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ELVIS 8 - Sunday 30th September 2018 - East London Runners Valentines Park Charity 5k - 10.30am *****HOW TO ENTER*****

Race number 8 and the last in the ELVIS 2018 Series - Online Entries available until 27th Sept 2018 - www.entrycentral.com/valentinespark5k/

Affiliated £6.00. Non-Affiliated £8.00
On the day entries - £2.00 extra

Club Members Runs and Activities - Non Members, please come along and try us out!

Monday Night is Track Night (Occasional Hill Training/Speed session Night),. Every Wednesday night is Club Run Night (10k'sh, often with shorter options). Sunday Social runs of 10 miles approx at 10am, plus Marathon Training runs at the weekends, see below for full details.

Non Members - Please come along and try us out.

Improver Group progression sessions start 26th September 2018

NEWS NEWS NEWS : The Improvers Group which has been trialed over the past few weeks will now continue up to Christmas. This group will be led and managed by Jo Wood & Marc Akers. The format is based on increasing from 5km to 10km with a phased progression of 1km per week starting with 6km on 26th September.

As the trial comes to and end this week (12th September), Jo and Marc have agreed to provide two further cycles leading up to our last club run before Christmas.

to further aid improvers, a 10k is being repeated at the end of the cycle so that the group has a chance to run the whole distance at a slower pace before joining the main group. The program plans to run as follows:

12th - 10km
19th - 5km
26th - 6km

3rd - 7km
10th - 8km
17th - 9km
24th - 10km
31st - 10km

7th - 5km
14th - 6km
21st - 7km
28th - 8km

5th - 9km
12th - 10km
19th - 10km - last run before Christmas - and illuminated too!

This group is suitable for new runners, or those returning after injury, who are striving to gradually build up their stamina at a slower pace. If you get to the end of the cycle you should be capable of joining the main 10km route but you'll have the option to start back at the beginning of the new cycle and build up again from 5km if that suits your running needs better.

Any questions or feedback to would be great so please contact Jo Wood at a club run, or via facebook or email info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk

Monday 24th September 2018 at 6.45pm - Track Session at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA

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 35s) 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.

Suitable for all levels including Beginners.

Wednesday 26th September 2018 - Club Run (including Beginners 5k and improvers 6k run) - Oak Hill (7.3 Miles) - Meet at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start at Wanstead Leisure Centre

Take care when crossing roads and be aware of other pavement and park users. Please note our policy of no headphones to be worn during club runs. Club runners must wear 'hi viz' or light colour clothing for health and safety.

7.3 Mile Route.
Turn left out of Wanstead Leisure Centre, right into Wigram Road and over the A12 footbridge. Turn right into Nutter Lane, left into Leicester Road, left into Grosvenor Road and right into Wanstead High Street to end of road. Cross at traffic lights and turn left into Snaresbrook Road, then right into The Forest and right into Oakhurst Gardens. Turn right into Woodford New Road and just before Waterworks roundabout, left into Forest Road. Cross to right hand side of Forest Road and continue down the hill. Turn right into Hale End Road and follow to mini roundabout. Cross over the road at the A406 and continue along the remainder of Hale End Road until it joins Oak Hill. Follow Oak Hill (The road will fork to the right) past the Hotel to the top of the hill. Cross straight over the junction with Woodford New Road into Fullers Road and bear right to High Road, Woodford Green. Turn right into the High Road, cross to left hand side of the road and follow Woodford Road back to Snaresbrook. Turn left into Wanstead High Street, left at The George and back to Wanstead Leisure Centre via the A12 footbridge.

5k Route.
As main route to end of Wanstead High Street, then left into Hollybush Hill to Green Man roundabout. Left into Cambridge Park Road, then cross The Green, Wanstead to St Mary's Avenue. Left into Langley Drive and back to Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Improvers 6k Route.
As beginners route to Green Man roundabout, then under subway and exit into Bush Road. Left into Blake Hall Road, right into Cambridge Park Road. Then cross The Green, Wanstead to St Mary's Avenue. Second left into Overton Drive, left into Warren Road and back to Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Saturday 29th September 2018 - parkruns at 9am

FREE timed 5k runs/races starting at 9am at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), Valentines Park Ilford, Beckton, Barking, Hackney, Walthamstow and Mile End and at many other locations across London and the UK and abroad.


ELVIS 8 - Sunday 30th September 2018 - East London Runners Valentines Park Charity 5k - 10.30am

ONLINE ENTRIES NOW OPEN - www.entrycentral.com/valentinespark5k/

East London Runners, is pleased to host a great chip timed road race set in the scenic grounds of Valentines Park, Ilford. UKA Road Licence Number 2018-31932.

This is the eighth and final ELVIS race of the season.

Our race, in aid of local Charities, will start at 10.30am on Sunday 30th September 2018. The course is flat and fast and will be run all on paths completely within the perimeter of the park and will be traffic free

In 2016 and 2017 East London Runners donated the race surplus including the cake stall proceeds to local charities, including ELHAP. For this year's race, and in support of the Mayor of Redbridge's Charity of the year, we will be continuing our support for ELHAP. This years race will be started by the Worshipful Mayor of Redbridge.

Race entry is open to all ELVIS Affiliated Clubs, other Clubs, and the general public aged 15 years and over. Costs are £6.00 for affiliated athletes, and £8.00 for unaffiliated. Entries on the day are £2 extra. NO TRANSFERS ALLOWED. Confirmation of entry will be sent to you by email to the address provided within the entry details.

Entries (up to race limit) will be accepted on the day until 10.15am, and will be subject to an additional fee. No transfers will be permitted, and unofficial transfers will be removed from the final results. Race numbers are to be collected on the day from the race HQ so please arrive early to collect your number.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st 3 men, 1st 3 women, 1st vet man and 1st woman aged 40, 50, 60 and 70. (Note the ages have been equalised.) Prizes will be presented on the day as soon as possible after the race has finished and the results compiled. One prize per person. In addition Team Prizes for Ladies and Men.

Results will be posted on the ELR Club website - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/
on the ELVIS Facebook page - www.facebook.com/groups/1468792830007166/
and on the ELVIS Clubs website - www.elvisraces.club/

This year's race is sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, who offer specialised sport & remedial massage treatments from its three locations in Leyton, Walthamstow and Angel, Islington. leytonsportsmassage.com/

The race will be followed by a Children's fun run if numbers allow (with free entries on the day only).

What's happened so far in 2018?

Sunday 16th September 2018 - Berlin Marathon - Antonio Martin Romero breaks the Club Record in a time of 2:29:29

Antonio Martin Romero - 2.29.29pb & club record - 95th
Jose Rodriguez - 2.58.45 - 1395th
Zoila Gilham-Fernandez - 3.42.07pb by 35 mins - 1315th (women)
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.46.44 - 9715th
Jonathan Wooldridge - 3.47.52 - 9973rd

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"
To read the rest of Antonio's report please click here -

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.
To read the rest of Zoila's report please click here -

Sunday 16th September 2018 - Pleshey Half Marathon - ELR Win Men's Team Trophy

Congratulations to Euan Brown, Mark Boulton and Paul Quinton in winning the Team Trophy in fantastic times.

Wednesday 5th September 2018 - Birthday Barbecue after the Club Colours Social run

About 80 ELR Members attended the Club's Birthday Barbecue after the Club Run. The event was held at the Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Clubhouse on Overton Drive, Wanstead a short distance from our ususl meeting Place/HQ at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Expertly organised by Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle she was helped by Jo Wood and Don Bennett. Also on the night Carlton, Michael B and Son plus a few other Members assisted greatly.

Sunday 2nd September 2018 - Essex Way Relay Race - Epping (Tube Station) to Harwich

Most of our runners at the finish in Harwich! Fish and Chips and beer!

Saturday 1st September 2018 - Euan Brown runs 4th fastest parkrun in the UK this morning - 5k in 15 mins 35 secs!


Monday 27th August 2018 - Elvis 7 - Barking Road Runners Bank Holiday 5km, Barking Park

On a nice cool Bank Holday Monday morning 75 of ELR' finest emtered Barking Park nad completed ELVIS 7 the Barking 5k. In addition to having circa 25% of the total field of runners we also had many supporters and families and in addition we had eight runners in the Children's 2k race held immediately after the finish of the main race.

Euan Brown was the overall winner of the race in a terrific time of 15:48 and the Men's Team were 2nd overall in the ELVIS Rankings.

For the Ladies Zoila Gilham-Fernandez was 3rd Overall and the Ladies Team of Zoila, Caroline Frith and Emily Clarke won the Team prize for the race. With the addition of Katherine Harris our Ladies won in the ELVIS Team Category.

Saturday 11th August 2018 - ELVIS 6 - Orion Forest 5

Our Runners and Supporters prior to the race start!

Catriona seems to be enjoying the race!

Saturday 11th August 2018 - Maud Hodson completes the Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run

Maud Hodson 13.16.05 49th, 10th woman

SVP 100K - Maud's Race Report - the not-so-concise version. I recommend a cup of tea or a stiff gin! -

Wednesday 1st August 2018 - ELVIS 5 - Harold Wood 5k

On another bright and warm summer evening 58 (from 270 finishers) East London runners ran in and completed this brand new ELVIS Race in Harold Wood Park. An undulating course over mixed terrain elicited a number of comments from our runners with most being favourable!

The overall race winner was Mark Boulton and Paul Quinton made the podium again with a creditable third place. Calvin Bobin again took the prize for first Male Vet 60.

Mark Boulton receiving first prize

For our Ladies Jennifer Ansell was again the first Lady home with Ava Lee in 3rd place.

Jenny receiving her prize

Both Ladies and Men's ELR Teams won the ELVIS TEAM race, the Ladies now have 5 wins from the 5 races and the Men 4 from 5. With only three races remaining we are looking to maintain these high standards.

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Twilight 50k Ultra, Redbridge Cycle Circuit -

Mike and Kirk photographed at the recent ELVIS, Newman Hilly 5 race in Haiault Forest.

Michael Wilson- 5:24:53 - 6th, 2nd V55
Kirk Johnson - 9.12.30 - 17th, 2nd V50

Congratulations to Mike Wilson and Kirk Johnson in completing this 50k Ultra on the very hilly Redbridge Cuycle Circuit.

Remarkable, especially for Kirk in light of the following extract from the Club Newsletter in February 2018:

Kirk Johnson, Former ELR Chairman and Life Member had increased his running and training mileage in the latter part of 2017 culminating in completing 26 laps, 52km in the SITC Dawn to Dusk race on Sunday 17th December 2017 in a time of 7.52.04. However in early January 2018 Kirk was knocked off his motorbike when in Central London ending up in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with many broken bones and subsequently spent a number of weeks in hospital and had a shoulder operation.

ELVIS 4 - Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Newman Hilly 5 in Hainault Forest

With a new start/finish area near the amin gate area including good toilet facilities a large number of runners (263 finishers with 63 from ELR)took part in the latest ELVIS Race in Hainault Forest.

Sea of Red by the lake

The weather was hot and still and the conditions underfoot were good if a little dusty in places.

The race itself saw Tom Gardner from Ilford AC push ahead and keep to the front throughout followeded by Paul Quinton and Billy Rayner of ELR in 2nd and 3rd places overall.

In the Ladies contest, Jennifer Ansell was first Lady home and was 14th Overall. Aval Lee finished 3rd. Together with Caroline Frith our Ladies won the Team Prize on the night and were also first in the ELVIS category for the 4th time out of 4 this 2018 Series.

Jennifer, Caroline Frith and Ava Lee our successful Ladies Team receiving their prizes from the Ilford President.

Peter Craik, Craig Livermore and Karan Gadhia with Gaz (and Jennifer) prior to the race start.

All in all another successful night for ELR with Caroline Frith (1st FV 35) and Calvin Bobin (1st MV60) being our other prizewinners.

Some but not all of our runners on the night!

Saturday 14th July 2018 - The Essex 50 (51.6 miles)

Congratulations to Maud Hodson in winning another ULTRA RACE. The weather was hot and sunny!

Maud Hodson- 9.48.01 - 1st

Maud Tweeted - Ultra marathon wins are like buses - after my Last One Standing win, 1st at @ChallengeRunnin Essex 50. And this time I beat all the guys too!

A fast flat 50 mile race covering 6 out and back loops along a flat disused old railway line which is now a country park called the Flitch Way.

Starting in Felsted Essex its a perfect course for a 50 mile race (100 and 30 mile options), regular support every 4.3 miles and access to your drop bag every 8.6 miles and with no hills and an easy trail it will suit runners who want fast times and a first 30,50,100 under their belt.

Maud's Essex 50 Mile (51.6 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.
You can read the rest of the report on our Results Page -

Weekend Saturday/Sunday 14th and 15th July 2018 - Spitfire Scramble (24 Hour run)

London's only 24-hour trail race. If you've run TR24 or Endure 24 or the like, think that, but probably with better 3G signal and a flyby from an actual Spitfire!

Ultra runners competing in the solo category receive priority camping space and dedicated fuel table near your own start/finish exit.

Rest when you need to, run as much as you like. The course is just under 6 miles, a mixture of trail, grass, gravel and a little tarmac. There is one winding gradient near the finish and one short, sharp slope but no singificant hills other than those two.

The male course record is 20 laps in 24 hours, with the female record standing at 18.

Catering available, showers available, camping is free, parking is free.

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

Alexandra's race report for Spitfire Scramble :
Take a group of people and put them into test with intense heat, no showers, mosquitoes, lack of sleep and strenuous activity,if they are still supportive of each other, smile and laugh after 24 hours, do keep them in your life forever!
Thank you to all the ELRs who ran this weekend and to Sandra and Susannah for coming to support us (you both were smelling very good!

Craig said - " This was by far one of the most surreal experiences I've 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 couldn't 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 couldn't be more proud of my team, when I couldn't 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. I'll come back again for another round next year, as I have unfinished business. But for now, more sleep is required."

Saturday 30th June 2018 - Chase the Sun VeloPark Half marathon, Olympic Park, Stratford

Well done to Sam Browne of East London Runners who was 1st in the Chse the Sun VeloPark Half Marathon this morning in a time of 1:20:10.

Friday 29th June 2018 - Fast Friday 5k - walthamstow Track

Congratulations to Euan Brown of East London Runners who was 3rd in Orion's Fast Friday 5k at Walthamstow Track last night in a time of 15:26!

Weekend 22nd - 24th June 2018 - Colworth Marathon Challenge - Final Placings

Patrick Brown 2.49.25 3rd
James Nichols 3.05.41 8th
Louis Le Roux 3.09.16 10th
Manjit Bedi 3.19.06 15th
Michael Bamford 3.34.05 33rd
Mike Brett 3.35.01 36th
Paul Thompson 3.40.03 41st
Grant Conway 3.40.53 45th
Suzanne Bench 3.49.27 50th
Stephen Swan 4.02.38 65th
Jonathan Wooldridge 4.06.06 71st
Fiona Critchley 4.09.49 80th
Rachel Le Roux 4.10.21 81st
Bernadett Kalmar 4.19.27 91st
Frank Brownlie 4.23.56 95th
Catherine Brett 4.31.17 106th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 4.32.49 107th
Jayne Browne 4.56.34 128th
Geoff Bench 4.56.41 129th

Also Stuart Barton and Victor Szabadi

Colworth Marathon Challenge 2018, Overall Results.

Winner FV45 : Suzanne Bench
3rd Male - Patrick Brown
Team Winners - East London Runners (Patrick, Thomas, James, Louis and Manjit)

Thursday 21st June 2018 - ELVIS 3 - 7.30pm - East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5k

Paul & Caroline: Well done to all you wonderful ELR finishers at ELVIS 3 this evening hosted by EERR in the Olympic Park.
Another great turnout by the club & you should all be very proud!

Some excellent individual runs saw Jennifer Ansell win the ladies race with Euan 1st and Paul Quinton 3rd I the mens race. We also saw Calvin Bobin collect the Vet60 prize.

Both the Ladies and Mens Teams were FIRST in the ELVIS TEAM overall for this race.

Tuesday 12th June 2018 - ELVIS 2 - H90 Joggers Midweek 5

270 Finishers with 54 from ELR

Men's Team - 1st Thomas Grimes, Mark Boulton & Paul Quinton
Ladies Team - 1st Jenny Ansell,Ava Lee and Ellie Wilkinson

Individual Results
Jennifer Ansell - 1st
Ava Lee - 3rd

1st - Thomas Grimes
3rd - Mark Boulton

1st VM40 - Ciaran Canavan
1st VM55 - Carlton D'Souza
1st VM 60 - Calvin Bobin

Weekend 9th and 10th June 2018 - Maud Hodson is the Last One Standing, completing 82 miles!

Congratulations to Maud in being the Last Lady Standing!

Its a simple concept - 4.1 mile lap, starting on the hour every hour. The winner is the one who completes the most laps.

Maud said "I called it a day at the end of lap 20 - 82 miles and a triple marathon in the bag. My form was going and my motivation was crumbling..... I had won my first ever race (I don't count the Essex Titles where there was no-one else running). The trophy is so large that my shelf isn't going to cope.

The Last One Standing - race report (Full report on our Results Page) -

Its a simple concept - 4.1 mile lap, starting on the hour every hour. The winner is the one who completes the most laps......

The first few laps were straight-forward, and there were very few drop-outs before we got to night-time, but Dave was really suffering with a dodgy knee after only about three laps. He took some painkillers and kept going, because ultra-runners are tough cookies. He got to a double marathon before packing it in.

We put our head torches on for lap 10 (9pm), as the forest sections would be getting gloomy by then.

Sunday 10th June 2018 - John Booth wins the Thames Chase 10k in 36:45.

Congratulations To John winning his first Race in East London Runners colours!

Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Parkrun Tourists complete the alphabet challenge

ELR travellers Stuart Barton, Fiona Critchley, Shaun DeSena and Jonathan Wooldridge have been travelling the globe to compete their parkrun alphabet challenge. Today this has been completed with a final trip to Zary in Poland. Furthermore the challenge has been taken to a whole new level by Fiona who has the ELR club record on each of the events in her alphabet. This is a fantastic and unique achievement.

Travelling to eight countries, spanning three continents the globe trotters have gone to some extreme lengths of endurance, some might say of stupidity, to get to the events eg weekends away, holidays, honeymoon, and 18 hr road trips.

Whilst parkrun tourism is becoming ever more popular, and with Andrew Howard conducting much of his tourism by bike, it wont be long before this pioneering group of four grows; but will he make it all the way to Zary on two wheels?

Wednesday 30th May 2018 - Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Cow Bell 5 Miler, Eastbrooke End Country Park -

268 finishers with 79 East London Runners.
Men's team - 1st Thomas, Mark & Billy.
Ladies team - 1st Ava, Ellie & Caroline.
Elvis team - Men - 1st (as above plus Dan Senior, Ciaran & Danny Lee.)
Elvis team - Ladies - 1st (as above plus Emily Clarke.)

Sunday 27th May 2018 - Edinburgh Marathon - *******2:36:23 - ELR Club Marathon Record Time Broken again, this time by Antonio Martin Romero!******

Antonio Martin Romero - 2.36.23pb -10th in the race overall and a NEW Club Record Time
Mary Nisbet - 3.30.17 - 1037th - 18th V35.
Robyn Turtle - 4.25.57 pb - 4145th

Split times - Antonio
10k: 36m 45s
Half: 1h 17m 18s
30k: 1h 50m 51s
Gun Time:2h 36m 25s

An extract from Antonio's Race Report (Full report can be read on the Results Page of this Website)
We changed the direction to the west after 30K, just before mile 19. Finally, the wind had disappeared! I started pushing my pace and doing some miles at 5:51 pace, I checked my watch and thought, f*** a PB is very possible today. I wanted to catch another runner who was 200m in front of me, and that made me go faster as he increased his pace as well, people started to yell at me, top 10, top 10.

All the miles after mile 19 were between 5:51-5:55 pace except the last one, that I relaxed a bit the pace in 6:02. I didn't know what time I was doing, with 200m to go, I could see the watch in the finish line, 2:35 something!

I enjoyed those last 200m and finished with a time of 2:36:23. Definitely, 2:35 is not out of reach now. It is time to rest a little bit and focus on Berlin in September. As always, thank you very much to this club and all its runners to make me improve every year.

Sunday 6th May 2018 - NEW ELR MARATHON RECORD - Thomas Grimes - Limerick Marathon

Congratulations Thomas, from all of your fellow runners at ELR!

Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run (Marathon) - Sunday 6th May 2018

Thomas Grimes - 2.37.35pb -5th - NEW East London Runners Club Record beating his time in London 2017 of 2:38:01

Split times in Limerick
10k 35.33
20k 1.11.22
half 1.15.27
30k 1.49.53
40k 2.29.08
finish 2.37.35
5th place
2nd M 35-39
pace 6.01 Min Mile

Sunday 6th May 2018 - Gutenburg and Geneva Marathons

Dan Gritton - 2.59.31 - 25th - Dan's 117 Marathon!

Jennifer Ansell - 3.22.26 - 141st overall, 11th Female
Eleanor Wilkinson - 3.26.16pb - 174th overall ,16th, Boston Qualifying time!

April 2018 - Club Runners of the Month - Ciaran Canavan and Jo Wood

Full details - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/clubrunnerofthemonth

Sunday 29th April 2018 - Hamburg Marathon

Mike Wilson - 3:42:57 - 2471st

Mike's 30th Marathon!

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Virgin Money London Marathon

Some of our Marathoners at the gates of Greenwich Park

54396 Michael Bamford - 4.07.14 PB
20269 Lucy Barron - 4.14.49
26369 Manjit Bedi - 3.29.55
29748 Suzanne Bench - 4.01.21
38362 Gemma Caitlin - 4.09.33
28880 Emily Clarke - 3.37.14 PB
16559 Jakub Czeczotka - 3.59.44
1476 Alex Day - 2.53.28
54139 Elizabeth Day - 5.24.43 debut?
45046 Colin Dryland - 3.51.33 PB
38388 James Eggleton - 4.26.33
40734 Kate Frost - 5.05.13 PB
46581 Sian Glover - 5.12.48 debut?
54400 David Hallybone - 4.36.03 debut
54395 Sandra Hiller - 6.11.13
54397 Maud Hodson - 4.27.33
22987 Nick Hoult - 4.26.23
32392 Stuart Kelly - 3.12.43
19684 Sheila Kennedy - 4.31.21
693 Ava Lee - 3.20.13
41113 Sharon Lincoln - 5.13.14 PB
17098 Caroline McGirr - 5.21.28
19075 Susannah McLaren - 5.38.11
19145 Abdirahman Mohammed - 5.06.10
54401 Ruel Ordonio - 4.36.06 debut
31437 Paul Quinton - 2.44.35 PB
20271 Maran Raju - 4.06.32
54398 Diana Rexhepaj - 4.46.09
1300 Antonio Martin Romero DNF Injury
53113 Alexandra Rutishauser Perera - 4.44.06 PB
3558 Jay Sangha - 4.59.15 debut
26006 Dan Senior - 3.13.05
43480 Rosie Shrimplin - 5.49.49 debut?
20270 Roger Stubbs - 4.06.14 PB
57582 Tom Timson 5.37.55
54399 Robyn Turtle - 4.32.32 PB
39752 Selina Vernal - 3.57.13 debut
8389 Andrea Waller - 4.58.36
43475 Ben Warry - 5.19.59 debut?

31193 Russell Price. - 2.55.18
32980 William Pearce - 3.06.44

Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Vienna Marathon

Dan Gritton - 3:00:54 - 136th - Dan's 116th Marathon

Monday 16th April 2018 - B.A.A. Boston Marathon

Ciaran Canavan - 3.11.52 - 3678th
Tom Woods - 4.34.49 - 20927th

Tom Woods - I think I will be shaking for the rest of my life , god that was the worst weather imaginable , it just never let up , not for a second.

What happened in 2017?

Sunday 15th April 2018 - Brighton Marathon

Jo, Emma and Sarah
Jose Rodriguez - 2.57.31 pb by 16 mins - 93rd
Andrew Baxter - 3.11.51 - 313th
Nathaniel Dye - 3.21.56 - 609th, pb by 28 mins
Robert Rayworth - 3.25.12 - 702nd, 1 wk after Manchester
Paula Bedford - 3.47.15 - 1980th, pb/gfa by 12 mins.
Joanna Neville - 4.17.29 - 4741st, pb by 12 mins.
Matthew Sharpe - 4.19.56 - 4954th
Andy Bolderstone - 4.23.47 - 5286th, pb by 9 mins.
Jimmy Dale - 4.31.40 6040th
Amy Fontain - 4.41.40 debut - 6915th,
Emma Wing - 4.47.07 - 7420th,
Sarah Pascal - 5.26.16 debut- 9761st,
Joanna Wood - 5.28.29 - 9846th, pb by 49 mins.

Sunday 8th April 2018 - Rome Marathon - Paris Marathon - Rotterdam Marathon

Roselin Boramakot - 5.08.33

James Nichols - 3.20.52 pb - 3232nd
Chris Green - 3.23.36 - 3644th

Daniel Lee - 3.01.01 - 528th
Ava Lee 3.11.14 pb - 914th

Mark Boulton - 2.43.49 pb by 2 mins - 74th
Joseph Browne - 3.14.18 pb by 30 mins - 1004th
Craig Livermore - 3.19.17 pb by 7 mins - 1269th
Mark Moir - 3.20.08 debut - 1318th
Shahib Miah Ali - 3.22.46 pb by 8 mins - 1443rd
Regis Martin - 3.23.14- 1469th - 8 mins faster than London 2017
Robert Rayworth - 3.23.33 - 1485th
Declan McDonagh - 3.31.16 - 1996th
Peter Hatley - 3.31.25 - 2004th
Nick Hoult - 3.34.07 pb by 16 mins - 2163rd
Jimmy Dale - 3.55.12 pb by 18 mins - 3904th
Paul Marshall - 4.05.00 pb by 10 mins - 4765th
Georgie Hooper - 4.29.02 pb by 10 mins - 6404th
Rachel Le Roux - 4.34.10 pb by 1hr 10 mins - 6724th
Zuzana Urbanova - 4.42.12 debut - 155th,
Jayne Browne - 4.57.26 pb by 18 mins - 7892nd
Geoff Bench - 5.07.26 pb by 1 hr 20 mins - 8198th
Jason Levy - 5.18.15 - 8464th
Spencer Evans - 2.17.18 (20 miles) - dnf - injured in fall

Geoff, Jason, Zuzana and Rachel proudly show off their medals!

Saturday 24th March 2018 - Orion 15

Thomas Grimes - 1.39.12 - 5th
Alex Day - 1.55.34 - 46th
Andrew Baxter - 1.56.50 - 51st
Patrick Brown - 1.57.59 - 56th
Stuart Kelly - 1.58.22 - 61st
Chris Green - 2.08.17 - 103rd
Calvin Bobin - 2.10.02 -117th, 1st M60
Paul Thompson - 2.10.49 - 120th
Robert Rayworth -2.11.50 - 130th
Nick Hoult - 2.16.00 - 146th
Caroline Frith - 2.19.58 - 175th
Paul Marshall - 2.20.51 - 177th
Jimmy Dale - 2.25.44 - 198th
Andy Bolderstone - 2.26.20 - 201st
Suzanne Bench - 2.27.02 - 208th
Nathaniel Dye - 2.27.02 - 209th
Grant Conway - 2.27.02 - 210th
Maud Hodson - 2.28.50 - 220th
David Hallybone - 2.30.02 227th
Kat Maskell - 2.39.15 - 253rd
John Healy - 2.48.54 - 275th
Catherine Brett - 2.56.32 - 287th
Diana Rexhepaj - 3.00.40 - 295th
Gareth Davies - 3.00.41 - 296th
Caroline Moore - 3.09.41 - 299th
300 finishers.

February 2018 - Thomas Grimes wins the Overall Title in the Sunday League!

Cross Country Captain Mike Wilson reports

With the Cross Country season drawing to a close, I would like to congratulate Thomas Grimes who was crowned overall winner of the Sunday League title. He achieved this with a top five finish at the final fixture at Royston. This is a great achievement with record attendances of over 500 runners at some of the races. I am pleased with the turnout from the club in both Leagues, with numbers increasing from last year. We had 10 enjoyable races in total on on a variation of surfaces and conditions, appealing to novices and experienced athletes alike.

In the Chingford League we had a record 54 runners compete on a cold autumn evening at Hog Hill in October. The ladies and men's 'A' teams finished 4th and 5th in this League respectively.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in 2017/18 and look forward to welcoming new and old members again, when the season starts again in October.

Sunday 25th February 2018 - Cross-country is the new battleground as women step up bid for equality - by Nick Hoult


Sunday 25th February 2018 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - ELR Scoop the Team award

East London Runners winning team of Emily Clarke, Ellie Wilkinson and Antonio Martin-Romero being presented with the Team Cup!

Results for all the ELR competitors can be found on the Results page of this Website. Many more Photos are in the Photos 2018 page!

Saturday 24th February 2018 - Saucony English National Cross Country Championship, Hampstead Heath

Eleanor Wilkinson 39.54 453rd
Chloe Millan 44.52 763rd
Diana Rexhepaj 53.50 1033rd
Thomas Grimes 50.50 677th
Billy Rayner 51.56 794th
Mark Moir 58.55 1492nd
Paul Marshall 1.04.56 1934th
Stuart Norris 1.11.28 2166th

Sunday 18th February 2018 - Sunday XC League, Race 5 - Royston.

Thomas Grimes 35.28 - 5th
Judith Vonberg 53.22 - 238th
Maud Hodson 54.12 - 252nd
Katie Whitton 55.50 - 272nd
Doug Mansell 59.03 - 304th
Michael Wilson 61.58 - 319th
Alex Jameson 68.07 - 337th

Race Report - "Shout to the Top"
This was the second race of a weekend double header, coming a day after the Chingford League fixture at Victoria Park. Compared to the weather in previous years, it felt that summer had almost arrived on Therfield Heath with the early morning frost and mist clearing to leave a mild and sunny day.

The 5.5 mile course over two laps, was mainly hard and bumpy with continuous hills and valleys to contend with. Thankfully there was only a small breeze on this occasion! The mighty Thomas Grimes was first man home for the club in 5th position, leaving him in contention for an overall top 3 finish. Doug Mansell was second man to finish - a little way behind Thomas. Mike Wilson (damage limitation after a tough weekend!) and Alex Jameson (muscle strain), completed the men's team. Judith Vonberg was first for ELR ladies in 57th position, followed by super Maud Hodson - having also completed a weekend double ('I feel fine and will be at the track on Monday'), with Katie Whitton just behind.

This was the last fixture of the season and the most challenging. I am pleased that our overall number of runners were up from last year. Thanks to Maud and Doug for the lift today and everyone who made an appearance in at least one of the races over the series.

Ladies A Team 14th of 20, Vets 17th of 20.
Mens A Team 18th of 20, Vets 19th of 20.
Ladies Overall A Team 16th of 20,
Vets Overall 19th of 20.
Mens Overall A Team 14th 0f 20
Vets Overall 19th of 20.

Saturday 17th February 2018 - Chingford League - Race 5 - Victoria Park 5 miles

Thomas Grimes 27.44 - 14th
Paul Marshall 33.17 pb - 83rd
Karen Levison 33.38 - 87th
James Creed 33.47 - 89th
Jimmy Dale 35.19 - 106th
Michael Wilson 35.45 - 117th
Maud Hodson 37.54 pb - 136th
Stuart Norris 38.50 - 143rd
Zuzana Urbanova 39.07 pb - 148th
Tim Aylett 39.25 - 155th
Kat Maskell 40.27 - 161st
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 43.11 pb - 184th
Claire Emery 44.16 - 190th
Sheila Kennedy 45.35 - 202nd
Helen McGuinness 46.48 - 209th

Race Report - "A Hazy Shade of Winter".
The sun shone down through the trees in Victoria Park this afternoon, for the 5th Chingford League fixture of the season. The course consisted of two figure of eight laps on the park's Tarmac paths, which were accurately measured to five miles by The Hosts, Victoria Park Harriers.

Thomas Grimes and Karen Levison were first to finish from the men's and ladies teams, after a total of 16 East London Runners' started the race. Mixed fortunes for our two newcomers today: Mark Wiltshire ran 5.4 miles and missed the finish line, but was still happy with his run (a PB at the 5 Miles point) whilst Jimmy Dale finished with a respectable 35 Minutes. Well done to Maud and Alexandra who recorded PB's for the distance.

Thanks to our photographers/supporters, Frank Brownlie, Don Bennett and Dave Levison, also the Marshals and race organisers. The league continues to offer athletes of all abilities a good mix of races on a variety of surfaces and conditions.

This has been a good campaign from the club with an increase in numbers from 2016/17. Well done to everyone who has run and supported the team. The final fixture of the season is the Chingford League Relays on Saturday 10th March venue to be confirmed - hosted by East London Runners.
Men A Team 7th, 6th overall.
Men B Team 6th, 5th overall.
Men Vets 10th, 6th overall.
Ladies A Team 6th, 4th overall.
Ladies Vets 6th, 5th overall.

Thursday 15th February 2018 - Annual General Meeting

News from the AGM

The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 15th February, at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated separately, but the club is pleased to be able to announce that the following officers were elected.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Vice Chair - Jonathan Wooldridge
Hon Secretary - Mike Wilson
Hon Treasurer - Don Bennett
Vice Treasurer - currently vacant
Race Secretary - currently vacant
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Volunteer Co-ordinator - Ciarán Canavan
Media and PR/Beginners - Maya Goodwin
Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle

Committee Members - Lucy Barron, Sheetal Dandgey, Jason Levy, Paul Marshall and Jo Wood.

The club expresses the greatest thanks to Jenny Ansell, Sarah Burns, Grant Conway, Dan Slipper,Ellie Wilkinson and Ava Lee for their hard work and dedication to the club.

At the AGM members voted on three motions relating to subscriptions. The outcome of these are as follows.

. That for the year 2018/19, first claim membership will be £22, including the English Athletics fee of £15.

. That for new members the membership will be £25 in the first year, including EA Fee.

. That for second claim members renewing or joining for the year 2018/19 will be £10.00.

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Essex County and Eastern AA Championships, Lee Valley - Day 2

Thomas Grimes 41.93 1st, 300m heats
Thomas Grimes 41.28 pb 3rd, 300m final
Maud Hodson 61.30 sb 3rd final
Maud Hodson 6.35.91 (indoor pb) 1st, 1500m W35

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Torremolinos Half Marathon, Spain.

Andrew Baxter 1.28.27 118th
Peter Hatley 1.36.36 297th
Paul Thompson 1.39.37 383rd
Grant Conway 1.42.02 443rd
Richard Guest 1.43.12 480th
Jonathan Wooldridge 1.45.29 545th
Carlton DSouza 2.00.55 912th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 2.06.01 123rd
Helen McGuinness 2.21.37

Saturday 3rd February 2018 - Thames Trot 50mile Ultra -

Maud Hodson 9.57.24 123rd, 24th lady, 3rd W45

Race Report - www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk/results

Gender Equality in Cross Country Running - January 2018

East London Runners supports the movement to bring about Gender Equality in Cross Country Running at all ages and levels.

We also recognise and respect the rights of Individual Club Members to choose to run in cross country races that do not currently have gender equality.

By Maud Hodson - The #runequal campaign was started in December 2017 to lobby for gender equality in cross-country running. While men and women race over the same distances on the roads and on the track, in cross-country the women's races are often much shorter than the men's. It is common for men to race 50% further, and in some events nearly twice as far.

This both downgrades the women's event compared to the men's, and sends an insidious message to girls that they are not expected to challenge themselves so much. Sport should empower girls and women, not keep them in their places.

We would encourage anyone who would like to see greater parity in XC running to sign and share the petition, tweet your support using the #runequal hashtag, and write to national, regional and local governing bodies and event promoters.

The On-line Petition

Maud Hodson being interviewed for Sky News on Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Video broadcast on TV on Sunday 14th January 2018


Maud leads runners from Eton Maor AC, Woodford Green and Essex Ladies, Unaffiliated and East London Runners as part of the Sky News feature in Wanstead Park.

The Guardian Article - Friday 12th January 2018

fastrunning.com - by Robbie Britton January 10, 2018 - Should male and female cross country races be the same distance?

Independent article by Judith Vonberg - Saturday 13th January 2018 - UK athletes call for end to 'outdated' gender inequality in cross country races

Article in Daily Telegraph on-line and print editions on Monday 15th Jan 2018 by Ben Farmer

Chrissie Wellington @chrissiesmiles
100% behind you @maudhodson. Women & men can race the same distances in triathlon, so why should cross-country running be any different?

Great to see @jopavey on @SkyNews supporting the #runequal campaign - helping to bring cross-country into the 21st century...
Facebook Jo Pavey - Cross country running should be supporting equality. Sport should be about empowering women. It should not suggest that women are less capable of an event than men. https://t.co/LDTgagogOM

The counter argument from Paula Radcliffe - Tuesday 16th Jan 2018 -
Equality actually means Equal Rights and Respect for every person on this earth. It does not mean we must make everything we do exactly the same as men in the name of equality. Many things we already do better. Leave them be. #concentrateontherealissues #XCworksbest8k

The races are muddy and hilly
But if you are only a filly
You run half as far
As the gentlemen are
And in this day and age that is silly.

Saturday 27th January 2018 - South of England AA XC Championships, Stanmer Park, Brighton

Rachel Le Roux 51.17 328th
Diana Rexhepaj 52.07 332nd
Thomas Grimes 1.01.17 181st
Spencer Evans 1.13.03 517th
Paul Marshall 1.16.46 597th
Mark Moir 1.24.16 686th

Sunday 21st January 2018 - Benfleet 15

6th - Antonio Martin Romero - 1.35.17
44th - Jennifer Ansell - 1.48.15 (3rd lady)
60th - Joseph Browne - 1.51.42
68th - James Nichols - 1.52.22
123rd - Paul Thompson - 1.59.38
129th - Regis Martin - 2.00.16
168 - Paul Marshall - 2.04.26
182 - Calvin Bobin - 2.06.28 (5th V60)
186 - Nathaniel Dye - 2.06.52
202 - Peter Hatley - 2.08.38
233 - Jonathan Wooldridge - 2.12.43
265 Grant Conway 2.15.46
266 Shahib Ali 2.15.47
296 Andy Bolderstone 2.19.14
303 Kathryn Hertberg 2.19.43
343 Maud Hodson 2.23.24 (9th V45)
401 Kathryn Maskell 2.31.38
430 Sarah Burns 2.34.52
472 Kate Brett 2.40.11
474 Alexandra Rutishauser 2.40.50
488 Diana Rexhepaj 2.43.08
516 Roselin Boramakot 2.47.21
588 Helen McGuinness 3.04.13
589 Jayne Browne 3.04.10
590 Andrea Waller 3.04.10

Sunday 14th January 2018 - Sunday XC League, Race 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford

Thomas Grimes 4th
Antonio Martin Romero 11th
Billy Rayner 20th
James Nichols 78th
Mark Moir 100th
Michael Wilson 193rd
Chloe Millan 252nd
Judith Vonberg 264th
Kathryn Hertzberg 288th
Maud Hodson 302nd
Doug Mansell 319th
Katie Whitton 324th
Alex Jameson 327th

East London Runners at the Run Herts Sunday Cross Country League Race 4 at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Sunday 14th January 2018 where Women and Men ran the same distance.

A mild, dry morning with little mud at leafy Cassiobury Park, made the conditions ideal for the 4th Cross Country League fixture of the season. The scenic 6 mile course started with a run down to the hilly woods, then two laps before returning back up to the finish. An enjoyable morning and it was great running this course again on a personal note, after being a spectator for the previous two years due to injury. Great support from the marshals as well. Well done to all who ran today. ELR fielded full Men's and Ladies teams, with Thomas Grimes (4th) and Chloe Millan (252nd overall) first back for the club. Judith Anna Vonberg, Kathryn Hertzberg and Katie Whitton all made their Sunday league debuts. Thanks to Alex and Maud for driving from Wanstead LC.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the final race of the season at Royston on 18th February 2018. Michael Wilson

Saturday 6th January 2018 - Essex Senior Cross Country, Great Notley Country Park

Name Time Position
Dan Gritton 51.07 77th
Spencer Evans 51.25 83rd
James Nichols 52.28 98th
Paul Thompson 56.40 140th
Race report - Essex XC Senior Championships by Paul Thompson.
This year's race was held at the Great Notley Country Park and hosted by Witham runners and for a change I only had a 15 minute journey to get to the venue from home. Fortunately I arrived in good time as due to a full car park I had to park in a Tesco's about a mile away & then a jog back to the venue !
I met up with Dan Gritton & Spencer Evans in the park café and we were able to keep warm ahead of the race start. James Nichols was waiting for us at the start & had to rapidly put his number on with about a minute to spare, sorry for keeping you waiting Jim !
Conditions were cold but sunny and the race involved 3 laps of the park of around 2.5 miles each. A very flat course with one hill to negotiate that although steep was only about 75m long, it was also very well marshalled with no chance of wrong turns. Underfoot was very wet with heavy, slippery mud in parts with either studs or spikes absolutely essential. For once, I decided to start a little slower & build up my pace which seemed to work and I was soon into a great rhythm and each mile around 7:30. I ended with a sprint finish to hold off another runner. I could have finished a few places higher, but I made an error by getting boxed in behind 2 slower runners towards the end and probably should have pushed my way through rather than being quite so polite !
Times still tbc, but I was the last ELR man home with Dan leading the way followed by Spencer & Jim. Well done guys, a very enjoyable race !

Friday 17th November 2017 - Annual Awards 2017 - List of Nominations

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 2017
Andy Bolderstone
Carlton D'Souza
Thomas Grimes
Antonio Martin Romero
Dan Senior
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge

Sunday 12th November 2017 - Sunday XC League, Race 2 - Trent Park, Cockfosters

Thomas Grimes - 28.14 - 3rd
Antonio Martin Romero - 28.46 - 7th
James Nichols - 33.13 - 95th
Mark Moir - 35.00 - 147th
Michael Bamford - 35.31 - 161st
Calvin Bobi - 36.12 - 181st
Stuart Norris - 37.03 - 205th
Gareth Davies - 37.51 - 231st
Michael Wilson - 38.18 - 245th
Tim Aylett - 40.34 - 311th
Maud Hodson - 43.09 - 376th
Doug Mansell - 44.01 - 390th
Alex Jameson - 45.52 - 428th
Dave Knight - 47.14 - 449th
Kat Maskell - 47.20 - 451st
Geoff Bench - 47.59 - 467th
Roselin Boramakot - 49.03 - 482nd

Roselin, Maud and Kat lokk happy after the event!

534 finishers, 326 men and 208 ladies.
Men A team 12th of 20, 14th overall.
Men Vets 16th of 20, 18th overall.
Ladies A team 18th of 20, 17th overall.
Ladies Vets 16th of 20, 16th overall.

Michael Wilson reports:-
Sunday Cross Country League Race 2 Results - Trent Park.
A record attendance for the second meeting in a row; over 530 runners turned up to race, including 17 from East London Runners. The field gathered at the start for a minute silence at 10.30am and then the race commenced.

The event was held over a two lap course taking in parts of the leafy forest and adjacent fields. The whole setting was very picturesque, however it was a cold morning with a biting wind and fallen leaves scattering everywhere. Heavy rain in the days leading up to the race, softened up the ground and made parts of the course slightly muddy.

There were many good ELR performances.
Stuart back running after a recent injury. Kat did well to catch up after arriving slightly late, having cycled around most of Trent Part looking for the pineapple area at the start! Stuart, Gareth, Michael, Mark, Geoff and Roselin all made their Sunday League debuts.

First back for ELR were Thomas Grimes in 3rd position, Antonio Martin Romero (7th) and James Nichols (95th) overall. Maud returned first for the ladies, finishing in 376th overall.

Thanks to everyone who turned up today. Don for the photo's and Mariana spectating. Also Alex for the tea at the end and Maud for driving. There was a lot of good banter on the way home! The next fixture is on Sunday 17th December at Willian.

Geoff looking pleased!

Saturday 30th December 2017 - Chingford League 4 - Alexandra Palace

Billy Rayner 31.54 25th
Dan Senior 33.03 33rd
Stuart Kelly 33.19 36th
Neil Gage 37.29 71st
Louis Le Roux 37.36 73rd
Paul Marshall 37.59 76th
Karen Levison 38.12 78th
Peter Hatley 39.32 89th
Michael Wilson 40.51 98th
Chloe Millan 44.09 114th
Maud Hodson 44.25 116th
Lauren Aston 44.49 120th
Doug Mansell 46.49 125th
Claire Emery 49.20 129th
Rachel Le Roux 50.27 132nd
142 finishers.91 men, 49 ladies.
Mens A Team 5th, 5th overall.
Mens B Team 5th, 5th overall
Mens Vets - 6th, 5th overall.
Ladies A Team 5th, 4th overall.
Ladies Vets - 5th, 4th overall.

Saturday 30th December 2017 - Ilford 10 mile - Hainault Forest

James Nichols 1.12.27 6th
Andrew Baxter 1.12.29 7th
Calvin Bobin 1.18.40 13th
Nathaniel Dye 1.22.57 21st
Grant Conway 1.23.36 23rd
Jonathan Wooldridge 1.25.34 28th
Sarah Burns 1.36.33 41st
Frank Brownlie 1.39.15 45th
Diana Rexhepaj 1.46.35 57th
Caroline Moore 1.52.29 63rd
Jayne Browne 1.52.29 64th
68 finishers.
Calvin was 1st MV60, Andrew 1st MV40, Sarah 1st FV35.
Also Sam Browne (now Clapham Chasers) 2nd in 1.04.33

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Sikhs in the City Dawn to Dusk Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k

The SITC Dawn to Dusk race in Redbridge is proving more popular wirh ELR members each year. Run on 2k laps of the "Fauja Singh Circuit" which takes in parts of Roding Lane South, Woodford Bridge Road and the Woodford Avenue it is a hilly route which becomes more challenging with each lap.

Karen and Maud

Karen Levison was the overall race winner running 36 laps totalling 45 miles/72km. Maud Hodson was second overalliwth 64 laps/64k/40 miles.

Great performances by all our runners with Craig Livermore and Maran Raju second and third in the half marathon and Helen McGuinness 2nd in the 10k.

Craig Livermore and Maran Raju, 2nd and 3rd in the Half Marathon

Karen Levison 7.30.05 1st, 36 laps, 72km 1st
Maud Hodson 7.17.37 2nd, 32 laps, 64km 2nd
Kirk Johnson 7.52.04 8th, 26 laps, 52km
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera 6.01.53 12th, 25 laps, 50km
Marc Akers 5.05.39 35th, 21 laps. marathon
Katherine Harris 5.19.17 39th, 21 laps. marathon
Maya Goodwin 5.38.23 42nd, 21 laps. marathon
Joanna Wood 6.18.08 44th, 21 laps. marathon
Manjit Singh 2.07.31 52nd, 12 laps
Craig Livermore 1.42.01 55th, 11 laps, hm 2nd
Maran Raju 1.48.36 57th, 11 laps hm 3rd
Stuart Barton 2.30.51 67th, 11 laps. hm
Anna Dingle 2.43.11 72nd, 11 laps. hm
Helen McGuinness 1.02.49 2nd, 5 laps 10km.2nd

Our ELR Race Competitors (Manjit singh missing)

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Cross Country League Fixture 3 at Willian, Herts

Antonio Martin Romero 27.35 3rd
James Nichols 31.26 70th
Gareth Davies 35.25 166th
Michael Wilson 39.21 259th
Doug Mansell 42.25 310th
402 finishers, 251 men.
Team : A Team 16th of 20.
Masters 18th of 20
Overall 14th of 20
Overall Masters 18th of 20.
Ladies Overall 18th of 20
Ladies Vets Overall 18th of 20.

Michael Wilson:-
Freezing conditions this morning with ice still on the course. At least we finished before the rain set in! Well done to the five ELR men who braved the journey and the weather. Antonio Martín Romero was the star of the show today, finishing in third place. A remarkable run! Next race is at Cassiobury Park, Watford on Sunday 14th January 2018.

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

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 with a different name of 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.

Sunday 26th November 2017 - World Aids Day 5k and 10k Races in Victoria Park

East London Runners met up with Barbara Windsor who was the Celebrity starting these Races on a very cold but dry morning in Vicky Park.

Saturday 18th November 2017- SEAA London Cross Country Championships

Chloe Millan - 29.16 - 185th
Fiona Critchley - 29.51 - 200th
Maud Hodson - 29.55 - 202nd
Catherine Brett - 31.06 - 220th
Catriona Hoult - 33.06 - 242nd
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 33.29 - 248th
Sarah Burns - 34.56 - 258th
Maya Goodwin - 39.48 - 272nd
Antonio Martin Romero - 39.12 - 87th
Spencer Evans - 43.16 - 231st
Ciaran Canavan - 43.25 - 238th
Paul Marshall - 47.47 - 372nd
Paul Thompson - 48.23 - 390th
Calvin Bobin - 49.00 - 404th
Stuart Norris - 50.42 - 428th
James Creed - 50.50 - 429th
Gareth Davies - 50.51 - 430th
Peter Hatley - 52.09 - 446th
John Healy - 54.43 - 468th
Lance Fuller - 55.56 - 475th

The ELR Ladies at the start!

Maya reports: Parliament Hill XC.
Its a no messin kind of a race. Lots of skinny leggy women looking like they will be very speedy. And its always freezing cold. Often drizzling. And it starts at the bottom of a hill. You are excitedly anxious and the cow bells at the start remind you of a downhill slalom, except... we are going uphill. Fast. Right from the gun. BANG!!

Anyway, like I said, no messin. I messed. I could not find my trail shoes. I could not find my trail socks. Oh! Found them, everyone stop looking! Oh. Turns out I have not washed them since the Dursley Dozen. Dried mud showers the kitchen floor. Get dressed quickly. Walk to the station in trail shoes in an effort to bend out the dried mud and wear them in. Get sore feet by the time I am at the station.

Anyway. BANG. Run round, sore though. Must need a new sports bra. But get a PB by three minutes! Hurray!

Get home. Realise I had not switched bras. Did not run in my sports bra. Classy. And then realise the course was 0.3 miles shorter than last time. So not really a PB.

But I finished a no messin race, despite all the messin. So the pint in the pub was well deserved.

Maya in action. Why is there always an Ice Cream Van in the background of Maya's photos at Parliament Hill?

Cold, wet but happy!

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Chingford League - Event 3 : Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit

Karen Levison- 20.24 - 12th
Sheetal Dandgey - 23.27 - 36th
Alexandra Brown - 23.37 - 40th
Chloe Millan - 23.43 - 41st
Maud Hodson - 24.32 - 51st
Katherine Harris - 25.08 - 58th
Annette Clark - 25.37 - 63rd
Katie Whitton - 25.54 - 67th
Zuzana Urbanova - 26.04 - 68th
Rachel Le Roux - 27.09 - 74th
Caroline Moore - 27.47 - 80th
Claire Emery - 28.13 - 82nd
Anna Dingle - 28.40 - 87th
Roselin Boramakot - 29.10 - 90th
Diana Rexhepaj - 30.13 - 95th
Euan Brown - 16.13 - 1st
Thomas Grimes - 16.45 - 5th
Patrick Brown - 16.58 - 8th
Dan Senior - 19.02 - 35th
Thomas Burrard-Lucas- 20.09 - 59th
Mark Moir - 20.40 - 68th
Paul Marshall - 20.44 - 69th
Neil Gage - 20.58 - 79th
Gareth Davies - 21.52 - 91st
Calvin Bobin - 21.58 - 93rd
Peter Hatley - 22.51 - 105th
Michael Wilson - 23.02 - 107th
Tim Aylett - 25.07 - 123rd
George Georgiou - 25.40 - 128th

Men A 5th, 5th Overall
Men B 5th, 5th Overall.
Men Vets 5th, 5th Overall.
Women 4th, 3rd Overall.
Women Vets 4th, 4th Overall.

Saturday 4th November 2017 - Loughton Vets Inter Club 5 mile Cross Country

Dan Senior - 31.01 - 3rd
Paul Thompson - 34.52 - 15th
Calvin Bobin - 35.22 - 17th
Nick Hoult - 36.15 - 24th
Grant Conway - 36.30 - 25th
John Healy - 39.4- 40th
Sarah Burns - 41.11 - 46th
David Hallybone - 41.47 - 48th
Katherine Harris - 42.1 - 50th
Zuzana Urbanova - 42.51 - 51st
Doug Mansell - 43.35 - 52nd
Andy Bolderstone - 44.09 - 54th
Tina Bennett - 45.50 - 59th
Caroline Moore - 46.47 - 63rd
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 48.08 - 67th
Diana Rexhepaj - 48.16 - 68th
Sheila Kennedy - 48.19 - 69th
Maya Goodwin - 55.50 - 75th

78 finishers, Men's team 3rd 59pts, Women's team 4th 60pts.

Well done to all our fabulous vets who ran for ELR this morning in the cross country vets cup at Loughton AC.
Fortunately, the heavy rain held off and conditions were good for the 5 mile run. I will post up when our hosts forward the results but as usual the event was well organised, marshalled and hosted by Loughton AC. The course was slightly different to usual owing to cattle taking over part of the course! I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

Sunday 29th October 2017 - Sunday XC League, Race 1 - Cheshunt., Broxbourne Park

Thomas Grimes - 28.35 - 4th
James Nichols - 32.24 - 70th
James Creed - 36.22 - 173rd
Calvin Bobin - 37.21 - 202nd
Michael Wilson - 39.03 - 250th
Tim Aylett - 41.15 - 306th
Kat Maskell - 43.01 - 348th
Alex Jameson - 43.53 - 364th
Zuzana Urbanova - 43.58 - 369th
Doug Mansell - 45.17 - 395th
Catriona Hoult - 47.40 - 426th

491 finishers, 293 men and 198 ladies.
Combined team 15th of 20.
Ladies team 16th of 20.
Vet ladies 15th of 20.
Men's team 15th of 20.

Saturday 28th October 2017 - Beachy Head Marathon

Looking confident before the Race!

Jennifer Ansell - 3.49.35 - 90th, 9th lady
Regis Martin - 3.54.53 - 116th
Nathaniel Dye - 4.10.21 - 238th
Michael Bamford - 4.29.57 - 394th
Louis Le Roux - 5.19.57 - 972nd
Rachel Le Roux - 5.45.06 - 1264th
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - 6.00.52 - 1428th
Diana Rexhepaj - 6.00.58 - 1429th
Roselin Boramakot - 6.05.07 - 1457th
Helen McGuinness - 6.17.36 - 1594th
Geoff Bench - 6.27.31 - 1650th
Stuart Barton - 6.31.55 - 1704th
Victoria Charlesworth - 6.31.35 - 1706th
Sandra Hiller - 7.51.00 - 2015th

Rachel reports: Beachy Head Marathon - 5 hours 45 mins, first ever Marathon and last ever Marathon. That was torture. I even cried at the end! I,m glad that I've done it and can now finally say I've run a Marathon but it's defo not for the faint hearted it is mentally and physically tough!

What a great weekend I've had with great company, lovely food, nice weather lots of laughing and some tears to and some proper torture and that was just the Marathon, today I ache all over and can't move much haha but can happily say I'm glad I did it but just as glad it's all over but it's all thanks to ELR and the people in it who are all so supportive and amazing, honestly can't believe
I've ran a Marathon.
#ELR The Best!!

Saturday 21st October 2017 at 2.30pm - Chingford League Race 2 - 5.2 mile'sh off road in Jubilee Park, Leyton, E10 7BL

Michael Wilson reports:-
Chingford League Report 2. Saturday 21st October 2017 - Jubilee Lodge, Leyton.

Although it was a bright and mild day, the heavy wind conditions kept most of the Runners firmly inside the sports pavilion until minutes before the start of the race. The course consisted of laps around the field, onto paths and then larger circuits with a steep grass bank to climb or crawl up! Running into the wind was a challenge and penalised those who had set off too fast!

In a close race for the top positions, Patrick Brown was first back for ELR in 7th place, just in front of his team mate Thomas Grimes in 10th. Karen Levison was First Lady to finish for ELR, followed by Emily Clarke. There was slight confusion close to the end with some Runners entering the finish funnel before completing the extra laps to complete the 5.2 mile course. Overall this was an enjoyable albeit windswept race.

Maud, Fiona and Karen enjoyed the race!

Thanks to Eton Manor for hosting, all the marshals, including our own vociferous Jan Webb and Morag Campbell, (stopping us from colliding with Runners in the opposite direction)! and our supporters Billy Rayner and Dave Levison. Last but not least, the 30+ from East London Runners, who turned up and raced for the club on the day. Regis, Jonathan and Mike stayed behind after for a well earned coffee/tea/cake in Eton Manor's cafe. (Thanks Regis).

The next fixture in this series is on Tuesday 7th November 2017, back at Redbridge Cycle Circuit, Hog Hill, Hainault. See you there,

Friday 13th October 2017 - ELVIS 2017 Awards Night

The ELVIS Clubs gathered together once again at The Duke, Wanstead for their Annual Awards Night. With ILFORD AC hosting the Race Series in 2017, Martin Clarke with the assistance of Barking Road Runners presented the awards.

East London Runners were well represented both on the night, throughout the Series and especially winning many of the Awards.


1st Overall - Jennifer Ansell
3rd Overall - Eleanor Wilkinson
1st FV35 - Ava Lee

Ladies Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners


1st Overall - Thomas Grimes
3rd Overall - Patrick Brown

Men's Team Winners winning all 7 races - East London Runners

Saturday 7th October 2017 - Essex Cross Country Relays - 12.30pm - Stubbers Activity & Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster RM14 2TY - Pre-entries only

East London Runners turned out in force with six teams for the Essex Cross Country Relays held at Stubbers Adventure Centre, near Upminster.

The course was fast and fairly flat, with just a couple of undulations, very twisty and a run through the trees. With no rain all week, the course was dry and great for spectators.

Mixed team 5th place - 1.11.28

Women's teams 24th place
26th place

Men's teams 28th - 1.11.48
37th - 1.17.52
41st - 1.21.45

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Chingford League Race 1 - Hog Hill Redbridge Cycle Circuit 5k

Men's A Team 3rd 8pts
B Team 4th 7pts
Vets 5th 6pts
Ladies Team 2nd 9th
Ladies Vets 3rd 8th

Mike Reports.ELR turned up in force for the first race in the Chingford League calendar, with a record 54 Runners taking part. The formidable Karen Levison was first for ELR in the ladies race with a time of 20.07 to take 3rd place. Ellie Wilkinson and Emily Clarke (9th and 10th place respectively) and Paula Bedford (12th) also impressed.
Thomas Grimes looked to have taken 3rd position in the men's race in very close finish, but was ultimately placed 4th with both athletes given the same time of 16.29. Not far behind was Euan Brown in 4th place, whilst his brother Patrick was 15th and Billy Rayner 25th.
There were many debuts and fine performances - too many to mention. Thanks to all our Runners, also our marshalls and spectators who turned up on the night.

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!

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Valentines Park Charity 5k - A Tribute to Roger Dixon

We've been struck with some really sad news this month, and this year's race run in beautiful Valentines Park, on a magnificently glorious early autumn day in Roger's honour was a fitting tribute. The whole club, whether present as a runner, as one of team or supporting from a far came together to deliver a brilliant race - the best of the 2017 season by far!

Some special thank yous to start with:

Geoof Bench (Defib), Carlton D'Souza, Jan Webb, Louis Le Roux, Susannah Maclaren, Morag Campbell, Doug Mansell, Maya Goodwin, Ella Hatley, Peter Craik, Maud Hodson, Stuart Hodson, Sarah Bhatt, Fiona Critchley, Mike Wilson, Sonia Cheadle, Rihanna-Clare Jarvis, Jo Bull, Calvin Bobin, Shaun DeSena, Stuart Barton, Steve Swann, Jay Sangha, Pam Bennett, Don Bennett, Miranda Thompson, Ciaran Canavan, Lance Fuller, Antonio Martin-Romero, Sophie Edwards, Liz O'Donnell, Michael Bamford, Josh Bhatt, Trisha O'Neill, John Atkinson, Sarah Burns, Dave Knight, Juno, Akville and John from ELHAP who helped with marshalling, Martin and Ken from The Race Organiser, everyone who baked, everyone who entered the race, and everyone who bought cake or a raffle ticket. Thank you for making the day very special indeed. There are also many unnamed heroes and heroins who stayed behind to clear up - thank you too. We've tried to remember everyone that played a part, but there are so many of you, we do hope not to have missed anyone off.

We hope you agree that it was an amazingly successful day. The club is very proud of all the hard work put in on the day and in advance by so many of you.

And that was before any of the racing started....

The race was won by Liviu Ionita, of Barking in 16:36, followed by the first home for ELR Thomas Grimes in 16:52. The Women's race was won by an unaffiliated runner, Morgan Campbell in 19:08, with first for ELR Jenny Ansell in 19:20 close behind her.

Men's Captain, Paul Thompson said "Based on the provisional results I have both the ELR Women & Men winning the ELVIS 7 team result!
Scorers for the women's team were Jennifer, Karen, Ava & Ellie
Scorers for the men's team were Thomas, Patrick, John, Dan, Danny & Ciaran.
Well done all!"

Prizes were presented by the ELVIS captains - Ava Lee and Paul Thompson

1st Place - 19:08 - Morgan Campbell - Unaffiliated
2nd Place - 19:20 - Jennifer Ansell - East London Runners
3rd Place - 19:44 - Ella Wilson - Orion Harriers

1st FV35 - 20:06 - Ava Lee - East London Runners
1st FV45 - 19:58 - Karen Levison - East London Runners
1st FV55 - 23:08 - Gail Hennessy - Eton Manor AC
1st FV65 - 31:21 - Pam Jones - Ilford AC

Team Winners - East London Runners
Jennifer Ansell, Karen Levison and Ava Lee (pictured left, with Frank)

1st Place - 16:36 - Liviu Ionita - Barking Road Runners
2nd Place - 16:52 - Thomas Grimes - East London Runners
3rd Place - 17:26 - Patrick Brown - East London Runners

1st MV40 - 17:22 - Carl Partis - Unaffiliated (was 3rd Male overall but MV40 was a higher prize)
1st MV50 - 18:05 - Colin Read - Orion Harriers
1st MV60 - 20:24 - Martin Page - Barking Road Runners
1st MV70 - 26:18 - Brian Slade - Havering 90 Joggers

Team Winners - East London Runners
Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown and John Booth (Pictured right, Frank didn't waste anytime jumping in for a photo as Patrick Brown-lie)

A copy of the full results can be accessed here. Having spent the last few days updating them, they are now finalised. The ELVIS standings are also now complete and these can be viewed here.

The 5K race was followed by a children's race - which was approximately 2km. Maybe it was a tad short, and Jonathan made a hasty retreat from the discussion as to whether 1.74km was roughly 2km or not. The disappointment of the young athletes, was somewhat quelled by the ELR medal they all received.

As you may know the race was sponsored by Leyton Sports Massage, and those of you who entered will have a discount coupon to redeem, on top of your usual ELR discount. The club is extremely grateful to LSM's founder Katherine Creighton-Crook for her continued support of the club and its members. Katherine and her team offered their services to the runners and some volunteers on the day, providing mini massages and other treatments.

The club is equally thankful to Physicals Fitness Club, for its donation towards the water and fruit refreshments we offered after the race. These were very well received on such a warm day.

Trisha O'Neill once again set The Great ELR Bake Off Challenge to the club members - and so many of you rose to the occasion, icing and piping your way to the top. There were no soggy bottoms in that tent! Trisha said "They are all amazing and it's going to be so difficult to choose the top three. I will reel in some assistance to help me make the decision. I want to say a big thank you for all the effort you made, it made a great day fabulous! The best of all the ELVIS races I'd say." Come along to the club night this Wednesday to find out who the star bakers are. The grand total raised by the cake sale was a mouth-watering £260!

We have yet to complete a final reckoning, but when complete, the Club Committee to will decide how to distribute the proceeds. More details on that in a subsequent newsletter.

One of the beneficiaries of the club's charity race is ELHAP, the magical adventure playground for disabled children. We've supported this children's playground for a few years now, and again they had much anticipated raffle at the end of the prizes giving ceremony. The charity raised £243 towards the cost of their activities, and send grateful thanks to all that bought raffle tickets on the day.

until next year....

Best wishes
Frank and Jonathan

Now where are those mud claws?

Sunday 17th September 2017

Ava Lee - ITU Age Group World Championships, Rotterdam, Ava Lee 2:25, 28th out of 89 in age category - triathletes from all over the World! Amazing!

Jennifer Ansell - 1st Lady in the Purbeck Marathon, 10th Overall in a time of 3:49:10.

Thomas Grimes - Winner of the Enfield Mayor's Charity 10k in a time of 35:20.

Robert Rayworth - Personal best in the Reigate half Marathon in a time of 1:29:23.

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

February 2017 - The Gaz Interviews - JOHN WHITE - Honorary Life member and Club Legend

Hi John, a little bird tells me that you are stepping down from the Club Committee at the AGM on the 9th February 2017. Tell me it's not true!

It's true and it's a huge step for me. I've been on the Committee since about 1986, when a small group of renegades, led by Steve Knott, ousted the original committee, which was controlled by Roger Mills, and took the club into the control of the members. Key to this was that Roger had always wanted the club to be a local, informal jogging group and completely opposed affiliation to the national body (through the Southern Counties AA, then). We wanted a fully-legitimate and affiliated running club.

What were your duties in the early years?

I became the Newsletter Editor, taking over a 2-page news-sheet and eventually editing a 24/36 page Club Magazine called Runaround.

I also became the Treasurer, growing the club-finances from about £500 to about £2/3k. I resigned these posts in about 94/95/96. Under what was effectively a triumvirate of Steve Knott, Trevor Cornell and myself, the club grew to a (then) staggering 180+ members in the mid-90s, and was winning stuff! Notably, many Essex County women's championships.

What about your running during this period, how was that progressing?

I had a a staggering training and racing programme, 90 to 120 miles per week for many years. Thanks to the Club I progressed from someone who ran about a bit in cut-down jeans, hence I was called -Johnny Cut-downs - and I've still got them! To someone who achieved significant stuff in ultra-running, gold and silver medals in the Southern Counties AA 100km championships, 2nd Brit to the legendary multi-world-record-holder Don Ritchie, in the AAA 100km international race, coming 4th, won the Ultra-Distance British Championship series, won the 1st Trail Runners Association Championship series, won races (Otter High Peak 40, Punchbowl Marathon (33 miles), Fat-Ass 54, Mendip Way Trail Race and others) set course records (3 Forests Way, Punchbowl Marathon, Fat-Ass 54 and others). I won prizes in many other events, and for a while held the club's marathon best time (2.43.49, chip-equivalent time). Perhaps my greatest achievements were in coming 5th in the 1st “World Championship Trail Race” in the South Downs Way 80 in a time of 10.40, and coming 9th in the RRC's London to Brighton race, a famous and prestigious race which always attracted a strong international field.

None of this would have been possible without the club. I owe it so much.

I believe that some of your ideas and innovations are still with the Club today?

I am glad that I have had the opportunity to pay back a little to the Club of which I owe, though I have contributed very little in the recent years that most of you have known me. Many of my past initiatives are now regular activities, e.g. the re-introduction of Sunday runs, after an absence of many years, switching from road to off-road running when possible (we never used to run off-road, but you will have noticed my emphasis on trail-running races. In the early days of the club trying this, I was the only one who could lead the club throughout our beautiful and plentiful local countryside), the first-mile running as a club (it used to be a race from before the end of the notices and new/slow runners never stood a chance, and so we lost them. I remember so well the first time, people were actually talking to each other!

Also, the Bluebell run and the Midsummer Mystery Run which seems to have dropped out now. Back in the day, just to enter the Forest was a mystery to everyone. Now, people know it well enough for the Mystery Run to no longer be a mystery, killed off by the success of switching to off-road!

You also played a big part in stopping the Club from disappearing?

I did take the lead in the horrible period when WLC tried to evict and extinguish us. I wasn't going to let my dear club collapse into oblivion! Just sorry that I couldn't stop the bar at WLC from disappearing...!

You will still be running with the Club in future but are we likely to see less of you?

I have taken early-retirement from work and am spending much time in my other house in the South of France (cruel running country!). In 2016 I spent most of the year there and I anticipate spending some 9 months of 2017 there. Life has changed direction for me and I must now accept that I shall be (even more) useless as a committee-member. So, I must let go, and let the club and myself go in our separate directions. It is a massive change-of-life for me and very much a wrench from a club/activity/inspiration that has shaped half of my life.

How do you view the Club today and in the immediate future?

The club continues to face challenges and will continue to do so in the future, but I am so heartened to see that there are many energetic and committed people who are taking on the many responsibilities to guide it successfully. It is in excellent hands and I could wish no better for it. I am so pleased. I know that it will survive very well for a long time. Just a little word, always continue to focus the large majority of the attention on the ordinary runners, average runners, slow runners, new runners, novices, not much on the more elite runners, they can and do look after themselves. On Wednesdays they are just another club-member at a club-meeting.

By nurturing the grass-roots, the future's plush pastures are assured. This is how the club has always been. And how it has got to today, the only one of a myriad of the 80s-boom-clubs for many miles around that survived.

Thank you John, for the past, the present and best wishes for your future.

Projected activities October to April inclusive

Please check the What's On page of this website or our Group page on Facebook a few days before each activity/run to check that it is on/full details etc.

Monday - Track night. 6.45pm to 8pm approx. See Track Section of this website. Suitable for all levels from Beginners to experienced runners.

Tuesday - Marathon training runs (6/7 miles) at 7pm from Wanstead Leisure Centre - ad hoc - typically from January to April, check each week.

Wednesday - Club Night run from WLC at 7pm, typically 10k in distance with a 5 mile option. Suitable for those comfortable running 4 miles plus.

Saturday morning parkrun. At 9am FREE timed 5k runs/races at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), 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

Sunday mornings Social run at 10am - 10 mile'sh Forest runs/ occasional road run. Most often in Epping Forest but sometimes in Hainault Forest. We meet at different locations each week as published on this website and our Group page on Facebook 3 or 4 days in advance.

Saturday/Sunday Morning Marathon Training runs typically from January to April. Distances progress from 10/12 miles to 22/24 miles over time.

We normally have around 50 members training for Spring Marathons. Training runs are either organised and publicised by the Club on our News Page and Facebook Group Page. Also Club Members of a similar pace organise ad hoc runs with each other.

In addition we Race in the local Chingford League and also in the Sunday Cross Country League from October to March. Full details are on the relevant pages of this Website.

Members can also compete in the County, Regional and National Cross Country Championship races during this period.

East London Runners projected weekly activities May to November

Please check the What's On page of this website or our Group page on Facebook a few days before each activity/run to check that it is on/full details etc.

Monday - Track night. See Track Section of this website. Suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced runners.

Wednesday - Club Night run from WLC at 7pm, typically 10k in distance. Suitable for those comfortable running 5 miles plus. Also May to September (inc) Beginners run of up to 5k and 5 miles approx.

Saturday morning parkrun. At 9am FREE timed 5k runs/races at Wanstead Flats (Harrow Road), 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

Sunday mornings Social run- 10 mile'sh Forest runs/ occasional road run. Most often in Epping Forest but sometimes in Hainault Forest. We meet at different locations each week as published on this website and our Group page on Facebook 3 or 4 days in advance.

In addition we Race in the ELVIS Grand Prix Series from May to September. ELVIS is a 8 race series of 5k and 5 mile races. Full details on our ELVIS page. Note there is a separate entry fee payable individually for each of the ELVIS Races.