Meet the Committee

The GVH Committee for 2017/18 was voted in at our AGM on Thursday 28th September 2017. 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 with GVH since it's formation in 1991. Most of my best friends have been made through GVH and I've had great advice and support over the years so wanted to give something back. I'd recommend GVH to runners and triathletes of any standard. I was Men's Captain for 5 successful years and am now very proud to be Chair of the Club. We continue to go from strength to strength and I am committed to making ongoing improvements where we can.
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 PBs in all distances. 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 I'm enjoying it immensely.
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 3 marathons (never thought I’d even run one!), many half marathons, 10ks, parkruns, cross country and most recently completed 5 triathlons. I had never swum in open water until June 2017 but our coach Gemma helped me with my confidence and I did two open water triathlons in the following 2 months.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 Team Captain
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. In addition to running, I often go road cycling and open water swimming with club members at weekends. 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.
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.
Social Secretary
Emma Gray
I've been running with GVH since May 2015 when I moved to Hemel. I've been running for over 5 years. It all started with a few Race For Life events, but then the half marathons started rolling in thick and fast and then to my astonishment I've now completed 5 marathons. This year I completed both Brighton and London marathon within the space of one week. My friends and family say I'm crazy but I just love to run.
Communications Officer
Dave Goodman
I've been running now since 2007 and when my job required me to relocate to Hemel I decided to pick up where I left off and found GVH online. I got in touch and there was a bunch of smiley, friendly faces to welcome me. I joined in May 2016 and have not looked back since. I'm very passionate about running, very crazy and very motivated. My advice is always run with heart, determination and effort and you will finish stronger than before.
Head Coach
Edward Price
Edward joined GVH in 2008. In 2013 he started training to be a coach and qualified as a level 2 coach in running fitness in 2015. He works with runners of all levels and experience at the club and designed our popular Learn to Run course which started in 2015. As a runner himself, Edward has run several marathons with a best of 2:53:37 at London in 2016. He also enjoys battling the mud at cross country fixtures and is trying (in vain) to record a decent 10k time.
Head Coach
Gemma Bitaraf
Gemma joined GVH in 2012 and gained her Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness Qualification in 2017. She has always been proud to be part of the GVH ‘family’ and enjoys coaching members of all abilities from beginners to competitive runners. She ran London Marathon in 2015 in 3:19 and now loves to share her experiences with others to help them improve and grow. Often seen on her bike or in the water, Gemma also helps club members with their triathlon training, particularly during the summer months.
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