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Chritmas Party and Annual Awards 2017

Jonathan, Sally, Sonia (with the Roger Dixon Shield) and Frank
Around 100 ELR Members and partners attended the Annual Christmas Party expertly organised by Social Secretary Sonia Cheadle and fellow Committee Member Jennifer Ansell with Don Bennett also involved on the ticketing and financial side.

We also welcomed Sally Dixon, daughter of the late Roger Dixon, and her partner Adam to our event as guests of the Club. Sally very kindly presented the new Roger Dixon Shield to Sonia who was voted by the Club Members as the Club Person of the Year for 2017. This was in recognition of Sonia's sterling efforts throughout the year as our Social Secretary, particularly in establishing and organising our monthly social runs as well as the very successful 35th Anniversary Party in September.

The winners of the other Awards, which were presented on the Club's behalf by Jonathan, Grant and Frank were:-

Female Club Runner of the Year - Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera.
Our winner is a woman who has an effervescent character to match her plethora of PBs that she achieved this year. Her enthusiasm for running appears unstoppable, and is equally motivating to others as she is to focusing on her own objectives. Club runner of the month for August, this person knocked 9 minutes off her half marathon PB, ran the beachy head marathon and continues to chip away at her shorter race times regularly achieving a new personal best.

Male Club Runner of the Year - Michael Bamford.
If there was a duathlon award this person would certainly be our winner. Always stepping up to help others, support the club in volunteering and assisting with organizing on club nights. He ran in the Essex way relay (and was so fast he did not get recorded), and loved it so much he's going to organize a team for 2018! This prize is so well deserved, already achieving CROTM in October 2017. He is really not bad.

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year - Emily Clarke.
Your winner started the year with a PB at Roding Valley, was a Colworth debutant in 2017, this person has now taken up running over obstacles too. They completed 2016 with an 5K age grade of 70.34%, and this year achieved, so far 74.29%. She's funny, bubbly, outrageously fun to be around. You have to go back to February to find this CROTM.
Your most improved female runner of the year is Emily Clarke.

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year - Dan Senior
Exceeding his 2016 5K age grade way back in January and matching it again last month, he's been consistently improving throughout – scoring for the club at ELVIS. They completed a marathon debut this year in 3.07, not afraid of giving it everything at triathlon, duathlon and even obstacles. This person is described as articulate, talented, but better known to his friends as a different name – party Dan.
Your most improved male runner is Party Dan, Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Suzanne Bench.
This person has been a member of the club for 10 years. A friendly face at any event, she always has time to talk. Completed in 3 London marathons in that time. In preparation she took part in Benfleet 15 and Orion 15 races amongst others.
Her marathon times were
2008 3.57,
2010 3.51, but
2017 3.44.57 and went on to a fourth marathon – The Robin Hood Marathon a few months later.
A proud member and great ambassador for the Club, who was celebrated in March 2017 with CROTM.
Your female marathon runner of the year Suzanne Bench.

Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Andy Bolderstone.
Competing in several marathons so far this year, this marathon man has PB'd in 3 out of four of them. A charming, consistent, and determined runner who enjoys his overseas marathons along with the family holidayw- achieving 4.40, 4.38, 4.56, 4.33 in each of them. Very humble and a quiet, unassuming man who every one hears, he was your CROTM in September 2017. And now he is male marathon runner of the year Andy Bolderstone.

Track Stars of 2017 - Kathryn Hertzberg and Marc Akers.

Kathryn, Dan, Emily, Michael, Alexandra,Sonia, Suzanne, Andy and Marc

The Club Runners of the Month for 2017 were also recognised for their achievements throughout the Year and presented with a 2018 ELR Calendar displaying their photos for the relevant months of 2017.

Our Calendar Girls and Boys with Jonathan!

The ELVIS Captains Ava and Paul plus the Committee Members were also praised by Club Chair Frank who had commented in his opening remarks that 2017 had been another very successful year for the Club.

Thursday 14th December 2017 - Christmas Party 2017 including Annual Awards - Tickets available now.

"Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la la la la la!!!!"

The Nominations are almost in, the Awards are being polished and we have even added a few little extras to help keep you entertained. Come and step inside our Winter Wonderland for an evening of all round entertainment, food, fun, frivolity and friends.

Venue: The Birds, 692 High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AA
7pm to Midnight.
Dress code: Red and white.

Tickets £15.00
Places are limited.
To get your name on the guestlist transfer money to the club bank account ref XMAS and your name. Members and partners welcome.

For bank details contact Jenny Ansell or Sonia Cheadle.

Christmas Party & Awards 2017 attending so far.....97

Marc Akers
Jenny Ansell
Roisin Archer & Aaron Browne
John Atkinson
Michael Bamford
Lucy Barron
Stuart Barton
Alex Bee
Suzanne & Geoff Bench
Don & Pam Bennett
Calvin Bobin +1
Andy Bolderstone
Kate Brett
Alexandra Brown
Ged Browne
Frank Brownlie
Janet & Steve Bywater
Julie Campbell
Sonia Cheadle
Emily Clarke
Grant Conway
Fiona Critchley +1
Jimmy Dale
Sheetal Dandgey & Thomas Burrard-Lucas
Gareth Davies
Fiona Day & Kieran Brown
Colin Dryland
Carolyn Edwards & Andrew Fitzgerald
Spencer Evans
Caroline Frith
Kate Frost
George Georgiou
Maya Goodwin
David Hallybone
Katherine Harris
Peter Hatley
Kathryn Hertzberg
Sandra Hiller
Maud Hodson
Catriona Hoult
Andrew Howard
Alex Jameson
Hannah Kendrick
Sheila Kennedy
Ava Lee
Karen Levison +1
Jason Levy
Sharon Lincoln
Craig Livermore
Helen McGuinness
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
Caroline Moore
Jo Neville
James Nichols
Stuart Norris
Mary OBrien
Liz ODonnell
Tricia ONeill & Susan Edwards
Ramesh Pala
Sarah Pascal
Paul Quinton
Maran Raju
Robert Rayworth
Diana Rexhepaj
Antonio Martin Romero
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Dan Senior
Suzanne Taylor
Katy Taylor
Simon Thomas
Paul Thompson
Robyn Turtle
Zuzana Urbanova
Jan Webb +1
Ellie Wilkinson
John White
Katie Whitton
Joanna Wood
Laura Woodhouse
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge
Derek Wright
Jamie & Kelly Xavier

Annual Awards 2017 - List of Nominations

Friday 17th November 2017 - The Awards Committee met recently with the difficult task of producing a shortlist in each category for our Club's main Running Awards.

There were many contenders and this year it was decided to list the top seven in each category from whom the winners will be selected and announced at the Party on December 14th at The Birds in Leytonstone.

The Nominees are listed alphabetically by surname below.

Female Runner of the Year 2017
Suzanne Bench
Emily Clarke
Fiona Critchley
Rachel Le Roux
Caroline Moore
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Joanne Wood

Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
Stuart Barton
Grant Conway
Lance Fuller
Antonio Martin Romero
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2017
Lucy Barron
Janet Bywater
Emily Clarke
Sheetal Dandgey
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Eleanor Wilkinson
Joanne Wood

Most Improved Male Runner of the Year 2017
Michael Bamford
John Booth
Ashley Faria
Scott McMillan
Mark Moir
James Nicholls
Dan Senior

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2017
Jennifer Ansell
Suzanne Bench
Roselin Boramakot
Sheetal Dandgey
Rachel Le Roux
Helen McGuinness
Ellie Wilkinson

Male Marathon Runner of the Year
Andy Bolderstone
Carlton D'Souza
Thomas Grimes
Antonio Martin Romero
Dan Senior
Tom Woods
Jonathan Wooldridge

Club Colours Social Runs 2017 - after the Wednesday Night Club run, usually the first Wednesday of the month, but not always!

Usually held on the first Wednesday of every month, but not always, these new Social gatherings were instigated by Sonia our Social Secretary and have been proving very popular.

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - The Red Lion, Leytonstone
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - The Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street
Wednesday 7th June 2017 - The North Star, Leytonstone
Wednesday 5th July 2017 - The Northcote Arms, Leyton
Wednesday 2nd august 2017 - The George, Wanstead
Wednesday 6th September - John Atkinson's 75th Birthday (His back garden!)
Wednesday 11th October - The Manor House, Wanstead High Street
Wednesday 1st november 2017 - The Duke, Wanstead
Wednesday 6th December 2017 - The Cuckfield, Wanstead High Street

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 35th Annversary Party

Many ELR Members, some who had joined the Club in the 1980's and 1990's gathered together with current day members, partners, friends and guests from Leyton Sports Massage(Katherine), LFB (Narinder) and Colworth Striders (Trevor) to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of East London Runners in May 1982.

The Venue was the Wanstead Sports Club in Blake Hall Road and Social secretary Sonia together with her Party Planning team of Ciaran, Jenny, Ellie and Lance with on the day help from Don and Jonathan set about the transformation of the grounds and Hall.
Inside the hall the giant 1982 letters featured and together with the red and white balloons the glittering backdrop and subdued lighting all was set for a great night.

Outside the ELR Gazebo and two windflags were added to great effect.

Guests enjoyed Paella which was cooked on site in a pop up restaurant just outside the front door by Spanish Labs and later in the evening with ice creams.

Chair Frank Brownlie said a few words of greeting to all who attended and remarked that it was due to the loyalty and dedication of many members during the past 35 years that we were today thriving successfully.

Frank also spoke in fond memory of Roger Dixon, Life Member and Treasurer of ELR who had many, many friends within the Club over the past 30 years but who had tragically passed away while on holiday on 13th September 2017.

Following Awards for those members who had completed races in the past year in a time of 35 minutes approx and a very successful raffle the music was turned up and the party really started and with the Bar open until 12.30am a good time was had by all!

35th Anniversary Party - Saturday 30th September 2017 - 7pm till Midnight

Dear Guest!

Instructions for the ELR 35th Anniversary Party

Thank you for purchasing your ticket(s) for the East London Runners 35th Anniversary Party this coming Saturday, 30th September 2017. It is promising to be a truly wonderful evening. I am excited and glad that you can attend. Below is all the information you need prior to the event. If your +1 is not an East London Runners member, please can I ask you share the following email with them too?

1. The 'P-A-R-T-Y!' kicks off at 7pm, with food being served by around 8.30. Please do aim to arrive between 7-8pm.
2. Blake Hall Club, Blake Hall Road, East London, E11 2QW.
3. 1980's Themed fancy dress encouraged, but not compulsory.
4. Parking is available on the grass to the right, immediately inside the gate.
5. Food, Music, DJ, Dancing & 1 or 2 surprises included.
6. We are having a raffle on the evening, with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.
7. Bar is a cash bar (cards accepted).
8. Evening due to draw to a close around 12 midnight.

I cannot wait! See you on Saturday for the spectacular ELR event of 2017!

Ciaran (on behalf of the PARTY crew)

Saturday 30th September 2017 - 35th Anniversary Party

We are going back in time to celebrate 35 years of East London Runners.

Save the Date: Saturday 30th September 2017

Venue: Wanstead Sports Club, Blake Hall Rd, E11 2QW
7pm to Midnight

Tickets on sale soon: Food, DJ & Dancing, all for £20.
Members & Partners welcome.

Numbers are limited, however payment is simple, so grab your tickets early via our Social Committee!

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - John Atkinson's 75 Birthday Celebrations.

Following the Club runs approximately 40 Club Members gathered in John's back garden at his home which is close to our base of Wanstead Leisure Centre.

John hosted a similar event in 2012 on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Once again Club Members were treated to lots of food and drink. It was also an occasion to get together with each other and meet some new faces from the Club.

There was also a very special Birthday cake expertly made by Club Member Jo Wood.

Don, John, Ava and an old friend at the party.

Saturday 13th May 2017 - Medals Night at The Duke

A Marathon of Medals so Bring your Bling!!!!

Come and help ELR celebrate 365 days of perspiration.

Saturday 13 May 2017.
The Duke, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead.
7pm till Close.

A relaxed, low-key evening at one of our favourite watering holes, in honour of every accumulative running step we have achieved in the last year.

Whether it is a Park Run100; your first 5k; Man versus Horse; Half; Full; On or Off road, every step counts and deserves to be celebrated. So gather up your medals, pop on your favourite finishers Tee Shirt/Vest and get yourself down to The Duke to celebrate with like-minded souls.

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Club Colours Social Run

Date your diary, memo your iPad, write it on the Calendar, however you choose to organise yourself be sure to highlight: Wednesday 3rd May 8pm(ish)

This month the post run catch up will be held at: The Cuckfield, 31 High St, London, E11 2AA.

Following our usual 7:15pm'sh departure from Wanstead Leisure Centre a slightly shorter route will take us directly to the Cuckfield Bar.

Remember; travel light, bring your spending money and don your Colours.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Marathon Preparation Social after the Club Run

From Grant:
I'm arranging a marathon preparation social on 15 March at The Manor House, Wanstead, E11 2RL after the regular club run. Similar to the one we had in January - but this one will focus on your race day preparation and race strategy. This will give everyone a chance to ask any questions from the club's experienced runners and to resolve any concerns.

*****NEW*****Starting Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Club Colours Social Runs

Message from ELR Social Secretary, Sonia Cheadle.
On Wednesday 5th April 2017 we will be holding our first monthly 'Club Colours Social Run' and maybe shortening the route a touch but extending the evening so that we can celebrate all things ELR at a nominated local hostelry.

So, put the date in your diary and come and join us for a post run drink and catch up on the 5th April at The Red Lion, Leytonstone, E11 3AA and remember to don your Colours.

Sonia Cheadle appointed as ELR Social Secretary at the Annual general Meeting on Thursday 9th February 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Post Club run Social and Marathon discussion - The George, Wanstead

Post club run social and marathon discussion, Wednesday 25/1/17 at the George pub, opposite Wanstead Station, straight after the club run.
Whether you are a prospective, new or old member, either running or resting/injured please come along for a drink and get together with fellow ELR members at the George after the club run.
Also, if you are running or contemplating a marathon this spring or later in the year please come along and share your thoughts, experiences and fears with other like minded members to help motivate and assist you in your training and preparation for your events at Malta, Boston, VLM and beyond.
Hope to see you there.

Jonathan Wooldridge - Curtis Shield Winner 2016 - Club Person of the Year

Congratulations to Jonathan Wooldridge, Vice Chair of the Club on winning the Curtis Shield. Voted by the membership as Club Person of the Year 2016.

Annual Awards 2016 - Thursday 15th December 2016

East London Runners celebrated the festive season, and their annual awards at the Duke pub in Wanstead on Thursday night with about 100 members and their guests attending.

The club made its annual awards to mark the occasion. Opening the proceedings, the Club's Chairman Frank Brownlie addressed the members, noting how the club continued to grow in numbers, and its continued success. He then announced the Club Runners of the previous months and Vice Chair, Jonathan Wooldridge awarded each with the next must have - an ELR mug.

Frank went on to present a mug to each of the committee, thanking them for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the club over the past year. Coach Grant Conway presented Alan Branch with the Track Star award. Grant said, "Alan has a fantastic attitude and has hardly missed a week all year come rain or shine."

Maya announced the Beginner of the year which was awarded to Liz O'Donnell saying that "Liz wanted to run but was nervous about joining a club. So she did the C25K programme all on her own for 6 months before she felt confident to join Don's 5k runs on Tuesday nights." Liz couldn't attend on the night.

The main awards
Congratulations go to all of the nominees, and the winners. It was a really difficult decision to find this year's winners, as the standard of running in the club, from new runners to championship competitors is so high. Thank you to all of the committee for their contributions to find our winners.

The 2016 winners in each of the categories are:
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Jenny Ansell
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016 Dan Gritton
Most Improved Female Runner 2016 Judith Vonberg
Most Improved Male Runner 2016 Robert Rayworth
Female Runner of the Year 2016 Ava Lee
Male Runner of the Year 2016 Thomas Grimes

The Curtis Shied's winner is chosen by the club members who they consider has contributed most to the Club throughout the past year.
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year 2016 Jonathan Wooldridge

Photos of the night can be viewed in Dan Seniors' Vimeo feed here.

Awards 2016 - Shortlists

Awards Shortlists 2016

Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Bernadett Kalmar
Ellie Wilkinson
Jenny Ansell
Maud Hodson
Natasha Tweedie

Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Carlton D'Souza
Dan Gritton
Jonathan Wooldridge
Tom Woods

Most Improved Female Runner 2016
Amy Boorn
Diana Rexhepaj
Judith Vonberg
Katherine Gardner
Roisin Archer

Most Improved Male Runner 2016
Aaron Browne
John Healy
Robert Rayworth
Scott McMillan
Spencer Evans

Female Runner of the Year 2016
Ava Lee
Ellie Wilkinson
Judith Vonberg
Maud Hodson
Roisin Archer

Male Runner of the Year 2016
Aaron Browne
Dan Slipper
Grant Conway
Robert Rayworth
Thomas Grimes

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Christmas Party and Awards Nite

The ELR Christmas Social & Awards Night will take place at The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2EY, on Thursday December 15th from 7.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale, costing £13, which will include a welcome drink and a festive buffet. Further drinks can be bought from the bar. Ticket-holders will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky winner receiving a voucher for a pair of Nike running shoes. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, so don't delay!

Last year there was a very informal Christmas sweater competition which some say was clearly won, by these two. This year the club invite you to try and surpass this, and encourage you to don your Christmas themed dresses, sweaters, and other attire, to win a special prize. This isn't obligatory, but open to all if you wish.

If you would like to come along then please e.mail the webmaster to reserve your place. Alternatively please book directly with Don, who will be collecting the monies. Payment is encouraged via the club's bank account, but please email the webmaster initially to secure your place, and bank details will be provided.

All members are invited, including those who have only joined us recently, and partners are welcome too. Come and join us for a celebration of everything that we've done in the Club over the last year!

Annual Awards to be presented include the following:-

Curtis Shield for the Club Person of the Year.
Female Runner of the Year 2016
Male Runner of the Year 2016
Most Improved Female Runner of the Year 2016
Most improved Male Runner of the Year 2016
Female Marathon Runner of the Year 2016
Male Marathon Runner of the Year 2016

Thursday 11th August 2016 - Great British Beer Festival - Olympia, London

Thursday (evening, athough open 12 noon till late)) 11th August 2016 - Great British Beer Festival - Olympia, London.
The Don, in his absence, has entrusted me with organising advance tickets £9 each, (£14 on the day)) for the Beer Fest, a popular event in the ELR Social diary. If you wish to attend please advise me here or by message. Once I have ordered your ticket no refunds will apply! Open to all. Thursday night is wear a hat night and the entertainmemnt apart from your fellow members and friends will be Oysterband (who?). Frank

ELVIS Social - Tuesday 21st May 2016 - after the 3rd ELVIS race of the year

Following the 3rd ELVIS race EERR will be hosting a mid-summer ELVIS party at the Tina We Salute You bar (just a few steps from the start/finish line). They hope that all ELRs friends and families will join them in marking a successful evening of running and the longest day of the year.

ELVIS Social - Wednesday 18th May 2016 - after the 1st ELVIS race of the year

For those of you requiring some post race liquid refreshment, after ELVIS 1, we will meet in the May & Baker Sports & Social club situated next to the car park for the race http://www.mayandbakersclub.co.uk/

Thursday 28th April 2016 - Post Marathon Season Celebration - The Cuckfield, Wanstead, 7.30pm onwards

Come celebrate the joys of spring marathons!
With many of our members running spring marathons from London, Boston Paris, Brighton & Manchester, it has been inspiring reading your stories of grit & determination! All members welcome to come share in our post marathon rehydration evening on Thursday 28th April.

Venue: Refurbished Cuckfield on Wanstead High Street
Date: Thursday 28th April
Time: 7:30pm


After the London Marathon - Sunday 24th April 2016 - Ship & Shovell Public House

Running or Helping? - Afterwards you have to make your own way home. However, if you have the energy you can meet some of the Club Members/Marathon Runners for a post race drink at the Ship and Shovel Pub, 1-3, Craven Passage, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5PH. Click here for the pub's website and map.

Thursday 24th March 2016 - ELR Quiz Nite at 8pm

Venue - South Woodford Scout Hall.

Full details to be posted by your eminent Quizmaster Maya Goodwin NMR!

Wednesday 24th February 2016 - Cross Country Social and Russell's farewell!

Join Russ, Maud and Mike after the club run from 8.30pm onwards upstairs at The George, Wanstead, for a post Cross Country social gathering combined with Russell's farewell drink.

You are invited to join us to celebrate the end of another enjoyable and successful cross country season and also Russell's last night at ELR before his move to Wimbledon. Come along for tales of hills, mud, marathons and ultras, or just for a good chat over a drink or two! Food can be ordered from the bar. Everyone welcome!

East London Runners Christmas Social and Annual Awards Presentation Evening

Congratulations to all our Winners!

Around 90 Club Members attended the Annual Social at The George, Wanstead. Don Bennett arranged the evening and the Awards Sub Committee of Jonathan Wooldridge, Maud Hodson, Maya Goodwin, Russell Price and Frank Brownlie organised the awards, nominated shortlists, winners voting and arranged the presentation of the trophies and other awards.

The Curtis Shield for the Club Person of the Year (voted for by the Club Membership) was awarded to Maya Goodwin

Maya is pictured with the Shield and trophy!

Trophies were also presented in the following categories:-

Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Male Runner of the Year - Alex Day
Most Improved Female of the Year - Ellie Wilkinson
Most Improved Male of the Year - Stuart Barton
Female Marathon Runner of the Year - Caroline Meaby
Male Marathon Runner of the Year - Tom Woods

Other awards for Individual Achievement were given to - Sandra Corbyn (Beginner), Roberto Bruni (Motivator), Jaime Towns (Gallantry), Dan Gritton (Tourist) and Danny Lee (Booker) with each receiving a Certificate and prize.

Thursday 10th December 2015 - ELR Christmas Awards Presentation Social Night & Buffet at the George, Wanstead

East London Runners Christmas Awards Presentation Social Night & Buffet.
at The George PH, Wanstead on Thursday 10th December 2015 at 7.30 for 7.45pm.

Buffet £9.00 each.

This year due to increasing numbers we have decided to go to a buffet option, this gives us an increased capacity so no one will miss out.
The buffet will contain the usual contents like sandwiches, quiche, some of the combo meals they do plus selected lines to give it a festive feel.
Can anyone needing a vegetarian menu, let me know so all are catered for.
I don't need to let the George know until the end of November so refunds can be offered if alternative parties come up.

Wednesday 14th October 2015 - Cross Country Social

On Wednesday 14th October after the club run please come along and join Maud Hodson, Patrick Brown and I for a cross country social upstairs in the George Wanstead where I will be repeating my not to be missed running shoe guide for road/off road running.Those who are inexperienced with x country/trail running can ask questions of our captains and learn all about the winter leagues we compete in. Please support Russell Price Maud and Patrick over the winter with turnouts like we have had in ELVIS. Thanks. Grant Conway


Date for your diaries. As many ELR ELVIS Participants will be receiving their prizes at this event we would ask that members attend on the evening. Free to ELR members. Advise Ava, Grant, Don or Frank if you wish to attend.
ELVIS PRESENTATION and SOCIAL - FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th 2015, hosted by Havering 90 Joggers.
The Venue will be in the H90J Club Room, Abbs Cross Academy, Abbs Cross Lane , Hornchurch, RM12 4YB.

This offers a space that will comfortably accommodate the expected numbers and also has a large covered outdoor area where, subject to weather we hope to offer a BBQ, as well as other food, but BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE ! There will also be music. Start time will be advised as soon as possible.

There is plenty of parking space.

The venue is 10-15 minute walk from either Elm Park or Hornchurch tube stations. Bus 365, 165 and 372 stop nearby.

Thursday 1st October 2015 - ELR Elvis Social

From Ava Lee and Grant Conway.
Hi everyone. The ELVIS club social on Thursday 1st October will at Luppolo restaurant on Wanstead High Street. They'll provide a mixed buffet with wine for the table. They also have a great selection of craft beers and it'll be a great place to celebrate our ELVIS achievements.....and we have a LOT to celebrate this year. 🏆🏆 . There will be our own very special Elvis awards.....it could be you.

Tickets are £20 each, paid in advance to myself, Maya or Grant. We'll have them available on Mondays and Wednesday's sessions. There are a max of 40 places.

Time is 7.45pm at Luppolo, meeting across the road at The Manor House for a drink from 7pm.
We really hope to see lots of you there.

Thursday 13th August 2015 - ELR visit to the Great British Beer Festival

It's time for our annual visit to The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia from August 11th - 15th. We are going on Thursday 13th August, " hat day" to sample a few of the 900 beer's and ciders available.
Most of the George regulars will attend, Dave Knight , Frank Brownlie, Roger, John Atkinson, Doug, Jaime, Nathalie and a few more attend but all are welcome.
Ticket's are £10 for non Camra members and this year if you want to visit again you can buy an additional ticket for another night for £5.00.
Entertainment is Cregan & co, Jim Cregan was Rod Stewart's original guitarist and co wrote a few of his hits.
If you would like to attend see Don B to arrange tickets.
Here's a link to the beer finder.

Wednesday 12th August 2015 - Club Run and Social

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.50pm for a 7.05pm start.
Turn Left out of Wanstead Leisure Centre, Left into Warren Road. Enter Wanstead Park first left by Golf Course, Turn right around past the bottom of the Glade and follow path to Blake Hall Road. Cross over at Pedestrian crossssing (roadworks) and turn left and run down Blake Hall to Centre Road, straight down towards Forest Gate BR Station but just before turn right into Forest Lane. Follow to Leytonstone High Road, right Turn up the High Road and before the Green Man roundabout turn right into Browning Road. The North Star Public House is on the left. Bring money for food and drink if required. Those that wish can run back to WLC via Bush Rd, Overton Road and Langley Drive or go to Leytonstone or Wanstead Tube Stations.

Map of Route. www.mapometer.com/running/route_4140800.html

Monday 29th June 2015 - Track Session and Social

Meet Grant and others at 6.45pm at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8AA . Note that there will be a cost of £4 (£1.50 concessions available for students and Over 35's) per person, payable locally. Annual season tickets are also available. See Vision website. It is the responsibility of each person attending to make payment and not the responsibility of the Club of East London Runners. Nearest tube Station is Woodford on the Central Line.

We will do a short session as it's two days before ELVIS. After the session please join Katie Buranska, Tricia O'Neill and I for a post track rehydration session at the George Pub, 70 High Road, South Woodford E18 2QL. ( next to the cinema). There is a beer garden if the weather is good. It's a 5 minute walk from the tube. We should be there from around 8pm for those who might want to skip the track session and meet us there. Grant.

Friday 1st May 2015 - Post Marathon(s) Social - Red Lion, Leytonstone from 7.30pm

Post Spring Marathon Season: ELR Get Together on Friday 01st May @ 7:30pm.
Location: The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone.

Ciaran Canavan said "Time to forget your trainers, long runs, carbo loading and the wall. I look forward to reminiscing with you all about the trials, tribulations and successes from April marathons. See you at the red lion on the 01st May."

Regular weekly Social - Every Wednesday night after the Club run - Upstairs at The George, Wanstead

Following a shower at Wanstead Leisure Centre, a group of members regularly meet after the Club run for some food and refreshments and chat after the Club run.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 (After the Club run) - Marathon Training Social at The George, Wanstead

Hi. Spring marathon training jolly up/ club social. Please join yours truly, Maya Goodwin, Phillippa Walker, and Jonathan Wooldridge upstairs in the George, Wanstead for a drink or two after the club run on Wednesday 11th March 2015. A chance for all club members old and new to meet up for a get together as well as for those doing spring marathons to compare notes on their training and to give each other a bit of encouragement going into the final few weeks of our marathon training. Grant

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - ELR SOCIAL AND MARATHON DISCUSSION.

Please come and join Ciaran Canavan, Maya Goodwin and yours truly for a drink or two after the club run on Wednesday 28th January 2015 upstairs at the George, Wanstead.

Hi everyone. Are you running in the VLM or other marathons this spring or this year? Are you thinking of running a marathon in the future? Is this your first marathon? Have you run marathons before and have ideas on training or strategy that you would share or you would like to improve your times? Would you like to discuss your training plans, your taper, your nutrition on your long runs and generally your approach to running a marathon?

Are you new to ELR and would like the opportunity to get to know other members or are you an "old" member looking to catch up over a drink even if you are not entered for a marathon? If so please come along, I have reserved an area upstairs at the George. Grant.

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Club Awards Winners

East London Runners Awards 2014

Marathon Runner of the Year - Mark Boulton
Most improved Female - Sarah Burns
Most improved Male - Russell Price
Male Runner of the Year - Ciaran Canavan
Female Runner of the Year - Maud Hodson
Curtis Shield - Club Person of the Year - Don Bennett.

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!

Thursday 18th December 2014 - East London Runners Christmas Dinner and Club Awards Night at The George, Wanstead

Thursday 18th December 2014 - East London Runners Christmas Dinner and Club Awards Night at The George, Wanstead

ELR Xmas Dinner and Awards Evening, The George , Wanstead.
7.30pm for 7.45pm , hopefully sitting down by 8pm.
72 diner's with a few more coming for a drink later.
Free drink with meal will probably be ordered during starters.
If you buy any extra drinks please pay as you order.
Highlights: The Chairmans speech (oops sorry) The Curtis Shield & Awards.
John Atkinson's Age grades for marathon & half marathon distance.
Don's 5km Age grade list and the Top 50 Ladies & Mens 5km chart.

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - ELVIS CURRY and Social NIGHT Awards

Ninette said.
Thanks everyone for coming this evening, was lovely to catch up and what a great venue!
To recap the ELVIS prizes awarded by Grant Conway and I :
Best Male - Danny Lee
Best Female - Sharon Springfield (I have your prize)
Best Male Newcomer - Spence Evans
Best Female Newcomer - Caroline Moore
Most Improved Male - Alex Bee (I have your prize)
Most Improved Female - Claire Parker
The FIVE people who ran ALL seven races were Fiona Day, Patrick Brown, Richard Guest, Spencer Evans and Thomas Grimes (I have your prize).

Let's not forget the 32 people who ran 5/7 races.
Special thanks to Don Bennett, Frank Brownlie, Jamie and Natalie for their commitment throughout the series - and the year in general.
Thanks for a great 2014 series - 1st and 2nd place, can't be bad. Let's get two 1sts next year guys, let's do this!

Thursday 14th August 2014 - Great British Beer Festival visit!

It's time for our annual visit to the GBBF on Thursday 14th August at Olympia. Tickets are £10 in advance (£12 door) for non Camra members and remember it's Hat Day. Join the usual suspects Dave Knight, Roger Dixon, Doug Mansell, Jamie & Nathalie & myself as we endeavour to sample one or two of the 900 beers, foreign beer's, cider's & perries on offer.

Longest Day Social Run - Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Run, Beer, Pizza!

Meet at Wanstead Leisure Centre at 6.55pm for a 7.05pm start. Please NOTE that we will not be returning to Wanstead Leisure Centre as a Group. Please wear Club colours!

A social run from Wanstead Leisure Centre to The Green, Wanstead then to Felstead Road and turn left into Blake Hall Road, cross over and turn right through trees to Green Man Roundabout. Down Leytonstone High Rd and turn right into Cathall Rd then left into Grove Green Road. Cross over Leyton High Road and follow road round to Ruckholt Rd and Eastway. Left along path into Olympic Park opposite Hackney Marshes just past New Spitalfields Market. Follow paths to and around the Velodrome then paths across Park towards the Olympic Pool and Stadium to the dancing waters. Head back towards Copper Box and go down onto Loop Road and left to Crate Brewery which is in the White Building on the canalside (Lea Navigation).

We finish at The Crate Brewery, The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/crate-brewery-pizza. Location Map - Its canalside and opposite the Olympic Park. thewhitebuilding.org.uk/contact

Alternatively you can return by Tube from Stratford or the Overground from Hackney Wick......or run home or back to Wanstead!

Route Map - www.mapometer.com/en/running/route_3870690.html

Note - It would be best if you brought an extra top/sweatshirt to wear after the run and John Atkinson has kindly offered to transport the extra tops from Wanstead LC to the Crate Brewery for us!

Wednesday Evenings

Join other fellow Club members after the Club run for a Social drink and perhaps some food upstairs at The George, Wanstead. Anytime between 8.30pm and 11pm.