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Athletics: Havering take Spitfire Scramble relay honours

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 July 2018

Havering members at the Spitfire Scramble (pic Ian Anthony)

Havering members at the Spitfire Scramble (pic Ian Anthony)

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Havering AC retained their title at the annual 24-hour Spitfire Scramble at Hornchurch Country Park at the weekend.

In a week when the RAF celebrated its 100th anniversary, athletes battled sweltering conditions at the former Hornchurch Airfield renowned for hosting famous Spitfire squadrons in the second World War.

Teams of runners each completed 5.9 multi-terrain laps over 24 hours and Havering’s eight-strong team completed a record 37 laps at an average of 39 minutes eight seconds per leg – over a minute per lap faster than last year.

Gavin Maley, Barry Smith, Graham Hogan, Jamie Buckley-Stanton, Trevor Keys and Jason Crispin each completed five laps (29.5 miles) while Jason Lendon notched up four laps (23.6 miles) and oldest team member Paul Berrett, completed three.

Buckley-Stanton’s best lap of 34.22 was fastest of all taking part as Havering finished first of nearly 80 teams and also took the Male 6-8 team prize.

*Havering’s under-13 girls and boys and under-15 girls will compete in the Club Connect Relays ahead of the Diamond League Anniversary Games at the London Stadium on Sunday.

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