Dagenham 88s, Barking Road Runners busy

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 June 2015

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Kent Road Runner marathon

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Kent Road Runner marathon


Club athletes tackle various events

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Kent Road Runner marathonDagenham 88 Runners at the Kent Road Runner marathon

Dagenham 88 Runners have been out in force at a variety of events recently.

A party of 11 took on the Kent Road Runner Marathon, which involved 17 laps of a 2.5k Cyclopark track in Gravesend and sees one of the biggest medals in Europe presented to finishers.

Paul Prior (3:33.28) led Daggers home, with Peter Salmon (3:45.57), Paul Eagles (3:48.53) and Lee Duggan (3:52.15) breaking four hours.

Ian Cummins (4:21.44), Rahanna Islam (4:22.38), Mick Pegnall (4:33.47), 26.2-mile debutant Bev Eagles (4:52.35), Timi Veerasamy (5:02.06), Karen Hurrell (5:23.59) and Tracey George (5:44.54) completed the line-up.

Dagenham 88s Suzanne Castle and Steve Easley with Barking's Amanda Heslegrave at the London TriathlonDagenham 88s Suzanne Castle and Steve Easley with Barking's Amanda Heslegrave at the London Triathlon

Cassie Bryant clocked 2:09.56 at the Edinburgh Half Marathon, while Ian Cummins (47.57) and wife Caroline (64.51) ran the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k.

Danny White (48.43) was first Dagger home at the Bupa 10k in London, ahead of Susan Godfrey (50.38), David O’Brien (58.04), Suki Heer (60.32), Jayne Kendall (62.06), Suzanne Castle (65.57), Julie Dalphinis (68.36), Kath Stapleton (69.05), Steve Easley (73.12) and Jacqui Elliott (81.21).

Danny White finished the London triathlon sprint event, a 750m swim, 25k bike and 5k run, in 1:46.51, while Kevin Brown (3:09.25) and Jackie Frewin (3:17.58) took on the Olympic distances of 1,500m swim, 50k bike and 10k run.

Steve Easley (swim), Suzanne Castle (run) and Amanda Heslegrave (bike) competed in a relay event, finishing in 3:05.50.

Barking Road Runners at the BUPA 10kBarking Road Runners at the BUPA 10k

Parkrun, Barking: Carlos Bastidas 29.44; Julie Cardnell 34.13; Sam Veerasamy 35.54; Maria Barrera 35.55; David Goodson 41.49. Harrow Lodge: Caroline Tuck 22.41; John Phillips 23.02. Raphaels: Robert Woodgate 19.27; Tony Woodgate 23.02. Valentines: Julie Dalphinis 32.56. Juniors: Maddison Sprent 9.35; Ryder Islam 9.49; Krishan Chowdhury 11.31; Roxy Jones 17.29.


Barking Road Runners’ Amanda Heslegrave clocked a fine time of 4:05.23 at the Kent Road Runners Marathon in Gravesend.

And that came on the back of 13 members competing in the Bupa 10k in London, where Barry Culling ran a lifetime best of 43.48.

Antony Leckerman (44.08) was next to finish, while Rakesh Sandhu clocked 48.58.

Ben Wells smashed his best to finish in 54.09, just behind Di Parsons (53.59), while Mick Wilby (54.21), Charlie Routley (54.51), Alison Fryatt (56.23) and Vicki Groves (56.43) were next in line.

Ken Summerfield (59.03) just missed out on breaking his best, as Andrew Gwilliam (65.40) defied a knee injury to finish.

Sifelani Sayisayi set a new best of 65.49, as Richard Ash (66.05) also completed the race.

Other Barking members ran the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, with Lee Johnson finishing 11th in 35.22 and Derv Bartlett (39.48) and Vicky Cooper (42.20) setting personal bests for the course, while Rob Courtier (58.01) and Veronica Barikor (63.11) also took part.

Parkrun results, Barking: Chris Muthaka 22.52; Ella McIntyre 24.48; Cristina Cooper 27.28; Alison Fryatt 28.23; Ken Summerfield 31.45; Alan Murphy 33.22; Dawn Blake 42.24. Beckton: Barry Culling 22.06. Doncaster: James Lowndes 19.00. Pontefract: Andy Preston 21.18. Raphaels: Robert Courtier 28.18. Valentines: Diarmuid MacDonnell 19.59; Antony Leckerman 21.13; Rakesh Sandhu 24.01; Clare Foreman 25.02; Vicki Groves 27.01; Andrew Gwilliam 47.33.

*Paul Wyatt (17.53), Stuart Burr (20.43) and Neil Williamson (21.09) were the leading men at the latest Barking parkrun.

Bree Nordin (21.44), Georgina Warren (21.46) and Ella McIntyre (24.48) were the first three women home as Carlos Bastidas and Calvin Lloyd ran their 50th parkruns.

*Thomas Dudman (9.13), Noah Haycraft (9.29) and Ryder Islam (9.49) were the first three boys to finish at the latest Barking & Dagenham Junior parkrun event at Central Park on Sunday.

Zoe Hiller (9.31), Maddison Sprent (9.35) and Alisha O’Donnell (15.49) led the girls as 12 youngsters from three different clubs took part.

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