Hundreds flock to Gade Valley Harriers marathon training run

Hundreds of runners flocked to the Gade Valley Harriers' first marathon training run of the year

Hundreds of runners flocked to the Gade Valley Harriers' first marathon training run of the year

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It was a big weekend for the Gade Valley Harriers as they held their first marathon training run of the year.

The series of three runs covers 12, 17 and 20 miles, and Sunday saw more than 380 runners from all over the country tackle the 12-mile route.

Hundreds of runners flocked to the Gade Valley Harriers' first marathon training run of the year

Hundreds of runners flocked to the Gade Valley Harriers' first marathon training run of the year

The first three miles were along the wet and muddy Grand Union Canal towpath, before heading off towards Potten End and looping through the edge of Ashridge, before returning to the towpath for a last one-mile push.

Waiting for the runners was tea, coffee and cakes, all supplied free of charge by GVH. The 17-mile version takes place on Sunday, February 28 and all are welcome to take part.

Full details can be found at www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk/london-marathon-training-runs

Meanwhile, at the parkruns this week, there was yet another first place for GVH at Gadebridge Park, where James Birnie took top spot in 22:10, a full 1:16 ahead of his nearest rival. Team-mate Emma Phillpott crossed the line in 27:33.

Elsewhere, Vince Ellerby travelled to Canterbury parkrun, where he took fourth overall place in 21:10.

At the Panshanger parkrun in Welwyn Garden City, Mark Crabtree was in fine form, taking second place overall in a speedy 18:10.

At a busy St Albans run, Andy Norton set a new PB of 19:46, with fellow Harrier Anthony Willcox close behind in 20:05.

The hills and mud of Tring parkrun saw Tom North clocking a time of 22:51, while James Thomson visited Bodmin in Cornwall, and chalked up a time of 24:10.