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PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 February 2015

Dagenham 88s duo Rahanna Islam and Timi Veerasamy face the camera at the National Cross-County Championships at Parliament Hill

Dagenham 88s duo Rahanna Islam and Timi Veerasamy face the camera at the National Cross-County Championships at Parliament Hill

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Members impress at cross-country event

Dagenham 88s Kaz Hurrell (left) competed in the Tokyo marathonDagenham 88s Kaz Hurrell (left) competed in the Tokyo marathon

Dagenham 88 Runners were out in force at the English National Cross-Country Championships in Parliament Hill.

Regarded as the FA Cup of running, with anyone able to enter from seasoned elites to club runners, the Dagenham squad were part of a record entry of 3,500 men and 2,000 women on a bright day.

And Paul Suett was the first member to finish the men’s 12k race in muddy conditions in a fine time of 52 mins 6 secs, for 753rd place.

Paul Eagles (65.23), Micky Pegnall (74.57) and Ian Cummins (77.01) followed Suett home, while Rahanna Islam (53.40) and Timi Veerasamy (58.11) competed in the 8k women’s race.

Suett continued his marathon training at the Tarpley 20-mile event where he clocked a fantastic personal best of 2:14.33.

Nigel Swinburne (2:26.31) was not far behind, whiel Joel Denning defied the cold to come home in 3:10.55 and Timi Veerasamy clocked 3:27.25.

A group of five Daggers headed to the Dunton 10 charity race, looping around the Ford test track before heading into the countryside.

Peter Salmon was first home in 70.29, ahead of Tracy Oliver (90.54), Jackie Frewin (97.54), Kevin Brown (1:44.53) and Jane Houston (1:59.29).

There were personal bests for Rahanna Islam (1:51.53) and Debbie Vince (2:31.42) at the Brighton Half Marathon, while John Power clocked a new best of 2:05.55 at the Old Deer Park event.

Ian Cummins completed the scenic Tunbridge Wells Half in 1:43.32, while further afield Kaz Hurrell tackled the Tokyo Marathon in Japan and finished in 4:45.46.

Members were also in parkrun action, with Paul Grange clocking a new personal best of 17.00 at Barking, while Ryder Islam set a new best of 27.17 at Valentines to pip Rahanna Islam (27.19).

Meanwhile, Danny White finished the Harrow Lodge event in 27.59.

n Tilly Malbon was first to finish at the latest Barking & Dagenham Junior parkrun in Central Park in a fine time of 9.07.

Thomas Dudman was first boy home in 9.30, ahead of Noak Haycraft (10.40) and

Micah Haycraft (12.07).

Poppy Wing (14.00) also took part in the 2k run on a bright and crisp morning and achieved her 11-mile wrist band for good measure.

Malbon, Dudman and Noah Haycraft had the best age grade scores, while Dagenham duo Krishan Chowdhury and Maddison Sprent continue to lead the way in the series standings.

Leaders, boys: Krishan Chowdhury 3,527 points; Thomas Dudman 3,050; George Hiller 2,644; girls: Maddison Sprent

Maddison Sprent 2,966; Zoe Hiller 2,697; Annelise Crispin 2,255.


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