Helen Cook in Bad Admin Shocker

On 28th October the club’s monthly Parkrun tour took a short trip to Verulam Park for the St Albans Parkrun. A strong turnout for the club saw nearly 40 Harriers taking on the course and the club filled the first three finisher places. New member Andy Law was first finisher, in 18:32m, with Michael Linden only 4 seconds back in …

Trouble for Some at Cross Country

Everybody looks forward to the cross country season. This year, for the first round of five in the Chiltern League, there was the added bonus of not having to run up the hill in Horspath in roasting October weather, that race having moved from first to last in the calendar. Instead Gade Valley, along with the other clubs in the …

Keeping the Trail Warm

There were a few races on the weekend of 7th / 8th October as the autumn season seemingly got into full swing. On Saturday morning a fair few Harriers took on various local parkruns. At Rickmansworth, Gareth Tucker and Steve Newing ran under 20 minutes for the men while Mary McCluskey was first GVH lady over the line with her …

Tough Weekend

Before diving into the always interesting results from last weekend, an apology. Sometimes I make things up, especially quotes, to make things more interesting (but I don’t make results up) and sometimes I try to make jokes. I do sometimes intend to poke fun at people but I never intend to offend and I certainly try to recognise everybody’s achievements. …

Ultra Busy Weekend

September 23rd / 24th was a busy weekend for Gade Valley Harriers with athletes taking part in distances from 5k up to 50k. Before that though, some unfinished business from last weekend as Anita Fenoughty, having graduated from the L2R program only last year, took on her 2nd triathlon at Woking on 17th September. Anita said, “I’m not as fit …

New Forest, New Record

Back on Thursday 7th September 35 Harriers gathered for the final round of the 2023 handicap series. As ever, the club extends its thanks to Helen Terry for organising the series and sorting the fact from the fiction and the downright lies in people’s handicap entreaties. The full results of the series will remain under wraps until the prize giving …

Festival Fun for Harriers

As the long summer holidays came to a close (at least for my children and my partner, my “summer holidays” lasted exactly 6 working days and ended a month ago) Gade Valley celebrated with the final race of the year long Club League at the Bedford Festival of Running on Saturday 2nd September, a couple of Harriers waited until Sunday …

Harriers on Holiday

There are fewer races during the holiday season. Probably because people go on holiday. And there are fewer people writing about races during the holiday season, because they go on holiday too. So my apologies go out to anybody who did actually race in the past couple of weeks while I was away on holiday. As long as it’s on …

GVH Learns to Run Again

On Wednesday 19th July 12 Gade Valley Harriers gathered at Waddesdon Manor near the village of Waddesdon, north of Aylesbury, for the July round of the Club League. The Waddesdon 5k race follows a fairly simple out and back (up and down) route. It starts in the big car park at the bottom of the hill, goes up steeply to …

Lord of the Runs

According to Wikipedia, Bilbo Baggins, at the start of Lord of the Rings, travels to Rivendell and visits the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain before returning to retire at Rivendell and write books. One assumes that one day he would catch up with Frodo, after the latter’s adventures across three whole books, and catch up on what has been going …