Johnson leads local push at Pleshey

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 September 2015

Barking Road Runners at the Pleshey Half Marathon

Barking Road Runners at the Pleshey Half Marathon


Barking Road Runners and Dagenham 88s busy

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Pleshey Half MarathonDagenham 88 Runners at the Pleshey Half Marathon

Local athletes from Dagenham 88 Runners and Barking Road Runners were out in force at the penultimate Grand Prix event of the season at Pleshey.

Barking’s Lee Johnson smashed his half marathon personal best to finish in one hour 15 minutes 12 seconds, ahead of clubmates James Lowndes (1:29.18) and Derv Bartlett (1:31.23).

Martin Page (1:37.18), Antony Leckerman (1:48.46), Rob Courtier (2:05.05), Alison Fryatt (2:07.50), Dennis Spencer-Perkins (2:09.56), Andrew Gwilliam (2:10.08) and Alain Cooper (2:19.25) completed the Barking line-up.

Dagenham 88s were led home by Paul Prior (1:29.42), as Jim Smith set a new best of 1:33.28 and Lee Duggan (1:40.19), Ian Cummins (1:45.00), Richard Gunner (1:52.06), Mick Pegnall (1:52.56) and Rahanna Islam (1:55.10) all beat the two-hour mark.

Paul Eagles (2:00.15) just missed out, as Bev Eagles (2:10.16), Sharon Robinson, Joanne MacFarlane (both 2:10.41), Kay Martin (2:14.51), Jane Swanson-Sprent (2:23.02) and Caroline Cummins (2:27.29) also took part.

The next Grand Prix event is the Valentines 5k on September 27.

Barking’s Vicky Cooper tackled the New Forest half marathon and was fourth in her age group and eighth female out of 600 in a time of 1:32.35.

Faye Spooner (1:59) and Jenni Birch (2:31) competed in the Great North Run, as Dagenham’s David O’Brien clocked 1:58.28, after Spooner clocked 27.05 in the 5k a day earlier.

Mick Wilby ran the Victoria Park 10k, finishing in 52.36 ahead of Dagenham’s Cassie Bryant (64.57) and Paul Suett (64.58).

Daggers Ame Kingston (34.11), Joanne Kingston and Becca Wood (40.02) ran the shorter 5k event, as five members took on the last Crown to Crown 5k at Laindon Hills last Wednesday evening.

Paul Grange finished second in 17.49, with Gary Cardnell (23.26), Suzanne Castle (28.17), Steve Easley (33.28) and Bill Metcalfe (37.45) also in action.

Vennisa Amin (5:25.31) and Sam Veerasamy (6:18.44) had their 26.2-mile debuts at the Marathon de Medoc in Bordeaux, while Timi Veerasamy clocked 5:43.50.

Meanwhile, Kaz Hurrell came home in 5:46.57 at the Tallinn marathon in Estonia as Charlotte Banks completed a 100k (63 mile) Thames Path Challenge from Fulham to Henley in 29:01.31.

*Suzanne Castle (26.53) and Steve Easley (27.46) competed in the Lee Valley Aquathlon at the Olympic White Water Centre.

The event consisted of a 250m swim and 3k run.

Dagenham clubmate Paul Pickford tackled an Olympic distance triathlon at Dorney Lake.

The event included a 1,500m swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run and Pickford finished in 2:53.04.

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