Meet the Committee

Rich Coles
Since joining GVH in 2007 my running has been transformed thanks to the support, training structure and camaraderie the club offers. I've gone from running a half marathon in over 2 hours to 1:17 and a marathon in 3:37 to 2:45. I am constantly working to improve my times, motivated by the great spirit of fellow club members. I'm constantly amazed by the range and number of events people take part in at all levels, the improvements achieved and the support across the club, so it's always great to welcome new members.
Club Secertary
Helen Cook
I joined GVH after completing their first “Learn to Run” course in 2015, since then my running has gone from strength to strength with the support of the club. I ran my first marathon in 2018 after saying “No I don’t think I will ever run a marathon” I am now thinking of my next one! I am very pleased to be able to give back to the club in my role as secretary.
Steve Newing
I have been with GVH since 2007 and in that time have run multiple marathons and various other road and cross country events. Since joining I have seen our training programmes go from strength to strength and this has helped me improve as a runner and achieve PBs that wouldn't have been possible without the help of the club. I have been Treasurer now since 2013 and enjoy giving something back to the club!
Women's Team Captain
Angeline Cottrill
I joined GVH in 2014. Having run my first 10k, I wanted to improve and learn how to train properly. The first thing I felt was the amazing camaraderie amongst the team. Since then I have run 4 marathons (never thought I’d even run one!), many half marathons, 10ks, parkruns, cross country and most recently completed several triathlons. I absolutely love seeing our runners make improvements and hearing of their achievements. Seeing them train well and then go on to smash their personal bests is immensely satisfying. The social side of our club is equally fantastic and I’m very proud to be part of such a supportive, passionate team.
Men's Captain
Hamish Shaw

I joined GVH in 2017 and soon realised what a great, fun and enjoyable club it is! I love training and racing with the club as there is a great sense of camaraderie. I know that the knowledge, skills and friendliness I possess allow me to fulfil the role of mens captain. My own personal aims are to improve my PBs whilst having fun and keeping fit! Drop me an email if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to help. I am also a keen triathlete along with many of our club members so do feel free to quiz me on triathlon too!
Social Secretary
Helen Heathcote
Kit Manager
Maria Kenny
I joined GVH in 2015. I had always been a runner but my training lacked structure. My running has since been transformed thanks to the support and encouragement of the coaches and fellow team members in this incredible club. I recently completed my 6th marathon and regularly compete in league road races of all distances. I love being a part of the club committee as Kit Manager. As the club grows and expands, so does the range of branded clothing and accessories. I am always open to suggestions so fire away and I will investigate any exciting new ideas!
Communications Officer
Simon Wallis
I joined GVH in 2013 as I enjoyed running but wanted to bring my fitness up a gear and I've always enjoyed exercising in groups. Training with the club helped me to a 1:28 half marathon and 3:17 marathon in 2014, and a 1:27 half and 3:07 marathon in 2018, after a few years of very little racing in between. Although I had to do a lot of the training for the latter solo, because of the marathon being out of season, I always felt the support of club members when I did manage to join in on club nights and long weekend runs, and on social media. So, I felt I wanted to give something back to the club and offered to become Communications Officer. I love finding out about members’ races and event, and writing about them for everyone else to enjoy. I have also relished taking on the social media feeds and raising the clubs profile.
Head Coach (non-exec committee member)
Edward Price
Back in 2008 I joined Gade Valley Harriers as a slightly overweight middle aged man, who'd done a bit of running as a boy and now wanted to take it seriously again. The club gave me just the boost I needed and I soon started enjoying racing in club colours, taking on cross country fixtures, 10ks, half marathon and ultimately marathons. I loved the training environment and the esprit de corps of the changing room and so soon realised I wanted to give back to the club and take a more active part in it. So in 2013 I started to train as a Coach and since then have been responsible for the torture inflicted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Always looking for new challenges, I designed our popular Learn to Run course, our annual Sports Day and also got the club's competitive juices flowing by starting the Club League. I like nothing more to see runners getting PBs and achieving their goals and I am very proud to be a part of GVH.
Head Coach (non-exec committee member)
Gemma Bitaraf
I joined GVH in 2012 and gained my Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness Qualification in 2017. I have always been proud to be part of the GVH ‘family’ and enjoy coaching members of all abilities from beginners to competitive runners. I ran London Marathon in 2015 in 3:19 and now love to share my experiences with others to help them improve and grow. Often seen on my bike or in the water, I also helps club members with their triathlon training, particularly during the summer months.
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