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Gemma Tucks in at Eton Dorney

Gemma Tucks in at Eton Dorney

The bank holiday weekend saw plenty of action for Gade Valley Harriers. Before the weekend even began, Thursday 26th August saw the final round of the GVH summer handicap. The summer series, where each runner is assigned a time handicap based on their predicted finish...

Happy Birthday GVH

Happy Birthday GVH

The weekend of 21st and 22nd August saw Gade Valley Harriers celebrate their 30th birthday. The club was formed back in 1991 and has always prided itself on being an inclusive environment for people who like to take running just seriously enough so that they can enjoy...

Island Hopping Harriers

Island Hopping Harriers

The weekend of August 14th and 15th saw some familiar sights, a Gade Valley island invasion and the return of an aspect of racing sorely missed during the pandemic and its long tail of frustration. The weekend kicked off early on Friday as an initial group of 5 Gade...

Member of The Month

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

Mar 2020: Gareth Tucker

Marathon training can be tough, Ok it’s always tough. And Marathon training can make you or break you and for our boys Member of the Month for March I think the former applies. Gareth’s recent performances have confirmed this, not only has he performed...

Latest Results

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.


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

Club Awards

Club awards 2016-17

Best male athleteMark Crabtree
Most improved male athleteJames Birnie
Best new male athleteCharlie Costin
Best female athleteMaria Kenny
Most improved female athleteSian Hibbs
Best new female athleteTracey Cotton
Multi-sport awardSian Hibbs
Club league maleRich Coles
Club league femaleTracey Cotton
Club league age-gradedRich Coles
Club handicapRuss Bailey
Committee awardDave Wise
Club members awardDave Wise

Club awards 2015-16

Best male athleteRich Coles
Most improved male athleteJames Thomson
Best new male athletePaul Buxton
Best female athleteClaire McDonnell
Most improved female athleteJacqui Sampson
Best new female athleteHelen Cook
Multi-sport awardSusie Ivin
Club league maleSteve Newing
Club league femaleGemma Bitaraf
Club league age-gradedRob Bowler & Andy Cook
Club handicapPaul Buxton
Committee awardKaris Thomas
Club members awardDave Wise

Club awards 2014-15

Best male athleteMark Crabtree
Most improved male athleteDean Kidd
Best new male athleteAndy Cook
Best female athleteGemma Bitaraf
Most improved female athleteJo Kidd
Best new female athleteRossiana Mee
Multi-sport awardTracey Aldridge-Jones
Club handicapJo Welbourn
Committee awardEd Price
Club members awardDave Wise

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