Great time for all at the fun run fayre
PUBLISHED: 18:06 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:15 11 August 2010
RUNNERS of all shapes and sizes donned trainers and shorts for the Barking and Dagenham Fun Run last weekend. The popular annual event, which coincides with the Eastbrookend Country Fair, took place on Sunday, June 1, and was a huge success. There were tw
RUNNERS of all shapes and sizes donned trainers and shorts for the Barking and Dagenham Fun Run last weekend.
The popular annual event, which coincides with the Eastbrookend Country Fair, took place on Sunday, June 1, and was a huge success.
There were two races on the day, a five mile run and a 3km fun run, and they were enjoyed by serious club runners, health enthusiasts and everyday residents of the borough.
Both races were started by former Olympic runner Paul Evans, who competed in the 10,000 metres for Great Britain in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996. He is also a former winner of the Chicago Marathon and a runner up of in the London Marathon.
Paul, 45, said: "This is a great event and it's a privilege to come and get involved with it.
"The great thing about events like this is they not only bring the community together but they also get people fit and start them thinking about running.
"It has been great weather for running all day and everyone I have spoke to is having a great time.
"It's a great atmosphere and I'm pleased that I was invited to be a part of the event."
The five mile race started at 10.30am and the route took in most of Dagenham's Central park as well as parts of Eastbrook End country Park.
The winner was Jamal Mohamed, 24, who set a blistering time of 27minutes 23 seconds.
He told the POST: "I'm really pleased to have won, I didn't think I was going to come first. I run for Newham and Essex Beagles and train every day so I had hoped to do well."
Runner up was amateur runner Chris Smith, 34, from Hornchurch and third place went to John O'Shea, 45, from East Ham.
The 3km fun run brought out the eccentric side of some of the borough's residents, especially 14-year-old Daniel Leckemby, who did the race dressed as a clown to raise money for a cancer charity.
He said: "It was very hot and awkward to run, but it was good fun and for a really good cause."
The 3km was won 13-year-old Stephen Woodford, 16-year-old Jake Mulen came second and third was Olympic hopeful Zoey Littlechild, 15.
As well as the two races the runners and residents also got the chance to experience a wide variety of stands and stalls on show.
There were animals to pet such as birds, ferrets and owls as well as Morris dancing wood sculpture and arts and crafts.
For full results of both the races and more pictures see next week's POST.
SEE THIS WEEK'S POST FOR PICTURES AND NEXT WEEK'S FOR FULL RESULTS
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