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Weekly report 28 Jul 2019

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...

Weekly report 21 Jul 2019

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...

Weekly report 14 July 2019

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.

Latest Results

St Albans Summer Solstice 10k 21 June 2019

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:

PosNameNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen Pos
6Anthony James00:37:04M404Male6
9Alistair Flowers00:37:52Senior5Male9
10Jonathan Roberts00:37:58M405Male10
14Chris Dowling00:38:31M406Male13
15Simon Geary00:38:34M407Male14
20Antony Beamish00:39:14M409Male18
21michael linden00:39:13M4010Male19
24Anthony Willcox00:39:35Senior11Male22
26Bill Hawes00:39:35M501Male24
31David Goodman00:40:08M4014Male29
36Gareth Tucker00:40:46M4016Male33
37Andrew Cook00:40:45M505Male34
43Ross Deacon00:41:04M4020Male40
45Phil Mercer00:41:28M4021Male42
52Lisa Newing00:42:17W352Female4
60Theresa Reason00:42:46W354Female7
61Edward Price00:42:53M4024Male54
67Kathleen Smith00:43:28Lady3Female8
71Gwyn Pritchard00:43:45Senior25Male63
72Laura Sharma-Smith00:43:47Lady4Female9
100Andrew Watt00:45:52M4039Male86
119Tracey Cotton00:47:05W3511Female23
149Victoria Crawley-Wise00:48:29W3514Female29
179Samantha Raffety00:49:47W3517Female40
194Kirstie Hardiman00:50:42W3522Female48
203Kim Morgan00:51:01W3523Female55
213Mel Hardy00:51:07Lady25Female61
217Andrew Terry00:51:15Senior56Male155
218Helen Cook00:51:25W4511Female63
232isabel wilson00:52:02W553Female70
252Bethan Heaton00:53:05Lady31Female83
270Mary McCluskey00:53:48Lady35Female93
294Angeline Cottrill00:54:55W3540Female108
305Joanna Kidd00:55:54W3541Female114
311David Wilson00:56:40M4078Male195
324Helen Terry00:56:44W3542Female127
337LEONA FLAHERTY00:57:23W4534Female136
375Thomas Colligan00:59:42M6011Male216
382PAULA COOK01:00:00W559Female164
416Gemma Tucker01:02:11Lady62Female193
432Claire Pellett01:03:45Lady65Female207
455Lisa Pinder01:04:53W4563Female226
501Paul Mosley01:09:07M6015Male243
517Peter Tucker01:12:17M6016Male248


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)


Other events:

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

Pednor 10M – Sunday 30th December 2018

PositionNameCategoryCategory PositionTime
14Phil RobbinsM51:05:23 pb
20Julian SmithM81:06:36
23Andrew WellsM111:08:17
30Ross DeaconM4061:09:56 pb
31Gareth TuckerM4071:10:13 pb
33David GoodmanM4081:10:49 pb
35Andy CookM5061:11:03
38Steve NewingM141:12:02
50Claire McDonnellF4021:15:17
62Robert BowlerM50131:16:56
69Charlie ChappellM161:18:11
94Richard PhillipsM181:22:18
108Tracey CottonF40101:24:48
124Sam RaffetyF141:28:18
138Kirstie HardimanF171:32:34
146Angeline CottrillF40201:35:39
158Tanya SaundersF5091:43:59

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