Autumn running.

Hi all

 

With the daylight hours shrinking fast our evening runs are happening in a low light conditions. It is just a quick reminder to the ERC runners to switch their mindset and gear accordingly.

Unfortunately the dangers of running in low visibility situation are all too real. Last week the fellow runners from Trent Park RC had two separate accidents in one of which a runner cut his head against the road sign and in the other – two runners were hit by a car while crossing the road.

Please consider the following points when going to your evening or early morning runs:

  • Wearing bright coloured gear with reflective strips.
  • Using head-torches and flashing light wearables.
  • Assuming car drivers and pedestrians do not see you unless you are absolutely sure otherwise.
  • Just being more cautious overall.

 

Gary Collins Handicap – Final Results

The results of the last race and the series totals are now on the website:

Final Results

 

Gary Collins 5k Handicap. Race 4 results.

The results are available at the site:

 

Race 4

Mid Week League epilogue.

Yesterday was the last race of this year’s Mid-Week Road Racing League (MWL). Below there is some general MWL information and a quick summary of ERC performance in 2018.

 

MWL combines English Athletics affiliated running clubs from North London and North of London.  This year there were 19 clubs in three divisions. Currently divisions 2 and 3 race together with results and points counting being separate. There are 5 races during the season. The distance is 10k (or close to 10k). The races are mostly on tarmac with occasional mild trail parts. The races take place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and normally start at 19:30 or 19:45.

 

Race results are uploaded to RunHerts website – http://www.runherts.com/mwrrr.htm

 

Current rules set a full team of 12 men and 8 ladies. If there are more competitors from a club – the ones outside of fastest 12 and 8 are treated as “B” team etc. After the race all finishers positions are added together and the teams are ranked by the lowest total. If the team is short of 12/8 then the last finishing number is added for every “missing person”. Therefore, no individual participant can lower team’s overall result. People in “B” and “C” teams still help by pushing other clubs lower in the standing.

 

Currently ERC competes in Division 3.

 

During a season there are four points races and the final Mob Match when all divisions race together with no points awarded. At the end of the season two clubs at the top of the division get promoted and two at the bottom – relegated. Additionally, individual trophies are awarded for the podium places by age categories.

 

This year there were following ERC runners numbers in league races:

Race 1 Hitchin – 12 men and 10 ladies.

Race 2 Royston – 9 men and 9 ladies.

Race 3 Welwyn – 8 men and 9 ladies.

Race 4 Harlow – 12 men and 8 ladies.

Race 5 (Mob Match) Welwyn – 7 men and 2 ladies.

 

The final Division 3 table looks like this:

Pos OVERALL Score Points
1 Hitchin Running Club 1,232 54 Promoted
2 Watford Joggers 1,549 47 Promoted
3 Freedom Tri 3,180 31
4 Edmonton Running Club 3,755 31
5 Herts Phoenix AC 3,570 29
6 Stevenage & North Herts AC 3,995 22
7 Broxbourne Running Club 5,062 10

 

ERC took a shared third place. Even though the gap to the promotion places is not small we probably can close it just by bringing the full teams for each race the next season. Naresh is doing a great job of organising these events for the club and coordinating logistics so there is no reason not to.

 

Several ERC runners got to the podium this year in individual Division 3 age categories:

Ai-Seng – winner in V55 category.

Jan – 2nd in V45 category.

Naresh – 2nd in V60 category.

Ilia – 2nd in V40 category.

Rita – 3rd in V45 category.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Collins 5K Handicap

Race 2 of the Gary Collins handicap is on Tuesday 5th June 2018.

Start time 7:30pm in Enfield Town Park. All members welcome, your best 3 times count towards your final score, so if you missed the first come on down.  Meet at the club and run down or come straight to the park.

I would like to get a large group photo of everyone in their new club kit. Please wear you new vest and I will get a photo before the start.

Anyone not with a vest please let me know. We have a full range of men’s and ladies vests and t.shirts.

Run The River 10K

Sunday 14th October 2018 – Run the River 10k – Entries are open!

Spread the word, we are now taking entries. Last year we sold out 2 weeks before race day, so if they missed out last year, advise them not to delay. Starting and finishing at the Lea Valley Athletics centre. Flat, off road route, with T.shirt and medal for all.

Free Fun Run for the youngsters around the track, before the main race.

There are no paper entries this year on-line only via Run Britian

https://www.runbritain.com/RaceDetail.aspx?eventid=74ba0bcf5e68&raceid=7ebe07c95967&returnlink=https://www.runbritain.com/races?keyword=&datefrom=&dateto17%2f05%2f2018&distance=10k&region=&county=&profile=&surface=&awards=&entrants=&page=4&pagesize=8&gender=0&onlineentry=0&responseType=html

 

Please note: Members are needed to help on the day with various duties, I will be collecting names at a later date

 

 

Gary Collins Handicap. Race 1 results.

Thanks to Lorraine and Co we have the full age-graded results of the first race yesterday:

 

Name Running Time Modified Time Points
Jan Hazirci 23:36 20:29 20
Ai Seng Paul 25:50 20:58 19
Catherine Turley 26:38 22:55 18
Aggie Minas 25:50 23:08 17
Carol Marlow 26:30 23:22 16
Nina Kennedy 30:25 24:02 15
Jane Fitton 27:25 24:10 14
Katie Moey 26:46 26:12 13
Devkee Trivedi 26:46 26:46 12
Lisa Worley 28:57 26:57 11
Laura Tollerton 28:34 28:14 10
Nicola Lawley 30:22 30:08 9
Susie Dutoit 30:51 30:21 8
Stacey Hollingsworth 31:06 30:57 7
Ilia Loubenski 18:27 16:39 20
Marc Bibaud 21:57 18:53 19
Simon Harrison 21:49 19:23 18
Naresh Trivedi 24:45 19:33 17
James Gill 21:02 19:44 16
Michael Orr 22:40 20:18 15
Gary Robinson 23:56 21:36 14
Louis Saldiray 22:17 22:17 13
Andy Malleson 22:59 22:48 12
John Tudor 26:30 24:07 11
Derek Weedon 32:00 24:23 10

London Marathon GFA changes.

Many ERC runners consider Good For Age (GFA) qualification as an entry route to London marathon. It turned out that not everybody is aware that the race organisers introduced some rather big changes to the GFA system recently. These changes are already in place for 2019 qualification.

 

The details of the entry procedure are described at the VLM website – https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/

 

Please notice that there is a very significant change starting from 2019. While achieving the GFA qualifying time used to guarantee entry – now it only allows to apply for one. Then the entrants would be selected from the applications pool from fastest to slowest to the total of 3,000 men and 3,000 women spread across age categories. The new process is similar to the one for Boston qualifying.

 

Therefore, the GFA applicants are now advised to apply for the public ballot as well to increase their chances of getting a race entry.

 

Unlike in Boston the age in GFA tables is taken not at the date of intended London marathon, but at the date when the qualifying race was ran. This might affect quite a few people.

Gary Collins’ Town Park Handicap 2018

Dates for your diary. Our annual 5K handicap will begin on the first Tuesday of May and run on the first Tuesday of every month until September. Dates listed below:

  • 1st May
  • 5th June
  • 3rd July
  • 7th August
  • 4th September

Look out for more information soon! For general info, click here.
To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

RunThrough VeloPark Race Series

This particular race is an unusual one in that there are up to 5 races on the course at a time: Half, 10 Mile, 10k, 5k and 1 mile. They all start at different times, with the Half starting at 9am and the others about 15 minutes apart. The only downside is that you don’t know which race the runners are in you may be overtaking, but you can be certain that the faster runners going past are in another race!
If the thought of running 13 (and a bit) 1 mile laps seems a bit daunting for a Half Marathon then believe me it wasn’t that bad. Although I was the only ERC runner taking part today I did take along a couple of others to do the 10k (one of whom I believe got a PB).

How to get in:
This is part of the runthrough.co.uk series which holds various races throughout the UK and London.
Although you have to sign-up beforehand the limit of 400 was only reached few days before the race. The 10k was £15 and the Half £18.

Course:
The course is run on the outdoor cycle track at the VeloPark. And guess what? It’s a mile long. It’s not flat, but there is a small and oft-recurring incline to negotiate but there are some good straights to get back up to speed. It does twist and turn a bit but there are no sharp bends so again easy to keep the speed going.
There is water available every lap and plenty of it.

On course support:
Although there were not many people out cheering, if you are a spectator you only need to walk about 100m to be able to see the whole course!
You can still get support as you pass the finish line every lap though as the commentator shouts out your name.

Organisation:
I found it well organised and the pre-race emails were timely and informative. You need to pick up your number on the day but arriving in plenty of time meant that there was no last minute rush. I don’t think it would be a problem anyway as there were 4 desks split by surname.
The only small downside is that the pre-race loudspeaker was a little bit quiet, but there were plenty of announcements to listen too.
You were never far away from the sound of someone shaking a tambourine for encouragement.

Bling 😊
A large medal and free post-race photos to share on Facebook. No T-shirt but I still think it was good value for money. They also provided bananas, protein shakes, flap jack and energy bars.

Facilities
The VeloPark (and Velodrome) offer plenty of toilets, warm changing rooms and the possibility of a shower if you want post-race.

London Landmarks Half Marathon. Race Report (Ilia).

It looks I was the only ERC runner at the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon on Mar-25. I thought I would write down some impressions in case anyone thinks of running it in the future.

 

This is the first half marathon in central London. I understand that the organisers want to make it an annual event and already started pre-registering people for the next year.

 

How to get in:

The process for this year race included pre-registration on the website. The total race capacity was 10,000 and I think the organisers gave half of this places through online registration on first-come first-served basis. All these places went very quickly. I did not have any problems registering, but I understand there were quite a few people who got the message “you reserved your place – now you have 15 minutes to complete the checkout” and then the site crashing. The rest of the places were charity ones. As I understand the race was heavily oversubscribed – maybe they will change the approach next year.

 

Course:

The course is clearly the race trump card, which is reflected in the name. Starting at Pall Mall, finishing at Downing Street it passes more or less all central London landmarks including St Paul’s, Tower, Trafalgar Square and also crosses the river twice. So if you are after sightseeing – this is probably as good as it can be.

The word of caution though – this is not an ideal PB course. It’s not very hilly (total of 65 metres of elevation gain on my Garmin), but rather twisty. I counted no less than 13 180-degrees turns and there were plenty of curves besides. I suspect this gave me at least 90 seconds of extra time. Some people complained of extra distance on their watches/phones, but my Garmin distance was nearly precise in the end. Not so during the race – because of tall building and tunnels you cannot really rely on watch GPS splits.

 

On course support:

Top marks for that. A lot of people cheering not only near start/finish, but throughout the course. Multiple bands and organised cheering groups along the course. Really pleasant experience.

A special thank you to Rick whose cheering for me and Edmonton RC near St Paul’s was very timely!

Organisation:

I would say that generally this was a well organised race with plenty of volunteers and no chock-points. I came well in advance, but considering the social media reaction it seems the runners were mostly happy with the organisation. The start was in waves and I heard a couple of complaints that the previous wave did not clear before the next one started. Regular water stations with bottled water and Lucozade.

Pre-race communication and social media activity was top notch.

 

Bling 😊

A very nice high-quality race T-shirt. An interesting medal. Free post-race photos in good quality (this is very unusual in our age).

A quick final word on XC season 2017-2018

This year Edmonton runners again took part in RunHerts cross-country winter league. The season included five races from October to February – Cheshunt, Trent Park, Willian, Watford and Royston. Perhaps unsurprisingly the highest turnout was at close-to-home Trent Park outing.

Final club position in the competition is defined by a combination of individual placings (the lower number – the better). If the team is short of a required size (8 men and 5 women) – then the maximum (last) place is assigned to the missing runners. This system awards having a full team even more than high individual placings.

ERC put a full ladies team in two races (out of five) and men team – in three races.

In the final standings ERC came 17th out of 20 clubs, which put us just above the relegation zone in EPL-speak:

 

Combined Teams
Trent Park 1798
Royston 2489
Harpenden Arrows 2857
St Albans Striders 3023
Watford Joggers 3112
Fairlands Valley 3350
London Heathside 4086
Garden City Runners 4238
Tri London 5032
Ealing Eagles 5275
Bishops Stortford 5955
Freedom Tri 6401
Team Trident 7073
Hitchin 8568
East London 9210
Serpentine 10310
Edmonton 10485
Broxbourne 11024
Herts Phoenix 12283
Latton 14768

 

On individual front here are the placements broken by age category (“1000” means that the runner did not take part in a particular race), four best results counted:

Senior Women Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Susie Dutoit Edmonton 1000 48 1000 41 25 1114
Gemma Wooden Edmonton 45 40 1000 1000 1000 2085
Shaoline Loke Edmonton 1000 28 1000 1000 1000 3028
Miranda Padley Edmonton 1000 46 1000 1000 1000 3046
Laura Tollerton Edmonton 48 1000 1000 1000 1000 3048
Nicola Lawley Edmonton 49 1000 1000 1000 1000 3049
Veteran Women 35+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Hannah Kelly Edmonton 1000 33 1000 29 1000 2062
Miranda Padley Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 44 1000 3044
Veteran Women 45+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Lorraine Pichelski Edmonton 1000 54 43 44 1000 1141
Catherine Turley Edmonton 1000 38 1000 29 1000 2067
Caroline Marlow Edmonton 48 1000 36 1000 1000 2084
Veteran Women 55+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Nina Kennedy Edmonton 1000 31 19 26 1000 1076
Ai Seng Paul Edmonton 1000 11 1000 1000 15 2026
Veteran Women 65+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Pauline Edmunds Edmonton 1000 3 1000 1000 1000 3003
Team Size 4 10 3 6 2
Senior Men Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Nazareno Feito Edmonton 95 103 1000 73 1000 1271
Tim Luck Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 65 63 2128
Chris Demetriou Edmonton 63 1000 1000 1000 1000 3063
Mont James Edmonton 79 1000 1000 1000 1000 3079
Simon Timmis Edmonton 1000 100 1000 1000 1000 3100
Veteran Men 40+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Ilia Loubenski Edmonton 25 25 21 17 1000 88
Simon Harrison Edmonton 59 53 1000 42 40 194
Michael Orr Edmonton 64 1000 49 40 46 199
Gary Robinson Edmonton 73 87 1000 64 1000 1224
John Tudor Edmonton 83 88 75 1000 1000 1246
James Gill Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 31 1000 3031
Martyn Wisken Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 51 1000 3051
John Bennett Edmonton 1000 65 1000 1000 1000 3065
Veteran Men 50+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Austen Slattery Edmonton 63 73 58 49 53 223
Kevin Esdaille Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 11 1000 3011
Monty Lyall Edmonton 1000 36 1000 1000 1000 3036
Mon James Edmonton 1000 1000 1000 1000 37 3037
Marc Bibaud Edmonton 1000 45 1000 1000 1000 3045
Vas Vassiliou Edmonton 51 1000 1000 1000 1000 3051
Tony Lambrou Edmonton 1000 81 1000 1000 1000 3081
Veteran Men 60+ Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
Naresh Trivedi Edmonton 15 22 1000 15 15 67
Rick Oliver Edmonton 1000 35 1000 1000 1000 3035
Team Size 11 13 4 11 6

 

The accolade for the highest age category position goes to Naresh.

 

You can find all the official results at RunHerts website – http://www.runherts.com/xc.htm

 

DATES FOR MID WEEK LEAGUE RACES 2018

MID WEEK LEAGUE RACES 2018   Divisions 2 & 3

                                                               

Wednesday 23rd May                         Hitchin Running and Stevenage Striders

Thursday 7th June                                Royston Runners

Wednesday 13th or 20th June             Herts Phoenix Athletic Club and             Broxbourne Runners

Wednesday 27th June                         Bishop’s Stortford Running Club & Harlow Running Club

 

Mob Match Divisions 1, 2 & 3 

Thursday 12th July                Garden City Runners

 

Gary Collins Handicap Dates for your Diary

Dates of this years Gary Collins 5k handicap :-

  • Tuesday 1st May
  • Tuesday 5th June
  • Tuesday 3rd July
  • Tuesday 7th August
  • Tuesday 4th September

Click here for more information.

This event is free to all club members, a timed 5k with an age grading to determine the result. Best 3 races to count.

This years Run The River 10k is on Sunday 14th October 2018, please add to your diary.

 

 

Club Championship New Season

The 2017-2018 ERC Club Championship is now up and running. You can find the points table here – http://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/results/erc-club-championship-table/

The table is calculated according to the rules – http://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/racing/club-races/

All members race results recorded in the club database are taken into account. If you want to check the list of your recorded results – you can do so at the search page – http://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/results-search/

 

Watford Cross Country

Sunday 14th January 2018 is the 4th race in this years cross country season. The start time for this race is 10:30am.

Its open to all members, 8 men and 5 women make full teams. If you haven’t tried cross country before come along and give it a go. Trainers or trail shoes are best, spikes not advisable here as part of the route is on path. There are car parks in the town. Nearest are behind the Town Hall and in the middle of the roundabout near the Swimming Pool, the Avenue postcode is: WD17 4AJ. There is ample street parking on the local roads adjacent to the park. Please park considerately.

Link below for course map.

New Club Kit

Hello all

 

Chris asked me to put designs of the new club kit to the website. Please see below:

Female vest:

 

Male vest:

Hoodies:

T-shirt:

Long-sleeve T-shirt:

 

Jacket:

 

ERC members race results.

Hi everybody

 

We are trying to record all club members race results into ERC website database. This allows to see all the results in one place. This information is also used to calculate the club championship table.

 

This is not an automated process and we use different sources to collate this information. The chief source being excellent email updates from Naresh. Still there are omissions sometimes. Can you please check that all your results for the period from 01-Dec-2016 to date are recorded. You can see all your results by going to the results search page http://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/results-search/ choosing your name from the drop-down list and pressing “Show results for”. If you believe that a result is missing – can you please email to enquiries@edmontonrc.co.uk providing the name of the race, your net time, finishing position and the link to the race results page (if available).

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap – Race 5 results and the final points table.

The results of the final race are now on the website:

Town Park Championship League Table

The top three in the ladies and men categories are:

 

Jan – 60 points.

Rita – 58 points.

Pauline – 57 points.

 

Ilia – 60 points.

Simon – 56 points.

Michael – 55 points.

 

A huge thank you to Pichelski family for their time and impeccable organisation yet again!

Alin did a great job of updating the results at the website in a timely manner! He also uploaded latest members races results and updated the Club Championship points table.

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 5

IMPORTANT!
This month’s race will start 10 minutes earlier than previous races. Please be ready to start by 7:20pm!

Tuesday 5th September is the 5th and final club handicap 5k race of the year.

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:20pm. We will be starting promptly as the park closes earlier in September. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Gary Collins Handicap Series – Race 4.

The results are in on the website:

Town Park Championship League Table

 

Thanks again to Lorraine and the crew for organising the race and to Alin for the site upload!

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 4

Tuesday 1st August is the 4th club handicap 5k race of the year.

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. We will be starting promptly as the park closes earlier in September. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

The ERC eating bugs still are out, insect repellent recommended.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 3 results.

The Race 3 results of the handicap series along with the cumulative standing are on the website now:

Town Park Championship League Table

 

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 3

Tuesday 4th July is the 3rd club handicap 5k race of the year.

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. We will be starting promptly as the park closes earlier in September. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

The ERC eating bugs still are out, insect repellent recommended.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

UKA membership and RunBritainRankings

One of the benefits of membership in ERC is that if you race for the club you get registered with UK Athletics. It seems that not everybody is aware that all the runners enrolled in UKA get a position in country-wide ranking along with other useful information.

If you follow this link you can search your name in the UKA database:

http://www.runbritainrankings.com/runners/runnerslookup.aspx

Finding it will give you the page with all your results from UKA-listed races along with the position in the country-wide and postcode ladder. It also shows where you sit percentage-wise in individual distances by year. Very handy for tracking your progress against the competition 🙂

Gary Collins’ 5K Handicap – second race results.

The results of the second race are now at the website:

 

Town Park Championship League Table

Massive thanks to Pauline who took on organisational duties in doing so sacrificing her own chance to race.

 

In ladies category Jan consolidated her grip on the series winning again and accumulating maximum tally of 40 points after two races. Rita came second this time as well – a super challenge from one of the club’s newcomers.

 

The competition is hotting up amongst men. As in the first race it is very tight at the top. In fact the modified results for the positions from second to sixth all fall within ten seconds interval.

Please mark your calendars for the next race on Jul-04. With best three performances counted it is still all to play (scratch play) run for!

Gary Collins’ 5K Handicap – first race results.

There was a great turnout for the first race of Gary Collins Handicap series last Tuesday. Now that Oompa Loompas behind the scene finished dealing with the race protocols – here are the results:

Town Park Championship League Table

Just a quick reminder how it all works. The raw results are age-graded by multiplying the time to the coefficient which equals 1 for the age between 23 and 27 and gets progressively smaller on both younger and older side. The modified results are then ranked from fastest to slowest (separately for males and females) with the first place giving 20 points, second – 19 points etc. In the end of the season (after five races) three best points results are counted for the final points total.

The first race produced some intriguing outcomes. Serial winner Pauline’s crown is under threat from Jan and a newcomer Rita. On the men side it’s pretty tight at the top – in fact we have Mike and Vas tied at 19 points with the same modified time with only 14 seconds separating results from second to sixth. Are we about to witness our own titanic end of the season struggle to finish at the top four? Only time will tell

There is absolutely no excuse then not to run at the second race, which will happen on Jun-06.

 

MID WEEK LEAGUE RACES – 2017

MID WEEK LEAGUE RACES 2017

Mid week league races are a series of local races of approx 10k taking place in May/June/July between local running clubs- most of them are in Hertfordshire. Most races start at 7.45pm.

There are four races which count towards the league and then a final run called the Mob Match.

Bishops Stortford 10/5/2017
Stevenage (Spartans hosting) 24/5/2017
Hitchin 14/6/2017
Stevenage (nhrr hosting) 28/6/2017

Welwyn Garden City mob match 13/7/2017

An email will be circulated before each race giving venue and travel details.

We need 12 men and 6 ladies to score

These races are for all abilities. There is great comradery and the host club also provide excellent buffet type of food at the end.

Naresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Collins’ 5K Handicap 2017!

Dates for your diary. Our annual 5K handicap will begin on the first Tuesday of May and run on the first Tuesday of every month until September. Dates listed below:

  • 2nd May
  • 6th June
  • 4th July
  • 1st August
  • 5th September

Look out for more information soon! For general info, click here.

Something Other Than Running!

Running is our thing, but I know there are a few amongst us who like to give our feet a rest, sit down and exercise.

Sportive UK Events are Jeremy and Luke who do the chip timing for our RTR 10K, but they also run a series of cycling events through the summer and some members may wish to try a cycle sportive. They are well run, sign posted and have food stops along the route. Usually a range of distances and not that expensive to enter. The list below are the ones for this year.

Sportives
Herts Easter Hunt (Brookmans Park) – April 9th
Tour De Essex (Redbridge Cycling Centre) –  May 28th
Suffolk 100 (Kesgrave) – June 25th
Hertfordshire 100 (Brookmans Park) – August 27th
Isabel hospice Sportive (Bishops Stortford) – September 17th
Wares Essex? (Ware) – October 8th
Essex Season Ender (Redbridge Cycling Centre) – November 19th
Running
Run it Red Marathon (Redbridge Cycling Centre) – September 24th
Lorraine

The tale of two races

The wind was howling and the cold was outrageous and the indomitable ERC members were out braving the elements.
Well done all!

Olympic Stadium 10k: Jan, Miranda & Susie
Royston Cross Country: Katie, Lorraine, Aggie, Michael, Ilia, Austen, Tim, Vasso

and all members who ran their various distances just because they wanted to!

ERC=Women Power

ERC ladies are without question the stronger in ERC. Take today as an example of their achievements:

Watford Half Marathon

  • Catherine – Since her return from injury last year Catherine has just metamorphosed into a running machine. Her well known aversion to mud has been cured as well!! Today she blitzed the course in a fantastic PB time of 1.53.
  • Tracey – She does not know the meaning of pain despite her injury woes and lack of running time she tamed the course in a great time 2.08
  • Victoria – She is training for marathons on consecutive weekends -Boston and then London so today’s run was a practice jaunt and in the process cajoled the best from Catherine.

London Winter 10K

  • Jan – Her runs are an example of metronomic running – dedicated to speed. Today was just another 10k run – another amazing race for Jan – she has the London Marathon coming up.

Well done ladies! You are ERC!

Cold Botheration

It was a cold cold morning -6 degrees at Whitewebbs – yet the ERC posse were out in force doing their races all over the place. Well done to all.

Miranda – A warm welcome – just joined us and has already clocked up her first 10k race in a time of 58 minutes. Well done!! She is going to improve on this time quite radically.
Jan – We are envious of the running machine – with her run-keeper friend!! – she runs and runs just for fun and today’s 10k was just a mere jaunt for her.
Susie – I do wonder how many races Susie has run and how many medals she has collected – yet another 10 k race – the first of many for 2017.
Ilia – A first duathlon for Ilia. He did the Eton Duathlon in 1:24:08 5k run, 20k bike , 5k run. A tremendous time.
Michael and John – Both did very well at the Fred Hughes 10 Miler in St Albans. Well done for representing ERC!

We also had an enterprising team at Whitewebbs clad in layers and an assortment of hats/gloves etc. The cold weather was only a temporary diversion!!

CROSS COUNTRY WILLIAN

Sunday 18th December 2016 is the 3rd race in this years cross country season. The start time for this race is 10am. Parking is very tight so car sharing is advised.

Its open to all members, 8 men and 5 women make full teams. If you haven’t tried cross country before come along and give it a go. Trainers or trail shoes are best, spikes not advisable here as part of the route is on path.

Link below for map, look out for Naresh e-mail with more details.

Willian Road, Letchworth Garden City SG6 2AE

 

 

Grovelands Cross Country

The 2nd cross country is on Sunday 13th  November, this one is closer to home than the first. Its in Grovelands Park. The Bourne
Southgate
London
N14 6RA

Start time 10:30am – all members welcome, all abilities. Even if you have not done x country before come along and give it a go. Distance is usually 5 ish miles. Please remember to wear your club vest and ear phones are now banned.

We had a full ladies team last month and was one man short, lets try to get full teams this month.

Run The River 10k – nearly sold out

Places in the Run The River 10k on Sunday 9th October have been going fast, and there’s only 26 plaes left. So if you know someone who’s planning to run but hasn’t entered yet, let them know they need to act fast to avoid disappointment!

Gary Collins Town Park Championship – Final Results

Congratulations to Alin for finishing first in the final Town Park race last Tuesday and taking the men’s championship title in the process!

The final championship table can be viewed here.

This year’s Town Park Championship must be the closest we’ve seen in a long time, with 11 runners achieving a score of 50 points or more, so a particular well done to Pauline, Alin, Jan, Michael, Devkee, Simon, Marc, Jane, Catherine, Sir Ken and Nina!

The races were really well attended throughout the series, with 45 different runners taking part, so great job everyone!

Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Lorraine and the Pichelski family, who do a superb job organising, marshalling and collecting the results for all the races – the event would not take place without you!

Gary Collins Town Park 5k – the story so far

Hi Everyone,

We’ve got the final race of this season’s Town Park Championship coming up, so I thought it was about time I released a league table for the four races so far (many apologies that this has taken so long).

The latest Championship table is here.

First up, a big Congratulations to Pauline, who has retained the ladies’ championship with a race to spare. She scored maximum points in all three of her races – a superb achievement and a worthy winner.

Conversely, in the men’s championship there is all to play for in a five horse race! Michael and Alin are tied at the top, and will no doubt be looking to boost their score to nudge ahead in the final race. Simon is only a few points behind and could potentially pull level with the leaders with a win. Also in the picture are Ilia and Monty, who have participated and scored highly in two of the races so far, so another strong performance could still catapult them to the top!

The next and final Town Park 5k race is taking place this Tuesday 6th September, with a 7:30pm start. Whether you’ll be competing for the championship title, trying to hit a personal best, or simply enjoying an evening’s run through the park before winter draws nearer, I hope everyone has a great and enjoyable race!

Thanks

Chris Smith

LAST HANDICAP OF 2106

Tuesday 6th September is the last handicap of 2106 – if you have not run 3 races this year then its your last chance! Unfortunately the championship table has not been calculated, but it could be close at the top ! Michael, Alin, Marc, Simon and Monty ( if you do the last race) could be in with a chance.

With the ladies, Pauline, Jan, Devkee all contenders.

The final result will be worked out after the final race and lets see who takes top spot this year.

Come along and join in. 7.30pm sharp – its dark by 8.15pm

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 5

Tuesday 6th September 2016 is the 5th and final club handicap 5k race of the year.

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. We will be starting promptly as the park closes earlier in September. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

The ERC eating bugs still are out, insect repellent recommended.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Results – August

Results for the forth handicap race of 2016 are in! The 5th and final race will take place on the 6th of September!

Click here to look at the results.

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 4

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 is the 4th club handicap 5k race.

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

The ERC eating bugs still are out, insect repellent recommended.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Gary Collins Handicap Results 2016

For those of you who have been running the handicap and wondering what time you did. Here are the results so far. First column is the actual time you ran and the second is the age graded time.

The age graded are the times that will be used to work our the best male and best female. Your best 3 races count, there are 2 left to do 2nd August and 6th September. SO still time to improve.

Gary Collins Town Park Handicap Race 3

Tuesday 6th July 2016 is the 3rd club handicap 5k race. Last month saw a fantastic turnout – let’s see if we can top it!

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

As its height of summer! The ERC eating bugs are out, insect repellent recommended.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Bio-mechanics session cancelled

Hi all

The inclement weather dictates that the bio mechanics session this evening is cancelled. We will have the usual run from the club house at 7.15pm.

Naresh

5k Gary Collins Handicap

Quick reminder, 5k handicap tonight in Enfield Town Park. Starts at 7.30pm. Run from the club or go direct. If you have insect spray I suggest you give your legs a coating. They do like us ERC runners., especially when all sweaty!

If you didn’t run last month no matter, your best 3 times count. So come along and watch your times improve.

Garmin 220 GPS Running Watch

For Sale – Garmin Forerunner 220 running watch. Full working order, original box, charging dock and cable. GPS and blue tooth connection, uploads to Garmin Connect and Strava. Brought new, selling because of up grade. £120.00 Message me or see me at the club. Lorraine

Gary Collins Town Park 5K Club Handicap – Race 2

Tuesday 7th June 2016 is the 2nd club handicap 5k race. Last month saw a fantastic turnout – let’s see if we can top it!

This race is a good opportunity to test your improving fitness and speed. Even if you did not run last month it makes no difference  – come along and join in. Your best 3 races count towards your final score.

Start time 7:30pm. You can meet us at the start point in Enfield Town Park at least 10 minutes before the race starts. Or at the clubhouse at 7pm, where we will jog to the park.

Click here to get all of the details on the start time and location. Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Ilia’s report on the Prague Marathon

Prague Marathon – Race Report – May 2016 – Ilia Loubenski

I flew to Prague on Friday May-06 with the race starting on 9am on Sunday May-08.

Prague Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label event, which means top class organisation and a strong elite field. The course is mostly flat – it’s the seventh fastest city marathon in the world with the course record of 2:05.

I picked Hilton Prague for my stay – turned out that was the marathon HQ. So I had an added bonus of seeing the elite field in the hotel including the pre-race breakfast. Not for the first time I noticed how similar the Kenyan runners are in build and general appearance J

I picked my number and the pack on Saturday from the Expo, which was in a large exhibition hall not too far from the centre. I did not dwell there for too long, but the Expo seemed very good – nearly the size of the London one.

The start is from the Prague Old Town Square. The place was pretty crowded, but the organisation was efficient. As it was a warm day I just went to the start straight from the hotel and did not use the baggage service.

The fact that the course is fast for the elite does not mean that it will be PB-friendly for everyone. The first couple of kilometres go through some narrow streets so be ready to lose some time there. Unfortunately the problem is compounded by those irresponsible slow runners who for some reason feel the urge to start from the early gates – there were not too many of them, but they created multiple jams at the start.

These early troubles are quickly forgotten though when at the third kilometre you cross the tourist landmark that is Charles Bridge. It’s closed for tourists and is in full use of the marathoners:

ilia_prague_bridge

Part of the course (I would say a fifth) is over cobblestoned streets – so be prepared for some extra pounding to your feet. Shoes with extra cushioning might come useful.

The overall field is not too big (I think the limit is ten thousand participants) so after the early couple of kilometres there is not much crowd. There is no concurrent half-marathon on 10k race, but there is a relay happening in parallel with the marathon. So if you hear that somebody is catching up fast at the three quarters of the distance – don’t worry too much as it’s likely to be a relay participant just starting his leg.

The water stations were frequent and efficient (isotonic and food in addition to water at the later stages), they also dispensed sponges. So – perfect organisation overall.

Now – the weather. Early May can be quite hot in Prague; unfortunately this was the case this year. The temperature was not that high – I think 23C max, but with no clouds and large parts of the course being on wide tarmac roads the heat felt pretty oppressing. I heard that there were quite a few people falling by the wayside towards the latter stages. Something to consider if you do your training in colder parts during the winter and spring.

The crowd support was somewhat of a mixed bag. You have big cheering crowds in the historical centre, although some of the people lining the streets are frustrated tourists trying to cross to the other side. But the large chunks of the course along the river and in less glamorous parts of the city do not have much in terms of support.

The medal is quite hefty, but somewhat dull in my opinion:

ilia_prague_medal

Overall I would thoroughly recommend this race. Prague is a beautiful city, organisation is top class and it’s potentially quite a fast course. This marathon is very popular throughout Europe – I read that Czech runners comprise only about a third of the field. As it’s not a huge marathon – it is better to reserve the place well in advance if you consider running it.

Lorraine and Pauline Rock, Roll ‘n’ Race in Madrid


Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Half Marathon – Race Report – April 2016 – Lorraine Pichelski

Very early on Saturday morning Pauline and I boarded the plan to Madrid. Not sorry to be leaving a very cold London. Arrived, and made straight for the expo to collect our race numbers. Only 2 stops on the metro and we were there. Think London expo but smaller. Number collected, then a race bag with your baggage bag and other freebies in it, then your t-shirt! A quick walk around, then in to the pasta party. Large plate of pasta, fruit and drink. All included in your entry fee of 36,00€. Great value.

Then back onto the metro and off to the hotel. Sun shining and feeling like summer! (To us anyway, not sure the locals felt the same.) Got to the hotel, checked in and then set off to find the start / finish. 10mins walk and we were there.

Sunday morning, breakfast and ready for the off! As the weather forecast was for 19deg we didn’t need to take any spare clothes or use the baggage tents. A brisk walk to the start, found our pen. (Had to squeeze under the fence as the opening was on the other side, but kind Spanish man lifted it and we were in.) Start time 9.05 am and we were off!

The route was on closed roads and the roads were very wide, so 30,000 people had had plenty of space to run. We never felt that we didn’t have space to run at the pace we wanted. The first 4 to 5 miles went gently up hill and then flattened off. It is great to run and hear live bands playing and the runners clap and cheer as they pass.

The final 3 miles were around the outside of a large park. On the final turn towards the finish we were faced with a massive uphill!!! Still nearly there. Final turn into the park and we could see the finish arches. Large crowds cheering and we had made it. Medal collected, water, banana, Powerade, another goody bag and space blanket.

With so many runners it took a while to exit the area, but once we had found our supporter (Richard) we headed back to the hotel. It was nice to be able to walk back and get the lactic from our legs.

Quick change then off for some sightseeing around Madrid. All in all this was a great weekend. The race was excellent, well organised and great value for money. It is part of a series of races in Europe and North America. And as is suggests in the title Rock n Roll, music is the theme. With bling medals the prize!