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.

Book now before 1st February to Save ££

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Save ££ NOW, the final days of Early Bird prices for Ealing Half Marathon on 29th September 2019 are now counting down. The sooner you book the more you are rewarded.

For a now limited time, you can book to run London’s LOWEST priced, multi award winning, fully road closed, Ealing Half Marathon. A race for all abilities which is hosted for runners, by runners. Prices start at just £38.00 for a limited time only, be prepared:

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 August 2019 to Closing Date                                £48 to £50

London’s LOWEST priced, fully road closed half marathon! Just DAYS remaining, book before 1st February to save.

BOOK HERE.

Book Ealing Half Marathon 2019 and save ££

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Beat the price rise and set your goals for 2019, book Ealing Half Marathon now while prices start at just £38.00.

Voted the UK’s best half 3 years in a row, take part in London’s cheapest fully road closed half marathon if you book now.

Prices rise on 31st January so book now to secure your place!

New Year. New You.

Enjoy the festive period and keep the training on track.

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Some great advise on how to stay on track this festive season from Claire Walker at Active Spirit Nutrition:

Enjoying the Festive Period whilst keeping the half marathon training on track…the runner’s oxymoron?

As the countdown to Christmas begins, the social calendar fills up with irresistible invitations to office Christmas parties and other social events. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities because, everything is based around social occasions that don’t really occur en masse at any other time in this country. But how does one keep training on track whilst enjoying the festive period? It’s a question of balance, focus and planning.

Most of us know that from the end of November until the New Year, things are going to be busy.

Often we forget how busy, but we do know it will be busy. If you are following a training plan, use that as the basis for your planning for the festive period. Of course all plans are just a framework from which to work however it’s  important to mention that all plans come with the caveat that if you miss a training session, it’s not the end of the world. The key is to make sure that you do not deviate from any plan so much that you cannot get yourself back on track. So focus on each week and look to see where the flexibility may be in your training plan (and if you aren’t following a formal plan, try to give yourself a rough plan at least for the next few weeks to help get you through the festive period). I would suggest that you don’t want to miss your long runs but maybe you need to switch when these will be – perhaps if you know you are going out to a big party on Saturday night, you could do your long run on  the Saturday morning rather than Sunday morning (which is when most training plans seem to have them)?

Once you have looked at your social and training calendar in this way, it is easier to then sort out your plan for eating and drinking. As I say to all my clients, you need to ensure that your base diet is great because, as the old adage states, ‘you cannot outrun a poor diet’. I use the BANT health eating guidelines (http://bant.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/WELLNESS-SOLUTION-IMAGE.jpg) with all my clients because I feel this is a great starting point for good nutrition. So for the days when you aren’t socialising try to ensure that all meals contain carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats in the correct proportions as per the BANT healthy eating guidelines. Depending on your mileage, you may need to play around with proportions and snacks to make sure you have sufficient energy to see you through the day.

Regardless of whether you are socialising or not, staying well hydrated is important to us all but particularly if you are in training mode. The general guide most quoted is 6-8 glasses of water every day. Tea & coffee can contribute to your overall fluid intake but it shouldn’t be your only source of hydration. The easiest way to monitor your hydration level is to monitor the colour of your urine. Generally clear and a pale urine colour will indicate that your hydration levels are good. Please note that certain conditions may alter your urine colour so you may need further medical advice if you have one of these conditions. Whilst training, it really is important to make sure you are suitably hydrated because even mild dehydration can lead to headaches and make you feel unwell. Alcohol is a known diuretic so if you are drinking when you are socialising, do make sure you take measures to prevent dehydration before you start training again. On the day of your social event, make sure you are suitably hydrated before your start drinking alcohol and then try to limit your alcoholic drinks to one per hour, alternating with water, fruit juice or soft drinks.

In the ideal world, no one would overindulge ever but realistically, most people do like to relax and not have to monitor what they eat and drink. And realistically people don’t like to feel like they are missing out so here is where the balance comes into things. Which events are you going kick back and enjoy guilt free? And which are you going to keep a closer focus on your food & drink intake?

Plan the kick back and enjoy events so that there isn’t a clash with your training. For the other events, you don’t necessarily have to abstain totally from drinking alcohol or eating certain foods but have a plan for how you approach then events. With regards to alcohol, you can if you choose refrain completely, or you can limit your intake to 1-2 glasses with a meal or drink alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the evening. Fortunately, there are lots of options with non-alcoholic drinks these days and generally less social pressure to drink excessively.

Equally with food, enjoy the meals you have on your kick back & guilt free days but plan for them. If you know you are going to be having a big meal on, say, Saturday evening, keep your meals small during the daytime both on the Saturday and Sunday. Don’t be tempted to skip meals so you can stockpile calories for drinking. Alcohol supplies empty calories so avoiding proper meals to compensate for a booze splurge will mean that you are losing out on  essential nutrients, just when your body is most likely to need them. Try to start each day with a substantial breakfast. One of my favourites is a bowl of porridge made with nut milk such as almond milk, a handful of berries and a sprinkling of ground nuts & seeds. The porridge will help stabilise blood sugar levels and this will in turn help control appetite later int eh day. Adding a dollop of probiotic natural yogurt will help boost your immunity as well as help counter some of the less beneficial effects of the party season such as too much alcohol and lack of sleep.

Another useful tip is to have a pre-party snack so that you are not really hungry when you get to your party. I personally quite like small pot of natural yogurt with sliced banana because the yogurt’s protein slows the emptying of the stomach and this can help delay the effect of your first alcoholic drink. The potassium rich banana helps balance any increase in salt intake which is useful because most party snacks/canapes tend to be high in salt e.g. olives, crisps, nuts. Other examples of healthy snacks are wholemeal toast with nut butter, muesli with milk and hummus with oatcakes.

For the days where you are keeping a closer focus on your food & drink intake, think about maybe limiting the courses so you have maybe 2 out of 3 courses? Think about alternatives to foods within meals. Most restaurants can cope with small deviations from their menus, even set menus. So maybe switch to new potatoes rather than roast potatoes? Opt for fresh fruit as a pudding instead of Christmas pudding etc. You can also ask to have sauces and gravy provided on the side so you can decide how much you want over your main meal. Have soup for the starter but without bread. Share a desert with someone if you can’t resist having one – at least that way, you will limit your intake.

It’s all about having strategies to deal with social events and keeping a focus on the strategies. And the days that you have overindulged, just chalk a line under that day and start afresh with the current day. Don’t write the plan off and think you’ve blown it, you haven’t at all.

As with all training there must be an element of discipline because you want to achieve your goal of the running the Ealing Half Marathon, so plan your training and your nutrition to keep yourself on track. I’m a firm believer that food & drink are to be enjoyed so why would you want to deprive yourself? The key is to make sure that the treats are infrequent, so you can really enjoy them and that for most of the time you are eating as nutritiously as possible.

Above all, enjoy the festive period as it is only once per year. One very important part of this period is socialising with people and this is great for mental health.

Claire Walker
claire@activespiritnutrition.co.uk