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What a carry on at the Park as ‘Babs’ gets them started in popular Red Run 10k race

PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 December 2017

ELR runners pose with Barbara Windsor at the Red Run in Victoria Park

ELR runners pose with Barbara Windsor at the Red Run in Victoria Park

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Victoria Park was the venue for the Red Run 10k in aid of World Aids Day on Sunday and the guest of honour was Barbara Windsor of Carry On and Eastenders fame.

East London Runners were there in force and ‘Babs’ had her picture taken with them before the start of the race.

Robert Rayworth led the way for ELR, clocking 41mins 33secs for 18th place, while Jamie Xavier was 27th, Paul Marshall 38th, Michael Bamford 49th and Louis Le Roux 93rd completed those in the top 100.

Jo Wood was also in action and she related the story of her race.

“Barbara Windsor was opening the event and she graciously had her picture taken with the ELR runners,” said Wood.

“She was made up to see some guy running in a jacket with a picture of her and the Mitchell brothers. I was not so as he stayed in front of me for the whole race and so I had Peggy Mitchell’s scowl mocking my efforts for the whole four laps!”

In the end, Jo finished in 481st place, clocking one second over the hour.

Also finishing the race were Caroline McGirr was 158th, Andy Bolderstone was back in 172nd, with Marc Akers in 182nd, Zuzana Urbanova, who finished 273rd and Stuart Barton who was 281st.

Rachel Le Roux was 344th, while Diana Rexhepaj was 423rd and Roselin Boramakot 428th.

Mark Boulton was seventh at the Sri Chimnoy Grizzly Bear 10k at Battersea Park on Sunday, while the success of the parkruns goes from strength to strength.

ELR had 49 runners taking part across 16 venues, including Brisbane in Australia this week and they recorded three winners on the day.

Patrick Brown was first at Walthamstow where he lowered his PB from 17.27 last week to 17.19, while there were also wins for Paul Quinton at Roding Valley, where he clocked 17.49 and Katherine Harris at Valentines Park.

John Henry completed his 50th parkrun at Finsbury Park where he was 15th in 19.07, while there was a debut for Nick Hoult on the South Bank in Brisbane Australia and for Fiona Critchley, Jonathan Wooldridge and Stuart Barton in Dartford, plus Andrew Howard at Henley.

Meanwhile, Kat Maskell was in action at the picturesque Richmond Park Half-Marathon where her time of 1:56.48 was enough for 208th place.

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