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Athletics: Barking Road Runners keep busy with fine performances at Witham 10 Mile race

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 May 2018

Barking Road Runners at the Witham 10 Mile race (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Barking Road Runners at the Witham 10 Mile race (pic: Barking Road Runners)

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Martin Page of Barking Road Runners (pic: Barking Road Runners)Martin Page of Barking Road Runners (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Several Barking Road Runners found they just could not rest over the Bank Holiday weekend, opting to take part in the Witham 10-mile race instead.

Although there was no doubting that the route took runners through some lovely country lanes, it was found to be pretty brutal too.

The course was tough even for experienced runners such as Gary Coombes, who found himself having to dig deep over the final mile to finish sixth in 61 minutes and 43 seconds.

Also in action were Trevor Cooper (82.34), Cristina Cooper (89.11), Gary Harford (1:43.04), Alison Fryatt (1:43.58) and Les Jay (1:48.03).

Trevor and Cristina Cooper of Barking Road Runners at the Dragon Slayer Duathlon (pic: Barking Road Runners)Trevor and Cristina Cooper of Barking Road Runners at the Dragon Slayer Duathlon (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Meanwhile, not too far away at the Great Baddow 10k, there were great performances all round for Barking Road Runners, with Coombes storming to ninth in 60.23.

Martin Page was the quickest M60 athlete to finish in 72.09, while James Lowndes (64.26), Paul Ward (67.21), Kevin Wooton (72.04), Ronald Vialls (75.43), John George (76.15), Andy Preston (77.28), Martin Mason (92.35), Daniel Plawick (95.50), Rob Courtier (99.10), Robin Booputh (1:40.28), Mick Ball (2:03.52) and Ken Summerfield (2:06.00) also completed the race.

Vicky Cooper completed the Belfast marathon in 3:29.51, with Rob Courtier clocking 5:22 at the same event.

Further afield, Lee Johnson took on the Bucharest 10k in Hungary where he finished in 35.41, while clubmates Preston (23.41), Barry Culling (26.05), Natalie Traylin (29.09), Courtier (31.06), and Nikki Cranmer (33.01) completed the latest Crown to Crown 5k race.

Barking Road Runners Vicky Cooper and Rob Courtier at the Belfast marathon (pic: Barking Road Runners)Barking Road Runners Vicky Cooper and Rob Courtier at the Belfast marathon (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Trevor and Cristina Cooper also took on the Dragon Slayer duathlon event and completed the course in times of 81.06 and 92.56 respectively.

Parkrun results, Barking: Philip Ellul 18.53; Alex Jeremy 20.28; Rory Burr 21.57; Mahbub Khan 22.46; Ronald Vialls 23.57; Andy Hiller 24.16; John Lang 25.28; Alain Cooper 26.48; Sally Bridge 27.28; Wayne McAllister 29.43; Leslie Jay 30.10; Jennifer Birch 33.16; David Burns 34.20; David George Mottley 34.20; Micky Ball 35.17; Sifelani Sayisayi 37.41; Greg Adams 38.55; Trevor Parkin 43.15; Alan Murphy 46.22; Margaret Byers 51.12.

Valentines: Antony Leckerman 21.45; Manish Sharma 22.33; Tom Barton 23.56; Amanda Jane Heslegrave 23.57; Rakesh Sandhu 25.06; Robin Booputh 29.05; Mark Durrant 29.08; Thomas Coughlan 33.53; Kresh Veerasamy 33.53; Gillian Barton 34.34.

Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88s at the Crown to Crown (pic: Barking Road Runners)Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88s at the Crown to Crown (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Others: Ray Taylor (Raphael) 36.38; Trevor Robinson (Hackney Marshes) 22.18; Lisa Ward 34.42; Andy Preston (Osterley) 22.28; Barry Culling (Osterley) 25.06.

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