Gade Valley Harriers tackle the Ricky Road Run
The big club run for the Gade Valley Harriers at the weekend was the 30th Anniversary of the Ricky Road Run in Rickmansworth.
A group of 25 Harriers flew the Gade Valley colours over the infamously hilly, but scenic, 10-mile road race with some great performances, results and plenty of new PBs.
Rich Coles had the honour of being first Gade Valley Harrier home in a time of 1:02:19, in 11th place overall out of 428 runners.
Coles was followed by Michael Ferris 1:02:40 (PB), John Lawler 1:02:48, Guy Wollett 1:04:11, Ed Price 1:04:43 (PB), Vince Ellerby (first in his age category) 1:07:01, Dylan Wendleken 1:06:59 (PB), Tom North 1:07:39, Michael Birch 1:08:10 (PB), Simon Wallis 1:08:14 (PB), Steve Newing 1:10:58, Gemma Bitaraf 1:12:35, James Thomson 1:16:03, Dave Wise 1:16:12 (PB), Claire McDonnell 1:16:34, Victoria Crawley-Wise 1:18:21, Russ Bailey 1:19:22, John Roxborough 1:19:32, Rich Peters 1:21:10, Rob Potton 1:22:43, Rich Hutton 1:23:00 (PB), Andy Newing 1:25:17, Kate O’Reilly 1:29:38, Paula Cook 1:30:36 (PB), Jackie Eskdale 1:38:52 and Tina Searle 1:40:14.
Absent from the Ricky Road Run, but putting in huge efforts in her training for the Brathay 10-in-10 next year, Harrier Sam Tucker not only completed the Eastbourne Marathon on Saturday, but also the Stort 30-mile Ultra Marathon run in Bishop’s Stortford the very next day.
The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK, and Tucker completed the 26.2-mile trail route in a very impressive 5:08.
At the Stort 30-miler the next day, she completed the out and back trail route along the river Stort in fine form, totalling a massive 56.2-miles run in two days.
Elsewhere, in his fourth marathon in four weeks, Harrier Any Norton took to the streets of Brentwood in Essex on Sunday.
Taking on the multi-lap race, Norton powered through the 26.2 miles to achieve 15th place overall in a time of 4:06:19.
Next week sees Andy completing his challenge at the Stevenage Marathon.
Also on Sunday, Harrier Leslie Jugoo was competing in the Great South Run in Portsmouth.
The fast and flat 10-mile route takes in the iconic sites of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including Portsmouth Cathedral, the Spinnaker Tower and the HMS Victory.
The final flat stretch along the sea front has given thousands of people the opportunity to get a personal best time for more than 20 years, with Jugoo completing the 10-mile course in 02:09:40.
The St Albans parkrun had five Harriers in action on Saturday, with Russ Bailey first home in 21:41, followed by Jenny Barnett and Helen Heathcote, both in 29:36.
Next was William Terry in a new PB of 32:03, knocking a huge two and a half minutes off his previous PB; Paul Mosely just behind in 32:04.