English National Cross-country Championship Parliament Hill Hampstead Saturday 21 February The English National Cross-country Championships returned to Parliament Hill, Hampstead last weekend after a gap of 3 years. This course is considered to be the toughest in the country and was harder than usual this year due too heavy rain during the preceding week turning much of the course into a quagmire . First up were the junior races where two ever present u/17 Ilford athletes,Ahmed Abdulle and Usamah Patel took on the mud and the hills. Both lads found the going tough with Ahmed coming home with a creditable 37th place and Usamah in 231st . Tom Gardner headed the challenge in the senior mens’ 12km race with a …Read More
Bramley 20 miles Sunday 15th February 2015 Further afield 2 of Ilford’s top endurance athletes competed in the Bramley 20 mile event which was hosted by Reading Roadrunners with an acompanying 10mile race on Sunday. Malcolm Muir finished 9th overall and 2nd vet 40 over a 2 lap course finishing in a time of 1.55.00 . After running the 1st half in a steady 58.50 he then raced the 2nd half in 56.10 for a significant negative split. Ben Jones came 85th in 2.14.32 which was more than impressive as he has not been able to do any long distance training for the race . Ilford AC now look forward to holding their club Championships over a classic 3 lap …Read More
Chingford League 8km Road Race Victoria Park Hackney Saturday 14 February 2015 The last round of this winter’s Chingford League was held last Saturday on a fast flat course in East London’s famous Victoria Park on what was otherwise a quiet weekend for Essex and East London Road Running. The 8km race was held over 2 laps and Ilford AC fielded three ‘guest’ competitors in the large field of 252. Leading the way for the club was Kieran McKenna in 108th spot with 31m 08secs, while Rob Sargent recorded 38m 23s in 210th. The fast improving Doris Gaga was again in fine form crossing the line 232nd with 41m 53s.
Lee Valley Indoors Centre Essex and Eastern Counties combined champs 8th – 9th February 2014 Ilford AC’s small team of middle distance athletes excelled at these champs. Krystle Bologun got the squad off to a good start in the 800 metres setting a fast pace from the start coming home 1st in 2-22, a Pb for indoors & both titles. Next was Jack Maher who has been out of form lately but not to day with 150m in the 800 to go he made his move to come home 1st in 2-01 for a Pb indoors & both titles. Reining champion Usamah Patel faced his training partner Ahmed Abdulle in the 1500m,. The pace was fast from the start with …Read More
Essex Cross Country League AbbeyFields Colchester Saturday 31 January The final round of this winter was held over a grassland course at Abbey Field in Colchester on a cold afternoon last Saturday. First up were the junior races where the ever present U/13 boys Bradley Deacon and Manraj Gill completed their 1st season at X country. They both put in solid runs with Manraj in 27th place in 10-32 and Bradley in 33rd place in 10-53.The overall points position was that Manraj finished in 21st place and Bradley in 24th place. The Senior Ladies race was held over 5km and Ilford were lead home by two athletes producing their best league runs to date; Krystle Balogun finished 7th in 22m …Read More