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How it works

  • Chingford League, Sponsored this year by East London Brewing Co. - Winter athletics league for N & E London organized in accordance with UKA rules and affiliated to England Athletics.
  • A mix of cross country and tarmac surfaces, over 5miles or 5k. The league offers serious competition for fast athletes combined with an inclusive ethos to encourage newer runners to "give it a go". If you want to take part, join one of our member clubs (follow the links)- then it's free to enter.
  • Venues vary slightly from year to year. Fixture dates and timings, plus the post code of the HQ can be found on the tab "This year's fixtures" But please see the websites of our member clubs or follow us on facebook for more details and results.
  • The programme usually includes 3 races on tarmac plus 3 cross country races, The best 5 of 6 performances count for the individual competitions (See below) The team competitions then culminate in March with a 4x3000m cross country relay, after which all presentations are made. Venues across north and east London often include Trent Park, Epping Forest, Alexandra Park, Lee Valley Velopark, Redbridge Cycle Circuit, Victoria Park, Wanstead Flats, Hackney Marshes and so on.
  • The races are free-to-enter for all runners (first and second claim) belonging to our member clubs. Runners collect a number bib from their team manager at the first race of the season in which they compete. They then use that number for subsequent races in that season.
  • There are 5 team categories: Men's A, B and Vet teams, Women’s A and Vet teams. Teams of 6. Incomplete teams also included in the points, using the "ghost runner"score (total of runners plus one) to make up teams. Junior competitions take place in the U11, U13, U15 and U17 categories for young athletes from our member clubs.
  • 2 DIVISIONS FROM NEXT SEASON: From the start of season 2020/21 the A team competions will each split into two divisions. The top 8 teams will form a "premiership" with remaining teams in a "championship". Promotion/relegation will start at the end of season 2020/21. New clubs' teams will begin in the "championship".
  • The senior individual categories are as follows: U20 Women, Senior Women, Vet Women (40+), Supervet Women (50+), Ultravet Women (60+), U20 Men, Senior Men, Vet Men (40+), Supervet Men (50+), Ultravet Men (60+).
  • For all age categories there is a perpetual trophy to be awarded to the winner for that year, plus medals for the 2nd and 3rd placed athletes. In all individual competitions the best 5 of 6 performances (not including the relays) are counted.