Dagenham’s Grange leads the way

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 May 2015

A new parkrun event was launched at Raphael Park in Romford

A new parkrun event was launched at Raphael Park in Romford


Members make mark at new parkrun event

Dagenham 88 Runners took part in the Tough Mudder eventDagenham 88 Runners took part in the Tough Mudder event

Dagenham 88 Runners Paul Grange was first home in the inaugural Raphael Park parkrun, clocking 17.23.

Several club members had been involved with setting up the new run, including event director Stephen Easley, and Dagenham had 16 runners in action.

Caroline Tuck and John Phillips ventured further afield to run the Cypress Hills Cemetery 5k in Brooklyn, New York.

Phillips was second veteran man home in 22.50, with Tuck the second woman to finish in 23.11.

Barking Road Runners' Amanda Heslegrave shows off her Olympic Park 10k medalBarking Road Runners' Amanda Heslegrave shows off her Olympic Park 10k medal

Victoria Glover, Lalah Swift, Jeff Webster and Joel Denning tackled the Tough Mudder event in Henley, with friend Sam Mundee, and made it around the half marathon obstacle course safely, despite the Ring of Fire, Birth Canal, Kiss of Mud and other such hurdles to overcome.

Jackie Frewin and Kevin Brown completed a 35-mile charity bike ride, aptly named Pedals for the Medal, as Steve Easley and Suzanne Castle finished 15 miles.

And the club this week launched its First Steps programme to introduce novice runners to the joys of regular exercise.

The 12-week course takes place every Tuesday (7pm) at May & Baker Social Club and the club saw 30 runners complete it last year.

Parkrun results – Barking: Maria Ivonne Barrera 34.23; Carlos Bastidas 34.24.

Harrow Lodge; Danny White 25.32.

Newent (Gloucs): Timi Veerasamy 28.03; Sam Veerasamy 37.16.

Raphael Park: Nigel Swinburne 18.11; Lee Duggan 20.23; Peter Salmon 20.26; Paul Eagles 21.18; Ian Cummins 22.52; Sue Godfrey 24.46; Steve Whitfield 24.51; Paul Pickford 25.06; Suki Heer 29.12; Tracey George 30.48; Bev Eagles 31.00; Caroline Cummins 31.57; Karen Joy 34.39; Amy Kingston 34.40; Joanne Kingston 40.02.

Valentines: Vennisa Chowdhury 28.42.

*Barking Road Runners’ Faye Spooner was quickly back in action after the London Marathon at the Mid-Sussex marathon weekend.

Spooner clocked 1hr 41mins for a 10-mile race at East Grinstead on Saturday and 1:42 for another the following day, ahead of a 10k at Burgess Hill on Bank Holiday Monday.

Clubmate Amanda Heslegrave clocked 46.41 at the Olympic Park 10k, where she was the fourth fastest female, while a 13-strong group competed at the Barking parkrun.

Chris Muthaka was first home for the club in 21.37, while Andrew Hilller and Robert Antoine both clocked 22.56.

John Lang (24.33) pipped Barking’s first woman, Clare Foreman (24.37), to the finish line, while Kresh Veerasamy (26.30) and Michael Swan (28.16) also broke the 30-minute mark.

Jenny Birch (30.15), Michael Ball (31.50), Mark Seaton (32.12), Alan Murphy (39.23), Dawn Blake (52.51) and volunteer tail runner David Mottley also took part.

Five Barking members ran the inaugural Raphael Park event, with Barry Culling leading them home in 21.54.

Vicki Groves (26.51), Rob Courtier (28.28), Nikki Cranmer (28.39) and Ken Summerfield (31.06) completed the line-up.

Meanwhile, Rakesh Sandhu (25.29) and Cristina Cooper (27.31) tackled the Valentines parkrun.

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