Rampant Romero battles the cold to take third place at Roding Valley half-marathon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 March 2018

East London Runners team at Roding Valley half marathon with their trophy

East London Runners team at Roding Valley half marathon with their trophy


East London Runners were celebrating this week after a trophy-winning display at the Roding Valley half-marathon.

Freezing conditions greeted athletes, but it did not seem to effect the ELR contingent, especially Antonio Martin Romero who clocked 1:17.12 to finish in a superb third place.

He was backed up by Joseph Browne in 26th after he came home in 1:26.53.

Chris Green and Nathaniel Dye were 42nd and 43rd and for Dye it was a personal best.

“It was seven and a half minutes off my half-marathon PB and somehow this included my third best 5k, and 3rd best 10k to boot,” he said. “A massive shout out to coach Grant Conway. Training has an effect – who knew?!”

Emily Clarke led the ELR women as she finished second overall and first in the 17-39 age group with a PB of 1:33.43, while Dan Gritton was 60th and Ellie Wilkinson 63rd.

Also inside the top 100 on the day were Ashley Faria in 71st with a best of 1:37.00, Declan McDonagh in 72nd and Caoline Frith in 84th and sixth woman.

Craig Livermore completed the top 100 by finishing 95th.

For Faria it was quite an experience and she said: “Had a stitch for 10 of these miles. A big thank you to Declan for getting me to the end with the muscle cramp I had in the last mile. A PB in my final half marathon!”

East London had a big entry for the event, including James Creed (103rd), Peter Hatley (123rd), Roger Stubbs (129th), Jakub Czecsotka (142nd) and Jimmy Dale in 149th.

Of the rest, there were PBs for Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera (2:04.53), Hayley Collins (2:09.32), Rosie Shrimpin (2:13.31) and Sandra Hiller (2:23.56).

Further afield, Roisin Archer was at the Tokyo Marathon where she clocked 3:53.50, while at the Malta Marathon, Simon Thomas was an excellent 131st in 3:22.08.

East London sent a team to the tough National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields on a hilly course.

Ellie Wilkinson led the way as she finished in 39.54 to be 453rd, while Chloe Millan settled for 763rd in 44.52 and Diana Rexhepaj clocked 53.50 for 1,033rd.

For the men, Thomas Grimes was 677th, Billy Rayner 794th, Mark Moir 1,492nd, Paul Marshall 1,934th and Stuart Norris 2,166th.

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