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Great day out for Dagenham 88s

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2015

Dagenham 88 Runners competed at the Great Bentley half marathon

Dagenham 88 Runners competed at the Great Bentley half marathon

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Members tackle first half marathon of season

Dagenham 88s youngster Jak Wright is running the London Mini Marathon later this yearDagenham 88s youngster Jak Wright is running the London Mini Marathon later this year

Dagenham 88 Runners stepped up their winter progress at the Great Bentley Half Marathon.

A six-strong squad travelled to the picturesque village for the first traditional 13.1-mile event of the season.

And a flat, fast course provided some good times for runners, with Tracy Oliver the first Dagenham runner home in two hours six minutes 30 seconds.

Sharon Robinson and Joanne McFarlane clocked 2:12.34, with Kay Martin (2:14.10), Jacqueline Frewin (2:17.11) and Kevin Brown (2:25.59) completing the line-up.

Claire Keech and Mike Linstead finished the Olympic Park 10k in 58.55, while Lee Duggan clocked 46.22 at the Greenwich event, which offers superb views of the Isle of Dogs.

Clubmate Paul Grange won the five-mile Mud & Madness obstacle race at Stubbers in a fantastic time of 40.59, while Mick Pegnall, Steve Easley and Suzanne Castle took part in The Eliminator in Sussex.

The extreme cross-country event is held at a Ministry of Defence testing centre, with Pegnall completing a 10-mile race in 2:45.17, while Castle (63.26) and Easley (79.09) covered five miles.

n Dagenham 88 youngsters Jak Wright and Robert Woodgate will represent the borough at the London Mini Marathon this year.

The pair impressed in a 2.5-mile trial race at Mayesbrook Park and will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust during the 5k race through the capital in April.

Parkrun results, Valentines: Nigel Swinburne 18.10; Paul Eagles 20.47; Tony Woodgate 23.05; Timi Veerasamy 26.40; Ryder Islam 27.37; Rahana Islam 27.38; Beverley Eagles 32.04; Victoria Rose 32.55; Julie Dalphinis 33.34; Sam Veerasamy 36.59; Justyna Sadowska 43.22.

Conkers: Bill Metcalfe 30.58.

Barking: Joanne Kingston 39.44.

Harrow Lodge: Lee Duggan 21.54; Peter Salmon 21.58; Caroline Tuck 22.37.

Hockley Woods: Ian Cummins 22.52.

Barking & Dagenham Juniors: Maddison Sprent 10.28; Ryder Islam 10.46; Krishan Chowdhury 13.07; Matthew Copppin 17.43.


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