Over the weekend of 21/22 May, Havering '90 were sole representatives of eastern London and Essex at the Green Belt Relay.

The Green Belt Relay is an annual 22-stage running relay race around 220 miles of the Green Belt around the outside of London over a single weekend.  The course mainly follow footpaths, towpaths or minor roads.  It is organised by The Stragglers running club, has been going since 1995, and involves around 35-40 teams. Runners form teams of 11 people, and each runner runs one stage each day.

As fantastic an event as this is and Havering were glad not to come last, the next event is a year away, so why not get a team together for this year's Essex Way Relay?

This race covers the 82 miles of the Essex way from Epping Station to Harwich Old Lighthouse in 10 stages. The route is mostly cross country and can be difficult through crops and across ploughed fields. Nevertheless it is a very enjoyable day out in the most attractive rural parts of Essex (with an excellent fish and chip shop and pubs waiting for you at Harwich). The course is NOT marked and it is essential for all competitors to have reconnoitred their section before the day to avoid getting lost.

More details here

A new initiative this year, we have moved the 10,000m T&F event to a mid-week evening in July, to be held centrally in Essex at the Braintree Sports Centre.

After the success at the recent T&F champs at Chelmsford where half the athletes in the endurance events came from road running clubs (Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners, Harwich Runners, Springfield Striders to name a few) we are hoping that this event will be as equally well supported.

To add an additional event within the event there will also be a male and female team race where the combined times of the first 2 runners from any club will determine the team medalists.

The Essex 10,000m Track & Field Championships are on Wednesday 20th July from 7.30pm in Braintree.

The entry system is now open via the attached link:

https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=36781452...

Registration closes 13th July or when the event is full (whichever is the earliest).

Please note there is a maximum of 60 entries (30 per race), with the first race starting at 7.30pm. If entries exceed 30 male or female runners then entries will be graded based on your anticipated finish time. Individuals will be notified in advance which race they are allocated to.

This is subject to change on the evening (in the event of no shows there may be just a single race), so all runners should be at the venue and ready to run at 7.30pm.

Number pick up will be on the night.

parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run every Saturday at 9am. Remember to register on the Parkrun website to get your barcode which allows you to be timed and then receive your weekly email. 

Details of all 21 east London & Essex 5k parkruns under More tab at top of page and then follow Race Series in Essex tab.

Proposed parkruns at Hadleigh Park and Loughton are looking for core team and general volunteers in order to start the events. If you want to help please contact by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Hadleigh Park and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Loughton.

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The 4th Grand Prix Race for 2016 is fast approaching and is the 10km champs at Felsted. Please encourage your runners to enter early to avoid disappointment.

These are being held in Church Stretton, Shropshire on 2 July.

Paul Bailey (Harlow) who already manages a number of the junior cross country teams (and also has a passion for fell running) will be the team manager and has requested all interested athletes to contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of your club, age and fell running experience. We will gauge interest to see if we have enough responses to enter county teams. Fell running is a very demanding aspect of our sport and you will need a really strong cross country background and be able to demonstrate some fell/hill/trail running experience.

The Grand Prix tables after the Halstead Marathon  are here

Next race in the series is the Felsted 10km in July

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