GCR’s Barden enjoys Berlin trip, as Jerry celebrates big birthday at Ellenbrook event

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 September 2018

GCR's Jerry Gilbert with family and friends on his 70th birthday at Ellenbrook parkrun

GCR's Jerry Gilbert with family and friends on his 70th birthday at Ellenbrook parkrun


Garden City Runners Rebecca Barden completed the third of the six major world marathons at Berlin at the weekend.

GCR's Rebecca Barden at the Berlin marathonGCR's Rebecca Barden at the Berlin marathon

Starting at the Tiergarten and passing the Berlin Victory Column, before finishing through the iconic Brandenburg Gates, Barden came home in three hours 40 minutes 39 seconds.

Eliud Kipchoge broke the men’s record, set in Berlin in 2014, by clocking 2:01.39.

GCR’s Nicholas Genever made the trip to Dorset for the Purbeck Marathon, a trail race including the Jurassic coast and Purbeck hills.

Starting at Swanage and taking the coast to Lulworth firing ranges, before returning along Purbeck Hill and Corfe Castle, Enever came home in 4:40.30.

A number of members were in action closer to home at the Royston Harvest Trail, with Richard Darley completing his second half marathon in as many weeks in 2:30.20.

Dave Heal took on the Wendover Woods six-hour trail challenge at Halton – his 17th marathon event of the year.

Runners had to complete as many laps as possible in six hours – including a 180-metre hill run on a rough, stony surface – and Heal covered a marathon distance in 5:46.50, with a total elevation of 2.950 feet.

He said: “The organisation, atmosphere and camaraderie in amongst the runners on the day was brilliant.”

A host of other GCRs tackled various parkrun events, with Jerry Gilbert starting his birthday celebrations with family and friends at Ellenbrook, where he made his M70 debut, as son Jamie had his first parkrun and Malcolm Down (19.21) and Neil Brittain (19.30) beat the 20-minute mark.

The Panshanger event had several GCRs helping out, with James Huish (18.57) in the top three pacers to get closest to their time, as Andrew Holt clocked 19.06 at Moors Valley, with Justin Hill (19.01) first home at Stevenage.

Others, Gorleston Cliffs: Robert Casserley 22.11, Beth Casserley 33.13, Tom Casserley 36.50.

Sheffield Hallam: Celia Pardoe 22.49.

Heartwood Forest: Sam Smith 27.16, Rachel Hickey 28.44.

Eastleigh: Simon Betteridge 59.31.

Bournemouth: Cassandra Belcher 29.13.

Valentines: Benhard Trummer 26.03.

Stevenage: Tom Weatherhead 23.13, Tichanezvi J Ruredzo 36.51.

Queen Elizabeth: Lynette Stewart 33.10.

Panshanger: Ryan Kean 20.17, Nigel Cavill 21.15, Lauren Potter 23.26, David Edwards 23.30, Richard Wilcox 24.01, Justin Kean 24.14, Matthew Hunt 24.31, David Selwood 26.36, July Kean 27.37, Tom Rogers 27.51, Maggie Wright 28.12, Lucy Iles 29.08, Peter Lapthorne 29.26, Hannah Frank 30.54, Linda Hamm 31.13.

Ellenbrook: James Aitchison 23.42, Mark Caswell 25.08, Owen Gallagher 25.32, Thomas Parmley 26.35, Wayne Aylott 28.59, Elaine Giles 29.34, Kath Evans 30.01, Jerry Gilbert 30.57, Fraser McCallum 31.21, Sandra Wise 31.30, Michael Wise 31.31, Charlotte Jones 33.34, Jane Molloy 33.36, Jacqueline McCallum 33.37, Ciaran Welsh 34.00, Maureen Steed 36.18.

Littleport: Steve Grout 25.01.

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