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Local athletes tackle streets of London for Winter 10k to raise funds for Cancer UK

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 February 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Winter 10k in London

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Winter 10k in London

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Local athletes took to the streets of London for the Cancer UK Winter 10k at the weekend.

Barking Road Runners Alain Cooper at the Cancer UK Winter Run Barking Road Runners Alain Cooper at the Cancer UK Winter Run

The run starts outside the National Gallery and passes St Pauls Cathedral and the city, before finishing along Whitehall.

Dagenham 88 Runners saw Steve Whitfield lead them home in 52 minutes 24 seconds, as Emma O’Shea (62.27), Lorraine Moor (63.18) and Christine Lardner (68.15) all set personal bests.

Kelly Drake-Tapscott (63.16) pipped Vicky Woodhouse (63.34) and Irene Campen (72.03) edged out Julie Cardnell (72.05), while Jacqui Elliott (79.29) got the better of Richele Cockley (79.31), Denise Woolston (79.36) and Christine Sloan (79.50).

Lynne Northcott and Jo Smith both clocked 84.25, as Caron Altunbicak finished in 1:43.39.

Barking Road Runners Clare Foreman at the Olympic Park Run Through event Barking Road Runners Clare Foreman at the Olympic Park Run Through event

Barking Road Runners Faye Spooner and Alain Coper volunteered at the event, which aims to raise £700,000 this year.

Spooner helped out with logisitics, while Cooper was chosen as one of the Polar Bear Cancer UK mascots and posed for numerous selfies with runners.

It was particularly poignant as his father had passed away due to acute myeload leukaemia recently.

Barking’s Clare Foreman was in action at the Olympic Park Run Through 5k, which passed the Orbital, London Aquatics Centre and London Stadium, and set a new best of 23.03.

Dagenham 88 Runners Paul and Sara Prior at the Great Bentley half marathon Dagenham 88 Runners Paul and Sara Prior at the Great Bentley half marathon

Meanwhile, Dagenham 88 Runners Paul and Sara Prior ventured into the Essex countryside to tackle the Great Bentley half marathon, running the 13.1 miles together to finish in 2:22.30.

Closer to home, Dagenham’s Caroline Tuck was first woman to finish at the Barking parkrun, clocking 21.49.

Barking’s Philip Ellul crossed the line in 18.06, ahead of clubmate Dervish Bartlett (20.16), as Ron Vialls (22.52), Sally Bridge (24.07), John Lang (25.42), Cristina Cooper (25.45), Wayne McAllister (25.51) and Robert Courtier (27.11) were also in action.

Kresh and Sonya Veerasamy came home together in 27.54, for Barking and Dagenham respectively, as Jenny O’Hanlon (28.02), Thomas Coughlan (28.44), Nikki Cranmer (30.19), Jennifer Birch (31.19), James Byers (34.54), David Mottley (35.09), Lynne Northcott (40.43), Alan Murphy (44.39), Amelia Beazeley (57.16) and Evie Beazeley (58.04) also ran for their respective clubs.

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