Barking Road Runners send members out and about at various athletic challenges!

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 31 May 2018

Faye Spooner and Sue Ann Colvill at the Edinburgh Marathon

Faye Spooner and Sue Ann Colvill at the Edinburgh Marathon


Barking Road Runners took on marathons, triathlons and parkruns, among other challenges, on another busy weekend of action.

Colin Jones finishes the Braintree Track MarathonColin Jones finishes the Braintree Track Marathon

Faye Spooner teamed up with Sue Ann Colvill to run the Edinburgh Marathon, Scotland’s largest event now in its 16th year.

A new route took athletes from Potterrow in the old town heartland of Edinburgh University, charging over the historic High Street and down The Mound, past the National Gallery and Edinburgh Castle and heading for the coast and finish in Pinkie Playing Fields, Musselburgh.

And Spooner finished in 4:17.34, while Colin Jones ran 105 laps at the Braintree Track Marathon to cross the line in 3:41, having actually covered 28.1 miles by passing around slower runners. His 26.2-mile time was 3:23.

Kresh Veerasamy (2:40) and Tom Coughlan (3:38) ran the Casterbridge half marathon, through historic Dorchester and surrounding villages of Dorest, while several members stayed closer to home to run the Vitality Westminster Mile.

Derv Bartlett and Lee Johnson at the Westminster MileDerv Bartlett and Lee Johnson at the Westminster Mile

Considered one of the UK’s premier road races, runners start on The Mall and cover St James’s Park before a finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

Lee Johnson raced home in 4.46, with Derv Bartlett clocking 6.05 as Trevor Parkin (12.45) and Natalie Traylen also in action.

The club’s second handicap race of the season at Mayesbrook Park was won by Ron Vialls, who won £10 after clocking 21.59.

Runners set off at staggered times with the slower ones set off first on the 5k three-lap loop of the park before being chased down by the faster runners where, in theory at least, everyone should cross the finish line simultaneously.

Ron Vialls receives his cheque for winning Barking's latest handicap raceRon Vialls receives his cheque for winning Barking's latest handicap race

Following Vialls home were Rory Burr (21.16), Morgan Romain (23.37), Ken Summerfield (32.40), Lee Johnson (17.29), Antony Leckerman (21.50), Gary Harford (25.14), Les Jay (28.45), Richard Rowe (20.28), Derv Bartlett (19.51), Charlotte Owen (27.01), Nige Swaby (28.59), Martin Mason (26.14), Andrew Gwilliam (24.04), Viorel Mih (21.00), Michael Molloy (30.10), Barry Culling (25.20), Alan Murphy (39.06), Maria Bartlett (31.41), Nikki Cranmer (31.43), Phil Ellul (18.22).

Trevor Cooper (1:14.51) and wife Cristina (1:26.20) set new personal bests at the Tri Farm sprint triathlon.

Parkrun results, Andover: Kresh Veerasamy 33.34.

Cristina and Trevor Cooper at the Tri Farm TriathlonCristina and Trevor Cooper at the Tri Farm Triathlon

Barking: Philip Ellul 18.25; Martin Page 20.52; Derv Bartlett 20.53; Ron Vialls 21.52; Stuart Burr 22.07; Andy Preston 24.21; Barry Culling 24.43; James Lowndes 24.47; Andrew Hiller 25.00; Rob Courtier 27.41; Alain Cooper 28.57; Maria Bartlett 30.08; Nikki Cranmer 30.08; Melissa Lowndes 30.28; David Burns 30.41; Jennifer Birch 34.56; Ken Summerfield 35.30; Alan Murphy 41.00; Amanda Heslegrave 51.16. Harrow Lodge: Rory Burr 21.45; Trevor Cooper 37.44; Cristina Cooper 38.19. Norwich: Wayne McAllister 28.50. Raphael: Ray Taylor 36.52. Valentines: Diarmuid MacDonnell 19.57; Kevin Wotton 22.22; Antony Leckerman 23.13; Tom Barton 23.46; Rakesh Sandhu 24.51; Paul Withyman 26.59; Gillian Barton 34.21; Asha Sandhu 47.44; Katherine Withyman 49.59; Chris Groves 58.56.

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