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Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 - Post Race Drinks

2. London Marathon 2018 - Sunday 22rd April 2018 - Post Race Drinks - The Ship & Shovell, Charing Cross.

Sprint, stagger, shuffle or saunter the last half-mile of the day. Whether running or volunteering, come and join us for the day's tales and refreshments at: Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3 Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH.

Click here for the pub's website and map - www.shipandshovell.co.uk/

Social News April 2018

From Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle

This month we're giving Social the whole 9 yards with three opportunities planned for gatherings and catch up's.

1. Club Colours Social Run - Wednesday 4th April 2018 - The George, Wanstead.

This month's Club Colours Social Run and Easter catch up will be held at:
The George, 159 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL

Following our usual 7:15pm departure from Wanstead Leisure Centre a slightly shorter route will take us directly to The Georges' upstairs bar. Remember; sport Hi-Viz, travel light, bring your spends and don your Colours.

2. London Marathon 2018 - Sunday 22rd April 2018 - Post Race Drinks - The Ship & Shovell, Charing Cross.

Sprint, stagger, shuffle or saunter the last half-mile of the day. Whether running or volunteering, come and join us for the day's tales and refreshments at: Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3 Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH.

Click here for the pub's website and map - www.shipandshovell.co.uk/

3. - A Marathon of Medals - Saturday 28th April 2018 - Bring your Bling!!!! - The North Star, Leytonstone.

To celebrate 365 days of perspiration we're hosting a relaxed, low-key evening at one of ELR's favourite watering holes, in honour of every cumulative 'running' step ELR achieved last year.

The North Star, 24 Browning Rd, Leytonstone, E11 3AR - 7pm till Close.

Whether it's your first parkrun; a tentative 5k; Bonkers Beachy Head, Full or Half; On or Off road, every step counts and deserves to be celebrated. So gather up your medals, pop on your favourite finishers 'T' and we'll see you down at The North Star!

Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Marathon Training Clinic/Social - The Manor House Pub High St Wanstead at 8.45 pm after the Club Run

With Grant

Thursday 14th December 2017 - Christmas Party and Annual Awards 2017

Jonathan, Sally, Sonia (with the Roger Dixon Shield) and Frank
Around 100 ELR Members and partners attended the Annual Christmas Party expertly organised by Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle and fellow Committee Member Jennifer Ansell with Don Bennett also involved on the ticketing and financial side.

We also welcomed Sally Dixon, daughter of the late Roger Dixon, and her partner Adam to our event as guests of the Club. Sally very kindly presented the new Roger Dixon Shield to Sonia who was voted by the Club Members as the Club Person of the Year for 2017. This was in recognition of Sonia's sterling efforts throughout the year as our Social Secretary, particularly in establishing and organising our monthly social runs as well as the very successful 35th Anniversary Party in September.

The winners of the other Awards, which were presented on the Club's behalf by Jonathan, Grant and Frank were:-

Female Club Runner of the Year - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.
Our winner is a woman who has an effervescent character to match her plethora of PBs that she achieved this year. Her enthusiasm for running appears unstoppable, and is equally motivating to others as she is to focusing on her own objectives. Club runner of the month for August, this person knocked 9 minutes off her half marathon PB, ran the beachy head marathon and continues to chip away at her shorter race times regularly achieving a new personal best.

Male Club Runner of the Year - Michael Bamford.
If there was a duathlon award this person would certainly be our winner. Always stepping up to help others, support the club in volunteering and assisting with organizing on club nights. He ran in the Essex way relay (and was so fast he did not get recorded), and loved it so much he's going to organize a team for 2018! This prize is so well deserved, already achieving CROTM in October 2017. He is really not bad.

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year - Emily Clarke.
Your winner started the year with a PB at Roding Valley, was a Colworth debutant in 2017, this person has now taken up running over obstacles too. They completed 2016 with an 5K age grade of 70.34%, and this year achieved, so far 74.29%. She's funny, bubbly, outrageously fun to be around. You have to go back to February to find this CROTM.
Your most improved female runner of the year is Emily Clarke.

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year - Dan Senior
Exceeding his 2016 5K age grade way back in January and matching it again last month, he's been consistently improving throughout – scoring for the club at ELVIS. They completed a marathon debut this year in 3.07, not afraid of giving it everything at triathlon, duathlon and even obstacles. This person is described as articulate, talented, but better known to his friends as a different name – party Dan.
Your most improved male runner is Party Dan, Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Suzanne Bench.
This person has been a member of the club for 10 years. A friendly face at any event, she always has time to talk. Completed in 3 London marathons in that time. In preparation she took part in Benfleet 15 and Orion 15 races amongst others.
Her marathon times were
2008 3.57,
2010 3.51, but
2017 3.44.57 and went on to a fourth marathon – The Robin Hood Marathon a few months later.
A proud member and great ambassador for the Club, who was celebrated in March 2017 with CROTM.
Your female marathon runner of the year Suzanne Bench.

Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Andy Bolderstone.
Competing in several marathons so far this year, this marathon man has PB'd in 3 out of four of them. A charming, consistent, and determined runner who enjoys his overseas marathons along with the family holidayw- achieving 4.40, 4.38, 4.56, 4.33 in each of them. Very humble and a quiet, unassuming man who every one hears, he was your CROTM in September 2017. And now he is male marathon runner of the year Andy Bolderstone.

Track Stars of 2017 - Kathryn Hertzberg and Marc Akers.

Kathryn, Dan, Emily, Michael, Alexandra,Sonia, Suzanne, Andy and Marc

The Club Runners of the Month for 2017 were also recognised for their achievements throughout the Year and presented with a 2018 ELR Calendar displaying their photos for the relevant months of 2017.

Our Calendar Girls and Boys with Jonathan!

The ELVIS Captains Ava and Paul plus the Committee Members were also praised by Club Chair Frank who had commented in his opening remarks that 2017 had been another very successful year for the Club.

Annual Awards 2017 - List of Nominations

Friday 17th November 2017 - The Awards Committee met recently with the difficult task of producing a shortlist in each category for our Club's main Running Awards.

There were many contenders and this year it was decided to list the top seven in each category from whom the winners will be selected and announced at the Party on December 14th at The Birds in Leytonstone.

The Nominees are listed alphabetically by surname below.

Female Runner of the Year 2017
Suzanne Bench
Emily Clarke
Fiona Critchley
Rachel Le Roux
Caroline Moore
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Joanne Wood

Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
Stuart Barton
Grant Conway
Lance Fuller
Antonio Martin Romero
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2017
Lucy Barron
Janet Bywater
Emily Clarke
Sheetal Dandgey
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Eleanor Wilkinson
Joanne Wood

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
John Booth
Ashley Faria
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Jennifer Ansell
Suzanne Bench
Roselin Boramakot
Sheetal Dandgey
Rachel Le Roux
Helen McGuinness
Ellie Wilkinson

Male Marathon Runner of the Year
Andy Bolderstone
Carlton D'Souza
Thomas Grimes
Antonio Martin Romero
Dan Senior
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge

Club Colours Social Runs 2017 - after the Wednesday Night Club run, usually the first Wednesday of the month, but not always!

Usually held on the first Wednesday of every month, but not always, these new Social gatherings were instigated by Sonia our Social Secretary and have been proving very popular.

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - The Red Lion, Leytonstone
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - The Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street
Wednesday 7th June 2017 - The North Star, Leytonstone
Wednesday 5th July 2017 - The Northcote Arms, Leyton
Wednesday 2nd august 2017 - The George, Wanstead
Wednesday 6th September - John Atkinson's 75th Birthday (His back garden!)
Wednesday 11th October - The Manor House, Wanstead High Street
Wednesday 1st november 2017 - The Duke, Wanstead
Wednesday 6th December 2017 - The Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 35th Annversary Party

Many ELR Members, some who had joined the Club in the 1980's and 1990's gathered together with current day members, partners, friends and guests from Leyton Sports Massage(Katherine), LFB (Narinder) and Colworth Striders (Trevor) to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of East London Runners in May 1982.

The Venue was the Wanstead Sports Club in Blake Hall Road and Social secretary Sonia together with her Party Planning team of Ciaran, Jenny, Ellie and Lance with on the day help from Don and Jonathan set about the transformation of the grounds and Hall.
Inside the hall the giant 1982 letters featured and together with the red and white balloons the glittering backdrop and subdued lighting all was set for a great night.

Outside the ELR Gazebo and two windflags were added to great effect.

Guests enjoyed Paella which was cooked on site in a pop up restaurant just outside the front door by Spanish Labs and later in the evening with ice creams.

Chair Frank Brownlie said a few words of greeting to all who attended and remarked that it was due to the loyalty and dedication of many members during the past 35 years that we were today thriving successfully.

Frank also spoke in fond memory of Roger Dixon, Life Member and Treasurer of ELR who had many, many friends within the Club over the past 30 years but who had tragically passed away while on holiday on 13th September 2017.

Following Awards for those members who had completed races in the past year in a time of 35 minutes approx and a very successful raffle the music was turned up and the party really started and with the Bar open until 12.30am a good time was had by all!

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - John Atkinson's 75 Birthday Celebrations.

Following the Club runs approximately 40 Club Members gathered in John's back garden at his home which is close to our base of Wanstead Leisure Centre.

John hosted a similar event in 2012 on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Once again Club Members were treated to lots of food and drink. It was also an occasion to get together with each other and meet some new faces from the Club.

There was also a very special Birthday cake expertly made by Club Member Jo Wood.

Don, John, Ava and an old friend at the party.

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.

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.