Tuesday’s track session was a touch on the windy side to say the least. But the windy and wet weather didn’t dampen spirits and those that attended enjoyed the session – well, the parts with the wind behind them anyway! After a warm up couple of laps and a few drills it was time for 10 x 3 minutes with 90 seconds recovery.

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Next Tuesdays track session

Thursday was split between another tough hill session with Ilford AC at Redbridge Cycling Centre for some and the Thursday long Club run from Castle Green for those who didn’t fancy more hills. Whichever one you chose, you got wet.

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Saturday is parkrun day and there was also Chingford League race No 5 At Hackney Marshes.

BRR parkrunners this week were:

Hackney Marshes 

Barry Culling 25:34, Kresh Veerasamy 35:07

Valentines

Paul Withyman 21:06, Vicki Groves 29:55.

Raphaels

Gary Hartford 27:40.

Barking

James Lowndes 20:09, George Scratcherd 20:15, Owen Wainhouse 20:47, Adrian Davison 22:46, David Kail 22:50, Ron Vialls 22:59, Rosie Fforde 23:11 ( Rosie’s twin sister Madeleine was 1st female finisher in 23:02), Belinda Riches 24:50, Nehal Patel 25:02, Sally Bridge 25:49, Alain Cooper 28:20, John Lang 28:25, Rabea Begum 28:28, Leslie Jay 28:30, Greg Adams 30:34, Dawn Blake 36:18, Nikki Cranmer 36:19, Kirsten Hiller 36:28, Jenni Birch 39:18, Micky Ball 39:21, Sifelani Sayisayi 39:44, James Byers 46:27 and Alan Murphy 52:41.

The BRR runners at the Hackney Marshes Chingford League race were:

Gary Coombes 31:48, Trevor Robinson 42:23, Barry Culling 44:40, Natalie Traylen 46:22, Jason Li 46:36, Michael Bird 46:50 and Kresh Veerasamy 63:16. Although the course didn’t have the hills of recent weeks it had plenty of mud to keep the runners happy.

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BRR runners at Hackney marshes

There was also a little social get together at the Royal Oak, Barking

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Sunday was the 30th anniversary of the dreaded Benfleet 15, the race where everyone says never again but still sign up for the next year. Regulars at this event said it was the muddiest they had known it. Add to that plenty of hills and it was a gruelling race but at least the weather was kind. First finisher for BRR was Antony Leckerman 2:23:29 followed by Paul Ward 2:27:26, Nehal Patel 2:37:31, Debra  Jean-Baptiste 2:52:11, Rabea Begum 3:00:08, Martin Mason 3:01:12, Les Jay 3:02:40 and Alison Fryatt 3:26:25. Also getting in a training run at Hadleigh were Veronica Barikor and Isobel Pinedo Borobio.

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BRR at Benfleet 15

There was also a good turn out  at Hainault for the Sunday run with the runners tackling various distances, before retiring to the cafe for a well-earned cuppa and Club chips.

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Sunday’s Hainault crew relaxing after their runs

 

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