With news of more cancellations and postponements of most of the big city marathons, including London, and tougher measures being considered by government (ED- which have come to pass since this article was written), this might be the last week of racing we have for a while. News that London has been rescheduled for October 4th puts it on the same day as Havering Half which is a Club GP race. As well several of the London runners also entered for Havering, many of the water station volunteers will have entered it as well, but hopefully Havering might be able to alter their date, assuming we are all back to normal by then. We’ll play it by ear.

Tuesday’s track session was a tough one starting with a couple of warm-ups and Rob’s shuttle sprints. The main session was  6 or 8 x 600m with 200m recovery. It was another well attended and enjoyable night.

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BRR’s new Banner unveiled at track night.

Thursday’s midweek run was the old Barking loop of about 6.5 miles. Sorry no photos this week.

Saturday was parkrun day, in what may well be the last parkruns for a while.

Barking

George Scratcherd 19.25, Trevor Cooper 24.19, Nehal Patel 24.40, Belinda Riches 24.55, John Lang 25.49, Sally Bridge 26.36, Frank Goulding 27.30, Gopal Myilsamy 27.35, Les Jay 28.32, Cristina Cooper 30.01, Patricia Browning 30.16, Greg Adams 30.34, Jason Li 33.33, Robert Courtier 34.24, Jenni Birch 36.01, Kirsten Hiller 36.02, Dawn Blake 3.02, Annette Prior 36.06, Micky Ball 37.33, James Byers 60.27, and Margaret Byers 60.27.

Chalkwell Beach

Ron Vialls 23.10, Antony Leckerman 23.11 and Maxine Brown 24.31.

Valentines 

Kevin Wotton 28.40, Andrew Gwilliam 28.44 and Kresh Veerasamy  38.51.

Gunpowder 

Paul Ward 20.26.

Peckham Rye 

Paul Withyman 25.33. 

Woolacombe Dunes

Joe Stacey 20.50 and Rosie Fforde 28.14.

 Sunday was the Dartford Half Marathon, the first BRR Grand Prix race of 2020. And was still scheduled to go ahead – hooray! Nine members of BRR turned up for the race on a tough, hilly course. In spite of the course being tough and the final killer hill at 10 miles which just about finished everyone off, a couple of runners managed half marathon Personal Bests.

The official chip times were : Colin Jones 1:41:09, Paul Withyman 1:41:19, Antony Leckerman 1:43:15, Trevor Cooper 1:43:22, Nehal Patel 2:00:03, Cristina Cooper 2:12:49, Veronica Barrikor 2:18:03, Alison Fryatt 2:35:04 and Greg Adams 2:39:49. Rob and Chris Anastasi were also there to support. In traditional BRR fashion, it was back to the Daily Munch in Barking afterwards for some well-earned re-fuelling.

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BRR runners at Dartford Half Marathon.

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Well-earned post-race lunch

At the same time BRR had several runners in the Brentwood Half Marathon, which included BRR second-claim runner Gary Coombes who finished in 8th Place in an unofficial time of 1:16:51 – well done Gary. Also running Andy Hiller 2:08:51 and Les Jay 2:15:15. 

At Hainault on Sunday were Gary Hartford and Micky Ball who did a 6 mile run.

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