Following on from promotion for both teams in our debut season, both mens and ladies squads consolidated their place in division two with solid performances this year. The ladies finished 4th and the men 5th. Both reams replicated last seasons success with victory in the Vets competitions. Huge thanks and congratulations to all runners who contributed (including second claim, we couldn’t have done it without you!).
Fantastic results despite not fielding not fielding full teams at all races. We’d love to push for promotion to division one, but that requires a full squad at every race. So come on Manorites, support your club in the capital’s premier cross country league! UTM!
Our all-conquering Elvis League winners went to collect their silverware at the Elvis Awards night, hosted by H90 Joggers. Lee Kyson was kind enough to share some photos from the occasion. Well done to Jenny, Simon & Lee for their individual awards, and well done everyone for both our teams awards. UTM!
Eton Manor was represented by no less than 13 members at the 2022 London Marathon. Several cheer squads were on the route to support our runners. And didn’t they all do well! Some fantastic debut performances, and a couple of new PBs as well. UTM!
The final race of the 2022 Elvis League saw Eton Manor crowned champions in both mens and ladies team competitions. Jenny Heymann won the ladies competition, Simon Cottle was second in the mens, and Lee Milne won the ladies V40. From both race captains, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the league this year. Not just the speedy legs who scored the points; absolutely everyone who has been part of the club throughout the season. Every single one of you who has taken part in a race or training session has contributed to the clubs morale and confidence, which has been our trademark this year. We are only a little East London club, but we have always had a fantastic team spirit, and we are finally getting the success that spirit deserves. Congratulations one and all!
The Elvis awards ceremony is on Friday 21st October, details in the Elvis League facebook group. Please come along if you can, and share in the celebrations as we pick up our trophies! Up the Manor!!
On 19th June 2022 the Eton Manor Association Fun Run made a welcome return after a break of several years. This charity fundraising event was a collaboration between Eton Manor AC and Eton manor Rugby Club. A total of 59 participants ran the 2 mile course, the youngest being just 3 years old, and also featuring a camel!
There was a strong contingent from the junior section of the club in addition to senior members, rugby coaches & players, and runner from the local community. Everyone had a great time enjoying the facilities at the Rugby club, with an outside bar, BBQ and a bouncy castle.
The event raised over £400 for Haven House children’s hospice. Kind thanks to all the volunteers who helped host the event, and everyone who came to support. UTM!
To coincide with the change to British Summer Time we are trialling a shift to slightly earlier start times for our training sessions. Both Tuesday and Thursday sessions will start 30 minutes earlier than previously, effective 29/03/2022.
The 2021 Autumn marathon season saw a long-awaited return to in-person racing. The club had representatives at events in Brighton, Berlin, London, Chester, Manchester, Yorkshire and Paris.
Spectating was discouraged at the 2021 London Marathon, but one or two intrepid supporters made it down to the famous course to cheer on our runners. Finishing times were as follows:
Sharron did a brilliant job running for her brother Liam, whilst Colm ran with a slight injury after running Berlin just a week before. Elite Manorite Sam had also been injured and didn’t seem to have done any discernable training, but ran sub-3 with negative splits and looked like he was just out for a jog. Naomi made 3.39 look very easy, while John ran 3.28 and made everyone look forward to reaching their 60s (when you get really really good). Other formidable vets Louise and Gail both won prizes for looking cheerful while running. Aaron was once again raising money for Mencap. Our fastest Manorite of the day was Simon with a glorious PB and splits that will make your heart sing. A special mention for Steph Rashbrook who was an official tailwalker. You were all amazing!
At Manchester we were elated to see young George complete his first marathon, showing true Manor spirit in bouncing back from a DNF at Brighton just a month before – we are all very proud of you George! Other first-time marathoners were Richard and Christina (apparently a Nutella bagel before bed is the key to her success). Pippa came an amazing 9th in her category, looking strong at Mile 25 surrounded by men less than half her age. Very special congratulations to Louise who ran 4.14 which is a PB by somewhere in the region of 75 minutes. Nobody knew Jerome was running because he is very modest, but he came home in under 3.30 off not much training. Sarah has been injured but did a great run with highly professional pacing. Jane ran a significant PB (sixteen minutes!) despite leading the call for more rounds of prosecco the night before! And everyone’s favourite Manorite Janine forgot to do any training, took a very philosophical view (“I just wanted to finish”) and then pulled off a very respectable time – we like your style, Janine. Fastest Manorite at Manchester was James, with a very well-deserved sub-3. Times as follows:
At Chester, Jenny Heymann ran a huge PB of 3:11:25 to come home 5th lady, all that lockdown training paid off big time! In Paris, Jane Rukin-White ran her first post-pregnancy marathon and almost equalled her lifetime PB with a fantastic 3:33:43. Sam Jackson powered to 2:59:11 at the Yorkshire marathon, and was overjoyed to make it official, having run an unofficial sub-3 during lockdown. Yorkshire was the first marathon for Corrie Monaghan, who put her training to great use, finishing in 3:12:09. And a final mention to David Cato, who didn’t have a place at an official event, but ran 105.5 laps of Waltham Forest track to complete the marathon distance in 3:15:29.
All in all a thoroughly successful season, but we think this shot of George & Aaron sums it up best. UTM!
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