Johnson’s best leads local athletes home at hottest-ever Virgin London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 April 2018

Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88 Runners before the London Marathon

Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88 Runners before the London Marathon


Barking Road Runners Lee Johnson led the way for local athletes at the hottest-ever Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.

Barking Road Runners Lee Johnson at the London MarathonBarking Road Runners Lee Johnson at the London Marathon

Johnson (right) came home in a personal best of two hours 52 minutes and 36 seconds, with temperatures reaching 74 degrees, as Paul Suett (3:21.47) and Nigel Swinburne (3:23.15) led Dagenham 88 Runners home.

Paul Ward (3:20.34), James Lowndes (3:26.31), Diarmuid Mac Donnell (3:33.24) and Vicky Cooper (3:46.40) were the next to finish for Barking, as Dagenham 88s Peter Salmon (3:50.57) also beat the four-hour mark.

Going sub five hours were Barking’s Faye Spooner (4:15.26), Manish Sharma (4:37.36) and Antony Leckerman (4:55.24), along with Dagenham’s Shaun Holder (4:39.15), Rahana Islam (4:38.52) and Hannah Sheikh (4:40.39).

Among the next to finish Barking were Lauren Garvey (5:04.56), Andrew Gwilliam (5:11.00), debutants Titi Windapo (5:19.56) and Veronica Barikor (5:23.47) and James Coughlan (5:42.12), along with Dagenham duo Mick Brown (5:01.19), Mo Toki (5:32.11).

Dagenham 88 Runners Nigel Swinburne at the London MarathonDagenham 88 Runners Nigel Swinburne at the London Marathon

Anne Duggan (6:01.43) pipped Dagenham clubmate Lynne Northcott (6:01.59), with Kay Martin (6:03.22) not far behind as Jacqui Elliot (6:49.55) completed their contingent.

Meanwhile, Ken Summerfield (7:13.02) was the last runner home for Barking, who were raising money for the Richard House Trust, looking to add to £70,000 raised over the years.

Barking volunteers manned the posts at the 14-mile water station, while Dagenham members helped out with baggage on The Mall and gathered at the 22-mile mark to lend support.

*Barking Road Runner Colin Jones celebrated victory at the Six-Hour Wonderland Caucus race at Samphire Hoe.

Dagenham 88 Runners Hannah Sheikh and Rahana Islam at the London MarathonDagenham 88 Runners Hannah Sheikh and Rahana Islam at the London Marathon

Ultra-marathoner Jones completed 10 laps, totalling 37.4 miles, to win in style as he also reached a personal best distance within the six-hour time limit.

Clubmate Di Parsons ran the much shorter Empressa 5k in Las Palmas, meanwhile, at a good pace to finish in 27.51.

Dagenham 88 Runners Michael Pegnall, Jamie Austin, Luke Summer and Jackie Frewin took part in the Rejects Run looped challenge around Dover’s Samphire Hoe, enjoying the views and sunshine.

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