Dagenham 88s out in force

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 May 2015

Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88 Runners at the Halstead Marathon

Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88 Runners at the Halstead Marathon


Members on the move at various events

Dagenham 88 Runners took part in the Hackney 5kDagenham 88 Runners took part in the Hackney 5k

Dagenham 88 Runners were out in force at a variety of events, including one of the highlights of the Essex calendar at the Halstead Marathon.

A new route included a southern five-mile loop around Colne Engaine, which meant a 150 foot climb around the 15-mile marker.

But Dagenham’s contingent tackled the hilly parts well, with Ian Cummins clocking four hours 24 minutes 32 seconds and Melissa Embery coming home in 5:21.54.

Timi Veerasamy got to 18 miles before having to withdraw, but is planning on competing at the Kent Road Runner.

Intense sun made the Hackney Half Marathon harder work than expected, but Dagenham’s Paul Suett managed a personal best of 1:23.10, beating his old mark by 95 seconds.

Rahanna Islam took 42 seconds off her best to finish in 1:51.02, while Nicola Field clocked 2:33.28 around Hackney, Shoreditch, Dalston and the Olympic Park.

Other members took part in the Hackney 5k, including Gary Cardnell (22.34), Mike Pegnall (24.09), Mike Linstead (28.30), Tracey George (34.57), Jacqui Elliot (36.50), Charlotte Banks (38.58) and Pippa-Anne Ridall (44.59), with Claire Keech, Joanne and Ame Kingston, Julie Cardnell and Lisa Godfrey completing the line-up.

A group of five Dagenham runners tackled the Bluebell 5, a tough cross-country race, and were led home by Mike Linstead in 55.13.

Bill Metcalfe clocked 63.25, while Claire Keech, Lorraine Scott and Irene Campden also competed on a sizzling day, while Charlotte Banks finished the Colchester 10k alongside her dad in 1:17.56.

n Dagenham’s Tracey Oliver finished the Willow Hertfordshire 100k bike sportive at the weekend, while Steve Easley and Suzanne castle completed the 33-mile Ride for Helen charity ride around Essex in three hours.

And a record 70 new runners turned up to take part in the first session of the club’s First Steps programme.

The run/walk sessions help individuals build up to a 5k event in a 12-week period and take place every Tuesday at 7pm.

Latest parkrun results, Barking: Carlos Bastidas 30.37.

Raphaels: Sam Veerasamy 36.21; Charlotte Banks 36.52; Gary Cardnell 58.58.

Valentines: Nigel Swinburne 18.45; Paul Eagles 21.37; Ian Cummins 29.28; Jennifer Akroyd 29.39.

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