The spring marathon season got under way with a trip to the south coast for several Garden City Runners - and it was a memorable outing for one of them.

Spencer White was racing his first event over the 26.2 mile distance, one which left him "tired but jubilant".

He added: "My official time was three hours 40 minutes 47 seconds and I surpassed all my targets, namely to finish, then to get under four hours and then another which was to get under 3:45.

"I didn't think I would achieve the last one so I am thrilled. It was an amazing event."

There was a PB of 4:27 for club-mate Sidney Valentine as well with Chris Eland the first GCR to finish.

Anna Lillie, Johan Preis, Elaine Moore and Vicki Rogers were the others from the club.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Steve Ellerd-Elliot of Garden City Runners at the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Picture: GCRSteve Ellerd-Elliot of Garden City Runners at the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Picture: GCR (Image: Garden City Runners)

Steve Ellerd-Elliot managed a PB at the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

He clocked 1:28:20 in the event which started in Trafalgar Square and finished on Whitehall.

Dan Ashcroft also ran and was delighted to finish in 1:45:48, 10 minutes quicker than he had hoped.

Seventeen GCRs chose to keep it much more local as they took on the Tewinbury Trails 10k.

The new event started close to Tewinbury Farm itself and took in the tracks and trails to the west, including the long climb from Digswell to Burnham Green.

Muddy conditions greeted the runners but Peter Harvey made short work of them, coming fifth out of 170 runners in 42:30.

Dom Thomas was 13th, directly ahead of team-mates Richard Somerset and Mark Westley, while Neil Brittain, Nigel Cavill, Mike Grant, John McDowall and Nick Portalski all made the top 40.

Alida Preis, Sharon Stephens, Nick Atkinson, Pete Lapthorne, Debbie Pierson, Alex Yates, Jane Molloy and Karen Atkinson were the others involved.

The club had 81 running at parkruns on Saturday morning.

Brittain was fourth at Stevenage, followed by Chris Jones in seventh, while the home event at Panshanger saw Daniel Pudner fifth, with Rebecca Barden and Barbara Kubis-Labiak the fourth and fifth ladies.

Andy Holt was seventh at Woodgate Valley Country Park in Birmingham while Caroline Griffin was ninth lady at Lordship Recreation Ground in Tottenham.

An international flavour was secured by Rob Hughes and Caroline Hughes, who finished second overall and first ladt at Rheinpark in Koln, Germany, while Sarah Feal was sixth lady at Russell Park, New Zealand.