Review of 2020 – Part 1 (Before the Apocalypse)

2020 was the strangest of years. Back in January we were hearing about a “new” virus called Coronavirus (although we were also told it was a well known type of virus that causes, amongst other things, the common cold) that was causing a stir in China. Those of us old enough to remember to remember the SARS outbreak of 2002 …

Shaws Lead the Way at MK

This weekend saw more events emerging from the Lockdown slumber, rubbing their eyes and slowly stretching in the new sunny dawn of the socially distanced, Covid Safe racing era. At least that would be the romantic view of the Gade Valley Harriers taking part in three separate events over the weekend. The reality though was of a miserable wet weekend …

Racing Takes off Again at Bovingdon Airfield

After Lockdown v1.0 and 1.1, a partial release and then Lockdown v2.0 organised racing finally got underway again at a freezing cold, foggy Bovingdon Airfield for the Herts Remembrance 10k. The race was originally scheduled for November 8th but the latest lockdown had grounded that plan leaving everybody frustrated but itching to go once the new date had been confirmed …

More Virtual Action for the Harriers

One of the nice things about the scarcity of races in these times is that we can focus on some of the runners that may not always enjoy the spotlight. This week we had three runners taking on the Virtual Run Your Town Dacorum 10k and one taking to the streets of Hemel to complete the 10k part of the …

Reason’s to be Cheerful for Harriers

This weekend saw a return to racing for many of the Harriers with 6 taking part in the Chiltern Ultra on Saturday, 7 tackling the Eton Dorney Marathon on Sunday and a further 7 Harriers joining 45000 or so others around the world in the Virtual London Marathon. The Chiltern Ultra is a 50k trail race around the Chiltern Hills …

Dylan drank this beer after the race

Wendleken in Iron Man Action While Harriers Reflect

Gade Valley Harriers, in common with the rest of the world’s runners, have spent the whole summer dreaming of the time that they can return to regular racing. As with the rest of the UK, the running community was dealt a Covid related blow this weekend with the announcement that the planned return of Parkrun at the end of October …

Harriers in Trail Action 20:09:20

Most runners take a number of weeks to run 100 miles even whilst marathon training, and they run them on even firm ground wherever possible. This weekend, Chris Dowling ran that distance, and some more, as he took part in the Ultra X125 in the Peak District. The race challenged participants to endure 75km of trails and mixed terrain in …

The Return of the Marathon 13:09:20

After a six month hiatus, competitive marathon racing returned on Sunday, with the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon. Described as one of the prettiest trail events in the UK, the challenging route took participants through the stunning Surrey Hills. It passed along parts of the Pilgrim Way and the North Downs Way, paid for at the cost of 2,300 feet (700 metres) …

GVH Virtual 10k – 5th & 6th Sep 2020

  GVH Virtual 10k Congratulations and thanks to all who ran the virtual 10k this weekend – some really excellent times and plenty of PBs which is testament to your efforts over the summer and the support of our fantastic coaches and leaders. I can now announce the winners! Most Improved Plenty of great performances but the winner (even with …

Virtual Summer Handicap Comes to Thrilling Climax

  Summer petered out last weekend with a chilly Bank Holiday, before September arrived. The extended weekend gave members of Gade Valley Harriers one last chance to try to beat their Virtual Summer Handicap times of the last few months. Some of the quickest runners at the club left it until the last minute to do battle. Matthew Watt held …