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Weekly report Oct 13th 19

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...

GVH achievements September 2019

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...

Weekly report Oct 6th 19

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...

Member of The Month

Existing and past member of the month awards. Congratulations to all those nominated.

Latest Results

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

GOODWOOD RUNNING GRAND PRIX:

Marathon: 1st MV50: Andy Cook, 3rd MV40: Nicholas Crowther

20 miles: 3rd MV40: Phil Mercer

Half Marathon: 1st FV50: Helen Cook

CHASE THE SUN: OLYMPIC PARK 5K:

2nd MV40: Phil Mercer

HARROW HALF MARATHON:

3rd MV40: Rich Coles

RIDLINS 5000m:

2nd place: Rich Coles

WELWYN HALF MARATHON:

2nd MV40: Simon Wallis

PBs:

1 mile: Phil Mercer.

5km: Tracey Cotton, Rich Coles, Chris Dowling, Phil Mercer.

10km: Katie Hogendoorn, George Einchomb.

Half Marathon: Andy Cook, Ross Deacon, Dave Goodman, Julian Smith.

20 miles: Phil Mercer.

50km: Chris Dowling.

 

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, Kim Morgan, Angeline Cottrill)

NEW CLUB RECORD:

MV50 at Gadebridge ParkRun:

Bill Hawes – 19:45

PBS:

10k: Julian Smith: (37:58) Bath Two Tunnels 10k

ParkRun: Mary McCluskey: (25:37) Groe ParkRun

1 mile: Phil Mercer (6:00) Ealing Mile

Half Ironman: Dean Kidd: (5:14:20) which included 1.2 mile swim PB (38:02) and 56 mile cycle PB (2:32:33)

MILESTONE PARKRUNS:

100: Andy Cook, Helen Cook, Gareth Tucker

Bovingdon 10k – 1 Sep 2019

PlaceNameGenderAGChipTimeClub league pointsAge grade
3Richard ColesMV4500:35:2320
12michael lindenMV4000:39:1419
20David GoodmanMV4000:41:0618
23James BirnieMV4500:41:4517
30Philip MercerMV4000:42:2916
33Philip HeatonMSEN00:43:0615
38Trevor NormoyleMV4000:43:3614
56Andrew WattMV4500:46:2613
71Tracey CottonFV4000:47:0120
106Bethan HeatonFSEN00:51:5919
112Isabel WilsonFV6500:52:2918
127Helen CookFV5000:53:2717
133Jaqui SampsonFV4000:54:3216
135Angeline CottrillFV4000:54:5115
148Kirstie HardimanFV3500:55:5914
170Holly BeckettFV3500:58:5913
171Mary McCluskeyFSEN00:58:5912
173Susie IvinFV4000:59:0611
193philip walkerMV5501:03:0912
194Helen HeathcoteFV4501:03:2410

A huge contingent of Harriers took part in the Bovingdon 10k, a fairly flat road race which started in the heart of the village and wound its way around local country lanes. Rich Coles wasn’t taking any prisoners as he was first club member to pass HMP The Mount and turn onto the High Street to cross the finish line, completing the course in third place overall and as first male vet 45+ (MV45), clocking a superb time of 35:23. Andy Symmonds was just three places further back and second MV55, crossing the line in 37:04, ahead of Michael Linden who also managed a sub-40 minute finish, claiming the first MV40 position with a time of 39:21.

David Goodman was participating in his third race of the week, after completing the Canterbury Half Marathon (1:39:11) on Bank Holiday Monday and the Chase The Sun – Brockwell Park 10k (41:54) on Wednesday, and took the silver MV40 medal at Bovingdon on Sunday with a time of 41:06, ahead of James Birnie (41:51) who was third MV45.

Phil Mercer had completed the Spitfire 10k at RAF Hendon on Saturday morning (44:33) and manged to better his time just 24 hours later, finishing the Bovingdon event in 42:29, ahead of Phil Heaton (43:06), Trevor Normoyle (43:36) and Andrew Watt (46:26).

Tracey Cotton was another Harrier to string together two races this week, completing the Hatfield 5K (22:36) on Wednesday before being first female from the club – and eighth overall – to cross the line at Bovingdon, picking up the FV40 prize with a time of 47:01.

Rupert Cavenagh-Mainwaring (51:25) was the next club athlete to complete the course and Bethan Heaton (51:59) finished a minute ahead of the first FV65 and club mate Isabel Wilson (52:29) while Helen Cook (53:27) was third FV50.

Jaqui Sampson (54:32) held off Angeline Cottrill (54:51) and Kirstie Hardiman (55:59). Holly Beckett and Mary McCluskey (58:59) ran together and recorded identical times, with Susie Ivin (59:06) just a few seconds, and two places, behind.

Philip Walker (1:03:09) and Helen Heathcote (1:03:24) rounded up a fine performance for the team.

GVH achievements and PBs July 2019

GADE VALLEY HARRIERS PBS ETC JULY 2019

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Chris Dowling for completing the Wendover Woods 100 Mile Ultra
Teresa Reason & Anita Berwick for completing Race to the Stones 100k Ultra
Rob Humphreys for completing the Lakeland 50 Mile Ultra
Craig Hardiman for completing the Bolton Ironman Triathlon

TOP THREE CATEGORY PLACES:

Dave Goodman: 2nd MV40: Chase the Sun 5k, Victoria Park on 3rd
And 1st MV40: Gunnersbury Park 10k on 21st
Tracey Cotton: 1st FV40: Spire Bushey 10k on 14th

PBS:

ParkRun: Holly Beckett, Ross Deacon, Isabel Wilson (x2), Imogen
Hudson, Susannah Harker, Jody Whitehill, Jenny Plastow (x2), Helen
Harker, Nikki Tucker, Sara Muncke, Caron Williams, Jackie Leach,
Angela Hunt

5k (non ParkRun): Dave Goodman, Phil Mercer (x2)

5 mile: Phil Mercer

10 mile: Dave Goodman, Holly Beckett, Mary McCluskey

Bearbrook 10k – 4 Aug 2018

15 GVH runners toed the line at the August club league race – the Bearbrook 10k.  Rich Coles came in 1st V40, and GVH were 2nd male team and 3rd female team.  Individual results as follows:

PosNameNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen PosClub league pointsAge graded
7Richard Coles00:36:16MV401Male720
23Antony Beamish00:39:43MV406Male2019
27David Goodman00:40:43MV407Male2418
33Simon Wallis00:41:39MV4010Male3017
40James Birnie00:42:20MV4013Male3616
41Stephen Newing00:42:52Male Senior16Male3715
44Anthony Willcox00:43:17Male Senior17Male4014
45Phil Mercer00:43:22MV4014Male4113
73Tracey Cotton00:47:21FV354Female1020
136Helen Cook00:52:23FV458Female2519
142Kim Morgan00:52:51FV359Female2818
155Angeline Cottrill00:53:47FV3510Female3617
184Jaqui Sampson00:56:52FV3516Female5116
215Susie Ivin00:59:53FV3524Female6915
249Helen Heathcore01:04:30FV4524Female9314

The Bearbook 10k treated runners to almost perfect race conditions – the polar opposite to recent weekends of racing in either wet and windy or hot and humid conditions – on a sunny day with a slight breeze and lower-than-average temperatures for August

Rich Coles was taking part in his first race since having surgery on his knee just seven weeks ago, for an injury sustained in February which aborted his marathon training. He bearly put a foot wrong as he was first Harrier to complete the course, which started with a long flat stretch before a gradual incline became a welcome,long-downhill finish.

He was also first Male Vet 40+ to cross the line, with a superb time of 36:16. Antony Beamish (39:43) passed David Goodman (40:43) – who had worked a night shift the previous night – in the closing stages. Simon Wallis (41:39) had been suffering with slight illness all week, but the quartet combined to pick up a second place award for the men’s team.

The next four club mates all finished within just over a minute of each other, with James Birnie (42:20) and Stephen Newing (42:25) finishing in consecutive places while Anthony Willcox (43:17) held off a sprint finish from Phil Mercer (43:22) who was completing his second race in three days after clocking a personal best (PB) at the Ealing Mile on Friday, with a time of exactly six minutes.

Tracey Cotton (47:21) was first Harrier female to cross the line, and she was nearly five minutes clear of her team mates. Helen Cook (52:23) led a trio of club athletes who all finished within ninety seconds of each other with Kim Morgan (52:51) and Angeline Cottrill (53:47) helping the ladies team to a bronze medal.

Jaqui Sampson (56:52), Susie Ivin (59:53) and Helen Heathcote (1:04:30) all completed a great team performance.

GVH ACHIEVEMENTS AND PBS JUNE 2019

Race winners (M & F):
15th: Anthony James: South Downs Half Marathon

16th: Lisa Newing: Kings Langley Puffaten (10k) (1st Female)

First Place Age Category Positions:
21st: Bill Hawes: 1st MV50 at St Albans Summer Solstice 10k

30th: Dave Goodman: 1st MV40 at Lee Valley Velodrome 5k

Top Three Age Category Positions:
9th: Teresa Reason: 2nd Female at Weald Challenge 50k

21st: Lisa Newing: 2nd FV35 at St Albans Summer Solstice 10k

4th: Jon Roberts: 3rd at Hawridge Duathlon

First Place at ParkRun:
29th: Tracey Cotton: 1st Female at Sunny Hill

PBs:
ParkRun: Sam Sparks, Mary McCluskey x2
10k: Dave Wood, Chris Dowling, Simon Geary, Michael Linden, Gareth Tucker, Andy Cook, Ross Deacon, Phil Mercer, Laura Sharma-Smith, Helen Cook, Mary McCluskey, Kirstie Hardiman.
Half Marathon: Michael Linden
Marathon: Harvey Denmead

Club Awards

Club awards 2017-18

Award2017-18
Best male athleteMike Ferris
Most improved male athleteRoss Deacon
Best new male athleteHamish Shaw
Best female athleteMaria Kenney
Most improved female athleteSam Raffety
Best new female athleteNaomi Iles
Multi-sport awardJon Roberts & Guy Woollett
Club league maleRoss Deacon
Club league femaleTracey Cotton
Club league age-gradedRich Coles
Club handicapRich Hutton
Committee awardGemma Bitaraf
Club members awardAndy Newing

Club Social

GVH Social at the St Albans Striders Summer Solstice 10k

GVH Social at the St Albans Striders Summer Solstice 10k

The current 10k training schedule culminates in the St Alban’s Striders Sumer Solstice 1ok, which is also a club league event.  We’d like to encourage as many non-runners as possible to also attend to ensure our support crew is out in force and we can have a fun social afterwards.  The Striders are putting on food and music after the event, so we are looking make a great night of the Solstice!

If you haven’t entered yet, you’d best do so quickly as you don’t want to be disappointed!

https://www.stalbansstriders.com/racing/summer-solstice-10k

Thurs 16 May – GVH marshals thank you, charity donation, pub run draw + more

We’re got the back room at the Steam Coach booked and we’ll be laying on some food and drink to say thank you to everyone* who helped at the Marathon Training Runs. The event is open to all club members as we’re using it an an opportunity for a wider social and committee update – no doubt inspiring those who were unable to support the MTR this year to ring-fence the dates next year. MTR marshals will get a free drinks voucher per event they helped at this year (redeemable on the night only). We will also present a cheque to our nominated charity of the year, the Herts Mind Network, and do the draw for the annual pub run!

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