Love is in the air and on roads of Stanborough and Handside at Love WGC 10k

PUBLISHED: 14:03 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 14 February 2018

Peter Harvey dons a novel nose warmer at the 2018 Love Welwyn Garden City 10K run

Peter Harvey dons a novel nose warmer at the 2018 Love Welwyn Garden City 10K run


Falling as it does close to Valentine’s Day the Love Welwyn Garden City 10K set out to let participants “fall in love with running” – and for some Garden City Runners it seemed to be the case.

The event, now in its fourth year, takes the runners up Stanborough Road and round two laps of Handside, before finishing with a lap of the northern lake in Stanborough Park.

And a dozen from the home town club took part with James Dunmore, who even led the race for a while, being the first home in a fine sixth place out of the 400 runners in total.

One place further back was Peter Harvey, who donned a faux-fur nose warmer for the event, claiming first place in the M50 age category.

David Desborough’s impressive 14th-place finish, 10 minutes ahead of anyone else in the M60 group, was also good enough for the club to claim the men’s team prize.

The first GCR lady to finish was Caroline Hale in third, taking the W40 age group win as well.

Also taking part were Matthew Harden, who finished in 47 minutes two seconds, Tom Rodgers in 53:33, two minutes quicker than his time last year, Richard Brown, who was third M60 in 54:25, Melanie King, setting a PB of 57:20 and Shena Lancaster who claimed third in the W60 category in 59:02.

Carol Reid (55:04), Tony Harden (56:53) and Kath Evans (1:02:14) also ran.

The event was organized by Active Training World and all finishers received a bespoke Valentine’s themed medal.

Elsewhere Elaine Giles took on the newly-created Leicestershire Half Marathon.

She finished in a time of 2:10:24 in a race she described as “a bit dull in places but well organised and ideal for those wanting a PB”.

It was also a busy weekend of parkrunning for GCR.

The main highlights include Neil Hume’s first place at Ellenbrook Fields and a fourth-place finish for Hannah Frank in a competitive field at St Albans.

Lauren Potter was the second lady to finish at Panshanger while Sophia Chastell took third on Tooting Common.

And GCRs’ rising star Mattie Labiak was fourth overall at Opole Parkrun in Poland, where his mum Barbara Kubis-Labiak was the second lady.

If you want to know more about Garden City Runners then they can be contacted in a number of ways.

You can email, go to the website at or visit their Facebook page at

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