East London Runners’ Thomas Grimes celebrates double success

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2017

Thomas Grimes of East London Runners won the Panshanger 5km

Thomas Grimes of East London Runners won the Panshanger 5km


Several other club members enjoy parkruns all over the country

Danny and Ava Lee of East London Runners at the London TriathlonDanny and Ava Lee of East London Runners at the London Triathlon

East London Runners’ Thomas Grimes had reason to celebrate as he scooped two top spots in the matter of days.

He started off with a win at the Panshanger Park 5 mile event where he crossed the line in 28 minutes and six seconds, before clocking 17.00 to take the honours in the Grovelands parkrun event last Saturday.

Over the parkrun distance, he was joined in top spot by Karen Levison at Valentines Park, Felicity Price-Thomas and Katherine Harris at Wanstead and Barking respectively.

Other notable performances saw Jonathan Wooldridge secure a course personal best on his 100th parkrun at Valentines Park, while other bests came from Jakub Czeczotka at Hackney, Suzanne Cubitt at Valentines Park and Alex Jameson at Wanstead.

Five club members took on the Olympic distance at the London Triathlon on Sunday with Ava Lee setting a new personal best of 2:20.25 over the 1.5km swim, 37.5km bike ride and 9.9km run.

Daniel Lee was slightly further back after clocking 2:29.50, while debutant James Creed (2:42.38) impressed.

Dominic Dragonetti and Jason Levy finished in times of 2:51.54 and a personal best of 3:17.01 respectively.

Billy Rayner and Mark Boulton picked up new bests at the SOAR Summer Mile event at Battersea Park on Friday, while finishing second in their respective races.

At the Olympic Park, John Booth (38.05) came 11th at the Run Through Chase The Sun 10km event.

More than 100 club runners also took part in the recent East London Runners 5k in the Olympic Park.

Euan Brown was the first male runner home and was joined by Grimes in third, while Jenny Ansell was the first female home and Ava Lee the best V35 in her category.

There was also plenty of success at the Colworth Marathon Challenge weekend as the club scooped the top team over the three events.

Ansell, Grimes, Fiona Day, Suzanne Bench and Patrick Brown all produced excellent performances throughout the competition as East London Runners made the journey home from Bedfordshire in a buoyant mood.

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