Week ended 8th March 2015

Many Barking Road Runners attended the final cross-country race of the season, which took place today at Hadleigh. The undulating course was approximately four miles long and was mostly dry due to the course suddenly being basked in the sun.

James Lowndes was the first BRR member home with a time of 25:45, with Dervish Bartlett and Lee Johnson not far behind in 27:28 and 27:31 respectively. Steve Donoghue and Martin Page both broke 30 minutes to finish in 29:15 and 29:35, with Paul Ward just under a minute behind in 30:43. Although Vicky Cooper did not feel 100% and had completed a 21-mile training run just the day before, she nevertheless crossed the finish as the first BRR female in a fine time of 31:01. Other results were as follows: Barry Culling 31:26, John George 32:30, Andrew Gwilliam 32:58, Jacob Buckle 33:00, Robbie Antoine 33:22, Colin Jones 33:41, Gareth Tucker 34:36, Ben Wells 40:13, Richard Abbot 41:45, Dave Finch (who was running his first race in a year) clocked 42:17, Alison Fryatt 42:32, John Collins 43:04, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 44:33, Ken Summerfield 46:02, Chris Anastasi 46:45, Micky Ball 47:55, and Emma Ley 48:01; Sifelani Sayisayi and Veronica Barikor both competed in their first cross-country race, achieving times of 51:12 and 51:34 respectively. The final results showed that Barking Road Runners will be in Division 2 come the next cross-country season, which will begin in the closing months of 2015.

Meanwhile at Woodford, the Roding Valley Half Marathon saw Derek James secure first place in his age category with 1:58:27. Clare Foreman was not far behind with 1:58:38, and Gemma Tyler completed the 13.1 mile course in 2:13:24.

Faye Spooner also ran a half marathon, in Surrey, finishing in a time of 1:57:57, which was made all the more impressive by the fact she was running injured!

The QEOP 10K event at Stratford's Olympic Park saw Mick Wilby finish in a time of 54:26, and Alison Fryatt in 57:29.

Saturday's parkrun at Barking Park had no fewer than 15 Barking Road Runners taking part, with Lee Johnson being first over the finishing line in a time of 17:23. Robert Antoine achieved a new parkrun PB for himself with 22:09, with Chris Muthaka completing the 5K course in 22:36. Other results were Kieron Chapman 26:17, Wayne McAllister 27:54, Gemma Tyler 29:16, Nikki Cranmer 29:35, Jennifer Birch 32:19, Teresa Doole 33:19, Lisa Maughan 34:46, Tanisha Ngeze 37:02, Tatyana Ngeze 41:20, Alan Murphy 43:55, and Dawn Blake (who is recovering from a serious injury) finishing in 54:51.

Other parkruns:

Week ended 1st March 2015

This week was the start of a new season for Barking Road Runners, with a 10K Grand Prix race at Regent's Park. The windy conditions did not deter the athletes from some good results, with Lee Johnson running exceptionally well to place 5th overall out of a field of 501 runners in a time of 36:28, and eight other Barking Road Runners placing in the first three in their age categories. Martin Page ran an excellent 41:05 which secured him 1st place in the V55 group, and Vicky Cooper placed 1st in the VW40 age category with a superb time of 44:12. Ron Vialls (48:04), Ashley Donoghue (52:05), and Micky Ball (66:17) all placed 2nd in their own age groups (V60, VW45, and V70 respectively), whilst Derv Bartlett ran a great time of 40:07 to place 3rd in the V40 category along with Steve Donoghue 43:05 (V50) and Di Parsons 54:17 (VW50). Other results were: Paul Ward 45:59, Colin Jones 49:07, Robert Antoine 49:42, Wayne McAllister 49:47, Gareth Tucker 51:12, Mick Wilby 54:00, Mick Davison 54:17, Kresh Veerasamy 54:26, Alison Fryatt 55:46, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 58:15, Nathan Summerfield 65:41, Ken Summerfield 69:02, and Lisa Maughan 71:14.

On Saturday, four Barking Road Runners tackled the Garmin Race Your Pace Half Marathon at Dorney Lake, with three of the runners achieving personal bests! Andrew Gwilliam, running his d├ębut half marathon finished in a very good time of 1:41:28, with Cristina Cooper also running a PB time in 1:43:46. Alison Fryatt ran the race with an injury in a time of 2:04:26, and Emma Roebuck knocked just under two minutes off her previous personal best time, to record 2:11:05.

Meanwhile, at the Bath half marathon, Jenny Birch smashed her personal best to record a time of 2:47:13.

Saturday's parkrun results were as follows:


Week ended 22nd February 2015

Antony Leckerman ran a great race at the Brighton half marathon event, clocking a time of 1:41.47. Finishing in 1,021st place in a field of just under 8,000 runners, he secured himself 102nd place in his age category.

Slightly closer to home, Amanda Heslegrave ran a time of 76:32 in the St Luke's Hospice 10-mile event which was run on Ford's test-track at Dunton. This excellent run meant that she gained the 4th female home spot. Pritesh Patel also ran, achieving a time of 84:27. Mick Wilby meanwhile, took part in the Huddersfield 10K.

On Wednesday, a timed mile event took place at the Jim Peters Stadium in Mayesbrook Park, with Lee Johnson leading the way in 5:06, Diarmuid Mac Donnell followed in 6:05, with Antony Leckerman third fastest in 6:25. Ron Vialls was next fastest with a time of 6:32, and Andrew Gwilliam crossed the line closely behind in 6:36, smashing his previous personal best. Wayne McAllister timed 6:50, with Alain Cooper recording 7:11, and John Lang 7:27. Mick Davison ran 7:32, whilst Liam Johnson finished in 7:33. Other results were: Ella McIntyre 7:39, Zoe Hiller 7:42, Kresh Veerasamy 8:03, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 8:03, Emma King 8:29, Mary Carlin 8:49, Bisi Bamidele 9:13, George Hiller and Jenni Birch recorded identical times of 9:35, Veronica Barikor 9:43, and Midi Allen finishing in 10:06.

Saturday's parkrun results at Barking saw Derv Bartlett coming home in 8th position overall with a time of 21:03, with Wayne McAllister 23:12, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 30:37, Jenni Birch 32:01, Rob Courtier closely following in 32:03, Ruth Taylor 34:20, Lisa Maughan 34:35, Bisi Bamidele 36:33, and Midi Allen 41:49. Alison Fryatt took on the volunteer role of tail runner.

Other parkrun results were:

Week ended 15th February 2015

An excellent turnout by many Barking Road Runners at the latest of the South Essex Cross-Country League races, in South Weald park, saw some great runs over the seven-kilometre course.

Vicky Cooper was the first female BRR home (7th overall), with Ashley Donoghue in 44th place and Alison Fryatt in 98th position.

The first male home for Barking Road Runners was Steve Philcox, who placed 24th overall, followed by Derv Bartlett in 30th position, Steve Donoghue in 51st place, Martin Page 55th, Mark Gare 71st, Diarmuid Mac Donnell 93rd, John George in 102nd, Andrew Gwilliam 107th, Ron Vialls 117th, and Gareth Tucker 125th. Kresh Veerasamy was next in 135th place with Mick Davison directly behind in 136th, Martin Mason 156th with Gary Harford just two places behind in 158th, Dennis Spencer-Perkins was next in 160th position, Chris Anastasi in 163rd, Michael Ball achieved 171st, and Ken Summerfield completed the course in position 174th. Unfortunately, times were not available at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, in Barcelona, Spain, Faye Spooner was busy running a half-marathon achieving an excellent time of 1:46.42.

Wednesday saw Barking and Dagenham Tri Club host a 10,000m track race where three Barking Road Runners took to the all-weather track. Lee Johnson come home in second place overall in a time of 35:26, with Derv Bartlett finishing in 40:15, and Andrew Gwilliam smashing his previous personal best for the distance to come home in 46 minutes and seventeen seconds.

Saturday's parkrun results were as follows:

Week ended 8th February 2015

The week was a quiet one on the race-front for Barking Road Runners The Greenwich Park 10K event saw Mick Wilby complete the distance in a time of 52 minutes and 34 seconds, whilst Cristina Cooper and husband Trevor took the opportunity to celebrate Mr Cooper's birthday, Cristina running 61:19 with Trevor finishing in 54:25.

Alison Fryatt, meanwhile, competed in another 10K, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, achieving a time of 57:19.

Seven Barking Road Runners, Derv Bartlett, Lee Johnson, Ron Vialls, Emma Roebuck, Lisa Maughan, Mahbub Khan, and Andrew Gwilliam, seized an opportunity to partake in a Marathon workshop morning organised by Club Captain, Vicky Cooper on Sunday. The workshop was run by experienced marathon runner Trevor Rawson and involved important advice regarding marathon training programmes, planning the actual race, illness and injury, and extremely useful practical sessions. The course also had a question and answer session, advice on stretching exercises, and the correct attire.

Vicky Cooper and Rob Courtier were also busy on Sunday, however at a different location and course. This was a running weekend event that involved sprinting up the big hills and mountains, as well as a long run on the rolling hills, of Seven Sisters in the South Downs. This course was run by Tom Payn, a 2 hour 17 minute marathon runner.

On Saturday, Lee Johnson was the first male to finish at Barking parkrun with an excellent time of 17:19, Mahbub Khan was the next BRR home in a time of 24:15. Cristina Cooper was third female overall in 26:20, followed by Clare Foreman in 27:43, David Mottley 31:40, Jennifer Birch 33:36, Claudette Prosper 34:55, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 39:44, and Alan Murphy finishing in 42:59.

Other parkruns were as follows: Hackney Marshes: Barry Culling 21:45, and Kresh Veerasamy 25:21. Valentines: Andy Preston 20:34 (a parkrun PB), Wayne McAllister 23:41, Rakesh Sandhu 25:57, Vicki Groves 30:02. Paul Ward chose to run at Gunpowder, achieving a time of 20:54, whilst at Mile End parkrun, Diarmuid Mac Donnell finished in 20 minutes and nine seconds, with Amanda Heslegrave and Pritesh Patel running 22:24 and 25:55 respectively. Andrew Gwilliam ran the challenging parkrun course at Harrow Lodge in 23:41, whilst Richard Ash was slightly further afield at Bognor Regis, finishing in a time of 37:52.

Week ended 1st February 2015

Barking Road Runners' Derv Bartlett was pleasantly surprised to receive a trophy as Sports Person of the Year 2014 at the Barking & Dagenham Sports Awards. The club's committee nominated him in recognition of his continued hard work, commitment, and achievements as a runner. The presentation took place on Thursday night, at Barking Town Hall, and was hosted by council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell.

A different achievement was earned by the Di Parsons on Sunday morning, who knocked 4 minutes off her previous best time for the half marathon. She was taking part in the Torremolinos Half Marathon on the south coast of Spain. Her finishing time was 2:01:19.

Martin Page also ran on Sunday, completing the Mornington Chasers' Regent's Park 10K in a time of 41:25. Meanwhile Mick Wilby took part in the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, a road race passing some of central London's most famous landmarks. He finished the 10K event in 53:01.

The latest Barking parkrun on Saturday morning saw eight of the club's runners taking part. Amongst their number, Diarmuid Mac Donnell continued his steady return to form with a finishing time of 20:19, whilst Sifelani Sayisayi knocked almost 90 seconds off her previous best for the distance to cross the line in 31:03. Other BRR members taking part were Liv Ionita (17:26), Scott Stirrat (18:47), Amanda Heslegrave (22:28), Andrew Gwilliam (23:08), Alison Fryatt (27:50), and David Mottley who volunteered as tail runner (46:07). Meanwhile at the Valentines event in Ilford, Andy Preston led the club home with a time of 21:41. Also running were Antony Leckerman (21:49), Wayne McAllister (24:05), Cristina Cooper (26:25), Vicki Groves (27:01), Rakesh Sandhu (28:19), and Pritesh Patel (28:34).

Barry Culling ran the Beckton event in 23:30. Paul Ward (21:14) and his wife Lisa Ward (36:56) took part at Gunpowder parkrun in Enfield, whilst club captain Vicky Cooper (45:40) was tail runner at the Oak Hill event, also in north London.


Week ended 25th January 2015

Hadleigh hosted their Legacy 10K race which was run mostly on the hilly BMX course that was used during the 2012 Olympics. Barking Road Runners' ladies team, which consisted of Vicky Cooper, Alison Fryatt, and Faye Spooner, were triumphant in that they won the team prize. Vicky Cooper also had an excellent result in her own right by claiming first place in the V35 age category with a time of 52:30. The remaining BRR results were: Paul Ward 54:31, Robert Antoine 60:42, Faye Spooner 64:35, and Alison Fryatt 74:43.

Meanwhile, other BRRs were participating in a 10K in Victoria Park, London. The fast, flat course was conducive to some excellent times with Diarmuid Mac Donnell being the first Barking Road Runner home with a time of 41 minutes and 8 seconds. Antony Leckerman ran 44:57, Pritesh Patel 45:34, with Amanda Heslegrave finishing closely behind in 45:38, Michael Wilby completed in 53:19, and Vicki Groves timed 54:55.

parkrun results from Saturday were as follows: Grovelands, Enfield: Barry Culling 23:06, with Kresh Veerasamy finishing in 26:53. Basildon parkrun saw Andrew Gwilliam complete the 5K course in 24:11, whilst at Valentines Park in Ilford, Wayne McAllister ran 24:32, with Rakesh Sandhu finishing just over a minute later in 25:42. Paul Ward ran at Harlow to gain a new course PB of 23 minutes exactly. Five Barking Road Runners took to the undulating Mile End course, where Pritesh Patel ran 27:47. Andy Preston and Vicki Groves finished in identical times of 27:52, whilst Cristina Cooper and Richard Ash also ran through the finishing line in the same time of 28:57.

Barking parkrun had no less than ten BRR members running with times as follows: James Lowndes 20:51, Diarmuid Mac Donnell 21:18, Antony Leckerman 21:41, Chris Muthaka 21:49, Derv Bartlett 22:07, Ken Summerfield 29:32, Alan Murphy 37:10, Aman Bains 39:23, and Lisa Maughan 48:24, with Amanda Heslegrave taking on the volunteer position of tail runner.

Week ended 18th January 2015

It was a busy January week for Barking Road Runners, many of whom ran some long distance races, one of which was the Benfleet 15 miler on Sunday. The course, although very difficult, did not stop the runners achieving some great times. Mark Gare was the first BRR home in 2:04:38, with Diarmuid Mac Donnell next in 2:09:33, followed by Martin Page 2:09:48, Vicky Cooper 2:10:11, Paul Ward 2:10:19, Gareth Tucker 2:29:50, Barry Culling 2:36:30, David Langrish 2:41:36, Alison Fryatt 3:09:31, and Rob Courtier 3:12:57.

Meanwhile, at the St Albans 10-mile event, Colin Jones completed the distance in 73 minutes and 39 seconds, with Andy Preston finishing in 74:25, and Cristina Cooper in 82:45.

The Frimley Green 8-mile trail race in Surrey saw Faye Spooner run 72:27 minutes.

On Saturday, Andrew Gwilliam and Pritesh Patel ran in the Chingford League which was hosted by Orion Harriers. The race was over 4.75 very muddy miles with Andrew running 44:12 and Pritesh finishing in 48:47.

Earlier in the week, Barking & Dagenham Tri Club held a Duathlon whereby five Barking Road Runners participated. The event consisted of a two-mile run, followed by a five-mile bike ride, and then another two-mile run. Andy Preston finished in a total time of 45:05, Ron Vialls, Derv Bartlett, and Lee Johnson had identical times of 49:35, and Cristina Cooper completed in 59:55.

parkrun results from Saturday were as follows: Barking: Amanda Heslegrave 22:46, Wayne McAllister 23:30, Andrew Hiller 24:00, Cristina Cooper 25:29, Kresh Veerasamy 25:55, Claudette Prosper 31:11, Dennis Spencer-Perkins 31:30, Michael Swan 31:32, Ken Summerfield 32:38, Alan Murphy 46:17, and Aman Bains 46:17, with Dawn Blake as tail runner. Gunpowder: Andy Preston was first BRR home with 22:26, Pritesh Patel followed with 22:41, and Vicki Groves finished in 26:49. Southend parkrun had Steve Donoghue completing the 5K distance in 21:02, whilst at Valentines, Diarmuid Mac Donnell ran 21:14, Antony Leckerman 21:49, and Rakesh Sandhu finished in 28:45. Walthamstow: Barry Culling 24:03, and Chris Anastasi 30:50 (yet another personal best).

Week ended 11th January 2015

Barking Road Runners had a good turnout of runners and supporters at the latest South Essex Cross-Country League race, held over a three-lap course at Sweyne Park, Rayleigh.

First to finish for the men's team by a comfortable margin was Steve Philcox, who was 7th man overall to complete the muddy 7K course. Steve Donoghue (56th) and Martin Page (57th) had a good battle for second and third places, whilst Derv Bartlett was 69th overall. Outside of the first 100 men to finish, but still scoring for the club, were Andrew Gwilliam (102nd), Paul Ward (106th), and Joe Monk (111th).

Club captain Vicky Cooper led the women's team home, finishing as 10th fastest woman overall. Faye Spooner (28th) clinched 2nd place, whilst Ashley Donoghue (40th) also scored for the club.

Others taking part for the men team included John George (116th), Gareth Tucker (133rd), Barry Culling (159th), Kresh Veerasamy (162nd), Mick Davison (164th), Gary Harford (177th), Dennis Spencer-Perkins (182nd), Rob Courtier (186th), Chris Anastasi (189th), Micky Ball (191st), and Ken Summerfield (194th). The women's team was completed by Dawn Blake (45th), Clare Foreman (59th), and Alison Fryatt (70th). Blake and Anastasi were running their first cross-country races for the club.

Also at the weekend, Colin Jones took part at the Martello Marathon, in Folkestone. Completing the race in 4 hours and 8 minutes, he described it as "very windy conditions".

Earlier in the week, various BRR members competed at the latest Gravesend Floodlit series races. In the 10K event, Faye Spooner (48:44) won the V35 women's prize. Also taking part were Andy Preston (44:21), and Cristina Cooper (53:38). Barry Culling (21:51) was the men's winner of the 5K event, whilst Amanda Heslegrave (23:02) was 3rd fastest woman, and Cooper (24:45) also took part.

BRR members were also in evidence at various parkrun events across London, including at Pymmes (Edmonton), Gunpowder (Enfield), Harrow Lodge (Hornchurch), and Valentines (Ilford), as well as at the Barking event.

Week ended 4th January 2015

Barking Road Runners' Emma Roebuck ended 2014 in style by knocking over 5 minutes off her Personal Best for 5 miles. She completed the Lough 5 race, held on New Year's Eve at Loughmacrory, near Omagh, Northern Ireland, in a time of 47:12. Roebuck described the course as "very hilly but a lovely scenic route around country lanes and around a lough (lake)".

A number of the club's runners celebrated the start of 2015 by taking advantage of the opportunity to run at two different parkruns on the same day. Running first at a muddy Wanstead Flats parkrun were Barry Culling (21:45), Andy Preston (22:11), Colin Jones (22:51), Amanda Heslegrave (23:46) who was also first female, Cristina Cooper (25:10), Mahbub Khan (26:01), Wayne McAllister (26:18), Rakesh Sandhu (27:26), Kresh Veerasamy (27:30), and Alison Fryatt (29:51). The runners then ran at Valentines parkrun, Ilford, where their times were 21:00 (Preston), 21:31 (Jones), 21:36 (Culling), 22:56 (Heslegrave), 24:43 (Cooper), 25:06 (Sandhu), 25:17 (McAllister), 27:45 (Veerasamy), 28:05 (Khan), 28:23 (Fryatt). They were joined at the second event by clubmates Derv Bartlett (19:40), Antony Leckerman (21:50), Chris Muthaka (21:54), Ron Vialls (22:33), Dawn Blake (23:52), Vicki Groves (26:46), Pritesh Patel (26:55), Micky Ball (31:55), and Dennis Spencer-Perkins (32:20). Young Ella McIntyre also achieved a PB (25:41) for the distance, and six of the adults achieved course PBs: Jones (Wanstead Flats), Bartlett, Preston, Muthaka, and Fryatt (Valentines), and Culling (both). Khan was also celebrating his birthday. Other club members helped out as volunteers or supported their clubmates.

Meanwhile at Southend, club captain Vicky Cooper ran for the first time at that parkrun event to finish as second female in 22:29. She was accompanied by clubmates Steve Donoghue (20:34) and Ashley Donoghue (24:39).

It was back to normal on Saturday morning for the club's parkrunners. Vicky Cooper was first female to cross the line at Barking, finishing in 22:04. Also taking part at the event were Derv Bartlett (who finished second overall in 19:31), Chris Muthaka (23:06), Cristina Cooper (23:41), Dawn Blake (23:56), Jennifer Birch (33:45), Lisa Maughan (33:50), and Dave Mottley (38:36). Participating at Valentines were Antony Leckerman (21:40), Pritesh Patel (22:31), Rakesh Sandhu (24:36), Vicki Groves (31:23), Richard Ash (32:48), and Andrew Gwilliam, who volunteered as the tail runner. Wayne McAllister returned to the Black Park event, Slough, for the first time in two years, where he finished in a time of 24:32. Barry Culling stayed closer to home, finishing in second place at Beckton, in 22:02.

At the latest Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10K at Stratford, Andy Preston achieved a PB for the distance (43:48). Alison Fryatt (57:31) also took part, with Chris Anastasi supporting.

Also during the week, Craigie-Lee Paterson took part in her first race for the club, completing the Regent's Park 10K in 1:25, whilst in Yorkshire, Mick Wilby took part in the Race 4 a Laugh charity race on New Year's Day, and at a half marathon on the following day.