Lesley battles through the heat to complete the Mallorca Iron Man Triathlon

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Travelling furthest afield for the Gade Valley Harriers at the weekend was Lesley Jugoo, who visited the Balearic Islands to compete in the Mallorca Iron Man Triathlon.

The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim across the harbour, a 56-mile cycle ride round the rugged shoreline, then a 13.1-mile half marathon run – all in the heat of the Spanish sun.

Lesley Jugoo, Gade Valley Harriers

Lesley Jugoo, Gade Valley Harriers

Lesley powered through the open water swim in 47:50, the cycle ride in 4:31:20 and the gruelling run in 3:17:43 – giving a combined time of 8:57:54.

Closer to home, Saturday saw the return of the Gade Valley Harriers parkrun tour, where Harriers travelled to Gladstone Park in North London and raced in the 5K event.

Dodging the heavy showers, men’s team captain Ed Price was first back for GVH in sixth place overall in 18:51, closely followed by John Lawler in 10th place in 19:23, Vince Ellerby in 20:01, Johnny Broom in 20:24, Steve Newing in 20:34, Andrew Norton in 21:15 and Luca Ramusino in 29:39.

At the St Albans parkrun, a team of five Harriers competed – with Russ Bailey first Harrier home in 23:13, followed by Paula Cook in 25:53, Karis Thomas in another PB of 26:26, Paul Mosely in 28:18 and Jenny Barnett in 30:46.

On Sunday, six Harriers pitted themselves against the Chartridge 100 challenge, a 100K cycle ride through the hills of the Chilterns.

Guy Wollett, James Lawler, John Roberts, Vince Ellerby, James McCluskey and Johnny Broom completed the ride.