Harriers compete at Bushey Spire

Harriers at Bushey Spire.
Harriers at Bushey Spire.

Seven Harriers flew the flag for Gade Valley at the Bushey Spire 5K and 10K on Sunday.

In the 10K, Matt Ashby stormed home in 10th overall position in a speedy 39:28.

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He was followed by Andy Norton 45:13, Richard Puddephatt 50:20, Jaqui Sampson 56:32, Helen Cook 57:05, Helen Heathcote 1:02:09 and Luca Cotta Ramusino 1:06:19. In the 5K race, Anthony Willcox took 6th place in a sharp 20:21.

At Milton Keynes Festival of Running, Angeline Cottrill, Leona Flaherty and Serena Harrap from GVH were in action. The 10K saw Flaherty setting a new PB of 54:16 with team mate Cottrill posting a time of 58:27. At the 5K option Serena Harrap, returning from injury, put in a solid time of 29:24.

Heading to the Isle of Wight, Tom North took on their Isle of Wight Challenge, a 70 mile Ultra Marathon that included a 2035m ascent.

Gade Valley Tri triathletes Susie Ivin, Andy Terry, Dean Kidd and Emma Nash were brushing up on their open water swimming on Friday, July 1, taking part in the Full Moon Swim at the Tri20 event in Reading.

Covering the 1500m, adorned with glow-sticks on their wetsuits, the triathletes completed two laps of Reading Lake as part of their training.

Another Gade Valley Tri triathlete, Dylan Wendleken upped the stakes this week, competing in the Cowman Half Iron Man triathlon.

The Olympic Distance event saw Wendleken push hard and complete the 1.9K open water swim in 28:37, the 92K bike ride in 3:00:24 and the 21K run in 1:53:40, giving a total time of 5:26:06.

Despite the Pub Run on the same day, GVH had a few hardy souls at the parkruns this week, with Gadebridge Park having three Harriers in attendance.

First home for the team was Paul Buxton, setting a new PB of 27:18. Following Buxton was Philippa Hood 27:34, and acting as official back marker Phil Robbins 59:48.

Cassiobury Park had Scott Dixon and James Thomson in the GVH colours, both setting new PB’s. Dixon was first over the line in 19:01 (PB) and Thomson in 19:28 (PB).

There was one Harrier apiece at the Black Park and St Albans parkruns where Vince Ellerby clocked 20:02 and Steve Newing posted a time of 19:54.