Athletics: Garden City Runners complete European marathons

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 April 2018

Garden City Runners' Steve Ellerd-Elliott at the Rome Marathon

Garden City Runners' Steve Ellerd-Elliott at the Rome Marathon


Garden City Runners were finalising preparations for the marathon season in two of Europe’s major cities at the weekend.

Garden City Runners' Dave Heal at the Paris MarathonGarden City Runners' Dave Heal at the Paris Marathon

Russell Casey (3:16.25), Rob Dilley (3:54.07) and Dave Heal (4:55.53) all took on the Paris marathon, as Steve Ellerd-Elliott completed the Rome event in 3:47.55.

He said: “Starting and finishing at the Colosseum is special and the parts in the centre and in Vatican City were incredible to run.”

Chris Jones ran the Sandy 10 mile race at near marathon pace, finishing 32nd in 1:04.00, with other members also takinng part.

And Paul Guy was GCR’s lone representative at the Leighton Buzzard 10k, where he finished 10th in 38.08.

“I really just wanted to test my fitness ahead of the VLM,” he said.

Stuart Whitford, Rob Cartwright, Maggie Orme and Jane Molloy took on the 10k cross-country Hawkshead Hobble, which set off from the Royal Veterinary College near Brookmans Park.

Molloy clocked 1:15.34 and said: “It’s a lovely, friendly race and all in a good cause. Monies raised go to Rainforest Trust and Nowzad, the only official animal sanctuary in Afghanistan.”

Members are set for action at the London Marathon next weekend (April 22), with the next 10-week beginner course beginning on Tuesday May 8.

Events coming up in May include the Kimpton May Festival (May 7), the inaugural Hitchin 10k and Greenway Challenge (May 13) and the Wheathampstead 10k (May 20).

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