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Busy Ahmed Abdulle enjoys plenty of Bank Holiday success with Ilford AC

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 August 2017

Ilford AC face the camera at the Barking park run 5km on Bank Holiday Monday (pic: Ilford AC).

Ilford AC face the camera at the Barking park run 5km on Bank Holiday Monday (pic: Ilford AC).

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Several Ilford AC runners enjoy themselves at Barking park run 5km event

Ahmed Abdulle in action for Ilford AC at the annual Barking park run (pic: Ilford AC). Ahmed Abdulle in action for Ilford AC at the annual Barking park run (pic: Ilford AC).

It proved to be a good few days for Ilford AC’s Ahmed Abdulle who enjoyed success on two fronts recently.

Having set a new 1500m personal best of three minutes and 59.71 seconds in the Watford Open Graded Meeting to finish third, he then went and took top spot in the annual Barking park run 5km event on Bank Holiday Monday.

The competition doubled up as the sixth round of this summer’s ELvIS event and Abdulle took the lead at the kilometre stage and never looked back.

He was able to claim his second win of the series in another new best time of 15.37.

He was backed up by Sam Rahman in 11th with 17.38 and Steve Philcox in 13th in 17.49 who once again won the M50 age group trophy.

Ilford AC's Steve Philcox won the M50 age group trophy at the Barking park run 5km on Bank Holiday Monday (pic: Ilford AC). Ilford AC's Steve Philcox won the M50 age group trophy at the Barking park run 5km on Bank Holiday Monday (pic: Ilford AC).

Aaron Samuel, in his first race at the distance, came 14th in a time of 17.55.

Meanwhile, there was a big personal best for Seb Parris who recorded 18.19 for 22nd and next home were Neil Crisp in 28th with 18.46 and Terry Knightley with 19.22 for 37th

They finished second and third respectively in the M50 age category to make it an Ilford one-two-three in the age group honours as well as securing an overall runner-up spot for the men on the day.

Two runners who returned to the squad for the first time in quite a while were Abdi Berleen in 61st with 20.10 and Frank McGowan with 20.38 for 71st.

There were also new best times at the distance for Dennis Briggs (20.53, 78th) Declan Cullen, who was second in the M60 grouping (21.20, 86th) and Tony Young (22.39, 110th).

Finishing third and fourth in the M60 age category were Andy Catton (21.36, 91st ) and Steve Parker (101st, 22.12).

First home for the Ilford ladies was Bree Nordin placing 88th overall in 21.30 to win the F55 group category.

Nicola Hopkinson gave good support too with a season’s best of 22.56s for 124th.

The team was completed by Carlie Qirem in a personal best of 23.15 for 130th and Dianne Crisp with 24.19s for 153th and third in the F55 category to cap a great few days for Ilford AC.

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