Harriers flying high at the St Albans Half Marathon

A team of 18 Harriers tackled the St Albans Half Marathon
A team of 18 Harriers tackled the St Albans Half Marathon

In a big show of force, Gade Valley Harriers fielded 18 athletes at the 34th annual St Albans Half Marathon.

Laura Sharma was first Harrier home in a super fast 1:33:47, ahead of Andy Norton in 1:36:30. He was followed by Andy Cook 1:37:16 (PB), Robert Bowler 1:38:04, Paul Reilly 1:41:44, Jo Welbourn 1:42:13 (PB), Kathleen Courtier 1:43:15, Andrew Watt 1:43:16, Anthony Willcox 1:43:50, Rossiana Mee 1:44:55, Rob Potton 1:47:11, Rich Peters 1:48:15, Rich Hutton 1:49:55, Russ Bailey 1:51:31, Dave Wise 1:56:30, Vicky Taylor 2:06:14 (PB), Luca Ramusino 2:22:03 (PB) and Tina Searle 2:09:53.

John Roberts and Paul Rumble represented the Gade Valley Tri team at the Bedford Super Sprint Triathlon

John Roberts and Paul Rumble represented the Gade Valley Tri team at the Bedford Super Sprint Triathlon

In Essex, Harrier Emma Graham took on the Southend Half Marathon, where she finished the 13.1-mile course in 1:58:36 (PB), while Claire McDonnell ran superbly to achieve third lady home in the Puffaten 10K race in Kings Langley.

Dylan Wendleken was in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, to compete in the Blenheim Palace Sprint Triathlon, where he finished the race in a total time of 1:21:31, while Lesley Jugoo took on the Evoke 60-mile cycle race around the Chilterns and, despite a fall, completed in 4:42:21

At the Half Iron Man event in Staffordshire, Gade Valley Tri athlete Michael Birch pushed hard to finish in a total time of 6:03:38, while John Roberts came in eighth place overall at the Bedford Super Sprint Triathlon in a total time of 1:12:07. Team-mate Paul Rumble pushed hard to come home in 21st place in 1:18:02.

Julian Smith travelled to the Bristol Harbourside Olympic distance Triathlon on Sunday, where he set a new PB and completed in 2:28:19, coming in 54th overall position.

Gade Valley Harriers Steve and Claire Newing took time out of their honeymoon to run the San Francisco parkrun in Crissy Field

Gade Valley Harriers Steve and Claire Newing took time out of their honeymoon to run the San Francisco parkrun in Crissy Field

At the parkruns this weekend, Harriers Steve and Claire Newing, on their honeymoon, took on the hills of the San Francisco, USA, at the parkrun in Crissy Field.

Steve put in a huge effort over the 5k hilly course – with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop - to come home in third place overall in 20:51, with Claire completing in 38:52.

Closer to home, at the Gadebridge parkrun, Scott Dixon led eight Harriers home in third place in 19:39. Dixon was followed by Simon Wallis in 21:39, James Thomson 23:20, Russ Bailey 25:12, Phil Mercer 26:53 (PB), Lisa Pinder 28:18 (PB), Peter Tucker 32:47 and, working as official back marker for the run, Helen Heathcote in 52:09.

Sian Hibbs came home as first lady in the Cassiobury parkrun in Watford, in an amazing new PB time of 21:39, with team-mate Mikey Ferris also having a superb run, coming in second overall place in a blistering 18:30.

Black Park parkrun, once again, had Harriers Vince Ellerby and Guy Woollett flying the GVH colours around the woodland 5K race. Woollett was first back in 19:05, with Ellerby putting in a solid performance to come home in 19:47. A huge 534 runners took part in the weekly event.

A day earlier than the St Albans Half Marathon, GVH Chairman Andy Newing was representing the club at their parkrun. Newing dug deep to finish in a respectable 25:29.

Tring parkrun saw Tom North from the Harriers take on the hills to finish in sixth overall place in 20:49.