Garden City Runners keep it close to home at Love Welwyn 10K

PUBLISHED: 11:55 12 February 2019

Garden City Runners kept it close to home with a squad running at the Love Welwyn 10K.

Garden City Runners kept it close to home with a squad running at the Love Welwyn 10K.

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Most Garden City Runners stayed close to home this week with the Love Welwyn 10K the focus of their attention.

Garden City Runners' Dave Heal ran his 25th marathon at the Philosophers Run in Egham.Garden City Runners' Dave Heal ran his 25th marathon at the Philosophers Run in Egham.

The race, which started and finished in Stanborough Park and took in roads round the Handside area of town, saw the club win the team prize in the men’s competition and come second in the women’s event.

Tom Wackett was the first male for the club to finish in a time of 36 minutes 16 seconds, good enough for third overall and to claim a personal best by half a minute.

Peter Harvey, who was also the first MV50, and Keith McLellan, first in the MV60 category, completed the scoring members for the GCR team.

Sarah Cotton Bostock was the third female, finishing in 43:23, with Barbara Kubis-Labiak and Carol Reid, first MV50, completing the team who clinched the silver.

Further afield the final round of the Sunday Cross Country League took place in Royston.

The course had plenty of climbs and steep descents with the icy rain making conditions underfoot tricky.

Peter McKenzie GCR men home in 25th place while Veronica Shadbolt was the first female home in 34th place.

She left the event the overall individual series championship title for the FV55 group, the third year in a row she has claimed the title.

Wanting more punishment was Dave Heal who took on his 25th marathon, competing in the Philosophers Run along the River Thames from the Runnymede Sports Ground in Egham.

The seven-hour event gave runners the chance to complete as many 3.28-mile laps as possible in the time.

Heal said: “I chose to run eight laps for the marathon distance in 4:51:36 on very windy trail circuit held on a tow path with lots of puddles and mud.

“At one stage I did regain sure footing after almost being blown away into the River Thames.”

The race also completed his own goal of 12 marathons in 12 months.

He added: “I have worked very hard and pushed new boundaries that I never thought was possible of achieving.”

In parkrun action Rob Casserley was third at Oak Hill as was James Huish at Stevenage, Hannah Frank at Panshanger and Neil Hume at Ellenbrook.

Russell Casey went one better, taking second at Panshanger.

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