Flying High at Welsh Castles Relay!

Ealing Eagles competed in the Welsh Castles Relay hosted by Les Croupiers Running Club over the weekend of 10 and 11 June 2017. 

The Welsh Castles Relay is a 2 day, 20 stage, 206 mile relay race from Caernarfon to Cardiff. The event has grown since its inception in 1982 and this year 64 teams competed across four categories – ‘open’, ‘ladies’, ‘masters’ and ‘business house’. 

The Eagles have competed in the relay since 2013, and in this year’s event the club entered teams in both the open and ladies categories. The open team improved on last year’s 12th place, eventually finishing in 7th place overall with a time of 22 hours 19 minutes and 59 seconds. The ladies team equalled their placing from last year and took 2nd place in their category with a time of 25 hours 39 minutes and 12 seconds. 

Open team captain Kieran Santry said: “This year’s performance far exceeded my expectations. We did very well to finish in 13th place last year. It was consistency that got us up to 7th place out of 66 teams. The overall times were much quicker this year than in other years, which makes the team's placing even more impressive. The standard at the top end of the field is very high and includes many ex-national champions and record holders. We got 20 outstanding performances from 20 guys who gave 100% and that’s all you can ask for.”

Ladies team captain Jennifer Watt said: “When we first brought a women's team to the Castles, the goal was not to come last in the ladies’ category. That was back in 2014 and we didn’t finish last - we were 7th (out of 10 teams) in a total time of 28:33. In 2015 we finished 4th in 27:54. But it wasn’t until last year, 2016, when we had our real breakthrough; we ran more than hour and half quicker than 2015 bringing our total time down to 26:16 and bagging second place - only 26 minutes behind the winners, the Les Croupiers ladies. This year the team ran 37 minutes quicker - finishing in second place on the podium in total time of 25:39 and proving that last year was no fluke.”

The full teams of runners and their times were:

Stage 1    9.1 Miles Claire Morris 1:09:03 Harry Claxton 1:02:55

Stage 2    10.7 Miles Yvonne Linney 1:15:45, Tom Rowles 1:02:27

Stage 3    12.3 Miles Harriet Betteridge 1:34:00 Colin Overton 01:15:16

Stage 4    9.5 Miles Malgorzata 1:11:36 Bernard Sexton 01:01:54

Stage 5    9.6 Miles Lucy Rigg 01:18:11, Phill Turner 01:08:35

Stage 6    6.9 Miles Michelle Verbossche 01:19:19, Rob Willin 01:13:30

Stage 7   10.7 Michelle Tanner 01:19:35, Ewan Fryatt 01:03:37

Stage 8    10.8 Miles Jenny Bushell 01:20:11, Chris Wiciak 01:08:36

Stage 9    9.6 Miles Kira King 00:58:41, Chris Lambert 00:51:33

Stage 10   13.1 Miles Sarah Bailey 01:31:55 Tom Easten 01:21:27

Stage 11   12.3 Miles Jen Watt 01:32:38, Matt Kaufman 01:19:30

Stage 12   11.2 Miles Olivia Parker-Scott 01:23:04 Mike Lawrence 01:10:04

Stage 13   10.6 Miles Emily Schmidt 01:19:14 Kieran Santry 01:09:23

Stage 14   10.8 Miles Ellen Easten 01:24:03 Andy Guy 01:21:18

Stage 15   12.8 Miles Francesca Cooper 01:26:05 Kieran Morrisroe 01:20:25

Stage 16   8.8 Miles Sarah Mackenzie 01:14:14 Jose Manuel Pabon 55:41

Stage 17   9.2 Miles Kelly Scanlon 01:01:40 Raf Mac 56:31

Stage 18   9.1 Miles Sophie Foxall 01:10:40 Greg Lawes 01:00:15

Stage 19   7.7 Miles Elizabeth Adams 01:06:23 Ralph Dadswell 01:00:34

Stage 20   10.7 Miles Rebecca Jackson 01:06:23 John Foxall 01:00:34

 

 

 

Eagles Soar at London Marathon

23rd April 2017

Huge flock of Ealing Eagles soar at 2017 London Marathon

A total of 49 members of local running club Ealing Eagles completed the 2017 London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. 

In a record breaking year for the London Marathon 40,382 runners took on the course, which starts in Greenwich and covers 26.2 miles through East London and the Docklands area before heading past the Tower of London, Big Ben, and finally finishing on the Mall close to Buckingham Palace. 

The annual marathon is the biggest single fundraising event in the world. Several of the Eagles taking part this year were raising money for charity, altogether raising an incredible total of just under £39k for their various good causes.

Four Eagles had a different but equally important role on race day as official volunteers; Rachel Job, Paul Thomas, and the team behind the Ealing Half Marathon Sandra Courtney and Kelvin Walker were part of the team looking after the runners at one of the three start areas.

Many other members of the club were on hand to cheer the runners on from various points around the course and from their regular spot at the 23rd mile, providing a much needed boost for the final push to the finish. 

Chair Thom Martini commented ‘the London Marathon is a very special event and every year it demonstrates both the diverse range of runners we have and the supportive nature of the club. This year our runner’s times ranged from 2 hours and 41 minutes to just over 6 hours, and they were all cheered into the home straight by their club mates’. 

The full marathon results for the Ealing Eagles are as follows:

Easten, Tom 02:41:53
Overton, Colin 02:48:30
Kaufman, Matthew Alexander 02:54:36
Pabon, Jose Manuel 02:59:16
Dadswell, Ralph 03:06:58
Fryatt, Ewan 03:08:54
Claxton, Harry 03:11:43
Gibson, Melissah 03:18:30
Lawes, Greg - 3:21:22
Keenleyside, Piers 03:23:18
Tanner, Michelle 03:34:12
Lambert, Chris 03:34:53
Sanderson, Carole 03:36:29
Schmidt, Emily 03:36:58
Verbossche, Michelle 03:37:40
Kucharska, Malgorzata 03:39:46
Robinson, Paul 03:40:17
Mackenzie, Sarah Jane 03:42:07
Luksch, Kerstin 03:42:59
Johnson, Charlotte 03:50:19
Sexton, Bernard - 3:51:28
Goodman, Luke - 3:55:10
Vickery, Heidi 03:56:58
Gaga, Laura 03:57:22
Minhas, Pardip 03:57:30
Adams, Elizabeth 04:00:57
Burton, Yvette 04:02:28
Szczech, Bernard 04:02:50
Maryniak, Marcin 04:11:36
Lang, Paul 04:15:02
Baker, Jennifer 04:19:58
Lewis, Holly 04:20:31
O'Hare, Christina 04:26:44
Chybowski, Stefan 04:33:35
McClements, Rachel 04:34:06
Mirza, Naveed 04:38:48
Fernandes, Kim 04:42:53
Duff, Angela 04:46:31
Hart, Suzy 04:46:43
Wiggins, Pamela 04:54:15
Burton, Faye 04:59:25
Panton, Nigel 05:03:09
Cann, Laura 05:11:55
Thakker, Jesal 05:12:30
Bennett, Steph 05:18:49
Mulrenan, Catherine 05:22:45
Mizzi, Peter 5:27:20
Moran, Carol 5:45:04
Müller-Choudhury, Tasnia Taniqua 6:06:01
 

Juniors Winter Season Achievements

As XC season comes to a close, we take a moment to hi-light and celebrate the achievements of our juniors in their first winter of competitive racing.

• Our juniors participated in two XC leagues this winter- Met League & the NW London XC League;
• 13 juniors ran over 10 league fixtures, some raced in a single fixture, some raced consistently;
• 3 juniors represented their boroughs in the London Youth Games at Parliament Hill;
• 2 juniors raced at the Southern XC Championships;
• 3 juniors raced at the Middlesex XC Championships.

By no means was it easy for our juniors to put themselves up against other well established clubs. But, at every event, they showed grit, determination and heart. We are proud of their achievements this winter and we hope you are too.

None of this, of course, is possible without our dedicated team of volunteers and we are grateful to them for their assistance with the development of our juniors. But, we need more volunteers to train as coaches (either as athletic coaches or cirfs), particularly to help train our older juniors. If you think working with young people is for you, then please be in touch with us at juniors@ealingeagles.com. We'd be delighted to hear from you.

We now look forward to our first spring/summer season of competitive track and field events....so watch this space!