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 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.
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)
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 17 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.
Why not join our measured 5k race on bridleways and tracks, mostly through the beautiful Westley Heights Country Park, Langdon Hills, Basildon?
Our next race will be held on Good Friday, 3 April 2015 at 11.00 a.m. at Westley Heights Country Park, High Road, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6HU
(behind The Crown [Harvester] Public House – but please don’t park in their Car Park!)
Entry fee: £2.00 [on the day only]
Organised by Pitsea Running Club. All ages and standards welcome, but children under 12 must have parent / guardian running with them.
Toilets available, but no changing or shower facilities. Full details are on the Pitsea Running Club website – www.pitsearunningclub.org.uk
Hatfield Forest parkrun
Look forward to the new event at National Trust Hatfield Forest, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE started on Saturday 21 March 2015 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hatfieldforest/ or facebook or to be advised on twitter. Hatfield Forest now has run interest group see https://www.facebook.com/HatfieldForestRun
Hockley Woods parkrun
The new event at Hockley Woods, Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RN started 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.
Possible Romford & Thurrock Events?
I heard that groups are working to establish a parkrun events at Romford (Raphael Park) & Thurrock (Orsett Heath) in coming months.
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.