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Local athletes deciding to take plunge with aquathon challenge on Olympic stage

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 August 2018

Barking Road Runners Charlotte Owen and Nikki Cranmer at the aquathon event at the Olympic Park

Barking Road Runners Charlotte Owen and Nikki Cranmer at the aquathon event at the Olympic Park

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Local athletics club members took on aquathon events for a different kind of challenge at the weekend.

Nyokabi receives her prize at Barkinng Road Runners latest handicap raceNyokabi receives her prize at Barkinng Road Runners latest handicap race

Barking Road Runners saw three of their number compete over the sprint distance at the Olympic Park, covering a 400 metre swim in the London Aquatic pool and a 5k run.

Charlotte Owen was first of the three members to finish in 52nd place overall and 18th among the women after a 6.28 swim, quick transition and 26.17 run for an overall time of 33.39.

Natalie Traylen was next to cross the finish line in 42.47 after a 12.42 swim and 27.40 run and Nikki Cranmer clocked 44.35 (10.02; 32.05) on her debut.

Meanwhile, Dagenham 88 Runners Jenny Ackroyd covered a 400m swim and 5k run at the Havering aquathon in 37.40 and also took on the longer distances of 800m and 6k at Dartford to come home in a time of 47.30.

Dagenham 88 Runners Lynne Northcott at the Stanford 10kDagenham 88 Runners Lynne Northcott at the Stanford 10k

Ackroyd’s clubmates Mick Brown (49.54) and Lynne Northcott (68.03) were both in action at the Stanford 10k, while Barking’s latest 5k handicap race at Mayesbrook Park was won by newcomer Nyokabi.

Although collecting a £10 cash prize for her success, competition rules prevented Nyokabi from picking up any points as it was her first handicap race for the club.

Trevor Cooper and Lee Johnson were locked in a sprint battle for second place, with Cooper (397 points) leading the series ahead of Dennis Spencer-Perkinns (394), Johnson (390) and Ron Vialls (390) with one race remaining.

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