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East London Runners show girl power as duo shine to dominate at Dawn to Dusk

PUBLISHED: 14:30 21 December 2017

It was awards week for East London Runners as the stars of 2017 were rewarded for their efforts over the year, although some of them still had a chance to get out into the icy air.

Sonia Cheadle picked up the prestigious Roger Dixon Shield for Club Person of the Year, while Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera and Michael Bamford were the club runners of the year.

Most improved runners were Emily Clarke and Dan Senior, while Suzanne Bench and Andy Bolderstone were the top marathon runners of the year.

The Sikhs in the City Dawn to Dusk race on Sunday at Woodford is always a gruelling event, but this time round it was girl power that prevailed for East London.

Not only did Karen Levison and Maud Hodson take first and second place among the ladies, they were first and second overall after excellent runs.

It proved a memorable day for Levison as she related.

“My first goal was to reach 20 miles in under three hours and then take plenty of fluid,” she said.

“The next was 26 miles in under four hours and the promise of a pre-made jam sandwich, while at 30 miles it was just keeping going.

“I stopped with tightening hamstrings, put my rain jacket on, put my headphones in and had a quick massage from one of the volunteers.

“Was now thinking if I could keep going, I could be first lady, but in the last half hour I realised I could win the race outright, something I had never achieved before.

“My husband cheering me on and the upbeat music allowing me to burst into song when the coast was clear saw me to the 36th lap, which would be my last.”

With Hodson second, there were also gallant runs by Kirk Johnson in eighth, Rutishauser-Perera in 12th and Mark Akers in 25th. Katherine Harris was 39th with Maya Goodwin in 42nd, Joanna Wood 44th, Craig Livermore 55th, with Maran Raju in 57th.

Stuart Barton was 67th and Anna Dingle 72nd, while in the 10k race, Helen McGuiness was an excellent second in one hour, two minutes and 49 seconds.

Also in action was Jimmy Dale at the Portsmouth Harbour Marathon where he clocked 4:22.29 to finish in 405th, while at the Torrington Christmas Caper on Sunday, Paula Bedford was 77th in 1:26.41 with Sarah Burns 105th out of 199 finishers in 1:35.54.

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