A sunny Osterley Park Summer 10k

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Another successful Osterley Park 10k took place on Saturday 15th June.

The event saw hundreds of runners taking on the route around the stunning National Trust property in West London.

Photo courtesy of Dan Tsantilis Photography

Our overall winner, was Matt Kitching (Queens Park Harriers) crossing the finish line in 00:34:25. First place female was Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles Running Club) with a fantastic time of 00:39:33 taking the women’s title.

Second place male went to Ryan Keane (Thames Valley Harriers) in a time of 00:35:21 and second place female was Sophie Tomaszczyk (West 4 Harriers) in a time of 00:40:50.

Third place male was Tom Easten (Maidenhead AC) in 00:35:42.and third place female saw Karima Harris (Queens Park Harriers) cross the line in a time of 00:40:56.

Full Results are available online now which include chip and gun time.

The next Osterley Park 10k is now open for registration as well as our multi award winning Ealing Half Marathon. All our events sell out in record time so don’t miss out.

Book now at Ealing Half Marathon (29th September 2019) and Osterley Park Winter 10k  (7th December 2019).

Thank you to our Emergency Services

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Each year we offer free places to our amazing Emergency Services in Ealing who are directly involved with our event as a thank you but did you know we also have a discount code for anyone working in that field.

 

Open to all the amazing personnel who keep us safe, mend our wounds, rush to our aid and support us through life’s ups and downs.
 
If you’re a doctor, a nurse, a firefighter, a police officer, a midwife etc, any of the services that do so much for the public all over the country, email us at info@ealinghalfmarathon.com for details on how to claim your discount.
 
Help us give a little back to all the amazing staff. 💚 Help spread the #EalingFeeling.

Open-heart patient inspired to run Ealing Half Marathon

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Running a half marathon is a huge achievement by anyone’s standards, but doing so with a congenital heart defect that makes even walking difficult is nothing short of heroic.

Yet this is exactly what 60-year-old Acton resident Edward Eagle will be doing on Sunday 29th September this year, when he lines up at the start of Ealing Half Marathon. Having undergone two open heart surgeries, and been hospitalised for a number of heart attacks and other cardiac events, you would think that Edward would be entirely justified watching the race from the sidelines. But he has done that for the last three years, and this year he wants to be part of this award-winning race and feel for himself what it’s like to cross that finish line.

Edward’s journey to the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon started at the 2016 race, where as a spectator he cheered on the athletes as they ran by and soaked up the fantastic atmosphere for which the event is known. He saw everyone smiling and having a good time and felt it was something that he too would like to do.

“Watching the event in 2016 and seeing the runners at the back giving it their all really inspired me,” explains Edward. “I have to admit to feeling a tiny bit jealous of them taking part in this wonderful community event. Their efforts in the race turned to huge celebration at the end, and really showed that they had done something worthwhile. I thought if they can do it, so can I!”

Edward Eagle Ealing Half MarathonClearly for Edward this was not going to be easy, as his heart rhythm disorder means that his heart does not pump blood and oxygen effectively – something that most athletes take for granted. However, with lots of encouragement, Edward signed up to join local running club Ealing Eagles in May 2017. He started their Beginners 0 to 5K programme in the September and graduated in November 2017, completing his first ever continuous 5K and, soon after, his first 10K. He was doing things he had never thought possible. The support of the club meant that he never ran alone and he was feeling fitter and healthier than he had in a long time.

In September 2018 Edward volunteered at Ealing Half Marathon on one of the water stations, which he found to be a fantastic experience. Seeing all the runners go by just strengthened his resolve to run Ealing Half Marathon himself. His role as a volunteer earned him a free place at the 2019 event and, as such, he is now just over four months away from taking on his very own 13.1 miles.

He has also recently completed his 50th parkrun at Gunnersbury and regularly volunteers at The Ealing Mile, organised by Ealing Half Marathon Legacy CIC.

Any hiccups along the way Edward just takes in his stride, such an enforced break from training following his latest heart procedure in April. He is looking forward to resuming his running in May, cheerfully stating that his body will remember what to do. If a positive outlook can get you places then Eddie is going to go far, as he is clearly not one to sit at home feeling sorry for himself.

In fact, in 2016 Edward was invited back to the children’s hospital where, aged seven, he underwent his first open heart surgery. As a guest of honour, he celebrated 50 years since his life-saving operation and spent some time talking to young patients in a similar position to the one he found himself in all those years ago.

“You’ve got to put a positive spin on things,” he admits. “I am alive! If my experience can give just one person the belief that heart surgery is survivable and a full life can be lived afterwards, then I will be happy. I would have laughed out loud at anyone suggesting I run a half marathon, but nothing’s impossible if you put your mind to it.

Ealing Half Marathon“It may take me a long time, but my Ealing Eagles friends will be waiting for me at the end and cheering me over that finish line. It’s an incredible community event, made even better by being a closed road race. The camaraderie amongst the runners is superb and the support from the spectators and volunteers is amazing. I can’t wait to be a part of it all!”

As for expected finish time, any time is a guaranteed PB for Edward. The victory for him is arriving at the start line. As he rightly says, the longer you’re on the course the more time you have to enjoy the event – and there is no doubt he’s going to relish every minute.

With four and a half months until this year’s Ealing Half Marathon, and with running fever in the air, now is the perfect time to sign up and train for a much-loved race in West London. For complete beginners starting Couch to 5K to more experienced runners, there is still time to get to the start line this autumn.

For anyone who has been inspired by the recent Virgin Money London Marathon and other spring races, Ealing Half Marathon is a superb autumn goal with a guaranteed #EalingFeeling. The event will welcome 7,000 runners from over 25 countries to its 8th anniversary race on Sunday 29th September 2019. The race starts and finishes in Lammas Park and takes in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens.

Ealing Half Marathon 2019Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com to register and 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.

“How Ealing Half Marathon inspired me to run”

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From Zero to Hero.

The award-winning Ealing Half Marathon is well known for its fantastic community spirit, so much so that it inspires many of those watching the event to lace up their running shoes for the very first time.

Darren Moore, a Marketing Director from South Ealing, is one such person who has gone from being a complete non-runner to someone who will be running Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday 29th September 2019 for the third time.

Having spent many years supporting the race as a spectator and cheering on his friends, Darren had often wondered if he was missing out on such a great community event – yet never imagined that he too would one day be crossing the finish line in Lammas Park. Yet in 2017 everything changed: by joining one of his running friends for ‘the first mile of the year’ on holiday, and two weeks later completing his first parkrun at Pitshanger, Darren was inspired to take the plunge. He signed up to Ealing Half Marathon, he began to train properly and the rest, as they say, is history.

“I can honestly say that running has changed my life,” admits Darren. “I used to think that my running Ealing Half Marathonfriends were crazy and that they were wired differently. But once I started running properly, I realised that it was something I really enjoyed.

“I can’t describe the feeling of running Ealing Half Marathon for the very first time and passing the same corner that I used to stand on myself to cheer everyone on. Seeing my family and friends waiting for me was so emotional, and I burst into tears and stopped for hugs with them all. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it. I had gone from being a spectator to a runner and I was on the most fantastic journey discovering what I could do and where running could take me.”

Running has certainly brought Darren the most incredible physical and mental benefits, with him readily admitting that he has never felt so fit or strong. He went on to complete Ealing Half Marathon in 2018 and regularly runs the trails by the canal and in the beautiful green parks close to home – including at Pitshanger parkrun, where he has made many new friends since that first 5K two years ago. As a Local Green Party candidate, Darren is a big supporter of Ealing’s open spaces, and immersion in nature is a key motivation for his running. He now takes his running shoes whenever he goes away for business or holiday and is able to discover beaches, mountains and all kinds of places that he would never get to see if he wasn’t a runner.

Back to Ealing, though, with two medals now in the bag and one more in his sights this year. What is it about Ealing Half Marathon that really strikes a chord?

“There is an extraordinary atmosphere on Ealing Half Marathon race day,” explains Darren. “People don’t often talk to each other in London, but on the morning of the race everyone is opening their door and walking to the start line, chatting and supporting each other. There’s a really strong sense of community, the roads are closed and people are coming out to line the route and cheer us on. There are also great acts of generosity from local organisations, such as the local churches manning the water stations, and people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds running the race for very different reasons. You really feel that it’s a special community event and I’m excited to support it.”

Darren’s enthusiasm is certainly infectious and it’s easy to see how his whole family are now into running, with his daughters now enjoying parkrun and Ealing Mini Mile, and his wife taking on Couch to 5K. He is proof that anyone can run a half marathon if they put their mind to it – and it might just bring with it a host of other benefits that can quite literally change your life.

With just under six months until this year’s Ealing Half Marathon, now is the perfect time to sign up, start a training plan and get race fit. Beginners through to more experienced runners can find the perfect training plan for their level and look forward to a superb autumn race with incredible support.

Ealing Half Marathon is looking forward to welcoming 7,000 runners from over 25 countries to its 8th anniversary race on Sunday 29th September 2019. The race is a big favourite among the running community, its 13.1-mile course following a closed-road route around the leafy streets of West London. The race starts and finishes in Lammas Park and takes in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens.

Ealing Half Marathon 2019
Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com to register and 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.

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How to save on entry price at Ealing Half Marathon 2019

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We all like to save some money, here’s our top tips on how to save on entry to the Ealing Half Marathon:
 
1. Grab an Early Bird place.Our lowest price is held until the end of January. That’s a full FOUR months at our best rate. Three more tiers to beat before the 1st August when our final rise takes place.
 
No hidden surprises, we let you know when it’s happening so you can plan in advance.
 
2019 Entry Prices:
Early Bird Price Freeze to 31st January 2019 £38 to £40
1st February 2019 to 31st March 2019 £40 to £42
1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 £44 to £46
1st July 2019 to 31st July 2019 £46 to £48
1st August 2019 to Close £48 to £50
 
2.Run for one of our Charity Partners. Grab a free place or one for just £10 if you contact them directly: www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/charity/.
 
3. Volunteer and run for FREE. If you aren’t ready for a half marathon in September you can volunteer and get a race place for the same race the next time around. We need 700 volunteers to help us on race weekend at Ealing Half Marathon so be a High Vis Hero with us instead!!
 
Don’t miss out on this West London half marathon! The sooner you book, the more you save!!!
 
www.ealinghalfmarathon.com
 

Council leader joins record field for monthly race

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THE community arm of the Ealing Half Marathon hosted its 100th mile race at Lammas Park on Friday 1st February 2019.

Despite the snow, a record 72 runners completed the course.

The race is held on the first Friday of every month at 12.30pm and is open to people of all ages and abilities.

While some took a more leisurely pace, completing the course in just over 16 minutes, the day’s fastest runner was Thomas Grimes, of East London Runners, in 5min 8 sec.

The fastest female was Louise Oldfield-Jensen, of Thames Valley Harries, in 6min 6 sec.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell was also among those taking part.

Kelvin Walker, founder of Ealing Half Marathon, said: “EHM Legacy was set up to encourage more people in Ealing to get active, and it was great to see so many people brave the tough weather and help us celebrate our 100th mile.

“A special thank-you to the volunteers who made it happen. We even had some sweeping away of snow and they only just managed to clear the course in time!”

Since it began, 564 individuals have run the race, with many coming back regularly. Ealing resident Carol Jones has now run it 77 times.

Entries are open for the next Ealing Mile on March 1 at 12.30pm in Lammas Park. Book HERE.

Winner of 2018 Schools Challenge Announced

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Ealing Half Marathon have confirmed Ealing Fields High School as the winner of the 2018 Schools Challenge.

The 2018 event saw a range of primary and secondary schools from all over London take part and raise nearly £28,000 between them.

Ealing Fields school raised more than any other school based on average per runner at the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon, which took place on Sunday 30th September. The school was presented with a cheque for £250 this week to recognise their efforts and achievement. The school used funds raised on a new minibus, just as last year one school put the money towards new computers. These are great examples of how funds raised at the Ealing Half Marathon can be invested to meet specific school needs.

Ealing Fields High School students with Mr Woodham, Aled Davies and Juliet Doe who were part of the running team along with Susan Simpson and Mohit Jain.

The Schools Challenge encourages schools to enter their own teams into the Ealing Half Marathon in order to raise money for their individual school. As well as raising vital funds for school projects, taking part in a big sporting event such as the Ealing Half Marathon is a fantastic way to boost fitness and inspire younger generations to keep active.

It is hoped that the excellent use of funds at Ealing Fields High School will inspire many more schools in the area to take part in the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon. Many of last years schools and a few new ones have signed up already.

With their extensive experience in running, the Ealing Half Marathon team are able to help schools get started with practical training  advice, as well as local running clubs, route and nutrition information. With eight months until race day, there is plenty of time for parents, governors and teachers of all abilities to get race fit and look forward to a superb race next autumn.

The Ealing Half Marathon is a firm fixture in the autumn running calendar and has become a big favourite among the running community. Set up in 2012 as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games, it will be celebrating its eighth anniversary in 2019. Over the past five years, the event has received three Gold awards and two Silver awards for the UK’s Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards. It welcomes runners from near and far wanting to soak up the famous #EalingFeeling and enjoy the outstanding community support for which the event is known.

The UKA-measured, 13.1-mile course takes runners on closed roads through Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens before crossing the finish line in Lammas Park.

The Ealing Mini Mile and the Family Mile will take place on Saturday 28th September, giving young runners aged 1-16 years the chance to enjoy the thrill of a large sporting event. Just a handful of places remain for our younger runners.

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “We would like to congratulate Ealing Fields High School for winning the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon Schools Challenge. They put in an incredible effort to train and fundraise for the event and have been rewarded with a fantastic cheque which they can put towards the new minibus. I hope that their achievement will inspire other schools to take up the challenge and enjoy the many benefits of working towards something as part of a team.

“It is with great pleasure that we go on to announce the Schools Challenge for the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon. The Schools Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for schools to get involved in an important local event, whilst boosting their income and having fun getting fit! The money each school raises can be invested straight back into the school for the benefit of pupils, which very much complements our ethos at the Ealing Half Marathon to plough funds straight back into projects within the local community. The Ealing Half Marathon is a brilliant race for first-time half marathon runners as well as for seasoned runners, with incredible support for all involved – so we would encourage all schools to enter and make a difference in 2019. Full details of how to get involved are available on our website www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/schools-challenge”

Mr Woodham, member of the leadership team at Ealing Fields High School added “Ealing Fields is a small school and has always had a very strong community feel to it. It was great that this event saw a team of runners, including staff, governors and PTSA members, work together to raise so much money. The team trained tirelessly and were fully committed in their fundraising efforts. It was great that so many parents and students got involved and supported the team through fundraising and cheering them on from the side-lines. As a result of the efforts of the team and the generosity of those in our community, the school have been able to purchase a minibus. The students benefit from this on weekly basis as they travel to and from fixtures. All the students and staff at the school are very grateful to the PTSA and everyone who donated.”

The 2019 Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 29th September and discounted early bird entries are available until 31st January 2019, costing £38 (affiliated) or £40 (unaffiliated).

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.

Run for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Get your year off to a flying start and take on the Ealing Half Marathon with Team Macmillan.

In Ealing, every year 1,287 people are diagnosed with cancer and 8,100 people are living with cancer and beyond.

Make your run count by joining our team and helping to support people when they need it most. Sign up for your FREE place and pledge to raise £300 to make a difference to those living with cancer.

Every £28 raised could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. With your support, think of the difference we can make.

In return for your incredible fundraising you’ll get free Macmillan running kit, fantastic support and cheers along the route and a VIPs welcome at the finish.

If you already have your own race entry, simply raise as much as you can.

Sign up and join our team today

Run For Macmillan Cancer Support
Have a place, click here.
Want a place, click here.

Thank you From Macmillan Cancer Support.

Top money saving tips for Ealing Half 2019

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PRICE RISE HAPPENING 31st JANUARY 2019!
 
If you’ve booked your place already, well done, you have snapped up yours at the LOWEST price for a fully road closed half marathon in London.
 
There are lots of ways to save money and run Ealing Half Marathon. We reward those who sign up early, here’s our 2019 top tips to save ££:
 
👉 Finisher of our 2018 race received a limited time offer discount. Last year those fast fingers grabbed a place for just over £30 for a FULLY ROAD CLOSED London race.
👉 Early Bird prices are available until 31st January 2019. That’s FOUR months at our best rate price.
👉 Three more tiers to beat before the 1st August when our final rise takes place.
👉 Run for one of our headline charities (see our website for full details). You can get a free place or one for just £10 if you contact them directly.
👉 Volunteer and run for FREE. If you aren’t ready for a half marathon in September you can volunteer and get a race place for the same race the next time around. We need 700 volunteers to help us on race weekend at Ealing Half Marathon so be a High Vis Hero with us instead!!
 
Keep the #EalingFeeling going strong 💚 Tell a running buddy our our top tips.