Peter battles torrential rain to complete Geneva Marathon on a busy weekend for the Harriers

The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action
The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action

Peter Tucker from the Gade Valley Harriers travelled to Switzerland to compete in the Geneva Marathon on Sunday – digging deep to complete the 26.2-mile course in 5:13:22, despite torrential rain.

Also marathon running this weekend were Martin Anderson, Andy Bishop and Emma Graham, who raced the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday.

The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action

The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action

Bishop finished the deceptively hilly course in 4:14, Anderson in 4:37 and Graham in 4:42. Fellow Harrier Sian Hibbs completed her first ever half marathon at Milton Keynes in a very quick 1:40:12.

Julian Smith, Johnny Broom and Steve Boyd were in Watford at the weekend where they tackled the Watford 10K. Boyd was first back for the Harriers in eighth overall place in 40:05; Smith was next back in 41:28, with Broom finishing in 46:21.

Elsewhere John Lawler, Matt Ashby and Paul Rumble took on the challenge of the Pednor 5 race in Chesham on Monday – Lawler was first back for the Harriers in 30:25, Rumble came next in 31:46 and Ashby in 34:15.

Tom North from the Harriers (pictured) was down in the New Forest over the weekend, where he stormed home in 7 hours 36 minutes at the Pony Express Ultra Marathon. North completed the challenging 60-mile, off-road course to come in second overall place, and first place in his age category.

The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action

The Gade Valley Harriers had another busy weekend of action

Braving the rain at the Gaddesden Gallop was Robert Bowler who completed in 12th place in 49:50.

Meanwhile, at the first ever Gadebridge parkrun in Hemel Hempstead, 27 runners donned the GVH colours to tackle the 5K off road course on Saturday.

Julian Smith was first back for the Harriers in 20:36, with team-mate Vince Ellerby hot on his heels in 20:42.

Ladies’ captain Gemma Bitaraf came in next in 21:54, followed by Andy Cook 22:02, James Thomson 22:10, Robert Bowler 22:42, Johnny Broom 23:07, Andy Norton 23:04, Rob Potten 23:57, Russ Bailey 24:21, Andy Terry 25:00, Vicky Taylor 28:10, Paula Cook 29:55, Tina Searle 30:06, Veronika Bartalska 31:34, Harry Rumble 32:02, Milla Walsh 32:04, Paul Rumble 32:05, Joanna Kidd 32:05, Lesley Jugoo 33:07, Effie Walsh 33:12, Shelley Walsh 33:12, Sam Hawes 46:01, Lola Whiston 46:51, Angeline Cottrill 47:00, Charlotte Hawes 47:27, and Bill Hawes 47:28.

Also parkrunning was Andy Smith who completed the Forest of Dean parkrun in 22:00, good enough for 17th overall place.