Valentines Park 5k 2010
Valentines Park 5k - Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am - ELVIS Race 6.
Sunday 26th September saw East London Runners co-host with Ilford Athletic the last of the ELVIS races for 2010. On a cool and breezy morning, the scene was set in Valentines Park for what was undoubtedly going to be a fantastic finish to the series. East London Runners had a amazing turn out once again, fielding 16 runners, as well as supporting the organisation of the event with the help of about 15 members to take registration, marshal and time keep.
This was a 2 lap course, fairly flat, with a number of twists and turns to keep runners on their toes. Lap one was led by Manjit and Derek for the men, and Karen for the ladies. Lap 2 saw Ciaran come home first for ELR, in 23rd position overall, and Karen first lady for ELR, 3rd lady overall. Conditions were obviously good for Derek Wright, Grant Conway, Ramesh Pala, Caroline Meaby, Natalie Dale and Jennifer Garven who all scored Personal Bests. Congratulations to you all, and to everyone who took part.
Prize giving was held shortly after the finish, with our delectable chairman Frank Brownlie assigned the responsibility of awarding the prizes for this race, and for the overall winners throughout the Elvis series. With series prizes going to Karen, Kirsty and Mary, East London men were left only to marvel at the success of the fairer sex. Our inaugural year as a full participating ELVIS club has undoubtedly been a success, with East London Runners coming second in both the Mens and Ladies team competitions, but the series trophies were awarded to the Ilford athletic Mens and Ladies teams who successfully retained the top prize in the team competitions. Congratulations to Ilford from your opponents, co-hosts and friends at East London Runners.
Close to the finish line, with Karen leading members in the ELR ‘Haka’, we demonstrated not only how proud we were to take part, but also our determination to come back bigger and stronger in 2011, determined to make a challenge for the top spot then.
The final huge word of thanks goes to ELR members who offered their time to assist in the marshalling and running of the race. Rachel, Jim, Dave, Jamie, Don, Mike to name just a few, and to all the marshals. Without all your support and assistance on the day, the event would not have been the success that it was! Thank you!
Valentines Park 5k - Ilford AC Report
Ilford AC had another massive presence when they co-hosted the Valentines Park 5k on Sunday in conjunction with East London Runners. No less than 36 runners out of a 147 strong field donned the club colours as the in-form Terry Knightley produced Ilford's run of the day clocking 17.29, 8th overall, to shave 3 seconds from the Vet 50 club record for 5 kilometres.
At the fore of the race Ilford's Tom Gardener and Billericay's Crispian Bloomfield were locked together for most of the race until Bloomfield made his move with about 400 metres to go, opening up a 10 second margin by the time he crossed the line. Bloomfield clocked 15.35 to beat his own course record of 15.47 with Gardner also under the old mark registering 15.45.
Gardner was well supported by Malcolm Muir 4th in 16.05 and Iain Macdonald 5th in 16.59. Neil Crisp,17th in 18.19, and Frank McGowan 19th in 18.30, closed the 6 man scoring team for the Elvis series.
In the women's race Karen Sindall had a stomach problem on the 1st lap and had to slow, yet still recovered sufficiently to finish 2nd lady home (19.34) to Benfleet's Charlotte Peppiat (18.35). Bree Nordin 21.2 was 5th woman home and Jenni and Dianne Crisp completed the 4 scorers with 22.20 and 22.28 respectively.
Both the men and women's Ilford teams easily retained their titles for the third successive year in the 6 race Elvis series.
Individual series prizes went to Tom Gardner (1st man overall) Bree Nordin (2nd woman overall), Nicola Hopkinson (1st woman over 45) and Pam Jones (1st woman over 55)
Other Ilford times and positions were:-
James Roberts 17.57 (13th),Kevin Newell 18.14 (16th), Peter Clinch 18.28 (18th), Gary Floate 18.45 (22nd), Matt Maple 19.46 (33rd), John Mackenzie 20.45 (43rd), John Pells 20.45 (44th), John Platt 21.56 (54th), Colin Davis 22.13 (57th), Paul Emery 22.55 (66th), Nicola Hopkinson 22.58 (68th), Declan Cullen 23.02 (69th), Peter Spelman 23.51 (80th), Sally Gillam 23.21 (84th), Eileen Sheridan 24.44 (87th), Billy Green 24.48 (89th), Satha Alaga 25.04 (93rd), Pathrose Louis 25.43 (98th), Suki Jandu 26.03 (100th), Pam Jones 26.31 (102nd), Robin Davis 27.12 (107th), Carol Muir 27.40 (110th), Meredity Floate 28.46 (119th), Dave Sharpe 32.27 (133rd), Catherine Green 35.11 (142nd).
Valentines Park 5k - Full Results for 2010 Race
Full results from the race are available here
Valentines Park 5k - Sunday 26th September 2010 - 10.30am - ELVIS Race 6.
East London Runners is very proud to be associated with the organisation of the Valentine’s Park 5k on Sunday 26th September – the last in the ELVIS series for 2010.
To ensure the success of this race and to maximise the enjoyment of runners taking part on the day it is vital to have a number of volunteers from the club to help the race run smoothly.
ELR and Ilford Athletics Club are sharing this responsibility and the following roles need to be filled by us:
• 15 x race marshals
• 2 x helpers taking ‘on the day entries’ and results
• 1 x timekeeper
If you would like to volunteer your services, or those of your partner / family / friends please let Frank, Mick or Don know on a club night before 15th September or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers will need to arrive by 9.15am ready for a briefing and to be in place before the race starts at 10.30am.
Thank you in advance – our involvement in this race is great news for the club and hopefully the start of many more.
Valentines Park 5k - The date is Sunday 26th September 2010
Ilford Athletics Club has kindly agreed that East London Runners jointly host, with them, the Valentines Park 5k from 2010.
The course is a measured 5k within the perimeters of the Park. There are 2 laps of 2.5k each. This is a major event which will be attended by the Mayor of Ilford.
The start is near the Melbourne Road entrance. There is ample car parking.
Full details to follow.
Valentines Park 5k - September 2009
Ilford Athletic Club Race Organisers once again arranged for some glorious weather as nearly 150 runners toed the line in Sundays 5k charity road race in the idyllic setting of Valentines Park. The host club boasted yet another massive turnout of 33 athletes, coincidentally the exact same number as last year with some excellent individual performances as the Cricklefields club packed 12 in the first 30.
On a pancake flat course it was the Ilford AC young stars that shone in the late summer sunshine as 20 year old Iain Macdonald dipped under 18 minutes with 17.47 for 9th place closely followed by under 15 clubmate and training partner Alex Richards running an excellent 18 minutes dead for 12th place Both are picured below. Terry Knightley and Matt Maple were engaged in a dogfight just behind with Knightley coming through in 18.22 to Maple's 18.26. Frank McGowan at last made his debut for the club after training with Ilford athletes a number of years and celebrated the occassion with a fine run of 18.31. Gary Floate was 6th man home for the squad clocking 18.40. Chris Togwell produced a very good run in the over 50's with his 20.05 just bettering fellow age grouper Andy Catton's 20.19. He was however unclucky to lose out to a remakably good performance by Woodford Green's Alan Rugg whose 17.54 was far too good on the day.
At the sharp end of the race Ryan Prout and Crispian Bloomfield were locked together for most of the first lap before Prout's strength pulled him clear after at halfway to bring him home in 16.29 with Bloomfield 16 seconds adrift. He was however unable to make any impact on Bloomfield's course record of 15.47 set last year.
Similarly in the ladies race it was the Ilford middle distance youngsters who took the eye with sisters Jenni (23.09) and Natalie Crisp (23.56), and Laura Swords (23.38) all recording personal bests in close attendance with veteran Nicola Hopkinson (23.25). Pam Jones ran 25.22 to take the women's over 55 prize running the first lap in the comapany of grandaughter Bronwen who eased away from her during the 2nd lap to finish with 25.07. Hayley Pegg of Thrift Green Trotters headed the women's race with 18.55 from Orion Harrier Clare Thurgood 19.54.
The race, which was started by local dignatories with the whistle blown by MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes (pictured above), was held in conjunction with a sponsored walk organised by Ilford's Cardinal Heenan Centre which together with the athletic club helped raise money for several charities.
Valentines Park 5k - Race Report 2008
Some glorious weather greeted over 100 runners in the inaugural running of the Valentines Park Charity 5k on Sunday morning. The race had an international field representing many generations of athletes and was started by the mayor of Redbridge Cllr Lorraine Sladden.
Billericay's Crispian Bloomfield set a blistering pace from the start as he motored around the traffic free paths of the park at times even threatening to catch the lead bike over the two lap course. Behind Havering Mayesbrook's star woman international runner Faye Fullerton was having her own batlle with some of the faster men, notably Ilfords own Malcolm Muir and Chelmsford's Ken Hoye. It was Muir's strength that finally prevailed for the runner up spot as Fullerton, who later admitted she might have gone off a little too fast, started to tire and allowed Hoye to pip her for 3rd spot. Fullerton's time of 16.38 ranks amongst the top 20 times in the country this yea over the 5k distance. Her clubmate Harriet Scott was 2nd lady home also in a very respectable time of 17.42 with 14 year Jay Andrews from Orion Harriers taking 3rd with an excellent 19.10 clocking.
On a brilliantly successful day for the host club which boasted 33 Ilford competing athletes, race organiser Martin Clarke was delighted with the way things went saying afterwards:- "I've had some very positive comments from all concerned and we will definitely try and promote this event again next year - Its a very picturesque course, as well as being pretty flat and ideal for fast times."
The veterans posted some very quick times as well, notably John Barker's (Thrift Green Trotters) 16.40 which prevented Ilford AC from having a clean sweep of the veteran prizes. In the over 50s Andy Catton hit some good form with 18.47 with John Batchelor in the V60 category just behind in 19.04. Bree Nordin as a vet 45 runner was too good for runners 10 years her junior making her 20.21 the best FV35 time of the day and leaving Nicola Hopkinson the Over 45 spoils with 21.44. Pam Jones at 72 continues to amaze recording 24.12 to win the Female Vet 55 category.