Samuel leads Ilford charge at South of England event with stunning 1500m gold

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 August 2018

Ilford's Aaron Samuel stands atop the podium after winning the 1500m at the South of England Championships (pic: Ilford AC)

Ilford's Aaron Samuel stands atop the podium after winning the 1500m at the South of England Championships (pic: Ilford AC)


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Aaron Samuel led the charge for Ilford AC at the South of England Championships with victory in the 1500m.

Samuel was in action on both days over the weekend, qualifying from his heat on Saturday in second place.

In the final, Samuel and Norwich rival Will Mahoney well were matched for much of the race.

However, with 250m remaining, the Ilford man began to pull away and reached the line first in a time of four minutes and four seconds.

Also in action at the event was Anthony George, who was out to defend his triple jump title.

Though George was able to manage a strong effort 12.88m, it proved to be only enough for fifth place.

Farris Patel, meanwhile, ran in the 800m on the first day of competition, but his time of 2.01 was not fast enough to progress.

Elsewhere, a strong Ilford contingent was in action at the Orion Forest Five, the latest race in this year’s ELVIS competition.

Ilford were led by Gary Coombes, who was first in the M40 category and finished sixth overall in a time of 29.24.

Steve Philcox (31.06), John Crawley (32.03), Terry Knightley (33.56), Alan Pearl (36.57) and Eain Beag (37.47) were also part of the scoring squad as Ilford finished third in the men’s team standings.

Bree Nordin (37.35), Carlie Qirem (37.47), Nicola Hopkinson (39.41) and Jenni Sheehan (40.28) made up the women’s scoring team that won the match.

Bradley Brown (37.56), Tony Young (38.04), Declan Cullen (38.50), Steve Parker (38.58), Adnan Karim (39.11), Billy Green (40.29), Natalie Crisp (43.56), Alison Sale (45.28), Rachel Halpin (46.04), Julia Galea (47.22), Frieda Keane (48.21) and James Huddart (56.34) were also in action.

Ilford’s Doris Gaga, meanwhile, took in the annual Pride Run 10k, an event that takes place within Victoria Park.

Gaga completed the fast three-lap course in a time of 57.44, and afterwards enjoyed a BBQ along with fellow entrants.

Carol Muir was in action at the August Chase the Sun event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic, the latest running of the monthly event.

Muir clocked one hour, two minutes and 44 seconds.

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