Scorching weather. Two of the faster members were finally persuaded to visit Wanstead Flats Parkrun and romped home in first and third places.
Two of the club's growing number of Davids completed the Cologne Marathon and Half Marathon.
Twenty members old and new attended the first Sunday of the club's 6 month marathon training season.
The number of members entering the Poppy Half Marathon [13 Nov] and the Milton Keynes Marathon [29 April] continues to climb.
Did we mention the weather?
The membership renewal period has been moved back from 1 October 2011 to 1 April 2012. This provides an excellent way to celebrate East End Road Runners winning the England Athletics London Club of the Year 2011 award, and means that existing members will get an extra 6 months absolutely free!
This will benefit all runners financially and will also provide the added benefit to those doing admin by synchronising club membership renewal with the EA race licence renewal period.
From 1 April 2012 club renewal fees will be £10 plus an extra (optional) £5 if you would like a new club t-shirt. New members will be charged £15 including t-shirt. A competitive race licence is available for free as standard [normal cost £5] to all those paying either the membership fee or the renewal fee.
For all new members who took advantage of the Free Membership offer at the BPC you will need to pay £5 for a competitive race licence if you want one, enquiries directly to Membership Secretary, Allison.
"The National Lottery is offering you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a five-mile course through the Olympic Park, ... the route will pass iconic, world-class venues like the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre and culminates in the first public access to the Olympic Stadium - the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Next spring races in our area galore - to be expected perhaps? Something different and a chance to run 5 miles as a pre-season ELVIS warm up. Entry of course is via Ballot, closing 27 Oct.
More information can be found on the National Lottery Olympic Park Run website.
As some of you may know Angus is now off to Germany for 18 months to complete his PhD.
Unfortunately he's been a little under the weather and also busy packing this week so he hasn't had a chance to come and say a formal 'see you later' but he passes on his regards to all members.
He's looking forward to some challenging hill running and fresh woodland air, and will be sending in race reports from the continent when he's settled in and back to the running.
No doubt he'll return even fitter in 2013 ...
East End Road Runners are so trendy lately. There have been several instances on the last few training sessions of 'Planking'.
This activity, aka the 'Lying Down Game', consists of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location with hands touching the sides of the body.
However lying down in the middle of the road on a dark night isn't the safest of hobbies for a runner.
Please therefore now that the nights have drawn in remember to wear bright/white tops for club runs, better still is a sam browne or flourescent vest.
In honour of our first fad follower the activity will hence forward be known as 'Doing a Lennox'.
September scores - Lennox 2, Rolston 1, Allison 1, Wendy 1.
Many of us have now received our London Marathon 2012 rejections! Whilst there is always a chance to obtain a place through the club draw in December, the smart money is on entering the inaugural Milton Keynes Marathon scheduled for one week after London.
Seven members have already entered so you'll definitely have company. The club marathon training season starts this Sunday morning, so no excuse to not get fit enough by the spring.
For those of you that may be interested in the likely standard of competition next year when we join the series, the final ELVIS 2011 results are now available.
In the first year we are likely to be assisting with an already extant race event, before hopefully organising our own event when our area is a little quieter after the Olmpics leaving town.
Hopefully all members by now will have heard the great news. East End Road Runners have been awarded the London Club of the Year award for 2011 by England Athletics. Way to go team!
In celebration the club is offering a special membership deal of only £5 until March 31st 2011.
Here is an excerpt from the award letter:
As most will know, the 400M track at Terence Mcmillan stadium that the club has used weekly for the past 17 years is now in the process of being relaid [16 years being the recommended maximum life of such a facility anyway] for use by Olympic competitors as a warm up track during the summer of 2012, leaving us without a location to safely do Speedwork training on Tuesdays. This week around 30 of us jogged down to 1000 Dockside to assess the potential of the straight, longish, reasonably well lit area behind the Newham Council building alongside the Royal Albert Dock.
Training having been successfully completed, it has been decided to meet there for Tuesday sessions at 7pm until further notice [until Terence Mcmillan facilities are returned]. Parking is available for free directly in front of the council building, public transport is via Royal Albert DLR immediately opposite the building, where cycle racks can also be found. For those of you jogging down as a warm up, it is approximately an extra 1.25 miles further than to NLC, maximum [depending on which direction you are coming from].
As the area is fairly self-contained, lit, and car free, high viz clothing isn't a must [though remains so for Thursdays on the roads] though light coloured clothing is still recommended.
The only drawback perceived is that the area can be rather 'gusty', which will be a little 'unpleasant' if/when the rain also arrives, but that will just serve to toughen everyone up. And the location can be reassessed as things progress.
If anyone thinks they will have difficulties getting to this new location please make yourself known and we will try to arrange car shares or a fellow jogger to accompany you down.
All other sessions remain the same start location and times.
The latest club flyer has arrived. Somehow the Newham Council Communications printer has managed to make us look as if we run in a blue strip; cropped the image from our photoshoot a few weeks back, in a very strange way; reduced the size of the club logo; and added a big FREE rondle! No matter, they'll soon be used up.
And the most accurate pacer in the Beckton Park Challenge on Sunday was ....
20:28 Angus Nicholls 
22:04 Danis Dervis 
Phillip Minns 00:37:23 
David Elsom 00:44:49 
Peter Grant 00:47:55 [47.30]
Rolston Lecointe 00:50:01 
Omoniyi Aiyetan 00:50:29 [57.30]
Tony Lobo 00:51:55 [52.30]
Sinead Carty 00:54:03 
Kenneth Wilson 00:54:39 
Wendy Pullen 01:05:21 
Fola Ademoye 01:05:20 [67.30]
!! Rolston !!
Though we suspect with his recent good form / increase in fitness, he was actually at the finish line for several minutes before putting his toes across to register a finish time!?
Wooden spoon goes to Niyi [7 minutes fast!]
Special bravery in the face of adversity prize goes to Phill, who had to endure a faster than planned time as he was sent into the 5K finish lane in error, hence doing about 600 metres short ...
Silly prizes TBD for Tuesday.
Congratulations to all the pacers, other EERR runners, and those manning the club info desk and marshalling, you did great. And special thanks again to Kay and Robin for helping to make the event so safe, as safety bike and sweep runner respectively.
The Credit Suisse Beckton Park Challenge 10K 2011 race report.
Images largely courtesy of the Race Photographer Rich Kenington
This Tuesday's session held along the Greenway had a real party atmosphere, what with the pacer's balloons arriving that very day, the many new faces attending, and Chairman Daveth threatening to do his 'change into a werewolf' trick at the sight of the full moon.
The speedwork training simply flew by. Technically not a social but it felt like one.
For one day only, to celebrate the inaugural Beckton Park Challenge races and the club's involvement, East End Road Runners are happy to announce that any new persons expressing interest in joining the club on September 18th either at the event itself or via email or mobile phone [leaving their contact details and completing and returning a membership form by Tuesday 27th Sept] will be entitled to FREE membership until March 31st 2012.
That's 6 months membership to the only dedicated road running club in Newham, the main host borough of the 2012 Olympic Games, for gratus, zilch, nada. Simply contact us on 07979261647 / firstname.lastname@example.org or see you in Beckton District Park this Sunday.
The helium cylinder and balloons for the Beckton Park Challenge Pacers have arrived. Will bring a couple of filled balloons down for Thursday's 7 at 7 for runners to try out. No Pinky and Perky 'Auld Lang Syne'-ing allowed though ...
Peter Grant is entered into the Poppy Half Marathon, Bexhill-on-sea, Sussex, November 13.
A good flat, fast course and for a very good cause [Royal British Legion].
Allison and Paul are considering, so if there are any other members interested in heading south for the winter please let it be known soon, as the event now in its 4th year, fills up by the beginning of October.
The plan is to make it another club 'away day' like the Dartford Half in July.
More members on the front of material promoting the Beckton Park Challenge. Not too late. Entries accepted on the day.
Best wishes this week to new member Tony Lobo on reaching the big Five-O! Many more running milestones to follow this year Tony - keep up the hard work.
Phillip Minns successfully completed the Lee Valley Trail Marathon this weekend under his hoped for time of 3:15, so automatically qualifies as a good for age runner for next year's London Marathon.
Lee Valley Trail Marathon race report.
For those about to pace for the club in the Beckton Park Challenge or indeed for members taking part in the Run to the Beat next week, this marathon pace band is quite a handy little tool.
This Thursday 8th September the club's run will be going down to Beckton District Park South.
The aim is two-fold:
- Familiarisation for those who have yet to see the course.
- Some 1K repeats race pace practice for pacers.
The article in this week's Newham Mag and Plaistow In-Focus.
Unfortunately as most of you will know it is rather misleading, as it seems to suggest that the resurfaced track is part of a 'lasting legacy', when we have already been informed that the facilities at Terence McMillan stadium will be turned into a Cricket Field in 2014 and the track will be removed!
Confirmed as pacing on Sunday, 18th September:
Angus 21mins and Danis 23 mins.
Phill 40mins, David 45mins, Rolston 50mins, Tony 52.30, Kenny 55mins, Niyi 57.30, Sinead 60mins, Nuvit 62.30, Wendy 65mins, Fola 67.30, Allison 70mins.
As well as other runners taking part in the races - good luck all. Still not too late to enter.
The 400m track at Terence McMillan is now closed for the rest of 2011. Club Tuesday night speedwork sessions will be held along the Greenway for the next 2 or 3 weeks, then the plan is to use the promenade at 1000 Dockside when the evenings get darker.
Meet by the bicycle racks in front of Newham Leisure Centre, unless advised otherwise. Please be aware that there is still access to lockers and changing facilities but no clubhouse. Especially also note that it is now very important that everyone arrives by 7pm sharp.
The first event / flat course good for PB / alternative to the London Marathon.
Likely to be very popular [will fill fast, especially once London Marathon ballet results are known].
The Event Director informs that of August 10th, 1000 of the 6500 places available have already been filled.
More information can be found in the Milton Keynes Marathon website.
The final British Athletics League meet of the season at Terence McMillan stadium is followed at 5pm by a free fun 3K. This is also the last chance to run on the track that has been used since 1995, as immediately afterwards it is being closed for the rest of 2011 for resurfacing.
Terence McMillan stadium, Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent's Lane, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow, London, E13 8SD.
Online booking for the events we have been helping Credit Suisse set up over the last few months have now gone live.
The club has designed three routes around Beckton District Park - 10K 5K 3K - FREE 3K run for those aged 9-13, 5K run for those aged 13 and above, and 10K race for those aged over 16.
The first 100 Host Borough residents to apply receive free entry, so don't delay.
More information can be found in the Credit Suisse Beckton Park Challenge site.
The first event / Supporting British Heart Foundation's 50th year / FREE to enter / you can sign up on the day.
More information can be found on the Greenwich Royal Park Jog 2011 event page.
This Tuesday 12th August before the night's training there will be a photoshoot for publicity material for the Beckton Park Challenge event the club is helping to organise.
Please come in nice colourful running attire, as along with the 6pm Run England group we will be acting the part of 'happy community runners'.
The professional photographer hired for the shoot will then take a new club photo for the website, so please also remember to bring along either your club racing vest or the new club t-shirt [available to purchase on the night if you haven't already do so - a snip at £4] Would be great to get as many members attending as possible and everyone in the purple!
Congratulations to the club's very own Ironwoman Linda, on the successful completion of her first full Ironman Race distance. Despite suffering bad stomach cramps she battled through to finish in a very respectable time.
As some of you will know, David Elsom will be running his 8th Marathon, in Cologne on Sunday, 2nd Oct. [The Cologne half marathon is held on the same day]
Online registration closes on 9th Sept but late entries are also accepted (not on race day of course) at the Cologne marathon expo. More information can be found in the Cologne Marathon website.
Can anybody interested in joining him please let him know in the next week as he is intending to book up flights/accommodation towards the end of August. Flights/hotels will obviously get very booked up in the period leading up to the marathon so he doesn't want to leave it too late.
For those of you that don't know, a rummage through some old club paperwork recently unearthed an overhead acetate with the original Hare logo on. Viewable here. This has been used to produce some new, inexpensive club t-shirts, so anyone wanting one please make you size and number wanted details known to a committee member on the next training night you attend.
Clearly it can be seen how the design had become degraded over the years. [Current tee design left / new tee design based on the original right]