Gade Valley Harriers gear up for this year’s marathon training runs

The Gade Valley Harriers marathon training runs are back for another year. Picture (c) Patricia Rayner
The Gade Valley Harriers marathon training runs are back for another year. Picture (c) Patricia Rayner

The Gade Valley Harriers have busy in preparation for their first marathon training run of the season.

The runs are a training aid for anyone taking part in one of the spring marathons – including London and Brighton – and take place in the three months leading up to the races.

Every year, between 400 and 500 runners join the runs, which take in the Grand Union Canal towpath, Berkhamsted, the Ashridge Estate and Potten End.

The events are open to everyone, whether people belong to running clubs or not, for the experienced marathon runner and the first timers running for charity.

The first run takes place next Sunday and is a 12-mile route, which has full marshalling, frequent water stops and the very popular Jelly Baby stop towards the end, for an extra boost of energy.

Once finished, the runners can enjoy a free tea or coffee and some cakes back in the Harriers clubhouse at Boxmoor Cricket Club in St Johns Road, Hemel Hempstead.

The runs start at 9.30am and cost £5 per runner, payable on the day.

As well as next weekend’s meet, other runs will take place on Sunday, February 23 for the 17-mile route and Sunday, March 23 for the 20-mile route.

For further information, please email info@gadevalleyharriers.co.uk or visit www.gadevalleyharriers.co.uk