Ilford athletes among the medalists at five-mile race

PUBLISHED: 15:04 11 April 2013

Ilfords Malcolm Muir, Spencer Hempstead and Tom Gardner combined to win team gold at the Braintree five mile race on Sunday

Ilfords Malcolm Muir, Spencer Hempstead and Tom Gardner combined to win team gold at the Braintree five mile race on Sunday



Ilford AC took home six Essex Championship medals after a solid effort from the 19-strong squad at the Braintree five-mile road race on Sunday.

Over a gently undulating rural course with just under 400 competitors, Malcolm Muir came home third in a fast time of 26 minutes and 35 seconds to take bronze.

He was well supported by Tom Gardner in fifth, who clocked 27 minutes exactly while Spencer Hempstead was seventh in 27.06.

That performance was good enough for Hempstead to take gold in the M40 category and the trio scooped the county team prize ahead of Springfield Striders.

The success did not end there though as Graham Williamson collected silver in the Essex M70 category with a time of 40.20.

Steve Philcox was next man home in 22nd with 28.24 for fourth in the Essex M40 championship, while there was a new personal best of 29.11 for Sam Rahman in 36th spot.

Terry Knightley recorded 29.32 in 42nd and Tony Hyde came 47th in 30.01.

Paul Holloway continued to show good form with a personal best of 31.02 for 61st and another runner recording a new best was Satha Alaganandasundaram, who clocked 41.32 for 246th.

Other Ilford club members to finish included Kevin Newell in 121st spot with a time of 34.37, while Steve Parker was four places back in 34.53.

Rob Sargent stopped the clock at 36.44 to finish in 154th place before Steve Cheal finished in 232nd spot after recording a time of 40.32

First home for the women was Breege Nordin in 136th place overall in 35.23 to win the F55 gold medal.

Nicola Hopkinson ran her best race for a number of years to finish in 36.43 and 154th place overall, while Dianne Crisp crossed the line just 10 seconds and four places later.

The Ilford trio combined to finish fifth in the women’s team contest which is a fine achievement considering they are all competing in the masters categories.

Carol Muir also completed the course and finished in 47.20 for 330th.

Pam Jones continues to impress, even after 50-plus years in the sport, as she won the F65 gold medal in a time of 46.40.

►Ilford’s Tom Gardner was also in action at the keenly-contested Victoria Park 5m road race on Saturday. Over a flat course, and on his gradual return to fitness, he put in a solid run to finish in 26:21 for 22nd place. The race was won by Adam Hickey of Southend AC in 23:36.

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