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Jonathan Poole & Rachel Thomas win 2018 Ealing Half Marathon

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The leafy streets of West London were filled on Sunday 30th September, as runners from over 30 different countries took part in the seventh edition of the Ealing Half Marathon.

The multi award-winning autumn race sold out several weeks in advance and saw thousands of runners of all levels take on the well-supported 13.1-mile route and soak up the famous #EalingFeeling.

Lining up at the start were lots of club runners, including a large contingent of Ealing Eagles, as well as many runners raising money for charity including Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK. A lot of locals had chosen Ealing Half Marathon as their first half marathon, and many fancy dress costumes were spotted – including a caterpillar, rhino and banana man. British long-distance runner and two-time Olympian Mara Yamauchi was also in the running crowd, as well as a group of runners from Ealing’s twin town Marcq-en-Barœul in France who had made their annual trip to West London.

Thousands of spectators lined the route and the atmosphere was superb, as has come to be expected of this much-loved community event.

The race was started promptly at 9am by popular endurance runner Susie Chan, and Friend of Ealing Half Marathon Lisa Emerson who then jumped in to complete her 7th Ealing Half.

After running neck and neck from the start, Jonathan Poole of Serpentine Running Club and Paul Martelletti were battling it out for the title on the last leg in Lammas Park, with Poole defending his title and taking the win in 1:09:02, seven seconds ahead of Martelletti. Ollie Garrod of Epsom and Ewell Harriers came third in 1:09:35.

The women’s title was claimed by Rachel Thomas of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets, who crossed the finish line in 1:20:28, a minute and ten seconds ahead of runner up Josie Hinton of London Heathside. Martha Lloyd, also of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets, secured the third place on the podium with a time of 1:22:05.

Ealing Half Marathon followed a hugely successful Ealing Mini Mile on Saturday 29th September, which was sponsored by St Augustine’s Priory and had 1,700 entries from young runners aged 6-16 who completed their own mile race in Lammas Park. For the first time this year the event included a Family Mini Mile for children aged 5 and under, and it proved to be a fantastic precursor to half marathon race day.

RESULTS: Ealing Half Marathon, 30th September 2018

Male:

  1. Jonathan Poole (Serpentine Running Club), 1:09:02
  2. Paul Martelletti, 1:09:09
  3. Ollie Garrod (Epsom and Ewell Harriers), 1:09:35

Female:

  1. Rachel Thomas (Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets), 1:20:28
  2. Josie Hinton (London Heathside). 1:21:38
  3. Martha Lloyd (Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets), 1:22:05

For all results please go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/results/

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “The 2018 Ealing Half Marathon has been an overwhelming success, congratulations to every single person who crossed the finish line today. We were delighted with the turnout on this beautiful autumn day and would like to thank all our runners and spectators for making this seventh anniversary event so special. It was amazing to welcome runners from so many different countries again and Ealing has been buzzing with excitement all weekend!

“Huge thanks go to all of our volunteers, marshals, pacers, sponsors, partners, local businesses and residents for their support in delivering another first-class event.

“Entries to the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon open tomorrow at midday, this will be your chance to enter our multi award-winning closed roads event at the lowest possible price from just £38. Don’t miss out on that special early bird rate, and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2019!”

Sponsors of the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon included St Augustine’s Priory, Bodyline Fitness, Move Clinics, Portdevon Holdings, As You Like It Building Services, JogPost, The New Inn, Fuller’s and Up & Running.

The 2019 Ealing Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 29th September and entries are now open.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further race info and details of the 2019 event. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about Ealing Half Marathon.

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Tube Strike announced on race weekend….

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URGENT UPDATE – Sadly Transport for London​ drivers have announced a strike on the Piccadilly line on race weekend, 29th and 30th September. Please check your travel plans and make alternative arrangements if you need to.

https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/piccadilly-line-tube-drivers-strike-15144232

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Last week to secure a charity place for 2018 Ealing Half Marathon

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The organisers of the award-winning Ealing Half Marathon have announced that public places have sold out, but charity places will remain open for one week in advance of the event on Sunday 30th September 2018.

Runners have between Monday 10th and Sunday 16th September to sign up to run for one of the official race charities, Alzheimer’s Society or Cancer Research UK.

Photos courtesy of Dawn Guler and Angela Donniethorne Photography

This is a fantastic last chance to take part in one of the UK’s favourite half marathons and raise money for a good cause. Ealing Half Marathon has always been an excellent platform for charity fundraising and this last-minute window to run for charity is expected to be welcomed by those yet to secure their place on the start line of this popular autumn race.

Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention, whilst working to meet the needs of people affected by dementia and inspiring change. All fundraising efforts at Ealing Half will help the charity to make greater progress towards its vision of a world without dementia.

Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped to save millions of lives, and support from runners at Ealing Half Marathon will help them to take another step closer to beating cancer.

Thousands of runners from the world over are preparing to soak up the famous #EalingFeeling in just under three weeks. The event is a big favourite among the running community, boasting incredible community support and a superb atmosphere. This will be the seventh edition of the race and it is set to be the biggest and best yet.

The UKA-measured single-lap course follows a closed-road route around the leafy streets of West London, taking in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens. The race starts and finishes in Ealing’s Lammas Park, where the race village is located.

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “We are delighted to announce that charity places will remain open for the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon until Sunday 16th September. With general places sold out, this is a very special window of opportunity to sign up and run for a brilliant cause. Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research have always received huge support from our runners, and in return they provide amazing support for fundraisers in the run-up to the event and on the day! We would encourage anyone yet to sign up to do so now and help make a difference to others. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the day!”

To register to run for Alzheimer’s Society go to www.alzheimers.org.uk/ealinghalfmarathon . A charity place costs £10 in registration fees and the minimum fundraising target is £300.

To register to run for Cancer Research UK go to www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/ealing-half-marathon. Charity places are free and the minimum fundraising target is £350.

The 2018 Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 30th September. Public sales are now closed and official charity places will remain open until Sunday 16th September.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further race info. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.

Move Clinics – 20% OFF!!

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Our official physio partner Move Clinics have gone 20% off crazy!!

They are offering all entrants to the Ealing Half Marathon 20% off Sports Massage and Physiotherapy between now and race day to make sure you’re staying on top of any small niggles or tension in the legs! 


Just present confirmation of your entry to them to receive this great discount! ??‍♀️???‍♂️?

Book now Move Clinics 241 Acton Lane Chiswick London W4 5DD,  Tel: 020 8994 8328
Email
info@moveclinics.com
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Join Mara Yamauchi at Ealing Half Marathon

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Mara Yamauchi, gets the #EalingFeeling. Mara currently holds the second fastest time by a British woman over the marathon!

In 2009, she came second in the London Marathon setting a personal best time of 2:23:12 after earlier setting a half marathon personal best when winning the Marugame Half Marathon in 68m 29secs.

Less than 30 days to sign up

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With just under two months until race weekend, the Ealing Half Marathon has almost filled its 7,000 spaces as runners from all over the UK and abroad secure their spot to experience the #EalingFeeling.

The Ealing Half Marathon keeps going from strength to strength since the inaugural race took place in 2012, confirmed in April with the race taking home a fifth trophy in the “Best Half Marathon” category at The Running Awards.

Sandra Courtney, Race Director commented: “We are overwhelmed by the support of our runners and the community behind us. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with the development of the race over the last six years, we are very grateful to you all”.

Photo courtesy of Emma Edwards

The seventh Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 30th September 2018 and organisers are urging runners to sign up as soon as possible to experience and be a part of the race voted the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK three years in a row. There are less than 30 days to race registration closes.

Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK are the headline charities for the Ealing Half Marathon, with a range of other charities using the race as a platform to raise funds and awareness. Runners have helped raise over two million pounds since 2012 and  the event encourages those running to keep boosting this total.

Photos courtesy of Dawn Guler

Corporate teams are talking a big interest in our event to encourage team building and motivation by either signing up as runners to compete or sending volunteering teams. A total of 700 volunteers are needed to help stage the Family and Children’s Mini Mile (now sold out) and main half marathon over the last weekend in September.

It promises to be the biggest year yet for the race which was introduced in 2012 as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games.

The Ealing Half Marathon starts and finishes in Lammas Park, West London on Sunday 30th September and features a 13.1-mile route on closed roads around the leafy streets and parks of the Borough. It is well known for its huge support and lively atmosphere with over 30,000 spectators out cheering on the course.

Prices started at just £38 when sales opened in October for this fully road closed event in London and finishers of the 2017 race received a further discount of 15%.  There are many ways to get involved and save, volunteer at Ealing Half Marathon one year and get a free place for the following year, run for one of our headline charities and get a free or greatly discounts place. Lots of ways to get involved and help your pocket.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further details and to register now, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.

Running in the heat

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Warm weather is an unavoidable truth for runners. Unless you live in Antarctica. Then say hi to the penguins for me.

Many runners wonder how to run in the heat safely.

So here are the best warm weather running tips so you stay safe.


1.) Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Pre-hydrating, during-run hydrating, and post-run hydrating are incredibly important when running in warm weather. Replenish water and electrolytes with plain water and a sports drink.

Options for staying hydrated during a run:

  • Do loops back to a cooler place (or your house) so you have access to water every 20-30 minutes
  • Run with a water bottle in your hand – they have running water bottles with handles that make it easy to run with a water bottle. Make sure to add ice cubes before you go (since your hand will warm the water up along the way).
  • Wear a hydration belt during your run – Hydration belts let you bring more water than a hand-held water bottle

2.) The Right Running Gear for Warm Weather

Do not run in sweatpants, sweatshirts, or anything heavy or dark in colour.
Your body needs to be able to regulate it’s temperature and wick sweat away from your body. That’s why performance running clothing is necessary.
What is performance material? It’s a (non-cotton) blend that wicks sweat away and sometimes also has a cooling affect on your body too.

4 Necessary Items for Running in the Heat:

  • Performance shirt – wear light-coloured clothing (not black or blue or anything dark because dark colours absorb light more)
  • Shorts (or capris, if you are uncomfortable in shorts)
  • Performance socks – sweat (from the heat, humidity, and exertion) can cause blisters. Performance socks help prevent it.
  • Hat – Keep the sun off your head and face with a hat (a baseball cap). Bonus if it has mesh on the sides to allow heat to escape.

3.) Sunscreen

Don’t forget to apply a sports sunscreen liberally before running.
A.) Sunburn is bad for you (in general)
B.) Sunburn is especially bad for runners, because clothing will inevitably rub against it while running and make you miserable.

4.) Running Sunglasses

Don’t make the mistake of running in the intense sunshine without sunglasses. Protect your eyes if you want to learn how to run in the heat, you won’t be disappointed (and your eyes will thank you later).

5.) Time of Day Matters: Choose Sunrise or Sunset Runs

Run before the sun rises (or right after) and as the sun sets (or after). It’s cooler then.

Stay away from high-noon rays while running. The sun’s intensity increases heat and danger.

Personally, we love sunrise runs in the summer.

6.) Choose Your Running Route Strategically

Select routes with shade. Stay out of the direct sunlight as much as possible.

Maybe that means a trail run (to take advantage of the tree shade). Or pavements along a path with trees.

Either way, do your best to avoid direct sunlight when learning how to run in the heat because shade offers a few degrees of relief (if not more).

7.) Pacing – Don’t Worry About Going Fast

Running in warm weathers takes a toll on your body – you exert more energy running in the heat.

Because of this, don’t worry about speed. You probably won’t be winning any races in the heat (unless you’re specifically training to do so).

It’s safer to rely on how your body feels. Ignore your fitness app for heat runs. Go by feel.

Note: pushing it to hard in heat can have dangerous effects. Use extreme caution when running fast in the heat. 

8.) Listen to Your Body

This is the most important piece of advice here.

Feeling thirsty? Listen to your body and drink water (or a sports drink).

Feeling tired? You should probably slow it down, or stop running completely.

Feeling disoriented? Stop running immediately and seek medical help. Running in heat can cause heatstroke (more on that later) which is a serious medical condition.

Overall, running in the heat is not the time to push your body beyond it’s limits.

Take it easy. Remember how hard your body works in the heat already.

Shoot for distance and ignore pace (meaning don’t worry how “slow” you go on hot days), but remember that ultimately, you must listen to your body and react based on that. Sometimes that means cutting a run short, and that’s totally OK.

9.) How to Run in the Heat Essential Tip: If It’s TOO Hot, Just Treadmill-it

Sometimes the temperature and/or humidity level is too much for a run. It’s just not safe.

Recognising that is important.

Treadmills aren’t always fun but are sometimes necessary. Now may be that time.

Remember – it’s better to run on a treadmill and be healthy, than run outside in extreme heat and get heatstroke.

Get bored on the treadmill? Switch it up with an interval or “fartlek” run. Alternate speeds and incline for certain periods of time (1-5 minutes) to break the monotony.

10.) A Note of Caution: Be Careful to Avoid Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when your body can’t properly regulate its temperature.

It can be caused by exercising in heat.

Some signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to):

  • Throbbing or intense headache
  • Disorientation or “fuzzy” head
  • Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting
  • Flushed skin caused by increased body temperature

If you think you, or someone else, has heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention.

Also, cool yourself (or the other person) any way possible. Some options include:

  • Using ice to cool the body
  • Poor water over their head/neck
  • Getting into a cold tub or pool (obviously use caution or disregard this option if you’re disoriented)

Running in the heat can be manageable but be very cautious while doing so, to ensure your safety. No exercise is so important that is should result in a visit to hospital.

With that said, we hope you enjoyed these and have learned how to run in the heat to continue your running journey throughout the hot summer months to Ealing Half Marathon!

Places still available at www.ealinghalfmarathon.com.

 

Ealing Family and Mini Mile now sold out

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The Ealing Family and Mini Mile has sold out for the fifth year running with its highest number of entrants ever.

Sponsored for the second year by St Augustine’s Priory it has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity following its move last year to the day before the Ealing Half Marathon.

The Mini Mile and the Family Mile races will take place on Saturday 29th September and are set to inspire hundreds of young runners to get active and be part of a big weekend of sport in the West London borough.

This will be the second year that the Ealing Mini Mile takes place the day before the award-winning Ealing Half Marathon. It follows an extremely successful event in 2017 that saw 1,200 youngsters take part in a series of Mini Mile races started by TV presenter Ben Shephard on the Saturday afternoon, kicking off race weekend in true style.

This year sees the introduction of the new Family Mile is for children aged five or under to take part in their own separate race along with an adult and a total of 400 places were snapped up. The Family Mile is an exciting new addition to race weekend and proved to be popular with siblings of older children entering the Mini Mile as well as with all families wanting to enjoy a big community event together.

The Ealing Mini Mile was first held in 2013 and has become a much-loved part of the Ealing Half Marathon. It sees runners cover a one-mile route around Ealing’s Lammas Park, with plenty of support from family and friends who come out to cheer on the youngsters. The race sells out faster each year, with 400 places snapped in under 24 hours in 2016, and 1,200 in record time in 2017.

Local independent girls’ school St Augustine’s Priory are once again the main sponsor for the 2018 Ealing Family and Mini Mile, in addition to fielding 50+ pupils in the event as well. The girls will all be running in school kit, providing an eye-catching sea of blue t-shirts among the traditional green of the Ealing Half.

The Ealing Mini Mile will take place on the afternoon of the Saturday and children will be split into different age categories. Prizes are awarded to the winner of each age category and every runner gets their finish time.

Each year a different local school is selected to design the Mini Mile t-shirt, and Ealing’s Fielding Primary School has been chosen to create a winning design for 2018.

Current Mini Mile course records are held by Charlotte Buckley from Thames Valley Harriers (00:05:43) and Joseph Barnes (00:05:18).

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “The Mini Mile is always a really popular part of race weekend and it is fantastic to see so many young runners of all ages and abilities wanting to get active and take part. The Family Mile is a great chance to open the event up to even more youngsters, which is very much in line with our commitment to make sport and fitness available to all.

“Our thanks go to St Augustine’s Priory for their support as a sponsor once again. We are looking forward to welcoming our biggest ever turn-out of young runners at the 2018 event!”  

Mrs Raffray, Head of St Augustine’s Priory, added, “It is a great privilege to support the Ealing Mini Mile for the second year running. This is an important community event for so many people and it is extremely exciting that this year it will be open to its largest number of participants, from pre-school children and their families through to primary school pupils and older teenagers. We are passionate about advocating health and fitness at St Augustine’s and a team of girls from the school will again be entering the Mini Mile. We are very much looking forward to being a part of race day.”


With just over two months until race weekend, the Ealing Half Marathon has almost filled its 7,000 spaces as runners from all over the UK and abroad secure their spot to experience the #EalingFeeling. Now celebrating its seventh anniversary, it promises to be the biggest year yet for the race which was introduced in 2012 as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games.

The Ealing Half Marathon starts and finishes in Lammas Park on Sunday 30th September and features a 13.1-mile route on closed roads around the leafy streets and parks of the West London Borough. It is well known for its huge support and lively atmosphere.

Prices started at just £38 when sales opened in October for this fully road closed event in London and finishers of the 2017 race received a further discount of 15%.  There are many ways to get involved and save, volunteer at Ealing Half Marathon one year and get a free place for the following year, run for one of our headline charities and get a free or greatly discounts place. Lots of ways to get involved and help your pocket.

Until 31th July, the entry fee for the Ealing Half Marathon is £46 for affiliated athletes and £48 for unaffiliated runners. The final price rise of £48-£50 takes place on 1st August 2018 and remains until sales close, the race is expected to sell out soon as there are only a limited number of places left.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further details and to sign up. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.