Opportunity to Volunteer with A Mile in Her Shoes

A Mile In Her Shoes is a small charity that helps women affected by homelessness to find their feet through running fitness. It was founded four years ago by Ealing Eagle Nicola Miller and remains entirely volunteer led, with involvement over the years from several other Eagles including Celia Roberts, who is a trustee. 

The charity is currently expanding and adding several new running fitness groups from September 2017, thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority and support from England Athletics to celebrate the London 2017 World Athletics Championships and the IPC World Para Athletics Championships.

These groups will encourage women who may have been affected by issues related to homelessness to experience running as a way of exercising, socialising, boosting confidence and raising self-esteem.

The charity is really excited to be offering new opportunities for volunteers at locations in London, including one local to us in Acton. 

They are offering a couple of practical 'taster' experience days so volunteers can learn how we work and explore opportunities that would suit them. The next one is on Saturday 9th September at London South Bank University. 

All the run leaders need to be female, but there are ways for men to volunteer with the charity too. There is no requirement to have LiRF or other coaching qualifications and there is no minimum speed or ability needed - just time and a commitment to the charity's values to help women feel good about themselves. 

Interested? Please visit http://www.amileinhershoes.org.uk/volunteer-with-us for more details.  If you’d like to join a taster experience, please complete the contact form on the website choosing ‘Volunteering with a Run Group’.

Upcoming Tuesday Track Sessions!

We’ve got a bumper track programme for July at Osterley, including the return of the amazing Mara. The next few weeks of sessions will be as follows:

Tuesday 4th July
5-7 x 1k intervals, 400m recovery jogs

Tuesday 11th July
Back by popular demand, Mara Yamamauchi, 2nd fastest British female Olympian over 26.2 miles is returning to coach all you lovely people. See separate event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525380630869359/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&source=4&action_history=null

Tuesday 18th July
1 x 1600m, 1 x 1200m, 1 x 800m, 2 x 400m, 2 x 200m. At 5k pace. 90 seconds recovery.
OR 1 x 1200m, 1 x 800m, 1 x 400m, 1 x 200m. At 5k pace. 90 seconds recovery.

Tuesday 25th July
Yasso 800s: 6-10 x 800m, 400m recovery jogs

In the run up to the Ealing Half Marathon, these sessions will have an emphasis on endurance. If done properly, these are hard sessions that will be tough to complete, but will really lead to improvement.

There will be variations for runners of different abilities so don’t afraid if you’re new to track, you won’t be left behind. The best bit about track is that you’re constantly seeing other Eagles so there is plenty of support. Everyone has their own goals but we encourage each other. Ideally you need a running watch, a simple stop watch will do. If you don’t have one we’ll try and buddy you up with someone of a similar pace.

Osterley track is located at 120 Wood Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5FF.

All sessions start at 7.30pm.

Please ensure you pay on your way in, Eagles get a reduced rate of £2.80, and there are lockers available for a refundable £1. You can also leave your bags at the trackside, but do so at your own risk.

Bring a bottle of water, especially if it’s a warm day.

10k - The Next Step After 5k

Have you completed the club beginners’ programme or are otherwise able to run 5.5k?

Want to run faster and further?

Come along to beginners’ graduation and find out more about increasing your distance, talk about training plans and discuss opportunities for training.

You will find us in the Rose & Crown on Wednesday 21 June from 7.30pm and in FarmW5 on Thursday 22 June from 11am.

In particular, with the current beginners’ programme finishing next week, another Improvers course will be starting. This time, there will be speedwork sessions at 10am on Mondays starting Monday 3 July and sessions to increase your distance / endurance at 10am on Thursdays starting Thursday 6 July. This course will aim to progress Eagles from running 5.5k to running a 10k race in the middle of August (Battersea Summer League) and to provide an introduction to speed work. There is no requirement to attend all the sessions but you will make most progress if you do and you will also be expected to do “homework” outside the sessions as part of a training plan for 10k. The length of the distance sessions will necessarily depend on the distance being run that day but you should allow from about an hour to 1 ½ hours.

The speedwork sessions will last no longer than an hour and, because we will stay in the same place for each session, will be suitable for all abilities.

For those beginner graduates not available during the day over the school holidays, there is likely to be an Improvers course in the autumn probably on Mondays at 10am starting in October and targeting the Osterley winter 10k in December.

2016 - 2017 Club Championships & Club Awards

At the Summer Party on Saturday night we finally found out who had taken home the silverware in the 2016 - 2017 Club Championships!

The ladies results are as follows:

Female Club Champion - Sarah Bailey
Senior Female Winner - Rebecca Jackson
Female V30 Winner - Melissah Gibson
Female V35 Winner - Maria Fitzgerald
Female V40 Winner - Yvonne Linney
Female V45 Winner - Jennifer Watt
Female V50 Winner - Elizabeth Adams

And the men's results were:

Male Club Champion - Tom Easten
Senior Male Winner - John Foxall
Male V30 Winner - Jose Manuel Pabon
Male V35 Winner - Tom Corbett
Male V40 Winner - Harry Claxton
Male V45 Winner - Ralph Dadswell
Male V50 Winner - Rob Willin

We were also delighted to hand out more trophies for the different club awards categories, which this year were:

Club Personality -Frank Doyle
Clubman - Jennifer Watt
Most Improved Runner - Yvette Burton
Most Improved Beginner – Darren Loftus

Well done to all the winners and to everyone who has raced, volunteered, taken part and run for the club over the last year for helping to make it a fantastically successful season. 

Eagles Clubhouse Update

At the 2016 AGM, it was agreed that a sub committee would investigate various sites where the Eagles could establish a base.

This sub-committee has been working hard over the past year and at the 2017 AGM, Nigel Panton and Kelvin Walker gave an update on the progress.

Kelvin has also put together this summary on the progress. 


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at chair@ealingeagles.com

Facebook Events & Mr. Eagle Profile

Hello everyone - quite an important public service announcement....Facebook has suspended Mr. Eagle's account because they suspect he is not real. This means that we're not able to post as Mr. Eagle, and also that some of you might notice that events have disappeared from what you can see.

This is very much a live situation for the committee, we're just working out how much this has affected things and also how to fix it so we really need you to bear with us please.

If you have had an event SET UP by Mr. Eagle and you now can't see it please email us at info@ealingeagles.com and we will try to work out a way to make it live again or transfer the host from Mr. Eagle to someone else.

Please DO NOT email us just to say you can't see an event you are attending because that will get extremely confusing.

#justiceformreagle #realmreagle #ifsantaisrealsoismreagle

Volunteering - We Need You!

Ealing Eagles Running Club is entirely run by volunteers.

We say this all the time, so most of you are probably well aware of this. But did you know how many volunteers it takes to keep the club going?

Well, there are currently 8 committee members for a start. Then two club runs every week, which each have a leader and two tail runners. That's 14. We then have coached sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday, so that's two more. Plus Beginners twice, sometimes three times a week and the Improver's sessions, which are commonly two additional coached sessions a week. That takes us up to 21. We also have 4 club members who manage the Junior section. Plus the person who collates all the club champs information. Plus Mr. Kit, the fabulous Piers Express.

That's a bare minimum of 26 volunteers needed each week to keep this club of around 800 members going. That's over 1,250 opportunities to volunteer every year, most of which are filled by the same small group of amazing regular volunteers. 

And that doesn't even count the additional volunteers we need for the Juniors and Beginner's sessions. It doesn't include the 10k committee, or the team who arrange the Gunnersbury summer league. It doesn't include captains for events like the Welsh Castles or the Green Belt, Summer League and Cross Country. It doesn't include marshals, pacers, timekeepers. It doesn't include the people who bring the tea urn and cakes to events. And it doesn't include all the club coaches who work behind the scenes putting together training plans and meeting with their coachees in their spare time. 

We ask all club members to volunteer for something twice each year. This isn;t a nice to have, it's vital for the club to run effectively.

There are loads of things you can do - at the moment these include:

  • Run leader for club run - check out the schedule under the training section on the Eagles Nest and add your name! You just need to turn up on time, welcome new people, make the weekly announcements, and lead some stretches at the end (or ask a pal to do that). The full information is under 'volunteer roles' on the Eagles Nest. Please note if you would like to be a run leader, send us a quick email to info@ealingeagles.com so we can add you to the email list and the Google sheet we use for new member information and announcements.
  • Tail running - even easier - you just need to add your name to the same schedule as above, turn up on time, and run at the pace of the slowest runner for the short or long club run. You get a nice chat and an enormous sense of well-being from helping people along. 
  • Volunteer with the beginners - Wei Hei runs the beginner's like a well oiled machine, but she can't do it on her own! Volunteers are always needed so that different groups can run at the same session. If you're not sure what it's all about email us or offer to run with the beginners at parkrun first to get an idea of how it works. Again you get that chat and the pleasure of helping someone on their way.   
  • Gunnersbury Summer League - you can volunteer to help organise this event, or volunteer on the day as a marshal or a water station attendant. We also need Summer League captains for both the men's and ladies teams this year. 
  • Coaching - the club offers support for members who would like to support the club by achieving the recognised LiRF and CiRF qualifications. Volunteers are also always welcome to assist the coaches at specific sessions. Contact coaching@ealingeagles.com if you would like to help or are interested in gaining a coaching qualification. 
  • Juniors - the juniors section meets on Monday evenings and still needs volunteers. Is Monday your rest day? There you go then! 

To volunteer for any of the above roles, register your interest by emailing us at info@ealingeagles.com. Other opportunities for specific events come up all the time, so keep an eye out on the newsletter and Facebook. 

2017 - 2018 XC Fixtures

I know we're all loving these longer days and pushing all thoughts of winter to one side, but in preparation for the next Cross Country season here all the provisional dates for all the fixtures so get them in your diaries now so there are no excuses when the XC Captains come calling...

Met League:
14 October – Claybury
11 November – Stevenage
2 December – Hillingdon
13 January – Wormwood Scrubs
10 February – Trent Park

Sunday League:
29 October – Cheshunt
12 November – Trent Park
17 December – Willian (early start at 10.00am)
14 January – Cassiobury Park, Watford (we also need to provide marshals for this event)
18 February – Royston

SEAA XC Fixtures:
21st October 2017 - Cross Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs        
18th November 2017 - London Cross Country Champs at Parliament Hill  
9th December 2017 - Cross Country Masters & Inter Counties Championship at Horspath Track, Oxford
27th January 2018 - Cross Country Main Champs, Venue TBC
Other XC Fixtures:
Middlesex Champs – first weekend in Jan
Nationals – last weekend in Feb

Post Marathon Blues...?

For those of you that have been training hard through the long, cold winter, in preparation for your spring marathon, now it's all done (or nearly done for those that have yet to run your marathon!) you may be thinking what do I do next??  Don't despair as there are plenty of racing opportunities coming up over the summer to get you out of your post marathon blues!

Whilst it may be nice to have a bit of a break after all those miles and it's very important that you have some recovery time, if you're on good form it would be a shame to waste it wouldn't it?!  So why don't you put your feet up for a bit and read all about the Club Championship races?!  The new Club Champs year starts at the beginning of May and there are plenty of races to sign up for, across a variety of distances!  This can all be done from the comfort of your sofa (except the actual running part!)!

Check out this link for all things Club Champs related and look out for the event pages on Facebook!  http://www.ealingeagles.com/club-championships

We also compete in a Summer League with a number of other London based clubs and these 5 miles / 10km races will be on throughout the summer.  If you don't fancy running then we are hosting the first fixture of the League at Gunnersbury Park so why not come along and help out?!



Below are some of the races coming up over the next few months:


14th May 5 miles - http://www.secondsunday5.com/

28th May 1 mile - https://www.vitalitywestminstermile.co.uk/


4th June Summer League at Gunnersbury Park (hosted by the Eagles)

18th June Summer League at Harrow

25th June 5km - http://www.nice-work.org.uk/events.php?id=205


2nd July Summer League at Dulwich

16th July Summer League at Regent's Park (Club Champs event)

28th July 7km - Wedding Day 7km


13th August Half Marathon - http://bbhm.burnhamjoggers.org.uk/

20th August Summer League at Battersea Park (Club Champs event)


3rd September 10 miles - http://www.thehrc.org.uk/harlow102017.htm

Looking forward to a good turnout at these events!

Eagles & ESM Track Night Wednesday 28th June

Entries are now open for the Eagles / ESM track night on Wednesday 28th June via this link.

This is just for the senior events, junior entries will be taken on the night.

The timetable will be as follows:

Junior Events
5pm - Long Jump (Under 11)
5:45pm - 600m (Under 11)
6:15pm - 75m (Under 11)

Senior Track
6:45pm - 100m - r1
7:15pm - Mile
7:50pm - 100m - r2
8:10pm - 5000m

Senior Field
7:00pm - Hammer
7:00pm - Long Jump
8:00pm - Shot


Welsh Castles Relay Teams Announced!

The wait is finally over for those speedsters who were looking to get onto the teams for this year's prestigious Welsh Castles Relay! 

The Welsh Castles Relay is an annual 2 day event held in June, organised by Les Croupiers Running Club. Running the length of Wales, the route covers over 200 miles and 20 stages starting at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday morning and finishing on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff. The route passes within 2 miles of 22 castles, 16 forts (dating from Roman times onwards), 2 motte & baileys and 5 mottes. A prestigious race, 65 teams compete in the relay and have to get through a rigorous selections process.

Last year the ladies team took 2nd place in their category and were labelled as a team to watch. They will be looking to keep that momentum going this year! The ladies team will be made up of:
Melissah Gibson
Sarah Bailey
Rebecca Jackson
Francesca Cooper
Ellen Easten
Harriet Betteridge
Yvonne Linney
Jennifer Watt
Jenny Bushell
Claire Morris
Kira Norrington
Kelly Scanlon
Michelle Tanner
Emily Schmidt
Lucy Rigg
Michelle Verbossche
Olivia Parker-Scott
Sophie Foxall
Malgorzata Kucharska
Sarah Mack

On paper this year's men's team is the fastest Eagles team to go to the Welsh Castles Relay. 9 men will be making their WCR debuts. Let's see if they can get that pesky 4 minutes off and finish in the top 10 this year! 

Tom Easten
Dave Chryssides
Tom Rowles
Colin Overton
John Foxall
Ewan Fryatt
Matt Kaufman
Jose Manuel Pabon
Kieran Morrisroe
Andrew Guy
Kieran Santry
Bernard Sexton
Harry Claxton
Stephen Ralston
Rob Willin
Raf Machnik
Mike Lawrence
Chris Lambert
Phill Turner
Cam Easton

Stages will be allocated shortly. 

Volunteers for Gunnersbury Summer League

The Eagles are hosting the first Summer League fixture for 2017 and we need your help to make it a success!

If you are able to volunteer on the day we will need marshals and people to man a drinks station, as well as assistance with setting up at the beginning, packing up at the end, helping with the tenderfoot race and the relays.  Also we need to provide all the runners with food so if people can bake or bring food too that would be great!

If you are able to help out on the day and/or bring some food please put your name on the spreadsheet so we can keep track of everyone!

Sign up spreadsheet

If you have any questions please contact race@ealingeagles.com

Volunteers Needed for Summer League

Summer League is just around the corner and in order to help things run smoothly we need some volunteers please!

We need two captains - one for the women and one for the men.  The captains will be responsible for the following:

  • help to promote each fixture to ensure we get a good turnout of Eagles at each one
  • provide some guidance to runners on tube times, meeting points etc so people can travel together and not get lost!
  • find someone who can take down the results at each fixture (can be a fast runner or someone on cheer squad duty)
  • help to organise the relay teams on the day for each fixture
  • find someone who can help with organising the children for the tenderfoot races at each fixture

Captains are still able to run - they generally just need to help with a bit of organising before each fixture!

If you're interested or have any questions then please email race@ealingeagles.com

Summer League fixtures are:

  • 4th June - Gunnersbury (Eagles hosting)
  • 18th June - Harrow
  • 2nd July - Dulwich
  • 16th July - Regent's Park
  • 20th August - Battersea Park

Beginner's Programmes Starting in May 2017

Do you know someone who would like to start running but doesn’t know where to start?

Are you interested in volunteering with beginners or even learning to lead runs or to coach for the club but don’t have any experience of what this might involve?

The Ealing Eagles Beginners Programme has proved very popular (invitations to the May 2017 programme have been sent out to over 80 people who went onto the waiting list since the last programme in February 2017). The programme starts with run/walking with all the running at a comfortable pace at which people can talk and gradually builds up to the short club run.

Beginners don’t need to have any special equipment to start or to have any particular level of fitness or to be able to run a certain distance to qualify – they just need to turn up on the day with enthusiasm and a commitment to follow the programme! Our experience is that most people will take six to eight weeks, going out twice a week, to progress from not running at all to running 5k.

Fixed length beginners’ courses will be starting in May as follows:

The meeting point for the sessions will be the gazebo-like structure by the café / play area in Walpole Park. (There is no clubhouse so please arrive dressed ready to run. If you have any bags with you, you can leave them in Crispin's Wine bar on Wednesday evenings or in FarmW5 on Thursday mornings. Both of these businesses are located opposite Ealing Green.)

In addition to the run / walking element of the programme present in all Eagles beginners’ programmes, some of the sessions in the next programme will include units focusing on running technique.

The sessions are led by our experienced coaches who are qualified UKA Leaders in Running Fitness. Some beginners’ leaders specialise in working with beginners; others started with beginners and have moved on to leading sessions for the club as whole; while others work with both groups. The qualified leaders are supported by a team of volunteers – some simply enjoy encouraging new people to start running while others are inspired to take on other volunteering opportunities. It is not essential for volunteers to be available for the whole programme though obviously volunteers who attend more sessions will find it easier to get to know the beginners. Eagles interested in volunteering with either beginners or the club as whole can gain experience with beginners in a variety of training roles including: run leading; leading warm-ups or cool-downs; or working with a small group of beginners.

If you are on facebook, there is a dedicated facebook group for beginners’ volunteers.

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in volunteering with beginners on Wednesday 26 April after the club mile (so probably about 8pm) at the Plough on Northfields Ave. If you can’t make that time, we will also be in FarmW5 on Thursday 27 April from about 11.45am for lunch. Please email beginners@ealingeagles.com if you would like more information.

Notice of 2017 AGM - Tuesday 25th April

The Ealing Eagles AGM will be taking place on Tuesday 25th April at 7:30pm in The New Inn, 62 St Mary's Road. Ealing W5 5EX.

There will be a review of the 2016-17 year by the committee and an update on a potential Eagles base from the sub-committee. 

The committee are proposing some slight amendments to the constitution. In summary these are:

  • Increase the size of the committee from 7 to 9 members, with the addition of a juniors officer and a community liaison officer.
  • Allow the committee to grant 'life membership' to those who have made a significant personal contribution to the club.
  • A revision of the disciplinary and appeals section.

Election of the committee for 2017-18 will take place and there will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with the committee.

A copy of the proposed constitution is attached here, with additions to a constitution in blue text and items to be removed in struck through, red text, for you to review.

Can we ask that we do not have a public debate on Facebook prior to the AGM and if you do have any queries, please to e-mail chair@ealingeagles.com.

The majority of the existing committee are planning on standing for the 2017-18 year but this does not preclude people nominating themselves for positions. One committee role we will need to fill is that of social officer. If you would be interested in stand for this, or any other role on the committee, please e-mail info@ealingeagles.com.

We are also looking to have ‘deputies’ to take some of the weight off the committee members so if you be interested in filling any of these roles, again, please e-mail info@ealingeagles.com.

Ealing Running Shop?

Ever thought what we really need is a running shop in Ealing?

We’ve been approached by a local budding entrepreneur and keen runner. They’re exploring the possibility of opening an independent running shop in Ealing.

Naturally they’re very keen to hear the thoughts and opinions of the local running community, and especially the Ealing Eagles.

They have asked us to circulate this survey which takes about 5 minutes to complete. You can complete it anonymously if you wish.

Survey: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/xMd5RyaK#/0

Your honest answers and opinions will be very helpful and greatly appreciated. Feel free to also email us at info@ealingeagles.com and we'll pass on any thoughts to the relevant people. 

London Marathon & Mile 23 Update - Runner's Info!

Now it's only three weeks til London it's officially TAPER! To get you all excited, please see the below Google sheet for the big day.

For runners, please go to the second tab and complete your information so that all those lovely people at Mile 23 know who they're looking for and how to spot you! Mr. Eagle has filled in the first one as an example ;). If you can try to slot yourself in according to time, please do.

For spectators, we've included the current tube times to get you to the closest stations to Mile 23, and all the start times and estimated times to 23 miles for the various race waves so you can decide if you're going first thing or later!



Membership Renewal Notice!


Membership renewals are now due and payment requests are being sent out over the next week. These are being done in alphabetical order so lucky you if your surname begins with A...

Please bear with us as this process is not automatic and takes some time to work through. If you have not received a request by 14th April then please contact Olivia by emailing membership@ealingagles.com but not before checking your junk folder.

If you joined after January 1st 2017 you will NOT need to pay again and will NOT receive a renewal email. If you do please contact the above email so we can rectify.

Please remember that the way the EA system works is that if you joined AT ANY TIME between April 2017 and December 2017, you will now have to re-pay your membership fee. Following this you will need to renew every April going forward, as detailed in the FAQ's section in the Eagles Nest.

Any queries or questions please contact Olivia and she will be happy to help.


Membership Fee Changes

With the start of the new membership year just around the corner, we would like to take the opportunity to let you know about some changes to the annual membership fee. 

As you know, you have worked hard to keep the fee at £25 for the past few years, despite several increases in the England Athletics portion of the fee. 

For the 2016/2017 season the total annual fee was £25. £13 of that was the England Athletics fee, which is set by them. The remaining £12 was your club fee which is set by us. 

England Athletics will be raising their portion of the fee to £14 in the new membership year. If we continued to keep the overall fee at £25 that would therefore mean the club would receive less than £1 per month per member, which is not sustainable if we want to continue with things like the Mara Yamauchi training sessions, the Eagles track nights, the club subsiding events and paying for things like coaching qualifications and the XC and Summer Leagues. 

Therefore for the 2017/2018 season we have decided that the total annual fee will be £30. With the EA fee set at £14 that means the club portion of the fee will be £16 or an increase of 33p per month. 

For comparison with other clubs, the ESM fee is £45, the West4 fee is £39 and the Serpies fee is £44 (plus a joining fee!). We therefore believe this still represents excellent value for money and that the extra £5 will hopefully not pose a problem for any of the club members - it's not even enough for a large glass of wine! 

You will receive the usual renewal emails from us in plenty of time for the start of the new season. Due to the size of the current membership we will be sending them in stages, so please do not panic if one of your running buddies has their email before you - it will more than likely be because their name is higher up the alphabet! 

Osterley Track EA Discount - Take Proof!

Osterley track have let us know that as of April 1st they're going to be clamping down on discounts and will only give a discount if people can prove they're connected to the club.

You can show them your EA card to prove membership. If you haven't got one, they will accept a copy of your membership confirmation email (your payment receipt email should be ok) or even a Power of 10 profile showing you are a member of the club, so they are making this super easy for us.

Please make sure you take something along if you want the discounted rate - Osterley are very good to us and we don't want to be messing them about!