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Saturday 11th December 2021 - Parkrun

Saturday morning parkrun. At 9am FREE timed 5k runs/races at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), Roding Valley Recreation Ground (Loughton), Walthamstow (Peter May Sports Ground), Valentines Park, Ilford and many other venues across London, the UK and other Countries. Suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced runners.
First timers register at www.parkrun.com

Ware Cup - Saturday 11 December 2021

Loughton Athletic Club will host the Ware Cup on Saturday 11 December, starting at 11am for age 9 and above (up to and including school year 8) with 1.5km round the playing fields. The race for U15/U17/U20/Seniors and V40+ will follow at 11.15. U15/U17 will be directed back over the bridge partway through the race by the marshals, with everyone else completing the 8km course. Free entry but entrants are invited to put £1 in the bucket to help maintain the Club house. If you are interested in running, please email racesecretary@eastlondonrunners.org.uk or add your name to Race Entries no later than Friday 3 December. Teams of 4 will be scored with Women's and Men's competitions. Club house will be open for storage of kit but the showers are not to be used. Hot drinks and cakes on a donation basis after but please bring your own mug/cup to cut down on waste.

Sunday 12th December 2021 - Sunday League Cross Country Race 2 - Trent Park, Start Time 10.30am

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 8.45am, for car share to Trent Park. The race is free to members of East London Runners. Turn up on the day to run - no pre-race entry required. If you need a lift or have any queries, please advise Mike Wilson or Karan Gadhia.

Location: Trent Park Country Park, Cockfosters Entrance, EN4 0JZ
Time: 10.30am Start.

Course: 5miles/8K of rolling park and woodland.

Surface: Grass and gravel paths. Trail shoes or spikes recommended.

Facilities: Public toilets available near café and car park area.
Kit: Unsupervised area around the start and finish.

Travel: Parking is available within Trent Park via the main entrance on the Cockfosters Road, EN4 0JZ but is likely to be limited. Access road near main entrance car parks is due for resurfacing owing to significant potholes. Given the proximity of Trent Park to Cockfosters and Oakwood underground stations, use of public transport is therefore strongly recommended.

If you do intend to drive, please car-share as much as possible. There is NO parking available at Southgate Hockey Club, please DO NOT attempt to park there.

The start and finish area will be approx. 600 metres along Limes Avenue.

Additional Notes:
Please be aware that wearing headphones or other impediments to hearing is no longer permitted. Runners will be disqualified.
Please be mindful that this is a public park and we therefore share it with many other users.
First aid will be present. Please report any issues to the nearest marshal who will assist
Please do not run if you feel unwell or have any injuries
DO NOT RUN if you have any possible Covid symptoms.



Mike Wilson and Karan Gadhia
Winter League Captains

Book your tickets for the Annual Awards Nights on the 16th of December

The Venue is booked, preparations are underway and this year we will be having a delicious buffet… There will be great food, music and fun…
We still have a lot of places available but will have to close the sales on the 6th of December to help the chef plan the food accordingly.

So,your next step will be to start planning how to match the theme of the year!
Thursday 16th December 2021. 7:30pm till Close.
The Coach and Horses, 391 High Rd Leyton, London E10 5NA.

Dress Code: Masked Party! (But not the mask you would think of, as we will ask you to be imaginative on how you want to cover the upper part of your lovely faces!) Be creative, we will have a best mask competition! Think funky glasses or painted faces if you don't want to wear a mask!

Tickets are £25 each and secured by transfer:
Account 44320905
Sort Code 09-01-55
Please quote reference: Xmas(Surname)V or M

V is for the Vegetarians & Vegans, M for the Meat eaters amongst us.

Those who still trade in cash? Then come and find either Alexandra or Calvin at track or at a Wednesday night Club run.

Christmas and New Year parkruns.


Keep checking this page to make sure your local event is running over Christmas and New Year.

Essex County Athletic Association Eastern Counties Athletic Association - Sat/Sun 12-13 February 2022

The Joint Essex County AA and Eastern Counties AA is being held on Sat 12 and Sun 13 February 2022 at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. On Saturday events will start at 13:30. 6mm spikes only are to be used on the track. Closing date for entries is 15 January 2022 for paper entries and 20:00 on 21 January for on-line entries. Late entries will NOT be accepted. Full details available at http://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk and the application form at


2021 Annual Awards - Nominations

We are delighted to announce the 2021 ELR Annual Awards nominations (listed alphabetically below). The winners will be announced at our Festive Awards Night at The Coach and Horses, Leyton on Thursday 16th December. Have you got your ticket yet?

Female Marathon Runner of the Year
Alice Barrett
Paula Bedford
Becky Evans
Kathryn Hertzberg
Chloe Millan
Debbie Shearing

Male Marathon Runner of the Year
Nathaniel Dye
John Henry
Tom Howourth
David Jordan
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
Robert Spread

Female Most Improved Runner of the Year
Alice Barrett
Morag Campbell
Gail Edwards
Becky Evans
Kathy Morrissey
Sandra Preston

Male Most Improved Runner of the Year
Jimmy Dale
Karan Gadhia
Joseph Gunn
John Henry
Scott McMillan
John O'Brien

Female Runner of the Year
Alice Barrett
Becky Evans
Caroline Frith
Katherine Harris
Catriona Hoult
Ava Lee
Sandra Preston
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Male Runner of the Year
Calvin Bobin
Karan Gadhia
John Henry
Scott McMillan
Alex Pickering
Jose Rodriguez

The 2021 winners of the two ELR perpetual trophies will also be announced at the Awards Night:
Newcomer of the Year - The Dave Knight Trophy
Club Person of the Year - The Roger Dixon Shield

Future of Wednesday Club Run

Following our survey on the future of Wednesday club run and our trial at Eton Manor Rugby Club, we have made a decision about how these will work going forward.

1) It's obvious from the survey that Eton Manor is a popular base, so in future all club runs except Club Colours Socials will start and finish at the rugby club.

2) Club Colours Social Runs - on the first Wednesday of each month - will start and finish at the pub we're holding that month's social in. This should make logistics easier for those driving or cycling to the run.

3) There will continue to be approximately 8 different pace groups, one for each 30-second range of paces. (8-8.30, 8.30-9 etc).

4) Group leaders can either plan their own route each week or they can choose to follow a suggested route planned by Michael Wilson.

5) We encourage all groups to stick together, so that no-one gets left behind. To ensure this happens, we're asking all runners to be as realistic as possible in their choice of pace group. We're also asking leaders to stop and regroup periodically if needed to ensure that the group stays together. We need to be an inclusive club and we don't want people getting left behind on runs.

6) Eton Manor Rugby Club will soon be opening an indoor area and/or heating outside, so we won't need to worry about freezing our way through winter.

The arrangements will be reviewed once Wanstead Leisure Centre is available for use again.

Hopefully this covers anything, but feel free to ask any questions. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It was a fantastic response and really helped us to make these plans.