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San Silvestre Chipionera 6km, Spain - Tuesday 29th December 2015

Antonio Martin Romero20.2115th
Antonio reports:- Second race in Spain in the last 3 days after coming back from Granada this morning. "San Silvestre Chipionera", a 6k race in a flat course close to the coast in South Spain, Chipiona (Cadiz) done in 20'21'' and 15th overall, pleased with that after feeling really tired the whole day. First runner did the 6K in 18'18''....!!

Ilford AC 10 mile XC - Race for Kev - Monday 28th December 2015

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Mark Boulton65.165th
Sheetal Dandgey
Regis Martin74.4422nd
Scott McMillan75.5225th
Ciaran Canavan76.4926th
James Nichols77.3228th
James Creed78.1130th
Paul Thompson81.2037th
Spencer Evans82.5242nd
John Healy84.2652nd
Grant Conway84.4553rd
Dominic Dragonetti86.3860th
Ashley Faria88.1663rd
Tom Woods88.2464th
Sarah Burns89.1770th
Ramesh Pala90.4077th
Natasha Tweedie94.0482nd
Maud Hodson95.0084th
Tricia O'Neill98.2587th
Fiona Day102.4797th
Caroline Moore108.39109th
Ninette Fernandes112.17116th
Maya Goodwin125.08126th
Maya Goodwin
"This is the maddest thing I've ever done!"

I said that to a lot of people this morning. Most people in fact. I mean, I knew what was coming. I knew about the mud and the hills, from when I did The Old Lady Race last year. But I'd also forgotten about the mud and the hills. The total madness of them both.

It was an out and back race, with a loop at each end. Three laps. Which meant there was just LOADS of opportunity to see everyone. And everyone was just so cheerful. Even Scott, who's mantra I won't put in print here as I've been warned by Frank before about my language, but it had perfect pace and rhythm and made me laugh as he lapped me on the hill.

Maud, after we yelled at each other, a Dagenham 88 runner overtook me saying 'you East London Runners are the loudest!' He's not wrong.

Louise, your Eaton Manor cheer squad at the top of the first hill made me laugh. I honestly, genuinely thought they meant me. 'G'WON THE MANOR!' It really sounds like 'G'WON the MAYA!' I told them as I passed, and they were ace and cheered me every time I passed them. More reasons to laugh.

The horses. Did you all see the horses? Bet we all REALLY annoyed them! Slow people coming from behind, speedy muddy men racing towards them at full pelt. Bet they don't normally have such drama on their Sunday morning hack.

I did find the last lap tough. I've never done more than 5 miles in proper cross country before. I totally underestimated how tired your legs get. And my core. Grant, you'll be delighted to know I could hear you 'I told you so'ing from about mile 6! I just felt dog tired, even running the downs felt difficult. But it was so pretty, I couldn't stay despondent, and then I caught the homeward bound marshals! They were lovely. Bouncy and cheerful and full of grins. Thank you marshals. And best of all, I made it home before they did. Phew.

One slice of cake left, and a medal from one of my virtual running group -

San Silvestre Jerezana 7.6km - Sunday 27th December 2015

Antonio Martin Romero26.54 tbc9th tbc

parkrun - all venues Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015

Aaron Browne18.371st - 69.29% Barking
James Wilson19.274th - 69.67% Wanstead
Regis Martin19.487th - 70.54% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.098th - 67.74% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.1311th - 67.87% Wanstead
Steven Bywater24.43 (debut & 3000th finisher)29th - 59.68% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.38 (150th parkrun)37th - 60.92% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3846th - 69.84% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.5848th - 57.48% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.1258th - 55.44% Wanstead
Caroline Moore31.11 (with Harvey)74th - 55.85% Wanstead
Don Bennett32.3278th - 47.64% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.5479th - 48.28% Wanstead
Katy Taylor38.5790th - 39.50% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.454th - 65.32% Hackney
David Wyatt27.3041st - 58.85% Hackney
Sarah Burns31.5456th - 47.65% Hackney
Paula Bedford31.5557th - 48.20% Hackney
Stuart Barton26.4182nd - 53.53% Kesgrave
Jonathan Wooldridge21.04 (course pb)6th - 66.77% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.5611th - 64.67% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.0314th - 63.49% Valentine
George Georgiou24.1930th - 58.74% Valentine
James Nichols22.057th - 58.87% Brentwood
Daisy Cross26.4534th - 55.33% Great Cornard
Claire Emery32.3774th - 48.70% Lyme Park
Dan Spinks20.346th - 66.86% Northala Fields
One First Finisher only, but a terrific lone front run from Aaron Browne of 18.37 to equal his 2014 best at Barking too the second.
East London Runner's reached the 3000th run milestone at Wanstead Flats with Steve Bywater making his debut at Wanstead after staying away for 91 run's elsewhere. He became the 150th ELR on the list and our 3000th finisher.
Maud also completed her 150th run to become 3001st finisher.
Another course pb for Jonathan Wooldridge at Valentines raising his total in December to 2 pb's and course pb's at Hackney, Barking and Valentine's.

Christmas Day parkrun - Barking (except where noted) - Friday 25th December 2015

Jonathan Wooldridge20.30 (course pb)12th - 68.62%
Ashley Faria21.18 (course pb)22nd - 66.59%
Dominic Dragonetti21.2823rd - 62.66%
Shailesh Patel21.46 (course pb)25th - 67.23%
Maran Raju21.48 (course pb)26th - 68.20%
Stuart Barton26.13 (course pb)85th - 54.48%
Maud Hodson28.02 (course pb with camel)96th - 55.71%
Don Bennett29.32 (course pb)115th - 52.48%
Dan Spinks20.13 (course pb)21st - 68.01% Northala Fields
John Healy21.3038th - 63.95% Dulwich
Eight runner's at Barking, seven came away with parkrun course pb's although a few have run the course faster in ELVIS competitions. The odd one out was Dominic who missed a course pb by 4 seconds. A fine turnout of 155 up from last years 118 runners.
Elsewhere Dan Spinks ran 20.13 to do his best time of the year at Northala Fields.

Christmas Run - Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Greenwich 10km - Sunday 20th December 2015

Dominic Dragonetti47.0678th
Katherine Harris50.17148th
554 finishers.

Torrington Christmas Caper (approx 9.5 miles) - Sunday 20th December 2015

Claire Parker1.25.42 pb80th
Sarah Burns1.42.10142nd
228 finishers. Sarah reports:- Claire and I ran just shy of 10 miles, up hills, down hills, and through mud and water up to our thighs. And were handsomely rewarded with Christmas Pudding and clotted cream. Claire was fast and I was slow but we made it. — at Torrington Rugby Club.

Sikh's in the City Dawn to Dusk Ultra - Sunday 20th December 2015

Maud Hodson7.46.057th, 3rd lady , 35 laps
Paul Quinton1.22.501st - 11 laps
Tricia O'Neill2.01.543rd lady , 11 laps
Diana Rexhepaj2.28.1511 laps

Chingford League - Event 4 of 6 - Jubilee Park hosted by Eton Manor - Saturday 19th December 2015

Russell Price32.0117th
Spencer Evans34.2738th
Ciaran Canavan34.5845th
Grant Conway39.0584th
Dominic Dragonetti39.1887th
Christopher Sohail42.08111th
Iain Mackie43.46119th
Sarah Burns44.02121st
Fiona Day44.23124th
Alexandra Brown45.39132nd
Christian Turnbull46.46137th
Caroline Moore48.38143rd
152 runners, 96 men and 52 ladies.
Men's team were 5th and 4th overall.
Ladies team were

Lee Valley, Velodrome Event - Saturday 19th December 2015

Jamie Xavier46.4928th - 10km
Ava Lee1.07.496th, 2nd lady - 10mile
Katherine Harris1.34.1047th - 10 miles
Jason Levy1.34.1148th - 10 miles

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th December 2015

Thomas Grimes17.201st - 76.06% Clarisford
John Healy20.59 (course pb)38th - 65.53% Dulwich
Samuel Browne18.132nd - 70.81% Wanstead
Russell Price18.153rd - 71.05% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.527th - 68.71% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter20.5510th - 68.84% Wanstead
Peter Hatley21.1813th - 64.55% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.51 (1st lady)17th - 64.77% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield23.4422nd - 65.31% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4339th - 64.42% Wanstead
Maud Hodson27.2450th - 57.00% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.2752nd - 56.47% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.2461st - 60.50% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.2381st - 50.61% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.0786th - 49.46% Wanstead
John Booth18.266th - 71.52% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge20.29 pb19th - 68.67% Hackney
Shailesh Patel22.2743rd - 65.18% Hackney
David Wyatt27.2782nd - 58.96% Hackney
Shaun DeSena29.1796th - 44.05% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.134th - 76.67% Southwark
Ashley Faria21.3211th - 65.87% Valentine
James Creed23.5125th - 55.63% Valentine
Maran Raju24.0931st - 61.56% Valentine
Amita Morse27.3560th - 58.73% Valentine
Steven Bywater26.3117th - 55.63% Walthamstow
Stuart Barton25.2571st - 56.20% Kesgrave

Cooper Test - Track session - Ashtons - Monday 14th December 2015

Ellie 2850 / 2850
Grant Conway 2900
Spencer Evans 3260 / 3160
Alex Bee 3260 ( pacing Spencer)/ 3490
Maud Hodson 2700
Judith Vonberg 2700
Sheetal Dee 2700
Karen Levison 3050
Peter Hatley 3100
John Paul Healy 2950
Iain Mackie 2800
Alan 2300
Vicky Nutt ?2300
Katie Buranska 2600
Jason Levy 2650
Adrian 2100
Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs 2200
Stuart Barton 2400
Caroline Moore 2450
Fiona Day 2600
Jennifer Ansell 3250
Maya Goodwin 2100
Frank Brownlie 2400
Chris 2680
Maran Raju 2880

Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 13th December 2015

Eleanor Wilkinson44.13 pb
Katherine Harris46.46227th

Mo Farah Foundation Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 13th December 2015

Daniel Slipper18.485th
487 finishers.

Royal Parks 10km Winter Series, Regents Park - Sunday 13th December 2015

Antonio Martin Romero35.58 pb6th
Antonio reports:- Over the moon with my time at the Royal Parks Winter Series at Regent's Park, PB. Managed to keep a consistent pace and overtake runners during the whole race. Official time: 10K in 35'58'' at 3'36'' per km and 6th overall out of 700 runners. Over a year ago I did Kingston 10K in almost 41' meaning I have improved 34'' per km. Good feelings for the London Marathon 2016! Next two races in Spain!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th December 2015

Thomas Grimes17.511st - 73.86% Grovelands
John Booth18.15 (course pb)6th - 72.24% Mile End
Craig Livermore20.38 (course pb) 17th - 62.52% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge20.46 pb18th - 67.74% Hackney
Shailesh Patel20.53 (course pb)19th - 70.07% Hackney
Claire Parker22.3231st - 65.68% Hackney
David Wyatt27.5876th - 57.87% Hackney
Stuart Kelly18.556th - 68.55% Valentine
Spencer Evans18.56 (course pb)7th - 68.13% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3818th - 65.56% Valentine
Jason Levy28.3371st - 49.27% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan40.21120th - 35.40% Valentine
Dominic Dragonetti21.5413th - 61.42% Barking
Steven Bywater25.5515th - 56.91% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley26.3622nd - 51.69% Walthamstow
Patrick Brown19.043rd - 67.83% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.515th - 68.77% Wanstead
Rebecca Young23.1521st - 63.66% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.3925th - 62.58% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2532nd - 63.96% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.4635th - 57.67% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1939th - 72.14% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.4739th - 72.14% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.0742nd - 60.82% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3644th - 58.27% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0649th - 57.20% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.2076th - 49.12% Wanstead
Russell Price18.159th - 71.05% Brockwell
John Healy21.30 (course pb)45th - 63.45% Brockwell
Dan Spinks20.236th - 67.46% Northala Fields
One First Finisher this week was Thomas at Grovelands. Craig's first time at Hackney but he paced Jonathan and Shailesh to course pb's and best age grades of 2015. Best age grade also for John Booth at Mile End. Course pbs also for Spencer at Valentine's and John Healy at Brockwell.
12 runners at Wanstead brought us to 2,982 runs at Wanstead Flats, soon to reach the 3000 mark.

Christmas Party - Thursday 10th December 2015

Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 6th December 2015

Spencer Evans1.32.38 pb97th
Carlton D'Souza1.37.30183rd
Jonathan Wooldridge1.37.59 pb199th
Grant Conway1.44.30310th
Shahib Miah Ali1.44.31311th
Paula Bedford1.48.12400th
Sarah Burns1.48.13399th
Steven Bywater1.51.38475th
Katrina Dixon2.09.43815th
1,010 finishers.

Bromham Pudding Run 10km - Sunday 6th December 2015

Caroline Moore53.45223rd
415 finishers.

Sunday XC League - Event 3 - Willian, Herts. (5.4miles aprox) - Sunday 6th December 2015

Thomas Grimes28.265th
Jon Brombley30.2121st
Russell Price30.3525th
Peter Craik33.5596th
Iain Mackie37.28177th
Tricia O'Neill41.18276th
Helen Harris41.21278th
Maud Hodson42.18292nd
Frank Brownlie 42.48298th
Doug Mansell42.56302nd
Daisy Cross43.32311th
Sandra Corbyn45.01339th
Emma Hobbs54.15393rd

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Winter Seriespark - Saturday 5th December 2015

Daniel Slipper39.4930th
Dominic Dragonetti45.18114th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th December 2015

Samuel Browne18.251st - 70.05% Wanstead
James Wilson18.372nd - 72.78% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.524th - 68.71% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.018th - 68.52% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.1610th - 65.13% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.00 (1st lady/50th)13th - 67.27% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey23.5924th - 61.71% Wanstead
Sarah Burns24.1826th - 62.55% Wanstead
Tim Aylett25.1331st - 52.94% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.1632nd - 62.86% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.0940th - 59.72% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley26.2945th - 62.56% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.4146th - 69.71% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.5458th - 55.56% Wanstead
Elizabeth O'Donnell36.0686th - 44.41% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.247th - 66.28% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.1320th - 63.03% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan27.2650th - 52.07% Valentine
Steven Bywater28.2132nd - 52.03% Walthamstow
Katherine Harris23.3233rd - 63.53% Hackney
Jason Levy23.4134th - 59.39% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.4345th - 57.79% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.4160th - 55.47% Hackney
Shaun DeSena27.4366th - 46.54% Hackney
David Wyatt28.1470th - 57.32% Hackney
Maya Goodwin31.1787th - 50.77% Hackney
Two first finisher's at Wanstead Flats. Both for the first time with Sam Browne (18.25) and Claire Parker, her 50th parkrun in 22.00. James Wilson was second for 4th consecutive weeks. Tim Aylett his first time at Wanstead.
This brings ELR to 149 runners and 2,970 runs at Wanstead Flats.

La Rochelle Marathon - Sunday 29th November 2015

Dan Gritton2.59.14

Edgemead Classic 10km, Cape Town, SA - Saturday 28th November 2015

Paul Quinton35.58

Fraternity Cup, Trent Park - Saturday 28th November 2015

Thomas Grimes28.526th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th November 2015

Thomas Grimes17.511st - 73.86% Grovelands
Spencer Evans19.014th - 67.84% Barking
Antonio Martin Romero17.273rd - 73.93% Hackney
Mark Boulton17.374th - 73.60% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.10 (course pb)49th - 59.10% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.4363rd - 57.55% Hackney
Craig Livermore20.31 (course pb)2nd - 62.88% Valentine
James Creed21.10 (course pb)4th - 62.68% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.256th - 66.23% Valentine
Jason Levy24.0417th - 58.45% Valentine
Maran Raju24.4923rd - 59.91% Valentine
Amita Morse27.2243rd - 59.20% Valentine
James Wilson19.072nd - 70.88% Wanstead
Regis Martin19.454th - 70.72% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.585th - 68.36% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge22.41 (50th parkrun)24th - 62.01% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel22..41 (50th parkrun)25th - 64.51% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.59 (1st lady)33rd - 61.71% Wanstead
Iain Mackie24.0735th - 53.49% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5741st - 62.59% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4046th - 64.55% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.4548th - 61.68% Wanstead
Sandra Corbyn25.55 (1st parkrun)49th - 63.15% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 26.2354th - 62.98% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5759th - 62.21% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.4963rd - 55.72% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena29.0879th - 44.28% Wanstead
Claire Emery30.5689th - 51.35% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose32.42100th - 53.26% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.20103rd - 47.65% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter21.0657th - 67.69% York
Dominic Dragonetti21.5941st - 61.18% Finsbury

Sunday XC League - Event 2 - Trent Park - Sunday 22nd November 2015

Jennifer Ansell32.1276th - 2nd
Claire Parker37.12192nd - 23rd
Tricia O'Neill42.00340th - 77th
Maud Hodson42.14344th - 79th
Sandra Corbyn43.41381st 100th
Emma Hobbs55.24484th 168th
Maya Goodwin55.31486th 170th
Thomas Grimes28.459th
Antonio Martin Romero29.5925th
Jon Brombley31.0645th
Dan Gritton31.3054th - 53rd
Russell Price31.3458th - 56th
Paul Thompson35.30150th 138th
Jonathan Wooldridge37.55220th 186th
Dominic Dragonetti38.02224th 189th
Iain Mackie38.44245th 205th
Stuart Barton42.57364th 274th
Doug Mansell43.28374th 278th
Peter Craik44.13 x lap390th 285th
Frank Brownlie 44.32397th 288th
495 finishers, 176 ladies and 319 men.

City of Norwich Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd November 2015

David Baldwin1.37.22324th
Diccon Loy1.37.02327th

Rodings Rally (five points) - Saturday 21st - 22nd November 2015

Edward Barnard1st team
On Saturday evening an ELR reunion of Edward Barnard from Epping, Jimmy Hartwell from Bristol and Matt Jones now living in Kent, they were taking part in this years Roding Rally (5 point competition). After finishing 3rd in 2012 and 2014 , they did slightly better this year. WINNERS!
Also Claire Emery and family took part in the 5 point competition.
The Intrepid Trio of Edward, Jimmy and Matt were appropriately dressed for their overnight challenge! Rodings Rally is an all night orienteering-style / map reading competition that takes place in Epping Forest. The Rally follows a route through Epping Forest along a variety of paths, tracks and trackless scrub.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st November 2015

Russell Price19.048th - 68.01% Wimbledon
Sarah Burns23.1531st - 65.38% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.44143rd - 55.36% Milton Keynes
Ashley Faria21.406th - 65.46% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.437th - 67.38% Valentine
Dominic Dragonetti22.3412th - 59.60% Valentine
Jason Levy24.2628th - 57.57% Valentine
Steven Bywater27.0519th - 54.46% Walthamstow
James Wilson19.022nd - 71.19% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.145th - 70.10% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.266th - 66.26% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.31 (49th parkrun)13th - 65.73% Wanstead
Katherine Harris24.3919th - 60.65% Wanstead
Claire Emery25.3723rd - 62.17% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.3924th - 55.69% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.5425th - 60.30% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.4029th - 58.13% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone27.0731st - 50.71% Wanstead
Alan Branch28.0637th - 55.16% Wanstead
Don Bennett33.3650th - 46.13% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.44 (course pb)26th - 64.38% Great Notley
Kieran Brown24.0936th - 65.29% Hove Promenade
Fiona Day24.4039th - 75.41% Hove Promenade
Dan Spinks21.455th - 63.22% Beckton
Elizabeth O'Donnell37.1258th - 43.10% Wanstead

Brooks Brighton 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015

Katherine Harris47.04

Valencia Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015

Carlton D'Souza3.17.19 pb2315th
Richard Guest3.49.267128th

St Neots Half Marathon - Sunday 15th November 2015

John Healy1.38.27 pb257th - 61.3%

Para's 10, Colchester - Sunday 15th November 2015

Wayne Kelly1.31.00

Vitality WestRun 10km - Sunday 15th November 2015

Dan Gritton37.1937th
Thomas Glasock37.2438th
Katherine Gardner48.47
Steven Bywater50.40

After Adoption 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 15th November 2015

David Wyatt59.37205th
310 finishers.

Patrick O'Dea 5km Road Race - Sunday 15th November 2015

Paula Bedford21.1539th
Sarah Burns21.3542nd

London Cross Country Championships, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 14th November 2015

Jennifer Ansell25.2520th
Eleanor Wilkinson29.23113th
Celia Payaneeandee30.06130th
Rebecca Young31.07144th
Sheetal Dandgey32.59160th
Gemma Foxall33.16163rd
Lucy Barron33.43170th
Sandra Corbyn33.55173rd
Gina Radford36.07186th
Caroline Moore37.41194th
Emma Hobbs43.17201st
Maya Goodwin43.26202nd
Thomas Grimes36.3931st
Patrick Brown38.0156th
Mark Boulton39.2991st
Russell Price39.3092nd
Antonio Martin Romero40.08107th
James Nichols42.50191st
Aaron Browne44.05214th
Spencer Evans44.49231st
Ciaran Canavan46.03257th
Peter Hatley48.39295th
Grant Conway49.28302nd
Craig Livermore50.34313th
Ramesh Pala50.34
Christian Turnbull59.34349th
Dan Spinks45.43 (2nd claim)255th
Maya's report:- Today was the first time I ever had to come to terms with the possibility of coming last in a race. Actually dead last. Parliament Hill. I did it last year. It was tough then. Muddy, hilly, chilly. I was about 4 from the back. Never in last place.
This year it was muddy, hilly, rainy, chilly, scratch that, freezing. Bloody freezing. And icy cold rain that steadily got worse. But, you know, 6k. How hard can it be?

Very. From the off I was at the very back. Just a few steps behind the lovely Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs but at the back nonetheless. About halfway round the first lap I wanted to walk. I also wanted to cry. I'm used to being at the back, but I'm never actually LAST. I thought of Julie's blog about being last and how it's ok. But it didn't feel it. It felt rubbish. And I felt defeated. The gap between me and Emma was growing.
After about 2.5k (so only about 20 mins, but it felt like about an hour) I realised I was gaining on Emma slightly. That cheered me up a bit. Then I clocked Emma overtake a girl in black. I hadn't seen her before. I thought she must be a casual runner, not a racer. And then there was Grant! Now I know this is silly, but I was sort of embarrassed. He'd waited to cheer us all through, and there was me. Last. Sigh. But then his grin really cheered me. 'Come on Maya, you're a legend you know!' Those words lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe. And then he caught my eye, cocked his head to the girl in black, who was closer now, and mouthed 'go on'. So she was racing too!

I overtook her. And then... NOT LAST!
The next lap wasn't easy at all. But I felt so much more spirited. Emma and I ran it together and we got to the end. Hurray. And thank you Alexandra Brown for stopping me from walking in the last 100m, how lame would that have been!

Anyway. I'm not sure where I'm really going with this. It feels wrong to be so pleased to beat the girl in black and leaving my 'I hate being last' demons with her. But what I did decide was that in that cold and rain, only the most hardcore would be brave enough. Which makes me hardcore. Me and the girl in black too. And that'll do just fine.

Men's Team 11th out of 24.
Womens Team 17th out of 20.
353 Men and 203 Women finished.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th November 2015

James Wilson18.242nd - 73.64% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.424th - 69.29% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4824th - 62.18% Wanstead
Andy Bolderstone25.50 (1st parkrun)40th - 53.23% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.0344th - 71.40% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3748th - 58.23% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0250th - 57.34% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.4656th - 60.38% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar28.0157th - 56.69% Wanstead
Claire Emery30.2271st - 52.31% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.19 (course pb)26th - 65.99% Hackney
Shailesh Patel21.4233rd - 67.43% Hackney
Ashley Faria21.3010th - 65.97% Valentines
Jason Levy25.0833rd - 67.43% Valentines
Dominic Dragonetti21.4023rd - 62.08% Southwark
Stuart Barton23.37 (course pb)54th - 60.48% Kesgrave

Run In The Dark 10km, BatterseaPark - Wednesday 11th November 2015

Eleanor Wilkinson44.39 pb110th , 16h lady
Gina Radford55.09626th, 210th lady
Gemma Foxall55.09

Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Mile - Sunday 8th November 2015

Thomas Grimes56.134th
Paul Quinton59.3617th
Antonio Martin Romero59.42 pb18th
Ciaran Canavan1.05.1052nd
James Creed1.08.4880th
Spencer Evans1.09.2383rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.15.41160th
Maud Hodson1.22.11 pb238th

Bexhill Poppy Half Marathon - Saturday 7th November 2015

Katherine Harris1.48.00185th
Jason Levy1.59.06367th

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 7th November 2015

Daniel Slipper40.1119th

Loughton AC Vets Inter Club Race 5 miles - Saturday 7th November 2015

Paul Thompson34.074th
John Healy35.467th
Ramesh Pala37.3010th
Grant Conway38.2614th
Team came 2nd place.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th November 2015

Thomas Grimes18.081st - 72.70% Grovelands
Mark Boulton17.262nd - 74.38% Hackney
Claire Parker21.0427th - 70.25% Hackney
Samuel Browne18.182nd - 70.49% Wanstead
James Wilson19.065th - 70.94% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.187th - 67.24% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.51 (1st lady)19th - 64.77% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.1626th - 60.99% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.19 (50th parkrun)35th - 66.23% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.2537th - 56.20% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.4942nd - 60.49% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5449th - 62.33% Wanstead
Sarah Burns27.1051st - 55.95% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.26 (100th parkrun)57th - 56.50% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.1366th - 53.05% Wanstead
Fiona Day29.1467th - 63.63% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar29.1468th - 54.33% Wanstead
Caroline Moore30.4674th - 56.61% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.4978th - 49.92% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.2085th - 47.20% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose33.5187th - 51.45% Wanstead
Emma Hobbs35.30 (1st parkrun)91st - 42.39% Wanstead
James Nichols20.294th - 63.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.3019th - 57.84% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.4710th - 65.11% Valentine
Amita Morse27.3261st - 58.84% Valentine
Dan Gritton18.153rd - 75.89% Southwark
Shailesh Patel21.5753rd - 66.67% Braunstone
Fiona Critchley25.5344th - 64.01% Great Notley
Dominic Dragonetti21.4940th - 61.65% Highbury Fields

Chingford League - Event 3 of 6 - Hog Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Thomas Grimes16.473rd
Paul Quinton17.4017th
Antonio Martin Romero17.4318th
Alex Bee17.4820th
Russell Price18.0127th
Dan Gritton18.2134th
Ciaran Canavan19.3156th
Spencer Evans19.5363rd
Aaron Browne20.3775th
Aaron Williams20.4677th
James Clarke21.1283rd
Craig Livermore21.2184th
Peter Hatley21.2385th
Jason Levy25.15118th
Christopher Sohail27.03126th
Maud Hodson24.4759th
Sandra Corbyn26.5672nd
Caroline Moore31.2991st
Maya Goodwin33.04 (course PB)96th
Men's team 4th (4th overall)
B Team 4th (3rd overall)
Vets team 5th (4th overall)
Women's team 8th (5th overall)
Women Vets 7th (5th overall)

Marlow 7m - Sunday 1st November 2015

Thomas Grimes40.431st Winner
Tough course with lots of hills.

Stevenage Half Marathon - Sunday 1st November 2015

Peter Hatley1.34.5364th
507 finishers.

Mornington Chaser's Regents Park 10km, Winter Series - Sunday 1st November 2015

Sophie Edwards55.12236th
326 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st October 2015

Thomas Grimes17.401st - 74.62% Grovelands
Mark Boulton17.41 (course pb)1st - 73.33% Wanstead
Alex Bee17.593rd - 71.73% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.07 (course pb)4th - 67.48% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.369th - 69.64% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4110th - 69.86% Wanstead
Claire Parker21.52 (course pb)22nd - 67.68% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.1928th - 55.33% Wanstead
Daisy Cross23.30 (1st parkrun)30th - 62.98% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4534th - 62.32% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.1541st - 69.14% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.3344th - 75.76% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby24.4447th - 62.20% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.4252nd - 64.66% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.4653rd - 60.61% Wanstead
Jayne Browne27.1565th - 63.02% Wanstead
Alan Branch29.05 (99th parkrun)78th - 53.30% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.2083rd - 51.10% Wanstead
Russell Price17.529th - 72.57% Brockwell
Dan Gritton18.077th - 76.45% Southwark
John Booth18.3713th - 70.81% Mile End
Jonathan Wooldridge21.28 (course pb)29th - 65.53% Hackney
Shailesh Patel21.2930th - 68.11% Hackney
Sarah Burns22.5045th - 66.57% Hackney
Stuart Barton24.18 (course pb)63rd - 58.78% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.5797th - 54.92% Hackney
Maya Goodwin30.59139th - 50.78% Hackney
Aaron Browne18.423rd - 68.98% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.2510th - 66.23% Valentine
James Creed22.1620th - 59.58% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1830th - 63.30% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5637th - 54.32% Valentine
Jason Levy29.0384th - 48.42% Valentine
Katherine Harris29.0485th - 51.43% Valentine
Sbita Reandi32.17136th - 46.46% Valentine
Karen Shah32.18137th - 48.71% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.3125th - 60.16% Walthamstow
John Healy21.19 (course pb)65th - 64.50% Dulwich
Dominic Dragonetti22.0415th - 60.95% Valentine
Ghostly going's on at parkrun as it falls on Halloween. Even though the werewolves and zombies were frightening , more worrying was the Alex Bee bringing along his barcode. He still didn't scan it but at least it was there. Two first place finishes from Thomas at Grovelands and Mark with a 1 second course pb at Wanstead. Course pb's from Spencer & Claire also at Wanstead.
A first parkrun from Daisy and a 99th from Alan Branch also.
Course pb's from Jonathan and Stuart at Hackney and John Healy at Dulwich also. 38 ELR parkrunners this weekend and best age grades for 2015 from Jonathan and Aaron.

Go Tri Sprint Duathlon, Velo Park - Tuesday 27th October 2015

Sarah Burns1.00.2916.01, 29.29, 14.58
Claire Parker1.07.3914.39, 38.45, 14.14
Ninette Fernandes1.11.1117.41, 35.37, 17.52.
3200m run/ 16000m bike/3200 run

Dublin Marathon - Monday 26th October 2015

James Nichols3:27:16 PB1,704th
Celia Payaneeandee4:07:45 Debut6,412th
James Nichols Dublin marathon race report

After enjoying my marathon debut at Brighton in April I decided fairly early that I'd quite like another go soon and an October trip to Dublin stood out, with it being somewhere I wanted to visit anyway and with the race recommended by fellow club members.

And over those six months my running has come on leaps and bounds (and a lot of credit for that is down to the training and races I've done with the club) with big PBs posted across all distances up to HM over that time. Training for this marathon couldn't have gone more smoothly with just a few minor tweaks such as an extra couple of long runs, a longer taper and more hillwork. The only thing that went wrong was at my final prep race HM in Brussels - I never did file a report for that one, so in short I packed the wrong phone charger, and with no alarm I predictably overslept and so had to dash to the race start on a healthy breakfast of jelly babies. And even that resulted in a 2 minute PB (take that Jamie Oliver!), and made me confident that a sub 3:15 marathon was achievable.

So onto Dublin. It was a cold drizzly morning but was full of confidence as I got into the start pen after a large breakfast and in plenty of time (lesson learned from my Brussels experience there!). The first half of the race flew by. Plenty of support on the route for the 15,000 runners and was a minute or 2 ahead of schedule at halfway (in about 97 mins) but didn't feel I was overexerting, clocking miles consistently in the 7:10 to 7:35 range.

But to use a football cliche this was a real "game of 2 halves". Immediately from halfway the wind picked up (the light drizzle was constant throughout) and the course opened up, so slowed to 8 minute miles for the next quarter of the race and wasn't feeling strong. I wasn't panicking at this stage, even though I was struggling I figured the start left me with plenty of credit in the bank and 3:20 was still on the cards. But it was soon after this group went past me that things started to go wrong. I walked.

Now I still don't think that was a mistake. The 21st mile is the hilliest on the course and I figured a couple of minutes walking up the hill would allow me to recover slightly and galvanise me for a big 40 minute effort to the finish. But I knew history from a long time ago meant this was a risk. It's not something I'd done in training or races this year, but mentally I never recovered. I ran for a bit. Then walked again. And again. While running my pace was fine but found it hard to motivate myself to sustain it just for 3 or 4 miles, which was disappointing. The noisy crowd helped a lot and managed to keep running to the line for a time of 3:27:16.
So it was slower than planned but I'm happy enough. On another day conditions will be more favourable and there was enough in the first half of the race and the pace I did manage when running towards the end that the 3:15 target is a realistic one for the spring. Plus this can only provide motivation for it. The event itself I would recommend. The International Breakfast Run held the morning before was great fun - a slow 4k for international athletes followed by breakfast accompanied by Irish music and dancing. The marathon was well marshalled and well supported in number across all parts of the course. And I hear they are moving it to a Sunday next year which should make it more accessible if any of you fancy giving it a go.

Venice Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

Andy Bolderstone4.55.145823rd

Great South Run - Sunday 25th October 2015

Russell Price59:50101st

Frankfurt Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

Tom Woods3.41.43 PB4,311st
Tom's Report - I entered this marathon late last Year after reading favourable reports on marathonguide.com about the nature of the course being flat and fast and the unique indoor finish. All of which transpired to be accurate , a couple of minor complaints though being at several points on the course the streets were very narrow and there were way too many turns and loops. On some portions of the course the streets are cobbled and several parts where you need to cross tram tracks.

On the morning of the race , the weather was dry , overcast , cool and not windy , all good for running.

The Frankfurt Marathon employs pacemakers , so I tucked in behind the 3:44 guys with the intention of staying with them as far as I could.
So at 10:00 we all began to do the shuffle forward towards the start line and off we went.

For the first 15km I struggled to stay with the pacemakers , as my breakfast felt heavy in my stomach , I normally run mornings on an empty stomach , so this was new to me. But as we neared the halfway point I began to feel more settled and for the first time got ahead of the pacemakers , a lead that I would
extend as the race wore on. This was a massive surprise as I had not done all that many long runs in my training leading up to this race , but the runs that I did do in training were faster , which begs the question - how so?

Back in the beginning of June , I began to make changes to my diet , I didn't eat any less , but I did eat a lot different. Many things I cut out completely and replaced with low fat , lean and healthy alternatives. I regret not weighing myself before I started this , but friends who have seen me before and after estimate around an 8kg weight reduction.

I finished the race feeling remarkably strong considering the pace I was going at in a PB of 3:41:43 a 10min improvement on last Years Amsterdam Marathon and felt I could have gone sub 3:40 , but that will be the target for next Year.
I never expected that Nutrition would play such a major role in my running times.

Bring on the Beetroot!

Bristol to Bath Marathon - Sunday 25th October 2015

Rebecca Young3.35.08555th
Bristol to Bath Marathon – race report from Caroline Moore of ELR.
I was a spectator, supporting my brother and his running friends, all running their first marathon, and also got to see Bex Young of ELR at various stages.

This was the first Bristol-Bath marathon, which starts in the centre of Bristol and starts with a 10 mile out and back along the river and past the Clifton Bridge, this part is flat, but there is then a pretty but very hilly route up to Bath, where runners got a scenic but hilly tour of the sights of Bath before finishing on the Royal Avenue. Starting in one City and finishing in another on a Sunday morning causes some transport and logistical problems, so I drove my runners to Bristol, took their belongings, and stayed to cheer them past miles 1 and 10. I battled with traffic on the A4 to make it to mile 22 and then the finish. I also took my large Nikon camera and long lens to take photos of them at these points, even with the right kit, race photography is darned tricky.

Seeing the runners struggle up the hill at mile 22 was humbling. By this time they’d had some tough hills, with this one and more to come, I saw runners who’d been running at 3:30 pace crumble and start walking. This was a bit shocking as these were people who could run a marathon an hour faster than I could hope to do, but Bex and my brother came up looking very strong. Despite some dark moments, most finishers came to the end pretty happy in the lovely autumn sunshine, though St Johns Ambulance was pretty busy, and we saw several people who’d collapsed. Bex and my brother, who did not see each other, both had times of 3:35, and my brother’s two friends were also thrilled with their well-paced run of 4:09. I missed my brother’s finish because of traffic - fortunately his girlfriend made it – because many roads were closed because of the race and paying for parking, being a supporter has its own rewards and challenges!

Overall, a good race, organisationally everything worked well, and although all marathons deserve respect, this one really needs careful training and pacing. I also gave a lift to a 19 year old who was insufficiently prepared, he did the first half in 2 hours 11, and finished in 5:33… It seems over 6000 people entered the race, with entries closing in late August, but just over 4000 turned up, so that’s a lot fewer than most city marathons. Would I run it? At mile 22, I thought “no way!” but at the end…. “maybe”, though I think my runners are now dreaming of their next, flatter, marathon.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th October 2015

Thomas Grimes17.551st - 73.58% Grovelands
Spencer Evans18.30 pb2nd - 69.73% Barking
Dan Gritton18.034th - 76.73% Southwark
Regis Martin19.19 (course pb)3rd - 71.70% Wanstead Flats
Scott McMillan19.295th - 70.06% Wanstead Flats
Ciaran Canavan21.3113th - 63.90% Wanstead Flats
Stuart Barton23.09 (course pb)25th - 61.70% Wanstead Flats
Felicity Price-Thomas23.473rd - 62.23% Wanstead Flats
Maud Hodson25.1851st - 61.73% Wanstead Flats
Claire Emery25.35 (100th parkrun)57th - 62.08% Wanstead Flats
Alan Branch27.0472nd - 57.27% Wanstead Flats
Bernadett Kalmar28.5089th - 55.09% Wanstead Flats
Julia Wildgoose33.47105th - 51.55% Wanstead Flats
Aaron Browne20.4312th - 62.27% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3816th - 65.56% Valentines
Saheed Shabbir23.5735th - 54.28% Valentines
Katherine Harris24.1140th - 61.82% Valentines
Maran Raju24.2442nd - 60.45% Valentines
Alexandra Brown27.0773rd - 54.58% Valentines
Christian Turnbull27.3274th - 46.85% Valentines
Jason Levy28.3687th - 49.18% Valentines
John Booth18.3711th - 70.81% Mile End
Shailesh Patel21.04 (course pb)33rd - 69.46% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4944th - 64.48% Hackney
Sarah Burns22.2855th - 67.66% Hackney
Paula Bedford22.2856th - 68.47% Hackney
Steven Bywater24.5821st - 59.08% Walthamstow
John Healy21.52 (course pb)49th - 62.88% Brockwell
Sophie Edwards26.0057th - 59.62% Hastings
Dan Spinks20.5318th - 65.84% Northala Fields
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.55108th - 45.92% Wanstead

Beachy Head Marathon - Saturday 24th October 2015

Alex Day3.16.316th
Kieran Brown5.32.05
Fiona Day5.32.07
Alex reports.
Signed up for Beachy Head as was looking for a Autumn marathon and didn’t want the pressure of looking for a PB and the terrain and hills would ensure I would not be acquiring, as Danny Lee put it, “a Shiny new PB”. Also, although my accent would tell you otherwise, and as with my folks and uncle who also ran, I am technically a “Sussex man” (my mum obviously being a woman) so there was some connection to our collectives pasts. Finally, I spoke with Neil Cook (who is getting a habit of getting in ELR race reports eh Bolts!) featured in a Runners World article over the Summer and recommended when we were getting changed for an Orion Five mile race over the summer.

So on with the day itself. I left my hotel to pick my folks up en routes as they were staying in a slightly posher hotel closer to the start. I had the radio in my ears and Pulp’s ‘Do You Remember the first Time?’ came on and, although obviously being about something a bit more blue, I couldn’t help but think of my first marathon which Patrick and I ran some years previously in Cork. However, unlike Jarvis I can remember ‘my worst’ ,that being Milton Keynes. I am sure there is a ‘Survivors group’ somewhere whereby group therapy helps finishers collectively overcome the trauma (hope no one has signed up for 2016!).
In contrast to the friendly atmosphere the start is an intimidating site that ensures that the race won’t “break you in softly” thus offering you no false sense of security in terms of what is to come. But hey, that’s we signed up right?! A scramble of a grassy hill is followed but a gradual climb to the top of the downs and then yes, we are in and I feel settled. I immediately get chatting to a Victoria Park runner who informs me he has run this before and appears to be of similar ability to myself; he says it is easy to go off too quick and really suffer on the accumulative hills at the end. I end up being no more than 100M behind or in front of him and am now FB buddies- the wonders of modern technology eh!

I describe this as Chalk and Cheese as we are running on literal chalk whilst the race itself is pretty much the exact opposite to the proverbial cheese of the London marathon which I ran almost 6 months to the day earlier. I loved London in that it is my Hometown having lived here since the age of 6 months. Plus, the ELR water station was probably the best ‘high’ I have ever felt during a race. The crowds were great and oh, I also achieved a PB there. Beachy Head however offers something far different. No lucozade and gels on offer, rather squash, chunks of Mars Bars, Hot Cross buns and even cups of tea! No mile markers and no crowds, except for a few marshals and walkers who are also out to enjoy the beautiful scenery that the downs offer. The sea is on view for the majority of the course thus making the climbs very worthwhile indeed. There is probably far less than 400M of road with country paths, chalk and flint, woodland steps, trail with grass offering some needed respite. Oh, and it felt as if you were either going up or down for the vast majority and therefore Beachy Head offers something that most city marathons cannot offer.

I enjoyed the first twenty miles and enjoyed the liberating feeling of wearing no watch. When it was feeling tough I kept telling myself that I am not at work and this is to be enjoyed and not endured. It is all in the mind they tell me. We had been very fortunate with the weather as October has been pretty day as with the day itself. In actual fact, I ended up discarding my compression vest as I was overheating (I sincerely apologise for technically littering but there was no way I was going back after!).

Alistair Campbell famously said a marathon is run in two halves- the first 20 and the last 6. That couldn’t be truer of this. Everyone talks of the Seven Sisters which are a combination of rolling hills that begin at approximately mile 20. Whilst the views are unquestionably the best on offer, said view also gives you a view of what you will be walking/running/climbing/rolling over for the next few miles as you can see the ‘Lighthouse’ in the distance which essentially signals the end. By this point my lack of running training was kicking in as I opted to do the majority of my training in the gym. I kept thinking I should have attended Grant’s (two mentions for you skip!) hill session on Monday was struggling, oddly enough, running down hill where the pain was not allowing me to make up for running uphill, which I surprisingly didn’t find too bad.

Murakami writes about what he ‘thinks about whilst running’. With no watch and an endeavour to stay positive, my mind certainly went into fantasy overdrive with the vista allowing me to imagine I was Aragon (from ‘Lord of the Rings’ part one whereby the central protagonists are running over the grassy landscape) and that I had to finish the race in order to save middle earth and find Liv Tyler...Definitely daydreaming here and losing all sense of reality.

Anyway, the last water station informs us that we have about four miles left. Little over a park run then and I am still with me newly acquired chums with us all offering one another encouragement and ‘to stay strong’. A walker shortly informs that there is a mile of downhill to go and that I am in 4th place- I am rather surprised but also aware that the I have been overtaken going downhill and sure enough, my Vicky Park buddy come past me with 500M and another chaps flies past me in the last 60M or so as we descend the same hill that we climbed some hours before and at the start. I was delighted to get my print out that states I finish in 3:16:31 and in 6th place. I was also delighted not to see my dad who had been advised not to run due to an injury. This probably meant he was probably still on the course with my mum.

I say well done and share some high fives and hugs with the good folk that offered encouragement and, dare I say it, ‘good vibes’, throughout the course. I forgot to mention that the start and end of the race is a Public School with us runners being able to use their facilities. This includes their swimming pool which I decide to utilise as to ‘aid my recovery’ whist also having a ruddy good wash. I get chatting to the blokes tendering the pool with one of them informing me he is a local fireman. I can’t help thinking that I have stumbled into someone else’s fantasy with some poor woman wondering why she is sitting with Liv Tyler with slightly strange ears . I refrain from telling said fireman this for obvious reasons.

There is no T-shirt or goody bag which I am quite pleased about as I have more technical wear than you could shake a stick at (I don’t quite know where that expression comes from). However, the school canteen does offer runners a free meal. My only disappointment and grumble of the day is the pudding. That being rice pudding. I am sure we got chocolate sponge cake with hundreds and thousands in a sea of chocolate custard when at school.

I met up with my uncle and we trudged to the finish whilst talking of our newly acquired aches. Delighted to see their beaming smiles on the faces of mum and dad as they came down the hill. Beachy Head is truly an exceptional race and undoubtedly the prettiest course I have ever run. Yes, we were lucky with the weather, but I very much hope to go back next year.

Fiona reports.
Beachy Head Marathon – Joggers report

The final instructions for the Beachy Head Marathon (BHM) included 2 starting positions so when I registered the evening before I had to ask the official what is the difference between runners and joggers. From his reply- the runners are trying to get round in about 3 hours. I decided I was a jogger- I hadn’t even seen the hill at the start then as I might have guessed! I did ask what about the walkers as I had read that some people walk round and he said they go at the back!

Alex was in the runners category. So here is a report to entice the joggers! Because there is a lovely relaxed joggers groove if you let yourself find it. I’ll try not to repeat Alex’s info but apologies if I do. Strangely for the same reason as Alex I had entered BHM because it was a trail Marathon and there was no pressure to get a good time, (just as well!) However I took it seriously enough to do my usual marathon training with Kieran who had entered as well doing our long runs together. Unfortunately Kieran picked up a calf injury just towards the end of increasing the mileage, which meant neither of us were as prepared as we would have liked in fact Kieran was advised against running it by the physio he saw in a desperate attempt to get better in time. I guess being a club runner I did have a sort of target time around 5 hours as the instructions had also said allow 30 – 45 minutes more than your road marathon time. However I now think the time you add is relative to your usual marathon pace. I had checked the course profile and had already decided to walk up any steep hills, hoping to make time on the downhill runs.

We got to the start with Alex and my brother Ollie. Alex and Ollie went into the runners section and Kieran and I squeezed in with the joggers. The first hill was in clear view now. The conditions were perfect, the weather was moderate and sunny and despite heavy rain in the week before the ground was firm any puddles and mud could be avoided. The start felt easy, walking up the hills helped Kieran’s calf, even so walking any part of a marathon still felt a guilty pleasure.
We’d already climbed onto the South Downs and the first check point came along quickly. Another couple of hills and check point two and the first feeding station, squash, biscuits, chopped mars bars (yum) felt like rocket fuel. Another climb and check point 3, bananas, biscuits and mars bars here. I didn’t really need to re- fuel but I did just in case things weren’t so good later on. The miles were ticking away quickly, Kieran’s calf was holding up and everything was just so pleasant, never far from sea views and the unspoilt Sussex countryside. It was all very relaxing. Perhaps too relaxing and somewhere between checkpoint 3 and 4 I noticed very few people were trying to run up the hills anymore in fact I was surrounded by resolute looking club runners marching up the hills with me. Checkpoint 4 in the beautiful village of Littlington, was a turning point, feeling the strain a bit by now at 16 miles and arriving at the checkpoint to see runners sitting down to drink tea or coffee and munching the hot cross buns or sausage rolls on offer here listening to a local musicians playing, it was tempting to linger but I made do with a quick coffee, I’d already had too much to eat by now but the ambience here helped me slip further into a relaxed groove. Now it seemed everyone was going at conversation pace and had time to natter as they ran. Kieran’s calf was holding up so well he was waiting for me to catch up at every turn now. The 2 flights of steps through the forest were tough even in my relaxed frame of mind. My watch told me we were just shy of mile 20 at 4 hours and already on the Seven Sisters. Crazy to think I actually wondered whether we could manage the last 6 miles in just over an hour to get near to the 5 hour time I had entertained. Kieran said we should aim for 5.30. However at check point 5 at mile 22 I was totally seduced -I had a cup of tea, sat down and admired the scenery, lovely!! It was a shame I was full of mars bars as they had nice cake here. I never lost it completely -if I saw a photographer I warned Kieran and tried to make it look like I was running! Only 4 miles to go –yes-we were going to finish, but it was tough, it is uppy downy here and my legs hurt when I started running again after walking so walking uphill was no longer something I looked forward to. There were still plenty of other runners around chatting away, supporting one another, BHM veterans telling us that it was all down hill to the finish after we reached Beachy Head. My watch informed me the battery was low, blimey it has 6 hours battery life- I only charged it last night! But I couldn’t get a move on even if I tried, Kieran kindly still waiting for me at every turn. Beachy Head had been in sight a long time and we finally got there. It was a wonderful feeling running towards the finish, finally down the hill we started on, I hadn’t noticed the stairs in the grass on the way up so it was a couple of ouches on the steeper steps before I could run onto the road where I saw Ollie and Alex waiting for us , then over the finish. Just after Kieran in 5 hours 32 mins. We went to the school canteen for the free meal and another cup of tea. It is a wonderful course and a really enjoyable well organised event, even if the weather and conditions hadn’t been favourable it would be good. Highly recomended.

Abingdon Marathon - Sunday 18th October 2015

Mark Boulton2.47.05 PB12th
Congratulations to Mark for setting a new marathon PB and finishing 12th out of a field of 713 runners.

Mark about to cross the finish line!

Mark reports.The journey to the Abingdon Marathon began back in March this year. I missed a lot of training for the 2015 London Marathon and was working hard to catch up when I was knocked off my bike on the way to work one morning which was the final nail in the coffin to this year’s London.

At that point I decided to enter Abingdon, aware of its reputation for being fast and flat. I also made a decision to commit to a training plan for the 1st time. For my previous marathons I had always cobbled together a plan based on hearsay and previous experience and I felt I might be selling myself short, that’s not to criticise anything I had done previously, I just felt there was more to come.

A friend at work recommended a plan that had seen him achieve a big improvement and having bought the book a year or so earlier I finally opened the book at began reading the theory behind the plan which enabled me to buy into its philosophy. I tend to be pretty black and white in my thinking, if you tell me something I want to see it, so I had seen my friends marathon time improve and now I had the theory in black and white in front of me.

The plan laid out exactly what I need to do in a structured format. It is a big commitment to make, the plan requires running 6 days a week and details what is expected in each session. But I am used to a heavy workload training wise and took comfort in having each session planned for me.

Having just bought a house and going through the process of decorating has meant I have not been able to make club runs as often as I would like, also having track sessions planned at specific speeds has meant I have not been able to make Grant’s track sessions either. However, the experience of running alone at specific times became invaluable when it came to Abingdon.

The build up to Abingdon could not have gone better, having followed the plan for 7 months and achieved PB’s along the way meant I was going into the race as confident as I could be. The only doubt in the back of my mind was that the plan’s longest run is 16 miles. The theory is that the plan prepares you for the last 16 miles of a marathon not the first 16 miles- it’s based on cumulative fatigue.

Onto race day itself. It could not have gone better. An early morning alarm call 5:50am and a quick pre-marathon breakfast (Porridge and a round of toast and jam washed down with a cup of tea) and my Dad drove me and my support team (Mum & girlfriend) the hour and half to Abingdon. We arrived just before 8am for a 9am start which was perfect time to get changed and use the facilities- race HQ was at a sports centre so plenty of space to change, Vaseline the feet and relax for 10 mins before the start.

Made my way to the start line which was a on a tight path similar to Elvis 1, made eye contact with a few runners but everyone had game face on. 99% club runners, no fun runners, everyone was there for a time, not a fun time.

Under starters orders and we were off. Straight away I managed to settle into my target pace, the lead pack headed off into the distance but I had experience enough to know I was running my own race, not to worry too much what other people were up to. After a mile or so I was running with one or two people, then they would drop off so I spent much of the race running on my own. The course itself was ok. One small loop then 2 laps of a bigger loop which took in what seemed to be endless industrial estates. The marshals were fantastic as ever and crowds were very few and far between. Runner’s family members in one’s and two’s every now and then.

I had my splits written on my arm and was about 40 seconds ahead of schedule going through half way. I felt good, but the old adage “race begins at 20” going through my head. I have also experience marathon’s where I flew through 18 miles before the wheels came off so it was about staying calm and ticking off the miles.

At this point I have to mention Neil Cook, from our friends at Victoria Park Harriers. I assume Neil was up there supporting a friend but he was a hero. He was cycling between points on the course with encouraging words to keep me going, and helping me tactically, encouraging me to slowly bridge the gap from one group to another, working my way through the field.

Another huge boost was seeing my Dad and girlfriend at mile 15, the adrenaline that produced resulted in my fastest mile. But soon it was back to long, lonely miles round the industrial estates. The last few miles I had to dig in, but luckily (for me) I was lapping people which enabled me to build momentum coming into the last few miles. Again Neil Cook pooped up, screaming at me to “Stop looking at your watch just Drive” then “10 minutes of pain”

I finally headed back up to drive to the sports centre and back on to the running track for the final lap to the finish line. At this point I was just swinging my arms and driving the legs hoping to line would come, I was aware of the commentator mentioning names and times but couldn’t make him out over the sounds of my family screaming at me. I crossed the line 12th in a new personal best time and once I had recovered from cramp, received my finishers medal from a young scout called Liam.

There are too many people to thank personally and I would not want to miss anyone out but want to thank you all for inspiring me in so many ways. Without what some of you have achieved, I would not have the confidence or belief to have the targets I have. Also thanks to everyone for the likes, the supportive comments, the Strava gang for the kudos and inspiring me to get there and have a go.

Jill Oliver 10K - Edmonton RC - Sunday 18 October 2015

Jonathan Wooldridge45:0152nd
Sarah Burns47:5182th
Patrick Farren49:0793rd
Steven Bywater57:14183rd
225 Finishers

Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon - Sunday 18th October 2015

Alex Thornton1.38.571294th
Iain Mackie1.42.001765th
Tim Aylett1.53.373987th

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 1 - Cheshunt - Sunday 18th October 2015

Thomas Grimes27.583rd
Alex Day29.3619th
Antonio Martin Romero30.1928th
Russell Price31.0444th
Dan Gritton31.1747th
Samuel Browne32.0570th
Jennifer Ansell32.3275th (2nd)
Peter Craik33.57111th
Rebecca Young38.48229th (33rd)
Tricia O'Neill40.54289th (64th)
Maud Hodson41.14301st (70th)
Doug Mansell41.58324th
Bernadett Kalmar42.13331st (90th)
Stuart Barton44.36366th
Sandra Corbyn45.14376th (118th)
Dave Knight45.32383rd
Susannah McLaren46.55399th (131st)
Don Bennett50.43433rd
Maya Goodwin55.10447th (163rd)
The men's team was 6th and Women's team 9th out of 20 teams. Men's Masters 15th and Women's Masters 12th out of 20. Women's 'B' 12 out of 13.
452 runners finished. (286 Men and 166 Women).

Chingford League - Event 2 of 6 - Loughton XC (approx 5 miles) - Saturday 17th October 2015

Thomas Grimes27.417th
Patrick Brown28.0610th
Antonio Martin Romero29.2619th
Russell Price29.4222nd
Dan Gritton30.3633rd
Aaron Williams31.2046th
Aaron Browne31.5456th
Spencer Evans31.5757th
Ciaran Canavan32.0460th
Andrew Baxter32.1464th
Emmet Fitzgibbon33.5879th
Ramesh Pala35.36100th
Rebecca Young36.18109th
Sarah Burns36.37113th
Maud Hodson38.53128th
Alexandra Brown39.09131st
Fiona Day39.35134th
Christian Turnbull41.37146th
Caroline Moore42.55155th
Sheila Kennedy45.54166th
Caroline Moore;- This was great fun, pretty course, really rural vibe despite being half a mile from Loughton station and near the M11 with hay bales and kissing gates - Maya Goodwin you would have loved those, and it was in daylight with no mud. Apparently they had to change the course because there were cows in the way. And Sarah Burns brought cake!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 17th October 2015

James Wilson18.032nd - 75.07% Wanstead
Samuel Browne19.115th - 67.25% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.216th - 70.54% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.3910th - 66.59% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.0631st - 64.07% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.10 (course pb)32nd - 61.65% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.3748th - 64.52% Wanstead
Claire Parker24.3949th - 60.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0266th - 57.34% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.09 (99th parkrun)96th - 47.91% Wanstead
Manjit Singh20.266th - 67.29% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.329th - 65.87% Valentine
Karen Shah30.29119th - 51.61% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.2138th - 68.54% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge21.3139th - 65.38% Hackney
Paula Bedford24.1966th - 63.26% Hackney
James Nichols20.1630th - 64.14% Mile End
Steven Bywater27.5838th - 52.74% Walthamstow
Katherine Harris23.01 (course pb)88th - 64.95% Cheltenham
Saheed Shabbir24.38120th - 52.77% Cannon Hill
Dan Spinks21.133rd - 64.81% Aldenham

GO TRI - Redbridge Duathlon, Cricklefields Stadium - Friday 16 October 2015

Jonathan Wooldridge22:021st
Eleanor Wilkinson23:362nd
Jason Levy24:273rd
1 mile run - 2 mile bike - 1 mile run

Cooper Test - Monday 12th October 2015

Spencer Evans 3160
Angus James Nicholls 3000
Sheila Kennedy 2300
Alex Day 3490
Alex Bee 3490
Russell Price 3450
Thomas Glasock 3445
Aaron J Browne 3200
James Nichols 3250
Daisy 2700
Katie Buranska 2600
Tricia O'Neill 2550
Mark Wyatt 3400
Paul Thompson 3210
Salvatore Passerini 3250
Clarke Jomes 3225
Ellie Wilkinson 2850
Gina Radford 2300
Gemma Foxall 2650
Craig Livermore 2950
Serg 3130

Ridgeway Run 15km, Tring - Sunday 11th October 2015

Thomas Grimes56.223rd
564 finishers. Very hilly.

Vitality Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Shahib Miah Ali1.48.30

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Roger Stubbs4.11.251,877th

Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Paul Quinton1.15.5841st
Paul reports:- I ran the Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough today. The course is flat and fast and run through the city centre and residential areas. Great crowd support throughout the race, decent goody bag and medal as well.

I was determined to go out easier after starting too fast in Pleshy HM a few weeks back and seemed to pay off as I had more in the tank in the 2nd half of the race. 3hrs of driving and less than 80min of running but it was well worth the trip, might even go back next year. Official time 75:58.

Swindon Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Patrick Brown1.18.533rd
900 finishers.

Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Ciaran Canavan1.26.56
Ava Lee1.28.43 pb276th
Carlton D'Souza1.32.00 pb505th
John Healy1.39.55 pb1516th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.41.43 pb1807th
Saheb Yousefi1.45.342641st
Helen Cook1.49.07 pb3497th
Lucy Jarvis1.49.463664th
Michael Keefe1.54.23
Katherine Jones1.54.435008th
Caroline Moore1.58.296175th
Sbita Reandi2:19:1911120th
Eszter Tacine2.30.0712654th
Fiona Rutland2.32.5512946th
Maya Goodwin2.32.5612947th
Maya's report:- Here is a top tip. You can have it for free. It's always better to be prepared. The Scouts are onto something there I tell you.

I felt ready for the marathon in April (what, didn't you realise I'd run one?!?). I was nervous, but I knew I'd done all I could. For Royal Parks, I just knew I hadn't done enough. Of any of it. The miles, the intervals, the stretching. I'd done enough eating though. Dragging those extra lbs round 13.1 miles wasn't going to help either.

Anyway, after a drawn out bag drop palaver we were on our way. Lovely Fiona Rutland was going to run with me, (this is becoming a habit, getting myself a personal running mentor to help me round, I recommend it!)

Lots of twists and turns through London for the first 10k. You all know how I like to see the speedsters going the other way - there was loads of opportunity for that. A water station - I accidentally soaked another runners foot in lucozade, oops. I totally deserved that glare. And then back into the park.

It was like Tower Bridge all over again! The whistles, the cheering, the joy, fantastic! More runners going the other way to look at. And then a big long loop. I lost the plot a bit at 10 miles. 'Fiona, will you carry my sunglasses, they're making me claustrophobic....'

I was tired with tiny lungs and jelly legs. Forget walking, I just wanted to lie down and stop moving altogether. A second gel and an internal talking to. 'Look here Maya, Fiona is running with you to help you, it's not on for you to not give it everything. You are NOT WALKING.'

I knew I wouldn't get a pb (about 2:24) but I was hoping to come close to my pw (2:33). I decided today would be about telling that monkey on my back to STFU. At last, you could see the finish. I'm no Usain Bolt, it took me more than 20s to do those 200m. But I came in at 2:32:56.
I'll take that ta. And listen to Mr Baden Powell next time.

John Healy's report:-Brief (ish) (and late) race report for the RPHM several ELRs' ran this Sunday. I had pinned this race for a HM PB 3 months ago after being out of running for the first four months of the year with a torn calf muscle. I spent May and June trying to build my fitness back to an acceptable level with Wednesday runs, parkruns and Monday track and then took on a 3 month runners world plan for a sub 1:40 half at that event. My previous PB was also here last year at 1:44.44. Actually sticking to the plan wasn't to hard once i'd got into a groove with it and it dovetailed well with Monday track and hill sessions, Wednesday club runs and a long Sunday run. Extra runs and a few more hill and speed sessions thrown in with an iron man friend which is always handy. Watching my 5k, 10k and 10 mile PBs' all fall during this period, it boded well and i was getting more confidence. A lot of this was down to Grant Conway and the teams track sessions, and the club members advice and encouragement.

(Un)fortunately? I had a two week break in Colombia 2 weeks before the event that wouldn't have been construed under any circumstances as a training camp. Running the Elvis 7 a minute slower than my last one the day after my return and being spotted by several ELR barfing by a tree after didn't bode well. I consolidated as best as I could for the next two weeks but thought my sub 1:40 was going to be out of reach.
6.00 am start day of race and out the door by 7 to get train up from Brixton. This always seems an amazingly well organised event (apart from the bag drop this year) and the weather was being kind for the third year. Bag and toilet queues done, it was almost there so I wriggled into the green section where I wouldnt have had the confidence to place myself peviously. I needed to stick to roughly 7.30 miles which i was there or thereabouts, even with a toilet break (speedy one) but the wrong side of target by mile 10/11 when I chanced upon Jonathan Wooldridge who was also gunning for a PB. We were both blowing a bit by this point but still had something. I thought I was 1/2 mile ahead of him going down the last 800 when he popped up grimacing and charging on my shoulder, forcing us into a fight to death for the finish line. This turned out to be a godsend as my fastest mile was comfortably my last, and i crept under my target by 5 seconds - Job done, thanks again Jonathon - I owe you a big beer. Very encouraging that training can actually work if you do it and not think about doing it a lot which is my usual plan...... Good Colombian street food stall there after so I was home from home and snagged a Gore bargain to boot...

Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 11th October 2015

Katherine Harris2.01.10167th
Jayne Browne2.14.42269th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th October 2015

Patrick Brown17.312nd - 73.83% Wanstead
James Wilson19.155th - 70.39% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.518th - 68.77% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.5810th - 71.54% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4921st - 72.27% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson22.2726th - 65.42% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.4930th - 66.62% Wanstead
Rebecca Young23.3439th - 62.80% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.4340th - 64.86% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.2346th - 64.52% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.5653rd - 74.60% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.0268th - 59.99% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench26.1772nd - 63.79% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3976th - 58.16% Wanstead
Morag Campbell31.48 (course pb)107th - 49.48% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.16115th - 47.75% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.336th - 65.82% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.488th - 67.13% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2221st - 63.12% Valentine
Jason Levy24.4333rd - 56.91% Valentine
Amita Morse26.2847th - 61.21% Valentine
David Baldwin20.544th - 62.76% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.488th - 63.53% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier23.3521st - 57.46% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1825th - 60.70% Walthamstow
Tim Aylett27.0646th - 49.26% Walthamstow
Claire Parker22.1443rd - 66.57% Hackney
Dan Gritton18.4411th - 73.93% Brockwell
Paula Bedford21.33 (course pb)20th - 71.38% Southend
Spencer Evans19.002nd - 67.89% Beckton
James Nichols20.28 (course pb)2nd - 63.36% Brentwood
Anita Lomax28.39 (course pb)85th - 55.44% Wanstead
Dominic Dragonetti22.0217th - 61.04% Raphael
Elizabeth O'Donnell43.03130th - 37.24% Wanstead
also Anita Lomax 85 28.39 55.44 cpb

Chingford League - Event 1 of 6 - Hog's Hill 5km, Redbridge Cycle Circuit. - Wednesday 7th October 2015

Jennifer Ansell18.5029th 1st Lady
Karen Levison20.1059th 3rd Lady
Eleanor Wilkinson22.42123rd
Sheetal Dandgey23.27135th
Rebecca Young23.28136th
Alexandra Brown24.29153rd
Helen Cook25.06159th
Fiona Day25.09160th
Caroline Moore27.44178th
Lucy Barron27.51181st
Sandra Corbyn28.33185th
Sarah Burns33.54193rd
Maya Goodwin33.56194th
Thomas Grimes16.401st
Patrick Brown17.167th
Alex Day17.4715th
Antonio Martin Romero18.2424th
Dan Gritton18.5230th
Spencer Evans19.5147th
Aaron Williams20.0150th
Aaron Browne20.0457th
James Clarke20.1161st
Ciaran Canavan20.3769th
Craig Livermore21.2480th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2582nd
Alex Haward21.3785th
Grant Conway21.4993rd
Angus Nicholls22.19105th
Iain Mackie22.20 pb106th
Daniel Levicki22.23110th
Ramesh Pala22.29113th
Kieran Brown22.31118th
Christopher Sohail26.43173rd
Men's A Team came 2nd with 119 pts with Orion 1st with 39pts.
B Team came 3rd, with Vets team 4th. Ladies came 4th with the Vets team 5th place.
Craig's report:- Well, what can I say, last night's Chingford League race was absolutely awesome, I've not felt so electric before a race in such a long time.

I was planning on walking down, but since I was a tad late setting off, I thought I'd break into a jog and see how far it took me. Needless to say I was nearly at the Cycle Centre by this point, so I slowed down into a walk, before deciding to break into a stride up the hill, just to flex the legs a little.

When I got in I was just admiring the scenery...well, for the most part when I wasn't running I was anyway...entered the hall for registration and got my number and safety pins. Had a nice little chat with Alexandra before the ladies race started, and wished her and the rest of the ladies all the best before they headed off into the darkness.
Before I knew it the race had already started, and everyone was already rocking up the initial hill. All I was doing was my best to cheer our runners on, can't really say much about the race, you'd have to get

Race For Life Half Marathon, Lea Valley Park - Sunday 4th October 2015

Natalie Powell3.06.21
Julie Creffield3.25.14

Mornington Chasers Regents Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 4th October 2015

Sophie Edwards58.04182nd

NSPCC Hour Challenge, Lea Valley VeloPark - Sunday 4th October 2015

Iain Mackie1.00.0012.4km's
NSPCC Hour Challenge - 12.4km. Racing the wrong way around! Felt really stong and some really good time splits. So close to doing 8 miles though.

Middlesex 10km, Victoria Park - Sunday 4th October 2015

James Clarke40:56137th
Peter Craik41:48151st
Emmet Fitzgibbon41:50153rd
Dan Spinks42:42 (2nd claim)165th
Grant Conway44:23187th
Angus Nicholls46:04214th
A very well organised race by Serpentine RC/Middlesex county AA. It was a bit strange to hold the Middlesex 10k in East London but Vikki Park is a good venue. Entry fee £5, water on course plus the results were texted/emailed to you as well. Flat course although a bit on the warm side for me. Fair bit faster than my other two 10k's I have done this year so reasonably happy. Very high standard field. I was below half way. Nice to catch up with everyone from ELR before and after the race.

Cardiff Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

Katrina Dixon2.23.32

Great Scottish Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

Manjit Singh1.35.05855th

Brussels Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

James Nichols1.31.30 pb

Bournemouth Half Marathon - Sunday 4th October 2015

Russell Price1.21.3319th

Saltmarsh 75 - Day Two - Sunday 4th October 2015

Maud Hodson6.48 (7.04)16th, 3rd lady
Maud's Race Report.Finally I have found enough brain cells to write a race report for the Saltmarsh:
Day One - 7.06, Day Two - 7.04 = 14.10 for 16th place overall and 3rd Lady.

[The Saltmarsh 75 is a 75 mile two-day endurance challenge for solo runners, walkers or relay teams.]

We set out from our hotel early on Saturday morning, myself, Roberto & our support supremo, Trish. We arrived at the start, at a country park in South Woodham Ferrers, collected our numbers, maps & directions and tried not too think too much about the task ahead.
I let Rob disappear into the distance very early on, determined not to start off to quickly, and soon found myself chatting to another man called Rob, who I stayed with for the first 6 or 7 miles. Until he couldn’t keep up with me any more. The River Crouch in the morning mist was beautiful - this was in some ways the most enjoyable bit as it’s so much easier to appreciate the views when you’re not knackered. The second stage took us to the attractive seaside town of Burnham-on-Crouch, where we got to run on some lovely firm, flat concrete - most of the route is rough grassy paths on the sea wall.

‘…out in the Dengie, no one hears you scream…'
This is the tagline on the event website, and refers to the long, lonely third stage - 13.6 miles of isolated, very slowly shifting scenery. By this time the runners had thinned out, and often I couldn’t see anyone else ahead, although the landscape is pancake flat and the mist had cleared, giving panoramic views in all directions. An image that sticks in my memory is of a WW2 observation post beside a dried up drainage channel full of rusty red wild flowers, like a ghost of the Tower of London poppies.
Up until this point I’d got away with just following the runners in front, but as I passed a seasoned campaigner shortly before Checkpoint 3, he advised me to read the directions as you can miss it (he told me later that he’d missed it himself for the third year in a row).
So, half the stages

Saltmarsh 75 - Day One - Saturday 3rd October 2015

Maud Hodson6.53 (7.06)38.6 miles
Roberto Bruni7.20
Trish Kelly Both safely through 1st CP at 5.2 miles. Rob about 10 mins ahead of Maud. Will he hold that lead.... Early days!
Both safely through CP2 at 14m. Rob storming ahead but both still smiling! They have a long 13m section now to CP3, so toughest part coming up but sun now starting to shine and burning away the fog, so at least they should have nice views! I'm off for breakfast - this crewing malarkey is exhausting!
Rob through at 27 miles, but his Achilles/foot is very painful. Is carrying on and still hopes to finish but it's walk/run for him now. Waiting for Maud. Crewing has hit new levels - I have now had abuse shouted at me due to lack of signage on course, which is clearly my fault!!!
Maud now through 27 miles. Looking strong and still smiling! Right, that's me off to the finish to get the tents up!
Maud has just finished day 1. Superb running. Just waiting for himself, who is in a lot of pain but determined to finish.
Rob now over the finish line. He said **+=#%^*+%%!! I am ever running again and I'm taking up darts! So probably see him on the Sunday run next week then! Currently being tended to by a nice lady medic so that has put the smile back on his face.
Maud HodsonDay one completed - 6.53 running time, so 7 hours ish with stopping at the checkpoints. 38.6 miles. Slow and steady. A Ronseal day - exactly what it said on the tin.
Have beer now.
Roberto Bruni It took 39M, 7.20, to realise that darts is a lot more fun. I will now take a temporary retirement till January. I need a few months to repair feet and get over today.

Our intrepid duo, Maud and Roberto at the start of the Saltmarsh 75!

Could you complete 75 miles of England’s most unique coast line in just 2 days?
That’s the challenge laid down by the Saltmarsh 75, a long distance trail covering the entire coast of the Maldon district, Essex.
Maud did!. Roberto Bruni completed 38 miles on Day 1 but was unable to run on Day 2 owing to injury.

A colourful Maud ready for Day 2!.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 3rd October 2015

Spencer Evans18.50 (course pb)3rd - 68.50% Beckton
Alex Bee17.353rd - dfyb - Wanstead
Alex Day18.096th - 71.63% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4617th - 69.56% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.2620th - 64.93% Wanstead
Claire Parker22.37 (course pb)36th - 65.44% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.47 (course pb)38th - 64.96% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.5440th - 64.63% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.3948th - 66.67% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.5550th - 59.30% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.0554th - 65.33% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2880th - 58.56% Wanstead
Fiona Day27.2890th - 67.72% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj27.4694th - 57.74% Wanstead
Caroline Moore28.23 with Harvey99th - 61.36% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.00114th - 51.67% Wanstead
Paula Bedford25.0062nd - 61.53% Hackney
Lucy Barron27.3098th - 53.82% Hackney
Jamie Xavier23.4018th - 57.25% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0821st - 61.12% Walthamstow
Aaron Browne18.553rd - 68.19% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.1014th - 67.01% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.0818th - 66.11% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.0919th - 63.51% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.5123rd - 65.43% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5437th - 54.39% Valentine
Maran Raju24.2246th - 60.53% Valentine
Jason Levy27.4891st - 50.60% Valentine
Sbita Reandi29.35 9course pb)112th - 50.70% Valentine
Karen Shah30.03120th - 52.36% Valentine
Thomas Grimes16.264th - 80.22% Fulham Palace
John Healy21.5359th - 62.83% Brockwell
Dan Spinks22.5318th - 60.09% Barking
Elizabeth O'Donnell34.35 (course pb)128th - 46.36% Wanstead
Extremely foggy day at Wanstead Flats, just around the start field but clear around the rest of course. Course pb for Felicity, 3rd in 3 weeks and Claire making an occasional visit. An age grade pb for 2015 for Bernadett also.
Thanks to Scott for volunteering and well done to Clare Emery for winning the shoes for September.
Elsewhere Spencer got his best time 18.50, breaking 19 minutes at Beckton and Sbita a course pb at Valentine. John Healy, a course pb at Brockwell.
Well done to Aaron for his 3rd place at Valentine's in 18.55.
Fastest time of the day goes to Thomas making his first visit to Fulham Palace for 4th place in 16.26.

Elvis Social Night - Thursday 1st October 2015

ELVIS 2015 : Final rankings : Men - Sunday 27th September 2015

Thomas Grimes12pts1st (5)
Patrick Brown16pts3rd (6)
Paul Quinton25pts4th (6)
Alex Day37pts5th (6)
Antonio Martin Romero68pts9th, 8th senior (5)
Daniel Lee88pts13th, 4th V40 (5)
Ciaran Canavan112pts16th, 5th V40 (7)
Aaron Browne144pts19th, 12th senior (7)
Scott McMillan147pts21st, 7th V40 (6)
Andrew Baxter172pts25th, 8th,V40 (6)
James Nichols173pts26th, 15th senior (6)
Spencer Evans177pts28th, 16th senior (7)
Regis Martin185pts29th, 10th V40 (5)
Manjit Singh218pts31st, 12th V40 (5)
James Creed221pts33rd, 17th senior (5)
Peter Craik229pts34th, 13th V40 (5)
James Clarke238pts35th, 18th senior (6)
Carlton D'Souza245pts36th, 5th V50 (7)
Craig Livermore285pts41st, 21st senior (7)
Shailesh Patel300pts42nd, 15th V40 (7)
Grant Conway309th43rd, 16th V40 (6)
Ashley Faria340th47th, 17th V40 (5)
Gareth Jones351st50th, 19th V40 (7)
Ramesh Pala351st51st, 8th V50 (5)
Kieran Brown385th55th, 10th V50 (6)
John Healy395th57th, 20th V40 (5)
Steven Bywater457pts63rd , 14th V50 (7)
Iain Mackie495th66th, 24th senior (5)
Jason Levy518pts68th , 24th V40 (7)
Doug Mansell538pts70th, 6th V50 (5)
Patrick Farren582pts74th, 18th V50 (5)
Stuart Barton624th79th, 26th V40 (6)
Peter Martin646pts50th, 20th V50 (5)
80 men competed in this year's ELVIS series with 33 doing 5 or more races to qualify for the season end results. 9 competed in all 7 races. The series was won by Thomas Grimes with Patrick, Paul and Alex taking 3rd to 5th places.
Largest attendance for the men was 51 at the Hilly 5 with 47 at Eton Manor.
East London Runners won the Men's trophy with 6pts against Ilford's 8pts with Barking coming 3rd with 15pts. East London men won 4 events with Ilford came back strong by winning the last two events, but not enough to catch up.

ELVIS 2015 : Final rankings : Ladies - Sunday 27th September 2015

Jennifer Ansell6 pts1st overall (6)
Karen Levison13pts2nd, 1st V45 (6)
Ava Lee18pts3rd, 1st V35 (6)
Eleanor Wilkinson61pts7th , 3rd senior (5)
Sarah Burns81pts9th, 3rd V35 (6)
Sheetal Dandgey86pts10th, 4th senior (5)
Alexandra Brown101pts11th, 5th senior (5)
Maud Hodson109pts12th, 4th V35 (5)
Fiona Day118pts14th, 2nd V55 (7)
Caroline Moore167pts21st, 4th V45 (6)
Sheila Kennedy206pts26th, 5th V55 (6)
Diana Rexhepaj221pts28th, 7th V45 (6)
Jayne Browne273pts30th, 8th V45 (5)
Maya Goodwin337pts36pts, 12th V35 (7)
The ladies team had 50 runners compete in the series with 14 doing the required 5 to qualify for the final results. Three ladies , Fiona, Diana and Maya did all 7 races. The largest turnout was 30 at the Hilly 5 with 29 at Eton Manor also. Jenny came first overall with 6pts with Karen in 2nd, first V45 and Ava in 3rd place, 1st V35. Sarah was 3rd in the V35 category with Fiona 2nd in the V55 contest. The ladies team won all 7 races to finish with 5pts against Ilford's 10pts. East End Road Runners finished 3rd with 18pts.

Robin Hood Half Marathon - Sunday 27th September 2015

Lucy Barron2.11.254,892nd
7280 finishers.
Great day at the Robin hood half Today in Nottingham, my second time at the event but my first for the route as it had been changed since doing it last year, a couple of inclines at the beggining but you were then rewarded with the downhills which i chose to enjoy whilst they lasted! Previous to this week i hadnt run in 6 weeks and so was a tad pesamistic in what my time might be, i found it suprisingly comfortable as i ran with a friend for 8 miles and then we ended up separating but managed to keep myself going on my own for the rest but did start to flag at Mile 11.

My watch said 2:11:08 and it wasnt far off as my official result was 2:11:25 which considering my recent lack of training i was more than happy with but cant help thinking about what i could of shaved off had i not had the gap in training!

Anyway a fab Race with beautiful scenerey and fabulous amounts of support! highly reccomended!

Berlin Marathon 2015 - Sunday 27th September 2015

Daniel Slipper3.13.25
Caroline Meaby3.38.22 pb
Rebecca Young3.52.08

Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 27th September 2015

Dan Spinks1.36.57679th
Katherine Harris1.47.491465th
Helen Cook1.51.101738th
Jamie Xavier1.51.351873rd
Emma Wing2.29.284323rd
Katie Williamson2.29.294324th
4670 finishers.

ELVIS 7 - Valentine Park Charity 5km hosted by East London Runners - Sunday 27th September 2015

Thomas Grimes16.17 (17.01)4th
Paul Quinton17.068th - 7th
Patrick Brown17.2313th - 12th
Antonio Martin Romero17.58 pb15th - 71.8%
Manjit Bedi18.0617th - 16th 81.5% - 1st V50
Thomas Glasock18.1721st - 20th
James Wilson18.3121st - 22nd
Jennifer Ansell18.4226th, 2nd lady
Mark Wyatt18.51 (18.58)28th - 26th
James Clarke18.59 pb33rd - 31st - 68.0%
Aaron Browne19.0434th - 32nd
James Nichols19.06 pb (20.26)35th - 33rd - 67.9%
Scott McMillan19.0936th - 34th
Spencer Evans19.09 (19.38)37th - 35th
James Creed19.20 pb39th - 37th - 68.6%
Peter Craik19.25 pb40th - 38th 73.0%
Karen Levison19.3842nd, 3rd lady - 84.4%
Ava Lee19.39 (20.08)43rd, 4th lady
Regis Martin19.4144th - 40th - 70.4%
Andrew Baxter19.4546th - 42nd
Ciaran Canavan19.4847th - 43rd
Paul Thompson19.4948th - 44th - 72.7%
Manjit Singh20.0453rd - 49th
Craig Livermore20.13 (21.55)56th - 52nd
Carlton D'Souza20.1357th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.15 pb (21.11)59th - 54th - 65.5%
Ashley Faria20.52 pb65th - 59th - 68.0%
Shailesh Patel21.0367th - 61st - 69.5%
Gareth Jones21.20 pb73rd - 65th - 65.9%
Ramesh Pala21.22 (22.25)75th - 67th - 71.3%
Kieran Brown21.35 (21.58)79th - 70th - 73.1%
Grant Conway21.37 (22.21)81st - 71st
Roger Stubbs21.39 pb (23.11)82nd - 72nd - 69.8%
Sheetal Dandgey21.58 pb (23.22)93rd - 13th - 67.4%
Eleanor Wilkinson21.58 pb94th - 14th - 67.4%
John Healy22.15103rd - 88th
Maran Raju22.20107th - 92nd
Sarah Burns22.24108th - 16th - 67.9%
Steven Bywater23.08 (23.15)116th - 98th
Jason Levy23.13 (23.57)118th - 99th
Tim Aylett23.26121st - 102nd - 57.0%
Alexandra Brown23.28122nd - 20th
Tricia O'Neill23.49130th - 24th
George Georgiou24.05133rd - 109th
Fiona Day24.12136th - 27th
Doug Mansell24.21 (24.28)140th - 113th
Stuart Barton24.29141st - 114th
Patrick Farren24.46150th - 120th
Bernadett Kalmar24.54 (25.09)152nd - 32nd
Peter Martin25.17157th - 124th - 58.3%
Caroline Moore25.49 (26.46)161st - 35th
Sheila Kennedy26.24168th - 38th - 68.6%
Christian Turnbull26.32170th - 131st
Susannah McLaren26.39174th - 41st - 63.7%
David Wyatt27.05181st - 136th
Jayne Browne27.08183rd - 46th
Gina Radford27.22186th - 47th
Diana Rexhepaj28.14194th - 52nd
Emma Hobbs31.13 (debut)209th - 66th - 48.2%
Maya Goodwin31.51216th - 72nd
Race Results here - Valentines Park 5k Results available here

ELR Victorious Ladies Team of Ava, Karen and Jenny receiving their prizes from ELR ELVIS Mens Captain Grant Conway after the race!

Spencer Evans Race Report ELVIS 7 Valentine's Park 5k.

Arrived at Valentine's Park like an hour before the race, waiting around to start seem like a long wait. Anyway I had a plan for this race which was to try finish sub 19.20 or even better sub 19. The three main people I was competing with were James Clarke, James Nichols and Scott McMillian as we all run at a similar pace.

I started in the 18 minute pen, the horn sounded and we were off, the start was very busy so I was fighting my way to get further to the front which I managed to just before the first turn onto a wider path. From this point onwards I was feeling strong and confident that that I would at least break 19:20 my finish time at Barking ELVIS 6. After the first lap, I had a glance at my watch time elapsed was 7min 30 and I realised I was ahead of James Clarke, James Nichols and Scott McMillian, so I continued at the same pace the second lap round but just after I had passed the 4km marker, James Clarke was catching me up, in fact to be precise he was right behind me. I then attempted to increase my speed more to keep ahead of him, this worked until I reached the last 800m and he overtook me and come out strong, at this point I knew he has got this today. Then just before finish line I got pipped by James Nichols as he became strong at the end too. I also got pipped right on the finish by Scott McMillian, to be fair he has a strong finish. My finishing time was 19.10 so I was still very pleased with this time as its a course PB I was still very close to my three competitors. Overall today has been a great turnout for East London Runners and great series overall. My target times for the 5k ELVIS races next year will definitely be to try and finish sub 19 mins. Training for this will be starting next Saturday at Parkrun!.

Happy Running!!

Hever Castle Triathlon - Henry VIII (sprint plus) - Saturday 26th September 2015

Sarah Burns2.25.1048th , 3rd lady
800m swim 18.26, T1 2.28, 40K cycle 1.20.00, T2 2.40, 8k run 41.38 = 2.25.10
458 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 26th September 2015

Thomas Grimes18.531st - 69.81% Grovelands
Patrick Brown18.431st - 69.10% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater32.1362nd - 45.78% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan20.449th - 65.84% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.5511th - 63.43% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.3314th - 64.81% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas22.56 (pb) 1st lady28th - 64.53% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.3933rd - 70.05% Wanstead
Stuart Barton23.45 (course pb)35th - 59.72% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2138th - 64.13% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.3142nd - 64.17% Wanstead
Catherine Brett25.5254th - 64.82% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3764th - 58.23% Wanstead
Jayne Browne26.5568th - 63.03% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0769th - 57.16% Wanstead
Claire Emery43.37 (tailrunner)109th - 36.42% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw21.1729th - 64.60% Hackney
Manjit Singh20.508th - 66.00% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.0311th - 67.38% Valentine
James Creed21.44 ( course pb)15th - 61.04% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.0216th - 63.84% Valentine
Shailesh Patel28.5975th - 50.49% Valentine
Paul Marshall23.3779th - 54.90% Mile End
Dan Spinks27.10151st - 50.61% Bedford

Mayor's Charity 10k at Forty Hall, Enfield - Sunday 20th September 2015

Thomas Grimes36:101st

Congratulations to Thomas who won in a time of 36:10.

Purbeck Marathon - Sunday 20th September 2015

Jennifer Ansell3.57.2421st - 3rd lady
Russell Price4.06.4732nd

The course, with over 3000 feet of climbs, is a predominately off-road Marathon that is both challenging and rewarding. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that the distance is actually slightly over the standard marathon distance at 27 miles – don’t let this put you off, it just means that you can boast to have done ‘More than just a marathon!’

The marathon starts and finishes in Swanage. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and along the Jurassic coast path before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston.

London Duathlon, Richmond Park - Sunday 20th September 2015

Daniel Lee2:31:45
Ava Lee2:35:55
Jonathan Wooldridge2.47.36
Graham Peacock3.40.44
Tanbir Jasimuddin6:16:49 Ultra Duathlon
Andy Kumar1.47.54 half
Duathlon - (10Km - 44Km - 5Km)
Ultra Duathlon - (20Km - 77Km - 10Km)
Half dist (5km - 22km - 5km)

Jonathan's report - Here’s a race report from the London Duathlon, a run-bike-run that took place in Richmond Park on 20 September. Superb organisation, really friendly and supportive marshals – clearly vets at this game given the stupid questions I was asking. These multi-sport activities have such odd rules; all the dos and don’ts of transition were quite bewildering for a novice like me.

With Maya's advice still ringing in my ears – “transition - it’s just an exercise of getting changed”, it was great to meet fellow ELRs Ava and Danny – beaming at 8am! Soon it was time to get ready – all the pros laying out towels and boxes with their kit in. I had two pairs of shoes and a ruck sack. I felt somewhat inadequate. But still I was just there for the experience, I had no expectations. This was mainly because having lost 12 week’s of running in the summer, I wasn’t at all fit enough.

Nine O’clock came and we soon shuffled into pens like a ride at a theme park, and then released to the tune of the pips you get at a slalom downhill ski tournament. We were off – 10K run ahead. I had to pace this, don’t do what you normally do Jonathan – listen to the experts. It was a slow, and very long 1.5 mile climb. I mustn’t rush this.

It was always my intention to visit the park and check the route – was that a good idea or not? When I got to the top of the first climb – I was pleased that I hadn’t – although I still had no idea whether all the climbing was done. Thank fully the rest of the course was downhill. I met a cycling buddy at the 7km marker – that was surprise and really lifted my spirits. He’d cycled down from Bricket Wood to cheer me, so was a real treat – including the gel he dangled like bait for a performing seal.

Anyway, my first ever transition was fast approaching – the course snaked around for what seemed like miles. Would I remember where I left my bike, what if someone has pinched my cycling shoes, were my original concerns, but this was all in the past – I was on a mission. Challenged with going faster than Kylie Minogue in a costume change – I was in and out in a flash – 1min 58 sec. I thought that was quick, but I was still accused of taking too long – shouts of “You’re not supposed to do your hair and make-up!” rung out from the crowd!

So the second leg was underway 44km bike – no drafting rules, just 15 seconds to overtake, and motor cycle marshals on route all made me nervous. Four laps of 11km round the park were ahead, just get your head down and get it done. So I did. My legs were fine I managed the run and bike transition quite well, but there were too many cyclists on the course to avoid drafting at least some of the way. The course was well balanced – a hill at the start and half way with some long fast down hills as well. I think in hindsight I should have tackled this quicker, but knowing a further 5K run was ahead I decided that I would keep it steady. Even so, I was overtaking most, and only overtaken by the guys with the aero wheels and helmets. It was a sporting event for all, but some were taking this very seriously indeed. A highlight for me was climbing Broomfield Hill, and near the top on the first lap stood a Stag, just observing all the lycra whizzing by. I would love to know what he was thinking. Standing just 3 metres away from all these cyclists – it was quite a sight. We briefly made eye contact, but I doubt he’ll remember me.

Soon it was back to the last transition and back to the running. The bike to run transition was by far the hardest adjustment for my legs. The course at this point was mixed with half-duathlon and relay participants, so really hard to gauge whether you are pacing someone like you or someone with fresh legs. After about a mile the jelly legs were gone and to my amazement I had some energy left for strong (by my standards) finish.
So fearful of the rules, with insufficient training I managed my first ever duathlon. I really enjoyed this. Would I come back next year? Most definitely. No goodie bag, but nice bling and a technical T-shirt are always welcome.

Along with Ava and danny, Graham Peacock and Andy Kumar also took part in this event. It was shame that we didn’t all meet at the end. I would recommend this event for next year for anyone wanting to try a multisport event.

Ingatestone 5m - Sunday 20th September 2015

Tricia O'Neill41.1581st
113 finishers.

ITU World Championships. Chicago - Age Group Standard - Saturday 19th September 2015

Sarah Burns2.29.3362nd V35 -39
1500m swim 28.32, T1 4.09, 40km bike 1.02.32,T2 3.18, 10km run 51.04 = 2.29.33.
Age Group W35-39
Place (M/W) 392
Place (AC) 62
Place (Total) 1206

Congratulations to Sarah Burns of East London Runners, representing Great Britain (Ladies 35-39) in completing the Triathlon in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago.

I made it. Rough swim, flying bike course and slightly long and hot 10k. Not sure of the time but who cares that was so much fun. So much GB support on route and virtual support from friends and family back home. And of course the other member of the Burns Unit - Mum. Let me at the Bud!

Mile Challenge, Velopark, Queen Elizabeth Park - Saturday 19th September 2015

Stuart Barton7.2512th
Caroline Moore8.0716th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th September 2015

Patrick Brown18.233rd - 70.35% Wanstead
James Wilson18.405th - 72.59% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.078th - 71.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.4716th - 69.50% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.4917th - 71.57% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter20.1818th - 70.36% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3922nd - 64.25% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.4332nd - 64.31% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.2638th - 69.69% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.17 (course pb)48th - 63.56% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1174th - 59.64% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley26.1275th - 63.23% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.1776th - 63.79% Wanstead
Jayne Browne26.5486th - 63.07% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0488th - 57.27% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1889th - 56.38% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.21114th - 51.07% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.56125th - 46.81% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.2314th - 66.33% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.3816th - 67.64% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.3126th - 62.47% Valentine
Maran Raju22.3828th - 65.17% Valentine
Alexandra Brown23.42 (course pb)41st - 62.45% Valentine
Michael Wilson26.10 (1st parkrun)68th - 58.73% Valentine
Amita Morse26.3874th - 60.83% Valentine
Christian Turnbull27.3882nd - 46.68% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.2418th - 60.45% Walthamstow
Stuart Barton24.40 (course pb)68th - 57.50% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.5081st - 67.42% Hackney

Sunday Run - Sunday 13th September 2015

Bacchus Marathon, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking - Sunday 13th September 2015

Fiona Critchley5.11.4687th
163 finishers.
I think mine should have read "Fiona Critchley is at the Bacchus Marathon drinking! This is a really fantastic run, like a long ELR social run . Brilliantly organised, beautiful route & wine stops every couple of miles. Great run, loved it!It does include 54 mins of paused time wine tasting so pleased with my run time!!!

Pleshey & Essex Half Marathon - Sunday 13th September 2015

Paul Quinton1.16.5112th
Alex Day1.17.30 pb14th
Mark Boulton1.17.40 pb16th
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.39.34 pb148th
Celia Payaneeandee1.45.46 pb202nd
392 finishers.
Team results: 1st Springfield Striders 9pts, 2nd East London Runners 42pts, 3rd Ilford AC 43pts.

A BIG well done to our Team of Paul Quinton, Mark Boulton and Alex Day in winning the Silver Medal in the Essex Championships at the Pleshey Half Marathon.

Paul, Mark and Alex with their medals!

Great North Run 2015 - Sunday 13th September 2015

Tom Woods1.46.51 pb4786th
Alan Branch2.16.0420653rd
Tom Woods report:- The last time I ran the GNR was back in 2011 , the weather then was horrendous and getting back to Newcastle after the race took as long as the race itself. I remember doing a PB , but being a bit disappointed in not going under 2hrs (2:01).
Earlier this Year got the the chance to run the GNR again , so entered again as a pre cursor to my next marathon coming up in October (Frankfurt).
Arrived in Newcastle on Saturday and it was raining , but was predicted to be cleared up for race Day with clear blue skies and warm temperatures predicted ... yeah right!!
Lo and behold on Sunday the weather was as predicted ,beautiful Day.
Made my way down to the start and first the baggage drop , where a fleet of busses , colour coded to match the running pens , transport your stuff down to South Shields and the finish area.
The starting area of the GNR is massive , unlike London which has 3 separate starting areas , up here in Newcastle it is 1 huge straight line , divided in to 11 corrals and 57,000 runners packed in.
As we wait for the start , there are warm up exercises and announcements made , making the time pass fairly quickly and then we are off on a long gently downhill section leading to the Tyne bridge , a good proportion of this first part is ran under an elevated section of motorway , so Garmins etc may give crazy data , for me , I only look at my GPS at the 5km markers to check my average pace.
Not long after crossing the Tyne Bridge the course starts to climb (gently) for the next 3 or 4 Kim's , around this part , I noticed someone ahead wearing a ELR running vest (Alan Branch) , so caught up and introduced myself.
Considering the vast amount of runners taking part , the course did not feel all that congested ,except at points where we ran through roundabouts , where everyone tries to take the tangents , does it get bunched up.
All big races have something that is unique to the particular event at some part of the course ie Boston and the Citgo sign or Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate , for the GNR it has to be the the final steep downhill followed by the 1 mile run along the coast rd to reach the finish , with the Red Arrows flying overhead.
All in all a great race , which I would recommend to anyone thinking of a half marathon , plenty of hills , both ups and downs , but without any serious gradients , decent medal , T shirt and goody bag at the end , only downside really is getting back to Newcastle which still took longer then running the race itself.
As in 2011 , I managed a PB , but was disappointed not to go under 1:45 , some people are just never satisfied.

Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 13th September 2015

Antonio Martin Romero37.329th
John Booth38.0312th

Run To The Beat 10km - Sunday 13th September 2015

Jamie Xavier46.51
Paul Thompson49.41
Caroline Meaby49.08
Eszter Tacine

Rat Race, Coast to coast - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015

Carlton D'Souza11.02.05
Thanks all! Completed a cracking adventure race (road biking, mountain biking, kayaking, and trail & mountain running) with a friend as a team event. This was a coast to coast race passing through the stunning Scottish Highlands, fro

Stockholm Half Marathon - Saturday 12th September 2015

Katherine Jones1.49.46
Saheb Yousefi1.49.46

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th September 2015

Thomas Grimes17.561st - 73.51% Grovelands
Alex Day17.352nd - 73.93% Wanstead
Alex Bee17.484th - Wanstead
Russell Price18.287th - 70.22% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.029th - 71.72% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.4716th - 72.20% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.3723rd - 62.57% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.5226th - 65.89% Wanstead
Jennifer Ansell20.5728th - 70.64% Wanstead
Craig Livermore21.21 (50th parkrun)29th - 60.42% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4934th - 71.66% Wanstead
Paula Bedford22.1940th - 68.93% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.0655th - 69.57% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.1457th - 64.44% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.21 (course pb)59th - 58.25% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.2160th - 76.39% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.2562nd - 63.48% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3988th - 58.16% Wanstead
Jayne Browne27.27 (50th parkrun)99th - 61.81% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.34100th - 56.23% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.05132nd - 47.56% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley33.37 (50th parkrun)134th - 49.28% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin33.37135th - 46.80% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.26139th - 44.83% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.0513th - 67.27% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.3121st - 62.47% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.3322nd - 64.89% Valentine
Katherine Harris30.40113th - 48.75% Valentine
David Wyatt27.52104th - 58.07% Hackney
Tricia O'Neill23.2418th - 67.88% Raphael
Richard Guest21.156th - 65.18% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.5130th - 54.93% Walthamstow
One first finisher this week with Thomas at Grovelands. Celebrations at Wanstead as three, Craig, Jayne and Fiona all reached there 50th run. Only one course pb this week as Stuart gets quicker each week. But a few more age grade improvements for this year from Stuart, Jayne and Morag.

Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 6th September 2015

Aaron Williamsn/a11th
ELR were again unable to field a team for this 62 mile Relay race with 10 Legs starting at Epping Station and finishing at Harlow.

Aaron ran the first Leg of 7.5 miles from Epping to Chipping Ongar. He finished in 11th place and was greeted at the finish line by ELR' Edward Barnard and Frank Brownlie who wererecording the results. ELR and Ilford Ac were hosts of the first leg.

Fosters Law Kent Coastal Half Marathon - Sunday 6th September 2015

Alex Day1.18.49 1st
Patrick Brown1.20.483rd
314 finishers.
Congratulations to Alex and Pat on their latest running achievement.

Richmond Running Festival Half Marathon 2015 - Sunday 6th September 2015

Andy Kumar1.31.15143rd
Julie Creffield2.59.44
Andy's report from today's race - andykumar.net/2015/09/06/richmond-running-festival-half-marathon-2015-race-report/

UFD Hackney Marshes Half Marathon - Sunday 6th September 2015

Carlton D'Souza1.34.33
Did this smashing 6 lap, low key local 'community feel' run as part of my training for a Scottish Highlands Adventure Challenge. Whilst it may not have the razzmatazz of a bigger event, it more than made up for in extremely friendly and welcoming volunteers and marshalls. As on the previous occasion I ran this race, finishers were given an excellent goody bag, comprising exactly what you want post run: fresh fruit, a bagel with butter and jam, an energy biscuit, a bottle of water and a lollipop! Essentially, a really nice event- Great fun!
Time: Circa 1h 34m 33s

Harlow 10m - Sunday 6th September 2015

Thomas Grimes57.352nd
James Nichols1.08.2440th
James Creed1.08.3441st
Emmet Fitzgibbon1.12.1457th
Ramesh Pala1.13.2664th
John Healy1.14.0567th
Carrine Jay1.15.0574th ,6th lady
Diana Rexhepaj1.35.52178th
208 finishers.

Spitfire 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015

Craig Livermore42.46 pb14th
Katherine Harris46.01 (4th lady)41st
Iain Mackie50.0894th
490 finishers.

Katherine Harris:- Really pleased with the time, well worth it for the medal and I managed to get myself a trophy for being first in my age category too

Kew Gardens 10km - Richmond Running Festival - Sunday 6th September 2015

Eszter Tacine1.04.121142nd

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 6th September 2015

Ninette Fernandes56.00296th
417 finishers.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 5th September 2015

Amita Morse56.01276th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 5th September 2015

Thomas Grimes17.171st - 76.28% Grovelands
Thomas Glasock19.06 (course pb)1st - 67.54% Barking
Tricia O'Neill23.03 (course pb)21st - 68.91% Raphael
Spencer Evans19.32 (course pb)8th - 66.04% Valentines
Karen Levison19.42 (course pb) 1st9th - 83.08% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.02 (course pb)15th - 67.43% Valentines
Jonathan Wooldridge22.2124th - 62.94% Valentines
Shailesh Patel22.2225th - 65.42% Valentines
Maran Raju23.0430th - 63.95% Valentines
Jason Levy26.4268th - 52.68% Valentines
Steven Bywater24.1121st - 60.99% Walthamstow
Alex Day17.292nd - 74.36% Wanstead
James Wilson18.333rd - 72.51% Wanstead
Aaron Browne18.47 (course pb)5th - 68.68% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.138th - 71.03% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.5113th - 71.96% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.1116th - 68.13% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls21.4127th - 64.41% Wanstead
Paul Marshall22.57 (course pb)44th - 56.50% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.5845th - 66.18% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.23 (course pb)50th - 70.85% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.48 (course pb)65th - 57.19% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.5881st - 59.69% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.2492nd - 56.57% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.10101st - 60.24% Wanstead
Catherine Brett30.02107th - 55.83% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.47110th - 50.35% Wanstead
Julia Wildgoose33.16122nd - 52.35% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.12125th - 45.12% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar35.47128th - 43.97% Wanstead
Dan Gritton18.599th - 72.96% Southwark
Dan Spinks22.3133rd - 61.07% Abingdon
Three first finishers this week with Thomas Grimes 17.17 at Groveland's, Thomas Glasock 19.06 at Barking and Karen extended her lead on the age grade chart to 83.08% with 19.42 at Valentine's.
Course pb's for Thomas, Karen, Tricia(Raphael), Spencer & Ashley (Valentine), Aaron, Stuart, Fiona and Paul(Wanstead).
Sarah at long last got her 50 vest, Jayne's only one away after doing her 49th and good to see Julia Wildgoose back at parkrun after a long break.

LGN Run Clubs Inter Advertising 5km - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Ciaran Canavan19.4760th
642 finishers.

VAC 10,000m Track , Kingsmeadow. - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Thomas Grimes34.52.25th

Cross Country 2015-2016 - 1st September 2015

Woodford Green Open Event - 3000m - Tuesday 1st September 2015

Thomas Grimes9.22.17 pb1st

Moel Fammau Mountain Race, Nth Wales - Monday 31st August 2015

Aaron Williams42.3350th
Aaron Williams took part in this 4 mile mountain race in North Wales ON Monday. He came in at 50th position in a time of 42.33.

ELVIS 6: Barking Road Runners 5km, Barking Park - Monday 31st August 2015

Thomas Grimes16.35 (16.45)3rd
Paul Quinton16.537th
Alex Day17.2810th
Jennifer Ansell18.35 pb (1st lady)24th - 1st
Mark Wyatt18.4827th - 26th
Aaron Browne19.0130th - 29th
Ciaran Canavan19.0731st - 30th
Scott McMillan19.0832nd - 31st
James Nichols19.10 (20.25)33rd - 32nd
Spencer Evans19.20 (20.06) 40th - 39th
James Creed19.28 pb (21.01)41st - 40th
Peter Craik19.36 pb43rd - 42nd
Regis Martin19.4448th - 47th
Paul Thompson19.5252nd - 50th
Karen Levison19.54 (3rd Lady)54th - 3rd
Craig Livermore20.12 pb57th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.2563rd - 59th
Carlton D'Souza20.32 (21.03)66th - 61st
Ashley Faria21.07 pb77th - 70th
Grant Conway21.1278th - 71st
John Healy21.18 pb81st - 72nd
Gareth Jones21.4892nd - 80th
Kieran Brown21.53 (22.21)94th - 82nd
Richard Potter22.0498th - 86th
Katherine Harris22.11100th - 13th
Shailesh Patel22.11101st - 88th
Jonathan Wooldridge22.15104th - 90th
Sarah Burns22.26 (22.37)109th - 16th
Jason Levy22.51 (23.19)118th - 100th
Iain Mackie23.01 pb120th - 102nd
Alexandra Brown23.26 pb128th - 20th
Frank Brownlie 23.40135th - 113th
George Georgiou23.47138th - 116th
Steven Bywater23.51140th - 118th
Fiona Day23.53141st - 23rd
Tricia O'Neill23.54142nd - 24th
Paul Marshall24.01144th - 120th
Doug Mansell24.09 (25.15)147th - 123rd
Fiona Critchley24.10148th - 25th
Maud Hodson24.41159th - 30th
Stuart Barton24.57 pb162nd - 130th
Patrick Farren24.59163rd - 131st
Christian Turnbull26.15 pb185th - 142nd
Amita Morse26.41189th - 47th
Diana Rexhepaj26.57 (27.31)192nd - 48th
Peter Martin27.02 pb193rd - 145th
David Wyatt27.28199th - 148th
Sandra Corbyn28.05 pb205th - 55th
James Rutherford28.37 (elr debut)214th - 153rd
Katie Williamson28.59 (elr debut)217th - 64th
Emma Wing29.24 (elr debut)220th - 67th
Maya Goodwin31.13237th - 78th
Morag Campbell33.24247th - 85th
Lauren Johnson33.36 pb248th - 86th
54 ELR's from 267 finishers. All results are provisional only till verification by all the clubs involved. Last years times in brackets for those who improved.

Run Norwich 10km - Sunday 30th August 2015

Diccon Loy44.59500th

Veterans' AC Club Track Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015

Thomas Grimes16:43:992nd

Veterans' AC Club Championships, Ewell. - Saturday 29th August 2015

Thomas Grimes2:09:56 (800m)1st
Thomas Grimes4:29:63 (1500m)1st

Thames Meander Marathon, Kingston - Saturday 29th August 2015

Sheetal Dandgey4.00.5498th
Muhammad Iqbal5.21.15206th
234 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 29th August 2015

Patrick Brown19.181st - 67.01% Tewkesbury
Alex Day17.26 (course pb)1st - 74.57% Wanstead
Russell Price18.175th - 70.74% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.049th - 71.59% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.0332nd - 63.34% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.4444th - 54.89% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.4446th - 65.87% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.45 (course pb)47th - 69.75% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.2253rd - 63.61% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0156th - 63.56% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.3261st - 55.55% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.3962nd - 61.34% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3069th - 58.49% Wanstead
Jayne Browne28.0490th - 60.45% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.19109th - 48.68% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.15111th - 46.97% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.3313th - 65.82% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.5023rd - 56.50% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5835th - 54.24% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1337th - 58.09% Valentine
Amita Morse26.0947th - 61.95% Barking
Claire Parker23.0043rd - 64.35% Hackney
Ninette Fernandes26.1273rd - 56.87% Hackney
Sarah Burns26.1577th - 57.90% Hackney
Julie Creffield39.21114th - 38.25% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge24.1716th - 57.93% Walthamstow
Shailesh Patel24.2217th - 60.05% Walthamstow.
Steven Bywater28.5044th - 51.16% Walthamstow.
Paul Marshall23.4147th - 54.75% Mile End
Katherine Harris24.1359th - 61.73% Riddlesdown
Peter Hatley27.1382nd - 50.52% Cleethorpes
Dan Gritton27.5582nd - 49.61% Southwark
Two first finisher's this week with Alex Day at Wanstead and a 1 second improvement on last week's pb. Also Patrick 19.18 in Tewkesbury.
A course pb for Fiona Critchley at Wanstead also. Good to see Sharon getting back to running at Wanstead ,also Jayne finally working towards her 50th run with No 48 since 47 was back in October 2014.
2015 age grade improvements for Alex, Sharon, Amita, Ninette, Jayne & Morag.

Orion's 5km on the Rides - Race 3 - Wednesday 27th August 2015

Thomas Grimes16.571st
Patrick Brown18.044th
Spencer Evans19.5211th
Aaron Williams20.1415th
Ciaran Canavan20.4718th
James Creed20.5219th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1721st
96 finishers.

Royal Parks 10km Summer Series - Hyde Park - Sunday 23rd August 2015

John Healy44.30 pb79th
Jamie Xavier46.51119th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd August 2015

Jennifer Ansell18.40 (1st lady)3rd - 79.29% Kings Lynn
Karen Levison19.51 (1st lady)8th - 82.45% Valentine
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.55 (50th parkrun)6th - 63.03% Beckton
Alex Day17.27 (course pb)1st - 74.50% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.492nd - 72.59% Wanstead
Alex Bee18.243rd - 70.11% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.107th - 71.22% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.4319th - 64.04% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan21.3927th - 63.51% Wanstead
Angus Nicholls22.1630th - 62.72% Wanstead
Iain Mackie23.1335th - 55.56% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2836th - 64.77% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.45 (50th parkrun)39th - 65.82% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.5440th - 69.32% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.2446th - 76.23% Wanstead
Caroline Moore26.1161st - 66.52% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.4567th - 57.94% Wanstead
Stuart Kelly19.076th - 67.83% Valentine
Craig Livermore21.1312th - 60.80% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3113th - 65.92% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2028th - 63.21% Valentine
Jason Levy23.5737th - 58.73% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 24.0038th - 69.24% Valentine
Amita Morse26.2565th - 61.32% Valentine
Claire Parker23.1853rd - 63.52% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.5477th - 54.76% Hackney
Steven Bywater24.0322nd - 61.33% Walthamstow
Dan Spinks22.1454th - 61.84% Frimley Lodge
Saheed Shabbir26.47234th - 48.54% Cannon Hill
Manjit Singh30.42114th - 44.79% Orpington
50th parkruns for Keiran Brown at Wanstead at Wanstead and Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea at Beckton. Three first finishers with Alex Day, a course pb of 17.27 at Wanstead, also Jenny a 3rd place finish of 18.40 at Kings Lynn and Karen an 8th place finish of 19.51 for an 82.45% age grade. 2015 age grade bests for those three plus Iain Mackie & Angus Nicholls.

Orion's 5km on the rides - Race 2 - Wednesday 19th August 2015

Thomas Grimes16.481st
Spencer Evans19.5913th
Ciaran Canavan20.3115th
James Creed20.5319th
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.0122nd
96 finishers.

London Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 16th August 2015

Ashley Faria45.1362nd
Eleanor Wilkinson45.4569th
286 finishers.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series. - Sunday 16th August 2015

Russell Price37.386th

Pride 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 15th August 2015

Patrick Brown34.177th - 78.63%
Alex Day35.1811th - 76.38%
Euan Brown36.3018th - 73.90%
Fiona Day50.25402nd - 72.29%
769 finishers. Fiona Day Very enjoyable run, great atmosphere and one of the most attractive t - shirts and medals ever. Not that I run for the t - shirts and medals- so a bonus!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 15th August 2015

Thomas Grimes17.391st - 74.69% Clarisford
Russell Price18.521st - 68.55% Lloyd,Croydon
Craig Livermore20.51 (course pb)11th - 61.87% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.12 (course pb)15th - 66.90% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.0928th - 60.76% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.1329th - 63.03% Valentine
Katherine Harris23.1530th - 64.30% Valentine
Alexandra Brown23.5039th - 62.10% Valentine
George Georgiou24.0442nd - 59.35% Valentine
Maran Raju24.2750th - 60.33% Valentine
Christian Turnbull26.4386th - 48.28% Valentine
Amita Morse26.4788th - 59.86% Valentine
Karen Shah32.19153rd - 48.68% Valentine
Sbita Reandi32.41 (course pb)157th - 45.89% Valentine
Scott McMillan19.203rd . 70.60% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.514th - 71.45% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.3227th - 69.38% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.07 (course pb)34th - 72.53% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.1246th - 68.46% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1261st - 59.16% Wanstead
Maud Hodson44.04 (tailrunner) 105th - 35.44% Wanstead
Claire Parker21.1228th - 69.81% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.05 (course pb)63rd - 69.44% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.41 (course pb)70th - 55.22% Hackney
Diccon Loy19.497th - 70.98% Gunpowder
James Nichols20.058th - 64.56% Gunpowder
Andrew Baxter21.1211th - 67.37% Penrose
John Healy21.4347th - 63.32% Dulwich
Dan Spinks21.0215th - 65.37% Luton Wardown
Manjit Singh20.1533rd - 67.90% Pollok,Glasgow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.374th - 65.95% Beckton
Two first finisher's this week with Thomas & Russell. Course pb's for Craig, Ashley & Sbita at Valentines, Caroline & Stuart at Hackney and Suzanne at Wanstead. Age Grade best's for 2015 for all those except Stuart plus Alexandra, George and Christian at Valentines and Mohammed at Beckton.
Popular time at the moment is 21.12 with 3 times this week with Ashley, Claire and Andrew and twice last week with Claire and Dan.

Orion's 5k on the rides - race 1 - Wednesday 12th August 2015

Alex Day17.505th
Ciaran Canavan19.398th
Spencer Evans20.3014th
95 finishers, and Lance Fuller 24.05.

Muslim Charity Run, Victoria Park - Sunday 9th August 2015

Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea19.23 (adjusted)2nd
Shahib Miah Ali19.55 (adjusted)3rd
Today, I ran at the ‘Muslim Charity Run’ event in Victoria Park. The course was supposed to 5K, but two runners confirmed it was only 4.73K, one of whom was Shahib Miah Ali. There were five age category prizes; u12, 13-17, 18-34, 35-49 and 50+. I finished in 2nd place overall, but alas I received no prize as the winner was a chap in my age category (35-49). If you must know, he overtook me at around 2.5K, drats! My adjusted time was 19:23, if it were the full 5K. Shahib finished 3rd overall (19:55 adjusted for 5K) and picked up a ‘Red Letter Day’ prize for finishing 1st in the 18-34 age category.

Run Through Battersea Park 10km - Sunday 9th August 2015

Katherine Harris46.21

London Triathlon - Olympic Distance - Sunday 9th August 2015

Sarah Burns2.32.4525th, 5th F35-39
Russell Price2.39.51 pb
Ninette Fernandes3.16.44
Sarah 31.06, no other times recorded.
Russell 38.38, 6.41, 1.14.25, 3.51,36.17.
Ninette 34.22, 13.39, 1.28.41, 5.00, 55.04

Sarah Burns:- Sunday gang update I finished somewhere inside 2.30 but lost my timing chip so will have to wait for an official time. Bike course was technical. Apparently i was 5th in the sub 2.40 race according to the finish announcer. The others survived the swim, Russell Price struggled finding his bike in T1 and Ninette Fernandes got a bloody puncture we put some pitstop in the tyre so I hope it holds up. High drama and heat here at excel.

Russell Price:- 20 mins Olympic triathlon pb, including pb in each discipline (we don't mention transition).
No one came past me on the bike or the run, time to get some swim coaching! n
Swim 00:38:38, Bike 01:14:25, Run 00:36:17, Total 02:39:51.

No way was that a 10k run!
I need a helium balloon on my rack in transition!

Ninette Fernandes;- Thanks Sarah you are a dreamboat helping me! Terrible race today but the medal says I finished... No idea if my chip will have picked anything up as I confused it. Further thoughts - Super chevved off with today - poor swim (poor training!) and annoying puncture just coming out of transition! Nice run time though considering. Sarah saved the day by sorting my tyre and my head as I was so adamant I wouldn't continue!

London Triathlon - Sprint distance - Saturday 8th August 2015

Jason Levy1.47.25 pb
750m swim 23.35, 5.31, 20km bike 46.12, 3.04, 5km run 29.04.

Jason Levy:- A really great atmosphere at the London tri today. Official result for the sprint 1.47.25. Really pleased with my time. A new PB by just over 5 mins. May have to think about stepping up to Olympic distance for next year!

London Triathlon - Olympic Distance - Saturday 8th August 2015

Ava Lee2.43.397th of 329, 2nd F35-39
1500m swim 31.05, 4.07, 40km cycle 1.18.58, 2.28, 10km run 47.03

Ava Lee:- Hey guys. An update for the Sunday ELR team. Today was brilliant fun. The swim had a fair bit of elbows and feet, harder to get going than Hyde Park but enjoyed it anyway. Bike course has small hills but lots of straight roads. I had 4 laps, you guys have 2 on an elongated course. I didn't fall off my bike this time, although I was having squeaky brake issues ( reminder to self to check bike after a 100 mile ride next time ). Run was the most twisty turny course ever. Loved it but slowest 10k I've run in many a year. Think tomorrow is slightly different course. Haven't seen results yet. Reckon I was about 2 hours 42ish. Sitting in my garden have a glass of champers with my mum. Have a great time tomorrow. X

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km (Summer Series) - Saturday 8th August 2015

Daniel Slipper39.0513th
John Booth39.2315th
397 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 8th August 2015

Patrick Brown17.01 (course pb)1st - 76.00% Wanstead
Alex Day17.423rd - 73.45% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.545th - 68.25% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.026th - 71.72% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.09 pb8th - 67.36% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.30 (50th parkrun)10th - 70.51% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.07 (course pb)14th - 64.13% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.2018th - 69.75% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3520th - 64.45% Wanstead
James Clarke20.50 (course pb)21st - 61.92% Wanstead
Craig Livermore21.12 (course pb)22nd - 60.85% Wanstead
John Healy21.22 (course pb)25th - 64.35% Wanstead
Kieran Brown21.4632nd - 71.82% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.52 (1st lady)39th - 64.72% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.4945th - 62.14% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 23.5647th - 69.43% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.2751st - 67.76% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.3752nd - 68.11% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0858th - 61.97% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.1258th - 61.97% Wanstead
David Wyatt26.5281st - 60.24% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5784th - 57.51% Wanstead
Manjit Singh19.597th - 68.81% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.3317th - 65.82% Valentine
James Creed22.1222nd - 59.76% Valentine
Amita Morse27.4398th - 57.85% Valentine
Stuart Kelly19.0511th - 67.95% Hackney
Claire Parker21.3443rd - 68.62% Hackney
Lucy Barron27.17100th - 54.25% Hackney
Luca Zangari18.43 (course pb)6th - 68.92% Mile End
Dan Spinks21.1213th - 64.86% Raphael
Tricia O'Neill23.15 (course pb)26th - 68.32% Raphael
Richard Guest21.2919th - 64.47% Bracknell
Shailesh Patel23.4699th - 61.57% Braunstone
Shaun DeSena29.43269th - 43.41% Braunstone
Ciaran celebrates his 50th parkrun, while Scott runs Wanstead Flats for the 100th time. 22 ELR at Wanstead with 2 first finishers from Patrick and Bex.
Course pb's from Patrick, Spencer, Aaron, James, Craig and John at Wanstead also Luca at Mile End and Tricia at Raphael.
Fastest man of the day was Patrick 17.01 and Claire 21.34 for the ladies.
Best Age Grades for 2015 so far from Spencer, John, Keiran, Luca and Tricia.
Thanks to Sarah & Russell for volunteering at Wanstead.

Clissold Park 5km Evening Race - Wednesday 5th August 2015

Russell Price17.572nd -

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 3rd August 2015

James Nichols19.2175th

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 2nd August 2015

Katherine Harris47.48181st
George Georgiou50.15257th
684 finishers.

Al-Isharah Deaf Run - Saturday 1st August 2015

Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea14.153rd
On Saturday 1st August, I raced at the ‘Al-Isharah Deaf Run’ on a 2.3 mile course at Mile End. I finished in 14:15 (3rd place overall, 1st place in the 16+ age category). The two boys who finished ahead of me, both had a combined age less than mine! Incidentally, it was a faster race than in previous years, I used to hold the course record at 14:30 from 2013. I went under my course record by 15 seconds, but it’s now been lowered to 14:05 by the winner this year. I spoke to young lad who didn’t run due to illness and he spoke to me about his youth level running on the track. His PB for 5000m. . . 15 mins!

Orion Forest Five Series - Race 3 of 3. - Saturday 1st August 2015

Patrick Brown28.292nd
Thomas Grimes28.463rd
Mark Boulton28.524th
Alex Day30.026th
Andy Kumar31.5314th
Ciaran Canavan32.1119th
Spencer Evans33.12 pb27th
Karen Levison34.08 (2nd lady )32nd
James Creed34.1936th
Ramesh Pala36.4556th
Kieran Brown38.5471st
Sarah Burns39.1873rd
Celia Payaneeandee39.5179th
Frank Brownlie 41.0986th
Fiona Day43.56112th
Amita Morse48.07139th

Orion Forest Five Series - Overall = 3 x 5m - Saturday 1st August 2015

Thomas Grimes85.421st
Patrick Brown86.352nd
Mark Boulton88.033rd
Alex Day90.254th
Ciaran Canavan98.297th
Spencer Evans101.589th
James Creed105.1012th
Ramesh Pala114.5617th
Sarah Burns118.1219th, Vet 35 winner
Kieran Brown119.0521st
Celia Payaneeandee125.5827th
Fiona Day130.2833rd, Vet 55 winner
Amita Morse142.5043rd

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 1st August 2015

Russell Price18.161st - 70.80% Barking
Shailesh Patel21.4214th - 67.43% Valentine
Saheb Yousefi21.49 (course pb)17th - 59.59% Valentine
Mark Wyatt18.315th - 69.67% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.30 (course pb)53rd - 62.98% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.40 (course pb)76th - 57.66% Hackney
David Wyatt26.2381st - 61.34% Hackney
Gina Radford27.17 (1st parkrun)94th - 54.25% Hackney
Jamie Xavier22.4211th - 59.69% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater23.5920th - 61.50% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan19.025th - 71.72% Wanstead
Peter Craik19.457th - 71.81% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.3610th - 62.62% Wanstead
John Healy21.49 (course pb)19th - 63.03% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.0135th - 68.98% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield24.5341st - 62.29% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.2044th - 61.64% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.4957th - 57.80% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.1486th - 46.40% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench39.01 (tailrunner)99th - 42.97% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.086th - 69.87% Gunpowder
Carrine Jay22.05 (1st parkrun)17th - 75.92% Gunpowder
Thomas Glasock18.4611th - 68.74% Coventry
Alexandra Wilkinson23.1075th - 68.56% Southsea
Tricia O'Neill23.36 (course pb)23rd - 67.30% Raphael
Dan Spinks20.1720th - 67.79% Gunnersbury
A word of warning, don't forget your barcode especially if your going to come first. Luckily Russell went back for his and also had the fastest time of this week. Five course pb's and 2 1st parkruns for Gina & Carinne. Carinne's time of 22.05 gave her a 75.92% age grade to take her to No 12 on this years list.
2015 Age Grade best's for 11,: Saheb,Mark,Lucy,David,Gina,Jamie,John,Sharon, Tricia,Carinne & Alexandra.

Wedding Day 7km, Bushy Park - Friday 31st July 2015

James Nichols28.1567th
James reports: Was tempted by this race mainly due to the novelty of the 7k distance. It was the 35th running of this event which is annually held on a Friday evening in late July, encompassing a flat route in Bushy Park over a
variety of terrain, and very popular with many of the SW London clubs. Good
value for money (£11 including a technical T-Shirt) and well organised,
would do again.

Self Transcendence 5K - Battersea Park - Monday 27th July 2015

Russell Price17:3825th

Outlaw Ironman Triathlon - Sunday 26th July 2015

Trish Kelly14.18.38
2.4m swim 1.25.37, T1 - 11.17,
112m cycle 7.16.48, T2 - 15.23,
26.2m run 5.09.32
Trish reports:-
I am an OUTLAW!! Whoop woop!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and good wishes on my epic day yesterday! It was the culmination of a long 'ironman' journey and a special thanks to Roberto, for going through the early mornings, stresses and panics with me! So now I've had a little time to reflect on it all, here's my (and I will try to keep it brief) race report:

So, my ironman journey started 3 years ago, when I trained for Elbaman in Italy. I got through the swim OK, but a torrential storm whilst out on the bike leg (after 98 miles!) made it unsafe to continue and my race finished there. It has taken me those 3 years to get over that disappointment and try again, so you can imagine how I was feeling, looking at the weather forecasts leading up to yesterday - how could I be this unlucky!!

But yesterday morning, at 4.30am, as I walked over to the lake and transition area, the sunrise was lovely and the lake was pan flat. I was in the water and at 6.00am we were off. I really enjoyed the swim. It was a bit manic at the beginning, with around 1,200 swimmers out there, but came out to a PB with a massive smile on my face.

The bike course is fairly flat, just one real climb and the rain stayed away till around 50 miles, then it just heaved down for the rest of the day. Cycling is the bit I never really enjoy, so was just pleased to have gotten through it with no punctures and in another PB for that distance. My hands were completely numb with cold though, hence a really long transition!

I hit the run with a huge smile - knowing that I now had nearly 8 hours before the cut-off, so all those stresses and panics finally fell away and I just did what I do, slow and steady, walking briefly through the feed stations, and running right through to the finish to complete in 14:18. The best bit - crossing that finish line to that shout out -

'Trish Kelly, you are an OUTLAW!!'

Thank you to everyone for all your support, best wishes and congrats on my big race yesterday. It was an amazing day and I enjoyed every bit of it, apart from the heavy rain, which started around 50 miles into the bike and didn't stop until the last few miles of the marathon!

2.4 mile swim in 1:25:37 - a big PB for me for that distance.
112 mile bike in 7:16:48 - another PB over the distance, despite the rain!
26.2 mile run in 5:09 - felt strong throughout and ran the whole way apart from 30-60sec walks through each feed station.

14:18:38 overall. Not too shabby for an old timer!

Special thanks to Joe and Jess, for standing out in the rain to cheer me on and for the balloons and banner!

Finally, a massive thank you, to Roberto, who has put up with me on my very long 'ironman' journey and has been my number one supporter throughout. Couldn't have done it without you xx.

Neil, yes, it was the Outlaw 'iron distance' race. Surprised you haven't done it yourself, seeing as it's on your doorstep.

Jackie, not only was Beryl posting - she was following the live tracking!!

Russell, I guess I must be in calorie deficit too now - just how much cake and beer do you think I have in hand.

Royal Parks 10km Summer Series - Regents Park - Sunday 26th July 2015

Katherine Harris48.38198th
Ninette Fernandes55.09347th

Elmbridge 10km - Sunday 26th July 2015

Paul Quinton35.1423rd
Elmbridge 10km is a fast and scenic race on road and riverside towpaths in Walton on Thames. Well organised race with friendly marshals and cheap as chips for a £10 entry. Rained the whole race but prefer that to the scorching heat. Unofficial time 35:16.

BMAF Championships, Birmingham - Sat 25th & Sun 26th July 2015

Thomas Grimes4.23.754th 1500m
Thomas Grimes16.18.572nd 5000m
Brief race report:

I was going to Birmingham for a christening at the weekend so decided to look up what races might be on. Found that I could enter the British Master Athletics Federation Championships so thought I would try 1500 and 5000. For the 1500 the pace seemed surprisingly easy so with a lap to go I took the lead of the M35 race and felt like David Rudisha, for about 10 seconds, when I was just swamped by the other runners with 200m to go. There was one and a half seconds between first and fourth in the end and I was fourth. A fellow competitor commented that I was brave to 'take it out' in the last lap (which I didn't realise I was doing). So very naive tactics out of me but it was only my 3rd 1500 race, the first being 3 weeks ago! 5000 went better and paced it more effectively in the lashing rain to grab 2nd in the M35 race.

Twilight Half Marathon, Redbridge Cycle Circuit - Saturday 25th July 2015

Patrick Brown1.19.461st
Alex Day1.25.202nd
Peter Martin1.54.31 pb18th
Iain Mackie2.01.24 pb24th
48 finishers.
Alex Day;- Eleven times up Hogg Hill. I'm not sure if winning a free entry for next year's race is a prize or a punishment. Cracking fun!

Peter Martin Alex and Patrick superb race and well done on the 1- 2 it was an interesting race, but it is made harder when you both lapped me 3 times ....... at least i managed a pb sub 2hrs smile emoticon Congrats to you both.

Iain Mackie;- Well this race my first half too. I probably should have read more about it before I signed up. You're not going to get a race report from me as it would consist of mainly language far too coarse for children and delicate adults. At some points I enjoyed the balmy summer weather, the views over London and the traffic free running! Those hills though. I had a bit of a delayed runners high so struggled to get to sleep. Rather than counting sheep I was visualising being continually lapped by Alex Day and Patrick Brown. Did the trick!!

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th July 2015

Euan Brown16.34 (50th parkrun)3rd - 77.87% Hackney
Alex Day17.489th - 73.07% Hackney
Claire Parker22.1356th - 66.62% Hackney
Sarah Burns23.0370th - 65.94% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.23105th - 56.10% Hackney
Thomas Glasock19.114th - 67.25% Barking
Spencer Evans19.23 pb6th - 66.55% Barking
James Nichols19.33 (course pb)7th - 66.33% Barking
Ciaran Canavan19.518th - 69.27% Barking
Karen Levison20.05 (1st lady)10th - 81.49% Barking
Paul Marshall23.3329th - 55.06% Barking
Frank Brownlie 23.4030th - 70.21% Barking
Stuart Barton26.2657th - 53.66% Barking
Daniel Slipper18.48 (course pb)5th - 73.14% Valentines
Amita Morse26.2261st - 60.81% Valentine
Sbita Reandi33.46 (1st parkrun)140th - 44.42% Valentine
Karen Shah33.47141st - 46.57% Valentine
Peter Hatley21.26 (course pb)7th - 64.15% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.5924th - 56.77% Walthamstow
John Booth19.0014th - 69.39% Mile End
James Wilson18.181st - 73.50% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.104th - 67.30% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.428th - 69.29% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.059th - 70.62% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee22.5930th - 64.39% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.1533rd - 72.11% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.2750th - 64.35% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5256th - 62.80% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5868th - 71.63% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5275th - 57.69% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.2279th - 56.54% Wanstead
David Wyatt27.4883rd - 58.21% Wanstead
Catherine Brett28.0985th - 58.85% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.48102nd - 50.32% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.18112th - 49.17% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.0932nd - 65.87% Hockley Woods
John Healy21.58 (course pb)49th - 62.59% Dulwich
Diccon Loy20.1513th - 69.47% Gunpowder
Dan Spinks20.3414th - 66.86% Northala Fields
50th parkrun & fastest time of the day by Euan Brown with 16.34 at Hackney. First finishers for Karen at Barking and James Wilson at Wanstead.
Course pb's for Dan Slipper at Valentine, Peter Hatley at Walthamstow, John Healy at Dulwich and Spencer and James at Barking. 1st parkrun for one of our beginners Sbita Reandi at Valentine. Improving there 2015 Age Grades were Sbita , David Wyatt, Spencer, Frank Brownlie ,John Healy and Dan Slipper.

Cambridge Harriers Open/ BMAF Meeting, Eltham Track - Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Thomas Grimes2.05.76 pb6th - 800m
Thomas Grimes4.23.97 pb1st - 1500m

Go Tri Duathlon, Lea Valley Velo Park - Monday 20th July 2015

Sarah Burns1.00.5315.55/29.42/15.15
Rebecca Young1.07.2215.21/37.11/14.50
Helen Cook1.09.0915.56/36.33/16.40
3.2km run + T1, 16km bike + T2, 3.2km run

Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015

Sunday Run - Sunday 19th July 2015

Great Newham Marathon Relay - 4 x 10.54km - Sunday 19th July 2015

Paul Thompson44.57 (43.00)Leg 1
Craig Livermore48.37 (46.28)Leg 2
Daniel Slipper41.36 (39.39)Leg 3
Aaron Browne45.55 (43.47)Leg 4
team finished in 3.01.52 coming 11th of 118 teams.
(10km split's in brackets.)

Morrisons Great Newham Run 10km - Sunday 19th Juy 2015

Alex Day35.5228th
Sam McCarthy39.00115th
John Booth39.13122nd
Andy Kumar39.54154th
Ciaran Canavan40.21177th
Scott McMillan40.53 pb218th
Regis Martin41.11237th
Spencer Evans41.39 pb267th
Carlton D'Souza43.05420th
Ramesh Pala43.44508th
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea43.52523rd
Maran Raju45.46806th
Rebecca Young45.48813th
Eleanor Wilkinson46.07861st
Caroline Meaby48.131284th
Sarah Burns48.191310th
Jamie Xavier48.331359th
Alexandra Wilkinson49.211598th
Helen Cook49.261622nd
Katherine Harris49.291632nd
Paul Marshall49.351668th
Muhammad Iqbal50.361961st
Fiona Rutland51.182176th
Claire Parker51.472329th
Katherine Jones51.472330th
Michael Keefe52.132458th
Jason Levy52.382582nd
Bernadett Kalmar52.462630th
Caroline Moore54.003026th
Andy Bolderstone56.013751st
Stuart Barton56.26 pb3902nd
Sheila Kennedy57.214214th
Wayne Kelly58.544778th
Mary Connolly59.435050th
Eszter Tacine1.01.335608th
Shaun DeSena1.02.505995th
Don Bennett1.03.316184th
Victoria Charlesworth1.06.116955th
Morag Campbell1.09.50 pb7806th
Maya Goodwin1.11.238103rd
Katy Taylor1.14.268639th
Julie Creffield1.18.339201st
Andy Kumar's report:

Julie Creffield's report:

Stuart Barton's report:
I met up with a few East London runners on Sunday to make my way to the Newham 10k, This being my first 10k race I was a little nervous, A quick trip to Stratford on the central line and I was ready, Pink start for me so I had over a hour to wait, Bumped into a few people I knew and everyone was in a happy mood, The sun was out the sky was blue and I was looking forward to finishing in the stadium, Standing in pink start I could see other ELR ahead of me in the green start, 10.15 and I'm off the sun is beating down on me and I was weaving my way around loads of runners at this rate I will be on for a PB, (never having done a 10k I was getting a PB no matter what).
Counting the kilometres I got to 5, telling myself that's one Parkrun down one to go, I got to the water station and grabbed two bottles, One over my head and one to drink, Onwards and upwards (loads of ups). 7.5k only one lap of Parkrun to go, Then I can see the stadium in front of me, Shaun DeSena shouting at me and sporting his medal encouraged me to keep going, Into the stadium a quick turn left, and it just kept going, Then I could see some sun light a turn to the right and I was out on the track, Loads of people shouting the noise was intense the track under my feet made me put on a fast finish, Then the finish line and it was over, Wow I had done my first 10k race I had run the track at the Olympic stadium and I was in the new West Ham stadium, A big thanks to all at ELR for helping me get to this stage, Next step a few more 10ks and then next year a half marathon,

Maya Goodwin 's report:-
So there was a 'Pootle Plan' in place today. Fiona, Jo and I were all running together. To take it all in and basically enjoy the scenery and enjoy it. I was in Green Wave and Fi and Jo were dropping back a pen.

Anyway... London Underground and a long toilet queue conspired against us and we ended up at the back of the last (Pink) wave. A wave to Brendan Foster and we're off. I've never been so far back before - a new experience, actually overtaking people! One girl actually started walking 10 paces over the line. Wonder if she's finished yet...?

It wasn't the easiest of starts, I got boxed in a few times, and it was suddenly apparent just how hot it was. By now it was nearly 11am.

I spent the winter running round that bloody park in gales and wind and rain. The summer is as bad, there's no shade or shelter anywhere. None. And I'm too bloody tall to get much shade from the occasional shadow from a wall or hoarding...

Anyway. On we went. Now hang on just a bloody MINUTE. An UP??? Another one? And ANOTHER??No one mentioned the ups, there was only a couple last year round Westfield, that were long and steady, and reasonably gentle. Here they were relentless. I felt like I was in Peppa Pig Land. Up and down, up and down.....

At 5k, I had a proper stroppy meltdown. There may have even been tears. Jo and Fi were ace. No sympathy just a stern talking to, and a promise of a walk break with water at 5k.
My sulk remained, but my legs did what they were told. And we all got to the end, together. Way way off a PB, but that I expected. Also nowhere the time I was hoping for. But we got to the stadium, and from somewhere my legs found something to run round it at a better pace.

I was glum when we finished. I felt I'd let myself down. But lovely Jo and Fi were there and pointed out that I hadn't actually stopped, I'd carried on till the end despite it all.

I think that's kind of what it's about isn't it, running.

Gatorade Eton Dorney Triathlon - Super Sprint - Saturday 18th July 2015

Jayne Browne1.01.3532nd
450m swim 21.05/t1 3.22/9.6km cycle 23.31/t2 0.55/2.5km run 12.40.
Joseph Browne came 2nd - 9.49/2.48/18.43/0.41/9.16.= 41.19.

Eton Dorney Supersprint Triathlon – I had to have a go!!

This was my first Super sprint triathlon (and I don’t think my last!!) and after thinking it will be fine, Paul is going to do the swim with me, he came down with an ear infection so had to pull out so I had to face the swim alone. Joe took his place but I wanted him to have his own race and pleased I did as he came 2nd and was awarded a Trophy.

So on goes the wetsuit and my first thought is how am I going to get this off!!, I had a little flashback from when I met Sarah Burns in Tescos, sit on the floor to pull it over your feet (advice from the expert, I’ll do that) I make my way to the back of the group for the briefing and listened to the instructions very carefully, made my way into the lake and then we are off - I let the washing machine of people go way ahead of me as I hate water in my face, why I am doing this!! I put googles on, as instructed by Joe (I had to look the part) although I didn’t need them as my head was not going in the water and along I bobbed breast stroke for 450 metres in the choppy waters of Dorney lake and I must say I felt quite calm and relaxed out there alone on the lake apart from a man on a board who was keeping an eye on me from a short distance, I even had a little chat with him!! And I was doing my best to get to the finish and what a relief as I clambered out of the water, photo taken (made sure I had a big smile on!!) and I see Paul with a look of relief on his face – I was out!! And I did it next onto the Bike and then the run, telling myself I was going to sprint as it was only a 2.5K run and I run all the time it will be a breeze – OMG my legs felt like jelly, I wasn’t sprinting at all!! But then again I never do – anyway started to feel better into the 2nd half of the run and felt even better as I ran past a couple of people and then finished and got a nice T shirt. A good friendly small triathlon which I would definitely recommend if you starting out and by the way I did enjoy it.


parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th July 2015

Stuart Kelly18.5213th - 68.77% Hackney
Ava Lee19.23 pb (1st lady)18th - 78.42% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.48 (course pb)58th - 62.18% Hackney
Daniel Slipper19.185th - 71.24% Valentine
Aaron Browne19.437th - 65.43% Valentine
Manjit Singh19.518th - 69.27% Valentine
James Clarke19.53 pb10th - 64.88% Valentine
Karen Levison19.59 (1st lady)11th - 81.90% Valentine
Shahib Miah Ali20.3412th - 62.80% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.2920th - 68.11% Valentine
Grant Conway21.4122nd - 66.41% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4231st - 56.83% Valentine
Jason Levy26.2869th - 53.15% Valentine
Amita Morse26.5875th - 59.46% Valentine
Euan Brown16.512nd - 76.56% Wanstead
Alex Day17.465th - 73.17% Valentine
Patrick Brown18.38 (buggy)8th - 69.41% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.429th - 68.98% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.0010th - 72.37% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3419th - 64.51% Wanstead
John Healy22.17 (course pb)31st - 61.71% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.1543rd - 67.24% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2645th - 64.86% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.1453rd - 64.92% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.4354th - 67.84% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.0357th - 74.25% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1459th - 65.65% Wanstead
Sharon Springfield26.2370th - 58.75% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.5179th - 57.73% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1888th - 61.09% Wanstead
David Wyatt27.5291st - 58.07% Wanstead
Richard Guest20.52 (100th parkrun)8th - .37% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0221st - 61.37% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley31.4853rd - 43.24% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.257th - 66.23% Barking
Paul Marshall23.3171st - 55.14% Mile End
Derek Wright21.147th - 66.25% Raphael
Dan Spinks30.2590th - 45.21% Crane Park
Richard Guest did his 100th parkrun at Walthamstow. Two first finishers for Ava , a pb of 19.23 at Hackney and Karen 19.59 at Valentine. She helped James Clarke to his new pb 19.53 at Valentine. Course pb's for Lauren at Hackney and John Healy at Wanstead. Best age grades for 2015 so far from Ava, James, Mark & David Wyatt and Derek Wright. Patrick ran Wanstead with Annalise in the buggy, 18.38 what a ride that must have been!. Great to see Sharon back at Wanstead and hope we see her back at an ELVIS before the season ends.

ELVIS 5: Ilford AC Newman Hilly 5 (25th Anniversary) - Wednesday 15th July 2015

Mark Boulton28.28 (29.00)3rd
Paul Quinton28.504th
Patrick Brown29.00 (30.16)5th
Euan Brown29.396th
Alex Day30.329th
Antonio Martin Romero30.4010th
Daniel Lee30.49 (31.52)12th
Russell Price30.54 (32.37)15th
Stuart Kelly31.57 (34.26)20th
Ciaran Canavan32.0021st
Manjit Bedi32.1623rd
Jennifer Ansell32.1824th, 1st lady
Mark Wyatt32.2725th - 24th
Scott McMillan32.5928th - 27th
Regis Martin33.0329th - 28th
Aaron Browne33.0430th - 29th
Andrew Baxter33.18 (33.28)33rd - 32nd
Ava Lee33.25 (34.12)36th, 2nd lady
Spencer Evans33.36 (35.41)37th - 35th
Manjit Singh33.53 (34.08)40th - 38th
Karen Levison34.0642nd, 3rd lady
James Nichols34.0743rd - 40th
Jamee Gould34.4046th, 5th
James Clarke34.5248th - 43rd
Richard Guest35.32 (35.33)57th - 52nd
Peter Craik35.5258th - 53rd
Emmet Fitzgibbon36.0859th - 54th
Shahib Miah Ali36.2262nd - 56th
Ramesh Pala36.3663rd - 57th
Peter Hatley36.3764th - 58th
Carlton D'Souza37.0170th - 63rd
Shailesh Patel37.1171st - 64th
Craig Livermore37.1472nd - 65th
Gareth Jones37.21...74th - 67th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.2477th, 9th
John Healy37.4483rd - 72nd
Grant Conway37.4886th - 75th
Ashley Faria38.0089th - 78th
Claire Parker38.2396th, 13th
Kieran Brown38.37 (41.54)97th - 84th
Sheetal Dandgey39.18103rd, 15th
Natasha Tweedie39.28104th, 16th
Sarah Burns39.44 (41.17)108th, 17th
Lauren Aston39.54109th, 18th
Alexandra Brown39.57110th, 19th
Iain Mackie40.12112th - 93rd
Helen Cook40.16113th, 20th
Steven Bywater40.39115th - 95th
Bozena Myslinska40.51121st, 21st
Michael Wilson41.02122nd - 101st
Suzanne Bench41.03123rd, 22nd
Tim Aylett41.09124th - 102nd
Claire Emery41.29126th, 24th
Celia Payaneeandee41.30127th, 25th
Gary Joy41.32 (ELR debut)128th - 103rd
Doug Mansell42.40142nd - 112th
Gemma Foxall42.43143rd, 31st
Bernadett Kalmar42.47 (43.49)144th, 32nd
Fiona Day43.00147th, 34th
Christian Turnbull43.32150th - 116th
Jason Levy43.51153rd - 119th
Caroline Moore44.32 (48.58)159th, 37th
Lucy Barron44.43162nd, 38th
Andy Bolderstone44.47164th - 126th
Gina Radford45.20172nd, 42nd
Muhammad Iqbal46.11180th - 137th
Sheila Kennedy47.21191st, 49th
Jayne Browne47.47194th, 50th
Diana Rexhepaj48.03198th, 54th
Peter Martin48.04199th - 145th
Stuart Barton48.56204th - 146th
Che Hector49.12 (ELR debut)205th - 147th
Karen Shah49.30 (ELR debut)209th, 62nd
Sandra Corbyn50.15 (ELR debut)213th, 65th
Shaun DeSena52.08219th - 151st
Don Bennett52.12220th - 152nd
Maya Goodwin56.14238th, 82nd
Lauren Johnson61.12 (ELR debut)252nd, 91st
Morag Campbell62.02255th, 93rd
Natalie Powell63.13258th, 95th
Team Winners (3 to score)East London Runners , Men & Ladies.

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 13th July 2015

Mark Boulton16.43 pb9th
Russell Price17.2024th

Lea Valley 10km - Sunday 12th July 2015

Thomas Grimes34.201st
Antonio Martin Romero37.486th
Graham Peacock48.0778th
Thomas went back to defend his win from 2014 when he finished in 34.49, this year he improved his winning time to 34.20.

Antonio reports:- Yesterday I ran in the Lee Valley 10K race. A beautiful and friendly race in the countryside, in Waltham Abbey, with an excellent musical band, which kept all the runners entertained before and after the race. I finished 6th overall in 37'48'', 3 minutes faster than my last 10K. The last race of the season will be this Wednesday in the Elvis 5.

Felsted 10km - Sunday 12th July 2015

James Creed40.4639th
Emmet Fitzgibbon42.37 pb51st
Grant Conway45.0581st
247 finishers.
Grant's report:- On 12/7/15 Emmet, James (Creed) and I ventured up to Felsted, Essex for the Grange Farm and Dunmow Trotters 10k at Felsted. A really nice event put on by runners for runners. Runners got 2 water stations, chip timing, friendly marshals and the option to buy a technical t shirt for an additional £3 in addition to the £11 entry fee. The event was based at a primary school with a nice tea/cake stand to explore after the run. Bacon rolls were also available. The course was a gently undulating loop around pretty Essex villages with gentle ups and downs. I think part of the course incorporated the Pleshey Half Marathon course, another excellent event. Well done to Emmet and James for their super times. An event I would thoroughly recommend. Grant.

British 10km, Central London - Sunday 12th July 2015

Manjit Singh42.53250th
Jamie Xavier48.301137th
Don Bennett1.03.027648th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th July 2015

Euan Brown17.191st - 74.49% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.402nd - 73.21% Wanstead
James Wilson18.153rd - 73.70% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.004th - 67.89% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.076th - 71.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.198th - 71.18% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.5519th - 63.43% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.58 (course pb)21st - 61.53% Wanstead
Rebecca Young21.48 (course pb)27th - 67.89% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson22.16 (course pb)30th - 66.47% Wanstead
Sarah Burns23.2439th - 64.96% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 24.1050th - 68.76% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.2652nd - 68.62% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.4656th - 63.06% Wanstead
Stuart Barton24.58 (course pb)60th - 56.81% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.2080th - 56.71% Wanstead
Catherine Brett27.2583rd - 60.43% Wanstead
Claire Emery29.1896th - 53.70% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards30.0099th - 51.67% Wanstead
Manjit Singh19.467th - 69.56% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.1318th - 63.84% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4922nd - 56.54% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2930th - 62.31% Valentine
Maran Raju23.2931st - 62.81% Valentine
Katherine Harris26.2763rd - 56.33% Valentine
Jason Levy26.3164th - 53.05% Valentine
Karen Shah29.2697th - 53.45% Valentine
Claire Parker21.3936th - 68.36% Hackney
Lauren Aston23.55 (course pb)59th - 61.88% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.2684th - 55.99% Hackney
Grant Conway21.2711th - 67.13% Barking
Andrew Baxter19.432nd - 72.44% Beckton
Steven Bywater24.3427th - 60.04% Walthamstow
Dan Spinks30.15116th - 45.45% Maidenhead
Derek Wright22.4318th - 61.92% Brentwood
Dan Gritton18.055th - 76.59% Burgess
John Healy22.07 (course pb)43rd - 62.17% Dulwich
Helen Cook23.54110th - 62.76% Harrogate
Fiona Critchley24.5111th - 66.67% Lawson, Sydney

Standard Chartered City Race - Thursday 9th July 2015

Paul Quinton16.5633rd
Grant Conway29.16

Woodford Green Open Graded Meeting - Tuesday 7th July 2015

Patrick Brown9.38.361st ,3000m race 1
Thomas Grimes4.26.253rd, 1500m race 4
Paul Quinton4.35.206th, 1500m race 4

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 6th July 2015

James Nichols19.20 pb49th

Grant's Track Night - Magic Mile - Monday 6th July 2015

Aaron Browne5.28
James Clarke5.38
Paul Thompson5.40
Adrian Perera5.41
Spencer Evans5.44
Craig Livermore5.57
Ashley Faria6.07
Grant Conway6.11
Christian Turnbull6.18
Rebecca Young6.19
Jason Levy6.20
Eleanor Wilkinson6.26
Alexandra Brown6.30
Lauren Aston6.45
Gemma Foxall6.54
Maud Hodson6.54
Andy Bolderstone7.04
Gina Radford7.10
Lucy Barron7.17
Frank Brownlie 7.35
Karen Shah8.03
Maya Goodwin8.58
also Gary Joy 6.43

Gosfield Lake Triathlon - Standard Distance - Sunday 5th July 2015

Sarah Burns2.34.142nd lady
Swim 1500m 29.19, T1 00.55, Cycle 40km 1.19.45, T2 00.46, 10km Run 43.27 = 2.34.14.
The race starts with a single lap 1500 metre swim in Gosfield Lake with swimmers starting in the water and exiting via a beach area. There is a spacious transition area next to the lake, which form the focus of the race. The fast cycle course is mainly on rural roads, with two 20km laps passing through Sible Hedingham, Blackmore End and Beazley End. This is followed by a two lap 10km run over a mixture of paths and grassland.

Spire Bushy 10km - Sunday 5th July 2015

Thomas Grimes34.061st
Helen Cook48.51116th
Nice course, multi terrain. Won a pair of Newton trainers also.

Bassingbourne Half Marathon - Sunday 5th July 2015

Katrina Dixon2.06.38

Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 5th July 2015

George Georgiou50.48247th

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer Series - Saturday 4th July 2015

Daniel Slipper39.2912th
John Booth41.4319th

Orion Forest Five Series - Race 2 of 3 - Saturday 4th July 2015

Thomas Grimes28.471st
Patrick Brown29.292nd
Mark Boulton29.483rd
Alex Day30.274th
Ciaran Canavan33.3913th
Spencer Evans34.4920th
James Creed36.0828th
Emmet Fitzgibbon36.4232nd
Ramesh Pala39.1545th
Kieran Brown39.2748th
Sarah Burns39.4151st
Fiona Day44.0074th
Celia Payaneeandee44.4979th
Amita Morse47.3395th
Sophie Edwards49.2798th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th July 2015

James Wilson18.312nd - 72.64% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt19.094th - 67.36% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.438th - 72.44% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.5243rd - 59.52% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.0746th - 66.76% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.1564th - 56.88% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.2374th - 55.08% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.3595th - 48.29% Wanstead
Morag Campbell34.36104th - 45.13% Wanstead
Aaron Browne21.2712th - 60.14% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.2217th - 63.41% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.2318th - 65.38% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.4520th - 56.70% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4329th - 59.31% Valentine
Katherine Harris25.5944th - 57.34% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.174th - 70.92% Hackney
Lauren Aston24.1756th - 60.95% Hackney
Lucy Barron25.47 (course pb)66th - 57.40% Hackney
Stuart Barton25.57 (course pb)69th - 54.66% Hackney
Richard Guest21.268th - 64.62% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier23.2619th - 57.82% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1621st - 60.78% Walthamstow
Dan Gritton19.261st - 71.27% Barking
Scott McMillan20.13 (course pb)15th - 67.52% Bradford
Dan Spinks20.5313th - 65.84% Northala Fields
Fiona Critchley23.43 (course pb)80th - 69.85% St Peters
Michael Wilson34.04 (1st parkrun)108th - 44.72% Brentwood
parkrun was a bit quieter with the 2nd race in Orion's Forest Five series. A slight course change had to be made at Wanstead when flytippers blocked the gate on the course. Dan Gritton was first finisher at Barking.
New member Lucy Barron got a course pb at Hackney while a few traveller's also got course pb's at Hackney, Bradford & St Peters.
Fastest time of the day went to Stuart Kelly, 18.17 at Hackney. Good also to see Lauren coming back from injury at Hackney also. Finally Michael Wilson did his 1st parkrun at Brentwood after a few failed attempts at Valentines.

Wimbledon Trail Series 8 miles (12.9 km) - Wednesday 1st July 2015

Thomas Grimes47.071st - 77.76%

ELVIS 4 - Dagenham 88 5ish - Wednesday 1st July 2015

Patrick Brown27.272nd
Paul Quinton27.463rd
Alex Day27.554th
Thomas Glasock29.277th
Dan Gritton30.079th
Antonio Martin Romero30.1010th
James Wilson30.3414th
Daniel Lee30.4515th
Jennifer Ansell31.0319th (1st lady)
Ciaran Canavan31.2821st - 20th
Scott McMillan31.4724th - 23rd
Russell Price32.2228th - 26th
Regis Martin32.3731st - 29th
Ava Lee32.4633rd, (3rd lady)
Alex Haward32.5836th - 33rd
Aaron Browne32.5837th - 34th
Andrew Baxter33.1138th - 35th
James Nichols33.1239th - 36th
Paul Thompson33.2240th - 37th
Spencer Evans33.3141st - 38th
David Baldwin33.4742nd - 39th
Carlton D'Souza33.5343rd - 40th
Christian Newton33.5844th - 41st
Richard Guest34.0745th - 42nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon34.3546th - 43rd
James Clarke35.0148th - 45th
Grant Conway35.1150th - 47th
Maran Raju35.1952nd - 49th
Ramesh Pala35.5756th - 53rd
Shailesh Patel36.0258th - 55th
John Healy36.3462nd - 57th
Kieran Brown36.3663rd - 58th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.0168th - 7th
Craig Livermore37.0669th - 62nd
Rebecca Young37.3771st - 8th
Shahib Miah Ali37.5572nd - 64th
Gareth Jones38.3076th - 68th
Claire Emery40.1684th - 10th
Iain Mackie40.2685th - 75th
Maud Hodson40.2887th - 12th
Helen Cook40.3788th - 13th
Doug Mansell40.4890th - 76th
Sheetal Dandgey41.0594th - 16th
Steven Bywater41.5098th - 80th
Fiona Day42.02101st - 20th
Bernadett Kalmar42.07102nd - 21st
Alexandra Brown42.09103rd - 22nd
Bozena Mysilinska42.26106th - 23rd
Lucy Barron42.37109th - 24th
Muhammad Iqbal42.47110th - 86th
Caroline Moore44.04118th - 27th
Diana Rexhepaj45.47127th - 32nd
Christian Turnbull45.58128th - 96th
Gina Radford46.27129th - 33rd
Katherine Harris46.54131st - 35th
Sheila Kennedy47.17133rd - 36th
Jason Levy47.19134th - 98th
Stuart Barton49.01118th - 101st
Shaun DeSena51.21145th - 104th
Peter Martin51.40146th - 105th
Maya Goodwin57.39155th - 46th
Morag Campbell59.03159th - 48th
Natalie Powell1.02.56164th - 53rd
Results awaiting confirmation from the clubs.
Maya's report:-
It's been hot all day. Boiling hot. Going up the stairs was an effort. The whole day had a sense of doom - you know like that character in Peanuts who walks round under a permanent rain cloud? That was me. Getting a sports bra on and Hilly Twin skins got me in a right sticky cross tangle.

Anyway. No backing out, it's an ELVIS after all, and I was giving three people a lift. Plus, if I'm not there, ELR would all be bitten. I swear I'm the only one who remembers insect repellent.

And we're off. I'm at the back. I have a routine now. It goes 'Bye Stu, Bye Caroline, Bye Don!' And then there's me, pootling along at the back. After I while, I check my garmin. Disaster! It's not working! No signal, or something. I have no idea what's what so I stop it and restart it. I got a bit distracted by 10 fat middle aged men jumping in the lake. No really. I nearly jumped in with them it was so hot. Still no signal. I give up. I have no idea on speed or distance, just that it's HOT. MF HOT. I ask a friendly Dagenham Runner 'how far?' '1.26miles' Geez, is that ALL??

So I spend the rest of the way walking 100 steps and running 100 steps. Probably really annoying the guy in front who I would overtake and then let him pass. Sorry Guy In Front.

It was a tough tough course. But that's because of the heat. It was really pretty, not too hilly, and with a water station manned by a 10 year old who would throw water at you if you asked. The marshals were encouraging and charming and made me laugh.

And there was a medal! The toughest race I've ever done. Even tougher than Parliament Hill. But I did it. No idea how fast, but I did it.

Craig's report:-

This weeks ELVIS 4 on Wednesday at 7:30pm was a scorcher, 32 degrees C apparently. The race this time out took us to the rather lovely Eastbrookend Park, scene of the Dagenham 88 5 Mile (although I measured it a 4.76).
As I usually do before any race, I always make sure to have a chat with my club, and some from the other running clubs, before making our way to the start line.

Right, so I'm at the start thinking about what to do, so I end up taking it at an easy enough pace for manage through the race, more on that later. I was starting in the 40 minute pen, and so we set off for 4.7 miles of blood, sweat and tears. Initially I decided to stick with Shailesh , but after a mile and a bit, where I was gaining places front left right and centre, I decided to ease off having made up enough ground to satisfy me and settle into a rhythm. I caught up with Ellie just before mile two, we were both struggling by this point, I told her "No matter how difficult, just push through it with willpower and determination and you'll be fine", and so we paced each other for 2 and a bit miles, getting passed by a few other runners in the process, alas come 4.1 miles I said go for it, you've got this, and I was not disappointed.
It was now just a battle between me and the guy behind, but by 4.5 miles I started to wind my pace up and build a little gap, come the final turn and the sprint finish I switched it up an extra gear to consolidate my 69th place finish, and completed the course in 37:06, which given extremities of the heat is a time I can be pleased with.
Miles: 1 - 7:18, 2 - 7:32, 3 - 7:53, 4 - 7:56, 0.76 - 6:25 and the average was 7:42, not bad at all.
I was glad that I made it in one piece without stopping, thought about it a few times but carried on, and nearly threw up twice. Still it was a great race, so a massive thanks to everyone who was marshalling and to Dagenham 88 for the medals, which was a pleasant surprise, just thanks for everything really. Also well done to ELR for winning both the men's and women's team trophies. Keep it up with the strong turn outs as the Newman Hilly 5 is next up, and as Grant strongly pointed out, lets aim for 80 entrants!!!

Royal Parks Summer Series 10km, Greenwich Park - Sunday 28th June 2015

Sylvia Brown43.4933rd, 3rd Lady
Ninette Fernandes1.00.31246th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 27th June 2015

Alex Day17.532nd - 72.69% Wanstead
James Wilson17.59 (course pb)3rd - 74.79% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.03 (course pb)4th - 71.47% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt18.558th - 68.19% Wanstead
Jennifer Ansell19.05 (course pb & 2nd lady)10th - 77.55% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.2016th - 70.60% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.0523rd - 62.92% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.2438th - 69.79% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.1149th - 65.06% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1367th - 59.12% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3170th - 70.14% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena27.2781st - 46.99% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.1087th - 55.03% Wanstead
Karen Shah29.27 (course pb)100th - 53.42% Wanstead
Don Bennett30.08109th - 51.44% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.48119th - 47.97% Wanstead
Patrick Brown19.434th - 65.60% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.0544th - 56.55% Walthamstow
Phoebe Bowman27.3355th - 53.72% Walthamstow
Manjit Singh20.0711th - 68.35% Valentines
Shailesh Patel21.07 (course pb)17th - 69.30% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.3023rd - 65.97% Valentines
Maran Raju21.3724th - 68.23% Valentines
Jason Levy22.40 (course pb)29th - 62.06% Valentines
Derek Wright22.44 (with buggy)32nd - 61.88% Valentines
Aaron Browne23.4845th - 54.20% Valentines
Amita Morse26.5278th - 59.68% Valentines
John Booth18.437th - 70.44% Mile End
Lucy Barron25.57 (course pb)103rd - 57.03% Hackney
Natalie Powell33.13140th - 45.16% Hackney
Thomas Grimes18.341st - 71.01% Grovelands
Tricia O'Neill23.46 (1st Lady) cpb29th - 66.83% Raphael
Dan Spinks21.274th - 64.10% Barclay
Dan Gritton18.094th - 76.31% Southwark
Gavin Stebbing19.3433rd - 69.76% Chelmsford
Richard Guest20.5910th - 66.00% Mansfield
Stuart Barton28.2061st - 50.06% Aylesbury

Orion's Fast Friday, Walthamstow Track - Friday 26th June 2015

Thomas Grimes33.30 pb4th, A 10,000m
Patrick Brown16.10 pb7th, A 5,000m
Mark Boulton16.39 pb8th, A 5,000m
Paul Quinton17.31 pb12th, A 5,000m
Alex Day35.24 pb2nd, B 10,000m
Daniel Slipper38.45 pb9th, C 10,000m
Grant Conway21.2013th, Open 5,000m

The Golden Stag Mile, Barnet AC, Alianz Park - Thursday 25th June 2015

Thomas Grimes4.47.004th

Dulwich Runners. Midsummer 5km - Thursday 25th June 2015

John Healy21.59 pbtbc

Nike Womens 10km - Sunday 21st June 2015

Eleanor Wilkinson46.05

Marathon des Burons, Trail en Aubrec. - Sunday 21st June 2015

Regis Martin4.49.2031st

Colworth Marathon Challenge - cumulative times - Friday 19th - Sunday 21st June 2015

Thomas Grimes2.32.131st Man Overall
Patrick Brown2.33.542nd Man Overall
Daniel Lee2.54.417th
Manjit Bedi2.57.5110th MV50 Overall
Ava Lee3.08.0919th 3rd Lady Overall
Maud Hodson3.45.1673rd
Suzanne Bench3.51.2184th
Fiona Critchley3.55.0893rd
Kieran Brown3.57.0895th
Fiona Day4.03.44105th FV55 Overall
1st Men's Team Overall : Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, Danny Lee & Manjit Bedi

Colworth Report: from Manjit Bedi.

This was our 4th outing as a team and my 5th to the Colworth challenge in Sharnbook near Bedford. The weather this year was ideal for running not too hot or wet.
This year we took a larger team consisting of Suzanne and Geoff Bench, Danny and Ava Lee, Patrick, Julie and Annalise Brown, Thomas Grimes, Grant Conway, Maud Hodson, Roberto Bruni, Kieran Brown, Fiona Critchley, Fiona Day, Trish Kelly, Russell Price and myself.
As usual we took advantage of the free camping and excellent facilities. The team met up with old friends again from local clubs in Bedford

As can be seen from the results everyone gave 100% in all the races and we won the team challenge for the event for the 4th year.

I have to especially mention the following individuals:

Thomas for winning all 3 races and the men’s overall event on his 4th attempt.
Patrick for coming second in all 3 races and the overall event and giving Thomas a run for his money.
Ava on her debut came third in the women’s races and third overall a great achievement.
Fiona Day for winning the V55 in all races .
Danny (I have never won anything) Lee took 4 prizes to start his collection.
Suzanne for winning V50 prizes in some races.
Russell for being our official photographer .
Everyone had a great weekend

Thanks to the Colworth Striders who put in a great effort in organising and running the event again.
Manjit Bedi

Sorry its a bit late, but I just wanted to say a big thank you all the ELR + friends & family who helped to make Colworth Marathon Challenge a great weekend! I would particularly like to thank Russell for kit, Russell & Geoff for post race rehydration & Suzanne for breakfasts!
Congratulations to all the ELR entrants on the great individual & team performances, but especially Suzanne & Fiona Day for their inspirational runs!
Highlights must be The Suzanne & Geoff Inflatable mattress cabaret, & a mention of Roberto's attempts to join the women's team......
Happy running,
Fiona C.

Maud's report:
I found myself with a little bit of time on my hands this morning, so I've written a report from the Colworth Marathon Challenge, to add to Manjit's and Fiona's. Sorry it's a bit long, but it was a three day event...

I was pretty nervous about this one. Not the running - I was fairly sure I could do that - but the camping. The last time I camped was over twenty years ago, and it was so wet and miserable that it had put me off for life, or so I thought. I nearly wimped out of the whole thing when I saw that it was forecast to rain all day on Saturday. But after self-medicating my anxiety away the night before, I set off, a little hungover, with Fiona C & Russell and shed loads of stuff. You need a lot of stuff to camp, even for two nights.
When we arrived Camp ELR was already taking shape. As I had hoped, some of the more competent campers helped me put up my tent. The first challenge accomplished. Within five minutes the inside of my tent looked like a teenager’s bedroom. We were then treated to the comedy pas-de-deux that was Suzanne & Geoff trying to get their rather large borrowed mattress into their not very large large tent. But that also had a happy ending.
And then the first race. That was why we were here, after all. As Russell poured himself the first beer of the evening, the rest of us made our way to the start line for an ‘undulating’ five-miler. Roberto decided to run with me, which meant I didn’t get to take it as easy as I might have done otherwise. But I was very pleased to dip under 40 minutes (by 2 seconds), so thanks Roberto, and sorry about the whinging.
And then beer and food. The bar in the clubhouse had a great range of cheap and delicious beers from Oakham’s Ales, a local brewery. And the first awards presentation. While I didn’t win anything myself (sniff), it was a pleasure seeing so many of my fabulous team-mates pick up individual and team prizes. Go ELR! It was a good job the women’s team only came fifth, as we realised later that Roberto was listed as a woman, so we might have been disqualified…
So far so good. And it didn’t start raining until mid morning on Saturday. And I managed to sleep through the wee-small-hours disco. The second race, an 8.1 trail run, started at a rather civilised 12 noon, so we had a leisurely breakfast before Russell and Geoff (who was now another non-runner after an injury) made their way to the bar and the rest of use got kitted up for the race. This was an attractive route with a real mix of surfaces, some quite tricky, and lush, green English countryside. Followed by more awards for the boys and girls in red. I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed trudging from my tent to the showers and back in the pouring rain, but hey…
And after spending most of the afternoon in the clubhouse watching the rain-delay in the cricket (Russell & Geoff may have been drinking beer), we set of to the nearby village of Sharnbrook for dinner in the local pub. Some of them couldn’t manage without beer for the half-hour walk, so they marched down the road with their ‘journey beers’ in plastic glasses. Classy. Russell had been matching the runners at a conversion rate of 1 mile = 1 pint, and he manfully completed his 8.1 during the meal.
Some of the proper runners set off to walk back a little earlier while the rest of us finished our drinks and sorted out the bill. Then Suzanne cheekily asked the nice young man behind the bar if he would drive us home, and he said yes, so the remaining eight of us squeezed ourselves into his four-wheel-drive. Apparently the four walkers didn’t look very pleased when we overtook them with a cheery toot, but I couldn’t see that from behind the dog bars.
As I am Ms Sensible, I went straight back to bed while the ELR party animals had another drink or two. But since they were sitting right outside my tent, I could join in the conversation from the comfort of my sleeping bag. (I was lying by the way, I wasn’t really recording it…) It didn’t rain in the night, but it was windy, and there must have been a lot of water on the tent as sometimes a sharp gust of wind would send a splash of water onto my face. Refreshing…
On Sunday morning tired looking runners drifted around the campsite, asking each other how they felt. “Errrr nnghhh”. But the last ones still standing (Grant, Trish & Roberto had joined the non-runners) made our way to the start line one more time. Seldom have I felt less like running a half marathon. But run it we did, and actually we all did pretty well. Not an easy course, with a few hills and some rough surfaces. The route passes the other side of a hedge from the Santa Pod race track, which is seriously noisy - on lap two I was actually a little bit scared that they were going to crash right through, and a pall of smoke hung over the field. But I think that maybe made run faster as I was quite keen to get past. A blissful shady downhill through the woods and one more rather evil little climb and home in a quite respectable 1.55, and 3.45 overall. Another beer, another presentation, and then the final challenge of the weekend - getting my tent back into its bag (thanks, Russell).
Still not convinced about camping, but a great weekend with a lovely bunch of people. And not just my fellow ELRs - everyone is very relaxed and friendly. I reckon I’ll be back for more next year...

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Half Marathon - Sunday - Day 3 - Sunday 21st June 2015

Thomas Grimes1.17.281st
Patrick Brown1.18.322nd
Daniel Lee1.29.2811th, 1st MV45
Manjit Bedi1.29.3312th, 1st MV50
Ava Lee1.36.2430th, 3rd lady, 1st FV35
Maud Hodson1.55.52112th
Suzanne Bench1.59.37123rd, 1st FV50
Kieran Brown2.06.48145th
Fiona Day2.07.34153rd, 1st FV55
Fiona Critchley2.03.08135th
1st men's team : Tom, Patrick, Danny & Manjit

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Trail 8.1 Miles - Saturday - Day 2 - Saturday 20th June 2015

Thomas Grimes47.021st
Patrick Brown47.142nd
Daniel Lee53.509th
Manjit Bedi56.4018th, 1st MV50
Ava Lee57.5823rd, 3rd lady, 1st FV35
Roberto Bruni1.04.0658th
Maud Hodson1.09.2689th
Grant Conway1.10.2997th
Suzanne Bench1.10.3298th
Kieran Brown1.10.3599th
Fiona Critchley1.10.40100th
Fiona Day1.13.42119th, 1st FV55
Trish Kelly1.18.21134th
Men's team - Tom,Patrick, Danny & Manjit 1st place

Colworth Marathon Challenge - Colworth 5 - Friday - Day 1 - Friday 19th June 2015

Thomas Grimes27.431st
Patrick Brown28.082nd
Daniel Lee31.2312th
Manjit Bedi31.3414th, 1st V50
Ava Lee33.4733rd, 3rd lady,1st FV35
Grant Conway36.5075th
Maud Hodson39.58133rd
Roberto Bruni40.03135th
Kieran Brown40.09136th
Suzanne Bench41.12155th, 1st FV50
Fiona Critchley41.20157th
Fiona Day42.28180th, 1st FV55
Trish Kelly43.33189th
Geoff Bench50.45277th
Men's team Tom, Pat, Danny, Manjit 1st
Ladies team, 5th

Dambuster Tri, Rutland Water - Saturday 20th June 2015

Sarah Burns2.36.17
swim 1.5k: 28.14, T1 1.12, CYCLE 42K: 1.18.56, t2 1.22, run 10k: 46.32.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th June 2015

Alex Day17.451st - 73.24% Wanstead
James Wilson18.262nd - 72.97% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.116th - 71.68% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.17 (200th parkrun)7th - 70.74% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.258th - 73.56% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw20.4821st - 66.11% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2129th - 62.14% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.26 (course pb)51st - 63.16% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.4880th - 54.97% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.0482nd - 59.46% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena27.15 (course pb)96th - 47.34% Wanstead
Ali Horsfall27.2697th - 54.68% Wanstead
Catherine Brett30.04111th - 55.10% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.44120th - 49.58% Wanstead
Steven Bywater23.54 (course pb)22nd - 61.72% Walthamstow
Thomas Glasock17.235th - 74.21% Hackney
Lucy Barron26.11 (course pb)92nd - 56.52% Hackney
Julie Creffield34.19126th - 43.86% Hackney
Manjit Singh21.4134th - 63.41% Mile End
Paul Marshall23.13 (course pb)51st - 55.85% Mile End
Dan Spinks22.4743rd - 60.35% Darley
Spencer Evans20.187th - 63.55% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.1816th - 68.70% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.19 (course pb)17th - 66.54% Valentine
Maran Raju21.4321st - 67.92% Valentine
Derek Wright22.54 (with buggy)31st - 61.43% Valentine
Aaron Browne24.2751st - 52.76% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.5564th - 49.77% Valentine
Richard Guest21.40 (course pb)14th - 63.92% Bracknell
William Pearce19.038th - 68.50% Cheltenham
John Healy22.11 (course pb)60th - 61.98% Dulwich
Tricia O'Neill23.48 (1st parkrun)24th - 66.74% Raphael
Scott McMillan reaches his 200th parkrun and Tricia O'Neill does her first parkrun at Raphael.
Best time of the day went to Tom Glasock at Hackney in 17.23. First finish for Alex Day at Wanstead, course pb's for Felicity & Shaun also.
Course pb also for Steve Bywater at Walthamstow, Richard Guest at Bracknell, Paul Marshall at Mile End, Ashley Faria at Valentine, Lucy Barron at Hackney and John Healy at Dulwich.
Well done Tricia, let's see you at Wanstead some time.

Orion's John Clarke Memorial Fell Race 5k'ish - Friday 19th June 2015

Ramesh Pala30.2560th
Claire Emery35.0190th

ELVIS 3 - Eton Manor 5km - Tuesday 16th June 2015

Thomas Grimes16:562nd (scorer) 77.83%
Patrick Brown17:093rd (scorer) 75.41%
Euan Brown17:134th (scorer)
Paul Quinton17:566th
Alex Day18:027th
Thomas Glasock18:1411th
Antonio Martin Romero18:3115th
Dan Gritton18:3918th (1st VM - scorer)
Daniel Lee19:1223rd - 22nd (V scorer) 73.84%
Sam McCarthy19:2926th - 24th 66.73%
Daniel Slipper19:3027th - 25th (V scorer) 70.53%
Aaron Williams19:3228th - 26th
Ciaran Canavan19:3929th - 27th
Jennifer Ansell19:4433rd (3rd Lady - scorer)
Mark Wyatt19:5034th - 31st 65.04%
Scott McMillan19:5235th - 32nd
James Nichols19:5737th - 34th
Karen Levison20:0439th (4th Lady, 1st Lady V45 - scorer)
Diccon Loy20:1241st - 37th
Andrew Baxter20:1442nd - 38th
Manjit Singh20:1945th - 41st
Regis Martin20:1946th - 42nd
Spencer Evans20:2647th - 43rd
Aaron Browne20:2849th - 45th
Ava Lee20:3050th (5th Lady, 1st Lady V35 - scorer) 73.91%
Carlton D'Souza20:3251st - 46th 73.00%
Shahib Miah Ali20:3352nd - 47th
James Creed20:3453rd - 48th
Jamee Gould20:3554th (6th Lady - scorer) 71.09%
Peter Craik20:4356th - 50th
Richard Guest21:1461st - 55th
Peter Hatley21:1862nd - 56th 64.57%
James Clarke21:2364th - 58th 60.33%
Sylvia Brown21:2666th (7th Lady) 69.05%
Shailesh Patel21:4370th - 62nd
Ashley Faria22:0674th - 66th
Grant Conway22:1779th - 70th 64.62%
Gareth Jones22:2280th - 71st
Claire Parker22:2381st (10th Lady)
Paula Bedford22:4289th - 12th
Craig Livermore22:4693rd - 80th
Saheb Yousefi23.08103rd - 87th 56.2%
Sarah Burns23:08105th - 17th
Eleanor Wilkinson23:08106th - 18th
Kieran Brown23:15109th - 91st
Roger Stubbs23:28112th - 94th 64.4%
Rebecca Young23:30113th - 19th
Steven Bywater23:40117th - 98th
Paul Marshall23:54120th - 101st
Jason Levy23:57121st - 102nd
Iain Mackie23:59122nd - 103rd 53.79%
Alexandra Brown24:17127th - 20th 60.95%
Maud Hodson24:27130th - 22nd
Fiona Critchley24:46135th - 26th
Suzanne Bench24:51136th - 27th
Tim Aylett24:52137th - 110th 53.32%
Fiona Day24:57141st - 28th
Doug Mansell25:10142nd - 114th 64.87%
Katherine Jones25.18144th - 29th 58.77%
Bernadett Kalmar25:52149th - 33rd
Gemma Foxall26:15151st - 35th 56.38%
Lucy Barron26:17152nd - 36th 56.31%
Caroline Moore26:39157th - 38th
Susannah McLaren27:14164th - 43rd 62.13%
Gina Radford27:42172nd - 46th 53.43%
Sheila Kennedy27:45174th - 47th 65.09%
Peter Martin27:51175th - 126th 52.95%
Diana Rexhepaj27:59178th - 49th
Shaun DeSena28:31184th - 129th 45.24%
Jayne Browne29:10190th - 57th 52.91%
Stuart Barton29:22192nd - 132nd
Maya Goodwin31:26210th - 72nd
Janice Horslen32:23214th - 76th 46.36%
Phillip Higgins33:32222nd - 138th 41.01%
Katy Taylor35:31232nd - 90th 43.47%
Julie Creffield37:25238th - 96th
Grant (el capitán): "Brilliant night last night at the race and afterwards. Our fantastic club just goes from strength to strength"

Team ELR prior to the Race!

1st ELVIS races for: Sam McCarthy, Scott McMillan, Alexandra Brown, Fiona Critchley, Gina Radford, Lucy Barron, Gemma Foxall, Peter Martin, Janice Horslen and Phillip Higgins.
Best symmetry running: Gareth Jones: 22:22 (2+2+2+2 = 8) for 80th!
Come-back banter king: Mark Wyatt

Thanks to Roberto and Jonathan for masses of photos
Thanks to Jim, Ninnette, Russ, Jonathan and Roberto for cheering on the mighty ELR!

Best wishes to Chairman Frank who pulled up with a dodgy hamstring.

Deva Triathlon, Chester Tri - Sunday 14th June 2015

Sarah Burns2.29.13
swim 1.5km 25.46, T1 2.09, cycle 42k: 1.13.29, T2 1.21, run 10km 46.26.
Ran a 10km pb in a tri!.

Aviator 10km, Staverton - Sunday 14th June 2015

William Pearce38.5810th
68 finishers.

Two Castles 10km - Sunday 14th June 2015

Thomas Glasock37.10 pb28th
3835 finishers...I came home for the weekend to try out the Two Castles 10k. The route starts in the grounds of Warwick castle and finishes in Kenilworth castle. Big turnout of 4000 too!
The route itself has an ascent of around 250 foot so it is quite hilly and challenging.
Managed to squeeze out a PB by 1 second, 37.14.
Would highly recommend to anyone if they don't mind travelling and like hills!

Endure 24 , Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston - Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th June 2015

Russell Price85 miles17 laps (31st out of 100 male solo runners
Allan Todd25 miles5 laps
Endure 24 is a twenty four hour race run over a 5 mile loop of forest trails. It takes place in the scenic Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston near Reading.

Russ's race report:

(lap splits available at http://www.endure24.co.uk/results/4566634078)

It has taken a little while for me to get into the mood to write this race report. I tried to run with my club (the mighty ELR) tonight and couldn’t 1 week and a half later I could barely even jog 1.5 miles. Everyone was asking if I ask “ok”? No, I was frustrated and achy. Then a voice pipes up “too soon?” and I smiled, yes it is too soon! Too soon as I undertook something pretty epic a week and a half ago. So, still smiling, I am ready to reflect on the amazing journey that was endure24 for actionforme!

The build up to endure24 was relaxed and I felt apprehensive but ready. After a slight taper-tantrum I woke up on Friday and started eating (calorie credit). Arriving at the campsite in good time to set up with the support crew. We had a lovely little camp close to the solo entry and exit from the course, and right on the course! I knew that each lap I would see my home for the weekend and hopefully some awake, friendly support crew-ers, perfect. With a BBQ and a cheeky beer I was relaxing with the crew and went to bed relaxed and ready.

The race, (can I call it a race?) the start was alien for me. Standing at the back chatting to others, rather than staring intently at the pace function on my Garmin. Chatted with a guy looking for 100 miles, bold! Started really slowly and built up to a run, 5 mile laps of beautiful countryside went by. Waves and smiles from my parent and support crew and club mate who were marshalling for the first few hours made me smile.

I mentally shut down and didn’t think about much except an occasional chat with fellow runners and pondering what I wanted at the end of the lap. By mid afternoon I was in a rhythm and progressing well and way ahead of pace, I knew I wouldn’t negative split the race but slowed a little trying to save something. Come evening I got slight foot pain so took dinner and a 35 minute lie down around 22:30 and went back out around for 10 miles more. I had planned to go further but got frustrated and went to bed around 2:30.

Going to bed with 60 miles under my belt felt great, that was my “public goal” sorted, anything else would take me closer to my “personal goal” of 75 or 80 ;-) Waking up at 4:15 I took a lot of poking and encouragement to wake up (massive thank you to the brave sole who shared a tent with a sweaty and hardly-sleeping runner)! With tight legs I ploughed on walking and kept trying to run. More miles past and the legs weren’t keen on running, so I continued walking and grabbing food to eat on the first mile. I couldn’t get running again so maximum distance I could reach was slipping away, but not disheartened I continued walking.

My crew woke up and feed me drink and sausage baps and smiles. My parents came back to join them too. having them all there over the weekend was amazing and really made me cherish the support from my family when I had ME badly. I had hidden away and not opened up and got the support from friends, and feeling that this weekend from my support crew was brilliant. Hence my choice of charity of actionforme, they are building an amazing community as well as pushing research and understanding of ME.

The last two laps I pondered the low times of my ME experience and was sobbing to myself as I walked on and on. As I neared the end of the last lap I was properly balling my eyes out about a mile from the end reflecting on the low times. Eventually, thinking of the support and encouragement of my crew and family I managed to pull myself together. I felt a massive sense of relief and joy to be lucky enough to be where I am today. I will never say that I have recovered from ME, I still have sleep-paranoia occasionally and it has left a scar inside me.

I had done it, my first ultra marathon! 85 miles in 23 hours, 59 minutes and 24 seconds (team name “mania” http://www.frsystems.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Endure15_SM_v2.pdf) . What an amazing experience!

The most rewarding part of the experience has been talking about it, a chance to tell people what I had, how it made me feel, how I have progressed and what I can now achieve. My only advice to anyone with reading this who have/have had ME is talk about. People can empathize and support you, but only if they know how it makes you feel.

Southend Half Marathon - Sunday 14th June 2015

Mark Boulton1.19.49 pb13th
Spencer Evans1.34.07 pb135th
Gavin Stebbing1.34.17141st
Roisin Archer1.35.17 (11th Lady)155th
Michael Wilson1.41.38312th
Muhammad Iqbal1.50.59 pb629th
2,053 finishers.

Mike: The 20th anniversary of this coastal half marathon is set for the main part of the course, along the sea front (two laps this year), starting in Shoeburyness. While some may comment that the route lacks the scenery of other half marathons, this is more than compensated for by the enthusiastic supporters lining the pavements and also the healthy sea breeze. Except for a very short incline on leaving the sea front before mile 11, the course is otherwise mainly flat.

The weather was fairly warm and humid with the sun trying to break through, luckily for the runners not the scorching sun of the previous year! A perfect day then to record a fast time, so well done to Mark (13th overall), Spencer (135th) and Muhammad (629th) in setting new PB's and Roisin who finished 11th out of 716 ladies. ELR men's team finished 9th out of 71 teams.

This is an event which definitely deserves repeat visits, both for spectators and competitors alike, it is a great day out.
A nice surprise to see Alexandra Wilkinson at the 'turn around' on the course. Thanks for your suuport Alex, but as said by Roisin; 'sorry no time to stop and chat'!

Amba Hotel's City of London Mile - Sunday 14th June 2015

Euan Brown4.4837th , wave 1
Patrick Brown4.4940th, wave 1
Thomas Grimes4.5046th, wave 1
Andy Kumar5.12102nd, wave 1
Aaron Browne5.27162nd, wave 2
James Nichols5.36203rd, wave 2
Daniel Slipper5.43250th, wave 2
Dan Spinks5.49285th, wave 2
Dan Anderson6.24520th, wave 3
Shailesh Patel5.48277th, wave 3
Craig Livermore5.54328th, wave 3
Ashley Faria6.00368th, wave 3
Matt Rogers6.12441st, wave 4
Maud Hodson6.43636th, wave 4
Andy Bolderstone6.48684th, wave 4
Bozena Mysilinska6.27542nd, wave 5
Paul Marshall6.34589th, wave 5
Peter Hatley7.01family wave
Che Hector7.22912th, wave 5
Caroline Moore7.451043rd, wave 5
Stuart Barton7.28945th, wave 5
Diana Rexhepaj7.581126th, women's mile

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th June 2015

Thomas Grimes18.181st - 72.04% Grovelands
Jonathan Shaw19.54 (course pb)15th - 69.10% Hackney
James Wilson18.14 (course pb)1st - 73.77% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.266th - 70.75% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.277th - 70.18% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt20.2916th - 62.98% Wanstead
Paula Bedford21.4329th - 70.84% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2759th - 63.87% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley24.5562nd - 66.49% Wanstead
Kieran Brown25.5773rd - 60.24% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.2977th - 70.23% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.3278th - 53.45% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.0586th - 57.23% Wanstead
David Wyatt30.23113th - 53.26% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.04119th - 50.64% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar34.19132nd - 45.85% Wanstead
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.498th - 63.33% Wormwood Scrubs
Paul Marshall23.3069th - 55.18% Mile End
James Nichols20.05 (course pb)2nd - 64.56% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.297th - 64.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0620th - 61.20% Walthamstow
Ashley Faria21.3115th - 65.42% Valentine
Derek Wright22.49 (with buggy)24th - 61.65% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.1726th - 55.40% Valentine
Jason Levy23.2930th - 59.90% Valentine
Amita Morse26.1051st - 61.27% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan27.2266th - 51.83% Valentine
Katherine Harris29.1592nd - 50.94% Valentine
Maran Raju44.27188th - 33.18% Valentine
Dan Spinks20.2928th - 67.13% Dulwich
John Healy22.34 (course pb)78th - 60.97% Dulwich
Karen Shah38.40144th - 40.69% Wanstead
Wanstead Flats gets a new attendance record from 139 to 151. Better get some more tokens ordered, we only have 150. James Wilson's last minute sprint in 18.14 (course pb) for quickest time by ELR for the day for first place. Thomas Grimes first finisher at Grovelands in 18.18. Course pb for Jonny Shaw dipping under 20 minutes for the first time.
James Nichols 2nd place & course pb at Walthamstow.

Woodford Green Open Track Meeting, Ashton Playing Fields. - Tuesday 9th June 2015

Thomas Grimes9.24.245th , 3000m
Patrick Brown9.25.596th, 3000m
Paul Quinton9.48.599th, 3000m
3000m event

Self Transcendence 5km, Battersea Park - Monday 8th June 2015

Thomas Grimes16.14 pb3rd

Westonbirt Arboretum Run for the tree's 10km - Monday 8th June 2015

Caroline Moore53.07 pb259th
Race report: ELR goes West: Westonbirt Arboretum "Run for the trees" 10k, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
This race is near my home town of Malmesbury and I've been wanting to do it for several years now, but it fills up really quickly. This year I got lucky, and did the race with my brother and some of his friends, who were impressed by my ELR vest and that I'd come such a long way. It was fun to do this race only two days after the Orion 5 in Epping Forest, so I sure have run past a lot of trees! The Arboretum was founded in the mid 19th century, and now has a vast collection of amazing trees and shrubs including Redwood Trees which you rarely see outside North America. The organisers encourage you to arrive early, so we had time to explore, hug a few trees and warm up, before the race itself, which took you on a one lap tour all around the arboretum, all off road, on mainly gravel trails. There were hills, but despite this, I got a PB of 53:07 and came 259 out of 627 finishers. The race is very well organised, lots of parking, and extra joy, plenty of pristine loos, no queues.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series. - Sunday 7th June 2015

George Georgiou51.51298th
777 finishers.

Dorking 10 - Sunday 7th June 2015

Allan Todd1.08.26115th - 67.08%

Derby Ramathon Half Marathon - Sunday 7th June 2015

Richard Guest1.38.25407th

Bedgebury Forest 10K Trailblazer - Saturday 6th June 2015

Roisin Archer46.364th lady
Very hot and tough course. Lots of hills and uneven terrain. Best goody bag ever!

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 6th June 2015

Daniel Slipper38.1813th

ELVIS 2 - Orion Forest Five Series - Event 1 of 3. - Saturday 6th June 2015

Thomas Grimes28.13 (28.39)1st
Patrick Brown28.37 (29.06)3rd
Paul Quinton29.185th
Mark Boulton29.23 (29.27)6th
Alex Day29.569th
Russell Price30.1211th
Thomas Glasock30.4012th
Antonio Martin Romero31.2119th
Daniel Lee31.4124th
Ciaran Canavan32.3932nd
David Baldwin33.4041st - 40th
Karen Levison33.42 (34.05)42nd,2nd lady
Spencer Evans33.57 (35.31)46th - 43rd
Andrew Baxter34.0148th - 45th
Manjit Singh34.02 (34.18)49th - 46th
Diccon Loy34.3156th - 53rd
James Creed34.43 (36.53)58th - 55th
Ava Lee34.4659th,1st FV35 4th
Carlton D'Souza35.0765th - 61st
Aaron Browne35.0866th - 62nd
Peter Hatley36.5585th - 77th
Paul Charters37.1189th - 80th
Sylvia Brown37.3196th - 11th
Shailesh Patel37.47101st - 89th
Gareth Jones37.58104th - 92nd
James Clarke38.06108th - 94th
Craig Livermore38.49118th - 104th
Ramesh Pala38.56120th - 105th
John Healy38.57121st - 106th
Sarah Burns39.13127th - 18th
Roger Stubbs39.15128th - 110th
Iain Mackie40.28146th - 123rd
Kieran Brown40.44 (41.19)152nd - 127th
Paul Marshall40.52155th - 130th
Frank Brownlie 40.56156th - 131st
Steven Bywater40.58157th - 132nd
Celia Payaneeandee41.18159th - 26th
Sheetal Dandgey41.23160th - 27th
Maud Hodson41.26162nd - 28th
Claire Emery42.14170th - 33rd
Katherine Harris42.15171st - 34th
Jason Levy42.27173rd - 138th
Helen Cook42.30174th - 36th
Fiona Day42.52184th - 40th
Joanna Graham44.17204th - 48th
George Georgiou44.44208th - 160th
Caroline Moore45.16215th - 54th
Diana Rexhepaj46.04 (49.04)225th - 58th
Sheila Kennedy46.14230th - 60th
Stuart Barton46.58233rd - 171st
Amita Morse47.10238th - 66th
Sophie Edwards47.30242nd - 69th
Jayne Browne48.10252nd - 76th
Shaun DeSena49.28261st - 182nd
Maya Goodwin57.07294th - 102nd
Katy Taylor60.52303rd - 110th
Last year's time ( ) for those that improved

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 6th June 2015

James Wilson19.00 (50th parkrun)4th - 70.79% WF
Suzanne Bench23.3644th - 71.05% WF
Felicity Price-Thomas24.0250th - 61.58% WF
Bernadett Kalmar24.09 (course pb)51st - 65.15% WF
Fiona Critchley24.3457th - 67.44% WF
Alan Branch25.5669th - 59.77% WF
Che Hector26.2172nd - 49.02% WF
Jaime Towns27.58 (course pb)83rd - 51.07% WF
Dan Anderson20.345th - 64.91% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.288th - 66.07% Valentine
Maran Raju21.37 (course pb)10th - 68.23% Valentine
Derek Wright22.54 (with buggy)21st - 61.43% Valentine
Gavin Stebbing19.24 (100th parkrun)21st - 70.36% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks20.2121st - 67.57% Burgess
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.492nd - 63.33% Beckton
Graham Peacock22.4136th - 58.12% Mile End
Bozena Mysilinska23.17 (1st parkrun)51st - 63.99% Eastbourne
Alexandra Wilkinson23.49 (course pb)20th - 66.06% Hockley Wood
Julie Greene29.3396th - 58.15% WF
Karen Shah32.07113th - 48.99% WF

Wimbledon Trail Series - Race 2 - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Thomas Grimes28.421st - 77.64%

Great Midland Fun Run, Royal Sutton Coldfield - Sunday 31st May 2015

Iain Mackie1.11.32

Vitality Triathlon - Sprint Distance, Hyde Park - Sunday 31st May 2015

Carlton D'Souza1.39.16202nd
Carlton: Managed to complete my first Sprint Triathlon (ITU World Triathlon London 2015, Hyde Park). Since swimming is not my forte, I had real concerns about being able to complete the swim part. Happy to say I managed to finish in one piece and actually had a cracking time in quite challenging weather conditions. Overall time: 1hr 39min 16sec.
Swim 23.44, T1 6.51, Bike 45.23, T2 3.42, Run 19.38.

Vitality Triathlon - Olympic Distance, Hyde Park - Sunday 31st May 2015

Ava Lee2.32.1228th
Ava Lee : What a morning! Fraught with fun and drama at the Vitality Triathlon. My first ever triathlon - Olympic distance. Definitely not my last! Minor drama in T1 when I arrived to find my helmet missing, discovered it had blown several metres away in the mighty wind and rain. Quite a spectacular fall off my bike at the half way mark, took a few minutes to gather myself and check for broken bones before carrying on a bit bloody and battered.....I made it to the end in 2hr 32mins. Totally chuffed, a few bandages as trophies. Can't wait for the next one!
Swim 30.00, TI 5.10, Bike 1.13.17, T2 2.24, Run 41.23.

Phnom Penh Half Marathon - Sunday 31st May 2015

Jamee Gouldtbc
Jamee Gould: 24 hours travelling, a missed connecting flight, 3 planes, a lost suitcase, brand new trainers and running gear bought at airport, zero sleep and a 6am start, my awesome sis and I finished the Phnom Penh half marathon! Not ideal circumstances but we did it!! — with Paige Gould.

ING Luxembourg Night Half Marathon - Saturday 30th May 2015

Manjit Singh1.32.47247th

Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday 30th May 2015

Dan Gritton3.00.079th
Andy Kumar3.39.4071st
Dan Spinks4.50.07285th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 30th May 2015

Alex Day17.512nd - 72.83% Wanstead
Thomas Glasock18.05 (1st parkrun)3rd - 71.34% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.27 (course pb)4th - 69.92% Wanstead
Aaron Williams19.076th - dfyb
Peter Craik19.509th - 71.51% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.0412th - 68.52% Wanstead
James Creed20.19 (course pb)14th - 65.30% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3015th - 64.72% Wanstead
Mark Wyatt22.3637th - 57.08% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.38 (1st lady)38th - 67.16% Wanstead
Kieran Brown22.5743rd - 68.12% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.2555th - 66.69% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.4257th - 64.91% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley25.1066th - 65.83% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5969th - 71.58% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.1470th - 54.07% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1973rd - 26.19% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.4278th - 58.05% Wanstead
Don Bennett28.5295th - 53.70% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.4997th - 54.28% Wanstead
Claire Emery42.36 131st - 36.93% Wanstead
Jonathan Shaw20.04 (course pb)23rd - 68.52% Hackney
Katherine Harris21.38 (course pb)48th - 68.88% Hackney
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.39 (course pb)49th - 60.89% Hackney
Jason Levy22.14 (course pb)55th - 63.27% Hackney
Aaron Browne19.413rd - 65.54% Valentines
Karen Levison19.56 (1st lady)5th - 82.11% Valentines
Dan Anderson20.108th - 66.20% Valentines
Ashley Faria21.4315th - 65.31% Valentines
David Baldwin19.51 (course pb)5th - 66.08% Walthamstow
Richard Guest20.468th - 66.69% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes17.00 (course pb)1st - 77.55% Clarisford
Russell Price17.176th - 74.83% Bushy
Gavin Stebbing19.1114th - 71.16% Chelmsford
Graham Peacock22.1246th - 59.38% Mile End
James Nichols19.5821st - 64.94% Highbury Fields
Amita Morse26.2461st - 60.73% Valentine
Fastest parkrun of the day for Thomas, 17.00 & first place at Clarisford, Ireland. Two ladies had a first place finishes , Sarah 22.38 at Wanstead and Karen a 5th place finish with 19.56 and a 82.11% age grade. First parkrun for Thomas Glasock in 18.05 at Wanstead with course pb's from Antonio Romero & James Creed. Course pb's for David Baldwin at Walthamstow and for all 4 runners (Jonny, Katherine, Mohammed & Jason) at Hackney Marshes. Great also to see Mark & David Wyatt back at Wanstead as well. DFYB .

Sixmilebridge 10km - Friday 29th May 2015

Thomas Grimes34.445th

Scott's Travel Midweek Road Race League - Div 2 - Orion - Wednesday 27th May 2015

Thomas Grimes33.521st
This is how to make a guest appearance!.

BUPA London 10km - Monday 25th May 2015

Andy Kumar37.08 pb328th
Daniel Slipper37.57389th
Stuart Kelly38.40442nd
Salvatore Passerini40.09633rd
Diccon Loy40.41701st
Ashley Faria45.36 pb1552nd
Katherine Harris45.531630th
Jamie Xavier46.301791st
Lucy Jarvis47.20 pb2004th
Bozena Mysilinska48.03 pbtbc
Jason Levy49.132619th
Lauren Aston49.552870th
Helen Cook51.10
Andy Balderstone52.423854th
Eszter Tacine1.02.587985th
Maya Goodwin1.04.338496th
Matt Rogers1.05.498855th

Hatfield Broad Oak 10km (30th Anniversary) - Monday 25th May 2015

Carrine Jay44.41218th (2nd Vet 45)
Grant Conway44.49220th
Sarah Burns46.37 pb300th
Sheila Kennedy54.06729th
Don Bennett57.44886th
Shaun DeSena59.46993rd
1,283 finishers.

BUPA Westminister Mile - Sunday 24th May 2015

Patrick Brown4.447th
Aaron Browne5.2286th
James Nichols5.2394th
Daniel Slipper5.34132nd
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea5.52 pb219th
Craig Livermore5.55227th
Bozena Mysilinska6.2938th
Saheed Shabbir6.30414th
Matt Rogers6.31417th
Paul Marshall6.53548th
Diana Rexhepaj7.48260th
Katrina Anderson8.00289th
Andy Balderstone8.10816th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 23rd May 2015

Julie Creffield36.56 (50th parkrun)954th - 40.61% Bushy
Alex Day17.363rd - 73.86% Wanstead
James Wilson18.18 (course pb)4th - 73.50% Wanstead
Antonio Martin Romero18.30 (1st parkrun)5th - 69.73% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.077th - 71.93% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.108th - 70.70% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.0410th - 70.68% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.26 (course pb)26th - 65.16% Wanstead
Sarah Burns22.3436th - 67.36% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby22.44 (course pb)37th - 67.67% Wanstead
Kieran Brown23.4249th - 65.96% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas23.57 (course pb)54th - 61.80% Wanstead
Paul Marshall24.03 (course debut)55th - 53.78% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.1067th - 73.91% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.3972nd - 60.43% Wanstead
Che Hector25.4073rd - 50.32% Wanstead
Stuart Barton25.5175th - 54.87% Wanstead
Caroline Moore26.0983rd - 66.60% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.19106th - 54.74% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.05129th - 46.16% Wanstead
Dan Anderson20.4610th - 64.29% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0019th - 64.47% Valentines
Katherine Harris22.09 (1st , 100th parkrun)21st - 67.27% Valentines
Maran Raju22.1222nd - 66.44% Valentines
Derek Wright22.39 (with buggy)23rd - 62.10% Valentines
Jason Levy23.2935th - 59.90% Valentines
Aaron Browne23.58 (50th parkrun)40th - 53.52% Valentines
David Baldwin20,144th - 64.83% Walthamstow
Richard Guest21.096th - 65.48% Walthamstow
Peter Hatley24.3622nd - 55.89% Walthamstow
Allan Todd18.44 (course pb)10th - 72.86% Cheltenham
William Pearce18.46 (course pb)12th - 69.54% Cheltenham
Russell Price17.339th - 73.69% Poole
Dan Gritton18.033rd - 76.73% Southwark
Graham Peacock21.5630th - 60.11% Mile End
Jonathan Shaw20.11 (course pb)19th - 68.13% Hackney
Dan Spinks21.1133rd - 64.91% Conkers
John Healy22.49 (course pb)84th - 60.26% Dulwich
Susannah McLaren32.28 (1st parkrun)472nd - 51.64% Nonsuch
Alexandra Wilkinson32.41114th - 48.14% Hockley Woods
Amita Morse26.4774th - 59.86% Valentine
Karen Shah29.2293rd - 53.58% Valentine
40 parkruns this week at 12 venues. Julie Creffield did her 50th at Bushy while Katherine did her 100th & 1st Lady and Aaron Browne his 50th both at Valentines. 1st parkruns for Antonio at Wanstead and Susannah at Nonsuch. Course pb's for James Wilson, Jonathan, Caroline & Felicity at Wanstead. Also course pb's for Jonny, Allan, Will & John Healy. Fastest parkrun this week: Russell Price at Poole 17.33. Last week we reached 2,500 runs at Wanstead from 135 members, this week it's now 2530 & 138. So next target 150 runners at Wanstead, so get over there soon or at least add ELR to your club name.

Run Wembley formerly Sudbury Court 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

Thomas Grimes34.102nd
Patrick Brown36.003rd
Matt Rogers47.41 pb41st
121 finishers.

Riga Marathon, Latvia - Sunday 17th May 2015

Dan Gritton2.57.4147th - 11th V40

Richmond Park Marathon - Sunday 17th May 2015

Peter Hatley3.34.5147th
Haresh Mulchandani4.37.14244th
341 finishers.

Morrisons Great Womens 10km, Glasgow - Sunday 17th May 2015

Ava Lee41.14 pb15th
Ava Lee finishing the Glasgow Women's 10k this morning - 15th out of supposedly 10,000 in 41:14!!! East London Runners got a big shout out when she crossed the line, which was met with The Stony Wall of Silence from a partisan crowd! Those miserable Jocks, huh?!
The commentator shouted 'Ava Lee, all the way from East London, welcome to Glasgow' as I crossed the finish line. I've officially been disowned by the Scots.

Hornsey YMCA Crouch End 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

James Nichols41.38 pb62nd

Bognor 10km - Sunday 17th May 2015

Dan Spinks43.33108th

Nuclear Rush Oblivion, Brentwood - Saturday 16th May 2015

Tanbir Jasimuddin8.12.2436km, 40.4km unofficially.
Race report… Tanbir Jasimuddin
Officially, I managed to complete 36k (3 laps) in 8hrs 12 mins 24 secs. Unofficially, my distance was 40.4k in that time.

Position – 60th, 98 starters 42.2km and 175 obstacles.
60th of 98 starters.

This was quite possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve done a few obstacle course runs before, but even after 12k, I was puffing. As a marathon run alone, this would be tough. This was all off road, rivers and lakes. On the off road sections, there was mud, a lot of mud, so much so, it was hard to stand up without falling flat on your face, let alone run through it. In one section, I even got my foot stuck in it – I’d rather run through treacle! It was a really well organised event, with waves of runners completing different distances throughout the day, which meant that we had different people telling us that we were nutters. There were some fun obstacles, like the death slide which involved a 20m free fall into a lake, and some not so fun ones like the 119m monkey bars. Apart from the monkey bars, they were quite strict on completing the obstacles, so this certainly was a level above tough mudder. Only a handful of people managed to complete the distance. I started my final lap in severe pain as I managed to drop a log on my foot, sadly I wasn’t able to finish within the time limit, but my Garmin said that I had covered just over 40k and I was pleased with that. I would definitely recommend this event, and I’ll certainly give the 42k distance another go. I can’t wait to see the action photos!

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 16th May 2015

Patrick Brown17.12 (course pb)1st - 75.19% Wanstead
Alex Day17.552nd - 72.56% Wanstead
James Wilson18.434th - 71.86% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.24 (pts winner)8th - 69.85% Wanstead
Craig Simpson19.54 (course pb)11th - 68.59% Wanstead
James Creed20.26 (course pb)12th - 64.52% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4322nd - 64.31% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.56 (1st lady)32nd - 64.53% Wanstead
Katherine Harris23.25 (course pb)42nd - 63.67% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.2643rd - 65.65% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.3946th - 70.89% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.4160th - 63.34% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.5063rd - 62.84% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.51 (pts winner)64th - 62,84% Wanstead
Sarah Burns25.0565th - 60.60% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.07 (100th parkrun)66th - 79.05% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.1078th - 60.13% Wanstead
Geoff Bench29.21103rd - 49.56% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.15123rd - 47.32% Wanstead
Morag Campbell33.52128th - 46.11% Wanstead
Alan Branch41.42 131st - 37.17% Wanstead
Aaron Browne19.183rd - 66.84% Valentines
Craig Livermore22.0112th - 58.59% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0713th - 64.13% Valentines
Derek Wright23.09 (with buggy)21st - 60.76% Valentines
Saheed Shabbir23.1822nd - 55.79% Valentines
Maran Raju25.1043rd - 58.61% Valentines
Dan Anderson28.0274th - 47.62% Valentine
Graham Peacock21.55 (1st parkrun)45th - 60.15% Mile End
Paul Marshall24.26 (course pb)82nd - 52.93% Mile End
Thomas Grimes17.191st - 76.13% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.077th - 71.40% Chelmsford
Spencer Evans19.49 (course pb)3rd - 65.10% Barking
Dan Spinks20.16 (course pb)12th - 67.85% Northala Fields
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea20.5131st - 63.23% Finsbury
James Nichols22.1148th - 58.45% Hackney
John Healy22.5284th - 60.13% Dulwich
Steven Bywater24.1319th - 60.91% Walthamstow
Richard Guest29.16 (with Mum)102nd - 47.32% Bracknell
Stuart Barton27.0389th - 52.43% Wanstead
Salvatore Passerini18.57 9course pb)6th - 72.56% Wanstead
Ali Horsfall32.08121st - 32.08% Wanstead
Wanstead Flats parkrun celebrated it's 4th Anniversary. Patrick & Rebecca were the first finishers. Fiona celebrated her 100th parkrun, Maud & Scott were the points winners for 2014/2015. Course pb's for Patrick, Craig, James & Katherine.
Elsewhere another first finish for Thomas and course pb's for Spencer at Barking, Paul Marshall at Mile End and Dan Spinks at Northala Fields. Dan seems to like Northala as his two last pb's were there also. Also Richard paced his Mum again to get her another pb.

ELVIS 1 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 mile - Tuesday 12th May 2015

Thomas Grimes27.13 pb (28.07)2nd (2nd Male)
Patrick Brown27.24 pb (28.09)3rd (3rd Male)
Mark Boulton28.10 pb (28.13)5th
Alex Bee28.30 pb7th
Alex Day28.458th
Russell Price28.50 pb (30.48)10th
Dan Gritton29.22 pb11th (1st MV40)
Ciaran Canavan29.5414th
Daniel Lee30.08 pb (30.31)15th
James Wilson31.24 pb19th
Aaron Browne31.2920th
Daniel Slipper31.3721st
Jennifer Ansell31.4122nd (1st Lady)
Andrew Baxter32.09 (32.41)26th - 25th
Diccon Loy32.2529th - 28th
Spencer Evans32.31 pb (35.26)31st - 30th
Karen Levison32.44 pb (33.09)36th (2nd Lady, 1stFV45)
David Baldwin32.5237th - 35th
Paul Thompson33.0339th - 37th
Jamee Gould33.07 pb40th (3rd Lady)
James Nichols33.08 pb (34.48)41st - 38th
James Creed33.20 pb (34.56)44th - 41st
Manjit Singh33.3447th - 44th
Carlton D'Souza33.40 pb48th - 45th
Peter Craik33.5349th - 46th
Richard Guest33.5450th - 47th
Grant Conway34.34 pb (36.04)53rd - 50th
Craig Livermore34.58 pb57th - 53rd
Roisin Archer35.22 pb60th - 5th
Shailesh Patel35.2863rd - 58th
Jonathan Wooldridge35.31 pb (37.34)64th - 59th
James Clarke35.4067th - 61st
Rebecca Young36.0871st - 7th
Paula Bedford36.39 pb (36.58)75th - 9th
Ashley Faria36.4376th - 67th
Ramesh Pala36.5178th - 69th
Graham Peacock37.2782nd - 73rd
Michael Wilson37.4486th - 76th
Katherine Harris37.51 pb89th - 11th
Lucy Jarvis37.55 pb92nd - 12th
Eleanor Wilkinson37.55 pb93rd - 13th
Roger Stubbs37.55 (38.22)94th - 81st
Gareth Jones38.0095th - 82nd
Sheetal Dandgey38.0697th - 14th
Sarah Burns38.13 pb (40.56)100th - 15th
Steven Bywater38.14 pb (39.09)101st - 86th
Maud Hodson38.31 pb104th - 16th
Tim Aylett38.32106th - 90th
Frank Brownlie 39.40114th - 96th
Fiona Day39.58 pb (40.21)118th (1st FV55) - 20th
Bozena Mysilinska41.25133rd - 27th
Caroline Moore42.34 pb (47.31)140th - 30th
Sheila Kennedy43.52154th - 36th
Diana Rexhepaj44.48 pb161st - 40th
Jayne Browne45.09 164th - 43rd
Dave Knight46.01171st - 125th
Maya Goodwin53.00206th - 69th
Jason Levy53.00207th - 138th
229 finishers. Bracket times show last year's quicker times
1st Ladies & Men's Team Winners also.

On a sunny but windy Spring evening 58 ELR Members and their supporters made their way to Raphaels Park, Romford for the first of the 7 races forming the 2015 ELVIS Series.

Our Ladies were particularly successful as can be seen from the above and our Men were excellent too.

There were many personal best times and a good few debuts.

Onwards now to ELVIS 2 on Saturday 6th June at Orion.

Race Report by Mike Wilson. This was my first race since a Chingford League fixture back in November, shortly after which I became plagued by injuries. Every attempted comeback was unsuccessful, so I only stated running again last month; a couple of times a week. Last week was my first full club run and I managed to strain my glute and hamstring at the same time. So last night I arrived at the race with a great deal of apprehension and anxiety, just hoping I could finish the race. My plan was to start at the back of the field and jog round with the minimum of discomfort and damage.
I arrived at the start line alongside Dave Knight and Caroline Moore and proceeded to bore Dave with my injury woes. Once the race started I decided to to chat to Dave about football, which then bored Caroline, I am sure! After about half a mile or so, I felt a spring in my legs that I had not experienced for a while and began to lengthen my stride (Perhaps it was the cushioning in my new running shoes!). It was a warm sunny evening in a lovely park and I started to enjoy my run. With no extra effort I managed to pass a lot of people and caught sight of a few East London Runners' in front of me. My legs and back were feeling ok so what did I do? I started to race the rest of it....couldn't help myself really! On nearly three miles I caught sight of Frank Brownlie who let me overtake him by stopping to do up his shoe laces! Some encouragement by spectators Roberto Bruni, Jim Bird and Roger Dixon helped me along and I was delighted to finish in 37.44. Probably a personal worse, but not a disaster; I was actually ecstatic at the finishing line...I had given it my all in the end! I've learnt that times are not everything now and it is the competing for ELR that is important.
Being injured can be a pretty lonely place at times, but I am taking it one day at a time and no adverse affects today. Well done to the ladies and men's teams again, come on ELR!

Jennifer and Karen with their Race Trophies!

Dereham 10m - Sunday 10th May 2015

Diccon Loy1.07.4629th
Lucy Jarvis1.19.42 pb115th

Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 10th May 2015

Regis Martin3.21.4237th
Jason Levy4.56.40413th
Wayne Kelly5.00.06 pb421st

Jason, Wayne and Regis after the race.

491 finishers. Jason Levy Really enjoyed the race, and even some of the hills. I was about 18mins quicker than Brighton four weeks ago, so very pleased. It's was good to meet Wayne Kelly and Regis Martin who both ran really well today.

Vitality Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 10th May 2015

Andy Kumar1.23.14 pb104th
Stuart Kelly1.24.10 pb?127th
Scott McMillan1.31.17539th
James Creed1.34.13 pb736th
James Nichols1.34.56811th
Alex Haward1.36.00909th
Peter Hatley1.36.22
Craig Livermore1.38.17 pb1153rd
Eleanor Wilkinson1.41.23 pb1605th
Jonathan Shaw1.43.181915th
Graham Peacock1.47.302688th
Jamie Xavier1.50.573355th
Paula Bedford1.52.333683rd
Bernadett Kalmar1.59.17 debut5295th
Diana Rexhepaj2.05.066425th
Katrina Anderson2.05.186460th
Don Bennett2.21.448770th
Julie Creffield2.49.2310017th

Aaron, Scott, James, Craig and Jonathan with their medals.

Hackney Half Marathon race reports...

Andy Kumar - andykumar.net/2015/05/10/run-hackney-half-marathon-2015/

Scott McMillan

After putting in my first sub 90 minute time at Roding Valley a couple of months back, I had my eye on going a little quicker here. And so, on a glorious day, during an extremely well organised event, on a near pan flat course, I blasted through the first 9 miles like a red express train, breaking my 10k record as I went. And then I spent the last 4 and a bit miles desperately trying to keep the wheels on the track, coming in a couple of minutes short of my target.

Did I set off too fast? Maybe, but I wasn't going to set a PB by going slower than PB pace, so I had to give it a bash. Was it too hot? Maybe, I was a bit worried about dehydrating out there, and at times today I felt like I was water boarding myself. Did I train hard enough? Maybe not, I struggled a little with niggles after Roding Valley, and while I've been putting in some good 5k times, I probably cut back a bit on my longer runs.

So maybe a bit of all of this, but most likely the biggest cause lay elsewhere: in the week before the race I had a haircut and trimmed my beard. What an idiot. Have I learned NOTHING from the story of Samson, or NOTHING from the story of the long haired, heavily bearded chap who ran Roding Valley in under 90 minutes? Anyway, special thanks to all of those from ELR who gave me a cheer over those hard last few miles, I really needed it!

Hackney half race report...Jonny Shaw

I hadn't signed up for many races this year in order to save my energy for the arrival of my second daughter a couple of weeks ago so I was really looking forward to this race.

Standing in the 1.30 starting pen I ran into Alex Haward who looked like a coiled spring, it was nice to also see James and Diana before the start. I always seem to run half marathons in 1.43 but as usual I had fantasised about pulling off some 1.30 ish miracle and as usual I had been to lazy to do Grants monday punisher in order to increase my pace. Hey ho the horn went and we rocketed off at breakneck speed, Haward disappearing in a plume of dust. After a couple of miles it became clear that I was not going to maintain the pace and to make matters worse I needed the loo. There was nothing for it but to stagger into the Hackney council portaloo. And then we were off again.
By about mile 5 the sun came out, I realised it had been a mistake to wear my usual couple of layers and a hat, I could still hear Paul Thompson's voice, mocking of my attire, but at least I wasn't wearing my coat and trousers as I usually do up to June. Nothing for it but to stop and do a quick strip to consternation of my fellow runners.
Up to mile 10 feeling hot and queasy, pace slipping all the time a gel at mile 8 had improved matters somewhat so I opted for another at mile 11 and managed to drop my phone and a tenner I was carrying. Grabbed the phone, cash got taken by a gust of wind so I chased it against the directional flow much to the amusement of my fellow athletes. Possessions recovered and it was time to knuckle down and get it done. Mile 12, Craig Livermore sped past me like a bullet we had a brief chat and I bade him farewell as I was flagging big time.

Last mile was a hot haze, I was relieved to cross the line in the usual 1.43, my 1.30ish daydream trodden under foot.
I got blasé about the distance and training and tried to wing it, and it never works!
Note to self, wear the right gear, train and stop making excuses! C u next year hackney 1/2. Brilliant course and amazing organisation if a little pricey- but at least we got caviar in the race pack.

Hope 24 - Saturday & Sunday 9th/10th May 2015

Bozena Mysilinska
Well done Bozena Myslinska running her first ever 30 miles at hope24run. Team of six covering over 140 miles.

Orion Yacht Handicap - Saturday 9th May 2015

Grant Conway40.516th of 25.
Grant Today I ran in the Orion yacht handicap. A 5 mile race made up mostly of hills that are part of the Orion 15 course. A good runout before ELVIS on Tuesday. I came 6th out of 25 with a time of 40.51. Cheers.

Vitality Hackney 5km - Saturday 9th May 2015

Iain Mackie22.52
Muhammad Iqbal25.10

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 9th May 2015

Alex Bee17.25 (course pb)1st - 74.07% Wanstead
James Wilson19.113rd - 70.11% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.135th - 73.69% Wanstead
Spencer Evans19.38 (course pb)10th - 65.70% Wanstead
Aaron Williams19.4011th - 69.92% Wanstead
James Nichols19.4513th - 65.65% Wanstead
James Clarke21.28 (course pb)21st - 60.09% Wanstead
Rebecca Young22.28 (1st lady)27th - 65.88% Wanstead
Caroline Meaby23.04 (course pb)34th - 66.69% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.1938th - 66.98% Wanstead
John Healy23.2239th - 58,84% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench23.3743rd - 71.00% Wanstead
Fiona Critchley23.46 (course pb)43rd - 69.71% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.20 (course pb)50th - 60.82% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.1354th - 61.47% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.2569th - 60.13% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.2871st - 58.56% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar44.43109th - 35.18% Wanstead
Karen Levison20.13 (1st lady)8th - 80.96% Valentines
Ashley Faria22.0118th - 64.42% Valentines
Derek Wright23.02 (with buggy)27th - 61.07% Valentines
Richard Guest21.296th - 64.47% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.1320th - 60.91% Walthamstow
Shaun DeSena29.1641st - 44.08% Walthamstow
Muhammad Iqbal26.33106th - 49.15% Mile End
Allan Todd18.41 (course pb)12th - 73.06% Nonsuch
Dan Spinks21.0820th - 65.06% Harrow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.0921st - 62.33% Harrow
Diccon Loy19.4525th - 70.72% Norwich
Stuart Barton26.2770th - 53.62% Wanstead
Amita Morse26.1966th - 60.92% Valentine
Salvatore Passerini19.21 (course pb)4th - 71.06% Wanstead
Amita Morse26.1966th - 60.92% Valentine

Wimbledon Trail Series - Race 1 - Wednesday 6th May 2015

Thomas Grimes29.413rd - 75.32%

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon - Monday 4th May 2015

Fiona Day4.16.22 pb1118th
2281 finishers. halfway 2.05.47, 20 miles 3.14.18.

Fiona's Race Report. Or from anxious to exhausted in 4 hours and 17 minutes.

I have been planning to run the Belfast Marathon for a few years now. It was recommended by Jane, one of the 2 women who were partly why Kieran and I first ran a marathon. These 2 colleagues, were in their 50s and running marathons. They knew Kieran and I ran a bit and encouraged us to enter a 10 km with them. After this we ditched the baggy shirt and beach shorts and bought some technical gear and we started running together.

Not long after Jane had mentioned how much she enjoyed the Belfast marathon I read a letter in a running magazine by someone else who had enjoyed it and urged runners to support smaller marathons. So that was Belfast on my to do list, also I think running is a good way to see different places.

What a contrast from other races, I went to see the start the night before and there was no sign of activity, no barriers fencing,etc, I arrived half an hour before the start, as instructed and the pen was empty.( I have taken a photo).

I was feeling shaky and although I had done the training, it never went right and I felt unprepared. However seeing so many other runners at the start with tape and supports on their legs, I took some comfort in starting without any niggles or injuries.

Did I have a race plan to follow? Well simply, don't start off too fast ( it's not a parkrun) don't stop running and get over the finish line. I made sure I was in front of the 4.30 pacer and hoped that I wouldn't see him again.

There was also a relay marathon and the relay teams were a substantial part of the numbers, in fact out numbering marathon runners by far.

The run was sponsored by a bottled water company but the water stations gave cups, some I saw being filled from stand pipes. At one point they also poured energy drinks into cups rather than waste whole bottles which is good.

The route is varied and covers North, South, East and West of the City. The first 6 miles out towards George Best Airport and back. Then a long trek through mainly residential streets,some street names were familiar.

I had checked before and had read there was a hill at about 9 miles, so I wasn't prepared for quite a bit of uphill in the first half. Still it wasn't the Stanmer Park ladder and I kept my pace and along the top were some stunning views over Belfast Lough.

By this point my anxiety had vanished. There didn't seem too much downhill before we ran along the waters edge on a cycle path by a dual carriageway.
I enjoyed running through the 4 relay change overs as there was a buzz of excitement as runners waited for to their team mates to arrive.

I knew the next time I arrived in the cCity itself I would have covered 20 miles. By this time my legs were getting sore, but I overheard a guy encouraging his mate in a soothing Irish lilt "the pains in your head not your legs" I took this on board and my legs felt fresher.

At some point I took note of a view of the waterfront but some of the last few miles were a blur.

We ran past the queue of lorries going to the docks, I had to wait for a couple to pass before the marshals let me cross the road.

The last 6 miles went through some unremarkable urban landscape before a pleasant stretch passing alongside the river Lagan. Then a nasty mile or so around 24 to 25 up a long hill.

The local support was fantastic, especially towards the end and was really welcome on this hill. By the last mile it had increased to a roar along the final push downhill to the finish.

I saw Kieran cheering me as I approached it, so pleased to see him, knowing he was waiting had helped keep me going. Once over the over the mat I got my bottle of water supplied by the sponsors. By the end of the run I had seen the iconic yellow H&W cranes from every possible angle.

Belfast may seem a long way to go for a run, but I would recommend it, especially combined with a little holiday. The marathon is well organised and Belfast is also very friendly, its a pleasant city to visit in a lovely part of the world!

Milton Keynes Marathon - Monday 4th May 2015

Maran Raju3.39.29 pb297th
1558 finishers. All done and dusted 3:39:29 PB. I was aiming for under 3:40 just managed to get it. The course was horrible lots of twists and turns uphill and downhill. Won't be doing this one again.

Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 3rd May 2015

George Georgiou51.43224th
528 finishers.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 2nd May 2015

Daniel Slipper38.567th
Eszter Tacine57.49109th

parkrun - all venues ( Wanstead except where indicated.) - Saturday 2nd May 2015

Russell Price17.26 (pb & 50th parkrun)1st - 74.19%
Alex Bee17.29 (WF debut)2nd - 73.78%
Alex Day18.394th - 69.71%
Scott McMillan19.056th - 71.00%
Aaron Williams19.097th -
Peter Craik19.38 (course pb)8th - 72.24%
Spencer Evans19.5912th - 64.55%
Jennifer Ansell20.0413th - 73.75%
Emmet Fitzgibbon20.3517th - 64.45%
Aaron Browne21.30 (course pb)24th - 60.00%
Roberto Bruni20.42 (course pb)19th - 69.57%
Jonathan Wooldridge21.4427th - 64.26%
Craig Livermore21.46 (wf debut)28th - 59.26%
Alex Thornton22.19 (1st parkrun)34th - 57.80%
Rebecca Young23.1247th - 63.79%
Suzanne Bench23.14 (course pb)48th - 72.17%
Fiona Critchley24.02 (course pb)56th - 68.93%
Bernadett Kalmar24.1458th - 64.92%
Alexandra Brown24.26 (course pb)60th - 60.57%
Maud Hodson24.2861st - 63.83%
Felicity Price-Thomas24.33 (course pb)62nd - 60.29%
Caroline Moore25.40 (course pb)68th - 67.86%
Alan Branch27.0883rd - 57.13%
Muhammad Iqbal27.46 (1st parkrun)87th - 47.00%
Roger Stubbs28.0890th - 53.73%
Sophie Edwards28.2894th - 54.45%
Geoff Bench29.12100th - 50.11%
Don Bennett29.12101st - 53.08%
Claire Emery30.02105th - 52.39%
Maya Goodwin31.15 (50th parkrun)119th - 50.35%
Ashley Faria21.27 (course pb)11th - 66.12% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.2222nd - 66.62% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.1831st - 55.79% Valentine
Jason Levy23.2834th - 59.94% Valentine
Christopher Sohail24.3445th - 53.12% Valentine
Dan Gritton17.473rd - 77.88% Burgess
Thomas Grimes18.111st - 72.50% Grovelands
Allan Todd19.02 (50th parkrun)14th - 71.65% Huddersfield
Gavin Stebbing19.0510th - 71.53% Chelmsford
Paul Thompson20.478th - 68.72% Walthamstow
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea21.2521st - 61.56% Raphael
James Nichols23.0921st - 56.01% Brentwood
Steven Bywater23.53 (course pb)55th - 61.76% Crystal Palace
Dan Spinks22.4034th - 60.66% Gadebridge
Fiona Day25.02 (99th parkrun)92nd - 74.30% Ormeau,Belfast
Stuart Barton25.4269th - 55.19% Wanstead
50th parkrun celebrations for Russell Price & Maya Goodwin. Would have been also for Allan Todd if he remembered his barcode. A great pb for Russell finishing in 17.26 moved him to 24th in the fastest 500 list and 5th on the ELR list for Wanstead Flats. Maya celebrated her 50th with what else but "cake".
Course pb's also for Peter Craik, Aaron Browne, Suzanne "new shoes" Bench, Alexandra Brown, Felicity Price-Thomas and Caroline Moore. Craig ran at Wanstead for the first time and Alex & M

Hamburg Marathon - Sunday 26th April 2015

Dan Gritton2.54.24285th , 40th V40

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 - Sunday 26th April 2015

Thomas Grimes2.45.04500th
Alex Day2.45.36 pb517th
Paul Quinton2.47.48 pb623rd
Daniel Lee2.49.22 pb718th
Ciaran Canavan2.52.18937th
Antonio Martin Romero2.57.28 debut1429th
Manjit Bedi2.58.451639th
William Pearce3.02.17 pb & gfa2095th
Sam McCarthy3.08.012704th
Andrew Baxter3.09.40 pb2910th
Jennifer Ansell3.10.46 pb3037th
Ava Lee3.11.28 pb3126th
Sean Richardson3.16.213859th
Roisin Archer3.20.14 pb4387th
John Booth3.20.47 debut4466th
James Creed3.29.19 pb6080th
Shahib Miah Ali3.36.33 pb7439th
Natasha Tweedie3.37.07 pb & gfa7537th
Caroline Meaby3.42.11 pb & gfa8650th
Jonathan Wooldridge3.42.16 debut8682nd
Rebecca Young3.43.028892nd
Grant Conway3.44.099207th
Maud Hodson3.51.38 pb11209th
Frank Brownlie 4.00.55 pb14251st
Joanna Graham4.05.41 debut15363rd
Fiona Rutland4.13.2217266th
Diccon Loy4.27.5021129th
Muhammad Iqbal4.37.50 debut23748th
Diana Rexhepaj4.45.56 debut25676th
Ian Cooper4.47.5626125th
Maya Goodwin5.29.33 debut32889th
Julie Creffield6.54.4037088th
Jim Bird8.12.34
Also Yvonne Shashoua 3:30:34 - FV50 47th.
Bryony Hewer - 3:54:08

Danny Lee: Enjoying reading everyone’s reports - here's mine…

Some may have already heard about my highly technical and sophisticated marathon strategy, which I call the Kamikaze Technique (patent pending). It goes something like this: run as fast as you can for about 2 hours, holding nothing in reserve, start to cramp at about 20 miles, spend the final 10K feeling like you’re wading through treacle and wishing you’d never been born - your pace nose diving like crazy - collapse over the finish line and wait to be carried to the medical tent in tears. It’s a plan that’s somehow served me well for many years, but it’s always left me wondering – what if one year, that last 10K wasn’t such a disaster.

So off I went, with my trusty plan, and everything went true to form for the first 20 miles. But passing the water station this year, something was different – I was still feeling weirdly OK! I even managed a couple of “EAST LONDON!!!” fist pumps and got a mighty cheer back from the team for my efforts. Feeling pumped as I pulled away from the station, I convinced myself that today that there would be no treacle. I decided this time to ignore The Cramps that had arrived bang on cue – I’ll show those buggers who’s boss!

Kilometre after kilometre heading west, for once, my pace stayed within target. Even Embankment didn’t seem so long this year, the crowd calling my name all the way. More fist pumps at Birdcage walk as I realised a PB was in the bag. I rounded the corner into the Mall and saw the clock still said two forty something. For the first time in my life, I even managed a sprint finish to cross the line in 2:49:22 - 3 minutes faster than my target for the day! No collapsing, no tears, no paramedics – just high fives and smiles with Alex Day and Paul Quinton who were waiting over the line, both with shiny new PBs of their own! I doubt my “technique” will ever catch on, but for once it worked – at last, I’d run the marathon I’d been trying to run for years!

Ciaran Canavan: My race may not have gone to plan yesterday, but it was an amazing day, made more special by the camaraderie and support of ELR! Well done to those who ran. On your debuts, PBs and personal achievements all round! Love you all

Will Pearce: Well what can I say....another amazing ELR and London Marathon day, so many incredible performances and great support as ever.

Perfect conditions for the race, in the pen chatting to Grant Conway with the rain holding off and off I went sticking to the 3 hour pace maker like glue (as were a lot of others and my legs were taken out a couple of times but luckily no fall). Great to bump into some friendly ELR faces early on John Booth Andrew Baxter and Ava Lee and felt very comfortable at 20 mile water station, picked up my gels from Alex Bee and maybe, just maybe sub 3 was in sight! Faded after 23 miles (with Antonio Martín Romero coming through like a rocket, what a performance!) a bit and lost the pacer but thought in my mind, GFA was still on and so so happy to come in at 3.02.17 and a 14 minute PB...I was elated and very emotional at the finish....I think partly due to the fact that it might have been one of my last runs for ELR, now with a new job and life in Cheltenham.

It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be a member of such an amazing, friendly club and I will miss you all massively. Over the last 4 years I have made great friends and had so many enjoyable runs with you all. Thanks Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie for all the hard work you put in to the club and Grant for the track sessions which help so much. Too many good friends to mention (and I hope to keep running with some of you) but Alex was the man to get me my goal this year and keep me motivated, it would not have happened without you mate.

Thanks for everything and see you all at London next year guys!!


Sam McCarthy: Would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone at ELR.. Since I've joint in January I've been made to feel immediately part of the team and have met some amazing people... The camaraderie and team spirit of ELR I'm sure is what got my through those last few miles yesterday.. Thanks guys

Race for me couldn't have gone more to plan.. I ran nearly the same pace start to finish getting slightly quicker in final few miles, which I can't believe. What a feeling crossing that finish line... I'm not taking my medal off EVER!

Ava Lee: Little race report -
Feeling stiff and sore today but it was all worth it for such a great day yesterday. I came into this year's marathon with a lot less expectation or pressure on myself, and it was so much more fun. The crowd were wonderful, I've never felt so popular with everyone shouting 'Ava, you can do it' for the entire 26.2 miles. I'm sure I was smiling for at least 23 miles. Despite the plan to go out slow, that didn't really happen. I've decided I don't believe in negative splits anyway! There were tough points where I could no longer keep up the pace but I knew the finish was close and a PB still possible. It was so great to see all the ELR team at 20 miles and to hear of everyone's successes and stories afterwards. Of course the highlight for me was seeing a very happy and salty Danny Lee at the finish line, after his brilliant run.
Now that's all over, it's time for the next challenge. It's Elvis time!!

Natasha Tweedie: London Marathon done in 3:37, a pb of 12 mins and Good For Age!

It was amazing running through London, a city which has become my new home. So happy with my time, which I wasn't expecting with all the niggles along the way. Thank you so much too everyone who supported me along the way, I couldn't have done it without you! Just to name a few, Craig Saunders Jamee Gould, Ninette Fernandes, the long runs with Claire Parker Roisin Archer Caroline Meaby, all of ELR!!, the girls from work, friends/family from NZ, and my physio Wilna Ellis ! I also reached my target for my charity, 'The Children's Hospital Trust Fund.' I thought this might be the last marathon... but Boston is feeling tempting!

Caroline Meaby:

My third London and the first time I've gone in with my head down and a full game plan. I did allow myself a bit of wooping and shimmying at the funky sound systems and geed up a few folk en route but strictly no high fiving kids and no grabbing sweets from randoms. Made the run slightly less fun but taking it more seriously got me the result I wanted. I planned 8.30 miles for the first 15 then 8.20 for 5 then 8.10 for 5 then who knows for rest. I ended up going slightly faster than planned and got to halfway a minute faster than my 3.44 pacing plan. I didn't stick to my strict pacing 100% but the negative split tactic worked. Felt amazing until mile 24 when I started to slow a bit but knew I'd got my buffer, the last stretch on Embankment needed a push then a final sprint down the Mall. Exceptionally chuffed with my 3.42.11 time! Thanks to ALL at ELR, everyone who has trained and pushed me and the Boom Crew of Joanna Graham and Jonathan Wooldridge who did the long runs with me and so many fab other new friends like Natasha Tweedie I've made this time round as well as wisdom of Roberto Bruni Frank Brownlie and Tom Woods who set me the Boston GFA qualifying target at ELR Xmas dinner. I'm not hanging up my running shoes this time round as next stop Berlin! East East EAST London!!!

Maud Hodson: It’s much harder to write a decent race report when things have gone well, but here we go. Mercifully brief, anyway.

Running a marathon feels completely different when you don’t make a total dog’s dinner of the pacing. I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it. 16 miles, 18 miles - wot no wall? No wall. And at 20 miles, all my lovely ELR friends at the water station - what an amazing cheer they gave me. Half a minute of pure joy. And then knuckle down and grind out the last few miles. Was beginning to feel like hard work, but I wasn’t slowing down. In fact I managed the fabled negative split - first half 1.57.36, second 1.54.02, and was steaming past a lot of very tired looking runners. Grabbed a random stranger by the hand to cross the line with, and job done. PB by 18 minutes, and a monkey off my back.

Joanna Graham So I've filled my belly and had my bath and was taking stock of my day.....words cannot describe how overwhelmed I was with the amount of support from all my friends and family....and the crowd. For those of you I saw...you will never understand how much that boosted me...honestly, as you saw, I went a bit OTT!! For those of you who came, but I didn't see, I knew you were there and that's all that matters - thank you so much to each and every one of you who took time out to be there today in the not so great British weather. For those of you who couldn't get there, I know you were supporting me from afar and that still means a great deal.
Thank you again to each and every one of you who have sponsored me....every penny has been gratefully received and has made today all worth it. For those of you who would still like to donate, link attached below.
Thank you to all the ELR's I've been training with over the last few months - each and every one of you have inspired me and, particularly as most of you were faster than me, without realising, pushed me to try harder....this training clearly paid off and I am over the moon with my marathon début time of 4hrs 5 mins.

Julie Creffield link to report toofattorun.co.uk/virgin-money-london-marathon-2015/

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 ... continued - Sunday 26th April 2015

Maya Goodwin fill's the page: Here's mine. Unsurprisingly, I waffle on a bit...!

So Jo and I have spent many many evenings together over the past 25 years, happily discussing trash telly and musicals over more than a few glasses of wine. Pretty much every evening we've spent together in 2015 have been spent anxiously discussing gels and morning alarm times over a bowl of pasta and a pint or two of water.

Last Saturday night was one of those nights. But with more haribo. At 10pm we both came over a bit hysterical with a haribo head rush and had to go to bed to calm down.

Walking to the station in the morning with my big red bag, I felt so proud.
'Look at me, I'm doing the marathon you know. You can tell because of my big red marathon bag!'
Except we didn't see one other person with a bag walking down! And those bags are not easy to carry, especially as I'd packed mine like I was going in a mini break with a new boyfriend. What?? I was certain I would NEED all my makeup, change of clothes, notebook, and toothbrush... And then everyone said I'd want snacks... Man, it was heavy.

Anyway. Onto the tube. Ah ha. More people, with bags. NOW I'm part of the marathon crew. Off at Greenwich. More people with bags. Oh. Lots more. Suddenly I stop feeling quite so special... Up that bloody hill to the top and off to the Variety photo. Hoodie off, photo, hoodie back on, pronto. The wind was whistling round us up there! Then we set off to our starts, me Blue, Jo Red. I was anxious about being alone in Blue, and Jo was going to come with me for a bit and then go to Red. She's the brave one. Then I saw some of my running club in the distance. In my very best NON radio voice I shrieked 'John A THAAAAANNNN!'
And galloped over, nearly knocking him over in an over excited hug. And I trod on his feet too. I'm such a bloody klutz. Anyway they were in Blue too. I left lovely brave Jo and went to Blue with them. As we were walking over discussing what delights we thought awaited Cieran in his championship pen (massage chairs, apple juice spritzers, proper toilets) I suddenly realised I hadn't given Jo a bin bag. Oh no!! I felt so bad. Typically for Jo, she was relaxed about it when I texted.
'Doesn't matter. Glad you're with someone.'

I dropped my bag off with squeals and bouncing and hugs as I found the Wanstead Parkrun team. Last year I was the other side of the barrier, taking bags, I still couldn't believe I was going to run the actual London marathon! Right. Off to the pen. It was soooo cold. I chatted to some people, but realised I didn't have the head space for inane chatter (I KNOW, right??) and huddled off on my own. Finally threw off the hoodie when we reached pen 1, and off we went. I was OFF.


We're on our way! I'm actually starting the bloody London Marathon! I've only talked about this for about 20 years, and now I'm doing it, I'm really doing it! The first mile or so was pretty ok. Calm. It felt good to be moving and my jitters finally stopped. I was meeting Jo at the Lucozade station at five miles, and this was just a little 'warm up'. The Blue start was mainly ballot places I think, not as many people as the Red start. It was through Blackheath and all the big fancy houses. Lots of speed humps. Each hump had two marshals to continually shout 'HUUUUUMMMMPPPP'. Which was obviously hilarious to myself and all the other runners. Well. It was the first time anyway. There were about 15 huuuummmmppppps. The poor 15th huuuummmmppppers were sadly ignored. I felt sorry for them.
On and on through South East London. Where on earth WAS I?
'Where is this?' I shouted to a spectator.
'HaHa Road!' They shouted back. Well ta. That helps. I was hoping for a more definitive 'You're in Woolwich love!' Oh well. Keep on running. Oh blimey, overtaken by a rhino, already! I said as much. A dismembered glum voice came out...
'Yeah. I get that a lot

And then there is the Lucozade stand, AND THERE'S MY JO!!! Pretty sure I frightened the bejeezus out of my surrounding runners as I screamed her name! We hugged, bounced and tried to not tread on each other. And then we heard our names! It was our friend Ellie! She sailed past, looking really great. A gel, and off we went.

The crowd and atmosphere started to build. We'd written a list of who was supporting where and we knew Pete and my family would be around soon. And there they were! We stopped, bounced, chatted for a couple of minutes and set off again. The cheering was getting louder and louder, and then... The Cutty Sark! 'Jo! We're doing it! We're running round the Cutty Sark!' We stopped and asked a spectator to take our photo with it behind us. Incredible.

More running though places we didn't know... But we knew our friend Sarah was at 8.5 miles, with her banner. I thought I was getting a blister already, which was a worry, but I knew Sarah would have plasters. And being a nurse, wouldn't be squeamish about applying it for me to save me bending over. Which she did. It wasn't even a blister, just hard skin, but she put a plaster on anyway. Thanks Sarah, you're lovely! Another photo, a quick chat and we were off again. Then I saw Kirsty Silver Hearts, who I'd met and ran behind for most of Roding Half!
She turned, we waved and grinned. And then..
'Sorry Jo, the plaster has come off in my sock... Can we stop again?!'
Another stop while I ditched the plaster, and off we set again, to our next spectator, Mil at the Shelter stand. We reach the stand, and stop in front of it, peering. Jo said: 'Mil? Mile Cole?' They looked back, bemused. We hoped that meant her husband was doing well and she'd headed off to her next spectator point.

Then... A sharp right, and.... Holy COW!!! Only bloody Tower Bridge! We got to the start and stopped again to ask a stranger to take our photo. And then went over. The noise. The bells, the cheering, the banging, the whistles... And so much colour. An incredible sight and experience. I never ever want to forget it. And as we reached the end we saw Denise Lewis and her TV crew. She looked right at us, grinned and clapped!

And now along towards the Wharf, with the faster runners on their way home. I saw one ELR vest, I didn't recognise him, and so focussed he didn't hear me shouting. Probably for the best really... And then.... The Variety stand! Fiona, PJ, Sharon, Lucie, Stevie, and Mil. We cried, they cried, PJ heard me swear... We properly stopped there and had a right mothers meeting, crying, laughing, and eating all their flapjacks. It was ace. Eventually we said goodbye and headed off into the depths of somewhere called Narrow Street. It was about now that we realised just how long we'd been out. The smell of beer was strong, and the spectators were definitely more... Jovial! One lady nearly knocked me over in her effort to high five me...
And into the Wharf. Past the CentrePoint cheer crew where I saw my friends Bonnie and Dawn. Bonnie looked her usual effortless glamorous self. I threw myself at her in a salty, sweaty hug. Sorry Bonnie! Up past Mudchute and we saw my lovely Churchfield Mums, with their great big banner. Thankyou so so much for coming to see us! More stopping and bouncing. And then off again. Jo pointed out at this point that we needed to start to stop less, and it was harder to start off again. (That's a convoluted sentence!) I sulked a bit, and squirted her legs with water. Then panicked that I'd given her cramp. Oops!

Through the Wharf, and along to Mile 20. I was really looking forward to this, as I knew you would all be there. But just before 20 miles, it all got really tough. We had to stop again, while I took yet another gel and tried to clear my head.

As we approached, it was just a SEA of bouncing, grinning cheering people who knew me. It was just the best welcome ever. I hugged and ran, and hugged and ran, and jumped and laughed as I was squirted full in the face with water. I just love ELR, you're ACE.

The high wore off pretty fast though and I was really struggling. I had to start to count my steps to keep my head in the game. Past Sarah again, and Pete and my family for the third time. There was much less walking than I thought, thanks to Jo, and we knew all her supporters were in this last stretch. When she saw her PT at 23 miles... Blimey. I cried. Her PT cried. Even the spectators watching them hug were crying. We were all a bit soggy....
And then the last three miles were a blur. I counted my steps, walked a bit, ran more and sort of zoned out. I tried to thumbs up as I heard my name (I was called Mayer, Myer, and Mary) but my hands were too swollen to do it properly. One walk break I looked up and realised I'd walked past Ninette. Dammit, of all the times to walk!

Round the corner, past my lovely Uncle and Aunt, and up towards the palace. 800m to go. That's only twice round the track, but it felt like forEVER. Run past the camera, and then walk. We composed ourselves... And turned into The Mall. Hand in hand we crossed the line. And burst into tears, hugging. We'd only bloody gone and done it.

Jo Bull, Maya's run partner I know Maya and I have a number of mutual friends who would have seen her marathon report, but this is it from my viewpoint. Then I'll stop banging on about it.

London Marathon completed. It was very special. I think today it’s really sinking in just how amazing an event it really was.

Maya and I had always said we would run it this year and run it together. She was in the Blue Start and I was in Red so we arranged to meet at the Lucozade station around 5 miles. How to add a stressful element into a 26 mile run!

We had our charity photo taken, right next to the Red Start and then I was going to walk her to Blue but she spotted some ELR guys so we hugged, said goodbye, and went our separate ways. Me minus the promised bin bag. But I forgive her.

It was quite daunting to be on your own, surrounded by thousands of people, waiting for it to start but, to a man, everyone was so friendly - marshals, bag drop, water station etc and most of the runners I spoke to seemed to be first timers. Maybe we all just had that look of fear and gravitated to each other! It was while I speaking to one that I spotted Betty Spaghetti aka Elizabeth Dimelow. We hugged, sent out some Badger love, then she went off to line up at the toilet queue and I thought I’d never see her again.

At 9.45am I lined up in my pen. At any moment I thought I could cry. Runners families were calling to them from behind the barbed wire fences (ok they were just mesh) and a runner commented “blimey, it’s like the Hunger Games”. The crowd started to applaud the entrance of 20 or so Rhinos that had just paraded in to the enclosure. Maybe the Hunger Games comment was apt, having a rhino horn at your back is quite intimidating.

10.10 came and went and we all shuffled forward. Finally crossing the start line at 10:29! I may have cried. Totally missed the first mile marker, probably too busy thinking "bloody Nora, I'm actually doing this".

At mile 3 the Blue and Red starts come together and run alongside each other. I may have cried at this point too - in Red you are aware that there a lot of people but as the two join you realise just how big the event is, plus there was so much more noise now! I started to look for Maya.

I got to the Lucozade station at 4.5 miles and waited. After a couple of minutes I could hear Maya screaming my name. It was a relief to now be able to relax, we’d met each other: that part of the challenge was completed.

We were lucky to have lots of supporters around the route and had a list we could check to see where the next person would be. I think that really helped the miles go past and it was so lovely to see them. We would stop and have a chat then set off again. We also did a tourist selfie at the Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge! These iconic points on the route were everything you could hope they would be. Especially Tower Bridge, it was just an assault on the senses of noise and colour. On Maya’s Hen we had gone across Tower Bridge cycling a Pedibus, feeling like stars as the tourists turned to gawp, but that was nothing compare to this. You just felt so amazing as people celebrated what you were doing.
I loved, loved looking for Badgers. Seeing Elizabeth in the Red assembly zone was just the tip of the iceberg, then it was Ellie who came past us just as Maya and I had met up – “come on” she shouted. I think she thought we had just stopped for a rest. Sarah Howard, Banner Badger, at mile 8.5 and 22 – just amazeballs, Sarah administered hugs, sweets, and nursing skills. Good to meet Jeff too. Then Elizabeth again. As we were heading to mile 14 (my most favourite mile – less to do now than had been done plus the Variety cheer point to come) the significantly faster runners were on their way back at mile 22. I spotted the 3:15 pacer and knew that Susie Stannard was on her way! I kept looking and finally spotted her, I shouted but the shouty range of my voice is shot to pieces. Mrs Christmas, who wasn’t looking where she was going, almost collided with me – I think I’m off the Nice List. Now it was time to look for Variety.

OMFG!!! I apologise to any other Variety supporters who were at the Cheer point because this was all about Maya, and me, and Sharon, and Fi, and PJ, and Lucie, and Stevie, and Helene – and there was Mil and Lizzie too!! I could have stayed there all day eating flapjacks. Stevie told me a short cut through the underpass that would take me to the racers side of the road. I was tempted. Reluctantly Maya and I finally dragged ourselves away.

Running with Maya was like running with a celebrity – she OWNED all of East London. If it wasn’t her family, it was neighbours, mums from school, people from Parkrun, or folk from her running club cheering her on. Even Denise Lewis saluted her. I swear the ELR water station at mile 20 was only there really to cheer her on – their very own conquering hero.

Seeing Lucy, my PT, at mile 24 was fantastic. I think the whole crowd was crying at us hugging and gushing!! Then I saw my family (mum, husband, children, Jenny and Siri) outside Somerset House – spotted Taff first, I’m normally looking for him. These moments of seeing family and friends just gave you the most amazing boost. When people called my name I wanted to run for them, I wanted to pick up speed and show them I could do it. I had to tell Maya to slow down at one point as she picked up speed, caught in a moment.

Virgin Money London Marathon continued - Sunday 26th April 2015

The run was made of elastic time, as friends Laura and Hannah had described. You split the mileage into sections and calculate how long each section is going to take but parts slip past that you just don't remember. Some bits were rubbish when you’re just over it all. At mile 16 it's like "really? another 10?” At one point even Maya said “I’m over being famous now.” Some parts were sticky, quite literally around the Lucozade and gel stations. But most of it was just amazing. Sometimes overwhelming. I had to stop myself from losing it emotionally as I got caught up in the noise or music. The music was varied and joyous. I wanted to dance not run. I wanted to thank every single person who called my name. I wanted to clap everyone who had come out to support us. I wanted to tell them all that they made me feel special and invincible.

At mile 25 Maya said “I can’t do it”. I looked at her, we had one mile to go, and said “But we’ve done it”. I think we might both have broken down crying at the point if we hadn’t have spotted her Uncle and Aunt standing on the bend at Westminster Bridge. Outside the Palace we composed ourselves and then headed off down the Mall. Crossing the line, hand in hand, was fabulous. We had done it. Together. Then we dissolved into tears.

We always said our aim was to get round and not hate it. I didn't hate it, I actually even enjoyed parts!! Slight haze last night and very surreal but at the 3am I thought "wow. I've run 26 miles. 26.2!". Just an amazing experience.

Shahib Ali reports:
One can only describe my relationship with the London Marathon as
being a tempestuous, fractious affair, with plenty of heartache and
introspection and some timely happiness. Without boring you, I'll keep
this very brief as to fully understand the personal meaning of VLM15
for me needs an appreciation of the context.

I was a novice. Prior to commencing training for this marathon I had
only done 10km distances, at 42 minutes, knew no marathon runners for
advice and just followed one of the training manuals from the FLM
magazines. As an example of my inexperience, my first long run - I
remember it clearly, it was the same day as the Australian Open final
2008 - I felt really happy when I had run the furthest in my life, no
more than maybe 8 miles, then hit the wall, was hypoglycaemic, having
only had a tomato as my pre run meal. To my horror, I had no money on
me, no bank cards, no Oyster, no mobile and came really close to
begging for 50p to buy a chocolate bar. Luckily I managed to take the
bus home. I estimated distances using Google maps. In the end I was
beset by left ITB injury and came home in 04:32:32, just happy to
finish having originally aimed for sub 4 hours.

Again, I knew no marathon runners and pretty much had the same
training in terms of methodology, although much better in quality.
Thought perhaps did enough to get sub 4. Days before marathon had
mouth ulcers, felt sluggish and on Saturday before the marathon (the
day when Tevez and Ronaldo destroyed Spurs after Spurs had a clear
penalty denied) literally drank gallons of orange juice to clear the
ulcers. What a folly. First half of the marathon utter despair and
desperation. Had so much diarrhoea I do not know how often I stopped.
I was turned away from a newsagents after I enquired whether I could
use the toilet, I was stuck in a pub toilet in an attempt to clear my
bowels for around 10 minutes, did plenty of Paula on the streets of
South London and to cap it off, fell, cut my left shoulder area (still
have a scar) and was with St John's for 10 minutes contemplating
stopping. I soldiered on, walked, limped and partially ran my way to
the finish. 04:39:49. Was really disconsolate and each time someone
said, 'you finished, be happy', it made it worse as the manner of the
performance was dispiriting.

Thought I was a better runner. Club runner now. Posted times I was
happy with for HMs and below. Surely could get a sub 4 now? Had a
Garmin by now. Knew experienced marathoners. Thought training was
better. Marathon day was the same old story. Plenty of diarrhoea in
the first half, plenty of stops, walking and running inextricably
intertwined with each other, shouts of support from the crowd only
reinforcing the sense of underachievement, all those scars came back
with a vengeance, complete isolation and an overwhelming sense of
despair and disappointment. If ever I wanted the ground to open up and
swallow me, this was it. Again contemplated stopping but ploughed on
and finished in 04:25:22. Whilst waiting to see my wife at the end, I
burst into tears on Horse Guards Parade, tears of pain and sorrow, it
was like when I used to cry as a 5 year old when my mother used to go
abroad and leave me with my father, three marathons and each time
disappointment and missing the elusive sub 4 hour, which was my own
personal, to some a modest, objective. Crying on Horse Guards Parade
was to be a seminal moment for me. The crushing sense of despondency
was much more to do with how the marathons were unravelling beyond my
control, how I lurching from one disaster to another, as opposed to
the time per se, which was significantly less important.

Everything had changed. Had long and detailed discussions with plenty
of runners, none more so than Grant and Carlton, and it seemed to be
the case that porridge with water seemed to be the pre long run meal
of choice. All this time I was having one weetabix with milk and
during runs I used to feel bloated, windy and uncomfortable with
belching. To compound matters, before all the marathons, I committed
the cardinal error of having two weetabix pieces with milk, with
double amounts of fibre and milk, therefore making alterations on
marathon day. This added fibre and milk was all going through me with
the added stress of a marathon. The Alpen porridge that Grant
suggested in one swoop eradicated all the above mentioned problems and
also gave me more energy. Quite disappointing that even though I had
studied nutrition at university, I did not comprehend that excessive
fibre, and especially milk, could be so calamitous. Further to
changing my pre run meal, I also added Cliff Shot Blocks during runs
on the advice of Grant and William and I suddenly realised I did not
feel hungry on my long runs anymore. As a result, that fear I had over
long runs, namely of getting hungry and weak after 2 hours, was
dispelled. Then on my way to the Finchley 20, another great piece of
advice from Antonio. I used to always think that all of my training
runs had to be of a 100% intensity and so the stress of that notion
led to prevarication and indecisiveness before going on runs, which
more often than not led to skipping runs. Having spoken to Antonio, I
realised a lot of the runs could be mild/moderate in intensity and
that took the stress away from training. The fun and enjoyment came
back. Long runs were better than 2014, less stop and start, higher
intensity, more consistent. I was also coming to the club nights more,
doing more tempo runs, and doing more runs in my own time. When I
became lazy, or went through pain in training, I quickly trained my
thoughts on Horse Guards Parade and the tears and it helped to
motivate me. I was overjoyed that at the VLM15 I ran from start to
finish with no walking or stopping. Each time I came across a point
where I had encountered problems in the past, it was a psychological
boost to go thorough it without any event of note this time round,
such as on the Highway just after the half way point where last year I
nipped off, went to the building site, jumped a barrier and had to
answer the less dignified call of nature. The marathon was still a
marked struggle, however, huge struggle, I never felt comfortable at
any stage at all, legs were generally heavy, both groins played up at
different points before nursing my left calf home, cajoling and
imploring it to not let me down, pleading with it almost, after
feeling it at around mile 21, so close to the finish. Luckily it held
up and although I was at sub 3.30 pace at the half way point, I was
mature enough to know that I was not quite good enough for that, bid
farewell to the pacer (who incidentally has done more than a 100
marathons since 2009) and did my o

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th April 2015

Aaron Browne18.451st - 68.80% Barking
Alex Day18.262nd - 70.52% Wanstead
James Wilson18.33 (=cpb)3rd - 72.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.006th - 71.32% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.1016th - 62.68% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey22.56 (course pb)29th - 64.53% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.5539th - 59.40% Wanstead
Che Hector25.30 (course pb)43rd - 50.65% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.1150th - 71.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2254th - 58.79% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.3956th - 58.60% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.3068th - 56.36% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.1990th - 50.24% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel21.277th - 67.68% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.0015th - 64.47% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1424th - 63.49% Valentine
Jonathan Shaw20.5319th - 65.36% Hackney
Katherine Harris22.0331st - 67.57% Hackney
Jason Levy22.4639th - 61.79% Hackney
Gavin Stebbing19.146th - 70.97% Chelmsford
Patrick Brown17.352nd - 73.46% Mile End
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea22.4323rd - 58.03% Lloyd Pk,Croydon
Fiona Critchley24.2836th - 67.71% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.5560th - 52.69% Wanstead

Boston Marathon 2015 - Monday 20th April 2015

Tom Woods4.05.44

Neurocare Headstart 10km, Rother Valley, Sheffield - Sunday 19th April 2015

Iain Mackie46.02 pb

Greater Manchester Marathon 2015 - Sunday 19th April 2015

Russell Price2.52.54 pb188th
Daniel Slipper3.00.27543rd
Allan Todd3.14.43 pb1144th
Tanbir Jasimuddin4.30.246180th
7,760 finishers.
Russell Price: 2:52:54, BQ, GFA, PB (almost 20 mins), 72.25% age grading..
Brief race report = "f*ck yeah"

Full race report:

My brief race report needs some expanding on..(no swearing in this one!)

Firstly, a massive thanks to everyone who has been part of my journey! Those who have helped, supported, run with (and against) me, those who looked at me weirdly as I go off on one about running, those whose stories and results have inspired and amazed me, and a massive shout out to team ELR you are all awesome!

Having only suffered two tangible taper-tantrums I headed up to Manchester feeling relatively relaxed, after all it is the “Fastest, Flattest, Friendliest” marathon. A lovely pre-race Saturday relaxing out in the sunshine with the support crew (who were drinking beer in front of me :( ) put me in a chilled mood ready for race day.

Race day morning, still relaxed and feeling “in the zone”, starting in the sub 3 hour pen but quite far behind the 3 hour pacer threw me a little, and meant a few too-fast miles at the start to get ahead of the masses. A quick wave at the support crew at 4 miles put a smile on my face, then back into the zone.

I honestly don’t remember much of the race, the “zone” meant I was just putting one foot in-front of the other with an occasional glance at the Garmin/splits scrawled on my arm. Woke up at a few points on the switchbacks to try and spot other runners (thanks for the shouts Allan and Tanbir, sorry for not spotting you Dan! Great results all round).

And a few signs caught my eye: “you are the slowest runner so far”, “if your Garmin says 26.1 miles you need to do another lap” gold!

Woke up at 23 feeling "a-ok" so pushed on and must have overtaken about what felt like 30 people in the last miles (but I swear the 25 mile sign was in the wrong place)! Turned into the final straight and got my sprint on, passing a few more. Staring intently at the clock and a quick glance at my watch told me I could make sub 2:53 if I went for it. I flew passed my shouting support crew, totally missing them in a cacophony of noise and my intent focus on the clock (sorry!).

Crossed the line and wobbled around a bit before getting a hug from a foil blanket and having the massive medal hung around my neck. A mixture of joy and calf cramp kicked in (so glad it waited till after the finish). Job done, sub 3 smashed with a triple (PB, BQ and GFA). Who is up for Boston next year?

Would I recommend Manchester, yes, despite not remembering much, the bits I do remember were awesome! Flat, fast course and great friendly support (patches of support, which I prefer, not sure how I will cope with constant noise at Boston / London next year)!

My next challenge is a 24 hour race, which I am now doing for a charity which means a lot to me, but more on that soon…

Best of luck to everyone running London, Boston and Hamburg!

Dan Slipper: Congratulations to everyone who ran today! Great running and amazing times! Thanks to everyone for the support. It does make you run faster and better.

Allan Todd: 3:14:43 for Manchester Marathon CHIP time. In tears stood outside Old Trafford, not the first time that's happened. ‪#guinnessoclock

Allan Todd's race report: Manchester Marathon 19th April.

I feel compelled to write a brief race report as it's worth feeding back from an incredible marathon.
I chose Manchester instead of London as Russell Price ran it last year and sang its praises. The lead up was great until my hamstring decided it wasn't going to flex as effectively as hoped for. Major doubts before hand and a 'whatever will be will be' attitude adopted.
Great location, set up, outside old Trafford, even for non football fans it's impressive. Plenty of loos, but poor baggage organisation in the runners compound.
The starting pens were a free for all, but as the opening 2 miles were ran on a dual laned road it all evened out. A turn around point at 2 miles helped me but others did complain about it.
They said flat, boy it's flat 2 hills akin to Wanstead Leisure to Wanstead tube size, not daunting.
They said friendliest, they weren't wrong. Imagine running a race with supporters out in the road a la Tour de France.
They said fastest, they were bang on. Long straight roads.
Plenty of drink stations, I mean plenty especially in the last 4 miles.
Lots of isotonic drinks and people with jelly babies helped hugely.
Pacers were spot on as well. Great camaraderie and support made this special.
You see old Trafford loom in the distance 3 miles out, and unlike Big Ben it actually gets closer quicker. A left at Lou macari's chip shop and 160 metres sprint in. Free beer, big medal, no pressure at the finish.
Downsides, bagging area, 3 tight spots due to roads narrowing, lots of bollards and 3 miles out of town.
Overall 9.5 out of ten.

Innovation Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 19th April 2015

Jamie Xavier46.41135th
553 finishers.

Woodford Green Open , Athletics, Ashton Fields. - Saturday 18th April 2015

Patrick Brown9.32.24 pb3rd - 3000m

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th April 2015

Thomas Grimes17.05 (course pb)1st - 76.78% Grovelands
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea23.5439th - 55.16% Grovelands
Dan Gritton17.49 (course pb)1st - 77.74% Southwark
Scott McMillan18.554th - 71.63% Wanstead
James Nichols19.08 (overall pb)5th - 67.77% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.318th - 70.45% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon21.2117th - 62.14% Wanstead
Gareth Jones22.04 (=course pb)22nd - 63.75% Wanstead
Maud Hodson22.28 ( overall pb)30th - 68.99% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey23.10 (course pb)42nd - 63.88% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 24.3458th - 67.03% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar24.5861st - 63.02% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas25.0462nd - 59.04% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.0972nd - 59.27% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.13 (course pb & 50th)73rd - 60.58% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena28.45 (course pb)92nd - 44.87% Wanstead
Claire Emery29.59107th - 52.47% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards36.22124th - 42.62% Wanstead
Ashley Faria21.5019th - 64.96% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.5220th - 66.92% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge21.56 (course pb)23rd - 63.68% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4235th - 59.35% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir25.1056th - 51.66% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan26.4378th - 53.09% Valentine
Maya Goodwin32.05148th - 49.04% Valentine
Richard Guest21.377th - 64.07% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater23.58 (course pb)18th - 61.54% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1516th - 70.91% Chelmsford
Fiona Day24.0676th - 77.18% Hackney
Dan Spinks21.1739th - 64.60% Gunnersbury
Stuart Barton26.3975th - 53.22% Valentines

Highgate Harriers/City of London Open Meeting - Wednesday 15th April 2015

Thomas Grimes16.31.2915th 5000m,track

Yorkshire Half Marathon - Sunday 12th April 2015

Matt Rogers1.49.06

St Clare Hospice 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

Carrine Jay46.5661st (1st FV45)
Sheila Kennedy57.30161st
265 finishers.

Paris Marathon 2015 - Sunday 12th April 2015

Udesh Kumar4.10.5020,767th

Putney & Fulham Riverside Half Marathon - Sunday 12th April 2015

Alexandra Brown1.56.27323rd

Brighton Marathon 2015 - Sunday 12th April 2015

Diccon Loy3.13.40 pb and GFA296th
Andy Kumar3.26.47637th
James Nichols3.30.36 debut869th
Claire Parker3.35.34 debut1049th(40th Senior)
Paul Charters3.40.301381st
Alan Holford4.29.365162nd
Jason Levy5.14.347627th
9,009 finishers.
Andy Kumar Well done, guys! Slightly disappointed with my time; the marathon is completely different beast from a half! The last 6 miles are a real drag. Still a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and dare I say it, much more scenic than London!! 😎
Link to Andy's Race report - andykumar.net/2015/04/13/brighton-marathon-2015/

James Nichols Thanks all. Very happy with that, actually enjoyed my debut! The sun helped. Massive thanks to Claire for the company over 16 miles and ELR for the training runs and advice. Full report tomorrow, for now the pub!

James Nichols in action!

Claire Parker Ecstatic doesn't even come close- crossed the finish line and burst into tears- completely overwhelmed. Hardest, proudest thing I've ever done. Congratulations James thank you for your company also and to all the other ELR's I didn't see.

Claire Parker is enjoying her first marathon!

Jason Levy Well done team ELR. Really enjoyed the race, but a lot slower than I wanted. Have already entered for next year as me and the Brighton marathon have some unfinished business to sort out!

James Nichols FULL report. - I’ll start with some context. Rewind 2 years to March 2013 when I decided to start taking running a bit more seriously than just the odd stroll in a park. I had signed up for a triathlon and so entered a few 10k’s and started investigating the parkrun circuit in South London. Every run was a personal best for a few months, hmm, this is addictive. I did that triathlon in August and the run leg was a breeze. A move to East London followed and the PBs dried up, not related, but frustrating.

Made my half marathon debut in Bexhill that winter, not just a first half but a first time running further than 11 miles. It was tough. Long distance running is not for me, I remember thinking. Imagine doing two of those back-to-back?

2014 arrives, and activate my resolution straight away, to join that Running Club that my friends at the Orient had been banging on about. And so a love affair with all things ELR begins. I sign up to a couple of spring half marathons and throw myself into track sessions. And I join a couple of the long weekend runs, backing out before the end, still adamant that marathons are not for me. But something about the camaraderie of everyone training for London, Manchester or Brighton intrigues me. The HMs go well for me personally, the structured training has worked and it’s nice representing a Club, looking out at the progress and personal journeys of others in those marathons. And, bang, I’m hooked. “I want some of that” – woah, where has that come from? 3 months ago you were adamant, and you’ve still never run further than 13.1 miles you fool! A summer of ELVIS follows, and the London ballot result means it’ll be Brighton for me.

2015 starts with an injury then illness, I fade badly at the Benfleet 15 (no surprise there), and 26.2 miles seems a long way away. 12 week plan put together in Excel, I won’t bore you with the details, of which there are many. I skipped sessions all over the shop, but it did work as a guilt trip every morning in the office as the weeks ticked by. My first 16 miler is a struggle, the Gade Valley 17 better. A decent blast at the Anglesey HM, a few run commutes to central London, a 16 mile test in Kingston where I finish strongly and, hang on, am I actually enjoying this? A confidence boosting PB at the Brentwood HM and, with 2 weeks to go, the 20 mile barrier broken in rotten weather.

Onto race day, and I’m ready, I think. It’s impossible to know though. The thing with the marathon is, it messes with your mind. I became addicted to reading about it. “You’re training too much” one article, “You’re not training enough” the next. In the end, all that’s clear to me is it’s such an individual event and what works for one won’t necessarily work for all.

So while lining up in the starter pen at Preston Park I tried to focus on the one piece of advice that EVERYONE agreed on – “stick to your plan and don’t go off too fast”.
And we’re off. A nice easy mile or so, the worst hill out of the way and then I spot another ELR in Claire Parker. After a quick chat, we’re both on debut and with similar doubts about what is in store, it’s clear we’re running to a similar pace and so a pact is formed.

Really helped me to stay sensible, and those early miles go by without alarm, ticking over nicely at my planned 8 minute miles. It’s sunny, but there’s plenty of drink stations and the crowd are fantastic, in number and in noise. An hour passed, then another.

I think back to 2013 again, one hour would have felt hard work. Here I’m two hours in and feeling pretty fine. I’m aware there could be dark times ahead though, “the race begins at 20” after all.

At around the 17 mile point I stretch away from Claire, who has done fantastically and on course for a great time. Time to put the headphones in and let my specially selected playlist guide me through the last hour. The next 3 miles are my quickest of the day, and I’m now further than I’ve ever run before and feeling tired but generally OK as the course winds round the dreaded isolation of the Shoreham power station.

“Race begins at 20”? Pah, what were they talking about? Mile 21, fine. 22, fine. 23, f…uh-oh, I’m slowing down, this isn’t good. I frantically grab sweets off helpful spectators but struggle to take them down. It feels like I’m almost stopping, but the reality is it’s just a couple of miles about 30 seconds slower. Relax Jim! If this is as bad as it’s going to get, I can handle it. No need to panic, this is natural and I’m still passing some

Just a 5k to go, easy. Focus, you’ve worked so hard for this, don’t let it slip now. Again the crowds along the seafront are fantastic and make those last 20 minutes or so bearable. It’s all a bit of a blur. Through 25 miles, tantalisingly close now. Through 26 and I’ve got this, headphones out and enjoy the moment. Clenched fists and a yelp of delight over the line. I’ve done it. I’m a marathon man!

Get a hero’s welcome from my two nieces after the race (in my head it was like I had just won Olympic Gold) and spend the rest of the afternoon with the family revelling in the achievement. Thanks to everyone at the Club who has given me advice or trained with me since I joined, a marathon wasn’t even on the radar a year ago and now I’m already thinking about my next one.

Obviously I’ve got no means of comparison but I’d highly recommend Brighton. Can’t fault the organisation, the on-course tracker worked a treat for my supporters and also no qualms about the use of paper cups which seems to be coming in for some stick. And finally good luck to everyone else running a marathon over the next couple of weeks. I look forward to supporting all those at London with a much stronger appreciation of what it takes. If I can do it, anyone can.

Those stats in full (impressed myself with the even pacing!):
Split time Split pace Total time
10km 00:50:25 05:02/km 00:50:25
Half 00:54:36 04:55/km 01:45:01
30km 00:43:55 04:56/km 02:28:56
Finish 01:01:40 05:03/km 03:30:36

Brighton Marathon 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

Lucy Jarvis49.10410th
1,995 finishers.

Innovation Clapham 10km - Sunday 12th April 2015

Jamie Xavier47.1337th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th April 2015

Thomas Grimes18.231st - 71.35% Grovelands
John Booth18.551st - 69.34% Beckton
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea23.4515th - 55.51% Beckton
David Baldwin19.19 (course pb)1st - 67.90% Gunpowder
Ciaran Canavan16.48 pb3rd - 81.85% Hackney
Maya Goodwin31.50128th - 49.42% Hackney
Spencer Evans20.025th - 64.39% Barking
Richard Guest29.23 (with Mum)125th - 47.14% Woodley
Paul Thompson20.08 (course pb)4th - 70.64% Walthamstow
Patrick Brown22.03 (with buggy)9th - 58.58% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.0518th - 61.25% Walthamstow
Shailesh Patel21.3018th - 68.06% Valentine
Ashley Faria31.3420th - 65.77% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.5733rd - 64.92% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.4741st - 58.72% Valentine
Alex Day18.063rd - 71.72% Wanstead
James Wilson18.485th - 71.54% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.097th - 70.76% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.13 (course pb)10th - 70.16% Wanstead
Eleanor Wilkinson23.12 (1st parkrun)28th - 63.79% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.7532nd - 65.72% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.1041st - 69.38% Wanstead
Sheetal Dandgey24.1742nd - 60.95% Wanstead
Felicity Price-Thomas24.59 (course pb)49th - 59.24% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.3454th - 61.54% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.3064th - 58.49% Wanstead
Gemma Foxall26.25 (1st parkrun)65th - 55.67% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards26.3766th - 58.23% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.4970th - 59.23% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing18.5520th - 72.16% Chelmsford
Dan Gritton18.132nd - 76.03% Southwark
Allan Todd19.1819th - 70.73% Nonsuch
James Clarke23.21 (1st parkrun)29th - 55.25% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena29.3490th - 43.63% Wanstead
Stuart Barton26.0396th - 54.45% Hackney

Easter 10km, Regents Park - Monday 6th April 2015

Eszter Tacine58.26258th

Destination Limerick 5 mile, racecourse. - Sunday 5th April 2015

Thomas Grimes28.135th

Windsor Marathon Prep 20m, Dorney Lake - Sunday 5th April 2015

Alex Day2.08.4526.07,26.01,25.41,25.45,25.11
Caroline Meaby2.43.5434.08,33.34,32.57,32.38,30.37
Jonathan Wooldridge2.47.5534.07,32.40,32.36,33.14,35.18
Joanna Graham3.01.12 pb36.43,35.57,36.09,36.08,36.15
Muhammad Iqbal3.17.3237.49,36.51,37.20,41.01,44.31
Fiona Day3.19.2439.25,38.51,38.49,40.19,42.00

Trowse Norwich 10km - Sunday 5th April 2015

Diccon Loy39.44 pb46th
Claire Emery47.17 pb196th
576 finishers.

Abbey Run 10km, Quin, Co Clare - Saturday 4th April 2015

Thomas Grimes35.205th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th April 2015

David Baldwin19.13 (course pb)11th - 68.26% Norwich
Steven Bywater22.42 pb54th - 64.98% Dulwich
Scott McMillan18.36 pb10th - 72.85% Hackney
Sarah Burns23.0749th - 65.75% Hackney
Caroline Moore25.14 pb66th - 69.02% Hackney
Maya Goodwin30.3392nd - 51.50% Hackney
Julie Creffield36.40104th - 40.91% Hackney
Patrick Brown18.434th - 69.01% Walthamstow
Jamie Xavier24.1121st - 56.03% Walthamstow
Ciaran Canavan18.441st - 73.40% Wanstead
James Wilson19.062nd - 70.42% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.379th - 68.80% Wanstead
James Creed22.3423rd - 58.42% Wanstead
Emmet Fitzgibbon22.4524th - 57.95% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.3038th - 63.27% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.2348th - 66.05% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.3651st - 72.66% Wanstead
Catherine Brett25.4453rd - 64.38% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5261st - 57.69% Wanstead
Andrea Waller26.5362nd - 56.29% Wanstead
Claire Emery32.39 with kids92nd - 48.19% Wanstead
Aaron Browne19.465th - 65.26% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.1120th - 63.94% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2130th - 62.67% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.3131st - 54.85% Valentine
Don Bennett28.42 (course pb)93rd - 54.01% Valentine
Jason Levy45.39 with kids185th - 30.81% Valentine
Gavin Stebbing19.3617th - 69.64% Chelmsford
Andrew Baxter20.358th - 69.39% Brandon
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea24.3244th - 53.74% Hampstead Heath
Dan Gritton18.113rd - 76.17% Southwark
Iain Mackie24.0940th - 53.42% Finsbury
Diana Rexhepaj27.5921st - 56.76% Beckton
Allan Todd21.1014th - 64.49% Bracknell
Dan Spinks23.1643rd - 59.10% Bracknell
Stuart Barton26.4188th - 53.15% Kesgrave

Folkstone 10m - Friday 3rd April 2015

Grant Conway71.23 pb139th
650 finishers. Grant report's: Folkestone 10 mile race. The journey time was about 90 minutes via the Dartford tunnel. The race venue is just outside Folkestone in the seaside town of Hythe. The race venue is in a primary school. No showers and no private changing facilities, just the school hall where everyone congregates and where you collect your numbers and timing chips. There were portaloos provided but not enough as there were long queues. You could get a 10 minute massage for a fiver which was good. The race start was in a flat grassy field next to the school. We did a circuit of the field and then through the town onto the promenade. We the ran about 4 miles along the flat promenade before doing a circuit around some pretty public gardens and then back along the promenade in the opposite direction where we could see slower runners making their way up to halfway. Conditions were pretty good with a slight headwind against on the way back although it was quite muggy and the two water stations were needed. We ran back to the school but thankfully we didn't have to run around the field again although both Stuart and I made the run long by about 100 metres and this along with the off road section may have cost us a sub 70 minute run. You got a bottle of water and a Costco medal at the end but that was it. With entries over 750 I think a bit of money was made by the organisers with a cheapest entry fee of £15.25 up to £20 on the day. However this was a 7 minute PB for me and I was delighted with my average pace which was a shade over 7 minute miles so you can't be too greedy can you?! Stuart and I ran together for most of the run and it was great to have a mate to run with. We also enjoyed being the only two cheeky cockney raiders there. He pipped me at the end but I am sure I will get a chance for revenge at some point. I would do this race again, particularly if I was P.B hunting but it's not a must do in my view.
Time was 71.23, 139th out of 656 finishers.
Conway's ratings out of 10
Value for money 5
Facilities 5
Support 5
Course 6
PB potential 9

The Jantastic Challenge 2015 - Monday 5th January to Sunday 29th March 2015

Andrea Waller100% (98.1%)35 runs
Caroline Moore100%39 runs
Craig Livermore100%64 runs
Don Bennett100% (89%)49, 29 runs,20 rides.
Fiona Day100% (99.2%)95,48 runs,47 rides.
Jonathan Wooldridge100% (25%)51, 37 run, 4 rides,10 swim
Lee Wollaston100% (20.8%)48 runs
Maya Goodwin100%48 runs
Patrick Brown100% (99.3%)94 runs
Russell Price100% (92.1%)104, 49 run,44 ride,11 swim
Steven Bywater100% (95.2%)64 runs
Ninette Fernandes99.3% (94.1%)92,28 run,45 ride,19 swim
Andrew Baxter99.2%62, 45 runs, 17 rides.
Jayne Browne99%57, 44 runs, 13 swims
Caroline Meaby98.8%39 runs
Alex Day98.7%45 runs
Carlton D'Souza98.5% (97.6%)88, 32 run,33ride,23 swim
Muhammad Iqbal97.9%160,36 run,124 rides.
Bozena Mysilinska97.8%50,36 runs,14 swims
Aaron Browne96.3%52,51 runs, 1 ride
Roberto Bruni96.2%104, 49 run, 44 rides, 11 swim
Claire Parker94.7% (45.8%)59, 47 run, 11 ride, 1 swim
Jamie Xavier93.8% (87.9%)36 runs
William Pearce93.7% (88.5%)64 runs
Richard Guest93.6% 37 runs
James Nichols91.8%61, 45 runs, 14 rides, 2 swim
Ramesh Pala91.7%37 runs
Claire Emery91%47 runs
Phillippa Walker90.9%48, 47 runs, 1 swim.
Dan Spinks88.8%87, 43 runs, 44 rides.
Ciaran Canavan86.9%141, 75 runs, 66 rides.
Jason Levy85%39 runs
Diana Rexhepaj84.9%43 runs
Allan Todd83.3%61, 52 runs, 7 rides, 2 swim
Regis Martin83.1%94, 38 runs, 56 rides.
Joanna Graham80.9%74, 40 run's, 34 rides.
Katrina Anderson80.8%58, 21 runs, 37 rides
Saheed Shabbir80.3%100, 7 runs, 70 rides, 23 swims
Mark Boulton72.4%100,36 runs, 63 rides, 1 swim
Katrina Dixon71%22 runs
Julie Creffield64.2%Team Too Fat To Run
Also Ben Waller 91.7% 36 run's. Sarah Burns 58.7%, Katherine Jones 50.4%, Catherine Kaar 33.3%, Saheb Yousefi 26.1%, Emiko Preist 16.7%, Katherine Lawlor 10.4% and Bilal 8.3%.
Don's report: This year Jantastic got even bigger with the inclusion of cycling and swimming, also Strava, kit, and a charity page.
This provided the chance to do a bit of cross training if injuries prevented you running. This year the team grew from 31 to 51 with around 18 new members trying it out for the first time.

There were the usual tech problem's that arose. Such as Ramesh & Patrick joining the team twice, Ciaran not having enough room to log all his run's and rides. Richard letting me into his account to set it up and me winding him up by telling him he was doing 7 a week instead of 3. Explaining to Roberto how each month changed. A few members confusing the longest run/ride of the week with there weekly total. Thought i'd joined an ultra club the first time.

On the whole the team did well. We logged 2,777 workouts with 1816 run's , 825 cycle rides and 136 swims. We came 30th of 661 full teams. We reached 10th place in the Large team category of 143 and 5th in the Large Running Club group of 50. . We finished reaching a 95.7% down from a 95.9% total after the time challenge was taken into the equation. About 10 members lost points on that part where you had to set yourself a target for a set distance.
Injuries hit a few like Emiko, Katherine and Saheb. A few like Joanna , Mark, Saheed and Lee were able to adjust the targets and use the Joker's to carry on. The bigger the team the harder it becomes to keep them all logging each week but with my nagging most did come through. This year I couldn't see the Joker's data so can't log that data. 11 member's finished with 100%.

How did our rival's do? As with last year Viewtube Runners finished ahead with 98.5%. Julie Creffield's team Too Fat To Run finished with 38% but with a really large team of 173 they logged 2,137 workout's leaving them 21st of 661 teams logging the most workouts. Barking Road Runners 87.4%, Mile End parkrun 73%, East End Road Runners 56.5%, Walthamstow parkrun 47.1%.
It's been fun, see you all next year.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 29th March 2015

Paul Quinton1.17.4526th - 76.69%
Paul reports: This is a very flat (only really 2 hills, one at around 2 miles and another between mile 11 and 12) and therefore fast course through Kent country lanes. Well organised and decent sized field with over 2,500 runners. The last 5 miles was tough as the wind was pumping but I managed to take a few sec off the time I ran last year so no complaints. Unofficial time 77:45.

Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 29th March 2015

Andy Kumar1.25.4717th

Surrey Spitfire 20m - Sunday 29th March 2015

Allan Todd2.27.1481st

Orion 15m - Saturday 28th March 2015

Patrick Brown1.34.31 pb2nd
Euan Brown1.37.355th
Alex Day1.39.498th
Russell Price1.41.04 pb14th
Mark Boulton1.49.2936th
Diccon Loy1.55.2449th
Paul Thompson1.56.07 pb50th
Peter Hatley2.07.14103rd
Shahib Miah Ali2.08.49116th
Grant Conway2.11.28130th
Jonathan Shaw2.16.59165th
Ramesh Pala2.20.36 pb188th
Maud Hodson2.21.40200th
Frank Brownlie 2.25.25212th

Patrick Brown proudly poses with his Second place medal.

Grant reports: Saturday 28th March saw the ?th running of the Orion 15, a race steeped in history back to 1923 and although it presents a tough challenge it's one of my favourites, particularly for the sense of achievement which is close to completing a marathon. Conditions were reasonable with a mild and windy day along with the relentless hills and muddy sections which makes this race a real challenge. ? ELR's started. Unfortunately illness preventing David Baldwin from finishing but all of the remaining ELR contingent dug in to record great times with the three brothers Patrick, Euan and Alex with their 2nd, 5th and 8th place finishes securing the team prize for ELR for the first time and much to the delight of our hosts! Patrick's 2nd place followed his first in the Orion Mercury earlier in March. A great achievement. There were great performances all round with those doing spring marathons putting in a good stint as we start our taper. Thanks to all our supporters Lucy, Jim, Mike, Julie and Annalise. All in all a great day out for ELR and I can't wait to come back for my 5th Orion 15 next year.

Mens Team 1st Place - East London Runners - The Brown Brothers - Euan Brown, Alex Day and Patrick Brown.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th March 2015

Ciaran Canavan18.012nd J 76.32% Wanstead
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea25.0343rd - 52.63% Southwark
James Wilson18.463rd - 71.67%
Scott McMillan19.208th - 70.09%
Jennifer Ansell19.25 (course pb)9th - 76.22%
Gareth Jones23.3134th - 59.82%
Suzanne Bench23.4537th - 69.75%
Fiona Day23.5838th J 77.61%
Andrea Waller24.2445th J 62.02%
Bernadett Kalmar25.4755th - 61.02%
Alan Branch26.4065th - 58.13%
Don Bennett28.2780th J 54.48%
Sophie Edwards30.4190th - 50.52%
Maya Goodwin31.0391st J 50.67%
Claire Emery34.10103rd J 46.05%
Spencer Evans20.1514th - 63.70% Valentine
Manjit Singh20.4918th - 65.57%
Ashley Faria21.5625th - 64.67%
Steven Bywater23.13 (course pb)35th J 63.53%
Shailesh Patel23.5042nd - 61.40%
Jason Levy26.2773rd J 52.80%
Ninette Fernandes27.05104th J 55.02% Hackney
Natalie Powell33.50127th - 44.19%
Morag Campbell34.56131st - 44.70%
Craig Livermore21.045th J 61.23% Barking
Richard Guest21.206th J 64.92% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1413th - 70.97% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks21.2125th J 64.40% Woodley
Allan Todd21.2227th J 63.88% Woodley
Diana Rexhepaj27.5123rd J 57.03% Beckton
Alexandra Wilkinson24.5430th - 63.19% Hockley Woods
Course pb by Jenny Ansell in 19.25 giving her the 5th fastest time by a lady at Wanstead Flats. Now I just have to get East London Runners on her club name.

Seven Pools Run, Sutton Coldfield - 10km XC - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Iain Mackie48.43 debut103rd
375 finishers.

Rome Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Dan Gritton2:59:54333rd

Warwick Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

William Pearce1:24:11 pb36th
1657 finishers.

Brooklands Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Antonio Martin Romero1.23.3516th
Wayne Kelly1:56:37302nd
543 finishers.

Hastings Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Fiona Day1:50.38 pb981st
2990 finishers.

Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Stuart Kelly1:27.5189th - 66.96%
Andy Kumar1:39:11 PacerPacer
Haresh Mulchandani1.55.461343rd
Bozena Mysilinska2:04:05 debut2087th
Link to Race report by Andy Kumar 1:40 pacer.

Reading Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Allan Todd1:29:11905th
Tanbir Jasimuddin1.58.266,636th
Julie Creffield2:43:0512,660th
13,338 finishers.

Link to Race report by Julie Creffield.

Brentwood Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

James Nichols1:33:35 pb221st
Diana Rexhepaj2:02:10 pb1523rd
2509 finishers.

Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Maya Goodwin2.27.12555th
630 finishers.

London College Series , Tooting Bec - Saturday 21st March 2015

Euan Brown4.21.293rd - 1500m
Euan Brown9.11.311st - 3000m

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 21st March 2015

Ciaran Canavan18.172nd J 75.21% Wanstead
Alex Day18.263rd J 70.52%
Sheetal Dandgey23.2735th - 63.11%
Claire Parker23.4837th J 62.18%
Suzanne Bench24.0542nd - 68.79%
Maud Hodson24.0844th - 64.23%
Bernadett Kalmar24.5453rd - 63.19%
Roger Stubbs25.5658th - 57.78%
Alan Branch26.2562nd - 58.68%
Allan Todd19.542nd J 68.59% Walthamstow
David Baldwin20.09 (course pb)3rd - 65.10%
James Nichols20.24 (course pb)4th J 63.56%
Richard Guest21.086th J 65.54%
Peter Hatley21.5410th - 62.33%
Steven Bywater24.3820th J 59.88%
Shailesh Patel20.2814th - 71.50% Valentine
Aaron Browne20.5520th J 61.67%
Ashley Faria21.2823rd - 66.07%
Katherine Harris23.1736th - 63.99%
Abdirahman Adan25.3358th - 55.51%
Jason Levy100th
Spencer Evans19.593rd - 64.55% Beckton
Diana Rexhepaj27.0824th J 58.54% Beckton
Thomas Grimes17.361st - 74.53% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.2015th - 70.60% Chelmsford
Scott McMillan19.227th - 69.97% Aberdeen
Saheed Shabbir24.31191st J Cannon Hill
Alexandra Wilkinson24.5737th - 63.06% Hockley Woods

ASICS Los Angeles Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

Alex Day2.49.37 pb79th
Congratulations to Alex. Roding Valley one Sunday, Los Angeles the next!

Alex completing the Roding Valley Half Marathon!.

Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) - Sunday 15th March 2015

James Nichols2.04.27135th
James reports: Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) event for me. Planned to do the 20 miler but had to switch down to the 16, however still good marathon prep as ran it with a healthy negative split of about 4 minutes. Finish time 2:04:27

River Thames Spring Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

Paul Quinton1.24.1912th - 70.73%
Paul reports: When I tried to enter the Essex 20 it was full so instead I ran the River Thames Spring Half Marathon and just ran an additional 10km after the race so a good 19 marathon miles in the bank.
The course is flat, fast and scenic with a start and finish in Walton-on-Thames. The course was a mix of road and towpath. The miles along the towpath towards Weybridge were very picturesque. Well marshalled race although there were some sections on road which were narrow which were shared with cars which is not ideal. A good alternative to some of the larger and likely more expensive half marathons this time of year.

Essex 20, Langham - Sunday 15th March 2015

Russell Price2.08.0824th
Andrew Baxter2:28:2897th
Shahib Miah Ali2.42.55173rd
Grant Conway2.43.01 pb175th
Claire Parker2.43.47178th
Maud Hodson2.48.42 pb206th
Frank Brownlie 2:59.12 debut263rd
Muhammad Iqbal3:14.28 debut337th
423 finishers.

Russell completing the Roding Valley Half Marathon!.

Frank's report.
A few days beforehand the weather report for race day was showing heavy rain and cold temperatures, however although it was cold at the start the sky was overcast and only a few drops of rain fell during the race.

Eight members of ELR assembled for this well organised, well marshalled 20 mile road race and Essex Championship event on the coubtry roads just off the A12 near Colchester. Parking was ample, beside race H/Q and the race started on time at 10am. It was basically 3 laps but Lap one was slightly different than the other two through pretty countryside although the last two miles of each lap were the most boring straight stretches of road.

Afterwards there were good changing facilities and hot showers. Tea and cakes were available although there was always a fair queue of runners.

Luckily for us Claire Parker had been busy baking at home and produced a massive chocolate and raspberry cake which was most welcome.

Traffic was much heavier on the way back down the A12 to East London and it was around 3pm before I got home, just in time to rest my weary limbs in front of the TV to watch some football. Luckily the Rugby had been on the previous day!

Highly recommended race and all for an entry fee of £6. The race was advertised with a 4 hour cut off but the results show the last runner home around 4:42.

Mohammed in a previous race.

Silverstone Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

Ciaran Canavan1.19.1431st - V40 2nd
Andy Kumar1.24.50105th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.43.581283rd

Vitality North London Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

Roisin Archer1.36.04397th
Jamie Xavier1.48.371781st
Teresa Novelli Terrington2.23.064023rd
plus Jane Iordanou 2.23.06

Dartford Half Marathon - Sunday 15th March 2015

David Baldwin1.30.33 pb66th

Flying Monk 10, Malmesbury - Sunday 15th March 2015

Caroline Moore1.39.03 59th
Caroline reports: This is a small event, only 70 finishers (43 for the 5 mile race) popular with local running clubs just outside my home town of Malmesbury. It was in Charlton Park, a private estate and home of the Earl of Suffolk, so its 4500 acres are normally off limits to locals, except for the annual the WOMAD festival. It’s also used for shooting, but fortunately not this weekend, the birds didn’t take any chances and kept a low profile, but we startled a few deer early on in the race. The course was two laps of a 5 mile circuit around very attractive woodland and bridle tracks past the 17th century house and church.

The race is named after a monk called Eilmer of Malmesbury, who, in the 11th century, made some wings, and launched himself from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. He crashed after 200 yards, broke his legs, and never walked straight again, but he’s a popular figure in local folklore and places and events are named after him. The original Malmesbury monastery was on the current Charlton Park site and the course was entertainingly themed ʻBoggy Bottomʼ, ʻAbbots Aisleʼ, “Friar’s Frolic’, ʻMonkʼs Mayhemʼ, and you could pick up the pace a bit on ʻMonastery Mileʼ.

It was a cold but dry morning, and the terrain was great for a cross country run, mostly dry, a bit of mud and water, and not too hilly. The organisation and marshalling were excellent, good facilities including loos, really friendly vibe, and early finishers were encouraged to stay and applaud the last finishers, including a 79 year old man, whose time was 2 hours 4 minutes. The winner finished in 0:59:26 and my time was 1:39:03, I came 59 out of 70 finishers. I hope the organisers run it again, it deserves more promotion and runners, and maybe more East London Runners could go West next year, particularly as it's a good race for fast and slower runners.

Orion Mercury 10 Mile - Saturday 14th March 2015

Patrick Brown1.03.321st
Euan Brown1.07.194th
Thomas Grimes1.07.305th
Ramesh Pala1.26.3932nd
also Simon Morgan 31st 1.25.47.

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 14th March 2015

Euan Brown16.411st - 77.32% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.157th - 70.34% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing19.339th - 69.82% Wanstead
Peter Craik20.20 (course pb)12th - 69.18% Wanstead
Maud Hodson23.3141st - 65.91% Wanstead
Catherine Brett24.28 (course pb)47th - 67.71% Wanstead
Fiona Day24.5649th J 74.60% Wanstead
Andrea Waller25.1153rd J 60.09% Wanstead
Alan Branch25.5158th - 59.96% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj26.28 (course pb)63rd J 60.01% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.0371st - 57.30% Wanstead
Claire Emery31.18106th J 50.27% Wanstead
Aaron Browne20.1810th J 63.55% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.08 (course pb)15th - 69.24% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.35 (course pb)18th - 65.71% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3826th - 65.83% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir23.5338th J 54.43% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 23.5640th - 68.80% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.3353rd J 50.49% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan26.0960th - 54.24% Valentine
Paul Thompson20.344th - 69.45% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater24.3822nd J 59.88% Walthamstow
Richard Guest19.57 (course pb)15th J 69.42% Hackney
Julie Creffield34.50102nd - 43.06% Hackney
Thomas Grimes17.481st - 73.69% Grovelands
Spencer Evans19.50 (course pb)2nd - 65.04% Beckton
Maya Goodwin30.41149th J 51.28% Chipping Sodbury
Ciaran Canavan18.5815th J 72.50% Mile End
James Nichols20.394th J 62.79% Harrow Lodge
Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea24.3659th - 53.59% Ally Pally
Allan Todd18.538th J 72.29% Woodley
Dan Spinks20.5920th J 65.53% Cassiobury

Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 8th March 2015

Euan Brown1.13.37 pb3rd
Patrick Brown1.15.54 pb5th
Thomas Grimes1.18.518th
Russell Price1.19.01 pb10th
Alex Day1.19.46 pb12th
Alex Bee1.24.5225th
Dan Gritton1.25.3027th
Stuart Kelly1.27.0134th
Scott McMillan1.29.55 pb51st
Diccon Loy1.33.1470th
James Creed1.34.29 pb78th
Richard Guest1.35.3188th
Spencer Evans1.36.37 pb100th
Peter Hatley1.37.07103rd
Aaron Browne1.39.03 debut124th
Craig Livermore1.40.24 debut139th
Ramesh Pala1.41.21 pb155th
Rebecca Young1.41.15160th
Carrine Jay1.42.11161st
Maran Raju1.42.35167th
Manjit Singh1.43.58180th
Jonathan Wooldridge1.44.14185th
Caroline Meaby1.44.58 pb195th
Alan Holford1.47.28226th
Claire Emery1.48.29239th
Steven Bywater1.48.49247th
Jamie Xavier1.49.33259th
Maud Hodson1.49.41 pb264th
Frank Brownlie 1.52.34292nd
Alexandra Brown1.54.05 pb323rd
Muhammad Iqbal1.54.41335th
Roger Stubbs1.55.27337th
Fiona Day1.55.20345th
Celia Payaneeandee1.55.29347th
Ian Cooper1.59.30402nd
Caroline Moore2.03.07438th
Sheila Kennedy2.05.09452nd
Diana Rexhepaj2.07.41479th
Katrina Dixon2.09.04494th
Maya Goodwin2.25.41578th
Julie Creffield2.45.29605th

Maya reports: I was just so nervous yesterday. No pal to run with, no music, all those hills, wearing my club vest. And a whole 'what to wear' dilemma which led to me stripping a base layer in the queue for bag drop. Which I think startled people a little more than was necessary first thing in the morning. I must remember I'm 44 not 24 now, and stripping down to a shock absorber is a little much in public really.

Standing at the start with ELR was lovely. It felt brilliant to be part of a big team. The gun went, and you're pretty much over the line straight away as its a small crowd. And off they all shot... 'Bye Bex/Alexandra / Maud / Fiona /Sissi /Caroline /Sheila (you get my drift) see you at the finish..!' They all waved a cheery goodbye, and that was the last I saw of any of them for 2 and a half hours....

The first mile is uphill. I was overtaken A LOT. The second mile was downhill. I was overtaken A LOT. Finally at the second hill, and 2.5 miles in, I think the overtaking stopped. And HURRAY. I actually overtook someone!

Now 2 miles through Chigwell. Disappointingly no TOWIE filming. Lots of marshals at every road crossing. I normally just grin, but as I had no friends to run with I decided to pretend they were all my friends, and say hello and thank every single one of them. (If I had longer I probably would have friended them on facebook too.) On the first lap, I said to the one at the ten mile marker "next time shout 'only a Parkrun to go!'" He did as well.

And THEN. Like I hadn't been overtaken enough... The speedy kids started to lap me. But I remembered this from last year. I loved it. I knew who to look out for and the next two miles were ace as I cheered on Euan, Patrick , Russell and Alex as they whizzed by.

A big glorious long down, with Jim at the bottom and one lap is done. The next bit was tougher. Stopped to walk up another hill with a gel and water, and then spotted a pal I haven't seen for yonks. Possibly shouting 'HIYA, THIS IS REALLY AWFUL!' Is not the best way to encourage others to run....
I got up the next couple of hills by using the PYP technique (Pretend you're Paula) and counting my steps upto 100 and walking 20. And then.. Grant! Out on a training run! 'Gwon Maya! Don't walk remember!'

That cheered me right up. (And I conveniently didn't mention the walking.) The next hill was a bit grim. But then down. AND "Hello! I remember you! Just a Parkrun!"

I started to look at my watch a bit more. Oh golly. I really could do ok now if I don't slow down... Two more. Hills and a down. And don't forget, all those red vests will be there at the finish to cheer you home. Round the corner, and THERE'S THE TRACK. And Maud, to run the last bit with me, cheering all the way.

And blow me. Not a HM pb. But close. And at 2:25:41, over 4 mins faster than last year. I'll take that.

So, I've learnt that I can actually run without music and someone to natter to. And that running with a club vest on is just ace.

Finchley 20m - Sunday 8th March 2015

Antonio Martin Romero2.20.20104th
Allan Todd2.34.39185th
Shahib Miah Ali2.39.55218th

Chingford League Relays , Wanstead Flats - 2 miles - Saturday 7th March 2015

Euan Brown10.061st
Thomas Grimes11.082nd
Alex Bee11.082nd
Patrick Brown10.412nd
Alex Day11.2811th
Dan Gritton11.4410th
Russell Price11.146th
Don Bennett17.5418th
Maud Hodson15.5433rd
Sarah Burns15.2233rd
Fiona Day16.1232nd
Maud Hodson15.4532nd

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th March 2015

Shailesh Patel21.18 (course pb)11th - 68.70% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge22.16 (course pb)17th J 62.72% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.2729th J 55.01% Valentine
Jason Levy28.0882nd J 49.64% Valentine
Sarah Burns24.3842nd J 61.71% Hackney
Don Bennett27.10 (course pb)57th J 57.06% Hackney
Richard Guest22.078th J 62.62% Walthamstow
Gavin Stebbing19.1014th - 71.22% Chelmsford
David Baldwin19.368th - 66.92% Beeston
Diana Rexhepaj27.4921st J 57,10% Beckton
Katherine Harris24.3822nd - 60.49% Riddlesdown
Saheed Shabbir24.59223rd J 52.03% Cannon Hill
Dan Spinks26.4499th J 51.43% Crystal Palace
Allan Todd19.198th J 70.66% Woodley
Ashley Faria21:238th 66.33% Barking
Alex Day17.32 (course pb)3rd J 74.14% Wanstead
James Wilson18.564th - 71.04%
Ciaran Canavan19.136th J 71.55%
Rebecca Young22.01 (course pb)16th -b67.22%
Gareth Jones23.0417th - 63.75%
Maud Hodson24.5131st - 65.03%
Suzanne Bench24.1736th - 68.22%
Sheetal Dandgey24.2339th - 60.70%
Fiona Day24.5747th J 74.55%
Bernadett Kalmar25.2250th - 62.02%
Felicity Price-Thomas25.3352nd - 57.93%
Catherine Brett26.0654th - 63.47%
Alan Branch26.2156th - 58.82%
Sophie Edwards26.5363rd - 57.66%
Geoff Bench30.0481st - 48.67%
Tina Nieman da Costa36.57102nd - 43.84%
Will come back to the Wanstead results as they are a bit messy this week.

Anglesey Half Marathon - Sunday 1st March 2015

James Nichols1.36.44196th
1,429 finishers. James Nichols report:About a month ago I decided I needed to spice up my marathon training with a trip out of the South East and was delighted to stumble upon the Anglesey Half, an event run by the same company that organise the excellent Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon which I completed last Spring. Having dabbled in my first bit of parkrun tourism at Penrhyn Castle on Saturday (highly recommended if you're ever in the area, for novelty value if nothing else), I made my way to the Menai Bridge for the start of the HM on a lovely sunny morning. On a tricky, undulating course I was surprisingly ahead of schedule and feeling good for the first 2/3rds of the race at a tad over 7 minute miling, but the wind picked up as the course looped back along the coast and it was tough to enjoy the view as my pace slipped closer to 8 minutes per mile and the hills seemed to get longer and steeper. I galvanised myself for a push over the final mile but came in a frustrating 25 seconds short of a PB. Given the tricky course and also clocked it at 13.25 miles, however, should be good for a successful attempt at Brentwood in 3 weeks time, which was always the aim."

Bath Half Marathon - Sunday 1st March 2015

Rebecca Young1.37.11 pb1,252nd
11,588 finishers.

Mornington Chasers 10km Series, Regents Park - Sunday 1st March 2015

Paul Quinton36.416th
501 finishers. Paul reports: A fairly low key 10km race, this was the 6th and last 10km race of the their winter series. A flat 3 lap course on the paths of Regents Park. Well organised with fairly accurate km markers and good marshalling. Recommended for anyone racing their first 10km or looking for a PB although you may lose some time overtaking other runners on the 3rd lap. Unofficial time 36:41.

Richmond Park 10km - Saturday 28th February 2015

Jamie Xavier47.0858th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 28th February 2015

Alex Day17.57 (course pb)2nd J 72.42% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.326th - 69.37% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee23.46 (1st lady)29th - 62.27% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.3841st - 67.25% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.5044th - 62.42% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.0555th - 60.32% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.1457th - 59.09% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.5259th - 61.66% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.4768th - 55.79% Wanstead
Fiona Day27.4969th J 66.91% Wanstead
Shahib Miah Ali19.5510th - 64.79% Valentine
Spencer Evans19.5911th - 64.55% Valentine
Ashley Faria22.0918th - 64.03% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.16 (1st lady)20th - 66.92% Valentine
Jason Levy23.4836th J 58.68% Valentine
Frank Brownlie 25.2249th - 64.91% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.3050th - 50.59% Valentine
Euan Brown15.562nd - 80.96% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan18.0010th J 76.39% Hackney
Claire Parker20.50 (1st lady)29th J 71.04% Hackney
Patrick Brown19.241st J 68.04% Walthamstow
Paul Thompson21.339th - 66.38% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes17.341st - 74.67% Grovelands
Russell Price18.0213th J 71.72% Bushy
Dan Gritton18.07 pb4th - 76.45% Southwark
Gavin Stebbing19.4722nd - 69.00% Chelmsford
Diccon Loy19.556th - 70.13% Gunpowder
James Nichols21.0212th J 61.65% Penrhyn
Shailesh Patel21.3750th - 67.69% Braunstone
Steven Bywater23.447th J 62.15% Pymmes
Diana Rexhepaj28.2820th J 55.80% Beckton
Julie Creffield35.20171st J 42.45% Mile End
Allan Todd19.5911th J 69.82% Woodley
Dan Spinks28.0240th J 49.05% Roundshaw Downs

Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Euan Brown1.15.1525th
Andrew Baxter1.24.50167th
Diccon Loy1:27:49 pb282nd
Katherine Harris1.46.49 pb1991st
Lucy Jarvis1.55.093286th
Sarah Stack2.00.433608th
Maya Goodwin2.24.35 pb6662nd
Maya's race Report - The GoodBull Run: Prologue (Talk, talk but don't WALK!)

You know what the absolute worst bit of a race is? That bit at the start. Not the actual start, the start of the day. When your alarm goes off at 6am after you've been awake worrying all night. And you try and eat your porridge with chia seeds (because I'm a runner doncha know) and it's absolutely the last thing you want to eat because you feel so ill.

Anyway. It's less scary when there are two of you to share the gloom. And scrape the ice off the car. And work out directions. The gloom evolved to quiet fear and then laughing hysteria as we got closer to the park and ride. By that time we both had managed to find some relative calm. Thankfully.
Jo Bull forgot her Garmin, so I let her wear mine. She was 'in charge of the Garmin'

She was also in charge of:
Getting water at the water stations
Making sure she didn't lose me
Asking the pacer if whether 'that banner was heavy to carry?'
Saying 'Happy 80th Birthday!' to runner George as we passed him
High fiving kids
And mainly...
A big ask.

'Jo, tell me something funny, this mile is sh+t and I want to walk.'
'You're not walking. Ok I took the kids to the opticians. Jen has a squint. Chances are it will sort itself. But she might need surgery to sort it eventually.'
'Oh. That's not funny'
'Oh, sorry! Luke read his letters off the ceiling, cos he got confused.'
Jo was my trailblazer. She would lead the way through crowds, and show me which was the best way.
'Just up this hill, and look it's downhill'
'Go on this side of the path, the camber is better'
And even the immortal line 'just a ParkRun to go!' That made me laugh.
Sometimes she would get too far ahead. I have a big mouth. I'd shout:
I was proud of that joke. Only Jo laughed. Oh well.

We overtook the pacemaker. She overtook us. We overtook again. She caught up. I can't remember my exact words but they were along the lines of
'You again? Please stop being where I am!' Luckily she laughed. Probably because she had the breath to.

I didn't dare ask about pace or time. Jo kept hinting I was doing ok, but I knew if I knew it was good I'd panic and get it wrong. If it was bad I'd think sod it and walk. So I ran along moaning and grumbling as we went. Bloody finally, the finish was in sight. Jo told me the time. 2:24:35, over 4 minutes faster than my pb. I crossed the line and burst into tears.

I didn't walk and I was so astonished at the 4 minutes.

Jo, you made me cry. I could never have done it without you. You're Ace and Then Some.

Test Track 10, Dunton - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Julie Creffield1.59.24

The Old Deer Richmond Park Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Antonio Martin Romero1.24.3944th
1,014 finishers.

National Cross Country Championships, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 21st February 2015

Claire Emery46.47576th*
Diana Rexhepaj55.36796th
Caroline Moore57.24818th*
Thomas Grimes48.07395th
Russell Price48.34435th
Carlton D'Souza1.03.021619th
Grant Conway1.05.001717th
Spencer Evans1.11.211883rd

Ladies : 865 finishers, Men: 2005 finishers. * Due to a mix up collecting the Ladies numbers some times are not official times but estimated.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st February 2015

Alex Day18.351st J 69.96% Wanstead
Mark Boulton19.042nd J 68.01% Wanstead
James Wilson19.213rd - 69.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.175th - 66.80% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel22.5712th - 63.76% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2520th - 63.48% Wanstead
Jonathan Wooldridge25.1427th J 55.35% Wanstead
Frank Brownlie 26.2137th - 62.49% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.2538th - 58.68% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.3741st - 62.24% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.4947th - 55.72% Wanstead
Geoff Bench34.1978th - 42.64% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench34.2180th - 48.23% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin34.2881st J 45.65% Wanstead
Claire Emery34.3483rd J 45.52% Wanstead
David Baldwin20.491st - 63.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.1116th J 56.33% Walthamstow
Paul Quinton17.315th - 75.26% Hackney
John Booth18.215th - 71.48% Mile End
Thomas Grimes18.46 (100th parkrun)1st - 69.89% Grovelands
Diccon Loy19.363rd - 71.26% Gunpowder
Ciaran Canavan18.092nd J 75.76% Ormeau,Belfast
Dan Spinks22.03 62.36% Finsbury
Craig Livermore21.0613th J 61.14% Valentine
Ashley Faria21.4021st - 64.92% Valentine
Jason Levy23.3643rd J 59.18% Valentine
Still awaiting Valentine's results.

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 5 - Royston - Sunday 15th February 2015

Russell Price35.4015th
Dan Gritton36.4129th
Scott McMillan38.5862nd
Peter Craik43.24109th
Maud Hodson48.28187th

Chingford League Fixture 5 - Victoria Park 5m - Saturday 14th February 2015

Euan Brown25.124th
Patrick Brown27.0116th
Thomas Grimes27.3726th
Ciaran Canavan27.3827th
Alex Bee28.0743rd
Dan Gritton28.3561st
Spencer Evans31.50119th
Aaron Browne32.14125th
Peter Hatley32.26128th
James Nichols33.21146th
Grant Conway33.33147th
Craig Livermore35.01168th
Kieran Brown36.27189th
Fiona Day37.42205th
Sarah Burns37.43206th
Sheila Kennedy41.32230th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th February 2015

James Wilson19.382nd - 68.51% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.463rd - 68.55% Wanstead
Regis Martin20.124th J 68.56% Wanstead
Derek Wright22.3612th - 62.24% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee23.49 (1st lady)17th - 62.14% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2521st - 63.48% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench24.4624th - 66.89% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.4052nd - 54.07% Wanstead
Catherine Brett31.4168th - 52.29% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin32.3969th J 44.19% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.3874th J 46.78% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan17.144th J 79.79% Hackney
Paula Bedford22.1440th - 69.19% Hackney
Richard Guest22.424th J 51.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.0715th J 56.48% Walthamstow
Russell Price18.494th J 68.73% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.546th - 68.43% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.22 (course pb)27th - 67.94% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3538th - 65.98% Valentine
Aaron Browne23.2745th J 55.22% Valentine
Craig Livermore23.5251st J 54.05% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1455th J 57.63% Valentine
Abdirahman Adan29.25141st - 48.22% Valentine
William Pearce18.577th J 68.87% Cheltenham
Thomas Grimes19.071st - 68.61% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.3914th - 69.47% Chelmsford
Diccon Loy20.5125th - 66.99% Roundhay
Allan Todd19.296th J 69.55% Woodley
Dan Spinks23.2341st J 58.80% Wycombe Rye
Ashley Faria21.4964.48% Valentine

Wokingham Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

Russell Price1.19.06 pb66th J 75.21%
Allan Todd1.33.56399th J 63.91%
Russell's report: Hi Guys, It was a long train journey home..

Last year Wokingham was cancelled due to water flowing across the course. "Fine, I'll delay and run it next year", no problem! Then Lode shortened for a Rave..

Now, unless you are driving getting to Wokingham on a Sunday means a very early start, undeterred I made it.. And I am glad I did!

The race announcer was listing the winning times as I arrived, stacked field and must be a flat course. Really well organised start with predicted time signs, not many in the "sub 1 hour 10", and big gaps through to 1:20 sign, where to stand?!


Great Bentley Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

Peter Hatley1.32.09134th
724 finishers.

Deal Half Marathon - Sunday 8th February 2015

Caroline Meaby1.47.41 pb95th J
Caroline Meaby: Wow- you beat me to it! Yup a PB. V hilly course which gave me a good work out so I'm pleased!
4th in my age category and 9th female to finish! Which sounds so much better than 95th. 245 finishers.

Devon Coastal Trail - Saturday 7th February 2015

Roberto Bruni6.2935th of 91 Ultra
Trish Kelly2.49.11258th of 329 Half

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Saturday 7th February 2015

Craig Simpson44.3291st
Eleanor Wilkinson46.33127th

parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 7th February 2015

Euan Brown15.491st - 81.56% Hackney
Patrick Brown17.122nd J 75.10% Hackney
Alex Day17.37 (course pb)3rd J 73.79% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan17.434th J 77.61% Hackney
Claire Parker21.0026th J 70.48% Hackney
Sarah Burns24.5859th J 61.00% Hackney
Thomas Grimes17.231st - 75.46% Grovelands
Aaron Browne19.357th J 66.13% Valentine
Shailesh Patel21.33 (course pb)20th - 67.36% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.3428th - 66.03% Valentine
Mary O'Brien24.5845th - 76.64% Valentine
Craig Livermore26.2262nd J 48.93% Valentine
Jason Levy27.0070th J 51.73% Valentine
David Baldwin20.16 (course pb)2nd - 64.72% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.4315th J 57.36% Walthamstow
Scott McMillan19.382nd - 69.02% Wanstead
Peter Craik21.4213th - 64.82% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee22.5820th - 64.44% Wanstead
Maud Hodson24.2830th - 63.35% Wanstead
Kieran Brown24.5134th J 62.91% Wanstead
Andrea Waller24.5235th J 60.86% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.0236th - 66.18% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.1237th J 73.81% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.1939th - 62.15% Wanstead
Alan Branch27.5457th - 55.56% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.4484th J 46.64% Wanstead
William Pearce19.106th J 68.09% Cheltenham
Saheed Shabbir23.2716th J 53.42% Beckton
Diana Rexhepaj29.4416th J 53.42% Beckton
Allan Todd20.1811th J 66.75% Woodley
Dan Spinks23.1526th J 59.14% Forest of Dean
Ashley Faria21.4464.72% Valentine

Ashford & District 10km - Sunday 1st February 2015

Christopher Sohail51.53240th
579 finishers.

Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 1st February 2015

Euan Brown1.13.40 pb11th
Alex Day1.20.4643rd
Claire Parker1.37.14363rd
1,821 finishers.

Cancer Research 10km Great Winter Run, London - Sunday 1st February 2015

Andy Kumar38.18 =pb32nd
Roger Stubbs49.251436th
Julie Creffield1.12.529621st
11,454 finishers.

Stourbridge Stagger - Sunday 1st February 2015

William Pearce1.18.5655th

London Winter Run 10km - 31st January 2015

Lucy Jarvis53:38

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 31st January 2015

Patrick Brown17.181st J 74.66% Hackney
Ciaran Canavan18.216th J 74.93% Hackney
James Nichols23.2737th J 55.29% Hackney
Sarah Burns26.5461st J 56.51% Hackney
Julie Creffield33.06101st J 45.32% Hackney
Scott McMillan20.315th - 66.04% Wanstead
Derek Wright22.5712th - 61.29% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.3615th - 60.16% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.1521st - 61.39% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.5030th - 60.90% Wanstead
Fiona Day25.5733rd J 70.71% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards27.5642nd - 55.07% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj29.4950th J 53.27% Wanstead
Maya Goodwin31.3861st J 49.74% Wanstead
Katherine Harris21.5920th - 67.78% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.1221st J 58.11% Valentinev
Saheed Shabbir23.1930th J 55.75% Valentine
Maran Raju23.5836th - 61.54% Valentine
Jason Levy24.1440th J 57.63% Valentine
Steven Bywater24.3571st J 60.00% Southend
Gavin Stebbing20.2023rd - 67.13% Chelmsford
Dan Spinks25.5943rd J 52.92% South Oxhey
Thomas Grimes19.551st - 65.86% Grovelands
Diccon Loy20.014th - 69.78% Gunpowder
Dan Gritton18.243rd - 75.87% Southwark
Still awaiting Walthamstow results.

Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 25th January 2015

Rebecca Young43.3482nd
Jamie Xavier46.02137th
Sarah Burns47.26 pb155th

SEAA Cross Country , Brighton - Saturday 24th January 2015

Rebecca Young41.10209th
Celia Payaneeandee42.58245th
Fiona Day45.22284th
Catherine Kaar46.01293rd
Patrick Brown58.44165th
Thomas Grimes62.46302nd
Russell Price63.55340th
Dan Gritton65.53413th
James Wilson71.09571st
Paul Thompson73.03629th
Spencer Evans77.21713th
Grant Conway77.32718th
Carlton D'Souza79.33742nd
Ramesh Pala89.00830th
Muhammad Iqbal1.55.06900th

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 24th January 2015

Euan Brown17.121st - 75.00% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan20.043rd J 68.52% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.14 5th - 66.97% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench25.1937th - 65.44% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2238th - 62.02% Wanstead
Catherine Brett26.1644th - 63.07% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards28.2161st - 54.26% Wanstead
Claire Emery33.1398th J 47.37% Wanstead
Aaron Browne21.028th J 61.57% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.05 (course pb)16th - 65.74% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.0334th J 58.07% Valentine
Saheed Shabbir24.2937th J 53.10% Valentine
Katherine Harris24.5741st - 59.72% Valentine
Jason Levy25.0844th J 55.57% Valentine
Mary O'Brien25.1245th - 75.93% Valentine
Craig Livermore27.4783rd J 46.43% Valentine
Richard Guest22.485th J 60.75% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.08 (birthday boy!)26th J 56.44% Walthamstow
Stuart Kelly18.12 (course pb)10th - 71.06% Hackney
Claire Parker20.4536th J 71.33% Hackney
Diccon Loy19.5331st - 70.24% Norwich
Lee Wollaston20.167th J 67.85% Gunpowder
Dan Spinks29.28J 46.66% Brentwood
Alan Branch26.5848th - 57.48% Wanstead
Don reports:- Good to see Phoebe back at Walthamstow in 33.16 and Tara at Chelmsford in 36.57 also. First place finishes for Euan and course pb's for Stuart & Shailesh.
Walthamstow celebrated there 2nd Birthday and i reached my 100th volunteer at Wanstead.

Fred Hughes 10 - Sunday 18th January 2015

Antonio Martin Romero1:06:1966th

Benfleet 15m - Sunday 18th January 2015

Russell Price1.53.0645th
James Wilson1.56.2662nd
Stuart Kelly1.58.1975th
Lee Wollaston1.59.1787th
Paul Thompson2.00.1893rd
David Baldwin2.03.49117th
James Creed2.04.35121st
James Nichols2.08.33155th
Lauren Aston2.21.21272nd
Maud Hodson2.21.36276th
Kieran Brown2.32.07348th
Fiona Day2.36.33387th
See YouTube video by Blackwing Aerial Services:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Sunday 18th January 2015

Julie Creffield1.16.18447th
460 finishers.

Country to Capital 45 miles - Saturday 17th January 2015

Dan Gritton6:37:0934th
34th of 304 Finishers

Chingford League Fixture 4 - Chingford Orion XC - Saturday 17th January 2015

Patrick Brown30.536th
Thomas Grimes33.0221st
Andrew Baxter35.2453rd
Ciaran Canavan37.1971st
Grant Conway40.1196th
Peter Hatley45.38153rd
182 finishers.

Some photos courtesy of Orion Running Club.

SLOW 34th Box Hill Fell Race 12km - Saturday 17th January 2015

Russell Price1.11.1059th
520M of ascent.258 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - - Saturday 17th January 2015

Ciaran Canavan19.121st J 71.61% Wanstead
Scott McMillan19.442nd - 68.67% Wanstead
Spencer Evans21.046th - 61.23% Wanstead
Peter Craik21.099th - 66.51% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee24.2429th - 60.66% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.0633rd - 61.75% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar25.2338th - 61.98% Wanstead
Suzanne Bench26.0948th - 63.35% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.1049th J 70.13% Wanstead
Andrea Waller26.1950th J 57.50% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards29.5976th - 51.31% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj30.3479th J 51.96% Wanstead
Don Bennett31.3483rd J 49.10% Wanstead
Katherine Harris21.59 (1st lady)18th - 67.78% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.4024th J 64.04% Valentine
Craig Livermore22.5628th J 56.25% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1130th - 63.62% Valentine
Maran Raju23.1130th - 63.62% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge23.3635th J 59.18% Valentine
Jason Levy25.0248th J 55.79% Valentine
Aaron Browne26.2655th J 48.99% Valentine
Stuart Kelly18.138th - 71.00% Hackney
Claire Parker21.3335th J 68.68% Hackney
Paula Bedford26.3785th - 57.48% Hackney
Richard Guest22.395th J 61.15% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.3823rd J 57.09% Walthamstow
Thomas Grimes19.452nd - 66.41% Grovelands
Diccon Loy20.023rd - 69.72% Gunpowder
Julie Creffield34.53188th - 43.00% Mile End
James Nichols20.377th J 62.89% Barking
Alan Branch26.3051st - 58.49% Wanstead
also Emiko Preist 30.47 (48.57%) Wimpole Estate.

Sunday Cross Country League - Event 4 - Trent Park - Sunday 11th January 2015

Thomas Grimes31.5227th
Russell Price32.1131st
Dan Gritton32.5846th
Spencer Evans37.16128th
Peter Craik38.56154th
Maud Hodson43.07239th
James Nichols44.57269th
134 ladies/ 236 men.

Run Through 10km, Battersea Park 10km - Sunday 11th January 2015

Antonio Martin Romero40.2319th
Katherine Harris45.15 pb63rd
308 finishers.

parkrun - all venues - Saturday 10th January 2015

Thomas Grimes20.051st - 65.31% Gunnersbury
Euan Brown17.411st -72.95% Wanstead
Alex Day18.102nd J 71.56% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.243rd J 70.88% Wanstead
Russell Price19.444th J 65.54% Wanstead
Andrew Baxter19.485th J 72.14% Wanstead
Scott McMillan20.378th - 65.72% Wanstead
Claire Emery25.1627th J 62.27% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1634th - 59.01% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.3237th - 59.30% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards30.2363rd - 50.63% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee53.10 (tailrunner)87th - 27.54% Wanstead
Patrick Brown20.101st J 64.05% Walthamstow
David Baldwin21.372nd - 60.68% Walthamstow
Richard Guest22.514th J 60.61% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater26.3420th J 55.08% Walthamstow
Saheed Shabbir22.2615th J 57.80% Valentine
Maran Raju22.5920th - 64.18% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2021st - 62.21% Valentine
Lauren Aston24.1528th - 61.03% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.2932nd J 57.05% Valentine
Jason Levy25.1345th J 55.39% Valentine
Katherine Harris25.1546th - 59.01% Valentine
Craig Livermore27.1064th J 47.48% Valentine
Christopher Sohail27.5573rd - 46.75% Valentine
Paula Bedford22.5747th - 66.67% Hackney
Claire Parker24.3167th J 60.37% Hackney
Laura Jenkin26.4592nd - dfyb Hackney
Don Bennett29.28118th J 52.60% Hackney
Julie Creffield36.41154th J 40.89% Hackney
Dan Spinks31.2179th J 43.54% Oak Hill
Gavin Stebbing19.2912th - 70.06% Chelmsford
William Pearce19.4011th J 66.36% Cheltenham
Diccon Loy20.399th - 67.64% Gunpowder
James Nichols22.2348th J 57.93% Gunpowder
Alan Branch26.3538th - 58.31% Wanstead

Essex County XC Championships, Claybury Park - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Sarah Burns43.0262nd
Catherine Kaar43.5168th
Maud Hodson44.4473rd
Bozena Mysilinska45.1076th
Rebecca Young45.2479th
Caroline Moore52.55107th
Patrick Brown49.5037th
Russell Price47.4169th
Thomas Grimes48.2981st
Ciaran Canavan48.3483rd
Dan Gritton49.5394th
Andrew Baxter50.58102nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon55.41147th
Grant Conway56.48155th
Peter Hatley58.04163rd
Muhammad Iqbal65.37190th
Jason Levy72.28196th
Ladies 107 finishers. Team 15th of 23 279pts.
Men 200 finishers. Team 10th ELR A team 466pts,20th ELR B team 965pts.
Simon Morgan (life member)139th 54.38.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Event 4 - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Daniel Slipper40.3620th
Phillippa Walker1.05.28212th

parkrun - all venues - - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Patrick Brown19.421st - 65.57% Walthamstow
Ciaran Canavan20.242nd - 67.40% Walthamstow
David Baldwin21.233rd - 61.34% Walthamstow
Richard Guest23.188th - 59.01% Walthamstow
Steven Bywater25.51 (50th parkrun)20th - 56.61% Walthamstow
Don Bennett33.1949th - 46.12% Walthamstow
Alex Day18.261st - 70.52% Wanstead
Regis Martin21.395th - 63.97% Wanstead
Peter Craik22.238th - 62.84% Wanstead
Celia Payaneeandee25.11 (1st lady)19th - 58.77% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.12 (50th parkrun)24th - 60.05% Wanstead
Maud Hodson26.1425th - 59.09% Wanstead
Peter Hatley30.2646th - 44.85% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj30.2948th - 52.10% Wanstead
Claire Emery35.3964th - 44.13% Wanstead
David Wyatt29.1376th - 54.88% Hackney
Julie Creffield37.3783rd - 39.88% Hackney
Stuart Kelly19.16 (course pb)4th - 67.13% Valentine
Spencer Evans21.2510th - 60.23% Valentine
Katherine Harris21.39 (1st lady)13th - 68.82% Valentine
Shailesh Patel23.2325th - 62.08% Valentine
Jonathan Wooldridge24.5543rd - 62.08% Valentine
Thomas Grimes19.031st - 68.85% Grovelands
Gavin Stebbing19.4717th - 69.00% Chelmsford
Allan Todd20.5510th - 64.88% Woodley
Dan Spinks21.1732nd - 64.13% Gunnersbury
Scott McMillan20.144th - 66.97% Wanstead
Alan Branch36.53 (tailrunner)67th - 42.02% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.3030th - 68.13% Norwich
Walthamstow reached it's 100th event. 50th parkrun's for Bernadett Kalmar at Wanstead and Steve Bywater at Walthamstow. First place finishes for Alex, Patrick, Thomas, Katherine and Celia. Course pb for Stuart at Valentine's only 2 days after his debut on New Years Day. Patrick, Ciaran, Thomas, Peter Hatley and Maud went on to Claybury in the afternoon.

Serpentine New Years Day 10km, Serpentine - Thursday 1st January 2015

Russell Price36.43 pb22nd
Emmet Fitzgibbon43.3594th
and 352nd Emiko Priest 59.08.

parkrun - all venues - New Years Day - - Thursday 1st January 2015

Patrick Brown18.091st - 71.17% Wanstead
Alex Day18.282nd - 70.40% Wanstead
Ciaran Canavan19.355th - 70.21% Wanstead
Stuart Kelly19.587th - 64.77% Wanstead
Gavin Stebbing20.028th - 68.14% Wanstead
Richard Guest21.5614th - 62.69% Wanstead
Allan Todd22.0715th - 61.27% Wanstead
James Creed23.3023rd - 56.10% Wanstead
Lauren Aston23.4926th - 62.14% Wanstead
Rebecca Young24.1830th - 60.91% Wanstead
Maud Hodson25.3839th - 60.47% Wanstead
Bernadett Kalmar26.1144th - 60.09% Wanstead
Fiona Day26.3652nd - 68.98% Wanstead
Jason Levy27.2059th - 51.10% Wanstead
Caroline Moore27.55 (course pb)62nd - 61.55% Wanstead
Katherine Harris28.1463rd - 52.77% Wanstead
Patrick Brown17.493rd - 72.50% Valentines
Alex Day18.325th- 70.14% Valentines
Ciaran Canavan18.367th - 73.92% Valentines
Thomas Grimes18.481st - 69.77% Grovelands
Stuart Kelly19.3011th - 66.32% Valentines
Manjit Singh20.4417th - 65.84% Valentines
Richard Guest21.099th - 65.01% Hackney
Saheed Shabbir21.54 (course pb)29th - 59.21% Valentine
Katherine Harris22.0532nd - 67.47% Valentine
Rebecca Young22.1334th - 66.62% Valentine
Shailesh Patel22.3738th - 64.19% Valentine
Maran Raju23.0041st - 64.13% Valentine
Lauren Aston23.2947th - 63.02% Valentine
Craig Livermore25.0166th - 51.57% Valentine
Jason Levy26.1177th - 53.34% Valentine
Don Bennett30.56126th - 49.68% Valentine
Scott McMillan20.129th - 67.08% Wanstead
Alan Branch26.5956th - 57.44% Wanstead
Diccon Loy20.3111th - 68.07% Catton