Ilford AC Walking Section  

Jul 292013

OVER 4 DECADES ON – THE MEDALS KEEP COMING Ilford AC Life member BOB DOBSON, lived up to his status as an evergreen 50 Kilometres expert on a hot Saturday in Coventry when clinching a hard earned National bronze medal in the ultra-distance event. Former European and Commonwealth Games representative Dobson’s 1st National medal was a gold one in the same Championship event at East Ewell in 1970 – and 43 years later he’s still being called onto the presentation podium. The distance, 31 miles and 121 yards, to those unfamiliar with metric measurements is the longest athletics event in the Olympics – being 5 miles further than a marathon. It’s a killer event at the best of times, but …Read More

  Ilford AC Walking Section – Press Report 28/07/2013  

Jul 282013

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN GO OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN A trio of Ilford AC walkers, FRANCISCO REIS, STEVE UTTLEY and PETE RYAN were the pick of the Club’s contingent at Allianz Park on a blisteringly hot Saturday as they occupied 3 of the top 5 positions in a London Inter-Club Challenge 5,000 metres walk. The race started at 12 noon, and despite large stands each side of the track which encircles Saracens rugby union pitch, there was no shade to be had anywhere. From the “off” a 3-strong group formed the van with Hillingdon AC’s Polish representative walker Fabian Deuter in the van closely tracked by Ilford’s Francisco Reis and Bexley-based teenage prospect LUC LEGON.Midway through the 3rd lap …Read More

  Ilford AC Walking Section – Press Report 23/07/2013  

Jul 232013

Ilford Retain National Team Title For a 3rd Consecutive Season Ilford retained their National 10 Kilometres walk team title, for a 3rd consecutive season, at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit on Saturday 10 July. The scorching temperatures of recent weeks were relieved slightly by a light breeze and a short overcast period, but temperatures were still uncomfortably high as the field set off on the first of five 2kms shuttle laps, designed to avoid the hillier parts of the circuit. Francisco Reis, Ilford’s Portuguese and UK International set off with the leading bunch and established himself in 4th place early on, a position he held until the finish in a time of 50 minutes 51 seconds. Steve Uttley. after a period away …Read More

  SCVAC Match 4 – Monday 8th July 2013  

Jul 222013

The Ilford Vets Track and Field team travelled to Hemel Hempstead for the fourth and final leg of the season on Monday 8 July. The evening started with the 2000m walk where Dave Ainsworth competed in the A string finishing fourth in 14.16.5. Francisco Reis competing in the 50 plus category dominated the event finishing first overall in 9.19.7. In the 800m Malcolm Muir had to work hard down the final straight to win the A string in 2.12.9. Kevin Newell covered the B string finishing third in 2.29.1. Rob Sargent put in a fine performance to home third in the 50 plus age group in 3.05.4. Malcolm and Kevin ran the 200m in 28.4 and 33.8 to finish sixth …Read More

  Ilford AC Press Report Week Ending Sunday 14th July 2013  

Jul 172013
Ilford AC Press Report Week Ending Sunday 14th July 2013

Felsted 10km The summer of success continued for Ilford AC on a hot sunny Sunday morning in the Essex 10km road Championship which was held on a rolling rural course around the Essex village of Felsted. The 11am start time did not help the field of over 400, which include 16 runners from Ilford AC, as they set off on the 6 1/4 mile event. First home for the club was Malcolm Muir, whose good form continued, in 4th place overall in 33 mins 48 secs. Spencer Hempsted also put in a good performance for 8th, winning the V40 age category, in 34m 32s. Steve Philcox was next home for the club in 20th with 36m 35s and Sam Rahman …Read More