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Barking Road Runners come out on top in drama despite seeing duo take wrong turn!

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 February 2018

Barking Road Runners with their first place trophy at the South Essex Cross Country League meeting at One Tree Hill

Barking Road Runners with their first place trophy at the South Essex Cross Country League meeting at One Tree Hill

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Barking Road Runners claimed first place in the third round of the South Essex Cross-Country League at One Tree Hill – but only after a dramatic turn of events.

Barking Road Runners at the Chingford League race in Victoria ParkBarking Road Runners at the Chingford League race in Victoria Park

A small contingent of lead runners from various clubs, including two from Barking, had strayed slightly off-course and shaved a part of the 4.5 mile circuit from their route.

But following those disqualifications and a nailbiting wait, it was announced that Barking had come out on top thanks to the overwhelming turnout and determination of each member.

A first or second-place finish in the final race of the season should secure the club’s promotion back to Division One for next year.

Among the Barking contingent on the day were Lee Johnson (27.14), Ron Vialls (36.28), Steve Burr (36.49), Andrew Gwilliam (39.10), Amanda Heslegrave (41.37), Cristina Cooper (42.35), Natalie Traylen (46.10) and Tom Coughlan (47.30).

Barking Road Runners' Rob Courtier and Tom Coughlan in action at One Tree HillBarking Road Runners' Rob Courtier and Tom Coughlan in action at One Tree Hill

Also competing were Mick Ball, Jo George, Maxine Brown, Philip Ellul, Kevin Wotton, Paul Ward, Martin Page, Colin Jones, Matthew Lowndes, Trevor Cooper, Daniel Plawiak, Mick Davidson, Alain Cooper, Gary Harsford, Charlotte Owen, Rob Courtier, Alison Fryatt, Anthony Maughan, Raymond Miah, Kresh Veerasamy, Nikki Cranmer, Maria Bartlett, Melissa Lowndes and Les Jay.

A select group of Barking runners took in the latest leg of the Chingford League at Victoria Park, with a flat five-mile course enjoyed by all, especially Lee Johnson, who smashed his personal best by 38 seconds to finish in 27 minutes exactly, as Vialls also showed a return to his best form.

Philip Ellul (30.00), Derv Bartlett, Diarmuid Mac Donell (30.49), Colin Jones (34.36), Andrew Gwilliam (37.00), Alison Fryatt and Kresh Veerasamy were also in action.

And Wayne Palmer returned from injury to complete his first half marathon in eight months at Tunbridge Wells, where he covered a hilly course in a fine 1:52.04.

Other members took on various parkrun challenges, including Rory Burr (21.51) at Billericay, Vicky Cooper (22.09) at Cirencester and Paul Ward (22.33) at the Barclay event.

Trevor Cooper (23.58) and Cristina Cooper (29.14) ran at Hockley Woods, with Ray Taylor (35.40) at Raphael Park.


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