East End Road Runners bidding to be Kings of the Road

East End Road Runners in Barking Park.

East End Road Runners in Barking Park. - Credit: Archant

Newham runners turned out in force on a warm bank holiday Monday, as they continued their bid to be crowned kings of east London.

East End Road Runners sent 23 amateur runners to fly the flag for Newham in the penultimate race of the East London Five Interclub Series (ELVIS).

The team set a good pace over a flat 5k course at Barking Park.

The annual tournament sees runners from eight clubs meet seven times throughout the summer, running a mixture of five mile and 5k races.

The Road Runners, who train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Newham Leisure Centre, are the borough’s only representatives in the ELVIS tournament.


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Bobby Seagull, 29, of Lathom Road, East Ham set a personal best as he led the team home in an impressive 19mins 01sec.

He said: “It was a fast, flat course, but with the sun out, it was a tough end to the race. I’m proud of my time and the rest of the club team, who put in a great effort.”

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The final ELVIS run of the year, a 5k run through Valentines Park, Ilford, will be on September 29.

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