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

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:

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 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.










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.

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
Run it Red Marathon (Redbridge Cycling Centre) – September 24th

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!!


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
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!


Chris Smith


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.


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:


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:


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!

Sir Ken’s Boston Marathon race report

120th Boston Marathon – Race Report – April 2016 – Ken Stewart

Thanks to the 5 hours time difference, I arrived (along with my wife, Lynn) in Boston at lunchtime on the Friday – the same day we left London. This meant I could get to the Expo and register the same day. This left the Saturday and Sunday free for the touristy bit as the race is held on a Monday (Patriot’s Day public holiday).

After 20 hours awake on the Friday, and thanks to jet-lag, I was awake by 3.30am local time on the Saturday. So, I decided to go for a run at 7.30am thinking that I would be the only runner out at that time. There were a lot of runners out early and many with their numbers on their shirts – two days before marathon day – this seemed a bit pretentious. As I ran into Boston Common I got the answer. There was a 5k run organised as part of the marathon weekend with – wait for it – 13,000 runners! This is in addition to a day of short races around the city centre for all standards and ages with a grandstand finish.

The rest of the weekend was taken up by shopping (Lynn), sightseeing and meeting up with Sylwia Tokarska for a meal in the evening (pasta of course).

I have never seen a city so taken over by runners. Marathon merchandisers must make a mint as everyone is wearing something with the Boston Marathon logo. It’s as if everyone is a runner and there are no normal people. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to have run the Boston marathon ten times before!

Race Day

The weather on the previous days was decidedly chilly with a penetrating cold wind. Marathon day was different; 20 degrees and sunny.

The day starts with a bus taking you to a town called Hopkinton, 26 miles from Boston, where you are dumped and told to run back. It’s very well-organised with the buses boarding in waves matching your start wave. At least this means you don’t have to hang around for hours in the Start Village if you are in a later start pen (which I was).

Hopkinton, like many of the other towns you run through in the first few miles, is what I imagine as “small town America” with wooden houses set back from the road of a design which appear in movies about Salem Witches. From here the route follows tree-lined roads and pleasant scenery, eventually reaching Boston.

The Marathon

boston_mapMy start was about 11.30am and the sun was high and temperature up. The first 6 miles is essentially downhill but with some small uphills during the overall descent. Having trained in 4 to 12 degs C, the heat was very noticeable. I tried to take the advice of the many blogs and articles I had read and keep a steady, conservative pace with short strides during the downhills.

The next 7 miles are undulating but nothing excessive. Water and Gatorade were available every mile and were welcome although I also carried my own electrolyte drink.

Around mile 12 you pass Wellesley College. The girls at Wellesley come out in force with posters demanding kisses and hugs – Frank would never get past this point! You can hear them well before you see them. Their enthusiasm is a real boost.

Mile 13 sees a long gradual climb which ends with a steep downhill at mile 16. Also about this point a cooling breeze from the sea in the east could be felt. It was very welcome, despite being a headwind. (Apparently, earlier runners didn’t benefit from this.)

Then the Hills of Newton start. There are four hills, the last of which is the highest, the infamous “Heartbreak Hill”, which tops out at mile 21. Counting these hills off as you run helps, as there are few landmarks on route.

After “Heartbreak” it is more or less downhill all the way except for one “smallish” uphill at mile 23 mile. It is about this time you are entering Boston proper and the crowds are getting even noisier. At mile 24 you can see the famous “Citgo” sign. On passing the sign you have one mile to go.

You turn up a side street and onto Boyland Street. You have 600 metres to go and can see the finish line. The crowd noise is deafening and the final run down this wide street makes you feel like an Olympian. (Lots of medical staff are available to scrape up the pieces!)

In Summary

The organisation is flawless. The whole of Boston puts its heart and soul into marathon weekend. The course is enjoyable. The crowd support, even in the countryside is, amazingly, better than the New York Marathon (that I didn’t expect!).

And the hills? I suffered quite a bit of cramp (probably not enough fluids/electrolyte early enough?) and so had to walk it off on some of the hills but I would say that even Heartbreak Hill is no worse than some of the hills we train on from Whitewebbs. Admittedly, you have 20 miles of running on your legs and three previous hills before you hit it, but it is nothing to fear.

So, the weather was kind – they have seen a lot worse, both high and low temperatures and very strong winds. I got the t-shirt and the medal. I had a few problems with cramp and no PB but still managed a time only 3 minutes slower than my best for London Marathon. (I suspect this is a PB course on a good day, although nobody in our travel group of about 50 runners of varying abilities got anywhere near it.) A thoroughly enjoyable weekend!

Recommended *****

If anyone is thinking of running Boston I found this video inspiring and helpful.


Hi all

I have just been informed that track session for tonight has been cancelled as there is a football match fixture and no one had thought about informing us! We will have usual run from the club house at 7.15pm



5th Cross Country Race Royston

Sunday February 14th see the last cross country race of 2015/16. The final race is at Royston, The Heath Sports Centre, Baldock Road, SG8 5BG. The start time is 10.30am, about 5 miles and all welcome. We have not had the best cross country this year, but lets try to get a good team for the last one. Please use club chat to let people know if you are going and we can try to car share.


Sunday January 17th  is the 4th race of 5. at Cassiobury Park,Langley Way, Watford. WD17 3BD. Please see below details of parking etc. Its open to all members, men and women. If you have not tried cross country, come along and give it a go.

The race starts at 10:30.

The race starts and finishes on the grass near the Cha café.

Toilet facilities are available near the paddling pool.

There is also the opportunity to use facilities at West Herts – no parking.

There are limited facilities for this race. There is ample parking on the streets around Cassiobury Park, particularly on the Cassiobury Estate, between Parkside Drive and Hempstead Road


Please ensure that all runners are aware that there is a run out to the woods. There are two complete laps of the woods before returning up the big hill to the finish.

The course will be marked and marshaled.

Please ensure that they are aware of the no headphones/earphones ruling.








Results Trent Park

tpxc (400x800)Well done everyone who ran on Sunday at Trent Park in the 2nd cross country race of this season. It was muddy and challenging, but everyone survived and lived to tell the tale!

Links below for your delectation.


More Photos (Thanks to Ken)

Club Championship Table

Next race is Sunday 6th December at Willian, nr Stevenage. Start time 10am. Parking is very limited. Please let me know if you think you are able to race, so we can make arrangements.

Club Championship Update

Good evening all.

The latest Club Championship table can be found here. With just over a month to go, Vas and Sylvia lead the way.

Please can I ask members to check that none of their accomplishments this season have have been missed. Just find your name in the table and click on the point totals to see where the points have come from. Send an email to if you see anything wrong.

Points will be available at the Trent Park Cross Country event and, if there are five or more ERC members (which I think there will be) at the Bass Belle Ten Miler.

The ladies and gents club champions will be presented with their trophies at the Club Christmas party on Saturday 5th December.


The second cross country of the winter is being held on Sunday 22nd November at Trent Park. Start time is 10.30am. Its free, all you need is to run in your club vest. If you have trail shoes they could be useful, but not essential.

Come along and give it a go, the distance is 8k /5mls.

Look out for an e-mail from Naresh giving more details.


Let’s celebrate with Imagery

Runners, volunteers, anyone connected with today: Please send all your photos to:

so we can create a permanent memory of a wonderful day.

Bournemouth Marathon Report

Sir Ken undertook a tough assignment at Bournemouth today (Sun 5th October), conquering yet another marathon.  Well done Sir and on behalf of other ERC marathoners, thanks for the heads-up on the perils of this course with with your report below…

Firstly, I am alive. 5.06.

The day was good but got a bit hot when the sun was out.

I didn’t run a sensible race. Started too fast although my half split was 2.08. The route was very undulating with long gradients and two very steep hills up to the over-cliff roads – one at 12 miles and another at 17.

Although I have no physical injuries, both hip joints complained from before half way. Later on minor calf cramps and heavy legs took over. Lots of walking involved between runs.

A well-organised race but not a marathon I would recommend. Too hilly and lots of contra-flow where you just retrace your steps for miles. Would suit Terry! My hardest yet!

5th Gary Collins Handicap Race

Tuesday 1st September is the last of our 5k handicaps races. This year has seen a great turnout for all the races, remember your best 3 count so its your last chance to get a good time in. But even if you have not run any of the others you can still take part.

Either meet at the club and jog to the park or go direct to the Town Park. Start time will be 7.30pm sharp as the evenings are now drawing in.

Handicap_May14 It would be great to beat our biggest turnout to date.



Hitchin Mid-Week League Race Report

On Thursday 2nd July it was the penultimate Mid-Week League race in Hitchin. It was the day after we had a heatwave in London so everyone was a little bit apprehensive about the weather conditions, but it turned out to be a pleasant evening with a light breeze. The ERC gang gathered at the start line in a field full of runners from all different clubs. Amongst the array of coloured club vests, the yellow and white ERC vest stood out and we came to the conclusion that we most definitely have the best club colours! We were warned at the start line that the course would be quite bumpy as it was a mixture of trail and tarmac, although this didn’t put any of us off and we were all eager for the race to start. The run started on tarmac and then the route turned into a trail run. It was lovely to run across fields with the sun shining down, there was one slight hill, although it seemed easy in comparison to the monstrous hills at the Chingford Mid-week league race last month!

The run was a good mixture of both road and trail and it was relatively flat apart from jumping over a few horse gates and stumps in the ground which added to the excitement! As we came towards the finish line there were quite a few spectators so it was a sprint finish for everyone! A big Congratulations to Jane and Nina who smashed their 10km PB’s. Well done to everyone else who ran as well – Marc, Steve, Vas, Austin, Simon, Jane, Nina & me!Thanks to injured papa (Naresh) for spectating and cheering everyone on too.

After everyone finished we headed back to the Rugby club where Hitchin running club had put on an absolute feast which included an assortment of fruit, burgers, jacket potatoes, chocolate, sweet treats and drinks – always great after a run!

The last Mid-Week League race is the MOB race in Welwyn on the 17th July, where both Division 1 and 2 come together to run the last race of the series. It’s definitely going to be a good one and it would be great if we can get all ERC runners out in full force ….so see you all there!

Devkee Trivedi


Club Championship Update

The Club Championship Table has been updated following the Triffic Trail last weekend – check out the latest version here.

Chairman Vas extends his lead in the men’s with a maximum score at Trent Park last Sunday, although he will soon be approaching the maximum of 10 core/non-core races so could well be challenged as we go into the second half of the season with Morris, Austen and Marc leading the chasing pack!

In the ladies’ competition Sylwia remains in top spot with maximum points in all her races so far! Last weekend saw strong Triffic Trails from Sonay and Susie that sees them climb up the table.

With regards to recording results, it can be tricky catching them all as we have many ERC members participating and excelling in a wide range of events. Please check your individual member results here and let us know if anything is missing or incorrect (speak to me or Marc, use the Contact Us page or put a comment in the Race Chat area). We’ll then update the Club Championship to reflect any amendments.

The next opportunity to pick up Championship Points will be at the Hitchin Midweek League on Thursday 2nd July – keep an eye on your email for further info from Naresh over the coming days!

Midweek League 2015 Race Report – Chingford

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 27th May 2015, we took in great numbers the short trip east to Chingford, where Orion Harriers played host to the 2nd Scotts Travel Midweek Road Race League meeting of the summer. With the superb (maybe record?!) turnout of 11 ladies and 12 gents we fielded full teams in both gender categories.

The 6 mile race route took us on a tour of High Beech, an idyllic rural hamlet set in the heart of Epping Forest. The scenery was to provide a welcome distraction from the highly challenging topography of this course, which is shown below with a total ascent and descent of 489ft (in comparison, our Boxer’s Lake training run is a mile longer but has a mere 447ft of rise and fall!).


The first mile took us on a steady jaunt through the forest, after which we joined a tarmac road for the first of two big climbs.  Once at the top it’s back down on a winding set of narrow country lanes, passing round a picturesque churchyard before descending into the aforementioned hamlet of High Beech, complete with a very enticing pub marking more or less the halfway point.


The road heading up to High Beech

No time to stop for a drink though, as rounding the corner out of the settlement we hit the second, steeper hill climb, no doubt the biggest test of the course. On our way up we made our way past Beech Hill House – formerly an insane asylum where poets John Clare and Lord Tennyson were institutionalised. During his time there, Tennyson was reported by a journalist as being “…delighted with the mad people…the most agreeable and the most reasonable persons he has met with.”, so he no doubt would have approved of our efforts as we struggled by!

At the peak of the summit we found ourselves following the path back from where we originally came, so we knew the worst was over and a nice downhill last couple of miles would take us to the finish line and the very welcome spread of sandwiches, pasta, tea and cakes and more besides.

Our results as a team overall were fantastic with great individual runs all round giving us an overall mid-table finish of 5th place out of 9. A big well done everybody!

An elite duel took place between club pacesetters Morris and Ilia (or so I assume – I was still climbing the giant hill when they were on the finishing straight!), with Morris getting the edge by just 6 seconds with a time of 38:19. It was a similar story a few minutes down the road as Martin and Kevin finished a few seconds apart as well.

It was another excellent performance from Sylwia who finished 20th in the ladies placings overall, with strong performances from Victoria and Aggie as well.

Finish times were great all round with everyone else involved also deserving a mention for their efforts I think. So, here we go (deep breath)… thank you Hannah, Devkee, Catherine, Nina, Jane, Susie, Lisa, Tracey, Simon, Marc, Vas, Steve, Austen, Dave W, Naresh and me!


The next Midweek fixture is coming up soon if you’d like to join the team, have some fun and get a good run in. We’re at Harlow on Wednesday evening 17th June – look out for details of transport and the exact time and place to follow.

Also remember this coming Tuesday is Round 2 of the Gary Collins Town Park 5k Handicap, so join us at 7:30pm in Enfield Town Park (your best 3 scores from the five rounds are taken, so if you missed Round 1 you won’t have lost ground!).


Cheers and see you Tuesday!

Chris Smith

Thanks to volunteers, see you at the Midweek Race.

Thanks and well done to all volunteers at the Bupa 10k on Monday.

You have all been duly rewarded with points in the ERC championship Table.

Don’t forget the midweek league race at Chingford on Wednesday 27th.  All the details here.

See the latest Championship Table here.

Crouch End Yellow Black and White

No let-up for ERC runners who carried forward the exploits at Stevenage with a fine showing at the Hornsey YMCA Crouch End 10K.  Here’s Austin’s race report:


Following an excellent turnout at the Stevenage Midweek run you could be forgiven for expecting a lower number of Edmonton eventers at the Crouch End 10k. However, the numbers kept coming and coming until eventually 17 showed. This time the ladies outshone the men with 10. Following photographs and lots of encouragement the intrepid runners lined up at the start with pockets of Edmonton runners to be seen from the front until the back.

The race this year wasn’t as hot as last year but all those who have experienced it before were aware of the long drag up to Alexandra Palace. They also kept a little in the bag knowing the hill had to be taken on twice over the two laps.

Some jockeying for position was noted at the start as there is a bottleneck before emerging from Priory Park. Some of those more devious runners took to the grass verges carefully avoiding spectators to gain some additional metres.

Vas wasn’t seen in his customary front running position. Could he be injured, or was he still recovering from his midweek exploits or keeping something in the bag for his forthcoming 100k ultra.  I am sure Tracey appreciated his company.

We had 3 sub 50 minute times, a great effort on such a tough course. Three runners bettered their times from last year Austen, Catherine and Aggie. Aggie deserves a special mention as she ran over 7 minutes faster. Quite some feat when you consider that she also ran sub 50 in the Midweek race. Hannah made a welcome return following her injury as she had to spectate last year. Her time showed she is really back on form.

A block of four runners finished close together close to the 60 minute mark. Were they spurring each other on during the race, who knows? Another block of four just after the hour mark and then there was Avtar. Pictures showed just how much he enjoyed the run. Perhaps he can dish out a few of those happy pills to other runners next time.

The climax of the race wasn’t the medal but the doughnut. After the exertions there is nothing more welcoming.

Well done to all the runners for making it such an enjoyable event both socially and competitively. A quick scan of the full results showed that we were the 2nd most represented club in the race after London Heathside Harriers, a commendable effort.


Thanks for the report Austen.

And on to Chingford next Wednesday 27th May, for the midweek league.  The distance is six miles rather than the normal 6.25 that equates to 10k so a guaranteed PB for many.

If you haven’t done a midweeker before ask a club colleague about it.  Great conviviality during and after these events and not too far to go for this one.

See you all there!

Check out the latest Championship Table.

Midweek and more

An excellent start to our midweek racing season.  Here’s Austin’s race report.


The Edmonton Calvacade of 9 men and 9 women (what a beautiful symmetry!) arrived, limbered up and got ready for the first midweek race of the year. On the outskirts of Stevenage, Austen was overtaken by man rocket Ilia and his sidekick Naresh. Was this a sign of things to come? Our man mountain Terry decided to give us all a chance by starting the race late. Boy does that man just play with us. The indomitable Vas made sure all those pin-less people were taken care of. The Edmonton warriors donned their kit and got ready to rumble.

The start was a nice gentle downhill with thoughts to the finish of what goes down must come up. Our leading ladies Sylwia, Victoria, and Aggie set off with determination with Hannah hot in pursuit. Ilia and Morris had a sub 40 look about them, as it transpired in the end. But this was a run with so many good times and it was great to see such a good turnout. All the men finished sub 53 mins and the women came close to all finishing under one hour. Fantastic times from a fantastic team.

Fairlands Valley Spartans put on a good spread at the end. We all did our best to make it seem as we really weren’t only here for the grub. But the food afterwards is a nice highlight of these races. To all those aspiring midweek runners please come and join in the fun. The next run is more local being hosted by the Orion Harriers on Wednesday 27th May in Chingford.


Thanks Austen for the report.  We’re sure to be inspired to go even better at Chingford on Wednesday 27th.  Watch the website and emails for details.

All the results from the midweek league, the recent ‘Run Hackney’ Half and last Sunday’s Crouch End 10k (race report coming soon) are included in the championship table here.

Gary Collins’ 5K Handicap Results – Month 1

This months results for the ERC handicap race are now online. To have a look, click here. The next race will be 2nd June. Hope to see you there.

ERC Club Championship

Following members’ fabulous exploits last weekend at the London Marathon – both runners and volunteers – the club championship table is taking shape.

Sylwia’s impresive early start to to the season sees her as current leading lady, whilst Chairman Vas just holds sway in the mens event.

Join us for the two midweek road races in May, Tuesday 12th (Stevenage) and Wednesday 27th (Chingford) for opportunities to represent your club and score points to send you soaring up the table.  Transport will be provided for these events.

Also, don’t forget the first round Gary Collins Town Park Age Handicap series, tomorrow, Tuesday 5th May.

See you there or jog down from the clubhouse.

Full Championship Table here.

Read all about the Club Championship here.