DOUBLE SATURDAY SUCCESS FOR SEB Ilford’s Seb Parris had a busy Saturday as he came 2nd in the morning Valentine Park parkrun. Not one to rest on his laurels, he travelled to Lee Valley Indoor Arena to line up in the Essex County 1 Mile Championship, where he comfortably landed a gold medal in only his 2nd appearance on an indoor banked track. His 9 minutes 26 seconds was well ahead of defending champion Keith Palmer (Southend), winner in both 2015 & 16. Ilford AC gained 2-of-3 individual medals on offer as stalwart Dave Ainsworth claimed the bronze medal in 12.12, making it a remarkbale time span – as his first Essex individual medal was in the 1975 County 50 …Read More
Young Athletes A small number of Ilford AC young athletes competed in some high quality races in the last week doing the Club proud with their performances In the year 7 Essex Schools X country Championships, 253 athletes competed. Matthew Hick, representing his school, as opposed to the borough, went off with the leaders from the start. Matthew continued to battle during the race and was outsprinted by 2 athletes at the end , but came a very promising 6th. As a result of this performance Matthew has been picked to represent Essex in the intercounties in March. Subsequently Matthew’s team won the team event and he won his first ever Essex medal. In the Havering Mini Marathon trials, Matthew …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
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