Nearly a thousand people gathered to race in honour of a beloved football manager who died earlier this year.

The 35th anniversary Abbots Langley race was this year renamed in memory of former Watford FC and England manager Graham Taylor, who had awarded prizes at the race over the last 10 years.

His wife and daughter, Rita and Karen, supported the morning by unveiling a plaque in Graham’s memory at the Community Centre and assisted with the trophy presentations.

Specially-named Graham Taylor medals were also awarded to runners in the 10K and 5K races, which were held in the Manor House Playing Fields, in Abbots Langley.

Committee member Pat Waterton said: “The Tough Ten committee would like to thank all 800 who ran, as well as those who sponsored, supported, made bacon rolls, marshalled and were involved in anyway whatsoever.

“The list gets longer every year for a great community event.”