French marathon adventure as Harrier Peter spreads his wings

Gade Valley Harrier Peter Tucker tackled the Marathon de la bios du Mont Saint-Michel in France
Gade Valley Harrier Peter Tucker tackled the Marathon de la bios du Mont Saint-Michel in France

Globe trotting Gade Valley Harrier Peter Tucker was in France on Sunday to tackle the Marathon de la bios du Mont Saint-Michel.

The 26.2-mile race started in St Malo, Brittany, and worked its way along the coast to Mont St Michel. Completing his third marathon in a month, Tucker finished in a very respectable 5:13:40, despite heavy rain.

At the Outlaw Half Iron Man competition, Mike Birch, from the GVH Tri team, took on the middle distance triathlon in Nottingham.

Birch joined hundreds of other athletes to complete the 1.2-mile open water swim, 56-mile bike section and the 13.1-mile run. Birch put on a great performance to complete in 5:26:44.

At the Gadebridge parkrun this week, 11 Harriers flew the GVH colours around the hilly, off-road course, with some excellent new PBs.

First home for the Harriers was Julian Smith in third place overall in 20:20, with Simon Wallis close behind in 21:13.

Bill Hawes was chasing his team-mates down and finished in 21:39, followed by James Thomson 22:11, Robert Bowler 22:55, Emma Phillpot 25:10, Angeline Cottrill 26:19 (PB), Sam Tucker 26:21 (PB), Vicky Taylor 26:48 (PB), Lesley Jugoo 33:43 and Carol Skates 55:49.

The event was organised by Harrier Karis Thomas in her first outing as parkrun race director – she was pleased to report a hugely enjoyable and successful run.

Elsewhere, seven Harriers turned out for the Cassiobury parkrun in Watford. They put on an impressive performance, occupying four of the top eight positions.

First home, in second place overall, was John Lawler in 18:06, with Mikey Ferris just six seconds behind in third place in 18:12.

Next home was Guy Wollett in 18:51, followed by Vince Ellerby 19:38, Sian Hibbs (2nd lady) 22:03, Ross Geary 24:11, and Simon Geary in 24:12.

Also in Watford, but at South Oxhey, was Dave Wise from the Harriers who completed the three-lap grass course in 24:24.

St Albans parkrun had Gade Valley Harriers chairman Andy Newing in attendance, where he clocked in at a respectable 24:48.

Travelling further afield was Mark Crabtree, who attended the Lanhydrock parkrun in Bodmin, Cornwall. Crabtree stormed the course to come home in second place overall in 18:15.