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Storybook finish for Barking Road Runners at Ashdown Forest ultra marathon event

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 October 2018

Barking's Cristina Cooper, Faye Spooner, Isabella Jones and Colin Jones at the Ashdown Forest ultra marathon

Barking's Cristina Cooper, Faye Spooner, Isabella Jones and Colin Jones at the Ashdown Forest ultra marathon

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Barking Road Runners saw three of their members take on the six-hour timed Ashdown Forest ultra marathon challenge at the weekend.

Barking's Andy Hiller and Kirsten Hiller at the Manchester half marathonBarking's Andy Hiller and Kirsten Hiller at the Manchester half marathon

Runners could complete as many loops of the course, around the locations that inspired AA Milne to write the Winnie The Pooh books, and Colin Jones finished a total of 31 miles.

Faye Spooner and Cristina Cooper ran marathon distances, with the latter having only intended to run one lap ahead of the Beachy Head marathon.

And Barking youngster Isabella Jones also managed to cover 5.25 miles in a fantastic effort.

Kirsten Hiller raised nearly £300 for the Alzheimer’s Society at the Manchester half marathon, which she finished in 2:36.22.

Barking's Dennis Spencer Perkins at the Yorkshire 10 mile raceBarking's Dennis Spencer Perkins at the Yorkshire 10 mile race

Husband Andy clocked 2:07.21 behind former clubmate Gareth Tucker, who crossed the finish line at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground in 2:00.41.

Dennis Spencer-Perkins began his training for the 2019 London marathon at the Yorkshire 10 mile race, running alongside fellow runners who were taking in the picturesque 26.2-mile Yorkshire marathon, despite the rain.

Gary Coombes put his fitness to the test at the Tiptree 10, a day after competing in the first Met League cross-country race of the new season.

The predominantly flat course took runners along rural roads and Coombes came home in 13th place in 58.56.

Barking's Trevor Robinson and Gary Coombes at the Met LeagueBarking's Trevor Robinson and Gary Coombes at the Met League

Coombes had been joined by Victoria Park Harriers teammate Trevor Robinson and newham & Essex Beagles duo Natalie Traylen and Andrew Gwilliam at the Met League opener at Claybury, where athletes were greeted with unseasonably warm temperatures.

Traylen described the race as an “absolutely brutal, hilly, boiling hot test of character”.

Three Barking Road Runners were also in action at the Adidas City Run Shoreditch 10k, which took athletes through some of the capital’s most vibrant areas.

Setting off from Hoxton Square, they ran through Dalton before finishing in Shoreditch Park, with Manish Sharma first to finish in 46.25.

Barking's Richard Gatehouse, Manish Sharma and Charlotte Owen at the Shoreditch City 10kBarking's Richard Gatehouse, Manish Sharma and Charlotte Owen at the Shoreditch City 10k

Richard Gatehouse was just two seconds behind, while Charlotte Owen clocked 49.46 ahead of her trip to the Dublin marathon later this month.

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