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Weekly report Sep 29 2019

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...

Weekly report 22 Sept 2019

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...

Weekly report 15 September 2019

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...

Member of The Month

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

Latest Results

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.


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

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

St Albans Summer Solstice 10k 21 June 2019

A fab turnout from GVH at the St Albans Summer Solstice 10k on 21 Jun, which was the GVH club league race for June.  Runners were rewarded with an excellent medal and a BBQ after their 10k performances.

St Albans has been the focal point of the longest day of the year for the last few years as it holds its annual Summer Solstice 10k and on Friday Harriers went in huge numbers to beat the sunset on a route which largely follows the Alban Way – a disused railway line that goes from the ancient city’s suburbs towards Hatfield.

Anthony James kept his fine recent form on track, after the previous weekend’s half marathon win, by being first club athlete to cross the line – and sixth overall – steaming round in 37:04, followed three places later by Al Flowers (37:52) who finished just ahead of Jon Roberts (37:58) to make it three Harriers in the top ten.

Chris Dowling (38:31) and Simon Geary (38:34) both picked up personal bests (PB) ahead of Antony Beamish (39:14) and Michael Linden (39:13) – who also managed a PB – and Anthony Willcox (39:35). Bill Hawes (39:35) was first Male Vet over 50 (MV50) and wrapped up an impressive sub-40 field from the club, meaning nine Harriers finished in the top 26.

David Goodman (40:08) held off Gareth Tucker (40:46), Andy Cook (40:45), Ross Deacon (41:04) and Phil Mercer (41:28) who all collected PBs.

Lisa Newing (42:17) was second FV35 – and fourth overall lady – ahead of Teresa Reason (42:46) and Edward Price (42:53) who was running for the first time after a long injury lay-off. Kathleen Smith (43:28) was eighth overall lady but third in her age category, with Gwyn Pritchard (43:45) crossing the line one place ahead of Lozza-tm Sharma-Smith (43:47) who made it four GVH ladies in the top ten and Andrew Watt (45:52), Tracey Cotton (47:05), Victoria Crawley Wise (48:29) and Sam Raffety (49:47) all put in great performances.

Kirstie Hardiman (50:42), Kim Morgan (51:01), Mel Hardy (51:07) and Andrew Terry (51:15) all finished within about 30 seconds of each other, and Helen Cook (51:25) picked up a PB in what was her second race in three days. Isabel Wilson (52:02) and Bethan Heaton (53:05) crossed the line ahead of Mary McCluskey (53:48) who nabbed a PB.

Angeline Cottrill (54:55) ran despite picking up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race, and finished ahead of Joanna Kidd (55:54), David Wilson (56:40) and Helen Terry (56:44). Leona Flaherty (Teresa Maryland) (57:23) was another club athlete racing for the second time in three days and was the penultimate member to cross the line in under an hour, ahead of Thomas Colligan (59:42), with Paula Cook (1:00:00) just missing out.

Gemma Tucker (1:02:11), Claire Pellett (1:03:45), Lisa Pinder (1:04:53), Paul Mosley (1:09:07) and Peter Tucker (1:12:17) completed the line-up.

Results as follows:

PosNameNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen Pos
6Anthony James00:37:04M404Male6
9Alistair Flowers00:37:52Senior5Male9
10Jonathan Roberts00:37:58M405Male10
14Chris Dowling00:38:31M406Male13
15Simon Geary00:38:34M407Male14
20Antony Beamish00:39:14M409Male18
21michael linden00:39:13M4010Male19
24Anthony Willcox00:39:35Senior11Male22
26Bill Hawes00:39:35M501Male24
31David Goodman00:40:08M4014Male29
36Gareth Tucker00:40:46M4016Male33
37Andrew Cook00:40:45M505Male34
43Ross Deacon00:41:04M4020Male40
45Phil Mercer00:41:28M4021Male42
52Lisa Newing00:42:17W352Female4
60Theresa Reason00:42:46W354Female7
61Edward Price00:42:53M4024Male54
67Kathleen Smith00:43:28Lady3Female8
71Gwyn Pritchard00:43:45Senior25Male63
72Laura Sharma-Smith00:43:47Lady4Female9
100Andrew Watt00:45:52M4039Male86
119Tracey Cotton00:47:05W3511Female23
149Victoria Crawley-Wise00:48:29W3514Female29
179Samantha Raffety00:49:47W3517Female40
194Kirstie Hardiman00:50:42W3522Female48
203Kim Morgan00:51:01W3523Female55
213Mel Hardy00:51:07Lady25Female61
217Andrew Terry00:51:15Senior56Male155
218Helen Cook00:51:25W4511Female63
232isabel wilson00:52:02W553Female70
252Bethan Heaton00:53:05Lady31Female83
270Mary McCluskey00:53:48Lady35Female93
294Angeline Cottrill00:54:55W3540Female108
305Joanna Kidd00:55:54W3541Female114
311David Wilson00:56:40M4078Male195
324Helen Terry00:56:44W3542Female127
337LEONA FLAHERTY00:57:23W4534Female136
375Thomas Colligan00:59:42M6011Male216
382PAULA COOK01:00:00W559Female164
416Gemma Tucker01:02:11Lady62Female193
432Claire Pellett01:03:45Lady65Female207
455Lisa Pinder01:04:53W4563Female226
501Paul Mosley01:09:07M6015Male243
517Peter Tucker01:12:17M6016Male248


New Club Record:

Lisa Newing: FV35 Cassiobury Park ParkRun 20:11

First Place at ParkRun:

13th April: James Carter (1st Overall) Sutton Park

GVH had a first placed senior female every Saturday in April

6th April: Amy Button (1st Senior Female/ 2nd Overall Female) Evesham 13th April: Amy Button (1st Senior Female/ 2nd Overall Female) Sutton Park 20th April: Lisa Newing (1st Female) Cassiobury Park
27th April: Tracey Cotton (1st Female) Gadebridge Park

Other First Placed Category Finishes:

19th April: St Albans 10k

1st MV40: Anthony James 1st MV60: Wynne Leith

ParkRun: Mary McCluskey

10k: Sam Raffety, Kim Morgan, Gareth Tucker, Gemma Tucker, David Thompson, Katie Hogendoorn, Holly Beckett

10 miles: Phil Mercer

Half: Julian Smith, Charles Chappell, Dave Goodman

20 miles: Jaqui Sampson

Marathon: John Lawler, Nick Crowther, Robert Bowler, Antony Beamish, Dave Wood, Mary McCluskey, Jo Kidd, Julian Smith, Phil Mercer, Trevor Normoyle, Helen Cook, Ross Deacon

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