Ilford’s Baxter masters half marathon despite lengthy break

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 September 2015

Ilford members face the camera at the Wissey Half Marathon

Ilford members face the camera at the Wissey Half Marathon


Endurance star leads clubs’ charge in Norfolk

Ilford member Kim Baxter produced a stunning performance in her first half marathon outing for 25 years to claim a super silver medal at the British Masters Championship in Norfolk.

Baxter was taking part in the Wissey Half Marathon, which doubled up as the British Masters event, and her time of two hours, 46 minutes and three seconds was good enough for second in her age category.

Clubmate Julia Galea was another to return from Oxborough with a silver medal, with her time of 1:58.00 good enough for second in the F60 grouping.

The duo were joined at the race by several Ilford men, with Terry Knightley the first home in 1:35.35, the eighth fastest time in the M55 competition.

Steve Parker (1:40.00) was the next clubman home, with group coach Rob Sargent (1:49.45) the next over the line, a time which won him bronze in the Eastern Veterans Championship.

The combined efforts of the men also saw Ilford finish second in the BMAF team championship for the M55-64 category.

Peter Spelman was in action at the Harlow 10 event, finishing in 1:27.51 as Pathrose Louis (1:32.56) also completed the course on a perfect day for running.

Ilford were unable to field a team to defend their Essex Way Relay crown, but the club were still heavily involved in this year’s running of the event.

Martin Clarke acted as the event’s official scorer for each leg, starting at Epping station at 8am before finishing in Harwich at 6pm, while the club also organised the first leg of the day.

The club had several younger members in action at the Woodford Green Open, with the boys’ 1,500m proving particularly successful.

Ilford members took the top four places in the race, with Faris Patel (5.23) leading home Jordan Hinds, Matthew Hick (both 5.24) and Bradley Deacon (5.32).

In the girls’ 400m event, Isabella Hick ran a personal best of 67.80secs to finish second, while there was also a new best of 74.80 for Keshan Beckett Edwards which saw her finish fourth.

Robert Grech took part in the boys’ 100m and finished fourth after clocking an impressive time of 15.39.

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