Firstly I would just like to wish Captain Rob a full and speedy recovery as I am sure you all do. 

First track session of 2020 on Tuesday the 7th, and what a bumper turn out to kick off the new year. After two or three warm-up laps and a few drills, it was time for the monthly timed mile. Still seeing some good improvements. Thanks to Alison, here is a copy of the recorded times so far:

Thursday night was the midweek long run from Castle Green and this week they did the Rainham road south route.

Plenty of parkrun action this week including 10 runner-up finishes and a first place at Barking for Joe Stacey at last, although he’d better look over his shoulder as Rosie is catching him up fast!

 This week’s parkrunners:


Jacqueline Bennett 26:51

Old Deer Park

Barry Culling 26:20


Vicki Groves 31:01, Gillian Barton 35:19


Viorel Mih 22:25, Gary Hartford 28:06


David George Motley 37:56


Joe Stacey18:03, James Lowndes 20:26, Rosie Fforde 23:19, Ron Vialls 23:43, Adrian Davison 23:58, Les Jay 26:47, Sally Bridge 27:37, Jason Li 27:39, Rabea Begum 28:37, Greg Adams 30:58, Dawn Blake 37:25, Kirsten Hiller 37:26, Jenny Birch 46:32, Ken Summerfield 46:32 and Alan Murphy 51:21.

And our international runner:

Gdańsk Poland 

Kresh Veerasamy 35:47.

South Essex Cross Country League round 3 at One Tree Hill was the main Club event for this week and an excellent turn out from Barking Road Runners once again, mainly for the tea and cake [hey, we’re serious athletes! – Ed] but first the small matter of an  approximately four and half mile course with its fair share of mud and hills but, unlike round 2, there was no swimming at this one. Once again Ron’s tea bar was in full swing before the race with much-needed tea and coffee for the troops.

Ron with another satisfied customer

First finishers for BRR were Joe Stacey and Debbie Coyle in the male and female sections respectively. The times for BRR entrants were as follows:

Women: Debbie Coyle 34:42, Maxine Brown 38:56, Charlotte Owen 42:56, Natalie Traylen 47:45, Isobel Pineda Borobio 48:37, Veronica Barikor 48:43, Rabea Begum 49:58, Dawn Blake 50:38, Alison Fryatt 54:16, Melissa Lowndes 58:03 and Nikki Cranmer 59:20.

Men: Joe Stacey 30:09, James Lowndes 31:53, Paul Withyman 33:45, Trevor Cooper 34:48, Michael Bird 35:11, Martin Page 35:48, Antony Leckerman 36:40, John George 38:04, Ron Vialls 41:08, Barry Culling 43:02, Andrew Gwilliam 43:09, Nehal Patel 43:28, Martin Mason 45:27, Les Jay 46:07, Jason Li 47:46, Thomas Coughlan 51:17, Greg Adams 53:55 , Micky Ball 1:13:51. Craig Groom also participated but unfortunately was unable to finish due to injury. The next race in the South Essex Cross Country League will be at Thorndon Park on 9 February.

Thanks to Jason for the photos and, I believe, a couple from Sarah G of Pitsea Running Club.


       BRR at One tree hill

           B But who is the mystery runner

There are plenty more photos in the folder on the web site

Whilst the Majority were at One tree hill, Gary Hartford, Mick and Hadley Grant were at Hainault country park for a Sunday morning 10k.

       Gary Mick and Hadley



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