The mob rules as Garden City Runners host another successful Mob Match race
PUBLISHED: 14:37 20 July 2017
More than 500 runners descended on Sir Frederic Osborn School for the traditional Midweek Road Race League Mob Match, co-hosted by Garden City Runners and Herts Phoenix.
With around 80 volunteers helping out the race was won by Eritrean Afewerk Rossom, who finished more than half a minute of the rest of the field in a time of 33 minutes 42 seconds.
That chasing pack was led home by GCRs’ Neil Hume who won a sprint finish to the line in 34:17.
Among the fine times from other GCR men was a mighty personal best from Tom Wackett in 38:36 and newly-elected chairman Brad Smith in 47:18.
Across in the ladies event Caroline Hale was first GCR home in 42:38 with Veronica Shadbolt (46:15) and Karen Archer (46:45) following her in.
Race director Peter Harvey said: “League races reflect what all events were like in the golden age of British long distance running many decades ago.
“At League races the spirit of competitive running is for the love of it and the atmosphere on the day is terrific.
“Many runners do not belong to a club and miss opportunities to race, where ability is no barrier to participation.
“So do contact Garden City Runners if you want a piece of the action and be part of a fantastic team.”
Results from the Ware Festival of Running should Garden City Runners well to the fore.
In the 10 mile race, they came 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively with Hume predictably leading the charge in 57:23, followed by Paul Davies and Paul Guy.
Helen Meigh was the first GCR lady.
Helen Stafford completed the 10K race in 57:18 with Dawn Redwood finishing in 1:29:37.
A new parkrun will start on July 29 and will offer a challenging alternative to Panshanger, Ellenbrook Fields and St Albans.
Described as “an undulating anti-clockwise, two-lap course run on a mixture of grass and gravel pathways”, the course takes runners through flower meadows and newly-planted woodland, giving stunning views across Heartwood Forest and nearby Sandridge Village.
In parkruns Hume completed a great week for him by winning at Ellenbrook Fields while Guy took the tape at Panshanger with a new PB of 18:00.