Athletics: Top man Grange is Dagenham record-breaker

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 February 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Chingford League race in Victoria Park

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Chingford League race in Victoria Park


Dagenham 88 Runners’ Paul Grange was crowned men’s champion in the Chingford League after breaking the club’s five-mile record at Victoria Park.

Grange clocked 26 minutes 40 seconds on a flat, fast course to finish ahead of Gary Coombes (29.00), Paul Prior (33.31), Caroline Tuck (35.12) and Jamie Austin (39.13).

And Michael Pegnall (41.32), Nikhelesh Chowdhury (43.09), Timi Veerasamy (45.12), Luke Summers (45.22), Sonya Veerasamy (47.28), Emma O’Shea (47.30) and Jenny O’Hanlon (47.31) all dipped below the 50-minute mark.

Sara Prior was four seconds outside that group, with Lorraine Moor (50.21), Vicky Woodhouse (52.31), Denise Woolston (55.12), Abigail O’Shea (56.08) and Sam Veerasamy (56.59) completing the Dagenham line-up.

Runners were back in action in the South Essex Cross-Country League at One Tree Hill the next day, with Grange 11th and Coombes 21st.

Paul Prior, Pegnall, Richard Haidon, Leigh Moring, Tuck, Rahana Islam, Timi Veerasamy, O’Shea, Bev Eagles, Woolston, Carol Moring, Sara Prior and Irene Campen also competed.

Members are at the English Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday, with the last South Essex League race at South Weald a day later.

Dagenham’s Joel Denning completed the Afan half marathon trail race in South Wales in 1:56.49, while Shaun Holder finished the Hampton Court event in 1:51.21.

Mick Brown took on the Test Track 10 at Dunton, coming home in 1:17.23, and Paul Suett finished the Grafham Water duathlon in a total overall time of 2:05.25. Suett completed the first 10k run in 36.55, then a 40k bike leg in 66.17 before a final 5k run in 20.55.

Dagenham members joined forces with Barking Road Runners and Ilford AC rivals to help raise £850 for the Kenneth More Theatre at a charity quiz night recently.

*Jak Wright was first Dagenham member home at Valentines parkrun in 18.47.

Ryder Islam (22.05) and Rahana Islam (24.58) were next to finish, ahead of Emma Dudman, Timi Veerasamy (both 30.10), Sonya Veerasamy (30.57), Vennisa Chowdhury (31.00), Sam Veerasamy (34.32) and Beverley Eagles (34.41).

Luke Summers (28.12) led the way for the club at Barking, where Karen Joy (31.35) and Debbie Joy (32.57) also ran.

And Jacqueline Frewin (34.14) came home ahead of Suzanne Easley (36.22) at Raphael Park, as Caroline Tuck clocked 22.26 at Roding Valley.

Joanne and Amy Kingston both clocked 39.24 at Basildon, as Pippa-Ann Ridall (47.30) ran at Pegwell Bay and Bill Metcalfe (41.07) at Brandon.

Youngsters Olivia Lardner (13.01), Amelia Beazeley (13.42) and Evie Beazeley (21.55) were in action at the latest Barking & Dagenham junior parkrun at Central Park.

*Lee Johnson led Barking Road Runners home at the latest Barking parkrun.

Johnson clocked 16.40 ahead of Philip Ellul (18.33), with Andy Preston (22.52) pipping Mahbub Khan (23.05).

Wayne McAllister (23.22), Sally Bridge (23.44) and Andrew Hiller (23.58) were not far apart, with John Lang (24.44) next to finish.

Barry Culling (26.57) and Leslie Jay (29.29) also beat the 30-minute mark, with Nikki Cranmer (30.27), David Mottley (32.27), Emma Ley (32.55), Jennifer Birch (34.21) and Mick Ball (35.04) among the next group of finishers.

Trevor Parkin (44.36) and Colin Jones (50.03) completed the Barking line-up on home turf, while others took on the Valentines parkrun.

Tom Barton (23.53) was first to finish for the club in Ilford, with Andrew Gwilliam (24.23), Vicki Groves (27.24), Antony Leckerman (30.26), Kresh Veerasamy (30.57), James Byers (32.47), Thomas Coughlan (32.54) and Gillian Barton (37.34) also in action.

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