Harriers saddle up to tackle 100-mile cycle challenge

A team of Gade Valley Harriers competed at the Bearbrook 10K race
A team of Gade Valley Harriers competed at the Bearbrook 10K race

A team of five Gade Valley Harriers braved the tail end of Hurricane Bertha on Sunday to take on the Prudential Ride London 100-mile challenge.

Riding alongside the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, the race wound through London and Surrey, along the route of the London 2012 Olympic race and finished in The Mall.

More than 80,000 people applied to enter the race, and the 20,000 places were soon filled.

Due to the bad weather and safety concerns, the 100-mile route was cut short to 86 miles, but still tested the athletes to the limit. Paula Cook, Susie Ivin, Dean Kidd, Tracey Aldridge-Jones and Jackie Eskdale took on the challenge and made it to the finishing line, despite the foul weather.

Elsewhere, Sam Tucker travelled to France to compete in the Sierre Zinal race – one of the most beautiful mountain courses in the world. Taking place in the French Alps, Sam took on the 2,200m climb and 800m descent and was one of 3,500 runners taking part in the 19.2-mile trail race.

Recovering from injury, Sam still managed to complete the challenging course in 6 hours and 5 minutes.

Sunday also saw seven Harriers competing at the Bearbrook 10K race. Paul Rumble was first Harrier home in 39:48, followed by Simon Wallis in 40:48, Steve Newing in 41:28, Matt Ashby in 43:46, Gemma Bitaraf 43:48, Alice Eabry 52:14 and Wendy Hudson in a new PB of 54:51.

Luca Ramusino was next back in 1:03:44 with Claire Newing bringing the team home in 1:12:38.

At the St Albans parkrun, meanwhile, Tom North was the first Harrier back in 19:09, ahead of Russ Bailey in 22:21, club chairman Andy Newing in 24:31, Tina Searle in 26:22, Luca Ramusino in 29:43 and Jenny Barnett in 30:50. New runner Kirsten Scriven chalked up a new PB of 33:09.

Elsewhere, the Black Park parkrun had John Lawler (19:19), Guy Woollett (19:41) and Vince Ellerby (20:37) flying the GVH colours.