Dagenham 88 Runners enjoy success in Spitfire Scramble and various other challenges

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 July 2017

Dagenham 88 Runners at Spitfire Scramble (Pic: Dagenham 88 Runners)

Dagenham 88 Runners at Spitfire Scramble (Pic: Dagenham 88 Runners)


More than 50 Dagenham 88 runners tackled the annual Spitfire Scramble event in Hornchurch Country Park.

The runners had to run as many six mile loops in 24 hours as possible this weekend.

The Fast Five team of the 88th Battalion gained the male Five-Team Gold prize by doing 32 (202 miles) laps within the time limit.

The team was made up of Jeff Webster, Nigel Swinburne, Paul Prior, Peter Salmon and Gary Coombes.

Caroline Tuck was also part of the ladies mixed club team of five who won their category.

The club also had other teams called Loom Bandits, DMTW, Dagenham Divas, Scrambled Legs, Dagenham 88 Runners and Red Daggers at the event.

Debbie Vince also represented the club in the solo category and completed a total of 18 miles.

Helen MacKenzie-Cardy finished third in the ladies pairs by completing 42 miles.

The fourth fixture of the East London Five Interclub Series saw 38 club members take on Hainault Forest, which despite the recent storms, proved good underfoot.

Gary Coombes 30.24 followed by Nigel Swinburne 31.28 and Paul Prior 34.11 were the club’s top three men with Hannah Sheikh 41.45, Rahana Islam 44.04 and Timi Veerasamy 47.00 taking the ladies honours.

After four fixtures the club sees the men in fifth place and the ladies in eighth place.

In the Southend half-marathon, the hot weekend didn’t stop Jacqui Elliot making it around the seaside course in two hours and 45 minutes.

Paul Grange landed a new personal best in the 1,500m by finishing in three minutes and 57 seconds at Bedford in the British athletics league.

Grange now ranks number one in Britain for his age group at both the 800m and 1500m.

Trevor Robinson came fifth after finishing the 800m race in two minutes and 52 seconds at the Eastern Masters League.

Ian Cummins, Gary Cardnell and Julie Cardnell all represented the club at the Long Course Weekend, in Tenby, South Wales.

Paul Suett got a personal best and is hoping he’s done enough to qualify for Team Great Britain with his efforts at the Arundel Triathlon.

Other members took part in local park runs, including the Barking and Dagenham junior park run, Roding Valley and Valentines park.

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