One final push for marathon runners as race time approaches fast

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This Sunday sees the Gade Valley Harriers host their final marathon training run of the year.

Around 500 runners of all abilities, will be tackling the 20-mile route around the Grand Union Canal towpath, Bulbeggars wood, Ashridge Forest and Potten End.

Gade Valley Harriers were victorious at the Herts Mens Vetarans Cross Country Championships PNL-140317-161109002

Gade Valley Harriers were victorious at the Herts Mens Vetarans Cross Country Championships PNL-140317-161109002

The Brighton, Manchester and Blackpool Marathons take place on April 6, with the London Marathon happening on April 13, so Sunday’s route will be the last long run, before the competitors taper towards their main event

All of the Harriers’ training runs are fully marshalled by the club, have frequent water stops and the ever popular Jelly Baby stop to replenish blood sugar levels before that last push for home.

Sunday’s session will cost just £5 per runner, and no pre-registration is required.

For further information, please email info@gadevalleyharriers.co.uk or visit www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk

Meanwhile, the Harriers have been out and about at the weekend, competing in various events.

On Saturday, seven Harriers raced in the inaugural Ashridge Boundary run, with Steve Boyd leading the team home in second place overall and first in the veterans’ category, in time of 1hr, 54m, 22s.

He was closely followed by Simon Wallis in 2:12:05, Andrew Norton in 2:18:55, Dave Wise in 2:30:16, Martin Storrie in 2:35:37, Jinesh Adatia in 2:50:39 and Tina Searle in 3:10:10.

The following day, six Harriers took part in the Spitfire 20, starting at the Top Gear test track in Surrey.

Showing their colours for Gade Valley were Andrew Terry, Simon Wallis, Kelly Smith, Oddette Messenger, Joanna Kidd and Karis Thomas.

Sunday also saw the Herts Mens Veterans Cross Country Championships at Royston in Hertfordshire.

Over a very hilly 5.2 miles the GVH team of Bill Hawes, Steve Boyd, Guy Woollett, Dylan Wendkleken, Jon Roberts and Russ Bailey triumphed to bring home the trophy.