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Marathon best for Pritchard

PUBLISHED: 11:32 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:12 11 August 2010

DESPITE a valiant effort from Havering Maysebrook athletes, including an excellent individual victory in the Girls 13-14 race, their young athletes failed to win the London Mini-Marathon in successive years on Sunday. Havering athlete Eleanor Bounds, took

DESPITE a valiant effort from Havering Maysebrook athletes, including an excellent individual victory in the Girls 13-14 race, their young athletes failed to win the London Mini-Marathon in successive years on Sunday.

Havering athlete Eleanor Bounds, took centre stage, as she completed the three miles in 18 minutes 30 seconds, resulting in a winner's trophy and an appearance on television during the BBC's coverage of the main event.

In the team event, the strength in depth of both the Bromley and Richmond squads proved too much for the Havering team to overcome, but third place overall was no disgrace.

The Mini-Mara-thon is traditionally run over the last three miles of the main London Marathon course and is a tremendous exp-erience for all young runners.

The Havering girls were also strong in the 15/16/17 race with excellent runs from Georgie-Lou Sales in fourth place and Ingrid Deane in fifth.

Jennifer Holland made the top 30 in 25th place.

The boys' 15/16/17-year-olds were equally impressive with top 30 positions for Grant Twist (14th), Matt Bloy (15th), Daniel Shan-ney (25th) and Callum Sutton (30th).

In the youngest age group (11/12), the star for the girls was Rebecca Stanley with a superb fourth place.

For the boys, there was an impressive performance from the fast-improving Freddy Keefe who finished ninth in his first year in the age group.

In the marathon, Graham Pritchard was again first club member home finish-ing in a new best of 2:52.39.

Three other club runners, Graham Hogan, Steve Rand and Martin Chester beat the sub-three hour barrier to enter the club's all-time top 20.

Fast-starting Ian Anthony paid the penalty in the later stages and was just outside three hours.

Other club finishers: Graham Hogan 2:53.57, Steve Rand 2:58.44, Martin Chester 2:59.38, Ian Anthony 3:00.36, Denise Harris 3:34.51, Panos Kakoulis 3:45.52, Graham Knight 3:49.09, Lesley Felton 3:58.33.

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