The county road relays are moving to Harwich in 2015 in an exciting new initiative in which we hope athletes will show their support.
The format remains the same as in past years with men's teams being formed of 4 runners and ladies with teams of 3. Following the success of the re-introduction of veteran categories in 2014 there are back again in 2015. The main changes for 2015, however, are as follows:
- A new earlier start time of 11am
- A 5km officially measured course
- Chip timing
- Teams will run with batons to be passed between team members (the chip is in the baton)
- The race will also be an open race allowing non "Essex" teams to compete (although obviously not eligible for county medals)
Race headquarters will be at the Harwich and Dovercourt Cricket club
West End Lane
There will be changing facilities at the HQ but no showers. There is also no stored baggage facility but runners will have their cars parked nearby so we suggest their belongings are left there or in the HQ at their own risk.
Refreshments will be available to purchase as well as the Club bar will be open.
The entry form is here
Team entry deadline is 21 March - strictly no late entries or entries on the day. However, runners names and running order only needs to be declared on race day (by no later than 10.30am).
The County Endurance Committee this week agreed to trial a new points system for 2015.
The current Grand Prix worked as follows:
Points were awarded for the top 10 finishers in each race of the 6 road championships for each age category (1st – 10 pts down to 10th - 1pt)
All 6 races count
The 3 longer races (Marathon, 20m and half marathon count +50% points)
Positives – It is relatively easy to administer
Negatives – (1) excludes the majority of runners who do not get in the top 10, (2) puts more emphasis on longer distances without a clear reason why and (3) penalises runners who miss a race (for a holiday etc)
2015 Grand Prix System
1. Points will be awarded for the best 5 races out of 6 races – runners can “drop” their worst race score.
- There will be the introduction of an additional “participation” point system. Runners will be awarded 1 point for doing 1 of the races, an additional 2 points for the 2nd, etc up to 5 points for the 5/6th race. In total a runner can therefore obtain 15 points by doing all 5+ races (1,2,3,4,5);
- Extending the “position” points system to the top 25 runners in each category – 1st gets 25 points down to 25th gets 1 point.
- All 6 races will count the same (the longer races will no longer give additional points).
Positives - it will give far more runners the chance to get Grand Prix points and be part of the Grand Prix. It will also hopefully encourage runners to participate in more of the county races.
Negatives - Updated tables will take longer to update after each race rather than the current 24/48 hours.
Please spread the word within your clubs. If anyone has any questions/comments please contacts us
Race entries are now closed. Full list of entrants (both those entered in the Essex Champs and those entered in just the open race) is now available via this link.
The race has a waiting list but this is now closed as, within a week, we already have over 50 people registered on that waiting list. If more spaces become available we will re-open registration.
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.
There are also three Junior parkruns in Essex for 4-14 years, which are held over 2K and which operate on a similar basis to 5K parkrun, but are held at 10am on a Sunday. Parents can run with their children at these events. Locations are Barking & Dagenham (Central Park, Dagenham), Harrow Lodge (Hornchurch), Central Park (Chelmsford).
Details of all 16 Essex 5k parkruns under More tab at top of page and then follow Race Series in Essex tab.
Does you area NOT have a parkrun? Have you contacted parkrun about starting a new events - let us know of your progress and if you need any assistance getting a working group together.
The Essex Endurance Forum is doing all it can for the benefit of runners in Essex, in terms of races, competitions and cash.
We have inistigated an ultra low entry fee of £6 to the Essex 20 Miles, maintained an Essex Calendar of road races on our website and maintained the website's content, managed the Essex Road Running Championships, Essex Road Relays and Cross Country events and initiated the Howard Williams Trophy for the best road race in Essex.
The Howard Williams Trophy is voted on by clubs through its members or committee. We have had a limited response so far this year and encourage clubs to take part in honour of Howard. All club secretaries have been sent a voting form.
For those of you who do not know of Howard, he and his four brothers were all deeply involved with Ilford athletics club from the 1950s to the present day. Howard himself was a good club level runner with a particular liking for road running.
When he retired from running he threw himself into the admin side of the sport. He was the efficient team manager of the Essex road running teams and then took over the organisation of cross country and road race championships. In fact at the height of his admin career he ran the whole of the endurance side of athletics single-handedly but, nonetheless, extremely efficiently. At the same time he was secretary of the county association for 20 years starting in 1980.
Another one of his roles outside the County was working with the CAU (Counties Athletics Union) where he was deeply involved with the organisation of the inter counties cross country matches. Perhaps one of his most important legacies was the metropolitan cross country league which he instigated in the 1980s and is now probably one of the most prosperous cross country leagues in the country.
Howard was truly a giant on the admin side of the sport. The Essex endurance committee which has now taken over his burden can only wonder at how he managed this workload, ableit without computers!!!! So, please make effort to make sure your club votes for the trophy presented in his name.
Hockley Woods parkrun
Look forward to the new event at Hockley Woods, Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RN starting on Saturday 7 February 2015 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hockleywoods/ or facebook or @hockwoodparkrun on twitter.
The new event at Weald Country Park, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS started on Saturday 6 December 2014 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link:- http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brentwood/ or @brentwoodpkrun on twitter or on Facebook.
Harlow District Council and Harlow Running Club has succeeded in bringing a new parkrun event to Harlow Town Park. The event started Saturday 8 November 2014 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link:- http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harlow/ or @harlowparkrun on twitter or on Facebook.
Potential parkrun Events in Essex
Possible Hatfield Forest & Romford Events?
I heard that groups are working to establish a parkrun events at Hatfield Forest & Romford in coming months.
Hatfield Forest now has run interest group see https://www.facebook.com/HatfieldForestRun
I will pass on further details when I hear them.
Here's a few relays that you might want get a team together for:-
Green Belt Relay - Sat/Sun 16/17 May. The Green Belt Relay follows much of the Green Belt Way. It starts at Hampton Court and ends just a couple of miles away in Kingston, but taking a detour around 220 miles of footpaths, minor roads and towpaths around the outside of London
Spitfire Scramble - Sat/Sun 15/16 August. The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race held in Hornchurch Country Park around a 5.8 miles course. You can run on your own or in teams of two to eight runners.
Harwich Runners 24 hours race (also a 12 hours) Solo or team based 12/24 hours event around a 5 miles off road course.