Solid start for Barking Road Runners

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2014

Barking Road Runners face the camera at Thorndon Park

Barking Road Runners face the camera at Thorndon Park


Cross-country squad impress at opener

Barking Road Runners began the new cross-country season in solid style at Thorndon Park.

Despite missing some of their quicker runners for the first race of the Division One campaign, after promotion last year, they fielded a large team on the 7.5k course.

Maxine Brown led the women home in sixth place, while Steve Philcox was the first Barking man to finish in eighth.

Kevin Wotton (24th) was next home, as Steve Donoghue (55th) and Martin Page (58th) had another close battle.

Mark Gare was 68th on his debut, while John George (117th) and Barry Culling (119th) completed the scoring line-up.

Ashley Donoghue returned after several years away to finish 40th as Alison Fryatt (64th) completed the women’s team scoring.

The next round takes place at Kelvedon Hatch on December 14.

Others: 81 Lisa Maughan; 87 Jenni Birch; 128 Paul Ward; 139 Diarmuid MacDonnell; 143 Andrew Gwilliam; 148 Mahbub Khan; 154 Gareth Tucker; 155 Pritesh Patel; 161 Kresh Veerasamy; 177 Gary Harford; 181 Dennis Spencer-Perkins; 182 Rob Courtier; 197 Ken Summerfield; 199 Micky Ball.

*Barking’s Vicky Cooper picked up a trophy as fastest veteran at the Old Deer Half Marathon.

Cooper clocked a new personal best of 1:33.10 to finish as fourth woman overall, while Di Parsons finished the 10-mile Great South Run in 1:28.59 and Gemma Tyler clocked 1:38.41.

Meanwhile, Mick Wilby took part in the Osteoporosis 10k in Hyde Park and clocked 53.57.

*Barking members were also in action at a variety of parkrun events at the weekend.

Kieron Chapman (25.21) and Nikki Cranmer (28.40) ran the Yeovil Montacute event in Somerset, while Barry Culling (21.47) visited the Pymmes event for the first time with Rob Courtier (26.28).

Diarmuid MacDonnell (22.56) showed a return to form at llford’s Valentines event, where Richard Ash clocked 28.15.

Claudette Prosper set a new best of 33.43 at Barking, while Andy Hiller clocked 23.04.

Barking parkrun debutant Carl Partis was first man home in a fine time of 17.41, ahead of Bradley West (19.27) and Neil Williamson (19.43), while Amanda Heslegrave (22.28) was first woman to finish, ahead of Angela Farfan (24.03) and Dawn Blake (25.15).

Justin Partis (22.16), Andrew Hiller (23.04), Anil Parkash (25.06), Philip Pearson (25.24), Rehan Akhtar (26.25), Janette Burnham (48.46) and Ossy Duncan (48.47) all made their debuts, as West, Walid Teina (20.35), Chris Blackabee (22.12), Joyce Golder (31.44), Chris Ikato (32.59), Prosper (33.43), Laura Martin (36.42) and Paul Anthony Tabor (49.33) all set new personal bests.

Series leaders, men: Neil Williamson 1342; Bob Lokgiri 1278; Adam Shaikh 1247. Women: Dawn Blake 1338; Iman Shaikh 1201; Cashelle Souris 1164.

*Olukorede Fasina (7.28) was first boy to finish at the latest Barking & Dagenham Junior parkrun.

Thomas Dudman (9.18) and Sam Gibbons (9.39) completed the top three, while Zoe Hiller (9.28) was first girl home ahead of Megan Galbraith (10.31) and Maddison Sprent (10.53) as a total of 12 runners took part from three different clubs.

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