Rivals end year in style with impressive results at South Essex Cross-Country League

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 January 2018

Barking Road Runners at Hadleigh

Barking Road Runners at Hadleigh


Local athletes ended the year in style at the latest South Essex Cross-Country League meeting of the season at Hadleigh on Sunday.

Dagenham 88s at HadleighDagenham 88s at Hadleigh

Seasoned athletes and those new to cross-country tackled a muddy, waterlogged course, with Barking Road Runners finishing second in the Division Two standings to raise hopes of promotion.

Dagenham 88 Runners fielded a total of 27 athletes and finished fourth overall, after Paul Grange finished fourth in the men’s race ahead of clubmates Gary Coombes (35th), Paul Prior (86th), Peter Salmon (124th), Mo Toki (166th) and Tony Woodgate (175th).

Lee Johnson led Barking home in sixth in an unofficial time of 26 minutes 45 seconds, as James Lowndes (31.32), Derv Bartlett (33.40), Paul Withyman (33.48), Diarmuid Mac Donnell (34.58) and Martin Page (35.10) also scored.

Dagenham’s Caroline Tuck was 29th in the women’s race, with Hannah Sheikh (47th), Rahana Islam (51st) and Emma Dudman (72nd) completing their scoring.

Barking's Diarmuid Mac DonnellBarking's Diarmuid Mac Donnell

Barking’s Amanda Heslegrave (39.13) was 38th, followed by Charlotte Webster (43.59), Cristina Cooper (44.57) and Nataliie Traylen (47.14).

The next round takes place at One Tree Hill on February 18 (10am).

Others – Barking, men: John George 37.00; Trevor Cooper 37.46; Ron Vialls 38.15; Daniel Plawiak 40.04; Andrew Gwilliam 41.06; Gary Harsford 51.15; Andy Hiller 52.36; Kresh Veerasamy 49.00; Robert Courtier 56.36; James Byers 64.56; women: Alison Fryatt 53.24; Kirsten Hiller 59.55; Stephanie Keyworth; Charlotte Owen. Dagenham, men: 188 Gary Cardnell; 195 Mick Pegnall, 196 Nils Hollmann; 214 Leigh Moring; 226 Ian Cummins; 234 Sam Veerasamy; women: 90 Timi Veerasamy; 102 Rosina Salmon; 108 Emma O’Shea; 111 Bev Eagles; 116 Sonya Veerasamy; 119 Lorraine Moor; 124 Denise Woolston; 129 Carol Moring; 130 Christine Lardner; 133 Sara Prior; 134 Abigail O’Shea.

Dagenham’s Paul Grange was fourth in the fourth round of the Chingford League at Alexandra Palace, completing 4.5 miles over three laps in 29.04, with clubmates Gary Coombes (33.02) and Trevor Robinson (40.56) commleting the scoring trio.

Barking's Charlotte OwenBarking's Charlotte Owen

Barking chairperson Andrew Gwilliam was also in action at the event, battling three uphill climbs and an occasional head wind to come home in 41.41.

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