Club and Open 10 miles xc Championships
Ilford AC 10 mile Cross Country – (Race for Kev)
Tuesday 27th December 2016
Ilford AC enjoyed a wonderful turnout when hosting their winter showcase 10 mile cross country event on a cold crisp Christmas bank holiday Tuesday morning. Near on 150 runners were also treated to some beautiful bright sunshine which was probably better appreciated by volunteers and spectators as it did little to thaw the frosted tracks and rutted mud that characterised most of the 3.3 mile course which the runners had to negotiate 3 times.
Nevertheless conditions were ideal for fast times with the leading 3 runners all cracking the magical 1 hour barrier, unusual for this normally extremely challenging course.The stage was therefore set for Woodford Green’s John Powell to power away from the start pursued by Ilford’s Malcolm Muir and Fairland Valley’s Grant Ramsay, a frequent visitor to this event. Apart from the gaps slightly lengthening somewhat there was little change to report over the 3 laps with Powell coming home unchallenged in an impressive time of 57.45 over a minute clear of Muir in 58.48 who in turn enjoyed a similar advantage over Ramsay who finished in 59.56. Ilford’s Steve Philcox took the male 50 prize with a performance of 64.50 which earned him 9th place overall.
In the ladies race Taryne McPherson of Eton Manor posted the fastest time of the day clocking 75.41. She was chased home by 2 excellent veteran 45 runners, Dagenham’s Caroline Tuck who finished with 76.59 and Victoria Park’s Naomi Bourne in 78.15.
The event also doubled as the Ilford AC 10 mile cross country club championships and with many potential participants on volunteer duty there was ample opportunity to pick up medals.In the Men’s section Malcolm Muir’s effort easily won him the club gold with Steve Philcox taking the silver. The bronze went to Neil Crisp , 68.49 and 15th place, who also provided a wonderful family of volunteers. Club captain Billy Green closed the Ilford mens squad to 3rd place in the team competition recording 91.09 for 88th place. Somewhat disappointingly only 2 Ilford ladies ran in the championships with Nicola Hopkinson taking gold clocking 85.54 and Julia Galea the silver with 97.23.
The race is now held annually to commemorate Ilford AC stalwart Kevin Newell who unfortunately suffered a serious brain injury two years ago and now requires full-time care . A donation will be made from the race proceeds to a suitable charity. It is not only supported and promoted by his comrades at Ilford Athletic Club but many of his friends that he has made from the local running community and throughout the county also turn up to either run, volunteer, or just cheer on the runners in tribute to Kevin.
Ilford AC 10 MIles Cross Country “Race for Kev”
Monday 28th December
Over 150 runners from all over the county mixed with runners from local clubs to pay tribute to Ilford athlete Kevin Newell as Ilford AC successfully hosted their 10 miles cross country event (“Race for Kev”) over a very muddy traditional 3 lap course at Chigwell Row on Bank Holiday Monday. Kevin sustained a serious brain injury when falling from a ladder last January and now requires full time care. Competitors responded in typical fashion to the call with the tribute event raising a substantial donation to Kevin’s charity.
With the unseasonal weather continuing the beautiful sunny day that greeted the runners did little to disguise the seriously challenging nature of a boggy and well “churned up” course,it also having been used on Boxing Day.
With the race also doubling as the Club’s own 10 mile Club Championships Ilford runners featured highly with Tom Gardner once again demonstrating his current fine form cruising through the mud to win in 61.44. He was chased hard for the first 2 laps by veteran Malcolm Muir who finally had to settle for 2nd in 63.25. Supervet Stephen Philcox was 3rd home for the club in 7th place overall and 66.36. A good run by Paul Holloway brought him 9th place in 67.15 and following him home were Sam Rahman, 13th in 69.07, Kevin Wotton,16th in 72.23, and Neil Crisp, 17th in 72.24.
In the ladies race 2 unattached runners led from the start, Gemma Hockett and Faye Beechener, with Ilford’s experienced over 55 Bree Nordin tracking them closely. By the 2nd lap Hockett had pulled clear but Nordin had superbly eased herself into 2nd, a position she consolidated at the end to record 83.10. Next home for Ilford were Jenni Sheehan and Mel Jones who had run in tandem for the whole of the race and shared identical times of 90.23 at the end.
Other Ilford runners with times and overall positions were Bradley Brown 40th 82.09, Terry Knightley 43rd 83.05, Stephen Parker 66th 88.50, Declan Cullen 69th 89.02, Rachel Halpin 93rd 100.31, Billy Green 94th 100.31, Baldev Singh 111th 109.21, Doris Gaga 125th 124.47,
Race Organiser Martin Clarke was extremely pleased with the success of the event together with the numbers of runners and supporters and was also delighted to accept a cheque for £500 at the presentation afterwards raised separately by Ilford’s friends at East London Runners. With the total funds raised likely to be well in excess of £1000 it is now planned to hold the event annually over the Christmas holiday period.
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