Newman-Smith leads home Midsummer night's dream for Garden City Runners

PUBLISHED: 08:44 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:44 25 July 2017

Garden City Runners' Lauren Potter in action at Panshanger in the Midsummer Series. Picture: TIM COOKE

Garden City Runners' Lauren Potter in action at Panshanger in the Midsummer Series. Picture: TIM COOKE


The second race in the Midsummer Series was held at Panshanger Park - with Garden City Runners posting some excellent results.

Three from the club made the top 10 while four topped their age groups.

Alex Newman-Smith was the first GCR home in third with a great time of 29 minutes 44 seconds.

Paul Guy was next over the line in 30:04, claiming first M40 in the process, and Paul Davies overcame a groin injury to secure sixth in 30:37.

Lauren Potter continued her fine run of form as she finished seventh lady in 37:13 and Anne Henson was first W60 in a time of 44:07.

GCR legends Dennis and Eleanor DRAPER both took first place in their age categories with Dennis (M80) crossing the line in 1:02:55 and Eleanor (W80) in 1:04:49.

Bethan Mose took part in the Olympic distance at the A J Bell London Triathlon, an event comprising a testing 1.5k swim in the Royal Victoria Dock, a 40K bike ride from Docklands to Big Ben and back, and a 10K run around Docklands.

She completed the event in 2:49:10 and was 20th in her age group W35-39.

A GCR-infused team took on the Conti Thunder Run, a 24-hour, multi-lap, off-road relay challenge around the boggy countryside of Walton-on-Trent.

Team member Jacqueline McCallum reported the course involved “160m of ascent and 10km of knee deep puddles and muddy soup”. McCallum was joined by fellow GCRs’ Brad Smith, Tim Cooke, Alexandra Yates and Charlotte Jones in an eight-person team.

And they completed 23 gruelling laps to finish in a highly respectable 63rd place out of 226.

Another lengthy run was completed by Nick Genever, who finished 16th in the Bath Off-Road Marathon.

And Richard Willcox set a huge PB of 18:09 in finishing 43rd in the Sri Chimnoy Battersea Park 5K.

As usual there was plenty of parkrun action for GCR with Neil Hume and Paul Davies finishing first and second at Ellenbrook Fields.

Russell Casey was sixth, Rob Casserley seventh and Malcolm Down eighth at Panshanger while six from the club took on the new Westmill parkrun in Ware. Rob Hughes was first home in 10th.

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