East London Runners get on track

PUBLISHED: 15:28 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 09 February 2017

East London Runners Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera and Maud Hodson at the Essex & Eastern Indoor Championships

East London Runners Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera and Maud Hodson at the Essex & Eastern Indoor Championships


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East London Runners' Jonathan Wooldridge and Michael Bamford at the Ryde 10East London Runners' Jonathan Wooldridge and Michael Bamford at the Ryde 10

For East London Runners their normal terrain is that of the road or the mud, so for two of their members, getting on to the track was something of a novelty at the weekend.

Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera and Maud Hodson both made their way to Lee Valley for the Essex & Eastern Indoor Championships where they took part in the 60 metres.

And it was certainly a new experience as Rutishauser-Perera explained: “Spikes were cool, but we didn’t dare use the starting blocks, we both agreed that we didn’t want to fall over at the start!”

Hodson added: “I don’t think the starter was used to our level of giggling, they should never have put us in adjacent lanes!”

East London Runners' Robert RayworthEast London Runners' Robert Rayworth

When they did get going, Rutishauser-Perera was fourth and Hodson fifth, with both veterans clocking personal bests.

Much more like East London Runners was the Mud & Madness Event at Stubbers Adventure Centre.

This race, over a 7.5k course is a mud-crawling, heart-pounding, adrenaline-bursting obstacle course with challenges like the army-style Hearbreak Hill – an 800m swim and river crossing.

The intrepid Joshua Stephens stepped up to the task and finished in a time of 45 minutes, which is yet to be confirmed.

Sunday saw Robert Rayworth leading the way for East London in the London Winter Run 10k.

Rayworth managed a new personal best of 40.37 to finish in 141st place and was delighted.

“I am very pleased to announce another PB,” he said.

“I enjoyed it from start to finish. Trying to keep up with Ava Lee on Wednesday night club runs seems to be paying off.”

Also in the field were Jakub Czechotka (47.08), David Wyatt (59.20), Sophie Edwards (1:10.12), Elizabeth O’Donnell (1:10.12) and Julie Creddield (1:12.11).

The Ryde 10 always proves a popular event with East London Runners and this year’s was no exception.

There is a total elevation of 230 metres over the 10 miles and Jonathan Wooldridge coped best with a time of 1:12.24 placing him 131st.

Michael Bamford was 178th of the 461 finishers in 1:15.36.

“The first incline was within the first mile, and hit us hard,” said Wooldridge. “It was in an icy cold wind so it was hitting us hard in the exposed parts.”

Emma Wing ran 2:18.17 at the Watford half marathon to finish the hilly course in 1,460th place.

Jason Levy was 168th of 212 finishers at the Run Through the Velopark Half Marathon, after clocking 2:03.27, after Hannah Murphy took part in the Velopark 10 a day earlier and clocked 1:47.10 to finish 58th.

Kat Maskell led the East London runners home at the Olympic Park 10k winter series and was 223rd in 54.08, while the SOAR Open at Lee Valley saw Thomas Grimes finish second in the B mile and Patrick Brown take third in the C race.

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