Gade Valley Harriers duo tackle the marathon in Essex

Gade Valley Harriers runner Laura Sharma tackled the Leeds Half Marathon
Gade Valley Harriers runner Laura Sharma tackled the Leeds Half Marathon

Gade Valley Harriers duo Claire McDonnell and Vicky Crawley-Wise travelled to Essex on Sunday to compete in the 21st Halstead and Essex Marathon.

Despite the humid weather, Crawley-Wise powered home in 3:49 and McDonnell completed in a respectable 4:01:30 to clock a new PB.

Elsewhere, Harrier Martin Anderson continued his epic 56 marathons in 56 weeks challenge.

Anderson is taking on the challenge in memory of his mum, Sylvia, who tragically died from gall bladder cancer in 2013.

He is raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice, who provided much-needed and invaluable support for Martin and the whole family. His target is to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Meanwhile, Laura Sharma ventured north last weekend to take on the Leeds Half Marathon, where she put in an amazing effort to set a new PB of 1:35:00.

Also tackling a half marathon on Sunday was Shelley Walsh who travelled to Hackney, London, where she powered round and achieved a PB of 1 hour and 55 minutes. James Thomson and Angeline Cottrill were also at the race – Thomson set a PB of 1:42 and Cottrill came home in 2:11.

Mark Crabtree powered round the 13.1-mile road course at the Bracknell Half Marathon to come home in second overall place out of 825 runners, in a fantastic time of 1:17:17.

At the new Gadebridge parkrun this week, 10 Harriers flew the GVH colours, with some excellent results and a fistful of new PBs.

Scott Dixon was first back for the Harriers in third place overall in 19:49, followed by Julian Smith in fifth place in 20:34 (PB), Bill Hawes in seventh place in 21:14 (PB), James Thomson in 14th in 22:14, Sian Hibbs (1st Lady) in 24:20, Andrew Watt in 24:54 (PB), Paula Cook in 28:48 (PB), Helen Terry in 29:25, Peter Tucker in 30:43 (PB) and Lesley Jugoo in 33:34.

St Albans parkrun had Steve Newing, Andy Cook and Robert Bowler representing the Harriers. Newing was first Harrier home in 19:47, Cook came back in 20:30 and Bowler completed in 21:57.

Andy Norton and Steve Reeve took on Aylesbury parkrun, where Norton completed in 21:15 and Reeve finished in 22:15.

Taking on the hills of Tring were ladies’ captain Gemma Bitaraf and Tom North. Bitaraf stormed home in fourth overall place, first lady, in 20:04, setting a new PB. North was right behind in sixth place in 20:53.

Cassiobury parkrun in Watford had Johnny Broom running for the Harriers, where he crossed the line in 24:56, while Vince Ellerby took on Black Park parkrun where he came home in 19th place out of 438 runners in a time of 19:46.