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


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

Cross Country Captain Mike Wilson reports

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

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

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

Sunday 18th February 2018 - Cross Country League Fixture 5 - Royston - 10.30am race start

Sunday Cross Country League Fixture 5 - Royston
18th February 2018 - 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.

Permit Number: ARC/8/105.

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!

Cross Country Flyer

Click here for a printable guide to all our cross country events this season.

Gender Equality in Cross Country Running - January 2018

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

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

Sunday 14th January 2018 - Race 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford - 10.30am.

Sunday League Race 4 details below! Please add your name to the Race Entries page of this Website if you are keen to represent ELR ! If you are going and can offer or need a lift, please meet at Wanstead leisure centre at 9am.

Watford Joggers, supported by Ealing Eagles, are pleased to invite you to Race 4 From Cassiobury Park.

Date: Sunday 14th January
Start time: 10:30

Trains: There are two rail stations in close proximity.
Watford Junction - overground.
Watford Metropolitan - underground.

Car parking:
There are car parks in the town. Nearest are behind the Town Hall and in the middle of the roundabout near the Swimming Pool, the Avenue postcode is: WD17 4AJ. There is ample street parking on the local roads adjacent to the park. Please park considerately.

Toilet facilities:
Close to the park, there are facilities in the underpass under the roundabout in front of the town hall. A short walk from The Avenue car park. Toilet facilities in the park are limited but we hope that we may be able to provide some temporary toilets.

The Race:
The race starts & finishes near the Cha cafe. For those who have previously run Sunday league races here, we will be using the same course: (2017) map attached. The course will be a run out to Whippendell Woods- 2 laps-then back to the park. The course will be marshalled and marked throughout.

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Race 3 - Willian, Herts - 10.00am start

Race Venue: The Fox Public House, Willian, Letchworth, Herts SG6 2AE
All Fairlands Valley Spartans & Hitchin Running Club look forward to welcoming you all.
UKA Licence No 192:17
PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 10.00am. Everyone will need to park on the road as we at present have no access to the field used last year.
PLEASE ask runners NOT to use The Fox car park.
Toilets are in the Fox pub but there are no changing facilities. There will be a long queue for both the female and male loos, so please leave plenty of time to queue.
It's about a 10 minute walk from the pub to the start.

Look forward to seeing you all.

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

Trent Park Running Club are pleased to invite you to the 2nd
Sunday League Race, 10:30am start.
12th November 2017
at Trent Park
Race Permit UKA Number 123:17

Note: It is Remembrance Sunday so allow a bit more journey time and be prepared for a minute’s silence prior to the start.

Date: Sunday 12th November 2017

Start time 10:30am the start is half way along the Pineapple (road) on the LHS.

Course An enjoyable 2 lap course over the fields and stony paths of Trent Park. Studs / cross country/short spikes advisable- it could be very muddy in places.

Distance Approximately 5 miles / 8k

Location Trent Park (see below for directions)

Changing None available- please come ready to run. Toilets situated in main Car Park near the Café

Parking Please only use the Trent Park entrance, off Cockfosters Rd near the Underground Station.. Parking is limited so please use public transport or share cars if at all possible. There will be no parking at or access to Southgate Hockey Club.

Start and Finish About 5 mins from the car park adjacent to the tarmac road known as The Pineapple. Please aim to be there in plenty of time so that the start is not delayed.

Refreshments The Café should be open to buy refreshments.

By public transport Trent Park is situated at the end of the Piccadilly Line. Alight at Cockfosters Station. The park entrance is about a 10 minute walk away.

By car, if you are coming from North London, the car park entrance to Trent Park is on the right, approx.. a third of a mile after Cockfosters Underground Station. Approaching from the M25, take Junction 24 and head towards Southgate on the A111. It is about 2.5 miles from the motorway. Please be aware there is a speed camera a little while after you have descended the steep hill known as Stagg Hill. The Trent Park entrance is clearly marked. The nearest Post Code (Cockfosters Tube station) is EN4 0DZ Grid Ref TQ280966. Refer map for location.

Sunday 29th October 2017 - Race 1 - Cheshunt at 11am

Broxbourne Runners welcome you to the first fixture of the 2017/18 season on Sunday 29th October starting at 11:00am.
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 :
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 Cross Country League Fixtures 2017/18

29th October 2017 - Cheshunt - Note new start time of 11.00am.

12th November 2017 - Trent Park - 10.30am.

17th December 2017 - Willian, Near Letchworth - 10.00am tbc.

14th January 2018 - Watford - 10.30am.

18th February 2018 - Royston - 10.30am.