Local athletes bring curtain down on summer Grand Prix season at the Billericay 10k
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 November 2018
Dagenham 88 Runners ended their summer grand prix championship on a bright November morning at the Billericay 10k.
A squad of 15 were in action, with Nigel Swinburne (38.37) leading the men home and Hannah Sheikh (48.53) their first woman to finish in a new best.
Rahana Islam (52.32), Louise Chappell (53.57), Rosina Salmon (56.30), Cassie Bryant (60.05), Sara Prior (60.24), Lynne Northcott (62.25), Christine Lardner (67.04) and Jacqui Elliott (82.17) were also in action as the women finished fourth.
Peter Salmon ran a new best of 40.57, as Paul Prior (42.09), Mick Brown (45.44), Nils Hollmann (47.00) and Michael Pegnall (51.20) saw the men finish sixth overall.
Hollmann, Salmon, Chappell and Prior also set personal bests.
Barking Road Runners were also running their ninth and final Grand Prix of the season at Billericay and saw James Lowndes maintain his excellent form to finish in 40.16.
Veteran Ron Vialls was not far behind in 44.58, having successfully overcome prostate cancer just a few years ago.
Derv Bartlett (44.59), Antony Leckerman (45.59) and Rob Courtier (65.18) were also in action, along with Nikki Cranmer (67.46) and Alison Fryatt (67.54).
*Dagenham’s David O’Brien set a new 10k best of 48.21 at the Leeds Abbey Dash, while Steve Whitfield covered 14.3 miles at the Elmstead Market self navigating trail half marathon in 2:38.59.
Meanwhile, Paul Suett (below, left) was second at the Gravesend duathlon, while Jennifer Akroyd was third among the women in 97.58 as Barking’s Cristina Cooper (96.17) finished in second place while representing Havering Tri (bottom of page).