Sword is so sharp

LAURA SWORD was the pick of a busy week for Ilford AC with an excellent run at the Hackney Marshes 5km. Racing in hot, sunny conditions, Swords acquitted herself well on a flat, fast course, finishing up as the fifth lady home and 48th overall in a time o

LAURA SWORD was the pick of a busy week for Ilford AC with an excellent run at the Hackney Marshes 5km.

Racing in hot, sunny conditions, Swords acquitted herself well on a flat, fast course, finishing up as the fifth lady home and 48th overall in a time of 23 minutes 53 seconds.

On Sunday, Terry Knightley and Kevin Newell were in action in the Canvey Island Rotary 10km race on a tough multi-terrain course comprising sea walls and tracks.

Knightley finished seventh in 38.33 with Newell 13th in 40.39.


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The race was won by Thurrock's John Green with Havering 90's Tony Pecararo second in a field of 150 runners.

Sally Gillam travelled to Ely, Cambridgeshire to compete in the Grunty Fen half-marathon, continuing her build-up to the Abingdon marathon in October.

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Gillam (pictured left) was happy with her finishing time of 1:48.36 seconds, picking off people in the latter stages for 235th out of 457 starters.

The race was won by Neil Addison of Shaftesbury Barnet in 1:10.43, with Colchester's Adrian Mussett in close attendance with 1:10.03.

A round trip of nearly 500 miles on Sunday saw Ilford's Robin Davis travel to Catterick Army Camp, North Yorkshire, to take part in the Para 10 endurance race.

The 10-mile course is the route that parachute troops have to complete in under 1:50.00 to gain their red beret, covering tracks, hills, water and what Davis could only describe as mountains.

He completed it in 1:46.23.

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