Martin and Peter prove that they are up to the Challenge

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Gade Valley Harriers duo Martin Anderson and Peter Tucker competed in the Fairlands Valley Challenge Marathon in Stevenage on Sunday.

Completing his 12th marathon since April, Anderson fought off an existing hamstring injury to finish the demanding route in 5 hours and 45 minutes. Tucker, in his sixth marathon in four months, also safely completed the course.

For a midweek challenge, 11 Harriers went to Harpenden to take part in an invitational 5K run organised by Harpenden Arrows Running Club. The off-road route started and finished in Rothamsted Park in Harpenden and had 70 entrants from six local clubs.

The Harriers put on a great performance, taking six of the top 10 places. First back for GVH was Mikey Ferris in second place overall (first in SM category) in 18:16.87. Right behind Ferris was Scott Dixon in 18:28.78, John Lawler 18:47.47, Ed Price 19:12.95, Julian Smith 19:33.97, Guy Woollett 19:38.34, Vince Ellerby 20:15.75 (first in MV50 category), Gemma Bitaraf (first in SW category) 20:37.36, Kathleen Courtier 21:59.84, Sian Hibbs 22:06.88 and Dave Wise 23:32.82.

Nearing the end of the first Gade Valley Harriers ‘Learn to Run’ course, a host of new runners travelled to the Black Park parkrun to test out their new skills.

Running with the leaders of the course – Ed Price, Gemma Bitaraf and Karis Thomas – the new runners enjoyed the fine weather and trails on the 5k route.

First back for GVH was men’s captain Price in 19:01, followed by women’s captain Bitaraf in 20:14, Andrew Terry 28:19, Helen Terry 32:01, William Terry, 32:04, Nikki Richardson in 33:15, Karis Thomas in 33:16 and Niki Swan in 37.16..

Closer to home at the Gadebridge parkrun, six Harriers flew the GVH colours on Saturday.

First home for the Harriers was Anthony Willcox in 21:51 (PB), followed by James Birnie in 23:25. Next back came James Thomson in 23:28, Sam Tucker 27:03, Veronika Bartalska 31:10 and Lesley Jugoo 35:50.

Over in Aylesbury, GVH had Andy Norton and Johnny Broom representing the club, with Norton coming back first in a new PB of 19:37 and Broom in 21:53.

Tom North was at his home parkrun at Tring, where he came back in third overall place in 20:03.

Mark Crabtree from the Harriers competed at the Delamere parkrun in Cheshire, where he stormed home in fourth place overall in 17:18.

St Albans parkrun had Oliver Brown from GVH in action, where he came home in 33:17.