Results July-Dec 2015
San Silvestre Chipionera 6km, Spain - Tuesday 29th December 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||20.21||15th|
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
"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
|Antonio Martin Romero||26.54 tbc||9th tbc|
parkrun - all venues Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015
|Aaron Browne||18.37||1st - 69.29% Barking|
|James Wilson||19.27||4th - 69.67% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||19.48||7th - 70.54% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.09||8th - 67.74% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||21.13||11th - 67.87% Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||24.43 (debut & 3000th finisher)||29th - 59.68% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.38 (150th parkrun)||37th - 60.92% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.38||46th - 69.84% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.58||48th - 57.48% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.12||58th - 55.44% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.11 (with Harvey)||74th - 55.85% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||32.32||78th - 47.64% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.54||79th - 48.28% Wanstead|
|Katy Taylor||38.57||90th - 39.50% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.45||4th - 65.32% Hackney|
|David Wyatt||27.30||41st - 58.85% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||31.54||56th - 47.65% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||31.55||57th - 48.20% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||26.41||82nd - 53.53% Kesgrave|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.04 (course pb)||6th - 66.77% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.56||11th - 64.67% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||23.03||14th - 63.49% Valentine|
|George Georgiou||24.19||30th - 58.74% Valentine|
|James Nichols||22.05||7th - 58.87% Brentwood|
|Daisy Cross||26.45||34th - 55.33% Great Cornard|
|Claire Emery||32.37||74th - 48.70% Lyme Park|
|Dan Spinks||20.34||6th - 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
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.30 (course pb)||12th - 68.62%|
|Ashley Faria||21.18 (course pb)||22nd - 66.59%|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.28||23rd - 62.66%|
|Shailesh Patel||21.46 (course pb)||25th - 67.23%|
|Maran Raju||21.48 (course pb)||26th - 68.20%|
|Stuart Barton||26.13 (course pb)||85th - 54.48%|
|Maud Hodson||28.02 (course pb with camel)||96th - 55.71%|
|Don Bennett||29.32 (course pb)||115th - 52.48%|
|Dan Spinks||20.13 (course pb)||21st - 68.01% Northala Fields|
|John Healy||21.30||38th - 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
Greenwich 10km - Sunday 20th December 2015
Torrington Christmas Caper (approx 9.5 miles) - Sunday 20th December 2015
|Claire Parker||1.25.42 pb||80th|
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
|Maud Hodson||7.46.05||7th, 3rd lady , 35 laps|
|Paul Quinton||1.22.50||1st - 11 laps|
|Tricia ONeill||2.01.54||3rd lady , 11 laps|
|Diana Rexhepaj||2.28.15||11 laps|
Chingford League - Event 4 of 6 - Jubilee Park hosted by Eton Manor - Saturday 19th December 2015
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
|Jamie Xavier||46.49||28th - 10km|
|Ava Lee||1.07.49||6th, 2nd lady - 10mile|
|Katherine Harris||1.34.10||47th - 10 miles|
|Jason Levy||1.34.11||48th - 10 miles|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th December 2015
|Thomas Grimes||17.20||1st - 76.06% Clarisford|
|John Healy||20.59 pb||38th - 65.53% Dulwich|
|Samuel Browne||18.13||2nd - 70.81% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.15||3rd - 71.05% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.52||7th - 68.71% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||20.55||10th - 68.84% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||21.18||13th - 64.55% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||22.51 (1st lady)||17th - 64.77% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.44||22nd - 65.31% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.43||39th - 64.42% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.24||50th - 57.00% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.27||52nd - 56.47% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.24||61st - 60.50% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||31.23||81st - 50.61% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.07||86th - 49.46% Wanstead|
|John Booth||18.26||6th - 71.52% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.29 pb||19th - 68.67% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||22.27||43rd - 65.18% Hackney|
|David Wyatt||27.27||82nd - 58.96% Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||29.17||96th - 44.05% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.13||4th - 76.67% Southwark|
|Ashley Faria||21.32||11th - 65.87% Valentine|
|James Creed||23.51||25th - 55.63% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||24.09||31st - 61.56% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||27.35||60th - 58.73% Valentine|
|Steven Bywater||26.31||17th - 55.63% Walthamstow|
|Stuart Barton||25.25||71st - 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
Vicky Nutt ?2300
Katie Buranska 2600
Jason Levy 2650
Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs 2200
Stuart Barton 2400
Caroline Moore 2450
Fiona Day 2600
Jennifer Ansell 3250
Maya Goodwin 2100
Frank Brownlie 2400
Maran Raju 2880
Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 13th December 2015
|Eleanor Wilkinson||44.13 pb|
Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 13th December 2015
Royal Parks 10km Winter Series, Regents Park - Sunday 13th December 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||35.58 pb||6th|
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
|Thomas Grimes||17.51||1st - 73.86% Grovelands|
|John Booth||18.15 (course pb)||6th - 72.24% Mile End|
|Craig Livermore||20.38 (course pb) ||17th - 62.52% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.46 pb||18th - 67.74% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||20.53 (course pb)||19th - 70.07% Hackney|
|Claire Parker||22.32||31st - 65.68% Hackney|
|David Wyatt||27.58||76th - 57.87% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||18.55||6th - 68.55% Valentine|
|Spencer Evans||18.56 (course pb)||7th - 68.13% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.38||18th - 65.56% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||28.33||71st - 49.27% Valentine|
|Abdirahman Adan||40.21||120th - 35.40% Valentine|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.54||13th - 61.42% Barking|
|Steven Bywater||25.55||15th - 56.91% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||26.36||22nd - 51.69% Walthamstow|
|Patrick Brown||19.04||3rd - 67.83% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.51||5th - 68.77% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||23.15||21st - 63.66% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.39||25th - 62.58% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.25||32nd - 63.96% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||24.46||35th - 57.67% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.19||39th - 72.14% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.47||39th - 72.14% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.07||42nd - 60.82% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.36||44th - 58.27% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.06||49th - 57.20% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.20||76th - 49.12% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.15||9th - 71.05% Brockwell|
|John Healy||21.30 (course pb)||45th - 63.45% Brockwell|
|Dan Spinks||20.23||6th - 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
Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 6th December 2015
|Spencer Evans||1.32.38 pb||97th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||1.37.59 pb||199th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.44.31||311th|
Bromham Pudding Run 10km - Sunday 6th December 2015
Sunday XC League - Event 3 - Willian, Herts. (5.4miles aprox) - Sunday 6th December 2015
|Frank Brownlie ||42.48||298th|
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Winter Seriespark - Saturday 5th December 2015
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th December 2015
|Samuel Browne||18.25||1st - 70.05% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.37||2nd - 72.78% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.52||4th - 68.71% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||21.01||8th - 68.52% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.16||10th - 65.13% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||22.00 (1st lady/50th)||13th - 67.27% Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.59||24th - 61.71% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||24.18||26th - 62.55% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||25.13||31st - 52.94% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.16||32nd - 62.86% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.09||40th - 59.72% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||26.29||45th - 62.56% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.41||46th - 69.71% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.54||58th - 55.56% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||36.06||86th - 44.41% Wanstead|
|Ashley Faria||21.24||7th - 66.28% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||23.13||20th - 63.03% Valentine|
|Abdirahman Adan||27.26||50th - 52.07% Valentine|
|Steven Bywater||28.21||32nd - 52.03% Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||23.32||33rd - 63.53% Hackney|
|Jason Levy||23.41||34th - 59.39% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||24.43||45th - 57.79% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||26.41||60th - 55.47% Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||27.43||66th - 46.54% Hackney|
|David Wyatt||28.14||70th - 57.32% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||31.17||87th - 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
Edgemead Classic 10km, Cape Town, SA - Saturday 28th November 2015
Fraternity Cup, Trent Park - Saturday 28th November 2015
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th November 2015
|Thomas Grimes||17.51||1st - 73.86% Grovelands|
|Spencer Evans||19.01||4th - 67.84% Barking|
|Antonio Martin Romero||17.27||3rd - 73.93% Hackney|
|Mark Boulton||17.37||4th - 73.60% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||24.10 (course pb)||49th - 59.10% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.43||63rd - 57.55% Hackney|
|Craig Livermore||20.31 (course pb)||2nd - 62.88% Valentine|
|James Creed||21.10 (course pb)||4th - 62.68% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.25||6th - 66.23% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||24.04||17th - 58.45% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||24.49||23rd - 59.91% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||27.22||43rd - 59.20% Valentine|
|James Wilson||19.07||2nd - 70.88% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||19.45||4th - 70.72% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.58||5th - 68.36% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.41 (50th parkrun)||24th - 62.01% Wanstead|
|Shailesh Patel||22..41 (50th parkrun)||25th - 64.51% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.59 (1st lady)||33rd - 61.71% Wanstead|
|Iain Mackie||24.07||35th - 53.49% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.57||41st - 62.59% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.40||46th - 64.55% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.45||48th - 61.68% Wanstead|
|Sandra Corbyn||25.55 (1st parkrun)||49th - 63.15% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie ||26.23||54th - 62.98% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.57||59th - 62.21% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.49||63rd - 55.72% Wanstead|
|Shaun DeSena||29.08||79th - 44.28% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||30.56||89th - 51.35% Wanstead|
|Julia Wildgoose||32.42||100th - 53.26% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.20||103rd - 47.65% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||21.06||57th - 67.69% York|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.59||41st - 61.18% Finsbury|
Sunday XC League - Event 2 - Trent Park - Sunday 22nd November 2015
|Jennifer Ansell||32.12||76th - 2nd|
|Claire Parker||37.12||192nd - 23rd|
|Tricia ONeill||42.00||340th - 77th|
|Maud Hodson||42.14||344th - 79th|
|Sandra Corbyn||43.41||381st 100th|
|Emma Hobbs||55.24||484th 168th|
|Maya Goodwin||55.31||486th 170th|
|Antonio Martin Romero||29.59||25th|
|Dan Gritton||31.30||54th - 53rd|
|Russell Price||31.34||58th - 56th|
|Paul Thompson||35.30||150th 138th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||37.55||220th 186th|
|Dominic Dragonetti||38.02||224th 189th|
|Iain Mackie||38.44||245th 205th|
|Stuart Barton||42.57||364th 274th|
|Doug Mansell||43.28||374th 278th|
|Peter Craik||44.13 x lap||390th 285th|
|Frank Brownlie ||44.32||397th 288th|
495 finishers, 176 ladies and 319 men.
City of Norwich Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd November 2015
Rodings Rally (five points) - Saturday 21st - 22nd November 2015
|Edward Barnard||1st 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
|Russell Price||19.04||8th - 68.01% Wimbledon|
|Sarah Burns||23.15||31st - 65.38% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||26.44||143rd - 55.36% Milton Keynes|
|Ashley Faria||21.40||6th - 65.46% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||21.43||7th - 67.38% Valentine|
|Dominic Dragonetti||22.34||12th - 59.60% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||24.26||28th - 57.57% Valentine|
|Steven Bywater||27.05||19th - 54.46% Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||19.02||2nd - 71.19% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||20.14||5th - 70.10% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.26||6th - 66.26% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||22.31 (49th parkrun)||13th - 65.73% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||24.39||19th - 60.65% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||25.37||23rd - 62.17% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||25.39||24th - 55.69% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.54||25th - 60.30% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.40||29th - 58.13% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||27.07||31st - 50.71% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.06||37th - 55.16% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||33.36||50th - 46.13% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.44 (course pb)||26th - 64.38% Great Notley|
|Kieran Brown||24.09||36th - 65.29% Hove Promenade|
|Fiona Day||24.40||39th - 75.41% Hove Promenade|
|Dan Spinks||21.45||5th - 63.22% Beckton|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||37.12||58th - 43.10% Wanstead|
Brooks Brighton 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015
Valencia Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015
|Carlton DSouza||3.17.19 pb||2315th|
St Neots Half Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015
|John Healy||1.38.27 pb||257th - 61.3%|
Para's 10, Colchester - Sunday 15th November 2015
Vitality WestRun 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015
|Dan Gritton||37.19 pb||37th|
After Adoption 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 15th November 2015
Patrick O'Dea 5km Road Race - Sunday 15th November 2015
|Sarah Burns||21.35 pb||42nd|
London Cross Country Championships, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 14th November 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||40.08||107th|
|Dan Spinks||45.43 (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
|James Wilson||18.24||2nd - 73.64% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.42||4th - 69.29% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.48||24th - 62.18% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.50 (1st parkrun)||40th - 53.23% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.03||44th - 71.40% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.37||48th - 58.23% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.02||50th - 57.34% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.46||56th - 60.38% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||28.01||57th - 56.69% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||30.22||71st - 52.31% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.19 (course pb)||26th - 65.99% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||21.42||33rd - 67.43% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||21.30||10th - 65.97% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.08||33rd - 67.43% Valentines|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.40||23rd - 62.08% Southwark|
|Stuart Barton||23.37 (course pb)||54th - 60.48% Kesgrave|
Run In The Dark 10km, BatterseaPark - Wednesday 11th November 2015
|Eleanor Wilkinson||44.39 pb||110th , 16h lady|
|Gina Radford||55.09||626th, 210th lady|
Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Mile - Sunday 8th November 2015
|Thomas Grimes||56.13 pb||4th|
|Antonio Martin Romero||59.42 pb||18th|
|Maud Hodson||1.22.11 pb||238th|
Bexhill Poppy Half Marathon - Saturday 7th November 2015
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 7th November 2015
Loughton AC Vets Inter Club Race 5 miles - Saturday 7th November 2015
Team came 2nd place.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th November 2015
|Thomas Grimes||18.08||1st - 72.70% Grovelands|
|Mark Boulton||17.26||2nd - 74.38% Hackney|
|Claire Parker||21.04||27th - 70.25% Hackney|
|Samuel Browne||18.18||2nd - 70.49% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||19.06||5th - 70.94% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.18||7th - 67.24% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||22.51 (1st lady)||19th - 64.77% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||24.16||26th - 60.99% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.19 (50th parkrun)||35th - 66.23% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||26.25||37th - 56.20% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.49||42nd - 60.49% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.54||49th - 62.33% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||27.10||51st - 55.95% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.26 (100th parkrun)||57th - 56.50% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.13||66th - 53.05% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.14||67th - 63.63% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.14||68th - 54.33% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.46||74th - 56.61% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||31.49||78th - 49.92% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.20||85th - 47.20% Wanstead|
|Julia Wildgoose||33.51||87th - 51.45% Wanstead|
|Emma Hobbs||35.30 (1st parkrun)||91st - 42.39% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||20.29||4th - 63.47% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.30||19th - 57.84% Walthamstow|
|Ashley Faria||21.47||10th - 65.11% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||27.32||61st - 58.84% Valentine|
|Dan Gritton||18.15||3rd - 75.89% Southwark|
|Shailesh Patel||21.57||53rd - 66.67% Braunstone|
|Fiona Critchley||25.53||44th - 64.01% Great Notley|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.49||40th - 61.65% Highbury Fields|
Chingford League - Event 3 of 6 - Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 3rd November 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||17.43||18th|
|Maya Goodwin||33.04 (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
|Thomas Grimes||40.43||1st Winner|
Tough course with lots of hills.
Stevenage Half Marathon - Sunday 1st November 2015
Mornington Chaser's Regents Park 10km, Winter Series - Sunday 1st November 2015
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st October 2015
|Thomas Grimes||17.40||1st - 74.62% Grovelands|
|Mark Boulton||17.41 (course pb)||1st - 73.33% Wanstead|
|Alex Bee||17.59||3rd - 71.73% Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.07 (course pb)||4th - 67.48% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.36||9th - 69.64% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.41||10th - 69.86% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||21.52 (course pb)||22nd - 67.68% Wanstead|
|Iain Mackie||23.19||28th - 55.33% Wanstead|
|Daisy Cross||23.30 (1st parkrun)||30th - 62.98% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.45||34th - 62.32% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.15||41st - 69.14% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.33||44th - 75.76% Wanstead|
|Caroline Meaby||24.44||47th - 62.20% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.42||52nd - 64.66% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.46||53rd - 60.61% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||27.15||65th - 63.02% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.05 (99th parkrun)||78th - 53.30% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.20||83rd - 51.10% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||17.52||9th - 72.57% Brockwell|
|Dan Gritton||18.07||7th - 76.45% Southwark|
|John Booth||18.37||13th - 70.81% Mile End|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.28 (course pb)||29th - 65.53% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||21.29||30th - 68.11% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||22.50||45th - 66.57% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||24.18 (course pb)||63rd - 58.78% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||26.57||97th - 54.92% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||30.59||139th - 50.78% Hackney|
|Aaron Browne||18.42||3rd - 68.98% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.25||10th - 66.23% Valentine|
|James Creed||22.16||20th - 59.58% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.18||30th - 63.30% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.56||37th - 54.32% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||29.03||84th - 48.42% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||29.04||85th - 51.43% Valentine|
|Sbita Reandi||32.17||136th - 46.46% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||32.18||137th - 48.71% Valentine|
|Steven Bywater||24.31||25th - 60.16% Walthamstow|
|John Healy||21.19 (course pb)||65th - 64.50% Dulwich|
|Dominic Dragonetti||22.04||15th - 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
|Sarah Burns||1.00.29||16.01, 29.29, 14.58|
|Claire Parker||1.07.39||14.39, 38.45, 14.14|
|Ninette Fernandes||1.11.11||17.41, 35.37, 17.52.|
3200m run/ 16000m bike/3200 run
Dublin Marathon - Monday 26th October 2015
|James Nichols||3:27:16 PB||1,704th|
|Celia Payaneeandee||4:07:45 Debut||6,412th|
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
Great South Run - Sunday 25th October 2015
Frankfurt Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015
|Tom Woods||3.41.43 pb||4,311st|
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
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
|Thomas Grimes||17.55||1st - 73.58% Grovelands|
|Spencer Evans||18.30 pb||2nd - 69.73% Barking|
|Dan Gritton||18.03||4th - 76.73% Southwark|
|Regis Martin||19.19 pb||3rd - 71.70% Wanstead Flats|
|Scott McMillan||19.29||5th - 70.06% Wanstead Flats|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.31||13th - 63.90% Wanstead Flats|
|Stuart Barton||23.09 (course pb)||25th - 61.70% Wanstead Flats|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.47||3rd - 62.23% Wanstead Flats|
|Maud Hodson||25.18||51st - 61.73% Wanstead Flats|
|Claire Emery||25.35 (100th parkrun)||57th - 62.08% Wanstead Flats|
|Alan Branch||27.04||72nd - 57.27% Wanstead Flats|
|Bernadett Kalmar||28.50||89th - 55.09% Wanstead Flats|
|Julia Wildgoose||33.47||105th - 51.55% Wanstead Flats|
|Aaron Browne||20.43||12th - 62.27% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.38||16th - 65.56% Valentines|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.57||35th - 54.28% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24.11||40th - 61.82% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||24.24||42nd - 60.45% Valentines|
|Alexandra Brown||27.07||73rd - 54.58% Valentines|
|Christian Turnbull||27.32||74th - 46.85% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.36||87th - 49.18% Valentines|
|John Booth||18.37||11th - 70.81% Mile End|
|Shailesh Patel||21.04 (course pb)||33rd - 69.46% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.49||44th - 64.48% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||22.28||55th - 67.66% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||22.28||56th - 68.47% Hackney |
|Steven Bywater||24.58||21st - 59.08% Walthamstow|
|John Healy||21.52 (course pb)||49th - 62.88% Brockwell|
|Sophie Edwards||26.00||57th - 59.62% Hastings|
|Dan Spinks||20.53||18th - 65.84% Northala Fields|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||34.55||108th - 45.92% Wanstead|
Beachy Head Marathon - Saturday 24th October 2015
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.
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
|Mark Boulton||2.47.05 pb||12th|
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
Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon - Sunday 18th October 2015
Sunday Cross Country League - Event 1 - Cheshunt - Sunday 18th October 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||30.19||28th|
|Jennifer Ansell||32.32||75th (2nd)|
|Rebecca Young||38.48||229th (33rd)|
|Tricia ONeill||40.54||289th (64th)|
|Maud Hodson||41.14||301st (70th)|
|Bernadett Kalmar||42.13||331st (90th)|
|Sandra Corbyn||45.14||376th (118th)|
|Susannah House||46.55||399th (131st)|
|Maya Goodwin||55.10||447th (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
|Antonio Martin Romero||29.26||19th|
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
|James Wilson||18.03||2nd - 75.07% Wanstead|
|Samuel Browne||19.11||5th - 67.25% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.21||6th - 70.54% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.39||10th - 66.59% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.06||31st - 64.07% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||23.10 (course pb)||32nd - 61.65% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.37||48th - 64.52% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||24.39||49th - 60.04% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.02||66th - 57.34% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||33.09 (99th parkrun)||96th - 47.91% Wanstead|
|Manjit Singh||20.26||6th - 67.29% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.32||9th - 65.87% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||30.29||119th - 51.61% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||21.21||38th - 68.54% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.31||39th - 65.38% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||24.19||66th - 63.26% Hackney|
|James Nichols||20.16||30th - 64.14% Mile End|
|Steven Bywater||27.58||38th - 52.74% Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||23.01 (course pb)||88th - 64.95% Cheltenham|
|Saheed Shabbir||24.38||120th - 52.77% Cannon Hill|
|Dan Spinks||21.13||3rd - 64.81% Aldenham|
GO TRI - Redbridge Duathlon, Cricklefields Stadium - Friday 16 October 2015
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
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
Ridgeway Run 15km, Tring - Sunday 11th October 2015
564 finishers. Very hilly.
Vitality Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.48.30|
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015
|Roger Stubbs||4.11.25 pb||1,877th|
Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015
|Paul Quinton||1.15.58 pb||41st|
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
Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015
|Ava Lee||1.28.43 pb||276th|
|Carlton DSouza||1.32.00 pb||505th|
|John Healy||1.39.55 pb||1516th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||1.41.43 pb||1807th|
|Helen Cook||1.49.07 pb||3497th|
|Michael Keefe||1.54.23 pb|
|Caroline Moore||1.58.29 pb||6175th|
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
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th October 2015
|Patrick Brown||17.31||2nd - 73.83% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||19.15||5th - 70.39% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.51||8th - 68.77% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.58||10th - 71.54% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||21.49||21st - 72.27% Wanstead|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||22.27||26th - 65.42% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||22.49||30th - 66.62% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||23.34||39th - 62.80% Wanstead|
|Caroline Meaby||23.43||40th - 64.86% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.23||46th - 64.52% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.56||53rd - 74.60% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.02||68th - 59.99% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||26.17||72nd - 63.79% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.39||76th - 58.16% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||31.48 pb||107th - 49.48% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||33.16||115th - 47.75% Wanstead|
|Ashley Faria||21.33||6th - 65.82% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||21.48||8th - 67.13% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.22||21st - 63.12% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||24.43||33rd - 56.91% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.28||47th - 61.21% Valentine|
|David Baldwin||20.54||4th - 62.76% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||21.48||8th - 63.53% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||23.35||21st - 57.46% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.18||25th - 60.70% Walthamstow|
|Tim Aylett||27.06||46th - 49.26% Walthamstow|
|Claire Parker||22.14||43rd - 66.57% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.44||11th - 73.93% Brockwell|
|Paula Bedford||21.33 (course pb)||20th - 71.38% Southend|
|Spencer Evans||19.00||2nd - 67.89% Beckton|
|James Nichols||20.28 (course pb)||2nd - 63.36% Brentwood|
|Anita Lomax||28.39 (course pb)||85th - 55.44% Wanstead|
|Dominic Dragonetti||22.02||17th - 61.04% Raphael|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||43.03||130th - 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
|Jennifer Ansell||18.50||29th 1st Lady|
|Karen Levison||20.10||59th 3rd Lady|
|Antonio Martin Romero||18.24||24th|
|Iain Mackie||22.20 pb||106th|
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
Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 4th October 2015
NSPCC Hour Challenge, Lea Valley VeloPark - Sunday 4th October 2015
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
|Dan Spinks||42:42 (2nd claim)||165th|
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.
Cardiff Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015
Great Scottish Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015
Brussels Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015
|James Nichols||1.31.30 pb|
Bournemouth Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015
Saltmarsh 75 - Day Two - Sunday 4th October 2015
|Maud Hodson||6.48 (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
|Maud Hodson||6.53 (7.06)||38.6 miles|
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
|Spencer Evans||18.50 pb||3rd - 68.50% Beckton|
|Alex Bee||17.35||3rd - dfyb - Wanstead|
|Alex Day||18.09||6th - 71.63% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.46||17th - 69.56% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.26||20th - 64.93% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||22.37 (course pb)||36th - 65.44% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.47 (course pb)||38th - 64.96% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||22.54||40th - 64.63% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.39||48th - 66.67% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||23.55||50th - 59.30% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.05 pb||54th - 65.33% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.28||80th - 58.56% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.28||90th - 67.72% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.46||94th - 57.74% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.23 with Harvey||99th - 61.36% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.00||114th - 51.67% Wanstead|
|Paula Bedford||25.00||62nd - 61.53% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||27.30||98th - 53.82% Hackney|
|Jamie Xavier||23.40||18th - 57.25% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.08||21st - 61.12% Walthamstow|
|Aaron Browne||18.55||3rd - 68.19% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.10||14th - 67.01% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||22.08||18th - 66.11% Valentine|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.09||19th - 63.51% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||22.51||23rd - 65.43% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.54||37th - 54.39% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||24.22||46th - 60.53% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||27.48||91st - 50.60% Valentine|
|Sbita Reandi||29.35 9course pb)||112th - 50.70% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||30.03||120th - 52.36% Valentine|
|Thomas Grimes||16.26||4th - 80.22% Fulham Palace|
|John Healy||21.53||59th - 62.83% Brockwell|
|Dan Spinks||22.53||18th - 60.09% Barking|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||34.35 (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
ELVIS 2015 : Final rankings : Men - Sunday 27th September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||12pts||1st (5)|
|Patrick Brown||16pts||3rd (6)|
|Paul Quinton||25pts||4th (6)|
|Alex Day||37pts||5th (6)|
|Antonio Martin Romero||68pts||9th, 8th senior (5)|
|Daniel Lee||88pts||13th, 4th V40 (5)|
|Ciaran Canavan||112pts||16th, 5th V40 (7)|
|Aaron Browne||144pts||19th, 12th senior (7)|
|Scott McMillan||147pts||21st, 7th V40 (6)|
|Andrew Baxter||172pts||25th, 8th,V40 (6)|
|James Nichols||173pts||26th, 15th senior (6)|
|Spencer Evans||177pts||28th, 16th senior (7)|
|Regis Martin||185pts||29th, 10th V40 (5)|
|Manjit Singh||218pts||31st, 12th V40 (5)|
|James Creed||221pts||33rd, 17th senior (5)|
|Peter Craik||229pts||34th, 13th V40 (5)|
|James Clarke||238pts||35th, 18th senior (6)|
|Carlton DSouza||245pts||36th, 5th V50 (7)|
|Craig Livermore||285pts||41st, 21st senior (7)|
|Shailesh Patel||300pts||42nd, 15th V40 (7)|
|Grant Conway||309th||43rd, 16th V40 (6)|
|Ashley Faria||340th||47th, 17th V40 (5)|
|Gareth Jones||351st||50th, 19th V40 (7)|
|Ramesh Pala||351st||51st, 8th V50 (5)|
|Kieran Brown||385th||55th, 10th V50 (6)|
|John Healy||395th||57th, 20th V40 (5)|
|Steven Bywater||457pts||63rd , 14th V50 (7)|
|Iain Mackie||495th||66th, 24th senior (5)|
|Jason Levy||518pts||68th , 24th V40 (7)|
|Doug Mansell||538pts||70th, 6th V50 (5)|
|Patrick Farren||582pts||74th, 18th V50 (5)|
|Stuart Barton||624th||79th, 26th V40 (6) |
|Peter Martin||646pts||50th, 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
|Jennifer Ansell||6 pts||1st overall (6)|
|Karen Levison||13pts||2nd, 1st V45 (6)|
|Ava Lee||18pts||3rd, 1st V35 (6)|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||61pts||7th , 3rd senior (5)|
|Sarah Burns||81pts||9th, 3rd V35 (6)|
|Sheetal Dandgey||86pts||10th, 4th senior (5)|
|Alexandra Brown||101pts||11th, 5th senior (5)|
|Maud Hodson||109pts||12th, 4th V35 (5)|
|Fiona Day||118pts||14th, 2nd V55 (7)|
|Caroline Moore||167pts||21st, 4th V45 (6)|
|Sheila Kennedy||206pts||26th, 5th V55 (6)|
|Diana Rexhepaj||221pts||28th, 7th V45 (6)|
|Jayne Browne||273pts||30th, 8th V45 (5)|
|Maya Goodwin||337pts||36pts, 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
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
|Caroline Meaby||3.38.22 pb|
Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 27th September 2015
ELVIS 7 - Valentine Park Charity 5km hosted by East London Runners - Sunday 27th September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||16.17 (17.01)||4th|
|Paul Quinton||17.06||8th - 7th|
|Patrick Brown||17.23||13th - 12th|
|Antonio Martin Romero||17.58 pb||15th - 71.8%|
|Manjit Bedi||18.06||17th - 16th 81.5% - 1st V50|
|Thomas Glasock||18.17||21st - 20th|
|James Wilson||18.31||21st - 22nd|
|Jennifer Ansell||18.42||26th, 2nd lady|
|Mark Wyatt||18.51 (18.58)||28th - 26th|
|James Clarke||18.59 pb||33rd - 31st - 68.0%|
|Aaron Browne||19.04||34th - 32nd|
|James Nichols||19.06 pb (20.26)||35th - 33rd - 67.9%|
|Scott McMillan||19.09||36th - 34th|
|Spencer Evans||19.09 (19.38)||37th - 35th|
|James Creed||19.20 pb||39th - 37th - 68.6%|
|Peter Craik||19.25 pb||40th - 38th 73.0%|
|Karen Levison||19.38||42nd, 3rd lady - 84.4%|
|Ava Lee||19.39 (20.08)||43rd, 4th lady|
|Regis Martin||19.41||44th - 40th - 70.4%|
|Andrew Baxter||19.45||46th - 42nd|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.48||47th - 43rd|
|Paul Thompson||19.49||48th - 44th - 72.7%|
|Manjit Singh||20.04||53rd - 49th|
|Craig Livermore||20.13 (21.55)||56th - 52nd|
|Carlton DSouza||20.13||57th - 53rd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.15 pb (21.11)||59th - 54th - 65.5%|
|Ashley Faria||20.52 pb||65th - 59th - 68.0%|
|Shailesh Patel||21.03||67th - 61st - 69.5%|
|Gareth Jones||21.20 pb||73rd - 65th - 65.9%|
|Ramesh Pala||21.22 (22.25)||75th - 67th - 71.3%|
|Kieran Brown||21.35 (21.58)||79th - 70th - 73.1%|
|Grant Conway||21.37 (22.21)||81st - 71st|
|Roger Stubbs||21.39 pb (23.11)||82nd - 72nd - 69.8%|
|Sheetal Dandgey||21.58 pb||93rd - 13th - 67.4%|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||21.58 pb||94th - 14th - 67.4%|
|John Healy||22.15||103rd - 88th|
|Maran Raju||22.20||107th - 92nd|
|Sarah Burns||22.24||108th - 16th - 67.9%|
|Steven Bywater||23.08 (23.15)||116th - 98th|
|Jason Levy||23.13 (23.57)||118th - 99th|
|Tim Aylett||23.26||121st - 102nd - 57.0%|
|Alexandra Brown||23.28||122nd - 20th|
|Tricia ONeill||23.49||130th - 24th|
|George Georgiou||24.05||133rd - 109th|
|Fiona Day||24.12||136th - 27th|
|Doug Mansell||24.21 (24.28)||140th - 113th|
|Stuart Barton||24.29||141st - 114th|
|Patrick Farren||24.46||150th - 120th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.54 (25.09)||152nd - 32nd|
|Peter Martin||25.17||157th - 124th - 58.3%|
|Caroline Moore||25.49 (26.46)||161st - 35th|
|Sheila Kennedy||26.24||168th - 38th - 68.6%|
|Christian Turnbull||26.32||170th - 131st|
|Susannah House||26.39||174th - 41st - 63.7%|
|David Wyatt||27.05||181st - 136th|
|Jayne Browne||27.08||183rd - 46th|
|Gina Radford||27.22||186th - 47th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.14||194th - 52nd|
|Emma Hobbs||31.13 (debut)||209th - 66th - 48.2%|
|Maya Goodwin||31.51||216th - 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!.
Hever Castle Triathlon - Henry VIII (sprint plus) - Saturday 26th September 2015
|Sarah Burns||2.25.10||48th , 3rd lady|
800m swim 18.26, T1 2.28, 40K cycle 1.20.00, T2 2.40, 8k run 41.38 = 2.25.10
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 26th September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||18.53||1st - 69.81% Grovelands|
|Patrick Brown||18.43||1st - 69.10% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||32.13||62nd - 45.78% Walthamstow|
|Scott McMillan||20.44||9th - 65.84% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.55||11th - 63.43% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||21.33||14th - 64.81% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.56 (pb) 1st lady||28th - 64.53% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||23.39||33rd - 70.05% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||23.45 (course pb)||35th - 59.72% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.21||38th - 64.13% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.31||42nd - 64.17% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||25.52||54th - 64.82% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.37||64th - 58.23% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||26.55||68th - 63.03% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.07||69th - 57.16% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||43.37 (tailrunner)||109th - 36.42% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Shaw||21.17||29th - 64.60% Hackney|
|Manjit Singh||20.50||8th - 66.00% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.03||11th - 67.38% Valentine|
|James Creed||21.44 ( course pb)||15th - 61.04% Valentine|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.02||16th - 63.84% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||28.59||75th - 50.49% Valentine|
|Paul Marshall||23.37||79th - 54.90% Mile End|
|Dan Spinks||27.10||151st - 50.61% Bedford|
Mayor's Charity 10k at Forty Hall, Enfield - Sunday 20th September 2015
Congratulations to Thomas who won in a time of 36:10.
Purbeck Marathon - Sunday 20th September 2015
|Jennifer Ansell||3.57.24||21st - 3rd lady|
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
|Tanbir Jasimuddin||6:16:49 Ultra Duathlon|
|Andy Kumar||1.47.54 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
ITU World Championships. Chicago - Age Group Standard - Saturday 19th September 2015
|Sarah Burns||2.29.33||62nd 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
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th September 2015
|Patrick Brown||18.23||3rd - 70.35% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.40||5th - 72.59% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.07||8th - 71.40% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.47||16th - 69.50% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||19.49||17th - 71.57% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||20.18||18th - 70.36% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.39||22nd - 64.25% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||21.43||32nd - 64.31% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||22.26||38th - 69.69% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.17 (course pb)||48th - 63.56% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.11||74th - 59.64% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||26.12||75th - 63.23% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.17||76th - 63.79% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||26.54||86th - 63.07% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.04||88th - 57.27% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.18||89th - 56.38% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.21||114th - 51.07% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||33.56||125th - 46.81% Wanstead|
|Ashley Faria||21.23||14th - 66.33% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||21.38||16th - 67.64% Valentine|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.31||26th - 62.47% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||22.38||28th - 65.17% Valentine|
|Alexandra Brown||23.42 (course pb)||41st - 62.45% Valentine|
|Michael Wilson||26.10 (1st parkrun)||68th - 58.73% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.38||74th - 60.83% Valentine|
|Christian Turnbull||27.38||82nd - 46.68% Valentine|
|Steven Bywater||24.24||18th - 60.45% Walthamstow|
|Stuart Barton||24.40 (course pb)||68th - 57.50% Hackney|
|Caroline Moore||25.50||81st - 67.42% Hackney|
Sunday Run - Sunday 13th September 2015
Bacchus Marathon, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking - Sunday 13th September 2015
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
|Paul Quinton||1.16.51 pb||12th|
|Alex Day||1.17.30 pb||14th|
|Mark Boulton||1.17.40 pb||16th|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||1.39.34 pb||148th|
|Celia Payaneeandee||1.45.46 pb||202nd|
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
|Tom Woods||1.46.51 pb||4786th|
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
|Antonio Martin Romero||37.32 pb||9th|
|John Booth||38.03 pb||12th|
Run To The Beat 10km - Sunday 13th September 2015
Rat Race, Coast to coast - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015
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
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||17.56||1st - 73.51% Grovelands|
|Alex Day||17.35||2nd - 73.93% Wanstead|
|Alex Bee||17.48||4th - Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.28||7th - 70.22% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.02||9th - 71.72% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.47||16th - 72.20% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||20.37||23rd - 62.57% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.52||26th - 65.89% Wanstead|
|Jennifer Ansell||20.57||28th - 70.64% Wanstead|
|Craig Livermore||21.21 (50th parkrun)||29th - 60.42% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||21.49||34th - 71.66% Wanstead|
|Paula Bedford||22.19||40th - 68.93% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.06||55th - 69.57% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.14||57th - 64.44% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||24.21 (course pb)||59th - 58.25% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.21||60th - 76.39% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||24.25||62nd - 63.48% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.39||88th - 58.16% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||27.27 (50th parkrun)||99th - 61.81% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.34||100th - 56.23% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||33.05||132nd - 47.56% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||33.37 (50th parkrun)||134th - 49.28% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.37||135th - 46.80% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||35.26||139th - 44.83% Wanstead|
|Ashley Faria||21.05||13th - 67.27% Valentine|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.31||21st - 62.47% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||22.33||22nd - 64.89% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||30.40||113th - 48.75% Valentine|
|David Wyatt||27.52||104th - 58.07% Hackney|
|Tricia ONeill||23.24||18th - 67.88% Raphael|
|Richard Guest||21.15||6th - 65.18% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.51||30th - 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
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
|Alex Day||1.18.49 ||1st|
Congratulations to Alex and Pat on their latest running achievement.
Richmond Running Festival Half Marathon 2015 - Sunday 6th September 2015
UFD Hackney Marshes Half Marathon - Sunday 6th September 2015
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
|James Nichols||1.08.24 pb||40th|
|Ramesh Pala||1.13.26 pb||64th|
|John Healy||1.14.05 pb||67th|
|Carrine Jay||1.15.05||74th ,6th lady|
Spitfire 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015
|Craig Livermore||42.46 pb||14th|
|Katherine Harris||46.01 (4th lady)||41st|
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
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 5th September 2015
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||17.17||1st - 76.28% Grovelands|
|Thomas Glasock||19.06 (course pb)||1st - 67.54% Barking|
|Tricia ONeill||23.03 (course pb)||21st - 68.91% Raphael|
|Spencer Evans||19.32 (course pb)||8th - 66.04% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||19.42 (course pb) 1st||9th - 83.08% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||21.02 (course pb)||15th - 67.43% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.21||24th - 62.94% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.22||25th - 65.42% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||23.04||30th - 63.95% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.42||68th - 52.68% Valentines|
|Steven Bywater||24.11||21st - 60.99% Walthamstow|
|Alex Day||17.29||2nd - 74.36% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.33||3rd - 72.51% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||18.47 (course pb)||5th - 68.68% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.13||8th - 71.03% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.51||13th - 71.96% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.11||16th - 68.13% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||21.41||27th - 64.41% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||22.57 (course pb)||44th - 56.50% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||22.58||45th - 66.18% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||23.23 (course pb)||50th - 70.85% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||24.48 (course pb)||65th - 57.19% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||25.58||81st - 59.69% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.24||92nd - 56.57% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.10||101st - 60.24% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||30.02||107th - 55.83% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.47||110th - 50.35% Wanstead|
|Julia Wildgoose||33.16||122nd - 52.35% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||35.12||125th - 45.12% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||35.47||128th - 43.97% Wanstead|
|Dan Gritton||18.59||9th - 72.96% Southwark|
|Dan Spinks||22.31||33rd - 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
VAC 10,000m Track , Kingsmeadow. - Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Cross Country 2015-2016 - 1st September 2015
Woodford Green Open Event - 3000m - Tuesday 1st September 2015
|Thomas Grimes||9.22.17 pb||1st|
Moel Fammau Mountain Race, Nth Wales - Monday 31st August 2015
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
|Thomas Grimes||16.35 (16.45)||3rd|
|Jennifer Ansell||18.35 pb (1st lady)||24th - 1st|
|Mark Wyatt||18.48||27th - 26th|
|Aaron Browne||19.01||30th - 29th|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.07||31st - 30th|
|Scott McMillan||19.08||32nd - 31st|
|James Nichols||19.10 (20.25)||33rd - 32nd|
|Spencer Evans||19.20 (20.06) ||40th - 39th|
|James Creed||19.28 pb (21.01)||41st - 40th|
|Peter Craik||19.36 pb||43rd - 42nd|
|Regis Martin||19.44||48th - 47th|
|Paul Thompson||19.52||52nd - 50th|
|Karen Levison||19.54 (3rd Lady)||54th - 3rd|
|Craig Livermore||20.12 pb||57th - 53rd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.25||63rd - 59th|
|Carlton DSouza||20.32 (21.03)||66th - 61st|
|Ashley Faria||21.07 pb||77th - 70th|
|Grant Conway||21.12||78th - 71st|
|John Healy||21.18 pb||81st - 72nd|
|Gareth Jones||21.48||92nd - 80th|
|Kieran Brown||21.53 (22.21)||94th - 82nd|
|Richard Potter||22.04||98th - 86th|
|Katherine Harris||22.11||100th - 13th|
|Shailesh Patel||22.11||101st - 88th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.15||104th - 90th|
|Sarah Burns||22.26 (22.37)||109th - 16th|
|Jason Levy||22.51 (23.19)||118th - 100th|
|Iain Mackie||23.01 pb||120th - 102nd|
|Alexandra Brown||23.26 pb||128th - 20th|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.40||135th - 113th|
|George Georgiou||23.47||138th - 116th|
|Steven Bywater||23.51||140th - 118th|
|Fiona Day||23.53||141st - 23rd|
|Tricia ONeill||23.54||142nd - 24th|
|Paul Marshall||24.01||144th - 120th|
|Doug Mansell||24.09 (25.15)||147th - 123rd|
|Fiona Critchley||24.10||148th - 25th|
|Maud Hodson||24.41||159th - 30th|
|Stuart Barton||24.57 pb||162nd - 130th|
|Patrick Farren||24.59||163rd - 131st|
|Christian Turnbull||26.15 pb||185th - 142nd|
|Amita Morse||26.41||189th - 47th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||26.57 (27.31)||192nd - 48th|
|Peter Martin||27.02 pb||193rd - 145th|
|David Wyatt||27.28||199th - 148th|
|Sandra Corbyn||28.05 pb||205th - 55th|
|James Rutherford||28.37 (elr debut)||214th - 153rd|
|Katie Williamson||28.59 (elr debut)||217th - 64th|
|Emma Wing||29.24 (elr debut)||220th - 67th|
|Maya Goodwin||31.13||237th - 78th|
|Morag Campbell||33.24||247th - 85th|
|Lauren Johnson||33.36 pb||248th - 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
Veterans' AC Club Track Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015
Veterans' AC Club Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015
|Thomas Grimes||2:09:56 (800m)||1st|
|Thomas Grimes||4:29:63 (1500m)||1st|
Thames Meander Marathon, Kingston - Saturday 29th August 2015
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 29th August 2015
|Patrick Brown||19.18||1st - 67.01% Tewkesbury|
|Alex Day||17.26 (course pb)||1st - 74.57% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.17||5th - 70.74% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.04||9th - 71.59% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.03||32nd - 63.34% Wanstead|
|Iain Mackie||23.44||44th - 54.89% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.44||46th - 65.87% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||23.45 (course pb)||47th - 69.75% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||24.22||53rd - 63.61% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.01||56th - 63.56% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||25.32||61st - 55.55% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.39||62nd - 61.34% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.30||69th - 58.49% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.04||90th - 60.45% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.19||109th - 48.68% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||33.15||111th - 46.97% Wanstead|
|Ashley Faria||21.33||13th - 65.82% Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||22.50||23rd - 56.50% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.58||35th - 54.24% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||24.13||37th - 58.09% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.09||47th - 61.95% Barking|
|Claire Parker||23.00||43rd - 64.35% Hackney|
|Ninette Fernandes||26.12||73rd - 56.87% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||26.15||77th - 57.90% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||39.21||114th - 38.25% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.17||16th - 57.93% Walthamstow|
|Shailesh Patel||24.22||17th - 60.05% Walthamstow.|
|Steven Bywater||28.50||44th - 51.16% Walthamstow.|
|Paul Marshall||23.41||47th - 54.75% Mile End|
|Katherine Harris||24.13||59th - 61.73% Riddlesdown|
|Peter Hatley||27.13||82nd - 50.52% Cleethorpes|
|Dan Gritton||27.55||82nd - 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
Royal Parks 10km Summer Series - Hyde Park - Sunday 23rd August 2015
|John Healy||44.30 pb||79th|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd August 2015
|Jennifer Ansell||18.40 (1st lady)||3rd - 79.29% Kings Lynn|
|Karen Levison||19.51 (1st lady)||8th - 82.45% Valentine|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||20.55 (50th parkrun)||6th - 63.03% Beckton|
|Alex Day||17.27 (course pb)||1st - 74.50% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.49||2nd - 72.59% Wanstead|
|Alex Bee||18.24||3rd - 70.11% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.10||7th - 71.22% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.43||19th - 64.04% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.39||27th - 63.51% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.16||30th - 62.72% Wanstead|
|Iain Mackie||23.13||35th - 55.56% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||23.28||36th - 64.77% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.45 (50th parkrun)||39th - 65.82% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||23.54||40th - 69.32% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.24||46th - 76.23% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||26.11||61st - 66.52% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.45||67th - 57.94% Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||19.07||6th - 67.83% Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||21.13||12th - 60.80% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.31||13th - 65.92% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.20||28th - 63.21% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||23.57||37th - 58.73% Valentine|
|Frank Brownlie ||24.00||38th - 69.24% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.25||65th - 61.32% Valentine|
|Claire Parker||23.18||53rd - 63.52% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||25.54||77th - 54.76% Hackney|
|Steven Bywater||24.03||22nd - 61.33% Walthamstow |
|Dan Spinks||22.14||54th - 61.84% Frimley Lodge|
|Saheed Shabbir||26.47||234th - 48.54% Cannon Hill|
|Manjit Singh||30.42||114th - 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
London Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 16th August 2015
Regents Park 10km Summer Series. - Sunday 16th August 2015
Pride 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 15th August 2015
|Patrick Brown||34.17 pb||7th - 78.63%|
|Alex Day||35.18||11th - 76.38%|
|Euan Brown||36.30||18th - 73.90%|
|Fiona Day||50.25||402nd - 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
|Thomas Grimes||17.39||1st - 74.69% Clarisford|
|Russell Price||18.52||1st - 68.55% Lloyd,Croydon|
|Craig Livermore||20.51 (course pb)||11th - 61.87% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.12 (course pb)||15th - 66.90% Valentine|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.09||28th - 60.76% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||23.13||29th - 63.03% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||23.15||30th - 64.30% Valentine|
|Alexandra Brown||23.50||39th - 62.10% Valentine|
|George Georgiou||24.04||42nd - 59.35% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||24.27||50th - 60.33% Valentine|
|Christian Turnbull||26.43||86th - 48.28% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.47||88th - 59.86% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||32.19||153rd - 48.68% Valentine|
|Sbita Reandi||32.41 (course pb)||157th - 45.89% Valentine|
|Scott McMillan||19.20||3rd . 70.60% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||19.51||4th - 71.45% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||22.32||27th - 69.38% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||23.07 pb||34th - 72.53% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||24.12||46th - 68.46% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.12||61st - 59.16% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||44.04 (tailrunner) ||105th - 35.44% Wanstead|
|Claire Parker||21.12||28th - 69.81% Hackney|
|Caroline Moore||25.05 pb||63rd - 69.44% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||25.41 (course pb)||70th - 55.22% Hackney|
|Diccon Loy||19.49||7th - 70.98% Gunpowder|
|James Nichols||20.05||8th - 64.56% Gunpowder|
|Andrew Baxter||21.12||11th - 67.37% Penrose|
|John Healy||21.43||47th - 63.32% Dulwich|
|Dan Spinks||21.02||15th - 65.37% Luton Wardown|
|Manjit Singh||20.15||33rd - 67.90% Pollok,Glasgow|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||20.37||4th - 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
95 finishers, and Lance Fuller 24.05.
Muslim Charity Run, Victoria Park - Sunday 9th August 2015
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||19.23 (adjusted)||2nd|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.55 (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
London Triathlon - Olympic Distance - Sunday 9th August 2015
|Sarah Burns||2.32.45||25th, 5th F35-39|
|Russell Price||2.39.51 pb|
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
|Jason Levy||1.47.25 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
|Ava Lee||2.43.39||7th 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
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 8th August 2015
|Patrick Brown||17.01 (course pb)||1st - 76.00% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||17.42||3rd - 73.45% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||18.54||5th - 68.25% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.02||6th - 71.72% Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.09 pb||8th - 67.36% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.30 (50th parkrun)||10th - 70.51% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||20.07 (course pb)||14th - 64.13% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||20.20||18th - 69.75% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.35||20th - 64.45% Wanstead|
|James Clarke||20.50 (course pb)||21st - 61.92% Wanstead|
|Craig Livermore||21.12 (course pb)||22nd - 60.85% Wanstead|
|John Healy||21.22 pb||25th - 64.35% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||21.46||32nd - 71.82% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||22.52 (1st lady)||39th - 64.72% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.49||45th - 62.14% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.56||47th - 69.43% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||24.27||51st - 67.76% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.37||52nd - 68.11% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.08||58th - 61.97% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.12||58th - 61.97% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||26.52||81st - 60.24% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.57||84th - 57.51% Wanstead|
|Manjit Singh||19.59||7th - 68.81% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||21.33||17th - 65.82% Valentine|
|James Creed||22.12||22nd - 59.76% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||27.43||98th - 57.85% Valentine|
|Stuart Kelly||19.05||11th - 67.95% Hackney|
|Claire Parker||21.34||43rd - 68.62% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||27.17||100th - 54.25% Hackney|
|Luca Zangari||18.43 (course pb)||6th - 68.92% Mile End|
|Dan Spinks||21.12||13th - 64.86% Raphael|
|Tricia ONeill||23.15 (course pb)||26th - 68.32% Raphael|
|Richard Guest||21.29||19th - 64.47% Bracknell|
|Shailesh Patel||23.46||99th - 61.57% Braunstone|
|Shaun DeSena||29.43||269th - 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
|Russell Price||17.57||2nd - |
Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 3rd August 2015
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 2nd August 2015
Al-Isharah Deaf Run - Saturday 1st August 2015
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
|Spencer Evans||33.12 pb||27th|
|Karen Levison||34.08 (2nd lady )||32nd|
|Frank Brownlie ||41.09||86th|
Orion Forest Five Series - Overall = 3 x 5m - Saturday 1st August 2015
|Sarah Burns||118.12||19th, Vet 35 winner|
|Fiona Day||130.28||33rd, Vet 55 winner|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 1st August 2015
|Russell Price||18.16||1st - 70.80% Barking|
|Shailesh Patel||21.42||14th - 67.43% Valentine|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.49 (course pb)||17th - 59.59% Valentine|
|Mark Wyatt||18.31||5th - 69.67% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||23.30 (course pb)||53rd - 62.98% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.40 (course pb)||76th - 57.66% Hackney|
|David Wyatt||26.23||81st - 61.34% Hackney|
|Gina Radford||27.17 (1st parkrun)||94th - 54.25% Hackney|
|Jamie Xavier||22.42||11th - 59.69% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||23.59||20th - 61.50% Walthamstow|
|Scott McMillan||19.02||5th - 71.72% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||19.45||7th - 71.81% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||20.36||10th - 62.62% Wanstead|
|John Healy||21.49 pb||19th - 63.03% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||24.01||35th - 68.98% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||24.53||41st - 62.29% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.20||44th - 61.64% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.49||57th - 57.80% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||34.14||86th - 46.40% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||39.01 (tailrunner)||99th - 42.97% Wanstead|
|Diccon Loy||20.08||6th - 69.87% Gunpowder|
|Carrine Jay||22.05 (1st parkrun)||17th - 75.92% Gunpowder|
|Thomas Glasock||18.46||11th - 68.74% Coventry|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||23.10||75th - 68.56% Southsea|
|Tricia ONeill||23.36 (course pb)||23rd - 67.30% Raphael|
|Dan Spinks||20.17||20th - 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
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
Outlaw Ironman Triathlon - Sunday 26th July 2015
2.4m swim 1.25.37, T1 - 11.17,
112m cycle 7.16.48, T2 - 15.23,
26.2m run 5.09.32
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
Elmbridge 10km - Sunday 26th July 2015
|Paul Quinton||35.14 pb||23rd|
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
|Thomas Grimes||4.23.75||4th 1500m|
|Thomas Grimes||16.18.57||2nd 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
|Peter Martin||1.54.31 pb||18th|
|Iain Mackie||2.01.24 pb||24th|
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
|Euan Brown||16.34 (50th parkrun)||3rd - 77.87% Hackney|
|Alex Day||17.48||9th - 73.07% Hackney|
|Claire Parker||22.13||56th - 66.62% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||23.03||70th - 65.94% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||26.23||105th - 56.10% Hackney|
|Thomas Glasock||19.11||4th - 67.25% Barking|
|Spencer Evans||19.23 pb||6th - 66.55% Barking|
|James Nichols||19.33 (course pb)||7th - 66.33% Barking|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.51||8th - 69.27% Barking|
|Karen Levison||20.05 (1st lady)||10th - 81.49% Barking|
|Paul Marshall||23.33||29th - 55.06% Barking|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.40||30th - 70.21% Barking|
|Stuart Barton||26.26||57th - 53.66% Barking|
|Daniel Slipper||18.48 pb||5th - 73.14% Valentines|
|Amita Morse||26.22||61st - 60.81% Valentine|
|Sbita Reandi||33.46 (1st parkrun)||140th - 44.42% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||33.47||141st - 46.57% Valentine|
|Peter Hatley||21.26 (course pb)||7th - 64.15% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.59||24th - 56.77% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||19.00||14th - 69.39% Mile End|
|James Wilson||18.18||1st - 73.50% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.10||4th - 67.30% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.42||8th - 69.29% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||20.05||9th - 70.62% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.59||30th - 64.39% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||23.15||33rd - 72.11% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.27||50th - 64.35% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.52||56th - 62.80% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.58||68th - 71.63% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||26.52||75th - 57.69% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.22||79th - 56.54% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||27.48||83rd - 58.21% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||28.09||85th - 58.85% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.48||102nd - 50.32% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.18||112th - 49.17% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.09||32nd - 65.87% Hockley Woods|
|John Healy||21.58 pb||49th - 62.59% Dulwich|
|Diccon Loy||20.15||13th - 69.47% Gunpowder|
|Dan Spinks||20.34||14th - 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
|Thomas Grimes||2.05.76 pb||6th - 800m|
|Thomas Grimes||4.23.97 pb||1st - 1500m|
Go Tri Duathlon, Lea Valley Velo Park - Monday 20th July 2015
3.2km run + T1, 16km bike + T2, 3.2km run
Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015
Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015
Great Newham Marathon Relay - 4 x 10.54km - Sunday 19th July 2015
|Paul Thompson||44.57 (43.00)||Leg 1|
|Craig Livermore||48.37 (46.28)||Leg 2|
|Daniel Slipper||41.36 (39.39)||Leg 3|
|Aaron Browne||45.55 (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
|Scott McMillan||40.53 pb||218th|
|Spencer Evans||41.39 pb||267th|
|Carlton DSouza||43.05 pb||420th|
|Ramesh Pala||43.44 pb||508th|
|Stuart Barton||56.26 pb||3902nd|
|Morag Campbell||1.09.50 pb||7806th|
Andy Kumar's report:
Julie Creffield's 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
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.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th July 2015
|Stuart Kelly||18.52||13th - 68.77% Hackney|
|Ava Lee||19.23 pb (1st lady)||18th - 78.42% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||23.48 (course pb)||58th - 62.18% Hackney|
|Daniel Slipper||19.18||5th - 71.24% Valentine|
|Aaron Browne||19.43||7th - 65.43% Valentine|
|Manjit Singh||19.51||8th - 69.27% Valentine|
|James Clarke||19.53 pb||10th - 64.88% Valentine|
|Karen Levison||19.59 (1st lady)||11th - 81.90% Valentine|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.34||12th - 62.80% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||21.29||20th - 68.11% Valentine|
|Grant Conway||21.41||22nd - 66.41% Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||22.42||31st - 56.83% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||26.28||69th - 53.15% Valentine|
|Amita Morse||26.58||75th - 59.46% Valentine|
|Euan Brown||16.51||2nd - 76.56% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||17.46||5th - 73.17% Valentine|
|Patrick Brown||18.38 (buggy)||8th - 69.41% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||18.42||9th - 68.98% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.00||10th - 72.37% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.34||19th - 64.51% Wanstead|
|John Healy||22.17 (course pb)||31st - 61.71% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.15||43rd - 67.24% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||23.26||45th - 64.86% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.14||53rd - 64.92% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.43||54th - 67.84% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.03||57th - 74.25% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||25.14||59th - 65.65% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||26.23||70th - 58.75% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.51||79th - 57.73% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.18||88th - 61.09% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||27.52||91st - 58.07% Wanstead|
|Richard Guest||20.52 (100th parkrun)||8th - .37% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.02||21st - 61.37% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||31.48||53rd - 43.24% Walthamstow|
|Ashley Faria||21.25||7th - 66.23% Barking|
|Paul Marshall||23.31||71st - 55.14% Mile End|
|Derek Wright||21.14||7th - 66.25% Raphael|
|Dan Spinks||30.25||90th - 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
|Mark Boulton||28.28 (29.00)||3rd|
|Patrick Brown||29.00 (30.16)||5th|
|Antonio Martin Romero||30.40||10th|
|Daniel Lee||30.49 (31.52)||12th|
|Russell Price||30.54 (32.37)||15th|
|Stuart Kelly||31.57 pb (34.26)||20th|
|Jennifer Ansell||32.18||24th, 1st lady|
|Mark Wyatt||32.27||25th - 24th|
|Scott McMillan||32.59||28th - 27th|
|Regis Martin||33.03||29th - 28th|
|Aaron Browne||33.04||30th - 29th|
|Andrew Baxter||33.18 (33.28)||33rd - 32nd|
|Ava Lee||33.25 (34.12)||36th, 2nd lady|
|Spencer Evans||33.36 (35.41)||37th - 35th|
|Manjit Singh||33.53 (34.08)||40th - 38th|
|Karen Levison||34.06||42nd, 3rd lady|
|James Nichols||34.07||43rd - 40th|
|Jamee Gould||34.40||46th, 5th|
|James Clarke||34.52||48th - 43rd|
|Richard Guest||35.32 (35.33)||57th - 52nd|
|Peter Craik||35.52||58th - 53rd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||36.08||59th - 54th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||36.22||62nd - 56th|
|Ramesh Pala||36.36||63rd - 57th|
|Peter Hatley||36.37||64th - 58th|
|Carlton DSouza||37.01||70th - 63rd|
|Shailesh Patel||37.11||71st - 64th|
|Craig Livermore||37.14||72nd - 65th|
|Gareth Jones||37.21...||74th - 67th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||37.24||77th, 9th|
|John Healy||37.44||83rd - 72nd|
|Grant Conway||37.48||86th - 75th|
|Ashley Faria||38.00||89th - 78th|
|Claire Parker||38.23||96th, 13th|
|Kieran Brown||38.37 (41.54)||97th - 84th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||39.18||103rd, 15th|
|Natasha Tweedie||39.28||104th, 16th|
|Sarah Burns||39.44 (41.17)||108th, 17th|
|Lauren Kelly||39.54||109th, 18th|
|Alexandra Brown||39.57||110th, 19th|
|Iain Mackie||40.12||112th - 93rd|
|Helen Cook||40.16||113th, 20th|
|Steven Bywater||40.39||115th - 95th|
|Bozena Myslinska||40.51||121st, 21st|
|Michael Wilson||41.02||122nd - 101st|
|Suzanne Bench||41.03||123rd, 22nd|
|Tim Aylett||41.09||124th - 102nd|
|Claire Emery||41.29||126th, 24th|
|Celia Payaneeandee||41.30||127th, 25th|
|Gary Joy||41.32 (ELR debut)||128th - 103rd|
|Doug Mansell||42.40||142nd - 112th|
|Gemma Foxall||42.43||143rd, 31st|
|Bernadett Kalmar||42.47 (43.49)||144th, 32nd|
|Fiona Day||43.00||147th, 34th|
|Christian Turnbull||43.32||150th - 116th|
|Jason Levy||43.51||153rd - 119th|
|Caroline Moore||44.32 (48.58)||159th, 37th|
|Lucy Barron||44.43||162nd, 38th|
|Andy Bolderstone||44.47||164th - 126th |
|Gina Radford||45.20||172nd, 42nd|
|Muhammad Iqbal||46.11||180th - 137th|
|Sheila Kennedy||47.21||191st, 49th|
|Jayne Browne||47.47||194th, 50th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||48.03||198th, 54th|
|Peter Martin||48.04||199th - 145th|
|Stuart Barton||48.56||204th - 146th|
|Che Hector||49.12 (ELR debut)||205th - 147th|
|Karen Shah||49.30 (ELR debut)||209th, 62nd|
|Sandra Corbyn||50.15 (ELR debut)||213th, 65th|
|Shaun DeSena||52.08||219th - 151st|
|Don Bennett||52.12||220th - 152nd|
|Maya Goodwin||56.14||238th, 82nd|
|Lauren Johnson||61.12 (ELR debut)||252nd, 91st|
|Morag Campbell||62.02||255th, 93rd|
|Natalie Powell||63.13||258th, 95th|
Team Winners (3 to score)East London Runners , Men & Ladies.
Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 13th July 2015
|Mark Boulton||16.43 pb||9th|
Lea Valley 10km - Sunday 12th July 2015
|Antonio Martin Romero||37.48 pb||6th|
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
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||42.37 pb||51st|
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
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th July 2015
|Euan Brown||17.19||1st - 74.49% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.40||2nd - 73.21% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.15||3rd - 73.70% Wanstead |
|Mark Wyatt||19.00||4th - 67.89% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.07||6th - 71.40% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.19||8th - 71.18% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.55||19th - 63.43% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||20.58 (course pb)||21st - 61.53% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||21.48 (course pb)||27th - 67.89% Wanstead|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||22.16 (course pb)||30th - 66.47% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||23.24||39th - 64.96% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie ||24.10||50th - 68.76% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.26||52nd - 68.62% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.46||56th - 63.06% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||24.58 (course pb)||60th - 56.81% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.20||80th - 56.71% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.25||83rd - 60.43% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||29.18||96th - 53.70% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.00||99th - 51.67% Wanstead|
|Manjit Singh||19.46||7th - 69.56% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||22.13||18th - 63.84% Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||22.49||22nd - 56.54% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||23.29||30th - 62.31% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.29||31st - 62.81% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||26.27||63rd - 56.33% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||26.31||64th - 53.05% Valentine|
|Karen Shah||29.26||97th - 53.45% Valentine|
|Claire Parker||21.39||36th - 68.36% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||23.55 (course pb)||59th - 61.88% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||26.26||84th - 55.99% Hackney|
|Grant Conway||21.27||11th - 67.13% Barking|
|Andrew Baxter||19.43||2nd - 72.44% Beckton|
|Steven Bywater||24.34||27th - 60.04% Walthamstow|
|Dan Spinks||30.15||116th - 45.45% Maidenhead|
|Derek Wright||22.43||18th - 61.92% Brentwood|
|Dan Gritton||18.05||5th - 76.59% Burgess|
|John Healy||22.07 (course pb)||43rd - 62.17% Dulwich|
|Helen Cook||23.54||110th - 62.76% Harrogate|
|Fiona Critchley||24.51||11th - 66.67% Lawson, Sydney|
Standard Chartered City Race - Thursday 9th July 2015
Woodford Green Open Graded Meeting - Tuesday 7th July 2015
|Patrick Brown||9.38.36||1st ,3000m race 1|
|Thomas Grimes||4.26.25||3rd, 1500m race 4|
|Paul Quinton||4.35.20||6th, 1500m race 4|
Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 6th July 2015
|James Nichols||19.20 pb||49th|
Grant's Track Night - Magic Mile - Monday 6th July 2015
|Frank Brownlie ||7.35|
also Gary Joy 6.43
Gosfield Lake Triathlon - Standard Distance - Sunday 5th July 2015
|Sarah Burns||2.34.14||2nd 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
Nice course, multi terrain. Won a pair of Newton trainers also.
Bassingbourne Half Marathon - Sunday 5th July 2015
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 5th July 2015
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer Series - Saturday 4th July 2015
Orion Forest Five Series - Race 2 of 3 - Saturday 4th July 2015
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th July 2015
|James Wilson||18.31||2nd - 72.64% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.09||4th - 67.36% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.43||8th - 72.44% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||24.52||43rd - 59.52% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.07||46th - 66.76% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.15||64th - 56.88% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||29.23||74th - 55.08% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.35||95th - 48.29% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||34.36||104th - 45.13% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||21.27||12th - 60.14% Valentine|
|Ashley Faria||22.22||17th - 63.41% Valentine|
|Shailesh Patel||22.23||18th - 65.38% Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||22.45||20th - 56.70% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||23.43||29th - 59.31% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||25.59||44th - 57.34% Valentine|
|Stuart Kelly||18.17||4th - 70.92% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||24.17||56th - 60.95% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.47 (course pb)||66th - 57.40% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||25.57 (course pb)||69th - 54.66% Hackney|
|Richard Guest||21.26||8th - 64.62% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||23.26||19th - 57.82% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.16||21st - 60.78% Walthamstow|
|Dan Gritton||19.26||1st - 71.27% Barking|
|Scott McMillan||20.13 (course pb)||15th - 67.52% Bradford|
|Dan Spinks||20.53||13th - 65.84% Northala Fields|
|Fiona Critchley||23.43 (course pb)||80th - 69.85% St Peters|
|Michael Wilson||34.04 (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
|Thomas Grimes||47.07||1st - 77.76%|
ELVIS 4 - Dagenham 88 5ish - Wednesday 1st July 2015
|Paul Quinton||27.46 pb||3rd|
|Antonio Martin Romero||30.10||10th|
|James Wilson||30.34 pb||14th|
|Jennifer Ansell||31.03||19th (1st lady)|
|Ciaran Canavan||31.28||21st - 20th|
|Scott McMillan||31.47||24th - 23rd|
|Russell Price||32.22||28th - 26th|
|Regis Martin||32.37 pb||31st - 29th|
|Ava Lee||32.46||33rd, (3rd lady)|
|Alex Haward||32.58||36th - 33rd|
|Aaron Browne||32.58||37th - 34th|
|Andrew Baxter||33.11||38th - 35th|
|James Nichols||33.12||39th - 36th|
|Paul Thompson||33.22||40th - 37th|
|Spencer Evans||33.31||41st - 38th|
|David Baldwin||33.47||42nd - 39th|
|Carlton DSouza||33.53||43rd - 40th|
|Christian Newton||33.58||44th - 41st|
|Richard Guest||34.07||45th - 42nd|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||34.35 pb||46th - 43rd|
|James Clarke||35.01||48th - 45th|
|Grant Conway||35.11||50th - 47th|
|Maran Raju||35.19||52nd - 49th|
|Ramesh Pala||35.57||56th - 53rd|
|Shailesh Patel||36.02||58th - 55th|
|John Healy||36.34||62nd - 57th|
|Kieran Brown||36.36||63rd - 58th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||37.01||68th - 7th|
|Craig Livermore||37.06||69th - 62nd|
|Rebecca Young||37.37||71st - 8th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||37.55||72nd - 64th|
|Gareth Jones||38.30||76th - 68th|
|Claire Emery||40.16||84th - 10th|
|Iain Mackie||40.26||85th - 75th|
|Maud Hodson||40.28||87th - 12th|
|Helen Cook||40.37||88th - 13th|
|Doug Mansell||40.48||90th - 76th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||41.05||94th - 16th|
|Steven Bywater||41.50||98th - 80th|
|Fiona Day||42.02||101st - 20th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||42.07 pb||102nd - 21st|
|Alexandra Brown||42.09||103rd - 22nd|
|Bozena Mysilinska||42.26||106th - 23rd|
|Lucy Barron||42.37||109th - 24th|
|Muhammad Iqbal||42.47||110th - 86th|
|Caroline Moore||44.04||118th - 27th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||45.47||127th - 32nd|
|Christian Turnbull||45.58||128th - 96th|
|Gina Radford||46.27||129th - 33rd|
|Katherine Harris||46.54||131st - 35th|
|Sheila Kennedy||47.17||133rd - 36th|
|Jason Levy||47.19||134th - 98th|
|Stuart Barton||49.01||118th - 101st|
|Shaun DeSena||51.21||145th - 104th|
|Peter Martin||51.40||146th - 105th|
|Maya Goodwin||57.39||155th - 46th|
|Morag Campbell||59.03||159th - 48th|
|Natalie Powell||1.02.56||164th - 53rd|
Results awaiting confirmation from the clubs.
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.
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!!!