Howdie Road Runners,

Eid Mubarak to all of our members who have been celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. I hope you are enjoying Eid al-Fitr. For other members, I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. Some of you have been pretty active, with the Westminster Mile and the Vitality 10k both taking place. Chris and I went out for a leisurely cycle which ended up being 15 miles! Still, good practice for any upcoming BURPS (Barking Urban Road Pedallers) trips.

Running in the News

Mo Farah was pipped at the post at the Vitality 10k on 2 May. He was beaten into second place by Ellis Cross, a member of Aldershot Farnham and District Running Club. Cross managed to keep something in reserve in order to finish in 28:40, with Farah finishing just behind hm in 28:44. Sir Mo was magnanimous in defeat and admitted that Cross was a “a determined, deserving winner”. To be fair, Cross is 14 years younger than Farah, and I expect the £2,000 prize will come in more handy for him too.

Excluding toothbrush adverts, Farah was most recently seen in the Celebrity ‘Stand Up 2 Cancer’ bake off on Channel 4, where he came a very close second to Ben Miller. He’ll be hoping to return to winning form at the Great Manchester Run on 22 May

Eilish McColgan fared better in the women’s race, finishing in first place in 30:23, just two seconds behind Paula Radcliffe’s British record and almost half a minute faster than her own PB. Not bad given she had a bout of Covid a fortnight ago.

BRR in Action

(with thanks to Greg Adams)

Barking Road Runners’ Jess Collett ran in the Runthrough organised Finsbury Park Half Marathon. After missing out on running the Brentwood HM Jess decided to do this one and, despite cramming the training in and non-textbook tapering, she still managed to finish in 1st place in her category in a new personal best time of 1:38:48.

BRR’s Julie Gillender, Ken Summerfield, Jason Li and Trevor Parkin took part in the Westminster Mile finishing in times of 9:23, 10:30, 10:39 and 14:04 respectively.

Having run the Westminster Mile on Sunday, Jason and Ken were back for the Vitality 10k through central London the next day, completing the distance in 58:07 and 1:21:32 respectively. Louise Chappell (55:32) and Leigh Li (1:04:24) also smashed the course. Sorry, the race took place after Greg submitted the Barking and Dagenham Post news article.

BRR parkrunners


Greg Adams 34:27

Barking Park

Jagbir Bassi 19:45, James Hutton 21:10, Ron Vialls 23:16, Mark New 23:30, Joyce Golder 23:36, Stuart Burr 25:24, Rabea Begum 26:29, Rosie Kaylor 26:50, Martin O’Toole 27:00, Andrew Hiller 27:06, Martin Mason 28:35, Les Jay 30:35, George Hiller 34:15, Nikki Cranmer 37:03, Melissa Lowndes 37:05, Dawn Blake 37:05, Micky Ball 41:18, Darren Graham 41:42, Belinda Riches 41:43, Alan Murphy 49:15.


Martin Page 21:34.


Gary Harford 29:11.

Chalkwell Beach

Antony Leckerman 20:45.

Chelmsford Central

Vicki Groves 30:41.

Clacton Seafront

Barry Culling 26:48.


Joe Stacey 20:03

Fell Foot

Owen Wainhouse 20:48.

Harrow Lodge

Rory Burr 23:46.


Thomas Shorey 24:38.


Kevin Wotton 22:13

Member’s Profile – Louise Chappell

Louise is one of our newer members, and joined us from our friendly rivals, Dagenham 88. Here is her profile.

Q. How long have you been running?

I’ve been running since 2012 when my friend convinced me to sign up to a half marathon for a charity. I was only meant to do that one run, but after the event I was hooked.

Q. What do you do when you’re not running?

When not running I will either be at work, Primary School office manager, or I’ll be helping my two grown-up daughters look after their horses.

Q. What race(s) are you looking forward to?

I have the London Marathon coming up this year and the Great South Run (which is my favourite run).

Q. What does running mean to you?

Running to me is “me time” the time I switch off from all other thoughts and stresses from life.

Q. What is your best running moment?

My best and my proudest running moment was finishing the Beachy Head Marathon in October 2021.  This four 4 years after I was taken to hospital via ambulance, lights and sirens going and told I had a heart condition, and three and a half years after a cardiac ablation to correct the condition.

Q. Best running advice?

The best piece of advice I was given is never give up on your dreams. The pic is of me finishing Beachy, it’s my favourite running pic [we’ll forgive Louise the D88 top, as it’s such a good photo! – Alison].

BRR Diary

Download the TeamUp app onto your phone, then enter the calendar key for Barking Road Runners when asked: ks67p21gt8p5gzdo66 to see all of BRR’s agreed fixtures for the year.

7.00pm, Tuesday 3 May – Speed Development. Jim Peter’s Stadium. This session is aimed at developing speed endurance allowing you to maintain a high speed for longer. Try and aim for just faster than your 5k race pace. Three sets of (10 x 30 secs with 30 secs recovery) with 3 minutes rest between sets. Try and aim for just faster than your 5k race pace for the reps.

7.00pm, Thursday 5 May – Summer Handicap 01. First in the series of seven races on the Barking parkrun course. The entry cost is £1 per race, or £5 for the series paid in advance, with a tenner to the winner of each race and trophies for first, second and third across the competition as a whole, based on each participant’s best five results. Handicaps will be based on winter handicap results, or another verified 5k result (e.g. parkrun) if you haven’t participated in the virtual competition. If you don’t have a 5k time, Greg will use your first run to set your handicap.

10.30am, Sunday 8 May – Rayleigh 10k. Belchamps Camp, Holyoak Lane, Hockley, SS5 4JD. GP03 in the 2022 series but SOLD OUT. There is a short waiting list so you may be lucky if you put your name down.

7.30pm, Wednesday 11 May – Crown to Crown trail 5k. Westley Heights Country Park, Langdon Hills. Cheap and cheerful race series on the second Wednesday of each month during the summer, organised by Pitsea Running Club. Sign up via EntryCentral

10.00am, Sunday 15 May – Cross Country #04, Thorndon Country Park. Penultimate race in this year’s competition. More details to follow.

7.00pm, Thursday 19 May – Summer Handicap 02. Details as above.

11am–9pm, Saturday 21 May – Barking Bikefest. Abbey Green, Barking IG11 8AS. A chance to race your bike around Abbey Green. If you don’t want to take part but will be driving anywhere in the Barking area that day, you may want to check out the road closures.

11.00am, Sunday 22 May – Great Baddow 10 (GP04). The Recreation Ground, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9RL.There is still time to enter the 40th edition of this popular race.

7.30pm, Wednesday 25 May – Dagenham 88 5ish (ELVIS 01). Central Park, Dagenham. First race in this year’s East London FiVes Interclub Series competition. There are already ten entrants from BRR, including the mysterious ‘anonymous user’. I can feel one of Captain Rob’s famous lists coming on. Entries via EntryCentral

9.00am, Sunday 29 May – RideLondon Freecycle. If you fancy a change from running, why not join the RideLondon freecycle, taking in the main sights of London on closed roads? You can just turn up on the day, but if you sign up in advance you get a free tabard and bid number. You can also join a convoy of bikes from your local area into central London if you wish, then do as many eight-mile laps as you fancy before cycling home. More details and sign up here:

Grand Prix Competition

Last week we confirmed that the Ware 10 has been added to this year’s Grand Prix competition. PLEASE NOTE: The GP race is the TEN MILER. There is also a 10k option but that won’t count for the GP. However, if you don’t care about GP points but still want to run with your BRR buddies, feel free to enter the 10k. The 10k starts 15 minutes later than the 10-miler. Both races cost the same. More details at

Discount Big Half Places

Sikhs and the city have got hold of some community places for the Big Half on 4 September. The cost is £20 of which £10 will go towards the Fauja Singh Clubhouse Appeal. The normal entry price is over £40. There is no requirement to raise any other money for charity although, of course, you can do so if you choose. This is the weekend before the Pleshey Half, which is a BRR GP race but two half marathons on consecutive Sundays are doable if you treat one as a training run and the other as an ‘A’ race, or treat both as part of your marathon training plan, if you have one coming up in October. Places will be allocated on first come basis. If you are interested, email as soon as possible to with “Big Half 22” as the subject to secure yours.

Burpee Challenge

I know some of you like a bonkers challenge, so I thought you might be interested in this 30-day burpee challenge from

The burpee is an excellent bodyweight exercise as it works several areas of your body – arms, back, chest, core, glutes and legs as well as getting your heart pumping.

The 30-day challenge was designed by CrossFit coach Andy McTaggart. It is based on your current fitness level, established by a test on Day One. Always do a quick warm-up first; starting cold risks injury. If you start the Challenge tomorrow, it will keep you occupied for the rest of May. If you survive that long…

How to do the burpee:

  1. From a standing position, drop into a squat with your hands resting on the ground just in front of your feet.
  2. Kick your feet back behind you, leaving your hands where they are so you end up in an elevated plank position. Your shoulders should be above your hands.
  3. Jump your feet forward again so they end up next to your hands.
  4. Explode into the air and raise your arms straight above your head. Land with slightly bent knees to cushion the impact. Repeat.

Cracker Corner

An Amazon driver knocked on my door the other day and tried to deliver an elevator. I told him I couldn’t accept lifts from strangers.

The other day I found a £20 note in the street. I thought to myself “what would Jesus do?” So I turned it into wine.

I got home from work on Friday to find Chris had been on eBay all day. If he’s still there next week I’ll lower the price.

Boom! Boom!

And finally…

Some of you may have seen the nasty bruise on my forearm that I got from lifting my trike into the back of the car. I’d been wearing long sleeves to cover it up until Jason recommended an old Chinese remedy: rub the bruise with a hot boiled egg. So, I boiled an egg before parkrun on Saturday, rubbed it on the bruise, and – hey presto – it worked! Now I just have to find the remedy for third degree burns…

Keep on Running



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