Garden City Runners show charitable side – but still find time for running!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 February 2018

Garden City Runners present a cheque to Pancreatic Cancer UK. Picture: CHARLOTTE JONES

Garden City Runners present a cheque to Pancreatic Cancer UK. Picture: CHARLOTTE JONES

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Garden City Runners proved there is more to them than just running as they showed off their charitable and social side.

A rather benign scene disguised the harshness of the South Devon leg of the EnduranceLife Coastal Trail Series faced by Garden City Runner Nick Genever.A rather benign scene disguised the harshness of the South Devon leg of the EnduranceLife Coastal Trail Series faced by Garden City Runner Nick Genever.

Following the unfortunate forced cancellation of GCRs’ Festive 5 race participants were given the option of a refund or to donate their entry fee to Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of GCR member Trace Allen.

And as a result of the runners’ generosity the club were proud to hand over a cheque to the charity for £1,900, a significant contribution to the ongoing fight against this disease.

Also to come is the club’s social gala and awards evening which will take place at the Fairway Tavern on March 9.

However, they still had plenty of time this week to lace up the trainers and hit the roads and trails.

A squad of 13 club members took on the hilly Watford Half Marathon in Cassiobury, where the reports were of a lot of steep ups and a few long downs and Tom Wackett was the first GCR home in one hour 25 minutes 23 seconds, while Rebecca Barden was the first lady from the club to finish in 1:44:45.

Jean Cole completed the course in a personal best time of 2:22:22.

Nick Genever’s 2018 season continued far away from the relative comforts of Watford as he tackled the South Devon leg of the EnduranceLife Coastal Trail Series.

He called this one of the toughest in the series, saying: “The route followed the South West Coastal Path for 13 miles on a narrow, muddy and rocky trail from Beesands towards Salcombe.

“Then it headed inland going up and down a succession of hills in very wet and muddy conditions.

“Most trail shoes couldn’t cope with the mud and runners were frequently falling down or sliding in the mud.”

However he overcame the adversity, completing the 27.6 mile race with a total ascent of 1,400m in 5:54:09.

Andrew Newbury was the sole GCR runner at the London Winter Run in aid of Cancer Research UK, achieving a time of 48:45.

The runners set off from Trafalgar Square on a route that takes in a number of London landmarks. The main parkrun highlight was at St Albans where Hannah Ahmet clocked a personal best of 21:18 to finish third.

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