South of England Cross-Country Championship Parliament Hill Fields Saturday 28 January 2017 The South of England Championships was held at Parliament Hill last Saturday. The course which can sometimes resemble a swamp was a little drier than usual this year which led to some very close fast racing. Star performer on a course on which he does not excel was Ahmed Abdulle competing in the Men’s Under 20 race run over 5 miles. The traditional start involves a cavalry charge up a steep 400m hill and Ahmed was in contention from the off. After the initial stampede he was nicely positioned in 10th place. The second half of the race turned into a procession for Aldershot, who filled the first …Read More
South of England Cross-Country Championship Parliament Hill Fields Saturday 28 January 2017 The Senior Men’s race was contested over the usual 15km course which is one of the toughest in the country. Ilford AC entered 4 men and were led home by the ever reliable Malcolm Muir who put is usual 100% effort to finish 136th in a field of over 1000 runners from all over the South of England in a time of 53 mins 49 secs. Paul Holloway battled away to record 61 mins 17 secs for 390th with Neil Crisp 518th in 64 mins exactly. Seb Parris was running at the venue for the first time came home 539th with 64 mins 28 secs. 100 up for …Read More
Aaron & Ahmed storm to victory Ilford AC only had a small representation of athletes at the Essex Schools X Country Champs in Colchester on Saturday but still came away winning 2 of the 6 County individual titles available. First up on Saturday,on a very cold day ,was the Junior Boys race. The Club had 2 athletes in this age group and had high hopes of success before the start of the race. Aaron Samuel ,who has gradually improved during the X Country season took the lead from the very star and immediately raced into a 20 metre lead. He maintained his momentum as he continued to pull away from the field. Coming to the final part of the race …Read More
TREADING THE BOARDS Ilford’s new race walking find, Seb Parris, had his first indoor walk on Sunday at Lee Valley Arena when contesting the London Indoor Games over 3,000 metres. In high class company. and with the track’s notorious banked corners, Parris opted for a cautious approach on what was his indoor walking debut. He produced a sound consistent display of racing to finish 9th in 18 minutes and 52 seconds. His next indoor race is the Essex County Indoor Championship at the same venue on Saturday February 4th.
Essex Cross Country League Braintree 14/01/2017 Ilford Young Athletes had some encouraging runs at the fourth Essex League held at Braintree on Saturday. The snow from Thursday had but gone, but the freezing conditions meant that parts of the course were still frozen and slippery underfoot. First up was Matthew Hick in the Under 13 race. After a slow start Matthew began to move up through the field and on the twisty part of the course he was flying along. The final part of the course involved a switchback followed by a steep uphill section and long downhill run into the finish.After negotiating the switch back, Matthew flew up the hill and was still taking people as he came into …Read More