Dennis delivers a final-day race win to claim Barking Road Runners handicap title

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 05 September 2018

Cristina and Trevor Cooper at the Reading triathlon

Cristina and Trevor Cooper at the Reading triathlon


Dennis Spencer Perkins was crowned the overall champion of Barking Road Runners handicap race series after winning the final 5k of the season.

Dennis Spencer Perkins celebrates his handicap race win and title at Barking Road RunnersDennis Spencer Perkins celebrates his handicap race win and title at Barking Road Runners

After staging handicap races over the past four months, the club saw their internal competition come to an exciting conclusion at Mayesbrook Park, where Spencer Perkins needed a win to lift the title.

Trevor Cooper and Lee Johnson were both within a few points of the competition leader, who kept his focus and ran a strong 5k to finish in 26 minutes exactly to claim the £10 cash prize on the day and top spot with 98 points.

Runner-up Cooper ended the campaign one point back, with Johnson in third place with 96, and Spencer Perkins will receive his award at the club’s presentation evening in November.

Others to take part in the final event were Greg Adams (36.26), Les Jay (28.19), Nigel Swaby (28.44), Ron Vialls (21.10), Martin Mason (25.57), Morgan Romain (23.44) and Nikki Cranmer (30.30).

Barking’s Faye Spooner took on the Once Upon A Time run, set on one of the picturesque Saturn Trail towpaths in West Byfleet and the River Way.

The six-hour timed event saw seasoned marathon runner Cooper complete 26.2 miles in four hours 30 minutes, after running multiple laps of the 3.28-mile circuit.

Cristina and Trevor Cooper tackled the Olympic distance triathlon at Reading in the colours of Havering Tri.

The event took place at the Kirtons Farm Water Sports Centre, which is reported to have held the UK’s first triathlon in 1983.

Both swam the 1.5k in the Tri20Lake adjacent to Reading Lake Hotel, then biked 44k around the lanes of Burghfild, Mortimer and Grazeley, before a 10.8k run around the lakeside trail section.

Trevor Cooper completed the distance in 2:53, with Cristina coming home in 3:19.

Philil Ellul was first past the post at the latest Barking parkrun in 19.19, while Diarmuid Mac Donnell clocked an impressive 19.11 at Valentines Park.

Others, Barking: Rory Burr 22.15, Stuart Burr 23.00, Trevor Robinson 23.06, Wayne McAllister 23.19, Sally Bridge 23.37, Barry Culling 23.52, Ron Vialls 25.00, Martin Brooks 25.02, Alain Cooper 25.31, John Lang 26.02, Nikki Cranmer 31.42, Melissa Lowndes 31.42, Micky Ball 36.39, Alan Murphy 45.13, Trevor Parkin 45.45, Alison Fryatt 52.24.

Gunpowder: Paul Ward 20.44.

Portobello, Edinburgh: Ken Summerfield 37.11.

RaphaeL: Ray Taylor 38.09.

Valentines: Tom Barton 24.53, Robin Booputh 25.24, Declan Peters 25.30, Andrew Gwilliam 27.17, Vicki Groves 50.00.

Victoria Dock: Paul Withyman 19.40, Katherine Withyman 29.20, Kresh Veerasamy 31.42, James Byers 35.41.

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