Harriers trio join in with Olympic legacy celebrations

Gade Valley Harriers were in action at the Cassiobury Park parkrun
Gade Valley Harriers were in action at the Cassiobury Park parkrun

Gade Valley Tri members Tracey Aldridge-Jones, Emma Nash and Rich Coles took part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100-mile cycle race on Sunday – celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The ride started in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then followed a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside before finishing in The Mall, Central London.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it was a truly spectacular event for all involved. Coles was first back for GVH Tri in 4:55:12, while Aldridge-Jones completed in 5:43:34 and Nash came home in 6:18:51.

Elsewhere, Helen Heathcote braved the heat to finish in 1:00:56 at the Regents Park Summer 10K series .

At this week’s parkruns, meanwhile, Gade Valley Harriers fielded 18 runners at six different events.

The home parkrun at Gadebridge had seven entrants from the Harriers, where Matt Ashby was first back for the club in a new PB of 20:38. Ashby was chased down by Lisa Pinder in 26:58, Helen Cook 33:20, Lesley Jugoo 33:44, Charlotte Hawes 45:09, Sam Hawes 45:37 and Bill Hawes in 45:42.

At Watford’s Cassiobury Park, GVH put out another strong team, with seven athletes competing. Mikey Ferris was first back in a new PB of 17:35, followed swiftly by Matt Watt 18:45 and Andy Norton 19:23 (PB). Johnny Broom romped home in 20:11, followed by Sian Hibbs (first lady home) 20:33 (PB), Karis Thomas 28:11 and Joanna Kidd in 28:12.

St Albans parkrun had Anthony James competing for Gade Valley, where he put in a time of 18:34, coming home in 12th place overall.

In the midlands, Peter Tucker completed the 277th Coventry parkrun in 29:51 against 494 other runners.

In Sheringham, Norfolk, James Thomson flew the GVH colours at their local parkrun where he crossed the line in 22:20.

Choosing his local parkrun in Tring, Tom North powered round the notoriously hilly 5K course in 20:07, good enough for fifth place.