I can be pleased with.
Miles: 1 - 7:18, 2 - 7:32, 3 - 7:53, 4 - 7:56, 0.76 - 6:25 and the average was 7:42, not bad at all.
I was glad that I made it in one piece without stopping, thought about it a few times but carried on, and nearly threw up twice. Still it was a great race, so a massive thanks to everyone who was marshalling and to Dagenham 88 for the medals, which was a pleasant surprise, just thanks for everything really. Also well done to ELR for winning both the men's and women's team trophies. Keep it up with the strong turn outs as the Newman Hilly 5 is next up, and as Grant strongly pointed out, lets aim for 80 entrants!!!

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