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Typical Midsummer!

Typical Midsummer!

The week to 26th June was something of a back to front affair for Gade Valley Harriers as it started on Tuesday June 21st with 40 Harriers taking part in the annual Summer Solstice 10k race in St Albans and finished with a similar number of Harriers getting drunk at...

Ultra Madness for Harriers

Ultra Madness for Harriers

The weekend of 18th and 19th June was fairly quiet but a number of Harriers took part in the weekly Parkruns. Jono Marval continued his excellent recent form, being the first Harrier to finish at Gadebridge Parkrun, while Anthony Fogden managed a new personal best, of...

Woman v Horse for Gade Valley Harriers

Woman v Horse for Gade Valley Harriers

After a couple of quiet weeks for Gade Valley Harriers the return of a local and much loved event to its normal slot in the calendar, without any lingering Covid restrictions, was a great way for a large number of the club’s runners to spend their weekend. Before the...

Magic Merlin and a Milestone for Mary

Magic Merlin and a Milestone for Mary

Perhaps not surprisingly there wasn’t much racing action over the Jubilee weekend. The Parkruns still went ahead in most locations, however, and there was a middle distance triathlon for one intrepid Harrier on Jubilee Sunday. Saturday morning saw 5 Harriers dodge the...

M60 for Dave Goodman as Honesty Infiltrates GVH Handicap

M60 for Dave Goodman as Honesty Infiltrates GVH Handicap

After the first handicap of the year in April resembled an audition for the new Ennio Morricone & Sergio Leone collaboration, “For a few Bandits more”, it was perhaps not too much of a surprise to see fewer horse rustling antics for the second handicap of the...

Dave Downs an Ultra

Dave Downs an Ultra

It was a very quiet weekend for Gade Valley Harriers on 21st and 22nd May as only one runner took part in a race and only a handful of Harriers took part in Parkruns on Saturday. The weekend got under way at 8:00AM as Dave Goodman, often the sole Harrier taking part...

Helen and Andy Peaking

Helen and Andy Peaking

The weekend of 14th and 15th May was a relatively quiet one for Gade Valley Harriers as a handful of athletes took on various local parkruns and one intrepid couple took on the Eyam Half Marathon in the Peak District. The weekend started on a sunny Saturday morning as...

Ultra Tough Weekend for the Harriers

Ultra Tough Weekend for the Harriers

The running weekend got underway ultra-early last week as the Pednor 5, which had taken place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd came too late to make it into last weekend’s report. The Pednor 5 is a picturesque single lap race on the country roads between Chesham and...

Bandits at 7 O’Clock

Bandits at 7 O’Clock

There was a time (a long time ago) when “Bandits at 7 O’Clock!” was a warning to look over your left shoulder for enemy aircraft. Those times have long passed. Now “Bandits at 7 O’Clock!” is the cry that goes up at Gade Valley Harriers on the last Thursday in April as...

A Very Hilly Bit of Fun

A Very Hilly Bit of Fun

It was a quiet weekend for the Harriers on April 23rd and 24th as only 4 athletes took part in organised events outside of Parkruns and only a handful of runners got up early on Saturday to run a Parkrun. The largest concentration of GVH runners gathered at Gadebridge...

Easter Treats for Harriers

Easter Treats for Harriers

Easter weekend is not a busy one for races in general as most races take place on Sundays and most people are too busy visiting relatives, rolling hard-boiled eggs down hills or recovering from a two day hangover while eating chocolate eggs to bother with racing on...

Merlin Magic as Harriers Visit Wendover Woods

Merlin Magic as Harriers Visit Wendover Woods

Saturday 9th April saw Gade Valley Harriers make the first stop on their summer Parkrun tours. Organised by head coach Ed Price, the club tries to get as many people together at the same park run, away from the local favourites such as Gadebridge and Rickmansworth, to...

Michael Smashes Manchester

Michael Smashes Manchester

On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd April the Spring Marathon season got underway as there were more age group records broken and half marathon action for a handful of GVH runners. Saturday morning saw an unusually low number (for no obvious reason) of Gade Valley runners...

200 Up for Tracey

200 Up for Tracey

In the past news publications were at the mercy of print deadlines. This could make for some interesting headlines, particularly when sports events took place on the far side of the world. This could lead for some particularly interesting cricket reporting from...

Andy Well Chuffed at Hardwick

Andy Well Chuffed at Hardwick

It was a quiet weekend of racing for Gade Valley Harriers as many of the club dialled back their efforts to get ready for the Manchester Marathon (3rd April) and the Brighton Marathon (10th April). Despite the lack of general competitive action, there were still 3...

Return of the Marathon Training Run

Return of the Marathon Training Run

The weekend of 12th and 13th March was a quiet one in terms of racing but a busy one for Gade Valley Harriers as it saw the return on Sunday of the club’s Marathon Training Runs on Sunday as well as a handful of runners taking on the Parkruns on Saturday morning.  5...

Blizzard of PBs at Berko

Blizzard of PBs at Berko

The weekend of 5th / 6th March saw the return of the Berkhamsted Half Marathon after it wasn’t staged in 2021. The Berkhamsted race was one of the last to take place before the first lockdown, back on March 1st 2020, when the world thought that Cabin Fever was a thing...

Vince Matches Brian Lara

Vince Matches Brian Lara

On 12th April, 2004, 6 months before Parkrun was founded in Bushey Park (as the Bushey Park Time Trial) and 4 years before it changed its name to Parkrun, Brian Lara became the first, and so far only, cricketer to score 400 runs in a single test match innings. While...

Chiltern Chaos at Shuttle(NOT)worth College

Chiltern Chaos at Shuttle(NOT)worth College

The weekend began with Parkruns on Saturday morning but in a taste of further disruption to come, many of the 5k time trials were cancelled because of damage or enduring unsafe conditions caused by Storm Eunice on Friday. Two local Parkrun casualties were...

GVH Women Love Welwyn Garden City

GVH Women Love Welwyn Garden City

There was much less racing action for GVH on 12th and 13th February as most of the Harriers that took on the Watford Half Marathon last week took a break from racing to prepare for the final cross country race of the season at Biggleswade next weekend. On Saturday...

No Half Measures for Harriers at Watford

No Half Measures for Harriers at Watford

After a quiet weekend with no races at the end of January, 15 Gade Valley Harriers returned to racing action as the Watford Half Marathon made a welcome return to the calendar on Sunday having been cancelled due to Covid last year.  On Saturday there was the usual...

Watt Happened at the Fred Hughes 10

Watt Happened at the Fred Hughes 10

Watt Happened at the Fred Hughes 10…? Sunday 24th January saw a huge contingent of Gade Valley Harriers in St Albans for the Fred Huges 10. Fred Hughes is a popular local race, 10 miles through the countryside between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. Starting in King...

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...

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