Running round-up: Tough Ten hands out the cash, while Tring and the Harriers impress at the Watford half


There was plenty of action for Dacorum’s running clubs this week despite the soggy conditions.

> Good causes benefit from the Tough Ten

The Gade Valley Harriers were on form at the Watford Half Marathon. Picture (c) Rhia Thomas

The Gade Valley Harriers were on form at the Watford Half Marathon. Picture (c) Rhia Thomas

Breakespeare School in Abbots Langley played host to the 31st annual Tough Ten Presentation Evening.

Following the four successful Tough Ten races in 2013 – in which 742 entrants took part – money raised was donated to a number of worthwhile and charitable causes.

Committee chairman John Reid thanked everyone who helped with this year’s event, especially the Ginder Family who were the main sponsors.

There was also a special mention for former professional footballer Luther Blissett, who fired the starter gun for all the races and stayed to give out the medals even though he was moving house that day.

The full list of beneficiaries from the event is: Emily’s Wish List, Abbots Langley War Memorial Trust, Abbots Youth Football Club, Aims, Demand, Breakespeare School, Tannerswood School, The St George’s Day Charity, The Monday Club, and Friends of South-West Herts Samaritans.

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, October 5.

> Steel leads the way for Tring in Watford

A host of Tring Running Club members turned out for the Watford Half Marathon and delivered some good performances.

Paul Steel led in the Tring men in 228th place overall, and Verna Burgess crossed the line first for the Tring ladies in 438th position overall and seventh in the F45 category.

Tom Griffin also ran well to take third place in the M60 group, while the other Tring competitors who took part were Trevor Lark, Howard Clark, Paul Cowan, Robert Pinfield, Harriette Purchas, Simon Stevenson, Simon Jessop, Claire Mistry, Matthew Kingston, Leon Bosch, Elizabeth Daniel, Sofie Cole, Peter Hamson, Tony Hill, Richard White and Frances Mills.

> Half marathon PB haul for Harriers

The Gade Valley Harriers (pictured) were out in force at the Watford Half Marathon.

A team of 35 Harriers set off from Cassiobury Park, before taking on the hills around Chandlers Cross, Bucks Hill and Whippendell Woods.

The 13.1-mile course showed the effects of the recent bad weather – becoming more of a wade than a run on some of the flooded roads.

This tested the mettle of all 1,750 runners and the Harriers produced new personal best times from Lesley Jugoo, Krim Saidi, Neil Stephen, Michael Birch, Andrew Terry, Michael Ferris, Simon Wallis, Karis Thomas, Chrissie Hillier and Joanna Kidd.