Sam clocks up 166 miles in one month as preparation continues

The Gade Valley Harriers were all smiles at St Albans parkrun
The Gade Valley Harriers were all smiles at St Albans parkrun

Gade Valley Harrier Sam Tucker completed another marathon in her training for 10-in-10 next year as she finished the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Marathon in Leeds.

Tucker crossed the finish line of the 26.2-mile off-road course in 4 hours and 58 minutes, meaning she has raced more than 166 miles in less than one month.

Elsewhere, Simon Wallis and Kelly Smyth from the Harriers took on the Survival of the Fittest Challenge in Wembley Park, London.

The 10k route started with two laps of the famous Wembley Stadium, before taking the competitors through 20 obstacle zones – featuring more than 100 obstacles for them to crawl, wade, climb and scramble through.

Meanwhile, husband and wife team Dean and Joanna Kidd took on the 10K challenge of the Morunner event at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes to raise funds for Movember. Dean completed the course in a new PB of 51:21 and Jo finished in 58:40.

The Black Park parkrun had three Harriers flying the Gade Valley colours, with Guy Wollett first back in third place overall in 18:34. John Lawler was right behind in fourth place in 18:47, with Vince Ellerby completing in ninth place in 19:42.

St Albans had four runners competing, with Paula Cook first back in 24:49. Joanna Kidd was next in 27:12 followed by Harry Rumble, setting a new PB of 29:11 and coming third in his age group, while his dad Paul Rumble finished in 29:12.

Gade Valley Harrier Matt Ashby travelled to Canterbury parkrun and stormed home in fourth place overall in 20:29.

Scott Dixon and Nick Crowther were competing at Tring parkrun, where Dixon battled home in fifth place overall in a time of 19:50, setting a new PB. Crowther put on a good show to finish the hilly course in 21:48, also setting a new PB.