Harrier Laura spreads her wings to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Laura Sharma from Gade Valley Harriers tackled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Laura Sharma from Gade Valley Harriers tackled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Laura Sharma from Gade Valley Harriers took to the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

In just under eight hours, Sharma scaled the 5,895m to the summit of the mountain in temperatures of -15 degrees, securing sponsorship money for the charity.

Gade Valley Harriers St Albans parkrun team

Gade Valley Harriers St Albans parkrun team

Elsewhere, at the Leighton 10 on Sunday, 18 Harriers took to the streets of Leighton Buzzard to compete in their annual 10 mile road race.

As usual, the Harriers put out a strong team and claimed the prize for first team home, winning copious amounts of wine. The winning team had to consist of six men and two ladies and was made up of Rich Coles, Mikey Ferris, Anthony James, Matt Watt, Ed Price, John Lawler, Gemma Bitaraf and Sian Hibbs.

Also in the limelight were Rich Coles, who achieved 1st V40 male, and men’s captain Ed Price who took second place in the V40 Bedfordshire Country 10 Mile Championships.

The full list of GVH athletes competing was: Rich Coles 1:01:59, Mikey Ferris 1:02:23, Anthony James 1:02:45, Matt Watt 1:02:48, Ed Price 1:04:04, John Lawler 1:04:34, Matt Ashby 1:08:30, Steve Newing 1:10:34, Gemma Bitaraf 1:11:19, Sian Hibbs 1:14:23, Claire McDonnell 1:15:03, Andy Bishop 1:15:05, James Thomson 1:20:05, Rich Hutton 1:21:36, Rob Potten 1:24:06, Andy Newing 1:28:40, Karis Thomas 1:34:26 (PB) and Joanna Kidd 1:36:40.

Also on Sunday, Anthony Willcox from the Harriers competed in the Baldock 10K race. Willcox blasted round the off-road course in 44:47, claiming 16th place out of 73 runners, and fourth in his age category.

Johnny Broom from Gade Valley Tri took on a Duathlon in London’s Richmond Park on Sunday, completing the 10km run, 40km bike ride and 5km run in a total time of 2:44:10.

Gadebridge parkrun had six Harriers in attendance this week, with Bill Hawes first home in 21:16 for sixth place overall. Hawes was followed by James Birnie in 24:38, Andy Watt in 25:16, Russ Bailey in 25:50, Jenny Barnett in 34:58 and Lesley Jugoo in 39:53.

In St Albans, four Harriers donned the club colours for their parkrun, where Andy Cook led the team home in a speedy 20:41. Robert Bowler was next back in a new PB of 21:35, while setting another new PB was Alice Cook in 27:58, followed by Helen Cook, also with a new PB of 29:15.

James Thomson was the lone Harrier at the Aylesbury parkrun this week, where he came home in a respectable 21:25.

Travelling to Great Cornard in Suffolk, Peter Tucker completed their parkrun in 29:29, while Vince Ellerby put in a solid performance at the Black park parkrun to come home in 11th place in 19:50.

In Winchester, Jon Roberts flew the GVH flag, finishing their parkrun in 19:21 for sixth overall position, and another lone Harrier was Tom North in Tring, where he took on the hills to complete in sixth overall place in 20:35