Phoenix Year End Marathon, Thames Path - Sunday 28th December 2014
Buntingford 10 - Sunday 28th December 2014
Chingford League Fixture 3 - Trent Park, Cockfosters - Saturday 27th December 2014
parkrun - all venues - - Saturday 27th December 2014
|Alex Day||18.05 (course pb)||1st - 71.89% Wanstead|
|Euan Brown||18.33||2nd - 69.54% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.27||3rd - 70.69% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||21.41||7th - 63.87% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||22.23||11th - 60.98% Wanstead|
|Peter Craik||22.55||13th - 61.38% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||23.18||15th - 60.37% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.57||27th - 63.84% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.58||28th - 59.69% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.40||41st - 53.54% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||39.56||56th - 39.40% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||17.51||6th - 72.46% Poole|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.08||49th - 56.05% Cannon Hill|
|Sarah Burns||24.46||15th - 61.10% Hackney|
|Steven Bywater||26.02||4th - 56.21% Walthamstow|
|Maran Raju||23.14||21st - 63.49% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||23.27||23rd - 63.54% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.28||41s - 52.77% Valentines|
parkrun - Christmas Day - - Wednesday 25th December 2014
|Alex Day||17.40||1st - 73.58% Barking|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.51||2nd - 77.03% Barking|
|Peter Craik||21.06 pb||10th - 66.67% Barking|
|James Creed||21.16||14th - 61.99% Barking|
|Saheed Shabbir||22.03||20th - 58.81% Barking|
|Maran Raju||22.44||29th - 64.88% Barking|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.40||42nd - 59.01% Barking|
|Shailesh Patel||23.56||43rd - 60.65% Barking|
|Maud Hodson||31.43||89th - 48.87% Barking|
|John Booth||18.41||1st - 7.21% Beckton|
|Dennis Sherwood||25.34 (2nd claim)||19th - 57.24% Beckton|
|Dan Spinks||21.31 (2nd claim)||38th - 63.44% Northala Fields|
|Katherine Harris||25.33||47th - 58.32% Lloyd Park|
Run Through 10km, Greenwich park - Sunday 21st December 2014
Sikhs in the City, Dawn to Dusk Ultra - Sunday 21st December 2014
|Karen Levison||6.22.28 (32 laps)||8th/ 64.448kms|
|Maud Hodson||5.35.20 (26 laps)||14th / 52.364kms|
|Fiona Day||6.09.08 (25 laps)||22nd/ 50.350kms|
|Manjit Singh||1.59.54 (12 laps)||46th/ 24.168kms|
|Patrick Brown||1.23.41 (11 laps)||48th/ 1st /22.154km|
Maud reports: I thought I ought to come up with some sort of race report from today's Sikhs in the City Dawn to Dusk Ultra, but I don't actually have much to say. I left the headless chicken at home today, and while I wouldn't like to say it was easy, I got round my 25 laps (plus one for luck in case I'd miscounted) without too much fuss. Although no-one could accuse the course of being scenic, the nice thing about multiple laps is that you pass (or get passed by) the same runners many times, which made for a relaxed, supportive feel to the race. Congrats to Patrick, who won the Half Marathon, Karen, who reeled off her 50k, took a lunch break and came back for more, and Fiona, who I think it's fair to say found the last 2 or 3 laps heavy going, but was totally determined to complete the Ultra distance. And thanks to the many ELRs who came out to support us, especially Jim, who was there all day.
Torrington Christmas Caper 9.5 miles - Sunday 21st December 2014
185 finishers. Sarah reports: Claire Parker and I took on the Torrington Christmas Caper today a hilly, muddy, almost 10 miler with Christmas Pudding and clotted cream as the reward. We had great support from Claire's parents and my dad. It was tough.
Met XC League, Uxbridge - Saturday 20th December 2014
|Dan Spinks||42.30 (2nd claim)||352nd|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 20th December 2014
|Russell Price||17.38||3rd 73.35% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||29.31||55th 51.84% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||32.19||60th 46.42% Hackney|
|Euan Brown||18.36||1st 69.35% Wanstead|
|Andy Jenkins||22.10||8th 59.85% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.44||12th 61.88% Wanstead|
|Caroline Meaby||26.07||27th 58.58% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.28||28th 59.45% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.33||33rd 66.61% Wanstead|
|Katrina Anderson||28.38||41st 56.58% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||29.44 (with camel)||52nd 52.13% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||31.56||58th 48.12% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||32.08 (1st parkrun)||60th 53.48% Wanstead |
|Sophie Edwards||32.13||62nd 47.73% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||37.08||72nd 42.37% Wanstead|
|Dan Anderson||20.11||10th 65.73% Valentine|
|Manjit Singh||20.47||11th 65.68% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||22.14||23rd 58.32% Valentine|
|Maran Raju||22.31||24th 65.51% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||23.27||31st 63.54% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||26.21||57th 53.00% Valentine|
|Thomas Grimes||17.48||2nd 73.69% Clarisford, Killaloe|
|Dan Gritton||18.24||3rd 75.27% Southwark |
|Gavin Stebbing||20.00||19th 68.25% Chelmsford|
|David Baldwin||20.07||39th 65.20% Norwich|
|Richard Guest||21.53||6th 62.83% Walthamstow|
Serpentine 5km, last Friday of month, Hyde Park - Friday 19th December 2014
|Andrew Baxter||19.02||37th - 75%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.51||54th - 68.8%|
Christmas Party - Thursday 18th December 2014
Royal Parks 10km Winter Series. Regents Park - Sunday 14th December 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th December 2014
|Euan Brown||16.40||1st 77.40% Hackney|
|Alex Day||17.46||6th 72.98% Hackney|
|Stuart Kelly||19.19||7th 66.95% Valentine|
|Andrew Baxter||19.33||8th 73.06% Valentine|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.50||9th 65.04% Valentine|
|Dan Anderson||20.00||11th 66.33% Valentine|
|Aaron Browne||20.26||14th 63.38% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||22.02||25th 67.62% Valentine|
|Lauren Kelly||23.22||32nd 63.34% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.34||37th 55.02% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||25.01||48th 55.83% Valentine|
|Russell Price||18.19||3rd 70.61% Wanstead|
|Dan Gritton||19.17||4th 71.82% Wanstead|
|John Healy||22.42||21st 60.13% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||22.15||17th 62.25% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||23.22||25th 63.34% Wanstead |
|Maud Hodson||25.14||35th 61.43% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.08||55th 54.52% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.47||58th 51.65% Wanstead|
|David Baldwin||21.48||5th 60.17% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||21.56||6th 62.69% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.57||13th 58.65% Walthamstow|
|Fiona Day||25.53||17th 70.90% Walthamstow|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.24||15th 70.36% Chelmsford|
|William Pearce||18.46||6th 69.54% Cheltenham |
|Thomas Grimes||19.04||2nd 68.79% Grovelands|
|Dan Spinks||26.57||175th 50.65% Brockwell Pk|
|Julie Creffield||34.13||133rd 43.84% Mile End|
and Emiko Priest at Wimpole Estate 32.19 46.26%.
Ware Cup - 5 mile Cross Country held by Loughton AC - Saturday 13th December 2014
Bromham Pudding Run 10km - Sunday 7th December 2014
The Full Montycute 10 mile - Sunday 7th December 2014
|Andrew Baxter||1.28.40||29th 57.03%|
240 finishers. The race has 10 designated Hills in the just over 10 miles. There are other what we call small ascents but nothing to write home about. Conditions will be muddy and slippery please wear off road shoes!
Bedford Half Marathon - Sunday 7th December 2014
Grim Challenge , Aldershot - Saturday 6th December 2014
also Paul Browne 1.37.09 & Ben Waller 1.37.10.
1.800 finishers. This land is used to test Army vehicles so expect it to be interesting! You will reach a long hill shortly after the start before descending again eventually reaching a water filled ravine. You will run on over puddle-strewn paths before having to crawl under camouflage netting. Youâ€™ll eventually reach some man-made mounds before arriving at and running through some rather large puddles. Expect to get very wet! Youâ€™ll run on to the fast vehicle driving circuit where it is rocky underfoot. This brings you to some more large areas of water and the finish area.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Event 3 - Saturday 6th December 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 6th December 2014
|Euan Brown||17.36||1st - 73.30% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.54 (course pb)||2nd 76.82% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||18.07 (course pb)||3rd 71.51% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||21.46||15th 64.62% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.41||26th 63.74% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.27||32nd 60.90% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.22||37th 69.60% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||27.58||46th 48.81% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||30.10||53rd 52.15% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||34.00||60th 48.73% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||37.00 (tailrunner)||66th 41.53% Wanstead|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.58||4th 64.61% Valentine|
|Spencer Evans||19.59||5th 64.55% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||21.56 (1st lady)||13th 67.93% Valentine |
|Saheed Shabbir||23.07||25th 56.09% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||25.56||43rd 53.86% Valentine|
|Patrick Brown||18.45||1st 68.89% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||21.44||3rd63.27% Walthamstow|
|Maya Goodwin||31.08||37th 50.54% Walthamstow|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.39||17th 55.44% Beckton|
|Julie Creffield||34.55||84th 42.96% Mile End|
|Thomas Grimes||18.44||2nd 70.02% Grovelands|
|William Pearce||19.08||7th 68.21% Cheltenham|
|John Healy||23.16 (1st parkrun)||72nd 58.67% Brockwell|
|Dan Spinks||28.32||162nd 47.84% Gunnersbury|
Cooper Test 2 - Track night - Monday 1st December 2014
|Dan Gritton||3300 (3100)|
|Spencer Evans||3050 (3050)|
|Grant Conway||2900 (2850)|
| Kate Buranska||2600|
Last test 15th September 2014-(updated 15th Dec 2014)
Helen Real 2700
Hatfield 5m - Sunday 30th November 2014
|Dan Gritton||30.04 pb||18th|
Red Run 5km, Victoria Park for World Aids Day - Sunday 30th November 2014
Kingston 10km - Sunday 30th November 2014
|Antonio Martin Romero||40.58||40th|
Ashford Half Marathon - Sunday 30th November 2014
Essex Vets XC Championships, Chigwell Row - Saturday 29th November 2014
|Ramesh Pala||49.54||80th Vet 50|
|Frank Brownlie ||52.33||91st|
|Ciaran Canavan||36.56||24th Vet 40|
|Simon Morgan||42.25 (life member)||52nd (now Tiptree)|
Team results :Vet Ladies 7th place,B Team 16th & Vet 40 Men 8th place, B Team 11th
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.
Maya's Race Report
So I've been casually calling it 'The Old Lady Race' since I said I'd run it a few weeks ago. Everyone kept talking about the mud. And the hills. And the mud. And the hills. And oh, did I know it would be muddy? I stoically ignored them and called it The Old Lady Race. That sounded much nicer, I decided.
A balmy sunny November morning. 'Course, we're lucky with the weather. Remember two years ago Frank ? When it was snowing?' You're not all helping you know!
Hmm. Maybe I should have listened more about the mud. A quick trip to the 'ladies' was muddy enough. I was disappointed with the facilities, I have to be honest. No Moulton Brown handwash, and no paper, but at least there was no queue. A few more leaves on the trees would have been appreciated though...
Two numbers this time, one on the back telling the world I'm not 45 yet. Which would normally be great, except when you're one of the youngest, and you're still at the back, racing a 78 year old ex international. Tell you what though, Pam has great support. I'm changing my name to Pam next ELR race I do. And I always knew how close she was on my tail, by judging how loud I could hear people cheering her.
Anyway. The mud. Glory BE, the mud. It was actually incredible. I had a proper Vicar of Dibley moment in one puddle, right upto my knees. But I kept both my shoes, which I think was a result actually. I'm putting that down to Karen and her 'lace up tight ladies' just before the off. And it was just so muddy, and just so hilly, that at some points I just had to walk. The thing with being at the back, is you know you're not the only walker, so while I just never could quite catch my teammate Sheila , I wasn't ever overtaken either.
Halfway round and there are the men, cheering. I love the East East East London chant. It makes me laugh. They're threatening to chase me round again like they did at Parliament Hill, but I know their race starts soon, so they won't have the time. Phew.
Round again. Past all the speedy runners on their way down. Here's a thing, when you are running towards someone, you get splashed in the face a fair bit. That made me laugh too. Past all the marshals again. All the marshals were great. Really happy and encouraging and bouncy. Even the one near the end who had the nerve to be eating a lovely looking ham roll, which I cheerfully could have snatched and eaten on the hoof.
And to the end. A downhill, relatively unmuddy (in comparison) stretch. Maud and Caroline there to run me home, and I knew that Pam probably had a good finish, so I actually managed a sprint with a smile. Not sure which is more of an achievement for me, I'm normally a scowly, staggery finisher...!
And I'm done. I was actually quite stressed about today. More than Parliament Hill. But it was so so pretty, and the mud made me laugh. And Pretending I Was Pam made me laugh too.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a LOT of mud in my toes, and I'd like to be allowed back in the pool at my gym tomorrow.
Mo Run 10k, Greenwich Park - Saturday 29th November 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 29th November 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.29||1st 69.88% Walthamstow|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.44||7th 72.86% Chelmsford|
|William Pearce||19.04||11th 68.44% Cheltenham|
|Dan Anderson||19.28||8th 68.15% Valentine|
|Thomas Grimes||19.31||3rd 67.21% Grovelands|
|Aaron Browne||19.43||9th 63.81% Valentine|
|David Baldwin||20.03||4th 65.42% Gunpowder|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.13||11th 63.81% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||21.40 (1st lady)||22nd 68.77% Valentine|
|Peter Hatley||21.42||10th 62.40% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.13||12th 62.87% Wanstead|
|Saheed Shabbir||22.39||30th 57.25% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.44 (1st , 50th parkrun)||18th 65.10% Wanstead|
|Paula Bedford||22.50||47th 67.01% Southend|
|Suzanne Bench||25.52 (with dog)||42nd 64.05% Wanstead|
|Abdirahman Adan||26.11||63rd 54.17% Valentine|
|Dan Spinks||26.47 (2nd claim)||55th 50.96% Kingston|
|Steven Bywater||27.58||38th 52.32% Walthamstow|
|Sophie Edwards||30.56||75th 49.73% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||31.21||77th 49.02% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||31.24||79th 50.11% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||35.18||90th 46.93% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||36.09||93rd 43.52% Wanstead|
|Rebecca Young||22.54||21st 64.63% Wanstead|
Chelmsford 10km (inc Essex Championships) - Sunday 23rd November 2014
Sunday Cross Country League - Event 2 - Grovelands Park - Sunday 23rd November 2014
248 men, 133 ladies. Team : MEN 15TH of 21, Ladies 17th of 21.
Mens Health Survival of the Fittest, Wembley - Saturday 22nd November 2014
|Stuart Kelly||1.01.38||33rd - wave 2|
|Lauren Kelly||1.20.29||39th - wave 2|
|Katrina Anderson||1.56.49||834th - wave 18|
4,137 men, 1,763 ladies Total 5.900.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 22nd November 2014
|Russell Price||18.05 (course pb)||2nd 71.52% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||18.18||3rd 70.86% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.57||5th 72.56% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.34||9th 72.49% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.57||16th 62.93% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.03||20th 63.34% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||22.56 (1st lady)||26th 65.99% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.19||27th 63.47% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.36||33rd 63.01% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.22||43rd 72.34% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||30.27||74th 51.67% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.13||79th 49.28% Wanstead|
|Dan Anderson||19.52||4th 66.78% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||21.56 (1st lady)||14th 67.93% Valentine|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.01 (course pb)||25th 56.24% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||24.59||42nd 55.90% Valentine|
|Patrick Brown||18.02||1st 71.63% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||22.00||4th 62.50% Walthamstow |
|Steven Bywater||25.23||13th 57.65% Walthamstow|
|Dan Gritton||18.36||10th 74.46% Highbury Fields|
|William Pearce||19.32||16th 66.81% Cheltenham |
|Spencer Evans||19.56||4th 64.72% Barking |
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.12||18th 54.39% Beckton|
|Dan Spinks||28.06 (2nd claim)||63rd 48.58% Tring|
ELR reach the 2000 runs at Wanstead Flats mark. Russell's course pb of 18.05 brings him to No 53 on the fastest 500 list with Ciaran at No 50 with 18.02 , there's his target. But with the mud now spreading at Wanstead it may be a while. 1st place finishes for Sarah at Wanstead, Katherine at Valentine's and Patrick's 18.02 at Walthamstow. Course pb at Valentine for Saheed also.
Valencia Marathon - Sunday 16th November 2014
|Richard Guest||3.33.43 pb||3643rd|
I first visited Valencia 2 years ago and loved it so having seen an advert for the marathon jumped at the opportunity to return and knowing it to be flat the potential to go sub 3 hours 30 or failing that at least a pb (plus the chance for some warm winter sunshine of course!)
I arrived on Friday and went to the Expo on Saturday where I got my race number, t-shirt and kit bag fairly easily at an event which was smaller and therefore much more easily manageable than others I had been to.The race started and finished at the spectacular and futuristic City of Arts and Science the following day.
I got there in good time and got chatting to a guy from Dublin who was having as much difficulty as me at finding the bag drop area which wasn't very well signposted at all. Eventually we found it and finding it to be quite empty of runners I took the opportunity to pop back outside and take the items I needed for the race from my kit bag before going back to drop off my bag. By then it was rammed full with runners and everyone seemed to be jostling and not actually moving anywhere. I started to wonder if I was going to get out alive (never mind drop off my bag in time) as it was in an underground car park so there was no room for people to spread out.
Eventually I got to the drop off point for my race number and went back outside to go through my pre-race stretches and to take my place in the 3rd of five starting pens. In next to no time it was 9 o'clock and we were off.
We started off over a bridge and then turned right to head down towards the seafront area and spent a lot of the first few kilometres snaking in and out of roads in that area including a few bits where the course doubled back on itself allowing us to pass fellow runners going the other way. That meant the kilometres got ticked off fairly quickly and I found myself going along at my pre-planned pace and began to inch a bit ahead of my time (up to 2 minutes ahead at my best point) as we approached and went over halfway.
Past halfway the course went back towards the City of Arts and Science before following the course of the old River Turia (now redirected, dried up and turned into a lovely park which snakes its way through the city) Just past the Mestalla Stadium we crossed a bridge at which point I went past a guy having a right old rant at himself. How I wished I spoke Spanish so I could understand what he was shouting about!
We now headed through the historic old part of town and just after 28k went right past the hotel I was staying in. If only I'd known I could have left my supplies for the second half of the race out on the front desk instead of carrying them round with me! It would have been very easy to pop in as there weren't many barriers on the course and that meant some runners had cyclists riding with them carrying their supplies and one runner even had his partner roller-blading along beside him!
From there we turned back towards and over the Turia and out to the Bioparc where the course reached its furthest point from the start. We were heading towards 34k which was the point I had allowed my times to drop as I usually tire in the later stages of long races but the problem was this time I was tiring more than usual.
I plodded on as best I could for the next few kilometres and as I went past the 37k marker told myself it's just a park run left to do! At this point we headed back to the old part of town past the splendid Art Deco North Station but I was getting slower and slower and was down to almost walking pace.
Swarms of runners were now going past me, in fact the only people I seemed to be passing were those at the side of the road receiving treatment for cramp. I knew I was now in danger of missing my 3.30 target and finally abandoned that hope at about 40k when the 3.30 runner went sprinting past me like he was Usain Bolt!
I decided to refocus my efforts to at least get a pb and put in one last push as we rejoined the Turia on the other side and headed back to the City of Arts and Science. The big buildings from there loomed up ahead but the only problem was no matter how many steps I took they didn't seem to be getting any closer.
Eventually I reached them and went down the ramp onto the cobbles leading to the finish line (cobbles at 26 miles - whose bright idea was that?!)One last turn brought me onto the platform that had been built over one of the pools so you finished the race over water and I estimated I had about 250 metres to go and about 2 minutes to get a pb.
By now the noise from the crowd was deafening and that plus the fantastic setting and novelty of running over water gave me one final burst of energy to push me to and over the finish line and a time of 3.33.43 - a pb by 47 seconds!
I was shattered but pleased and gave myself plenty of time to recover and reflect before turning my thoughts to a nice cold cerveza!I would recommend the race and city to anyone (providing they can sort out the bag drop area). Definately a pb course and hopefully others from ELR will do it one day.
Richard in a previous race.
Rugged Radnage 10km - Sunday 16th November 2014
After Adoption 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 16th November 2014
Mo Run 5km, Battersea Park - Sunday 16th November 2014
Rodings Rally - 5 point event - Saturday 15th November 2014 to Sunday 16th Novembe
East London Runners finished in 3rd place after 3hrs & 10 minutes with Edward Barnard, Jimmy Hartwell & Matt Evans.
London Cross Country Championships , Hampstead Heath - Saturday 15th November 2014
|Maya Goodwin||43.07||180th of 186|
|Spencer Evans||52.39||324th of 348|
ELR Ladies and Mens Teams plus No 1 Supporter, Club Treasurer Don Bennett!
Maya's day (some expletives deleted!).
Follow the muddy people from the station. Crikey, some of them are truly filthy. Oh. They have rugby kit on. Ok. Calm down Maya. Right. So I'm bloody SURE that hill didn't look that steep in the photos.
Yep. It feels like I'm a horse at the start of the Grand National. Oh MY. He has a starter gun! No sirens here. Where's Chris Hoy and his horn? And GO.
Start strong, I can hear the boys shouting for us. Don't stop Maya.
WHEN IS THE BLOODY TOP COMING? This hill is just awful. Finally, the top. And a down. Now if I could just stop my lungs from burning, I could think about running properly.
Ok. I'm feeling better now. Keep going. Splosh splosh. You are KIDDING ME. UP AGAIN??? Don't walk Maya. Ooh. Look. I could actually overtake that skinny girl in black wearing headphones! Ok. Stay calm. Just keep going... I'm gaining... I'm gaining... I'm actually OVERTAKING.... YIPPEEE. I'm not last! Just make sure she doesn't catch me.
Holy cow. Another bloody hill. But look, people are walking! You could walk too Maya. No don't walk. Walk. No don't walk. Please walk! NO DONT WALK! Oh. I'm walking... Right. That's enough. Run again.
Look, I could catch another person! She's walking, just don't walk and you'll have her. Ha! Gotcha lady!
Oh. She just over took me again. Dammit. Oh well. I still have skinny headphones girl behind me. Really?? Another UP?? Sod this. I'm walking. Oh, but look, walking girl is walking again. Cmon Maya, RUN. Nope. Can't catch her.
What's that you say Marshall? Downhill to the halfway point? Really? FANBLOODYTASTIC. Watch your step Maya, don't slip. So this is easier. What's that noise? Look! It's the boys team! What a racket they are making! Keep going let them see how you're coping ok.
Right. Halfway. Bloody hell this is tough. And look. That awful hill again. Don't walk Maya. It's no good. I have to walk. Hang ON a cotton pickin minute. The boys are at the top of the hill to cheer already?? How on earth did they get there so fast??
Bugger. Now I can't walk. Yes Grant I'm trying to use my core, but this hill hurts! But there's walking girl again. This time she's MINE. Gotcha. Downhill again. Ignore your lungs Maya, you've done it once, you can do it again. Just find your breath quickly on this down, because.... Yep. There's an up again.
Ok. You can walk a little bit. No WAY. How do they do that?? Those bloody boys seem to miraculously appear just as my legs want to give up! Ok ok, I'm running. Did you hear that Maya? They're proud of you! Don't get emotional, just keep MOVING.
Last long up. Look over your shoulder, don't worry, she's way behind. Have a little walk. No flipping WAY. Those boys are stalkers! Every hill they've been there to stop me stopping!
Ok. I'll keep trying and pushing. Occupy your mind Maya, think about your race report. Would you do this race again? No I bloody won't. It's soooo hard.
And now it's the final down. Stretch your legs and go a bit quicker... Don't slip now.. LOOK! It's my girls! They're running to meet me! And now they're running with me!
The finish line is right there! I've done it!
No time to rest though, we have to run to the start to cheer the boys as they start in a minute, hurry hurry, phew, made it.
COME ON ELR!!
So there you go. My thoughts as I ran, pretty much verbatim. I wasn't last. I was very muddy. And actually, would I run it again? You betcha.
Maya in action!
parkrun- all venues - Saturday 15th November 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||18.02 (course pb)||1st 76.25% Wanstead|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.52||8th 72.35% Chelmsford|
|Alex Day||18.52||3rd 68.73% Wanstead|
|William Pearce||19.27||10th 67.10% Cheltenham |
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.36||9th 62.62% Valentine|
|James Nichols||20.41||6th 62.69% Ally Pally|
|Aaron Browne||21.01||4th 61.62% Harrow Lodge|
|Katherine Harris||21.35||16th 69.03% Valentine|
|Derek Wright||21.54||10th 63.77% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.52||37th 63.27% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.54||38th 66.53% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||24.54||39th 62.78% Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||25.15||16th 57.95% Walthamstow|
|Catherine Brett||25.17||43rd 65.52% Wanstead|
|Jason Levy||25.48||61st 54.13% Valentine|
|Fiona Day||25.50||48th 71.03% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.03||49th 59.50% Wanstead|
|Abdirahman Adan||26.20||66th 53.86% Valentine|
|Caroline Meaby||26.24||57.95% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.18||65th 54.36% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||31.45||83rd 47.24% Hackney|
|Emiko Priest||34.00||189th 43.97% Wimpole Estate|
Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday 9th November 2014
Royal Parks 10km Winter Series, Greenwich Park - Sunday 9th November 2014
Sarvar Half Marathon - Saturday 8th November 2014
|Lee Wollaston||1.32.44 PB ||22nd|
Former ELR member Lee ran the Sarvar Half Marathon in Hungary, his first half since 2009 and recorded a very good time of 1.32.44, a new PB.
Loughton AC Vets Cup - Saturday 8th November 2014
Grant Conway appeared as a guest runner in a Vet's XC between Loughton, Orion & Eton Manor in a 3.5 mile challenge. ELR have been invited to enter a vet's team next year if we can.
The Bexhill Poppy Half Marathon - Saturday 8th November 2014
parkrun- all venues (all Wanstead unless indicated) - Saturday 8th November 2014
|Russell Price||18.10 (course pb)||1st 71.19%|
|Patrick Brown||18.28||1st 69.95% Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||18.33||3rd 72.51%|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.44||4th 73.40%|
|Dan Gritton||18.57||5th 73.09%|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.45||10th 72.80% Chelmsford|
|Daniel Slipper||19.26||7th 70.24%|
|Karen Levison||19.48 (1st lady)||8th 82.66% Valentine|
|Alex Day||19.55||9th 65.10%|
|James Nichols||20.19||10th 63.82% Highbury Fields |
|Morgan Francis||20.30 (course pb)||12th 63.98%|
|Spencer Evans||20.37||11th 62.57% Valentine|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.38||13th 63.89%|
|Derek Wright||21.30||18th 64.96%|
|Manjit Singh||21.34||11th 63.29% Orpington|
|Richard Guest||21.34||4th 63.76% Walthamstow |
|Aaron Browne||21.37 (course debut)||19th 59.91%|
|Katherine Harris||22.13||17th 62.57% Valentine|
|Sarah Burns||22.55 (1st lady)||28th 66.04%|
|Kieran Brown||23.05||30th 67.73%|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.30||28th 55.18% Valentine |
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.52||40th 62.01%|
|Mary O'Brien||24.32 (course pb)||41st 77.99% Valentine|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.39||49th 63.83%|
|Maud Hodson||24.46||50th 62.58%|
|Steven Bywater||25.15||16th 57.95% Walthamstow|
|Fiona Day||26.47||62nd 68.51%|
|Jason Levy||27.47||81st 50.27% Valentine|
|Sophie Edwards||28.00 (100th parkrun)||75th 54.94%|
|Claire Emery||33.00||96th 47.58%|
|Dan Spinks||36.07 (2nd claim)||258th Gunnersbury|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||41.40 (tailrunner)||115th 38.88%|
Sophie reaches her 100th parkrun as Maud & Patrick collect there 100 shirts. First place and a pb for Russell at Wanstead , also first finish places for Patrick, Karen & Sarah. Course pb's for Morgan at Wanstead & Mary OBrien at Valentine's. Large turnout at Wanstead Flats of 19 ELR's.
Chingford League Fixture 2- Redbridge Cycle Track 5K, Hog Hill, Hainault. - Tuesday 4th November 2014
Finishers:- 124 men, 52 ladies. Times to be confirmed.
Regents Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 2nd November 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||44.39||72nd|
Lode 11 mile half Marathon - Sunday 2nd November 2014
Russell reports: Entered two half marathons this year, one cancelled due to a foot of flowing water and today's cut short due to police breaking up a rave..
Personally I think it would have made a good cheer station..?
Need a half marathon before the end of the year as I've pb - ed at every other distance!
Billericay 10km - Sunday 2nd November 2014
Thames Meander Marathon - Saturday 1st November 2014
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Event 2 - Saturday 1st November 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 1st November 2014
|Thomas Grimes||18.03||2nd 72.67% Oak Hill|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.16||1st - 74.73% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||18.22||1st 70.33% Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||18.53||2nd - 70.91% Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.09||3rd - 71.28% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||19.29||6th - 66.38% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.38||13th 63.89% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||20.56||17th 61.86% Valentine|
|James Creed||21.20||14th 61.80% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||21.45||5th 59.62% Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||22.04||26th 67.52% Valentine|
|Richard Guest||22.12||8th 61.94% Walthamstow|
|Derek Wright||22.42 (with buggy)||36th 61.53% Valentine|
|Lauren Kelly||22.54 1st lady pb||29th 64.63% Wanstead|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.35||42nd 54.98% Valentine|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.52||40th 63.27% Wanstead|
|Dan Spinks||27.09 (100th parkrun)||55th 50.28% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.06||63rd 56.52% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||30.17||70th 51.57% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.24 (99th parkrun)||71st 50.60% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||40.44 (tail runner)||85th 38.38% Wanstead|
|Caroline Meaby||26.07||58.58% Wanstead|
Dublin Marathon - Monday 27th October 2014
Stort 30 - Sunday 26th October 2014
Stort 30, Sunday 26th October - 30 miles (off road), 5hrs 20 mins (ish) - still waiting to official time to be posted on line, but I was just glad to be able to finish!
Having tasted the delights of ultra running at the Royal Parks ultra a couple of weeks ago, in my lunacy, I decided to throw myself into another one. It turns out that, relatively speaking, it was perfectly same as I was put to shame by a group of runners who had competed the Beechyhead marathon the day before.
It was a small, but well organised run, well marshalled with food stops every five miles, serving red bull cakes. The narrow paths made it hard to overtake and you could only go as fast as the people in front of you, although in my case, that didn't really make a difference.
The course itself was flat, but the conditions underfoot weren't great. There were a lot of muddy sections and stony sections which really took it out of the feet. I was glad to reach the last section of the race which was on Tarmac, even though it was uphill.
Sadly, the red bull cakes didn't give me wings so I had to stumble to the finish the old fashioned way.
After my second ultra in a matter of weeks, my legs aren't happy with me!
Sunday League Cross Country Fixture 1 - Cheshunt - 26th October 2014
366 finishers, 243 men & 123 ladies.
Marathon Toulouse Metropole - Sunday 26th October 2014
Frankfurt Marathon - Sunday 26th October 2014
|Paul Quinton||2.55.11 pb||425th|
BUPA Great South Run - Sunday 26th October 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||59.40 pb||85th|
|Kieran Brown||1.19.17 pb||2370th|
|Fiona Day||1.27.52 pb||5002nd|
also Alex Day 65th in 58.22.
Old Deer Park Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 26th October 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th October 2014
|Russell Price||18.11||3rd Valentine |
|John Booth||18.53||1st Medina IOW|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.10||5th Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.15||6th Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.31||15th Hackney|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.50||12th Valentine|
|Claire Parker||21.12||26th Hackney|
|James Creed||21.19||16th Wanstead|
|Richard Guest||21.33||2nd Walthamstow|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.08 (1st lady)||28th Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||23.20 (course pb)||31st Wanstead|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.26 (course pb)||31st Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.51||34th Valentine|
|Jamie Xavier||24.02||11th Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.20||46th Crystal Palace|
|Jason Levy||24.40||40th Valentine|
|Maud Hodson||24.50||42nd Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||25.10||68th Hackney|
|Jayne Browne||27.26||70th Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.02||76th Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||29.38||87th Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.22||101st Wanstead|
|Dan Spinks||25.14 (2nd claim)||34th Harcourt |
Quickest time of the week goes to Russell at Valentine's in 18.11 with John Booth's 1st place at Medina, Isle Of Wight in 18.53. Fastest lady was Claire at Hackney in 21.12. Celia was 1st lady (23.08) at Wanstead with Lauren 2nd in a course pb of 23.20.
Course pb at Valentine for Saheed Shabbir. Jamie was doing some very precise pacing at Walthamstow for 24 minutes with 24.02.Thanks to Bernadett & Patrick for volunteering this week. Finally a couple of members very close to there 100th run's with Sophie at 98 and Dan Spinks doing his 99th.
Where's the 100th going to be Dan?.
Curry Night - Thursday 24th October 2014
ELVIS Final point's and placing's. - Thursday 23rd October 2014
|Ava Lee||12 pts||1st Vet 35|
|Karen Levison||14 pts||1st Vt 45|
|Euan Brown||15 pts||1st Senior Men|
|Thomas Grimes||19 pts||2nd Senior Men|
|Patrick Brown||28 pts||3rd Senior Men|
|Mark Boulton||35 pts||4th Senior Men|
|Sharon Springfield||37 pts||3rd Vet 35|
|Claire Parker||47 pts||3rd Senior Ladies|
|Alex Bee||48 pts||6th Senior Men|
|Paula Bedford||60 pts||5th Vet 35|
|Ciaran Canavan||66 pts||3rd Vet 40|
|Laura Jenkin||100 pts||4th Senior Ladies|
|Russell Price||104 pts||10th Senior Men|
|Daniel Lee||107 pts||5th Vet 40|
|Manjit Bedi||115 pts||6th Vet 40|
|Fiona Day||122 pts||2nd Vet 55 Ladies|
|Andrew Baxter||174 pts||8th Vet 40|
|David Baldwin||176 pts||15th Senior Men|
|Paul Thompson||185 pts||9th Vet 40|
|Spencer Evans||237 pts||18th Senior Men|
|Caroline Moore||242 pts||6th Vet 45|
|Shailesh Patel||243 pts||10th Vet 40|
|Manjit Singh||246 pts||11th Vet 40|
|James Nichols||253 pts||19th Senior Men|
|Richard Guest||262 pts||12th Vet 40|
|Diana Rexhepaj||266 pts||8th Vet 45 |
|Grant Conway||338 pts||14th Vet 40|
|James Creed||339 pts||21st Senior Men|
|Ramesh Pala||383 pts||7th Vet 50|
|Kieran Brown||388 pts||8th Vet 50|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||393 pts||15th Vet 40|
|Steven Bywater||464 pts||17th Vet 40|
|David Wyatt||603 pts||6th Vet 50|
Chelmsford Marathon - Sunday 19th October 2014
|Roger Stubbs||4. 47. 17||646th|
Amsterdam Marathon - Sunday 19th October 2014
|Tom Woods||3.51.40 pb||4,639th (51st MV60)|
Mizuno Amsterdam Half Marathon - Sunday 19th October 2014
Birmingham Half Marathon - Sunday 19th October 2014
Cabbage Patch 10 - Sunday 19th October 2014
|James Nichols||1.13.28 pb||391st 60.8%|
Jill Oliver 10km, Edmonton - Sunday 19th October 2014
SEAA Cross Country Relays, Wormwood Scrubs - Saturday 18th October 2014
|Paul Thompson||18.47||23rd of 31|
Well done to our team at the South of England x country relay champs at Wormwood Scrubs today.
A quick and easy journey across town to White City on the central line to the race venue at the Linford Christie Stadium to register the team.
Russell Price led us off on the first leg, followed by yours truly, then Patrick Brown ran leg 3 and Paul Thompson brought us home. All the team gave it their all and I think we all had fast times over the 5k distance on a relatively flat course in a well organised event that gave us a chance to compete against some international athletes in a strong field.
Thanks to our 3 supporters as well, Julie Brown, her mum and beautiful baby Annalise. Next year we should try and field at least two teams. Grant.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th October 2014
|Thomas Grimes||17.39||1st 74.32 Oak Hill|
|Patrick Brown||17.59||2nd 71.83 Gladstone|
|Euan Brown||17.00||1st 75.88 Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.48||4th 72.61 Wanstead|
|Daniel Lee||19.03 (1st parkrun)||5th 74.45 Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.06||7th 71.47 Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||19.09||8th 67.54 Wanstead|
|Ava Lee||20.33 (1st lady)||12th 73.64 Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||24.10||37th 61.24 Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.44||40th 62.67 Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||25.39 (50th parkrun)||46th 64.59 Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.58||47th 70.67 Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.15||69th 56.22 Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.47||76th 53.45 Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||36.09 (with kids)||98th 43.52 Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||37.27 (with kids)||101st 42.01 Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.17||3rd 73.55 Valentine|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.21||8th 60.42 Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||21.22 (1st lady)||9th 69.73 Valentine|
|Derek Wright||22.48 (with buggy)||23rd 61.26 Valentine|
|Maran Raju||23.34||32nd 62.09 Valentine|
|Craig Livermore||23.41||33rd 54.47 Valentine|
|James Nichols||21.45||3rd 59.62 Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||22.31||5th 61.07 Walthamstow|
|Maya Goodwin||33.14||41st 46.99 Walthamstow|
|Claire Parker||22.28||29th 65.88 Hackney|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.15||11th 70.91 Chelmsford|
|Saheed Shabbir||25.32||121st 50.78 Cannon Hill|
|Allan Todd||18.49 (2nd claim)||5th Woodley|
|Dan Spinks||29.15 (2nd claim)||74th Panshanger|
Congratulations to Kate Brett on her 50th parkrun. Couldn't quite believe my eyes at parkrun when i saw not only Ava on her 2nd parkrun since May 13, but Danny as well on his first. 5 ELR's in the first 8 finishers with Alex Day in 2nd place also. 1st places for Euan & Ava , also Thomas at Oak Hill and Katherine at Valentine's. 10 runner's broke the 70% age grades. A slight finishing token's problem at Wanstead but think we sorted it out.
Royal Parks Ultra 50km Run - Sunday 12th October 2014
Really enjoyed the run, the weather was perfect, the route was fairly flat, with a few lumps around Richmond, the off road sections took its toll. I faded quite badly after 30k and the last 10k was extremely painful!
Perkins Great Eastern Run 2014 - Sunday 12th October 2014
Swindon Half Marathon - Sunday 12th October 2014
950 finishers. I ran the Swindon Half Marathon in 2:07:07 chip time, Gun time 2:08:37, 657 out of 950 finishers. It was a scenic but hilly course, last hill nearly killed me.... Someone told me at mile 8 it is the 3rd toughest half marathon in this country, not sure if that is true but it definitely felt possible
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon - Sunday 12th October 2014
|Helen Cook||4.16.28 debut||1,005th|
Well done to Helen who was running in her first marathon.
Royal Parks Half Marathon - Sunday 12th October 2014
|Daniel Lee||1.22.00 pb||61st|
|John Booth||1.24.36 pb||110th|
|Ava Lee||1.29.10 pb||336th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||1.42.48 pb||2,030th|
Oxford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th October 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th October 2014
|Patrick Brown||17.53 (100th parkrun)||1st Walthamstow|
|Thomas Grimes||17.54||1st Oak Hill|
|Dan Gritton||18.32||1st Valentines|
|Aaron Browne||18.44||2nd Valentines|
|Andrew Baxter||19.06||5th Valentines|
|Daniel Slipper||19.14||2nd Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||19.31||4th Carlisle|
|Spencer Evans||20.01||2nd Beckton|
|Alex Day||19.33 (course pb)|
|Alex Haward||20.45||4th Walthamstow|
|Claire Parker||20.55 (birthday girl)||19th Hackney|
|Russell Peters||21.05||17th Gunpowder|
|Katherine Harris||21.50 (1st lady)||15th Valentines|
|Derek Wright||22.44 (with buggy)||20th Valentines|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.11||27th Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.13||28th Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.23 (course pb)||30th Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||23.41||40th Carlisle|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.11 (course pb)||34th Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||24.18||14th Walthamstow|
|Maud Hodson||24.21 (100th parkrun)||36th Wanstead|
|Maran Raju||24.23||36th Valentines|
|Fiona Day||24.37||37th Wanstead|
|Saheed Shabbir||24.46||201st Cannon Hill|
|David Wyatt||25.19||54th Hackney|
|Mary O'Brien||25.40||55th Valentines|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.51||12th Beckton|
|Maya Goodwin||31.25||51st Walthamstow|
|Claire Emery||33.59 (with kids)||91st Wanstead|
|Allan Todd||18.13 pb (2nd claim)||3rd Woodley|
|Dennis Sherwood||25.39 (2nd claim)||87th Panshanger|
|Dan Spinks||26.43 (2nd claim)||109th Gunnersbury|
Congratulations to Patrick & Maud on reaching there 100 landmark.
Also to Kate Brett as parkrunner of the month at Wanstead Flats. First place finishes for Patrick, Thomas, Dan G & Katherine and 2nd places for Aaron, Dan S, Spencer & Birthday Girl... Claire Parker.
Course pb's at Wanstead for Sheetal & Bernadett and Maya does her tourist bit at Walthamstow. Among our 2nd claimer's Allan Todd did a 18.13 pb & Dennis continued his tourist runs at the 1st Panshanger parkrun near Ware & Hertford.
And finally parkrun have introduced a club rundown of all ELR's running round the country so that make's my job a lot easier and nowhere to hide.
Chingford League Fixture 1- Redbridge Cycle Track 5K, Hog Hill, Hainault. - Tuesday 7th October 2014
|Euan Brown||16.22 course pb||3rd|
|Patrick Brown||17.03 course PB ||7th|
|Thomas Grimes||17.27 course PB ||13th|
|Russell Price||18.43 course PB ||40th|
|Aaron Browne||18.53 debut||43rd|
|Dan Gritton||19.06 debut||45th|
|Manjit Bedi||19.54 debut||63rd|
|Daniel Slipper||20.11 debut||68th|
|Paul Thompson||20.20 course PB ||71st|
|Michael Wilson||20.50 course PB ||74th|
|Spencer Evans||20.54 debut||75th|
|Kieran Brown||22.15 course PB ||99th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.23 course PB ||100th|
|Maud Hodson||24.22 course pb||32nd|
|Fiona Day||24.56 course PB ||34th|
|Julie Creffield||36.45 debut||63rd|
Men's Senior team 4th and Vets team 5th (out of 11).
Women's Senior Team 7th and Vets team 7th (out of 11).
Total of 130 Men, 58 Women and a number of non-scoring guest runners.
Copped Hall 5 mile - Sunday 5th October 2014
Southend 10k Classic - Sunday 5th October 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||38.45 pb||44th|
River Thames Half Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014
|Allan Todd||1.28.51 (2nd claim)||47th|
Mablethorp Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014
|Manjit Bedi||2.49.59||4th , 1st V40|
MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 5th October 2014
|Gareth Jones||3.39.23 (debut)||729th|
2422 finishers. Excellent debut marathon from Gavin.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km Series - Event 1 - Saturday 4th October 2014
parkrun - all venue's (10th Birthday) - Saturday 4th October 2014
|Euan Brown||16.52||1st Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.13||269th Bramhall|
|Patrick Brown||18.44||1st Walthamstow|
|Daniel Slipper||19.02||4th Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||19.11||10th Valentine's|
|Russell Price||19.21||5th Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||19.28||7th Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.57||4th Beckton|
|Richard Guest||21.03||3rd Walthamstow|
|Claire Parker||21.29 (1st lady)||25th Hackney|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.31||30th Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.39||33rd Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||23.03 (with buggy)||26th Valentine's|
|Jamie Xavier||23.20||15th Walthamstow|
|Lauren Kelly||23.29||41st Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.31||22nd Walthamstow|
|Suzanne Bench||23.59||46th Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.32||48th Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.59||49th Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||25.33||54th Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.45||22nd Walthamstow|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||25.47||60th Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.15 pb||19th Beckton|
|Sophie Edwards||28.52||79th Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||30.05||89th Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||33.10||119th Hackney|
|Thomas Grimes||17.34||2nd Oak Hill|
|Paula Bedford||21.58||24th Whitstable|
|Allan Todd||19.25 (2nd claim)||10th Woking|
|Dennis Sherwood||24.43 (2nd claim)||605th Bushy|
|Dan Spinks||26.24 (2nd claim)||837th Bushy|
ELVIS 7 : Valentine Park 5km - Sunday 28th September 2014
|Aaron Browne||18.27 (course pb)||19th|
|Karen Levison||19.21 pb||30th : 1st Female|
|Shylesh Aravindan||19.38 (elr debut)||35th|
|Spencer Evans||19.38 pb||36th|
|Ava Lee||20.08||42nd : 3rd female|
|Sylvia Brown||20.32 (elr debut)||51st : 4th female|
|Peter Hatley||20.35 pb||53rd|
|Claire Parker||21.15||65th : 8th female|
|Fiona Rutland||22.36 (elr debut)||87th|
|Roger Stubbs||23.11||97th |
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.22 pb?||99th|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||32.22||182nd|
Please see Race Results here. here
Claire, Karen, Ava and Sylvia after the race!
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.
Saints & Sinners Half Marathon, Boulder City, Nevada - Sunday 28th September 2014
Henley Half Marathon Trail Run - Sunday 28th September 2014
|Roisin Archer||1.35.20 2nd Lady||14th|
|Michael Wilson|| 1.41.39||23rd|
Mike: Congratulations to Roisin who won a trophy for finishing 2nd lady. A great run on a tricky course. This was a stunning half marathon, set on a beautiful part of The River Thames in Henley.
Roisin reports: Very chuffed, my first trophy. Not a PB but pretty happy with 1.35 considering it was a trail. Lots of hills, uneven terrain and gates etc. to contend with. Vino definitely on the menu tonight!
PZU Warsaw Marathon - Sunday 28th September 2014
Berlin Marathon - Sunday 28th September 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||2.42.00 pb||219th|
|Mark Boulton||2.52.19 pb||558th|
|Carlton D'Souza||3.20.35 pb||3486th|
Loch Ness Marathon - Sunday 28th September 2014
Wayne Kelly reports: My debut marathon mini report. Lochness marathon. The day started at 5.30 am. Breakfast in the hotel then off to bougt park, Inverness to get the coach which transported us to the start near Fort William. We were dropped off in the middle of nowhere about an hour before the 10am start. 4000 people at the start waiting for the off. A bit cold but dry. First few miles were down hill. Tried not to go off too fast. Course was very undulating, some hills larger than others. The course took us down to the east side of the loch for 20 miles. Tried to keep to a 10 minute pace, which was working until 16 miles. Then each mile after took a little longer. The hills were starting to take their toll. At 20 miles hit the largest hill which went on for a mile. Had to walk for that. The rest of the run consisted of some slow running and walking until the finish back at bougt park, Inverness. My time was 5.12:24 for the lochness marathon.
Ealing Half Marathon - Sunday 28th September 2014
|Paul Quinton||1.18.52||31st 75.58%|
|Jamie Xavier||1.49.28||558th 53.33%|
|Dan Spinks||1.50.43 (2nd claim)||1340th 54.82%|
|Haresh Mulchandani||1.55.35||1845th 51.8%|
Paul Quinton reports: I ran Ealing half marathon this morning. A very well organised race and very well supported by the locals who were out in their numbers cheering on the runners and handing out much needed oranges and sweets in the last few miles. An undulating course so maybe not PB potential but still a great race all round, definitely recommend it. My unofficial time, 78:54. Great to see all the ELR results from the marathons coming in, inspirational stuff!!
Paris to Versailles Grand Classique - Sunday 28th September 2014
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 27th September 2014
|Stuart Kelly||19.14 (course pb)||1st Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||19.31 (course pb)||4th Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.21 (2nd lady)||15th Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.35||42nd Wanstead|
|Paula Bedford||25.09||50th Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||25.10||51st Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||25.10||52nd Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.08||77th Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||33.02||102nd Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||33.05||104th Wanstead|
|Harsh Pershad||34.14||110th Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||45.50 (tailrunner)||119th Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||21.34 (1st lady)||7th Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.52||10th Valentines|
|Derek Wright||22.35 (with buggy)||18th Valentines|
|Saheed Shabbir||24.09||33rd Valentines|
|Abdirahman Adan||25.46 (course pb)||54th Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.38||74th Valentines|
|Richard Guest||21.15||4th Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||38.33 (tailrunner)||67th Walthamstow|
|Russell Peters||21.15||11th Gunpowder|
|Claire Parker||21.19||18th Hackney|
|Dan Spinks||27.58 (2nd claim)||123rd Banbury|
sss - 21st September 2014
Bristol Half Marathon - Sunday 21st September 2014
|Manjit Bedi||1.19.55 pb||91st 83.10%|
Finsbury Park 10km - Sunday 21st September 2014
Resolution 10k Hyde Park - Sunday 21st September 2014
|Steven Bywater||46.38 pb||42nd|
Pleshey & Essex Half Marathon - Sunday 21st September 2014
|Ava Lee||1:30:41||77th (5th lady)|
Also life member Simon Morgan running for Tiptree Road Runners - 91.40 (81st) and second claim member Dennis Sherwood -1.48.00 (225th).
Ava Lee reports: Really enjoyed the race today. Maybe one of my all time favourites. Thanks a lot for getting us there and back Andrew Baxter. Lovely to see Patrick and Julie too. Very friendly, well organised, lovely route through the Essex countryside. Would thoroughly recommend to other ELRs for next year. Oh, forgot to mention the post race massages, good post race T shirt, home baking and bacon rolls. What more can you ask for!
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 20th September 2014
|James Wilson||18.33||3rd Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||19.32 (1st parkrun)||6th Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.35||7th Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.12 (150th parkrun)||20th Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.32 (1st lady)||24th Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.27||29th Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||23.52||33rd Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||24.03||36th Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.57||37th Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.03||40th Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.50||49th Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.09||52nd Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.11||53rd Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||26.20||56th Wanstead|
|Emiko Priest||31.22||81st Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.25||82nd Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||34.00||87th Wanstead|
|Mark Boulton||16.57||4th Hackney|
|John Booth||18.17 (course pb)||6th Mile End|
|Aaron Browne||18.45||3rd Valentines|
|Patrick Brown||18.47||1st Walthamstow|
|Spencer Evans||20.06||9th Valentines|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.40 (course pb)||26th Valentines|
|Jamie Xavier||23.46||13th Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||23.49||27th Valentines|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.35 (course pb)||20th Beckton|
Cooper Test : Track Night - Monday 15th September 2014
James Horgan 3150 Maura Barrett 2000 Alex Brown 2500 Lucy Leddy 2750
If you are looking for a simple way to assess your fitness you will find that you can easily determine your VO2 max with the 12 minute Cooper Test.
VO2max is considered the best way to measure cardio fitness, so a simple test that anyone can do is to be welcomed.
Buttermere Open Water Swim 10km - Sunday 15th September 2014
That was the most horrific thing i have ever done. 10k swim with 3 tea and cake stops took a never ending 3hrs 58mins. I've never wanted to quit anything quite so badly. But the aim was to complete it so proud to say job done.
London Duathlon Ultra - Sunday 14th September 2014
Run 1(20km) 1.50.59, T1 2.03, Bike(80km) 2.56.48, T2 4.51, Run 2(10km) 1.05.01
Tough but enjoyable day out, delighted to have finally done this in under six hours. Tough bike conditions as there was a really strong headwind which, at one point, was taking between 5 and 10 miles per hour off my bike speed on the Roehampton end of Richmond Park.
I now have just under a month to recover in time for the Royal Parks ultra!
Eton Dorney HSBC Olympic Distance Triathlon Relay - Sunday 14th September 2014
Paul Browne 1 mile swim 37.29, T1 1.28, Dave Chapman : Cycle - 1.33.50, T2 1.21,and Jayne Browne 10km - 56.23 - Total 3.10.31.
Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon - Sunday 14th September 2014
Tallina Half Marathon, Estonia - Sunday 14th September 2014
Run To The Beat 10km, Wembley - Sunday 14th September 2014
Ingatestone 5m - Sunday 14th September 2014
|Dan Gritton||30.17||9th( 2nd V40)|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 13th September 2014
|Karen Levison||20.03 (1st lady)||8th 81.63% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||16.54 pb||5th 80.77% Hackney|
|Sharon Springfield||20.58 (1st lady)||19th 73.37% Wanstead|
|Thomas Grimes||17.54||3rd 73.28% Grovelands|
|Daniel Slipper||18.58 course pb||6th 71.97% Wanstead|
|John Booth||18.15 course pb||1st 71.87 Beckton|
|James Wilson||18.49||4th 70.95% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.23||37th 70.42% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||23.38||42nd 70.10% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||18.35 course pb||2nd 69.69% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||21.34 (2nd lady)||15th 69.09% Valentines|
|Amadeus Furlong||19.11||4th 67.25% Valentines|
|Catherine Brett||25.03||58th 66.13% Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.58 course pb||7th 64.61% Valentines|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.05||34th 64.12% Wanstead|
|Lauren Kelly||23.24 (1st parkrun)||38th 63.25% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.49 (with buggy)||19th 61.21% Valentines|
|Steven Bywater||24.05||15th 60.76% Walthamstow|
|Jason Levy||23.37||30th 59.14% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||22.21||18th 57.72% Valentines|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.07||16th 56.49% Beckton|
|Sophie Edwards||27.44||85th 55.47% Wanstead|
|Saheed Shabbir||23.46 course pb||32nd 54.56% Valentines|
|Abdirahman Adan||26.28 course pb||63rd 53.15% Valentines|
|Don Bennett||29.19 (50th parkrun)||95th 52.42% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||30.36||102nd 51.03% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32.38||115th 48.21% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||32.29||111th 48.08% Wanstead|
At Wanstead someone ran through finish line after only 1 lap so after James & Dan most Wanstead times should be the one after your recorded times. May be corrected later in week.
Great North Run 2014 - Sunday 7th September 2014
Cheltenham Half Marathon - Sunday 7th September 2014
Maidenhead Half Marathon - Sunday 7th September 2014
|Allan Todd||1.31.58 (2nd claim)||256th|
Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 7th September 2014
Foster's Law Kent Coastal Marathon - Sunday 7th September 2014
parkruns - Saturday 6th September 2014
|Euan Brown||16:18||1st Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17:16||3rd Wanstead|
|Dan Gritton||18:09 pb||5th Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||18:18||3rd Barking|
|Russell Price||18.19||8th Poole|
|Thomas Grimes||18.41||1st Grovelands|
|Daniel Slipper||19:07 pb||9th Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19:15||6th Barking|
|Amadeus Furlong||19:23||4th Valentines|
|Aaron Browne||19:39||6th Valentines|
|Spencer Evans||20:14 pb||7th Valentines|
|Regis Martin||20:31||14th Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||20:43 pb 1st Lady||15th Wanstead|
|James Creed||20:56 pb||20th Wanstead|
|Richard Guest||21:22||4th Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||21:26 1st Lady||12th Valentines|
|Paula Bedford||21:27 2nd Lady||31st Hackney Marshes|
|Dan Spinks||21.27 (2nd claim)||38th Horsham|
|Derek Wright||22:32 with buggy||20th Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie ||23:40||26th Valentines|
|Jason Levy||23;43 (50th parkrun)||28th Valentines|
|Jamie Xavier||23:44||21st Walthamstow|
|Kieran Brown||23:51||46th Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24;27||54th Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24:29||55th Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||24:32||26th Walthamstow|
|Suzanne Bench||24:39||56th Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||25:05||58th Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||25:25||64th Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.24||81st Wanstead|
|Abdirahman Adan||27:34 1st parkrun||78th Valentines|
|Jayne Browne||27:39||82nd Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27:44||83rd Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||28.57||78th Andover|
|Emiko Priest||31:22||106th Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||32:21||114th Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||34:14||119th Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||38:38||123rd Wanstead|
LGN Inter-Advertising 5K - Thursday 04th September 2014
Hokkaido Marathon, Japan - Sunday 31st August 2014
Arrived at the start area this morning with about 30 minutes to spare , weather was already quite hot and was forecast to get to 27 Celsius by noon with no cloud cover , so with that in mind , I had already resigned myself to a slower time that I would otherwise have expected , if running in Europe , also I had been placed in the last corral (F).
The previous Day I had come down to the expo to collect my running number and timing chip , whilst there I found some stats from previous years events , for instance the completion rate in 2006 was only 52.4% and averaged only 81% in the years up to the present , that's a lot of DNF,s.
Just before race start , I waited in the Queue to use the toilet , however when I came out everyone had gone and my corral had been closed and had moved forward.
I was directed to use the corral behind (G) which were the fun runners , who start directly after all the marathon runners have left and follow the marathon course for about the first 10K.
The course itself consists of a Single 10K loop , followed by an almost straight out and back for the remainder.
The first 10K were really slow as There was no way of getting past the many thousands of fun runners in front of me , so rather than try to weave in and out and suffer the consequences later on in the race , I just went along with there pace until they branched off and found my self with more space - lots more space as I had almost the whole marathon field in front of me.
As 10K turned into 15K , I began to feel the heat of the Sun as the temperature increased and tried to run in whatever shade became available. But as I began to reel in ever increasing numbers of back markers , everyone wanted to run in shade creating yet more congestion.
During the middle section of the race , from around 17 to 34 there was no shade as we ran along a wide straight dual carriageway to the 25k mark where we U turned back and headed back to Sapporo and although at this point the was a lot more room to run , the heat was beginning to take it,s toll on the runners and the pace began to slow , with many walking now.
On the way back we could see the other runners heading up to the turn and before long a truck was coming along taking runners off the course as there is a quite severe time limit of 5 Hours and another reason why so many do not finish , so a bit of a double edged sword with the heat to contend with as well.
The remaining 8K was ran through narrower roads and a few Kms through a park which led on to the final 1.5 km through the Town Centre to the finish in Odori Park where we started.
The course was fairly flat with only about 3 small hills going over bridges to deal with.
Reasons to be cheerful :
My time of 4hrs 29min 58sec was favourably comparable with other hot weather marathons that I have completed in the past ie :- Bangkok , Singapore.
I managed to run (albeit rather slowly) the whole distance from start to finish , without walking at any point - a first for a hot weather marathon.
My finishing position of 5,917th meant I must have passed approx 7,000 runners during the race , as I started in last position and there were 13,000 starters.
Amsterdam next up.
Putney & Fulham Riverside Half Marathon - Sunday 31st August 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||1.19.39||4th , 1st vet 40|
|Mark Boulton||1.19.59 pb||5th|
UFD Dance Half Marathon, Hackney Marshes - Sunday 31st Aug 2014
Malmesbury Carnival 10km - Saturday 30th August 2014
227 finishers. Caroline reports:- This race was important to me, as I entered for it when I took up running again after a 2 year break, and I found reading posts on this group really helped motivate me to get back into running and do things to sort out my injuries. At the time I entered I could hardly run a mile, and it shows how good it is to have goals. The Malmesbury 10k was a hilly but very beautiful course so I'm pleased with the time. Sadly they've just postponed the Malmesbury half marathon to next Spring.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 30th August 2014
|Thomas Grimes||18.45||1st 69.96% Grovelands|
|Manjit Singh||20.38 (50th parkrun)||14th 66.16% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||21.20 (1st lady)||20th 69.34% Valentine|
|Derek Wright||22.56 (with buggy)||25th 60.90% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||23.30 (course pb)||31st 59.43% Valentine|
|Julie Greene||27.54||77th 61.59% Valentine|
|Patrick Brown||22.09 (pacer)||5th 58.31% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||22.14||6th 61.84% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.16||17th 60.30% Walthamstow|
|Laura Jenkin||23.01||39th 64.30% Hackney|
|Russell Peters||22.05||14th 60.91% Gunpowder|
|Samuel Browne||24.44||88th 52.16% Torrens AUS|
|Dan Gritton||18.26 (course pb)||3rd 74.59% Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.20||6th 70.60% Wanstead|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.24||7th 70.36% Wanstead|
|Spencer Evans||19.52 (course pb)||11th 64.93% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||20.03||12th 68.58% Wanstead|
|James Creed||21.20||20th 61.80% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||21.22 (1st lady)||21st 72.00% Wanstead|
|Andy Jenkins||21.53||23rd 60.62% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.33||32nd 62.85% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||25.03||46th 61.88% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.46||53rd 71.22% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.50||56th 60.00% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||26.28||60th 57.18% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.45||62nd 61.93% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||29.37||82nd 52.73% Wanstead |
|Don Bennett||30.10||89th 50.94% Wanstead|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.19||91st 53.44% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||30.50||93rd 56.65% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||33.12||97th 47.39% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.47||108th 41.82% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||38.07||113th 39.35% Wanstead|
|Allan Todd||20.30 (2nd claim)||6th 66.10% Colby|
|Dan Spinks||25.59 (2nd claim)||66th 52.53% Bedfont Lakes|
ELVIS 6 : Barking Park 5km - Monday 25th August 2014
|Patrick Brown||16.41 pb||5th (16.58)|
|Manjit Bedi||17.43 pb||14th|
|Russell Price||18.34||26th (21.13)|
|Shailesh Patel||19.27 pb||40th (19.31)|
|Paul Thompson||19.32 pb||42nd|
|David Baldwin||19.45||47th (19.55)|
|Manjit Singh||20.16||55th (21.23)|
|James Creed||21.01 pb||70th|
|Sharon Springfield||21.10||76th (21.18)|
|Katherine Harris||21.16 =pb||79th|
|Sarah Burns||22.37||105th (23.28)|
|Fiona Day||23.29 pb||121st (24.31)|
|Maud Hodson||24.19||135th (25.33)|
|Caroline Moore||26.31 pb||159th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.31 pb||168th (29.48)|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||29.58||187th|
Last years times in brackets.
Bollington 10km - Sunday 24th August 2014
Brixton 10km, Brockwell Park - Sunday 24th August 2014
Adelaide Half Marathon - Sunday 24th August 2014
|Samuel Browne||1.27.35||28th - 67.61%|
973 finishers, Sam arrived on Thursday and ran 1.27.35 in the Adelaide Half Marathon with an age grade of 67.61% ranking him 4th in his age grade 20 - 24.
Second place in the half went to Steve Moneghetti in 1.15.31, age grade 89.43% (50 - 54)
parkrun : Torrens, South Australia - Saturday 23rd August 2014
|Samuel Browne||19.18||13th - 66.84%|
Thames Meander Half Marathon - Saturday 23rd August 2014
268 finishers. Roisin writes: Hi. Did the Thames Meander Half on Saturday. Only a small event but really nice route up the thames paths from Kingston area to Kew and back. Off road with some uneven surfaces but pretty flat course. Only down sides were very few marshals and no mile markers. Plus paths (some quite narrow) are still open to the public so lots of weaving in and out to avoid collisions and slows you down a bit. Nice race though with some lovely views along the way. If anyone fancies it there is a winter one lined up for November 1st and still open for entries.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 23rd August 2014
|Joseph Browne||19.13||4th 69.38% Wanstead|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.32||5th 69.97% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||20.02||9th 68.64% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||22.48||25th 67.98% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||22.56||26th 65.99% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.37||32nd 62.67% Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.50 (course pb)||34th 62.10% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||23.57 (course pb)||36th 76.62% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.07||37th 64.27% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.01||59th 56.69% Wanstead|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.37||63rd 52.91% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.51 (with buggy)||20th 61.12% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.18||32nd 57.48% Valentines|
|Saheed Shabbir||24.23 (course pb)||34th 53.18% Valentines|
|Peter Rains||25.38||48th 60.99% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.04||2nd 75.55% Hackney|
|Aaron Browne||18.17||3rd 69.56% Hackney|
|Patrick Brown||21.05||5th 61.26% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||21.08||6th 65.06% Walthamstow|
|Julie Creffield||34.00 (course pb)||103rd 44.12% Mile End|
|Russell Peters||22.36||23rd 59.51% Gunpowder|
|Allan Todd||19.38 (2nd claim)||Frimley Lodge|
|Dan Spinks||27.39 (2nd claim)||99th 49.37% Banstead Woods|
Strandloop Oostende 9km, Belgium - Friday 22nd August 2014
|Thomas Grimes||34.55||6th - 3rd age cat|
Isle of Wight Half Marathon - Sunday 17th August 2014
|Fiona Day||2.02.23 (1st V55)||208th (44th lady)|
also Alex Day 10th in 1.23.00.
Tough Mudder - Sunday 17th August 2014
Roseland August Trail : Red Rat route from Portloe to Porthpean - Saturday 16th August 2014
My race report from Roseland August Trail (R.A.T.) Red route (20 miles). Apologies for a rather lengthy self-indulgent write up but I know (hope) some of you like a detailed report!!
This race was too good an opportunity to miss â€“ sitting in the middle of a fortnightâ€™s holiday to Cornwall and coinciding with the need to get a 20 miler in as part of my build up to Dublin Marathon in late October.
Arrived at the event village early Saturday morning for registration, kit check and pre-race safety briefing. Then at 9.30am, after a quick goodbye to family, we were whisked off by coach to the tiny fishing village of Portloe â€“ walking the final mile, as the roads became too narrow for the coaches, to what has to be the most scenic start for a race ever; on the slip way into the crystal clear waters of this cove.
Excitement built as the first green (64 mile) and black (32 mile) route runners came through as we waited for the start at 11am â€“ I couldnâ€™t believe how good the green runners looked considering theyâ€™d been out since midnight and already had 40 odd miles on the clock, absolutely awe inspiring.
Then it was our turn â€“ no time at all to ease into things, with a tough climb up out of the village and on to the cliff tops, that set the tone for the rest of the route. Lots of stopping and starting at this point as the field settled down with very limited space to overtake, including the green and black route runners weâ€™d been cheering minutes before (although they very generously stepped aside, and offered encouragement, whenever they could to let us through).
A few miles in and I started to settle into things, resigning myself to fact that theyâ€™d be no easy miles to tick off on this one, and even began to enjoy myself â€“ getting into a rhythm of power walking the worst inclines and making the most of the less steep of the descents and limited amounts of less hilly terrain to up the pace and run steady wherever I could.
Veryan Bay passed with puzzled looks and applause from holiday makers in some of the, up until now, most secluded of beaches. Then on and up over Dodman Point â€“ I knew this would be a tough one from the course instructions, but it was ok and cruising down the other side towards Gorran Haven I felt very strong. Into Gorran, and the first checkpoint and huge cheers from white (11 mile) route runners waiting for their start. Quick glug of water and up and out the other side â€“ still feeling good at this point, even time to dwell on an early childhood memory of playing in the rock pools here, as I passed the beach and headed up towards Chapel Point.
Then out of the blue, about 12 miles in, things got very tough â€“ started to
feel very heavy legged and had to force myself to start running again at the
top of the climbs, not helped by it now being my turn to step-aside as fresh
legged white start runners came past (hopefully I showed the same grace that
green and black route runners had shown me what felt an age ago). I felt
progressively worse as we hit a bit of tarmac going into Portmellon, and then
down into Mevagissey I started to struggle in the heat with the sun reflecting
off the white buildings, and looked enviously at the families eating ice cream
and enjoying cold beers on the harbour wall (Iâ€™m supposed to be on holiday too,
why am I doing this?). Was a horrible slog for the next few miles, feet were
burning and I was really battling the demons in my head, until, out of nowhere
Iâ€™m in Pentewan and at the final checkpoint.
Decided to take a bit of time out here â€“ stretching legs and making the most of the huge range of refreshments available. A coke(!), some water melon, an orange and an ice pop must have done the trick as suddenly 5 miles didnâ€™t seem such a long way to the finish, and despite these being incredibly tough with one relentless climb after another with equally as tricky stepped descents, I started to find a new albeit slower, rhythm. I was even passing one or two of the white route runners whoâ€™d overtaken me a hour or so earlier.
Finally we got the cry from a marshall to turn inland and that there was only half a mile a go â€“ so what if it was all steep up hill, by now I didnâ€™t expect anything less and wasnâ€™t going stop â€“ even picking up a few places along the way and managing a wave, as I crossed the line, to family whoâ€™d had their own endurance event patiently waiting five and a half hours for me to return. What dedication from them.
Final time 3.53.54. 22nd place (bit of confusion as listed 18th in initial results but really doesnâ€™t matter) in what is by far the hardest event Iâ€™ve ever done.
Absolutely brilliant from start to finish, superb organisation, great camaraderie out on the course and, best of all, a unique way to experience some truly fantastic parts of the Cornish coastline.
One Iâ€™d recommend to all ELRs whether it be the 11 miler, the 20 or, for certain club members who think nothing of silly distances, the 32 or 64 mile runs!
parkrun - all venue's (age grades) - Saturday 16th August 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||17.50||5th 76.54% Barking|
|Patrick Brown||16.59||2nd 76.05% Barking|
|Fiona Day||25.33||74th 71.82% Medina IOW|
|Mark Boulton||18.07||2nd 71.39% Walthamstow|
|Sharon Springfield||21.40 (1st lady)||18th 71.00% Wanstead|
|Euan Brown||18.13||1st 70.81% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.24 (course pb)||6th 70.20% Barking|
|Katherine Harris||21.16 (pb ,1st lady)||15th 70.06% Valentine|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.27||4th 69.67% Brockemhurst|
|Aaron Browne||18.53||7th 68.58% Valentine|
|Allan Todd||19.59 (2nd claim)||24th 67.81% Woking|
|Peter Rains||23.39||30th 66.10% Valentine|
|Spencer Evans||19.52||11th 64.93% Barking|
|Derek Wright||22.03 (with buggy)||17th 63.34% Valentine|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.19||23rd 63.47% Wanstead|
|Julie Greene||27.08 (course pb)||64th 63.33% Valentine|
|Richard Guest||21.46||8th 63.17% Walthamstow|
|Maud Hodson||24.42||30th 62.75% Wanstead|
|Dan Spinks||21.52 (2nd claim)||46th 62.42% Woking|
|Steven Bywater||24.11 (course pb)||23rd 60.51% Walthamstow|
|Russell Peters||23.20||26th 57.64% Gunpowder|
|Jamie Xavier||23.34||21st 57.07% Walthamstow|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.56||51st 56.86% Wanstead|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||29.57||65th 54.09% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.25||62nd 52.29% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||46.08 (tailrunner)||76th 33.31% Wanstead|
Thought this week I would have a focus on age grades with 8 runners breaking the 70% barrier. Ciaran Canavan tops the table with his debut at Barking with Patrick, Spencer debuting also with Russell all finishing in the top 11. Fiona on holidays on the Isle of Wight was top lady with 71.82%, also nearly became first finisher at Wanstead with a barcode mix-up with Euan.
Katherine Harris broke last week's 22.00 minute's, this time paced by a few male runners she was 1st lady in 21.16 moving up to 2nd placed ELR lady at Valentine's. Also her 5th pb in 6 weeks.
Gavin was away at Brockenhurst also two 2nd claim members Allan & Dan were at the inaugural Woking parkrun. Good to see Peter Rains back at Valentine's after nearly 6 months off. Course pb by Steve Bywater at Walthamstow, perhaps a chase by a certain Julie Bywater one place behind pushed him to a pb. Nine days to ELVIS 6.
Marathon Talk Magic Mile 2014 - Sunday 27th July to 10th August 2014
|Frank Brownlie ||6.53||68.8%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||6.08|
| Kate Buranska||7.20|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||9.00|
Prudential Ride London : 86 miles - Sunday 10th August 2014
Tanbir reports:-The weather conditions were horrific, I couldn't see a thing at one point, I had someone go into to the back of me at Newlands Corner - slightly painful but no damage done and managed to make it through the shortened sections to the end in 4hrs 33mins.
Sarah reports:- Big thanks to the guys that volunteered and got us the ballot place. Two of the big hills were dropped due to the weather which was totally sensible as the weather was biblical at time. Proper soggy bottom. X
Pride 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 9th August 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||36.44||19th - 75.8%|
|Jamie Xavier||45.51||199th - 58.94%|
|Molly Pinkus||49.48||316th - 49.48%|
785 finishers. also Lance Fuller 50.54.
parkrun - all venue's. - Saturday 9th August 2014
|Mark Boulton||17.15||3rd 74.98% Hackney|
|Thomas Grimes||17.17 (course pb)||1st 75.89% Grovelands|
|Dan Gritton||18.37||2nd 73.86% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.37||3rd 69.38% Barking|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.19||4th 70.15% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||19.28||5th 66.52% Valentines|
|Spencer Evans||19.49 (course pb)||13th 65.10% Hackney|
|Claire Parker||20.27 (1st lady)||18th 72.37% Hackney|
|Manjit Singh||20.27||8th 66.75% Valentines|
|Richard Guest||21.14||7th 64.76% Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||21.48||17th 59.17% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.00 (course pb)||17th 67.73% Valentines|
|Sharon Springfield||22.25 (2nd lady)||23rd 68.62% Wanstead|
|Derek Wright||22.39 (with buggy)||18th 61.66% Valentines|
|Sarah Burns||23.13 (50th parkrun)||24th 65.18% Wanstead|
|Jason Levy||23.34 (course pb)||28th 59.26% Valentines|
|Russell Peters||23.42||35th 56.75% Gunpowder|
|Dan Spinks||24.05||23rd 56.68% Ally Pally|
|Steven Bywater||24.33||21st 59.61% Walthamstow|
|Maud Hodson||24.54||32nd 62.25% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.18||41st 72.53% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||27.48||54th 54.44% Wanstead|
|Julie Greene||27.50||81st 61.47% Valentines|
|Maya Goodwin||29.26||62nd 54.04% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||30.18||66th 51.08% Wanstead|
|Natalie Powell||30.21||85th 49.26% Hackney|
|Morag Campbell||32.46*||78th 47.30% Wanstead|
|Harsh Pershad||38.06||83rd 35.56% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||38.15||101st 39.22% Hackney|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||39.20 (tailrunner)||84th 41.19% Wanstead|
Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 3rd August 2014
The London Triathlon , Excel, Docklands - Day 2 - Sunday 3rd August 2014
Sarah Burns:- I'm going to milk this because I'm very pleased. 34th out of 800 females and 5th out 137 in my age group at the London triathlon and a course pb by over 12 mins.
Ninette Fernandes:- Swim 00:31:00, Bike 01:19:00, Run 00:52:59, Total 02:51:48. Another PB for me! Swim was much better than I expected after not really swimming for the past month so very happy although it is slower than Hyde Park....
The London Triathlon, Excel, Docklands. - Day 1 - Saturday 2nd August 2014
|Sarah Stack||1.40.55||sprint distance|
|Jason Levy||1.55.33||sprint distance|
Russell Price:- Finished! The podium was too busy so here is a selfie..
1 hour 25 for bike, tad over 45 for the run!
Total time probably just over 3 hours.
Tough swim and tough breeze not bad for first Olympic distance but know I can do better!
ELVIS 5 - Orion's Forest Five Series - Event 3 - Saturday 2nd August 2014
|Patrick Brown||29.06 (series)||4th |
|Mark Boulton||29.27 (series)||6th|
|Dan Gritton||31.29 (elr debut)||26th|
|Mark Wyatt||32.34( birthday boy)||36th|
|Aaron Browne||32.49 (elr debut)||38th|
|Paul Thompson||34.20 (series)||57th|
|James Creed||36.53 (series)||85th|
|Frank Brownlie ||40.21||125th|
|Fiona Day||42.23 (series)||152nd|
|Maya Goodwin||51.09 (elr debut)||223rd|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||54.41||237th|
250 finishers. Results subject to official confirmation.
Congratulations to the 37 East London Runners who completed the above race on Saturday and a big thanks to our supporters!
A heavy rain shower about half an hour before the race start did little to soften the hard underfoot conditions caused by the recent hot and sunny spell of weather. Although the weather was overcast initially it was still a warm morning but with little wind so ideal off road running conditions if a little hot for some!
With 250 runners finishing the race this was a record field for an Orion Forest 5 race since the series began.
There were memorable debuts from East London Runners from Maya Goodwin and Dan Gittins.
Prizewinners for ELR on the day were Ava Lee and Karen Levinson, 2nd and 3rd overall for the Ladies. Thomas Grimes was 3rd overall for the Men.
In respect of the Forest 5 race Series (3 races) for 2014 ELR Fiona Day was first in the FV55 category and her son Patrick Brown was 1st Male overall in the series. A great family effort!
parkrun - all venue's - Saturday 2nd August 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||19.15||4th 70.39% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||20.34||7th 66.86% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||25.22 (course pb)||36th 58.34% Wanstead|
|Jaime Towns||29.04 (course pb)||53rd 49.14% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.11||60th 49.33% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||35.52||70th 47.58% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||22.26 (course pb)||19th 66.42% Valentine|
|Julie Greene||27.45||72nd 61.92% Valentines|
|Jamie Xavier||22.20||6th 60.22% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||18.37||11th 70.46% Mile End|
|Dan Spinks||22.30||33rd 60.67% Hampstead|
Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 27th July 2014
Dulich Motors 4m road race, Ennis , Co Clare. - Saturday 26th July 2014
85 finishers. Thomas competed in a local race in Ennis, Co Clare in Aid of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Clare Cancer Support Kilnamona. With a mix of around 40 runners and the rest walking to raise funds, Thomas came 3rd in 22 minutes.
The Big Swim , Nottingham 5000m - Saturday 26th July 2014
parkrun - all venue's - Saturday 26th July 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||18.40||1st 73.13% Wanstead|
|Russell Price||18.44||8th 68.95% Hackney|
|John Booth||18.53||6th 69.46% Mile End|
|William Pearce||18.59||10th 68.74% Hackney|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.15||5th 70.39% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||19.52||8th 65.18% Valentine|
|Spencer Evans||19.54||2nd 64.82% Beckton|
|Manjit Singh||19.58||10th 68.36% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20:06 (1st lady)||19th 80.60% Valentines|
|Regis Martin||20.40||12th 66.53% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Shaw||20.47||20th 65.68% Hackney|
|Patrick Brown||21.07||4th 61.17% Walthamstow|
|James Nichols||21.07||14th 61.25% Wanstead|
|Richard Guest||21.17||6th 64.60% Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||21.43||18th 59.40% Valentines|
|Dan Spinks||22.03||51st 61.90% Dartford|
|Katherine Harris||22.40||23rd 65.74% Valentines|
|Derek Wright||22.53 (with buggy)||25th 61.05% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||23.34||27th 62.09% Valentines|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.40 (1st lady)||23rd 62.54% Wanstead|
|Peter Rains||23.54||35th 65.41% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.39||42nd 56.66% Valentines|
|Fiona Day||24.54||32nd 73.69% Wanstead|
|Russell Peters||24.57||40th 53.91% Gunpowder|
|Jamie Xavier||25.31||27th 52.71% Walthamstow|
|Mary O'Brien||25.41||52nd 74.50% Valentines|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||26.30||42nd 55.85% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.49||54th 57.10% Wanstead|
|Julie Greene||28.11||77th 60.97% Valentines|
|Paula Bedford||29.04||62nd 52.64% Wanstead|
|Jaime Towns||29.25 (1st parkrun)||64th 48.56% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||29.25||67th 52.29% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||30.40||70th 48.91% Hackney|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||32.00||71st 50.10% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.15||53rd 65.92% St Andrews|
Harlow 10 - Sunday 20th July 2014
National Lottery Newham London Anniversary Run - Sunday 20th July 2014
|Maud Hodson||40.25 pb||571st|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 19th July 2014
|Euan Brown||17.15||1st 74.78% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.52||2nd 72.24% Walthamstow|
|Samuel Browne||18.44||3rd 68.86% Wanstead|
|John Booth||19.10||8th 68.43% Mile End|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.47||7th 68.49% Wanstead|
|Manjit Singh||20.18||8th 67.24% Valentines|
|Claire Parker||20.54||14th 70.81% Hackney|
|Richard Guest||21.29||5th 64.00% Walthamstow|
|Dan Spinks||21.29||10th 63.54% Northala Fields|
|Regis Martin||21.45||17th 63.22% Wanstead|
|Jamie Xavier||22.34||7th 59.60% Walthamstow|
|Katherine Harris||22.37 (course pb)||20th 65.89% Valentines|
|Derek Wright||22.59 (with buggy)||23rd 60.77% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.21||10th 59.81% Walthamstow|
|Jason Levy||23.59||30th 58.23% Valentines|
|Maud Hodson||24.26 (1st lady)||27th 63.44% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.44 (2nd lady)||28th 63.14% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||29.13||46th 46.72% Wanstead|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.49||54th 52.03% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||33.43||22nd 44.49% Beckton|
|Claire Emery||35.08||64th 44.78% Wanstead|
ELVIS 4 : Newman Hilly 5m - Wednesday 16th July 2014
|Alex Bee||29.17 (33.33)||7th|
|Russell Price||32.37 (33.46)||22nd|
|Ava Lee||34.12 (34.38)||35th|
|Claire Parker||37.09 (38.55)||64th|
|Gareth Jones||37.15 pb||65th|
|Natasha Tweedie||38.02 (38.55)||79th|
|Frank Brownlie ||41.00||113th|
|Fiona Day||42.03 (42.37)||120th|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||56.47||203rd|
British 10km (London Run) - Sunday 13th July 2014
Lee Valley 10km - Sunday 13th July 2014
|Thomas Grimes||34.49||1st Winner|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 12th July 2014
|Euan Brown||16.17 (1st)||1st . 79.22% Hackney|
|Thomas Grimes||17.52 (1st)||1st . 73.41% Grovelands|
|Patrick Brown||18.25 (1st)||1st . 70.14% Gladstone|
|Dan Spinks||20.49||8th . 65.57% Northala Fields|
|Russell Peters||25.36||45th . 52.54% Gunpowder|
|David Baldwin||20.28||4th . 63.76% Walthamstow|
|Richard Guest||21.05||6th . 65.22% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.20||25th . 60.14% Walthamstow|
|Aaron Browne||19.10 (1st)||1st . 67.57% Valentine|
|Karen Levison||19.53 (1st lady)||1st . 81.48% Valentine|
|Derek Wright||22.43 (with buggy)||19th . 61.48% Valentine|
|Katherine Harris||22.48 (course pb)||20th . 65.20% Valentine|
|Jason Levy||23.49 (course pb)||29th . 58.64% Valentine|
|Mark Boulton||18.06||3rd . 71.45% Wanstead|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.07||5th . 70.88% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.47||9th . 63.43% Wanstead|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.59 (1st lady)||21st . 64.39% Wanstead |
|James Creed||23.31||23rd. 56.06% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.09||27th . 64.18% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||24.26||31st . 63.44% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.28 (course pb) ||32nd . 63.83% Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.29||34th . 60.45% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||24.52||38th. 73.79% Wanstead|
|David Wyatt||26.05||48th . 61.47% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||29.26||66th . 52.21 Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||34.21||82nd 45.12%|
Standard Chartered Great City Race - Thursday 10th July 2014
Did this last night. As usual far too crowded so it turned into a 5k interval session as I was forced to slow down at various points with slow runners running 3 or 4 abreast blocking the way. You might get a clearer run if you get there an hour before to be nearer the front. Would not recommend this for those who don't like enclosed spaces as you have to wait for ages packed in like sardines at the start. Goody bag was excellent though with t shirt, water, lucozade, for goodness shakes drink, snacks, vouchers etc. Time was 22.32.
Woodford Open Graded Meeting, Ashton Fields - Tuesday 8th July 2014
|Thomas Grimes||2.08.99 pb||5th - 800m|
|Euan Brown||9.14.89||2nd - 3000m |
|Thomas Grimes||9.34.38 pb||5th - 3000m|
Regents Park 10km Summer Series - Sunday 6th July 2014
Bassingbourne Beastly Half Marathon - Sunday 6th July 2014
Andrew's Race Report.
Really well organised for a first time event.
First mile or so on rough trail then onto winding country roads through the fields and villages just to the north of Royston. Open roads, but very quiet with good marshalling where it mattered so cars never a worry. All much flatter than the terrain on the other side of Royston ( familiar to us from Sunday league cross country or anybody who ran the Baldock 'beast' half just up the road and put together by same organiser) so all in all the 'beastly' in the title was a bit of a misnomer - although the open lanes with fields to either side would have been very exposed if the sun had broken through the cloud.
Race HQ in local school with good parking, baggage and changing facilities and a fine selection of post-race cakes and a BBQ from school PTA. All in all very good value and one to recommend.
Unfortunately my running wasn't as slick - knew I was nowhere near pb shape from last autumn but had hoped to shade sub 1.30. Was going fine until wheels came off at ten miles, making the last 3 a pretty miserable slog, but not too down as now know just how unfit I am!
Finish time 1.31.33, 14th place (189 finishers)
Orion Forest Five Series - Event 2 of 3 - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Frank Brownlie ||40.08||60th|
parkrun # 166 - Wanstead Flats - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Paula Bedford||22:47||9th 1st Lady|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24:39 new pb!||34th|
parkrun # 207 - Hackney Marshes - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Russell Price||18.20||5th - 70.45%|
|William Pearce||19.04||9th - 68.18%|
|Julie Creffield||33.05||83rd - 45.34%|
parkrun # 177 - Valentines - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Spencer Evans||20.43 (course pb)||10th - 62.27%|
|Derek Wright||23.11 (with buggy)||26th - 60.24%|
|Jason Levy||24.01||32nd - 58.15%|
parkrun # 74 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Richard Guest||21.35||3rd - 63.71%|
|Steven Bywater||24.47||13th - 59.05%|
parkrun# Wimbledon Common - Saturday 5th July 2014
|Dan Spinks||28.01||204th - 48.72%|
5km Your Way, Hackney Marshes - Wednesday 2nd July 2014
|Steven Bywater||22.45 pb||83rd|
Results finally out for 5K Your Way at Hackney Marshes on 2 July. I ran 25:37 and was 149th (6th for Leyton SFC) and Steve Bywater ran 22:45 (a PB I think) and was 83rd (5th for Central London Finest)
Endure24, Reading - Saturday 28th June - Sun 29th June 2014
|Russell Price||37.09||12.55am _ run 1|
|Russell Price||36.53||17.30pm_run 2 |
Team Result: ERM (Eager Running Maniacs), 60th (out of 124 mixed 6-8 people teams), 29 laps (145 miles)
Report: Entering a 24 hour relay? For charity? Its not everyday I get ask that at work.. I had to say yes! With great excitment we arrived at the site in glorious sunshine, dreading the forcast rain. Tents up before the rain started, a small victory. Camping the Friday night meant we were ready for the 12:00 noon start on the Saturday. With great engery the team and solo runners took off. What lay beyond the visible part of the course? Seeing the first guys come back covered in mud, within 30 mins I knew the front-end of the race was serious and the course ws muddy! My work team ERM (ERM is the company name so the team name had to be Eager Running Maniacs). Captained by me, I had created the Excel time planner taking each runners "best" and "slowest" estimates and producing a guide time for each lap. Who doesn't love running spreadsheets? But.. Could I keep up with my 40 minute per 5 mile lap pace? My first lap was brilliant, a good chance to spot the course in the light. A step pathed hill to start, some nice trail path with a mixture of mud and a tiny forest romp. 2nd lap, rain, rain and rain. Got totally soaked and with the number of runners the course had started to turn. The nice paths were now rivers of mud, more like a January cross country cross than a late June trail. Still a nice 37:09 followed by a 36:53 was pretty good! Undetered by the rain my timings remained consistent, heading to bed after my 3rd lap (38:43) at about 10:30pm the team were 15 minutes up on the "best" time estimate, looking good! Waking up at 2am we were 45 minutes down on that time, where did the hour time loss come from? Rain and darkness had taken their toll.... Starting my 4th lap just after 3:30am (having worken up at 2am as I thought I would be going sooner) on the Sunday I was determined to not let the course take too much out of my 40 minute goal. Sprinting up the first hill I releasied the borrowed headtorch was next to useless; but for the mud I had my secret weapon, Mudclaws! The grip was amazing on the still soaking and now torn-up course. I managed to run lightly and not look at my feet/landing and ploughed through whatever I was landing on headtorch aimed somewhere ahead of me. Its not everyday I get to run through dark muddy forests (sadly). I was down for 5 x 5 miles and having done the 3:30am, my 4th lap in a slight slower 44 mins I needed to find some speed for the last lap to keep the average below 40 minutes. Seeing the solo runners now ambling around (one guy was almost using his arms to pull one leg infront of the other) and knowing it was my last lap I dug deep and thought of all those track nights pushing it to keep up with the fast guys... It came good and scraping in at 39:10 for an average time of 39:11! So far we have raised over �1100 for Habitat for Hummanity ( https://www.justgiving.com/ERMFoundationEndure24/ -) and I enjoyed each of the 86400 seconds of it! The solo winner did 120 miles, the winning mens team of 8 averaged 32 minutes for 5 miles, running 46 laps (230 miles).. Could ELR get near that? Would I do it again as a team? Yes, my work team is already considering next year. And I would certainly recommend it as an ELR holiday for anyone keen to give it a go!
Would i do it again as a solo? Well... it is tempting as it is so well organsied and a "safe" ultra, in that your tent and next Steak baguette is only ever 5 miles away!.. Thanks guys, and hope to see you tomorrow! Russ
Harry Hawkes 10m - Sunday 29th June 2014
|Stuart Doman||1.22.56||185th - 54.57%|
parkrun # 165 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 28th June 2014
|Daniel Slipper||19.34||4th - 69.76%|
|Regis Martin||21.00||10th - 65.48%|
|Sarah McCrea||21.38 (1st & pb)||13th - 68.41%|
|Kieran Brown||22.23||19th - 69.25%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.46 (2nd lady)||21st - 65.01%|
|Fiona Day||24.01 (course pb)||31st - 76.41%|
|Maud Hodson||24.14||34th - 63.96%|
|Alan Beattie||24.28 (debut)||36th - 53.00%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.10||42nd - 62.05%|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||25.28 (course pb)||45th - 58.12%|
|Russell Lines-Jobling||30.44||79th - 47.23%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.49||80th - 52.03%|
|Claire Emery||36.43 (with kids)||99th - 57.59%|
parkrun # 176 - Valentines Park 5km - Saturday 28th June 2014
|Karen Levison||20.07 (2nd lady)||7th - 80.53%|
|Manjit Singh||20.08||8th - 67.80%|
|Derek Wright||23.12 (with buggy)||27th - 60.20%|
|Katherine Harris||24.11||34th - 61.47%|
|Jason Levy||24.15||36th - 57.59%|
other parkruns - Saturday 28th June 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.47||1st Walthamstow|
|Jonathan Shaw||20.23||19th Hackney|
|Dan Spinks||20.55||5th Northala Fields|
|Richard Guest||21.08||5th Walthamstow|
|Claire Parker||21.13 (2nd lady)||24th Hackney|
|Laura Jenkin||22.24||36th Hackney|
|Natasha Tweedie||22.46 (course pb)||45th Southend|
|Steven Bywater||26.06||29th Walthamstow|
Orion's Fast Friday 10km, Walthamstow track - Friday 27th June 2014
|Mark Boulton||35.26 pb||12th|
|Simon Morgan||41.35 pb||b race|
Longest Day Run - Wednesday 25th June 2014
Colworth Marathon Challenge : Overall results - Sunday 22nd June 2014
|Grant Conway||3.36.09 (event pb)||56th|
145 finishers. Overall Team Winners: East London Runners
This was our 3rd outing as a team to the Colworth challenge in Sharnbook near Bedford. According to the organisers the weather this year was the best it had been since 2005 and it certainly was warm and sunny for the whole 3 days.
As usual we took advantage of the free camping and excellent facilities. The team met up with old friends again from local clubs in Bedford
As can be seen from the results everyone gave 100% in all the races with Thomas, Patrick and Cairan coming in the top 3 in one or more of the 3 races 3 races. An enjoyable time was had by all and we won the team challenge for the event for the 3rd year.
Thomas was outstanding in coming 2nd in the whole event for the second year in a row.
Special thanks to our wonderful support team; Julie, Patrick's wife their lovely 9 week old baby Annalise; Katrina, Thomas's partner and Lance, Cairan's husband and Flash their dog.
Thanks also to the Colworth Striders who put in a great effort in organising and running the event.
I would personally recommend the challenge to everyone and hope we can take a larger team next year, I will definitely be going.
Colworth Marathon Challenge : Day 3 - Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd June 2014
217 finishers 1st Team : East London Runners
Triathlon - Sunday 22nd June 2014
Swim 22.11 - Bike 1.06.24 - Run 47.17
City Of London Mile - Sunday 22nd June 2014
|Shailesh Patel||5.38||114th of 609|
Trent Park Triffic Trail 10km - Sunday 22nd June 2014
Hitchin Hard Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd June 2014
|Stuart Doman||1.47.48 pb||91st|
North Downs 30km - Sunday 22nd June 2014
Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd June 2014
|Daniel Lee||1.22.07 pb||63rd MV40 8th|
|Ava Lee||1.29.27 pb||263rd FV35 2nd|
|Roisin Archer||1.32.45 pb||454th|
|John Healy||1.46.09 pb||1924th|
|Maud Hodson||1.51.24 pb||2758th|
|Teresa Novelli Terrington||2.29.28||8363rd|
Vitality Run Hackney 5km - Saturday 21st June 2014
|Alex Bee||16.19||1st WINNER|
Colworth Marathon Challenge : Day 2 - 8.1 mile Forest Trail - Saturday 21st June 2014
212 finishers. 1st team: East London Runners. Conditions were hot and tricky underfoot.
parkrun # 164 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 21st June 2014
|Euan Brown||17.46||1st - 72.61%|
|Daniel Slipper||19.17 (course pb)||3rd - 70.79%|
|Morgan Francis||21.04||12th - 61.70%|
|Regis Martin||22.08||16th - 62.12%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.13 (1st lady)||17th - 66.62%|
|Kieran Brown||22.14||18th - 69.72%|
|Claire Emery||23.19 (2nd lady)||24th - 66.98%|
|Catherine Kaar||24.37 (debut)||33rd - 60.12%|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||26.08 (course pb)||40th - 56.63%|
|David Wyatt||28.03||58th - 57.16%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.24||61st - 55.40%|
|Don Bennett||28.54||65th - 53.17%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.41||73rd - 52.25%|
|Karen Lawlor||32.55||81st - 44.96%|
parkrun # 175 - Valentine,s Park - Saturday 21st June 2014
|Manjit Singh||19.58||4th - 68.36%|
|Spencer Evans||21.57||9th - 58.77%|
|Derek Wright||23.05 (with buggy)||18th - 60.51%|
|Jason Levy||24.51||31st - 56.20%|
parkrun # 205 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 21st June 2014
|William Pearce||19.37||8th - 66.27%|
|Sarah Burns||27.36||52nd - 54.83%|
|Paula Bedford||27.40||53rd - 54.83%|
other parkruns - Saturday 21st June 2014
|Dan Spinks||21.25||27th Northala Fields|
|Richard Guest||21.44||5th Walthamstow|
|Natasha Tweedie||23.42 pb||Southend|
Orion's John Clarke Memorial Fell Race - 5k'sh - Friday 20th June 2014
|Frank Brownlie ||32.10||51st 1st MV60|
The weather conditions were ideal for this Orion Race, the only Fell Race within the M25 and Essex. The sun was already going down on a windless eve of the Summer Solstice (longest day) when the competitors jogged over a mile to the race start deep within Epping Forest.
Orion Harriers had promised climbs totaling just under 1,000 feet and they didn't disappoint. The race started and finished with the long climb up to the Obelisk on top of Pole Hill ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_Hill?. and the 6 hills included also took in Yardley Hill.
There were a good mix of Club runners taking part including Bishops Stortford, Springfield Striders as well as most of the local Clubs.
Once again Orion had the race route well marked and marshalled and the Â£3 entry fee included a large beer/wine/tea etc in the Clubhouse afterwards where there was some surprise when Frank Brownlie of East London Runners was presented with the prize for 1st Male Vet 60!
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 1 - Colworth 5m - Friday 20th June 2014
347 finishers. 1st Team : East London Runners
ELVIS 3 : Eton Manor 5km, Jubilee Park - Tuesday 17th June 2014
|Mark Boulton||17.09 pb||9th|
|Ava Lee||19.54||55th - 1st vet 35|
|Karen Levison||20.02||57th - 1st vet 45|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.20||129th|
|Fiona Day||23.58||140th - t vet 55|
Results subject to change, awaiting verification by the clubs.
Parkathon (East London) - Sunday 15th June 2014
|Maud Hodson||24.17||Hackney Marshes|
|Maud Hodson||25.36||Wanstead Flats|
|Maud Hodson||26.55||Mile End|
|Russell Price||19.57||Hackney Marshes|
|Russell Price||20.00||Wanstead Flats|
|Richard Guest||21.50||Hackney Marshes|
|Richard Guest||23.06||Wanstead Flats|
|Richard Guest||23.47||Mile End|
|Natasha Tweedie||23.02||Hackney Marshes|
|Natasha Tweedie||23.58||Wanstead Flats|
|Natasha Tweedie||25.52||Mile End|
Report This year saw the introduction of the Parkathon (East London) which continued the Longest Day parkrun from 2012 & 2013. With parkrun wanting to distance itself from such events it was up to individuals to continue but without using parkrun to publicise such events. Paul Lewis continued to organise the event with some co-operation from the other runs.
Numbers were down but hopefully the event will grow in future years. The event also had to move a week ahead with the Run Hackney Half Marathon making Hackney Marshes unavailable and surrounding roads probably busier during the 22nd June.
This year we had 4 ELR's Russell, Richard, Natasha and chauffeur Maud with her boot loaded with their survival kit taking part.
Russell managed 5 events till a knee injury forced him to pull out , a shame as the 5 he did manage were all under 20.35. The other 3 completed all 7 runs before retiring to the local waterhole for a well deserved drink.
They were joined at Wanstead Flats by Andrea Waller & Kieran Brown and myself setting the course up.
Run For Diabetes 10km, Greenwich Park - Saturday 14th June 2014
South Downs 100 mile Ultra Race - Saturday 14th June 2014
Well done to Jimmy in completing his latest Ultra race!
parkrun # 163 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 14th June 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||19.26||5th - 69.73%|
|Kieran Brown||21.24 (course pb)||23rd - 72.43%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.12||26th - 66.67%|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.06 (parkrun debut)||43rd - 61.41%|
|Fiona Day||24.23||46th - 75.26%|
|Maud Hodson||24.27||48th - 63.39%|
|David Wyatt||25.57||61st - 61.79%|
|Sophie Edwards||26.11||64th - 58.75%|
|Jayne Browne||27.10||74th - 61.72%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.11||78th - 55.82%|
|Claire Emery||36.54||109th - 42.32%|
|Don Bennett||40.12 (tailrunner)||120th - 38.23%|
parkrun # 204 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 14th June 2014
|Alex Bee||18.11||3rd - 70.94%|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.12||4th - 75.00%|
|Jonathan Shaw||20.18||14th - 67.24%|
|Claire Parker||22.03||26th - 67.12%|
|Laura Jenkin||22.23||28th - 66.12%|
|Julie Creffield||32.55||81st - 45.57%|
parkrun # 174 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 14th June 2014
|Andrew Baxter||19.36||3rd - 72.36%|
|Manjit Singh||20.05||5th - 67.97%|
|Frank Brownlie ||22.48 pb||17th - 72.22% |
|Jason Levy||23.50 (course pb)||23rd - 58.60%|
|Katherine Harris||31.23||120th - 47.37%|
parkrun # 71 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 14th June 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.11||2nd - 71.04%|
|Richard Guest||21.24||8th - 64.25%|
|Helen Cook||24.22 (course pb)||21st - 61.35%|
other parkruns - Saturday 14th June 2014
|John Booth||20.20||16th (Mile End)|
|Dan Spinks||25.38||85th (Gunnersbury)|
ELVIS 2 : Havering 90 Joggers Midweek 5: Raphael Park Romford - Tuesday 10th June 2014
|Patrick Brown||28:09 pb||8th|
|Mark Boulton||28.13 pb||9th|
|Alex Bee||28:27 pb||12th|
|Ciaran Canavan||28.49 pb||15th|
|Russell Price||30.48 pb||27th|
|David Baldwin||32:29 pb||40th - 39th|
|Ava Lee||32:40 pb||43rd 2nd Female|
|Andrew Baxter||32:41||44th - 42nd|
|Paul Thompson||32:47||47th - 45th|
|Karen Levison||33:09||51st 3rd Female|
|Alex Haward||33.17 pb||54th - 51st|
|Manjit Singh||33:27||56th - 53rd|
|Shahib Miah Ali||33:48||57th - 54th|
|Richard Guest||33:49 pb||58th - 55th|
|James Nichols||34:48 pb||68th - 65th|
|James Creed||34:56||71st - 67th |
|Shailesh Patel||34:59 pb||72nd - 68th|
|Sharon Springfield||35:24||78th - 8th|
|Spencer Evans||35:25||79th - 71st|
|Ramesh Pala||35:25||80th - 72nd|
|Grant Conway||36:04||88th - 79th|
|Stuart Doman||36:54||95th - 82nd|
|Paula Bedford||36:58 pb||97th - 14th|
|Kieran Brown||36:59||98th - 84th|
|Claire Parker||37:00 pb||99th - 15th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||37:34||105th - 89th|
|Natasha Tweedie||37:38 pb||106th - 17th|
|Frank Brownlie ||38:18||111th - 93rd|
|Roger Stubbs||38:22||113th - 95th|
|Laura Jenkin||38:30 pb||116th - 19th|
|Steven Bywater||39:09 pb||129th - 103rd|
|Saheed Shabbir||39:43||133rd - 107th|
|Suzanne Bench||40:15||139th - 28th |
|Kim Mondesir||40:18||140th - 29th|
|Fiona Day||40:21||141st - 30th|
|Sarah Burns||40:56||144th - 31st|
|Andrea Waller||41:01||145th - 32nd|
|David Wyatt||42:24 pb||155th - 120th|
|Ian Cooper||42:37||158th - 122nd|
|Wayne Kelly||42.49||159th - 124th|
|Joanna Graham||43:21||166th - 39th|
|Dave Knight||43:22||168th - 128th|
|Jayne Browne||44:16||175th - 46th|
|Bernadett Kalmar||44:16||176th - 47th|
|Ninette Fernandes||46:38||195th - 59th|
|Caroline Moore||47:31||201st - 64th|
|Don Bennett||47:48||202nd - 138th|
Race Video (PART 1)from Carry on Running - www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY4MWNNwaiQ
Race Video (PART 2)from Carry on Running - www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN3eCNGcAQ8
Race Video (PART 3)from Carry on Running - www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqYwENjmxl4
On Tuesday 10th June 51 runners and our fantastic supporters ventured over to the beautiful and recently overhauled Raphael Park, Romford for ELVIS 2. Some were there early for a lengthy warm up with others arriving in the nick of time for the start at 7.40pm! This was an official distance 5 miler approved by EA with the super fast results being ready the next morning and uploaded to our individual power of 10 rankings. The course had been altered substantially from the previous course, with more of the run being inside rather than outside the park. A lot felt that the course was slightly harder than the old one with a few more inclines than before. The race was excellently organised in every way, including the new course, the marshals, the results, the goody bags with bananas, drinks, free massages and a t shirt all for Â£5! Congratulations should go to our hosts Havering 90. They richly deserved the excellent turnout of approximately 240 runners.
Although the official ELVIS standings are awaited it seems that both our ladies and men's teams were second to Ilford in ELVIS 2, leaving the men joint first with Ilford and the ladies second, just behind Ilford after two races. This year promises to be extremely tight so we ask that everyone keeps on running in all seven ELVIS races. A reminder that even if you do not score for ELR your run is still important as all our runners beat scorers from other teams to make the other teams score worse and help our teams as a result. It's also a case of the more the merrier with ELVIS and we are sure all our members new and old will agree these events are great fun either to run or spectate in. We donâ€™t like to pick out individuals but there have been some excellent performances at all levels in the club so far this year and long may it continue.
So we move quickly on to ELVIS 3 at Jubilee Park Leyton on Tuesday 17th June with drinks after in the Hare and Hounds, Leabridge Road. Come on ELR!
Ninette and Grant
St Albans Half Marathon - Sunday 8th June 2014
Southend Half Marathon - Sunday 8th June 2014
|Stuart Doman||1.48.00 PB||488th|
This was my come back half marathon, my first since the Roding Valley in 2009. After such a long lay off I did not know what time to expect, but was hoping for a sub 1.40. It was a glorious morning with the temperature already at 20 degrees when I arrived at the East Beach car park in Shoebury at 9.20am, having queued more than 20 minutes to get in. After leaving my belongings in the baggage tent, I spent a few minutes chatting to Saheed Shabbir and then it was time to head for the start line. The first part of the race went through an estate which led down to the sea front - the main part of the course, which was a straight, flat, out and back loop run twice. There was a light sea breeze which gave some relief from the heat of the sun and the organisers/volunteers did a fantastic job supplying runners with plenty of water and sponges for cooling down. The last couple of miles went through a residential area and then along a sea wall to the finish line. I was glad having to run only 13.1 miles under those conditions. It seemed to be over and done with fairly quickly. This was a very enjoyable half marathon, well organised and in aid of a worthy cause. Also, at a cost of Â£19.00 (including booking fee), good value for money compared to many other halfs these days. Thanks to Jamee Gould for her support along the course.
Orion Forest Five Series : Race 1 of 3 - Saturday 7th June 2014
parkrun # 162 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 7th June 2014
|Daniel Slipper||19.42 (course pb)||7th - 69.29%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.32||14th - 64.41%|
|Jonathan Shaw||20.31 (course pb)||15th - 66.53%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.51 (1st lady)||31st - 64.77%|
|Maud Hodson||24.26 (2nd lady)||43rd - 63.44%|
|Andrea Waller||25.32||51st - 58.94%|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||27.06 (course pb)||66th|
|Sophie Edwards||28.21||79th - 54.26%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||31.17||90th - 51.25%|
|Claire Emery||42.29||107th - 36.76%|
parkrun # 203 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 7th June 2014
|Claire Parker||21.25||24th - 69.11%|
|Paula Bedford||21.31||26th - 71.11%|
|Laura Jenkin||22.17||32nd - 66.42%|
parkrun # 173 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 7th June 2014
186 finishers. Tara Syed's back 138th in 35.45.
parkun # 70 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 7th June 2014
|Richard Guest||21.28||5th - 64.05%|
|Jamie Xavier||23.15||16th - 57.85%|
|Helen Cook||24.54 (course pb)||25th - 60.04%|
|Steven Bywater||25.01||26th - 58.49%|
Other parkruns 5km - Saturday 7th June 2014
|John Booth||19.28||7th Mile End|
|Andrew Baxter||19.40||8th Brighton|
|Dan Spinks||24.00||22nd Southwark|
|Russell Peters||24.25 (100th parkrun)||30th Gunpowder|
Regents Park 10k - Sunday 1st June 2014
|Roisin Archer||44.45 pb||98th|
Well done to Roisin finishing 6th lady in a new PB time of 44.45. 494 finishers.
Kent Roadrunner Marathon - Saturday 31st May 2014
parkrun # 202 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 31st May 2014
|Euan Brown||15.43 (course pb)||1st - 82.08%|
|Patrick Brown||16.51||2nd - 76.66%|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.24||6th - 78.45%|
|Russell Price||18.16||15th - 70.71%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.30||22nd - 69.49%|
|Claire Parker||22.03||42nd - 67.12%|
|Laura Jenkin||22.12||44th - 66.67%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||23.33||54th - 62.85%|
|David Wyatt||24.50||63rd - 64.56%|
|Julie Creffield||30.07 (course pb)||95th - 49.64%|
parkrun # 69 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 31st May 2014
|Shailesh Patel||21.03 (course pb)||8th - 68.80%|
|Richard Guest||21.14||9th - 64.76%|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.40||12th - 61.10%|
|Jamie Xavier||23.21||20th - 57.60%|
parkrun # 160 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 31st May 2014
|David Baldwin||19.18 debut||4th - 67.62%|
|Joseph Browne||19.33||7th - 68.20%|
|Regis Martin||19.45 (course pb)||9th - 69.62%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.41||14th - 63.74%|
|James Creed||21.01 (course pb)||15th - 62.73%|
|Claire Emery||23.03 (2nd lady, 50th parkrun)||29th - 67.75%|
|Frank Brownlie ||23.13 ( course pb), etc||32nd - 70.93%|
|Maud Hodson||23.53||36th - 64.90%|
|Katrina Anderson||25.36 debut||50th - 62.63%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.44 (course pb)||68th - 56.73%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||33.30||89th - 46.62%|
|Kieran Brown||38.28 (tailrunner)||104th - 40.29%|
104 finishers. A fine sunny morning was good for pb's. Debuts from Dave Baldwin & Katrina Anderson. Dave over from Walthamstow came 4th in 19.17 and Katrina , her very 1st parkrun did a great time with 25.36. Claire Emery was 2nd Lady and celebrated her 50th parkrun. More course pb's from Regis, James, Diana and even the old boy Frank making a rare appearance at Wanstead did 23.13. Many thanks to Fiona & Kieran for volunteering this morning.
Not only was it a course pb but also a parkrun pb and also a 5k pb for the old boy!
other parkruns - Saturday 31st May 2014
|John Booth||18.58||9th (Mile End)|
|Karen Levison||20.12 (1st lady)||7th (Valentines)|
|Derek Wright||22.31 (with buggy)||22nd (Valentines)|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||27.10||129th (Crystal Palace)|
Hatfield Broad Oak 10km - Monday 26th May 2014
|Simon Morgan||42.39 (life member)||146th now Tiptree|
Also Lorcan Murphy 16th in 35.59.
Edinburgh Festival Marathon - Sunday 25th May 2014
Katrina(above) reports. Included a fall at mile 7. At least 5 minutes wasted at First Aid looking for plasters and walk/ run strategy from mile 12! Loved it though. Torrential rain held off until seconds after I finished otherwise it would have been horrendous!
Liverpool Rock N Roll Marathon - Sunday 25th May 2014
|Maran Raju||3.43.21 PB||567th|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||5.25.27 debut||2,118th|
2,307 finishers. Well done to Maran(below) for running a new marathon PB.
BUPA London 10km - Sunday 25th May 2014
|Katrina Anderson||54.44 pb||4526th|
|Karen Lawlor||1.03.27 pb||8106th|
BUPA Westminister Mile - Saturday 24th May 2014
parkrun # 160 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 24th May 2014
|Kieran Brown||22.15 (course pb)||14th |
|Maud Hodson||23.26 (pb & 1st lady)||22nd|
parkrun # Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 24th May 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||17.38||3rd - 77.41%|
|James Nichols||19.50 (course pb)||15th - 65.21%|
|Spencer Evans||20.12||20th - 63.86%|
|Natalie Powell||31.14||55th - 47.87%|
|Julie Creffield||34.49||71st - 42.94%|
other parkruns - Saturday 24th May 2014
|Richard Guest||21.31||6th (Walthamstow)|
|Steven Bywater||24.31||17th (Walthamstow)|
|Russell Peters||24.30||27th (Gunpowder)|
ELVIS 1 : Dagenham 88 - Bill Adams Memorial Race 5km - Wednesday 21st May 2014
|Euan Brown||16.38||1st scorer|
|Thomas Grimes||16.48||2nd scorer|
|Patrick Brown||17.07||5th scorer|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.32||11th scorer|
|Andrew Baxter||19.18||28th scorer|
|Manjit Bedi||19.32||33rd scorer|
|Paul Thompson||19.35||35th |
|Ava Lee||20.01||40th - 2nd|
|Paula Bedford||21.56||71st - 9th|
|Laura Jenkin||22.35||86th - 12th|
|Claire Parker||22.47||88th - 14th|
Race Video from Carry on Running - www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qV-vmouIoQ/a>
Race Video Extra from Carry on Running - www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXHKRbTsyHU
We had almost 60 runners down to run at Dagenham last Wednesday so it was popular venue and distance. Most of the team had arrived just before 7pm to collect our numbers, catch up and â€“ for some of us - do a (very) short warm up.
It was not amazingly clear that the course was going to be 3 laps in total â€“ two full laps and a shorter one to get us to 5K. There was a quick announcement by the organisers and the siren sounded and we were off!
I (Ninette) was not running at my best as I had DOMS from a weights session earlier in the week and generally felt pretty lethargic but I decided to just run and enjoy it. A few of us had spoken before and decided not to wear our watches and go on feeling so that was something quite nice and relaxing for me!
The first lap was fine, marshals everywhere for directions and support. I slowed down for the second lap and then was over taken by the first finishers which I always find quite inspiring really. As I passed the finishing point at the end of my second lap I saw Patrick and Mark give a very energetic finish which made me think I should speed up and little, mainly because I wanted to finish and chat to them.
The final lap was good, with lots of ELR (more next time please) lining the final approach to the finishing funnel offering support and cheers so it was great. We got a bottle of water and a medal which is always good and a great selection of cakes and biscuits to tuck into after also. Quite a few of us went to the clubhouse afterwards to hear the awards and have a chat over a little beer before home.
I (Grant) really enjoyed ELVIS 1. I thought the turnout was fantastic and it was great to meet up with members of other clubs as well as our own members whether running or supporting.
I also "ran like the Kenyans" and went without my Garmin for the first time in years. Not sure I will do that next time! At the time of writing this, the results are still not available but we will let you know how the teams did as soon as we can. I recall the course was not really conducive to fast times from last year but Eastbrook End is a nice park and I enjoyed running past the lake.
Poor old James Creed had to put up with running with yours truly but we pushed each other along, although we couldnâ€™t catch up with Spencer (age is my excuse). Well done to all our new runners, I did tell you there was nothing to worry about.
As Captains we could not be happier with the night â€“ great team turnout and performance, some really super runs. ELR took the first male prize for Euan Brown and the first female vet for Ava Lee. Euan Brown also won the team prize with Patrick Brown and Thomas Grimes. Alex Bee pushed hard to get a top ten finish to make it 5 men in the top ten which is a great achievement.
There were strong comebacks from Claire Parker and Jonathan Woolridge and a great finish from Marie Young who was running for ELR for the first time. It was good to see Manjit Bedi, Julie Creffield and David Wyatt back running for the club â€“ hope you can all make the rest of the series!
We also had some great support on the night from a good crowd including our newest member, Annalise Brown! Thanks to Roberto for the photos, Jim for bringing emergency supplies of kit and all our supporters. We have two weeks until the next ELVIS so make sure your training plans are in order and you get your entries in on Wed 28th May. Lets do this ELR!
Keswick Mountain Marathon Triathlon - Sunday 18th May 2014
|Ninette Fernandes||25.57||750m swim|
I did the Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon as a relay yesterday with my brother Davide and a friend, Aaron. It was a 750m swim in Derwent Water, 39km bike and 9km run. It was the hardest swim I have ever done, really makes me think that everything before this was not open water! There was such a current that every time I took a breath my mouth filled up with water - horrendous!! There was also a bashing of the legs on rocks and general gunge on the final 100m too. My time for 750m was a disappointing 25.57. Davide did the bike, 39km, including two climbs, unfortunately he unknowingly had his brakes on for quite some time, he thought it was just super hard, possibly due to the two pints he'd had the night before! After he had fixed the brake situation he was then flying and arrived back in the park looking strong. You actually have to dismount your bike then carry it up a grassy verge and run about 300m into transition which was really tough on them; his final time was 1.51.36, so a good ten mins over his training time. Aaron is a super star trail runner, who eats cheese as his fuel, (he doesn't eat any carbs), he did a mental 77km run through the Alps so he was pretty hardcore and managed the 9km mountain run in 52.39 without much of an issue! We got a total time of 3.11.10 and were 59th overall so we are happy and all saying we'll do it again next year!
Even though the swim was so tough I still really enjoyed it - a small event with really good crowds and support. We stayed in Cockermouth the night before and had a chance to look around Keswick too which is a such lovely place, I wish I lived closer to the Lakes! I loved doing a relay as well, particularly because I know I would definitely would not have been able to do the bike anyway, especially after the swim! Best part of it? A cross between doing my brother's first race with him and the stop we made at Tebury Services for the farm shop - AMAZING!
Para's 10, Colchester - Sunday 18th May 2014
|Roger Stubbs||1.21.42||26th - 3rd vet|
Paras 10.... Done.... What a scorcher phew....
Nearly didn't make it, they closed the A12 at Kelvedon...
Made it with 4 minutes to spare, just in time for the warm up.
Then off we go... the same course as last year with a couple of new surprises; 2 stream crossing and a waist deep mud crossing.. Then at about 6 miles a steep gully that you had to negotiate twice...
The only downer was it was hot hot hot and cups at the water stops, very hard to drink from on the go ( maybe bottles next year) knocked off 6 minutes from last year's time, all in all a great race.
Slateman Triathlon , Llanberis, Wales - Sunday 18th May 2014
992 finishers. Swim 1000m , Cycle 51km's and run 11km trail .Samuel ( 22.55, 1.41.09, 53.59)
James ( 24.41, 1.51.41) and Paul ( 29.21, 2.23.06 and 1.24.31)
James Nichols report: Paul, Sam and I made our way to Llanberis on Saturday afternoon to complete
registration for the race, giving us the chance to drive along the hilly
cycle route for the following day and check out the tough challenge
awaiting us. The weather conditions on race day were, thankfully, dry if a
little windy, so mostly favourable, and soon enough we were set up and
standing by the lake ready for the start. The water for the kilometre swim
was very cold and it took a while to get into a rhythm, but despite
choppiness in places and a current that made the distance seem longer, I
negotiated this section safely. A quick nod to Paul as I wheeled my bike
out of the transition zone ready to tackle the infamous Llanberis Pass, 5km
or so of constant climbing that took every ounce of energy out of the legs.
From there a steep descent of a similar distance and another 40km of
undulating roads in beautiful surroundings to cycle through, with the windy
conditions adding to the challenge. I felt good at the start of the run
and started going past people for fun for the first mile but my enthusiasm
soon waned as I reached the bottom of the quarry and knew the hard work was
about to start with a seemingly never ending steep climb that zig-zagged up
the quarry and reduced me and most of the other athletes to a walk. Such
was the difficulty that this section had its own separate timed challenge
within the Triathlon called the Quarryman which I covered, mainly walking,
in a shade under 15 minutes. The rest of the 11km trail run had its own
challenges with a number of further hills and descents and tricky surfaces
to contend with. That said despite my tiredness it was a delight to run
through, and I had just about enough left in the tank to overtake a number
of other runners as the route flattened out towards the finish line and
come in with a run time of 58:38 and overall triathlon time just above my
target of 3 hours and 20 minutes. From there I collected my piece of slate
(nice alternative to a medal) and met up with Sam and Paul and the rest of
our party for a few well-earned drinks to reminisce about our achievements.
This event was a serious challenge but was expertly organised and the
chance to race in this location made for a great weekend.
Greenwich 10km (Battle of the Borough's) - Saturday 17th May 2014
parkrun # 159 - Wanstead Flats 5km (3rd Anniversary) - Saturday 17th May 2014
|Euan Brown||15.40||1st - 82.34%|
|Thomas Grimes||17.34||5th - 74.67%|
|Patrick Brown||17.58||6th - 71.89%|
|Russell Price||18.19 (course pb)||8th - 70.52%|
|Mark Wyatt||19.08||12th - 67.42%|
|Spencer Evans||20.32 (1st parkrun)||21st - 62.82%|
|Regis Martin||20.33||22nd - 66.91%|
|Paula Bedford||21.41 (course pb)||30th - 70.86%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||21.45 (course pb)||33rd - 68.05%|
|Laura Jenkin||23.48||50th - 62.18%|
|Fiona Day||24.09 (course pb)||54th - 75.98%|
|Kieran Brown||24.10||55th - 64.14%|
|Maud Hodson||25.13||64th - 61.47%|
|Jayne Browne||27.00||80th - 62.10%|
|Don Bennett||28.17||88th - 54.33%|
|Russell Lines-Jobling||29.13||92nd - 49.69%|
|Karen Lawlor||31.00||106th - 47.74%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||31.41||107th - 50.60%|
|Julie Creffield||31.45 (course pb)||108th - 47.09%|
|Sophie Edwards||36.35||127th - 42.05%|
|Emiko Priest||37.55||131st - 39.43%|
139 finishers, new attendance record.
parkrun # 170 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 17th May 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.57||14th - 64.66%|
|Tim Le Rasle||22.23||22nd - 60.98%|
|Derek Wright||22.42 (with buggy)||24th - 61.53%|
|Molly Pinkus||24.31 (course pb)||39th - 62.41%|
|Jason Levy||24.36||41st - 56.78%|
|Ajit Rehal||26.33||72nd - 61.46%|
|Katherine Harris||29.33||111th - 50.31%|
other parkruns - Saturday 17th May 2014
|Alex Bee||17.14||3rd Hackney|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.16 (course pb)||4th Hackney|
|Russell Peters||23.27||30th Gunpowder|
|Dan Spinks||23.41||98th Gunnersbury|
|David Baldwin||20.37||5th (Walthamstow)|
|Richard Guest||21.05||6th (Walthamstow)|
|Steven Bywater||24.30 (course pb)||17th (Walthamstow)|
Orion Pentathlon , Walthamstow track - Sunday 11th May 2014
|Euan Brown||26.29 (471pts)||200m - 2nd|
|Euan Brown||9.14.15 (853 pts)||3000m - 1st|
|Thomas Grimes||25.53 (562 pts)||200m - 1st|
|Thomas Grimes||2.14.12 (906 pts)||800m - 1st|
|Thomas Grimes||9.47..6 (740 pts)||3000m - 2nd|
|Patrick Brown||30.39 (230 pts)||200m - 5th|
|Patrick Brown||2.20.06 (823 pts)||800m - 2nd|
|Patrick Brown||10.10.68 (666 pts)||3000m - 4th|
The Orion pentathlon is mostly a junior event but had around 7 seniors taking part. Euan did the 200m & 3000m events only. Thomas Grimes did the 200m, 800m & 30000m and also did the long jump (3.04m) and high jump ( 1.40m) to finish 1st with 2,640 pts. Patrick did the 200m, javelin (16.71m),long jump (4.04m),800m and 3000m finishing 3rd Overall with 2,303 pts.
Rat Race Dirty Weekend - Sunday 11th May 2014
3,843 finishers and 20 miles and only 200 obstacles.
Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 11th May 2014
John said"Hilly, off road, muddy and testing course.....bonus of getting a Womble shaped medal!"
Organisers - Run Through Running - Well done to everyone who competed in the first of a series of three Wimbledon Common Half Marathons this year! With the rain holding off and the trees sheltering us from the wind, we had some great times and some fantastic personal bests.
From everyone here at RunThrough, we canâ€™t wait to see you all again!
If you enjoyed todayâ€™s race, why not cross over the A3 with us and compete in the multi-lap timed Half Marathon at Richmond Park on August 3rd 2014.
Dwar Door Bruges 15km, Belgium - Sunday 11th May 2014
Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 11th May 2014
Mike and Morgan with their medals after the marathon.
Nike We Own The Night 10km - Saturday 10th May 2014
|Roisin Archer||45.29 pb||96th|
Regents Park Spring 10km - Saturday 10th May 2014
parkrun # 158 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 10th May 2014
|Thomas Grimes||17.35||1st - 74.60%|
|Lee Wollaston||19.52 (course pb)||5th - 68.71%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.50||8th - 63.28%|
|James Creed||21.43%||15th - 60.40%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.36 (2nd lady)||22nd - 65.49%|
|Kieran Brown||22.38||23rd - 68.48%|
|Fiona Day||24.55||36th - 73.65%|
|Andrea Waller||25.30||41st - 59.02%|
|Karen Lawlor||30.54||64th - 47.90%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||32.03 (50th parkrun)||69th - 50.03%|
parkrun # 169 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 10th May 2014
|Andrew Baxter||19.25||7th - 73.05%|
|Spencer Evans||21.10 (1st parkrun)||11th - 60.94%|
|Jason Levy||24.13||34th - 57.67%|
|Ajit Rehal||25.43||48th - 63.45%|
|Satya Iyer||26.51||64th - 48.17%|
|Katherine Harris||26.51||65th - 55.37%|
parkrun # 199 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 10th May 2014
|Euan Brown||15.52 (course pb)||2nd - 81.30%|
|Mark Boulton||17.38||5th - 73.35%|
|Patrick Brown||17.47||7th - 72.63%|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.49||11th - 72.54%|
|Julie Creffield||32.23||88th - 46.17%|
other parkrun's - Saturday 10th May 2014
|Sean Richardson||18.23||3rd (Gunpowder)|
|Ramesh Pala||21.54||7th (Barking)|
|Dan Spinks||22.49||35th (Gunnersbury)|
|Steven Bywater||24.50||17th (Walthamstow)|
Milton Keynes Half Marathon - Monday 5th May 2014
Milton Keynes Marathon - Monday 5th May 2014
|Maud Hodson||4.09.46 pb||901st|
Maud finishing strongly in the MK Dons Stadium.
Maud's report: It was a beautiful morning in Milton Keynes. I opened the curtains of my room at the romantically named Premier Inn Milton Keynes Southwest to reveal a rather attractive view over a lake. A very easy 10 minute drive to the stadium, got a parking place just outside the baggage drop zone, plenty of proper indoor toilets. With locks on the doors and loo roll, too. All going well so far.
At the start it was a bit of a free-for-all, with no pens for different paces. The pacers turned up quite late on, so it wasn't easy to pick them out from in the crowd. I found myself somewhere between the 3.45 and 4.00 balloons, and planned to drop back and join up with the four hour pacer.
Instead I found myself rolling along at very steady 9 minute-ish miles, feeling quite comfortable, taking in the sights of downtown MK. It was a nice surprise to come across Saheed at around 6 miles, but otherwise the first 15 miles was pretty uneventful. Enjoyable, even.
And then the sun came out, and the course become more uppy downy, and bit by bit the wheels came off. The four hour pacer came past me between 16 and 17 miles, and I tried briefly to hold on but couldn't do it. I just about held it together until the 18 mile water station, when, with all hopes of sub-4 evaporated in the Bank Holiday sunshine, my motivation deserted me too. I stopped, drank a whole bottle of water, nipped behind the bushes for a wee (didn't see the nettles...), picked up a second hand water bottle from the verge and drank most of that too. And looked around to see if a fairy godmother with a wheelbarrow would appear to whisk me off to the finish.
No barrow-pushing fairies turned up, so I scraped my hopes and dreams up off the tarmac and tried to get going again. The next couple of miles were not pretty, and I allowed myself the odd walk up some of the hills. Gradually I managed to stick some of the wheels back on, the sun went in again, and the last 5 miles weren't so bad. By that point most people seemed to be walking or running even more slowly than me, which made me feel a bit better.
As I approached the stadium I realised a PB was still on if I got on with it, my family were there to cheer me on, and I managed something resembling a sprint finish.
And then there was cold beer and everyone lived happily ever after.
Did someone mention cold beer?
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 4th May 2014
Pembrokeshire Coastal Trail Series 7.7 miles (10km) - Saturday 3rd May 2014
131 finishers , also Ben Waller 82nd in 1.31.05.
Our intrepid heroes!.
Jayne reports;-Suzanne and Geoff Bench, Andrea and Ben Waller, Jayne and Paul Browne travelled down to Pembrokeshire last Friday to take part in the Pembrokeshire 7.7 mile (not 10K) Endurance Life run on the Saturday.
This was a very well organised event with T-shirt and very nice medal for the finishers. There was also a very friendly atmosphere. Coaches were provided to drive us out to the start of the race which was in Marloes. The Organisers led us to a cove by the sea which we had to scramble down to before we could start the race, a usual briefing and then off we went.
The start was a climb up to the coastal path which stretched all the way to the finish in Little Haven. It all started off well, I even said to Suzanne this feels like a Sunday run and then came the hills and lots of them, but the views over the Atlantic made this a special run. The route took us all along the coastal path, along the top of the cliffs.
We all finished, had an ice bath in the sea and celebrated our achievements with food, wine, beer and Karaoke. The B&B we stayed in was superb with views of the beach, the owners were very hospitable, feeding us up with Welsh tea cakes which were lovely.
I would definitely recommend this run, B&B and the pubs.
parkrun # 157 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 3rd May 2014
|Euan Brown||16.09||1st - 79.88%|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.13||3rd - 70.51%|
|Regis Martin||19.59||7th - 68.81%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.17 (course pb)||9th - 65.00%|
|Andy Jenkins||21.28||13th - 61.80%|
|Paula Bedford||22.22 (course pb)||21st - 68.41% 1st lady|
|Sarah Burns||23.09||28th - 65.37% 2nd lady|
|Claire Parker||23.15 (course pb)||29th - 63.66% 3rd lady|
|Claire Emery||23.22||30th - 66.83% 4th lady|
|Fiona Day||24.31||44th - 74.85%|
|Sophie Edwards||24.48||48th - 62.03%|
|Maud Hodson||25.58||59th - 59.69%|
|Don Bennett||28.26||75th - 54.04%|
|Karen Lawlor||29.44 (course pb)||77th - 49.78%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||38.06 (with kids)||103rd - 38.06%|
111 finishers. The 2nd biggest turnout at Wanstead Flats saw Euan finishing 1st again in 16.09. Emmett in a course pb of 20.17 from his pb last week of 20.38 finished behind Gavin & Regis to give us 4 men in Top 10. The ladies finished with 6 in the Top 10 with Paula in 1st place with a course pb of 22.22, only 1 second behind Sarah's course pb of 22.21. Claire Parker finished 3rd lady behind Sarah with a course pb of 23.15 with Claire Emery finishing 4th in 23.22.
Fiona & Sophie finished in Top 10 also ahead of Maud who was winding down for her marathon on Monday in Milton Keynes. New member Karen Lawlor finished in a course pb of 29.44 shortly after being announced as Parkrunner of the Month for April. The 3rd Anniversary is approaching on the 17th May and we are close to 100 ELR's at Wanstead Flats. I know the list says 101 but 3 have never been members of ELR. So what we need is 2 members to put ELR as there club name on parkrun from the following Paula Bedford, Laura Jenkin, Tina Nieman da Costa, James Creed and Andy Jenkins , plus it makes it easier for me to spot your results also.
parkrun # 65 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 3rd May 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.55||1st - 68.28%|
|James Nichols||20.50||3rd - 62.08%|
|Richard Guest||21.15||4th - 64.71%|
|Steven Bywater||24.50||21st - 58.93%|
111 finishers. Patrick Brown returns to his winning ways after a couple of weeks with his family to welcome him on the line. Good photo of them all on Walthamstow parkrun page.
other parkruns - - Saturday 3rd May 2014
|Ciaran Canavan||17.43||6th Hackney|
|Sean Richardson||18.08 (1st parkrun)||2nd Gunpowder|
|Ramesh Pala||21.37||12th Barking|
|Russell Peters||23.09||35th Gunpowder|
|Dan Spinks||23.22||107th Rushmoor|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||26.25||71st Hackney|
Ciaran does his debut at Hackney in 17.43 as new member Sean Richardson does his 1st parkrun to finish 2nd at Gunpowder in 18.08. Dan Spinks adds another venue to his list at Rushmoor and good to see Alexandra back running again after a long lay off.
parkrun # 168 - Valentine Park - Saturday 3rd May 2014
|Andrew Baxter||19.24 (course pb)||8th - 73.11%|
|Karen Levison||20.31 (2nd lady)||12th - 78.96%|
|Grant Conway||21.41 (course pb)||20th - 65.41%|
|Derek Wright||22.32 (with buggy)||31st - 61.98%|
|Jason Levy||24.01 (course pb)||46th - 58.15%|
|Katherine Harris||26.24||71st - 56.31%|
|Julie Greene||29.12||103rd - 58.11%|
Is the new course faster ?. A few course pb's from Andrew , Grant and new member Jason Levy can they tell us?. Karen's great time of 20.31 was only good enough for 2nd place lady and Derek ran with his buggy in 22.32.
Test Event - Sunday 27th April 2014
Hotel Olympia 10km - Sunday 27th April 2014
|James Nichols||42.39 pb||34th|
Race Report from James
"I was expecting the worst prior to this race as pre-event communication
seemed to focus more on the corporate side of the event, perhaps
understandably given it was a charity fundraiser linked to the show of the
same name taking place at the ExCel over the weekend. The lack of a route
in particular was worrying, however the race was under UKA guidelines and
in the end those fears need not have been there as on the day organisation
was spot-on, and the race itself was well signposted and marshalled. Flat
and good enough for a PB for myself, although it was very narrow at the
bunch start and a number of tight turns mean it wasn't ideal in this
respect. At the finish there was the positive side of the corporate nature
of the event with a hefty goodie bag and a complimentary brunch provided to
all runners. At Â£15, with all proceeds going to charity, this was excellent
value and would recommend to others."
Sunday League Cross Country Fixture 1 - Cheshunt - 26th October 2014
parkrun # 197 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 26th April 2014
|Russell Price||17.47 pb||6th - 72.63%|
|David Wyatt||26.02||50th - 61.59%|
|Sarah Burns||27.20||63rd - 55.37%|
|Paula Bedford||27.22||65th - 55.91%|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||41.31||90th - 31.59%|
parkrun # 167 - Valentines Park 5km - Saturday 26th April 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.50 (course pb)||8th - 65.04%|
|Ajit Rehal||24.30||39th - 66.05%|
|Satya Iyer||27.38||78th - 46.80%|
|Katherine Harris||29.09||93rd - 51.00%|
other parkruns - Saturday 26th April 2014
|Richard Guest||20.59 (50th parkrun)||Walthamstow|
parkrun # 156 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 26th April 2014
|Euan Brown||16.22||1st - 78.72%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.00||3rd - 71.32|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.38 (course pb)||8th - 63.89%|
|Morgan Francis||20.54||9th - 62.44%|
|Regis Martin||20.56||10th - 65.68%|
|James Creed||21.25||13th - 61.25%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.43 (1st lady)||21st - 68.20%|
|Claire Emery||22.54 (2nd lady)||22nd - 68.20%|
|Kieran Brown||23.16||23rd - 66.62%|
|Laura Jenkin||23.26 (3rd lady)||25th - 63.16%|
|Claire Parker||23.57||31st - 61.18%|
|Maud Hodson||24.38||38th - 62.92%|
|Fiona Day||24.44||39th - 74.19%|
|Sophie Edwards||25.37||45th - 60.05%|
|Andrea Waller||25.38||46th - 58.71%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.18||61st - 92.92%|
|Don Bennett||29.08||68th - 52.75%|
|Karen Lawlor||31.14||71st - 47.39%|
87 finishers. Great turnout with 17 from ELR , Men with 5 in top 10 and Ladies with 8 in the top 10 of 29 ladies. First finishers from Euan and Celia and a course pb from Emmett.
Regents Park Easter Monday 10km - Monday 21st April 2014
BAA Boston Marathon 2014 - Monday 21st April 2014
Tom Woods adds Boston to his list to become the first member of East London Runners to do all 6 of the Marathon Major's (Berlin, London, Chicago, New York, Tokyo and Boston).
Capital Runners Richmond Park 10km - Sunday 20th April 2014
227 finishers Jamie reports: Thought I would do a report on the Capital Runners 10k yesterday in Richmond Park. This event is part of a series organised by the team at Nice Work who now manage the 10k Summer/Winter Series at Regents Park. The course itself is challenging, varied surfaces along with a couple of climbs mean PB's will be difficult to achieve but wide paths and a not too large field meant if you know how to pace it right a high finish is on the cards. Those who know Richmond Park will be aware of the scenic views it offers. Event route was well signposted and two laps of a 5k circuit meant you knew what to expect. A medal for all finishers was a nice touch too. The next one is in June so worth a go if you fancy a 10k with a bit of a challenge.
Victoria Park Open 5m - Saturday 19th April 2014
|Paul Thompson||32:06 pb||82nd|
|James Nichols||35:04 debut||113th|
|Sarah Burns||38.46 pb||141st|
192 finishers. Paul's report - I entered this race that traditionally has a strong field made up of various Essex and London Clubs in search of a 5 mile pb. The race was well organised with excellent changing facilities, secure bag drop and chip timed. We had to cover 2 laps of the course with a few sharp turns, but the weather conditions and flatness of the course meant a pb was possibly on the cards. I saw Sarah Burns for a chat at the start fresh from her VLM heroics and soon we were off. My first mile was way too fast at 6:09 (that's what lager does to you!) but I felt strong and pushed on. Had a dip at mile 4, but when a runner from Woodford Green came alongside me with a mile to go and said that we had 6:30 to go under 33 minutes I managed to pick up the pace again (thanks Grant for the track work !) and managed 6:11 for the last mile. At the finish we were welcomed with water, bananas, cereal bar and a creme egg for Easter ! I was delighted with my time and overall a well run race with plenty of marshals and quite a few spectators.
parkrun # 155 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 19th April 2014
|Euan Brown||15.57||1st - 80.88%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.16||8th - 70.33%|
|Lee Wollaston||19.53 (course pb)||13th - 68.65%|
|Morgan Francis||20.54 ||18th - 62.44%|
|Celia Payaneeandee||22.48 (1st lady)||32nd - 64.91%|
|Maud Hodson||24.28||46th - 63.44%|
|David Irwin||24.30||47th - 58.42%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.00 (course pb)||73rd - 57.14%|
|Peter Hatley||28.50||78th - 47.35%|
|Karen Lawlor||30.15 (course pb)||82nd - 48.93%|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.24||84th - 52.74%|
98 finishers. Times have yet to be confirmed from 40 onwards as a couple of TA guys didn't take a finishing chip but were timed. The Orion youth team turned up to take 2nd to 7th place with Euan about 1.30 ahead of them.
parkrun # 166 - Valentines 5km - Saturday 19th April 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.25 (course pb)||10th - 63.18%|
|Karen Levison||20.51 (1st lady)||14th - 77.70%|
|Grant Conway||22.05 (course pb)||23rd - 64.23%|
|Derek Wright||22.43 (with buggy)||29th - 61.48%|
|Satya Iyer||26.36||67th - 48.62%|
192 finishers. Last time before an altered course starts form next week.
Course pb's from Shahib & Grant and a first lady place for a rare parkrun appearance from Karen. Pretty rapid run also from Derek with the buggy.
Be good to have some comparable times from the new course to compare from next week.
other parkrun's - Saturday 19th April 2014
|Andrew Baxter||19:11||14th 73.94% Kings Lynn|
|Richard Guest||20.39||14th - 66.59% Woodley|
|Steven Bywater||24.34 (course pb)||20th - 59.57% Walthamstow|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||31.12||39th 42.04% Beckton|
Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 - Sunday 13th April 2014
|Euan Brown||2.44.00 debut ||326th|
|Mark Boulton||2.57.53 pb||1,106th|
|Ava Lee||3.12.09 pb||2,545th|
|Peter Hatley||3.19.20 pb||3,425th|
|Lee Wollaston||3.27.35 pb by 78 mins||4,588th|
|James Creed||3.41.04 debut||6,968th|
|Michael Wilson||3.50.20 17th London Marathon||9,070th|
|John Healy||4.00.24 debut||11,888th|
|Sheila Kennedy||4.03.08 pb||12,482nd|
|Sarah Burns||4.06.32 pb||13,227th|
|Dave Knight||4.12.54 13th London Marathon||14,693rd|
|Steven Bywater||4.16.42 pb||15,620th|
|Frank Brownlie ||4.16.55 6th London Marathon||15,700th|
|Natalie Lee||4.22.08 debut||17,014th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||4.25.22 debut||17,815th|
|Sangeeta Dimming||4.34.00 debut||19,885th|
|Sarah Stack||4.34.41 debut||20,043rd|
|Alison Jones||5.47.42 debut||32,151st|
|Jim Bird||8.20.00 - 29th London Marathon||35,808th|
also Yvonne Shashoua 3.30.17 (5,114th), Lorcan Murphy 2.45.32, Teresa Scully 3.13.36, Emily Stack 4.17.49, Mark Portman (Jantastic team) 4.32.04, Sharron Rooney 5.24.22 and Louise Simpson 5.32.27.
Yvonne Shashoua - Thanks for a warm welcome and congratulations on your fine London Marathon times.
After a long and tiring but amazing day running the London Marathon for the
first time in 15 years, I wanted to say a huge thank you to ELR for
welcoming me and for your great company today. I moved to Copenhagen to
work in 1998 after a long membership at ELR but have followed the great
progress of the club from the homepage.
Although I have run the Copenhagen Marathon every year since I left the UK,
I was very excited to qualify for a Fast Good for Your Age place in London
after turning 50. I ran the Roding Valley half in March and asked Don if I
could travel on the coach with ELR to the start. Today, I arrived nervously
at the Leisure Centre and was met with smiles and welcome by the many ELR
London participants. Unfortunately the coach didn't arrive and by 7:45am it
was clear that we had to make our own way by tube.
I was a bit panicked by this as I hadn't really read up on which station
would be the closest. I needn't have worried as the ELR ladies had it
sorted. Three of us, Carinne, Julie (I think, sorry) and I ran to
Redbridge, hopped on a train to Stratford and negotiated the DLR with the
many other marathon runners, stinking out one carriage with Deep Heat. The
two others waited for me to run down the stairs with my awful, stiff knees.
We arrived at Cutty Sark Station and asked our way to the green start.I was
still a little stressed as time was ticking but we laughed and talked so
much together that I soon relaxed. Thank you so much for your wonderful
company, girls, and I can see from ELR's home page that you had fine
results despite the heat and frustrating injuries up to the run.
I struggled from 8 miles with sore knees but had a goal to get to the ELR
drinks station at 20 miles. I was not disappointed. Pete was up on his
stage, microphone in hand and gave me a lovely greeting. Then the many,
hard working ELR members giving out water smiled and cheered. The greeting
gave me the energy for the last 6.2 miles and a positive memory of a hard,
I am delighted to read how many talented and active members ELR has and am
equally proud that my old club still has a wonderful spirit and generosity.
Wishing you all success in your coming training and hope to see you soon.
The build up to the Virgin London Marathon was a bit more dramatic than I anticipated. I sprained a tendon in my foot the week before which meant I ended Wednesday's club run in tears and poor Roberto, Danny and Ava had to try and console me. An X-Ray, ultra-sound and some strong painkillers later meant our Chairman picked me up on Sunday morning in quite a relaxed state. I genuinely had no idea how the foot would hold out so was just going to see how it went. Meeting up at the centre with the other runners smiling faces was nice and relaxing and helped take the mind off my foot and what lay ahead.
After a quick journey on the tube and DLR we arrived relaxed in Greenwich and set off on our different journeys to the start line through Greenwich Park. Quick queue for toilet, few photos and last minute Vaseline to feet and made my way to start pen.
First few miles flew by and I tried to relax into a settled pace and tried to forget about any niggles. After about 5 miles my foot felt ok and I decided that if I was not going to hit my target it would not be because of my foot. Coming through the iconic scenes of London Marathon route was special although I found it hard to relax and enjoy it as was focused on what I was targeting but was buzzing to come through half way feeling good and spotted my Mum & Dad which always lifts the spirits. However still found it hard to relax knowing that I went through half in about 1:24 last year feeling good only to blow up massively after 22 miles. Next mental target was 18 at Canary Wharf where I had cramped last year but this year was feeling ok despite having to work harder to maintain pace. Next was bracing myself for 20 to see the club at the water station. Relax, calm down and keep eye on pace. A high five with Grant and Johnny Shaw and I stopped relaxing and could feel the adrenaline kicking in.. Seeing everyone was such a buzz, seeing glimpses of all the faces that provide such support and comfort through the highs and lows of training, year in year out inspired me an enthusiastic high five with Thommo who had to pick me up off the floor at that point last year meant 10k to go. Club run left. That's all.
Trying to do mental arithmetic after 21 miles of a marathon is not easy but figured I had given myself a shot at hitting sub 3 target. Replaying the mantra's in my head, inspired by the amazing London crowd's it was time to dig in. Was looking forward to seeing my family again at 22 but the adrenaline boots were not lasting as long as earlier in the race. Hit the embankment and began to run from memory, could see Big Ben in distance but did not want to look at it, turned the corner at birdcage walk. About 26 miles in, was done. Looked up and saw Danny Lee's smiling face, knowing what he had done the week before in Paris gave me just what I needed at that time. Turned in to the Mall, 200 yards to go, thought that I might just be able to finish. Crossed the line in 2:57:53 in floods of tears. It has been a hell of a journey with blood, sweat and tears but 100% worth it. I want to thank everyone at East London Runners for all their kindness, support and inspiration.
Mark in race mode during the marathon!
The 13th April 2014 was the perfect day to run the London marathon, or so I thought. The weather was beautiful, the crowds as supportive as ever, and lots of amazing friends on the route to cheer me on. I started off the day full of positive energy, great to see all my ELR fellow runners for the journey to the start. I didn't realise at that time that this would be my toughest marathon challenge yet.
Being in the Championship start was a bit of a buzz, surrounded by lots of super skinny, super fit people who do everything in one speed - fast! I wondered what I was doing there, how did i sneak in here? I was just glad of the short toilet queue...and Ciaran's thermal bin bag jacket.
The race was hard for me compared to last year. I felt a bit off colour from early on. I felt tired before 10 miles, which was strange. I imagined multiple scenarios of how I could stop and go home, but the thought of all the friends who would be disappointed and upset for me kept me going. I managed a grimace for Danny and my friends at Mile 16. They lined the roads, their bellies full of Eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's. Lucky them, I thought!
I kept going. I was still going at a fair pace, and eventually the black cloud lifted and I knew I'd finish. I sneaked past the 20 mile water station. I wanted to smile and wave, but keeping going in a straight line looking forward was the only option.
At 800 metres to go Danny was there with friends Lucy and Diccon. I was so happy to hear them, even if I didn't show it. The end was in sight. With all my might I did a fast hobble over the finish line, and was overcome by relief. It was finished. Hurray!! A mentally very challenging day. Somehow I managed a new personal best, which under the circumstances I'm extra delighted with.
London, you've not seen the best of me yet. I'll be back next year....and yes, perhaps I'll feel like I deserve my Championship start this time.
I really enjoyed the marathon this year. Being ill and missing a lot of training meant the pressure was off. I knew I would need to be a bit cautious but that turned out to be a blessing really. The missing bus saga got us off to a fine start but we seemed (mostly) to meet up at Greenwich. I enjoyed the company of a calm and un-flustered Mike Wilson for the pre-race build up and then we were off. Orient's recent success was marked by more shouts of "Come on Orient" than I have ever had before - are the O's attracting glory-hunters these days? Chatted to an army bloke for a mile or two in Greenwich, saw my wife at Canary Wharf - thanks to Anne for a quick swig of rejuvenating Costa Coffee, and got to sing Orient songs on Birdcage Walk with a fellow O's fan, who said he'd seen me last year. What the watching crowd thought of "He's got no hair but we don't care, Russell Russell Slade", I dread to think. Finished in 4 hours 12 and a bit. The highlight though was the 20 mile water station. You guys were magnificent. Got absolutely drenched and took a shot of water straight between the eyes thanks to the amazing aim of Roberto. I was soaked but the encouragement I took from you all helped me speed up for a couple of hundred metres. After the race the Ship and Shovell was just perfect. It was great swapping tales over a pint or five! All in all - a fantastic day again. Hope I can get a place again next year and do it all again. Special thanks to Roberto and Frank for organising some great training runs and to all of you who joined us for the long haul Sundays.
More Race Reports - Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 - Sunday 13th April 2014
13th April 2014. A day to remember, or a day that will never be forgotten? The next 12 hours will tell their story, I thought to myself, as I contemplated getting out of bed.
It was 5 am, the early morning bird song had begun outside my window, and although already awake, I had had an early night, and a good sleep till then. This whole marathon morning thing is beginning to feel like second nature. I didn't feel too nervous and was looking forward to the challenge ahead. The last few weeks training had gone well, taper was perfect, and having relieved myself of any pressure of achieving the same goal as 2013, I felt like it was going to be a good day. One where my priority was to run, and to enjoy the Virgin Money London Marathon.
I walked to Wanstead Leisure Centre, taking in Wanstead park en-route, admiring the tranquility as the early morning sun had yet to dispel the low mist laying on top of the grass. The only company I had during my commute were the ducks and geese who were feasting in the dew laden parkland. I felt like I was Mary Poppins, in a picture perfect life. Yes, today was going to be a good day.
With my spoons of sugar (Lucozade Sport Gels) tucked into my shorts pocket, and my bag packed full of of everything possibly needed for the pre race start zone, from loo roll for the toilets to the legendary black bin bags for keeping warm, I congratulated myself on my perfect preparation for race morning.
Everyone arrived early for the coach, which we all know by now was more than can be said about the coach itself. My picture perfect Mary Poppins life had turned into the nightmare. In a whirlwind I had been transported from London, to the land of Oz. The wicked witch had scuppered our plans, and we had to follow the central line and DLR to the start of the marathon.#
Safety in numbers, and as the lion, tin man and scarecrow joined me in the form of my fellow abandoned East London Runners, we navigated our own way to the marathon start. Though nervous because of the ticking clock, the company was great, and the chit chat with my compatriots passed the time quickly, arriving to our start zone slightly after 9am. Never was I more glad of the revised 10am start.
Having become separated from Euan en route through Greenwich Park, Ava and I were re-united with him beside the baggage truck at the Championship start. We had found our way; we were back in London, and we were ready for what lay ahead. 26.2 miles of the best marathon in the world, through the best city in the world, dramas forgotten and Marathon ready.
At the strike of 10, we were off, and across the start line within seconds. My race plan was to start slow, and likely get slower (than last year). For the first couple of miles I kept the young Brown in my sights, but stuck to my own pace as the only race I was running today was a personal one with myself.
As the blue route merged with the red, I was convinced I'd meet Patrick, or Mark coming through from their start. I kept my eyes peeled for them, but to no avail. The crowds on the blue start seemed sparse compared to those I remembered from the red last year so I was glad the routes had now merged, and that the supporters had increased. The atmosphere was increasing, so was the temperature, but for now I was feeling good. The Cutty Sark is always a highlight, with noise en-mass, and the knowledge 1/4 job done. Easy! From here my thoughts turned to my spectators, the first of whom I hoped to see before the hour mark, but I didn't know exactly where. Needless to say they were missed. Mental target #2 was Tower Bridge, and the 20k mats, but well in advance of which I was given a boost by being caught up on by Euan, who somehow managed to appear from behind me. 'Toilet stop' he declared, and nothing more needed to be said. We ran the last couple of miles on the south side of the river together, crossing Tower Bridge and right onto the Highway where Lance was waiting with my folks. With joy, I saw them all, and they saw me. I waved, and continued with Euan onwards towards the halfway point.
Entering the second half of the race, I was still feeling good. To my pleasant surprise I was keeping pace with Euan, though I believe it was more a case of the smarter Euan using myself to pace him slower, than me keeping pace with him. 13 rolled up to 14, then 15. Euan started to drift ahead again, and by now I was starting to feel pain. No matter how many times I have run, the marathon itself always throws up it challenges. This time it was the twinges in my calves. They started about the 14th mile, and were followed by tightness in my left leg. I was convinced no matter what, I was going to suffer with the dreaded cramp.
Trying to adjust my running stance, the twinges continued for the next couple of miles. 'Run through', I told myself, followed by 'Can I run through?' I asked myself. By now the miles were hurting, and the compensation in stance had transferred the pain from my calves, to my toes in my right foot. Time to compensate again.
As I navigated the Docklands, I had to focus the mind, and concentrate on every step. I was not looking forward to the mile 20 Water Station. I'm meant to look like this is a breeze. ELR can't see me looking like this! Left leg, both calves, and now right foot all hurting. No way I'll manage a smile with all this going on. As I entered Poplar High Street, the drama playing in my mind, was as intense as the drama taking toll on my body. I recall Grant cheering on with his whistle, and a lack of PA from the Fire Brigade. Then there was the confusion of some fire bridge red tops on the right.
Were ELR now on the left? Calves, leg, toes, Grant, no PA, red on right, white on left? I kept right, and tried to allow myself to look for further friendly ELR faces to see me through. It was all a bit of a whirlwind blur, which today confused instead of comforted.
As I departed the water station, the delirium subsided. I had heard some cheers, goodness knows whom from, but I did allow these to lift my spirit, and I began to refocus the mind.
Upon returning to the Highway, approaching back towards Tower Bridge, I was not lucky enough to see my family again, though they yelled out to me, I ran right past them. By now the pain was showing on my face, as well as passing from the toes on my right foot, to the toes on my left foot. At lest the twinges in my calves have abated, but time to adjust my running stance again. 7k to go. I knew I was slowing by now, but I had managed to regain my senses. I was taking water at every water station, and squirting my calfves, and maybe having a sip for myself. Lorcan seemed to float past me as he politely said hello while pacing through the tunnel on toward the embankment.
The last couple of miles were tough, but as I crossed the 40k mats, I knew I still had enough pace to run sub 2:50. Now it was time to dig deep, and find every bit of reserve I had. Go............., but I couldn't speed up. As I passed St. Stephens Tower, Parliament Sq, and onto Birdcage Walk, only experience was carrying me through. Pleasantly the 800m changed to 600m and then 400m to go quicker than I had expected. Buckingham Palace, 365 yards to go, then right onto the Mall.
The sight of the finish gantry, and 200m to go, I don't know where it came from, but my legs allowed me a sprint finish, easily passing 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or more runners on the home straight. Over. Done. 2:48:11.
Only one thing left to do, and that was cry. The tears rolled down my face, as I proclaimed to myself, 'Never Again'. This fecking marathon malarkey is hard work, and VMLM 2014 was the toughest so far. Aren't these meant to get easier with experience?
After collecting my medal, and walking past my baggage truck without collecting my bag, luckily the baggage marshal was more alert than myself, and called me back to them. Thereafter I found Euan propping up a tree, looking somewhat as I felt. Hopefully though he felt a little better than I did.
13th April 2014, a day that will never be forgotten.
Ciaran in full flight during the Marathon!
parkruns - 5km - Saturday 12th April 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.30||2nd Walthamstow|
|James Wilson||19.05||5th Wanstead|
|John Booth||19.25||14th Mile End|
|Amadeus Furlong||20.29||30th Norwich|
|Richard Guest||21.20||12th Walthamstow|
|Derek Wright||22.45 (with buggy)||23rd Valentines|
|Maud Hodson||25.23||40th Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||25.52||43rd Wanstead|
|Morgan Francis||26.59||55th Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.05 (course pb)||61st Wanstead|
|Tina Nieman da Costa||30.20||66th Wanstead|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||31.12||39th Beckton |
|Claire Emery||37.57 (with kids)||81st Wanstead|
Race Reports London Marathon Sunday 13th april 2014 - Sunday 13th April 2014
I set my alarm clock for 6am but my brain woke me up at 5am just before 2 guys attacked me in a street in some weird dream I was having. I got to Wanstead Leisure Centre at 07:17 ready for the coach along with the others, but the coach driver was clearly not as keen as we were to get going as he never showed up. It didn't matter though as we all took the flat walking route to Redbridge Station (Wanstead was deemed to be uphill) so that we could use plan B of public transport. We arrived at Greenwich Park some time before 9am and then eventually went our separate ways off to our respective coloured starts. I was on red start with Will Pearce, Dave Knight, Natalie Alexis-Lee and Sarah Burns (did I leave anyone out?). After Will had a last chug of concentrated beetroot juice we were off to give in our bags and a final urinal visit.
As I was milling about it was at that point I noticed the 3:45 pacers were in pen 4 ahead of me. Damn. I wanted to be ahead of them but thought it would be no problem as I would get to them by the start line. Wrong....by the time I reached the start line they were well ahead of me with a mass of runners in between us. So my first 2 miles consisted of me battling my way through to get with the pace. Once with them I moved ahead and then settled into a flow of keeping them behind me and amusing myself along the sideline by sharing low fives (low down high fives) with people along the side of the road. It was a hot day but there was plenty of water and I was feeling good and was picking my way through lots of runners as and when I could find gaps. As I was doing this I remembered that I had read in some tips that people who weave around and overtake in the early stages will be the ones suffering later. I didn't really want to become that hare but felt confident enough that I only wanted to be about 3 minutes ahead of the 3:45 pacers and I was on about 5:03 min per kilometre pace and felt fine; so I carried on.
I had a few people that I knew were in the crowd at various points so was keeping a sharp eye out at those locations but the crowds were so large and so loud that I found it really difficult to see or hear anyone. The exception being my 2 cousins who chose to wear short blue wigs which was a great idea as I managed to see them on the 2 locations they chose around the course. I first saw them past Cutty Sark and it was a real boost. And I vaguely heard a shout from another friend prior to that but didn't know where it came from or if it was for me. At some point after that boost I received a low as I started to feel my long standing ITB flare up on my left knee. This time I was prepared though (children look away now) and took two an anadin-ibuprofen joint pain tablets. These were recommended by another club members whose identity shall remain secret, but these really hit the spot. So, boosted by moral support and legal pharmaceuticals I plodded on trying to stay on a good pace.
Tower Bridge (always an awesome location to run across) came and went and then I got another boost when I saw the race leaders coming towards me on the other side of the road when they were at about 21 miles. It was an awesome boost and I shouted encouragement as they passed. Everything went to another level very soon
after when Mo Farah approached and came past. An already excited crowd went
mental and grew even louder with their encouragement for him. I must admit that I also went a little overboard and must have done a little jump or something because as I landed I felt the top of my right calf cramp up a little. Whoops....
To compound that little mistake I then decided to grab a Lucozade gel at the next point. Now, I like Lucozade and was drinking some on the course when it was available but the gel was a mistake. 10 minutes after I felt sick. I seriously thought I was going to dampen a section of the crowds spirit by vomiting next to their well planned and chosen positions thus ruining it for them. I held it together though and plodded on. At around 14 miles I saw Mike Wilson ahead and ran up alongside him. 'Hello' I said. 'Hello' he said; 'Your running well'. And that was the end of our conversation. I had visions of us running the rest of the course together, but as quick as we had met each other, we parted just as quickly as I moved on. I then missed a friend in Narrow Street who was meant to be at the Grapes Pub and missed more friends in Mudchute and after that I seemed to go into a zone as Russell Price explained that he did in Manchester. The
remainder of my race was run with me being aware of noise but not really paying any attention to it as I felt none of it was directed at me as I wasn't running for charity. To explain this, although this was my 3rd London Marathon, this was the first time I had not run supporting a Charity. I did feel conscious throughout that I was surrounded by people in charity vests and that I was among them in my club top. I somehow felt weird being there. The charity support teams always went mental when their charity runners went by and I heard lots of shouts of individual names along the way from people at the sides as they had their names printed on their vest as I had before. But this time there was no support from strangers for me, although I did hear a few 'Come on East London' shouts en
route. Was I alone in feeling this way? I'm not sure. The next thing on my mind was getting to twenty miles and seeing friends and familiar faces from East London Runners. A few more pills at 17miles to combat some hip pain (ITB again and my right calf) and I was counting down the miles to mile 20 and at the 19 mile point I started to get really excited.
The 20 mile mark did not disappoint. First I saw Johnny Shaw just before the water station and we high fived and I believe he shouted 'looking strong' or something along those lines. I then got a bit confused as although I had positioned myself on the right hand side, I was expecting to see blue t-shirted volunteers, but instead I saw white t-shirted volunteers! Then I saw a white t-shirted Grant Conway at the water station with water in hand which brought me back to my senses but prevented me from high fiving him lol. Then I saw George, then a rush of people came flying past; Laura, Ninette, Natasha, Alexandra and Claire all appearing to be huddled together in a big ball! I remember Natasha holding the only water I really saw in my euphoric state, so I reached for that but it was so high in the air (as were my hands which I was waving about in the
air) that I had to jump up to reach it (or maybe it was because I was jumping up and down like a loon anyway), so I grabbed the water and was then off back into the middle of the road (more than likely cutting everyone up). I have no recognition of seeing anyone else at the station so sorry if I don't recall you there.
Then once more I immediately suffered for my over exuberant jumping actions as my right calf cramp came on again and I half ran / half stumbled back into the middle of the road to continue with the 6.2 miles that lay ahead. At that point I thought I had blown it and ruined my legs. It had been a worry before and throughout my run especially from 7 miles out and again from 17 miles out that my legs would cause me problems as my breathing and fitness were fine. It sorted itself out though and I was able to concentrate on the task ahead. 6 miles to go, 'it's just a Wednesday night club run' I told myself. Along embankment I put my head down and solely concentrated on my pace and keeping it up as it was now well below 5:00 minute kilometering and was about 4:53k pace. I picked a few runners to go along with who were also going at a good pace and followed them through the crowds when I could. Then it was down to 3 miles left. 'Just a parkrun' I thought, 'I can do that easy, that's only 20 mins left to run'. I looked at my watch and I think it read 2:17. That gave me 23 mins max to run the last 5k and thus come in under 3hrs 30mins. Then I looked for Big Ben, I couldn't see it. How could it not be here I thought. I only had 3 miles left to run...Then I saw it around the corner in the distance. It looked far away! Head
down again. Concentrate. Keep the pace. Into birdcage walk and I approached
the 600 metres to go sign. A glance at my watch told me I was good as long
as I didn't falter. 600 metres was one and a half Laps of Grants Monday
night track sessions. I could do that. As long as I kept the pace. I turned
right into what I expected to be The Mall. Except it wasnt. It was the
roundabout. Another right turn and then it was The Mall. The finish line
wasn't far ahead. Just keep running. Although I believe my pace was good
during all this. I felt like I was getting nowhere. I knew I was passing
people and I remember moving to the far left for a clear run at the finish
(and to give the photographers a good view of me in all my finishing
glory), but it was like some weird film slow-mo sequence as I felt like I
was not moving. I felt as if I was putting everything into it but getting
nowhere. I was with it though as my watch now registered 3hrs 27mins and I
remember thinking I wanted to stay within 3:27 as my pre-race goal had been
3:37, ten minutes ahead exactly (I'm like that with numbers). Then it was
over. Finish line crossed at 3hrs 27mins 35secs. I paused, looked back and
then was overcome with emotion. I welled up and almost cried. Timing chip
removed and medal collected, I looked back down towards the race finish and
welled up again. I wanted to see a familiar face, someone to greet, someone
to hug...But there was no-one. It was me and hundreds of other people that
I didn't know. Perhaps It felt lonely because I am used to parkrun, or club
runs or ELVIS where there are always meetings at the end with familiar
faces to share the moment with and swap stories. The Mall felt strangely
lonely considering it was so busy. The feeling didn't last long though as I
was reconnected with my mobile phone and then the ELR meet up in the pub :-)
So that's the story of my 2014 London marathon. The story seems as long as
the race lol. It was a great day though. It always is. London has great
crowd support. Today the noise levels seemed even louder. The crowds seemed
bigger. The weather was glorious. The organisation was fantastic. But I
must admit the course always seemed busy and I found it difficult to move
in front of people to keep a good pace at times. This was my 3rd London
marathon and I'm so pleased with how I did on the day. To smash my previous
PB by over 78 minutes is unbelievable and just crazy. If you haven't run
London before, you must. If you have run it before, maybe you can
understand some of my crazy ramblings. It's not just the race day itself,
it's all the build up to it and training that are part of the
great experience too. Thanks to all the people that contributed to some
great moments and unforgettable memories :-)
Regents Park Summer Series 10km - Sunday 6th April 2014
Brighton Marathon 2014 - Sunday 6th April 2014
|Roisin Archer||3:30:45 pb||880th|
|Natasha Tweedie||3:49:17 debut||1,779th|
|Laura Jenkin||4:22:09 debut||4,237th|
|David Wyatt||5:05:00 debut||6,822nd|
8,566 finishers. Well done Roisin and Jamee who achieved London Marathon 'good for age' qualifying times.
Julie Creffield t.co/WFiQoXdMI7
David Wyatt Completed in 20 minutes outside my target in 5:5:00.
5K - 32:39
10K - 33:40 (1:06:19)
15K - 33:57 (1:40:16)
20K - 36:35 (2:16:51)
25K - 36:11 (2:53:02)
30K - 36:14 (3:29:16)
35K - 38:32 (4:07:48)
40K - 39:55 (4:47:43)
Started feeling as tired as I tended to at 30K in training at 15K, hence the slowing down - although I did run the first 15K slightly faster than I planned in the hillier section of the course but I did not go out too fast and pay for it as I was never going well - basically the last half was run on very tired legs with suspicions of cramping up at times - backed off the pace at 15K and kept it steady until 30K after which I really wanted to stop and walk and needed real mental strength to keep going - just kept forcing myself to keep going to the next mile marker - once I got to 23 miles it was relatively easy to keep running with the end in sight.
Saw Roberto and Trish at the start and also at the end in the Beach Village - they helped me contact the family who had managed to miss me by ringing through on their mobile - I did not use the baggage drop at all being able to walk over from the Travelodge next to the start. - saw Laura early on - then soon after Emily Hart ran past and we had a brief chat (she plans to come back to ELR now that her football season has finished) - at around mile 12 Katherine Harris spotted me -then at mile 14 and 18 it was my wife Margaret, Mark and my other son James - gave them an update on how badly it was going and that got my wife worried but Mark was reassured her by saying how my splits (was following the app on my phone) were OK and I had done the training - was told at mile 18 to stop moaning and get on with it by James which made me more determined to keep going - Mark ran with me from mile 25 to mile 26 advising me to take shorter strides and not to sprint.
James was taking photos and the only one of me smiling was 200 m from the end!
Brighton Report from Trish and Roberto:
So, some time last June, Trish comes home and I inform her that we had just entered the Brighton Marathon. "What the hell did you do that for?" she said. I tried to explain that Brighton is the second best marathon in the UK and everyone is doing it! "It will be fun, I promise. We can train with all those youngsters, show them how seasoned campaigners do it". Trish looks at me and says "you are having another mid-life crisis". On Sunday 6th April 2014, after months of training, injuries, and the loss of key team members, we gathered at Preston Park. When I say gathered, I mean, we had no idea where any of us were. Trish obviously arrived early and started queuing for the loos!! As we approached the start-line we bumped into David Wyatt looking looking full of trepidation: "I am hoping for 4.45". I later see Roisin Archer in the Red pen, who tells me that she will be returning to London soon and we set off, trying to avoid Paula Radford who seems to slapping people for no reason. Always thought she never recovered from her Athens trauma. After a few minutes I spot Mark and he does manage to slap me, so hard in fact, my hand nearly comes off. Mile 2-3 I spot Laura on the other side of road. She looks full of beans, or she has hit the bottle already! How she ever made it to Brighton is beyond anyone. She only started training in February, and done one 18M run. We meander through odd places in Brighton and finally make it to the sea front. "It should be nice from now on", I think. Hmm, not quite, as we run along the A259 towards Rottingdean. I eventually see Natasha, another one that just about recovered from injury in time to make it. Earlier during a training run, she tells me that she aiming for 3:59:59, or least faster that her dad's time of 4.01. I spot Trish, she is running much faster than I expected and seems to be catching me. "I'd better get a move on!" Then I catch sight of Julie, finally someone is pleased to see me! Another temporary goodbye along the long road to the another side of Brighton. At 14M the support crew are waiting, it's not raining, but it is a bit chilly if you are standing around waiting and waiting. Ninette, Claire, and Mark are ELR's official cheerleaders and there ready for action as soon as called upon. I search the crowd looking for them, but I hear them before I see them. Then I spot them, big smiles and warm welcome on a breezy sea front. It great to see them there, always a moving moment, having someone cheering you, almost makes it worthwhile. But I also feel a bit guilty, two of the crew should have been on the road with the rest of us, succumbed by injury. Shortly after that, Alexandra spots me and it is another morale boosting hug. She too is injured and out of next week's marathon, but has come all the way down for the day, just to cheer us on. The next few miles are a complete pain and the scenery goes from bad to worst. At one point I come to a rather confusing sign:"Welcome to home of Scottish Power", I thought this is bloody Sussex, nothing makes sense anymore, I blame the Tories ( I am getting quite annoyed now)!!! I miss the crew at 18M as Marilyn Mason is blasting in my ears. And then the end, 26.2M in 3.22. Never f***ing again, I shout at the poor woman who is only there to hand out foil blankets, but everyone treats her as she is in charge of a runners-anonymous helpline. Apparently, I have been running very close to David Baldwin but never realised he was running and nearly crossed the line together. I make way to the finishing straight to catch other ELR runners, but manage to miss most of them, as I can hardly stand up and there is little room to watch the race properly. As I walk back, and drink beer/lemon beer that is being given away for free, I finally see Natasha: finishing time of 3:49. What a debut, what a comeback, brilliant. She tells that Jamee was even faster finishing in 3.43, now guaranteed entry into London next year with good for age qualification. Trish makes it in 4.08, where the hell did that come from? She has spent the entire winter telling me that she will do well to come in under 4.30! Laura follows shortly after with a debut of 4.22. How, what, really? Incredible time with so little training. David 5.05. He is looking tired, but pleased that he made it to the finish. Now is looking for is family and they are nowhere to be found. We eventually manage to track down his wife on the phone. Julie comes home in 5.54, she has C4 and the crew to see her home. What a fantastic day. Everyone has made it, some truly great performances. Let the celebrations begin. Team Brighton re-gathered for drinks later, the end of a great season for some of us. For Claire, her glory will come in Chelmsford in October where it will be our turn to cheer her home to marathon greatness.
Next week belongs to Team London and we will be there to support them and hope that they fulfill their dreams.
Greater Manchester Marathon 2014 - Sunday 6th April 2014
|Samuel Browne||3.02.59 pb||245th|
|Russell Price||3.12.19 pb||468th|
|Joseph Browne||3:45:37 debut||1,861st|
|Roger Stubbs||4:32:40 pb||4,239th|
For those that follow Marathontalk & Jantastic there team was also at Manchester with Tom Williams 2.53.20, Martin Yelling 2.58.00 and Tony Audenshaw in 3.41.44.
Russell Price. The Greater Manchester Marathon claims to be the fastest, flattest and friendliest. I'll agree with the first two claims but having never done London I'll not pass comment on the friendliest part..
With many a joke with my twin sister that it always rains in Manchester I was not surprised that rain was forecast! Having a chilled day with my sister and a good carb dinner (including the popular beetroot!) was the perfect chilled race prep.
Waking up with plenty of time I lined up next to the 3:15 pacer I was determined to slowly pull ahead and not let him past as I fade later on. The first 4 miles contained a few loop backs so we could see the elite field flying past with incredible ease.
The course was so flat and took in mostly residential roads, locals were out in force with great support in various points and (nicer) quiet stretches to keep focus and keep the speed in-check. From 9 to about 15 was an out and back. Again taking in the elite and then those following. A massive cheer and high five with Grant as we passed!
The number of participants meant it was a little crowded on some of the thinner parts of the course and a few bends made wayward runners a hazard.
Water stops were frequent and on both sides of the course saving the last minute switching of direction.
Getting caught by the pacer at 3:15 woke me up at around 16 miles. I had been on autopilot before that. Sticking with the pacer all the way till 25 those miles were a bit of a blur and seeing many runners slow and drop off the pacer making me more determined. Only thing I remember is that somewhere near 20 a familiar voice said "this feels like an ELVIS now" that again woke me up, good to see Eliot Weatheril of EERR!
At 25 (with no signs of the normal calf cramp - thank you electrolyte tablets!) the pacer shouted (something along the lines of) "if you can hear me your on for under 3:15 so how far under do you want to be?!" a mixture of relief and pride kicked in and it felt like I picked up the pace and charged into the finishing straight with 3:12 on the race clock, awesome! My sister had tried to get some photos on the finishing straight, but being short like me she didn't have much chance over the cheering crowds, so only a smiling picture of me in a foil blanket afterwards, definitely caught me looking my best..
Happy as everything felt good and smashed pb by over 28 minutes. Brilliant flat course, brilliant conditions with no rain and very friendly support! Fast, flat and friendly..
Bring on the aforementioned ELVIS!
Grant Conway I travelled up to Manchester via Sheffield, after watching the O's on 5th April, for my sixth marathon. I stayed overnight in a better than usual Travel Lodge at Salford Quays, just a few minutes walk from the start. I met up with members from Barking RR and Dag 88's in Manchester for an Italian in the evening. The others were a bit surprised by my two main meal pre marathon prep though! After some good food and company I relaxed in the hotel overnight enjoying a good night's sleep before a laid back walk down to the race course at 8am.
I believe there were around seven thousand entrants. The bag drop and collection was a bit chaotic before and after the race and there weren't really enough portaloo toilets in the race village close to the start. The start was adjacent to Old Trafford and you were asked to enter a pen for your approximate time which was respected by most as the race had a good percentage of club runners and a lower percentage of fun runners than you would usually see in a big city marathon. The route was largely flat but there were a couple of little hills but nothing to make a great difference. The run was in largely urban areas going out to Altrincham and back to Old Trafford to finish. Drinks stations were regular with sachets of water which kept the weight down compared to bottles and was definitely better than cups. Unfortunately the signage for water stations and mile markers was easily missed and could have done with being larger and put up higher for all to see. The course was also quite crowded and I would recommend starting near the front if you do this race to avoid congestion. The crowds were pretty good and the first few miles doubled back a few times so supporters saw the runners a few times early on. After that, the course was fairly straight out to Altrincham and back so crowds on these sections saw runners at least twice. There was also quite a bit of musical accompaniment en route to lift the spirits.
Before the race I saw Jayne and Paul Browne and I saw Sam several times when we passed each other. Russell and I gave each other a high 5 as we passed in different directions around half way. I also saw Roger Stubbs but he didn't hear me! Headphones!
My race went pretty much according to plan. I stuck with the 3.45 pacer to about mile 10 and then pushed on ahead. I perhaps could have gone a bit faster early on but some of my training didn't go according to plan and I wanted to ensure the race was reasonably pleasurable! The second half went really well and I managed a negative split for the first time in a marathon (1.51 and 1.50) to finish in 3.41, 1 minute over P.B . The weather was quite mild and the promised rain never materialised. I could have done with it being a little cooler and certainly less windy but it wasn't too bad really. I would feel a bit more confident about trying to go faster IF I do another marathon.
This is a race I would do again but I am not too bothered really and I wouldn't say to ELR members you MUST do it.
Race overall, 7 out of 10
P.B potential 8 out of 10
Crowd rating 7 out of 10
Venue, 6 out of 10.
Overall cost of trip including race entry, approximately Â£200.
Greater Manchester Marathon Relay - Sunday 6th April 2014
TOTAL : 4.01.19 for 39th place of 84 teams.
Marathon de Paris - Sunday 6th April 2014
|Daniel Lee||2.53.01 pb||376th|
|Jonathan Shaw||3:54:47 debut||13,205th|
Danny Lee's Race Report. I'm always a bit nervous before a marathon, but I'd been particularly nervous in the run up to Sunday in Paris - I'd had a strange sense of impending doom. But a beautiful Sunday morning was finally upon us, a tight hamstring seemed to have settled down, and I'd managed to blag a place in the second starting block. Things were looking up, and before my shiny new Positive Mental Attitude had time to dull, we were off!
The first 10k east from Champs Ã‰lysÃ©es towards Bois de Vincennes went quite smoothly, I was comfortably hitting my target pace with a few seconds each kilometre to spare. The second 10k back to Bastille was similar, banking several extra seconds each K. Then down to the Seine and towards the Eiffel Tower, I was slowing but still hitting my target (never one to plan flat or negative splits). Shouts of "Allez, allez, Danny!" helped me along.
Then, we turned away from the Seine for the final 12k and within minutes I felt like I was running through treacle, my splits per kilometre rapidly increasing to way over target - I was seriously starting to crash, my wee legs were spent and any time in the bank was being wiped out fast. I needed water desperately but all the refreshment stations were giving out were nuts - nuts?!! Bois de Bologne seemed to take forever to arrive and even longer to pass.
I'd been looking forward to the final straight for 26 miles but I have no recollection of it. I vaguely recall literally stumbling over the line (Ava told me later I ducked like it was the 100 meters) and next thing I knew I was on the deck, raised voices I couldn't understand all around me. A couple of medics lifted me off the ground and walked me, eyes closed, to their recovery tent where they gave me water, checked my vital signs and tried to keep me awake.
Eventually they gave me the all clear and I found Ava and Lucy outside. Ava laid me on the grass, laughed at me, and said I'd got a PB by about 10 seconds. "Nevvvrragen", I slurred, though no one seemed to be listening.
Fiona Day I had been really looking forward to the Paris Marathon and I wasn't
disappointed. It was a new experience running where things aren't in
English. Paris is a great course with a pleasant mix of scenery along the
way it starts on the Champs Elysees going east through wide, typically
Parisian streets then a long stretch through a wooded park before turning
west back into the city streets and along the Seine passing many familiar
landmarks along the way before the last stretch through another wooded park
that turns east finishing within sight of the Arc de Triomph. There is
enthusiastic support from the locals around most of the course, plenty of
live music and it is great running to the calls of Allez, Allez, Allez!
It was well organised, drinks stations every 5 kilometres and in the second
half fruit and snacks at the water stations, although this requires
concentration to avoid slipping on the banana and orange skins on the wet
cobbles, towards the end there are also tables lined with bowls of water and
sprinklers for cooling off every few miles. Plenty of toilets all the way
round. We decided not to use the baggage drop as it was quick to get to the
start from our hotel on the Metro. It is a large field- the blurb said
50,000 entrants. To cope with this they staggered the start times, with the
elites starting at 8.45 am and then 10 minute gaps for each pace, the last
4.30hrs leaving at 9.40am.
The weather was warm and sunny with an occasional welcome cool breeze.
Although I enjoyed Paris it wasn't my best marathon - but also not my worst.
I had entered Paris before I had run the Dublin marathon at the end of
October when getting home in less than 5 hours was my goal so I had ticked
the 4.30 hour start time on the entry form. Kieran and I like to start
together and he managed to change the label on his number to 4.30 at the
expo registration which was just as well because the marshals were very
strict in making sure runners entered the area indicated on their numbers.
On reflection I think it would be better if we had chosen to start in the
4.15 area, if only because I set off in the wrong frame of mind after
fretting during the long wait that we'd be better off starting 10 minutes
earlier. The first half went well, apart from a slight panic at 5km I was
feeling thirsty in the sunshine and found empty tables at the water station,
luckily there were more tables round the corner and I held onto my water
bottle until I was sure there was water ahead. I probably started out too
fast but it felt good to be running after standing in the starting pen
waiting for so long . After the halfway point it began to get tough. Kieran
could easily have gone on ahead and had to keep waiting for me. Around mile
23 I began to feel strange, something I hadn't experienced before and not
long after mile 22 decided to walk and strangely felt positive even though
the 4.30 pacers were long gone. Kieran kindly waited for me and managed to
get me to run the last kilometre and over the finish line. At the end I
felt fine except for a bit of leg cramp when I sat down. I really enjoyed
meeting up for drinks with all the other ELR Paris runners and supporters
in the evening. Overall I would recommend the Paris marathon to others,
particularly if you like large events. I would consider doing it again.
Thanks to Roberto and others for the weekend spring marathon training runs,
it has been fun and thanks to everyone for your company. Also thanks to Don
for Jantastic and Grant for the track sessions.
Jonathan Shaw We arrived in Paris on the Saturday evening a little late due to Eurostar delays, but made it to Porte de Versailles just in time to pickup my bib.
On Marathon day, I was a little late for my start and instead of entering
the starting pen at the top of Champs Elysees ended up fenced in with the
spectators 1km past the entrance! - time to think on feet:
Escuse e moi, oeuvre le ermm fence I said in impeccable French to a group of
spectators, they promptly hoisted up a 20 foot section of fence allowing me
to commando roll underneath 'Merci 'as I rolled off the kerb and landed just in front of the passing 3.30 wave - a couple of burly ladies hoisted me to my feet and no time for a warmup we were off fuelled by beet and caffeine gel.
I didn't really have a plan as such, I could see the 3.30 pacer somewhere up
ahead and decided to keep in sight for a while. The first 10 miles were very
enjoyable through the sunny streets of Paris with huge crowds.
We then entered pretty woodland on the outskirts before turning back towards
the city along the Seine. At some point in the park I had stopped for a
stretch and lost sight of the 3.30 pacer but no matter, I ran at my own
pace steady up to 30K. Highlights included a band playing Oasis covers
(surreal for a Manc in Paris) , and then a full on Rave complete with lasers
and French Techno in one of the long underpasses.
I felt pretty good up to about 35K, and as we approached 40K I remember
seeing a sign which simply said 'courage 2km' which seemed very poignant as
it became more challenging towards the end.
I was not sure of my time but had seen the 3.45 pacer somewhere in the final
stretch so knew I had to be under 4 which was my broad aim along with
enjoying the race.
Meeting up with team ELR in the evening for a few beers made the day with
astounding times from Danny + heroic and hilarious tales all around
I'd strongly recommend this Race - great organisation, scenery, landmarks
and more than 100 bands along the way
Thanks to Roberto and the Sunday runners for really enjoyable training runs
Woodford Green Open Graded Meeting, Ashton Playing Fields - Saturday 5th April 2014
|Euan Brown||9.09.10 ||2nd (3000m)|
|Patrick Brown||9.38.37||4th - (3000m)|
|Thomas Grimes||2.11.34||6th (800m)|
|Thomas Grimes||58.44||2nd (400m)|
parkrun # 153 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 5th April 2014
|Euan Brown||15.35 (course pb & record)||1st - 82.78%|
|Mark Boulton||17.56||3rd - 74.25%|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.36||4th - 73.39%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.03||6th - 71.13%|
|James Nichols||19.54 (course pb)||10th - 64.99%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.40 (course pb)||15th - 63.47%|
|David Irwin||24.08||39th - 59.19%|
|Sophie Edwards||24.55||49th - 61.74%|
|Andrea Waller||25.13||51st - 59.68%|
|Kim Mondesir||25.16||52nd - 65.57%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.45 (course pb)||65th - 54.72%|
|Don Bennett||28.59||67th - 53.02%|
parkrun # 61 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 5th April 2014
|Alex Haward||20.30 ||6th - 63.41%|
|Richard Guest||20.55||7th - 65.74%|
|Steven Bywater||25.40||26th - 57.01%|
other parkruns - 5km - Saturday 5th April 2014
|Allan Todd||18.39 (course pb) ||7th (Woodley)|
|Lee Wollaston||19.35 (course pb)||11th (Gunpowder)|
|Derek Wright||22.43 (with buggy)||30th (Valentines)|
|Russell Peters||23.02||44th - (Gunpowder)|
|Ajit Rehal||32.11||126th (Valentine)|
Jantastic Challenge 2014 - Monday 6th January to Sunday 30th March 2014
|Allan Todd||100% , 1 Joker used||61 run's|
|Sheila Kennedy||99.9% 0 Joker's||55 run's|
|Diana Rexhepaj||99.7% 1 Joker'||35 run's|
|Mark Boulton||99.6% 0 Joker's||72 run's|
|Sarah Burns||99.6% 2 Joker's||49 run's|
|Patrick Brown||99.3% 1 Joker||125 run's|
|Fiona Day||99.2% 0 Joker's||47 run's|
|Richard Guest||98.6% 0 Joker's||37 run's|
|Emma Warburton||98.2% 1 Joker||58 run's|
|Andrea Waller||98.1% 2 Joker's||34 run's|
|Carlton D'Souza||97.6% 2 Joker's||38 run's|
|Natalie Lee||97.5% 2 Joker's||34 run's|
|Ramesh Pala||97.2% 1 Joker||57 run's|
|Jayne Browne||96% 1 Joker||43 run's|
|Steven Bywater||95.2% 1 Joker||45 run's|
|Ninette Fernandes||94.1% 2 Joker's||40 run's|
|Russell Price||92.1% 1 Joker||46 run's|
|Don Bennett||89.9% 2 Joker's||33 run's|
|William Pearce||88.5% 2 Joker's||43 run's|
|Jamie Xavier||87.9% 2 Joker's||45 run's|
|Dan Spinks||81.5% 2 Joker's||47 run's|
|Catherine Kaar||78.5% 2 Joker's||35 run's|
|Sophie Edwards||77.2% 1 Joker||27 run's|
|Samuel Browne||70.9% 2 Joker's||45 run's|
|Julie Creffield||82.1% 2 Joker's||34 run's fattymustrun|
and the rest of the team. Firstly our guests, Mark Portman from Ilford AC finished 97.1% (2 jokers and 55 run's). Good Luck to Mark on his upcoming London Marathon. Also Tina Nieman Da Costa from Wanstead Flats parkrun, Tina finished with 76.2% ( 0 Joker's and 38 run's). Tina did 9 miles of the Orion 15 as her first ever XC having only Wanstead Flats parkrun as previous XC experience. Hopefully we'll see Tina down at ELR before too long.
The other's in the team were Claire Parker 45.8%, Chloe Longstaff and Jonathan Wooldridge 25% each and Lee Wollaston 20.8%. Also Laura Jenkins whose injury prevented her starting the challenge. The Team finished 7th of 131 large teams with 96.03% and 1,297 run's. Well done also to Julie Creffield whose team fattymustrun finished with 50.55%. Julie finished with 82.1%. Other local club finished as follows: Viewtube Runners, my fellow parkrun directors included finished 4th in large teams with 98.89%. Mile End parkrun 89.42%, Walthamstow parkrun 82.22%, East End Road Runners 79.76%, Barking Road Runners 74.06% and Dagenham 88 Runners 55.74%.
London City AC 10km, Southwark Park Celebration Launch - Sunday 30th March 2014
|Katherine Harris||54.39||133rd - 55.74%|
Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 30th March 2014
|Paul Quinton||1.18.03||44th - 76.38%|
The Tough 10km, Greenwich Park - Saturday 29th March 2014
parkrun # 193 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 29th March 2014
|Patrick Brown||16.51||2nd - 76.56%|
|David Baldwin||18.30||7th - 70.54%|
|Russell Price||18.39||9th - 69.26%|
|Paula Bedford||21.13||28th - 72.11%|
|Lee Neville||22.21||38th - 57.72%|
|David Wyatt||29.14||76th - 54.85%|
|Sarah Burns||29.22||78th - 51.53%|
parkrun # 152 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 29th March 2014
|Thomas Grimes||18.46||3rd - 69.54%|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.52||5th - 71.82%|
|Regis Martin||20.34||14th - 66.86%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.54 (course pb)||17th - 62.76%|
|Andy Jenkins||20.59 (course pb)||18th - 63.22%|
|Maud Hodson||23.38 (course pb)||39th - 65.09%|
|Claire Emery||39.23 (with kids)||107th - 39.15%|
parkrun# 60 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 29th March 2014
|Richard Guest||21.08||4th - 63.06%|
|David Irwin||25.46||24th - 55.43%|
other parkruns - Saturday 29th March 2014
|Derek Wright||22.41 (with buggy)||27th (Valentine)|
|Dan Spinks||23.22||74th (Gunnersbury)|
|Ajit Rehal||26.41||80th (Valentine)|
Endurance Life Sussex Marathon inc Coastal Trail Series - Sunday 23rd March 2014
Rome Marathon - Sunday 23rd March 2014
Paola. Great experience, beautiful route good for a PB and a bit of celeb spotting too!
Hyde Park 20 Miles Marathon Preparation Race - Sunday 23rd March 2014
Frank. On a fairly flat 4 mile circuit around Hyde Park with no external roads to cross this proved to be an ideal preparation race/run for the London Marathon in 3 weeks time. The weather was cool with a stiff breeze on parts of the course but in the main the weather was good for long distance running. Water/juice and bananas were available every 2 miles.
Races are often a good way to do long runs on a measured course. This can be key preparation to make you feel comfortable in a race situation - be it running with a crowd, picking up water from a water table or learning to pace yourself in a competitive environment.
The Hyde Park 20 mile race had been specifically organised as a marathon preparation race. It was chip timed so that you can have an accurate indication of your marathon race pace. It was to have Marathon pace start waves to ensure that you were running around people aiming for the same pace on marathon day but it was apparent that the organisers were short of pacers and I could only see the 2:45 and 3:05 marathon pacers. I wanted to run at 9 min per mile pace i.e. around 3 hours for 20 miles. Entrants had the option to run 16, 20 miles. (Sub 3 hour runners had the option to run 24 miles).
I met Ava before the race and saw her set out with the faster runners and at the 18 mile mark I was pleased to here her and Lucy Jarvis, who was spectating, give me a good shout and again they were waiting to see me finish some 17 minutes later. Ava had a great time for her 20 miles and I was really pleased with mine having done negative splits for once in my races! My 4 mile splits were timed at 35:46 - 35:41 - 35:03 - 34:41 - 34:00.
Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd March 2014
|Daniel Lee||1.26.37||46th - 72.7%|
3055 finishers. Official finish time not chip time.
Hillingdon Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd March 2014
Hastings Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd March 2014
|Kieran Brown||1.47.14||821st - 64.11%|
|Fiona Day||1.51.25 pb||1,010th - 70.89%|
|Sophie Edwards||2.07.12 debut||2,044th - 53.08%|
Brentwood Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd March 2014
|James Nichols||1.36.18 pb||236th|
|James Creed||1.39.56 pb||372nd|
Oakley 20m - Sunday 23rd March 2014
Orion 15m - Saturday 22nd March 2014
|Patrick Brown||1.36.27 pb||6th|
|Mark Boulton||1.40.42 pb||11th|
|David Baldwin||1.56.49 pb||61st|
|Paul Thompson||1.58.29 pb||71st|
|Sarah Burns||2,12,54 pb||166th|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||2.15.27 pb||180th|
After the snow and the strong winds of last year weather conditions were better for the 60th running of the Orion 15. The course had dried out a bit after the very wet winter but there was still plenty of mud to make the underfoot surface very tricky in places. With the occasional hail shower and the cold wind allied to the many hills in Epping Forest competitors never found the race dull.
East London Runners had 10 finishers. as above, plus Jamee Gould ran about 10 miles (in road shoes). Thomas Grimes was poorly but still crossed the finish line a bit unsteadily.
It was good also to see Ian Horrit back again from Reading to participate in one of his favourite races and Lorcan Murphy, son of Shiela Kennedy, back from injury and running well finishing in 9th place representing Woodford Green.
Thanks to Julie Brown and Frank for there support on the day.
Once again the race was very well organised and hosted by Orion Harriers.
parkruns - Saturday 22nd March 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||18.36 (course pb)||9th 72.85% Hackney 192|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.45||2nd 72.80% Wanstead 151|
|Lee Wollaston||19.44||5th 69.17% Gunpowder 124|
|Manjit Singh||20.00 est||Valentines|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||21.06||4th 62.16% Beckton 94|
|Richard Guest||21.32||3rd 63.85% Walthamstow 59|
|Derek Wright||22:36 (with buggy)||27th Valentines|
|Russell Peters||23.00||26th 58.48% Gunpowder 124|
|Jamie Xavier||23.17||5th 57.77% Walthamstow 59|
|Steven Bywater||24.53||12th 58.81% Walthamstow 59|
Results laid out a bit differently this week with a lot were going to the Orion 15. Gavin got a course pb at Hackney and Ciaran knock's exactly a minute off his time from last week. Valentine's Park had all the drama with a course change as they headed towards a wooden bridge and a record turnout of over 200 runners they also had a timer failure and are trying to put some results together. Quite a few Walthamstow regulars went to Orion as well.
Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 16th March 2014
Barcelona Marathon - Sunday 16th March 2014
|Samuel Browne||3.12.54 (debut)||1,210th|
parkrun # - Woodley 5km - Saturday 15th March 2014
parkrun # 150 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 15th March 2014
|Euan Brown||16.51||1st - 76.56%|
|Thomas Grimes||18.59||3rd - 68.74%|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.45||6th - 69.11%|
|Lee Wollaston||19.57 (course pb)||7th - 68.42%|
|Regis Martin||20.45 (50th parkrun)||12th - 66.27%|
|Morgan Francis||20.53 (debut)||13th - 62.49%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.29||19th - 61.06%|
|James Creed||22.09||21st - 59.22%|
|Kieran Brown||22.18||23rd - 69.51%|
|Sarah Burns||22.35 (1st lady)||28th - 67.01%|
|Maud Hodson||24.58||40th - 61.62%|
|David Irwin||25.22||43rd - 56.31%|
|Sophie Edwards||27.13||52nd - 56.52%|
|Fiona Day||27.14||53rd - 67.38%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.54 (course pb)||64th - 54.44%|
|Claire Emery||36.06||97th - 43.26%|
103 finishers. First place for Euan as Thomas get's 3rd place. Ciaran does his 3rd parkrun (1 in 2012, 1 in 2013 and 1 in 2014) I wonder...and Lee gets to crack sub 20 for the first time at Wanstead.
Sarah is 1st lady with a Serpentine lady only 4 seconds behind her.
Diana goes sub 29 minutes for the first time.
parkrun # 161 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 15th March 2014
|Paul Quinton||16.40 (course pb)||1st - 78.70%|
|Mark Boulton||16.44 pb||2nd - 77.29%|
|Gavin Stebbing||18.49 (debut)||8th - 72.01%|
93 finishers. Paul & Mark chase each other to course pb's and Gavin tries Hackney for the first time.
parkrun # 58 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 15th March 2014
|Alex Haward||19.56||3rd - |
|Richard Guest||21.11||4th - |
parkrun # 161 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 15th March 2014
|Derek Wright||23.18 (with buggy)||39th - 59.94%|
|Katherine Harris||25.16 (50th parkrun)||62nd - 58.84%|
|Julie Greene||27.43 (course pb)||97th - 61.21%|
196 finishers. Derek tries out Valentine for a change and Katherine finally get's to 50 with 33 at Valentine, 15 at Wanstead and 2 others. Also a course pb for Julie. Ronnie O'Sullivan was also a first timer at the event, finishing in 6th place in 19:06.
Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 9th March 2014
|Richard Guest||1:32:23 pb||53rd|
|Paul Thompson||1:33:37 pb by 8 mins||62nd|
|David Baldwin||1:35:12 pb||75th|
|Yvonne Shashoua||1:40:40||11th Lady 1st FV 50|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||1:43:42 pb||158th|
|Ramesh Pala||1:44:07 pb||159th|
|Claire Emery||1:44:15 pb by 10 mins||20th|
|Kieran Brown||1:44:31 pb||165th|
|John Healy||1:46:42 pb||186th|
|Frank Brownlie||1:48:56||216th 3rd MV60|
|Stuart Doman||1:50:36 pb||237th|
|Sheila Kennedy||1:55:02 pb||48th 2nd FV50|
|Fiona Day||1:55:17 pb||50th 3rdFV50|
|Julie Creffield||2:39:08 pb||173rd|
654 Finishers - 467 Male; 167 Female.
With competing races at Milton Keynes Half Marathon, Essex 20 and Finchley 20 it was still apparent that East London Runners had the biggest Club representation at the start of the Roding Valley Half Marathon at Woodford Bridge.
Over many years this race has been affected by adverse weather including snow and ice, heavy rain, large puddles etc but today dawned bright and clear and the sun shone throughout the race with temperatures reaching around 17/18C.
The race was very well organised and marshalled and with chip timing it once again proved very popular with our Members.
The Fabulous Brown Brothers, Euan and Patrick were 3rd and 4th respectively in the Mens Open race with both winning race prizes for these positions.
For the Ladies, Yvonne Shashoua a long time member, visiting from her home in Denmark, won the race prize for 1st Female Vet 50 with Sheila Kennedy and Fiona Day being 2nd and 3rd in this category.
In total 36 East London Runners completed the race many using it as part of their marathon training for Brighton, Paris, Manchester and London. Many had personal bests on what is a tough and hilly course.
Also great support from Don, Jim, Roger, John, Julie, Mark & Thomas on the sidelines ( sorry if I've missed anyone !).
Essex 20m , Langham - Sunday 9th March 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||2.45.50||172nd|
Finckley 20m - Sunday 9th March 2014
MK Half Marathon - Sunday 9th March 2014
|Celia Payaneeandee||1;51.55 pb||819th|
|Lee Neville||1:58.37 debut||1153rd|
Orion Mercury 10 Mile - Saturday 8th March 2014
other parkruns 5km. - Saturday 8th March 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.32||1st (Walthamstow)|
|Sarah Burns||22.33||24th (Hackney)|
|Russell Peters||22.46||29th (Gunpowder)|
parkrun # 160 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 8th March 2014
|Manjit Singh||19.56||4th - 67.98%|
|Katherine Harris||25.18||43rd - 58.76%|
|Julie Greene||27.57 (course pb)||85th - 60.85%|
parkrun# 149 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 8th March 2014
|Euan Brown||16.49||3rd - 76.71%|
|Samuel Browne||18.20||4th - 70.36%|
|Russell Price||19.47||7th - 65.29%|
|Gavin Stebbing||19.53||9th - 68.15%|
|Lee Wollaston||20.45||12th - 65.78%|
|Regis Martin||21.10||15th - 64.96%|
|Derek Wright||21.42||18th - 64.36%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.52||19th - 59.98%|
|Fiona Day||24.24 (course pb & 1st lady)||28th - 75.20%|
|Russell Lines-Jobling||28.39||53rd - 50.26%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.46||54th - 52.86%|
Reading Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd March 2014
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.35.58||1628th|
|Amadeus Furlong||1.39.56 pb||2344th|
|Simon Martin||1.44.53 pb||3495th|
|Steven Bywater||1.47.58 pb||4292nd|
Eastbourne Half Marathom - Sunday 2nd March 2014
|Alex Haward||1.36.52||126th - 61.46%|
Bideford Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd March 2014
Silverstone Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd March 2014
Mornington Chasers 10km Winter Series, Regents Park. - Sunday 2nd March 2014
Ballbuster Duathlon , Box Hill, Surrey. - Saturday 1st March 2014
270 finishers. 8 mile run (1.09.51) , 16 mile cycle (1.36.49), 8 mile run (1.16.49).
Ilford AC Club & Open 10 mile XC - Hainault Forest - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Grant Conway||1.22.07||4th - 1st V40|
parkrun # 189 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Euan Brown||16.29||1st - 78.29%|
|Patrick Brown||16.48 (course pb)||3rd - 76.79% |
|Mark Boulton||17.01 pb||4th - 76.00%|
parkrun # 56 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Samuel Browne||19.20 (debut)||1st - 66.72%|
|James Nichols||21.36||4th - 59.88%|
|Richard Guest||22.39||6th - 60.71%|
|Jayne Browne||29.26 (debut)||25th - 56.96%|
parkrun # 148 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||21.08||8th - 64.12%|
|Derek Wright||21.56||12th - 63.68%|
|Maud Hodson||24.24 (1st lady)||21st - 62.62%|
|Fiona Day||24.52 (2nd lady)||22nd - 73.79%|
|Sophie Edwards||28.39||39th - 53.69%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||31.16||47th - 50.32%|
62 finishers. Former member Brendan O'Grady was 2nd in 17.55.
parkrun # 159 - Valentine Park 5km. - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Manjit Singh||20.03||9th - 67.58%|
|Katherine Harris||25.26||55th - 58.45%|
|Julie Greene||28.02 (course pb)||87th - 60.52%|
|Morgan Francis||29.06||98th - 44.85%|
parkrun # 121 - Gunpowder Park 5km - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Lee Wollaston||22.16||24th - 61.30%|
|Russell Peters||22.28||25th - 59.87%|
parkrun # Gunnersbury 5km - Saturday 1st March 2014
|Dan Spinks||23.30||62nd - 58.09%|
North London Street Orienteering League - Leyton - Thursday 27th February 2014
|Russell Peters||630 pts||4th|
|Don Bennett||300 pts||17th|
This time the event was from the Coach & Horses in Leyton High Road. We had a team this time with Jayne Browne & Andrea Waller joining me rather than making there own way. We made a pretty good team with me navigating and there eyesight this time we went for some higher scoring points , first of all going for the 50 pointer and then as many 20 & 30 pointers and the 40 on the way. We still found just 11 markers but the points scored went from 210 to 300 this time.
Old Deer Park Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd February 2014
1285 finishers. Also Mark Portman a visitor to our Jantastic team did 1.43.25.
Sleaford Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd February 2014
Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd February 2014
|Wayne Kelly||1.45.55||709th - 59.65%|
|Ian Cooper||1.56.25||1397th - 48.73%|
|Stuart Doman||2.04.07||1587th - 47.13%|
2079 finishers. ON THE OFFICIAL RACE PAGE.
Thanks to all our runners for taking part today , congratulations to the winners and we hope you enjoyed the run. The course was officially measured and was 13.1 miles in length. However we are really sorry that, due to a marshaling error early on in the race we were short of the official race measurement on the day by 0.4 miles. There were more risks attached to trying to add an untested extra loop while the race was running than letting it continue on the planned route. We will ensure that this does not happen in 2015!
Tokyo Marathon 2014 - Sunday 23rd February 2014
Chip time 3:59.06
Place (men)8,201 of 27,181
Overall place 8,913 of 34,101
Age group place 216 of 1,208
Ford Test Track 10, Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon - Sunday 23rd February 2014
|Mark Boulton||1.01.09 pb||5th|
|Russell Price||1.04.18 pb||16th|
|Don Bennett||1.34. 12||225th|
parkrun # 188 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|Patrick Brown||1st - 16:56 course debut)||1st - 76.18%|
|Mark Boulton||17.23 =pb||2nd - 74.40%|
|Russell Price||19.13||5th - 67.22%|
|Sarah Burns||21.38 =pb (1st lady)||26th - 69.95%|
|Lee Neville||22.02 (course pb)||29th - 58.55%|
|Ninette Fernandes||27.04||61st - 54.93%|
parkrun # 55 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|David Baldwin||21.09 (course pb)||1st - 64.07%|
|Richard Guest||22.23||3rd - 61.43%|
|Steven Bywater||25.46||17th - 56.79%|
|Don Bennett||44.12 (tailrunner)||39th - 34.77%|
parkrun # 147 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|Gavin Stebbing||21.09||5th - 64.07%|
|Regis Martin||21.42||8th - 63.36%|
|Derek Wright||22.17||9th - 62.68%|
|Sharon Springfield||22.51 (1st lady)||14th - 66.96%|
|Maud Hodson||24.28 (2nd lady)||19th - 62.87%|
|Sophie Edwards||26.40||28th - 57.69%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||30.23||43rd - 51.78%|
|Claire Emery||36.48||53rd - 42.44%|
parkrun # 120 - Gunpowder Park 5km - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|Lee Wollaston||19.43 (course debut)||12th - 69.23%|
|Russell Peters||22.30||29th - 59.78%|
parkrun # 158 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|Manjit Singh||20.18||13th - 66.75%|
|Katherine Harris||27.25||74th - 54.22%|
other parkrun's. - Saturday 22nd February 2014
|Thomas Grimes||17.41||2nd (Marlay,Dublin)|
|Amadeus Furlong||18.50||19th (Norwich)|
|Allan Todd||19.26||4th (Woodley)|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||20.53||3rd (Beckton)|
|Carrine Jay||22.03 (3rd lady)||(Johannesburg SA)|
|Dan Spinks||40.31||243rd (Gunnersbury)|
Baldock Beast multi terrain Half Marathon - Sunday 16th February 2014
Finally tracked down official times for this 1:52:14 chip time for me, 189th finisher. I'm pleased with that - faster than my 2012 attempt and at various points last week I thought I'd acquired a serious injury and would have to pull out of this and maybe VLM. I saw an Osteopath on Thursday who said I could still do the race but not to go too hard (obviously only took 50% of that advice!)
I think I'm the only ELR who has done this race (twice now) - it's quite testing with some steep hills and stretches through a boggy field and muddy forest trail. Really well organised, friendly, with some nice personal touches and the weather was freakishly perfect. And just down the road from Royston if "Baldock" sounds like it's in Scotland or something!
Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 16th February 2014
Chingford League - Race 6 - Victoria Park - 5 miles - Saturday 15th February 2014
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||33.39 pb||103rd|
parkrun # 187 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 15th February 2014
|Mark Boulton||18.17 (debut)||1st - 70.74%|
|Russell Price||23.05||24th - 55.96%|
|Lee Neville||23.28 (course pb)||26th - 54.97%|
parkrun # 157 - Valentine Park - 3rd Anniversary - Saturday 15th February 2014
|Katherine Harris||25.51||46th - 57.51%|
|Sophie Edwards||28.09||65th - 54.65%|
|Julie Greene||28.47||72nd - 58.95%|
|Peter Hatley||30.06||86th - 45.02%|
parkrun # 146 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 15th February 2014
|Derek Wright||23.13||7th - 60.16% |
|Maud Hodson||25.33||13th - 60.21%|
other parkrun's - Saturday 15th February 2014
|Richard Guest||22.04||32nd (Finsbury)|
|Dan Spinks||23.24||36th (Gunnersbury)|
Great Bentley Half Marathon - Sunday 9th February 2014
South Devon Coastal Trail - Saturday 8th February 2014
|Roberto Bruni||7.12.29||40th (32 miles)|
|Jimmy Hartwell||7.17.26||103rd (marathon)|
|James Wilson||1.48.13||11th (Half marathon)|
|Paul Thompson||2.12.00||67th (Half marathon)|
|Trish Kelly||3.13.57||275th (Half marathon)|
|Sharon Springfield||1.05.01||33rd (10km)|
Roberto:- Hey Devon, is that all you got????? Did you think 32M would defeat me ? When it did not, you thought 50mph headwinds would do it. No, throw in three hail storms, turn paths into streams and for good measure add a bit of mud. 7h11m later I finished!!!! Jimmy Hartwell and I will be back when you arrange a proper storm!
parkrun # 145 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 8th February 2014
|Patrick Brown||18.52||1st - 68.37%|
|James Nichols||21.22 (debut)||2nd - 60.53%|
|Derek Wright||23.09||8th - 60.33%|
|Regis Martin||23.28||10th - 58.59%|
|Sarah Burns||25.53 (2nd lady)||19th - 58.47%|
|Fiona Day||26.07 (3rd lady)||21st - 70.26%|
|Claire Emery||37.32||43rd - 41.61%|
|Julie Creffield||39.57||46th - 37.42%|
parkrun # 156 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 8th February 2014
|Richard Guest||21.01 (debut)||9th - 65.42%|
|Andrew Baxter||22.11 (debut)||18th - 63.94%|
|Katherine Harris||25.58||49th - 57.25%|
|Julia Wildgoose||31.58 (course pb)||95th - 53.08%|
other parkruns - Saturday 8th February 2014
|Amadeus Furlong||18.33||12th (Norwich)|
|David Baldwin||21.22||2nd (Walthamstow)|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||22.48||3rd (Beckton)|
|Dan Spinks||23.05||42nd (Gunnersbury)|
|Steven Bywater||26.03||26th (Kingston)|
Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd February 2014
|Mark Boulton||1.20.01 pb||46th - 74.51%|
|Manjit Bedi||1.23.08||87th - 78.62%|
|Claire Parker||1.36.38 pb||400th - 67.91%|
1746 finishers. Two great pb's from Mark & Claire. Claire knocking over 8 minutes off her Roding debut time last year to finish 40th of 516 ladies. Former ELR Helen Speedy finished in 1.39.59.
Falmer - Trail 18.5m, Brighton - Sunday 2nd February 2014
|Samuel Browne||1.48.03||1st |
63 finishers.Sam Browne Guys, don't pay any attention to the results. The race was an absolute shambles with marshals sending people the wrong way (myself included). I only ended up doing about 15miles. Shame because it was a tough race!
Falmer - Trail 10km, Brighton - Sunday 2nd February 2014
84 finishers. Jayne reports:- Lovely scenery today over the South Downs, a very very hilly race and loads of them.
A not very well organized run.
Paul had a different chip number to his bib and Sam who was 2nd in the 18
mile race got sent the wrong way by a marshal with the leader of the race.
they asked which way and the marshal replied not sure think its that way,
which was wrong. The organizer gave them both their money back as they
were well in front
I wasn't wearing a watch so don't know my time and as there were no mileage
markers so hopefully we did 10k it felt like 10k so think me and Paul
were ok although so hilly i was slow and Paul like a true gentlemen
waited at the top of the hills for me.
A shame for Sam as he was 2nd but these things happen and to top it all the
Blackwell tunnel was shut.
No results on the race website,yet quite a few people, came in having gone
the wrong way, 10k people having done 9 miles etc.
A shame as the run was in a beautiful setting.
Mornington Chasers 10km Winter Series, Regents Park - Sunday 2nd February 2014
parkrun # 144 - Wanstead Flats - Saturday 1st February 2014
|Euan Brown||19.42||2nd - 65.48%|
|James Wilson||19.49||3rd - 67.37%|
|Derek Wright||22.30||8th - 62.07%|
|Maud Hodson||24.48||23rd - 62.03%|
|Fiona Day||26.21||27th - 68.69%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||31.11||44th - 50.45%|
|Claire Emery||36.09||55th - 43.20%|
parkrun # 185 - Hackney Marshes - Saturday 1st February 2014
|Paul Quinton||17.14||2nd - 76.11%|
|Russell Price||19.18||9th - .66.93%|
|Richard Guest||20.18||20th - 67.73%|
|Lee Neville||23.33||41st - 54.78%|
|Claire Parker||23.47||43rd - 62.23%|
|Sarah Burns||24.11||46th - 62.58%|
|Julie Creffield||33.24||92nd - 44.76%|
parkrun # 155 - Valentine Park - Saturday 1st February 2014
|Steven Bywater||23.54 (course pb)||39th - 61.23%|
|Katherine Harris||25.36||53rd - 58.07%|
|Julie Greene||28.37||85th - 59.29%|
parkrun # 105 - Mile End - Saturday 1st February 2014
|John Booth||18.36 (course pb)||15th - 70.16%|
Brockwell Park 10km, Brixton - Sunday 26th January 2014
389 finishers....Mud, hills, wind and rain...what more could you want from a race? Brockwell Park 10k done.
SEAA Main XC Championships, Parliament Hill - Saturday 25th January 2014
|Paul Quinton||69.30||501st of 986.|
|Celia Payaneeandee||43.27||279th of 466.|
Patrick, Mark, Paul and Celia in action at a muddy Parliament Hill Fields.
parkrun # 53 - Walthamstow 5km - 1st Anniversary Celebration. - Saturday 25th January 2014
|David Baldwin||20.57||3rd - 62.29%|
|Patrick Brown||22.02||4th - 58.55%|
|Richard Guest||23.23||8th - 58.80%|
|George Georgiou||24.04||13th - 58.45%|
|Phoebe Bowman||25.59||23rd - 56.96%|
|Steven Bywater||26.13||28th - 55.82%|
|Don Bennett||30.32||52nd - 50.33%|
Walthamstow celebrated there 1st Anniversary. Hoping to beat there record of 89 they had 87 finishers. The all grass course is getting quite muddy these days as the rain has made studs a necessity. Event Director Sharon Rooney must have broken the record for mentioning cake in the opening announcements. Patrick was pacing 22 minutes and didn't do too bad. Three local councillors who ran last week came back to present the trophies for the points competition with our own Richard Guest getting 3rd place in the men's points.
parkrun # 143 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 25th January 2014
|James Wilson||19.40||1st - 67.88%|
|Russell Price||20.36||3rd - 62.30%|
|Derek Wright||21.52||7th - 63.87%|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.12||10th - 59.08%|
|Andy Jenkins||22.28||13th - 58.68%|
|Sarah McCrea||22.58 (1st lady)||17th - 64.44%|
|Maud Hodson||24.35||30th - 62.58%|
|Jayne Browne||29.02||49th - 57.75%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.51||53rd - 52.71%|
|Sophie Edwards||30.19||54th - 50.47%|
|Regis Martin||31.22||58th - 43.84%|
|Claire Emery||36.08||65th - 43.22%|
other parkruns - - Saturday 25th January 2014
|John Booth||17:59 First Timer!||3rd (Hackney Marshes)|
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||22.12||3rd (Beckton)|
|Dan Spinks||23.49||49th (Gunnersbury)|
|Katherine Harris||26.58||60th (Valentine)|
|Julie Greene||28.34||77th (Valentine)|
New member John Booth ran at Hackney for the first time finishing 3rd in 17.59.
Dan was back running after his calf injury. Good to see Katherine back running after her injury and Julie tried out Valentine's instead of the more muddy Wanstead course.
North London Street Orienteering League - Barking - Thursday 23rd January 2014
|Don Bennett||210 pts||20th of 23|
34 finishers , 23 men and 11 ladies. I finished 20th man of 23 with 210 points covering about 7km's in a new competition to me as I last tried out orienteering about 30 years ago.
You meet at a local pub and the idea is to find as many of 32 markers in an hour.10 - 19 are worth 10pts, 20 -29 20pts, 30 -39 30pts and 40 & 50 worth 40 & 50 points. If you are back a minute late you loose 2% of your points, 2mins 4% and so on. the map you have has no street names but marks rail lines, streams, parks, lakes etc. not all roads marked may be roads some may be alleyways or paths. Each marker has 3 multiple answers you just tick or circle the correct one. Recommend light clothing for visibility and a pen and torch. I had a small torch or a head torch may be better. They supply the maps and timers which you sign in when you leave and return. Probably best if you have your own timer as well as there timers are just pins to download the time you have done.
I enjoyed it a lot finding 11 markers but wasted a bit of time finding a marker just worth 10 points. Met up with a soon to be new member Russell Peters who came 8th and Rajiv Ratan 10th who some of you know from the longest parkrun we did in 2012 in North London. He started just after me and got over 400 points but was a minute late back. The next event is at Leyton on Thursday 27th February 2014 from the Coach & Horses pub from 6.30 - 7.30pm.
Benfleet 15 - Sunday 19th January 2014
|Simon Morgan||2.00.04 (Tiptree)||99th (life member)|
East London Runners Ladies before the Benfleet 15!
Illness and injury hit 5 East London Runners who were unable to travel to Benfleet to compete in what must be one of the toughest races in the Calendar Year. Nevertheless a healthy total of 21 from ELR stood on the start line at 10.30am. Regrettably Jamee Gould with foot blisters and Andrew Baxter with a calf muscle problem had to withdraw during the race.
This left 19 brave and hardy souls who finished having contended with extremely difficult underfoot conditions and hills for most of the 15 miles. Benfleet is famous for it's mud and this year did not disappoint following the heavy rain and storms during December and January.
Luckily the weather on the day was very good with the sun out for most of the race and with no rain and a light wind this was a little compensation for the heavy conditions.
Personal best times were not really an option and all of the ELR finishers, many of whom were running in the race for the first time, acquitted themselves exceptionally well.
Once again the race was excellently organised and marshalled by Benfleet Running Club, with 4 water stations giving out water, orange, Jelly Babies and Chocolates the runners were well looked after. A tech t shirt for the finishers as well as hot drinks(before and after) and cakes available after the race the Benfleet 15 is sure to remain a firm favourite with ELR for many years to come despite the difficult nature of the course and conditions!
From the local Newspaper The ECHO
MORE than 500 hardy runners battled through some atrocious wet and muddy conditions to complete one of the toughest ever editions of the Benfleet 15.
The course conditions were described as tough, perhaps even tougher, than those 12 months ago when snow covered the 15 miles of undulating terrain.
Organisers tweaked the route, which included parts of the Olympic mountain biking course, and believed they made it better than ever.
A spokesman from organising club Benfleet RC said: â€œWe didnâ€™t think we could top last yearâ€™s race with the snowfall, but the weather, and new route has certainly got people talking once again.â€
The Fan Dance , Brecon Beacons - Saturday 18th January 2014
24km trek up Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. Jimmy came 60th of 417 finishers and 12th place in his age category.
parkrun # 52 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 18th January 2014
|Patrick Brown||19.27||2nd - 66.72%|
|Alex Haward||21.48||3rd - 59.48%|
|Richard Guest||23.16||6th - 59.10%|
|Steven Bywater||25.52||19th - 56.12%|
Chingford League Event 5 - Hackney Marshes - Saturday 18th January 2014
204 runners finished. (146 Men and 56 Women and 2 guests). Men's and Women's team both 7th out of 11.
After 5 races Men's team are 6th and Women's team 5th.
Patrick and Euan Brown are 5th and 8th respectively overall.
parkrun # 142 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 18th January 2014
|Euan Brown||17.23||1st - 74.21%|
|Lee Wollaston||20.03 (course pb)||3rd - 68.08%|
|Derek Wright||21.53||7th - 63.82%|
|Regis Martin||22.00||8th - 62.50%|
|Sarah McCrea||22.57 (1st lady)||13th - 64.49%|
|Maud Hodson||25.38||26th - 60.01%|
|Fiona Day||28.04||42nd - 64.49%|
|Julie Greene||31.48||62nd - 53.35%|
parkrun # 188 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 18th January 2014
|Sarah Burns||22.55 (course pb)||29th - 66.04%|
|Julie Creffield||32.09 (course pb)||75th - 46.50%|
parkrun - Valentine & others - Saturday 18th January 2014
|Manjit Singh||20.02||9th - 67.64%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.04 (parkrun debut)||17th - 61.23%|
|Dan Spinks||30.48||214th (Gunnersbury)|
Sunday League Cross Country Fixture 4 - Therfield Heath, Royston - Sunday 12th January 2014
Mike. Another new year and back up the M11 to Royston and the rolling hills of Therfield Heath; one of the highlights of the cross country calendar! (Known as the Royston Roaster). Not quite the freezing icy conditions of last year, but still a bright sunny morning with a frost on the ground which made the course slippery in places.Thomas, who admitted to starting off too fast up the first hill, finished in an impressive 22nd position, followed by local running star Andrew in 41st and Russell in 53rd. Outstanding runs also from David who had sorted his shoes out since Ally Pally and finished way up the field in 63rd, Paul (78th) and Mohammed (96th) both putting in speedy laps. The men's team was completed by Mike, oh so close to that top 100! (109th), Lee, only three hills behind in (125th) and 'there's only one' Don Bennett (286th).
For the ladies, Celia sprinted to the finish in style in 172nd, closely followed by Phoebe (204th), Maud (226th) and debutant Diana (293rd).
The cakes in the refreshment tent were well received by all at the end; thanks to Royston Runners.
Men finished 7th of 18 and the Ladies 11th of 18.
Maud. 'Blasted' hills aside, I thought it was a lovely race - the Marshal's were brilliant!
parkrun # 182 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Saturday 11th January 2014
|Euan Brown||16.02 pb||1st - 80.46%|
|Russell Price||19.25||6th - 66.52%|
|Lee Wollaston||19.25 pb||7th - 70.30%|
|Claire Parker||21.10||30th - 69.92%|
|Roberto Bruni||21.13||33rd - 67.32%|
|Morgan Francis||21.32||37th - 60.60%|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||22.18||46th - 70.03%|
|Sarah Burns||23.49||65th - 63.19%|
|Lee Neville||25.23||81st - 50.82%|
|Ninette Fernandes||30.11||128th - 49.14%|
|Julie Creffield||33.10||138th - 45.08%|
parkrun # 141 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 11th January 2014
|Thomas Grimes||19.04||3rd - 68.15%|
|Samuel Browne||19.23||4th - 66.55%|
|James Wilson||19.44||5th - 67.65%|
|Gavin Stebbing||20.24 (50th parkrun)||6th - 66.42%|
|Derek Wright||21.56||11th - 63.68%|
|Andy Jenkins||23.00||15th - 57.32%|
|Henrik Hannus||25.02||28th - 51.53%|
|Fiona Day||25.05||29th - 72.16%|
|Maud Hodson||25.06||30th - 61.29%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||31.19%||61st - 50.24%|
|Claire Emery||36.08||72nd - 43.22%|
parkrun # 51 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 11th January 2014
|Patrick Brown||19.47||1st - 65.21%|
|David Baldwin||20.49||2nd - 62.69%|
|Alex Haward||21.53||4th - 59.25%|
|Richard Guest||22.36||5th - 60.84%|
|George Georgiou||25.11||11th - 55.86%|
|Steven Bywater||26.41||20th - 54.40%|
parkrun # 152 - Valentine Park 5km - Saturday 11th January 2014
|Manjit Singh||20.21||13th - 66.58%|
|Sophie Edwards||25.51 (course pb)||55th - 59.18%|
other parkruns - Saturday 11th January 2014
|Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea||21.10||1st - 61.97% (Beckton)|
|James Nichols||21.31||3rd -(Pymmes) |
|Dan Spinks||24.36||65th (Gunnersbury)|
Mornington Chasers Winter Series 10km, Regents Park - Sunday 5th January 2014
|Sarah Burns||47.36 pb||142nd|
Essex County XC Championships, Colchester - Saturday 4th January 2014
parkrun # 140 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Saturday 4th January 2014
|Samuel Browne||19.55||2nd - 64.71%|
|Gavin Stebbing||20.26||3rd - 66.31%|
|Maud Hodson||24.57 (1st lady)||12th - 61.66%|
|Sophie Edwards||29.06||20th - 52.58%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||31.56||28th - 49.27%|
parkrun # 50 - Walthamstow 5km - Saturday 4th January 2014
|Patrick Brown||20.37||1st - 62.57%|
|Steven Bywater||27.12||16th - 53.37%|
other parkrun's - Saturday 4th January 2014
|James Nichols||21.50||18th (Finsbury Pk)|
|Sarah Burns||30.15||47th (Hackney)|
|Julie Creffield||35.05 (course pb)||65th ( Mile End)|
Serpentine New Years Day 10km, Hyde Park - Wednesday 1st January 2014
|Russell Price||38.54 pb||41st|
parkrun # 150 - Valentine Park 5km - Wednesday 1st January 2014
|Manjit Singh||20.10||17th - 67.14%|
|Lee Wollaston||21.31 (course pb)||25th - 63.44%|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.18||50th - 57.00%|
|Lee Neville||25.31||66th - 50.56%|
|Don Bennett||30.06||111th - 50.61%|
|Katherine Harris||44.00||158th - 33.79%|
166 finishers. Valentine Park parkrun celebrated it's 150th run with a good crowd boosted by runners from the earlier Wanstead run. First in from ELR was Manjit Singh a regular at this venue. Good to see Jonathan getting back to his running after injury. Lee set a course pb of 21.31 before moving on to his 3rd run of the day at the Lakeside Diner at 11.00am in his named Mission Impossible Challenge. He then went on to run another 11+ km's later with some more ELR's.
Don & Katherine done there second run's of the morning with Katherine suffering from a calf problem electing to walk this time around.
parkrun # 180 - Hackney Marshes 5km - Wednesday 1st January 2014
|Samuel Browne||18.56 (course pb)||3rd - 68.13%|
|Richard Guest||20.04 (course pb)||8th - 68.02%|
Sam Browne had a 3rd place finish after his 4th place at Wanstead Flats.
parkrun # Wormwood Scrubs 5km - Wednesday 1st January 2014
|Dan Spinks||27.54||15th - 48.57%|
parkrun # 139 - Wanstead Flats 5km - Wednesday 1st January 2014
|Samuel Browne||19.40||4th - 65.59%|
|Gavin Stebbing||20.35||8th - 65.83%|
|Lee Wollaston||21.44||13th - 62.81%|
|Maud Hodson||25.26||43rd - 60.48%|
|Fiona Day||26.06||46th - 69.35%|
|Don Bennett||30.02||71st - 50.72%|
|Katherine Harris||31.30||77th - 47.20%|
|Claire Emery||37.08||90th - 42.06%|
|Julie Creffield||37.47||93rd - 39.57%|
95 finishers. First run of the New Year timed at 9.00am so runners could go off to either Hackney Marshes or Valentine's at 10.00am. First in was Sam Browne who went off to Hackney afterwards. Lee, Don & Katherine went next to Valentine Park. A very muddy and slippery course must have been a suprise to the first timers who came along but not to Paul Martelletti from VPHTH ac who broke the course record with a time of 15.47.