Barking Road Runners enjoy success across the country

PUBLISHED: 16:25 23 October 2017

Barking Road Runners at the second Chingford League Race (Pic: Barking Road Runners)

Barking Road Runners at the second Chingford League Race (Pic: Barking Road Runners)


Barking Road Runners enjoyed a mixture of success at a whole host of races this weekend.

Dennis Spencer–Perkins drinking a pint at the Great South Run (Pic: Barking Road Runners)Dennis Spencer–Perkins drinking a pint at the Great South Run (Pic: Barking Road Runners)

Diarmuid MacDonald was first club member to finish the second race of this season’s Chingford League series as he completed the five mile route in time of 35:16.

Other club members who took up this challenge this time running mainly grass and gravel paths at Leyton Jubilee Park were Anthony Leckerman 40.23, Andrew Gwilliam 42.17, Cristina Cooper 45.43, Natalie Traylen 47.08, Alison Fryatt 51.37 Tom Coughlan 53.05, Kresh Veerasamy 53.29.

Club Captain Robert Courtier, Stuart Henderson and Vicky Cooper took part in the Abingdon Marathon.

Representing the Army, Stuart blitzed round the course barely taking the time to glance at the villages he passed such as Drayton, Milton, and Sutton Courtenay and finished in 03:12:49.

Cooper on this occasion ran to support a friend and valiantly paced her friend throughout the distance finishing in 03:53:56.

Courtier was simply determined to push himself hard to the finish and having taken over six hours to complete both the Berlin and Manchester marathons, Robert showed his metal finishing in a time of 05:10:30.

Despite being a relatively late entrant and with minimal training Paul Withyman showed his class and form by putting in a brilliant effort and finishing in a quick time 3:36:33 at the Chelmsford Marathon.

Amanda Heslegrave kept a friend of the club Nazia Islam company around the route through to Chelmer village, Writtle College and the villages of Roxwell and Willingale finishing in 4:49.

Dennis Spencer–Perkins got into the festival spirit of the Great South 10 mile run as he soaked up the tremendous support from the spectators by helping himself to one of their beers and still managed to finish in 2:02.

Cristina Cooper bagged herself a podium finish as the third lady finisher at Gravesend Autumn Duathlon.

In the weekly parkrun series, Philip Ellul scooped the top club runner spot at Barking Park in a time of 19.21, while Colin Jones (23.30) followed suit at Valentines Park, Gary Harford (26.34) at Raphael and Jacquelyn Bennett (26.33) at Hadleigh.

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