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Here you can find the latest news, Member of The Month, latest club results, club awards and social updates.

New Updates

GVH Still in the Promotion Hunt

GVH Still in the Promotion Hunt

The weekend of 15th / 16th January saw the Gade Valley Harriers compete as a team in the Chiltern Cross Country League for the fourth (out of five) fixture of the season. The Harriers were still optimistic of returning to the top division at the first attempt, going...

Capital Gains in 2022

Capital Gains in 2022

While most of the world was still recovering from their overindulgence at Christmas and a large proportion of the population was still in isolation having got Covid for Christmas, there were a number of Gade Valley Harriers who started 2022 with a Parkrun. Vince...

Christmas Cheer for GVH

Christmas Cheer for GVH

Friday 10th December saw the return of a favourite event to the running club calendar. After taking a leave of absence in Covid hit December 2020, this was the first time the club had gathered for Christmas cheer since 2019. The evening opened with the news that there...

Member of The Month

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

August 2021 – Nicki McDermott

August 2021 – Nicki McDermott

Apologies for holding up the Member of the Month, I know that James’s member was ready to go (every pun intended, sorry) last week so I can only say sorry. What with sorting out the trophies for the AGM, and organising a friend’s birthday party, and travelling down to...

August 2021: Nick Crowther

August 2021: Nick Crowther

August saw a lot of events coming back on to the calendar and therefore a lot more competitive action than we’ve become accustomed to, culminating last week when Harriers combined to compete in no less than 10 different races over the weekend. The increase in the...

Latest Results

October PBS, team prizes and individual awards



1st team: Hamish Shaw/Dylan Wendleken/Dave Goodman/Simon Wallis 1st male senior: Hamish Shaw
1st MV40: Dylan Wendleken
1st FV35: Vicky Crawley-Wise


Team prizes:
1st Herts’ female’s team: Vicky Crawley-Wise/Angeline Cottrill/Helen Cook
2nd Herts’ male’s team: Jon Roberts/Anthony James/Anthony Willcox/Chris Dowling
3rd Herts’ male’s team: Andy Wells/Simon Wallis/Vince Ellerby/Dave Goodman

Individual awards:
1st FV65: Isabel Wilson
3rd MV40: Jon Roberts
3rd Herts’ FV35: Vicky Crawley-Wise

(5th) Gadebridge Park ParkRun: 1st female: Tracey Cotton
(12th) Oxford Cross-Country: 2nd FV65: Isabel Wilson
(26th) Lee Valley Velodrome 10-mile: 2nd & 3rd FV35: Sam Sparks & Holly Beckett


5k: Sam Raffety, Kim Morgan
10k: Angeline Cottrill, Dave Wood
10-mile: Chris Dowling, Andy Wells, Dave Goodman, Kim Morgan, Sam Raffety, Angeline Cottrill, Isabel Wilson, Helen Cook
Marathon: Julian Smith x2, Michael Linden, Matt Ashby, Ross Deacon, Antony Beamish, Gareth Tucker, Kirstie Hardiman, Bev Loczy

GVH achievements September 2019


FV35 5k road: Tracey Cotton: 22:03 at Hatfield 5k series (11:09:19).


Dean Kidd: Ironman Triathlon (21:09:19).


Dave Goodman: 50th marathon.

Peter Tucker: 100th ParkRun.


Kirstie Hardiman (1st female) at Hemel Super Sprint Triathlon (29:09:19).




3rd overall, 1st MV40: Rich Coles

1st FV65: Isabel Wilson


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

20 miles: 3rd MV40: Phil Mercer

Half Marathon: 1st FV50: Helen Cook


2nd MV40: Phil Mercer


3rd MV40: Rich Coles

RIDLINS 5000m:

2nd place: Rich Coles


2nd MV40: Simon Wallis


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


AUGUST 2019:


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


2nd Men’s team:

(Richard Coles, Antony Beamish, Dave Goodman, Simon Wallis)

3rd ladies team:

(Tracey Cotton, Helen Cook, Kim Morgan, Angeline Cottrill)


MV50 at Gadebridge ParkRun:

Bill Hawes – 19:45


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)


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



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


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


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.

Club Awards

Club awards 2020-21

Best male athleteMichael Linden
Most improved male athleteNick Crowther
Best new male athleteDan Green
Best female athleteTeresa Reason
Most improved female athleteInes Trent
Best new female athletePriscilla Pathak
Multi-sport awardDylan Wendleken
Club league maleN/A
Club league femaleN/A
Club league age-gradedN/A
Club handicapTracy Scollin
Committee awardEd Price
Club members awardEd Price

Club awards 2019-20

Best male athleteJon Roberts
Most improved male athleteGareth Tucker
Best new male athleteStuart Gallagher
Best female athleteTeresa Reason
Most improved female athleteKim Morgan
Best new female athleteSam Sparks
Multi-sport awardHeather Taylor
Club league maleDave Goodman
Club league femaleKim Morgan
Club league age-gradedIsabel Wilson
Club handicapNikki Tucker
Committee awardEd Price
Club members awardEd Price

Club awards 2018-19

Best male athleteRich Coles
Most improved male athletePhil Mercer
Best new male athleteMichael Linden
Best female athleteTeresa Reason
Most improved female athleteMary McCluskey
Best new female athleteIsabel Wilson
Multi-sport awardDean Kidd
Club league malePhil Mercer
Club league femaleHelen Heathcote
Club league age-gradedTeresa Reason
Club handicapMary McCluskey
Committee awardPaula Cook
Club members awardEd Price & Gemma Bitaraf

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!

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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