Results Jan-June 2018
ASA London Region 2018 Open Water Championships 2km - Surrey Docks - Saturday 30th June 2018
Race report for the ASA London Region 2018 Open Water Championships - Surrey Docks, 2km
So this is my first ever race report for a swimming race, my debut as a Masters swimmer and debut for an open water race.
Having only got back into swimming approx 3 months ago (after a 27 year break!) I was conscious this race was about enjoyment, not my finishing time - which is the complete opposite to my running ethos!
The conditions were perfect and it was great to see the smiley faces of Pauline Tester, Colin & Ralph upon my arrival. We saw Ralph start his 5k race and after a pep talk from Pauline I was then in for my safety briefing for the 2k swimmers. No masters age group for this distance (shame as I was the only entrant for VF40+ if they'd had the same groups as the other distances and I'd have been on for a gold!). So for this race anyone 25 and over was in the same category. I should point out the youngest swimmers were 12!!
Waiting for our starters announcement I suddenly saw my mum and Marc further along the dock which was great!
After a delayed start we were off and the nerves really kicked in. I stayed a good distance away from the crowd so no risk of being grabbed or ducked and the group soon thinned out with only 2 swimmers behind me. But this was for enjoyment not speed I kept reminding myself.
Lap 1 was good and I even slowed to wave at my mum and Marc on the dock (an extra few seconds really wasnt going to make a difference - its the equivalent of stopping for a jelly baby from a kid when running a marathon!). I decided against waving on the remaining laps though as I thought the safety team might think I was in distress and yank me out!
But open water is waaaaay different to pool swimming and each of the 4 laps seemed to get longer and longer and more choppy but I couldnt help the competative side of me still trying to keep in front of the 2 guys on my tail. I maintained a good lead for 3 laps, 4th lap saw the penultimate swimmer make a break for it and take me on. I wasn't sure what had happened to the last swimmer but this guy really had paced himself well to get up the speed that far into the race. But he kept going wide of the buoys on the turns and so that was my chance for a short burst to get away from him.
Coming to the last bouy however he was alongside me and then off. I just couldn't keep up no matter how hard I tried. My mind kept flitting between wondering if the last swimmer had actually passed me earlier on and Id missed him and still hearing Foo Fighters songs from their concert a week ago! 100% concentration was almost impossible by this stage!
But I did it!
Hitting the finishers board I shouted to the judges am I last?. They said no and I shouted yeeees! much to their amusement. Climbing out of the dock I had Pauline, Ralph, Donna, Colin, my mum & Marc all there to greet me and it was great!
Whilst I got lapped by a bunch of kids I didnt get eaten by the gigantic fish (and they were MASSIVE), I didn't stop, I managed to finish under the 1hr cut off....and I didn't come last!
Official times are still not published but when they are it will be my starting point for training harder and doing a longer distance next year.
Home and pub for obligatory celebration pic of burger and beer(s) and my hat (as no medal this time).
But after 2 showers I do have one question......
Just how permanent IS this permanent marker and who's free to scrub it off???
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 30th June 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 30th June 2018
|Euan Brown||16.15||1st - 79.38% - Wanstead |
|Andy Kumar||19.30||10th - 66.92% - Wanstead |
|Peter Craik||19.40||13th - 73.81% - Wanstead |
|Ciaran Canavan||20.06||15th - 69.98% - Wanstead |
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.06||24th - 64.22% - Wanstead |
|Mark Wyatt||21.51||34th - 59.04% - Wanstead |
|Sharon Springfield||22.39||44th - 70.13% - Wanstead |
|Lawrence Foster||22.43 (course pb)||45th - 67.06% - Wanstead |
|Andy Bolderstone||23.52||63rd - 58.52% - Wanstead |
|Lance Fuller||24.11||66th - 64.09% - Wanstead |
|Maud Hodson||24.38||73rd - 65.09% - Wanstead |
|Nick Hoult||24.50||78th - 56.64% - Wanstead |
|Sarah Burns||25.02||79th - 61.92% - Wanstead |
|Alex Jameson||25.13||82nd - 57.57% - Wanstead |
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.01||86th - 62.27% - Wanstead |
|Suzanne Taylor||26.50||102nd - 60.99% - Wanstead |
|Ellen Jones||27.10||107th - 54.60% - Wanstead |
|Catherine Brett||27.28||118th - 62.56% - Wanstead |
|Samir Younsi||27.44 (1st parkrun)||121st - 50.72% - Wanstead |
|Caroline Moore||27.52||126th - 64.95% - Wanstead |
|Viktor Szabadi||29.57||155th - 50.47% - Wanstead |
|Catriona Hoult||31.04||168th - 50.27% - Wanstead |
|Ijeoma Anozie||25.15||141st - 60.92% - Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||25.41||149th - 58.60% - Hackney|
|Ruel Ordonio||26.32||171st - 52.64% - Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||26.05||202nd - 50.86% - Highbury Fields|
|Ashley Faria||20.36||11th - 70.47% - Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||21.14||13th - 65.23% - Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.27||14th - 60.14% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||24.52||47th - 60.25% - Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||25.43||60th - 52.69% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.37||106th - 50.32% - Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||34.08 (course pb)||181st - 45.75% - Valentines|
|Mark Moir||19.24||21st - 66.49% - Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.27||8th - 60.61% - Barking|
|Samia Choudhury||57.38||116th - 25.68% - Barking|
|Patrick Brown||17.39||1st - 73.94% - Walthamstow|
|Andrew Baxter||24.18||30th - 60.22% - Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.14||61st - 53.54% - Walthamstow|
|Martin Quinlan||40.30 (course debut)||216th - 35.27% - Forest Rec|
|John Henry||19.06||7th - 70.42% - Fountains Abbey|
|Terry Lewsey||20.40||7th - 66.53% - Thurrock|
|Andrew Howard||22.20 (course debut)||19th - 70.00% - Haverhill|
|John Booth||17.27||3rd - 77.08% - Victoria Dock|
|Dan Gritton||17.29 (course pb)||4th - 81.12% - Victoria Dock|
|Stephen Swan||22.55 (course debut)||40th - 56.58% - Victoria Dock|
|Katherine Harris||23.02 (course pb)||41st - 65.34% - Victoria Dock|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.14 (course debut)||45th - 61.98% - Victoria Dock|
|Fiona Critchley||24.23 (course debut)||57th - 70.47% - Victoria Dock|
|Stuart Barton||25.10 (course debut)||62nd - 57.68% - Victoria Dock|
|Richard Potter||22.09||19th - 59.52% - Roding Valley|
|James Nichols||20.56 (course pb)||15th - 62.66% - Lloyd, Croydon|
|Marc Akers||40.37||153rd - 34.92% - Gunpowder|
|Paul Marshall||25.56||27th - 50.58% - Beckton|
|Shaun DeSena||33.55 (course debut)||280th - 38.13% - Crane Park|
|Arthur Diaz||28.51 debut||206th - 48.01% Southwark|
OCR (short course) 4km, European Championships, Esbjerg, Denmark - Friday 29th June 2018
|Joshua Stephens||2.07.58||(2km - 1.18.02)|
One medal from the "4km Sprint Race" at the OCR European Championships this morning...
What a crazy race!!! Mandatory obstacle completion on 24 obstacles that would make Ninja
Warrior cry... around 30 out of a few thousand managed to complete all obstacles within
the 2 hour cut off, safe to say that I was not one of them!
I did not have the forearm or finger strength to compete today, but had a lot of fun.
Lots to learn... until the 15km tomorrow!
Orion's Fast Friday, Walthamstow Track - Friday 29th June 2018
|Spencer Evans||17.45 pb||10th, 5000m race 1 - 73.08%|
|Dan Senior||18.05||17th, 5000m race 1 - 75.62%|
|Euan Brown||15.26 pb||3rd, 5000m race 2 - 84.06%|
|Mark Boulton||16.18||18th, 5000m race 2 - 79.59%|
|Paul Quinton||16.50||25th, 5000m race 2 - 78.96%|
Sri Chimnoy 5km, Battersea Park (Dashing Deer) - Monday 25th June 2018
World War Run OCR 5 MILE - Sunday 24th June 2018
|Joshua Stephens||1.01.52||6th of 521|
6th place from 521 at World War Run 5 mile OCR yesterday. 1hr1min52.
Was more of a runners course without any really technical obstacles,
so not ideal for me! One more training session to go then I fly to
Denmark on Thursday for the OCR European Championships.
Leeds Castle Standard Triathlon - Sunday 24th June 2018
1500m swim, t1, 40k cycle, t2, 10k run
30.35, 1.29, 1.22.53, 1.23, 50.51 = 2.47.13
The Centurion Triathlon - Sunday 24th June 2018
|Jimmy Dale||9.29.15||28th of 31|
1.25 mile swim 57.29
84 mile cycle 5.37.06
15 mile run 2.50.05
Trent Park Triffic Trail 10km - Sunday 24th June 2018
Andrew Howard: I was a bit slow at the Triffic Trail this morning; only a second better than my PW. It was quite warm and, in the dozen times I've run the race, Ive not seen so many people, including some wearing club vests, walking up the hills. Its a pity it clashes with the Colworth Marathon but it is an old favourite and the wonderful people of Trent Park Running Club (who did the beginner friendly duathlon in January) put on a race that Ill do until I cant even walk up the hills. Even the goodie bag is entertaining and included toothpaste (has been dental floss in the past), baked chickpea bites, vitamin D tablets, a notepad from the local solicitors (their previous years contributions have included a key ring and a doorstop), a pen and vegan lip balm. And this year's finishers' T-shirt is red.
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Final Placings - Sunday 24th June 2018
|Louis Le Roux||3.09.16||10th|
|Rachel Le Roux||4.10.21||81st|
Colworth Marathon Challenge 2018, Overall Results.
Winner FV45 : Suzanne Bench
3rd Male - Patrick Brown
Team Winners - East London Runners (Patrick, Thomas, James, Louis and Manjit)
Grant Conway Colworth Marathon Challenge report.
Selfishly a family member decided to get married today so I thought I would post a quick report in order to keep me awake! I am well and truly shattered! What a tart!
Anyway, this was my 7th consecutive Colworth visit and I have now completed 6. We wont mention the year I didnt complete and the reasons why! Coc!
The weather this year was incredible. Warm/hot days followed by cool nights sleeping under the stars. I so love camping. I cant wait for next year so I can do it again. Not!
This year we had around 20 participants which was a few less than last year but it was just as enjoyable as I got to chat to or bore more or less everyone over the weekend.
The running was as hard as ever especially with camping for 2 nights on Friday and Saturday and running 3 races to complete the marathon distance over the weekend on the back of ELVIS 3 on Thursday.
Everyone did great whether they ran once, twice or completed the whole challenge.
Although it was hard I thoroughly enjoyed the three runs in beautiful Bedfordshire countryside mainly on trails through forestry and fields. Thanks to all for getting me through the weekend somehow and for putting up with my mythering about camping. A special thanks to Jonathan and Paul for getting me round the three runs. Remarkably I managed a course PB on the hilly and rutted trail run yesterday but this event isnt really about times, its about getting round and having fun. The hosts really do put on a great event and I wouldnt miss it for anything. Alexandra said she would still go even if she couldnt run and I would do the same, despite the pesky camping!
Some great highlights with the BBQ and beers after the Friday night run, the fabulous meal last night with great company. Thanks Suzanne for arranging and Fionas hungover HM today. A true athlete!
See you next June!
Fiona This is not really a race report more a big thank you to everyone involved; Colworth Striders for organizing a fantastic weekend of racing and all our ELR runners and family for their wonderful support, it all goes to make the Colworth Marathon Challenge one of the highlights of the running year.
While I cannot really be proud of my 'hungover half' (thanks Grant for bringing that up), I am very proud to have completed the whole challenge. It was my first real racing for six months and for that I have to thank the Tendonopathy Team at Mile End Hospital for getting me back running. I did achieve my highest placing yet in this event & a creditable 4th in Age Category, so thank you Patrick Browne for awesome coffee & Jonathan Woodlridge for not leaving me to die in a corn field!
All I can add is that this is a great weekend away, camping, running, laughing, even if we did have to miss a parkrun. Next year will be my 5th Colworth...see you there June 2019......bring it on!
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 3 - Half Marathon - Sunday 24th June 2018
|Louis Le Roux||1.37.59||17th|
|Rachel Le Roux||2.10.57||94th|
Mens team 2nd - Patrick, James, Louis and Manjit.
Ladies team 3rd - Suzanne, Rachel & Bernadett.
Harry Hawkes 10m - Sunday 24th June 2018
Swansea Half Marathon - Sunday 24th June 2018
Cancer Research UK Race For Life 10km, Victoria Park - Saturday 23rd June 2018
|Tina Bennett||54.45 ||(un-official pb)|
A race of a different kind. 10km Victoria Park Race for life. Lovely friendly atmosphere
of people running for a very poignant reason, to fight cancer. The competitive side to me
was very pleased at running a unofficial PB (no chip time) of 54:45.
Midnight Marathon, Dartford - Saturday 23rd June 2018
A short report from Ciaran: you would think after 15 Marathons that I would avoid the rookie error.
Went off way to quick at the start and really paid for it in the last 10k. Still, 2nd place, not bad for an old boy!.
Self Transcendence Mid Summer 10km - Saturday 23rd June 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||34.10||4th|
Leeds Castle Sprint Triathlon - Saturday 23rd June 2018
|Daniel Lee||1.36.02||46th of 553|
750m swim,t1, 20k cycle, t2, 5k run.
20.01, 1.45, 52.16, 1.15, 20.42 = 1.36.02
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 2 - 8.1m Forest Trail - Saturday 23rd June 2018
|Louis Le Roux||58.43||18th|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.15.16||109th|
1st Team: Men - East London Runners (Patrick, Thomas, James & Louis)
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 23rd June 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.48* debut||8th - 62.50% Crane Park|
|Julie Creffield||42.15* debut||263rd - 36.21% Folkstone|
|Tim Aylett||24.47||32nd - 54.67% Sittingbourne|
|Andrew Howard||21.54* debut||15th - 71.39% Hazelwood|
|Martin Quinlan||27.44 debut||342nd - 51.50% Sheffield Hallam|
|Lawrence Foster||23.19||21st - 65.33% Glos North|
|Marc Akers||40.49||173rd - 34.75% Gunpowder|
|Mark Moir||19.12 (course pb)||12th - 67.19% Mile End|
|Natasha Howard||28.15||361st - 53.81% Chelmsford Central|
|John Booth||17.14||3rd - 78.05% Victoria Dock|
|Clive Mehew||21.57||73rd - 65.07% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.46||118th - 62.27% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.00||173rd - 58.85% Hackney|
|Roselin Boramakot||28.55||244th - 51.18% Hackney|
|John Henry||19.44||4th - 68.16% Walthamstow|
|Aaron Browne||19.51 debut||5th - 64.99% Walthamstow|
|Roisin Archer||22.21 debut||27th - 67.34% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.55||61st - 56.16% Walthamstow|
|Andy Kumar||19.38||6th - 66.47% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.41||17th - 60.80% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||48.48 (tailwalker)||116th - 38.66% Roding Valley|
|Spencer Evans||18.06 (course pb)||2nd - 71.45% Valentines|
|Stuart Kelly||18.07 (course pb)||3rd - 72.40% Valentines|
|Andrew Baxter||19.09||6th - 76.41% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.26||12th - 71.04% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.41 (1st lady)||13th - 82.03% Valentines|
|Jacob Stevens||21.28||16th - 64.52% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||23.51||42nd - 62.05% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||25.13||59th - 59.68% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.35||99th - 52.21% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.41||103rd - 73.21% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||35.13 (course pb)||182nd - 41.22% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.45 (1st man)||1st - 73.33% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||18.50||2nd - 74.16% Wanstead|
|Robert Spread||20.10||11th - 66.69% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||20.55 (course pb)||19th - 67.25% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.29||50th - 59.47% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.52||68th - 64.48% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.36||88th - 61.53% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||26.51 (199th parkrun)||92nd - 60.34% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.19||129th - 66.17% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.19||130th - 61.74% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||30.48||146th - 50.70% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||36.12 (49th parkrun)||186th - 44.29% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||44.26||203rd - 36.83% Wanstead|
45 parkruns at 15 venues,
2 first finishes, James at Wanstead and Karen at Valentines,
6 debuts and 5 course pbs,
ELR Club records for the following:
Shahib Ali at Crane Park,
Julie Creffield at Folkstone,
Andrew Howard at Hazelwood.
Orion's John Clarke Fell Race - Friday 22nd June 2018
Alex Jameson: My 3rd year of doing the Orion Harriers John Clarke Fell Race. A short (5k), very scenic but with over 250m over ascent (I guess that's what makes it a fell race...) gives you a great sense of achievement.
Fantastic weather (as you can see) and not too hot made it even more enjoyable.
My main aim (apart from running faster which I did by 3 mins) was not to get insect bites on my legs hence the leggings and lots of repellent. Like everyone else I would thoroughly recommend it.
Maya Goodwin: Nah. Cant be bothered to do the Fell Race tonight after all. To make up for it Ill hoover and mop the kitchen floor.
And as the evening approached I kept glancing out to a beautiful evening. Hmmm. How gutted will I be to see everyones photos vs how much do I want a glass of wine in front of Love Island. Then a message form Katherine Harris. Are you going? Itll be fun! And Im pulling out my club vest, decision made.
The race is the only Category A classes Fell Race within the M25, with 1,000ft of climbing in just 5k, and it starts AND ends on a long, tough, brutally steep UP. Cruel...
Its a long old walk to the start, and we were nearly late! But nicely warmed up. And then 3,2,1, GO! Ive done this race before, I didnt even try and run that first brutal up. But I wasnt alone. We were all striding with purpose. Up, 10m of flat, up again, and finally... flat to a down. And thats pretty much how the race went. Tough ups followed by restful downs.
But what you also get is scenery. WhenI moved to East London twenty years ago, I had no idea it was so very pretty. I used to run on the main roads and wish I lived nearer the country so I could run somewhere pretty. Then I joined East London Runners and discovered a whole new world of Epping Forest. After one long up at 2 miles, a marshal pointed us into a hedge. Just though there, and this is the best bit We scrambled through the path and out onto the top of a hill that felt like the top of the world. Kat and I stopped to take photos, and take it in. And then ran a lovely long long pretty down to the bottom, laughing all the way.
The last up was pretty grim, I wont lie. But I came in just two minutes slower than last time, which I pleased with, considering all the stopping for photos! And thanks to the tail runner, I wasnt even last!
£3 race entry for all those view, and a free beer or prosecco at the end. Totes worth it babes. 100 percent. AND I got home to a clean kitchen floor
Colworth Marathon Challenge - Day 1 - Friday 5 Mile - Friday 22nd June 2018
|Louis Le Roux||32.34||16th|
|Rachel Le Roux||44.08||191st|
Colworth Day 1 - Friday 5 Mile.
1st Thomas Grimes 28:33
2nd Patrick Brown 29:33
1st FV50 Suzanne Bench 39:28
Overall Team Winners -East London Runners
Thomas Grimes, Patrick Brown, James Nichols, Louis Le Roux
The Ladies Team were 4th.
Also 9 year old Oliver Szabadi 5th in the 2k fun Run in his ELR top!
Well done also to all the ELR who ran tonight.
Elvis 3 - East End Road Runners Midsummer 5km, QEOP - Thursday 21st June 2018
|Euan Brown||15.50/15.52||1st - scorer 81.93%|
|Paul Quinton||16.41/16.42||3rd - scorer|
|Mark Boulton||16.44/16.45||5th - scorer|
|Billy Rayner||17.26/17.29||6th 74.41%|
|Jose Rodriguez||17.26/17.31 pb||7th 76.24%|
|James Wilson||18.20/18.26||16th - scorer 74.05%|
|Dan Senior||18.26/18.30||17th - scorer|
|John Henry||18.30/18.37 pb||19th 72.35%|
|James Nichols||18.41/18.45||23rd 69.43%|
|Jennifer Ansell||18.53/18.59||27th - 1st 76.23%|
|Louis Le Roux||18.57/19.01||28th - 27th 69.18%|
|Scott McMillan||18.56/19.02||29th - 28th scorer 72.75%|
|Mark Moir||19.18/19.24||31st - 30th|
|Robert Rayworth||19.30/19.32||35th - 34th|
|Craig Livermore||19.29/19.41||37th - 36th|
|Nick Clarke||19.52/19.58||43rd - 41st|
|Tom Howourth||19.53/20.02||45th - 43rd 66.85%|
|Neil Gage||20.04/20.12||50th - 48th 67.65%|
|Terry Lewsey||20.14/20.22 pb||53rd - 51st 67.10%|
|Caroline Frith||20.31/20.38||55th - 4th 73.66%|
|Calvin Bobin||20.33/20.42(1st M60)||57th - 52nd|
|Paul Thompson||20.42||58th - 53rd 69.62%|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.35/20.42||59th - 6th|
|Jonathan Shaw||20.46/20.50||66th - 60th 66.81%|
|Paula Bedford||20.46/20.54||68th - 7th 75.25%|
|Paul Marshall||20.40/20.54||69th - 61st 62.77%|
|Emily Clarke||20.44/20.57||70th - 8th|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||20.50/21.03||72nd - 64th 64.25%|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.49/21.04||74th - 66th|
|Michael Bamford||21.03/21.17||83rd - 75th|
|Carlton DSouza||21.10/21.25||87th - 79th 71.51%|
|Ged Browne||21.11/21.27||89th - 80th 72.74%|
|Grant Conway||21.17/21.31||94th - 84th|
|Peter Hatley||21.31/21.00||102nd - 90th 64.48%|
|Manjit Singh||21.49/21.53||103rd - 91st 63.60%|
|Shailesh Patel||21.46/22.00||108th - 95th|
|Maran Raju||21.47/22.03||109th - 96th 68.34%|
|Jamie Xavier||21.52/22.08||112th - 98th 62.53%|
|Andrew Howard||21.57/22.14||115th - 101st|
|Jimmy Dale||22.02/22.22||117th - 103rd|
|Richard Guest||22.00/22.24||118th - 104th 63.53%|
|Sarah Lenton||22.57/23.18||146th - 24th 66.95%|
|Stuart Norris||23.00/23.19||147th - 124th|
|Alexandra Brown||23.03/23.21||148th - 25th 62.45%|
|Chloe Millan||23.07/23.28||153rd - 27th|
|Katherine Harris||23.13/23.30||155th - 28th 63.54%|
|Suzanne Bench||23.18/23.34||156th - 29th|
|Lucy Barron||23.21/23.38||157th - 30th|
|Alex Jameson||23.35/23.56||167th - 134th|
|David Hallybone||23.46/24.01||169th - 135th 57.53%|
|Lauren Kelly||23.47/24.07||174th - 37th 60.52%|
|Julie Campbell||23.59/24.17||178th - 39th 72.85%|
|Tim Aylett||23.59/24.18||179th - 140th|
|Gemma Foxall||24.12/24.30||185th - 42nd 59.48%|
|Marc Akers||24.11/24.32||188th - 144th 57.80%|
|Sarah Burns||24.20/24.37||192nd - 46th 63.14%|
|Kat Maskell||24.20/24.50||196th - 49th|
|Jason Levy||24.58/25.18||209th - 152nd|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.13/25.32||212th - 59th 57.08%|
|Tina Bennett||25.36/26.03||232nd - 71st 59.52%|
|Samir Younsi||26.16/26.19||235th - 162nd 52.82%|
|Robyn Turtle||26.02/26.21||236th - 74th|
|Ijeoma Anozie||25.48/26.27||238th - 75th|
|Zuzana Urbanova||26.07/26.29||240th - 76th 56.94%|
|Katie Whitton||26.11/26.33||241st - 77th|
|Fiona Day||26.14/26.39||246th - 80th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26.16/26.42||249th - 81st|
|Sheila Kennedy||26.27/26.52||250th - 82nd 68.17%|
|Caroline Moore||26.19/26.58||254th - 84th 66.39%|
|Frank Brownlie||27.06||257th - 172nd|
|Andrea Waller||26.43/27.10||259th - 87th 57.03%|
|Roselin Boramakot||27.13/27.38||267th - 94th 52.89%|
|Catherine Brett||27.24/27.47||272nd - 98th|
|Catriona Hoult||27.14/27.52||279th - 104th|
|Hayley Collins||27.27/27.54 pb||280th - 105th 55.51%|
|Diana Rexhepaj||27.36/27.59||282nd - 106th 58.64%|
|Jayne Browne||27.33/27.59||283rd - 107th 62.15%|
|Helen McGuinness||27.33/27.59 pb||284th - 108th 56.72%|
|Anna Dingle||27.43/28.10||289th - 112th 55.90%|
|Claire Drakeford||27.36/28.14||292nd - 115th 57.61%|
|John Atkinson||28.00/28.41||302nd - 181st 67.14%|
|Susannah McLaren||28.37/29.03||307th - 125th 59.84%|
|Narelle McClorey||28.49/29.24||313th - 128th 52.44%|
|Christopher Kehoe||28.53/29.41||318th - 187th 53.35%|
|Maya Goodwin||33.20/34.01||367th - 171st|
|Katy Taylor||34.23/35.04||374th - 177th 45.45%|
|Don Bennett||35.28||375th - 198th 44.24%|
|Morag Campbell||35.57/36.40||381st - 183rd 44.22%|
|Brooke Stephenson||40.49/41.30 pb||391st - 189th 35.26%|
Times above are chip times, then gun times. Age grades for those who recorded there 5km best times so far for this year.
Paul & Caroline: Well done to all you wonderful ELR finishers at ELVIS 3 this evening hosted by EERR in the Olympic Park.
Another great turnout by the club & you should all be very proud !
Some excellent individual runs saw Jennifer Ansell win the ladies race with Euan 1st and Paul Quinton 3rd I the mens race.
We also saw Calvin Bobin collect the Vet60 prize.
Provisional results are in from last nights ELVIS 3.
Please can you let me know if you spot any major errors. It does look like some of us may not have received a chip start time (including myself !). This is shown as 99:99:99 in the 'Start' column so your time will be just the gun time and not much I can do to change that. Sorry !
Placings look correct though.
From what I can see we have won both the ladies & mens races.
Score for the ladies was 18 points with scorers Jennifer, Caroline, Ellie & Paula.
Score for the men was 70 points with scorers Euan, Paul, Mark, James, Dan & Scott.
Well done all !
Terry Lewsey: Really have no idea how I ran a PB last night legs we shot to bits, but I did. Ran 20:14 also beat saturdays parkrun PB by another 21 seconds taking me that bit closer to my sub 20 goal which Im happy about .....also a big well done to everyone who ran last night was nice to see you all
Run Through Chase The Sun 10km, Victoria Park - Wednesday 20th June 2018
|Peter Craik||40.47 pb||33rd|
Sri Chimnoy 5km, Battersea Park (Speedy Steeds) - Monday 18th June 2018
Adidas City Run 1 hour, St Pauls, London - Sunday 17th June 2018
|Billy Rayner||9.9 miles||9th|
|Terry Lewsey||7.9 miles||342nd|
|Chris Green||7.5 miles||506th|
How far can you run in 1 hour?.
Terry Lewsey: London Adidas 1 Hour City Run done today got Another Medal for my collection, I Managed to run 7.9 miles in the hour and bagged myself a new 10k PB of 43:02 in the process well happy with that as i did no real training for it and ive only ran over 1 hour once before, perfect end to the week with new PBs at every distance, now time for a well deserved curry
Sundried Southend Triathlon - Sunday 17th June 2018
|Anna Dingle||1.34.51||144th, 22nd lady, 4th 40 - 44|
Sundried Southend Triathlon is a Sprint distance triathlon
750m swim - 20km cycle - 5km run
Anna 18.27 , 1.39, 41.47, 1.02, 31.57 = 1.34.51
Sarah 17.52, 1.04, 38.01, 1.12, unrecorded run.
South Downs Marathon - Saturday 16th June 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 16th June 2018
|James Nichols||19.16||6th - 68.08% Kingston|
|Peter Hatley||23.45 debut||151st - 59.23% Sheffield Hallam|
|Kat Maskell||26.29||168th - 56.83% Highbury Fields|
|Janet Bywater||24.50 debut||208th - 70.13% Cannon Hill|
|Andrew Baxter||18.59 debut||11th - 77.09% Cassiobury|
|Terry Lewsey||20.35 (course pb)||6th - 66.80% Thurrock|
|Shaun DeSena||30.44 debut||32nd - 42.08% Clifton|
|Andrew Howard||23.17 debut||35th - 67.14% Mole Valley|
|Fiona Critchley||25.03 debut||32nd - 68.60% Great Dunmow|
|Stuart Barton||26.06 debut||40th - 55.62% Great Dunmow|
|John Henry||19.15||14th - 69.87% Finsbury|
|John Healy||24.40||169th - 57.03% Brockwell|
|Richard Potter||22.18||17th - 59.12% Roding Valley|
|John Booth||18.35||8th - 71.84% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||19.32||5th - 66.04% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.29||9th - 63.47% Barking|
|Martin Quinlan||25.40||158th - 55.65% Southwark|
|Mary OBrien||28.00||31st - 72.38% Johnstown,Wexford|
|James Creed||25.01||77th - 54.16% Castle Park|
|Emily Clarke||21.18 (course pb)||19th - 69.80% Walthamstow|
|Paul Marshall||21.36 (course pb)||20th - 60.73% Walthamstow|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.26||32nd - 58.94% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.43||41st - 58.78% Walthamstow|
|Calvin Bobin||20.31||5th - 80.26% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.45 (1st lady)||8th - 81.77% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.25||25th - 63.99% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.25||26th - 56.30% Valentines|
|Chloe Millan||23.35 debut||27th - 62.76% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||23.55||32nd - 62.93% Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||24.32||42nd - 60.33% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.18||47th - 56.92% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||26.19||67th - 64.91% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||36.17 (course pb)||188th - 43.04% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.03 (1st man)||1st - 80.37% Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||18.33||3rd - 70.37% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.49||4th - 74.76% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.46||9th - 70.66% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||21.15||21st - 66.20% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||23.17 (course pb)||47th - 62.35% Wanstead|
|Lawrence Foster||23.29 (course pb)||49th - 64.87% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.35||51st - 59.22% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.22||64th - 63.61% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.14||72nd - 64.20% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||25.35||78th - 60.59% Wanstead|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.38||79th - 58.00% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.59||94th - 60.65% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.02||112th - 56.66% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.18||121st - 57.24% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||28.26||123rd - 54.92% Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||29.19||144th - 60.15% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.21||145th - 66.10% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||31.13||173rd - 51.36% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.19||174th - 57.80% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||39.52||227th - 41.05% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||52.44 (tailwalker)||245th - 30.40% Wanstead|
Terry Lewsey: Wow what a week first the sub 35 min 5 mile for Elvis Races for East London Runners on Tuesday Today I joined the 20 min club for park run with 20:35 taking 25 seconds off previous PB, also finished 6th with loads of Individual PBs things are seriously getting there now I have a bit of structured training and support from my new Running Club, today I wore club colours to do my first park run representing them, smashed it I swear that red vest makes me faster also big thanks to coach Grant Conway for his awesome track sessions which are all contributing to making me faster, next up the 1hour Adidas city run tomorrow then, ELvIs 3 this Thursday 5k race at Olympic Park, Im ready
Chase The Sun10km, QEOP - Wednesday 13th June 2018
Elvis 2 - Havering 90 Joggers 5 miles - Raphael Park - Tuesday 12th June 2018
|Thomas Grimes||27.13/27.16||1st scorer|
|Mark Boulton||27.49 pb/27.52||3rd scorer|
|Paul Quinton||28.06/28.10||4th scorer|
|Ciaran Canavan||29.25 (1st M40)/29.29||8th scorer|
|Spencer Evans||29.36 pb/29.41||10th|
|Dan Senior||30.12 pb/30.17||14th scorer|
|Daniel Lee||30.19/30.24||16th scorer|
|James Nichols||31.12 pb/31.17||21st|
|Jennifer Ansell||31.20 (1st lady)/31.26||23rd - 1st scorer|
|Louis Le Roux||31.20 pb/31.26||24th|
|Mark Moir||32.03 pb/32.09||29th|
|Ava Lee||32.54 (3rd lady)/33.02||35th - 3rd scorer|
|Craig Livermore||32.58 pb/33.06||36th - 33rd|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||33.53 pb/33.53||41st - 4th scorer|
|Calvin Bobin||33.52 (1st M60)/34.01 ||43rd - 39th|
|Nick Clarke||33.58/34.05||44th - 40th|
|Paul Marshall||33.54 pb/34.05||45th - 41st|
|Paula Bedford||34.15 pb/34.22||50th - 6th scorer|
|Emily Clarke||34.21/34.28||52nd - 7th|
|Tom Howourth||34.27/34.34||53rd - 46th|
|Michael Bamford||34.30 pb/34.42||54th - 47th|
|Caroline Frith||34.36/34.44||55th - 8th|
|Terry Lewsey||34.49 pb/34.58||57th - 49th|
|Paul Thompson||34.52/35.00||58th - 50th|
|Carlton DSouza||35.17 (1st M55)/35.33||64th - 56th|
|Grant Conway||35.30/35.38||67th - 59th|
|Peter Hatley||35.54/36.08||73rd - 65th|
|Shailesh Patel||36.16/36.28||79th - 70th|
|Andrew Howard||37.21/37.34||94th - 80th|
|Ramesh Pala||37.53/38.10||104th - 89th|
|David Hallybone||38.30 pb/38.42||111th - 94th|
|Alex Jameson||38.35 pb/38.52||115th - 97th|
|Katie Whitton||39.41 pb/39.59||125th - 23rd|
|Alexandra Brown||39.51/40.08||126th - 24th|
|Tim Aylett||40.18/40.33||133rd - 107th|
|Julie Campbell||40.38 pb/40.54||141st - 30th|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||40.44 pb/41.01||142nd - 31st|
|Steven Bywater||41.20/41.41||144th - 113th|
|Liam Dempsey||41.28/41.49||145th - 114th|
|Ford Cadiogan||42.04/42.20||151st - 118th|
|Rachel Le Roux||42.55 pb/43.11||165th - 39th|
|Andrea Waller||42.50/43.13||167th - 41st|
|Tina Bennett||43.23 pb/43.41||170th - 43rd |
|Zuzana Urbanova||43.28/43.45||172nd - 45th|
|Caroline Moore||43.34/43.50||173rd - 46th|
|Kate Frost||44.32 pb/44.53||183rd - 52nd|
|Jayne Browne||45.08/45.30||189th - 57th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||45.37/45.54||194th - 60th|
|John Atkinson||46.07/46.49||204th - 140th|
|Sandra Hiller||49.04 pb/49.32||227th - 79th|
|Sarah Pascal||49.21 pb/49.49||229th - 80th|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||1.01.08 pb||261st - 107th|
|Brooke Stephenson||1.09.15 pb/1.09.52||267th - 111th|
Simmer Dim Half Marathon, Shetland - Sunday 10th June 2018
Endure 24 - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018
|Caroline Frith||5 laps of 5 miles||5th ladies team.|
Caroline Frith reports: Endure 24-billed as Glastonbury for Runners-but as Ive never been to Glastonbury I wouldnt know......
However it really does have a fun, festival vibe to it with a bar, music, fire pit, food vans - with a bit of running thrown in.
This is the second year my team of friends and I - Mums Run The World - have given it a bash. Our team consists of 8 of us out of a larger group of about 30 running mummies, who all met virtually over 10 years ago on the Runners World Forums. A thread called The Pregnant Runners Club fitted the bill nicely at the time, then we graduated to the Running Mums Club and have remained friends ever since.
The idea of the race is your team does as many laps as they can of a hilly, off road 5 mile course in 24 hrs. You can decide whether you go consecutively or double up on laps - whatever strategy works for you. You can also take a break if you want, or just keep going.
I ended up running 5 laps, and my times were 36.13, 36.24, 41.13 (night lap-pitch dark) 38.28, 38.07. Overall we completed 33 laps and came in 5th place out of 29 ladies teams. Not a podium position like last year (2nd) but not bad for a group of middle aged women with 19 children between us, proving that mums really do ru
Southend Half Marathon - Sunday 10th June 2018
|Suzanne Taylor||1.58.08 pb||955th|
Thames Chase 10km, Upminister - Sunday 10th June 2018
|John Booth||36.45||1st winner|
Proud to have won my first race in club colours - Thames Chase 10K in Upminster (36.45).
In the words of someone from Dagenham 88:
"Your club only sent one runner this time and they still blinkin' won!"
St Albans Half Marathon - Sunday 10th June 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||2.01.30||1205th|
Last One Standing - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018
|Maud Hodson||19.50.07||1st lady, 82 miles|
The Last One Standing - race report
Its a simple concept - 4.1 mile lap, starting on the hour every hour. The winner is the one who completes the most laps.
I took the train to Diss (wish Id realised it stopped at Stratford - could have had an extra half an hour in bed), and had booked a cab from the station. My taxi driver was lovely - we chatted about all sorts of stuff, and I jokingly promised to let her know if I won. I arrived at race HQ, picked up my number, checked out the trophies and medals, which were displayed in the registration tent, and pitched the tent that Stuart had lent me (one of the idiot-proof ones that just pops up). Quickly got chatting with the guys in the neighbouring tents, Dave & Stuart, and the next one along, James from Witham, with his wife & two dogs. It was a small event, 45 entered, of whom 36 made the start line, so everyone is your friend.
Race briefing at 11.30, then off on the first lap at midday. The rules are simple - we had to be on the start line on the hour, and gone from the start area within a minute. And back by 59 minutes & 59 seconds past the hour. No ifs no buts. The course was trail, gently undulating - mostly in woodland (watch the tree-roots), with bits by the river bank (watch the rabbit-holes) and a short road section (mind the cattle grid). The first lap was like a recce, testing the pacing (there was room for strategic walk breaks), and having a good old natter (I may have had good old feminist rant...). Back in 47 minutes (I lapped pretty consistently at 47/48 minutes). Time to go to the loo, get a snack and have a little breather.
The first few laps were straight-forward, and there were very few drop-outs before we got to night-time, but Dave was really suffering with a dodgy knee after only about three laps. He took some painkillers and kept going, because ultra-runners are tough cookies. He got to a double marathon before packing it in.
We put our head torches on for lap 10 (9pm), as the forest sections would be getting gloomy by then. Started getting properly dark on the following lap. Halfway round that lap, the guy behind fell - are you OK? Ive broken my finger. I wondered how he was so sure, and then I saw his finger going off at a jaunty angle. Luckily the race director/first aider was nearby putting out the glowsticks - he found that the finger was in fact just dislocated, and popped it back into place. The runner was able to finish the lap, and run one more before calling it a day.
The night time laps were tough. It goes so much darker in the countryside, and it was a cloudy night (light most of the night), so hardly any moonlight. If youre the sort of person who would be freaked by being on your own in the woods in pitch blackness, then this race is not for you. My pace slowed, but I walked less so my lap times remained consistent. Quite a few runners quit during the night.
The lap that I and many of my companions looked forward to was number 16 (3am), when we would hit 100K and get some daylight back. Both felt so good. I also found out at the end of that lap that I was the last woman standing - Angela, the second last woman had been timed out at the end of lap 15. She came over and gave me a big hug, and cheered me own as I started the next lap. I was still lapping consistently (fuelled by Red Bull, bacon sandwiches and many other things), so no excuse to stop. It was lovely running with the win along sealed up - the guys still out there made me feel like a superhero, and the runners who had already quit cheered as all on from their tents.
But the format is brutal. 12 minutes doesnt last long by the time youve had a pitstop and some refreshment. 3 minutes, guys. Two minutes. One minute. 30 seconds.
I called it a day at the end of lap 20 - 82 miles & a triple marathon in the bag. My form was going and my motivation was crumbling. I was pretty certain that 100 miles was beyond me, and had achieved what a set out to (I wanted to get over 100k and see the sun come up), and had won my first ever race (I dont count the Essex titles where there was no-one else running). The trophy is so large that my shelf isnt going to cope. I also got some other goodies, and a free entry in to the Irish edition of this race - not sure Ill be taking that one up...
It was still only 8am when I finished, which was a bit hard to believe. I made a cup of tea and sat down to watch the guys still running. Nine made it 100 miles, and as I write at 8.30pm on Sunday, the last two are still slugging it out - truly outstanding.
Can you be the last one standing? Maud Hodson
Run 4.1 miles each hour on the hour until there is only 1 left.
lap 1 - 47.21 4th lady (36 started)
lap 2 - 1.48.34 3rd, 14th overall
lap 3 - 2.47.14 2nd lady, 11th overall.
lap 4 - 3.49.09 4th lady, 23rd
lap 5 - 4.48.34, 4th, 20th
lap 6 - 5.48.48, 3rd , 18th
lap 7 - 6.49.08, 4th, 20th
lap 8 - 7.48.34, 4th, 21st.(35 started)
lap 9 - 8.48.20, 4th, 16th.
lap 10 - 9.48.06,3rd, 16th (33 started)
lap 11 - 10.48.48, 2nd, 15th
lap 12 - 11.48.58, 1st, 10th (30 started)
lap 13 - 12.49.17, 1st, 11th (29 started)
lap 14 - 13.48.22, 7th overall
lap 15 - 14.48.35, 6th
lap 16 - 15.47.47, 6th
lap 17 - 16.47.17, 6th
lap 18 - 17.47.00, 6th (17 started, 1 lady)
lap 19 - 18.57.23, 13th (16 started)
lap 20 - 19.50.07, 10th (13.)1st lady.
Orions Forest Five Series - Race 1 - Saturday 9th June 2018
Jose:Yesterday was the first of the Orient Forest Five.
My first time running too. Great experience. Harder than I though
as I'm not use to run in trails but the course is just beautiful
and weather was great too.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 9th June 2018
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.57* debut||52nd - 54.74% Haga|
|Shaun DeSena||33.32* debut||152nd - 38.57% Witney|
|Andrew Howard||22.17* debut||41st - 70.16% Eastbourne|
|Anna Dingle||32.44 debut||320th - 47.41% Walsall Arboretum|
|James Nichols||19.55 (course pb)||4th - 65.86% Brentwood|
|Katie Whitton||23.00 debut||33rd - 64.35% Victoria Dock|
|Alex Jameson||23.01 debut||34th - 63.07% Victoria Dock|
|Clive Mehew||21.43||62nd - 65.77% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||25.45||145th - 59.42% Hackney|
|Stuart Barton||59.48 (tailwalker)||54th - 24.28% Westmill|
|John Healy||24.48||180th - 56.72% Dulwich |
|Fiona Day||27.11* debut ||22nd - 71.37% Bressay|
|Mark Moir||19.30 (course pb)||3rd - 66.15% Barking|
|Paul Marshall||20.54 (course pb)||8th - 62.76% Barking|
|Natasha Howard||30.41||454th - 49.54% Chelmsford|
|Martin Quinlan||25.49||172nd - 55.33% Southwark|
|Nick Hoult||21.41* debut||35th - 64.87% Portobello, Edin|
|Catriona Hoult||29.10* debut||203rd - 53.54% Portobello, Edin|
|Stephen Swan||22.56 (course pb)||62nd - 56.54% Kesgrave|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.46 debut||54th - 60.10% Great Notley|
|Fiona Critchley||25.43||99th - 66.82% Great Notley|
|Katherine Harris||27.22* debut||56th - 54.99% Bedgebury Pinetum|
|Euan Brown||16.09 (course record)||1st - 79.88% Walthamstow|
|John Henry||19.55||4th - 67.53% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.01||49th - 58.10% Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||41.01||116th - 33.04% Walthamstow|
|Calvin Bobin||20.23 (course pb)||13th - 80.78% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||22.13||31st - 63.84% Roding Valley|
|Chloe Millan||22.52 debut||38th - 64.72% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||24.02||50th - 61.58% Roding Valley|
|Caroline McGirr||29.27||99th - 50.93% Roding Valley|
|Jigna Patel||32.17 (course pb)||125th - 47.39% Roding Valley|
|Tim Le Rasle||19.53||3rd - 70.75% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.10||6th - 71.98% Valentines|
|Michael Bamford||21.57||16th - 68.26% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.14||19th - 67.39% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.16||20th - 59.21% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.43||48th - 58.26% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||26.36||67th - 64.22% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.02||84th - 74.97% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.40||3rd - 73.66% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.23||73rd - 63.82% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||27.57||127th - 64.76% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.15||134th - 56.22% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||28.39||140th - 54.10% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||36.30||190th - 43.56% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||39.17||208th - 38.48% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||39.28||209th - 40.63% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||40.03 with Alma||211th - 34.87% Wanstead|
|Lawrence Foster||24.06 (course pb)||37th - 63.21% Gloucester North |
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||37.26 (course pb)||208th - 38.78% Valentines|
|Gowri Sukumar||37.27 (course pb)||209th - 37.27% Valentines|
Great North Swim 5km, Lake Windemere - Friday 8th June 2018
|Kat Maskell||1.54.40||60th lady, 8th 35 - 39|
Wimbledon Trail Series - Race 2 - Wednesday 6th June 2018
|Thomas Grimes||28.32||2nd - 79.69%|
Go Tri Duathlon 69, QEOP Velopark - Monday 4th June 2018
|Paula Bedford||1.00.39||10th, 1st lady|
|Rachel Le Roux||34.44||1st (super sprint)|
|Don Bennett||44.27||4th (supersprint)|
Sprint: 2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 2 mile run.
Michael - 14.07/ 30.29 / 14.05 = 58.43
Paula - 13.59 / 32.49 / 13.50 = 1.00.39
Jimmy - 14.30 / 32.42 / 15.25 = 1.02.37
Sarah - 16.24 / 29.45 / 16.39 = 1.02.49
Jason - 17.16 / 36.04 / 17.14 = 1.10.35
Super Sprint 1 mile run, 5 mile cycle, 1 mile run.
Rachel - 8.29 / 17.58 / 8.17 = 34.44
Don - 10.55 / 21.56 / 11.36 = 44.27
Mud Monsters OCR, East Grinstead (approx 10km) - Sunday 3rd June 2018
|Joshua Stephens||1.52.00||65th of 984.|
Comeback from injury continues...
65th of 984 at the 10km Mud Monsters OCR. Voted the UK's muddiest race for the last few years.
I think that the longest running section was around 500metres, the rest was mut pits, bogs and
1hr 52 to do a 10km gives an idea of the mud!
Great Midland Fun Run (8.5 miles) - Sunday 3rd June 2018
Run Through Wimbledon Common Half Marathon - Sunday 3rd June 2018
Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon - Sunday 3rd June 2018
Massive Personal Worst for me ðŸ˜‚ Back and hip are in pieces - made it my goal to see how far I could get today.
So to finish was amazing. Thanks to my fab ELR buddies for their advice and support this week x
The Hurt - Saturday 2nd June 2018
Thomas Grimes:- Ran a trail half yesterday, finished 2nd in 1:37:03.
Really hilly with over 2000ft climb,coincidentally it was called 'The Hurt'.
Maverick Inov-8 Original Surrey - Saturday 2nd June 2018
|Paul Quinton||29.46||1st/108, 5km short|
|Maud Hodson||1.44.04||68th/131, 16km medium|
|Nathaniel Dye||2.40.23||97th/143, 25km long |
QEOP 10km Summer Series - Saturday 2nd June 2018
|Alice Barrett||1.15.09 debut||387th|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 2nd June 2018
|Fiona Critchley||26.01* debut||42nd - 66.05% Zary|
|Stuart Barton||27.11* debut||50th - 53.40% Zary|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||27.12 debut||51st - 52.51% Zary|
|Shaun DeSena||32.36 debut||74th - 39.67% Zary|
|Roselin Boramakot||34.07 (course pb)||455th - 43.38% South Manchester|
|Nick Hoult||24.26 debut||137th - 57.57% Northampton|
|Catriona Hoult||29.00 debut||272nd - 53.85% Northampton|
|Andrew Howard||21.52* debut||13th - 71.49% Goole|
|Chris Green||42.07 debut||172nd - 32.17% Orpington|
|James Nichols||20.03* debut||11th - 65.42% Hilly Fields|
|Patrick Brown||18.15* debut & 1st.||1st - 71.51% Brandon Country Park|
|Fiona Day||27.25* debut||40th - 70.76% Brandon Country Park|
|Michael Keefe||30.37* debut||152nd - 45.62% Conwy|
|Paula Bedford||20.56* debut||25th - 75.16% Hove Promenade|
|John Booth||17.12* debut||3rd - 77.62% Exmouth|
|Marc Akers||40.48||210th - 34.76% Gunpowder|
|John Healy||24.52||178th - 56.57% Dulwich|
|Katherine Harris||25.58||65th - 57.96% Upton Court|
|Martin Quinlan||24.42||137th - 57.83% Southwark |
|Stephen Swan||23.29 (course pb)||63rd - 55.22% Kesgrave|
|Dan Gritton||17.37 (course pb)||2nd - 80.51% Victoria Dock|
|Euan Brown||16.40* (1st & age rec)||1st - 77.40% Walthamstow|
|Mark Moir||19.42 (course pb)||6th - 65.48% Barking|
|Grant Conway||21.51||17th - 67.51% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.38 (fasting)||18th - 57.44% Barking|
|Caroline Frith||21.11* (1st lady & age rec)||11th - 72.23% Roding Valley|
|Calvin Bobin||21.13||12th - 77.61% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.56||20th - 60.11% Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||22.53||31st - 61.47% Roding Valley|
|Jigna Patel||34.39||120th - 44.16% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||20.46 (course pb)||51st - 63.16% Hackney|
|Anna Johnson||22.16 (course pb)||85th - 67.37% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.29||120th - 63.02% Hackney|
|Alex Jameson||23.36 debut||124th - 61.51% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.39||180th - 57.41% Hackney|
|Ashley Faria||20.26||5th - 71.04% Valentines|
|Tim Le Rasle||20.38||8th - 68.17% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||20.58||9th - 68.68% Valentines|
|Michael Bamford||21.53 (50th parkrun)||14th - 68.47% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.02||16th - 68.00% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||23.52 (course pb)||30th - 54.05% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||24.46||39th - 52.96% Valentines|
|Frank Brownlie||28.19||91st - 60.33% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||29.29||103rd - 48.84% Valentines|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.26||4th - 72.38% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.41||7th - 70.36% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||22.12||31st - 65.92% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||24.27||65th - 53.03% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.38||68th - 62.92% Wanstead|
|Sarah Dale||24.40 debut||69th - 60.00% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||25.44||76th - 60.23% Wanstead|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.56||101st - 55.69% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.05||113th - 58.28% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||28.18||117th - 60.72% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||29.06||128th - 56.24% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.03||137th - 50.31% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.23||140th - 59.57% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.24||182nd - 43.64% Wanstead|
|James Creed||22.50||47th - 59.34% Castle Park|
|Gowri Sukumar||37.28||187th - 41.68% Valentines|
|Prabhakaran Sukumar||37.54||189th - 38.30% Valentines|
59 parkruns at 23 venues, 3 first finishers,
16 debuts, 9 course pbs and a 50th parkrun.
First finishes for Caroline at Roding, Euan at
Walthamstow, both also set Age records also.
Also Patrick at Brandon Country Park.
50th parkrun for Michael Bamford.
Best age grades for the week for Dan Gritton 80.51%
and Paula Bedford 75.16%.
Fiona, Stuart, Jonathan and Shaun complete there A-Z
at Zary, Poland. Fiona holds the records at all hers.
11 ELR records this week for:
Fiona & Stuart at Zary,
Andrew at Goole,
James at Hilly Fields,
Patrick & Fiona at Brandon,
Michael at Conwy,
Paula at Hove Promenade,
John at Exmouth,
Euan at Walthamstow and
Caroline at Roding Valley.
Stuart Barton: Just a quick update from the weekend,the parkrun alphabet is completed along with
Jonathan Wooldridge Fiona Critchley and Shaun DeSena.
I traveled via Berlin to Poland to run at Zary.
A very early start was needed to catch he plane a quick pick up of the hire car at Berlin and then we drove to Zary,
A nice hotel with a Spa and a few quirks (Painting in wardrobes and a scary looking bed).
A nice lunch sitting out in the sun followed by a spa.
Then a trip out for more food in the next town, A nice meal with a couple of drinks, Then back to the hotel via a stop to pick up some supplies,
A few game of cards and then to bed, After breakfast we headed to the run,
A very nice run in the forest, its a one lap run with a hill near the end but a down hill finish,
A few other tourists had made the trip ans we swapped stories, Then back to Berlin to meet the others,
Berlin is a great city with loads to do we opted for some wine tasting followed by a traditional German meal in a pub, and a visit to the David Hasselhoff museum ( This is a must).
Sunday Jonathan Wooldridge did a run while the rest of us had a lay in, Then off for a cycling tour of the city, the rain stopped just as we started the tour, After the ride we visited a couple more museums and the a lovely meal with more wine.
A big thanks to all who came along with me on the adventure, now the alphabet is completed I will be looking for a new challenge #WatchThisSpace
Elvis 1 - Dagenham 88 Cow Bell 5 Miler, Eastbrooke End Country Park - Wednesday 30th May 2018
|Thomas Grimes||28.12||1st scorer|
|Mark Boulton||28.54||2nd scorer|
|Billy Rayner||30.11||5th scorer|
|Dan Senior||31.15 (1st V40)||7th scorer|
|Ciaran Canavan||31.25 (course pb)||9th scorer|
|Daniel Lee||31.35||10th scorer|
|Nathan Jones||32.21 (elvis debut)||16th|
|Ava Lee||33.55||30th - 1st - scorer|
|Mark Moir||34.07||31st - 30th|
|Tom Howourth||34.52 (elvis debut)||39th - 37th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||34.56||41st - 3rd - scorer|
|Craig Livermore||34.57 (overall pb)||42nd - 39th|
|Ashley Faria||35.17||43rd - 40th|
|Caroline Frith||35.24 (1st Vet)||45th scorer - 4th|
|Calvin Bobin||35.41 (1st V60)||48th - 44th|
|Nick Clarke||35.59 (elvis debut)||53rd - 49th|
|Emily Clarke||36.07||54th scorer - 5th|
|Neil Gage||36.10||56th - 51st|
|Jonathan Shaw||36.13||57th - 52nd|
|Terry Lewsey||36.20 (elr debut)||60th - 55th|
|Paul Marshall||36.26 (overall pb)||61st - 56th|
|Paul Thompson||36.51||66th - 60th|
|Michael Bamford||36.54||67th - 61st|
|Carlton DSouza||37.20||72nd - 66th|
|Grant Conway||37.23||73rd - 67th|
|Andrew Howard||37.29||75th - 69th|
|Jimmy Dale||37.47 (elvis debut)||77th - 71st|
|Manjit Singh||37.52||78th - 72nd|
|Shailesh Patel||38.37||85th - 76th|
|Maran Raju||39.03||89th - 79th|
|David Hallybone||39.23||92nd - 81st|
|Suzanne Bench||39.42||100th - 13th|
|Ramesh Pala||40.54||117th - 100th|
|Alex Jameson||41.22||121st - 102nd|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||41.23||122nd - 103rd|
|Gemma Foxall||41.25||123rd - 20th|
|Tim Aylett||41.35||125th - 105th|
|Chloe Millan||41.38||127th - 21st|
|Annette Clark||41.45||128th - 22nd|
|Julie Campbell||42.04||133rd - 25th|
|Tom Woods||42.05||134th - 109th|
|Janet Bywater||42.08||136th - 26th|
|John Healy||42.13||137th - 111th|
|Marc Akers||42.27 (course pb)||140th - 114th|
|Doug Mansell||42.42||142nd - 115th|
|Alexandra Brown||43.09||149th - 33rd|
|Sarah Burns||43.17||151st - 35th|
|Georgie Hooper||43.36 (elvis debut)||156th - 37th|
|Mark Wiltshire||44.30 (elr debut)||161st - 120th|
|Kate Frost||45.08 (elvis debut)||168th - 44th|
|Ford Cadiogan||45.15 (elvis debut)||170th - 126th|
|Fiona Day||45.16||172nd - 46th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||45.18 (course pb)||173rd - 47th|
|Rachel Le Roux||45.41||177th - 51st|
|Andrea Waller||46.05||180th - 52nd|
|Jason Levy||46.07||181st - 129th|
|Sheila Kennedy||46.14||182nd - 53rd|
|Geoff Bench||47.01||188th - 134th|
|Anna Dingle||47.56 (overall pb)||197th - 57th|
|Diana Rexhepaj||48.04||198th - 58th|
|Caroline Moore||48.10||200th - 60th|
|Frank Brownlie||48.14||202nd - 141st|
|Caroline McGirr||48.42||206th - 64th|
|Jayne Browne||49.08||212th - 69th|
|Claire Drakeford||49.20||215th - 72nd|
|Helen McGuinness||49.38 (course pb)||217th - 74th|
|John Atkinson||52.18||238th - 149th|
|Vikki Harler||55.13 (elr debut)||244th - 93rd|
|Maya Goodwin||56.23||249th - 97th|
|Katherine Harris||57.30||253rd - 101st|
|Susannah McLaren||57.31||254th - 102nd|
|Alice Barrett||62.55 (elr debut)||258th - 105th|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||62.59||259th - 106th|
|Don Bennett||63.02||260th - 154th|
|Brooke Stephenson||75.15 (elr debut)||266th - 110th|
268 finishers with 79 East London Runners.
Men's team - 1st Thomas, Mark & Billy.
Ladies team - 1st Ava, Ellie & Caroline.
Elvis team - Men - 1st (as above plus Dan Senior, Ciaran & Danny Lee.)
Elvis team - Ladies - 1st (as above plus Emily Clarke.)
Craig Livermore:- Safe to say yesterday evening yielded a PB for me by 1 second, and a course PB of 2 mins and 9 secs. Not at all bad, despite starting too quick in the first mile, from then on it became a case of damage limitation (that and I choked on a fly...nice). Letting some faster runners through where I could, because there's no sense or glory in holding someone up.
Despite all this I really enjoyed myself, the marshals were fantastic, as was the support. Did I think a PB was possible? Not at all, just beating my time from 2015 was going to be an achievement. Nice to open up the ELVIS series with a bang.
Also, a massive congrats to all the ELVIS and ELR debutants, a stirling effort from the lot of you. Opening the series up with victory in the Woman's and Men's Teams standings is brilliant, and well done to everyone else who I haven't mentioned, you all shone brilliantly.
Vitality London 10,000m - Monday 28th May 2018
|Louis Le Roux||40.59||947th|
|Colin Dryland||43.56 pb||1540th|
|Jimmy Dale||45.39 pb||2007th|
|Rachel Le Roux||55.25||5860th|
Spencer Evans Race Report:-
After my terrible disaster at the Manchester Marathon a few weeks back, today was my first proper race back. So where do I start, today I was hoping to break 37 mins when i first signed up, but i had to be more realistic in this heat today so i set a target for anything under 38 mins. I met up with Alex Bee, George Mears and Stuart Kelly in St James Park which was close to the start line. We did a little warm up then made our way our starting pen (which was blue pen A). The gun fired and we were off, the first mile i was frantically trying weave in and out of other runners in order to reach my goal pace taking care not to trip over anyhting as the last thing I want was to end up in the First Aid tent again. I went through the first mile in 6.11 which is a tad slower than my game plan due to the congestion at the start. Mile 2 my pace was 5.58 which is normally way to quick but i had to make the time up after Mile 1. From then on i felt in good flow, my further splits where as follows:-
Mile 3 - 6.03 = On Target
Mile 4 - 5.53 = Way too quick!!!
Mile 5 - 6.16 = Paying for it a bit now.
The last mile, i managed to find a way and get back on target. When I saw the 8k i managed to pick up the pace again and hold on until the finish line. Mile 6 I went through in 6.01 and last 0.2 mile my pace was around 5.40. At this point i knew I was on for a strong finish and i did achieve my target for today. My overall finish time was 37.54 which is 30 seconds slower than my PB but was pleased with that considering the heat and congested start!. I would like to thank my top training buddies George Mears, Alex Bee and Stuart Kelly for a great run today and there will be many more to come, and oh yes there will. Watch this space!.
Andy Kumar's report on the Vitality London 10,000m race
Hatfield Broad Oak 10km - Monday 28th May 2018
|Andrew Baxter||39.35||59th, 8th M45 |
|Peter Craik||41.33 pb||97th, 13th M45|
|James Creed||43.30||140th, |
|Caroline Frith||43.37||146th, 4th F40 |
|Maud Hodson||48.30||312th, 7th F45 |
|Andy Bolderstone||50.36 pb||391st|
The last time I raced 10K was around Victoria Park in October 2015. Soon afterwards I got a metatarsal injury which just wouldnt clear up. Over the next two years I tried pretty much everything. It eventually became clear that the ongoing pain was largely psychological a figment of my imagination if youre feeling ungenerous, over-enthusiastic communication between foot and brain. Having a mentally ill teenager at home, and a job which I eventually walked away from, didnt help either.
Things have gradually improved, though. Ive learned a lot about how the mind and body can play tricks on each other. Ive learned that having the fitness from cycling 100+ miles every week doesnt mean that its wise to run full-gas most of the time, no matter how much fun that is. Ive learned that the gym isnt actually such an alien place once you get used to it, and that targeted strength training makes a huge difference. Ive learned that I really missed running its pure simplicity, you-against-yourself, the satisfaction of pacing a run reasonably well. I learned that saving my maximum efforts for special occasions is much better than not being able to run at all.
Finally a few months ago I felt ready to enter another 10K. Id watched Maud race at HBO two years ago. I liked the home-grown atmosphere, the fact that the whole village clearly embraced the event, the cakes at the start and the finish, the t-shirts in a different bright colour every year, the flower displays in the church, the crockery-smashing stall, the sausages... So I put my name down, with no particular target other than getting round. Running has gone well since, gradually building up the distance and very occasionally even trying to get up to speed. Getting back to sub-20 last weekend at the Hackney 5K felt positive, particularly as it equalled my best age-grading of three years ago and didnt feel as hard as it had done back then. Perhaps I could actually get a PB today. So I set off at PB pace, struggled in the middle (although Strava claims that kms 5 to 7 are only very gradually up-hill), and overtook a lot of people towards the end. Someone flew past about 20m from the line, but nobody else overtook me the whole way round. PB by 15 seconds, on a tougher course, and nearly three years older. And the 2018 t-shirts are a particularly fetching shade of cerise.
Caroline Frith:- My one and only previous running of the HBO 10k was in 2009 and I just looked up my time - 43.08 - only 29 seconds faster than today. Theres life in the old bird yet! I really enjoyed today - reading Antonios race report on the way up made me want to be able to pick people off, rather than feel like death in the last mile and get overtaken which is what usually happens - so thank you Antonio MartÃn Romero!
I decided I could run 7 min pace today and thats exactly what I did. I made the mistake of starting my sprint finish WAY to early - as I turned into the field there was a lady in front of me who I had my sights on, so I took off and then realised how far there was to go - whoops! Lovely village atmosphere- the 5k point goes back through the middle of the village past all the cheering crowds which was fun. The kids really enjoyed the fun run and we all enjoyed the pub BBQ - highly recommend this race.
Andy Bolderstone:- Hatfield Broad Oak 10k
A really great little race in a chocolate box village. It was great to have Annette and Emma there supporting me. There were a few ELR running and I started with Maud and Sarah. The cloudy weather seemed to disappear with the start gun. The route is a figure of 8 passing back through the village at 5k. The route is very undulating and after 2 k I realised it was going to be a toughie. I started going backwards at quite a rate. Recently I haven't been able to continue the training I have been doing or want to be doing and my legs felt weak. But the support was great and the route was beautiful.
By the time I came to the finish I knew I was the last ELR on course. Pick the feet and head up and just keep going. Last year I did the Vitality 10k in 50m40sec as a pb, I did the Red Run quicker but I and most people only clocked 5.9 miles so doesn't count. As I crossed the line I looked at my watch - 50:36, a tiny pb, a very surprising pb. A harder course than the Vitality, prettier and half the price. Definitely recommend to anyone and will do this one again.
Worcester Pitchcroft 10km - Sunday 27th May 2018
Edinburgh Marathon - Sunday 27th May 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||2.36.23 pb||10th Club Record|
|Mary Nisbet||3.30.17||1037th, 18th V35.|
|Robyn Turtle||4.25.57 pb||4145th|
Antonio reports:- Edinburgh Marathon report:
It is always hard to pull out from the best marathon in the world, and especially, if you are not injured in front of hundreds of people who are cheering you to continue running, but I had a cool head and pulled out to save my energy for a marathon in May, as I wanted a PB. Edinburgh was the only real option. The problem is that this race is always very windy. And, indeed, it was very windy, with the wind coming from the east, it meant that we would have a strong headwind the first 19 miles until we changed the direction to the west. The day before the race, I had clear that I wouldn't a PB.
The race started and I had to be intelligent and try to find a group to protect me from the wind. I was running the first 5K with the first two females, but they slowed down considerably after an uphill, so I had to sprint to the next group in front of me. I wasn't looking at my watch, just always trying to run behind someone to spend less energy. It was more important to run in a group than running at even pace. The wind next to sea was brutal and I had to do another sprint to go to the next group, with only two people. I never leaded it, I had to be cheeky. They slowed down and again, I had to change the pace to run behind a Spanish guy until mile 10th. The wind was very strong and he started to slow down too much, so from here, I started running on my own, but I was feeling so good. After passing the half marathon in 1:17:18, the wind was very very brutal, I was feeling that I was pushing a table and my pace dropped nearly 10 seconds per km. I started to feel very tired, as I was going slow but the effort was like going at half marathon pace. I was going to give up to get a PB today. I continued overtaking more runners, who were dying because of the wind. I thought, ok, Antonio, try to finish in the best position that you can, forget about the time. I started to focus on catching the runners in front of me, then, just before the 3k off-road, there was a long road, the wind was just in a different level, I overtook around 5 runners in less than 5 minutes, I couldn't stop saying "shit, shit", the wind was pushing me to the left, I was very tired. We changed the direction to the west after 30K, just before mile 19th. Finally, the wind had disappeared! I started pushing my pace and doing some miles at 5:51 pace, I checked my watch and thought, F*** a PB is very possible today. I wanted to catch another runner who was 200m in front of me, and that made me going faster because he increased the pace as well, people started to tell me, top 10, top 10. All the miles after mile 19th, were between 5:51-5:55 pace except the last one, that I relaxed a bit the pace in 6:02. I didn't know which time I was doing, with 200m to go, I could see the watch in the finish line, 2:35 something, I enjoyed those last 200m and finished with a time of 2:36:23. Definitely, 2:35 is not out of reach now. It is time to rest a little bit and focus on Berlin in September. As always, thank you very much to this club and all its runners to make me improve every year.
Robyn reports:- Edinburgh Marathon race report
Last year I signed up for Edinburgh marathon before I knew I had a place at London (thanks to the club) and all along thought I wouldnt run both. Having completed London and getting a pb I considered running my Edinburgh place and finally decided three weeks ago to give it a go.
Sunday morning was very misty and the nerves kicked in, the first few miles were great through the centre of the city and I loved the many down hills! I was well ahead of the time I wanted until mile 16 and then things started to slow down. My legs started seizing up by mile 20. The last 6 miles were agony and I promised myself I wouldnt walk and managed not to. I was so happy to cross the finish line, not quite as fast as I hoped but still just over a 6 minute pb. I keep saying I wont run another...well see next year!
A great course but was surprised by the lack of water stations, no isotonic drinks and no pace makers.
Edinburgh Half Marathon - Sunday 27th May 2018
Vitality Westminister Mile - Sunday 27th May 2018
|Mark Boulton||4.52||15th adult|
|Thomas Grimes||4.55||21st british masters|
|Robert Rayworth||5.30||96th adult|
|Louis Le Roux||5.32||8th parkrun|
|Jakub Czeczotka||5.50||165th adult|
|Marc Akers||6.48||354th adult|
|Stephen Swan||6.49||356th adult|
|Stuart Barton||7.23||462nd adult|
|Rachel Le Roux||7.29||478th adult|
|Eunkyung Lee||7.31||94th parkrun|
|Diana Rexhepaj||8.17||886th family|
|Joanna Wood||8.43||682nd adult|
|Ford Cadiogan||10.44||family |
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 26th May 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 26th May 2018
|Simon Thomas||18.46 debut*||4th - 69.89% Swindon|
|Chris Green||19.02 debut*||10th - 71.19% Lincoln|
|Andrew Howard||23.16 debut*||19th - 67.19% Peacehaven|
|Alex Jameson||26.24 debut ||134th - 54.99% Colchester Castle|
|Frank Brownlie||27.23||42nd - 62.39% Clermont Waterfront|
|Catriona Hoult||27.39 debut*||60th - 56.48% Margate|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.22 debut*||49th - 58.62% Vogrie|
|Fiona Critchley||24.49 debut*||53rd - 69.24% Vogrie|
|Stuart Barton||26.51 debut||84th - 54.07% Vogrie|
|Martin Quinlan||28.23||185th - 50.32% Southwark|
|Stephen Swan||25.21||104th - 51.15% Kesgrave|
|Marc Akers||28.09||88th - 50.38% Gunpowder|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.28 (fasting)||15th - 57.86% Barking|
|Dan Gritton||18.05||4th - 78.43% Victoria Dock|
|Steven Bywater||24.33 debut||42nd - 61.58% Victoria Dock|
|Stuart Kelly||18.33 (1st man)||1st - 70.71% Roding Valley|
|Andy Kumar||20.53||12th - 62.49% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.51||22nd - 60.34% Roding Valley|
|Claire Emery||26.30 debut||54th - 61.13% Roding Valley|
|Euan Brown||16.52 (1st& cpb)||1st - 76.48% Walthamstow|
|Patrick Brown||18.21||2nd - 71.12% Walthamstow|
|Caroline Frith||22.19||17th - 68.56% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.43||45th - 67.73% Walthamstow|
|Ford Cadiogan||27.02 (course pb)||59th - 52.03% Walthamstow|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.11||9th - 77.36% Hackney|
|Paul Marshall||21.04 (course pb)||46th - 61.95% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.01||71st - 64.88% Hackney|
|Anna Johnson||22.42 (course pb)||93rd - 66.08% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.23||106th - 63.29% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||45.14||308th - 33.60% Hackney|
|Shailesh Patel||22.27||20th - 66.74% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.27 (50th parkrun)||21st - 58.43% Valentines|
|Karan Gadhia||24.04||38th - 53.60% Valentines|
|Maud Hodson||24.29 (course pb)||44th - 65.49% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||26.10||69th - 57.52% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.26||72nd - 54.48% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.31||1st - 74.26% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.30||2nd - 71.03% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||21.52||19th - 66.92% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||23.51||39th - 54.09% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.57||41st - 58.32% Wanstead|
|Georgie Hooper||24.44||50th - 59.91% Wanstead|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||24.59 (course pb)||55th - 59.51% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||25.08||56th - 53.91% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.22||70th - 62.01% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||28.12||106th - 56.32% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.22||131st - 59.60% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||33.45||159th - 48.00% Wanstead|
48 parkruns at 17 venues, 3 first finishers.
10 debuts and 6 pbs.
First finishes for James at Wanstead, Stuart at Roding and
Euan at Walthamstow, also an Age Record for M25 - 29 also.
ELR records for:
Simon at Swindon,
Chris at Lincoln,
Andrew at Peacehaven,
Catriona at Margate and
Jonathan & Fiona at Vogrie.
Virgin Sport Hackney Half Marathon - Sunday 20th May 2018
|Ciaran Canavan||1.21.35||84th, 7th 40-44|
|Dan Senior||1.24.05||171st, 12th 40-44|
|James Nichols||1.26.34 pb||320th|
|Jakub Czeczotka||1.36.49 pb||1403rd|
|Jimmy Dale||1.40.04 pb||1931st|
|Annette Clark||1.49.41 pb||4828th|
|Chloe Millan||1.50.05 pb||5124th|
|Karan Gadhia||1.50.36 pb||3651st|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||1.51.53 pb||6208th|
|Katie Whitton||1.53.36 pb||5569th|
|Alex Jameson||1.57.27 debut||9841st|
|Kate Frost||2.01.08 pb||7905th|
|Jess Trayler-Moore||2.14.36 ||12618th|
|Viktor Szabadi||2.16.51 debut||11530th|
Craig Livermore:- Not a bad effort, besides me fading/falling into a slower rhythm between the 5k and 15k mark, which left my mind in an odd state, but what can you do eh? Stomach cramps hampered me for quite some time, and I couldn't really find my footing until it seemed to subside by the last 3.8 miles. It was fine though, as I gradually ramped up the speed again leading up to a mega sprint finish for the final 0.3 miles.
While I was slowing down, I took the time to reflect on some sights of the course, as well as taking in the crowds and getting them riled up. It was nice to see some of the ELR contingent out supporting as well, so I was in rather good spirits.
I hit my silver graded time, which was more than I could've hoped for, given my efforts last weekend were still lingering, but a PB was never on the books. Though for some time it did seem possible, I was realistic enough to know that my pace for the distance wasnt entirely there yet. However, this has given me the knowledge that I'll be back under 1:30 again, more than likely not until next year given what else Ive got to tend to, but I more than content with this. Its my quickest half of 2018, and to my knowledge a course PB.
Id like to thank all of those that made it out to support and marshal today, and thanks to Sonia for booking us a table in the CRATE Brewery and Pizzeria, the perfect chill out to end the day. It was nice to have some company on the way to the start this morning, you all know who you are, so thank you everyone!!
P.S. Yes my reports all over the place, but then again so am I.
Maya Goodwin:- Stop telling me youve got this as it is is quite clear that I have Not Got This
Is not a very good race mantra.
Hackney Half. My plan was to train really well this year. But rugby tours, musicals, childrens shows, they all got Right In The Way. Last week I managed 7 miles. Apart from that its been 3 milers since February. So I nearly didnt run. Not because I thought I wouldnt finish, I knew I would. But it just seems disrespectful to run a race you havent trained for. Disrespectful to the spectators (although to be fair, they all seemed to be having a MUCH better time than I was!) and mainly disrespectful to me. Does that make sense?
Anyway. Last night at the 10,000 PBs, a mosquito who clearly had anger issues, bit my leg. OUCH. So I took loads of piriton before bed and went to sleep. This morning it was really sore. Im not saying it contributed to my time, but it was a niggle I could have done without.
After a queue for the loo longer than one for The Ministry in the 90s, we were off. Now. Not only have I not run more than three miles, I havent even managed that without walk breaks. So I was pretty pleased to find myself bobbing along comfortably to 5 miles before I walked. I wanted to get to 10k but my head flapped and told me that it was impossible. My head is stupid.
5 miles to 8 were ok. Walk running, but keeping to 200 run steps and 50 walk ones. Then I started to struggle. And thats when the mantra started. It made me laugh, but it didnt make me run.
2:38:27. I finished, but I could have done so much better. The conditions were perfect today. Im pleased I did it, but Im slightly disappointed I didnt train harder. So next time any of you see me slacking at club or track, just say to me You owe Hackney Because I can do better.
Jess Trayler-Moore:- It was hot and miles 6-9 were brutal. Since when was east London so hilly? I ate all the jelly babies, gulped all the gels, and completed the run powered by sugar alone.
Thanks so much to all fellow ELR runners and to those that came to cheer us on, it makes such a difference. Unnecessary loo queuing and heat exhaustion aside, I had a really lovely morning.
Liz ODonnell:- It was hot, I ran-walked, ( was great seeing Maya Goodwin ahead of me dogged with determination as usual) did a fast 10k (nearly pb for me) then lost it at 7 miles and had to give myself a right talking-to. Got going again until 11 miles, seized up in the Olympic park, was a sobbing wreck I was so happy to see Maud Hodson Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera Don Bennett and Stuart Stupot Barton. Finally finished around 2.49 and the really weird thing is I want to do another one! Every ELR said hello on the way round even people I didnâ€™t know. Top club spirit as usual- thanks everyone x
Andy Bolderstone:- Going into the race I hadnt been sure if I was going to do it but equally I didnt want to get in the habit of missing races with 3 more over the next 3 weekends (Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, The Flaming Half and The Forest Five). Also my daughter's confirmation had been changed from 3pm to 11.30 am, although being an atheist it wasn't my greatest concern.
The weather forecast said hot and sunny (as it always is come Hackney Half) but as I left home it was cool and misty. I met John Paul Healy and Sheila Kennedy at Leyton Stn and walked down which was nice, chatting . Met more ELR before the start and wished each other good luck. I haven't been too well recently and was told by my dr not to run ( don't they always ?) and to stay well hydrated if I ignored him Which meant that I was going to the loo when the race started. I managed to get at the back of the last pen. It took about 20 mins to get to the start line and I saw several ELR on the big screen starting but by the time I started I only managed 40 metres before diving off for a final pee. And the sun came out.
I decided to just enjoy the race and not bother about a good time. I was just appreciating running and seeing familiar places such as the old Hackney Hospital where I worked and lived in digs, pubs I used to go to, London Field and Vicky Park where so much marathon training took place. I think I counted 13 ELR I met running on route as well as shoutouts from Georgie Hooper and Nacho Aguirre RodrÃguez before that darn steep bit before the Copper Box where there were more ELR. On to the finish. I wasn't too sure of my time (because of that annoying auto pause feature I don't seem able to permanently disable ) due to my call of nature but as I crossed the line a huge guy sped past and then collapsed onto me so. I grabbed hold of him and got him to the ground and over the finish line (got to think of that chip time ) and stopped my watch at 1.50.55 ( actual finish was 1.51 something). Somehow I had managed my second best half marathon time and really enjoyed my run to boot. So I got my bag and rushed back and managed to see the second half of my daughter's confirmation (albeit unshowered and in running gear!)
I would totally recommend running at the back and enjoying yourself, saw so many people (passed more than probably all my other races combined), had a blast and caught a giant on the finish line. What's not to love.
Jakub Czeczotka:- Hackney Half
Sometimes you have big expectations for a big race but end up with a bitter disappointment. Sometimes its the other way round. To me it was the David (Hackney Half) vs Goliath (London Marathon) of London road running. My hopes and dreams of a fresh marathon PB melted in the heat on April 22nd when I had to fight for my dear life just to hang on to the bronze target - sub 4h (finished in 3:59:44 - Maya thanks again for the bottle!!!). I was eagerly anticipating Hackney Half but mainly because I invited a group of friends to come over from Leeds, Poland and Portugal and join me. In terms of running form I knew I may be in shape but didnt expect much. The ambitious (gold) target was to follow the 1:40 pacer and if things get tough just let them slowly drift away. Considering last years 1:44 half marathon PB (silver target) and no HM specific training this seemed conservatively unrealistic or eagerly optimistic, depends how you look at it.
The race started on time and I managed to position myself nicely behind my pacers. From the gun the pace felt quite hard but manageable, at least to start with. My main challenge was getting in the rhythm behind the pacers as there were plenty of people around me, going in all directions, especially when the route narrowed. Frankly speaking it felt like hard work as I found myself surrounded by ambitions and elbows of fellow sub 1:40 aspirants. At about 2k, when space on the pavement opened, a cunning plan hatched in my head - I decided to take the pacer over and run just in front of them. Should it work I will gain my natural rhythm, should it fail I will have the benefit of running in a less crowded space for some time and they will catch me anyway. This completely made my race. Very quickly I noticed I finally have the space to run my own race (and pace). It was faster but surprisingly felt easier. After some time, on a sharp turn I looked back and I noticed the pacers were at least 50m behind me. Well done I thought, now just hang on to this ambitious pace (or fade trying). From about 5k it was more of a mental than physical battle. I think you overcooked it the voice kept saying but all systems were reporting status green so I pushed on. Kept myself busy trying to figure out where I was and counting down kilometres to my next gel (had one at 7k and another at 14k). There was no crisis as such, just a wave of self-doubt at 15k - more than a parkrun from home, the gels are gone, surely there must be a major disaster waiting to happen. Well, it never came and my watch was consistently giving me splits a few seconds faster than my target sub 1:40 pace which only added to the excitement as I was hitting the final stretches of the route. I even managed to sprint to the finish where, to my big surprise, I was welcomed by a massive PB of over 7 minutes - I finished in 1:36:49! I really wasnt aware Id be capable of running a time like that. My garmin even claimed I run a 10k PB in the process (45:26). What a race!
* very effective waves, pretty much all the time I was able to hang on to someone and use them as my clandestine pacer
* running around Hackney and Olympic Park makes me genuinely proud what a great part of city that is
* a brilliant medal and a huge improvement in finishers t-shirt from last year
* to a great effect I swapped my 1h-before-the-run double caffeine gel for a double espresso brewed by a bearded hipster barista with Shoreditch grade tat sleeves, going forward I will aim to have coffee before a race and keep the gel as a backup
Nuclear Rush - Sunday 20th May 2018
|Joshua Stephens||2.10.36 (12km)||100th of 2344.was 14km|
|Joshua Stephens||2.59.00 (7km)||was 9km.|
|Sarah Stephens||2.59.00 (7km)||was 9km.|
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona - Sunday 20th May 2018
|Louis Le Roux||7.10.58||2,046th of 2,367.|
Swim 1.2 miles/1.9km 49.40
bike 56 miles/ 90kms 3.47.20
run 13.1 miles/ 21.1km 2.13.02
Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon - Sunday 20th May 2018
Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon - Sunday 20th May 2018
Marc Akers:- Liverpool marathon run report hope this is ok
Sunday morning started early as my mate Billy was running the half & this started at 9.
So we walk from our hotel down to Albert docks only took us 15 mins & we walked into the runners village it was packed already mostly half marathon runners but a few marathon runners too.
We headed for the bag drop were Billy dropped his bag & then he headed for his pen as he wanted to get close to the 1.45 pacer.
I left there & headed into the expo & to spend some money & try to relax.
Next thing it was 9.30 so I dropped my bag & headed out to corral 10 pen I found myself right at the back next to the 5.15 pacers which was ok with me.
The start was delayed by 20 mins & then I was off & running I caught up with the 5hr Pacers at mile 3 & just enjoyed my running & I know I'd be going past Goodson park soon & then through Stanley park & then onto Anfield , the miles went past very quickly & the next thing I knew I was with the 4:45 pacers I felt comfortable & kept plodding along at mile 17 my calfs started cramping up & I got pain in my left foot. I stopped to stretch my calfs & decided it was all about finishing & times went out the window.
I hoped to still get under 5hrs but that slipped away in the last 3 miles too
The last miles was all about finishing running & giving my everything right to the line.
Crossing that line was amazing & a massive release of emotions as this was for my dad.
Thanks to u all as u all inspired me at times throughout trading
Special tks to Jo & Jason training partners
Plymouth Half Marathon - Sunday 20th May 2018
Nottingham Sprint Triathlon - Saturday 19th May 2018
|Ava Lee||1.09.32||6th 0f 38 in age group.|
|Daniel Lee||1.13.31||358th of 729.|
Ava 1.09.32 - 6th/38 in age group - and qualification for GB European Sprint Age group championships - yay!
13.51/ 1.20/33.06/ 1.39/19.36 = 1.09.32
17.53/ 1.49/33.48/ 1.30/ 18.38 = 1.13.38
Hackney Virgin Sport 5km - Saturday 19th May 2018
London Spring 10km - Saturday 19th May 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 19th May 2018
|Kat Maskell||24.30||99th - 61.43% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||25.55||122nd - 59.04% Hackney|
|Neil Gage||20.32||8th - 66.96% Roding Valley|
|Paul Marshall||21.27 (course pb)||17th - 60.84% Roding Valley|
|Caroline Frith||21.31||18th - 71.11% Roding Valley|
|Andrew Baxter||19.09||2nd - 76.41% Valentines|
|Nathan Jones||19.17 (course pb)||3rd - 66.90% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.07||7th - 72.16% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.38 (49th parkrun)||15th - 60.63% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||22.30||22nd - 57.33% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.42||24th - 66.01% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.37||53rd - 58.50% Valentines|
|Euan Brown||16.57||1st - 76.11% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.51||3rd - 74.62% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.44||5th - 70.19% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||20.37||11th - 62.57% Wanstead|
|Regis Martin||20.51||12th - 68.03% Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||21.12||14th - 67.92% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||23.04||44th - 60.55% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||23.07||46th - 75.34% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||23.17||47th - 55.69% Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||23.19||49th - 68.12% Wanstead|
|Steven Bywater||24.48||70th - 60.95% Wanstead|
|Janet Bywater||25.08 (course pb)||75th - 69.30% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.14||77th - 64.20% Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||25.29||84th - 53.17% Wanstead|
|Ged Browne||25.51||87th - 59.96% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.20||95th - 62.15% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||26.45||101st - 72.52% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.22||111th - 62.79% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||27.23||113th - 51.37% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.37||117th - 58.66% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||29.28||149th - 54.41% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||31.18||169th - 57.83% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||32.02||182nd - 47.19% Wanstead|
|Paul Quinton||17.08 debut||1st - 78.50% Gunpowder|
|Dan Gritton||17.54 (course pb)||2nd - 79.24% Gunpowder|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.29 (fasting)||21st - 55.36% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||25.57||31st - 58.57% Barking|
|Saima Zeb||28.50 (course pb)||50th - 51.33% Barking|
|Tom Timson||22.23||107th - 57.71% Bromley|
|Andrew Howard||24.19 debut||93rd - 64.29% Ipswich|
|Katherine Harris||40.48 debut||287th - 36.89% Kingston|
|John Healy||25.32||191st - 55.09% Dulwich|
|Shaun DeSena||32.32 debut||141st - 39.75% Gladstone|
|Frank Brownlie||26.42 debut||35th - 63.89% Clermont Waterfront|
|Martin Quinlan||29.02||250th - 49.20% Southwark|
|Liam Dempsey||26.13||63rd - 49.46% Brentwood|
|Alex Day||19.44 debut||2nd - 66.81% Lyme Park|
|Patrick Brown||19.58 debut||3rd - 65.36% Lyme Park|
|James Nichols||20.35||56th - 63.72% Tooting Common|
|James Creed||23.08||55th - 58.14% Castle Park|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.45 debut||22nd - 57.71% Mersea Island|
|Fiona Critchley||25.51 debut||32nd - 66.47% Mersea Island|
|Stuart Barton||26.39 debut||35th - 54.47% Mersea Island|
|Terry Lewsey||21.00 (course pb )||65.48% Thurrock|
|Lawrence Foster||24.01||60th - 63.43% Wanstead|
Capital Challenge (CSAA 10km Championship) - Wednesday 16th May 2018
|James Nichols||39.39 ||28th|
Run Wembley 10km - Sunday 13th May 2018
St Neots Olympic Distance Triathlon - Sunday 13th May 2018
487 finishers. Olympic distance.
Ava 28.24 swim, 2.39 t1, 1.08.46 cycle, 1.16 t2, 43.03 run = 2.24.10
Sarah 29.10, 1.26, 1.10.34, 1.12, 56.12 = 2.38.36
Danny 40.15, 3.08, 1.08.38, 2.03, 41.27 = 2.35.31
Great Baddow 10m - Sunday 13th May 2018
Run Through Alexandra Palace 10km - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Mark Boulton||38.01 winner||1st|
|Shahib Miah Ali||44.46||11th|
Toughest 10k I have done, up and down, impossible to get into a rhythm, however, great hill training.
That was a tough, tough 10k - having done 2 parkruns there (normal and alternative course) as well as
cross country races, should have expected multiple hills!!! Shahib Ali
Royal Parks Summer Series - Greenwich Park - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Craig Livermore||41.41 pb||14th|
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon - Sunday 13th May 2018
Essex County Outdoor Championship, Chelmsford - Day 2 - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Maud Hodson||6.20.32||3rd,Bronze, 1500m|
|Stuart Barton||6.36.45||8th, 1500m|
|Stuart Barton||37.30||7th, 200m|
Sunderland Half Marathon - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Mark Moir||1.28.35 pb||68th|
Dragonslayer Duathlon, Velopark - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Paula Bedford||1.22.46||29th, 3rd lady|
79 finishers, 3 mile run/15 mile cycle/ 2 mile run
Michael 22.03 / 45.23 / 15.06 = 1.22.32
Paula 21.14 / 46.59 / 14.33 = 1.22.46
Kat 26.44 / 52.47 / 13.22 = 1.32.53
Halstead & Essex Marathon - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Jimmy Dale||3.52.57 pb||126th|
Jimmy Dale reports:- Halstead & Essex Race report
So as many of you know I foolishly decided to sign up for an Ironman and even more foolishly decided that the best prep for this would be to run a marathon a month. April had been a game of two halves with 2 marathons, 2 weeks apart with 2 very different results. The second (Brighton) I think hit my confidence more than I realised, as looking ahead to yesterday I was a bit apprehensive.
Last weekend I had a head cold and as such I hadnt run all week so on Friday I decided I should go for a run and assess myself before Sunday. I felt slow and sluggish and 5 miles felt like a struggle, let alone 26! On top of this, the weather forecast had gone from 15 degrees and sunny, to torrential rain predicted on Sat. While I decided I would still run it, I was not expecting a particularly great result.
With that said, I tried to have as much positivity as I could and upon arriving, bumped into Roger and got chatting. He was aiming for 3:55 and so I decided that I too would aim for that, even boldly stating I would aim for a PB (well this is a change of attitude I thought!)
The weather seemed to have settled at what seemed like ideal conditions and we set off at what rapidly became a 8.30m/m pace. This was a bit faster than expected but the plan was under 8.45m/m until half way, then under 9m/m until 20 miles and then weâ€™d see how I was feeling and what felt achievable. 8.30m/m felt ok though and twice we even sped up and clocked a 8.15 m/m.
The sun came bursting through at mile 3 and I had a quick costume change, ditching the under-top Id pessimistically started in. The course was beautiful, running through the villages around Halstead. Apart from some very posh houses (one of which had 4 lamas hanging out in the garden), it was all country lanes through woody glades and rolling fields. When the sun fully came out it was like going on a lovely summers walk in the country, except it was a marathon not a walk!
The course was described by Andy B as undulating and I think that was a fairly good assessment! No hill was very long and normally flattened out a bit at the top before coming back down, but there were a lot of hills...a lot!
All the way round there were loads of water stations, offering water, juice, jelly babies and a host of other treats. You could also send your own bottles there ahead of time. The marshals were some of the most supportive marshals Ive come across and made you feel like you were winning the race!
Mile 13 rolled around and I was feeling good, like I could actually do this. A bit of mental maths and I said to Roger if we do 10 m/m from here on out, I think we would finish in 4 hours. This felt like a burst of confidence and I pressed on.
Mile 17 saw Roger drop off but I took on the mental game of chasing down the person in front and overtaking them.
Mile 20 came and mentally I started to feel it, but despite that I was still keeping a good pace. A guy called James from the 100 Marathon club asked if I was ok (clearly I was looking good at this stage!) and we ran chatting for a few miles. This was great as I was so distracted I didnt notice Id picked the pace back up.
I took a gel at mile 23 and by mile 25 that gel decided it was happier outside my body than in. Abandoning James, I dived to the side of the road to throw it back up. Feeling gutted that Iâ€™d slowed pace and more importantly, that Id let about 15 people pass me (up until then I think only 6 people had overtaken me), I tried to pick up the pace. I was sure James was gone but at about 25.7 miles, I spotted his blue jersey at the bottom of the hill. Game time I thought and pushed with everything I had left, finally overtaking him just before mile 26. I rounded the final bend, knowing I was on for a Pb and gave it everything I could, finally crossing the line in 3:52:54 (well thats what my Garmin says, the official times havent come out yet).
Halstead and Essex was a fantastic marathon, really well organised, friendly and simply beautiful. The bling was great, with a nice tech t-shirt and a really packed goodie bag. Yes its hilly but as long as you know that, theyre not too bad. Would def recommend it for next year!
Gatwick Half Marathon - Sunday 13th May 2018
|Joanna Neville||1.50.39 pb||722nd|
Dulux Trade London Revolution Cycle Ride - 200 miles - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018
|Graham Peacock||9.46.55||Day 1|
|Graham Peacock||8.32.54||Day 2|
British Heart Foundation Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 12th May 2018
Essex County Outdoor Championship, Chelmsford - Day 1 - Saturday 12th May 2018
|Maud Hodson||13.22.67||5th, Silver medal, 3000m|
|Maud Hodson||56.49||3rd, Bronze medal, 300m|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 12th May 2018
|Jakub Czeczotka||21.22* debut||54th - 62.09% Brighton & Hove|
|James Nichols||19.52* debut||8th - 66.02% Roundshaw Downs|
|Mark Moir||19.38||8th - 65.70% Sunderland|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.45||13th - 75.02% Hackney|
|John Henry||18.53||14th - 71.23% Hackney|
|Louis Le Roux||19.02 (course pb)||16th - 69.70% Hackney|
|Anna Johnson||23.09 (course pb)||110th - 64.79% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.25||113th - 63.20% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||18.29||2nd - 76.74% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.06||25th - 59.65% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||25.42||47th - 52.72% Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.02||2nd - 72.46% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.43 (1st lady)||4th - 81.90% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.56||9th - 68.31% Valentines|
|Manjit Singh||22.31||14th - 62.47% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.40||31st - 58.38% Valentines|
|Paul Marshall||25.39||53rd - 50.88% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||26.28||66th - 56.86% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.40||87th - 72.17% Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||43.31||251st - 36.15% Valentines|
|James Wilson||18.47||2nd - 73.20% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||19.35||5th - 70.72% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.39||6th - 74.47% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||21.39||24th - 64.51% Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||22.16||32nd - 64.67% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||25.30||78th - 60.76% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.11||85th - 61.87% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.22||92nd - 65.17% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||26.39||99th - 54.47% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||26.43||101st - 55.40% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.04||108th - 59.85% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||28.05||125th - 58.28% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.18||146th - 61.77% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||30.18||160th - 49.89% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.03||206th - 44.06% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||36.09||208th - 45.27% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||37.31||213th - 42.38% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||39.39||218th - 40.44% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.00* debut||51st - 67.97% Bury St Edmunds|
|Ruel Ordonio||25.43 debut||209th - 54.31% Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||58.30||385th - 25.30% Mile End|
|Grant Conway||22.03||11th - 66.89% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.04||12th - 58.91% Barking|
|Saima Zeb||29.36 (course pb)||82nd - 50.00% Barking|
|Stephen Swan||24.05 debut||20th - 53.84% Clacton Seafront|
|Patrick Brown||17.49||1st - 73.25% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||25.16||41st - 59.83% Walthamstow|
|Liam Dempsey||26.53||63rd - 48.23% Brentwood|
|Stuart Barton||26.42* debut||36th - 54.37% Alness|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||25.01||37th - 64.76% Hockley Woods|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.05* (course pb)||6th - 68.12% Fareham|
|Martin Quinlan||26.20 debut||87th - 54.24% Catford|
|Frank Brownlie||28.32* debut||37th - 59.87% Roosevelt Island DC|
|Lawrence Foster||25.06||28th - 63.43% Gloucester North|
Stuart Barton:- Alness parkrun is the most stunning parkrun I have ever done, The views are just amazing,
the weather was perfect with blue skies and a slight cool breeze, I was made really welcome by the locals.
Run Through Chase The Sun 10km - Wednesday 9th May 2018
|Dan Senior||37.17||20th, |
Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride - Sunday 6th May 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||2.24.59||49km|
|Louis Le Roux||5.59.12||129km|
Haywards Heath 10 miles - Sunday 6th May 2018
|Fiona Day||1.45.55||293rd of 463.|
Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run (Marathon) - Sunday 6th May 2018
|Thomas Grimes||2.37.35 pb||5th Club record.|
2nd M 35-39
pace 6.01 Min Mile
Geneva Marathon - Sunday 6th May 2018
|Jennifer Ansell||3.22.26||141st, 11th|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||3.26.16 pb||174th,16th, Boston Qual|
1564 finishers. Geneva Marathon 06/05/18 - Race Report
I have flown in and out of Geneva for skiing for nearly 10 years now and have never really taken the time to appreciate it as a city. This weekend changed that for sure, it will now forever be the place where I acheived a BQ!
So after an awesome day exploring the city with the gang, we had an early night in prep. On the morning of, Gemma and Lucy left early, to take on the Semi marathon leaving Jennifer and I trying to finish porridge whilst fretting about what we had in front of us. We then slowly walked about a mile to the start from our air bnb, but we were still early so we used this time wisely for emergency portalooing & taking selfies!
Then we were off, I ambitiously started a little in front of the 3:30 marker cause you know, go hard or go home right? So I cracked on, with a mad stitch to start, but when that settled just enjoyed the beaut scenery and atmosphere. Now, an observation is Allez allez allez sounds very like Ellie Ellie Ellie so I felt personally supported by the whole of Geneva for 26.2 miles, which was excellent!!
It was hot though, with no shade, at all. However it was flat and beautiful so I cracked on. Made a few mates along the way who were very supportive of the East London vest and I felt the love for the girls from the crowds allez les fille !
The fields reminded me of running at colworth, which I loved - living in the city and predominately running along the a12 makes running through the fields a dream. The final 10k was all along the side of Geneva lake, where I also saw my parents which was so good ! Until my dad cycled along side me and kept stopping to take so.many.videos . It was then great to see fan girls Lucy & Gemma who were very loud and (I think) happy to see me, which felt amazing. Then that was it, head to the finish! I then saw Jenny at the mile 25 switch back, who was standardly smashing it, that was a boost I never see Jenny in a run!! Looking at my watch, I now realised that if I knuckle down I could actually get sub 3:30 here!! Wow.
Then, I did it, 3:26:15 - I am over the moon. Still cant really believe it !
Would I recommend Geneva? Yes, definitely - its obviously much quieter than London, so maybe not if you need the crowds, but deffo if you want a beaut weekend away / stunning scenery / a flat PB course and a supportive crowd at end - do it.!
Geneva Half Marathon - Sunday 6th May 2018
Gutenberg Marathon - Sunday 6th May 2018
Run Through Crystal Palace 10km - Sunday 6th May 2018
|Mark Moir||40.50 pb||13th|
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10km - Saturday 5th May 2018
|Daniel Slipper||40.47||17th, 1st V40|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 5th May 2018
|Louis Le Roux||19.26 debut||21st - 68.27% Woodhouse Moor|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.13 debut||220th - 57.22% Woodhouse Moor|
|Tim Aylett||26.08||187th - 51.85% Ashton Court|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.32||20th - 75.90% Hackney|
|John Henry||19.00||23rd - 70.79% Hackney|
|Mark Moir||19.13 debut||26th - 67.13% Hackney|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.18 debut||27th - 67.36% Hackney|
|Grant Conway||21.11||61st - 69.08% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.27||115th - 55.93% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||24.38||145th - 62.92% Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.44||146th - 60.85% Hackney|
|Roselin Boramakot||27.42||204th - 53.43% Hackney|
|Neil Gage||20.51||10th - 65.95% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||21.56||16th - 60.11% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||23.51||31st - 62.05% Roding Valley|
|Maya Goodwin||33.55 debut||122nd - 47.76% Minehead|
|Dan Senior||18.18 (course pb)||2nd - 75.68% Valentines|
|Simon Thomas||19.10||3rd - 68.43% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.08||6th - 72.10% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||20.22||7th - 63.34% Valentines|
|Karen Levison||20.46 (1st lady)||9th - 81.70% Valentines|
|Paul Marshall||22.07||16th - 59.01% Valentines|
|Laura Kemp||22.38||23rd - 65.39% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||24.52||53rd - 57.91% Valentines|
|Catriona Hoult||28.22||105th - 55.05% Valentines|
|Nick Hoult||29.16||120th - 48.06% Valentines|
|Christopher Sohail||32.26||173rd - 40.90% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||19.52||7th - 69.71% Wanstead|
|Aaron Williams||20.10 (course pb)||9th - 69.26% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||21.28||18th - 65.06% Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||22.19||28th - 64.53% Wanstead|
|Ged Browne||22.40||32nd - 68.38% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||22.42||34th - 61.53% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||22.53||39th - 63.95% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||23.59 (course pb)||55th - 61.71% Wanstead|
|David Hallybone||24.46||63rd - 55.92% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.01||89th - 53.73% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||27.50||99th - 58.20% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.19||113th - 63.92% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||29.14||134th - 55.95% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||31.47||166th - 50.45% Wanstead|
|Michael Keefe||35.03||190th - 39.85% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||36.45||203rd - 44.54% Wanstead|
|John Booth||17.20 (course pb)||3rd - 77.02% Mile End|
|Nathaniel Dye||19.49 (course pb)||6th - 65.60% Barking|
|Saima Zeb||31.05||88th - 47.61% Barking|
|Samia Choudhury||57.07||139th - 25.91% Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||57.08 (tailwalker)||140th - 26.60% Barking|
|Patrick Brown||18.01 (1st man)||1st - 72.43% Walthamstow|
|Anna Dingle||29.29 (course pb)||57th - 52.97% Walthamstow|
|Martin Quinlan||32.25||259th - 44.06% Southwark|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.22 debut||182nd - 55.16% Hastings|
|Viktor Szabadi||34.53 debut||298th - 43.33% Hastings|
|Stephen Swan||23.44 debut||35th - 54.63% Harwich|
|Fiona Critchley||25.18 debut||48th - 67.92% Harwich|
|Stuart Barton||27.07 debut||61st - 53.53% Harwich|
|Shailesh Patel||22.38||57th - 66.20% Leicester Vict|
|Paula Bedford||21.06 debut/1st lady||81st - 74.57% Mersea Island|
|Tom Timson||23.44 debut||51st - 54.42% Castle Park|
|James Nichols||19.26 debut||21st - 67.50% Clapham Common|
|Andrew Howard||22.16 debut||23rd - 70.21% Catford|
|Calvin Bobin||22.34||9th - 72.30% Tamar Trails |
62 parkruns at 19 venues, 3 first finishers.
6 course pbs and 14 debuts.
First finishes for Karen at Valentines(81.70%), Paula at Mersea Island (74.57%) and Patrick at Walthamstow(72.43%).
What a lovely Parkrun Mersea Islland was! There were 3 generations of our family running and we all came first in our age group categories!!
Herbie Dimmock age 5 - first in under 11
Elwood Wharton age 11 - first 11 -16
Paula Bedford age 40 ish !! First 40-44
Howard Dimmock 70 ish - First 70 - 74.
Maya reports:- Im at Butlins in Minehead for a kids rugby festival. And so I thought Id steal a club parkrun record before that Stuart Stupot Barton and Jonathan Wooldridge got there.
Quite a small crowd. Not many rugby looking people. But I did laugh at the group from Ealing RFC who had their kids with them. The coach said last night that we werent supposed to take them to parkrun as itll tire them out before their games this afternoon. But he was pissed so wont remember!
It was all on narrowish pavements with two out and backs one way and three out and backs the other, so it felt pretty chaotic, runners going both ways and the fast ones overtaking too.
But it was prettier than a pretty thing running along the sea front and the sun was out. And while I may have thought that was chaos, it was nothing compared to Splashworld.
Wimbledon Trail Series (5 miles) - Wednesday 2nd May 2018
|Thomas Grimes||29.04||6th - 78.39%|
Go Tri Duathlon 68, QEOP Velopark - Tuesday 1st May 2018
Gi Tri 68 - 2 mile run/10 mile cycle/2 mile run.
Billy - 12.06/31.56/12.21 = 56.25
Michael - 14.44/31.38/14.42 = 1.01.05
Paula - 14.41/33.32/14.45 = 1.03.00
Laura - 15.13/34.19/15.10 = 1.04.43
Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2018
Wimbledon Half Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.31.59||42nd|
Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2018
Grass Snake 12m, Chelmsford (trail) - Sunday 29th April 2018
Viper 15m, Chelmsford (trail) - Sunday 29th April 2018
Haspa Hamburg Marathon - Sunday 29th April 2018
Michael Wilson:- I did not believe I could run a marathon at the moment due to a lack of any real training in the last few weeks. (That old story)! I did a 20 mile a month ago and after that, not much. Anyway I flew over to Hamburg and decided to run and feel chuffed at how it went in the end. Standing on the start line I was still thinking about how far I could actually run, my morale and self belief being that low. I knew I could not match my 3.33 at Eindhoven 6 months ago, but In the end unbelievably I was only a minute slower than my 2017 London Marathon time. For the race, I set off at just under 8 minutes a mile trying to make it to half way. As Ciaran Canavan said in his Boston Marathon report, just make it to half way and then you can walk the rest if necessary. I got to 13.1 in about 1.44 and then started to count down the KM's. I realised I would slow considerably in the second half, but knew if I could do a sub 2 hour second half I would still pull off a reasonable time.
It was a fantastic race and the crowd were amazing, however it was difficult to get a drink at the water stations with some Runners just stopping in front of me instead of carrying on running. This caused me to bump into them and slow down, which was slightly annoying. All my concerns about injuries came to nothing and i got into a steady rhythm. Of course the last 5k was tough, more of a mental challenge; but I made it without mishap to the finish. I took on the Gels and banana slices that were handed out, so my energy levels were ok. The temperature got to 19 degrees which was warm, but nowhere near as bad as London last week. For the record; this was my 30th Marathon and the time was 3.42.57. I am staying two nights in a nice hotel on the Reeperbahn in the St Pauli district of Hamburg, the centre of all activities. A lot of rowdiness up my street, with stag and hen parties being very popular! The area had already gained notoriety, when the Beatles used to play all night sessions here in 1960 before they were famous. I am pleased I gave Hamburg a visit, it has all been worthwhile.
Gijon Media Half Marathon - Saturday 28th April 2018
|Jose Rodriguez||1.21.13 pb||145th|
Jose reports:- I though I will do a report on the half marathon we run yesterday in case someone is interested for next year...
The weather did not help family and friends that were along the course supporting us. It was around 10-12 C and the forecast was saying 100% rain...so we got very wet. The annoying thing is that usually is quiet sunny this time of the year and that during the whole weekend it just did rain during the race...but it was actually good temperature for the runners and the rain didn't bother me. The race is quiet flat and the course is really nice along the city streets and the coast.
I was planning to take it easy after the marathon 2 weeks ago. I just was hoping to do around 1:25. My PB was 1:27 but I knew I could break that easily. So after leaving my husband at the back(it was his first race ever! so he was just looking to finish), I started with the 1:25 pacer. He had a relatively large group of people around him and they were quiet annoying as they were crossing infront of me all the time making me stop and start again..so I decided to go infront of them. We started not too fast..4:06 and 4 first 2 km..and I felt better once I increased a bit the rythmn. 3:55, 3:50; 3:45...Me and my friend we had planned to run this race in memory on her mum that passed away from cancer last year..since then her dad and my dad also passed away due to the same disease. It has been the most difficult year for both of us and for those around us. She couldn't run so my amazing husband run with me. Said that after the first 5 km I made the promise to dedicate 5 km to each of them. That really help to keep the pace and even increase it doing 3:35 min/km at km19!...I was feeling strong so I just let myself go finally doing a 6 min pb of 1:21:13 and not horrible cramps or aches which was great. I even did the last 3km with my husband again that finished in 1:58!...as he said to show off a bit!..The finish line is in a stadium close to the start line so you have your bags very close and there is showers and changing rooms.
The only downside this year is that they didn't gave medals for everyone as it happend in past editions. But they give you a nice t-shirt and a bag pack with some goodies.
Drinks stations and the race in general was well organised. Pretty small race (around 2500) is we compare with the big half marathons and marathons in UK, but very very fast people...or not as popular as the ones here. Almost every single person, apart from my husband and few more, belonged to clubs. 1:02 the winner coming from morocco and has a PB of 59!!..
Gijon is a lovely city in the region of Asturias where I am from in north Spain. Direct flights with easyjet makes it very convenient and plenty of amazing places to visit in an hour drive radius.
Mallorca 312 (193 miles) Cycle - Saturday 28th April 2018
16,568 ft of climbing.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 28th April 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.48 (course pb)||54th - 65.66% Bushy|
|Mark Moir||19.49 debut||56th - 65.10% Bushy|
|Robert Rayworth||19.04||21st - 72.64% Hackney|
|John Henry||19.07||24th - 70.36% Hackney|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.31||28th - 72.08% Hackney|
|Nick Clarke||19.38 debut||33rd - 66.81% Hackney|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.00 (course pb)||34th - 74.00% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.14||91st - 64.24% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.33||189th - 55.54% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||33.50||272nd - 47.88% Hackney|
|Neil Gage||21.18||6th - 64.55% Roding|
|Caroline Frith||21.44 (1st lady)||9th - 70.40% Roding|
|Richard Potter||21.52||10th - 60.29% Roding|
|Tim Aylett||25.31||30th - 53.10% Roding|
|Spencer Evans||19.01 (1st man)||1st - 68.01% Valentines|
|Chris Green||19.38||2nd - 69.02% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.09||5th - 72.04% ValentinesHackney|
|Karen Levison||21.08 (1st lady)||9th - 80.28% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.55||15th - 68.37% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.11||17th - 59.13% Valentines|
|Laura Kemp||22.32 (course pb)||22nd - 65.68% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||23.21||30th - 69.88% Valentines|
|Paul Marshall||26.19||62nd - 49.59% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.20||63rd - 54.68% Valentines|
|James Wilson||19.22||4th - 71.00% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||20.57||12th - 66.11% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||21.42 (course pb)||20th - 59.75% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||21.46||22nd - 64.17% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||22.00||26th - 63.94% Wanstead|
|Ged Browne||22.35||31st - 58.63% Wanstead|
|Andy Bolderstone||22.43||34th - 61.48% Wanstead|
|Georgie Hooper||24.46||57th - 59.83% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.25||67th - 63.08% Wanstead |
|Alex Jameson||25.59||76th - 55.87% Wanstead|
|Ellen Jones||26.45||90th - 55.45% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.31||101st - 58.87% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.10||111th - 57.51% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||28.41||122nd - 51.60% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.05||127th - 51.98% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.08||128th - 62.13% Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||29.45||138th - 53.62% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||31.18||159th - 52.29% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||32.01||164th - 48.78% Wanstead|
|Lucy Williams||38.20||203rd - 39.91% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||39.00||204th - 41.97% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||39.00||205th - 40.73% Wanstead|
|Simon Thomas||19.10 debut||2nd - 68.43% Pymmes|
|John Booth||17.49||5th - 74.93% Mile End|
|Grant Conway||21.28||10th - 68.17% Barking|
|Mary OBrien||27.13||54th - 73.36% Barking|
|Mary Connolly||27.33||59th - 65.70% Barking|
|Natasha Howard||26.04||225th - 58.31% Chelmsford|
|Euan Brown||17.37 (1st man)||1st - 73.23% Walthamstow|
|Patrick Brown||17.47||2nd - 73.10% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||26.03||41st - 58.03% Walthamstow|
|Stephen Swan||23.45||68th - 54.67% Kesgrave|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.58 debut||55th - 62.19% Jersey|
|Fiona Critchley||24.51 debut||90th - 69.15% Jersey|
|Katherine Harris||24.57 debut||97th - 60.32% Jersey|
|Stuart Barton||26.05 debut||112th - 55.65% Jersey|
|Tanbir Jasimuddin||40.22 debut||341st - 33.82% Macclesfield|
|Dan Gritton||17.45 (course pb)||3rd - 79.91% - Victoria Docks|
|Andrew Howard||21.46 debut||23rd - 71.82% Victoria Docks|
|James Nichols||18.58 debut||20th - 69.16% Newcastle|
Virgin Money London Marathon - More Reports. - Sunday 22nd April 2018
Kate Frost:- London Marathon 2018 race report - never written a race report before so sorry if its a little rambling!
I woke up with a start at 5:30, thinking Id overslept. In my whole Marathon journey, this is the only time I seriously wondered whether I was about to do something very stupid.
By the time I set off for Greenwich, smeared all over in factor 50 and body glide, it was already warm out. It was good to meet others from #EastLondonRunners at the tube station (even though I was in my charity vest, not club colours) and it helped ease my nerves a little. I broke away to go to the charity meeting, but later was really chuffed to bump into Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera and Sandra Hiller again in my pen. Having stood around for some time in the sunshine, watching the rhinos get shepherded in front of us, we decided to make a last minute dash to the loos and got back just in time, then we were off!
Id expected the field to open out a little- Ive never experienced crowded running conditions like this where it just felt like you were constantly tripping over people and discarded water bottles... all the way!
Alex and I started fast, but that was ok, since we were going downhill. We overtook the 5hour and 4:45 pacers. Some kids squirted waterguns at us.
I spotted my mum in the crowd because of a huge cardboard sunflower crown she had made! I was glad to see my parents for a quick hug, then I was back on it.
I ran a very good first half, considering the 24 degree heat, but I started feeling very over-heated. Thank god for the fire-service providing water-cannons, and spectators handing out oranges because I couldnt eat my gel blocks after mile 8; I felt so sick! Then we turned the corner and suddenly there we were, at Tower Bridge!
I lost Alex and carried on through the wall of noise as well as I could although I definitely hit my own wall at this stage. The 4:45 pacers overtook me. I found it hard to navigate the crowds of runners, the noise from the crowd was completely overwhelming, crowds of spectators were standing in the road, blocking the way. The 5 hour pacers overtook me. I tried to keep up with them, but lost them at a water station. I searched for my friends among the crowds of spectators, but couldnt spot them
The tunnels offered a moment of relief from the noise and from being watched, and were cooler than the blazing sun. I got a second wind about mile 18 and ran solidly for the last 8 miles. I was so happy to reach the ELR water station at mile 20, but Michael Wilson did not seem so happy to see me, Dont stop! He instructed, Keep running! So I did.
As I ran down Embankment I thought I was beginning to lose it. Id seen so many runners collapsed at the side of the road, or grey in the face and leaning on the barriers. I didnt know if I looked like that, and I didnt have a clear idea about how far left I had to go- my race plan had washed off my hand with sweat and showers hours before. As I overtook someone, they slapped me on the back, and I buckled in a wave of agony. Perhaps it was the shock I needed, because looking up, I noticed photographers, so pulled out a weird grimacey thumbs up for them, and suddenly there was St James Park in front of me. Rounding the corner and seeing the famous sign, 600m to go I was overwhelmed with emotion. Thats one and a half times around the track, I thought to myself and pushed hard til the end.
I am so grateful to all of my supporters for coming out to cheer me on, to everyone at ELR for taking me under your wings and believing in me, and to anyone who sponsored me. It was a fantastic experience and I feel so proud to have raised over £2,000 for a great charity in the process. I took nearly an hour off my debut time with a new Marathon PB of 5:05... if I keep improving at the same rate, Ill beat Mo and the rest in 3 years!
Today I have been lying around with an ice pack on my back and hoping the bruising will go down soon! Back to work tomorrow
Susannah McLaren:-.Delighted to say I survived (and strangely enjoyed) running the London Marathon!! Having struggled with injury throughout training I only made the final decision to go ahead 3 weeks before! At this point I set up my fundraising page and with only one week to go my son Max, with no more than a half marathon under his belt, offered to run with me to give moral support what a sweetheart!!
The reason I put myself through this painful/ emotional/ exhausting but fantastic experience was to raise funds for the Alzheimers Society. I set an achievable target of £600, which Iâ€™m now pleased to say has been surpassed so now aiming for doubling it!
Lucy Barron:- So I am not going to do a race report per say on the London Marathon as I feel that everything that has been posted so far from various runners who took part on Sunday summed it up beautifully!
However I do want to say a MAHOOOOSIVE THANK YOU to the club for giving me the opportunity to run London, I can easily say it was the experience of a lifetime (I certainly remember smiling for a large portion of it), yes the heat made it tough and yes I wish Id been able to push myself to reach the elusive sub 4 but as I sit down (which currently is more of a struggle than it should be) and really take in the enormity of what I and many others were a part of this weekend I smile and say You bloomin well ran the London Marathon which is pretty damn satisfying, cool points for life?!
Suzanne Bench:- A very short report!
Well I was smiling before and after but definitely not during the marathon. Found it really tough right from the first few miles- think I went out too fast with the 3.45 pacer considering the heat managed to keep going at pace until half way but after that it was all downhill! was hoping to qualify for Boston (under 4 hours) and should have been an achievable goal but finished 4.01. So, will just have to try again next year with the support of my brilliant friends and running buddies Andrea and Jayne and of course Geoff.
Sheila Kennedy:- With so many brilliant London marathon 2018 reports, I thought I had better do a short one before everyone forgets.
Thanks so much to East London Runners for giving me the opportunity to run this great event. I was lucky in the club ballot for 2017 marathon places but deferred last year due to an ankle niggle being supremely confident that this niggle would be but a memory this year, and I could focus on achieving a pb â€“ having managed to run a pb at each of the previous marathons. Of course, this proved not to be the case, and I was on the point, some weeks ago of giving up on the marathon dream. However, a combination of positive physios, Holly House strength and conditioning classes, Gareth Davies foot strength and mobility classes, and Regis Martin coaching sessions got me to the start line on Sunday.
This was my 5th London marathon (with some previous ones also thanks to ELR I wont be putting in for the club ballot again I have been very lucky). It was also definitely the toughest for me. The idea of achieving a pb went out the window with the weather forecast. My strategy was to avoid going out too quickly, run at a comfortable pace, and try to maintain it until the end. In previous years, I delighted at the atmosphere and the crowd support. This year, I counted the miles from about mile 16, motivated by seeing family and work colleagues on the course, and by the great ELR support at mile 20 ( - a bit surprised by the Fire Brigade youngsters at the end of the ELR side J). My ankle, very surprisingly, held out without any problem and hasnt really ached much since. Maybe I just needed to run a marathon on it!
Very happy to have made it to the starting line and to have finished in one piece. Some 28 minutes slower than my previous pb, but given my ankle, the weather conditions and probably less training than previously, I was pretty happy with that.
Thanks again, ELR!
Virgin Money London Marathon - Reports continued. - Sunday 22nd April 2018
Dan Senior:- Knowing that Holly and I were having a baby in February, I probably shouldnt have even been doing a marathon this year, but I was so chuffed to have got a place (after many unsuccessful years of trying through the public ballot) I just couldnt help myself.
And I trained hard. Around a busy job, baby Harry, and a little bit of sleep, I didnt really do much else in the first quarter of this year. Us runners would use adjectives like determined, focussed and committed. Normal people (including my incredibly tolerant wife) would probably choose words like obsessed, stubborn and maybe even slightly weird. You all know what I mean!
So I got to the start yesterday feeling I couldnt really have done much more. I had also planned my tapering, nutrition and race kit carefully, really wanting to do this race justice. But one of the few things totally out of my control, of course, was the weather. I think sunshine and heat (and insane crowd support, indirectly linked to that) will be themes of most reports from the 2018 event and my own experience (second ever marathon, first timer in London) was no different.
As you may have noticed, I dont exactly have the classic build for long-distance running (probably running, full stop, really!) and knew that was going to be magnified at the hottest London marathon on record. My original target was 3 hours, which I felt I could possibly just do in a perfect race, but I had a word with myself pre-race and decided to keep that under careful review. I had seen Callum Hawkins collapse in the Australian heat at the Commonwealth Games, just the week before, and was very conscious that trying too hard could work out badly.
So I got to half-way in Wapping at 3 hour pace but already knew that Id have to rein it in, just to be able to get to the finish. Giving up on that target so early was quite hard to deal with, but I knew it was the right thing to do. And, from there, it got harder and harder. I have never had to dig deeper just to keep running at some kind of pace , so many were pulling out and walking at early stages. Knowing ELR would be at Mile 20, and Holly at 21, was a huge help. Im so sorry, though, I didnt have the energy for more than a bit of a smile and a quick thumbs up , I was getting really tired at that point!
But, with a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other mindset (and using that technique of dedicating the final kilometres to people important to me) I got there. Absolutely exhausted. 30 minutes with St Johns Ambulance to make sure I wasnt actually going to die, a Pret sandwich and pastry that I really struggled to eat, and then a lager shandy in the pub with the ELR crew.
What an amazing day. Its an incredible event and the sunshine really brought the crowds and amplified their support. I chatted with Darth Vader and a suitably-dressed golfer at the start (both official world record attempts), high-fived a good friend in Greenwich and was very proud to run past the ELR station and my wife in the later stages. An East Londoner for nearly 20 years, and some kind of runner for longer than that, that goes straight into Top Life Experiences.
Yesterday also reminded me that I really do I love running - even (especially?) when it really hurts - and love being part of this club. And Im going to try hard to convert all of the training into some good results at the ELVIS races when, with a bit of luck, we will have grey skies and some good old-fashioned British drizzle!
Maran Raju:- Every marathon is a learning experience, this is definitely on the top of the list.
My aim was to enjoy the buzz and the support from the crowds for the last 6 miles, it didnâ€™t happen that way. I just felt awful and just wanted to finish.
I travelled with Manjit Bedi to the start line from Redbridge station, he said that he hadnâ€™t really trained that much for the race and wasnt expecting to get his best. He was in the Green Line, and went off. I was quite early coming into blue line and so found a shady place and sat down. Bit later I met up with Abdi and had a bit of a chat. Then it got all bit of sudden as we had to drop bag and line up in the correct pen area.
I was in pen 2 and when I lined up it seems this group was bit fast for me, runners looked lean and young, so backed off to the end close to pen 3.
The race started and everything was okay for the first 6 miles, I was on target. Bit slower than my previous times, but was happy with it. I saw Suzanne along the way, she was running with the 3:45 pacer coming from different line, I just said hello and I sped away maybe I should have just stuck with them.
All okay up to the half point, 1:49 was happy with that. In comparison to Edinburgh last year I was 1:42 half and finished at 3:37.
At 17 mile I felt tried and had to stop and then I knew I had to abandon my plan. Wasnt happy at all at this point, I still had long way to go.
Managed to say hello to some of my friends from the Ilford Ac at 19 mile drink station.
At 20 miles saw the ELR volunteers they were all really great and gave me big boost and cheer. Waved to Mick. James gave me a shout. And Craig called out for me and looked bit surprised as I stopped a bit then. At this point I wasnt really worried about the time. Just wanted to finish.
At 22 mile saw Ian Cummins(Da88ers) in the crowd. Ian and I work at the same organisation and know him quite well. He shouted for me with a can of Carlsberg in his hand.
At 24 miles met up with my wife and son, I just stopped there and had bit of chat told them its just too hot and we will meet at the end.
Near to the end I looked at my watch, and saw that I could get course pb so was digging deep to the finish line and crossed in 4:06, I did London in 2010 in 4:07.
Past 4 months I trained for the 8:10 pace but decided to do 8:20 for the hot day. On hindsight I should have reduced the pace to 8:45. Lesson learnt, you cant be too ambitious racing in hot weather.
Finally I want to say thanks to each one of the volunteers, and to those members who work so hard for securing these valuable London places for the club.
Alexandra or ARP reports:- Race Report for London Marathon ( too much to say) !
Where to start? Three years ago when I got a revelation watching it for the first time as I was new to the UK and this obsession of doing it the year I am turning 40 ? It was supposed to be my first marathon therefore not having any pressure but because of Stuart , Jan as well as Maud, I completed a marathon and an ultra at the end of last year which put a bit more pressure on my time (although a PB from Beachy Head was quite a sure thing) while giving me as well the confidence that I could finish it.
I had decided few days before to not worry of what could go wrong and focus on the excitement, and gosh the expo was perfect for that with a very special signature on my number but surprisingly for me, starting Saturday afternoon, all I wanted to do was to be on my own and concentrate ,this feeling followed me on Sunday morning till Kate (with our matching ELR nail polish) then Sandra spotted me and I was at that stage really happy to have some company, especially when we finally decided the 3 of us to run to the bathroom 5 mins before our start. Being in wave 7, we didnt start the race before 10h40 where we spotted Jamie very quickly The crowd was already very supportive and even at times, a bit too much when 2 priests from Christian Aid threw Holly water at us which seriously annoyed me as I found it extremely culturally insensitive !!!
Kate and I wanted to try to stick together as long as possible making sure that we wouldnt start too fast and it worked quite well, Kate was telling me to lift my knees (my mantra) and I was telling her to activate her glutes , I spotted people from work , wonderful Julie, then Hubby at mile 9 which each time was a great boost ! Mile 13, half course, I was feeling ok but while looking for my second gel, I lost Kate, I didnt know if she was front or back so didnt know if I should wait or not, I queued to the showers and still couldnt spot her so went ahead. More friends on the way , more people screaming my name, it was electrifying! I was still running, didnt feel like walking at all, that on its own for me was such a victory I knew my colleagues from Action Against Hunger would be at Mile 17 and it kept me going, they were on fire and spotted me despite my ELR t-shirt and it was a happy round of high fives !
Less than a parkrun to the East London water station now, I knew that this would be the highlight of the race for me and not only for the kiss of the cheek I had to claim from Stuart ( for BH ) but for all your lovely smiles, cheers that reminded me all we went through together this winter through training and some tough winter races Spencer and Michael were there just before , then Don and then the whole line of you, guys with all your positive energy. I had planned to stop for hugs but I just couldnt and even missed Helen . I got such a boost from you, guys that the following miles were my quickest.
Probably too quick, then cause just after Mile 22, I started feeling really dizzy, my head was spinning and I started to think of Scott and Spencer and told myself that my body was trying to tell me something, so I finally started walking, ate a whole bag of sports jelly beans , drank a whole bottle of water and after 200m of walking felt a lot better. Gosh, restarting to run was hell, so painful but I was so close now, my watch was starting to tell me that I had done already one additional mile by slaloming between runners which I found really demotivating. Mile 24 arrived and from this moment , I had absolutely no idea what my legs were doing, I could see them running but my brain was not in control anymore.they were just doing their own thing knowing that walking would be too painful. I spotted Abdirahman and gave him a tap on the shoulders while my legs were carrying me away. Saw Hubby again but couldnt stop this time the crowd in those last two miles was absolutely insane and finally the first famous sign 800 yards to go was in sight. and at that point all the pain went away and I was all smile !!! F.E.A.R nothing Forget Everything and Run like Selina said !
I knew I pushed myself as much as I could on such a hot day , raised more than £2700 for what I believe to be the best organization fighting against hunger globally and finished in a time I am really happy with : 4h 44mins 06 secs (1h16mins PB!) ! A lot to be proud about !
I told myself that I would continue running marathons till my body tells me to stop so... now bring on Venice in October and maybe on that one, I will manage to run 26.2 miles only and not 27.2 .
Robyn Turtle:- London Marathon Report.
I was so excited to gain a place for the London marathon through ELR and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have run such a iconic marathon.
Training started amazingly with a pb in 10km and getting pbs at parkrun. My long runs with Lucy Barron were paying off (trying to keep at her pace definitely was making me faster). I started to feel a little niggle in my left shin and thought I better get it checked out only to be told I had a stress fracture and shouldnt run the marathon (8 weeks before the marathon). I was so deviated and in the back of my mind knew I wanted to run so sought advice from many ELRâ€™s and my physio. After 5 weeks of no running but keeping up my training through cycling and spinning my physio suggested trying to run again, so I did. She was definitely on board on trying to help me run the marathon. After speaking to Grant Conway I felt reassured that as long as my leg held up I might actually get to run! After a couple more weeks of running and no pain I came to the conclusion to give the marathon a go.
On race day I had no idea how the day would pan out. It was great to meet up with other ELRâ€™s and to feel my nerves start to disappear. Running through the gates from Greenwich Park was very exciting and from there on the marathon was a very special experience. I had run to 15 miles in training so knew that I could do that and managed to maintain a good pace. From there I knew I would see more friends at the 20 mile water station and kept that at the back of my mind. Just after the 20 mile marker I spotted the 4.30 pacer and tried to keep them in sight, which very much to my surprise I did and realised I was very close to getting a decent pb. The last two miles seemed to go on forever and I was so happy to see the finish line and very happy to complete the marathon in 4.32.32, a 16 min pb!
Only on Wednesday last week I was telling Catriona Davies that I would never run a marathon again...post marathon adrenaline Im considering running my place at Edinburgh in May!
Sandra Hiller:- Race Report
Well what an absolutely wonderful day. I had made it to the start line, which at one point I was not sure I would due to injury. I had to rethink my targets following injury, I wanted to get around in one piece, and I to say I had run it all no walking and I wanted to enjoy it. Great start meeting ELR on the train.
The first few miles were great running with Alexandra and Kate.
It was hot hot, and I thought at 6 miles this is going to tough. But I kept focused on running, no walking and landmarks.
Tower Bridge was tough but missed my cousin calling out but thought I am in double figures now. Saw another cousin and family at 13 miles, quick hug which really put a smile on my face and power in my legs. 14 miles saw my brother and his family more hugs and a bottle of water. Yes I am still running. Regis voice was in my head hold your head up think posture.
Target now ELR water station 6 miles, what a welcome Jo, Jan, Maya, Helen, Stuart, Carlton, George quick photo calls and hugs then more ELR faces what a welcome. Big smile on my face carried me on Running. 21 miles saw brother and his family, then my cousin further on then friends at 23 miles which kept me going and another great shout at 26 miles from more ELR clubs members. Quick turn at Big Ben and yes on the home straight big smile on the face, crowds fantastic throughout and I have done it. 26 miles and run it all, 6:11 time happy to finish in one piece.
Thanks ELR for my place for all the support and family and friends. Reached my target for Cancer Research in memory of my wonderful Dad, what more could I ask for. THANK You x
Virgin Money London Marathon - Pt 1 - Sunday 22nd April 2018
|Paul Quinton||2.44.35 pb||257th, by 3 mins.|
|Ava Lee||3.20.12||3001st, 41st (40-44)|
|Emily Clarke||3.37.14 pb||5408th, by 1 min+|
|Colin Dryland||3.51.33 pb||7876th, by 7 mins.|
|Selina Vernal||3.57.16 debut||9084th|
|Roger Stubbs||4.06.14 pb||10774th, by 5 mins.|
|Michael Bamford||4.07.14 pb||10980th, by 22 mins.|
|Gemma Catlin||4.09.33 debut||11442nd|
|James Eggleton||4.26.33 debut||15081st|
|Robyn Turtle||4.32.32 pb||16480th, by 16 mins.|
|David Hallybone||4.36.03 debut||17262nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||4.44.06 pb||19180th by 1hr.16 mins.|
|Jay Sangha||4.59.15 debut||22896th|
|Kate Frost||5.05.13 pb||24202nd|
|Sian Glover||5.12.48 debut||25768th|
|Sharon Lincoln||5.13.14 pb||25841st|
|Ben Warry||5.19.59 debut||27343rd|
|Elizabeth Day||5.24.43 debut||28352nd|
|Tom Timson||5.37.55 debut||30808th|
|Rosie Shrimplin||5.49.49 debut||32809th|
|Sandra Hiller||6.11.13 pb||35691st, by 1 hr.40 mins.|
Paul Quinton:- My 2018 London Marathon race report. Apologies, it is way too long:-)!!
I thought I would start with sharing my running story as a backdrop to this years marathon report. As a youngster in South Africa I ran very seriously in my teens/early 20s on track, road and cross country before giving it all up in my last year of University, a girlfriend, studying for my degree and an active social life (i.e. getting drunk on a regular basis) meant something had to give...running seriously it was. Fast forward to London Marathon 2011. I was lucky enough to get in via the ballot, back then if you applied 5 times in a row and were unsuccessful you were guaranteed a place on your 6th attempt if I recall correctly. Anyway, 2 months of limited training, I thought that those few runs I did manage to do and muscle memory from my youth would get me to a time of sub 3:30. How wrong was I. You cant wing or blag your way through a marathon! I walked for at least 5km and to this day it was not only my slowest but most painful marathon (see pic attached), the last 12km were not fun. I ended up running 4:19. I promised myself that day that never again would I run a marathon unprepared and unfit. That lead me to deciding to lose some weight in early Jan 2012 and get fit again and so I decided l to join a running club after having some really good years at a running club in SA in my youth. After spending 10min on ELRs website my mind was made up. It looked like a great social club but who were also competitive and the guys upfront from the club (Thomas, Pat & Ciaran who I recall from that time) were fast...perfect...I have some guys to chase and they like to have the odd beer or two.
Running marathon PBs in the beginning came easily as it always does when you first start racing them (when you fit!).
Chicago 2012: 3:06 (2 stone lighter and 6 months of training later)
Berlin 2013: 2:58 (first sub 3 and tears)
Frankfurt 2014: 2:55
London 2015: 2:47
Then came London 2016, on track for PB at 20 miles then the wheels fell off badly, 2:54. Gutted. What went wrong? Back to the drawing board.
Then Berlin 2017, we try again, on track for PB at 20 miles then the wheels fell off again, 2:51. Gutted, really gutted. This one really hurt and stung for awhile as I really felt I was ready!
But I was not going to stop until I (1) broke 2:45 or (2) got physically too old to do it, im stubbornly over competitive:-). But to do it I knew I needed to change something rather than flogging the dead horse that was my approach to my two previous sub 2:45 attempts. So I found a new coach, he had some very different approaches to marathon training, lots of treadmill sessions, running twice a day some days and running hard 3 days in a row. I was not convinced but given doing my own thing had not exactly worked the last 2 times I went with it. The training was hard, brutal at times, running fast on tired legs is never easy but do it often enough and your body adapts, you come to accept the pain, even embrace it at times. Other than a chest infection in the last 2 weeks of my preparation the training had gone really well and I managed to put in some decent 10k and HM times so I was confident that all going well on the day a PB and maybe that magical (for me) sub 2:45 was possible.
Ok onto yesterday. Wow that was hot. I have raced a lot in South Africa but never have I experienced heat and humidity like that in a race before. It was truly brutal. My race strategy was to try and run as even paced as I could the whole way around. I was on target the first 5km then after a forced bladder stop just before 7km where I lost 30sec I was slightly behind, no panic, plenty of time to gradually make that back. Fast forward to 20km and I was not feeling great, at all, my pace had only dropped slightly but I felt awful, I had thoughts of pulling out, it was very close but I decided to keep going, I had felt this way in training the last few months and somehow got through those sessions. So it hurt, a lot, but I managed to dig deep and keep the pace at just slightly below what I needed for a sub 2:45. When I got to 30km I was still suffering but I knew I had just over 2km until the ELR water station, that was a pleasant thought. First I saw Alex and Spencer and our friends George and Elliot and Alex handed me a bottle of my favourite fizzy lucozade (I prefer it to the flat stuff that they give out on the route). Then past the ELR crew, wow that was loud, it was a wall of noise like no other, get goose bumps just thinking about it, it was the tonic I needed (thank you all) because soon after at around 34kmâ€™s from seemingly nowhere I started to feel good, really good and started to slowly increase the pace, I was overtaking so many runners and this spurred me on even more, some mental arithmetic told me that if I kept my current pace up then sub 2:45 was maybe even still possible...maybe. I worked hard down the embankment, got to 40km and knew it was on. I sprinted the last 400m as hard as I could. I saw the clock ticking 2:44:29,30,31 and knew I had done it. I was overwhelmed with emotion, there were tears, uncontrollably so, other than my wedding day and watching my kids being born I can honestly say I have never experienced raw emotion/happiness like it. All the hard miles had paid off. Running in the snow, running when you really didnt feel like it, doing over 50 laps of the track on your own in the rain and cold and questioning your own sanity, running your 2nd run of the day at 8pm at night after the kids are in bed and your wife is having that glass of red wine you love because thats what had to be done. It had all been worth it! There is nothing like running as a sport, you really do get out what you put in. Train hard, train appropriately, make sacrifices and the results will sort themselves out.
I dont know how my body held up in the heat but it somehow did. I ran with a cap and kept it wet, I took on salt, I took gels, that probably all helped. I dont think I will ever run a race like that again, it came as close to perfect as I could ever hope for in terms of execution.
Being part of such a great club like ELR and seeing everyone elses achievements and race reports from marathons in recent times really motivated me in the tough times. From Boults finally breaking 2:45 and it being so well deserved (he trains like an animal) to Dan Gritton running more marathons than I can count to all of you with your own stories of debut marathons to marathon PBs, you are inspiration to me. We all run different times and have different goals but we all have one very important thing in common - we LOVE running and that right there is all that matters! So well done to everyone who ran yesterday, just finishing in those conditions was an achievement and we can tell our stories to our grandkids...I ran in the hottest ever London Marathon and survived:-).
P.S What is next for me you ask? Well sub 2:40 of course...
Andrea Waller:- So I ran, I walked, i cried, it was totally roasting, I had points when I thought I wouldnt finish. But I crossed the line in 4:58.36. Not a PB but not a PW either. The water station really kept me going. Sorry for throwing my sweaty self at you Jayne Browne Geoff Bench but I was really in need of a hug at that stage! Well done to all my ELR mates today. Some awesome times in that ridiculous heat. We are all amazing! Rest well guys. See you Wednesday (I may just show off my medal rather than run!) x
Jay Sangha:- What a day, finally finished @virginmoney @londonmarathon in 4:59:15 and plus it was my first marathon too. Had to slow down, it was too hot but managed to get though to by the crowds, my family and my East London Runners Family too. It amaze me what London is all about, #spiritoflondon but a nice @newbalance finishers tshirt too @ The Mall, London
Lucy Barron:- Today took everything I had mentally and physically, running the hottest London Marathon on record Im taking as an achievement in itself. London pushed me to my limit but reminded me why I run and the feeling it gives me is incomparable.
Diana Rexhepaj:- Very tough run today in the heat, no pb but better finished safe, thank God not collapsing on the roads . Lots of injuries well next time will be much better.
Maud Hodson:-It was never going to be a PB today. In case youve been on another planet, it was F#%*ing Hot. Hottest ever London Marathon. So I did the sensible thing and went off a good bit slower than Id planned. The first half of the race was great - I had a ball, grinning like a loon and high-fiving all the kids. Got a bit emotional somewhere round Greenwich, sort of about the whole occasion, and other things I guess too. Nearly blubbed.
By about half way I began to worry that I hadnt started slowly enough. There were already quite a few runners being treated by the paramedics. And the heat was relentless. Narrow Street was a bit of relief, as due to its, er, narrowness, there was some shade.
Just get to the 20 mile water station, I told myself, then you can have a little walk if you want. Well, I may have walked a few times in mile 19. It felt both so good and so wrong at the same time. Made sure I looked like I was running as i approached the water station, and did the obligatory aeroplane impression for Don and his camera. High-fived the line of ELRs, but inexplicably failed to hear Maya yelling into megaphone. Me, a musician with sensitive ears...
Was feeling so buggered around 18, 19 miles that Id anticipated needing to walk most of the last section, but struck a deal with myself that I could have a little walk at each water station, but run in between. And I stuck with that. Finished in a personal worst time, but I can live with that. Just happy to come out unscathed, apart from where I missed a bit with the suncream. And the water I poured over my head didnt smudge Kathrine Switzer's signature on my number.
Nick Hoult:- London Marathon time of 4.26, more than 50 minutes slower than Manchester marathon 2 weeks ago. I would have given up if it not had been for the crowds, the massages on my right thigh from the physios on the route (cant have been a pleasant job) and the East London Runners water station at mile 20 where I knew there would be a lot of cheering and happy faces.
It seems running two marathons in two weeks is a lot harder than I thought but I managed to finish the race and go to the pub, some were not so fortunate (hard work for paramedics today). Deep heat and ibuprofen my best friends right now. Im off for a lie down. I might be sometime.
Selina Vernal:- The journey to completing a marathon began when a friend egged me to do a half back in September last year, after which I began considering that maybe, just maybe, I might be able to run a full one. You see, I am a sprinter at heart, and have also suffered from dodgy knees and some quite bad ankle tendonopathy in the past, so had to build up the distance slowly. With 2 young children (aged 2 and 4), a full time job and mini Spanish learning business on the side, finding the training time was hard. But I devised a plan early in the new year, which basically resulted in my very supportive husband having a few more chores than he did in 2017!
Realising, Id probably never get there on my own, I have to also give a big thanks out to Alex who convinced me joining ELR was the way to go, and she was 100% correct. Speed training with you all and coach Grant making us do just one more sprint when we thought we really couldnâ€™t definitely helped raise the bar, and this, with a combination of several runs at lunch and after work meant that come marathon day, I felt ready to face whatever was thrown at me, save to say the unexpected curved ball of the weather.
Having seen the forecast from the week before, I reluctantly threw the aspirational 3:45 target out the window in favour of finishing the course with my life still in tact!
The sun came out all its glory making this the hottest London Marathon ever on record. A great day for spectators who were out in their tens if not hundreds of thousands, lining the route and egging the runners on every step of the way. It was clear to me that this was one of the reasons that London is so oversubscribed, the support is just incredible.
Well, before the start the dreaded I need the loo thought came to mind, but with 5mins to go, couldnt risk leaving the pen, so figured, Id just hold it. All started well, and I felt pretty good until around mile 11 at which point the reality of running another 15 miles with a full bladder seemed a pretty dumb idea, but also meant a stop was inevitable. A 2 min break felt like a lifetime and it was pretty hard to get any sort of momentum back after this and the mental challenge of just completing the marathon began. Conscious that my heart rate was way above that which it should have been for the pace from mile 1, by mile 18 I knew I had to slow it down. All kinds of weird feelings and thoughts began running through my mind at one point Im sure I couldnt feel my left foot making contact with the ground thats not a good sign!. Seeing the huge ELR banner approaching the water station at mile 20 made me so proud to be part of this club. You guys did great!
Lucky for me, I saw my family (little people included) 4x en route which was a definite boost to keep me going. Stubborn as I am and determined to finish sub 4 hours at least, I recalled the supportive comments from friends, family, colleagues and fellow ELR runners which helped me F.E.A.R nothing Forget Everything and Run to the finish line. The last 200m was ran with arms in the air and thumbs up in the hope that one of the photographers would grab a good shot coming down the Mall, and here is where the debut Marathon Journey ends.
Not only have I finished my first ever marathon, but with the help of friends, family and colleagues more than £2,900 has been raised for the Get Kids Going Charity, who support young people with a disability access Sport.
So now where to next, well, my aspirational time of sub 3:45 before I hit 40 has not been met, and so of course I have to do another entered Manchester Marathon 2019 this morning I am officially hooked.
Vienna City Marathon - Sunday 22nd April 2018
East Coast Tri Saturday, Great Yarmouth - Saturday 21st April 2018
|Louis Le Roux||54.37||44th of 129|
Swim 250m - 5.04
T1 - 1.15
Cycle 16km - 33.16
T2 - 0.56
Run 3km - 14.04
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 21st April 2018
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.49 (course debut)||13th - 69.09% - South Manchester|
|Sheetal Dandgey||25.14 (course debut)||206th - 58.72% - South Manchester|
|Laura Kemp||22.21||86th - 66.22% - Hackney|
|Anna Johnson||23.10 (course PB)||100th - 64.75% - Hackney|
|Tim Aylett||23.51 (coures debut)||109th - 56.81% - Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.11||117th - 62.23% - Hackney|
|Simon Thomas||18.54||1st - 69.40% - Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.10||6th - 71.98% - Valentines|
|Mark Moir||20.14||7th - 63.76% - Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.02||14th - 61.81% - Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.04||25th - 56.86% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||25.09||51st - 59.58% - Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||42.05||256th - 37.39% - Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||1.09.46||293rd - 21.21% - Valentines|
|Gareth Davies||24.20||68th - 60.14% - Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.45||104th - 60.56% - Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.07||113th - 71.54% - Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||27.43||126th - 56.34% - Wanstead|
|Jayne Browne||28.42||143rd - 61.44% - Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.50||145th - 50.35% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||28.50||146th - 51.33% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.25||155th - 51.39% - Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||30.41||177th - 53.34% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||32.58||224th - 54.90% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||33.32||227th - 47.37% - Wanstead|
|Jane Clapton||33.35||229th - 47.74% Wanstead|
|Lucy Williams||38.41||261st - 39.55% - Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||42.32||272nd - 32.56% - Wanstead|
|Anna Dingle||44.23||276th - 35.19% - Wanstead|
|Patrick Brown||17.57||1st - 72.42% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.07 (100th parkrun)||56th - 66.69% - Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||23.20 (course debut)||22nd - 67.00% - Letchworth|
|Fiona Critchley||25.12 (course debut)||28th - 68.19% - South Woodham Ferrers|
|Stuart Barton||26.13 (course debut)||34th - 55.37% - South Woodham Ferrers|
|Caroline Frith||21.33 (course debut)||54th - 71.00% - Victoria Dock|
|Paul Marshall||22.27 (course debut)||67th - 58.13% - Victoria Dock|
|Katherine Harris||25.35 (course debut)||120th - 58.83% - Victoria Dock|
|Maya Goodwin||33.32 (course debut)||221st - 48.31% - Victoria Dock|
|Shaun DeSena||31.54 (course debut)||190th - 40.54% - Jersey|
|James Nichols||19.20 (course pb)||9th - 67.84% Wimbledon Common|
Shaun at Jersey:- As I am one of the slower/est runners in the club, Im resigned to the fact that I will never hold any club records. So to counter this Ive embraced parkrun tourism to be able to get to get Club Firsts. Plus I cant let Stuart take all the glory.
Today I completed Jersey parkrun for a J, which was my last letter of the alphabet possible in the UK (by parkrun events / rules, as I know Jersey technically isnt part of the UK). I think this is maybe a first for ELR, maybe Don with his wisdom can double check. Im sure there is a small group of bandits that will catch up very soon.
The only letter left to complete the parkrun alphabet is now Z. This will be more of a challenge, especially as the closest parkrun with a Z is in Poland. Best get planning
Jersey itself was a fun parkrun, very flat and a good mix of abilities and welcoming volunteers. 4am wake up call was tough to get the first flight from Gatwick and Ive even managed to get the midday return flight and Im sitting on my sofa right now at 3:30pm writing this. However, I wished I stayed a bit longer to explore the island. For me it was great as the parkrun is only 1.5 Mile Walk from the airport. Ideal for anyone wanting to just hop the plane, as the tickets are so cheap. If anyone fancies it, let me know and I can give you a few tips.
Maya at Victoria Docks:- A similar run to Hackney with two out-and-backs. The atmosphere there today was ace, there were runners from all over in their club vests all talking about VLM. So many cow cowls too! I know parkrun always has a great friendly atmosphere, but this morning just felt even more lovely.
And my goodness the route was pretty. I dunno what it would be like in the rain and wind, but today it was London in all its pretty sparkly glory. The sun was out and there wasnt much shade, but because youre running alongside the dock the entire time there was a lovely wind to keep you cool.
I reckon it would be fast too. Cos its flat. I reckon flatter than Hackney even. The only thing that you may have to watch it that you dont trip. There are cobbles and metal things to tie your boat on. Oh yeah, and I got a bit distracted by a couple of male triathletes warming up in their unzipped tri suits.
It was a bit of a pain to get to (two tubes and a DLR), and there is only one toilet. But those are minor negatives in a sea (or dock!) full of positives!
And the expo was ace afterwards, I have a bag full of goodies. Thank you for suggesting this Caroline Frith, I had a great morning!
B.A.A. Boston Marathon - Monday 16th April 2018
Tom Woods;- I think I will be shaking for the rest of my life , god that was the
worst weather imaginable , it just never let up , not for a second.
Ciaran Canavan reports:-
4 weeks ago it seemed training was all on track. A 42km training run in 2.59, then I got Ill (again). Winter 2017/8 really took its toll on me this year. Ive had 7 doses of antibiotics since October, and this last chest infection 3 weeks ago, really was the worst. Having hardly run for 3 weeks, I was under no illusions for Boston.
We arrived early, Wednesday, and had shifted time zones very quickly. The B.A.A. 5k had been a breeze, but all along I knew how unwell Id been. Stepping up from 5k on Saturday to 42k on Monday would be a tall ask, but that was what I asking asking of myself.
Todays weather is well documented. Torrential downpours for more or less the whole marathon, together with headwinds of 40 mph+.
Arriving at Hopinkton at about 7:45 this morning on the bus, the toilet queues were empty given the rain. The only alternative was shelter in the sodden tents of the athletes village. Meantime, a loo dash required quick heel hop across the sodden grass in the hope of relieving one water need without taking on further water at foot level. Meantime, the snow aside the tents told a story of the previous 12 hours of weather. The challenge was to stay dry, warm and foot dry till 10am.
On call to our corrals, I was right up there, only to find the tarmac as puddle laden as the grass. A half mile walk to the start, unappeased by an additional letting loose of the wet stuff from en high.
At 10 we were off. My corral, 6 took a few minutes to cross the line, from which point Boston 2018 was actually under way. I had many doubts that Id ever reach this point this morning.
The first 1/2 mile downhill, I held my nerve and clocked the 1st km bang on target. But something was wrong. My quads were tight.
For the 1st 10k I continued to stick to plan. 4:05 to 4:10 per km. for the first 10km this seemed alright. Then the heavens above opened some more. Good god, really, More?.
From here I was really doubting my race plan. I knew Id not run further than 16k in that last 4 weeks, and my brain was already questioning the logic of 42k. From here on in my run became one thing only, and that was a question about damage limitation. Already I was asking myself, should I walk, when shall I walk, where shall I walk? I mean, Demons, and not even 1/4 into the run.
Here I decided my target was to reach 13.1 miles, then Id walk the 2nd half. From now on in, I was counting the Kms! 10, 11, 12, .... 15, 16, 17. Still not even half way. God help me. At km 20, there were the girls of Wellesley college, with their kiss me if youre hot signs. They did give me a boost, even if I did think to myself Sorry girls, barking and wrong tree.
Soon after came the 1/2 way point. This was not welcome relief. I mean, everyone knows when running 26.2 that the first 13.1 should be easy. Why oh god am I feeling this way?
From 13.1 miles I started to balance the distance run, against the distance to to be run, and challenged myself to reach 16 miles without stopping. And so I did. Somehow. Another torrential downpour. By now the 3rd or 4th to add to the seasonally uncaristically torrential rain already above head.
Miles 13 to 16 were slow, tough, and felt just brutal. I reached my lowest moments here. From 16, my challenge was to reach 19, and Heartbreak Hill, can I do that. 19 turned to 20, and outside a church I saw a sign Congratulations, you have made it to the top of Heartbreak Hill. This is where I turned into a blubbering wreck. Crying into the rain, sobbing to my hearts content.
Some downhill now. My plan revised to make the 35km mats from there Ill walk the last 7 k. Mile 20 turned 21. The 35k mats turned to mile 22. Hold on I thought, I might even keep running (SLOWLY) to mile 23, and I did. For the first time in this race, despite getting slower, I gained confidence with the remaining miles ticked off. When 22 turned to 23, I didnt even think just a parkrun. I could still only think, ok, 24 next. The 24 mile marker turned to the 40km mats quickly, and yet I was still preforming some form of running motion. Mile 25 and we were on the 5k route from Saturday. Just a mile to go, but oh, such a long mile to go. Aright, a left, Lance shouts (did I hear him?). Boylston street. Finish in sight, but oh, such a long way off. This final stretch dragged on forever, but I kept running. Somehow I did it. I got slow, dreadfully slower, but despite the demons, I ran. I ran to the very end. I did not walk. Todays achievement was just that. Not walking!
Medals, heat blanket, water, power bar, baggage claim took forever. Especially with my now baby steps. Bag reclaimed. Blubbering, crying. Unable to walk. Shivering and eventually assistance came in the form of a wheelchair. Medics took me to the warming buses, with their heaters on. A place where I continued to cry, dried off. Pulled my tracking on, and built up the courage to face the outside world once again, eventually.
Boston 2018, you and your weather were brutal. You broke me, despite being broken before I started. These Maraton things are getting tougher. I need a burger and beer!
Brighton Marathon - Sunday 15th April 2018
|Jose Rodriguez||2.57.31 pb||93rd, by 16 mins|
|Nathaniel Dye||3.21.56 pb||609th, by 28 mins.|
|Robert Rayworth||3.25.12||702nd, 1 wk after Manchester|
|Paula Bedford||3.47.15 pb/gfa||1980th, by 12 mins.|
|Joanna Neville||4.17.29 pb||4741st, by 12 mins.|
|Andy Bolderstone||4.23.47 pb||5286th, by 9 mins.|
|Amy Fontain||4.41.40 debut||6915th,|
|Sarah Pascal||5.26.16 debut||9761st,|
|Joanna Wood||5.28.29 pb||9846th, by 49 mins.|
Joanna Wood:- Race report for Brighton Marathon 2018
Well training was far from perfect being ill for most of January and then falling on club run 3 weeks ago and cracking a rib.
However Jason and Marc helped with the runs I was able to do which made such a difference and having managed to get a 20miler in the day before my fall mentally I felt a bit settled. Bad dreams last week didnt help though - dreamt Id done the race only at the end to be told I'd only done a 1/2 marathon and missed out the 2nd 13 mile lap. The fact Id apparently done it in 34mins made no difference, I was gutted Id only done half the race!!! Weird!
Anyway meeting some ELRs in the event village yesterday; Nat, Sarah & Jo I felt a bit more at ease but come this morning the butterflies had turned into pterodactyls!!!
The walk to the start seemed to go on forever, just like the loo queue! Managed to meet up with Jo before the start and Robert last minute which was great.
The smell of deap heat was almost overwhelming in our pen and the start was a welcomed relief to get away from it (even if we did start uphill ).
First mile was slow and very cramped in a residential area with lots of walkers from the start. Weather was nice and sun fighting through the clouds felt good though.
Anyway, got into my stride 2nd mile and to be honest was much faster than I planned but it felt comfortable so I stuck it out for as long as I could. Saw Andy and Jimmy along the front (not sure what mile) and it was great they gave me a shout out! Also saw Jo, twice throughout the race, which kept me going
Miles 12-13 I'd slowed down but my first half I was bang on target for a 5hr finish. Had a great surprise with my mum turning up at mile 13! Out of all the crowds I spotted her and ran over to give her a big sweaty hug - she was chuffed to see me but not my sweat!
The pace was short lived though as second halves are always my downfall. Several miles through a residential area was great with music pumping and ear shattering cheers from supporters - think most were drunk sitting on their deckchairs with glasses of Prosecco but it helped us nonetheless.
Just before turning onto the front saw mum again at mile 18! Put in my request for a can of coke at the finish and I was off. And so was the sun. My last 7 miles were in freezing rain and wind - very uninspiring scenery running to the power plant, through an industrial area and lumber yard didn't help.
At mile 20 I kept thinking it's only a club run to go but to be honest I would never do a club run feeling like this!!
Soon back onto the front for the home stretch and with few supporters, the waves crashing and the only sound of our puffing and panting it felt like the closing scene of Chariots of Fire. Mile 23, it's only a Parkrun but there's no way I'd have got out of bed for a Parkrun feeling like THIS!
Anyway thoughts of the film spurred me on and at mile 25 I spotted my mum again! This time I was emotional. The last 3 miles I was doubled up with rib pain and blubbering did not help but I ploughed on - I pretended it was sweat and rain in my eyes!
With the finish in sight and shouting from crowds I gave a final push and finished! Freezing, soaked and aching but I did it! The alcohol-free pints lined up were a pleasant surprise and of course I indulged (the hard stuff would be on the cards later ).
ELR gave a great performance today and everyone did the club proud - I even saw a Dagenham runner who remembered me from Elvis last year who commented how well ELR were doing. Great team results.
Oh my result?? Well taking illness, injury and lack of training into account it was a recipe for disaster. But I got a PB!!!! And not just a little one but 52mins off December's Dawn til Dusk Marathon!!! Going to bed with a smile on my face and definitely coming to club Wednesday- I doubt I will be able to run but FINALLY to hear my name called out for a PB!!! Jonathan you'd better get the results ready
Jose Rodriguez reports:- Brighton Marathon race report
I was supose to follow the 3h pacer as I tent to go a bit faster at the beggining... The 3h pacer starts with the elite runners and for some reason they started few minutes before us!!that means that I was all alone on this. What sould I do?..well..I found a guy that literally looked like Forrest gump, he was even dressed up exactly and will real beard and hair!!.so that was my company for most of the race with other few guys.
I'm doing well, the course is more hilly that I though but I'm feeling strong and just slighly faster than planned. At miles 12 (km 19 aprox), my left calf (that I though was fully recovered) starts hurting. S***!!!I wanted to cry...and still more than 1/2 marathon to run!!...I really though it will not allow me to finished. I started feeling sick thinking about it...everyone that has been supporting me, the club, my dad (that passed away in february and I was dedicating the race..)..I notice that my breathing has changed and it's all because I'm getting really upset. I talk to myself to calm down, slow down a bit the pace...and Bingo!, my calf gives me a break. I havent even slown down that much. Im on track!!. It happened another few times...my calf was in spasm but slowing down a bit did the trick. I manage to catch the 3 h pacers at mile 20!!! another gel and a little bit of water at nearly every station. I want to increase the pace the last few km but my legs started to cramp a bit...so I just hold it and carry on. At this stage if I have to stop because of the cramps I might not make it sub 3h...so I just hold it there...and finally I can see the finish line. I can see 2:59 in the clock, but I know that elite left few min before us and my watch confirms that!. 2:56 so I dont risk the sprint...and .
I DID IT!!! 2:57:31 FINALLY SUB 3H!! and 93rd of 19772 runners!! Now trying to recovery for a 1/2 marathon in 2 weeks.
I forgot to say that is the first time that I wear the ELR vest! :):):)
For me it was about finishing. I ran the whole way without stopping. I knew if I
did stop I wasnt sure i would be able to continue. It's definitely a mental race
and I now know why people say the marathon begins at mile 20. I couldnt have
done this without the club, the amazing support and encouragement I have had from
so many people and the friends Ive made. Massive thank you all. x
Andrew Baxter:- Brighton Marathon Report
I was a bag of nerves Saturday and before the race on Sunday. I knew my training had been good and, after several years of pretty mediocre stuff, a solid 12 month stretch has got me back to running the times I think I should be running. My plan for Brighton started six months ago â€“ first building up to St Neots Half last November, where a sub 1.30 half would secure me an invite to the fast start at Brighton. .
The fast start was great in Withdean Park, a mile up the road from mass start. With only a few hundred runners it felt very different for such a big eventâ€“ and once Id got over an initial feeling of oh my god I dont belong here, I managed to sit down and chill for 45 minutes, in the serious but very low key atmosphere, taking advantage of being able to hang on to bag right up to 15 mins before the gun went off. Would really recommend it to anybody with qualifying times (sub 1.30 half, sub 3.20 marathon) for next year.
Race itself was probably the most uneventful marathon Iâ€™ve ever done. The fast start cuts out the hill around Preston Park and I had plenty of space from the off coming past Preston Park before the flyers off the front of that start were out on the main road. From then on it was just a matter of ticking the miles off, running to feel with odd check of watch to make sure I wasnt getting carried away. Felt very good and confident lots of cheering fellow ELRs on the switchbacks and by 17-18 miles I was passing the first road side casualties/walkers.
At this point it started to get a bit harder but I was holding a decent pace, overtaking loads and still feeling very confident. Any self-doubts were quickly banished by reminding myself how bad I felt at this point at London last year (where it needed some tough love from ELR crew on water station to stop me from ripping my number off and quitting completely). Didnt have the ELR water station at 20 this time but did manage high fives with Nathaniel Dye and Robert Rayworth coming the other way.
Then before I knew it, I was on the prom with 5k to go. My pace faded a bit over this last stretch but I always felt in complete control of my running and was still overtaking people helped by a high five from Sarah Burns (thank you for your support) with 2 to go, and then family and friends at 25 miles. Managed to dig in and pick things up for last 0.2, crossing line in 3.11.51. Well under my A target of sub 3.15 and back up goal of 3.20 (V50 GFA).
Slight regret that didnt do a bit more to battle the fade in last couple as, with hindsight, I might have done an unplanned James Nichols and shaved a few seconds off my PB, but to be honest it was never in my calculations so I have to be happy with what was probably one of best executed marathons that Ive run. GFA is in the bag for London next year but, whisper it quietly...I think I might actually prefer Brighton!
Nathaniel Dye:- Unable to sleep due to still buzzing after todays efforts, I may as well write a Brighton race report!
After a difficult fortnight of tapering and extreme maranoia it was a bit of a relief to finally cross the start line!
On the uphill slog of the first half mile I found Robert Rayworth who was keeping an amazing pace considering last week in Manchester. The nerves must have stayed with me throughout the race as I somehow sustained a heart rate that I only usually achieve at track sessions! Considering this the new normal, I pushed on and settled into something like my goal pace.
Most of the first 10k or so was downhill on the main road towards the sea save for the odd steep incline that seemed to randomly take us up a side street and loop back. They probably needed to add extra distance to make up the marathon, but surely doing it with hill reps is not the answer! Even so, I felt amazing as is usual for the first stretch of a marathon and the support was unbelievable - just like in the VLM.
Support started to thin out as we hit the coast road and headed East up a gradual incline. I saw the front runners doubling back from the c.9 1/2 mile turning point ridiculously early including a couple of ELR speed merchants. Its strange how on doubling back routes, runners coming back the other way always seem fresher as well as faster!
The halfway point was back in the centre of Brighton and the splits were still even so far so good! I hit a number of mini peaks and troughs thereafter, ranging from this is just so so hard! to This is great shame I have to stop in 10 miles...
Around the 19 mile point, Brighton was to be exposed in all its glory with a little trip around an imdustrial estate that smelt strongly of fish. This lasted until about the 24 mile point at which point I was hanging on to sub-3:30 splits for dear life with each step harder than the last. Its amazing how the cumulative effect of all the miles hits in the latter stages. My sprint finish showed no discernible difference from my marathon pace, which confirmed that I really had nothing more in my legs than 3:22.
Thanks for all the ELR support what a team effort on the day!
Reasons to book Brighton:
Big race with a banging atmosphere and tonnes of support most of the way through
Not too hilly
Not so keen on:
At times an uninspiring route with lots of doubling back
Parking/hotels are hard to come by
All the faff associated with really big races
Amy Fontain:- FINALLY feel ready to write a few thoughts on my first marathon! I am incredibly self critical so have found this quite difficult but ultimately I am finally feeling positive. Firstly I finished the bastarding thing! Whoop! I set my goal to run a marathon without a real plan and joined ELR quite late on in the training and with some splashings of rubbish weather and a viral illness I really didnt do badly at all!
Some learning points for next time:
1- follow guru Grants advice re trying out energy supplies handed out first! I didnt and at mile 5 picked up a gel which subsequently left me with intermittent cramps and stitches throughout the rest of the race!
2- when you stack it near the half mile point, crowds and runners make you feel like less of a twat because you get a cheer!
3- double check your speed! I was going slower than my normal pace with the cocky intention that by second half Id get quicker... hahahha hahahaha
4- the uglier/ most painful face you pull, the more cheers you get (please see below)
Overall I am so pleased. As everyone else has said already the estate was pants and I had to keep power walking/ jogging but I was determined that when I got to that monument I would run all the way, stitches be damned! I suddenly sped up and my fastest mile was the last one so maybe that does count toward negative splits?!
Thank you so much to all those who gave advice and support! To the lovely faces of Paula and Sarah and even Emma who I havent spoken with but saw her back and that kept me going! Lessons have been learned and I will still try my luck for London. Personally dont like courses that you can see the switch back for miles so another lesson learned there also!
Brighton 10km - Sunday 15th April 2018
A funny 10K-turned-10mile run by Ford Cadiogan.
This is one of a kind race report. I signed up for the BM10K. Thinking that its only 6.2 miles run, I still worked night shift of Saturday then drove to Brighton 7:00 AM and was at the starting point at 09:20. I spend the rest of the minutes by stretching up before the 9:45 mass start. While we were running I noticed some runners with belts filled with energy gels so I was just wondering why and yet it's a 6-mile run. Is it really needed? One question mark in my head.
At mile 5 I started to get excited sensing that its only a mile away to the finish line. At mile 6 I was puzzled to find out that there is no finish line waiting. I have no other choice than to continue running expecting that the finish line is just a distance away. The next mark is not a finish line! It's mile 7! Two big question marks in my head.
While running I have to stop often to ask event attendants where's the finish line for 10K. The first one told me to just keep going and will find it on my way; the second one said it will split up along the route; the third attendant at mile 9.9 gave me a helpful answer - - he informed me that 10K run started at 9:00 and the last runner finished about 5 minutes ago. I finally found the answer to the question marks in my head. So I am running with the Brighton Marathoners! I'm not yet ready with 26.2 miles! I prepared my energy for the day to run 6 miles not 26.2!
The next scenario is that I was walking down the Event Village to collect my 10K medal. Oh well . . . things happen. I still feel great for the extra miles I have done and proud doing it for Breast Cancer Care.
Brighton Marathon reports continued
Paula Bedford reports:- Brighton Race Report!!
Firstly I just wanted to say how inspirational and motivating it is to be part of ELR. I know i don't get to many club runs but I try and join in when I can and the FB page is a great way to keep up with all the amazing things you've all been doing. So big thanks to all you wonderful East London Runners!
So Brighton was my second marathon. Last year I did Exeter and it was going to be my only one, just to try it out you know. Well the temptation to do another was too much so I signed up to Brighton!
For me Brighton was the perfect Race. It all came together and went to plan. This year I escaped the worst of the colds and bugs that were flying round my house courtesy of my 2 boys so was feeling fit on the day. I'd looked after myself and had been having sports massages for the last 6 weeks so was nearly niggle free. I had recently adapted my Marathon fuelling strategy as I was finding neat gel rather sickly so I took with me 2 x 250ml flasks. Each of with 3 high5 energy gels in, half a high5 electrolyte and toped up with water. It really worked well for me.
It was great to meet up with Amy at the start of the race. Chatting a way helped calm my nerves and the time in the loo Q pass quickly! I was in a good position at the start of the race, easily slipping into my pace of 5.20 mins/km and not having to dodge runners ahead of me. The kms clicked by and after a long gentle inclined up past Rodean we were looping back down and towards Brighton Pier and the half way mark. I was still feeling strong and was just trying to focus on when I would see my friends and Sarah Burns next to get an encouraging cheer! It was amazing to have Sarah there. She is such an enthusiastic supporter. I also really appreciated that she had a really bad cold abut came anyway (she's now lost her voice!!!) About the 14miles mark I saw my friends with a banners with my name on and lots of cheers. It really does give you such a big boost. The next part of the run was through the streets of Hove which were filled with supporters so that provided some welcome distraction. At mile 16 I really started to have to work to keep my pace up and I could feel that my race was really starting now. Now was the time to keep strong and positive and keep those doubts if I could keep up my pace at bay. I have recently discovered a great product called https://www.caffeinebullet.com/ and after trying it out at the Bedford 20 I knew that it would help me for Brighton. So I took one here and I really helped me keep on my pace. So then off to Shoreham for the least inspiring miles of the course and at a time when most runners are having to dig deep. So no point in trying to distract yourself with scenery! I kept repeating to myself . You trained, youre prepared you can do it! And the miles clicked by. There was no way I was slowing down I had to keep my pace to get my time. For one tantalising km the 3.45 pacer overtook me and I thought I might try and keep up. But I remembered the words of my sister to run my own race so I let that idea go! Soon I was back along the sea front and the last miles. It took all I had to keep it up and cheers from my sister and friends spurred me on. I gave it all I had to the finish line coming in with a time of 3:47:13. I been trying for under 3.50 to get a good for age time for London marathon next year and I did! This year it's not guaranteed entry but I hope I did enough to get a place.... it will be my last one... or will it????
Firenze Florence Half Marathon - Sunday 15th April 2018
51st Victoria Park Open 5m - Saturday 14th April 2018
Boston Athletic Association 5km - Saturday 14th April 2018
B.A.A. 5K race report. by Ciaran Canavan.
Early! 8am starts are usually reserved for ultras or marathons in the desert. However this mornings B.A.A. 5k
had this accolade. 10,000 entrants meant a BIG field for such a short run. Runners encouraged to position
themselves at the start by pace per mile signs, yet on the off, I spent the first 2km weaving in and out of
runners (or dare I say joggers) who were obviously more opportunistic than talented. That was alright though.
It meant I was forced to run a little slower than I otherwise may have done, forcing myself to be a little more
disciplined pre Marathon Monday myself. With the first km in 4:09, followed by the 2nd and 3rd in 4:00 and
3.55 so I continued.
By now the field had thinned, and I decided to try a little harder. 3.44 & & 3.33 marked the
next 2 Kms. The perfect negative split, with every km faster than the one that preceded it. If I can be so
disciplined (likely not) on Marathon Monday then Im sure to have a great run.
Fantastic Atmosphere at the B.A.A. 5k. I do love a big event! Medal, t-shirt. Great goody bag and 2 Poland
Spring water stations en-route, this was definitely not your average parkrun!
Superb fun, worth the experience, but dont expect to PB (or PR as our American cousins would say) unless you
position yourself right at the front on the start line.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 14th April 2018
|Tom Woods||24.35 debut||90th - 67.59% Jamaica Pond, Boston.|
|Paul Marshall||21.22 debut||8th - 61.08% Amager Faelled, Denmark|
|Aaron Williams||20.35 debut||43rd - 67.85% Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||20.45 (course pb)||47th - 63.94% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.39||86th - 63.06% Hackney|
|David Hallybone||23.03 debut||96th - 60.09% Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.01||115th - 62.66% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||25.19||26th - 58.46% Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||26.39||32nd - 49.47% Roding Valley|
|James Nichols||18.53 debut||13th - 69.46% Nonsuch|
|Steven Bywater||26.26 debut||129th - 57.19% Arrow Valley|
|Ashley Faria||19.50 (course pb)||7th - 73.19% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.18||12th - 60.56% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.26 (course pb)||14th - 61.20% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.45||18th - 68.89% Valentines|
|Maran Raju||24.30||51st - 61.70% Valentines|
|Katherine Jones||26.46 (course pb)||79th - 56.04% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||27.47||96th - 71.87% Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||54.09||259th - 27.33% Valentines|
|Marc Akers||24.45||47th - 57.31% Gunpowder|
|Jan Webb||43.24||296th - 41.71% Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||43.25||297th - 35.01% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||20.58||6th - 61.53% Barking|
|Shahib Miah Ali||21.03||7th - 61.76% Barking|
|Grant Conway||21.42||9th - 67.43% Barking|
|Natasha Howard||26.19 (course pb)||243rd - 57.76% Chelmsford Central |
|Andrew Howard||22.51 debut||15th - 68.42% Clacton Seafront|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.53 debut||35th - 59.80% Ellenbrook Fields|
|Fiona Critchley||25.47 debut||53rd - 66.65% Ellenbrook Fieldsa|
|John Booth||17.06 debut||2nd - 78.07% Victoria Dock|
|Dan Gritton||18.31 debut||13th - 76.60% Clapham Common|
|Chris Green||20.50 debut||53rd - 65.04% Clapham Common|
|Stephen Swan||23.12 (course pb)||48th - 55.89% Felixstowe|
|Katherine Harris||23.57 debut||63rd - 62.84% Felixstowe|
|Stuart Barton||24.48 debut||81st - 58.53% Felixstowe|
|Euan Brown||18.07||1st - 71.21% Wanstead|
|James Wilson||19.16||2nd - 71.37% Wanstead|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.44 debut||4th - 65.88% Wanstead|
|Craig Simpson||22.36||20th - 61.80% Wanstead|
|Scott McMillan||22.38||21st - 61.19% Wanstead|
|Gareth Davies||23.38||29th - 61.92% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||24.43||35th - 64.26% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||26.30||60th - 55.85% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||27.32 (200th parkrun)||73rd - 70.46% Wanstead|
|Ellen Jones||27.47||78th - 53.39% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.02||84th - 57.79% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||28.45||93rd - 50.49% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||29.19||104th - 58.61% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.59||119th - 60.37% Wanstead |
|Jayne Browne||30.02||120th - 58.71% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||40.52||176th - 38.87% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||41.23||177th - 39.55% Wanstead|
|Lucy Williams||42.42||180th - 35.83% Wanstead|
|John Henry||20.11||21st - 66.64% Finsbury Park|
|Jane Clapton||31.11||136th - 51.42% Wanstead|
54 parkruns at 18 venues, 1 first finisher.
15 debuts and 6 course pbs, 200th parkrun for Fiona Day.
11 ELR parkrun records for
Tom Woods at Jamaica Pond, Boston.
Paul Marshall at Amager Faelled, Denmark,
James Nichols at Nonsuch,
Steven Bywater at Arrow Valley,
Andrew Howard at Clacton Seafront,
Jonathan Wooldridge at Ellenbrook Fields,
Fiona Critchley at Ellenbrrok,
John Booth at Victoria Docks,
Dan Gritton at Clapham Common,
Stephen Swan at Felixstowe and
Katherine Harris at Felixstowe.
The Orchid London River Run 10km - Wednesday 11th April 2018
Chasing The Sun 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 11th April 2018
St Clare's Hospice 10km - Sunday 8th April 2018
Paddock Wood Half Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
Asics Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
|Mark Boulton||2.43.49 pb||74th, 2 mins|
|Joseph Browne||3.14.18 pb||1004th, 30 mins|
|Craig Livermore||3.19.17 pb||1269th, 7 mins|
|Mark Moir||3.20.08 debut||1318th |
|Shahib Miah Ali||3.22.46 pb||1443rd, 8 mins|
|Regis Martin||3.23.14||1469th, 8 mins faster than London 2017|
|Nick Hoult||3.34.07 pb||2163rd, 16 mins|
|Jimmy Dale||3.55.12 pb||3904th, 18 mins|
|Paul Marshall||4.05.00 pb||4765th, 10 mins|
|Georgie Hooper||4.29.02 pb ||6404th, 10 mins.|
|Rachel Le Roux||4.34.10 pb||6724th, 1hr.10 mins|
|Zuzana Urbanova||4.42.12 debut?||7155th,|
|Jayne Browne||4.57.26 pb||7892nd, 18 mins|
|Geoff Bench||5.07.26 pb||8198th, 1hr.20 mins|
|Spencer Evans||2.17.18 (20 miles)||dnf|
Nick Hoult:- Never been so grateful to see Old Trafford cricket ground
as I was at the end of the Manchester marathon today. Time 3.34.08. A pb by
16 minutes. Great support on the route, nice and flat course but not sure how
I'm going to get out my seat when the train home arrives at Euston.
Mark Moir:-Debut Marathon completed in 3:20:09!
Terrific result in Manchester, I am really pleased with the time. Thank you so
much to all of my family, close friends and everyone at East London Runners
for their continued support. Future marathon? We will see..
Shahib Ali:- What an amazing weekend in Manchester. Started off with a completely unexpected
club parkrun record at South Manchester parkrun, then we had the amazing Man Utd comeback against
Man City followed by my marathon PB today of 03:22:47 - the icing on the cake 10 years after my first
marathon. To cut a long story short, I thought I started too fast but managed to sustain it for long
enough. Huge thank you to my wife Samia Choudhury and son for being part of this journey - impossible
without them. I must mention all the club runners that I did ALL of my long runs with, not least
Joseph Browne who absolutely had a stormer today. I also need to shout out Jonathan Wooldridge,
Carlton D'Souza and Peter Hatley - your words had such a powerfully empowering impact. From running
Benfleet 15 with my friend Grant Conway having stubbed my toe the night before chasing after my son,
to running the Roding Valley HM having taken a tumble beforehand and cutting myself, to running this
marathon on this weekend of all weekend, as always, its been an amazing journey.
Tasnia Muller-Choudhuryry - (5.51.30) well done too on your second marathon.
Rachel LeRoux:- Manchester Marathon done and dusted, was a great first half thanks to Urban Zu
and then the longest hardest last 8 miles left to go, had to dig deep and get on with it, long day
and glad it's over.
Georgie Hooper:- Honestly don't know where to start. Wasn't the run I was hoping for but it doesn't
matter a smidge because of the amazing people that were there to support me and others as well as seeing
the amazing times some of my new mates at the club got - you brilliant people.
Jason Levy:- Running a marathon with hardly any training was always going to be a battle of mind
over matter. Yesterday was a victory for the mind. Finish time 5.18.15. Thank you Manchester for your
amazing support. Will definitely be back.
Bangin weekend that's left me feeling inspired. Obvs, massive shouts to Nick and Claire tho.
Craig Livermore:- Its taken a bit to get around to this, as Ive been completely shattered, both mentally and physically. Alas a report has to be made in light of recent events, so may as well get started.
I would like to start with the lead up. Now reflecting back upon it, 1 year and 3 weeks to this date, I was nowhere. So to come from that and to get to where I am now, is nothing short of a miracle. Iâ€™ve been gradually building up, solely for this moment alone, and I have seen quite the fair bit of progression, but nothing overly major. Until mid Feb, I decided to have a full on crack at a 5k for the first time in a long time, and with major implications. For the first time in 2 and a bit year I cracked sub 20 again, in 19:26, it was a PB by 29 seconds and a best for the year by 1:14. I was astonished, but I didnt read anything into this, as a 5k of that intensity means nothing to me in the face of a marathon, but I was pleased nonetheless.
Travelling to the start with Zuzi, Rob and Jason, my mind was instantly at ease. But as we got closer and closer, the noise started to ramp up, and my heart was beginning to pound with anticipation. Bumping into Rachel and Louis as we drew closer to the pens, it was nice to say hi and wish those of our group luck, before they peeled off into their respective pens. Me and Rob were soon the only 2 left, making our way to the C start area, wished Stephen Taylor luck and continued further up in the same pen. Now it was just a case of waiting for the start.
A brief bang from the gun, and we were off. I started off at goal pace, losing around 230 positions, but I had an inkling most of those would be caught in the last 10k, so long as I knuckled down and did what I had told myself to do. 0.7 miles in and the 3:29 pacer was on my back, I was thinking what kind of 3:29 pace are you doing?, so I had no choice but to respond and go faster than I intended for a bit. The group eventually reeled back in pace at about 2 miles, so I could finally focus on the task ahead and run my own race in peace. Around 5 Miles in, solid pacing and my first gel, nothing really to report so far. By mile 6, seeing Louis again gave me even more of encouragement. Continuing on, there were fluctuations in my pace, with slight increases and decreases, but thats how the course rolls the dice, nothing you can do about that. By mile 13 Id posted my quickest mile yet...a 7:15...but I knew I had to peg it back, or risk imploding early on, so I gradually whittled down my pace back to normal, whatever that is, haha. Half distance covered in 1:38:54, so I figured to myself I have some time in hand, lets just keep going at a decent rate of knots, and play by feel.
My hydration and gel intake was going to plan as well as my pace, so I was still in good form and spirits, even by mile 19, which was where I bumped into Rob, recovering from a loo break and slight fade. I got past before the beginning of mile 20, I offered some encouragement, but cant remember what, as I was so fixated on my pacing. Everything was still going good pace wise, though I was suffering from a little bit of overheating, but nothing that squirting myself with water couldnt cure. By mile 22 I was suffering, my pace was increasing per mile for the next 3 miles. 7:46, 7:50, 7:56, I thought how am I going to dig myself out of this hell hole?, that glimmer of hope came at the end of mile 24. To finally see someone I knew helped give me the reality check I needed, and that was none other than Mark Moir. I bridged the gap between me and him by the middle of the 25th mile...considering the last I saw of him was at mile 4 when he passed me...offered an exchange of words come on mate, youve got this in the bag, keep it u.p and then the times came back down. 7:46, 7:35 (back to relative norm), and finally the 0.4 mile sprint to the finish, at 6:44 per/mile. That speed felt like nothing, it didnt feel fast, it felt semi-normal, albeit ridiculously painful.
Goal times: Bronze - 3:40, Silver - 3:26:57 (from my debut) and Gold - 3:20. What was it in the end, a Platinum effort, of 3:19:17 and a PB by 7mins 40secs.
And finished, I was in tatters at the end, I was balling my eyes out in tears of joy. The overwhelming feeling of where I have come from, the support I had along the way, and still have to this day, is AMAZING. I have to firstly take the opportunity to thank all of you that have been there for me through thick and think, during my time off in late 2016 to early 2017, and throughout my comeback. You are the legends, not me, after all I wouldnt be anywhere without you lovely lot.
My thoughts are with Spence, as I didnt even see him out of the race with Â½ a mile to go. I only found out from Mark a little while after we finished. My time has left me proud, but at the same time, overtaking him in that fashion has...even to this point...left a bitter taste in my mouth. You will come back stronger from this pal, that Im sure of, but for now I wish you better and hope to catch up properly at some point.
This ends the comeback chapter, and sparks a whole new adventure into the unknown. Alas, Im taking a weeks break, to recalibrate for the challenges ahead. Thats right theres more, but for now its time to unwind and relax!!!
Jayne Browne:- Manchester Marathon 2018 short race report
Firstly I want to thank Suzanne Bench and Geoff Bench for driving myself and Joe with them to Manchester
and for Suzanne,s and Louis Le Roux support on the route
And then to all you guys from ELR who joined me for training runs along the way.
A little extra thank you must go to Andrea Waller as she has been with me every step of the way in training
before Christmas, At Hackney half and Benfleet in January and Roding in Feb and right up to my last long run
I followed the 4.45 pacer who was a mobile disco which was great !! My plan was to start with him and see how
far I got. I think I lost him at mile 20 as cramp set in both legs and my foot started having a mind of its own.
My pace slowed but I just tried to focus on getting through each mile and the cramp to the finish and when I
crossed the finish line and pressed my watch and saw 4.57 I was over the moon and the tears flowed.
Finished off with good food Stella, wine, baby Guinness, dancing and friends what a memorable weekend xx
Also well impressed with Joseph Browne, well done son xx
Lastly wishing ELR all the best in Marathons to come. Xx
Geoff Bench:- A short race report from Manchester.
As I was advised not to run after sustaining a back injury 2 1/2 weeks before the race I decided to ignore the advice(as you do) and try and complete it.
After 10 miles of following the 4.45 pacer the back pain kicked in , I managed to keep with the pacer and Jayne Browne (excellent time well done!) until the 19mile mark at which time I was hurting everywhere and thinking I am far to old to attempting my first road marathon!!
Mile 20 to 26.2 were just unforgivingly painful and long, I tried to think it's only a Wednesday club run but it's certainly felt like the longest 10 km I have ever done !! Legs not connected to the brain as they seemed to do there own thing in the last few miles!! Crossed the line in 5.07 initially disappointed not to break the 5 hrs but after some time to digest the event and copious amounts of alcohol and dancing ( thanks Joseph Browne baby Guiness !!Suzanne for driving us all both ways supporting us along with Louis Le Roux, and helping us celebrate,my running buddy the mighty Jayne Browne and training buddy Andrea Waller)I am extremely happy !! Although my body is not telling me that right now!!
Well done to all the ELR runners at Manchester and good luck to all the other ELR runners with upcoming Marathons.
Zuzana reports:- My first marathon report, it is surreal;) After many setbacks and not being able to do the longest runs, I only hoped for the best.
I did not have an exact idea on how fast (in my case slow) I will run, the original plan went out of the window weeks ago.
Sunday morning walk to the the stadium with the Holiday Inn crew - Jason (amazing support), Craig (chatting buddy) and Rob (big cheeky smile) put me at ease.
Crossing the start line with Rachel, Jayne and Geoff put me even more at ease and I ALMOST (that was about to change) forgot about those 26.2 miles awaiting ahead:(
Running with Rachel in a comfortable (as we named it) pace of 10:00/mi (naively thinking this will help me to save some fuel for later). Chatting away we suddenly found ourselves behind the 4:30 pacer (how did we get here?). Crowd is cheering, families and kids offering jelly babies, music, choir and I can hear a young guy shouting Come on East London Runners (overwhelmed with the fact ELR is recognised). Around mile 7, strong ELR spectating team cheering on loud.
Made it through the half marathon in 2:13 and at that point Rachel abandons me (how dare she) and sprints away (good on her as she would have watched me suffer).
I made it through mile 14.5 hearing my name in the crowd and spotted Suzanne, Louis and Cat (thank you), what a team
Mile 17 legs are starting to ache Ouch:( Pushing through miles, trying to eliminate any pain, how long can I take this? Subconscious mind goes lets STOP just for a moment and I stop. A very short stop here and there gives me some comfort until I start running again:( Why am I doing this to myself? The question keeps echoing in my head for the next 6 miles.
The last 3 miles are hardcore and passing by some kind of a reporter shouting out loud only a parkrun to go now. Please will you shut up!!! My mind wonders to the finish line, please get me there soon. Mile 25, YES not long to go now, crowd cheers on, I hear my name several times Come on Suzanna (surprisingly pronounced correctly, that is a Bonus for making it so far:)) And one last time I spot Suzanne and Louis and I just want to hug them:) I manage a very tired pose with thumbs up for Louiss camera and shout out I am struggling. I am ready to smash (not exactly) this one last mile. Trying to dig deep, feet are no longer listening. I can see the finish line, still so far away, the longest street ever. 50 metres away, I can touch the Finish line, last bit of energy (from the energy I do not have:)), hearing the cheers of the fantastic crowd, looking at the time, have to make it sub 5:00, thumbs up and big smile for the cameras and I cross the FINISH line in 4:42:13 I DID IT!!! Emotions are running high, I have to call my mum, crying out loud:)
I have to say it was a hell of an experience and not an easy ride, but I would definitely do it again.
My biggest thanks go to Rachel Le Roux (could not have done it without you), coach Grant (for an incredible support, training plan and training runs), the Club, friends and family, colleagues, everyone that run on the day especially Jason (who looked after me), Craig and Rob, supporters - Suzanne, Louis, Cat and Lucy and Kat H. for organising the room and support.
Good luck to Andy, Jo, Rob, Amy and everyone running Brighton this weekend.
Rotterdam Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
|Daniel Lee||3.01.01 (74.5%)||528th|
|Ava Lee||3.11.14 pb (73.5%)||914th|
Another result was 26th Paul Martalletti 2.24.38.
Danny Lee:- Rotterdam Marathon Race Report
They say running a marathon is like giving birth . If our brains werent hard wired to completely forget the excruciating agony from the last time, no one would ever do it more than once.
It had all started quite positively. The start of Rotterdam Marathon takes you over Erasmus Bridge to the south side of the Nieuwe Maas river, which hosts the first 27K of the race. My first 10K broadly went to plan. I had my target splits worked out, based on my PB, and by the end of the first quarter I was on track, albeit with little in the bank.
As I approached the 10K Refreshment Station, I fished the first of three of my salt capsules out of my wrist band and popped it in my mouth - this'll stand me in good stead for later, I thought to myself smugly. I reached out for a drink to wash it down, only to be handed a slightly damp sponge. Gaaah?!! No drinks?! Turns out Drink Station = drink + sponge. Refreshment Station = sponge only. I tried to dry-swallow my salt capsule and gagged once, then again and again. By the time I'd coughed it back up, I was about 50m behind the group I'd been running with.
I'm not going to try to blame what happened next on a little salt tablet (YOU EVIL-MINION-SHAPED MARATHON-WRECKER!!!) but for the next 10K, I struggled to get back to my target pace. By the third quarter, I was in a seriously dark place, my splits in a nosedive, and I was parched. In the last 10K, water stations Id normally skip at this stage in a race, became life lines â€“ creeping over the horizon like oases (and occasionally mirages!) in the desert.
With just two kilometres to go, the inevitable happened and the 3 hour marker came striding past me, not a bead of sweat on his brow, crushing what was left of my spirit. DON'T BOTHER WAITING FOR ME, YAâ€™ EVEN-PACED, TIDY-HAIRED ROBOT!, read the sad little thought bubble above my head.
By the final straight, I had nothing left. I staggered over the line in 3:01:01. That pair of 01s pretty much summing up my day. Still a good time and all that, I know, but it wasnt my plan or anywhere near it. Rotterdam Marathon was a great event, really well organised, super friendly, flat as a pancake, nice t-shirt and lovely weather (if slightly hot) â€“ Id thoroughly recommend it. But my top tip? No drinkie = no salty!!
Ava Lee:- A Little Report from Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a great city. Id really recommend it for a weekend away, and if youre a bit crazy like we all are, then why not factor in a little 26.2 mile run whilst youre there. Its really easy to get to, only 20 minutes on the fast train from Schiphol airport, loads of buzzing cafes and really friendly people. I think its a lot like Glasgow , or it would be if Glasgow was ever 20 degrees and sunny , I feel at home there.
This was my first marathon since 2015, when I crossed the finish line in London turning the air blue with expletives and a cry of never again. I went into it feeling prepared but not brimming with confidence. Could I still run a good time or, 3 years later, am I a bit over the hill? The terrain is flat, which suits me. I hate hills. Who knows what the scenery was like , I might as well have been running with my eyes closed. Although I do like the big event, I never really take in my surroundings. There were supporters all the way, encouraging me in a language I dont understand, who cant pronounce Ava ( big A, not ava, I wanted to say!)
My marathon plan is a rather unorthodox one. I learned from the master, kamikaze Danny who used this plan to pull off a 2hr 49 in London 2015. Forget negative splits, or even pacing! Go out fast and see how long you can cling on for dear life. And to the greater extent, this works for me.
So we set off on a warm spring day at 10am. Having trained through Beast from the East, youd think a balmy 20 degrees would be welcome but it felt a little too hot and it was hard to keep hydrated. Water was provided in paper cups with a sponge on top, so you drink through the sponge then squeeze the sponge over your head. Really, what a terrible idea! I drank my spongy water at every stop along the way, and I was still thirsty. The ground was littered with tiny sponges. They were everywhere. I took salt tablets every 5k too. Hang on, maybe thats why I was so thirsty! They did the job - it was the first year Ive not suffered cramps.
I went through the first half in 1.30, feeling really good. This was secretly my plan. I knew I would slow down, it was just a matter of how much. Around 15km in, a thought popped into my head which was this marathon lark is not for the faint hearted. That wasnt the last time I thought it. I have to say, I had forgotten how much mental effort it takes to keep going, how hard it can get. The last 10 km felt long. I tried to stay in the moment, concentrating only on moving forward. From time to time, Id visualise Shaun T shouting Dig Deeper (some of you will know who I mean). As I watched some of the time Id banked earlier on slipping away, I was mentally readjusting my goals, and what finish time Id be happy with. At 40km, I passed the final water station and had visions of me slipping over, tripped up by millions of tiny sponges underfoot. I dodged them successfully.
My goal was to get under 3 hours 10, but when the legs start to slow theres nothing you can do about it. I decided as close to a PB as possible, and Ill be happy. I summoned every ounce of willpower I had in that last few hundred metres to propel me over the finish line and into the arms of a burly Dutch paramedic in 3hrs 11 and 14 seconds. Its only a PB by 14 seconds, but thatll do me. Would I pace it differently next time? No, I dont think so. One of these days, Ill go kamikaze and may pull it off completely. I like the unknown.
I said no more marathons, EVER. But I do have a place in London in 12 days time. What to do? At the moment, I cant walk so seems utterly ridiculous that Im seriously thinking about doing it. This time itll be to jog round, give high 5s, take in the scenery, enjoy the atmosphere. Ive never done that before.
Schneider Electric Paris Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
|James Nichols||3.20.52 pb (61.38%)||3232nd|
|Chris Green||3.23.36 (61.72%)||3644th|
Jim Nicholl's Paris marathon report - to PB or not to PB:
There's something I've always found odd about the mass staging of marathons in western Europe in April. Having trained in the wet, cold winter months, race day often tends to be the first time all year that you would even think about leaving the house wearing no sleeves. And that proved to be the case to the extreme this year, after a particularly disrupted March with 2 key build up races cancelled and causing a revision of the training plan (it worked out fine, but I don't think I actually did even one long run on the day that I planned to). Sure enough, on race day, while consuming the hotel's perfectly adequate breakfast of croissant, Nutella, yoghurt and coffee (I chucked a cereal bar and banana into the mix), it became clear I could just slowly amble in race gear for 20 minutes straight into my pen ready to race. There was a bit of a wait at the start as the pen adjacent to mine got to head off first. This meant I got to hear 2 full plays of the Chariots Of Fire theme over the speakers before I crossed the start line.
I settled into a steady pace down the Champs-Elysees and beyond ahead of the first water station. Ah, the water stations - they were eventful. They appeared every 5km-ish with little warning beforehand and stopping at each was a necessity in the heat (I say heat, it was only 18-19 degrees but my fair hair dictates that the merest hint of sun peaking out from the clouds will be enough to have me running for shade). I found myself the wrong side of the road at the first one and as I struggled to dart across without slipping or crashing into others I shouted out the first of regular variants of a well known word beginning with f followed by sake, off or 'ing hell. Generally though it was a relief to throw as much water as possible over my head and shoulders at these stops.
That aside it was a steady first half of the race as I crossed halfway in 1h37m which was about a minute ahead of target. I was enjoying the Gallic flavour of the encouragement from the locals - "Allez, allez! Bravo Jim." The serene progress continued during the next few miles and I tried to take in the sights. There were a couple of moments of bewilderment. Firstly at 16 miles as we went through the long road tunnel labelled as "hell" for the race, a well dressed lady looking as though she had started her Monday morning commute 24 hours early was casually scooting alongside the runners. Then at 20 miles an elderly gentleman decided to defy the road closures and attempt to drive down the race route slowly anyway.
It was at about this time that I was noticeably slowing down. What had looked like a 3:15 attempt was having to be revised as I entered the last 10k. I've had a few marathons fall apart at this point so to keep me focussed and fight away the powerful urges to stop, I decided to dedicate each kilometre from here on in to everybody that has meant a lot to me over the last few months. You all collectively as a club had one of these dedicated to you for your support, advice and encouragement, so thank you, it really helped.
I knew I had a few minutes in the bank compared to my previous personal best but that one was a fast finish whereas this one was shaping up to be anything but. I was floundering but hanging on through gritted teeth. Into the final 5km through the large park and the last thing you want to do when exhausted is maths but it became a necessity as I felt that target time slipping away. One thing that doesn't help is my never-ending ability to lie to myself in these situations. 4k to go is not "3 and a bit", for example. I figured 5 minute kilometre splits from here might just about do it, and even if not, I'd be proud of myself for running all the way from start to finish and having given it my best shot. So 3 to go became 2 and then 1, at which point I shouted out a loud "Come On!" and tried to inject some pace to the finish line. It worked. Exiting the park and across the final roundabout back onto the Champs-Elysees with the Arc Dr Triomphe in the distance, the end was nigh. This was going to be tight at about 3:21 and I put everything into it. I knew my PB was very close to this but couldn't recall to the second the exact time - was it just under 3:21 or just over? At the line I stopped the watch at just under the target - a gutsy finish, but thought maybe I had missed that previous best by an agonising second or two. So after another rant involving a phrase beginning with F at the lack of water as we walked through the finish area to the medal collection, the first thing I did was check my previous PB. 3:21:08 - brilliant, I had beaten it! By 16 seconds! 3:20:52. Maybe equates to only a difference of about 100 metres, but they all count. Was delighted and proud at sticking at it during the struggles of the last hour.
Next up - Chicago in October.
Rome Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
|Roselin Boramakot||5.08.33 (43.89%)|
Roselin reports:- Maratona di Roma - 5:08:33
A tale of heat, hills, the dreaded cobble stones and a lot of chafing war wounds! 24 degrees but felt much warmer, struggled with fatigue so much I was taking walking breaks from the first station at 5km and chucking water over my head at every opportunity . Would soon regret this, chafed so much it looks like I have 3rd degree burns in places you would not imagine! I'll spare everyone the pictures. Unsurprisingly the shower hurt more than the run itself. Was aiming for 4:30 or some form of pb this Spring but gave that up pretty much as soon as I saw the forecast! Legs were fine - no cramps! But I just could not move my body for long or fast enough due to pure exhaustion. I'm happy to have finished but body and mind let me down! Hardest marathon after my first. Sods bloody law that it's 13 degrees, overcast and drizzly today!
Positives - the route was fantastic (minus the inclines and uneven surfaces!). I had goose bumps running around the Vatican as the bells chimed, through the historic spots in the city and finally towards the finish line with the Colosseum as the backdrop. The bling and bag is pretty awesome too!
Well done to everyone running this weekend, some pretty epic times! Winter only marathons for me from now! Sorry Maya, couldn't muster a jumping photo op on this occasion!
Sheffield Half Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018
Little Bromley 10km (Essex County 10km) - Sunday 8th April 2018
|Maud Hodson||47.44 pb||226th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||54.27 pb||339th|
Maud Hodson:- I had thought that my PB days were over. After surprising myself back
in February with a 5 mile PB, I managed to take down my longest standing PB. Eight years ago
I ran 48.48 for 10K - waiting on the official results for today's race, but 47.38 on my watch.
Likely to be around 48 minutes as it was gun-to-chip.
Life in the old dog yet...
QEOP 10km Summer Series - Saturday 7th April 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 7th April 2018
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.34 (course debut)||35th - 63.21% - South Manchester|
|Samia Choudhury||52.29 (course debut)||381st - 28.20% - South Manchester|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.20||25th - 72.76% - Hackney|
|Emily Clarke||20.06 (course debut)||39th - 73.96% - Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.20 (course PB)||88th - 63.43% - Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.26||107th - 61.60% - Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||26.20||137th - 58.10% - Hackney|
|Phillippa Walker||33.59||247th - 44.73% - Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||34.26||248th - 47.05% - Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||41.37||257th - 31.88% - Hackney|
|Fiona Day||26.47 (course PB)||241st - 72.43% - Sheffield Hallam|
|Julie Creffield||44.16 (course debut)||171st - 34.34% - Shipley Country|
|Ashley Faria||20.00||4th - 72.58% - Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.01||9th - 77.64% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.42||14th - 69.05% - Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.51||16th - 60.03% - Valentines|
|Lauren Kelly||23.54||31st - 61.92% - Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||25.01||47th - 54.16% - Valentines|
|Catriona Hoult||26.48 (course PB)||66th - 58.27% - Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.29||89th - 70.10% - Valentines|
|Nick Hoult||29.02||100th - 48.45% - Valentines|
|Andy Bolderstone||22.11 (course PB)||15th - 62.96% - Wanstead|
|Sharon Springfield||22.14||16th - 70.76% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||24.53||38th - 59.48% - Wanstead|
|Kate Frost||26.46 (course debut)||57th - 55.54% - Wanstead|
|Andrea Waller||27.08||64th - 56.70% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.08||89th - 62.13% - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.34||128th - 48.77% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||50.43 (tail walker)||167th - 31.32% - Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||21.34||18th - 67.85% - Gunpowder|
|Richard Potter||22.09||21st - 59.52% - Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||40.58||166th - 34.62% - Gunpowder|
|Shaun DeSena||32.27 (course debut)||229th - 39.86% - Ally Pally|
|Steven Bywater||25.44 (course debut)||127th - 58.74% - Tilgate|
|Thomas Grimes||18.03||4th - 73.96% - Gladstone|
|Mark Moir||21.21||9th - 60.42% - Barking|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||25.21 (course PB)||23rd - 59.96% - Barking|
|Patrick Brown||18.59||1st - 68.48% - Walthamstow|
|Andrew Howard||22.08 (course debut)||27th - 70.63% - Scunthorpe|
|Morag Campbell||41.08 (course debut)||283rd - 38.98% - Rother Valley|
|Katherine Harris||25.17 (course debut)||35th - 59.53% - Osterley|
|John Henry||19.00 (course PB)||5th - 70.79% - Fountains Abbey|
|James Nichols||22.07 (course debut)||59.31% - Bois de Boulogne|
|Chris Green||30.06 (course debut)||45.02% - Bois de Boulogne|
|Stuart Barton||27.19 (course debut)||13th - 53.14% - Haverhill|
|Dan Gritton||17.53 (course debut)||3rd - 79.31% - Victoria Dock|
|Stephen Swan||23.29 (course debut)||63rd - 55.22% - Felixstowe|
47 parkruns at 20 venues, 15 debuts and 6 pbs.
1 first finisher, Patrick at Walthamstow,
10 ELR parkrun records
Shahib Ali at South Manchester,
Julie Creffield at Shipley Country,
Andrew Howard at Scunthorpe,
Morag Campbell at Rother Valley,
Katherine Harris at Osterley,
John Henry at Fountains Abbey,
James Nichols at Bois de Boulogne,
Stuart Barton at Haverhill,
Dan Gritton at Victoria Dock and
Stephen Swan at Felixstowe.
Highgate Harrier/City of London Open Meet, Parliament Hill - Wednesday 4th April 2018
Capital Tri Velopark Duathlon - Tuesday 3rd April 2018
2 mile run/10 mile cycle/2 mile run.
Michael Bamford 14/01/31.13/14.45 = 1.00.01
5km Age Grade Chart for March 2018. - Saturday 31st March 2018
5km Age Grade Chart for March 2018.
1 - Dan Gritton 17.56 31/03 - 79.09% - Hackney
2 - Ciaran Canavan 17.50 24/03 - 78.88% - Hackney
3 - Mark Boulton 16.48 31/03 - 78.08% - Hackney
4 - Andrew Baxter 18.53 03/03 - 77.49% - Wanstead
5 - Thomas Grimes 17.32 31/03 - 76.14% - Gladstone
6 - John Booth 17.38 24/03 - 75.71% - Mile End
7 - Calvin Bobin 21.42 17/03 - 75.19% - Valentines
8 - Ellie Wilkinson 20.16 24/03 - 73.03% - Hackney
9 - Euan Brown 17.45 31/03 - 72.68% - Wanstead
10 - Ashley Faria 20.06 31/03 - 72.22% - Valentines
11 - John Henry 18.43 24/03 - 71.86% - Hackney
12 - Mary OBrien 28.04 31/03 - 71.14% - Valentines
13 - James Wilson 19.31 17/03 - 70.45% - Wanstead
14 - Caroline Frith 21.48 10/03 - 70.18% - Valentines
15 - Patrick Brown 18.32 24/03 - 70.14% - Walthamstow
16 - Shailesh Patel 21.50 24/03 - 68.63% - Valentines
17 - Fiona Critchley 25.03 24/03 - 68.60% - Northampton
18 - Thomas Burrard-Lucas 18.58 24/03 - 68.54% - Hackney
19 - Andrew Howard 23.02 24/03 - 67.29% - South Woodham Ferrers
20 - Fiona Day 28.53 10/03 - 67.17% - Wanstead
21 - Janet Bywater 25.57 10/03 - 67.12% - Burnham
22 - Sharon Springfield 23.27 31/03 - 67.09% - Wanstead
23 - James Nichols 19.35 17/03 - 66.98% - Fulham Palace
24 - Shahib Ali 19.32 31/03 - 66.55% - Barking
25 - Laura Woodhouse 22.15 31/03 - 66.52% - Hackney
26 - Nathan Jones 19.41 17/03 - 65.54% - St Annes
27 - Mark Moir 19.44 24/03 - 65.37% - Valentines
28 - Craig Livermore 19.50 24/03 - 65.04% - Valentines
29 - Bernadett Kalmar 25.26 24/03 - 63.70% - Wanstead
30 - Nick Hoult 22.06 10/03 - 63.65% - Wanstead
31 - Peter Hatley 22.00 31/03 - 63.48% - Hackney
32 - Sarah Burns 24.31 24/03 - 63.22% - Hackney
33 - Maud Hodson 25.12 17/03 - 63.03% - Wanstead
34 - Aaron Williams 22.10 24/03 - 63.01% - Wanstead
35 - Paula Bedford 25.00 10/03 - 62.93% - Hackney
36 - Lucy Barron 23.41 24/03 - 62.49% - Hackney
37 - Sheila Kennedy 29.52 17/03 - 62.28% - Roding Valley
38 - Claire Emery 26.09 17/03 - 61.95% - Hackney
39 - Katherine Harris 24.20 31/03 - 61.85% - Valentines
40 - Kat Maskell 24.20 31/03 - 61.85% - Hackney
41 - Andy Bolderstone 22.44 31/03 - 61.44% - Wanstead
42 - Jonathan Wooldridge 23.16 03/03 - 61.39% - Upton Court
43 - Sheetal Dandgey 24.18 24/03 - 60.97% - Hackney
44 - Caroline Moore 29.49 17/03 - 60.70% - Wanstead
45 - Richard Potter 21.47 24/03 - 60.52% - Roding Valley
46 - Georgie Hooper 24.33 03/03 - 60.35% - Wanstead
47 - Katie Whitton 24.57 31/03 - 59.32% - Wanstead
48 - Alexandra Rutis Perera 25.44 24/03 - 59.07% - Barking
49 - Steve Bywater 26.05 24/03 - 57.96% - Valentines
50 - Mark Akers 24.38 10/03 - 57.58% - Gunpowder
51 - Stuart Barton 25.14 31/03 - 57.53% - Hackney
52 - Catriona Hoult 27.17 17/03 - 57.24% - Wanstead
53 - Saheb Yousefi 23.35 10/03 - 55.62% - Hackney
54 - Ijeoma Anozie 27.31 24/03 - 55.60% - Hackney
55 - Suzanne Taylor 29.50 10/03 - 54.86% - Valentines
56 - Tim Aylett 24.52 24/03 - 54.49% - Wanstead
57 - Stephen Swan 24.10 24/03 - 53.66% - Kesgrave
58 - Jimmy Dale 24.28 31/03 - 53.00% - Wanstead
59 - Jason Levy 27.19 17/03 - 52.29% - Valentines
60 - Viktor Szabadi 28.55 24/03 - 52.28% - Wanstead
61 - Paul Marshall 25.38 31/03 - 50.91% - Hackney
62 - Chris Green 27.03 17/03 - 50.09% - Finsbury
63 - Sophie Edwards 32.28 03/03 - 48.92% - Wanstead
64 - Jakub Czeczotka 27.36 24/03 - 48.07% - Hackney
65 - Craig Livermore 27.19 17/03 - 47.22% - Valentines
66 - Katy Taylor 34.26 24/03 - 45.35% - Hackney
67 - Maya Goodwin 37.11 31/03 - 43.57% - Hackney
68 - Liz ODonnell 38.25 31/03 - 42.60% - Wanstead
69 - Shaun DeSena 30.45 24/03 - 42.06% - Northampton
70 - Samia Choudrey 49.50 31/03 - 29.70% - Barking
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 31st March 2018
|Mark Moir||19:49||9th - 65.10% - Sunderland|
|Mark Boulton||16:48||1st - 78.08% - Hackney Marshes|
|Dan Gritton||17:56||6th - 79.09% - Hackney Marshes|
|John Henry||18:43 (debut)||11th - 71.86% - Hackney Marshes|
|Peter Hatley||22:00 (pb)||64th - 63.48% - Hackney Marshes|
|Laura Kemp||22:15||70th - 66.52% - Hackney Marshes|
|Kat Maskell||24:20||103rd - 61.85% - Hackney Marshes|
|Stuart Barton||25:14||122nd - 57.53% - Hackney Marshes|
|Paul Marshall||25:38||131st - 50.91% - Hackney Marshes|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27:42||156th - 55.23% - Hackney Marshes|
|Maya Goodwin||37:11||222nd - 43.57% - Hackney Marshes|
|Katy Taylor||38:43||224th - 40.64% - Hackney Marshes|
|Stephen Swan||25:06||124th - 51.66% - Ipswich|
|Richard Potter||23:18||6th - 56.58% - Roding Valley|
|Andrew Baxter||19:26||4th - 75.30% - Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20:06||7th - 72.22% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22:22||23rd - 66.99% - Valentines|
|Aaron Williams||22:33 (debut)||25th - 61.94% - Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24:20||41st - 61.85% - Valentines|
|Nick Hoult||24:33 (pb)||46th - 57.30% - Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||24:50||49th - 65.70% - Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28:04||93rd - 71.14% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28:09||98th - 51.15% - Valentines|
|Catriona Hoult||30:13||129th - 51.68% - Valentines|
|Euan Brown||17:45||1st - 72.68% - Wanstead Flats|
|Andy Bolderstone||22:44 (pb)||5th - 61.44% - Wanstead Flats|
|Sharon Springfield||23:27 (first woman)||10th - 67.09% - Wanstead Flats |
|Jimmy Dale||24:28||13th - 53.00% - Wanstead Flats|
|Katie Whitton||24:57||19th - 59.32% - Wanstead Flats|
|Fiona Day||30:41||57th - 63.23% - Wanstead Flats|
|Caroline Moore||30:41||58th - 58.99% - Wanstead Flats|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||38:25||95th - 42.60% - Wanstead Flats|
|Sophie Edwards||40:20||100th - 39.38% - Wanstead Flats|
|James Nichols||19:58 (pb)||6th - 65.69% - Billericay|
|Shaun DeSena||33:06 (debut)||89th - 39.07% - Sandwell Valley|
|Thomas Grimes||17:32||1st - 76.14% - Gladstone|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19:32||6th - 66.55% - Barking|
|Samia Choudhury||49:50||114th - 29.70% - Barking|
|Steven Bywater||27:44||29th - 54.51% - Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||30:19 (debut)||97th - 44.69% - Didcot|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||25:54 (debut)||40th - 55.16% - Tring|
|Tim Aylett||25:44||46th - 52.66% - Sittingbourne|
|Andrew Howard||23:24 (debut)||54th - 66.24% - Clapham Common|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||26:24 (debut)||8th - 57.58% - Frederic Back|
44 parkruns at 16 venues.
4 first finishers, Mark, Thomas, Euan and Sharon.
4 pbs and 7 debuts,
ELR parkrun records for:-
James Nichols at Billericay,
Shaun DeSena at Sandwell Valley,
Jonathan at Tring,
Andrew at Clapham Common
and Alexandra at Frederic Back, Montreal.
Easter Victoria Park Race Half Marathon - Friday 30th March 2018
Easter Victoria Park Race 10K - Friday 30th March 2018
London Landmarks Half Marathon - Sunday 25th March 2018
|Jess Trayler-Moore||2.07.11 pb||4129th|
Jess Trayler-Moore:- I am a Londoner born and bred, so I guess it goes without saying that I have barely visited any of the main landmarks. Of course, this mornings race didnt get me inside any of them - but I certainly had a whistle stop tour of the citys architecture.
The London Landmarks Half was a great route with loads to look at and a fantastically positive vibe created by spectators and charities, music and dancing. Plus, it was gloriously flat.
The day started well with a lovely tube journey with Anna Dingle and an easy meet-up with another friend. We had decided to start together but run separately (mainly because she is speedier than me!). I wasnt sure how this would work out, given my need for constant chatter - but as we set off (to Eye of the Tiger) I had a good feeling.
Buoyed by the atmosphere, I really enjoyed myself. My family tried to cheer me on but missed me so I had to wait to the finish line to see them - but I got a load of high fives and cheers from strangers, and from my charity, CLIC Sargent, as I ran past them at the Tower of London.
In fact, it all went swimmingly right up until the last mile. That was tough, for no particular reason other than muscle exhaustion. I really had to push myself, but I kept going, and finished in 2 hours 7 minutes - a PB (by some margin!).
I do not think I could have achieved that time today without the adrenaline and emotion. This was an important run for me. I thought of my brilliant 7-year-old as I ran around the only city he has ever called home. His little body runs marathons, swims seas and scales mountains every day to fight off leukaemia. I am so proud of him. And today, I am pretty proud of myself too.
Anna Dingle:- I really enjoyed the London Landmarks Half this morning. It was well organised as all Humanrace events are. And they did a fantastic job of making it a great atmosphere to run in. If someone is looking for the atmosphere of the London Marathon on a smaller scale, then this is one to pick. All of the charities, musicians and supporters. were brilliant all the way round.
I took a leaf it of Maya Goodwins book today and set myself a gold, silver and bronze target time. I have been struggling with my left hip flexor for the past month or so. 2:10 was my gold, 2:15 silver and 2:20 bronze. I am super happy as I came in at 2:12:57. I will take that - oh and the bling is pretty cool too.
Thank you Jessica Trayler-Moore for travelling up with me. You helped to put me at ease. I hope you had a great race too.
Bedford 20m - Sunday 25th March 2018
|Emily Clarke||2.37.09 pb||107th|
|Lucy Barron||2.57.39 pb||267th|
Colchester Half Marathon - Sunday 25th March 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.16.33||7th|
|Graham Peacock||1.45.56 pb||669th|
Run Fest Lee Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 25th March 2018
|Christopher Kehoe||2.21.17 pb||389th|
Liverpool Half Marathon - Sunday 25th March 2018
|Ciaran Canavan||1.19.34||43rd / 3989 finishers.|
Race report for the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon today. Highly recommend. Great event, and much more picturesque than I had ever anticipated.
When Lance and I planned our first trip to Liverpool, this was scheduled as a non running weekend, though 3 weeks before Boston, I knew I needed to do some form of final long run while there. Our actual plans were to see Gary Numan at the O2, enjoy a few beers and some food, and to have a look around a city neither of us had ever visited before.
Well, whats the best way to see a city, but to run it, so last weekend I thought I would message a few running clubs and find myself a group to Marathon train with for this morning. Sorry, we are all running the BTR Liverpool Half Marathon this Sunday, came back the replies, but then one continued, So why dont you enter this as well? And so the seed was sewn. If you cant join them, beat them! BTR Liverpool Half Marathon, here I come.
4s seemed to be the number for the day before. 4 hour drive. 4 fantastic hours at the O2 Liverpool (Nightmare Air, and Gary Numan were sublime), 4 pints of Lager in place of carbo loading, and 4 hours sleep because of a late night, an early start (I had to collect my race pack on the morning, and I hate being late), and because of British Summer Time, clocks going forward 1 hour.
9am, gathered just up from the Albert Dock, and we were off. I was not anticipating miracles for today, and had told Lance my target was 1.30. The first km was relatively flat, taking us southbound through the city, before a left turn into Blundell Street marked the 1st hill, after which the 1 st 14km turned out to be quite undulating. In preparation for Boston, I called every incline Heartbreak Hill and declared to myself, I love Heartbreak Hill.
The route was very beautiful, more so than I had expected. No industrial estates, but with Kms 4 to 13 running around or through Princes Park, Sefton Park and Otterspool Park. These Kms were rarely flat, but scenic beyond belief. Very beautiful.
My worst fears were realised at km 14, when turning northwest, onto the banks of the river Mersey, I realised the final 7km were into a headwind. Deflated at first, but not defeated, I had to dig deep, to find everything I had, and to continue to push through. These Kms turned out to be quite twisty and turny, in and out around every inlet, outlet and dock along the Mersey. At this stage I used the 10mile runners to my advantage. We had separated from the 10milers at mile 4, and rejoined them at our mile 7, their mile 4. I realised I had run 3 miles further, so picked them off as targets, and took the buzz of passing them as the energy I needed into the headwind.
With about 1.5km to go, I could see the ferry on the opposite side of the Mersey. It was not sailing today, and was banked where it had been since 9am this morning. Directly opposite the bay from the finish line. Ok, so I cant see the finish, but I have only got to get to the ferry, but on this side of the river, I told myself. I pushed hard. Gave everything Id got and eventually alas (thank you Richard and Judy) I recognised the back end of Albert Dock. I have just got to run round the dock, and the finish is nigh.
The finish gantry was around another 2-3 bends, but came quick. I was surprised to see the clock ticking 1:19xxx, and gave my lot for the finish.
A grand finish, with my name announced on the PA. Lance waiting at the finish line saw (and heard me announced) coming in. 1.19.34. The last time I saw 1.19 on the clock was 2015, so Im really chuffed to see this today.
Great medal. Tech T-Shirt. Energy drink, Water, Banana and Graze box to all finishers. Then someone who recognised me from London, Did you do the Big Half? You Passed me today at just about the same point as in the Big Half! = #bonus.
Oundle 20m - Sunday 25th March 2018
Sportive UK Ware Cambridge - Short - 28 of 30 miles - Sunday 25th March 2018
Did my first Sportive UK ride yesterday from Herts with part of the short route of 30 miles around the villages of Hertfordshire with names like Cold Christmas, Much Hadham and Ferneux Pelham. It had been planned for the week before but the snow delayed it for a week. Probably a little bit too much for myself who had never gone over 10 miles before. The climbs weren't too bad but I had worked the day before so the legs were tired.
Picked up a puncture about Ferneux Pelham (15 miles) so changed the inner tube there just as the Sunday church parade was going through the village. The feed station was at 18 miles but I missed it completely coming out onto an unmarked road I went left and came across a sign saying 10 miles to go.
Missed two miles somewhere but I wasn't complaining. I had some provisions.
Struggled a bit on some of the climbs but there was some long downhills on the way back which for a novice cyclist were thrilling and terrifying at the same time. Definitely need a few a few shorter runs on the bike before attempting anything longer. Got a final finishing time of 4.03.24 but that included the puncture and a few stops for some refreshments and snacks.
Orion 15m - Saturday 24th March 2018
|Calvin Bobin||2.10.02||117th, 1st M60|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 24th March 2018
|John Henry||19.34||13th - 68.74% - Finsbury|
|Ciaran Canavan||17.50||13th - 78.88 - Hackney|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.58||26th - 68.54% - Hackney|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.16||51st - 73.03% - Hackney|
|Peter Hatley||22.17 (course debut)||98th - 62.68% - Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.41||127th - 62.49% - Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||24.18||144th - 60.97% - Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||24.31||154th - 63.22% - Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.31||203rd - 55.60% - Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||27.36||206th - 48.07% - Hackney|
|Katy Taylor||34.26 (course debut)||290th - 45.35% - Hackney|
|Richard Potter||21.47||6th - 60.52% - Roding Valley|
|James Nichols||21.45 (course debut)||26th - 60.31% - Crystal Palace|
|Fiona Critchley||25.03 (course debut)||122nd - 68.60% - Northampton|
|Shaun DeSena||30.45 (course debut)||281st - 42.06% - Northampton|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.41 (50th parkrun)||2nd - 66.05% - Valentines|
|Mark Moir||19.44 (course debut)||3rd - 65.37% - Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||19.50||4th - 65.04% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.50||17th - 68.63% - Valentines|
|Steven Bywater||26.05||59th - 57.96% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||28.43||79th - 49.74% - Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||30.16||95th - 47.96% - Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||53.42||189th - 27.56% - Valentines|
|Aaron Williams||22.10 (course PB)||22nd - 63.01% - Wanstead|
|Tim Aylett||24.52||50th - 54.49% - Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.26||57th - 63.70% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.55||97th - 52.28% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||29.12||102nd - 50.68% - Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||30.54||122nd - 50.54% - Wanstead|
|John Booth||17.38||6th - 75.71% - Mile End|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||25.44 (course PB)||37th - 59.07% - Barking|
|Patrick Brown||18.32||1st - 70.14% - Walthamstow|
|Stuart Barton||25.56 (course debut)||15th - 55.98% - Clacton Seafront|
|Stephen Swan||24.10||75th - 53.66% - Kesgrave|
|Katherine Harris||26.18 (course debut)||46th - 57.22% - Aldenham|
|Andrew Howard||23.02 (course debut)||9th - 67.29% - South Woodham Ferrers|
ELR parkrun records for
James Nichols at Crystal Palace,
Fiona Critchley at Northampton,
Katherine Harris at Aldenham and
Andrew Howard at South Woodham Ferrers.
Brightlingsea Challenge Event - Sunday 18th March 2018
|Caroline McGirr||4.18.46||26th, 3 laps of 6.55 miles.|
Hi I managed 4.18.46 for my event yesterday I did 3 laps and think the official distance
was 19.65 miles although I did over 20 on my watch . It was brutal with wind chill of -10!
The Grindleford Gallop - Saturday 17th March 2018
Covering approximately 21 miles and 3000ft of ascent the course takes in the villages of Grindleford,
Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor and Baslow linking them together with paths, tracks and open
moorland of the White Peak. Famous landmarks on the way round include the Riley Graves, Longstone moor,
The Monsal trail and of course the stunning Chatsworth Park estate. The final high-level section along
Baslow and Frogatt edges offers breath-taking views of the surrounding peak district.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 17th March 2018
|Chris Green||27.03 debut||144th - 50.09% Finsbury|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.51||15th - 74.62% Hackney|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||20.17||30th - 64.09% Hackney|
|Claire Emery||26.09 (course pb)||123rd - 61.95% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||27.39||145th - 56.06% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||27.39||146th - 56.90% Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||19.20||2nd - 73.36% Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||25.12||12th - 55.42% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||29.52||28th - 62.28% Roding Valley|
|Andrew Howard||25.11 debut||15th - 61.55% Bestwood Village|
|Fiona Critchley||25.29 debut||69th - 67.43% Rickmansworth|
|Ashley Faria||20.46||10th - 69.90% Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||21.42||17th - 75.19% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||27.19||57th - 52.29% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||27.19||58th - 47.22% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||29.07||71st - 68.57% Valentines|
|James Wilson||19.31||1st - 70.45% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||20.03||3rd - 72.98% Wanstead|
|John Henry||20.55||7th - 64.30% Wanstead|
|Aaron Williams||22.57||60.86% Wanstead|
|Georgie Hooper||24.46||36th - 59.83% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.12||45th - 63.03% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||27.17||60th - 57.24% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.47||65th - 58.31% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.49||83rd - 60.70% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||30.59||95th - 62.61% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.33||99th - 47.91% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||33.18||108th - 47.70% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||39.39||126th - 40.86% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||41.38||127th - 39.31% Wanstead|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||20.45||20th - 71.33% Walsall Arboretum|
|Mark Moir||21.46||4th - 59.26% Barking|
|Steven Bywater||28.42||31st - 52.67% Walthamstow|
|Nathan Jones||19.41 debut||17th - 65.54% St Anne,s|
|James Nichols||19.35 debut||27th - 66.98% Fulham Palace|
|Shailesh Patel||22.54||42nd - 65.43% Leicester Victoria |
|Tim Aylett||27.39||35th - 49.01% Sittingbourne|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||25.08 debut||13th - 56.83% Queen Elizabeth|
|Stuart Barton||30.00||33rd - 48.39% Queen Elizabeth|
|Katherine Harris||32.05 debut||43rd - 46.91% Queen Elizabeth|
|Shaun DeSena||35.28 debut||59th - 36.47% Queen Elizabeth|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.03||16th - 64.84% Mile End|
421 parkruns at 16 venues, 2 first finishers.
1 course pb and 8 debuts. First finishes from Ellie at Walsall and James at Wanstead.
ELR parkrun records from:
Andrew at Bestwood Village,
Fiona at Rickmansworth,
Ellie at Walsall Arboretum,
Nathan at St Annes ROI,
and Katherine Harris at Queen Elizabeth.
Zurich Maraton Barcelona - Sunday 11th March 2018
Dan Barcelona went really well, I surprised myself.
Lydd 20 mile - Sunday 11th March 2018
|Suzanne Bench||2.44.20||159th, 3rd Vet 50|
Milton Keynes 20 mile - Sunday 11th March 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||2.03.53||7th|
Milton Keynes Half Marathon - Sunday 11th March 2018
|Mark Moir||1.29.33 pb||72nd|
|Katie Whitton||1.57.13 pb||600th|
Retford Half Marathon - Sunday 11th March 2018
Surrey Half Marathon - Sunday 11th March 2018
Chingford League Relays at Wanstead Flats - Saturday 10th March 2018
ELR A Team = 5th 47.38
ELR B Team - 19th 57.12
ELR C Team = 26th 63.03
Thames Meander Marathon (trail) - Saturday 10th March 2018
|Jimmy Dale||4.13.36 pb||114th|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th March 2018
|John Henry||19.09||13th - 70.23% Finsbury|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.34 (course pb)||10th - 63.21% Grovelands|
|Samia Choudhury||51.50 debut||150th - 28.55% Grovelands|
|Laura Kemp||22.57||82nd - 64.49% Hackney|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.35||101st - 55.62% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||25.00||125th - 62.93% Hackney|
|Claire Emery||26.26 (course pb)||163rd - 61.29% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||29.11||209th - 52.43% Hackney|
|Richard Potter||22.39||14th - 58.20% Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.34||11th - 70.58% Valentines|
|Caroline Frith||21.48||24th/2nd - 70.18% Valentines|
|Peter Hatley||22.40 (course pb)||31st - 61.62% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||29.13||116th - 68.34% Valentines|
|Suzanne Taylor||29.50||128th - 54.86% Valentines|
|Fiona Critchley||25.28 debut||18th - 66.62% Burnham on Crouch|
|Janet Bywater||25.57 debut||20th - 67.12% Burnham on Crouch|
|Katherine Harris||26.17 debut||23rd - 57.26% Burnham on Crouch|
|Stuart Barton||26.37 debut||26th - 54.54% Burnham on Crouch|
|Mark Moir||19.56 debut||8th - 64.72% Linford Wood|
|Andrew Baxter||19.44||9th - 74.16% Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||24.38 (course pb)||47th - 57.58% Gunpowder|
|John Booth||20.15||29th - 65.93% Mile End|
|Steven Bywater||27.52||28th - 54.25% Walthamstow|
|James Nichols||20.38 debut||24th - 63.57% Peckham Rye|
|James Wilson||19.50||3rd - 69.33% Wanstead|
|Calvin Bobin||22.03||14th - 74.00% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||22.06||15th - 63.65% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.06||57th - 59.78% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||28.36||62nd - 55.54% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.53||69th - 67.17% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||30.10||80th - 60.00% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||32.45||98th - 46.16% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||34.13||109th - 46.42% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||34.15||111th - 45.60% Wanstead|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||39.48||136th - 41.12% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||52.04 (tailrunner)||147th - 29.77% Wanstead|
Thames Riverside 20m - Sunday 4th March 2018
The Big Half - Sunday 4th March 2018
|Billy Rayner||1.21.34 pb||330th|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.32.18||1033rd|
|Nick Hoult||1.37.12 pb||1466th|
|Paul Marshall||1.38.05 pb||1566th|
|Paula Bedford||1.39.59||1787th, 27th age group|
|Jimmy Dale||1.41.51 pb||2032nd|
|Andy Bolderstone||1.49.23 pb (5 mins)||3181st|
|Roselin Boramakot||2.03.24 pb||5776th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||2.04.01 pb||5896th|
|Caroline McGirr||2.10.33 pb||6913th|
|Stuart Barton||2.11.36 pb||7078th|
|Sharon Lincoln||2.22.51 pb||8556th|
Stuart Barton What a day, it started on 4 hours sleep after going out last night, not the best race prep agreed but a ticket to Paul Weller could not be turned down, Up and out by 06:30 a little too early but those who know me know I can't be late for anything, Met up with all the ELR gang (Orange team only) at Stratford and then off to London Bridge. Not as cold as I thought so never need my £5.00 tracky. Loads of time to kill at the start but I like being early. Got a team photo with Tower Bridge in the background, The race was very well organized with plenty of water stations and wide open roads, A few bits of cobbles on the way never helped but all in all a good route, I got to see Maya Goodwin and Kate Taylor by Tower Bridge at mile 7. All was going well until I hit South London, My times dropped and I new I was not hitting sub 2. But A PB was still on. The last two miles dragged a lot but seeing Steve Bywater and Carlton D'Souza gave me the boost to sprint (well speed up a little) to the end, A great medal and then off to The Cow for a couple of beers, BTW I also got a PB....................
Orion's The Mercury 10 - Saturday 3rd March 2018
Mercury 10 Race Report - Gareth Davies.
The Mercury 10 is the evil little cousin of the epic Orion 15. These two races are my favourites in the annual racing calendar:
Pre-race- Bloody hell it's cold, are some of these nutters gonna do this in vests? OK I'd better join them vest it is!
Mile 1- nice loosener stick with Maud ,try to pace the race properly, down Pole Hill easy-peasy!
Mile 2- These XC spikes are working out great loads of grip;
Mile 3- Easy does it, the three or four steep inclines are coming soon;
Mile 4- Almost half way, this mid-foot running is really working out, I feel like a kangaroo!
Mile 5- What idiot thought spikes were a good idea, I'd be better off in wellies;
Mile 6- I don't remember it being this hilly;
Mile 7- Oh crap, that is The Woodbine pub, that means we are heading up-up-up,
Mile 7.2- Thank christ we turned right back into the forest and not up to The Wakes Arms, oh shit this is even steeper than the road. That's it I'm walking! Why on earth did I sign up for this and The Orion 15 is only three weeks away,
Mile 8- I think I'll order an Uber and wait at the teahut. The marshalls tell me that alot of people took the wrong route, that means I may win this thing, if the WHOLE field before me are mass disqualified;
Mile 9- Tumble, stumble, skid, stack, blooded elbows and knees, Maud casually passes me, 'you alright Gareth?' she asks, I will myself to get on her heels, but alas, I am no longer a runner;
Home- Can't feel my feet, how on earth is this rutted trail still frozen solid. I hope that we don't have to go all the way to Butlers Retreat and back, only 15 minutes to the finish, where the hell is the turmeric sawdust? where is everyone? where are all the footprints? have I gone wrong? Hurrah, there is the finishing post, I made it, did I win?.
Nate Dye In place of the cancelled Essex 20, On Saturday I made my way to the Orion Mercury 10. Due to unexpected morning commitments, I was against time and the saintly Maud grabbed me a number so I could just about make it to the start. Thereâ€™s already been a blow by blow account of this race, but Iâ€™ll add that it had a bit of everything - testing uphills, freewheeling downhills, mud, ice and frozen muddy ruts creating a few potentially ankle twisting slaloms. There was even a bumpy bit that reminded me of the mogul ski event. Unlike some others, I ran every hill, but paid for this on the downs, being easily overtaken by those Iâ€™d passed on the ups. Thereâ€™s a lesson in there somewhere! I got a little lost at the end but luckily only added about a third of a mile to the overall distance. I almost succeeded in keeping the pace relatively sensible until the bloke next to me called a sprint finish about 100m out. Couldnâ€™t resist!
Iâ€™d really recommend this to anyone who wants to get some off road training in. Great facilities at the clubhouse as Iâ€™m sure everyone knows.
parkrun - surviving the Beast. - Saturday 3rd March 2018
|Stuart Kelly||19.23||3rd - 67.33% Roding Valley|
|Dan Gritton||19.25||4th - 73.05% Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||24.46||32nd - 56,39% Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||25.59||39th - 56.96% Roding Valley|
|Steven Bywater||28.14||50th - 53.54% Roding Valley|
|James Nichols||22.15 debut||16th - 58.95% Lloyd, Croydon|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||23.16 debut||21st - 61.39% Upton Court|
|Shaun DeSena||33.03 debut||104th - 39.13% Upton Court|
|Stuart Barton||33.04||105th - 43.90% Upton Court|
|Andrew Baxter||18.53||7th - 77.49% Wanstead|
|John Henry||19.28 debut||10th - 69.09% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||21.12||26th - 60.85% Wanstead|
|Mike Brett||21.54||38th - 69.03% Wanstead|
|Stuart Norris||23.06 (course PB)||52nd - 55.84% Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||23.14||54th - 66.71% Wanstead|
|Jimmy Dale||23.24 debut parkrun||56th - 55.41% Wanstead|
|Georgie Hooper||24.33||73rd - 60.35% Wanstead|
|Sarah Burns||26.00||92nd - 59.62% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||27.37||115th - 62.22% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.56||120th - 58.00% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||29.34||152nd - 47.58% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||30.01||159th - 53.97% Wanstead|
|Jason Levy||31.26||171st - 45.44% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||31.26||172nd - 50.53% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||31.27||173rd - 47.85% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||32.28||176th - 48.92% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||33.56||184th - 44.55% Wanstead|
5km Age Grade Chart for February 2018. - Wednesday 28th February 2018
1 Dan Gritton 17.46 03/02 79.83% - Southwark
2 Mark Boulton 16.42 17/02 78.54% - Hackney
3 Calvin Bobin 20.51 24/02 78.26% - Ballina Coast
4 Ciaran Canavan 18.11 17/02 77.36% - Hackney
5 John Booth 17.30 10/02 76.29% - Mile End
6 Andrew Baxter 19.13 24/02 76.15% - Gunpowder
7 Michael Bamford 17.42 10/02 74.48% - Hackney
8 Stuart Kelly 17.32 03/02 74.43% - Hackney
9 Dan Senior 18.52 03/02 73.41% - Valentines
10 Patrick Brown 18.06 10/02 71.82% - Wanstead
11 Ashley Faria 20.10 03/02 71.40% - Valentines
12 Caroline Frith 21.27 10/03 71.33% - Roding Valley
13 James Wilson 19.21 17/02 71.06% - Wanstead
14 Mary OBrien 28.06 17/02 71.06% - Johnstown
15 Simon Thomas 18.30 17/02 70.90% - Valentines
16 Robert Rayworth 19.53 17/02 69.66% - Hackney
17 John Henry 19.22 17/02 69.45% - Finsbury
18 Janet Bywater 25.08 03/02 69.30% - Beckton
19 Shailesh Patel 21.38 24/02 69.26% - Valentines
20 Andrew Howard 22.23 03/02 69.25% - Wanstead
21 Suzanne Bench 24.56 10/02 68.92% - Wanstead
22 James Nichols 19.15 24/02 68.14% - Dulwich
23 Ellie Wilkinson 21.51 10/02 67.73% - Norwich
24 Colin Dryland 21.25 24/02 67.24% - Wanstead
25 Mark Moir 19.18 03/02 66.84% - Sunderland
26 Craig Livermore 19.26 17/02 66.38% - Valentines
27 Shahib Ali 19.33 03/02 66.33% - Mile End
28 James Creed 20.21 24/02 66.09% - Castle Park
29 Fiona Critchley 25.41 24/02 66.06% - Kesgrave
30 Clive Mehew 21.40 03/02 65.92% - Hackney
31 Robert Spread 20.22 24/02 65.55% - Wanstead
32 Laura Woodhouse 22.45 24/02 65.05% - Hackney
33 Sheila Kennedy 28.40 10/02 64.88% - Roding Valley
34 Caroline Moore 28.14 10/02 64.11% - Wanstead
35 Suzanne Taylor 25.32 24/02 64.06% - Wanstead
36 Jonathan Wooldridge 22.25 24/02 63.72% - Kesgrave
37 Lance Fuller 24.26 10/02 62.89% - Hackney
38 Lucy Barron 23.36 24/02 62.71% - Hackney
39 Fiona Day 30.59 17/02 62.61% - Wanstead
40 Emmett Fitzgibbon 21.30 24/02 62.56% - Valentines
41 Chris Green 21.41 03/02 62.49% - Walthamstow
42 Bernadett Kalmar 25.59 24/02 62.33% - Wanstead
43 Kathryn Maskell 24.11 24/02 62.23% - Hackney
44 Maud Hodson 25.32 10/02 62.21% - Wanstead
45 Sarah Burns 25.08 10/02 61.67% - Vandeleur
46 Lauren Aston 24.06 10/02 61.41% - Roding Valley
47 Carolyn Edwards 24.27 24/02 61.15% - Barking
48 Katie Whitton 24.18 24/02 60.91% - Wanstead
49 Saheb Yousefi 21.43 24/02 60.40% - Valentines
50 Jamie Xavier 22.56 24/02 60.39% - Walthamstow
51 Alexandra Wilkinson 27.01 24/02 59.96% - Hockley Woods
52 Richard Potter 22.08 24/02 59.56% - Roding Valley
53 Zuzana Urbanova 25.21 10/02 59.37% - Valentines
54 Robyn Turtle 25.05 10/02 59.37% - Hackney
55 Peter Hatley 23.42 24/02 58.95% - Roding Valley
56 Katherine Harris 25.28 14/02 58.77% - QEOP 5KM
57 Catriona Hoult 26.46 24/02 58.34% - Wanstead
58 Diana Rexhepaj 27.50 14/02 58.08% - QEOP 5km
59 Paula Bedford 27.01 03/02 57.80% - Hackney
60 Jakub Czeczotka 22.58 24/02 57.76% - Mile End
61 Stuart Barton 25.53 24/02 56.89% - Finsbury
62 Ijeoma Anozie 27.03 10/02 56.56% - Hackney
63 Rachel LeRoux 26.41 14/02 55.84% - QEOP 5km
64 David Hallybone 24.52 24/02 55.70% - Valentines
65 Jason Levy 25.43 03/02 55.54% - Valentines
66 Tim Aylett 24.39 10/02 54.97% - Gunpowder
67 Nick Hoult 25.38 17/02 54.88% - Valentines
68 Viktor Szabadi 27.34 10/02 54.84% - Wanstead
69 Stephen Swan 23.48 24/02 54.48% - Kesgrave
70 Sophie Edwards 29.58 24/02 53.00% - Wanstead
71 Steve Bywater 28.33 24/02 52.95% - Wetherby
72 Joanna Wood 29.21 14/02 52.70% - QEOP 5km
73 Claire Emery 30.58 10/02 52.31% - Wanstead
74 Alex Jameson 27.44 03/02 51.92% - Wanstead
75 Marc Akers 27.51 10/02 50.93% - Valentines
76 Ford Cadiogan 27.33 17/02 50.70% - Walthamstow
77 Maya Goodwin 32.35 03/02 49.72% - Hackney
78 Rosalind Boramakot 30.54 10/02 47.90% - Hackney
79 Liam Dempsey 27.30 17/02 47.15% - Brentwood
80 Chris Green 30.46 24/02 44.04% - Roundshaw
81 Sally Faulkner 34.39 03/02 43.67% - Mile End
82 Morag Campbell 40.02 17/02 40.05% - Wanstead
83 Shaun DeSena 32.33 17/02 39.73% - Ipswich
84 Julie Creffield 39.02 03/02 38.94% - Hackney
85 Ravinder Bassi 42.19 03/02 37.18% - Valentines
86 Samia Choudrey 41.49 10/02 35.39% - Mile End
Richmond Park Half Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
Tokyo Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
Malta Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
|Simon Thomas||3.22.08||131st (60.99%)|
Roding Valley Half Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.17.12||3rd|
|Nathaniel Dye||1.33.09 pb||43rd|
|Emily Clarke||1.33.43 pb||4th, 2nd lady (1st 17-39)|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||1.36.23 pb||63rd, 3rd lady (2nd 17-39)|
|Ashley Faria||1.37.00 pb||71st|
|Caroline Frith||1.38.33||84th , 6th (2nd 40-49)|
|Shahib Miah Ali||1.47.30||162nd|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||2.04.53 pb||304th|
|Hayley Collins||2.09.32 pb||333rd|
|Rosie Shrimplin||2.13.31 pb||350th|
|Sandra Hiller||2.23.56 pb||383rd|
Thorpe Park Half Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
|Spencer Evans||1.23.23 pb||42nd|
Brighton Half Marathon - Sunday 25th February 2018
|Tim Le Rasle||1.27.42||230th|
Saucony English National Cross Country Championship, Hampstead Heath - Saturday 24th February 2018
Ladies 1100 finishers, Men 2328 finishers.
Carsington Water Half Marathon - Saturday 24th February 2018
Run Through Velopark 10km - Saturday 24th February 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 24th February 2018
|Chris Green||30.46 (course debut)||82nd - 44.04% - Roundshaw Downs|
|John Henry||19.27||9th - 69.15% - Finsbury|
|Laura Kemp||22.45||79th - 65.05% - Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.36 (course PB)||86th - 62.71% - Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.11||100th - 62.23% - Hackney|
|Dan Gritton||19.23||3rd - 73.17% - Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.08||14th - 59.56% - Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||23.42||23rd - 58.93% - Roding Valley|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.40||1st - 75.36% - Valentines|
|Calvin Bobin||20.51||10th - 78.26% - Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||21.30 (course PB)||14th - 62.56% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.38||17th - 69.26% - Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||21.43 (course PB)||18th - 60.40% - Valentines|
|David Hallybone||24.52 (course debut)||51st - 55.70% - Valentines|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.33||58th - 64.06% - Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||29.10||93rd - 68.46% - Valentines|
|Mark Moir||19.52 (course PB & 100th parkrun)||3rd - 64.93% - Wanstead|
|Robert Spread||20.22||6th - 65.55% - Wanstead|
|Colin Dryland||21.25||13th - 67.24% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||24.18 (course PB)||43rd - 60.91% - Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||25.59||71st - 62.35% - Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||26.46||82nd - 58.34% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||27.32||88th - 57.69% - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||29.58||123rd - 53.00% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.44||138th - 47.64% - Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.13 (course PB)||12th - 76.15% - Gunpowder|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.58||81st - 57.76% - Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||24.30 (with buggy)||115th - 52.93% - Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||44.17||301st - 33.42% - Mile End|
|James Nichols||19.15 (course debut)||21st - 68.14% - Dulwich|
|Andrew Howard||23.00 (course debut)||30th - 67.39% - Houghton Hall|
|Carolyn Edwards||24.27 (course PB)||23rd - 61.15% - Barking|
|Patrick Brown||18.08||1st - 71.69% - Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||22.56||11th - 60.39% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.30 (course debut)||18th - 65.72% - Wetherby|
|Steven Bywater||28.33 (course debut)||29th - 52.95% - Wetherby|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.25 (course debut)||45th - 63.72% - Kesgrave|
|Stephen Swan||23.48||77th - 54.48% - Kesgrave|
|Stuart Barton||25.31||105th - 56.89% - Kesgrave|
|Fiona Critchley||25.41 (course debut)||108th - 66.06% - Kesgrave|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||27.01||63rd - 59.96% - Hockley Woods|
|James Creed||20.21 (course PB)||120th - 66.09% - Castle Park|
Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon - Sunday 18th February 2018
Wokingham Half Marathon - Sunday 18th February 2018
|Caroline McGirr||2.12.27 pb||1632nd|
St Lukes Hospice Test Track 10m - Sunday 18th February 2018
Sunday XC League, Race 5 - Royston. - Sunday 18th February 2018
Sunday Cross Country League - Fixture 5 - Therfield Heath, Royston
Sunday 18th February 2018.
"Shout to the Top"
This was the second race of a weekend double header, coming a day after the Chingford League fixture at Victoria Park. Compared to the weather in previous years, it felt that summer had almost arrived on Therfield Heath with the early morning frost and mist clearing to leave a mild and sunny day. The 5.5 mile course over two laps, was mainly hard and bumpy with continuous hills and valleys to contend with. Thankfully there was only a small breeze on this occasion! The mighty Thomas Grimes was first man home for the club in 5th position, leaving him in contention for an overall top 3 finish. Doug Mansell was second man to finish - a little way behind Thomas. Mike Wilson (damage limitation after a tough weekend!) and Alex Jameson (muscle strain), completed the men's team. Judith Vonberg was first for ELR ladies in 57th position, followed by super Maud Hodson - having also completed a weekend double ('I feel fine and will be at the track on Monday'), with Katie Whitton just behind. This was the last fixture of the season and the most challenging. I am pleased that our overall number of runners were up from last year. Thanks to Maud and Doug for the lift today and everyone who made an appearance in at least one of the races over the series.
Ladies A Team 14th of 20, Vets 17th of 20.
Mens A Team 18th of 20, Vets 19th of 20.
Ladies Overall A Team 16th of 20,
Vets Overall 19th of 20.
Mens Overall A Team 14th 0f 20
Vets Overall 19th of 20.
Hampton Court Half Marathon - Sunday 18th February 2018
|Roselin Boramakot||2.03.52 pb||2746th|
Ashridge Duathlon Series - Race 2 - Sunday 18th February 2018
|Michael Bamford||1.18.33||16th/48, 3rd M50-54|
5km run 20.13
2.5 run 10.38
Chingford League - Event 5 - Victoria Park - Saturday 17th February 2018
|Paul Marshall||33.17 pb||83rd|
|Maud Hodson||37.54 pb||136th|
|Zuzana Urbanova||39.07 pb||148th|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||43.11 pb||184th|
Saturday 17th February 2017 - Chingford League Fixture 5
Victoria Park 5 Mile Race Report.
"A Hazy Shade of Winter".
The sun shone down through the trees in Victoria Park this afternoon, for the 5th Chingford League fixture of the season. The course consisted of two figure of eight laps on the park's Tarmac paths, which were accurately measured to five miles by The hosts, Victoria Park Harriers. Thomas Grimes and Karen Levison were first to finish from the men's and ladies teams, after a total of 16 East London Runners' started the race. Mixed fortunes for our two newcomers today: Mark Wiltshire ran 5.4 miles and missed the finish line, but was still happy with his run (a PB at the 5 Miles point) whilst Jimmy Dale finished with a respectable 35 Minutes. Well done to Maud and Alexandra who recorded PB's for the distance. (Please advise of any other PB's). Thanks to our photographers/supporters, Frank Brownlie, Don Bennett and Dave Levison, also the Marshals and race organisers. The league continues to offer athletes of all abilities a good mix of races on a variety of surfaces and conditions. This has been a good campaign from the club with an increase in numbers from 2016/17. Well done to everyone who has run and supported the team. The final fixture of the season is the Chingford League Relays on Saturday 10th March at Wanstead Flats - hosted by East London Runners.
Men A Team 7th, 6th overall.
Men B Team 6th, 5th overall.
Men Vets 10th, 6th overall.
Ladies A Team 6th, 4th overall.
Ladies Vets 6th, 5th overall.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 17th February 2018
|John Henry||19.22||9th - 69.45% Finsbury|
|Mark Boulton||16.42 (course pb)||3rd - 78.54% Hackney|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.11||18th - 77.36% Hackney|
|Robert Rayworth||19.53||40th - 69.66% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.44 (course pb)||142nd - 62.36% Hackney|
|Roselin Boramakot||42.43||307th - 34.65% Hackney|
|Shaun DeSena||32.33 debut||287th - 39.73% Ipswich|
|James Nichols||19.21 debut||15th - 67.79% Brockwell|
|Simon Thomas||18.30||3rd - 70.90% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||19.26 (course pb)||8th - 66.38% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||21.42||32nd - 66.36% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||21.45||33rd - 68.35% Valentines|
|Caroline Frith||21.57||36th - 69.70% Valentines|
|Tim Aylett||25.03||76th - 54.09% Valentines|
|Nick Hoult||25.38 debut||87th - 54.88% Valentines|
|Catriona Hoult||30.156 debut||164th - 51.60% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||22.53 debut||58th - 67.73% Bedford|
|Shahib Miah Ali||26.32 (buggy & 2 mins late)||188th - 48.87% Mile End|
|Sarah Burns||29.07||237th - 53.23% Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||50.21||321st - 29.39% Mile End|
|Patrick Brown||18.31||1st - 70.21% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||25.53||31st - 67.29% Walthamstow|
|Ford Cadiogan||27.33 (course pb)||43rd - 50.70% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||28.48||57th - 52.49% Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||52.49 (tailwalker)||99th - 25.65% Walthamstow|
|John Booth||17.43 (course pb)||3rd - 75.35% Southwark|
|Liam Dempsey||27.30||36th - 47.15% Brentwood|
|Stephen Swan||25.59 debut||50th - 49.90% Hockley Woods|
|Stuart Barton||27.28 debut||74th - 52.85% Hockley Woods|
|James Wilson||19.21||2nd - 71.06% Wanstead|
|Robert Spread||21.20||11th - 62.58% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||24.39 (course pb)||50th - 60.04% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.12||64th - 62.47% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||26.31||67th - 61.09% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.08||101st - 62.13% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.57||112th - 50.47% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||30.59||125th - 51.26% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||30.59||126th - 62.61% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||31.02||127th - 51.18% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||32.32||142nd - 44.26% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||35.13||156th - 46.00% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||40.02||175th - 40.05% Wanstead|
|Mark Moir||19.55||9th - 64.77% Sunderland|
|Mary OBrien||28.06||58th - 71.06% Johnstown,Wexford|
|Calvin Bobin||21.09 debut||5th - 77.15% Coburg, AUS|
|Fiona Critchley||25.43 debut||57th - 65.98% Queens Domain,Tasmania|
46 parkruns at 16 venues.
5 course pbs and 9 debuts.
1 first finisher, Patrick at Walthamstow for the 40th time.
ELR parkrun records for:
Andrew at Bedford,
John Booth at Southwark,
Calvin at Coburg, Australia and
Fiona at Queens Domain, Tasmania.
Run Through Chase The Moon 5km, QEOP - Wednesday 14th February 2018
|Katherine Harris||25.28||60th, 2nd V35|
|Rachel Le Roux||26.41||80th|
Runthrough Chase the Moon, Olympic Park. by Jo Wood
A cold, wet, horrible night at my 2nd home. Route was changed from previous races due to building work
and I really liked it but having registered for 10k bailed at 5k as just could not get a good pace,
having been freezing cold from the start and by now soaking wet - feet were like ice blocks going
through so many puddles
Was kicking myself a little...but not for long as suddenly Diana, Rachel & Kat pounced out of nowhere
and declared they'd done the same. Nice bling and post race goodies N.B. there was the obligatory
flapjack included, it just didnt last long enough to be included in the pic.
Lovely catch up with the girls and was even nicer that Diana & John let me be their Valentines
gooseberry at the pub after for a post race drink.
Not a great race but came home with a smile on my face thanks to the ELR girls (and of course John).
Run Through Chase The Moon 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 14th February 2018
Muscle Acre OCR, Guildford, Surrey - Sunday 11th February 2018
|Joshua Stephens||48.13||5th (approx 6km)|
5th place at Muscle Acre today, 6km in 48.13 (very muddy)! Thanks to Grant Conway
for his track sessions teaching me sprinting technique, sprint finish stole 5th
and hopefully has qualified me for the Euro Championships in Denmark!
East London Triathletes Winter Warmer, Velopark. - Sunday 11th February 2018
|Louis Le Roux||52.11||18th|
|Michael Bamford||53.12||19th, 2nd V50|
|Sarah Burns||55.31||24th, 1st lady|
69 COMPETITORS.2 mile run, 10 mile cycle, 1 mile run.
Louis - 6.35,7.11/13.46/3.06,3.00,3.06,2.57,2.54,2.53,2.59,2.58,2.56,4.00/30.49/7.36 = 52.11
Michael - 6.35,7.06/13.41/3.12,3.13,3.06,3.04,3.00,2.57,3.09,3.17,3.17,4.10/32.25/7.06 = 53.12
Sarah - 7.42,8.32/16.14/2.57,2.58,3.11,2.58,2.59,3.03,3.04,2.59,3.04,4.07/31.20/7.57 = 55.31
Graham - 7.07,8.16/15.23/3.33,3.24,3.24,3.20,3.07,3.25,3.38,3.24,3.21,4.26/35.02/7.25 = 57.50
Jason - 8.17,9.14/17.31/3.43,3.46,3.46,3.44,3.55,3.55,3.43,3.52,3.53,4.50/39.07/8.27 = 1.05.05
Victoria Park 10km Winter Series - Sunday 11th February 2018
Mad Dash 20km - Saturday 10th February 2018
|Kat Maskell||1.53.34||48th of 70|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 10th February 2018
|Calvin Bobin||21.14||6th - 76.84% - Ballina Coast|
|John Henry||19.26||15th - 69.21% - Finsbury|
|Jon Brombley||17.42||7th - 74.48% - Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||22.52||90th - 64.72% - Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||24.26||135th - 60.57% - Hackney|
|Robyn Turtle||25.05 (course PB)||153rd - 59.07% - Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||27.03||187th - 56.56% - Hackney|
|Roselin Boramakot||30.54||238th - 47.90% - Hackney|
|Caroline Frith||21.27 (1st woman)||10th - 71.33% - Roding Valley|
|Richard Potter||22.46||19th - 57.91% - Roding Valley|
|Lauren Kelly||24.06||22nd - 61.41% - Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||28.40||48th - 64.88% - Roding Valley|
|Robert Rayworth||20.21||19th - 68.06% - Northampton|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.58||4th - 64.94% - Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.24||5th - 70.59% - Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||21.34||11th - 66.77% - Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.03||17th - 61.00% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.15||22nd - 66.82% - Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.28||31st - 55.89% - Valentines|
|Zuzana Urbanova||25.21 (1st parkrun)||53rd - 59.37% - Valentines|
|Marc Akers||27.51||90th - 50.93% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||30.07||133rd - 47.43% - Valentines|
|Shaun DeSena||33.44 (course debut)||172nd - 38.34% - Oak Hill|
|Eleanor Wilkinson||21.51 (course debut)||86th - 67.73% - Norwich|
|Stephen Swan||26.00 (course debut)||119th - 49.87% - Colchester Castle|
|Stuart Barton||26.41 (course debut)||133rd - 54.40% - Colchester Castle|
|Patrick Brown||18.06||1st - 71.82% - Wanstead|
|Robert Spread||21.28||15th - 62.19% - Wanstead|
|Andrew Howard||22.38||23rd - 68.48% - Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.26||49th - 62.89% - Wanstead|
|Suzanne Bench||24.56||51st - 68.92% - Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.32||61st - 62.21% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||26.01||63rd - 56.89% - Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||27.30||80th - 56.82% - Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.51||84th - 54.84% - Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||28.16||90th - 64.11% - Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||31.05||138th - 52.31% - Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||31.54||140th - 62.01% - Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||33.04||145th - 43.86% - Wanstead|
|John Booth||17.30 (course PB)||4th - 76.29% - Mile End|
|Ciaran Canavan||18.32 (course PB)||13th - 75.90% - Mile End|
|Mark Moir||19.24||25th - 66.49% - Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||41.49||215th - 35.39% - Crane Park|
|Janet Bywater||28.06||51st - 61.98% - Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||29.54||64th - 50.56% - Walthamstow|
|Liam Dempsey||27.48||40th - 46.64% - Brentwood|
|Clive Mehew||21.59 (course debut & 50th parkrun)||25th - 64.97% - Hastings|
|Fiona Critchley||27.26 (course debut)||14th - 61.85% - Windsor Precinct (Aus)|
|Diana Rexhepaj||28.57||34th - 56.53% Beckton|
|Dan Gritton||22.30 (course debut)||13th - 63.04% Gunpowder|
|Tim Aylett||24.39||29th - 54.97% Gunpowder|
|Sarah Burns||25.08 (course debut)||7th - 61.67% Vandeleur|
|James Nichols||19.02 ( course debut)||21st - 68.91% Tooting Common|
53 parkruns at 20 venues, 2 first finishers.
50th parkrun for Clive Mehew,
9 debuts and 3 course pbs,
ELR parkrun records for:
Ellie at Norwich,
Sarah at Vandeleur, Co Clare, ROI and
Fiona at Windsor Precinct, Tasmania
Essex County and Eastern AA Championships, Lee Valley - Day 2 - Sunday 4th February 2018
|Thomas Grimes||41.93||1st, 300m heats|
|Thomas Grimes||41.28 pb||3rd, 300m final|
|Maud Hodson||61.30 sb||3rd final|
|Maud Hodson||6.35.91 (indoor pb)||1st, 1500m W35|
Torremolinos Half Marathon, Spain. - Sunday 4th February 2018
Hi. A shortish race report for the Torremolinos HM which 10 ELRâ€™s ran on Sunday.
A number of us made our way out to Spain on Friday, with the men staying in Torremolinos and
our lady participants staying in Alexandras house a 90 minute drive away. The flight is
around 2.5 hours and only cost us £50 approximately. The transfer from the airport is only
10 minutes to Torremolinos. The weather was as expected. Mixed. Cold at night with a bit of
rain and cloud but also some nice sunny warm weather for us to enjoy. It was quite cool on
the morning of the run which was ideal.
The resort was quiet as it was out of season but we made our own entertainment and we all enjoyed
a fabulous meal together after the race. Speaking for myself it was a great weekend and I hope to
do another similar trip in the near future.
Overall I would recommend doing this event. The course is by no means flat and there are a number
of uphill sections in the latter part of the race which makes it tough when you are tired. However,
it was a nice course and was excellent value for money at â‚¬15 with a medal, tech shirt, fleece,
towel, chicken stock cube , goody bag all included. One bug bear is that from what I can understand
the chip timing was only for male runners. Inexplicable and bang out of order.
It would be ideal to include in a marathon training programme as you get a few hills in the legs in
your 13 miles.
Unfortunately George was not feeling up to finishing but everyone still did really well. Sometimes its
not all about the race times but the whole experience and I think we all enjoyed ourselves. I even got
to put the dance moves I was practicing at Lea Valley on Monday into practice whilst we were away. I
also made a new friend in the process! Photo below.
Ratings (out of 10)
Value for money 10
Crowd support 7
Total trip cost and value for money 8
Helen McGuinness:- A few people have asked how my race in Torremolinos went so I thought I need to write a report! It is probably a good time to visit Torremolinos out of season coz in the summer it would be packed with people and far too much. It was quiet for the race with just a nice amount of people supporting the race. I ran about 2 thirds with a couple of old guys who were good runners. I pushed on a bit with them in the flat bit along the sea front keeping my speed up. The first part was downhill which I suppose was nice but I had the nerves. Then the last 4 miles was uphill which was hard work when you are near the end of the half marathon! I ran it the whole way. I enjoyed the oranges and water stops and the whole race was very well organised, marshals and we got a very nice t-shirt and a fleece, towel, more fruit and some chicken soup! I believe the race is subsidised by the local council which is why it only cost 15 euros. My time was 2hrs 21 which is good for me though not quite a pb but I enjoyed it so thats important. It bad that the ladies chip time was not given in the results but the mens were. Also there were many less women running. With it being the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote you would think we would have equality. But in Spain they dont know about that.
Great Bentley Half Marathon - Sunday 4th February 2018
|Mark Boulton||1.14.25 pb||5th|
|Jimmy Dale||1.42.31 pb||231st|
|Caroline McGirr||2.13.03 pb||538th|
Watford Half Marathon - Sunday 4th February 2018
Cancer Research UK Winter Run 10km - Sunday 4th February 2018
|John Booth||35.55 pb||26th|
|Katie Whitton||50.06 pb||2495th|
Stuart Barton: Yesterday a few ELR met up at Leytonstone station to head up town for the Winter 10k,
It was a cold one to say the least, It is always nice to travel up with others, Bag drop was really easy,
we headed the start line with extra jumpers still on to keep warm, all apart from Marc Akers who was in
shorts and a vest. As we approached the start the extra layers were discarded and we were at the start,
I must admit I loved the route I had done most of it before as it's a mixture of the Vitality 10k the
Westminster mile and the city mile, At 5k I grabbed a bottle water from Mark Moir always nice to see a ELR.
The last 5k was nice with a couple of down hills. A nice wave from Julie Creffield and then to the finish,
slightly off a PB but it was cold. Then off to Lea Valley to see a couple of members winning medals. all in
all a good day
Run Through Olympic Park 10km - Sunday 4th February 2018
|Caroline Frith||43.24||50th, 1st V40|
|Graham Peacock||45.03 pb||95th|
|Chloe Millan||45.57 pb||115th|
|Alex Jameson||50.00 pb||183rd|
Greenwich Park Winter Series 10km - Sunday 4th February 2018
Essex County and Eastern AA Championships, Lee Valley - Day 1 - Saturday 3rd February 2018
|Marc Akers||8.97||4th, 60m heats|
|Marc Akers||8.82 pb||6th, 60m Masters Final|
Thames Trot 50mile Ultra - Saturday 3rd February 2018
|Maud Hodson||9.57.24||123rd, 24th lady, 3rd W45|
Maud Hodson: My race(s) report from the weekend. Sorry its a bit long...
Its no secret that I had been both dreading and looking forward to this weekend in more or less equal measure. A 50 miler followed by two track races the following day. Pretty idiotic, even by my standards.
I set off for Oxford on the Friday afternoon - Race HQ was a hotel in Iffley, a suburb of Oxford, and Iâ€™d booked myself a room there. I had dinner on my own in the hotel restaurant (its alright Nat, I have forgiven you), with Chrissie Wellingtons autobiography for company. No pasta on the menu, so I ordered grilled chicken with chips, and a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc, because nothing new on race day. I was nervous about the race, as it was further than Id run for a couple of years, and my last big ultra (I guess I mean out on my own in the middle of nowhere) had resulted in my first ever DNF. I had to finish this time - Chrissie had wished me luck over on Twitter, and no way could I fess up to her that I had bailed. Keep smiling, she said.
I never sleep very well before a race. But staying actually at Race HQ takes away one source of anxiety. When I opened my curtains in the morning there was the baggage van outside my window. I went down for breakfast and looked at my phone - 20% battery. Some fruitcake had put it on the charger overnight on not switched the socket on. I need my phone for these events - the GPX files is my belt and braces for navigation. Whizzed back up to my room and put it on to charge, then sat eating breakfast fretting at whether I had this time switched it on.
I stayed in my room as long as possible after breakfast, waiting on the charger. They are like kettles. Got it up to 85%. I do also carry a back-up charger for races, but it's better not to need it. I did a bit of a double-take when I picked up my running number - 211. I had been staying in room 211. Maybe I would finish in 211th place.
And then we were off. A cool, drizzly morning, but OK. I quickly found myself almost at the back of the field, but I have learned not to mind that. I try to stick to my rules - I will not run faster than 10.30 per mile, unless its downhill. Or the last mile, in which case good luck to me.
Very soon we hit the mud. Maybe I was a bit naive, or just hadnt done my homework, but while I was expecting some mud I was totally unprepared for the sheer amount of the stuff. Proper over-the-top-of-your-shoe stuff. Bambi on ice. I had gone for my Hoka Speedgoats, which are a very comfortable pair of trail shoes which I know I can run for hours in.I was pining for my Mud Claws, but could I run 50 miles in them? Is it possible that I need yet another pair of running shoes?
One of my favourite things about ultras is the laid back, supportive atmosphere. Everyone is your friend. Sometimes you find yourself running together with someone for hours and making lasting friendships. This time my companions came and went, but I had company for much of the time.
At Checkpoint 2 I reminded myself that this was the stage where I had dropped out at the SVP 100, physically and mentally broken. Well, I wasnt broken this time, and my feet did not even hurt yet. The timing guy said I was the smiliest runner he had seen - Chrissie would have been proud of me. And it wasnt muddy all the way. There were stretches where I could get my head down and knock out a pace, and see the miles go past much more quickly. Id been told by runners who had done it before that it was actually only about 47-48 miles, which makes a surprising amount of difference in the mind. And it gave me two sets of sums to do - I distract myself by working out fractions and percentages completed, and used the official 50 and the unofficial 48 kept me a bit busier.
The river Thames was a serene presence, widening noticeably as we plodded along - I even managed briefly to replace a rather inane ear-worm with Smetanas Vltava. The weather was not nearly as bad as had been forecast a few days earlier - the rain was never heavy, and not as cold as Benfleet.
The light was fading fast when I got to Checkpoint 5 - the last one before the finish. We were instructed to get our head torches on and pair up for safety. I set of with a guy I had been running with for the last couple of miles. The previous section had been one of the least muddy, and the miles had passed easily. It was now just six miles to the finish. Nearly there. But shortly after the checkpoint we were right back in the mud. The really slippy sort. My companion had grippier shoes than me so I told him not to wait for me. Running in the now pitch darkness through the mud with a torch is not something I am in any hurry to do again. Quite demoralising to be that close to the finish and to be going so slowly. I just wanted to run. Finally, I emerged on to a bit of tarmac, and fell in with a group of about half a dozen guys. There was a bit of navigation needed here, so I got my phone out and we ran together for a bit. Then one last bit of mud. I think I may have sworn. One by one my companions went past me. There was about half a mile to go when we hit terra firma for the last time. I put my foot down and steamed past the guys whoâ€™d overtaken me in the mud. A marshal earlier on had told me to switch my head torch at the finish so as not to ruin the finishers photo. I remembered to do that, but gave it too much of a nudge, so my photo will have the torch sitting on my nose.
I wasnt 211th - 123rd out of 200 finishers, with 51 DNFs. Just under 10 hours, which given the amount of slooshing around I was happy enough with. And some demons banished. A competent if unspectacular piece of ultra running. I was about to head to the station when I looked down at my feet - no, Hodson, youâ€™re not getting on the train like that. Managed to peel off my shoes and socks in the ladies - we all felt sorry for the cleaners - it was not a pretty sight in there. So cold at Henley station waiting for the train - you really feel it when you stop.
Changing trains at Twyford, I began to worry about the next days races. I could barely walk across the platform. Something really hurt. I have never been good at all the stretching and recovery side of things, so this was going to be a challenge. When I got on the Central Line at Ealing Broadway I was very glad that I had changed out of my disgusting shoes - I found myself amongst a load of young things dressed up for their Saturday night out. Finally got home at about 9.30, 13 hours after I had set off from Iffley.
Slept badly again. Every time I woke I tried to do a little stretch, just in case it helped. I was able to walk reasonably well in the morning, but running still seemed like a big ask. But whatever had been hurting last night was OK now, so it was game on. A guaranteed gold & bronze medal was too much to resist.
Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre is a world away from the mud and drizzle of Oxfordshire. I was so happy to see Jo, Marc & Stuart when I arrived - chatting with them rating than sitting on my own and fretting was infinitely better.
300m first up - three women in the race, but it turned out the the other two were not Essex qualified, so gold would be mine. Just got to run it. A PW, and last by a distance, but job done. Eight women lined up for the 1500m, but as we were spread over four different age categories all eight would get a medal. And mine would be gold, again just got to get round. That race was always going to be pretty grim, and so it was. But I paced it OK, only got lapped twice by the leaders and managed to speed up a little on the last lap. Amazing this was not in fact a PW, but technically an indoor PB. And I was a double county champion. Surreal, really. Mightily relieved to have got through the weekend and made all three finish lines. Treated myself to a G & T in the bath.
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 3rd February 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 3rd February 2018
|Mark Moir||19.18 (course pb)||10th - 66.84% Sunderland|
|Stuart Barton||25.53 debut||147th - 56.08% Finsbury|
|Stuart Kelly||17.32 (course pb)||8th - 74.43% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||21.40 (course pb)||62nd - 65.92% Hackney|
|Paula Bedford||27.01||188th - 57.80% Hackney|
|Sarah Burns||27.02||189th - 57.34% Hackney|
|Claire Emery||32.13 debut||258th - 50.28% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||32.35||261st - 49.72% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||39.02||280th - 38.94% Hackney|
|Tim Aylett||26.44||42nd - 50.69% Roding Valley|
|Sheila Kennedy||29.42||57th - 62.63% Roding Valley|
|Simon Thomas||18.34||1st - 70.65% Valentines|
|Dan Senior||18.52||2nd - 73.41% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.10||7th - 71.40% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||21.31||14th - 59.95% Valentines|
|Colin Dryland||21.44||17th - 66.26% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.01(course pb)||19th - 61.09% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.21||28th - 66.52% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||23.34||41st - 55.66% Valentines|
|Robyn Turtle||25.14 (course pb)||69th - 58.72% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||25.43||76th - 55.54% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.41||111th - 69.61% Valentines|
|Ravinder Bassi||42.19||236th - 37.18% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||22.23||25th - 69.25% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.38||44th - 62.38% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.10||62nd - 62.55% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||27.04||72nd - 59.85% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||27.43||84th - 53.40% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||27.44||85th - 51.92% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.28||94th - 53.10% Wanstead|
|Nick Hoult||29.15||106th - 48.09% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||32.19||148th - 60.03% Wanstead|
|Morag Campbell||41.29||190th - 38.65% Wanstead |
|Caroline Moore||28.20 debut||156th - 63.88% Raphael|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.10||17th - 73.39% Mile End|
|Shahib Miah Ali||19.33 (course pb)||21st - 66.33% Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||34.39||261st - 43.67% Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||44.56||278th - 32.94% Mile End|
|Patrick Brown||18.34||1st - 70.02% Walthamstow|
|Chris Green||21.41 (course pb)||8th - 62.49% Walthamstow|
|Ford Cadiogan||29.00 (course pb)||68th - 48.16% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||32.29||85th - 46.54% Walthamstow|
|Dan Gritton||17.46 (course pb)||11th - 79.83% Southwark|
|Calvin Bobin||21.08 debut||4th - 77.21% Ballina Coast, AUS|
|John Henry||19.29||7th - 69.03% Fountains Abbey|
|Janet Bywater||25.08 debut||18th - 69.30% Beckton|
|James Nichols||20.25||9th - 64.24% Hockley Woods|
5km Age Grade Chart for January 2018. - Wednesday 31st January 2018
111 ELR's ran a parkrun in January, so here's how it stands.
January Age Grade Chart 5km - 2018
1 Paul Quinton 16.32 27/01 81.35% Hackney
Calvin Bobin 20.37 13/01 79.14% Wanstead
Ava Lee 19.46 20/01 77.82% Hackney
Mark Boulton 17.19 27/01 75.75% Gunpowder
5 John Booth 17.38 06/01 75.71% Mile End
Dan Gritton 18.46 27/01 75.58% Burgess
Andrew Baxter 19.24 27/01 75.43% Gunpowder
8 Thomas Grimes 17.51 13/01 74.79% Gladstone
Jose Rodriquez 17.58 06/01 74.30% Hackney
10 Ciaran Canavan 19.12 20/01 73.26% Hackney
Dan Senior 19.02 01/01 72.77% Valentines
12 Stuart Kelly 17.57 06/01 72.70% Hackney
Alex Day 18.21 01/01 71.84% Valentines
Ashley Faria 20.10. 13/01 71.40% Valentines
15 James Wilson 19.22 01/01 71.00% Wanstead
Robert Rayworth 19.34 20/01 70.78% Hackney
Mary OBrien 28.20. 20/01 70.47% Valentines
18 Simon Thomas 18.44 06/01 70.02% Valentines
Patrick Brown 8.35 27/01 69.96% Walthamstow
20 John Henry 19.21 27/01 69.51% Finsbury
Michael Bamford 21.25 06/01 69.42% Valentines
Caroline Frith 22.13 20/01 68.87% Valentines
James Nichols 19.07 27/01 68.61% Pymmes
Thomas Burrard-Lucas 18.57 13/01 68.43% Hackney
25 Andrew Howard 22.46 01/01 68.08% Whitstable
Fiona Day 28.09 01/01 67.97% Wanstead
Janet Bywater 25.39 01/01 67.90% Valentines
Scott McMillan 20.29 06/01 67.62% Wanstead
Shailesh Patel 22.10. 13/01 67.07% Valentines
30 Grant Conway 21.50. 27/01 67.02% Valentines
Mark Moir 19.17 13/01 66.90% Mile End
Sharon Springfield 23.35 27/01 66.71% Wanstead
Aaron Browne 19.28 13/01 66.27% Valentines
Nathan Jones 19.30. 06/01 66.15% Valentines
35 Lance Fuller 23.22 27/01 65.76% Hackney
Annette Clark 24.24 27/01 65.71% Valentines
Louis le Roux 20.12 01/01 65.68% Valentines
Suzanne Taylor 25.07 27/01 65.16% Valentines
Laura Woodhouse 22.53 06/01 64.68% Hackney
40 Peter Craik 22.17 01/01 64.62% Valentines
Kate Brett 26.36 13/01 64.60% Wanstead
Clive Mehew 22.13 06/01 64.29% Hackney
Shahib Miah Ali 20.13 27/01 64.14% Valentines
Nick Hoult 21.57 27/01 64.09% Torrens AU
45 Frank Brownlie 26.31 01/01 63.86% Valentines
Sheetal Dandgey 23.15 13/01 63.73% Hackney
Jonathan Wooldridge 22.28 20/01 63.58% Valentines
Selina Vernal 23.46 13/01 63.32% Wanstead
Robert Spread 21.08 06/01 63.17% Wanstead
50 Paul Marshall 20.51 06/01 62.59% Mile End
Craig Livermore 20.40. 13/01 62.42% Valentines
Maud Hodson 25.27 01/01 62.41% Wanstead
Caroline Moore 28.38 01/01 62.40% Valentines
Lucy Barron 23.47 20/01 62.23% Hackney
55 Nathaniel Dye 20.54 01/01 62.20% Valentines
Kat Maskell 24.20. 27/01 61.85% Hackney
Chloe Millan 23.57 27/01 61.80% Wanstead
Jamie Xavier 22.36 06/01 61.28% Walthamstow
Emmett Fitzgibbon 22.04 27/01 60.95% Valentines
60 Fiona Critchley 27.54 27/01 60.81% Walthamstow
Katherine Harris 24.48 01/01 60.69% Valentines
Peter Hatley 23.01 01/01 60.68% Valentines
Georgie Hooper 24.20. 27/01 60.48% Wanstead
Alexandra Wilkinson 26.52 06/01 60.30% Hockley wds
65 Jakub Czeczotka 22.05 06/06 60.08% Hackney
Katie Whitton 24.45 27/01 59.80% Wanstead
Sheila Kennedy 31.18 27/01 59.42% Walthamstow
Jayne Browne 29.42 01/01 59.37% Valentines
Sarah Burns 26.12 01/01 58.72% Wanstead
70 Saheb Yousefi 22.22 13/01 58.64% Valentines
Paul Drury-Bradey 22.45 06/01 58.32% Wanstead
Judith Vonburg 25.32 01/01 57.96% Wanstead
Kathryn Hertzberg 25.44 13/01 57.64% Roding Valley
Robyn Turtle 25.43 20/01 57.62% Hackney
75 Catriona Hoult 27.13 20/01 57.38% Hackney
Stuart Norris 22.31 27/01 57.29% Rother Valley
James Creed 23.31 27/01 57.19% Castle Park
Bernadett Kalmar 28.29 06/01 56.88% Wanstead
Diana Rexhepaj 29.00. 13/01 56.44% Beckton
80 Clare Emery 28.51 06/01 56.15% Wanstead
Alexandra Rutishauser 27.36 01/01 55.07% Valentines
Stuart barton 26.25 01/01 54.95% Castle Park
Stephen Swan 23.43 27/01 54.67% Kesgrave
Jason Levy 26.09 20/01 54.62% Valentines
85 Billy Rayner 23.57 27/01 54.28% Wanstead
Viktor Szabadi 27.38 01/01 54.22% Valentines
Alex Jameson 26.34 13/01 54.20% Wanstead
Rachel Le Roux 27.41 01/01 54.16% Valentines
Marc Akers 26.24 27/01 53.72% Gunpowder
90 Tim Aylett 25.19 01/01 53.52% Gunpowder
Jenny Ansell 28.18 13/01 52.30% Billericay
Jessica Trayler-Moore 29.04 13/01 52.29% Wanstead
Sophie Edwards 30.06 06/01 52.27% Wanstead
George Georgiou 27.51 27/01 52.12% Valentines
95 Ijeoma Anozie 29.25 06/01 52.01% Hackney
Alexandra Brown 28.31 27/01 51.90% Haigh Woodland
Anna Dingle 30.06 27/01 51.50% Walthamstow
Helen McGuiness 30.52 13/01 50.97% Wanstead
Victoria Want 29.49 20/01 49.69% Wanstead
100 Maya Goodwin 32.40. 13/01 49.59% Hackney
Ford Cadiogan 28.12 27/01 49.53% Highbury Fields
Saheed Shabbir 26.55 13/01 48.98% Valentines
Liz ODonnell 36.35 01/01 44.33% Valentines
Sally Faulkner 34.51 27/01 43.42% Mile End
105 Don Bennett 36.27 01/01 43.26% Wanstead
Heather Corrigan 34.35 20/01 42.30% Wanstead
Shaun DeSena 31.08 27/01 41.54% Kingsbury Water
Julie Creffield 37.23 06/01 40.66% Barking
Katy Taylor 39.03 27/01 39.99% Walthamstow
110 Samia Choudrey 41.06 13/01 36.01% Mile End
111 Steve Bywater (tail) 42.46 20/01 35.04% Walthamstow
Ashridge Duathlon Series - Sunday 28th January 2018
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||1.20.29||16th, 4th m30-34|
|Emily Clarke||1.37.11||51st, 3rd w30-34|
|Robyn Turtle||1.40.53||67th, 5th w30-34|
|Sheetal Dandgey||1.46.23||78th, 6th w30-34|
|Michael Bamford||2.48.38||22nd, 2nd M50-54.|
|Louis Le Roux||2.48.38||23rd|
|Paula Bedford||2.41.33||1st relay team|
|Sarah Burns||2.41.33||1st relay team|
SPRINT Duathlon - 5k run,22k cycle, 2.5k run
Thomas 19.46, 1.56, 48.00, 1.01, 9.45 = 1.20.29
Emily 21.06, 2.02, 1.02.09, 1.04, 10.43 = 1.37.11
Robyn 25.43, 2.10, 57.58, 1.33, 13.27 = 1.40.53
Sheetal 24.34, 1.43, 1.03.42, 1.00, 13.01 = 1.46.23
STANDARD Duathlon - 10k run, 44k cycle, 5k run
Michael 42.21, 1.10, 1.40.41, 0.58, 23.26 = 2.48.38.
Louis 42.11, 0.46, 1.40.01, 1.00, 24.38 = 2.48.38
Dan 41.03, 1.10, 1.51.55, 1.04, 20.31 = 2.55.45
Run Through Velopark Half Marathon - Saturday 27th January 2018
Craig Livermore:- First race of the year, and what a way to kick 2018 off. My last race was the Sikhs
in the City Half Marathon, in mid December 2017. The time I posted back then was a 1:42, but at 13.6 miles
long, it was longer than it should've been, so when I looked at my watch for the 13.1, I was at 1:39:35. Now
my time's fallen down by 5 mins 30 secs to 1:33:59.
It was a challenging, technical and undulating course, taking part on the cycle track. Smooth surfacing and
no bumps, what a pleasure to run on it was. My game plan went out of the window, so I just raced it how I
would approach any course like this, fast on the ups and steadying off on the flats and downs.
The headwind mid race was a tad annoying, and was taking the breath out of me. Alas I was having a good battle
with a women alongside me. She was flying on the downs and flats, but on the ups was suffering a tad, and her
heavy breathing wasn't helping matters either. She took far too much energy out of herself, and unfortunately
fell back with 4 laps left, and when that happened I knew she wasn't going to claw it back. A shame, as I was
really enjoying that fight, and I love a good game of whits.
Still seeing Jamie and Dan racing as well was a lovely touch. I think Dan gave me a second wind, as I felt I was
flagging at certain points. And to my trusty brother in arms, Aaron for being there to cheer me and the rest of
us on, it was well and truly appreciated.
On a whole, I'm now wondering what Roding will bring. To be honest god knows, but just the thought of it is leaving
me with shivers.
Good luck too all in their respective races, I hope you all do well. And enjoy your long runs tomorrow!!
Run Through Velopark 10km - Saturday 27th January 2018
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 27th January 2018
|Katherine Harris||27.40 (course debut)||76th - 54.40% - Roundshaw Downs|
|John Henry||19.21||11th - 69.51% - Finsbury|
|Paul Quinton||16.32 (course PB)||2nd - 81.35% - Hackney|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.55||41st - 70.63% - Hackney|
|Lance Fuller||23.22||111th - 65.76% - Hackney|
|Kat Maskell||24.20||140th - 61.85% - Hackney|
|Tim Aylett||26.27||46th - 51.23% - Roding Valley|
|Ford Cadiogan||28.12||242nd - 49.53% - Highbury Fields|
|Ashley Faria||20.12||5th - 71.29% - Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.13||7th - 64.14% - Valentines |
|Grant Conway||21.50||18th - 67.02% - Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.04 (course PB)||19th - 60.95% - Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.48 (150th parkrun)||42nd - 62.46% - Valentines|
|Annette Clark||24.24 (course PB)||52nd - 65.71% - Valentines|
|Suzanne Taylor||25.07 (course debut)||65th - 65.16% - Valentines|
|George Georgiou||27.51||109th - 52.12% - Valentines|
|Jason Levy||29.44||130th - 48.04% - Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||49.46||263rd - 29.74% - Valentines|
|Sharon Springfield||23.35||37th - 66.71% - Wanstead|
|Chloe Millan||23.57||42nd - 61.80% - Wanstead|
|Billy Rayner||23.57||43rd - 54.28% - Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||24.45||53rd - 59.80% - Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||34.06||161st - 46.14% - Wanstead|
|James Nichols||19.07 (course PB & 100th parkrun)||5th - 68.61% - Pymmes|
|Mark Boulton||17.19||1st - 75.75% - Gunpowder|
|Andrew Baxter||19.24 (course PB)||10th - 75.43% - Gunpowder|
|Marc Akers||26.24 (course debut)||58th - 53.72% - Gunpowder|
|John Booth||17.54 ||9th - 74.58% - Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||34.51||333rd - 43.42% - Mile End|
|Dan Gritton||18.46||18th - 75.58% - Burgess|
|Mark Moir||19.54 (course PB)||7th - 64.82% - Barking|
|Nick Hoult||21.57 (course debut)||16th - 64.09% - Torrens (Aus)|
|Patrick Brown||18.35||1st - 69.96% - Walthamstow|
|Peter Hatley||24.59||33rd - 55.90% - Walthamstow|
|Stuart Barton||27.01 (course PB)||58th - 53.73% - Walthamstow|
|Alex Jameson||27.15 (course debut)||60th - 52.84% - Walthamstow|
|Maud Hodson||27.16 (course debut)||61st - 58.25% - Walthamstow|
|Fiona Critchley||27.54 (course debut)||69th - 60.81% - Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||27.57||70th - 62.31% - Walthamstow|
|Sarah Burns||28.14||74th - 54.90% - Walthamstow|
|Caroline Moore||29.57||88th - 60.43% - Walthamstow|
|Bernadett Kalmar||30.04 (course debut)||91st - 53.88% - Walthamstow|
|Anna Dingle||30.06 (course debut)||92nd - 51.50% - Walthamstow|
|Sheila Kennedy||31.18 (course debut)||101st - 59.42% - Walthamstow|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.40 (course debut)||107th - 47.74% - Walthamstow|
|Catriona Hoult||34.01 (course debut)||127th - 45.91% - Walthamstow|
|Maya Goodwin||36.19||149th - 44.61% - Walthamstow|
|Katy Taylor||39.03 (course PB)||172nd - 39.99% - Walthamstow|
|Stuart Norris||22.31 (course debut)||41st - 57.29% - Rother Valley|
|Shaun DeSena||31.08 (course debut)||247th - 41.54% - Kingsbury Water|
|Andrew Howard||23.06 (course debut)||69th - 67.10% - Hove Promenade|
|Alexandra Brown||28.31||97th - 51.90% - Haigh Woodland|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.50 (course debut)||10th - 58.10% - Puarenga (NZ)|
|Calvin Bobin||21.59 (course debut)||19th - 74.22% - Willoughby (Aus)|
|James Creed||23.31 (debut & buggy)||41st - 57.19% - Castle Park|
|Stephen Swan||23.43||91st - 54.67% Kesgrave |
|Georgie Hooper||24.30 (course pb)||60.48% Wanstead Flats|
56 parkruns at 22 venues, 2 first finishers,8 pbs and 18 debuts.
100th parkrun for James Nichols, 150 for Shailesh Patel.
First finishes for Patrick Brown at Walthamstow's 5th Birthday,
a record attendance of 207 from the previous 128.
Also Mark Boulton at Gunpowder.
Best Age Grade was Paul Quinton at Hackney with 81.35%.
Three runs from Australia & New Zealand.
Nick Hoult at Torrens, Adelaide.
Calvin Bobin at Willoughby, Sydney
and Jakub Czeczotka at Puarenga, New Zealand.
South of England AA XC Championships, Stanmer Park, Brighton - Saturday 27th January 2018
|Rachel Le Roux||51.17||328th|
Ladies 8km and Men 15km.
Benfleet 15m - Sunday 21st January 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||1.35.17||6th|
|Jennifer Ansell||1.48.15||44th, 3rd lady|
|Paul Thompson||1.59.38 PB ||123rd|
|Calvin Bobin||2.06.28 ||182nd, (5th V60)|
|Shahib Miah Ali||2.15.47||267th|
|Maud Hodson||2.23.24||345th (9th V45)|
Antonio MartÃn Romero Lost 25 seconds after 1 mile because of my shoe. Had to sprint and run on my own 15 miles..not fun
Paul Thompson Well done to all our runners today. I was delighted to go under 2 hours, did not let that last hill beat me ! Course pb !!!
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera Was tough but so proud i did it ! That indescriptible feeling when you run a 15 muddy miles ,the snow hits your face so violently that you lose your contact lens, your feet are completely wet, your legs hurt , you are freezing cold but you feel you can go on and feel invicible !!!
That one was a toughy but i'll do it again tomorrow !!!
Roselin Boramakot I deleted the run on my watch my accident ðŸ˜ off to run it again now...
Calvin Bobin My first Benfleet 15 today. When I entered several months back I assumed it was just a normal road race - how wrong I was. Congrats to all who completed it.
Sarah Burns I can finally feel my right arm although I think Im snow blind. Well done everyone.
Andrea Waller That feeling when you run 15 miles of hills mud and snow. But your chip doesnt register at the end. Bloody hard but great run. Well done Jayne Browne and all my other East London runners mates. Special thanks to Sarah Burns for hot chocolate & Guinness and chocolate cake. You are a legend! #benfleet15
Maud Hodson Team ELR ready to go at the Benfleet 15. It wasnt snowing yet. I mean, what sort of a twit (censored)goes out running in the snow wearing shorts? Ouch.
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 20th January 2018
|Ciaran Canavan||19.12||16th - 73.26% Hackney|
|Robert Rayworth||19.34||20th - 70.78% Hackney|
|Ava Lee||19.46||26th - 77.82% Hackney|
|Lucy Barron||23.47 (course pb)||100th - 62.23% Hackney|
|Lance Fuller||24.33||110th - 62.59% Hackney|
|Robyn Turtle||25.43 (course pb)||136th - 57.62% Hackney|
|Catriona Hoult||27.13||167th - 57.38% Hackney|
|Julie Creffield||37.28||239th - 40.57% Hackney|
|Peter Hatley||24.27||24th - 57.12% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||25.20||28th - 53.49% Roding Valley|
|Ashley Faria||20.32||7th - 70.13% Valentines|
|Caroline Frith||22.13 (1st lady)||13th - 68.87% Valentines|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.28||14th - 63.58% Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||22.29 ||15th - 57.67% Valentines|
|Clive Mehew||22.34||16th - 63.29% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||22.54 (course pb)||19th - 58.73% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||23.39||26th - 62.86% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.09||58th - 54.62% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||28.20||76th - 70.47% Valentines|
|Andrew Howard||22.55||41st - 67.64% Wanstead|
|Katherine Harris||26.31||73rd - 56.76% Wanstead|
|Stephen Swan||26.54 debut||75th - 48.20% Wanstead|
|Stuart Barton||26.59||78th - 53.80% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||29.08||108th - 58.98% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||29.20||110th - 49.09% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||29.23||111th - 54.06% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||29.38||114th - 49.94% Wanstead|
|Victoria Want||29.49||117th - 49.69% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.49||119th - 54.33% Wanstead|
|Caroline Moore||29.55||122nd - 60.50% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||29.55||123rd - 63.96% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||31.09||135th - 48.10% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||32.04||142nd - 51.04% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||36.53||175th - 42.66% Wanstead|
|Maya Goodwin||37.33||178th - 43.14% Wanstead|
|Katy Taylor||37.37||181st - 41.52% Wanstead|
|Don Bennett||37.43||182nd - 42.16% Wanstead|
|Andrew Baxter||19.46 debut||5th - 74.03% Gunpowder|
|Sally Faulkner||36.50||266th - 41.09% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||20.25||25th - 63.18% South Shields|
|Patrick Brown||18.58 (1st man)||1st - 68.54% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||26.01||26th - 66.94% Walthamstow|
|Steven Bywater||42.46 (tailwalker)||81st - 35.04% Walthamstow|
|Shaun DeSena||33.51 debut||136th - 38.21% Ellenbrook Fields|
|Selina Vernal||23.51||48th - 63.10% Wanstead|
|Heather Corrigan||34.35 debut||160th - 42.30% Wanstead|
Haven House Chasing Elves 10km, Hainault Forest - Sunday 14th January 2018
|Lauren Kelly||55.24||10th, 3rd lady|
|Roselin Boramakot||1.09.29||29th of 44.|
Sunday XC League, Race 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford - Sunday 14th January 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||35.57||11th|
Sunday Cross Country Race 4 - Cassiobury Park, Watford.
14th January 2018.
A mild, dry morning with little mud at leafy Cassiobury Park, made the conditions ideal for the 4th Cross Country League fixture of the season. The scenic 6 mile course started with a run down to the hilly woods, then two laps before returning back up to the finish. An enjoyable morning and it was great running this course again on a personal note, after being a spectator for the previous two years due to injury. Great support from the marshals as well. Well done to all who ran today. ELR fielded full Men's and Ladies teams, with Thomas Grimes (4th) and Chloe Millan (252nd overall) first back for the club. Judith Anna Vonberg, Kathryn Hertzberg and Katie Whitton all made their Sunday league debuts. Thanks to Alex and Maud for driving from Wanstead LC.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the final race of the season at Royston on 18th February 2018. Michael Wilson
234 men, 178 ladies.
Mens team 9th of 20,13th overall.
Men Vets 17th of 20,18th 0f 20.
Ladies team 14th of 20, 17th of 20.
Ladies vet 18th of 20, 18th of 20.
Country To Capital 45 miles. - Saturday 13th January 2018
|Dan Gritton||6.48.33||38th of 300.|
Run Through Victoria Park Half Marathon - Saturday 13th January 2018
|Paula Bedford||1.39.25 pb||138th|
Run Through Victoria Park 10km - Saturday 13th January 2018
|Emily Clarke||41.26||24th, 3rd lady|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 13th January 2018
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||18.57 (course pb)||15th - 68.43% Hackney|
|Sheetal Dandgey||23.15||107th - 63.73% Hackney|
|Maya Goodwin||32.40||293rd - 49.59% Hackney|
|Andrew Howard||23.26 debut||44th - 66.15% Ashford|
|Caroline Frith||22.45 (1st lady)||18th - 67.25% Roding Valley|
|Peter Hatley||25.07||46th - 55.61% Roding Valley|
|Kathryn Hertzberg||25.44||50th - 57.64% Roding Valley|
|Tim Aylett||27.43||72nd - 48.89% Roding Valley|
|Katy Taylor||39.19||154th - 39.72% Roding Valley|
|Nathaniel Dye||22.15 debut||50th - 58.43% Colchester Castle|
|Maud Hodson||27.12 debut||188th - 58.39% Colchester Castle|
|Aaron Browne||19.28 (1st man)||2nd - 66.27% Valentines|
|Simon Thomas||19.29||3rd - 67.32% Valentines|
|Stuart Kelly||19.53||4th - 65.63% Valentines|
|Nathan Jones||19.54||5th - 64.82% Valentines|
|Ashley Faria||20.10||6th - 71.40% Valentines|
|Craig Livermore||20.40||7th - 62.42% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.10||19th - 67.07% Valentines|
|Saheb Yousefi||22.22||20th - 58.64% Valentines|
|Emmet Fitzgibbon||24.49||47th - 54.20% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||26.20||74th - 54.24% Valentines|
|Saheed Shabbir||26.55||82nd - 48.98% Valentines|
|Mary OBrien||29.09||113th - 68.50% Valentines|
|Jennifer Ansell||28.18||92nd - 52.30% Billericay|
|Mark Boulton||17.27 (1st man)||1st - 75.17% Gunpowder|
|John Booth||17.43||5th - 75.35% Mile End|
|Mark Moir||19.17 (course pb)||19th - 66.90% Mile End|
|Samia Choudhury||41.06||364th - 36.01% Mile End|
|Stuart Barton||27.00 debut||28th - 53.77% Fritton Lake|
|Thomas Grimes||17.51 (1st man)||1st - 74.79% Gladstone|
|Andrew Baxter||20.57||5th - 69.85% Walthamstow|
|Jamie Xavier||23.42||18th - 58.44% Walthamstow|
|Jakub Czeczotka||26.24 (course pb)||40th - 50.25% Walthamstow|
|Janet Bywater||27.48||49th - 62.25% Walthamstow|
|Shaun DeSena||32.44 debut||115th - 39.51% Thetford|
|Nick Hoult||23.20 debut||18th - 60.29% Studley,AU|
|Calvin Bobin||20.37 (course pb)||6th - 79.14% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||21.17||16th - 66.09% Wanstead|
|Paul Marshall||21.55||23rd - 59.54% Wanstead|
|Lance Fuller||24.39 ||50th - 62.34% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||26.09||71st - 62.59% Wanstead|
|Alex Jameson||26.34||75th - 54.20% Wanstead|
|Catherine Brett||26.36||76th - 64.60% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.10||99th - 67.93% Wanstead|
|Jess Trayler-Moore||29.04 (course pb)||122nd - 52.29% Wanstead|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||29.06||124th - 52.23% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||29.18||132nd - 50.51% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.36||143rd - 50.62% Wanstead|
|Helen McGuinness||30.52||164th - 50.97% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||32.24||185th - 48.20% Wanstead|
|Julie Creffield||39.42||236th - 38.29% Wanstead|
|Diana Rexhepaj||29.00||51st - 56.44% Beckton|
|Selina Vernal||23.46||46th - 63.32% Wanstead|
52 parkruns at 15 venues, 4 first finishers,
5 course pbs and 6 debuts
ELR parkrun records for:
Stuart at Fritton Lake
Nick at Studley, Australia
Andrew at Ashford.
Run Through Chase The Moon 10km, QEOP - Wednesday 10th January 2018
|Paula Bedford||43.29 pb||38th, 3rd lady,1st vet|
Trent Park Mince Pies Revenge, Velopark - Sunday 7th January 2018
|Thomas Grimes||51.42 debut||21st|
|Louis Le Roux||55.34||33rd|
|Sarah Burns||56.46||37th, 1st Vet|
|Michael Bamford||57.34||41st, 1st Supervet|
|Paula Bedford||58.29||43rd, 2nd Vet|
|Emily Clarke||1.05.16 debut||67th|
|Rachel Le Roux||1.05.40||69th|
|Kat Maskell||1.05.57 debut||72nd|
|Stuart Barton||1.08.23 debut||76th|
|Andrew Howard||1.09.10 debut||77th, 3rd Supervet|
|Jayne Browne||1.14.43||81st, 3rd Supervet Lady|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||1.15.19 debut||82nd|
|Fiona Day||1.15.38 debut||83rd|
2 MILE RUN/ 10 MILE CYCLE/ 1 MILE RUN.
Thomas Grimes - 5.25,6.07/11.32/3.20,3.23,3.19,3.22,3.20, 3.22,3.17,3.19,3.22,4.04/34.12/5.58/=51.42.
Thomas Burrard-Lucas - 6.15,7.35/13.51/3.23,3.21,3.25,3.22, 3.25,3.25,3.17,3.18,3.12,4.28/34.41/6.36/=55.08.
Louis LeRoux - 6.13,8.24/14.38/3.13,3.13,3.12,3.22,3.10, 3.10,3.12,3.09,3.11,4.45/33.41/7.14/= 55.34.
Sarah Burns - 7.48,8.41/16.30/3.08,3.06,3.03,3.03,3.03, 2.56,3.02,3.10,3.10,4.22/32.08/8.08=56.46.
Michael Bamford - 6.36,7.20/13.57/3.10,3.15,3.17,3.08, 3.11,3.13,3.06,3.11,3.11,3.15,4.20/36.21/7.16=57.34.inc extra lap.
Paula Bedford - 6.43,7.37/14.21/3.26,4.05,3.23,3.32,3.28, 3.32,3.36,3.36,3.37,4.41/36.59/7.09=58.29.
Ellie Wilkinson - 6.35,7.58/14.34/3.50,3.41,3.42,3.38, 3.41,3.36,3.39,3.40,3.47,4.47/38.05/7.00=59.39.
Graham Peacock - 7.49,9.10/17.00/3.18,3.21,3.14,3.21,3.22, 3.13,3.13,3.19,3.20,5.03/34.47/7.58=59.45.
Jimmy Dale - 7.22,8.45/16.07/3.38,3.47,3.35,3.49,3.50,3.50, 3.52,3.51,3.44,5.10/39.11/7.54=1.03.13.
Emily Clarke - 6.41,7.20/14.02/3.51,3.59,3.54,3.56,3.58,3.52, 3.55,3.55,3.54,4.01,4.49/44.08/7.06=1.05.16.inc extra lap.
Jason Levy - 8.18,9.12/17.32/3.41,3.49,3.50,3.46,3.47,3.55, 3.48,3.49,3.50,4.55/39.14/8.31=1.05.17.
Rachel LeRoux - 8.06,9.21/17.28/3.49,3.53,3.45,3.48,3.49, 3.46,3.51,3.49,3.46,5.00/39.21/8.51=1.05.40.
Kat Maskell - 8.16,9.03/17.19/4.01,3.59,3.50,3.51,3.46, 3.50,3.53,4.02,3.54,4.49/39.59/8.38=1.05.57.
Robyn Turtle - 8.05,9.47/17.53/3.50,3.49,3.48,3.52,3.49, 3.59,3.54,3.50,3.59,5.32/40.26/9.25=1.07.44.
Stuart Barton - 7.57,8.47/16.45/3.59,4.08,4.10,4.12,4.06, 4.05,4.21,4.14,4.11,5.05/42.37/9.01=1.08.23.
Andrew Howard - 7.40,8.22/16.02/3.50,3.38,3.51,3.43,3.36, 3.39,3.37,3.43,3.40,4.54,7.52/46.07/7.00=1.09.10 inc 2 extra laps.
Sheetal Dandgey - 7.35,9.40/17.15/4.30,4.22,4.20,4.27,4.33, 4.25,4.25,4.30,4.32,5.18/45.26/8.19=1.11.00.
Jayne Browne - 9.07,11.05/20.13/4.32,4.22,4.25,4.12,4.28, 4.22,4.23,4.36,4.40,5.22/45.27/9.02=1.14.43.
Alexandra Rutishauser - 8.39,9.37/18.18/4.38,4.46,4.42,4.38, 4.39,4.49,4.42,4.45,4.47,5.36/48.06/8.55=1.15.19.
Fiona Day - 8.58,9.54/18.53/4.37,4.41,4.37,4.32,4.40,4.46, 4.29,4.33,4.48,5.52/47.38/9.06=1.15.38.
Report by Stuart Barton
My first Duathlon today, Mince pies revenge at the Olympic park 2 mile run 10 mile cycle then a 1 mile run,
However the course is hilly and the wind was icy, A great turn out by team ELR. I put on as many layers as
I could but it was still very cold. The 2 mile run was good I was enjoying it then onto the bike,only 10
laps but with the wind and the hills it seemed a lot more, I was getting overtaken my loads but was kinda
enjoying it, The hill in front of the velodrome was the worst I was so pleased to get it over with on lap 10.
I parked my bike and tried to run the last mile, my legs felt so strange it was very hard to run after getting
off the bike, I am sure I will do more of these but maybe when it's a bit warmer. Sarah Burn makes great cake BTW.
Greenwich Park Winter Series 10km - Sunday 7th January 2018
|Mark Moir||42.06||2nd of 106.|
Run Through Brixton 10km - Sunday 7th January 2018
|John Healy||50.32||199th of 538.|
XXXVIII Maraton Del Pavo,(Turkey Marathon) Spain 9.6km - Saturday 6th January 2018
|Antonio Martin Romero||34.20||4th|
Yesterday I went to take part in the turkey marathon, a course of many break leg slopes, of which I like.
We had to leave conservative and see if the leg's would hold. Gradually I was making progress until I reached
the third and fourth classified climb I made the last 5 kms. The legs held up very well and when I reached
the last two miles which is just climb I stayed with the local Athlete who won by a few seconds.
In the end, the fourth and first senior. Glad, since the level was pretty high and I wasn't there for any more.
Essex Senior Cross Country, Great Notley Country Park - Saturday 6th January 2018
Race report - Essex XC Senior Championships by Paul Thompson.
This year's race was held at the Great Notley Country Park and hosted by Witham runners and for a change I only had a 15 minute journey to get to the venue from home. Fortunately I arrived in good time as due to a full car park I had to park in a Tesco's about a mile away & then a jog back to the venue !
I met up with Dan Gritton & Spencer Evans in the park cafÃ© and we were able to keep warm ahead of the race start. James Nichols was waiting for us at the start & had to rapidly put his number on with about a minute to spare, sorry for keeping you waiting Jim !
Conditions were cold but sunny and the race involved 3 laps of the park of around 2.5 miles each. A very flat course with one hill to negotiate that although steep was only about 75m long, it was also very well marshalled with no chance of wrong turns. Underfoot was very wet with heavy, slippery mud in parts with either studs or spikes absolutely essential. For once, I decided to start a little slower & build up my pace which seemed to work and I was soon into a great rhythm and each mile around 7:30. I ended with a sprint finish to hold off another runner. I could have finished a few places higher, but I made an error by getting boxed in behind 2 slower runners towards the end and probably should have pushed my way through rather than being quite so polite !
Times still tbc, but I was the last ELR man home with Dan leading the way followed by Spencer & Jim. Well done guys, a very enjoyable race !
QEOP 10km Winter Series - Saturday 6th January 2018
|Mark Boulton||34.21 pb||1st Winner|
|Lucy Barron||50.17 pb||131st|
Run Through Battersea Park 10km - Saturday 6th January 2018
|Kat Maskell||52.12||199th of 404|
parkrun - all venues. - Saturday 6th January 2018
|John Henry||19.30||14th - 68.97% Finsbury|
|Nick Hoult||22.27 debut||52nd - 62.66% St Peters, Sydney AU|
|Stephen Swan||28.15||209th - 45.90% Ipswich |
|Andrew Howard||23.40 debut||20th - 65.49% Billericay|
|Stuart Barton||28.46 debut||162nd - 50.46% Ally Pally|
|Thomas Grimes||18.26||4th - 72.42% Gladstone|
|Julie Creffield||37.23 (course pb)||106th - 40.66% Barking|
|Jamie Xavier||22.36||10th - 61.28% Walthamstow.|
|Janet Bywater||25.52||34th - 67.33% Walthamstow|
|Alexandra Wilkinson||26.52||78th - 60.30% Hockley Woods.|
|Mark Moir||20.43 debut||5th - 62.27% Beckton|
|John Booth||17.38||6th - 75.71% Mile End|
|Paul Marshall||20.51 (course pb)||44th - 62.59% Mile End|
|Sally Faulkner||36.51||338th - 41.07% Mile End|
|Stuart Kelly||17.57||6th - 72.70% Hackney|
|Jose Rodriguez||17.58||7th - 74.30% Hackney|
|Thomas Burrard-Lucas||19.01 (course pb)||23rd - 68.19% Hackney|
|Jakub Czeczotka||22.05 (50th parkrun)||88th - 60.08% Hackney|
|Clive Mehew||22.13||92nd - 64.29% Hackney|
|Laura Kemp||22.53||113th - 64.68% Hackney|
|Ijeoma Anozie||29.25||304th - 52.01% Hackney|
|Simon Thomas||18.44||2nd - 70.02% Valentines|
|Nathan Jones||19.30||5th - 66.15% Valentines|
|Michael Bamford||21.25||11th - 69.42% Valentines|
|Shailesh Patel||22.03||23rd - 66.27% Valentines|
|Shahib Miah Ali||23.52 (with buggy?)||39th - 54.33% Valentines|
|Katherine Harris||24.48||48th - 60.69% Valentines|
|Jason Levy||31.01||130th - 46.05% Valentines|
|Samia Choudhury||44.19||225th - 33.40% Valentines|
|Scott McMillan||20.29||7th - 67.62% Wanstead|
|Calvin Bobin||20.38 (course pb)||12th - 79.08% Wanstead|
|Robert Rayworth||20.54||16th - 66.27% Wanstead|
|Robert Spread||21.08||18th - 63.17% Wanstead|
|Ciaran Canavan||22.32||32nd - 62.43% Wanstead|
|Paul Drury-Bradey||22.45||35th - 58.32% Wanstead|
|Maud Hodson||25.27||67th - 62.41% Wanstead|
|Katie Whitton||25.32||68th - 57.96% Wanstead|
|Peter Hatley||25.36||70th - 54.56% Wanstead|
|Catriona Hoult||27.59||102nd - 55.81% Wanstead|
|Fiona Day||28.09||104th - 67.97% Wanstead|
|Bernadett Kalmar||28.29||107th - 56.88% Wanstead|
|Viktor Szabadi||28.46||112th - 52.09% Wanstead|
|Claire Emery||28.51||116th - 56.15% Wanstead|
|Jess Trayler-Moore||29.07 (course pb)||121st - 52.20% Wanstead|
|Sophie Edwards||30.06||142nd - 52.27% Wanstead|
|Suzanne Taylor||31.01 (50th parkrun)||153rd - 52.77% Wanstead|
|Chris Green||30.28||78th - 44.47% Walthamstow|
|Selina Vernal||24.14||49th - 62.10% Wanstead|
NYD Flitch Way Marathon, Great Notley - Monday 1st January 2018
|Roger Stubbs||4.16.21||22nd of 50.|
New Years Day 10km, Hyde Park - Monday 1st January 2018
|John Booth||36.07 pb||21st of 488.|
New Years Day parkrun - Others. - Monday 1st January 2018
|Mark Moir||20.29||12th - 62.98% Sunderland|
|Mark Moir||19.30 debut||17th - 66.15% Darlington South|
|Andrew Howard||25.42 debut||53rd - 60.31% Canterbury|
|Andrew Howard||22.46 debut||40th - 68.08% Whitstable|
|Tim Aylett||25.19||41st - 53.52% Gunpwder|
|Tim Aylett||30.46 debut||71st - 44.04% Brentwood|
|Katherine Harris||26.13 debut||194th - 57.41% Dulwich|
|Katherine Harris||26.13 debut||176th - 57.41% Peckham Rye|
|Stuart Barton||26.25 debut||48th - 54.95% Castle Park|
|Stuart Barton||27.59 debut||302nd - 51.88% Chelmsford Central|
|Shahib Miah Ali||20.39||14th - 62.79% Oak Hill|
|Caroline Frith||23.31 debut||42nd - 65.06% Chippenham|
12 more parkruns around the country.
9 debuts and 1 course pb,
Katherine Harris ran at Dulwich & Peckham Rye in exactly the same time, 26.13.
ELR parkrun records were set by:
Andrew at Canterbury & Whitstable,
Mark at Darlington South,
Caroline at Chippenham and
Katherine at Peckham Rye.
New Years Day parkrun - Valentines Park - Monday 1st January 2018
|Alex Day||18.21* (course pb)||3rd - 71.84%|
|Dan Senior||19.02||4th - 72.77%|
|James Nichols||19.09 (course pb)||5th - 68.49%|
|Ciaran Canavan||19.25*||10th - 72.45%|
|Louis Le Roux||20.12* debut||14th - 65.68%|
|Robert Rayworth||20.32*||20th - 67.45%|
|Nathaniel Dye||20.54* debut||30th - 62.20%|
|Michael Bamford||21.28*||39th - 69.25%|
|Peter Craik||22.17 debut||55th - 64.62%|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||22.33*||62nd - 63.34%|
|Paul Marshall||22.34*||63rd - 57.83%|
|Peter Hatley||23.01*||72nd - 60.68%|
|Jakub Czeczotka||23.13* (course pb)||74th - 57.14%|
|Grant Conway||24.53*||99th - 58.81%|
|Janet Bywater||25.39* (course pb)||117th - 67.90%|
|Judith Vonberg||26.01*||129th - 56.89%|
|Sarah Burns||26.12* debut||133rd - 58.72%|
|Kat Maskell||26.13* debut||134th - 57.41%|
|Shailesh Patel||26.16||136th - 56.60%|
|Frank Brownlie||26.31*||141st - 63.86%|
|Maud Hodson||26.50* debut||150th - 59.19%|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||27.36* (course pb)||166th - 55.07%|
|Viktor Szabadi||27.38* debut||167th - 54.22%|
|Rachel Le Roux||28.02* debut||170th - 53.51%|
|Caroline Moore||28.38* debut||188th - 62.40%|
|Jayne Browne||29.42* debut ||207th - 59.37%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.49* debut||209th - 54.33%|
|Elizabeth ODonnell||36.55 debut||304th - 44.33%|
|Selina Vernal||25.16||111th - 59.56%|
A record turnout at Valentines parkrun with over 50 more attending over the old record.
29 ELR's with 23 coming up from Wanstead.
12 debuts and 5 course pbs.
New Years Day parkrun - Wanstead Flats - Monday 1st January 2018
|Alex Day||18.46||1st - 70.25%|
|James Wilson||19.22||3rd - 71.00%|
|Ciaran Canavan||20.37||9th - 68.23%|
|Robert Rayworth||20.46||11th - 66.69%|
|Louis Le Roux||21.03||13th - 63.02%|
|Michael Bamford||21.32||20th - 69.04%|
|Nathaniel Dye||22.42 debut||40th - 57.27%|
|Jonathan Wooldridge||24.40||68th - 57.91%|
|Peter Hatley||24.45||71st - 56.43%|
|Lance Fuller||25.17||77th - 60.78%|
|Judith Vonberg||25.32||82nd - 57.96%|
|Grant Conway||25.33 (course pb)||83rd - 57.27%|
|Kat Maskell||26.06 debut||98th - 57.66%|
|Maud Hodson||26.20||106th - 60.32%|
|Jakub Czeczotka||26.27||109th - 50.16%|
|Katie Whitton||26.31||112th - 55.81%|
|Frank Brownlie||27.22||129th - 61.88%|
|Sarah Burns||27.28||131st - 56.01%|
|Rachel Le Roux||27.41||136th - 54.16%|
|Janet Bywater||28.07||146th - 61.94%|
|Fiona Day||28.09||147th - 67.97%|
|Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera||28.31||154th - 53.30%|
|Bernadett Kalmar||29.30||166th - 54.92%|
|Viktor Szabadi||29.39||168th - 50.53%|
|Jayne Browne||30.12||179th - 58.39%|
|Caroline Moore||30.53||191st - 57.85%|
|Claire Emery||31.02||195th - 52.20%|
|Sophie Edwards||31.49||206th - 49.45%|
|Paul Marshall||32.56||216th - 39.63%|
|Don Bennett||36.27||235th - 43.26%|
|Selina Vernal||24.37||65th - 61.14%|
30 ELR's at Wanstead Flats,
2 first timers and 1 course pb from Grant.
Conditions were very muddy underfoot.
Quite a few left to go to Valentines for a double parkrun.