Barking Road Runners shine
PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 May 2015
Members tackle Halstead Marathon
Barking Road Runners defied the sudden outbreak of warm weather to shine at the Halstead Marathon on Sunday.
Andy Preston was first of their group to finish in four hours five minutes, while Amanda Heslegrave clocked 4:24 after entering the race at very late notice.
Kresh Veerasamy finished in a time of 4:42, while a host of others ran at the Finsbury Park 10k Grand Prix event.
Barking claimed the team prize over an undulating course, with Vicky Cooper taking the top female prize after storming around the four and a bit laps in 43 minutes two seconds.
Derv Bartlett was first Barking member home in 40.00, while Martin Page (41.07) was just over a minute behind.
Ron Vialls finished in a fine time of 45.21, with Robert Antoine completing the course in 48.46 and Gareth Tucker running 51.00.
Alain Cooper ducked under the 55-minute barrier as Di Parsons found a sprint finish for a time of 55.14.
Ben Wells was just one second behind on his 10k debut, with Alison Fryatt (57.07) and Vicki Groves (57.20) finishing in quick succession.
Rob Courtier clocked 61.30, Jenni Birch ran a new personal best of 63.40 and Ken Summerfield finished in 63.50.
Times were not available for the six other Barking members who ran the race, Diarmuid Mac Donnell, Antony Leckerman, Micky Ball, Gary Harford, Philip Ellul and Randeep Thethy, while Andrew Gwilliam had to pull out mid-race due to a niggling injury.
n Barking’s Faye Spooner kept herself busy with two 10k races in a week.
After clocking 63.25 at Burgess Hill on Bank Holiday Monday as part of the Mid-Sussex Marathon weekend, following two 10-mile outings on Saturday and Sunday, Spooner finished the Rochford 10k in just over 52 minutes.
Joe Monk clocked a fine time of 39.45 at the Bluebell 5, while Janet Finch took part in her first race in over a year.
Barking’s Rakesh Sandhu finished the Hackney 5k in 25.38, while Mary Carlin clocked 27.09 and Asha Sandhu came home in 45.46 in her first-ever race over the distance.
Barking members were also in action at the Assembly League 5k in Victoria Park, with Derv Bartlett clocking 21.23, ahead of Vicky Cooper (23.36) and Ron Vialls (24.07).
Latest parkrun results, Barking: Andrew Hiller 23.16; John Lang 24.51; Clare Foreman 25.25; Ken Summerfield 29.43; David Mottley 30.55; Mark Seaton 31.53; Sifelani Sayisayi 33.02; Alan Murphy 36.27.
Hampstead Heath: Barry Culling 23.09 (course best).
Raphael Park: Ron Vialls 22.11; Dennis Spencer-Perkins 28.18; Rob Courtier 28.20.
Southwark: Emma Roebuck 30.28.
Valentines: Diarmuid MacDonnell 20.46; Andy Preston 22.47; Rakesh Sandhu 26.12.
*Windy conditions made life difficult for athletes at the latest Barking parkrun on Saturday.
The long straight by the lake was especially hard work for the 56 taking part, but seven set new personal bests.
Morgan Bateman, Denise Woolston, Suzanne Atkins, Pierre Epoh Moudio, Daniel Famiyeh, Stuart Burr and Ajeet Khatri had reason to celebrate, while debutant Helen Mills clocked 40.53.
Burr was first man home in 20.40, with Philip Ellul (21.03) and series leader Neil Williamson (21.33) completing the top three.
Angela Farfan was the first woman to finish in 24.10, for 11th place overall, and Barking Road Runners’ Clare Foreman was 16th in 25.25.
Cashelle Souris (26.01) completed the women’s top three in 18th place and remains in the hunt in the annual points competition.
Burr, Williamson and Ellul had the best Age Grade scores on the day.
Series leaders, men: Neil Williamson 3,901 points; Adam Shaikh 3,558; Aftab Sarwar 3,386; women: Iman Shaikh 3,779; Cashelle Souris 3,571; Annette Prior 3,526.
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