Eton Manor Athletics Club win third consecutive Physical Shield Road Relay

First published in Sport

Eton Manor Athletics Club took victory at the Physical Shield Road Relay in Loughton for the third successive year.

The men’s side comfortably came out on top with a time of 38.07 over the four-leg race. Ilford Warriors of Time took second (40.08) and Victoria Park Harriers were third (40.15).

Manor’s Tomas Stasionis clocked the fastest individual leg (8.51) followed by Victoria Park’s Tom Heslop running in both the A and B team legs.

Victoria Park comfortably won the women’s title (44.27), with Eton Manor in second (47.03) and Ilford Lady Warriors (49.23) rounding off the top three.

The Physical Shield is the only piece of silverware the men’s team collected this season and they hope a strengthened squad will bring more success in the road running season.

Meanwhile, it was a busy Easter weekend for East London Runners and the highlight was Mohammed Aklaqul-Ambea’s second place finish at the Run Richmond Park 5km.

Aklaqul-Ambea crossed the line in a course personal best of 19.41 to seal a second-place finish at the event.

The club had two competitors in action at the Easter 10k at Regents Park and both returned with personal bests.

Mark Wyatt stopped the clock in 38.30, enough for 11th place, while Ninette Fernandes came home in 129th with a personal best of 51.57.

The reliable Thomas Grimes took in the Eamon Moloney 10k in Ennis, Clare, and he was fourth in a time of 34.11.

On Saturday, Dan Spinks tackled the Highbury Fields 5k and was 20th in 22.16, while Fernandes was 29th at the Hackey Marshes 5k with a time of 25.27.

Mark Wyatt claimed a course personal best of 18.44 at the Valentine Park 5k, while Manjit Singh (22.48) and David Wyatt (25.28) finished inside the top 35 places.

At the Walthamstow 5k, Richard Guest clocked 21.45 for fourth, while Phoebe Bowman was the first woman home and tenth overall in 24.10.

Sarah Burns was in action at the Barnstaple 5k and returned with a time of 23.53 and a 31st-place finish.

There was the usual strong turnout by the club at the Wanstead Flats 5k and James Wilson was the first Runner home in a time of 19.05. It was enough to seal second place.

Gavin Stebbing (20.00) was sixth, while Derek Wright (20.58) was eighth. Regis Martin (21.10) was one place behind in ninth and Peter Hatley (21.30) clinched 12th.

Jonathan Shaw was 15th with a course personal best of 21.55, while Celia Payaneeandee also set a personal best of 22.07 for 18th.

Roger Stubbs (24.59), Fiona Day (25.55), Don Bennett (29.04) and Harsh Pershad (30.14) also completed the course.

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