Garden City Runners’ dynamic duo at it again as Eleanor and Dennis Draper take prizes at Ware 10s
PUBLISHED: 08:33 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 10 July 2018
They’ve told you many times before but in case you’ve forgotten Eleanor and Dennis Draper proved age is no barrier to running.
The Garden City Runners’ super-vets both came first in their respective age groups at the Ware 10s.
The event hosted by Ware Joggers has either 10 mile or 10K distances to choose from and it was then 10 mile event that held the interest for the Drapers.
Eleanor came home in two hours 29 minutes and nine seconds to clinch the win in the FV75 category while Dennis clocked 2:07:55 in winning the MV80 race.
there was more success for the GCRs as Neil Hume took the overall win in the 10 miles race in 58:37 with James Huish managing fourth and Chris Jones 10th.
That was also good enough for team title.
Carol Reid was GCR’s sole representative in the 10K race and she came second in her FV55 age group.
There was also a strong showing and big turnout in the Woodhall Five Mile Race, the first in the two-event Midsummer Series.
Daniel Figg was third overall and Jones added a fifth to his top-10 in Ware, a result that also give him the win in the MV40 category.
GCR men’s team captain Sean Bowen was seventh overall and first in his age group MV50 while the club’s rising star BECCA HAYDEN was 11th and first lady.
There were also wins for David Edwards (MV60) and Anne Henson (FV60).
The Serpent Trail Half Marathon, a point-to-point race from Midway to Petersfield Rugby club on the South Downs, saw Jerry Gilbert and Debbie Morris battle sweltering temperatures.
But despite the difficulties the pair made it safely back to the clubhouse declaring “it had been the most difficult run that either of us had ever undertaken and marvelling at those who were simultaneously ran the 50K and 100K ultra-marathons”.
But one man for whom ultras hold no fear is Nick Genever.
He was tackling the North Downs Marathon, his 163rd 26-mile run and completed the event in 4:58:04 after climbing 1,000m.
Peter Lapthorne took part in the unique London Luton Airport Charity Runway Race.
As the name suggests this was a three-mile out and back run along the runway, held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
It began, fortunately enough for the runners at 4am, although Lapthorne did report the ground become “rather sticky near one end where the planes touch down”.
He completed the course in 22:46.
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