PBs aplenty for the Gade Valley Harriers at the Bearbrook 10k

A team of 16 Gade Valley Harriers tackled the Bearbrook 10K race in Weston Turville
A team of 16 Gade Valley Harriers tackled the Bearbrook 10K race in Weston Turville

The big club event for the Gade Valley Harriers at the weekend was the 15th annual Bearbrook 10K race in Weston Turville.

Organised by Bearbrook Running Club, 16 Harriers represented their club to tackle the course and put in some great performances, collecting a host of new PBs.

Stars of the day were the women’s team, consisting of Gemma Bitaraf, Sian Hibbs, Claire McDonnell and Kathleen Courtier, who dug deep to finish in second place.

First home for the Harriers was Mikey Ferris in 38:06, followed by Paul Rumble 41:09, Andy Norton 41:20, Steve Newing 41:52, Matt Ashby 42:34 (PB), Gemma Bitaraf 43:09, Sian Hibbs 44:13, Claire McDonnell 44:49, James Thomson 46:08, Kathleen Courtier 48:23, Dave Wise 50:22, Andy Newing 50:39, Helen Heathcote 1:03:14, Luca Ramusino 1:08:42, Claire Newing 1:15:28 and Carol Skates 1:16:07.

Elsewhere, Harrier Laura Sharma travelled to Clacton, Essex to compete in their 10K race on Sunday. Braving the heat, Sharma stormed the fast and flat course along the sea front and completed in a speedy new PB of 44:32, claiming third lady home and first in her category.

At the Gadebridge parkrun this week, the Harriers had 10 runners flying the club colours, occupying four of the top seven places and clocking up five new PBs.

First back for the team was Dean Porter in 19:36, taking second overall place in 19:36. Hot on Porter’s heels was Julian Smith in third place in 20:02 (PB), Simon Wallis in fifth place in 21:04 (PB), Andy Cook in seventh place in 21:37 (PB), Robert Bowler in 12th place in 22:36 (PB), Leona Flaherty in 28:16, Peter Tucker in 30:22, Helen Cook in 33:40 and, acting as official back marker for the event, Jan Hudson in 42:21.

St Albans parkrun had five Harriers in action, with Anthony James first home in seventh overall place in 18:44. Setting a new PB in the heat was James Thomson in 20:03, followed by William Terry in 29:35, with Helen Terry and Karis Thomas both tying in 29:36.

Joining 505 other runners at Black Park parkrun was Vince Ellerby from the Harriers, who finished in a respectable 20:03.

Tom North stayed close to home to race in the Tring parkrun, where he took on the hills to come home in 20:03, for third place overall.

In Ipswich, Anthony Willcox raced for Gade Valley and came home in 20:59, good enough for 16th place out of 234 runners.