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Over 1,500 take part in soggy Herts 10k in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 15 October 2018

The runners begin the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

The runners begin the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

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Over 1,500 people braved heavy rain yesterday to take part in the Herts 10k in Harpenden.

Runners wait to begin the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.Runners wait to begin the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

The runners, who raised money for Rennie Grove hospice, were set off on the route by St Albans mayor Rosemary Farmer, who also presented trophies to the winner.

The fastest time was set by Warrick Rath at 32 minutes and six seconds. He said afterwards: “This is a wonderful race. I used to live in Harpenden and it is always lovely to come back to take part. It’s great to see everyone out supporting the runners too.”

Charlene Jacobs-Conradie won the women’s section with 38 minutes and 26 seconds and the junior section was won by Thomas Cooper, who finished in 36 minutes and three seconds.

Harpenden’s Audrey McNair said “My father passed away in a hospice and I like to do all I can to support the hospice movement. I live close to the Rennie Grove Shop in Southdown so I donate there regularly too.”

Several people walked the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.Several people walked the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

Ben Wrighton from St Albans said: “The weather was a bit challenging today but it was good fun. I’ve taken part about six times now and I really like the off-road elements of the course. The marshals were great and it was well organised.”

Kate Collins, who ran as a group including members of family said: “We’ve done this event four times, we like to use it every year as part of our health regime. We especially like going round the park and the scenic spots of the route.”

The race’s founder Lawrence Levy said: “A great day for the Herts 10K and for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.”

Director of fundraising at Rennie Grove, Tracey Hancock, said; “I’d like to thank everyone who was in involved in making this another successful year at the Herts 10K. We couldn’t do it without the support of the local community and special thanks go to all our sponsors, including our founding sponsor Levy Associates and headline sponsor Plowman Craven.

Warrick Rath finishes the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.Warrick Rath finishes the Herts 10k race. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

“Thanks also to our dedicated volunteers and marshals, our fantastic race commentator Lee Partridge and Rothamsted Research for generously providing today’s venue.

“The money raised from events such as the Herts 10K ensures that we are able to continue providing care and support to local adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness, and their families.”

The winners of the Herts 10k race: L-R Patrick Bissett, Thomas Cooper, Warrick Rath and Charlene Jacobs-Conradie. Picture: Veronica Stewart.The winners of the Herts 10k race: L-R Patrick Bissett, Thomas Cooper, Warrick Rath and Charlene Jacobs-Conradie. Picture: Veronica Stewart.

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