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Barking Road Runners defy World Cup hangovers and heat to finish Felsted 10k!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 July 2018

Barking Road Runners at the Felsted 10k

Barking Road Runners at the Felsted 10k

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Barking Road Runners took on the Felsted 10k, the morning after England’s World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden.

Barking's Cristina and Trevor Cooper at their aquabike eventBarking's Cristina and Trevor Cooper at their aquabike event

The event doubled up as the club’s sixth Grand Prix race of the season, with 400 athletes taking on one loop of hamlets such as Cock Green, Willows Green and Bannister Green.

Lee Johnson defied the hot weather to finish seventh in 36.45, ahead of Ilford’s Gary Coombes (36.55), who took the M40 prize.

Martin Page (43.38) was next home, ahead of Antony Leckerman (45.32), Kevin Wotton (46.32), Ron Vialls (50.25), Andrew Gwilliam (51.19), Robin Booputh (56.46), Gary Harford (57.23), Les Jay (65.50), Ken Summerfield (78.13) and Greg Adams (82.43).

The fourth of seven club handicap races at Mayesbrook Park saw Dennis Spencer-Perkins (26.53) claim the £10 cash prize for a second time.

Dennis Spencer-Perkins receives his £10 cash prize from the latest Barking Road Runners handicap eventDennis Spencer-Perkins receives his £10 cash prize from the latest Barking Road Runners handicap event

Trevor Cooper dug deep to run the three-lap course in 21.36, under his handicap time, as Derv Bartlett (19.40), Daniel Plawiak (22.32), Greg Adams (37.17), Martin Mason (26.38), George Hillier (31.19), Nige Swaby (29.56), Viorel Mih (21.55), Ron Vialls (22.32), Les Jay (30.13) and Alan Murphy (46.44) also ran.

Les Jay leads the competition with 369 points followed by Martin Brooks (365) and Mih (363).

Jenny Birch ran her first 10k and longest run of the year at the Run Through 10k at the Olympic Park on Sunday and, inspired by England’s football success, came home in 1:14.39.

Cristina Cooper travelled to the Hever Castle & Gardens Aquabike event, primarily for training purposes, and was faced with a non-wetsuit swim in the lake.

Barking Road Runners Ken Summerfield at the Felsted 10kBarking Road Runners Ken Summerfield at the Felsted 10k

Battling through submerged weeds, Cooper remained focused and found a good swimming rhythm and, once out of the water, made the most of the chance to refuel at the first and only transition.

Cooper then set herself up on her bike to strike out on the undulating course, staying economical with the pace before ending with a 4k trail run.

“It was the perfect brick session,” said Cooper, who is eyeing up a return to race the Gauntlet and would make for a true race in a glorious setting.

Trevor Cooper went about the event in a more competitive way finishing the swim section in 43.37, transition in 4.42 and the cycle distance in 2:06.37.

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