Local athletes prove hot to trot as temperature rises at Midsummer 5k ELVIS event

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 June 2018

Dagenham 88 Runners at the latest ELVIS event on the Olympic Park

Dagenham 88 Runners at the latest ELVIS event on the Olympic Park


Local athletes were out in force at the third round of the East London Five Interclub Series at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Barking's Kresh Veerasamy at the latest ELVIS event on the Olympic ParkBarking's Kresh Veerasamy at the latest ELVIS event on the Olympic Park

East End Road Runners hosted the Midsummer 5k, on another warm evening, and participants completed two laps on the hard surface, passing the Velodrome.

Dagenham 88 Runners Nigel Swinburne claimed local bragging rights as he came home in 18 minutes 52 seconds, with Barking Road Runners Diarmuid Mac Donnell clocking 19.22 ahead of clubmate Paul Ward (19.30).

Billy Walkington, of Dagenham, also dipped under the 20-minute mark as he finished in 19.53, while Timi Veerasamy (28.28) won the super golden female vets prize.

The next ELVIS event is the Hilly 5 on July 18.

Dagenham 88 Runners at the Orion fell raceDagenham 88 Runners at the Orion fell race

A handful of athletes took on the annual John Clarke Memorial fell race, hosted by Orion Harriers in Epping Forest.

The only category A fell race inside the M25 starts with a steep gritty battle to the top of Pole Hill, before heading into woodland and steep descents, and includes several more draining uphill battles that allow stunning views of London.

Barking’s Gary Coombes finished 15th in a field of 117 in a superb time of 24.26, followed by Paul Withyman (29.13), Andrew Gwilliam (33.41), Rakesh Sandhu (35.37), Natalie Traylen (38.54) and Alain Cooper (40.33).

Dagenham’s Gary Cardnell came home in 35.14, ahead of clubmates Louise Chappell (37.38), Emma O’Shea (39.33) and Jenny O’Hanlon (41.14).

Barking's Paul Withyman at the Orion fell raceBarking's Paul Withyman at the Orion fell race

*Dagenham’s Paul Suett (20.49) and Cassie Bryant (29.55) ran the Phoenix 5k in Basildon, while Ian Cummings clocked 6:08.18 at the Giant’s Head marathon, before running the Sydling Bell 10k fun run in 1:22.59.

ELVIS results, Dagenham: Joel Denning 21:05, Jamie Austin 21:30, Callum Cockley 21:52, Mick Brown 22:15, Tony Woodgate 22:23, Ian Cummins 23:21, Nils Hollmann 23:35, Pritesh Patel 23:46, Hannah Sheikh 24:04, Gary Cardnell 24:05, Rahana Islam 24:43, Jenny O’Hanlon 25:50, Andrew Beazeley 26:22, Louise Chappell 26:35, Luke Summers 26:41, Yolanda Ceveira 26:49, Zoya Gokhool 27:22, Emma O’Shea 27:56, Rosina Salmon 28:07, Lorraine Moor 29:51, Lynne Northcott 31:17, Christine Lardner 32:22, Sharon Robinson 32:29, Jane Swanson-Sprent 32:32, Kelly Drake-Tapscott 32:53, Denise Woolston 33:08, Irene Campen 33:10, Jacqui Elliott 36:49, Sam Veerasamy 37:11, Kirsty Hannan 37:36, Richele Cockley 38:19.

Barking: Martin Page 20:37, Paul Withyman 20:54, Virol Mih 21:02, Anthony Leckerman 21:09, Kevin Wotton 21:25, Trevor Cooper 21:25, Ronald Vialls 21:38, Andy Preston 23:13, Amanda Hestlegrave 23:43, Tom Barton 23:48, Andrew Gwilliam 23:51, Wayne McAllister 24:00, Andy Hiller 25:18, Martin Mason 26:22, Natalie Traylen 26:59 Robin Booputh 27:01, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 27:29, Alain Cooper 28:23, Cristina Cooper 30:06, Kresh Veerasamy 30:28, Nikki Cranmer 30:45, Alison Fryatt 43:36, Christopher Anastasi 43:40.

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