Gade Valley Harriers duo tackle the Berlin Marathon

Gade Valley Harriers quartet Dave Wise, Andy Cook, James Birnie and James Thomson competed in the fourth running of the annual Ealing Half Marathon
Gade Valley Harriers quartet Dave Wise, Andy Cook, James Birnie and James Thomson competed in the fourth running of the annual Ealing Half Marathon
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Gade Valley Harriers duo Russ Bailey and Peter Tucker travelled to Berlin on Sunday to take on the challenge of the 42nd running of the BMW Berlin Marathon.

Running alongside the elite runners of the marathon world as part of the World Marathon Majors series, Tucker completed his seventh marathon since April this year in 5:20:14. Bailey cruised round the course in a very respectable 4:21:46.

Closer to home, Dave Wise, Andy Cook, James Birnie and James Thomson from GVH joined 4,672 other athletes to compete in the fourth running of the annual Ealing Half Marathon.

Starting and finishing in Lammas Park, the undulating 13.1-mile road race looped around the streets and parks of Ealing. First home for the Harriers, and setting a new PB in the heat, was Cook in a speedy 1:36:59. He was followed by Birnie in 1:40:33, Wise 1:45:35 and Thomson 1:53:08.

The local parkrun at Gadebridge this week saw seven Harriers in action, with Anthony James leading the team home in 19:48 and claiming third overall place. Hot on James’ heels was Tom Langdown in 21:04, followed by Anthony Willcox in 22:01, Lesley Jugoo in 38:55, Sam Hawes in 42:21, Charlotte Hawes in 47:01 and Bill Hawes in 47:02.

At the St Albans parkrun, Harrier Helen Cook joined 343 other runners to set yet another PB and come home in 28:48. Team-mate Robert Bowler also flew the GVH colours to finish in 21:43.

Black Park had Matt Watt and Vince Ellerby competing for GVH, where Watt claimed a new PB of 18:23 and finished fourth overall. Ellerby was close behind in 11th place in a time of 19:37.

Returning to his university town of Canterbury, after a summer of training with GVH, Harrier Matt Ashby knocked a massive minute and a half off his course PB in the Canterbury parkrun. Ashby stormed home in 18:46, taking third place overall.

Continuing his parkrun tour, and as a warm-up for the Ealing Half Marathon, James Thomson was in Aldenham, where he claimed fifth place in 21:15. South Oxhey, in Watford, saw Steve Newing from the Harriers finish in sixth place overall in 21:12.