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Athletics: Alan Murphy causes a shock to win latest Barking Road Runners Handicap Race

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 21 June 2017

Alan Murphy crosses the line first to win the latest Barking Road Runners Handicap Race (pic: Barking RR)

Alan Murphy crosses the line first to win the latest Barking Road Runners Handicap Race (pic: Barking RR)

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Alan Murphy claims his winnings after triumphing in the latest Barking Road Runners Handicap Race (pic: Barking RR)Alan Murphy claims his winnings after triumphing in the latest Barking Road Runners Handicap Race (pic: Barking RR)

Alan Murphy sprang a surprise by winning the third race of the Barking Road Runners Handicap Series.

The race sees athletes set off at different times depending on their ability, with the fastest going off last, but the winner is still first past the post.

Though normally a casual parkrun competitor, Murphy enjoyed the event which was run on an identical course to the Barking parkrun race.

Coming down the home straight, Murphy was being chased hard by some of the club’s quickest members, but he held on to reach the line first in 38 minutes and 27 seconds to claim the £10 cash prize.

Faye Spooner of Barking Road Runners (right) at the South Downs marathon (pic: Barking RR)Faye Spooner of Barking Road Runners (right) at the South Downs marathon (pic: Barking RR)

In order of crossing the line, next to finish were Lee Johnson (17.25), Diarmuid MacDonnell (19.45), Martin Mason (26.08), Nikki Cranmer (28.41) and Anthony Leckerman (21.44).

Also in action were Andy Preston (22.56), Derv Bartlett (19.33), Paul Withyman (20.34), Nigel Swaby (28.48), Veronikor Barikor (30.05) and Ron Hawes (26.27).

Jenifer Birch (32.03), Phil Ellul (23.03), Ken Summerfield (33.07), Ron Vialls (44.10) and Tom Coughlan (31.51) also finished the event.

Elsewhere, Faye Spooner continued her quest to run 12 marathons in a year, completing her seventh at the South Downs event.

Spooner overcame sweltering heat and a swarm of midges to complete the race by the coast and will now look forward to her next challenge next month.

Trevor and Cristina Cooper made the best of the fine British weather by competing in their first triathlon of the season, the Bridge event.

Cristina Cooper completed an Olympic-distance race in three hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds – smashing her best by four minutes – while Trevor finished a half triathlon in 89.14.

At the latest Barking parkrun, Manish Sharma and Derv Bartlett were the first Barking Road Runners home, both crossing the line in 21.24.

Andy Preston (22.44), Trevor Cooper (23.09), Rakesh Sandhu (23.50), Jen Ruffell (24.13), Barry Culling (24.22) and Robin Booputh (24.33) all went under 25 minutes.

The club also had members in action at the Valentines, Harrow Lodge, Queen Elizabeth, Ashton Court, Bournemouth, Southend, Doncast and Tring parkrun events.


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