Weekly report Oct 13th 19

As well seeing the two-hour barrier for running a marathon broken for the first time, Saturday saw the return of the Chiltern Cross Country League and the first fixture of the 2019-20 season took Gade Valley Harriers to Horsepath Country Park in Oxford, and they took with them rainy, overcast conditions which were perfect for making the trails and paths …

GVH achievements September 2019

CLUB RECORD BROKEN: FV35 5k road: Tracey Cotton: 22:03 at Hatfield 5k series (11:09:19). MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS: Dean Kidd: Ironman Triathlon (21:09:19). MILESTONES: Dave Goodman: 50th marathon. Peter Tucker: 100th ParkRun. FIRST PLACE FINISHERS: Kirstie Hardiman (1st female) at Hemel Super Sprint Triathlon (29:09:19). TOP THREE CATERGORY POSITIONS:   BOVINGDON 10K: 3rd overall, 1st MV40: Rich Coles 1st FV65: Isabel Wilson …

Weekly report Oct 6th 19

On a weekend that Great Britain’s professional athletes won silver in both the male and female 100 metre relay races at the World Championship in the hot and humid climate of Qatar, Gade Valley Harriers took to the streets of Abbots Langley in pursuit of silverware of their own, in somewhat cooler conditions. Four of the first finishers at the …

Weekly report Sep 29 2019

This week marked the end of the 2018-19 season for Gade Valley Harriers and on Thursday they looked back on a successful year of running, both competitively in races and in making improvements in their general running. Over the last twelve months, club members have competed in 1,175 races covering almost 3,000 miles, with 57 members reporting personal bests (PBs), …

Weekly report 22 Sept 2019

Most people find running a marathon hard enough but on Saturday Gade Valley Harriers had one member who took on a mammoth swim and bike ride before he ran the 26.2-mile distance, two others who competed in longer running races, one that took part in a long distance bike ride, and another who completed a half marathon the day after …

Weekly report 15 September 2019

It was a day of half marathons for a small number of Gade Valley Harriers on Sunday, with club members taking part in four different 13.1-mile events around the country. Julian Smith and Leona Flaherty were in action at the Great Bristol Half, Rich Coles competed in the Harrow Half and David Thompson participated in the Run Reigate Half. The …

Weekly report 8 September 2019

A wine tasting tour doesn’t usually involve breaking into a sweat, but when you have to run a couple of miles between each drinks station, in fancy dress, it becomes a whole different experience as nine ladies from Gade Valley Harriers discovered on Sunday when they travelled to England’s largest vineyard in search of one of the year’s more fun …

GVH achievements August 2019

GVH PBS & OTHER NOTICEABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AUGUST 2019: FIRST PLACED FINISHES: 4th: Richard Coles: 1st MV40 at Bearbrook 10k 18th: Teresa Reason: 1st female at South Downs Midnight Marathon 30th: Kathleen Smith: 1st female at Gadebridge ParkRun TEAM AWARDS AT BEARBROOK 10k: 2nd Men’s team: (Richard Coles, Antony Beamish, Dave Goodman, Simon Wallis) 3rd ladies team: (Tracey Cotton, Helen Cook, …

Chris Dowling’s epic Wendover Woods 100

I’ve been asked to waffle on a bit about last month’s 100 mile jog round Wendover Woods. This one-off event was dreamt up by the always brilliant Centurion Running in response to popular demand (Facebook) calling for a 100 mile version of their regular Wendover 50 mile race.    Centurion ultras always sell out (sometimes within hours) so it was worrying to see only 45 entrants out …

Weekly press report – 1 Sep 2019

After the majority of Gade Valley Harriers took a much needed break from racing for the bank holiday weekend, it was back to business as usual this weekend with a large number of club members competing in local events, with athletes securing category position wins and picking up PBs (personal bests). A huge contingent of Harriers took part in the …