Emotional return from heart surgery for Garden City stalwart Terry Fowler

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 November 2018

Garden City Runners sent a good-sized squad up to the St Neots Half Marathon.

Garden City Runners sent a good-sized squad up to the St Neots Half Marathon.

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It was an emotional day for one Garden City Runners stalwart at Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun.

Garden City Runners sent a good-sized squad up to the St Neots Half Marathon.Garden City Runners sent a good-sized squad up to the St Neots Half Marathon.

A mere five months after open-heart surgery, Terry Fowler and wife Elaine tentatively turned up at the start line of the Hatfield run.

And he went on to clock a hugely impressive time of 27 minutes 21 seconds.

But simply being out running again was the biggest thrill for Fowler.

He said: “I massively enjoyed the run despite the nerves and apprehension.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be able to run again so getting to the finish meant more to me then any other run I’ve done in 30-plus years.

“I’m not ashamed to say it was a pretty emotional moment.

“Huge thanks for the support and encouragement from the GCR members I received. It meant so much.”

Club-mates Neil Hume and Tom Wackett finished first and third respectively, the latter with a personal best, a feat shared by Trevor Davies and Sofie Marchant.

There was also a PB for Eleanor Newton at the Hertfordshire Half Marathon at Knebworth, just two weeks after she first lowered her benchmark at Stevenage.

That was on her club debut and the newest GCR star finished this run in 1:36:57 to finish as the 13th lady.

Paul Guy was the first GCR home in 1:20:31 while Richard Robinson was another to set a PB.

The St Neots Half Marathon was another popular destination for the club’s athletes.

GCR chairman Brad Smith said: “St Neots is a popular race and always sells out. It’s fairly flat, but with a few tricky hills to contend with, followed by a nice downhill finish which allows you to make up for those inclines.”

There were impressive runs from Daniel Pudner and Michael Paine, both picking up a PB, while Neil Hume led the GCR contingent in with a sixth-place finish.

Kathryn Alford also produced her first sub-two hour half after a year off.

Back in parkrun action there was a new route at Jersey Farm which tempted Brad Smith into action.

He said: “While not the best, it is great to have another local course on our doorstep.

“It’ll be better in the summer when views back to Heartwood should be possible.”

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