Marathon effort as Peter takes fourth

ILFORD AC athlete Peter Spelman completed the arduous Davos Marathon in an impressive time of three hours 51 minutes 41 seconds for fourth place in the over-55 age category and 58th overall. The race was held on the Davos/Bergun mountains of Switzerland

ILFORD AC athlete Peter Spelman completed the arduous Davos Marathon in an impressive time of three hours 51 minutes 41 seconds for fourth place in the over-55 age category and 58th overall.

The race was held on the Davos/Bergun mountains of Switzerland and Spelman was delighted with his run, which was three minutes faster than last year.

Meanwhile, over a slightly less daunting distance, Kevin Newell finished the Harlow 10-mile race in an excellent time of 1:07.14. The fast-improving Ilford athlete handled the undulating course well and is beginning to return to his best times achieved almost a decade ago.

At Parliament Hill, Marvin Tuffour ran a fine 100m into a strong headwind to record 11.64. Tuffour has been troubled by injury and work commitments and will be happy to be getting nearer to his best form.


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Simeon Stuart and Nathaniel Senior performed well to reach 5.91m and 5.78m respectively in the long jump, but will be looking for bigger leaps when they next compete.

IN HIS first race since 2001, Peter Ryan walked to second place at the London Inter-club Challenge at Parliament Hill on Saturday.

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Ryan finished in 26 minutes and four seconds, some 13 seconds behind eventual winner John Hall.

From the off, Ilford's Dave Sharpe (pictured right) led them around the first two bends and into the back straight, before more established pacemaker, Alan Ellam, took control for the next two laps.

Ryan then took over and 2,000m in, was on course for a PB, however with two laps to go, he began to fall slightly off his demanding pace and the wily Hall spotted an opportunity to press the pedal.

Hall clawed back the deficit and broke the tape in 25.51.

In third spot came former event and track winner Steve Uttley in 27.16, with Steve Allen fifth in 27.42.

Sharpe was 12th in 30.35 and Mike Hinton 13th in 30.36.

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