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Inventory December 2021

Trophies 2021 : Alexandra
Dave Knight and Roger Dixon shields : Jacob
ELR Volunteer jacket (1 ) : Alexandra
Old ELR Vests and T-shirts (XL and XXL) : Alexandra
ELVIS Shield Male Team : Scott
White posts : Stuart
Red tape : Stuart
Old Gazebos (First Aid tent) : Stuart
Valentines 5k run : Stuart
4 tables : Stuart
Main Gazebo + new pegs and large groundsheet : Catriona
Ground sheet small : Mike
ELR flag (base broken but functional) : Mike
ELR flag (more broken) : Jacob
New ELR Flag : Jacob
Old groundsheet : Jacob
Track cones and Relay batons : Jacob
New Malet (to be found) : Jacob
Megaphone : Jacob
Club Archives: Mike
Curtis Shield: Jonathan
Media Archives: Maya
Banners ?

Club History - Founded May 1982 - An overview to June 2021

In the late 70s and early 80s there was a noted local race-walker called Roger Mills, who was a member of Ilford AC. He raced in the Tokyo Olympics where he finished in 10th place. He was a regular member of the UK squad. He won a Bronze medal in European Championships in Rome in 1974.

1974 European Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 20 km
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 10th 20 km
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 37th 20 km

About this time a "jogging" boom was turning into a "running" boom. Starting in the USA it quickly spread to the UK. The New York marathon was imitated by the London Marathon which started in 1981. In May 1982 Roger opened a running/sports shop in Wanstead High Street called....Athletic East. There was a well-known chain of shops in the USA called Athletic West, so we guess that this was East London's/the UK's answer. Roger's first shop was a tiny, narrow shop in the little parade just by the George Public house. It was from this shop, in 1982, that a group would meet on a Wednesday evening to go for a run and East London Runners was born, organised by Roger. The popularity grew so much that we moved to Wanstead Leisure Centre in about 1983/4, where we have been ever since.

The early to mid 1990's saw the Club at it's peak in terms of numbers with over 200 active members and 104 runners one Wednesday evening when the pre run meeting had to take place in the Centre's Gymnasium.

Today the membership is around 32/330 active members with an average of 50/70 running each Wednesday.

September 1st 2010 saw 65 runners at the Club night with 49 then attending the Curry Night at a local Indian restaurant at 9pm following the Club run.

Wednesday 5th January 2011 increased this number to 72 with 10 of this number trying out the Club for the first time. Numbers have continued to remain high with a total membership exceeding 180 as at 31st March 2012. Similar numbers have been experienced with an increase to circa 200 to 31st March 2013 and 2014 and March 2015.

On 5th May 2015 we introduced a Beginners Group run of up to 5k each Wednesday in conjunction with the main Club run. Most weeks we had 3 distances of 5k, 5 miles and in excess of 6 miles. This continued through until 30th September 2015. With darkness falling earlier each week we discontinued the 5k run but continued with the other two.We also restarted Beginner Groups in May 2016 and 2017

As at the close of our financial year 31st March 2016 membership numbers had increased to 262. Renewals commenced from 1st April 2016 and including new members this figure has been exceeded.

In 2016/17 membership numbers continued to increase and as at the end of our financial year, 31st March 2017, stood at 299.

From 1st April 2017 renewals fell due. ELR and England Athletics allow a grace period of 3 months to renew. After that time we at ELR tidy up our membership database, after numerous renewal reminders to members, on 1st July each year. Those members choosing not to renew, some may have moved from the area, have long term injuries or their personal circumstances have changed are no longer part of the database and will lose all of their ELR and EA benefits. They can however rejoin when their circumstances change.

We completed our your end 31st March 2018 with over 300 members and 2019 with 329, at end of March 2020 we reached 350 despite the coronavirus.

The UK Government announced Lockdown beginning on 23rd March 2020 which resulted in suspension of all Club Axctivities. The message was STAY HOME - PROTECT THE NHS -SAVE LIVES.

The Roger Dixon Shield


2023 - Jacob Stevens
2022 - Michael Wilson
2021 - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
2020 - Above & Beyond
2019 - Frank Brownlie
2018 - Joanna Wood
2017 - Sonia Cheadle

The Roger Dixon Shield

Roger Dixon 1948 - 2017

Following Roger's death in September 2017 the Committee of East London Runners agreed that a new Award would be made to the Club Person of the Year for 2017 and for future years.

This award was to be named the Roger Dixon Shield and the winner would be voted by the members of the Club each year.


2017 - Sonia Cheadle

2018 - Joanna Wood

2019 - Frank Brownlie

2021 - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

2022 - Michael Wilson

Club Runner of the Month


February 2024 - Simon Nash
January 2024 - Abdirahman Adan


December 2023 - Tasnia Choudhury
November 2023 - Ryan Friel
October 2023 - Kasia Stachowiak
September 2023 - Joseph Osakue
August 2023 - Clare Stevens
July 2023 - Shahib Ali
June 2023 - Karan Gadhia
May 2023 - Ian Mackie
April 2023 - Ava Lee
March 2023 - Sandra Preston
February 2023 - Victoria Charlesworth
January 2023 - Darminder Bhamra


December 2022 - Sarah Burns
November 2022 - Rachel Bailey
October 2022 - Daniel O’Donoghue
September 2022 - Joshua Rees Davies
August 2022 - Betty Bohane
July 2022 - Cindy Koon
June 2022 - John O’Brien
May 2022 - Debbie Shearing
April 2022 - James Nichols
March 2022 - David Kwakye
February 2022 - Antonio Martin Romero
January 2022 - Caroline Frith


December 2021 - Joseph Gunn
November 2021 - Alex Pickering
October 2021 - Alice Barrett
September 2021 - Becky Evans
August 2021 - John Henry
July 2021 - Nathaniel Dye
June 2021 - Morag Campbell
May 2021 - Jose Rodriguez
April 2021 - Paul Woodmansey
January to March 2021 - holdover due to COVID-19!

November and December 2020 - holdover due to COVID-19!
October 2020 - Paul Quinton
April to September 2020 - holdover due to COVID-19!
March 2020 - Stuart Kelly
February 2020 - Antonio Martin Romero
January 2020 - Jose Rodriguez

December 2019 - Chloe Millan
November 2019 - Paul Thompson
October 2019 - John Henry
September 2019 - Catriona and Nick Hoult
August 2019 - Peter Craik
July 2019 - Nathaniel Dye
June 2019 - Euan Brown and Jose Rodriguez
May 2019 - Samia Choudhury
April 2019 - Antonio Martin Romero
March 2019 - Arthur Diaz
February 2019 - Scott McMillan
January 2019 - Becky Evans

December 2018 - Terry Lewsey
November 2018 - Peter Hatley
October 2018 - Rachel Le Roux and Karan Gadhia
September 2018 - Antonio Martin Romero
August 2018 - Zoila Gilham-Fernandez
July - Caroline Frith
June - Louis Le Roux
May 2018 - Jimmy Dale
April 2018 - Ciaran Canavan and Jo Wood
March 2108 - Mark Moir
February 2018 - Ellie Wilkinson
January 2018 - Diana Rexhepaj

December 2017 - Karen Levison
November 2017 - Roselin Boramakot and Kat Maskell
October 2017 - Michael Bamford
September 2017 - Andy Balderstone and Stuart Norris
August 2017 - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
July 2017 - Jason Levy
June 2017 - Jennifer Ansell
May 2017 - Lucy Barron
April 2017 - Thomas Grimes and Antonio Martin Romero
March 2017 - Suzanne Bench
February 2017 - Emily Clarke and James Nichols
January 2017 - Maud Hodson

January 2016 - Grant Conway
February 2016 - Aaron Browne
March 2016 - Judith Anna Vonberg
April 2016 - Bernadett Kalmar and Spencer Evans
May 2016 - Billy Rayner
June 2016 - Sandra Hiller and Robert Rayworth
July 2016 - Dan Slipper
August 2016 - Karen Levison
September 2016 - Ava Lee
October 2016 - Scott McMillan
November 2016 - Fiona Critchley and John Paul Healy
December 2016 - Paul Marshall

January 2015 - Phillippa Walker
February 2015 - Roberto Bruni
March 2015 - The Brown Brothers (Euan Brown, Alex Day and Patrick Brown)
April 2015 - Russell Price
May 2015 - Maya Goodwin and Bozena Myslinska
June 2015 - Thomas Grimes
July 2015 - Trish Kelly
August 2015 - Jennifer Ansell
September 2015 - Sarah Burns
October 2015 - Maud Hodson
November 2015 - Carlton D'Souza
December 2015 - Jonathan Wooldridge

The Curtis Shield

Apart from 1984, when the Shield was first presented for the best performance by an East London Runner, when it was won by Lee Richardson, the Curtis Shield has always been awarded to the Club Person of the past year. In 1985 the award went to Trevor Cornell the Club's then Chairman. In 1986 it was awarded to Dick Pleasance for help that he gave to others, especially new members. In 1987 it was awarded to Steve Knott, who at the time was Club President. In 1988 it went to Mike Matcham who was responsible for getting the Social side of ELR going. In 1989 Peter Cowup who was also Social Secretary won the award. The award went to Trevor Jason in 1990 for his work as Coach at Walthamstow Track. Trevor was the first to also win the Most Improved Runner award.In 1991 John White won the Shield for his work as Editor of the Club Magazine Runaround. John was Editor for abour 8 years.In 1992 Peter Cowup became the first person to win the Curtis Shield twice, this time as Club President. The award went to Simon Morgan in 1993, the Club's Chairman and youngest winner of the award at that time.

The CURTIS SHIELD was Retired in October 2017.

December 2016 - Jonathan Wooldridge
December 2015 - Maya Goodwin
December 2014 - Don Bennett
March 2014 - Patrick Brown
2013 - Grant Conway
2012 - Ciaran Canavan
2011 - Derek Wright
2010 - Frank Brownlie
2009 - Mike Wilson
2008 - John Atkinson
2007 - Jim Bird
2006 - Kirk Johnson
2005 -
2004 -
2003 - Mike Wilson
2002 - Don Bennett
2001 - Don Bennett
2000 -
1999 - Clive Jackson
1998 - John McCarthy
1997 - Lesley Morgan
1996 - Don Bennett
1995 - Jim Bird
1994 - Doug Mansell
1993 - Simon Morgan
1992 - Peter Cowup
1991 - John White
1990 - Trevor Jason
1989 - Peter Cowup
1988 - Mike Matcham
1987 - Steve Knott
1986 - Dick Pleasance
1985 - Trevor Cornell
1984 - Lee Richardson

The Early Years - 1982 to 1985

Early Club records show that a special Meeting was called for Wednesday 20th February 1985. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the future of East London Runners.

Since the beginning in May 1982 the Club has been "run" by Roger. However, a number of Club members have expressed a wish to take a greater role in Club affairs.This has come at a time when Roger is anxious to make the most of what is left of his career as an International Athlete. Whilst Roger wishes to remain greatly involved with the Club, increased training and competition will make their own demands. Various topics have been pencilled in for discussion and you are welcome to make suggestions on the night.

1. Aims of the Club.
2. Money - What we do with existing Club funds etc.
3. Do we become affiliated to the A.A.A? - for and against.
4. Positions within the Club.
5. Any other business.

This meeting notice was published together with the January 1985 edition of the East London Runners Newsletter. Included in the Newsletter were the following additional topics.
1. Discussion on cost of Coach hire to races.
2. London Marathon - Rejected runners. ELR issued a special limited edition T-Shirt through Roger. Grey shirt with special London Marathon logo and a big red "REJECT" stamp, all for only £4.75.
3. Race reports - Bedford Boxing Day 10 - Epsom Motorway 10 - New York Marathon - Chelmsford Half Marathon.
4. Club colours discussion - looking to agree on a specific colour for future use.
5. Donations to Charity including £200 to Bone Marrow Hospital, £300 to London Hospital Body Scanner Appeal, £950 to the Deaf. All donations totalled £1,943.

The Minutes of the Meeting in June 1985 show those present as Alan Shaw, Alan Smith, Frank Bontoft, Dina Andronicus, Trevor Cornell, Hilda Mills, June Davey, Steve Knott and Gwegs Rumney.

FUNCTION OF THE COMMITTEE: It was recognised that there is a need to clarify the status of the Committee etc

ROGER Mills LEAVING: confusion among members as to reason for leaving. Decided not to replace Chairman at present time.

Club. What should it represent. Agreement after discussion that the aims and objectives should be the same as ever, particularly to encourage new runners to the sport, and greater care should be shown to newcomers when they join the Club, whether beginners or experienced runners. Suggestion of maps to be drawn up of Club runs.
Affiliation: Steve Knott presented draft paper weighing up pros and cons. There were mixed feelings on this subject and eventually the decision was taken NOT to affiliate at the present time but to discuss further at the AGM so that all members could consider.

Club Colours: Dave Curtis is still producing a red t shirt to be used for training runs and not seen as Club Colours. The meeting decided to to produce to the membership a visual display of four sets of olours – Orange, Red, Blue and Yellow. Members to vote for favourite colour. A Club badge is to be designed.

Membership: Subs to be set at £5 for the year. June Davey agreed to take over as Membership Secretary next year.
Treasurer: Alan Shaw moving from the area. Gwegs to ask Graham if he would take over.
Secretary: It was agreed that Comm Members would take it I turn to do the Club Minutes.
London Marathon: Committee to take over liaison with John Disley re the entry places and Water Station. Steve Knott accepted responsibility. Only paid up members to be included in our draw.

Committee Meeting 26th July 1985, Extracts
Social: Planned events,Barbecue in August,Mystery Tour and Picnic in September. Club Disco at Christmas including fund raising raffle. A training weekend in June 1986
Membership Renewal and Validation
London Marathon Draw: It was agreed that no entrant who had been a participant in 1985/85 and who was not a paid up member would be eligible for the draw notwithstanding their paying for the year 1985/86. As in all things the Committee would judge each case on its merits but that their decision would be final. It being felt that the question of selection for the “free” places was so contentious that scrupulous fairness must exist.
Club Races: Sub-Committee of Ken, Trevor and Steve Knott had been considering this. Looking at possibility of a 2,4,or 6 mile race on Hackney Marshes. Possible events at Eton Manor Sports Club, Oakfields at Fairlop, Ilford WanderersRugby Club. Frank has also joined the Sub Comm.

Life Membership for Roger Mills and Hilda was Unanimously agreed.
Headed Paper, to be investigated
ELR Banner: Agreed to obtain quote
Attendance Requirement for Committee Meetings. It was unanimously agreed that to remain on the Committee no member should miss four consecutive meetings.
Post of Secretary, June has assumed that Role.
Sports Centre,Use of, discussion and contact with Centre re costs and use of same by members.

5th and 9th August 1985, 3rrd September 1985. Correspondence from Steve Knott on file re Sports Centre and London Marathon Draw.

Committee Meeting 30th August 1985
Present, Gwerfyl Rumney, June Davey, Frank Bontoft, Graham Rumney, Ken Wharmsby, Alan Smith, Steve Knott.
Apologies, Alan Shaw, Dina Andronicos, Trevor Cornell, Bob Munday
Barbecue, Fun Run
Sports Centre, Fee agreed post meeting at £250
Membership Cards, All paid up members to receive a card.
Club Colours, Following two recounts Red won with 27 votes, Yellow a close second with 26, Blue 9 and Orange 3 not proving to be popular.
Headed Notepaper, Agreed to order 500 sheets

23rd September 2017, Letter from Steve Knott to Trevor resigning from Committee and Club Newsletter Producer for work related reasons.

ELR Newssheet, September 1985
Editors, News , Steve Knott , Race Reports, Frank Bontoft
Members need to carry the new Membership Card and to sign it at Reception to gain access to Wanstead Leisure Centre.
Club Colours Following the recent vote by members the red vest with the white lettering emerged as the winner. Supplies of the vest are now being obtained. A range ogf Club t-shirts will be available for future years and will vary in colour. They will be sold as will the Red Club vest at a reasonable price with a small profit for the Club.
Fun Run Decided not to hold one this year and not at Victoria Park. Held over until March 1986.
At a recent Committee Meeting, it was unanimously agreed that Roger and Hilda Mills become Honorary Life Members. For the benefit of new members, Roger and Hilda founded the Club and worked solidly to give us the base from which we are now building and extending.

London Marathon Draw Results, David Morgan, Ken Wharmsby, Jon Trevor, Barry Wyles, Neil Baker and Phil Gaskell were successful.

London Marathon Feeding Station. We have every reason to believetaht we will once again be allocated a feeding station on the 1986 Marathon course. Unfortunately, the Organisers do not give details until the last minute. Although we may be informed “in principle” that we have a station, the specific location is often not confirmed until the final briefing. Details will be made as and when they are known.

Other topics were , Membership Renewal, Distribution of Newsletter and Race Reports (held over to the next issue)
Forthcoming Fixture List
Oct 6th Windsor Gt Park Half Marathon
Oct 13th Babysafe Half Marathon, local
Oct 20th Brady Maccabi, Hendon Stadium 10 mile
Oct 27th Twickenham 25k organised by LRCC

Committee Meeting, 4th Oct 1985
Present, Gwerfyl and George Rumney, Dina Andronicas, Frank Bontoft, Trevor Cornell, Ken Wharmsby, Alan Smith, June Davey
Apologies, Bob Munday

Social, £211.04 profit from barbecue. Christmas disco arranged for 15th Dec. Christmas Raffle draw. £100 will be spent on travel voucher, tickets £1. Social Committee given guidelines of £500 profit per year.
Fun run, date still to be set. Trevor, Frank and Ken to meet 15th Oct to discuss.
Membership Cards, Cards printed thanks to Frank, cost was £50 for 250.
Curtis Shield. The Shield was haded out to Lee Richardson in January. Votes for next person to be haded out to Club Members.
Club Vests, Atletic East have quoted £4.95 plus £1.65 silk screening.
Club Badge, would be white on red.
Newsletter. Due to Steve Knotts resignation from the Committee a vacancy has arisen. A slip of paper will be handed out with membership cards for people to apply.

Next Meeting, to be held at June Daveys house.

Item to be inserted in Newsletter
The recent resignation of Roger as Chairman is to be regarded only as an admin problem in the structure of a newly formed Committee. It reflects only a difference of opinion in the running of the Club. All concerned are working for the common good.

We fully recognise the contribution made by Roger in the past without which there would not be a Club today. Given time, we hope to continue the good work that he has started. We look forward to his continued help and support as an ordinary member whilst hopefully relieving him of the day to day problems of administering 120 people from different walks of life with different opinions and attitudes but with one common aim.
Despite wildly exaggerated rumours, there is no major split in this Club.

Photo of members.
East London Runners was formed in 1982 when less than twenty novices began running around Wanstead. By 1985 one hundred and twenty had graduated in running the London, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Birmingham Marathons, the Hyde Park Fun Run, the Gt North Run and many more. They still run around Wanstead and meet twice a week at the Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West on Wednesdays at 6.15pm and Sundays at 10am.

Committee Meeting Monday 2nd Dec 1985
Present, Gwegs and Graham, Rumney, Alan Smith, Ken Wharmsby, Bob Mundy, Paul Davy, Dina Andronicus, Trevor Cornell and Frank Bontoft.

Membership Cards, mot members have now been issued with cards, approx. 104 members. Wanstead Sports Centre not too particular whether they are produced or not but they are useful for sports shop discounts and cheap seats on race coaches reserved by Club.
Disco, booked for Woodys on Dunday 15th Dec. Tickets £5 (£3 for buffet and £2 club profit).
Curtis Shield, All members to vote. Distribution date 1st Jan 1986, last collection and count Wed 29th Jan, Award at AGM Wed 12th Feb 1986.
Newsletter John White has offered his services as Editor. Issue due 6th Jan 1986. Bob has offered to run off newsletter and address envelopes to members.
Fun Run Ken raised point that not enough time i.e. till March to organise the race. New date of 8th or 15th June agreed.
Club Vest, now seen by Committee and agreed suitable quality and colour. Cost £4.95 plus £1.56 for silk screening. Two styles, all mesh for men and mesh/nylon with Ladies cut for women.
Frank to order 50 asap with max price £8.
Coaches Deposit of £1 to be requested from all interested parties before race and forfeited by drop outs bas coach cancellation fee is £10. Agreed.
Spare Money £13.25 collected from races is to be used by Ken to buy and have engraved as many medals as poss to encourage enthusiastic runners, who have, so far, received no recognition for their efforts.

AGM Wed 12th Feb 1986 agreed in Sports Hall

Chairman Graham, agreed
i) Report on past year, Finances, race committee, social comm etc
ii) Election of Officers, treasurer, secretary, race events organisor, social secy, editor, publicity secy, annual race secretary. Need for a Charman.
iii) AOB

Last Committee Meeting, only two members turned up. Majority did not phone to apologise for absence. In future a nominated Comm Member to phone around one week before the meeting to check numbers.

Next Meeting, Mon 13th Jan 1985 at Mansfield Road.


January 1986 News Sheet Editor John White

Thank you Steve Knott
Standing down as Editor of the Newssheet.
Rummours circulating that he has been poached by Running Magazine and tempted by International Literary fame since his account of his heroic run in the 1984 New York Magazine was published in "Running" have been strenously denied! He also denies reports of secret training sessions with Andy Etchells, "Runnings" Editor and our current President.
However personal commitments no longer afford him the time to be our Editor.

Curtis Shield Voting by 29th January.
Fun Run not before June.
Special Award Medals - The first medal was awarded to Sylvia after the Buntingford 10.
AGM 5th February in the hall at the Sports Centre.
Social Events In early December 25 members approx had a meal in the Carvery at the Castle, Woodford Green. 25 was the max the Castle would agree.
Sunday 15th December - The Club's Xmas buffet, Disco and Grand Draw at Woody's Snakes Lane East.
Thanks to Dinah, Gwegs and June foe organising the event. Surplus of £216.00.
Way back in September 1985 we had a barbecue again orgainised by the three above, over 100 attended on a chilly afternoon. 3 legged and egg and spoon races were held organised by Roger and H. Profit about £200.00.

Marathons Several members made the Trip to New York in October. The astonishing humidity and heat meant the times were much slower than expected. Frank 3:03. Paul declined to give his time.Newman around 4hrs, Peter House 3:15'sh, Thomas John 3:30'sh and Lee was unable to run owing to injury.

The same day Harlow hosted a marathon in much more favourable weather conditiond for running. Those running were Dick Pleasance, Mike Walters and Derek.

Del(4:14) and Mike 94:18) made it to the St albans marathon on 1st december and were joined by John White (3:03).

Results are a bit sketchy but we will try and get a more complete record of events results for the next newsletter.






Committee Meeting 29th May 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Trevor Cornell, Tom Atkinson, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Brian Skelton, Pete Cowup, Bryan Honey

Coach Fares to League events, money to be collected up front.
Marathon Feed Station, £150 received which should bring books back into the black.
New Members now being asked for a passport sized photo in attempt to remember faces.
RUNAROUND, JW said editing the magazine is taking an increasing amount ion his time and sometimes evoked less than constructive criticism. Production at the Centre had not been a totally smooth operation. SM in favour of A4 format.
Minutes of Meetings, discussion whether concise or tom include background discussions. Committee voted in favour of concise with CA abstaining.
PC proposed Club buying a PA system for use at various events costing around £400.This met general approval, for further consideration when finances allow.
SK confirmed he will stand down as Chairman at the 1992 AGM. He also suggested Dinner and Dance be a special occasion. PC is open to ideas.
Albany Life have sponsored the ELR Chingford 8 Race with £500
SK made £100 profit from a race he organised in the City.
A General Portfolio representative veto attend the next Meeting to discuss a mutually beneficial collaboration.

Committee Meeting 2nd July 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Tom Atkinson, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Pete Cowup

Agreed that PC to purchase 100 jackets, increase from previously agreed 50.
DD raised question of recognition for members competing all league fixtures. It was decided to award a high quality certificate.
SK had received another £50 for members who helped with Marathon registration. He added that places were awarded to people who completed a certain number of hours registration duty.
Tickets for Dinner Dance likely to be £25, inc cost of £21,50 for the 4 course meal.

Committee Meeting 31st July 1991
Attended by Steve Knott(Chair), Lesley Morgan, Simon Morgan, Trevor Cornell, John White, Derek Darnell, Carol Orpin, Joe Nygate, Brian Skelton, Pete Cowup, Bryan Honey

JW will liaise with Wanstead School for next RUNAROUND Magazine.
Trophies for Track & Field to cost £150 approx, including the new Stuart Willis Trophy.
Tickets for Dinner Dance will be £20 to cover cost of meal only, the guest list should receive careful consideration.
Jim Bird had asked if an event for the benefit of the Centre could be arranged but the Committee felt it was not necessary to do so at present.
SK had made measuring wheel available to Dagenham Joggers for a fee.
Steve Cogan had offered to take over as kit person from Calvin Bobin, handover to be arranged.

ELR Magazine - RUNAROUND - JULY/AUG/SEPT 1991, 20 pages, Editor John White

10th Anniversary Dinner Dance Advert for Friday 3rd Jan 1992 at the Manor Hall, Chigwell.
4 Course Meal, Dancing until 1am. 200 capacity, £5 deposit. Contact Mike Matcham and Peter Cowup.

Final Results for ELR Track & Field 1991. Winning Team, Derek Darnell, Richard McHale, Steve Coogan, Dennis Taylor, Lesley Morgan, Lynn Butler.

Race Reports and Results
Lee Valley 10
Dunmow 5
Orion 10 x 1 mile relay
Hsarlow 10m
Barking 5k

John's miserable Ultra efforts

Fixtures List, Oct/Nov/Dec 1991


London League Individual and Team Places List

Amsterdam Marathon 15th Sep 1991

Chris Adams(3:59), Steve Davis(4:28) and Dave Thomas(3:50) in a field of 1,000. Weather overcast and dull, deteriorating into torrential rain during the race.

The ELR Chingford 8, Advert for Sunday 13th October 1991 at Gilwell Park.

Race Report on the Great North Run by Don Bennett
Trevor Cornell 1:18:50
Laurent Pichon 1:23:00
Bernard Mansell 1:32:20
Simon Morgan 1:35
Don Bennett 1:41:40
Richard McHale 1:43
Julie Fairhurst 1:52
Lesley Morgan 1:55
Steve Knott tba

Leaving the Leisure Centre by Coach at 1.30pm on Friday 13th September we finally reached the Washington Post Hotel at 8.30pm. WE discovered on the following day that the Wolves Team were staying in the Hotel; too as they were playing Newcastle that afternoon.

A few years ago the race start time had been moved from morning to 1.45pm to suit TV coverage. Not good news on a hot day. Baggage buses left at 1pm so a bit of sitting around. We were started off by Jimmy Saville, taking us 2 minutes to cross the start line, with many in the 30,000 field taking 10 minutes or more. The first mile took 8 1/2 mins before I settled into a steady 7 1/2 minute mile pace.

Spectators were out in their thousands providing encouragement and extra water. By 9 miles the heat was getting to me and I walked briefly to have a good drink of water before resumin my running.. Approaching 12 miles I passed Richard who was also struggling a little.

A long run into the finish and we collected our medal, T-Shirts and diet cokes! We left South Shields on the Coach at 6.30pm arriving back at Wanstead at 4am on Monday. Many thanks to Trevor for arranging the Coach and Accommodation.




Edited by Yvonne Shushoua

One of the comments made in the recent survey of Club Members was that we should continue to have a Newsletter. Unfortunately for me I was the one that made the comment and was volunteered to edit it! No, seriously, I enjoyed reading Runaround and would like to see it continue and develop further.

Many Members of the Club are unable to meet at Wanstead on Wednesday evenings and one function of the Newsletter is to keep us all in touch. Runaround is also the place for our comments and suggestions about ELR, and for race reports, results, training tips, cartoons, jokes etc.

Comments about the format of the Newsletter would also be appreciated. Any articles, typed or handwritten can be handed to me at the Wednesday night meeting, or put into the ELR folder behind the desk at Wanstead Leisure Centre or posted c/o Wanstead LC.

Finally, many thanks to John White for all his hard work in producing Runaround in the past. I hope that he will have more time to enjoy writing a few articles for it.

Happy reading!


Christmas Message from the Chairman - Simon Morgan
Thanked Yvonne for taking on the task of organising the Newsletter after somewhat of an absence.
The Members Questionnaire was a huge success. See separate article.
I hope that the AGM will be better attended than the last one as several votes need to be taken. Not least the question of whether the Club remains in the Summer League. A number of members are unhappy with the League.

Also the Committee is down to 8 members. This is likely to reduced still further to 5 or 6 committed Members by the end of February.
The Club's Annual Dinner and Dance is in doubt unless more ticket deposits are received.
The Club's Sports Day is also at risk.

Survey Results - Peter Cowup, Club President
Edited Summary - We received over 50 replies. The Yes/No sections will be relatively easy to process statistically but the opinions and comments will take longer to assess. Simon, Peter and Derek will be collating these.

I would like to assure members that EVERY opinion expressed is appreciated and that where common themes are found, any necessary changes will be made. Part of the reason we decided to members opinions, was to remind people that to stay "vibrant", the Club needs to react to its members needs.

We also wanted to remind members that ELR cannot be taken for granted. To survive and prosper the Club needs it's membership to fully participate in the broad range of events that ELR organise throughout the year. Several events have been poorly attended - we needed to determine whether this was a result of dissatisfaction, too high costs involved or simply apathy!

I think one of the good things to come out of the survey is an appreciation of these facts by a wider circle of members.

Chingford 8 - Sunday 17th October 1993 - Some words of thanks - Peter Cowup
This race was again organised by ELR, special thanks to Wendy McLellan, Lesley Morgan, Jean and Tom Atkinson and Phyl and Peter Cowup for all their hard work.

As ever, the Club acquitted itself with true style and organised a race that all members could be proud of. I continue to think it is important that ELR, as a Running Club, organises a few races/runs every year which benefit runners in general. I think that the Chingford 8, together with the recce run in the spring, our involvement in the London Marathon through the Feed Station and the odd league fixture fulfil this role.

Letter received from the British Association of Road Races enclosing post race report from Dick Meredith of BARR.

Further Race Reports
- Ringwold 10 - by Peter Sadler

- Stortford 10 - 21st November 1993 – -by Yvonne Shashoua

- Cross Country League - Trent Park, 14th November 1993
Cold wet and windy. 10 Women and 26 Men from ELR finished.
Women 4th of 13
Vet Women 6th of 13
Men 7th 0f 12
Vet Men 8th of 12

6th Women - Sue Donahue 23:09
9th Man - Brian McCarthy 36:40

- ELR Woodford & Waltham Forest Grand Prix
- ELR Mens Div 7 - Track & Field Team Records
- South of England - 6 Stage Relay - Aldershot, 25th September 1993

Guaranteed Places for the London Marathon 1994
12 places available. Eligibility Rules listed. Draw on Wednesday 22nd December 1993


Letter from Dick Pleasance - Good to see the Magazine in production again.
Pleased to see an effort is being made to find safer routes for the Wednesday night run.
Going back a few years we all used to have a warm up session 10/15 minutes before the run. Maybe we could revive this.
The idea of running in defined pace groups and the mystery forest treks led by John White make a change and help newer members to mix.
Don't moan or groan as I have heard several members doing: join in or think of something better.

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 23rd Feb 1994 at 7.45pm in Wanstead LC Theatre.
Vacancies - Social Secretary to replace Mike Matcham, plus a Publicity Officer and a Minutes Secretary.
Nominations - Chairman, President, Treasurer, General Secretary, Membership Secretary, Social Secretary, XCountry Secretary or Summer League Secretary.
Proposals - Any?

The Curtis Shield
This years vote
Simon Morgan 18
Colin Waterworth 7
Derek Darnell 5
Peter Cowup 5
Bernard Mansell 2
Sue Donohue, Yvonne Shashoua, Dick Pleasance, Jim Bird, Carol Orpin and Stephanie Mc Carthy, all 1

Race Reports
Dublin Marathon Oct 1993 by Brad Woodgate and Sue Donahue
Ilford 10 – New Years Day by Doug Mansell
Cross Country - Ruislip Woods 19th Dec 1993
Cross Country Chingford 16th Jan 1994
The Southerns and the Tough Guy in one weekend - Trevor Jayson

Future Events - Gilwell Park Cross Country League Race Hosted by ELR - Details including volunteers required.

London Marathon 1984 Club Guaranteed Entries
1. Jeff Lack
2. Davis Hubble
3. Jeremy Burgess
4. Mary O'Brien
5. Tanya Watkins
6. David Foster
7. Ron Martin
8. Bernard Mansell
9. Simon Fyffe
10. Trevor Jason
Richard McHale
Steve Davis
Jim Bird

London Marathon Recce Run organised by ELR - Sunday morning 27th March 1994

London Marathon Coach -Travel details

Club Kit
- by Derek Darnell

Race Reports

Standlake 10k by Doug Mansell
Benfleet 15 6th Feb 1994 by Simon Fyffe 1Hr 51 min
Wokingham Half Marathon by Simon Fyffe in 1:26:31
The Sidcup 10 by Brad Woodgate in 64:50
City - Pier - City Loop by Doug Mansell

Race Results
XC League Victor Ludorum after 5 Events
Roding Half Marathon
Paul Collier 1:20:39
J Fowler 1:24:04
J Redfern 1:25:39
Brad Woodgate 1:26:29
Simon Fyffe 1:28:04
I Scott 1:29:22
George Whiter 1:33:45
K Ward 1:36:55
J Lack 1:39:26
D Thomas 1:41:00
John White 1:41:17
Roger Dixon 1:42:10
S Fearn 1:57:16
G Surridge 2:00:14

Yvonne Shashoua 1:29:44 2nd Lady
Sue Donohue 1:36:57
K White 1:41:16
H Spence 1:41:40
Karen Levison 1:42:08
Mary O'Brien 1:49:28
B Connolly 1:52:08
Mary Connolly 1:52:08
S White 1:59:19
P Coates 2:00:18
S Hiller 2:14:51

Essex Champs - ELR 2nd Female Team Prizewinners.

Essex 20
Trevor Jason 1:57:43 10th in Essex

Witham Half
Paul Collier 1:19 7th Man and 1st Vetr

Newham 10k
Sue Donohue 1st Lady
Karen 3rtd Lady and 1st Vet
Steph 4th.
ELR Ladies Team 1st

ELR Mens Division 7 - Track & Field Team Records

London Marathon Drinks Station - Poplar High Street - Sunday 17th April 1994
Thanks to all the volunteers and ELR Organisers! By Peter Cowup

London Marathon Results 1994
Trevor Jason 2:39 ****Club Record****

Jeremy Burgess 2:57pb
John White 3:01
Yvonne Shashoua 3:07pb
Roger Dixon 3:15
John Cushion 3:17
George Whiter 3:18
Brad Woodgate 3:26
Karen White 3:30
Bernard Mansell 3:30
Ron Martin 3:52
Richard McHale 4:09
Tanya Watkins 4:25
Jim Bird 6:07

Advert for ELR Annual Riverboat Disco - Sat 28th May 1984 - £12

Editorial by Yvonne S
Letter from your Chairman Simon Morgan - mention of the Relay that Peter Cowup organised. Looking forward to a Fun Day in Hainault Forest.

Riverboat Disco was cancelled as we would have suffered a huge loss if gone ahead. In the past this would have been blamed on the recession or apathy. The plain truth is that the running boom is over, something we knew for a long time. The club had around 230 members in its peak in 1988/89. Currently we have around 160 members. Anyway whatever the cause we are not alone, the story is the same at all other Running Clubs big and small alike, but for Peter it means a smaller pool of members in which to gather enough interest to organise an event.

Race Reports
ELR relay Race ion Clayhall Park by Peter Cowup
Presidents Challenge Relay Race Results June and July
Summer League Race Harrow 19th June (9 ELR Entrants)
Grand Union Canal Relay Race, London to Milton Keynes (Sunday 12th June) by Brad Woodgate (7 ELR Entrants and 5 support)
Wimbledon Windmilers 10k by Doug Mansell
The Goodwin Sands Golden Mile 23rd June by Pete Sadler
Jubilee Lodge Fun Run 2nd May by Simon Fyffe

The Tour of Epping 19th to 22nd June 1994 by Simon Fyffe
The Tour consists of 5 races on 4 consecutive days. A 10k, a 7+ hill race, an 8 mile cross country and 2x1 mile sprints up and down the same slope.
Tour of Epping Results for ELR
John McCarthy, 29th in 2:35:15
Brad Woodgate 3th 2:35:27
Simon Fyffe 35th 2:37:02
Ken Douse 46th 2:43:13
Howard Cripps 53rd 2:48:28
Kirk Johnson 56th 2:49:20
R Thomas 74th 2:57:21
Eamonn McDonnell 101st 3:42:07
Lynn Butler 103rd 3:42:43

Race Results
Congratulations to Jim Redfern 7th place in the 100k British Championships at Greenwich on 8th May 1994.

Congratulations also to Trevor Cornell 3rd in his first 12v hour race recently.

Details of planned ELR Family Fun Day and Summer Disco on Sunday 212st Aiugust at Hainault Forest/Wadham Lodge Sports Ground

ELR Chingford 8 planned for Sunday 11th Sept 1994 at 10.30am at Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford

RUNAROUND NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 1994 Edited by Yvonne Shashoua

ELR Membership Statistics 1994 produced by Simon Morgan
Male 76.4%
Female 23.6%

Under 30, 13.8%
30 to 34, 21.4%
35 to 39, 24.5%
40 to 44, 15.7%
45 to 49, 13.2%
Over 50, 11.3%

Report - The First ELR Parlauf and Disco - Sunday 21sty August 1994, Report by Brad Woodgate

Parlauf – 9 teams, 4 in each team, over 30 laps of a 450m course. Minimum number iof laps each team members could do was 6, max 10. The winning team consisted of Jan Clennell, Jeff Lack, Eamon McDonnell and Ian Scott with the second team made up by Brad Woodgate, Don Bennett, Peter Cowup and Mark Dutton.

Picnic afterwards in the warm sunshine. The followed a game of rounders with the Wrinklies v the Non Wrinklies.

In the evening was the disco at Wadham Lodge with the prize presentation and a buffet

Race Report - The Three Forests Way (60 miles of mud)
Bill Perry
Ray Saville
Jim Bird
Tom and Jean Atkinson
Peter and Phyl Cowup
Trevor Cornell
Wendy McLellan

Joe Nygate Handicap Run 1994
Lord Mayors Challenge Sat 12th November 1994 Report and Results by Steve Kerns
5.8k over 2 laps of the St Pauls area of the City. Event organiser was Dave Bedford. Eamon Martin won the race!

Report and Results Epping Tough 10k by Doug Mansell “it was tough!”

Results Orion 10 x 1 Mile Relay2nd August

Essex XC Vets Champs at Chingford on 12th November 1994
FV35 Mary O’Brien 16th in 41:24
MV40 Paul Collier 22nd 30:41
MV40 Trevor Cornell 27th 31:05
MV40 Ken Douse 34:29
MV40 Doug Mansell 36:15
MV40 Bryan Honey 38:08

MV40 Team 10th overall

MV50 John McCarthy 34:49

London Marathon 1995 - Guaranteed Entries
9 plus 2 from B.A.F


Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 15th February 1995

Committee Meetings held
Wednesday 18th January
Wednesday 22nd March
Tuesday 18th April
Wednesday 17th May
Wednesday 26th July
Tuesday 22nd August
Wednesday 21st September
Wednesday 25th October
Wednesday 5th December

Annual General Meeting highlights
Chair Simon Morgan, Minute Carol Orpin

Meeting started with 18 members in attendance

Notable events during past year
Ron Martin’s 100th Marathon
Trevor Cornell’s success in a 12 hour race
The Success of the anal Relay Team, led by John McCarthy
Yvonne Shashoua’s most recent County vest

Membership fell to 150 during past year.

Treasurers Report
John White presented the Annual Accounts and announced a deficit of £1,154.10
Club events were not supported through general apathy.

Also discussed was the Replacement for the now defunct Chingford 8 race.

The Committee
Lesley, John White, Colin and Derek stood down.
The remaining Members were elected and Steve Davis was elected.

Any other Business
Rumour Wanstead Leisure Centre was to close. Jim Bird advised that plans to do this had been shelved for at least the next couple of years.

Question re Social events, drive to get new members.

Committee Meetings throughout the Year (dates as above) edited highlights
Members attending one or more meetings, Simon Morgan Chair, Carol Orpin Minutes, Peter Cowup President, Don Bennett Treasurer, Doug Mansell, Brad Woodgate, Steve Davis

Dinner dance details
Marathon recce run organised by ELR
Chingford 8 replacement
Cross Country League
Summer League 1995
London Marathon Water Station
London Marathon Guaranteed entries
Membership fee increase?
Bank Account Mandate
John White elected Life Member
Parlauf in Hainault Forest
Club Mugs and other merchandise
Memberships fees and cards
New Members evening
Steve Davis became General Secretary in July
Chairman’s relay
Peter Cowop granted time off from his Committee duties August 95
Coach travel to XC at Cheshunt and Royston
Running Awards, Jeff Lack retains Most Improved with Mick Wilson and Linda as Runners up.

RUNAROUND Newsletter – Spring 1995
Editorial by Yvonne Shashoua
AGM Highlights, as above

Club Events
Cross Country Relay Race – held over a 2.5 mile course in Hainault Forest. Six teams of 4 runners competed over a muddy and undulating course.

Winning Team
Colin Waterworth 15:17
Karen Levison 16:54
Wendy McLellan 17:19
Patrick Dalyzell 14:00

Best time - Steve Kerns 13:54

Marshals and Officials -Tom and Jean Atkinson, Phyl Cowup, Simon Morgan, Brian Skelton, Paul Needham and Dick’s brother.

London Marathon Results 1995
Paul Collier 2:43 pb
Geoff Fowler 2:59
Mark Dean 3:07 pb
Yvonne Shashoua 3:09
Brad Woodgate 3:15 pb
Simon Fyffe 3:18 pb
Peter Kerruish 3:22
George Whiter 3:25
Bernard Mansell 3:25
Patrick Dalyzell 3:27
John Cushion 3:28
Dave Thomas 3:29 pb
Roger Dixon 3:32
Dave Willemson 3:35
Jeff Lack 3:42 pb
Mary Connolly 3:53
Mary Obrien 3:53 pb
Ron Martin 3:53
Perry Crimmins 3:3:56
Jonathon Lees 4:11
Dave Foster 4:12
Richard McHale 4:33
Dave Leader 5:13
Jim Bird tba

Drinks Station in Poplar at 16 miles

Track and Field Results for ELR Mens Div 7

Racing Diary – Race dates throughout the year

Article by Yvonne following her stay at Mike Gratton Sporting Tours/Runners World Training week pre marathon in mid March.

CURTIS SHIELD voting Results
Doug Mansell 7
Peter Cowup 6
Derek Darnell 5
Colin Waterworth 3
Carol Orpin 3
Lesley Morgan 2
Brad Woodgate 2
Jean Atkinson 2
Dick Pleasance 2
Simon Morgan 1
Yvonne Shashoua 1
Geoff Clennell 1
Ropn Martin 1
Mary Obrien 1
Void 1


Letter from Dick Pleasance – It seem that we have heard so much regarding the running boom being over. Maybe that is correct, but I think that it has just settled down to the way it used to be. Most Wednesday evenings we seem to get around 45+ runners except in August. This is the pattern common in most Clubs. With renewals no due it will be interesting to see the size of the membership.

It is always a struggle for any Committee at times like this, when members are a bit thin on the ground, to organise activities. A poor response is rather disheartening and involves a lot of hard work for any organiser who is doing her or her best.

We must not forget that we have the cheapest membership of any other Club in the area, generally good facilities and, in my opinion, a good group of runners. However we still fall down on making new members welcome, and on “giving up a run” to accompany a new, and often, slower runner.

Annual Dinner and Dance advert to be held on Friday 26th January 1996 at the Manor Hall, Chigwell. Tickets £25.00

Racing Around
Ten go to Southend 10k Report and results by Yvonne
Springfield Striders 10m Report and Results by Yvonne
Harpenden Relay report by Yvonne
Harpers 1995 Relay Results
Chairman’s Relay Results
Racing Diary October 95 to March 96



Editorial by Yvonne Shashoua
The London Marathon was a success for both runners and for those who organised and ran the Drinks Station in Poplar High Street.

At the Club AGM the need for new incentives to maintain and increase our membership figures was discussed.

Jean Atkinson is doing a fine job of ELR’s success at racing by contributing results to the Ilford Recorder on a regular basis.

NEW MEMBERS - On Wednesday 8th May we held a new members night. Unfortunately due to a hiccup on the advertising front only one new person joined us.

A few words from the new Chair, Peter Cowup
As this is the first Newsletter since the Club's AGM, I thought that it was appropriate to take a few moments to reflect on where the Club is and, perhaps more importantly, where we are going.

It is unlikely that the past year or so will be recorded as the most illustrious in ELR’s history! A tale of less that deep joy associated with declining membership and dwindling support for Club events is well known to most reading this, and I do not propose to continue the extensive discussion and reasoning for this here.............

........... There are reasons to be optimistic. Accepting the days of organising large, relatively complex events, have past (at least for the foreseeable future), I see a definite future focussed on the Wednesday night Club run and a mix of smaller activities organised for the direct benefit of members.

In the meantime, a smaller more informal group (Don Bennett, Treasurer, Steve Davies, Secretary, Mike Wilson, Membership Secretary, Jean Atkinson, Publicity and myself, Chair will keep things ticking over.

To conclude, I would take this opportunity to thank Simon Morgan for his considerable efforts as outgoing Chairman. Simon has made a very significant contribution to East London Runners over the years, some of which have not always been either apparent or recognised.

FLORA LONDON MARATHON 1996 - Sunday 21st April by Yvonne Shashoua
On a very warm day I lined up with the Elite Women having time qualified with a time under 3:15 in an approved marathon in the previous two years.
For me Miles 1 to 6 were too fast. At Mile 12 the wheelchair competitors caught up with us with the leading pack of many passing just after 14 miles.

The next point of note was, of course, the ELR Drinks Station at 16 miles. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to hear Pete Cowup’s lively patter. The ELR Station is always the best on route and is in sharp contrast to the Dockland Doldrums ahead......

......Congratulations to all members of the Club who completed the event and many thanks to those who helped our drinks station a success.

From the Ilford Recorder 2ns May 1996 - London Marathon Results
Bernard Mansell 2:54 pb
Paul Collier 2:55
Yvonne Shashoua 3:19
Brad Woodgate 3:29
Geopff Lack 3:29
Roger Dixon 3:34
George Whiter 3:45
Dave Thomas 3:50
Ron Martin 3:59
Karen White 4:06
Dave Tyrell 4:40
Richard McHale 5:30
Jim Bird time unknown

Article by Dick Pleasance - Our Man in Malaysia
Running in the Pan Asia Hash with 1,050 others. A three day event involving Hash Groups from 15 countries.

Race Results
Corbetts Tay 5k - 28th April
Trevor Jayson 2nd in 16 mins
Doug Mansell and Mike Wilson 19 mins and Paul Needham 21 mins

Compton (Newbury) 40 Miles - Ron Martin in 7:42

Sunday XC League Alexandra Park 3rd March
Victor Ludorum XC League after 5 events

Inter Counties 20 miles at Gloucester, 17th representing Essex, Yvonne of ELR in 2 hrs 26 mins despite at one stage being forced to change her footwear.

Fixture card for June 1996

ELR Summer Relay Race in Clayhall Park
7pm Wed 26h June In place of the usual Club Runn. Free to all ELR Members.

The ELR Celebration Meal took place on Saturday 12th April at the La Ruga Restaurant. Good company, tasty food and a great atmosphere.


Committee Meetings were held on
March 5th
April 16th
May 21st
June 25th
July 16th
November 26th

Present at the November Meeting were Simon Morgan, Don, Bennett, Karen White, Mike Wilson, Doug Mansell and Lesley Morgan (Minutes)

1997 Committee Meetings - Highlights

Peter Cowup no longer a Committee Member and awarded Honorary Membership with his wife Phyllis. It was also agreed to present Peter with an engraved decanter in recognition of his service to the Club.

Redbridge Sports Centre - Letter receive from RSC regarding use of their facilities for an alternative Tuesday night run. Doug will reply by advising we do not back this idea. Redbridge replied that it respected our decision to stay at Wanstead.

London Marathon - Coach to start arranged by Don. Drinks Station again a great success.
A cheque for £200 received from London Marathon for our servicers at the water station. It was agreed to pass a similar amount to Geoff Clennell for his disco services. Marathon Meal –held at Asta La Pasta in Snaresbrook as the venue and date is 13th April at 8pm.

1998 - Pete Cowup has volunteered once again to take charge of the London Marathon for ELR with Doug as his assistant.

Kit- Fair amount held in Club stock. To re-assess price of kit to reduce levels.

Curtis Shield - Jim Bird has purchased a new Shield as the engraving space on the existing one has run out. Jim agreed to accept a cheque for £25 payable to St Francis Hospice.

New Members Welcome Letter - Not in existing at present. It was agreed that each new member would be issued with one going forward.

Newsletter - Rather than a full-blown magazine that we have enjoyed ion the past Doug suggested that it was an important life blood of the Club to have a newssheet to keep members abre4ast of what is going on. May 97 it was agreed that 4 Newsletters would be issued per annum. Lesley agreed to typeset and print but would need someone to collate the articles .

Noticeboard and Publicity - Ron informed us that Mary O'Brien was willing to fulfil the publicity function for the time being.

ELR Handicap Race took place on Wednesday 28th May. Only 18 members took part.

Membership - 100 approx in May 1997. Annual renewals will be distributed on 23rd July at the Club. Those not in attendance will be posted. It was agreed that a membership card should be issued to those renewing.

New Members night- Agreed for 30th July.

Social - 10 people attend a Bowling night in October. Dinner Dance planned for Friday December 5th at Il Toscano in Walthamstow to celebrate the Club's 15th Anniversary at £16 per head.


The Chairman's Blurb by Doug Mansell
The Club looks in reasonable shape and I am optimistic for the future.
We are trying to re-establish some Social events and the numbers attending the Wednesday Club runs are fairly consistent.
We are offering Social Membership to lapsed members

ELR Women Rule!
Our Women continue to go from strength to strength. They retained the Team Prize at the Woodbridge 10k(Pauline Cahill, Mary Connolly, Mary O'Brien).
Sue Donohue 1st Lady at Stanstead 10k
Karen Levison 1st Lady Woodford 10k and 2nd Lady Raphael Park 5 miles.
Karen White 1st Lady Vet Raphael Park 5 miles.
Lesley Morgan 3rd Lady Thurrock 5k

Track & Field Report


Yvonne's Amsterdam Experience - Article by Yvonne Shashaou

Amsterdam Marathon held on Sunday November 2nd 1997.
Started at midday, temp 5c. Two identical laps, very flat course. Paced myself slower than usual and reached halfway in 1:28 feeling strong. I was missing the support of the London Marathon crowds. After 2 hours my legs were feeling weary. I had a strong finish though into the Olympic Stadium and crossed the line as 7th woman in a time of 3:04:05 a PB by 3 minutes. Two weeks later I heard officially that I was the first British woman to finish and second woman over 35 attracting a prize of £140.

Pete and Phyl Honoured
Congratulations to Pete and Phyl Cowup on being awarded Lifetime Membership of ELR in commemoration of their service over many years. They were presented with a crystal decanter at the Dinner and Dance by the Club President Simon Morgan, as a mark of gratitude for their previous efforts.

Annual General Meeting will be held at Wanstead Leisure Centre on either 11th or 18th February 1998.

ELR Mens Track & Field Records

Chairman's Epistle by Doug Mansell, thanking everyone who attended the Dinner & Dance and also those who have participated in the various Club activities over the previous year.

Essex Vets XC Championships
FV35 Yvonne Shashoua - 2nd in 35:51

Sunday XC League at Gilwell Park, a good turnout from ELR with 7 Women and 12 Men running with others marshalling. Unfortunately, there was a poor turnout at the following event at Alexandra Palace and we didn’t manage to field enough runners for either team.


Committee Meetings
7th January 1998
18th March 1998
8th April 1998
3rd June 1998
1st July 1998
2nd September 1998
14th October 1998
9th December 1998

ELR Spring and Summer Newssheets (double sided single page)

Simon Morgan, President, advised ELR at the October 1998 meeting that he had applied to Woodford Green AC as 1st Claim and that he would be stepping down as Club President at the next AGM.
Doug Mansell, Chairman
Don Bennett, Treasurer
Mike Wilson, Memberships, Mike Wilson advised standing down as Membership Secretary at next AGM
Brad Woodgate, Kit
Clive Jackson, Fixtures

AGM Scheduled for 11th February 1998

Wanstead Leisure Centre - School Governors had proposed to Redbridge Council that the School take full control of the Centre. ELR are to write to the Council opposing this as it will have adverse implications for us. ELR are to ask individual Club Members to also write to Council objecting.

ELR Grand Prix 10k Race Series - Doug suggested the Club use existing b10k road racers already popular with members, e.g. Hatfield Broad Oak. At the end of the series the aggregate time of the best 4 races out of sat 6 would decide the final positions for both male and female. To be put to the Club Members at the upcoming AGM. RESULT - Disappointing only 3 members completed 4 out of 7 races in the series. They were Karen Levison, Doug Mansell and Kirk Johnson. Karen and Kirk to receive a ££5 Boots voucher each!

Most Improved Runner 1997 - To be awarded to Tam McNamara, with other awards to Hasina Zaman, Sue Hughes and Bal Sidhu.

Most Improved Runner 1998 - Hassena to receive overall prize. Paula Barteneus, Karen Levison, Martin Griffiths and Colin Waterworth to receive runners up trophies.

Guaranteed London Marathon Places - June 98, Doug has produced a set of rules for the admin of the allocated Club place. Will be published in the July Newsletter.

Drink Station at 15 miles- Peter Cowup is organising this with Doug. This went well. Peter willing to carry on in 1999 as well. A donation of £50 was agreed for the Rathbone Institute instead of the £200 suggested by PC. October 1998 Peter and Doug will organise The Rathbone Institute, Abbery Scaffolding and Geoff Clennell's Disco again for 1999.

Jim Bird's 60th Birthday Bash - It was agreed that a surprise would be arranged for mid-August and the Club would spend up to £60. Subsequently £50 was spent on food and drink. The evening was well received by Jim.

Post Marathon Meal - May try Pepes Pizza of Leytonstone. Subsequently took place with 21 people attending.

Marathon Coach - Don to arrange. Confirmed.

Track- Simon to stand down as Track Manager at the end of the season.

Kit- Brad is to order sample shorts plus a new stock of vests and long sleeve t's. At December Meeting Brad advised Kit has arrived at a cost of £600 approx.

Membership - It was highlighted that the database needed to be updated (June 98). Lesley Morgan has advised changing status to second Claim with ELR. September, about 40 fees had now been received. Mike to chase non-payers.

Athletics UK Vote - ELR to vote in favour of the proposed structure for British Athletrics

Annual Dinner and Dance - Doug suggested Casa Verde in Buckhurst Hill, proposed date is Friday 15th January 1999. Confirmed at £16.50 pp.

ELR Newsheet Spring 98
Chairman's Blurb by Doug
Mention about the lack of support from members in providing articles for the Newsheet hence only a single page and next one will be published in July.

Yvonne has had more success recently in winning the Essex County Champs 20 miles and the Brentford half marathon.

Race details for the ELR Summer 10k Grand Prix Series published plus the Track and Field League Fixtures.

Newsheet Summer 1998
Chairman Doug thanked all who helped at the London Marathon Drinks Station and also published rules for the ELR London Marathon Draw for Guaranteed Club places.

London Marathon 1998

Bernard Mansell 3:06
Mike Wilson 3:28
Pauline Cahill 3:37
Ron Martin 4:05
Bal Sidhu 4:12
Dave Foster 4:42
Des Mullaney 4:53


Annual General Meeting 24th February
New Committee Elected
Chairman, Clive Jackson
President, Lesley Morgan (March 1999)
Treasurer, Don Bennett
Membership, Brian Marshall
Kit, Brian Marshall (March 199)
Doug Mansell
Without Portfolio, Denise Lewis, Mary O'Brien and Mike Wilson

Treasurers Report, Don Bennett
Don went through the accounts. Explained why Club opened a high Interest Rate Girobank Account for Excess funds. Old Nat West Ac was closed. Query from member re high stock of Kit held. Plus, could a list of kit prices be published as the one on the Notice Board was out of date.

Summer 10k Series, Doug advised would not continue owing to lack of support from members for last year’s event.

Curtis Shield was presented to John McCarthy for his efforts in coaching the Ladies team to many victories in the past year.

AOB, question from John White as to how we are going to enthuse members

New Members, it was decided that a list be made of those willing to run with new members. A list of 20 names was drawn up and these will be collated so that 2 members will be allocated to each week.

Committee Meetings
20th January
23rd June
26th July

Annual Dinner, it was agreed that this was a successful venue albeit there was no dance area.

Kit, Denise advised the women were unhappy with the vests as they were cut wrongly under the arms and also that the long sleeve t shirts were non user friendly. Brian to look at future kit from a new supplier.

London Marathon
Minibus, Don arranging
Post Race Meal, Doug has spoken to Asta La Pasta and it was agreed to proceed subject to advance uptake by members. Cut of date 14th April 1999.
Drinks Station, Doug and Don will attend Marathon Meeting on 7th April. The pre race briefing that Peter holds the week before the race is still set to go ahead.

Wednesday Night runs, Clive advised he would like, once a month, to organise a longer run of 9 to 10 miles in addition to the 5 to 7 mile run. Denise suggested finishing at a pub. Clive also suggested that we have 3 groups to run a s a social group club run once in a while.

New Buddy List, it was decided to draw this up. Lesley agreed to start this on 17th March, whereby two different members each week would be allocated this task.

Essex Way Relay
Denise suggested we hire a minibus to cover the whole event. Little interest was subsequently shown by Club Members.

Clayhall Park Relay
Clive will be arranging this as a Wednesday night run. Teams of 5 to 6 people to be picked to be as even as possible.

ELR NEWSHEET Spring 1999
Chairman Clive wrote thanking outgoing Committee Members Doug, Simon and Brad for all the hard work that they have done over the years. While retiring as Chair, Doug has agreed to stay on as General Club Secretary. Clive welcomed Denise, Mary and Brian to the Committee.

Clive, on his first Wednesday night as Chair was pleased to hand out Essex Championship Silver medals for the Roding Half Marathon to Karen, Trish and Denise. Another great result for the ELR Ladies.

Race Report and Results
Las Vegas 5k, Half and full Marathon, by Lesley Morgan

Brad and Lee ran in the half and Dawn and Lesley in the 5k.
Lee Richardson 1:29:55
Brad Woodgate 1:52
Lesley Morgan 27:54
Dawn Adams 43:01

ELR NEWSHEET Summer 1999
Chairman’s Blurb
Essex Way Relay info
Sunday XC Dates and venues
Clayhall Park Relay Race details

Race Report, Grand Union Canal Relay Race
Little Venice to Milton Keynes, 66 miles approx.
ELR finished 6th and 8th in 8:13:19 and 8:51:56

Race Results, Ilford Hilly 5
Lee Richardson 31:02
Dave Gates 31:05
Paul Collier 32:41
Karen Levison 33:02
John McCarthy 34:03
John White 34:42
Doug Mansell 35:06
Brian Marshall 35:51
Andy Rands 36:45
Karen White 36:50
Mary Connolly 36:56
Bal Sidhu 37:39
Brad Woodgate 38:06
Sunil Datta 38:32
Vanessa Chatterley 38:52
Clive Jackson 38:59
Des Mullany 39:23
Dick Pleasance 39:58
Tricia O’Neill 40:342
George Whiter 40:34
John Grantham 41:36
Lesley Morgan 46:06

News from Abroad by Yvonne Shashoua Large report by Yvonne, edited here.

I can't believe that I have been here in Denmark for 6 months already.......been training with KIF (Copenhagen Athletics Club).

To date I have raced 9 times in Denmark and 3 times in Sweden.......the Club Coach entered me in some indoor events. I found out that I had a qualifying time for the European Vets Indoor Championships which I had recorded for Newham and Essex Beagles, guesting in the Summer past. At the Danish Championships I ran 10:41 and won the Danish Gold Medal and a pb of 11 seconds! Two weeks later I was in Malmo for the Vets Champs. I was third, winning bronze in a time of 10.40 another pb, just beaten by Lynne Parr of GB.


Annual General Meeting 1st March 2000, Summary by Clive Jackson, Chair, published in the Spring 2000 ELR Newsletter

Chairman's Address: Membership is at its lowest ever but there are still enough members for the Club to be viable, there still seems to be a fair amount of enthusiasm in the Club. Our Ladies have had an extremely successful year. For the next year we will try to promote events where we compete as a Club, the Essex Way and Canal Relays. We will probably have to stage a cross country race.

Finances: Bank balances stand at £3,043.38, with overall £300 added to the capital balance. The income from membership at £755 is the lowest in the Club History. Annual sub to Wanstead Leisure Centre is £150.

Membership: We currently have 63 Annual members and a number of Life Members.
Resolutions: The Club Balance was discussed; it was resolved that we should not reduce the capital for the sake of it. It was decided to make a one of Charitable donation.

Most Improved Runners, Winner was Dave Gates, Runners Up, Denise Lewis and Guy McPartlin.

The Curtis Shield was presented to Clive Jackson.

Committee, for the coming year will remain unchanged.

Committee Meetings were held on
!7th May 2000
21st June 2000
12th July 2000
9th August 2000
20th September 2000
1st November 2000
5th December 2000

Victoria Park Race - Organised by the London Chest Hospital. ELR to use as a Club Race and make a charitable donation. Club will pay a nominal entry fee for our members who enter. Don will try and obtain a large presentation cheque. Club also to use the race as an ELR Club Team Championship race. Clive subsequently contacted the Ilford Recorder about covering the event. Don obtained a large cheque.
We had a good turnout for this race, 19 runners plus some families supporting. Nothing from Ilford Recorder though.

Membership Renewals, 38 by 20th September 2000. We are looking to increase from the 60 from last year.

Annual Meal, likely to be at Elephant Royale, Gants Hill, post Christmas. Arranged for Friday 26th January 2001 Cost £20 pp approximately.

Cross Country, authorised Denise to buy a ground sheet for Club.

London Marathon 2001, we have received 2 Club places through England Athletics and are expecting a further 11 for the drink station. We will give 2 entries to Rathbone again for them to raffle or get people to run for them. Subsequently only one place was given to Rathbone.
The drink station will be promoted as a joint ELR/Fire Brigade effort. Club draw will be in December.

ELR NEWSLETTER Spring 2000, 12 pages
Chairman's Blurb by Clive.
Off road training by Steve/Mary/Denise/Lee
Race Reports, Welwyn GC X Country, Benfleet 15, Royston XC
Photos from Annual Dinner at Jailhouse Rock, South Woodford
AGM Highlights
Sunday League Results, 5 Race Series
The Perfect Run by Anon.

ELR NEWSLETTER June 2000, 24 pages!
Spotlight on Front Page on George Whiter, inc photo
Chairman's Blurb
London Marathon Results
Paul Collier 3:10
Mike Wilson 3:15pb
Steven Jay 3:36
Richard Mainwaring 3:39
Denise Lewis 3:46pb
Carinne Jay 3:58
Brian Marshall 3:59pb
Ron Martin 4:02
George Whiter 4:05
Dave Foster 4:40
Christina White 4:45 debut
Jim Bird 6:02

Article on Drinks Station
The Way we were by Steve Kerns
From the Archives
Fun Run in the Sun, article on the Victoria Park Charity Race.
Des and Bals Quiz Night
8th Grand Union Canal Relay, report and Photos
Seven Sisters Walk, suggested by Karen Levison, a weekend of walking at the Burling Gap Hotel, Near Eastbourne. Thirteen or so members had a great weekend away. Article by Steve Kerns
Puzzle Corner and Spot the Difference.
Nutrition, put it to the test.
East London Dog Runners, by Purdey the (New))Hound
Race and Run reports for Hainault 10k, Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, City of London Road Race, Grand Union Canal relay, Springfield Striders 5 mile.
Know your feet and Choosing the right shoe articles
The Back Page

ELR NEWSLETTER (ROUNDUP)AUTUMN 2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Edition – 28 pages
Chairman's Blurb
Spotlight on Mary O'Brien
A Brief History of Wanstead
How we Used to Be?
Not the Essex Way
Olympic Quiz and Answers
Mont Blanc 4807m
Runners behaving badly
Club Kit
Olympic Predictions
Cross Country Dates
Lee's Birthday Bash
Fun Run in the Sun, Victoria Park 233rd July, report and photos
Olympic Spirit
Great Moments in Olympic History
Race and Run Reports, Chingford Orion 10, Clayhall Park Relay on 18th August
Points of View
Fluid Fluency
Committee Meeting Minutes for 12th July and 9th August 2000
Stretching before and after every run
The Back Page

ROUNDUP Christmas 2000 28 pagesIntroduction
Chairman's Blurb
Spotlight on Lee and Lesley
Annual Meal
The Great North Run
Cross Country
Committee Meeting Minutes, 20th September 2000
Heart Rates
Race Reports


Annual General Meeting - Spring 2001 (Summary)
Chairman's Address by Clive Jackson.

Membership is around the same as last year. Some new members have joined after gaining a place in this year’s London Marathon, this has not happened in previous years. Cross Country has been good for the Club, full teams for every event. Our Ladies very successful again in both XC and Essex Championship Races. The Summer Team Champs in Victoria Park were a considerable success and we were able to donate £500 to the London Chest Hospital.

In general the Club is still ‘viable’, although small in number we seem to be big on enthusiasm, as long as this continues, Club should be ok.

Treasurers Report Opening balance £3k closing £2.2k. Main reasons for loss £500 Charitable donation, kit purchase still to sell £250.

Membership and Kit details Brian was unavailable on the night, so number estimated at 68 members, including Life Members. About 60% are Veterans. No details itinerary of kit in stock.

Presidents Address Lesley commented on success of the Club both on individual and team basis. Again, the Ladies led the way, but also a number of notable performances from the men.

Cross Country
Karen White 3rd Overall, 2nd Vet
Mary O'Brien 6th Overall, 3rd Vet
Lee Richardson, 7th Overall, 2nd Vet
ELR Ladies Team, 2nd Overall and 3rd Vets

Runners of the Year
Karen White and Maggie O'Conner
Lee Richardson and Guy McPartlin

Most Improved Runner
Karen White

Chair, Clive Jackson
President, Lesley Morgan
Secretary, Doug Mansell
Treasurer, Don Bennett
Membership, Brian Marshall
Kit, Andy Rands
Members without Portfolio, Mary O'Brien, Denise Lewis and Andy Walsh

Committee Meetings
31st January 2001
Annual Meal was a big success, shortfall of £80
Runner of the Year Trophies. We have 2 Ladies and 2 Mens.
Format of AGM discussed
Discussion of proposed Club 10k Championship
London Marathon. We have a lot of people running this year, concern about effect on number of volunteers, advertise early to get people to help. Joint venture with LFBrigade and Peter will be bringing a reasonable number to help.
Don will arrange a Bus again.

ROUNDUP Magazine Spring 2001, 28 pages, Editor Clive Jackson

Chairman's Blurb by Clive Jackson
The AGM signifies the end of yet another year in the life of ELR. It would be nice to think that we’ll suddenly be inundated with another 100 members, but the reality check is that if we can gain a few members in the coming year we will be doing well. We have stabilised the Membership.

We have had a good set of Cross Country results, we enjoyed a good meal as a Club. We are very social.

Our current membership is composed of Male Seniors 30%. Female Seniors 15%, Male Vets 37%, Female Vets 18%. It would appear that there is a lack of new younger runners at this and other Clubs.

We still get a good turnout on a Wednesday; we also get a reasonable turnout when we turn a race into a more sociable occasion.

Miscellaneous Articles
ELR Annual Meal at the Elephant Royale, photos and comments

ELR Walking Weekend by Steve Kerns
A hardy band of 12 travelled to Springfield Country Hotel & Leisure Club in Wareham, Dorset. Organised by Karen Levison who used it to celebrate with her hubbie Dave their 11th Wedding Anniversary. Others attending were Lee Richardson, Jon Trevor, Steve Kerns, Mary O'Brien, Mary Connolly, Wendy Drake, Virginia McKenzie, John McCarthy and his rowing friends Steve Wimpole and Jerry McCarthy.
Walking along the coast from Korfe Castle to Swanage and back included a few hills. A pre breakfast run the next morning for some.

Beat Stress
Spotlight on Steve Kerns
Pictures from Races
Cross Country Results and positions
Race Reports Cross Country
Roll of Honour (see AGM Report above)
Race and Run reports, Buntingford 10, Fred Hughes, St Albans 10,
Benfleet 15 (Ladies Team 1st Prize, Karen White (also 2nd Lady Vet), Amanda Lovegrove and Trish O’Neill
Committee Minutes 5th Dec 2000 and 31st January 2001
Snooze Control
The Back page

Committee Meeting 28th March 2001
Marathon Planning
Races, update on ELR Prizes and Foot and Mouth
Wednesday off road runs
Weekend at Activity Centre in the Wye Valley arranged for 10th to 12 th August 2001

ROUNDUP Magazine - London Marathon Special 2001 Editor Clive Jackson
Chairman's Blurb Intro to the Marathon re 20 members who ran which was a bumper number for ELR
Thanks to all who helped make the day a big success on the Water Station. This year was joint effort by ELR and London Fire Brigade.Personally Clive thought that this was a good idea.ELR certainly loses nothing(the Brigade gets a number of Guaranteed Entries and do not require any places for running the station with us).

Members Times
Mike Wilson 3:20
Maggie O'Connor 3:26
Tony Bennett 3:42
Amanda Lovegrove 3:54
Steven Jay 3:45
Trish O'Neill 3:54
Carinne Jay 3:55
Mary Connolly 3:56
Bal Sidhu 3:58
Mary O'Brien 3:58
Susan Pyefinch 4:14
Brad Woodgate 4:15
Paul Collier 4:18
David Foster 4:31
Ron Martin 4:52
Eleanor Smith 5:20
Carole Husted 6:03
Jim Bird 6:05
Karen White, Retired

London Marathon History
Suzanne Pyefinch
Bal Sidhu
Marathon Shortcuts
Pete Cowup
Tony Bennett
Handicap Races
Marathon Snippets
Activity Weekend
Jubilee Lodge
Meet The Committee
A view from Poplar
Unwritten Rules of Training
Dumbell Workout
Committee Meeting Minutes28th March 2001
The Back Page

ROUNDUP Magazine Summer 2001. Edited and published by Clive Jackson, 24 pages
Chairman's Blurb.

Just recently we have had an increase in the number of people interested in coming to the Club. However we have to decide on where we want the Club to go. I set up the 'Buddy 'List a while ago from response at the AGM. I've now had a couple of people wanting to be removed from the list. We really have to decide what we want the Club to be.

If all that is wanted is for the existing members to run and socialise and just carry on until there are not enough members to carry on as a Club we can do this. But if we do want to keep it going with new members it puts a different slant on how the Club is run.

We cannot try to encourage new members if only one or two people are prepared to put themselves out to do this. I think social running, as apposed to out and out racing clubs has changed. A few years ago running, even just a regular club run consisted as 'friendly rivalry', with the emphasis on the rivalry!. Now there has been a shift towards using running as a means to keep a bit fit, but without pushing yourself too hard.

What I would say is that if the Buddy List is scrapped don't expect the same people to carry on doing it as a favour to the Club. I need to know what your views are on this important subject, it does have a very significant effect on how the Club is run.

After they were famous
See the Sights of London
The Top Europe
Orion 10 Handicap Race
Lazy Days of Summer
Committee Meeting Minutes 13th June and 29th August 2001
Weekend in Wye
Over the Edge
Fact or Fiction?
Did you know?
Marathon Schedule
Running through the Ages
Sprains, Strains and Planes
Trovia Answers
The Back Page

Committee Meeting 13th June 2001
Buddy List
Membership Renewals
Races for Prizes
Victoria Park/Hainault Hilly 5 Races
Dublin Marathon

Committee Meeting 29th August 2001
Membership Renewal;s
Race Prizes
Dublin Marathon
Advertising the Club

ROUNDUP Magazine Christmas 2001 Edited/Produced by Clive, 28 pages
Chairman's Blurb
The Stuff of Legends, Jesse Owens
AGM Notice, Wednesday 20th Feb 2002

Dublin Marathon
Mike Wilson 3:06:40
Karen Levison 3:38
Lee Richardson 3:38
Steve Harbutt 3:43
Mary O'Brien 3:48
Tricia O'Neill 3:57
Dave Thomas 4:06
Steve Kerns 4:37
Jon Trevor 5:30

Eastway Duathlon
The Ramamuri Indians
Marathon Draw
Cross Country Results
Annual Meal to e held at Jailhouse Rock in Soput Woodford on Friday 25th January 2002
Committee Meetings
Race and Run Reports
The Truth about Dublin
An ELR Christmas
Truth Games
The Back Page

Committee Meeting 22nd August 2001
Membership Renewals
Next Prize Race
Dublin Marathon
AOB - Buddy List

Committee Meeting 17th October 2001
Membership Renewals, from July, we have around 45 renewals to date.
Cross Country
Other Races
Christmas Meal
Christmas Runs
London Marathon Draw


Roundup Magazine Issue 9: 20 Year Anniversary Issue Winter 2002: Ed Clive Jackson

Committee Notes
President - Lesley Richardson
Secretary - Doug Mansell
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership Secretary - Bal Sidhu
Committee Members - Andy Rands and Lee Richardson

The first thing to note that there is no Chairman this year. There was much discussion at the AGM on what this exactly meant to the Club. The Chairman, has in the past given announcements and set the run on a Wednesday night. This isn't seen as a problem that we do not have a Chairman. Most people know most runs and a decision can be made on which one to go on.

The main job of the Chairman is to drive the Club in a direction over the year. This Club is not a one person affair but it has been the Chairman that has really taken things forward from the "why don't we " stage to the actual doing stage.

Since the Club is now less active in races this may not be such a problem.

The one theme that came out very strong was that the Club is not dead, while there are people wanting to continue to run there will always be a place for the Club. On behalf of the Committee I would ask that everyone plays a part in the running of the Club for the coming year.

Treasurer. Club funds increased from £2,222 at the start of the year to £2,698. We have few overheads. The Centre costs £150 and we have a few affiliation fees and not nuch else.

London Marathon.
Some questions were asked about Marathon monies. We receive all the money from the Drinks Station. We also pay for the sound and food. We neither gain nor lose from the marathon, this is not affected by having a joint ELR/LFB station.

The Club has 61 full and honorary members, pretty much the same as last year.

Thoughts from a Retiring Chairman - Clive Jackson
it may not seem it but I was Chairman for three years. I Joined the Club only in 1995 so I never knew it in its real hayday of 200+ members when the running scene was booming and everyone was wearing really short shorts.

Even in just the last six years the Club has changed, and I'm sure for those that knew the Club in the 1980's it's changed beyond all recognition.

The Club has always had a reputation for being friendly, less interested in pure results and more interested in making sure that you had a good time in getting the results. Many of the current members are in their prime. Some people at the Club are still achieving pb's but to be honest most of us just being able to run, do the odd race and not get too embarrassed is enough. I always tried to maintain the "fun" element in the Club.

Probably the main highlight for me was in the Summer of 2000 with the Victoria Park races where we donated a large amount of money from the Club to the London Chest Hospital. This event epitomised the spirit of the Club, we had a good turnout, we actually won a number of trophies, but at the end of the day everyone really just turned up to have a good day out.

Personally I think that it is good to have a change of "ownership" in the Club. It's very difficult to think of new things to do, it ends up that maybe for the first year you can do things differently, but after that you are just following the patterns of the previous year. I think that a change in the running of the Club stops it from becoming stale and encourages members to more participation in events.

The Club is officially 20 years old this year, the membership has shrunk since the the 10 year anniversary but there is still a hard core of runners going out in all weathers and I certainly hope that we will be clebrating 30 years of East London running.

Although it has meant putting in quite a lot of effort into the Club, the last three years have been enjoyable, thank you for having me as Chairman.

- Discussion re "Buddy lists".

ELR Ladies won the Gold Medal at the Essex Vets Cross Country Championships at Claybury in Dec 2001.
Our Winning Squad was:
Sue Donahue
Karen White
Maggie O'Connor
Virginia McKenzie
Karen Levison
Mary O'Brien

- Article re Wanstead Park by Clive
- Marathon Drink Station
- Rodings Rally 2001 by Peter Cowup
- Selection of races in March 2002
- Strengthen your feet
- East London Drinker's at the Jailhouse Rock - Also was Mary Connolly's birthday.
- Race Report Essex Senior XC Champs - Gloucester Park, Basildon
- Government backtracks on Voluntary Sports Club Tax
- Promoting Sport in the Community - A Public Consultation from HM Treasury
- Cross Country the lat three - Stevenage, Digswell and Royston, race reports
- Race and Run reports - Buntingford 10, Benfleet 15,

ELR Annual Awards
Curtis Shield - Don Bennett

Runners of the Year - Amanda Lovegrove, Andy Rands and Mick Wilson

Most Improved - Amanda Lovegrove

Runners completing four or more XC Races
Amnda Lovegrove
Karen White
Paul Collier
Clive Jackson
Andy Rands
John White

Roundup Magazine Issue 10 : Spring 2002 : Editor Clive Jackson
- Paula Radcliffe - Wow. Fantastic run 2:18:56 effort - in a women-only race!
- Sheffield Marathon - Well done to Bal Sidhu - 4:20.
- Orion 15 Race report by Clive Jackson
Run on the Old Course via Copped Hall Estate in very muddy conditions.
81st - John White - 2:08:57
110 - Paul Collier - 2:14:10
125 - Karen White - 2:18:05
128 - Dave Knight - 2:18:31
140 - Doug Mansell - 2:20:35
151 - Steve Harbut - 2:23:17
157 - Bal Sidhu - 2:25:30
159 - Maggie O'Connor - 2:26:11
162 - Clive Jackson - 2:26:30
181 - Phyl Cowup - 2:38:30

- Victoria Park Race to be held on Sunday 14th July 2002 - 6 miles.

- The Dragonslayer Duathlon is held on the Sunday after St Georges day - 3 mile run, 20 mile cycle, 5 mile run.
Clive Jackson - 2:10

- The 2002 Flora London Marathon by Clive Jackson
Perfect weather. We had ELR runners competing plus we manned the Poplar High Street Drinks Station at 15 miles (old course).

Once again Carole Hurry and Graham Cole from the Rathbone Centre provided a base for the Drinks Station and excellent refreshments. Terry from TJ Scaffolding again erected the scaffolding for DJ Pete to wake up the street.

Since I arrived on my bike I decided to ride the length of Poplar High Street in the morning. It's a brilliant sight, banners and balloons going up, lorries unloading water and bins, it completely transforms the road.There is a real carnival atmosphere around.

The set up of the Station went remarkably smoothly, the water lorries arrived at a good time, there were no cars to be moved by the police, so we started loading the tables by 8am. There were loads of people helping, both old and current ELR Members and many people from LFB, all of the tables were hives of activity. Just for good measure we had a 20 foot mock smoke alarm suspended from a crane just outside of the Centre.

With Geoff and Jan supplying music from Villa Audio we were all set up for another London Marathon..............

Once again this was a very successful London Marathon for everyone from the Club and LFB.
Mick Wilson 3:42:29
Dave Knight 3:48:09
Phyllis Cowup 3:53:40
Chris Stephens 3:50
George Whiter 4:19:20

- Race and Run Reports
Do-Tri, Novice Triathlon, Arborfield
Jubilee Lodge 5 mile race on 6th May
Gt Baddow 10 mile - 19th May

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k 2002
We had 8 runners turn out for this popular race.
ELR Women - Karen Levison, Maggie O'Connor, Lesley Richardson and Linda Jackson
Men - Doug Mansell, Richard Mainwaring, Don Bennett and Clive Jackson

Karen finished in 39:15 pb.

Roundup Magazine: Issue 11: Summer 2002
East London Runners Clean Up at Victoria Park. The weather was warm and the racing was hot!
Ladies 6 Mile
1st Karen Levison - 37:30
2nd Karen White - 41:27
1st FV35 - Maggie O'Connor - 43:55
1st FV45 - Mary O'Brien - 46:44

Male 6 Mile
1st MV40 - Doug Mansell - 39:49
1st MV50 - Paul Collier - 38:17

Cross Country Season is soon to be upon us plus the Tiptree Ten is on Sunday 20th October.

Article by Steve Kerns - Flying Finns, Never heard of them!
Article by Clive Jackson - Walking in the Brecon Becons
Article by Clive Jackson re Rberta Louise (Bobbi) Gibb the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (1966)
Article by Steve Kerns - The Best ever Commonwealth Games - Manchester
Article by Steve Kerns - When Silver is better than Gold.

ELR Subscriptions of £12 now due. The Sports Centre is getting more strict about allowing people in without paying if they don't have a Club Membership card on them!

Wednesday Evening's Runs article

Race and Run Reports
Ongar Tri Again - 8th September - finished Mary O'Brien (1:30:02), Jon Trevor (1:12:08) and Clive Jackson (1:09:04. A 300m swim, cycle 10.5k, run 4k.

Brighton Triathlon Saturday 30th August 750m,20k, 5k. Clive Jackson 1:27:19.

Roundup Magazine: Issue 12 : Autumn 2002: Editor Clive Jackson
- The Marathon draw
- Selection of Races over December 2002 and January/February 2003
- Wednesday Night routes/maps
- Cambridge by Air by Clive Jackson
- Boxing Day Run details
- Have you ever thought of doing an Adventure Race?
- Ode to Cross Country by Clive jackson
- You know you're living in the 2002's when....by Clive Jackson
- Ask ELR by Clive Jackson
- Spot the words in the puzzle
- Conclusion of A-Z of running disorders (O-Z)
- Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Chingford by Clive Jackson
- Race and Run reports - Sunday League XC Cheshunt (Winner if the ladies was ELR's Linda Jackson) and Watford.
- Athletic gear at M&S
- Congratulations to Sue Donoghue on the birth of son Reece on 9th November.


All Club History for 2003 is taken from edited highlights of the ROUNDUP Club Magazines.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE WINTER (2002)/SPRING 2003 Edited by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Introduction by Clive Jackson

Clive congratulated Linda Jackson on her 100% winning record on the Cross Country League. "I don't think that I have ever seen such impressive running before outside of International races!" Congrats also to all the Ladies in our XC Squad. They won the Vets and were a close 2nd in the Senior Event

Essex Championship The Club's best ever runner to date, Linda Jackson, finished second in the Championships over an 8k course in Basildon. Always up with the leading group Linda ran a great time of 31:31, fantastic running over a tough, hilly, wind-swept course, almost 4 minutes quicker than last year on the same course with drier conditions.

Running Routes
The RICE Method
High-Tech Running

21 Years of ELR. East London Runners was founded in 1982. The membership has fluctuated ver the years from humble beginnings to a dizzy 200 plus members in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The fact is though that we have survived asa Club where many have folded.

Notice of AGM
Forthcoming Races
Women Runners
Grudge Matches
XC League
League Results
Marathon Marshals
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE SPRING-SUMMER 2003 - Edited by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Introduction by Clive
Tribute to Chris Brasher (Dec'd)

ELR London Marathon Results
Mike Wilson 3:25
Ben Danquah (debut) 3:47
Steve Jay 3:58
Chris Stephens 4:00
George Whiter 4:18
David Foster 4:53
Suzie Tomkins (debut) 5:01

The Celebrated Pedestrian
London Marathon Elite Report and SEAA Notice re Individual Membership SchemeResults inc Paula Radcliffe 2:15:25 WR
SEAA Notice re Individual Membership Scheme proposals, subsequently defeated at a Meeting

ELR Award Winners
Most Improved Runners - Linda Jackson, Overall Winner plus Ben Danquah, Emma Mason and Mike Cook
Winner of the Curtis Shield - Don Bennett

Committee Members
President - Clive Jackson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Secretary - Doug Mansell
Membership - Bal Sidhu
Kit - Jim Bird
Fixtures - Su Powell and Mike Cook
Routes Planning - Mike Wilson
Other - Lesley and Lee Richardson

Hilly 5 Notice and Entry Form

AGM 2003 Notes
Don Bennett gave the Club Address. As a Club it was felt that we suffered by not having a Chairman. Don has taken on many of the tasks associated with the role in addition to his duties as Treasurer. We had few meetings in the last year and the annual meal was not organised.The perennial question of how we get and retain new members was discussed in greater depth in AOB.

Treasurer's Report. Don summarised the Club's Financial Statement. Increase in funds by approx £80. A donation of £50 had been made to St Francis Hospice.

Membership, remained circa 60, including Life Members, with a few new members replacing those who didn't renew.

Curtis Shield Following a Ballot of those present the Shield was awarded and presented to Don Bennett.

Committee Lesley stood down as President and Clive was elected plus a number of new members were also elected on to the Committee, list shown above.

AOB Discussion on attracting and retaining new members. Also discussed were Kit, Photo of Ladies XC Team, Club Notice Board, Annual Meal and an expression of thanks from Mike Cook.

Financial Statement of he Club as at 12th March 2003

Additional Notes on the AGM by Don Bennett
New additions to the Committee have been helping me out on Wednesday Nights, Mike organising the runs, Sue and Mike with the Fixtures Folder and Jim with the KIT. The London Marathon was again a great success.Many thanks to Rathbone for the Venue and Buffet. To Pete and the LFB for their assistance and hiring of the scaffold. To Geoff Clennell for the sound system. And of course members past and present, families and friends who make the day go amazingly well.

Looking ahead Ilford AC are trying to return the HILLY 5 or a version of it in memory of Newman Sargent a member of ELR and Ilford AC who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Cycle Training
Jubilee Lodge - a canine's tail
Cross Country League 2003/4
Club Kit
Chariots of Fire
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2003 EDITED By Clive Jackson, 16 pages
Intro by Clive

Congratulations to ELR Ladies Team on Winning the Orion 10 Ladies Team Championship, Karen Levison 69:46, Karen White 76:02 and Jayne Pope 72:05.

The London Triathlon
Change for the Better by Mike Cook

Hainault Hilly 5 Results
Karen Levison 34:11
Ben Danquah 34:29
Paul Collier 35:53
Jayne Pope 36:02
Doug Mansell 36:28
Paul Needham 36:40
Karen White 37:53
Clive Jackson 39:25
Mary O'Brien 40:55
Mike Cook 41:24
Mary Connolly 41:28
Trish O'Neill 41:51
Dave Knight 42:27
Natasha Sevant 44:06
John White 44:06
Don Bennett 44:39
George Whiter 46:41
Breda O'Leary 46:42
Rob Elvins 47:33
Su Tomkins 50:34
C Elvins 56:11
Jim Bird 56:20

XC League Fixtures
Our Bodies - Our Selves
Up & Down the Rodings
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS 2003 Editee by Clive Jackson, 20 pages
Intro by Clive
The State of UK Athletics by Steve Kerns
Medical Aid for Races
XC Training, 4 weeks to a perfect Cross Country
The Meaning of Running
Dear Diary
Marathon Schedule, Prepare for it by Clive Jackson
Weight Training
XC League, the story of the season so far
Trail Running
Stretching Techniques
The Back Page


ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 18 Summer 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson

Report on the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k 30th May 2004 plus results
Mary Connolly - 46:54
Clive Jackson - 47:30
Mary O'Brien - 48:24
Don Bennett - 52:25

London Marathon
Mick Wilson - 3:35:20
Amanda Lovegrove - 3:44:08
Tricia O'Neill - 3:56:13
Siraj Patel - 4:05:24
Mike Cook - 4:06:28
Emma Hanson - 4:32:39 debut
Kirk Johnson - 4:32:50
Frank Brownlie - 4:39:40 debut
George Whiter - 5:04:06
Dave Foster - 4:48:05
Jim Bird - 6:03:30
Carole Husted - 6:28:39

Article by Jim Bird on his marathon experience.
Dazed and Confused? Large (6 page) article by Dave Knight on the London Marathon.

Article by Clive?- Older Runners are Different.

ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 19 Autumn 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson
Numbers on Wednesday nights have been dwindling a bit.

Article by Steve Kerns - The Olympic Long Jump
The Benefits of REd wine by Clive
Wanstread Flats by Clive
Why Protein is Important to the distance runner
Sunday XC League
The Varsity Bike Ride by Clive

Club Kit Nights by Clive
Chatting with John White after one of the Wednesday Runs, he suggested that we should try to make our name a bit more prominent and came up with the idea of choosing a night in the month and wearing Club Kit and do this on a regular basis. We could choose the first Wednesday of every month and make it into a Club Night - so wear ELR vest or shirt. It might also help sell some of our kit stock!

Also run in a couple of groups? It wouldn't be fair to ask everyone to stay together as there is too big a difference in abilities but depending on numbers we could run in a couple of groups wearing Club Kit which would give a bigger impact to the general public.

Race report - Southgate Grosvenor Park - 24th October 2004
First race of the XC Season. The start was a combined Ladies and gents race of 250/300 runners. ELR had 6 Ladies and 14 Men competing.
Jamal Mohammed - 4th overall

ROUNDUP Magazine Issue 20 Winter 2004 - Editor Clive Jackson

AGM to be held on Wednesday 23rd February 2005 at 7pm. We are particularly in need of a Chairman for the Club. Don has been unofficially acting in the position for the past two years, as well as continuing to be Treasurer. This is a key role to the continued existence of the Club.

Stevenage Marathon Report by Kirk Johnson in 4:04:32
Club Sweatshirts for Sale at £10 - see Jim Bird

First Wednesday of the Month - Club Shirts/Vest Run is now in place

Are you racing?

Cross Country enthusiasts or sad old gits?

Essex Senior XC Basildon on 15th Jan 2005.

London Martahon 2005
The Club had a draw for the Guaranteed London Marathon places this year, the first time for a number of years. We had 7 places and 8 qualifying members in our ballot.


ELR AGM - Wednesday 23rd February 2005 - Summary take from April Roundup Magazine
17 Members were present.

Address by Don Bennett. Highlights for the Club this last year. Karen White had an excellent XC Season, 2nd FV45 overall and Jamal Mohammed 4th overall in the Senior Men's event.The Ladies were 4th overall in the Masters (Essex).

Treasurers Report by Don Increase in funds of £90 for the year.

Memberships by Clive Membership is 50 including 10 Life Members and 8 new members. Main problem is retaining members both new and old.

Presentations Decided not to award any this year. Not enough nominations for the Curtis Shield so held over until next year.

Committee Doug has decided to stand down as Both Club Secretary and from the Committee too. Thanked for his past service by all present. Simon was elected as Chair and Kirk joined the Committee.

Chairman - Simon Morgan
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership (and Club Magazine) - Clive Jackson
Kiit - Jim Bird
Member - Kirk Johnson

Club Promotion Simon is setting up a Website for the Club. Discussion on how searches in Running Magazine and AAA could return details of the Club. The Club will fund creating the website on an ISP hosted webspace, approx £50 per a annum cost. Kirk is putting together a new starters pack. We will also produce leaflets to be placed by the reception desk in the Centre and add more details to our Notice Board.

XC review Looking for feedback from Club Members re the League and it's races. The Ladies rules were changed for this year with the start being combined with the Men's but still the same shorter distance. Some feedback from the AGM that the Ladies race is too short, driving 25 miles to race just 3 miles, especially when you are trying to put in miles for marathon training can be a waste of time.

London Marathon This year is a new route, The Poplar Road section has been reversed, therefore the water station will be at 20 miles instead of 15 miles.The station has also moved 500/600 metres further back from Cotton Street. Therefore we cannot use the Rathbone Centre. Peter is negotiating with with local premises to try and get some room and power for the sound system.

AOB Some talks on Kit.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE APRIL 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive including reminder to Members of Friday Night Track Sessions

New Members Simon and Kirk have been producing a "New Members Pack" following on from work by Trevor. Simon has also set up a new Website as well at www.eastlondonrunners.org.uk, still in it's infancy, but any help or comments are appreciated.

2004/5 XC League Results
Cross Country Photos
The Three Peaks by Kirk with Roger
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE JUNE 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 16 pages
Intro by Clive
Oxford 10k by Paul Needham 41:00
Marathon Facts
Three Peaks part 2 by Kirk

London Marathon 2005 Results
Mary Connolly 3:38:21
Mike Wilson 3:49:16
Dave Knight 3:56:20
Louise Gray 4:20:03 debut
Frank Brownlie 4:24:08 pb
David Foster 4:30:05
George Whiter 4:35:20
Jim Bird 5:56:51

Marathon 2005 Photos at the Water Station

Drink Station view, the best Marathon yet?
Our first time at the 20 Mile Mark, although owing to the race being re-routed we were only a few hundred yards from our old 15 mile spot. Thanks to Pete Cowup efforts we had power from Tower Hamlets College and use of the Poplar Community Centre (St Matthias's) to set up food and drinks for the Marshalls and volunteers. Both proved to be brilliant places, the Community Centre in particular was like an oasis in a desert, very quiet and peaceful being set back from the main road.

We also still had Jean and Tom Atkinson and friends manning the Special Drinks Station for ELR at the new 15 mile mark.

There were so many helping at the Drinks Station from both past and present members of the Club and from London Fire Brigade. We did run out of water alarmingly quickly but even then LFB Blue Watch saved the day and disaster was averted.

Guess your Time took place in May , winner Ben Danquah

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k Race Report and Results
Simon Morgan38:30
Paul Needham 39:50
Kirk 45:55
Clive Jackson 47:30
Mary Connolly and Mary O'Brien 48:30
Don Bennett 52:10

Dear Doc
Ilford Hilly 5 advert for race in July
The Back Page, Wednesday night Club runs having attendances of 20 plus consistently, first Wednesday of the month is wear Club Kit night. I do think that there has been a marked increase in the amount of energy on a Wednesday night. I can't really say why, but to me it definitely feels like a Running Club again.

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE AUGUST 2005 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Marathon Times
XC Dates
London Tri
ELR at Hilly 5 Photo
The Back Page

ROUNDUP MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2005, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive, magazine now in colour!
Wandering Ways by Kirk Johnson
Meet the heart

Southend 10k Report and Results
Paul Needham 42:11
Kenny Wilson 47:51
Kirk Johnson 48:07
Teddy Persand 50:21
Breeda O'Leary 54:40
Jim Bird 1:09:22


Dave Curtis RIP
We were all saddened to hear of the recent and sudden death of one of East London Runners founding members David Curtis. Dave brought a tremendous enthusiasm and humour to the Club. He was part of the "A" Team that won ELR's very first trophy and there are many remembered events and incidents that revolved around Dave. He was great inspiration and friend to all Club Members.

His memory will live on at the Club in the form of the "Curtis Shield", donated by Dave, this is awarded annually to the member that does the most for the Club. This is a fitting tribute to a person that put a lot of time and effort into the Club during the early years.

He will be missed by many and our thoughts and sympathy gores to his family at this time.

Dear Doc
Slow Burn
Christmas Meal to be held at Uffizzi's on Saturday 17th December 2005
The Back Page. In case you are unaware the Licensed Bar at the Centre is closing down for good.If you want to have a chat and drink after the Club run we'll be using The George, Wanstead instead!


ROUNDUP MAGAZINE JANUARY 2006 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Shin Splints
Club AGM to be held on 1st February 2006
Tasty Soup
The Back Page

Annual General Meeting 1st February 2006

Club Address by Simon There were many highlights and Simon commented not on races but what the Club has done for it's members, from the Christmas Meal to hill sprint sessions.

A lot of people have put a lot of effort into the Club from Simon creating the website to Kirk taking time to talk to all potential members on a Wednesday night. The Club has grown from around 45 to 65. Next year a good target would be adding another 20.

Treasurer The finances under Don's guidance are as healthy as ever, we are around £200 down on last year but this AGM is early.

Committee Simon stood down as Chairman and from the Committee as has he has moved away from the area, Kirk will take over as Chair and John White has joined the Committee.

Most Improved Runners of the Year
Frances Oakley won the award with the joint runners up were Jacqui Brun and Mark Hine.

Curtis Shield Was awarded to Kirk Johnson.

ROUNDUP Magazine March 2006, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages

Intro by Clive Thanks to those who attended the AGM on 1st February. One of the discussions was whether we should continue to belong to the Sunday XC League, in fact should we belong to any League.
We agreed to issue a questionnaire to Members re this which I have expanded to also ask whether members are interested in racing in general and if so at what distance.


Essex Senior XC was held at Claybury recently. First for our Ladies was Karen Levison (34:15)
followed by Karen White(38:19), Kirsty Weston(38:25), Ruth Mercer(40:41), Frances Oakley(44:15) and Jacqui Brun(44:51).

In the Men's race Mark Hine(51:31) narrowly beat Simon Morgan(51:50) followed by John White(55:32), Richard Mainwaring(57:04), Mike Wilson(60:10), Clive Jackson(61:34), Kirk Johnson(61:45) and Don Bennett (70:27).

Royston XC Report and Photos.
How to lose weight
Forthcoming Races
The Back Page

Roundup Magazine June 2006, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Marathon Roll of Honour
Mick's Marathon, report by Mick Wilson
Marathon Photos
Kirk Johnson and there Legend of the Black Dog.
The Back Page


London Marathon Sunday 23rd April 2006
Siraj Patel M20 3:27:40
John White M50 3:28:40
Mike Wilson M40 3:31:50
Kenny Wilson M40 3:43:21
Dave Knight M50 3:51:30
Mark Hine M30 4:00:13
Andy Soar M30 4:05:12
Jason Brawn M30 4:07:58
Ruth Mercer W40 4:19:05
David Foster M60 4:26:09
Frances Oakley W40 4:26:25
John Hackwell M20 4:28:22
David Taylor M30 4:29:04
Mark Raza M20 4:29:19
Don Bennett M40 4:43:27
Daniel Winters M20 4:39:11
Richard Weber M20 4:39:11
Rauf Karim M40 5:40:42
Jim Bird M60 6:48:53

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k
Paul Needham 40:17
Mick Wilson 43:45
Clive Jackson 49:04
Don Bennett 49:43

Southend Half Marathon
Mark Raza 1:52
Roger Dixon 2:10
Don Bennett 2:19
Kirk Johnson 2:28

Roundup Magazine, Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
Running Schedule
Ferries are for wimps
Lance Armstrong Runner?
Newman Hilly 5
Bowling Night
Book Review, The 50 Greatest Marathon Races of all time by William Cockerall, reviewed by Steve Kerns
One foot in front, Kirk's tale of moving to Ultras!

Roundup Magazine, December 2006 Edited by Clive Jackson, 12 pages
Intro by Clive
A Whippets Tale, the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon in 1:35:18
Wanstead Parejk
A stitch ion time
Linear Park
25th Anniversary, Saturday 28th Ap[ril 2007 at Social Club, Forest Road, £15 pp
Christmas Ghost Story
Good Egg
The Back Page


From RoundUP Magazine Issue 30 April 2007 - Editor, Clive jackson.

The Club's 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday 28th April 2007

Congratulations to our Award Winners
Most Improved Runner - Louise Jones
Runner of the Year - Ian Horritt
Club Person of the Year and winner of the Curtis Shield - Jim Bird

Benfleet 15 Results
Ian Horritt - 1:53:49
John White - 1:56:02
Mike Wilson - 2:01:10
Richard Mainwaring - 2:07:11
Jayne Pope - 2:08:49
Karen White - 2:08:49
Dave Knight - 2:14:30
Frank Brownlie - 2:15:54
Kirk Johnson - 2:29:55

Report from Membership Secretary - Clive Jackson
Thanks to Don Bennett for his help recently in my absence, between us we have the membership under control.For the second year running we have seen a big turnover in the Club. Last year we finished with 65 members, so far we have 68 this year with around 20-25 being runners new to the Club.

Annual General Meeting - 28th February 2007
Kirk introduced the AGM, it's been a strong year for the Club setting out to have a membership of 70 we currently have 68 excluding life members.
The Essex Way was a success fielding a full team. The Cross Country League hasn't been well supported but a few new faces ran for ELR.

The Website is going strong, not a brilliant format, but it is being updated regularly which is the main thing.

Don gave a run down of the Club Finances. A surplus of £480 mainly due to sales of kit held in stock.We also haven't been charged by the Leisure Centre because of changes that Management are making to the Centre. Once work is completed we should be advised.

Jim led a talk on the Leisure Centre, the ownership has changed from the School to the Council and it is being extensively redeveloped. Our meeting room and most of the Upper Floor will be replaced by a Gym, we will lose our room. We are unsure as yet where we will meet.

The Centre has committed to us that they want us to stay, we will continue to have access to the showers.

Further discussion took place with some concern that if we agree a formal contract we may end up losing the Centre as a venue. We will keep everyone updated on our website.

Fortunately we will hopefully get some better weather soon, so the problem of not having a room will not be critical, but must be resolved.

An update was given by Jim on the plans for the 25th Anniversaery Party.

Kirk and Don led an interesting discussion of membership of Athletics Associations. The face of English Athletics is changing with governance being moved to EA. Rules and costs will also change. A rival has been created ARC, The Association of Running Clubs.

We will explore the benefits of both organisation to the Club and its members and we will look to have a Club Ballot possibly in September.

The Election of Officers was held with Jim Bird advising that he will be standing down after the 25th Anniversary Party. A plea was made for more female members to join the Committee as Kirsty Weston is the only female on the Committee, with nearly half of the membership female.

Results - Roding Valley Half Marathon
Miguel Angel Martinez - 1:36:43
Paul Charters - 1:40:09
Ben Danquah - 1:41:08
Karen White - 1:41:59
Mike Wilson - 1:46:00
Frank Brownlie - 1:48:24 pb
Rachel Coombs - 1:50:30
Ruth Mercer - 1:51:05
Ken Wilson - 1:51:13
Dave Knight - 1:51:38
Greg Bonser - 1:54:44
Edward Barnard - 1:56:02
Helen Witt - !:56:36
Dave Foster - 2:06:19
Sara Pearson - 2:10:00

ELR 25th Birthday Bash
The ELR Committee cordially invites all current and ex-members of the Club to the Waltham Forest Social Club to celebrate 25 years of running.
A night of drinking dancing and eating!
Saturday 28th april 2007
7.30pm - Midnight
Cost £15 per person
Dress Code: Go on, put the glad rags on!

RoundUP Magazine Issue 31 May 2007 Marathon Special - Editor Clive Jackson

Congratulations and well done to all Marathon runners, we had members completing their first and their 22nd Londons, 13 at London, 2 at Paris and 3 in Edinburgh.

Miguel Angel Martinez - 3:39:44
Mick Wilson - 3:53:13
Dave Knight - 3:57:22
Helen Witt - 4:00:11
Trish O'Neill - 4:02:25
Ruth Mercer - 4:04:27
Frank Brownlie - 4:12:45
Rachel Coombs - 4:28:06
Dave Foster - 4:20:07
Sara Pearson - 4:58:47
Kenny Wilson - 5:05:37
Louise Jones - 5:46:01
Jim Bird - 7:10:53

Jody Burnett - 3:38:49
Jayne Pope - 3:55:06

Rita Kingdon - 4:01:02
Holly Chabowski - 4:08:06
Richie Feder - 4:28:09

A brief update on the Leisure Centre
The last few Wednesday's have been difficult.With the extensive work being undertaken we have been using and paying for the Eton Manor Rugby Club pavilion. We are targetting getting back to the Leisure Centre on Wednesday 1st July 2007.

We are still in negotiation with the Centre and the Council re a meeting room, costs etc.

Other notes
John and Karen White are leading the Sunday runs at 9.50am, mainly in the forests, up to 10 miles. The "Ten to Ten Club"!
Membership renewal £12 will be due at end of July.
We have ordered a new range of kit which will be breathable and a ladies fit will be available. Kirsty is looking after orders.
The first Wednesday of the month is Club Kit night. Please wear your Club Kit!

RoundUP Magazine Issue 32 October 2007 - Editor Clive Jackson
Articles on Essex Way and Wednesday Night Club Runs (Room and Fees. How to choose winter kit. Negative splits and positive splits. Warm up and cool down. Do the Elvis Wiggle. Running with an ipod. Recovery.

Re Wednesday Nights - The good news is that we have the use of a room at Wanstead Leisure Centre/High School again. It's one of the school rooms at the side of the building. It's great to have a roof over our heads again.

The bad news is they want to charge us £30 per week. Because we are an Affiliated Club this would be reduced to £24.75 per weeek or £1,300 per annum.

We used to pay about £150 per annum so we could be looking at a substantial increase in subs. Without increasing memberships our reserve funds would run out in two to three years.This is a serious concern for the Club. To be honest although we do have a room it is not very good.

John White has been putting in a tremendous amount of work in trying to contact the School/Centre and Council to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion for all involved.

We have been in existence for over 25 years based at Wanstead Leisure Centre and have always been a non-elitist Club. We certainly haven't finished with discussions, but might need to escalate.


From the Roundup Magazine Issue 33, February 2008 - Editor Clive Jackson.

Results from Royston XC, Benfleet 15 and Watford XC with Ian Horritt beimng home first for ELR in all 3!

Around 25 members attended the ELR post Christmas meal at Uffizi's in Leytonstone.

Thanks to John Atkinson who has been running with a lot of newer members recently. Wednesday nights are seeing around 30-35 with most people running in pairs.

When we start the Wednesday run we appoint a "leader" for the first mile or so to keep the pace down and keep everyone together. Please respect this.

An article by Clive on Run Longer- Run Faster which covered Lactate Training, Cross Training, Eat Properly, Drink, Go Long, Taper the Running, Avoid Injury and Rest.

The ELR AGM is going to be on Wednesday 12th March 2008 at 7.15pm.

An article by Clive on the Do's and Dont's for the London Marathon.

Wanstead Leisure Centre
We've trying for a couple of months to re-negotiate our contract with the Leisure Centre and Redbridge Sports Council. They want £30 per week. These fees would not be sustainable for the Club (of our size), with current membership fees having to quadruple to cover this increase. We have been unable to get to sit down with those in authority to discuss this matter.

Our stance is that we're refusing to pay until we can have a meaningful discussion where we can present our case.

Article by Clive on Wanstead Park.

Issue 34 of RoundUp April 2008 Editor Clive Jackson.

London Marathon Results
Edward Barnard - 3:23;03
Miguel Angel Martinez - 3:39:30
Mick Wilson - 3:41:11
Carinne Jay - 3;42:18
Stephen Jay - 3:47:20
Suzanne Bench - 3:57:40
Dave Knight - 3:57:56
Paul Charters - 3:58:03
Pat Charlambous - 4:11:48
John Atkinson - 4:18:25
Prab Bajwa - 4:23:43
Caroline Moore - 4:25:35
Aaron Williams - 4:27:53
Dave Foster - 4:44:35
Ian Wheeler - 4:56:23
Andrea Green - 5:00:25
Jim Bird - 7:20:49

AGM 12th March 2008 - Highlights

Attended by all Committee Members. There was also a good percentage of Club Members present, much better than in previous years.

Mike Wilson gave the Chairman's report in the absence of Kirk. The report included mention of races over the past 12 months plus an excellent 25th Anniversary night.

Don's Treasurer's report include details of a surplus of £300 in the past year although we haven't paid any Centre fees as yet.

Awards - John Atkinson was Runner of the Year and also won the Curtis Shield. Edward Barnard was the most Improved Runner of the Year.

A full discussion of membership fees took place. The motion was to increase from £12 to £18 per year. The Committee felt that this was necessary because of the pending increase in the Leisure Centre fees. John Whiet gave a precis on negotiations so far and the challenges faced.The motion was carried by a majority decision with fees rising to £18 from July 2008.

Election of Officers was the last item on the Agenda. All present Committee Members were re-elected with no one new offering to join.

London Marathon - Thanks!
The Marathon is now a distant memory But thanks to Pete and Phyl Cowup - we simply wouldn't have the Drinks Station without you. Geoff and Jan Clenell for the music.

To Don and Pam Bennett for arranging the food and drink for the helpers in the Community Hall. To Sister Christine for the use of the Hall. Also to the London Fire Brigade. To the "old" members, such as the Lack family, Dick Pleasance and Trevor Eley's Eighteen Plus Club. To all the Volunteers from ELR and LFB and their friends and family.

Sports Centre Update
Following an extremely productive meeting between Iain Varah and Bob Littlewood from Redbridge Sports and Culture Council and John White and Clive Jackson of ELR the cost was agreed at £600 per year with an increase to £700 next year.

RoundUP Magazine Issue 35 - September 2008 Editor, Clive Jackson

Big Article(s) about the Essex Way.

Results from the Newman Hilly 5
Aaron Williams - 33:40
Karen Levison - 34:36

Aaron and Karen were first home ftom ELR (21 runners).

Also results from:-
Dagenham 88 5 miles
Barking Park 5k
Harlow 10
Havering 90 Midweek 5m
Springfield Striders Friday night 5 mile
Hatfield Broad Oak 10k

Reminder re ELR Subs of £18 now overdue PLUS if you wish to race an extra £5 for England Athletics registration.


From the ELR Roundup magazine Issue 36 March 2009 - Editor Clive Jackson.
We've just had the AGM of the Club, one of the best attended in recent years.

Some brilliant race results including 26 members running in the Roding Valley Half Marathon.

"The Club is going from strength with 30-40 regular Wednesday nighters."

RVHM results
Aaron Williams - 1:25:45
Ian Horritt - 1:30:18
Manjit Singh - 1:30:39
Dave Pereira - 1:31:44
Roberto Bruni 1:33:48
Mick Wilson - 1:33:45
Derek Wright - 1:34:25
Miguel Martinez - 1:34:55
Alan Lee - 1:36:55
Carinne Jay - 137:34
Jamie Coombs - 1:40:13
Frank Brownlie - 1:43:32pb
Patrick Farren - 1:46:47
Steve Jay - 1:48:51
Pat Charalambous - 1:54:57
Dave Knight - 1:55:24
Bernie Hill = 1:57:56
Grant Conway - 1:58:13
Ruth Kerr - 2:03:06
Don Bennett - 2:06:09
Andrea Middleton - 2:06:50
Katrina Dixon - 2:07:33
Baldev Singh - 2:13:19
M Gill - 2:13:19
Dave Foster - 2:21:18
Akram Choudhury - 2:22:50

Marathon Tips Article

Kirk Johnston, Chairman
We had a good Men's XC Season but need to sort out a Women's Team for next season.We also had a number of Social Events including a night at Walthamstow Dog Track and a pre and post Christmas meal.

We have 74 Members plus a few Life Members, this is about the same as last year 2008. The goal is to break 80 members by the end of the current membership year(July). Jean and Tom Atkinson are to be elected Life Members to thank them for their hard work every year with the Special Drinks Station at the London Marathon and for everything that they have done for the Club over the years.

Treasurers Report
Given by Don Bennett, Treasurer.
Overall loss of £343.65 but we paid £300 to Leisure Centre for last year and we have a fair amount of unsold kit in stock.

Motions for debate
Mick Wilson, secretary proposed that we change the membership yrear from July to April to match England Athletics. The motion was carried unanimously with £12 to be collected from members for the interim period July to April then in April 2010 we will start collecting a combined membership and EAA fee (For those wishing to join EAA)

In separate discussions we concluded that the £18 membership fees do not have to change as Club finances are good and balanced.

The Curtis Shield
Was awarded to Mike Wilson.

Everyone is staying with the exception of Clive Jackson who is standing down. Frank Brownlie and Jim Bird were elected to the Committee. Jamie Coombs will go through the format of the Club Magazine with a view to taking on it's production.

Any other Business
New Noticeboard at the Leisure Centre soon.
Derek Wright will look at the Website to make it more professional and will add some photos too.
We would like to start the Wednesday night run earlier, starting 5 mins earlier each week until we ge announcements starting at 7pm prompt.

All are encouraged to wear Club Kit and we will publicise the montly Club Kit run more often.
Ian suggested (and it was generally agreed)that we try to push some Club races.

Race Results
Benfleet 15
Simon Morgan - 1:47:38
Ian Horritt - 1:50:29
Mike Wilson - 1:55:29
Roberto Bruni - 1:58:11
Jimmy Hartwell - 2:11:33
Frank Brownlie - 2:12:43
Dave Knight - 2:22:12
John Atkinson - 2:22:34
Patrick Farren - 2:28:05

Dartford 10 mile
Ciaran Canavan - 1:09:10 PB

Bedford Half
Ciaran Canavan - 1:31:24

Lisbon Marathon
David Pereira - 3:12 PB

On a Wednesday night we will always appoint a leader for the first mile or so. If you are one of the faster runners please stay behind the leader until the designated point where you can speed off.

Also please be aware of runners at the back. We had an instance recently where one of our members was on their own at the back. Please don't assume there is someone at the back as a sweeper - make sure and if you have to hang back please do. We need to look out for evveryone - Thanks.

The Back Page by Clive Jackson
At the AGM on 4th March I stood down as a Committee member and as Editor of the Club Magazine RoundUp.


Annual General Meeting 3rd March 2010.

In attendance were 28 Full Members

Chair's Report. The meeting started with Kirk in the Chair who had given prior notice that he was standing down during this meeting. Kirk gave his report which covered the past year's events including the XC Season, Flora London Marathon, Hilly 5, Essex Way Relay Race and the Bluebell run. He also commented upon the increase in attendance at the Wednesday Night and Sunday Morning Club runs and also the general increase in membership.

Treasurer's Report. Don provided the meeting with copies of the Annual Accounts and Balance Sheet. The meeting endorsed that the Club's Finances were in a healthy state.

Election of Officers
As previously advised Kirk was standing down as Chairman and Frank Brownlie, who had advised that he was willing to stand in his place, was duly elected. The Chair of the Club and the Meeting therefore passed from Kirk to Frank immediately.

Frank thanked Kirk on behalf of the members for his stewardship of the Club over the past four years. Particular mention was made in respect of his promotion of the Club to attract new members which has shown some success. Kirk was also a great advocate for the XC League.

Kirk advised that he would like to remain on the Committee and this was agreed. In addition four other Club Members , three of whom were in attendance, advised that they wished to be considered for election to the Committee. The feeling of the meeting was that we should move to elect all four and this was unanimously agreed.

The Committee going forward was therefore:-
Chairman - Frank Brownlie
Club Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Membership Secretary - John White
Webmaster - Derek Wright (new)
Committee Members without Portfolio - Kirsty Weston, Julie Onwukegu (new), Katherine Jones (new), Ciaran Canavan (new), Miguel Martinez, Kirk Johnson, Jim Bird.

Curtis Shield Club Person of the Year. Members present voted and Frank Brownlie was declared as the recipient.

Members suggested that in future years voting in advance of the meeting should be arranged, perhaps by e.mail.

AOB Grant Conway expressed concern that some people were taking advantage by trying us out for more than the normal two or three runs and then disappearing. It was agreed after discussion that greater monitoring would take place.

Grant also rated the point as to whether as a Club we would consider switching from the present XC League owing to the great distances in. travelling involved with some of the races. It was agreed that Kirsty Weston would do some research and present her findings to the next Committee Meeting for consideration.

Frank proposed that the existing rules re our guaranteed London Marathon places for Club Members be amended to - Fully paid up member by 1st July prior to the year marathon being held. After discussion the meeting agreed this change.

Frank advised that he, Don and Mike had attended a recent ELVIS CLUBS Meeting and that ELR was now a full partner in the ELVIS Series and in addition we would be hosting Jointly with Ilford AC the Valentines Park Charity 5k on the last Sunday in September each year.

April 2010 - London Marathon
Ciaran Canavan 3.05.38. Having missed 4 weeks training in March due to injury, I decided that I was simply going to enjoy the day, and to give it my best shot depending on how I felt. When the race started, I managed to find my pace and stick to it, crossing the halfway marker in 1:30:27. I knew though that it was going to be difficult to keep this pace up as my legs were already telling me that they were tired. Another 13.1 miles to go, how could I cope? By Mile 16, the demons in my head were telling me I needed to walk, but I pushed on and continued to run. Seeing the ELR guys at the Mile 20 Water Station was an incredible boost, giving me a surge of energy as I raced through! From there I knew it was only 10K to go. I was homeward bound, but this would be the hardest 10K of my life. I didn't beat last year's time, but came incredibly close on 3:05:38. Having now discovered that my time qualifies me for 'Good for age' Entry in 2011, I've been on cloud nine ever since!"

Suzanne Bench 3.51.14. "There were significantly more runners than previous years and it was difficult to run the first few miles due to the sheer number of people. I was anxious to achieve my desired finish time! On the plus side, the crowd were fantastic and seemed to line the whole route and provided really enthu siastic support. The first half flew by and I really enjoyed it. Getting to the 20 mile mark where the Club and my family were at the ELR Water Station was a high point and kept me going as things were getting tough. Passing the 23 mile mark which runs parallel to the 13 mile mark was another significant point, reminding me of how much I had achieved when most people now passing that way were walking. Crossing the finish in 3h.51mins (6 minutes quicker than my previous time) felt brilliant and I was rewarded with a bottle of Champagne and my husbands' Ambulance car to drive me home!!

20 mile Water Feed Station
Thanks to all those Members and their Friends and Families who helped in running the East London Runners/London Fire Brigade Water Feed Station at 20 miles and especially to Don Bennett for organising the East London Runners part. Also for organising the minibus for Runners and together with his wife Pam for the food and drink in the local Church for all the Helpers.On the day a fantastic atmosphere was generated on the sound system by Peter Cowup,Senior Fire Brigade Manager and Life Member of East London Runners and the main organiser of the Water Station.

Many thanks to Tom and Jean Atkinson, Club Life Members for once again manning the ELR Special Drinks Sttation at the Marathon.

ELVIS 2010 including Valentines Park 5k Charity Race
Full results from the race are available courtesy of Ilford Athletic Club here

Womens Team Series (best 5 of 6 Results)
Ilford - 173points
East London Runners - 223 points
Dagenham 88 - 306 points
Havering 90 - 713 points
Orion Harriers - 728
Barking Road Runners - 864 points
Eton Manor - 962 points

Mens Team Series
Ilford AC - 429 points
East London Runners - 971 points
Barking Road Runners - 1158 points
Dagenham 88 - 1480 points
Orion Harriers - 1509 points
Havering 90 - 2118 points
Eton Manor - 2138 points

Valentines Park 5k - Sunday 26th september 2010
148 Finishers

Sunday 26th September Saw East London Runners co-host with Ilford Athletic the last of the ELVIS races for 2010. On a cool and breezy morning, the scene was set in Valentines Park for what was undoubtedly going to be a fantastic finish to the series. East London Runners had a amazing turn out once again, fielding 16 runners, as well as supporting the organisation of the event with the help of about 15 members to take registration, marshal and time keep.

This was a 2 lap course, fairly flat, with a number of twists and turns to keep runners on their toes. Lap one was led by Manjit and Derek for the men, and Karen for the ladies. Lap 2 saw Ciaran come home first for ELR, in 23rd position overall, and Karen first lady for ELR, 3rd lady overall. Conditions were obviously good for Derek Wright, Grant Conway, Ramesh Pala, Caroline Meaby, Natalie Dale and Jennifer Garven who all scored Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all, and to everyone who took part.

Prize giving was held shortly after the finish, with our delectable chairman Frank Brownlie assigned the responsibility of awarding the prizes for this race, and for the overall winners throughout the Elvis series. With series prizes going to Karen, Kirsty and Mary, East London men were left only to marvel at the success of the fairer sex. Our inaugural year as a full participating ELVIS club has undoubtedly been a success, with East London Runners coming second in both the Mens and Ladies team competitions, but the series trophies were awarded to the Ilford athletic Mens and Ladies teams who successfully retained the top prize in the team competitions. Congratulations to Ilford from your opponents, co-hosts and friends at East London Runners.

Close to the finish line, with Karen leading members in the ELR ‘Haka’, we demonstrated not only how proud we were to take part, but also our determination to come back bigger and stronger in 2011, determined to make a challenge for the top spot then.

The final huge word of thanks goes to ELR members who offered their time to assist in the marshalling and running of the race. Rachel, Jim, Dave, Jamie, Don to name just a few, and to all the marshals. Without all your support and assistance on the day, the event would not have been the success that it was! Thank you!

Club Newsletters 2010.


January 2010 - First Edition
-Short History of East London Runners
- Annual General Meeting (AGM, Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 7.15pm
- Benfleet 15 Results

February 2010
- History of East London Runners, Founded 1982 - to date.
- Roding Valley Half Marathon, Sunday 28th February 2010 - 9am.
- February 2010 Fixtures.
- Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM), Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 7.15pm.
- Benfleet 15, Results.

March 2010
-Membership Renewals, For Year 1 st April 2010 to 31st March 2011
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010, Minibus for Runners - Water Station (20 mile Feed Station) helpers needed!
-Social Nights, An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010.
-Publicity, Potential Press Releases.
-ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2010, East London Runners now a Full Partner in the East London 5 Interclub Series.
-Valentines Park 5k, Provisional date - Sunday 26th September 2010.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011, Online entries and East London Rules for Club places.
-Jurassic Coast Challenge - 27th/28th and 29th March 2010 - 78.6 miles in 3 days, Good luck to East London Runner Roberto Bruni in his big challenge!
-Runners Shorts! By Long Legs.

April 2010
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010. Water Station (20 mile Feed Station - Helpers required!
-Virgin London Marathon Exhibition 2010, Excel - 21st to 24th April 2010
-CHANGES TO THE 2011 VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON PUBLIC BALLOT SYSTEM, Virgin London Marathon - Sunday April 17th 2011.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011, Rules for Club places.
-Social Nights, An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010.
-Flickr, East London Runners join Flickr!
-Jurassic Coast Challenge - 27th/28th and 29th March 2010 - 78.6 miles in 3 days. Well done Roberto in completing this Challenge!
-Runners Shorts! By Long Legs

May 2010
-Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 25th April 2010, East London Runners - Results!
-Target Races - Summer 2010. A selection of East London Runners favourites!
-Club Social Nights. An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010
-Runners Shorts!by Long Legs.

June 2010
-ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2010, East London Runners now a Full Partner in the East London 5 Interclub Series.
-ELVIS Races - Summer 2010, East London 5 Interclub Series.
-Newman Hilly Off Road 5 Miles Race - Wednesday 21st July 2010 - 7.30pm. Replaces the Wednesday night Club run!
-Race Reports, Comments by East London Runners members after completing a recent race.
-Club Social Nights. An informal get together after the Club Run on the first Wednesday of each month Starting April 2010
-Summer Training Sessions, The Glade Hills.
-Tip of the Month. How can I prevent blisters?
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

July 2010
-East London Runners get married in their running shoes! Congratulations to Magda Socha and Rob Heppell on their marriage.
-Newman Hilly 5 Results - Wednesday 21st July 2010. Second leg of the ELVIS Grand Prix Series.
-Havering 90 Results - 5 mile race - Sunday 11th July 2010. First leg of the ELVIS Grand Prix Series.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 2 on 21st July 2010.East London Ladies and Mens Teams are both in 2nd place after two races!
-Remaining ELVIS Races - Summer 2010
-Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 5th September 2010.East London Runners competing and supporting again in 2010.
-Valentines Park 5k. Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am.
-Race Reports. Orion Fell race.
-Tip of the Month. Can you drink too much? Not related to the Great British Beer Festival outing!
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

August 2010
-Triathlon Results - Olympic Distances - August 2010. East London Runners had 7 members compete in Triathlons in recent weeks.
-Triathlon Results - Sprint Distances - August 2010. Swim 750m, Bike 20k, Run 5k!
-From the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian - Friday 13th August 2010
East London Runner Tom Lawrence is running for Charity in the Great North Run.
-Orion Forest 5 - ELVIS Race 3 of 6 - Saturday 7th August 2010. Individual results for East London Runners.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 3 on 7th August 2010. East London Ladies and Mens Teams are both in 2nd place after three races, unofficial results!
-Remaining ELVIS Races - Summer 2010.
-Club Social Nights.
-Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers Required! Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am.
-Essex Way Relay Race - Sunday 5th September 2010.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

September 2010
-ELR SPOTLIGHT ...........on Jimmy Hartwell. The trials and tribulations of a long distance runner!
-Dagenham 88 - 5 mile'sh - ELVIS race 5 of 6 - Sunday 19th September 2010.
Results from the above race.
-Barking 5k - ELVIS Race 4 of 6 - Monday 30th August 2010. Individual results for East London Runners.
-ELVIS Team Standings after race 5 of 6 on Sunday 19th September 2010. East London Ladies and Mens Teams both remain in 2nd place after five races.
-Sikh Marathon Relay - Redbridge, Sunday 29th August 2010.
-Essex Way Relay Race Results - Sunday 5th September 2010.
-Cross Country Season 2010/11. East London Runners are competing again in t he Cross Country League.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. East London Runners - Rules for Club places.
-Tip of the Month. Improving with Age.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

October 2010
-ELVIS Has Left The Building! Final ELVIS Results for 2010.
-Cross Country. The Cross Country season is upon us!
-Essex Vets Cross Country 4th December 2010. Closing Date for Entries - Saturday 6th November.
-Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Sunday 10th 10th 2010. Results and report.
-Improving with Age. Run Britain Rankings - Handicaps Launched.
-Tip of the Month. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
-Christmas Dinner Wednesday 15th December 2010, Venue: Upstairs at the George.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. Club Ballot Early December - Rules for Club places.
-Runners Shorts! by Short Legs

November 2010
-Spotlight on.........Ian Horritt. Ian heads West to new running trails!
-Race Results - Cross Country League Fixtures. Results from Cheshunt and Chicksands.
-Target Races - Winter 2010/Spring 2011. Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
-Virgin London Marathon 2011. Club Ballot 1st December - Rules for Club places.
-Christmas Dinner Wednesday 15th December 2010. Venue: Upstairs at the George.
-Tip of the Month. Cross Country Footwear.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

December 2010
-Season's Greetings! Merry Chris tmas and a Happy New Year.
-Target Races - Winter 2010/Spring 2011. Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
-Sunday Cross Country League - Race 3 Digswell - 12th December 2010
Results from the latest Cross Country race.
-Results - Essex Vets Cross Country Championships. Hainault Forest, Chigwell Row on Saturday 4th December 2010.
-Weekend runs - January 2011. Proposed runs for the New Year.
-Race reports - Bedford Half Marathon - Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Half Marathon.
-Tip of the Month. Running in cold weather.
-Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2010

Havering Men: Ciaran Canavan, Andrew Baxter, Derek Wright, Russell Price, Mike Wilson & Grant Conway.
Women: Karen Levison, Kirsty Weston, Karen White & Mary Connolly.
Hilly 5 Men: Aaron Williams, Ciaran, Andrew, Russell, Mike & Rob Heppell.
Women: Karen L, Kirsty, Karen W & Magdalena Socha.
Orion Men: Aaron, Ciaran, Andrew, Russell, Mike & Frank Brownlie.
Women: Karen L, Sharon Springfield, Mary Connolly and Angela Bowen.
Barking Men: Aaron, Ciaran, Andrew, Derek, Mike & Robert Moye.
Women: Karen L, Sharon, Kirsty & Caroline Meaby.
Dagenham Men: Andrew, Rob, Derek, Russell, Mike & Grant.
Women: Karen L, Kirsty, Sharon & Anne Gombert.
Valentines Men: Ciaran, Derek, Russell, Grant, Ramesh Pala & Edward Barnard.


January 2011.
YELLOW PAGES - EAST LONDON - Just released the new edition of the Yellow Pages East London edition featuring 26 great ways to get the most from your area. At No 20 East London Runners feature and the Wanstead Park group photo.

Annual General Meeting 28th February 2011

26 Members were present including Frank Brownlie in the Chair.

Chairman's Report (Full report below)
Frank reported on the events of the year past including the Virgin London Marathon, ELVIS Series, and Essex Way. The Club received 10 places for the Marathon, 3 from EA and 7 for the Special Drinks and 20 mile water feed station.

6 Committee Meetings were held since 2010 AGM with Frank, Don, Derek and Jim at all 6. Ciaran, Mike and John 5, Kirsty and Jaime(Co-opted) 4, Julie 3, Sarah 2 as a guest, Katherine and Miguel 1. Kirk none.

Membership - a successful year numbers rose from 90 on 31/3/10 to 161 as at 28/02/11. Frank and Don now look after the membership, with Don updating the database and Frank issuing welcome e.mails.The paper/excel version of the membership was converted by our Webmaster Derek Wright to a hidden/private website database.

Derek also set up the IT Framework for the whole of the Website and for the Monthly eNewsletters from January 2010, Frank providing most of the content with Ciaran's help on occasions!. Derek continues to assist with all IT matters for which we are extremely grateful.

VLM 2010 Don and Pam continued to do their sterling work providing the food and drink for not only the 20 mile water station volunteers but for all the local race Marshals etc too. We received 8 Guaranteed places for 2010 and 10 for 2011.

Social, the monthly Social at the George didn't take off other than the post Marathon one. A successful Curry Night with 50 attendees was held in early Sep 2010, well organised by Jaime Towns with help from Mike Wilson and on the night John Atkinson. Don organised a successful Christmas Dinner at The George in mid December.

Media and PR, Katherine and Sarah had success with articles re Jim Bird, Tom Lawrence and the Club feature in Yellow Pages.

Kit, Jim looks after Kit with Kirsty helping with orders.

Wednesday Night Club Runs, chosen and announced by Doug Mansell or Mike Wilson in Doug's absence. Don and Jim ever present. We were surprised that we were not given any notice by the Centre/School of the works carried out over Summer 2010 which affected access to our usual meeting room. We tried various rooms before finding one large and suitable enough for us. The Centre have been flexible in respect of additional access on extra Tuesday night marathon training runs etc.

ELVIS, To Don, Mike and Rachel for attending the Meetings and helping to publicise the races.For Jaime Towns and all who helped at the Val Park 5k in September 2010. Both the Mens and Women's Teams finished 2nd in the Series. Karen Levison was leading lady overall. Series prizes were also won by Kirsty Weston and Mary O'Brien.

Essex Way Relay Race, to Edward Barnard and Don for organising before and on the day.

Cross Country, Derek Wright Captain attended at each of the 5 races and additional ad hoc races throughout the winter. The number of members competing diminished in the later months and a disappointing turn out by our Ladies with only 3 running in the League but many more in the local races.

Frank said" The focus throughout the year has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through our Website, Facebook, eNewsletters, email and then face to face at at Club Nights, Races and Meetings.

The Club is in rude health and with everyone's positive attitude and help it will continue to be so."

Treasurer's Report
Don handed out copies of the Club's Accounts and Balance Sheet for the year past and answered some questions on membership fees and the London Marathon income and expenditure.
John White questioned whether funds could be passed on to members in some way as we are in a healthy financial position. Dave Foster suggested the Club considers paying members EA subs currently £5pp. Doug Mansell suggested that we could give to Charity linked to one of our races.The Committee will consider these ideas at it's next meeting.

Election of Officers
Julie Onwukegu and Miguel Martinez had given prior notice that they would be standing down. All other Committee Members with the exception of Kirk agreed to remain. In addition3 Club Members had put themselves forward for election. The New Committee was therefore agreed to be constituted as follows.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media & PR - Katherine Jones
Media & PR - Sarah Burns (new)
Committee Members - John White, Kirsty Weston, Jim Bird, Ciaran Canavan, Jaime Towns (new), Robert Heppell and Russell Price (new)

Curtis Shield
Following the count of votes was awarded to OUR WEBMASTER Derek Wright.

Any Other Business
Mary O'Brien suggested a 'shorter' Clubb run on Wednesdays in addition to the usual one, to help members recovering from injury. Discussed and to be considered for future runs.

John White asked that first Wednesday of each month each runner wears Club Kit. Agreed.

Doug expressed concern that our runs are starting later each Wednesday. Agreed to start announcements at 19:05 prompt.

April 2011 - London Marathon
With 9 runners dropping out through injury in the weeks and months leading up to this year's Marathon a total of 34 East London Runners stood on the start line on Sunday. As you can read below all 34 crossed the finish line with each one completing a remarkable personal achievement.

Also on the Marathon course were a large number of their fellow Club members, who together with family and friends, helped on manning the ELR ELite 25k Special Drinks Station and with the London Fire Brigade the 20 mile Water Feed Station.

A special thanks to Pam and Don Bennett for organising and arranging the food and drink for all the helpers and marshalls in the Church Hall and to Peter Cowup and the Fire Brigade helpers on the 20 mile station.

Clive Jackson, Roger Dixon, John Atkinson and Doug Mansell who with Derek Wright organised and manned the Elite Runners 25k Feed Station on West Ferry Road for the Club.

Manjit Bedi - This was a PB for me by 18 minutes from the Halstead marathon last year. Since gaining my place in August all my training was focused for this race to get a sub 3 hour time, so I am very pleased. I thought the conditions were quite tough in terms of the heat and on top of that I have never been as nervous about a race as this one, glad it's all over till next year.

Clare Fitzpatrick - Well done everyone, nearly killed me, can't believe we did it, what am I going to talk about now...xxx

Sarah Burns at the Water Station - You guys are amazing well done I can't wait to run it next year. I've managed to lose my voice shouting at people from the water station but it was real priviledge to see you guys looking so good at 20 miles.

Kirsty Weston - Didn't quite sub 4 hrs, heat got the better of me, have to make do with 4.01.38....thanks for everyones support on the day and all the texts, emails and facebook posts...so far I've made over £1,100 for my charity!

May 2011.
Clubwatch - Running Fitness Magazine. Out on Friday 6th May is the June issue of Running Fitness magazine, priced £4.30. Page 17 is the Clubwatch features East London Runners in an article written by Katherine Jones and featuring 3 photo's.
Photo 1 Eight of our ladies at the end of the Roding Valley.
Photo 2 John Atkinson at the Benfleet mud.
Photo 3 Four of our men at the Orion 15.
Available at WH Smith's

June 2011.
The ELR Committee recently discussed, researched and agreed to buy two Blade Feathers/Wind Sails. Ciaran Canavan took this project on board and took delivery, on behalf of the Club, of the Blades recently.

Their first use was at the ELVIS Race 1 in Raphael Park, Romford where Ciaran put them together and they became a focal meeting point for the club members running that evening.

Tricia O'Neill and Jimmy Hartwell with the new blade feathers

ELVIS 2011
Ladies Event
1st East London Runners 5 - 113
2nd Dagenham 12 - 231
3rd Eton Manor 14 - 329
4th Ilford 16 - 382
5th Havering 23 - 583
6th Orion 28 - 770
7th Barking 28 - 949

Mens Event
1st East London Runners 5 - 423
2nd Barking 12 - 815
3rd Ilford 15 - 918
4th Orion 19 - 1014
5th Dagenham 20 - 1116
6th Eton Manor 22 - 1332
7th Havering 29 - 1612

December 2011.
NEW TO OUR WEBSITE - Runners' Profiles was suggested by Grant Conway and made possible by our Webmaster, Derek Wright. The Profiles show the Race Results, including Times, Places and Locations, for all of our current membership over distances ranging from 5k to Marathon plus Cross Country, Ultras, Duathlon, Triathlon and other related events over the past 6 years or so.

You can have a short biography added to your page with or without a photograph by sending the information to the Webmaster via the usual e.mail address. Publication may be subject to editorial amendment/ agreement!

Club Newsletters 2011.


January 2011
- Benfleet 15, Sunday 23rd January 2011, Results, pictures and report.
- VLM April 2011 - Training Logs of Karen, Grant and Frank.
- Ilford AC 10 mile Cross Country - Sunday 2nd January 2011 - Results,pictures and report.
- London Borough of Redbridge - Launch of a parkrun series of 5k weekly races.
- Cross Country League fixture Watford, Sunday 16th January 2011, Results, pictures and report.
- Tip of the Month! Common running injury - Achilles Tendonitis.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

February 2011
- Cross Country League - Royston - Sunday 13th February 2011. Results, pictures and report.
- Annual General Meeting - 7.30pm - Monday 28th February 2011
Formal Notice of Meeting was sent to all Members by e.mail on 7th February 2011.
- Running a Marathon in 2011? Marathon Questionnaire.
- Race Report Coastal Trail Series - South Devon - Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Latest news from East London Runners.
- Training and Challenge Holidays - Embrace Sports, by new ELR member Lucy Jarvis.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.
- Tip of the Month! Dealing with running blisters.

March 2011
- ORION 15 - Saturday 19th March 2011, Results, pictures and reports.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Coach transfer.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011, Volunteers required to man the 20 mile Water Feed Station.
- Post Marathon Curry Night - Wednesday 20th April 2011.
- Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 27th February 2011, Results, pictures and reports.
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2011/12, Annual Club membership fee of £18 due from 1st April 2011.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011, Rules, Prizes and races.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

April 2011
- elrNEWSLETTER - April 2011 - Marathon Special.
- Virgin London Marathon 2011 - Sunday 17th April 2011, Results, pictures and reports from Club Members.
- Marathon results from around the Globe. Results, pictures and reports from Brighton, Paris, Milan and Boston Marathons.
- Virgin London Marathon 2012 - Sunday 22nd April 2012. Public ballot entries open on Tuesday 26th April 2011.
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2011/12. Annual Club membership fee of £18 due from 1st April 2011.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Race Dates!

May 2011
- Race Results. Some recent race results for East London Runners. Prague Marathon, Halstead and Essex Marathon, Shakespeare Marathon and the Orpington Half and Full Marathon.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Race Dates!
- Ultra Running update, Jimmy Hartwell heads for the Highlands! Result, pictures and report from the 53 mile Highland Fling.
- Running - Top 10 Films, As recommended and reviewed by ELR's Rob Heppell.
- Media and Public Relations. ELR Committee members Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns.
- England Athletics - New Coaching and Leadership Courses. Interested in coaching your fellow runners?
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

June 2011
- ELVIS Race 1 - Havering 90 Midweek 5 Miles. East London Runners win individual and Team prizes - Tuesday 21st June 2011. Reults, photos and reports.
East London 5's Interclub Series - Remaining Race Dates! Message to all East London Runners from ELR Elvis Captains Karen Levison and Grant Conway!
- Blade Feathers. East London Runners purchase two Blade Feathers.
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League. East London Runners has joined the Chingford League!
- Running - Top 10 Books. As reviewed and recommended by ELR's Rob Heppell.
- OnTrack Sports Therapy - South Woodford. DISCOUNTED sports massage, injury assessment and treatment.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

July 2011
- ELVIS Race 3 - Newman Hilly 5 - Wednesday 20th July 2011. East London Runners remain top of both Ladies and Mens League. Results, photos and report.
- ELVIS Race 2 - Eton Manor 5k - Sunday July 10th 2011. East London Runners win both Ladies and Mens Team Events! Results, photos and reports.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2011. East London 5's Interclub Series - Remaining Race Dates!
- Ultra Running update - South Downs Way - 103 miles. Jimmy Hartwell's latest venture! Result, photos and report.
- Essex Way Relay Race 2011 - Epping to Harwich 82 miles - Sunday September 4th 2011. Can you run a leg for one of the East London Runner Teams?
- Redbridge 10k - Sunday 24th July 2011. ELR runners compete in inaugural local event! Results, photos and reports.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

August 2011

September 2011
- Elvis Winners 2011
- Elvis 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Report and results
- Elvis 6 - Dagenham 88 5 mile'sh - Report and results
- Elvis 5- Barking 5k - Report and results
- VLM 2012 - Club ballot rules
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League
- Sikh Relay Marathon - Report and Results
- Essex Way Teram Relay - Report
- Runners Shorts by Long Legs

October 2011
- Sunday Cross Country League - Race 1 Cheshunt - 23rd October 2011.
- Social Events, 10 Pin Bowling in November and Xmas Dinner in December.
- Virgin London Marathon - April 22nd 2012, The public ballot results are now known!
- Essex Vets Cross Country Championship Races - Chigwell Row - Saturday 3rd December 2011.
- Fast Girls! New Feature Film about running!
- Chingford League, remaining fixtures.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

November 2011
- Sunday Cross Country League - Race 2 - Trent Park, Cockfosters, 20th November 2011
- FAST GIRLS - The Movie - Mystery ELR member plays leading supporting role in new movie!
- Dublin Marathon - Monday 31st October 2010
Sub 3 hour Marathon time for East London Runner, Ciaran Canavan!
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League - Remaining Fixtures for 2011/12
- Virgin London Marathon - April 22nd 2012 - Club draw on 30th November 2011
- Target Races - Winter 2011/Spring 2012 = Some favourite races in which members of East London Runners compete.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs

Christmas 2011
- Season's Greetings, Best wishes for Olympic Year 2012!
- Farewell to Maz! Amanda Mazza Lovegrove is emigrating to Australia!
- Recent Cross Country Results, Sunday League at Watford and Essex Vets at Hainault Forest
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012. Results of Club Ballot
- Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th December 2011. ELR well represented in this popular race.
- ELR 2011 Marathon results by Age Grading. From Worldwide Marathon races - Congratulations to all!
- parkrun and Running Clubs. From the parkrun weekly newsletter 15th December 2011‏...by Paul of parkrun
- Chingford League and Sunday Cross Country League. Remaining Fixtures for 2011/12
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Target Races - Winter 2011/Spring 2012
Some favourite races for Marathon Training in which members of East London Runners compete.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs

East London Runners Annual General Meeting Monday February 28th 2011


Committee Meetings . We held 6 meetings during the year with Frank , Don, Derek and Jim at all 6. Mike, John (part) and Ciaran 5, Kirsty and Jaime 4, Julie 3 and Sarah 2 as a guest and Katherine and Miguel 1. Kirk none.

I would like to propose a vote of thanks to all committee members for their efforts on behalf of the membership throughout the year. I will return to comment on individual efforts further in this report.

Membership. This was a very successful year in terms of increasing numbers and participation. Numbers rose from 90 at 31/3/10 to 161 as at 28/02/11. From renewal on 1st April 2010 to 19/5 was 85. Then 96 at 14/7 to 112 at 22/9 and 130 on 8/12 to 150 on 2nd February 2011. Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie now look after the membership records with Don updating the database and Frank issuing welcome e/mails to new members.
The paper/excel versions of the membership were converted by webmaster Derek Wright to a hidden website database. Derek also set up the IT framework for the whole of the website and for the monthly e.Newsletter from March 2010 with Frank providing most of the content with Ciaran’s help on occasions! Derek continues to assist with all IT matters at no cost to the Club and is doing an invaluable job. A vote of thanks to Derek on behalf of the membership was proposed and seconded and approved unanimously.

VLM 2010 - Don and Pam continued to do sterling work providing food and drink for not only all the feed station helpers but in addition numerous other helpers/marshals etc. Don also organised the minibus to Island Gardens. We received 8 places for our ballot in 2010. 6 from LFB for feed station/special drinks and 2 from UK Athletics. For VLM2011 we received a total of 10, 7 from LFB and 3 from UKA.

Social - The monthly social at the George didn’t take off except for the post marathon one. A successful curry night with 50 attendees was held in early September 2010 and was very well organised by Jaime Towns in the main. Mike Wilson also helped as did John Atkinson on the night. Don again organised a successful Xmas dinner at the George in mid December. Other smaller events were the post marathon drink at the George after the Wednesday Club run and the visit by 16 members to the Great British Beer Festival.

Media and PR - Thanks to Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns fort their efforts. Jim Bird's marathon story was in the local paper and website as was Tom Lawrence's Gt North run story. Yellow Pages are also to feature the Club in their introduction at no cost.

Jim Bird looks after Club Kit with Kirsty Weston assisting in orders. Jim has also attended every Wednesday Club night and committee Meeting and also various races throughout the year in support of club runners.

Wednesday night club runs - Chosen and announced by Doug Mansell or Mike Wilson with Doug throwing in varied sessions throughout the year. Thanks also to Don for his ever present attendance and organisational skills and back marking. Also to all other club members who assist and look after newer runners each week. We were surprised that we were not given any notice or warning by the School/Sports Centre of the works,carried out over the Summer of 2010, affecting access to our usual meeting room. We tried various different rooms within the building and have found one large and reasonably suitable enough to accommodate us now. The Centre has also been flexible with space for the additional runs that we have been having recently, mainly on Tuesday nights.

Races- Many members competed at all distances including Triathlons and in various locations around the world. It was good that they were keen to have both their results and race reports published on our website and/or Newsletter.

ELVIS - To Don, Mike and Rachel for attending the meetings and helping publicise the ELVIS series within the Club. For helping on the day together with Jaime Towns and all other members who marshalled at Val Park 5k on the day. To Don for organising the discounted entries for the Hilly 5. Congratulations to Karen Levison who in addition to winning most of the races she entered was also leading lady overall. Both the Ladies and Men's Teams were 2nd overall in the team competition with the ladies not being that far behind winners Ilford.

Essex Way - to Edward Barnard and Don Bennett for organising before and on the day what is a very successful event.

Cross Country - To Derek Wright, cross country captain for his enthusiasm and attendance at each of the 5 league and the additional ad hoc races throughout the winter. Regrettably the numbers diminished somewhat through the series. Disappointing that we only had 3 ladies running in the league although there was greater representation in the local ones.

Finally, to anyone that I have left out apologies. To all members who attended Club nights, races, social nights, meetings and any other occasions, thank you.

The focus throughout the year, has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through the Website, Facebook , Newsletter, e.mail and then face to face at Club Nights. Races and Meetings.

The Club is in rude health and with everyone's positive attitude and help it will continue to be so.

I therefore propose a vote of thanks to all the Committee members for their work throughout the year and to all members for what they have done also.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2011

Havering -Men :Brendan OGrady, Ciaran Canavan, Manjit Bedi, Patrick Brown, Danny Lee & Andrew Baxter.
Women: Karen Levison, Ava Lee, Helen Ringham & Rachel Coombs.
Eton Manor - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Andrew, Patrick, Rob Heppell & Derek Wright.
Women - Karen, Sharon Springfield, Helen & Lucy Jarvis.
Hilly 5 - Men: Ciaran, Patrick, Andrew, M Bedi, Manjit Singh & Danny Lee.
Women: Ava, Holly Chabowski, Helen & Patricia ONeill.
Orion - Men: M Bedi, Patrick, Mark Boulton, M Singh, Danny & Derek.
Women: Ava, Joanna OSullivan, Helen & Andrea Waller.
Barking - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Andrew & Danny.
Women: Karen, Ava, Joanna & Helen.
Dagenham - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Danny & Carlton DSouza.
Women: Karen, Ava, Andrea & Mary OBrien.
Valentines - Men: Brendan, Ciaran, Mark, Andrew, Danny & M Singh.
Women: Karen, Ava, Joanna & Andrea.


Annual General Meeting , Monday 27th February 2012

18 Members attended

Frank gave a report of the past year's events. Membership increased from 162 to 173 paid members. Frank proposed votes of thanks to Derek for his excellent work on our website; to Pam and Don Bennett for arranging the food and drinks at the Marathon, to Jim Bird for once again helping with the scaffolding set up on Marathon Saturday: to John Atkinson, Clive Jackson, Roger Dixon, Derek Wright and Doug Mansell for manning our Special Drinks Station on West Ferry Road and to the Committee and all Members for their help during the year. Social, A successful Curry Night was held on Wednesday 20th April 2011 organised by Frank and held two days prior to his 60th Birthday! Doug organised a successful Bowling Night at Westfield in November. Don again organised the Annual visit to the Great British Beer Festival on 4th August. He also arranged another successful Christmas Dinner at The George in mid December which also doubled as a farewell to Maz (Amanda Lovegrove) who was emigrating to Australia on 1st Jan 2012. Media PR and Internal Communications Frank thanked Katherine and Sarah for their efforts. Katherine succeeded in getting the Club a full page feature in the Club Watch Page of Running and Fitness Magazine, June 2011 edition. In addition we received £200 worth of energy supplements which we distributed, mainly to Club Members, after the Val Park 5k in September.
We (Ciaran on behalf of the Committee, researched, costed) and subsequently ordered two Wind Blades in June 2011 which we have used to great effect at most local races since.

Derek continues to look after the technical side of the Website with Don and Frank providing most of the content. During the year Derek and Frank planned and changed the Homepage and montages of the site to maintain a modern fresh look. Frank continues to produce the monthly eNewsletter with occasional content from members.

We were approached by a PR Company re potential Sponsorship by their client Premier Inns who were to open a new Hotel in Stratford near the Olympic Site. This was discussed in Committee with full investigation of the implications for the Club, rules, regulations and costs. There was some division but we decided to test the water by putting a proposal forward which the Client took no further.

We have within the last two weeks become a London Marathon Partner/Approved Club.

Jim Bird continues to look after the Club Kit.

ELVIS Thanks to Mike and Frank for attending the meetings and to our Captains Karen and Grant who encouraged member participation and for the success it brought. Congratulations to Karen Levison and Brendan O'Grady leading Lady and Gent overall and all other prize-winners and participants. Both the Ladies and Men's Team won the Team Trophies for the first time. The ELVIS Series fosters a great team spirit and social atmosphere within the Club and has brought us to the attention of all other competing Clubs.

We joined the Chingford League for the first time for the 2011/12 season but as in the Cross Country League participating levels of our Members have been disappointing.

TREASURER'S REPORT Copies of the Club's Accounts and Balance Sheet were given by Don to those members present. Don ran through the figures and answered questions. The Accounts were duly adopted by the meeting.

Jaime Towns gave notice of resignation at a recent Committee Meeting plus Kirsty Weston and Russell Price had given notice prior to the AGM. There were no new nominations. All other Members wished to stand for reelection and all were reelected.
Chairman - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media & PR - Katherine Jones
Media & PR - Sarah Burns (new)
Kit - Jim Bird
Committee Members - John White, Ciaran Canavan, Robert Heppell)

Following counting of the votes the Shield was awarded to Ciaran Canavan

Following suggestions at last year's AGM re the healthy finances of the Club and giving back to members Ciaran proposed an increase in the fee to £20 to Include EA registration. The present Club membership fee of £18 does not include EA fee of £5. Following discussion the proposal was seconded and subsequently agreed unanimously.

After discussion it was agreed to continue with membership of the Chingford League.
Grant questioned whether we could get results and articles published in the local papers. This will be dealt with in future races.
Following difficulties in travelling to last year's London Marathon grant will check for road closures etc in. future.
A date and venue is to be arranged for the ELR 30th Anniversary celebrations.

1st March 2012 - Ilford Recorder.

Check out today's Ilford Recorder, page 45, Sports Section. Report and pictures from both the Roding Valley HM and the Hotelympia 10k. Headline - Ciaran picks himself up, dusts himself off to take the silver. Photo of Ciaran with Steve Cram plus one of Thomas Grimes. Manjit Bedi and Patrick Brown with their medals. Name check for all ELR's who finished the Roding plus Grant! Thanks to Jim Bird for going that extra mile to get this article and photos in the paper!

Ciaran received his prizes from GB 400m Athlete Nigel Levine and
legendary GB Olympian Steve Cram.

National Lottery Olympic Park and Stadium run - 2pm Sat 31st March 2012 - 5 miles.
5707 finishers.

The East London Runners Marshal Team!

A cool and cloudy day welcomed over 5,000 Runners, 10,000 Spectators and numerous Marshalls and other Organisers to the Olympic Park on Saturday. East
London Runners were well represented by 20 participants, 40 Spectators and 9
Marshalls all of whom enjoyed their day in history!

After passing through the Security checks it was easy to proceed to the Olympic
Stadium and it's surroundings including the pens for the race start. A cold wind
welcomed the runners who were glad and excited when the first wave of runners
was set off by Princess Beatrice at 2pm, who then joined the race at the start of the second wave some 12 minutes later. A further two waves subsequently followed.

A stylish Mark Boulton sprints home!
The 5 mile course passed by all of the iconic Olympic stadia including the
Veledrome, Basketball and other buildings. Twisting and turning throughout the
course ended at the main Olympic Stadium with the final 300 metres on the
running track with the finish line at the end of the 100 metre straight. For most runners this was the most thrilling part, entering the stadium to the strains of Chariots of Fire belting out of the loudspeakers and the roars of the crowd cheering you to the finish.

East London Runners Thomas Grimes had a fantastic time and finished in 10th
place overall with Mark Boulton joining him in the top 100. However for Tom and
Mark and the rest of us following in their wake it was the thrill and joy of
taking part and finishing in the Stadium which was the most important aspect of
the whole day. Picking up our Goody Bags which included a quality race medal was
an added bonus.

ELR' Don Bennett in party mood!

It was also great to see the many smiles on everyone's faces whether they were
Runners, Marshall or Spectators.

Julie Creffieldsaid - "ELR marshals did a fab job today, as did the
runners...the club got a great mention just before the pink group went off. An
amazing event!!!" I've written a post about the race on my blog.

22nd April 2012 - London Marathon
Congratulations to all 26 East London Runners who started and finished the Marathon on Sunday, many with personal bests. All with great memories of the day Full results and reports can be found on both our Results page and London Marathon page. Photographs in the Photo Gallery.

Well done also and a big thank you to all Members, Family and Friends who helped set up and hand out water on the East London Runners/London Fire Brigade Water Feed Station at the 20 mile mark on Poplar High Street. Not forgetting Pam and Don Bennett who arranged over the previous weeks and prepared the food and drink for the Marshalls and Water Station Helpers on Sunday.

A selection of ELR helpers at the ELR/LFB 20 mile feed station.

To Peter Cowup, former ELR Chairman and all his London Fire Brigade colleagues family and friends for all the work they did on Saturday and Sunday with many of them there from 7.30am on Sunday till late in the afternoon. Peter again gave an excellent commentary on the PA system and to those who supplied the music and performed on the day, very well done.

Peter encouraging the runners at the 20 mile feed station.

August 2012.
East London Runners has been recognised as an approved Running Club by Virgin London Marathon, with a link to our Club details and Logo on their website.

Only a limited number of Clubs have become partners. Aimed at helping first time marathon runners of whom ELR have many running in the marathon each year. Sometimes Clubs are overlooked because of their perceived reputation of being only interested in fast runners. Many first time marathon runners will train by themselves not knowing that help is close at hand.

East London Runners will continue to man a Special Drinks Station at the Virgin London Marathon plus together with the London Fire Brigade will also man the 20 mile Water Station in Polar High Street.


Jimmy Hartwell completes the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc 2012 - 103k Race in the French Alps!
Jimmy's report.

Jimmy in full race togs!

A bit of déjà vu again this year for the UTMB, a day before flying out to the
Alps, the race organisers were already sending out texts about heavy snow and
wind chill of -10 at 2000m. Further texts said the weather was deteriorating and
that competitors had to start the race with a minimum of four layers.

On race day, there were reports of 60 km per hour winds and heavy snow at high
altitude mountain passes to Italy and Switzerland which could constitute serious
risk to the competitors. Fortunately the race wasn't cancelled ( like the 2010 edition) or a nearly cancelled like the previous year which started off five hours late and had major last minute route changes and deviations as high altitude sections became impassable as the race progressed.

This year the classic 170km loop around Mont Blanc was shortened to a 103km
course restricted to the French Alps with climbs only approaching 2000m. The
race organiser Catherine Poletti still gleefully informed everybody that the
race would be very difficult with the usual insane upward & downward climbs and a total upward ascent of 6850m.

On Friday the 31st August 2012, at roughly 7:10pm the race eventually kicked off from Chamonix centre to the deafening sound of Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis.
I let the rest of the team to speed off to the front. I wasn't race fit; the
last few months I had been plagued with injuries, so my sole intention was to
plod slowly around the course and just complete it. (It just meant I would only have time to stop off at checkpoints for a max of 15 or 20 minutes.)

After 7 hours of continual rain and fog, it was now sleeting sideways as I
gingerly plodded through the 1800 metre snow capped mountain trail of the La
Balme. Previous descents had turned into a total mud fest and once again I had twisted my ankle (it hadn’t fully recovered from the South Downs Ultra earlier in the year).

Weather conditions were tough higher up in the mountains! Training in Epping Forest in the summer was of little help!

Saturday 9:15pm caked in mud and with very sore feet I jogged into the finish at
Chamonix where this madness had started 26 hours earlier to be greeted by loopy
French people ringing cow bells, my partner, the rest of the team and friends.

All in all a very well organised race bearing in mind the changes that had to be made at short notice because of the extreme weather. Ok it was an abridged version of the race however I was happy to come in 2117 place and now possess the coveted race finishers fleece gilet.


Jimmy with the rest of his running team in Chamonix!

ELVIS 2012
Men - Final placings
Joint 1st place East London Runners & Ilford AC 8 - 481pts each. 3rd Orion Harriers 9 - 443pts, 4th Eton Manor 25 - 1316pts, 5th Havering 90 joggers 25 - 1553pts, 6th Dagenham 26 - 1164pts , 7th Barking Road Runners 28 - 1408pts, 8th East End Road Runners 30 - 1519pts.
Ladies - Final placings
1st Eton Manor 6 - 153pts , 2nd ilford AC 8 - 215pts, 3rd East London Runners 14 - 301pts, 4th East End Road Runners 17 - 343pts, 5th Dagenham 20 - 435pts, 6th Orion Harriers 29 - 716pts, 7th Havering 29 - 729pts, 8th Barking Road Runners 33 - 755pts.

October 2012.- New Life Members
East London Runners is pleased to announce that Clive Jackson and Doug Mansell have recently (Oct 2012) been appointed as Life Members for their loyalty and services to the Club.

Around 70 Members and guests attended the Annual Christmas Dinner.

Big thanks to Treasurer Don Bennett for organising this event both before and during this evening

Club Chairman Frank Brownlie made the following awards -

Flower display to Pam Bennett for her hard work for ELR especially at VLM time when she organises the food in the Church Hall for all the Marshalls and water Station helpers at the ELR/London Fire Brigade 20 mile point.

Jimmy Hartwell was the Ultra runner of the Year. Having qualified for the ULtra Tour De Mont Blanc, Jimmy completed this race in August.

Marathon performance of the year was won by John Atkinson, aged 70 who completed the Berlin Marathon in 4 hrs 07 mins in a good for age time.

Most improved female Runner of the Year was Katherine Harris for her personal best performances over many distances during the year.

Most improved male Runner of the Year was Dan Spinks for his personal best performances over many distances and the number of races completed.

Female Runner of the Year was Ninette Fernandes both for her pb results, representing the Club at many races including the ELVIS Series, her enthusiasm and her attendance at Club run nights.

Male Runner of the Year was Patrick Brown both for his pb results, representing the Club at many races including the ELVIS Series, Cross Country and Chingford League and his enthusiasm and attendance at Club run nights. http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/sport/athletics/patrick_takes_top_honour_at_east_london_road_runners_awards_1_1741615

Club Chairman Frank Brownlie presents the award to Patrick Brown.

Lifetime Achievement award to Jim Bird for his Committee work, his attendance at all Wednesday night runs, organising the Club kit, his achievement of completing the London Marathon 26 times. He also represented the Club as a Marshall when attending the Olympic Park Run in March and at the Great London Swim. He was also an Olympic Games Maker at the Paralympic Games.

Special awards to Grant Conway and Mike Wilson for all the work they carry out on behalf of the Club throughout the year.

Club Newsletters 2012.


January 2012
- Benfleet 15 - Sunday 22nd January 2012. Results and report from this tough 15 mile race.
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012. Training updates from successful ELR Club ballot winners.
- Essex Cross Country Championships - Gloucester Park, Basildon - Saturday 7th January 2012 - Results and report!
- The 2,012 in 2012 Challenge!
Join in with other ELR Members in this tough challenge for Olympic Year 2012.
- Charity Entries for Future Races - Includes Marathons, Half Marathons and 10k's!
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

February 2012
- Roding Valley Half Marathon - 27/2/12 - Results and reports.
- Annual General Meeting - New Committee and Subscription change.
- National Lottery Olympic Park Run - Volunteer Marshals - Saturday 31st March 2012 - Can you volunteer on behalf of the Club?
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012 - Travel and help required at the Water Feed Station.
- Hotelympia 10k - Docklands - Great run by Ciaran on Sunday 27th February 2012.
- The 2,012 in 2012 Challenge! Join in with other ELR Members in this tough challenge for Olympic Year 2012.
- ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES - Summer 2012. ELVIS (East London 5m/5k Interclub Series) - Race Dates and Rules.
- East London Triathletes - Dragonslayer Duathlon - Sunday 29th April 2012!
Looking for both Competitors and Marshalls at Hainault Cycle Centre!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

March 2012
- Orion races - Mercury 10 and Orion 15 - Reports and results and photos.
- National Lottery Olympic Park Run - Saturday 31st March 2012
At 2pm a 5 mile race through the Olympic Park finishing in the Olympic Stadium.
East London Runners will be participating in the above event in three capacities.
- VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON - April 22nd 2012
Travel and help required at the Water Feed Station.
- Home Run London
Home Run is a series of guided group runs home from Central London…they even carry your bag!
- East London Runners Membership Renewal 2012/13
Annual Club membership fee of £20 due from 1st April 2012
- Runners Shorts!
by Long Legs

Marathon Special - May 2012
- Virgin London Marathon -Sunday 22nd April 2012 - Race Results and Reports and photos.
- Milton Keynes Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2012 - Results and reports from ELR participants.
- ELVIS is Coming. ELVIS GRAND PRIX SERIES 2012 - Race dates and Your Club needs you!
- Sweatshop - Olympic Offer to East London Runners - Week commencing Monday 14th May 2012.
- Kirsty Weston, Thank you and Good Luck!
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs

August 2012
- 70th Birthday Club run for ELR John Atkinson - Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Both runners and non runners are welcome!
- ELVIS UPDATE, Full turnout required from ELR in the two remaining races!
- Sikh Marathon Relay - Redbridge - Sunday 26th August 2012. Runners required to form ELR Team.
- Essex Way Relay Team Event 2012- Epping to Harwich 82 miles - Sunday September 2nd 2012. Can you run a leg for one of t he East London Runner Teams?
- ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers Required!! Sunday 30th September 2012 - 10.00am.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

September 2012
- ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k - Volunteers (and runners) Required!!
Sunday 30th September 2012 - 10.00am.
- ELVIS Presentation Night 2012
Friday 5th October 2012 at 7.30/8pm.
- Virgin London Marat hon - Sunday April 21st 2013
Club draw will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 6.50pm.
- Chingford League 2012/13 and Sunday Cross Country League - Provisional Fixtures. Race entry in both Leagues is FREE to all ELR Club Members.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

Christmas 2012- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Seasons greetings from East London Runners.
- Club Runs during the Festive Period. Runs at Christmas and New Year.
- Training for a Spring Marathon in 2013. Suggested races and training runs.
- FREE Marathon Seminar/Workshop - Monday 21st January 2013, 6.00-7.30pm. Held by and at Runnersworld, Riverside House 2 Chadwell Heath Lane Romford, Essex RM6 4LS.
- Sunday Cross Country League and Chingford League. Remaining Fixtures 2012/13.
- Runners Shorts! by Long Legs.

ELR scorers for teams at Elvis - 2012

Eton Manor Men: Thomas Grimes, Ciaran, Patrick, M Bedi, Derek & Paul Thompson.
Women: Rocio Navarro, Jamee Gould, Patricia ONeill & Mary Connolly.
Havering Men: Thomas, Brendan Oneill, M Boulton, M Bedi, Danny & Andrew B.
Women: Ava, Lisa Mullen, Tricia & Sarah Burns.
Dagenham Men: Thomas, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Danny & Andrew.
Women: Joanne OSullivan, Rocio Navarro, Tricia & Sarah.
Hilly 5 Men: Thomas, Ciaran, Mark, M Bedi, Andrew & Derek.
Women: Ava, Joanne, Suzanne Bench, Emily Hart.
Orion Men: Patrick, Mark B, M Bedi, James Wilson, Paul Thompson & Derek.
Women: Kate Mercer, Chloe Longstaff, Tricia & Sarah.
Barking Men: Thomas, Mark, James, Andrew, Tommo & Derek.
Women: Sarah McCrea, Katherine Harris, Sarah & Mary Connolly
Valentines Men: Thomas, Brendan, Patrick, Andrew, Derek & Grant Conway.
Women: Phoebe Kallin, Katherine , Sharon Springfield & Mary OBrien.



Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media and PR - Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns
Kit - Jim Bird
Member - Ciaran Canavan
Member - John White
Member - Ninette Fernandes

Congratulations to Grant Conway for winning the Curtis Shield at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 4th March 2013.

April 2013 - London Marathon
East London Runners have 22 competing at London Marathon with four finishing in the top 500!

Thomas Grimes 2.40.57 pb 204th
Ciaran Canavan 2.43.20 pb
Manjit Bedi 2.48.20 pb
Patrick Brown 2.48.59 pb
Danny Lee 2.53.14 pb
James Wilson 3.08.37 pb
Andrew Baxter 3.10.03 pb
Ava Lee 3.13.25 pb
Mark Boulton 3.19.05
Allan Todd 3.22.23 debut
Richard Guest 3.37.07 pb
Michael Wilson 3.42.11
Robert Heppell 3.46.07
Richard Potter 3.56.33 pb
Lucy Leddy 3.58.26 debut
Jamie Xavier 4.06.25
Tom Woods 4.10.03
Dave Knight 4.12.23
Sheila Kennedy 4.14.33 pb
Tom Edworthy 4.49.41 debut
Harsh Pershad 5.29.58 pb
Jim Bird 7.46.41

As can be seen above there were many other personal bests recorded as well as fine debuts in what was an excellent day for East London Runners and its endurance athletes.

The morning dawned bright but cold as the ELR competitors met early to travel together to the start in Greenwich Park.

At Greenwich park on the way to the Marathon start.

Similarly Pam and Don were up early and away to St Mathias Church Hall, close by the 20 mile Water Feed Station, with the food and beverage for the Marshalls and Volunteers at the Water Station.

Ciaran Canavan,Thomas Grimes, Manjit Bedi, Patrick Brown, Mark Boulton and Danny Lee at Greenwich Park before the start.

There was a chill in the air despite the cloudless conditions leading to a warmer afternoon. The benefits of this were felt by the faster runners and ELR did not disappoint, with the first 5 home breaking the 3 hour time barrier (15 went under 4 hours) and all with personal bests. Championship times were recorded by Thomas and Ciaran and similarly by our first Lady finisher Ava. Manjit Bedi excelled with an Age Related figure of 81.4% in finishing in 2;48:20 pb.

Manjit in full flow.

East London Runners volunteers at the 20 Mile Water Station prior to the race.

Those who helped on the water station and the Church Hall had a great day too and it was good to see so many members, families and friends enjoying both the occasion and the fine weather.

Patrick, Danny, Thomas and Ciaran celebrate after the race in the Ship and Shovell.

ELVIS 2013
Full Race Results available here.

Many thanks to all those runners who competed in Sunday's race which will raise approximately £1,000 for Local Charity. Also a special thanks to all those Club Members, partners, families and friends who helped in organising the race both before and on the day. Grateful thanks to Martin Clarke of Ilford AC for his help and guidance throughout the whole process.

On Thursday 31/10/13 at 7pm we held an ELVIS celebration and awards evening at The Lane Indian Restaurant, 82 Nightingale Lane
London E11 2EZ. This event was open to ALL club members new and old whether you were involved in the ELVIS series or not. There were lots of prizes The cost was £20 which included an all you can eat buffet including vegetarian options, a free drink on arrival and a raffle.Tickets were available from either of us from Wednesday 7th October and thereafter at track on Mondays or at club on Wednesdays. There were 45 people who attended and agreat time was had by all. Thanks to all who turned up.
Ninette and Grant

Prizewinners were -

Best male performance - Danny Lee and James Wilson
Best female performance - Sarah McCrea and Alexandra Wilkinson...
Best male improver - Rameh Ramesh Pala
Best female improver - Sarah Burns
Best female newcomer - Laura Jenkin
Best male newcomer - Shailesh Patel

Well done to Kieran Brown and Diana Rex who also won special effort and inspirational awards!

Also the 5 who did all 7 races were:

Fiona Day
Tom Woods
Chloe Longstaff
Andrew Baxter
Patrick Brown.

November 2013
ELR' Julie Creffield publishes e.book on Amazon(Kindle). 10k
Julie Creffield - Tuesday 19th November 2013.
Last nights track session inspired me to come home and finish off the ebook I have been writing. It went live on Amazon early this morning and even has a cheeky mention of the mighty ELR. Please show your support peeps and forward it on to your non running friends xx 10K
This book is a straight to the point,easy to use 10K training guide to get you up and running (or run/walking) a 10K in just 10 weeks. With 10 straight forward training sessions, a simple to follow nutrition plan and tricks and tips to maintain motivation, this book gives you all the support you could possibly need, bar running the thing for you.

Designed for those new or returning to running there is a focus on supporting athletes with a few extra pounds to lose and is written in a simple to follow way without the unnecessary running terminology or complicated pace/speed formulas of other training guides.

Author Julie "Fattymustrun" Creffield is behind the successful blog http://thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com where she supports overweight runners from all over the world to achieve their dreams. In her first published ebook she uses her 10 years of race experience to get you to the start line of her favourite race distance...and more importantly across the finishing line in one piece too.

December 2013
Thursday 12th December 2013 - Christmas Dinner at The George, Wanstead.
Around 70 Members and Guests gathered upstairs at The George, Wanstead with lots of drink and food consumed.

Club Chairman Frank Brownlie, on behalf of all present, thanked Club Treasurer Don Bennett for once again organising the Dinner. Frank then proceeded to make the following awards.

Ultra Runners of the Year - Trish Kelly and Roberto Bruni.
Trish and her husband Robert completed the Galapogos Marathon in April 2013 and in October they completed 3 Marathons in 3 days on the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Marathon Runners of the Year - Ava Lee and Ciaran Canavan.
Both Ava (3:13:25) and Ciaran (2:43:20)recorded personal best times in London in April and Ciaran also completed New York (2:50:16) in early November.

Good for Age Runner of the Year - Manjit Bedi.
Manjit recorded age related ratios of 81.4% and 82% in the Marathon (London 2:48:20) and Half Marathon in 2013. A fantastic performance made possible by his prodigious training regime.

Most Improved Runners of the Year - Fiona Day and Lee Wollaston.
Fiona and Lee both improved their running times throughout the year and are regular attenders on the Club runs and races.

Club Runners of the Year - Ninette Fernandes and Tom Woods.
Ninette is the Ladies Elvis Captain, helps with the Monday track sessions, a Committee Member and has a great enthusiasm for our Club and it's members. Tom has a typical weekend of running 30 miles or so as well as attending our Tuesday and Wednesday Club nights and Sunday runs. He competed in all 7 ELVIS races this year and completed Marathons in London,Chicago (3:53 pb) and New York in 2013. Not bad for a Vet 60!

Special Awards - Pam and Don Bennett.
Pam and Don always have the Club's best interests at heart. On London Marathon weekend Pam and Don for many years have organised the food and drink in the Church Hall at our 20 mile Drink Station. Don is of course the Club Treasurer and also organises Social functions, ELVIS and other race entries as well as many other duties that he carries out unselfishly.

Congratulations to Patrick Brown of ELR - First in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon on Sunday 22nd December 2013 in 2:49:36!

It was a fight to the finish for Patrick Brown as he landed the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon title.

From a field of more than 1,000 runners it came down to just two in contention for victory. Brown, from East London Runners, managed to hold off Robin Jones in the final stretch as the duo powered into the wall of wind


March 2014
At The Annual General Meeting held in Wanstead High School on Thursday 6th March 2014 at 8.00pm the following Committee was re-elected for the coming year.

Chair - Frank Brownlie
Secretary - Mike Wilson
Treasurer - Don Bennett
Webmaster - Derek Wright
Media and PR - Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns
Kit - Jim Bird
Member - Ciaran Canavan
Member - John White
Member - Ninette Fernandes

Congratulations to Patrick Brown in winning the Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year!

Congratulations to the following who were elected as Life Members of East London Runners at the Annual General Meeting last night. This is in recognition of their Service and Loyalty to ELR over the last 20 years or longer!

Mary Connolly, Karen Levison, Mary O'Brien, Tricia O'Neill, Kirk Johnson and Roger Dixon.

Congratulations also to Pam Bennett who was elected as a Full Honorary Member of East London Runners at the AGM last night in recognition of her selfless work in preparing for and running the food and drinks in the Church Hall at the London Marathon over many years and for her assistance and support at races and Social Functions.

East London Runners - Annual General Meeting - Thursday 6th March 2014 at 8pm


Committee Meetings . We held 5 meetings during the year with Frank , Don, Mick, Jim at all 5. John, Derek and Ciaran 4, Ninette 3,. Sarah 2 and Katherine 0. In addition to the meetings we are in regular contact with each other by e.mail and Facebook and on Club nights and events/races.

Membership. Another successful year in terms of numbers and participation. We have plateau�'d over the past 3 years with numbers very similar with many new people joining and the usual fall off following the Spring Marathons and with some regulars missing through illness, injury or personal circumstances.

2010/11 161 as at 28/02/11 to maximum 162 at the membership year end 31st March 2011/12. From renewal on 1st April 2011 to 1st June was 109. The 133 as at 31st August 2011 to 160 at 16th November 2011 to 170 at 31st January 2012. The figure to as at 27th February 2012 was 173. 180 plus 5LM at 31/3/2012.

2012/13 - 10/7/12 120 paid +5. 27/9/12 150 +5 10/01/13 168 +5 - 28th Feb 2013 = 172 + 5 = 177 . 31/3/13 -175

2013/14 - 5/6/13 125 - 19/9/13 156 - 16/1/14 - 170 to date 175+2 sec claim+7LM/HM

Some of our members have suffered injury and illness over the past year or so. Valerie Edworthy lost her battle with cancer in March 2013. Richard Mainwaring is comfortable at home and receives regular visits from members of ELR. On behalf of the membership we send our best wishes to them and their families and where appropriate for a timely recovery to good health. Congrats to those members/partners who have given birth – Tara Syed, Emmet Fitzgerald, Edward Barnard and Will Pearce.

Don Bennett and Frank Brownlie look after the membership records with Don updating the database. Mike Wilson welcomes the new runners and new members at the weekly Wednesday run nights and administers our membership with England Athletics. Jim Bird continues to open and close our Wednesday night facilities with 100% attendance over many years.

Volunteers Westminster Mile and Prudential Bike Ride Jim Bird, Carlton, Jaime and Nathalie, Don, Gareth and Ali Jones. The Club receives a small fee for these services.

The Club recompensed Grant Conway for his EA Training Course , Leadership in Running.

Jim Bird looks after Club Kit. Club kit has sold well this past year as again we have had a fair turnover of members. Jim has also attended every Wednesday Club night and Committee Meeting and also various races throughout the year in support of club runners. We purchased a good quality technical t-shirt from our supplier Ron Hill in April 2013 and this has proven to be a popular garment with our membership and sells well.

VLM 2013 - On the Saturday prior to the Marathon, FB, Jim Bird., John White and Tanbir Jasimudden attended to assist in preparing the Water Station with Peter Cowup and others from LFB.
Don and Pam continued to do sterling work providing food and drink for not only all the feed station helpers but in addition numerous other helpers/marshals etc. Again in addition to all the WFS 20 helpers we were also asked to provide breakfast for up to 75 marshalls and helpers prior to the race by way of Danish pastries, fruit etc for which we received suitable recompense. Don, Pam and myself attended Costco on the day before the race to buy these items, taking them to the Church Hall at 7am on Marathon day. Pam with Don's help was very busy in the kitchen as usual and our thanks go out to both of them for their sterling work. However Pam had an accident at home a few weeks prior to the Marathon date and found the organising and preparation of the food etc before and on the day extremely tiring and strenuous. Pam and Don subsequently intimated to the Club's Committee that they would be standing down from these duties in future. Since then Don and Pam have agreed to organise and buy the food and drink and attnd on marathon day as usual. The difference this year is that we will buy food that is already prepared from outlets such as Costco and other sources within a budget of circa �500.

Don also organised the coach for our Marathon runners to Island Gardens. Many thanks also to all members and their families and friends who assisted on the Water Station and to Jean and Tom Atkinson and friends who ran the special Drinks Station at Island Gardens.

Subsequently I was invited to attend a reception in Waterloo by London Marathon Ltd for the Special Drinks in November 2013 and took the opportunity to chat with Lisa Thompson, Assistant Race Director and Claire Larbey who is the new Volunteer Manager with whom I am in regular contact.

We had 22 members complete this year's race with 5 breaking the 3 hour mark and 4 in the top 500. 12 had pb's and 3 debuts. Congratulations to all our runners. Thomas Grimes 2:40:57pb

For 2013 and 2014 we received a total of 10 guaranteed entry places, 7 of 9 from Water FS 20m and 25k Special DS and 3 from UKA.

VLM 2014 - The Good for Age Qualifying times were changed by VLM at a very late stage. The ELR Committee confirmed that the Club Rules on VLM inall circumstances regarding ELR club ballot places.

ELVIS -To Grant for attending the meetings. To Grant and Ninette) our ELVIS Captains who encouraged participation of members in all races and for the success that it brought. To Don for organising the discounted entries for the Hilly 5. The Ladies team finished 3rd overall. The Men's Teams were 2nd overall . The ELVIS competition fosters a great team spirit and social atmosphere within the Club. However only 3 members attended the end of competition disco, Frank, Grant, Patrick plus Jaime and Nathalie.

Valentines Park 5k - Held on the last Sunday of September each year and previously organised by ILFORD AC. Over the past 3 years or so ELR have gradually taken over the organisation of this race. In 2013 we assumed over 95% responsibility with FB meeting and liaising with Martin Clarke of Ilford, the Local Authorityt and EA. FB is now aware of the process and what is required to hold a licensed EA race and the organisation required beforehand, on the day and post race. It is important that one or more other ELR members should experience and learn the process. Many members and their friends and family members attended and assisted on the day and a great big thanks to all. The race was considered to have been very successfully run and the surplus funds were circa �1k which were passed to 2 local Charities (�500) each to Haven House Childrens Hospice and St Francis Hospice.

Cross Country- To all who participated or supported the Cross Country throughout the winter. The numbers varied somewhat through the series but were up on the previous year (over 4 races), with more ladies running. . 2011/12 38M and 4F. In 2012/13 reduced to 24M and 3F. 2013 increased to 37M and 13F

We joined the Chingford League for the first time for the 2011/12 season and participation levels were low at 16M and 3F. Numbers increased in 2012/13 to 45M and 12F with more members enjoying the variation of this race series and the local venues. 2013 big increase to 63M and 29F.
Other XC races - London at Hampstead 10/2 - Essex Vets 10/4 - ESSEX 5/2 - SEAA 3/1 - ILFORD 1
Special mention to Celia P and Patrick B who competed in almost all of these races.

Essex Way - Owing to Edward's absence in 2013 we did not participate in this event.

Wednesday night club runs - Chosen and announced by Mike Wilson. Thanks also to Don for his input and attendance and organisational skills and back marking. Jim Bird as previously mentioned. Also to all other club members who assist and look after newer runners each week. Numbers again varied throughout the year from 30 plus to 70 plus each evening. Also to Mike for the Tuesday night runs. To those who organise the Sunday runs and Marathon Training runs.

Track Sessions - Thanks to Grant for planning and carrying out the Monday track sessions which have proved to be very popular and well attended. Grant is hoping to extend his coaching skills with ELR looking to partially help financially in this respect.

Social .

Don again organised a visit to the Great British Beer Festival on Thursday 15th August 2013 and another successful Xmas dinner at the George on Thursday 12th December 2013 when 70 or so Members attended and Frank presented the unofficial Club awards.

Ninette and Grant organised a buffet style curry evening and presentation evening on Thursday 31st Oct 2013 to celebrate the completion of the 2013 ELVIS Series.

Media , PR & Internal Communications/Website/Facebook -Thanks to Katherine Jones and Sarah Burns for their efforts this past Year.

Frank or Don send our Race Results/photos to both the Ilford Recorder and to the Guardian Gazette Group every Tuesday morning and the local newspapers have published each week on a Thursday and online occasionally with photos.

Frank continues to produce the elrNEWSLETTER now mainly on an Ad Hoc forward looking basis and not repeating past results etc.

Derek continues to look after the technical side of the website with Don, Mike and Frank providing most of the content. Derek and Frank continue to look at changes to the facing page style and montages to keep it looking fresh. Derek is looking to overhaul the whole website to make it even more user friendly and more interesting.
Derek continues to assist with all IT matters at no cost to the Club and is doing an invaluable job. A vote of thanks to Derek on behalf of the membership is proposed.

Facebook - Our Group page on Facebook is open to all including non-members although we do have administrators who monitor the content and have the power to delete content and ban users. It has been my intention for a number of years now for ELR to have a page on Wikipedia and I would ask for a volunteer(s) to help in this respect from our more savvy internet users.

Other Topics
Proposed ELR 10k. Using their own initiative a group of members within the Club, including CC,NF,DS,GC and others met and researched the possibility of ELR holding their own 10k race in Victoria Park. This was on the basis that a self funding realistic proposal was then submitted to the ELR Committee for consideration. Much research was done but it was felt that there was insufficient time in 2013 to organise one and with ELR virtually organising the Val Park 5k the project was put on hold.

Gazebo - The committee resarched the possible purchase of an ELR Gazebo during 2013. The initial cost could be as low as �100/150 but for a quality branded product the cost soared to �700/800. It was felt that due to the limited usage and high cost involved the majority of CM attending declined to proceed.

Finally - To anyone that I have left out, apologies. To all members who attended Club nights, races, social nights, meetings and any other occasions, thank you.

The focus throughout the year, has been in communicating quickly and electronically in a friendly manner through the Website, Facebook , Newsletter, e.mail and then face to face at Club Nights. Races and Meetings.

The Club continues to prosper . Again throughout the past year we have attracted many new members and both they and the existing membership have gained from the benefits of being members of ELR as witnessed by the improvements in times (pb's) and in attendances at races, club runs and social functions. Particular mention to Patrick Brown winner of the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in Dec 2013. Many new friendships have been established and advice given on injuries, race conditions etc.

I therefore propose a vote of thanks to all the Committee members for their work throughout the year and to all members for what they have contributed to the Club also.

Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 9th March 2014
Euan Brown and his brother Patrick picked up prizes for being 3rd and 4th overall in 1:15:25 and 1:17:22 respectively.

APRIL 2014
Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 - Sunday 13th April 2014 - Volunteers - 20 Mile Water Station, Hall and Security.

Hi, All Members, Family and Friends,

It's that time of the year again. Any help that you can give will be very much appreciated.


20 mile Water Feed Station, Poplar High Street. The Drinks Station is jointly organised by East London Runners and the London Fire Brigade. You are welcome to bring family and friends along with you, but please note that this event is not really suitable for children under 10 years old.

Three/Four ELR VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED:- Saturday 12th April 2014 - 10.00am till 12 noon. Help at the 20 mile Water Station in setting up the fencing etc. Please advise Frank by text, Facebook or e.mail via the webmaster@eastlondonrunners.org.uk if you can attend.

1. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 7.30am/8am - Don and Pam require help to set up the Church Hall for the tea/coffee and food for the Marshalls and Water Station helpers.

2. Sunday 13th April 2014 - 20 mile Water Feed Station jointly with London Fire Brigade - from 7.30/8am. Volunteers required on delivery of the water to set up the tables and move the water bottles to the appropriate places.

3. From 9am/10am until 3pm/4pm. We will be handing out the water to the runners, the bulk of whom will be passing us between 11.30am and 3pm. Any time that can be spared will be much appreciated.

If you can attend without carrying a back or backpack it would be very helpful. Otherwise we would ask all volunteers to place all bags in one of the London Fire Brigade support vehicles when they arrive to minimise the risk of 'suspect packages' being reported and ask people to remain especially vigilant for anything they spot at the water station that seems out of place.

We always have a police presence at the water station and, as in previous
years, we are confident that good communication with them before and during
the event will ensure that we have effective arrangements in place on the
ground to deal with any reasonably foreseeable eventuality.

For the 10th year we will be located adjacent to Tower Hamlets College, Poplar High Street, London E14 0EF.

Parking is limited, try the roads to the north of Poplar High St, but you may get blocked in by the closed roads. Please use Docklands Light Railway and get off at Poplar. Come down the stairs or lifts and pass between the College and Sports Centre. See location on this map. - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_1118415.html

Most helpers arrive around 9am/10am but we also require some to be there at 7.30am/8am(see above) so that they can help set up, although any help at anytime would be appreciated. We have 40,000 bottles of water to distribute and set out ready for the expected 34,000 runners.

Although the roads are closed there will be some traffic official or local moving through the station. Please be alert and keep the road clear at all times. Competitors will follow the blue line on the road showing the shortest route. Please be careful with the sharp knives provided to cut open the packaging and do not overload the tables as they may collapse (2 layers only).

Setting up: we will have between 150-200 people helping out, divided between 12 tables. Each table will have an experienced table captain to co-ordinate things. The water station will be set up on both sides of the road, over a distance of 150m.

Clothing: We always hope for good weather, but bring waterproofs in case. All ELR helpers will receive Nestle shirts and hats as usual. Please wear them.

Refreshments/toilets: These are provided in the nearby St Mathias Church Hall, where we will provide a buffet (which is free for all helpers), tea and coffee and access to toilets.

Clearing up: We try our best to clear up at the end, many hands make light work and your help will mean this unpopular job can be completed in the shortest time possible. Bags, bins, brooms and shovels available.

April 6th 2014 - Marathons

Brighton Marathon.
David Baldwin 3:22:00
Roberto Bruni 3:22:54
Julie Creffield 5:54:16
Jamee Gould 3:43:27
Laura Jenkin 4:22:09
Trish Kelly 4:08:03
Natasha Tweedie 3:49:17 debut
David Wyatt 5:05:00

Greater Manchester Marathon.
Joseph Browne 3:45:37 debut
Samuel Browne 3.02.59 pb
Grant Conway 3:41:53
Russell Price 3.12.45 pb by nearly 28 mins
Roger Stubbs 4:32:40
Emma Warburton 3.39.56

Manchester Marathon Relay.
Jayne Browne 2:29:32
Paul Browne 1:31:46
TOTAL : 4.01.19 for 39th place of 84 teams.

Paris Marathon 2014.
Keiran Brown 4:42:16
Fiona Day 4:42:16
Danny Lee 2:53:01 pb
Jonathan Shaw 3:54:47

Runners Shorts - April/May 2014

Congratulations to Julie and Patrick Brown on the recent birth of their daughter Annalise and to their families, many of whom are also members of East London Runners!

Congratulations also to Kelly Leedham and Jamie Xavier who were married on Saturday 26th April 2014. Kelly and Jamie first met at East London Runners in 2011.

Love blossomed over a Chicken Bhuna. Kelly has her eye on Jamie at the Club's Curry night in April 2011!

ELR Media Stars.
1. Well done to Julie Creffield in completing the Brighton Marathon in April and featuring in Channel 4's coverage. Julie travelled down to Brighton a few days prior to the Marathon to film a pre-marathon piece and was also shown during and after the race.

2. The recent Lucozade Sport: The Fuel to Rule: TV advert features Steven Gerrard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and from East London Runners our own Mark Boulton. Superstars all!

3. Film 4 is currently showing the movie Fast Girls which allegedly shows our ELVIS Captain Grant Conway in a small cameo part as a UK Athletics Official!

Many thanks to all those members, families and friends who helped support our runners and Water Feed Stations and Church Hall at the Recent Virgin Money London Marathon 2014..

Longest Day Social Run - Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Run, Beer, Pizza!
Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.55pm for a 7.05pm start. Please NOTE that we will not be returning to Wanstead Leisure Centre as a Group. Please wear Club colours!

A social run from Wanstead Leisure Centre to The Green, Wanstead then to Felstead Road and turn left into Blake Hall Road, cross over and turn right through trees to Green Man Roundabout. Down Leytonstone High Rd and turn right into Cathall Rd then left into Grove Green Road. Cross over Leyton High Road and follow road round to Ruckholt Rd and Eastway. Left along path into Olympic Park opposite Hackney Marshes just past New Spitalfields Market. Follow paths to and around the Velodrome then paths across Park towards the Olympic Pool and Stadium to the dancing waters. Head back towards Copper Box and go down onto Loop Road and left to Crate Brewery which is in the White Building on the canalside (Lea Navigation).

We finish at The Crate Brewery, The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/crate-brewery-pizza. Location Map - Its canalside and opposite the Olympic Park. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/contact

Alternatively you can return by Tube from Stratford or the Overground from Hackney Wick......or run home or back to Wanstead!

Route Map - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_3870690.html

Note - It would be best if you brought an extra top/sweatshirt to wear after the run and John Atkinson has kindly offered to transport the extra tops from Wanstead LC to the Crate Brewery for us!

Richard Mainwaring RIP

We were very saddened to learn that Richard, after a two year illness, passed away on Sunday 17th August 2014, aged 51.

Richard a keen runner has been a member of East London Runners for over 20 years. He particularly enjoyed running in the Orion 15 and Benfleet 15 races, both races being a tough off road challenge.

Richard has many friends at East London Runners and will be fondly remembered not only as a very strong runner but more importantly as the kind, helpful, inquisitive, friendly and enthusiastic human being that he was.

We offer our condolences to Richard's wife Debbie and to his daughters Claire and Grace.

Richard's funeral was at St-Peters-in-the-Forest Church, Woodford New Road, Walthamstow, E173PP. The service took place at 2 pm on Monday September 1st 2014.

In December 2014 the Club donated £500 to MacMillan Cancer Support in memory of Richard.

Congratulations to the following East London Runners who completed a Marathon in September 2014!
- Mike Wilson - Kent Coastal - 3:47:36 - 52nd place
- Peter Hatley - Chesterfield - 3:26:24 - 35th
- Wayne Kelly - Loch Ness - 5:12:24
- Ian Cooper - Loch Ness - 4:58:13
- Sean Richardson - Warsaw - 2:52:51 - 61st
- Ninette Fernandes - Berlin - 4:52:38
- Emmet Fitzgibbon - Berlin - 4:07:45
- Carlton D'Souza - Berlin - 3:20:35
- Mark Boulton - Berlin - 2:52:19pb
- Ciaran Canavan - Berlin - 2:42:00pb - 219th place.

ELVIS 7 - Valentines Park 5k Charity Race - 28th September 2014
The ELR members who were in Valentines Park early on Sunday morning to set up the course and the race were thankful that the fine September weather had remained overnight. There was no wind and a high temperature for early morning. By the time the race had started the sun was out and there were plenty of hot perspiring runners crossing the finishing line later.

This race was the 7th and last in the ELVIS Race Series 2014 and once again female runners from east London Runners dominated for the Ladies and Ilford AC for the Men. Both these teams were to win the overall ELVIS 2014 Team races.

Individually for ELR Karen Levison was 1st Female overall in a pb time of 19.21 and Ava Lee 3rd. Sylvia Brown making her competitive debut for ELR had a great race too. The mens race saw Iford AC have a one two with ELR' Euan Brown in a creditable 3rd place.

With 48 runners finishing for ELR we were once again the largest team competing and as can be see in the results all had fine performances.

Special thanks go to all of those from ELR who helped to plan and organise the race both beforehand and on the day. We also again thank Martin Clarke of Ilford AC for his help and guidance.

There was a great turnout of runners and helpers from ELR and it was especially great to see the children having fun in both helping and in their own race after the main event.

The full ELVIS 2014 results will be availble soon and will be published separately together with reports from our ELVIS Captains Ninette Fernandes and Grant Conway.

Please see Race Results here. here ELR Members results can also be seen in our Results Page on this website.

Ninette said.
Thanks everyone for coming this evening, was lovely to catch up and what a great venue!
To recap the ELVIS prizes awarded by Grant Conway and I :
Best Male - Danny Lee
Best Female - Sharon Springfield (I have your prize)
Best Male Newcomer - Spence Evans
Best Female Newcomer - Caroline Moore
Most Improved Male - Alex Bee (I have your prize)
Most Improved Female - Claire Parker
The FIVE people who ran ALL seven races were Fiona Day, Patrick Brown, Richard Guest, Spencer Evans and Thomas Grimes (I have your prize).

Let's not forget the 32 people who ran 5/7 races.
Special thanks to Don Bennett, Frank Brownlie, Jamie and Natalie for their commitment throughout the series - and the year in general.
Thanks for a great 2014 series - 1st and 2nd place, can't be bad. Let's get two 1sts next year guys, let's do this!

Saturday 29th November 2014 - Essex Seniors XC Championships - Hainault Forest

It seemed like a balmy spring like morning but in reality it was the last Saturday in November when the old folks of Essex including the ELR teams rolled up for the County's Vets Championships of 2014 in the Woodland Trust area of Hainault Forest.

However despite the calm dry weather conditions underfoot were extremely wet and muddy following the heavy rains of recent weeks.

At 11am the Ladies 35+ and the Male Vets 50+ set off on the 2 lap 5.4 mile challenge and within 200 metres they met their first "obstacle", into the trees, uphill, smelly, muddy, boggy ground that seemed to go on for 200 metres or so. This led to better paths and before long they were cruising down a big hill(also muddy in parts) before heading back uphill to Squires Oak and a short downhill, past the two houses and back into the heart of the forest. A long diagonal drag and a big uphill challenge awaited before more normal and flatter ground could be gained which led to the run back to and on the plain to the start/finish. Just another lap and it was all over, easy? Never, enjoyable? Yes, Great sense of achievement? Definitely!

Then at 12 noon, having had the course softened up for them the young males aged 40 to 50 did the same except faster, allegedly.

Hosted by Ilford AC on behalf of ESSEX AAA the race was expertly organised and marshalled. Thanks to Mike and Jim for their support.

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Christmas Dinner and East London Runners Awards 2014
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year - Don Bennett.

Marathon Runner of the Year - Mark Boulton
Most improved Female - Sarah Burns
Most improved Male - Russell Price
Male Runner of the Year - Ciaran Canavan
Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!The Club finished 2014 with around 200 active members!

ELR Review of 2020 on You Tube!

An East London Runners response to 2020... what a crazy year!!!! #ELRStrong

ELR Review of 2020 on YouTube


Club Newsletters 2021

January 2021
Click link - January 2021
Club Runner Of The Month - Withheld

February 2021
Click link - February 2021
CROTM - Withheld


March 2021
Click link - March 2021
CROTM - Withheld

April 2021
Click link - April 2021
CROTM - Paul Woodmansey

May 2021
Click link - May 2021
CROTM - Jose Rodriguez

Meet the new Club Committee

At the AGM on 11th February 2021, the following were elected as the club’s management committee:

Chair - Jacob Stevens

Vice Chair - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Club and Membership Secretary - Michael Wilson

Treasurer - Calvin Bobin

Race Secretary - Sandra Preston

Media Officer & Newsletter Editor - Tricia O'Neill

Assistant Media Officer - Susan Edwards

Newsletter & Website Designer - Jason Levy

Webmaster - Derek Wright

Website & IT Specialist - Denys Vuika

Welfare Officer - Alice Barrett

Assistant Welfare Officer - Michael Wilson

Wednesday & Sunday Run Coordinator - Catriona Hoult

Social Secretary - Sonia Cheadle

Volunteer Coordinator - Michael Bamford

Assistant Volunteer Coordinators - Caroline Frith, Susannah McLaren, Mark Moir

Athlete Liaison - Scott McMillan

Ciaran Canavan and Jacob Stevens will continue to act as COVID Coordinator and Track Coordinator respectively, for the time being. These roles will be re-assigned to new committee members in due course.

2021 Club Award Winners

Thank you to our Chairman Jacob, Vice Chair Alexandra and the wonderful organising committee for a great night at the ELR awards party in the Coach and Horses, Leyton. An evening of excellent company, good food and drink with ELR, the greatest club!

Congratulations to all the main award winners, who are as follows:

Most Improved Female Runner - Morag Campbell
Most Improved Male Runner - John Henry

Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Becky Evans
Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Scott McMillan

Female Runner of the Year - Caroline Frith
Male Runner of the Year - Calvin Bobin

The Dave Knight Trophy (Newcomer of the year) - Alex Pickering
The Roger Dixon Shield (Club Person of the Year) - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Well done to all the award winners and to all those who were nominated.

See you all at our next event in 2022 - ELR’s 40th Anniversary Year.

2022 Annual Awards - Nominations.

The awards panel is delighted to announce the 2022 ELR Annual Awards nominations (listed alphabetically below). This year, we have three new awards: male & female cross-country runner of the year, and volunteer of the year.

The winners will be announced at our Awards Night on Thursday 15th December. Have you got your ticket yet?

Female marathon runner of the year
Betty Bohane
Samia Choudhury
Kathryn Hertzberg
Catriona Hoult
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Debbie Shearing

Male marathon runner of the year
Jimmy Dale
Nathaniel Dye
John Henry
James Nichols
Jose Rodriguez
Paul Woodmansey

Female cross-country runner of the year
Fiona Day
Becky Evans
Caroline Frith
Catriona Hoult
Sandra Preston
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Male cross-country runner of the year
Karan Gadhia
Amit Marks
Mark Moir
John O'Brien
Jacob Stevens
Michael Wilson

Most improved female runner
Rachel Bailey
Katrina Betteridge
Ann Dunne
Kathryn Hertzberg
Cindy Koon
Sandra Preston

Most improved male runner
Darminder Bhamra
Mark Durrant
Ian Mackie
Imran Mustak
John O'Brien
Daniel O'Donoghue

Female runner of the year
Rachel Bailey
Betty Bohane
Becky Evans
Caroline Frith
Catriona Hoult
Sandra Preston

Male runner of the year
Joshua Rees Davies
Ryan Friel
John Henry
Scott McMillan
James Nichols
Jose Rodriguez

Volunteer of the year
Stuart Barton
Don Bennett
Carlton D'Souza
Tricia O'Neill
Ramesh Pala
Michael Wilson

The 2022 winners of the two ELR perpetual trophies will also be announced at the Awards Night:
Newcomer of the Year - The Dave Knight Trophy
Club Person of the Year - The Roger Dixon Shield

2022 Club Award Winners

Congratulations to the Winners at the ELR Annual Christmas Party and Awards Night.

Track star: Calvin Bobin

Volunteer of the year: Stuart Barton

Female marathon runner of the year: Betty Bohane
Male marathon runner of the year: Jose Nacho Aguirre Rodríguez

Female cross-country runner of the year: Becky Evans
Male cross-country runner of the year: Michael Wilson

Most improved female runner: Sandra Preston
Most improved male runner: Imran Mustak

Female runner of the year: Caroline Frith
Male runner of the year: John Henry

Newcomer of the year - The Dave Knight Trophy: Cindy Koon

Club person of the year - The Roger Dixon Shield: Michael Wilson

2023 Award Nominations

On behalf of the Awards Panel, I am delighted to announce the nominations for the 2023 ELR Annual Awards:

Female Marathon Runner of the Year

Victoria Charlesworth
Caroline Frith
Catriona Hoult
Cindy Koon
Ava Lee
Kasia Stachowiak

Male Marathon Runner of the Year

Shahib Ali
Ryan Friel
John O'Brien
Joseph Osakue
Jose Rodríguez
Paul Woodmansey

Female Cross-Country Runner of the Year

Rachel Bailey
Ann Dunne
Becky Evans
Catriona Hoult
Cindy Koon
Sandra Preston

Male Cross-Country Runner of the Year

Karan Gadhia
Amit Marks
John O'Brien
Alex Pickering
Clive Stephenson
Michael Wilson

Most Improved Female Runner

Jane Burton
Tasnia Choudhury
Cindy Koon
Cath Perry
Kasia Stachowiak
Clare Stevens

Most Improved Male Runner

Shahib Ali
Darminder Bhamra
Joshua Rees Davies
Ian Mackie
Simon Nash
Joseph Osakue

Female Runner of the Year

Rachel Bailey
Becky Evans
Catriona Hoult
Cindy Koon
Sandra Preston
Clare Stevens

Male Runner of the Year

Ryan Friel
Karan Gadhia
Ian Mackie
James Nichols
Alex Pickering
Jose Rodríguez

Volunteer of the Year

Don Bennett
Morag Campbell
Carlton D'Souza
Fiona Day
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Jacob Stevens

Many congratulations to all nominees

The winner of each award will be announced at our Christmas Party on 14th December, along with the recipients of the Dave Knight Trophy and the Roger Dixon Shield. Club runners of the month and top Grand Prix scorers will also be presented with trophies at our biggest event of the year.

2023 Club Award Winners

Congratulations to the Winners at the ELR Annual Christmas Party and Awards Night.

What a fabulous Awards party we had last night!

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped on the night and particularly our Social Secretary: Ann Dunne. You all did such a fabulous job.

We first rewarded all the 2023 Club Runners of the month.

We then distributed trophies to our committed ELR Grand Prix 2022/2023 winners

Coach Grant Conway rewarded the track star of the Year: Ian Mackie

But the surprise, surprise was in who were the winners of our yearly awards (you will find all the nominees in the last newsletter):

Female Marathon Runner of the Year: Caroline Frith
Male Marathon Runner of the Year: Ryan Friel

Female Cross-Country Runner of the Year: Rachel Bailey
Male Cross-Country Runner of the Year: Karan Gadhia

Most Improved Female Runner: Cindy Koon
Most Improved Male Runner: Shahib Ali

Female Runner of the Year: Becky Evans
Male Runner of the Year: Jose Rodriguez

Volunteer of the Year: Morag Campbell

Dave Knight Award: Clare Clarissa Stevens

Roger Dixon Shield: Jacob Stevens

Congratulations to all the winners, you all made your club very proud this year!