Super Swinburne is first home for Dagenham 88 Runners

PUBLISHED: 09:04 01 July 2011

Dagenham 88 runners

Dagenham 88 runners


Nigel Swinburne led home a team of Dagenham 88 Runners in the first East London five Interclub Series League meeting of the summer at Raphael’s Park last weekend.

Swinburne clocked 30 minutes 57 seconds to place 23rd. Next to finish for Dagenham was Sam Rahman, who crossed the line in a personal best 31.23 for 31st spot and 17-year-old Chris Donnellan finished in 32.41 for 45th place.

League rules state the six- man scoring team must include three masters athletes over the age of 40, so the next two finishers for the club were non-scorers.

Roy Bentley ran well to cross the line in 48th place, finishing in 32.54, while Russ Abrey clocked 33.55 to place 58th.

The 88s masters were led by the reliable Gary Cardnell, who finished in 34.37 to clinch 68th place, while just three seconds behind was club-mate John Phillips, making a rare race appearance.

Rob Sargent continued to improve after injury with a season’s best of 35.28 to place 80th and Bill Adams was the fifth fastest over-60s runner, finishing in 36.22 for 88th position overall.

The women’s team were led by new signing Samantha Monk, who marked her debut by breaking the long- standing ladies five-mile record, clocking 34.27 to finish fifth overall.

Caroline Tuck came home in 35.27 for ninth place to win the F45 category trophy.

Supporting her was Inga Hayden-Cooper, who registered a new personal best 39.43 for 19th position. Melissa Embery finished in 42.49 for 29th spot and debutant Emma Riley took 35th place with a time of 44.45.

Four other 88s runners also clocked personal bests, with David Goodson coming home in 41.11, Jackie Frewin finishing in 45.47, Tracey George clocking 46.06 and Timi Veerasamy crossing the line in 48.01.

There were also a number of runners making their club debuts, including Darren Groves, who clocked an impressive 39.52.

Also running were Brian Read (46.00), Keith Stephens (48.08), Wendy Saunders (51.21) and Nadine Bristowe (59.01).

Anne Duggan and Peter Cameron, who started running recently in the club’s First Steps programme, were also in action clocking 55.06 and 61.06 respectively.

Other club runners competing were Ian Cummins (36.18), Steve Ray (40.22), Jo Riley (45.25), Amy Johnston (46.50), Douglas Adams (46.58), Nicola Field (50.46), Lee Davis (52.50), Sam Veerasamy (57.06), Carolynne Golding (58.39), Paul Lief (58.53) and mother and daughter team of Savitri and Monique Bouffe.

At Saturday’s 5km Valentines Park Run, Hayden-Cooper was once again the first lady home in 23.15 and placed seventh overall.

David Goodsoon recorded 24.45 to finish 15th, while Timi Veerasamy finished in 28.40. Sam Veerasamy ran a new best time of 31.09 and Savitri Bouffe completed the 88s line-up.

At the British Masters Championships, held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Saturday, Sargent battled through the rain to finish the M55 1,500m in 5.58.42 and claim seventh spot. In contrast, he ran the 5,000m in the searing heat on Sunday afternoon and crossed the line in 22.04.44 to finish ninth.

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