Rupert Goes Classic at Serpentine

There was a smattering of races for Gade Valley over the weekend of 18th and 19th September, more success for Teresa Reason and Al Flowers, a (genuine this time) World Record attempt and some classic swimming action. There were reduced Gade Valley numbers taking part in Parkrun this weekend with some standout performances from Matt Ashby, finishing 3rd at Gadebridge …

Brighton Blunder Leaves Goodman One Marathon Short of a Challenge

As always, the weekend’s running started at 9:00AM on Saturday as various Gade Valley Harriers took part in Parkruns across the country. The most notable achievement of the weekend belonged to one of GVH’s newer members, Chrissie Mooney, who took part in her 100th Parkrun at Gadebridge on Saturday morning. She put in a solid performance, completing the hilly 5k …

Mercer Closes in on 36 Year Old World Record

The weekend of 4th and 5th September saw a lot of Gade Valley Harriers in action over a variety of distances. Before the weekend even started, Dave Goodman was racing in the Ealing Mile on Friday (Dave’s birthday). Dave said (late on Sunday), “I should also mention I took part in the Ealing Mile on Friday – aka my birthday. …

Gemma Tucks in at Eton Dorney

The bank holiday weekend saw plenty of action for Gade Valley Harriers. Before the weekend even began, Thursday 26th August saw the final round of the GVH summer handicap. The summer series, where each runner is assigned a time handicap based on their predicted finish time, is extremely popular with the Harriers because it is designed to create a close …

Happy Birthday GVH

The weekend of 21st and 22nd August saw Gade Valley Harriers celebrate their 30th birthday. The club was formed back in 1991 and has always prided itself on being an inclusive environment for people who like to take running just seriously enough so that they can enjoy the celebrations afterwards. 30 years on, the club ethos hasn’t changed much and …

Island Hopping Harriers

The weekend of August 14th and 15th saw some familiar sights, a Gade Valley island invasion and the return of an aspect of racing sorely missed during the pandemic and its long tail of frustration. The weekend kicked off early on Friday as an initial group of 5 Gade Valley Harriers led by Vince Ellerby kicked off the annual pub …

Teresa on the Edge of Reason

Summer holidays kicked in for the Gade Valley Harriers as several of them took on parkruns around the country and beyond, a few stay-at-homes contented themselves with a local 10k race in St Albans and one Gade Valley Harrier drove herself to the edge of Reason as she took on the North Downs Way ultra marathon on the weekend of …

Landmark Race for Raana

The last Thursday of a summer month for Gade Valley Harriers means it is time for the latest round of the summer long GVH handicap race. The start of the school holidays and perhaps the choice of various Olympic sports on TV saw a reduced turnout from previous months, creating an opportunity for more points for those taking part. The …

Parkrun Finally Returns From 18 Month Break

In the surest sign yet that something like normality is on the way, Saturday July 24th saw the return of Parkrun to England as restrictions lifted and most Parkruns gained permission to restart from their local landowners. Curiously, it seems that Parkruns in Scotland and Wales are still dangerous (and illegal) affairs but thankfully those of us based in England …

Goodman Goes Maverick Again

In the weekend when most of England hoped that football would come home, but a tall young Italian man took it to Rome instead, there was still time for some of the Gade Valley Harriers to take part in some challenging competitions before the barbecues, alcohol and crushing disappointment (with a hint of deja vu) set in. As is often …