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Rachel earns Ilford reward

PUBLISHED: 10:48 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:48 31 December 2014

Rachel Halpin won Ilford's Boxing Day event

Rachel Halpin won Ilford's Boxing Day event

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Athletics club hold annual handicap race

Ilford's Ahmed Abdulle and Tom Gardner in action at their Boxing Day raceIlford's Ahmed Abdulle and Tom Gardner in action at their Boxing Day race

Rachel Halpin claimed top honours at Ilford AC’s annual Boxing Day cross-country handicap race at Chigwell Row.

Halpin, training for the 2015 London Marathon, showed her intent by running above expectations to finish in 32 minutes 49 seconds (net 29.49), more than a minute ahead of second-placed Declan Cullen (33.50; net 27.20).

Neil Crisp was third in 34.02, for a net time of 23.02.

The fastest actual time of the day was set by rising young star Ahmed Abdulle, who completed the very muddy 3.3-mile course in 20.42 to beat mentor Tom Gardner (20.48) as they finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

Ilford members competed in their annual Boxing Day cross-country handicap raceIlford members competed in their annual Boxing Day cross-country handicap race

A total of 14 hardy members took part and entered into the festive spirit, with many running in Santa hats or reindeer antlers.

They included Billy Green (34.33), Doris Gaga (34.58), Julia Galea (35.01), Jenni Sheehan (35.05), Kevin Newell (35.09), Paul Emery (36.15), Di Crisp (36.15), Peter Spelman (40.15) and Pam Jones (40.57).

Mel Jones, Natalie Crisp and Rob Sargent also ran as guides for those unsure of the route.


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