Results July-Dec 2018
Ilford AC XC Relay section (3.33 miles) - Sunday 30th December 2018
|Andrea Waller||30.22||ELR Ladies A|
|Jayne Browne||33.14||ELR Ladies B|
San Silvestre Aviles (5.23km) - Saturday 29th December 2018
San Silvestre Gaditana (6km) - Saturday 29th December 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||19.42|
Ilford AC 10 Mile Cross Country, Hainault Forest - Saturday 29th December 2018
|Sarah Burns||1.27.15||36th, 1st FV35|
|Vinesh Sampath Kumar||1.27.56||38th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||1.38.36 pb||64th|
Run Through Velopark 10km - Saturday 29th December 2018
Run Through Velopark 5km - Saturday 29th December 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 29th December 2018
|Ford Cadiogan||27.01 debut||114th - 52.07% Hampstead Heath|
|Scott McMillan||20.41* debut & 1st man||1st - 67.53% Stonehaven|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.52 debut||29th - 65.44% Dulwich|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||40.49 debut||274th - 40.59% Dulwich|
|Jakub Czeczotka||26,51 debut||229th - 49.72% Preston Park,Brighton|
|Katherine Harris||23.38* debut||59th - 64.03% Northala Fields|
|Rachel Le Roux||28.49* debut||29th - 52.23% Potchefstroom, SA|
|Catriona Hoult||25.22 pb||165th - 62.02% Hove Promenade|
|Nick Hoult||26.42 debut||200th - 53.12% Hove Promenade|
|Andrew Howard||24.21* debut||34th - 64.38% Jersey Farm|
|Caroline Frith||23.08* debut||12th - 66.50% Marlborough Common|
|Alex Jameson||25.12 debut||27th - 57.61% Mersea Island|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.47* debut||29th - 63.07% Katowice, Pol|
|Chris Green||27.03 debut||94th - 50.46% Ellenbrook Fields|
|Tim Aylett||29.49||82nd - 45.78% Sittingbourne|
|John Booth||17.39||2nd - 76.20% Victoria Dock|
|Mark Moir||21.10||20th - 60.94% Sunderland|
|John Henry||19.29||16th - 69.55% Finsbury|
|Mary OBrien||27.14||48th - 74.42% Johnstown, ROI|
|Thomas Grimes||18.50* (course pb)||1st - 71.42% Limerick, ROI|
|Martin Quinlan||28.07||90th - 50.80% Southwark|
|Georgie Hooper||25.48* (course pb)||85th - 57.49% Stevenage|
|Paul Marshall||21.55 (course pb)||6th - 59.85% Beckton|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.48 debut||13th - 54.52% Beckton|
|Patrick Brown||19.41 (1st man)||1st - 66.30% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.28||38th - 57.12% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||29.16||51st - 48.06% Walthamstow|
|Andy Kumar||19.49||4th - 66.19% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||20.19||8th - 70.30% Roding Valley|
|Stuart Barton||25.08 (course pb)||37th - 58.22% Roding Valley|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||25.39||159th - 52.05% Hackney|
|Claire Emery||27.04||188th - 60.47% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||40.07||269th - 38.14% Hackney|
|Billy Rayner||19.37 debut||3rd - 66.53% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||19.58||5th - 64.61% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.28||7th - 70.43% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.14||21st - 67.39% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.41||34th - 55.67% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||24.06||41st - 61.41% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||25.09||51st - 58.18% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.17 (1st man||1st - 79.22% Wanstead|
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||20.53 (debut & 1st lady)||3rd - 70.87% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||22.46||18th - 63.76% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.42||28th - 67.02% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.39||46th - 60.43% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.06||73rd - 69.04% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.55||106th - 53.09% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.58||115th - 48.82% Wanstead|
|Saima Zeb||30.59||116th - 47.77% Wanstead|
|Amit Marks||20.59||25th - 66.00% Raphael|
Crown to Crown Boxing Day 5km, - Wednesday 26th December 2018
parkrun - all venues (Christmas Day) - Tuesday 25th December 2018
|Nathan Jones||20.06* debut||21st - 64.18% Rickmansworth|
|James Nichols||20.23* (course pb)||7th - 64.68% Harlow|
|Andrew Howard||22.32* (course pb)||69th - 69.38% Poolsbrook|
|Thomas Grimes||19.18* debut||5th - 69.69% Limerick, ROI|
|Mark Moir||20.46* (course pb)||37th - 62.12% Gateshead|
|Stuart Kelly||18.49* (course pb)||3rd - 69.71% Carlisle|
|Lauren Kelly||25.12||76th - 58.73% Carlisle|
|Stuart Barton||23.25 (course pb)||40th - 62.49% Ipswich|
|Stephen Swan||23.30 debut||15th - 55.32% South Woodham Ferrers|
|James Creed||23.55 (49th parkrun)||59th - 56.66% Castle Park|
|Martin Quinlan||28.30||72nd - 50.12% Roundshaw Downs|
|John Henry||19.20||12th - 70.09% Finsbury|
|Tim Aylett||26.50||172nd - 50.87% Maidstone|
|Georgie Hooper||27.13||129th - 54.50% Stevenage|
|Nick Clarke||20.49||123rd - 63.33% Norwich|
|John Booth||17.49||3rd - 75.49% Southwark|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.16||20th - 64.14% Barking|
|Terry Lewsey||20.22||21st - 67.51% Barking|
|Lawrence Foster||21.35 debut||39th - 71.20% Barking|
|Shailesh Patel||23.26||62nd - 63.94% Barking|
|Jason Levy||25.49||97th - 55.78% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.31||108th - 57.70% Barking|
|Rakesh Sandhu||26.49||116th - 54.57% Barking|
|Susan Bushnell||35.42||220th - 55.14% Barking|
|Aaron Browne||19.21 (100th parkrun)||5th - 66.67% Roding Valley|
|Andy Kumar||19.24||7th - 67.61% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||20.43||13th - 68.95% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||21.37||24th - 60.68% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.39||25th - 76.06% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.50||28th - 70.46% Roding Valley|
|Craig Livermore||22.39||34th - 56.95% Roding Valley|
|Ford Cadiogan||26.45 debut||70th - 52.59% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||29.27||98th - 50.93% Roding Valley|
|Euan Brown||16.12||1st - 79.63% Wanstead - |
|Patrick Brown||17.27||3rd - 74.79% Wanstead|
|Samuel Browne||18.10||4th - 71.01% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||18.21||6th - 72.30% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.40||8th - 71.02% Wanstead|
|Tom Marshall||20.11||10th - 65.73% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.23||28th - 63.81% Wanstead|
|Mike Brett||23.30||37th - 64.82% Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||23.36||39th - 61.51% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.49||51st - 56.68% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||25.37||60th - 56.67% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||25.48||61st - 56.27% Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||26.01||63rd - 58.10% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||26.06||65th - 59.39% Wanstead|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.09||67th - 56.85% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.27||72nd - 61.88% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.17||82nd - 71.11% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.27||108th - 57.53% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||29.27||121st - 60.67% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||30.11||137th - 53.12% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.13||145th - 48.42% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||34.02||177th - 51.18% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||34.11||179th - 47.88% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||35.44||186th - 44.50% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||38.49||201st - 41.73% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||43.27 (100th parkrun)||206th - 38.13% Wanstead|
|Lisa Yang||36.53||193rd - 40.22% Wanstead|
Torrington Christmas Caper 2018 - Sunday 23rd December 2018
269 finishers. Approx 9.5 miles of festive fun following forest trails,
rivers, hills and a little mud thrown in for good measure.
Run Through Greenwich Park 10km - Saturday 22nd December 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd December 2018
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||22.22* (1st parkrun)||9th - 66.17% Wormwood Scrubs|
|Stuart Barton||23.34 (course pb)||27th - 62.09% Harlow|
|Fiona Critchley||25.55* (course pb)||47th - 66.30% Harlow|
|Thomas Grimes||18.27* debut||2nd - 72.90% Mungret, ROI|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.24* debut||21st - 63.73% Richmond|
|Samia Choudhury||34.18* debut||370th - 43.15% Richmond|
|Tom Howourth||22.13 debut||25th - 58.06% Plym Valley|
|Paul Marshall||21.52 (course pb)||12th - 59.98% Pymmes|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.13 debut||32nd - 55.78% Pymmes|
|Maya Goodwin||30.56 debut||60th - 52.91% Pymmes|
|Claire Emery||26.48 debut||148th - 61.07% Kings Lynn|
|Chris Green||36.34 debut||262nd - 37.33% Ipswich|
|John Henry||19.16||16th - 70.33% Finsbury|
|Alex Jameson||25.21 debut||150th - 57.26% Finsbury|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.37 debut||184th - 61.49% Finsbury|
|Maud Hodson||26.45 debut||189th - 59.94% Finsbury|
|Kat Maskell||27.24||212th - 55.23% Finsbury|
|Catriona Hoult||27.36 debut||218th - 57.00% Finsbury|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.11 debut||275th - 50.08% Finsbury|
|Richard Guest||24.43||50th - 57.38% Bracknell|
|Martin Quinlan||27.46||124th - 51.44% Southwark|
|Sarah Burns||24.00||42nd - 64.58% Bideford|
|John Booth||17.45||2nd - 75.77% Victoria Dock|
|Andrew Howard||23.07||36th - 67.63% Clumber Park|
|Stephen Swan||22.54||52nd - 56.77% Kesgrave|
|John Healy||23.47||139th - 59.15% Dulwich|
|Spencer Evans||18.33||3rd - 69.72% Barking|
|Mark Boulton||20.05||5th - 65.64% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.17||44th - 57.51% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||29.15||73rd - 60.28% Walthamstow|
|Saima Zeb||31.42 debut||92nd - 46.69% Walthamstow|
|Euan Brown||15.32 (1st man)||1st - 83.05% Hackney|
|Patrick Brown||16.49||3rd - 77.60% Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||21.52||59th - 67.68% Hackney|
|Katherine Harris||22.06||65th - 64.48% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.58||91st - 61.75% Hackney|
|Andy Kumar||19.56||4th - 65.80% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||21.14||10th - 67.27% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.29 (1st lady)||13th - 71.61% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||21.55||17th - 61.37% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||22.00||18th - 74.85% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||30.13||75th - 49.64% Roding Valley|
|Aaron Browne||18.10 (99th parkrun)||4th - 71.01% Valentines|
|Stuart Kelly||19.00||7th - 69.04% Valentines|
|Simon Thomas||19.34||9th - 67.38% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.22||15th - 71.28% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.14 debut||30th - 59.42% Harlow|
|Shailesh Patel||21.26||25th - 69.91% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.36||30th - 67.99% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||24.18||52nd - 60.22% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.45||95th - 51.89% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||30.50||139th - 55.41% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||20.33||7th - 67.96% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.06 (1st lady)||24th - 68.76% Wanstead|
|Stuart Norris||23.58||31st - 53.82% Wanstead|
|Selina Vernal||24.04||32nd - 62.88% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.59||40th - 62.04% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||27.27||72nd - 51.24% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.36||74th - 60.02% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||28.17||85th - 48.26% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.27||87th - 68.19% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||29.27||106th - 47.76% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||33.14||141st - 48.75% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||33.14||142nd - 47.79% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||37.11||166th - 43.57% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||43.44 (tailwalker)||183rd - Wanstead|
|Lisa Yang||34.47||173rd - 42.64% Valentines|
|Amit Marks||20.45||18th - 66.75% Raphael|
Zoila Gilham-Fernandez: Race Report: My first parkrun.
I've been running for just over a year and I have never been to park run... So now that my leg is 95% better. I thought I would sign up and give it a go. I spend a lot of weekends in west london where there isn't a high density of park runs... maybe because of the lack of parks this way. Anyways. I managed to find one a nice 2 miles away at Wormwood Scrubs park.
I misjudged how long it would take me... so I got there at 8:30. So I had some time to nosy about. I never knew this park even existed even though on my friday evening rides from east to west I ride right past it. As I got there so early. I was shivering and I had goosebumps and I really needed to pee which the cold really didn't help with. I said hi to the guy setting up and told him that this was my first ever park run. So he explained to me how it works and explained the course. At this point I realised it was going to be a muddy one and trail shoes would have been a good idea... Ooops. Anyways a little after 9 and off we go. It's a beautiful day for a run however it was muddy. VERY muddy. I tried to stick to grassier bits where I could and leap over the puddles of deep mud...
22 minutes 22 seconds later and I'm done. 9th out of 74 and 2nd lady. Calves covered in mud. I went to the Thames Valley Harriers HQ at the track for some tea and socialising. Everyone is so friendly and I met some lovely people (who don't know much about the east side of the central line)
Wormwood scrubs is a smallish parkrun located about a mile or so from white city station. All in all. I enjoyed it... and will continue my park run adventures... I'm fairly close to Richmond here no next time I'm in west london I shall go there... but my saturday mornings will be park running from now and next time looks like it will be one a little closer to home
SITC Dawn to Dusk 10km - Sunday 16th December 2018
|Julie Creffield||1.28.08||36th, 5 laps|
SITC Dawn to Dusk Ultra - Sunday 16th December 2018
|Richard Kimmens||7.48.05||3rd, 40 laps|
|Maud Hodson||7.52.29||5th, 36 laps, 1st woman|
|Nathaniel Dye||7.47.37||8th, 34 laps|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||7.48.17||10th, 33 laps, 2nd woman|
|Jimmy Dale||6.54.13||13th, 32 laps/ 40 miles|
|Selina Vernal||5.39.02||41st, 25 laps|
Rich Kimmens:- SITC Dawn til Dusk ultra today was my first race in club colours.
Even though I dont know many of you everyone who saw me today was so friendly and
encouraging, thank you!
It was a great race, I hit my target of 40 laps and was delighted to get 3rd place.
As always I was blown away by Maud Hodson winning the female race and setting a new
course pb without breaking a sweat!
Congratulations Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera for 2nd place female as well!
Maud reports:- SitC Dawn to Dusk Ultra
I felt unusually confident leading into this race. I knew I was in better shape than I was last year, when I finished second behind the mighty Karen Levison. I reckoned I had a chance of beating my previous best performance here (35 laps in 2015). But what I really wanted was to win. I decided to run with my backpack so as to keep stops to a minimum, as well as leaving some more snacks on the table.
Most of that confidence evaporated on the start line - so many people - some of them must be better than me. But I stuck to the plan. Start steady - around 10.30 per mile, and keep it up all day. The lovely thing about this race is how friendly it is. As well as my ELR team-mates there were lots from EERR and other local clubs, and runners I've met here in previous years or at other races. But for me, business before pleasure - I was on a mission. I ran 10 laps non-stop before treating myself to a toilet break.
It was a beautiful bright winter day, so different from Saturday's icy rain. There was a weird strobe effect of the sunlight filtering through the railings as we ran up the hill in the morning. And that traditional feature of this race, a fresh dog poo that gradually gets flattened as the day goes on. This time there were also two dogs in the race (with their owners), a collie and Cerberus the viszla.
I was very grateful to Scott McMillan & Jakub CzeczÃ³tka who both ran two or three laps with me. I'm not always a fan of company in races like this, but they were both a pleasure to run with, and helped to tick of the laps without thinking too much.
For most of the race I didn't have much idea where I was placing in the women's competition, as the scoreboard only gives overall positions, and this year there were a few quick guys. When I was running with Jakub he checked with the timing guy while I nipped to the toilet (guy chundering in the next portaloo - nice...), and he told me I was in first place.
OK, just got to keep it going for another couple of hours or so. Towards the old of that lap, we were overtaken by two young Polish women, looking incredibly strong. That rattled me - I'm not accustomed to being overtaken in the latter stages of a race. The scoreboard showed that I was two laps ahead of them, but would that be enough? Also, it seemed likely that they would push Alexandra out of the medals, which would be really disappointing.
But no point worrying about other people. I kept my mind on the job and kept knocking out the miles, but it was tough now. However, the clock was ticking down, and the more time passed without me seeing the Poles again the more confident I got. Peter & Steevie were at the finish line as I set out on my final lap (was hard running past my doggie...), and I knew then I had it. But still I didn't walk up the hill - not once did I do that.
I knew I had won, but what about Alex & the Poles? The smile on her face said it all - I couldn't have been happier that she had got second place - it made my win so much sweeter to be able to share it with her. Brilliant form Alex.
Sometimes I can be a bit flaky mentally, but yesterday I didn't waver. My fastest mile was 10.04 (mile 41) and my slowest 10.48 - pretty consistent over 8 hours. I would cheekily love to try for the course record one day (2 more laps), but the only way I'll manage that is to get quicker - I don't think I could have done much more yesterday. Happy and proud.
Special kudos to Nathaniel Dye who dusted himself down and went out to conduct a brass band concert, minus his 2nd trombonist who was lolling around at home with a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc.
Alexandra reports:- What a feeling ! My first race trophy ! There was no way it could have been for speed so it had to be related to stubbornness (or mental strength as they call it.)! The SITC Dawn to Dusk Ultra was one of those events ! I did it last year with less competitors and finished the Ultra 25 laps, 6 weeks after my first marathon. But, I knew that my body was stronger this year after 2 more marathons and that I could push over with the support of Maud who was my inspiration on that course (and on many other things) and that i could maybe dream of a podium.
My main struggle at the beginning was to not go too fast especially as people were running a HM (crazy lighting Terry who won the race) and 10ks or like Rich started their Ultra at a crazy pace lapping me so many times. The first 10 laps went so fast, a bit more than 2 hours and it was done I know people think that running around in circle on a 2kms lap is nuts but as Maya said, its one of the most friendly and social event I know of and i loved it.
That's mostly because I got so much help, a friend from another club did the 10k race but then he stayed on, running the laps 16 to 20 with me.Then Grant took over for 5 laps, getting me through from the marathon to the minimum ultra distance (Jakub, thanks so much for coming with us too, it allowed Grant to chat to someone else. and stop telling how cool it would be if i could run a marathon and a half! ), my friend took over again for some more laps and the support from the crowd at the end of each loop by then was incredible. They were applauding, cheering, taking pics, , it felt like we were all belonging to their own club Two girls were between Maud and I for a while, nobody knew them, they were looking so strong, I thought that my hope of a podium was overâ€¦ Thats when my luck came in as they apparently stopped after 30 laps and that I could go one for 3 more laps, I was feeling the pain in my thighs but managed to keep my steady pace walking half way on the hills and running the rest, spending some of this time with Nathaniel !
Last lap ! I wasnt sure where I was place wise, where those 2 ladies had gone as they hadnâ€™t given their chips back so i ran faster ( couldnt believe i was still having energy) and I wanted to run a last lap but missed the cut by 30 secs. Was a bit disorientated but was told I was second lady with 33 laps in 7h48 mins and thats when all the emotions came out. I was really happy to see Peter (and Steevie), I knew he would understand how I was feeling . Maud was finishing her 36th lap, being the first lady and I hugged her sharing my happiness for which she had the most beautiful reaction!
There are again so many people to thank , some have been mentioned earlier but the support from the ELR family was again truly amazing with the visit of Spencer, Caroline, Carlton, Peter, Catriona , Kasia, Susan, Helen, Jacob and Alex. Not forgetting, Fiona, Jimmy, Selina, Stuart and Marc who were running too plus all the wonderful people from other clubs I know from XC and ELVIS races and Julie who did the 10k.
Mostly , once again its Maud and Karen that I want to thank for being so inspirational to me !!! I wish they can both do it next year so that we can fill a podium with ELR ladies. And I donâ€™t want to hear anyone telling me now that Maud and I cannot run the same XC distance than men !
SITC Dawn to Dusk Marathon - Sunday 16th December 2018
|Fiona Day||5.29.41||45th, 21 laps|
SITC Dawn to Dusk Half Marathon - Sunday 16th December 2018
|Terry Lewsey||1.45.45||1st, 11 laps|
|Stephen Swan||2.06.55||9th, 11 laps|
|Manjit Singh||2.11.31||12th, 11 laps|
|Stuart Barton||2.16.23||18th, 11 laps|
|Marc Akers||2.22.03||26th, 11 laps|
|Maya Goodwin||2.39.00||44th, 11 laps|
|Sarah Burns||1.57.19||71st, 10 laps|
Stuart Barton reports:- That half does not get any easier, the Sikhs in the city dawn to dusk. I arrived and picked up my race number still unsure if I would run, even as I was on the start line I was unsure. It starts with a hill although it as cold as last year it was still a little slippery under foot.
I ran the first two laps with Steve 'Swany' Swan but I could tell I would not be staying with him at that pace.
I soon settled into a nice plod around the sun between the railings flicking as you past was strange like being in a nightclub.
A quick break on lap 9 knowing only 2 laps to go,
Seeing Carlton D'Souza and Peter Hatley on my 10th lap lifted my spirits, last lap I knew I was in for a course PB, the last uphill was still hard but that was the last up. All downhill to the finish. A great small friendly event I would highly recommend it for next year. A very big high five to Terry Lewsey on winning the half you looked like you had a load more in you. As I write this loads of other ELR are still running the marathon and the ultra, best of luck to all of them #stupidmarathons
Terry Lewsey reports:= Ive never won anything in my life so to win the Sikhs in the city 22k half marathon today as 1st overall Male, Im over the moon with, Im not usually lost for words but it came as such a shock I dont quite know what to say, it was quite worrying at the end of the race as I came in almost 6 mins ahead of the second place finisher so they had to verify my result which they did, my final time was 1:45:45 and I now have my first race trophy, Im so pleased and proud to be able to bring home my first win for East London Runners.
Maya Goodwin reports:- A cold caught on Wednesday followed by a party on Thursday meant a cancellation on Friday and a downgrade from a marathon to a half on Sunday. My Gold was to finish.
Because its laps it ends up being slightly more than a half - 13.67 miles. Watch time 2:38. People hear about this race and think youre loopy. But its lovely. So sociable. Two laps with Claire Adamson, two laps with Paul Lewis, and before I know it, its halfway. The second half was tougher as the paracetamol wore off, but knowing I could walk up the hill every lap helped. Penultimate lap and natter to Julie Creffield, and its the last one.
Now Im home eating the Tomato Snaps from my goodie bag and feeling chuffed. I dont even mind that I look older than the old lady from Titanic in my medal photo.
Sunday XC League - Race 3 : Stevenage - Sunday 16th December 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||28.24||11th|
|Rhys Edwards||30.02||47th - 46th|
|Mark Moir||34.16||146th - 132nd|
|Jacob Stevens||34.49||159th - 141st|
|Gareth Davies||35.25||173rd - 154th|
|James Creed||36.31||206th - 176th|
|Michael Wilson||37.32||225th - 185th|
|Karan Gadhia||38.31||248th - 204th|
|Kasia Stachowiak||40.45||329th - 76th|
|Alex Jameson||41.09||340th - 259th|
|Susan Edwards||43.59||403rd - 115th|
|Dave Knight||44.07||404th - 288th|
|Catriona Hoult||44.28||412th - 120th|
|Arthur Diaz||49.26||455th - 309th|
|Kirk Johnson||50.06||460th - 310th|
314 men and 169 women. Total 483 runners.
Mike Reports:-A bright sunny morning for the third Cross Country Race of the series, at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. A change of venue (from Willian) at the last moment and hosted by Fairland Valley Spartans. This was a three lap course of 4.9 miles around soft but not very muddy grass fields. There were a couple of short inclines, but nothing too challenging!
First back for ELR was the return of Antonio Martin Romero.... in 11th position, suffering he said from the results of previous days seasonal festivities! He was followed by Rhys Edwards, (Susan's son) making his Cross Country debut for the club. He had an outstanding run, finishing in a very impressive 47th position.
For the ladies, the steady Kasia Stachowiak was first for ELR in 329th overall. Susan Edwards making her return for the club after many years, was in 403rd, followed shortly after by Catriona Hoult in 412th.
A special mention for Kirk Johnson, who was persuaded to make his Cross Country come back for the club after quite a few years, finishing without further mishap. He did however suffer nasty scratches to his leg, resulting from the brambles in the bush before the race - ask no more!
Full results to follow.
Thanks to Fairlands Valley Spartans for putting the race and all the marshals giving out encouragement and especially to everyone from ELR that ran this morning.
Please join us for the next fixture, which will be on Sunday 13th January 2019 at Cassiobury Park, Watford.
Team results: after 3 events.
Men's team 12th of 20, vets 15th of 20. Overall 12th and vets 15th.
Ladies team 16th of 20, vets 15th of 20. Overall 17th and vets 16th.
Run Through Christmas Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 16th December 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 15th December 2018
|Fiona Critchley||25.40* debut||10th - 66.95% Westmill|
|Nick Clarke||23.57* (course pb)||52nd - 55.05% Sutton Park|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||23.57* (course pb)||53rd - 61.80% Sutton Park|
|Shaun DeSena||35.36 debut||48th - 36.42% Westmill|
|John Henry||19.19||11th - 70.15% Finsbury|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.40 debut||33rd - 62.90% Finsbury|
|Marc Akers||25.01||49th - 57.10% Gunpowder|
|Catriona Hoult||26.36 debut||68th - 59.15% Gunpowder|
|Stuart Barton||24.44 debut||85th - 59.16% Panshanger|
|Samir Younsi||25.57 debut||176th - 54.21% Clapham Common|
|Nick Hoult||23.28 debut||34th - 59.94% Grovelands|
|Andy Bolderstone||25.17 debut||59th - 55.64% Grovelands|
|Stephen Swan||23.18 debut||32nd - 55.79% Maldon Prom|
|Caroline Frith||21.34 ||9th - 71.33% Roding Valley|
|Liam Dempsey||27.03||38th - 48.06% Brentwood|
|Mark Moir||20.50||10th - 61.92% Sunderland|
|James Nichols||19.14||13th - 68.54% Chelmsford Central|
|John Booth||18.10||12th - 74.04% Mile End|
|Martin Quinlan||27.48||180th - 51.38% Mile End|
|Patrick Brown||17.57 (1st man)||1st - 72.70% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||18.21||2nd - 71.84% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.32||47th - 65.64% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||29.58||76th - 46.94% Walthamstow|
|Shailesh Patel||21.32||12th - 69.58% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.54||14th - 58.90% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.35||22nd - 68.04% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.08||31st - 56.99% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||23.15||33rd - 65.09% Valentines|
|Stuart Kelly||17.31||6th - 74.88% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||22.48 (50th parkrun & pb)||100th - 64.91% Hackney|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.17||111th - 64.42% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.37 (100th parkrun)||120th - 62.67% Hackney|
|Alexandra Brown||23.45 debut||124th - 62.32% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.40||146th - 60.14% Hackney|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||24.41||147th - 52.67% Hackney|
|Saima Zeb||28.44 debut||202nd - 51.51% Hackney|
|James Wilson||19.10||2nd - 72.26% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.00||5th - 69.83% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.03||58th - 61.88% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||25.09||60th - 57.72% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.38||89th - 54.70% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.44||91st - 49.22% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||28.01||95th - 58.42% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||28.26||97th - 58.26% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.59||109th - 61.64% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.18||118th - 52.42% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||30.39||122nd - 52.85% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||32.23||138th - 55.89% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||41.49||166th - 37.39% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||41.51 (99th parkrun)||167th - 39.59% Wanstead|
Zurich Malaga Marathon - Sunday 9th December 2018
Milton Keynes Half Marathon - Sunday 9th December 2018
|Stuart Kelly||1.19.37 pb||15th|
Greenwich Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 9th December 2018
Royal Parks 10km Series - Regents Park - Sunday 9th December 2018
Ware Cup, Loughton - Saturday 8th December 2018
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 8th December 2018
|Terry Lewsey||1.36.47 pb||127th , 6th MV40|
|Maran Raju||1.38.39 pb||153rd, |
|Katherine Harris||1.39.49 pb||163rd, 5th FV35|
|Filipa Soares||1.56.36 pb||480th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||1.59.52 pb||541st|
Terry: The Run Through Half Marathon at Victoria Park went well today smashed
my previous PB by 5mins 52 seconds final time 1:36:47 also finished 6th V40 so happy
I decided to get up out of bed this morning and have a crack at seeing what I could
do, sometimes the best results come when you least expect them so what ever you do
itâ€™s always worth turning up taking part and giving your all, was also nice to see
and catch up with lots of my running friends hope you all had a good race and did
Run Through Victoria Park 5km - Saturday 8th December 2018
|Susan Bushnell||36.02||58th , 1st FV60|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 8th December 2018
|Kasia Stachowiak||24.52* debut||10th - 60.32% Beckton|
|Andrew Howard||23.47* debut||48th - 65.73% Brooklands|
|James Nichols||19.19 (course pb)||6th - 68.25% Raphael|
|Amit Marks||20.56||17th - 66.16% Raphael|
|Stuart Barton||23.46 debut||23rd - 61.57% Dinton Pastures|
|John Henry||19.08||13th - 70.82% Finsbury|
|Paul Marshall||21.51 (course pb)||52nd - 60.03% Southwark|
|Martin Quinlan||27.12||168th - 52.51% Southwark|
|Shailesh Patel||21.51||45th - 68.57% Leicester Victoria|
|John Healy||24.25||149th - 57.61% Dulwich|
|John Booth||21.17||44th - 63.19% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.09 debut & 1st man||1st - 61.47% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.58 (1st lady)||5th - 70.03% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||23.39||13th - 56.10% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||23.14 (49th parkrun)||77th - 63.70% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||23.15 (50th parkrun)||78th - 56.42% Hackney|
|Samir Younsi||24.01 debut||94th - 58.57% Hackney|
|Chris Green||30.04 debut||202nd - 45.40% Hackney|
|Patrick Brown||18.04 1st man||1st - 72.23% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||18.24||2nd - 71.65% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.38||53rd - 56.76% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||34.03||98th - 51.15% Walthamstow|
|Tim Le Rasle||18.49 pb||6th - 75.38% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.33||10th - 70.64% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.05||12th - 61.19% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.23||33rd - 61.58% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.08||72nd - 55.10% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||29.43||112th - 57.49% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.11 1st man||1st - 79.71% Wanstead|
|Selina Vernal||23.54||30th - 63.32% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.48||36th - 58.53% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.32||44th - 60.70% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.55||50th - 61.86% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||27.30||72nd - 57.21% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.37||74th - 59.26% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||28.04||84th - 50.12% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||29.00||92nd - 56.44% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.18||96th - 51.59% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||30.44||114th - 50.43% Wanstead|
|Saima Zeb||30.56||117th - 47.84% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth Day||31.07 (1st parkrun)||120th - 48.63% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||33.18||138th - 54.35% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||44.22||164th - 37.34% Wanstead|
Jerez Half Marathon, Spain - Thursday 6th December 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.11.51 pb||3rd|
It had been over one year without running in my hometown, and today was time to round off
an amazing year with the Jerez Half Marathon. I started a bit cautious in a second group
and once I knew my legs were fine and I was feeling comfortable, decided to change the
pace and run with all in. In the end, 1h11'51", totally unexpected, PB in 10k and half
marathon, all in the same race. 3 minutes faster than last year!
Nothing like running in your hometown!
Sunday XC League - Race 3 : Trent Park - Sunday 2nd December 2018
|James Nichols||32.49||86th - 83rd|
|Jacob Stevens||35.17||133rd - 123rd|
|Paul Marshall||36.25||160th - 140th|
|Nick Hoult||37.19||179th - 154th|
|Michael Wilson||38.01||203rd - 171st|
|Maud Hodson||39.59||241st - 48th|
|Karan Gadhia||40.23||255th - 198th|
|Kasia Stachowiak||42.03||292nd - 73rd|
|Georgie Hooper||42.32||308th - 82nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||46.04||366th - 115th|
|Joanna Neville||46.09||368th - 117th|
|Dave Knight||46.58||379th - 257th|
|Jalila Abassi||47.10||380th - 123rd|
|Arthur Diaz||50.05||404th - 267th|
171 ladies, 274 men = total 445 runners.
A great morning of Cross Country running once again. The conditions were mild but windy, on a different course to last week's Chingford League Race with more mud due to the rain in the last few days. An excellent two lap course venturing into the leafy woods of Trent Park, with a 'heartbreak' hill leading to the finish. We did well in fielding two full men's and women's teams - the ELR positions are in the photos below. James Nichols was first ELR man in 86th and Maud Hodson first woman in 241st overall. (Full results to follow). Jo Neville and Jalila Abassi had good Cross Country debuts for the club. It was great also to see Dave Knight make a return for the men's team.
Thanks to everyone that ran today and Nick, Maud and Jacob who gave lifts from Wanstead Leisure Centre. There was outstanding organisation and marshalling from the host club, Trent Park RC. The next fixture is at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage on 16th December. Hope to see you there.
Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd December 2018
Essex Vets Cross Country Championships, Hilly Fields, Colchester - Sunday 1st December 2018
|Maud Hodson||36.25||51st W Vet 35+ of 121|
|Susan Edwards||42.40||99th of 121|
|Gareth Davies||33.26||72nd M Vet 50+ of 122|
|Calvin Bobin||33.47||74th M Vet 50+|
|Dan Gritton||28.49||37th M Vet 40 of 102|
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 1st December 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 1st December 2018
|Stephen Swan||23.16* debut||11th - 55.87% Mersea Island|
|James Nichols||19.56||5th - 66.14% Basildon|
|Stuart Barton||24.02 debut||17th - 60.89% Basildon|
|Fiona Critchley||25.16* debut||21st - 68.01% Basildon|
|Janet Bywater||26.38* debut||61st - 65.39% Perry Hall|
|Steven Bywater||27.23 debut||83rd - 55.20% Ally Pally|
|Martin Quinlan||27.22 debut||49th - 52.19% Dartford|
|Andrew Baxter||19.45 (100th parkrun)||6th - 74.68% Holkham|
|Samir Younsi||23.50 debut||106th - 59.02% Tooting Common|
|John Henry||19.22||10th - 69.97% Finsbury|
|David Baldwin||21.22||4th - 62.95% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.36||6th - 71.22% Roding Valley|
|Liam Dempsey||26.28||20th - 48.99% Roding Valley|
|Patrick Brown||18.10||1st - 71.83% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||18.49||2nd - 69.71% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||17.41||2nd - 76.06% Victoria Dock|
|Paul Marshall||21.57 (course pb)||25th - 59.76% Victoria Dock|
|Karan Gadhia||23.18 debut||30th - 55.36% Victoria Dock|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.32 debut||33rd - 59.77% Victoria Dock|
|Terry Lewsey||20.28||8th - 67.18% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.28 (Parkrun in double buggy in torrential rain and puddles and headwind)||19th - 55.40% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||25.47||30th - 59.34% Barking|
|Susan Bushnell||35.05||56th - 56.10% Barking|
|Samia Choudhury||35.21||58th - 41.87% Barking|
|Laura Kemp||21.57||42nd - 67.43% Hackney|
|Shanavaz Malayodu||23.18||62nd - 57.80% Hackney|
|Catriona Hoult||26.36 (50th parkrun)||101st - 59.15% Hackney|
|Nick Hoult||26.37 debut||102nd - 52.85% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||31.22||142nd - 52.18% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||19.26 (49th parkrun)||4th - 67.50% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.56||6th - 69.35% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.03||12th - 67.95% Valentines|
|Stuart Norris||22.14 debut||13th - 58.02% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||24.34||32nd - 59.57% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||25.47||45th - 57.40% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.23||66th - 71.40% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.42||70th - 50.17% Valentines|
|James Wilson||19.04||4th - 72.64% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.44||6th - 70.78% Wanstead|
|Selina Vernal||24.33||28th - 61.64% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||25.11||34th - 57.64% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.15||35th - 61.39% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.56||51st - 58.59% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||28.04||54th - 48.63% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.55||62nd - 67.09% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.33||64th - 53.75% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.25||70th - 49.70% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||34.44||94th - 52.11% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||35.55||100th - 43.53% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||36.10||101st - 43.96% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||47.31 (tailwalker)||120th - 31.57% Wanstead|
Windrush Tri Falling Leaves Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 25th November 2018
|Dan Senior||50.51||12th, 3rd M40-49|
|Michael Bamford||52.14||18th, 3rd M50+|
|Sarah Burns||52.57||20th, 4th lady, 1st F40-49|
67 finishers - 2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 1 mile run.
Dan 5.56,6.54/12.50/3.00,2.59,3.04,3.00,3.03,3.02,3.00,3.02,3.0,4.04/31.19/6.42 = 50.51
Michael 6.23,7.12/13.35/3.07,3.01,3.05,3.03,3.06,3.03,3.03,3.11,3.06,4.02/31.47/6.52 = 52.14
Sarah 7.26,8.14/15.40/2.46,2.44,2.49,2.53,2.49,2.52,2.53,2.57,2.53,3.55/29.33/7.44 = 52.57
Brian 7.23,8.46/16.09/3.06,3.17,3.19,3.19,3.18,3.11,3.23,3.22,3.23,3.22,4.34/34.12/8.17 = 58.38
Firenze Florence Marathon - Sunday 25th November 2018
|Caroline McGirr||4.54.42 pb||7072nd|
Roselin reports: Firenze marathon 2018 race report
So this wasnt supposed to happen. Barely any running since June/July so I told myself... Ill see how mad Im feeling on Saturday night which I knew meant I wasnt going to go through with it. I'll surprise Diana and Caroline and cheer them on instead.
Then I bumped into the girls boarding the plane and had Diana sat next to me convincing me that going from barely comfortable 5-10k to 42k was perfectly logical.
We headed to the expo and what a nightmare. Bib collection was easy enough but thousands of runners and family packed into a tiny space, too hot and claustrophobic! Took us forever to navigate our way out of the crowds and into the fresh air again. Came away with a goody bag containing 2 t-shirts, a beer, some gels, energy bar, a poncho, detergent and some canned meat though!
Race day and I was not happy, it was chucking it down! Ran with my poncho from start to finish and it was a life saver! Caroline kept my spirits up and ran with me, telling me about something ridiculous Grant Conway had said....muscle memory. I wasnt convinced my legs would remember back to 5-6 months ago. Ha. We were going slow and I felt surprisingly good until about 12 miles. I told Caroline to go ahead from there because I knew the rest of the run was going to be a battle. It was a long emotional battle against my legs and my head but I couldn't believe it when I saw the finish line and was pretty damn pleased with my time of 5:20:01.
A flat course with lots of twists and turns, but overall very enjoyable and definitely PB potential! Thanks so much to Caroline and Diana who got me through this, could not have done it without them! Massive well done to them on a fantastic run!
Barnet Copthall Swimming Club Masters 1500m Freestyle Event - Saturday 24th November 2018
|Joanna Wood||30.48.30||6th of 8|
My first 1.5km race for the club today. I anticipated finishing in 34mins and was placed
in the first heat along with 3 of my swimming buddies (much faster than me I might add)
but finished 6th out of 8 in my heat in a time of 30:48:30!!!
Team-mates also had great swim times getting 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions in our heat!
I found this tougher than my 5km race for some reason and keeping track of my pace and
number of lengths took concentration.
But am chuffed with result.
Chingford League - Event 4 - Trent Park (Sorority & Fraternity Cups) - Saturday 24th November 2018
|Maud Hodson||38.02||32nd - 54th|
|Becky Evans||38.36||34th - 58th|
|Kasia Stachowiak||42.04||58th - 91st|
|Georgie Hooper||42.30||60th - 97th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||42.55||64th - 101st|
|Filipa Soares||43.33||68th - 105th|
|Fiona Day||44.36||71st - 108th|
|Catriona Hoult||45.08||74th - 111th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||45.14||75th - 112th|
|Euan Brown||25.10||2nd - 3rd|
|Patrick Brown||27.46||11th - 15th|
|Spencer Evans||31.08||61st - 91st|
|Jacob Stevens||34.02||88th - 139th|
|Nick Hoult||36.30||118th - 178th|
|Michael Wilson||37.38||123rd - 187th|
|Ramesh Pala||38.00||125th - 191st|
|Arthur Diaz||50.10||145th - 221st|
This was a Chingford League fixture inside the Fraternity & Sorority Competition.
The main race had 222 men and 128 ladies of which 146 men and 90 ladies were Chingford
League competitors. example - Euan was 3rd overall but 2nd in the Chingford League race.
Fraternity & Sorority Results
ELR men were 16th of 26 in the Fraternity competition.
ELR ladies were 17th, and 24th(b team) of 25 in the Sorority competition.
Chingford League team scores
Men A 7th, 5th overall
Men B 7th, 5th overall
Men vets 8th, 7th overall
Ladies A 6th, 4th overall
Ladies vets 5th, 4th overall.
Individual points scorers
Euan 19pts, 58 total 1st sen man
Patrick 10pts, 47 total 4th sen man
Becky 5pts, 26 total 3rd W50
Fiona 6pts, 19 total 4th W60
Saturday 24th November 2018
Chingford League Race 4 - Trent Park.
A good turnout from ELR at Trent Park on a cold afternoon. A two lap course of
Approx 4.7 miles which started with a stretch of downhill and continuing around
the side of a field before going out to a forested area. There was one very steep
track where you passed Runners coming down in the opposite direction which was
particularly challenging. This was quite a tough XC race, but there was great
camaraderie as usual and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves ....and there was
still no mud! (I enjoyed seeing the finish line)! Once again the race was very
well organised and marshalled.
We were also entered for the Sorority and Fraternity Cups. Euan Bilge Brown
was first back for ELR in 3rd place and Maud Hodson first for the ladies, who
turned up in force today. Good to see Arthur Diaz , Georgie Hooper, Filipa Soares
and Kasia Stachowiak making their XC debuts.
The next Chingford League fixture is on Saturday 19th January at Chingford Plain
- hosted by Orion Harriers. We are also back at Trent Park next Sunday 2nd December,
for the Sunday Herts League. Thanks to Ramesh for driving me home.
Velopark 10km - Saturday 24th November 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th November 2018
|Chris Green||18.44* debut||13th - 72.86% Peterborough|
|Fiona Critchley||26.15* (debut & 150th)||18th - 65.46% Hadleigh|
|Stuart Barton||26.38 debut||21st - 54.94% Hadleigh|
|Anna Dingle||32.06 debut||50th - 48.65% Hadleigh|
|John Henry||18.46||8th - 72.20% Fountains Abbey|
|Shailesh Patel||22.39||46th - 66.15% Leicester Victoria|
|David Baldwin||21.07||67th - 63.69% Norwich|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.22 (with buggy)||27th - 55.63% Pymmes|
|Samia Choudhury||34.35 (course pb)||112th - 42.80% Pymmes|
|Shaun DeSena||32.37 debut||108th - 39.75% Harrow Lodge|
|Andy Kumar||18.52 (1st man)||1st - 69.17% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.35 (1st lady)||11th - 71.27% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.56||51st - 65.21% Roding Valley|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.31||19th - 70.21% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.16||101st - 63.75% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.38 (99th parkrun)||116th - 62.62% Hackney|
|Paul Marshall||21.32||64th - 60.91% Mile End|
|Katherine Harris||21.56 (course pb)||70th - 69.00% Mile End|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.51 debut||18th - 62.89% Barking|
|Martin Quinlan||26.54||148th - 53.10% Southwark|
|Patrick Brown||17.40 (1st man)||1st - 73.87% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||18.49||2nd - 69.71% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||24.41 (99th parkrun)||37th - 59.28% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.01||59th - 53.96% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||28.11||62nd - 61.80% Walthamstow|
|Ashley Faria||20.35||5th - 70.53% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.25||21st - 55.09% Valentines|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.05 (course pb)||51st - 58.66% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.32||57th - 51.44% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||29.02||82nd - 49.60% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||34.59||142nd - 41.83% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||19.31||2nd - 71.56% Wanstead|
|Stuart Norris||22.29 (course pb)||25th - 57.38% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.21 (350th parkrun)||34th - 66.95% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.15 (50th parkrun)||44th - 58.01% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.24||50th - 59.02% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.55||57th - 62.21% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||25.06||62nd - 61.75% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||25.21||65th - 53.49% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.14||78th - 63.15% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||26.38||86th - 52.82% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.29||110th - 57.46% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.31||111th - 53.01% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.58||121st - 61.68% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||31.18 (100th parkrun)||150th - 51.76% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.18||151st - 50.75% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.59||173rd - 48.16% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||40.58||194th - 40.44% Wanstead|
Central Line Street O - Leytonstone & Aldersbrook - Thursday 22nd November 2018
|Alex Jameson||360pts/331.2||92pts, final score|
|Catherine Brett||310pts||Team, 100pts score|
Timelord On The Thames Marathon - Thursday 22nd November 2018
|Jimmy Dale||3.58.18||9th of 65|
62nd & Final Rodings Rally - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November 2018
Five point competition
2nd ELR 10.00 - 00.40 - 2.40 (Edward Barnard & Jimmy Hartwell)
7th ELR 09.22 - 00.41 - 3.19 (Alexandra, Calvin, Jayne and Sarah)
23rd ELR 08.38 - 02.23 - 5.45
26th ELR 08.58 - 04.20 - 7.22
Best Five Checkpoint team - Suffolk Trophy
1st ELR 15 checkpoints 11.44mins
Joanna Wood: Well its the morning after the night before, 62nd Rodings Rally Orienteering Race 2018.
A great team and great achievement getting a PB on last year finding ALL checkpoints and having a jolly good chuckle in the process!
A pretty good way to spend a Saturday night...... wandering around High Beach with Jason, Marc and Katherine ðŸ˜‚
We managed to avoid getting eaten by alligators, didnt get chased by wild boar, watered a few trees and managed to see the funny side of meeting up with Jacob Stevens team at the tea hut who had started 90mins after us yet found double the checkpoints that we had and went charging off like a pack of gazelles (Im sure I heard them roaring with laughter as they passed us).
Anyway, a great team to be in with Jason getting us all back in one piece!
Well done team!
Stuart Barton: What a great way to spend a Saturday night, running around Epping forest looking for tents, We started off thinking how hard can this be. well we soon found out.
Trying to find a one man tent in the dark hidden in undergrowth. I am sure we walked past the first tent at least 10 times,
Finding the second tent was just as hard and our heads were low, then it just clicked and we found the last ones quickly, the final walk up to the village hall was hard but we were all still alive,
A big thanks to all the people involved putting this event on I would love to do this kinda thing again.
And thanks to Keith Bennett for map reading without you I would still be walking around the forest looking for the first tent,
St Neots Half Marathon - Sunday 18th November 2018
|Andrew Baxter||1.25.38||75th - 76%|
|Peter Hatley||1.36.40||223rd - 65%|
|Grant Conway||1.44.15||351st - 63%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.44.15||352nd - 57%|
Adidas Fulham 10km - Sunday 18th November 2018
|Karan Gadhia||46.39 pb||943rd|
Run Through Hertfordshire Half Marathon - Sunday 18th November 2018
|Caroline Frith||1.35.22||131st, 8th lady,1st V40|
Bedgebury Forest 10km - Sunday 18th November 2018
|Roisin Archer||44.58||7th, 1st lady|
SEAA London Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill - Saturday 17th November 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||39.26||56th|
Mens team: East London Runners - 10th of 35 - 287 pts
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 17th November 2018
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 17th November 2018
|Eleanor Wilkinson||24.11* debut||46th - 61.20% Sutton Park |
|Nick Clarke||24.11* debut||47th - 54.51% Sutton Park|
|Kat Maskell||26.20* (course pb)||44th - 57.47% Harlow|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.39* (course pb)||57th - 54.25% Klerksdorp, SA|
|Katherine Harris||21.10 pb||54th - 71.50% Hackney|
|James Nichols||19.11||7th - 68.72% Billericay|
|Stephen Swan||22.40 debut||35th - 57.35% Billericay|
|Stuart Barton||22.58 debut||39th - 63.72% Billericay|
|Steven Bywater||25.22 debut||71st - 59.59% Harrow|
|Janet Bywater||25.51 debut||79th - 67.38% Harrow|
|Mark Boulton||18.41 (1st man)||1st - 70.21% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||21.57||18th - 66.67% Gunpowder|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.53 (49th parkrun)||40th - 58.90% Gunpowder|
|John Booth||18.32||15th - 72.57% Southwark |
|Martin Quinlan||25.30||182nd - 56.01% Southwark|
|Andrew Howard||41.56 debut||249th - 37.28% Coldhams Common|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||23.50||37th - 68.67% Hockley Woods|
|Terry Lewsey||20.31||3rd - 67.02% Thurrock, Orsett Heath|
|James Creed||22.35||50th - 60.00% Castle Park|
|Paul Marshall||27.25||54th - 47.84% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||22.06||15th - 60.86% Roding Valley|
|John Henry||19.38||11th - 69.02% Finsbury|
|Tim Le Rasle||18.52 pb||2nd - 75.18% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.32||8th - 70.70% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.57||17th - 68.26% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.35||25th - 68.04% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||23.50||38th - 60.42% Valentines|
|Rakesh Sandhu||26.17||75th - 55.68% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||26.18||76th - 51.90% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||29.20||124th - 49.09% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||33.47||183rd - 42.28% Valentines|
|Katherine Watson||33.48 (1st parkrun)||184th - 44.53% Valentines|
|Patrick Brown||18.05||2nd - 72.17% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||19.03||3rd - 72.70% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.26||5th - 71.87% Wanstead|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.36 (course pb)||6th - 66.33% Wanstead|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.00||27th - 59.09% Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.08||51st - 61.46% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.14||54th - 59.42% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.30||60th - 63.27% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||24.31||61st - 63.22% Wanstead|
|Kasia Stachowiak||24.34||63rd - 61.06% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.20||74th - 63.29% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||25.24||76th - 55.38% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.05||119th - 69.08% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.11||125th - 51.51% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.18||129th - 56.12% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.46||139th - 62.11% Wanstead|
|Anna Dingle||28.52||141st - 54.10% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.43||156th - 50.87% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||31.20 (99th parkrun) ||175th - 51.70% Wanstead|
Clapham Chasers Womens Duathlon - Sunday 11th November 2018
|Sarah Burns||53.35||3rd of 36|
2 mile run / 10 mile bike / 1 mile run
701,7.47,14.48/ 2.54,2.57,2.56,2.53,2.56,2.55,2.49,2.57,3.00,3.55 = 30.12/ 7.54 = 53.35
Run Through Crystal Palace 5km - Sunday 11th November 2018
Stebbing 10 - Sunday 11th November 2018
Terry reports:-Well that has been one hell of an epic Sunday, did the stebbing 10 mile race this morning finished 53rd out of 523 runners with a time of 72mins 37 seconds first official time at that distance and new personal best on My training runs by a long way, caught up with and made some more new running friends, and ended up with a hard earned and truly epic remembrance day medal which is now my favourite one in my collection, after the race I chilled in Starbucks for a bit, before putting the roof down on the car for a very pleasant drive home in this glorious winter sunshine, poorly singing at the top of my voice people must of thought I was mad, once I arrived home sue and I went straight out for an early dinner at Kervan Kitchen for a truly amazing mixed grill, when we got in food coma kicked in so we both had a little nap and I had a nice relaxing bath, then out of nowhere the second wave of post race munches kicked in, so after a quick trip up the shops, and a whole bag of Doritos with salsa sauce and a whole bottle of innocence strawberry smoothly later, Im back in the game, days like this are what its all about feeling blessed that I am lucky to be able to do these crazy and varied things now massive thanks for my team who handled everything at work this morning to get me to the start line on time, coffees and lunch are on my tomorrow guys thanks again. Now its time for bed, Im bloody knackered cant think why
Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday 11th November 2018
Marathon Swims 5km, Queen Elizabeth Aquatic Centre - Sunday 11th November 2018
|Joanna Wood||2.00.19||52nd/129, 30th female of 78.|
21.32, 22.28, 24.14, 24.39, 24.43 1km splits
Joanna Wood reports:
Well what can I say? Today was a challenge from the outset. Id only ever swum 3.8km as my furthest distance so knew this event of a half marathon (5km) was going to push me. The cut off time was 2hrs30mins for the fast wave, I was in the medium wave with no cut off time which lessened the pressure... a little.
I met my cheer-squad about 90mins before my start time and although we chatted and went to see to see The Shrouds of the Somme my stomach was churning the whole time. I was so nervous!
Pool-side I got chatting to a couple of swimmers, one who said his family had gone shopping whilst he was swimming (?) and one I'd met at Royal Victoria Docks several months ago in our "beginners class" but both were starting way ahead of me. I was last in my wave and psycologically I was already thinking I'd be slow....and last.
Anyway, as they announced each swimmer to the start of their first 1km no one seemed to have anyone cheering them on. As I got called up I heard a roar from my supporters which was fantastic... but felt the added pressure of having to do well!
In I dived and the first km was adrenaline-fuelled and my fastest at under 22 mins including the transition. It was weird having to get out and transition after each km back to lane 1 and but I stayed focused and had several swimmers in my sights to chase down, which I managed with ease for the first 3km.
It felt good and so much better than running!
By the 3rd km I could feel I was slowing down but mentally I kept telling myself "come on, who else can do this??" At that time I should say I wasn't thinking of Ava Lee, Danny Lee or Sarah Burns!!!!
I got out, cheered on by my supporters and decided to have some water and a jelly baby (like that's going to make suuuuuch a difference). Dived back in, mid chew of said jelly baby ( half of which I ended up spitting out - swimming and eating is REALLY hard!) and ploughed on.
The last 2km I found I was stuck with 2 swimmers, each time I overtook them they then sped up and stayed on my feet, eventually I had an altercation with one - telling her to stop swimming like a prat I didn't think would give me 10 seconds in the sin bin- even if it did it would have been worth it!
Anyway, we had a case of cat and mouse for the last 1km, I eventually overtook her and as my nephew would say..."eat my bubbles"!!!
Getting out I didn't realise where the finish line was and so lost a few seconds but not enough to make a huge difference
My first half marathon I submitted my anticipated completion time as 2hrs 15mins.
I finished in 2hrs 19 seconds!
I was 52 out of 129 swimmers in my race, 30 out of 78 females and 7 out of 22 in my age group.
I met up with both the guy whose family went shopping and the lady from my beginners class at the docks.......and I beat both of them by 4 & 6 mins!!!!
It was great to know I had supporters there for me and am eternally grateful to my number 1 supporter my mum, Marc Akers, Stuart Stupot Barton, Rachel Le Roux, Louis Le Roux and Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.
My sponsorship target was £200 for Cancer Research, I've raised £421.25 inc gift aid. Unfortunately the t shirt that Cancer Research sent me was small to say the least. Whilst I couldn't wear it poolside I snuck into the ladies to get a pic, and almost had to ask a passerby to help me out! But at least I have a pic for them. Special thanks goes to my sponsors.
It was certainly a challenge and I hope my sponsors feel I worked hard for their donations.
I'll be back next year, if only to get under the 2hr mark- no jelly babies for me next time!!!
Phoenix Remembrance Day Marathon - Sunday 11th November 2018
|Craig Livermore||4.48.22||152nd of 356.|
Was going well, until the begining of mile 16, then the wheels fell off the wagon. A plantar based issue cropped up, forcing me to walk-run, then I had to abandon that and just keep on walking. When I decided to run with 2 miles left on the clock, I felt like I could actually complete it with a respectable finish. In the end with 1.7 miles remaining I tripped, met the gravel and bit the dust. Walking was all I could do until the end, as my confidence was shattered in that one moment. I met some lovely people though, walking with them and chatting, it made the race much more bearable. And boy am I hella grateful for their company, they helped pull me through, when I though all hope was lost, and giving up seemed like a great possibility. Glad I got to the end though.
Marathon Swims 5km,(Sat) Queen Elizabeth Aquatic Centre - Saturday 10th November 2018
22.01, 22.13, 22.17, 22.53, 22.30 = 1.53.17 1km splits
parkrun - all venues (Bushy week) - Saturday 10th November 2018
|James Nichols||19.15 (course pb)||27th - 69.48% Bushy|
|Amit Marks||20.37 debut||84th - 67.18% Bushy|
|Stephen Swan||22.08 pb||161st - 58.73% Bushy|
|Paul Marshall||22.15 (course pb)||168th - 58.95% Bushy|
|Katherine Harris||22.17 (course pb)||170th - 67.91% Bushy|
|Stuart Barton||22.42 pb||207th - 64.46% Bushy|
|Craig Livermore||22.45 debut||209th - 56.70% Bushy|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.05 debut||234th - 64.98% Bushy|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.25||261st - 61.49% Bushy|
|Alex Jameson||23.47 debut||296th - 61.04% Bushy|
|Marc Akers||24.00 debut||319th - 59.51% Bushy|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.03 debut||328th - 58.49% Bushy|
|Maud Hodson||24.49 debut||384th - 64.61% Bushy|
|Jason Levy||26.59 debut||581st - 53.37% Bushy|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.40 debut||645th - 55.30% Bushy|
|Jayne Browne||28.10 debut||680th - 63.43% Bushy|
|Susannah House||28.43 debut||736th - 61.40% Bushy|
|Maya Goodwin||31.55 debut||976th - 50.76% Bushy|
|Viktor Szabadi||32.03 debut||984th - 47.17% Bushy|
|Sarah Burns||34.50 debut||1104th - 44.50% Bushy|
|Don Bennett||35.11 debut||1118th - 45.19% Bushy|
|Morag Campbell||35.59 debut||1139th - 45.02% Bushy|
|Bernadett Kalmar||37.44 debut||1182nd - 43.37% Bushy|
|Louise Payaniandy||30.22||72nd - 30.22% Derry|
|Shaun DeSena||32.40* debut||173rd - 39.69% Daventry|
|Richard Guest||21.55||45th - 64.71% Rushmoor|
|Fiona Critchley||25.26 debut||53rd - 67.56% Gunpowder|
|Mary OBrien||28.32||28th - 71.03% Sligo|
|Susan Bushnell||37.31||64th - 52.47% Thurrock,Orsett Heath|
|James Creed||23.52||62nd - 56.77% Castle Park|
|John Henry||19.34||13th - 69.25% Finsbury|
|John Booth||17.52||2nd - 75.28% Southwark|
|Dan Gritton||18.27||8th - 77.42% Southwark|
|Martin Quinlan||24.48||139th - 57.59% Southwark|
|Patrick Brown||17.13 (1st man)||1st - 73.31% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||19.08||2nd - 68.55% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||19.17||3rd - 75.89% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||21.24||6th - 64.72% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.13||42nd - 59.95% Walthamstow|
|Clive Mehew||22.08||81st - 64.53% Hackney Marshes|
|Ijeoma Anozie||28.16||213th - 54.42% Hackney Marshes|
|Ashley Faria||20.39||6th - 70.30% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.41||10th - 69.10% Valentines|
|Manjit Singh||22.20||16th - 62.99% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.56||36th - 53.90% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||25.12||61st - 59.99% Valentines|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||30.33||144th - 49.26% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||38.51 (50th parkrun)||215th - 38.74% Valentines|
|Caroline Frith||21.23 (1st lady)||8th - 71.94% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||21.37||10th - 62.22% Roding Valley|
|Liam Dempsey||25.43||39th - 50.42% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.56||75th - 65.21% Roding Valley|
|James Wilson||19.03||2nd - 72.70% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.46||4th - 70.66% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.03||32nd - 67.82% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||23.33||38th - 55.20% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.41||53rd - 58.34% Wanstead|
|Georgie Hooper||25.22||67th - 58.48% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.23||86th - 62.79% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.29||105th - 59.55% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.31||121st - 55.70% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||29,54||141st - 55.57% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||30.53||156th - 52.46% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||31.13||160th - 45.06% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||32.11||172nd - 56.24% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||41.06||214th - 40.31% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||48.28||223rd - 29.26% Wanstead|
Chingford League - Event 3 - Hog Hill 2, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 6th November 2018
|Caroline Frith||22.43||21st - 4pts|
|Becky Evans||24.05||34th - 7th|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.34||63rd|
|Fiona Day||27.22||71st - 8th|
|Susan Bushnell||38.34||115th - 3pts|
|Euan Brown||16.08||1st - 20pts|
|Patrick Brown||17.37||7th - 14pts|
Ladies: 119 finishers / Men 158 finishers.
Men 5th, 4th overall
Men B team 4th, 5th overall
Men Vets 5th, 6th overall
Ladies 5th, 4th overall
Ladies Vets 4th, 3rd overall
Points scored Euan 20pts, Patrick 14pts, Caroline 4pts, Becky 7pts, Fiona 8pts and Sue 3pts.
Royal Parks Winter Series 10km, Greenwich Park - Sunday 4th November 2018
Regents Park Winter Series 10km - Sunday 4th November 2018
Stevenage Half Marathon - Sunday 4th November 2018
|Manjit Bedi||1.29.33||42nd, 2nd V50|
Lode Half Marathon - Sunday 4th November 2018
|Maud Hodson||1.47.34 pb||73rd|
|Hayley Collins||1.53.48 pb||106th|
Porto Marathon - Sunday 4th November 2018
|Jimmy Dale||3.45.55 pb||1906th|
TCS New York City Marathon - Sunday 4th November 2018
|Carlton DSouza||3.20.10||3463rd - 71.66%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||3.37.58||7076th - 56.42%|
|Jakub Czeczotka||4.56.07||35055th - 42.02%|
|Julie Creffield||6.56.10||51559th - 33.55%|
Shahib reports: Along with Carlton, we decided to run the New York City Marathon in an attempt to further our efforts complete the six Abbott Majors. Getting in to the marathon was difficult. Having been rejected in the ballot a couple of times, I decided to go in through a sports tour company as Carlton used the New York City Marathon good for age equivalent to gain entry, which was not easy for him to effect but he managed to do do with his nous and perseverance.
Having done the Berlin Marathon seven weeks previously - for which I could not train as well as I did for Manchester 2018 largely in part due to my profligacy in running in the heat - we had a particularly scorching summer - and also in small measure due to having a second child, my main objective was to beat my Berlin time of 3.46.44; it would be super to threaten the 3.30 mark but breaking my PB of 3.22.46 was not even in my thought process.
We woke up at around 4AM for a planned 9.50AM start - yes, almost 6 hours before the start. This was due to the logistics of taking the runners to Fort Wandsworth, Staten Island for the start. This clearly had implications on pre-race meals and nutrition so I had to break from my tried and tested method and take some bagels with me to have on the way. We left the hostel at round 5.15AM and made our way to the New York Public Library via the subway to join the queues for the coaches to Staten Island. It was well organised and fast moving. The coach journey took around 2 hours before disembarking and queuing up to go through airport style security before being admitted into the race village. The weather was perfect - sunny, no rain, no wind, cool temperatures throughout. The race had 4 waves, each of which had three sections and corrals within in. Carlton and I were in wave 1 but different colours and here we exchanged a few words, took a picture or two before going our separate ways. Similar to London, the three sections met at a point in the course, but it was around 8 miles here. After baggage drop - Carlton chose the poncho option, so had no baggage drop - I went into my corral and helpfully they had ample toilets within the corrals. There were grave warnings of disqualification if anyone was caught urinating on the grounds.
After around 40 minutes of waiting, and after the national anthem, we were off and making our way onto the the first of several bridges with a noticeable, relentless, seemingly never ending incline, not marked but still very apparent - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The views were amazing - the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Conscious to start off gently as it was immediately on an incline and bridge, my 1st km sound went off and it was more than 6 minutes, inducing partial panic. The race then settled down in Brooklyn and there was a long stretch of around 5-6km on 4th avenue. I noticed the 55th street sign (so we were running down avenue and streets were to the left and right) and was counting it down, it went all the way down to 1st street and was still going on. Although it seemed flat - the only section of the course with sustained flatness - the long stretch felt very long. Having left Brooklyn, which was atmospheric, we made our way to Queens and the course from there onwards was up and down, there was never a devilish incline, but it was subtle at times, at other times that subtlety was accentuated on account of fatigue, and at around mile 13 we had to cross another bridge, McGuinness Blvd, marking the half way point without much fanfare, unlike London. We were, however, told at the expo that the actual half way point was mile 20. The next few kms were good but then we encountered perhaps the worst section of the course on Queenboro Bridge. It was approximately a mile long period of slogging away at a steady, eminently palpable and clearly present incline, it was perpetual, no crowd to help you, just the sound of feet pounding away, some groans and some runners vigorously doing stretches on the side. It was difficult as my training did not involve any hill running or longs runs on inclines. One would say that was self inflicted and poor preparation and I would concur. After this stretch finally finished, the run down the brief decline offered no respite and we were then on the 1st avenue in Manhattan, which was a lengthy section of around 6km and as befitting the course before it, was not flat, but rather had innumerable steady climbs. We then made a brief foray into The Bronx - which was loud - before leaving it as soon as we entered it and heading down 5th avenue in Manhattan - opposite the 1st avenue - at around 19 miles. The steady inclines kept on coming in waves - maybe a bit like someone with kidney stones and the pain is colicky and intermittent - before entering the confines of Central Park just before 39km. I saw my watch and thought sub 3.40 was on - you will have noticed that the time was not really on my mind too much - and with all the inclines, my usual calf cramps did not materialise. Down the finishing straight - which was anything but straight and flat - I made a final dash to get sub 3.38.
In the end I was overjoyed with my time, had no complaints and bettered my Berlin time to register my best autumn marathon time and 4th best overall. After the flat courses of Valencia, Manchester and Berlin, this was a huge shock to the system, would probably only go back if training is up to the mark. The support was incredible, amazing, never heard my name called out so many times, all the New York Road Runners (NYRR) staff were incredible in their energy, dynamism and enthusiasm in offering their congratulations and the walk down the baggage area was special, the support of the staff was unique in my experience. They really appreciated the efforts. The walk down Central Park West back to the hostel is something that will stay with me forever. Im glad I walked and didnt take the subway. Random New Yorkers made you feel like a rock star, as Carlton put it, congratulating you, applauding you, just acknowledging your efforts.
Just one word on Carlton D'Souza - he is an absolute legend, remarkable performer, his consistency and level of performance is just absolutely top drawer and it was wonderful spending the weekend in his company - rounded off by a comedy show. Also well done to Jakub and Julie. I really missed having my boys around, usually they are integral to all this, but I know they were with me in spirit and I have to thank the one person without whom this would be totally impossible - Samia. I hope that one day I can support you through a marathon too.
A massive thank you to everyone who cheered me on yesterday. I will of course write up a proper review but I just wanted to say this is probably the first time I have woke up on race morning and seriously considered not starting.
- I had 2 hours sleep
- I woke with a bladder infection
- Everything hurt
- I just had a bad feeling
I believed all the way up to the half way point that I might need to pull out, and I knew I had to take things steady and really listen to my body.
The atmosphere was electric. I have never experienced cheering like I did here, the intensity, the volume and also the humour.
I ran around 70% of the race but at a slower pace than Iâ€™d normally run.
The route was stunning.
Knowing people were cheering me on from all over the world, really spurred me on.
I knew I was close to 7 hours, but this meant running the final 3 miles with no walking breaks.
Crossed the line in 6.56
This medal means everything this time round.
Sorry I didnâ€™t post last night, I walked for almost an hour to get back to my hotel and then nearly fell asleep in the restaurant, so went to bed at 8pm without dinner.
Off to get breakfast now!!!
Looking forward to coming home xxxx Julie
Jakub Czeczotka :-New York Marathon race report (late and long)
You got to give it to the Yanks, they know how to put up a spectacular bridge! If its your first time in New York for sure you will go and visit the landmark that is Brooklyn Bridge. On the course itself there are five bridges with three being significant climbs. Not a PB friendly course but spectacular nonetheless.
I wish I could write a report of how things went spectacularly well and what a great day I had. Well, I didnt. You cant cheat the marathon, if you face it with a weakness its going to be brutally exposed on the race day. No hard feelings really, I was kind of expecting it. In the last three weeks of my preparations I developed some sort of hamstring/knee issue which was difficult to pin down. Got the all clear from my physio to run the marathon with a caveat to take it easy in the taper. A short run in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Wednesday before the race indicated I should be prepared for some bad news so I approached the run with mixed feelings of hope, excitement and disappointment. I crawled the internet for all possible hamstring stretches and raided NYC sports shops for foam rollers and rolling sticks. Im yet to have a successful build-up for a marathon where I can actually run the race I wanted.
I found the marathon village to have plenty of portaloos (good) and be very crammed (bad) so I quickly moved to the start corrals. We lucked out on the weather (sunny 12ËšC) and the conditions were perfect. As an aspiring marathoner I put a very ambitious time on my registration form (3:25) and was placed in the first out of four waves. As we moved towards the start there was the usual national anthem performance, short talk from the retiring race director and flypast from NYPD helicopters. We heard the ceremonial cannon start combined with Frank Sinatras New York New York and we were on the move! The first couple of kms is on the Verrazano Narrows bridge and is nothing short of spectacular! It really is one of these I need to pinch myself Im actually here moments!
Things were looking good, I felt fresh, the weather was fab and the views breathtaking! Crossing the first bridge is pure joy! I was surrounded by people running at the same pace so I really couldnt complain, hoping the hamstring would hold. After the bridge we entered Brooklyn and thats where you see the supporters for the first time as they are not allowed to the bridges. There is a lot of support, no doubt about it. Plenty of witty signs (pain, finish line beer and US politics being dominant subjects), photo cut-out of participant faces and general encouragement. Noise, a lot of noise, you can hardly hear your thoughts.
At about 5k I noticed that my knee/hamstring problem may be slowly coming back and its going to give me some grief throughout the day. I stopped for 20s to stretch my leg and decided that if an occasional stretch was the price to pay Id be happy with it. Little did I know.
On km 12 at Lafayette Avenue I met my support party - fresh t-shirt, isotonic drink and words of encouragement - definitely helped. As I continued through Brooklyn I ended up running next to a fancy dress Joker who was taking all the crowds attention. Not that it was a problem but I enjoyed an occasional Come on East London shout-outs. With increasing pain in my left leg I reached half point at Pulaski bridge (between Brooklyn and Queens) and started wondering if occasional stretch strategy is going to work for much longer. It was on km 25 at Queensboro bridge when I stretched and realised that it had no effect at all and my hamstring was in permanent pain. I started walking in hope of being able to run at some point. It was just the moment when the silence of Queensboro bridge turns into the noise of overwhelming support on the First Avenue (crossing from Queens to Manhattan) where I realised that I may need to walk to the finish line. Sad but true. At this point finishing was not in question but the prospect of walking for 14k with an injury was a bit daunting. I tried running again once or twice but it was quickly game over for my hamstring. White flag flying high and proud, I had a leg and a half to hobble to the finish line. I approached a stranger to make a call to my advanced party waiting for me at km 36 - severe delays on the hamstring line and they knew whats going on. I walked down First Avenue, crossed over to the Bronx and back to Manhattan on the Fifth Avenue. A longer stop with my team just before Central Park, this time, no time pressure so we could have a chat for a minute or two and I could leave no longer needed gels.
The support was, no doubt about it, pretty amazing and as I entered Central Park was only getting more intense. All these people telling me you got this! despite the fact that in my mind I clearly didnt got this as I was walking when I should have been running. How I perceived it at the time is probably my own problem, now I think that walking injured for 14k is an achievement and should be rewarded with another medal. In the end I reached the finish line (even tried to sprint finish, wish there was a video of my effort) in 4:56:07 (in my wildest dreams I was finishing 80mins earlier) but got exactly the same medal after all. I went to the medical tent (double checked if its included, we all know these nasty gossips about US healthcare) and was advised that my hamstring is very tight, kind of no longer working tight, but should be able to recover. Overuse rather than injury was definitely good news.
After some considerable walk I left the runner zone and found my support team to celebrate with pizza and beer. For the next day or two you see people all over the city walking with their medals and get a lot of congratulations from New Yorkers, very nice! To me the New York City Marathon was definitely an overwhelmingly positive experience (minus the injury obviously) and I hope I could run it again in the future.
Inter Club Vets XC, Loughton AC - Saturday 3rd November 2018
|Caroline Frith||36.39||28th - 5th|
|Janet Bywater||41.07||42nd - 11th|
|Fiona Critchley||41.14||43rd - 12th|
|Carolyn Edwards||42.36||50th - 15th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||45.01||57th - 21st|
|Anna Dingle||46.42||61st - 23rd|
|Diana Rexhepaj||49.50||66th - 28th|
|Caroline McGirr||50.51||68th - 30th|
|Caroline Moore||50.58||69th - 31st|
Thames Meander Half Marathon (trail) - Saturday 3rd November 2018
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 3rd November 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 3rd November 2018
|David Jordan||15.45* (course pb& age cat record)||1st - 82.86% Raphael|
|Laura Kemp||22.23* (course pb)||47th - 66.12% Catton|
|Fiona Day||26.56* debut||178th - 72.03% Princes, Liverpool|
|James Nichols||19.42* debut||2nd - 66.92% South Woodham Ferrers|
|John Henry||18.49* debut||2nd - 72.01% Pymmes|
|Shaun DeSena||31.44 debut||1086th - 40.86% Bushy|
|Andrew Howard||22.46 debut||89th - 68.67% Basingstoke|
|Lucy Barron||22.58 pb||108th - 64.44% Hackney|
|Chris Green||33.58 debut||601st - 40.19% Nonsuch|
|Stuart Barton||23.30 debut||22nd - 62.27% Peacehaven|
|Lawrence Foster||22.54 (course pb)||42nd - 67.10% Bognor Regis|
|Martin Quinlan||24.55 (course pb)||134th - 57.32% Hilly Fields|
|Samia Choudhury||38.44 (buggy & 2 kids)||99th - 38.21% Barking|
|Stephen Swan||23.07 debut||12th - 56.24% Clare Castle|
|James Creed||23.35||76th - 57.46% Castle Park|
|Stuart Kelly||17.42 debut||9th - 74.11% Mile End|
|Lauren Kelly||23.02 debut||129th - 64.25% Mile End|
|Nathan Jones||18.55 debut||5th - 68.19% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.21||19th - 59.36% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||28.47||78th - 45.57% Roding Valley|
|Patrick Brown||17.32 (1st man)||1st - 74.43% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||19.48||5th - 73.91% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||21.11||13th - 65.38% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.50 (200th parkrun)||59th - 58.52% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||28.37||78th - 60.86% Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||20.08 (100th parkrun)||4th - 64.07% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.46||14th - 68.84% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||21.58 (1st lady)||16th - 68.89% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.20||34th - 55.29% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||23.48||48th - 60.01% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.24||75th - 56.69% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||36.28 (49th parkrun)||229th - 41.27% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||15.37 (1st man)||1st - 82.60% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.37||40th - 70.23% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.00||62nd - 64.58% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.17||70th - 59.30% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||24.25||72nd - 57.61% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||24.43||76th - 58.73% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.56||91st - 61.83% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||26.02||96th - 66.90% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.48||113th - 61.07% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.41||136th - 57.38% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.45||138th - 54.47% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.15 (49th parkrun)||148th - 55.69% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||29.22||169th - 46.48% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||31.35||193rd - 51.29% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||33.10||212th - 48.84% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||49.08 (tailwalker)||259th - 28.63% Wanstead|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||32.18||187th - 46.59% Valentines|
Run Through Halloween 5km, QEOP - Thursday 1st November 2018
Run UK Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 28th October 2018
Patrick ODea's 5km Road Race, Lissycasey. - Sunday 28th October 2018
The Bedford (Burns) Sisters raced in our Great Uncle Patrick O'Dea's 5km road race in
his home village of Lissycasy today. Sadly he passed away a couple of days before the
race last year. The family came out on mass to celebrate his life and running legacy,
he was a bit of a legend. Paula Bedford picked up first V40, with a further 2 trophies
and a cup. I got 2nd V40 and another as yet unidentified trophy. A great trophy haul
and fitting tribute to Patrick O'Dea. Well done to everyone who raced this weekend.
Huawei Venice Marathon - Sunday 28th October 2018
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera:- Venice Marathon in One world : Beautifulissimo !
As some of you know, the preparations went wrong for this marathon: first way too many travels in the last 2 months then food poisoning in Amman last week which only stopped on the Friday morning #Excuses
But as I said, I hate regrets, so since I was feeling ok on Saturday morning, I decided that I would go for it with a very open mind and would stop if I was feeling unwell.
I woke up with a lot of energy on the Sunday morning, left my hotel at 6.30am and immediately spotted runners going to the shuttle bus! The temperature at 7ham was quite ok but as we arrived at the Stra ( 25kms away from Venice), it was raining heavily which was no fun for getting ready before dropping the bag. Fortunately, it stopped before we started, allowing for a good ELR start pic!
I started slowly as planned (maybe too much actually) and got to meet some nice runners on the way. We were running along a river which was gorgeous! From the start, I was feeling so grateful to my body which was allowing me to run! After 10 kilometres, I started taking a gel and thats when things started to go wrong and that my tummy started to act I had to find a bathroom urgently and fortunately Italy is a place full of cafes I wont give too much information but then, it was the same situation for the next 20 kilometres each time I was taking a gel, my stomach started to be upset and I had to have 2 more stops on the way! That was a shame cause my energy level was high and my legs wanted to go faster I finally admitted my defeat and gave up on the gels and started to rely on the bananas they were giving and some glucose candies I had kept with me! I was finally getting better, legs were going faster, I was looking forward to the last 10 kms as I was feeling very good and had been overtaking so many people since km25.
But, then, was the 4 kms long bridge , I was looking forward to it as the highlight of excitement before entering Venice and instead, it was complete hell , literally hitting a wall ! As Andy mentioned, it was pretty much like walking the wrong way down a travelator at the airport, there was so much wind blowing in our face and the drops of rain were hurting as well as the plastic glasses and bottles hitting your legs every now and then But, I never stopped running , I met Timi (the Super Vet star of Dagenham) there who told me that she couldnt run as it was taking her backwards almost everybody was walking But, quickly I was joined by a nice Italian lady: Lucia that I had met earlier and lost during one of my bathroom break and together we hold on pushing each others pace on that terrible portion looking forward to entering Venice the bridge ended with a hill which I am now really comfortable with (thanks Grant for the hills training and all the advice) but Lucia was not and she told me to continue , I was pretty sure she would catch up cause she was running well up to now.
5 kms to go now, I looked at my watch and thought that despite everything I should be able to make it under 5 hours still full of energy, I started going quicker and quicker again, this felt glorious but then at the bottom of the first set of bridges of Venice, I saw the high tides and the 20 cms of water on the pavement! Thats when I lost it and started to laugh, and laugh and laugh at the ridicule of the situation and how everything had been against finishing that race from the start We couldnt run in the water so I was power walking, still overtaking runners and embraced the whole of it ! We had bridges every 300-400meters that I could run then we were back in the water Its only in the last 200 meters that I could finally sprint to a gorgeous finish line feeling actually much better than when I finished London, it looks like I am gonna have to sign for some more marathons
Today, I felt so much alive I am grateful to my body for allowing me to run that distance in such a gorgeous place and I thank all my ELR friends for their support during training and while I was sick without forgetting coach Grant who always believe in me more than I do.
Sunday XC League - Race 1 : Cheshunt/Broxbourne - Sunday 28th October 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||28.21||19th|
|Robert Rayworth||32.19||113th - 109th|
|James Nichols||32.34||124th - 120th|
|Aaron Williams||33.00||135th - 130th|
|Peter Craik||33.15||148th - 142nd|
|Jacob Stevens||33.51||163rd - 154th|
|Gareth Davies||35.23||199th - 177th|
|Grant Conway||36.12||216th - 191st|
|Stuart Norris||36.48||239th - 210th|
|Paul Marshall||37.00||243rd - 213th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||37.41||269th - 225th|
|Ramesh Pala||38.01||276th - 229th|
|Karan Gadhia||39.05||313th - 253rd|
|Michael Wilson||39.20||322nd - 257th|
|Maud Hodson||39.47||343rd - 72nd|
|Alex Jameson||40.21||357th - 278th|
|David Hallybone||40.36||368th - 284th|
|Annette Clark||40.55||377th - 90th|
|Stuart Barton||41.33||392nd - 294th|
|Lee Rand||44.10||454th - 316th|
A Sunday League record of 544 finishers, 210 ladies and 334 men.
Worksop Halloween Half Marathon - Sunday 28th October 2018
Beachy Head 10km - Saturday 27th October 2018
Beachy Head Marathon - Saturday 27th October 2018
Sri Chimnoy 10km, Battersea Park (Golden Leaf) - Saturday 27th October 2018
Run Through Velopark 5km - Saturday 27th October 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 27th October 2018
|Katy Taylor||36.02* debut||141st - 43.66% Cleethorpes|
|Sarah Burns||23.33* debut||23rd - 65.82% Lees Road|
|Stephen Taylor||22.05* debut||47th - 65.21% Lowestoft|
|Andrew Baxter||19.26* debut||11th - 75.30% Coldham Common|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.50* debut||43rd - 65.55% Gunnersbury|
|Chris Green||27.41 debut||182nd - 49.31% Kingston|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.36 debut||23rd - 58.54% East Grinstead|
|Stuart Barton||25.41 debut||32nd - 56.98% East Grinstead|
|Shaun DeSena||34.07 debut||100th - 38.01% East Grinstead|
|Martin Quinlan||26.47 debut||252nd - 53.33% Clapham Common|
|Mark Moir||20.45||4th - 62.17% Sunderland|
|Fiona Critchley||25.31||81st - 67.34% Great Notley|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||25.13||58th - 64.90% Hockley Wods|
|Peter Hatley||26.24||62nd - 53.28% Cleethorpes|
|Richard Guest||22.17||62nd - 63.65% Highbury Fields|
|Katherine Harris||21.16 (1st lady & cpb)||24th - 71.16% Victoria Dock|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.33 (2nd lady & debut)||29th - 67.01% Victoria Dock|
|Paul Quinton||16.40||2nd - 81.30% Hackney Marshes|
|John Henry||19.08||9th - 70.82% Finsbury|
|Tina Bennett||28.40||198th - 53.66% Hackney Marshes|
|Paul Marshall||22.56||31st - 57.19% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||25.25||58th - 51.87% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.42||68th - 55.68% Roding Valley|
|James Creed||24.50||100th - 54.56% Castle Park|
|Stephen Swan||22.39||57th - 57.40% Kesgrave|
|Spencer Evans||18.04 (1st man)||1st - 71.59% Barking|
|Patrick Brown||17.45 (1st man)||1st - 73.52% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||19.28||3rd - 67.38% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.49||39th - 67.46% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.00 (199th parkrun)||63rd - 53.99% Walthamstow|
|Ashley Faria||20.00||4th - 72.58% Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||20.21 (course pb)||8th - 68.06% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.18 (course pb)||12th - 61.89% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.27||13th - 69.85% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||21.59 (1st lady & 50th parkrun)||15th - 78.17% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.25 (course pb)||19th - 68.55% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||22.42 (99th parkrun)||24th - 56.83% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||24.50||52nd - 57.52% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.57||54th - 57.72% Valentines|
|Louise Payaniandy||30.18||137th - 52.92% Valentines|
|Deva Payaniandy||30.58||147th - 46.88% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||15.50 (1st man)||1st - 81.47% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.17||5th - 72.43% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.30||59th - 57.41% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.33||61st - 58.66% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||25.17||69th - 57.42% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.18||86th - 60.96% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.29||124th - 53.07% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.44||129th - 54.76% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.51||132nd - 61.93% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||28.52||133rd - 60.33% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.47 (100th parkrun)||172nd - 56.95% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||31.47||173rd - 49.19% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||34.38||189th - 46.78% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||34.51||190th - 39.17% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.38||195th - 45.46% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.42||204th - 43.94% Wanstead|
Supernova 5km, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Friday 26th October 2018
Last Friday, in the cold, we run as a family the Supernova 5km at the Olympic Park.
My 4 year old first ever race...and he RUN the whole 5km, just stopping a bit to
adjust the headtorch!. So impressed as he never run more than 200 m in one go.
643 Zackery Allen-rodriguez (24453) - 42.47
Abingdon Marathon - Sunday 21st October 2018
2018 Ibiza ETU Duathlon European Championships - Standard Distance - Sunday 21st October 2018
|Daniel Lee||2.03.17||22nd M 45-49|
|Ava Lee||2.03.32||4th, F 40-44|
Standard / 10km run/t1/40k cycle/t2/5k run
Danny - 38.42/ 1.15/1.01.36/1.03 /20.40 = 2.03.17
Ava - 40.27/0.59/59.17/ 1.08//21.39 = 2.03.32
Leigh On Sea 10km - Sunday 21st October 2018
Ican Triathlon Gandia Valencia (short course) - Sunday 21st October 2018
|Terry Lewsey||1.58.26||168th of 272.|
1.3km swim/ t1 /30km bike/ t2/ 7km run = short course.
Ican Triathlon Gandia Valencia Short Course Race Report
So after completing my first triathlon in September and loving it I decided I wanted another go at doing another one and with the UK season now over I decided to venture further afield discovering a race in southern Spain as a Viable option.
The distance seemed perfect it was a bit of an oddball distance 1.3km swim 30km bike and 7km but as it was the next level up from the sprint and not quite Olympic distance so seemed perfect for me. I set off Wednesday to drive down over 2 days and arrived in plenty of time to get myself race ready. I managed a 5k run Friday which was my first since pulling up with knee issues at the club runs few weeks ago, still not 100% and going into the race off the back of a few injuries and my bike crash.
This race was more about Learning more than pushing it. Race day I made my way to the bike check in everything went very smoothly and I felt quite relaxed for a change I suppose not having any expectations helped with that. Start time was 8:05 for my group so I made my way down to the harbour wall ready for the 3m jump into the water.
The swim started within a minute or 2 from entering the water so there wasnt time to acclimatise properly, The 1.3km swim was a one lap course and for me an eye opener and a massive learning curve, I started out and was faster than I thought I would be and ended up in the fast lead group for a bit until I got kicked and punched to bits for a while it was a mix of street fighter 2 turbo whilst swimming in the sea, this caused me to lose control of my breathing, and rhythm and for a few minutes I was like what the hell am I doing here, and can I really do this, I had a few times like this in the swim but eventually got my rhythm and made it into T1 I checked my watch and Id swam almost 1.4k in 23:30 which with all those issues was over 3 mins faster than my fastest time I predicted including swimming the extra distance
T1 went well managed to run through and had no dizziness like before coming from swim to bike, but on exit for T1 on the actual cycle section I fell off my bike due to not being able to fasten my left shoe, the cycle course was a 30k one lap course with a return section back to T2 the bike ride went well overall apart from a second school boy error of breaking hard as I heard a blip, thought I had gone past the T2 checkpoint to dismount but it was a lap checker pad for the longer races that had to do more than one lap, so I stacked it again with a chain off issue to fix about 200m from T2 bike dismount area, even though I had these issues I still cycled sub 1 hour for the 30k which was my goal I could of been around 2 mins faster though, but hey Im here to learn and learn I did.
T2 was uneventful again and I felt good and strong running off the bike.
The 7k run was again a 1 lap out and back course along the beautiful beach of Gandia. I held it together and managed to run where I thought I could do off the bike and the knee and ankle held up allowing me to finish good and strong.
I had set my self a few goals on the day with gold being 2 hours silver 2:05 and bronze 2:10 and Im pleased to say even though I've had no real training due to injuries leading up to the race and all of those issues on the swim and bike I managed to have an official time of 1:58:26 beating my gold target!
I also finished 168th out of 272 finishers with the competition here being a lot more professional than I was expecting. I'm happy with that all in all. I learned a hell of a lot and I'm a bit more confident in my prep of the epic equipment pack you need to tackle these races.
I dabbled in using nutrition on the bike for the first time and that went really well too. I also understand the rules a lot better and will be expecting things to beep at me when Im nearing the end of laps.
Would I recommend this race for other Triathletes?
Absolutely as Gandia is one of the most amazing places I've discovered. The front beach has dedicated paths to cycle and run on and the beach is one of the most perfect sandy beaches you will ever see and I will certainly be back again next year, defiantly for the half but maybe a full iron distance.
Now the only full iron challenge I'm tackling is the 17 hour 1900km drive home, which Im sure will be both fun and challenging!
Hopefully see you all Wednesday but until then have a good weekend.
Chelmsford Marathon - Sunday 21st October 2018
Bruges Half Marathon - Sunday 21st October 2018
|Michael Bamford||1.32.38 pb||156th, 11th V50|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.53.07 pb||1034th|
Andy Bolderstone - Bruges Half Marathon report
When my "usual" autumn marathon in Venice moved the race back a week I started searching for alternatives. 2017 was the first Bruges marathon and it has canals in Bruges so when registration opened I decided to sign up.
Training/ health wise everything has being going down hill since Brighton in April (3 2hr plus halves when I have pb'ed at 1hr49 in March's Big Half and got a 2nd best of 1.51 in Hackney) so having had a bad Royal Parks the previous week I decided to switch down to the half.
On the train over on Friday I saw Michael Bamford post on FB that he and Louis and Rachel Le Roux and Diana Rexhepaj were in Bruges. What a coincidence! It turned out they were going to race and surprise me but Michael forgot that I would see it on FB! Anyway it was a lovely surprise and we met at the registration on Saturday.
Let's get to the race - it wasn't too busy which was nice - no queuing ages for toilets or to get in the pens. The half started an hour after the marathon with a cycling style neutral zone before the race and timing started. You start on Djivers by the side of one of the beautiful canals and run down to the main canal that is like a moat enclosing old Bruges. On past city gates/forts and a few windmills before taking a turn out of Bruges. From here it was maybe 3 miles along the straightest road I ever saw passing through a dull industrial area and then fields.
At Dudzele the marathoners continue on for an out and back to the Zeebrugge on the coast whilst the rest of us head back via country lanes and fields with cattle, very unlike what you would expect from a city race. The final 2 miles are back in Bruges finishing in the beautiful Markt (if you have seen In Bruges it's where the tower is that Brendan Gleason fails to his death from).
The course is very flat and the race is never too busy. It's a definite pb course without a doubt (not sure about the marathon as they warn you that you may have to wait at a level crossing for a train to pass although your chip somehow stops if this happens). I really enjoyed although I know Rachel found it boring.
Yes I have avoided talking about my race - well I was concentrating on just getting round after having found the Royal Parks hard but I had a good steady run, averaged 8.32/mile, with a slowest mile of 8.45 and my best mile being mile 13 at 8.04/mile. I felt good, comfortable and know I had more in my legs so probably could have pb'ed or attempted the full. I finished on 1hr52.00 - my third fastest time in a half and less than 3 mins of my pb.
All in all (if you're still reading) - well organised, not too busy, city and countryside, reasonably priced and easy to get too and definitely a pb course. One for the diary and a ELR outing next year?.
Great South Run 10 miles - Sunday 21st October 2018
|Roisin Archer||1.11.13 pb||760th|
Mencap Hyde Park 5km & 10km - Sunday 21st October 2018
|Jamie Xavier||44.29||12th (10km)|
|Samir Younsi||23.59||11th (5km)|
OCR World Championships 15km, Brentwood - Saturday 20th October 2018
Day 2, 15km OCR World Championships
Felt tired at the start after going all out in the 3k on Friday. The World Champs have been in USA and Canada for the last 4 years, so Nuclear Races decided to show the North Americans what British obstacle racing is like... That meant less paths and firmly packed trails, more mud, water and ditches! Deathslide and Zipline stayed in, meaning that athletes from Puerto Rico, Jamaica and other hot countrys were suddenly exposed to cold cold water!
Started strong, short sprint then straight into a 3/4 mile 50lb sandbag carry that included going over and under obstacles. Bag down and into the forest. Climbing up a soaking wet rope was interesting...
Ditches, ditches, ditches, ditches, ditches...
Water section - run round the lake, clip onto a zip line back across, then climb up onto a two storey deathslide into the freezing water. Swim to the side and then straight into the forest so no chance to warm in the sun!
Back to the event village, hitting the feature uppee body obstacles. Rigs full of rings, ropes and monkey bars. Varjagan Saga (shipped over from Europe - see photos of the bright yellow obstacles), and other Nuckear regulars designed to destroy your grip and forearms.
Back out into the grounds for another couple of miles, meaning that I now had no energy left. Gels did not agree with me (they are normally fine) so I started to flag.
Back to the village for the final slog... pick up a huge log and squat walk under some metal bars (cramp city), then up the hill to the Weaver (go over and under 15 metal bars without touching the floor). One final rig, then the final push...
Obstacle 97 of 100 - Skitch (hold onto two hooks and try to traverse over a hanging metal bar). First obstacle in two days that took me a second go. Run up the hill and carry a huge metal bomb for 100metres - killing the forearms. That left 2 obstacles. So far in two days I was 134 obstacles first time, 1 second time. All that was left was Skull Valley, which I did first time on Friday. Hands only. Five skull grips, then six wobbly monkey bars, spin round in the air and five final skulls. First attempt I messed up the spin, which ripped my hands open... now I could barely grip, deapite flying through everything until then. Four more attempts, more ripped hands and that was it. Band cut, bicep buggered.
Disappointed jog to the final wall and over the finish line. To lose out in sight of the finish line sucked, but oh well... next year!
Endurance Life CTS Suffolk Half Marathon - Saturday 20th October 2018
|Fiona Critchley||2:12:05||76th 1st FV50|
Chingford League - Event 2 Eton Manor 5m XC, Jubilee Park - Saturday 20th October 2018
Men B 5th
Mens Vets 6th
Women Vets 4th
Points scored by Sam Browne 11pts, Dan Gritton 1pt, Caroline 5pts & 7 pts, Becky 8pts & 1 pt.
2018 Ibiza ETU Duathlon European Championships - 40 - 44 Female Sprint - Saturday 20th October 2018
5km run/t1 / 18.6 km cycle/ t2 / 2.5k run
20.20 / 1.22/ 37.11 / 0.00/ 14.13
Run Through Battersea Park 10km - Saturday 20th October 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th October 2018
|Paul Quinton||16.53* debut||1st - 80.26% Gorleston Cliffs|
|Euan Brown||16.02* debut||1st - 80.46% Sheffield Hallam|
|Andy Kumar||18.37||1st - 70.10% Roding Valley|
|Mark Boulton||18.24||1st - 71.29% Walthamstow|
|James Nichols||20.03* debut||1st - 65.75% Des Moines Creek, USA|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.11* debut||16th - 60.18% Canterbury|
|Billy Rayner||18.06 debut||7th - 72.10% Southwark|
|Deepali Chouhan||34.25* debut||240th - 43.58% Doncaster|
|Katherine Harris||22.11* debut||37th - 68.22% Raphael|
|Stephen Swan||22.19 pb||40th - 58.25% Raphael|
|Stuart Barton||23.03 debut||48th - 63.49% Raphael|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.16 debut||51st - 64.47% Raphael|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||25.28||49th - 64.27% Hockley Woods|
|Richard Kimmens||21.32||8th - 60.37% Mole Valley|
|Mark Moir||20.55||7th - 61.67% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.56||8th - 62.10% Barking|
|Samia Choudhury||33.42 (course pb & 50th parkrun)||82nd - 43.92% Barking|
|Martin Quinlan||29.17||74th - 48.75% Roundshaw Downs|
|John Henry||19.29||15th - 69.55% Finsbury|
|Laura Kemp||21.43||76th - 68.15% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.06||114th - 57.07% Mile End|
|Craig Livermore||19.30||3rd - 66.15% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.07||8th - 72.16% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.28||12th - 69.80% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||22.39||17th - 69.02% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||23.17 (course pb)||26th - 63.56% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.51||39th - 54.09% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.48||52nd - 58.06% Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||32.30||155th - 49.33% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.33||4th - 74.66% Wanstead|
|Tom Marshall||18.46||5th - 70.69% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.21||11th - 72.18% Wanstead|
|Mike Brett||21.22||23rd - 71.29% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||22.58||44th - 68.07% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||24.28||65th - 58.86% Wanstead|
|Sarah Dale||25.32||84th - 57.96% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||25.33||85th - 50.88% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||26.00||99th - 54.10% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||26.28||106th - 53.15% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.10||117th - 60.25% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.21||119th - 70.93% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.41||128th - 59.84% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.06||137th - 55.58% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.08||154th - 54.52% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.31||169th - 49.54% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||30.43||171st - 52.74% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||31.54||183rd - 54.60% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.57||184th - 56.65% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.51||217th - 43.77% Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||23.47 (course pb)||40th - 62.23% Gunpowder|
|Kat Maskell||26.35 debut||76th - 56.93% Gunpowder|
|Rajeshwari Parthasarathy||30.05 (course pb)||122nd - 50.03% Valentines|
OCR (short course) 3km, World Championships, Brentwood - Friday 19th October 2018
Greenwich Triton Relay Duathlon - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||46.25|
East London Runners were 11th of 28 teams, 3 per team
Each athlete runs 2 miles, cycle 6 miles and run 1 mile.
Michael 6.38, 7.07/ 2.59,2.55,2,56,2.58,3.00,3.47/ 7.11 = 39.36
Rachel 8.06, 8.43/3.36,3.23,3.28,3.21,3.14,3.57/ 8.27 = 46.25
2016, 2017, 2018
Michael 41.17, 39.02,39.36
Rachel 51.15, 48.01,46.25
ASDA Foundation Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
Thank you to everyone who has supported me to complete the Yorkshire Marathon yesterday! I had such a great time
I couldn't really train for it after hurting my back this year so my only goal was to finish but I managed 4:31 and felt pretty comfortable throughout - the time flew by. What it's all about really
Huge, special thanks to Nick for joining me on my training runs and the much-needed reassurance and support on the day, to my mum and Gaz for coming and supporting in the awful rain, and to Maud, Grant and everyone at East London Runners for all the brilliant advice and encouragement.
P. S: There is still time to sponsor me if you have any pennies to spare! X
Wiggle South Downs Sportive - Standard 70 miles - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Ford Cadiogan||5.03.23||Bronze cert|
Eindhoven Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
35th M55 (out of 111)
Eindhoven Marathon 3.46.14
I felt great at the start and got to half way in 1.43.40 which was too fast.
Very hot sunny day (25c) and I slowed down quickly after. Kept going to the end
and was fortunate that I did not have to resort to walking in the heat. A great
relief to finish, would have liked a sub 3.45 again but in those conditions it
was always going to be difficult no matter how I paced it. When I ran Eindhoven
Marathon last year it was cold and drizzly which would have been ideal for a
faster time again!
Bedford Autodrome Sprint & Standard Duathlon - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Dan Senior||1.04.40||67th/ 213|
|Sarah Burns||1.11.09||27th, 1st age cat|
|Daniel Lee||2.15.19||61st, 12th age (standard)|
5k run/ t1 / 20k bike/ t2 / 2.5k run sprint
Dan S 18.38, 0.48, 34.06, 0.47, 10.12 = 1.04.40
Sarah 22.45, 1.03, 33.56, 0.43, 12.41 = 1.11.09
10km, t1, 40k cycle, t2, 5k run standard
40.18, 1.15, 1.10.04, 1.32, 21.38 = 2.15.19
Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Katherine Harris||1.40.03 pb||711th|
Marc Akers: Peterborough half marathon
I arrived at 8.30 & kept dry ish until I went to the bag drop where Kat was dropping her bag off too we see Steve dropping his bag off too.
by the time the race was about to start we were soaked Kat went into the sub 1.50 pen & I decided Id go into the sub 2hr & see how I went
The race was delayed by about 6-7 mins
I stayed with the sub 2hrs for about 4 miles & then decided I push on the miles seemed to fly past & I was running quite comfortably I saw a lot of my friends on route which was really good.
Got to mile 12 & I started pushing again & at mile 13 I pasted a friend we said hello & goodbye as pushed more & then sprinted for the line & heard a shout go dad
Didnt have a clue what my time was
I saw Kat & asked how she got on knowing she was aiming for sub 1:40 & when she told me what shed ran I was really pleased for her. I then saw my daughter who had videoed my finish & surprised me in turning up.
I will be returning next year its a great half marathon
Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Ava Lee||1.28.22 pb||288th, 16th lady,2nd age|
|Tim Le Rasle||1.28.35|
|Jacob Stevens||1.31.41 pb|
|Katy Taylor||2.38.34 pb|
Royal Parks Half 2018 - Spencer Evans Race Report.
I entered the ballot for this back in March I believe and I was lucky this year to get a place this year as last I was not so lucky and was not successful.
I arrived at Marble Arch station around 8.10 this morning and wandered down to race village, I did not know where I was going as lucky to have bumped into Andy Bee at South Woodford Station as he seemed to know the quick way as he did this event last year.
As I was queuing to deposit my baggage it started to rain heavy and I knew today was going to to be a tough one in this weather and this being my first Half Marathon I have raced since Feburary at Thorpe Park.
I then made my way to my starting pen (Orange) and here I also did my pre race warm up and bumped into William James Pearce and Ava who both very seemed confident for today.
Then the gun fired and the race was underway, "let's do this" is what I always say as I cross the start line for all races. By now the rain started to ease off a little. The first 2 miles were both in 6.19, from here I was determined to stick to my game plan Alex Bee suggested I should follow. (who I look as my coach and most importantly one of my closest friends)
Mile 3 was in 6.14 which was a little too quick, Mile was in 6.23 a bit slower than planned but had a few seconds in the bag from the previous mile. Mile 5 I started to feel good as it was mostly down The Mall which is flat and fast road, Mile 5 I clocked 6.15. From mile 6 onwards I was averaging around 6.27 pace which I began to slow down as I felt it a little as I have not done a great deal of no distance training in while so I began to look at this as start.
At halfway I clocked around 39.40 and thought I could still PB but from Miles 7-12 my pace began to drop down to around 6.30 - 6.40 per mile and here I was more realistic about myself and knew it was unlikely I would get a PB.
When I saw the Mile 12 marker I managed to speed up little and hoped to finish fairly strong, from here I looked at my Garmin and saw i was starting to speed up and when I saw the sign "800m to go" I managed to accelerate from here as I could see the finish line in the distance. I then see the "400m to go" sign and accelerated more.
I crossed the Finish Line in 1.24.52, this was 1 minute and 31 seconds slower than my PB but was still very pleased to finish in the top 150 of the entire field and to lead ELR home. There is always plenty of time to PB and hope do it for a Half Marathon next time. Watch this space.
Jacob Stevens: Royal Parks Half Marathon race report.
I was really looking forward to this race, and it didnt disappoint: the route is amazing, from the great start in Hyde Park, past Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards, along Whitehall and the Strand, and then back for a beautiful second half through Hyde Park; good support from the crowds too. It was also really well-organised, with lots of people at the water stations, plenty of toilets, and no queues for the bags. Even the weather turned out not to be as bad as Id feared: a bit of a downpour just before the start, but only a few light showers during the race itself.
My target was simply to beat my previous PB - 1:33:20 in the Big Half in March. Although my overall fitness has improved since then, that PB was set in a race where everything (preparation, weather, pacing) went perfectly, so I wasn't confident I could beat it: all my other races since then (5/10Ks) had been slower, adjusting for distance. After the first few miles I found I could increase the pace to slightly faster than target, and apart from a bit of a wobble around mile 9 where everything seemed to get harder for a few minutes (no idea why), I was able to maintain that pace for the rest of the race; I had almost no energy left for a final sprint though, so must have given it my all. I finished in 1:31:41, a 1:39 PB, which Im really pleased with. The ELR track sessions and club runs are definitely helping: thanks to Grant and the fast runners I try to keep up with on Wednesdays!
Andy reports:, Royal Parks -
I was fortunate enough to be running this for a 2nd year running. Huddling under a tree as the rain let loose half and hour before the start with Jo and Spencer we didn't feel that lucky. My last half in September had been a bad race so I decided to start a little bit off a target pace and hopefully step it up. All was going Well, better than Colchester but come 9 miles the inner chimp was saying no more! Half a mile later a big group of spectators crossed right in front of me and I collided with a buggy. It also gave me the excuse to walk. The rest of the race was tough but as targets disappeared I manage to just off my last revised target and improve on Colchester. I finished exactly 1 min slower than last year. Dash home for a bath and some food before heading off to see the NFL.
Katy Taylor:Royal Parks Half Marathon Race Report
I will keep it short:
Superb cheering from Maya Goodwin and her raincoat.
Intrepid cheering from Peter, Lucie and Ella
Maya Goodwins refusal regardless of season to put her tanned legs away
Weather (although wasnt too bad for most of race)
Toilets - longest queue ever!!
More noise/music very little entertainment for most of the route
Was pleased with my time though.
Victoria Park Autumn 10km - Sunday 14th October 2018
Also Alex Bee 7th 39.14 and Celia Grossett 15th lady 49.46 formerly Celia Payaneeandee.
Adidas Shoreditch 10km - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Karan Gadhia||48.25 pb|
Slough Half Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 14th October 2018
Run The River 10km - Sunday 14th October 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||34.50||2nd|
|Caroline Frith||43.53||27th, 2nd lady|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 13th October 2018
|James Nichols||19.26 debut||8th - 67.84% Crissy Field USA|
|Michael Bamford||20.25* debut||2nd - 73.39% Darndale ROI|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.13 debut||5th - 64.82% Darndale|
|Stuart Barton||22.53 pb & debut||6th - 63.95% Darndale|
|Fiona Critchley||24.04* debut||8th - 71.40% Darndale|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.32 debut||10th - 58.75% Darndale|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.45 debut||13th - 59.70% Darndale|
|Shaun DeSena||31.06 debut||16th - 41.69% Darndale|
|Joanna Wood||31.54 debut||17th - 49.32% Darndale|
|Simon Thomas||19.02* debut||3rd - 68.91% Southwick Country|
|Andrew Howard||23.15* debut||33rd - 67.24% Higginson, Marlow|
|Stephen Swan||26.57* debut||144th - 48.24% Coldhams Common|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.44 debut||8th - 65.88% Victoria Dock|
|Claire Emery||27.50||159th - 58.80% Bramhall|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.03 debut||63rd - 57.92 Hampstead Heath|
|Chris Green||32.08 debut||56th - 42.48% Pymmes|
|Liam Dempsey||26.24||56th - 49.12% Brentwood|
|John Booth||17.39 (100th parkrun) ||8th - 76.20% Mile End|
|Kat Maskell||27.51 (course pb)||54th - 54.34% Harlow|
|Susan Bushnell||36.52||96th - 53.39% Thurrock|
|Shailesh Patel||21.53 debut||65th - 68.47% Cannon Hill,Birmingham|
|Martin Quinlan||28.43||215th - 49.74% Southwark|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||28.59||122nd - 56.47% Hockley Woods|
|Andrew Baxter||19.06 (course pb)||2nd - 76.61% Gunpowder|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.55||41st - 56.45% Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||42.10 (50th parkrun)||180th - 33.87% Gunpowder|
|Patrick Brown||17.51||2nd - 73.11% Walthamstow|
|Mark Boulton||19.32||6th - 67.15% Walthamstow|
|Gareth Davies||22.17||16th - 66.19% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.14||52nd - 66.39% Walthamstow|
|Salvatore Passerini||20.27||8th - 69.36% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||20.54 (50th parkrun)||11th - 63.88% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||27.49 (course pb)||76th - 53.92% Roding Valley|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||21.49||52nd - 59.59% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||21.50 (course pb)||53rd - 67.94% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.54||75th - 62.37% Hackney|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.13||80th - 64.61% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.31||85th - 62.93% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||48.22||252nd - 31.63% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||20.39||6th - 70.30% Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||22.43 debut||15th - 67.64% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||23.05||20th - 55.88% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||23.23||26th - 66.86% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.19||59th - 56.88% Valentines|
|Annette Clark||25.51||66th - 62.67% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||43.38||226th - 34.38% Valentines|
|James Wilson||19.17||6th - 71.82% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.28||7th - 71.75% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||21.42||24th - 59.52% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.11||76th - 64.33% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.33||100th - 59.82% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||26.35||101st - 58.31% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.03 (course pb)||109th - 56.56% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.26 (100th parkrun)||115th - 49.76% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.55||143rd - 54.01% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||29.24||155th - 60.77% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.28||157th - 51.30% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||30.20||173rd - 46.37% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.43||181st - 58.93% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||30.50||182nd - 53.89% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.39||195th - 49.62% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||34.22||212th - 47.14% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||36.15||234th - 43.86% Wanstead|
Stuart Barton: Darndale parkrun, Dublin
What a day, it started with the alarm going off at 03:15, a quick coffee and off to pick up a few of the gang. Arrived at the airport and met up with the rest a total of 10 of us. We had picked Darndale in Dublin the parkrun does not get many runners. I had been in contact with the RD and was told that a changing room would be available. When we got to the park the guys were just opening up the room for us, we were offered tea and coffee and made very welcome. The weather for not the best so having a nice room to wait in was perfect.
A few other runners turned up and we were given the briefing a three lap run around the park all on paths with one small hill,
We all went off a little too fast but I soon settled in to a good pace.
When my watch showed 4k I noticed I could be on for a PB so I stuck with it, I overtook the guy in front of me and pushed hard, I crossed the line and was given token 6.
Looking at my watch I had got under 23 mins for the very first time.
After a quick wet wipe shower we headed to Tesco for breakfast, then we got the bus into the city center,
We went to a great little distillery in a converted pub for a tour and tasting, then we hot the pub for pint of more of Guinness.
All in all a great day with a great group of people,
Now time to look for another parkrun trip ideas welcome.
Joanna Wood: My Saturday:
Doing parkrun today
3am start today
Getting on a plane after a 3am start today
Heading to 15 degrees and rain all day
Running in the rain
Parkrun consisting of THREE laps
Parkrun consisting of THREE laps in the rain
Getting to Guinness factory to find we can't book a tour
Don't even like Guinness
Doing a whiskey distillery tour - don't like whiskey
On the positive side:
I was dressed for the weather with my waterproof jacket & winter boots (obviously not to run in)
I came first in my age category (think I was only runner)
Got my highest ever parkrun ranking at #17 (but only 18 completed it)
Tried some nice gin...... in the whiskey distillery
Consumed several pints of nice red ale in the pub
Great company (that gets a double thumbs up)
Door to door transfer via Stupot Cabs
Tucked up in bed in time for Die Hard
But in all seriousness a great day with a great group.
Chase The Sun Olympic Park 10km - Wednesday 10th October 2018
Chase The Sun Olympic Park 5km - Wednesday 10th October 2018
|Brooke Stephenson||40.19 pb||234th|
London Borough Kingston Half Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018
|Nathan Jones||1.26.41 pb||65th|
Perfect running conditions today at the Kingston half. 1.26.41 which is a PB by almost 5 mins and managed a 10k PB too.
Thanks a lot to the speedy runners who drag me round on Wednesday evenings and also to Grant for your track sessions
- it all came good on the day!
Great Barrow Challenge 32 miles - Day 2 - Sunday 7th October 2018
Maud Hodson reports: Great Barrow Autumn Challenge - Day 2
Another 5.30am alarm clock, another drive starting in the dark. I was struggling to keep my concentration at the wheel, so a bit apprehensive about the day ahead.
There were a lot of the same runners there as well is new ones - you can enter either day separately. Very quiet again - this time I ran 14 miles without seeing another runner, and when I got to CP3 (18 miles) and they told me that the previous runner was 10 minutes ahead of me, I resigned myself to going solo all the way. But in fact I did overhaul a couple of guys - on both days no-one overtook me (after the first few hundred metres) and stayed in front.
I was 5 minutes slower on day two (partly due to a missed turning which added .3 of a mile), but pretty pleased with two consistent runs. I managed a bit of a show-boating sprint finish, and picked up a cheeky Strava CR on the Ultra Loop which I'd narrowly missed yesterday.
After the race I was chatting with one of the organisers, and not only did she know where Leytonstone was, but went to Wanstead High School, and used to live on Barclay Rd, very close to my house. Small world.
It was nice to drive home in the sunshine rather than pouring rain, but I was glad that I didn't have to change gear very often - that was hard.
Windsor Spartan Sprint - Sunday 7th October 2018
Bank Of America Chicago Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018
|Tom Howourth||3.28.50 pb||5460th|
|Jimmy Dale||3.49.29 pb||10800th|
Jimmy Dale reports:Chicago Race report
I went into this race knowing I did Ironman 4 weeks ago and body still hadnt forgiven me. On top of that Id decided to go for a pb the Sunday before at Elvis which hadnt helped with recovery. Factor in jet lag and I didnt quite know what I should expect. However since breaking 4hr back in April, the next aim was 3.45. As such, as a world major that I would realistically only do once, I figured go big or go home.
Found the 3.45 pacer and decided to run slightly ahead so as not to get crushed in the stampede. It was raining and wet but reasonably warm so I felt as a Brit this was my wheelhouse! Mile 2 and the high buildings threw my watch so from that point out I ran based on nothing other than the timer and a pacing temporary tattoo Nike were giving out at the expo. This seemed to work a charm and Ive never paced a marathon so well. Every mile was only about or 6 seconds off pace. However mile 20 came and the pacers caught me up and by mile 22 theyd overtaken. I faded the last 4 miles but nothing like I have in previous racing and was thrilled to come in at 3:49:29, a pb by 3m28s.
Overall a great marathon, really well organised, flat, great support and some nice bling! 3 majors down, 3 to go!
Jonathan Wooldridge reports: Chicago Marathon
Three weeks after Berlin I was pleased to nail a sub 3:44. Great course, fantastic support from the crowds, and very well organised but the cooling rain felt so good after so many runs in the heat. First half was the better half but after about 30k the race began and the wheels went a bit wobbly. Definitely recommended for anyone wanting an over the pond marathon.
Until 4 years ago I never envisaged being able to run a marathon at all. It was just a dream, but 10 marathons down I think it may be time to hang up my marathon running shoes. Then again, if I can secure a NYC or Tokyo place who knows.
Now time for a Chicago deep dish. Nom nom.
James Nichols:Belated Chicago marathon report: You got this - great job Jim!
This race appeared to have a lot going for it. Firstly, the early start - 7.30am local time - was almost perfect to negate any jet lag effect. Waking up naturally at 4.30 and feeling quite fresh, it was a relaxed build up to the race after meeting up with Jimmy and walking the mile or so to the start consuming a couple of cereal bars and bananas and a large coffee. Secondly, the worst of the predicted weather - a combination of heat, humidity and thunderstorms - had not arrived, although rain was still forecast during the race.
After a few stretches and allowing enough time to get plenty of fluid on board I headed to the back of my start pen and while listening to the Star Spangled Banner and then the elites be intoduced I was able to formulate my race plan. So strolling through the start line I allowed the 3:10 pace group plenty of space to get well away ahead of me.
What struck me over the first couple of miles at a very comfortable pace was that despite the cool feel of the build up I was sweating so humidity was still a factor. I wouldn't be taking any chances at skipping early water stations and threw a cup over me to keep cool. Then as the adrenaline kicked in and I upped the pace slightly to my target, it started to drizzle and that really felt good to run in. I had trained with hills and heat a common feature during the English summer and here was a flat course with a decidedly English autumnal feel.
The first three quarters of the race flew by. You hear people say that you can take in the sights in these big city marathons but honestly I could have been running anywhere, I was in the zone. The crowds were strong and loud - every time you felt the noise was easing up another community would spring up and it was helping. As always you can pick out some good banners to raise a smile - I was unfortunately the wrong side of the road to take up the offer to "Punch Trump"! I felt hungry about an hour in which has never happened to me in a marathon before but stayed sensible with the pre-planned nutrition intake and continued to take water every few miles. It was around this time that the rain got heavier - a first rainy Chicago marathon since 2006 apparently and I was loving it. Not everyone was though - one competitor enquiring if anyone else's socks were wet and then asking if he should stop and change them might be the oddest thing said to me in a race.
I went through halfway in 1:38 and 20 miles in 2:32 which was bang on track for sub-3:20. But in a marathon you know it won't be easy and at this point my pace slowed by about a minute a mile. The 3:20 pace group went by and I was more relaxed about being unable to keep up than in previous efforts. I'd had a solid training block leading up to the race with some quality long runs but weekdays and weeknights have been busy and as such it was light on overall quantity, my lowest total pre race mileage since my debut. Was this the reason? Who knows but I did know that I would still be proud of finishing a few minutes off target and was determined to run all the way. Two Clapham Chasers were regularly spotted as they run-walk-run-walked their way to the finish in a way I have done in the past and at about the same pace I was running it all the way on this occasion.
The rain had stopped by this point and the varied music interludes from the sidelines (some Springsteen as well as Sweet Caroline. Even Gangnam Style) helped to drive me up through the long straight 5k or so of road back towards turning into the park and hitting a rare but unwelcome hill ahead of a big finish. Arms raised aloft across the line and proud of completing my second major. Was great to catch up with Jonathan and Jimmy afterwards for a few beers and then later on for a well earned traditional Chicago deep dish pizza.
MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018
|Stuart Kelly||2.58.38 pb||196th|
|Colin Dryland||3.49.52 pb||1182nd|
|Catriona Hoult||4.44.36 ||2236th|
Catriona reports: As you know from Dons updates (he managed to get my splits before Nick did), I completed Chester Marathon today in 4.44, only 7 minutes slower than my last marathon at the age of 29. Its a very lovely route - no grim industrial estates or boring suburbs. You go out of the very pretty city and straight into very pretty countryside, even spending 8 miles in Wales.
Theres not a huge amount of support outside the city, because the closed roads mean no-one can get to the route unless they live in one of the villages on the way, but the support there was was very vocal and encouraging.
I got a great boost from seeing Angela Morley in her village. Ive never met her and worried I wouldnt know who she was if she didnt spot me. No danger of that - she was wearing an ELR vest and had two more draped outside her house! I also saw Colin Dryland on a loopy back where you get to pass the people way ahead (well done Colin).
It was a bit hillier than I expected for a course billed as being flat (they all say that) with a few big hills (well, they felt big to me) close to the end.
Obviously it hurt and I slowed down towards the end, but I didnt slow down as much as I feared I might and my legs feel ok now Im on the train home.
It hasnt put me off marathons for life and Im sure Ill do another one sometime, but Im very glad not to have to do another one anytime soon!
Btw - Im writing this on the train home sitting opposite a family in which the mum has run 180-odd marathons and the daughter 140-odd. Apparently they have the Guineas World Record for the most marathons run together by a parent and child. The mum also won the V65 age category today. Im feeling rather inadequate for being proud of one slow marathon now!
Roisin reports: Well I didnâ€™t really know how today was going to go. I hoped for the best but respect the distance and know it can go many different ways. I feared a repeat of Tokyo but felt good in the first half so got my hopes up. Mile 16 went by and I was tired but ok. By mile 18 I was desperate for a wee and had to stop and use the most revolting portaloo. After that I picked up a bit but by mile 20 it was a real struggle. I had tummy issues before the start so should not have been a surprised when they returned. My whole body ached and I had to stop to walk. The sickness was hideous and I wretched as I walked along (too much information Iâ€™m sure). My PB (or even close to) hopes started to slip away and mile 23/24 were excruciating and slow. As the time ticked over 3:23 I held my head and cried. Last mile I thought â€œf#%k itâ€ its a mile, just do it. So I ran/shuffled to the finish line to scrape 3:39. Not my best but certainly not my worst. And I got some great race loot!
Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.35.03|
Wimpole Estate Half Marathon Hoohaah - Sunday 7th October 2018
Paul Thompson : Wimpole Estate 1/2 marathon race report
I entered this race a few weeks back on the recommendation of a work colleague & it didnt disappoint !
I arrived around 1/2 hour ahead of the 9:30am start & found the registration and number collection really quickly. It was chip timed via the 'tag on shoe' method and after a quick warm up we were ready to go on what was a chilly morning.
The race route involved 3 separate loops out from the main Wimpole Hall and about 95% off road on trail paths & fields. I was warned about a few nasty hills, but these were compensated with the inevitable downhills !
We were taken through some beautiful countryside and it certainly took my mind off the race.
Finished in 38th place out of 308 finishers in 1:42:17 & overall really pleased.
Very well marshaled & signed race with a nice medal at the finish along with huge chunks of home made flapjack !
Highly recommend this race.
Trail des bulles 15km - Sunday 7th October 2018
Sheila Kennedy reports: Race report - Le Trail des Bulles, Vouvray, France.
Beautiful trail run through the French vineyards and woods. The trip was organised by Regis Martin and is highly recommended. The starting point was only about a 1 km walk from our accommodation. All entrants received a bottle of Bubbly with their race number. The route took us through vineyards, corn fields, with several km through the woods, up and down hills, quite challenging at times, but overall very enjoyable. (I certainly enjoyed it). We all did the 15 km option and all finished - Regis, Sarah, Sandra, Susannah, and Caroline (from Regis running group). Now relaxing in the sunshine in Voudray.
Run London Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 7th October 2018
Alexandra reports: So! 10k in Victoria Parks with Run Britain ! I was surprised to not see many ELRs but now understand why: its been the worst organised race i have ever did!
I went to do it with 2 friends from work and it started with Johns number being lost and me registered only with my first name ! Then the bag drop being messy and unsafe! The race starting late cause there was still a queue for the numbers and ...most importantly , the marshalls were not briefed and didn't know the route so at mile 6, i followed the people doing the half marathon route , had to go back at mike 6.5 ( i guessed something was wrong ) and ended up doing 7 miles !
A shame cause according to Strava, it was my 10k second best time which i needed for a confidence boost!
I was really happy to see Jenny and John at the finish line...had my little rant before i learnt that John had won the race! ( yes, he did it again !) ! That made me forget everything and i could go on with Helen on my additional mileage ( i wouldn't have done it without you, Helen !) ! Thank you so much as well to Paula Bedford and her son for the cheers at the water station and Mark Boulton for his "Go, girl" while he was cycling in the opposite direction! Those were great boosts!
Harold Wood Charity 5m - Sunday 7th October 2018
|John Booth||30.27 pb||5th|
Great Barrow Challenge 32 miles - Day 1 - Saturday 6th October 2018
Great Barrow Autumn Challenge - Day 1
The GBC is mostly about their big summer event, the 10-in-10, which is in my bucket list, largely because the medals have a different colour ribbon each day, in the colours of the rainbow. I like rainbows. So I signed up for their Autumn 2-in-2 as a little taster. There's a choice of HM, marathon or ultra (32 miles) each day.
I was feeling quite relaxed about the whole thing - seeing it as keeping my ultra legs ticking over and not worrying too much about racing. Could have done with it starting a bit later than 8am - I don't much enjoy a 5.30am alarm clock. But I turfed myself out of bed and set of in the dark. There are a surprising number of idiots on the roads at 6am.
It's a small, low-key event, with maybe 100 runners or so. But my number was 592, which was my favourite number when I was a little girl - it seemed so large and exotic.
It was only drizzling when we set off - in fact the rain didn't really kick in until about 20 miles in. As always the first few miles were sociable, but in the middle of the race I went a full 10 miles without passing another runner, which I think is a record for me. And it was quiet enough that at one point three deer walked out into the road about 20 metres ahead of me, stood and stared, then trotted off into the woods.
The course was a single loop for the marathon, all road, not exactly flat, but nothing too scary. For the ultra you had to complete the marathon then head out again on a different loop. I was apparently the only runner idiot enough to do this. But I couldn't think of a good enough reason not too, although it was definitely raining by then. Obviously I was going to be running on my own for 6 miles, but with the route on my phone (luckily you can still use a touch screen through a plastic bag, although cold wet fingers don't work very well).
The ultra loop was mostly off road, so made a nice change, although I couldn't keep the same pace going on the woodland paths.
I hadn't really been too fussed about the time, but when I realised I could bring it home under 5.30 I put my foot down a bit, finishing in 5.26.27 on my watch, and according to Strava a 50K PB into the bargain.
Back for more tomorrow...
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 6th October 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 6th October 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.55* debut||7th - 65.27% Old Deer Park|
|Stuart Barton||23.48* debut||13th - 60.99% Aviemore|
|Nick Clarke||20.41* debut||6th - 63.74% Mulbarton|
|Mark Boulton||18.36* debut ||1st - 70.52% Aldenham|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.43* debut||11th - 56.29% Rogiet|
|Fiona Critchley||24.19* (course pb)||24th - 70.66% Great Dunmow|
|Fiona Day||28.02 debut||81st - 69.20% Harlow|
|Susan Bushnell||34.39 (course pb)||64th - 56.81% Thurrock,Orsett Heath|
|Stephen Swan||22.35 pb||52nd - 57.56% Kesgrave|
|John Booth||20.41 (99th parkrun)||50th - 65.03% Mile End|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.21 debut||29th - 60.24% Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||39.22||148th - 36.28% Gunpowder|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.47 debut||26th - 57.13% - Bois de Bologne|
|Richard Guest||23.47||22nd - 59.64% Bracknell|
|Mark Moir||20.08||4th - 64.07% Barking|
|John Healy||25.09||199th - 55.93% Dulwich|
|Martin Quinlan||30.42||284th - 46.53% Southwark|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.00||54th - 65.22% Cassiobury|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||26.42||72nd - 61.30% Hockley Woods|
|John Henry||19.14||16th - 70.45% Finsbury|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.21 pb||5th - 70.84% Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||21.31 pb||47th - 68.78% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||25.11||112th - 61.55% Hackney|
|Andy Kumar||18.48||2nd - 69.41% Roding Valley|
|Craig Livermore||21.01 debut||11th - 61.38% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.08 (1st lady)||13th - 72.79% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||22.44||22nd - 62.39% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||22.55 (course pb)||25th - 64.58% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||28.09 (course pb)||66th - 53.29% Roding Valley|
|Simon Thomas||18.43||2nd - 70.08% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.07||9th - 72.16% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.30||16th - 69.69% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||23.01||27th - 67.92% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.46 (course pb)||36th - 54.28% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.38||66th - 56.18% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||34.34||212th - 43.39% Valentines|
|Andrew Baxter||19.31 (course pb)||3rd - 74.98% Walthamstow|
|Gareth Davies||23.17||24th - 63.35% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.15||46th - 59.87% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.32||51st - 68.21% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||31.50||101st - 44.19% Walthamstow|
|Euan Brown||15.59||1st - 80.71% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.59||4th - 72.57% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.32||6th - 74.73% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.57||7th - 73.70% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.24||10th - 66.58% Wanstead|
|Calvin Bobin||21.41||35th - 75.94% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||24.16||74th - 57.97% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||24.25||79th - 59.45% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.29||97th - 63.57% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||25.31||99th - 55.13% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.14||109th - 63.15% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||27.40||145th - 57.41% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.52||172nd - 50.61% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||30.21||178th - 53.38% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.21||198th - 45.83% Wanstead|
Stuart Barton - Aviemore: After missing 2 weekends of parkrun I went north of the border to Aviemore this weekend with a couple of friends. It has a lot to live up to after Alness earlier in the year, it did not disappoint a truly stunning location. You need to ignore the meeting point as itâ€™s at the end of an industrial estate, after the talk you walk to the start under a little bridge and into a stunning landscape. The run is undulating, itâ€™s all on paths with amazing views. A nice cafe at the end, after the run we drove to Loch Ness. This was my third parkrun in Scotland and I have been so lucky to have nice weather on all three.
Chingford League - Event 1 - Hog Hill 1, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 2nd October 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||26.13||55th|
Elvis 8 - East London Runners Charity 5km, Valentines Park - Sunday 30th September 2018
|Patrick Brown||17.20/17.18||5th 75.14%|
|Stuart Kelly||17.44/17.21||8th 76.05%|
|Spencer Evans||17.55/17.52 (course pb)||12th|
|James Wilson||18.17/18.14||16th *|
|Simon Thomas||18.24/18.21||17th *|
|Jennifer Ansell||18.45/18.41||20th - 1st 79.04%|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.47/18.42||21st 68.78%|
|Mark Wyatt||18.57/18.54||23rd 68.78%|
|Robert Rayworth||19.01/19.00||25th 73.18%|
|Tim Le Rasle||19.04/18.58||28th 74.92%|
|Mark Moir||19.10/19.05 pb||29th 68.03%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.43/19.37||35th|
|Alain Fieulaine||19.43/19.38||36th 72.91%|
|Neil Gage||20.12/20.07||46th 69.10%|
|Paula Bedford||20.27/20.23||50th - 2nd|
|Jamie Xavier||20.45/20.35||55th 67.55%|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.58/20.51||57th - 3rd|
|Jimmy Dale||21.01/20.52||58th 62.23%|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.21/21.09||62nd 62.73%|
|Caroline Frith||21.22/21.17||63rd - 4th|
|Angus Nicholls||21.24/21.14 pb||64th 61.22%|
|Michael Wilson||21.41/21.35||68th 72.82%|
|Gerry Lewer||21.56/21.47||71st 59.68%|
|Katherine Harris||21.58/21.49||72nd - 6th *|
|Stuart Norris||22.15/22.07||77th 58.07%|
|Ramesh Pala||22.15/21.57||78th *|
|Sheetal Dandgey||22.25/22.17 (course pb)||83rd - 11th 66.34%|
|Samir Younsi||23.28/23.11||105th 67.79%|
|Lauren Kelly||23.29/23.15||106th - 19th 63.51%|
|Suzanne Bench||23.31/23.18||108th - 20th|
|Liam Dempsey||23.38/23.26||112th 55.48%|
|Marc Akers||23.47/23.33||116th 60.79%|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.58/23.42||126th - 28th|
|Maud Hodson||23.58/23.45||127th - 29th 66.75%|
|Lucy Barron||24.09/23.55||131st - 32nd|
|Stuart Barton||24.15/23.59||134th 60.60%|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||24.16/24.02||135th - 34th|
|Rachel Le Roux||24.46/24.33 pb||142nd - 38th 60.15%|
|Kat Maskell||24.53/24.40||145th - 39th|
|Janet Bywater||24.59/24.41||148th 70.49%|
|Ford Cadiogan||25.10/24.48 pb||154th 56.05%|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.27/25.11||157th - 47th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.44/25.29||161sth - 50th|
|Hayley Collins||25.44/25.29 pb||162nd - 51st 60.24%|
|Sheila Kennedy||26.32/26.11||172nd - 59th 69.94%|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.36/26.20||174th - 60th|
|Jayne Browne||27.25/27.06||183rd - 67th 63.03%|
|Caroline Moore||27.33/27.12||186th - 70th|
|Anna Dingle||27.38/27.18 pb||187th - 71st 56.64%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.13/28.58||205th - 80th|
|Susannah House||29.21/29.00||208th - 81st|
|Narelle McClorey||29.42/29.14||212h - 84th|
|John Atkinson||29.57/29.18||216th - 29th|
|Gowri Sukumar||31.04/30.39||228th - 96th 50.84%|
|Maya Goodwin||31.40/31.17||235th - 100th 51.16% |
|Siobhan OShea||32.06/31.37 (Elvis debut)||237th - 102nd 49.69%|
|Don Bennett||34.02/33.26||248th - 137th 47.36%|
|Alice Barrett||34.10/33.46||250th - 112th 43.73%|
|Katy Taylor||34.35/34.00||254th - 115th 45.83%|
|Susan Bushnell||34.47/34.20||255th - 116th|
|Lisa Yang||35.40/35.04 (Elvis debut)||260th - 120th 42.16%|
|Samia Choudhury||36.14/35.35||262nd - 122nd 41.50%|
|Julie Creffield||37.49/37.18||265th - 123rd|
|Brooke Stephenson||41.49/41.17||271st - 128th|
80 Elr's from 274 finishers.
1st Jennifer Ansell
2nd Paula Bedford
3rd Ellie Wilkinson
1st Vet 40 - Caroline Frith
Ladies team - 1st Jenny, Paula and Ellie.
Elvis team - 1st East London Runners (Jenny, Paula, Ellie and Caroline)
1st Euan Brown
1st Vet 60 - Calvin Bobin
Mens team - 1st Euan, Paul Quinton and Patrick Brown.
Elvis team - 1st East London Runners (Euan, Paul , Patrick , James Wilson, Robert Rayworth and Tim Le Rasle )
Results of the Childrens (main) race of the day attached. Im beginning to think this is fast becoming a thing. I look forward to being overtaken by them in a race very soon. Jokes aside, they were all so well behaved and extremely courteous.
Pos No Time Name
1 382 0:09:45 Ryder
2 373 0:10:32 Aron
3 379 0:10:47 Archie
4 100 0:11:08 Yusaf
5 375 0:11:27 Thomas
6 345 0:11:28 Bilai
7 353 0:11:30 Matilda
8 360 0:11:42 Daniya
9 357 0:11:56 Hannah S
10 366 0:12:00 Soujkayna
11 341 0:12:29 Hafsa
12 367 0:12:44 Sofiya
13 109 0:13:03 Suchit
14 396 0:13:50 Muhammad Amin
15 101 0:14:16 Laila
16 378 0:14:34 Edie
17 368 0:14:36 Shayma
18 386 0:14:44 Raees
19 356 0:14:45 Harriet
20 343 0:15:12 Huda
21 387 0:15:14 Abdurahman
22 397 0:15:25 Ibrahim
23 354 0:15:42 Dexter
24 359 0:15:42 Yaseen
25 355 0:15:53 Erin
26 372 0:15:59 Anika
27 339 0:16:09 Nuha
28 364 0:16:14 Carys
29 337 0:16:17 unknown
30 380 0:16:21 Inaaya
31 336 0:16:32 Evie
32 361 0:16:42 Hannah G
33 371 0:16:45 Magisha
34 374 0:16:46 Emma
35 376 0:16:48 Grace
36 106 0:17:07 Ryan
37 392 0:17:15 Saarah
38 398 0:17:36 Harrison
39 399 0:18:15 Gwyneth
40 365 0:18:24 Ameera
41 377 0:18:38 Erie
42 391 0:18:56 Iman
43 390 0:19:03 Hana
44 340 0:19:07 Luis
45 384 0:19:13 Ayaan
46 104 0:19:23 Fiza
47 385 0:19:37 Eshan
48 108 0:19:43 Nicoli
49 389 0:19:46 Ayesha
50 393 0:19:47 Ridah
51 103 0:19:48 Hafsa M
52 362 0:19:57 Amelia
53 363 0:20:16 Aniyah
54 369 0:20:19 Uways
55 383 0:20:25 Rehan
56 344 0:20:41 Myshu
57 105 0:21:32 Mintasha
58 342 0:21:32 Meheruba
59 388 0:21:33 Aria
60 107 0:22:31 Mia
-- 102 0:27:56 Amelia
Stuart Barton reports: I arrived early at the race on Sunday to check the route for rubbish ECT, I got a couple of great pictures of the sunrise however after a week on holiday I found it rather cold, before long the gang all turned up and a small bit of the park was quickly turned into a race village. many hands do make light work, after saying hi to Gaz Ebo and setting up the first aid tent Paul Anthony Jay Sangha and myself armed with plenty of signs a hammer and a few cable ties went out to mark the route. by the time we returned the camp was full of ELR red. I was still unsure if I was going to run but this is ELVIS and I have missed a few this year because of work so on with my number and off top the start line, I went off a little too fast but soon found my pace, I felt great on the lap and my time was ok, the second lap was a little harder and I started to slow I was getting overtaken a lot. by the tennis courts Lucy Barron started to run with me, I manged to keep up with her for about 1k. The finish line was in sight I was hoping for low 24 and looking at my watch I was on cause for this, i crossed the line with 24:09 on the clock I was very happy with that time, I helped out with kids race and asked Marc Akers if he could get my print of my time while I rode around picking up the last signs, I was over the moon seeing my chip time of 23:59 my fastest 5k in over 3 years. Thanks to all ELR and others who helped set up and organize this great event.
Maya reports: Fastest time this year, I am properly chuffed. However canâ€™t take all the credit. Susannah McLaren set me off on a good pace for the first kilometre and then the lovely Arthur Diaz stayed with me for the next mile. No way was I going to waste their efforts by walking now.
Ok, well. Maybe Iâ€™ll walk at that last up before the turn to the finish. Except... oh yeah, thatâ€™s where Karen Levison is marshalling, no WAY can you walk past her.
So I got on with it and just kept going, seeing Alexandra Elise on the way round reminded me to use her technique of â€˜just 30s more and if itâ€™s not any harder, itâ€™s just hard, stop moaning and get on with itâ€™
You all helped me today. Not forgetting Tommo Thompson telling me â€˜get a move on or a 90 year old on your tail will catch youâ€™ðŸ˜„
I love running with a club, thank you all!
(And now Iâ€™m scoffing the nicest dessert in the ACTUAL ENTIRE WORLD, thank you Rachel and Louis!
Oulton Park Duathlon - Sunday 30th September 2018
|Michael Bamford||1.18.14||157th, 14th(50-54)|
Sprint Duathlon 4.3k run, 21.6k cycle, 4.3k run
17.15, 1.18, 39.44, 1.11, 18.44
Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 30th September 2018
|Scott McMillan||1.24.42 pb||82nd|
|Laura Kemp||1.42.44 pb||883rd|
|Karan Gadhia||1.48.16 pb||1278th|
|Saima Zeb||2.19.41 pb||3297th|
Karan reports:Ealing Half Marathon race report...
Going into this I was feeling good after setting some 10-mile training PBs and regularly attending track and the Wednesday club run.
I started too quickly (as per usual!) but was still feeling confident after conquering the first hill at 3 miles.
Whilst running at the midway point, I bumped into Tricias partner who said, Shouldnt you be at Elvis? to me (yes, I shouldve must check the calendar next time )
Another a couple of inclines later, I started to fade around the 10/11 mile mark, until I passed a large crowd of supporters and a band which motivated me to maintain my pace.
The last km through the park seemed to last an absolute age but I managed to finish strong and cross the finish line with a new half marathon PB of 1:48:16 which Im absolutely over the moon with.
Overall, it was a well organised race with decent support and an undulating course. Despite the fact that its a big event, it still had a nice community feel to it. My only complaint is that it clashes with Elvis!
I hadnt run more than 8km before the start of 2018 so Im really proud to have 3 half marathons under my belt and to get faster with each one this year!
Its safe to say that joining ELR was probably one of the best decisions Ive ever made. I joined in March after doing my first half (Cambridge Half) in 1:53:53 and since then Ive set two new HM PBs with 1:50:36 at Hackney and 1:48:16 today! More importantly though, Ive met loads of awesome people and made some good friends that I wouldnt have met otherwise
Well done to everyone at Elvis today! It looked like a fantastic race and Im gutted to miss it. Hope to make it next year!
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 29th September 2018
|Andrew Howard||23.58 debut||19th - 65.23% Hogmoor Inclosure|
|Jakub Czeczotka||21.50 debut||14th - 61.15% South Norwood|
|Lawrence Foster||22.59 (course pb)||20th - 66.86% Gloucester North|
|Jason Levy||26.36 (course pb)||43rd - 54.14% Thornbury|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.08 debut||12th - 65.06% Clare Castle|
|Fiona Critchley||24.21 (1st lady& cpb)||19th - 70.57% Clare Castle|
|Katherine Harris||25.50 debut||64th - 58.58% Grovelands|
|Andy Kumar||37.01||111th - 35.25% Roding Valley|
|Dan Senior||19.14||15th - 72.01% Shrewsbury|
|Martin Quinlan||25.39||130th - 55.69% Southwark|
|Simon Thomas||18.54||2nd - 69.40% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||27.29||101st - 54.52% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||45.58||267th - 32.63% Valentines|
|Chris Green||21.37 debut||67th - 63.15% Mile End|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.34||85th - 58.42% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||25.05 debut plus 850m.||20th - 51.83% Beckton|
|Terry Lewsey||20.46||8th - 66.21% Thurrock|
|Susan Bushnell||36.37||73rd - 53.76% Thurrock|
|Paula Bedford||22.08||88th - 71.08% Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.34||144th - 61.60% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.48||153rd - 59.68% Hackney|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||24.49||154th - 59.64% Hackney|
|Mark Moir||19.44||3rd - 65.37% Barking|
|Patrick Brown||17.56||2nd - 72.77% Walthamstow|
|Ford Cadiogan||25.51 pb||59th - 54.42% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.58||84th - 52.19% Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||21.38||36th - 64.02% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||22.29||41st - 62.12% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.25||59th - 60.07% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.45||78th - 70.37% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.57||82nd - 64.93% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.23||132nd - 70.85% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||31.20||188th - 44.89% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.24||190th - 50.58% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.25||191st - 48.12% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.33||192nd - 57.37% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||31.45||193rd - 51.02% Wanstead|
|Katy Taylor||37.46||232nd - 41.66% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||38.06||236th - 43.48% Wanstead|
Go Tri Duathlon 74, QEOP Velopark - Tuesday 25th September 2018
|Michael Bamford||58.13||4th sprint|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.09.33||15th sprint|
|Jayne Browne||38.14||3rd supersprint|
|Karan Gadhia||38.19||4th supersprint|
Sprint 2 mile run/10 mile bike/2 mile run
Michael - 13.37/ 30.29/ 14.07 = 58.13
Rachel - 16.42/ 36.06/16.43 = 1.09.33
Supersprint 1 mile run/5 mile bike/1 mile run
Jayne - 8.55/ 20.51/ 8.27 = 38.14
Karan - 8.14/ 22.15 /7.49 = 38.19
Don - 10.59 / 23.45/ twisted ankle.dnf
Ragnar White Cliffs relay - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018
|Jacob Stevens||3 legs|
Jacob Stevens: Here's my race report for the Ragnar White Cliffs relay, 22-23 September 2018 (my first report for ELR; hope it's not too long).
The event was a 174-mile 10-person overnight relay from Sittingbourne, around the Kent and Sussex coast to Brighton. I organised a team last year and it was great fun, so this time we had enough interest for two teams, made up of colleagues, friends and relatives (including my brother and 17-year-old son).
The format of the race is simple but very well thought-out. The course is split into 30 legs, so each runner does 3, spaced equally apart: e.g. runner 2 does legs 2, 12 and 22. The stages vary in difficulty, so it's a great event for mixed-ability teams: we had some runners capable of a sub-38min 10K and others that had only started running this year. The legs are short enough that there's not much hanging around, but teams are split into two minibuses, so e.g. after leg 5 the first five runners can have a few hours rest before starting again at leg 11. We had a runner pull out due to injury, so I ended up doing double legs.
After a lot of preparation - allocating legs to make the two teams evenly-matched while taking people's preferences into account, hiring minibuses, sorting out head torches and reflective vests, as well as a few pre-race run/pub sessions - we were on our way to the start. The race started at noon, although being in the second car I went straight to Margate, the start of leg 6. Everything was going to plan... except for the weather. In contrast to the lovely sun we had last time (and most of this summer), this weekend gave us cold dreary rain. Anyway, runner 5 was soon at Margate and it was over to the four of us in the second car of team "Pork Bellies" (a reference to the fact that many of us work in commodity markets): my brother Martin (runner 6) went off and the rest of us jumped into the minibus to get to the next changeover point. On the shorter legs you don't have time to hang around, as you need to find parking and get the next runner ready. Navigation skills are also important: the other team ("Lean Hogs") drove to the wrong place and had their runner waiting 5 minutes for someone to hand the baton to. It was soon my turn to run: legs 8 and 9 around the streets of Broadstairs then along the seafront to Ramsgate docks (13km). Apart from getting completely soaked, it was a good run: I wasn't tired yet, so managed a decent pace.
Lean Hogs were ahead at Margate, but we overtook them a bit later, and by the time we reached Sandwich - at which point everyone had completed one leg - we were 8 minutes ahead. The baton was handed back to the runners in the other car, so we drove to Folkestone and had a nice pizza dinner with runners 6-10 of the other team. We were soon off again from the Folkestone changeover (where they'd put on a bit of a show with a DJ and disco lights), but had fallen behind the other team again. My next run at 1am from Dymchurch to Lydd across the flat expanse of Dungeness (thankfully on a paved road rather than the surrounding shingle) was a surreal experience: nothing to see for miles apart from the stretch of deserted road ahead in my torchlight, the occasional other runner, and the lights of Dungeness nuclear power station in the distance. The rain had stopped by then, and it was really quite pleasant, although I was feeling pretty tired by the end of the 19km run. We were still behind, but then my son Michael overtook the other team on leg 20 to Camber.
Now, Camber exchange point was supposed to have a dedicated sleeping area. However, this turned out to be a small marquee with a damp floor and hardly any free space. So we decided to sleep in the minibus, but with less than 3 hours before we had to get going again and all the other cars coming and going, it could hardly be described as a good night's sleep! Bleary-eyed we drove on to Eastbourne, through some familiar places (Martin and I grew up near Rye), ready for our final set of runs.
The last five legs were a challenge. By the time Martin started with a lap of the track at Eastbourne Sports Park - the organisers managed to fit in quite a few little things like this to add interest - Lean Hogs were in the lead again, by 51 minutes, which we thought was insurmountable. But we pushed on, up Beachy Head - Martin's efforts gaining us sufficient ground to give us hope again - and then along the cliff. The weather had now turned very bad: driving wind (against us of course) and rain that felt like hailstones; if we'd been any later we would've had to skip some legs as they closed part of the route for safety. My last run (legs 28 & 29, 18km) was from Birling Gap, up and down the slippery grass of the Seven Sisters hills, and then along a mix of roads, seafront and paths to Newhaven. The hilly start was tough, but I was expecting that; I was not, however, prepared mentally for the second half from Seaford to Newhaven. Since that section was dead flat, I was expecting it to be easy, but having run 40km in the prior 20 hours with only a couple of hours sleep, it was far from it. The rain had stopped, but the wind was still blowing strongly from the west, and every little undulation in the path felt like a major obstacle. Michael had shouted "only 2 minutes behind" at Seaford, but the other team had a strong runner on leg 29 (who wasn't doing double legs!) so I knew I had to keep pushing to avoid losing too much ground. Anyway, I got to Newhaven without slowing down too much - but we were now 6 minutes behind the other team. It was now over to Michael for the final leg. Who'd have thought that, after nearly 170 miles, the two teams would still be so close?
We all met up at Brighton, and gathered just before the finish line to wait for runner 10 to arrive. Michael came in first - having overtaken the other team's runner a few miles into the leg - and we all ran the last hundred metres together, with our team Pork Bellies finishing the race in 25 hours 8 minutes. Lean Hogs came in 9 minutes later, and then we all got our medals and had a well-earned beer and pizza. Still waiting for the official results to be published so we can see where our teams came in the placings.
It was a great team event - everyone really enjoyed it, despite the weather. The format works really well - there's enough going on that it doesn't get boring at all (if you're not running, you'll be driving, navigating, eating or working out when the next runner is due to arrive) - the coastal route is stunning (even in the rain), and everything is well-organised (signposting etc.). I strongly recommend it, and I'm sure I'll be putting together a team or three again next year. Now to convince people to try out the new Ragnar relays in Germany or Sweden...
Absolute Moscow Marathon - Sunday 23rd September 2018
10km - 42.27, half marathon - 1.27.35, 30km - 2.06.23
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon - Sunday 23rd September 2018
Arthur reports:Ive done it! Finally got my first Marathon in the bag and it couldnt have happenned at a better place than in Loch Ness in Scotland.
All that training and support from East London Runners have truly paid off. Thanks everyone for your tips, encouragement and friendship.
In the back of my mind I wished I could have done it faster (so I can write a brighter race report) but thought at mile 18-19, when the tough really got going and the legs no longer wants to move, that this one is for me and the only way I could recover is to dig deep. That is the time I realised what dig deep truly means (to me). Clunched fists so hard as if like drawing blood out of your skin, stop crying eventhough you cant help it cause your at the bottom, keep saying cmon cmon to yourself until you start moving again.
That next mile was my fastest and is probably the most memorable experience of whole marathon, along with the rain that starts falling in buckets (and I dont even like running in the rain) as you passed by other runners. Just like in the movies ðŸ˜‚
The last 3 miles as we head into Inverness, I kept saying to myself its only another park run! And although I was really in pain and exhausted, the cheering from the crowd calling the name on my ELR shirt "Go Arthur, C,mon Arthur" has made that last mile to the finish line feeling as if I won the marathon and hence the smiling.
Wow! If it wasnt for all the pain, I could do that all over again. But maybe until after I recovered first.
Next challenge Beachy Head Marathon in 5 weeks. Better start training...!
Hever Castle Triathlon Series - Olympic (The Hever) - Sunday 23rd September 2018
1500m swim, t1, 40k cyle, t2, 10.5k run
Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd September 2018
Silver: somewhere in the middle.
I havent been able to even run parkrun without stopping recently. Back in June my lovely cousin was looking to transfer her place in this race. I love Brizzle, I snatched it up thinking it would motivate me. Hmmmm. I refer you up to my opening sentence.
Anyway. My other cousins also live in Bristol, meaning I had a bed just ten mins walk from the start. Amazing. Ceri walked me down and I wriggled in the Pink Pen. (Pink = slowest, obvs). Only a few mins to wait and were off. My plan was slow and steady, not to stress and keep 11.30 min miles if I could.
Out of town and along the river under Clifton Suspension Bridge. A long out and back of 7 miles in total. Love an out and back. I spotted Serpentine and Vicky Park and cheered them. But I was getting nervous. I was comfortably running down and could see the runners on the other side going uphill. I planned where I would walk and have my gel at four miles where it looked like the up started. 4 miles was how far Id managed to run at Hackney Half before walking.
Round and back. Im waiting for the Up. No Up. Actually... Down!! Huh? So I was running up when I thought it was a down?! Optically challenging, and gave me such a boost to know Id been running up! No walking for me. Just get to 10k Maya, if you can get to 10k without walking, that would be amazing.
I got to 10k. Feeling good. It was SO pretty. The cliffs and the gorge were just spectacular. I decided that I wouldnt walk till 8 miles. Thats where my cousins would be cheering. And I did!! I am SO FLIPPING chuffed that I ran 8 miles without walking. Im a nightmare for a walk. Anyway I stopped for a minute to chat to them and then ran on.
Well, it was a lot more run walk from then on, but I kept under 12 min miles. The first 8 had all been under 11s so I knew I had some to spare. And this is where I think I need to work on my race technique! At 10 miles, I worked out that if I pushed myself, and walked less, I might just get a PB! (Under 2:24) Flipping heck. OR, I could be really chuffed with how Id gone so far and come in comfortably with a Gold.
Ill let you guess which I did
Im not at all sorry though, thats the fastest Ive been since 2016. Im so pleased. 2:27:20. Thank you so much to Simone for the place and to Ceri and Christian for being fabulous hosts. I love everyone today.
Equinox24 - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018
|Kasia Stachowiak||10 x 10k laps||263rd of 779. |
Kasia ran with Wesley Smith in a pair team coming 21st of 73 pair teams and 263rd of 779 teams and solo's.
lap/time of race/time/time of day/runner/team pos/team of 2 pos.
Lap 1-01:00:07-01:00:07-13:00:44-kasia Stachowiak-262-34
Night Phoenix - 6 hours. - Saturday 22nd September 2018
|Craig Livermore||5.06.48||1st, 32.8 miles|
|Aaron Browne||1.27.27||1st, 13.1 miles|
Craig reports: Hi everyone, thought Id post up a race report before the start of the new week, so here we go.
Travelling up to Walton-on-Thames was by far the least stressful experiences I've had, everything just ran like clockwork. I did however take a wrong turn to the B&B, but we still made it there before 1pm. Just some last minute sorting out, and then headed off to Waterside Drive, a walk of 2.4 miles away, but got to the venue with 1 hour to spare. Eventually, number collected, announcements made, we were making our way down with the organisers to the start line.
It had been raining for some time, and even as I was waiting for the start with the rest of the competitors, it wasnt showing any sign of relenting. And thus at 15:30 the journey into the unknown commenced. I must admit, setting off at 8:40 pace wasn't what I had in mind, but I wanted some clear air to pace myself, and anyone who was quicker I'd just simply let pass. From mile 2 I was able to find my rhythm, and from there I didnt look back. Aaron by this point was long gone into the distance, as he was doing the Half Marathon distance. I was almost lapped by him, as he came in a 1:27 as I was to later find out when Id finished.
Slowly but surely the laps were getting ticked off, and my pace showed no sign of diminishing. I mean sure I slowed down a tad, but there was a pace drop off that I had expected, it was just a case of when. By lap 6 (and into the darkness) I started clawing into the deficit of the people who started much quicker than I, and slowly and surely I passed them one by one. Not only that, the puddles were growing wider and deeper, the path ever more slippery, but nonetheless I ploughed on and dug deep. Eventually by lap 8 I caught the only other person who was on the same lap as me, when I pulled alongside him we had a brief chat, Rob was talking to me about how he's got this 50 mile ultra in a months time, so was using this as a gauge of his own efforts. We parted ways soon after that, lap 9 beckoned, and I was steadying the ship in. All I had been using for the race was gels and a bottle and a bit of lucozade sport.
The end was almost in sight, "this next one is the final lap" is what I said to myself, followed by "50k is now a forgone conclusion", my thoughts instead turned to how much of a gap I could pull out on Rob, and what time I'd finish in. As I was walking past the start finish area, and back into the pitch black, I had the idea that finishing in 5:10 for 32.8 miles was very realistic, even with the walk running I was doing, I could afford a bit of time loss. By the time I knew it, the last mile was on my watch and in my mind. So what do you do? Finish in the only way I know how...strong. I picked up my legs and for the last mile squeezed out every last fibre of my being, and it accumulated almost into the pace I started off near.
My good friend Rob finished 6 minutes off of me in the end, on the same lap no less, with the nearest contender to us a further lap behind, and the rest were left in the dust. Everyone did an amazing job in those conditions, and many thanks to my comrade and brother in arms for being by my side until the bitter end.
Not only have I secured a PB Distance wise by 3.3 miles (29.5 in 2016), but smashed my time as well in 5:06:48 (5:37 in 2016), pace wise too at 9:21 per mile (11:21 per mile), and the 50k was completed in around 4:49.
To top the weekend off nicely...and finally confirmed this morning...me and Aaron claimed a two wins for ELR, one in the Half, and the other in the over all. That means I finished in the top 1.4% of runners, something that I'll treasure for the rest of my life, and marks a fine end to my 2018 season. Yeah, its game over for now, but Ill be back again, ready for the next challenge. The phoenix that arose from the ash at the begining of the year, it's only now that the flames can be extinguished, until the next uprising.
Many thanks to everyone for their words of support over the weekend, you've been amazing, and I well and truly mean that. Until next time, see you all soon!!!
Hever Castle Triathlon Series - Sprint Plus (Henry VIII) - Saturday 22nd September 2018
|Robyn Turtle||3.02.03||252nd, 36th lady|
800M SWIM, T1, 40K CYCLE, T2, 8K RUN
20.22, 2.48, 1.41.22, 2.40, 1.00.11
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd September 2018
|Shaun DeSena||31.33* (course debut)||183rd - 41.10% Dishley,Loughborough|
|Fiona Day||26.55* (course debut)||173rd - 72.07% Harrogate|
|Andrew Howard||22.41* (course debut)||35th - 68.92% Great Denham|
|Morag Campbell||33.58 (course debut)||291st - 47.69% Gorleston Cliffs|
|Marc Akers||24.15||31st - 58.49% Gunpowder|
|John Booth||17.44||8th - 75.85% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||19.54||4th - 64.82% Barking|
|James Nichols||22.02||74th - 59.53% Chelmsford Central|
|Martin Quinlan||26.49||165th - 53.26% Peckham Rye|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||27.45||105th - 58.98% Hockley Woods|
|Shailesh Patel||20.56||33rd - 71.58% Leicester Victoria|
|Euan Brown||15.37 (1st)||1st - 82.60% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.34||111th - 62.80% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.46||177th - 57.47% Hackney|
|David Baldwin||21.07 (49th parkrun)||9th - 63.22% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.14 (1st lady)||12th - 72.45% Roding Valley|
|Nick Hoult||21.33 (course debut)||17th - 65.27% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.35||24th - 58.38% Roding Valley|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.51 (course debut)||34th - 58.98% Roding Valley|
|Kat Maskell||24.55 (course debut)||44th - 60.74% Roding Valley|
|Catriona Hoult||28.01 (course debut)||69th - 55.74% Roding Valley|
|Mark Boulton||17.19 (1st)||1st - 75.75% Walthamstow|
|Patrick Brown||17.44||3rd - 73.59% Walthamstow|
|Andy Kumar||18.26 (course pb)||5th - 70.80% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||21.39 (50th parkrun)||18th - 63.97% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.02||42nd - 60.39% Walthamstow|
|Shahib Miah Ali||27.03 (debut buggy & 2 kids)||66th - 48.06% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||32.41 (with Ella)||104th - 43.04% Walthamstow|
|Samia Choudhury||38.07 (course debut) ||123rd - 38.83% Walthamstow|
|Simon Thomas||19.08 (course pb)||2nd - 68.55% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||19.55||6th - 72.89% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||22.03 (course pb)||22nd - 71.44% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.42 (200th parkrun)||28th - 67.71% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.09||89th - 55.10% Valentines|
|Alice Barrett||36.06 (course pb)||222nd - 41.00% Valentines|
|Brooke Stephenson||44.12||257th - 33.56% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.33||6th - 74.66% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.36||7th - 75.09% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.14||11th - 76.08% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.14||59th - 63.96% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.18||73rd - 64.03% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.13||83rd - 62.43% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.28||90th - 60.58% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.39||97th - 62.16% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.27||112th - 52.88% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.31||133rd - 61.84% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.43||166th - 58.93% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||35.23||197th - 42.72% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||40.07||211th - 40.80% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||40.09||212th - 39.56% Wanstead|
50 parkruns at 16 venues, 3 first finishers.
10 debuts and 4 course pbs, 50th parkrun for Jamie Xavier,
100th parkrun for Anna Szabadi.
First finishes for Caroline Frith at Roding Valley, Euan Brown at Hackney and
Mark Boulton at Walthamstow.
3 ELR parkrun records for:
Fiona at Harrogate,
Andrew at Great Denham and
Shaun at Dishley,Loughborough.
Run Reigate Half Marathon - Sunday 16th September 2018
Adidas City Run Clapham 10K - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Sharon Lincoln||1.00.43 pb||1737th|
Foxtrot 5 - Sunday 16th September 2018
Simplyhealth Great East Run - Sunday 16th September 2018
Pleshey Half Marathon inc Essex Half Marathon Champs - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Euan Brown||1.13.21 pb||4th|
Congratulations to the county half marathon champions from yesterday at Pleshey:
Men - James Connor (Kent AC) - 1.10.11
Women - Rachel Sweatt (Witham RC) - 1.21.12
V40 Man - Amin Kokai (Ilford AC) - 1.14.23
V50 Man - Stephen Philcox (Ilford AC) - 1.22.26
V60 man - Mark Austin (Witham RC) 1.35.38
V70 man - Chris McDonnell (Dengie 100) - 1.46.40
V35 lady - Liz Davies (Springfield) - 1.23.04
V45 lady - Carinne Jay (Harlow RC) - 1.39.48
V55 lady - Rebecca Pittman (Springfield) - 1.36.40
Mens Team - East London Runners (Euan, Paul & Mark)
Ladies Team - Springfield Striders
Descente London Duathlon - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Carlton DSouza||5.29.09 (ultra distance)||42nd, 1st M55-59|
|Peter Hatley||5.35.21 (ultra distance)||45th|
|Michael Bamford||2.42.14 (standard distance)||214th|
|Graham Peacock||3.21.34 (standard distance)||678th|
Carlton: Run 1 1.32.02 - T1 4.44 - Bike 2.56.34 - T2 4.08 - Run 2- 51.41 (20k/77k/10k)
Peter: Run 1.35.21 /T1 3.09 /Bike 3.03.56 /T2 4.30 /Run 2- 48.25. (20k/77k/10k)
Michael: Run 1 44.30 - T1 1.57 - Bike 1.29.42 - T2 1.44 - Run 2- 24.21 (10k/44k/5k)
Graham: Run 1 51.18 - T1 4.04 - Bike 1.44.17 - T2 3.04 - Run 2- 38.51 (10k/44k/5k)
Running Grand Prix - Goodwood 20M - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Catriona Hoult||3.37.48 debut||91st|
|Nick Hoult||3.37.50 debut||92nd|
|Julie Creffield||3.37.45 (15.6 miles)|
EAM Kassel Marathon - Sunday 16th September 2018
Copenhagen Half Marathon - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Eleanor Wilkinson||1.36.19 pb||2445th|
|Laura Kemp||1.43.40 pb||4546th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||1.45.55 pb||5404th|
|Gemma Foxall||1.47.17 pb||5856th|
|Robyn Turtle||1.57.53 pb||10445th|
Brighton and Hove Triathlon - Sunday 16th September 2018
Olympic distance - Swim 9.57 - T1 3.20 - Bike 1.33.53 - T2 - 1.31 - Run 56.31 (swim reduced to 400m due to choppy sea)
BMW Berlin Marathon - Sunday 16th September 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||2.29.29 pb & club record||95th|
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||3.42.07 pb by 35 mins||1315th (women)|
|Shahib Miah Ali||3.46.44||9715th|
Antonio Martin Romero: Berlin Marathon Report (Sorry! A bit long)
I am still digesting my yesterday's race. After 12 weeks of hard training, the big day arrived. I did a 20-minute warm-up before heading to the start. The idea was to go out at 3:39/km (5:52 per mile) and try to keep that pace as much as I can to achieve a sub 2h35'. The race started and the first two kilometres were at the target pace, which were the slowest ones in my race. After 6 km I managed to find a group, but they slowed down a little bit and I moved to the next one, where I stayed until the 20th kilometre, I began to create a gap and ran on my own, I saw my wife just after the first half marathon, which I passed in 1h16'14" and I told her: "ok", I was running so comfortable, not spending energy and started to think that I might manage to do a sub 2h33'. I started overtaking many runners, and that's one of the best feelings in a marathon, as it helps you to keep you focused and motived with your race because that means they started off so fast and you judged your pace wisely. I ran from the 20th to the 25th kilometres at 3:32/km and thought: "Antonio, you are overcooking it, slow down now, it is still soon. The problem was, I couldn't longer control my legs, they were controlling my body and they made me think that If I slowed down, I would die, so I got carried away and started running by feel. Definitely, all the hard training and the undulating tempo runs were paying off. My pace wasn't marathon pace anymore, it was faster than half-marathon pace, the split from the 25th to 30th km at 3:29/km pace, and from this point, my legs decided to do the next 5K-split at 3:25/km, at nearly my 10K PB pace that I managed just 12 weeks ago. I was talking to myself, "Antonio, what the hell are you doing, mate? Do you think are you going to finish?" I basically had no idea about the time I was running at. I thought maybe it is sub 2h32'..Ok, I am going to slow down, but no, my legs didn't let me run at my initial target pace, so I ran the following 5K at 3:31/km. I started feeling a bit tired after 36 km, all the runners I was overtaking were stopping and walking or just jogging, so that didn't help too much! but my legs and my mind just wanted to keep pushing, I had overtaken probably more than 300-400 runners, I passed the 41st km at 3:29/pace, Ok, I am tired but...WOW, what a feeling when you see the 41st km mark and you think: just 1.2 km to go, 3 laps to the track! I decided to push as much as I can, and with 500m to go, I checked my watch, "WTF! Can I do sub 2h30'???" That made me go faster and finish at 3:21/km pace. 2:29'29", second half at 1:13:15 and 96th overall, Half marathon & marathon PB! I couldn't believe it! I couldn't expect this time even in my best dream. The best case scenario I could expect was 2h32'59". A 7-minute PB in less than 4 months. My dream was to do sub 2h30' one day, maybe in 3 years, and it is done now. Thanks everyone for all the support, now it is time to rest a little bit and get ready for the XC season.
Shahib Ali: Berlin Marathon 2018 - 3.46.44, was a measured performance that
respected the distance and training, 5th fastest for me in marathons and 3/6 majors
in the bag. Hugely memorable weekend, including youngest childs first trip aboard,
mens world record being broken and our own club record decimated by the worthy
Antonio Martin Romero and my first international parkrun. Was a truly international
race with an exercise in geography looking at the vast array of nationalities taking
part in the race. I have to thank the immense support of Tasnia Muller-Choudhury,
Sadia Muller-Choudhury and Mr Shahnoor. Was also awesome to have Jonathan Wooldridge
for company and we all loved his presence. However -
biggest thanks goes to Samia Choudhury - no way these foreign marathons would be
possible without her unwavering support and patience.
No rest for me - another Marathon for me in 49 days...
Zoila Fernandes: Berlin race report (sorry its a long one)
When I finished the London Marathon earlier on this year. I didnt think I would run another marathon, maybe and only maybe I had been lucky enough to get into the London next year. However at the charity stand for the charity I was running for, my partner and I had met another couple from new york. The girl also had the same insulin pump as me (we are both type one diabetics). They convinced us to come and run Berlin with them when we met up a couple of days later Seeing as I also LOVED running London it didnt take much to convince me and meeting up with new friends was also another good excuse.
Seeing as I had gotten into another marathon I thought joining a running club (ELR) would be a wise idea to get some more running done. My training was still very inconsistent not really knowing how to train properly for a marathon. I went out every Wednesday did a few long runs on the weekends including a couple of half marathons. Before I knew it we were on a plane on our way to Berlin and I had been suffering with a bit of an injury so I was really stressing. On top of my injury because of my type one diabetes I had to really plan my nutrition and how I was going to make sure my sugar levels was going to stay on point to make sure I made it round safely. Seeing as I hadnt really trained properly for the Marathon I would have been happy with a 4hr run (17 minutes faster than my London). I went out for the breakfast run on the Saturday to make sure my injury would be ok for Sunday. It felt fine. A good Italian for dinner and a good nights sleep and it was Sunday and I felt ready to race. As a type one diabetic exercise means I have to plan ahead and for every possible problem that could happen as managing my sugar levels during such a long period of exercise can sometimes be really challenging. So I had my salomon water backpack mixed with my carbohydrate drink for a constant feed of a small amount of carbs, I also had lots of energy gels for the quick boosts of sugar and lots of food in case of any serious mishaps. Of course I also had my sugar testing machine which is also the handset for my insulin pump.
I got to my starting block. (the conditions were perfect!) Tested my sugars and they were too low with too much insulin in my system so I had to suspend my insulin deliver for about an hour and a half to make sure they wouldnt drop any further. I resumed after this time to my minimal hourly dose of insulin to prevent my sugars from rising too much and making me ill.
Our wave went off and I was running faster than I was expecting myself to I kept at my carbohydrate drink and had a gel every half an hour or so and made the most of the water stations. I kept at the pace I had started at or at least tried too. There were moments when I slowed down massively due to a drop in my sugar levels so I had a gel in those moments to pick me up. The atmosphere was incredible! So many live bands, random people would cheer you on by your name as it was on your number and there was so much live music which is always great. It really helped keep me motivated!
I kept my head down and continued fuelling and making the most of the water stops. My injury had started to get to me at about the 37km mark (about 23 mile). My partner and support was there jumped out of the crowd and propped me up which help give me that little push for the last 3 miles. By this point my leg had really really started to hurt but I was determined (Im also very stubborn). So I continued to run, but by this point I had slowed down quite a lot. With just a Km to go I started to get a bit emotional. I seem to when Im about to finish a marathon Its because I start never knowing whats going to happen or if Im going to make it all the way round due to my type one sugar control going wrong. Thats all that goes through my head when Im running are my sugars going to get me to the end of 26.2 miles today? I got to the end, had a nice chat with a random guy and got my medal. When I found my partner and he told me I had ran it 3:42:07(35 minutes faster than my last marathon). I was shocked and also very very happy with myself. It was only my second marathon. I didnt ever think I would be able to run a sub 4 as I must be and like to be a little more realistic considering my training was very inconsistent and not great at all He told me I would do it sub 3:45 and I completely disagreed with him. We met up with my friends family and we waited for one of them to finish. When they got to where were waiting we congratulate them on their times and sit sound and have some group photos with everyone. What a great race and what a great place to run a marathon. It a brilliant atmosphere and it was even better to have done it knowing other people running it too from the club and friends who I had made at the London Marathon.
I run to inspire those with health conditions that no matter what you have with good care you can achieve your goals and nothing should get in your way.
I ran for JDRF as my chosen charity to try and find a cure and help advance the technology to help people with type one have better confidence to run and exercise safely
Kew Gardens 10K - Saturday 15th September 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 15th September 2018
|Nick Clarke||19.38||21st - 67.15% - Norwich|
|Shaun DeSena||33.29* (course debut)||33rd - 38.73% - Skatas (Sweden)|
|Dan Gritton||25.36* (course debut)||21st - 55.40% - Nidda (Germany)|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.20* (course debut)||101st - 61.71% - Hasenheide (Germany)|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.20 (course debut)||102nd - 55.71% - Hasenheide (Germany)|
|Samia Choudhury||40.05* (course debut)||489th - 36.92% - Hasenheide (Germany)|
|Andrew Howard||23.18* (course debut)||11th - 67.10% - Foots Cray Meadow|
|James Nichols||19.05* (course pb)||5th - 68.73% - Billericay|
|Richard Guest||22.22*||76th - 63.41% - Frimley Lodge|
|Ashley Faria||20.00||3rd - 72.58% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.22||6th - 70.12% - Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||22.29||18th - 73.24% - Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||23.24||27th - 66.81% - Valentines|
|Maran Raju||23.28||29th - 64.42% - Valentines|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.34 (course pb)||73rd - 57.59% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.48||88th - 51.80% - Valentines|
|Alice Barrett||42.20 (1st parkrun)||251st - 34.96% - Valentines|
|Brooke Stephenson||42.22 (course debut)||252nd - 35.01% - Valentines|
|Lawrence Foster||23.10||16th - 66.33% - Gloucester North|
|John Healy||24.45||138th - 56.84% - Dulwich|
|Thomas Grimes||19.05||7th - 70.48% - Gladstone|
|Mark Moir||19.36||1st - 65.82% - Barking|
|Saima Zeb||28.52||51st - 51.27% - Barking|
|Stephen Swan||24.03 (course debut & 50th parkrun)||44th - 54.05% - Great Notley|
|Stuart Barton||25.04 (course debut)||61st - 57.91% - Great Notley|
|Fiona Critchley||26.05||79th - 65.88% - Great Notley|
|Stuart Kelly||17.27 pb||7th - 75.17% - Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||20.22 pb||54th - 77.25% - Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||21.31||80th - 66.38% - Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||23.00||113th - 67.39% - Hackney|
|Claire Emery||25.07 (course pb)||168th - 65.16% - Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.55||204th - 57.15% - Hackney|
|Neil Gage||20.20||5th - 68.11% - Roding Valley|
|Salvatore Passerini||20.22 (course debut)||6th - 69.64% - Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||21.45||12th - 61.38% - Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.14||13th - 59.30% - Roding Valley|
|Euan Brown||15.55||1st - 81.05% - Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.52||7th - 73.41% - Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||20.40||16th - 62.50% - Wanstead|
|Karen Levison||21.45 (course debut & 1st woman)||27th - 79.00% - Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.11||57th - 58.17% - Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||24.13 (course pb)||59th - 58.09% - Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.37||68th - 62.97% - Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.38||69th - 65.76% - Wanstead|
|Mark Wiltshire||25.39||85th - 51.14% - Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.57||93rd - 67.12% - Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||26.15||96th - 55.30% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.45||105th - 59.94% - Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.17||115th - 71.11% - Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.29||135th - 61.91% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.48||144th - 52.49% - Wanstead|
|Mary OBrien||28.48 (course debut)||145th - 70.37% - Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||28.52||149th - 48.73% - Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.01||152nd - 57.09% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.36||171st - 59.15% - Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||38.55||228th - 35.89% - Wanstead|
|Marc Akers||24.13 (course pb)||45th - 58.57% - Gunpowder|
|Patrick Brown||18.11||3rd - 71.77% - Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||19.39 (course pb)||4th - 74.47% - Walthamstow|
|Gareth Davies||22.01 (course pb)||11th - 66.46% - Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.42||46th - 58.82% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||28.48||73rd - 60.47% - Walthamstow|
|James Creed||23.44||59th - 57.09% - Castle Park|
|Martin Quinlan||27.37||205th - 51.72% - Southwark|
|Liam Dempsey||25.27||47th - 50.95% - Brentwood|
Parkrun results are now on the website. We had 3 first finishers today -
Mark Moir at Barking, and Euan Bilge & Karen Levison at Wanstead Flats.
There were course PBs for Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Stuart Kelly,
Paula Bedford, Claire Emery, Samir Younsi, James Nichols, Marc Akers,
Andrew Baxter & Gareth Davies, a 50th parkrun for HN Steve 'Swany' Swan
and a first parkrun for Alice Barrett.
Best age grade of the day was Euan's 81.05% for his 15.55 at WF.
Geek's corner - our three runners at Great Notley - Steve, Stuart & Fiona
finished at 1 minute & 1 second intervals in 24.03, 25.04 & 26.05.
7 ELR records this week:
James Nichols at Billericay,
Richard Guest at Frimley Lodge,
Andrew Howard at Foots Cray Meadow,
Shaun DeSena at Skatas, Sweden.
Dan Gritton at Nidda, Germany and
Jonathan & Samia at Hasenheide, Germany.
Chase The Sun 10km, Olympic Park - Wednesday 12th September 2018
|Scott McMillan||37.55 pb||11th|
Go Tri Duathlon 73, QEOP Velopark - Tuesday 11th September 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||1.10.00||14th|
Sprint 2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 2 mile run
Michael - 13.45, 30.18, 14.28
Sarah - 16.10, 27.51, 16.10
Paula - 14.03, 32.02, 14.20
Rachel - 16.34, 36.00, 17.25
Karan - 16.36, 44.23, 16.39
Jayne - 18.27, 41.19, 17.58
Julie - 25.50, 44.50, 25.12
Supersprint 1 mile run, 5 mile cycle, 1 mile run
Emily - 7.31, 17.16, 6.46
Susannah - 9.41, 18.38, 9.14
Fiona - 9.06, 21.26, 8.30
Don - 11.05, 23.48, 11.34
Marathon du Medoc - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Carolyn Edwards||6.14.53||3762nd, 1022nd lady|
Caz Edwards: So much fun thanks! I think we managed 21 wine stops
plus some fab food stops like oysters and ice cream! A brilliant experience!
Nuclear Blast & Blackout 2018 - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Joshua Stephens||2.30.05||15km, 43rd of 1654|
|Joshua Stephens||46.45||5km, 223rd of 694.|
Both races on the same day, 5km laps of mud and obstacles.
Once two hours have passed you cant start a new lap.
10am - 3 laps (15km) in 2hr 30mins 5 secs. 43rd out of 1654
Each lap you see the course deteriorating, and turning into a swamp!
You run through the Secret Nuclear Bunker, which is pitch black inside!
Great race, getting back to fitness finally.
7pm - tired legs, so 1 lap (5km) in 46mins 45 secs. Still good enough for 223rd from 694!
The course is exactly the same, but now in darkness...
head torch on as you weave through the forest, zipline into the lake and then back into the Bunker.
Wanted one quick lap then decided to stop before I blew my legs out.
Run both races and you get a bobble hat (my main inspiration)
7.47pm - two bowls of chilli, slice of chocolate cake, cup of tea
Rye Ancient Trails 30km - Sunday 9th September 2018
James Nichols: Rye Ancient Trails 30k (31k in reality) completed in
just over 2 hours 40. Wasn't sure whether to do this but glad I made the effort,
fantastic off road training run across a variety of rural landscapes, dealing
with endless stiles and gates and lots and lots of big hills. Followed by well
deserved free ale at the finish! Loved it, a new event I think which didn't
show and definitely fancy returning next year
Rat Race Coast To Coast - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September 2018
|Anna Dingle||5.10.56||Day 1|
|Anna Dingle||8.10.22, 13.21.18||Day 2|
Warning - this is a long report!
I decided to enter the Rat Race Coast to Coast 2018 Race just about a year ago. I hadnt set myself a big challenge for a few years due to various injuries and health issues but decided it was time to take on something big again. I really liked the sound of this race as its in the wild outdoors and takes you all the way from Nairn on the East Coast of Scotland to Glencoe on the West Coast. I had never been that far up north and I thought it will be a great way to see the Highlands. I am pleased to say that it didnt disappoint. I also decided to ask my best friend, Jo, who lives in Scotland to do it with me. She does a lot of fell racing and tough mudders and is an absolute machine when it comes to racing. She too had recently had injuries so this was a race to put the confidence back into both of us.
I set off from Kings Cross on Thursday morning, putting my bike onto the train and settled myself into 1st class to travel to Berwick station where Jo was picking me up. I figured if I was going to be pushing myself for the next few days, the least I deserved was a bit of luxury! I was already nervous and had been for the last week or so as I had had to send my kit up to Jo in advance. Due to the nature of this race and being in the Highlands you have to have mandatory bits of kit including first aid kit, bivvy bag, head torch, taped seam jacket and trousers and whistle! It was a mission getting everything together. In the end my husband just said chuck it in a box and send it to Jo. Turned out I had more than enough.
Upon getting to Berwick, it was great to see Jo. We were bouncing with excitement and nervousness. That evening we went for a short 5km to turn our legs over and to settle our nerves. We hadnt ever run together but we had spent years as teenagers playing competitive hockey together and it was good to see that team spirit was well and truly still there between us.
Early Friday morning we set off just before 7am for the 3 hour drive to Glencoe where we would park the car to pick it up again on Sunday. Basically, we already knew that we had to make it back to pick the car up! At this point this was where I realised why this was the most expensive but also most organised race I have ever done. We were booked onto the coach transfer to Cawdor castle which is transition point 1 and the registration point. You put your bikes onto a big truck to be delivered to Cawdor and then you get on a coach to travel 3hrs to Cawdor to register. 3hrs later we were at registration. At registration, we had our mandatory kit checked and they wont let you pick up your GPS tracker unless you pass the kit check. Once we had all our numbers we then sorted out kit for day 1. The race starts with a 7 mile run from Nairn to Cawdor Castle which is where you pick up your bike for the 46 mile bike ride which takes you to Fort Augustus. This means that you have to make sure you have all your bike kit loaded onto your bike ready for changing into after the run. I had opted to carry a pannier after training with a rucksack on. Its much easier to carry weight on a bike rather than you and I definitely made the right decision. After about an hour of sorting everything we were ready to get the bus onto Nairn to book into our b&b for the evening. The nerves had by now well and truly kicked in. After a fabulous meal looking over the Moray Firth, we were tucked up in bed by 9pm to get enough sleep for our 8:30am start.
Saturday morning I woke up at 4am. The nerves had got the better of me. I was able to sleep a bit more. We had breakfast and by 7:45 we were walking down Nairn high street to the start line by the sea front. 8:30 came, a quick good luck and hug to each other and we were off. We had promised each other we would stay together but I knew that Jo is a much faster runner than me - like Ellie and Jennifers pace when fully fit - and her injured pace was fast too! We started near the front and that wasnt great for me and I went off too fast. At 2 miles I shouted to Jo just to go and she said she would wait in transition as we knew we were evenly matched on the bike. It worked perfectly as I could get my confidence back and go at my own pace. The run took us all along through the woods next to the Cawdor river and it was simply gorgeous. I also quickly came to realise how much camaraderie there is in this race with everyone looking out for each other. I came in a couple of mins behind Jo and in this length of challenge it didnt matter. A quick change of shoes and socks and loo stop and we were off out on the bikes.
After a mile I realised I hadnt put my gloves on and the wind chill was cool. Dingle error - you arent doing a tri today where I never bother with gloves. Turned out we needed more on and we both stuck the arm warmers on. It may have been sunny but this was Scotland - still cold and windy. The cycle was a series of climbs with not much down. At 10 miles my legs were cold and cramping so I put my leg warmers on. It did the trick. However, in my excitement and nervousness that we were actually doing this thing, I forgot to fuel properly. I famously, as cyclists call it, bonked! We stopped and I stuffed bananas and pancakes into me, took some pics and got my shit together and I told myself I could do this thing. I got back in the saddle, put my head down, and got on with the job! It worked and I attacked every hill without a problem. The 1st day cycle takes you through the most amazing scenery which culminates with a 2 mile climb that finishes looking over Loch Ness. The view is amazing and worth every pedal revolution. We were blessed with amazing weather too. After that you descend into Fort Augustus which is just the best thing ever. Top speed of 35mph with everyone whooping and laughing, all knowing that we have made it to transition 2 and your overnight stop.
We racked our bikes and went off for our optional kayak on Loch Ness which was glorious in the sunshine. At Loch Ness you have the option to camp or book a hotel. We had gone for the luxury option as we decided we were too old to camp! It was a good decision as the weather swiftly changed and resumed usual Highland weather of wind and rain. That said it was a great festival atmosphere at Fort Augustus with everyone having fun. Beers to be drunk and several food outlets. After soaking the atmosphere up for a couple of hrs and sorting out our kit for the next day, we picked up our bags and went to our hotel to relax.
Sunday morning brought more wind and rain. We would be dealing with true Highland conditions for the rest of the day for the 31 mile cycle up the Caledonian canal and 14 mile trek run along the West Highland way. We set off from T2 at 7:45. This bike ride didnt disappoint. Following the canal was amazing with all the different locks and low cloud hanging over it. We then went into the woods and off road for 20 miles or so. This was the best bit of the ride for me. I absolutely loved it on my adventure bike. Challenging hills, mud and just general fun on the bike. I was disappointed when we got back on the road. To this point we had been fairly lucky with the weather but as we got nearer to T3 at Fort William, the weather closed in. Howling wind and torrential rain in the hills just before and into Fort William. We were wet and getting cold and the changeover couldnt come quick enough.
At T3, they time you out for 30 mins while you put your bike onto another truck to be returned to Glencoe, get changed into your running stuff and trail shoes and get some food on board and to fill your camelpak up. Soon we were ready to go. At this point , Jo was like a gazelle running off into the distance. She shouted to me that she would see me at the kayak for the finish. I shouted back that she would do no such thing and that I would see her at the finish line. We were so far up in the cycle that she had a chance of being first woman and knowing that she could run like the wind, I wasnt going to hold her up. Also it took the pressure off me and I could adopt my walk run strategy. With over 2000 ft to climb, I already knew there were hills I wasnt running.
The run takes you to the base of Glen Nevis and basically up from there. The first 4 miles are up and up! Most people trek it. I ran as much as I could but also decided I wanted to enjoy the amazing scenery too. It didnt disappoint and neither did the weather. At 4 miles I had taken off my jacket as the sun was shining. At 6 miles I was fully togged back up with jacket and hood up as the rain and wind came rushing in and blew us to bits for another 6 miles. I ran the downs and trekked the ups. The ground was rocky and I lost count of how many streams I waded through. At 12 miles I told myself just keep putting one foot in front of the other. We saw a Marshall who told us we had been diverted onto the bad weather route as there was a river that had risen too high to get through. At this point, though, he still thought we would get to kayak. I also worried that Jo would be waiting for me in the cold so I hoped she had done as I told her and to finish without me.
Finally, the descent to Glencoe arrived. I was with a small group and we all whooped and cheered as we were near the end. Turned out our cheers were premature. The path down was some of the most difficult of the trail. Rocky and slippy and you had to be careful with your tiredness not to fall. Eventually we made it to the road in a trot to what we thought would be the last element - the kayak across Loch Leven to the Isles of Glencoe Hotel. Sadly they had to cancel it as it was too windy and an earlier competitor had capsized. I text Jo to find out she had run the whole 14 miles and finished 2nd lady and 6th overall! I was so chuffed for her. I was an hour behind her and was really pleased too. I had just taken myself 105 miles across Scotland under my own steam.
The evening in the hotel was fantastic with everyone talking about their tales of the 2 days. We met so many wonderful people from all over the world who come to do this iconic race. All challenging themselves to push themselves hard and to see some amazing countryside and to be at one with nature.
And would I do it again? Yes I would. Rat race were brilliantly organised and it was worth every penny. Challenging yourself against the elements was a brilliant thing to do and to share the experience with a close friend made it all the more special.
Ironman Wales - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Jimmy Dale||15.24.11||1744th of 2206.|
2.4 mile swim, T1, 112 Mile cycle, T2, 26.2 Marathon
1.23.08, 6.04, 8.40.39, 10.46, 5.03.36 = 15.24.11
Jimmy Dale: Thanks so much guys. Will write a proper report tomorrow but the brief
report is massively surprised myself with the swim, the bike was brutal of consisted of what
felt like a constant stream of uphills with no downhills to counter, surprised with the run
though lap 3 felt helish. Needless to say, chuffed with my time and chuffed to be an Ironman!
Thanks so much everyone for all the support and for all those who have sponsored me, I really
appreciate it. Off to bed now as the huge quantities of caffeine I have taken are wearing off fast!
Jimmy Dale:-Ironman Wales race report (its a long one, apologies!)
It feels like years ago that I signed up for Ironman and started embarking on the mountain of training required to get me through the race. Anyway, time soon slipped away and Friday I found myself in a car heading to Tenby in Wales, full of a mixture of nerves and excitement.
Saturday is almost fully given over to checking all your stuff in. There was a mandatory race briefing in the morning where for an hour we listened to the endless list of rules and guidelines. It was slightly comforting to hear that of the 2400 people competing, for 1100 this was their first Ironman too. Interestingly they also noted that this was the highest female field the event had ever seen with 11% of the competitors.
Oddly, Friday and Saturday brought with them there own form of stress with endless self doubt as I packed up and then subsequently checked in my gear, each time convinced Id forgotten something!
Saturday night I headed to bed early and proceeded to spend most of the night tossing and turning. 4.30am came soon enough and I was dropped down to Tenby by Sarah (who deserved a medal just for putting up with me for the last year!) After checking in the final few extra bits, we were lined up on the high street and walked down to the seafront. There was a real feeling of electricity in the air with first timers around me nervously asking questions of veteran Ironman standing nearby. Once down on the beach, the Welsh national anthem was sung, which with the acoustics of Tenby Bay, was breathtaking. Then we were off.
The Swim (2.4mi/3.8km)
One of my many concerns before was that we were unable to get in the water before. This results in going from relatively warm to relatively cold very quickly, resulting in my breathing being all over the place. However with no time to think, I waded in and dived under at the first opportunity. Despite a slight shock I managed to get my breathing under control quite quickly and got on the heals of a slightly faster group. I came out the first lap, up onto the beach and into a wall of noise. Trying not to lose pace I ran round and dived straight back in. The second lap felt slower but coming out, I looked at my watch and was amazed to see a time of 1:22, around 15 mins faster than Id predicted. I grabbed my bag from the rack, shoes on and started the 1km uphill run to T1. The crowd was incredible, just a wall of noise, cheering you on. Into to T1 and onto the bike.
The Bike (111mi/180km)
Wales Ironman is famed for its bike course and not because its flat! I consisted of a long out and back along the south coast, followed by two laps of the Pembrokeshire hills. The last few races Ive had issues with my bike and so was perhaps unduly concerned about something mechanical going wrong. Turns out I prob should have been more worried about the hills! They never ended! There was a 6.5 mile stretch you did twice that was just constantly uphill! One tip everyone had given me was eat, eat, eat and so I happily chomped my way through 5 sorren bars, 6 squares, 8 gels and 6 bananas trying to ensure I had enough fuel to see me round. As a life tip, I would not recommend this as a diet as my stomach started complaining at about mile 70! Id originally aimed to average 15.5mph but was slowly watching the hills take their toll with my average dropping to the low 14s. Then on one of the final big hills, famed for its 16 degree gradient, I heard an almighty ping and looked back to see one of the spokes on the back wheel had snapped and wrapped round my rear derailleur. Thankfully a spectator nearby grabbed me before I fell off and helped sort the problem although my gears didnt properly work from then on. As brutal as the hills were, the support was incredible! You genuinely felt like you were on the Tour de France! Coming back into Tenby I could see people already on the marathon, knowing I had another 40 miles to go on the second loop! The second lap seemed to take forever! Everything hurt, the bike was making noises and to finish it off, the wind picked up and you were riding onto a head wind for about 20 miles! Still, the miles kept ticking down and a small group of us, highly aware of the 10.5 hour cut off time, motivated each other round, all assuring ourselves we would never do an Ironman again and would be throwing our bikes away as soon as this was done! Finally we made it back in with 20 mins to spare. Ive never been so pleased to get off a bike! I popped some painkillers in T2 and set off for the run
The run (26.2m/44km)
Id heard stories about the run. 4x6.5mile loops, all either uphill or downhill, no flats. It didnt disappoint! However, annoyed that Id been slower on the bike than I thought (over an hour slower), my aim was to make it up on the run. I set off at a steady pace, stopping at each feed station to take on whatever I could lay my hands on; water, energy bars, gels, bananas, crisps, red bull (you know somethings happened when theyre downing red bull in a race!)
Mile 3 and I was feeling good and at the top of the main hill. Turning round I picked the speed up and found myself doing a 9.14 then 8.33 then 9.26 min mile! Im flying I thought! What I had not factored was at mile 6 you turn back round and run back up the hill! My watch died at mile 14 and so from then on I had the rely on asking spectators for the time and doing internal maths (not great at the best of times!)
Lap 3 I started to feel it and walked about 2.5 of the 6 miles. At the top of the hill you collected a coloured wristband and it was an emotional rollercoaster watching people coming down on their final lap vs overtaking people who had only just finished their first lap! Each lap ended with having to run straight past the finish line, where you could hear the announcer calling people across the line. One more lap to go, then that me I remember thinking and determined to run the final lap. The run is all a bit blurry but I remember coming back into Tenby, everything hurting, knowing Id made the cut off time and just willing the red carpet. Then I was there, on that famous finish line, walls of spectators, blinding lights and over the tannoy cane the words
Jimmy Dale, you are an Ironman
I have never been so happy to finish anything and no words can sum up the pride I feel. This was a mammoth challenge which I am so pleased I did but I think am safe to say will not be repeating any time soon!
I just wanted to give a massive shout out to everyone whos supported me in this, training with me, cheering me on, offering advice, lending me gear (Louis, I am forever indebted to you) and to everyone who sponsored me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Now to rest up for 3 weeks until Chicago marathon
Mersea Island Triathlon - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Terry Lewsey||1.21.17||28th/100, 9th V40|
|Terry Lewsey||1.21.17||28th/100, 9th V40|
|Terry Lewsey||1.21.17||28th/100, 9th V40|
Woburn Abbey Triathlon (sprint) - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Caroline Frith||1.37.11||191st of 434, 5th age group.|
750m swim, T1 , 20km cycle, T2, 5km run
14.12, 3.34, 54.03, 1.23, 23.57 = 1.37.11
A September triathlon a year in the planning - the result of a friend of over 30 years cornering me at her 40th birthday party last year (after a few glasses of prosecco) and asking me if Id do a triathlon with her. So thats how we ended up in Woburn today for her 1st and my 4th triathlon.
We chose a sprint distance which was definitely long enough at the end of the 6 wk school holidays that allowed very little time for training (ie no swimming or cycling- I was hoping my running fitness would let me wing it)
I was really not looking forward to it to be honest, definitely not in the mood. However these events always have a way to get you in the zone with the atmosphere in the race village- music blaring, lots of other nervous competitors and the backdrop of beautiful Woburn Abbey started to lift my spirits.
The water temperature was 15.4C which sounded horrendous but actually I never felt cold. The swim went far better than I expected, and amazingly was my favourite leg. It went really fast, ploughing through a dense bed of reeds(!), not much visibility but before I knew it I was in transition.
The bike leg was my least favourite- it was really windy, very hilly and quite narrow in parts. I do not have a very good bike, I still havent learnt to clip in despite repeatedly telling myself I will learn, and I havent ridden 20km in one go in 2 years so all my own fault really.
Enjoyed the run, very scenic and I got the satisfaction of overtaking everyone after they had all overtaken me on the bike.
Our families provided much appreciated support, and all in all Im very glad I did it - its definitely good to be kicked out of my comfort zone every now and then. If anyones dithering about whether to take the plunge and do one - go for it!
Simplyhealth Great North Run - Sunday 9th September 2018
Colchester Zoo Stampede Half Marathon - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Stephen Swan||1.56.32 pb|
Welwyn Half Marathon - Sunday 9th September 2018
Harlow 10m - Sunday 9th September 2018
|Calvin Bobin||1.12.00 pb||44th, 1st V60|
Rough Runner, Finsbury Park 7.5km - Sunday 9th September 2018
Vitruvian National Middle Distance Triathlon - Saturday 8th September 2018
|Ava Lee||4.53.40||160th, 3rd W40 - 44|
1900m swim, t1, 84,000m cycle, t2 ,20km run,
Ava - 35.10, 2.49, 2.44.30, 1.38, 1.29.33 = 4.53.40
Danny - 44.18, 4.57, 2.44.57, 1.56, 1.27.10 = 5.02.58
Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 8th September 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 8th September 2018
|Laura Kemp||24.54* debut||67th - 59.44% Graves|
|Katherine Harris||23.21* debut||25th - 64.81% Evesham|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.03 debut||13th - 61.76% Pymmes|
|Samia Choudhury||43.02 debut||110th - 34.39% Pymmes|
|Stephen Swan||23.34 debut||136th - 55.16% Cambridge|
|Stuart Barton||24.14 debut||155th - 59.90% Cambridge|
|Terry Lewsey||20.03 debut||7th - 68.58% Barking|
|Shaun DeSena||30.49 debut||61st - 42.08% Barking|
|Susan Bushnell||33.33 debut||72nd - 58.67% Barking|
|Thomas Grimes||19.13||4th - 69.99% Gladstone|
|Martin Quinlan||27.58||157th - 51.07% Hilly Fields|
|John Booth||17.29||4th - 76.93% Victoria Dock|
|Fiona Critchley||24.25||22nd - 70.38% South Woodham Ferrers|
|Mark Moir||20.15||14th - 60.71% Sunderland|
|Andy Kumar||19.07||5th - 68.27% Roding Valley|
|Andrew Baxter||19.29 debut||7th - 75.11% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.54||20th - 60.20% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||23.52 (1st lady)||35th - 62.01% Roding Valley|
|Liam Dempsey||32.37||125th - 40.17% Roding Valley|
|Euan Brown||15.29||1st - 83.32% Hackney|
|Paul Quinton||16.44||3rd - 80.38% Hackney|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.18||77th - 67.04% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||26.40||179th - 52.75% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.46||190th - 55.40% Hackney|
|Craig Livermore||19.43||6th - 65.43% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||19.47 pb||7th - 73.38% Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||20.31 (course pb)||10th - 67.51% Valentines|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||21.08 (c pb & 1st)||13th - 70.03% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.19||15th - 70.29% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||22.12 (course pb)||21st - 70.42% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.03||95th - 53.23% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||32.13||161st - 48.47% Valentines|
|Deepali Chouhan||37.29||200th - 40.02% Valentines|
|Mark Boulton||17.09 (course pb & age grade record M30-34)||1st - 76.48% Walthamstow|
|Gareth Davies||23.29 debut||28th - 62.31% Walthamstow|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.57 debut||31st - 55.39% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.47||56th - 58.63% Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||35.03 (with Lucie)||114th - 40.13% Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||19.06||5th - 71.99% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.20||8th - 66.81% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.23||9th - 72.06% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||21.33||26th - 65.82% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Shaw||21.50||34th - 64.43% Wanstead|
|Lawrence Foster||22.55||49th - 67.05% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.45||59th - 59.23% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.15||62nd - 63.92% Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||25.07||73rd - 55.61% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.32||81st - 63.45% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.06||90th - 61.43% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.05||107th - 61.17% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.37||129th - 61.62% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||29.32||147th - 52.88% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.43||159th - 58.93% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.04||176th - 49.53% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||32.05||177th - 50.49% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||34.04||193rd - 41.29% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||34.54||202nd - 43.81% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.49||206th - 44.77% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||51.43 (tailwalker)||221st - 30.23% Wanstead|
Terry Lewsey: So this morning Sue Bushnell and I thought we would take a leaf
out of Stuart Stupot Barton book and try our first different park run instead of our
usual Thurrock Orsett parkrun, we really liked the barking course we ran for the last
Elvis race but were both tired last time we did it so thought we would give it another
try as a park run, I am pleased to say being well rested with fresh legs worked and we
both got a PB Sue finished in 33:33 which is a massive new PB for her, and I tried to
run a sub 20 but went out a bit to fast I still managed 20:03 so although not sub 20
just yet its getting closer and it gives me something to work on now for the last
Elvis race, all in all a nice but different start to our Saturday morning, I think
we will try a few more different park runs now, so any suggestions welcome
Woodford Green AC Open Graded Meeting - Tuesday 4th September 2018
|Euan Brown||4.35.17||1st, 1 mile|
|Euan Brown||9.32.64||2nd, 3000m|
The Essex Way Relay - Sunday 2nd September 2018
Sunday 2nd September 2018 - Essex Way Relay Race - 82 Miles Epping to Harwich. A BIG thanks to Jonathan Wooldridge for planning and organising TWO ELR Teams for Sunday's Race! Good luck and thanks also to all of our Runners, Drivers and Supporters. Not forgetting our Leg1 results recorders Don, Pam and Edward. A total of 73 teams from Running Clubs throughout London and Essex are taking part on what is a great occasion.
The 'spirit' of the race is low-key, friendly and cooperative.
NEXT YEAR IT COULD BE YOU!
Complete route in 10 stages
Stage 1 Epping Station to Chipping Ongar - 7.5 miles - 8am Start - Tricia and Frank
Stage 2 Chipping Ongar to Good Easter - 9.5 miles - 9am Simon and Dave Knight
Stage 3 Good Easter to Little Leighs - 9.5 miles - 10.15am Karan and Kasia Stachowiak
Stage 4 Little Leighs to Cressing Church - 10.1 miles - 11.30am Regis and Simon
Stage 5 Cressing Church to Great Tey - 9.4 miles - 12.45pm Tommo and Maud
Stage 6 Great Tey to West Bergholt - 5.7 miles - 2pm Marc and and Jo W
Stage 7 West Bergholt to Dedham - 11.2 miles - 2.40pm Cat and Jonathan
Stage 8 Dedham to Bradfield - 8.0 miles - 4.15pm Maud and Tommo
Stage 9 Bradfield to Ramsey - 5.3 miles - 5.15pm Jo W and Marc
Stage 10 Ramsey to Harwich - 5.5 miles - 6pm Jonathan, Stuart and Arthur
ELR A 419pts 30th mixed 42nd overall
ELR B 431pts 32nd 44th overall from 73 teams.
The Essex Way Relay - Sunday 2nd September 2018
Stuart Barton: Essex Way
What can I say apart from I loved it. I drove all the runners for the first 9 legs so I
had plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere.A great bunch of ELR some I was meeting for
the first time. My leg was into Harwich along the prom with the sea to my right, A nice
surprise to see my sister and big Dave at the finish line. P.S my car smells a little.
Catriona Hoult: Essex Way Leg 7 - Race report
It certainly ups the nerves before a race when you know you have to find your own route as well as running it. Despite some attempts to match the route description to Google Earth, I started out just hoping for the best. Silly me! My first mishap was within seconds of the start when I dropped my phone as we ran single file across the edge of a muddy field so I bumped into pretty much everyone else as I turned round to pick it up and made myself pretty unpopular. Within a few km, I already had no-one to follow (73 runners spread pretty quickly, especially when youre as close to the back as me), but I managed to get by using the way-markers, the Ordnance Survey app on my phone and with a little help from a nice man behind me who would call out directions if I turned round to him.
By 9 miles, I was congratulating myself on having almost finished and was feeling pretty smug. So of course, thats where it went wrong!
I missed a turning into a field and by the time I realised my mistake, the helpful man who had been behind me was waving at me from a long way away across another field. It took me about an extra mile and lots of stopping, starting and map-checking to find the turning Id missed. By that time, I was feeling very much alone, just a little bit scared and hadnt seen another soul for a long time. This made me very cautious for the rest of the race, constantly stopping to check the map and desperately looking forward to it all being over. The final insult was about a mile and a half from the finish when I saw an older woman walking back towards me and I thought she might be lost so I asked if she was ok. Oh yes, she replied cheerfully, Ive finished and am just walking home. That really did crush my spirit.
Ive never been so happy to see Jonathan (who had finished hours earlier) and Regis waiting for me at the finish line!
Despite all the mishaps, I did have a great day, enjoyed MOST of my run, LOVED the team spirit and WILL do it again next year. But I might walk the route to recce it properly next time.
Oh and Jonathan made most amazing customised beer bottles to present to us at the end of each leg. Its worth running for that if nothing else.
Paul Thompson: Essex Way Relay report - Legs 5 & 8
I did leg 5 last year in what was my first Essex Way relay as its my 'local' leg and runs through part of my village and loved it. Fast forward to this year & I found myself volunteering to do 2 legs.
Leg 5 (9.4 miles) this time round was hot & tough and I ran most of the way with a friend from Eton Manor who is a similar pace. To be honest I didnt feel great when I finished, but with the super support from the rest of the ELR team (medi wipe & water from Stuart required !) I was quickly feeling a whole lot better & a 2 hour rest before the next leg.
Leg 8 (8 miles) was soon upon us, but I still didnt feel that confident despite lots of encouragement from Maud #ultraspecilaist Hodson who was in the same leg. I hadnt checked the route so was relying on running with others that did ! (not a cleaver idea). I started fairly steadily, but about 2 miles in & realising this was a hilly leg I was struggling again. This time I ran with a lady from Halstead Runners who was pacing very well & really helped me get to the finish. I was in bits at the end & goes to show that you never know how a particular run is going to turn out on the day.
Massive thanks to all the other runners, supporters, Jonathan Wooldridge for unbelievable organisation skills & beer provision.
The fish & chips at the end are a great reward & it really is a wonderful 'team' event.
Oh and of course I'll be back next year !
Marc Akers: Essex way relay.- Legs 6 & 9
Jo & myself said we d run both legs together & enjoy the whole experience
Leg 6 - 5.7 miles
We started off at a steady pace & maintained this keeping other runners in our view
Mostly on fields & we ran past a Xmas tree farm
Last mile jo told me to keep the runners in front of us close & then push on in the last half mile to gets better score.
The last 200/300 meters was uphill so I git clear & pushed for the finish & then ran back to run jo in.
Leg 9 - 5.3 miles
Jo & myself got split up & after the first mile Id lost jo so I walked into the field & waited for jo
We ran together for a while until jo said push on & dont wait for me I asked jo are u sure & she said yes & with that I picked up my pace this was a hilly leg I caught up with two ladies & decided to run with them we went slightly of course & had to double back & get back on course the 3 of us pushed each other then once we hit the road I got clear & pushed for the line.
I had a great day seeing other fellow ELR runners start & finish there legs.
The fish & chips at the end was a perfect finish to a great day.
Joanna Wood: Essex Way Relay race report - legs 6 & 9.
Going into this on the tail end of a cold I knew it would not be conducive to my asthma and having completed 2 legs of the race I have really paid for it today.
But what a great event. The race organisation was faultless with great marshals, fantastic scenery and a real sense of comradeship where everyone helped each other round the course.
Being able to see each leg start and finish either side of my 2 runs was great - I know the other teams were well jel of our foam fingers cheering people along - apart from our team pics I'm pleased to say I managed to photobomb quite a few other teams photos!!
Leg 6 started at a pub - normally I run TO a pub not FROM a pub so that was weird! Anyway I soon found I was struggling with my breathing and felt guilty at holding Marc back from getting a good run in as the pack thinned out quite quickly.
About halway through and after being assisted by a fellow runner with directions I told him to make a run for it so at least one of us would get a good score for the team (well you have to be a little competative don't you?).
Near the end I found myself being overtaken by a group of vets from Billericay - all in their 70s one of them told me. If I'd have known the finish line was just around the corner I'd have made a sprint for it and taken them out but nevermind.
And what a sight to be greeted by fellow ELRs and Regis waving a foam finger! Priceless!
About 2hrs later I was up again for leg 9.
In hindsight I should have seen if someone could do my 2nd leg for me but there's no "I" in team and didn't want to let anyone down so put my head down and got on with it.
Admittedly I struggled for the whole leg and this time I told Marc not to stay with me.
Leg 9 emerges from a field onto the seafront which really is a great sight and the scenery on this leg I found much nicer. "Just finish" was my mantra for the whole leg. Again the pack thinned out to the point where I lost sight of those in front but the slowest runners were way behind me. I tried to make sense of the map and eventually waited for the guy behind to catch me up. He did question why my map was so soggy but didn't seem too bothered when I replied I'd had it down my shorts!!!! He just put his glasses on and carried on plotting our route!! I'm chuckling even as I write this!!
Anyway we continued like that for the second half of the leg until the home stretch. Running down the road to our supporters I put on a little sprint, he only kept up with me! I ramped it up a bit more but again he came back and eventually pipped me to the post! At that point I was just pleased I had finished in one piece (and still chuckling about the soggy map).
Unfortunately a few of us didn't get to see Arthur, Stupot & Jonathan bring it home for the teams on leg 10 due to my below par run taking longer than expected but we all enjoyed our celebratory ELR drinks standing in the chip shop queue!
Great organisation by Jonathan and a fantastic team-spirit made for a memorable day. The day from start to finish really reinforced what a great club we're part of and although it will take a while for me to recover I'd sign up today if 2019 entries were open.
I can't recommend this event enough so if you're free next year don't even think twice about it. DO IT!!!
P.S. someone liked the foam fingers a little too much!!!
Dave Knight: Essex Way Relay Report Leg 2 Chipping Ongar to Good Easter.
It had been my intention to join the ELR teams for the whole day so that I could experience the legendary Harwich chip shop. Unfortunately, family responsibilities meant that I had to return home in the afternoon. Thankfully, the ever helpful Jonathan was able to sort out the last minute change to the complicated logistics of this event and I was able to do my leg. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Clutching my set of directions in a plastic wallet I set off from Chipping Ongar with the other 72 runners, who, in my opinion all set off too quickly. Nevermind, it was a beautiful morning with lovely sunlight and fine views across the rolling farmlands of Essex. The run itself was delightful. The directions were clear and helpful and as I ran, I grew in confidence that I was not going to get lost. The race is really good spirited and after a few miles I fell in with a couple of runners from Grange Farm Running Club. They knew their way around the Essex countryside and were good company. One of them told me how she had met Grant on the Spitfire Challenge and how friendly and helpful he had been, Nice to hear that our club has such a good reputation. The conditions were perfect really and I felt good and confortable. Eventually, the Good Easter Church spire came into view and we knew that we weren't far from home. At that point the Grange Farm runners sped off ahead of me but I did manage to increase my pace. As I turned into the road leading up to the finish there was a gaggle of East London Runners cheering me on. I felt chuffed as I had completed the 9.5 miles course quicker than I had expected. I hadn't got lost and Jonathan handed me a couple of bottled beers - a great reward. Special thanks to Frank who kindly picked me up at Good Easter, treated me to a sausage and bacon roll and cuppa tea, and drove me back to my car. I am disappointed that I couldnt stay with the ELR all day, but it was well worth the effort of doing my leg. This is a really friendly, well organised and enjoyable event. Next year, hopefully, I will finally get to taste the chips of Harwich.
Maud Hodson: Essex Way - Stages 5 & 8
Not wanting to be left out, here are a few words about the Essex Way...
This was my third appearance at the Essex Way, but on the previous two occasions I had just run my leg, then turned round and run back to my car. So this time I thought it would be fun to do the whole road trip I said Id be happy to run any of the legs I hadnt done before, and 5 & 8 were the ones I got.
I had a lovely morning splitting my time between cheering on my team-mates and sitting in the back of Jonos car eating snacks. Wasnt at all sure I felt like going for a run, but it had to be done. We set of from Cressing (although to be honest I had very little idea where I was since Jono had the whole thing organised with military precision so I was a passenger in more ways than one). Stage 5 was quite benign in terms of gradient, although it was pretty hot in the middle of the day. For most of the 9.5 miles I tagged along behind a woman from Southend AC who knew the route well, and ran within myself to make sure there was enough in the tank for another leg. Probably the toughest bit was where we had to run past a beer festival - the barbecue smelled way more tempting than the cheese bagel Id had for my lunch.
Leg 8 was much hillier - 517ft of ascent compared to 276 - and I ran quite a lot of it on my own, often with no other runners in sight. I wouldnt normally mind that, but I had a nagging awareness that the GPX file I had on my phone was too rough to be any more than a general guide. Which annoyed me, as I knew that my preparation had fallen below the level of competence I expect from myself. But for the most part I bluffed my way along OK. The highlight of this leg is the magnificent Stour Estuary at Manningtree (although I didnt know until I looked at the map later what town I was in). Coming out go Manningtree I could have got properly lost, as my GPX was spectacularly unhelpful here (see pics). Thankfully I made the right call to go back, and followed the woman from Mid Essex whod come back past me when I took the wrong turn. I wasnt all that confident that she knew the route, as Id watched her do a double-back earlier, but beggars cant be choosers. Anyway, she did know the way, and I kept behind her for the rest of the stage. The last mile or so was on a narrow path, and she asked if I wanted to come through, but since its only positions and not time that count, and there was no-one in sight behind us, I decided to tuck in behind and just burn her off at the finish.
One thing that pleased me is that nobody overtook me on either leg after the first mile or so (apart from when I made a wrong turn), which means either that my pacing was spot on, or that Im a lazy toad.
We spent most of the day drooling over the fish and chips we were going to get in Harwich, and it didnt disappoint. Well done to everyone on the team - a lovely bunch of people to spent the day with, and it was great to have such a good mix of long-time members and newbies.
Kent Coastal Marathon - Sunday 2nd September 2018
St Neots Olympic Distance Triathlon - Sunday 2nd September 2018
1500m swim, t1, 45k bike, t2, 10k run
36.46, 3.44, 1.32.50, 1.53, 50.11 = 3.05.26
Kent Coastal Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd September 2018
Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd September 2018
This race report is sponsored by ibuprofen and paracetamol.
The Bedford half was a very well supported and well organised race, with a brilliant race village, plenty of loos, food stalls, live music. It was entirely on paths in and around a country park. Miles 2-8 (I think) were 2 laps around a lake. The race was part of an inter services championship so I was lapped by a lot of very speedy army navy and RAF runners. The winner finished in 1.09!
Anyway its very flat apart from a small hill which you have to do twice. The heat made it a bit of a struggle for me. From about mile 8 I found it really tough and didnt think Id make it in my target time of under 2.09 (my roding time this year). But with the promise of bling, a few jelly beans and some words of encouragement from the support staff and other runners, I kept going.
Seeing Geoff Bench and a very fresh looking, long finished Suzanne Bench cheering for me in the last mile kept me going when I just wanted to walk. I finished in 2.08:40 which I was really happy with. A long way off my 8 year old PB of 1.46 something, also at Bedford, but heading in the right direction! A great t shirt and medal too.
Highly recommended race and a PB potential half for sure.
So now the kids are in bed and I really want a glass of wine, but I made the mistake of getting into bed and now I dont want to move ! Sounds like a lot of us ELRs have had a busy day today. Well done all and sleep well! Night!! X
Maidenhead Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd September 2018
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 2nd September 2018
|Roisin Archer||43.55 pb||72nd, 4th lady|
Man vs Mountain - Saturday 1st September 2018
QEOP 10km Summer Series - Saturday 1st September 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 1st September 2018
|James Nichols||20.10* debut||3rd - 65.04% Great Dunmow|
|Hayley Collins||25.37* debut||77th - 60.05% Riverfront|
|Lawrence Foster||23.07* (course pb)||19th - 57.86% Gloucester North|
|Fiona Day||26.54* debut||24th - 72.12% Concord, Sheffield|
|Kieran Brown||29.31 debut||39th - 54.32% Concord, Sheffield|
|Chris Green||34.15 debut||321st - 39.85% Southend|
|Caroline McGirr||28.27 debut||174th - 52.72% Gorleston Cliffs|
|Stephen Swan||23.45 debut||27th - 54.74% Great Cornard|
|Stuart Barton||25.19 debut||148th - 57.34% Horsham|
|Susan Bushnell||35.05 (course pb)||60th - 56.10% Thurrock|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.26* (course pb)||30th - 72.43% Norwich|
|Nick Clarke||20.27||31st - 64.47% Norwich|
|John Henry||19.06||11th - 70.42% Finsbury|
|Andrew Howard||22.31||74th - 69.43% Worthing|
|James Creed||21.56||18th - 61.78% Castle Park|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||40.42||372nd - 40.21% Bath Skyline|
|Mark Moir||20.12||9th - 63.86% Sunderland|
|Thomas Grimes||18.59||5th - 70.85% Gladstone|
|Dan Gritton||24.47||148th - 57.23% Burgess|
|Martin Quinlan||26.57||212th - 53.00% Southwark|
|Samia Choudhury||37.09||156th - 39.84% Crane Park|
|Andy Kumar||18.24 (1st man)||1st - 70.92% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.39||17th - 60.89% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||24.04||30th - 61.50% Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.20||7th - 71.39% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.20||20th - 67.76% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.24||21st - 66.89% Valentines|
|Jakub Czeczotka||27.32||93rd - 48.18% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||15.35||1st - 82.78% Hackney|
|Robert Rayworth||19.10||24th - 72.26% Hackney|
|Peter Craik||19.17 pb & debut||29th - 75.28% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||21.24 (course pb)||60th - 66.74% Hackney|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.43||87th - 65.81% Hackney|
|Maud Hodson||24.27||128th - 65.58% Hackney|
|Alex Jameson||24.52||139th - 58.38% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||28.23 (50th parkrun)||213th - 54.20% Hackney|
|Scott McMillan||18.57||3rd - 73.70% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||19.12||6th - 67.27% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.42||10th - 74.28% Wanstead|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.16||42nd - 58.38% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.58||67th - 58.69% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.04||69th - 64.40% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.10||80th - 64.37% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||26.13 (course pb)||100th - 53.27% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||27.57||131st - 50.33% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.32||143rd - 54.73% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.29||167th - 52.10% Wanstead|
|Jane Scott||33.25||200th - 52.12% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||34.04||205th - 53.13% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.57||211th - 45.59% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||35.52||218th - 42.15% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||44.21 (tailwalker)||238th - 36.15% Wanstead|
|Mark Boulton||17.24 (1st & cpb)||1st - 75.38% Walthamstow |
|Steven Bywater||26.08||42nd - 57.84% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||17.30||5th - 76.86% Mile End|
|Saima Zeb||28.03 (course pb)||46th - 52.76% Barking|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.00||42nd - 57.13% Beckton|
57 parkruns at 27 venues, 3 first finishers.
a 50th parkrun, 9 debuts and 7 course pbs.
First finishes for Euan, Mark & Andy at Hackney,
Walthamstow & Roding Valley.
50th parkrun for Ijeoma Anozie.
5 ELR Course records:
Ellie Wilkinson at Norwich,(improved time)
Lawrence Foster at Gloucester North,(improved time)
Hayley Collins at Waterfront,
Fiona Day at Concord, Sheffield and
James Nichols at Great Dunmow.
Run Through Wimbledon Common 5km - Wednesday 29th August 2018
Go Tri Duathlon 72, QEOP Velopark - Tuesday 28th August 2018
|Paula Bedford||1.03.04||9th, Sprint|
|Emily Clarke||1.03.33||10th, S|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.10.11||14th, S|
|Karan Gadhia||1.17.23||17th, S|
|Sarah Burns||32.48||1st. SS|
|Stuart Barton||34.56||2nd, Super Sprint|
|Fiona Day||37.01||4th, SS|
|Susannah House||37.06||5th, SS|
|Jayne Browne||37.40||7th, SS|
|Don Bennett||46.09||11th, SS|
Sprint 2 mile, 10 mile, 2 mile
Paula - 13.47/ 34.43/ 14.34
Emily - 14.09/ 30.24/ 18.58
Rachel - 16.51/ 35.55/ 17.24
Karan - 16.16 /44.47/16.21
Supersprint 1 mile, 5 mile, 1 mile
Sarah - 8.39/ 16.22/7.46
Stuart - 7.56/18.56/8.02
Fiona - 9.03/ 19.39/8.18
Susannah - 9.35/ 18.20/9.10
Jayne - 9.14/ 19.45 /8.40
Don - 11.21/ 23.00/ 11.47
Canterbury Half Marathon - Monday 27th August 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.16.00||5th|
Elvis 7 - Barking Road Runners Bank Holiday 5km, Barking Park - Monday 27th August 2018
|Jose Rodriguez||17.09 pb||8th|
|Dan Gritton||17.48||14th - 13th|
|Andy Kumar||17.50 pb||15th - 14th|
|Spencer Evans||18.10||23rd - 22nd|
|Patrick Brown||18.15||24th - 23rd|
|Aaron Browne||18.16||25th - 24th|
|Scott McMillan||18.31||27th - 26th|
|Dan Senior||18.43||31st - 29th|
|James Nichols||18.48||33rd - 31st|
|Mark Wyatt||18.59||34th - 32nd|
|Craig Livermore||19.17||40th - 38th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.36||45th - 43rd|
|Peter Craik||19.38||47th - 45th|
|Robert Rayworth||19.46||50th - 48th|
|Ashley Faria||20.00||57th - 55th|
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||20.03||58th - 3rd lady|
|Tom Howourth||20.10||60th - 57th|
|Neil Gage||20.15||61st - 58th|
|Jacob Stevens||20.17||62nd - 59th|
|Paul Thompson||20.21||66th - 63rd|
|Calvin Bobin||20.27||67th - 64th|
|Alain Fieulaine||20.30 (elvis debut)||68th - 65th|
|Terry Lewsey||20.35||71st - 68th|
|Shailesh Patel||20.37||72nd - 69th|
|Mark Moir||20.40||76th - 72nd|
|Amit Marks||20.46||80th - 76th|
|Peter Hatley||20.50||82nd - 78th|
|Caroline Frith||20.51||83rd - 5th|
|Roger Stubbs||20.52||84th - 79th|
|Emily Clarke||20.52||85th - 6th|
|Paul Marshall||21.15||91st - 85th|
|Jimmy Dale||21.30||95th - 89th|
|Richard Potter||21.46||102nd - 95th|
|Richard Guest||21.51||105th - 97th|
|Regis Martin||22.02||112th - 102nd|
|Grant Conway||22.12||115th - 103rd|
|Katherine Harris||22.13||116th - 13th|
|Andrew Howard||22.20||118th - 105th|
|Sarah Burns||23.21||137th - 20th|
|John Healy||23.38||144th - 120th|
|Chloe Millan||23.41||146th - 25th|
|Marc Akers||23.46||151st - 124th|
|David Hallybone||23.57||153rd - 125th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||24.01 pb||155th - 29th|
|Maud Hodson||24.03||157th - 31st|
|Lance Fuller||24.23||165th - 130th|
|Karan Gadhia||24.31||169th - 133rd|
|George Georgiou||24.38||170th - 134th|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.04 pb||178th - 39th|
|Samir Younsi||25.04||179th - 140th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.08||183rd - 43rd|
|Mark Wiltshire||25.51||195th - 147th|
|Steven Bywater||25.55||196th - 148th|
|Tricia ONeill||26.10||203rd - 52nd|
|Arthur Diaz||26.21 (elvis debut)||209th - 152nd|
|Mary OBrien||26.25||210th - 58th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.50||215th - 61st|
|Fiona Day||27.06||218th - 62nd|
|Caroline Moore||27.10||220th - 63rd|
|Jayne Browne||27.33||227th - 69th|
|Mary Connolly||27.42||229th - 71st|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.12||238th - 77th|
|Susannah House||28.15||240th - 79th|
|Kieran Brown||30.28||257th - 169th|
|Maya Goodwin||31.46||270th - 99th|
|Gowri Sukumar||32.03 (elvis debut)||271st - 100th|
|Susan Bushnell||34.21 pb||282nd - 108th|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.24 (elvis debut)||283rd - 175th|
|Don Bennett||34.28||285th - 177th |
|Katy Taylor||35.53||290th - 111th|
|Samia Choudhury||37.39||294th - 114th|
|Brooke Stephenson||40.23 pb||298th - 118th|
Children's 2km Fun Run
4th Matilda Frith 8.56
5th Yusuf Rayworth 9.11
11th Eric Frith 10.48
13th Laila Rayworth 10.57
17th Jayden Martin 11.47
18th Jack Goodwin 11.52
22nd Hannah Gage 14.04
23rd Amelia Gage 14.16
Chateau de Chantilly Castle Series, Olympic Distance Triathlon, France - Sunday 26th August 2018
|Ava Lee||2.58.42||171st, 8th lady, 3rd age cat|
1500m swim/ t1/ 47k bike/ t2/ 10k run
Run Through Velopark Races 5k, 10k and Half Marathon - Saturday 25th August 2018
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||1.35.07 pb||33rd, 1st lady (half marathon)|
|Arthur Diaz||2.04.44||140th, (half marathon)|
|Jamie Xavier||45.30||24th, (10km)|
|Ben Warry||58.00||79th, (10km)|
|Rosie Shrimplin||1.09.50||129th, (10km)|
|Samir Younsi||24.37||26th, (5km)|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 25th August 2018
|Maud Hodson||25.12 (250th parkrun)||52nd - 63.62% Wanstead|
|Shaun DeSena||32.29* debut||337th - 39.92% Conkers|
|Lucy Barron||23.59* debut||25th - 61.71% Stonehouse|
|Katherine Harris||25.34* debut||176th - 59.19% Tonbridge|
|John Henry||18.46* debut||11th - 71.67% Fountains Abbey|
|Liam Dempsey||24.19* debut||3rd - 53.32% Buncrana, ROI|
|Andrew Howard||23.11* debut||32nd - 67.43% Sixfields, Upton |
|Stephen Swan||23.45* debut||42nd - 54.74% Sizewell|
|Stuart Barton||25.07 debut||56th - 57.80% Sizewell|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.14* debut||26th - 58.05% Milano Nord, Italy|
|Paul Marshall||22.13 debut||30th - 59.04% Gunpowder|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.17 debut||16th - 61.85% Aldenham|
|Martin Quinlan||30.25 debut||104th - 46.96% Dinton Pastures|
|John Booth||17.44 (debut & 1st man)||1st - 75.85% Barking|
|Michael Bamford||22.05||10th - 67.85% Troon|
|Clive Mehew||21.31 (course pb)||62nd - 66.38% Burgess|
|James Nichols||22.08||12th - 59.26% Brentwood|
|Thomas Grimes||18.38||2nd - 72.18% Gladstone|
|Andrew Baxter||24.49||32nd - 58.97% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||27.16||47th - 55.44% Walthamstow|
|Mark Moir||20.35||58th - 62.67% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.51||148th - 54.03% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||18.16 (course pb)||3rd - 71.81% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.29||14th - 58.64% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||24.01||24th - 61.62% Roding Valley|
|Simon Thomas||18.42 (1st man)||1st - 70.14% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.14||4th - 71.75% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||20.43 (course pb)||7th - 72.33% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||22.21 (course pb)||16th - 69.95% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||22.33||18th - 63.86% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||22.38||20th - 57.00% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||23.51||39th - 59.47% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||26.17||85th - 65.00% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||26.18||86th - 64.51% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||32.29 (course pb)||162nd - 44.69% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||32.30||163rd - 48.05% Valentines|
|Patrick Brown||18.03||2nd - 72.03% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.14||4th - 72.62% Wanstead|
|Mark Wyatt||20.31||10th - 62.96% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||20.45||12th - 69.96% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||23.07||31st - 63.30% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.30||52nd - 59.52% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.10||93rd - 68.88% Wanstead|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.14||94th - 66.82% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.51||101st - 53.03% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||29.17||104th - 52.93% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.36||110th - 61.15% Wanstead|
|Aaron Williams||29.55||115th - 46.69% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.45||135th - 50.03% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.36||154th - 45.04% Wanstead|
Monster Standard Triathlon, Ely - Sunday 19th August 2018
|Sarah Burns||2.49.22||14th of 180|
1.5k swim, run to transition, t1, 42k cycle, t2, 12k run.
29.53, 1.17 , 1.21 , 1.22.31 , 1.05 , 53.17 = 2.49.22
Stanford le Hope 10km & 5km - Sunday 19th August 2018
|Terry Lewsey||43.33 ||8th of 190|
|Susan Bushnell||38.55 (5km)|
Race Report: Stanford Le Hope 10k
This race was one sue signed us up for a few weeks back so i hadnt really given it much time or thought, as i was busy preparing for the london aquathlon which i did on the Saturday, before this 10k race on the Sunday
I got up around 8 that Sunday morning with a plan to leave our house for 9am to get to site for around 9:15 as it was a fairly local race to us this would give us plenty of time to get to site and checked in for the 10:30 start
As we got closer to the site the race was clearly signposted which helped as at least we felt we were not going to have issues finding it, we pulled into the wildlife reserve and opted to carry on past the car park we see on the right, this proved to be a good choice as the main car park was a lot further down the road so worth noting, once we parked up we arrived at the check in desk, where i meet liz a regular race director for my local Thurrock Orsett park run, who told me there was a big turn out of regulars for our park run, alarm bells immediately went off in my head after hearing this, this was going to be no easy run in a park, as a regular top 10 finisher at park run i suddenly had my reputation to defend, what on earth was i thinking just rocking up thinking i could run a 10k however i wanted, something changed after this and i started to psych myself up and get myself race ready
Sue and i headed outside to take a few pre race pics, the weather was very overcast and it was very windy so i knew from the outset this would be no easy race, after the pics we used the toilets which were nice indoor ones inside the main building that also has a cafe, then i started my warm up
I decided to run part of the start of the course as my warm up which I'm glad i did as after the first down hill section it narrows a lot so i knew i had to be in a good position by this point so a good start was essential
after warm up i see quite a few friends from parkrun along with lots of other elvis clubs runners i chatted to a few of of my regular running friends who asked me if i was going for it today, i smiled back and Im sure they knew what that meant
Around 10:25 i made my way to the start line this time i was right on the front row, Ive never lined up first before but my plan wasnt it to take it easy so i didn't care if i was meant to be there or not, today meant business so i felt comfortable in my position and i waited for the race to start
The race was a 2 lap multi terrain course fairly flat, but i was warned the run along sea wall can prove tricky due to head wind anyway the race started on time and the first 100m went off on tarmac over the car park before going to a downhill section on gravel, i managed to go off fast and made it to the tight left hand section in the top 10 my plan at this point was simple go off fast and hang on i managed to make it though my first km in 3:57 km pace which is what i would usually aim to run a 5k at, the next km was still 4:08 km pace, and i seemed to still be holding my position well, i would
pass a runner then they would come back at me, this happened a few times and after a while positions all became a blur, i knew i was doing quite well when we hit the sea wall section and the other runner that passed me slowed down and i then passed them , i then pushed on harder to create a bigger distance, the first lap quickly passed by and it was nice to see some of my park runs friends on there back sections as i was heading out past the 6km mark, it was nice to hear their cheers go on Tel, and nice one Tel as i passed them, thats something i really like about the running community as the rivalry is there but also the wanting to see someone do well too, so i really appreciated them cheering me on, i told myself i needed to up my pace and get after some of the other runners, which surprisingly for the 10k distance was a new thing for me as i had only run for time before and tried to hang on and survive in previous races, not try and beat another runner, so with this in mind i had 2 runners in my sights, one 50m away and another probably 150m in front, which might not sound a lot but he seems a good way off, my first attack happened on the sea wall section between 7-8km mark i chased the other runner down and made up good ground drafting him before passing him but he fought back well and over took me after passing the 8k mark i decided i needed to send a strong message to this runner to shake him off my tail so i dropped the hammer and massively surged in pace and literally left him behind there was no way back for him and as i knew i only had around 1 mile to go, i upped the pace pushing harder to catch this other runner way out in front, i had a tricky out and back section where runners were merging through a single person with a bike section with those silly railing and as i approached a Dagenham 88 runner cheered me on and let me pass first as she was going back out for her second lap i had one last section to catch this other runner on the last flat section before the last hill before the 500m sprint to the finish so i went like a bat out of hell and passed him around 30m before the right hand turn to the hill, i didnt want to look behind i just powered on up the hill and waited until i turned the corner to realise he was having none of it, i was already 50m in front and still had my massive kick to the finish, i powered on sprinting to the line, i took a minute to catch my breath before realising how few runners were actually there, so i waited for the 2 runners id passed to come in before asking the officials where id come 8th they said , wow my first top 10 finish in 8th place, out of 190 runners i was ecstatic i ran my second fastest 10k time ever, finishing up with a time of 43:33, and i got another medal for my collection, all in all it was a fantastic race completely unprepared and tired from the previous days race, but I've realised sometimes it goes like that, it was a really good race and Im defiantly entering again for next year! sue also had a good result she finished her 5k 45th place in 38:55 which is good for her too
Isle Of Wight Half Marathon - Sunday 19th August 2018
|Louis Le Roux||1.36.17 pb||44th|
|Rachel Le Roux||2.02.19||190th|
Team East London Runners 8th - Louis, Michael & Jonathan.
Run Through Greenwich Park 5km - Saturday 18th August 2018
Downland Challenge - 30 miles - Saturday 18th August 2018
The Downland Challenge was an old school 30 mile Ultra put on by Haywards Heath Harriers until 2014. It was many locals first Ultra and was hard, only had 3 aid stations with only Jelly babies and water, we will be bringing this back to the racing calendar on the same day as our 13 the the hard way Half Marathon.
The Downland originally started in Clayton Playing fields but this is no longer viable so it will start a mile down the road at Underhill lane where the half starts so quite not the thirty anymore.
You will have to take on the lung busting climb up the Tank tracks to the South Downs way which you will follow to Southease where you will turn around and retrace your steps.
We aim to keep it as it was intended with only 3 aid stations but we will pile them high as we usually do.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 18th August 2018
|Euan Brown||16.31* (Age Cat record)||1st - 78.10% Pontypool|
|Patrick Brown||18.09 (debut)||2nd - 71.90% Pontypool|
|Alex Day||18.31 (debut)||3rd - 71.20% Pontypool|
|Ava Lee||18.53* (Age Cat record) pb||10th - 82.08% Victoria Dock|
|Daniel Lee||19.27 (debut)||13th - 75.24% Victoria Dock|
|Kasia Stachowiak||23.30* (1st lady & debut)||12th - 63.62% South Oxhey|
|Caroline Moore||27.45 (debut)||37th - 65.23% Thurrock,Orsett|
|Scott McMillan||19.13* (debut)||12th - 72.68% Dalby Forest|
|Catriona Hoult||31.15 (debut)||99th - 49.97% Bedgebury Pinetum|
|Sarah Burns||23.56 (150th parkrun)||54th - 64.76% Bideford|
|Peter Craik||20.18* (debut)||7th - 71.51% Newborough Forest|
|Maud Hodson||27.44* (debut)||63rd - 57.81% Newborough Forest|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.46 pb||17th - 69.27% Dulwich|
|Andrew Howard||23.09 (debut)||33rd - 67.53% Bognor Regis|
|Angela Morley||27.05||91st - 62.25% Chester|
|Stephen Swan||24.24 (debut)||68th - 53.28% Bury St Edmunds|
|Lucy Barron||24.51* (debut) ||64th - 59.56% Upton House|
|Jason Levy||30.40* (debut)||53rd - 46.96% Thornbury|
|Louis Le Roux||19.49 (debut)||9th - 66.95% Medina IOW|
|Michael Bamford||21.55||24th - 68.37% Medina IOW|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.45||57th - 60.63% Medina IOW|
|Stuart Barton||25.28 (debut)||80th - 57.00% Medina IOW|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.47 (debut)||85th - 58.18% Medina IOW|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.55 (debut)||138th - 57.29% Medina IOW|
|Shaun DeSena||31.07 (debut)||219th - 41.67% Aberdeen|
|John Henry||19.24||14th - 69.33% Finsbury|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.00||56th - 61.90% Mile End|
|Thomas Grimes||19.11||2nd - 70.11% Clarisford|
|Steven Bywater||25.23||37th - 58.29% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||17.31* (course pb)||2nd - 76.78% Southwark|
|Martin Quinlan||25.18 (250th parkrun)||131st - 56.46% Southwark|
|Robert Rayworth||19.01||17th - 72.83% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||21.46||56th - 65.62% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||17.48 (debut & 1st)||1st - 73.69% Barking|
|Spencer Evans||17.53 (course pb)||3rd - 72.32% Barking|
|Shailesh Patel||21.13 (course pb)||13th - 70.62% Barking|
|Katherine Harris||22.24 (1st lady)||18th - 67.56% Barking|
|Lauren Kelly||23.49 (debut)||32nd - 62.14% Barking|
|Andy Kumar||18.11 (course pb & 1st)||1st - 71.77% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.26||22nd - 58.77% Roding Valley|
|Liam Dempsey||24.09 (course pb)||31st - 53.69% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||24.11 pb||32nd - 61.47% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||59.30 (tailrunner)||126th - 31.71% Roding Valley|
|Simon Thomas||18.20 (course pb)||2nd - 71.55% Valentines|
|Aaron Browne||18.39||3rd - 69.17% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||19.16 (course pb)||5th - 66.96% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.19||9th - 71.45% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||22.01||19th - 77.06% Valentines|
|Ramesh Pala||22.38 (course pb)||26th - 69.07% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.08||94th - 74.69% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.17 (course pb)||183rd - 42.34% Valentines|
|Andrew Baxter||19.45||8th - 74.09% Wanstead|
|Lawrence Foster||22.49||32nd - 67.35% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||23.51||47th - 61.36% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.17||49th - 71.72% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||25.55||60th - 56.01% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.18||70th - 62.23% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||26,56 (99th parkrun)||81st - 50.68% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.11||96th - 63.29% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||39.18||186th - 41.65% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||21.55||22nd - 58.86% Sunderland|
|James Nichols||19.38* (course pb)||4th - 66.81% Harrow Lodge|
|Marc Akers||39.35||157th - 35.83% Gunpowder|
63 parkruns at 29 venues, 5 first finishers,
23 debuts and 11 course pbs, 250th parkrun for Martin Quinlan.
First finishers for Euan at Pontypool, Kasia at South Oxhey,
Andy Kumar at Roding Valley and Stuart & Katherine at Barking.
20 parkruns under 20 minutes.
Age Category Records for Ava at Victoria Docks and Euan at Pontypool.
ELR Course Records for:
Euan at Pontypool,
Ava at Victoria Dock,
Kasia at South Oxley,
Scott at Dalby Forest,
Peter & Maud at Newborough Forest,
Lucy at Upton House,
Jason levy at Thornbury,
John Booth at Southwark and
James Nichols at Harrow Lodge.
London Aquathlon, London Aquatic Centre - Saturday 18th August 2018
400m swim / t1 / 5k run
Dan 8.45 / 2.33 / 19.46
Terry 7.56 / 2.10 / 21.17
Alexandra 7.59 / 1.29 / 28.02
Joanna 8.14 / 1.38 / 31.38
Terry Lewsey Another amazing start to the day the London aquathlon this morning
was pretty epic swimming in the 50m pool that they used for the Olympic was amazing defo
learned a lot from todays race as its the first one Ive done with a transition, time
was 31:24 which is 25th overall but I finished 2nd in my age catagory which Im happy with,
next time I know I can be a lot faster just need to get a tri suit and spend less time
drying my hair lol â€¦
Joanna Wood: London Aquathlon Sprint 400m swim 5km run.
First time for a dual sport event for me and thoroughly enjoyed it.
6th in my category even with a plodding run and almost falling over during transition-
boy was I dizzy getting out of the pool!!!
A fantastically well organised event which I would highly recommend and made all the
more enjoyable with my support crew: Mum, Alastair & Charlie
Alexandra:Wanted to try an Aquathlon for a while but dates never worked so when
Terry told me about that one in Stratford , it was ideal. Even more, as he was picking
me up with his super fancy car. I was a lot more stressed than usual this morning â€¦
i was mostly afraid to mess up the change of lines every 2 laps!
But having Terry and Joanna ( who is more experienced) with me was calming !
I realised that even if i swim regularly and kept some technique from my youth, i hadnt
swam a 400m swim race in over 22 years and i completely messed up my breathing in the
first 100m! Got out of the water super dizzy and ran as fast as i could which meant
2 mins 30 secs more than 5 days ago but quite chuffed i finished 4th in my age category!
I still enjoyed the experience a lot , especially the cool medals at the end and having
the possibility to see Terry and Joanna swim and run as well !
( I was not the only one dizzy at transition).
Hercules Wimbledon 5000m Festival Night - Wednesday 15th August 2018
|Mark Boulton||16.07.64 pb||4th, Race 3|
Chase The Sun 5km, Hyde Park - Wednesday 15th August 2018
Sri Chimnoy 5km, Battersea Park (Hasty Hare) - Monday 13th August 2018
Enigma Marathon - Sunday 12th August 2018
St Albans 10km - Sunday 12th August 2018
After 3 1/2 hours sleep the alarm goes off and I head off to pick up Marc Akers for the
drive to St Albans for the 10k. I only entered on Wednesday after Marc talked about it
at club. We arrived early parked up and grabbed our race numbers, Its a nice friendly
run with the first 3k on a old railway line followed by paths. Not the best time I have
done but on limited sleep I am happy with it, Also bumped into an old work mate who I
had not seen in 17 years,Then the best part a table for two and a Sunday roast. Stuart
London Summer 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 12th August 2018
ETU Sprint Triathlon Championships, Glasgow - Saturday 11th August 2018
|Ava Lee||1.19.01||15th of 34|
14.02, 2.29, 39.52, 2.03, 20.37 = 1.19.01
15th AG Female 40-44.
Another chance to wear the Team GB kit! 15th out of 35 in age group, in 1hr 19.
Great course, a bit challenging on the bike, and a big support crew of friends
and family which was lovely.
Thames Meander Half Marathon (trail) - Saturday 11th August 2018
Run Through Hyde Park 10km - Saturday 11th August 2018
Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run - Saturday 11th August 2018
|Maud Hodson||13.16.05||49th, 10th woman|
SVP 100K - Race Report - the not-so-concise version. I recommend a cup of tea or a stiff gin
This was a race with some emotional baggage. After my rather torrid time in my first 100k (the Canalathon in Yorkshire), I entered last years SVP hoping to do better. But life got in the way. I was emotionally hung out and dried after my elder son, Gregor, battled anxiety during his GCSE year. And I hadnt got the miles I wanted in training - I had bailed out of my last training run. So I had started the race on a wing and a prayer - neither mind nor body in the right place. And in last years race the were two separate starts - after much dithering, I went at with the faster runners, and quickly found myself right at the back with the sweeper. I called it a day at CP2, around 23 miles. Well within the cut-off time, but Id had enough. Quitting doesnt sit easily with me, so as soon as entries opened for this years race I signed up.
My preparation was better on all counts, including my first ever race wins. I had managed 82 miles at the Last One Standing, although with the breaks after every lap it is a different sort of challenge. I had completed the Essex 50 with a bit still left in the tank. And although Gregor is still struggling in many ways, with it not being an exam year for him the pressure was off. And I have become more used to dealing with it. And going for very long runs is one of my coping mechanisms - a large, guaranteed slice of me time.
I travelled up to Newmarket by train the night before. Deja-vu started to kick in as I walked to my B&B - not the same place as last year, but only a couple of streets away. I settled into my little room - an top floor garret room in a Georgian townhouse, and watched Dina Asher-Smith in the 200m semi-finals. Absolutely brilliant, and also more deja-vu - last year I had been watching her at the World Champs. Then out to dinner at Pizza Express. I really like eating alone - its one of the things I miss. I used to have my lunch alone nearly every day, but with G having been off sick from school for the best part of a year it is now a treat to be relished. I had polenta chips to start followed by penne pollo e pesto, washed down with a glass of NZ Sauvignon Blanc. I could almost see Race HQ from my table, and when Id finished I walk past that way before going back to my B&B and watching the rest of the athletics in bed. I must be getting old, as lights out at 9pm felt like a decadent indulgence.
The race started at 7am - this year everyone starting together - and my alarm was on for 5.20. Staying in an en-suite room is definitely the most efficient way of getting ready for an early start - I was getting my breakfast ready and getting dressed in parallel. And mostly succeeding in not bumping my head on the sloping ceiling. I do get anxious before this sort of race about having all the right kit, but was out and away shortly after 6am for the 10 minute walk down to the Memorial Hall on Newmarket High Street. Its a funny little town - in most places equestrian statues have a bloke on top, here its just the horse.
Race HQ was much busier this year, with all 150 of us starting together. The runners on the inaugural SVP50 would join us at half way. The required kit list was very modest for a race of this length (head torch, foil blanket, cup, phone), but they did check that we all had it. Went for my pre-race wee - theres nothing like seeing the blokes queuing out of the door while we walk straight in. The only other places Ive had that pleasure are beer festivals and cricket matches. [Only about 20% of us on the 100k were female, compared to just over half of the 50k runners]. My mother came along to see me off with her Dalmatian, Zaffa - she has always been morning person.
Race briefing at 6.45, then we made our way to the start line a little way down the High Street. What a difference a year makes - I had not a single doubt in my mind that I would finish this race. As is my way, I was careful not to get carried away at the start, and allowed myself to drift towards the back of the pack. After a brief section by the road we were onto the Devils Dyke, where it is single-file most of the way, and quite tricky terrain in places. I was happy. There was no hurry, noodling along in the line. 12 miles to CP1, Great Thurlow, in the cool of the early morning. No real need to think about navigation at this point, as there were always other runners in sight. And for the most part it was pretty easy anyway, as the organisers had supplemented the waymarkers with tape and spray-paint on the ground (I loved the arrow sprayed on a cowpat). And so much better to be in the middle of the race rather than out on my own at the back with the tail-runner.
The nice thing about ultra running is that the few hours feel pretty easy. It was a lovely day, and much of the countryside we ran through was really attractive. I felt grateful that I have the mental and physical health to do this sort of thing.
Last year my race had ended when I handed my number to the marshal at CP2, Clare Castle. This time, I grabbed a few drinks and snacks, popped some jelly babies in a pocket for later, and went on my way, feeling way better than last year. But it was not question of getting past CP2 - it was about finishing the race, and there were still 40 miles left to go. It was getting quite warm by now, and a lot of the route was out in the full sun. I was glad Id had a slightly perfunctory go with the sun cream before I set off, but still ended up with watch marks on both arms, and shorts marks that look like my shorts have one leg longer than the other.
The stretch from CP2 to CP3 was lovely - Cavendish & Long Melford are picture-postcard pretty Suffolk villages, with the imposing stately homes of Kentwell Hall & Melford Hall thrown in. CP3 (Long Melford Cricket Club) was familiar to me, as the sweeper bus had called there last year, and I had spent some time watching runners being cheered in, wishing in many ways that I was one of them. I stopped a little longer here as I needed to refill my water - there was a cricket match taking place, which made for a lovely, terribly English little scene. More than half way now - the checkpoints become gradually closer together.
Bits of the next section went on a bit - the Valley Trail felt more suited to cycling than running. A was beginning to feel tired but still plodding along. The bit by the river in Sudbury was lovely, and here I met Jana, a Slovak born Swiss woman who I ran with for some time. After that there were a few hills - I had under-estimated the amount of climbing on this course - over 3000 feet. The short sharp ones are a no-brainer - everyone walks - but the longer drags were a dilemma - risk burning too much energy trying to keep running, or lose a load of time walking? And stiles. Theyre not a problem in the early stages, but later on, when your legs no longer bend much, they are little sods. I never want to see another stile.
CP4 at Lamarsh was the best one in terms of snacks available - home-made Victoria sponge followed by a chunk of fresh pineapple did it for me. 42 miles down, 21 to go (the course is a little over 100k at 63 miles). This stage started flat, a hilly bit in the middle, then flat again. Definitely tired now, but still moving OK - my pace on the flat bits not too bad. On the climbs it is what it is. Now were overtaking the slower runners on the 50k, which was a bonus as the 100kers were pretty spread out by this point, and runners on the shorter route generally showed due respect to those of us who had been on the road since 7am (they had started at 1pm).
Coming into Nayland, just before CP5, took me back to my childhood - my grandparents lived in Stoke-by-Nayland, and my mother, sister & I had lived with them there for a year after she left my father. Where we crossed the A134 was familiar as that was the way we used to drive when going to visit. I had been to Nayland many times - we would go to the shops there - but I had never been on the path by the river, which was a delightful spot. And it also hosted CP5, where the volunteers had set up stall with a Hawaiian theme - grass skirts and all that. The next stretch was going to be a tough one for running, 8.5 miles ish with plenty of hills, but rich in memories for me.
Leaving Nayland, alone at this point, on a narrow lane that kicked up steeply, I imagined the ghosts of my grandparents driving around these roads. My grandmother (everyone called her Catto, I dont know why) in her beautiful dark green Morris Minor with mushroom grey leather seats - it was called Alexander Nevsky after its number plate, 40 NEV, and my grandfather (Fuzzy, again I know not why) in his rather less lovely white Austin Maxi with blue vinyl seats. Coming into Stoke, where they had lived, we had a glorious view over the hills to St Marys church. Neither believed in god (although Catto would always say that she believed in the Holy Ghost), but the church was at the centre of village life, and she sang in the choir and Fuzzy was a bell-ringer. Their memorials are in the churchyard - Catto has a bench and Fuzzy a marble headstone, which I could see from the path. Fuzzy was head of the BBC World Service during WW2, and the inscription on his headstone is the BBC motto - Nation shall speak peace unto nation. I thought how pertinent that is today, and how Fuzzys ashes would be whirling around the incinerator at the thought of Brexit etc. Sorry, Fuzzy, our generation have royally f*%@ed up on that one. I hope we can start to sort it out before my ashes are whirling round with yours. I shed a tear. I also thought of Catto, and our shared love of music. Before she died, she gave me her violin. It is a very ordinary little fiddle, but it is a lovely thing to have a living reminder of her.
Back to the race. Coming out of Stoke I caught up with Mike, who was to be my companion, on and off, for the rest of the run. About the first thing we did was to get lost. There was a piece of tape on a gate, so we went through it, which it turned out we shouldnt have done. Using my GPX file, we steered ourselves back on to the course (we hadnt gone far), but were now the wrong side of a barbed wire fence. We could either go back to the gate (uphill) or over the fence. Mike was braver than me and reckoned we could climb the fence. This wasnt easy with 50 miles in our legs, but we helped each other over, and there was only a small amount of blood, on my knee and his elbow. After that we ploughed on together, and having company was really helpful in the final stages. We were both very tired, but kept each other going, not talking much.
CP6, Stratford St Mary. Less than 5 miles to go. And flat, they said. Which actually sounded like a mixed blessing, as it meant we should really run it all. It wasnt so much my legs - they were OK, but my whole body was aching now. I took on the role of slave driver, and told Mike when he was allowed to walk (not much), and we hauled ourselves towards the finish, overtaking a few more 50kers on the way. This section of the route had some of the best scenery - Dedham Vale, Flatford Mill etc., but its hard to appreciate it when youre so exhausted.
The finish is Brantham Leisure Centre in Cattawade, approaching from the bottom of the playing field, and I found one last burst of energy to sprint up the hill towards the line (sorry, Mikeâ€¦). Last year Id arrived here in the sweepers bus, and now I had done it on my own two feet. There was to be no fairytale podium finish (I was 10th woman), and my time of 13.16 wasnt even a 100k PB. Just a long, tough run. It wasnt a brilliant performance, but not a bad one either. It is a much tougher course than the Canalathon, both in terms of gradient and terrain (did I mention the stiles?), and my although I was a little slower here it was a better run. And I think I am recovering more quickly - I can already walk down stairs without holding on. A monkey off my back.
Thames Meander Marathon (trail) - Saturday 11th August 2018
Elvis 6 - Orion Harriers Forest Five Series - Race 3 - Saturday 11th August 2018
|Paul Quinton||29.23||5th scorer|
|Jose Rodriguez||29.30||7th scorer|
|Spencer Evans||31.12 (32.25)||18th scorer|
|Simon Thomas||32.02||23rd - 22nd|
|Jennifer Ansell||32.11||25th - 2nd scorer|
|James Nichols||32.13 (32.30)||26th - 24th|
|John Henry||32.20||29th - 27th|
|Nathan Jones||32.47||38th - 36th|
|Robert Rayworth||33.13 (33.43)||45th - 42nd scorer|
|Mark Wyatt||33.25||48th - 45th|
|Dan Senior||33.32||49th - 46th scorer|
|Andrew Baxter||33.35||50th - 47th scorer|
|Peter Craik||33.56||57th - 53rd|
|Calvin Bobin||34.35||64th - 60th|
|Ashley Faria||34.43 (36.08)||67th - 63rd|
|Neil Gage||34.54||70th - 66th|
|Carlton DSouza||35.48||81st - 74th|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||36.01||82nd - 75th|
|Amit Marks||36.10||84th - 77th|
|Terry Lewsey||36.13||85th - 78th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||36.25 (36.52)||86th - 8th scorer|
|Nick Clarke||36.25||87th - 79th|
|Gareth Davies||36.59||94th - 86th|
|Richard Guest||37.23||99th - 89th|
|Shailesh Patel||37.32 (41.32)||103rd - 93rd|
|Ramesh Pala||38.23 (40.19)||117th - 104th|
|Richard Potter||38.26||118th - 105th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||38.40||125th - 110th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||41.13||155th - 27th|
|David Hallybone||42.17||162nd - 130th|
|John Healy||42.28||168th - 135th|
|Emma Haddock||44.40 (elvis debut)||181st - 42nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||44.40 pb||182nd - 43rd scorer|
|Steven Bywater||44.47||183rd - 140th|
|Catherine Brett||46.23||201st - 56th scorer|
|Sheila Kennedy||47.20||212th - 62nd|
|Fiona Day||47.59||219th - 68th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||48.31||226th - 73rd|
|Catriona Hoult||48.51||229th - 76th|
|Caroline Moore||48.56||231st - 77th|
|Jayne Browne||49.19||232nd - 78th|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||62.39||274th - 106th|
|Don Bennett||62.47||275th - 169th|
|Susan Bushnell||64.42 (elvis debut)||278th - 109th|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 11th August 2018
|Stuart Barton||27.28* debut||128th - 52.85% Eastleigh|
|Jakub Czeczotka||20.57* debut||25th - 63.33% Durham|
|Euan Brown||16.02* debut||1st - 80.46% Burnley|
|Alex Jameson||25.57 debut||38th - 55.94% Haverford West|
|Andrew Howard||23.18 debut||38th - 67.10% Chichester|
|Scott McMillan||19.15* (course pb)||2nd - 72.85% Horton Park|
|Tim Aylett||25.49||49th - 52.87% Sittingbourne|
|Martin Quinlan||25.48 debut||65th - 55.36% Victoria Dock|
|Stephen Swan||24.15 debut||24th - 53.47% Great Dunmow|
|Marc Akers||41.52||172nd - 33.88% Gunpowder|
|Kasia Stachowiak||22.02 (course pb)||81st - 67.85% Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||25.20||149th - 59.74% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||37.16||268th - 41.06% Hackney|
|Mark Wiltshire||24.42||25th - 53.10% Roding Valley|
|Karen Levison||20.28 (1st lady)||6th - 82.90% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.54||27th - 66.08% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.40||82nd - 54.00% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||32.12 (course pb)||149th - 48.50% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.04||35th - 72.21% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.27||16th - 60.61% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||24.30||35th - 52.93% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||26.13 (course pb)||46th - 53.66% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||26.47||57th - 57.87% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||29.06||89th - 56.24% Wanstead|
|Shaun DeSena||33.41||80th - 38.50% Amager Faelled|
|Patrick Brown||17.55 (200th parkrun)||1st - 72.84% Walthamstow|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.39 debut||3rd - 66.16% Walthamstow|
|Arthur Diaz||27.54 debut||170th - 50.06% Mile End|
28 parkruns at 18 venues, 3 first finishers,
9 debuts and 4 course pbs,
Three first finishes for Patrick at Walthamstow,
Karen at Valentines and Euan at Burnley.
Highest age grades for Euan 80.46% and Karen 82.90%
ELR Records for:
Stuart at Eastleigh,
Jakub at Durham,
Euan at Burnley,
Scott at Horton Park
Pride Run 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 11th August 2018
Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 8th August 2018
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 5th August 2018
|Michael Bamford||45.59||93rd, 2nd V50|
Peak Skyline (half) - 14.5 miles - Sunday 5th August 2018
|Joshua Stephens||3.23.29||23rd, |
Peak Skyline (half) done!
I am rubbish at hills, and have hardly any endurance. My brain thought that it would be fun to sign up for 30miles and 2000m of ascent. Luckily I was able to drop to the half distance and only run 14.5miles in the end...
I've been to track twice recently. I ran 1.7km in the forest last week. I used to live in Buckhurst Hill (that sort of counts as training)
Night before - too tired to find dinner, so had a jumbo packs of crisps, a sausage roll and a beer. Your classic carb load.
Morning - 2 xPain au chocolat and a Starbucks espresso
During - one Caffeine Bullet, Mountain Fuel blackberry, jelly beans
Race - running uphill sucks. I am not good at it. I like downhill! I overtook people on the downhill. Then they ran passed me while I cried onto the upwards slopes. Why is it so hot? Beautiful scenary, friendly staff. Well marked course. My legs are now dead. And I am so sunburnt that I will soon be able to get work as a David Dickenson lookalike.
Results - 14.5 miles in 3.23.29
2nd under 40 male (out of 4 :D)
23rd overall (out of 44...)
Old Downs Estate 10km, Bristol - Sunday 5th August 2018
|Caroline Frith||53.30||19th, 3rd lady, 1st VF40|
Aspire Runnings Old Down Estate 10k
Running this race seemed like a good idea when I entered 10 days ago. We were going to be at my dads in Wiltshire for a few days, so I was looking for a race within 1 hrs drive and this fitted the bill. To add to the appeal there was a 1km kids race, plus the entry fee meant we could stay at the Old Downs Estate all day complete with trampolines and adventure playground to keep the kids amused whats not to like?
The race blurb didnt make it sound too difficult.
As always, we will be strongly advising trail/off road footwear as you cannot possibly run this race safely in road shoes (No matter what the weather conditions are on the day) There are minimal areas of tarmac, so please take care when switching terrains and exercise caution throughout.
10k route: An amazingly diverse off road, multi terrain route. The 5k is a single loop, the 10k a two-loop course which will incorporate trails, woodland, stony tracks and open countryside.
The kids race was first and I had an extremely proud mummy moment watching my 10 yr old daughter come 2nd overall and 1st girl, and my 6 yr old son come within the top 10.
Our race didnt start till 10.30 5k and 10k started together to complete either 1 or 2 laps of the course.
Theres only one word to describe this race . nuts. Or maybe insane. I think my splits indicate just how tough the course was: 6.49, 8.17, 9.45, 7.07, 8.52, 9.33, 8.54 with the overall distance measuring 6.42 miles and my average pace 8.20.
The first part was straight downhill on grass tracks around fields, before it quickly narrowed to single track on very stony paths. Before long we were under the trees which provided much needed shade, but the the crazy hills began this was last Wednesdays ELVIS race on steroids, but thankfully I had Michael Bamfords voice in my head ATTACK THOSE HILLS which of course made them feel effortless. The paths were well marked but extremely winding and narrow, with the ever present tree root trip hazards. People were stumbling all over the place, and it didnt help that at several pinch points there were people coming from other directions who were at different points in the race. Having broken my foot 2 years ago running in Claybury woods I am always pretty wary of woodland running.
One of the hills was so steep to almost require scrambling, and at one point there was a gully to cross which we crossed 4 times in total twice in each direction.
At 4 miles I had second lady in my sights and even overtook her with only a mile to go, but she powered past me again and I couldnt catch her.
Very happy with 3rd lady and 1st V40 given Im far more used to pounding the relatively flat pavements of east London, where the most common hazard to avoid is dog poo!
I think that was my first Aspire running race and I would definitely recommend them smooth organisation, whilst being pretty laid back, plenty of friendly marshals, masses of post race treats (sweets, fruit, flapjacks, brownies) and the kids got medals, mini trophies and goodie bags.
All in all a good day, and proud to wear my ELR vest.
AJ Bell London Triathlon 2018 - Olympic Westminister - Sunday 5th August 2018
|Ava Lee||2.27.21||96th, 3rd lady|
|Daniel Lee||2.32.18||175th man, 9th M45-49|
1500m swim, t1, 40k cycle, t2, 10km run
Ava 27.50, 3.14, 1.05.35, 2.15, 48.30 = 2.27.21
Danny 33.40, 3.24, 1.04.04, 2.20, 48.52 = 2.32.18
Jason 51.29, 7.23, 1.26.43, 3.11, 1.46.32 = 4.15.16
Run Through Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 5th August 2018
Run Norwich 10km - Sunday 5th August 2018
AJ Bell London Triathlon 2018 - Olympic Leamouth route. - Saturday 4th August 2018
|Gemma Foxall||3.11.00||503rd /1147|
1.5k swim/ t1/ 40k cycle/ t2/ 10k run = Olympic
36.09 /4.47 / 1.24.44 /2.40 /1.02.42 = 3.11.00
503rd/ 1147, Women 49th/272, W25-29 29th
AJ Bell London Triathlon 2018 - Sprint - Saturday 4th August 2018
|Robert Spread||1.24.46||57th/ 1044|
750m swim/t1 / 20k cycle/ t2/ 5k run = sprint.
13.59/ 3.36/ 39.10/ 2.01/ 26.01 = 1.24.46.
57th 0f 1044, Men 49/ 662, M35-39 10/112.
QEOP Summer Series 10km - Saturday 4th August 2018
|Terry Lewsey||42.52 pb||25th, 2nd V40|
Race Report for Olympic Park Summer Series 10K
This is my first race report so apologies for not doing one before, but most of my races are shorter distances 5k and park runs So there isnt normally a lot to report. Hopefully ive made up for it though, as this one goes on a bit, as it partly covers a previous race.
About 2 weeks ago I decided to book another 10k race to try and get over my last bad one which was the Felstead 10k back in July, that race seriously knocked my confidence after running PBs at 5k, 5miles, and 10k whilst running the 1 hour city run, it was all going so well until that run, which was on the hottest day of the year with a late start, but with a few hills thrown in. To cut a long story short basically it was such an effort I almost gave up at every km after the 2nd km and I felt so crap I almost thought about giving up running after. which I didnt think was possible. Only a week before every race felt like a PBs was coming so maybe I expected to much from myself on this one
Following the race the training runs that followed all felt pretty bad with no energy and half way round that sinking feeling of wanted to stop and having a mental battle just to get home all added to a knock in confidence and questioning my own sanity as to why I even doing this
To get over this bad spot I decided to book some time away to my house in Greece which involved me dropping out of the Elvis 4 race, and just try to figure out a way forward, plan was to do nothing but eat good food, sleep well, and run for 7 days up and down the mountain range by my house, in whatever heat there was to better prepare myself for any conditions I might next encounter next time, After a week of that and pushing hard and running in some insane temperatures the hottest being 37 Degrees in the midday sun, I felt like I was ready to go again mind was strong, body was doing what the mind told it too again. So with some confidence restored a few weeks ago I booked my next 10k race the Olympic Park Summer series 10K, as I needed get back on the horse and to put this demon to rest
The next few weeks flew by due to being busy with work, and on Saturday I got up at 6:30 am to get myself ready for a 9:30 am start at Olympic Park I always give myself lots of time before races as I get super anxious, and nervous and today was no different, in fact it was worse a lot was riding on today, if I had another bad race maybe that would be it, the end of running ,I sure hoped not, after getting my bag and kit together I headed out to the car, it was a nice sunny day and it was going to defo be a hot one, so I dropped the roof, put the sunglasses on and cranked up the music to enjoy the drive down to Olympic Park. On my way down to develop a positive mindset I decided no matter what, sun ,heat, rain, hills or whatever I would be running a PB time, at least sub 45 mins, which I have really struggled to get below, as I seemed to pace things to slowly when it comes to the 10K, after parking the car in Westfields I started the longish walk to the ArcelorMittal Orbit section of Olympic park where the race starts from, to take my mind off things I engaged in some usual witty banter on a call from Stephen Taylor, who pretty much told me my 10k time was crap, which I agreed with, and he pretty much laid down the gauntlet to beat his time, This meant my focus now shifted from beating my own PB to racing hard to Beat his
I arrived at check in and everything was seriously organised, I had my race number in a matter of minutes, I sorted my bag ready for the bag drop which was upstairs then headed off to locate the toilets for my first of many visits, thankfully there was a very small queue for the nicely equipment inside loos but the temperature inside meant that after just 2-3 mins inside I was already sweating like I had just finished a 10k.
On my way over to warm up I bumped into another ELR runner Spencer we said hello then I headed off to get warmed up, I did a good solid warm up for around 20 mins with various strides dynamic stretches, everything felt good but my hamstrings were tight, I put that to the back of my mind as today wasnt about excuses, id run on far worse so I would make the best I could of things, the nerves started kicking in now so a few more visits to the loo which now felt like a sauna and I was ready,
I lined up around 9:25 beside Spencer Evans and we briefly chatted again, and I just focused those 5 mins on clearing my mind of any negative thoughts, I had a game plan, I had done some training in heat and hills now, so I was ready for today, so with that mindset I decided to go out at fast 5k pace and decided to hold it as long as I could , the course. was a 3 lap course with some hills bridges all on concrete so I had a good opportunity to hold the 5k pace first lap and then have the race clock to reference it from.to see how I was doing This race wasnt about checking my watch or running with music ,this race was all about straight out running by feel no rhythm to slow my down, or a watch to tell me im running to fast or slow, I went through first 3.33km in 14:02 mins, which put me on target for a 42 mins 10k time surely I couldnt keep this up the second lap I still felt good, so I pushed and pushed and knew I was onto something special after going through the second lap 28:45 on the clock, last lap things got a little harder but I kept it going and even finished up sprint finishing at 3:21 km pace for last 400m section, as I approached the finish line the clock was still showing 42mins and in the 50s so I pushed even harder and cross the line just in time, I got my PB I not only run sub 45 min, but also sub 44, and sub 43 with a time of 42:52 I went to get my time print out and was over the moon that I had got an almost 3min PB, oh and before I forget I also beat Stephen Taylor time which now takes our running banter to a whole new level,
So medal round my neck sipping water on the way up to bag drop I bumped into a few runners who I had passed, who commented that I looked solid and powerful the whole way round, and that I kept good pace, they seems really pleased I got a PB and congratulated me on a good run, this felt good, I was buzzing again, I needed this run to get my mojo back, I sat with Mark another runner who I think I have convinced to join ELR, and we sat enjoying this lovely day and the contents of our goodies bags taking some pictures of our medals stadium in the background, I then looked again at my slip not even believing it ..then noticed my Category position V40 1st surely I hasnt just come first in my age group, I went downstairs to get this verified as I know sometimes results alter and change, and it had, I finished up in 2nd place In V40 category 25th overall which Im still over the moon about, I also got myself a medal and made some new running friends, days like these make me so pleased I decided to change my life around and decided to get fit and embrace running, its only been a short journey for me 8 months running so far but im loving every minute of it now, and having a club like ELR to run for has given it all some meaning and direction, so thanks for having me!,
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 4th August 2018
|Paul Marshall||22.46* (course pb)||23rd - 57.61% Trelissick|
|Scott McMillan||18.43* debut||3rd - 74.62% Oldham|
|Andrew Howard||22.58* debut||29th - 68.07% Ditton Pastures|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.48* debut||25th - 55.74% Wormwood Scrubs|
|Martin Quinlan||25.35* debut||43rd - 55.83% Foots Cray Meadows|
|Patrick Brown||17.29* (1st man)||1st - 74.64% Kingsbury Water|
|Fiona Critchley||25.09* debut||26th - 68.32% Clare Castle|
|Shaun DeSena||32.50 (100th parkrun)||66th - 39.49% Clare Castle|
|Andrew Baxter||20.17* debut||5th - 72.14% Haverford West|
|Chris Green||31.25 debut||72nd - 43.13% Brentwood|
|Stuart Barton||26.28 debut||184th - 54.85% Catton|
|James Nichols||19.19* debut ||8th - 67.90% Chichester|
|Alexandra Brown||25.27||83rd - 58.15% Haigh Woodland|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.59||42nd - 56.70% Barking|
|Marc Akers||42.28||156th - 33.40% Gunpowder|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.28||64th - 57.86% Mile End|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.38 (50th parkrun)||69th - 58.25% Mile End|
|John Henry||19.47||3rd - 67.99% Walthamstow|
|Calvin Bobin||21.00 debut||11th - 78.41% Walthamstow|
|Emily Clarke||21.48 (1st lady)||16th - 68.35% Walthamstow|
|Billy Rayner||16.58 (1st man)||1st - 76.92% Hackney|
|Robert Rayworth||19.09||30th - 72.32% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.58||101st - 62.19% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.14 pb||108th - 63.70% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||27.00||171st - 51.73% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||58.43 (tailrunner)||259th - 26.20% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.21||2nd - 77.29% Roding Valley|
|Andy Kumar||18.45 (course pb)||3rd - 69.60% Roding Valley|
|John Healy||24.36 debut||26th - 57.18% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.53||47th - 65.32% Roding Valley|
|Catriona Hoult||31.11 debut||67th - 50.08% Roding Valley|
|Mark Wyatt||19.30||3rd - 66.24% Wanstead|
|Lawrence Foster||23.24||33rd - 65.10% Wanstead|
|Becky Evans||23.29 debut||35th - 71.40% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||23.50||36th - 63.50% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.54||38th - 58.86% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||24.43||43rd - 52.46% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.56||46th - 62.17% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.39||56th - 62.51% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.26||79th - 49.76% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.30||102nd - 63.51% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||31.55 (course pb)||137th - 43.76% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||36.42||166th - 43.32% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||43.32||173rd - 37.60% Wanstead|
|Nathan Jones||19.25||3rd - 66.44% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.24||8th - 71.16% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||22.10||13th - 58.20% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.12||33rd - 59.50% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||25.22||50th - 59.07% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||25.42||58th - 66.02% Valentines|
|Tricia ONeill||25.45 debut||61st - 63.56% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||26.31||71st - 64.42% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.29||84th - 72.74% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||34.21 (course pb)||157th - 42.26% Valentines|
|Fiona Day||29.27||84th - 65.87% Clair|
|John Booth||17.35 (course pb)||3rd - 76.49% Beckton|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.41||50th - 55.81% Beckton|
Still some final results from Valentines to come.
Three first finishers - Patrick at Kingsbury Water,
Emily at Walthamstow and Billy at Hackney.
50th parkrun for Shaun DeSena and 100th for Saheb Yousefi.
ELR records for
Paul Marshall at Trelissick,
Scott at Oldham,
Andrew at Ditton Pastures,
Jakub at Wormwood Scrubs,
Martin at Foots Cray Meadows,
Patrick at Kingsbury Water,
Fiona at Clare Castle
Andrew Baxter at Haverford West and
James Nichols at Chichester.
Twilight Ipswich 10km - Friday 3rd August 2018
|Stephen Swan||52.05 pb||439th|
Alpe d Huez Triathlon (Long Distance) - Thursday 2nd August 2018
|Sarah Burns||10.08.10||558th, 11th Vet.|
2.2km swim/ 118km cycle / 20km run
47.38 / 6.30.00 / 1.35.18
It is unique because the swimming event takes place in the crystal waters of the Lac du Verney, accessible to swimmers only during the Triathlon. Exceptionally, thanks to the authorisation of EDF, a partner in the competition, competitors will have the privilege of swimming in clear waters, at an altitude of 700 m, in a setting of greenery provided by the luxuriantly wooded peaks that surround this body of water. Sheer delight, which will soon make you forget the rather chilly temperature of the water, at some 15-16Â°C at the height of summer.
It is unique because the course of the bike race is quite simply legendary, with 3 mountain passes on the programme the Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m) and the Col d'Ornon (1371 m) as well as the climb of the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d'Huez, which has earned its well-deserved fame in the Tour de France, which includes it almost every year.
Patience and courage are the mottos for this major altitude change course, which is unique, finally, because once you've set down your bike, the run course event takes place within the majestic setting of the resort of Alpe d'Huez. The course is a mixture of asphalted roads and mountain paths, and consists of three 7.3 km loops.
One last altitude effort that confirms that the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon is indeed a summit of the international world of triathlon.
At 7am I threw my rucksack on my back and began the 13-mile cycle (mainly down mountain) to the
start at Lac du Verney. Thinking to myself that this was already slightly crazy.
Arriving at the lake I dropped my running bag off (these would be taken to T2 at the top of Alpe
dHuez), found my spot in T1 and set up my bike and kit. It wasnt long before I wriggled in to my
wetsuit and joined the other 1000 competitors by the edge of the lake for the briefing, where they
confirmed the water temp was 18 degrees (a pleasant surprise from the 15 degree weâ€™d told
previously). 10 mins before the start we entered the water. The start line was approx 200m from the
shore, so I swam to the far side of the start line near the other side of the lake and beached myself
on the rocks with a load of others. I had no desire to spend 10mins treading water. Before long the
horn sounded, and the swim was underway. As the day was about survival, rather than racing, I let
the other swimmers go off then steadily picked my way through the pack. The turns at the buoys
were scrappy but I kept my cool and ploughed on. On completing the first 1.1km loop I found there
were fewer people around me and managed to settle in to a steadier rhythm. As I turned past the
final buoy I could see the blue carpeted exit ramp in the distance and headed straight towards it.
And before long I was clambering up it on all fours. Bloody hell it was steep. Swim done.
In T2 I changed in to my cycle bib, jersey and arm warmers (today was also about comfort), threw all
my kit in my numbered black bag and headed out on the bike course with the advice given to us at
the briefing The race doesnt really start until you are at the foot of Alpe dHuez at the front of my
mind. The first 14 miles were relatively flat in to a slight headwind. I got myself comfy on my tribars,
settled in to a stead rhythm and took on some food and water. The man in the bike shop had told be
to ride smart so I resisted the temptation to push too hard. Before long I reached the foot of the
fist climb, the Col de le Morte! I was only a couple of minutes in to the climb when I realised I was in
the lowest gear and started to worry, on looking around so was everyone else (panic over). Helpfully
on the climbs there are markers at each KM counting down to the summit. These markers also
helpfully gave the average gradient of that section of the climb. I chose to not to look at these. Id
know Id reached the summit when Id got there, and Id know how hard the gradient was when I
encountered it. My plan for the climbs was to keep a steady cadence and keep my heartrate under
140bpm. The shade on the climb of the Col de la Morte was welcome as the temperature was
beginning to climb. Everyone seemed in good spirits and we chatted as passed each other and
congratulated each other when we reached the top. I topped up my water and refuelled before
beginning the decent. One down, two to go.
As we dropped down in the valley the heat became stifling, the air was dry and the heat coming of
the road was intense. The decent wasnt too technical so i took on more food and water and had a
bit of rest. At the next feed station, I grabbed some more water and chucked a fair bit over my head
as the heat of the day pushed on in the mid-thirties and turned my thoughts to tackling the next
climb. The Col DOrnon started quite gently but the road was exposed to the sun and there was dry
head wind. I think reality set in on this climb that this was going to be a long hot day and the chatter
of the previous climb was replaced with a determined silence. The balls of my feet had started to
burn because my socks had become crumpled in my bike shoes, so I stopped and took them off, oh
the relief. As the last few km of the climb ramped up the heat was ridiculous, but I tried not to think
about what was to come. Again, at the summit I refuelled and got a hose down by one of the
volunteers, bliss. The decent from the Col DOrnon was quite technical and a bit stressful so I waited
until I reached the bottom to take on refreshments. I was now 63 miles in to the ride and the race
hadnt even started.
The route to the foot of Alpe dHuez took us through the town of Bourg dOisans where Id stayed
the previous year. As I rode through the town I focused my mind on how I would tackle the 21
infamous switch backs of the Alpe dHuez. Knowing that the first 6 bends were horrific I decided to
break it down in to 3 lots of 7 bends (I could only do simple maths at this stage). As soon as we left
Bourg dOisans we hit a wall of asphalt as the road ramped up steeply to bend 21. It was hot, so hot.
The heat was coming off the road, off the rock face of the mountain, from my own body heat. The
air was hot. The water in my bottles was hot and my gels had been heating up nicely in my back
pocket. The heat was cruel. The temperature on my garmin recorded 39 degrees as I reached bend
19. I gritted my teeth and kept on peddling using the momentary relief afforded by the switch backs
to sip on my water. I soft focused as I passed the numbered signs on the bends until I finally reach
bend 14. Time to reset for another 7 bends.
Passing the feed station I managed to grab some water bottles and get a hose down (there was no
way I was getting off my bike). Reluctantly I threw a warm gel down my neck and cracked on. Now it
was horrific. People were walking, people were sat at the side of the road, oh god. I chose not to
look, instead riding a la Froome with my head down, reading the names of the Tour rider that had
been written on the tarmac. Who should I be? Froome, Dumoulin, Bardet, Geraint? I decided Id be
Contador (I know hes retired but hes my favourite) look at the way he attacks the climb, dancing
on the pedals my dancing was more like stomping but pretending to be Contador passed the time
until I reached bend 7.
This had now become a war of attrition that I wasnt entirely sure I would win. There was great
support on the later bends of the climbs. Kids hung out the window of the cars shouting Allez, Allez
Sarah! Locals poured water over your head and willed you on. It was only when I reach bend 1 that
I knew i would make it to T2. One final push and I arrived in transition. Thank f***!
Relieved to find my run bag had made it safely up the mountain I parked my bike did a quick change
under a towel in to my running short, fought to get my toe socks on, laced up my trainers, threw on
my cap and headed out of transition. Why was it still so hot? I ran through the sun lotion station,
grabbed some coke and head off on the first lap of the run. The run was 3 laps. I had decided that I
would march up the hills (Mr Motivator style) and run down them taking on coke and water at each
feed station. The run route went through the town and then headed up towards one of the ski
stations, it was exposed, hot and windy. When I finished the first lap I looked at my watch and it read
50mins. I tried not to despair, there wasnt anything to be done. My lungs were tired, my stomach in
bits and my core temperature was similar to that of a nuclear reactor. I tried to look at the positives,
Id hauled my arse up 3 mountains and I was a third of the way through the run. Same again for the
second lap. Most people were walking up the hills, so I kept my head up and marched on. Another
50mins passed and I was back in transition at the start of the final lap. Please make this stop. Even
running down hill had become almost impossible. I dug deep and ran the final downhill, back in to
transition and round and up to the finish funnel. The finish was lined with so many people and I was
met with a wall on noise. The kids were hanging over the barrier with hands out stretched so I got
my sprint on and high fived my way down the finish funnel. It was so much fun. As I ran through the
finish line I finally let myself believe that I could do it, picked up my medal and then sat in an ice bath
with 5 French men (it had all been worth it).
It is probably one of the toughest things Ive ever done, and I certainly underestimated the race and
was woefully under prepared. But you do what you can and hope that on the day your body and
mind see you through and luckily, they did. There were 201 poor souls on the DNF list, almost 1/5 of
the field, so I count my blessing that I made it to the finish line.
Elvis 5 - Harold Wood 5km, Harold Wood Park - Wednesday 1st August 2018
|Mark Boulton||17.09||1st - scorer|
|Paul Quinton||17.16||3rd - scorer 74.63%|
|Billy Rayner||17.23||5th - scorer|
|Scott McMillan||18.54||18th - scorer|
|Dan Senior||19.10||21st - scorer|
|Jennifer Ansell||19.19||24th - 1st scorer|
|Daniel Lee||19.22||25th - 24th scorer 74.42%|
|Louis Le Roux||19.37||29th - 27th|
|Ava Lee||20.06||33rd - 3rd scorer|
|Tom Howourth||20.26||37th - 34th|
|Peter Craik||20.31||38th - 35th|
|Mark Wyatt||20.29||40th - 37th 63.33%|
|Terry Lewsey||20.52||44th - 40th|
|Neil Gage||21.04||45th - 41st|
|Calvin Bobin||21.15||49th - 45th, 1st V60|
|Michael Bamford||21.14||50th - 46th|
|Paul Marshall||21.13||51st - 47th|
|Caroline Frith||21.19||53rd - 5th scorer|
|Craig Livermore||21.18||54th - 49th|
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||21.16 (Elvis debut)||55th - 6th scorer 67.68%|
|Paul Thompson||21.44||61st - 55th|
|Carlton DSouza||21.56||67th - 61st|
|Emily Clarke||22.10||71st - 7th|
|Grant Conway||22.11||72nd - 65th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.17||75th - 68th|
|Shailesh Patel||22.20||76th - 69th|
|Peter Hatley||22.31||79th - 72nd|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.25||92nd - 81st|
|Andrew Howard||23.43||98th - 87th|
|Maud Hodson||25.01||129th - 24th|
|Chloe Millan||25.10||132nd - 25th|
|Tim Aylett||25.10||134th - 109th|
|David Hallybone||25.23||138th - 113th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.21||139th - 28th|
|Karan Gadhia||25.26||140th - 114th |
|John Healy||25.45||142nd - 116th|
|Marc Akers||26.23||148th - 117th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.23||151st |
|Rachel Le Roux||26.30||153rd - 33rd|
|Doug Mansell||26.35||161st 62.61%|
|Andrea Waller||26.49||167th - 40th|
|Hayley Collins||26.52||171st - 42nd|
|Stuart Barton||27.22||179th - 132nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.30||181st - 49th|
|Katherine Harris||28.00||186th - 52nd|
|Caroline Moore||28.04||189th - 55th|
|Helen McGuinness||28.55||196th - 59th|
|Jayne Browne||29.07||200th - 62nd|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.14||202nd - 64th|
|Sheila Kennedy||30.18||214th - 74th|
|Sandra Hiller||31.47||227th - 83rd 55.54%|
|Vikki Harler||31.47||229th - 85th 47.94%|
|Maya Goodwin||34.39||243rd - 96th|
|Alice Barrett||36.28||253rd - 103rd 39.47%|
|Don Bennett||36.57||255th - 151st|
1st overall lady Jennifer Ansell
3rd lady Ava Lee
1st overall man Mark Boulton
3rd man Paul Quinton
Vet 60 Calvin Bobin
Go Tri Duathlon 71, QEOP Velopark - Tuesday 31st July 2018
2 mile run/ 10 mile cycle/ 2 mile run
14.48 / 30.52 / 16.00 = 1.01.41
Sri Chimnoy Battersea Park Relays (3 x 1 mile) - Monday 30th July 2018
175 teams finished.
38th - ELR 16.01
James Nichols, Sam Browne and Robert Rayworth
89th - PHE Penguins 17.33
Nick Clarke, Ellie Wilkinson and Amit Marks.
103rd - Action Against Hunger (Mixed) 18.09
featured Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.
130th - Pina Colada 19.28
Lucy Barron, Alexandra Brown and Emily Clarke.
176th - Mothers Pride 22.43
Joanna Wood, Jason Levy and Marc Akers.
City to Summit - Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2018
After a 4am start for a 15 mile road race (2.20) through Edinburgh,Nat
completed a 115 mile bike ride (8.45) despite relentless rain for most
A 12 mile trail run (3.00) was then followed by another 13 mile run up
Ben Nevis, which took around seven hours, before Nat had to navigate
his way back down.
Nat said "By this time my legs were shot and every step was pain. At the
finish 22 minutes over the official finish time of midnight. I was
presented with the most thoroughly earned medal in my collection."
Marlow Fugitive Sprint Duathlon - Sunday 29th July 2018
|Michael Bamford||1.34.35||4th, 1st age category|
Sprint Duathlon - 5k run/24k cycle/ 5k run.
Ride 100 - Sunday 29th July 2018
|Louis Le Roux||6.03.32|
|Rachel Le Roux||6.40.04|
Rachel:- 100 mile bike ride on a beautiful Sunday morning.....not!
Really pleased with my time though was aiming for 7 hours but got 6:40.
- Thanks East London Runners for my ballot place.
Ride 46 - Sunday 29th July 2018
also Dave Chapman 2.59.26 and his report.
Well done Geriant Thomas. I see you chose to compete in the Tour de France
rather than having me kick your arse in the Ride London 46 this year!
See you next year sucker.
Anna Dingle:- Despite the conditions, I had a great time on the Ride 46 today.
It was lovely to be at the start with some great people - it made the cold more bearable
so thank you. Ride 46 you were cold, wet and windy but still a lot of fun. Great to be
with everyone from East London Runners at the start too. It made it all the more bearable
standing waiting getting cold. My bike rode like a dream today and finally feel like I am
getting back to my best.
Stuart: Ride London 46 you were hard you were wet, But ELR can take it #ELRstrong
Lee Valley 10km - Sunday 29th July 2018
|Andy Bolderstone||49.03 pb||46th|
Lee Valley 10 miles - Sunday 29th July 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||56.24 pb||2nd|
2nd overall in the Lee Valley 10-mile race with a time of 56'38". I felt I didnt
empty the tank completely, so that means the marathon training is going well.
Twisted course with some sections off-road. The UK weather is definitely back
Twilight 50k Ultra, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Saturday 28th July 2018
|Michael Wilson||5.24.53||6th, 2nd V55|
|Kirk Johnson||9.12.30||17th, 2nd V50|
Dock 2 Dock swim - Saturday 28th July 2018
|Joanna Wood||36.37||38th of 68, 1500m|
|Ava Lee||1.43.39||35th of 142, 5km|
|Daniel Lee||2.23.17||115th of 142, 5km|
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 28th July 2018
|Zoila Gilham-Fernandez||1.40.22||38th, 5th lady|
|Nick Hoult||1.42.56||45th, 4th V40|
Run Through Velopark 5km - Saturday 28th July 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th July 2018
|Jonathan Wooldridge||25.58 debut||82nd - 55.46% Hilly Fields|
|Dan Gritton||17.49||5th - 79.61% Burgess|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.06 debut||6th - 61.61% Harrow Lodge|
|Samia Choudhury||40.00 debut||127th - 37.00% Harrow Lodge|
|Martin Quinlan||25.52||149th - 55.22% Southwark|
|Stuart Barton||26.16 debut||164th - 55.27% Southwark|
|Shaun DeSena||31.55* debut||73rd - 40.63% Cross Flatts|
|Caroline Frith||20.43 debut||43rd - 73.85% Victoria, Glasgow |
|Ashley Faria||20.43* debut||28th - 70.07% Fells Foot, Newby Bridge|
|Kat Maskell||27.57 debut||49th - 54.14% Harlow|
|Calvin Bobin||20.30* debut||21st - 80.33% Penrose|
|Terry Lewsey||20.22* (course pb)||5th - 67.51% Thurrock|
|Stephen Swan||23.12 debut||53rd - 55.89% Castle Park|
|Andrew Howard||23.54* debut||30th - 65.41% Prospect|
|Fiona Critchley||24.40||24th - 69.66% Great Dunmow|
|Liam Dempsey||26.52||38th - 48.26% Brentwood|
|John Henry||19.24||20th - 69.33% Finsbury|
|Marc Akers||39.19||159th - 36.07% Gunpowder|
|James Nichols||18.59||9th - 69.10% Chelmsford Central|
|Roselin Boramakot||43.07||229th - 34.33% Hackney|
|Andy Kumar||19.39||5th - 66.41% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||23.06||20th - 57.07% Roding Valley|
|Shailesh Patel||21.23 debut||18th - 70.07% Barking|
|Saheb Yousefi||24.48 debut||36th - 53.16% Barking|
|Nathan Jones||20.05||5th - 64.23% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||22.00 (1st lady)||11th - 77.12% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||23.21||26th - 61.67% Valentines|
|Simon Thomas||26.00||50th - 50.45% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||32.47 (course pb)||136th - 47.64% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.23||1st - 78.74% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||18.32||3rd - 70.41% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.18||5th - 72.37% Wanstead|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||20.00||8th - 65.00% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||21.36||15th - 59.72% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||25.01||42nd - 60.49% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.10||45th - 63.71% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||26.01||55th - 59.58% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||27.14||75th - 50.12% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||27.19||76th - 59.91% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.47||85th - 58.31% Wanstead|
|Tina Bennett||28.05||88th - 54.78% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.27||95th - 55.83% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.32||100th - 57.36% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.42||107th - 54.41% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||31.09 (100th parkrun)||129th - 42.11% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||35.45 (50th parkrun)||151st - 44.85% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||41.42||167th - 39.25% Wanstead|
47 parkruns at 22 venues, 2 first finishers.
13 debuts and 2 course pbs, a 50th & 100th parkrun.
First finishes for Euan at Wanstead & Karen at Valentines.
50th parkrun for Morag and 100th for Paul Marshall, both at Wanstead.
ELR Course records for:
Shaun DeSena at Cross Flatts,
Ashley Faria at Fells Foot,
Calvin Bobin at Penrose,
Terry Lewsey at Thurrock and
Andrew Howard at Prospect.
Debuts at 7 other venues.
Best age grade for Calvin 80.33%.
Soar Mile, QEOP Track - Friday 27th July 2018
|Maud Hodson||6.40.50 pb||6th|
|Euan Brown||4.21.12 pb||9th|
The Owler Half Triathlon - Sunday 22nd July 2018
|Sarah Burns||5.27.36||33rd, 5th lady, 1st in age cat.|
1.9k swim/ 90km cycle / 21km run.
Caterham Rotary Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd July 2018
Run Through Finsbury Park 10km - Sunday 22nd July 2018
Took part in the RunThrough Finsbury Park 10k this morning. What a great little race set up.
4 laps, including a long gradual hill on each lap. Wonderful volunteers who really encouraged
you with advice and well wishes, and this cute medal.
Waiting for official time, my watch said 1.24
Happy that my final lap was pretty much as strong as my first lap, I havenâ€™t run this strong in
a long time....and it was proper humid.
I will be doing some more of these events for sure.
Jurassic Coast Challenge - Saturday 21st July 2018
|Suzanne Bench||9.08.15 (58km)||10th overall, 2nd lady (1st half)|
|Geoff Bench||7.02.23 (44km)||9th overall, 6th man (2nd half)|
Suzanne's Race report- Jurassic coast ultra
Booked this way back in October after Geoff did Beachy head marathon- sounded like a lovely coastal run and a good post London follow up run. Although it was quite pricey we decided to make a weekend of it- I would do first half-Poole to Weymouth( 58k) and Geoff second half -Weymouth to Bridport (42k)
Last week I wasn't feeling so excited about it- the heat and a lack of time to put in any training (except Colworth) meant I was not in the best shape but decided to just go and enjoy the weekend. Geoff also had sustained (another!!) calf injury and was struggling to walk let alone run!
So, on the starting line in 28 degrees heat at 9am I had few expectations. I hadn't checked the route map and had thought I'd finish in about 6-7 hours-I had no idea what was coming-HILLS, HILLS, HILLS, some almost vertical and struggled even to walk up them and vertical steps down the other side!! Also had to run over sand and pebbles, which was tough and through the nudist beach which was busy and interesting!!!
BUT... the scenery was beautiful (apart from the nudists!- all I could think was that I hoped they had plenty of sun cream on!). I was lucky enough to find two amazing running partners Graham and Tanya (First Lady) who kept me going and made the whole experience great. Once I had shifted my mindset to running an ultra (as Tanya kept telling me I had to) and telling myself it was ok to walk up those hills I really enjoyed it. Rest stops were well catered although one was 18k and that felt like forever. Good meal and a glass of prosecco at end of just over 9 hours (37 miles on watch) plus a medal and t shirt (cotton though) and finding out I was second lady made the cost worthwhile.
Geoff did amazing completing his marathon part in 6.5 hours on watch despite being in a lot of pain! We finished the day sat in a beach hut opposite our lovely B&B with wine and chocolate and listening to the waves- all in all a great experience although struggling to walk now!
Hope to get to club Wednesday if I can run by then!
Geoff's short race report - Jurassic coast challenge 2nd half.
After dropping Suzanne of at 8.00 am ready for her 9.00am start, I headed back to Weymouth for the start of the marathon at Mid-day.
After sustaining an injury a couple of weeks agenda no training ,a visit to A&E on Thursday to rule out a DVT , I decided to give it a go.
So at 12.00 in 28 degrees heat and with some very serious looking runners we started. I managed to get to 3 miles before I got lost leaving Weymouth!
By mile 10 my injury was starting to hurt but the scenery was making it worth it.
I stopped at every rest stop to refill water and take snacks on board.
At the 16 mile rest stop I decided to have a massage to help with the last remaining miles.
At mile 20 we had to run/walk for 3 km on a pebble beach(everyone said how tough it was at the finish). By this stage I was cursing very loudly but as I was running alone I did not upset anybody.
I managed to run/walk the remaining miles and finished in a watch time of 6.35 and chip time of 7.02 which considering everything I was really pleased with.
I would just like to add how proud I am of Suzanne with her ultra and the time she completed it in (second lady home !! ). After seeing the profile of her run it was a supreme effort.
Would I do it again? Probably!
Great evening and day afterwards in stunning scenery and weather!
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 21st July 2018
|Georgie Hooper||26.10* (course pb)||113th - 56.69% Stevenage|
|Stephen Swan||26.17 debut||246th - 49.33% Chelmsford Central|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.42* debut||5th - 62.80% Osterley|
|Samia Choudhury||41.33 debut||178th - 35.62% Osterley|
|James Nichols||20.56||8th - 62.66% Brentwood|
|John Henry||18.52* (course pb)||9th - 71.29% Fountains Abbey|
|Peter Hatley||22.06* debut||11th - 63.65% Aldenham|
|Stuart Barton||26.15* debut||95th - 55.30% Holkham|
|Tim Aylett||27.45||69th - 48.83% Sittingbourne|
|John Booth||17.33 ||4th - 76.64% Exmouth|
|Mark Boulton||17.48 (course pb)||1st - 73.69% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||22.26 (49th parkrun)||17th - 61.74% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.59||52nd - 56.02% Walthamstow|
|Maya Goodwin||34.25||104th - 47.07% Walthamstow|
|Mark Moir||21.19||7th - 60.52% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.08||44th - 54.38% Barking|
|Lucy Barron||23.20||85th - 63.43% Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||25.02||118th - 60.45% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||27.30||164th - 50.79% Hackney|
|Andy Kumar||18.46 (course pb)||7th - 69.54% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||20.22 pb||13th - 80.85% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||20.25 (pb/age cat record)||14th - 74.94% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||22.30 (99th parkrun)||25th - 58.30% Roding Valley|
|Lawrence Foster||22.54||30th - 66.52% Roding Valley|
|Simon Thomas||19.13||3rd - 68.26% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.47||10th - 69.85% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||23.39||31st - 63.99% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.39||32nd - 63.35% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.03||95th - 51.34% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||29.20||117th - 69.09% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||37.25||206th - 38.80% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.43||1st - 77.17% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.46||3rd - 73.45% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.51||5th - 74.09% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||20.21||12th - 71.91% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.22||21st - 63.42% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||21.37 (50th parkrun)||26th - 65.07% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.51||38th - 69.51% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.12||44th - 67.39% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.36||62nd - 63.28% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.04||69th - 61.51% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||27.02 (course pb)||79th - 52.03% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.44||111th - 54.35% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.55||142nd - 49.77% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||32.44 (course pb)||151st - 42.67% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||25.51||70th - 55.71% Medina IOW|
|Fiona Critchley||25.09* debut||82nd - 68.32% Castle Park |
|Shaun DeSena||35.22 debut||261st - 35.22% Castle Park|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.54* debut||4th - 70.69% Fritton Lake|
|Martin Quinlan||27.10||109th - 52.58% Roundshaw Downs|
50 parkruns at 20 venues, 2 first finishers.
8 debuts and 8 course pbs.
First's for Euan at Wanstead & Mark at Walthamstow.
50th parkrun for Nick Hoult, 49th for Jamie X and 99th for Paul Marshall.
Best age grade of the day 80.85% for Calvin Bobin.
Best age grade for Caroline , also at Roding 74.94% an (VW40-44 record).
Course pbs also for Andy Kumar, Mark Boulton, Samir & Arthur at Wanstead, Georgie at Stevenage,
and John Henry at Fountains Abbey.
ELR Records for the following:
Georgie Hooper at Stevenage,
Shahib Ali at Osterley,
John Henry at Fountains Abbey,
Peter Hatley at Aldenham,
Stuart Barton at Holkham,
Ciaran at Fritton Lake,
and Fiona Critchley at Castle Park.
Golden Stag Mile, Finsbury Park - Friday 20th July 2018
|Maud Hodson||6.43.26||5th, race 5 (106th overall)|
|Jakub Czeczotka||5.55.95||6th, race 7 (72nd overall)|
|Dan Spinks||6.36.25||11th, race 8 (102nd overall)|
|Euan Brown||4.23.55||5th, race 13 (5th overall)|
Maud Hodson I would thoroughly recommend this event to anyone wanting to have a go at track racing. It was very well organised (needs to be with 13 mile races in an evening), but also laid back and friendly. A bit like Fast Friday, in that you can stand on the track and cheer other races, and theres a bar & catering, but this ones open to runners of all abilities. The races are graded, with the slowest runners in the first race, and Euan & co at the end of the evening, so you run with others of a similar pace. I really enjoyed that in all the other track races Ive done Ive been last by a distance, but here I finished 5th out of 14 in my race, so I was actually racing. And theres commentary on the PA for each race, so it was a bit like playing at being a proper athlete like you see on the telly.
And only £2 for a generous glass of Pimms - what's not to like?
Elvis 4 - Ilford AC Newman Hilly 5 - debut new course. - Wednesday 18th July 2018
|Paul Quinton||29.19||2nd - scorer|
|Billy Rayner||29.40||3rd - scorer|
|Ciaran Canavan||31.12||11th - scorer|
|Daniel Lee||31.45||13th - scorer|
|Jennifer Ansell||31.59||14th - 1st - scorer|
|Scott McMillan||32.16||17th - 16th - scorer|
|Louis Le Roux||32.25||19th - 18th - scorer|
|James Nichols||32.27||20th - 19th|
|Simon Thomas||32.39||24th - 23rd|
|Nathan Jones||33.35||34th - 32nd|
|Ava Lee||33.37||35th - 3rd - scorer|
|Tom Howourth||34.28||41st - 38th|
|Peter Craik||34.31||42nd - 39th|
|Mark Moir||34.33||43rd - 40th|
|Caroline Frith||34.49||44th - 4th - scorer|
|Neil Gage||34.50||45th - 41st|
|Calvin Bobin||35.32||49th - 45th|
|Ashley Faria||35.34||50th - 46th|
|Paul Marshall||35.37||51st - 47th|
|Jacob Stevens||35.44 (elvis debut)||52nd - 48th|
|Robert Rayworth||35.55||54th - 50th|
|Emily Clarke||36.01||55th - 5th scorer|
|Craig Livermore||36.32||62nd - 57th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||36.33||63rd - 58th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||36.34||64th - 6th|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||36.44||65th - 59th|
|Michael Bamford||36.48||66th - 60th|
|Michael Wilson||37.17||73rd - 67th|
|Gareth Davies||37.37||81st - 73rd|
|Carlton DSouza||38.41||90th - 81st|
|Paul Thompson||38.41||91st - 82nd|
|Shailesh Patel||39.02||96th - 86th|
|Ramesh Pala||39.04||98th - 88th|
|Jimmy Dale||39.11||101st - 91st|
|Sarah Lenton||39.27||104th - 11th|
|Kimberley Burnett||41.14 (elvis debut)||120th - 19th|
|Lance Fuller||41.17||121st - 102nd|
|Tim Aylett||42.00||131st - 109th|
|Ford Cadiogan||42.34||140th - 116th|
|John Healy||42.54||145th - 120th|
|Katherine Harris||42.59||147th - 26th|
|Janet Bywater||43.04||148th - 27th|
|Julie Campbell||43.28||153rd - 30th|
|David Hallybone||43.37||155th - 125th|
|Steven Bywater||44.07||159th - 127th|
|Maud Hodson||44.25||161st - 33rd|
|Marc Akers||44.41||163rd - 130th|
|Karan Gadhia||44.48 (elvis debut)||165th - 131st|
|Bernadett Kalmar||45.26||170th - 38th|
|Georgie Hooper||45.41||174th - 41st|
|Andrea Waller||46.39||181st - 45th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||46.39||183rd - 46th|
|Caroline Moore||46.57||186th - 49th|
|Roselin Boramakot||47.13 pb||190th - 52nd|
|Sheila Kennedy||47.39||194th - 54th|
|Anna Dingle||48.42||205th - 63rd|
|Catriona Hoult||48.47||206th - 64th|
|Helen McGuinness||48.58 pb||208th - 66th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||49.09||209th - 67th|
|Jayne Browne||49.17||210th - 68th|
|Jason Levy||50.25||220th - 151st|
|John Atkinson||51.58||229th - 157th|
|Kirk Johnson||56.03||244th - 162nd|
1st Lady - Jennifer Ansell
3rd Lady - Ava Lee
1st FV35 - Caroline Frith
Ladies Team Winners - Hilly 5
Jennifer, Ava and Caroline
2nd Male - Paul Quinton
3rd Male - Billy Rayner
1st MV60 - Calvin Bobin
Elvis team - Ladies team 1st - Jenny, Ava, Caroline & Emily.
Elvis team - Men 2nd - Paul, Billy, Ciaran, Danny Lee, Scott & Louis.
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Wednesday 18th July 2018
|Spencer Evans||37.09 pb||9th|
SCB Great City Run 5km - Tuesday 17th July 2018
Spitfire Scramble 24 hour race, Hornchurch Country Park. - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018
Spitfire Scramble Race Report
Running is stupid
Running in hot weather is stupid
Running for 24 hours is stupid
Camping out in a field with no shade is stupid
loved it all I must be stupid,
Thanks ELR #Amazing Stuart Barton
Joanna Wood:- Spitfire Scramble - a weekend of blood, sweat and tears in our camp with 30 degree heat, clouds of insect repellent and a bit more sweat thrown in for good measure! And all thoroughly worth it. A total of just over 20 miles for me over 3 1/2 laps over 24hrs as 1 of our team of 8 ELR runners. The heat was brutal and terrain hard going in places but a little hands-on therapy from Gordon of The Flying Physios team helped to sooth the aches and pains - all the ladies can testify to that I think( Katherine Harris!!!).
The Spitfire fly past was great to see and it was a great weekend for friends to hang out.
Now for an obligatory celebratory drink.
Well done ELR - a thoroughly good job done by all !!
Craig Livermore:- Spitfire Scramble Report time, and its going to be brief, as I still havent got the energy to go full length with this.
This was by far one of the most surreal experiences Ive ever been through. One being up since 05:30 on Saturday, to 15:00 the next day has had some repercussions, let alone the conditions and the course. Searing heat combined with the pace I was going at led to me retiring after the fourth stint, near 7am. I really wanted to go on for a 5th, but couldnt muster the strength to do so. As it was I was in tears at the end, the only other run to have ever broken me down that much can be traced back to early 2016, but arguably that was worse.
I couldnt be more proud of my team, when I couldnt muster any more strength Catriona, Katherine, and Anthony Leckerman of Barking Road Runners put in the extra. Everyone well done, and the same goes to the other two ELR teams. Ill come back again for another round next year, as I have unfinished business.
But for now, more sleep is required!!
27 24:14:19 East London Runners - Team Malta 551 Paul Thompson 1 00:45:39 548 Carlton D'Souza 2 00:42:53 552 Richard Guest 3 00:52:48 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 4 00:48:27 549 Grant Conway 5 00:48:13 551 Paul Thompson 6 00:48:12 548 Carlton D'Souza 7 00:44:37 552 Richard Guest 8 00:54:23 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 9 00:49:51 551 Paul Thompson 10 00:52:31 548 Carlton D'Souza 11 00:43:50 552 Richard Guest 12 00:50:46 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 13 00:53:21 551 Paul Thompson 14 00:54:55 548 Carlton D'Souza 15 00:48:22 552 Richard Guest 16 00:57:33 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 17 00:54:23 551 Paul Thompson 18 00:55:20 548 Carlton D'Souza 19 00:50:46 552 Richard Guest 20 00:56:59 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 21 01:04:06 551 Paul Thompson 22 00:57:18 548 Carlton D'Souza 23 01:01:51 552 Richard Guest 24 01:09:58 550 Jonathan Wooldridge 25 01:10:39 549 Grant Conway 26 00:58:28 549 Grant Conway 27 00:58:10
20 25 23:39:01 ELR 2018 718 Jason Levy 1 01:04:54 719 Antony Leckerman 2 00:46:58 720 Katherine Harris 3 00:58:05 722 John Healy 4 00:48:56 723 Craig Livermore 5 00:42:07 721 Catriona Hoult 6 00:59:03 718 Jason Levy 7 01:03:16 720 Katherine Harris 8 00:57:10 722 John Healy 9 00:49:18 723 Craig Livermore 10 00:42:41 721 Catriona Hoult 11 01:00:03 718 Jason Levy 12 01:02:41 720 Katherine Harris 13 00:58:04 722 John Healy 14 00:50:48 723 Craig Livermore 15 00:50:09 721 Catriona Hoult 16 01:01:54 718 Jason Levy 17 01:07:42 720 Katherine Harris 18 01:03:02 722 John Healy 19 01:16:21 723 Craig Livermore 20 00:44:28 721 Catriona Hoult 21 01:03:17 719 Antony Leckerman 22 00:46:48 720 Katherine Harris 23 00:59:18 719 Antony Leckerman 24 00:49:39 721 Catriona Hoult 25 01:12:19
32 24 24:47:42 ELR Spitters 730 Stuart Barton 1 01:03:17 724 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 2 00:57:22 726 Jayne Browne 3 01:01:12 727 Joanna Wood 4 01:05:05 725 Diana Rexhepaj 5 00:59:51 728 Marc Akers 6 00:54:51 730 Stuart Barton 7 01:08:42 724 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 8 00:56:07 726 Jayne Browne 9 00:58:09 727 Joanna Wood 10 01:05:38 725 Diana Rexhepaj 11 00:56:26 728 Marc Akers 12 00:56:48 730 Stuart Barton 13 01:05:36 724 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 14 00:59:00 726 Jayne Browne 15 01:04:33 731 Stuart Farrell 16 00:59:20 729 Stephen Swan 17 00:53:32 731 Stuart Farrell 18 01:01:50 729 Stephen Swan 19 01:04:11 727 Joanna Wood 20 01:13:17 725 Diana Rexhepaj 21 01:01:27 724 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 22 01:01:19 731 Stuart Farrell 23 01:09:22 728 Marc Akers 24 01:10:47
Virgin Sport British 10km, Westminister - Sunday 15th July 2018
|Roisin Archer||46.11||763rd, 5th f35-39|
Thorpe Park Triathlon - Standard Distance - Sunday 15th July 2018
Standard Distance - 1500m swim, t1, 40k cyce, t2, 10k run.
Gemma 35.18, 2.45, 1.20.43, 1.31, 55.57 = 2.56.03
Robyn 36.39, 2.59, 1.18.47, 1.14, 1.01.16 = 3.00.41
Essex 50 mile, Felsted - Saturday 14th July 2018
Essex 50 Mile race report:
If you think Ive been a bit quiet about this race, well thats because I only entered it on Thursday. I had been planning to do a 50 mile training run this week, and I saw a FB post about this one, organised by Challenge Running, who put on the Last One Standing. I had now plans for Saturday so I signed up. It is primarily a 100 mile event, with 50 and 30 mile options, leaving me in the slightly unusual position of taking on a 50 mile race and feeling like a bit of a lightweight.
I felt much more relaxed than usual on race day, I think largely due to lack of build-up, and reckoned on treating at like a training run with a medal at the end. The course is an out-and-back lap, 4.3 miles each way, which means that the 50 miler as actually 51.6 miles - 6 laps. Most of it was along the Flitch Way, a disused railway line, which was lovely as it pretty flat and with plenty of shade, even in the middle of the day. Which made a big difference as it was a very hot day. The remainder was on road, which was less flat and less shady. There were two feed stations, one at each end of the course, It was a small race, with 20 entered on the 100, 11 in the 50 & 20 in the 30. You could tell which race people were in from their numbers, and due it being an out-and-back route we saw a lot of each other. Ultra-runners a great bunch of people, and greeting each other as we passed was a real pleasure.
Anyway, my race was pleasingly uneventful. I started steadily, quickly finding myself second-to-last, with just the 69-year-old race-walker behind me. This was ultra-running as I like to do it start steady, keep plodding along, no drama. At no point did I lose the will to live, which is always a bonus. I was in second place amongst the 50 mile women for most of the day, far enough behind that there was little chance of catching the leader, which suited me fine as it kept the pressure off.
And then on lap 5, when I passed her at the far end of the course, her lead had got much smaller. I wasnt too pleased, as I was in no mood for racing. There was still half a marathon to go. And then I passed her on the return stretch, shed stopped, feeling unwell. Which meant the trophy was in effect mine to lose. But ultra-runners don't give up without a fight, and she made it back to base camp just as I was setting out on my final lap. I was still feeling fine, so I kept my pace as quick as I could I was going to make myself difficult to beat. I made my far end pit-stop as brief as I could, and headed for home, wondering how far behind she was. I saw my new friend Andy about a mile into the return leg, and he told me she hadnt started the final lap. In fact she had, but I passed her after about a mile and a half, which meant I was 3 miles ahead with less than three left to run. Barring disaster, I was home. And the was no disaster - in fact mile 50 was my quickest of the day, and I managed a cheeky little sprint finish (a couple of the other runners egged me on). 9.48.01 my finish time.
So five weeks after my win at the LOS, I had a second one. And this time I beat the guys as well (one guy did finish ahead of me, but he had dropped down from the 100, and therefore was not eligible for placings). My trophy will be engraved with my name and sent out to me.
A very good day in the office for me. Preparation for the SVP100 wrapped up, confidence restored. Bring it on.
Run Through Battersea Park 10km - Saturday 14th July 2018
Orions Forest Five Series - Race 2 - Saturday 14th July 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||29.01||6th|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 14th July 2018
|Frank Brownlie||26.57* debut||141st - 63.39% Penrith|
|Sophie Edwards||30.36||128th - 51.91% Hastings|
|Andrew Howard||22.35* debut||20th - 69.23% Dartford Heath|
|James Creed||22.03||31st - 65.33% Castle Park|
|John Henry||19.15||11th - 69.87% Finsbury|
|Laura Kemp||23.09||72nd - 63.93% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.31||98th - 60.37% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||20.41||8th - 70.19% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||24.03||36th - 62.30% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||41.17||143rd - 34.36% Gunpowder|
|Patrick Brown||18.02||1st - 72.37% Walthamstow|
|James Nichols||19.25 (course pb)||2nd - 67.55% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.25||36th - 68.52%Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.50||44th - 58.52% Walthamstow|
|Andy Kumar||19.07||5th - 68.27% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||19.56||7th - 71.15% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.01||14th - 78.35% Roding Valley|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.30 (course pb)||25th - 58.96% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||22.41||26th - 57.83% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||46.21 (tailwalker)||108th - 40.70% Roding Valley|
|Scott McMillan||19.27||4th - 71.81% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||19.46 (course pb)||8th - 65.26% Wanstead|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.43||20th - 62.75% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.00||21st - 72.20% Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||24.06||51st - 61.41% Wanstead|
|Chloe Millan||24.21||54th - 60.78% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.24||55th - 57.24% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||27.12||91st - 56.99% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.36||114th - 63.29% Wanstead|
|Anna Dingle||28.44 (course pb)||116th - 54.35% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||34.12||170th - 47.37% Wanstead|
|Samuel Browne||29.00 (50th parkrun)||211th - 44.48% Fulham Palace|
|Becky Evans||23.54 debut||27th - 70.20% Great Cornard|
Phoenix Running Sharkrun Hammerhead Marathon - Friday 13th July 2018
Race report for Phoenix Running Sharkrun Hammerhead Marathon
So having pulled out of the Hever Marathon 2 weekends ago due to injury (opting for the Long Aquabike instead) I had signed up for the Phoenix Running Sharkrun Hammerhead Marathon in Essex as a replacement.
It was 8 laps so I had the option to drop out every 3.25 miles and was never too far from the base.
It was a relatively small race with 39 people entering. Id set myself the target of around 4hrs with sub 4 being the dream. However the race is organised by the same people who do the 12 marathons in 12 months challenge and they started by awarding various tshirts, including one guy who had run 100 marathons in 12 monthes! Thats 2 a week, for a whole year!A
Keen not to come last I set off at a decent pace but the sun came out and very quickly, running in 30 degrees started to take its toll. This resulted in quite a few people resorting to walking. By lap 3 I was beginning to lap people which gave me a weird mental advantage, trying to stay ahead of those behind me while picking off those I was lapping.
At mile 17 I started feeling the impact of a full on ironman training schedule and my pace slowed. A bit of maths meant I hit mile 23 and having a maths blank, thought Id missed the 4hr mark by about 10 mins and slowed to a walk deciding it wasnt worth killing myself. However, then realised Id made an error and could still make 4 hours and so tried picking up the pace. By this stage I was lapping people for the 3rd time and no one had overtaken me so had a sudden thought I wonder what position Im in? I picked up the pace and finished in 4:02 only to be told Id finished 2nd! The guy who finished first had finished 1 min ahead of me and admitted he had seen me coming and thought I was chasing him down.
All in all it was a great race, well organised, great bling and needless to say I was ecstatic to have finished 2nd, something I dont think will ever happen again!
Woodford Green AC Open Graded Meeting - Tuesday 10th July 2018
|Maud Hodson||1.22.04||8th, race 1|
|Robert Rayworth||1.08.35||6th, race 2|
Hever Castle Aquabike (long) - Sunday 8th July 2018
|Jimmy Dale||8.09.38||23rd, 1st M30-34|
3.8K swim, 120K cycle with an optional 4 run afterwards.
Felsted 10km - Sunday 8th July 2018
So today i did the felsted 10k Race in essex, was quite a late start time of 10:30am, so the sun
was seriously beating down as we set off making it incredibly hot to run in i managed to finish
with a time of around 45:40 (waiting for official time ) which given the conditions im ok with,
im. not going to lie it was a battle to finish, and i questioned my sanity at pretty much every
km after the 2nd km, was nice to meet up with emmet another east london runner, so at least i
wasnt alone running it, on the plus side i got another medal for my collection. and i got to put
my feet up at starbucks after the race and enjoy a nice hot chocolate and a Cinnimon Swirl,
Simplyhealth Great North 10km, Gateshead - Sunday 8th July 2018
Hever Castle Aquathon - Sunday 8th July 2018
1.9k swim and a 10.5k run.
Best way to cool down in this heat? Go for the longest swim you've ever done (1.9k)
and maybe don't do a 10.5k run after it. Aquathlon done
The Lundy Island Race (14 (ish) miles) - Sunday 8th July 2018
Andrew Baxter: Slightly longer than planned...Lundy Island Race Report
What can I say about this one.the most unique and stunningly beautiful and, possibly, most brilliant event Ive ever done, but one where I had an absolute stinker of a run.
Was just way too hot, some mention of it hitting 30 degrees even though we were on an island 12 miles off the Devon coast!
I went off at what I thought was a steady pace in the heat but by mile 2 I knew things werent right. Eased it back a bit as we headed up the rough granite trail at the centre of the Island, thinking Id soon settle into my stride but it never happened. By 4 miles, as we had turned back south along the west coast on relatively easy grass trail, I made the decision to walk even the slightest of inclines and just try to take in the sheer beauty of the island hoping to get to first checkpoint (back near the start) where I could drop out.
That checkpoint was at about 6.5 miles, where a long stop in the shade of the gazebo (there was no shade whatsoever at all on the trails all race), plus water, melon, salted crisps and some general TLC from the brilliant crew were enough to get me going again and on to the east coast of the island.
This was tough, really technical trail clinging to the side of the cliff, but finally I started to feel ok having literally and mentally gone past the point of no turning back and amazingly, I dropped the small group that Id left the checkpoint with and slowly, but surely, one at a time, I started to close on and even pass a few people that had overtaken me on earlier walking breaks.
This section dipped up and down the cliff side and included long stretches in dense, ankle high gorse scrub where the path was, at best, only one foots width across (and I literally mean the width of my foot rather than the imperial measurement!). Eventually we got to the top tip of the Island and checkpoint two, by the northern lighthouse, at the bottom of a seriously, steep set of steps. Slightly shorter stop here and then grit my teeth for the killer climb back up the steps before dragging myself along the final 3 miles, back down the spine of the Island, to the finish and a total distance almost bang on 14 miles.
Finishing time of 2.14.48 for 34th place (231 finishers) but none of that mattered, was glad just to have got round!
Will be back next year as it really was amazing the organisation, the atmosphere, the breath-taking scenery, the ice cold post-race beer in the Marisco Tavern (the Islands pub) and possibly best of allthe small pod of dolphins that accompanied us, playing in the bow wave, during the 2 hour boat journey to and from the Island. Entries open on 27th of July, I suspect it will sell out in a matter of hours.
Hever Castle Half Marathon - Sunday 8th July 2018
Nick Hoult:- ugh. that was a bit grim. cross country without the mud but blazing sun instead.
very pretty course though and a really good event.
Andy Bolderstone: Hever Castle Half Marathon Report
If you have been to Hever you will know how beautiful it is especially on a hot and sunny summers day as it was on Sunday. However it was pretty brutal conditions to do a half marathon in.
It had all seemed such a good idea when last Black Friday I paid the reduced £12 entry- bargain! I knew it would never be a race where a good time would be possible but the recent hot weather was going to make this really tough. It was part of the Festival of Endurance where a half marathon became the equivalent of a fun run in comparison to other events taking place. The route was 2 laps of constant undulatio n through beautiful countryside and the National Trust village of Chiddingstone. Mercifully there were parts that had shade and if the weather had been more agreeable I would have really enjoyed this one. I still enjoyed it but it was hard work. It was odd having runners doing different races around you (full marathon, gauntlet, triathlon etc etc), you were never sure who you were racing. The competitors were a different crowd to purely running events and there was a real feeling of support and respect with people wishing you well and praising you as you passed them.
A well ran event ( although I clocked 13 miles so slightly short possibly) in a stunning location. If they could guarantee a moderate temperature next year I wouldn't hesitate to sign up. If one cold day near Xmas I see a similar deal I might forget the heat and sun and enter again. My worst half in terms of time but definitely the most beautiful.
Ware 10's - Sunday 8th July 2018
Velothon Wales 2018 - Sunday 8th July 2018
|Louis Le Roux||5.34.05||140km|
|Rachel Le Roux||5.19.17||125km|
Fyn ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon, World Championship, Denmark - Sunday 8th July 2018
Congratulations to Sarah Burns for finishing 13th in the F40 - 44 category in 1.14.54.
Sarah was 5th in Team GB 24.31 5K run, t1 2.02, 34.18 20k bike, t2 2.45 and a 11.18 2.5k run.
Shere 42k - Saturday 7th July 2018
QEOP 10km Summer Series - Saturday 7th July 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 7th July 2018
|Stuart Barton||26.53 debut||60th - 54.00% Colney Lane|
|Shaun DeSena||37.20 debut||15th - 34.64% Etna|
|Tom Howourth||20.35 (course pb)||10th - 62.67% Plym Valley|
|James Nichols||20.28 (course pb)||15th - 64.09% Crystal Palace|
|Andrew Howard||23.00 debut||12th - 67.97% Great Dunmow|
|Fiona Critchley||24.35 (course pb)||19th - 69.90% Great Dunmow|
|Jakub Czeczotka||27.45 debut||52nd - 47.81% Harlow|
|Martin Quinlan||28.16 debut||69th - 50.33% Brentwood|
|John Booth||17.50||4th - 75.42% Southwark|
|Steven Bywater||26.26 debut||44th - 57.19% Harrow Lodge|
|Mark Moir||20.07||23rd - 64.13% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.22||26th - 63.83% Mile End|
|Patrick Brown||17.55 (1st man)||1st - 72.84% Walthamstow|
|John Henry||20.39||5th - 65.13% Walthamstow|
|Aaron Browne||20.45||6th - 62.17% Walthamstow|
|Roisin Archer||22.22 (1st lady)||15th - 67.29% Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||32.27||97th - 41.76% Walthamstow|
|Andy Kumar||19.11||3rd - 68.03% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.48||19th - 60.47% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||27.43||56th - 68.07% Roding Valley|
|Robert Rayworth||19.07||17th - 72.45% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.01||67th - 64.88% Hackney |
|Roselin Boramakot||28.04||198th - 52.73% Hackney|
|Don Bennett||34.32||261st - 46.04% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||20.49||8th - 69.74% Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||21.41||11th - 63.87% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.34||16th - 66.40% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||25.00||37th - 52.73% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||27.29||76th - 62.16% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.47||78th - 51.83% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.03||6th - 70.16% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||22.38||25th - 62.15% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||22.51||28th - 61.12% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.32||35th - 67.49% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.17||44th - 63.83% Wanstead|
|Mark Wiltshire||24.51 (course pb)||49th - 52.78% Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||25.09||50th - 57.26% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||25.32||59th - 58.94% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.01||64th - 61.63% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||26.06||65th - 51.92% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.10||66th - 61.91% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.20||97th - 57.18% Wanstead|
|Samir Younsi||29.20||112th - 47.95% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||33.30||160th - 46.62% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||33.30||161st - 45.12% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||33.31||162nd - 47.395 Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||38.42||203rd - 41.06% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||47.21 (tailrunner)||216th - 38.23% Wanstead|
|Arthur Diaz||32.57 (course pb)||154th - 42.03% Wanstead |
|Samuel Browne||28.46 (with Veronica)||262nd - 44.84% Fulham Palace|
|Mark Wyatt||21.51||59.04% Wanstead (30/06)|
49 parkruns at 15 venues, 2 first finishers.
6 debuts and 4 course pbs.
First finishes for Patrick & Roisin at Walthamstow.
Best age grade for John Booth at Southwark.
150th parkrun for Ciaran & 49th for Nick at Wanstead.
ELR course records for:
Shaun at Etna,
Tom at Plym Valley,
James at Crystal Palace,
and Andrew & Fiona at Great Dunmow.
Fyn ITU Standard Distance Duathlon, World Championship, Denmark - Friday 6th July 2018
|Ava Lee||2.02.47||5th F40-44|
Standard - 9.1k run, t1, 33k bike, t2, 5.2k run
Ava 35.40 / 1.54 / 1.01.01 / 2.29 / 21.43 = 2.02.47
Danny 34.39 / 2.04 / 1.00.23 / 2.25 / 20.36 = 2.00.07
Danny Lee and I waving the flag for Team GB at the ITU World Duathlon Championship
in Fyn, Denmark today. I came 5th in my age group, which I'm delighted with. Danny
got to wear Team GB kit for the first time - along with his shiny new, pointy helmet
- and came 27th. Watch out for Sarah on Sunday!
Chase The Sun 10km, Clapham Common - Wednesday 4th July 2018
|Alex Jameson||49.00 pb||106th|
Go Tri Duathlon 70, QEOP Velopark - Monday 2nd July 2018
|Louis Le Roux||58.00||13th|
|Rachel Le Roux||45.06||3rd, 1st lady|
Sprint 2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 2 mile run
Roger 15.16/ 31.49/15.09
Supersprint 1 mile, 5 mile, 1 mile
Rachel 8.28/ 28.00/8.38
Garmin Triathlon de Paris - Sunday 1st July 2018
Paris Triathlon DONE. I am actually quite emotional. I only had 6 weeks to train,
have only just learned how to swim front crawl and I still dont know how to use
the gears properly on my bike. It has literally been the hottest day ever so no
mean feat. Full blog to come tomorrow but for now we are celebrating with a picnic
under the Eiffel Tower before getting the Eurostar back.
1500m swim 56.18, t1 4.12, 40k cycle 1.37.57, t2 6.09, 10k run 1.25.23 = 4.10.01
Bewl 15 mile - Sunday 1st July 2018
Maud reports:- Brief (ish) race report from the Bewl 15.
After working a few 7 day weeks I got to the end of both jobs this week, and was looking forward to my weekend off. So I entered a race as a little reward. Not really thinking that I had rehearsals Friday evening & Saturday afternoon followed by a concert. With the inevitable post-show drinks.
So after a rather rubbish nights sleep I drove down to Wadhurst, a pretty little town in Sussex. The race started at 10.30, and it was already baking hot when I got there. I met up with Roselin shortly after I arrived, and walked down to the start area, which was a field just outside the town. Nacho rushed in a few minutes before the start, just in time for a team pic.
A bagpiper serenaded us as we set off - wasnt expecting that in the south of England. The first bit was like running in the desert (but with bagpipes) - the track was so dusty that it was quite hard to see. But it was downhill (note to self - this stretch is also the end of the route, when it will no longer be downhill). I was still kidding myself at this point that I might be able to run at a decent pace. But after a couple of miles the tiredness and the heat hit me and I switched to survival mode. The route is very pretty - most of the time we were close to Bewl Water, looking rather enviously at the sailing boats and pleasure cruisers. But jeez it was hot. One of the hottest races I have ever done. And while there was some shade, there were long stretches of relentless sun. I pitied the bagpiper, who re-appeared half way round the course, looking like he was ready to melt in his kilt and jacket.
The middle bit of the race is flat (ish), but from about 11 miles it was hilly. Which I didnt really mind as it meant I could walk with a clear conscience. Everyone was walking - even Jose said he had. And even though I knew what was in store in the last mile, it was definitely steeper than it had been on the way out.
So, brutal and attritional beyond what you would expect for a race of only 15 miles. But on the plus side, very well organised. Plenty of water stations, a couple also with Lucozade, plus jelly beans and slices of orange. And wet sponges. And a nice medal & T shirt, and decent goody bag.
After the race there was free beer (not very cold, but colder than the water), cake & massage. And a brass band playing. Relaxing on the grass with Jose and his husband & son while we waited for Roz to finish was definitely the best bit.
Would I do it again? Yes, I think so. Its a lovely part of the country, and the odds are the weather would be better, so a course PB should be on. And it was good value for money at £27.50 including the booking fee, given how well supported it was.
Nayland 10km - Sunday 1st July 2018