Tarmac supports Hertfordshire running event

July 14, 2021

Tarmac is proud to have supported the local community in Welwyn Garden City by sponsoring a popular running event.

The Welwyn 10k, organised by Garden City Runners (GCR), took place during the Welwyn Festival which was held between 25th June and 3rd July. This year, runners were invited to take part in the virtual race at any time during the festival, and were asked to upload their results to the Run Nation website or app.

Tarmac sponsored the event and donated a £120 voucher for a local running shop to be awarded to the participant finishing in 101st position – in reflection of the 101 years since Welwyn Garden City was established.

A team of runners from Tarmac also took part in the event to show their support.

GCR established the Welwyn 10k seven years ago to coincide with Welwyn Festival Week. This grew exponentially until 2020, when Covid forced it to be cancelled.

Louise Smith, race organiser, said: “After the disappointment of last year we were determined this year’s the race would go ahead – but in a different format. The race team worked hard to ensure this would happen. Since it was unprecedented, it required a lot of innovation, while still needing to conform to council requirements.

“The reaction from runners was wholly positive. Some were delighted to be able to run it quietly with a few friends, whilst others relished the opportunity of being able to run early or late in the day and take advantage of the long June days. In fact, a number of PBs were recorded!

“We would like to thank our sponsors for their support which helped ensure this year’s event could take place. We really couldn’t have done it without them.”

Dave McCabe, head of land development at Tarmac, who was one of the Tarmac team who took part in the race, said: “It was great to be able to support this event through the sponsorship and prize donation. We also really enjoyed taking part in the event, which was well organised and a lot of fun.”

The event attracted well over 200 local runners, who all received a unique 2021 high visibility t-shirt which they were encouraged to wear during the race, and could pose in a special ‘Selfie Frame’ at the finish. Results were logged and a leader board constantly updated during Welwyn Festival Week.

The 101st finisher and Tarmac running shop voucher winner was Emma Cassidy, who completed the challenging course in 1:04:04.

101st finisher and Tarmac running shop voucher winner was Emma Cassidy

Proceeds were donated to the Welwyn Festival charities, with the event sponsored by Tarmac, HRJ Foreman Laws and Netherdown.