Great weekend as Huish gets personal best before claiming fine podium finish

PUBLISHED: 13:37 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 04 October 2018

Garden City Runners were out in force at the Hitchin 5K.

Garden City Runners were out in force at the Hitchin 5K.


James Huish enjoyed a fantastic weekend with podium finishes and personal bests.

Garden City Runners' James Huish with Tom Wackett at the Hitchin 5K.Garden City Runners' James Huish with Tom Wackett at the Hitchin 5K.

The Garden City Runner started by tackling the Stevenage Parkrun and finished in a personal best of 17 minutes 47 seconds.

He followed it up by running in the Hitchin 5K, the fourth running of the event held around a two-lap course in the town centre.

And he was the first from a sizeable club contingent to take part, coming through the funnel in third place, just 18 seconds slower than his Stevenage town.

It was good enough, along with Tom Wackett’s sixth, to help GCR to second in the team event.

Garden City Runners' James Huish finished third at the Hitchin 5K.Garden City Runners' James Huish finished third at the Hitchin 5K.

Hannah Frank was the first GCR lady in 22:00, earning her first FV30, with Rebecca Barden winning the FV50 category.

Frank said: “The course was fast but twisty with slight distractions including some scaffolders trying to descend a ladder as we ran under it.

“But the sunshine, encouragement from cow bell ringing marshals and the many spectators in the town square made for a great race which was well supported by our club members.”

GCR chairman Brad Smith was running in the 36th Windsor Half Marathon, finishing in 1:43:53.

He described the course as “hilly, but quite scenic through the Great Park” and along the way he met up with DJ Chris Evans.

“He certainly wasn’t attempting to go incognito,” said Smith.

Doubling the distance was Paul Richardson who came home seventh at the Hull Marathon.

He set a personal best of 2:00:46 in doing so, good enough to claim victory in the V40 category.

Further afield Lorenzo Franchi took part in the Warsaw Marathon, completing it in 3:36:17.

He described the conditions as “perfect weather and excellent organisation” with the course “quite flat, barring lots of bridges on the Wisla River to cross”.

There were a feast of PBs in the excellent conditions at Hatfield’s Ellenbrook Fields.

They were Nigel Cavill (19:31), Felicity Wadley (23:32), Jo Mathews (25:27), Simon Harlow (25:33), Claire Harlow (26:09), Emma Dempster (29:55), Steve Button (25:10) and Bernadette Byrne (30:16).

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