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Faux Wednesday - Wednesday 02nd December

With the national lockdown lifting at 00:01 am on Wednesday morning, we are pleased to be able to bring back Faux Wednesday with immediate effect. Please visit the Training, Wednesday Run page of the website to organise and book your slot.

More to follow in the newsletter covid update due 30th November, so please keep and eye on your inbox then.


Sunday 6th December 2020 - Chingford League Race 2 ( Hog Hill 5k) - ENTRIES NOW CLOSED.

Venue: Redbridge Cycling Centre, (Hog Hill), Forest Road, Hainault, IG6 3HP.

ELR Race Time: 2.20pm.

The Chingford League are going ahead with a COVID secure race at Hog Hill, subject to the UKA race permit being changed from provisional to full. There are 4 separate races and ELR have been allocated a race slot at 2.20pm. (This is the only time slot you will be able to run).

Pre-entry in advance with a total limit of 30 runners from each club (male and female) and should entries exceed this number, a waiting list will operate.

Club colours to be worn.

The race is free and entries are invited to all members of East London Runners.
Could you please send an e-Mail to: info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk
if you wish to be entered for the race and also advise your ESTIMATED 5K TIME,
by deadline of MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER.

Once again, we will confirm entries when final numbers are received by the league.


* no spectators, no late entries or transfers. (No race day admin).
* no entry to the building (portaloos will be provided).
* wave start as per the letter written on the number bib.
* the warm-up, warm down and the actual races will be clockwise (the other direction to usual - marshals will remind runners of this)
* competitors should arrive in time for their race, but not TOO early. Runners from the previous race need time to vacate the venue first.
* after a quick warm down, runners should vacate the venue asap, to make space in the car park for those in the next race.

We are also asked to provide a volunteer and a first aider. You can assist in an earlier or later race. Please advise if you are able to help out.

Confirmation of entries.

Confirmation of the entries for this Sunday 6th December - 2.20pm start:
Patrick Brown
Joe Gunn
Tom Howourth
John Henry
Robert Spread
Fabrizio Stefanoni
James Nichols
Thomas Burrard-Lucas
Warren Ibrahim
Mark Moir
Will Arthur O'Donoghue
Alex Ward
Jacob Stevens
Stuart Norris
Michael Wilson
Calvin Bobin
Imran Mustak
Martin Quinlan
Caroline Frith
Zoila Fernández
Lydia Merrett
Sarah Burns
Catriona Davies Hoult
Isabella Allan
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera
Lauren Stevenson

Volunteer: Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera

Your starting wave will be on your race number - collect from me on the day.

Michael Wilson and Jacob Stevens
Winter League Captains

Monday 7th December 2020 - Track training - Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge

Track details for next Monday, 7th December:

Session: Back to Base
Session Leader: Grant Conway
Session Assistant: Vinesh Kumar
Stretches: Lance Fuller

Please sign up using the track registration page. If you can no longer make it, please remember to remove yourself, so someone else can take your place.

Time: 6:30pm to 7:45pm (note new start time)
Venue: Ashton Playing Fields, 598 Chigwell Rd, Woodford Bridge IG8 8AA
Cost: £4 (£1.50 for over 35s), payable directly to the venue - please bring exact change.

Reminder of Covid rules:
1. Pre-registration is required, using the website link above.
2. A maximum of 24 runners per session.
3. Runners will be split into six pace groups. No need to pre-allocate or give a pace when registering; this will all be sorted out at track.
4. Please remember to keep a 2m distance from other runners.

1st-31st December - Virtual Cross-Country Race 2

The second race of the ELR virtual XC competition will be held in Hainault Forest, and can be run any time during the month of December.

Click here for a PDF file with full course details, including a map and photos. Submit your time here.

Monday 9 November - Gaz's Paper Chase - Week 2

In order to keep you amused over the coming weeks of lock down 2.0 Gaz is going to lay a series of paper chase trails to follow. We owe thanks to the Walthamstow Hare for the idea and initiative set earlier this year. Any similarities are purely intentional.

The trail is a Strava segment in its entirety and can be incorporated into a longer run at any point. You just need to make sure that you run though the start and the end points of the segment and take note of its direction! (running it the opposite way doesn't record it).

You can check the leader board by filtering the Strava segment by club (East London Runners) and then by 'This Week'

You have from Monday to Sunday each week to run the route, and to see if you can catch me. Have fun trying, and stay safe out there.

This week's trail: https://www.strava.com/clubs/88566/posts/1255561612465057

If you are not a member of the ELR strava group, just request to join and you'll be added straight away (work permitting).

Covid update 04th November 2020

England Athletics have confirmed that our physical club activities are restricted by the new lockdown restrictions.

Statement from England Athletics reads as follows:

From this Thursday [5 November 2020], the UK Government is requiring everyone in England to stay at home, except for specific purposes, and not gather with other people who do not live in the same household, again except for specific purposes. As a result, the impact on athletics and running will include suspension of the following:

All indoor club group coaching activity
All outdoor club group coaching activity
All indoor track and field competitions
All outdoor competition (track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multiterrain)
All face-to-face coach and officials education.

As we enter lockdown 2.0, I do with a heavy heart, but I hope this will be a shorter circuit break that will have the desired effect in reducing the re-transmission rate of the covid virus by December. While we have suspended our physical club activities, we are launching much to keep you occupied from Monday through Sunday over the next 4 weeks. As noted in my newsletter article at the weekend, the committee are working tirelessly to keep ELR energised and active. Please stay up to date with the latest news on the ELR website and social media as we switch to virtual activities once again.

A as soon as the restrictions begin to ease once more, we have the tools that we have developed since March which will enable us to react the the developments much quicker as and when lockdown 2.0 eases.

For now, take care, and may you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. I look forward to running with you all again real soon.

Much love.

Ciaran Canavan
Covid Responder and Vice Chair.