Volunteering for London Marathon Events 2020

Volunteering for London Marathon Events 2020

We are getting in early for the London Marathon Events for 2020 volunteering.

For 2020 we have been asked to assist with 3 events, The Big Half, London Marathon and Ride London. You don’t need to have volunteered before and for most roles, you don’t need any special skills or qualifications.

The Big Half – Sunday 1st March 2020

This is a half marathon run around parts of the London Marathon course. Our team operate a crossing point, with another club, at the 200m to go point by Cutty Shark in Greenwich so we do have the best view of the action. It is an early start as we need to be on course by 8:30 am, can also be a little chilly (being March) so you have been warned.

London Marathon – Sunday 26th April 2020

In its 40th year! We have 2 teams on the day, the Mile 18 team, and baggage team. 

The Mile 18 team are stationed in the Isle of Dogs so a bit of an early start as we need to get there before the road closures kick in. The team does 3 roles on the day, marshalling along the course, operating a pedestrian crossing and Elite Runner Rescue. We are on the actual course so have a great view of the action, but it is a long day as we need to be in place until around 2 pm.

The baggage team are at the finish reuniting runners with there bags. Much later start but finish much later.

Ride London – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August

New event for us as volunteers but some club members have done this in the past, as such we don’t at this stage know what roles we will have. Therefore, could be anything from assisting at the start, our on the courses, or at the finish. We also don’t know timings.

If you would like to volunteer for any or all of these events please fill out the form before and we will let you know once we have more information. If you change your mind or need to cancel then that is fine just let us know.

 

Please select which events you would like to volunteer for. All events have limited places so we can't guarantee your place.

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Men’s Team Report

On Saturday we had the second round of the Met League series over at Welwyn. We went over with a strong men’s team, still, a fair few runners missing but a decent showing nevertheless. 
Our 12 scorers on the day were Chris, Jim Barber, Carl, Scott, Ben Albon, David, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason Maloney, Kam, Adam Walker, Ricky Nelson and Ed Fenning. This was good enough for 10th on the day in Division 1 and keeps us in the same position overall, we’ve got a decent gap to 11th and 12th behind us so I don’t think relegation is even in the thinking, we’re now aiming to push on and catch up with the teams in front. As I mentioned, we still have a good few scorers missing (not including injuries just people not available on Saturday) so with a full-strength team we are close to 7th/8th/9th which would be great progress for us. Interesting as well, if you look at where our 12th scorer finishes compared to the 12 other teams in Division 1, we would be ranked 4th best. So, sorry to bore you all a bit here but in short, we’re closing the gap and really progressing nicely in the top Division. 
Our Vets team, Carl, Scott, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason, Adam and Ricky, finished 3rd on the day, only 36 points off 1st and remain in 3rd overall for the season. 

Adam

Women’s Team Report

We had 11 hardy souls who turned out for the race at Stanborough. It would have been really nice to see a few more take part in these races. They are good fun, in spite of the rain, and bring success to the Club. We again ran away with the division 2 win for the day and established a really strong position to take the division title for the season. That doesn’t mean we can be complacent, we still need everyone out for the rest of the season. Katie Brown was our first lady home in a fantastic 10th place. Katie was followed by Emily Jeanes, Alex Baird and Katie Vooght all in the top 50. Our 5th scorer was Emily Clarke finishing just ahead of Fiona Hathaway. The fact that we have so many younger runners and that the starting age for vets has gone up to 40 means we struggle for a vets team and without Zoe and Anja we were always up against it to get a vets team score but we did well with Fiona, Aimee Jenner and Foulla making up the scoring team. Our other runners were Sharon Tindale, Christine Hawker and Christine Read. As well as the seniors hitting the heights in division 2 we finished 7th in division 1 of the vets and the B team are 4th in division 3 and the vets B team are 5th in division 3. Everyone makes a contribution and there is all to play for. 
Chas for Zoe

Junior Team Report

It was a cold afternoon for racing at the 2nd Met league fixture of the season at Welwyn Garden City but the juniors were lucky to miss the rain that the seniors got.  That’s two years in a row!  Attendance wasn’t great with a few of our big guns taking part in County/Schools races or out injured but we still fielded enough U15/U17’s boys to field A B and C teams.  There was only 1 under 11 runner across the boys and girls combined which is very disappointing (where are you all?) so well done to Max Gilzean who has been an ever-present this season.  The U13 boys are our highest place team lying 8th out of 24 in the league and a big ‘well done’ goes to Luke Bass, Oscar Tivnann, Ed Paine and Oliver Moss for your efforts.  Luke, in his first met league race, finished a creditable 19th out of 62 runners.   With the Keohane sisters missing for this fixture we were always going to have fewer points in the girl’s races but Selma, Saoirse and Olivia held up our end for the U13’s as did Jessica and Anna for the U15’s.  All of them battled hard for their finishes.  Performances of the day go to Alessio Ferrari and Alex Lytrides.  Alessio finished 4th out of 55 in the U15’s race and 22nd out of 100 in the combined 15’s and 17’s.  Just behind him was Alex who came in 25th out of 100.  We had another 7 runners in the race which is a good turnout. Well done to Ethan, Ned, Liam, Max, Harry, Alexander and Toby.   Their efforts leave us 11th out of 33 teams after 2 fixtures.  I’d love to see us go top 10 this year.  Our next cross country fixture is at Trent Park on the 23rd in the NWL League.  Let’s have a big turnout.
Paul

October Senior Handicap 2019

October Senior Handicap 2019

With the North of the Thames and the juniors off at the North West London League in the afternoon, plus the weather and a World Club Rugby on a small but dedicated turnout.

Slight alterations to the course due to the Pineapple still being dug up for some works, and a fair bit of mud around and a strong wing lead to some interesting conditions, so times generally down a bit, but didn’t stop some people putting in a cracking performance.

Fastest on the day was Andy Betton (19:40) and our first lady Emily Clarke (22:20).

The most improved where Kellie Cuthill with a 7.93% improvement and breaking 30 minutes for the first time, followed by Lisa Barlow with a 4.49% improvement and then Duncan Bensted (2.921%).

Sunday League – Cheshunt Results – 20/10/2019

Sunday League – Cheshunt Results – 20/10/2019

Men’s Team Report

Yesterday saw us kick off the Sunday League season at Cheshunt.

Our 8 scorers on the day were Chris, Jim Barber, Scott, Ben Allen, Tom Miller, Dave, Jim Arrowsmith and Adam Walker. This was a strong performance and gave us the overall win on the day by a decent margin. Congrats to Chris as well on getting the overall race victory. Our Vets team (Scott, Jim Arrowsmith, Adam Walker and Jason Maloney) also fared well in their competition. This gave us 1st A team, 1st B team and 3rd Vets. We also came first in the combined with our women’s team.

A very strong start to the campaign.

Adam

Women’s Team Report

I think Zoe is away for half term and therefore have the great pleasure and delight on writing something covering the wonderful women’s performance on Sunday.

Last year at this race we had the first 3 finishers but didn’t have the outstanding runners to back this up. This year we again had the first 3 with plenty of backup. We had 7 in the first 15. The first 3 were Emily Jeanes, Cyn Cano and Jessica Prior. Cyn and Jess were up there last year and the other two scorers were Alex Baird and Katie Vooght in 7th and 8th place. They were closely followed by Kat Alpe (10th) and Anja Greenwood (15th). All of our 19 women performed admirably giving us a B team win and a 2nd place for the vets. I can think of half a dozen other ladies who are potential points scorers who weren’t able to run so we look good for another great season. If I was to pick out one other runner it is Lisa Barlow who was one of this year’s beginners and ran strongly. Hopefully she can spread the word to others to give it a go.

The next Sunday League race is our own at Trent Park on 1st December. I’m excited to see what we can do there.
Chas for Zoe

September Handicap 2019

September Handicap 2019

With the Mayor’s fun run the next day and the juniors off at the North West London League a lower the normal turnout. However, some great performance across the field. 

Slight alterations to the course due to the Pineapple being dug up for some works, but all good practise for the cross country season.smile

Fastest on the day was Edward Fenning in 19:06, closely followed by Andy Betton (19:31) and our first lady Kat Alpe (20:03). 

The most improved where Jennifer Mullarkey with a 12.717% improvement, then Annie McAnulty (9,711%), followed by Phil Cooper (5.022%).

MWL 2019 – Race 2 – Royston – 13/06/2019

MWL 2019 – Race 2 – Royston – 13/06/2019

Men’s Team Report

On Thursday we had the second instalment of the Midweek League series, but headed over to Royston with a semi-depleted team due to ongoing injuries and mixed availability in comparison with the first race at St Albans.

Our 12 scorers on the day were Dougal, Carl, Scott, Jim, Adam Walker, Ed Fenning, Steve Moss, Tarkan Husseyin, Will Douglas, Mick O’Sullivan, Jon Willis and Andy Roper

With 5 of our scorers from the first fixture missing on top of various injuries, it was always going to be a tall order so with a bit of damage limitation we finished 5th on the day in the Senior Men’s and 3rd in the Vets. Luckily we were bailed out a bit by the women romping to victory in both the Senior and Vets side of things, to leave us still in the hunt, just about.

In the overall standings after 2 races we are 3rd in the Senior and Vets, as well as being 3rd in the overall Seniors combined with the women, and 1st in the Vets combined.

Women’s Team Report

Having made a great start to the midweek campaign the Ladies Team were determined to show that we are key contenders for the league title. Undeterred by the weather or the distance to the race, the team arrived ready to do battle. 

Whilst the rain held off during the race, the temperature at the start line made it seem closer to a Jan XC than a June 10km. After a busy and very tight first km the field spaced out and we were treated to a fast if somewhat ‘undulating’ 10km. The course obviously suited our runners as we had 5 ladies in the top ten and 4 under 40 mins. A fantastic 2nd place for Emily J, followed by Jen in 4th place on her first midweek race for the team and Alex (5th). However it wasn’t just at the front of the race that TP showed our strength with most of our runners making an improvement on times compared to St Albans – most impressive being Kellie Cuthill who was over 5 minutes quicker! Most importantly we topped the table in both the Senior and Vets team and are in first place overall. 

Now we are ahead of St Albans we need to make sure we have as many ladies as possible at Orion to keep us at the top of the table!!

Special thanks this week to Scott for carrying on past the finish line to collect Jen’s number and pass it to her as she came into the finish!

Results are below and the photo can be found here.