A marathon effort from Gade Valley Harriers runner Andy

The Harriers got into the spirit of things with their annual fancy dress Halloween Run
The Harriers got into the spirit of things with their annual fancy dress Halloween Run

Gade Valley Harriers runner Andy Norton from crossed the Irish Sea last week to race in the Dublin Marathon.

The race was a single lap of the deceptively hilly city, and Norton dug deep to complete the challenge in a speedy time of 3:19:16.

Dave Wise and Tina Searle took on the Marlow Half Marathon

Dave Wise and Tina Searle took on the Marlow Half Marathon

In a midweek run, the Harriers got into the spirit of things with their annual fancy dress Halloween Run. Running through the streets of Hemel, local residents were treated to the sight of vampires, zombies and ghastlly ghouls passing through their streets.

At the Marlow Half Marathon, meanwhile, Harriers Dave Wise and Tina Searle took on the infamously tough 13.1-mile course, with Wise coming home first in 1:51:55 and Searle completing in 2:10:38.

Also tackling a half marathon were Rich Hutton, Robert Bowler, Rob Potten and Andy Wells who competed in the Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday. Bowler was first home for the Harriers in 1:42:47, with team-mate Hutton finishing in 1:55:33 and Potten in 2:00:50. Unfortunately Wells had to retire from the race with a calf injury.

At the Lea Valley Velopark, setting for the 2012 Olympic cycling events, Harriers Jaqui Sampson, Helen Heathcote and Luca Ramusino competed in their 10km running race on Saturday. Sampson was first to complete the six laps as she came home for the Harriers in 52:56, followed by Heathcote in 1:02:10 and Ramusino in 1:06:51.

Father and son team Simon and Ross Geary were in action at the Tring parkrun

Father and son team Simon and Ross Geary were in action at the Tring parkrun

In another 10km event, Peter Tucker challenged himself with the Bonfire Burn 10K in Cambridge on Sunday, where he took on the multi-terrain course and completed in 1:02:03.

Elsewhere, with athletes at seven different parkruns this week, the Harriers claimed handfuls of new PBs.

Gadebridge parkrun saw 13 Harriers in the club colours, with Scott Dixon from GVH taking first place in 19:58. Dixon was quickly followed by Steve Newing in 21:17 (PB), Gemma Bitaraf in 21:46 (PB), Anthony Willcox in 22:02, Paul Reilly in 23:15 (PB), Anita Berwick in 25:43 (2nd in her age category and PB), Leona Flaherty in 27:43, Paula Cook in 28:45 (PB), Gina Oliver in 29:11, Joanna Kidd in 29:55, Phil Mercer in 30:42, Helen Cook in 32:02 and Jenny Barnett in 36:02.

At the Tring parkrun, Tom North was joined by father and son team Simon and Ross Geary. North was first back for the Harriers in 21:01 with the Gearys both beating the hills and coming home in 25:43.

Rich Hutton, Robert Bowler, Rob Potten and Andy Wells competed in the Stevenage Half Marathon

Rich Hutton, Robert Bowler, Rob Potten and Andy Wells competed in the Stevenage Half Marathon

Guy Woollett and Vince Ellerby were the entrants at the Black Park parkrun, with Woollett claiming third home in 18:57 and team-mate Ellerby close behind in 19:36, in eighth place.

In blistering form, Matt Ashby once again claimed first place at the Canterbury parkrun, clocking a time of 18:39.

Continuing his good form, James Thomson was competing at the Barclay parkrun in Hoddesdon, where he claimed third overall place in a fine 22:04.

Watford’s Cassiobury Park had five Harriers flying the GVH flag, with Rich Coles claiming first place in 17:03. Coles was swiftly followed by Mikey Ferris in 17:41, Anthony James in 17:48 (PB), James Birnie in 20:03 and Sian Hibbs (first lady home, PB) in 20:22.

Nick Crowther donned the GVH colours to run at the Leamington parkrun, setting a quick time of 20:19.