The Nightcap – New Mid-week 5km Handicap

The Nightcap – New Mid-week 5km Handicap

The Nightcap – new mid-week handicap

Whilst we can take advantage of the lighter evening, we are adding The Nightcap to The Plank handicap series. This uses the same course, registration and starting process as The Plank, the only difference is there will be no course marshals, but we will put out signs to guide you.
The first of these will be on Thursday 20th May 2021, starting at 6:45 pm.
You will need to register to take part via
I do need 3 people to help on the evening for the start/finish area, So if you are available to help please let me know.
The Plank – May 2021 – Saturday 29/5/2021
Our next The Plank – 5km Handicap will be on Saturday 29/5/2021.
Registration is open for this via
We do require a lot of assistance for this so if you are available please email


“The Plank” April 2021 Handicap – Results and Photos

“The Plank” April 2021 Handicap – Results and Photos

“The Plank” Handicap
April 2021 – 24/4/2021


Beautiful day in the park so a great day for our first race back since lock-down end, a boy where people ready to race!

Some great results across the field with Dougal Burrowes first home in an incredible 17:05! (He obviously had his Weetabix this morning.)

The fastest lady was Kat Alpe in 20:20, which on any other day would have put her in the top 3, but today with the sub 20 boys out in force and a few speedy juniors, put her 10th home, with 9 athletes doing a sub 20.

Complete results can be found

The handicap tables will be updated shortly and can be found at

Massive thank to David and Linda Grindall for arranging all the marshals and to out marshals out on the course. Without who these races would not be possible. We are always looking for volunteers so please consider helping out at future events.

Entries for the May event, on Saturday 29th May are now open.


Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays
Saturday 17th April 2021


On Saturday afternoon we headed over to a new venue in Dagenham for the Chingford League relays which is the end of season fixture. After such a turbulent 12 months, it’s been amazing to have the Chingford League races to look forward to and they are organised in a brilliant and Covid secure way by Adrian and the team.

Many members will know of our success in the relay competition over the past 10 years or so, with the Men’s team winning the fixture 6 years on the bounce from the 2011/12 season through to 2016/17. The Women’s team also lifted the Relay winner’s trophy in the 2017/18 season.

On the day we had 5 Women entered, with Kat, Fiona, Anja and Jessica making up the A team and Christine Hawker on an additional team. I must say a special thanks to Fiona for stepping up last minute to run after we lost a runner due to injury, and to Anja for pulling the team together. After a really strong run by Kat, and then Anja, we were right in the mix and within contention. A brilliant run from Fiona handed over to Jessica in 3rd place, and with a fantastic run she hunted down the ladies in front to storm home to victory by over 50 meters in the end!

Over to the Men’s race, where we had a scoring competition for the A team, Vets team and B Team. I must mention the Junior section of the club here, as 3 of our 4 runners in the Men’s A team had all been products of the Juniors, with young Cameron Bocchetti followed by returning members Dan Carpenter and Joe Young. With the addition of Dougal Burrowes, this was a stellar team made with birth years in the 1900’s and one in the 2000’s (sorry if that makes you feel old reading this!). Our B Team was very strong as well, comprising Will Douglas (another product of the juniors), Jim Arrowsmith, Ben Allen and the evergreen Scott Aiken.

After a storming first leg, Dan Carpenter gave us a 50-meter lead and handed over to Cameron who ran a brilliant leg and outsprinted London City to maintain the lead, Joe Young sped off to put us well in command and handed over to Dougal about 70 meters in front. A controlled last leg and Dougal bought the win home for the team, an outstanding effort and great to have that famous trophy back in its rightful place in Trent Park hands after a 3-year hiatus. Scott Aiken famously once said (during the week) that you can’t win anything with kids…. How wrong he was! 😄

On the other side, the B team looked in control from the outset and some strong legs and brilliant running gave that team a comfortable victory and another win for TP, as well as winning Division 1 for the season.

We can’t quite work out if there was a C team competition or not, but let’s assume there was and our team on the day of Mike Prior, Paul Brennan, Del Boy and Stuart Manktelow all individually ran great times in a really tricky race where they were effectively doing time trails against themselves due to the wave of starts for social distancing purposes. Our 4 Vet’s on the day taken from the above teams (Jim, Scott, Paul and Mike) were easy winners and rounded off a clean sweep for Trent Park across the board, as well as our Men’s Vets team winning the Chingford League Division 1 for the season. Well done also to the rest of the team who ran superbly on the day; Luke Bowie, Jason Hornett, Jeremy, Eamon, Ian Ellis and Chas. The relays are always a good bit of fun to round off the season and everybody came away with beaming smiles on their faces after the run, after a few minutes of waiting for the lactic acid to clear from their legs!!

That ended the shortened Chingford League season, and it’s been brilliant for this league to put some fixtures on for us recently. We ended the season with the below team results:

Men’s A Team – 3rd (Division 1)
Women’s A Team – 2nd (Division 1)
Men’s Vets – 1st (Division 1)
Women’s Vets – 5th (Division 1)
Men’s B Team – 1st (Division 1)


Return to running update – 26/3/2021

Return to running update – 26/3/2021

Return to club activities
Update for 29th March 2021


Following Wednesday’s committee meeting, here’s what you need to know so far:

  • We are restarting organised running activities from next week (29th March)
  • We are following England Athletics guidance
    Our activities will be organised to meet EA guidance on running them as COVID-secure
  • Subject to confirmation, track starts on Tuesday 30th March
    Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday sessions also next week after 29th for seniors and juniors
  • We will brief run leaders to make sure they are up to speed before we restart (run leaders – please check your inbox for email)
    Sessions will all be on Coacha for booking once run leaders are in the picture and ready to go
  • Some changes to group sizes, but these are minimal changes at this stage whilst we get going again
  • Full information on Hockey Club usage to follow (eg from 29th March – bar open for takeaway, toilets open, masks to be worn when inside)
  • Welcome back tea and coffee date (provided by the club) to follow!
  • Membership fees remain the same and subs will be due from 1st April


More information on all the above to follow to help you get restarted

We look forward to seeing you!

Peter and the TPRC team

National Lockdown – 6th January 2021

National Lockdown – 6th January 2021

National Lockdown
6th January 2021


With the recent government announcement of a full national lockdown, English Athletics has issued revised guidelines for us all to follow.

These being as follows:

  • The suspension of all face-to-face indoor and outdoor club/group activity.
  • The suspension of all indoor track and field competitions.
  • The suspension of all outdoor competitions including track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multi-terrain running.
  • The suspension of all face-to-face coaches’ and officials’ education.
  • The suspension of any other face-to-face club/group training sessions, events, athlete camps, running groups or other social events, as well as club committee or other meetings.
  • Indoor gyms and facilities will remain closed.

What can take place?

  • The government has confirmed that individuals can exercise with one other person either from their household OR outside their household. This exercise is limited to one occasion per day and, the individual should not travel outside of their local area
  • Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches
  • Virtual competitions can still take place. Click here for a list of virtual road races
  • England Athletics will continue to coordinate the Weekly 30

The full English Athletics statement can be accessed 

Please do adhere to these new guidelines, thank you.

Peter Goldfinch