Results Jan-June 2017
Orion's Fast Friday, Walthamstow track. - Friday 30th June 2017
|Spencer Evans||18.15.5||6th, 5000m C, 71.23%|
|Robert Rayworth||19.57.6||13th, 5000m, C, 69.17%|
|Patrick Brown||16.27.3||5th, 5000m, B, 79.53%|
|Antonio Martin Romero||16.29.7 pb||6th, 5000m, B, 78.97%|
|Jon Brombley||17.15.1 pb||13th, 5000m, B, 76.91%|
|Dan Senior||38.09.9||9th, 10,000m. C , 73.22%|
|Scott McMillan||38.14.3||10th, 10,000m, C, 73.63%|
|Daniel Slipper||39.18.0||13th, 10,000m, C, 72.18%|
|Mark Boulton||34.41.5||5th, 10,000m B, 77.27%|
|Euan Brown||15.50.7||19th, 5,000m, A, 82%|
Chase The Sun 10km, Victoria Park - Wednesday 28th June 2017
Llandudno Sea Triathlon - Sprint Distance - Sunday 25th June 2017
|Ava Lee||1.24.21||156th, 19th lady, 4th V40/44.|
750m swim, t1, 19k cycle, t2, 5k run.
Ava 17.28, 1.40, 43.44, 1.31, 19.56.
Danny 22.52, 2.26, 40.39, 1.36, 19.35.
Danny reports:- Call the coast guard! Llandudno Sea Triathlon. In Wales! And also, success! Not only did I not come last in the swim this time, but Ava may have just qualified for Team GB Age Group World Championships. Rotterdam here we come
VeloPark Hoddesdon TC Longest Day Duathlon - Sunday 25th June 2017
|Jason Levy||59.49||44th of 69.|
2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 1 mile run.
17.09, 34.42, 7.57
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 3 - Colworth Half Marathon - Sunday 25th June 2017
|Louis Le Roux||01:52:23||68|
|Rachel Le Roux||02:14:24||156|
|Jayne Browne||02:34:30||192 Joint|
1st Thomas Grimes
3rd Patrick Brown
1st woman Jennifer Ansell
1st W V50 Suzanne Bench
1st W V60 Fiona Day
1st Team East London Runners - Thomas, Patrick, Ciaran & Jenny.
1st Female Team - East London Runners - Jenny, Emily & Ellie.
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Overall Standings - Fri 23 - Sun 25th June 2017
|Rachel Le Roux||4:21:43||120th|
1st Thomas Grimes
2nd Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
1st W V55 Fiona Day
Team - East London Runners.
Jonathan Wooldridge Colworth 2017. Perfect mini break if you love running and camping. Sounds like an ELR dream. Thanks for a fun weekend everyone.
Maya Goodwin: I was convinced I wouldnt make it as I was so ill on Wednesday, but Im so pleased I did. Katy Taylor was the most organised camper ever with a tent bigger than my first flat. And bacon.
We ran all the races together and managed to Not Be Last on Fri and Sat, but the HM on Sunday beat us. We decided on one lap. (Thomas Grimes caught us and lapped us at FIVE MILES . There was nothing speedy about our times, the terrain was really tough and I was coughing pretty much most of the time. But we made it round. Im pretty pleased with our final tally of 20 miles, whatever our pace was.
My two favourite quotes from marshals:
'Is there anyone 'left' in East London?'
'You East London Runners have the entire field covered!'
The fields were golden, the woods were dappled and green and the PonyTails were full of infectious joy. I was so proud to be part of ELR this weekend. We ran hard, we ran with joy and we drank all the beer.
Paul Thompson: Why don't you come & run the Colworth marathon challenge Grant said to me a few months ago ? 'Yes'I said 'sounds like a laugh'.
Well having just completed day 3 & the final race I'm not sure I'd quite class the running part as a 'laugh' ! Probably one of the toughest weekends of racing I've had in a long time but a great sense of achievement.
The laugh part of the weekend though has to be the tremendous fun that I've had with my ELR team mates. Lots of beer, Dan's party, Lance's post race stretching & plenty of banter. You were all such great company !
Grant's just asked if I'll do it again ? Hell yeh.
Lucy Barron: Im tired and achey....and thats just from all the sillyness and laughing oh how I enjoyed the sillyness!
3 days of tough running but what an achievement, highly recommend you all sign up for 2018!
Might give Liptons ice tea a break though.
Rachel LeRoux: Thank you to everyone for such a great weekend, it was blinking hard and I'm glad it's over. Thanks Frank for being there supporting us everyday it was needed! So proud to be apart of this club Team ELR and roll on next year.
Sheetal Thank you for a wonderful weekend. It was such great fun making new friends (and dog friends) and spending time with old ones. In hindsight, I suppose running a marathon over the weekend was quite an achievement!
Maya Goodwin again
This weekend I Camped, Cross Countried, Cackled and Coughed in Colworth.
My second year. Nearly a write off due to a dreadful cold virus, I only decided on Friday morning that I was well enough to go. I wasnt feeling brilliant, but I knew I'd be glaring at my iPad all weekend at the posts and photos of everyone having a brilliant time if I stayed at home, so I packed 17,234 paracetamol and hoped for the best.
Colworth is two nights of camping and three races. 5 miles on Friday night, 8.1 miles on Saturday, and 13.1 miles on Sunday. The mathematically minded of you will work out that adds up to 26.2 miles. A marathon in fact! Well anyone who follows me on Strava will be able to see that there was nothing speedy about any of my race times. 13:30 min miles mainly. The terrain was tough, dry, but really uneven and hard. Katy Taylor and I had agreed to run together and I ran and coughed and walked and ran and coughed and walked. And kept on smiling. Not quite last for the first two races, but a DNF (Did Not Finish) for our last one, we decided to just do one lap. We still ran 20 miles over a weekend - I reckon thats pretty cool.
World War Run 5 miles OCR, West Sussex - Sunday 25th June 2017
WORLD WAR RUN is a 10 mile / 5 mile Obstacle Race created to commemorate 100 years since WW1 and honour our fallen heroes.
WORLD WAR RUN will take you through â€“ some of the toughest mud pits youâ€™ll ever jump in, hilly terrain, barbed wire crawls, 80+ obstacles, mustard smoke and our famous paintball gauntlet!
Boom! Finished in 2nd at World War Run in Dorking today. 55.34 for a 5 mile OCR with mud as far as the eye could see! I would definitely recommend this event to anyone interested in obstacle racing, and the race raises money for Combat Stress "the UKâ€™s leading Veteransâ€™ mental health charity" so double win!
Furth Metropole Marathon, Germany - Sunday 25th June 2017
Trent Park Triffic Trail - Sunday 25th June 2017
Dame Kelly Holmes Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 25th June 2017
Royal Parks 10km Series - Greenwich Park - Sunday 25th June 2017
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 2 - Colworth Trail 8.1 miles - Saturday 24th June 2017
|Louis Le Roux||1.08.08||69th|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.21.52||158th|
also Bernard Dumonteil 185th 1.27.29.
1st man - Thomas Grimes
3rd man - Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
1st woman V45 - Suzanne Bench
1st men team - ELR, Thomas, Patrick, Ciaran & Dan.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 24th June 2017
|James Wilson||17:51||1st - 76.47% - Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.19||4th - 75.61% - Wanstead|
|Andy Kumar||18:26 debut||5th - 70.52% - Wanstead|
|Robert Rayworth||19:54||15th - 69.10% - Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22:23 (1st lady)||34th - 66.12% - Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23:42||48th - 58.44% - Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||23:54||52nd - 67.78% - Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||25:43||72nd - 54.31% - Wanstead |
|Andrea Waller||25:58||74th - 58.92% - Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||31:11||129th - 54.41% - Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||37:48||157th - 42.42% - Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||41:22||160th - 39.16% - Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||53:06 (tail runner)||166th - 29.19% - Wanstead|
|Jakub Czeczotka||21.59 (course pb)|| 50th - 59.97% - Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.06||68th - 56.78% - Hackney|
|Julie Campbell||24.09||87th - 73.98% - Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||27.36||131st - 56.58% - Hackney|
|Don Bennett||34.33 (course debut)||404th - 45.63% - Guildford|
|Calvin Bobin||21.11 (course pb)||11th - 77.03% - Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.34 (course debut)||13th - 60.82% - Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.28 (course pb)||43rd - 58.25% - Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.09||60th - 66.07% - Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.22||5th - 70.70% - Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||20.33||6th - 67.96% - Valentines|
|Victoria Charlesworth||27.36 (course pb)||75th - 57.55% - Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||30.01||103rd - 42.98% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||30.18||105th - 47.14% - Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||30.42||111th - 48.86% - Valentines|
|John Booth||17.58||10th - 74.30% - Mile End|
|Paul Quinton||16.56 (course debut)||1st - 78.84% - Barking|
|Manpreet Johal||23.09||12th - 55.72% - Barking|
|Shailesh Patel||25.46||90th - 57.70% - Leicester Victoria|
32 parkruns at 8 venues, 3 first finishers with 4 debuts and 4 course pbs.
First finishes for James & Felicity at Wanstead and for Paul Quinton at his debut at Barking, taking Patrick Brown's fastest male ELR time at the same time.
Debuts also for Andy Kumar at Wanstead, Richard at Roding and myself at Guildford. Course pb's for Calvin & Kathryn at Roding Valley, Jakub at Hackney and Victoria Charlesworth at Valentines.
Seven ran there best Age Grades of the year:- Andy, Calvin, Jakub, Richard, Kathryn, Tim & Victoria. Don
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 1 - Colworth 5 - Friday 23rd June 2017
|Jennifer Ansell||32.18||24th, 1st lady|
|Rachel Le Roux||45.27||204th|
also Bernard Dumonteil 187th - 44.57.
1st man - Thomas Grimes.
2nd man - Patrick Brown
1st woman - Jennifer Ansell
woman V60 - Fiona Day
1st Team Men - ELR , Thomas, Patrick, Joseph Browne & Dan Senior.
1st Team Ladies - ELR, Jenny, Emily Clarke & Ellie Wilkinson.
Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Mile Road Race - Friday 23rd June 2017
|Michael Wilson||34.45 (72.81%)||36th|
Mike. (6.00am Saturday). On Friday evening Kirk Johnson and myself made a pilgrimage once again, (the first time since 2012) to the Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Mile Road race which this year was held in the small village of Pleshey. My cousin Simon Morgan, another ex chairman and life member of ELR was running for Colchester Harriers AC. I managed to tag behind Simon for the first couple of miles or so, before being too close for comfort; he began to pull ahead slightly. He had a valid excuse that he had also raced the night before. (Maybe next time Simon!). I managed to finish with a time of 34.45 (36th), which I will take for 'the comeback' while Simon recorded 34.16 (34th). Kirk came in on 50.01 (118th) to complete the trio of ELR old boys. After the post race complementary burger, we met up with ex-member Steve Kerns and adjourned to the Ivory Peg pub in the centre of Chelmsford for more food and tales of ELR from years gone by. An enjoyable evening was had by all. The race was held on a good undulating two lap course on quiet country lanes and it was also great to catch up with the old boys afterwards. We will definitely be coming back to run another year.I finally arrived home at 1.00am and was up for work at 4.30am bright eyed and bushy tailed as usual!
Chase The Sun 10km, Greenwich Park - Friday 23rd June 2017
|Katherine Harris||49.41||61st, 8th lady|
Orion Harriers Fell Race - Friday 23rd June 2017
Elvis 3 : East End Road Runners Olympic Park 5km - Wednesday 21st June 2017
|Billy Rayner||17.04 (17.32)||5th|
|Scott McMillan||18.30 (18.35)||22nd|
|Daniel Lee||18.57*||29th - 76.08%|
|Jennifer Ansell||19.10* (25.14)||33rd, 1st lady 77.04%|
|Daniel Slipper||19.19||37th - 36th|
|James Nichols||19.33||38th - 37th|
|Aaron Browne||19.45||41st - 40th|
|Regis Martin||19.57||42nd - 41st|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.07||46th - 44th|
|Robert Rayworth||20.07||48th - 45th|
|Ava Lee||20.12||51st, 4th lady|
|Mark Moir||20.31||57th - 53rd|
|Ashley Faria||20.38||62nd - 57th|
|Paul Thompson||20..50||63rd - 58th|
|Manjit Singh||21.25||71st - 65th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.21||72nd - 66th|
|Emily Clarke||21.17 (22.35)||74th - 7th|
|Grant Conway||21.26* (21.47)||78th - 71st 68.27%|
|Paula Bedford||21.35||79th, 8th|
|Nick Hoult||21.37*||85th - 77th 64.76%|
|Michael Bamford||21.57||88th - 79th |
|Maran Raju||21.40*||89th - 80th 69.15%|
|Jonathan Shaw||21.59*||90th - 81st 63.68%|
|Nathaniel Dye||21.28*||94th - 84th 60.40%|
|Louis Le Roux||22.05||96th - 86th|
|Paul Marshall||21.44 (22.52)||97th - 87th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||21.59*||98th - 11th 67.17%|
|Calvin Bobin||22.03||99th - 88th|
|Peter Hatley||21.37*||101st - 90th 64.76%|
|Andrew Howard||22.07||105th - 93rd|
|Shailesh Patel||22.07*||106th - 94th 67.22%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.15||107th - 95th|
|Craig Livermore||21.52* (22.10)||108th - 96th 59.38%|
|Richard Guest||21.57* ||110th - 97th 64.24%|
|Katherine Harris||22.36 (23.48)||111th - 14th|
|David Taylor||22.11*||117th - 101st 59.50%|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.32*||120th - 104th 58.88%|
|Matthew Sharpe||22.31*||124th - 106th 57.96%|
|Ramesh Pala||22.49*||130th - 112th 67.71%|
|Tom Timson||22.49*||138th - 117th 56.40%|
|John Healy||23.36||146th - 120th|
|David Hallybone||24.07* (25.07)||160th - 131st 57.22%|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.10 (24.12)||159th, 12th|
|Sarah Burns||24.13||161st, 13th|
|Chloe Millan||24.33||176th - 37th|
|Tricia ONeill||24.51||178th - 38th|
|Lance Fuller||24.53||179th - 141st|
|Tim Aylett||24.51||182nd - 142nd|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.49 (25.07)||185th - 143rd|
|Julie Campbell||25.06||187th - 44th|
|George Georgiou||24.55||193rd - 148th |
|Rotimi Oyegunle||25.14*||198th - 152nd 54.69%|
|Caitlin Diniz||25.07*||201st - 48th 58.79%|
|Jason Levy||25.51||205th - 156th|
|Simone Fonseca||25.37*||211th - 52nd 59.21%|
|Fiona Day||25.54||212th - 53rd|
|Wayne Kelly||26.03*||214th - 161st 56.62%|
|Annette Clark||26.03*||215th - 54th 60.33%|
|Catriona Hoult||26.17||217th - 55th|
|Frank Brownlie||26.27||219th - 164th|
|Lee Rand||26.00*||221st - 166th 55.90%|
|Marc Akers||26.03||222nd - 167th|
|Dave Knight||26.25*||227th - 170th 60.95%|
|Mary Connolly||26.21||230th - 59th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.24||232nd - 60th|
|Stuart Barton||26.40||234th - 174th|
|Andrea Waller||26.43||236th - 62nd|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.54||240th - 65th|
|Fiona Critchley||26.53||241st - 66th|
|Tina Bennett||27.37||252nd - 72nd|
|Mary O'Brien||27.08||253rd - 73rd|
|Faye McCarthy||27.20||256th - 76th|
|Stephen Swan||27.48||261st - 181st|
|Caroline Moore||27.33*||262nd - 81st 63.79%|
|Catherine Brett||27.59||263rd - 82nd|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.23||266th - 85th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.26||267th - 86th|
|Alex Jameson||28.47||269th - 183rd|
|Robyn Turtle||28.44||271st - 88th|
|Suzanne Bartlett||28.46*||276th - 93rd 51.33%|
|Joanna Wood||28.44*||282nd - 99th 53.42%|
|John Atkinson||28.49*||284th - 185th 64.03%|
|Roselin Boramakot||28.58*||285th - 100th 50.98%|
|Jayne Browne||29.07||286th - 101st|
|Shaun DeSena||29.20||287th - 186th|
|Claire Drakeford||29,08*||293rd - 107th 51.03%|
|Sarah Pascal||30.15*||305th - 111th 53.44%|
|Sandra Hiller||30.26||308th - 113th|
|Isabella Allan||34.13*||333rd - 133rd 43.16%|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||37.20||349th - 148th|
|Sonia Cheadle||39.41||353rd - 151st|
|Gareth Davies||39.39||354th - 203rd|
|Katy Taylor||39.41*||355th - 152nd 38.98%|
|Samia Choudhury||41.14||359th - 155th|
101 ELR's of 364 finishers.
( )Last years time in brackets for those that improved.11 ELR's.
* Best 5km Age grade for this year so far. 34 ELR's.
1st Man - Euan Brown
3rd Man - Thomas Grimes
1st Lady - Jenny Ansell
1st Vet35 Lady - Ava Lee.
Grant's Magic Mile, Ashton Playing Fields - Monday 19th June 2017
also Joe Isaacs 5.10
Tour of Tameside 2017 - Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th June 2017
|Victoria Charlesworth||59.43||108th/165 X Trail 10k|
|Victoria Charlesworth||1.10.45||106th/135 Hell on Fell 6m|
|Victoria Charlesworth||2.33.52||132nd/174 Hero Half Marathon|
|Victoria Charlesworth||1.19.09||156th/213 Dr Ron Hyde 7m|
|Victoria Charlesworth||6.05.01||262nd overall, 81st of 120|
Humphs Hilly Half, Bourton on the Water - Saturday 17th June 2017
|Katherine Harris||1.52.27||54th, 10th lady|
Toughest OCR, Pippinford 8.5km - Saturday 17th June 2017
|Joshua Stephens||1.10.31||146th of 950ish.|
Too hot to be running today! 8km Toughest OCR in Pippingford Park was roasting! Best race I've done though... 146th out of 950ish with a gammy ankle so I'm over the moon. Much needed OCR League points and my season is starting to get going.
Dambuster Triathlon, Rutland Water - Saturday 17th June 2017
|Sarah Burns||2.42.19||1st V40 - 44, 13th lady.|
Dambuster Triathlon, Rutland Water
1.5k swim, 42k bike, 10k run
Sarah Burns 2.42.19
157th of 421, 1st V40-44 lady, 13th of 78 ladies.
29.09, 1.13, 1.19.52, 0.44, 51.21 = 2.42.19
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 17th June 2017
|Euan Brown||16.39||1st - 77.48% Hackney|
|James Nichols||19.18||21st - 67.62% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||22.28||66th - 66.17% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.29||67th - 58.34% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||23.42||99th - 54.43% Hackney|
|Andy Kumar||19.27 (course pb)||5th - 66.84% Roding Valley|
|Jakub Czeczotka||24.06||26th - 54.70% Roding Valley|
|Adrian Buckley||25.56 (course pb)||9th - 55.98% Millom|
|Manjit Singh||20.49||3rd - 67.09% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||23.51||23rd - 62.82% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||24.51||31st - 51.91% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.00||34th - 57.13% Valentines|
|James Creed||21.57 debut||21st - 61.28% Hatfield Forest|
|Fiona Critchley||25.13 debut||27th - 67.28% Harrow Lodge|
|Stuart Barton||27.06 debut||43rd - 53.14% Harrow Lodge|
|Jamie Xavier||20.55||5th - 65.74% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.25||43rd - 56.72% Walthamstow|
|Tim Aylett||27.13||47th - 49.42% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||21.30 debut||14th - 72.09% Mersea Island|
|Scott McMillan||18.15||6th - 75.89% Wanstead|
|Robert Rayworth||20.12||20th - 68.07% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||20.29||26th - 62.98% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.06||32nd - 66.19% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.30||58th - 66.12% Wanstead |
|Andy Bolderstone||24.55||67th - 55.59% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.28||72nd - 62.96% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||25.43||73rd - 58.26% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.52||75th - 61.40% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||26.09||81st - 53.41% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.09||82nd - 64.88% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.27||106th - 56.94% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.34||107th - 60.97% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.40||108th - 62.33% Wanstead|
|Shaun DeSena||29.13||115th - 44.21% Wanstead|
|Jan Webb||34.22||158th - 51.99% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||34.25||159th - 46.59% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||37.05||170th - 42.83% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||37.32||175th - 42.01% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||38.18||178th - 37.90% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||40.05||187th - 40.00% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||1.10.41 (tailrunner)||200th - 22.92% Wanstead|
|Liam Dempsey||25.10||31st - 51.39% Brentwood|
41 parkruns at 10 venues. One first finisher, 2 course pbs and 4 debuts.
6 Age grade bests for 2017 and 3 ELR parkrun records.
First finish for Euan Brown at Hackney in 16.39. Course pbs for Andy Kumar at Roding Valley and Adrian Buckley at Millom.
Debuts at Hatfield Forest for James Creed, Fiona & Stuart at Harrow Lodge and Andrew Howard at Mersea Island.
Age grade bests for Shailesh & Saheb at Hackney, Manjit at Valentines, Adrian at Millom, James Creed at Hatfield and Andrew Howard at Mersea Island.
ELR parkrun records for Andrew at Mersea Island, Adrian improved his time at Millom and Fiona took Rachel LeRoux's record at Harrow Lodge by 3 seconds.
Chase The Sun 10km, Olympic Park - Wednesday 14th June 2017
|Dan Gritton||38.11||7th, 6th man.|
|Jennifer Ansell||39.33||15th, 3rd lady|
|Emily Clarke||43.41||53rd, 7th lady|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||45.35||72nd, 8th lady|
|Alexandra Brown||51.03 pb||171st|
Woodford Green Open Graded Fixture, Ashton Playing Field - Tuesday 13th June 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||9.37.43||1st - 3000m|
|Euan Brown||4.13.53||1st - 1500m|
Srichinmoyraces. 5km, Speedy Steeds, Battersea Park - Monday 12th June 2017
|Thomas Grimes||16.07 pb||13th|
Thames Chase 10km, Upminister - Sunday 11th June 2017
Dinton Duathlon - Sunday 11th June 2017
|Louis Le Roux||1.28.01||25th|
Dinton Duathlon 5.2k/20k bike/5.2k 75 finishers.
Louis Le Roux 23.20, 1.31,37.38, 0.43, 24.48 = 1.28.01
25th, 14th age group
Michael Bamford 22.46, 0.50, 39.31, 0.41, 24.18 = 1.28.07
26th, 5th age group
St Albans Half Marathon - Sunday 11th June 2017
Man v Horse , Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. - Saturday 10th June 2017
|Jonathan Wooldridge||4.30.06||337th of 693. 79th of 147 V40.|
Man v Horse, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. Take amateur camping, a flooded camp site, stupid amount of rain, mud, bogs, hills, river crossings, repeat for 23 or so miles, with 60 horses, 648 runners, 150 relay teams and you're close a 24 hrs trip to Wales for the Man vs Horse race 2017.
Like many races, I loved it and hated it. This one was about 20 miles too long, 1300m elevation gain (not forgetting the descent) too high. The Welsh countryside didn't disappoint though. It was truly a very special race and although I didn't look up as much as I should have, the course was meandering through beautiful Welsh scenery along some road sections, (quite a relief) but mainly bumpy grass and mountain trails, and knee deep bog land.
I probably didn't appreciate the elevation involved here. Walthamstow needs more hills to be able to train for this (or just attend coach Conway's sessions) but this race wasn't about running. Having twisted my ankle on a descent at 8 miles, I was cautious not to do it again. Although that only lasted two miles. Now I was hobbling a bit.
I told myself I had to finish, at least ahead of one horse, I pressed on albeit now more accepting of the reality - walk the ascents, gingerly negotiate the descents, and try and run the flats and road sections. It paid off, but I lost so much time. I'm not sure I've ever run for that duration before. So I'm now going to learn from this - I must add more time to my training runs.
Highlights- the terrain, running along side horses and racing ahead of them on the descents. Camaraderie of fellow runners - it was Man v Horse, not man v man after all. Being given a Moam at 20 miles and not being beaten by all the horses.
Lowlights- camping in the rain. Yes that's all. I suppose I loved it really.
All in all, £30 for the race, £10 for the T-shirt. A wonderful experience and lots of memories. I usually like to enter my races twice, but I may make an exception for this one.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th June 2017
|Paul Marshall||24.01 debut||310th - 54.34% Bushy|
|Steven Bywater||26.06 debut||488th - 57.41% Bushy|
|Katherine Harris||22.07 debut||55th - 67.82% Southwark|
|Manpreet Johal||24.24 debut||98th - 52.87 Southwark|
|Shaun DeSena||28.44 debut||101st - 44.95% Didcot|
|Andrew Howard||22.07 debut||72nd - 70.08% Preston Park|
|Stuart Barton||24.31 debut||36th - 58.74% Father Collins|
|Janet Bywater||26.06 debut||140th - 65.84% Ashton Court|
|Dan Senior||18.54 debut||16th - 72.75% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||21.36||42nd - 72.30% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.35||93rd - 60.20% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||35.22||199th - 43.50% Hackney|
|Thomas Grimes||17.51||1st - 74.79% Grovelands|
|Patrick Brown||16.52||1st - 77.08% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||17.57||3rd - 76.04% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.04||8th - 73.25% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||20.05 (course pb)||15th - 64.23% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||21.55||33rd - 66.24% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.02||40th - 64.37% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.11||57th - 57.27% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.34||65th - 65.94% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||24.56||71st - 60.09% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.35||80th - 74.79% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||25.43 (course pb)||82nd - 57.55% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.05||87th - 61.47% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.06||88th - 60.86% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.01||93rd - 62.80% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.09||97th - 59.05% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.47||109th - 51.83% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||34.08||156th - 46.97% Wanstead|
|John Booth||24.45||109th - 53.60% Mile End|
|John Healy||24.30 (49th parkrun)||124th - 57.01% Brockwell|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.51 (course pb)||48th - 57.38% Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.52||10th - 69.01% Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||20.58||12th - 66.61% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||22.00||22nd - 68.11% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.07||33rd - 64.31% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||27.18||88th - 47.25% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.24||89th - 52.13% Valentines|
|Joanna Wood||29.09||109th - 53.17% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||29.10||110th - 48.23% Valentines|
41 parkruns at 13 venues. 2 first finishers, 9 debuts and 3 course pbs.
11 Age Grade Bests for the year so far.
First finishes for Patrick 16.52 at Wanstead and Thomas 17.51 at Grovelands.
Debuts for two at Bushy and Southwark, also at Didcot, Preston Park, Ashton Court also Stuart at Father Collins in Dublin, ROI and Dan Senior at Hackney.
Course pbs for Mark Moir and Katie Whitton at Wanstead, also Kathryn at Roding Valley.
Well spotted by Maud was Steven Bywater at Bushy and Janet Bywater at Ashton Court, Bristol both ran 26.06, coincidentally the same time she did at Wanstead.
Mauds 200th run at Wanstead.
Age Grade Bests so far this year for Katherine Harris, Stuart Barton, Ciaran, Mark, Gareth Davies, Viktor, Katie Whitton, Kathryn, Tim, Maran and Jo Wood.
ELR parkrun records for Katherine Harris at Southwark, Shaun at Didcot and Stuart at Father Collins.
Saturday morning 03:30 alarm can mean only one thing for me,
parkrun Ireland, A quick breakfast (no tins), then off to pick up Louise Taylor From Eton Manor, got to Stansted and met up with rest. Straight through security and a quick coffee. The flight to Dublin was quick and we got through passport control without any fuss.
A taxi to Father Collins park and the place is all locked, it was only 0815 and the parkrun does not start until 0930. We had to climb over the gate to get into the park, After a few minutes a couple of people came over and spoke to us, They had heard of mad English people who fly over to do a parkrun.
As more people turned up we were made to feel so welcome and given ideas of places to go after the run.
I can recommend this parkrun if you want a fast time, its very flat and all the paths are wide.
0930 and we are off the run went ok for me I got a yearly PB, A few photos afterwards and then off for a coffee with the race director and the volunteers, We then took a train to Malahide and walked along the beach in the sun,
Only had time for one pint of Guinness before heading home.
It's a long way to go just for a parkrun, would I go again?
Looking at flights already..
Wimbledon Trail Series - Event 2 - 5 miles - Wednesday 7th June 2017
|Thomas Grimes||27.38||1st - 81.68%|
Elvis 2 _ Havering Midweek 5m, Raphael Park - Tuesday 6th June 2017
|Thomas Grimes||26.55 (27.53)||1st scorer|
|Euan Brown||27.13||2nd scorer|
|Patrick Brown||27.32||5th scorer|
|Antonio Martin Romero||27.51 pb (29.02)||8th|
|Billy Rayner||28.21 pb (29.13)||10th|
|Daniel Lee||30.32||20th scorer|
|Dan Senior||30.38 pb (31.12)||21st scorer|
|Daniel Slipper||31.21||26th scorer|
|Aaron Browne||31.59 (33.03)||31st|
|Ava Lee||32.11 pb||33rd, 1st lady scorer. |
|Calvin Bobin||34.02||50th,-47th, 1st Vet 60|
|Shahib Miah Ali||34.11 (fasting)||51st-48th|
|Emily Clarke||34.18||53rd scorer ,4th|
|Ashley Faria||34.22 pb (35.12)||54th-50th|
|Jonathan Shaw||34.32 (36.41)||56th-52nd|
|Grant Conway||34.57 (36.12)||60th-55th|
|Paula Bedford||35.05||61st scorer, 6th, 1st Vet 35.|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||35.56 pb (36.00)||71st scorer , 9th|
|Louis Le Roux||35.58||72nd-63rd|
|Katherine Harris||36.30 pb||84th, 11th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||37.13 (40.22)||95th, 14th|
|Suzanne Bench||37.47 pb (39.15)||101st, 15th|
|Chloe Millan||37.47||102nd, 16th|
|Lauren Kelly||38.45 pb||122nd, 21st|
|Andy Bolderstone||38.56 pb||129th-105th|
|Laura Kemp||39.09 (39.47)||133rd, 25th|
|Sarah Burns||39.56||140th, 28th|
|Fiona Critchley||40.07 pb (43.22)||143rd, 29th|
|Tricia ONeill||40.36||150th, 31st|
|Julie Campbell||40.53||155th, 35th|
|Marc Akers||40.56 pb||156th-119th|
|Simone Fonseca||41.51||167th, 39th|
|Fiona Day||42.05||169th, 40th|
|Stuart Barton||42.25 pb||173rd-131st|
|Andrea Waller||42.53||175th, 41st|
|Rachel Le Roux||43.08||178th, 43rd|
|Sheila Kennedy||43.54 (44.07)||183rd, 47th|
|Caroline Moore||44.10 (44.50)||186th, 49th|
|Robyn Turtle||44.46||192nd, 54th|
|Victoria Charlesworth||44.54||193rd, 55th|
|Caroline McGirr||45.16 pb||198th, 58th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||45.34 (45.42)||201st, 59th|
|Jayne Browne||45.57||205th, 62nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||46.35||211th, 65th|
|Joanna Wood||48.07 pb||222nd, 72nd|
|Sarah Pascal||48.46||226th, 76th|
|Sandra Hiller||49.15 pb (51.29)||229th, 78th|
|Helen McGuinness||49.33||233rd, 81st|
|Maya Goodwin||54.28||261st, 103rd|
67 ELR,271 finishers.( )Last years time in brackets.
1st Mens Team , Thpmas, Euan & Patrick.
1st Lady - Ava Lee
1st V35 - Paula Bedford,
1st V60 - Calvin Bobin.
1st ELR 1pt, 75pts, - 2nd Ilford AC 2pts, 107pts - 3rd Havering 90 3pts, 159pts.
1st ELR 1pt, 20pts - 2nd Orion 2pts, 36pts - 3rd EERR 3pts, 54pts.
Deva Triathlon, Chester - Sunday 4th June 2017
|Ava Lee||2.28.34||369th of 1094.|
|Sarah Burns||2.33.25||454th of 1094.|
|Daniel Lee||2.41.28||580th of 1094.|
Olympic Distance:- 1500m swim,t1,40k bike,t2,10k run.
Ava - 29.36, 1.23, 1.15.06, 1.16, 41.10 = 2.28.34
Sarah - 29.50, 1.21,1.12.09, 1.11, 48.52 = 2.33.25
Danny - 40.22, 2.49,1.17.09,1.22, 39.43 = 2.41.28
Worthing 10km - Sunday 4th June 2017
|Tim Le Rasle||44.42||259th|
Henley On Thames Triathlon - Sunday 4th June 2017
|Julie Campbell||1.53.27||60th of 94 finishers.|
400m swim, t1, 25k bike, t2, 5k run.
11.31, 7.18, 1.05.54, 2.17, 26.27
Julie Campbell reports:- Finished the Henley Triathlon for the second year running. Loved it. My swim was a minute faster and the cycle was about 3 1/2 minutes better than last year.
But had a nightmare T1, couldn't get the strap on my cycling shoes open. So T1 was over 7 minutes long - terrible. Better next year, hopefully.
Timothy James & Partners London 10m, Richmond Park - Sunday 4th June 2017
Maverick X Series Snowdon Marathon - Saturday 3rd June 2017
|Maud Hodson||8.11.24||42nd, 9th lady.|
Maverick X Series Snowdonia Marathon - race report by Maud
I have to admit John & I were a little bit blase about this race. Neither of us had really trained for it. Just a case of walking up Snowdon then clinging on for another twenty odd miles, we thought. Maybe about six hours.
So, on a beautiful sunny morning we set of cheerfully from Llanberis. The ascent of Snowdon was pretty much as expected - a long climb, pretty steep in places, but on good paths all the way. And the views were majestic. I am grateful to John for making me put on some sun cream, otherwise my face would have matched my shorts.
While the weather was as good it gets, it did get colder as we went up the mountain, specially when the wind picked up. Having called John a wimp for putting on his jacket, I kind of had to tough it out in my T shirt all the way to the top. Stubborn eejit. The two of us ran together to the summit (there were a few places where the path levelled out a bit), took some snaps at the top, then John disappeared over a ridge and I didnt think Id see him again before Llanberis.
Idiot that I am, I thought the hard bit was done. Round the next corner I was quickly reminded that I am not great with heights and I was at the top of a mountain. The path was narrow and rocky, and the drop down to my right scared the living daylights out of me. I clung on and inched my way along. So much for making up time on the descent. There was very little on the way down that you could run. Probably a fell runner could, but not a rank chancer like myself. At one point I wasnt sure which was the right way down a rocky headland, chose what I thought looked the least steep, slipped and ended up on my arse in the scree. This was not what I had in mind. I dont normally mind running by myself, but felt thoroughly alone and out of my depth.
I picked myself up and carried on. A friendly local hiker give me some useful tips about the route ahead. And then another runner, Kate from Dartmoor, caught up with me - we would see a lot of each other over the next few hours. A little further down the mountain I caught up with John. Towards the bottom we finally arrived at the promised land - a decent stretch of good path that we could actually run on. Although after all the scrambling & squelching through bogs my legs felt like jelly and I scarcely trusted them to hold me up. At this point we also met up with the Trio - three young women running for a dementia charity who would also be my companions for bits of the route.
The first checkpoint was at the bottom of descent, and after that there was a rally lovely stretch through woodland, with the rhododendrons looking magnificent. Shady and cool, and runnable. John went of ahead again. Now I had looked at the course profile, but next to Snowdon the other climbs barely registered on my conscience. Rude awakening number two. That second ascent was tough, steep and tricky. I passed John on the way up, fully expecting to see him again on the other side. The descent was treacherous, alternating between rocky and boggy. I went down with Chloe from the Trio while her friends scuttled of ahead - glad of a companion in case either of us fell. We had just done a four hour half marathon. Jeez.
At the bottom of the second descent was the next checkpoint in Beddgelert, and then a beautiful path beside a river at the bottom of the valley. Flat, but much of it pretty much impossible to run on as the rocks were pretty big. And then up again. Climb number three. A magical mystery tour through a forest, a slightly hairy fording of a river (OK, maybe a just a big stream, but get it wrong and youre going down a waterfall ). And another tricky descent. I thought Id lost it a couple of times when my foot went deeper into the bog than I bargained for, but again got away with it. 17 miles down. And finally, a prolonged section of the route which was on good solid paths. Some tarmac, even. Undulating though, and while I wished I could run it all, I was struggling a bit at this point and walked up some hills which really werenâ€™t that steep. Mostly with Chloe at this point, with her friends up ahead and Kate a little further back. This was where I thought John might catch me up, but still no sign of him. The Trio were anxious about missing the cut-off and the last checkpoint. I neither knew where it was nor what time we had to be there - I hadnt expected it to be an issue. But they thought we were probably going to be OK at the rate were going.
The checkpoint was at 21 miles, and was reached in good time. I arrived with the Trio, and Kate turned up shortly afterwards. A break is very welcome when youve been running for hours, but I dont like to stop for long as my legs seize up and it can be really hard to get moving again. So I waved goodbye to my friends and set off, relieved to be running on a bit of actual road. Five or six miles to go. One thing I have up my sleeve as an occasional ultra runner is that I am quite used to keeping going for hours, and running on very tired legs. So I was able to make the most of the good going - mile 23 was my quickest. Or least slow. But I did know that the course had a sting in its tail. The finish wasnt far away but it was the other side of a pretty decent sized mountain. I was exhausted but at the same time feeling pretty strong at the start of the climb. I strode purposefully along, gaining on the runner in front of me. But nearer the top the gradient really kicked up and it was hard just to keep moving. I tried walking sideways to take the strain off my ankles.
The top of the hill was at about 24.5 miles. I was pretty certain it was downhill all the way now, but not sure exactly how long the course was - it said 43K on the course map, so possibly a bit more the your standard 26.2. I had caught up the guy on front towards the top of the climb, and we had chatted for a bit, but he left me for dead on the descent. It was mostly a pretty reasonable path, but still plenty of jaggy bits of rock sticking out. I just didnt trust my legs enough to go any faster. I would have felt a right idiot if Id fallen in mile 27 of a marathon. A marshal in a high viz jacket was a very welcome sight. Not far to go now he said. How much further is it? I asked. Just another couple of kilometres he said. Shit, thats bloody miles. My watch was already on about 26.2. Come on, Hodson, youre not going to bottle it now.
The last half mile or so was on the road that we had run up at the start. I would have loved to have charged down it, scything through the tourists, choks away. But my legs were utterly jellied now, so I just leant back and tried not to fall over. I managed the teensiest of sprint finishes and crossed the line a very relieved woman in 8 hours and 11 minutes. I collected my medal and bottle of beer, and sat down on the grass, not sure how I would ever get up again.
Kate came in 10 minutes after me, followed by the Trio 9 minutes after her. But where was John? A few minutes later he showed up, beer in hand. Some halfwit had taken up some of the signs and he had got lost. He found his way back onto the course in the end, but with the extra miles he had missed the cut-off and ended up in the sweepers van. Which is a real shame because it deprived me of the pleasure of beating him for the first and doubtless only time.
But he took it pretty well. We went back to our hotel in Bangor, and then out to our favourite Italian restaurant with the handsome young waiter. Back to the hotel I let John beat me at darts as a consolation prize. The wall took a few hits.
Quite an experience. And overall, an amazing weekend away. Thanks to John & Jenny for the fabulous company.
Orion Forest Five Series - Race 1. - Saturday 3rd June 2017
|Jennifer Ansell||32.50||30th, 1st lady|
QEOP 10km Series - Saturday 3rd June 2017
|Sheetal Dandgey||48.55||79th, 7th lady|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 3rd June 2017
|Lucy Barron||25.26||103rd - 58.19% Hackney|
|Spencer Evans||18.55||2nd - 68.28% Roding Valley|
|Paul Quinton||18.56||3rd - 70.51% Roding Valley|
|Andy Kumar||19.29 (1st parkrun)||4th - 66.72% Roding Valley|
|Emily Clarke||21.15 (1st lady & pb)||11th - 69.80% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.15 (course pb)||12th - 76.78% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.43||59th - 64.77% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||29.25||68th - 45.72% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||24.27||72nd - 60.53% Carlisle|
|Katherine Harris||22.20 (1st lady)||12th - 67.16% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||27.55||56th - 46.21% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.57||58th - 51.10% Valentines|
|Iain Mackie||20.43 (course pb)||66th - 62.35% Cannon Hill|
|John Booth||17.40 (course pb)||5th - 75.09% Mile End|
|Billy Rayner||18.37||9th - 69.83% Mile End|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.47||51st - 58.31% Beckton|
|Dan Gritton||18.22||7th - 76.59% Burgess|
|Shailesh Patel||22.31||18th - 66.03% Barking|
|Euan Brown||16.29 (1st man)||1st - 78.26% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.51||4th - 72.94% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||20.31 (course pb)||15th - 62.88% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||20.40||18th - 67.02% Wanstead|
|Michael Bamford||21.39||25th - 68.675 Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||21.54||28th - 60.20% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.24||33rd - 66.07% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||22.42||37th - 57.49% Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||23.38||45th - 61.42% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.03||54th - 67.36% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.05||57th - 66.57% Wanstead|
|Ellen Jones||25.37||75th - 57.84% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.53||80th - 57.76% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||26.05||83rd - 57.44% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||26.57 with Abigail||94th - 51.82% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.16||127th - 61.05% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.56||150th - 49.27% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||35.04||170th - 45.72% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||36.52 with Molly||175th - 39.38% Wanstead|
|Jamie Xavier||20.43 (course pb)||4th - 66.37% Walthamstow|
|Patrick Brown||17.08 debut & 1st man||1st - 75.88% Thetford|
|Kieran Brown||24.52 debut||56th - 63.94% Thetford|
|Fiona Day||25.56 debut||71st - 73.78% Thetford|
|Marc Akers||24.56||35th - 56.42% Clacton Seafront|
|Andrew Howard||22.49 debut||24th - 67.93% Newark|
|Fiona Critchley||23.41 debut||43rd - 71.64% Great Cornard|
|Stuart Barton||25.10 debut||58th - 57.22% Great Cornard|
|Janet Bywater||27.48 debut||56th - 63.81% Parke|
|Shaun DeSena||29.39 debut||103rd - 43.56% Dartford|
|Stephen Swan||25.08||135th - 51.46% Kesgrave|
48 parkruns, 18 venues, 4 first finishers.9 debuts and 6 course pbs.
Four first finishers, Euan Brown (16.29) at Wanstead, Patrick Brown (17.08) at Thetford, Katherine Harris (22.20) at Valentines and Emily Clarke (21.15) at Roding Valley.
Course pbs for Jamie Xavier, Mark Moir, John Booth, Iain Mackie, and Calvin & Emily at Roding Valley pushing each other.
Roding Valley - Emily extended her record to 21.15.
Thetford - Patrick & Fiona first ELR's at Thetford.
Clacton - Marc Akers first ELR man to join Fiona C.
Newark - Andrew Howard debuts.
Great Cornard - Fiona Critchley ELR ladies record.
Parke - Janet Bywater ELR ladies record.
Best age grades of the year so far for Emily, Calvin, Katherine, Iain, John Booth, Shailesh, Dan Gritton, Bernadett, Jamie X, Fiona C and Stephen Swan.
Stephen failed to beat Stuart's record by 4 seconds.
Youngsters - 1st parkrun for Molly Baxter and course pb for Jack Goodwin, leaving mum behind.
Assembly League 5km, Battersea Park - Thursday 1st June 2017
|Paul Quinton||16.27||31st - 81.56%|
Note This event took place on Thursday 1st June 2017 but was reported late.
Vitality London 10km - Monday 29th May 2017
|Billy Rayner||35.18 pb||223rd|
|Louis Le Roux||45.33||1585th|
|Paul Marshall||46.14 pb||1757th|
|Chloe Millan||47.54 pb||2176th|
|Andy Bolderstone||50.40 pb||3045th|
|Stuart Barton||52.51 pb||3775th|
|Rachel Le Roux||54.30||4478th|
Also Russell Price 37.19 (373rd) and Will Pearce 37.28 (384th)
plus Bob Archer (father of Roisin) 65-69 56.33.
Stuart's report:- It started on the 08:07 train from Woodford, I met up with loads of ELR on the way, Text messages coming in of problems on the trains but this never stopped us.
Arriving at Green park the sun was out and it was warming up, a quick photo and off to drop the bags off,
I walked to my pen with Shaun and Jay, and waited for the start, A quick photo of us three in front of Buckingham palace before the pen got busy, A few other ELR arrived and we waited for the start,
We could hear the first wave set of and we were moved forward, then it was time to start, It took a while to get over the start line but after you cross you find you have a bit more space around you.
I ran the first 1k with Jay, I knew he was going a bit slow for him and I could not keep his pace, after the 1k sign he was off, I settled into my pace its only 2 park runs 4 laps of Wanstead,
I almost missed the first water station just managed to grab a bottle of the last person, It was hot and the water helped a lot,
The race is nice and flat with some great views of the city and St Pauls, I got to the second water station I needed this one, I spotted my nephew on the other side of the road he had started in the wave behind me,
I spotted that Tim Aylett was just in front of me but each time I pushed he seemed to get further away,
Then I was at 9k I felt ok so I pushed a little more, I am sure 800m to 400m was marked wrong this took ages, then 200m to go head up and go.
Very well organized for baggage collection and great bling.
And I got a PB #Result
andykumar.net/2017/05/29/vitality-london-10000-2017-race-report/ Andy Kumar's report on the Vitality 10km
Hatfield Broad Oak 10km - Monday 29th May 2017
Mud Monsters 10km OCR, East Grinstead - Sunday 28th May 2017
10km Mud Monsters Run completed. Running with an OCR noob so nice steady pace today. 3 hours ish of horrific mud! This was after the water slide so we were nice and clean!
Rock N Roll Liverpool Marathon - Sunday 28th May 2017
Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Sunday 28th May 2017
EMF Edinburgh Marathon 2017 Race Report- from Lucy Barron
I was thoroughly looking forward to the whole weekend as my parents decided to road trip up to Edinburgh from Dorset a few days before as it was my mums birthday on the Saturday and my brother flew over for the weekend too as we were going to have lots to celebrate!
So the Marathon, We were staying not far from where the race started and so my dad dropped me off early Sunday morning and the the rest of the family would come by shortly after, So once id sussed out the baggage trucks (which despite how busy the area was weren't surrounded by cues which was a relief) I made the short walk up Regents Road which was were my start pen was located and round the corner only to be greeted by the magnificent view of Arthurs Seat 'what a setting' I thought to myself, Once Id taken in the beautiful backdrop to the race and worked out were id needed to be I made my way back to the trucks were I met my family, What I did enjoy about this particular Marathon is that friends an family could walk right up to the start pens with you and hang around which was fantastic as I was feeling quite nervous despite it being my 2nd 26.2, I turned around at one point only to see Fiona Day walking towards me (yay someone I know) we were in the same start pen so I had hoped we might bump into one another, I hugged and kissed my family goodbye before setting off with Fiona to our pen.
I started off with a gentle pace of around 9:20 and after a few miles decided that was the bracket I was happy to stick with as it was a lot warmer than anticipated and I was too nervous about exhausting myself but I was happy as I knew that if I could keep up a steady rhythm I was sure to knock quite a bit of time off my marathon debut.
The Route was beautiful taking you out of Edinburgh itself and along the Scottish coast finishing in the town of Musselburgh. I would say that it was more of a mental challenge for a large portion as at times it was quite a quiet race but when you did reach areas where supporters were able to be boy was it welcomed people blaring out music and shouting everyones names as we went past I wished I could of bottled it up, at one point we ran along the sea front through a stretch of beach cafes where people were sitting having their cups of tea and cake when all of a sudden they would get up and start cheering us on as we went by. 'Im in Scotland and Im hot' never thought Id think that to myself, from 15 to 20 miles I started to flag (this portion was through a never ending country road) and really felt quite tired 'get to 20' I told myself then if you need to slow down or walk for a bit then do it, as I got to 20 I kept going until I got to 23 miles I looked at my watch and saw that I was already on for a good time (and many of you might not agree with this) so I decided to walk jog for a small bit as I really was literally running out of steam I was nearly there and wanted to bust out the last couple of miles if I could, mile 25 came and so I did my best to keep up a slow jog until 26 where I managed to use energy from somewhere to 'bust it out' as I knew I was going to see my family somewhere at this point and lets face it we all want to be seen at our best when we spot people we know. Sure enough as I entered the last stretch and could see the finish line I sprinted as best I could (always got energy for a sprint finish), suddenly hearing my mum yell my name in desperation to get my attention I turned and spotted her and my brother I gave them a quick wave and I was over the finish line.
FINISH TIME: 4:14:05, 17 minutes off of my previous 1st Marathon.
Thank you to everyone at club that seems to have an enormous amount of faith in my capabilities as a runner and constantly telling me that I was going to 'Smash it' this time around.
At the end of the day a Marathon is just that 'A Marathon' its not always about the time because really if you tell someone that isn't a runner that you have completed one they are already going to be in awe no matter the performance!
Edinburgh Half Marathon - Sunday 28th May 2017
|Laura Kemp||1.47.51 pb||1652nd|
Vitality Westminister Mile - Sunday 28th May 2017
|Billy Rayner||4.54 pb||2nd|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||5.50 pb||11th|
|Louis Le Roux||5.56||18th|
|Paul Marshall||6.18||7th Birthday Boy|
|Andy Bolderstone||6.41 pb||41st|
|Chloe Millan||6.41 pb||42nd|
|Rachel Le Roux||7.15||63rd|
|Andy Bolderstone||7.58||with family|
|Tina Bennett||12.05||259th with family|
Finish positions are for information only, as they are given only for the wave that the runners ran in.
Zoe Bolderstone 7.27
Emma Bolderstone 7.58
Race For Life 10km, Regents Park - Saturday 27th May 2017
Run Through Olympic Park Velo Half Marathon - Saturday 27th May 2017
OTILLO Swimrun Sprint Uto, Sweden - Saturday 27th May 2017
This is Louise and Richard writing from Sweden! We just finished up the Otillo Uto Swimrun Sprint on May 27 and are pleased to share our results.
Ã–TILLÃ– Sprint UtÃ¶ is the start of the Swedish swimrun season. The race is held on a challenging, fun and varied course on and around the beautiful islands of UtÃ¶ in the Stockholm Archipelago. A total of 9,8 km of running, 2 km of swimming and a total of 7 swims where the longest is 430 metres.
Racers compete in teams of two, some people tie themselves together! This was our first swimrun and we were pretty pleased with our time. We finished in 1:52:49; a crowd-pleasing sprint finish got us one second in front of a Norwegian men's team. Competing against some very tall swedes, including some reigning world champions we are pleased to say that we came 30 out of the total 88 teams, second out of the Brits (and 1st out of British mixed teams), and 15 out of all mixed teams.
Now we're having a week's holiday to swim around the Swedish and Norwegian lakes. See you back in London soon!
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 27th May 2017
|Sarah Burns||23.36||91st - 65.69% Hackney|
|Katie Whitton||27.37 debut||156th - 53.62% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.37 (course pb)||3rd - 75.56% Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||21.35||9th - 63.24% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.22||8th - 76.37% Valentines|
|Paul Marshall||23.05 debut||23rd - 56.32% Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||40.35||165th - 38.48% Valentines|
|Iain Mackie||21.06 (course pb)||63rd - 61.22% Cannon Hill|
|Euan Brown||16.12||2nd - 79.63% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||17.49||5th - 76.61% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.49||9th - 73.07% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.32||13th - 71.50% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||22.35||36th - 64.28% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.47||48th - 58.23% Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||24.05||57th - 60.28% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.33||64th - 65.31% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||24.41 (course pb)||66th - 54.49% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||25.49||80th - 58.04% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.50||89th - 59.19% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.43||97th - 58.45% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.30||106th - 62.69% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.32||107th - 61.04% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||34.16||144th - 47.28% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||53.59 tailrunner||175th - 26.67% Wanstead|
|Michael Bamford||21.25||30th - 69.42% Medina IOW|
|Marc Akers||25.10||143rd - 55.89% Peterborough - |
|John Booth||17.58||3rd - 73.84% Mile End|
|Dan Senior||18.46 debut||5th - 73.27% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||20.28||34th - 63.03% Mile End|
|Manpreet Johal||28.27||58th - 45.34% Perry Hall|
|Mary Connolly||25.34||24th - 69.88% Barking|
|Mary O'Brien||26.35||28th - 74.04% Barking|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.26 debut||15th - 66.17% Harrow Lodge|
|Ruel Ordonio||26.27 debut||58th - 52.36% Harrow Lodge|
|Steven Bywater||28.27||32nd - 52.67% Walthamstow|
|Fiona Critchley||25.33||68th - 66.41% Great Notley|
|Andrew Howard||23.27 debut||9th - 66.10% Bedgebury Pinetum|
PCCW Charity Race 5km, Singapore - Wednesday 24th May 2017
6th place in the PCCW Charity 5km race with a time of 20 minutes 2 seconds...heat was a killer even with a 7.15 am start temperature was 84 degrees!!
Eton Sprints Triathlon, Dorney Lake - Sunday 21st May 2017
|Ava Lee||1.16.35||83rd of 235 ladies.|
|Daniel Lee||1.22.03||394th of 468 men.|
750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run
Ava 14.47, 1.57, 37.55, 1.23, 20.33 = 1.16.35
413th/703 entries, 83/235 ladies, 14th/38 age group.
Danny 19.33, 2.34, 39.03, 1.06, 19.47 = 1.22.03.
538th/703, 394th/468 men, 68th/69 age group.
Ava Lee:- Danny and I headed over to Dorney Lake for the Eton Sprints triathlon this morning - 750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run. Felt like we'd been catapulted into the Olympics by accident. Never seen the likes. People swimming faster than fish!! Anyway, we had a great time. Me in 1hr 16, Danny in 1hr 22. And one of us even won a prize (well, not really).....Danny got the wooden spoon for last out the swim in his wave. He's very proud. See, triathlon is for everyone
Richmond Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2017
Exeter Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2017
Morning! I'm very excited to be writing my first race report for the Exeter Marathon last Saturday! I never thought I would get round to doing a marathon it seemed too far and would require too much training but after running a PB in a half Marathon in January I thought that I was probably as fit as I was ever going to be and I started to wonder if it would be a good place to start training for a marathon from. Of course the first person I consulted was Sarah ( my little sister, running coach, masseur, cake baker and amazing and supportive friend) She gave me her well thumbed â€œMastering the Marathon, Training for the over 40s book, pointed me to the bare bones training plan and told me to get on with it! Now I had to find a marathon to do that was no too far away from home, that was flat, on a weekend free of kids activities and that would give me enough time to complete a 16 week plan. After much internet searching I came up with the Exeter Marathon! Itâ€™s a small event, about 350 runners, it's only been going for a few years but it ticked all the boxes!
Sarah did not hesitate on offering to come with me to be my number one (and only) supporter on the day. I was so grateful for that offer as quite frankly was terrified and knew that Iâ€™d be so grateful to have her there for hand holding at registration and the start, times at which historically I can be relied upon to forget something or just generally be in a right panic. Also this being my first marathon I was hoping a friendly face in the later miles could be just what I needed to get me to the finish.
We stayed in an Airbnb the night before in Exeter where I slept well despite surreal dreams of having to run the marathon in my flip flops. The weather on the day look promising, no rain and no too hot either. Although I hadnâ€™t thought about the windâ€¦. The race started from St James football club, what with the small number of racers and football stadium faculties there were no queue s for the ladies, which was just as well as the nerves got the better of my bladder and did not calm down until I been 6 times!!
The rather unclear route map was pinned to the wall of the registration room, it made no more sense looking at it there then it had when Iâ€™d looked at in online in the weeks before. But I got the gist, it was basically 3 laps and we mostly along the river in Exeter. I also figured I be following people so was not too bothered about knowing where to go! So from the start at the stadium we ran through town down to the river where the 3 lap circuit began. The road was closed and there were a few spectators out at the start which was rather nice and my nerves soon settled. I was really paranoid about setting off too fast as I have a tendency to do this and had read many horror stories of those who had made that mistake so I just trundled along, but after 5 miles and having chatted to a few people about their hoped for time I realised that i needed to get a wiggle on as i was really not going as fast as I had planned! My gold time ( I decided to use this approach after reading some East London Runners London marathon race reports!!) was 3.48, Silver was under 4 and bronze was just finishing!!
Sarah by this point had done a far bit running too, popping up as if by magic at various points on the course to cheer me on, I couldn't quite figure out how she did it!! She also managed to pop up at water station and was happily handing out water to the runners, She had also, i found out later, rearranged the water station so it had better feng shui which enabled runners running in both directions of a dual lane section of the course to be able to get water easily!! Thank goodness she was there!
So I upped my pace a bit from then on and really enjoyed the rest of the first and the second lap. The route took as along the river path but then into a wooded area which reminded me of Wanstead flat park run. It was nice to have a change of scenery and run in the shade of the trees!!
So I kept focused as the miles ticket over but started to worry a little about the rather fierce head on wind that was blowing directly at me on the later stages of lap two, I wondered how that would feel on the final lap! I could feel myself slowing down at mile 21 and at this point felt that I should focus on the bronze! When suddenly Sarah appear on bike behind me telling me to grind it out and keep on going. She held my water bottle for me and was there with words of encouragement! By this point there was no way I could talk to tell her to shut up so just listened and tried to keep going. The wind was the last thing I needed at this point but it was blowing right at me and I got that I'm running backwards feeling but soon we changed direction again, crossing the river and I was out of the wind and only a Parkrun to go. Never has a park run felt so long. Although i had already put all thoughts of my silver time out of mind with some final words of encouragement from Sarah that I could get in under 4hours I dug deep and tried to pick up my pace, or at least not slow down anymore. One the busy Quay side full of Sunday strollers Sarah rode ahead on her bike ringing her bell and the crowds parted (just as well as I was in no fit state to dodge them) Then there it was the finish line..... what relief and with a final sprint i snuck in with a time of 3:59:43 and a third place in my age group (one of the benefits of a small race!!!!!) I was totally chuffed, utterly unable to talk and so happy that I'd made it round. Beer and burger followed. So I have to say a big thanks to Sarah for being such an amazing supporter, it really made my first marathon very special. I'm off on holiday today and looking forward to resuming some shorter runs on my return so have signed up for a couple of Elvis races !!!
YMCA North London 10km, Crouch End - Sunday 21st May 2017
Decided to go for 4 PBs in a week over 10 miles, 5 miles, 5k and 10k and only managed the first one. Gave it everything today but forgot how tough the course was having done it 2 years ago. This is a great event but happy to say that's my last race until ELVIS 3, time for a rest!
Southern League, Woodford Green Meeting - Saturday 20th May 2017
|Paul Quinton||9.34.72||1st - 3000m|
|Thomas Grimes||10.42.13||1st - 3000m SChase|
Battle Of The Boroughs 5km, Greenwich Park - Saturday 20th May 2017
White Peak Swift Half Marathon - Saturday 20th May 2017
|Patrick Brown||1.13.41 pb||1st - 79.26%|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th May 2017
|Euan Brown||16.30||1st - 78.18% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.38||6th - 73.79% Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.13||9th - 72.68% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||19.15||10th - 67.79% Wanstead|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.21 debut||12th - 67.01% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||19.38||14th - 71.65% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||20.21||19th - 68.06% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.25||21st - 64.57% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.06||43rd - 66.97% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||22.08||44th - 65.59% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||22.25||49th - 58.81% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.29||50th - 63.08% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||22.31||51st - 57.74% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.24||65th - 67.95% Wanstead|
|Anna Johnson||23.27||66th - 63.75% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie||24.22||79th - 69.49% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.25||81st - 66.35% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||24.51||91st - 57.95% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.54||92nd - 63.79% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||25.30||102nd - 54.77% Wanstead|
|Ellen Jones||25.32||105th - 58.03% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.58||108th - 73.68% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.06||111th - 57.28% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.35||120th - 63.82% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.45||125th - 59.94% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.11||129th - 55.12% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.43||140th - 51.95% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.49||143rd - 58.24% Wanstead|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.00||145th - 65.54% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.23 debut||152nd - 53.32% Wanstead|
|Grant Conway||28.32 debut||153rd - 51.29% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||28.33||154th - 49.68% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||29.27||166th - 47.03% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.31||169th - 60.53% Wanstead|
|Sandra Hiller||29.37||172nd - 61.11% Wanstead|
|Shaun DeSena||31.09||194th - 41.47% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||32.09||204th - 49.87% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||33.17 (100th parkrun)||216th - 47.37% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||33.36||223rd - 48.21% Wanstead|
|Samia Choudhury||36.07 debut||242nd - 40.98% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||38.26||247th - 41.33% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||1.06.11 tailrunner||267th - 23.42% Wanstead|
|Karen Levison||20.04 (1st lady)||9th - 83.55% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.40||11th - 69.68% Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||21.30||16th - 64.96% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.22||45th - 58.62% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||26.44||79th - 56.11% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||28.09||107th - 53.23% Valentines|
|Joanna Wood||29.38||122nd - 52.31% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||29.38||123rd - 47.47% Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||39.41||237th - 39.35% Valentines|
|Aaron Browne||18.47||19th - 68.68% Hackney|
|Roisin Archer||20.46 (1st lady & course pb)||48th - 72.23% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||22.54 (course pb)||95th - 64.63% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||24.47||130th - 52.05% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.05||135th - 59.00% Hackney|
|Fiona Critchley||24.16 (1st lady)||33rd - 69.92% Great Notley|
|Tim Aylett||26.41||48th - 50.41% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||29.56||67th - 49.94% Roding Valley|
|John Booth||20.33||39th - 64.56% Mile End|
|Janet Bywater||24.09 debut||65th - 71.15% Raphaels|
|Andrew Baxter||20.08 (course pb)||4th - 72.10% Bognor Regis|
|Iain Mackie||21.26 debut||17th - 60.26% Harrow|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.13 debut||5th - 65.83% Rostrevor NI|
|John Healy||22.41||103rd - 61.57% Dulwich|
65 parkruns at 11 venues, 43 ran at Wanstead Flats for the 6th Anniversary and my 100th parkrun. Attendance broken again up to 267 from 230 a few weeks ago.
5 first finishers, 3 course pbs and 7 debuts.
First place for Euan at Wanstead in 16.30, then four ladies in first place. Felicity ta Wanstead, Karen 20.04 at Valentines, Fiona Critchley at Great Notley and Roisin Archer a pb and 1st lady with 20.46 at Hackney.
Course pbs also for Sheetal at Hackney and Andrew Baxter at Bognor Regis.
Four debuts at Wanstead, Shahib, Alexandra, Grant and Samia bring the total on the ELR page to 194 runners. Debuts also for Ciaran at Rostrevor, Iain Mackie at Harrow and Janet Bywater at Raphael.
Sixteen ran there best age grade of the year so far with 10 at Wanstead, 4 at Valentines and 2 at Hackney.
Chase The Sun Run, QEOP - Wednesday 17th May 2017
Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Runners 5 mile - Wednesday 17th May 2017
|Paul Quinton||28.22||4th scorer|
|Billy Rayner||28.30 (29.26)||5th scorer|
|Patrick Brown||29.02 (30.01)||6th scorer|
|Dan Senior||31.33 (31.53)||16th scorer|
|Daniel Lee||31.39 (32.13)||17th scorer|
|John Booth||31.56 (32.08)||18th|
|Scott McMillan||32.02 (32.55)||20th scorer|
|Daniel Slipper||32.06 (32.31)||22nd|
|Michael Bamford||34.43 (37.24)||35th|
|Calvin Bobin||35.10||38th (1st V60) - 37th|
|Mark Moir||35.15||39th - 38th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||35.36||43rd - 40th|
|Ashley Faria||35.43 pb(36.39)||46th - 42nd|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||35.57 (36.50)||50th - 46th|
|Manjit Singh||36.15||53rd - 49th|
|Jonathan Shaw||36.27 (37.13)||55th - 51st|
|Emily Clarke||37.01||61st / 7th scorer|
|John Healy||37.04 (37.09)||63rd - 56th|
|Grant Conway||37.09 (38.36)||64th - 57th|
|Paul Marshall||37.19||67th - 60th|
|Andrew Howard||37.20||68th - 61st|
|Nick Hoult||37.22||70th - 63rd|
|Peter Hatley||37.30||72nd - 65th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||37.36 (37.52)||74th / 8th scorer|
|Louis Le Roux||37.44||77th - 69th|
|Julia King||37.45||78th / 9th|
|Angus Nicholls||38.23||83rd - 73rd|
|Ramesh Pala||38.26||84th - 74th|
|Suzanne Bench||38.35 (39.39)||87th /11th scorer (1st V45)|
|Judith Vonberg||39.08||94th / 14th|
|Andy Bolderstone||39.22 pb (45.51)||95th - 81st|
|Sarah Burns||39.35 (43.48)||98th / 16th scorer|
|Shailesh Patel||39.40||101st - 84th|
|Anna Johnson||39.42 (41.17)||102nd - 18th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||39.43 (40.54)||103rd - 19th|
|Kieran Brown||40.01||107th - 88th|
|George Georgiou||40.05||108th - 89th|
|Lucy Barron||40.28 (44.39)||111th - 20th|
|Rotimi Oyegunle||40.37||113th - 92nd|
|Laura Kemp||40.42 (42.26)||115th - 22nd|
|Fiona Critchley||41.07 (40.54)||120th - 25th|
|Tricia ONeill||41.48 (41.55)||130th - 28th|
|Chloe Millan||41.54||131st - 29th|
|Maud Hodson||41.55||132nd - 30th|
|Liam Dempsey||42.04||134th - 103rd|
|Paul Thompson||42.08||135th - 104th|
|Carlton DSouza||42.08||136th - 105th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||43.04||142nd - 34th|
|Fiona Day||43.57||152nd - 38th|
|Lee Rand||43.58||153rd - 115th|
|Rachel Le Roux||44.00||156th - 40th|
|Dave Knight||44.37 (45.10)||161st|
|Geoff Bench||46.48 pb(47.35)||176th|
|Caroline Moore||47.26 (48.07)||183rd|
|Caroline McGirr||48.32 pb||195th|
|Susana Da Costa E Silva||49.02||198th|
|John Atkinson||50.21 (50.24)||213th|
|Sandra Hiller||52.44 (53.35)||226th|
Last year's times in brackets
Men's team (3 to score) Paul, Billy and Patrick.
Ladies team (3 to score) Emily, Ellie & Julia.
Elvis Score: Men - Paul, Billy, Patrick, Dan, Danny & Scott.
Elvis Score: Ladies - Emily, Ellie, Suzanne & Sarah.
1st V60 man - Calvin Bobin
1st V45 lady - Suzanne Bench
Elvis team scores - Men - 1st ELR 69, 2nd Ilford 131, 3rd Barking 188.
Team Scores - Ladies - 1st 42, 2nd EERR 45, 3rd Barking 59.
Essex County Championships, Chelmsford - Day 2 - Sunday 14th May 2017
|Maud Hodson||6.12.23 pb||2nd, 1500m, 68.77%|
|Euan Brown||15.44.93 pb||2nd, 5000m, 82.52%|
|Patrick Brown||16.05.65 pb||4th, 5000m, 81.35%|
|Paul Quinton||16.32.81||6th, 5000m, 81.15%|
Great Baddow 10 - Sunday 14th May 2017
Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 14th May 2017
Essex County Championships - Day 1 - Sunday 14th May 2017
|Maud Hodson||17.03 pb||5th, 100m|
|Maud Hodson||55.86||4th, 300m|
Medals Evening - The Duke, Wanstead - Saturday 13th May 2017
Nuclear Rush, Brentwood - Saturday 13th May 2017
|Joshua Stephens||1.51.04||55th, 12km|
|Joshua Stephens||2.48.30||682nd, 7km|
|Sarah Stephens||2.48.32||683rd, 7km|
Nuclear Rush - 12km OCR (was 13km)
1.51.04 - currently 55th of 2114
Nuclear Rush - 7km OCR (was 8.5km and an hour after the 1st)
Sarah Stephens - 2.48.30 - 682nd of 1915
Me - 2.48.32 - 683rd
So so so so so so so muddy! But finally picking up UK OCR League points.
Loch Leven Half Marathon - Saturday 13th May 2017
|Daniel Lee||1.22.59||10th, 3rd V40 |
|Ava Lee||1.29.27||31st, 3rd lady.|
Essex Cross Country Series - Hylands House, Chelmsford - Saturday 13th May 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||37.50||1st|
|Julie Campbell||54.34||108th, 3rd V55|
Julie reports:- Completed in the first 10km race of the Essex Cross Country series at Hylands Park. Lovely course, running over grass trails and through woods. Bit disappointed with the overall time: 4th mile was slow. Distance was over 10km / 6.2 miles (6.41 miles by my Garmin) . Will definitely do this next year. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers.
Southwark 10km - Saturday 13th May 2017
|John Booth||37.12||3rd |
|Dan Gritton||38.31||10th - 1st V40|
John Booth says:- First podium today at Southwark Park 10K (3rd). Rather pleased ,good form going into ELVIS next week...
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 13th May 2017
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.17 debut||13th - 69.93% Southend|
|Michael Bamford||20.20 debut||15th - 73.11% Southend|
|Louis Le Roux||20.58 debut||29th - 62.88% Southend|
|Paul Marshall||21.30 debut||34th - 60.47% Southend|
|Fiona Critchley||23.46 debut||70th - 71.39% Southend|
|Stuart Barton||24.53 debut||91st - 57.87% Southend|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.28 debut||111th - 58.70% Southend|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.44 debut||120th - 53.82% Southend|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.24 debut||174th - 59.12% Southend|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.29||84th - 55.57% Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||24.20||97th - 54.18% Hackney|
|Calvin Bobin||21.26||20th - 75.51% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.22||48th - 56.26% Roding Valley|
|Rebecca Young||23.24 (course pb)||51st - 63.32% Royal Tunbridge|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.32 (course pb)||5th - 66.38% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||19.49 (1st lady)||6th - 84.61% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||21.31 (course pb)||15th - 68.01% Valentines|
|Manpreet Johal||21.47||16th - 59.22% Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||22.29||22nd - 62.12% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.37||23rd - 65.73% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.48||27th - 65.79% Valentines|
|Mary O'Brien||25.51||60th - 76.14% Valentines|
|Mary Connolly||26.08||65th - 68.37% Valentines|
|Joanna Wood||30.16||131st - 51.21% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||30.17||132nd - 47.17% Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||40.36||229th - 38.46% Valentines|
|Iain Mackie||21.22 debut||106th - 60.45% Cannon Hill|
|Dan Senior||18.39 debut||3rd - 73.73% Maldon Prom|
|James Nichols||19.10 (course pb)||7th - 68.09% Maldon Prom|
|Samia Choudhury||37.03||151st - 39.95% Crane Park|
|Scott McMillan||18.39||6th - 73.73% Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||18.53||9th - 73.96% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||20.27||20th - 67.73% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.32||45th - 65.68% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.43||48th - 69.26% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.26||55th - 67.85% Wanstead|
|Anna Johnson||24.01||60th - 62.25% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||24.24||67th - 59.49% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.24||96th - 64.27% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||26.36||102nd - 56.33% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||26.44||105th - 58.85% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.53||108th - 59.64% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||27.20||115th - 54.15% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||28.38||135th - 48.37% Wanstead|
|Sandra Hiller||30.03||148th - 60.23% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||30.54||169th - 51.89% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.54||170th - 57.82% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||32.15||178th - 48.89% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||33.12||193rd - 47.49% Wanstead|
|Dominic Dragonetti||22.09||11th - 61.63% Barking|
|Andrew Howard||24.29 debut||23rd - 63.31% Queen Elizabeth|
|Janet Bywater||24.58||33rd - 68.83% Walthamstow|
|Billy Rayner||17.00||4th - 76.47% Mile End|
|Thomas Grimes||17.25 (1st man)||1st - 76.65% Grovelands|
54 parkruns, 14 venues, 2 first finishes, 4 course pbs, 12 debut runs and 20 age grade bests for 2017 so far.(With 12 more ELR competing elsewhere).
Two first finishers for Thomas & Karen, Course pbs for Shahib & Grant at Valentines, James Nichols at Maldon amd Bex at Royal Tunbridge.
Nine tourists debuted at Southend with eight of them getting there best time's of the year so far.
Finally congratulations to Oliver Szabadi (JM10)on his 50th parkrun in a pb of 24.23 and a 1st parkrun for Emma Bolderstone (JW11-14)in 28.38.
Chasing The Sun Finsbury Park 10km - Wednesday 10th May 2017
Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 7th May 2017
East London Triathletes Dragonslayer Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 7th May 2017
|Louis Le Roux||1.28.57||46th|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.45.35||77th|
3 mile run/15 mile cycle/ 2 mile run. - 80 finishers.
Sunderland Half Marathon - Sunday 7th May 2017
|Jay Sangha||1.46.11 debut||427th|
Jay Sangha reports:- Sunderland Half Marathon Report
Well what can I say I finished my 1st half marathon in Sunderland, woooooooo, you might ask me why there, all I can say is why not. It was fun, well except the wind in your face and so many hills. Even though I was exhausted around about 8 miles because of the hills, I was keep telling myself I CAN DO THIS!! I had a target in mind around 2 hours and Well i smashed it in 1:46:11 (even though I dont know how I done this) but I gotta say Im so proud of myself and also proud to be an ELR and all of your support help me too, so thank you guys and Im thinking of doing this again in the future....
Rat Race Dirty Weekend, Burghley - Saturday 6th May 2017
|Joshua Stephens||5.50.15||1255 of 3885.|
Greetings one and all. You have signed up to take on the Worlds Largest Assault Course and for that we salute you. Its a huge outing whichever way you cut it and you have got sports most notorious after-party to contend with the other side of the finishline too. Of course, you will want to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other to get the miles under your belt and put the obstacles behind you.
Josh Stephens reports:- Marathon on Monday, few days rest then...
Rat Race Dirty Weekend!
The OCR event of the year, 20 miles, 200 obstacles!
I ran in a 'fun wave' which featured 5hr49 of smoke bombs, garden shed dance parties, sword fights, a huge washing machine for people, and an inflatable monkey that I carried for 19 miles...
Also as a sidenote, this week has really helped my years mileage!!!
QEOP 10km Series - Saturday 6th May 2017
Me and Liz and Sophie ran at the QEOP this morning. They have changed the route, its a lot more undulating than it was in January! A goodie bag with lots of snacks too. But Im unsure what to do with my pea protein
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 6th May 2017
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.50||101st - 55.31% Hackney|
|Kieran Brown||24.50||116th - 64.03% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||25.13||121st - 51.16% Hackney|
|Fiona Day||28.35||176th - 66.94% Hackney|
|Spencer Evans||18.29 (course pb)||5th - 69.88% Roding Valley|
|Stuart Barton||25.38 (course pb)||38th - 56.18% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||26.28 (50th parkrun)||47th - 50.82% Roding Valley|
|Shaun DeSena||29.32||72nd - 43.74% Roding Valley.|
|Andrew Howard||22.14 debut||32nd - 69.72% Rickmansworth|
|Katie Whitton||27.20 debut||58th - 54.15% Canterbury|
|Rebecca Young||23.33||41st - 62.92% Royal Tunbridge|
|Robert Rayworth||19.56||16th - 68.98% Northampton|
|Simon Thomas||19.06||4th - 68.32% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.09||12th - 71.46% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||22.46 (1st lady)||26th - 65.89% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||23.59||42nd - 60.53% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||25.06||55th - 59.23% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.15||61st - 56.57% Valentines|
|Joanna Wood||30.55||153rd - 50.13% Valentines|
|Fiona Critchley||24.20||50th - 69.73% Great Notley|
|Marc Akers||28.06||271st - 50.06% Peterborough|
|Billy Rayner||16.57 (course pb & 1st)||1st - 76.70% Mile End|
|John Booth||18.02||8th - 73.57% Mile End|
|Paul Marshall||21.36 (course pb)||70th - 60.19% Mile End|
|Dan Gritton||18.32 debut||16th - 75.90% Dulwich|
|Jamie Xavier||21.33||6th - 63.81% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||24.20 (150th parkrun)||21st - 61.58% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||24.59||28th - 68.78% Walthamstow|
|Euan Brown||16.42 (1st man)||1st - 77.25% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.14||7th - 71.49% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||20.41||16th - 66.96% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.01||29th - 64.42% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.30||39th - 65.78% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.36||41st - 69.62% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.38||42nd - 67.30% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||23.15||53rd - 66.16% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||23.15||54th - 62.44% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.55||79th - 64.35% Wanstead|
|Ellen Jones||25.15||86th - 58.68% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.24||87th - 62.53% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||25.32||89th - 54.70% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.24||102nd - 60.73% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.01||115th - 62.80% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.17||138th - 63.17% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.30||144th - 56.84% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.34||146th - 50.41% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||30.16||164th - 52.09% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||33.27||192nd - 44.79% Wanstead|
48 parkruns at 13 venues, 3 first finishes. Euan Brown at Wanstead, his 35th finish against Thomas Grimes 40 at Wanstead. Billy Rayner at Mile End and Katherine Harris at Valentines. Tim Aylett did his 50th parkrun, Steve Bywater his 150th but no tshirt. Janet Bywater changed her club to ELR, you know it makes sense.
Course pbs for Billy Rayner, Paul Marshall at Mile End and also Spencer Evans and Stuart Barton at Roding Valley.
Record attendance of 230 finishers at Wanstead including Craig Simpson, back after a year away from parkrun, Sharon Springfield, didn't loose her barcode this time, Sarah Burns, back in the UK, and Ellen Jones, welcome to ELR.
Finally the ELR Club List reached a 190 runners, so next target is 200. If you havnt run at Wanstead Flats yet, our 6th Anniversary is in two weeks time.
Wimbledon Trail Series - Event 1 - 5 miles - Wednesday 3rd May 2017
|Thomas Grimes||27.54||2nd - 81.08%|
Thomas says he's happy with that as not 100% since London.
Woodford Green & Essex Ladies Open Graded Meeting , 3000m - Tuesday 2nd May 2017
|Euan Brown||9.12.88||1st - 3000m|
|Patrick Brown||9.47.37||3rd - 3000m|
Milton Keynes Marathon - Monday 1st May 2017
How Not To Run Marathons 101
In 2005 I challenged myself to complete a marathon every other year to check my general fitness. It was unwritten, but my ridiculous laziness prompted these to be marathons with little to no preparation...
At aged 18 London Marathon was completed in 4.34.
4 further biannual marathons followed in the 5 hour area.
1 year was replaced with my first 2 OCRs ( total around 26 miles)
Add in 2016s mountain marathon (1000m of ascent) in 5.59.
2017s chosen race was the Milton Keynes Marathon, as it was cheap!
A half marathon in December
Most of the winter off as it is cold
Most of the spring off as it is wet
Some 5km wanders
9 and 6 mile slow runs in April
2 weeks in America eating ALL THE FOOD
New shorts - not tested over 5k
New gels - never used gels before
Cinema and pub the night before
2 x pain au chocolat for breakfast
2 x caramel snack a jacks en route
An hour of pop punk hits in the car
Miles 1-10 - wow I am fitter than I thought, on for sub 4.15
Miles 11 - 13 - hmm maybe not, on for sub 4.15 just
Miles 14 - 16 - I'm sure there was a 4.15 pacer around here somewhere...and why do my legs feel so bad? Is it as my last time running this far was July 2016? Probably not
Miles 17 - 23 - quads hurt. Knees hurt. Calves hurt. Feet are sore and pancake like
Mile 24 - see above and add strange sensation in hip. Not music related and more painful
Mile 25 - this is not a mile...where is that bloody marker
Mile 26 - oh wait, if I speed up my legs hurt less!
Mile 26 - 26.2 - SPRINT FINISH SUCKERS!
4.46.20 finish time
Train and prepare
Body still works
To add, really well organised marathon. Well marked, bang on mileage. Great tshirt and medal, goody bag with chocolate milk!!! Parking at the stadium so got from finish line to car in less than 5 mins!
Now to 'taper' for a 20 mile obstacle race on Saturday...
Run For All - Gear 10km, Kings Lynn, Norfolk - Sunday 30th April 2017
|Jennifer Ansell||40.37||83rd - 6th lady.|
ETU European Championships , Soria Duathlon, Sofia, Spain - Sunday 30th April 2017
|Ava Lee||1.18.14||28th of 149/7th of 21|
20.34/ 1.53/ 44.00/ 0.58/ 10.44 = 1.18.14
Sporting the GB Colours , A little race report...
Every inhabitant of a relatively unknown town in Spain, called Soria, was out in force this weekend to create the most friendly atmosphere you could hope for at the European Duathlon Championships. It was my first chance to don the Team GB kit and to be quite honest, that was enough to make me happy. Id qualified, I got the kit, what do you mean I now need to do the race!! I had prepared well, but I didnt have huge expectations for my first GB Age Group Event. I wanted to enjoy the experience, finish the race in one piece and feel like I had tried my best. In the end it turned out rather better than that, but still I have the niggling feeling that I have a little more in me, next time!
Danny and I met a local man in the pub who told us endurance athletes from all over the world come to Soria to train. Why, you ask? Well, its over 1000m above sea level and rather hilly, and is quite the place for altitude training. Although its good enough for the Kenyans, it adds a few challenges for us lesser mortals.
I lined up on the start with my fellow athletes ,of a certain age , and felt very professional as the drum rolls began and the hooter sounded. Off we went on our first run , a few elbows out! It was a slower course than Id hoped, but we were all in the same boat. The altitude and the deceptive slope made it a challenge, a 5K PB was not on the cards, but I pushed as hard as my little lungs would allow. After not too long, Im getting into the swing of this. Ive successfully managed to change my shoes and put on my helmet and Im on my bike, heading out into the charging headwind and up a few inclines. I love my bike, and a wind in your face one way is a wind behind you on the way back. I hit 65 km/hour , thats fast for me! I normally get loads of people overtaking me on the bike. Not today!! Me and my bike didnt get overtaken by a single female , take that, suckers! Of course, I did get lapped by tons of blokes, but they dont count. So, no puncture, no disasters so far. Managed to change my shoes again ( its complicated, this multisport thing), and Im off on my tiddler of a final lungbusting run. And before you know it, its all over! Id kept my position all the way round, managed to gain one position to come 7th in my age group from a field of 21. Im very pleased with that , those were 20 super fit girls.
Danny (Chief coach) and I celebrated with a little too much vino Rosado and more Pinxtos than you can count. Amazing what the Spanish can do with a little bit of bread and a few anchovies. All in all, a fun weekend.
On the plane home I was studying the results. It appears Ive got the running and the biking thing down quite well, however Im not so good at changing my shoes. If Id been a faster shoe changer and helmet clipper Im sure I could have come at least 20 seconds faster and been 6th in my Age group!! Thatll teach me , new training plan, less running, more shoes.
Virgin Sport Hackney 5.5k/Chase Your Mate - Sunday 30th April 2017
|Katherine Harris||24.27||41st - 9th lady - 1st V35|
Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 30th April 2017
|Alex Bee||1.20.32||35th, 10th M25 -29.|
|Dan Senior||1.26.28||136th, 8th, M40-44.|
|Louis Le Roux||1.42.32||1468th|
|Rachel Le Roux||2.00.26 pb||4614th|
|Susana Da Costa E Silva||2.30.13 pb||7543rd|
|Jess Trayler-Moore||2.36.52 pb||7768th|
Andy Bolderstone Hackney Half Report
So after 2 marathons this month I was unsure of whether to run this one. Every morning this last week I have woke up feeling exhausted and that I couldn't run this weekend. By the end of each day I had changed my mind. You only regret the things you don't do so they say so that's how I found myself in a pen with Nick and Lance this morning. As soon as we started I realised I needed to run my own race. Nick was away from the start and Lance soon disappeared up the road. I changed my expectations to wanting to keep under 9 min miles and not stop running. In the end only 11 and 12 were above 9 mins and my overall pace was 8.53. As I came to the last hill (how many ups were there? More undulating than I thought) I literally ground to a walk for about 10 seconds but then the sight of ELR red on the crest kickstarted me. Keep your head up, shoulders back, run from the hips and ignore the burning lactic in my quads. This was first race or parkrun that I haven't got a pb this year but weirdly it was the most satisfying. I did as well as I could given the circumstances and learnt a lot and tried a few new things that I had forgot in the craziness of a marathon.
It was great seeing so many ELR around the course. I am lucky to have the support of such a great club. Onwards towards Elvis.
Muhammad Iqbal:- One year of road traffic accident complete with the finish of Hackney Half Marathon.
There were several reminders of the accident during run. I spent 3-4 months on crutches, had ankle operation, knee displacement and elbow hurt from accident. I could give up but huge thanks to team ELR, helped me keep going. Now it's Done and I'm a Runner, once again.
Scott McMillan:- Daddy's Hackney Half race report.
Given the form I've been in, and despite an incoming cold (thanks, children!), I decided to stick it on PB pace today and see what happened. I flew through the first five miles like they were barely even there, ticking off the local landmarks (the Clapton Hart, the Star at Hackney Downs, the Pembury Tavern), and gleefully hi-fiving Maya at the Homerton two-way section as I went. But something inside told me this wouldn't/couldn't last. And sure enough, my heart rate was way above what I'd like, and I panicked a little.
Whether by design or not, my pace slowed from a 1:25 pace to something like a 1:30 pace, though it didn't feel any easier. The local landmarks (The Cock Tavern, The Fox on Kingsland Road) passed more slowly.
But from 8 miles on, something lovely happened. People I know started popping up in the most unexpected places to cheer me on. Adrian from Orion on a roundabout outside the Lauriston. Bolts round by Victoria Park. Ciaran on a traffic island outside the Crate Brewery. And on the increasingly bleak and hilly (and entirely pub-free) section around the Olympic stadium, James and Antonio, followed by Maud at the top of Clarnico Lane (Hackney's half-hearted Heartbreak Hill).
Duly encouraged, I pushed on, and my speed came back, passing dozens of runners, reeling in a clearly struggling Spence (hope you are OK, mate), and engaging in a sprint battle which seemed to make it onto the big screen, judging by the commentary I could just about hear - "And here comes Daddy, and Daddy takes it!". 1:27:32, not a PB, but four minutes faster than last year, and hopefully still a time to make the kids proud.
My first race report, because I've done my pw at Hackney Half today and hopefuly learnt some lessons from it (sorry I realise it's a bit long!).
I was a bit anxious starting the race cause I haven't trained much in the last 3 weeks being abroad #excuses, but as I ran 2 half-marathons in March and had a 15 miles training with Helen 1 month ago, I was kinda hoping i would still be able to beat my Roding Half pb. Plus, seeing so many ELRs and knowing that my great friend Oscar was coming to watch the race gave me confidence. Thanks Robert for helping me with my camel bag and (not) to Jono for rolling your eyes at my Wonder Woman on it tongue emoticon:-P.
All started super well, saw Jay very early, and shouted for many ELR runners that were coming opposite (yes the crazy voice was me, Spencer tongue emoticon:-P) Helen and I decided to stay with the 2:15 pacer from the start (a french guy, we had to talk politics, obviously), I was felling very well, giving high five to the kids, making jokes (sorry Helen), promoting the club on camera (sorry again, Helen tongue emoticon:-P), but we were slowing down and started loosing the pacer... I thought it would be fine cause once I'll see the ELR bunch on Mile 10, I'll start going faster and catch up with him.
Then, from Mile 7, my right hip started to hurt (as usual) but this time, it was really bad, even going down to my leg... I was handling it, repeating to myself "you don't train so it doesn't hurt, you train so that you learn to handle the pain", miles after miles , i was grimacing, lost my smile and was seeing on my watch that I was getting slower and slower... Saw Mark Boulton at Mile 9 who gave me a big boost calling me :"That's my girl" (that was enough to make me blush , didn't even need a hug or a kiss smile emoticon:-) ) I was very impatient to see the beautiful ELR bunch at Mile 10, I thought, i will stop there, strech and take a gel , then it will just be 30 mins to run... But they were not there ... It's fine, they are just a bit further... Mile 11, James Nichols was marshalling and helped me carry on but still no Don, Maud, Jan, CiarÃ¡n ??? Where were they? Did I miss them? Oh I need to stop and walk now, what is it with all those hills now... Stretching this hip, running again while massaging it , then a hill again, I am gonna walk again then... oh , here they are I see Don.... Yeah !!! Copyrighted Maud flying, gave high fives, my energy was back for.... not too long, unfortunately...
With just a bit more than 1 mile to go, I was now feeling very low in energy, having not taken my gel, I had sugar-lemon water with me so immediately took some but I was feeling feverish, dizzy, nauseated...no, no, no, I can't do that now, I have to finish this, then the 1 mile left board: ok, get it together , you can do this, your pb is gone but you have to finish it well and the hell with that right hip... Managed to sprint the last 200 meters to overtake a runner and bursted in tears just after the finish line...
I was feeling extremely down, till I saw John who was giving us medals and again cried in his arm which worried him crazy (sorry John! ). Found Helen quickly to head up to the free massage with a worthy long wait , i could barely walk there...
So many lessons for me here:
1.Don't expect a pb if you have skipped too many tracks sessions with Grant !
2.Really really start having sports massage if I want to be able to do the VLM next year and maybe getting that hip checked
3.Eating more carbs the night before and at breakfast despite what others told me about the risk of being too heavy
4.Don't skip the gel at Mile 10
5.Maybe don't zigzag that much to give high five to all the kids till mid-race
Will end this with wise words from Joanna who nicely checked on me after the race: "as people told me on my last one it's the bad runs that make us appreciate the good runs."
Thanks to all of you for your support and hope to see many of you on Wednesday evening !
Three years ago, I ran Hackney Half, and I got a right cob on. I hated it. My friend Sara rolled her eyes and said 'you missed it all because you insisted on listening to music, you div.'
So I decided to enter at the last minute. I cajoled the lovely Jessica Trayler-Moore to join me. She's never run more than 15k, but was game and chipper and totally up for it. And off we set. Not a great time in the end, but it was a lovely run, the whole of Hackney came out to cheer us on.
So many friendly faces on the way round too, but my favourites were in the last three miles. Run Dem Crew are just ACE. It was like a mini Tower Bridge. And I saw one of the girls from Mind over Marathon! I gave her a huge hug. Probably a bit forward, considering we'd never met. And then the Purple Water Station. I love East End Road Runners. I squirted Katherine Bellinger in the face. Just to be cheery.
Up a small hill, and... 'JESS! THERE THEY ARE!' And there you all were. Thank you for waiting for us! You're all ace.
Jess Trayler-Moore reports:-
Imagine you'd been teetotal your whole life. Then, nearly a year ago, you got wasted on half a shandy and ended up with a two-day hangover. Suppose you then spent months nervously building up to tackling a bottle of wine - only to be whisked off to a club when you least expected it, downing vodkas until dawn.
Swap alcohol for running and that's my story. I'm a newcomer to ELR. I started running in 2016 and I've never so much as tried a Parkrun before, but that didn't stop Maya Goodwin messaging me on Wednesday. 'I've got you a ticket for this Sunday's Hackney Half'. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, despite my nerves and thanks to an awesome crowd and Maya's endless support, not much. It helped that we had a plan. We'd take it slowly, we'd walk the hills, we'd keep each other buoyed up. With others chasing down a PB, and Maya - fresh from the Brighton marathon - promising me she was happy to go at my pace, our only definite aim was to finish.
And so we began! I arrived at Leyton station far too early for a Sunday to see a familiar red top, so I bounded over and introduced myself to Lucy Barron. After a brief chat, she set off - and then Maya arrived. We walked to the starting point where we spotted the sea of ELR runners almost immediately. Along with some other friendly faces, I met Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Jonathan Wooldridge and 'Daddy' (said his race number. Turns out it was Scott McMillan, who'd asked his daughter to fill in his name). We just about had time for a team photo before heading to the starting pen.
Maya and I set off with a rhino hot on our heels and a pink tutu to our left. I've never known Hackney look so bizarre or so friendly. The streets were lined with families cheering and steel bands playing. The sun shone to just the right temperature. At around the 1 mile mark, Maya and I high-fived the speedier ELRs as they ran past us in the opposite direction (the 4-mile point for them). We marvelled at their speed and admired their long legs. We ran on. I brought annoying first-runner enthusiasm to our party of two, along with endless nervous chatter (Maya was very patient). I pointed out all the houses I like (Maya was very patient). I noted a spelling mistake on a banner (Maya was very patient). I complained at not having my name on my top (Maya was very patient). We both experienced a coughing fit after drinking lucozade sport (what is IN that stuff?). This conversation happened:
Maya: Quick! Hold hands Photographer!
Me: [excitedly] What??
Me: [disappointed] Oh. I thought you said 'funfair'
At one point, the crowd thinned and we wondered whether we were either last or lost. But the highlight was just near the end, as we were both starting to struggle and there, at the top of a hill no one had any right to put at such a late stage of the run, was the ELR crew, spurring us on. And do you know, slow and steady might not win the race - but it definitely meant we finished smiling.
Of course, breaking your running cherry with a half marathon isn't quite the same as a drunken night on the tiles - but I'll probably wake up tomorrow with the mother of all aches, just the same.
Run Through Velopark 5km - Saturday 29th April 2017
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 29th April 2017
|Euan Brown||16.52 (1st)||1st - 76.48% Wanstead|
|Robert Rayworth||19.46 (course pb)||10th - 69.56% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.08||21st - 63.64% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.36||33rd - 62.76% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.43||47th - 64.23% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||24.38||65th - 58.93% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.49||79th - 62.10% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||26.10||83rd - 65.67% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||26.30||89th - 56.54% Wanstead|
|Susannah McLaren||26.35||83rd - 65.67% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.21||101st - 62.04% Wanstead|
|Geoff Bench||27.36||106th - 53.86% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.31||129th - 53.42% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||34.59||177th - 46.31% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.21 debut||35th - 60.74% Raphael|
|Ruel Ordonio||26.20 debut||86th - 52.59% Raphael|
|Paul Marshall||21.39 (course pb)||38th - 60.05% Mile End|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.47||38th - 58.31% Beckton|
|Mary Connolly||25.11 (course pb)||33rd - 70.95% Barking|
|Mary O'Brien||25.34 (course pb)||12th - 76.99% Sligo|
|Steven Bywater||28.02||56th - 53.45% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||30.10||69th - 56.96% Walthamstow|
|Saheed Shabbir||30.10||448th - 43.48% Cannon Hill,Birmingham|
|Karen Levison||19.49 (1st lady)||5th - 84.61% Valentines|
|Alain Fieulaine||19.57 debut||7th - 70.51% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.21||10th - 70.76% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||21.57||22nd - 66.14% Valentines|
|Jay Sangha||23.18 (1st parkrun)||35th - 55.36% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||24.20||47th - 60.82% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||24.31||51st - 69.07% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||24.55||55th - 58.26% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||30.35||121st - 46.70% Valentines|
|Dan Gritton||18.41 (course pb)||2nd - 75.29% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.21 (course pb)||10th - 75.80% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||25.01 (course pb)||35th - 53.76% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.30||47th - 55.91% Roding Valley|
|Kieran Brown||29.14 debut||68th - 54.39% Roding Valley|
|Fiona Day||33.26 debut||96th - 57.23% Roding Valley|
|Sheetal Dandgey||22.57 (course pb)||47th - 64.49% Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||23.35||55th - 62.76% Hackney|
|Julie Campbell||23.49 (course pb)||62nd - 75.02% Hackney|
|Fiona Critchley||23.54 debut||179th - 70.99% Chelmsford Central|
|Stuart Barton||26.21 debut||84th - 54.65% Blickling|
|Manpreet Johal||28.00 debut||47th - 46.07% Perry Hall|
|Mark Kerry||21.00 (course pb)||28th - 63.17% Cassiobury|
|Andrew Howard||21.31 debut||83rd - 72.04% Hastings|
46 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 10 course pbs and 10 debuts.
First finishes for Euan & Karen. Course pbs for Dan, Calvin & Tim at Roding Valley. Sheetal & Julie Campbell (75.02%) at Hackney, Robert Rayworth at Wanstead, Mary Connolly at Barking, Mary OBrien at Sligo, Paul at Mile End and Mark Kerry at Cassiobury.
Southampton Marathon - Sunday 23rd April 2017
|Katherine Harris||3.45.04 pb||240th, 14th lady|
1073 finishers. Katherine reports:- Well done to everyone at London today! Really fantastic times, well done to you all.
I'm going to attempt my first ever race report and will try and keep it brief, apparently there was another race today... I also did a marathon today, the Southampton marathon (that famous one!). In a nutshell: hot and hilly! It was Southampton's first marathon in over 30 years. An undulating course with some fairly big hills but there were good downhill stretches. A few miles through pretty parks and amazing views up on the bridge (just a shame it was a long uphill to get there...4 times...and at mile 24 which was not my idea of fun). There were good pockets of support along the way and plenty at the start and finish, with bands playing and cheerleaders cheering along the way.
The organisation was good, although I left my bags at the hotel so I can't comment on the baggage. Minimal queues for the loos (bonus!) and free massage and beer at the end.
A nice 10 minute PB for me, just missing GFA by seconds so I have to admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. My watch tells me I ran 26.46 miles so in my head I did manage sub 3.45 and also ran my first ultra marathon, sadly officially this doesn't count.
Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 - Sunday 23rd April 2017
|Thomas Grimes||2.38.01 pb club record||233rd|
|Antonio Martin Romero||2.38.04 pb||236th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||3.30.42 pb||6448th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||3.37.22 pb||7679th|
|Suzanne Bench||3.44.57 pb||9323rd|
|George Pite||4.14.41 debut||16691st|
|Paul Marshall||4.15.20 debut||16863th|
|Andy Bolderstone||4.38.25 pb||2271st|
|Tina Bennett||5.08.23 pb||29506th|
Also Kelly Xavier 5.03.18....Yvonne Shashoua 3.44.55.
Thomas Grimes (left) and Antonio Martin Romero of East London Runners in a race for the line in Sunday's London Marathon!
Thomas Grimes narrowly beat Club colleague Antonio Martin-Romero in breaking the ELR Club Marathon record, previously 2:39, in London today in 2:38:01. Congratulations Thomas and Antonio.
Tina Bennett proudly displaying her Finishers Medal after the race.
Shahib Ali reports:- London Marathon, new PB, 03:30:42, was an emotional marathon, was a psychological marathon more than anything today, slight calf pain nearly forced a stoppage for stretches at around mile 10 but too much running traffic stopped me, in the end absolutely delighted. All the training and sacrifices vindicated. Samia MÃ¼ller-Choudhury was incredibly supportive. My son is always there next to me. My running club East London Runners - nothing like it. One final thing - the crowd today was epic, totally inspired.
Antonio reports:- My first ever report and it is so long, sorry!
I would like to start saying thank you to people who have helped around this hard journey, like Alex Bee, Paul Quinton and Spencer Evans with whom I have done most of my training and helped to achieve this time today. And of course, to the club who have helped to improve in the last two years.
Today it was a hard day. After waiting for 20 minutes at the start of the Championship, the race started and my legs were not fresh at all, actually, they were like bricks. On the top of that, I think I might have disrespected the marathon today as I run better when I do negative splits but it was so difficult to go slow when you are surrounded by fast people. I tried to slow down but I couldnt , I promise, so I knew this was going to be a new experience for me as I am not used to starting off fast and my legs were complaining from the beginning, but unless I could control my mind, that probably is more important than my legs.
With a goal time of 2h39.59(6. per mile or 3.47â€ per km), I knew after 20K that I had to die not to achieve my target today but I still could not slow down, so I kept going faster, although this time I couldnâ€™t high five people and I even realised that there were some inclinations during the course. I was giving my 100% and I didnâ€™t have any energy for anything else than running. I passed the half way in 1h18.15 and I was thinking how long I was going to be able to keep that pace and if I was going to be able to finish without stopping. After 25K my legs were so heavy and I was talking to my mind for a while, it was telling me to stop and f**** me the race, but I was telling it NOT, I am not going to let people who believe in me down, I continued going well above my target pace. I reached the 30K mark, ok this is like a 10K race plus a little bit more..I saw Paul, Alex, Spencer before 20 miles, then the ELR water station and people gave a boost of energy, but my mind did not shut up, I was begging it, please keep quite for a while, you are so annoying. I still managed to go at my goal pace after 35K (22 miles). From this point, it was a nightmare, people were shouting so loud and you just want to be alone, cross the finish line, go to the pub and drink a beer. I was slowing down a little bit but nothing too bad. I continue talking to my mind, it wanted me to stop, but I could not , I hadnt done 37K to stop. When people around you are dying, it is so difficult to recover the pace. I was like a mathematician, ok if I slow down a little bit what time I will do? If I die, can I still be under 2h40'? I managed to keep up and saw Thomas Grimes before the last kilometre, we were both wishing to finish the race, with 600m to go I think I speed up a little bit and finish ahead of him but he started behind me, so he got the new club record (Congrats!). Therefore, now I have to do another marathon to try to get it! The final time was 2h38.04, quite happy despite the race today that could have been better but next year I will try to come back stronger and with the lesson learnt.
Andy Bolderstone:- Musings from today before I crash out.
Best bits of today - being with my ELR friends pre race. Such a great way to start a marathon. - ELR water station- if we manned every water station I run so much faster, you guys gave me a real boost - passing an Orion Harrier as I passed the Mall.
Need to stop running 26.9 miles at marathons. (My time would have been 7 mins faster if I ran the correct distance.)
2 marathon pb's and a parkrun pb this April. Still haven't done the marathon justice yet. One day.... (hopefully 24 Sep in Berlin).
Roisin Archer:- What a day! Amazing atmosphere and a respectful time of 3:22, just 1.5 mins off my PB. After everything that has happened I never imagined I could do it. A few weeks ago I didn't think I'd run it at all. Feeling a bit rough around the edges right now (as it wasn't easy) but pretty pleased. Thanks for the support. It meant a lot.
Danny Lee reports:- London Marathon Race Report:
At long last I'd decided to let the moths out of my wallet, and splashed out on a new ELR vest, to arrive just in time for the Marathon. I tore open the package on Saturday, eager to pin my number on, and my heart sank. My name was written at least FOUR point sizes smaller than on my old vest. No-one will be able to read that! Iâ€™m going to have to run the entire course with only The Stony Wall of Silence for company.
I neednt have worried. It turns out, its not that cool to have your name on your shirt, in the Good for Age pen. More fool them. For 26 miles on Sunday, I didnt hear a single name shouted along the route, other than Danny, Dan, Go-on-Dan, Danny-Boy, Oh-Danny-Boy, Danny-Cha-Cha-Chaâ€¦! It must have been REALLY annoying, if your name wasnâ€™t Danny. Ha! In The Land of Super-Serious Good-For-Agers (too cool to engage in frivolous pre-race screen-printing), The Man With His Name On His Shirt really is King, to a London Marathon Crowd even if it IS font size 11.
And so I spent the first half of the marathon happily channelling the energy of my many fans into my little legs, keeping myself in the race for matching, if not exceeding, my PB. The problem with marathons is that they come in TWO halves. By the Isle of Dogs, my pace was dropping below target. A high five with Ava and my friends at mile 16 cheered me up for a while, and I even managed a few fist pumps at the water station, which were met by a deafening wall of sound not to mention a face-full of water, courtesy of birthday girl, Maud, armed with a menacing bottle of Buxton. My spirits lifted for a kilometre or so. By now, though, I knew today was probably not going to be PB material, and I decided I was OK with that.
Embankment felt double its length this year and my legs were running on fumes, and the crowd at Bird Cage Walk would have to do without my fist pumps this time around. But I did just about manage a rudimentary sprint finish to cross the line in 2:51. Not so bad, for an old timer like me (as Alex, waiting just over the line, kindly pointed out) and only two minutes shy of my PB. I was happy, and more importantly, I was finished. Time to go to the pub, and complain about the lager.
Ellie's report:- VLM2017 - Race report
After having an absolutely awesome experience in the 2016 London Marathon and achieving good for age, there was no way I was going to miss out on all that fun again. I was back for more, with a gold aim of BQ [3.35]; silver for a PB [sub 3:37:40] and; bronze to re-achieve good for age [3:45:00].
Despite all the nerves and worries you have over the lead up to the marathon, the fact you get to meet the club on the platform on the way, completely eases everything. It was great to see so many friendly faces and have a good laugh on the way down to Greenwich. It was nice to meet Yvonne an ex-ELR who has moved overseas, great company in the Green start! As we had a really long wait in the green pen toilet queues, I got chatting to another lady in front who was obviously a very experienced marathon runner. Due to my own nerves I wanted to get some words of wisdom and asked how she was feeling and she said, â€œwell I can either do it or I cannotâ€. Right then, that was it, the moment when I decided, I can!
And we were off admittedly a little too quickly, I found it hard to pace well at the start as it felt busier than it did last year, perhaps with the merge of the green and blue start â€“ so I was crowd dodging for a good few miles. However I realised this in good time and managed to rein things in by mile 4 and got into a steady pace, feeling comfortable. As ever the crowds were amazing, London is just incredible on marathon day. People sat on top of bus stops, hanging out their balconies and flooding the streets of London, celebrating running! It was also amazing to see Prince William and Kate watching, I didnt think theyd be in the crowd! Everything proceeded to go well, the miles were ticking off nicely and ELR water station was round the corner and very exciting! I caught up with John Paul Healy, who didnt seem as excitable as me at the time, but it was nice to pass through and see all our fellow runners at mile 20 together! I then carried on (sorry john!) through the busy crowds and knew this was the tough part, it was also getting really hot, it felt really really hard then and mile 24 and 25 were my slowest, even though when I passed Michael he asked why I looked like I was still full of energy! I was still feeling ok â€“ but my gold time was slowly slipping out of the picture, but that was ok, as I could still get my silver if I dig deep now. I somehow, managed to find a tiny spurt of energy to get me through that last mile and I think thanks to seeing my friends just as I entered St James park and I did it. Marathon PB 3:37:22. Silver achievement and maintained good for age.
Thanks to everyone for all your help and support over the last few months! Particularly to those who I have been training with in the cold winter months - Emily, Dan, Paul, Lucy, Robert, Sheetal, Judith, Jennifer and others, and of course to our coach, Grant for his words of wisdom that keep us all on track.
Michael Wilson reports:-
If sub 4hrs was my bronze target safety net and sub 3.45 the silver, then my gold was to beat my previous marathon time which was at Eindhoven six months ago. In the end it went quite well and I was delighted to have achieved my gold target with 3.41.56. Whereas at Eindhoven I walked away from the finish line ecstatic, this time I was quietly happy and content.
I wish I could bottle those moments and keep them forever as they are priceless. 18 London Marathons completed since I started them back in 1997 (27 marathons overall) and the last two years or so have not been easy; so more importantly I would like to thank my mum Irene Wilson for her support, my physio Daniel Levicki for helping me get to this point and the people who tried to give me confidence when I felt like giving up; also the volunteers at the water station and everyone who sponsored me.
Well done to all the East London Runners, I am in awe and the standard just gets better every year.
Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 continues... - Sunday 23rd April 2017
Tina reports:- This is my first ever race report and I don't really know how to start. Running the London Marathon one day had been a childhood dream and now at 40 years old here I was, race day had arrived.
In the build up to the marathon my training started well, but knee niggles and a emotional melt down 5 weeks ago had me full of self doubt.
As I walked down to the tube with Andy Bee and Steve Bywater I felt strangely calm. Meeting up with the rest of ELR and all traveling together really helped, no stress about where I had to go, I could just be a sheep and follow.
I arrive at the blue start, toilet, bag drop and toilet again quick photo stop for Stuart Stupot Barton and in the pen I went. Being in pen 9 I was right at the back but walked myself close to the front of it. Still feeling quite calm (surprisingly) I chatted to others around me. I met a chap, Mark who was also running fir the Stroke Association. We soon realised we had similar time goals so we set off.
It felt amazing to cross the start. Didn't even notice the Royals, only realised I ran past them when watching the highlights last night.
So I had my little running buddy Mark, we shared stories, he was so lovely asking if the pace was ok. Quickly settled into a very comfortable 10.30 mile pace and I felt good, really good.
The crowds right from the start were amazing. I was just running, chatting and doing high fives with anyone who held there hand out.
At 9 miles a saw my brother, the fist of my supporters, followed by my parents, husband and boys soon after at about 10 1/2 miles. I was still feeling amazing and was so motivated by the fact my knees which had plagued me in recent weeks felt top dollar.
Wow, that turn at about 12.5 miles, seeing Tower Bridge. Mark and I high fived, it felt amazing. At 14 miles my besties were there and gave a quick hug as I went on my way. Maya Goodwin will get this as I have moaned and stressed to her about my knees for weeks, and here I was now 15 miles and no pain, I was buzzing I felt so good and was well in for a 4:45 time. In training I had only gone up to 17 miles so as I past that point I didn't really know what to expect. However, all I could think was in training I felt crap at this point and I could hardly move, but here I was plodding on feeling confident that my Gold of 5hrs was possible if not a little better.
By 18 I started to slow I had past my family and they had seen my looking strong but I was just starting to feel it. Knees just feeling stiff, but no real pain.
Coming off the Isle of Dogs, I felt happy as still on target but was starting to tire. Kept a going spurred by the fact ELR would be at 20 miles, Maya and Emma were there with a wonderful hug which felt so good. By 21 miles I took my first real walk, at which point a saw a work colleague who had come to support so quickly tried to musta a jog.
Then 22 miles!!!!!!! I now know what they mean by the Wall. My head went, my legs went, my hip and back killed, I wanted to stop but I couldn't I must keep going. Just when I needed them friend were there. With tears in my eyes they gave me a hug and told me I was doing amazing. It's a blur now, I'm exhausted, 23 miles, just a parkrun and a bit, 25 mins to half an hour on a good day. Looked at my watch, my 5hrs was just about achievable but it would be close. I was jogging and walking by now. I knew I would finish but I was feeling it. Last hug at 24.5 miles from my husband and boys. Arrr Big Ben, 1 mile to go, come on you can do this, the voice in my head was overwhelming. Its your dream, its now real, I have tears in my eyes. I am Broken, beyond exhausted. My last mile took 18 mins. My gold time of 5hrs had just gone, but I didn't care. Buck House, arrrr there's the finish. Holding back the tears I cross the line 5:08:23. For you amazing runners out there I know it's not an amazing time but my dream was complete, I have run the London Marathon and I couldn't be more proud of myself. As that medal went over my head I cried. Amazing.
Gareth reports:- VLM Race Report:
My first marathon was Chester 2015 and I got a great time, training went like clockwork, the experience was not a bad one and all was good and almost no pain. I Decided out of devilment to enter the VLM, and got in via the ballot. All ok, same training plan. All good until about 5 weeks before the taper a calf injury! Having missed 20 or so training runs (intervals, tempo, recovery) I only managed 5 longish runs after my 22mile (longest run) which I did in some pain.
I was toying with the idea of deferring, but went for a sports massage which sort of solved the problem, but my usual running gate wasnt there, so with 3 weeks to go I just did very little and hoped for the best. My target was originally 3:45. I had to rethink this, and with Mauds sage like advice of Gold, Silver, Bronze targets in my head I decided to be positive and not about deferring, just get on with it.
VLM is vastly different to Chester (which starts on the horse racing course, goes along the river, into North Wales country roads then back to Chester, along the river Dee and back to race course - about 3000 people compete). London is bedlam by comparison and I got overtaken by a runner bouncing two basket balls one for each hand in mile 2; the noise was like two tympanis beating time for a dragon boat accompanying me for 5 miles until he dropped one.
So many people cheering - a carnival / street party atmosphere. Possibly due to this, the fellow ELR runners, and the adrenaline the running was better than I expected some pain but in the other, non-injured leg. As my conditioning wasnt good enough to keep a Gold sub 4 hour pace past 14miles, I thought no worries, there was enough in the bank to slip to Silver (sub 4:30). Before the 18mile point I had to take a paracetamol and once this kicked in the 20mile station acted like a slingshot for the final push. At this point I know why we have ELR 20Mile cheering squad, you can feel the adrenaline kick in and boost you along. The last 5 miles was really tough though, but I started to think about sub 4:15, legs heavy, and inclines that were molehills became mountains, but once the 1km was in site well the relief was huge, but a final push but nope, it felt like 5 miles. However, I was elated to have got round and very pleased with my 4:15:03.
So, overall, very happy; ELR got me psychologically back on track in the run up and got me round during the race. Apparently 90% is psychological and the other 10% is all in the head!!!
I cannot thank you all enough; wouldnt and couldnt have done it without you and you rock.
Suzanne Bench reports:- So, my 3rd London marathon after 7 years.
I only entered because Geoff wanted to do it and I thought it would be good to train together! We were both thrilled to get a place through the club ballot but unfortunately he had to withdraw due to injury.
For the first few months I had no training plan. Was adamant that I couldn't beat my previous 3.51 being older, but after a great run at Benfleet everything changed and then my competition head kicked in. I felt relaxed during training and although I missed my previous marathon training buddy Andrea, ELR especially Dave, John, Caroline, Maud, Frank, Tom and other Sunday runners got me through along with the great encouragement from coach Grant and my runs home from work with Jayne. After watching the incredible performances from Brighton in the heat I felt a little nervous but ready.
So on the day, using Maud's now famous strategy I set my gold target as 3.45 and set to work. I stuck behind the pacer and felt pretty good for the first half. Knowing I was going to see everyone at 20 miles really kept me going and it was really uplifting to hear everyone's support but after that point it became really tough and I could feel and see the 3.45 target slipping away. Every part of me wanted to stop on the embankment but I dug deep. I came over the finish line just about still standing and no idea of my time. Geoff was waiting for me and told me I did 3:44:57- a PB by almost 7 minutes! Was so happy!!
Was great to see everyone else in the Ship and Shovel and to hear how brilliantly they all did but by now I was feeling pretty rough (thanks Jonathan for the gel). Home, bath, dinner and a little sleep later I was revived enough to help Maud celebrate her birthday.
Reflecting now all I can think is how fantastic our club is. The fact that brilliant runners like Alex, Carlton, Ciaran and others are so supportive and encouraging to people like me is what makes ELR the club it is and one that I am very proud to be part of.
So, now I have a good for age place for next year and then, fingers crossed, Janet and I will represent the club as the women's V50 in Boston. Thanks to all the volunteers and supporters and that fantastic cheering from Maya, Trish, Mary, Andrea, Jayne, Rod, Bev...and of course to Geoff!
Have had a lovely relaxing day today
Back to work tomorrow!
James Nichols reports:- So I completed the London marathon yesterday in 3 hours 27 minutes. Thanks so much for all the good luck messages beforehand. Race itself didn't quite go to plan. From about halfway I felt I was pushing too hard at a pace that should have been fairly comfortable, was quite humid out there and soon after passing the brilliant East London Runners water station at 20 miles as seen in the pic, I realised beating the time I set in February was in danger of slipping away going and didn't quite have the willpower or energy on the day to power through.
Loved it though, what an experience - everyone tells you about the crowds at London but it still took me aback, a crescendo of noise almost the entire way round. Was great to celebrate afterwards and share stories with friends who I've trained with along the way. Think I'll take a short break from distance running now but will definitely come back to do London again in a few years, have unfinished business!
Regis. I would like to say a big public thank you to Andrew Baxter who picked me up from the road's side on Sunday while I was hitting the wall big time... Thanks god it wasn't on the BBC! This is the spirit of Marathon running and the way this club does it. The couple of glances/eye contact I grabbed from Janet Bywater, Grant Conway & Paul Quinton and the ELR pack at Mile 20 acted as a much needed adrenaline shoot up; it was so good the tears came out. I was lucky to participate so will only be grateful and the truth is there is no pain killer for the pain seekers. Confort is overrated; as we all know: the obstacle is the way.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 22nd April 2017
|Euan Brown||16.25||1st - 78.58% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||17.33 (course pb)||2nd - 77.78% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.02 (course pb)||5th - 76.25% Wanstead|
|Dan Senior||18.28||7th - 74.46% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||19.39 (course pb)||13th - 67.09% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.18||41st - 63.15% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.22||53rd - 66.17% Wanstead|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.12||68th - 63.79% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||23.44 (course pb)||77th - 68.26% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.00||97th - 64.13% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.02||98th - 76.43% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.12||104th - 62.43% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||25.22||107th - 55.06% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||25.48||117th - 59.30% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||26.04 (course pb)||122nd - 56.78% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||26.31||125th - 54.31% Wanstead|
|Geoff Bench||26.31 (course pb)||129th - 55.58% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.43||147th - 57.85% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.55||162nd - 52.70% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.06||165th - 49.78% Wanstead|
|John Atkinson||30.19||169th - 61.46% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.15||182nd - 50.35% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||31.16||183rd - 51.28% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||33.16||196th - 48.70% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||33.44||202nd - 46.74% Wanstead|
|Simon Thomas||18.41||1st - 69.85% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||19.57 (course pb)||4th - 72.18% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.05||13th - 76.76% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||21.37 (course pb)||17th - 67.15% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||23.15 (=course pb)||38th - 63.66% Valentines|
|Mary O'Brien||25.43||61st - 76.54% Valentines|
|Paul Quinton||16.35 (course pb)||2nd - 80.50% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.45||86th - 57.36% Hackney|
|John Booth||17.55 (course pb)||3rd - 74.05% Beckton|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.53||91st - 58.10% Beckton|
|Spencer Evans||18.56 debut||4th - 68.22% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||26.09 (1st parkrun)||50th - 56.66% Roding Valley|
|Shailesh Patel||23.06||14th - 65.72% Barking|
|Jamie Xavier||20.46 (course pb)||5th - 66.21% Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||22.01 debut||109th - 70.40% Cambridge|
|Fiona Critchley||24.29 debut||142nd - 69.30% Colchester Castle|
|James Nichols||21.20||60th - 61.17% Mile End|
|Charlotte Tuzzio||29.55||305th - 49.47% Mile End|
|Dan Gritton||25.31||224th - 55.13% Southwark|
|Diccon Loy||27.33||78th - 51.48% Brundall|
45 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 12 course pbs and 4 debuts.
First finish places for Euan Brown 16.25 at Wanstead and Simon Thomas 18.41 at Valentines. Course pbs for James Wilson, Scott McMillan, Paul Drury-Bradey, Tricia ONeil, Katie Whitton and Geoff Bench at Wanstead. Ashley Faria, Grant Conway and Lauren Aston at Valentines. Paul Quinton (80.50%) at Hackney, John Booth at Beckton and Jamie Xavier at Walthamstow. First parkrunfor Kathryn Hertzberg at Roding Valley and debuts for Spencer at Roding, Andrew at Cambridge and Fiona at Colchester Castle.
John Atkinson completes his 5th parkrun, his last was in September 2012.
Keep working towards that 50 shirt, John.
Vets AC 5m Battersea Park - Tuesday 18th April 2017
Thomas Grimes of ELR wins the VETS AC 5m in Battersea Park on 18th April 2017 in a personal best time of 26:51. Next race for Thomas is the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017!
Boston Marathon 2017 - Monday 17th April 2017
Jonathan Wooldridge:- Number 7 in the bag. 3:46:24 Not fast. Too hot. I wasn't in the best form, but we can forget that for now. I did have the best ever marathon experience. Not the best time. But probably the most enjoyable marathon I've run. Thank you all for your support. Rest and beers now.
ELR strong. Boston Strong
All roads lead to Boston
Back in April 2016 I had one of the best runs of my life - at VMLM, cruising home to a Boston qualifying time of 3:21, just ahead of the 3:25 required for my gender/age.
Yesterday was the climax of that journey, but alas history wasn't to repeat itself. I'm trying to stay positive - 7 marathons in 4 different countries in under 2 years isn't bad, but yesterday was my PW. My qualifier, remains my PB. I have many reasons and excuses, but I'm not going to dwell on those.
So to positives - Boston is an amazing city, unlike the view I had of the States. I wasn't really looking forward to the trip that much. But I am quite surprised at how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. The fellow competitors want to hear yours, and share their stories, the locals go out of their way to high-five us on the subway, and the high regard everyone has towards you for just being here. It's a truly wonderful experience and I am grateful for that. Overall, it's been the best marathon experience I've ever had, so far.
A race report ought to sell you the race. But I have so many experiences, sights, and tales to tell - it would take forever. From the school buses, the volunteers, the people shouting "Jo, No" instead of "JONO", the cries of "yee-haa" (I had no idea they actually still said that), the legendary screaming girls of Wellesley (look it up - but wow!), the generosity of the spectators - handing out their own water, ice and 'popsicles', fruits, spraying water hoses, are just a scratch in the surface of memories I have. There really are so many more. But a special thank you to the guy who looked me in the eye at 20 miles and shouted "you're going to finish the Boston Marathon!"
Boston is an expensive Marathon to enter, but it's very well worth it if you get the chance. I've certainly no regrets. I need to stop and think about my training and race strategies and work on strengthening parts of my body that let me down.
Thank you to all that have given me the support over the year. To those that have repaired, encouraged, guided and put up with me. My ELR club mates are amazing - always there to give that reassuring word of wisdom and encouragement. Thank you all. You're part of best club in the world.
#BeBoston #BostonStrong #ELRStrong
Tom reports:- Boston #4
This time around , I had already decided to take it out slow and treat the race as a training run for London , indeed I posted somewhere in the Weeks prior to the race that I would "not overcook it" as I aim to go under 4 this coming Sunday to complete the set of 6 majors all with a 3 as the first digit. On the morning of the race I could feel the heat on my shoulder as I squeezed into my start corral and before the off knew exactly how the race was going to pan out , through experience. Very much a case of hares and tortoises kind of race. All in all , I had a pleasant stroll of a race , resisted the temptation to increase my pace , even took time out for a toilet break at the foot of Heartbreak and finished strong and more importantly fresh. I will add two things I've have never seen so many walking on the Boston Course (it was hot) before and the other thing being that the race comprised a ratio of 50:50 men and women.
Finishing in 4:04:01 , I would normally be disappointed with , but considering the little effort put in , can't complain.
Really , Really up for London now!
London Easter 10K Regents Park - Monday 17th April 2017
|Louis Le Roux||44.34||50th|
|Rachel Le Roux||55.42||197th|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 15th April 2017
|Sarah Burns||23.51 (course pb)||26th - 64.50% Millwater, NZ|
|Mark Boulton||16.41 (course pb)||2nd - 78.22% Gunpowder|
|Tina Bennett||25.55 debut||119th - 59.04% Ormskirk|
|Shaun DeSena||29.57||147th - Luton Wardown|
|Stuart Kelly||17.52 (course pb)||2nd - 73.04% Hackney|
|Aaron Browne||18.38||6th - 69.23% Hackney|
|Robert Rayworth||19.17||11th - 71.31% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||20.43||30th - 62.27% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.35||56th - 57.79% Hackney|
|Lauren Kelly||23.18||65th - 63.52% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.47||6th - 74.89% Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||20.37||11th - 66.21% Roding Valley|
|Karen Levison||19.40 (1st lady & pb)||8th - 85.25% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.19||12th - 70.88% Valentines|
|George Georgiou||23.23||38th - 62.08% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||24.57||55th - 51.70% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||25.18||61st - 66.27% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||28.58||107th - 51.78% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||33.39||169th - 42.45% Valentines|
|James Wilson||17.51 (course pb)||2nd - 76.47% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.36||3rd - 73.92% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||21.13 (course pb)||20th - 62.14% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.16||22nd - 63.24% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||22.12 (1st lady)||27th - 77.40% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||22.58||31st - 56.60% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.02||46th - 67.41% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.38 (200th parkrun)||66th - 61.38% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.47||71st - 62.18% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||25.53||72nd - 57.76% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||26.47||78th - 57.13% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||27.48||88th - 50.24% Wanstead|
|Geoff Bench||28.13||94th - 52.69% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.32||103rd - 62.62% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.33||104th - 52.48% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.23||114th - 53.66% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||33.12||148th - 47.39% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.12||155th - 46.10% Wanstead|
|Jan Webb||34.18||156th - 52.09% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||35.15||161st - 45.48% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||45.45||181st - 35.41% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||24.51 debut||118th - 68.28% Bury St Edmunds|
|Stuart Barton||26.46 debut||165th - 53.80% Bury St Edmunds|
|Steven Bywater||24.54 debut||15th - 60.17% Horton|
|Janet Bywater||25.39 debut||20th - 66.99% Horton|
|Fiona Day||26.35 debut||101st - 71.97% Clair|
|Tim Aylett||25.45||52nd - 52.23% Sittingbourne|
|Shailesh Patel||23.10||54th - 64.17% Leicester Victoria|
|Dan Senior||18.29||18th - 74.39% Shrewsbury|
|James Nichols||19.44 debut||14th - 66.13% Maldon|
|Andrew Howard||22.24 debut||43rd - 69.20% Bicester|
|Katie Whitton||27.48 (course pb)||239th - 53.24% Catton|
|John Healy||22.15||67th - 62.25% Dulwich|
|John Booth||17.51 (course pb)||6th - 74.32% Southwark|
53 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 8 course pb's and 8 debuts.
Two first finishers for Karen at Valentines in 19.40 (85.25%) and Suzanne at Wanstead 22.12 (77.40%). Course pbs for Karen, Mark Boulton 16.41 pb(78.22%), James Wilson (76.47%), John Booth (74.32%), Stuart Kelly, Sarah Burns, Louis leRoux and Katie Whitton. Debuts for ELR's at Bury St Edmunds, Horton Park, Bicester, Maldon, Clair, Ormskirk and Luton Wardown.
Maud did her 200th parkrun.
RunThrough Victoria Park Easter Run -10K - Friday 14th April 2017
|Becky Whitwam||1.07.47||425th now Rueben|
RunThrough Victoria Park Easter Run - Half Marathon - Friday 14th April 2017
Run Through Chase The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 12th April 2017
|Ava Lee||39.54 pb 1st lady||27th|
|Louis Le Roux||45.48||89th|
Run Through Chase The Sun 5km - Wednesday 12th April 2017
|Rachel Le Roux||26.19||65th|
OHagans 5km Fun Run Series, Auckland - Tuesday 11th April 2017
Sarah reports:- Morning. I managed to find a 5km race that's run out of an Irish Pub and the race entry includes a free pint. Plus I was able to moor the boat at the race start. Not as good as a sausage in a bun but for $8 you can't argue and mum's happy spectating with a Guiness. Well done to all the Marafunkers, it looked hot.
Must have been eager for a pint because its her best 5km of the year so far.
Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 9th April 2017
|Louis Le Roux||50.01||121st|
|Rachel Le Roux||55.08||187th|
Norwich Half Marathon - Sunday 9th April 2017
Brighton Marathon 2017 - Sunday 9th April 2017
|Simon Thomas||3.08.30||201st - 66.62%|
|Janet Bywater||3.52.58||312th - 63.92%|
|Dominic Dragonetti||4.12.21||3128th - 47.76%|
|Laura Kemp||4.16.50 pb||837th - 50.69%|
|Dave Knight||4.33.36||4982nd - 48.99%|
|Robyn Turtle||4.48.25 debut||2008th - 43.63%|
|Emma Wing||4.55.15 pb||2263rd - 42.53%|
|Maya Goodwin||5.28.35 pb||3615th - 39.75%|
7,744 men, 4,818 ladies.
Maya reports:- A Marathon without Jo Bull.
Gold Target: 5:15
Silver Target: under 5:29:33
Bronze Target: under 6:00
I've made no secret about how displeased I was about doing another marathon. People said I should just back out. But I knew if I did, I'd only have to do another bloody one. Because, as Jo said, when you've run two you get to say 'Marathons? yeah, I've run a few' And you sound like you're properly serious.
I needed to do this to prove to myself that I wasn't a One Hit Wonder and that I could run a marathon that wasn't London, and without my BFF. And so there was no backing out. Get it done Maya. But I got me a brilliant support team. Jo put me up last night and chased me round the course cheering herself hoarse.
And so after a long queue for the loo, I'm in my pen. I spot Jason Levy and Kirsten Hiller spots me. Chatting to them calms my nerves. And finally, after about 45 minutes, the last pen is set free. Right from the off, I struggled. I felt every ache and pain, and I was only doing a really slow and steady 12 min mile. But everything hurt and I couldn't get my head round 26.2 miles. A gentle hill in the first mile and then round Brighton till we hit the front at 6 miles. I'd already walked a couple of times, and was in a right state about how far there was still to go. I just COULDN'T break it down. Even seeing Jo and Sunfit Cranleigh and Steve Bywater at 4 and 5 and 6 miles didn't cheer me. And now we were on the front, it was HOT. Relentless, unforgiving sunshine. I could see everyone going the other way, and watched out for people I knew. Which made my neck ache. (You can see that I was totally humourless about it all, as I normally love spotting people going the other way!)
I walked the ups and ran the downs. I chatted to a couple of strangers, but gave up quickly as I realised I had absolutely NO interest in small talk. I KNOW, right?? Back into Brighton and the crowds. 12 miles and I'm done in. I have no idea what I'm going to do. I want to cry. I can feel my eyes pricking. I spot a lady from Taff's club cheering and I chat to her, and she hugs me. Oh NO. Now I'm really going to cry. I struggle on, trying to get a grip and sort myself out. And then there's Katy Taylor. My SAVIOUR. I complain to her in a non stop barrage of fury for a minute. And then I'm better. My tears have gone, my inner relentless is back, and I know it's going to be tough and hot, but I know I'll get to the end. I see Jo again, and moan to her too, and then I head off into Hove. It was the best part. There were shady parts, and everyone had come out with music and sweets and good cheer.
The Industrial Zone at 20 miles. Jo (who had already seen me 4 times!) was there to keep me company. We walked and chatted a lot, and I cheered up considerably. And then I looked at my watch at 22 miles. Oh. I could get a Silver. I said that to Jo. 'Well then stop faffing about and just GET ON WITH IT.' She said. I laughed, and tried a bit harder. I ran/walked the last 4 miles. They weren't easy, but I did it. 5:28:35. I'll take that. It was tough. It was boiling hot. It was hard work. And I have a PB. And now I have wine and my sofa. Much happier!
Janet Bywater Well it has taken me 12 years to pluck up enough courage to run my 2nd marathon and this time I was on a mission to try and get a 'good for age' time for London. In all the different on the day scenarios that went through my mind when I first signed up, heat wasn't one of them, so the past week I watched the Mercury rising with increased trepidation. But I knew I had done the training and also that I had the support of the best running club in the world, so it was just a case of getting on with it. But gosh, it was hot, hot, hot. I never ever really felt comfortable and my target race time soon went out the window, but I was fortunate to have the wise words of Maud Hodson in my mind of having a gold, silver and bronze target to aim for.
On the course the support from the people of Brighton was totally amazing. I had bought a ELR running vest 10 days ago. Mr Steve Bywater had suggested that I put my name on it, which I was loathe to, but decided to at the last minute. What great advice. The shouts of support from spectators, including, 'go Janet go' 'looking good Janet' and my favourite ' go Janet, you are awesome, do it for the girls' gave me a real boost especially in the tough final stages. I did look like a drowned rat by the end a combination of sweat and chucking water over myself to cool down at every water station. I was pretty much broken by the finish line, the last 2 miles were hellish, but it was definitely worth it and today I just feel so happy to be able to say I have run marathons (thanks Maya). My time of 3:52:58 was between my gold and silver targets, (is that known as a gilver or a sold?); and I think I have the London good for age time, so the next gap between my marathons is likely to be no more than 12 months this time.
Laura Woodhouse Brighton Marathon - Done!!
Marathon number 3 entered on the premise that last year Paris was pretty toasty, so thought I'd treat myself to a marathon in mild British weather, oh the irony!
Maud's bronze, silver and gold advice had spread to me too (thanks Maya) and so I wasn't disheartened at not keeping my planned race pace much further than mile 8. Bronze (4:25 - previous PB), silver (somewhere inbetweeny) and gold (<4).
After stopping at every water stop to drench myself, stuffing my face with jelly babies/peanuts and swearing relentlessly to a point that would make the CoC wince, I crossed the line chuffed with a silver and a PB.
Brighton you were fab! The 125 000 that turned out to cheer on (and look on with bemusement) truly made the day. Running the last 500 metres with the overwhelming cheers of the crowd truly took my breath way, and I had to fight back the tears to not cross the line blubbing. The previous 26 miles had been forgotten and I crossed the line loving running again.
Brighton you may have been hot, but you were damn amazing. If anything you have given me an excuse to enter my fourth marathon and pray for cooler weather.
But for now I'll enjoy the beer. Cheers ELR!!
Robyn Turtle:- My first marathon done and probably not my last.
The support I have received from members of the club has been amazing and I have gained an awful lot of invaluable knowledge during my training.
That was a very tiring run, by mile 10 I realised I was not going to make my target time of 4.30 and decided my next goal was to get around without walking. By mile 16 I had hit a wall and Dave Knight gave me some words of encouragement that really helped. Then seeing family and friends around the Hove area spurred me on, especially a very much welcomed ice pack from my mother in law.
By mile 20 I had managed to pick up my pace and realised that I was going to make it without walking. Lots of water later and holding back the tears many times in that last 6.2 miles I managed to finish in 4.48, which given the heat, I'm quite content with.
The crowd were amazing the whole way round and seeing that finish line was very emotional. I am very proud to join the marathon club, I just need to join the 'marathons' club now!
Jason Levy: Marathon number 22 completed!
Not the time I was aiming for, but it's the finishing that counts. After injuring my back in my last training race I didn't think I'd even make it to the start line this year. It was a last minute decision to run against everyone's sensible advice (other runners will understand what I mean) and I'm glad I gave it a go. The heat on the day didn't help, but the crowd support was amazing. Thank you Brighton! Fingers crossed for marathon number 23 in a few weeks time.
Dave Knight: So here's my Brighton report. It was flipping hot. At various times I thought I was melting. I had visions of finishing the race as a small puddle. At first it was all good. Sunshine, nice breeze and the morale boost from meeting Janet, Robyn, Dominic and Maya in Preston Park for the start. I was in the pink corral and it took about half an hour to get to the start line. The first half went fine - just under 10 minute miling and it was all good but it just got hotter and hotter and I have to confess it was a struggle. It was great to see Laura, Robyn and Emma during the race and I also had some good chats with other runners, one who was running for Syrian refugees and another running for the Bhopal Disaster Appeal. Also saw Steve Bywater who gave me a cheer and my wife and my cousin cheered me on. The crowds were superb but then those last 2 miles. They took forever. I must have cut a desperate picture as I tottered over the finish line. I had to sit down. I looked at my Garmin and it told me I had run 26.83 miles. I had done half a mile more than I needed to. What was that about? It then took an age to get out of the event village. I got a wee bit irritable but I was chuffed that I had fought the heat demons and made it to the finish. I soon had a pint in my hands in the Sidewinder Pub and all was right with the world and that lovely feeling of achievement kicked in. I do have some gripes about the organisation of the Brighton Marathon but it was well worth the effort in the end and I had a lovely weekend by the sea. What's not to like?
Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris - Sunday 9th April 2017
|Andy Bolderstone||4.40.18 pb||29,535th|
Andy Bolderstone Paris Marathon 2017
This is my first visit to Paris and what an introduction. I had really enjoyed my marathon training this time round and was looking forward to the race. Unfortunately I got a cold in the middle of the week which meant my main preparation was a diet of lemsip and then a sleepless Saturday night.
Race day was sunny and hot with virtually no shade. After a few miles I located the 4h15 pacer and ran with him, feeling I wanted to go quicker but was being sensible. The first half was great- Champs Elysses, Place de Concorde, Louvre, Place de la Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes. The first half was completed in 2h04. Everything good. 16th mile - battery died. I think my cold and the heat got to me. There was nothing there. I had ran longer several times in training no problem. Now nothing! River Seine, Eiffel Tower - who cares I just want to get to the Arc de Triomphe and stop. I managed it and got a pb by 5m30 secs.
Paris was great but I wasn't at my best. Already looking towards a ( healthy) London in 13 days!
Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon - Sheffield - Sunday 9th April 2017
Lee Valley Open Track Meeting - Saturday 8th April 2017
Don't think I've ever crossed four finish lines in one day before.
After setting off for parkrun on a cool foggy morning, I spent the afternoon in blazing sunshine at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, trying my hand at some sprinting.
First up was the 100m. While at the middle distance evening the tortoises' race was first and the hares went last, here it was the other way round. Lots of hanging around while they fixed a dodgy photo finish camera halfway through the women's heats. Wasn't all that impressed with my time (17.10), but I made myself use starting blocks, and didn't fall flat on my face, so that was a win. Finished last.
For the 300m I ditched the blocks, as most of the runners in my heat weren't using them, and my new friend said they didn't make any difference for him. A bit happier with my performance (55 something). Finished last.
And then the 200m. My new friend was now my coach, and told me to go hard round the bend and try to hold on. He went round to the finish to see round. Finished last in 35.57.
So three last places, but debuts at three distances, and lots of experience gained. Not sure which I like best - the 300m seemed like an awful long way, but was probably my best showing. New friend thinks I should try the 400m. He also says I should get some better shoes - lucky my birthday is coming up...
Spartan Sprint 5.5km OCR - Saturday 8th April 2017
|Joshua Stephens||1.01.00 tbc|
2.5kg gained on holiday does not lead to prime performance! Spartan Sprint OCR completed this morning in Kent. 5.5km in 1hr01, around 70th place so far (full results to follow). Was cruising quite nicely, beat the monkey bars, rings, 8ft walls, overhang walls, 20m robe climb, tyre carry, double sandbag carry, double log carry..., barbed wire crawls, spider walls and various others, but right at the end missed the spear throw... fail an obstacle and you have to complete 30 burpees, ( burpees suck anyway, so with the finish in sight they mega suck! Get them done, fire jump then lay down and drink coffee!
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 8th April 2017
|Saheb Yousefi||25.14 debut||84th - 51.72% Gateshead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.54 debut||17th - 67.86% Pymmes|
|Stuart Barton||26.34 debut||47th - 54.20% Pymmes|
|Sarah Burns||26.55 debut||40th - 57.15% Millwater NZ|
|Andrew Howard||24.13 debut||9th - 64.01% Bevendean Down|
|Ashley Faria||20.18||7th - 70.91% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||28.03||97th - 45.99% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||28.13||102nd - 53.16% Valentines|
|Don Bennett||56.08 tailrunner||230th - 28.09% Valentines|
|Jamie Xavier||21.12||8th - 64.86% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||43.49 tailrunner||83rd - 34.20% Walthamstow|
|Euan Brown||16.32||2nd - 78.02% Wanstead|
|Billy Rayner||17.15 (course pb)||3rd - 75.36% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||18.00||4th - 75.83% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.46||7th - 73.27% Wanstead|
|James Nichols||19.14||10th - 67.85% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||21.15 (course pb)||19th - 62.04% Wanstead |
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.17||20th - 62.73% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||22.03 (1st lady & pb)||28th - 77.93% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.12 (course pb)||30th - 68.62% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.13||31st - 66.62% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||22.30||33rd - 63.04% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||22.57||37th - 63.25% Wanstead|
|Chloe Millan||23.20 (course pb)||44th - 63.43% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||23.56 (course pb) ||51st - 67.69% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.20||72nd - 63.29% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||26.10||86th - 57.26% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.22 (199th parkrun)||91st - 59.67% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.16||126th - 53.87% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||29.30||129th - 54.35% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.40||144th - 51.30% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||36.59||172nd - 43.80% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||38.50||180th - 40.90% Wanstead|
|Robert Rayworth||19.09||19th - 71.80% Hackney|
|Paul Quinton||17.16 debut||1st - 77.32% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||18.44 (course pb)||2nd - 75.09% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||25.49||31st - 52.10% Roding Valley|
|Thomas Grimes||17.38||1st - 75.24% Grovelands|
|Shailesh Patel||25.03||33rd - 59.35% Barking|
|Mary Connolly||25.19 (course pb)||37th - 70.57% Barking|
|Mary O'Brien||25.19 (course pb)||38th - 77.75% Barking|
|Kieran Brown||25.50 debut||208th - 61.55% Sheffield Hallam|
|Fiona Day||27.02 debut||258th - 70.78% Sheffield Hallam|
43 parkruns, 3 first finishers, 9 course pb's , 7 debuts and 2 tail-runners.
Three first finishers were Paul Quinton at Roding Valley in 17.16,Thomas Grimes at Grovelands in 17.38 and Suzanne Bench in 22.03 pb and a 77.93% age grade.
More course pbs from Billy Rayner, Louis le Roux, Lance Fuller, Chloe Millan and Tricia ONeill at Wanstead. Also Mary Connolly and Mary OBrien at Barking and Dan Gritton at Roding Valley.
Among the tourist's were Sarah Burns at Millwater, New Zealand. Also Jonathan & Stuart at Pymmes , Andrew at Bevendean Down and Fiona & Kieran at Sheffield Hallam preparing for there Potteries Half Marathon tomorrow.
Two tail-runners were myself at Valentines and Steve at Walthamstow.
Finally Maud did her 199th parkrun.
Best age grades of the day were Euan 78.2% at Wanstead, Suzanne in 2nd, Mary OBrien with 77.75% and Paul Quinton with 77.32%.
Lee Valley Run Fest Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
|Thomas Grimes||1.14.19 pb||2nd|
|Spencer Evans||1.23.28 pb||14th|
Asics Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
|Dan Senior||3.07.35 debut||612th|
|Sean Thomas Casey||3.08.13||634th|
|Sheetal Dandgey||3.46.03 pb||3000th|
|Judith Vonberg||3.48.30 debut||3200th|
Our ELR Runners and friend prior to the race start!
Dan Senior reports:- First ever marathon, first ever race report! Inspired by the heroic efforts of Sheetal and Judith, both in their Facebook reports and on the streets of Greater Manchester, I felt the time was right to share something with the club.
In contrast to the challenges that two of our ladies battled through, I have to be honest and say that I absolutely loved (almost) every minute of my experience up north. I feel like I got lucky on the spin of a runner's roulette wheel and everything pretty much came together, despite a total lack of marathon experience. I did put in some hard yards in East London for three months and so felt in decent shape for 42.2 kilometres (I grew up in Germany, by the way, so love a bit of metric!) but was well aware thats no guarantee of anything on race day.
I actually had no plans to run a marathon at all this year, but it was on a long run (through Epping Forest on New Years Eve) with Grant Conway, Emily Clarke and Judith Anna Vonberg that I heard the girls were doing it and made an almost spur of the moment decision to sign up. At 6ft4 and 14 stone (1.94m and 89kg) I do not have the classic long distance runners physique but, you know, thats never going to change, so I signed up anyway.
And, actually, its being part of a small team of runners (within the wider ELR club) that made Manchester so special. Doing the long training runs with those guys (as well as special cameo appearances from the likes of Robert Rayworth, Paul Anthony and Ellie Wilkinson) and then sharing the experience (good, bad and on Whats App) was just amazing. That and the German beer and sausages that some of us had in the pub afterwards!.
My wife, Holly, was brilliantly supportive, both on the day and in the months beforehand, putting up with what became a bit of an obsession with training, trainers, diet, race preparation and, of course, Strava. And, although I know the London marathon is something else altogether, the Manchester crowds were also amazing. Random people shouting out my name (genius idea, having it on your club vest!), high-fiving little kids and even a church choir turning out to sing.
Despite all this training, preparation and support, I kept thinking all the way through that my wheels were bound to come off somewhere. But I was sticking to my planned pace, water stations and raspberry energy gels (by far my favourite) got to the 20 mile (32k!) marker and felt OK, all things considered. The last few kilometres saw more and more runners either slowing down or stopping, which made me nervous, but I just kind of kept on going with my fingers mentally crossed.
The last 3-4 miles were tough (I gave Holly my best smile and thumbs-up at mile 25, but I think it was more of a grimace and pathetic flap of the hand) but that was no surprise. And then, I had finished. Well under the 3:15 good for age I was secretly hoping for (but telling myself not to be disappointed about missing) and feeling totally over the moon, looking forward to catching up with the others for a sweaty hug and a debrief.
We had different experiences on the day, but I think we have all got something out of the last few months. I certainly feel like I have learned a few things about myself, made some friends along the way and have something that goes straight into my personal Top 20 of life.
Sheetal reports:- So I am a very happy bunny.
Last year I had to pull out of Manchester due to injury when I was at my fastest. This year has been about taking it slow and trying to repress my competitive urge to overtrain. I just thought that if I can sustain my level and not be stupid I could just get my sub 4. It has been an unorthodox training schedule. The only consistent part was my long training runs, which I was running relatively slowly (and would return home with an injury flare) so I was losing hope. Often it meant I couldn't run for a few days after (and concentrate on stretching) in case it made things worse.
I then picked up another injury a few weeks ago in my upper quad which meant I could barely lift my leg! So again, I had to rest for a week. Naturally I just kept moving my goal posts and thought that if I have to stop during the race I can walk or limp the rest of the way and try to come back with a time as close to 4 hours as possible.
Pre race: I had rested for a week and my legs were still feeling extremely tight, which meant I couldn't sleep well, was worried about every little pain I felt, and I was resigned to the fact I may not finish!
Race day: Seeing the other ELRs was great. Emily and I kept each other company until the race started, which meant there were no nerves. I had zero pressure and the weather was perfect. I don't know what happened but I just decided I was going to try and stick with the 3.45 pacer until I got tired (bad race strategy I know- Grant won't be happy!) because I didn't believe my legs were going to hold up. But they did mainly (however, at 7 miles my quad injury came back and was getting progressively worse, so I gave in and popped some paracetamol at halfway). I felt so strong that I had begun my campaign for a negative split which was going well for a mile. At about 20miles, I got a sharp pain in my knee reminiscent of old times which was so painful I had to stop. I stretched it a bit and then this lady on the side of the road (a wizard?) had some sort of magical spray which she sprayed onto my knee and then I attempted to run again. It was still painful so I begun to limp on my right leg. The spectators could see I was in pain and were cheering me on. I realised I was limping at a similar pace! I guess it was the adrenaline and survival mode (my right quad is knackered now!) At mile 25 I went for it and ran my fastest mile. I knew I was going to just miss sub 3.45, but when I had to stop I thought I may have had to pull out, so I can't complain.
The paracetamol has since worn off...
Anyway, I cannot walk properly (am currently in bed) and will probably have to skip running for a good while. But it was worth it! PB by almost 15 minutes.
Sorry for the long read, I am just so happy I am getting my fitness back and the confidence to know that I am capable of more! That's if I haven't permanently damaged something ðŸ¤”
Judith reports:- - Race report from Manchester Marathon...
Manchester was my first (and quite possibly my last!) marathon. Training was interrupted by a few niggles and some illness but my long runs had gone well and I felt good on race morning. The weather was gorgeous clear skies and a little chilly, but the sun soon warmed us up. I was there with my friend Alex and it was awesome to meet up with fellow ELRs and walk to the start with them. (Loved how Dan Senior with less than ten minutes to go until the start was contemplating popping over to a Costa Coffee for a double espresso! Chilled or what?!) Running over the start line felt epic (mostly because they were playing the Chariots of Fire theme tune.) and I was off. My watch failed to start until about a minute into the race, so I spent most of it trying (and, as my brain became ever more addled, increasingly failing) to calcuate exactly how far I had gone and how fast.
To cut a potentially long story short: miles 1 to 10 = lots of fun; miles 11-18 = not fun at all; miles 18-26 = the opposite of fun. My legs felt strangely heavy from before halfway, my body was not happy with the array of sweets and pretzel sticks Id brought (and carefully tested) for nutrition, and then the horrible nausea and dizziness arrived and just got worse and worse. My pace slowed and slowed and I had no choice but to walk a bit in the last few miles, weaving all over the road. I was cursing horribly (some of you will know how foul my language can get during races) but was determined to get to the finish line and cross it running in a half-decent time. Seeing my boyfriend Peter several times earlier on had given me a massive boost and his cheers at mile 25 spurred me on. I ran the last mile with an amazing man who I know only as Steve. I do not think Id have gone under 3:50 without him. I was totally incoherent, but his encouragement and stubborn refusal to sprint away for the finish and therefore give me an excuse to slow down were just incredible. And he literally picked me up when I collapsed over the finish line. Runners are just wonderful people, arenâ€™t they? And speaking of which, it was super wonderful to see Dan and Emily and Sheetal at the end and congratulate them on their amazing runs. This club really is brilliant.
Long-distance running is a mysterious thing, it seems. Sometimes things do not go to plan and you just do not know why. The time isnt what I wanted. Grant, maybe you can use my splits in future as the perfect example of bad marathon running but the medal I got yesterday is the one Im most proud of.....
Dan, Sean, Judith, Sheetal and Emily show off their medals at the Club Social on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at the Red Lion, Leytonstone.
Oakley 20m - Sunday 2nd April 2017
|Shahib Miah Ali||2.36.07||172nd|
Marathon Prep Race, Dorney Lake, Windsor 20m - Sunday 2nd April 2017
|Lucy Barron||2.59.52 pb||125th of 351|
37th Berlin Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Brooks Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.15.37||43rd|
BHF Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Jayne Browne:- Bournemouth bay half marathon done I think time was 2.10 beautiful sunny day. Good run some hills up the cliffs but also lots of flat along the sea front . Out for dinner tonight with hubby and loving Bournemouth
Croydon Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Run Through Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Essex Braintree 5m - Sunday 2nd April 2017
Woodford Green & Essex Ladies Open Graded Meeting , 3000m - Saturday 1st April 2017
8km Monster Resurrection OCR, Wildwood, Florida - Saturday 1st April 2017
Josh Stephens 20th of 42. 7th M30 - 34.Elite Wave
Supernova 5km - Saturday 1st April 2017
|Louis Le Roux||26.23||169th|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.23||170th - 56.35%|
|Helen McGuinness||27.34||235th - 56.11%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28,48||293rd - 55.56%|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||32.37 pb||527th - 51.76%|
|Julia Wildgoose||33.26||571st - 52.24%|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 1st April 2017
|Simon Thomas||18.48||3rd - 69.41% Valentines |
|Karen Levison||20.00 (1st lady)||7th - 83.83% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.24||9th - 70.59% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||22.00||23rd - 65.98% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24.43||62nd - 60.69% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||26.28||90th - 74.37% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.50||116th - 51.32% Valentines|
|Thomas Grimes||16.59 (course pb)||1st - 78.12% Grovelands|
|James Wilson||18.17||2nd - 74.66% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.36||3rd - 73.92% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.02 (course pb)||12th - 65.81% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||21.37||31st - 60.99% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.53||36th - 61.01% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||22.17 (course pb)||41st - 77.11% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.29||43rd - 65.83% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.32 (course pb)||44th - 67.60% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||22.58 (course pb)||48th - 60.30% Wanstead|
|Angus Nicholls||23.38||52nd - 60.01% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.14 (course pb)||70th - 66.85% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||24.54||82nd - 64.39% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||26.08||99th - 60.84% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||26.09||100th - 55.07% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.02||116th - 55.30% Wanstead|
|Frank Brownlie||27.03||117th - 61.98% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.40||126th - 57.96% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||28.09||133rd - 49.62% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.13||142nd - 53.96% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.14||143rd - 53.82% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.15||144th - 65.41% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.39||149th - 54.64% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.50||152nd - 50.22% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||36.08||186th - 44.37% Wanstead|
|Janet Bywater||22.57 (course pb)||68th - 74.87% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||24.10||88th - 54.00% Hackney|
|Mark Boulton||17.43 (course pb)||2nd - 73.66% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||19.03||6th - 73.84% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.47 debut||74.29% Roding Valley|
|Rebecca Young||23.49||27th - 62.21% Royal Tunbridge|
|John Healy||26.58||198th - 51.36% Dulwich|
|Diccon Loy||28.33||71st - 49.68% Brundall|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.45 debut||14th - 68.35% Beckton|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.33 debut||35th - 54.21% Beckton|
|Shailesh Patel||23.18||13th - 63.81% Barking|
|Andrew Howard||23.18 debut||24th - 65.95% Clair|
|Julie Creffield||38.53 debut||530th - 38.92% Greenpoint, Cape Town|
|Tim Aylett||26.12 debut||12th - 51.34% Chadderton|
|James Nichols||19.29 (course pb)||17th - 66.98% Highbury Fields|
47 parkruns, 2 first finishers, 6 debuts and 9 course pbs. First finish for Karen Levison in 20.00 and 83.83% grade also Thomas Grimes at Grovelands, 44th win but 1st time under 17.00 with 16.59.
Course pbs for Paul Drury-Bradey, Suzanne Bench(77.11%), Lance Fuller, Andy Bolderstone and Tricia ONeill at Wanstead. Also Mark Boulton at Roding and James Nichols at Highbury Fields.Also Janet Bywater(74.87%) at Hackney.
24 ELR at Wanstead Flats.
Julie Creffield does Greenpoint parkrun in Cape Town.
20 members did there best age grade time for 2017 so far.
Some Junior results from 1st April also:
Hattie Healy Dulwich 26.58 course pb 67.18% 3rd parkrun
Zac Conway Valentines 23.22 course pb 60.70% 2nd parkrun
Abigail Hoult Wanstead 28.08 course pb 60.66% 3rd parkrun
Jack Goodwin Wanstead 36.08 course pb 51.75% 5th parkrun
CSAA Capital Challenge 10km Championship - Wednesday 29th March 2017
|Scott McMillan||39.47 pb||23rd|
182 finishers. Capital Challenge
The Civil Service's Sports Council's Capital Challenge takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with races to suit all abilities (1 mile walk, 3k and 10k run) for both CSSC members.
British Heart Foundation 10km, QEOP - Sunday 26th March 2017
Portsmouth Duathlon - Sunday 26th March 2017
|Michael Bamford||1.17.25||68th of 244.|
5k run/t1/15k bike/t2/5k run.
Great Run Local, QEOP - Sunday 26th March 2017
|Fiona Critchley||24.12 (1st lady)||2nd - 70% QEOP|
Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run (16.2 miles) - Sunday 26th March 2017
Orion 15 (or maybe 14.5m) - Saturday 25th March 2017
Suzanne Bench:Well surprisingly I really enjoyed the Orion 15 this morning! I particularly enjoyed that it was 14.3 instead of 15 miles as after the first 5 runners everyone else went the wrong way! Beautiful sunshine and forest. Thanks Frank, Maya, Stuart and Jonathan for the support.
Grant Conway: Struggled around yesterday but that's 7 X 15's on the trot along with Patrick. 3 more required for my target of 10 on the trot. Well done all.
Men 4th 4.53.55 Patrick, Thomas and Alex.
Ladies 6th 7.11.46 Suzanne, Kat & Maud.
Men Vets 7th 6.20.32 Paul T, Robert and John.
Ladies Vets 5th 7.11.46 Line up same as above.
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 25th March 2017
Run Through Velopark 10m, QEOP - Saturday 25th March 2017
|Tricia ONeill||1.25.11||15th , 3rd lady, 1st V45|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 25th March 2017
|Manpreet Johal||20.36||44th - 62.62% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.12 (course pb)||118th - 61.16% Hackney|
|James Nichols||19.47 debut||4th - 65.96% Roding Valley|
|Andrew Howard||23.51 debut||19th - 64.43% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||27.31||43rd - 48.88% Roding Valley|
|Janet Bywater||24.34||15th - 69.95% Walthamstow|
|Craig Livermore||25.16 debut||136th - 51.06% Mile End|
|Dan Gritton||18.55||14th - 74.36% Burgess|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.23 (course pb)||44th - 55.26% Barking|
|Stuart Barton||28.24 debut||86th - 50.70% Brentwood|
|Stuart Kelly||19.10||2nd - 67.83% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.17||10th - 70.99% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.29||24th - 75.33% Valentines|
|Peter Hatley||22.45 (course pb)||36th - 60.88% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.28 with buggy.||48th - 63.35% Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||25.12||73rd - 51.46% Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||32.15 (course pb)||160th - 45.89% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||17.14||2nd - 74.85% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.40||4th - 73.66% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.58||10th - 62.88% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.35||25th - 67.45% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.51||38th - 66.67% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.51||65th - 74.02% Wanstead|
|Susannah McLaren||26.20 (course pb)||71st - 65.25% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.24||99th - 50.70% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.27||109th - 60.67% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.57||115th - 53.53% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||30.31||117th - 51.37% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.30||149th - 45.70% Wanstead|
29 parkrunner's this week, numbers down with a few doing the Orion 15. Five course pbs and 4 course debuts. Three pbs in a row for Lucy Barron and Peter Hatley, but Peter went onto to do the Orion 15 at 10am.
Pbs also for Susannah, Alexandra and Samia.
Stuart continues to tourist , this week at Brentwood. James & Andrew at Roding, Craig at Mile End for the other debuts.
Good to see Sharon Springfield at Wanstead wanting to see how her fitness was for the Elvis series this year, not so good she lost her barcode while running over.
Welwyn Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
Fleet Pre London Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
Brentwood Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
|James Nichols||1.28.14 pb||92nd|
Vitality Reading Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
Where's Wally 10km, Clapham Common - Sunday 19th March 2017
117 ladies finishers
Salomon Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
Hastings Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
|Sophie Edwards||2.20.19||1, 921st|
Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 19th March 2017
Selsdon Half Marathon - Saturday 18th March 2017
Gin Pit Marathon - Saturday 18th March 2017
|Alexandra Brown||4.27.44||31st, 4th lady|
Alexandra reports:- Last year we decided to do a marathon back in our hometown. Since signing up I realised it was on trails, and incorporated something called the bog of doom. The north weather was out in full force with rain and wind to greet us the entire way round.
Maud you would've been in your element - I think only the first 7miles were mud free! For the most part I looked like Bambi on ice in my old road shoes which until the day before they said would be ok, 24hours before they were advising trail shoes. Mine were 200miles away.
I battled round though, with CT and my parents cheering me on every 5miles. Through bogs, puddles, mud, over spilling canals and the ever promised bog of doom. All in all I was happy with it - the last couple of weeks have been difficult and my training was limited so to equal my 1st time I was really happy.
It may be grim up north but it's home
Essex 5km Road Relay Championship, Harwich - Saturday 18th March 2017
|Euan Brown||16.33||78.45%, 10th|
|Patrick Brown||16.42||78.14%, 12th|
|Paul Quinton||16.52||79.55%, 17th|
|Thomas Grimes||16.34||80.48%, 11th|
|Paul Thompson||20.07||72.25%, 131st|
|Grant Conway||21.53||66.41%, 183rd|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||20.43||68.62%, 146th|
298 runners, Silver medal to ELR
Essex Road Relay report on the Essex Endurance website.
Congratulations to the Mens Team from East london Runners, Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, Paul Quinton and Eaun Brown in winning the Silver Medal.
Ptrick, Thomas, Eaun and Paul with in front, Jonathan Wooldridge, Grant Conway and Paul Thompson our Mens Vet Team in the race.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th March 2017
|Paula Bedford||20.47 (course pb)||43rd - 75.14% Hackney|
|Roisin Archer||22.37||77th - 66.32% Hackney|
|Aaron Browne||22.37||78th - 57.04% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.12 (course pb)||95th - 63.79% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.26 (course pb)||115th - 60.57% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||19.29||2nd - 72.20% Roding Valley|
|Dan Senior||19.29||1st - 74.86% Valentines|
|James Nichols||20.28 debut||6th - 63.76% Valentines|
|Peter Hatley||22.50 (course pb)||27th - 60.66% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||24.02||43rd - 61.86% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||25.01||50th - 51.57% Valentines|
|Mary O'Brien||27.22||83rd - 71.92% Valentines|
|Kate Ford||31.00 debut||131st - 47.80% Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||39.47 with buggy.||207th - 37.20% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.18||5th - 74.59% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.46||6th - 73.27% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.07||8th - 73.06% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.56||11th - 72.83% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.21||20th - 62.53% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.09||39th - 63.93% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.21 (50th parkrun)||41st - 65.24% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||25.30||60th - 66.54% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.46||66th - 62.23% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.32||87th - 54.42% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.50||106th - 55.61% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.29||111th - 60.60% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||30.08||117th - 52.32% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||1.06.31 (tailrunner)||170th - 23.88% Wanstead|
|John Booth||18.16||6th - 72.63% Mile End|
|John Healy||22.13||62nd - 62.34% Dulwich|
|Andrew Howard||23.30 ||37th - 65.39% Aylesbury|
|Stuart Barton||27.44||29th - 51.92% Thurrock|
|Diccon Loy||20.47 debut||7th - 68.24% Brundall|
|Ashley Faria||20.35 (course pb)||5th - 69.96% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.28 debut||52nd - 53.16% Barking|
|Steven Bywater||25.34||58.60% Rushmoor|
|Tricia ONeill||25.42||16th - 63.04% Falls, Belfast|
Jerusalem Winner Half Marathon - Friday 17th March 2017
Wow...what an experience. Jerusalem Half Marathon run in 3 hours 6 minutes, the hills were a killer but the support on the route incredible. Right now get me to the Dead Sea for some relaxation!!!
Dartford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
|Sean Thomas Casey||1.30.16||30th|
Vitality Bath Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
Sprint Distance Duathlon (Draft Legal) Qualifier, Bedford Aerodrome - Sunday 12th March 2017
|Paula Bedford||1.10.53||26th, 4th|
|Sarah Burns||1.11.11||28th, 5th|
Paula finally beat me. But 4th and 5th respectively wasn't bad. We're just like the Brownlees, well sort of....
5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run.
Paula 20.01, 1.06, 37.20, 0.52, 11.24 = 1.10.53
Sarah 22.59, 0.52, 34.07, 0.33, 12.37 = 1.11.11
Silverstone Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
|Andy Bolderstone||1.54.22 pb||2,230th|
Joanna Wood:- Well that's done then! Not the time I was aiming for unfortunately. A good start but too fast for the first 4miles - I got carried away! Next couple levelled out well and saw my dad at mile 6 which cheered me up but somewhere about 8 miles I tried to dodge a massive puddle and fell - that will teach for trying to be clever and not following everyone else. Ankle hurting and by 10miles my body just didn't want to do any more ðŸ˜¥ But I did and by that stage lots of us in the same boat keeping each other going. I have to say I found it a little lonely and have now realised I love running with the club. I saw Robert Rayworth at the start - of course that didn't last long! No other ELRs ðŸ˜” and my running buddy from work was off like a shot. I think it made a real difference to my mindset. But I did it. The last mile I had a lump in my throat partly for not achieving the time I wanted but also the words playing over in my mind from about mile 5's music stand "what have you done today to make you feel proud?'. Well I've done a half marathon and for someone who doesn't really find running easy I feel pretty proud. Onwards and upwards
Andy Bolderstone: Silverstone half marathon report.
This is my fourth time running Silverstone. On reflection I think it is out of nostalgia as this was my first ever race back in 2013. My time then was 2.09.47 .
The race is cheap compared to some events at £23 and had been £18 on my previous 3 races. The traffic getting into the circuit has got worse if anything and less parking areas open. Over an hour to get a few miles at most leaves you quite anxious as there is still a 10-15 min walk to get to the start and baggage drop (where I dropped and cracked my phone in the rush to get in on time).
I found the 1h50 time area which was rammed so no space for even a quick stretch before the off. I wanted to do 8-8.15 miles. The start was good, feeling really relaxed and easy, clocking 7.56, 8.03, 8.01 and 8.13. The next mile or so was still comfortable at 8.20 - this bit was quite technical with lots of sharp bends and drinks stations. Recently I have had a problem on long runs with feeling a bit queasy later on in runs which I seemed to have sorted last week by doing a 15 miler with no drinks, just dextrose tablets every 3 miles. However at 6 miles I decided to have some lucozade sport. This was meant to be prep for London and Paris and surely I will have to drink on those? Soon after I started to feel like I needed to vomit. Lovely! Then it started to play on my mind "oh no, not again!" As I was slowing and my target time was vanishing it was all not going to plan. It all felt very hard which I couldn't understand as this was my shortest weekend run for a long while. By the time I was in mile 13 I was fed up but the thought of not beating my previous pb here was enough motivation to keep me going.
Looking back now I had a pretty eventful week let's say and I only got 3 hours sleep the night before so I should be happy with my pb of 1:54:22 (chip official time). I just felt there was more there, a better time in me. Looking on Strava it was a 10k, 10 mile, 15 k and 20 k pb too so I guess you're thinking I should be happy. I am but as Runners we know ourselves and I know I could have done better.
This year I want to improve all my pb's from parkrun, 10k, half and full marathon. I got a 38 sec pb in my only parkrun this year and a new half marathon pb today. So it's on to Paris on April 9th and a pb of 4.45.12 which I am hoping to put a dent into ( although my goal of 4 hr marathon this year I think is going to be more realistic in autumn). Oh the joys of running - looking forward to track tomorrow ðŸ˜…
Vitality North London Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
|Samia Choudhury||2.44.13 pb||5581st|
CiarÃ¡n Canavan:- Massive thank you to Lance Fuller, Paul Drury-Bradey, Regis Martin, Amandeep Singh Sangha, Jan Webb, Sandra Hillier, Lucy Barron, paul Marshall, Jonathan Wooldridge, Alexandra Wilkinson, Craig Livermore, Tim Aylett, Liam Dempsey, Alan Branch,Kate Ford, Jennifer Ford, James Nichols, Tina Mascio, Gary Hussain and Ralph Haynes. It took all of us to make a success of the morning.
Finchley 20m - Sunday 12th March 2017
Surrey Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
|Maran Raju||1.38.43 pb||656th|
Retford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
Colchester Half Marathon - Sunday 12th March 2017
Run The Solar System 10km, QEOP. - Saturday 11th March 2017
Run The Solar System 10km, QEOP. - Saturday 11th March 2017
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th March 2017
|Aaron Browne||19.21||3rd - 66.67% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.03 (1st lady)||12th - 83.62% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.13 (course pb)||16th - 71.23% Valentines|
|Grant Conway||21.59||39th - 66.03% Valentines|
|Peter Hatley||23.10 (course pb)||51st - 59.78% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.25||54th - 63.49% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.27||55th - 60.48% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||25.10||81st - 66.62% Valentines|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.20 (course pb)||87th - 54.67% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||30.21||156th - 49.42% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||32.33||179th - 43.57% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||18.54||28th - 72.75% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.37 (course pb)||132nd - 60.12% Hackney|
|Kate Ford||29.29 debut||198th - 50.25% Hackney|
|Neil Gage||20.05 (course pb)||4th - 67.97% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||25.32 (course pb)||27th - 52.68% Roding Valley|
|John Booth||18.18||11th - 72.50% Mile End|
|Stuart Barton||27.22 debut||190th - 52.62% Mile End|
|Shaun DeSena||28.35 debut||213th - 45.19% Mile End|
|Maya Goodwin||32.36 debut||256th - 49.18% Mile End|
|Jan Webb||33.49||261st - 52.14% Mile End|
|James Wilson||18.31||3rd - 73.72% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.45||12th - 70.72% Wanstead|
|Dan Senior||19.46||13th - 69.56% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.08 (course pb)||17th - 65.48% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.32||24th - 62.00% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||22.37 (1st lady)||35th - 75.02% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.53||39th - 66.57% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.36||55th - 65.85% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.33||75th - 61.58% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.27||103rd - 58.41% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||28.10||114th - 54.62% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||28.11||115th - 56.42% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.12 (50th parkrun)||116th - 51.06% Wanstead|
|Geoff Bench||28.27||119th - 52.26% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.33||121st - 52.48% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||28.50||125th - 55.19% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.03||128th - 55.19% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.16||130th - 53.87% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||29.29||134th - 47.37% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||31.14||157th - 61.26% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.31||177th - 45.68% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||37.15||185th - 43.49% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||37.16||186th - 42.22% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||23.22 debut||19th - 63.34% Sheringham|
|Louis Le Roux||21.52 debut||9th - 60.29% Somerset West, SA|
|Rachel Le Roux||28.08 debut||43rd - 53.14% Somerset West, SA|
|Fiona Critchley||25.20||58th - 66.18% Great Notley|
|Janet Bywater||25.53||31st - 66.39% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.25||34th - 56.72% Walthamstow|
50 parkruns with 23 at Wanstead. Two first finishes from Suzanne Bench (also the 2nd highest age grade at Wanstead)and Karen Levison (20.03 in 83.62%)at Valentines.
50th parkrun for Alex Jameson.
7 course pbs , Lucy Barron (all that mileage paying off), Tim Aylett ( another pb at Roding), Peter Hatley (fresh from his marathon),Paul Drury-Bradey, Ashley Faria, Ruel Ordonio and Neil Gage.
7 debuts , two in South Africa , Rachel & Louis, 3 at Mile End, Felicity at Sheringham and Kate Ford at Hackney. A rare parkrun from Grant Conway.
17 achieved a 5km Age Grade best for 2017. (Lucy, Kate, Karen, Neil, Tim, Ashley, Grant, Peter, Shailesh, Frank, Ruel, Paul, Emmet, Maud, Geoff, Nick and Jan.
MK Festival of Running Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017
Vodafone Malta Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017
Malta Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017
also Richard Guest.336th 1.37.02.
Malta half marathon done in around 1:38 but times still tbc. Very hot conditions made it tough, but a refreshing dip for some sore feet helped ! Well done to all the Malta ELR team who all ran so well today, particularly Jonathan & Peter in the full marathon. Some well earned beers later I think ! Cheers guys !! Race report to follow.Paul
Grant Race finished. Now to rehydrate!.
Race Report from Jamie Xavier, who stayed at home and provided ground support.
Around December time I got wind of a couple of the guys planning to do a race abroad in 2017...after much deliberation Malta was the choice. Sadly I was unable to join due to family commitments. But was still privy to all communications and meet ups in various public houses to discuss whole thing. Anyway fast forward three months and Mrs Thompson's brilliant research on hotels etc saw the team end up at a hotel 300 metres from finish line. JW and PH were the brave ones to tackle the marathon the others accepted the half challenge. The organisation was halfway pretty decent although there wasn't much of an expo like London where you collected race packs. For the half, the start was a bit narrow but course mainly downhill. Support was okay but only really noticeable at the finish. Plenty of water stops and also Powerade here and there, a big chunky medal and cotton t shirt...
Recommended? JW has done this twice now. Half route bit uninspiring but full marathon bit more scenic around the national stadium and US embassy.
Essex 20 - Sunday 5th March 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||2.00.48||23rd|
|Shahib Miah Ali||2.35.50||176th|
Antonio reports:- Good training for the London marathon today in the championship of Essex, 20 miles (32.2 kms). A lot of rain, cold and strong wind that along with a circuit demanding of slopes to more than one did arise if there was anything better to do on a Sunday morning. First 8 kms to the rhythm of 3'53 ' / km And the remaining 24.2 to 3'43 "- 3'44 " half to finish the 23 of the general of 417 runners with a time of 2 H: 00:48 at an average rate of 3'45 " / km. Very good sensations, finishing with gas in the tank and at a rate faster than the need to make 2 H40' in the marathon.
Thanet 20 mile. - Sunday 5th March 2017
Thanet 20:- 20 miles along cliff edge- high winds, hailstones and hills! don't think I'll be visiting Thanet again for a while. Pleased to finish in 2.56:18 unofficial time. Suzanne
Richmond Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017
Eastbourne Half Marathon - Sunday 5th March 2017
Secret Half Marathon in the East - Sunday 5th March 2017
We got the wrong guy, woops! (Apparently many teams did!) But we were fast as 10 teams started before us and hadn't get back yet so at least we are pleased with our time. And we ran a bit more in the end around 14 miles in about 2.33.00.
Typical ELR, we focused on getting fast as we arrived before 10 teams who left before us but didn't really got a clue of what we were doing as we didn't find the right murderer" Lol!
We were the quickest team in 2h33 mins for the 14 miles !!! If only we had gotten the murderer !!! The first team who won did it in 2h36 mins! No wonders they were so amazed by our time !!!
Maidstone Duathlon - Sunday 5th March 2017
|Michael Bamford||2.45.20||21st Standard|
|Louis Le Roux||2.56.58||23rd, Standard|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.48.28||2nd lady, sprint.|
9.5k run,t1, 42k bike,t2,3.5k run.
Michael Bamford 45.34, 1.01,1.39.25,1.35,17.34.
Louis Le Roux 45.35, 2.31, 1.42.09,1.51,19.50.
Sprint:- 3k run,27k bike, 3.5k run.
Rachel Le Roux 15.45, 0.21, 1.11.29,0.54,19.57.
Chingford League Relays, Wanstead Flats - Saturday 4th March 2017
|Rachel Le Roux||15.41||34th|
|Louis Le Roux||15.20||31st|
A Team 51.30 , 10th of 38.
B Team 68.50 , 31st of 38.
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 4th March 2017
|Ava Lee||1.29.20||40th, 2nd lady|
|Nick Hoult||1.39.07 pb||125th|
|Lucy Barron||1.51.45 pb||251st|
Nick Hoult :- First race as an ELR member (Victoria Park half) and I knocked 2 mins (1.39.07) off my half marathon PB. Must be those Wednesday night runs...Thanks to the club.
Lucy Barron:- Great Half Mara at Victoria Park this morning, although quite tedious running 6 and 1/2 laps I seemed to be on my A game as I managed to knock 7 mins off my previous PB, chuffed is not the word! 1:51:45 I'm over the moon, the thought of a sub 2 hour half once upon a time used to seem impossible and I thank ELR and the friends that I've made over the last 2 years for boosting my confidence and having the faith to help me reach my potential and more! I love my club!!!
Mushy post over
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 4th March 2017
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 4th March 2017
|Janet Bywater||48.15||86th, 1st V45|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th March 2017
|Robert Rayworth||18.58 (course pb)||19th - 72.50% Hackney|
|James Nichols||19.29||25th - 66.98% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||27.22||159th - 50.61% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||33.04||228th - 48.49% Hackney|
|Tim Aylett||27.12 (course pb)||34th - 49.45% Roding Valley|
|Rebecca Young||25.10||50th - 58.87% Royal Tunbridge Wells|
|Simon Thomas||19.05||2nd - 68.38% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.20 (1st lady)||11th - 82.46% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.42||13th - 69.57% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.48 (50th parkrun)||21st - 74.24% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||26.12||79th - 56.74% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||30.42||145th - 46.20% Valentines|
|Manpreet Johal||24.09 debut||53.42% Cannon Hill|
|Euan Brown||16.54||1st - 76.33% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.24||2nd - 74.52% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||19.15||7th - 70.91% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.23||8th - 70.94% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.01||24th - 60.64% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.52||32nd - 64.72% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||25.00||42nd - 64.59% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||25.00 (50th parkrun)||51st - 52.00% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||25.22||58th - 62.68% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.46||61st - 61.06% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.08||69th - 61.35% Wanstead|
|Tina Bennett||27.14||83rd - 56.18% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||28.16||99th - 56.72% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.19||100th - 52.91% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.35||108th - 50.38% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.37||109th - 55.10% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||29.42||117th - 57.13% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||34.04||154th - 47.55% Wanstead|
|Fiona Critchley||26.41 debut(100th parkrun)||105th - 62.84% Maldon Prom|
|Stuart Barton||28.22 debut||146th - 50.76% Maldon Prom|
|Andrew Howard||22.47 debut||65th - 67.45% Tilgate|
|Steven Bywater||25.21||17th - 59.11%Walthamstow|
35 parkruns today, Congratulations to Fiona Critchley (100th parkrun)& 20th different venue and Calvin Bobin and Paul Marshall (50th parkrun). The numbers all aligned for Paul. 5Oth parkrun in 25.00 in 51st place and a 52.00% age grade. Two first finishers, Euan at Wanstead in 16.54 and Karen levison in 20.20 increases her rule on top of the age grade with 82.46%. Course pbs for Robert Rayworth going Sub 19.00 at Hackney and Tim Aylett , another pb at Roding Valley.
Capital Tri Go Tri Duathlon - Tuesday 28th February 2017
|Ava Lee||1:00:43||9th (Sprint)|
|Daniel Lee||1:02:02||11th (Sprint)|
|Louis Le Roux||36:36 with extra lap||3rd (Super Sprint)|
|Rachel Le Roux||37:11||4th (Super Sprint)|
|Paul Marshall||42:40 with extra lap||6th (Super Sprint)|
Sprint Duathlon - 3.2k run, 16k bike, 3.2k run.
Super Sprint Duathlon - 1.6k run, 8k bike, 1.6k run.
Gade Valley 17 Mile Training Run - Sunday 26th February 2017
A return to Boxmoor for the first time since 2011, for the 17 Mile Gade Valley Training Run. The first 3 Miles is along a muddy, bumpy tow path along the Grand Union Canal, then it is on to the road for the first steep hill, to Mile 4. The scenery in the Hertfordshire countryside is stunning and there is little traffic. The marshals were encouraging and there were the usual water stations and also jelly babies at 14.5 miles. Finally, a return to the tow path inside the final mile - my Strava signalled 17 miles exactly when the marshal at the end signalled the finish by the bridge. Then back to the club house for tea and far too much cake than is healthy. (I needed to make up for calories lost during the run - that's my excuse!). Both Emma and myself finished inside our estimated times. It was tough but rewarding at the end. A 20 Mile version of this run follows in March.
Many thanks to Emma for all the driving today.
Gravesend Cyclopark Marathon Training Event - Sunday 26th February 2017
|Tanbir Jasimuddin||2.52.31||19th, 25km|
St Peter's Way Ultra - Sunday 26th February 2017
Feeling really disappointed and deflated after the cancellation of the second day of the Essex Indoor Champs, I decided to enter an ultra to cheer myself up. Also, I reckoned if it was soon enough after the Country to Capital I could get away without doing any more training. So this seemed ideal - same sort distance as the C2C, and local enough that I could sleep in my own bed the night before.
The route is the St Peterâ€™s Way long distance footpath from Chipping Ongar to Bradwell-on-Sea. There are way-markers (most of the time), and at each checkpoint we were given a laminated map with written directions on the back. In addition to this I had loaded a GPX file on my phone. It was our own responsibility not to get (too) lost.
I nearly missed the start as I was chatting to a guy that Peter knows from Stuartâ€™s bike club. But it didnâ€™t matter as after only a few metres we were queuing to cross the first of many stiles. The terrain was a real mixture - everything from tarmac pavements to some treacherous ploughed fields, where one careless step could easily lead to a twisted ankle. And the navigation was a little fiddly in places - I made a few small mistakes, largely due to being a bit too ready to rely on others.
What I love about ultras is that for the first few hours everything seems so easy - out in the countryside, exploring new places, making new friends. Companions come and go as the field spreads out, but this time I ended up running most of the way with my new friend Chris from Southend. We seemed very well matched for pace and worked well as a team without saying all that much.
There were four intermediate checkpoints, every 8-10 miles, and there was a good choice of snacks - sweets, fresh fruit, biscuits, salted nuts, bacon, chicken nuggets etc.
When we got to the saltmarshes of Maylandsea I felt quite emotional. The Saltmarsh 75 in 2015 was where it all started for me with ultra-running, and I still look back on that weekend as one of my finest achievements as a runner. The route then took us through the village of Steeple, which was the overnight stop at the Salrmarsh 75.
I still felt pretty reasonable at the final checkpoint just after Steeple, and with just over 8 miles to go felt I had it in the bag. But there was still over an hour of running to do, and with 5 miles a so I suddenly felt very tired, running by myself at this point, and started trying to calculate how much longer it would take to walk the final stretch. But ultra runners are made of sterner stuff than that, so I slurped another gel and plodded on. Shortly after, Chris caught up with me, having taken a snack break earlier on. We ran together for the final stretch on the sea wall - back on Saltmarsh territory and now with the wind howling around us. The route makes a few right-angle turns so we had it from all directions. The Chapel of St Peter-on-the Wall, which marks the finish, is visible for several miles across the desolate landscape, but to beginning we seemed to be running away from it. But then one more left turn, into the wind, back to the right and sprint for home (wasnt having Chris sneaking past).
Peter and Stuart were there to meet me (they only made it as I sprinted for the line - apparently I had got faster and messed up their calculations). Fourth woman home. Must try not to be disappointed by that.
Almost the hardest thing was walking back from the finish to the car park, with the wind square in our faces. Seemed to take forever, and I was so cold when we got there, having been quite comfortable all day in shorts & T shirt. We stopped off for a celebratory drink at the Star Inn in Steeple, which was the overnight HQ for the Saltmarsh 75. All in all a good day out, some very welcome headspace and food for the soul.
Tokyo Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017
Ciaran's Tokyo Race Report:
If I were to describe Tokyo in a single word, it would be 'Mad', but in a good way. From bowing to everyone, for anything, to smoking indoors as you are not allowed to smoke on the street. Drinks vending machines on every corner and knitted seat covers in the taxis. Then there are the lights and advertising. Mayhem!
The Tokyo 'Big sight' for the expo was used as a trial run to learn the metro and mentally log the logistics for navigation to the start of the marathon.
Marathon morning went like clockwork. Alarm, Breakfast, Metro, Tokyo Government Buildings, Gate 1. I'm here, and it's 7:45. 1 hour 25 to go. Loads of time. Then I saw the toilet que. No championship luxury anymore. Time to spend only one last penny, bag drop and rush to the starting block. This haunted me, as I'm kinda used to the 2-10 nervous pit stops before start of any run.
Though still a bit chilly in the shade of the Government Buildings, the morning was perfect for runners, being sunny and still. It positively warmed up once we were off and into the sunshine! Garmin set, go.
The start was crowded. Massively so. I was at jogging pace when my Garmin bleeped 1km after 3:21. I guess the signal was bouncing from pillar to post amongst the sky scrapers. I knew from the off I could not count on my watch. I had to revert to gold old fashioned checking the 'time elapsed' at each KM marker & estimating time to the next to track progress. That only works if you spot the markers of course, which were not draped with balloon arches across the road to spot from miles adrift.
By the 2nd k, the inevitable came calling. I knew I had to give into the urge, but unlike Paula, use the porta-loos. Relief was joyful.
Crowds en route were muted and polite, as you would expect in the wonderfully hospitable Japanese way. More polite clapping than cheers.
The separation of runners for the 10k race began shortly after the 8k mark. I was jealous thinking about how Lance would be nearly finished at this point, but I have another 34k to go. Latter I learnt that Lance had the equal but opposite envy. #marathon.... #next?
By the 16th k, something was screaming at me from my right shoe. It didn't feel like a stone, and my shoe felt tight. The strategy of 'Keep running and block it out it out of mind'' seemed to work.
I had decided to tick off the 5k markers in my head, nearly forgetting after 20k would be the 1/2 way point. It was a relief to pass there in just sub 1:30. My first 2-3 km were behind pace and I had already abandoned hope of passing 1/2 in this time. I guess the aggressive catch up did just that, and caught up with me later on.
20-30k I seemed to stay on track. I always consider the 32k point to be the ELR Water station, but after the 30k mats, the kms seemed further apart and much slower to tick off. Water stations become obstacle courses, and discarding of cups of energy drinks suddenly took on a whole new format. Chuck the unwanted drink in any direction whatsoever, chuck paper cup at ground. London spoils us with bottles with sports caps.
I managed to miss the 35km mats. Well, I mean, I ran over them, but I didn't log this mentally till I saw the 36k sign. That relief was short lived. After 37k began the countdown markers. 5 to go, 4 to go... From here I told myself, "only a parkrun to go", but this was a toughie parkrun, and I haven't brought my barcode!
In the last 5k I was still passing a few, but being passed by more. I could see many casualties, wobblers, hobblers, walkers and stoppers all cramped up and trying to make the finish. I knew by now I was getting slower with every step. My own damage limitation was limited to not walking, so that in itself was my achievement.
The final km was agonisingly long, and the finish itself concealed around one final bend. No massive finish gantry, just two temporary TM2017 towers, one either side of the road & the mats to signal stop running. Job done. Shoes off and I'm walking the finish gantry in my socks. No evidence as yet to the blister lurking on my right foot, but welcome relief to be shoeless.
On finishing, everyone was made to feel like a king. The volunteers all in a row, clapping politely, bowing, congratulating, energy drink, towel over shoulders, bag, water, banana, biscuit, sandwich, more clapping, bowing, then directed to collect the finishers medal.
An experience like no other marathon ever before, but a memorable and enjoyable one throughout. Many new moons will have to appear before I forget my experience in Tokyo. I will definitely plan another trip back, without a marathon attached in order to explore the delights of Tokyo and Japan more fully.
Tokyo Marathon 10km. - Sunday 26th February 2017
Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.24.56||29th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.34.21||86th|
|Emily Clarke||1.36.30 pb||104th, 5th lady|
|Judith Vonberg||1.40.20||133rd, 11th lady|
|Ashley Faria||1.40.24 pb||135th|
|Calvin Bobin||1.40.48||143rd, 4th v60|
|Julie Campbell||1.54.36||288th, 4th v50|
|Susannah McLaren||2.00.09 pb||341st|
|Rachel Le Roux||2.05.10||382nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||2.19.10 pb||456th|
540 Finishers, 51 ELR.
Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017
|Katherine Harris||1.44.00 pb||1510th|
|Jason Levy||1.56.29 pb||3497th|
Hameldown Hammer - Sunday 26th February 2017
|Andrew Baxter||2.00.35||22nd of 234 finishers.|
No results yet. Finished just outside 2 hours i think. Brutal race with tough climbs and boggy/rough trail up and over Dartmoor that would have been hard in any conditions let alone the gusting 45mph+ ( according to met office) winds we had today. The worst I've ever run in, especially when coupled with driving rain and very limited vis-ability on the high ridges. I'm broken.
Yes truly horrendous and at times I was cursing for not being at a nice flat one like Roding Valley. It was great once over and I'll be back next year if result does come out wrong side of 2 hours (Garmin shows under but was autopausing as so slow up some climbs)! That was bad enough but the wind was like white noise blasting in my ears for the last climb up to and along Hameldown ridge. Couldn't see more than 30-40m ahead so just a case of getting from one marker post to the next until finally descended out of the gloom for mad, mile long downhill charge back into Widecombe
Thorpe Park Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017
|Thomas Grimes||1.14.20 pb||10th|
|Patrick Brown||1.14.42 pb||9th|
|Aaron Browne||1.20.03 pb||36th|
Carsington Water Half Marathon - Sunday 26th February 2017
239 finishers, This brand new half marathon & 10k race takes place around the undulating, traffic-free trails surrounding Carsington Water Reservoir. The route offers stunning views of the Lake and surrounding Peak District countryside and both races are ideal as part of a Spring marathon training schedule
Run Nation Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 26th February 2017
Dash the Splash 10km, Wimbledon Common. - Sunday 26th February 2017
Saucony English National Cross Country Championships, Nottingham (12km) - Saturday 25th February 2017
Run Through Olympic Park Velo Half Marathon - Saturday 25th February 2017
Run Through Olympic Park Velo 10km - Saturday 25th February 2017
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 25th February 2017
|Thomas Grimes||17.48||1st - 74.53% Grovelands|
|James Nichols||19.37 (course pb)||2nd - 66.53% Basildon|
|Robert Rayworth||19.00 (course pb)||10th - 72.37% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||26.31||142nd - 48.65% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||27.11||149th - 48.01% Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||28.52||180th - 44.75% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||29.20||184th - 49.09% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||32.04||215th - 50.00% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||37.09||243rd - 40.74% Hackney|
|Mary O'Brien||25.57||21st - 75.85% Sligo|
|Tim Aylett||28.23 (course pb)||45th - 47.39% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||28.44 (course pb)||48th - 51.86% Roding Valley|
|Stuart Kelly||19.29||4th - 66.72% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||25.37||60th - 58.04% Valentines|
|Kate Ford||30.53 debut||108th - 47.98% Gunpowder|
|John Booth||18.15||9th - 72.69% Mile End|
|Paul Marshall||21.40 (course pb)||45th - 60.00% Mile End|
|Janet Bywater||25.41||20th - 66.90% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.04||40th - 53.38% Walthamstow|
|Fiona Critchley||25.41 (99th parkrun)||71st - 65.28% Great Notley|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.42 debut||12th - 65.36% Evesham|
|Patrick Brown||17.19||2nd - 74.88% Wanstead|
|Dan Senior||20.18||9th - 67.73% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.34||12th - 64.10% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||21.06||17th - 65.17% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.41||24th - 61.57% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||21.51||26th - 60.34% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||21.52||27th - 67.68% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||22.09||30th - 69.38% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||22.33 (course pb)||33rd - 75.24% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.33||63rd - 74.89% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||25.50||67th - 62.06% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.37||78th - 60.24% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.48||96th - 56.59% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.59||97th - 51.46% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.19||101st - 52.91% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.46||105th - 54.81% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||31.30||132nd - 44.34% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||34.16||149th - 45.91% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||35.04||158th - 44.96% Wanstead|
40 parkruns this week, one first finish this week from Thomas at Grovelands.
6 course pb's and 2 debuts. Course pbs include Suzanne Bench 22.33 (75.24%) moves from 20th to 6th on this year's age grade chart. Robert Rayworth at Hackney with 19.00 (72.37%) 22nd to 15th place. Also Paul Marshall (49th parkrun), James Nichols, Tim Aylett and Caroline McGirr.
99th parkrun for Fiona Critchley, where's the 100 going to be?.
One of the more unusual parkrun results was probably due to a number being entered manually. Susannah McLaren finishing in 955th position of 1006 finishers in 1.00.33 at Century City parkrun in South Africa.
Manawatu Striders Super Sevens, Palmerston North, NZ - 7km - Tuesday 21st February 2017
Manawatu Striders Super Sevens. Palmerston North NZ. 7km every Tuesday Evening for 7 weeks. I guess this is the Palmerston North / Manawatu Elvis, but you just time your own run. $3 entry. 2 drinks stations, and a sausage on a slice of bread at the finish.
Lance Fuller 33:40.
CiarÃ¡n Canavan 26:46 & a top 10 finish. About 1000 entries.
Well organised, local and a whole fun atmosphere
Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017
Hillingdon AC Half Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017
Seville Marathon - Sunday 19th February 2017
|James Nichols||3.21.08 pb||2225th|
Seville Marathon Report - 19th February 2017
Every marathon merits a debrief, but Manchester last April especially so for me. In the immediate aftermath it was hard to fathom why I struggled so much in the second half of that race, but over time I realised it was a combination of reasons. Firstly I burned myself out in the main training period with too many hard races and workouts, then I needlessly panicked in the week and day before and the morning of the race (admittedly largely unavoidable) was a disaster. Race strategy was poor too.
With an April marathon always on the agenda in 2017, I decided booking an early season marathon as well would be a good idea. Not only would it motivate me to do the necessary miles in January, but it would be a chance to test a marathon pace that I knew I could execute rather than what I am probably capable of, with the bonus of another race around the corner if things didn't go to plan. Essentially it would act as my longest training run, and with Seville not only being the earliest I could find but also an excuse for a long weekend away, it wasn't a hard decision.
Putting together my training plan (my trusty marathon spreadsheet is now highly technical with a variety of tables and shiny graphs), the main change was to add in many more early morning recovery runs at the expense of a few quicker sessions, and also to reduce the pace of my long runs by 30 seconds per mile. I also had a strength and conditioning session every week. I knew it was working as I felt so much fresher at track sessions and towards the end of long runs, and was able to pick up new 5k and 10k PBs during the training block.
So I felt confident during the taper, even picking up a cold with a week to go was not too disheartening, I had time to recover and if anything it forced me to rest up properly. The humidity in Seville experienced as I picked up my number the afternoon before the race would have been a concern were it not for the early start of the race - in fact it was the opposite problem pre-race as it was very hard to keep warm with the sun only just starting to rise as the starter's gun was fired. It became apparent in those early miles that these were perfect running conditions, a slight breeze providing welcome relief and I was able to ease into a comfortable running pace of about 7:40mins/mile, forcing myself to ease off rather than push on. The course was fairly uninteresting early on so I amused myself at the sight of other runners such as one guy running in flip-flops, a new one that! Reaching halfway in 1hr41 was on plan and I just had to dig in and keep that going. It helped at that stage to split the race into small chunks - ten minutes to the next drink station, ten minutes to the next gel etc. I felt myself flagging slightly with about 8 miles to go so reached for my music first, after another mile enjoyed a strong caffeine gel and then on the next I knew we would be treated to a sponge station which was a reassuring thought. My pace was staying steady and if anything slightly quickened to nearer 7:30mins/mile.
The course was now a lot more interesting too, a trip around the stadium of Real Betis FC followed by a route in the city centre park of Seville and past the cathedral where the noise of the spectators was deafening. The 25th mile was my quickest and I had my only minor setback soon after as my hamstrings started to tighten, but with just a kilometre to go it was simply time to grit my teeth and go for it. Big noise as we dipped into a tunnel through to the Olympic Stadium for a lap of the track to finish. This was the venue for Michael Johnson's 400 metre world record in 1999 and while it was easy to imagine myself in that style as I took a spot in lane two and "sprinted" past a number of weary runners, the reality was probably more Boris Johnson!
03:21:08 was my time, achieving the holy grail of a negative split and a very disciplined and steady run perhaps a couple of minutes quicker than I was targeting. Sub-3:20 will be the aim at London now, maybe even 3:15. It may have taken two years and four marathons but I now feel I have both a training and race strategy that works. Will enjoy the next week or so and then get back to work! Highly recommend Seville if anyone fancies an early season marathon in the future, was well organised and it's a nice flat course.
Wellington Cigna Round The Bays Half Marathon, New Zealand - Sunday 19th February 2017
|Lance Fuller||1.46.47 debut||394th|
Chingford League Race 5, Victoria Park - Saturday 18th February 2017
|Louis Le Roux||34.47||100th|
|Rachel Le Roux||42.30||155th|
ELR Men finish 6th in race 5, 5th overall for series.
Ladies finish 7th in race 5, 5th overall for series.
Patrick Brown finishes 5th Senior Men.
Thomas Grimes finishes 6th Senior Men.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 18th February 2017
|Ava Lee||19.52 (1st lady)||17th - 77.01% Victoria, Glasgow.|
|James Wilson||18.06||5th - 75.41% Wanstead|
|Michael Bamford||21.11||17th - 69.63% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.53||21st - 61.01% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.30 (1st lady)||23rd - 65.78% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.36||37th - 67.37% Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||24.02 (50th parkrun)||39th - 59.92% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.34||66th - 60.35% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.17||74th - 57.67% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.52||87th - 57.54% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.22||96th - 52.51% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||29.13||103rd - 53.96% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.43||133rd - 45.42% Wanstead |
|Sophie Edwards||36.39||137th - 42.93% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||36.42||139th - 43.69% Wanstead|
|Thomas Grimes||17.00 (=course pb)||1st - 78.04% Clarisford|
|Aaron Browne||18.27||2nd - 69.92% Valentines|
|Stuart Kelly||18.46 (course pb)||5th - 69.27% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.22||13th - 70.13% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.30 (1st lady)||16th - 81.79% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||22.26 (course pb)||27th - 62.70% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||23.15 (course pb)||38th - 63.66% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||23.44||44th - 63.20% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||24.53||61st - 59.28% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||25.34||71st - 65.58% Valentines|
|Mary O'Brien||26.01||79th - 75.66% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.13||101st - 52.11% Valentines|
|Amita Morse||31.13||158th - 52.43% Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.27 debut||6th - 66.50% Oak Hill|
|Steven Bywater||25.36||19th - 58.53% Walthamstow|
|Kate Ford||32.16 (1st parkrun)||55th - 45.92% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||23.09 (course pb)||77th - 74.23% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.47||94th - 54.87% Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||27.05||144th - 47.69% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||28.40||161st - 50.23% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||30.30||185th - 42.30% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||32.02||198th - 50.05% Hackney|
|Gary Tunstall||37.34||329th - 36.34% Harrogate|
|Andrew Howard||22.53 debut||48th - 67.15% Horsham|
|Tim Aylett||28.24 (course pb)||56th - 47.36% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||29.02 (course pb)||59th - 51.32% Roding Valley|
|John Booth||18.47||18th - 70.63% Mile End|
|John Healy||22.39||111th - 61.15% Dulwich|
43 parkrun's at 12 venues. 50th parkrun for George Georgiou and a 1st for Kate Ford. Four First Finishes for Felicity, Ava, Thomas & Karen. 7 course pb's and 2 debuts.9 did there debut parkrun of the year.15 did there best age grade of the year.
Middle Distance Evening, Lee Valley - Wednesday 15th February 2017
|Thomas Grimes||4.21.17 pb||5th, 1500m|
|Maud Hodson||3.08.70 debut||800m|
|Maud Hodson||6.38.90 debut||10th, 1500m|
Run Through QE Olympic Park 5km - Sunday 12th February 2017
|Ava Lee||19.44||7th, 1st lady|
Sunday XC League, Race 5 - Royston - Final fixture - Sunday 12th February 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||37.42||13th|
299 finishers, 111 ladies & 188 men.
Men's team:- 13th of 19.
Cross Country Sunday League Race 5 - Royston.
Numbing cold, snow on the never ending hills and even some mud this year, but I just love this Race!
Thanks to our supporter watching up on the hills - Mariana
Thomas finished the season 3rd Man overall (TBC)
Thomas and Doug completed all five races in the series, Maud, Antonio and myself four races.
Thomas Grimes - 3rd Male overall (trophy winner)
Antonio Martin - Romero 9th Male overall
Doug Mansell - 8th M60
Maud Hodson - 17th FV35
Dursley Dozen - Sunday 12th February 2017
Maya reports:- How hard can a race be that takes in your old school cross country route, and the route we all used to walk to our favourite pub in Uni holidays?
My school XC took me 20 mins, and I wasn't the fastest. And a walk to a pub? Well beer makes any climb worth it when you're in your 20's with loads of laughing mates.
Add on another 10 miles and you're coming close. The race starts in the town, downhill for 50 meters and then STEEP UP for another 200. A tough ask, and there were walkers (including me) from about 100 meters. Then off the road and into the hill. Still up, not as steep but a narrow path and muddy. I won't lie, I was delighted with the bottleneck and the chance to gather my thoughts and breath. We undulated to the top and the pack thinned out. A lot.
I could bore you with every hill climb up and every slippery trot downhill, and even now, just a few hours after I've finished, they've merged into one another. Here are the ones I remember.
Past Hilltop House. A house literally clinging to the side of the hill. I could see into their kitchen as we trudged (with purpose, I was still full of purpose at this point of the race) past, and I could see they were making roast dinner. I was contemplating how hungry I was when my Uncle David turned and said
"Hilltop House. Not a very *imaginative* name, is it? How about Slipping Down The Hill House?" That made me laugh.
A slippery slide down to the New Inn. The village is called Waterley Bottom. No really. We *are* in the Cotswolds remember. The run down this hill was terrifying. Now I *know* I'm prone to exaggerate, but this was really really steep, and muddy. I looked at my watch and it said I was doing 25min miles. I guess the speedsters leg it down without touching the ground, but I wasn't. I like my legs attached to me ta.
My family were at the pub to cheer me. I remained steadfastly Uncheered, especially when I turned to look at what I had to get up next. Are you KIDDING. A steep steep STEEP field. I'm told it is 1 in 4. I have literally no idea what that means, I just know it was steep. I grumbled and moaned and crossly got myself to the stile at the top. To which there was ANOTHER massive steep climb. Steep enough to have 4 turns to get you to the top. At the top was a marshal, who cheerfully yelled down to me 'nearly there!' I yelled back 'No I'm NOT!!' And laughed. At least I was laughing again.
And then the PRECIPICE. The clue is in the name, I knew there was a rope to pull yourself up. I imagined a rope like you get stapled to the walls as you walk up steep village streets. My imagination SUCKS.
"Are you kidding me? Why isn't there a button lift here?" (I'm all about a button lift after last week skiing.)
"Sorry love, it's broken down, you should have got here earlier... "
It looked impossible. The people in front of me were almost bent in half at the waist as they pulled up the hill. The marshal said the trick was to keep the rope taut and just keep on going. It was SO tough. Apparently the race leaders even use the rope and pull themselves up. I was glad of the thumb holes in my sleeves. It took what felt like forever, I kept having to stop every three heaves to get my breath back.
And then back onto the top, for another flat mile in the bitter wind and then a mile back into Dursley.
This race was a killer. It took me over three hours, I was hoping to be quicker, given the downhills too, but the mud, and the steep made for slower going. Nothing easy about it, nothing...! I'm really proud of myself for doing it, and it was a really pretty route with brilliant cheerful marshals who made me laugh. And only £13 with chip timing a great tee shirt at the end.
Innovation Victoria Park Half Marathon - Sunday 12th February 2017
|Paul Marshall||1.39.14 pb||38th|
|Louis Le Roux||1.42.19 pb||54th|
|Suzanne Bench||1.44.53 pb||65th|
|Rachel Le Roux||2.02.18||124th|
Innovation Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 12th February 2017
Innovation Victoria Park 5km - Sunday 12th February 2017
Run Through QEOP 10km - Sunday 12th February 2017
|Chloe Millan||48.04 pb||167th|
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 11th February 2017
|Mark Kerry||21.14 (course debut)||41st - 62.48% - Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.40||95th - 60.00% - Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||26.55||123rd - 47.99% - Hackney|
|Mark Boulton||17.54 (course pb)||2nd - 72.91% - Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||21.08 (course pb)||4th - 64.59% - Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||27.15 (course pb)||23rd - 67.34% - Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||29.14 (course debut)||31st - 50.97% - Roding Valley|
|Aaron Browne||18.03||1st - 71.47% - Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||25.34||37th - 55.87% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||27.35||59th - 53.47% - Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||28.12||64th - 53.49% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.13||65th - 50.27% - Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||19.58||6th - 68.86% - Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.34 (1st woman)||21st - 65.58% - Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.56||31st - 66.43% - Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||24.21 (49th parkrun)||33rd - 59.14% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||26.22||54th - 59.67% - Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.47||57th - 71.44% - Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.17||63rd - 58.77% - Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.50||81st - 54.68% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.51||96th - 48.57% - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||41.20||117th - 38.06% - Wanstead|
|John Booth||17.49 (course pb)||3rd - 74.46% - Mile End|
|Tricia ONeill||24.56||21st - 64.97% - Falls, Belfast|
|James Nichols||20.47 (course debut)||20th - 62.79% - Burgess|
|Steven Bywater||25.48||21st - 58.07% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||29.52||46th - 57.53% - Walthamstow|
|Paul Marshall||24.46||116th - 52.49% - Southwark|
|Andrew Howard||24.17 (course debut)||19th - 63.28% - Doncaster|
Also Euan Brown 1st at Wanstead Flats in 17.11.
29 parkruns this morning. 4 course debuts, 4 course pb's and 2 first finishers (Aaron & Felicity). Thanks to Maud for doing the parkrun results this morning.
Twelve 2017 age grade bests from Mark Kerry, Mark Boulton, Neil Gage, Sheila, Caroline McGirr, Aaron, Shailesh, George, Maud, Viktor and John Booth.
Looking at the Mile End results for this morning. 3rd place a course pb by John Booth of 17.49 (74.46%) moves up to 4th place this year, but in first place was Paul Martelletti finished in 14.48 with a 90.20% age grade.
Thanks to all the volunteers this chilly morning.
Ryde 10 - Sunday 5th February 2017
Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 5th February 2017
London Winter Run 10km - Sunday 5th February 2017
|Robert Rayworth||40.37 pb||141st|
Robert Rayworth:- I am very pleased to announce another PB for the London Winter 10K. Completed in 40:37 Fantastic run really enjoyed it from start to finish. Trying to keep up with Ava on Wednesday night club runs seems to be paying off.
Liz ODonnell:- Top fun at the Winter 10k today. All the practising with the REL/REM on the Sunday runs paid off beautifully and Sophie Edwards did some great pacing for me. Was great to run on closed roads through city of London and get high fived by huskies, polar bears and snowmen on the way round. Really well organised too.
Mud & Madness Obstacle Race 7.5km - Saturday 4th February 2017
|Joshua Stephens||44.49||4th of 318.|
About this event
Based in Essex at Stubbers Adventure Centre Mud N Madness is a mud crawling, heart pounding, adrenaline bursting, mind challenging, obstacle crazy event that will push you to your limits.
8 obstacles along a 7.5km route in the cold February winter will get you going across obstacles such as Heartbreak Hill: 1,500m of army style challenges up and down a hill, 800m swim, 1400m trail running, river crossing, an assault course and 4Ã—4 off road mud track.
Essex & Eastern Indoor AA Championships, Lee Valley. 60m - Saturday 4th February 2017
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera:- Spikes were cool, we didnt dare using the starting blocks, tried at the warm-up and we both agreed that we didn't want to fall over right at the start, lol! Next year, we will get proper training from Grant!
Maud Hodson:- I don't think the starter was used to our level of giggling - they should never have put us in adjacent lanes.
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 4th February 2017
Velopark 10 mile - Saturday 4th February 2017
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 4th February 2017
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 4th February 2017
|Thomas Grimes||17.51||2nd - 74.32% Grovelands|
|Paul Marshall||21.36 (course pb)||40th - 60.19% Hackney|
|Steven Bywater||23.28 (course pb)||67th - 63.85% Hackney|
|Rebecca Young||24.58||48th - 59.35% Tunbridge Wells|
|Calvin Bobin||22.54||23rd - 70.67% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||31.32||100th - 46.78% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||22.50 debut||50th - 67.30% Wycombe Rye|
|John Booth||17.57||6th - 73.91% Mile End|
|John Healy||22.26||83rd - 61.74% Dulwich|
|Fiona Critchley||24.33||31st - 68.30% Great Notley|
|Neil Gage||22.41||7th - 60.18% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||24.07||13th - 57.01% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.30 (1st lady) ||19th - 64.84% Walthamstow|
|Russell Price||18.10 (course pb)||7th - 71.56% Woodhouse Moor|
|James Wilson||19.02||5th - 71.72% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.07||6th - 73.06% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.30||7th - 70.51% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.13||17th - 60.09% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.51 (1st lady)||22nd - 64.77% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.20||24th - 65.29% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||23.56||31st - 64.28% Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||24.31||37th - 58.74% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||24.39 (course pb)||41st - 56.19% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||24.39||42nd - 64.50% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.42||43rd - 65.59% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.29||57th - 72.25% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.10||70th - 62.45% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.27||74th - 58.41% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||28.04||84th - 54.51% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.27||85th - 55.42% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||28.34||87th - 55.08% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||28.37||89th - 50.32% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.41||90th - 49.80% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.41||105th - 49.29% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.19||114th - 45.94% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||42.34||132nd - 37.31% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||19.54 debut||30th - 65.16% Sheffield Hallam|
|Diccon Loy||20.21||44th - 69.70% Norwich|
|David Baldwin||21.32||16th - 61.61% Gunpowder|
|Tim Aylett||28.30 debut||81st - 47.19% Gunpowder|
40 parkruns today, meaning we have had 101 members do a parkrun by the first week of February. Six done there first parkruns of the year (Bex, Calvin, Shailesh, Russell, Andy and Maud).Nine improved there 2017 best's ( Thomas, Paul, Steve, Fiona C, Sarah, George, Diccon and Tim). 4 course pb's, 3 debuts and two first finisher's. Both Ladies Janet & Felicity.
SOAR Open Event. Lee Valley - Wednesday 1st February 2017
|Thomas Grimes||4.38.73||1 Mile,2nd, B race|
|Patrick Brown||9.40.45||3000m,3rd, C race|
Royal Parks Winter Series - Hyde Park 10km - Sunday 29th January 2017
SEAA XC Championships, Parliament Hill Fields - Saturday 28th January 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||59.40||306th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.13.00|
|Russell Price||1.00.55 (2nd claim)||371st|
Men's Team 30th 2154pts(6 to score)
1068 finishers under 1.30.00.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 28th January 2017
|Patrick Brown||17.21||2nd - 74.74% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||21.06 (50th parkrun)||30th - 61.14% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.28||102nd - 58.12% Hackney |
|Shaun DeSena||25.28||126th - 47.84% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||32.11||190th - 49.82% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||32.12||191st - 44.72% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||35.40||208th - 42.43% Hackney|
|John Booth||17.54||4th - 74.12% Southwark|
|Aaron Browne||19.39 debut||2nd - 69.17% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||30.12 (course pb)||73rd - 44.54% Roding Valley|
|Andrew Howard||24.09||29th - 63.63% Royal Tunbridge|
|Robert Rayworth||19.31 (course pb)||14th - 70.45% Mile End|
|Paul Marshall||22.55||67th - 56.73% Mile End|
|Ashley Faria||20.36||6th - 69.34% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||22.42 (course pb)||15th - 61.97% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||22.48||18th - 65.72% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.07||38th - 56.47% Valentines|
|Joanna Wood||30.16||102nd - 51.21% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||41.32||157th - 34.15% Valentines|
|Diccon Loy||20.36||56th - 68.85% Norwich|
|Janet Bywater||25.03||20th - 68.60% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.25||23rd - 58.95% Walthamstow|
|Scott McMillan||19.08||5th - 71.86% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.04||10th - 69.60% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.08||20th - 60.32% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||23.06||29th - 68.83% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.18||30th - 65.38% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.46||54th - 73.22% Wanstead|
|George Georgiou||26.23||64th - 54.58% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||27.02||71st - 56.60% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.40||86th - 51.63% Wanstead|
|Jane Niewczasinski||28.07||88th - 56.49% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.39||93rd - 55.03% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.41||103rd - 60.19% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||30.11||109th - 53.12% Wanstead|
|Anita Lomax||31.41||119th - 50.60% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||32.04||127th - 46.73% Wanstead|
|Sonia Cheadle||32.24 (1st parkrun)||129th - 48.20% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.37||131st - 47.88% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||34.39||139th - 45.50% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||40.31||152nd - 39.98% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||41.49||154th - 37.98% Wanstead|
|Kat Maskell||26.21||21st - 56.93% Hackney |
Great Local Run QEOP 5km - Sunday 22nd January 2017
|Jane Niewczasinski||29.00||8th - 54.2%|
Folksworth 15m - Sunday 22nd January 2017
Victoria Park 10km - Sunday 22nd January 2017
|Ava Lee||40.27 pb||55th, 2nd lady, 1st V35|
Ava:- It's been nearly 2 years since I last raced 10k. Now I realise why I've been avoiding it...that hurt! Lung busting run at Victoria Park this morning. 2nd lady in approx 40mins 30secs....a shiny pb on a beautiful winter morning. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend runs in the sun.
Windsor Winter Half Marathon - Sunday 22nd January 2017
|Roisin Archer||1.34.29||45th (4th Lady)|
Run Through Finsbury Park 10km - Sunday 22nd January 2017
Orion's - The Mercury 10 mile - Saturday 21st January 2017
The 34th Box Hill fell race - Saturday 21st January 2017
Box Hill Fell Race - a brief report by Maud.
After last week's ultra, a nice little 12K in the Surrey countryside. With the small matter of over 2000 feet of ascent.
We lined up behind a large, icy puddle, and the race director told us that he expected his first-aiders to be busy.
The uphills were steep enough and long enough that even walking up them left us winded. Add in some vertiginous downhills that even a kamikaze descender like myself had to treat with respect. And the views, when it was safe to look up from the ground to enjoy them, were breathtaking.
Because the surface was mostly pretty tricky, I looked at my watch much less than usual. I achieved my two objectives, which were to stay on my feet and get to the finish line. Russell told me afterwards the winner had crossed the line covered in blood after a fall.
My only complaint was there were no refreshments at race HQ. I was gasping for a cup of tea, never mind a bacon butty. In spite of that, I would thoroughly recommend this race, but you have to be quick as it sold out in a few hours this year.
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 21st January 2017
|Mark Boulton||18.17 debut (50th parkrun)||1st - 71.38% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||18.55 debut||2nd - 74.36% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||20.50 (course pb)||7th - 63.68% Roding Valley|
|Jakub Czeczotka||24.04 debut||27th - 54.78% Roding Valley|
|James Wilson||18.36||4th - 73.39% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.39||5th - 73.73% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.39||7th - 71.08% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.23||15th - 64.68% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||21.48||23rd - 59.63% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.55||26th - 60.91% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.10||28th - 66.77% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||22.20||30th - 59.03% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.05||37th - 65.99% Wanstead|
|Tricia ONeill||24.20 debut||56th - 66.58% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.22||85th - 64.35% Wanstead|
|Paula Bedford||26.29||88th - 58.53% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.29||89th - 60.54% Wanstead|
|Jane Niewczasinski||27.26||101st57.90% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.53||108th - 56.55% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||36.54||158th - 43.90% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.55||159th - 42.30% Wanstead|
|Stuart Kelly||18.04 (course pb)||6th - 71.96% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||21.08 (49th parkrun)||30th - 61.04% Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||23.11 (course pb)||63rd - 63.84% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.00||104th - 59.20% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||27.18||138th - 52.75% Hackney|
|Dan Senior||18.19 (course pb)||4th - 75.07% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.17 (course pb)||11th - 70.42% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||26.37||62nd - 56.36% Valentines|
|Robyn Turtle||27.49||82nd - 53.21% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||29.57||116th - 47.36% Valentines|
|Steven Bywater||24.31||26th - 60.64% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||18.05||5th - 73.36% Mile End|
|Robert Rayworth||19.44||21st - 69.68% Mile End|
|Charlotte Tuzzio||27.44 (1st parkrun)||198th - 53.37% Mile End|
|Jan Webb||35.33||281st - 49.60% Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||35.34||282nd - 42.31% Mile End|
|Shaun DeSena||27.41||205th - 46.66% Braunstone|
|James Nichols||22.20||10th - 58.43% Brentwood|
|Andrew Howard||23.59 debut||96th - 64.07% Tonbridge|
|Mark Kerry||36.11 (1st parkrun)||266th - 36.67% Cassiobury|
41 parkruns, 1 first finisher for Mark Boulton on his 50th parkrun. Two first parkruns for Charlotte Tuzzio and Mark Kerry.29 parkruns were the best so far this year due to the firm frozen ground. Best age grade of the day, 75.07% was to Dan Senior.
Run Through Greenwich Park 10km - Sunday 15th January 2017
Benfleet 15m - Sunday 15th January 2017
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.36.16 (1.40.28)||9th|
|Jennifer Ansell||1.49.44 (1.52.51)||41st, (2nd lady)|
|Carlton D'Souza||2.00.39 (2.02.40)||100th|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||2.03.12 (2.07.38)||122nd|
|Dominic Dragonetti||2.12.21 (2.14.43)||186th|
|Fiona Critchley||2.31.43 (2.30.55)||355th|
|Dave Knight||2.41.36 (2.41.59)||427th|
564 finishers.(last year in brackets)
Congratulations to Jennifer Ansell of ELR who finished 2nd in the Benfleet 15 this year after being 3rd in 2016.
Jenny after receiving her race prize!
Sunday League Fixture 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford - Sunday 15th January 2017
240 men/ 146 Results from Sunday League Fixture 4 at Cassiobury Park, Watford.
A cold and rainy morning made for very muddy conditions in Cassiobury Park. Run over a distance of Approx 5.5 miles, the course leads out to the woods and then the runners complete two laps before heading back to the finish. Well done to Maud who remarkably had also run in the Country to Capital Ultra the previous day. Another great finish from Thomas, who along with Doug maintains a 100% attendance record
this season. One more fixture left which is at Royston on 12th February. The best four results from five count at the end of the series.
Report to follow.
Thomas missing from photo again. Maybe we'll catch him at Royston!
Country To Capital 45 miles - Saturday 14th January 2017
|Dan Gritton||6.12.08||27th, 6th Vet 40+ Men|
|Maud Hodson||8.18.47||208th, 7th Vet 40+ Ladies|
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 14th January 2017
|Spencer Evans||37.43 pb||7th|
|James Nichols||39.20 pb||10th|
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 14th January 2017
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 14th January 2017
|Andrew Howard||22.54 (250th parkrun)||33rd - 67.10% Wanstead|
|Simon Thomas||19.28 debut||11th - 67.04% Roding Valley|
|David Baldwin||21.14 debut||22nd - 62.48% Roding Valley|
|Morgan Francis||21.28 debut||23rd - 61.80% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||21.50 debut||26th - 59.54% Roding Valley|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.54 debut||27th - 64.76% Roding Valley|
|Neil Gage||22.24 debut||32nd - 60.94% Roding Valley|
|Emily Clarke||22.46 debut||39th - 65.15% Roding Valley|
|Fiona Critchley||24.56 debut||68th - 67.25% Roding Valley|
|Ruel Ordonio||26.56 debut||99th - 51.42% Roding Valley |
|Sheila Kennedy||27.46 debut||110th - 66.09% Roding Valley|
|Stuart Barton||28.33 debut||129th - 50.44% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Moore||28.55 debut||131st - 61.79% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||32.15 debut||158th - 41.71% Roding Valley|
|Maya Goodwin||33.42 debut||177th - 47.58% Roding Valley|
|Daniel Slipper||19.16||5th - 71.89% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.30||10th - 69.97% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.04||18th - 66.30% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.08||29th - 60.32% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.22||30th - 66.17% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.06||36th - 65.95% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.19||80th - 64.47% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.11||95th - 52.54% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.14||109th - 55.84% Wanstead|
|Sandra Hiller||30.14||125th - 59.87% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.54||133rd - 48.11% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||31.41||138th - 50.60% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||38.31||173rd - 40.55% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth O'Donnell||38.46||174th - 41.79% Wanstead|
|Dan Senior||18.31||2nd - 74.26% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.23||4th - 70.07% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.17||47th - 53.96% Valentines|
|Mary O'Brien||26.45||52nd - 73.58% Valentines|
|Jamie Xavier||21.15||8th - 64.71% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.15||25th - 58.88% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.37||27th - 67.08% Walthamstow|
|Laura Kemp||23.39 debut||69th - 62.58% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.52 (course pb)||72nd - 62.01% Hackney|
|Tina Bennett||25.31 (course pb)||112th - 59.96% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||33.36||223rd - 38.39% Hackney|
|John Booth||19.02||16th - 69.70% Mile End|
|Robert Rayworth||20.26||37th - 67.29% Mile End|
|Thomas Grimes||18.16||1st - 72.63% Grovelands|
|John Healy||21.59||67th - 63.00% Dulwich|
|Amy Boorn||25.25 (course pb)||171st - 58.23% Ashton Court|
|Peter Hatley||25.43 debut||181st - 53.86% Ashton Court|
|Kieran Brown||23.06 debut||68th - 68.83% Southsea|
|Fiona Day||25.26 debut||136th - 74.18% Southsea|
|Michael Bamford||22.26||25th - 65.75% Medina IOW|
|Claire Emery||28.58 (course pb)||57th - 55.35% Brandon CP|
50 run's at 12 venues. One first finisher, Thomas at Grovelands. Congratulations to Andrew Howard on his 250th run. Roding Valley parkrun has it's 1st event in Loughton.
Mince Pie's Revenge Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 8th January 2017
|Daniel Lee||48.57||15th of 88|
|Ava Lee||50.28||20th/ 1st lady|
|Sarah Burns||52.32||26th/ 3rd lady|
|Paula Bedford||53.21||31st/ 4th lady|
|Graham Peacock||57.38||55th of 88|
|Jason Levy||59.15||63rd of 88|
2 mile run/10 mile cycle/1 mile run.
Essex Cross Country Championships, Claybury - Saturday 7th January 2017
144 ladies, 186 men.
Ladies team A 14TH, B 16TH,C 27TH,D 29TH.
Men's team A 7TH, B 19TH, C 24TH.
Jo Wood Well what do you know? For someone who prior to joining the club absolutely refused to do hills and mud was an offensive word I feel pretty chuffed to have completed my first 5mile XC race (it also completes my Jontastic target for this week!).
A work in progress most definitely but made all the easier with cheering and support from club members. However I did have a few tears in my eyes when I took my sock off and half my heel came with it ðŸ˜. Track night will be a hobble but worth it! Thanks guys
East London Runners Photographic video montage of today's race - vimeo.com/198490589
parkrun - all venues - Saturday 7th January 2017
|James Wilson||19.24||1st - 70.36% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.35 (100th parkrun)||2nd - 71.32% Wanstead|
|Daniel Slipper||19.40||3rd - 70.42% Wanstead|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.22 (50th parkrun)||23rd - 59.69% Wanstead|
|Felicity Price-Thomas||22.41||26th - 65.25% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||22.52||28th - 66.62% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||22.53||29th - 69.48% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||23.28||34th - 55.40% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||23.48||39th - 71.29% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||24.50|| 44th - 53.09% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||25.45||54th - 73.27% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.41||64th - 63.59% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.02 (50th parkrun)||73rd - 55.30% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||27.43||80th - 56.89% Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||27.44||81st - 55.17% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||28.18||92nd - 50.88% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||30.28||108th - 52.63% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.03||129th - 48.51% Wanstead|
|Aaron Browne||18.36||1st - 69.35% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.27||4th - 69.85% Valentines|
|Roisin Archer||20.56 (1st lady)||6th - 71.66% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||22.58||21st - 61.25% Valentines|
|Peter Hatley||24.41||29th - 56.11% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||27.51||75th - 53.86% Valentines|
|Patrick Brown||18.10||1st - 71.38% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||21.49||9th - 63.03% Walthamstow|
|Emily Clarke||22.56||17th - 64.68% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.06||29th - 59.23% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.46||34th - 66.69% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||18.38||7th - 71.20% Mile End|
|Robert Rayworth||19.58 debut||16th - 68.86% Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||39.31||287th - 38.09% Mile End|
|Andrew Howard||24.21 debut||51st - 63.11% Maidenhead|
|Amy Boorn||26.27 debut||194th - 55.95% Ashton Court|
|James Nichols||19.06 (course pb)||10th - 68.32% Hackney|
|Manpreet Johal||20.34||23rd - 62.72% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.57||125th - 57.03% Hackney|
37 parkruns, 4 first finishers and 3 debuts. First finisher places for Aaron & Roisin at Valentines, James Wilson at Wanstead and Patrick Brown at Walthamstow.
Ciaran did his 100th parkrun and Rachel LeRoux and Emmett Fitzgibbon both reached 50 parkruns. Ciaran, Lance, Paul & Patrick all went to Claybury afterwards to do the cross country.
Maya brought along son, Jack (152nd 36.23)on his birthday and husband Peter (153rd 36.31).
parkrun - all venues - Sunday 1st January 2017
|Patrick Brown||18.13||1st* - 71.18% Wanstead|
|Alex Day||18.51 (50th parkrun)||3rd* - 69.58% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.25||11th* - 68.41% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.46 with buggy.||13th - 66.21% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||20.49||15th - 63.33% Wanstead|
|Dominic Dragonetti||21.34 (course pb)||20th* - 62.83% Wanstead|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||21.45||21st* - 65.21% Wanstead|
|John Healy||22.26||28th* - 61.74% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||22.45||31st* - 67.55% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||23.44||50th* - 64.19% Wanstead|
|Louis Le Roux||23.45||51st* - 55.51% Wanstead|
|Kieran Brown||24.35||63rd - 64.68% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||24.35||64th* - 62.24% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||25.06||71st - 67.60% Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||25.31||74th* - 58.26% Wanstead|
|Janet Bywater||25.32 (course pb)||75th* - 67.30% Wanstead|
|Jakub Czeczotka||25.59||84th* - 50.74% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.12||87th - 72.01% Wanstead|
|Jason Levy||26.29||94th* - 53.56% Wanstead|
|Susannah McLaren||26.35 debut||97th - 64.64% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.49||107th* - 53.74% Wanstead|
|Alan Branch||28.26||112th - 55.45% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.46||115th* - 61.30% Wanstead|
|Geoff Bench||29.20||124th - 50.68% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.44||126th - 52.52% Wanstead|
|Sandra Hiller||31.05||134th - 58.23% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||34.23||149th - 43.24% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.51||2nd* - 72.64% Hackney|
|Alex Day||18.57||6th* - 69.22% Hackney|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.11 (99th parkrun)||8th* - 72.81% Hackney|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.26||44th* - 63.22% Hackney|
|Louis Le Roux||23.22 debut||56th* - 56.42% Hackney|
|John Healy||23.42 debut||58th* - 58.44% Hackney|
|Lance Fuller||24.21||62nd* - 62.56% Hackney|
|Chloe Millan||24.24 debut||63rd - 60.66% Hackney|
|Billy Rayner||24.25||64th - 53.11% Hackney|
|Steven Bywater||24.37||69th* - 60.39% Hackney|
|Janet Bywater||25.15 (course pb)||78th* - 68.05% Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.26||80th - 54.46% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||25.28||81st* - 60.08% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||25.29||82nd - 60.82% Hackney|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.23 debut 49th||101st* - 54.60% Hackney|
|Caroline Moore||28.14||103rd* - 62.46% Hackney|
|Don Bennett||31.50||127th - 49.11% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||20.36||12th - 69.34% Valentines|
|Dominic Dragonetti||22.03||28th* - 61.45% Valentines|
|Manjit Singh||22.08||29th - 62.58% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||22.40 (248th parkrun)||39th* - 67.69% Valentines|
|Jakub Czeczotka||24.57 (course pb)||67th* - 52.84% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.40||89th* - 53.19% Valentines|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.06 (course pb)||108th - 53.86% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||32.57||164th - 40.82% Valentines|
|Fiona Critchley||24.50 debut||146th* - 67.52% Hove|
|Fiona Critchley||26.46 debut||217th* - 62.64th Brighton|
|Marc Akers||24.14 debut||65th* - 58.05% Huntingdon|
|Marc Akers||25.43 debut||43rd* - 54.70% March|
|Katherine Harris||24.58||82nd - 60.08% Whitstable|
|Manpreet Johal||22.43 debut||53rd - 56.79% Peckham Rye|
|Mary O'Brien||25.17 (course pb)||51st - 77.85% Johnstown, Wexford|
59 parkruns to start the year, 27 at Wanstead. Then 17 at Hackney (12 doubling up) and 8 at Valentines (4 doubling up). With Fiona Critchley and Marc Akers also doing the double, meant 18* ran two parkruns. Alex Day did his 50th and we'll soon have Andrew Howard (248), Ciaran (99) & Rachel(49) reaching there milestones.
Seven course pbs with Janet having course pbs at both venues and 10 made a course debut. Straight to the top of the Age Grade Chart for 2017 is Mary O'Brien with 77.85% with Ciaran, Patrick and Fiona next.
Serpentine New Years Day 10km - Sunday 1st January 2017
|John Booth||36.34 pb||30th|