Ilford 5 Miles, Redbridge Cycle Track 17th Dec 11
Ilford AC's Xmas event over 5 miles enjoyed weak winter sunshine, third time lucky for Ilford AC as the previous two years' events had been canceled due to heavy snow.The race was won by recent Commonwealth Games athlete Dom King from Colchester AC who will be among the contenders to take part in London 2012, in an excellent time of 36:18, just outside seven minute mile pace. After a gap of nearly four minutes ex Portuguese international Franscisco Reis from the host club who has had plenty of outright wins in 2011 came in second place, and after another similar gap. Steve Uttley also from the host club completed the top three. Surrey Walking Club on this occasion was represented by Mick Harran and David Hoben. Mick Harran, who has had a very successful 2011 over all distances, had to work hard to be in the top half of the table just in front of leading lady and long distance activist Cath Duhig from Ryston Runners, there were other former internationals among the finishers in addition.
It was felt that the new course, although lacking the hills of the traditional pre-Xmas 10k, being on a traffic free circuit and a perfect tarmac surface, was the one more likely to secure the future of this event although unfortunately the necessity of avoiding the traffic has meant removing it from public view

1. Dom King (Col H) 36 min 18 sec; 2. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 40 min 17 sec; 3. S.Uttley (Ilf M50) 43 min 23 sec; 9. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 50 min 50 sec; 14. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 56 min 47 sec.

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