Gade Valley Harriers in action across the country

The Gade Valley Tri team competed at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon
The Gade Valley Tri team competed at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon

It was another busy weekend for the Gade Valley Harriers, with entrants at 11 different races across the length and breadth of the country.

With the newly formed Gade Valley Tri team in existence, 14 Harriers competed at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon.

Guy Wollett came in first for the Harriers in 12th overall place, closely followed by Jon Roberts in 14th place and Vince Ellerby in 15th place.

Also in action for GVH were Bill Hawes, Dylan Wendleken, Andy Smith, Paul Rumble, Johnny Broom, Andy Terry, Andy Bishop, Andy Newing, Dean Kidd, Helen Terry and Michael Birch.

Elsewhere, Gade Valley Harriers had three athletes competing in the Bournemouth Marathon.

Dave Wise came home first for the Harriers in 3:56:53, followed by Andy Norton in 4:19:00 and Tanya Saunders in 4:57:00.

Elsewhere, Anita Berwick and Tina Searle were in action at the Kielder Trail Marathon in Northumberland.

Billed as Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon, Berwick completed the challenging and hilly off-road course in 4:53:10, and Searle in 5:10:56.

Also at Kielder, Harrier Paula Cook was taking part in the Run-Bike-Run event, completing the route in 3 hours and 19 minutes, knocking 15 minutes off her time from last year and coming third in her age category.

In his first outing for the Harriers, James Thomson took on the Standalone 10K race in Letchworth, joining 1137 other athletes and setting a new PB of 44:17, finishing in 177th place.

In another 10K race, Claire McDonnell and Rich Peters took on the infamous Abbots Tough 10 Race. McDonnell finished in 46:03, eighth lady and third in her age category, while Peters crossed the line in 49:13.

Shelley Walsh and Steve Boyd were competing at the Cardiff Half Marathon, with Boyd coming home in an impressive 1:28:44 and Walsh setting a new PB of 2:01:34.

Russ Bailey travelled to London to take part in the Palace to Palace bike ride in aid of the Princes Trust. The route started at Buckingham Palace and ended at Windsor Castle.

St Albans parkrun had four Harriers in action, with Bailey leading the team home in 22:10, with William Terry next, setting a new PB of 34:47, followed by his dad, Andy in 35:04 and his grandad, Paul Mosley in 35:05.

The Black Park parkrun saw John Lawler come fifth overall out of 423 runners in a time of 18:33.

Gade Valley newcomer Matt Ashby clocked up a 5K time of 20:40 at the Canterbury parkrun, coming in fifth overall place out of 65 runners.