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Athletics: Barking Road Runners have great time at Spitfire Scramble 24 Hour

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 July 2017

Vicky Cooper and Jacqui Bennett formed part of the Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent team, along with members of other clubs (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Vicky Cooper and Jacqui Bennett formed part of the Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent team, along with members of other clubs (pic: Barking Road Runners)

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Barking Road Runners Team One at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: Barking Road Runners)Barking Road Runners Team One at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Barking Road Runners members Vicky Cooper and Jacqui Bennett had lots to celebrate at the Spitfire Scramble 24 Hour Race after finishing as part of the fastest five-woman team at the event.

Cooper and Bennett formed part of the Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent team, along with members of other clubs.

The event saw runners complete as many laps of the near six-mile circuit in the space of 24 hours in the form of a relay.

After starting in daylight, runners had to rely only on headtorches to guide them around the course during the night.

The Barking Road Runners squad face the camera at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: Barking Road Runners)The Barking Road Runners squad face the camera at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: Barking Road Runners)

There could have been more success for Barking Road Runners as their Team One enjoyed a terrific battle with Midnight Runners for the overall win.

For much of the event, the squad that included Claire Forman, James Lowndes, Stuart Henderson, Kevin Wotton was close to the lead.

However, with an hour remaining, Midnight Runners began to pull away, with Barking Road Runners Team One finishing second.

The club’s second team, aptly named Team Two, saw Rob Courtier, Alison Fryatt, Alain Cooper, Andrew Gwilliam and Kresh Veerasamy compete.

The Barking Road Runners squad face the camera at the latest ELVIS race (pic: Barking Road Runners)The Barking Road Runners squad face the camera at the latest ELVIS race (pic: Barking Road Runners)

For Cooper and Gwilliam, the event was the furthest the pair had ever raced, completing 29.5 miles each.

Cristina and Trevor Cooper, meanwhile, formed a team with their Triathlon team the Loombandits.

At the latest ELVIS race, Lee Johnson was the fastest Barking Road Runners member, coming sixth in 28 minutes 33 seconds to hold a four-point lead in the overall competition.

Johnson leads club mate Derv Bartlett, who is second after clocking 32.18, while Paul Withyman, who finished in 34.39, is third in the overall competition.

In the women’s standings, Cristina Cooper, who finished in 43.50, leads the way ahead of club mate Niiki Cranmer, who clocked 48.56.

Barking Road Runners also received thanks this week from the Richard House Children’s Hospice after the club raised £5,157.35 for the charity in this year’s London Marathon, continuing their strong partnership.


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