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Wednesday Club Run 26th January 2022 - Meet at Eton Manor Rugby Club at 6.50pm for a 7.00pm start.

The run will start and finish at Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane, Wanstead, E11 2JA.

Please wear hi-vis clothing or lights for health and safety reasons.

New members are welcome. Please come along and try us out for up to three trial runs.
Join in January and enjoy up to 15 months membership of the club (including affiliation to England Athletics).

Email: info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk or come along on the night.

Suggested route Upper Walthamstow Road (Approx 10k).

Saturday 29th January 2022 - 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

Saturday 29th January 2022 - SEAA Cross Country Country Main Championships - ENTRIES CLOSED.

We are taking entries into the SEAA XC Championships on Saturday 29th January 2022.

Venue confirmed as: Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1SU.

Senior Women 14.05pm. 8,000M
Senior Men 14.50pm. 15,000M

Open to all first claim members of East London Runners. There is a cut off time of 90 minutes for the men’s race. Club colours must be worn.

Please add your name to race entries, or email info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk by CLOSING DATE
OF MONDAY 27th DECEMBER, if you wish to be entered for this race.

The club will pay for your race entry, however please ensure that you are available to run on the day.


Mike Wilson

Saturday 19th February 2022 - Valentines parkrun takeover

On 19th February, ELR will "take over" Valentines parkrun, by providing all the volunteers (apart from run director). We did this back in 2019, and it was a great occasion to show our support for parkrun and promote our club. 19th February is also the 11th anniversary of Valentines parkrun!

We will need volunteers for the following positions:
1x Pre-event Setup
1x Tail Walker (or 2, so you have company on the way round!)
2x Timekeeper
1x Finish Tokens
5x Barcode Scanning
7x Marshal (minimum - but the more the merrier!)

It would also be great to have a photographer and someone to write a run report, which can be shared on both parkrun and ELR social media.

Please let me know if you'd like to volunteer, by emailing chair@eastlondonrunners.org.uk. You can indicate a role preference if you like, but don't have to.

In addition to the volunteers, it would be great to see as many members as possible choose to run at Valentines that day. Let's make it a big ELR event!

AGM and Provisional Awards Night Dates

Two dates for your diary:

- Tue 22 Feb: ELR AGM. This will be held via Zoom again this year; the formal notice will be sent shortly.

- Fri 25 Feb: Provisional date for the rescheduled Annual Awards Party. We will make a final decision by the end of January - based on the Covid situation - and tickets will go back on sale then. Anyone who has a ticket already but can't make the new date will be able to get a refund.

If you're wondering why we are holding the AGM via Zoom, when the same week we're hopefully going to have an in-person party, there are a few reasons: a) covid rates may still be fairly high, so a few members might not be comfortable meeting in person, and no member should be excluded from the AGM; b) many people may not want to attend two ELR in-person events in the same week (and we couldn't hold the AGM earlier due to people's availability); c) it seems a nice clear way to separate the club business event from the social event.

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


The English National Cross Country Championships - Saturday 26th February 2022.

We are taking entries into the English National XC Championships on Saturday 26th February 2022.

Venue: Parliament Hill Fields, London NW5 1QR.

Senior Women Championship: 1.35pm. 8,000M (4 to score).
Senior Men Championship 3.00pm. 12,000M (6 to score).

Open to all first claim members of East London Runners. Club colours must be worn.

Please add your name to race entries or email: info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk, if you wish to be entered for this race, by CLOSING DATE OF MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY 26th JANUARY.

The club will pay for your race entry, however please ensure that you are available to run on the day.


Mike Wilson

2021 Annual Awards - Nominations

We are delighted to announce the 2021 ELR Annual Awards nominations (listed alphabetically below). The winners were to have been announced at our Festive Awards Night at The Coach and Horses, Leyton on Thursday 16th December but the event has been postponed until the new year - new date tbc.

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.