Garden City Runners keep it close to home as rain and puddles prove big obstacles
PUBLISHED: 16:25 18 October 2018
This week's mantra for Garden City Runners seemed to be local is best as runs in Harpenden and Hatfield took centre stage.
Four from the club headed to the Herts 10K where runners faced a big loop around Rothamsted Park and the surrounding countryside.
Tom Parmley said: “The course was very wet and pouring with rain in parts, in places it was like wearing ice skates.
“The fields we ran through had puddles the size of lakes and there was mud everywhere.
“But everyone seemed in good spirits with lots of laughter as we all got soaked”.
The first GCR home was Tom Weatherhead who finished in 48 minutes 31 seconds.
The only woman among the quartet, Maggie Wright, crossed the line in 58:55 while Parmley managed 1:04:00.
Terry Tristram finished in 1:15:16.
The Hatfield House 10K and half marathon saw plenty of GCR involvement.
Rebecca Barden, who ran the half marathon, said: “It was a very beautiful science course through the estate with a mixture of trail, paths and woodland.
“We did two loops and got quite lucky with the weather. The rain chucked it down before and after but held off during the race so the wettest I got was up the back of my legs from splashing through muddy puddles.”
Laura Cowley was the first lady in 1:34:46 with Becca Hayden finishing third in 1:37:53.
Barden claimed seventh place and first W50 in 1:46:05 and Barbara Kubis-Labiak was fourth GCR home in 1:52:19.
Steven Edwards (1:52:15), Paul Butler (1:54:47), Ann Hayden (2:00:32) and Jacky O’Leary (2:04:00) and David Selwood (2:17:49) completed the GCR finishers.
The 10K run, consisted of just one lap of the course.
Josephine Bettles was first W40 in 46:21 and Kay Metcalfe first W50 in 54:33.
Lucy Iles was next GCR home in 59:13 while Shena Lancaster clocked 1:16:00.
The first male GCR home was Peter Lapthorne in 1:02:04 followed by Linda Hamm in 1:09:54, Gill Soll in 1:09:55 and Louise O’Donnell in 1:16:03.
Dawn Redwood, Charlotte Jones and Maureen Steed crossed the line together in 1:17:48.