Athletics: Barking Road Runners toast super Vicky Cooper after V45 win at Orion 15

PUBLISHED: 08:34 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:34 28 March 2017

Alison Fryatt (left) and Phil Ellul with their medals at the Lee Valley Velopark 10k (pic: Barking Road Runners)

Alison Fryatt (left) and Phil Ellul with their medals at the Lee Valley Velopark 10k (pic: Barking Road Runners)


A round-up of the latest news from the Barking Road Runners club

Vicky Cooper flew the flag brilliantly for Barking Road Runners at the legendary Orion 15, finishing as they fastest V45 woman.

The gruelling course through Epping Forest has been voted as one of the top 50 events in the UK by Runner’s World and is now in its 63rd year.

The pressure was on Cooper from the off, with organisers stopping anyone running slowing than 10-minute-mile pace at the halfway stage.

Cooper, though, came through this with flying colours and also overcame climbs and obstacles on the beautiful route.

The Barking Road Runner crossed the line as the quickest V45 woman on the day, and was sixth fastest woman overall.

Elsewhere, club mates Alison Fryatt and Philip Ellul took in the Lee Valley Velopark 10k.

Despite strong easterly winds, Ellul was first of the duo to finish, coming home in 13th after clocking 45 minutes 55 seconds.

Fryatt, meanwhile, was 80th after finishing in a time of 57.43 having been lapped by Ellul halfway through the race.

Parkrun results, Barking: Lee Johnson 17.33; Mark Gare 22.41; Wayne McAllister 23.16; John Lang 25.50; Dawn Blake 26.26; Cristina Cooper 26.32; Sonu Thethy 28.49; Robert Courtier 29.00; Nikki Cranmer 29.55; Jennifer Birch 31.14; Kresh Veerasamy 31.37; Ken Summerfield 32.53; Alan Murphy 39.55.

Valentines: Diarmuid Mac Donnell 19.17; Barry Culling 22.58; Antony Leckerman 24.28; Paul David Withyman 26.10; Vicki Groves 27:28; Rakesh Sandhu 29.18; Andrew Gwilliam 31.14; Richard Ash 32.06.

Others: Guy Harford (Raphael) 26.39; Paul Ward (Gunpowder) 21.16; Andy Preston (Clumber Park) 22.48; Kieron Chapman (Seaton) 25.20.

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