Mitchinson first home in New Garden City 10 Miler

PUBLISHED: 17:25 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:25 08 October 2013

Daniel Davies 2nd , David Mitchinson 1st, Wayne Bell 3rd with Peter Harvey race director

Daniel Davies 2nd , David Mitchinson 1st, Wayne Bell 3rd with Peter Harvey race director


More than 220 runners set off to tackle the New Garden City 10 Miler organised by the Garden City Runners.

The Garden City 10 was branded ‘new’ because of a completely new course, the old course, which was first run in the early 1980s, went through WGC’s industrial quarter and was all on roads.

The new route is multi-terrain and wends its way through the best of Brocket Park (including the Palladian Bridge), Ayot Greenway and Lea Valley Walk before arriving back at Wheathampstead opposite the Memorial Hall which served as the race HQ.

David Mitchinson won the old Garden City 10 a few years ago clocking 51 minutes. He took at least five minutes more to complete the new course.

He had good competition from his fellow Newham & Essex Beagles team-mate Wayne Bell who finished third and Daniel Davies representing Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers in second.

However, St Albans Strider Gemma Bitaraf, harnessed to her dog Chester, was in the lead for the first few miles.

Bitaraf and Chester received the ‘Well Run Cup’ for excellence.

That was sponsored by Well Run Sports in WGC who also provided vouchers for the winners and age-category firsts.

The winner of the women’s race was Wendy Webster from St Albans Striders. The Striders also won the team prize.

Harpenden Arrows mounted a brave challenge with their best teams second and third.

Mark Redmond was rewarded as the first local runner to finish from WGC.

Tony Hamilton from Barnet & District AC was the oldest competitor in the field aged 73 and British Duathlon/Triathlon age group superstar Geoff Russell from Royston Runners won the vets over 60 category.

The prizes were presented by GCR’s own Eleanor Draper.

The first male GCR was Chris Eland who was the vets over 45 champion. Anna Lillie was the first female GCR.

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