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Essex XC Championships are only way for Dagenham 88 Runners to start year!

PUBLISHED: 09:45 11 January 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Essex XC Championships

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Essex XC Championships

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Dagenham 88 Runners took on rivals from across the county at the Essex Cross-Country Championships at Great Notley in Braintree.

Dagenham's Hannah Sheikh and Rahana Islam at the Essex XC Championships Dagenham's Hannah Sheikh and Rahana Islam at the Essex XC Championships

Athletes enjoyed a beautiful lunchtime race, with Dagenham’s Hannah Sheikh coming home in 41 minutes 55 seconds.

Rahana Islam clocked 42.49 in the women’s race, while Gary Coombes was the first Dagenham man home in 49.44.

Trevor Robinson (62.11), Mick Pegnall (70.00) and Ian Cummins (71.45) completed the Dagenham line-up, while Mick Brown took on the Greenwick 10k in 45.21.

Caroline Tuck tackled the King’s Forest 10k trail race, finishing in 48.48, and was first woman home at the latest Bury St Edmunds parkrun in 23.09.

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt Dagenham 88 Runners at the Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt

Tuck had also completed a New Year’s Day parkrun double at Greenwich (23.13) and Bexley (24.02), while Coombes finished Wanstead (19.15) and Harrow Lodge (19.33).

A group of nine took on the Wanstead and Valentines runs, including Nils Hollmann (24.38, 24.47), Jamie Austin (26.09, 27.27), Hannah Sheikh (27.16, 26.00), Manji Gami (27.38, 28.02), Timi Veerasamy (29.46, 28.35), Louise Chappell (31.09, 29.41), Beverley Eagles (33.47, 33.24), Luke Summers (35.08, 34.41) and Sam Veerasamy (36.21, 34.58).

New member Pedro Costa was first to finish at the inaugural Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt, Germany in an impressive 18.13 ahead of clubmates Kerstin Costa (23.48), Sonya Veerasamy (28.12), Timi Veerasamy (28.20), Kresh Veerasamy (30.41) and Barking Road Runners’ Sam Veerasamy (35.29).

Others, Barking: Emma Dudman 27.27, Louise Chappell 27.53, Jenny O’Hanlon 28.40. Basildon: Joanne Kingston 41.26, Cassie Bryant 41.26. Harrow Lodge: Ryder Islam 23.04. Hockley Woods: Bill Metcalfe 43.02. Raphael: Rosina Salmon 28.24, Kelly Drake-Tapscott 30.52, Jacqueline Frewin 31.47, Kirsty Hannan 37.24, Juile Cardnell 37.28, Matthew Coppin 48.51, Victoria Rose 48.52. Valentines: Pritesh Patel 26.15, Manji Gami 27.38, Vennisa Chowdhury 30.21, Jane Swanson-Sprent 32.14, Beverley Eagles 33.50, Julie Dalphinis 45.48.

New Year’s Day: Mick Brown 22.45, Cardnell 25.08, Salmon 29.37, Emma O’Shea 29.51, Sonya Veerasamy 29.52, Lorraine Moor 33.16, Swanson-Sprent 33.23, Cardnell 33.58, Jacqui Elliott 35.20, Patel 36.39, Dalphinis 46.23.

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