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Harold Wood Running Club’s maiden organised race hailed as a ‘phenomenal success’

PUBLISHED: 11:49 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 17 October 2016

187 runners took part in the five-mile run. Picture: Vickie Flores.

187 runners took part in the five-mile run. Picture: Vickie Flores.

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Runners of all ages laced up their trainers and got to grips with a club’s first ever official race.

Mark Eost from Harold Wood running club starts the Harold Wood Park run. Picture: Vickie Flores. Mark Eost from Harold Wood running club starts the Harold Wood Park run. Picture: Vickie Flores.

A total of 187 people took part in Harold Wood Running Club’s inaugural five-mile run around Harold Wood Park yesterday morning.

It’s the first time anyone has prepared a race in Harold Wood, with organisers hoping the event will become an established race on the running calendar after a great response.

Race director Barry Wiseman said: “As a new enthusiastic club, Harold Wood Running Club has been training in Harold Wood Park for the past two years.

“It is a beautiful place to run and includes some challenging hills along with the lovely scenery and bird life.

Runners taking part in Harold Wood Park run. Picture: Vickie Flores. Runners taking part in Harold Wood Park run. Picture: Vickie Flores.

“It was an obvious venue for a rather special race to be held.”

After a wet, dreary start to Sunday, runners ended up being able to enjoy a sunny autumnal day.

The five-mile run was a measured event in accordance with the official British athletics organisation Run Britain.

Carl Partis was the first male finisher with a time of 29 minutes and 33 seconds, while Morgan Campbell was the quickest female with a time of 34 minutes and 41 seconds.

Havering’s deputy mayor Linda Van den Hende was on hand to present race winners with their £50 gift card prizes at the finish line.

Mr Wiseman has hailed the day as a “phenomenal success” and has also thanked sponsors and supporters for their generosity which ensured substantial donations to local charities Joni’s Army and Add Up.

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