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Harriers put on Marathon Training Run despite high winds

Harriers put on Marathon Training Run despite high winds

While Deontay Wilder was battering Tyson Fury in the boxing ring, the winds were furiously battering Hertfordshire’s countryside which put Gade Valley Harriers’ 17 mile Marathon Training Run, which was scheduled for Sunday morning, in serious jeopardy.  A whole range...

Weekly report Feb 2nd 20

Weekly report Feb 2nd 20

Hertfordshire boasts some beautiful countryside and amazing landscapes, made possible by some stunning rolling hills and open valleys. However, when it comes to running in the county, the hills look a lot less appealing when you’re at the bottom and you know the...

Member of The Month

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

Jan 2020: Natasha Gibbs

For the ladies, I’m proud to award the title to Natasha Gibbs. Natasha has begun training for Manchester marathon and has kicked off the year with a bang! Travelling afar to Sheffield, Natasha bagged herself a parkrun PB at Millhouses parkrun in a brilliant time of...

Jan 2020: James Birnie

The Boys’ Member of the Month for January has been a GVH member for about 4 years and is a seasoned runner who has some amazing performances under his belt, amongst which are an 84 minute half and a fantastic sub 3 hour marathon just back in 2017 at London,...

Latest Results


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


Club Records: ParkRun (any location) FV35:

Lisa Newing at Cassiobury Park: 30:03:19. Time: 20:24


1st/2nd/3rd placed finishes:

Berkhamsted Half Marathon & 5 mile race: 03:03:19

Bill Hawes: 3rd MV50 (HM) Teresa Reason: 1st FV40 (HM) Tracey Cotton: 1st FV40 (5m)


Other events:

Dash in the Dark 03:03:19: Jon Roberts: 2nd overall/ 2nd MV40 Bedford Autodrome Running Grand Prix: 31:03:19:
16 mile event: Phil Mercer: 1st MV40/2nd overall


1st place ParkRuns:

Newport ParkRun: 30:03:19: Amy Button: 1st female Cassiobury ParkRun: 30:03:19: Lisa Newing: 1st senior/2nd overall female


ParkRun: Katie Hoogendorn, Phil Mercer 5 mile: Gareth Tucker, Sian Shaw 10k: Phil Heaton, Bethan Heaton

Half: Matt Ashby, Chris Dowling, Dave Wood, Trevor Normoyle, Rich Phillips, Andy Watt, Natasha Gibbs,Claire Pellett x2, Phil Mercer, Gwyn Pritchard, Holly Beckett, Mary McCluskey, Dave Goodman, Gemma Tucker, Kim Morgan

16 miles: Phil Mercer

20 miles: Phil Mercer, Dave Wood, Phil Robbins, Helen Heathcote

Club Awards

Club awards 2012-13

Best male athleteMatt Loddy
Most improved male athleteSimon Geary
Best new male athleteRuss Bailey
Best female athleteTeresa English
Most improved female athleteLesley Jugoo
Best new female athleteGemma Bitaraf
Club handicapStuart Watkin
Committee awardEd Price
Club members awardEd Price

Club awards 2011-12

Best male athleteGuy Woollett
Most improved male athleteTom North
Best new male athleteDave Wise
Best female athleteTeresa English
Most improved female athleteAlex Bayliss
Best new female athleteMaxine Bateman
Club handicapLesley Jugoo
Committee awardMartin Storrie
Club members awardHelen Terry

Club awards 2010-11

Best male athleteGuy Woollett
Most improved male athleteJames Smith
Best new male athleteJohnny Broom
Best female athleteVicky Crawley
Most improved female athleteNatalie Black
Best new female athleteTeresa English
Club handicapNeil Parkins
Committee awardPaula Cook
Club members awardHelen Terry

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