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Sunday League Fixture 4 - Sunday 15th January 2017 - Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7HY - 10.30am

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am for car share to Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The start and finish is in Cassiobury Park, Watford near the Cha cafe at 10.30am.
Please come ready to run as there are no changing facilities.

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am for car share to Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The start and finish is in Cassiobury Park, Watford near the Cha cafe at 10.30am.
Please come ready to run as there are no changing facilities.

The start and finish is near the Cha Cafe and the course of Approx five miles, takes in the picturesque woodland areas of the park. (out to the woods, then two laps and back).
There will be 5 Portaloos at near the start / finish. Note that the Cha cafe facilities are for customers only.

There are public toilets in the pedestrian underpass near to the town hall. Parking is free in or around Cassiobury Park or in local roads.

The race is free to enter for ELR Club Members, your details will be registered on the day.

Any queries please speak to Maud or Mike.

Sunday League Race 3 - Sunday 18th December 2016 - Willian, Herts - 10.00am

Meet at 8.30am at Wanstead Leisure Centre for car share to Willian, Herts.

Race 3 - UKA Permit number 157:16
Hosted by Fairlands Valley Spartans.

**Please note earlier than usual start**
Race Start : 10-00am

The Course Both women and men will run approximately 5 miles. There will be a short run out from the start then two laps. Following this runners will return to the initial start location for the finish.
The course is mostly on well-maintained trails which are part of the Letchworth Greenway. It is fairly hilly and narrow in some places. There is a very short section on road which cannot be avoided.
It is suitable for trail shoes or trainers – spikes are inadvisable as approx. half of the course is on harder trails.

All parts of the route are on public land and therefore walkers, bikers etc may be on or near the course. There will be plenty of marshals to ensure the safety of runners however please be polite and respectful of the local community at all times.

Race HQ The Fox pub in Willian has kindly agreed to be Race HQ.
There will be toilets available as well as hot drinks on sale before the race from 9am. The garden area will be used as a meeting point for teams and flags etc may be set up as usual if you wish.
There is a short walk / jog to the start (shown on the map) so please arrive as early as possible. Some of this is on road, although the verge will be as short as possible.

Parking is at a premium so PLEASE car share wherever possible. This year we have been given use of a field close to the start please DO NOT use Nuffield Gym as last year. You will be directed on arrival at The Fox Public house full address The Fox, Willian Road, Willian, SG6 2AE
Parking is also available along Letchworth Lane, Baldock Lane, Willian Road and the surrounding roads – please be mindful of usual parking regulations and the local community when parking.

Saturday 26th November 2016 - Essex Vets XC Championships - Writtle, Chelmsford

Pre- entries only, see ELR names below - NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY

The venue is Writtle University College, Lordship Lane , Writtle - CM1 3RR
All women & men aged 50+ at 11.15am
Men aged 40-49 at 12pm
Course is approx. 8K for everyone.

We need to make sure that everyone has a lift who needs one, so please comment below if you either need a lift or can offer them, along with what area you live in.

The following runners are entered:
Andrew Baxter, Calvin Bobin, Kieran Brown, Julie Campbell, Ciarán Canavan, Grant Conway, Spit Camel, Fiona Day, Lance Fuller, Maya Goodwin, Dan Gritton, David Hallybone, Peter Hatley, Me, Bernadett Kalmar, Susannah McLaren, Sarah Pascal & Paul Thompson.

Any offers of cake also welcome...
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Saturday 19th November 2016 - London XC Championships - Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

Sunday 13th November 2016 - Sunday XC League - Race 2 - Grovelands, Southgate

We will meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 9.00am to car share.
The second cross-country fixture of the season, at Grovelands Park, Enfield, hosted by Serpentine Running Club. This is a friendly league for all abilities and is great fun.
Full details below:

Serpentine Running Club welcomes you to the second fixture of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, 13th November, starting at 10.00am.

Grovelands Park
Broad Walk
N21 3DA

The start and finish will be close to the lake.

There are no changing or showering facilities. Please come ready to run. Toilets are available adjoining the lakeside cafe in the centre of the park. Bring your own loo paper as the Council never supply any! The cafe should be open for after race refreshments. Kit can be left, unsupervised, close to the finish.

This will be a winding, undulating, 3-lap course of c.8000m all on open grassland. It will take a spike. Good spectator opportunities.

Street parking only. There is no car park in the park itself. There are several entrances to the park, including those in The Bourne, Broad Walk, Church Hill, Park View and Queen Elizabeth’s Drive.

Southgate (Piccadilly Line) is the closest tube station. This is about 10 minutes walk from Grovelands Park. Winchmore Hill (National Rail) is within walking distance.

Sunday 23rd October 2016 - Cross Country League - Race 1 - Cheshunt - 10.30am

Sunday Cross Country League - Sunday 23rd October 2016
First fixture - Cheshunt Park at 10.30am.

Broxbourne Runners welcome you to the first fixture of the 2016 – 2017 season on Sunday 23rd October starting at 10:30am.
Cheshunt Park. Park Lane. Cheshunt
Herts. EN7 6QD
In order to maintain our good relationship with the Local Council and Golf Club please be mindful of the following.
There are no changing facilities but toilets and refreshments are available in the Golf Centre nearby. Showers are NOT available. Only food and drink purchased on site can be consumed on the premises. Dirty shoes are not allowed on the premises; this applies to all users.
There are usually golf and private functions taking place at the same time so parking space is very limited, please car share as much as possible.
The course is the same as previous years, circa 5-miles, three circuits of the Park, Kit is usually left (unsupervised) at the finish point, the start is in the adjacent field and is signed.
Please will all Team Managers bring to the attention of all their runners the amendment to League Race Rules :
4. Headphones – For safety reasons, runners must not run wearing headphones or other impediments to their hearing. Runners must be able to hear any warnings or guidance given by course marshals or race officials. The Referee can disqualify any athlete who does not comply with this rule.

Sunday League Fixture List 2016/17

Race 1 - Sunday 23rd October 2016 - Cheshunt - 10.30am

Race 2 - Sunday 13th November 2016 - Grovelands Park, Southgate - 10.30am

Race 3 - Sunday 18th December 2016 - Willian - 10.00am

Race 4 - Sunday 15th January 2017 - Watford, Cassiobury Park - 10.30am

Race 5 - Sunday 12th february 2017 - Royston - 10.30am

Sunday 14th February 2016 at 10.30am - Cross Country League at Royston

Sunday Cross Country League Fixture 5 - Royston
14th February 2016 - Race starts 10.30am.

Meet at 8.50am for 9.00am departure at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Car share available for final fixture of the season. Hosted by Royston Runners.

Thomas Grimes is presently leading the series for the senior men's individual prize. Team and individual prizes will be presented after the race.

Permit Number: ARC16/114.

The Course: Both women and men will run approx 5.5 miles. There will be one small lap and two large laps. The course is mostly across open downland and is very hilly. It is suitable for spikes, studs or trail shoes.

Race HQ: Heath Sports Club.
Baldock Road,

PLEASE NOTE : Due to several sporting fixtures being hosted on the Heath we advise that you arrive early as parking will be at a premium and we would ask runners to car share where possible.

Please obey the parking marshals.

Water at the finish
Facilities: Please note that there will be portaloos onsite for runners to use. Please use these rather than the toilets in the Heath sports club as they struggle to cope when used by large numbers of people.

Refreshments and bar available.
Please note that all muddy footwear must be removed before entering the sports centre, especially spikes. Please help us to maintain good relations with the sports club by adhering to this request!

Saturday 9th January 2016 - Essex Senior Cross Country Championships at Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge.


Essex County Cross Country Championships on Saturday 9th January 2016 at Claybury, Woodford, Essex IG8 8AA. (Off Roding Lane North).

Hosted by Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC.
10.40am: Senior Women (Approx 8K). 4 to score.
11.30am: Senior Men (Approx 12K). 6 to score.

1.45pm: Presentation of team medals at WGEL clubhouse.

This has been a popular event with the club for many years. After the success at The London XC championships, we are expecting another large entry from ELR.

Race HQ and canteen: WGEL clubhouse, Ashton Playing Fields, 598 Chigwell Road, IG8 8AA.
Parking available at Ashton Playing Fields. Limited parking on Roding Lane North. No parking on grassed areas. Please do not block access on residential roads. Changing rooms, toilets and showers at clubhouse. HQ to course, 10 minutes walk.

The list of ELR entries are as follows: Women's Team - Jennifer Ansell, Lucy Barron, Alexandra Brown, Sarah Burns, Sandra Corbyn, Sheetal Dee, Fiona Day, Gemma Foxall, Emma 'Murphy' Hobbs, Ava Lee, Maud Hodson, Caroline Moore, Claire Parker, Sissi P Cassidy, Gina Radford, Ellie Wilkinson, Bex Young. Men's Team - Stuart Barton, Andrew Baxter, Jon Brombley, Kieran Brown, Aaron J Browne, Mark Boulton, Ciaran Canavan, Grant Conway, Dominic Dragonetti, Carlton D'Souza, Spencer Evans, Thomas Grimes, Dan Gritton, Peter Hatley, John Paul Healy, Danny Lee, Jason Levy, Iain Mackie,James Nichols, Russell Price, Paul Thompson, Christian Turnbull.

Chingford League Points explained

Men's Race 25 points for 1st place down to 1 pt for 25th place.Vet 40's and Vet's 50 10pts for 1st to 1pt for 10th place.

Ladies Race 10 points for 1st place down to 1 pt for 10th place. Vet 35's and Vet 45's 10pts for 1st down to 1 pt for 10th place.

Team points 6 to score, positions added together and incomplete teams given last runners position to make up team score. First 6 in A Teams next 6 in B Teams. Vets Team 6 to score.


The Cross Country season is upon us once again and the call to Queen and Club goes out again. Ignore the viscious rumours that you have heard about mud, hills, rain, wind and cold. These are just malicious tales of propaganda circulated by the opposition. Think of it more as an easy Sunday morning jog through gently rolling countryside in refreshing weather, listening to the twitter of birds under a clear blue winter's sky. It is now even easier to enlist (sorry volunteer). Just approach any member of the Committee, take the Queen's shilling and you are in! As easy as that. The benefits are many and vast, too many to mention here. It is best to ask after your first race. I think that's enough said on this subject for the time being. The dates for future venues are in this section, so answer the call to the colours and do your bit for club and Country.

Cross country training

Some Members are doing some great Sunday morning cross country training runs at the moment.The normal distance run is circa 10 miles although shorter routes are available.The runs start from various locations. Normally meeting in car parks within Epping Forest, or sometimes leaving from the sports centre. Everybody is welcome on these runs whether running in the cross country league or not. The pace of the run is dictated by the slowest runner. At various points around most of the runs the slower runners can cut out sections of the course meeting up with the main group a little later. Always check with Dave Knight,Frank Brownlie or Roberto Bruni. Also you can join Facebook (East London Runners) group page which will show both the meeting time, distance and location of the runs.