Hitchin town centre 5km contested by almost 300 runners

PUBLISHED: 09:23 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 01 October 2018

The 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km runners at the starting line in the High Street. Picture: Burnt Hare Events

The 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km runners at the starting line in the High Street. Picture: Burnt Hare Events

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Almost 300 runners packed into Hitchin town centre yesterday morning for the annual 5km race.

Hitchin's Jack Gower, who started the town centre 5km race with his racing wheelchair. Picture: Peter FurmstonHitchin's Jack Gower, who started the town centre 5km race with his racing wheelchair. Picture: Peter Furmston

The event was started by 12-year-old Jack Gower, the proud owner of a racing wheelchair thanks to £3,400 of fundraising by family, friends and runners. Accompanied by his dad and brother, he received a huge round of applause from the runners and spectators.

The 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race first three men - Andrew Patterson, Mark Vaughan and James Huish. Picture: Burnt Hare EventsThe 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race first three men - Andrew Patterson, Mark Vaughan and James Huish. Picture: Burnt Hare Events

The race was hotly contested at the front right up until the final straight, where Fairlands Valley Spartans’ Andrew Patterson won with a time of 16 minutes and 54 seconds. Mark Vaughan of North Herts Road Runners came second, in 17:01, with Garden City Runners’ James Huish in third with 17:29.

The 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race first three women - Emily Hutchinson, Paula Holm and Gemma Ward. Picture: Burnt Hare EventsThe 2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race first three women - Emily Hutchinson, Paula Holm and Gemma Ward. Picture: Burnt Hare Events

The first woman across the line was Emily Hutchinson in 18:59. Second was Paula Holm in 20:52, and Gemma Ward came third in 21:26.

2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race team award winners Hitchin Running Club, who were followed by Garden City Runners in second and North Herts Road Runners in third. Picture: Burnt Hare Events2018 Hitchin Town Centre 5km race team award winners Hitchin Running Club, who were followed by Garden City Runners in second and North Herts Road Runners in third. Picture: Burnt Hare Events

The overall club or team award went to Hitchin Running Club, with a combined time of 54:57. Garden City Runners came second with 57:16, with North Herts Road Runners in third with 57:24.

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