Smiles in the sunshine as Garden City Runners have fun at the London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 10:38 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 24 April 2018

Becca Hayden was Garden City Runners' first female finisher at the 2018 London Marathon.

Becca Hayden was Garden City Runners' first female finisher at the 2018 London Marathon.

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Unsurprisingly the Virgin Money London Marathon was the main focus for Garden City Runners this week with runners and volunteers taking to the streets of the capital.

Rebecca Harden (left) shows off her medal at Horse Guards Parade after the finish of the London Marathon.Rebecca Harden (left) shows off her medal at Horse Guards Parade after the finish of the London Marathon.

In total 17 pounded the roads and despite the heat, they managed some great results and times.

Neil Hume was the first home, finishing in 218th place and 31st in his age category, with a time of two hours 42 minutes 58 seconds.

Becca Hayden battled through a panic attack and a short spell of walking to become the first GCR woman to finish with a time of 3:34:51, good enough for a personal best.

There was also a PB for Jacqueline McCallum who took four minutes off her best time to dip under the six-hour mark for the first time, clocking 5:58:30.

The team of volunteers from Garden City Runners at the 2018 London Marathon.The team of volunteers from Garden City Runners at the 2018 London Marathon.

Dave Heal ran his 14th marathon, and second in two weeks, finishing in 5:18:47 while Rebecca Barden completed her ninth 26-miler in 3:53:50 which placed her 98th in her age group.

Other runners included Chris Jones in 2:54:33, finishing in 639th place, Paul Guy (3:12:15), Tom Wackett (3:27:26), Rob Casserley (3:29:07) and Chris Eland (3:29:37).

Alex Newman-Smith managed 3:39:29, Emma Ferry (3:42:27), Paul Cottrell (4:23:35), Anne Henson (4:45:01 and 76th in her age group), David Macmillan (4:49:29), Alister Parry (5:10:35) and Bethan Mose in 5:16:50,

The marathon wouldn’t happen without the volunteers around the course at the start and finish.

Garden City Runners' Rob Casserley in action at the 2018 London Marathon.Garden City Runners' Rob Casserley in action at the 2018 London Marathon.

And plenty were representing GCR, handing out bags to the runners with recovery drinks and other desperately needed goodies.

There was other action outside of London with Nick Genever completing a 26.5 mile route around the woods, hills and river valleys in the countryside outside of Bath.

Navigation was by written instructions and there were questions to answer at the unmanned checkpoints to ensure shortcuts weren’t taken.

Genever completed the course in 5:02 having climbed a total of 780 metres.

Garden City Runners' Tom Wackett (background) in action at the 2018 London Marathon.Garden City Runners' Tom Wackett (background) in action at the 2018 London Marathon.

Parkruns also continued on Saturday with some choosing to use them as leg looseners for Sunday’s big event.

Others like Richard Wilcox, Andrew Holt and Hannah Frank were looking for good times and results and both Wilcox and Holt came second at Aldenham and Heartwood Forest respectively while Frank was the third female at St Albans.


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