A marathon effort from Gade Valley Harriers duo in Chelmsford

Gade Valley Harriers' father and daughter team Peter and Sam Tucker took on the Chelmsford Marathon
Gade Valley Harriers' father and daughter team Peter and Sam Tucker took on the Chelmsford Marathon

Father and daughter team Peter and Sam Tucker from the Gade Valley Harriers travelled to Essex on Sunday to compete in the Chelmsford Marathon.

The Tuckers joined more than 1,000 other runners to raise money for the local J’s Hospice, who support young adults with life limiting conditions. Sam finished the hilly 26.2-mile road race in 4:58:00, with Peter crossing the line in 5:13:47.

In the Brighton and Hove 10-mile road race, Emma Phillpot enjoyed the fine weather and sea front views, coming home in a solid 1:20:35.

Harrier Rossiana Mee tackled the Buckingham 10km race on Sunday, enjoying the beautiful mixed terrain course around Buckingham farmlands. She had a good run, completing in the race in 46:10.

Also taking on a 10km was Carol Skates, who was competing in the Worthing Seafront 10km. Taking in the fresh sea air, Skates finished in a respectable 1:09:52.

Closer to home in Ampthill, John Lawler, Mikey Ferris and Matt Watt flew the GVH colours in the Ampthill Trophy - a two-lap cross country race around the fields and woods of Ampthill. Watt was first home for the team in 32:24, with Lawler next in 33:10 and Ferris following in 33:36.

Deon Percival from GVH took on the Mud Pack Challenge to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis. The adrenalin-fuelled obstacle course took place in the beautiful grounds of Ashridge House and delivered lots of muddy fun, with participants crawling, wading and climbing through the 190-acre gardens and woodland of the historic country estate, negotiating wet and muddy obstacles along the way.

Dropping down to the 5km distance, the Harriers had 15 runners at six parkruns this week.

In the local Gadebridge run, Rich Coles took first place in a speedy 18:51, setting a new PB. Chasing him down was Scott Dixon in second place in 19:55, followed by team-mates Andy Cook in 22:46, Andy Watt in 24:25, Russ Bailey in 24:54 and Andy Bishop in 27:38.

Also having a good day was John Lawler at Watford’s Cassiobury Park, where he set a new PB of 17:32, claiming fourth overall place. Lawler was swiftly followed by Mikey Ferris in 17:45, James Thomson in 19:29 (PB) and Anthony Willcox in 20:04.

In Tring, Harriers Anthony James and Tom North took on the hills, with James taking sixth place in 20:02 and North 11th in 20:13.

Travelling south to the Brighton and Hove parkrun was Emma Phillpot who used the race as a warm-up for the 10-mile road race, crossing the line in 24:58.

Heading in the other direction was Mark Crabtree who raced around the Huddersfield parkrun in 16:41, good enough for third overall place.

Closer to home in Black Park, Vince Ellerby put in a solid performance to complete in 19:32, taking ninth place out of 441 runners.