Gade Valley Harriers out in force on a busy weekend across the club

Gade Valley Harriers were in action in Ickenham
Gade Valley Harriers were in action in Ickenham

The big Gade Valley Harriers club challenge this weekend was the Ickenham 5-mile road race in Middlesex.

With a big turnout for the Harriers, 10 runners donned their colours to represent the club.

Braving the heat, Mark Crabtree was first back for the Harriers in sixth place overall in 27:49. Team-mate Mikey Ferris was next in 29:54, with men’s captain Ed Price hot on his heels in 30:20.

Next back were Paul Rumble 30:45, Simon Wallis 32:32, Steve Newing 34:02, Dave Wise 38:38, Andy Newing 41:13, Helen Heathcote 49:10, and Claire Newing in 59:25.

Gade Valley Harrier Claire Terry posted an amazing double PB at thr weekend, when she finished the Gadebridge parkrun in 35:49 and the Ickenham 5-mile challenge in 59:25.

Gade Valley Tri were also out in force this weekend, with entrants at three different triathlon events.

Travelling to the Northwood Olympic-distance triathlon were Dean Kidd, Andy Terry, Emma Nash and Tracey Aldridge-Jones from Gade Valley Tri.

The event comprises a 1,500m swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. Aldridge-Jones had a superb competition and finished as third lady home in a combined time of 2:42:21. Terry completed in 2:52:21, Kidd finished in 3:04:43 and Nash in 3.07.22.

At the same venue, but competing in his specialist sprint triathlon event, Dylan Wendleken took on the 750m swim, 25K bike ride and 5K run. Wendleken set a new PB of 1:13:00, coming in fifth overall place and first in his age category.

Andy Wells also took on the challenge of the Olympic distance triathlon at St Neots in Cambridgeshire. Working hard, Wells completed in a total time of 3:02:17.

Elsewhere, James Birnie travelled to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to compete in the 10K road running event. Enjoying the sunshine, Birnie came home in a very respectable 41:49, finishing the three-lap race in 37th place, out of 317 athletes.

Unable to run because of injury, Harrier Paula Cook was keeping up the cycling area of her triathlon training, by completing the Tour De Vale 100K bike ride. Cook took on the challenge with 2,071 other riders.

At the Ashridge Half Marathon, Tom North, Emma Graham and Rupert Cavenagh-Mainwaring tackled the 13.1-mile off-road route. North was first home in 1:39:14, good enough for 13th overall place out of 361 athletes. Cavenagh-Wainwaring completed in 1:56:05 and Graham in 2:32:09.

James Thomson headed to Bedfordshire to take on the Whipsnade Stampede. A two-lap, 10K race around the zoo, the race raises valuable funds for the Zoological Society of London.

Meanwhile, Gade Valley Harrier and police officer Martin Anderson completed the 10th Marathon in his series of 56 marathons in 56 weeks.

Martin is raising money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, who provided support and care for his mum Sylvia, who sadly passed away in April 2013 due to cancer.

Anderson fought off an ankle injury to first run the Ashridge Half Marathon and then the Berkhamsted Half Marathon, back to back.

Elsewhere, it was another good week for the Harriers at the parkruns, with Gade Valley athletes competing at six different runs.

Helen Heathcote from GVH had her first chance as race director at the Gadebridge parkrun on Saturday, where she had 11 Harriers team-mates testing their mettle over the hilly 5K course, bringing home a haul of new PBs.

In his first ever parkrun, Gary Mullery was first Harrier home in second overall place in a cracking 19:45 (PB).

Mullery was chased home by Matt Watt in sixth place in 20:49, Steve Newing was next in 21:42, Andy Cook 21:47 (PB), James Thomson 22:04 (PB), Andy Watt 23:54, Russ Bailey 24:16 (PB), Gina Oliver 27:33, Veronika Bartalska 31:40, Claire Newing 35:49 (PB), Harry Rumble 36:21, and Paul Rumble 36:36:38.

St Albans parkrun had three Harriers showing their colours, where club chairman Andy Newing was first home in 25:12, followed by William Terry 29:23 (PB) and Helen Terry 29:26.

Vince Ellerby from the Harriers retuned to Black Park parkrun to put in a solid performance to come home in 19:49, 10th overall place out of 512 runners.

Matt Ashby from GVH travelled to Canterbury, Kent and completed their parkrun in 20:41, for 15th overall place.

Tackling the hills at his home parkrun at Tring was Tom North, who dug deep to come home in third place overall in an impressive 20:40.

Watford’s South Oxhey course saw Gade Valley Harrier Simon Wallis storm home in first place in a superb time of 20:45.