Christmas comes early as local rivals get in festive mood at annual Santathon

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 December 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Santathon event

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Santathon event


Dagenham 88 Runners were out in force, along with friends from Barking Road Runners, at the annual Santathon in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.

Dagenham 88s Rahana and Ryder Islam at the Santathon eventDagenham 88s Rahana and Ryder Islam at the Santathon event

Sir Trevor Brooking started the three-mile race at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground, with Rahana Islam the first woman to finish in 24 minutes and one second.

Ryder Islam (20.27) was second junior and fourth overall, with Tony Woodgate (23.12) and Gary Cardnell (24.18) not too far behind.

Sonya Veerasamy (31.53) was next member home, while Jacqui Elliott (33.58) was accompanied by ‘best dressed dog’ Chubber ahead of Debbie and Karen Joy (33.59).

Evie and Andy Beazeley (34.51) finished together, ahead of Kirsty Hannan (36.18) and Ronnie Waller (36.28), while Amelia Beazeley and Jenny O’Hanlon both clocked 40.53.

Natalie Summers (53.59) and Christine Sloan (61.59) walked the route with family members, with Chrstine Lardner, Jennifer Akroyd, Kelly Drake-Tapscott, Lorraine Scott and Hannah Sheikh also taking part with relatives.

Meanwhile, Dagenham’s Jane Swanson-Sprent ran a new personal best of 2:18.56 at the Victoria Park half marathon on a blustery Saturday morning.

*Dagenham 88s held their end of year awards night, where Nigel Swinburne and Hannah Sheikh were crowned champions.

Peter Salmon and Rahana Islam took the veteran awards, while Mick Brown and Rosina Salmon were super vet champions and Gary Cardnell and Timi Veerasamy took the golden vet titles.

Jamie Austin and Sheikh came out on top in the club’s East London Five Interclub Series (ELVIS) standings, with Mick Brown and Rahana Islam taking the runners-up spots ahead of third-placed Cardnell, Nils Hollmann and Jenny O’Hanlon.

The 5k handicap prizes went to David O’Brien and Karen Joy, while Pedro Costa claimed the best marathon award for his 2:54.48 at Berlin.

Sam Veerasamy was named the club’s sports personality of the year, while Luke Summers, Jamie Austin, Sarah Pegnall and Kirsty Hannan all received their 2019 London Marathon places.

Parkrun results, Barking: Louise Chappell 27.17; Beatrice Oguntayo 45.01.

Beckton: Billy Walkington 29.14; Geri Latimer 30.34.2

Harrow Lodge: Caroline Tuck 24.26.

Highbury Fields: David O’Brien 24.43.

Raphael: Peter Salmon 19.35; Robert Newton 21.39; Mick Brown 24.04; Tom Sargeant 25.36.

Valentines: Ryder Islam 25.10; Manji Gami 26.36; Beverley Eagles 27.22; Hannah Sheikh 27.24; Pritesh Patel 28.50; Rahana Islam 30.46; Sonya Veerasamy 32.11; Krishan Chowdhury 34.20; Sam Veerasamy 36.19; Ronnie Waller 36.56; Vennisa Chowdhury 40.06.

Junior: Ryder Islam 9.12; Zac Du Toit 10.53; Joshua Chukwuma 13.08; Yaseen Elfallah 13.41; Jia Ladhar 14.51; Maya Rebecca Mih 14.52; Mona Lisa Chukwuma 15.14; Vincent Gee 15.33; Harrison KH Li 16.06; Amelia Beazeley 16.40; Nathaniel Kelley-Merrick 17.25; Anureet Kamboj 20.38; Gwyneth MW Li 21.09; Evie Beazeley 21.17; Saanvi Bandaru 21.54; Karina Ladhar 21.55.

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