There’s no half measures for Barking’s Johnson as new best seals third at Southend

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 June 2018

Barking Road Runners at the Southend half marathon

Barking Road Runners at the Southend half marathon


Barking Road Runners’ Lee Johnson maintained his superb form to finish third in a personal best at the Southend half marathon.

Barking's Martin Page at the Thames Chase Barking's Martin Page at the Thames Chase

Johnson clocked one hour 14 minutes 38 seconds to lead the club contingent home in style, as he also collected a trophy for being the fastest Essex resident and entry to the 2019 London Marathon.

Paul Ward (1:30.07) was next to finish for Barking, as Ron Vialls (1:40.19), Maxine Brown (1:43.52), Antony Leckerman (1:43.39), Faye Spooner (1:49.10) and Wayne Palmer (1:58.44) broke two hours.

Rob Courtier (2:10.09), Robin Booputh (2:08.21), Charlotte Webster (2:13.35), Stephanie Keyworth (2:13.55), Veronica Barikor (2:15.50) and Greg Adams (2:58.11) completed the line-up.

Barking’s Martin Page was first M60 athlete home at the Thames Chase 10k in Upminster, where a gently undulating, multi-lap course treated runners to some picturesque park and woodland.

Faye Spooner and Maxine Brown at the Southend half marathon Faye Spooner and Maxine Brown at the Southend half marathon

And Dennis Spencer-Perkins picked up the latest £10 cash prize at the club’s third handicap race of the season at Mayesbrook Park, clocking 27.47 to finish ahead of Courtier (27.26).

Johnson (17.24) had the fastest time of the night but had to settle for 10th place, behind Morgan Romain, Ron Vialls (21.08), Richard Rowe (19.52), Greg Adams (36.57), Diarmuid Mac Donnell (19.35), Martin Brooks (24.10), Antony Leckerman (21.34).

Alain Cooper took on the first of three Orion Forest 5 Series races to rediscover some form, ahead of the East London Five Interclub Series race in August.

Starting at Chingford Mount, he ran a steady pace throughout and completed the five-mile course of undulating trail paths in 49.32.

Dennis Spencer-Perkins won the latest handicap race at Barking Dennis Spencer-Perkins won the latest handicap race at Barking

Further afield, Cristina and Trevor Cooper flew off to Pescara in Italy to represent Havering Tri in an Ironman 70.30 event.

The event was well supported y spectators along the esplanade and beach overlooking the Adriatic Sea, with the Barking duo joining over 1,000 other athletes in swimming 1.9k, before a 90k bike leg.

The Coopers found themselves having to overcome a gruelling course through the Apennines Mountains, but with the second transition completed they ran a half marathon distance through Pescara city centre before finishing by the sea.

Trevor finished in 519th place in a time of 5:41.42, while Cristina came home in 803rd in 6:16.16.

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