Gade Valley Tri Team out in force at the weekend

Gade Valley Harriers Tri Team
Gade Valley Harriers Tri Team

This weekend saw the Gade Valley Tri Team out in force at both the Wimbleball Iron Man Triathlon and the Bedford Sprint Triathlon.

GVH ladies’ captain Susie Ivin, Emma Nash and Paul Blayney took on the Iron Man 70.3 Triathlon at Wimbleball in Exmoor National Park.

The event started with a 1.2-mile swim around Wimbleball lake, followed by a 56-mile bike ride through the forest, and finished with a 13.1-mile run over a mixed terrain course of tarmac, trail and grass.

Ivin finished the race in 7:55:00, but Nash suffered bike problems at the 40-mile mark and had to retire. Blayney took part in the relay event and set a new PB of 1:57:35.

Elsewhere, seven Harriers were in action at the latest meet in the Bedford Sprint Triathlon series.

The sprint triathlon distances are a 400m pool swim, followed by a 24K bike ride and then a 5K run.

Jon Roberts was first home for the Harriers in 14th place overall in 1:12:00, followed by Johnny Broom in 1:21:31, Dylan Wendleken in 1:21:59, Tracy Aldridge-Jones in 1:24:54, Gemma Bitaraf in 1:26:00, Andy Terry in 1:34:08 and Dean Kidd in 1:37:56.

On Sunday, Vince Ellerby and John Lawler took a break from running and completed the 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Elsewhere, 10 Harriers competed in the St Albans parkrun on Saturday.

Paul Rumble, returning from an injury, led the team home in 19:11, followed by Russ Bailey in 23:00, Andrew Terry in a PB of 23:04, Paula Cook in 23:05, Karis Thomas in a PB of 26:13, Joanna Kidd in a PB of 26:14, Luca Ramusino in 29:18, Helen Heathcote in 29:22, William Terry in a PB of 34:57 and Paul Mosely in 36:01.