ELR members tackle gruelling Spitfire Scramble

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 July 2018

East London Runners athletes at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: ELR)

East London Runners athletes at the Spitfire Scramble (pic: ELR)


A round-up of the latest news from the East London Runners club

East London Runners' Maud Hodson at her ultra marathonEast London Runners' Maud Hodson at her ultra marathon

Three East London Runners teams were among those that took part in this year’s Spitfire Scramble in Hornchurch Country Park over the weekend.

The ever-popular event attracted hundreds of entrants, who had to contend with the sweltering heat in the gruelling 24-hour event.

“It was by far one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever been through,” said ELR member Craig Livermore.

“I’ll be back again for another round of the Spitfire Scramble next year as I have some unfinished business.”

East London Runners Gemma Foxall and Robyn Turtle at the Thorpe Park triathlonEast London Runners Gemma Foxall and Robyn Turtle at the Thorpe Park triathlon

Elsewhere, Maud Hodson (above, right) had plenty to celebrate after finishing as the fastest woman at the Essex 50 Mile Race in Felsted.

Hodson finished the event in nine hours, 48 minutes and one second, and revealed it was a late decision to enter the race.

“I had been planning to do a 50 mile training run this week, but then I saw a post on Facebook about the Essex 50 Mile Race,” she said.

“I felt much more relaxed than usual on race day - I think largely due to lack of build-up - and reckoned on treating it like a training run with a medal at the end.”

There was also success for Jimmy Dale at the Phoenix Running Sharkrun Hammerhead Marathon.

The ELR member finished in a time of 4:02.42, which was good enough to secure second place.

There were plenty of ELR athletes on show at the second event of this year’s Orion Forest Five Series, with Euan Brown the overall race winner in 27 minutes and 40 seconds.

Antonio Martin Romero (29.01, sixth), Jose Rodriguez (30.21, 13th), Andrew Baxter (34.12, 32nd), Caroline Frith (36.05, 40th), Emmet Fitzgibbon (36.20, 41st), Richard Potter (36.53, 44th), Gareth Davies (38.06, 49th), Ramesh Pala (39.33, 57th), Mark Wiltshire (43.11, 76th), Lance Fuller (43.16, 77th) and Fiona Critchley (44.03, 83rd) were also in action.

The Virgin Sport 10k in Westminster was completed by Jacob Stevens (42.15), Jakub Czeczotka (44.48), Jamie Xavier (45.54) and Roisin Archer (46.11).

Spencer Evans took part in the Run Through Battersea Park 10k, which he completed in 37.37 for 12th place.

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