Drinks are on the Gade Valley Harriers at annual Pub Run

Gade Valley Harriers donned fancy dress for their annual Pub Run
Gade Valley Harriers donned fancy dress for their annual Pub Run

In a break from their normal weekend races, 40 Gade Valley Harriers took part in their annual Pub Run on Saturday.

Organised by Vince Ellerby to celebrate his birthday, and to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy UK charity, the Harriers donned fancy dress, travelled to Tring by train, and then ran back to Hemel along the Grand Union Canal towpath – stopping at various pubs on the way for much needed refreshments.

The Harriers raised more than £345 for the charity and enjoyed their most sociable run of the year.

Sunday saw the first Hemel 10K race, in which the Harriers were heavily involved in the planning and marshalling of the event.

Raising funds for the Rennie Grove Hospice, the mixed terrain race attracted 366 runners. Competing in the race were 16 Gade Valley Harriers, with Gary Mullery coming back in fifth place overall in 40:46.

Next back in the GVH colours was Matt Ashby in 45:58, followed by James Birnie 46:33, Anthony Willcox 47:05, Robert Bowler 47:33, Paul Reilly 48:38, Rob Potton 50:09, James Thomson 51:04, Lisa Newing 51:24, Russ Bailey 53:18, Emma Phillpot 55:44, Mick Whelan 55:45, Lisa Pinder 57:45, Paul Blayney 1:01:57, Veronika Bartalska 1:02:16 and David Jones in 1:03:58.

Stepping up the mileage was Sam Tucker, who completed the 31-mile XNRG Ultra Marathon in Princes Risborough on Saturday. Tucker completed the challenging course, including an 1,100m ascent, in 7 hours and 2 minutes.

At the parkruns this week the Harriers had competitors at four events.

At their home parkrun of Gadebridge, Julian Smith was first back for the Harriers in second overall place in 20:29. Smith was followed by Steve Newing, setting a new PB of 21:33, Lisa Pinder in 27:13 and Veronika Bartalska in 31:05.

Watford’s Cassiobury Park parkrun had Mikey Ferris, Vince Ellerby and Sian Hibbs from GVH competing and all setting new PBs. Ferris was first back in fourth overall place in 17:38 (PB), followed by Ellerby in 18:49 (PB) and Hibbs 21:00 (PB).

Also setting a new PB was Helen Heathcote who travelled to St Andrews, Scotland, to take part in their parkrun. Heathcote finished in 29:28, breaking the 30-minute barrier.

Tring parkrun had Tom North from the Harriers in attendance, where he came home in fifth overall place in 20:16.