ESSEX 20 Langham Sunday 6 March This year’s Essex 20 mile road championship was held on the usual three lap course around the village of Langham near Colchester. The event this year also incorporated an inter counties match between Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Kent and Bedfordshire and Ilford ACs Blair McWhirter was picked to represent the county in their four man team winning his first Essex county vest. A chilly, breezy Sunday morning greeted the field of almost 400 runners who produced some good results. Leading the way for Ilford was Blair McWhirter, slightly down on his normal pace but still finished an impressive 7th in 1hr 53m 35s, which placed him 5th in the Essex championship. Malcolm Muir put in …Read More
Roding Valley Half Marathon Woodford Sunday 28 February The Roding Valley half marathon took place on a chilly, breezy Sunday morning on a challenging course from the Ashton Playing Fields around Woodford but the runners from Ilford AC rose to the event and posted times close to their best for the distance. Leading the way with an excellent run was Steve Philcox who placed 6th overall in a field of 571 finishers in a time of 1hr 21mins 07 secs, which won him the M50 age category prize. Kevin Wotton came home 44th in 1h 28m 05s with Declan Cullen recording 1h 42m 28s for 176th with Steve Parker the next over the line 11 seconds later, In position 234 …Read More
Hampton Court Half Marathon London Thames Ditton Sunday 21st February Ilford AC’s Paul Holloway continued his warm up for the Barcelona Marathon next month with another impressive performance last Sunday. The ever improving Ilford runner clocked 1.20.30 which was just shy of his PB and placed him 21st in a large field of 1500 runners. Midweek Indoor Middle Distance Open Meeting Lee Valley Wednesday 15th February At the recent open meeting at the Lee Valley Athletic Centre two Ilford AC runners took to the indoor track. First up in heat 4 was Blair McWhirter, in his first ever indoor race. Blair took control at the first bend and the pushed on to win the race in 4m 21.98s. Sam Rahman …Read More
In the awards : Ilford’s Dave Ainsworth won an individual silver medal in the Essex County Athletic Association’s Indoor Championships at Lee Valley Arena on Saturday afternoon when clocking 12 minutes and 3 seconds for the 1 Mile Walk. Going into the penultimate lap, Ainsworth had more-or-less settled for trying to secure a bronze medal, as the competitor ahead, Southend’s John Brock, seemed to have enough in hand to withstand any attack. That was until he was disqualified, so enabling the Ilford man to be promoted a place without actually doing much! It marks a considerable span of success at County level, as Ainsworth’s first Essex individual medal came way back in 1975 when finishing 3rd in the Essex 50 …Read More
Deal Half Marathon – 14th Feb Elsewhere Ilford AC’s Paul Holloway continued his build up to the Barcelona Marathon with a fine run in the Deal half marathon last Sunday. Paul tackled the notorious hills surrounding the Kent coastal town to record an excellent time of 1.22.50 for this challenging course which was good enough to place him 9th overall.