Dagenham 88s back on track

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 June 2015

Dagenham 88 Runners face the camera at the Orion 5

Dagenham 88 Runners face the camera at the Orion 5


Club members return to league action

Dagenham 88 Runners Jeff Webster, Nigel Swinburne and Jim Smith ran the Warszawa parkrun while in Poland for Chris Howlett's stag weekendDagenham 88 Runners Jeff Webster, Nigel Swinburne and Jim Smith ran the Warszawa parkrun while in Poland for Chris Howlett's stag weekend

Dagenham 88 Runners returned to competitive action in the second leg of the summer East London Five Inter-club series (ELVIS) at Epping Forest.

A squad of 25 tackled a beautiful, challenging course around the rides, trails and routes and Dagenham’s men were led home by Nigel Swinburne in a time of 31 minutes 49 seconds.

Robert Woodgate (34.18), Lee Duggan (34.55), Joel Denning (35.57), Paul Eagles (38.15) and Gary Cardnell (39.28) completed the scoring six, while the women’s team was made up of Susan Godfrey (41.39), Rahana Islam (41.54) and Joanne McFarlane (52.35).

Also running for the club were Jeff Webster (36.21), James Smith (37.15), Tony Woodgate (40.24), Ian Cummins (43.52), Sharon Robinson (52.35), Beverley Eagles (53.34), Caroline Cummins (55.13), Louise Chappell (56.10), Tracey George (56.17), Richele Cockley (59.00), Jane Swanson-Sprent (59.03), Catherine Apps (59.04), Jane Houston (62.54), Anne Duggan (64.21), Mary O’Connor (64.21), Julie Cardnell (64.53).

The next fixture in the series is the Eton Manor 5k at Leyton on Tuesday June 16 (7.30pm).

n Dagenham’s Paul Grange set another personal best for the 800m in the British League meeting at Reading.

Grange clocked 1.57.81 to beat his previous mark by more than two seconds and returned to the track less than an hour later to compete in the 400m for the first time ever, finishing in 53.40.

n Dagenham’s Paul Suett took on more than expected at the Hercules Triathlon in Northwood.

The Olympic triathlon event covered a 1,500m swim, a 40k bike ride and 10k run, but Suett missed the turnaround point and ended up cycling for 67k (42 miles instead of 25).

Suett managed to complete his extended race ahead of another big event his weekend.

Clubmate Bill Metcalfe crossed the border to compete in the Magic Roundabout 10k in Wales, where he faced the “toughest and hilliest” course.

Stunning views, a T-shirt, cake and tea proved some consolation after Metcalfe came home in 90.08.

n Dagenham 88s teamed up with Barking Road Runners and the council to put on a 5k race and one-mile fun run at the Barking & Dagenham Country Show.

Havering’s Steve Rand was first home in the longer event in 17.08, pipping Barking’s Lee Johnson (17.10), as Richard Bateman (19.46) took third place.

Jordan Lacey (Southend, 21.37), Sophie rand (Havering, 21.44) and Hayley Pegg (Thrift Green) were the first three women to finish.

Dagenham’s Russell Abrey (20.27), Alison Czajkowsky (25.46), Sonu Thethy (25.55) and Matt Rosebuck (27.00) came home ahead of Barking’s Nikki Cranmer (29.20) and Alison Fryatt (29.29).

Also completing the race were Dagenham’s Irene Campen (31.23), Toni Lacey (33.27), Lee Davis (33.42), Catrina Evans (35.44) and Ingrid Woolford (36.21).

The mile race saw Jak Wright come home first in 5.51, followed by Chloe Rand (6.32) and Joseph Grange (7.44).

Others to finish included Ben Smith (8.00), Jacob Rowe (9.05), Ganan O’Kane (9.10), Casey Duggan (9.11), Oliver Grange (10.03), Bobby Rahman (10.15), Hristo Lesev (11.01), Daniel (11.10), Alexia (11.14), Oscar Robinson (11.26) and Finn Chapman (12.19).

n Dagenham’s Michael Linstead and Claire Keech completed the Harrow Lodge charity 5k in identical times of 30.28.

Lorraine Scott (35.20), Victoria Rose and Li Yau (both 38.04) also took part, while other members competed in various parkruns at home and abroad.

Nigel Swinburne (20.44), Jeff Webster (21.37) and Jim Smith (23.19) tackled the Warszawa-Praga event in Poland, where they were celebrating Chris Howlett’s stag weekend, although the groom-to-be did not make it to the start line!

Caroline Tuck clocked 22.42 at Bury St Edmunds, while John Phillips was five seconds slower at Harrow Lodge, where Ryder Islam (9.33) and Krishan Chowdhury (11.49) competed in the junior event.

Others, Raphaels Park: Paul Prior 19.59; Peter Salmon 21.39; Suzanne Castle 28.28; Stephen Easley 33.30; Sara Prior 33.48; Rosina Salmon 36.26.

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