Harriers runner Andy going strong in marathon challenge
Gade Valley Harriers’ Andy Norton tackled the third leg of his five marathons in five weeks challenge as he took on the Chelmsford Parks Marathon.
The two-lap course took runners through five of Chelmsford’s most beautiful parklands; Central Park – where the marathon begins – through Admirals Park, Tower Gardens, Bellmead Park and the award-winning grounds of Hylands Park, via the picturesque village of Writtle.
Norton completed the 26.2-mile race in a very creditable 4:08:00 – raising money for J’s Hospice in the process.
Elsewhere, John Lawler was the Harriers’ entrant at the Ampthill Trophy cross country race.
Taking on the challenging course, Lawler stormed home in 11th place overall out of a field of 137 runners in a time of 33:56.
Meanwhile, three Harriers were in action at the St Albans parkrun – Russ Bailey being first back in 22:26, followed by Helen Heathcote in 29:44 and Jenny Barnett just behind in 29:59.
Vince Ellerby was the lone Harrier at Black Park this week, where he put in a solid time of 19:47 to come home in eighth place out of 406 runners.
Tom North travelled to Aylesbury parkrun, where he put in a huge effort to come in third place overall in 19:17.
James Thomson attended the newly-opened Panshanger parkrun in Hertford, where he came in 12th overall place in a time of 22:03.