Friday, 16 February 2018

Metropolitan League XC 2017-18 – Race 5 Trent Park, February 10th

Trent Park provides VPH with a fitting finale for the final Met League!

The closing fixture at Trent Park didn’t fail to deliver and rounded off a fantastic season for the VPH&THAC with a testing lactic inducing course. For some it was their first taster of X Country and undoubtedly a true X Country experience, mud, hills, rain, wind and pure guts!


The heavens opened as the Juniors commenced and the conditions worsened as the afternoon went on. The Juniors, brilliant as ever didn’t let this deter them proving depth and talent across all age groups and tribute to all the hard work put in by coaches Cornelia and Charlie. The Under 11 Boys rounded off a successful season finishing an impressive 2nd overall with brave runs from Edgar Sayers (8th) and Tom Scott-Gall (15th). The Under 11 Girls nearly matched them finishing 3rd overall with 2 top ten performances from Ruby James (8th) and Sophie Whiteside (9th).


The Under 13 Girls dominated their competition putting in the team performance of the day with some outstanding individual runs to finish 1st and second overall.  The very talented Keira (Arsenal girls superstar) finishing 1st for the second time already this season followed by Ruby in (3rd) and Anoushka in (8th).


In the Junior men’s competition Yusuf was back on fine form romping along to yet another met league victory, pursued by Luca in (5th) and Benjamin in (9th) rocketing them to 2nd place and 4th overall. The Junior women also put in a good shift finishing 4th and coming 3rd overall to add to their remarkable stash of bling and finish third in the Howard Williams Trophy.


The ladies meant business and donning coordinating jade ribbons courtesy of Sophie battled the elements to finish in 3rd place, narrowly missing 3rd place overall in Division 1 (which is a team personal best for the club and a monumental improvement of 8th place from last year). Mandy on her new favourite course relished the tricky conditions to finish in (17th) and 1st V35 with Rachel (7th), Sophie (22nd), Helena (23rd), Hannah (29th) and Annie (35th) all working together to power up those hills. The depth of the Ladies which has been evident all year was confirmed by the B team, with Kelly (41st), Sue (55th), Faye (58th) and Ellie (62nd) demolishing the opposition to secure promotion to the Second Division. Other notable performances was Emily Catmur on her Met League debut.


The Vets were also on fire and came second by a mere point and completing the season finishing 3rd overall in Division 1 with Helen and Agata also adding all important points.

The Ladies jubliant post race!

The 35 strong Men’s squad had some tough acts to follow but equalled the Ladies scores with a season’s best display in 3rd spot, bagging 5th overall, showing that numbers in this league really do make all the difference. The first ten home were all impressively inside the top 100, Paul M (7th), Josse (29th), Ewan (47th), James (50th), William S (54th), Andrew B (57th), David J (61st), Hobbs (75th), William Kirk (78th), Tony M (85th). The B team buoyed by Mike’s return from Dhaka notched the 3rd spot and maintained 3rd position overall in Division 3. Promotion to the next division looking like a strong possibility and goal for next season.

Josse battles the bog to a seasons best finish!

The Old Gits put in a great shift to finish in 3rd and put us in 2nd overall showing that we not only have youth on our side. The B team also destroyed their opposition to finish top of Division 3 and gain promotion to Division 2 (please no one take an early retirement over the summer). 


It was a glorious ending to the X Country season which pitted us against the biggest and the best that London had to offer. Well done to all those that ran, marshalled, baked and supported and contributed to its success and helped us finish 4th overall in the Howard Williams Trophy (7th last year). Best of luck to all those running at the Nationals on Parliament Hill on February 24th and if you are already getting Met League withdrawals don’t forget the Chingford League on Saturday at 2.30pm on home turf where you can get your running/supporting or marshalling fix! #UpthePark #VPH4EVA

Friday, 2 February 2018

Newsletter 112: Feeling Fine February

Time for another newsletter, the first of 2018 in fact. Plenty of events this month, plus LOTS of baby news to share as well.

This Saturday 3rd Feb - Club 10 Mile Champs - 10am for 10:30am start - Victoria Park
The penultimate event in our own Winter series, and a nice break from XC running for those who need it.  10 miles of fast, flat, traffic-free running against yourself or your fellow club members.  Please get to the club house by 10am as we will depart the club house at 10:15 for a prompt start.  The course is a measured straight + five '2 mile' loops, finishing in front of the White Lodge.  There are cups for the winners + tea, cakes and glory in the clubhouse bar afterwards. What's not to like? Club members may bring a guest to run, please wear your club top if possible and DON'T FORGET YOUR GREEN NUMBER if you have one.

We already have a few kind volunteers but we could always use a few more to help out.  Otherwise, maybe bring or make a cake for afterwards?   Please get in touch with Cheryl or I.

Saturday 10th Feb - Metropolitan XC League - Race 5 - Trent Park - Seniors 1:55pm / 2:35pm
Can you believe the finale of the Met League is almost upon us?  What a great season it has been. After four races, our incredible Senior women's team are in 4th place in Division 1 - such results were unheard of in recent years. So well done women, please cement your highest-ever place in the league by remembering to turn up and run on the 10th!  Meanwhile the women's B team are poised for promotion to League 2 - I'm almost breathless now - again, missing one race and we could lose a lot, so race 5 is the opportunity not to be missed.

A similar story for our amazing men who sit 5th in Div 1, again, another first for us. A big push and we could steal another position, that means ALL of our first men need to TAKE ACTION. You have no excuse now. Meanwhile our Men's B has a chance of promotion, but this means EVERYONE needs to get out to run, not only to score points in their own right but to diminish other clubs.  Get to it Men.

Trent Park is easy to get to on the Picadilly Line, a pleasant countryside Tube ride and a fantastic modernist station awaits you at Cockfosters, followed by a short walk to Trent Park.  All the fixture details are here.

Saturday 17th February - Chingford League - 5 Mile Race - Victoria Park - 2:30pm start
Runners Needed: It's our turn to host in this fantastic mix-terrain league. So with a race on home turf there's no excuse not to shuffle down to the park on Saturday afternoon.  You won't even get muddy as all five miles are on tarmac!  As usual, bring your trainers, your club top and a desire to run as fast as possible. No pre-registration required.
Helpers Needed: As usual, I'll need help to stage the event, either before, during or after the event.  Either helping to set out the course, marshalling during the races, or afterwards clearing away or helping with the tea/cake stall.  Even if you'd like to run your help will still be valid, you can even bake a cake if you like.  Please get in touch or look out on Facebook nearer the time.

Saturday 24th February - English National XC Championships - Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath - from 1pm
The 'Nationals' are back in London this year, and we have a good strong entry or seniors and juniors running once again.  Entries are closed and complete now but even if you don't plan to run, why not get yourself down to the Heath for some fresh air, shouting and the possibility of a cheeky drink afterwards.

Other news:
VPH & TH in print
Club member and advocate Helen Croydon has written another book, this time about the transformation in her life when she discovered endurance sports.  The club gets a mention or two within its pages; I'm sure Helen would happily sign your copy next time she's down at the club.  The book is available to buy here (and other places) and you can find out more about Helen here.

Typical, you wait for months for a club member to have a baby and then three turn up at once.  January has been a fertile and productive month.  

Firstly Congratulations to former women's captain Laura Morgan and running demigod Sam Humphrey (who met at the club) who welcomed baby Josie Lea to the world on 17th Jan after entering this world via Homerton Hospital.  Congratulations to you all, we hope to meet Josie very soon.

Secondly Congratulations to club stalwart and 'oldie' inspiration Paul Gaimster and his partner Helen, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl in to the world on 16th January, announced via the magic of Strava.  Hopefully a name will be revealed soon  and Paul will take a minute out of his busy diary to come down and say hello!

Thirdly, big congratulations to long-time club member Erica Brown-Vasey and her partner Lee who welcomed their baby son, Berry in to the world on January 9th. Erica maintained contact with the club helping out whenever she could all through her pregnancy, and brought him for his first visit to the club just last week. She's unstoppable.  Welcome to the world Berry and best wishes to you all.

That's it for February news but loads more news to come soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more news in a month.  In the meanwhile keep your eye on the channels below for updates in the meanwhile.


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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Metropolitan League XC 2017-18 – Race 4 Wormwood Scrubbs, January 13th

VPTHAC X Country Teams Scrub up well at Wormwood!

The penultimate Met League Fixture saw 33 men and 13 VPH women descend to the iconic Scrubbs for a fast, flat and furious race set against the backdrop of the prison.  Unusually there was a distinct lack of mud for this time of year which provided for some spectacular finishes and some very speedy individual times were clocked. It also marked the highest turnout ever for a 4th met league fixture for the men with 540 and an overall record of 260 for the women, testament to how popular x country is becoming and the high standard of this league.


Again it was the juniors who stole the show with some heroic team efforts. The Under 11 Boys finished in second and are first overall with the title firmly in their sights as we head towards the final fixture. The scoring quartet were Edgar (7th), Edison (9th), Tom (14th) and Jaydon (19th) all having fantastic cross country seasons. The Under 11 girls also had a good run out finishing in 4th on the day and cementing 3rd place in the overall standings. But the team performance of the day was undoubtedly the under 13 girls who finished in first spot led home by Ruby Naughton (2nd), followed by Kiera, Nancy and Amina. In the Junior Men’s race Luca had a very strong run to finish inside the top ten with Keo and Theo in (30th) and (31st). The Junior women rounded off a successful afternoon putting in another consistent performance and a cracking individual run from Myla to finish 9th and help the team get 4th place and maintain 3rd spot overall.

Under 13 Girls

Despite the Women’s A team sagging to 4th spot they were able to hold their own in a very strong crammed field, Rachel in (12th), Sophie (26th), Annie (30th), Hannah (32nd), Kelly (37th) and Emma (47th). A high turnout at the next fixture could see us back in contention for third spot. On the other hand our B team are looking unstoppable at the top of Division 3 with storming runs from Jo (65th), Catherine (73rd), Faye (76th) and Cheryl (104th). Special mention to Catherine who was in the throes of bronchitis yet still managed to run and cheer (shout) on the men and even used her vocal ability to help the officials with crowd control at the finish funnel.

Alison fending off a Serpie


In the men’s event a bronzed Paul Martelletti made a welcome return to the Met League and didn’t fail to disappoint his fans smashing it around to finish very strongly in an impressive 4th position overall. He wasn’t the only one with a strong finish and David Jones nabbed the fastest Strava finish segment of the day and made up about ten places with a devastating sprint to the line in (66th). Aaron continued his fine form and just seems to get better and better after every race (one to watch for next years Most Improved Athlete), finishing in (37th), shadowed by Josselin in (38th), James Cordwell (55th), Ewan (72nd), Andrew B (73rd), Paul (75th), Steve (82nd), Fabien (90th), William Kirk (93rd), Andrew Hodgetts (127th) and Tony MacDowall completing the team in (132nd).  Another consistent performance from the As meant a 5th place finish on the day and 6th place overall in Division One.


A solid effort from our B Team meant that they finished in 3rd spot with our C team also doing well in 7th in Division 3.


We are fast becoming the Club for ‘Old Gits,’ with the standout team performance for the men being the VETs who finished top of Division 1 and the B team top of Division 3, with some fine running from Anthony, Simeon and Andre to add to the points tally.

David Jones - almost too quick for the camera

It was a great team effort for the club continuing the high bench mark we set in Claybury back in October, let’s keep the pressure on for the 5th and final fixture at Trent Park on February 10th. The course is guaranteed to be, lumpy, muddy and hilly with some great views and there will no doubt be some celebratory drinks to toast an excellent X Country Season in a local drinking establishment after.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Metropolitan League XC 2017-18 – Race 2 Welwyn Garden City, November

Saturday’s race saw a new venue and with it, record-breaking attendance shattering Claybury’s with 529 men and 249 women. The new course coined ‘The Roller Coaster Ride’ didn’t fail to disappoint with mud, hills, bottlenecks, forest trails, cambers, a man hunt and a downhill finish to add one final thrill!


The Juniors put on a classy display, the performance of the day going to Yusuf Bizimania putting in a gutsy run to finish 1st in the Under 17 race. The younger runners also scored highly, the under 11s were 3rd on the day and charged into 1st place in the overall standings, Louis Reynolds (6th) and (2nd 9 year old) in front of Edgar Sayers (10th) and Edison Rhodes (15th). The under 11 girls also ran well with Ruby Jones leading them home in an impressive (5th) place, putting  them second overall. The under 13 boys with a rapid run from Harry Glyn (7th) finished in 9th place but 7th in the overall competition. The under 13 girls demonstrated some excellent VPH teamwork with Lila (9th), Sade (10th) and Nancy (11th) to secure 3rd spot. The junior men and women finished 7th and 5th respectively. 


The women full of confidence from winning performances in both the Chingford League and North London X Country champs utilised another high turnout to finish second on the day in Division 1 (perhaps a Met League team PB) above of Serpentine and Highgate, and jumped into third in the overall standings. The scorers were Rachel (18th), Helena (24th), Sophie (34th), Holly (41st), Kelly (44th) and Hannah (49th) all safely inside the top 50. Notably Sophie had a storming run and personified the VPH team spirit, after taking a tumble at the congested start she stayed composed and worked her way back up the field and pipped 2 Heathsiders on the last lap picking up valuable team points.


The Ladies B and C teams also scored highly with newcomer Annaka running strongly to finish in (56th), followed by Sue (59th), Catherine (72nd) and Faye in (83rd). They were closely followed by the C team finishing in third place in Division 3 with Cheryl (89th), Jo (106th), Ellie (112th) and Charlie Bewely (142th) on her first met league appearance for the club. In the overall standings, the B team are 1st in Division 3, with the C team in third with a chance of promotion.

The Ladies hunting in packs
The Ladies VETs team also improved coming joint 2nd with Heathside on day and jumping to third in division one. Holly Weir, coming first in her age category (V35) followed by Kelly in 3rd and Catherine 3rd in (V45). Sue also did us proud grabbing the 4th spot for the (V40s) and Faye in 6th. Alison (198th) and Annie (156th) both had strong runs and Alison also showed her multi talents and provided some much needed delicious brownie and macaroon post-recovery treats. 

Alison's recovery treats

The men also had the big guns out for this prestigious fixture with the welcome return of club stalwart and legend Jeremy Gold who made the long trip down from far North (worth it for Alison’s macaroons) to grace us with his presence finishing with a swift sprint much to the joy of the VPH supporters. He was so fast his performance sparked a manhunt, the latest from Major was that no arrests has of yet been made and Jeremy has been cooperating with their enquiries!

The 'Uknown Runer.'

The Men’s A team was led home by Paul with another strong run to clinch 5th spot – he was so speedy his running app flagged it as a cycle. This was followed by James Cordwell (70th & 2nd V40), trailed by Paul Gaimster (87th & 3rd V40) fresh from Chicago glory. The remaining scorers included Al Myers (93rd), Andrew Barrington (108th), Tony MacDowall (112th), David Jones who with his sprint finish overtook 3 men (138th), Stephen Shanks (153rd) and Bruno (166th) and Duncan scraping into the top 200 (196th) outsmarting Bewely with his sensible pacing strategy to ensure that he #beatBewley and the Men #beatBarnet into 8th spot and 5th overall.


Further back in the field the men’s B team were jostling for positions and despite a mix up with the numbers finished in 3rd place and maintained 3rd spot overall in Division 3.

The best team performance on the men’s side easily went to the Vets finishing 3rd on the day and 3rd in Division one.

With a few key male players out last weekend it is even more vital that everyone makes the effort to attend the next fixture in Uxbridge (complete with river crossing) on 2nd December, the Ladies have proved that a high turnout can make all the difference in the team competition – let’s keep up the VPH charge.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Newsletter 110: Nice News for November

Hello all,

Clocks may have moved to GMT but that will never hold us back! The cross-country and winter road-running season are already in full swing. So, here's a few of the key highlights in the coming weeks and other club news.

This Saturday 4th November - Veterans AC - XC Race - Loughton - 11am start
This annual one-off XC race held on the familiar course at Loughton at a much more sensible time of 11am. Open to men age 40+ and women age 35+. It is free to run and registration is on the day. A few more details can be found on the Veterans AC website. There are limited changing facilities at Loughton (short walk from Loughton tube) and usually someone selling tea and cake afterwards. What more could you ask for in this crazy and complicated world?

Also - North London XC Champs are being held in West London. This is a pre-entry event but please get in touch if you would like to run.

Tuesday 7th November - Chingford League Race 3 - Redbridge Cycle Circuit - 7:30pm (women) / 8:00pm (men)
We've had a fantastic start to the season in the Chingford League. With two races under the belt we are already in great shape, leading most categories. Race three and we're back for the second Redbridge fixture.

Saturday 11th Metropolitan League - Race 2 - Welwyn - 1:55pm / 2:35pm
After possibly one of our most impressive starts to a Met League season ever, let's keep up the incredible momentum for race 2. Yes, there's a little further to go to this one, but keep any eye out on Facebook and other outlets for transport and travel details. Travelling together just adds to the fun and team spirit. This is a new venue, a replacement for the slightly dull Stevenage fixture, let's hope. All the details can be found on the Met League fixture page.

Thursday 16th November - The Great VPH Bake Off - Club Bar after the evening session 8:30pm ish
Back for yet another event, the annual carb-loading fest is an opportunity to show-off both your baking and consumption talents. Organised once again by Dr Charlotte Bewley, members are encouraged to bake and bring along their offerings. If that's not your scene, then please come along with an empty stomach and full wallet, ready to contribute and raise funds for the excellent Medecins sans Frontieres, a fantastic charity for whom we have raised many hundreds of pounds over the years.

Saturday 18th November - London XC Championships - Parliament Hill - 1:15pm/2pm
Last chance to enter this annual XC bash at beautiful Parliament Hill. Open to first claim club members only - please see this post on the Facebook page for more details. If you'd like to just enter, there's still time - do so here: - DEADLINE WED 1st November.

Saturday 25th November - Club Championships 3.5 mile race - Victoria Park - 10:30am start
The second race in the club's own Winter series (to complement the 1 mile, 5 mile XC, 10 mile and 20 mile) and another chance to get some Boswall points for those all-important bragging rights. Run on the mile loop + figure-of-8 loop entirely within the park on a Saturday morning. More details can be found on the noticeboard here

Club Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 Places Ballot
A number of you have asked about club marathon ballot places. I'm pleased to report that the club will be allocated 4 places for the 2018 event. The details are not fully confirmed yet (the places are not officially available at present) but please keep an eye out on the noticeboard and Facebook page for details of how to enter the ballot. In the meanwhile, please familiarise yourself with the requirements, which will be updated soon following a change to the criteria to ensure a fairer distribution of places between men and women.

And finally (1)
Club's most improved athletes. For Road and Cross Country it was another tough, tough year for the decision makers, but the awards went to Matthew Walker and Rachel Thomas who both proved over the year what commitment to training can do for your results. Over in Track & Field the awards went to Neil Kirkham and Hazel Robertson, whilst for the junior T&F athletes Yusuf Bizimana and Kai Dubarey Gay set shining examples to us all - WELL DONE ALL.

And finally (2)
It's been a very busy start to the season, with the club's athletes flying the club colours in Berlin, Chicago, Frankfurt and Beachy Head. If you get a moment, please do take a look at the club Facebook page, too many achievements to list here, but all of them inspirational in their own way.

And finally (3)
A big thanks to Laura Morgan who stepped down as Women's Director of Road & XC running, who stepped down after years of service to the club, to focus on her next big event - having a baby. We wish Laura all the very best for the coming days, weeks, months and years. in her place, we welcome Cheryl Evans to replace Laura, many of you will know Cheryl as a regular at club races and training sessions, please welcome her and give her your full support.

So, that's November sorted, I'd say. I hope to see many of you at some of the events listed above (and no, not just the cake-eating one!)

Men's Road & XC Captain

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Metropolitan League XC 2017-18 – Race 1 Claybury, October 14th

VPH&THAC get X Country season off to a cracking start with a record-breaking turnout at Claybury!

Saturday’s Met League saw over 100 club members tackle the bone-dry undulating Claybury course. The results across the board led Neil Cook (Met League Pressure Group Administrator) to hail the VPH team performance as, “one of the greatest days for our fine club.” This was even more impressive due to the record number of participants, 506 men and 211 women, the corresponding fixture last year saw 472 and 160 respectively.

The juniors kicked things off and led by example, the Under 11s finishing 1st with Louis Reynolds putting in an exceptional individual performance to achieve 2nd!  It was also a 2nd for the Under 13 girls and 3rd place for U11 and U15/U17 girls, continuing their dominance from last season and topping the junior league overall.

Annie in action for the women

Inspired by the juniors, the women also put in a strong team performance, the Women’s A team finishing in 4th place in Division 1 (above Heathside). Buoyed by newcomers Helena Eastham (16th), Annie Byrne (27th) and Hannah Somai (36th) who on their met league debuts were able to catapult the women 6 places from last year! The remainder of the A team was filled by Rachel Thomas (12th), Sophie Donges (28th) and Holly Weir (34th).

Gritty runs from Charlie Maling, (42nd) Sue Bint (43), Emma Dunk (47th)  and Rachel Rowling (57th and first post baby Met League) saw the Women’s B team finish top of Division 3 making the B team favourites for promotion and demonstrating our great depth. New joiners Nat Forester, Amelia Evans and Emma Robinson (first X country for club) all had great runs and showed great promise for the future fixtures.

The VETs also asserted themselves on the league with some fantastic running from Holly, Sue, ‘Come back Queen’ Catherine McLaughlin (82nd) and Agata Slota (117th) to finish 4th a mere 16 points adrift of third place. With some key VETS out of action this weekend, the women will be looking to build on this placing at the next fixture and keep up the VPH charge.

The men’s race witnessed the second stand out performance of the day from Paul Martiletti with an astounding run, after sitting in 11th position after the first lap he was masterfully able to work his way up the strong field to finish in 3rd position overall. The great work did not stop there and fresh from his Isle of Wight success Joe Dale came home in a very impressive 33rd, followed by the reigning Chingford League champion James Cordwell (48th) and Fabien Lassonde (63rd). Alun Myers on his first x country outing in a while proved that his talents were not just on the roads finishing just behind in (64th), showing great promise for the rest of the season. Steve Hobbs (68th), Michael Channing (74th), Tony MacDowall (90th), and Ewan Cameron (95th) continued their fine form and were scorers for the A team. Special mention must also goes to newcomers William Kirk (76th), William Woodcock (78th), and Aaron McGrudy (80th) who played a vital role in helping the men’s A team finish in an incredible 3rd place overall in Division 1 streaks above our local friends and rivals Barnet and Heathside.

There were also some fine performances in our B team with David Jones (99th), Neil Cook (117th), Gareth Evans (119th), Anthony Withstandley (122nd), Craig Norris (124th), Simeon Bennett (157th), Andre Dahlkamp (171st), Duncan Steen (175th) and Jordi Mila (195th) which rocketed them into 1st place of Division 3 cementing themselves as serious promotion contenders. 

The Men’s Vets also proved there was still some life left in the ‘old gits’ and surged to third place in Division 1 respectively.

Men's cheer squad

Undoubtedly, it was a truly memorable day and evening for VPH&THAC and a massive thank you must go to all the supporters, new kit designers, baby/dog sitters, brownie makers, photo snappers, marquee erecters, Club captains, junior coaches and number distributors that were key in helping to contribute to a fantastic team performance across the board. Not forgetting Cheryl Evans who organised a brilliant team social and at the same time managed to do some recruiting for the next track season. 

I urge you now to get the next Met league fixture in the diary, November 11th at Welwyn Garden City, at the picturesque Stanborough Park (great day out for the kids too), let’s keep up the strength in numbers as that is what makes the difference. #VPH4EVA

Post race & Brownie photo

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Issue 105: May time is play time

Hello all
A quick update on fixtures and events for May.  The warm season is here (apparently) and the calendar fills with lots of exciting events to replace your winter of marathon training...

This Thursday 4th May - Assembly League Rae #2 - Victoria Park - Race starts at 7:45pm
Time for the first of our home fixtures.  We had a fantastic turn out for the men at Race 1 in Beckenham winning both A and B teams on the night.   Not so great for the women I'm afraid, with lower numbers they took 3rd A team and 5th B team on the night. SO, as always we need a much bigger turn out to hold our own against the other clubs in the league.  Remember, it's fast, fun and free to run this 3.5 mile race.  Please remember to bring pins and your club top.  Get to the club nice and early to register and get armed up.  If you cannot run, please could you come and help.  I will need folk from 7pm to help with finish funnel and from 7:30pm to act as marshals or timekeepers. No previous experience necessary. We also need help in the bar pre and post-race to hep with catering and serving drinks - you will still be able to run. Please reply to this message or message me via Facebook.

Sunday 21st May - Southern Athletics League (Div 3 N) - Match 2 - Mile End Stadium - PM
The league coms to Mile End for the first of two meetings there this season.  Track & Field Captains Tony MacDowall and Charlotte Nicholls are always looking for more athletes to compete, and with the events on our doorstep this is the opportunity for you to shine.  We are always particularly keen to find distance runners to join in 800/1500/3000m (women) and 800/1500/5000 (men) or  .  We can do very well in these events with the right people.  Please get in touch with Tony or Charlotte via the club Facebook page, via Twitter (@MacDowallT and @CharlLDN).  

Thursday 25th May - Monthly Handicap - 5 miles - 7:15pm start
We had a great showing of juniors, seniors and helpers at the April event, the first 5 mile handicap of the year. Hopefully the May fixture will be a little warmer than April!   As usual, all the details and results are available on the noticeboard, please see this post.  And also as usual, we will need 4-6 helpers to marshall and to timekeep for the event to go ahead, please get in touch if you can spare an hour or so. I'm particularly keen to hear from new members or those who haven't yet volunteered.

Saturday 3rd June / Saturday 1st July / Saturday 5th August - Orion Forest 5 mile series - 10am Start
A great series of races in Epping forest, often popular with club members. Easy to reach via the Chingford Line, advance entry is recommended as it's a bargain compared to entering on the day. A nice course and a warm welcome is always guaranteed at the events (+ one or two hills). More details and online entry at this link. See you there!

Last call for the Thunder Run - July 22/23 - Walton-on-Trent
This fantastic 24hr running event is now sold out.  Luckily for us though we have registered teams and still have a few places for lucky members.  Get in quickly if you would like to run.  Please see this post on Facebook and contact the unstoppable Mr Neil Cook if you would be interested in joining one of the team.

New Bar, old problems
Hopefully some of you have experienced out incredible new bar already. Thanks to an amazing amount of effort from Chairman Dave and some others along the way the new space is up and running, with the opening night at the annual London Marathon after-party.  As always, there are many who work behind the scenes to keep these things going, remember many other clubs have nothing like the facilities we enjoy, but they always needs volunteers to keep them going.  At the moment the roster is looking rather bare and without a few extra pairs of hands in the coming weeks there may be Thursdays when we will have to close the bar.  Please get in touch with Susan Leese or Malachy Wolohan

And finally....
Big big congratulations to club member Duncan Steen who married his wonderful fiancĂ©e Eliza over the bank holiday weekend.  The wedding was many hundreds of miles away on the western Scottish coast but was attended by many club members.  Duncan even found time to wear his club colours at a race held in the morning of the big day. Best wishes from us all. 

Also, if you have 8mins 7 secs to spare take a look at this nice little London Marathon 2017 video put together by, you guessed it, Tim 'Riverdog' Miller - Marathon Effort...

That's it for now

Men's Road & XC Captain

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  • Get news, updates and race results on the club noticeboard
  • Keep an eye out for forthcoming fixtures on the VPH and THAC | Fixtures
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