Cookham's runners clock impressive times in post-lockdown events

Denise Toner.


Cookham Running Club’s athletes have launched themselves back into post-lockdown racing with some impressive performances.

On Saturday (May 8), 42-year-old Denise Toner, coached by Paddy McGrath of the Cookham club, competed in an invitational Elite Women’s 5000m at Mary Peters’ Track in Belfast where she placed third in 16mins 45 seconds.

It is a time that puts Denise at the top of the UK 5000m rankings for FV45 Women and 22nd in the overall UK women’s rankings.

Not to be outdone, Cookham’s juniors put in some strong performances at the Bracknell Open Meeting last weekend. There were wins for Lola Sherwin in the Under 13s Girls 1200m and William Hapgood in the Under 13s boys 600m. In the very windy conditions, Jemima Ridley, aged 15, powered to a new personal best of 4mins 44 sec in the 1500m race, a time that propelled the Sir William Borlases’ pupil to 13th in the UK U17 Womens’ rankings with Jacqueline Heller, age 14, finishing third in the same race in a new PB of 4mins 54secs, ranking her 15th in the UK under 15 age group.

In the Harrow AC Open meeting on April 29 Jacqueline ran 10mins 48 secs and Asmi Saha ran 11 mins 0 secs in the Under 15 women’s 300m which places them 10th and 17th respectively in the UK rankings for the distance.

Cookham’s juniors head to TVAC in Eton for an invitational meeting being organised by WSEH AC this weekend.

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