East London Runners don’t do things by half with team of 30 for inaugural Big Half

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2018

East London Runners team at the Big Half in London

East London Runners team at the Big Half in London


An intrepid band of 30 East London Runners took to the streets of London for the inaugural Big Half on Sunday.

Ciaran Canavan led the way as he clocked one hour 21mins 27secs to finish 323rd and not far behind was Billy Rayner in 330th (1:21.34) and Daniel Lee in 352nd (1:22.09).

Shahib Miah Ali was 1,033rd, while Nick Hoult managed a PB of 1:37.12 to cross the line in 1,466th, while Michael Bamford clocked 1:37.23 to be 1,484th.

First lady for ELR was Caroline Frith (pictured, right) who finished in 1,534th and said: “The last four miles were very painful, but nice crowd support, good weather for running and the promise of a beer in The Cow afterwards kept me going.”

Paul Marshall managed a PB of 1:38.05, while other best times came from Jimmy Dale, Andy Bolderstone, Roselin Boramakot, Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Caroline McGirr, Stuart Barton and Sharon Lincoln.

Also running were Paula Bedford, Maran Raju, Jamie Xavier, Sheetal Dandgey, Graham Peacock, Jonathan Wooldridge, Joanna Neville, Janet Bywater, Lance Fuller, Catriona Hoult, Diana Rexhepaj, Caroline Moore, Katherine Harris, Susannah McLaren and Julie Creffield.

Meanwhile, Gareth Davies told the story of the Mercury 10 on Saturday, where ELR had five athletes taking part.

Thomas Grimes was a fabulous fifth, with Calvin Bobin 38th, Nathaniel Dye 51st and Maud Hodson 59th, before Davies finished 63rd of 67 finishers.

“This is an evil little cousin of the epic Orion 15. These are two of my favourites in the racing calendar,” said Gareth.

“Pre-race: Bloody hell it’s cold, are some of these nutters going to do it in their vests? Ok, I’d better join them, vest it is!

“Mile five: What idiot through spikes were a good idea? I’d be better off in wellies!

“Mile 8: I think I’ll order an Uber and wait at the tea-hut. The marshalls tell me that a lot of people have taken the wrong route. That means I may win if the whole field are mass disqualified!

“Mile 9: Tumble, stumble, skid, stack, blooded elbows and knees.

“Only 15 minutes to the finish, where is the turmeric sawdust? Where are all the footprints? Have I gone wrong?

“Hurrah there is the finishing post, I made it, did I win?”


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