Barking Road Runners brave the cold

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 January 2017

Barking Road Runners at their latest South Essex Cross-Country League meeting

Barking Road Runners at their latest South Essex Cross-Country League meeting


Members in action at South Essex Cross-Country League

Barking Road Runners defied biting sub-zero temperatures to battle it out at the latest South Essex Cross-Country League meeting at One Tree Hill.

The frozen ground was welcomed by most, meaning no stretches of mud to get bogged down in, although it made for hard landings for those who fell.

The 8.5k course presented a challenge for newcomers, including cross-country debutant Tom Coughlan, but Barking members managed some impressive times, with Cristina Cooper beating her course best by seven minutes behind Vicky Cooper.

Dawn Blake, Alison Fryatt, Veronica Barikor, Nyokabi Kiruthi, Maria Bartlett, Nikki Cranmer, Lisa Maughan and Stephanie Compton were also in action for Barking’s women, while Steve Philcox led the men home.

Derv Bartlett beat his course best by thre minutes, while Colin Jones went 10 minutes faster than before to finish ahead of John George.

Andrew Gwilliam clocked 40.52 for a nine-minute best, as Barry Culling beat his old mark by 10 minutes ahead of Ron Vialls.

Trevor Cooper took 13 minutes off his previous course best, as Daniel Plawiak, Mick Davison, Alain Cooper, Martin Mason, Kresh Veerasamy, Gary Harford, Coughlan, Anthony Maughan, Dennis Spencer-Perkins, Rob Courtier, Ken Summerfield and Micky Ball also completed the course.

Martin Page and Kevin Wotton did not finish.

n Barking’s Ella McIntyre competed in the Essex Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Colchester, finishing 38th in a field of 80 youngsters over a 3.5k course.

Latest parkrun results, Barking; Antony Leckerman 22.17; Barry O’Neill 23.06; John Lang 24.30; Philip Ellul 26.12; Cristina Cooper 26.19; Alain Cooper 26.37; Sonu Thethy 28.47; Jennifer Birch 30.14; Nikki Cranmer 32.40; Robert Courtier 32.41; Alan Murphy 44.56.

Cambridge: Andy Preston 22.46; Barry Culling 23.29.

Mersea Island: Kieron Chapman 26.17.

Valentines: Andrew Gwilliam 26.21; Kresh Veerasamy 29.40; Daniel Plawiak 29.57; Rakesh Sandhu 29.58.

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