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Saturday 30th September 2017 - 35th Anniversary Party

We are going back in time to celebrate 35 years of East London Runners.

Save the Date: Saturday 30th September 2017

Venue: Wanstead Sports Club, Blake Hall Rd, E11 2QW
7pm to Midnight

Tickets on sale soon: Food, DJ & Dancing, all for £20.
Members & Partners welcome.

Numbers are limited, however payment is simple, so grab your tickets early via our Social Committee!

Saturday 13th May 2017 - Medals Night at The Duke

A Marathon of Medals so Bring your Bling!!!!

Come and help ELR celebrate 365 days of perspiration.

Saturday 13 May 2017.
The Duke, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead.
7pm till Close.

A relaxed, low-key evening at one of our favourite watering holes, in honour of every accumulative running step we have achieved in the last year.

Whether it is a Park Run100; your first 5k; Man versus Horse; Half; Full; On or Off road, every step counts and deserves to be celebrated. So gather up your medals, pop on your favourite finishers Tee Shirt/Vest and get yourself down to The Duke to celebrate with like-minded souls.

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Club Colours Social Run

Date your diary, memo your iPad, write it on the Calendar, however you choose to organise yourself be sure to highlight: Wednesday 3rd May 8pm(ish)

This month the post run catch up will be held at: The Cuckfield, 31 High St, London, E11 2AA.

Following our usual 7:15pm'sh departure from Wanstead Leisure Centre a slightly shorter route will take us directly to the Cuckfield Bar.

Remember; travel light, bring your spending money and don your Colours.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Marathon Preparation Social after the Club Run

From Grant:
I'm arranging a marathon preparation social on 15 March at The Manor House, Wanstead, E11 2RL after the regular club run. Similar to the one we had in January - but this one will focus on your race day preparation and race strategy. This will give everyone a chance to ask any questions from the club's experienced runners and to resolve any concerns.

*****NEW*****Starting Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Club Colours Social Runs

Message from ELR Social Secretary, Sonia Cheadle.
On Wednesday 5th April 2017 we will be holding our first monthly 'Club Colours Social Run' and maybe shortening the route a touch but extending the evening so that we can celebrate all things ELR at a nominated local hostelry.

So, put the date in your diary and come and join us for a post run drink and catch up on the 5th April at The Red Lion, Leytonstone, E11 3AA and remember to don your Colours.

Sonia Cheadle appointed as ELR Social Secretary at the Annual general Meeting on Thursday 9th February 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Post Club run Social and Marathon discussion - The George, Wanstead

Post club run social and marathon discussion, Wednesday 25/1/17 at the George pub, opposite Wanstead Station, straight after the club run.
Whether you are a prospective, new or old member, either running or resting/injured please come along for a drink and get together with fellow ELR members at the George after the club run.
Also, if you are running or contemplating a marathon this spring or later in the year please come along and share your thoughts, experiences and fears with other like minded members to help motivate and assist you in your training and preparation for your events at Malta, Boston, VLM and beyond.
Hope to see you there.

Jonathan Wooldridge - Curtis Shield Winner 2016 - Club Person of the Year

Congratulations to Jonathan Wooldridge, Vice Chair of the Club on winning the Curtis Shield. Voted by the membership as Club Person of the Year 2016.

Annual Awards 2016 - Thursday 15th December 2016

East London Runners celebrated the festive season, and their annual awards at the Duke pub in Wanstead on Thursday night with about 100 members and their guests attending.

The club made its annual awards to mark the occasion. Opening the proceedings, the Club's Chairman Frank Brownlie addressed the members, noting how the club continued to grow in numbers, and its continued success. He then announced the Club Runners of the previous months and Vice Chair, Jonathan Wooldridge awarded each with the next must have - an ELR mug.

Frank went on to present a mug to each of the committee, thanking them for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the club over the past year. Coach Grant Conway presented Alan Branch with the Track Star award. Grant said, "Alan has a fantastic attitude and has hardly missed a week all year come rain or shine."

Maya announced the Beginner of the year which was awarded to Liz O'Donnell saying that "Liz wanted to run but was nervous about joining a club. So she did the C25K programme all on her own for 6 months before she felt confident to join Don's 5k runs on Tuesday nights." Liz couldn't attend on the night.

The main awards
Congratulations go to all of the nominees, and the winners. It was a really difficult decision to find this year's winners, as the standard of running in the club, from new runners to championship competitors is so high. Thank you to all of the committee for their contributions to find our winners.

The 2016 winners in each of the categories are:
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Jenny Ansell
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Dan Gritton
Most Improved Female Runner 2016 Judith Vonberg
Most Improved Male Runner 2016 Robert Rayworth
Female Runner of the Year 2016 Ava Lee
Male Runner of the Year 2016 Thomas Grimes

The Curtis Shied's winner is chosen by the club members who they consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year 2016 Jonathan Wooldridge

Photos of the night can be viewed in Dan Seniors' Vimeo feed here.

Awards 2016 - Shortlists

Awards Shortlists 2016

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Bernadett Kalmar
Ellie Wilkinson
Jenny Ansell
Maud Hodson
Natasha Tweedie

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Carlton D'Souza
Dan Gritton
Jonathan Wooldridge
Tom Woods

Most Improved Female Runner 2016
Amy Boorn
Diana Rexhepaj
Judith Vonberg
Katherine Gardner
Roisin Archer

Most Improved Male Runner 2016
Aaron Browne
John Healy
Robert Rayworth
Scott McMillan
Spencer Evans

Female Runner of the Year 2016
Ava Lee
Ellie Wilkinson
Judith Vonberg
Maud Hodson
Roisin Archer

Male Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Dan Slipper
Grant Conway
Robert Rayworth
Thomas Grimes

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Christmas Party and Awards Nite

The ELR Christmas Social & Awards Night will take place at The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2EY, on Thursday December 15th from 7.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale, costing £13, which will include a welcome drink and a festive buffet. Further drinks can be bought from the bar. Ticket-holders will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky winner receiving a voucher for a pair of Nike running shoes. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, so don't delay!

Last year there was a very informal Christmas sweater competition which some say was clearly won, by these two. This year the club invite you to try and surpass this, and encourage you to don your Christmas themed dresses, sweaters, and other attire, to win a special prize. This isn't obligatory, but open to all if you wish.

If you would like to come along then please e.mail the webmaster to reserve your place. Alternatively please book directly with Don, who will be collecting the monies. Payment is encouraged via the club's bank account, but please email the webmaster initially to secure your place, and bank details will be provided.

All members are invited, including those who have only joined us recently, and partners are welcome too. Come and join us for a celebration of everything that we've done in the Club over the last year!

Annual Awards to be presented include the following:-

Curtis Shield for the Club Person of the Year.
Female Runner of the Year 2016
Male Runner of the Year 2016
Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2016
Most improved Male Runner of the Year 2016
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016

Thursday 11th August 2016 - Great British Beer Festival - Olympia, London

Thursday (evening, athough open 12 noon till late)) 11th August 2016 - Great British Beer Festival - Olympia, London.
The Don, in his absence, has entrusted me with organising advance tickets £9 each, (£14 on the day)) for the Beer Fest, a popular event in the ELR Social diary. If you wish to attend please advise me here or by message. Once I have ordered your ticket no refunds will apply! Open to all. Thursday night is wear a hat night and the entertainmemnt apart from your fellow members and friends will be Oysterband (who?). Frank

ELVIS Social - Tuesday 21st May 2016 - after the 3rd ELVIS race of the year

Following the 3rd ELVIS race EERR will be hosting a mid-summer ELVIS party at the Tina We Salute You bar (just a few steps from the start/finish line). They hope that all ELRs friends and families will join them in marking a successful evening of running and the longest day of the year.

ELVIS Social - Wednesday 18th May 2016 - after the 1st ELVIS race of the year

For those of you requiring some post race liquid refreshment, after ELVIS 1, we will meet in the May & Baker Sports & Social club situated next to the car park for the race http://www.mayandbakersclub.co.uk/

Thursday 28th April 2016 - Post Marathon Season Celebration - The Cuckfield, Wanstead, 7.30pm onwards

Come celebrate the joys of spring marathons!
With many of our members running spring marathons from London, Boston Paris, Brighton & Manchester, it has been inspiring reading your stories of grit & determination! All members welcome to come share in our post marathon rehydration evening on Thursday 28th April.

Venue: Refurbished Cuckfield on Wanstead High Street
Date: Thursday 28th April
Time: 7:30pm


After the London Marathon - Sunday 24th April 2016 - Ship & Shovell Public House

Running or Helping? - Afterwards you have to make your own way home. However, if you have the energy you can meet some of the Club Members/Marathon Runners for a post race drink at the Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3, Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH. Click here for the pub's website and map.

Thursday 24th March 2016 - ELR Quiz Nite at 8pm

Venue - South Woodford Scout Hall.

Full details to be posted by your eminent Quizmaster Maya Goodwin NMR!

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Cross Country Social and Russell's farewell!

Join Russ, Maud and Mike after the club run from 8.30pm onwards upstairs at The George, Wanstead, for a post Cross Country social gathering combined with Russell's farewell drink.

You are invited to join us to celebrate the end of another enjoyable and successful cross country season and also Russell's last night at ELR before his move to Wimbledon. Come along for tales of hills, mud, marathons and ultras, or just for a good chat over a drink or two! Food can be ordered from the bar. Everyone welcome!

East London Runners Christmas Social and Annual Awards Presentation Evening

Congratulations to all our Winners!

Around 90 Club Members attended the Annual Social at The George, Wanstead. Don Bennett arranged the evening and the Awards Sub Committee of Jonathan Wooldridge, Maud Hodson, Maya Goodwin, Russell Price and Frank Brownlie organised the awards, nominated shortlists, winners voting and arranged the presentation of the trophies and other awards.

The Curtis Shield for the Club Person of the Year (voted for by the Club Membership) was awarded to Maya Goodwin

Maya is pictured with the Shield and trophy!

Trophies were also presented in the following categories:-

Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Male Runner of the Year - Alex Day
Most Improved Female of the Year - Ellie Wilkinson
Most Improved Male of the Year - Stuart Barton
Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Caroline Meaby
Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Tom Woods

Other awards for Individual Achievement were given to - Sandra Corbyn (Beginner), Roberto Bruni (Motivator), Jaime Towns (Gallantry), Dan Gritton (Tourist) and Danny Lee (Booker) with each receiving a Certificate and prize.

Thursday 10th December 2015 - ELR Christmas Awards Presentation Social Night & Buffet at the George, Wanstead

East London Runners Christmas Awards Presentation Social Night & Buffet.
at The George PH, Wanstead on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 7.30 for 7.45pm.

Buffet £9.00 each.

This year due to increasing numbers we have decided to go to a buffet option, this gives us an increased capacity so no one will miss out.
The buffet will contain the usual contents like sandwiches, quiche, some of the combo meals they do plus selected lines to give it a festive feel.
Can anyone needing a vegetarian menu, let me know so all are catered for.
I don't need to let the George know until the end of November so refunds can be offered if alternative parties come up.

Wednesday 14th October 2015 - Cross Country Social

On Wednesday 14th October after the club run please come along and join Maud Hodson, Patrick Brown and I for a cross country social upstairs in the George Wanstead where I will be repeating my not to be missed running shoe guide for road/off road running.Those who are inexperienced with x country/trail running can ask questions of our captains and learn all about the winter leagues we compete in. Please support Russell Price Maud and Patrick over the winter with turnouts like we have had in ELVIS. Thanks. Grant Conway


Date for your diaries. As many ELR ELVIS Participants will be receiving their prizes at this event we would ask that members attend on the evening. Free to ELR members. Advise Ava, Grant, Don or Frank if you wish to attend.
ELVIS PRESENTATION and SOCIAL - FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th 2015, hosted by Havering 90 Joggers.
The Venue will be in the H90J Club Room, Abbs Cross Academy, Abbs Cross Lane , Hornchurch, RM12 4YB.

This offers a space that will comfortably accommodate the expected numbers and also has a large covered outdoor area where, subject to weather we hope to offer a BBQ, as well as other food, but BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE ! There will also be music. Start time will be advised as soon as possible.

There is plenty of parking space.

The venue is 10-15 minute walk from either Elm Park or Hornchurch tube stations. Bus 365, 165 and 372 stop nearby.

Thursday 1st October 2015 - ELR Elvis Social

From Ava Lee and Grant Conway.
Hi everyone. The ELVIS club social on Thursday 1st October will at Luppolo restaurant on Wanstead High Street. They'll provide a mixed buffet with wine for the table. They also have a great selection of craft beers and it'll be a great place to celebrate our ELVIS achievements.....and we have a LOT to celebrate this year. 🏆🏆 . There will be our own very special Elvis awards.....it could be you.

Tickets are £20 each, paid in advance to myself, Maya or Grant. We'll have them available on Mondays and Wednesday's sessions. There are a max of 40 places.

Time is 7.45pm at Luppolo, meeting across the road at The Manor House for a drink from 7pm.
We really hope to see lots of you there.

Thursday 13th August 2015 - ELR visit to the Great British Beer Festival

It's time for our annual visit to The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia from August 11th - 15th. We are going on Thursday 13th August, " hat day" to sample a few of the 900 beer's and ciders available.
Most of the George regulars will attend, Dave Knight , Frank Brownlie, Roger, John Atkinson, Doug, Jaime, Nathalie and a few more attend but all are welcome.
Ticket's are £10 for non Camra members and this year if you want to visit again you can buy an additional ticket for another night for £5.00.
Entertainment is Cregan & co, Jim Cregan was Rod Stewart's original guitarist and co wrote a few of his hits.
If you would like to attend see Don B to arrange tickets.
Here's a link to the beer finder.

Wednesday 12th August 2015 - Club Run and Social

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.50pm for a 7.05pm start.
Turn Left out of Wanstead Leisure Centre, Left into Warren Road. Enter Wanstead Park first left by Golf Course, Turn right around past the bottom of the Glade and follow path to Blake Hall Road. Cross over at Pedestrian crossssing (roadworks) and turn left and run down Blake Hall to Centre Road, straight down towards Forest Gate BR Station but just before turn right into Forest Lane. Follow to Leytonstone High Road, right Turn up the High Road and before the Green Man roundabout turn right into Browning Road. The North Star Public House is on the left. Bring money for food and drink if required. Those that wish can run back to WLC via Bush Rd, Overton Road and Langley Drive or go to Leytonstone or Wanstead Tube Stations.

Map of Route. www.mapometer.com/running/route_4140800.html

Monday 29th June 2015 - Track Session and Social

Meet Grant and others at 6.45pm at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA . Note that there will be a cost of £4 (£1.50 concessions available for students and Over 35's) per person, payable locally. Annual season tickets are also available. See Vision website. It is the responsibility of each person attending to make payment and not the responsibility of the Club of East London Runners. Nearest tube Station is Woodford on the Central Line.

We will do a short session as it's two days before ELVIS. After the session please join Katie Buranska, Tricia O'Neill and I for a post track rehydration session at the George Pub, 70 High Road, South Woodford E18 2QL. ( next to the cinema). There is a beer garden if the weather is good. It's a 5 minute walk from the tube. We should be there from around 8pm for those who might want to skip the track session and meet us there. Grant.

Friday 1st May 2015 - Post Marathon(s) Social - Red Lion, Leytonstone from 7.30pm

Post Spring Marathon Season: ELR Get Together on Friday 01st May @ 7:30pm.
Location: The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone.

Ciaran Canavan said "Time to forget your trainers, long runs, carbo loading and the wall. I look forward to reminiscing with you all about the trials, tribulations and successes from April marathons. See you at the red lion on the 01st May."

Regular weekly Social - Every Wednesday night after the Club run - Upstairs at The George, Wanstead

Following a shower at Wanstead Leisure Centre, a group of members regularly meet after the Club run for some food and refreshments and chat after the Club run.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 (After the Club run) - Marathon Training Social at The George, Wanstead

Hi. Spring marathon training jolly up/ club social. Please join yours truly, Maya Goodwin, Phillippa Walker, and Jonathan Wooldridge upstairs in the George, Wanstead for a drink or two after the club run on Wednesday 11th March 2015. A chance for all club members old and new to meet up for a get together as well as for those doing spring marathons to compare notes on their training and to give each other a bit of encouragement going into the final few weeks of our marathon training. Grant

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - ELR SOCIAL AND MARATHON DISCUSSION.

Please come and join Ciaran Canavan, Maya Goodwin and yours truly for a drink or two after the club run on Wednesday 28th January 2015 upstairs at the George, Wanstead.

Hi everyone. Are you running in the VLM or other marathons this spring or this year? Are you thinking of running a marathon in the future? Is this your first marathon? Have you run marathons before and have ideas on training or strategy that you would share or you would like to improve your times? Would you like to discuss your training plans, your taper, your nutrition on your long runs and generally your approach to running a marathon?

Are you new to ELR and would like the opportunity to get to know other members or are you an "old" member looking to catch up over a drink even if you are not entered for a marathon? If so please come along, I have reserved an area upstairs at the George. Grant.

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Club Awards Winners

East London Runners Awards 2014

Marathon Runner of the Year - Mark Boulton
Most improved Female - Sarah Burns
Most improved Male - Russell Price
Male Runner of the Year - Ciaran Canavan
Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year - Don Bennett.

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!

Thursday 18th December 2014 - East London Runners Christmas Dinner and Club Awards Night at The George, Wanstead

Thursday 18th December 2014 - East London Runners Christmas Dinner and Club Awards Night at The George, Wanstead

ELR Xmas Dinner and Awards Evening, The George , Wanstead.
7.30pm for 7.45pm , hopefully sitting down by 8pm.
72 diner's with a few more coming for a drink later.
Free drink with meal will probably be ordered during starters.
If you buy any extra drinks please pay as you order.
Highlights: The Chairmans speech (oops sorry) The Curtis Shield & Awards.
John Atkinson's Age grades for marathon & half marathon distance.
Don's 5km Age grade list and the Top 50 Ladies & Mens 5km chart.

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - ELVIS CURRY and Social NIGHT Awards

Ninette said.
Thanks everyone for coming this evening, was lovely to catch up and what a great venue!
To recap the ELVIS prizes awarded by Grant Conway and I :
Best Male - Danny Lee
Best Female - Sharon Springfield (I have your prize)
Best Male Newcomer - Spence Evans
Best Female Newcomer - Caroline Moore
Most Improved Male - Alex Bee (I have your prize)
Most Improved Female - Claire Parker
The FIVE people who ran ALL seven races were Fiona Day, Patrick Brown, Richard Guest, Spencer Evans and Thomas Grimes (I have your prize).

Let's not forget the 32 people who ran 5/7 races.
Special thanks to Don Bennett, Frank Brownlie, Jamie and Natalie for their commitment throughout the series - and the year in general.
Thanks for a great 2014 series - 1st and 2nd place, can't be bad. Let's get two 1sts next year guys, let's do this!

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Great British Beer Festival visit!

It's time for our annual visit to the GBBF on Thursday 14th August at Olympia. Tickets are £10 in advance (£12 door) for non Camra members and remember it's Hat Day. Join the usual suspects Dave Knight, Roger Dixon, Doug Mansell, Jamie & Nathalie & myself as we endeavour to sample one or two of the 900 beers, foreign beer's, cider's & perries on offer.

Longest Day Social Run - Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Run, Beer, Pizza!

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.55pm for a 7.05pm start. Please NOTE that we will not be returning to Wanstead Leisure Centre as a Group. Please wear Club colours!

A social run from Wanstead Leisure Centre to The Green, Wanstead then to Felstead Road and turn left into Blake Hall Road, cross over and turn right through trees to Green Man Roundabout. Down Leytonstone High Rd and turn right into Cathall Rd then left into Grove Green Road. Cross over Leyton High Road and follow road round to Ruckholt Rd and Eastway. Left along path into Olympic Park opposite Hackney Marshes just past New Spitalfields Market. Follow paths to and around the Velodrome then paths across Park towards the Olympic Pool and Stadium to the dancing waters. Head back towards Copper Box and go down onto Loop Road and left to Crate Brewery which is in the White Building on the canalside (Lea Navigation).

We finish at The Crate Brewery, The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/crate-brewery-pizza. Location Map - Its canalside and opposite the Olympic Park. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/contact

Alternatively you can return by Tube from Stratford or the Overground from Hackney Wick......or run home or back to Wanstead!

Route Map - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_3870690.html

Note - It would be best if you brought an extra top/sweatshirt to wear after the run and John Atkinson has kindly offered to transport the extra tops from Wanstead LC to the Crate Brewery for us!

Thursday 17th April 2014 - Club Post Marathon Social - Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street

Over 40 ELR Members and friends, most of whom had completed a marathon in recent weeks, attended the Cuckfield and attempted to rehydrate with copius amounts of beer, wine and spirits.

A few brave souls also had an ultra session by then attending the popular FACES Nightclub in Gants Hill. Dedication to the cause!

Many thanks to Ninette for organising this event.

*** 17 April 2014 - Club Social ***
Hope to see as many of you as possible next Thursday 17th April 2014 at the Cuckfield in Wanstead, (31 High St, London E11 2AA), to catch up! I've booked us an area from 7.30pm - remember there's no work the next day (for most of us) - hurrah! Ninette.

Wednesday Evenings

Join other fellow Club members after the Club run for a Social drink and perhaps some food upstairs at The George, Wanstead. Anytime between 8.30pm and 11pm.