Athletics: Ilford travel across county in Essex Way Relay
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 September 2017
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Ilford AC finished a very creditable 25th out of 69 teams at this year’s staging of the Essex Way Relay.
The race takes in 82 miles of the Essex Way, which is a historical pathway through the county, starting at Epping tube station to the Old Lighthouse in Harwich.
For a number of years, Ilford have been involved with organising and marshalling the race, as well as taken part in the 10-stage event.
Up first for Ilford was Peter Spelman, who finished the first stage in 52nd place, while Steve Philcox, with just three days’ training, was third on the second leg.
The third stage saw Satha Alaga finish 53rd, with Dennis Briggs coming home 19th on the fourth leg.
Stage five saw Nicola Hopkinson claim 26th place for Ilford, with Anthony Young 32nd on the sixth leg.
Malcolm Muir was an impressive seventh on stage seven, while Bill Green came home in 57th on the eighth leg.
Nichola Fairbairn finished in 60th place on stage nine with Pam Jones 61st on the final leg for Ilford.
It was the first time in three years Ilford had been able to field a full ‘A’ squad, while several other members ran legs for the ‘B’ team.
Pathrose Louise was 58th on stage three; Tony Hyde came 20th on the fourth leg; Stephen Cheal finished 39th on the sixth stage; Frieda Keane was 56th on leg eight; and Hopkinson claimed 60th place on the final stage.
Afterwards, runners enjoyed a fish and chip supper while sharing tales about their day.
Elsewhere, Bree Nordin was the first club member home at the Harlow 10 in 73 minutes and 30 seconds.
Declan Cullen (73.47), Steve Parker (74.51) and Julia Galea (93.59) were also in action.
Blair McWhirter returned to his native Christchurch in New Zealand to finish second in the Canterbury 10k Road Championships, clocking 32.32.
Super veteran Terry Knightley was the sole Ilford runner at the Takeley 10k Off Road Race tha took in tracks and muddy trails around Hatfield Forest.
Knightley finished as the fastest M50 runner after he clocked a time of 40.20 around the course.
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