The Abbots Langley Tough Ten committee marked what should have been race-day by presenting the Graham Taylor Community Cup to Abbots Supermarket.
While the Tough Ten’s 10k, 5k, 3k and park runs couldn’t take place on Sunday, October 4 due to COVID-19, the committee still got together to hand over the cup, which is awarded each year to a person, team or business showing a valuable commitment to the local community.
Inspired by Graham Taylor, who was a regular supporter of the day’s events and a great fan of the community spirit and support evident in the village, the trophy was donated by Ralph and Melanie Henley.
It’s usually given to the winner at the presentation evening held each January, but that had to be cancelled due to a lack of funding, so the committee instead asked for nominations from the public and presented the cup on what would have been the 38th race day.
The committee said Abbots Supermarket, based in Langley Road, received by far the most votes.
One of the many nominations from residents read: “They have been amazing during lockdown, delivering to elderly or housebound people, sourcing products if you cannot get them, providing support and a morale boost when you pop in for a pint of milk.
“They’re a small family run business, work long hours, but always with a smile. Great service, fab polite people.”
Abbots Supermarket owner, Nimesh Patel (pictured centre), received the trophy at what would have been starting time for the 10K race.
Next year’s race will be on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Anybody wishing to donate to the Tough Ten funds in the meantime can do so by contacting ALTTRun@gmail.com.