Meet the Committee

The GVH Committee for 2015/16 was voted in at our AGM on Thursday 17th September 2015. They are listed here alongside their pictures and a short biog.

If you have any specific questions for them, they can be contacted on the email addresses below or come and speak to them on a club night.

Andy Newing
I've been a GVH member since it's formation in Spring 1991. Most of my best friends have been made through the club and I've had great advice and support over the years so wanted to put something back in. I'd recommend GVH to anyone who is a current runner or beginner. After 5 happy years as Men's Captain I'm very proud to be Chair of the club and we are going from strength to strength with many new members and branching out as an affiliated Triathlon club this year.
Robert Bowler
As a runner since infants I was keen to try Gade Valley Harriers when I moved to Hemel in 2014. Bovingdon Airfield was my first club run and I remember the fear of getting lost!I do Parkruns to half marathons and ‘enjoy’ the Tuesday night training sessions, which have helped me achieve PB’s in all distances in the past year. Without marshals and support, runners can’t train or race so I wanted to give something back and volunteered to join the Committee. This is my first committee role so I'm looking forward to it immensely.
Steve Newing
I've been with GVH for 6 years and run 5 marathons and various road and cross country events. The best move I made was joining the Club as it made me a better runner through the structured training programmes. There is also a great social side to the Club which makes the running all the more enjoyable.
Women's Captain
Gemma Bitaraf
I joined GVH in 2012 and my running (and competitiveness!) since has improved significantly. I ran my 2nd marathon in 2015 in 3hrs 19mins,something I would never have achieved alone.I often run with my dog Chester who has been known to join me as part of the GVH team at parkruns! Aside from the great training schedules,the friendliness and spirit of the club has really made me feel part of the GVH ‘family'.I was proud to take on the role as Ladies Captain and look forward to running the Manchester Marathon in 2016.
Men's Captain / Head Coach
Ed Price
I have been a Harrier since 2008. I’d always been a runner since schooldays, but joining the club has taken my running to new levels with the highlight being a 2:58:00 at the London marathon in 2014. I have also qualified as a coach which allows me to inflict torture on my fellow club members each week! I’m very proud to be Men’s Captain and I get a real buzz from helping other runners reach their goals.
Social Secretary
Karis Thomas
I joined GVH after receiving a place for the London Marathon 2014. I started running in 2011 and trained alone for my 1st marathon in 2012 but as soon as I finished I wanted to go back and run it faster. Thanks to GVH I improved by over an hour and have PB’d on various other distances too. As well as being Secretary I run our public Facebook page and help with beginner runners. GVH has become more than just a running club to me now, the friends I’ve made have become a huge part of my life!
Kit Manager
Helen Terry
I have been running with GVH for almost 20 years and have completed 5 marathons - I'm not quick but I get there eventually! as well as looking after the kit I also organise the Summer Handicap Series and help organize the Marathon training runs.
Communications Officer
Dave Wise
I joined GVH in December 2011 and have loved every minute since! As well as the training, I enjoy the friendly atmosphere and encouragement at the club and have improved greatly with the help and advice of the more experienced runners. I enjoy competing at many different types of running events, like cross country, 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, full marathons and trail runs. I have completed many marathons and half marathons so far, and look forward to many more.
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