Perfect start to the Midweek Road Running League as GCR claim a clean sweep

PUBLISHED: 11:06 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 31 May 2018

Garden City Runners gather at the start of the Midweek Road Running League at Willian.

Garden City Runners gather at the start of the Midweek Road Running League at Willian.

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After taking in events all over the country it was back to familiar roads for Garden City Runners as they took part in round one of the Midweek Road Running League at Willian, just outside of Letchworth Garden City.

Garden City Runners' Sam Males, Carol Forbes, Jo Grant, Katy Healy and Louise Beale celebrate their Edinburgh Marathon success.Garden City Runners' Sam Males, Carol Forbes, Jo Grant, Katy Healy and Louise Beale celebrate their Edinburgh Marathon success.

And it proved a good start for the club, who fielded a total of 53 men and 27 women.

The top individual performance went to Neil Hume who raced round the six-mile course to claim second in the Division Two race and third overall in a time of 33 minutes 54 seconds.

That set them up to win not only the event overall but also clean sweep the men’s and women’s race as well as the men’s and women’s vets.

Behind Hume, Craig Brown was ninth overall and fifth in the Division Two race in 35:08 while in the women’s race, Martha Hall was first in 39:47 with Caroline Hale fourth in 41:22.

The next round is at Royston on June 7.

Eight GCRs were attracted north of the border by the Edinburgh Marathon.

Lorenzo Franchi was the first GCR home, finishing in a time of 3:23:52, and he was followed by Katy Healy (3:47:28), Bob Saville (4:14:59), Jo Grant (4:15:19), Louise Beale (4:21:53), Sam Meales (4:26:36) and Carol Forbes (4:49:08) and Alex Yates (4:51:17).

The times of Grant, Beale and Forbes all set new personal bests.

But when it comes to marathons, GCRs’ ace is Nick Genever who this week was tackling the Neolithic Marathon.

This was a course that started in Avebury before heading south over the Pewsey Downs towards Salisbury Plain.

He said: “The course went through firing ranges on a military road that had just been resurfaced with crushed rock. It was the worst surface I’ve ever run on and it went on for three miles.

“The weather was warm and humid, and I was glad that I took the early start option.”

Yet despite the challenging conditions, he completed the run in 4:04:42.

In a busy weekend of running, GCRs still found time to squeeze in some excellent parkrunning.

Andrew Holt was third at Harrow while Paul Guy and Malcolm Brittain completed a GCR one-two at Heartwood Forest.

And despite battling injury, Lauren Potter was first lady at Peacehaven in a time of 22:41.

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