Getting your fill from Gade Valley Harriers
Every year Gade Valley Harriers put on a Learn to Run course for non-runners, with the intent of getting them to be able to run 5km after just ten weeks. This year’s course was completed a couple of weeks ago and culminated in a 5k loop around the local area where...
Nice quiet weekend this weekend. Well done Peter Tucker and David Goodman for flying the GVH flag today. Most people don’t get round to running a marathon in their entire lives, and most don’t run races virtually every weekend, but Gade Valley Harriers’ Peter Tucker...
A weekend of epic sport that saw the Wimbledon Men’s Final and the Cricket World Cup Final both go to extra-time also saw some mammoth performances from members of our humble little running club (and I’m not taking about the Prosecco crew at the PubRun). Well done...
Member of The Month
Existing and past member of the month awards. Congratulations to all those nominated.
June’s member of the month for the ladies goes to a lady who is not only amazing running whilst dressed as a post box, but exceptionally quick when dressed in suitable run gear! Lisa Newing had a superb month in June with a fantastic finish as first lady at the Kings...
June’s winner is quite a new member to GVH joining in February. He’s been improving since joining the club and succeeded in achieving a half marathon PB at St. Albans and a 10k PB at Summer Solstice. If he keeps up the training I’m sure more PBs will follow! Congrats...
A fab turnout from GVH at the St Albans Summer Solstice 10k on 21 Jun, which was the GVH club league race for June. Runners were rewarded with an excellent medal and a BBQ after their 10k performances.
St Albans has been the focal point of the longest day of the year for the last few years as it holds its annual Summer Solstice 10k and on Friday Harriers went in huge numbers to beat the sunset on a route which largely follows the Alban Way – a disused railway line that goes from the ancient city’s suburbs towards Hatfield.
Anthony James kept his fine recent form on track, after the previous weekend’s half marathon win, by being first club athlete to cross the line – and sixth overall – steaming round in 37:04, followed three places later by Al Flowers (37:52) who finished just ahead of Jon Roberts (37:58) to make it three Harriers in the top ten.
Chris Dowling (38:31) and Simon Geary (38:34) both picked up personal bests (PB) ahead of Antony Beamish (39:14) and Michael Linden (39:13) – who also managed a PB – and Anthony Willcox (39:35). Bill Hawes (39:35) was first Male Vet over 50 (MV50) and wrapped up an impressive sub-40 field from the club, meaning nine Harriers finished in the top 26.
David Goodman (40:08) held off Gareth Tucker (40:46), Andy Cook (40:45), Ross Deacon (41:04) and Phil Mercer (41:28) who all collected PBs.
Lisa Newing (42:17) was second FV35 – and fourth overall lady – ahead of Teresa Reason (42:46) and Edward Price (42:53) who was running for the first time after a long injury lay-off. Kathleen Smith (43:28) was eighth overall lady but third in her age category, with Gwyn Pritchard (43:45) crossing the line one place ahead of Lozza-tm Sharma-Smith (43:47) who made it four GVH ladies in the top ten and Andrew Watt (45:52), Tracey Cotton (47:05), Victoria Crawley Wise (48:29) and Sam Raffety (49:47) all put in great performances.
Kirstie Hardiman (50:42), Kim Morgan (51:01), Mel Hardy (51:07) and Andrew Terry (51:15) all finished within about 30 seconds of each other, and Helen Cook (51:25) picked up a PB in what was her second race in three days. Isabel Wilson (52:02) and Bethan Heaton (53:05) crossed the line ahead of Mary McCluskey (53:48) who nabbed a PB.
Angeline Cottrill (54:55) ran despite picking up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race, and finished ahead of Joanna Kidd (55:54), David Wilson (56:40) and Helen Terry (56:44). Leona Flaherty (Teresa Maryland) (57:23) was another club athlete racing for the second time in three days and was the penultimate member to cross the line in under an hour, ahead of Thomas Colligan (59:42), with Paula Cook (1:00:00) just missing out.
Gemma Tucker (1:02:11), Claire Pellett (1:03:45), Lisa Pinder (1:04:53), Paul Mosley (1:09:07) and Peter Tucker (1:12:17) completed the line-up.
Results as follows:
|Pos||Name||Net Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos|
New Club Record:
Lisa Newing: FV35 Cassiobury Park ParkRun 20:11
First Place at ParkRun:
13th April: James Carter (1st Overall) Sutton Park
GVH had a first placed senior female every Saturday in April
6th April: Amy Button (1st Senior Female/ 2nd Overall Female) Evesham 13th April: Amy Button (1st Senior Female/ 2nd Overall Female) Sutton Park 20th April: Lisa Newing (1st Female) Cassiobury Park
27th April: Tracey Cotton (1st Female) Gadebridge Park
Other First Placed Category Finishes:
19th April: St Albans 10k
1st MV40: Anthony James 1st MV60: Wynne Leith
ParkRun: Mary McCluskey
10k: Sam Raffety, Kim Morgan, Gareth Tucker, Gemma Tucker, David Thompson, Katie Hogendoorn, Holly Beckett
10 miles: Phil Mercer
Half: Julian Smith, Charles Chappell, Dave Goodman
20 miles: Jaqui Sampson
Marathon: John Lawler, Nick Crowther, Robert Bowler, Antony Beamish, Dave Wood, Mary McCluskey, Jo Kidd, Julian Smith, Phil Mercer, Trevor Normoyle, Helen Cook, Ross Deacon
Club Records: ParkRun (any location) FV35:
Lisa Newing at Cassiobury Park: 30:03:19. Time: 20:24
1st/2nd/3rd placed finishes:
Berkhamsted Half Marathon & 5 mile race: 03:03:19
Bill Hawes: 3rd MV50 (HM) Teresa Reason: 1st FV40 (HM) Tracey Cotton: 1st FV40 (5m)
Dash in the Dark 03:03:19: Jon Roberts: 2nd overall/ 2nd MV40 Bedford Autodrome Running Grand Prix: 31:03:19:
16 mile event: Phil Mercer: 1st MV40/2nd overall
1st place ParkRuns:
Newport ParkRun: 30:03:19: Amy Button: 1st female Cassiobury ParkRun: 30:03:19: Lisa Newing: 1st senior/2nd overall female
ParkRun: Katie Hoogendorn, Phil Mercer 5 mile: Gareth Tucker, Sian Shaw 10k: Phil Heaton, Bethan Heaton
Half: Matt Ashby, Chris Dowling, Dave Wood, Trevor Normoyle, Rich Phillips, Andy Watt, Natasha Gibbs,Claire Pellett x2, Phil Mercer, Gwyn Pritchard, Holly Beckett, Mary McCluskey, Dave Goodman, Gemma Tucker, Kim Morgan
16 miles: Phil Mercer
20 miles: Phil Mercer, Dave Wood, Phil Robbins, Helen Heathcote
|14||Phil Robbins||M||5||1:05:23 pb|
|30||Ross Deacon||M40||6||1:09:56 pb|
|31||Gareth Tucker||M40||7||1:10:13 pb|
|33||David Goodman||M40||8||1:10:49 pb|
|3||Guy Woollett / Jon Roberts||Male Relay||Super Randonneurs - Woolly and Berts||1:04:04|
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