Dagenham 88 Runners dig deep at cross-country, half marathon, Lanzarote 10k!

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 January 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners' Veerasamy family at the Club La Santa 10k in Lanzarote

Dagenham 88 Runners' Veerasamy family at the Club La Santa 10k in Lanzarote


Dagenham 88 Runners were in action at the fourth round of the Essex XC League series at Writtle University, with Paul Grange in fine form.

Dagenham 88s Louise Chappell at the Chase the Elves 10kDagenham 88s Louise Chappell at the Chase the Elves 10k

Grange finished seventh overall in a field of 207 in the men’s race for first-claim club Havering, completing two 4k laps in 29 minutes 29 seconds.

Trevor Robinson (41.08) was next home, ahead of Nils Hollman (45.14), Micky Pegnall (45.24) and Ian Cummins (47.24).

Hannah Sheikh was the only Dagenham woman involved and battled her way around a 6k course, that included close to 1k of mud, in 32.32 to finish 67th out of 124.

The next round takes place at Basildon on February 10, with other cross-country fixtures also coming up in the Chingford League (Feb 17, March 10), South Essex League (Feb 18, Feb 25) and National Championships (Feb 24).

Dagenham’s Jamie Smith set a new personal best at the Victoria Park half marathon, clocking 1:38.52 over several laps of the historic park in Hackney.

And Louise Chappell completed the Chasing Elves 10k – which had been cancelled in December due to snow – at Hainault Forest.

Chappell covered two laps of the trail run, held in aid of Haven House Hospice, in a steady time of 65.45.

The Veerasamy family jetted off for a week of winter sun in Lanzarote and volunteered at a duathlon, as well as completing the Club La Santa 10k road race.

Timi Veerasamy led the way in 63.26, with Sonya (63.46) not far behind, as Kresh represented Barking Road Runners in 63.57.

Sam Veerasamy was the last family member home in 68.59.

Closer to home, Dagenham saw several of their members in parkrun action, with Peter Salmon completing the Raphaels event in 20.07.

Paul Prior (21.57) was not far behind, as Mick Brown (27.54), rosina Salmon (28.41), Marios Pitsialis (30.14), Kirsty Hannan (36.53) and Julie Cardnell (37.01) also took part.

Bill Metcalfe ran the Brandon parkrun in Norfolk in 38.44.

n Dagenham’s Thomas Dudman (8.26) was third at the latest Barking & Dagenham parkrun, ahead of Ryder Islam (8.57) in fourth place.

Clubmates Krishan Chowdhury (11.50) and Amelia Beazeley (16.35) were also in action at Central Park, where Keeane King (9.47) and Jadon Trhift (12.31) set new personal bests.

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