Fun and games in the hot sun as Garden City Runners hold successful Welwyn 10K

PUBLISHED: 14:52 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 25 June 2018

Runners pose at the start of the 2018 Welwyn 10K with YOPA, the year of physical activity's mascot.

Runners pose at the start of the 2018 Welwyn 10K with YOPA, the year of physical activity's mascot.

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Blazing sunshine and a carnival atmosphere was the backdrop to another successful running of the Welwyn 10K.

Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.

And the event, now in its fifth year and an intrinsic part of the Welwyn Festival, attracted more than 500 runners to the start at Singlers Marsh.

It is the flagship event for the Garden City Runners Athletics Club and race director Craig Stephenson was quick to thank the many volunteers.

Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.

He said: “That was quite a day, I can only say a huge thanks to all of the committee and those who volunteered.

“This year we will again make a significant contribution to the festival charities.”

Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.

There was a big showing from running clubs across Hertfordshire with the first from GCR across the line being James Dunmore, who clocked 39 minutes 54 seconds in finishing 20th.

Also breaking the 50 minute barrier were Justin Hill, Neil Brittain, Richard Robinson, Chris Loveys, Andrew Tomlinson, Mark Edwards and Neil Matthews.

Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.Runners at the 2018 Welwyn 10K.

The first female GCR to finish was Kay Metcalfe in 51:22, good enough to place her first in the FV55 age group.

Two new GCR members, Bob Saville and Matt Hunt, finished in 50:20 and 56:54 respectively.

Garden City Runners' Nick Genever at the famous Horseshoe Falls, the halfway point of the Niagara Ultra.Garden City Runners' Nick Genever at the famous Horseshoe Falls, the halfway point of the Niagara Ultra.

The Scott’s Midweek Road Race League continues to build tension after last week’s race in WGC, organised by Herts Phoenix.

After three races the cumulative position couldn’t be closer, with GCR running neck and neck with Royston Runners for pole position.

Neil Hume took second in the men’s race while Martha Hall won the women’s event as Garden City Runners turned out in force, something that club captain Sean Bowen wants to see again for the next round.

He said: “While GCR Women and both our Vets teams are safe at the top of their respective tables, it’s the overall cumulative table which is the exciting one.

“While our promotion to Division One is all but guaranteed, we want to be champions, so ideally we need the same result at Harlow.

“I urge club runners to try and get there by whatever means necessary.”

GCR’s world traveller, Nick Genever, ran the Niagara Ultra 50K from Niagara-on-the Lake to Niagara Falls and back again.

And despite a five-minute rest to take photos at the famous Horseshoe Falls he still finished an incredible ninth out of 143 finishers in a time of 4:19:40.

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