Fine set of results under the winter sun for GCRs at the Fred Hughes and Essendon

PUBLISHED: 10:27 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:30 21 January 2019

Selfie-time for the smiling Garden City Runners at the Fred Hughes 10.

Selfie-time for the smiling Garden City Runners at the Fred Hughes 10.

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Winter sun shone brightly on two groups of Garden City Runners as they headed south and west.

Garden City Runners' Ann Hayden and daughter Becca show off their medals from the Essendon 5K.Garden City Runners' Ann Hayden and daughter Becca show off their medals from the Essendon 5K.

The westward bound group headed to the Fred Hughes 10, a popular race run on country lanes just outside St Albans.

And it yielded both individual and team prizes for the GCR contingent.

Neil Hume led them home in sixth place and first in the MV40 category while James Huish came in under the hour mark and in 19th overall.

Veronica Shadbolt was the first GCR lady home for second in her W55 age group while Hannah Frank took a whopping nine minutes off her 10-mile PB with a time of one hour 19 minutes 15 seconds.

Garden City Runners' Ann Henson with her age group winner's trophy at the Fred Hughes 10.Garden City Runners' Ann Henson with her age group winner's trophy at the Fred Hughes 10.

Anne Henson’s 1:28:44 meant she was the first female in the W65 category while Paul Guy and Sean Bowen were both seventh in their age races.

The performances of those two plus that of Hume and Chris Jones meant GCR took silver in the Herts County Vets Championship.

The destination to the south was Essendon Country Club for both 5K and 10K runs.

Both races also raised money for Isabel Hospice but they also brought a number of prizes as well.

Garden City Runners' Tim Cooke completed the Winter Tanners 30-mile race.Garden City Runners' Tim Cooke completed the Winter Tanners 30-mile race.

The ladies stole the limelight in the 10K race with Becca Hayden coming second in 43:43, one place ahead of Eleanor Newton, and Becca’s mum Ann made it a double celebration with a 10K PB of 55:33.

There was still some joy for the men though as Peter McKenzie also battled his way to the silver medal, finishing in 39:13.

The Braintree Boggle Marathon saw several of GCRs’ most dedicated distance runners in action.

Nick Genever, Kath Evans and Elaine Giles took part in the self-navigation trail race through the Essex countryside with Genever saying: “It was -4°C at the start and the ground was frozen but it warmed up later in the sunshine and the muddy fields defrosted.”

Tim Cooke added another feather to his ultra cap with a finish in the Winter Tanners 30.

He said: “My personal challenge was to throw off the flu that had had me confined to bed only six sleeps earlier.

“I was a bit slow but in between coughing fits, I enjoyed splendid views over the Surrey Hills.”

In parkrun action there were second places for Daniel Pudner at Burnham-on-Crouch and Neil Hume at Ellenbrook Fields.

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