Search

Record number of runners complete epic Spitfire Scramble challenge in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 10:11 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 20 July 2017

Runners took part in the annual Spitfire Scramble challenge. Picture: Danny Coyle/Spitfire Scramble

Runners took part in the annual Spitfire Scramble challenge. Picture: Danny Coyle/Spitfire Scramble

Danny Coyle/Spitfire Scramble

Members of an athletics club who ran for 24 hours were rewarded for their heroic efforts by winning the top title.

Runners took part in the annual Spitfire Scramble challenge. Picture: Danny Coyle/Spitfire Scramble Runners took part in the annual Spitfire Scramble challenge. Picture: Danny Coyle/Spitfire Scramble

On Saturday, July 15, hundreds of solo runners took part in the annual Spitfire Scramble which took place at Hornchurch Country Park and fields near Ingrebourne Hill.

More than 700 competitors took part in the epic challenge.

Race director Danny Coyle said: “The runners were incredible this year and the effort they put in was phenomenal to see.

“The support for this event from local clubs and runners is immense, and we are now starting to see teams from further afield also enter.”

The event puts endurance, speed, teamwork and torch batteries to the test in what is described as a unique race.

In total around 100km is covered with each lap consisting of 5.9 miles.

Soloists, or pairs or “squadrons” must have one runner on the course at all times. They must complete a full circuit before handing over to a team mate.

Spinning instructor Paul Smailes took part to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower.

He has so far raised £1,250.

“The race went great,” he said.

“I got to 100k in about 17 and a half-hours and had time to spare.”

According to Danny, Havering Athletics claimed the men’s team of eight crown with a total of 36 laps in just over 24 hours.

Havering Joggers runners Ron Dobie and Denis Mole took first place in the pairs category with 18 laps.

Erika Nagy won the women’s solo category by completing 17 laps in nearly 24 hours and Nate Filer won the men’s solo title with 19 laps in just over 22 hours.

This year the event relocated from its original field near the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre to the larger fields near Ingrebourne Hill, which Coyle says was a big success.

Danny thanked park ranger Mick Greenslade and parks manager Richard Cottam and an army of volunteers for their help with the race.

The 2018 Spitfire Scramble will take place on July 14-15 in Hornchurch Country Park.

Visit spitfirescramble.co.uk for more information.

Latest Romford News Stories

Shockwaves have been sent across Collier Row today as residents try to come to terms with the ‘disgusting’ murder of a 15-year-old boy after a birthday party.


15:00

Neighbours in Harwood Avenue have decided to take part in the capital wide competition for the first time.

Now that Brexit is finally getting under way, the Conservative government is keeping its promise to the British people by investing in our NHS.

Yesterday, 14:32

A man who followed a Rainham OAP driver and stole her car and threatened a mum at knifepoint while she was dropping off her children at school in Seven Kings has been handed six years in prison.

Yesterday, 12:00

A man has fractured both his ankles after a 70-year-old mobility scooter driver collided with him in Harold Wood.

Yesterday, 12:00

I saw huge moth and presumed I’d shrunk

PROMOTED CONTENT

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now