A busy week for Barking Road Runners this week with a selection of races, extra parkruns, training with Ilford AC, and the small matter of Christmas to fit in too.

A few members attended a tough hill session at Ingrebourne Hill with Ilford AC on Christmas Eve as an extra training session for the upcoming South Essex Cross Country League on the 29th.

Plenty of BRR runners did the extra Christmas Day parkrun at Barking Park to make more room for their dinner, those at Barking were:

Rory Burr 20:02 and Trevor Cooper 21:10, both with Barking parkrun PBs, James Lowndes 21:23, Antony Leckerman 21:24, Colin Jones 21:32, Mahbub Khan 23:17, Natalie Traylen 25:41, Nehal Patel 26:34, Martin Mason 26:50, Debra Jean-Baptiste 27:59, Les Jay 28:05, Jason Li 29:23, Vicky Groves 29:55, Rabea Begum 30:32, Dawn Blake 31:08, Cristina Cooper 32:25, Amanda Jane Heslegrave 32:27, Belinda Riches 32:39, Greg Adams 33:46, Nikki Cranmer 34:36, Kresh Veerasamy 34:55, Micky Ball 38:11, Margaret Byers 49:54, James Byers 49:55, Alan Murphy 54:05, and Tailwwalker Rob Courtier 1:02:20. Well done to everyone and a big thanks to the volunteers.

Alison Fryatt 52:56, Cristina Cooper 44:06 and Trevor Cooper 37:04 took part in the Witham Boxing Day Five ‘beat the pud’ run. Also out on Boxing Day were Nikki Cranmer 36:43 and Natalie Traylen 28:18 at the Crown 2 Crown 5k.

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                      Alison, Cristina and Trevor at Witham Boxing Day 5

Friday was another training session with Ilford AC, this time a fartlek session in Seven Kings Park for a few die-hard runners.

Saturday was parkrun day again. It was also the Ilford Hilly 10 miler at Hainault country park where BRR were represented by Rabea Begum 1:57:16, Natalie Traylen 1:48:20, Veronica Barikor 1:54:28, Ron Vialls 1:28:13, and Les Jay 1:58:03. Congratulations to everyone for beating the two hour cut-off time on a notoriously muddy and tough course, which proved ideal preparation for what was to follow on Sunday.

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                 Rabea Veronica and Les at the Ilford Hilly 10 miler.

Saturday’s BRR parkrunners were:

Valentines Viorel Mih 27:14, Andrew Gwilliam 30:01, Kevin Wotton 30:28 and Gillian Barton 35:01.

Raphaels Gary Harford 28:28 and Vicky Groves 29:58

Southend Antony Leckerman 21:18

Barking James Lowndes 1st place in 19:08, Mahbub Khan 22:58, Barry Culling 26:06, Sally Bridge 26:19, Lauren Garvey 26:51, Martin Brooks 27:39, John Lang 27:41, Cristina Cooper 29:23, Greg Adams 32:03, Nikki Cranmer 35:27, Dawn Blake 35:28 and Alan Murphy 53:21.

Harrow Lodge Rory Burr 21:37

Pegwell Bay Rob Courtier 45:07

If some of you did parkruns but are missing from the list it’s because you haven’t added BRR to your profile therefore don’t show in the consolidated lists.

Hills, plenty of mud, runners were falling over on the flat bits, and lots of water up to your waist or chest depending how tall you were, it could only be round 2 of The South Essex Cross Country League once again at Hadleigh on a different longer course this time. A very good turn out for BRR of both men and women although with some of the quicker runners missing due to Christmas holidays or the lurgy it was going to be a tough ask. Despite members losing shoes, nose diving into the stream and taking tumbles on a course described as the wettest cross country ever, it was largely enjoyed by all.

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               BRR runners and supporters at Hadleigh

First BRR finisher for the women was Debbie Coyle 38:54 followed by Rosie Fforde 46:22, Charlotte Owen 53:26, Louise Adams 54:40, Cristina Cooper 54:58, Debra Jean-Baptiste 55:35, Veronica Barikor 1:00:27, Natalie Traylen 1:06:33, Dawn Blake 1:06:34, Melissa Lowndes 1:12:42 and Nikki Cranmer 1:13:06.

First for the men finishing 10th overall was Gary Coombes 31:35 followed by James Lowndes 35:30, Rory Burr 37:07, Trevor Cooper 38:58, Paul Withyman 39:34, Michael Bird 41:30, John George 43:19, Antony Leckerman 44:31, Martin Page 44:39, Nehal Patel 50:22, Andrew Gwilliam 54:20, Martin Mason 54:23, Les Jay 55:55, Michael Davidson 56:58, Jason Li 1:00:50, Greg Adams 1:04:06, Krishna Veerasamy 1:14:19 and Michael Ball, cheered in at 1:35:43. 

Alison Fryatt, Chris Anastasi, Rob Courtier and Richard Dudman were on scoring duties, with Ron Vialls, Faye Spooner and Chris Ball supporting.

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