ELVIS 04. Hilly Five

Welcome to the Weekly edition of Barking Road Runners’ Blog.  Your resident Blog reporter Alison is enjoying a well-deserved break with Chris in Majorca.

According to Google (other Search Engines are available) walking from Barking to Majorca would take 270 hours, and cover a distance of 983.4miles. In new money that would be 1,582.6 k. Just imagine how many parkruns you could run. Warning: if you are thinking of doing this trip be sure to inform your Boss that you may be away a while. Covering journalists this week are Dennis & Greg with contributions from Rob and the mysterious Dottie.

ELVIS 04. (East London fiVes Interclub Series)

ElVIS No 04 this week was organised by Ilford AC. The 5 mile race was held at Hainault Country Park. This year’s course was a slight change from previous years with a start further along the road towards the golf course and a finish at the lake and an extra loop in the forest section. Fortunately the rain stopped before the start but it was a very muddy course in places. Add in the hills and it was a tough race.

First finisher for Barking Road Runners was Antony Leckerman 37:52 closely followed by Trevor Cooper 37:53, 3rd John George 38:33, 4th Paul Ward 39:02, 5th Rory Burr 40:00, 6th Nehal Patel 41:19, 7th Ron Vialls 42:35, 8th Joyce Golder 45:44 (first female for BRR), 9th Jason Li 47:20, 10th Chris Anastasi 49:22, 11th Martin Mason 50:29, 12th Alain Cooper 53:24, 13th Alison Fryatt 54:39, 14th Greg Adams 57:25, 15th Les Jay 60:31, 16th Rob Courtier 61:57 and 17th Kresh Veersamy 62:31

Remaining dates of last Three ELVIS Races: August 21st Orion forest 5M, Chingford, 10am start (05). August 30th BRR’s Bank Holiday 5k, Barking Park10:30 start (06). September 26th East London Runners 5k, Valentine Park 10:30 start (07)

Rob’s Thursday “Enjoyable Hill work”

Not content with last night’s run at Hainault 5 mile race, over 12 dedicated Members turned up for Rob’s “Enjoyable Hill work” at Mayesbrook park which consisted of 13 Laps with a few little hills thrown in for good measure. If you don’t  want to miss out on this invigorating experience then just turn up at Mayesbrook park at 6:45 every Thursday (during the Summer)

Nixon’s Magic

Jack Nixon won the 1500m at the Southern division masters race in Southend

recently in a terrific time of 4:29. It was Jack’s 1st track race too.


In this week’s Park run, Gabriele Grimaldi was first over the finish line at

Harrow lodge, but with no bar code he was recorded as an unknown. Joe Stacey

and Paul Withyman finished 2nd and 5th respectively at Valentine’s parkrun.

This week’s park runners.


Paul Ward 21:50, Joyce Golder 25:39, Cristina Cooper 26:05, John Lang 26:23,

Sally Bridge 27:37, Andy Hiller 27:51, Greg Adams 30:31, Rob Courtier 31:08,

Les Jay 31:33, Nikki Cranmer 36:42, Dawn Blake 36:43, George Hiller 38:17,

Micky Ball 38:51, Barry Culling 49:41, Alan Murphy 51:48.

Chalkwell Beach

Antony Leckerman 21:53 and Ron Vialls 23:55

Chelmsford Central

Vicki Groves30:20

Harrow Lodge :  Gabriele Grimaldi 18:30 and Rory Burr 24:39


Gary Harford 27:13


Joe Stacey 18:01, Paul Withyman 19:21, Tom Coughlan 35:35 and Kresh Veerasamy 38:32.

It would help immensely if those members who haven’t already done so updated their parkrun details to include BRR as their club. I believe parkruns and parkrun courses will play an integral part in the next virtual handicap series Dennis is organising.

Sunday 1 st August

Trevor Parkin took part in the London Landmarks half marathon finishing in a time of 4:28:32.

Upcoming races

Essex Cross Country 10k, just two races of Five left now, August 14th & September 11th

Both events start from 09:30 and it’s not too late to enter. Ten BRR Members have completed so Far: Martin P, Alison, Dennis, Joyce, Rob, Martin M, Les, Micky D, Gary H & Chris Anastasi.

www.theraceorganiser.com/essex-cross-country-10kseries. 2962#rc4604

Clacton 10k/HM August 22nd 10am start (was 9.30 start originally)

Dennis, Rob, Alison &  Joyce have all entered this race. BRR ran this race as a

GP Series in 2016. Nice Flat course followed by a meal and a few drinks in the Greek restaurant afterwards.

Olympic News

Team GB are winning a record haul of Medals at the Olympics in Japan, to date: 13 Golds, 13 Silver & 13 Bronze, a total of 39, and there is a good chance this will increase over the coming days.

Max Whitlock brought his tally of medals to six as he retained his title on the Pommel, but Max still has a way to go to catch up cyclist Bradley Wiggins who has a total of eight medals. Charlotte Worthington was a recipe for success as she took a break from cooking meals in a Mexican restaurant to conjure up some amazing Flips to win the first ever Gold medal in BMX.

And finally, some people are just BAD losers. In the quarter-final, boxer Mourad Aliev was disqualified in the last few seconds of the 2nd Round after he clashed his head too many times into his opponent’s forehead. Frazer Clarke suffered cuts above both eyes causing the referee to award the fight to Frazer (who is now guaranteed a Bronze medal). Aliev then sat cross legged in the Ring for 30 minutes sulking. Boys!


10 questions to find out a bit about Captain Rob

  1. When did you start running? I Started running for BRR in 1995 but havealways run since school.
  2. Why did you start running? When I gave up football I needed another

sport to keep my stress levels down.

  1. Biggest achievement to date? The Stour Valley 15 miles in under 2


  1. Goals for the future? To keep as fit and fast as I can and race abroad a lot.
  2. Favourite distance? These days 5 miles.
  3. Road or Trail? Equal.
  4. Most memorable race or run? 1999 London Marathon: 3hours 46 watch

time and 3:52 official.

  1. Race or run you would like to do? Isle of Man Ultra
  2. Currently training for any race or run? Clacton HM, Musselburgh HM, two 10k cross countries races, Hilly Helmet and Tenerife 8k
  3. Running heroes: Steve Jones and Paula Radcliffe.

Cracker corner

I can cut wood just by looking at it. It’s true, I saw it with my own eyes.

Had a strange day so far, I found a hatful of money then got chased down the road by a man with a Guitar.

An Egyptian asked me If I knew how to build a Pyramid. I said “up to a point”.


Dottie had been having a bit of a mare on the morning of this month’s interview. Apparently, it had been a bit manic in the Fruit and Veg at Sainsbury’s, and there had been something of a run on the kumquats. At least that’s what Dottie assumed, as there wasn’t a single kumquat to be had, and she fancied making a lovely fruity crumble for tea.

She enquired of an assistant, who had looked quite baffled and who suggested (less than helpfully Dottie felt) that she might use some nice Victoria plums instead. Things got a bit stroppy and the manager was called, whereupon Dottie told him exactly what he could do with his plums, and ended up being asked to leave the store.

Fortunately, after the pantomime horses affair (see Almanac for July), Dottie had got into the habit of writing down her nuggets of wisdom, so we made her a nice pot of green tea while she calmed down and we extracted the following advice from her notebook:

– An anaerobic digester is not helpful for easing IBS.

– A door always opens the opposite way from what you expect it to.

– You can’t get fat on a Friday. You can’t get fat on your birthday.

If your birthday is on a Friday, you’ve hit the jackpot.

– If you are in a hole, stop digging.

The green tea seemed to do the trick but Dottie…..you should have gone to Waitrose.


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