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March 2013: Physical Shield Road Relay

This annual relay event around the traditional course of Spareleaze Hill and Tycehurst Hill in Loughton, was held this year on the evening of Tuesday 26th March in the unseasonably cold conditions that pertained nationwide.

Nevertheless, 17 teams of 4 runners assembled at the start.  The Men's race was won by Eton Manor in a time of 38:07 while in the Women's race victory went to Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets in a time of 44:27.

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who endured the wintry temperatures to take part. Special thanks to the race officials who ended the evening with very cold fingers and toes!

Full results are on the Results Page.

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March 2013: Women's Teams Finish 5th in Chingford League

The 2012-13 Chingford League season finished on 2nd March with the cross-county relays at Highams Park. The Loughton Women's Team and the Loughton Women's Vets Team both finished in 5th position (out of 11 teams participating).

Congratulations to all those who took part during the season.

Full results and league positions are on the Results Page.

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February 2013: Congratulations to Anna

By virtue of her performance in the Chingford League fixture at Victoria Park last Saturday (2nd February),Anna Clark has not only won the individual classification in the U17 age group, but she has single-handedly achieved a win for Loughton A.C. in the team category!

In addition, on 10th February at Lee Valley, in the Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships, Anna won the silver medal in the Essex Champs, and bronze in the Eastern Champs in the U17 800m.

In the final, Anna ran a fantastic race to set a new personal best by 3 seconds, recording a time of 2m17.96s. Needless to say, this is also a new Club Record. Well done, Anna!!

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Gay and LornaJanuary 2013: Final Essex League Race

The final Essex League Race of the season took place at Chingford on Saturday.  An exceptionally muddy course did not prevent some fine Loughton performances.

The final league standings show the Women in 12th place with the Men in 16th - a notable result given that the first fixture of the season was missed due to a conflict with a Chingford League fixture. Well done to all concerned.

Congratulations also to Lorna Gaffney, Gay Shillaker and Michaela Davis for featuring in the individual league standings (22nd, 25th and 47th). Lorna and Gay are pictured demonstrating the best way of dealing with the aftermath of a muddy course!

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November 2012: League Races

The club has participated in a number of league races throughout November.

On Tuesday 6th, the Chingford League held the second of two 5k road races at the Redbridge Cycle Circuit. A good turnout ensured that the Women's team remains in 5th place and the Men's team 7th overall. Particularly noteworthy was rhe run by Mary Knapman, who finished 6th in the Women's Race.

Hylands PkOn Saturday 10th, a few dedicated club members made the trip to Colchester for the Essex League race there. The following Saturday there was a better turnout for the race at Hylands Park. Despite a good showing, the Club's teams remain well down the league as a result of missing the first Essex League race of the season, which clashed with the Chingford League race at Trent Park.

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November 2012: Inter Club Vets Cross Country Race

On Saturday 3rd November, Loughton staged the annual Inter-Club Vets cross country race over its traditional 5 mile couse on the Roding Valley Meadows. The weather was excellent - being neither too hot for runners nor too cold for spectators or officials - and conditions underfoot were soft, but not very slippery.

The race was was won by Gary Bagnell of Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets AC followed by Dave Cox and Neil Crisp both from Vets AC. The Women's race was won by Jo Singer of VPH&TH with Gabrielle Brooks (Loughton)second and Taryne McPherson (Eton Manor) third.

Eton Manor won the Men's team competition ahead of Vets AC and Orion. The Women's competition was won by Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets ahead of Loughton and Eton Manor.

Thanks are due to all the Loughton members who helped with the course setting, marshalling and officiating and to all those runners who took part.

Congratulations are due to all the Loughton participants who ensured a strong team position.

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October 2012: Winter Season Continues

The winter season continues.

The latest league race was the Chingford League race at Trent Park on Saturday 13th October. This unfortunately clashed with an Essex League fixture at Braintree but the club members decided to run at Trent Park.

The Women's team finished in 5th place and now stand 6th overall in the league. Once again, Mary Knapman ran strongly and finished 6th. Similarly, the Women's Vets team finished 5th in the race also and currently stand 6th in the league.

The Men's team finished 7th in the race and are 7th in the league. However the Men's Vets team finished 5th in the race and currently stand at 5th in the league. The next Chingford League race is on November 6th at the Redbridge Cycle Circuit at Hog Hill.

On Tuesday 16th October the club staged its 5 mile road championships on the traditional course from Loughton - taking in Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Debden.

The Men's race was won by Chris Martin (despite a small detour off the course) in a time of 32:55. The Women's race was won by Mary Knapman (with no navigational slip-ups) in 33:52. The Walking race was won by John Taylor

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October 2012: Start of the Winter Season

The winter season has now arrived - along with winter so it seems! The first race was the club 5 mile cross-country championships held in Epping Forest on Saturday 29th Sept. Dan Groban won the men's race in a time of 30:39 while the women's race was won by Yvette Mays (pictured) in a time of 39:30. Dan also won the Steve Hall Trophy for the best performance on the day.

The League Season started on Tuesday 2nd October with the first Chingford League race at the Hog Hill cycle circuit. A strong showing by the men's team see them placed 6th only a few points behind Eton Manor , while the women's team were badly hit by injuries but still finished in 6th place also. Particularly noteworthy is the run by Mary Knapman who was 4th place overall in the women's race.

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September 2012: End of the Southern Athletics League Season

The Southern Athletics League season came to an end on 1st September when the team team travelled to Ipswich for the final fixture. The final scores were Ipswich - 238; Cambridge - 187; Loughton - 157; Biggleswade - 17. This is a great result for our team, especially as Ipswich and Cambridge are such strong teams. Special thanks are due to all our officials, helpers and supporters. The results from the match and the league positions are on the Results page.

Joanne Ryan (pictured) won the 'Athlete of the Match' award, in the women's section........the first time a Loughton athlete has won an award

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August 2012: Both EVAC Teams Reach the Final

Congratulations to the Men's and Women's Vets teams who have qualified for the EVAC final on September 23rd.

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June 2012: Summer Season Continues

The summer track and field season gathered momentum in recent weeks.

Following on quickly after the first Eastern Vets match, the teams travelled to Southend for the second fixture of the season. Despite being depleted in numbers, both the Men's and Women's teams put up a creditable performance. The conditions were far from summery, but the expected rain held off until well after the final event.

On 19th May the second fixture of the Southern Athletics League season was held at Colchester. Again, the distance involved meant that the team was not at its strongest, and the opposition was very strong. Nevertheless, we managed to cover most of the events - with the help of some "occasional" competitors being pressed into service!

Finally, on 26th June the first of two Club Championships days was held at Walthamstow. A good turnout was bolstered by the addition of some events for the Under 11 group. Notable performances include Ella Cleary - 12.7 for the U11 75m, John McCabe - 12.4 for the 100m and Cliff Warren clearing 1.65 in the Pole Vault - much to his surprise.

Full results or all these events are on the Results page.

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April 2012: London Marathon

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the London Marathon. The results for Loughton runners are

  Gavin Harper 4:22:43
  Dave Tyson 4:27:12
  Hayley Aguda 5:04:09
  Jacqui Cox 6:54:02

Doubtless there are some stories behind these statistics which may appear in Loughton Lines in due course!

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April 2012: Loughton Ladies Win First EVAC Fixture

The Loughton Ladies team won their opening EVAC fixture of the season when they comfortable beat Chelmsford by 44 points to 31 at lee Valley on Wednesday 25th.

On an evening of atrocious weather, it was a solid all-round team effort that produced the win, so it would be unjust to pick out and individual performances - congratulations are due to all those who took part.

The Men's team finished 3rd, behind Chelmsford and Southend but ahead of Thurrock. They were not helped by David Hobbs having to assume the responsibility of starter at an early stage in the evening - so they can hope for better at the next fixture.

A special mention should be made of the officials who helped on the night - this being Loughton's home EVAC fixture. They were out in the most miserable conditions of wind and driving rain for most of the evening.

Full results are on the Results page.

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April 2012: Start of the Summer Track Season

The summer track season started properly with the first fixture of the season on Saturday 21st April. This was a significant occasion for the Club since following a recent decision, both the Men's and the Women's teams are competing together in the Southern Athletics League.  This, the first match in the new league, was held at the Woodside Stadium in Watford.

On a typical April day, the heavy showers mercifully managed to miss the stadium until the final races. A good Loughton turnout saw the team finish a creditable 3rd behind the very strong teams from Watford and St Alban's and well ahead of Colchester and Tendring.

Full results from this meeting will be posted on this site when available. Match Results and League tables can be found at www.southernathletics.org.uk/2012.

One notable feature of this league is that it includes a steeplechase for women (this event was not included in the Southern Women's League), and so it was that Helen Real became the first Loughton woman to compete in a steeplechase when she finished - AND WON - the 1500m event for women in a time of 6:48.7.

Congratulations to everyone who took part. The next Southern League fixture is on Saturday 19th May at Colchester.

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April 2012: Loughton Mayor's Charity Fun Run

On Sunday 15th April, Loughton A.C helped the Loughton Town Council with the organisation of the annual Mayor's Charity Fun Run.

About 50 participants completed the 4km course - it's pushing it a bit to call them all runners. The day was bright, dry and not too cold (if you were running!)

All proceeds from the event will go to the town mayor’s charity, The Dream Factory, a locally based group that provides treats and outings for terminally ill or seriously handicapped children.

Many thanks are due to all those from the club who helped with the organisation of the event which has raised money for such a worthwhile cause.

Further details can be found on the Loughton Town Council Newsletter

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March 2012: Chingford League Final Race

The Chingford League ended with the relays at Highams Park on 17th March. The Ladies team ended 5th overall while the Ladies Vets Team was 6th. The Men's team were 8th and the Men's Vets team were 7th. Well done to everyone who supported the club throughout the season. Full results were on the Results page.

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March 2012: Loughton Runners in the Orion 15

Congratulations to the Loughton runners who completed the Orion 15 - in very warm conditions - on 24th March. They were:

  Steve Anstis 1:56:35
  Duncan Rayney 2:14:18
  George Georgiou 2:37:29

 

 

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February 2012: Loughton Silver Medals at Indoor Championships

At the County and Regional Indoor Athletics Championships, held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre on 11th and 12th February, Anna Clark won the silver medal in the 800m with a new PB. She’s in the U17 age group.

In the same championships, Peter Cassidy gained another silver for Loughton, in the senior men’s walk – he’s actually an M70!

Anna Clark also made the Essex cross-country team as a result of a good finish in the Essex Schools race, and then represented Essex in the Southern Counties schools cross-country champs, where she finished 53rd.

Full results of all races are on the Results page.

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February 2012: The London Walks and the Wintry Weather

Unfortunately the recent spell of cold weather meant that the London Walking Championships (promoted by Loughton AC and organised by Peter And Pauline) had to be postponed.

However the weather was no deterrent to some of the Sunday morning training group who were out enjoying the snow-covered forest (see picture).

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January 2012: Loughton Ladies Finish 5th in the Essex League

Loughton Ladies continued the good form of the winter season by finishing 5th overall in the final Essex League standings after the race at Chingford on January 14th. Showing the advantage of consistent finishing, the Ladies managed to finish ahead of much larger clubs such as Orion, Colchester and Basildon.

Several individuals were well placed in the final standings. Gay Shillaker - 3rd in V45 class, Jean Hobbs - 4th in V55 class,  Helen Real was the 7th Senior Women (11th overall).

The Men's Team finished 10th overall (out of 21 participating clubs). David Hobbs was 4th overall in V60 class.

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January 2012: Loughton Ladies Win Chingford League Race

A week after their success in the Essex League, the Loughton Ladies Team triumphed at the Chingford League Race on 21st January. A solid turnout meant that the team scored 81 points, placing them comfortably ahead of Orion (100) and Eton Manor (105). The Women's Vets Team also scored well but had to settle for second place behind Orion.

The results consolidates both Ladies Seniors and Ladies Vets Teams in 5th place in the League with two races remaining.

The Men's Team also had a solid turnout and remain in 8th position in the league. The Vets team remain in 7th place.

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December 2011: Mince Pie Relay

The annual Loughton AC Mince Pie Relay was held on the morning of 27th December.

Those willing and able to participate were seeded into 3 pools based on ability, and teams of three were drawn at random to include one member from each pool. Each team then has to complete 6 laps of the field - each lap being approximately 1300m.

36 runners (12 teams) took part. As is usual the most successful teams were comprised of those who managed to confuse the seeding committee most effectively! However, on this occasion, the fact that all the 5th leg runners were on the course at the same time suggested that the teams were as fair as possible.

The team of Paul Regan, Michael Hunt and Sandy Yamaguchi demonstrated that they had not over-indulged during the Christmas period by running out comfortable winners. Full results are on the Results page.

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December 2011: Loughton Ladies Well Placed in County Vets Cross Country

The Loughton AC Ladies Vets team did particularly well to finish 6th in the County Championships held at Chigwell Row on 3rd December.

The team of Lorna Gaffney (18th), Gay Shillaker (33rd), Anne Heeks (37th) and Jean Hobbs (69th) scored 158 points, finishing behind the much larger clubs Woodford Green & Essex Ladies (56), Colchester (71), Springfield (78), Southend (105) and Orion (144). The men V50's managed to finish a team!

Meanwhile, in the Chingford League, the Ladies team have consolidated their position  - 5th- after the latest round at Alexander Palace on 26th November. The Womens Vets team are in 6th position. The Men's team remain in 8th place and the Men's Vets team is still 6th.

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December 2011: Ware Cup

Loughton staged its own Inter-Club Cross Country Race - The Ware Cup - on Saturday 10th December. The race was held on the club's traditional five mile cross country course over the Roding Valley Meadows - starting and finishing close to the clubhouse.

The race attracted 84 runners with teams from Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets, Orion and Eton Manor competing along with Loughton for the team prizes.

Victoria Park & TH won the Men's trophy ahead of Orion, while Eton Manor held off Loughton to claim the Women's cup.

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November 2011: Loughton Ladies Win Inter-Club Vets Match

The Loughton AC Ladies team held off strong opposition to win the Inter-Club Vets match held over the traditional course at the Roding Valley Meadows on 5th November.

The team of Anne Heeks (3rd), Gay Shillaker (4th), Amanda Gibbins (5th) and Jill Tovey (11th) scored 23 points, ahead of Orion (31 points), Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets (38 points) and Eton Manor (50 popints).

The Mens team finished 4th, behind Orion, Vets AC and Eton Manor but ahead of Walthamstow and Victoria Park/Tower Hamlets.

Meanwhile, a good turnout has resulted in both the Men's and Women's teams improving their standings in the Essex League after the latest round at Basildon on 29th October. The Women's team are now 6th (out of 20) and the Men's team have moved up to 12th (out of 21).

In the Chingford League, the Ladies team have consolidated their position  - 5th- after the latest round at Hog Hill on 1st November. The Men's team remain in 8th place and the Men's Vets team is still 6th.

See the Results page for the full results of all these races.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in these races and ran so well. Hopefully we can maintain this for the remaining league fixtures.

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October 2011: Start of the Winter Season

With the nights drawing in and the leaves in Epping Forest beginning to turn, the winter season is now upon us. To date, there have been two Chingford League and one Essex League fixtures and the club's 5 mile road and cross-country championships have taken place. See the Results page for full details.

At the moment, the Women's team are in comfortable mid-table positions, lying 5th out of 10 in the Chingford League and 7th out of 17 in the Essex League.

In the Chingford League, the Women's Vets Team are one better than their Senior counterparts, being currently in 4th place.

The Men have fared less well, but are still in 8th place in the Chingford League and 14th place in the Essex League. The Men's Vets team is currently 6th in the Chingford League.

With two Essex League Fixtures and two Chingford League Fixtures before the end of November, there is every possibility that these positions will change in the near future. Let's try to ensure that Loughton teams move up the leagues by getting as larg a turnout as possible at these races.

The next league fixtures are:

Essex League : 29th October (Basildon), 19th November (Benfleet)

Chingford League : 1st November (Hog Hill), 26th November (Alexandra Palace)

In addition the club is staging the annual Inter-Club Vets match on the cross-country course at Loughton on 5th November. All club members are welcome to run whether Vets or not, but if anyone is available on that day and not wishing to run, then assistance will be required with course setting and marshalling. Please let John Hart or Tony Maycraft know if you are available.

See the Fixtures page for full details

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September 2011: Loughton At The Isle of Wight

Loughton runners turned out in force at the annual SEAA Fell Running Championships , held in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Fell Race Series in September. A total of 15 runners took part altogether with 11 completing all 3 races - a record. They were joined by the usual army or supporters. Honours went to Lorna Gaffney and Anne Heeks who were 1st and 2nd in their respective classes while the Loughton Ladies team of Lorna, Anne and Amanda Gibbins were 3rd overall. Congratulations go to all those that took part and to all the prize winners.

Full results are on the Results page. Pictures are on the Pictures page.

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September 2011: Ben Nevis

Helen Real and Tony Maycraft completed the Ben Nevis Race on 3rd September - the first Loughton runners for 8 years. In very wet conditions (both overhead an underfoot) and poor visibility, Helen - running the race for the first time - turned in a very creditable 2:41:33 for the 10 mile course with 4400 feet of climb. Tony had a run he would rather forget, suffering from cramp for most of the descent and eventually finished in over 3 hours. Thanks are due to John Cash, The Whiffin family (Jim, Jo, Abigail and Katie) and Monica and Rosanna Maycraft who made the trip to Fort William to support the runners on the hillside. All of the Whiffins and Rosanna made it to the top of the mountain despite the bad weather.

Full results of all races are on the Results page. Pictures on the Pictures Page.

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August 2011: Loughton Vets Teams Qualify for EVAC Final

Both of Loughton's Vets teams have qualified for the EVAC final, which is to be held on 11th September at Bedford.

The Women's team qualified by winning the Essex Division. In the final match at Southend on 3rd August they beat the Chelmsford team by 38 points to 37 and won the division by 145.5 points to 142.5.

The Men's team finished second in the Essex Division with 183 points, behind Chelmsford who amassed 216 points but ahead of Southend on 179. Due to the nature of the EVAC divisional structure - with varying numbers in each Division - the remaining places were decided by recalculating the results for each fixture as though it was one match (a lot of work for someone!). As a result of this, the Men's team qualified for the final along with Chelmsford and Southend.

One notable performance during the EVAC matches to date has been that of Mitch Belham, who set a League and Club V40 record in the high jump during the meeting at Chelmsford on 29th June.

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August 2011: Other Track News

The Women's team were in action again on Saturday 20th August at Braintree, having to endure poor weather conditions in the middle of the afternoon. The team scores were as follows: Colchester 249.5, Newham 244, Braintree 205, Loughton 167.5, Harlow 103, Huntingdon 88 (Eton Manor did not compete).

Well done to everyone who competed and thanks to all the officials who braved the weather.

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 July 2011: Latest Track & Field News

Loughton hosted a joint Southern Men's and Southern Women,s League fixture on 9th July. Fortunately the promised showers stayed away until after the competition had finished, making it a very pleasant afternoon for competing and officiating - if a little breezy.

The women's team performed really well, and the final result was: Newham 228; Colchester 184; Braintree 172.5; Loughton 165.5; Huntingdon 150; Harlow 131; Eton Manor 70. Well done, everybody! The next women's league match is on 20th August at Braintree.

The men's team struggled against very strong opposition. The final result was Cambridge 111; Bedford 105; Harlow 93; Loughton 42. The next men's match is on 13th August at Parliament Hill.

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July 2011: Meanwhile on the Fells

Helen Real and Tony Maycraft travelled to the Lake District on 3rd July to take part in the Skiddaw fell race. The 9 mile 2700 feet course was a real mountain test and a serious warm up for the Ben Nevis race in September. Also warm was the weather, making this an even more severe test.

Once again,  Helen was the star, completing the course in 1:49:50 - this time 21 seconds ahead of Tony - who she passed on the descent - and 12th woman overall! Full Results are on the Results page.

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June 2001: Latest Track & Field News

June saw Loughton's Home fixture in the Eastern Veterans League. This was held on 1st June at Lee Valley on a very pleasant evening for competing and officiating.

The Women's team were the stars scoring 38 points to comfortably beat Chelmsford (23 points). The Men's team were involved in a very tight match and were eventually second with 47 points, behind Chelmsford (51 points) but ahead of Southend (41 points).

Congratulations to those who took part. A big thank you is also due to all the club members - some of them many years from being veterans - who turned out to help officiate and ensure the smooth running of the meeting. Loughton's next Home fixture is a joint Men's and Women's league match on 9th July - also at Lee Valley.

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June 2001: Back to the Fells

Helen Real and Tony Maycraft travelled to North Yorkshire on 4th June to take part in the Pen-y-Ghent fell race. The 5.9 mile mountain course, with 1650 feet of climb, was another stepping stone on the route to the ultimate goal of the Ben Nevis race in September.

On a very windy day - with cloud periodically covering the top (see picture) - the winning time was much slower than previous years, so Tony was reasonably pleased to go over 2 minutes faster than last year.

However Helen was the star, completing the course in 68:43 - only 22 seconds behind Tony and 5th place woman overall. Helen tells me that she hasn't done much specific hill training - I wonder what her times will be when she does! Full Results are on the Results Page.

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May 2011: Hatfield Broad Oak 10k

A number of Loughton runners took part in the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k road race on 30th May. They were supported by a greater number of club members who were also able to enjoy the attractions of the flower festival in this picturesque Essex village, on a beautiful Bank Holiday Monday (yes we did have one!).

Of the 1248 finishers, results were as follows:

240   Dave Tyson      45:03
329   Gay Shillaker   46:56
347   John Hart          47:12
464   Anne Heeks     49:52

Full results are on the Results page. Pictures are on the Pictures page

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May 2011: Latest Track & Field News

The 2011 Summer Track & Field Season continued with the the Southern Women's' League meeting at Walthamstow on May 21st. The Women's team finished in fourth place with 159 points - behind Colchester (227), Newham (217) and Braintree (207), but well in front of Huntingdon (132), Harlow (122) and Eton Manor (121).

The main difference between Loughton and the teams ahead was the number of under 15 girls competing - so special thanks and congratulations are due to Anna Clark and Frida Petersen for representing the club so well at this match. Perhaps we can get some more Under 15s for the next match. Full Results are on the Results Page.

The next Women's League match is on Saturday 9th July at Lee Valley. This is a joint Home fixture with the Men's team so all help with officiating and organising is greatly appreciated. Meanwhile the Men's team have a fixture on 4th June at Colchester and the Vets team have a fixture at Lee Valley on 1st June - this is also a Home fixture

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May 2011: Track Season Continues

The 2011 Summer Track Season continued with the first meetings of the season in the Southern Women's' League and the Eastern Veterans League. The Women finished in third place at Newham on 30th April.  Team Manager David Hobbs said described this as a "great result, especially as it was so close between the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th teams."

At Chelmsford on 4th May, the Men's Veterans Team were first in the match an consequently head the division. They totalled 77 points, Chelmsford were second with 71 while Southend were third with 64. The Women's Veterans Team were second, being narrowly beaten by Chelmsford by 90 points to 83.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to those who helped officiating (especially at Chelmsford where it was very cold!).

Full Results are on the Results Page.

The next Women's League match is on Saturday 21st May at Walthamstow while the next EVAC meeting is our HOME fixture on Wednesday 1st June Lee Valley.

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April 2011: Track Season Starts

The 2011 Summer Track Season got underway on Saturday 16th April when the women's team participated in the Alpha/Beta Trophy at Lee Valley. The final scores put Loughton in fifth position overall in the Beta Trophy classification. Team Manager David Hobbs said:

"Bearing in mind the limited number of athletes available for this match, this was an excellent outcome."

"Quite a few performances showed improvement on last season's times or distances, and there were even a couple of 'outright' pbs!

Well done to everyone who took part. Full Results are on the Results Page.

The first women's league match is on Saturday 30th April at Newham while the first men's league match is on Saturday 7th May at Hemel Hempstead. The first EVAC meeting is on Wednesday 4th May at Colchester.

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April 2011: London Marathon

A number of Loughton runners pounded in the heat from Greenwich to the Mall via the Isle of Dogs in last Sunday's London Marathon. All those who took part were very grateful for the support provided by the many club members watching along the route.

The finishing times of the Loughton runners are:

6308

Rob Sargent

3:45:58

15813

Duncan Rayney

4:28:04

19559

Jacqueline Cox

4:43:07

Doubtless these figures reflect a number of stories, which may well appear in the future.

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April 2011 : Loughton Mayor's Family Fun Run

Loughton AC assisted Loughton Town Council with the organisation of the Mayor's Family Fun Run on Sunday April 10th. 98 competitors completed the 3.5km course on the Roding Valley recreation ground - at various speeds! A considerable amount of money was raised for the Mayor's chosen charity - The Dream Factory - a local charity helping to brighten the lives of severely ill young people.

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April 2011: Back on The Fells

Loughton runners once again travelled to hillier parts of the country to test themselves against the fells and mountains.

On 2nd April John Hart took part in the Pendle Fell Race near Burnley. In a field of 339, John was 281st covering the 4.5mile, 1500ft course in 53:06. Tony Maycraft was half way up the hill with his camera, and marvelled at the speed with which Ian Holmes (former British Champion and Ben Nevis winner) was able to descend - narrowly failing to pass the winner Jon Brown.

The following day, John and Tony took part in the Lad's Leap Fell Race to the west of Manchester. This was not the first time that Loughton runners had run here as a group made the trip when it was part of the English Championships in 2003. Over a 5.9mile, 1700 feet course, Tony was 74th in 70:43 while John was 100th in 79:55.

On 9th April, Helen Real, Anne Heeks and Tony Maycraft travelled to Llangollen in North Wales for the Llanysilio Fell Race. The 6.2 mile, 2100 feet course was tackled in unseasonably warm and pleasant conditions. No results have been produced at the time of writing but Tony took about 75 minutes, Helen was a few minutes behind, while Anne made a strategic mistake in not looking where those in front of her were going and ended up with a time that she would rather not be published! She did, however, still win the W50 class.

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