The 35th Abbots Langley Tough 10 paid a moving tribute to the late Graham Taylor. Sunday’s (1 October) race was renamed in his memory and acknowledged the support shown by the former England manager.
Graham Taylor was a firm believer in the power of the community to do great things for others. He was actively involved in the Tough 10 over the years, acting as the official starter and presenting trophies and medals afterwards. His enthusiasm for and delight in being a part of this event was always in evidence hence the decision to rename this year’s Tough 10 as a mark of respect.
The Tough 10 was originally, a 10-mile race, but changed to a 10K and has expanded to include a 5K and 3K. It fundraises for individuals and charities with the aim of improving people’s quality of life. The event made its debut in 1982 and since then has raised thousands of pounds for local causes, for example, hospices, baby units and youth clubs and the good work continues. This is one of many events organised by Nice Work who host races from 5K to marathon across the UK.
Oliver Hill of Watford Joggers claimed victory in the 10K with a time of 34:05. Laura Sharma of Gade Valley Harriers won the women’s race in 43:51.
Alex Harris of St Albans School CCF was first home in the 5K, finishing in 16:23. Sophia Dempsey of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers was the fastest female in 19:10.
Toby Edwards won the 3K in 15:23 with Daisy Mainwaring of Watford Harriers the first female in 17:09.
Graham Taylor’s family unveiled a commemorative plaque in his honour at the prize presentation.