With the spring marathon season in full swing, a team of 16 Gade Valley Harriers travelled to Brighton and joined more than 11,000 other athletes from across the world to take on their 26.2-mile challenge on Sunday.
With TV star Zoe Ball starting the race in Preston Park, the runners enjoyed the fine weather and sea air before a grand finish at Brighton Pier.
Andy Norton was first home for the Harriers in a very quick 3:13:13, followed by Nick Crowther 3:15:41 (PB), Andy Cook 3:28:58 (PB), James Thomson 3:50:14 (PB), Rich Peters 3:51:46 (PB), Shelley Walsh 4:05:55 (PB), Andy Terry 4:09:14, Emma Phillpot 4:16:12, Emma Nash 4:23:51, Helen Terry 4:29:01 (PB), Jo Kidd 4:54:39, Karis Thomas 5:10:44, Tanya Saunders 5:13:47, Helen Heathcote 5:19:32 (PB), Serena Harrap 5:21:16 (PB) and Peter Tucker 5:40:08.
Also in Brighton were mother and daughter team Helen and Alice Cook, competing in the Brighton 10k race. Alice pipped her mother by crossing the line in 57:14, with Helen hot on her heels in 57:15.
Closer to home were Harriers duo Rossiana Mee and Susie Ivin who were in Flitwick to tackle their 10k run. Mee pushed hard to complete the course in 51:20 and Ivin finished in 56:56.
Father and son Simon and Ross Geary, along with team-mate Teresa Reason, took on the Hospice of St Francis Bubble Rush 5k on Sunday in Hemel’s Gadebridge Park. The family friendly event attracted 2,700 entrants and the Gearys stormed home over the line in first place.
At the parkruns this week the Harriers fielded a team of nine runners across six of the timed 5k runs.
South Oxhey saw Phil Robbins take the top spot as he came home in first place in a speedy 20:54, while there was another first place for GVH at Cassiobury Park, where Anthony James took the honours with a new PB of 17:22.
Having recovered from the Manchester Marathon the previous week, Steve Newing pushed hard to clock a time of 19:23 at the St Albans parkrun, with wife Claire posting a new PB of 33:11.
Gadebridge Park parkrun had Russ Bailey and Andy Bishop representing GVH, with Bailey first home for the team in 25:56 and Bishop crossing the line in 28:34, while Vince Ellerby put in a solid performance at Black Park as he finished in 19:39.
The hills of Tring parkrun once again saw Tom North and Tracey Cotton flying the Gade Valley colours; North claiming fifth overall place in 21:06, with Cotton clocking 25:55.