Parkrun action for the Gade Valley Harriers

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In a week off from big competitions, the Gade Valley Harriers this week focused on 5km parkruns.

At their home parkrun of Gadebridge, seven Harriers donned the club clouors, with Andy Bishop coming home first in fifth place overall in 22:27.

Bishop was closely followed by father and son team Simon and Ross Geary, both in 26:27.

Next home was Lisa Pinder who equalled her PB of 26:48 and then Leona Flaherty who set a new PB of 27:40. Flaherty was followed by Jenny Barnett in 36:11 and Claire Newing in 39:13.

Watford’s Cassiobury Park parkrun had five Harriers racing, with Mikey Ferris first home in third overall place in 17:43. Ferris was chased hard by Matt Ashby, who set a new PB of 19:00, and Anthony Willcox in 19:50. Next back for the Harriers was ladies’ captain Gemma Bitaraf in 19:52 and Sian Hibbs in 20:53.

St Albans parkrun had family team Andy, Helen and Alice Cook running for GVH, where Andy set a new PB of 20:26. Alice completed in 29:23 to set her new PB, and Helen put on a strong show to come home in yet another PB of 31:17.

Vince Ellerby returned to his favourite Black Park parkrun this week, where he put in a solid time of 20:06, to come home in ninth place overall out of 381 runners.

James Thomson travelled to Milton Keynes parkrun, where he completed in 21:48, while Johnny Broom represented the Harriers at Oak Hill, in Barnet, had where he completed in a speedy 20:22.

At the notoriously hilly Tring parkrun, Tom North finished in fourth place overall in a time of 20:50.

Travelling to South Oxhey, Gade Valley Harrier Steve Newing put in a strong time of 20:45, to come home in sixth place overall.

Elsewhere, two members of the Gade Valley Tri team were in action at the Cotswold Classic Half Iron Man Triathlon event on Sunday. Jon Roberts and Guy Wollett competed in the 1.9km open water swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run, with Roberts finished in a total time of 4:36:55 and Wollett in 4:46:01.