Festive fun as Gade Valley Harriers get into the Christmas spirit

Gade Valley Harriers at the Santa Run 2015
Gade Valley Harriers at the Santa Run 2015
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In the run up to Christmas, the Gade Valley Harriers got into the spirit of things with their annual Santa Run through Hemel Hempstead.

Accompanied by many of their children, the Harriers donned Christmas-inspired fancy dress and spread the seasonal cheer as they toured the streets of the town.

Gade Valley Harriers at the Christmas Eve Beacon Run

Gade Valley Harriers at the Christmas Eve Beacon Run

A few lucky club members also managed the annual Christmas eve Beacon Run, where the team braved the rain to run up to Ivinghoe Beacon, before recovering with tea and cake at the café in Ashridge.

In a more traditional race on Sunday, a team of 12 Harriers took on the Pednor 10 Challenge in Chesham.

Matt Ashby set a blistering pace to cross the line in 1:07:55, and he was quickly followed by Andy Wells in 1:08:50, Steve Newing in 1:09:53, Gemma Bitaraf in 1:13:16, Claire McDonnell in 1:13:58 (PB), Dave Wise in 1:23:58, Johnny Broom in 1:24:38, Michelle Wells in 1:34:02, Dean Kidd in 1:35:49, Krim Saidi in 1:36:06, Andy Norton in 1:36:08 and Joanna Kidd in 1:38:05.

The parkruns still went ahead over the Christmas period, with some taking place on Christmas day itself.

Gade Valley Harriers at The Pednor 10

Gade Valley Harriers at The Pednor 10

Steve Newing got the day off to a good start with a new PB 0f 19:18 at the Cassiobury parkrun in Watford, with team-mate James Thomson hot on his heels in 20:02.

Travelling much further afield was Sian Hibbs from GVH who raced in the 29 degree heat of Perth, Australia, claiming second lady home in a speedy 20:54.

Also travelling were father and daughter team Peter and Sam Tucker, who were in Waterworks Park, Belfast, on Christmas Day where Sam finished first in 27:14 and Peter crossed the line in 29:27.

The Tuckers were both in parkrun action again on Saturday in Belfast’s Ormeau parkrun, with Sam setting a new PB of 25:53 and Peter 29:44.

Carol Skates travelled to her home town of Edinburgh and took on their parkrun, finishing in a new PB of 32:46.

Closer to home, in St Albans, Nick Crowther flew the GVH colours as he cruised home in 20:11, while in Tring Tom North and Maxine Bateman represented the club – North finishing in third overall place in 22:22 and Bateman in 32:51.