Constant Gardner battles to a superb silver medal

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 October 2015

Ilford AC Tom Gardner

Ilford AC Tom Gardner


Ilford runners have been in action all over recently

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Ilford Athletic Club achieved more success at the weekend as they picked up five medals in addition to a number of best times at the Essex County Five Mile Championship.

The Wix 5 doubled up as the Essex County Championship and was held on a fast course based in Wix.

Tom Gardner was first home for the club, leading the way and finishing second overall with a time of 26 minutes and 14 seconds.

He picked up a silver medal and Sam Rahman was next to finish with 28.22 to come in 17th. In the process he improved his best time by 37 seconds.

Steve Philcox (28.24) was one place behind and earned a bronze medal in the M50 age group.

These three runners combined to take second in the team event and earn Ilford another silver.

Neil Crisp was next in with a season’s best of 30.13 to earn a 34th place finish and Kevin Wotton (30.20) wasn’t too far behind him – also a best for the season.

Terry Knightly (32.06) was another runner posting a best time of the year and that ensured he came home in 57th position.

Another medalist for Ilford was Tony Nixon. He finished 70th overall with 32.55, but picked up a bronze in the M60 category.

Declan Cullen completed the clubs line up by recording a personal best time of 35.51 to take 128th overall.

Jenni Sheehan was the first Ilford women to finish with a time of 34.15 – improving her best time by a minute and coming home as the 13th women.

Bree Nordin (34.51) won a gold in the F55 category and was only three places behind Sheehan.

The scoring team was completed by Mel Jones, who registered a time of 36 minutes exactly, while Nicola Hopkinson recorded a season’s best of 38.26.

Julia Galea finished in a new best time for the distance of 42.36 and Doris Gaga ran it in 43.23.

Next home for Ilford was Carol Muir (46.37), who also achieved a season’s best and Julia Gillender completed the clubs line up.

She smashed her personal best by three and half minutes to finish in 50.21 as the women came fourth in the County Championship, just missing out on a bronze medal on the day.

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