Dagenham 88s deliver at South Essex League

PUBLISHED: 11:30 23 January 2017

Dagenham 88 Runners face the camera at the South Essex Cross-Country League at One Tree Hill

Dagenham 88 Runners face the camera at the South Essex Cross-Country League at One Tree Hill


Squad finish second in cross-country competition

Rahan and Ryder Islam celebrate the latter's 100th parkrunRahan and Ryder Islam celebrate the latter's 100th parkrun

Dagenham 88 Runners finished second in the latest round of the South Essex Cross-Country League at One Tree Hill at the weekend.

A squad of 26 travelled down the A13 on a cold morning, with temperatures down at minus six, and tackled a treacherous two-lap course with 11 other teams.

Athletes had to contend with lung-busting ascents and thrilling descents, with Paul Grange leading Dagenham’s men home in seventh place as Nigel Swinburne (15th) also made the top 20.

Paul Prior (66th), Peter Salmon (82nd), Trevor Robinson (130th) and Shaun Holder (149th) completed the scoring squad, while Ian Cummins (155th), Gary Cardnell (161st), Mick Pegnall (170th), Leigh Moring (181st) and Sam Veerasamy (188th) also took part.

Caroline Tuck led the women home in 16th, while Rahana Islam (34th) and Emma Dudman (51st) also scored as Dagenham took the runners-up spot in the Division Two standings.

The women’s squad was complemented by Timi Veerasamy (84th), Rosina Salmon (89th), Suzanne Easley (90th), Caroline Cummins (103rd), Sara Prior (105th), Bev Eagles (114th), Sharon Robinson (115th), Denise Woolston (118th), Claire Broadley (121st), Julie Cardnell (123rd), Irene Campen (124th) and Lorraine Scott (127th).

The next South Essex League fixture is at Brentwood’s South Weald Park on February 19, but members will be in action at the South England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday.

n Dagenham youngster Ryder Islam completed his 100th parkrun at the age of just eight at Valentines on Saturday.

Islam clocked 26 minutes 11 seconds to finish ahead of mum Rahana (26.18), as Nigel Swinburne (18.00) and Manji Gami (25.44) led the club home.

Others, Barking: Thomas Dudman 20.49; Richard Dudman 20.49; Mark Jermey 25.48.

Dartford: Ian Cummins 24.26; Caroline Cummins 31.35.

Maldon: Kay Martin 30.11.

Raphaels: Caroline Tuck 21.33; Gary Cardnell 26.58; Louise Chappell 29.47; Debbie Vince 34.34; Kirsty Hannan 35.35; Jacqui Elliott 37.00.

Roding Valley: Vennisa Chowdhury 30.44.

Valentines: Timi Veerasamy 28.14; Hannah Sheikh 32.07; Beverley Eagles 32.27; Julie Dalphinis 34.20; Sam Veerasamy 35.06.

Barking & Dagenham Junior: Manraj Nirbhau Singh Gill 8.13; Lewis Bridges 12.55; Zach Bridges 13.00; Freddie Palmer 14.55; Ansh Thomas 15.10; Annika Chowdhury 15.27; Alice Southall 17.56.

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