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Dagenham 88s start well

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 October 2014

Dagenham 88 Runners made a good start to the South Essex Cross Country League season at Thorndon Park

Dagenham 88 Runners made a good start to the South Essex Cross Country League season at Thorndon Park

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Cross-country squad impress in opener

Dagenham 88 Runners Catherine Apps, Janet Brame, Suki Heer, Kathy Stapleton and Jane Houston ran the Big Fun Run 5k at Victoria Park in fancy dressDagenham 88 Runners Catherine Apps, Janet Brame, Suki Heer, Kathy Stapleton and Jane Houston ran the Big Fun Run 5k at Victoria Park in fancy dress

Dagenham 88 Runners finished in a fine second place as the new South Essex Cross Country League Division Two season got underway at Thorndon Park.

Fielding a team of 25 runners in the mixed races, they saw Paul Grange lead the men home ahead of Paul Suett (28.55) and Nigel Swinburne (29.15).

Paul Prior (31.30), Joel Denning (33.48), Paul Eagles (34.40), Gary Cardnell (36.50) and Steve Easley (56.25) also scored, with Jim Smith, Jeff Webster, Michael Pegnall, Sam Mundee, Paul Pickford, Chris Howlett and Brian Thomas also in action.

Jennifer Akroyd (37.15) led the women home, with Timi Veerasamy (44.07), Suzanne Castle (45.41) and Claire Keech (45.54) not far behind.

Louise Chappell (48.29), Bev Eagles (49.36), Jacqui Elliott (60.21), Cassie Bryant, Joanne Kingston (both 65.00), Kathy Stapleton and Sharon Lee also competed.

*Dagenham members tackled two of the bigger marathons as the season drew to a close.

Beachy Head near Eastbourne has a 3,000-foot ascent and Bernard George finished in 5:18.30 before suffering cramp.

Kaz Hurrell produced one of her strongest runs at the event to clock 6:27.28 in her 161st marathon, after recent outings at Lisbon (5:24.50 and York (4:42.12), while Tracey George (6:47.20) produced a sprint finish on her 25th marathon.

The Snowdonia Marathon has three climbs of between 500-1000 feet and Ian Cummins clocked a new course best of 3:48.17, to finish 388th out of 1,800 entrants.

There were personal bests for Dagenham duo Steve Witfield (85.30) and David O’Brien (88.00) at the 10-mile Great South Run in Portsmouth, while clubmate Lee Duggan ran the Brentwood Trail half marathon in 1:55.59.

Catherine Apps, Janet Brame, Suki Heer, Kathy Stapleton and Jane Houston ran the Big Fun Run 5k at Victoria Park in fancy dress, while Caroline Tuck clocked 21.10 at the Poppy Lamplight 5k in Battersea Park, but felt the course was slightly short!.

Dagenham’s Ryder Islam set a new personal best of 10.29 at the latest Barking & Dagenham Junior parkrun event in Central Park, while clubmate Maddison Sprent clocked 10.53 to finish third in the girls’ race.

Parkrun results, Valentines: Paul Eagles 21.00; Jenni Akroyd 21.44; Timi Veerasamy 28.55; Bev Eagles 29.21; Julie Dalphinis 31.35; Sam Veerasamy 31.57. Bury: Caroline Tuck 22.59. Gunpowder: Suzanne Castle 28.20; Stephen Easley 30.00. Barking: David Goodson 32.29; Carlos Bastidas 32.29. Harrow Lodge: Lee Duggan 21.28; Peter Salmon 21.49.


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