Great week for Dagenham’s Grange

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 February 2015

Barking's Derv Bartlett (left) and Lee Johnson (right) with Dagenham 88s rival Paul Grange at the latest Barking & Dagenham Tri Club event

Barking's Derv Bartlett (left) and Lee Johnson (right) with Dagenham 88s rival Paul Grange at the latest Barking & Dagenham Tri Club event


Record broken by in-form Runner

Dagenham 88s face the camera at South WealdDagenham 88s face the camera at South Weald

Dagenham 88 Runners Paul Grange broke a long-standing record during a superb week of track and cross-country action.

Grange clocked 34min 38sec at the Barking & Dagenham Tri Club’s 10,000m event at the Jim Peters Stadium in Mayesbrook Park to beat a mark that had stood for 20 years.

Barking’s Lee Johnson was next to finish the 25-lap race in 35.26, with clubmates Dervish Bartlett (40.26) and Andrew Gwilliam, who smashed his personal best with 46.17, also competing.

Serpentine’s Peter Clarke (35.26) and Newham & Essex Beagle Natalie Traylon (50.15) also tackled the event, with a duathlon set to be staged on March 11.

Dagenham 88s were in action at the Victoria Park 5kDagenham 88s were in action at the Victoria Park 5k

Grange led a Dagenham squad of 26 into cross-country action at South Weald Park and was first home in fourth place.

Nigel Swinburne (15th), Paul Suett (17th), Joel Denning, Paul Eagles, Ian Cummins, Peter Salmon also scored, while Jenny Akroyd, Rahanna Islam and Timi Veerasamy led the way for the women as Dagenham finished second in the Division Two standings.

Among those giving valuable on-course support to the scorers were Gary Cardnell, Micky Pegnall, Danny White, Steve Whitfield, Mike Linstead, Steve Easley, Bill Metcalfe, Claire Keech, Suzanne Castle, Bev Eagles, Caroline Cummins, Cassie Bryant, Richele Cockley, Lorraine Scott, Jacqui Elliot and Joanne Kingston.

The fifth and final fixture of the season is at Hadleigh on March 8.

Grange was also the first club member home at the Victoria Park 5k in 10th place overall in 26.35, nearly two minutes faster than last year’s time.

Paul Eagles (32.20) went nearly three minutes quicker than in 2014, while Ian Cummins (34.16), Micky Pegnall (39.30), Timi Veerasamy (43.02), Mike Linstead (43.59), Claire Keech (46.02), Caroline Cummins (48.00) and Vennisa Chowdhury (48.32) also tackled the Chingford League event.

The final race takes place at Wanstead Flats on March 7.

n Dagenham 88 Runners were out in force at the fourth anniversary of the Valentines parkrun, among a record entry of 264.

Robert Woodgate was first home for the club in 19.33, as Lee Duggan (20.19) and Peter Salmon (21.13) also impressed.

Tony Woodgate (23.00) and Steve Whitfield (24.11) were next to finish before Timi Veerasamy (27.30) became Dagenham’s first woman home.

Beverley Eagles (28.04) pipped Suzanne Castle (28.08), with Suki Heer (30.33) not far behind, and Stephen Easley (31.12), Victoria Rose (31.51), Ryder Islam (31.53) and Rahana Islam (32.02) all finished in close proximity to one another.

Catherine Apps (34.08) pipped Janet Brame (34.10), with Jacqui Elliott (35.47) and Sam Veerasamy (36.43) completing the line-up, as Jenny Akroyd, Caroline Cummins, Ian Cummins, Gary Cardnell, Nigel Swinburne and Paul Eagles carried out volunteer duties.

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