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Virgin Money London Marathon - Sunday 28th April 2019


Brighton Marathon 2019 Guaranteed Places

Did you miss out on a 2019 London Marathon place and wish to run a Spring Marathon?

We are pleased to announce that East London Runners has been allocated 10 guaranteed England Athletics Club entries into the 2019 Brighton Marathon. This popular event which will take place on Sunday 14th April 2019, is now closed to general entries. The offer will be available on a first come first served basis and is open to all first claim members of East London Runners. Entry costs £75 and it is the responsibility of each person to pay their individual fee.

If you would like to secure a place, then please let me know by Sunday 9th December and I will inform the race organisers. They are only able to accept requests to enter the race from club secretaries.

Please note that race packs will need to be collected by the runner or a friend/member of family, from the Brighton Marathon Exhibition held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April 2019.

Recommended Training Runs and Races for Spring 2019 Marathons

We thoroughly recommend the following races and training runs which have been tried and tested by many members of East London Runners in the past. All distances shown are in miles.

Saturday 29th December 2018 - Start Time 10:30am - ILFORD AC 10mile Cross Country
Hainault Forest (Lambourne Road) 3 laps of an undulating route, often very muddy in parts, comprising tracks and grassland of Hainault Forest. This is an Open race. Individuals can enter in advance and on the day. Relay teams of 3 can enter on the day. Advance online entries here.

Sunday 20th January 2019 - 10.30am. - Benfleet 15
Mud, water, wind, mud, pain. Great organisation and marshalling It has a challenging 15mile, multi terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs. Entries here.

Sunday 27th January 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 12 mile Marathon Training run
Download the registration form and bring it with you on the day. There is NO pre-registration. £5.00 cash on the day. Website - http://www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/london-marathon-training-runs/

Sunday 24th February 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 17 mile Marathon Training run.
Details and cost as above.

Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 9.00am - Roding Valley Half Marathon.
Very popular local race around the hilly streets of, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Woodford. Starts and finishes on the running track at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge. Details available here.

Sunday 10th March 2019 - Hillingdon 20 (formerly the Finchley 20) - 9.00am
Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex. 4 laps of 5 miles, undulating road, town and rural. Details available here.

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 10am - The Oakley 20
The course consists of one 12 mile loop on undulating country roads around Oakley and North Bedfordshire villages followed by a slightly different second loop of 8 miles. Details available here.

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 9am/9.30am - Gade Valley Harriers 20 mile Marathon Training run.
Details as above but cost £10.00 cash on the day

Saturday 30th March 2019- 10am - Orion 15
A challenging off road local race in Epping Forest. Very hilly and often very muddy. A firm favourite of ELR!

Charity Places - London Marathon 2019 - CRunCH (Charity Places Clearing House)

CRunCH Website www.crunch.org.uk/

CRunCH - the Charity Runners Clearing House - teams up people who want to run the Virgin Money London Marathon with charities that have guaranteed places to offer.

They also match runners who have their own place (via the Club system or the Public Ballot) with the charity of their choice.

Live in London? - Choose a local charity!
Many National Charities are based in London, but not many focus their efforts solely on London. Sponsors will warm to a local cause, so take a look at some great LOCAL London organisations:

At East London Runners we often receive direct e.mails from Charities looking for Runners. If you are an ELR Member and would like us to forward the Charity e.mails on to you then please advise us by contacting us through our e.mail address info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk


Wednesday 7th November 2018 ELR Club Ballot for Guaranteed Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Tonight we had the draw for our Guaranteed Places for the London Marathon. We had 37 in the draw with 11 Ladies and 26 Gents. The draw went as follows:

1 Alex Jameson
2 Marc Akers
3 Shahib Ali
4 Helen Mc Guinness
5 Chloe Millan
6 Katie Whitton
7 Ian Cooper
8 James Creed
9 Graham Peacock
10 John Booth


The reserve places next in line are:

11 Andy Bolderstone
12 Robert Rayworth

The rest were drawn as follows:
13 John Healy
14 Suzanne Bench
15 Spencer Evans
16 Dave Knight
17 Peter Hatley
18 Samia Choudhury
19 Jakub Czeczotka
20 Lance Fuller
21 Geoff Bench
22 Alexandra Brown
23 James Nichols
24 Jay Sangha
25 Mark Moir

26 Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
27 Steve Bywater
28 Joanna Neville
29 Lauren Kelly
30 Mike Keefe
31 Michael Wilson
32 Andrew Howard
33 Sheetal Dandgey
34 Jason Levy
35 Gareth Davies
36 Scott McMillan
37 Emma Wing


List of successful Members in 2018 Marathon (for reference only)

1. Lucy Barron
2. Roger Stubbs
3. Maran Raju
4. Sandra Hiller
5. Michael Bamford
6. Maud Hodson
7. Diana Rexhepaj
8. Robyn Hase (Turtle)
9. David Hallybone
10. Ruel Ordonio

ELR Rules for the Club Ballot for Guaranteed Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Virgin Money London Marathon 28th April 2019 - Club Ballot for places will be held on Wednesday 7th November 2018.

Virgin Money London Marathon will be sending out their ACCEPTANCE or REJECTION packs around 1stOctober 2018 and over the following 7 days.

The ballot of the Club places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6.50pm prior to the regular Club run.

ELR Ballot rules -

1. Open to Members where East London Runners is their First Claim Club.
The date of First Claim will be when a new member joins the club and can be freely registered by us with England Athletics (EA). Where a new member is already registered with EA with another Club or organisation then the date of First Claim will be the date when EA confirms to us that they have transferred their registration to ELR.


2. Fully paid up First Claim member by 1st April 2017 and paid/renewed their Membership for 2018/19 on or before 30th June 2018.

3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VMLM for 2019.

4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VMLM 2019. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VMLM 2019. Rejection letters can be handed to Mike, Don or Jonathan at the Club. Please forward your rejection e.mail to info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk. Note a rejection magazine or copy of same is insufficient proof.

5. Members who have been successful and have not passed the place back to the Club through injury or other reason or who have subsequently received a place as a Reserve in the previous year Club Ballot will not be eligible for entry in the following yearly ballot.

In the unlikely situation where not all places are taken up by other eligible Club Members any spare places could then be balloted among the previous year successful members if they meet all the other rules/criteria. This rule is to apply to those successful in the ballot for LM2018 which took place in November 2017 and for future London Marathons.



6. Member to advise Mike Wilson, Don Bennett,or Jonathan Wooldridge that they wish to be in the ballot and provide proof of rejection on or before 23:59 on Tuesday 6th November 2018.

7. Members who qualify for Good for Age and Championship places in the London Marathon are ineligible for our Ballot as they must apply under these categories.

8. The draw will take place on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 6.50pm prior to the normal Club run.




Sunday 28th April 2019 - Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 - Sunday 28th April 2019.

(Easter Sunday is 21st April 2019)

The public ballot entry system for the 2019 - www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/
Virgin Money London Marathon opens on Monday 30 April 2018 and closes at 17:00 on Friday 4 May 2018. The ballot will be open for five days to give everyone who wants to enter the event a fair chance to do so.